Life began in Hollywood while my Dad was taking a condensed medical course for missionaries. My parents took me to Venezuela at the age of 2, where they raised their 5 children and planted 6 churches over a 37 year missionary career with TEAM. From 9th grade forward, I sensed God directing me to full time cross cultural ministry. After graduating from Christiansen Academy in 1968 (the TEAM missionary kid school in Venezuela), I studied 3 years at Prairie Bible College (Alberta), then 3 years to complete a BA in education at Eastern Washington University (Spokane, WA). God gifted me with the privilege of working with youth at a church in Spokane for 4 years. This privilege is still high on my priority list. After returning to Venezuela in 1976 as a full time missionary with TEAM to serve as a teacher at Christiansen Academy, God gave me the wife of my life, Lois Chugg, also a missionary kid from Venezuela whose parents served with TEAM in Venezuela. We were married in 1978, and continued to serve at CA until 1997, where we also raised our four children. In 1998 we began a transition to a church planting ministry. Together with another missionary family, we began a church in Guatire (Venezuela) and served there for ten years. The older three children left the home during these years to pursue a college education. Our youngest daughter moved with us to Spain in 2008, specifically to Tenerife (one of the 7 Canary Islands). This daughter is now in university in Spokane and living within 10 minutes of her three siblings and their families. God has gifted us with the privilege of working with a team of two other missionary couples and one single missionary to start a church in Santa Ursula, Tenerife. Over the last five years, this church has grown to include 70 worshipers of Jesus. We are thankful for God's grace in our lives.
Lois Chugg, Michael & Becky Belch +3, Jordana & Andy Osborne +2 , Bradley & Lori Belch +1, Caroline
We are serving with a team of three couples and one single in Santa Ursula, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Fountain of Peace & Hope Christian Church was launched in 2007 in the north central area of the island. We believe in making "gospel noise" through the ministry of short term teams, which has included participants from the US, Venezuela and the peninsula of Spain to help with family oriented activities and basketball camps. The church meets in a rental facility (approximately 70 worshipers on Sundays) and gathers the believers for community life in five small group Bible studies throughout the week. As a church, we invest a lot of resources into nurturing the family to live out their God given roles. The adults and youth are incorporated into serving the Lord, which includes "sending" them to participate in the short term ministry activities during the summer months. Our goal as a church is to glorify God by rejoicing in the reconciliation that we have in Christ.
The Canary Islands were conquered by Spain in the late 1490's, thus interjecting Spanish culture into the existing "guanche" culture. The Canaries became a natural stop over for the trade routes to the South American regions during the colonial era. As a result, the Canarian people and culture has developed as a mixture of peninsula Spain, the pre conquest people and influences from Latin America. Roman Catholicism, language and centuries of history come from the mainland, the authentic Canarians show resistance to outside influence, and the Latin Americans bring spontaneity and relationship to the Canaries.
Primary Prayer Request:
We share the gospel of Jesus with all, we specifically pray that Spaniards will come to faith in Christ, and in particular that the believing youth will impact their culture for Christ.