After 14 years of serving the Lord with IGo & MTM Raymond & Naomi Burkholder moved their MTM base from Thailand to Akron, PA in August of 2022. Their role with MTM is changing from Director to Founder & Elder Ministry teacher. Raymond & Naomi will continue to lead teaching teams in “Discipleship Making” among the Nations in continuing to Spiritual Nurture the many established relationships with Pastors & Elders Among the Nations.

We are very grateful to each of our dear faithful Supporters who made the past 14 years of missionary pastoral service possible. May the Lord richly reward each of you supporters for your faithful service unto the Lord & MTM. THANK YOU!

In keeping on with the Lords continued calling upon our Lives we departed November 10th for a 6-week MTM ministry marathon which would include three pastoral training conferences in two different countries (Nepal & India) as well as a two-week Bible school in India.   

Our First Conference Was A “Cry of Ishmael Conference” November 14-16 at Ratanpur Village in Nepal; CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WEB POST FOR THIS CONFERNCE ALONG WITH A LINK TO A PHOTO ALBUM

MTM Ministry Team @ Jagannathpur Village: Laurel & Sangit & their two sons, Marvin Kauffman & Raymond & Naomi Burkholder

The Second Pastoral Leadership Conference was November 21-24, 2022 in Jangannathpur Village, Odisha State of India


Sangit Karuan and his wife Laurel served as the MTM coordinators for this remote village conference. I first met Sangit Karuan back in 2015 at Delhi, India. Then in 2016, I was instrumental in getting him enrolled at our 2016 MTM Odisha Bible School in Odisha, in Bhubaneswar, India. It was at this Bible school that I became somewhat involved in the premarital counseling in the challenges of cross-cultural marriages with brother Sangit.

 Laurel (formerly Keller) is from Lebanon County, PA and I also had connections to her home church & ministry. Laurel & Sangit met many years ago when both of them were serving as missionaries in Ranchi, India at an children’s orphanage. Therefore, their love story started many years ago. And they were finally married March 11, 2017. Naomi & I have nurtured our relationship with them all these many years.   

Sangit & Laurel and his family now presently Live in his home village at Jangannathpur, Odisa State of India. This is where Sangit grew up and his whole family lives there in Jangannathpur village. Actually, Naomi & I stayed right in their home with them during the conference. Needless to say, Village life in India can be very challenging but we simply loved staying with Sangit & Laurel. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SANGIT & LAUREL FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED VILLAGE HOSPITALITY.