God’s Church Is Global

God’s Church is global, and in many ways, Camp Falcon Rock is a snapshot of this in action. The camp staff are a mix of Romanian locals and NAB international missionaries. The volunteers for the most recent summer camp included eighteen from Romania, an NAB missionary team from North America, and two volunteers from other countries. Missionary teams from Canada and US regularly serve at the camp to help with infrastructure needs so it can better serve the Romanian youth and churches of the Hungarian Baptist Convention of Romania.

Additionally, Camp Falcon Rock, HBC churches, and NAB churches are regularly partnering together for Gospel ministry in a variety of other ways. Paul and Tanya Gericke, NAB missionaries serving at Camp Falcon Rock, have been a key connecting point for North American and Romanian churches as they establish sister-church partnerships. In fact, later this summer, a Gateway team from Szentkiraly Church in Romania will spend a week serving at Camp Caroline – a sister camp in Alberta to Camp Falcon Rock. This team will also visit a handful of NAB churches in Canada who have sister-church partnerships or deep connections with Camp Falcon Rock.

God’s Church is global, and it is partnerships like these – between individuals, congregations, and groups from different parts of this planet – that proclaim this message of unity in our world. Each year, NAB churches come together on the Sunday before Palm Sunday in support of international missions. This year, Spring Missions Sunday is March 17. Would your church, small group, or Bible study join in this effort in support of the NAB’s Global Missions Fund, which supports the work of NAB missionaries as they proclaim the Gospel and serve God’s global Church?

Visit www.SpringMissions.com for more info and resources.

The NAB has been intentionally searching for an interim for the recently vacated vice president of International Mission position. It was desired to have someone familiar with our missionaries, especially someone who knows the culture and values of the NAB and the history of NAB global missions. This was someone who would be able to come up to speed quickly. I am pleased to share with you that Randy Schmor has agreed to be the interim vice president of NAB International Missions. Randy is currently the director of NAB Gateway Ministries and the Central Europe field director. Randy brings with him a wealth of experience as it relates to NAB missions.

Randy has served as the Gateway director for the NAB for more than twenty years, personally supporting, coaching, and working with churches as they begin to explore long-term global partnerships in general and sister-church partnerships in particular. Additionally, he has led and trained short-term mission teams to multiple countries for over three decades. He is also on the board of MissionWorks, which now has the oversight of the 7 Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission, the standards used to empower others with the knowledge and skills of how to build appropriate and thriving global partnerships. Though he just took on the role as NAB Central Europe field director as of January, he is happy to be newly appointed as the interim vice president of International Missions for the NAB, having a heart to partner with others worldwide and to serve the global church and the Kingdom of God. Randy also loves hockey and cheers for the Green Bay Packers.

Randy is committed to assisting us in the interim but is still passionate about the areas where God has called him to serve. He will resume his full responsibilities with Gateway and Central Europe when he is done with the interim position. Randy Schmor has assumed the interim responsibilities already. We are thankful for Randy’s commitment to serve NAB missions in this Interim role.

Harry Kelm
NAB Executive Director

We are also pleased to introduce the newest regional minister for the British Columbia Baptist Association, Executive Minister Dave Mohr. He began his role at the beginning of March.

Dave is a pastor with over thirty years in ministry. He explains his calling as a proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus in the local Church, the community where he lives, and the global community. He has a relational, team-oriented style of ministry and has served in youth, worship, associate, and lead pastor roles. He is a counselor and has been a chaplain in hospitals, as well as professional and university sports teams. He has also served as a board member of community care centers.

Dave has a master’s degree in Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. He is an instructor for the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Enrichment Program and is a Certified Coach. He has also volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team. When not at work, he loves active sports, hiking, motorcycles, guitar, reading, and spending time with family.