Shortly after receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, Maxwell began his ministry in Ohio as an associate pastor and church planter of a church that ministered to inner-city children. His call to full-time missions work came when he participated in an all-night prayer vigil after a mission trip to China. He had previously been involved in short-term missions work in Haiti, Mexico, Chile and Brazil. Maxwell graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology and from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  Debbie is a registered nurse who dedicated her life to missions as a young mother and promised to obey the call when God provided the opportunity.

Serving 12 years in Brazil, Maxwell and Debbie built and operated an orphanage, expanded a mission church to its inauguration, and built a new sanctuary.  Toward the end of this time, their daughter, Marcelly, whom they adopted in Brazil, had a vision of Jesus entering her bedroom in the night directing her to, “Go to Africa and preach the gospel.” Jesus opened the way and Maxwell, Debbie and Marcelly are now serving in Liberia, West Africa. Continuing their commitment to serving disadvantaged children and advancing the gospel, Maxwell and Debbie are Chief Administrators of Phebe Grey Memorial Orphanage, have planted a new Church of God in a very traditional African village, and are teachers at the Liberia Bible Institute training young men and women for ministry.  In their years of ministry, The Thompsons have seen literally thousands of souls come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and rescued the lives of many sick, hungry and destitute children and adults.

Project #: 065-0188

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