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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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The C2C team, headed by Doug Whicker, held a planning meeting last week to consider ongoing cooperation and programs. This strategic partnership began in 2011 with the Mt. Stewart Baptist Church and community in Jamaica being the focus of many WBC programs and mission trips. Ben Crawford, Kyle Fox and Evan Johnson spent time working with Pastor Dwayne and the believers at Mt. Stewart. VBS and  discipleship courses have been held, community home improvement projects completed, and a micro-loan program instituted. Plans are now underway to plan more focused discipleship training with Mt. Stewart while looking further afield at similar partnerships in other countries.  Pray for a close and productive partnership between our two congregations resulting in spiritual growth in both. Pray also about the violence in the Mt. Stewart community and Pastor Dwayne and Arlene as they cope with the aftermath.
Kelly and Sherri are in Bulgaria this week where a new ABWE team is church planting, encouraging the missionaries and preaching for the nucleus of their church plant.  From there, Kelly will visit Kosovo to meet with teammates, lead their quarterly leadership meeting, and survey the Kosovo Leadership Academy Phase 2 construction project.  Kelly asks us to pray for more teachers for the academy and an additional $1M for this ministry of offering Christian education for local children and young people.  He is also helping the Regional Directors of Western Europe and the Middle East/North Africa teams organize a joint leadership conference for mid-April.  Faths are looking forward to the birth of their son in mid to late May.  Ask God to keep Sherri healthy.
Richs are continuing to pursue their goal of making the joy of the Lord their strength in 2017, for themselves and their congregation, Faith Baptist.  They celebrated Valentine’s Day by emphasizing God’s great love and at Easter they plan to share God’s great victory.  In early May, they’ll host an early morning breakfast for congregation and unsaved friends and family to view Saku City’s Hot Air Balloon Festival from their back yard.  Though it’s a social time, Richs use the opportunity to share the good news.  Pray for the friends, neighbors and hospital staff Richs are “pursuing” with the message of God’s love.  Pray for their weekly evangelistic outreaches distributing Gospels of John and invitations to church services and special events.





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