Our Missionaries

Eddie & Sarah Ziss

Mabuhay! (Welcome!)

We are the Ziss Family to Mindanao, Philippines! The Lord first put the Philippines on our heart in 2016 on a mission trip to teach discipleship to over 300 pastors and their wives. We then continued on other trips for Focal Point, a training with small groups of Filipino pastors to implement one on one discipleship in their local churches and encourage them to continue making disciples. From 2017-2019, God kept confirming our call. In June/July of 2019 we took our family on a vision tour for two months to our field. This trip would solidify our call to the Philippines seeing the need to plant a strong local church and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Filipino people. Our plans also include one on one discipleship, establishing a quality Bible institute, church planting, ministry outreaches in unreached areas and community development programs. Our headquarters will be in the Southern Island of Mindanao, Philippines, but we have plans to reach all of Southeast Asia for Christ! We completed our deputation (fund raising) at the end of November 2021 and not even COVID could stop God’s plan to get to the mission field! We would love YOU to join us in prayer, which we know is the MOST vital part of any mission. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or to get more updates from the field.

Reaching the world for Jesus Christ one relationship at a time,
Eddie, Sarah, Tyler, Zachary & Elaina Ziss

Rick & Brenda Osborn

Rick did not grow up in a Christian home and never attended church. But, at the age of 16, a high school friend invited him to attend a Billy Graham Crusade that was in a nearby city.  Upon hearing a clear presentation of the Gospel and realizing that he needed to trust in Christ for his salvation; at the invitation Rick walked to the middle of a football field where a man helped him understand his sinful state, his need to be saved, and he asked Jesus Christ to forgive him for his sin, to be his Savior, and to be the Lord of his life.  Having never read a Bible, Rick was overwhelmed as he began to read about what Jesus Christ had done for him. He was amazed that God would send His Son to die for his sins.  Rick began to attend Bible Studies with several of his friends.  For the next two years they grew in the Lord and became powerful witnesses in their high school and saw many of their classmates come to Christ.

Brenda grew up in a very close, moral, church going family.  When she was a teenager, her church was having a family conference.  It was at this conference that Brenda accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior.  Brenda attended the same high school as Rick.  Although she was two years older, they became very good friends and she would attend Bible Studies with him.  As they grew together in the Lord, they also grew together in their personal relationship. On June 21, 1975 they were married!  They have enjoyed a wonderful life together through the struggles & blessings of Bible College, starting a family, early years of ministry and eventually pastoring.

Calling: About a year after Rick had trusted Christ as his Savior; he got out of bed in the middle of the night, went into the bathroom, knelt down at the stool, and said, “Lord, You gave Your life for me, the least I can do is live my life for You.  Lord, I’m not anybody; I don’t have anything to offer you, but whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it.” Then, he held out his hands, turned his palms down, and said, “Lord, I’m letting go of my life and all that I am. I give it to You. Please use me. Please help me to be faithful to you.”

God has used Rick & Brenda for over 30 years in various ministries. They have faithfully served the Lord through many trials and many learning experiences. But God is Faithful! They have been so blessed to serve their Lord and Savior and are looking forward to serving now in the very needed country of West Africa.

Education: Rick received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI  in 1983.  He was ordained at West Gate Baptist Church in Tampa, FL in 1990.  He received his Masters of Ministry from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL in 2006.

Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL in 1976.  She received her Bible Diploma from Faith Bible Institute in 2005.

Ministry Experience: Rick and Brenda have been faithfully serving the Lord for over 30 years.  Rick has served local Baptist Churches in various areas: youth pastor, assistant pastor, associate pastor, church planting, and pastored the same church for fourteen years before being called to full-time missions.
Brenda has taught at various elementary levels in Christian education for over 27 years.

Through years of ministry and many mission trips, God has well prepared Rick & Brenda to train national pastors and help plant New Testament Baptist Churches in West Africa.

Family: Rick & Brenda have been blessed with three children, two daughters & a son.  While it was not always easy growing up in a Pastor’s home, their children loved the Lord, loved the church, and loved the ministry.  They all three trusted Christ before the age of five and were very involved in the church while growing up.  They attended Christian school, and all graduated from Bible College.

Today, they are all three married (met their mates while at Bible College) and faithfully serving the Lord in local churches.

Andrew & Rachael Ong

Sharing the Gospel
Shaping Disciples 
Sending them to do the same 

Andrew Ong accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior in 1998. However, it was through experiencing expository preaching and discipleship at Kansas City Baptist Temple (KCBT) in 2001 that changed the trajectory of his life.  The Great Commission became his priority. He served in the college ministry under Pastor Sam Miles and pursued God through further ministry training at KCBT Shepherd School of Ministry, now known as Living Faith Bible Institute (LFBI).

In 2005, Andrew was sent to London, England to assist in mission work there. Through trips back to his home church Midtown Baptist Temple (MBT), he was reacquainted with his friend Rachael who became his wife in 2012.

In the same year, Andrew also became a licensed minister and started Friends of Internationals, a ministry to international students and immigrants. By God’s grace, many students from all over the world came to Christ, were baptized, discipled, and are actively discipling others. The vision was to see students sent back to their home country to reach their own people groups for Christ.  By God’s grace, FOI serves 11 college campuses throughout United States, Kenya and Saigon with the same vision and mission.

In 2017, Andrew was providentially called to lead a team from his church to Southeast Asia. It was on these trips that God drew him and a group of men and women to answer the call to plant a church there.  God’s Word, hand, and favor were very evident through these recurring trips.

Andrew discipled a young man through regular trips to Southeast Asia and online meetings. Today, this faithful man has completed Discipleship 1 and 2, and is an active student in Living Faith Bible Institute. Along with another female disciple, they are actively winning people to Christ and discipling other younger men and women. Pastor Andrew is trusting God not just for people to be saved but to be sold out to Christ as disciples indeed.  God has been very generous to bless us with several national disciples in the USA and a multi-national team from the US who is willing to go make disciples in Southeast Asia.

Lord willing, the goal is to be on the field in June 2023 to continue making faithful disciple reproducers and to establish a local church plant that will be an Antioch church in Southeast Asia as a model, an ensample to others that God is worth all our love, mind, and soul.