Webster Presbyterian Church
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Missionaries We Support

Jody Collinge

Jody is a pediatrician living in Zihuatanejo, Mexico and works with the Global CHE Network, which is a network of approximately 500 churches and organizations working in 118 countries around the world.  The ministry strategy is community health evangelism, which is a combination of evangelism, discipleship, and community-based development. They train community health workers with skills such as Bible storying, basic health skills, micro-enterprise, building safe water systems, and prenatal care. They then train their neighbors and work together on projects to improve their communities.

 Specifically, Jody is responsible for developing training materials and  working with Children’s CHE, or community health evangelism with children.   She also works with several children’s ministries near Zihuatanejo.  They have “Kids’ Clubs”  in the squatter communities in the hills overlooking Zihuatanejo, and teach them Bible skills, English as a second language, and first aid and health skills.  That has resulted in the planting of some new churches.  They are also working with a small children’s home. 

Her work also takes her to other countries, both to work together with others who are involved with children’s ministries, and to give training in community health evangelism.

Kristen Hoffman-Peckham

Kristen grew up in Webster Presbyterian Church where she  started her ministry in her own youth group, by going on many work camp trips, as well as being involved with the local Young Life group in the Webster Area.

Kristen is currently living in the Worcester, Massachusetts area.  She is working as an administrator for Rick Rogan, the regional director for the Greater Northeast Region of Young Life. Young Life is an international ministry focused on middle school and  high school kids hearing the Gospel. She supports and assists over 60 staff members throughout the Region. She also consults and mentors a local staff person in the Nashoba Valley area. This will allow Kristen continued contact with local ministry. She will support the local committee, staff and volunteers through this position.

 

Jed Koball 
Jed began his service as a mission co-worker in January 2009, when he was appointed companionship facilitator for the Joining Hands (JH) network in Peru. He is accompanied by his wife, Jenny Valles.   

Joining Hands is an initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program that fights the root causes of hunger by sparking the formation of networks in developing countries. These networks lead the struggle against hunger at a local level while working with PC(USA) presbyteries and congregations to address global hunger issues.

The Peruvian JH network, which is called “Red Uniendo Manos Peru” (the Peru Joining Hands network), is comprised of secular NGOs, such as human rights groups, church-related NGOs, and churches.

You can learn more about Jed and his work in Peru:

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/koball-jed/

A Missionary in North Africa

Webster Presbyterian has supported a missionary engaged in church planting among Muslims in North Africa for 5 years. Married in 2012, he and his wife continue to labor, sharing the Gospel message in local, dialectal Arabic, and meeting with young believers. The most exciting element of this work is training new North African Christians to share the gospel with their friends and families. They dream of seeing many small house churches established which will multiply and carry the good news about Jesus throughout the country.

Stu Ross        

Stu is a member of the Outreach Foundation’s East Africa mission staff, based in Kikuyu, Kenya. He is responsible for working with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in a ministry of building schools, churches, and orphanages as well as managing water projects.
PCEA ministers lead an average of six churches each. The church is growing at a rate of 15 percent per year. Both these factors have left a critical shortage of ministers and churches in East Africa. Stu works in close cooperation with PCEA on all of the construction projects they direct in Kenya. He also arranges for volunteer church groups to come to Kenya and work on projects that they have helped fund; this gives U.S. churches an opportunity to not only help financially but also work side-by-side with their Kenyan partners.
Stu spends about six months in Kenya and six months in the U.S.