Pastor Mark Bricker (right) presenting the “Hart of Excellence” award to Craig Mayer
November 5, 2017
“Craig has taught Life Group for over 25 years and continues to be an enthusiastic teacher/facilitator. He brings a high level of energy and thoughtfulness that continues to challenge our class each week. He consistently points lessons back into the Scriptures, using Scripture to explain the concepts taught. Additionally, he has included video segments that reinforce the lessons and draw the participants into deeper discussions of the Scriptures. Craig has opened his home on many occasions for in-depth video Bible Studies, as well as presenting meaningful leadership training classes at the church. Craig continues to display a level of commitment and excellence in all his teaching and leadership. He is invested in McGregor Baptist Church and challenges others to a closer walk with Christ. Craig has been a resource to our Life Group through his many years of study, reading and practical application of the Word.”
This year the missionaries to Mayer LifeGroup are John and Yoriko Livingston
Children: Hope (15), Trueman (13), Walker (6)
Organizational Affiliation: International Students, Inc.
Target Area: International Students studying in Portland, OR
John and Yoriko Livingston have been serving with International Students Inc since 1997. They have touched the livei of more than two thousand students, coming from every continent; 72 different countries to date. Their work begins with friendship, and sharing the love of Christ to build trust, and student’s interest in knowing the God who made them, and loves them.
Though these students usually come from the most spiritually dark parts of the world, while in the US, their hearts are often more open, and the Livingston’s joy and passion is to see them saved and transformed by Jesus. Those who receive the Lord are discipled and built up so that they can go back home after their studies to impact their homelands with the gospel. With God in their hearts, knowledge of their own culture, people, and language, they are truly the best “missionaries” we could ever hope to send.
Every Friday night in their home, the Livingston’s have a group that meets called International Christian Fellowship The goal of the group is full cycle evangelism; which is quite a vision considering most students are only here for a year or two on average. Each Friday a dinner is prepared, testimonies are shared, there is a time of worship, and to study God’s word in small groups. The students themselves are encouraged and trained to help in every aspect of the ministry, giving them confidence and joy to use their spiritual gifts for the Lord. On the weekends they do day trips and outings for outreach and to build deepe1 friendships with students. And during the week they meet with students one on one for discipleship.
The Livingstons have three children, Hope (15) Trueman (13) and Walker (6) who they homeschool, and are being raised bi-lingualy; the Livingstons alter speaking English and Japanese every other day in their home. John lived and worked in Japan for three years as an English teacher in the late 1980’s, but it wasn’t until 1995 that God would call him to become a missionary. That was when he left his home in the Chicago area to attend a seminary in Portland, and shortly after joined ISI. Yoriko is the daughter of a Japanese pastor, and has been doing ministry all of her life. Prior to marrying John she lived by faith as a gospel singer in Japan. For with only 1 % of the people in Japan being Christian, there are very few Christian singers or good Christian music available. For ten years she sang on worship CDs, did concerts, or anything else through music for the Lord. She made her first solo CD titled “In God’s Hands”. They met on a short term mission trip to Japan in 1996, and were married in 1998. They enjoy most outdoor sports including hiking, and tennis.
John and Yoriko Livingston