Shenandoah District of the Wesleyan Church
Global Partners is the mission arm of the Wesleyan Church. If you would like to become a missionary or would like to support current missionaries you can find more information on thier website.
AMPLIFYING LOCAL CHURCH MISSION FOR GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION
The new Global Partners logo represents a community of believers moving outward. The words themselves are not passive—they tell a story of courageous steps of faith, of hearts that yearn to share stories and risk their comfort to see the gospel told.
The top right of the amplify icon serves as the focal point, flowing upward and outward from the cross. The cross is the center providing entry points into the faith community and the ultimate motivation of sacrificial love.
The icon is being amplified outward, illustrating the mission of the Church to boldly share Christ globally. It begs believers to discover new ways to be on mission as they go out with grace-filled hearts to pray and work for transformation in the communities around them.
The logo colors and font styling connect us to the mission of The Wesleyan Church. The simple letters, clean lines, and subtle curves lay the foundation for Global Partners' relational and approachable attitude—easy to engage and empowering the church to amplify mission.
Barry and Christy Van Steenburg shared a passion for local ministry for many years--Barry being a pastor at a Wesleyan church and Christy, the daughter of a Wesleyan pastor. Though Barry has been fascinated by missions for several years and has gone on missions trips to Haiti, El Salvador, and Guatemala, it was not until Barry and Christy attended a pastor's congress in Guatemala in March 2013 that they both felt a strong calling to overseas missions in Central America. Barry stated, "God began impressing upon my heart that it was time to accept His new vision for my life and ministry; to give my life away in mission to the world." Christy agreed stating, "The Lord really started to show me that I and my family were being called to fulfill the Great Commission outside of the boundaries of the United States."
Global Partners has appointed Barry and Christy to serve as long-term missionaries in Central America. They are committed to raise up leaders in Central America by training pastors to effectively lead their churches and spread the gospel far beyond their borders. Their hope is to raise up leaders who are "willing, committed, and excited" to live out the Great Commission in their own lives.
Barry and Christy have four children: Barry ('00), Austin ('01), Seth ('04), and Caleb ('06).
The Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV).
Country: Central America
Status: Long-Term Missionary
Fund #: WM04-0393