EPC World Outreach (Rob & Iris)

Submitted by Rob Antonucci

www.epc.org/wo

Ministry focus: C. Asia focus and Muslim Ministry Consultant

Rob: Recruiting/training and advising missionaries to work among Muslim peoples, overseeing missionary team leaders in the field with Frontiers and World Outreach and as the manager of the Bible translation project for Iris and the team of translators.

Iris: translation team director for the New Testament language of “Puk,” a Central Asia language (for security reasons we do not publish the country nor the language though we speak of it when personally with audiences) and assist overseeing the Frontiers team in Central Asia.

In 2016 Rob was traveling to speak in churches, Perspectives on the World Missions Movement classes, and conferences to present the need for missionaries to be equipped and sent among Muslims through EPC World Outreach and/or Frontiers, as our focus is nearly the same. Rob worked to bring the focus of the Presbytery of the East mission effort on the Muslim peoples (Engage 2025) of the southern Russia region of the North Caucasus mountain area (Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan) including a fourth trip to Russia to build partnerships with the Russian evangelical churches there. Rob and Iris together oversaw a Frontiers teams in C. Asia working to do church-planting among Muslims there as well as help recruit, form and eventually direct a team for EPC/WO for the North Caucasus region. Rob is a very part time student at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, M.Div. student and under care with EPC for ordination.

Iris finished work for the Jesus and Magdalena film translation and recording/dubbing of voices for the “Puk” versions of those evangelistic films. The “Puk” version of the Jesus film and Magdalena films are now available on line and on DVD! The first such evangelistic films in this language! Her main task has been to work on the “Puk” New Testament. Iris just returned in December from their first consultant check of the “Puk” New Testament book of Luke. By January or February 2017, the text of Luke in “Puk”, Lord willing, will be ready for an online version to be released! She has more trips planned in 2017 to C. Asia and to India again to meet up with her co-workers and to have more books of the NT in “Puk” checked and released online. Iris is a part time student studying for an M.A. (New Testament) student at Gordon-Conwell Seminary nearby.

They have been back from C. Asia in 2012 but return for visits to minister and do field work for translation and overseeing teams there. They have 3 children, Stephanie 22 (Gordon College graduate), Peter 21 (UMass Amherst 3rd year chemistry and education) and Marissa 18 (Nyack College Freshman, Education/ESL major). 

The United States, China, Brazil and Nigeria have the greatest number of evangelicals according to Operation World 2010. Kenya has the highest percent evangelicals at 48.9%.
Unreached People Group of the Day

Bajau Bukit, Papar

Population
1,900

Primary Language
Papar

Primary Religion
Islam

% Evangelical
0%

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