The world is desperate for the Savior, and Wellspring Church is called to participate in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 16:19) by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the corner and across the globe. This is exciting work, something we want every person who calls Wellspring their home church to participate in. To that end, we aim to provide opportunities for our congregation to strengthen their walk with Christ by actively participating in mission work locally and globally, through finances, prayer and service.
Those who spread the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ are in desperate need of prayer, for open doors, God's guidance and protection, boldness of witness and much more.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”
The Great Commission is as important locally as it is globally. And we believe that developing relationships in our neighborhoods and our communities opens the door for sharing the Gospel.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
While these trips are short in duration, their impact on those who participate lasts far longer. We aim to provide a few short-term opportunities each year. Stay tuned this fall for opportunities in 2017.
WHO WE SUPPORT
Wellspring Church financially supports the following missionaries/organizations:
Andy and Carmen Castillo, native Hondurans, serve with World Reach in Siquatepeque, Honduras. Andy is a pastor of an evangelical church and they both work together as church planters, small group leaders and creative visionaries for ministry in this mountainous region of Honduras. They have three sons (teen, pre-teen) who serve closely with them and other members of their church as they serve the people who live in the San Francisco area of this sprawling city. Their vision is to develop a community center to reach the educational, spiritual and medical needs of the people they are ministering too.
The EDGE Urban Fellowship is an inner-City evangelical church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This ministry, led by Pastor Troy Evans, has a passion to reach the young, diverse, hip-hop culture of the area in meaningful, relational and engaging ways. They provide space, connection, mentoring, outreach, and opportunity for this group of often overlooked and misunderstood individuals. Pastor Evans is uniquely gifted for ministry in this setting and has a distinct passion for evangelism and discipleship that is contagious.
Travis and Patti Nielsen are dorm parents to fifth and sixth grade boys in Kenya, Africa at Rift Valley Academy. They have four children of their own and are in the process of adopting two more. They are in their third year of a four year missions term. Travis teaches photography and computers at the academy while Patti provides administrative assistant duties in the school office and library. On top of their ministry at the academy they regularly reach out to the local community through orphanages and relational evangelism/discipleship.
Remembrance Ranch is led by Pat and Arica Adams and is focused on ministering to at-risk teens in the West Michigan area. They serve this group of individuals through counseling, mentoring, intensive and engaging outdoor/recreational camping trips, relational evangelism and discipleship, etc. Pat brings an abundance of energy, passion and vision to this ministry and has assembled a team of like-minded individuals (some who attend Wellspring) with unique God-given talents and abilities to uniquely minister to these troubled teens and their families with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Andy and Michelle Shinabery are currently serving with East/West Ministries. They have transitioned into this mission after 20+ years of serving in Latin America as church planters. Their vision is to assist, equip, train and provide resources to raise up Latin American missionaries who will serve in unreached countries around the world. They live here in West Michigan and are actively involved along with their four children right here at Wellspring. They are currently in the process of raising support, serving as associate missionaries and planning/training for outreach with other U.S./International churches to unreached peoples.
Richard and Catherine Weston are based in England and have worked in every possible ministry role with Friends International for many years. The ministry of Friends International is focused on reaching out to the multitude of international students that are coming to European or U.S. Universities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They have recently felt God's leading to take this type of ministry to churches throughout the world. Their new vision is to impassion the local church to reach out to international students with the love of Christ right within their own local neighborhoods. This couple has grown children and are highly engaging and relational with gifts of evangelism, discipleship and administration.