With me today is Larry Burek. Larry resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Becky, of almost thirty years. His son and daughter-in-law currently serve at a church in Orange County, California.
Larry and I have become very good friends over the last 2 or 3 years. Today, we'll discuss medical missions at CCV and what is happening in that ministry within CCV. How is God moving in our church?
Larry was fortunate to be raised not just in a home focused on Christ but also one where missionaries were common guests at the Monday morning breakfast table as they traveled from church to church, raising support.
In the middle of a pre-dental program at the University of Michigan, Larry felt led to partner with a missionary dentist in the Central African Republic to affirm his vocational calling and discover Jesus anew. After returning to the US the following year, he transferred to and graduated from Grace College. During that period, his sister unexpectedly died while studying to become a medical missionary. Following a short break, he completed his M.Div at Talbot Theological Seminary and started serving in local churches and para-church organizations in Southern California.
Believing that God was calling him in an entirely different direction, Larry furthered his education at Pepperdine University School of Law before embarking on a 34+ year legal career throughout California, working for small and mid-size businesses and litigating complex cases. Even then, he worked with his local church, Baja Christian Ministries, and International Justice Missions, providing legal advice and guidance for ongoing projects in Rwanda. In addition, he served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County, where he worked with critically ill children.
Larry moved to the Phoenix area in 2017 while continuing to practice law in California. He quickly became involved with Christ’s Church of the Valley and its missions department, which, in turn, led to multiple mission trips and his involvement with Rocky Point Medical Clinic, The Neighborhood Christian Clinic, Missions of Hope International, and Liberte Live. The combination of his passion for medical missions and the organizational and leadership skills he acquired as a lawyer prepared him to lead CCV’s medical-dental-vision-mental health mission outreaches here, near, and far.
Christ’s Church of the Valley: https://ccv.church
CCV Missions: https://ccv.church/ministries/missions
Let’s Go 360: https://www.letsgo360.org
Pastor Larrie Fraley: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larrie-fraley-53445032