|RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
Learning another language is tough, Rich says, but you have to keep showing up even when you don’t feel like it. He and Cherry attend classes four hours a day, working one-on-one with their teacher. They have homework every night and spend their free time trying to understand the news, learn the culture, and practice speaking with nationals. They’ve even begun to dream in Spanish, a good sign! Beyond their daily routine, they recently joined some ministry partners training a group of Guatemalan youth leaders, teaching them a story-telling curriculum focused on the character of Jesus. This curriculum brings Bible truths to life in a way beneficial to oral learners. It was encouraging, they said, to see the excitement of the youth workers as they were equipped with new teaching tools. They continue to teach English as a Second Language to a group in the town of Magdalena once a week. They’ve been invited into the homes of students for coffee and dinners. Pray with Smiths for Jose who’s suffering from electrocution injuries and needs the Lord. Pray about a vehicle they need for ministry use and a new apartment for the remaining nine months of language study. Remember them away from family this Christmas.
|RICH AND KARYN VISSER
|More than seven hundred newly translated Luxembourgish New Testaments have been sold or placed in bookstores for distribution. Praise God! Work will soon begin on translating the Old Testament. Work on the Bible Institute facility is almost complete, but enrollment is down as foreign students have been unable to get visas due to the influx of refugees into Europe. Vissers will be visiting Spain at the end of January to help BM-M co-workers improve their program of educating national leaders for that country. Pray for a successful partnership. Thank God for the salvation of the wife of a part-time Bible Institute student. Karyn was able to lead her to the Lord. Pray the Christmas programs at their Luxembourg City church plant will bring many seekers who will find the Savior.|
|AL AND TARA MAYHAK
|Al and Tara returned from a three-month furlough to teaching Scripture classes at four area schools, resumed ministry at One Redeemer Church and outreach at Life Church, Marsden Park. Tara found a favorable turnaround in student attitudes in her fourth grade class. One student who had been troublesome began to listen, accepted a Gospel of Mark and invited Al and Tara to view the Christmas lights at his home. There, they met his parents. They want to build on this connection. Now that school’s out, they’re involved in much Christmas activity: carol singing in a Sydney mall and at local shopping centers and parks, letterbox drops of Christian material, and a Christmas in the Park witness. They ask us to pray with them for Rob, Jesse and Renee. They want these friends to attend Christmas services with their families and hear the gospel. They will follow them up in January.|