Leadership

Tim DeJong (Tijuana, Mexico)

When I was 9 months old my family moved to South Africa as missionaries. Us boys heard the gospel morning and evenings in family devotions and at every meeting our church had because we were there. After one Sunday evening service I asked my dad to help me ask Jesus to come into my heart and change my life into one that pleased Him.

Over the years I’ve had a lot of conflict with my folks but unlike many others I never walked away from My Lord. Though I did many things that displeased Him He was always faithful to my commitment to Him and would not allow me to get into many bad situations like drugs and drinking. Over the years my wife and I have seen the direct guidance and provision of the Lord. Both as home missionaries and as foreign missionaries and in His leading us into the assemblies which answered a lot of questions I had though personal Bible study. We are commended missionaries from Believers Gospel Chapel in Augusta Ga. My background from childhood has been in construction. My dad was the mission builder for AEF for 17 years when started a mission organization providing practical helps (construction) for other missions. We worked with that organization for 11 years and were introduced to the assemblies through it. I then ran my own construction remodeling company for 12 years before the Lord called us back into full time service for Him in Tijuana Mexico where we have served for another 5 years and now we are looking forward to serving Him now through Teamworkers Abroad.

Scott Nordstrom (Omaha, Nebraska)

As a former elder at Northwest Bible Fellowship (Omaha, Nebraska), I thoroughly enjoy planning and helping with the work of the Lord. My desire is to minister to missionaries abroad who are benefited by a team coming and helping with projects that require physical labor. The Lord has opened the doors for me to lead and serve on several short term missions’ trips to Central and South America. When we return to the States, we are encouraged that we could be of a help, but more importantly, we pray more intelligently about God’s work in another part of the world. Studying Nehemiah 1:1-4, and I was struck by the question he asked that would change his life. How are the people doing, and what is the physical condition of Jerusalem? The answer caused him to sit down, weep, mourn, fast and pray. His initial burden was to see the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt. God allowed Nehemiah to work on the physical aspect of the city which would later provide for spiritual impact.

And so with TeamWorkers Abroad, I am convinced that we can labor together with God as we serve our brothers and sisters around the world. And even though there may be language barriers at times, hopefully our actions will speak volumes and our helping with practical “building projects” will create an environment for spiritual opportunities.

Jonathan Routley (Dubuque, Iowa)

My name is Jon Routley. I attend Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel where I serve as the Sunday School superintendent. We have approximately 30 children between the ages of 2-18. Keeping them all interested in God’s word is a challenge.
In God’s word it talks about the different gifts that God has given to us (1 Peter 4:10-11). I believe that God has given me the ability to use my hands in building things. I’ve been working in construction for over 30 years.

In 2008, I was able to go to Ecuador and work on a project in the jungle. The year preceeding that, God put on my heart to get a group of people together to go and help missionaries with there building projects. It also says in God’s word that we should build up the body of Christ. I feel that helping missionaries with projects would free them up to be able to preach and teach more, without worrying about building projects. I long to see them freed up to preach the gospel. By my helping them with a particular need I can free them up to further the work of the Lord. Whether it is putting up a wall for a Sunday School classroom, building a church, building a school, or just putting a roof over someones house where they could meet to study God’s word; all these things are worthwhile in my opinion. Please pray God would bring the right people and the right projects that He would have us do.

Fred Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)

I grew up on a farm in central Iowa and was converted to a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at age 18 through a Bible study on a college campus. Since 1975 my wife, Sue, and I have fellowshipped with the Christians in Davenport IA at what is now known as High Point Bible Chapel, where we have served in various capacities and I served as an elder there for about 25 years.  I am now a commended worker with the purpose of traveling for TeamWorkers Abroad. Over the years I have trained 5 children to walk with the Lord who, with their spouses, are training 16 grandchildren and counting, directed Ozark Family Camp at Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp, helped with Christian camp projects and mission projects both in the states and foreign countries. Since retiring from a career in the beef cattle industry I have been able to put more effort into each of the areas.

During the work in the aftermath of Katrina I saw the value of getting the word out to people with various abilities that could come together to help those with the same Biblical beliefs. Many of the missionaries spend their time learning the culture and language of people groups do not need, or may not have the ability, to be distracted by the physical aspects of the work. I envision TeamWorkers Abroad developing a list of abilities and availabilities of people in the States who are able to provide coordinated help to Christian assemblies around the world, both in on-going growth and disasters that occur.

Advisory Board:

Ed Anthony, speaker; Bob Bennett, CMML; Bill Coyle, Stewards Ministries; Jesse Genile, ACM