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John & Rachel McDonough 

John & Rachel McDonough

Ruth Whiffen

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John and Rachel McDonoughJohn & Rachel have been members of our church for a number of years and served as missionaries in Paraguay for a year in 2009/10. Following this they spent a further 2 years at the request of the Elim International Missions Department, in Honduras, to help with a transition to the national leadership. They then moved back to Paraguay where they have been since 2012 and continue to minister today.  In 2016 they were ordained as Elim Ministers and we are their sending church.

After learning Guarani, which is the indigenous language spoken throughout Paraguay, they began working with first nation communities, including places where people had not yet heard or received the gospel.  They built relationships with the people, shared the bible with them and have helped them to access health care. They continue to teach and disciple those who have become Christians and also visit other communities that they are now building contact with.

They work with young adults leaving care and help them to start out in their new lives, as they often do not have the support of family or friends outside of the homes they come from.  They are looking to develop a training and equipping facility that will help bridge that gap, whilst also providing discipleship and fellowship.

As a church we support them practically, prayerfully and financially through our Missionary Support Fund, where members and attenders are able to donate amounts of any size on a monthly or one-off basis.

Find out what John and Rachel have been doing by visiting their website at


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