International Ministries

Blacknall is grateful to support international ministries, including several Blacknall members, with prayer and financial contributions (see below for a complete list). There are also various opportunities to participate in short-term missions around the world. Contact Craig & Rachel Frey with the International Ministry Team (IMT) for more information. The IMT committee meets the first Sunday evening of each month.

Deep Common Journey Partner

imagesCongo Initiative seeks to “model, nurture, and shape an authentic redemptive community of Christ’s followers whose calling is to transform the society in the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo].” Cullen Rodgers-Gates, President & Executive Director.

Click here for more information on Blacknall’s Deep Common Journey Partners.

Blacknall Fellows in Missions

Who are Blacknall Fellows? Fellows are Blacknall members/regular attenders who travel on short-term missions. They partner with the International Missions Team to connect with Blacknall-supported missionaries or to follow a call to a particular place.

Where do Fellows go? Fellows serve in a variety of countries, and potential summer 2016 trips are being planned to South Africa, Israel, and Mexico City for 6-8 weeks.

How do I learn more? Contact Craig and Rachel Frey. Those interested in the Fellows program are gearing up to attend the December 2015 Urbana Conference. A group training session will take place in spring 2016.

What’s it like to be a Fellow? “I served as a Blacknall Missions Fellow in Israel and Palestine in the summer of 2013, spending about four weeks with the sports ministry organization Athletes in Action.  A dozen American basketball players, including myself, were placed on various professional basketball teams within the Palestinian BaIMG_1271sketball Federation, with whom we practiced, played, and lived for the majority of our time in the country.  Headquartered in Bethlehem about a mile from the spot on which tradition maintains Jesus was born, our group also ran children’s basketball clinics, taught at a local VBS, and presented our testimony to crowds of basketball fans.

One of my favorite parts of the experience was the expertise of our “Rabbi” tour director, John Farwell, who utilized traditional Hebrew teaching techniques to not just tell, but also show, Biblical truth from its original perspective as we travelled the Holy Land.  I have never read the Bible the same way since.  Surely there are few places on earth as saturated in religion and yet as hungry for truth, shalom, and God’s love as modern-day Israel and Palestine.” – Logan Dahms, Blacknall Fellow 2013

Apply by January 15, 2016 for summer trips.

Supported  Missionaries

Bagge Family_webDick & Nancy Baggé: Currently serving as counselors among missionaries in Kenya at Tumaini Counselling Centre. The Bagges will be moving to the USA in 2015 and will continue their counseling work with Wycliffe.

Bennett Family_webFraser & Liz Bennett: Working for SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc.) in Texas, Fraser is the International Language Program Training Coordinator.

BORN: Bihar Out-Reach Network, Bihar, India (PFF)

Clarke Family 2_webMya & Dave Clarke: Discipling missionary apprentices and training in basic counseling skills for the Irish Church in Dublin. The Clarkes are supported through Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission).

Abby Demarest_webAbby Demarest: Serving in Dublin, Ireland with Serge as an apprentice. She is working with the Irish Christian church in areas of evangelism, as well as helping to coordinate the experience of short-term summer interns.

Annette George: Teaching music and music therapy at Payap University, Thailand.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARollin & Wendy Grams: Rollin is a New Testament Professor at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte, NC. The Grams are intending to move to Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, where Rollin will be teaching various programs for East Mountain. Blacknall member Sarah Bohn was a Fellow in 2013 at East Mountain. Rollin writes a blog at

HamiltonsKyle & Emily Hamilton: Working in Beni, Congo with Congo Initiative, teaching at UCBC (Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo). The Hamiltons are being sent and supported, in part, by The Antioch Partners. Visit their blog to learn more.

Tom & Judy Harvey: Teaching at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in England. Their most recent update can be found here.

Ken & Judy Hollingsworth: Working with bible translation, based in Texas.

Hana Kamiya_webHana Kamiya: (right) Teaching literacy to grades 1-2 with South American Mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Hana’s blog is Hana will be on a Home Assignment in 2015-16.

Lambeth Family_webHunter & Lauri Lambeth: Living and working in Nazareth, Israel with Young Life.

Leary Family_webRich & Barb Leary: (right) Currently living in Budapest, the Leary’s serve Campus Crusade with Leader Led Movements.

R&B: Community development in Central Asia.

Woody & Mary McLendon: Supporting Bible Translation of Wycliffe in Waxhaw, NC. Woody serves as the President of JAARS.

Mikes family_webJonathan & Rocio Mikes: (right) Working for United World Mission with La Fuente, a young church in Mexico City. Jonathan’s blog is

Pervis FamilyDavid & Erin Pervis: planting churches and teaching English in Bulgaria with Mission To The World.

Stacey RhinehartStacy Rinehart: (right) leading MentorLink International, an organization that seeks to “develop leaders to lead like Jesus.” Visit Stacy’s blog at

C&F: based in Durham, partnering with Barnabas International, to support missionaries, pastors, and their families in their soul care and mental health needs.

'Woude-Aho_webLynn & ‘Ale Vander Woude-’Aho: working with YWAM, providing primary health care and discipleship training in Tonga.

Jenn West_webJennifer West: (right) serving as an International student minister in Amersterdam with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Learn more here: