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04.11.18

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RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
The Bible Institute’s students have returned from their annual week-long internship helping four local churches in southern France with preaching, song leading, testimonies, Sunday School and evangelism outreaches. They also helped a Christian camp prepare for the summer season of hosting up to a thousand young people. Rich says, “These internships help our students put into practice what they learn in class and prepares them for full-time service when they graduate.” The 40th anniversary of the Institute’s founding is being planned and all former students and teachers, now scattered worldwide, have been invited to the celebrations. Vissers ask us to pray that Walter and Carol Loescher, who’ll be replacing Rich and Karyn in directing the Institute, will get visas in time to arrive in July to take over. Vissers will be visiting WBC in November, 2018. Pray for them as they begin the process of turning over the Institute to new directors and preparing for their retirement.
BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
“Thank you for giving me the greatest gift of all–the knowledge of God and the gospel,” said Johannah, who was thanking her foster parents at Bethesda’s farewell to houseparents Jones and Lena Phago who are moving back into the community with three of the BOM children. Phagos have been with Bethesda almost from the beginning and are being replaced with a new couple, Joseph and Charmain Mathebula. Pray for these two couples in transition. The Mathebulas especially are new to the child care ministry. Another young couple, Tshepo and Katlego Mnisi, have come to Bethesda as a houseparent reliever couple. Tsepo is completing practical work for a Social Studies certification working under BOM’s social worker, Natasha Retief. They are growing in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and the staff are looking forward to, and praying for, God’s continuing to develop them as a family and as houseparents.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
Director Jon Beight says Twin Lakes had a large number of volunteers this Spring helping the camp prepare for a busy summer season. He thanks God for continuing to provide resources and talents so that the outdoor Christian education ministry of the camp can develop. Some of the projects volunteers worked on include construction of the Elm/Walnut Cabin, a new centralized water system, a new staff home, the hiring of CITs, sending of prayer partner material to Summer staff and the writing of a Summer Program Guide. The camp has nearly 700 children and teens signed up for this summer season and is praying for another 500 before camp opens. Pray with them for a season of salvations, spiritual growth, service commitment and good relationships between campers and staff.

03.08.18

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BETHESDA OUTREACH
South Africa
Bethesda Outreach will be making some changes in the family homes this month. Two long-serving couples, the Shikwambanes and the Phagos, will be retiring and returning to live in the community near BOMI. Both couples have been with the orphanage as house parents since the beginning of the ministry. Both husbands, Fritz Shikwambane and Jones Phago, will continue working some days at Bethesda while Masello Shikwambane begins ministry at a local nursing home. Lena Phagos will continue caring for some of the children from Bethesda as these kids have known no other parents or home. Pray for these two couples as they transition into the community. Ask God to make their witness strong. Pray for the new house parents Bethesda has trained to take their place. Ask God to help the children in these homes adjust.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CCEMED
Kelly and Sherri are praying for more missionaries to join those already serving in Central Asia. More missionaries would enable ABWE to expand ministries in those countries. Some of the countries are largely Muslim and foreign Christian workers can’t get residency permits, so they make ministry trips into the region to teach at a seminary and help local pastors plant churches. In Kyiv (Kiev, Ukraine), Kelly is encouraging the opportunity to upgrade and expand the space that the Church Ministries Institute (CMI) uses on the campus of the Kyiv Theological Seminary. The CMI will occupy a dedicated wing and will be able to expand its programs, including online courses, which offer short-term biblical education to church members. Kelly led this ministry during his first term as a missionary. Pray for the funding needed to facilitate this project.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC AND EAST ASIA
Craigs shared highlights in the ministries of missionaries under their supervision in the regions of Asia Pacific and East Asia. Asians are taking more and more responsibility for sharing the gospel. Four hundred graduates of the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary are serving across Asia with 300 students from more than a dozen countries preparing for service. Sixteen graduates from Goroka Baptist Bible College in Papua New Guinea have dispersed throughout their country to pastor and plant churches and lead in congregations. A Chinese couple saved in a Bible study 10 years ago are pastoring a church in a capital city. A Cambodian who became a Christian in a US jail and was deported from the US back to his home country where he married a Christian woman. They are now in training to reach other deportees and to plant a church for them. Praise God for His work in the lives of these national Christians and for the ministry they bring in their own language and culture to their countrymen.

01.07.18

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EAST ASIA THEOLOGICAL TRAINING
Two of our missionaries, Doug Boisvert of Tri-M and Kent Craig of ABWE, are working on getting theological training and materials to pastors in what we call East Asia. Doug has taken on the challenge of this vast region for Tri-M in conjunction with his work in Mongolia, but new regulations in the country mean creative thinking on the part of him and his local co-workers to hold training modules. Kent Craig says the East Asian church is experiencing “explosive growth with more than one million new believers annually”. A free Bible Study Toolbox has been put together to provide pastors and ministry leaders with crucial resources like Bible translations, Hebrew and Greek concordances, sample sermon outlines for every Bible passage and commentaries, all translated into local languages and available online. Kent is helping raise money to design and develop a mobile Bible commentary app for East Asians with access to the internet. Pray that these efforts to teach Christians and train pastors in a country hostile to Christians will be effective and open God’s Word to believers who want to study and grow.

SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO CITY
God continues to show His goodness and faithfulness by bringing more and more folks from the neighborhood to Nueva Vida Church, Hornbrooks write. Because of that, the church needs a bigger auditorium and is hoping that construction can begin in the next couple of weeks. The expanded auditorium will have a total of 250 seats. “We are very ready to have a nice roof and four walls,” they say. The church’s Christmas outreach brought in 180 people to enjoy the musical drama called “The Mystery of Christmas”. In April, Nueva Vida will help host the Regional Counseling Conference, a Biblical counseling organization Sam is involved with, teaching at its seminars throughout Latin America. Pray with Hornbrooks for continued growth as the church’s programs reach into the community. Pray also for a trouble-free construction project.
BETHESDA OUTREACH MINISTRIES
SOUTH AFRICA
The staff of Bethesda are praising God for enabling their program with new equipment and facilities in 2017. Two new boreholes (wells) were add to ease the tight water situation on the campus. A new computer lab, re-outfitted music room and expanded pre-school playground were added to the Jabulani Christian Academy facility. They are presently raising money to enlarge the school auditorium to fit in the whole student body of 200 plus. New staff included a Child Care Administrator, trained houseparents, and a board member. BOMI held its first Orphan Care Seminar, reaching and impacting many people and churches interested in orphan care. The staff hosted many short-term teams from universities and churches and interns who worked with them for several months. And, most important, new children were added to the seven families on and off campus. Thank God for blessing all aspects of the work of the orphan village and for the spiritual growth seen in children’s lives.

 

11.15.17

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BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
Thank you, says BOMI, for the gifts and prayers which made the 2016 Christmas project a huge success. Two new wells now provide excellent sources of water which will supply abundance even in drought so that houseparents can once again plant vegetable gardens for their ‘families’. Now BOMI is praying for the resources to build an enlarged team center where the entire student population of Jabulani Christian Academy, 200+, can meet for weekly assemblies. JCA is a strategic part of Bethesda’s outreach to vulnerable children and families in the community. Pray that God will connect Bethesda with new, qualified, house parent couples as BOMI’s board is making transitions in some homes, trying to reduce the number of children in each ‘family’. Ask God to give the board wisdom as it continues development of South African church ownership and leadership of the orphan ministry.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC AND EAST ASIA
Kent and Kelly paid tribute to Doane Baptist Church in Iloilo City, Philippines, as the congregation celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. DBC is also the birthplace of ABWE and the first church planted by its missionaries. Kent said, “By God’s sovereign design…this cradle (congregation) has grown a church multiplying movement in Iloilo City, on Panay, across the Western Visayas, throughout the Philippines and to the nations!” When he visited the church recently, Kent noted that the leadership and congregation of DBC retain the compassion for the lost, instruction of Christ’s followers, reproduction of workers, multiplication of churches and extension of ministry to the world that the original founders had. Thank God for this congregation and pray for the continuation of its outreach and influence throughout Asia.
RETIRED MISSIONARIES
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
As we approach Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for the many missionaries it has been our privilege to support since our beginnings as a congregation in 1966. Several of our earliest missionaries are with the Lord–Rich Rich (Japan), Joyce Rudduck (Bangladesh), Bill Klopp (Mali, Quebec), Gary Candlish (Jewish ministry),Cliff Kaufield (US) and DeElda Payton (Philippiines, US), The retirees we continue to support in prayer are: Mrs. Regina Kaufield (N. America), Mrs. Ruth Klopp (Mali, Quebec), Kay Lamb (Chad, US), John and Lois Mixon (South Africa), John and Hope Murdoch (US Military), Norm and Evelyn Nicklas (Brazil, N.America), Dr. Marvin Stephens (US-Spanish) and Mrs. Nancy Payton (Philippines, US).

 

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