Welcome to the Missions Page! Here you will find some more information about our mission partners and how to get involved with the Mission's Team at Washington Church!

Our purpose is to mobilize the congregation to make and support disciples of Jesus who proclaim the gospel and build the church among all people, with a focus on unreached people groups.

A total of $4,369.50 is currently given to our mission partners monthly. It is Washington Church's goal to strive for 10% of tithes and offerings to go to missions. Our current partners are:

- A family with Wycliffe Bible translators in Africa

-Providence Children’s Home in Kenya
-A family serving with CRU in West Asia

-Aaron and Sarah McKisic (Liam, Ella, Remi) serving with Iris Global in Tokyo, Japan

-Water for Ishmael (www.waterforishmael.org)

-The Crescent Project (www.crescentproject.org)
-Wes and Marjie Blood serving with Wellspring of Northwest Ohio
-Social Services for the Arab Community (www.toledolovesyou.org)

-Brad Dukes (Debbie, Grace, Karis, Anya) serving with CRU at UT

-Jason Voigt (Jenny, Elliot) serving with CRU at UT

-Matthew Plant (Alexi, Noah) serving with CRU in Northern Michigan

-Ben and Mandi Wood (Elliana, Jonathan, Noah) serving at CRU headquarters in Orlando, FL

Below, you will find a more in-depth view of some of our mission partners, what they are doing, and how you can support and pray for them! If you are interested in joining the Missions Team or getting connected with any current service opportunities, please email the church office at office@washingtonchurch.org.

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 in the library!

Providence Children's home

Kenya, Africa

The mission of Providence Children’s Home is to transform the lives of orphaned and vulnerable Kenyan children by creating a nurturing home, excellent education, and health care in a Christ-centered manner. They are located in Kenya, Africa and are a home to 54 girls who live there full time and also run both a primary and secondary school for 600 students from all over Kenya. As a church, we can pray that these girls will know the love of Christ and grow into strong women who will continue to give back to others in their country.

Resit and Gulmira Basaran

This couple has been serving in a country in West Asia for 32 years. They are our only mission partners who are native to the country in which they serve. They have 3 children, Daniel, Dilara, and Derin. Daniel is a young adult working in the restaurant industry, and Dilara and Derin are teens and in school. Dilara plays the violin beautifully. Gulmira’s mother, Tamara, lives with them too.

Their countrymen identify as 99% Muslim with multiple unreached people groups. This country also has thousands of refugees who have fled war and persecution from neighboring nations.

Resit is the country’s Director of Family Life, a division of the organization CRU. Their purpose is to build strong families, marriages, and youth by sharing and teaching foundational Christian principles on how to build a godly home. They hope to grow the church and glorify God.

Rejit is also the assistant pastor of a local church and Gulmira is their worship leader and director of music. She plays the piano.

They conduct classes, seminars, and Bible studies, both in-person and online. They do this locally and also travel to other cities in the country to widen and spread their impact. They also train and disciple other couples to lead Bible studies and classes. And they reach out to the refugees to provide some food and comfort, prayer, and God’s Word.

They feel that there is an unprecedented openness to the gospel at this time and recently had a service with 9 new believers and baptisms! Praise God!

Prayer requests:

- For the families they work with to receive Christ
- To equip and build their church for works of service and to spread the gospel
- For financial provision for the ministry and for local families who have suffered financial hardship due to Covid and loss of work.
- For protection and safety from illness for their family and the community.
- For the refugees in the country who are suffering greatly, especially the children.


For nearly 13 years, Wes Blood served as pastor in the Toledo area.  During that time, God opened Wes’ and his wife Marjie’s eyes to the international student population in their region.

In 2005, Wes and Marjie started a ministry called “Wellspring,” under the Northwest Ohio Baptist Association, reaching international students who come to study in the Toledo area.  God has opened doors for several major initiatives designed to reach international students, called “Global Opportunities” (GO-UT.info).  We bridge the gap between the Christian community and international students.  Toledo-area residents can serve by helping newly arriving students furnish their apartments (Household Items Giveaway),  by "adopting" international students in cross-cultural friendship (Toledo International Hospitality Program), or by helping students practice English (Conversation Partners and English Corner).  In the context of these opportunities, relationships are formed, and many believers are sharing the hope and love of Jesus.

In addition, the Bloods invite students who are spiritually curious to Bible studies online, in their home, at their church, or at other Toledo churches.

Wes is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  He and Marjie have three boys, Andrew (1992), Sam (1994) and Peter (2002).

Ways to pray for Wellspring:

  1. Pray for health and strength.  The furniture project is quite physically demanding and we are thankful for many volunteers.
  2. Pray for God to provide all the American volunteers needed for the various programs above.  We don’t want any international students to go unmatched.
  3. Pray for spiritual discernment as we interact daily with people from all over the world.

Water for Ishmael

Our mission is to partner with the local church to build a welcoming community for

Toledo area internationals, to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ, and to empower

internationals with skills to become successful.

Water for Ishmael is community of welcomers. We are all passionate about welcoming

internationals into our city, whether they be immigrants, refugees, or international

students. We love empowering the church to meet the two greatest needs of

internationals: English language learning and relationships.

Ways to pray: Pray that God would use his church to be a blessing to the nations. Pray

and ask what kind of role you have in welcoming internationals- is it becoming a

Conversation Partner? Is it volunteering as a teaching assistant in an ESL class? Is it

providing transportation to English classes for your neighbor?

The Mckisic's with iris

global in tokyo, Japan

We are the McKisic's! Aaron, Sarah, Liam, Ella, and baby #3 in February! We are full-time missionaries in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the nation’s capital and the most populated city in the world with 38 million people living within 240 sq miles. This is the equivalent of the entire population of California living in Jacksonville, Florida! Since 2011 we have talked about moving to Japan to share the gospel and expand God’s Kingdom and during severe border lockdowns in 2020, God made a way for us to move to Japan during a brief window when the borders opened. Although the nation appears to be doing well (when considering the technology, entertainment, and trade that comes out of it), spiritually, they are one of the least reached people-groups for Jesus and are very similar to other nations also in the 10/40 window. Though it is difficult to get an exact statistic on the number of Christians, the latest report suggests it is “less than 1%”. This, however, includes faiths that Japan considers similar (i.e. Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventist, etc.). This nation needs Jesus desperately! Our plan in sharing Him is simple: Love God, Love our neighbors, and make disciples! Our family’s core values are to live a lifestyle of generosity and hospitality while radically following God at any costs. This brings us to spending days hosting unbelievers (our literal neighbors) for meals, street evangelism, weekly house church services, teaching the word, and hosting missionaries when possible. Our hopes are to see Japanese come to know Jesus, send out missionaries and nationals to other parts of Japan and the world to be witnesses, and to draw attention to this amazing nation that needs our prayer and time. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and support, we couldn’t be here without you on our team. We’d love continued prayer for fruitfulness in the things and people we are pouring into during this time, a building to rent for a church/base, blessings over a cafe we are getting setup in our home by spring/early summer for the community and times of teaching with unbelievers, and grace over our kids as they adjust to Japanese school and having a new sibling! 


Matt plant serving

with cru at bgsu

Matt & Alexi Plant work with CRU at Bowling Green State University. They were previously in the U.P of Michigan.  They are working with the college students to help spread the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ. You may remember Matt from his time here at Washington. Matt was married to his Wife Alexi in 2020, and now have a son Noah! Alexi has now joined with Matt in this special journey. Please pray for Matt, Alexi and Noah, as they continue to adjust to being at a new campus, a new church, and for the Holy Spirit to move through the Plants to reach the students as they are struggling to navigate a new chapter in life.