Eastwood believes domestic and international missionaries are a vital part of our culture and vision, so each year, we seek God’s guidance in who to partner with to help carry out the mission God has given us. We ask that you be in fervent prayer for each of the partners below throughout the year. If you ever have questions or want additional information, please contact the church office. We thank you, as always, for praying for our missionary/ministry partners.
CHOICES – Choices exists to educate, support and empower women and men in our community. Since 1985, we have been dedicated to providing a safe, confidential place where women and men can receive accurate information, medical services and practical help without judgment or bias.
THE SAMARITAN CENTER – The Samaritan Center exists to meet the basic physical, spiritual, and social needs of the people in our area (Ooltewah & Collegedale), using the ministry of Jesus as our model.
CARL & KATHY MOST (Nicaragua & Cuba) – On their website, Carl & Kathy write, “As a couple serving the Nicaraguan people for the past 17 years, we hold to conservative lines while placing an emphasis on a Christ centered life. We are committed to a balanced walk where truth and love go hand in hand and where surrender and obedience to Christ is our daily desire. We highly value teamwork and love nothing more than equipping and encouraging national believers for ministry. Following Christ’s example, we seek to make the least, the last, and the lost our priority, trusting the Gospel to bring hope and life to the most difficult places of society.”
JON & TATHIANA ELAM (Brazil) – Jon & Tathiana work with Campus Outreach in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Campus Outreach website describes their ministry, “The vision of Campus Outreach is Glorifying God by Building Laborers on the Campus for the Lost World. We seek to build laborers with a commitment to the Great Commission through evangelism and discipleship. We are passionately reaching students with the gospel and training them to become mature followers of Christ. Our desire is then to see students leave college fully equipped to labor in the harvest field for the glory of God.”
Jon writes, “Through our blog posts we want to share important information and how lives are being transformed through knowledge of Jesus Christ – our lives included.”
TRAINING PASTORS INTERNATIONAL (Greg Moore) – The TPI website indicates, “Since 2003, TPI has trained, discipled, and mentored thousands of national pastors in Central America, South America, Cuba, and Dominican Republic. The mission the Lord has given us is the only true mission of His church given in Matthew 28:19-20. The way we have been called to accomplish this mission is by training national pastors and equipping them to train other national pastors. It is our conviction that a national can reach other nationals better than a cross-cultural missionary. We exist, therefore, to equip national pastors and leaders to accomplish the Great Commission wherever they are. If we train pastors to win souls, disciple the saved, and train others to do the same, we have applied the spiritual principle that yields spiritual fruit. (2 Timothy 2:2)”
ANOTHER CHILD FOUNDATION (Romania) – Another Child’s website writes, “Another Child Foundation’s mission is to reach, teach, and transform the lives of orphaned and at-risk children in Romania. The educating and transformation of children and their families is the top priority in Romania.”
DANIEL & SARAH BARRETT (Costa Rica) – The Barretts describe the birth of Horizon Church on their website, “In January 2009 they moved to Costa Rica and began serving different ministries. In the summer of 2012 they recognized the growing need for an international church in Jaco. Later that same year they stepped out in faith and began pursuing the vision that God had giving them for that church. In addition, they continued ministering to the local Spanish speakers through a weekly kids club, youth group and Women’s Bible study. After months of praying and visioning, they began an English speaking Bible Study as a ministry of Iglesia Radical, a local Spanish church. From this God-given vision, Horizon Church was born.”
MAKUMBI JOHNSON (Uganda) – ZoomInfo.com has a listing for Victory Living Word Church in Kawempe, Uganda and describes the church as follows:
Victory Living Word Church was opened in 1992 by Pastor Makumbi Johnson and his wife, Anna. Our church is located in Kawempe Mbogo, a Moslem community (approximately 95% Moslem) and is about six miles North of Kampala (the capital of Uganda). Uganda is not a Moslem country, and it is estimated that only 12% are Moslems, out of the population of 28 million. However, Moslems usually settle together and Kawempe Mbogo is one of those communities. Evangelism in this community is not easy from a human perspective. We have suffered many things; however, our Lord stood with us through all the adversities. Our Lord can overcome any adversity and we are always encouraged by God’s law of assignment. “What we have been assigned to do will determine the affliction and blessings, friends and enemies in our lives” – so be it. Even today, Pastor Makumbi Johnson bears the scars and shrapnel of a hand grenade; to God be the glory. We began our church meetings in a house. We moved our services under a tree, then to a bamboo structure. God later provided a wooden structure for our church, and today, we are now gathering in a two thousand seater building.