Global Efforts


  • AKKIN pEOPLE

    Things to know:


    How to pray:

    • Pray that God would send laborers to the Akkin and that they would find loving ways to be present among them.  
    • Pray that the Lord would prepare and show the laborer a "Person of Peace" in the Akkin culture.  
    • Pray that the Holy Spirit would break through to openhearted people in the culture.  
    • Pray for known and unknown Akkin people in other countries to have open hearts and seek truth.

    Akkin Prayer Partners meets the first Wednesday of every month at Riverwood Chapel.

  • REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

    Refugee families arrive with few belongings, a difficult past and high hopes for the future.  For more information or to become involved contact Pastor Lon Snyder.


    Riverwood partners with World Relief Akron to engage our new community members in meaningful relationships and shepherd them towards a life of self-sufficiency.


    Many of the students at Summit Christian School in Cuyahoga Falls are children from refugee families.  Early Care is a program designed to make creative, constructive use of the time before class begins to read and build relationships with members of our refugee communities.

  • AWEMA-AUGUSTINE THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

    Arab World Evangelical Ministers Association: AWEMA works to equip and encourage the indigenous believers in Arab countries to have a united and effective Christian presence through outreach, educational, and edifying ministries.


    Augustine Theological Institute: There is a great need in the Arab world for qualified church leaders and workers who are well founded in the word of God. The goal is to give Arab leaders comprehensive theological, spiritual, and ministry training. ATI has several locations throughout the Arab World.

  • bORTHWICK, dR. pAUL & cHRISTI

    Paul & Christie Borthwick serve on the staff of Development Associates International, a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world. Paul teaches missions at Gordon College and serves as an Urbana/Missions Associate with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.


  • bROCK, bRYON & sANDY

    Bryon Brock is the Field Director of UIM Aviation. Bryon is a Commercial Multiengine Instrument pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic with an Inspector Authorization.

     

    The purpose of UIM International is to develop reproducing, cultural relevant churches in Canada, US, and Mexico focusing on Native Americans and Hispanics. UIM Aviation provides flight services for missionaries, churches, and Christian organizations in the Southern U.S. and throughout Mexico. 

  • bRYAN, gREG & eMILY

    Our mission is to help university students develop the passion, vision and skills to follow Christ and make disciples for the rest of their lives. We serve as full time missionaries with The Navigators at Kent State working with International Students.

  • cHUANG, mING-CHI "MICKEY"

    Mickey serves with China Outreach Ministries working with scholars at Kent State University.


    COM is committed to sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America. 

  • COULTER, DR. NEIL & JOYCE

    Neil & Joyce Coulter are with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Neil is Assistant Professor of World Arts, at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, in Dallas, Texas. Neil works with graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds, equipping them to go into all the world and continue the music and arts work that he helped to pioneer in Papua New Guinea.


    You can follow the Coulters on their blog, Notes from the Coulters.

  • dEL ReY MINISTRIES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    Riverwood has partnered with Del Rey Ministries to raise up and support Dominicans and Haitians as they minister in the sugarcane villages of the Dominican Republic. The goal is to equip pastors with the tools they need to minister in the sugarcane villages, to make disciples of the Gospel, to be a house-church leader in their village and to plant churches. 

  • Fetters, Mike & Terri

    Mike & Terri serve with China Outreach Ministries.

  • HAVER, JENNY

    Jenny is an aircraft mechanic with MMS Aviation

    (Missionary Maintenance Service) in Coshocton, OH.


    Aviation plays a vital role in missions throughout the world. Driving may mean days of travel through unsafe roads or conflict zones. In some cases driving is not even possible and aviation is the only means of accessing villages.


    Together with the other mechanics Jenny repairs, modifies, and maintains the missionary airplanes that are brought to MMS by various other Christian organizations.  She also with apprentices as well, training them for service in the mission field as aircraft mechanics or pilot/mechanics.

  • HURST, DAVID & LAUREL

    David & Laurel Hurst serve with China Outreach Ministries.


    COM is committed to sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America.


    David is the campus director for COM ministries at Kent State University.


  • Ley, Doug & Paula

    The Ley's partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators and other missions organizations to pastor/counsel missionaries on their own turf; encouraging and empowering those who are serving in front-line ministries. They also partner with various churches and seminaries overseas to train and equip national church leaders and church planters.

  • mENGA, gREGOR & mARKELA

    Church Expansion Albania (CEA) is the name of a church-planting ministry of Grace Church (White Lake, Michigan) among the Albanian populations in the Balkans. The ministry is led by Gregor Menga, an Albanian national who is presently living in Shkodër, Albania.


    Church Expansion Albania seeks to start and develop cooperating, interdependent and multiplying churches among the Albanian people in the Balkans other Albanian population centers in the world. 

  • mERRIMAN, dAVID & lOURDES

    The Merriman's work with Valor Movement a Cru Ministry.


    Valor is a ministry of Cru concentrating on launching Christ-centered movements within college ROTC cadets, midshipmen, JROTC (High school) and military veterans returning to college campuses.  

  • Shutlz, dR. gEORGE & vAL

    Dr. George & Val serve through Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL where George is the Corporation Secretary for SIL International.


    In that role George keeps all corporate records, makes legal filings, and reports Board actions to members. George maintains the SIL Board of Directors’ Policy Manual, plans and organizes the agenda and logistics for Board meetings and SIL International Conferences.

  • tELLO, jON & eRIKA

    The Tellos serve in Italy where less than 1% have a personal relationship with Christ. They are serving with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) as part of the Bologna Initiative.


    Jon & Erika are primarily involved in arts ministry and anti-human sex trafficking ministry in Italy.

     

    Jon creates visual and design assets to assist teams in their mission to establish healthy reproducing churches.  He works directly with the local community using art as a platform to build relationships and share Christ.

     

    Erika is the Founder and Director of Alleanza Tesori Raggianti, a national alliance of evangelical ministries combating commercial sexual exploitation in Italy.

     

    Visit the family’s website (www.tellosblog.com) for more information.

  • UNGASHICK, cLINT & EDITH

    Clint serves as a member of the Native American Ministry Team under the leadership of Navajo, Ben Yazzie. The Native American Ministry Team is one of the Specialized Ministries of Missions Door.


    Clint supports the establishment and planting of Native American Christian churches in the Southwest through discipling and equipping believers and leaders. Edith (pronounced ā dēt), who has a keen interest in sharing the gospel and discipling women and girls.