International Plants

International Plants

Jesus specifically commands us to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. With over 4 billion people in the world today who have little or no access to the Gospel, a Bible, or a local body of believers, there is much work to be done. Our vision is for 100 of the 150 churches we plant to be internationally focused.

International Plants at Calvary

A heartfelt message of hope for Calvary’s international church plants by Marta Lucia.

International Church Plants

Brazil Church Planters

Natalino Filho
Comunidade de Nogueira em Tefé (2017)

Get To Know Me

1.What is your favorite food?
Beans, rice and ground beef with salad

2. Tell us about your family?
My parents were “ribeirinhos” (those who lives along the rivers in Portuguese) they came to town so they could go to school. They got married had three children; I am the youngest one. Today, they are public school teachers. My mother attend a Baptist church and my father is Adventist. My two sisters do not know Jesus yet.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing basketball and running.

4. Tell us a funny story about you?
It took me a long time to give up of my pacifier.

5. When did you first meet Christ?
In 2008 in the church to which I am a member today, First Baptist Church of Coari. I do not remember the day because I was home alone when I make that decision, I had been coming to church for two years.

Jose de Araujo Silva
Mutanba (2013)
Linda Flor (2015)

Get To Know Me

1. What is your favorite food?
My favorite food rice pudding (arroz com leite).

2. Tell us about your family?
I come from a family of nine. They are simple and humble people, but have taught me to be honest and show me me lots of love.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
On my free time, I like to play indoor soccer.

4. Tell us a funny story about yourself?
I remember that when I was little, I liked to hid and scare the cows.  My father chased me away. I laugh a lot because when I scared the cows would fall over.

5. When did you come to faith in Christ?
I accepted the Lord on 05/10/2010 at 6:30.

Valdemir Dantas dos Santos
Carnaubais (2013)

Get To Know Me

1. What is your favorite food?
I eat everything but I really like lasagna, pizza and barbecue (brazilian churrasco).

2. Tell us about your family?
My family is a blessing; I love my wife and my two boys. My wife helps me a lot in the ministry.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my free time I like to read or travel when I can, preferably to the beach … I really like going to the beach.

4. Tell us a funny story about yourself?
A fun fact that happened to me… I got in the car and drove to the seminary in Assu when I arrived there I realized I was barefoot, I had forgotten my sandals in the garage, and I had to buy another pair.

5. When did you come to faith in Christ?
I accepted Christ as Savior on 07/15/2013 soon after a Bible study. It was at a time when my old sister was facing a great loss and suffering. I trusted Jesus Christ as the only Savior.

Rhuam Kaique
Caapiranga (2015)

Get To Know Me

1. What is your favorite food?
Shrimp and rice.

2. Tell us about your family?
My family is a blessing! We are a very close family; we work hard to realize our dreams. My mother’s name is Neide. My father is Ivan. My sister Tallyta. My nephew’s name is Guilherme. Only my mother is a Christian.  I believe my father and my sister will be soon.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy watching movies and playing football.

4. When did you come to faith in Christ?
I gave my life to the Lord Jesus on January 20, 2012, when I was 17 years old and that was the best decision of my life!

Emerson Felipe da Sousa
Coari (2016)

Get To Know Me

1. What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is beans with sausage and fried fish (pacú or tambaqui) and then an açai berry’s bowl.

2. Tell us about your family?
My mother, brother and grandmother are the only family I have. My mother and my grandmother are not Christians yet.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my free time, I like to ride a motorcycle because I feel free, and I forget about problems or difficulties.

4. Tell us a funny story about yourself?
Almost two years ago, I was traveling from Coari to Manaus with a group of missionaries. We stopped to eat and everyone went to dinner except a young lady name Maria Eliza. Since she was asleep, she did not hear us when we called for her.  Later, she woke up with an angry face thinking we had not forgotten her. Soon after, I bought her a sandwich and a coke, then we started talking about ministry and vision for the future. Today, we are engaged and God willing on October 21 of this year we are getting married.

5. When did you come to faith in Christ?
I was born in a Catholic home and I accepted Jesus Christ when I was seventeen. At the age of eighteen, I came to the radical Amazon project. I’m twenty-two years old now and I do not regret giving my life to Christ Jesus.

Christland

Guatemala Church Planters

Manuel Choc Sagui
Departamento Quiche (2016)

Miguel Chub
Departamento Alta Vera Paz (2016)

South Asia Church Planters

K.L.
South Asia Region
(2017)

Get To Know Me

1. What is your favorite food?
It really depends on where I am…while living in South Asia, I’d have to say my favorite food is steak (simply because we don’t get much or very good beef here), but while in the USA, I’d have to say I really miss Nepali daal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables).

2. Tell us about your family?
My wife, Michelle, and are originally high school sweethearts. We’ve been married for 13 years and have spent 12 of them working side by side with South Asians. (In fact, on our second anniversary, we hiked over a 18,000 ft. mountain pass in the Himalayan mountains to enjoy a candy bar and a coke. That was after we’d not had anything other than rice to each for several months.) We have two sons, Caleb (8), and Noah (6), and two daughters, Anna Kate (4), and Emma (3). Caleb’s first words were Nepali and he and Noah go to a local school now in South Asia. The oldest three were all born in the capital city while Emma was born in the USA.

3. What is your favorite hobby? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time is something I used to have a lot of before kids (and in fact, I don’t remember what I used to do with all of the time I must have had!). Now days, I like to spend time with my kids going to the movies or trekking up mountains in Nepal.

4. Tell us a funny story about yourself?
The second day I was in a new country, my supervisor, Nathan, and I went on a long road trip with Prem, a 5’1” Nepali Christian brother. About an hour down the road, Nathan pulled over and had me drive. For the next 5 hours, I learned how to drive a stick with my left hand and navigate South Asian roads. I was in the driver’s seat, Nathan in the passenger’s, and Prem in the middle of the bench that made up the backseat. Then, as is common in South Asia, we came upon a jam where local people had closed the road due to some issue with the government. While we’re sitting in traffic, an Army truck passed us driving up the shoulder of the road toward the front of the line. Nathan elbowed me and told me to follow that truck which I did. When we got to the front of the line, soldiers with guns jumped out of the truck and began to clear people off the road to allow the truck to roll on through. Nathan said, “Whatever you do, follow that truck…stay on his bumper!” but after the truck rolled through the crowd of people, they closed in around our vehicle and began to rock the car while beating on the windows. Eventually, one of the leaders had me roll down the window and demanded, “Where are you going?” to which I replied with our destination. Then he said, “Not today you’re not.” Then, he looked over me to see Nathan, sitting in the passenger’s seat and over my shoulder to see Prem sitting in the middle of the back seat. “Who is that?” he asked, pointing to Prem, and without thinking, I pointed at Prem and said, “You don’t know who this is?” He looked again and said no. I said, “Well you can imagine how important he is…He has a white driver [pointing to myself], a white bodyguard [pointing to Nathan] and an army escort [pointing at the army truck ahead of us].” He looked at Prem again and said, “Sorry sir…Go! Go! Go!” and began moving people out of our way. I would say that’s the day I learned to drive in the crazy local traffic!

5. When did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up in the church but didn’t understand why we always went. One day, there was a man that come to my church and began sharing how Jesus had changed his life. I don’t recall him saying anything new or different than I heard every week, but for whatever reason, Jesus used that man and his story of how he’s received peace to call me to Himself. That day, I spoke with the pastor, prayed to receive Christ, and when I looked up, my older brother and sister were there doing the same thing. That was 1985 and God has been leading me steadily forward ever since.

A.C.
South Asia Region
(2017)