…but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8)
Someone once said, “What IS it about the word GO that you don’t understand?” We believe the mission of every believer is to go, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to become a witness of the gospel of grace.
God’s Word directs us that first our witness is to be to those in our homes, then to our hometown, and then move out to the remotest parts of the world. Consequently, Calvary Chapel Las Vegas reaches out with ministries in the community of Las Vegas, in surrounding communities, and also in foreign countries.
We are actively supporting missions in Juarez and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Pristina, Kosovo, family ministries in the United States, disaster relief in the US and the world, and several music ministries here and overseas. Support is given though prayer, gifts, and sending short-term missionary helpers. In past years, we have also helped a Bulgarian church with people and resources. Calvary Chapel also has local ministries at the jail and Valmora School.
Missionary Contact info can be found on bottom of page
Missionaries with FamilyLife
We have been married since 1987 and have three children; Aaron, Mariah, and Bethany.
From July, 1999 to April 2005, Emmitt was station manager at WAUQ – American Family Radio in Richmond, Virginia. Jane was employed part-time at the station as well. Prior to involvement in Christian radio, Emmitt served as pastor of Las Vegas Bible Church, Las Vegas, New Mexico.
We are now full-time missionary staff members with FamilyLife — a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Its purpose is to “Develop and Equip Godly Marriages and Families One Home at a Time” by offering practical training through “Weekend To Remember” marriage conferences; the radio broadcast, “FamilyLife Today”, and through a wide range of resources, including books and CDs, the HomeBuilders Couples Series for small groups, and more. www.familylife.com.
Emmitt serves in the FamilyLife Audio Group as the Station Relations Representative. “My goal is to encourage and build solid relationships between the ministry and radio stations that air our daily radio program, FamilyLife Today. I also fulfill requests submitted by the stations for FamilyLife products as well as arrange interviews with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine (host and co-host of FamilyLife Today respectively).”
We have a strong passion for healthy marriages and families. We believe the Lord has led us to use our passion for the family to serve Him through FamilyLife.
Musicians For Missions International Founder and International Musicianary
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Santa Fe
For more than two decades Karen has concentrated her energies on developing MFMI. She has led many multinational music teams on tours in more than 50 countries; held numerous music seminars and short-term outreaches for musicians, launched a “School of Music In Missions” as part of YWAM’s University of the Nations and produced or assisted with many recordings in several languages. While living in Amsterdam, she and the MFMI staff musicians were regularly involved with ministry to prostitutes and street people.
In 1995 after leading the first “School of Music in Missions” in Amsterdam, Karen felt she needed to return to the US to help her elderly parents. She relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and incorperated YWAM Santa Fe to be the new home for Musicians For Missions International. Although Karen has become very involved with local Santa Fe churches, her call to the nations remains strong. She is still a world traveling troubador who loves to share the Love of Jesus through music.
Gary & Connie Leggett
Missionaries-at-large from Calvary Chapel Las Vegas
The Leggetts travel in their RV and volunteer their God-given skills to assist in the construction and renovation of churches, children’s homes, Teen Challenge centers (drug rehab), and Christian camps.
Gary has been involved in foundation work, framing, roofing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, finish carpentry, and painting. On a project, he works 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Connie has done painting, sewing, and cleaning. Group prayer happens every morning before work begins.
Your prayers for safe travels and successful completion of needy projects is appreciated. Support for their mission trips can be handled through Calvary Chapel Las Vegas.
in Puerto Vallarta
Bill and Renee Martin, along with their three children, Estee, Micah, and Abigail, have been in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for ten years. Their interest in Puerto Vallarta began while honeymooning there. They returned to Puerto Vallarta several times after that to consider whether this would be the place God was calling them to serve.
Since then, God has blessed their faithfulness by establishing a church in the heart of the city, with their focus on helping those that live in impoverished areas. Bill is the pastor of a thriving church that ministers to every human situation. His wife and children serve in several areas of ministry–with special emphasis on outreach to children. Sunday School, VBS, Upward Soccer, and a Calvary Chapel Mission School are just some of their programs. For example, Upward Soccer has 65 kids and although it is primarily a sports program, it’s more like a Bible club. Principles of sportsmanship come from the Bible. And Scripture memorization by the children gains stars they can put on their uniforms.
Calvary Chapel Puerto Vallarta sponsors a Mission School. To help at the school, several church teams from the United States come to help with food preparation, children’s outreach programs, and building maintenance. God is raising up teachers from the church who teach, love, and bless the children who attend Calvary Chapel Mission School. Parents are being reached with the Gospel as their children are saved at the school and show changed lives at home.
In a recent missionary newsletter Renee wrote (she was describing an outreach from the church to recovering alcoholics): “We know the Lord didn’t put us next to a liquor store, underneath a salsa bar, and around the corner from a men’s club for nothing. The Lord is penetrating the darkness with His brilliant light and changing these guys’ hearts! There are about 6 who are consistently coming to church and are really trying to turn their lives around. Keep praying for them that they will learn that they truly have the victory over darkness and Jesus is all they need.”
Bill and Renee appreciate your prayers and invite you to consider how to be a part of what God is doing in Puerto Vallarta.
Chad and Meagen Moody
Serving with Youth With A Mission Santa Fe
In November of 2006, Chad and Meagen Moody joined their lives together after meeting in Mexico doing missions in 2005. Previously Chad had been working as a full-time volunteer missionary with YWAM. He spent three years ministering in Mexico. He also ministered in Cuba, Spain, Honduras, and Romania. Meagen completed a year and a half of mission work, which took her to Turkey, Mexico, Honduras, and New Orleans, Louisiana. For nine of those months she was specifically training for using music on the mission field.
Currently Chad and Meagen are based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they are full-time missionaries with Musicians for Missions International, a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Since November 2006, they have spent six months training musicians in India for service on the mission field. They also led the same program in Santa Fe, NM. The countries that Chad and Meagen have traveled to and ministered in together are Thailand, Honduras, India, the Philippines, and Mexico.
The Moodys have always had a vision for evangelism and primarily labor in the work of evangelism. As part of Musicians for Missions International, they use music for evangelism and for building up the body of Christ in North America and abroad, but they are by no means limited to using music exclusively. Chad and Meagen are experienced worship leaders and songwriters, they play a variety of original music and praise songs, they also share stories from the field and challenge people to be involved in what God is doing in their communities and in the nations of the world.
Thanga and Christina Nohro
School of Music in Missions
Thanga Nohro is a Christian musician and native of India. Trained in Karen Lafferty’s Musicians For Missions International (MFMI) “School of Music in Missions” (SOMM), Thanga now travels and teaches in SOMM in India and the United States. He lives in Pune City, Maharashtra, India, and married Christina in November 2008.
Thanga recruits students for SOMM, speaks in Youth With a Mission (YWAM) schools and churches, conducts music tours, and participates in SOMM through teaching and music concerts. The School of Music in Missions is a part of Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations, College of the Arts. It trains musicians in the areas of contemporary Christian music, ministry and Christian character, missions, and the music business (composing, recording, promoting, etc.).
Financial Support: Thanga Nohro may be helped by donations (checks) made to YWAM Santa Fe, mailed to Musicians For Missions International, P. O. Box 22009, Santa Fe, NM, 87502.
Managers at El Porvenir Christian Camp
Nate and Terri Stafford met while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, while receiving training for Christian ministry. After graduating in May of 2003, they married two weeks later. Nate spent 3 years as a youth minister in Sperry, Oklahoma, while attending school and then preached at the same church for 2 years after graduation. During that time, Nate and Terri also worked and volunteered at several Christian summer camps and began to feel the Lord pulling them in that ministry direction. In the Summer of 2005, they accepted the call to be managers at El Porvenir Christian Camp in Montezuma, New Mexico. Since moving to El Porvenir, God has blessed Nate and Terri with two children, Kaitlyn in April 2006 and Zachary in February 2008.
At El Porvenir, their ministry focus is crystal clear: Provide a Place for God to Change Lives. El Porvenir Christian Camp with a beautiful mountain setting spread over many wooded acres has proven itself over and over to be a special setting for God to do just that. In 2007, over 2500 people experienced EPCC in some capacity be it a summer youth camp, a weekend church retreat, a family getaway, or some other venture. Nate says: “One thing I know: When people experience Jesus Christ through His Word and His people, lives are changed. On the surface, El Porvenir is simply a beautiful mountain environment that God has created and that we cultivate. But in the hands of the Church, we are a powerful tool for God to use to remove the hindrances and distractions of this world and amplify His presence and His voice to His people.”
Support for Nate and Terri’s ministry can be given through Calvary Chapel Las Vegas.
Chris, Cari, Madison, and Morgan Dague
Staff El Porvenir Christian Camp
Missionaries to Prishtina, Kosovo
Mark is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel in Prishtina, Kosova. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he disciples new believers, counsels church attenders and those who ask for spiritual help, and is active in the youth outreach ministry. Mark also serves as the chaplain at Prishtina’s government hospital. Mark served as a missionary in Austria and Albania before moving to Kosovo. He is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College.
Celeste has served as a single missionary (before meeting Mark) in Moscow and Siberia. She is a graduate of the Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque School of Ministry. In Pristina, Celeste serves as the woman’s ministry leader and assists with short-term teams and the hospital ministry. She reaches out to youth and adults through “English as a Second Language” classes. Mark and Celeste met at a missionary conference and were married in November 2004. She and Mark welcomed their first child, Isabella, into their home in 2007.
Support for Mark and Celeste can be given at Calvary Chapel Las Vegas or sent to Global Adventures, 4001 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 (designate offerings to Mark & Celeste Yocom, Pristina, Kosovo).