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Tim and Cindi Borgstrom

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Family: Zoë & Hallie 

Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Location: Madison, WI

With 19 million students in U.S. colleges and universities, 85% of them believing that Christians are hypocrites, and only 25% of students from Christian homes returning to church after college, InterVarsity steps in to help serve students. Tim’s ministry with InterVarsity is to grow biblical disciples who live out Christian faith by drawing students to Jesus as Savior and Lord, teaching response to God’s Word, engaging people of all cultures and ethnicities and encouraging service to God’s purposes in the world.  Tim and his family live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.  

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for health for the family.
  • Pray for God to provide additional staff for the ministry.
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Brandon and Lydia Brooks

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Organization: Cru

Location: Manhattan, New York City, NY

As a part of the Manhattan Metro Team, Brandon and Lydia work full-time to build up spiritual movements on college campuses across the 80 or so colleges and universities in Manhattan. With about 700,000 college students, New York City boasts the largest population of college students of any city in the US, but the city and the campuses remain largely un-Christian. Currently, Cru has ministries at New York University, King's College, The Fashion Institute of Technology and City College of New York. Brandon, Lydia and their team work to not only reach students on these campuses with the gospel, but also to launch Cru movements at the other 75+ universities in Manhattan. They work to build up students in their faith through Bible studies, mentorship, living missionally and sharing their faith with others. Lydia can be reached at

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance as they share the gospel across the campuses of Manhattan.
  • Pray for favor as they launch new movements on many campuses, that God would provide spirit-filled, motivated students.
  • Pray for the Lord's provision of support for their ministry.
  • Pray for creative and effective ways to share the truth of Jesus Christ in this culture.

 

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Vince and Lori Burke

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Family: Kelly, Mario and grandson Anthony, Vincent III, Tami, and Julie 

Organization: Kids International Ministries (KIM)

Location: Denver, CO

The Burkes have been full-time missionaries in Manila since 1992, serving the Filipino church since 1997 as elder/pastor with Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF). When in Manila, they are privileged to preach, teach, disciple and train leaders in the 50+ churches in their network nationwide. They are involved on a regular basis in four churches not part of CCF on other islands. They teach Bible studies at banks, offices, schools, homes, government events and retreats. When in the states, Vince will preach at various KIM churches and schools to support the mission. Lori is developing a livelihood ministry by marketing items made from Philippine flour sacks to be sold in the US. The website for this endeavor is http://www.pruibaprovisions.com/

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for God’s continued direction and provision for their ministry.
  • Pray for the health of the family and that each of their children will follow Christ as Master and pursue His mission in their lives.
  • Pray for the sales of Vince’s children’s books, and that a U.S. publisher would take on the project.
  • Pray for the short-term mission trips that Vince will lead in the Philippines.
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Jon and Rachel Doriot

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Family: Jadon, Brendan, Joshua, and Asher

Organization: Pioneers

Location: Wheaton, IL

Jon and Rachel currently serve in the greater Chicagoland area striving to foster an “Ephesus” Catalytic Partnership (see Acts 19:1-10) that multiplies disciple-makers and plants reproducing churches among Unreached People Groups in Chicago and beyond. They previously spent 13 years making disciples in Indonesia. The five main pillars of their ministry include: 1. Extraordinary prayer, 2. Casting vision, 3. Training in DMM (disciple making movements) principles, 4. Creating a cascading network through building friendships and 5. Reaching out to the unreached and planting churches among them.

 Prayer Points:                             

  • Pray for Discovery Bible Study Groups with unreached families. 
  • Pray for wisdom in what ministry events will result in maximum fruitfulness.
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Ken and Gretchen Franks

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Family: Adam and Lily 

Organization: Navigators

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Ken and Gretchen have worked with the Navigators for 20 years. Both were influenced by the Navs in college and spent the first eight years of their ministries as single staff within collegiate ministries. After marriage, Ken's ministry focus turned to videography, communicating vision, promoting ministries and sharing stories of how the gospel message has influenced many through the Navigator ministry. Gretchen has continued part-time with Collegiate Navigators. As her full-time mothering role allows, she is giving increased time on the Collegiate Women’s Development team. She is also the Women’s Regional Liaison helping women get the development needed to reach today’s students for Christ.    

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the Lord will give Ken discernment and direction for each video he designs.
  • Pray for clear communication and care in how to cooperate with each division seeking video work.
  • Pray for wisdom and insight for Gretchen in her liaison role to advocate and listen to staff women.
  • Pray for their personal spiritual growth, their marriage, and wisdom in raising their children to love, honor and glorify God’s kingdom.
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Jeff and Sherry Graf

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Family: Gabe, Ben and Peter

Organization: Navigators

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Jeff and Sherry attended HPC before they moved to South Dakota in 2006 to serve on campus. They worked there until 2013 when they moved to Colorado Springs. Jeff serves as the Director of Collegiate Operations, co-leads the Collegiate Staff Training Team, and serves on the Navigators Collegiate Leadership Team. Sherry serves on the Collegiate Women’s Initiatives team. Beginning in Fall 2018, Jeff and Sherry will also be training new staff on campus at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the gospel to advance at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
  • Pray for wisdom as Jeff and Sherry are involved in decisions and projects that affect college campuses across the U.S.
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Bob and Patricia Grahmann

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Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Bob and Patricia help university students and faculty in the US and abroad to experience Jesus’ love through Bible study, mentoring and leadership development. Bob travels around the US and other parts of the world to teach staff and students how to study and teach the Bible, to recruit students for world missions opportunities and to mentor and pastor young International Fellowship of Evangelical Student leaders. Patricia works as an administrator in the Advancement Department of InterVarsity in Madison and also travels to Ukraine to work with their English evangelistic camps. They have been at HPC since 1990. Their four children and seven grandchildren give them great delight.  

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the students they serve will be recruited to world missions, and will grow in their love for, motivation for, and skill in teaching the Word of God.
  • Pray that students in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eurasia would come to Jesus through the English camps that Patricia serves.
  • Pray for their children and grandchildren.
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Roger and Lynn Hamilton

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Family: Ryan, Andrew, Tori, and Michael  

Organization: The Navigators

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Roger and Lynn have served with the Navigators since 1988. As Director of Collegiate Staff Funding, Roger oversees the funding health of 750 staff around the US. This involves training and coaching staff as they start their ministries, as well as working with Regional Directors and Collegiate Leaders to ensure staff continue to grow their partnership teams as their budgets increase. Roger also oversees the Vocation Initiative for the Collegiate Navs. Working with a foundation that provides grant money to campuses, this team helps graduates from Navigator ministries live out their faith in the marketplace.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for wisdom and courage as they train and equip new missionaries to raise funds for their ministries.
  • Pray for good favor with their leaders as they encourage them to lead their staff in being financially healthy.
  • Pray that 100 campuses will incorporate a Vocation and Calling curriculum.
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Pat and Laura LiBarbour

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Family: Lexi

Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Location: Madison, WI

Pat and Laura Li-Barbour (LEE-BAR-burr) live in Madison and are active at High Point Church as small group leaders. Originally from California (Pat) and Michigan (Laura), they both served with InterVarsity at their respective alma maters, working with fraternity and sorority students and Asian American students. Now they serve together at InterVarsity's National Service Center in Madison, helping create communications resources that advance the gospel on college campuses nationwide. Pat leads social media efforts and student recruitment for the Urbana Student Missions Conference, while Laura is InterVarsity's Art Director, leading the graphic design team in charge of all visual communication. They're new parents to Lexi, born October 2017, and are passionate about racial reconciliation and multi ethnicity, Asian food, and Marvel superhero movies. Learn more about their ministry at intervarsity.org.  

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the gospel would continue to reach students and faculty in every corner of the campus.
  • Pray that Pat and Laura would develop a strong base of ministry partners here in Madison.
  • Pray for their daughter Lexi's development and growth, and for Pat and Laura to be parents who provide an environment where she can come to know and love the Lord.
  • Pray for their daily spiritual growth and effectiveness in ministry.
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Sharon Messmore

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Organization: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Location: Madison, WI

Sharon works at InterVarsity’s National Service Center providing administrative, training, and communications experience for the International Student Ministry department. She puts her art and organizational skills together to support approximately 130 staff on US campuses. Sharon enjoys hearing news from all over the country about international students taking risks for Jesus!

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Reentry materials that the department is developing to help international Christian students returning home to be strong witnesses.
  • Pray for a changed structure and new funding patterns to hire more international staff.
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Nate and Carol Mirza

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Organization: Navigators

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Nate and Carol Ann Bender were married June 19, 2017 in Colorado Springs. In response to Christ’s commission to “make disciples of all nations,” Nate and Carol serve as senior staff in the Navigators’ international student ministry, helping with staff development. He pays special attention to helping alumni to continue walking with God and making disciples when they return to their countries. He is writing a series of booklets in story form, addressing the yearnings of Muslims, which are being translated into Arabic, Farsi and Indonesian, with other languages to follow. One of his dreams is to make a movie of the first booklet for Muslims, Yearning for Peace, on location in Beirut, in Arabic. This is because millions of Arabs either cannot or will not read, but they love watching movies.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Nate and Carol’s marriage to magnify Christ.
  • Pray for the Lord to reveal what he wants them to focus on in this next period in their lives.
  • Pray that the internationals who are back in their countries will know Christ, make him known and help others do the same.

And Many More

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High Point Church supports and partners with many other missionaries that we cannot list on the website due to the sensitive nature of their work.