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Tom and Jean Zartman

Status: On the Field

Location: North America
Field: Mexico
Ministry: Church Planting


Tom and Jean Zartman have been on the mission field since 1965 and with GFA since 1986. Tom started out as a missionary in Spain for two years, learning the language and discipling various people. He then went to Uruguay for five years, working in the distribution of literature, Bible teaching, and evangelistic work. Jean began her missionary service in Iceland and was there until the end of 1972. Tom and Jean were married in Pennsylvania and went together to Uruguay in January 1973. They ministered in Rocha for five years in a work that continues fruitfully. Two sons, Joel David and Benjamin, were born to them in Rocha.

After a year of furlough during which Juliana was born, they went to Colombia, South America, and lived and worked in Bucaramanga and Sogamoso. Ruben was born in Sogamoso. They worked with an established church in Bucaramanga and a newly planted church in Sogamoso.

Then followed furloughing for a year in Mentor, Ohio, joining GFA, and going to Mexico City, they worked in Mexico City for eleven years in sowing the Seed and doing church work. From there they moved to Saltillo in the north for five years, leaving a small house church. There they also had a large children's ministry.

They have now been in Monterrey since 2004, sowing the Seed and awaiting the Lord's timing for the harvest.

They presently have a small group of believers meeting in a storefront on Sunday mornings. Four men take turns leading and giving the meditation for the Lord's table. Two men trade off preaching responsibilities, and there are several other potential leaders. They are also holding prayer meetings, home Bible studies, ladies' Bible studies, and discipling and visiting people individually, besides teaching the Sunday afternoon Bible study.

Tom still goes door-to-door, distributing a booklet containing the book of Romans, and they are pursuing friendships with people in the neighborhood, but they are not seeing much interest. Jean has been able to teach a class with the little girls of two families.

To view Tom and Jean Zartman's photo gallery, click the picture below.