AGENCY: HARVEST FOUNDATION
Our mission statement – To envision and equip the church to reflect Jesus, the Chief Servant.
We have been CBC missionaries since 2001. But it was in the late 80’s, after reading the book “Perspectives on the World Missions Movement”, that the Lord led us to a significant turn in our careers to be better equipped for mission work. We quit our jobs in Brazil, where Cleiton was a university professor and Elly was a dentist, and pursued graduate degrees in the USA. Cleiton went to Fuller Theological Seminary where he graduated with an M.A. in Intercultural Studies, and Elly graduated with an M.A. in International Public Health from Loma Linda University.
We worked with church planting in Brazil until 2007, when together, the CBC missions committee and Harvest Foundation blessed a transition to base our ministry in the USA. The purpose of this transition was to serve in a strategic level at Harvest, working with leadership development in three levels: (1) globally, with the Harvest team currently working in 27 countries; (2) in Brazil, with the national team in 6 states; and (3) in Phoenix, training leaders for two church planting projects among Latinos.
The work in those three levels is possible because they converge to the same focus, based on the calling of Jesus, when he said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28.18-20) Our focus is to make disciples of all nations where the Lord assigns us a task. By developing leaders who grow like Jesus and lead like Jesus, we have seen people confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior, churches planted, churches renewed, the Kingdom of God expanded, and increased unity in the body of Christ. To God all the glory.