John Elmore, Chile

John Elmore is based in Iquique and coordinates work teams and construction in the northern part of Chile. Previously a self-employed carpenter in Alabama, Elmore said, “I feel very honored that the Methodist Church of Chile has invited me to come to their country and perform my ministry: through my construction, I am able to reach spiritually to those who don’t often meet Christians. God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”

Mark Stransky, Marion, Virginia

Mark Stransky is a Church and Community Worker who serves as director of housing at Project Crossroads in Marion, VA. He coordinates individuals and teams in providing home repairs, which may include building ramps, replacing roofs, renovating bathrooms, etc. and oversees a firewood ministry to people living in the surrounding Appalachia area.