The West Virginia State Mission board and North American Ministries has partnered to send Maitland and Jessica Bailey to plant a church in Morgantown, West Virginia. Morgantown is in the northern part of the state and boasts a population of over 30,000 people. In addition, Morgantown is home to West Virginia University with an enrollment of over 27,000 students. Maitland and Jessica have three children: Maitland, Bryce, and Madison. Please pray for this family and their work in Morgantown.
225 Estate Dr.
Morgantown, WV 26508
Maitland: November 20
Jessica: August 23
Kaitland: March 15, 2002
Bryce: December 29, 2004
Madison: October 25, 2006
Josue and Cristina are ministering as Joint Project Church Planters with Free Will Baptist North American Ministries and the state of West Virginia. They enjoy leading the Iglesia Cristiana Roca de Salvacion in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Josue and Cristina have four daughters: Brianna, Mia, Leah, Makayli, and one son, Josue, Jr. Please remember the Rivera family as they continue their ministry.
126 W South Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Josue: April 15
Cristina: July 26
Brianna: July 25, 2004
Mia: December 22, 2006
Leah: April 19, 2009
Makayli: February 4, 2014
Josue Jr: February 4, 2014
Jacob: March 19, 2017
Jeremiah: December 17, 2019
More than a thousand years ago Prince Rastislav of Moravia sent out the following appeal, “Many Christians have arrived in our midst, some Italian, some Greek, and some German, and they have spoken to us in their different ways. But we Slavs are simple people and have no one to teach us the truth… Therefore, we pray you to send us someone capable of teaching us the whole truth.” It was from this appeal that the Bulgarians were given a very precious gift – the Bible in their own language.
And, yet Rastislav’s petition, one thousand years later, remains largely unanswered. Bulgaria is one of the “forgotten” countries of Europe. There are very few missionaries, few believers, and even fewer churches. Less than one percent of the Bulgarian people have heard a concise presentation of the gospel, been to a protestant church, or have ever read the Bible.
For this reason, Tim and Lydia have been called to Bulgaria. We help to establish Free Will Baptist churches in cities and towns that have few if any, healthy Bible-believing churches. With the help of our team, our goal is to fulfill the call of Prince Rastislav and the call of the gospel – that no one will grow up in Bulgaria without having seen and heard the gospel in action.
Jonathan and Amy were appointed as career missionaries to Bulgaria in December 2010. They arrived in Svishtov in February 2013, joining Tim and Lydia Awtrey in planting the New Life FWB Church.
Jonathan grew up with the Christian influence of immediate and extended family members serving in full-time ministry and missions. He accepted Christ’s gift of salvation at a youth camp in Missouri when he was seven years old. The Lord used a Go and Be missions trip to Côte d’Ivoire during Jonathan’s college years to give Him a burden to help take the gospel to those who have never heard.
Amy was also raised in a Christian family and, after recognizing her need to be saved from her sins, asked Christ to be her Savior at the age of five. Through the youth ministries of the Donelson Fellowship, the Lord challenged her to grow in a deeper relationship with Him. An E-TEAM trip to Cuba and the story of missionary Jim Elliot helped confirm God’s call to missions in Amy’s life.
After graduating from Welch College, Jonathan moved to Timmonsville, S. C., where he served as a youth pastor at Bethany FWB Church for five years. He then pastored First Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington for over three years. During his time in South Carolina, Jonathan was involved in the leadership of many statewide youth camps and retreats. It was also during this time that Jonathan married Amy and had the opportunity to attend seminary at Columbia International University.
Amy’s college years at Columbia International University gave her many opportunities to both learn about and be involved in cross-cultural ministry. She taught Bible clubs in an urban setting and participated in an international student ministry where God gave her many powerful opportunities to share the gospel and disciple new believers in one-on-one relationships. She has participated in ministry with her husband, teaching classes, leading Bibles studies, working with youth and children, and participating in music ministry.