Currently our ministry partners serve in Central America. While Spanish, French, and Portuguese are the largest spoken languages in this area, there are also over 10 more options spoken depending on the indigenous region and people group. We are privileged to partner with those below who bring the Good News!
Aaron & Rachel Halbert—MTW (Honduras)
Aaron was born in Honduras and lived there until he was 10. He is the youngest of 3, and all the brothers serve in full time missionary service! Rachel grew up in Mississippi. They met on a blind date in 2004 and quickly realized they both had a passion for missions. In 2006 they married and moved to Honduras to teach at a bilingual school outside Tegucigalpa. While there, they became more aware of the need for Reformed churches that teach the transforming power of the Gospel! (Romans 10:17). Aaron is planting a church and and praying to start a Presbytery and Campus Ministry in that city. They have 5 beautiful children.
Alex & Maggie Halbert—MTW (Honduras)
Alex and Maggie and their 4 children are serving as part of the church planting team in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Alex is helping the growing ministry with administration and logistics. Alex & Maggie’s experience in South Africa and previously with MTW in Mexico has enabled them to assist the church planting team and help carry some of the burden so that the church planters can focus on the preaching and teaching of the Word.
Alex is serving the church in a diaconal role. He is finding other existing ministries doing good work in the city of Tegucigalpa where the local church can invest and serve. Alex is also working with the logistics for visiting churches and interns.
As a family, we like to use our home as means for the ministry of hospitality for both Hondurans as well as visiting Americans. This is something that gave our whole family a lot of joy in South Africa and we are excited the Lord has allowed us to continue to care for people and get to know them by opening our home.
Our hope is that no matter where the Lord has us we are able to “bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
Chuck & Debbie Emerson—Equipping Leaders Int'l
Chuck and Debbie serve with Equipping Leaders International (ELI), a ministry that provides training for under-resourced leaders in the Majority World. The work involves in-person engagement with key leaders in the church, business, and education, bringing to them biblical instruction, with the goal of seeing Gospel transformation in each community.
Chuck joined ELI in 2009, after more than 25 years in the business world. With two engineering degrees and a wealth of experience, he brings to his work much in the way of project management and organizational skills. Chuck took a leave of absence mid-career to do an M. Div. degree at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia). Looking back, it was the Lord’s way of preparing him for his labors with ELI.
Chuck’s wife Debbie brings many strengths to the mission too. Having a background in secondary education, she taught middle school for several years, and home-schooled their two children as well. In addition, Debbie has an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is now semi-retired, providing supervision for counseling interns, and volunteering with MissionNext. Debbie has a heart of mercy, especially for internationals. She and Chuck regularly host international students in their home, having served for several years with RUF International at Ga Tech.
Chuck is an ordained PCA Teaching Elder, and serves as ELI’s Director of Training, overseeing their entire curriculum and coordinating the ELI faculty’s regional “Barnabas Teams”. His ELI work abroad takes him to South Asia, Africa, and South America, with several trips a year. Debbie accompanies him when time and circumstances permit.
The Emersons are natives of Western Pennsylvania, but they have lived in the Atlanta suburbs since 1991. Most recently they have been assisting with the Tucker church plant.