Barber, Richard & Gina

 

Meet the Barbers
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Richard and Gina Barber were married in 1976 and have four sons and five grandchildren. Always heavily involved at church, they felt a calling to full time ministry when their oldest son, Joe, was still an infant. At a rally with their youth group they felt God pulling them to totally surrender all to Him, even their little one. Since that time, life has never been the same.

Richard has been a contractor most of his adult life, while serving as pastor in several small churches. He and Gina have always been active in mission life, taking church groups on two week short term trips to places like Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, New Mexico and New York. They served with Teen Missions in the 1980’s as full time staff and their older sons, Joe and Josh, grew up thinking that the Teen Mission boot camp property was their personal playground. They had a great place to play! Richard and Gina’s younger sons, Jacob and Jon, grew up taking family “vacations” to various countries as the family led the short term groups. They have had the experiences that form a strong faith in seeing God’s hand at work in so many situations.

Once again the Lord placed a call on Richard and Gina’s hearts to return to full time ministry. They looked into several mission organizations. While leading a short term work group to Teen Missions they saw a need for additional staff. After much prayer, confirming God’s call and not their desire to return to the familiar, they made a call to Bob Bland (Director of Teen Missions) to see if returning as full time staff would be a possibility. His answer was yes and here they are, ready to serve where needed. Currently Richard is on Land Crew and Gina serves in International Operations.

Birthdays

  • Richard – June 25
  • Gina – March 20

Anniversary

  •  May 1, 1976

Missionary News

  • Richard & Gina Barber Newsletter (Spring 2017) May 10, 2017 Things are getting busy here in Florida. We have already had our Big Top Day! It is a big deal for us as it is the first sign of Boot Camp! Everyone has been outside washing all of the panels preparing for the big day. We were able to get Big Top One up and Big Top #2 along with the Mustard Seed Tent.   I'll share a few of the things that Richard has been doing lately. Thanks to some ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Winter 2017) February 6, 2017 BARBERS' NEWS Dear Friends, We would like to try and catch you up with all we have been doing the past few months. We came back from Ecuador at the end of November, about a month earlier than planned. There was some trouble getting paperwork recorded with the government which shut down all work, so there was nothing more we could do. We were home for a couple of weeks before we headed north for Ohio. It was a smooth trip and the ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Fall 2016) November 10, 2016 Barber's News Greetings from the world’s second best climate in the world! That is what we have been told by many here in Playas, Ecuador. I must admit, the weather has been beautiful so far. Our trip to Ecuador began in July when we led the Ecuador Backpack team. They were a special group of hardworking, fun young people willing to let Jesus shine through them. We arrived in Quito where we spent the night, boarded a bus the next morning ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Spring 2016) May 16, 2016 Dear Friends,We just returned from spending a month in Ecuador. Teen Missions recently purchased property in Playas and we were there to help get legal matters finalized and to host a group of volunteers from Lancaster Community Church. The first two weeks were spent taking care of the legal matters—got the land surveyed, found an architect to draw up building plans and submitted the paperwork for the permit needed. It is the rainy season in Ecuador so we were limited ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Winter 2016) February 22, 2016 Dear Family & Friends,WOW - 2015 went by quickly!  We want to share some of our experiences with you concerning the past year and share what the new year is bringing our way.It was a very busy year for us. In our last newsletter we shared about our trip to Haiti. The team accomplished so much, and it was good to see old friends.It has been encouraging to hear from Former Team Members throughout the year. We count it a ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Fall 2015) October 22, 2015 To Our Dear Friends and Family,Thank you for your many prayers.Richard and I are convinced that it is because of your prayers for us and this ministry that things go so well. Even in hard situations, God leads us through, and there is victory. Our travel to and from Haiti was uneventful, which is a praise when traveling alone, but it is huge with a group of thirty-one! Throughout the summer no one was seriously hurt, the teens bonded quickly, ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Spring 2015) June 1, 2015 Greetings from the Barbers: Richard, Gina (and Jon)We have heard from Hope School, the ministry our Holy Land team worked with last summer. They have been able to complete the building we started and it looks great. We thought you would enjoy seeing the completed project, so we are including before and after pictures.  It will house the laundry facility, and the old laundry area located in the main building is being transformed into kindergarten classes. They have also been ...
  • Barber, Richard & Gina Newsletter (Winter 2015) February 9, 2015 Dear Family and Friends, We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and pray the Lord’s blessings on each of you throughout this new year. We had a wonderful holiday. Three of our four boys and their families were able to join us in Florida for Christmas this year. We did miss Jacob, but the holiday season is busy in the hotel business so he wasn’t able to make it this year. But, it was a special treat having all of the ...
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