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Hi, we're Chris and Beth Steiner. We minister in the United States.






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Ministry Description

Ministry Description
After serving in South Korea for 2 years with the Word of Life - SYME ministry, the Lord led Chris and Beth to Taiwan (May 2006) to establish the same ministry there. After spending the first two years learning Chinese and making connections with local churches, SYME-Taiwan opened in Taichung on February 2, 2009.

SYME students learn Ministry and English skills as part of an immersion Discipleship program. Students are preparing to study in the US at Bible colleges or universities and/or they are looking to increase their walk with the Lord and their ability to do ministry in their local church. After finishing, some will attend seminaries and ministry training programs in Asia, others will finish their degrees and continue in their secular careers. All will be equipped to work with their local church in the areas of Youth Ministry, Discipleship and sharing the Gospel. SYME accepts a number of unsaved students who are seeking spiritual truth or who are open to God's Word. Many of them come to Christ and are able to share their new-found faith with family, friends and coworkers using the materials and skills they have learned at SYME.

Through great challenges and great blessings the ministry continued to grow. In 2015 the Steiner's passed the torch to new leadership and returned to the US for a sabbatical year. During that time, they were invited to pray about joining the Word of Life Nicaragua team as they wanted to start a similar ministry in 2017 which they called English 4 Life.

The Steiners agreed to go for up to 2 years, leveraging their experience in Asia with discipleship training centers to assist the Nicaraguan team in putting together a great ministry. The two main areas of focus were coaching Nicaraguan staff as they started the ministry and managing the English portions of English 4 Life. The whole family lived in Nicaragua from the fall of 2016 through May of 2018.

After returning from Nicaragua, Chris has agreed to work as an international missionary trainer with Word of Life. The family will stay in the US while he works with different international teams in Africa and Europe to assist them with different ministry projects, mostly connected to equipping and coaching teams that are doing language ministry and discipleship ministries.

The SYME and English 4 Life ministries continues to need short and longer term volunteer teachers from North America and native English speaking countries to work with students in Japan, Nicaragua, South Korea, and Taiwan. Short term volunteers will facilitate English and Bible lessons designed to help students process and use the Bible in their daily lives. They will work together with national and international staff to disciple and mentor young people 18-30 years old. Short term volunteer teachers need to be fluent in English, have a relationship with the Lord, have a desire to teach, and go through the application process. Short term volunteer make commitments to serve in country from 2 months up to 2 years.


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About Chris

Chris grew up in Findlay, Ohio, with parents who had committed to raising their children to serve the Lord in whatever way the Lord might choose to lead them. Not only were they active in serving their church, but they found many ways to personally introduce their children to missionaries from around the world.

Chris personally accepted Christ as his Savior when he was five years old. Later that year he was baptized at Bible Fellowship Church in Arlington, Ohio. While attending Christian summer camps as a teenager, he dedicated his life to serving Christ in any way that the Lord would lead him. As a university student he began to be very interested in missions and started preparing to be used by God in overseas service.

Chris's ministry preparation started with two years at Word of Life Bible Institute (Bible, Youth Ministry and Missions emphasis). He continued his education at Liberty University where he received a BS in Biblical Studies and then an MA in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. From there he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he began working with immigrants and refugees as well as teaching at the university level. During that time he volunteered with local campus outreach programs at the University of Denver.

Chris and Beth initially met while attending Word of Life Bible Institute, but it was almost 10 years later that the Lord brought them together in a new and significant way. They were married in April 2003. Shortly thereafter they began serving with Word of Life in South Korea at a Discipleship/Youth Ministry Training School (SYME) for South Koreans.

In May 2006 God led them to establish Word of Life's first Chinese speaking country - Taiwan! In October 2016 their family moved to Nicaragua to help start English 4 Life (SYME) in March 2017! In June 2018 they returned to the USA and now Chris is working as an International Missionary Trainer, which allows him to work with multiple countries at the same time.


About Beth

Beth grew up in a Christian family in Marietta, Ohio, and accepted Christ as her personal Savior during Vacation Bible School at the age of seven. Later, while attending a Christian summer camp, she dedicated her life to the Lord and to going anywhere He would lead her. She attended 2 years at Word of Life Bible Institute and completed her undergraduate work at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. Later, she, earned a Master's degree in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Columbia International University. After graduating she taught in public and private elementary school settings while continuing to be involved in short term mission trips during the summer breaks.

Beth loves partnering with her husband in ministry. The greatest gift God has given to them as a couple are three beautiful children. In November 2007 the Steiners were blessed with their first child, Jonathan, born in Taiwan! In September 2009 they welcomed their second child, Nathan, also born in Taiwan! In October 2012 they welcomed their third child, Kaitlyn, also born in Taiwan! Beth has enjoyed the challenges of helping to start discipleship and ministry training centers.


Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go, I will guide thee with mine eye."


Contact Information

chrissteiner@wol.org
Skype: cb4asia
US - VOIP Phone (614) 441-4473

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