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875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco
Marco Presbyterian Church’s 22nd annual conference was held last weekend and included a group of missionaries, who all spoke about their work in faraway places.
A Women’s Brunch with wives of the missionaries offered an opportunity for them to talk about their own experiences and challenges faced in the missionary field.
Each guest gave a short speech on where they are currently doing missionary work. Some stories were about children they were working with and how they were touched by the missionary labor. Other stories reflected difficult times to endure.
Speakers included Judy Chacko, India; Phyllis Waldecker, Latin America; Jan Kiewiet, Australia; and Ruthie Gutierrez, Peru.
According to the speakers, doing good work is not the only way to heaven. They said it also takes learning and accepting the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ, and accepting Him as Lord and Savior.
Missionaries help build churches and schools. Most of the time they are in impoverished areas. Each speaker said they love their work and consider the people their families.
According to Ginnie Fluth, president of Women in Church (WIT), one of the first missionaries they supported was in India.
Missionary Judy Chacko, a teacher associated with the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, said the focus is to teach and strengthen the church in Dehra Dun located 150 miles north of New Delhi.
Chacko stated the women who come to the seminary are all ages.
“We mature them in faith and teach them the right way. India is now our home and we are very thankful for the wonderful way God is working and the church is growing,” she commented. Her husband, Dr. Mohan Chacko, serves as principal of the seminary in India.
The other missionaries also spoke about the countries they are stationed at. A question and answer period followed. Approximately 65 women attended the Brunch for Women.
According to short bios given to Marco Presbyterian Church, the Gutierrez’ are with the Project Nehemiah Corporation where, as a result of terrorist activities of The Shining Path group in Peru, they helped orphaned Quechua children. In Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Quentin Nantz ministers and also teaches students at Christ’s College. Rev. David and Jan Kiewiet are missionaries in Australia. In the public schools, Jan shares the gospel while David is a professor at Westminster Theological College of Queensland teaching Church History and Practical Theology. Rev. Gary Waldecker with his wife, Phyllis, is the leader of the resource team for Latin America with Mission to the World.
Assistant Pastor Jonathan Loerop heads Marco Presbyterian Church’s annual mission trip to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.
A Men’s Breakfast was also held as part of the weekend conference to hear missionaries Nantz, Chacko, Gutierrez, Kiewiet, and Waldecker. They spoke about dealing with the challenges of bringing the gospel and the word of God to other nations as well as balancing work and family.
Senior Pastor Dr. Rev. Bruce Fiol, a former missionary, gave a sermon the last day of the conference on “Why send missionaries?”
Marco Presbyterian church is located at 875 West Elkcam Circle. Phone: 394-8186.