Center for World Evangelism

In August 2005, my wife and I left Arequipa, Peru, South America where I had worked for 5 years, to move to Alpharetta, GA to help start the Vision Baptist Church and the Our Generation Training Center. Our heart was to help a team, led by who would be my new Pastor, Austin Gardner, recruit and train young people for the work of World Evangelism.

I had the privilege of working as the first director of the Training Center, along with serving as the Missions and Administrative Pastor of our new church, Vision Baptist Church.

From the beginning days of the ministry, we had always dreamed to have land that could be used for the Training Center, for housing missions students, and for other ministries we felt the Lord wanted us to start out of our new church.

Fast forward 15 years, and we are almost at the place to be able to purchase the property that we have been praying and dreaming about for all these years, which will be called the Center for World Evangelism.

Of course, since I am a missionary in South Africa, I am no longer the director of the Training Center or on the pastoral staff at Vision Baptist Church, but my dreams and prayers for this ministry continues. As of today, over $554,000 has been raised to purchase 60 acres of property that will be used to house our mission board, Vision Baptist Missions, and the Our Generation Training Center.

I am writing now, to ask you to help us pray for the remaining $69,000 needed to purchase this property. Our goal was to have this amount by July 31, 2020, which is only a few days away. Would you pray and would you consider giving to help with this purchase.

If you would like to give or learn more about the Center for World Evangelism click on the link below.

Update on New Roof at Camp Rhino

Before the lockdown in South Africa, we began construction on what were animal stables when we first purchased the property for Camp Rhino. We cleaned about 3 to 4 feet of manure and dirt out of the space and built a cement floor slab. Once restrictions started easing a bit, the crew returned to finish the roof. It’s almost complete and only lacks a few pieces of metal sheeting to close off the end gables. Our next step is to have lights installed, and screens put on the windows and it will be ready for year-round use. Thank you so much for giving to this project. This is a game-changer for our ministry. This will enable us to have events all year long at Camp Rhino. Pray we can raise the remaining money needed soon to install the lights and window screens.

Coffey Family July 2020 Prayer Letter

Prayer Requests & Praise  

  • 141 Pastors were helped this last month in Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa because of your giving. We can’t thank you enough for your generous gifts that have helped these families eat over the last few months. 
  • For about $20 we can help these pastors’ families survive on cornmeal or something similar for 3 to 4 weeks.  Please pray for them during this time.  Also, pray that we can raise more funds to continue helping these faithful men.  With the droughts in Africa, Covid19 restrictions, and swarms of locust, the needs in Africa are great. 
  • Our three churches in South Africa have been able to resume services under strict guidelines.  They have also been able to continue going door to door giving out invitations and bags of rice along with giving out the Gospel.  Thank you all who have given enable our churches to continue outreach inspire of the lockdown. 

To give to help Pastors’ Families in Africa go to:
(Choose Mark Coffey or Camp Rhino)

You can also send money to:
Vision Baptist Missions
P.O. Box 442
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(Make a note for Mark Coffey- food for Pastors)

Quick Updates 

  • $5000 has been given so we can begin construction for our fourth church plant in South Africa, Vision Baptist Church.  We’ve been holding bible studies in this area for 2 years and look forward to the start of this new church. 
  • Our son Tyler and his wife Lydia were married on June 20th.  Pray for them as they raise funds to be missionaries in Argentina. 
  • The roof for Camp Rhino’s new auditorium/sports center should be completed this week….we hope:)  We plan to start construction on the new boys’ dorms soon but need $15,000 to complete the space for 50 more campers. 

I can’t thank you enough for those who prayed for my Pastor, Austin Gardner, who was on the ventilator for 21 days because of Covid19.  All his ICU doctors didn’t think he was going to make it, but miraculously he stood in his pulpit at Vision Baptist Church this past Sunday for the first time since going in the Hospital.  We thank God for bringing him back.

Since being back in the States we’ve had the opportunity to continue raising monthly support for our ministries in South Africa in spite of the lockdowns.  If you would like us to report back or present Camp Rhino, please just let me know.  I would be happy to come by.  

During the week I’ve been able to teach at the Our Generation Training Center in Alpharetta, GA.  This is a missionary training school that started out of our home church.  Our unexpected extended stay has definitely opened teaching opportunities.  The OGTC is currently in the process of trying to buy 60 acres but still needs $100,000.  Could you pray this money can be raised soon?  More than 50 missionaries have been trained here since we began, and we believe the Lord is going to raise up many more.