Birchwood Presbyterian Church

World & National Missions

Karen Erickson – Russia (Wycliffe Associates)

A former BPC member, Karen is a teacher and administrator at International Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she has the privilege of teaching and sharing the gospel with approximately 120 students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Her students are from both mission and business families, who come from 13 nations around the globe to live and work in the St. Petersburg area. Her duties include heading the accreditation committee for her school, supervising the elementary school, and teaching 8th grade girl’s Bible.

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Melodie Richards

Melodie has been a member of BPC since 1985, and has been living and working in North Africa for the past 15 years. Until last year she worked as an administrator with a non-profit organization that rebuilt houses for the poor in the countryside. As she built relationships it became clear God had set her there to “Remember the Poor” and she has focused on helping with medical and educational needs of which there are many. For the past few years she has been teaching English as well. Due to the closure of the rebuilding work, she is now looking to open an English Training Center in her small town.

Bryan Whitlock – Africa (Youth with a Mission)

A current member of BPC, Bryan and his wife, Thandeka, work with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in South Africa. They are currently serving YWAM in Tyler, Texas, at the Christian Heritage School, where both are teaching school and leading Bible classes, and Bryan is coaching the soccer team. Long-term, they are helping build God’s kingdom in South Sudan, serving in the areas of education, sports ministry, and discipleship of the family unit.

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Far East Broadcasting Company

FEBC broadcasts the gospel of Jesus Christ to 50 countries in 130 languages to reach areas where two-thirds of the world’s people live. Many of the 4 billion people in their broadcast area live in remote areas and are illiterate, so hearing the Word broadcast is the only way to reach them. FEBC’s radio programming helps listeners in Asia move toward Jesus Christ, know Him as Lord and Savior, follow His teachings, and live in obedience to Him.

Website: www.febc.org

Address:  PO Box 1, La Mirada, CA 90637-0001; toll free: (800) 523-3480

Hope of the Pokomchi (ASOSOP) – Guatemala

The Pokomchi are one of 23 distinct indigenous groups of Mayan descent in Guatemala. BPC partners with the Hope of the Pokomchi organization to send financial assistance and short-term mission teams to Guatemala to help these people reach their God-given potential. The teams do work projects and build per­sonal relationships to encourage the Pokomchi people.

Website: www.hopeofpokomchi.org
Address: 610 Atherton Ave., Novato, CA 94945; phone: 415-898-4497