Official Saltshaker 2017 Team Picture from Orientation on June 19 held at University Friends Church in Wichita, KS
Meet the Saltshaker 2017 India/Bhutan Team! Please pray for our EFC-MAYM Saltshaker 2017 mission trip team headed to serve this summer in India/Bhutan. The team requests prayer support from friends, family and from churches and church members across EFC-MAYM and beyond. Several team members are also still raising funds. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting these trips with a financial (tax-deductible) donation or make a donation online here. See more information about Saltshaker 2017 here.
Saltshaker Prayer Requests
*For Security & Safety, that we would “be strong and courageous” and not be “afraid or discouraged” (Joshua 1:9).
*For Unity, that we may “be made completely one, so the world may know…” (John 17:23).
*For Discernment, that we may “trust in the Lord with all our heart and not rely on our own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
*For Health & Comfort, that we would “be in good health physically just as you are spiritually” (I John 1:2).
*For Leadership that we would “imitate” the Apostle Paul “as he imitates Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).
*For the Mission Fields in Bhutan/Nepal, that we would “promote love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
*For Humility that we would “make our own attitude that of Christ” and “assuming the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-8).
Saltshaker Itineraries (Official Dates)
June 19 – Saltshaker Orientation in Wichita
June 20 – 4:40 AM meet at Eisenhower Airport for send off, 6am United Flight Wichita to Chicago, afternoon flight to Abu Dhabi
June 21 – 9 PM Team arrives in Kolkata
June 21-30 – Ministry in West Bengal, India
June 30 – Team departs Kolkata for Bhutan
June 30-July 4 – Ministry in Bhutan
July 4 – Team returns to Kolkata
July 5 – Team departs Kolkata for USA
July 5-6 – Special Youth Gathering in Kolkata
July 6 – Team returns to USA
July 7 – Saltshaker Post-Trip Debrief in Wichita
Note that India is 10:30 and Bhutan is 11 hours ahead of US Central Time.
The sending churches for Saltshaker 2017 include the Friends Churches of Bethel, Northridge, and Rose Hill.
My name is Lynnelle Bogan and I attend Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton, Kansas. I am currently a senior at Hugoton High School and I will graduate in May. The Spring Invasion mission to Mexico in 2016 was my first mission trip. Over the past year I have felt God’s calling to short-term missions and I am excited to pursue that call. India and Bhutan have a very low percentage of Christians and I am looking forward to being a part of the ray of light reaching in to these countries.
My name is Jenna Easley and I will serve as the Assistant Director for Saltshaker 2017. Originally from Odessa, TX, I am a 24 year old senior at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas studying Religion and Philosophy as well as Christian Spiritual Formation. I will graduate this May and hope to pursue a life of vocational ministry, whatever that may mean. In Wichita, I attend and serve at Northridge Friends. I have previously had the opportunity to serve with IGo Global in Tokyo, Japan, with the North American Mission Board as a Student Missionary in Delta, Colorado, and most recently served in Mexico during Spring Invasion 2016. I enjoy thrift shopping, flannels, and tacos.
My name is Zack Leininger. I am a senior at Hugoton High School and attend Bethel Friends Church. I am active in sports and music at school and currently serve as Student Council president. I participated in two Spring Invasion trips to Mexico. I felt a calling to be part of Saltshaker last year at Camp Quaker Haven, and when I knew the team was going to Bhutan/India, I was even more intrigued. My family adopted my brother, Nathan, from India and the country holds a special place in my heart. On this mission trip I hope to grow closer to God as well as the team who is going. I also hope to further the Kingdom of God by equipping believers that we meet. I am excited to see what God has in store for my life in the future and to share these blessings with my church and all of EFCMAYM.
My name is Hallie Mayes. I am 15 years old and I will be a sophomore at Andover High School next fall. I live in Wichita, Kansas and attend Rose Hill Friends Church where I am involved in youth activities. I am so thrilled to go on the 2017 Saltshaker trip to India and Bhutan. During my time at reGENERATION in Decmember I felt led to join the India/ Bhutan Saltshaker team. I could not be more excited for this incredible opportunity to see and be a part of the work of the Lord in other cultures.
My name is Adam Monaghan and I am the Director for Saltshaker 2017. I am from Wichita, Kansas and I serve as Associate Superintendent for Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Yearly Meeting. I also lead a ministry to college students at Northridge Friends Church where I attend with my family (wife, Sarah, and three kids). I am really excited to be a part of the Saltshaker mission team because God has called us to be his witness to the ends of the earth (cf Mt 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). My favorite thing about missions is that God gets the glory (Ps.46:10b), the nations get the gospel (Mt. 28:19) and the church gets the “good life” of abundant blessings for being obedient and faithful to go, send, give and pray! I also really love the Evangelical Friends Church all around the world and am excited to get to partner with our churches and missionaries in Bhutan and India. 2017 will be my 10th Saltshaker and I have been blessed with the opportunity to lead or participate in over 50 mission trips!
My name is Mark Persinger. I am a freshman at the University of Kansas, and I am studying human biology. I plan on attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician. I grew up in Hugoton, Kansas, and I attend Bethel Friends Church. I have gone on two Spring Invasion trips to Mexico. I had such amazing experiences on both of those trips, and that has prompted me to want to do more short-term mission work. I have never been to another country besides Mexico, so I am excited to see what it is like there. I felt led to join the Saltshaker India/Bhutan team to experience something completely different than what I’m used to and to help spread the gospel by doing whatever I can. I am extremely excited to see what God has in store for us on this trip!
My name is Bailey Pohlman. I live in Sedgwick, KS and attend Northridge Friends Church in Wichita, Kansas. This fall, I will be a senior at Sedgwick High School. I am super excited to be going on this Saltshaker. I felt called to go on this trip after I heard Adam talk about it at reGENERATION. After an assignment in 4th grade, I fell in love with the Indian people and their culture. While I do not know much, I am excited to learn more about Bhutan. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the love of God to the people in India and Bhutan.
My name is Alec Schenck. I live in Wichita, Kansas and attend Northridge Friends Church. I am in the 11th grade and go to Northwest High School. I am extremely excited about this trip! At first I was nervous to sign up, but then I prayed for guidance and I was called to go on the 2017 Saltshaker trip to Bhutan/India. I did attend Spring Invasion 2016. On this trip I learned so much and am hoping for a similar experience in India and Bhutan. I am blessed to be on the team and am looking forward to seeing how God is working in other countries.
My name is Shiddarth Tamang. David is my Christian name. I am from Thimphu, Bhutan, which is the capital city. I attend and serve in Bhutan Friends Church. I am a student in Royal Thimphu College, studying political science. I am leading Youth’s fellowship, as well as helping my Dad in his ministry here in Bhutan. It is a real blessing and encouragement to serve our Lord here in Bhutan and to see God’s mighty work being done in all parts of the world through EFM. My passion for our mighty God is to teach and train our believers and leaders in church planting and disciple-making. Thank God we just celebrated our ninth class of leadership training who have been trained successfully in our Bhutan Friends Bible School. This gave me a true feeling of happiness and joy. It has been a great blessing and privilege to share God’s amazing love and grace among the people of Bhutan. I am excited to participate with the Saltshaker team during our ministry in India and also we are very excited to welcome the youth team in Bhutan.
My name is Parker Titus and I am from Hugoton, Kansas and attend Bethel Friends Church. I am currently attending Friends University and studying Computer Science and Christian Spiritual Formation. I am very excited to be on the Saltshaker 2017 team. I have always been very interested in going on an international mission trip, and EFC-MAYM has made it possible. Many young adults are given a huge opportunity to serve God through Saltshaker mission trips. I have always been interested in international missions and I feel called to go to India/Bhutan. On this trip, I hope to allow God to work through my life and allow for personal growth in the Lord. I hope to encourage and bring God’s love to the people we encounter, and hope to advance God’s kingdom through love and faithfulness. I am excited to get to serve in India and Bhutan! Here is a video I made about my trip.