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Doug & Karen Abels

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The word reclaimed has come to mean a lot of different ideas, but to us it describes several facets of our own lives and ministry.  First, we ourselves have been reclaimed from the trash heap of destruction by God's amazing grace alone.  Second, we are eager to reclaim our fleeting minutes and days for something that will matter in eternity. And finally, we aim to reclaim souls from the enemy in his territory by God's power and authority. 

Current strategic position.

Doug is the Head of School at Bob Jones Academy in Greenville, SC. BJA is a K-12 Christian school with almost 100 years of tradition and is ministry partners with a Christian university (BJU) and Christian publishing company (BJPress).  God has allowed us to have this strategic position to not only coordinate educational and ministry resources to other countries but also make trustworthy networking and support connections for churches and Christians in the US.  Our vision is to obey God's leading in several initiatives that align with our ministry experience, gifts, and interests. 

Initiative 1. Enthusiastically train nationals to do what we cannot.

Using training in thoroughly biblical educational philosophy, principles, and practice, we are teaching graduate level courses to national pastors, teachers, and lay leaders in four different locations in the Middle East and Africa.  Our partnership with National Theological College and Graduate School (NTCGS) will give us opportunities to teach week-long modules in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Uganda. The students in these courses are a growing network of ministry partners for the advance of gospel globally.   

Initiative 2. Creatively mentor and guide students into ministry fields. 

Our position in BJA and purposeful partnership with both BJU and dozens of local churches is ideal for inspiring a rising generation of eternally-minded Christians.  Mission trips, long-term internships, work project trips, and ongoing opportunities abroad will be available through the growing network of nationals, missionaries, and churches.  Encouraging and mentoring others in ministry and personal growth is one of the things that gives us the most joy in all of life!  We see abundant opportunities to strengthen the American church as well as the global church all at the same time because we are a part of the same body of Christ!

Initiative 3. Lovingly partner with missionaries and national ministers.

Personal encouragement and practical help are life-giving for those called to serve God in far away and challenging ministry fields.  Regular contact and coordinated support for local projects are what we are providing for missionaries and nationals taking the light of the gospel to dark places. Our partnership range from construction projects, church retreats, youth camps, and individual counseling and prayer. 

We want you on our team!

Help us reclaim precious time and treasures in the Middle East, Africa, and the US! We need your prayers for wisdom, safety, open doors, and provision.  Here are several options for joining the Reclaimed Team with us.  We hope you will obey God's leading in your life and reclaim opportunities for eternity with us!

  1. Pray with us for our upcoming Reclaimed Initiatives by getting our e-newsletter and/or media accounts
  2. Our basic living expenses are covered adequately with Doug's school salary, but our travel and mission expenses are a great way to give financially to the work.
  3. Come with us! If you have interest in a specific field or initiative, please join us in seeing God's work firsthand. Your life will never be the same!
  4. Give to your favorite Mission Project or location specific fund using the BMW giving options. 

We look forward to partnering with you in this special work of reclamation! 

Doug and Karen Abels