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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

Remember those amazing speakers you heard during the summer of 2019? They’re back!
What to Expect:
  • Inspiring speakers from our “2019 Church Renewal Conference”: mission partners from Lifewater, Ukraine, Romania, Honduras, southern Asia, and now also from Turkey.
  • Challenging presentations about serving in God’s name. Find out how you can serve and reach out alongside our local or global partners!
  • Understanding how the mindset of “Whatever you do…” will help you thrive spiritually.


  • March 6, 2021 – Sean Martin from Lifewater
  • April 3, 2021 – Ramazan Arkan from the Antalya Evangelical Church in Turkey
  • May 1, 2021 – Nita Hanson from God’s Hidden Treasures in Ukraine
  • June 5, 2021 – Dana and Brandi Bates from New Horizon in Romania
  • July 3, 2021 – Orlando and Silvia Japas from Union Biblica in Honduras
  • August 7, 2021 – J & N DV. working in South East Asia

Testimonials from the 2019 Renewal Conference:

“It was amazing knowing and seeing missionaries from all over the world and be able to hear their stories of how they are inspired and touched by God! No lengthy training, just ordinary people saying yes and allowing God to use them right where they are!” 

“One doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to share the gospel. It can be shared right next door or within our own families. The opportunities are endless if we just avail ourselves.” 

Our Partners

Lifewater, InternationalLifewater International Logo

Sean Martin - Lifewater InternationalSean Martin, MDiv, CFRE is Lifewater’s Regional Director of Donor Relations for the western USA. Lifewater is a Christian clean water nonprofit. For 44 years they have been bringing clean water, improved health, and gospel hope to rural villages and they are currently serving Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. Sean previously served as the lead pastor of a Presbyterian church on California’s Central Coast. It was during these years that he became aware of the scale of the water crisis and an advocate for Lifewater’s mission. Sean spent two decades in church ministry before beginning work with Lifewater in 2017. Today, Sean lives in the mountains of Idaho with his wife, Hollyn, and their three kids. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and playing the guitar.


Antalya Evangelical ChurchRamazan Arkan and Antalya Evangelical Church.

Ramazan Arkan - Turkey Mission PartnerRamazan Arkan with the Antalya Evangelical Church in Turkey



God’s Hidden TreasuresGods Hidden Treasures

Nita Hanson - God's Hidden TreasureNita Hanson – In 1996 Nita Hanson left her job as Marketing Manager for a computer software firm and answered God’s call to serve in Ukraine. She subsequently founded and is president of God’s Hidden Treasures (GHT), ministering to forgotten and ignored people with disabilities. She has a daughter and 5 grandchildren. She is accompanied by three GHT staff:

Antonina (Tonya) Ivanova has worked for God’s Hidden Treasures for 6 years. She does weekly home visits to shut-ins and people with disabilities. She leads a prayer and healing ministry. Tonya is a worship leader at her church, writing her own Christian worship songs, and has recorded a worship album named “Daddy.” She and her husband also do outreach evangelism to local villages.

Pastor Scott Yount has been serving with God’s Hidden Treasures in Ukraine for five years. He leads summer camps for youth with special needs, visits local orphanages, and is heavily involved with youth ministry. He preaches at the Church of Hope, a congregation founded by God’s Hidden Treasures worshiping at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Bila Tserkva. Scott married a Ukrainian, Lena Yount in 2017. He is a California native, a graduate from Azusa Pacific University and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Kostya Kysilenko has been a full-time minister of Bila Tserkva Church of Christ since 2002. He has a degree in business administration and is currently getting a graduate degree in theology at Bear Valley Bible Institute. Kostya and his congregation have been involved in various programs and activities of God’s Hidden Treasures for more than 10 years. He is married and has a 14-year-old son.

New Horizons / Reading Together /Bike Missionary Bates: Reading Together Mission in RomaniaBates Bike Missionary Romania

Bates Family - Romania MissionariesDana & Brandi Bates

Dana graduated in philosophy from Gordon College, and in 2005 earned an M-Div from Gordon Conwell Seminary. He recently completed his Ph.D. in the United Kingdom. Dana and his wife, Brandi, founded the first adventure education camp in Romania – VIATA. In 2000, he joined the staff of Young Life and also founded the New Horizons Foundation, launching an experimental educational model for young people. Most recently Dana has been working to diversify local ecotourism to replace the former coal-mining economy through mountain biking. Their newly developed mountain bike course has been chosen for the MTB National Championship in 2019.

Brandi was raised in Santa Ynez, CA, and attended Gordon College (Wenham, MA). With interests in education, sociology, and psychology, she majored in literature. She has been reading aloud to children, lots of children, for 13 years. She currently leads a private children’s library for Jiu Valley families, and one of the country’s leading early literacy movements: Reading Together Romania/ Citim Împreună România.

Dana and Brandi have two wonderful kids, Gabriel and Briana.

Union BiblicaUnion Biblica Honduras Logo Landscape

Orlando and Sylvia Japas - Union Biblica HondurasOrlando and Silvia Japás, Argentinian missionaries to Honduras for 28 years (since 1992). Orlando is the Scripture Union, Honduras, Executive Director while his wife Silvia is the Scripture Union Honduras, National Child, and Youth Development Coordinator. As coordinator, Silvia is involved with many programs focused on youth and family development and the prevention of child abuse. Scripture Union, Honduras, reaches 19 cities, teaching Biblical truths and hope to over 32,000 children per year.

J & N. DV.

J and N were called by God overseas from Orchard Community Church over 25 years ago. They are disciples in South East Asia working through a business they founded, planting churches, teaching adult literacy, and supporting home groups.