Mark & Cathy Szymanski

{section}Mark & Cathy’s Story{/section} Mark and Cathy have been actively involved in various aspects of ministry beginning in the early 1970s. Today, Mark’s role at United World Mission has expanded to include strategic partnerships in Latin America, Brazil, Africa and opening the United Sates as a mission field. Throughout the years Mark and Cathy have assisted churches, para-church ministries and businesses in developing their staff and volunteers in strategic outreach and kingdom involvement leading to transformational impact and churches planted. Currently, in addition to Mark’s partnership responsibilities, he assists in the areas of personal coaching, mobilization, field development, church consultation and leadership development. He has coached and guided thousands of people considering ministry transitions and career change. Mark and Cathy have been married for nearly 40 years. They have three adult children, six grandchildren, and reside in Matthews, NC.

About Church Planting

Mark recountsThough we haven’t counted the number of churches planted in Cuba since 2011 we know our work is effective. We presently train denominationally identified leaders across 42 different denominations. From 2007 to 2011 we trained just under 1000 leaders and saw 800+ churches planted (1st generation). We know there are daughter and granddaughter churches as we are training those leaders. Since 2011 we have not had time to count but we have established at least 1 Sembradores leader in each of the 15 states of Cuba who interact with denominations as they identify new emerging leaders for training.” Missionaries have been sent to over 60 nations. Nations that have been reached are Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, China, Russia, India, Thailand, Nepal, DRC, Senegal, other countries of West Africa, Haiti, Cuba, most of Latin America, and Europe, and the United States. {aside}{/aside} {aside}Ways to Pray 1. Emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial health for the church planters and their families. 2. Open doors for the gospel to be preached clearly and boldly. 3. Strategic and creative ideas that are culturally relevant and effective to reach the communities.{/aside} {aside}Key Facts About 3,500 new churches are opening every week worldwide. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world. Annual growth rate of church planting is more than 8% per year.{/aside}

Un-named Partner – Middle East

{section}Un-named partner’s Story{/section}   This partner focuses on Syrian and Iraqi refugees, as well as mentoring local believers that are meeting with and discipling seekers.  

About the Middle East

The Middle East is a geographical and cultural region located primarily in western Asia, but also in parts of northern Africa and southeastern Europe. The majority of the area is characterized by a warm desert climate; it has some of the world’s largest deserts. There is an undoubtedly high percentage of Islam in these regions, but there is diversity of religions as well. {aside}{/aside} {aside}Ways to Pray 1. Open doors for the Gospel to be shared in safety and ready hearts to receive Jesus as Savior. 2. Unified, courageous believers to selflessly show God’s love.{/aside}