Field Staff

Current Field Staff Families

John, Lorna, Nathan & Jordan in South Africa

South Africa

John and Lorna Abrahamse live in Johannesburg, South Africa with their two children – Jordan and Nathan. Their ministry focus is to grow healthy youth ministries throughout Africa and to assist local churches win youth to Christ, build them to maturity, and equip them for ministry. John provides the primary vision and strategy focus to over a dozen country leaders across the continent in their ministry, “J-life.” They seek to help local churches make disciples just as Jesus modeled.


Advocate: Tucker House Church

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Alan & Pearl Bourne • In Mexico

Alan Bourne was raised in Colorado. He earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and then went on to earn his doctorate as a chiropractor. He later received his Post-Doc Certification in Orthopedics. Alan and Pearl married in 1982 while Alan was in graduate school and Pearl was a Registered Nurse.  After Alan’s graduation they moved to Boulder, Colorado where they lived and practiced until the summer of 1990.

That summer Alan and Pearl went to India on a six month trip to work with Muslims and look at a variety of community development projects. They returned from India at the end of that project with the desire to return. Early in 1991 Alan went back to graduate school at Trinity seminary studying for an MDiv. in Missions and finished this degree in 1994. They then moved to India in 1995.

“We lived and worked in India for 11 years, working with a team of  Expatriate and Indian Christians to do church planting among Muslim peoples in North India. Over those 11 years we helped with a large variety of christian community development projects throughout South Asia.”

In 2006 the family moved back to the U.S. where Alan was director of a small non-profit marketing arm of his sending organization. He managed the buying of hand-crafted items from various groups around the world and selling those items and sending the profits back to the artisans themselves. In2012 God opened the door for the Bournes to start and lead the an international resource team (with the same sending organization). This team helps to start new mission mobilizations and sending offices in a variety of countries to help them train and send people to other parts of the world to work on or start new teams. During this time the family was based in Thailand.

In early 2016, the Bourne’s moved out of their first sending organization and began working with a new organization. Alan is the International Chairman of their International Leadership Team.  This new organization works with local churches and Christian ministries to help them engage with refugee and displaced peoples initially through educating their children.

In late 2016 the Bournes  completed the adoption of their Thai son, but cannot immigrate him into the U.S. until the fall of 2018. Feeling the need to be near parents in their 80’s they’ve decided to move closer to the U.S., and have transitioned to Mexico.

The Bournes’s have two older daughters. The youngest daughteris living in their family home in Colorado while she is working and attending Nursing School and certification in Special Education.  Their oldest daughter is married and she and her husband Texas.

Advocates: Simpson Community Group

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Alex and Tricia Ludvicek are excited to serve as missionaries in Indonesia with Mission Aviation Fellowship. As a pilot/mechanic, Alex will use aviation as a tool to show Christ’s love to isolated people. Tricia will continue to take care of the family while maintaining a welcoming home in their new setting and being involved in local ministry. Together, Alex and Tricia look forward to building relationships with the local community.
I Thessalonians 2:8 encourages them as they follow God’s call. “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you have become so dear to us.”
Advocates: Blackley Community Group

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West Asia

Josh & Lauren McIntyre • In West Asia

Josh & Lauren McIntyre serve in West Asia reaching an Islamic community. They do this while serving alongside of and raising their children. The work they do provides sustainable work project opportunities to further conversation and ultimately commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Advocates: The Widmer Community Group
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Born and raised in the Iowa City area, Olivia Meriwether grew up under the leadership of Grace Community Church. Olivia remembers being introduced to the idea of cross-cultural ministry at a young age, when a field worker came and spoke to her third grade Sunday School class. The seeds that were planted that day, along with those that came from various domestic and international short-term trips with the church, sprouted and grew putting overseas ministry on the map for her.

Olivia took Perspectives on the World Christian Movement between her high school graduation and first year of college. Perspectives is a class which informs the mind and engages the heart to be global and missional, showing the class participant the Biblical mandate of missions and their role as a goer or a sender.

“This class ruined me for the ordinary. I learned about God’s heart for the nations, about people groups and those who are unreached, and the need for more laborers in the harvest. I knew at that point, as a 18 year old who was finding her identity in things other than Christ, that the Lord was beckoning me to Himself, and that He had a greater story and purpose for my life.”

This prompted Olivia to pursue higher education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she studied theology and international ministry. It was also during her time there that Olivia was first introduced to her current country of service. Through an internship with her now sending organization, Olivia spent two months working alongside long-term workers in church planting work among influential nationals. Olivia left Iowa in January 2015 and began to serve as a long term field staff member of Grace Community Church in Asia. She is continuing to minister to influential, middle-class individuals with the goal of seeing these unreached people come to know Jesus in a multiplying fashion leading to reproducible, indigenous churches planted.
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Aaron & Anika Sheldon in Africa

The Sheldons serve in Africa in a primarily Islamic community proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus. They serve through involvement in physical fitness related endeavors and through neighborly relationship building with people in their community. 

Advocates: Bockelman Community Group
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Some of our Field Staff are not represented here for their safety in the area where they serve.