We love to hear about our past campers, CILTs, BUILTs, and Staff who are working in global missions! Please pray for individuals highlighted here.

Ryan M. Forte

Ryan Forte, has worked with Cherith since 2014 as a counselor for nearly every age group. He has been on staff with Shamineau International hosting English camps in Austria, Poland, Canada, and Japan since 2015. While in the states, he works with country on boarding, and seasonal staff training. 

Shamineau International has been running English Camps globally for about 30 years. They aim to come alongside in country missionaries by bringing English camps to give students a chance to practice the verbal skills they learn during the school year with native speakers. While hosting camps, their teams give opportunities for campers to hear the Gospel. When the international English camps began, their director was able to help train local churches in restricted access countries to host camps with their own resources and teams. Since then, many of the camps have expanded and continued operations without the direct aid of our international teams. 

During this season of Covid-19, they have turned our focus to increasing our training materials to give our seasonal partners a better chance to develop skills and understanding before leaving the country. With the possibilities of technology, Ryan and another team member have been developing online class rooms to help our out of state seasonal staff save on travel expenses pre camp. It’s been a joy for him to work along side so many talented and passionate people these past years, and meet such wonderful youth as they start or continue on their journey with Christ. 

Cheryl (Dolby) and her husband Lizzy Alexandr are missionaries with OMT to Taiwan. Watch a video here about their ministry!

Their desire is to see children and their families

radically transformed by God
as He has radically transformed us.
Two-thirds of Taiwan’s 23 million people is working class. These are the laborers, farmers, shop-workers, factory workers, market sellers. Among the 16 million working class only about 0.5% are Christian. And the more rural you go, the fewer Christians you find, if any at all. 
What is the spiritual condition of the working class Taiwan? Many working class Taiwanese struggle with dysfunctional relationships, alcoholism or other addictions, and social ostracism. When they face such problems in their lives often the first thing they will do is seek the spiritual cause of their misfortune. This includes going to the temples to pray to the gods and consult spirit mediums as well as various occult practices like fengshui, fortune telling, lucky amulets, and spirit possession. As the spiritual soil in Taiwan has been hardened by generations of idolatry, superstition, and ancestor worship we have to be creative, flexible, and patient to reach the working class with the Gospel.
We spend our days focused in three areas of ministry. Prayer. We pray that God will break people free from spiritual bondage, heal dysfunctional relationships, and lead them into a transformative relationship through Christ. Building bridges. We build bridges to the Gospel through teaching English and serving as a crossing guard at the local schools, telling stories at the local elementary school, a weekend sports outreach, and regular visits with local business owners. Evangelism and discipleship. We plant and water seeds through telling Bible stories at the local library, yearly Christmas and Easter outreaches, teaching Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship and engaging in spiritual conversations with neighbors and friends.
Join us in bringing God’s transformative Gospel to the working class of rural Taiwan!