Craig and Deana Thompson are Cleveland, Tennessee residents with a long-term association with Church of God World Missions. Most of their family of six children have been on trips with them in order to shape their understanding of the needs outside the US. Craig is a teacher, preacher and author whose current focus is on mentoring the next generation.
These are the types of trips they have been on in the past years:
- In conjunction with Jürgen Rudolph and COGWM Education Department in Africa, taught in Zambia three different years with the Teaching of Teachers (ToT) program. Class topics included “Raising Godly Children,” “Book of Proverbs,” and “Mentoring.”
- Made numerous trips to Scotland doing discipleship training in the local church, training volunteers in puppet ministry, teaching on the work and operation of the Holy Spirit. Have worked in churches on the Isle of Lewis, Isle of Benbecula, Inverness, Nairn and Elgin.
- Set up Voice over IP phone systems in France and Kyrgyzstan (on-site) and Ethiopia (remotely) to be used for gospel presentations, counseling and prayer lines.
- Participated in regional training in Nepal with a local church. One highlight of this trip was teaching on the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the children’s ministry and seeing children filled with the Holy Spirit during the prayer time.
- Installed a new Voice over IP phone system for New Tribes Mission in Manaus, Brazil. This resulted in better communications technology for the mission agency offices, missionaries scattered around the city and for long distance communications. The cost savings for this project was projected to be around $18,000 (US) per year or more. A follow up trip a few years later was made to do more enhancements to the system and connect it to a remote office on the other side of the country.
- Worked with the Fraziers in Haiti in the 90s to provide hands-on assistance with various projects around the mission compound. Taught and preached in local churches through an interpreter.
- Craig and Deana have been guest speakers at the International Conference on Computing and Mission on numerous occasions. Topics have ranged from highly technical topics to Bible related topics to leadership topics.
Their focus is on working with local churches in order to disciple believers (spiritual growth), train believers in personal evangelism, develop leaders, mentor youth, and encourage parents in the search for mentors for their children.
Their financial needs for their trips generally are based on the cost of plane tickets with occasional need for hotel or car rentals. Their desired annual budget is $10,000 to meet the normal requests for ministry trips.
They currently have invitations to do teaching and training in Kyrgyzstan (80% Muslim : to teach first generation believers how to raise Christian families), Romania (leadership development and discipleship of new believers), Scotland (spiritual growth and leadership training), Central Africa (leadership training) and West Africa (new ToT program).
Craig’s books are “How To Be a Mentor for a Day,” “Asking for Wisdom: Maximizing Your Time with Mentors,” “Nurturing Your Child with Mentors” and “Preaching Through Proverbs.”