Meet Billy and Donna Hires. They have been happily married for the last 38 years. When they are in the U.S., they reside in Zephyrhills, Florida. After 33 years of serving in the local church, Billy as pastor and Donna as women’s ministry leader, the Lord called us into full-time missions with MVI. Their responsibilities with MVI are primarily twofold: First, they help provide much needed pastoral care for our missionaries on the field in Central and South America, Africa, and parts of Europe. Secondly, they spend much of their time training and encouraging church leadership, primarily in Africa and Latin America. Billy and Donna do this through seminars and conferences organized by our missionaries on the ground as well as in Bible Colleges and seminaries.
In these times of teaching they focus on two key areas:
A Biblical Vision for Discipleship: It is often said that, “The church is a mile wide and an inch deep.” This is an interesting way of saying we’ve done a good job of evangelizing but a poor job of discipleship. Their passion is to set before church leadership a biblical vision for discipleship and give them practical, transferable tools for the task.
A Biblical Understanding of Marriage and Family: Discipleship begins at home and the church is only as strong as its families. One of Billy and Donna’s great joys is helping leaders understand how a healthy marriage relates to the effectiveness of everything else to do in ministry.
As they come alongside these leaders to help equip them for more fruitful ministry we will see a stronger, healthier church. And it is their prayer that these healthier churches will be the ones sending out a new generation of spiritually healthy missionaries that will take the gospel to the yet unreached peoples of the world.
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