Twice each year, Calvary gives special emphasis to the global vision and outreach that our church has had since its inception. This year, our Spring Missions Celebration theme meditates on our calling to always be "Sending Hope to the World."
During this missions celebration, missionaries from all over the world will join us, and they will be featured guests at several activities throughout the week.
We kick off the week with a sermon from Pastor Scotty Gibbons about the importance and influence of missions. At the conclusion of the week, we will hear from Pastor Ross and missionary Jamie Kemp. Special music and video presentations will make for an exciting weekend and a great time as a church family. Through missions, we are seeing God change lives and give new hope to the lost and forgotten.
Sunday, Apr. 22
6 p.m. – Missions Small Groups (These groups meet in homes throughout the week as guests share food and enjoy time with a missionary. For times and locations, scroll below.)
Monday, Apr. 23
6/7 p.m. – Missions Small Groups
Wednesday, Apr. 25
5 p.m. – Purchase food in Bistro 59, and enjoy one-on-one conversations with our missionaries while you eat.
7 p.m. – Worship and sweet treats in the Fellowship Hall as we journey around the world through the stories of our missions team. Missionaries will also speak in children and youth classes.
Friday, Apr. 27
6/7 p.m. – Mission Small Groups
Saturday, Apr. 28
8:30 a.m. – Missions breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Bring the whole family, and join our missionary team for breakfast. Tickets are $5/person, free for kids 3 and under. Click here to purchase tickets from our website.
5 p.m. – Saturday Worship Service will feature Pastor Cody and missionary Jamie Kemp.
Pastor Jamie Kemp – Guest Speaker
Jamie and his wife, Tasha, are truly sons and daughters of Calvary Church. They both grew up in this area and attended Calvary Church with their families. After graduating from seminary, they returned to Calvary to serve as the junior high pastor for almost eight years. In 2008, they were sent to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world. Since then, they have successfully pioneered a campus ministry that strategically focuses on Muslim university students. By reaching the campus, they are impacting the future leaders of Indonesia. They are working toward seeing Indonesia become the first Muslim majority country come to Jesus. Jamie also travels throughout the country and Asia to help local churches establish healthy and effective youth ministries. The couple live in Yogyakarta with their two children, Phoebe and Benaiah.
Josh and April Amiot – Costa Rica
Josh and April Amiot, along with their three kids, serve in Costa Rica where they focus on reaching and discipling university students. They currently oversee ministries on seven university campuses. They are also responsible for planting university ministries all over the Central American countries and the Caribbean.
Karen Carr – Haiti
Karen works around the globe with Convoy of Hope to help the less fortunate and those hit by tragedy. She is living life “at the ready,” prepared for the next adventure God has in store for her. Her life prayer is that she remains faithful and obedient to her calling to minister to those who are hurting all over the world and to make the most of every opportunity.
Pastor Pochy Garcia – Puerto Rico
Pastor Pochy is a former Atheist who, by God’s grace, is now a pastor, Evangelist and recorded Psalmist. With 25 years of ministry experience, he now serves at Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Amor (Christian Church House of Love) in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He is also the General Director of the International Evangelical Association. His calling is to reach the children of underprivileged communities and to show them a better future through Christ.
Paul and Marie Gasigi – Africa
Paul is the senior pastor of the Assemblies of God Butare Parish and the Executive Secretary of the Assemblies of God of the Southern Province in Africa. He and his wife, Dr. Mukazayire Marie Jeanne, teach, train and disciple leaders of university groups. Their goal is to educate children spiritually and physically. They have planted ten churches to date. The couple has three boys.
Brittany Small – United States
Brittany Small is an InterVarsity Campus staff member at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with a journalism and communications degree. As a leader in InterVarsity, she ministers to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large group gatherings, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship and life-changing mission trips.
Steve and Deanne Turley – Croatia
Steve and Deanne Turley have served in Brussels, Belgium since January 1991. They currently serve with Students for Christ where they are opening up avenues for the U.S. college students to participate with missions in Europe. The couple also provides training, resources and encouragement Missionary Associates throughout Europe. Steve and Deanne have three adult children.
Missions pledges (formerly called Faith Promises) are used at Calvary Church to support missions. These are one-year commitments—from April 2018 through March 2019. A missions pledge is what a person agrees, after prayer, to give to missions as God enables—over and above a tithe.
Missions Pledge funds are used for:
If you would like to commit to a Missions Pledge this year, please use the link below.
Join us Sunday, Monday or Friday evening as we meet in homes around the area and at the church for missions small groups! You will have the chance to speak directly with a missionary and hear about his/her experiences on the mission field. Groups begin at 6 or 7 p.m., so be sure to connect with your group's host before you attend. Feel free to bring some food to share!
Below is the full list of groups. Click on a map location to see more information about that group.
Calvary Church believes in the importance and power of missions. We take teams to other places of the world (and our own country) to tell people about God’s love, to lend a helping hand to areas in need and to encourage the missionaries, pastors and congregations who have been called there by God. Join one (or many!) of our missions trip opportunities, and discover how God can use you to love others.
Haiti: June 9-16 (This trip is closed.) — Pastor Jason McElwee and Wendy Waltmire
Kigali and Huye, Rwanda: July 12-23 — Wanda Burgund
Glasgow, Scotland: August 2-12
Marshall, Illinois: August 6-12 — Pastor Ron and Krisan Markese
Kocise, Slovakia: October 8-18 — Wanda Burgund
Guatemala City, Guatemala: October 19-27