We are excited to announce and introduce Dr. Steve and Katrina Boutrus as GDMMissions' newest missionaries. Steve is an Emergency Room physician who chose a medical career so that he could be engaged in a gospel outreach ministry. Katrina is a Registered Nurse whose experience and expertise have made her very valuable to our ministry over the past 5 years. She grew up in a home where her father (a surgeon) and mother (a nurse) passionately modeled the use of medicine as a tool for evangelism and church planting. Steve and Katrina met in the Philippines while serving in medical evangelism ministry with GDMMissions. Both have traveled with the mission extensively as individuals and as a couple. They were married in the fall of 2013, and now the Lord has called them to serve full time among the unreached peoples of Northern Benin, in West Africa.
Steve and Katrina will lead the Benin Clinic ministry in the village of Boiffo and will promote and support outreach into other villages across Northern Benin. Their goal is to equip and engage nationals in the ministry using medicine as a tool for the advancement of the Gospel among this 99% Muslim population. In the Benin Clinic context they will share the gospel, treat patients, train staff, seek to transfer their passion for gospel ministry to local medical personnel, develop policy, and lead in administrative functions. As the main clinic in the village of Boiffo develops this will provide opportunities for a broader medical outreach ministry across the northern region of Benin. Their goal is to provide national believers with a solid foundation and sustainable tool for evangelism and church planting that will outlast the American missionary.
They have started deputation while Steve finishes his contract obligations with two hospitals. Our goal as a mission is to see them enter language school by the first part of 2016 and move to Benin by October 2016. This is a very aggressive deputation schedule justified by that fact that the Benin Clinic building project will be finished by the end of 2015, and the ministry window in this part of the Muslim world may only be open for a limited time.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We ask for your help by partnering with GDMMissions and the Benin Clinic project in supporting the Boutrus family and the ministry God has called them to. God graciously provided the funds for construction of the clinic and we are now trusting Him to allow Steve and Katrina to reach the field while there is this open door of opportunity. Please take some time to learn more about the Boutruses at gospeldoc.com or contact the GDMMissions office for further information.
You can support Steve & Katrina at gdmmissions.org.