Taking the power of the visual,
infusing the power of the Gospel,
MISSIONARIES TO ECUADOR
Thom was always involved in church activities in music and Bible Quiz, but in 1974 at the age of 15 he became very sick. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. His parents were strong Christians and immediately contacted their pastor for prayer. While praying for Thom, their pastor was impressed by the Holy Spirit that tomorrow they would receive a different diagnosis. After 7 grueling hours of testing, the doctor walked into Thom’s room and told his parents, “I don’t understand how, but there has been a change in diagnosis. He has Crohn’s Disease.
It’s still incurable, but at least it is controllable with proper medication.” Thankful beyond belief that God had healed him, that night Thom dedicated his life to ministry in whatever way God intended for him. Then after 16 years battling the ravages of this disease, including 2 surgeries, in 1990, Thom was healed of Crohn’s disease as well. That opened the door for the plans of God several years down the road…
While attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, Thom met Becky. Becky was a Music Education Major and sang in a touring group, The Madisonians, that traveled to promote the university. Thom was a Music Administration major and ran sound for the group. They began to talk on one of the tours and found out that they had a lot in common.
Their relationship grew and Thom asked Becky to marry him just before his last semester. They waited another year for Becky to graduate and were married June 26, 1982 in Lancaster County, Virginia.
Thom and Becky first served as Ministers of Music in Winchester, Virginia for 5 years. During that time, Thom went through the credentialing process with the Assemblies of God and was ordained in 1986. During that time, Becky taught Choral Music at John Handley High School in Winchester while developing her own private music studio of voice and piano students.
1986 was a big year as their first son, Jason was born and God called them to serve as Music Pastors at Lighthouse Worship Center in Gloucester, Virginia. During their time there, the church grew from 250 to 800 and built a 1500 seat auditorium. During their 8 years serving at LWC, Thom was in charge of broadcasting the church’s services on TV at the local cable station. This is where Thom’s TV experience and editing career began.
During the next several years, two more children were born to the Davis'. Jonathan in 1988 and Lydia in 1992.
Once again the hand of God directed the Davis family to move to Griffin, GA in 1994 as Music and Media Pastors. The church grew from 800 to 4000 during their 18 years there. Becky continued her private music studio and also worked at Griffin Christian Academy for 15 years developing their general music program, and also served as their choral director and musical drama teacher. As the church grew, Thom felt called to full-time Media where they could develop the outreach of the church through the many formats of Media.
In 2010, Thom and Becky were invited by Bill McDonald to come serve the country of Ecuador at Unsión TV in Cuenca, Ecuador. After much prayer, they decided to follow that call on their lives as well. In 2013 they headed to language school in Costa Rica for one year and in January 2014, they landed in Ecuador to serve at Unsión TV. Their entire marriage journey has been God-inspired and miraculous. They continue to serve in many different ways in Ecuador. Becky is teaching women’s Bible studies and mentoring. She has also had the opportunity to once again teach piano. Thom serves as Executive Producer at Unsión TV and leads the weekly devotionals for the Unsión employees. They are both continuing to study Spanish to better communicate with the people of Ecuador.
Their son, Jason graduated from Southeastern University in 2007 with a degree in Communications. Jason has served at Evangel Temple in Columbus, GA and at Calvary Church in Irving, TX. In 2012, Jason married Emily Page of Plano, TX. He currently works as an Art Director and video designer in Plano.
Their second son, Jonathan graduated from Southern Polytechnic University in 2011 with a degree in Architecture. He worked for Bradfield, Richards and Rhodes Architecture Firm in Dunwoody, Georgia and is now a free-lance animator.
Lydia began her undergraduate studies at Armstrong University in Savannah, GA and then transferred to Clayton College and State University in Southlake, GA where she received her Associates Degree. She then transferred to the University of Georgia, Athens where she was accepted into the Graphic Arts Design program. She is continuing to pursue her dreams in several areas of interest including Art and Music.
On September 3, 2015, Thom and Becky became grandparents with the birth of their first granddaughter, Brooklyn Paige Davis, daughter of their son Jason and his wife, Emily.
Their call is to see people set free and redeemed by their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They experience the presence of God daily through their dependence on His mercy and grace.
We are responsible to raise our own support!
We do this through churches and individuals who share the vision of reaching the Hispanic world through Unsión Television. Your partnership is very much appreciated and we assure you that your monthly investment will reap eternal rewards.
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Words cannot express our sincere appreciation for your confidence and trust in us as your Missionaries to Ecuador.
When missionaries Bill and Connie McDonald were offered a television frequency in 2003, God gave them a dream: offer the people in Cuenca, Ecuador, an alternative to the often violent and sexually explicit television broadcasts on secular networks. They had no idea that within the next several years their family-values programming would impact the Hispanic community worldwide through cable and satellite television.
Today, the ministry has more than 40 employees and many volunteers. Unsión is more than a TV channel, it is a MINISTRY through Unsión+ which has these four branches:
• Connection – Connecting people to churches where they can be disciples for Jesus Christ. Using Más Café as a connection to the public and community.
• Counseling – Unsión reaches into Hispanic life through Unsión+’s lay and professional counseling services, ministry to those with addictions (April Project), and call center.
• Compassion – Unsión’s compassion ministry is expressed through Latin America ChildCare, medical clinics, evangelism outreaches and church planting.
• Coaching - We provide training to groups and individuals in areas that will help them be better people, Christians, parents, and witnesses.
Millions still have not heard the gospel! Please pray for this innovative, life-transforming compassion ministry.
Assemblies of God World Missions
In November 1914, our early leaders met at Stone County Church in Chicago, Illinois and made an astounding declaration: “As a Council, … we
commit ourselves and this Movement to HIM for the greatest evangelism that the world has ever seen.”
How could such a small group of Christians even consider such a daunting task?
Because their vision had been forged in the fires of Pentecostal revival! They believed CHRIST truly meant “… Go into all the world and preach the gospel,” (Mark 16:15), and that the power of the HOLY SPIRIT would enable them to do it (Acts 1:8).
From the outset, this Fellowship has been marked by a vision to reach all the world and a dependence on the HOLY SPIRIT to do supernatural signs and wonders!
One of the resolutions of the same meeting led to the creation of a missionary-sending agency. "Whereas, there have sprung up spontaneously Pentecostal centers, and finances for missionary purposes are being sent to these several centers and distributed upon the missionary field, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Presbytery be instructed to seek to bring about a more perfect cooperation among these centers, in the matter of distribution of missionary funds and the sending out of missionaries, with a view to greater efficiency."
Four Strong Scriptural Pillars
The agency, now Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM), is engaged in missionary endeavor throughout the world in pursuit of the original, audacious commitment of the Assemblies of God to unprecedented world evangelism. That commitment, the mission of AGWM, stands on four biblical pillars.
Reaching: We are proclaiming the message of JESUS CHRIST to the spiritually lost in all the world through every available means.
Planting: We are establishing churches in more than 200 countries, following the New Testament pattern.
Training: We are training leaders throughout the world to proclaim the message of JESUS CHRIST to their own people and to other countries.
Touching: We are touching poor, suffering people with the compassion of JESUS CHRIST and inviting them to become HIS followers.
BIBLE-based: The Assemblies of God Fellowship is a Bible movement. Our founding leaders placed the doctrine concerning the Bible first in our Statement of Fundamental Truths. GOD’S Word is foundational to everything we believe, preach, teach and practice! Though heaven and earth will pass away, GOD’S Word will endure forever. The unchanging instrument of the HOLY SPIRIT and our infallible guide, GOD’S inspired Word is the seed of the world harvest, bread for the spiritually hungry and the light that proclaims GOD’S grace and deliverance to a world that is lost and bound in the darkness of sin.
SPIRIT-empowered: We depend on GOD’S divine power because our mission depends on miracles. As Pentecostals, we know that just preaching and publishing the message is not enough. Hearts must be opened. Lives must be changed. The Church must be established by GOD, HIMSELF. The HOLY SPIRIT imparts Spiritual gifts and abilities to GOD’S messengers. And, the same HOLY SPIRIT that inspired GOD’S Holy Word Illumines its truth to the minds of hearers and opens their hearts to respond to its message. We totally rely on the HOLY SPIRIT to give life to the message we preach and to cause growth from the seed we sow. The SPIRIT convinces of sin, brings assurance of sins forgiven, imparts peace through understanding, and guides into all truth. A Pentecostal mission acknowledges and depends on the HOLY SPIRIT to empower our message so it can bear the fruit GOD has promised.
CHRIST-centered: The focus of the Pentecostal message is JESUS CHRIST. John the Baptist proclaimed HIM the LAMB of GOD who takes away the sin of the world! JESUS, GOD who became man, showing us the character of our CREATOR and HEAVENLY FATHER, is the REDEEMER of lost humanity, the SAVIOR of the whole world. HE offered up HIS life to redeem sinful mankind. Only through HIM do we have peace with GOD! After a sinless life, HE rose from death that whosoever believes in HIM could have everlasting life. HE is preparing a place for us and HE has promised to come again for us so we can be with HIM for eternity. Missionary Richard Bernhard Johnson saw more than 1.8 million come forward for salvation in crusades in Brazil. When asked what he believed accounted for the great numbers who responded he replied, “I always exalt JESUS CHRIST! Our message to this lost, sinful world is like that of the missionary apostle Paul, none other than CHRIST, and HIM crucified!”
ALL THE CHURCH: The entire Church is mobilized in our worldwide mission. Believers of all ages make missions faith promises. And our men, women, teenagers and children supply our missionaries with literature, vehicles, equipment and household furnishings through Light For The Lost, Women’s Ministries, Speed The Light and Boy and Girls Missionary Challenge.
ALL THE GOSPEL: What GOD promised to the New Testament Church is still promised to the Church today. The Pentecostal message proclaims salvation by grace alone through faith, the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT, divine healing, and the literal imminent return of JESUS CHRIST.
ALL THE WORLD: To be truly Pentecostal is to believe both the command of JESUS to reach the whole world and HIS promise that we will receive the HOLY SPIRIT’S power to accomplish the task (Acts 1:8). Our early leaders were compelled by the SPIRIT to obey our LORD’S command to “go… into all the world, and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).