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translation team director for the New Testament language of “Puk,” a Central Asia language (for security reasons we do not publish the country nor the language though we speak of it when personally with audiences) and assist overseeing the Frontiers team in Central Asia.

We have been back from most of 20 years in ministry in and for Afghanistan, in 2012 but return for visits to minister and do field work for translation. We are still working with Frontiers and EPC/WO. We live in Massachusetts north shore near Gordon Conwell seminary as a strategic place for recruiting for missionaries to Muslims.

Rob works doing recruiting and mobilization with Frontiers and EPC/WO. Rob is now the Assistant Director of the Dr. J. Christy Wilson Center for World Missions (part-time and unpaid) challenging students to be involved in world missions. He keeps his eye out for new EPC pastors and workers as well! Our Engage 2025 goal is to see each presbytery raise up a team of 6 to go to an adopted unengaged Muslim people group in the area of the North Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia as our focus of the Presbytery of the East.

Together Iris and I oversee a team in Afghanistan with Frontiers continuing in church-planting there. This keeps us involved in regular Skype contact and yearly in person in contact with the teams we oversee there. Iris is the main Greek/Pashto exegetical checker for the translation of Afghan Pashto New Testament, a project under the United Bible Society. Iris finished her Linguistics Studies in North Dakota this summer under Wycliffe/SIL there.

We will both take part-time study at Gordon Conwell seminary to now work towards his D. Min. degree, Rob, and MA Biblical Studies, Iris as well as special translation coursework for Iris.

We love our home in Mass. As it is a place of stability at long last for us and our family and is a place we use for meeting with students we mentor in missions and entertain other missionaries whom we know and seek to recruit for ministry among Afghans and other Muslim peoples.

They have 3 children, Stephanie 24 (Gordon College graduate), Peter 22 (UMass Amherst 4th year chemistry and education) and Marissa 19 (Nyack College 2nd year, Education/ESL major). Peter is planning to work full-time with the Navigators student ministry after graduation in May 2018, Lord willing.

 

The largest Least-Reached group in Central Asia without Scripture, Jesus film, or audio recordings is the Zaza-Dimli of Turkey, with 1,667,000 people.
Unreached People Group of the Day

Nalu

Population
9,100

Primary Language
Nalu

Primary Religion
Islam

% Evangelical
10%

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