Neale & Barbara Goetsch
TCC Background: Neale and Barbara have been TCC sponsored missionaries since 1973 serving with Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
What is your ministry?
Evangelism, discipleship, church planting among internationals (immigrants & students/student families).
What is your role in that ministry?
English language teaching/tutoring as an evangelistic outreach. Bible teaching, discipling, pastoral care.
What religious groups do you serve?
Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist and unchurched cultural Christians
What age groups do you serve?
College/postgraduate students, resident immigrant families and children (particularly Barbara),
What is the country and location of your ministry?
England – University town of Loughborough (80,000 pop.) and North America
What is the geographic area you serve?
Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire (Midlands in UK). Now, via internet, worldwide – many who have returned to S. W. Asia or other home countries.
Briefly describe your current ministry.
The International Bible Fellowship of Loughborough (England) and Sunday Family Fellowship is an outreach to immigrant Asian families (Gujarati Hindu and Bengali Muslim) and to international students, mostly Chinese. While our geographical location is now divided between the USA and England (for legal reasons), 80% of our ministry is directed toward the work overseas both in the UK and to our now widely scattered international friends in Chine, Europe, the UK and North America. We remain a part of the church planting team in Loughborough where the focus is on evangelism and discipleship, and write and send a Friday E-Message along with numerous emails/letters and telephone calls to follow up contacts made and to disciple/counsel others. Some are in places where local Christian fellowship is very limited or non-existent (China). During extended periods of ministry in England we are busy with hospitality, visitation, and teaching in the international fellowship. In the States we have done several discipleship/evangelistic study series with international students through the local church where we fellowship.
Tell us one brief story of how God is working in peoples’ lives through your ministry.
We met Olive in England where she was pursuing her MA degree at Loughborough University. While very open to the Gospel, she returned to China not yet believing. Her fiancé was here in Columbia, SC at USC pursuing his PhD, and Olive came to visit. They came for a meal and we continued to have contact after she returned to China.
Last October they were married in China and Olive came to the States. Last Christmas we shared another meal and asked Olive what she was now “thinking about Jesus”? She admitted she still had not trusted the Savior. In January she did accept Christ and she was baptized Easter Sunday. She and husband Zhonghao were part of our discipleship class, along with a Korean couple. Tom trusted the Savior this past year, and Neale will have the joy of baptizing him the last Sunday in October 2017.
List the three specific goals you had for the past year and describe the degree to which they were reached
- Chinese calendar distribution. Calendars were taken to local Chinese restaurants and contacts and all were happily received (they know us now when we enter the door to wish them a “Happy Chinese New Year” with calendars in hand). Some asked for additional calendars for friends, and one wanted to know about the Chinese church, which she has now begun attending.
- While we did not see the start of another ESL class, two discipleship studies (using English) were very encouraging. Two of the couples attending are mentioned above. A third evangelistic Bible study we hoped to begin this autumn did not get “off the ground” despite many invitations being taken door to door in the area surrounding the chapel. We are now looking into other ways of making contact with newcomers to the community with a welcome gift and gospel witness.
- The nine weeks in the UK (December to end of February) was extremely busy and fruitful. New contacts were made, Neale’s teaching ministry was well received, and one Gujarati man (Hindu) we have known and shared the gospel with for 35 years is now attending the meetings regularly (including the Wednesday Bible studies) and seems very near to faith. He says he believes, but breaking with his Hindu past (his wife is very devout) is the hurdle with which he struggles.
Please update your children’s (thru High School) activities, school / college plans, ages (birth dates), etc.
All three of our children are grown and married.
Laura (49) together with four grandchildren, lives in Paris, France. Laura was able to come for a brief visit when we were in England last February. Laura is a special needs teacher in a French elementary school. Three of her four are in university; the youngest is in her final baccalaureate year. Emily (22) and Marie (17) are sweet believers; we continue to pray for Joseph (23) and Sarah (21) to trust Jesus as Savior.
Jeremy (45) with his wife Mary and sons Britain (14) and Gabriel (12) live just three miles from us and are a great help in looking after things when we are in the UK. All are walking with the Savior and are in fellowship with a local church. Jeremy is a painter and Mary teaches English (via the internet) to Chinese children through a school in Beijing.
Claire (43) and husband Bill work in Athens, OH at Ohio University where Claire is head of accounts in the English college and Bill is Head of Archives for the university. We continue to pray that Claire will return to a close walk with Jesus and that Bill will be saved.