At the 2014 District Conference Penn-Jersey embraced a 3-year agreement with the Jesus Film Partnership to support the JFP in Suriname and Uganda. In Suriname during the first part of 2015 there were 8 showings to a total of 556 viewers; some of these showings were in French Guiana where one of the team members had ministered in the past.
In Uganda the practice has been to show the film on three consecutive days in each village they visit. In a five-month span in 2015 there were 39 showings in 13 villages viewed by a total of 21,733 persons resulting in 1987 responses.
Global Partners serves more than 90 countries with 230 missionaries. The mission to exalt Jesus Christ by calling and mobilizing believers to global ministries of evangelism, church planting, leadership development and ministries of compassion is strong.
The Penn-Jersey District has a history of engagement with Global Partners through local church and individual support of missionaries and projects and through short-term mission teams on the fields. Through the years folks from Penn-Jersey have also served as full-time missionaries.
Since the devastating earthquake in 2010 District engagement with Haiti has been especially significant since the District includes many who have immigrated from there and who still have many family members living there.
In 2014 the Penn-Jersey District partnered with Jesus Film teams in Suriname and Uganda. For a 3-year period their ministry will be financially supported by Penn-Jersey District.
Myles & Anna Bodisch and their children arrived in Haiti on August 13, 2015. After six weeks of language school in Port-au-Prince, they will take up residence at the mission station in Anse-a-Galets on La Gonave where they will serve as station manager and mission team coordinators.
More information is available at www.globalpartnersonline.org
You can join their team of prayer partners and financial supporters at the following link: Faith Promise
Penn-Jersey missionaries serving in Haiti - Bodisch Family
Prior Haiti Ministries
Fall 2015: A report of the Fall 2015 Haiti trip has been published in the Haiti October 2015 Report
Spring 2015: A report of the Spring 2015 Haiti trip has been published in the Haiti May-June 2015 Report.
Fall 2014: A report of the Fall 2014 Haiti trip has been published in the Haiti October 2014 Report.
Fall 2013: A team of 6 persons from 4 churches across the District spent 2 weeks in Haiti serving on the island of La Gonave. Shortly after our arrival it quickly became obvious that our focus needed to be on getting the new Ministry Center ready for the celebration that would take place one week after our return home. For the last 2 ½ years work teams from North America and the UK joined with local laborers to erect a ministry center that would accommodate 44 overnight guests, provide food service for them and provide meeting space. (By comparison the old guest house could accommodate 18 overnight guests.)
The hospital dedication took place on September 28. It was attended by more than 200 dignitaries and guests. The new La Gonave Ministry Center provided overnight accommodation for 44 guests and served meals to 70 persons in the dining hall.
Fall 2012: A team of 11 folks from 6 churches across the District were in Haiti August 31 – September 14, 2012. Because of your generous support more than $12,000 was raised for material and supplies, and the concrete walls of the Fontina church have been poured! In the weeks following, doors and windows were set in place and a concrete floor was poured. Praise the Lord. The pole barn structure for this church had been erected by a Penn-Jersey team in the summer of 2010.
Although the village of Fontina is only about 2 miles from our mission station in Anse-a-Galets on the island of La Gonave in Haiti, it takes about 2 hours to travel by truck because of the rough terrain. In order to avoid a 4-hour round trip commute each day and thus maximize the hours available for working, the team “camped” on-site (with a weekend break at the mission station). Water was carried from a well nearby; meals were prepared over wood charcoal fires; there was no cell phone or Internet service; the only electricity was provided by a generator.
Fall 2011: A team of 5 folks from 4 churches across the District were in Haiti October 13 – 27, 2011. A property near the Wesleyan wharf on the mainland had recently become available. Its location and facilities would ideally serve as a training facility for national pastors, a respite accommodation for missionary rest and rejuvenation, and a residence for a missionary family. The structures had not been damaged by the earthquake, but they had been uninhabited for several years. The team completed numerous repairs and improvements including upgraded wiring, repaired plumbing, custom built stairway railing, new screens, and painting. The Ortlip Ministry Center, as it is called, has become a significant asset to the Wesleyan ministry in Haiti.
Summer, Fall 2010: Four teams from churches across the District participated in rebuilding damaged or destroyed churches in Fontina, Babaco, Place L’or, and Cite Soleil. One hundred tents were sent to the Carrefour Feuilles church in Port-au-Prince.
Mr. Robert Strum ~ PJDMissions@pjdistrict.org
Global Partners District Director
A report of the January 2017 Uganda trip has been published in the Uganda January 2017 Report.
Please see the "Prior Haiti Ministries" section below for reports of prior trips.
The next Haiti trip is scheduled for September 14-24, 2017.
Financial support for the trip may be sent to:
Penn-Jersey District, 6737 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18106 (identified as Haiti 2017)
Team meetings for the next Haiti trip September 14-24, 2017 have been scheduled for June 17, July 15, August 12 and September 2.
All meetings are held at the Penn-Jersey District Office from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (6737 Cetronia Road, Allentown, PA 18106).
If you are interested in participating, please submit a completed “Team Member Information” form to Bob Strum (PJDMissions@pjdistrict.org) as soon as possible.
Akale Kondre, Suriname
Penn-Jersey missionaries appointed to Global Partners - Rod and Nancy Zottarelli
Rod and Nancy Zottarelli have been appointed as Global Partners missionaries serving as "Missionary Care and Development Coaches" (previously known as Pastors to Missionaries). Their area of responsibility includes North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. The Zottarelli’s are no stranger to Penn-Jersey nor to overseas missions service. Their training and experiences have uniquely prepared them for this next phase of their lives.
In 1994, Rod and Nancy were assigned to serve in Indonesia with Mission Aviation Fellowship, and moved to Borneo with their children. Rod flew in the Indonesian jungle supporting missionaries and the local church. Upon their return to the states in 1999, Rod completed the requirements for his pastoral credentials and was ordained in 2001. A few years later Rod completed a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy. Nancy completed a certificate counseling program through AACC (American Association of Christian Counseling). Through their experiences with missionaries in Haiti and Mexico, Rod and Nancy both developed a passion to use their counseling skills for the benefit of missionaries.
With their children "out of the nest", they have enthusiastically embraced this appointment and are excited about all that God has in store for them. They welcome the opportunity to share their story with you and invite you to join them on this journey
You can join their team of prayer partners and financial supporters at the following link: