Global Missionaries & Ministries

Neelsville supports a host of missionaries and mission ministries around the world. We are active partners with our missionaries, communicating regularly and hosting them when they are home on furlough. The church also encourages adults and youths to participate in short term mission work and to consider a vocation in missions.

  • Shirley killosky

    laszlo mission league

    Laszlo Mission League continues the outreach that Marilyn Laszlo started not only in Hauna Village but also in many villages up and down the Sepik River where the Hauna Outreach continues through education and spreading God’s Word. Shirley Killosky, Marilyn’s sister, who joined her in Hauna while the translation was still in progress, is currently still serving in Papua New Guinea in Hauna Village. She works everyday teaching kids to read and write and working with the villagers who work in the Sepik Christian Ministries “Main House.” Under Shirley’s leadership and credentials, teachers are being trained in Hauna to be sent out to surrounding villages to open a primary school where there is none.  Currently, due to COVID travel restrictions, Shirley is at home in Boise, ID with her family.  She still keeps in touch with the village on a regular basis.

    There are four pillars of ministry in Hauna Village.  #1. Educating young students.  Currently there are around 80 students in our program.  #2. Training teachers. These teachers are sent out to even more remote villages to begin a primary school where none exists. #3. Medical Center. Hundreds of people travel by water every day to get just basic medical care in Hauna at this medical outpost. #4. Bible School. Young church and school leaders need a firm educational foundation in God’s word. Villagers come to Hauna for six months at a time to get solid Biblical training. Currently there are 42 students in the Bible School.  These four pillars of ministry are facilitated through Laszlo Mission League based in Kansas City.

  • Medical Benevolence foundation

    MBF is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to transforming lives by building sustainable medical ministries in developing countries. Through long-term partnerships, MBF equips indigenous churches with tools and resources that allow them to meet the health care needs of their community and share the Gospel. MBF’s vision translates into a set of medical ministries that serve the poorest of the poor in the developing world, providing critical care for women and children, hospital and clinic support and development, spiritual ministry, and nursing schools and scholarships. They work with roughly 16 hospitals/clinics and 5 nursing schools across Africa. They work with 2 major clinics and one nursing school in Haiti. Neelsville supports the nursing scholarship fund as the FSIL School of Nursing that works with Hôpital Ste. Croix (HSC), the primary hospital in the Léogâne region-a 60-bed facility with ER, Radiology, Pediatric, Maternity, Laboratory, and Pharmacy

  • Sons of Thunder

    Zambia, africa

    Sons of Thunder is an interdenominational Christian mission organization, God-initiated and God-directed, with the mission statement “to feed Africa physically and spiritually through the enabling of the Holy Spirit.” There are multiple facets to this ministry. First, there is the spiritual aspect with multiple churches and church plants as well as a Sons of Thunder men’s ministry and women’s ministry respectively, all with the focus to share the good news of salvation as well as the love of Jesus in compassionate service to those in need. There is an agricultural aspect with a conservational type of farming based on biblical principles called Farming God’s Way that includes maize production as well as fruits and vegetables. Other areas of the agriculture side include fish farming and village chickens. The third facet of Sons of Thunder is a medical ministry which includes a medical clinic, freestanding lab and maternity center as well as monthly outreach opportunities. The fourth area of ministry is education and includes preschool, primary school, a work/study program called the Blessed Fund and a student sponsorship program through college. Entrepreneurship and skills training with mentorships have led to licenses and certifications. There is a conference center used mainly by the Ministry of Health for varied workshops as well as student nurse clinical rotations and there is a nshima kitchen used to feed the hungry. In all areas of ministry, Jesus is found in the midst and offered as our only source of hope! Neelsville sent a mission team in August of 2008 and worked closely with medical missionaries Sal & Renee Marini (see photo).

  • Gary & pat sheppard


    Retired from active service with SIMUSA, the Sheppards now live in the SIM retirement village in Sebring, FL.  COVID has put many of their volunteer activities on hold these past two years.  However, Gary and Pat regularly volunteer their services in the retirement village, at their local church and at various medical facilities.

  • fraser & liz Bennett

    wycliffe bible Translators, SIL

    Fraser and Liz have served in Wycliffe over 30 years, both in Thailand and in global leadership roles. Fraser now serves in Wycliffe's partner organization, SIL LEAD. SIL LEAD provides technical expertise and training to internationally-funded education projects that serve children in large minority language communities. SIL LEAD-supported projects are currently helping over two million kids learn to read in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Better education means more people who can read the translated Scriptures, and a better economic and social situation for the whole community.

  • Howard & Jo-Ann Brant

    Sim USA

    Howie & Jo-Ann Brant are part of the team who enable African missionaries to have face-to-face ministry among the least reached people groups. Their part is to provide advocacy, editing, circulating their correspondence, responding to questions, mentoring and fund raising on their behalf. They currently teach and counsel in our local church using Zoom this year. The Brants spent 44 years in Ethiopia, Ghana, the USA and Kenya with SIM. In North America, they have been serving locally and equipping believers and reaching out to many who say they have no faith.

  • steve & kim Blewett

    wycliffe bible translators, usA

    Steve & Kim Blewett are linguists with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We were married at Neelsville in June 1980. We have worked in Papua New Guinea since 1982, and Neelsville has had a key role in sending and supporting us through our 39 years in Papua New Guinea. In 1987, we moved to Bougainville Island to live with the Rapoisi people. We developed the Rapoisi alphabet, helped start Rapoisi literacy classes, and helped two Rapoisi men begin translating the Bible into their Rapoisi language. We have also assisted Bougainvilleans from twelve other languages to translate the Bible into their own languages. Scripture books have been printed and audio-recorded in most of these languages, and translation continues. Our ministry focus for 2020 was derailed by COVID, so now the goal for 2021 is to return to PNG as soon as we are allowed, and to publish a book of the currently in progress Rapoisi Scripture books, including Luke, Acts and several Epistles. Along with the printed book, an audio Rapoisi Scripture App will be recorded and published.

  • sean & bethany walker

    the antioch partners

    After 10 years of service in Central Asia, Sean & Bethany Walker returned to the States in 2017 to work in the home office of their sending agency, the Antioch Partners, in Houston, Texas.  The Antioch Partners (TAP) serves approximately 75 cross-cultural missionaries serving in frontier mission and local capacity-building ministries in over 25 countries.  Sean & Bethany's vision is to mobilize, equip and send more long-term cross-cultural servants to the mission filed and to help them thrive there.  In his role as Operations Coordinator, Sean works to build organizational capacity to better support and send more missionaries.  Bethany volunteers with TAP as an educational consultant and serves on TAP's member care team.  Sean & Bethany have two young adult children:  Andrew and Julia.

  • P&J Bell

    East-West Ministries International

    P&J Bell are working in the Western Mediterranean to help engage, evangelize and empower local believers in the region to go and transform their communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. P&J, along with their regional teams, are praying for God to shift this geographically strategic region from “receiving” to “sending” laborers back into His harvest field of unreached people in North Africa and Europe.

  • Rev. William & Susuana Okletey

    Blessed Redemption Outreach Ministry

    Neelsville member Rev. William Okletey and his wife Susuana pastor Blessed Redemption Outreach Ministry (BROM) in Haatso-Narhman, Accra, Ghana. BROM was started in 1990 after much prayer and careful considerations of the desperate spiritual needs of the village dwellers around the country of Ghana. The church has active programs in evangelism, Bible School education, literacy and vocational training. Currently, the ministry is constructing a large worship center.