Missions & outreach

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Missions and Outreach
 
Welcome to the Missions and Outreach Ministry of Redeemer Church!  
 
Here at Redeemer we believe in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world, starting in the High Desert, moving outward to So. California and then to the uttermost parts of the world! (Matt 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8) As a church we support many mission workers who are doing just that!
 
On this page you will find information on all the mission workers we support, where they serve, what their ministries are and how you can be involved with them in praying, giving and going! Some won’t show their full name or a picture because they are in a sensitive area of the world and need to be protected.  God knows who they are and they still need your prayers desperately! Take the time to read about each one and pray for the requests listed. Many still have financial needs so pray about joining their support team and help them fulfill the ministry God has given them.
 
You will also learn about mission trips that you can be a part of and ways you can be involved practically in mission projects going on around the world. You can also learn how to volunteer in Redeemer’s Missions and Outreach ministry.
 
Dawn Hamrick and Cheryl Markowitz are our Missions and Outreach Coordinators and are available to help you engage with our mission workers and their ministries as well as get involved in missions here at Redeemer and around the world! Have a question or want to get involved? Send them an email or catch one of them at church!
 
You can reach them at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.

Meet the mission workers

Click on a picture to get more information about the mission worker. If you would like to email workers that don’t have an email address next to their names, please email our outreach team to get connected with them at outreach@redeemerhd.com

Carole clark

House of Blessing, Los Angeles
Email: houseofblessingla@gmail.com

C. & c. s

Encouragement International 

d.& d. L

Restricted Access Nations

Cynthia Heflebower

Now Germany – Artists in Christian Testimony
Email: Nowgermany@yahoo.com

Click on a picture to get more information about the mission worker

Felicitas (Feli) Cisneros Zarco

Mexican National Missionary – partnering with ConnecTree
Email: felikurios@gmail.com

Fernando & Isabel Garcia

Mexican National Missionaries – partnering with ConnecTree
Email: ferkronos@gmail.com
Email:  isabeldegarcia@gmail.com

Jaime Mendez Gomez

Mexican National Missionary – partnering with ConnecTree
Email: Chixna79@hotmail.com

K. & L. H.

WorldVenture, Southeast Asia

Active mission workers

CAROLE CLARK
HOUSE OF BLESSING, LOS ANGELES
Carole founded and directed Hope Again ministries in Los Angeles, CA for close to 20 years. She retired in 2010 and then heard God’s call to start the House of Blessing L.A. in 2012. She has been the CEO ever since. House of Blessing is a transitional residence for women in South Los Angeles. It accommodates 15 women at a time. Residents come from all walks of life and backgrounds and some have children. The residents have chores at the home, participate in Bible study and are encouraged to find jobs or attend school. They are given the opportunity to get back on their feet and can stay as long as they need to. House of Blessing also helps them when they are ready to transition to their own housing, helping them integrate into their new neighborhood, find a church, etc. The Lord put 3 goals on Carole’s heart to guide her ministry: 1)Love everyone who comes. 2)Tell them about Jesus. 3)Meet their needs.  She has seen hundreds of men and women come to Christ through the ministries of Hope Again and House of Blessing by being faithful to these goals.
 
House of Blessing is open to hosting teams to come down and minister to the women in the house.  If you are interested in joining a team to serve there, please contact the Missions & Outreach coordinators here.
If you feel led to give to help House of Blessing, financial donations can be made at www.houseofblessing.online.  If you’d like to donate items to help the women at the house, they regularly need personal items such as toothpaste, body wash, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, masks, mouthwash, lotion, rubber gloves and rubbing alcohol. Email Carole to find out how to donate these items.

Prayer Requests:
• Salvation for any women at the house who don’t yet know Christ.
• Growth in their relationship with Christ for those who have surrendered to Him.
• Health and strength for Carole as she runs this ministry.
• For the house’s Executive Director, Jackie Powell, as she helps Carole run the ministry.
• They would like to expand the ministry and purchase apartment complexes as transitional housing for the women. Pray for wisdom, God’s direction and the finances to accomplish this.
 

C.& C. S

Chisinau, Moldova

C and his family are Moldovan national workers who began serving the Lord in 2011. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, located between Romania and the Ukraine. C shares the gospel and is a church planter, creatively using Taekwondo, bible studies for all ages, Christmas & Easter outreaches into public schools and Christian summer camps for elementary and teen students. He does this in the city of Chisinau as well as several villages an hour outside the city.  He works with social workers in the villages to meet the needs of families. C has seen many adults and children come to Christ. He takes time to disciple them by teaching bible studies. He is also a dental student, hoping to use dentistry as another avenue to share the gospel with those in need in the villages.  His hope is to purchase a building in Chisinau in order to host Taekwondo classes, bible studies, community events, do dentistry clinics and hold church services.
 
If you’d like to support C’s ministry financially, or donate to help him purchase the building, you can go to www.encouragementintl.com, click on the donate button and make sure to put a note that the donation is for C. S. in Moldova.
 
C is open to having short term teams come and minister in Moldova. Teams help with martial arts lessons, teach E.S.L. (English), do bible studies, teach marriage seminars and more.  If you are interested in joining a team going to Moldova, please contact the Missions and Outreach coordinators at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.

Prayer Requests:
• Pray for the follow up with those children and teens who have accepted Christ at the summer camps. Pray they would read their bibles and C would have opportunities to visit and disciple them.
• Pray for the Christmas and Easter outreaches. Each outreach costs $1,500. Pray for the funds to come in to do the outreaches and for many opportunities to share the gospel as he visits homes. (These outreaches have moved to homes since children aren’t going to school during the pandemic.)
• C has trained several Christian men in Taekwondo who are now going into other villages to share the gospel. Pray for people to accept Christ as their Savior.
• Pray for C & C, for a strong marriage and for wisdom in raising their son, Rafael.

Cynthia Heflebower
Now Germany – Artists in Christian Testimony
Radeberg, Germany

Cynthia has been involved in cross cultural missions for over 20 years and is the founder of and full-time missionary with NOW Germany. NOW Germany is a ministry dedicated to bringing biblical truths to life by expressing the freedom of God’s grace through the creative arts.  
 
She is living in Radeberg, Germany, located in what was once East Germany.  This part of Germany is still in recovery mode following the withdrawal of the Russian occupying forces over 30 years ago. The church desperately needs the encouragement Cynthia brings to reach out to their neighbors with the gospel. The church was present during the Russian occupation, but they were largely prevented from doing any outreach, so unsaved people really have no concept of God.  She networks with several local churches helping them reach out to their community and she also assists in the leadership of their youth groups.  She hosts a weekly ladies’ prayer group on Fridays at her home, leads a ladies’ bible study once a month, and leads a worship team- Klanglicht. She holds seminars about expressing one’s faith using art and drama and does some one-on-one discipleship with several young ladies.
Cynthia is open to having short term teams come and minister in Germany. Teams help teach E.S.L. (English), do bible studies, do drama, music and art outreaches, youth, men’s and women’s ministry and more.  If you are interested in joining a team going to Germany, please contact the Missions and Outreach coordinators at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.
Cynthia is underfunded and in need of about $1,000 more a month to help make ends meet and pay for ministry expenses. If you’d like to join with Cynthia in reaching Germany for Christ, you can go to www.actinternational.org and give to support Cynthia.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Please pray for the people Cynthia works with to have open hearts to the Gospel and that God would give them understanding.
• Pray for the churches of Radeberg to work together to reach their city for Christ.
• Pray for safety as she travels – she often travels on a bike between towns and does not have a car.
• Pray for all her financial needs to be met.
Doug & Dawn Lagasse
One Challenge International
Restricted Access Nations

www.SecureCareServices.org
www.onechallenge.org

D and D live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with their daughter Rachel and work with One Challenge International. D is originally from Redeemer church (then, Apple Valley Baptist)!  D is also a consultant for Secure Care Services.  He trains and coaches the next generation of Christian professionals working in closed countries for resilience and effectiveness in bringing the gospel to the least reached in resistant and hostile contexts. He provides training in how to cross cultures, learn languages, personal security and crisis/risk management. This training helps workers who are in areas where persecution is a distinct possibility. They learn how to endure and survive should they be arrested, taken hostage or persecuted for their faith. This is a vital ministry in the missions world.
D has had some ongoing serious health issues that have led to medical bills that aren’t covered by his monthly support. If you’d like to give to help meet this need or help with their monthly support, please go to www.onechallenge.org and click on the GIVE button.  Make sure to put Doug Lagasse’s name in the worker section.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Pray for both D& D’s health during the pandemic.
• Pray for D & D to have a strong marriage and wisdom as they raise Rachel.
• Pray for D as he has moved his trainings to online platforms, that they would be effective in helping workers be prepared for their on the field assignments.
Felicitas (Feli) Cisneros Zarco
Mexican National Missionary – partnering with ConnecTree
Mexico City and surrounding area
Chiapas – Indigenous ministry
Feli has served the Lord in missions for 35 years.  She worked with Operation Mobilization, Mexico for 25 years teaching evangelism workshops, coordinating short-term teams and programs in Mexico and other Central American countries.  
 
For the last 10 years, she has been working in Laguna del Toro (near Mexico City) doing women’s and children’s ministry every week.  She brings nutrition supplementation, bibles, Christian children’s activity books and games, and a puppet theater to teach the kids Bible stories.  
 
Feli also works with indigenous Mayan communities in Chiapas, Mexico alongside mission pastor Jaime Mendez, visiting churches and newly developed communities of persecuted believers, providing much needed discipleship for the women, bringing food and medicine, teaching seminars, doing children’s programs and evangelistic outreaches in unreached villages. As Feli is a registered nurse by profession, she is also able to do some social work/counseling and provide medical assistance, both in Laguna del Toro and Chiapas when needed.  She has some Christian doctors in Mexico City who help provide medicines and medical advisement that she brings to the communities.  Feli travels to Chiapas several times a year, and brings teams to minister there as well.  For these persecuted believers, the teams provide a source of encouragement to continue in their walk with Christ and to be a witness to the people who have oppressed and threatened them.

 
Feli has ongoing ministry expenses for the weekly ministry in Laguna, and for projects she’s involved with in Chiapas.  If you feel led to give to help offset her costs, you can make a donation at www.connectree.org/donate and indicate “Donate to Feli’s Ministry – Mex” as the allocation.

Feli is open to having short term teams come and minister in Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico. If you are interested in joining a team going to Mexico, please contact the Missions and Outreach coordinators at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Please pray for continued health and energy for Feli as she presses on in the ministries the Lord has called her to.
• Please pray for the community of Laguna del Toro and the ongoing Gospel work there.
• Please pray for the believers in Chiapas who are struggling to regroup in new communities, grow in their faith and reach out to their neighbors.  Chiapas is an area hostile to the Gospel, and the threat of physical persecution is very real. Pray for safety as she travels.
• Please pray for the hearts of unbelievers to be open to the Gospel!
 

Fernando & Isabel Garcia
Mexican National Missionaries – partnering with ConnecTree
Mexico City, Puebla and surrounding area

Secure Care Services.  He trains and coaches the next generation of Christian professionals working in closed countries for resilience and effectiveness in bringing the gospel to the least reached in resistant and hostile contexts. He provides training in how to cross cultures, learn languages, personal security and crisis/risk management. This training helps workers who are in areas where persecution is a distinct possibility. They learn how to endure and survive should they be arrested, taken hostage or persecuted for their faith. This is a vital ministry in the missions world.
Doug has had some ongoing serious health issues that have led to medical bills that aren’t covered by his monthly support. If you’d like to give to help meet this need or help with their monthly support, please go to www.onechallenge.org and click on the GIVE button.  Make sure to put Doug Lagasse’s name in the worker section.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Pray for both Dawn & Doug’s health during the pandemic.
• Pray for Doug & Dawn to have a strong marriage and wisdom as they raise Rachel.
• Pray for Doug as he has moved his trainings to online platforms, that they would be effective in helping workers be prepared for their on the field assignments.
Jaime Mendez Gomez
Mexican National Missionary – partnering with ConnecTree
Chiapas – Indigenous ministry
Jaime has been serving the Lord in missions for 25 years.  He was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home and from the age of 13, he started reading books about Christian missions and missionary biographies.  He says he was inspired by the likes of Hudson Taylor and David Livingstone, and at the age of 16 started traveling to different communities in Chiapas to preach the Gospel.
 
Over the years, Jaime has been responsible for the evangelization, planting of churches, discipleship and ministry training of several groups of new believers who have been persecuted by their communities, some of them being thrown out or imprisoned for their refusal to renounce their faith in Christ and return to the tribal religion. Jaime himself has been threatened with imprisonment if he returns to new communities where he’s been sharing the gospel, but he has remained faithful, listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading and trusting the Lord to provide creative and winsome ways to win an audience with the very people who threaten his ministry.  He provides food and medicine, teaches seminars, does children’s programs and evangelistic outreaches in unreached villages. He also travels to the different communities on a rotation to teach on Sundays, and to train men in the churches to grow in leadership and pastoral roles.
 
Jaime is open to having short term teams come and minister in Chiapas, Mexico. Teams visit the villages and bring food packages, medical supplies, Christian literature and more. They also have opportunities to share their testimonies and the gospel with those in the villages.  If you are interested in joining a team going to Chiapas, please contact the Missions and Outreach coordinators at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.
 
Jaime has ongoing ministry expenses for the various ministry projects he heads up in Chiapas.  If you feel led to give to help offset his costs, you can make a donation at www.connectree.org/donate and indicate “Donate to Jaime’s Ministry – Mex.” as the allocation.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Please pray for continued health and energy for Jaime as he carries out God’s call to preach the word to these communities.  
• Pray for the strength and endurance of the persecuted believers in the communities Jaime works with.
• Pray for these sweet brothers and sisters to be bold to share the Gospel with their neighbors and oppressors.
• Please pray for the hearts of unbelievers to be open to the Gospel!
K. & L. H.
WorldVenture, Southeast Asia

K. & L. did not plan to get involved in missions when they married, even though both of them had grown up on the mission field.  But when K. took L. to visit where he was born in 1991, God used that trip to show them the great need in the Muslim world.  They went back to Hollywood, CA where they were pastoring a church, and within a year decided that God was calling them to move to Southeast Asia with their young family.  They landed there in 1994 and have been there ever since.  
 
They are involved in disciple-making movements among unreached people groups using a cultural tourism platform.  They lead the WorldVenture team in the region where they work.  They are active in mobilizing and raising up the next generation of workers there.
They are open to having short term teams come and work with their cultural tourism business. If you are interested in joining a team going to Southeast Asia, please contact the Missions and Outreach coordinators at Outreach@redeemerhd.com.
 
If you are interested in participating financially with their ministry or if you would like to contact them for more information or sign up for their newsletter, please send an email to Outreach@redeemerhd.com and we’ll be glad to help you do that.
 
Prayer Requests:
• Please pray for their adult kids to continue to deepen their love and obedience to God and that He directs their paths.
• Pray that God continues to call workers for His harvest field, and that He guides them step by step and provides for their needs.
• Pray for the salvation of the Muslim people they are working with.
• Please pray that they will live lives that are desperate for God, urgent to share the gospel and faithful to the Lord as they move forward in God’s calling on their lives.

Volunteer in the missions & outreach ministry

Are you interested in missions? Would you like to get involved with missions and outreach here at Redeemer?  We have several ministry opportunities available for you to participate in and if you don’t see what you are interested in here, please send us an email about it! The current opportunities are listed below. Send us an email letting us know how you’d like to be involved and we will get back to you.

Volunteer Opportunities:
 
• Missions Wall/Center – We need help designing and implementing (or building) a Missions Information Center that can be mobile or attached to a wall at the church. We also need people to make sure the information there is up to date and kept neat and tidy.
 
• Evangelism Training – Are you an expert in sharing the gospel?  With certain people groups? We are looking for those who can teach others how to share the gospel in various settings and with various people groups for our Evangelism training classes that we would eventually like to start.
 
• Missionary Advocacy Program – Would you, your community group, Sunday School Class or ministry group like to adopt a Missions Worker? We would like each Missions Worker here at Redeemer to be personally cared for and represented. Get to know them, their family and ministry, read their newsletters, pray for them, send notes of encouragement, represent their needs to the missions’ leadership, host them when they are in town, etc.
 
• Missions Moments – Help us plan missions moments for church on Sunday, especially when the Missions Workers are in town. We need help hosting them, planning social events, homes to meet or stay in, etc.
 
• Missions Fundraising – Are you good at fundraising? Grant Writing? Our Missions Workers have special projects from time to time and they need help raising funds for those projects.  If you have skills in this area or are interested in donating, please let us know!
 
• Missions Trips – When we have mission trips planned we will need help with team meetings, trip logistics, prayer coverage for the trip, and more.  We will also need people to go on these trips!!