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Billy and Joy Jones


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Welcome to the web home of Billy and Joy Jones.  It is their hope that you will take the time to explore this site and learn how God has called their family to minister among the Chamorro people in Saipan, CNMI.  The current ministry goal of the Jones family is to plant a church in Kagman,Saipan, an area where around 8,000 Chamorros live.  Billy and Joy lived in Saipan in 1998 and have never been able to get the people of Saipan out of their hearts and minds.  They had the opportunity to return in May of 2012 to take a survey trip and investigate if there was really a need for a Chamorro church on the island.  What they found was that the Chamorro people were essentially an unreached people group, with less than 1% professing Christ as Savior.  The Joneses are excited to go back with their family to serve with the backing of the North American Mission Board.

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Our Family

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samresizeBilly hails from all over North Carolina.  Joy is a native Vermonter.  They met Joy's first night of college in 1994, dated for 1 1/2 years, and were engaged for another 1 1/2 years.  They married June 21, 1997 at Trinity Baptist Church in Williston, VT.    Elizabeth Rose was born in VT 3 years later.  She is now 13 and looking forward to being in high school in Saipan!  Esther and William were both born in Mt. Pleasant, SC in 2002 and 2004 respectively.  The newest member of the Jones family is our attack puppy Sam! 

Our History

Billy guitarNorth, South, East, and West.... The Joneses have served in many areas of the country. Billy has been a senior pastor, assistant pastor, youth pastor, intern pastor, and worship pastor. We have lived in Greenville, SC, Saipan, Whiting, VT, Essex Junction, VT, Chalybeate Springs, NC, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Manning, SC, and Santa Barbara, CA. We have been involved in all areas of ministry and received much needed experience in all of these places. We now feel God has called us to start a church from scratch and thereby fully use the talents and experiences he has given us.

Current Ministry

We are currently serving in Whiting, VT at Whiting Community Church. We returned to WCC in Sept. of 2008 to revitalize the church. The church was down to 12 people. God has done a miraculous work here in the last five years. WCC now runs around 90 each Sunday. We are so thankful we could be a part of it. WCC is currently looking for a new Senior pastor and have also agreed to be our sending church.

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Where is Saipan?

whereissaipanyLocated in the western pacific, a short flight from Guam and 3 hours from Japan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a popular tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural resources. Saipan, just 5 miles wide by 12 miles long, is the largest and most populated of the 14 islands making up an archipelago that stretches 400 miles (north to south) along the edge of the Marianas Trench. 

Fund Raising Goals

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The plain and simple of it all is, Ministry cost money. A church plant in Saipan is going to cost a lot of money. Being sent by Whiting Community Church, being a partner with Calvary Baptist Church in Guam, and a partner with Guam Baptist Association, we have a good head start on raising our monthly needs. Indeed, we are at 50% of our monthly goal of needed support.

While that places us in a good starting position, we still have a long way to go! We need partners to commit for the long term in order to raise the additional $3,000 each month to pay for the ministry in Kagman, Saipan. Would you consider being a church planting partner and commit to support the Saipan ministry with a monthly donation?

In addition to the monthly support needs of the Saipan ministry, there are quite a few start up expenses that we are in desperate need of assistance. For example, we need approximately $8,500 dollars to purchase five one-way plane tickets to Saipan in May, 2014, we need to raise an additional $7,000-$10,000 to ship needed ministry tools and personal belongings to Saipan. Smaller needs include the start up cost that we are incurring by running this website, gas to travel to churches around the country to seek partnerships, the purchase of display items like brochures, and prayer cards, and even stamps to send out letters to pastors around the country. We have already invested over $1,000 in start up costs before raising a single cent.

Would you consider making a onetime donation designated to help in one or more of these areas of need? Your support would be greatly appreciated, no matter the size of the donation.

 

 

 

Who are the Chamorro?


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The Chamorro people are a handsome and proud people group with a noble history. The Chamorro was not known to the western world until the mid 1600's, when Spanish explorers discovered the Mariana Islands. Since that time they have faced oppression, colonialism, forced labor, and parentalism from the countries that laid claim to the island chain. The Chamorro people, found only in Micronesia and primarily on Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, have remained true to their core values, family and community, in the face of much difficulty and hardship. Currently there are no evangelical works on Saipan making an effort to reach the Chamorro people. The Chamorro people are less than 1% evangelical. It is our desire to bring the Gospel to this beautiful culture so that individual souls can be saved and their culture will honor and glorify God for generations to come.

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