In 2010, SON sent Pastor David Michael Carrillo (aka: DMC) as a full-time “Music-sionary” to Latvia. DMC is a talented musician and recording artist and often uses his original music when preaching and teaching. He works all over Latvia and neighboring countries. Additionally, he leads morning prayer and devotions at Striki School several times a week as well as being the campus chaplain. DMC has unofficially adopted three Latvian children abandoned by their own fathers and is raising them to know their heavenly Father. He travels with SON Teams throughout the summer adding a special element to our camps.
In 2014 Dan and Dawn Hall answered the call to move to Albania to help start an English-speaking private school in Peshkopi; a small rural village near the Macedonian border. Educators by trade, but also the son of a Lutheran pastor and daughter of Lutheran missionaries, Dan and Dawn soon realized that their true calling was to bring their love of Jesus to Albania. They currently work alongside Alpha Omega Church (the only Christian church in the area) and have founded an Albanian organization that will allow them to start Christian outreach centers and congregations in surrounding rural villages. Dan and Dawn have six children (all grown) and three grandchildren.
Pastor Scott Yount has served as a missionary in Ukraine since 2014. Together with his wife Lena, who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education, they teach the Bible at the local orphanage for children with disabilities and organize and lead Bible camps for children with special needs. Other ministries include visits to the school for the hearing impaired and the Cerebral Palsy center. Additionally, they organize Night to Shine, a prom for special needs teens (in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation), Bible studies, youth groups and much more. They currently live in Bila Tserkva (near Kiev) and are proud “parents” to their dog, Jack and cat, Black.
Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (first flag), Pastor Martha Shanka has been equipped with the gifts of teaching, preaching, and leading worship. From 2010 to 2017, Pastor Martha worked with the Ethiopian diaspora in Egypt, where it is forbidden to legally preach the Gospel. In 2018, Pastor Martha received a call to work with the Ethiopian diaspora living in Dubai and the greater United Arab Emirates where she trains her fellow countrymen to be Christian witnesses to the Muslims for whom they work (a high percentage of the domestic workers and support staff in Dubai are Ethiopian). She is also an administrator and teacher for Leadstar Theological College, training more than 80 students from 18 different countries.
As a sending agency, Spiritual Orphans Network (formerly East European Missions Network) has placed career missionaries in Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Albania, Turkey and Dubai, UAE. We also strive to equip our international ministry partners to serve as indigenous missionaries within their own cultures. This is an important distinction, as most gauge the “success” of a mission organization by the number of full-time American missionaries that are placed overseas. Not all of our ministry partners want nor do they need full-time Americans serving alongside them. The best full-time missionaries are those who natively speak the local language and truly understand the culture in which they are serving because they grew up there! Each summer, short-term missions teams are sent to serve alongside these full time missionaries and ministry partners.
SON Network continues to develop and nurture international partnerships that produce a strong network of people, ministries, and resources between our overseas partners and North American believers. We accomplish this through sending short and long-term missionaries (when and where appropriate), hosting English Bible schools, camps and retreats, equipping & mentoring leadership through seminars, seminary support, evangelism and prayer. This is how relationships are strengthened, disciples are made, and the Body of Christ is equipped for Kingdom building.
How YOU can get involved:
Pray for SON missionaries, partners, and projects
Serve on a short-term mission team
Support SON Full-time Residential Missionaries
Contribute to Area of Most Need
If you would like to find out more information about serving as a SON missionary or supporting and partnering with a SON full time missionary or ministry partner let us know how we can help!