Mark Young, Chairman, Founding Member
Mark has long been an advocate of global outreach and evangelism, having taken his first short-term missions trip in 2003 and finding a passion he had never known. “It was in a small village in Romania where my passion for global missions was born,” says Young. “I never understood the power of the gospel, being blinded by American excess, until walking in the footsteps of those who clung to it like it was all they needed. Perhaps, it was all they had.”
An entrepreneur by nature, it is Young’s strongest desire to seek ways in which he can partner with front-line ambassadors of the Word to pragmatically support their efforts and not spend their time fundraising and soliciting support. Partnered in various business initiatives, Young still finds time to travel frequently on short-term missions trips and find practical ways to partner with like-minded organizations.
Young holds multiple degrees, including an MBA in non-profit administration from Cleary University and an MA in theological studies from Moody University.
Life Verse: “I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.’” – Psalm 2:7-8
Favorite Short-Term Trip: Romania, August 2003. It was a special trip, like many, but that was where my passion was born.
Elizabeth Beseke, Director
Born with a commitment to enrich the lives of others, Beseke fell in love with international mission work in 2010 when she traveled to Nicaragua. “On the plane ride home,” she recalls, “I was Spirit-infused with the realization that I am called to use my talents to raise money for people who have the courage to live and serve in great poverty.” Honoring this call, Beseke has served on a variety of international trips and served alongside a wealth of gifted individuals from multiple organizations. Her vision is to share the gospel message with the lost by first meeting their physical needs and finding sustainable ways to meet future needs.
Committed to using her gifts for eternal Kingdom benefit – and a proud coffee addict – Beseke calls it her privilege to serve with Eternal Perks. “I am honored to work with people who have such amazing hearts, doing great work around the world. Well done, fellow laborers.”
Life Verse: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth. When you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'” – Matthew 25:40
Favorite Short-Term Trip: Haiti, July 2012. All of my trips are special and transforming, but on this trip, I fully surrendered to God’s will – over my own.
Mike SMith, DIRECTOR
As a life coach, teacher, speaker, and group leader for LifeCare Christian Center, Mike has had the privilege of witnessing the healing power and love of Jesus Christ in the lives of broken, hurting, and hopeless individuals locally as well as internationally. Mike has had the opportunity to minister in Gambia, Ghana, and multiple regions within the United States. He says, “whether around the block or around the globe, God calls us to use the gifts He’s given us for the benefit of those in need and most importantly, to expand His kingdom.
Mike believes the world needs “up reach” more than outreach. Our hands only give what is temporary, but what the hand of God gives is eternal.
Life Verse: The pulse of Mike’s heart stems from his life verse found in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Favorite Short-Term Trip: Ghana, 2013. While not my first trip to Africa, it was the first time I had gone with my wife and did ministry together with amazing people.
Eva Bartolotta, Director
Eva’s journey with international missions has been a bit more vicarious than tactile, but she is proof that it doesn’t take a passport to share in the blessing. First introduced to the idea of international missions as a new believer in 1991, Eva herself was changed by the life-changing stories of a youth ministry she financially supported. “If these young people were willing to travel all the way to Russia to share Jesus,” she recalls, “then shame on me if I wouldn’t even share Him with a neighbor.”
Today, Eva finds herself as the support system for those who are willing to travel abroad. While privileged to often financially support teams, Eva is faithfully the prayerful cheerleader who is handling business back home, and has been overwhelmingly blessed to see her own daughter share her burden. “Watching my own daughter travel on several global trips, and seeing her heart wrecked for the people of Haiti, felt like I was watching those Russian seeds, planted all the way back in 1991, finally start to bloom.”
Life Verse: “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthened me.” – Philippians 4:13
Favorite Short-Term Trip: Home. My mission field is all around. While I will always support international missions, personally, I am an ambassador of the gospel in my own community.