Over 2 billion individuals living somewhere across our world today still have no access to the Gospel.
We partner with missionaries and mission organizations who are committed to getting the Gospel to “every people, language and nation.”
Each year Covenant hosts a Missions Conference where we ask our church family to make individual, personal commitments to Faith Promise. Faith Promise is what we call our annual missions offering. We call it Faith Promise because a faith promise is an agreement you make with God to give – by faith- over a specific period of time, trusting God to provide the funds to fulfill the commitment He lays on your heart to give.
The missionaries featured here depend on our monthly financial support to help them continue the work that God has called them to do on the mission field. That support is given through our church budget. Occasionally our missionaries have special “one time” needs. Your gifts to Faith Promise enable us to help when a special need arises. Faith Promise dollars are also used to send new missionaries to the field and to assist with short-term mission trips and mission partnerships.
Weekly Missions Message
RUF International is the campus ministry of the PCA that is specifically geared towards international students. Our main goal is to show the love of Christ to international students at Auburn University through biblical hospitality. We welcome these scholars to the US and build relationships with them through meeting basic needs they may have (like picking them up from the airport, helping to find housing, transportation, cell phones, and grocery stores). We also invite these students into our home for meals, engage in exploratory Bible studies for those unfamiliar with Christianity, and equip believers to return to their countries as leaders in their churches.
Our second goal is to encourage and equip American Christians to reach out to internationals. We work with local Christian families and churches by providing resources and opportunities for interaction with internationals, modeling biblical hospitality, and raising awareness about other countries, cultures, and customs.
Currently, we take international students to Walmart or Tiger Town every Monday night. We also host a dinner and game night every Friday evening from 6-9pm. If you’d like to meet some of our international friends, we’d love for your family to join us for Friday Food & Fun!
Young Life is a world-class ministry for adolescents. Our staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them — fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something that we think matters most of all — the truth about Jesus Christ.
- Our goal is to plug kids into the church for life.
- All of our staff and volunteers are active members of a church community.
- Young Life is non-denominational/blessed by all major denominations/etc.
- We have something to offer believing kids too — the opportunity to join with folks who want to impact their school for Christ.
Marannook is a summer training center in the Scriptures for college students with a practical application of that training through working with children. The Marannook staff, led by Keith and Nikki Ray, pour their lives into the college students as they are taught how to study the Word of God. The college students are given over 100 hours of study and have the opportunity for personal application as well as the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with precious campers. The campers have a fun and exciting camp experience as the training staff pour their lives into the lives of the children. It is our prayer that when the college students leave Marannook, they will be more effective in building God’s kingdom through family, church, and vocation. Also, a summer support staff of high school students has the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through fellowship, Bible study, and service. During the school year, the staff follows up with the college students and prepares the next summer. We also have weekend retreats focused on family worship.
Wes is the RUF Campus Minister at Auburn University, having previously served for 4 years as the RUF Campus Minister at Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee, and before that was on the Pastoral Staff of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is married to his best friend Nancy and they have two wonderful daughters, Emily and Kate.
The Mission of RUF is to Reach Students for Christ and Equip them to serve in God’s Kingdom. We do this through avenues such as Large Groups, Small Groups, One-on-One meetings, as well as other events and conferences throughout the year. The Simmons have been serving in RUF since 2010, and at Auburn University since May of 2014.
The mission of Trinity Christian School is to help parents cultivate in their children an enduring love of learning, a commitment to serve others, and a dedication to the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, forged from historical models of orthodox Christianity. We aim to graduate virtuous scholars who think clearly, listen carefully, discern wisely, reason persuasively, and articulate precisely – all with an eagerness to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The Lord has blessed the school with a close knit, spiritually mature, and academically gifted group of teachers committed to carrying on that mission. Since its establishment in 1978 the school has ministered to thousands of families, and that work continues within covenant families with children from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The mission of Women’s Hope Medical Clinic is twofold. It is first a Christian ministry dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of young women and men facing unplanned pregnancy. Its secondary objective is to promote the sanctity of human life and the benefits of sexual abstinence before marriage.
Taylor and Sally Hostetter
Serving in Atlanta
Covenant missionaries since 1989
Taylor and Sally minister with The Navigators both overseas and in North America among the 220 million people who share a heritage in the ancient Eastern Christian Orthodox Church. These people groups include, among many others, Russians, Serbians, Greeks, Ethiopians, Egyptians, and Romanians. Their primary focus is evangelism and whole-life discipleship. In this effort Taylor and Sally are exploring ways in which the Christ-centered forms and practices of the early Christian Church cherished in these communities can be applied in our modern societies today. Being based in Atlanta, they are deeply involved with local Orthodox communities where the leadership of the churches has asked them to help transform the communities into a disciple-making parishes. At the moment Taylor and Sally lead both a young adult ministry and the “catechism” ministry which is the training of adults coming into the Church. This has proved an invaluable laboratory where individuals from many ethnic groups are seeking communion with God in the context of the ancient Church.
The lessons being learned locally are already being applied in the various overseas locations where Taylor and Sally travel and minister – primarily Russia and Serbia (where Taylor, Sally and their children, Jelena, Alex and Michael, lived for 17 years.) One of the larger initiatives they are leading at the moment is a summer training experience for a dozen American Orthodox college-age students. Taylor and Sally will lead the group through a year long preparatory training then spend the summer of 2016 with them in Belgrade, Serbia. The Serbian nationals in the Navigator ministry there as well as local Serbian Orthodox clergy in Belgrade are very involved with this program which will reach out to the (under)-churched college age students of Belgrade. This could prove to be an exciting model which could be implemented in numerous nations in the future.
Sara grew up in Auburn and attended Covenant from childhood through her college years. While attending Auburn University, Bradley also attended Covenant. Both of them began separate journeys in missions as singles. Sara took numerous CPC short-term trips to Romania; Bradley went to Ukraine multiple times with MTW as a college student. Sensing God’s call overseas, the Cordells joined the MTW Ukraine church planting team in L’viv in 2012. As the largest and most influential city in Western Ukraine, L’viv holds strategic significance in the western region and in the culture. The goal and vision of the MTW team is to plant a church planting church in L’viv and to reach an entire region with the Gospel. The L’viv church plant is the first reformed evangelical church in this strategic city. Church planting is the foundational goal and primary vision but other ministries naturally flow from a community of believers living and worshipping together. Some of the other major ministries of the team include university ministry, Bible studies, children’s ministry, theological education, English camps, kids camps, mercy ministry, music projects and translation projects. Bradley serves as the team’s Executive Administrator, manages all translation projects and is developing a publishing house for Christian materials. Sara works with the women’s and children’s ministries of the church, but her primary role is wife and mother to their 3 children: Hannah (9/10/09), Becca (7/11/11) and Ben (7/24/13).
Tim and Lois have strong ties to Covenant – Lois is Ruth McFarland’s daughter. Tim grew up in Cameroon where his parents were missionaries. The Hunters have been with Wycliffe since 1985 serving in various technical and administrative roles both overseas and in the USA. They currently serve in the area of oral Bible storytelling as part of Wycliffe’s OneStory initiative. Covenant Pres reaches various parts of the African continent through Tim’s training and consulting in the OneStory project. Lois also proofreads Scripture manuscripts, a job she can do while caring for her mother here in Auburn.
Mike and Kelly Maney
Covenant missionaries since 2004
Mike attended Covanent Presbyterian Church while working with Athletes in Action at Auburn University from 1998-2000. After that he and his wife Kelly worked in Tampa, Florida with the campus ministry in Cru while preparing to go to Russia as missionaries. They lived in Russia from 2003-2007 working on college campuses in Ulan Ude, Siberia and Ekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountain region. While in Russia, they became aware of the emotional and relational challenges that stand in the way of missionaries thriving long term on the field. Following God’s call to be a part of the solution of caring for missionaries, the Maneys (then with their first 2 daughters, and now with 3) moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007 to be a part of the MidSouth Regional Team of Cru as they serve staff by training, sending, coaching, and debriefing missionaries to many partnership locations such as The Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Sweden, Senegal, and some closed countries in Central and East Asia. Mike has also been pursuing a MA in Ministry Care and Spiritual Formation from Columbia International University, which has greatly assisted him in his shepherding of staff.
In 1989, David and Lydia Martinez founded Children’s Home Emmanuel to help the Lord raise His children in Honduras. With facilities including the church, homes for the children, staff and volunteers, dining halls, a laundry facility, warehouse, bakery, gymnasium, medical and dental clinics, Emmanuel is now home to over 400 unwanted, abandoned and abused children of all ages. Emmanuel’s vision is to evangelize and disciple all the children so that they may grow to be living lights and good examples in the ways of God to their countrymen. Wade and Lourdes are the executive directors of Emmanuel after David and Lydia. Wade is a native of Lineville, Alabama and received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Auburn University. Wade met Lourdes at Emmanuel where she grew up as one of the orphanage’s youth at risk.
From Guam, shortwave radio station KTWR broadcasts biblical programs to the Asia/Pacific region. Several “closed” countries lie within its coverage area. Programming includes sharing the Gospel with unbelievers, discipleship, pastoral training, church services, and Bible study. The programs are designed for men, women, youth, children, oral communities, the sick, and the needy.
Mike and Eli have been serving on Guam under an agreement between MTW and TWR (Trans World Radio) since February 2002. Mike is serving as chief engineer and is responsible for operations and maintenance of the transmitter equipment. He also performs some facilities maintenance tasks. Eli works in the finance department, hospitality department, and other areas as needed.
Serving in Southeast Asia
Resource Exchange International
Covenant Missionary Since 2011
Chris is on staff with Resource Exchange International, an NGO focusing on development in creative access countries. He is helping build capacity with English language teachers and students.
After spending two years of formal language study, Chris returned to the US for further fund-raising. With that completed he will return and provide English language skills for teachers and students. Outside of the classroom, Chris is making friends with colleagues and neighbors who aid him in ongoing language study and offer perspectives of normal life and culture. In the midst of these relationships Chris gets to share how knowing Jesus has changed his life and provides hope for eternal life.
Victor and Mihaela Tarniceriu
Serving in Romania
Covenant missionaries since 1999
The Tarnicerius minister through three church congregations. Victor and Mihaela also direct Dorcas House, a home for six orphaned girls who are too old to remain in Romania’s state-run orphanages. These girls receive spiritual nurturing and education designed to prepare them to live independently. Dorcas depends wholly upon the financial support sent by Covenant and the wages the girls earn working in close-by factories. The nearby state-run orphanage houses 189 girls ages 5 to 16. Victor works with the staff to provide Sunday school classes and Bible clubs. When funds are available, girls are invited to participate in summer camps hosted by the church.
Sarah grew up in the small town of Neosho, Missouri. After graduating from Auburn University, she worked as a small animal veterinarian for 11 years. She was given a heart for missions through multiple short term trips (Peru, Kazakhstan, London, Moldova, and Uganda) with her church. As she was led to pursue long term missions, Serge’s vision and mission fit keenly with Sarah’s desire to engage in discipleship and mentoring. She will also minister to the physical needs of the people through veterinary medicine. She looks forward to joining the team in Bundibugyo, Uganda, in the Spring of 2015.