Meet Lyubov Zheleva

Meet Lyubov Zheleva

Missions

Recently, the elders tasked the missions committee to find a new home for support that we were giving to a missionary couple who returned permanently from the field. The committee recommended that we support two pretty amazing people: Tanya Batueva (whom we introduced here) and Lyubov Zheleva. With this post, I’m happy to introduce you to Lyubov, and I am so glad we are a part of her support team.

Lyubov served alongside a Ridgeview mission team to Bulgaria a few years ago. She also visited Ridgeview last year, and even served as part of the worship team for a Sunday gathering. So, many of us have met her. Lyubov is Bulgarian, and she is now serving as a missionary to Bulgarian young people with Josiah Venture. Here is Lyubov sharing her new ministry in her own words:

Friends, it is so humbling to look back and see how God has been preparing me for this. Nothing in my life has brought more delight and joy than stepping into His will for me. Oh, how tirelessly God has pursued me; how privileged I am to call myself his servant, his friend, his daughter. My Father has saved me, is sanctifying me, and is now sending me… on a mission at home! I am sent on a mission with Him- to find the lost, to disciple the found and build up the church!

Besides serving as a local youth leader at my home church in Asenovgrad, I am particularly excited to step on board as the Bulgaria Intern Director!

Let’s commit to pray for Lyubov as she continues to raise support for this ministry and as she serves to bring the gospel to Bulgarian young people. May God bring much fruit from this, for his glory among the nations! Also, if you would like to support Lyubov, either with a one-time gift or monthly, you could give your gift to Ridgeview with a clear designation and we will make sure the funds get to Lyubov.

 

Meet Tanya Batueva

Meet Tanya Batueva

Missions

As I mentioned yesterday during the service, the Missions Committee has recommended, and the elders have approved, monthly financial support for two new missionaries: Tanya Batueva, en-route to Asia-Pacific; and Lyubov Zheleva serving in Bulgaria. Today, Tanya will introduce herself, and later this week we will spotlight Lyubov. Please be praying for both Tanya and Lyubov as they continue to prepare and to raise support for their respective ministries.  Without further ado, here is Tanya in her own words:

Hello Ridgeview! My Name is Tanya Batueva. I was born in Siberia during the Soviet Union times and grew up with the notion that there is no God. With the break-up of the Soviet Union, the iron curtain fell and many missionaries came to Russia. That’s how I learned about Christ’s love for me – through the ministry of missionaries! Their example taught me about God’s plan for the Church and later directed me to missions. In 2017, God opened a door for me to train for ministry – focusing on Bible translation. Now I am getting ready to go to the Asia-Pacific region to church-plant among unreached people groups and to translate the Bible into their heart language.

Tanya is presently in the US raising financial support. She is at 58% of her recommended support level. Tanya is tentatively planning a trip to Chadron in July, so you may get to meet her soon! She visited Ridgeview for several Sundays in 2017, and was scheduled to participate in Reach2020 – until a global pandemic made that impossible. Thank you for praying for Tanya, and if you would like to give to her financially, you can do that through Ridgeview. Just make sure to clearly designate the gift.

(Note: This support is part of the approved 2020 budget. We are redirecting support that Ridgeview was giving to a missionary couple who returned permanently from the field in March.)

Reach Conference for Global Missions

Reach Conference for Global Missions

Missions

Dear Church Family,

We want to encourage you to be a part of the Reach Conference on Global Missions happening this weekend. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with missions. And it just might be a life-changing event! Everything begins on Friday at 6:00 PM. Missionaries from all over will set up tables in the Ridgeroom and you will have the opportunity to talk with them, learn about short-term missions opportunities, and to see what God is doing around the world.

Come for donuts and coffee at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning, and then go to the breakout sessions of your choice. You can learn great things about Bible translation, a woman’s ministry in missions, rural missions in America, and even student debt! Stay for lunch to visit more with the missionaries.

All of the main sessions (Friday & Saturday @ 6:30 PM and then Sunday morning at 10:30) will be worship gatherings. The Ridgeview Worship Band will lead in worship, we will pray together for world missions, and then we will hear great preaching from Bob Kennell, a veteran church-planting missionary who made his way from Thailand just to speak to you. I’ve heard Bob preach many times, and it’s always been Bible-saturated and inspiring! Also, on Sunday morning at 9AM, we will have missionary speakers for both the children and the adults.

Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. It only comes around every 2 years, and as far as I know, it is the only thing like it in the area. Also, please pray for God to move in big ways in people’s hearts, for the glory of God among the nations.

In Christ,
Pastor Mike, for the Ridgeview elder team.

PS. For the latest info, be sure to visit and like the Reach Conference Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RidgeviewREACH/

Alexis is Going to Africa!

Alexis is Going to Africa!

Missions

Those going on our Costa Rica mission trip (which leaves in 18 days!) aren’t the only one’s going on mission this year. Meet Alexis Phillips, the Ridgeview member planning to go to South Africa from June to August! We are posting it here to encourage people to get behind Alexis financially and through prayer. Here is what Alexis wrote:

God has blessed my life in so many ways, and has recently opened the door to Adventures in Missions, and I will be going to Nsoco, Swaziland and Port Elizabeth, South Africa this summer from June to August. The Kingdom of Swaziland is home to 1.1 million people, with the world’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rate. It is estimated that by 2050, Swaziland will cease to exist. There are around 6,000 orphans that I will be helping; the kids are scattered throughout this nation and are in desperate need to know God. Adventure’s in Missions has been committed to seeing these statistics reversed, and believe the key to a nation’s future is its children. In South Africa, I will be preparing food, doing women’s ministry, Bible study, worship, gardening, hospital visits, working with the homeless, and door to door ministry. This mission trip has already changed me and I am honored to go and make God’s name known. If you feel it in your heart to help me go, there are many ways you can do so:

1) You can click on this link (click here or the ‘donate now’ button below) and donate online.
2) I am selling fundraising t-shirt’s for 20 dollars, and if you would like to buy one just get in touch with me.
3) Come attend the Ridgeview Church Spaghetti Fundraiser Feed on April 30th!
4)  PRAY. If you are unable to give financially, I ask that you pray for my safety this summer!

 

Reach Missions Emphasis 2017

Reach Missions Emphasis 2017

Announcements Missions Reach Conference on Global Missions

 

On March 18 & 19, 2017 Ridgeview will be hosting Reach Missions Emphasis 2017. The purpose will be to focus our hearts and minds on God’s heartbeat for the nations. Make your plans to be here for this exciting weekend, and trust God to work in a significant way in your life!

Things begin on Saturday, March 18 at 6PM with a Concert of Prayer for Global Missions. This will be an exciting mix of worship (featuring Ridgeview’s Worship Band), prayer, missions presentations and speaking. You don’t want to miss this!

Then on Sunday morning, we will have Greg & Julieann (we’re going to stick to first names online)  joining us from Global Serve International. Julieann plans to share with the college women during the Sunday School hour (9-10), and Greg will preach during the main worship gathering. They have a ton of experience in cross-cultural discipleship and a fresh perspective we all will benefit from. Here is Greg’s bio:

Greg was raised in a Christian home in Michigan and grew up with relatives involved in missions. Greg spent a year working on a tribal contact in South America and then graduated from Michigan State University in Chemical Engineering. While working at Dow Chemical, Greg felt the Lord leading him to work overseas and he attended Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina. There he met his wife, Julieann and they moved to Florida where they served on staff at a church for 3 years. During this time the Lord placed Siberia on their hearts and in 1994, they went out to work among the ethnic peoples of Siberia. They spent over a decade planting communities of faith among ethnic people groups and a large community of deaf people in the region. The fellowships are now on their own with their own pastors and leaders. Greg formed Global Serve International (GSI) to assist workers to enter and work among the least reached in closed or limited access regions. Greg and Julieann have 2 sons, Dylan, 22 and Eric, 20. Greg now serves as International Director of GSI.

Following the worship gathering, everyone is invited to an international meal in the Ridgeroom, prepared by Job Corps students from Thailand, Burma, and other countries. During the meal, the Costa Rica team will share their experiences serving people in the hurricane-affected regions of Costa Rica during Spring Break.

So make your plans to be here March 18-19. We are trusting God to use this weekend in a significant way in the hearts of many. Maybe even in yours!

Costa Rica 2017 Mission Trip

Costa Rica 2017 Mission Trip

Announcements Missions REVIVE

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Ridgeview is partnering together with Revive CSC Campus Ministry and Movida USA (click here to learn more about Movida) to sponsor and send a mission team to Costa Rica in 2017. The dates are March 4-11. The team will plug in to serve local churches and schools and will work in an orphanage, and also do some outreach to the inter-city homeless population.

We have timed the trip to coincide with CSC’s Mid-Term break so that students can participate (though non-students are also welcome to apply).

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the team. The cost is approximately $1300, which will include airfare and all on-field costs. The maximum team size is 25, including the team leaders. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions (via Facebook or email – or call 308.432.5131).

Click here to download the application. Printed applications will also be available at the Worship Gathering this Sunday (10-9). To apply, please return your completed application to the church office.

Click here to download the Movida Short Term handbook. This resource has most of the information you will need to plan your trip.

Still Need Volunteers for Reach Conference

Still Need Volunteers for Reach Conference

Announcements Missions Reach Conference on Global Missions

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We are in count-down mode for the Reach Conference on Global Missions, which begins on Friday. Most everything is in place already, but there are a few needs and so we still need volunteers. Here is a list of our current needs. If you can do any of these items, please let me know.

Airport Runs (Great opportunities to get to know the Missionaries!)

1) We need someone to pick up Ed and Linda S. on Friday at 2:30PM, from the Chadron Airport, and deliver them to the home where they will be staying.
2) We need someone to pick up Jake B. on Friday at 9:30PM from the Chadron Airport, and deliver them to the home where they will be staying.
3) We need someone to bring Jake B. on Sunday at 4:15AM to the Chadron Airport.
4) We need someone to bring Ed and Linda S. to the Denver airport at 10:15AM on Sunday morning (Ridgeview will cover the round trip gas expense for this!).

Meals (Even greater opportunity to get to know the Missionaries!!)

1) We need someone to pick up the doughnuts at 8AM on Saturday and deliver them to the Ridgeroom. They are already ordered, just need someone to pick them up.
2) We need someone to host Jake B. for lunch on Saturday.
3) We need someone to host Ed & Linda S. for lunch on Saturday.
4) We need someone to host Dan A. for lunch on Saturday.
5) We need someone to host Mark & Ayuna N. for lunch on Saturday (they have 2 kids).
6) We need someone to host David & Catherine L. for lunch on Saturday.

Prayer

1) We need many people to commit to pray every day for this conference.
2) We need many people to commit to pray during the conference.

If you would be willing to do any of the above, please send an email and let us know. Thanks to everyone who has worked to see the Reach Conference on Global Missions be a success, and for those who have donated to fund it. We are so excited for what God will do in our midst this weekend.

A Note from Scott & Mani Langemeier

A Note from Scott & Mani Langemeier

Missionary of the Month Missions

From Scott & Mani Langemeier:

Ridgeview Bible Church,

unnamedWe want to thank you for your committed partnership in making Jesus known in all of the earth. As missionaries serving on the field, one of our biggest challenges is not being able to accurately convey the impact you, as a local church, are having in God’s global kingdom. We are convinced if you would get a glimpse of the incredible things God is doing, you as well would be tempted to go to the ends of the world with His incredible message!

As we serve in Latin America, our goal is clear: Help young people discover their gifts and talents so they can better serve their local church and in world missions. We have seen it with our own eyes, God is raising up a new generation of believers in Latin America. He is raising up Christians, who are ready to take Him at His word, and respond with a step of faith! For our family it is an honor to be a tool in God’s hands, as He reveals His glory to the world!

From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for your prayers, financial support, letters, and personal visits. You are truly an undeserved gift from God!

Love,
Scott, Mani, and Emely
(Serving in Santiago, Chile)

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” – Ephesians 3:18-19