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U.S. Team

John BentlEy

Founder & Executive Director

In 2001, when God called me to China, I was a middle-aged attorney who had never been to Bible school, had no background in Chinese culture, didn’t speak a word of Mandarin, and had no support in place whatsoever.  I didn’t seem a very likely candidate to be one of His representatives to the people of China, but I went in faith, remembering that God called an old Bedouin to deliver the Israelite's from Egypt and a shepherd boy to be King of Israel.  He called a fisherman to be His apostle to the Jews and a Pharisee to go to the Gentiles.  I was unqualified by every measurable standard.  It didn’t matter—God had called me. “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…” (2 Cor. 3:5-6)


The result of answering that call is that I became the founder and Executive Director of Harmony Outreach—a ministry to China, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Egypt and Eritrea. In China, Harmony had an orphan home near Beijing called Harmony House.  One hundred thirty of our children have been adopted to families all over the United States and the world.  In Ethiopia, we have four orphan homes and an evangelistic outreach that has brought hundreds of Muslims to Christ.  In Cambodia, our popular Learn2Work outreach is resulting in scores of Buddhist background university students coming to Christ.  We also help rescue young girls from sex-exploitation, and train and equip village pastors.  In Vietnam, we train pastors from the underground church, graduating upwards of 50 each year.  We provide clean water sources for remote village communities, reach university students through our J-Club outreach in Hanoi and Saigon, and plant churches in unreached tribal areas near the Chinese border. 


Although many considered my former life as an attorney to be the ideal, I increasingly came to believe that I had been climbing a ladder leaning against the wrong house.  When God called me to follow Him by faith into international missions, it required that I walk away from the American Dream.  But in doing so, I found abundant life in Christ! 


John holds a BA in History from UCLA, an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Regent University.  He is a former Army Captain and Gulf War veteran.  He has four biological and two adopted children from China and lives in southern California with his Cambodian wife Dalin.  Media guest appearances include Focus on the Family, Prime Time America, The Joni Show, Celebration with Marcus and Joni Lamb, Moody Radio’s Morning Ride with Mark Elfstrand and numerous other radio interviews in the U.S. and Canada.  John’s story and Harmony’s work have been mentioned in several of Max Lucado’s books including Fearless, Every Day Deserves a Chance, and You Changed My Life.

dalin BentlEy

Accounting  Assistant | Temecula, CA

Linda Huckaba

Director of Operations | Green Valley, AZ

When Linda came to Harmony Outreach in early 2009, she was already past normal retirement age and had been reducing her hours at her church where she was office manager.  Little did she know she would soon be working almost full time for Harmony Outreach—and for the subsequent nine years!  With over a half-century of history serving the Lord, however, she knew this was her assignment from him.  And she says she has not regretted her decision but, instead, has benefitted and been blessed to be a part of this amazing ministry!

Following those nine years, Linda tried to retire at the end of 2017.  Remaining Vice President and Treasurer, however, she has maintained a hands-on role from her Arizona home (with some trips back to CA) in several areas, including especially the newsletters and accounting.

 

The Huckabas’ close-knit family includes three daughters, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Linda attended Christian college (where she and Harlan met), and her employment background has been in politics, law, and many Christian ministries, including the editorial departments of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship and the Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries—none, she says, as dear to her as Harmony Outreach.

Harlan Huckaba

Chaplain | Green Valley, AZ

Harlan's entrepreneurial background uniquely qualifies him for the role of Projects Coordinator for Harmony Outreach--which encompasses just about any area you can mention.  He paints offices, builds bookcases, packs and ships boxes of ministry materials, provides his expert photographic skills, helps handle logistics for meetings and takes out the trash!


His greatest contribution to Harmony Outreach, however, is intercessory prayer. An ordained minister and Chaplain for our ministry, he prays regularly for each country where we work, for specific needs, for our staff and for our partners.  Harlan has participated in mission trips to China, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Israel, Mexico and Guatemala.


Harlan also loves working in Christian music and drama.  His skills at set-building and props exhibit that love--all for the purpose of seeing souls come to the Lord.  He is there to assist with children's musicals, adult dramas and vacation Bible schools.  Having been in the building industry for years, he also owned his own production company that produced various projects around Southern California as well as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and scores of other sites.

charles borchard

U.S. Director of Operations | Temecula, CA

charles@harmonyoutreach.org

I am incredibly blessed to be part of the family and work of Harmony Outreach.  I have not worked with a more genuine, prayerful, and God-honoring ministry team. 


It was only a year ago that I came on staff to learn the ropes of Harmony Outreach.  I cannot believe how much has changed!  I married Evie, adopted a golden retriever puppy named Lincoln and have now entered my last semester of the M.Div program at Gateway Seminary.  


As an organization, I have excitedly watched as Harmony Outreach has grown.  We have started new ministries in places previously never imagined and helped countless individuals come to know Christ.  It seems like a long time since I met John at church and the rest of the staff at Harmony.  I am looking forward to 2019!  Please pray with us for another fantastic year serving the Lord through missions.


Charles has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from San Diego Christian College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He is currently working on a Master of Divinity from Gateway Seminary and intends to continue his education with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D in Church History.  He is an avid reader, preferring theology and spiritual biographies.  His hero of the faith is George Mueller, although he was also greatly influenced by C.S. Lewis and Augustine of Hippo.

linda mccain

Partner Services/Missions Coordinator | Temecula, CA

Linda (known as Linda-Mac) became a part-time office staffer at Harmony Outreach in May, 2013, after having volunteered for about two years.


She became a Christian at a singles retreat in 1992 and was baptized by Clint McCain, the man who was to become her husband. They now have two teenage daughters and just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.


Having a heart for ministry, Linda-Mac has served in many different areas of church—especially where her children were involved—including Sunday school, VBS and drama ministries. After moving to Murrieta, CA, in 2001 where she and Clint immediately became active in their new church, Linda-Mac volunteered and then was employed part-time in the church office—where she met then office-manager Linda Huckaba. Several years later they are again working together here at Harmony Outreach.


Now our Missions Coordinator, Linda-Mac works with our U.S. pastors who travel to Cambodia and Vietnam to train indigenous pastors in God’s Word. She also coordinates our group trips to Cambodia, China, Ethiopia and Vietnam, providing assistance to the team travelers as well as organizing hotels, tours, ministry opportunities and many other details in the countries being visited.

lori trask

Mailing Services | Temecula, CA

ethiopia Team

dr. eyasu ferenj

Ethiopia Director | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Being born into a Christian family allowed me the opportunity to know Jesus even from my childhood.  After finishing high school, I joined Teachers Training Institute and got a certificate that enables me to be public school teacher. For 11 years I served as a teacher.


In 1991 I clearly understood God's call to full-time ministry, so I joined Evangelical Theological College and received my degree. Then for four years I served as Director and Dean of a college in Wolaita Sodo which a colleague and I founded.


In 1999 God opened a door for me to continue my studies.  I went to Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) and obtained my master’s degree. Unfortunately, on the eve of my graduation as my family was coming to celebrate with me, my four-year-old son died in a car accident.  As difficult as that situation was, my wife and I were amazed at God's grace and miraculous comfort in our lives.


While I was studying at EGST, I took a position with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church head office (Ethiopia’s largest Christian denomination) where I coordinated a program called "Bible Training Center for Pastors and Leaders."  It was an informal and interdenominational program, and I served in this position for 6 years. When I left 2,500 students had already graduated and the same number of students were studying.


Then in 2007 God opened a door that I had never dreamed could happen. I was able to go to Portland, Oregon in the U.S. and enroll in Western Seminary where, in 2010, I received my Doctor of Missiology degree.


Returning to Addis Ababa, I became head of the Missions Department for our denomination and served there through the end of 2016.  While in that position I also studied online and obtained my Ph D in Missions, Evangelism & Church Planting.  God increased our mission outreach until Kale Heywat currently has 1,282 local and 17 global cross-cultural missionaries   I served in that position until the end of 2016 when I became Director of Evangelism in Ethiopia for Harmony Outreach.


In spite of the phenomenal growth we were experiencing, I was frustrated knowing that my calling was to evangelize—and not to spend so much time in administration.  So I prayed and decided to resign, and God brought Harmony Outreach into my life.


I am blessed with a godly wife and three children—a boy 26 years old and two girls, 20 and 13. Our son is working and studying for his master’s degree in software engineering.  Our older daughter is in her second year of university at Wolaita Sodo, and the youngest is in seventh grade. 

hanna teshome

Founder of Hanna Orphans Home | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hanna Teshome is the founder and director of Hanna Orphan’s Home, Harmony Outreach’s partner organization in Ethiopia. A committed believer from her childhood, Hanna first received the call from God to help orphans and elderly people when she was 14. HOH began some years later when Hanna visited a neighbor, near death from HIV. As Hanna was trying to comfort her, the woman burst into tears, not because she was dying but because she was worried about what would become of her four-year-old child. Hanna picked up the little boy and promised the mother that she would take care of him as her own child.


Little did Hanna realize this was the beginning of a ministry that would eventually grow to include approximately 250 children living in 30 children’s homes throughout Ethiopia. Hanna never had a plan to have a large ministry. Rather she took in one desperate child after another—sometimes two or three at a time. She never knew how she would support them—only that God wanted her to do it. When she first began she was still living with her parents, who supported her by opening up two rooms in their home for the orphans. As the number of children grew, Hanna began doing embroidery and crocheting to support the work. Over time word about her beautiful life of faith began to spread so that individuals and organizations, such as Harmony Outreach, were sent by God to help her in her calling.


Harmony founder John Bentley often credits the inspiration for his own life and calling being sweet-spirited women of faith such as Mother Teresa and Corrie ten Boom. John’s nickname for Hanna is “the EMT”—“the Ethiopian Mother Teresa.”

Merima Muhammad

Doll Maker, Handmade Ethnic Dolls | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

vietnam Team

pastor jacob

Vietnam Director | Hanoi, Vietnam

Pastor Paul Hoang

Leader, Mekong River Delta Village Outreach

After some unsuccessful attempts,  I succeeded in escaping Vietnam in November 1989.  I lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for six years, hoping to be granted political refugee status to the United States.  And just when my dream came true and I was finally accepted, I became a Christian and God called me to return to Vietnam to build the Kingdom of God in the Mekong River Delta region.  I obeyed Him and returned home where I began sharing the Gospel.  The police arrested me and I was imprisoned for 9 months.  After I was released, I continued preaching the Gospel and opening new village churches, facing a lot of persecution.  I was arrested and imprisoned two more times but God delivered me out of all troubles.  Many of those I shared with came to believe God with some becoming leaders and pastors.  Many churches have been established with my home becoming the center for the Mekong River area.  Praise Jesus!   
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Paul married late when he was 37 years old.  He and his wife have three children, David Khoi, Minh Thu ( Rebeca), and Minh Anh (Esther).   


God bless you! 
Hoang