News: AGTS alum Jeff Hartensveld
named new director of AGWM Mobilization
Jeff Hartensveld graduated from AGTS in 1989. The article below was originally published in the September 2, 2012 issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
A Vision to Mobilize — Introducing Jeff and Liz Hartensveld
By Cathy Ketcher
Today Jeff Hartensveld, a missionary church planter in Indonesia for 23 years, begins serving on the Executive Committee as director of AGWM Mobilization. Formerly U.S. Relations, the new department name reflects a redefinition and expansion of the department's primary purpose: helping missionaries raise their budgets to reach the places and ministries of their callings.
"Jeff is a proven pastor, a proven missionary and a proven leader who has a passion to get the gospel out," says Greg Mundis, executive director of AGWM. That kind of passion is what we need in AGWM Mobilization to infuse candidate and veteran missionaries with our purpose: reaching people with the gospel of Christ."
Every week, 1,200 people gather to worship at International Christian Assembly in Surabaya, Indonesia. Since missionaries Jeff and Liz Hartensveld planted ICA 16 years ago, the church has expanded to two locations and is heavily engaged in reaching those who have little or no gospel witness.
From the earliest days of ICA, Jeff stressed the need for believers to reach people where they are. The church initiated several local ministries, including outreaches at a Surabaya garbage dump and an orphanage. ICA is also working toward a goal of building 100 churches across Indonesia in the next 15 years.
"The plan is to build seven churches in Central Kalimantan province," says Jeff. "In addition, ICA is partnering with AGWM to plant six new works among a large unreached people group.
Taking the gospel to unreached areas has always been a passion for the Hartensvelds. Assemblies of God missionaries to Indonesia since 1990, they planted eight churches during their first 10 years there.
While field moderator for Indonesia, Jeff encouraged missionaries and the national church to greatly increase their focus on unreached people groups and church planting. He urged every missionary to adopt an unreached people group, and challenged national pastors to become more aware of the needs of the unreached and what they can do to share the gospel.
"In all the years I've known Jeff, he has been responsive to great needs and challenges," says AGWM Communications Director Randy Hurst. "When the tsunami struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2004, Jeff commuted regularly between Surabaya and Banda Aceh, a distance of nearly 1,500 miles, to reach the hardest hit area. He led the initial relief efforts and organized recovery and rebuilding projects for two years. Teams that Jeff mobilized built 67 public school buildings and made an unprecedented physical and spiritual impact in that area."
As director of AGWM Mobilization, Jeff will continue promoting his passion for church planting in unreached areas.
"There are reasons why unreached people groups are unreached," Jeff says. "The easy places have been taken. The difficult places remain and are calling to us for a witness."
Jeff's passion for reaching the lost remains uppermost as he assumes his new responsibilities.
"My vision is to launch workers into the harvest as quickly as possible so that all people everywhere will hear the good news," says Jeff. "The very nature of the missionary calling is going where no one has gone with the message people have not heard. What a privilege it is to help send those who are called to complete the task the Lord left for us to do."
Friday, August 17, 2012 12:45 PM