The vision of Pascack Bible Church is to help people Worship God, Love One Another and Serve the World. We desire to see people come to know, love and praise God, and then care for other people just like Jesus did. We look for opportunities to serve people outside our fellowship both in our local communities and in distant lands. Ultimately we believe that the greatest act of service we can provide is in helping people experience a life changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, our humanitarian efforts walk hand and hand with our proclamation of what we have come to know as the Good News of Jesus.
We now have 15 missionaries and about 25% of PBC’s total budget currently goes to missions. PBC has sent many missionaries from our own congregation to minister from college campuses in the USA to a variety of ministries in distant lands. Our future leaders who will bring the gospel to a lost world often come from our colleges. We also send individuals and teams of people on short term missions trips.
We have the opportunity to foster personal relationships with those serving with various agencies all over the world. We make sure that our brothers and sisters, who leave family and friends to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ anywhere in the world are covered in prayer and financial support. We have assembled this page with videos to introduce you to who those people are, where they serve and what they do.
In February 2018, Emily will move to a young but quickly growing team stationed in Berlin, Germany. The mission of the team is to raise up believers and transformational churches within a city that is increasingly atheistic and apathetic. The team uses creative ways (such as soccer camps and coffee shops) to share the Gospel with those who would never otherwise walk through the doors of a church.
Emily has committed to spend two years with this team. She will begin with a heavy focus on language, attending German classes regularly in the city. As she transitions into ministry, she will be focusing on an area close to her heart: prostitution and human trafficking. Prostitution is completely legal in Berlin, and trafficking thrives — causing many vulnerable women to live and work in a destructive, evil industry. Emily will be serving these women in a variety of ways. The team has a small cafe in which prostitutes are welcomed. Emily is excited to serve in this capacity, slowly building relationships of trust with these women. She will also eventually become involved in a safe house which houses and rehabilitates women who desire to escape the prostitution industry.
Emily is excited to take this next step, and asks for prayer as she transitions into her new role on the team. She also asks for prayer for the amazing missionaries already hard at work there, and for the city as a whole — that every person in Berlin would come to know the Gospel.
The Scotts have worked with the campus ministry of Cru in New Jersey since 1999. They and their Jersey Metro Cru team, focus their efforts on bringing the gospel to the nearly half a million students at Jersey’s 60+ colleges and universities. While they use a variety of methods to put the good news of Jesus into the hands of students (websites, newspaper articles, Freshman Survival Kit giveaways…), their primary approach involves discipling and coaching student leaders who run ministries and outreaches on their own campuses. Mark is one of two Team Leaders for the Jersey Metro team, so he provides direction and structure for the team as a whole as well as coaching both students and staff. Jocelyn disciples student women and functions as Cru’s Mid-Atlantic Moms’ Associate (coaching and leading staff women who have children in their six-state region), dividing her time between those roles and the needs of their children, Joy, William, and Jack. Mark and Jocelyn are passionate about reaching our next generation of leaders with the gospel, building them up in their faith, and sending them out to reach their world.
The mission of the Navigators is to know Christ and make Him known to the nations. Jesus Himself tells us the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. We pray for God to raise up laborers for the Great Commission. My work with the People Resources Team of the Navigators contributes to missionaries being spiritually, emotionally and relationally whole and healthy. Missionaries are not superheroes and they at times need someone to help them. I meet one-on-one, in small groups and teach seminars when ministering to these laborers. Most of my work is with Navigator staff and missionaries, however God has allowed my team to influence many other mission agencies.
D and J and their daughters T and E work in a small island nation off the coast of Africa. Although this country is a Muslim state, D and J are still permitted to be open and practice their faith while working as volunteers. D provides leadership for about 25 full-time foreign workers on the islands partnering with the government and local villages to provide services in needed areas. This includes teaching English, providing medical
care and education, and developing local language resources while living among these people as friends and neighbors. J is a full-time mom, unofficial nurse for the village and our team, and home school teacher for the girls—who also attend the local school in French. Thank you for your prayers for strength and wisdom.
Marc and Penny’s ministry continues to focus on leadership training and development. However the past 18 months and for the next two years Marc is helping to lead a course called FD|24 (Financial Developer – 24 months). It is a two year process that begins with a one week course, focused on helping OM fields in Africa, Asia and Latin America to become less dependent on outside funding and to see resources raised within their own countries. So far 25 fields have sent leaders to three courses, with two more scheduled for this year and four in 2015. As part of the leadership team, Marc has have been working on developing the curriculum, trainers notes, participant notes, for the first course and now working on the second course (“Sustainability”) which participants take after their first year in the program.
Marc is still involved in the Leadership Matters Courses. Eight of these are being held this year in 8 different countries. He is scheduled to lead two of the LMC courses in 2015.
Penny continues to focus on the prayer ministry of OM participating in three times of extended prayer each week at OM. Penny also does a lot of hospitality in our home, helps young mothers and has been involved in a women’s Bible Study at the local church they attend.
As part of Marc and Penny’s commitment to leadership development, they will be serving for 3 months with the Haggai Institute in Hawaii. Their training program is for leaders from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Marc and Penny are looking forward to Hawaii, but even more to seeing what they are doing for leaders and helping in their ministry. They are also looking at how they can work with Haggai Institute in the training they are doing with OM.
Assiena has had a vital ministry for many years, holding Bible clubs in school, or as she puts it “I go to schools preaching to children the first 15 minutes before classes resume at 0800 hours. I used to visit 7 schools a week while I was in Mbabane meeting thousands of children but now I have moved to my parental home. I have already started the Lord’s work even there; frequently visiting two schools, conducting a Bible Club, started two prayer cell groups and going out encouraging the other Bible Club teachers around. Also we yearly have rallies for the children in different areas and further conduct interdenominational Sunday school teacher trainings, at times being invited to talk to churches on different topics. A lot of souls are being saved through the ministry the Lord has given me and I would like to give Him praise and further thank you for the offerings that makes the work successful. Praise be to God.”
Dan and Patty Juster made Aliya to Israel (got citizenship and moved to Israel) in 2004. Since that time they have given themselves to help build the 8 congregations that have been planted by the two leaders that they trained in the United States. Their primary role is in mentoring young leaders. In their own home congregation in Jerusalem they have a very good number of young leaders. The congregation is vibrant and growing. In the other congregations their role is mentoring and spending time with the senior leaders, who are in their 30s and 40s. There is potential for planting from the 8 congregations to which they are related. They are also working with the Israel Theological Institute, of which Dan is going to be chancellor. The goal of the Israel Theological Institute is to give leaders solid Biblical theology including practical theology.