Our World

As the world grows smaller, our opportunities to partner and serve around the world are increasing.

Upcoming Mission Trips in 2017:

April 8-15, Haiti, Feed My Starving Children vision trip to observe the impact our efforts have in children’s lives. Aaron Lee, Team leader.

Daily Prayer Guide

May 13-20 Panama, (date is subject to change) Blue Hand Project a construction project. A joint project with local Panamanian Baptists to repair and improve housing for the needy.
Randy Wimbish, Team Leader

July 1-8 Peru, The long term plan is to partner with Rick and Donna Martin to plant a local church in Ayacucho, Peru. The first step is to do research into the people the Martins are trying to reach in order to start a new church. The team will work to understand spiritual and physical needs. Jim Riddell, Team Leader. Need 4-6 team members.

October Panama, dates to be determined provide programming for a retreat for Panamanian pastors. Team Leader, Keith Morauske. Needed are age group session leaders and kitchen personnel.

January 2018, Panama, Work with the Pedregal Baptist Church to provide crafts for the Vacation Bible School. Dale Wright, team leader. Needed 5-8 people.

For more information about these mission efforts contact the team leader listed or Jim Riddell at Jim.Riddell@gmail.com.

Panama Partnership

Virginia Baptists launched a new partnership with the churches of Panama, and teams from Gayton helped pave the way over these past few years.

Since May of 2011, we have sent more than 60 team members to Panama to serve in construction, kids camps and in support of the pastors and their families.

We are excited to continue building relationships and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Panama.

Rick & Donna Martin Serving in Peru

Rick & Donna Martin are Gayton members, serving on mission in Peru through South America Mission.  Gayton provides financial and prayer support as they minister to the Quechua community.  Click here for their latest update.

Summer Missions Internship Opportunities in Peru


Well, Donna and I are finally moving to the city of Ayacucho. And there is an opportunity for individuals to serve as summer interns during the month of July there. College students and those older qualify, even married couples.

South America Mission and The Ayacucho Initiative are putting together a team to do research of the Quechua people here in Peru through the meeting of people (cultural helpers), asking questions, and recording their responses all in a friendly manner. As Jesus and Paul knew the Jewish culture to reach the Jews better(John 1:14, Matt. 15:24, 1 Cor. 9:19ff, so we think it is important to understand the Quechua better to apply the gospel to them.

Do you know of a Christ follower (or couple) who might be interested in doing something like this here in the mountains of Peru?

You could direct these people to the South American Mission website and fill out the form under the tab “Apply Now!” This would not obligate them, but will get things moving.

If you have further questions or comments, let me know.

Rick Martin
South America Mission
Coordinator of The Ayacucho Initiative
Missionary to Peru of The Central New York Baptist Association


Discerning the Potential for Mission Partnerships

Exploring God’s Leadership in the World

“Wherever He Leads I’ll Go!” The words are from an old hymn that has characterized the commitment of missionaries to go wherever God leads. The Gayton Missions Council is seeking God’s leadership about where He is leading us as a church to share the Gospel.  We are exploring three areas:

Continued ministry in Panama – We have been a part of six-year partnership in Panama. The official partnership has officially concluded but there are many Gayton members who continue to maintain relationships and a vision for ongoing ministry.

Exploring Peru – Former Gayton members Rick and Donna Martin spent two years at Gayton just prior to moving to the mountains of Peru where they will be planting a church in Huanta. Gayton is an active financial partner in their ministry. The Martins have expressed a desire to have Gayton join with them in some ministry projects. A vision trip to Peru is currently planned for September to evaluate the opportunities and potential for a hands-on partnership. If you are interested in going please contact Jim Riddell at jim.riddell@gmail.com. Please pray that God will lead that team in discerning the Lord’s will.

Wherever He leads…should we engage in one ministry, two or all three? Please pray that God will give us a clear sense of His leadership.

“…I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life…” John 4:35-36

Gideons International

Gayton provides financial support to Gideons International, partnering to put Bibles into the hands of people around the world.

Read their latest newsletter.


Thank you from the Mission Council