Tim and Nancy Lovelace, natives of Boiling Springs and Shelby, NC, have two married daughters and three granddaughters.
From 1992-1996, they served in Russia and Hong Kong. In Russia they started three bible schools and helped 17 churches in the Volga Ural region grow to 43. In Hong Kong, they served as Personnel Directors for 138 international missionaries with Revival Christian Church Ministries Int. In April 2002, Tim and Nancy moved to Go To Nations’ World Headquarters and served as Vice President of Ministries, where Nancy continues to oversee the training and health of GTN missionaries, as well as the development of work in the nations.
In March 2009, Tim launched GloDev Inc, the Relief and Development Arm of Go to Nations, as Founder and CEO. Tim is helping GTN missionaries build Sustainable Microfarms to feed the poor with food and to train children and adults, not only how to feed themselves nutritionally, but how they can become entrepreneurs and leaders to help their own people.
Missionaries Jason and Kimberly Benedict:
In Côte d’Ivoire where we launched a Bible school to train church planters, and built our first GTN team. During this period of time the vision for transformational ministry was birthed. Ministry during this time included: training church planters, micro-business development, ministry to children and evangelism in urban slums.
We relocated to Regent University in Virginia to equip for the next season of ministry. At the same time we developed a system called Equipping for the Harvest Conferences (EFTH) to mobilize the church around the world for near-neighbor missions (as GTN missionaries working with AIMS). EFTH trained tens of thousands of pastors in 59 global events, including many African countries.
Upon graduating from Regent we returned to Jacksonville to serve as Africa Regional Directors. In this season we developed a new approach to training and deploying apostolic teams and launched the internships in Burkina Faso and Tanzania.
We transitioned back to GTN and were placed on assignment with the Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE). There we developed a training based business incubator/accelerator called the Business Development Center (BDC). These centers train entrepreneurs to do business transformationally. The prototype was in Kigali, Rwanda but there are now several BDCs around the world. We have worked as GTN missionaries on assignment with RCE since 2008.
Present and Future Ministry philosophy: more impact through building people than through building programs.
Our Basic Approach
1. Cast a Wide Net: mobilization and networking efforts.
2. Fill the Baskets: encourage, equip and empower influencers through programs [baskets] such as
· George Meyers Institute*
· Business Development Centers
· Calvary Bible Institutes
3. Ultimately we want to identify the highest potential world changers and find ways to invest in them and empower them to fulfill their visions and dreams.
Another important Element: GTN Studios - Develop a powerful media capacity so that we are prepared to be a leading African content provider of transformational Kingdom media content when the rest of the continent comes online in the near future.
*The George H. Meyers Institute for Community Transformation: is a strategy to deploy an extension training program to influencers and high potential leaders in every domain: Business, Ministry, Education, Government, Media, Family, Arts and Entertainment). This will be a modular training with both a residency and asynchronous training. There will be a core curriculum for “transformation agents” and concentrations for each domain.
Go To Nations in Burkina Faso
The Go To Nations team was birthed in Burkina in 2003 when Jason and Kim Benedict led a Timothy Internship of 11 new missionaries. After the 10.5 weeks of training, 7 missionaries remained as full-time missionaries in the capital city of Ouagadougou. In 2004 God spoke clearly that the team was to be focused on children's ministry and two projects were started: Kids of Hope and Give a Kid a Christmas.
Kids of Hope
The Fulani are a nomadic Muslim unreached people group who are very resistant to change and have lived nearly the same way for the past 200 years, caring for their herds of cattle far from other people groups. Many Fulani families will send their boys, as young as 7 years old, to live with a Muslim teacher called a marabou, in the larger cities of Burkina. There, in the mornings before the sun rises, these children are taught to quote the Koran in Arabic, a language they do not understand. During the day they are sent out to the busy streets to beg for money that they are required to give a certain daily quota to their marabou. Many of these young boys turn to drugs, crime and violence. Thousands end up on the streets, growing up without a family, without a future, without hope.
Kids of Hope began as the Go To Nations missions team noticed 10 young Fulani boys begging and invited them into their home for a warm meal. This became a daily occurrence and the numbers grew. By the end of 2004, over 75 boys were coming each Saturday for a Bible club with games, crafts, a Bible lesson and a hot meal. Kids of Hope grew to become a ministry that provides a safe and loving home for Fulani street boys where they are fed, housed, loved and taught the life skills they will need to fulfill their destinies and grow in their knowledge of their Heavenly Father. As dozens of these boys made decisions to follow Christ over the years, Kids of Hope planted a church for them. By 2014, several of these boys have felt the call of God to become pastors and missionaries back to their own people, the Fulani.
Give a Kid a Christmas
In 2003, the Go To Nations team decided to offer simple gifts of rice and school supplies to 30 of their neighbors at Christmas. The reaction was overwhelming! It was clear that this was a great opportunity to share God's love to the people of Burkina. The next year the team gave out 300 toy-filled back-packs as gifts at a local elementary school, along with a simple Gospel skit. Give a Kid a Christmas was born. The number of gifts grew every year and the skits became more elaborate. By 2008 we were giving 4000 children gifts of school supplies, toys and a Gospel tract. We would spend a week each year training local volunteers and create new Gospel presentations.
In 2010 Give a Kid Christmas partnered with Operation Christmas Child and was focused on training volunteers in Burkina on puppets, skits, songs and Gospel presentations. God had taken everything the Go To Nations team had learned and multiplied it in others! In 2015 there were 400 outreaches to 80,000 children, 10 new church plants and 100+ local volunteers trained and equipped. Give a Kid a Christmas is now entirely run by indigenous leaders.
Today, the Go To Nations Burkina team in focused on 4 aspects of ministry: Identifying, Training, Equipping and Sending, in order to spark a children's ministry movement in Francophone Africa.
We identify those who have a call to children's ministry by sharing the vision in churches. We have a 1-year training program at the Ministry Center called "The Josiah School of Ministry" which provides practical and on-the-field training in child evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Also at the Ministry Center we have a group focused on developing Children's Ministry Tools - puppets, evangelism kits, curriculum, skits, etc. called CREE (Centre de Ressources pour l'Evangelisation des Enfants). All of this has the purpose of sending empowered child evangelists, missionaries and church leaders to reach the least reached children of West Africa.
Go To Nations in Tanzania
In January 2005, Go To Nations did its first Timothy Internship Program in Tanzania for a team of missionaries intending to pioneer a work there. In September 2005, the missionary team of 5 officially moved to their new home. From 2005 until 2008 this team worked with local churches in the Mtwara, Mbeya, Mara and Aru-Meru regions, training up pastors and lay leaders to reach out to the unreached people group in their regions. This was done primarily through seminars where leaders were taught about the unreached people groups in their areas and the importance of working together as the body of Christ to reach out to them. Throughout the three years many of the unreached people groups in the northern and southern regions of Tanzania were adopted by groups of local churches working interdenominationally. At the end of the team’s three year commitment they passed over the ministry into the hands of the national pastors that they had been working with.
In June 2009, Elisabeth Helfen returned to Tanzania to begin working with Pamoja Ministries, a gospel media ministry based near Arusha. Elisabeth stepped into the role of Marketing and Distribution manager for the ministry, focusing on seeing the culturally relevant media that they produce reach the people of East Africa. GTN’s partnership with Pamoja through their missionary helped to facilitate numerous showings of Pamoja’s full feature Swahili musical film, Nipe Jibu, reach thousands of viewers in rural and urban settings.
Taking the Sowers Group on tour in Kenya and Tanzania, premiering Nipe Jibu at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, together with getting products placed in local stores were all part of seeing the communities of East Africa impacted by culturally relevant gospel media. While touring with the Sowers Group, Elisabeth met her future husband, Felis Mubibya, drummer for the band. In 2011 they returned to the states to get married and receive training at GTN in Jacksonville, FL. In September 2011 Felis and Elisabeth Mubibya were commissioned as GTN missionaries. In 2013 they returned to Tanzania with their 6 month old daughter to work with Pamoja. Felis acted as the manager for Kahawa Records, the music producing side of Pamoja’s ministry. While there Felis wrote the musical theme for Pamoja’s financial literacy series done in partnership with VisionFund. He also worked to get radio play and interviews for the En-Kata Maasai choir that Pamoja is partnered with. They also filmed a new music video of one of Felis’s songs. Felis was able to get multiple music videos on TV from the Maasai choir, the Sowers Group and his own personal gospel music videos.
Saturation of the media networks with life giving gospel media for the purpose of transforming the communities in East Africa is the goal. Felis and Elisabeth returned to the States in September of 2013 to receive more training and will be returning to Tanzania upon completion of Felis’s undergraduate degree in Modern Music Ministry from Visible Music College. The Mubibya’s will be making short term trips to Tanzania during school breaks to begin laying the groundwork for Shabach Music Project and continue facilitating the growth of gospel music while they continue receiving their own training. The Mubibya’s anticipate to return to Tanzania full time in 2019.
Shabach Music Project:
Our mission is to create and promote Christ-centered media by raising up aspiring musicians and training them to use their gifting to communicate a strong gospel message of hope that will bring change to their communities and bring glory to God.
Our vision is to see the cultures of East Africa transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ through the creation and promotion of Christ-centered arts and media.