Founder / President
Dr. Joseph Paturi
Dr. Joseph Paturi is a native of Hyderabad, India, and recently retired as President of a Bible College in order to pursue his first love of Missions, especially to his homeland. He is now the President of a very active ministry, TransWorld Ministries.
God’s Word for the World has worked with Dr. Paturi for over 23 years now, distributing Bibles, printing and distributing Comic Book Bibles, planting Churches, constructing Church buildings, starting Bible Institutes, training Pastors, starting and maintaining orphanages and sponsoring children. And now we are working together to write, print, and distribute God’s Word for the Children.
Founder / President
Lance and Nancy Glaze started God’s Word for the World in the year 2000 as a ministry to give Bibles to Children in the Cincinnati area. God has blessed this little ministry. God’s Word for the World has now distributed over 220,000 Bibles and 100,000 Comic Book Bibles, help plant 200 Churches, helped build 52 Church buildings, supported 600 Orphans in Uganda, India, Nepal, and Nigeria, and regularly help support 7 Ministries and Missionaries in Thailand, Albania, India and the U.S.
God’s Word for the World has also helped support 1,000 students studying in Bible Colleges and Bible Institutes in India and worked with 2 Ministries dedicated to freeing women and children from trafficking.
Founder / President
Johan was an Electrical Engineer in South Africa when God called him through Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors International, to help serve the persecuted Church. Later, he and Alida founded Hope Builders Ministries. This ministry has planted well over 11,000 Churches with trained Pastors in 8 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and 1,000 in India. They have also trained 38,000 Pastoral leaders in the local Churches.
Johan and Hope Builders Ministries focus on addressing the most pressing needs of the church in Africa, namely, the training of Indigenous leaders. As a part of encouraging local pastors and churches, Johan has led 15 short-term mission trips to several African countries, introducing over 300 Americans to the ministry work.
Lonnie & Ruth Snell
Pastor Lonnie Snell is the founder and senior pastor of New Life Chapel in West Chester, OH. He has a passion for making the complex simple as he speaks truth to people in ways they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. Lonnie holds a Masters of Ministry degree.
Ruth leads alongside Lonnie within New Life. She has a heart for the house and loves serving the Creative Team and The Sisterhood of NLC. Ruth has a Masters in Communication.
Lonnie and Ruth have been in ministry for over 25 years. They live in West Chester, have four sons and a daughter in law.
Dori & Sabina Halili
We are Dori and Sabina Halili from Albania. We have two children: Andrea, our son, is 19 and a sophomore in university; and our daughter Debora is 16 years old, in eleventh grade. We have accepted Jesus through CRU, and have been working with them for 26 years.
We have served in the campus ministry in Tirana (the capital city), Korça (a south eastern city) and in North Macedonia for 5 years.
We have worked for 7 years as coordinators of sending CRU staff and students in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey. Every year we train and send roughly 60 staff members and students for short term mission trips, especially in predominantly Muslim countries, for 1 to 2 weeks. During that time we have recruited, trained and sent 1 couple in Bosnia, 2 couples in Turkey and a team of 5 in North Macedonia; all on long term missions.
Now we are back to working on the campus ministry. We not only aim not only to reach students with the gospel and disciple them, but also to raise a generation of new leaders that will continue spreading the gospel in the upcoming 30 years.
Mike & Beth Matheson
Mike and Beth joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2004, and spent the next 12 years helping care for spiritual needs of missionary kids and their families. They have served in both North Carolina and Papua New Guinea.
Mike provides care for missionaries and MKs in transition as a Career Guidance Advisor, helping them discover their God-given strengths and discern how they can serve best. He also provides training to Wycliffe teams as they seek to work together effectively and productively.
Beth is a writer for Wycliffe Women of the Word, an initiative designed to connect women to Scripture in a way that transforms their lives and communities.
Eric & Faith Needham
Eric and Faith Needham serve the Lord in Thailand with Crossworld.
“You can make a lasting impact with the investment of a year or more. As an English teacher, you will touch the lives of hundreds of students and families alongside local churches. You have immense potential to bring the gospel to the unreached.”