OUR PARTNERS

ADMINISTER JUSTICE

In 2000, long-time elder and Fox Valley Church attender Bruce Strom left a highly successful law practice to start Administer Justice, which provides free civil legal assistance to low income individuals and families. What started in the Chicagoland area has now reached across the nation with more than 100 legal clinics.

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REFUGE FOR WOMEN

Refuge for Women is a residential healing and recovery program for survivors of human-trafficking. Refuge was founded in January 2009 in Lexington, KY, by Ked and Michelle Frank. In 2014, Ked was looking to open a branch in Chicago and reached out to Fox Valley attender Karen Schultz, who has served as the RFW Chicago City Director since then. The RFW Chicago-area home opened in October 2016 and received the first residents in November 2016.

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TLC PREGNANCY SERVICES

TLC is a ministry that provides free medical, material, emotional and spiritual support to local women facing unplanned pregnancy situations. Those who come are often desperate and confused; they find a place of safety and a caring staff.

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REPLANTED

Caring for the needs of children and orphans is deeply important to the heart of God. Engaging in adoption, foster care, and Safe Families fills life with beauty and joy, but it can be difficult and challenging work. Parents and families often struggle and need support.Replanted provides support to adoptive and foster families and those considering it, and empowers the church to play an active role to help.

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GLOBAL PARTNERS

Coleen Briggs

HEART OF HOPE
CAMBODIA

Coleen Briggs serves as Heart of Hope’s (HOH) assistant director/donor relations manager. HOH works with at-risk children and families on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where many local children do not attend school. In December 2007, Coleen and the current HOH director, Bic, began teaching the children basic academic skills, health and safety lessons, and the Good News of Jesus. Heart of Hope works in partnership with families, local agencies, and the officials of Phnom Penh to protect these children from exploitation and abuse.

Coleen speaks conversational Vietnamese and has served in Hong Kong for 5 years, Vietnam for 3 years, and Cambodia for 17 years. Soon, she hopes to write about all God has done to keep an ordinary country girl from Muskegon, MI, going and growing in Southeast Asia!

ANA TUQUERO

INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
PHILIPPINES

In 2000, the Lord called Ana to serve Him. She worked as a missionary in Vietnam for 18 years, ministering to young people, serving in the Filipino church, teaching discipleship classes, and leading mission teams from the Filipino church in Vietnam.

In July 2019, Ana returned to the Philippines to be close to her elderly mother. Back in her home country, she continued her work as a missions mobilizer with International Teams. In her current role, Ana serves as a trainer for Access 2 and Ignite the Nation, missionary training programs that aim to train and send new long-term missionaries to the mission field.

Fun fact: Ana and her mom love dogs and live with 17 canine companions!

THE KATOS

EFCA: REACH GLOBAL
NORTHWEST SUBURBS OF CHICAGO 

Mark and Cathy Kato grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and met while studying missions at Moody Bible Institute. They have been married for 25 years and have two children, Hannah and Joshua. Mark serves with Apex, the student missions’ program for the EFCA, to help equip the local church by mobilizing the next generation of gospel influencers to take the gospel from here to everywhere. Cathy serves with GlobalFingerprints, EFCA’s child sponsorship ministry, which equips the church to be transformational in the lives of vulnerable children, opening doors to strengthen, revitalize, and plant churches. 

The Hamiltons

SEND INTERNATIONAL
POLAND

Brett and Michelle Hamilton are originally from Montana. They were married on May 31, 1986, and have four married adult children and 13 grandchildren, including a new grandbaby due in March and four foster children.

The Hamiltons have served in Wroclaw, Poland since 1995. During their first 15 years of ministry, they helped plant the third Polish Baptist church in the city. After that, Brett served as Area Director for SEND International for Poland and the Czech Republic for five years. While serving with SEND International, Brett and Michelle got involved with the InterNational Church of Wroclaw (INCW). This new church plant ministered to international businessmen and students.

In 2018, Brett was asked to serve as the Missionary Pastor for INCW and continues to serve in this capacity. Brett preaches several times a month, mentors and disciples men, and leads two men’s discipleship groups. Michelle mentors and disciples women, leads two women’s discipleship groups, and leads the greeting and hospitality teams. Together, Brett and Michelle lead a couples and family group and provide pre-marital and marriage counseling.

Fun Facts: 

  • INCW has around 100 regular attendees from 35 different countries and 5 continents!
  • Brett and Michelle attended seminary with Pastor Tom and Cathy Atchison at TEDS.
THE PINNEYS

EFCA: Reach Global
CANADA

Jay serves as a church-planting catalyst. As a “church multiplier,” he assesses prospective church planters and provides them with training and coaching, and he helps develop systems to enable an increase in church plants.

Kathy also serves in the area of church planting by assessing and coaching church planters and their wives. She is also involved in women’s leadership development and worship ministry in their local church. Both Jay and Kathy work with a Quebec partner, C2C Collective.

Fun Facts:

  • Parlez-vous français? Most of Quebec’s population speaks French, so Jay and Kathy’s ministry here is primarily in French.
  • Less than 1% of Quebec’s population attends an evangelical church. It’s true. Historically, Roman Catholicism was the primary religion in Quebec, but today, religious adherence has declined overall, and the province has become increasingly secular.

Our Global Outreach

GlobalFingerprints

We equip the church to be transformational in the lives of vulnerable children, opening doors to strengthen, revitalize and plant churches. We accomplish this through partnerships with individuals and US churches as well as national churches and church planters overseas.

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Cuban Church

Fox Valley Church has a great partnership with the Cuban Church. We have sent a mission team every year since the summer of 2017. The trip focuses on assisting and partnering with a local pastor and church. The mission team primarily serve the church through children's ministry, mercy ministry, and construction projects. Many Cubans are struggling with their faith and facing difficult hardships. This presents an opportunity for us to bring the gospel to the nations and hope to those who are hurting.

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