We primarily partner with indigenous mission partners in the least reached areas of the world that are dedicated to church planting and community development.
Founded in 2008 with a vision for more indigenous empowerment and helping people see themselves as active participants instead of passive recipients of change.
1Mission, Pantano’s partner in Mexico, is doing much more than just helping Pantano build homes in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point). Together with 1Mission we are working to help change the culture in Rocky Point from one of dependence on the outside (handouts) to one of empowerment where communities take true ownership for their own development.
They have established a reciprocal-exchange process of working with the poor, to uphold their dignity & responsibility. Their process cultivates true partnership rather than relationships built on unequal power. Recently extended their program to include the countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Since 2008, Pantano has partnered with Dayo, who is the CHE Facilitator to Area Coordinator with the purpose of supporting the Africa Internship Training Center in Sege, Ghana. Through the development of this 20-acre property, Dayo trains ministry leaders in structured sessions throughout the year. Also, the center has a home and school for orphaned youth in the region. This center provides a family style upbringing for the kids who are too old to attend traditional African orphanages.
The children are taught the disciplines listed below and Community Health Evangelism (CHE) principles so they can re‐enter a community with the skills to earn a living and share their knowledge.
Dayo obtained his bachelor’s degree in Survey after studying at universities in Lagos, Ondo, and Manila. He speaks Yoruba, English, and Tagalog. In 2000 Dayo was introduced to Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and had since been a tireless and dedicated worker in training CHE skills and core values to the people of his country.
“He eats, breathes, and constantly thinks about how to help Africa through the work of CHE.”
He's highly respected by community leaders and enjoys excellent relationships with them. He has experience training in venues such as refugee camps, slums built on garbage heaps, and villages challenging to access. Dayo’s efforts provided the formation of a non-government organization (NGO) in Nigeria.
Dayo also continues efforts to give his countryman an awareness of HIV/AIDS, many of whom are in denial of its existence. His training teaches lifestyle practices which significantly reduce opportunities to contract AIDS.
Specific Ministry Objectives: To help redeem man from physical and spiritual poverty, which reflects in the acronym REDEEM.
The principal activities of the training center will cover the following:
Central Asian Christian Mission is a church-planting ministry in one of the least-reached countries in the world. Pantano has been supporting the work of six teams of church planters in this country since 2006. The US government identifies the country as one of the worst in the world for religious freedom and human rights violations.
As you can imagine, all of CACM’s ministry work is done in secret due to persecution. The churches started (over 75) are all house churches. These brothers and sisters of ours are very grateful for our prayer support and encouragement!
In 2012 the coordinator of the church-planting ministry, a local citizen, was forced to flee the country due to persecution. He has resettled with his family in Tucson and is helping coordinate the ministry from here.
Connecting Hope Mission is a holistic ministry that is all about bringing hope to those who have lost faith. “We want to give hope to those who are physically suffering, socially abandoned, economically trapped, and spiritually seeking.” Connecting Hope Mission is implementing the key strategies of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Bridges (Biblical Storytelling) in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
Empower Believers Connections (EBC) is a network of domestic Indian mission agencies that are planting churches and transforming communities throughout the northeastern state of Bihar.
Founded and lead by Chandan Kumar Sah who employs multiple strategies reaching and transforming communities. These programs including CHE (Community Health Evangelism), CPM (Church Planting Movements), DMM (Disciple Making Movements), and MED (Micro-Enterprise Development).
Empower Ecuador is a partnership between an Ecuadorian Church, Plenitud de Dios, Stadia, Compassion International, Pantano, Elements and Revive. Together we planted a church in Playas, Ecuador with Compassion International starting a Child Development Center at the new church.
The center focuses on feeding the children and providing them with tutoring and learning opportunities. The program operates two days per week and works with approximately 235 children. The program focuses on meeting the physical, social, educational, mental and spiritual needs of the children. It provides hope in the face of extreme adversity. Most importantly, the children are finding hope in Jesus Christ.
They are committed to bringing the hope of Christ to the community of Playas. The church and Compassion share land and building space but the church plant can engage the whole family and community.
Pastor Carlos Carbo and his wife Elizabeth lead the church. Elizabeth provides classes and Bible studies for the mothers in the community, while Carlos does the same for the fathers. They have a vibrant youth ministry as well. They are interested in learning more, and the church is providing an opportunity to learn about Christ and grow in Him through fellowship.
Keep up with the ministry on Facebook: Plenitud de Dios in Playas.
Heartbeat for Africa (HBA) is a faith-based, nonprofit foundation that exists to honor and join God in being a blessing to the people of rural Africa through community transformation with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, disease, unemployment, and hopelessness.
Partners with Christian-based, African non-profits that are involved in ministering to children who have been orphaned or rescued from human trafficking; agencies employing the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategy to promote development within communities using local talent and resources; and agencies providing medical services/clinics.
Founded by Ed Harrow and guided by Dr. Troy Tompkins, June Crawford, Mark Ragel, Greg Lynch and Jeff Wesley. Heartbeat for Africa is currently partnering with Dayo Obaweya & City of Refuge Ministries.
Scriptures In Use (SIU) equips and trains local leaders throughout the world to communicate the Christian Scriptures effectively through traditional oral arts to evangelize, disciple and plant churches among unreached people groups, teaching them to instill in others love and appreciation of the Scriptures in their tongue.
They are a ministry serving the training networks of native church planters. Their team of partners equips and enables “grass-roots” church planters to make the Christian Scriptures accessible to spoken cultures.
Over the past five years, Scriptures In Use and their partners have trained more than 20,000 grass-roots church planters in 35 languages!
The Franciscos moved to India in 2013 where they work as social entrepreneurs striving to catalyze lasting, positive change among distressed and ignored Muslim communities.
The region that they live and work in is one of the densest focal points of need in the world, both physically and spiritually. Sickness, extreme poverty and the lack of value for women are ubiquitous. They hope to see the love and teachings of Jesus help mend broken hearts and lives.
TRIUMPH is an acronym for Together Radically Impacting Unreached Muslim People’s Hearts. Team TRIUMPH is composed of all the people here at home who partner with Lena in Southeast Asia to reach the people of Southeast Asia with the Good News.
The “Sea Tribe” is an unreached group of about 2.5 million scattered over an area of about 3,000 islands. They are over 99% Muslim, mostly practicing folk Islam.
God has been preparing Lena since she was a child to go and live with this specific people group to be a light to them and lead them to Jesus.
She is a master trainer of church planting movement strategies. She is trained in Bridges and CHE and is fluent in the local language of the Sea Tribe.
God has called the Tompkins family - Troy (a family doctor), Jammie (a family nurse practitioner), and their two children, Yvette and Timothy - to work with the City of Refuge Ministries, which is an orphanage that rescues children who are trafficked to commercial fisheries on Lake Volta in Ghana.
They work alongside Dayo Obewa, the Coordinator for Medical Ambassadors International for all of West Africa. They assist him in training local leaders in community health evangelism, who can then reach out and serve in their local communities focusing on helping these communities help themselves by using their strengths and local resources to minimize their dependence on outsiders.
Children who were previously mistreated and abused can, for the first time, attend a Christian school and now have a loving home.
In Ghana, They're in need of medical care, and City of Refuge has asked the Tompkins to come and start a clinic to serve not only the orphanage but also the nearby schools and community that have no health care providers.
Keep up with the ministry on Facebook: tompkins4ghana
Unite 4 Africa (U4A) works to see the lasting transformation of communities in East and West Africa. They use the highly successful strategies of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Biblical Storytelling to catalyze community transformation and church planting movements in several African nations.
U4A works in many unreached areas such as the northern part of Ghana which is over 99% Muslim. They have planted many churches there, and the CHE development strategy is underway.
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Our vision is to be a catalytic force to bless Southern Arizona and the world and all of our ministries are dedicated in accomplishing this vision. It is the passion and calling of our staff to carry out our vision and core values each and every day.
We are part of a group of churches often referred to as the “Independent Christian Church.” We have no formal connection to a denomination – hence the word “independent.” There are about 5,600 churches like us around the US, with more than 150 averaging over 1000 in attendance.
Mission: Loving people to Jesus, launching passionate people to make our world different.
Vision: To be a catalytic force to bless Southern Arizona and the world.
This is our dream – the dream that God has given us. It currently does NOT exist. It is something we are reaching for in the next 10 to 20 years. It is what we are seeking to become, a long-term view. This vision describes our preferred future. It is bigger than any of us and dependent on God. Our vision is that Pantano would become a catalytic force to bless Southern Arizona and the world.
“This is my dream… to see really authentic healthy communities of Jesus followers or churches throughout our city and Southern Arizona. I see these churches as primarily existing to bring God’s influence and God’s blessing to their immediate neighborhood. I see these churches as giving so much back to their “hood” that they are an indispensable part of the community. These churches disciple people to follow Jesus well. These churches help start and support the social agencies that serve people. These churches engage to make their schools better. These churches make their immediate community a good and desirable place to live. These churches will populate heaven for eternity.”
There is an ancient saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.” This reflects our heart and belief at Pantano Christian Church. We are a non-denominational church that seeks unity in Christ, based on the essential truths of Scripture while allowing for diversity, differences, and even disagreements over non-essential doctrines. Below are six statements that reflect our corporate essentials and upon which we base our unity in Christ. We all believe much more than these statements and we encourage those who are part of Pantano Christian Church to vigorously search the scriptures and discuss “non-essential” although important doctrines, while not making those views a test of fellowship. Therefore, we believe in and are committed with our whole being to…
The above statements do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purpose of Pantano Christian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, discipline, and policy our Elders are the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.