Frontlines Missions and Ministries was founded for the purpose of teaching, building, and restoring. Since its inception, we have returned to Guatemala yearly with teams to fulfill this purpose and for the past 14 years, we have based our operations in the town of Campur where we work in conjunction with the pastor of a local church.
Casa Heidi Compassion Center serves the needs of the community of Campur. Casa Heidi functions as a medical & dental clinic, nutritional and teaching resource as well as an educational facility for pre-natal patients. The resident missionaries are Raul and Dr. Sarita Herrera.
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Frontlines Missions & Ministries, Inc. was founded after the 1st exploratory trip by Rev. Dick & Iris Pelley to Guatemala in November of 1989. After seeing the immensity of the needs of the poor and indigenous peoples of Guatemala, it was decided to form the missions corporation known as FRONTLINES MISSIONS & MINISTRIES, INC. We formed a three pronged approach to the ministry: 1) Evangelism Teams [which includes the Interior]; 2) Medical and Dental Teams; and 3) Construction Teams. All 3 are incorporated into the trips we take every year. Below is a description of each team.
The Evangelistic Teams go into remote mountain elementary schools (upon the request of the local leadership) to teach Bible stories to the school children utilizing skits, Bible stories, and handcraft. Every year, when Frontlines Short-Term Missions Teams arrive in Campur, one of the ongoing goals is evangelism in the mountain village schools.
We are heartily received by the local leadership who desire us to teach Bible stories through pantomime, acting skits, and handwork. During four days of ministry, as many as 500 to 1000 elementary school children will be exposed to the Gospel.
After the skits and songs are done, team members enjoy playing with the children and teaching them different American activities. It is a joy and pleasure to see their smiling faces as they learn how to jump rope, all the while falling down only to get up and try again, laughing and screaming the whole time.
In March, 2015, two dentists and a hygienist officially opened the Dental Clinic of Casa Heidi Compassion Center. We want to thank those who gave towards the purchase of the dental chair; you made this a reality. Our biggest challenge was electricity. We are currently working on the purchase of a transformer and a generator for Casa Heidi. This will keep the ministry and the operations of the medical/dental clinic functional.
Originally from NYC, Tony & Susan currently reside in North Providence, RI with their five children, Kristen 23, Daniel 21, Abigail 16, and Zoe 9 and Samantha, 6. Tony's first mission and calling is his wife and family. If you ever talk with him, he will somehow manage to bring his wife and kids into the conversation.
He graduated from North Point Bible College and received his B.A. from Central Bible College. He has served as the youth pastor and children's pastor of one of the largest churches in New York City. He earned a master's degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio while pastoring a church.
The Palows returned to the northeast where he served in the role of Pastoral Counselor and most recently a faculty member and Campus Pastor of North Point Bible College. On January 7th, 2007, Pastor Tony was installed as the Senior Pastor of North Providence Church. North Providence Church has within its DNA a drive for missions.
He comes to us with over eighteen years of ministry experience Tony has a heart and passion for missions. His relationship with the Pelley’s began when he was a student at North Point Bible College and has continued through the years. This relationship laid the foundation for collaboration between him and Frontlines. He began venturing into Campur, Guatemala in 2008. He was brought onto the Frontlines Board of Directors and given the title of Director of Field Operations in 2010. His close relationship to the Pelleys allowed for a beautiful transition of leadership as Rev. Richard Pelley, Frontlines Founder, stepped down.
Fredy has been ministering alongside SEPAL Guatemala for 9 years, helping with short term teams. He has also been with Frontlines for 8 years, and four years ago became the legal representative and President of Frontlines Guatemala. Beth came down to Guatemala as a full time missionary with OC International Guatemala in 2009.
Fredy and Beth married in 2010, and now have a little son, Anthony. Fredy continues to collaborate with short term teams, and is earning a Bible and Theology degree in the seminary, SETECA. During Beth’s time in Guatemala she has focused on women’s ministry and the training of teachers. She is currently supporting the SEPAL team while being based out of Guatemala City.
Raul, originally from Mexico, studied at the Seminary in Guatemala City, and Sarita, a native of Nicaragua, studied Medicine at The University of San Carlos in Guatemala City. Dr. Sarita is the resident medical doctor for Casa Heidi Compassion Center - Frontlines Missions Guatemala.
Dr. Sarita and Raul along with their two young daughters, Denise and Suri, have made Casa Heidi their home since 2009. The Herrera family serves the community of Campur with love and compassion. Together they meet urgent care needs as well as preventative health teaching and outreach campaigns. Frontlines is blessed to have the Herreras as part of our ministry team.
While most think of Frontlines Missions as primarily a mission to Guatemala, the Pelleys, Dick & Iris, have been on the "frontlines" of ministry for the past 40 years, both at home and abroad.
They have often helped others build God's Kingdom by coming alongside and offering their services for a season to a floundering church, an ill pastor, or by loving and caring for children in the social service system. Their arms have reached around the hurting for decades, and their passion is to finish the work of the Commander in Chief.
Most of what has been built in Guatemala, in both a physical and spiritual sense, has been birthed in the heart of Richard Pelley. Prior to the call to Guatemala, “Pastor Dick” pioneered and pastored a non-denominational church in Hopkinton, MA. During that time he was the main speaker at a Missions Convention in Bogota, Columbia. He then worked as the head of the Maintenance Department at North Point Bible College, where he led short term missions trips to the orphanage of Mama Workman in Maraguane, Haiti.
Whatever church Pastor Dick has attended, he has always become involved in some kind of construction project, such as building a "coffee house" ministry, as well as teaching and preaching.
Over the past 20 years he has overseen the work of Frontlines in Guatemala. He has organized numerous training seminars in addition to the work of the Evangelism, Construction, and Medical Teams. He arranged for the purchase of land and then the construction of "Casa Heidi Compassion Center".
A permanent base of operations has been constructed in Campur which includes two dormitories - together able to house 50 people, and a dining facility capable of seating 100 people. Through this base, Frontlines is able to reach out into the surrounding mountains of Campur to bring the Good News, via the "JESUS" film in their native language, Kekchi,and preaching, to the thousands who live in tiny villages yet unreached by the Gospel and the outside world.
Iris has been on the "frontlines" of women's ministries in New England for over 40 years. She has had the opportunity to speak at numerous area retreats as well as Women's Aglow local chapters.
Congregational, Episcopal, and Charismatic churches have invited her to encourage and instruct their women in the ways of God.
She has traveled to Haiti, Africa, Central and South America, and most recently, China, to teach and preach. She has worked alongside her husband to help develop and expand their Guatemalan missions outreach.
Rev. Tony Palow, President
Rev. Iris Pelley, Executive Vice-President
Vincent DiPippo, Board Member
Carla Happle, Board Member
Laura Pelley, Board Member
Jodi Teller, Board Member
Kenneth Wadness, Board Member
Noralis Camarena, Secretary Treasurer
Our next missions trip into the mountains of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
will be April 16 - 23, 2019
For trip details, or if you are interested in joining us, please fill out the 2019 Short Form and mail it to:
Frontlines Missions & Ministries
P.O. Box 113990
North Providence, RI 02911
Frontlines Missions and Ministries is an organization of faith. As such, your prayers and generous financial support are greatly appreciated. Frontlines Missions & Ministries is a 5013c non profit organIzation. All donations are tax deductible.
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Frontlines Missions and Ministries
PO Box 113990
North Providence, RI 02911
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