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Terry and Rachel Ritschard

Status: Furlough
Location: Oceania
Field: Papua New Guinea
Ministry: Church Planting, Formal Bible Training, Medical Missions Assisting Church Planting



Though Terry had a strong sense shortly after his salvation that God would have him in full-time Christian service, the preparation was long. Terry Ritschard prepared for ministry in a 3-year Bible Institute in Denver, CO as well as Bob Jones University. Terry was also trained as a nurse. Rachel received her BSN in nursing from Bob Jones University. They both worked for a number of years for the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. During those years they faithfully served in many different capacities at Trinity Bible Church.

In 2001 the Lord put a burden in their hearts for missions abroad. In 2002 they applied to GFA for missionary service in Papua New Guinea, a medically needy field. They planned to use their medical skills to reach people with the Gospel, and they began deputation in 2003. 

In April 2005 they joined the missionary team in Kiari. During their first several months on the field, they adjusted to PNG, studied Pidgin and worked on their house. Their plans were suddenly and drastically changed on November 30, 2005, when the Lord allowed them to be involved in a serious vehicle accident that required months of recovery time. The Lord graciously spared their lives and through the accident, redirected them to minister outside of Goroka in Bobiufa.

From 2006-2009 Terry taught Bible classes and preached in national churches in the surrounding villages of Gororka. God used the rest of their first term to hone the Ritschard’s language skills and help prepare them for further ministry.

During the Ritschard’s second term they served in Kagu, an established bush ministry. In approximately two years the Ritschards left this ministry in the hands of a national pastor.

The Ritschards moved to the town of Ukarumpa in February of 2014. Now the Ritschards work one-on-one with 7 pastors and their wives and families. These men receive training in a core curriculum in Bible studies designed to prepare them as they minister to their own churches. Terry also preaches weekly in one of these national churches as well as a local public high school.

The goal now is to work to strengthen national pastors and their families as they lead their own ministries. The Ritschards hope to help these pastors establish new churches in their surrounding areas.

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