Prayer Is Primary



Our conversation groups at Genesis, a community center in Paris, have been at capacity and even standing-room only sometimes. We have had great discussions with attendees who ask why our ministry exists.

Several months ago, we began a partnership with a local church next to a business school. The congregation had a vision to use their building as a café, inviting the students in for coffee and providing a place to unwind and have spiritual conversations—the same idea God put on our hearts while we were on home assignment.

We are excited to have this opportunity and believe God prepared in advance what He wanted us to do! We started slowly, with coffee and conversations. An “Introduction to Jesus” study was held in January. Continue to pray for this outreach and that we will use our resources wisely to expand His Kingdom.

—Tony and Raeni Roos


The focus God has given my wife, Claudia, and me for the next four years is to pour ourselves into developing leaders who exemplify Jesus. Christ spent much of His earthly ministry doing just that through His mentoring of the Twelve to lead His Church forward in His Commission.

Students in Barcelona


Cultivating pastors and leaders will be a key role for us. At the same time, I will continue teaching in the INFORMA Bible Institute, serving as director with the goal of developing professors and others who can assume leadership of this ministerial training program. There is also a need for an intentional strategy to develop leaders at the grassroots level. Claudia’s experience teaching Theological Education by Extension courses will be important as we seek to partner with pastors to raise up local church leaders.

We cannot fulfill this vision alone; we will work with the team of professors and administrative assistants who are already invested in INFORMA. Also, we need to mobilize teams of teachers and train mentors who can minister in local churches. Pray that God will lead us to these key people, and ask Him to grant us a fresh anointing of His Spirit to fulfill the task to which He has called us.

—Steve Irvin

Taiwan (Envision)

On January 12, our second Aroma Café (Aroma Dongyuan) opened for business in the least-reached area of our city. By all accounts, the launch was a huge success. Since planting our first location, more than 35 people have been baptized and thousands more have had opportunities to hear the good news. We hope to continue this trend with the second site, allowing more people to experience and spread the Aroma of Christ.

The Aroma Cafe launched its second site in January.





Through the various ministries of our Envision site last year, more than 1,500 individuals had some interaction with the gospel. Each day, 70 people come through the doors of our first café, meaning we have at least as many chances to interact with them. We are seeking to double this number after opening the second location.

Please pray for new potential small-group leaders. We hope to launch more than seven groups in March as a part of our church’s shift in focus toward small fellowships operating like mini-churches, with a deeper level of intimacy and discipleship.

—Chris O’Dell

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