Joel and Betsy Eyestone
Joel and Betsy Eyestone’s primary focus is mission administration and making disciples of the urban poor in the Philippines.
Joel has lived more than half his life outside the USA. Born in Afghanistan and raised in the Philippines by parents who had hearts for helping others, he grew up with an affinity for people culturally different from himself. Gifted by God with the motivation to serve, his heart has always been stirred by people in need, whether in need of a helping hand, or in need of God’s forgiveness and grace.
When he was five years old, he realized his own need for God’s forgiveness and salvation. At eleven, God called him, through a message by his dad, to dedicate his life to God’s service.
As a young adult, he returned to the Philippines for a short-term mission stint. During that time he attended a conference where God laid a challenge on his heart: “Help establish an evangelical church within easy reach of every Filipino.” In 1988, he and Betsy landed in Manila to help build God’s Kingdom in this island nation. Their journey has included church planting, leadership training, youth ministry, and mission administration.
Betsy was born and raised in Washington State, in a home with a heart for missions. Her most memorable family vacations were at Mount Hermon, California, attending missions conferences. She wished her parents would become missionaries, but God’s plans were more long-range than that. She studied at Biola University with the goal of teaching at an MK school overseas, and spent a summer teaching English in Japan. When she met and married Joel, God’s plan took clearer shape: raising and teaching our own four boys, and serving the world around me in various ways—church children’s ministries, college campus outreach, disciple-making among women, building a youth center, and most recently, establishing an alternative school for teen-agers and young adults who were not able to finish traditional school.
Betsy serves as the administrator of the Shining Stars Alternative Learning Center, a ministry that gives a second chance at education and life skills to the urban poor—teens and young adults who have ended up on the streets. As they interact with genuine followers of Jesus Christ, their personal lives are transformed and their communities are feeling the difference!
As Business Manager for WorldVenture, Philippines, Joel helps all the WorldVenture ministries in the Philippines to function smoothly—including ministries to the urban and rural poor, seminary training for pastors, coaching a church planting movement, a conference and holistic training center for tribal pastors, a “Business As Mission epicenter”, and the teaching of MKs.