Kent and Erika Parks, FBC Missionaries in Residence
Dr. Kent Parks, President & CEO of Act Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) served with his wife, Erika, in SEAsia for 20 years, working mainly as strategy coordinators among Muslim unreached people groups (UPGs) of Southweast Asia.
Kent has also developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. He is the Co-Facilitator for Ethne—ethne.net
—(a global network of UPS-focused leaders), is part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, and is Senior Associate for Least Reached Peoples with Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.
Erika Parks serves as the Director of Training for Act Beyond. She is gifted in discipling and has trained many disciple-makers throughout her years in SEAsia. As the Director of Training for Act Beyond, Erika has planned and coordinated numerous church planting movement trainings around the world. She has previously served in roles relating to new workers and language students as well as educational consultation for former missions organizations. Kent and Erika have two adult daughters.
In September 1995, FBC Plano native Ronnie Adams was appointed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as an Urban Minister in New York City. He partners with Metro Baptist Church and Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries to facilitate their joint efforts. Read an article here from the Associated Baptist Press about Ronnie's ministry efforts in NYC. Go here to read his reflection about Leslie, a person living with AIDS that he encountered in his ministry.
Dr. Lee Baggett and Manos Hermanas, A.C
Manos Hermanas, a non-profit group with which medical missionary Lee Baggett is affiliated, partners with local officials in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, and Baptist mission teams to do many improvement projects, including construct wells and outhouses, as well as testing local water and installing water purifiers for communities and individual homes. They are also working for hunger relief projects by dehydrating alfalfa concentrate as a food supplement, and by developing a drip irrigation system for families and for communities to increase food production with the little water available in the semi-desert regions of Mexico.
"We don't try to separate individuals or families from their community," Baggett said. "We work with the whole community on their project."
Leaders believe this approach to mission work and evangelism is the way to reach one of the least evangelized states in Mexico. Less than one half of one percent of Zacatecas residents are evangelical Christians. There are eight evangelical churches in a state where about six million people reside.
Dr. Baggett's ministry also works in association with Dr. Omar Nicolás Aguilar of the Hospital MéxicoAmericano in Guadalajara, Mexico.