Jesse and Bethany serve with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) in the Boise metro area. They are a part of the U.S. Campus Ministry to serve the nations of the world in reaching college students for Christ.


Jesse and Bethany are committed to building a campus movement at Boise State and other regional schools where students can encounter Christ and be developed as believers. They desire to equip the students so that they live life on a mission, wherever God is taking their story. Jesse and Bethany are launching spiritual movements that will develop the future spiritual leaders in Idaho and beyond.

That is why the Schlenders are so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Boise and the surrounding area. They are passionate about sharing Christ with others, building them up in their faith and sending them out to the world.

As a family, the Schlenders are also grateful to share what God is doing in their marriage and as parents. Jesse and Bethany have been married since 2009, and have worked together with Cru since 2010. They have five children: Emily, Judah, Noah, Luke and Thomas. Luke & Thomas arrived in 2019, and are identical twins! 

Prayer Points from Jesse: 


Our Ministry

- Pray for our team of 25 students from Boise State who will be going with Cru in January to partner with Filter of Hope to bring fresh water filtration systems to impoverished communities in Guatemala and share the Gospel!

- Pray for students who are beginning the process of discipleship; we have about 30 freshmen who are beginning to get more involved in this way.

- Pray for our students who are reaching out to friends to share the Gospel with them; we have a couple of events in December to invite friends to where they can hear the Gospel.

- Pray as we continue to pour into the lives of college students; that they would be receptive and hungry to grow in walking by faith, communicating their faith and multiplying their faith in the lives of others!


Our Family

- Pray for our continued opportunities to love and serve our neighbors. God has opened up many doors in the last couple years to connect more deeply, and we hope to continue to have an impact on our street. 

- Pray for safety and spiritual growth for our kids, and wisdom and peace for us as parents. Our kids are 10 (Emily), 8 (Judah), 5 (Noah), and twins that are 2 (Luke & Thomas), which means our house is full!

- Pray as we continue to serve Jesus at our local church in Boise as well; Jesse leads a Men's Bible study and Bethany continues to minister to women as well. 





Jacob and Rochelle are excited to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Indonesia! As a maintenance specialist, Jacob will keep the planes in good working order for the pilots and missionaries to reach isolated people and share Christ’s love. Rochelle will continue to support Jacob and their family as a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling their boys, Wesley and Jack, as they grow. Practicing hospitality, she also hopes to connect with other moms and open their home to serve their community.


 Craig and Allison have been “all in” for serving God’s call on their lives since they arrived in Ethiopia in 2005. They have opened and managed a successful medical clinic in the bush, baptized hundreds, planted dozens of churches, and much more. In a recent update the Fowlers wrote, “If we are about one thing, it is planting and growing churches in Ethiopia." 


Dan and Kristen have been joyfully serving Christ with Great Commandment Ministries (GCM) since 2004. Dan serves as the ACTS Director and oversees GCM’s weekly college outreach. Kristin is the “creative genius” behind the graphic design for Great Commandments and is also engaged in discipling women.


Jeff and Courtney served for over twenty years as missionaries in Cambodia. They have three children: Weston, Emma, and Dani. Currently the Hogues are in a home assignment period. More details are available below in their July update. 


Lowell became a member of Norkenzie in 1974 while studying at Northwest Christian College. He was ordained in 1977 prior to leaving for Fuller Seminary. After graduating with a Masters in Missiology, Lowell left for Brazil where he spent eighteen years planting churches. Lowell and Blanche were married at Norkenzie in 1994 and Blanche joined Lowell on the mission field. In 2004 the Hunefelds partnered with New Missions Systems International (NMSI). 


Lowell had a major stroke in August of 2019. Blanche shared in a recent letter that Lowell's "...desire for quite some time was that the Lord would come and take him home. He had suffered so much with headaches and body pain, and lack of good function. On March 16th, he got his wish, the Lord came and took him home..."


Blanche plans to continue in the ministry of helping individuals and churches throughout the world discover their role in the transformation of lives and communities.


Gary and Cindy are founders of the Christian Dominican Medical Mission (CDMM). They have been living and serving in the Dominican Republic since 1991. With the help from the rest of their team, including Donny and Hanah Klein, and David Klein, they have grown to a network of nearly 20 churches. CDMM reaches people who don’t know Christ by several different ministries that include youth and children’s programs, prison ministry, medical care, church planting, and Bible studies.


John & Sonya Rygh have been on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for over 25 years. While they were working with Cru at the University of Oregon in the 90’s, they found their church home at Norkenzie.

John gives national leadership to Cru’s internship program. The internship program is a one year full time job with Cru where the intern is embedded
on a local team. During that year they are exposed to hands on opportunities in personal evangelism and discipleship, leading small groups, launching ministries and an international missions experience giving them a chance to explore if God is calling them to full time ministry. 

Sonya is one of the team leaders for the Cru team in the Portland Metro Area. This team has a scope of 100,000 college students on 26 campuses and 168,000 high school students. The ministry is continually growing as it empowers students, faculty, local volunteers and pastors to help students be known and come to know Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and go and do the same with others. 


Dan and Jan have been serving in the ministry of International Students, Inc. (ISI) since 1986, twenty five of those years were in Eugene on the University of Oregon campus. The Smiths have always enjoyed meeting people from different countries and cultures. Between them they have visited, worked and studied in 42 different countries. As a result, God has given them a love and a burden for world missions. Through ISI they have been sharing Christ with students from many of those 42 countries and a lot of others as well.


Jeff and Val have served the Lord together in Germany, Romania and the United States. They co-founded Great Commandments Ministries in 1997 and started ACTS in 2004.


Jeff and Val are called to fulfill the Great Commission through the discipleship of young adults. Most of their married life has been dedicated to this pursuit and they remain passionate in their desire to see young people grow deep roots in Christ. Val directs the hospitality ministry at GCM, serves as a mentor to the women on the ministry team at home and abroad and disciples young women. Jeff serves as Executive Director of GCM overseeing the staff and stewarding the direction of varied ministries under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

One of the young missionaries we support is living in an area that requires their identity to remain anonymous. Although we cannot share their name or location, we request that you lift them up in prayer as they serve the Lord in an area that is not open to Christianity.