Tag : church planting
I love beautiful churches, and this chapel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has to be near the top of the list of my favorites.
Rich Wolfe became involved with Mission to the World (MTW) in 1991. Soon thereafter, he and his wife, Lori, started serving as missionaries in the Philippines. They worked hard to plant new churches and train national leaders in those churches. The conditions in the Philippines were fairly rough – like not having electricity for long periods of time or running water – but Rich and Lori felt like the Philippines were a “perfect fit” for them. They were happy. God was blessing the ministry. The Wolfes believed they had found their lifetime ministry. That is when their young son, Chris, began to have serious health problems. The Wolfes discovered Chris had bacteria in his lungs that would kill him if they stayed in the Philippines. Rich and Lori would have to leave their beloved Philippines ministry.
In their time in the Philippines, Rich planted 45 Christian churches, which is very impressive given how hard it is to plant new churches. The training of the national leaders paid off as most of those churches are still going today.
The Wolfes were forced to find a different climate for Chris, as well as doctors who could treat his condition. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1999, and Rich began serving as the MTW Regional Director over Central America and the Caribbean. Chris’ condition improved, and he has grown into a handsome young man. Rich is still involved in church planting and training national leaders. He and MTW are also heavily engaged in mercy ministry, medical missions, education and caring for orphans and poor children. Rich is also the “resident missionary” at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, where he leads short term mission trips, works with refugees from other countries and counsels individuals who are becoming missionaries.
I have known Rich for many years and had the pleasure of his company over dinner several times. Rich truly loves Jesus, and he has always been an inspiration to me. Personally, Rich has such a kind and gentle nature – and a great sense of humor. I wanted to take a “serious” black and white photo of Rich for the blog, but that just didn’t work; I just had to go with the smiling photo above because it captures some of Rich’s warm and engaging personality. I sure hope the Lord will give our families many more fondue dinners together in the future!
If you want to contact Rich or find out more about his ministry, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.