MissionsThe proclamation (Matthew 28:19,20) and propagation (Acts 1:8) of the gospel of Jesus Christ is our chief mission.
Supported Missionaries / Organizations
Shaun & Ashley Patrick
Shaun and Ashley are missionaries with New Life Advance
International(NLAI) to Guatemala, where they will be working in a
Children's Home, New Life Children's Home(NLCH). Their ministry will
mainly be focused on discipleship of the kids. Their goal is to help
build a discipleship program where the older kids are discipling the
younger ones and for it to be something that can continue on. Shaun will
also be doing maintenance for the Home and Ashley will be helping care
for the young children and assisting the House Moms with different tasks
and activities, like homework in the afternoons. She also plans to
start a program of vision therapy for some of the kids who struggle in
Shaun and Ashley were both a part of a discipleship ministry called Off The Wall Ministry for 2 years. They got married in May 2013 and will be leaving by the end of September to begin language school in Guatemala. Following that they will be going to Texas for a 3-month Missions School with NLAI before starting their ministry in the Children's Home.
Visit Ashley's blog for more information.
Since 1983, Doug's ministry with Athletes in Action has taken him to 39 different countries, 6 of our 7 continents, and throughout most of the United States to share God's never-changing message with an ever-changing world.
His two books "Irresistible Evangelism" and "God Space" in combination with his outwardly-focused workshop have opened up doors for Doug to speak in faith communities worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences across the U.S. He's had the privilege of speaking at the Pentagon's Prayer breakfast in Washington D. C., the national staff conferences of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as CRU) in the U.S, Canada, Moldova, and Poland, and has done two national speaking tours of New Zealand.
Doug has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University, and graduate degrees from Miami of Ohio, and Columbia International University. He is married to his wife Martha, and they have 2 boys named David and Jonathan. They make their home just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more about Doug's work and the resources he's created to help transform inwardly focused Christians into outwardly focused Christ-followers, go to GodsGPS.com.
Ken & Melinda Cogley
After moving to a new neighborhood in the 4th grade, Ken was invited to attend Sunday School at a local church. He enjoyed it and began attending Awana there also. God used those two activities to prepare his heart to accept the truth of the Gospel. At age 10 he put his faith and trust in Jesus.
Melinda trusted Christ as her Savior at age 7, and grew up in a Christian home. As a teen, she helped with Good News Clubs in the neighborhoods of Troy, OH.
Melinda and Ken met in 1985; in Troy, Ohio when Ken returned from the military. They worked with the youth at church as their relationship started. After they married in 1986 they continued as youth sponsors. Later, they moved to Northeast Ohio where Melinda began to serve in Awana as the Cubbies snack lady. Over the years following she was a Chums and T&T Leader, T&T Director and Sparks Director. Before their work together as youth leaders, Ken worked as a Pals Leader. In 2003 they assumed the Commander position at Old North Church in Canfield. Ken and Melinda joined the Ohio Awana Ministry Team in 2005 with a special interest in Bible Quizzing. Through involvement with the Ministry Team and the training received while attending Commander College at Awana HQ they experienced God giving them a passion for children's ministry. Realizing the urgency for reaching boys & girls with the Gospel, they have followed God's call to serve as missionaries to the children, families and churches of Ohio & West Virginia.
For more information visit the Ohio Awana website.