Many of our members travel on Mission Trips throughout the year to different places and for different lengths of time. Please pray that their time spent with cultures far from home is fruitful and blessed for each one of them.
Venice church also supports workers and organizations that take the gospel to the unevangelized (and often hard to reach) parts of the world. This page lists cross-cultural missionaries and organizations that our church supports. May you be greatly blessed for your support!
Eric and Joan Christensen - Southeast Asia
Eric trains Christian students in ethnography in order to effectively reach out to other nationals such as Korean and US workers. Joan and Eric have 3 children: Karis, Karston, and Kelsey.
Bob and Norma Jean Erny – Asia
Bob and Norma have served in Asia, and are now off the field, continuing to be active in various assignments.
Ken and Diane Kudo – Brazil
Ken and Diane Kudo support missions work in Brazil by aiding and supporting local churches.
Mitsu and Karen Nakamura - Japan
Mitsu is in charge of Staff Development in Japan for Campus Crusade for Christ, responsible for over 70 staff members. Mitsu also teaches seminary classes, ministers to recovery groups, and translation work. Karen is now doing evangelism and discipleship. They have three children, Abe, Miye and Emi. The latest updates for the Nakamuras can be found here: Nakamuras
Sam and Jill Tabiendo - Spain
Sam and Jill are continuing their mission to the refugee and immigrant populations in Madrid, Spain. They have four children: Olivia, Troyer, Jonathan and David.
Eric and Sue Takamoto - Japan
Eric and Sue Takamoto have recently moved to Ishinomaki, on the northeastern coast of Japan. They are working Asian access and Be One to plant new house churches and aide in the tsunami recovery in their community. They have four children: Owen, Annie, Olivia, and Ian. You can find out the latest information on the Takamotos on their blog: Takamotos
Rob and Denise Tang – Thailand
Rob and Denise are serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand through ZOE International. The Tang’s have four children: Lauren, Kelly, Stephanie and Cori Anne. They are working with other ZOE missionaries to help and minister to the children who have been rescued from human trafficking as well as train the next generation of Thai nationals in Christian ministry. Go here for the latest on their ministry: TANG BLOG
David and Colleen Wong - Mobilizers in U.S.
David and Colleen are missions mobilizers. They work with local churches, pre-field missionaries in the area (like those who have gone on short-term trips and are hoping to go long term to the field) and mission agencies. They have two children: Josiah and Tim.
JEMS – Brazil
Venice supports missions work in Brazil by giving specifically for this cause. The JEMS South America ministry is described here: JEMS
Samaritan’s Purse - Sudan Medical Relief
Venice church supports medical relief work in Sudan through Samaritan’s Purse.
Link to Samaritan's Purse: Samaritan's Purse
She is Saved – Sudan
Venice church supports and aids the women and children refugees in Sudan to get water, medical supplies and food. Web link: http://www.sistersinservice.org/
ZOE International – Thailand
Venice helps the orphaned children who are at risk of slavery and human trafficking by giving to this organization. Web LInk: ZOE International
Free Methodist World Missions Workers
link to Free Methodist World Missions: http://www.fmwm.org/
Kathy Gaulton and Kiki Honda - International
Kathy and Kiki work for Heavenly Treasures. This organization has developed a micro enterprise network, helping the poor in developing countries through handicraft industries. Through partnerships with msisionaries and ministries (especially in Kenya), they focus on transformation of people's lives economically and spiritually. See more at www.heavenlytreasures.org.
Marietta Kali Papanagis - Greece
Kali's VISA assignment began in August 2012. She works in Athens as a branch of Jason's House of Prayer. She also works with a youth movement called "Streetlights," along with the "Guard Watch" for Greece, a prayer movement.
Chris and Yuko Wilkins - Cambodia
Chris is the field supervisor for the FM Cambodia work. Yuko works with finances for missionaries serving in Cambodia, from both the U.S. and Asia Pacific FM Missions Association. They have two children: Caleb and Corey.
Don and Kathy Williams – Thailand
Currently serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Don is the superintendent of Grace International School and Kathy leads Bible study classes, and volunteers at the school. They have five children: Tad, Seth, Josiah, Katelyn, and Michaela. Get the latest information on the Williams here: WILLIAMS BLOG
Sara Fong: UC Berkeley