Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3


Wow, God!  Thanks!

When God calls you to a mission, it's often hard to put that purpose into words. When God called me to create this ministry in 2017, all I heard was "take 50 people to the Holy Land in October 2018". Well, that was pretty exciting for me! I was called to manage a new project (I love leading & organization!) that involved traveling to new places around the world. Wow!, what a blessing!  We were able to accomplish that task (and keep planning more trips) but there is more to this mission...and we are focused on that too.

(Left: Julie & I on the Sea of Galilee in September 2019 - a pretty awe-inspiring morning, especially for me.  In 2018, God told me on this very boat in this very spot in a very unexpected way that I was enough...that He would sustain me in this journey.  It was exactly what I needed in a way I'll never forget!)   ~ Debbie

We are beginning to explore what else God has planned for this ministry but we are confident that all will tie to helping people know Jesus.  It's our commission and our responsibility to "make disciples of all nations (Mark 16:15-18)"!  We can achieve this through witnessing ( Acts 1:8 ), preaching ( Mark 16:15 ), baptizing (at home and in Israel through our trips), and teaching (Matt 28:20). We will be successful because Jesus, the Lord of heaven and earth, will be with us as we pursue this.


Our Board has wonderful God-given gifts & talents that we know will be used well for the Kingdom.  We are exploring development of programs like these but are open to where He leads. We are connecting with multiple partners now and will update this page when programs are ready to begin.  Donations are appreciated and they will be used 100% for fulfilling this ministry's objectives.

If you want to join us in these pursuits, please let us know!  We'd love to have you!

Connection

Philippians 2:4 call us. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  People have needs. People are hurting.  People need others.  Being kind and loving to those in our midst and those we meet might just give them the glimpse of God they’re desperate to see....and need!


(Talking about Jesus in the Aegean Sea, Greece, July 2021)


Service

We are called to be servants.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.

We will serve as He leads, in our homes, in our churches, & in our communities so that others see Christ in us.


(Communion at the Garden Tomb,

September 2019)


Discipleship

Discipleship in Unexpected Ways - it's so simple but so important!  Not everyone will come to Jesus through an alter call at church or an invitation after a Spirit-filled concert.  Some need a personal conversation, a fact-filled book to investigate, a shared story about grace or redemption, or provision of resources/support to overcome trials/doubts/insecurities.  We need to meet people where they are...and seek them as He sought us.

(Teaching the Beatitudes - Matthew 5 - at the Mt. of Beatitudes, Israel, October 2018)


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Our Board

We are a small, informal group of friends that God has called to bring others to

Christ through Discipleship.

Debbie Winsett - Director

Ronney Wong - Treasurer

Mark Bradley - Co-Director

Julie Taylor - Administrator

Debbie Winsett (at Caesaria Maritima, Israel)​

I accepted Christ as a young teenager at Calvin Crest, a Christian camp in California, and have trusted Him as my Savior since that time. He’s been so good to me though my choices have not always been as He probably would have preferred. My family has attended Gateway Church (Visalia CA) since 2002 and I am involved in a lot of different ministries there. I work as a project manager for a big bank's Corporate Properties Group and love my job. We have two adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two precious grandsons. We love our growing family, busy life, and amazing friends.

I am not a travel agent but I do travel a lot. I’m a high energy, “let’s serve the world” kind of person and I love connecting & bringing people along on my adventures. In 2017, my travel buddy, Adele, and I made a bucket list of places we wanted to travel to. Israel was on the list but we didn’t know how to “go” there or any groups that were going. We prayed about it and God told me to use the skills and gifts He had given me to plan a group tour for 50 people to the Holy Land. Though this was unfamiliar territory for me, we made it happen and took 50 people to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel in 2018. I’m working on the 4th year of Christian tours now and each one brings new people into my life and new revelations to them as they travel to the origins of our faith. Each year, we have amazing trips, make memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime, and come home with renewed desire to serve Him and share the Gospel with a ready world. How awesome is that?!? It is life changing...and it's a great ice breaker at work when people ask why I'm gone for a month and I then get to share this ministry and what it means with them. 😊

For me personally, I will continue to take groups to the Holy Land as long as there are people called to go! It’s incredible to have seen this grow. My church has been very supportive but does not “host” the tours. I travel on my own to Israel at least once a year to explore and plan for the next year's tours so we can keep them fresh. For now, helping people experience transformation in the Holy Land is my travel and ministry priority. My mission is to help everyone that God calls to go to the Holy Land and I pray for those "future" travelers every day. Join us and experience God's goodness and His son's life for yourself.

If you're a church or group who needs help to get started on your planning, I would love to help you do so!

Blessings always,

Debbie


Ronney, Debbie & Mark at the Kempinski (Red Sea) Aqaba, Jordan  July 2021

Ronney Wong (right, on Patmos in Greece with Norris, our 96+ year old friend who goes every year)

I started attending Gateway Church Visalia in the summer of 2019 because their music ministry with choir and orchestra is where God has led me. Playing trombone with the orchestra is such an honor and blessing. He has provided the talent to continue playing for Him.

Born in Los Angeles, California with one older brother and two younger sisters, I am so grateful of my parents for leading me to accepting Jesus as my personal Savior. As the song says …”Morning by morning new mercies I see, ALL I have needed thy hand has provided”… Indeed His faithfulness does provide.

Retiring in December 2015 with over 33 years as a finance director for several cities in California, I now volunteer as a member and Treasurer of the Kings County Grand Jury.

Debbie Winsett formed “Discipleship in Unexpected Ways” to further the ministry in discipleship. As a new program, she has asked me to be on the ground floor to contribute to see how and where God is wanting us to further His Kingdom. This exciting opportunity to wait upon Him for His leading is evident by the recent Greece and Jordan trip. Gaining a vivid remembrance of Paul’s journey in Phillipi with visual sites was most rewarding.

You are invited to join along side to see how God’s plan for your life will bless you and others.

- Ronney












Julie Taylor is a silent member of our Board, offering prayers and inspiring thoughts behind the scenes.  You may not "see" her in action with us but God works through her daily to help guide our steps, she prays for us, and she is important in every thing we do!

Julie & Debbie at sunrise the top of Mt. Sinai, Eqypt after a 4 hour hike September 2019

Mark Bradley (at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece)

My beginning with Discipleship in Unexpected Ways, was simply put, by Divine appointment. First off, I go to Gateway Church in Visalia, CA. At a Sunday night meeting I happened to sit down at the same table as Debbie. Well, a few minutes into the meeting she leaned over and asked " Do you want to go to Israel?", Long story short, I wrote my check that Tuesday!

Now for a little information on my background and how I got to this point in my life. I grew up in Santa Ana, CA, and lived in Irvine, CA, for 33 years before I retired and moved to Visalia in 2007. Our daughter and family lived here, so here we came. It is at that point where my life took a drastic change. The same week we moved my wife of 36 years fell, and a couple of weeks later, Jesus called her home. I was never mad at God, simply put, her work was done, Jesus called her home, and there I was by myself, so Jesus could work on me, and He has ever since.

My walk really started when I met my wife. We met at Garden Grove Community Church, later to become the Crystal Cathedral. From there we moved on to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, with Chuck Smith. That is where my walk started to take off, so to speak. From there with our move north we joined in at Calvary Chapel Visalia, and when I lost my wife, my walk really strengthened. Then on to Gateway Church where I am today.

With being by myself, the Lord has had me go to Japan to help with the tsunami recovery in 2011. In addition, I have been to Belize a number of times to help out a missionary I was introduced to. These trips to Belize really opened my eyes to the needs of the world. He showed me things are not like you experience in the US, everyplace in God's world.

After meeting Debbie and traveling to Israel, what I had been ready for over the years came to life. After my trip to Israel, my reading of the Bible came to life. I would read passages and I would way to myself, "Yes, that is real place, I remember being there!". I still find myself going back and reviewing my pictures.

Just a few weeks ago, we returned from our trip to Greece and Jordan and enjoyed following the footsteps of both Paul and Moses.

I must say that my travels to Israel, Greece and Jordan have indeed opened my eyes and driven my thirst for studying God's Word and striving to improve my walk with Jesus.

Thank you for your time, and if anything I have shared has sparked your interest in travel or just in Jesus Himself, drop us a line!!

Mark

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