Janesville conference focuses on needs of missionaries

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

JANESVILLE—A Janesville-based ministry that reaches out to English-speaking missionaries and their children around the world will host a conference focused on the needs of missionaries around the world.

Tychicus Ministries, a nonprofit ministry founded by Janesville residents Janet and Peter Bales, will host the conference Monday at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

Samuel Naaman of the Moody Bible Institute and co-founder of the South Asian Friendship Center in Chicago will be the keynote speaker.

Several other training missionaries also will speak about their experiences.

“We're hoping to give people more of a global perspective on what's happening now in missions,” Janet Bales said, adding that she has invited representatives from all area churches to the conference, which is open to the public.

The goal of Tychicus is to work with missionaries to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support. It accomplishes that goal by forming relationships with missionary families through one-on-one visits, correspondence, retreats, seminars and Bible camps.

“We endeavor to commit our lives to serving those who serve,” Bales said.

Since the ministry's founding in 2009, it has made nine or 10 trips to countries to support missionaries and their families.

Depending on the country, the challenges can be many, she said, noting that the variables in each country typically outnumber the constants.

“A lot of what we do is with the missionaries' kids,” she said. “A lot of people look at these kids as missionaries, but they're not.

“They're often different because of their skin tone, and they're often stuck in a culture they don't understand. But they're not just luggage.”

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