Bill & Lillie Aiken
Rev. William R. and Lillie Ann Aiken have been working in the field of Jewish evangelism since 1975. They have served the Lord in that capacity in the US and Canada.
As the Director of Remnant Ministries in Cleveland, Ohio, he was responsible for the oversight of a staff of nineteen located in several cities of the US and two couples working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He edited The Trumpeter, a quarterly magazine devoted to the work of the ministry, Biblical doctrine, and God’s work with the Jewish people: past, present, and future.
For ten years he was the National Director of The Christian Friends of Israel of Canada, Inc., the Canadian “arm” of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc., Bellmawr, NJ. Bill’s ministry involved overseeing a staff of ten workers in five cities of Canada. On a personal basis he was actively involved in reaching the Jewish community of Montreal and the Greater Toronto area, through witnessing, Bible studies, and speaking in area churches on behalf of the mission.
Presently Bill is serving the Lord under the auspices of Israel’s Hope Ministries of USA. For ten years he had worked under the Canadian branch of this outreach. We have now incorporated the ministry in the USA. He is involved in outreach to the Jewish communities of Cleveland, Warren, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, Ohio. For five years, along with his Jewish work, he also pastored a small church in Rome, Ohio. After five years of ministry to the church he resigned and now is working exclusively in Jewish ministry. This involves evangelistic Bible studies, personal witnessing, special outreaches for Jewish people, speaking at conferences-both missionary and prophetic- and pulpit supply.
Lillie Aiken was saved at the age of thirty-two and has spent the last thirty-seven years assisting her husband in the ministry. Bill and Lillie have four children and thirteen grandchildren, including two adopted granddaughters from China.
Doug & Heather Amundson
Doug is the son of one of our former pastors and we have supported him and his family since 2006. Having previously served in Chile, they now work at the home office of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE).
Mel & Sally Boerema
Mel and Sally (a member of Gospel Life Church) met while they attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and married shortly after graduating. Our church started supporting them in March 1977 after they were accepted to serve with North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM). They started ministry with the Sto-lo People of Agassiz, British Columbia and from there they moved to Lytton, British Columbia to work among the Thompson (Ntlakyapamuk) people. It was here that God buried their hearts to serve people. They then moved on to Vernon, British Columbia among the Okanagan people to serve as interim director of Kla-How-Ya Wilderness trails. In 2001, this camping program moved to Alberta, taking the Boeremas with it. After five years, the trails program came to an end, but God then led Mel to pastor Piikani Lighthouse Fellowship on the Piikani Reserve. It is here that they continue to serve the Lord.
Nancy is one of our long time missionaries to Brazil and grew up on the missions field as a missionary child. Her work through the Brazil Gospel Fellowship includes are involvement in the Awana program and as a counselor to the Finance Committee. Nancy is involved with the ladies' group and helping with the children's ministry. This term, they will start out by helping the church in a city of Arapiraca, Alagoas, which is about a two-hour drive from their home. This church is without a pastor so they plan to spend 10 days each month helping the group of believers in the area. Right now, the group consists of two sisters and their extended families which is about 10-15 people. Nancy is also involved in a ministry which helps Brazilians purchase computers at cost so that they are able to study online.
Although born in the United States, Lucy grew up in Brazil in a missionary family (our church supported her parents, Ed and Jane Lieb). After the Lord saved her, she was baptized at First Baptist Church of Evans City during furlough at nine years old. It was a few years later that God called her to the mission field during a missions conference here at the church. After college, she spent five years serving in Brazil, teaching English as a foreign language. Lucy then spent a year studying Christian Education at Moody Bible Institute with the intent of returning to Brazil as a full time missionary. In 1982, the Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission (BGF) accepted Lucy as a missionary candidate, allowing her to return to Brazil later that year as a full time missionary. Since 1984 our church has supported Lucy as she has been serving with SIBIMA (Maranatha Bible Institute and Seminary) in teaching education classes and serving in the library. Once a week, she gets the opportunity to work with Priscila School, and also serves at Nova Metropole Bible Church with the Christian education team.
Lalo & Lesly Vielmas
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Serving with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in the border town of Juárez, Lalo is in charge of coordinating and leading all the teams that come down to serve alongside the staff who call 'the base' their home. Lesly is active in their local church where she helps serve the youth. They've recently built a new home and are raising their son Isaías to love God. GLC has supported the Vielmas' since 2017.