Hope's Missionaries

"When you join our church, we're going to do everything we can to talk you into leaving" - Pastor Vance

 

When God birthed our church, we had no idea of the amazing God stories that would come from His work in Las Vegas. Below you will find the pictures and stories of a few people, just like you, who put their "Yes" on the table while attending Hope. Through different situations and circumstances, all of these families are now serving the Lord cross-culturally as full-time missionaries!

Stephanie martino

Want to know what happens when the God of the Universe perfectly weaves together your job, skills, and passion for the sake of His global mission? Just ask Stephanie Martino.

A little over five years ago, God led Stephanie to connect with Hope Church. At Hope, she discovered what it meant to grow in her relationship with God, other believers, and the world. Before long, that passion for the world led Stephanie to join a Go Time team headed to Zambia. While there, God called her to relocate to Africa to join Him in expanding His Kingdom there.

At first, Stephanie thought her successful career in the Las Vegas hospitality industry was a closed chapter. But God had other plans. At the end of her two-year assignment, Stephanie took a short trip to Zanzibar, a beautiful island of the eastern coast of Africa with almost no Gospel witness. In her words, “the Lord began to show me that the need for western service standards in these hotels could potentially open a door for hospitality professionals to enter the country with a legitimate reason for living there.”

Stephanie returned to the US in Fall 2016 with a calling to leverage her professional experience for the mission of God. But without a clear pathway, she knew the journey ahead would involve a great deal of prayer, research and waiting. After months of prayer and waiting, God opened the door for her to take a paid position as Hotel Operations Director with PDH Developers. This Kingdom-focused company is opening a brand-new hotel in Kabwe, Zambia called, “Urban Bliss.” Stephanie’s vision is to incorporate the Gospel into all they do: from discipling staff to ministering to guests to financing African missionaries.

Hope commissioned Stephanie as long-term missionary in April 2017. She has been living in Zambia since May 2017 and is busy working to create “a workplace culture that is not fueled by money, but by love and discipleship.” The hotel is set to open in early 2019. You can keep up with Stephanie by e-mail ( ) and social media platforms such as Facebook.

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THE StevenerS

Bill started attending Hope in 2003. Although he had been in church all his life, God did a major work in His life leading Bill to take the step of following Jesus in baptism. At the time, Bill had no idea all God had in store for the next chapter of life!

Over the next two years, Bill met his lovely wife Sandy at Hope, and starting taking mission trips to Honduras. Over a few years of leading teams to Central America, Bill and Sandy realized that God was calling them to relocate for the sake of the Gospel.

In 2009, Bill and Sandy retired early and moved to Costa Rica for a season of language and ministry training. The next year they moved to Mississipi, a base for their ministry in Central and South America. Over the next three years, they provided ministry training for pastors who had never had an opportunity to receive formal training. In 2013, the Lord redirected their work to a ministry in Paraguay.

Today Bill and Sandy live in the small town of Tobati, helping care for abused children and providing training for women, a living example of James 1:27: "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress…” While serving at Su Refugio, God placed it on their hearts to take yet another step of obedience. Today they have full guardianship of three sisters who were at the home: Adelia (15), Andrea (13) and Keila (11).

Bill and Sandy’s story is a reminder that God’s calling doesn’t have to fit a certain mold. Bill’s background is in computer science and Sandy was a loan officer and office manager. Neither of them had traditional ministry training, but God has used them in ways they never imagined. They are passionate about getting people out of their comfort zone and involved in God’s global Kingdom work, whether through short-term trips, or prayer or financial support for those in the field.

For more information and ministry updates, visit their BLOG.

The Milligans

Andy and Amy Milligan joined Hope in 2005 while Andy was working for IBM. In 2007, Andy took a vision trip to Cairo with Hope. The following year he stepped up to lead a mission team to develop Hope’s strategic mission partnership in Zambia. In 2009, Andy and Amy followed the Lord's leadership to leave his jobs in the US and move to Africa to start an initiative to supply therapeutic foods for malnourished children across the continent.

After a couple years of working on that project, the Milligans joined Operation Mobilization. There Amy worked with OM Africa’s prayer ministries and the Freedom Challenge, which raises awareness and funds to help fight human trafficking and child labor around the world. Andy helped design and develop businesses that bless communities and give African missionaries a platform to serve the communities they’re seeking to see transformed.

In 2017 God called Andy and Amy to expand their ministry beyond serving missionaries exclusively. To answer this call, they transitioned from working with OM and began to leverage Andy’s experience as a business coach and consultant. They now engage African business people who are using their jobs and businesses as a catalyst for Kingdom expansion, while also serving to reach the least reached with the Gospel. Andy and Amy and their girls, Olivia (16) and Audrey (11) live in Pretoria South Africa.

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Jane unger

Since she was a young child, Jane has wanted to work with kids as a missionary in Africa. However, God had different plans for the first season of her adult life. After successful careers in the United States, Jane and Paul, her late husband, planned to serve as long-term missionaries as soon as Jane retired. However, Paul became ill with cancer and passed away in 2013.

But God had plans to leverage this new stage of Jane's life, for the sake of the Gospel around the world. In January 2014, during a special time of worship at Hope, God reaffirmed her call to serve as a missionary. God captured Jane’s heart for Africa through experiencing His activity during a short-term mission trip. In May 2015, she left the U.S. for 2 years, which God has chosen to extend to this date. Jane plans to continue serving in the finance department of Operation Mobilization Africa in Pretoria, South Africa until God calls her home. She is using her skills in accounting as a platform to provide crucial support for missionaries serving in 13 different fields across the continent.

Outside the office, God has opened doors to see her childhood vision fulfilled through volunteering in a home for abandoned babies and a home for kids who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS. Jane loves spending time with those children, playing games, coloring, teaching songs and sharing Bible stories. Jane also attends Love Africa in Zambia each August to serve (alongside teams from Hope Church) with missionary kids. You can connect with Jane through email at

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