Missionaries

Sunset also supports several other missionaries that are not listed due to safety concerns based on the area they are working in. For more information about these missionaries please contact Mike Hildenbrand >

  • Jeff and Deanne Boesel

    OC International

    Jeff and Deanne (pronounced Deon) are in full time ministry at OC International’s Mobilization Center based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As Director of Mobilization, Jeff coordinates a US team of mobilizers that works with people sensing God leading them into cross-cultural ministry. Deanne directs the Family Ministries Department, which provides care for all of One Challenge International’s 400-plus missionaries and their children around the world. Jeff & Deanne are parents to four adult children: Erin, Alec, Kelli, and Kassen


  • Jim Eney

    International Foundation

    Jim and Janet disciple, mentor, connect and provide spiritual direction to young men and women in Portland and Los Angeles.  While in Portland, Jim meets with political, business, diversity and non-profit leaders providing spiritual direction while encouraging them in their personal relationships with Jesus and in their spheres of influence.  This year the second Legislative Prayer was held in Salem with over 44 of the 90 legislators participating as well as several hundred guests. Jim also trains and equips non-profits in their development work.  Janet provides spiritual direction to local women as well as men and women in Los Angeles and Nashville.  Together they provide premarital and marriage counseling for young couples in Los Angeles, Nashville and Portland.  Their vision and call in Hollywood is to build, support and encourage  communities of young men, women and couples in a city that is known for its isolation, competition, rejection and corruption.  There are now two houses for young men dedicated to building intentional communities where Jesus is the focus.  Out of those houses, larger groups of men and women gather regularly for meals, worship and prayer.  Monthly a dinner is hosted where believers can invite friends who disinterested non Christians in the spirit of friendship.  In the post modern world of LA, hospitality is key to reaching across the spiritual divide.   As the men rotate out of the houses, they are encouraged to create “homes of hospitality” and continue to reach out to those in the entertainment industry who are disinterested in faith and church.  Thousands of young people arrive in the city each week and there is a dearth of older mature believers to support them. They refer to it as NeverNever Land.  So many of them fall between the cracks.  The culture laps hungrily at young believers heels seeking to devour their faith.  As the twenty somethings become thirty somethings, they see the older ones turning around and investing in the young and newly arrived creative kids as they were invested in.  Fortunately, in the past 7 years there are a large number of new church plants that are growing rapidly and attracting Millennials. 

  • Eric and Judith Hedeen

    Ethnos360

    ric and Judith Hedeen work with Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) in the country of Papua New Guinea. While they are still itinerantly engaged with the church in the Malaumanda people group. Eric’s primary ministry is facilities manager of the mission’s HQ and school center in the Highlands area of the country. He also continues to be involved as a consultant interfacing with numerous new teams as they seek to learn the language and culture of the people group where they are working. Judith is heavily involved in hospitality here on center and enables several other ladies to be involved in active ministry by taking care of children. She herself is also working in the school several days a week. Their boys Stephen, Daniel and Timothy all attend the mission school where they live.





  • Jerry and Barbara Manderfield

    Jerry, Barb and their 4 children went to Colombia, South America over 20 years ago in the middle of drug wars, kidnapping and robberies.  Based in the city of Medellin, God has used them in several primary ways; developing healthy, growing youth ministries in Latin America, evangelism events bringing unity to the churches and souls into the kingdom of God, and training and assistance in church planting.


    In 2009 they founded the Christ For The Nations Bible School in Medellin.  The school is now accredited with the Colombian government and to date they have graduated over 500 students. They are training young leaders from over 18 different countries. They offer a broad curriculum  which includes; pastoral, missions and worship ministries, also leadership, character, financial training and English.
     
    They ask for prayers for guidance as they sense the Lord moving them towards, Virtual education, K-12 Christian Education, university status and missions sending agency (latin missionaries).

  • Ron Riesinger

    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA Link

    Ron is a Senior Ministry Specialist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He serves the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Europe and Eurasia (the former Soviet Union), mentoring, teaching and training staff, students and church members as they reach international students on campuses in their countries. In the past two years, he has traveled to more than 15 countries in those regions.


    Additionally, Ron serves on the National Team for InterVarsity’s International Student Ministry, advising the National Director. He has presented at ACMI, the yearly meeting of international student ministries in North America, at training events and at the Lausanne International Student Ministry Global Leadership Forum.

    Both Ron and Karen have traveled widely across the USA and around the world, as have their twenty-year-old, twin daughters, Amelia and Carolyn. Ron and Karen enjoy serving the church and participating in small groups throughout the year. They have been members of Sunset since 1991.

  • Dr Val Shean

    Dr. Valery Shean has faithfully served as a Sunset missionary to Uganda for more than 17 years. She uses her veterinarian skills to help the nomadic Karamjong tribe with their animals, and through that work is able to share the love of Christ. She has been a very powerful influence in the lives of these people and is highly respected. Over the past year she has been instrumental in bringing peace to two tribes who have been killing one another for generations. Sunset hopes to raise funds this year to help drill four wells in the new “peace village.”

  • John and Heather Witherow

    The Witherows — John, Heather, Micah, Jake and Caleb — joined OC International in February 2006. They are based in Johannesburg, South Africa. John serves pastoral leaders as the primary coordinator for the Pastoring of Pastors (POP) Initiative in southern Africa. John encourages pastoral leaders to ‘take care of themselves’ (Acts 20) so they may in turn care for and develop those that have been entrusted to them.


    John also is developing trauma material for these ministry leaders as many of them are first responders in times of crisis. Heather works as OC Africa’s ECD (Early Childhood Development) facilitator. She develops and facilitates interactive workshops for rural and informal settlement principals and teachers in South Africa and Zimbabwe. As she addresses their context, Heather provides guidance and in how to meet the diverse learning needs of preschool and primary-aged school children. The Witherow family is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus Christ and encouraging others in their faith in southern Africa

  • Dr. Christopher Zoolkoski

    Christopher & Nancy serve as physician and pharmacist at SIM Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa.  Niger is one of the poorest and least Christian countries of the world.  Through the provision of medical and surgical care in a very underserved area, the Zoolkoski’s have a role in sharing the Gospel in word and in deed with the 300+ patients who come for help daily

Organizations

Find out more about Sunset’s own ministries in the Local Outreach section of our site.

  • CLIDE

    www.cvmusa.org

    CLIDE stands for Community Livestock-Integrated Development Consultancy. It is a ministry that resulted from Dr. Val's work in Karamoja and Tes

  • Habitat for Humanity

    www.habitatwest.org

    A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Sunset’s Ed and Ellen Brauner are actively involved in Habitat for Humanity in Beaverton, Aloha and Hillsboro.

  • Quiet Waters Outreach

    www.quietwatersoutreach.org

    Quiet Waters Outreach shares the love of Jesus Christ through the provision of support services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Oregon. Programs include overnight respite care, social recreational day programs and monthly Christ-centered activities.

  • YoungLife Portland West

    sites.younglife.org/sites/PortlandWest/

    Portland West Young Life has various ministries taking place at different middle schools and high schools throughout the Westside of Portland. We have ministry to high schoolers, we have ministry to teen moms through YoungLives and we have ministry to middle schoolers through WyldLife. Click on the links below to find out more about each one!

Under Construction – tbd 6/2017

Local Partner

We are exploring how we can more meaningfully provide services to people living on the margins of society. As a result our local outreach team has been working on defining our focus and exploring new partnerships.  We will use our Spring Serve Groups to explore some of these opportunities.
 
Glocal Partner

In March a multi-gen team will return to La Colonia near Reynosa, Mexico. (Our students were redirected to this mission Summer 2016). We are returning in order to SERVE AND explore if this could be a good long-term partner. Our desire is to find a place where we partner with the local missionaries to make a lasting impact in their community / ministry and in the lives of our team members.