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Doug says his last teaching trip to Mongolia “yielded encouraging signs of growth and the formation of a new group of students”. Because they’ve had an increasing number of requests from pastors to join the training, the Mongolian leadership and Doug started a new group to run concurrently with the already-established group studying more advanced material. Thus, two Mongolian leaders each taught a course while Doug and an American adjunct did the same. Doug was teaching courses in both the new and the advanced groups that week. Doug says, “It was wonderful to observe the growing fellowship and establishment of relationships during the…evening activities.” Mongolian pastors are often isolated in their communities without the encouragement of fellow pastors. Requests are already coming in for a training group that won’t be held till mid-2019. Pray for wisdom the Mongolian leaders as they plan for future training sessions and for the pastors who are so eager to train to preach the Word with accuracy and conviction.
Phil writes, “We continue to challenge Brazilians to consider world missions.” They ask us to pray with them for more opportunities in churches and with individuals as they represent Maranatha Multicultural Missions, recruiting and equipping Brazilians for missionary service. Ministry at Refuge Baptist Church under a new leadership team is being restructured. “The teaching and preaching…has been great,” Phil says, “but growth is at a standstill. We are planning more outreach events and trying to be creative to reach the neighborhood.” The leadership team is considering a change of Sunday service time from morning to evening in hopes of greater attendance. Pray with Bloomers about this challenge at Refuge. Pray also about the truckers’ strike which is in its seventh day and is paralyzing the country. Food and fuel are in increasingly short supply.
Doug and Abby Whicker and Joe Johansson met with Pastor Dwaine Llewellyn and Mt. Stewart Baptist leaders in a conference call, Thursday, May 23, to review progress in the C2C partnership and share goals for the future. Pastor Dwaine told the group he has been praying for 15 men he can lead to the Lord and disciple to be “consistently active” in the church. The group spent time discussing how Mt. Stewart members could achieve this goal as well as developing a structure to disciple the men. Pray with them that God will lead them to prepared hearts. Pray also for the West Bridge youth who’ll be visiting Mt. Stewart on their June missions trip and for the October 3-20 work trip Doug Whicker is organizing.



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Credo Baptist Church, planted by Billingtons and ABWE colleagues more than 13 years ago, goes from strength to strength. At the recent annual business meeting, the congregation of 89, under a local pastor, celebrated five baptisms in the last year, reported five Small Groups meeting regularly and supported the formation of a church planting team which now numbers 21. The church plant team for “Baby Credo” has started two Bible studies in its targeted community. At the meeting the members were asked to submit anonymous faith promises for their giving in the coming year. So far, 33 families have pledged more than $60,000. As the church plant plans mature Credo will have to face the loss of some of their members, including Billingtons, as they move into a new ministry. It will involve sacrifice, “which can be uncomfortable,” Billingtons say. “But, we believe God does not want us to wait until we are comfortable before moving forward.” Thank God for His graciousness and blessing on Credo. Pray for wisdom as Credo makes decisions about the new ministry.
After a conversation with Mt. Stewart Baptist pastor, Dwayne Llewellyn, Doug Whicker, Director of C2C, passed on some prayer requests. For some years, demonic activity in the Mt Stewart community has caused Pastor Dwayne grave concern. This seems to be increasing, Dwayne says, and asks us to pray that God would crush the work of the evil one. He wants to trust God to keep him from being intimidated, help him to speak the Word boldly and be wise in his approach to the problem. The Baptist church at Macfield is holding a week of Easter meetings at which Pastor Dwayne is speaking. Pray with him that God would give his messages impact and prepare hearts to hear. Pray that people will respond to the Word and serve consistently. Pray also for an island-wide youth conference on April 2 and a sports day on May 5. Pray about the applications the church has submitted for Pastor’s home and the church kitchen. The process of approval is discouragingly slow.
Doug says, “A big prayer request for our coworkers in East China. Training has stopped after graduating four groups of pastor/leaders…Communication has been greatly curtailed as well.” Doug does not know when he will hear from these coworkers about scheduling new groups as the government has been less welcoming and less tolerant than before. Doug asks us to pray for “…clear leading of the Holy Spirit to continue…” in this largest country on earth. Doug may have the chance to make a survey trip this year through a large province of this country. This trip will require a sensitive approach even with the help of the Mongolian pastors who would introduce Doug to the leaders who would facilitate any teaching ministry. Pray with him for open doors.


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Dr. Nell has finished a book called, “I Don’t Know What to Say”. In it, she reminds readers of how they must prepare personally and practically to counsel individuals coping with terminal illness and end-of-life issues. She also offers user-friendly hints and helps to assist in communicating with those who “have come to the end of themselves in the midst of turbulent waters”. Her ministry is to those (and their families) who are facing the end of life without Christ. She has trained counselors in this field for many years, producing all her own materials, and keeping up a ministry of personal evangelism with the terminally ill as they are referred to her. She says, “…much wisdom and discernment is needed to progressively establish contact, develop rapport, explains the gospel, do crisis discipleship, and involve them in a Bible-preaching church…Pray 2 Timothy 2:24 for me, that, as a servant of the Lord, I would be gentle, apt to teach and patient.”
This week, Doug is meeting with 36 South Sudanese pastors from refugee camps in the Congo, Uganda and South Sudan in Koboko, a town in northern Uganda, to help them complete their last two Tri-M courses for the South Sudan Evangelical School of Theology. The pastors knew they would face an expensive and uncomfortable journey to reach this destination, but for the last year, they have worked with SSEST’s leadership to coordinate this last teaching session, to struggle with the details of traveling as refugees through these countries and to find the money to meet their expenses. They live with difficult and dangerous conditions and the overwhelming struggle to minister to fellow refugees, but they are determined. Pray that God will protect them on their journeys, protect their families while they are gone, protect their ministries as others ‘fill the gap’ during their absence. Many pastors have planted new churches in the refugee camps and rural hiding areas in South Sudan, ministering to those feeling utterly hopeless. Others are serving both government troops and rebel units as unofficial chaplains to reach soldiers for Christ. Pray for a great harvest of souls for the church of Christ in Central and East Africa.
Doug Whicker, Director of C2C, is coordinating a ministry trip to Mt. Stewart Baptist Church July 1-8. He says, “…there are lots of opportunities for ministry from giving devotions, construction projects, teaching and discipleship. More will be explained about this trip at an informational meeting Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. at church. Pastor Dwaine has asked for prayer for his congregation and community, including: A pastors and wives retreat, May 25-27 which Dwaine and Arlene hope to attend; graduates from Fairview Bible College taking their training into ministry in the island; the ministries at Cornwall Mountain and Knockalva; protection and wisdom in countering the evil and demonic activity in the Mt. Stewart community; the process of adding to the pastor’s house and the church kitchen; and another vehicle for Pastor Dwaine.
Congratulations to Kelly and Sherri who welcomed Luke William into their family, Thursday, May 11. At 9 lbs/12 oz, Luke is doing well, as is his mother, Sherri. Praise God for his safe arrival. Faths live in Bratislava, Slovakia.


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Bloomers write that ministry is in full swing and Philip is a few weeks into the leadership training for men at
Refuge Baptist Church. He says the men are studying the lives of Bible leaders and it has been encouraging for Philip as well as his students. Pray that the men will be more consistent in attending class. Philip is also part of the preaching rotation at RFB and is happy to report attendance of almost 40 at services. Martha is teaching in the children’s Sunday School. Bloomers have been talking with pastors about next steps in mobilizing Brazilian Christians for missionary service. Phil’s asking for opportunities to share opportunities for both long-term and short-term service. Pray with them as they schedule dates in churches and prepare to stir up response in congregations.
Attendance has been strong at Omega Baptist Church, Robert says, with 150 at services recently. The Saturday evening student ministry ranges between 50 and 75 even during the Easter vacation. Robert is completing the 300 youth Bible studies planned for Against the Current and working on new Team Challenges, evangelism projects and youth discipleship as the AC program expands to other churches in the city. Pray for growth in the spiritual lives of students studying the Bible with Cupps and for continuing growth in numbers. Pray with Cupps for the many Peruvians affected by devasting floods.
Pastor Dwayne Llewellyn shared with C2C Director Doug Whicker requests that prayer participants at WBC can use in their weekly intercession. Pray for the youth football camp, April 18-22, that God will prepare the hearts of the students to receive his Word and respond to it; for victory over the enemy’s schemes; for a great revival; and for God to be glorified. Pray for the staff and Pastor Ronald Webster as they prepare themselves to minister at the camp. Pray for Pastor Dwayne as he continues to work on the title of the church property. He has contacted a lawyer for help and is asking God for wisdom and perseverance through the whole process. Pray for those of the Mt Stewart congregation who are suffering illness and loss of family. A large number from the congregation came to the altar on Easter Sunday in response to the message. Pray for the needs represented among them.




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