Missions

Tanzania

Melissa and Scott Zook

Melissa and Scott Zook

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Wycliffe Bible Translators

scott-melissa_zook@sil.org
Today about 200 million people do not have the Bible in their own language. Wycliffe's vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. To make this vision a reality, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development and church partnerships.
In Uganda and Tanzania, where the Zooks work, Bible translation and literacy work is being carried out in over 40 different languages. The Zooks are involved in providing human resource services to the 270+ national and expatriate staff working in the various Bible translation projects.

India

Jay and Prema

Jayakumar and Prema

Bangalore, India

Bible Believing Churches & Missions

scott-melissa_zook@sil.org
Jay founded Bible Believing Churches & Missions (BBCM) in India and REAP International in the US. As an entity, BBCM/REAP is dedicated to church planting, missional training and social missions across South Asia. BBCM has planted more than 150 churches and is currently involved in hundreds of other church plants through it’s training division, the Academy for Church Planting & Leadership (ACPL). Jay has been involved in the work of church planting in India for the last 28 years. He has expanded his ministry into South Asia since 2003. His experience and academic research over these many years has made him a world authority on church planting in South Asia. Jay's vision is to ensure that there is 1 indigenous and reproductive church for every 10,000 people in South Asia. One church for every 10,000 people means thousands of churches are needed. As a strategy, BBCM/REAP seeks to plant new churches in the least reached and unreached regions. In the regions where churches are existing, BBCM volunteers to come alongside them to rejuvenate and replenish them into becoming indigenous and reproductive.
The "Indigenous Reproductive" philosophy of Jay is what makes his ministry unique in his ministry sphere. By indigenous he means four things:
  1. Self-governing (no control from outside the body)
  2. Self-sufficient (funded from within the body)
  3. Self-propagating (outreach from within breaking all the 5 walls - the 4 walls of the church that disconnect itself from society and the fifth wall that divides the clergy from the laity.
  4. Self-culturing (incarnate as a body into the community without compromise on the essentials of biblical truth).
Thus far, Jay has planted 3 churches himself and has effected thousands of others through the "100 Church Plants" initiative and the mobilizing of church planters through training programs across South Asia as well as personal mentoring relationships. Jay is now transitioning into the role of a movement leader, marketing his philosophy of ministry among emerging and promising church planters. He travels extensively in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Jay has been married to his wife, Prema, for 34 years and has two children, Samuel and Havilah, and one grandson, Jay.
Grace Covenant Church does support missions in other countries as well, but due to the saftey needs of the missionaries, their names are not publicized here. We invite you to pray that their work takes root and makes a strong, lasting impact for Jesus across the nation.