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Meet the Team – September/October 2010

Dr. Sal Aragona – This will be my 12th trip to CEM in the last eight years. I currently serve as president of the CEM-USA board which oversees US funding of Jaya’s work in India. Besides “adopting” all 225 Grace Children as ours, I am looking forward to the opening of the four story 70 bed hospital that will soon be a beacon of light to thousands who will experience the love of Jesus through compassionate medical care. My heart beats wildly for the Indian people. They are the most kind, honorable, courageous people I have ever encountered. It is an amazing privilege to be a small part of moving a Kingdom of love and compassion that cannot be stopped or hindered to a people so thirsty for a demonstration of that in their lives. I am particularly excited to have my wife Vita join me on her first trip to CEM.

Vita Aragona – Over the past eight years I have received many prayers and gifts from a people halfway around the world that I never met before. Now I have the opportunity to meet these unique and special people and see India firsthand. Since this will be my first mission trip, I am looking forward to seeing how God will use me. Thank you for your prayers as we begin our adventure!

Barbara Doescher- Having heard for several years of the work of CEM in India, I’m thrilled for the chance to meet and interact personally with those who have touched the hearts of so many at Kensington. I expect to be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d and challenged once again at the observable faith found in another culture, and look forward to learning from the children, the widows in the sewing school, and my team mates as God shows up!

Tom Doescher- This trip to India has been a long time coming. I am excited to meet Jaya again–this time in his country–and to see and participate firsthand in CEM’s work. From past missions experiences I know that many new friends will be made, and I look ahead expectantly for what God will teach me.

Jessica Gortat-This is my second visit to India. My first trip was last Novemer and the people of India stole my heart. I’m so excited to see how God uses our team to be His hands and feet this time. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress that has been made on the hospital. It warms my heart to know that the people of India will have access to more advanced medical care. Mostly, I just can’t wait to squeeze all of the Grace and JEMS kids. They are so precious.

Greg Gortat– As Christ followers, God often calls us to do specific things in His Son’s name. For me I believe one of those things is to serve and spend time in fellowship with the Indian people of Christ Evangelical Mission and it’s surrounding community. This will be my sixth time doing just this. This time, however, I will be wearing many different hats as I’ve been given some new responsibilities in leadership and videography. I’m looking forward to the growth that will come along with being stretched. But most of all, I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at CEM!

Todd Huffman- I have wanted to go to India for some time now to see not only what Kensington has been doing, but also just how different life is half way around the world. I have been given a gift of grace and feel blessed for this opportunity to help with this amazing group of people. I am very excited to see how God works with and through us to help not only the children, but also help us grow spiritually and guide our steps on the trip and back at home to make a change.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Tracy Kott- This is going to be my second time to India and CEM. Over the past year I’ve looked at the smiling faces of the kids of the Grace Children’s Home in the random photos i have all over my house. I realized I couldn’t not go back and see them! In the short time I visited last November relationships were formed and I am so excited to see how God will use me in new ways this year. Being a nurse, Iam also anxious to see the completed hospital. We have a great team and I am looking forward to an amazing week!

Caleb Mayes-I’ve made 5 trips to India already and every time I go I see something that impacts my life. My first trip to India was crazy. When I got back I told everyone how terrible the travel was but how amazing my experience in India was, and that I would do it over again! I cannot wait to get back in Dowlaiswaram to be with Jaya and his extended family.

Craig Mayes- I am very excited to return to my friends in India. Nothing in my life has stretched me and shaped my thinking more than my experiences in India the last decade. Most of all I love the early morning chapels with the children and spending time with the men and women being trained as future church-planters.

Jim Mayes – I find it difficult to describe my involvement with CEM in only a short paragraph. This will be my 9th trip there and suffice it to say it has become my home away from home. I am so passionately connected to Jaya, his family, the children of GCH, the staff, and all of the people I have had the privilege of meeting over the last few years. Each visit brings me a more clear understanding of why Jesus spent so much time talking about and surrounding himself with the poor. And each time I find myself wanting more to be like him. Although my position as CEM USA’s Executive Director has me responsible for fulfilling duties relative to the ministry, it is my heart and love for the people that fuel my passion and keep me connected. I am truly honored to be able to lead this team and I am super excited to see what God has for each member.

Dr. Vallen Prest- This will be my first trip to India. I have been impacted by the story of CEM and the work that Kensington has been doing there. This has been a year of transition for me and I felt God leading me to use my talents and gifts at the Missions Training School. I am thrilled to be used by God in this trip and excited to see what God will be teaching me and how he will impact the lives of followers of Christ half way around the world. A number of years ago God opended my eyes to the reality of worship as a lifestyle. During this trip I will be teaching an extended course on worship and how it impacts the spiritual formation of our daily lives.