Today, I’d like to tell you my story about our missionary journeys. You can read a shorter bio at http://sgwm.com/blog/missionaries/brenten-powers/ but this blog post is for those who want to know more about our lives and missions!
After serving as missionaries in Europe for 11 years, Lena and I (and our children Caleb, Lily and Samuel) are living and serving in Northern California where I’m leading “LET’S GO!” Missions.
Lena and I started our missionary journey together when we were engaged college students. In Spring 1999, we went to Austria to study at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (CCBCE) and learned from the teachers who were missionaries.As we prayed for God to send out laborers into the harvest, God called us to go! Instead of spring break, we had “Outreach Week” and God lead us and other students to Romania. We learned how God could use us to help a local church and spread the love and truth of Jesus and knew we were called to missions. I spent the next summer evangelizing in Germany and graduated from CCBCE in Fall 1999. Lena graduated from UC Davis in Spring 2000 and we got married July 1 at Calvary Monterey. As newly weds we served in the college/career ministry, a home fellowship and in worship services on Sundays for a couple years. In 2001, we visited missionaries in Ukraine and in 2002, we were sent to Ukraine join a church planting team Nizhyn, Ukraine. In 2005, we returned to Calvary Monterey and after Lily was born, we felt called to Latvia, So we visited in 2006 and we were sent to plant Calvary Latvia where Brenten served as pastor for 6 years. Then we were invited to serve at CCBCE in Hungary for 2013-2014. I was the Audio Visual overseer and taught several classes including Evangelism & Discipleship, Genesis and Joshua. It was a joy to see the fruit of our labors and lead students on short outreaches to Austria, Romania, Israel, Ukraine and Latvia where the gospel was preached, people became believers, and churches were established. Since then some of our students have become missionaries and are now serving around the world. We saw God use us to raise up laborers for the harvest at CC Bible College Europe.
When we returned California at the end of 2014, we saw the need to help local Calvary Chapels and church plants to win, equip and send believers with the gospel. So in 2015-2017 I taught on missions at Lighthouse Fellowship (a Calvary Chapel in Pacific Grove, CA) and started “LET’S GO!” as Lighthouse Evangelism Training School and Gospel Outreach which changed in 2017 to “Local Evangelism Training & Strategic Global Outreach”. We believe the Lord wants us to continue to equip believers to preach the gospel and make disciples through Bible studies, local outreaches and international mission trips. In February 2017, with the help of Saving Grace World Missions, we started financial support, blogging and submitting prayer requests.
I am seeking to come alongside local churches and equip believers and raise up missionaries to reach the nations (including the USA) with the gospel for the glory of God through LET’S GO. So we look forward to seeing how God will answer prayer to send us as laborers and to send more laborers through your support at Saving Grace World Missions.
Can you help us? We are looking for a team of people who want to partner with us, stay informed, pray for us regularly and support us financially. Please go to http://sgwm.com/blog/missionaries/brenten-powers/ where you can click to “Become a financial partner” or “Sign up for Email updates” or “Visit Missionary Blog” at (sgwm.com/powers).
Another way to give is by check payable to Saving Grace World Missions, 17451 Bastanchury Rd., Suite 203, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1873. Just write “LET’SGO! Powers” on the memo line.
Thank you and may God be glorified!