Sending Church: Christ Presbyterian Church
Ministry Start Date: February 2005
Duration: Full Time
Ned and Sharon Hale are involved in cross-cultural mission through the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) and New College Madison (NCM). Ned was on InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff from 1962-2005, and was the National Director of InterVarsity’s ‘International Student Ministries'(ISM) from 1981-2000. Ned was also a founding father of ACMI in 1981. He has spoken at annual ACMI conferences and developed a personal ministry to international students at the University of Wisconsin. Since 2003 he has been on part-time staff with ACMI where he is responsible for ‘Research and Special Projects’. His most recent project is developing a new ACMI resources website. He is also volunteering as the National Archivist for InterVarsity. Both Ned and Sharon have been elders at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin where they have lived from 1973 to the present. Sharon has been a counselor since receiving her masters degree in counseling and psychotherapy in 1984 and more recently has developed a ministry of ‘spiritual direction’. In recent years she has made short-term mission trips to Nigeria where she has taught missionaries and worked in homes and schools for disadvantaged youth. They are continuing these various cross-cultural and mission ministries in Madison as YES missionaries.
Ned is partnering with various ministries in Madison, Wisconsin. He works part-time with the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) and volunteers to help New College Madison (NCM) in its Christian educational programs in Madison and the University of Wisconsin. NCM cooperates with local churches in Madison and campus ministries such as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade, Navigators and International Students, Inc. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison to run local seminars and conferences with visiting scholars and missionaries. ACMI sponsors an annual national training conference and publishes resource bulletins as an association of Christians from all denominational and parachurch backgrounds doing work with internationals. Both Ned and Sharon reach out to international students, particularly through Christ Presbyterian Church, which is initiating a new 3-year program of outreach to internationals in 2008. He also spends time as the National Archivist for InterVarsity, collecting historical materials and depositing these with the Billy Graham Center Archives in Wheaton, Illinois. Sharon joins Ned in many of the above ministries at both personal levels and in serving as a seminar leader in ACMI and NCM conferences. The most recent conference of NCM in Madison was the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Haystack Prayer Meeting (held at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1806), which was the seedbed for the launching of the modern Protestant missionary movement in North America. Sharon has developed her counseling skills and is giving ‘spiritual direction’ to many Christians in the Madison area. She is also renewing her interest in Nigeria where she grew up as a missionary’s daughter, and has made two trips back to Jos, Nigeria where she has given training to missionaries there, counseling to teachers in schools and a personal counseling ministry to disadvantaged youth.
We truly appreciate both your prayer and financial support as we partner together to reach the nations for Christ. International Student Ministry is one of the most strategic ministries we have in sharing the gospel worldwide through its future leaders now in training on North American campuses. Many of the international students we have ministered to here in North America have (and will) become the next generation of church leaders back home in their own countries and wherever they go. If you would like to partner with us or would like more information, please use the contact information below.