Born in Bulgaria, I was raised in a nominal Christian-Orthodox family. I became a new born Christian when I was a teenager, and my role models became people who went to the most remote places of the earth to tell people about Jesus. Their lives inspired me and challenged me to pursue a different career that would expand God’s Kingdom. I am currently on staff with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Budapest working at the Rezkigyo Coffeehouse Ministry Center and leading a DTS (Discipleship Training School). I was blessed to be part of the Grace family in Houston in 2014. My prayer for you is from Ephesians 3:17-19, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Juan Constantino Santiago
Constantino currently lives in Guatemala and is part of the Grace en Español ministry called “Fe Maya.” He is a “retired” teacher of 27 years with 22 years in Guatemala and five in Colorado. While working as a teacher in Colorado, Constantino received God’s call on his heart to reach children in his homeland and provide them with school supplies while presenting the Gospel. The “Fe Maya” mission was born! He works hard to serve the extremely poor Mayan children in the rural mountains of western Guatemala. God has blessed the work in this region. The children are better equipped to attend school. Many churches have been started, and new believers have been brought into the Kingdom! Constantino has four adult children: Jenny, Allan, Aliri and Isabel. They all live here in the States and assist him in his Guatemala mission work.
Jasmina & Igor Mukha
Jasmina (from Serbia) and Igor (from Ukraine) met in YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Budapest in 2006 and were married the next year. They felt God’s calling to preach the Gospel in Europe, specifically France. God opened doors for them to move to France in 2008. In 2013, Mila Claire Mukha was born in France. She is a bundle of joy, and she understands and can say words in four different languages. Jasmina and Igor work to build relationships with people in their community through evangelism, small groups, Bible Studies, programs like VBS bilingual camp for children and Christmas concerts. Their desire is to see God’s kingdom come in Europe with many lives changed and transformed by the power of Gospel!
When he retired from his job here in the States, Stu went to work with The Outreach Foundation in Kenya. Grace Presbyterian Church partners with him in building churches, schools, clinics and water wells. Through Stu’s work, our Kenyan friends are learning about Jesus Christ and becoming healthier both physically and spiritually. Your support of Stu will help spread the Word of the Lord to the people of Kenya.
Barbara & Steve Johnson
Steve, Barbara and their five children have lived in Budapest, Hungary since 1996, and they serve there with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). Through their work at the Rezkigyo Coffeehouse in downtown Budapest, Hungarians are learning about the love and grace of Jesus Christ. With a communist past for many Hungarians, the name of Jesus Christ is unknown. Often the possibility of a personal relationship with the Savior based on faith and trust is a very hard concept to grasp. Through your support of Steve and Barbara, you will help spread the Word of the Lord throughout Eastern Europe.
Rosie & Akap Phom
Rosie, Akap and daughters, Emma and Eliza live in Budapest, Hungary and serve with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). Akap is from India and Rosie is from Serbia. Akap completed DTS (Discipleship Training School) in India in 2001 while Rosie did DTS in Budapest, Hungary in 2003. They have been serving the Lord with YWAM since 2002. Through their work at the Rezkigyo Coffeehouse in downtown Budapest, Hungarians are learning about Christ, many for the very first time. Rosie and Akap also work with the local refugee camps, and they minister to the homeless. Their hearts are to disciple people in their walk with God, to build support groups which will provide an opportunity for these people to receive counseling, share their struggles, renew their hope and ultimately find life in Jesus Christ.
Katie & Jordan Goodie
Katie (Mancillas) Goodie grew up learning how to love and follow Jesus at Grace. She met her husband, Jordan, in a college ministry called Chi Alpha (XA), which stands for Christ’s Ambassadors inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:20. They have one little girl named Zoe. After graduating, Jordan and Katie spent two years doing an internship, building a staff team, and learning how to pastor a Chi Alpha group. In 2013, Jordan and Katie moved to West Virginia to pioneer a Chi Alpha campus ministry at West Virginia University. Since moving to West Virginia, they have started an internship program that allows graduating seniors to give a year and serve with the ministry. They continue to see the Lord grow their ministry as many students have come to faith in Jesus Christ and others have been equipped and empowered to lead their peers as small group leaders!
Christopher was born and raised in Houston by two godly and loving parents and members of Grace, and he still attends when visiting. He is currently on staff with a very fruitful college ministry called Chi Alpha at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, WV. Christopher got involved with Chi Alpha his freshman year at Sam Houston State University and during Spring Break of his senior year, he went on a mission trip with Chi Alpha to WVU. He witnessed students living sinful lives and he knew he wouldn’t be satisfied if he wasn’t doing anything about it, so his plans changed to become a missionary with Chi Alpha. Following graduation in December 2012 and a one-year internship with Chi Alpha at Sam Houston, he moved to Morgantown in July of 2014 to join Jordan and Katie Goodie in pioneering Chi Alpha at WVU. Their mission is to make life-long followers of Jesus Christ through Spirit-empowered, trans-generational discipleship to impact WVU, the marketplace, and the world. The Lord has tremendously blessed their work and they pray He will continue to do so.
A personal note from Christopher: “Thank you so much to all who give faithfully to Grace so that our work for the Kingdom at WVU can continue! Please pray for continued growth in quantity and quality of the disciples we make! Your prayers mean so much to us; we can’t do this without them!”