Madrid One Mission Society missionaries Daniel and Gail Castro spent three years with Elmwood while they completed further theological training at the Church of the Nazarene College in Didsbury, Manchester, from 2007 -2010. Formerly missionaries in Daniel’s native Colombia, in 2010 they moved to Madrid, where they now serve with the Camarma Church which meets in the Evangelical Christian Academy in Madrid. Daniel heads up the church’s teaching programme and Gail is a children’s worker. She also teaches English to international students at the Academy. Daniel and Gail are doing church planting in Meco, the town where they live. Their outreach involves English teaching programmes, parenting classes, marriage courses, and basketball camps.
As OMF missionaries retired from 23 years of work in Thailand, since 2007 David and Mary have devoted much of their time to supporting the Thai Christian community in the UK. Their aim is to locate Thai Christians (of the 50,000 Thai presently in the UK only three in 1,000 are Christians), and link them together in fellowship.
“We seek to strengthen their faith, so that they will be able to reach out to unbelieving Thai friends. To do this we have formed the Network of Thai Christians (UK) . The main focus of the ministry is the formation of monthly Thai fellowship groups in various locations around the country. Presently we have 11 in England, two in Scotland, and one in Ireland. We also have fellowship weekends for Bible training twice a year, and also a Thai believers Bible Camp each summer. The work continues to grow, and we see about 10 Thai coming to faith each year.”
David and Ruth are on the leadership team of their local Vineyard Church in Barcelona – La Viña Ciudad Condal. David, from the USA, runs an English language school in the city and Ruth is a teacher in a primary school where Catalan is the first language. While at Vineyard, Ruth has set up a mums and toddlers group and now organises parenting and marriage courses. She and David head up the church’s prayer ministry and also run church’s Sunday school work for children.
Mark Williams is a Community Football Outreach Leader, Sally Prentice is Finance & Operations Director and her husband Mark provides IT and admin support services.
The organisation grew out of Ambassadors in Sport, founded in 1990 in Bolton, UK, and became an international outreach programme working in more than 20 countries. Ambassadors Football exists to communicate the good news of Jesus through football. The British work of Ambassadors is one of about 25 similar national charitable ongoing works around the world that are joined by an international covenant of agreement under the banner of Ambassadors Football International.
In Great Britain, Ambassadors Football’s vision is to serve the local church, inspiring and equipping it to build Christ-centred relationships through football. By 2020, the aim is to be serving 500 churches through football in their disciple-making mission. They currently serve 325 churches.
Formerly missionaries with the South American Mission Society (Anglican) in Paraguay, Ed and Marie have recently moved to Marie’s native Argentina, where Ed is pastor of a church in Tartagal. They work with the same missions society, now known worldwide as CMS. Marie is a children’s worker and has written two children’s books which tell Bible stories in a way that young minds can grasp. In Paraguay and now in Argentina, Ed also works with a team helping South American Indians campaign for the legal rights to the land they have always lived on.