We are Tony and Joy Anzalone. We became BBFI missionaries to Ecuador in 1988. Our sending church is Great Lakes Baptist Temple in Flint, MI. After deputation and one year of language study in Mexico, we arrived in Quito, Ecuador in 1991 with three daughters–Amanda, Ashley, and Alexis. In 2003, we adopted our son David (Teddy), and we adopted Carla and Matthew in 2010. We now have twelve grandchildren.
During our first several years in Ecuador, we worked in and around Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. We served in church planting, leadership training, and Christian education ministries. In 2005, we started a church in the port city of Manta. Our ministry emphasizes discipleship and training a nucleus of servant-leaders. The church in Manta has active evangelism, discipleship, service, and missions ministries; ministers effectively to all ages; and is prepared to serve as a launching pad for more church planting in our region of Ecuador.
In 2018, family responsibilities made it necessary for us to move to Crossville, TN where we now make our home. We continue to minister however God directs us in order to make disciples of Christ, to train servant-leaders, and to promote local church planting.
We serve with Live Global, an organization that cultivates trusting relationships with national leaders impacting their own cultures and communities for Christ.
We don't start, lead, or own ministries. Rather, we come alongside global brothers and sisters and serve them.
After we have a relationship with our national partners, we connect them to believers in North America to multiply their ministry.
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One thing we love about Live Global is partnership.
God invites us into partnership.
“For we are God’s fellow workers … “ 1 Corinthians 3:9
Partnerships are healthy, working relationships. God invites all of his family to work together with Him. We are also called to serve in partnership relationships with one another. Fellowship, communication, and trust are basic to strong partnerships.
The Live Global Team serves through partnerships.
- Team members—serving together and combining unique knowledge, talents, and gifts
- National ministry leaders—we serve, encourage, and enhance their fruitful ministries
- Senders—praying, giving, and getting involved in projects alongside national workers
The Principal Partner in all of this is the Lord of the Harvest.
“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38
You can explore Live Global Partnerships starting here: https://liveglobal.org/learn/about-partnerships/
- Building Bridges
What is your ministry with Live Global?
One way to describe our ministry as part of the Live Global Team is by thinking of a bridge. We help to build relationship bridges between people who want to reach the nations with the Good News. In this video, Tony uses a bridge to illustrate our ministry.
One thing we love about Live Global is Teamwork.
We are loving being part of a team that prays for one another, works together, and keeps the vision in focus. Everyone uses their talents, gifts, and experiences as part of the team. Together we support, encourage, and enhance the outstanding minsitries carried out by our friends and partners around the world. This is a New Testament missions principle. From Acts 20:4-5 we can infer that there were 9 people from 7 different places working together during Paul’s Third Missionary Journey! We all have a role to play on the team. Although we joined Live Global just a few months ago and are still raising funds toward full support, we already have opportunities to contribute to the global team. When you pray, give, communicate, and encourage, you are part of the team too!
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Download our latest newsletter with our support update, one thing we love about Live Global, a reminder about our friends in Cuba, and a link to a short video illustrating our ministry. The newsletter can be downloaded in PDF format for easy printing.