New Life desires to be a congregation that supports, sends, and equips missionaries throughout the world. Below is a brief explanation of our current mission partnerships.
The Cooperative Program is our primary tool for supporting world missions. Over 45,000 Southern Baptist churches support missions through this program. As one of these cooperating churches, we contribute to the advancement of the Gospel by funding Southern Baptist seminaries, North American missionaries, and International missionaries.
New Life supports the mission of Frontier Morgantown a church plant near the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Frontier is led by Scott Whitaker. They began as a group of friends in Louisville, Kentucky who were making disciples together and who began to wonder if the Holy Spirit was leading them to start a new church. Through a sequence of events and connections, God began to give the team a heart for the city of Morgantown, and they began making the necessary plans to move there. The first team members began arriving in Morgantown in July and August of 2011 and functioning as a small community on mission.
New Life sponsors the ministry of Brunswick Community Church a church plant just north of Medina led by Buck Wilford. Buck is a former Green Beret in the Special Forces of the U.S. Army. He is a Strongsville native with a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University. This is a brand new church that is just getting started. We are excited to work alongside of Buck and his family in conjunction with the Summit Baptist Association, The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, and The North American Mission Board. It is the goal of the state convention’s Mission Ohio initiative to reach 1,000,000 people and establish 2,020 churches in Ohio by the year 2020.
John and Sue Wright are a missionary couple that serve in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 they were sent from New Life to help start and develop the new church Gateway West in Cleveland. At Gateway West John served as an Elder and on their leadership team. They have a passion for seeing new churches started and have recently been working with Steve Hisey and his wife Destiny to help start another new work in Cleveland centered around the establishment of missional communities.
New Life supports the work of Buddy and Julia Bahun in Windhoek, Namibia in Africa. Buddy was originally sent to Namibia in 2005 by Apex Community Church in Dayton. He has made Africa his permanent home with his wife Julia and now their daughter Grace with another child on the way. Julia is from the local Owambo tribe. Buddy is currently working with a local church called Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Windhoek. Most of the ministry he does is linked to pastoral ministry in the local church. He also does evangelism at the University of Namibia as well.
In November 2013 New Life returned to Athens, Ohio with Good Works, Inc. We took with us a team of 11 who helped serve the Friday Night Life dinner and served on work teams throughout community with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative. These were projects that helped to assist some of the community’s widows and those who are disabled. Our work included constructing wheelchair ramps, putting roofs on sheds, painting, yard work, splitting logs, and building relationships with those we helped to serve..
In August 2012 New Life went to Morgantown, WV with Frontier Morgantown. This is a new church start that is supported by New Life. We worked with the Morgantown team to perform acts of kindness in the community through servant evangelism. We passed out free cans of soda pop, bottles of water, paid for people’s parking downtown, bought strangers ice cream cones, and distributed nearly 1000 invitations to a Frontier house party and informational meeting.
In May 2012 New Life went to Athens, Ohio with Good Works, Inc. This is the organization headed by Keith Wasserman who spoke at New Life in November 2011. Good Works serves the poor and homeless in southeast Ohio in rural Appalachia. It is the only homeless shelter within an area covering nine counties.
The Summit Baptist Association is a group of Southern Baptist churches in Summit and Medina County that cooperate together in an effort to plant churches and cooperate in local mission efforts, including disaster relief, ministry to the homeless, and collegiate ministries.
Medina Light is a local missions effort led by Larry and Sue Jarvis that focuses on ministry to those who are incarcerated through services, Bible studies, and transitional living and mentoring.
Oaks Family Care Center is a mercy ministry within Medina County that provides support and encouragement to fathers, mothers, teens and those in crisis. They focus on helping pregnant mothers make educated life decisions concerning their children.