GOD IS THE FOCUS...
WE ARE JUST HIS VESSELS
In 2003, after two and a half years on deputation, my family arrived in Siberia, Russia. For the next 16 years we worked with the Russian people there in Russia and also in Estonia. The Lord blessed our time, we saw people saved, and made many memories.
In 2019, God changed our direction and impressed on our hearts to go to Croatia and help in the ministry of Johnny and Tori Leslie. We have started over on a new field, but as veteran missionaries. Upon arrival we jumped right in and started serving where we could. We are also back in language school. Thankfully the language is similar to Russian. This gives us a big head start.
We are thankful to be where God wants us and doing what God wants us to do.
WINKLER KID'S BIRTHDAYS:
Daniel—August 13, 1999
Andrew—November 18, 2000
Sarah—August 27, 2002
Caleb—September 8, 2006
DOB: July 5
I was saved at the age of seven after a Sunday morning church service. I remember going forward at the invitation where the pastor and my dad went over the plan of salvation with me. I prayed and asked the Lord to save me and to be my Savior. I was baptized shortly thereafter. At the age of fourteen, during teen camp, I heard a message about God looking for people to serve Him. The message challenged me to have a desire to serve the Lord. I went forward and told the Lord that I would be willing to do whatever He wanted me to do. I never thought that would include full time ministry. Shortly after graduating from high school, my family and I started to attend Lancaster Baptist Church. It was there that the Lord impressed on my heart to attend Bible College. While attending Bible college I got involved in missions prayer band. It was there, while reading the letter of a missionary to Russia, that God spoke to my heart about being a missionary to Russia as well.
Doors began to open, and I was able to take a trip to Moscow with one of my teachers. After about 10 days preaching and serving along side the missionary and pastor, God made it clear that he wanted me to be a missionary in Russia. I graduated from Bible College in 1997 and served on staff at a small church in Wyoming. In 1998, I married Rachel and moved to Montana where we served on staff at a church in Montana.
DOB: April 1
I was born in Boulder, Colorado, to Robert and Kathy Benefield. My dad was serving as the song leader and youth director at Highland Baptist Church. When I was about a year and a half old, the Lord called my dad to start the Sequoia Baptist Church in Visalia, California. The Lord blessed me with a wonderful Christian home. I was saved at the age of five and was baptized shortly after. All my life I was taught godly characteristics and to love and serve the Lord.
When I was twelve years old, I surrendered my life to the Lord at our annual missions conference. My heart has always been tender toward missions; however, I did not know exactly what the Lord had for my life.
After graduating from our church’s Christian school, I went off to Bible college. During my senior year I began dating Ron. Ron’s desire to go to the mission field has always been evident to me (and others). Ron and I graduated from West Coast Baptist College in 1997 and were married in 1998. We have enjoyed serving the Lord together since that time.