Jake Taube

Church Planter, China and Taiwan

When a family completes an internship with us, we tend to reflect on a few questions. Do they have a grounded understanding and love of the gospel? Are they competent in their handling of the word and their ministry in the church? Have they made disciples? Does their family thrive on the mission field? After the Martin family’s year with us, we can confidently answer ‘yes’ to all of these.

Phil and Sara worked with us in a new church plant. They squeezed about as much learning and experience into that time as is possible. They proved themselves capable in the Chinese language. They befriended unbelievers and saw them become baptized followers of Christ. They worked alongside us to see a church emerge in a difficult place.

I hope that you will consider partnering with the Martin family’s new ministry venture in mainland China. I greatly anticipate the work that God will do through them in the coming years!

Jake Taube
Church Planter, Throne Baptist Church

Gregory S.

Outreach Pastor, Covenant Life Church

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When I first met Phil and Sara Martin in 2013, a zeal for global missions had already begun to burn in their hearts. God lit that match before they came to Covenant Life Church. But I had the pleasure of watching that flame grow and seeing their vision steadily come into focus. Through their participation in a small group book study on the “Missionary Call” and periodic meetings with me, I rejoiced to see their honesty, humility, and determination. Phil and Sara welcomed and implemented my counsel while demonstrating that their primary trust rested in a Counselor far wiser than I will ever be.

Based on the character and convictions I had observed in the Martins, I encouraged our Global Missions Committee to consider providing them with some financial support during their one-year church-planting internship in Taiwan. This was undoubtedly one of the best investments our Committee made in 2015. We learned a great deal about supporting missionaries by monitoring their progress via monthly Skype calls. We felt closely connected with their work and thus experienced a heightened sense of joy at each good report of Taiwanese people engaged with and transformed by the gospel.

I am honored that our church has gotten to play a small part in supporting this couple. It gives me real pleasure to commend Phil and Sara Martin as candidates for long-term missions service.

Gregory S
Outreach Pastor, Covenant Life Church