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Phil and Jack are making a short visit to Danville on family matters and will be leaving for Sao Paulo on Wednesday, July 5. Phil asked us to pray with him and Martha about some ministry challenges. Pastor Dalvino of Refuge Baptist Church is transitioning into semi-retirement and the church will need a new pastor by the end of this year. Phil is trusting that the transition process moves smoothly as he wants to give more of his time to representing the Maranatha Missions Ministry in Sao Paulo, recruiting Brazilian Christians for missionary service. He is giving leadership classes for half-a-dozen men in the church using Moses and David as leadership models. He says economic conditions in Brazil are at a low ebb leading a number of students to drop out of seminary because they don’t have the funds to finish their courses. Also, he says pastors are finding interest in spiritual things waning. People don’t want to listen to gospel witness in their homes or on the street. Pray about a number of changes in ABWE missionary staffing in Sao Paulo which may take teammates off the field for some time.

Al and Tara are praising God for the new families attending the One Redeemer Church since its move to a community center; for the public launch of Life Church in Marsden Park and its growth in attendance in its first couple of months; for a new church, nameless as yet, launching July 2, in Auburn, a densely populated Muslim community. Mayhaks are involved in helping in the ministries of all three of these churches. They are also happy to see the revival of a fourth church, Belmont Bible Fellowship, where they hope to help in outreach ministries as well as pulpit supply. During the week, they continue teaching Scripture in public schools and have been encouraged by the interest of some students. Al is in prayer for Clive, his teaching assistant, who is growing in his ability to teach and lead a Scripture class. He may be able to take over Al’s position as teacher when Al is on furlough. Thank God with Mayhaks for his faithfulness in planting these new congregations and pray that the gospel will impact each of their communities.
Doug trained pastors in South Sudan long before it split from Sudan into a separate country in 2011, using the 2 Timothy 2:2 model, “…training faithful men who could in turn train others.” The mobile, modular system of teaching in one and two week periods using translated materials that pastors could take home and put to use immediately in congregations and share with other pastors worked well. Now, these pastors, who, with their congregations, have been forced into refugee camps by the horrifying civil war in their country, are planting churches in their camps, winning people to Christ, discipling them and preparing them for the day when they can take their faith and training home to plant churches once again in South Sudan. Doug says, “I wish I could share all the stories of how student/pastors are ministering in that (refugee camp) environment, forming fellowship groups to deal with issues from a biblical perspective to staring new churches based on Biblical standards.” Thank God that His Word overcomes all obstacles.


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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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Rich and Cherry are in Guatemala this week in the city of Antigua on a “sight visit” looking for housing for their Spanish language study stint which will begin in September. They have almost reached full support, being short of only $330 per month. Their language study takes a year and during that time, they will research ministry opportunities especially on college campuses in and around the city of Antigua, Guatemala’s second largest. They have contacted missionaries experienced in working in the country and are using their knowledge and expertise to guide their ministry research. Pray they’ll understand God’s leading as they step out in faith, believing this is the place He wants them. Ask God to supply their remaining support needs.
Doug and American pastor colleague, James Sperry, are launching a new group of Mongolian church leaders this week, teaching alongside Mongolian pastor Bat-Erdene. Doug says, “This will be the second time Mongolian leaders join in the teaching of the Tri-M curriculum. It is exciting to see Mongolians getting excited about teaching the Tri-M courses to their countrymen.” Doug and Pastor Sperry are also training mentors, former students, to disciple new and current students between teaching trips. “God is moving this ministry forward quickly,” he writes, ” which will allow more rapid expansion for training church leaders throughout the country and perhaps into neighboring regions!” Pray for wisdom and peace for Pastor Bat-Erdene as he teaches his first full course on Genesis. Pray that God’s Word will come across clearly even through translation to cross cultural differences. Remember also continuing efforts to connect with pastors in a neighboring country where training is needed.
Gary and Marty have been traveling in the past two months, supporting missionaries through commissioning services, helping missionaries in Jamaica with everyday needs and joining Nicaragua’s ABWE team for a working retreat. Gary was able to lead the team in devotional studies, update them on new ABWE policies and train them in contingency planning. Contingency planning is now required of mission agencies by the US government so that missionaries can evacuate foreign countries quickly in times of emergency without the help of the State Department. Gary then returned to IN to train a youth mission team from Brownsburg that will be serving in Jamaica, under his supervision the second week of June. Crawfords ask us to pray with them for pre-field missionaries raising support and adjusting to new fields. Pray also for their need for a new vehicle. Their old one, and only one, has racked up 150,000 miles.




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