Meet our Missionaries
Meet Samuel and Mercy Farag
Samuel and Mercy Farag joined Village Missions in 2021 after they
felt God leading them to serve among the forgotten churches in
rural North America and bring the Gospel message to those in
their own Jerusalem.
They have two daughters and enjoy spending time with family
and friends, baking, reading, and getting outdoors. Sam served as
Youth Pastor at their home church, Richardson East Baptist Church
in Richardson, Texas, and Mercy served in the Children’s Ministry
and cared for their daughters.
We invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with the Farags
and Village Missions to help rural churches thrive through your
encouragement, prayer, and financial partnership. You can get
more info on their ministry at https://expositingtheword.org/give.
Meet Vladimir and Inna Pikman
Chosen People Ministry Located in Germany
Vladimir was born to a Jewish family in Kiev (Ukraine). Through different circumstances in his life, both in Ukraine and Israel, and through his personal study of the Old Testament he came to the faith in Jesus the Messiah in the age of 22. He committed his life to bring the Gospel to his Jewish people. Since 1992 serving in different countries of Europe and worldwide, he has led Jewish outreaches and started several messianic congregations.
God uses Vladimir to lead many people to the Lord, to find and equip new ministers and start new messianic ministries in several countries. In 2000 he was ordained as a Messianic Rabbi.
Vladimir is the founding Executive Director of Beit Sar Shalom, the largest Jewish-messianic ministry in Germany, and the Rabbi of the messianic congregation in Berlin. "Due to the Holocaust, German culture is very sensitive to Jewish issues. It makes us, the Jewish believers, visible and thought-provoking in the society. We have a unique advantage of presenting the gospel from the Jewish perspective in the culture, where people are paying careful attention to everything Jewish. We try to be a good testimony for the people living here," says Vladimir.
Meet Ken & Lucimar Davis
"Back in the 80's, I lived and worked in the Dallas area as an electrical engineer with Texas Instruments. I joined Richardson East Baptist Church in 1986, ad spent the summer of 1988 as a short term missionary in Brazil. After that trip, I decided to return as a full time career missionary, which I did in the fall of 1988.
In 1996, our mission asked me to assume the leadership of a publishing house that was going through a difficult period. We moved from rural northeast Brazil to a mega city of Sao Paulo. We are now working at the publishing house called Vida Nova. Vida Nova was founded in 1964 and is one of the leading evangelical publishing houses here in Brazil. Over the last over the last three years we have been working to stabilize and revitalize the ministry of Vida Nova after going through a very difficult financial crisis that nearly bankrupted the company. We have made good progress, yet still have a long way to go.
Vida Nova publishes a full line of quality academic, theological reference and study bibles for pastors, leaders, seminary students and church members. We have about 250 titles in our catalogue and distribute throughout the world in the Portuguese language. We sponsor an annual Theological Congress as well as regional conferences through the year. We are a not-for profit ministry that's self sustaining with the exception of my salary and the salary of one other part-time missionary. We have 25 full time Brazilian employees.
Meet Steve and Janice Schirmer
Steve is the Founder & President of Silk Road Catalyst (formerly CrossCampus International), was born and raised in North Texas and became a follower of Jesus while attending the University of Texas at Arlington.
At a specific moment during the Spring of 1999, God spoke to Steve through Mark 16:15, "Go and preach the good news to all creation." This was the verse God used to call Steve into full-time cross-cultural ministry, although Steve had no idea at the time what that entailed. This verse, in addition to a few other events that same year, led Steve to quit his job in May 2000 and travel to East Asia on his first international mission trip. To say the least, that trip changed his life and his direction.
As of October 2013, CrossCampus International is now known as Silk Road Catalyst. Their vision is to "Catalyze disciple-making movements among unreached People Groups in every country along the Silk Road." Their current mission is planting churches and multiplying disciples among two unreached people groups in East & Central Asia, as well as, equipping and mobilizing Chinese believers to serve along the Silk Road.