John and Perla Sweeney are a dynamic missionary couple with a passion for people around the world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Today they experience the blessings of a sweet marriage, obedient children, a prosperous business, and the privilege of having served the orphans of Haiti on the mission field, but the road to this blessed life was not always easy.
John Sweeney was raised in a believing household, but by his teen years he had chosen an alternative lifestyle along with drug and alcohol abuse that continued well into his twenties. While putting on a show of serving God for those in the church, secretly he was really cursing God in word and deed. After the death of his father in 1992, God gave John a second chance. He took that opportunity to dedicate his life to God, but still sat on the fence about living holy for God for several years. In 1995 John realized the call that God had on his life, and decided that there was no more turning back. He entered the ministry and has never looked back since. John has served as an evangelist, lay pastor, worship leader and choir director. He has preached and witnessed on the streets in various U.S. cities, including New York City, preached in prisons, and taught evangelism and discipleship courses. John is fluent in English and Spanish and has taught Spanish at the elementary level in the United States, as well as served as an elementary school chaplain. John is known as an anointed teacher and preacher, and has shared the Word internationally, having ministered in the United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Jamaica and Haiti. He is an ordained Elder with Revival Fires Fellowship International, under the leadership and vision of Bishop James E McIver & Pastor Mary McIver at Overflowing Life Christian Center in Allentown, PA.
Perla Sweeney was born in the beautiful, yet poor and developing country of Paraguay, in the heart of South America. She started work at the age of eight to support her siblings so that they could continue their education. Perla has extensive experience with children, having worked as a nanny for more than 20 years in Paraguay and the United States. Shortly after coming to the U.S., Perla came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and gave her heart fully to Him. Perla is also an ordained elder with Revival Fires Fellowship International. Perla is known for her servant's heart, and while they are stateside you will always be able to find her working in some capacity in the ministry. She has headed up hospitality ministries, as well as nurseries and various other children's ministries. She, like her husband, has preached in prisons and evangelized on city streets around the world. Perla is a shining example of the Proverbs 31 woman as a loving wife, mother and business owner.
What are at the heart of John and Perla’s ministry? John's heart longs for the Body of Christ to be united, and to truly learn what it means to honor God. Perla is an anointed warrior in prayer, and she prays to get results. Together, they are committed to spreading the Gospel of Peace and the Power of Pentecost throughout the world with signs and wonders following them that believe.
On a personal level, in a world where commitment in marriage is often viewed as optional, John and Perla are committed to be together until Christ returns or takes them home. Watching their children, Cecilia and Elijah, serve God along with them in ministry brings them some of their greatest joys. While at OLCC, Cecilia was active in her youth group and taught in the children's ministries. Cecilia is currently attending Rhema Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She has a strong desire to serve God and be the example for other youth. Elijah has been involved in Cub Scouts and sung in the youth choir. He enjoys and is active in Parkour and Youth Soccer and at his young age, just loves to play! Cecilia and Elijah are both fluent in Haitian Creole.
From 2010 through 2011, John & Perla served as full-time missionaries at Christian Haitian Outreach, Inc. in Carrefour, Haiti. This experience served as a training ground for future ministry in missions. From 2011 through 2012, John and Perla were instrumental in establishing Love Haiti's Children's Home and Missionary Guest House in the Butte Boyer neighborhood of the La Plaine area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. John was administrator of the ministry in Haiti, working alongside Perla and Cecilia. The whole family worked together in a variety of areas with Haitian staff to make the home a wonderful place full of love and care for each child they serve. They also served as host missionaries for the Guest House. Along with Elijah, the whole family continues to give their lives to those often considered to be "the least of these", yet so dear and precious in the sight of the Father.
The Sweeneys own and operate a residential maid service and a janitorial company; Northeast Maid Services and Northeast Janitorial Services. Their top priority is to provide the quality cleaning services their customers deserve and to exceed their expectations. Having served Central New Jersey and Northeast Pennsylvania since 1999, the Sweeneys have long-time customers who will attest to their quality standards. John and Perla strive to carry out all of their business dealings with the integrity that would be expected of ministers of His Gospel. The income from these businesses contributes to the support of the Sweeney family on the mission field.