Missionary partners

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20
Because of our commitment to planting gospel-centered churches and making disciples, we partner with missionaries and ministry workers both locally and globally (including some Generations members right here in Norcross). If you're part of Generations, we encourage you to make it a priority to pray for these brothers and sisters who are faithfully laboring to make Christ known!

Aaron & Kristi Wheaton

Light Up Burkina
Bozeman, MT / Banfora, Burkina Faso
Children: Jesse, Megan & Jana

We are so thankful for your ongoing partnership with the work in Burkina! The needs are many, but your faithful prayer and generosity continues to build churches, train pastors and care for babies! It is an honor to be the 'middle man' for such amazing work!

  • Praise God that the foundations are being laid for a new church building, and the Orphan Care Center will have electricity in the near future!
  • Please pray for the Pastors who serve tirelessly to care for their church, plant new churches as well as leading their own families.
  • Praise God for His continued protection and provision
  • Thankful that the Compassion site next to the Orphan Care center is going well and Pastor Felix is thankful for the integrity and heart of service in the new leadership.
  • Please pray for the national pastors who are still in training to go out as Pastors and Church Planters- The newest church building is going up and will need a faithful man of God to shepherd over them!

The Wheatons had to return to the U.S. a couple years ago because of the increased threat of violence in Burkina Faso. However, they are still heavily involved in supporting national pastor Felix Kambou, his wife Priscilla, and other churches there.

The orphan care facility is currently taking care of 13 babies, some of which have been abandoned by their families. Muslim families in the area have been blown away by the love shown to the babies, and it has been a powerful witness to the love of Christ.

There is also a mentorship program that teaches different trades to marginalized young women coming from nearby villages. The program is led by local women and is connected to the church there.

Prayer Requests:

  • That God would guide and provide for the children in the orphan care program and the young women learning new trades
  • That Felix and Priscilla would be strengthened as they serve in so many different ways, and that the Lord would keep them in good health
  • Pray that God would give wisdom and provide for a missionary and evangelism training school, so that more pastors can be brought up to continue aggressively planting churches in villages

Tyler Hoitsma

Gwinnett County, GA

We are off to another start in the spring season of our Mentorship Academy Program. 2 weeks have already passed by and the season seems like it is passing by quickly. We are giving more opportunity to invest into the lives of our older kids to develop in their leadership and to empower them. We have multiple U19 players (16-18 years old) serving on Saturday's as referees or coaches besides getting their time to play. This is a huge win for us as we pour into the kids of our program to develop leaders.

Also, I felt the Lord urging me to focus more on discipleship this season. This means, putting the extra effort to have 1-on-1 time with a few players or coaches to pour into. The Lord has provided multiple opportunities that I am discerning to pursue. Two with players and one with a coach. I pray that I can clearly share the Gospel message with them or help them grow more mature in their faith. Prayers that God will change their hearts and draw them to Himself. Please be praying for these opportunities. It is in God's hands but I want to be obedient.

Prayer Requests:

  1. For the Players and coaches that I will be discipling and mentoring
  2. The families that we serve and for life change in Christ
  3. More volunteers in coaches and referees so that we can serve our kids with excellence to have greater impact.

We finished off 2020 with year-end celebrations in our communities. We offered dinner to our families to serve them with a meal and some fellowship. We reviewed our Bible lessons from the season and had an opportunity to share the gospel message. As a ministry we had a year-end campaign with a goal to raise $60,000 as an organization by December 31, 2020. Praise God for his gracious favor and providence, as we were able to meet our goal! 2020 was a challenging year but we look forward to seeing what God has in store for 2021. We will begin our programs again starting in February. We are looking forward to reconnecting with the families and our kids.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Safety and health in the current season
  2. The ability to proceed with our spring season as we continue to serve our families and share Christ with them
  3. I pray to have 1-2 kids this year that I can mentor and disciple.

Joel & Angel Ballew

Barranquilla, Colombia
Children: Taylor, Reagan, & McKinley

Our family was invited to take part in a cool ministry with a couple friend of ours. We were able to go into a neighborhood called Pinar del Rio to give kids new shoes, socks, and notebooks that they needed. Pinar del Rio has financial hardships and is on the fringe of Barranquilla. We were also able to wash their feet and pray over them. It was the first time our girls got to go into an impoverished area and serve in that capacity. We shared a message of the hope of Jesus Christ along with how they can be praying for their families to know Jesus. Each child (over 60 kids showed up!) had their feet washed and were then fitted/given new socks and shoes!

Click here to see a quick video of what it was like!

Coworking: Please be praying for the right investors to become a part of what we are doing. That is quick but we are well underway with a new law firm, accountant, marketing firm, and other providers here in Barranquilla. Joel has been told by several consultants that there will be interest on the parts of angel investors and we are hopeful the Lord will provide those specific relationships.

Colombian Visas: It is time for our family to renew our visas as the date is around the corner (late April). It is a daunting task of paperwork, office visits, and processes. To add to the challenge, many governmental facilities (including Immigration) are still closed to face to face meetings due to the pandemic and you have an even more stressful situation. Please pray that we get through it efficiently and that everything is accepted.

Praise: Joel had a really cool opportunity to take part in a business leaders summit within coastal CEO's and HR professionals on Zoom. The Summit was teaching over 30 executives in different industries how to be "trustworthy" leaders. It was a fantastic opportunity and was great as he was able to share how the Gospel created a guideline for his life and how trustworthiness was a biproduct of that life change!

Friends: Please be praying for our new relationship with Christian and his new wife Eugenia. Christian is the pastor of our church that we have begun attending. They just got married a few weeks ago and are beginning a life together. Pray for them as a couple and that God will protect their ministry together as they are young in their marriage. Pray we can continue to come alongside them and support them well.

We'll be taking a trip to Bogotá soon to spend time with other SAM (South America Mission) missionaries who are working all over Colombia with indigenous populations.

We can't have any more than 10 people in our house at one time because of the pandemic, but we'll have a small group of friends over for a Christmas celebration where we'll share a meal and have a time of playing music together. Some of them believe in Jesus and some don't, so it's a cool opportunity for us to get to hang out with them.

With a lot of needs around Christmas time, we want to be able to help people and love them well. At the same time, being able to enjoy Christmas time without just working all the time has been difficult for us.

Matt & Stacey Anderson

Young Life
Buford, GA

Young Life in Suwanee and Buford is active and God is doing a lot through those he has chosen to lead at North Gwinnett Middle and High School as well as Buford High School. A huge answer to prayer has come through new leaders at Buford High School David Echard, and our very own Walter and Sam Montano! Would you lift this new team up in prayer as well as pray and consider if you might want to get involved? Currently we are in desperate need of more leaders and North Gwinnett Middle and High School.

Also, we would love your prayers for the summer camp trips this summer, that God would bring the right kids to camp and that their hearts would be ready to hear and respond to the gospel. The dates for our summer camp trips are July 3-7 for NGHS and Buford HS and July 12-16 for NGMS.

Ministry in Suwanee Buford has kicked off this week with our first gathering of the semester. The relationships we have built with kids of the last couple of years have taken deep roots and have led to many conversations about Jesus and how he has made them to be in relationship with them. With our campaigners (kids who have a relationship with Jesus or are seeking that out) especially, we have encouraged them in the faith and the opportunity to invite their friends into that same kind of relationship.

Though Young Life's events have had to take different shape this year due to COVID, ministry is thriving through it kids are in front of the Gospel on a regular basis. We are always looking for more folks to get involved in reaching the next kid and the next school! Would you pray for our efforts to find more leaders to reach kids at North Gwinnett middle and high school as well as Buford high school? Another prayer request would be for the safety of our kids, leaders, and staff as we enter into another semester of what God is doing in our town!

Michael & Maegan Cody

Campus Outreach
Gauteng, South Africa
Children: Callan Booth, Noah Robinson, & Aldyn Ara

After many months of paperwork and re-doing paperwork, Campus Outreach Gauteng has been approved to register as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) in South Africa. Soon we will be able to apply for our visas. The Lord has answered thousands of prayers!

What does this mean for us?

#1) It means a clearer timeline for our departure! We have been told by our director that the whole process from now will likely take another 3 months, so we are now looking at a late May-early June launch. While this is later than what we hoped, we are grateful to now have an actual (not theoretical) date in sight.

#2) We need your prayers that obtaining our visas will not meet the same bureaucratic issues that the NPO registration did. Please ask the Lord for favor among the government officials overseeing this!

Prayer Requests:

  • The Lord would provide the rest of the monthly/annual funding we need through new ministry partners (we're at 96%!).
  • We would be able to obtain a work visa soon, as there have been some delays on the South Africa side. We are still hoping for a departure sometime in March.
  • God would draw near to our family, particularly our kids, in the sadness of the next couple months as we say "goodbye" to lots of people, places and possessions.

The Codys have been serving for years with Campus Outreach in Birmingham, AL. The Lord is now calling them to serve with Campus Outreach overseas in South Africa. Check out this interview with Michael to get to know the family, hear more about their calling to South Africa, and learn what ministry will look like for them once they arrive.

Prayer Requests:

  • Health for the family, unity as they enter new challenges
  • Humble hearts ready to learn and serve as they learn a new culture, new lingo, and adjust to becoming a minority. Pray against pride.
  • Provision of monthly financial support
  • New ministry partners who want to reach African college students with the gospel