Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). The church is God’s mission in the world. Thus, we desire to be a church that does more than simply support missions. Instead, we must first see our congregation as part of God’s larger mission to the world, here in Forest, Virginia, to gather and equip his people. Yet we also know that the church is much larger than our congregation, and so we desire to partner with others called to Jesus’ mission to build his church throughout the world, both near and far.

Below are the missionaries and ministries that Mercy supports:

Missionary of the Month

Pray for Our Missionaries

Mercy supports a variety of ministries around the world.  Our commitment to them includes lifting them before the Lord in prayer.

During August, please pray for Abi Van Kampen, serving with 1Hope Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa.  Specific prayer requests:

(1) Praise for Abi’s return to Pretoria in January of this year.

(2) There is a pregnant college student now staying at the baby home. Pray for her conversion, and for a safe delivery, and for the adoptive parents who plan on taking the baby.

(3) Pray for one of our babies, which may be taken from his foster family and given to his biological grandma. This is bitter-sweet, as the family loves the Lord and him very much.

(4) Pray for believing families for our three little boys and one baby girl at the baby home.

(5) The baby home is taking steps forward to build on, and have phase two. This would allow us to care for double the babies. Pray for this process!

(6) Pray for Nickson Pasipanodya, one of our elders. He has a desire to return to plant a church in Zimbabwe. He will be raising support and preparing to be sent out by the end of next year.

(7) Abi got engaged to Lelo! Pray for the right balance of work, ministry, and wedding planning as they prepare to get married 16 December this year.  Also pray for the couple as they pray and seek counsel as to their future together

(8) Pray for wisdom as Abi desires to finish her year serving at Living Hope Church with faithful service, and to disciple/raise up other ladies to serve in different capacities at church and in women’s ministry.

For information about giving, please visit here. https://1hopeministries.org/donate


Chris and Lori Gassler

Chris and Lori Gassler

Serving with Wycliffe in Cameroon

Chris and Lori Gassler, along with their children Noah, Kristin, and Ben, have been missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2011.  Their work is with the EthnoArts group and since 2014, they have been assigned to Cameroon, Central Africa.  In their EthnoArts ministry, they look for ways to infuse scripture into local music and arts with the goal of seeing people learn about and worship God in their own language with their own musical and artistic forms.


Andy Wood

Andy Wood

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Reformed University Fellowship (VTRUF) is a campus ministry seeking to experience and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in community with others.  We’re open to students from all faith backgrounds, including those who are exploring the Christian faith in particular. We’re for the convinced and unconvinced- RUF is a safe place to ask questions and work through your doubts about Jesus Christ. We are starting our 13th year on campus (Andy has been the Campus Minister since 2011) and are so thankful for all that God has done in and through VTRUF.


Marc Corbett

Marc Corbett

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) in Lynchburg

Marc began RUF Lynchburg in the Fall of 2008 after serving as the campus minister at Texas Tech for 7 years. After graduating from Liberty University in 1996, Marc earned a ThM from Dallas Seminary. Marc met and married his beautiful wife, Amy, in Dallas. He loves adoption, downtown, home remodeling, the outdoors, coffee, stories, movies, and shows. Marc and Amy are excited to see God work through RUF in Lynchburg! They feel blessed to minister to such a great group of students from the local colleges.
Marc and Amy are blessed with two beautiful children- both way cooler than they are: Caroline (born in 2008) and Jameson (born in 2012).
“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be useful to the town of Lynchburg. I consider it as the most interesting spot in the state.”
– Thomas Jefferson


Jamie and Rachael Grant

Jamie and Rachael Grant

Serving with World Witness in Spain

James and Rachael Grant began service with World Witness in 2013, having transferred from Mission to the World. The Grants are now serving in northern Spain, where their ministry vision is to see revival through strong, national churches. James obtained his master’s degree in Spanish at NY University’s Madrid campus and his MBA at Liberty University in Virginia. Rachael is a registered nurse. The Grants are associate members of Newberry ARP Church and have five children:


Benjamin and Anna Wontrop

Benjamin and Anna Wontrop

Serving with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship in England

The Wontrops serve in the south east of England at Bury St. Edmunds Presbyterian Church (EPCEW). Bury St. Edmunds is a market town situated about an hour and a half from London in the county of Suffolk. Once strongly influenced by puritanism, today most of its residents (like so many people in the UK) have little to no exposure to the gospel. The church meets in the community center of a needy neighborhood and is heavily involved in outreach as it seeks to bring the gospel to many with significant physical and spiritual needs! The Wontrops’ prayer is that many of the lost souls in the community where they serve might be conquered for Christ and brought into His church for the glory of God.
Abi Van Kampen

Abi Van Kampen

Serving with 1Hope Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa

Abi Van Kampen serves with 1Hope Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa. She is the Health Manager at Muphamuzi Baby Home and works with Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship at Living Hope Church. For more information please click here.

Contact the Missions Team at missions@mercypres.org