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Target unreached people
groups around the world
Engage the culture without
changing the Good News of
Bolivia Team Trip ............................................................................. September 7-18, 2018
RSA Benefit Golfathon ................................................................................October 6, 2018
Egypt Trip ...................................................................................... November 12-19, 2018
Dominican Republic Team Trip ....................................... January 26-February 5, 2019
Philippines Team Trip ................................................................. March 22-April 2, 2019
Spain Team Trip .................................................................................................. June 2019
Vietnam Team Trip .................................................................................... November 2019
Israel Team Trip ............................................................................................... March 2020
Demonstrate God's care and
compassion by providing
humanitarian aid for those in
Invite people into a
relationship with Christ
BUILD UP THE
BODY OF CHRIST
Promote unity and
cooperation among the local
Train and equip teams of
believers for the work of
Partner with local churches
to make disciples of new
The team of leaders and planners for the 2018 Reid Saunders Benefit Golfathon are
optimistic and excited about the opportunity to raise over $50,000 in donations to
fund ongoing operations of RSA’s ministry around the world. Corporate sponsors
have already given thousands, and now individuals sponsors who might only give a
few dollars are welcome and needed to reach the goal.
Golfathon participants pay $100 to play in the event and also solicit donations from
their personal contacts. Each participant is competing and trying to raise $1000
or more. All friends and partners of the RSA ministry are invited to become golf
participants or simply choose to sponsor their favorite participant. Sponsored
participants will hit 100 golf balls at select targets within a specially designed driving
range. The golf event held at Topgolf in Hillsboro on October 6 promises to be a funfilled
celebration of each persons partnership in the ministry.
Additional information and a video is posted on our web site to explain the process.
http://reidsaunders.org/benefit-golfathon/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
details on how you can become involved in this life-changing opportunity.
through city-wide festivals
PO Box 4275 Salem Oregon 97302
Lisa Fordyce has a heart for
nonprofit ministries, working
with volunteers, and for
helping those in need. She is
joyful and excited to join the
team at RSA, using her gifts
and talents for God’s glory. She has been
married to her high school sweetheart, Craig,
for 30 years now! Lisa feels she is blessed
with “the best friends in the world” and is
grateful to God for each of them.
Capital Campaign Director
Doug Terpening is a longtime
friend of both Reid and Brett.
He served with Luis Palau
Association from 1999 to 2013,
where he worked as the Vice
President of Festivals. His job
included coordinating large events, managing
a large staff, and raising funds each year for
outreach festivals. Doug later transitioned
to a different ministry called Mending the
Soul, where he served as Development
Director until accepting this position with
RSA. He brings a wealth of experience in both
evangelism and fundraising. Doug and his
wife, Andrea, have four children.
“Whoever hears my word
and believes Him who sent me
has eternal life and will not be
judged but has crossed over
from death to life.”
I was so excited for the opportunity to travel and
serve with my family and see hundreds of new
believers in São Paulo, Brazil.
Jesus takes people from death to life. In
John 5:24 Jesus said, “Whoever hears my
word and believes Him who sent me has
eternal life and will not be judged but
has crossed over from death to life.”
In July, I was preaching the Gospel at
a large festival in Pennsylvania when a
teenage girl and her mom came up to me
afterwards. Let’s call her Julie, though
it’s not her real name. She told me that
her mom brought her to the festival even
though she didn’t really want to come.
Julie told me she had been completely
broken and hopeless, and she had tried
several times to end her life. She was
abused as a young girl and carried a life
full of shame because of her abuse.
But that night Jesus changed Julie’s
heart! She went from death to life. “Reid,
tonight I gave my heart to Jesus and for
the first time I don’t feel guilty, dirty,
or ashamed. Instead, Jesus has changed
my life and given me peace.” Yes! Jesus
changed Julie’s life forever and He is
working mightily in the lives of so many
My family was able to join me on the
recent trip to São Paulo, and a side trip
to Rio de Janeiro. Our time in the favelas
(slums) of São Paulo was off-the-charts
rewarding as we watched God move
powerfully in our lives and through the
whole team. We saw gang leaders and
drug dealers come to Jesus! Moms and
children were hungry for the gospel.
I love seeing Jesus change lives for
From the U.S. to Brazil, and Bolivia in
September, God is using RSA with your
help to proclaim the Good News of Jesus
Christ, our glorious Savior, who takes
people from death to life!
All for Jesus!
New sewing ministry opens doors of women’s hearts in Brazil
Inspired by the story of Susanna Wesley,
mother of 19 children and a profound
influence in the lives of her sons, John
and Charles Wesley, famous English
pastor and hymn writer from the late
1700s, a Salem church community
group committed themselves to sewing
aprons for the Reid Saunders ministry
for moms in Latin American countries.
Ruth Daniels, the international missions
director at RSA, saw the tremendous
potential for reaching out to Latin
American women and took samples
of the aprons on her pre-trip to Brazil
in April. The missionaries and staff of
Restoration Ministries in São Paulo were
excited and supportive – they loved the
idea and knew immediately that they
could use at least 100 aprons for an
upcoming outreach in August.
Susanna Wesley often covered her head
with an apron to find quiet time with God
in the midst of dire household situations.
Aprons still provide utility beyond
imagination for many within the Latin
culture. It’s like a tool belt, protection for
clothing, and a helping hand for every
task, from wiping the tears of toddlers
to carrying vegetables for the next meal.
Many moms are treated poorly by
abusive, incarcerated, or absent fathers,
left to provide for their children, working
long hours, and keeping a make-shift
home together in the midst of poverty.
Including the story and inspiration
behind the aprons speaks of our
Savior’s love, giving women hope and
a connection to women in America. A
printed plan of salvation with contact
information also accompanies each
apron to provide a witness long after the
Early in July, a group of eleven women
who had previously been sewing dresses
for children, led by Melissa Shults, Laura
Snodgrass, and Fawn Bartlett, celebrated
their goal of producing more than 140
aprons, well before their deadline.
Melissa recalled, “The Lord inspired
us with a powerful story about prayer,
which gave birth to an apron ministry
to bless women around the world. This
enables us to utilize the gifts and talents
He’s given us, in order to show His love
and share His Gospel, all for His Glory!
I’m so blessed to have a part in this
ministry along with my ‘Fristers’.”
As the Brazil trip unfolded recently, the
ladies eagerly awaited news on Facebook
of how the aprons were being received
by the moms. Fawn remarked, “Ruth
was giving us real-time updates as the
team was presenting the gospel, and the
aprons. It was like we were there. We
felt a direct connection to the women
in Brazil. It showed me how, with little
money and time here and there to sew,
my “little” effort becomes BIG
when God uses me in unity with other
sisters to impact people for spiritual
eternity. I CAN make a difference with
my sewing machine when in God’s will.
This has renewed me. I’ve been “Sew
Blessed” as a result.”
Laura expressed her feelings, “Sewing
an apron for a woman I don’t know
feels like I can provide a long distance
hug and raises my compassion level by
making those needs more tangibly felt.
Praying for the woman who will wear
it feels so much more personal and
relatable. Seeing these women (through
Facebook) deepened my compassion
for their situation and reminds me
how blessed we are. Some accepted
Christ through the sharing of this story.
Being able to see that joy in their eyes is
priceless. Knowing someone went from
a dark place to a world lit up by Christ’s
love is quite exceptional to see and feel.”
Everyone at RSA is extremely grateful
for the contribution of time, talent,
“We felt a direct connection
to the women in Brazil.”
and treasure to this cause of reaching
the unreached. The apron project is
a welcome addition to the already
established sewing groups that provide
dresses, undergarments, and shorts
for impoverished children around the
world. Both ministry groups are equally
important and provide a lasting physical
eminder of God’s love and compassion.
In Brazil, more than 1,000 children’s
garments sewn by ministry partners
were delivered to Restoration Ministries.
Each clothing item will be wrapped and
distributed to a needy child at Christmas
time. (They promised to send us pictures
of the event.) Contact Ruth or info@
reidsaunders.org to contribute or be
involved in these powerful garment
The aprons were an instant success with
the women of Brazil, bringing many to
tears as they felt the powerful emotional
connection to women in America and
realized their role of influence. Many
could be seen proudly wearing their new
possessions long after the women’s event.
At the first favela, we were doing a
gospel presentation. There was a gang
leader and a group of drug users outside
the window of the building we were in.
They were smoking dope and blowing
the smoke into the building we were
using. I smelled the smoke and went to
see what was up. Tara came with me.
We were literally feet from where they
were using drugs and we started to pray
that they would come to know Jesus. We
prayed until the moment we had to go
do our drama.
After our presentation, Irini from
Restoration Ministries called me outside.
She had someone for me to meet. It was
the gang leader, the one selling drugs
I started to share my testimony with
him, presented the Gospel, and let him
know the truth about what Jesus Christ
had done for him already. I told him
how being a gangster ultimately leads
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to death, loss of everything and eternal
separation from Jesus Christ. I told him
how I lost everything, and ended up on
the street. From God’s Word, I let him
know how much God loved him. Then
I asked him the most important question
any believer can ask another human
being: “Today, do you want to accept
Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and
Savior?” He said yes!
The young man that was with him
knew the Lord but had gone back to his
old ways. I told him that I understood
because I had done the same thing.
Today, he could re-dedicate his life to the
Lord and turn away from these things.
They both made decisions to follow
Christ that day!
like before Jesus and what my life is like
now with Jesus as my Savior. I shared the
Gospel with them and the truth of God's
Word. “While I was a sinner, Christ died
for me. While I was His enemy, Christ
died for me. And He did the same thing
After 45 minutes, I asked them if they
would like to accept Jesus Christ as their
personal Lord and Savior. George said,
“Here's the thing, I still hurt people, I still
sell drugs, I still use drugs.” I told him,
“Bro, it was the same for me. God met me
right where I was, using drugs, selling
drugs, being a gang leader, and hurting
people. So, I totally get it.” I asked him
again. “George, today, God says today is
the day of salvation, today do you want
Igor Gang Leader Matt Friend
to accept Jesus Christ as your personal
Lord and Savior? As soon as you do, all
of His promises are in place, just like for
me. To anyone that says ‘yes’ to the free
gift of salvation, God will accomplish the
work He starts in each one of us. He will
change you from the inside out.” George
said ‘Yes’ to salvation, along with all of
his guys and the shopkeeper. We prayed
with them and each one accepted Jesus
Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!
The next day I saw George and he came
running out to the street, smiling with
tears running down his face. He said to
me, “You know, we are connected forever
in the heart.” I told him, “Yes, here, and
for all eternity!” He hugged me.
Less than 24 hours before, this man
had the heart of a stone-cold killer, just
like me, before I met Christ. I had a
murderous heart. Just like Jesus did for
me, He changed everything for George!
God's transformative power took hold
of this man's heart and softened it from
a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. It was
absolutely amazing to behold God’s
Throughout the week, we were given
opportunity after opportunity. Men,
women, and children said ‘Yes’ to God’s
love and forgiveness. Gang leaders, drug
dealers and those chained in the midst of
addiction, moved from darkness to light.
It was an absolutely amazing moment in
time I will never forget. The Lord is now
taking all of my past and using it to bring
glory to Himself in the middle of a lost,
dying world. –Matt
After I walked away, the gang leader
continued talking to Igor, and other staff
members at Restoration Ministries. He
told Igor, “My whole life, all I've been
is a gangster. All I've ever wanted to be
was a gangster. Now that's all over. I
have a new life in Jesus!”
Another day, I was called outside by
Pastor William, who wanted me to talk
to a group of people. George was the
gang leader, and there were five of his
drug dealers with him. A shopkeeper
also listened as I shared my testimony in
great detail. I told them what my life was
Alan and Tangye Hopkins of Salem OR,
have participated on prayer teams, gone
on mission trips with RSA to Thailand,
Myanmar, Peru, and will be going to
Bolivia in September.
How have your reasons for
continuing to serve in shortterm
mission trips evolved
over the years?
Tangye: I think, for me, it was really
experiencing first-hand the impact that
happens on missions trips. Not only do
I get the opportunity to touch the lives of
total strangers, but these people end up
changing my life just as much. I have had
I’ve often gone, thinking I’ll be doing all
these things for God, and then God uses
me in ways I never expected. That’s what
motivates me, changes me, and prompts
me to go again.
What personal opportunities
in ministry do you expect to
find in Bolivia?
Tangye: I expect to be stretched again.
Every time I go, something unexpected
happens. God orchestrates it in advance.
I experienced one of those special “God
moments” in Peru (2016). I still pray for
a certain little girl in Peru. She fell asleep
in my arms one night at our festival. I
don’t know her name, but I know a little
bit of her story. I can still see her face
in my mind, I pray for her. She’s my
“granddaughter” in Peru.
Alan: I try not to go with expectations.
I want to go with an open mind and an
open heart because I know that God’s
critical and vital before, during, and
after a trip. I feel the prayer support and
it makes all the difference during a trip.
Physically: I want to be stronger as I deal
with the arthritis in my knee and find
something that helps more with the pain.
Also, our family has gone through a lot
of personal issues these past few years
and I wish my focus could be completely
on praying for Bolivia. It’s too easy to
get distracted by personal issues I am
dealing with right now.
What kinds of missional
training or workshops would
help you prepare for future
Tangye: Hearing other people’s
experiences, finding out what worked
and what didn’t work is always
helpful. Being involved with the prayer
teams for other trips has also given me
insight. When I’ve been involved with
the opportunity to go to Thailand twice.
The second time, people who had actually
seen me in the drama the year before say,
“You don’t realize how impactful drama
is.” To go and experience that was lifechanging
Alan: My first mission trip was in 1990,
my second in 2012. After my second
trip, I just felt God was calling me into
short-term missions. Trips change
our perspective on life and should be
experienced by everyone. God has
shown me so many things. He showed
me how blessed I am. He showed me
how other people in the world live. He
also showed me how happy I can be
with nothing materially. We never get
a true world-perspective until we leave
this country. So I think it’s life changing
each time I go. I have also grown greatly
in my relationship with God, as I’ve
learned to be more dependent on Him.
ways are better than my ways. I want to
be open for whatever He has for me. If I
go on a missions trip with expectations,
they’re not going to be met. I always get
far more than expected.
What skills (physical, mental,
and spiritual) would you like
to develop in preparation for
your upcoming trip to Bolivia?
Alan: My prayer skills. I struggle with
prayer. I need to get into the habit of
praying more. Prayer is key for any
mission trip. I have seen it before. On
trips that we weren’t prayed up, we
had some issues. On other trips where
there was a lot of prayer going on, both
by us and by others, prayer made the
difference on how the team worked
together; on people’s health; the ministry
we were able to do; and the lives we were
able to touch.
Tangye: Spiritually: prayer is really
RSA prayer teams (Malta, Dominican
Republic), we tried to focus our prayers
on specific things. For this trip, Ruth
gave us the 40-days-of-prayer calendar.
It helps us to focus on one item each day
and helps prepare our hearts.
Alan: One thing that would be very
helpful for me is getting a better
understanding of the culture I will be
ministering to. I don’t want to find myself
doing something that offends somebody.
Understanding their culture affects how
our team can minister to people.
I think it’s always good to work on teambuilding.
The more we know about other
team members beforehand, and the more
we learn to work together, recognizing
all the different strengths, talents, and
quirks, the better we can complement
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Reaching the Unreached
A twenty-nine member team delivered a message of love and hope to the Brazilian favelas with the help of Restoration
Ministries. Many of the people they met were desperate and hungry for some good news. Drug dealers, gang leaders,
hundreds of men, women, and children made life-changing decisions to follow Christ! As it says in John 4:35, “I tell you, open
your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Change is coming to these once
forsaken slum areas as the light of the Gospel shines into the
hearts and lives of a lost and dying community.