We are excited to announce the appointment of Curtis Chanda as the new International Director of Global Teams. Curtis comes to us with more than two decades of field experience with Frontiers International, an organization which shares Global Teams’ emphasis on reaching unreached people groups and equipping and sending believers from within new movements. Curtis and his wife Diana have spent the last twenty years living and working in a Muslim context in Central Asia, where their three daughters were born. Through God’s grace, they were able to plant the first churches in their area for Muslim background believers.
We are currently working with an unreached people group in Kenya. Years ago when Bryson lived in Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya, he observed followers of Jesus rubbing shoulders with people of other faiths, though they had very little in common. Bryson and his wife, Deborah, desired to reach an unreached people group with the word of God and train other Kenyans to do the same. Bryson says, "I am an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Kenya. I have served in a diocese in Kenya since 1984, nine years of which I served as the principal of Bishop Hannington Institute, preparing ordinands for full-time ministry."
"My Christian mission began in 1972, soon after I gave my life to Christ. My new experience in Christ changed my inner being; shaping my values, attitudes, and motives. I knew I had a vocation to fulfill; serving my Lord. I was led to a life of prayer and fasting. I became fully involved in the Christian Union at my school, including leading services and preaching. Later I had a call to serve as a full time minister in the Church, so I joined the ordained ministry. In 2002, while studying in the United States, I learned about Global Teams. I discovered that Global Teams had the same vision as I did so I joined them as a field partner. In 2007, my studies were completed and my wife and I went back to Kenya and started our ministry with an unreached people group."
"God has given us a great dream. After visiting five areas, we felt led to start our ministry in one specific area. Our ministry would revolve around spiritual guidance, education, health, farming, and social welfare. On a 1 1/4 acre piece of land that God provided, we have been able to construct buildings that serve as a primary school during the week days and a place of worship on Sundays. We have over 100 children enrolled in pre-school through 6th grade. We have built a number of other churches in the years since and are seeing many people come to faith in Jesus Christ. We thank God for the good quality education we are providing to these children. With your prayers and assistance, this community will be able to experience the love of Christ and lead a better life. God Bless you."
My wife and I moved to America to serve as Global Teams field partners in 2002. After living in the US for 12 years and growing our family with the births of our three children, we made a decision as a family to pursue our long time dream.
Once I took a trip from my homeland of Korea to a country in Asia. There I saw many towns, villages and people. My heart was saddened because there was no evidence of churches or of the Gospel of Christ Jesus being taught. In that sadness, I asked the Lord, "Do you want me to be a missionary to these people? If you do, I will obey you."
The Lord said to me, "I want you to send many people who will spread the Gospel to these people." At that moment, I committed myself to mobilize Koreans to become missionaries.
Over these past years working with Global Teams, first as a field partner and more recently as the Asia Director, I have learned much about mission mobilization and training. I have served many workers and churches in Southeast Asia, sharing Global Teams training and raising up new field partners for work all over Asia. There are so many unreached people groups and unreached areas in Asia - "The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few."
It is crucial for us to find ways to share the gospel in the rhythm of our lives in the fields as well as in our daily living. It is more effective for us to share the gospel with the people from different cultures and religions the way that they can accept and live into the gospel so that they can be "yeast in the dough" in their cultures and religion to expand His Kingdom from the inside of their cultures and religions.
There are unreached people in lands all over the world who do not know Jesus as Savior. Will you join me is sending workers to the fields which are ripe for harvest? Your partnership with Global Teams will help to provide the training and travel needed to mobilize Korean and other Asian workers to join Americans and other Christian workers in the mission field.
"Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38
Latin America Director
Orlando has been the pastor of La Casa del Padre Church in San Jose, Costa Rica for 17 years. This is the second church he and his family have planted. He has been married to Ligia Ramirez since 1971. They have been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren. Orlando is the third generation of a devout Christian family. He has worked in different areas of ministry: teacher, deacon, youth pastor, co-pastor, and senior pastor, since 1975. He studied Theology at the Seminario Bautista de Costa Rica and Agronomy at the UNED, in Costa Rica. He has served as the Latin America Director for Global Teams since 2004. Ligia serves as the Global Teams Partner Care Director for Latin America.
Max grew up in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan bordering Kazakhstan. As a teenager, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, he attended classes at a local mosque. After a friend shared with him that God loved him, Max accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord. “From this day, I had joy, peace and hope. I became a new creation!”
God gave Max an evangelistic gift and an apostolic heart. “From this day I shared with my friends. A lot of my friends came to Jesus.” He became involved in an underground church that experienced exponential growth. God also provided an opportunity for Max to study at a Bible seminary in Russia. Despite ongoing arrests and harassment, Max chose to remain in Central Asia, where he discipled believers and planted churches. In 2012, Max was jailed and threatened with years of imprisonment. Miraculously he was freed, and he moved, with his wife and four boys, to Sweden. There, he pastors refugees from all over the world.
Max speaks several Turkic languages – Kazakh, Karakalpak, Uzbek, Kirgiz – as well as Russian, Swedish, English, and a little Chinese and Dari. Max has a passion for seeing the church multiply throughout Russia and Central Asia, and we are excited to have him on our team!
North America Director
I am a graduate of Evangel University. I am married to Thom Shaw who is also a vital part of the ministry. I have worked in missions for over 30 years and still love it! As Global Teams, our desire is to know Christ and to make Him known. All that we do centers around this commitment.
My first missions experience took place when I was twenty years old, when God gave me a passion for missions which has continued to grow. Since I have a heart for outreach and discipleship, my work with missions and students flows together well.
I have had the privilege of seeing God do miracles both in and through our mission teams. It is my desire that we would learn to live a missional lifestyle so that we do not miss out on opportunities in our own backyards. I provide teaching and training in both youth ministry and missions on the local, national, and international levels.