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Ali Arhab

Ali and his family are involved in ministry in France and translating materials.

Simon Guillebaud

Simon Guillebaud was called to serve in Burundi in the midst of their civil war in 1999. He risked his life to travel around the war-torn country and preach gospel to a nation divided. His wife, Lizzie, and three children, Zac, Grace, and Josiah, now partner with him on mission in Burundi. Great Lakes Outreach partners with numerous Christian ministries in Burundi to support them in their strategic service of over 75,000 people throughout the country.

Simon spearheaded the development of the Kings Conference Center, which is now the most successful hotel in the country. This Christian enterprise funds Scripture Union, which was Great Lakes Outreach’s first partner in Burundi. The Kings Conference Center models Godly business practices for a nation that expects corruption. 

To read Simon's blog, visit simonguillebaud.com or learn more on greatlakesoutreach.org

Rob and Claudia Holmes

The Holmes family has followed God's call to work as Bible translators among the peoples of Chad. Trained as linguists, their ministry is a collaboration with Chadians to translate the Bible into the most widely spoken language in the country - Chadian Arabic. Rob and Claudia have worked in Chad since 2002 and have seen several of their friends follow Christ over their years of language study and Bible translation. In 2013, they and their team celebrated the New Testament dedication in an event attended by the Prime Minister of Chad, and in 2017, they completed the translation of the Old Testament.


Rob and Claudia call Mount Pleasant home, where they are currently continuing the work of Bible translation and moving towards their new assignment in France. 


Onesphore Manirakiza

Onesphore began Harvest for Christ ministries in 2001 at the University of Burundi with a group of his classmates. HFC's mission is to develop mission minded leaders to serve the under-served and mobilize young leaders to serve in their local context. In 2015, Onesphore gave his car and salary away to a young leader he has been developing to direct Harvest for Christ. Onesphore still serves as the president of the board, but has moved his leadership into the local church to facilitate the process of revitalizing the local church and developing indigenous church leaders. To accomplish this task, Onesphore has partnered with JICC to begin a church based theological program in his local context.

Onesphore and his wife Innocente have four children – Samuel, Deborah, Daniel and David.

To hear more about Onesphore's work, watch this video in which he discusses Transforming Burundi Network.

Jennifer Simpson

Beginning in September 2017, Jennifer will be serving in London, England with Kew Baptist Church while taking classes in at Proclamation Trust Cornhill. Her work at the church will be focused on evangelism, women's ministry, children's ministry, and administration, and her coursework will be in Biblical Counseling and Teaching. 

Chris and Paige

Chris and Paige and their four children were called to Thailand in 2008. Their service is focused on planting churches and training up and sending out leaders to plant more churches in Bangkok and the central Thai region. The Thai people are one of the most unreached people groups, with less than one percent of the population professing faith in Christ. They have been blessed in seeing the fruit of a few Thai nationals leading new church plants. Their greatest need in growing their ministry is people to serve alongside them.

George and Diana Thornley

George and Diana have been married for 13 years, and in this time they have adopted 13 children- 4 children from China, 4 newborns through open domestic adoptions, 3 biological half siblings from Panama, and 2 children from Ethiopia. They have a heart for adopting older children, but have adopted children from birth to age 13.