MISSIONARIES & STAFF
Ray of Light Ministries
El Shaddai Christian School
Dondo Food Pantry
Tessa Grace Nutrition
JERONIMO & NOEMIA
Jeronimo and Noemia serve as our international partners for the Ray of Light project. In 1984, during Mozambique’s Civil War, Noemia moved from Brazil to Mozambique to work as a missionary nurse. She met Jeronimo, who was a seminary student, and they married. They feel God’s call to help the poorest of the poor as our international partners and pastors of Dondo Baptist Church.
The Ray of Light project sits 20 miles inland from the port city of Beira in the twin villages of Dondo and Mafarinha. Both villages suffer from high rates of malaria and AIDS. Villagers depend on witch-doctors for healing. The project includes a medical clinic and our Tessa Grace Nutrition Center for malnourished babies and their mothers. Its Project Life program aids widows through food pantry services and our Green Door program. Since 2004, our schools have grown from 60 to over 600 children at three campuses.
Spark of Hope Ministry
ERCYLIO & ANA
In 2007, Ercylio worked as CRI’s interpreter in Mozambique. His dream, to attend a public university to study Internet and Computer Communications, was a financial impossibility. But through the generosity of a sponsor, CRI secured him a scholarship. During his second year of university, Ercylio saw significant percentages of young men drop out of high school and do little with their lives afterward. He realized that his scholarship had saved him from the same life. From that, his vision for Spark of Hope arose. Ercylio ministers to about 50 men through handball, a popular sport in the region. He lives in Dondo with his wife, Ana.
King of Kings Ministry
Tessa Grace Nutrition
Rajah Children's Home
Deep Forest Medical Aid
ISAIAH & ANANTH
Our international pastors, Pastors Isaiah and Ananth, whom we have named “the G Brothers”, desire to bring their people to Christ. We call their ministry "King of Kings". Because their ministry operates alongside of a holy river, Hindu temples fill Isaiah and Ananth’s city. People come from all over to bathe in the river and pray in nearby temples. Through King of Kings, they run Rajah Children’s Home, support native pastors in the Deep Forest region, administer medical aid in villages, and provide microloans to women in a rock quarry.
Hesed & Truth Ministries
Hesed Children's Club
JEAN & JEAN-MARIE
Jean and Jean Marie lived in Haiti until their pre-teen and teenage years. They then moved to the United States with their families. After the 2010 earthquake, the Haitian Church had experienced exponential growth, but most of the pastors and lay leaders had little to no theological training. The Lord burdened the Josephs’ hearts for their home-country.
The Josephs’ passion is to bring training to those who have none. Because of the theological education Jean received in the United States, he trains ministers through their CETHEM Bible School. Jean Marie ministers to women living in oppressive circumstances. Together, the Josephs run Hesed Children’s Club, a program for children in extreme poverty.
Life Impact Missions
Alive Bible Club
THE "L" FAMILY
'M' experienced God’s healing from Hodgkin’s disease and committed her life to His service. Her choice to pursue vocational ministry sparked great criticism and opposition from her community. 'J' grew up in South Asia. His baking expertise led him to work on cruise ships, where he felt called to go back to minister to his people. In 1998, he went to Appalachian Bible College to study Missions. He later returned to South Asia and trained local pastors. The need for pastoral training motivated him and his wife to further their education at Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduation, they moved home to South Asia to plant a church and train pastors.
The "L" Family runs Alive Bible Club, an after-school program to children in extreme poverty. They have also planted churches and trained pastors in their area.
Kalighat Bible Study
Three decades ago, Smriti left her Hindu background and gave her life to Christ. God called her to be a missionary, with another organization, then with CRI in 2007. Smriti takes Christ to children, young girls, abused women, and widows—those desperately in need of His care. We call her “Mighty Mouse” because she defends the Gospel without fear.`
Smriti’s Mudpaths Preschool program takes its name from the damp alleyways of Smriti’s city. In these mudpaths, Smriti offers a one-year preschool program, tutoring for elementary aged children, and Sunday School in four different slums. She forms relationships by taking prayer walks. When allowed inside families’ homes, she prays for the sick and invites the children to her club. Her staff teaches English, sings songs, and shares Bible stories. She has started a Bible club for children whose mothers work in the city’s red-light district. Smriti ministers to over 300 children a week.
Green Door Homes
Manuel trained as a pastor in Zimbabwe. When he returned to Mozambique, he could understand and teach the Word of God--a skill most Mozambicans can never acquire. With this in mind, he felt called to do the most with his knowledge on behalf of his people. Manuel is a professor at Bible schools in Beira and Dondo. He trains young men in our Spark of Hope program. He pastors a church in “the bush”, a place of extreme poverty.
As the leader of Green Door, Manuel addresses the need for safe and sturdy houses in Mozambique. He supervises two crews that build high-quality cement-block homes, as well as latrines. Manuel and his wife, Ramizia, have three children.
Grace & Knowledge Academy & High school
Disciples Divinity School (Seminary)
Tessa Grace Nutrition
JACKSON & BLESSING
Blessing attended a Christian school with daily exposure to the Word of God. She attributes her hope, life, confidence, and salvation to this upbringing. As consumerism seeped into Nigeria, Jackson watched many of his people adopt self-serving attitudes. When everyone was out for themselves, Nigeria’s children suffered most. This realization convinced Jackson and Blessing to follow their dream--to open a Christian school in their village, which sits on Nigeria’s Muslim-Christian border.
In late 2011, Jackson and Blessing opened the doors of Grace & Knowledge Academy. Each week, 100 children attend their Bible Club, and they have 98 students in their preschool through third-grade classes. In 2014, Jackson completed his Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and they moved back home to Nigeria with their daughter, Mayo.
Shalem Christian Academy
LIAN & LUN
Lian grew up in a remote village of Myanmar. As the oldest of six siblings, he felt responsible for his family after his father died. Lian never intended to become a theologian or pastor. Clear signs of God’s call urged him towards ministry. Lian felt fully able to fulfill God’s plan only after he married Lun. In 2011, Lian graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. He partnered with CRI to start Shalem Christian Academy.
In Myanmar, many parents work all day in the rice fields and are too busy, poor, and tired to send their children to school. Lian and Lun’s vision is to bring these children, especially orphans, into their Shalem Christian Academy. Their goal for their students is to teach them not only how to survive, but to love God, love their neighbor, and be useful to society.
The 'Y' Family Ministries
Tessa Grace Nutrition
THE 'Y' FAMILY
'R' came to know Christ at the age of seven. Her faith strengthened under the upbringing of her Christian parents. 'J' had Christian beginnings but did not develop a relationship with Christ until he was 19. After a near-fatal chemical accident at J's work, God placed it on their hearts to resign from their jobs and commit to full-time ministry. They graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2011 and returned home to South Asia, where they live with their four children.
The 'Y' Family strives to plant churches among first-generation believers. They conduct several AIDS outreach programs in their city, especially among orphans and families. R’s medical and counseling degrees allow them to conduct mobile medical clinics and counsel women in nearby villages.
Nsanganiza Care Centre
REDSON & MARYAM
Maryam grew up in a Muslim, polygamous family. In the late 90s, her family left Nsanganiza, their village, so that she and her siblings could receive an education in Chilobwe. In secondary school, she met Redson. 11 years later, they married. As they began their life together, the images of Maryam’s childhood—of young girls in marriages, starving children, and struggling widows— pressed on her mind. She and Redson had lived a life of privilege, yet many of their people struggled. She felt burdened and called to serve.
Redson’s calling came early. At a young age, he desired to follow his father’s footsteps and become a pastor. He left Chilobwe to attend private school. When he met Maryam, he saw his passion to serve God compliment her heart for the suffering. With that, the couple returned to Nsanganiza to help their community.
As our international partners in Malawi, Redson and Maryam operate the Nsanganiza Care Centre for women and children. “We hope that once more of our people know His love, Christianity will become the norm,” Maryam explains. Their vision is to reach their community with the love of God.
Children of Light Project
Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement
MARTIN & RITA
Pastor Martin grew up in South Sudan (at the time, Sudan). Just after he was born, his father left. Four years later, he lost his mother. When the war in South Sudan broke out, his older brother and sister died, and the government forced Martin to become a child soldier. He spent two years on the frontlines before he escaped to Egypt. There, a Canadian church led him to Christ and awarded him a scholarship to Victory Bible Institute. Martin met his wife, Rita, in Cairo. She shared his calling—to serve displaced and abused South Sudanese women and children.
When Egypt became unsafe for refugees, the couple fled to Israel, where Martin met a friend of Alan and Melody Pierratt, the founders of CRI. The friend believed in the couple’s calling and put them in contact with CRI. In 2010, Martin and Rita returned to South Sudan to begin the Children of Light Mission. But when war broke out again, they moved their work and family to Uganda. In 2018, they joined our team.
As our international partners over the Children of Light Project, Martin and Rita care for women and child refugees in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and in Kampala. Their vision is for people of different tribes to live in peaceful coexistence through the example of Christ.
As a child, Jessica visited her mother’s family in Mexico. In middle school, she went back on mission trips. With each visit, the stories of deeply poor children weighed heavier on her mind. “If my mom hadn’t moved, this would be my life,” she thought. By her teenage years, Jessica’s calling had become clear. She would return to her mother’s hometown and serve full-time. Upon graduation from Moody Bible Institute, she looked for a child-focused organization with projects in Mexico. CRI had a position open in Child Sponsorships. But it didn’t have projects in Mexico—let alone Latin America. Even so, Jessica accepted the position. “It was where God wanted me,” she reflects. For three years, she learned how our sponsorship programs worked both on and off the field. Then, when CRI’s leadership expressed its desire to expand to other regions, she took a chance. She presented about her connection to Chihuahua City and vision for its people. In 2019, Jessica moved to Mexico to launch our first project in Latin America.
As our international partner over the Vida Victoriosa Project, Jessica runs an after-school program for children and families living in and around Cerro Grande, a community on the outskirts of Chihuahua City. Her vision is to help them live victoriously through education and nutrition.