Kent and Erika Parks, FBC Missionaries in Residence
Kent Parks (President & CEO, Mission to Unreached Peoples) and Erika Parks (part of the MUP global leadership team) served in SEAsia almost 20 years, working mainly as Strategy Coordinators among Unreached People Groups and in helping develop trans-national, trans-denominational UPG ministry networks at various levels including“people-specific,” nationwide and region-wide. He served seven years as a Texas Baptist pastor before serving in SEAsia as a seminary professor (Ph.D. in Missiology).
He serves as Co-Facilitator for the Ethnê Global UPG Initiative (www.ethne.net) and is also the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization Senior Associate for Least Reached Peoples and a WEAMC Mission Associate.
Erika has served as Cultural Adaptation Coordinator, MK Education Coordinator, and Prayer Facilitator, among other roles. She often leads seminars on serving “oral-preference” learners by using Chronological Storying of Scripture. Kent and Erika have two daughters (one in college and one in graduate school).
Press Release with details of Kent and Erika joining Mission to Unreached Peoples (MUP).
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.