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2020 Annual Report

Friends of CMF,

This year was unlike any other, but at CMF we continued to see God’s faithfulness.

In 2020, I saw amazing CMF missionaries and local Christian partners around the world adjust to meet the needs in their communities. I relearned that we have amazing CMF office staff in the U.S. who worked with the flexibility we normally expect from our missionaries to keep everything going smoothly.

I also relearned that we have amazing partners like you who continued to partner with us in uncertain economic times so that CMF ministries could continue to operate. Most of our missionaries remained in their ministry locations and continued their work with resources made available through our CMF Covid-19 relief and Where Needed Most giving efforts. Thank you!

Here are some of my highlights in our 2020 Annual Report:

  • Our CMF Globalscope campus ministry reached the 20-year milestone! That’s 20 years of reaching university students and introducing them to Jesus!
  • There are 59 new CMF missionary recruits preparing for field service, the most we’ve have had in five years!
  • We continue to grow in our understanding of mission from everywhere to everywhere, as more CMF missionaries from outside the U.S. are called to serve with us. This is an exciting work that God is doing: those discipled in CMF ministries are themselves responding to God’s call to go and serve.
  • Once again, nearly 50 churches were planted through CMF ministries. That brings us to more than 300 new churches in the last three years.
  • We navigated a successful transition to a new phase of partnership with MOHI that will help both CMF and MOHI grow in the years ahead. We helped MOHI build a new non-profit organization in the U.S. that will be completely dedicated to MOHI support and growth.

As you read through our Annual Report, I pray that you will find your own highlights of the ways God worked as we partnered together in God’s mission in 2020. I’m so grateful for faithful partners like you that support all that all we do through CMF!

Peace of Christ,

Kip Lines

CMF Executive Director

CMF International

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  • CEPHAS’ STORY

    When Cephas Esuron was tapped by CMF team members Joel and Rachel Williams as their language coach in Turkana, Kenya, it was just a temporary job.

    “But it seemed God had bigger plans,” said Joel.

    Cephas was a young shepherd boy watching his family’s goats and sheep when he was discipled, baptized and sponsored by the CMF team. Over the past 21 years, he served CMF and their Community Christian Church partners in multiple capacities. He was trained in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and began to develop a passion to develop his Turkana community.

    Click or swipe to read the rest of Cephas’s story.

  • As Cephas traveled with Joel and Rachel as a translator for their disciple-making, youth ministry and CHE initiatives, they were impressed by his spiritual maturity.

    “He seemed to have a fire burning within him to reach, love and disciple the lost,” said Joel. “He was a natural leader.”

    Joel began to mentor Cephas to become the ministry’s first disciple-making trainer.

    “He just took off,” said Joel. “One disciple became four, one group became five, until he was coaching several generations of disciples. After about a year of shadowing me, he could teach the levels one and two training better than me! And when we left for furlough, he took over the ministry.”

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  • Since 2017, Cephas has discipled more than 30 people, started 20 Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) and baptized hundreds.

    “He currently oversees a ministry that has reached more than 12,000 people with the gospel, baptized more than 6,000, planted 36 churches and started 7,000 DBS,” said Joel.

    Joel and a local business owner are currently helping Cephas open a wholesale store to help his growing community and fund his ministry.

    “Cephas is an amazing example of CMF’s impact on one life, from lost to found, learner to teacher, disciple to disciple-maker,” said Joel.


     

  • SHARVIL & LINDA’S STORY

    Their ministry to the poor in a South Asian country gave CMF team members Sharvil* and Linda* the opportunity to share the gospel through food relief in 2020.

    “We reached 102 hungry, desperate families with about 14,916 pounds of food,” said Linda.  

    Several of their experiences stood out to Sharvil, who grew up in this country, and Linda, his American wife.

    Click or swipe to read the rest of Sharvil & Linda’s story.

  • “One leader we work with in our ministry asked for help for a group of 10 families in a rural village a couple of hours up into the mountains in a strong Buddhist area,” said Linda. “We took food and then met in a home to share the gospel. The entire village came! We have since started a house church and a Discovery Bible Study (DBS) there and will visit regularly when the pandemic dies down.”

    Another local church also gained new believers from the food pack project. The couple has started a DBS and an income generator project with them.

    “We invested in coops and chickens for five families,” said Linda. “As their chickens reproduce, they will replace the ones they received and the pastor will select a new family to invest in.”

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  • The fact that Sharvil is a national of this country has made a monumental difference in their ministry.

    “He had the coveted opportunity to live a successful and comfortable life in America but chose not to,” said Linda. “This shows Sharvil’s deep desire to help his nation and people and challenges and inspires his countrymen,” said Linda. “He can speak the language, understand cultural nuances and etiquette, and do things like giving food to the poor without it being misunderstood as a foreign project.

    “People trust that he understands them on a deeper level than a foreigner from a wealthy nation ever could,” added Linda.

    *Names changed for security protection.


  • NORA’S STORY

    Nora Lahmann-Vogt didn’t want to be involved with anything Christian before she connected with the Globalscope campus ministry in Tübingen, Germany. Now, the young German woman is a staff member at a sister ministry in Freiburg and credits Unterwegs with her life transformation.

    Nora decided as a teenager that church “was not for me,” but things changed when she met the campus ministers at Unterwegs while a student at the University of Tubingen.

    “I started attending Café English and they treated me with such warmth and kindness,” she said. “I asked for the recipe for their cookies, but instead, (former campus minister) Emily Bartenbach invited me to her home to bake them with her. I was taken aback at her willingness to open her home to a stranger! I think this openness is what made me come back.”

    Click or swipe to read the rest of Noras’s story.

  • Soon after this, Nora spent a year studying in California but stayed in touch with campus minister Erin Harper, who was on furlough at Flatirons Community Church in Colorado. She joined Erin on a church retreat, which opened the door for many conversations about faith.

    “I got along really well with the people on that trip, and that was further proof to me that there are decent Christians out there,” she said.

    When she returned to Germany, Nora arrived at a tipping point in her journey to faith during a time of intense Bible reading and study with campus minister Tony Cole.

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  • “Reading the Bible with Tony just changed something in me,” said Nora. “I can only explain it through the power of the Bible.  Tony helped me see things differently that I had previously struggled with.”

    Eventually, Nora asked Tony to baptize her, and the people who had the biggest impact on her journey had a small part in the service.

    “It was so much fun and felt so special,” she said. “It is one of my favorite memories.

    “I hope that my experience as a student at Unterwegs can help me meet other students where they are and be a helpful companion on their own journey with faith,” she added.

    Read more about Nora’s amazing story here!

  • MARIANA’S STORY

    Mariana Luna is passionate about community development, starting businesses and training new entrepreneurs. These combined interests have made her a great fit for her new role as a Marketplace Minister with the CMF team starting a business academy in Mexico City.

    Mariana became a Christian as a young girl. Years later, she and her husband Hugo Fortis connected with CMF through the La Zona church and community center, a CMF ministry partner in the Fuego Nuevo neighborhood of Mexico City.

    Click or swipe to read the rest of Mariana’s story.

  • “We had Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training at the church,” she said. “Hugo and I really identified with the CHE mission and began to work with it immediately. We helped start a soccer league for the youth and children of the community.”

    When she lost her job in the economic crisis of 2008, Mariana started a successful business. Hugo also started a business so that the couple would have flexibility to dedicate time to CHE. Mariana also committed substantial time to CMF as a member of the board.

    When she learned about CMF’s initiative to start a business academy that will teach entrepreneurs to integrate faith and the workplace, she turned her business over to her dad and signed on as a CMF recruit.

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  • “I believe there are more ways to serve God than just in church,” Mariana said. “I felt called by God to use all the experience, training and gifts He has given me so help bring transformation to my country. Due to the pandemic, I knew there would be a great need for people to learn how to start and run a business God’s way.

    “We want to share practical ways to take the biblical world view into every area of life, especially business,” she said. “In order to end poverty, we need to show people how to create wealth and help them discover their God-given talents.”


CMF + MOHI: An evolving partnership

Seventeen years ago, CMF missionaries began partnering with Mary and Wallace Kamau in a holistic, community-based preschool for 50 children in Nairobi, Kenya. At the time, we never imagined the transformational path God would lead us down through this partnership. In 2020, we celebrated the creation of MOHI’s own dedicated team in the U.S., now separate from CMF, to serve the needs of MOHI’s growing programs ministering to the families and communities of more than 21,000 children.

As our partnership evolves, we celebrate how CMF missionaries will continue to be a vital part of MOHI ministries for years to come. Over the next 10 years, MOHI plans to be in multiple countries, starting churches and schools that reach the communities of 100,000 children, and CMF missionaries will be part of the teams that help make this vision a reality.

We will also continue to partner with MOHI on specific projects. One such project, led by CMF missionaries Keith and Kathy Ham, is to open a Discovery Discipleship Camp off the Kenyan coast. The camp will provide MOHI students with the chance to see God’s goodness through creation while participating in an intentional discipleship curriculum that invites them to explore creation care. In another current project, CMF and MOHI are partners in the development of a Sports Ministry and playing fields that will provide safe space for children in the slums to play and be discipled through a biblical-based sports curriculum.

MOHI’s story is a perfect example of the increased ministry potential when God’s people come together in true partnership — missionaries and local Christian leaders serving out of their giftedness and calling, and supporters like you generously giving to God’s work through Christian organizations like CMF and MOHI. From 50 children in 2004 to 21,000 children today, the ripple effects of transformation through our partnership will be seen for decades.

Meet the CMF missionaries who serve with MOHI!

Go here for more information about the MOHI transition.

Celebrating Globalscope in 2020!

Our Stewardship of Your Gifts

CMF seeks to foster your trust by wisely managing the resources you invest in this ministry and by being transparent in reporting on how your ministry funds are used and the ministry impact you made. Thanks for your partnership and for the role you play in CMF’s mission.

2020 EXPENSES

Total Expenses: $20,885,844

2020 Revenue

Total Revenue: $23,890,873

Audited financial statements available upon request. Email us at missions@cmfi.org.


2020 By the Numbers

OUR PARTNERS

723 CHURCH PARTNERS

16,966 INDIVIDUAL PARTNERS

Todd Hancock, Tonja Hancock, Mitchell Hancock, Puebla, Mexico, church planting, Mosaico

388 AUXILIARY PARTNERS

49 NEW CHURCH PARTNERS

18,077 TOTAL PARTNERS

200 CONTRIBUTORS TO YEAR-END GIVING OPPORTUNITY

$120,470.58 TOTAL GIVEN TO YEAR-END GIVING OPPORTUNITY

OUR NEW TEAMMATES

35 RECRUITS RAISING SUPPORT

11 NEW RECRUITS ON THE FIELD

9 FORMER REACH INTERNS & EXCHANGE STUDENT ALUMNI RAISING SUPPORT

Our church-planting ministries

3,000 PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE WATER FROM 6 WELLS DUG IN ETHIOPIA

98,733 PATIENTS TREATED BY COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERS IN KENYA

1,368 FOOD BOXES DISTRIBUTED FOR COVID RELIEF IN MEXICO

4,034 BAPTISMS

48 NEW CHURCH PLANTS

2,577 DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDIES

63 ATTENDEES AT CREATION CARE CAMP IN WEST AFRICA

1,066 OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE THE GOSPEL & SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS IN ENGLAND

151 YOUNG WOMEN SERVED BY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM IN THE IVORY COAST

$114,136.36 SAVED IN MALAWI BY 2,116 PEOPLE IN VILLAGE SAVINGS & LOAN GROUPS

115 TREES PLANTED AT CREATION CARE CAMP IN WEST AFRICA

847 PATIENTS (includes 31 children) ON ARVs AT THE IVORY COAST PIM CLINIC

100% PASS RATE ON NATIONAL EXAM FOR SPONSORED CHILDREN IN TANZANIA

103 FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SERVED IN THAILAND

55 YOUNG WOMEN IN BIBLE STUDY IN JUVENILE DETENTION IN THAILAND

4,824 PEOPLE COUNSELED FOR HIV TESTING IN THE IVORY COAST PIM CLINIC

70 NEW DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS IN MEXICO

Our Globalscope International Campus ministries

9 COUNTRIES

14 TEAMS

910 NEW STUDENTS IN ONLINE OR IN-PERSON EVENTS

23 INTERNATIONAL TEAMMATES (32% of total Globalscopers)

12 COLLEGE STUDENTS COMMITTED TO FOLLOW JESUS

501 STUDENTS DISCIPLED IN MINISTRIES

72 CAMPUS MINISTERS

Will Sallee, Laura Sallee, Globalscope, campus ministry, En Vivo, Salamanca, Spain

Our ministries to the poor

102 FAMILIES RECEIVED FOOD RELIEF IN SOUTH ASIA

14,916 POUNDS OF FOOD DISTRIBUTED IN SOUTH ASIA

22 DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS LAUNCHED IN SOUTH ASIA

20 PASTORS IN TRAINING IN SOUTH ASIA

590 HOMES RECEIVING COVID RELIEF FOOD (20 communities) IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

2 TONS OF RICE DISTRIBUTED FOR COVID RELIEF IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

2,000 PASTORS SERVING IN SOUTH ASIA

43 MIDDLE EASTERN REFUGEE CHILDREN SPONSORED & EDUCATED AT A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

CMF board members visit our teams on the field

Our board of directors is composed of volunteers who represent our partner churches.

  •  Board member Warren Miller and his wife Anne met with church planters in Tanzania in 2014.

  • Board member Ron Kastens visited the Globalscope ministry El Pozo in Puebla, Mexico, in February 2020.

  • Board Member Nancy Pace made a friend in Southeast Asia during a visit in 2014.

  • Board Member Drew Depler was part of a mission trip to Turkana, Kenya, in June of 2011. The team built a school, drilled some wells and Drew had the privilege of preaching.

  • Board member Liz Acosta was part of a 15-member team that traveled to Cuba in March 2020.

  • Board Member David Case, his wife Julie, Randy and Tina Senz and Julie Carrasco made several home visits in the Mathare Valley slum of Kenya in 2015.

  • Board Member Kristen Hodge organized a group fundraising hike of Mount Kilimanjaro to benefit the MOHI Sports Ministry.

  • Board Member Dale Sachtleben helped register MOHI students and staff for dental and medical treatments, as part of a church mission trip.

  • Board member Craig Hanson met his sponsored child at Missions of Hope International in Kenya in 2016.

    Meet your CMF Board of Directors
    • Bob Clemens is a retired executive who serves as the Finance Committee Chair and on the Advancement Committee.
    • Drew Depler works for Christian Financial Resources and serves on the Finance and Advancement committees.
    • Rick Grover is the Lead Pastor at East 91st Street Christian Church and serves as Board Secretary and on the Board Governance and Programs committees.
    • Craig Hanson serves at Connection Pointe Christian Church and is a member of the Finance and Programs committees.
    • Kristen Hodge works for National Bank of Indianapolis and serves as Advancement Committee Chair and on the Finance Committee.
    • Jennifer Johnson serves at Johnson University and is on the Board Governance and Programs committees.
    • Ron Kastens works at Milligan University and is on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.
    • Warren Miller, a retired physician, is Governance Committee Chair and also serves on the Programs Committee.
    • Bryan Myers serves as Senior Pastor at Academy Christian Church and is on the Board Governance and Programs committees.
    • Nancy Pace is a retired physician who serves as Board Chair/Executive Committee Chair. She is also on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.
    • Julie Ronde is a CPA and serves on the Finance and Programs committees.
    • Dale Sachtleben is a retired executive and serves on the Finance and Programs committees.
    • Jeff Swaney is a staff member at Eastside Christian Church and serves as Programs Committee Chair and on the Board Governance and Programs committees.
    • Liz Acosta is a staff member at Mountain Christian Church and serves on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.
    • Carlos Franco is a business owner and serves on the Finance and Programs committees.
    • David Case is Lead Pastor at Northwest Christian Church and serves on the Finance and Programs committees.

    Associate Board Members

    • Jim Donovan is a professor at Point University and serves on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.
    • Greg Johnson serves as Pastor at Antioch Christian Church and on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.
    • Roy Lawson is Senior Associate Pastor at Northwest Christian Church and serves on the Board Governance and Advancement committees.

    Please vote for new board members! 

    CMF is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who help shape the policies that carry out our mission to create dynamic Christ-centered communities that transform the worldEach board member is nominated by committee and serves for three-year term. As a supporting partner and/or missionary with CMF, we invite you to vote on our newest board nominees.  


    Next Steps | Connecting you with God’s mission


    1 – Celebrate with us!

    CMF’s Globalscope Campus Ministry turns 21 this year! (And we want you to help us celebrate!)

    CMF Annual Celebration: Globalscope Past, Present and Future

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Atlanta, Georgia

    As part of the special evening, we’ll enjoy the commissioning of new missionaries, stories from our worldwide team and special guests, a great meal and so much more.

    For former CMF Globalscope campus ministers and their families, we’ve also planned multiple alumni-specific activities throughout the celebration weekend.

    Add to Calendar 10/23/2021 06:00 PM 10/23/2021 08:00 PM America/New_York Annual Celebration Description of the event Atlanta, Georgia

    2 – Become a monthly partner!

    None of the transformational stories from 2020 would be possible without the generosity of faithful financial and prayer partners. To come alongside a specific CMF missionary or ministry in support, click the button below.

    Want to make the greatest impact through CMF? Consider joining a committed group of partners who give monthly to CMF’s General Fund. These partners invest directly in the core ministries of CMF which benefit all CMF ministries and missionaries, helping them stay healthy and fruitful. These resources also provide for meeting ministry needs “where needed most.”


    3 – Follow along with Good News stories from our worldwide team!

    In this time especially, who doesn’t want more good news?! Sign up for monthly updates from our team members around the world.

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