Missionaries since: 1983
Fields of Service: Bolivia, U.S.
Don and Doreen Nelson have been active in the missionary field since 1983 when they joined the FCBC. In Fellsmere, Florida. Don graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with an MA in Agricultural Engineering. Don met Doreen in 1981 when they were both attending the Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions, now Columbia International University.
Shortly after their joining FCBC, Don and Doreen were sent to Bolivia in December in 1984 in response to a request for someone to work in the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) ministries and community development. TEE seeks to educate potential church leaders while they go about their ministry rather than removing them from their communities for education and training elsewhere and hoping that they go back once the education is complete. In other words the entire ethos is training people in the ministry rather than training people for the ministry.
The Nelson’s participation in TEE was through the Sudan Interior Mission (SEE) which later became the Society for International Mission and is now known as Serving in Mission”. SIM’s main office is in Charlotte, NC. SEE’s main ministries are:
- Encouraging church leadership in the San Julian region.
- Ministering as counselors to the regional women’s committee in San Julian.
- Operating a Thursday Neighborhood Kids English Class (which is held at the Nelson’s home.
- Offering couples and family counseling and encouragement as well as pre and post marital counseling and mentoring.
- Providing guest hospitality for stressed church workers, missionaries, and troubled couples and families.
- Hosting small church baptisms, youth prayer days, and a women’s group from their home.
- Planning and executing field days, governing board retreats, and planning days for the ministry workers.
- Pre-evangelism work to San Ramon Chiquitano and mestizo people groups.
Doreen continues to study at Colombia International University and is just two courses away from finishing her MA in Theological Studies. In the next two to three years, the Nelsons will be transitioning to retirement in late 2016 or early 2017, but will continue their ministry work. As dual citizens of Bolivia and the U. S. after retirement, the Nelsons will be splitting their time between San Ramon, Bolivia and Wabasso, Florida.
Missionaries since: 1992
Fields of Service: The World
Paul and Vickie are part of a very unique Mission program. As a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI), Paul created the Southern California Seahorses, a soccer team based out of La Mirada California that seeks to share the good news of the gospel through the game of soccer. Partnering with MAI, their mission role is to provide vision, encouragement, resources, and training through the service of our camps, clinics, tours, teams, and other outreach opportunities. Their international focus thrives to partner with national churches and Christian organizations to develop culturally relevant soccer ministry programs that become self replicating. Their vision is to see God glorified, lives changed, and a world-wide movement of sports evangelism.
Since 1983, the Southern California Seahorses have been impacting the community of La Mirada, as well as over 15 countries around the globe. Paul and Vickie, as well as a dedicated team of administrators, coaches and counselor, dreamed of creating a soccer team and league that could not just simply compete at a high level amongst the other world class non-professional teams, but most importantly to become a goalpost to other teams and fans around the world as spokespeople for the Gospel doing all for the glory of Christ.
Today, their ministry reaches beyond just a soccer club. Their success on the field is complimented by their dedication to serving the local and global community. The Seahorses function as the heart to numerous after-school clinics, camps, international tours, and many other outreach programs. The Gizzi’s passion for soccer is secondary to their love for Jesus Christ. It is their hope that the good news of the Gospel and their faith will permeate throughout everything they do, providing positive role models and a family-friendly environment for every player that gets involved with the organization.
Paul and Vickie Gizzi relocated to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay area in 1992 after serving as a principal and administrator at Contra Costa Christian High School. Paul grew up in Japan where his parents were missionaries to the Japanese as well as to U.S. military personnel. Paul and Vicki both attended Biola University in Whittier, California. Paul was a standout soccer player at Biola and played professionally for four years in the North American Soccer League with the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes, primarily as goalie. He has led tours to Japan every summer since 1996. Vickie works at the Seahorse MAI Headquarter office and serves the mission in many ways. Paul and Vickie reside in La Habra, CA and have four children: Ginny, Jaclyn, Glenn and Stephen.
OVBC have supported the Gitty’s work since 2001.
Missionary since: 1992
Fields of Service: The World
Pastor Tom Delamater served as the Assistant Pastor at OVBC in the early 70’s before God led him to full-time service as a Chaplain for Healthcare. Currently God is using Tom’s immense experience and passion to oversee and train other Chaplains for Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association (HCMA).
Founded in 1939, HCMA is a non-sectarian, non-profit professional chaplaincy organization that recruits, trains, certifies and encourages Christian Chaplains serving in healthcare facilities, both acute and long term care, and hospice programs worldwide. HCMA is comprised of clinically trained and professionally competent Chaplains who provide spiritual counsel and emotional support to patients and residents, their family members, and healthcare staff. HCMA Chaplains function as an integral member of the healthcare team to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the sick and suffering, the distressed and dying.
The mission of HCMA is to select, train, certify, and encourage Christian Chaplains who are professionally competent to provide pastoral and spiritual care to people of all faiths at healthcare institutions worldwide. At the heart of HCMA are the following set of core values:
- Christian– HCMA Chaplains are believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and seek to follow Him in character and conduct, especially His love, which is demonstrated in compassion for the sick and suffering with their diverse needs.
- Excellence in Training – HCMA Chaplains have undergone extensive and intensive clinical pastoral education that is grounded in biblical and professional principles under the mentoring of skilled Teaching Chaplains.
- Professional Competence – HCMA Chaplains are skilled pastoral caregivers meeting the highest Professional Competency Standards and Code of Ethics within the field of clinical pastoral care.
- Respect for Diversity – HCMA Chaplains recognize the dignity and worth of every person. Pastoral/spiritual services are offered with sensitivity and respect to all persons regardless of age, diagnosis, disability, economic status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or social status.
Serving the community since: 1985
Mission: To provide caring, compassionate medical and counseling services to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
LivingWell Pregnancy Centers began operating in April of 1985. The clinic was founded by a coalition of doctors and businessmen who recognized the need for practical help and medical care for women in Orange County facing unplanned pregnancies. For more than 30 years they have assisted over 100,000 women.
Located in Orange, California, the Center’s mission is to provide health services and practical solutions to each woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, in order to allow them to make a rational decision without the undue pressure of other circumstances. LivingWell’s emphasis is on helping each woman overcome the fears surrounding her particular challenges so she can move forward equipped with information and confidence.
LivingWell also provides support services to men who find themselves suddenly in the emotional upheaval an unplanned pregnancy can cause. LivingWell helps men to learn how to support the pregnant woman, and to support each man in learning how to navigate a complex, and potentially challenging time in your life.
By helping the couple individually and as a unit to remove the fear and to see the positive options available to them and to help empower each in the ability to face and flourish in the incredible gift of life that they have been given care of, is a daily occurring miracle at LivingWell.