BMA Foreign Missions
Bethel Foreign Missions Foundation

The Bethel Foreign Mission Foundation began in 1960 as the David Merwin Family was getting ready to go to Korea for the first time.  The Pastors of the Bethel Ministerial Association felt the need of having a central point to forward funds to the Merwins and other missionaries who were going to foreign soil.  As the Lord led, others from the Bethel churches were called to areas all over the world to spread the good news of the Gospel to many who had never heard.  Soon, this small ministerial alliance was supporting missionaries in nearly every corner of the globe.

Rev. Don Matthews was the first secretary and helped to get Bethel Foreign  Missionary Foundation off and going to a good start.  He kept in contact with the missionaries and sent the funds that were designated to them each month.

Rev. David Williams assumed the responsibilities after Rev. Don Matthews, and held this task very dear to his heart until his death.  He was known as a friend to missions and did all he could to further the cause of World Missions.  Under his leadership, the number of missionaries and the amount of funds sent to the field continued to increase.

After the untimely death of Rev. Williams, Rev. Merwyn Masters took the responsibility of the Bethel Foreign Mission Foundation and did an outstanding job for the cause of Christ.  Then, the Missionary Secretary position was filled by former missionary to Korea, Rev. David Merwin.  In July of 1991, Rev. Merwin moved to the state of Oregon to take a position in a local church to coordinate their missions program.  Rev. Merwyn Masters filled the position again until November of 1992, at which time Rev. Joseph Greene filled the position of Missionary Secretary.

As God has given increase, our Bethel churches have supported hundreds of missionaries over the years with hundreds of thousands of dollars and with the lives of its young people.  The witness of lives affected by its missionaries will only be fully known in heaven.  However, as many have been faithful to the call of God on their lives, even on occasion to their deaths, God has brought forth the fruit of their labors to His glory and His kingdom.  The current list of ministries and missionaries supported by Bethel Ministerial Association is listed below:


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Nola Warren, Durango, Mexico
       Jerry and Nola Witt started a mission in the mountains of Durango, Mexico in the early 60s.  Jerry would fly his Cessna aircraft into the villages of the mountains around Durango and deliver the gospel to those who had never heard the Word.  He literally gave his life delivering the Word of life to the Indians of central Mexico when his plane crashed in 1965.  Shortly after his death, Frank Warren married Nola and fathered her three boys and had twins of their own, while continuing the work begun by her and Jerry.   Frank has gone on to be with the Lord but Nola continues to preside over the work of many ministries there in Durango. After over 40 years, their work continues to thrive with a Bible School, Youth Camp programs and ministries in twenty churches throughout Mexico. Please visit their web site at www.nolawarren.jimdo.com or contact them via e-mail at nolawarren@aol.com  You can also check out her blog page at: http://nolawarren.blogspot.com/.

Click here to see Nola's latest newsletter




Vicky Witt, Durango, Mexico
         Jerry, Jr, oldest son of Jerry and Nola, continued the work begun by his father flying in the mountains of Mexico to the Mexican Indians.  The ministry has more planes, more pilots and now drops transister radios instead of the printed Gospel, but the results are no less dramatic. Vicky now heads this ministry into the mountains from Durango.




Jerry and Sandy Owens, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Quito, Ecuador
         Jerry and Sandy began a work in Guatemala City in 1970 when they opened the New Life Evangelistic Center. The Center was a hub to reach thousands of souls through relevant training tools such as Christian literature, Christian films and videos, as well as preaching and teaching the Word of God in seminars and conferences. In 1987 the New Life Evangelistic Center was opened in Quito, Ecuador with the same vision. In Ecuador, the ministry also acts as a distributor and supplier to Ecuadorian Christian outlets as well as a major supplier of Sunday School material to local churches. This ministry is reaching the nations through Pastors/Leaders training and teaching seminars. It reaches well into Columbia and Peru with its widespread evangelistic efforts. You may contact Jerry and Sandy via e-mail at jerow@att.net
Check out Jerry preaching at Lincoln, IL in August by clicking here.
See the Owens latest newsletter here.




Jerry and Rachael Witt, Durango, Mexico
         Jerry & Rachel are based in Durango, Durango, Mexico. They are working with HALUSA ministries, under Vicky Witt (Jerry's mom). The vision of HALUSA is to reach indigenous tribes who have never heard the gospel by befriending them and offering social work as an introduction to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Contact them and visit their website by clicking here.




Rev Joe Greene, Haiti
         "Brother Joe" as he is so lovingly known by all who meet him is a retired pastor (and former two-term Mayor of Rockport, Indiana) who doesn't quite know the meaning of the word "retire." Joe continues to serve the Lord actively by being the Praise and Worship leader at Bethel Christian Center in Reo, Indiana. He takes numerous trips throughout the year to Haiti under the auspices of an independent ministry to minister to the nationals of Haiti. He builds, he fixes, he does just about everything anyone needs to meet the needs of Haitians, often at personal risk to his safety. Joe reaches the people of Haiti with his love and skills built through many years of experience to build churches, repair vehicles, construct roads and a myriad of other activities. His mission is definitely a sacrifice of love for the Lord and the people of Haiti. Contact Brother Joe at jgreene435@psci.net and check out the mission work he does at www.missionsoflove.org
Click here: to see Brother Joe speak at the 2015 Fall BMA Conference about his mission work in Haiti.




Maurine Sweet, Culiacan, Mexico
         Maurine has spent her entire adult life, since graduating from International Bible College in the 1970s, building and ministering to orphanage children in Culiacan, Mexico. Her dedicated love has seen countless children's needs met and won to the Kingdom of God. You can contact Maureen at serve@prodigy.net.mx       Click here to see Maurine's latest newsletter




Don and Teleka Dewing, Midwest Indian Mission, Crandon, Wisconsin
         Don and Teleka have served the Lord with Midwest Indian Mission since 1974. Don currently pastors Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel as well as being Director. Teleka does all of the treasury work and is involved in the everyday operation of the mission. Contact them, visit their website and see their most recent newsletter by clicking here.




Ron and Christi Bishop, Botswana, Africa, Nagaland, India, England
         Ron & Christi have spent all of their adult lives ministering in foreign countries like England, the continent of Africa and next to India. They work through ShepherdShaper ministries and most recently at the Love Botswana Outreach Mission in Maun. Their ministry work has taken them to Egypt, Peru, Ecuador and South Dakota, and now they are focusing their efforts in Botswana. Contact them and visit their website by going to www.ShepherdShapers.com.




Steve and Cathy Mills, Lighthouse Outreaches, Africa and the Arabian Gulf
         Steve and Cathy Mills have ministered for decades reaching the lost in the "20-40 window" of Africa. They now work with Lighthouse Outreaches to Africa and the Arabian Gulf. Contact them via email at smillskuwait@gmail.com or check out their website at www.lighthouseoutreaches.net

You can also view their latest newsletter here: Off to Kuwait



Garry and Becky Gaspard, New Mexico Indian Mission, Bloomfield, New Mexico
         Garry and Becky are serving the Lord with Southwest Navajo Indians in New Mexico. You can follow their work on the facebook site at: by clicking here.




Darryl and Stephanie Fast, Orphan Missions Around the World
         Stephanie (formerly Merwin) Fast was an abandoned orphan herself, lost in South Korea and found and adopted by one of our first BMA Missionaries, David and Judy Merwin during their mission work in South Korea. Now, Stephanie, a mother and grandaughter, living in Oregon, is an internationally recognized speaker and outspoken advocate for world-wide orphan needs as well as an accomplished writer. Please check out her ministry at: www.stephaniefast.org




Lester and Peggy Seiler, Missionaries to Zimbabwe, Africa
         Lester and Peggy Seiler have served as missionary Bible teachers and mentoring national leaders since 1971. You can find out more about their missionary work by writing them at Worldwide Missionary Evangelism, Lester Seiler, Box 3262, Visalia, CA 93278 or email them at lpseiler@wmeus.com or check out their facebook page at: by clicking here.




A.M. Sambo, Sr., Africa

Brother Sambo is a native African/Kenyan evangelizing his native nation. You may contact him via email here: Click here. See below for his latest letter to the BMA:

Dearly Beloved Rev. D. Matthews & co.

Greetings in Jesus name.

It is good news to hear from me being Alive, Hallelujah. The violence in our village, Obio Akpa has been brought under control by the Police I could say, but the matter is not yet completely settle. The order in our state does not permit us to report any news oversea anyhow. Therefore I will not write all that happen to you e.g. one of my letter I send there by Post Office S were returned as unclaimed but when the letter arrived at Lagos it was opened and read through by the Nigerian Police service Security. This has never happen before and I don’t know why this is done. It is not all that happen here are on the national news. Boko Haram are destroying & killing people here and there, they throw boms even the student are being kidnapped over 200 students from . . . Girls Secondary School….

Now we came back home, we are not fully settle. I made my doors destroyed, my poultry farm being destroyed and all the chicks stolen away over 185 birds, some of my properties stolen away. It is tough time with us again. We praise God that nothing is wrong with the Church; only the electrical lines were destroyed. We held service yesterday with little poor attendance, but I believe there will be and increase by next Sunday by that day more people will return home. Some food crops were destroyed, some homes burnt and over 8 people were killed. The most important were the Murdered of AK EX Police Chief, Murdered in Cold Blood, this was published in one of our state News paper, The Sensor” See the scan copy headline of the News Paper on April 17,2014.

I had written via postal service with picture before the alone incident took place. Have you got it? Thanks for your prayers. I look forward for love, care and prayers.

A. M. Sambo.


Jerry Rodriguez, Zapata, Texas, FRONTLINE MISSIONS
         Jerry and Connie Rodriguez have served as directors of Front Line Missions since the death of founder Jerry McSorerly in 2005. The work started as a missionary endeavor to Mexico, and wound up branching out to also include works in India and in the small border town of Zapata, Texas, along with other efforts in China and the Philippines. Works include Missions, Christian Schools, Orphanages, and Feeding Programs. You can find out more about their missionary work by writing them at Front Line Missions, P.O. Box 577, Zapata, Texas 78076 or email them at jerry.rodriguez@flmcentral.com or check out their website at: www.flmcentral.com by clicking here.



Brother Peter Chun, China



Marcel Louis, Haiti



Brother Napo, Haiti



Mike & Mary Jo Wilson, Okinawa, Japan

Michael, Mary Jo, Stacia and Brandon are currently serving in Okinawa and can be contacted by writing to Asian Access, PO Box 200, San Dimas, CA 91773 or email them at mwilson@asianaccess.org. Check their web site at www.wilsonjournal.com.



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Western African Theological Seminary, Rev Gary Maxey, Nigeria
WATS serves one of the fastest-growing segments of the Christian Church in the world, and it focuses squarely on the two greatest needs of the African Church: leadership development and discipleship of believers. Check out their web site at www.watsonline.org


Phil & Rhonda Foley, Innerlight Ministries




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