The first time Shirley truly met Jesus face to face was at the age of thirteen in a revival where Irene Hanley preached, and the Edwards family were the singers. God gloriously saved her and it started her on my road to serving Him forever. At fifteen years she struggled with my missionary call. “Something inside me was afraid to accept this” Shirley testifies, “but, I will never forget the prayer meeting in a friend’s living room when I got on my knees and just began saying, ‘Yes, Jesus, Yes, Jesus.’ The Holy Spirit came and witnessed to me that God had indeed called me and He accepted my, ‘Yes’. Praise the Lord! There’s never been a day that I have doubted this….”
Shirley and her family moved to PNG in 1979 under the Bible Missionary Church. They served one term. Shirley states:
“For the next thirty years, I longed to return to my people and the land of my calling…Papua New Guinea. It broke my heart. Many events happened in those thirty years. Our children grew up, got married, and established Christian homes. Eleven wonderful grandchildren were born. I taught in ACE schools for twenty years. Sadly, my marriage disintegrated, and I found myself as a single older lady. God laid it on my heart to return to PNG. I saw it as a challenge, an opportunity, and an open door. I must confess that coming alone caused me to totally lean on God. He helped me to get over every hurdle. I came a self- supported, independent, volunteer missionary to the Bible Fellowship Church of PNG.”
Shirley feels honored to serve with Bible Methodist Missions.
Maricka, a native South African, currently serves as an administrative assistant and faculty member at the Philippine Bible Methodist Shepherd’s College. Her passion is disciple-making, particularly among those who are training for Christian ministry.
She grew up in rural South Africa in a loving Christian family. As God began to direct her towards a life of full-time ministry, He opened the door for her to receive her ministry training in the US at God’s Bible School and College, earning degrees in: BA in Intercultural Studies and World Missions, BA in Biblical and Theological Studies, MA in Biblical Studies, graduating in 2017
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During our May 7th BMM Missions Committee meeting it was our privilege to receive Bro. David Martinez as a missionary under appointment. David is a native Mexican and a highly respected graduating student of God’s Bible School & College.
David was born into a Christian home and made a personal decision to follow Jesus when he was just six years old. “I don’t remember the exact date”, David testifies, “but the conviction that I was a Christian never changed. I fully surrendered my life to Christ in May of 2013. I was a High School senior about to graduate and confused about the future. In His mercy, God came close to me, called me to full-time ministry, and ask me to surrender all. I did.”
While David has been studying at GBS he as also been involved in a ministry called Cincinnati Circuit Riders, a weekend preaching, testimony, and worship ministry organized by international students. One of David’s ministry peers says of him: “When we traveled in the ministry team together David was known for his willing spirit to do anything for the team (preach, play the piano, teach). He is a very talented guy with a servant’s heart.” One of his professors at GBS describes David as “sincere, humble, disciplined in his studies, a team-player, a man of integrity.” We look forward to introducing Bro. David Martinez to you in our BMC camp meeting missions services this summer.
While David feels called to church planting ministry, his complete transition to the field is still a few years away. Later this year he will be enrolling in graduate studies at a seminary in Guatemala: SEMINARIO TEOLOGICO CENTROAMERICANO. During breaks he will be training, working and teaching with Brennan and Ivon Muir in San Gabriel and throughout our BMC work in Mexico. We will talk about this and much more this summer!
Brennan and Ivon Muir have been serving as disciple-makers in the southern Mexico village of San Gabriel (state of Oaxaca) since 2013. In their partnering role with the Mexico Bible Methodist Church, Brennan currently serves as Assistant National Youth Pastor and Ivon teaches children and youth. Brennan is the son of a pastor and grew up in a nurturing, Christ-centered home.
Ivon is the daughter of hard-working, Mexican immigrants who came to the United States when Ivon was just a toddler. After Ivon, her mother and siblings came to Christ through the relentless love of Frankfort (Indiana) Bible Holiness Church, their home also became a home filled with love and prayer.
Brennan and Ivon graduated from God’s Bible School & College, where they won the respect of all who knew them for their sincere dedication to Christ. Soon after they were married in 2011 God called them to be missionaries in Mexico, and He has blessed them with two little boys – Brennan and Jared.
The Muirs are examples to us of spiritual surrender. We have watched them exchange the securities and comforts of “home” to face many challenges and tests in an area where no missionary has lived before. They have done this with a beautiful, selfless and teachable spirit, and with the energy and determination which promises an enduring, fruitful ministry.