December 2022


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:


Pray for the health of the Schlender family. They are recovering from Covid and in the midst of a busy season.


Pray for interns and staff finishing up their support raising to get on campus this fall.


Pray for the CRU outreaches in the next month to connect with new students and help returning students grow.






Dustin works with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) on the Greek island Lesvos, which is one of the main epicenters for refugee traffic into Europe. His ultimate goal is to make disciples that will then go and make disciples. In order to achieve that goal, Dustin engages with the refugees in community centers where he and his team host Bible studies and provide an environment where refugees can freely learn about God. Dustin also works in the main camp on the island, Kara Tepe, where humanitarian aid is the focus. Dustin’s purpose in providing humanitarian aid is to foster relationships with people, and share God's love in a more practical way. He wants to take advantage of every opportunity to find new and unique ways to engage with people.


Emma attended Norkenzie Christian Church for many years in middle school and high school before moving to Washington in 2018. She has now partnered with A Jesus Mission, serving in Kosovo, and helping spread the gospel to the young people in the city. Emma is a part of a team of people who are opening a coffee shop called Newborn Brew in the city of Prishtina. Through this coffee shop, Emma and her team will have the opportunity to minister to the college students of the city and show them the hope of Christ. 


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.


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.

S and K along with their daughter are headed overseas to translate the Bible in North Africa (The country name is kept private in order to protect local believers). They want to see transformed lives through God's Word. Their ministry seeks to bring God's Word into a language that has previously had no access to vernacular Scripture. Over the course of their ministry they want to see a completed written Bible in the hands of the local church. S & K also want to see the community utilizing audio Bibles in their discipleship. Their ministry is done in partnership with the local church, so that mother tongue speakers have leadership in the translation. 


John & Sonya 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.