Brian & Elizabeth Bruxvoort
Serving in Alaska
As a pilot, mechanic, and flight scheduler for the Mission Aviation Repair Center (MARC), Brian Bruxvoort helps make evangelization and church ministry possible in Alaska's remote villages. He transports pastors to and from their congregations; brings missionaries, students receiving mission training, and work teams to their mission sites; flies children to Bible camps; and helps maintain MARC's airplanes. He also connects people with the goods or services they need and helps Alaskan Christians feel connected to the rest of the body of Christ. His wife, Beth, participates in a women's Bible study and an after-school club called Child Evangelism Fellowship, volunteers in her children's classrooms, and reaches out to women around her who need a friend. The Bruxvoorts have four children: Brianna, Michael, Lucas, and Jonathan. For more information on the Bruxvoorts click here.
Dick and Donna Swart
Serving in Ethiopia
Dick Swart was born in Ethiopia to RCA missionaries, Bob and Morrie Swart, who ministered among the Geleb (Daasanech) people along the Omo River. His wife, Donna, moved to Ethiopia with her family when she was in the fifth grade; her parents, Ray and Effie Giles, were missionaries with the Christian Missionary Fellowship. After serving as missionaries in Kenya, Dick and Donna returned to Ethiopia, where the Daasanech people still remembered Dick’s parents. Dick and Donna minister to the Daasanech through a windmill project that enables the people to irrigate their fields, grind grain, and sharpen garden tools. They also help provide for health needs through immunizations and prenatal care, and carry out evangelistic outreach with the Kale Hiwot National Church of Ethiopia. For more information on the Swarts click here.
Caleb and Joanna Swart
Serving in Ethiopia
The Daasanech people, who live along the Omo River in southern Ethiopia, depended on the flooding of the river to provide food for their families until windmills were introduced to irrigate gardens along the river. Caleb and Joanna Swart are continuing and expanding the RCA mission work of the Windmill Project. Caleb has plans to build an additional fifty windmills, which will be owned and maintained by the Daasanech people. Joanna, a nurse, works in prenatal and immunization clinics. Caleb and Joanna have four children, Elsa, Ezra, Daisy, and Dexter, and they join Caleb’s parents, Dick and Donna Swart, in this work. For more information on the Swarts click here.
Way Out Ministries
Serving in California
Barry and Terryl Bruce founded The Way Out Ministries in 1984 to reach the people of Hawaiian Gardens, a small urban area in Los Angeles County. Many of Hawaiian Gardens' families live below the national poverty level, and many young people turn to gangs for acceptance. Through The Way Out, Terryl and Barry coordinate weekly youth clubs, support groups, Bible studies, and a referral network of service agencies. Terryl is the principal of The Way Out Ministries Christian Academy, a private mission school for low-income junior and senior high school students. Barry is pastor of a church in the community that was planted by The Way Out Ministries in 2003. They have three children, Ryan, Rachel, and Michelle, all of whom are actively involved in ministry. For more information on the Bruces click here.