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05.24.18

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GARY AND MARTY CRAWFORD
CCAM
Gary, with ABWE teammates, recently made a survey trip into the South American country of Guyana. An English-speaking country, Guyana is considered, culturally, to be part of the Caribbean. It shares many things in common with Caribbean island countries including the immigration of many Hindu and Muslim people, making the Caribbean one of the areas of the world least reached by the gospel. Gary asked one Christian pastor how he was so successful in leading both Hindus and Muslims to Christ. Pastor J. replied, “I love them and I share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.” Gary asks us to pray for Pastor J. and for the possibility of opening an ABWE work in that needy country. Trinidad is another such country with ABWE teammates already at work there. Pray also for Nicaragua where 24 ABWE workers are in a tenuous position as political protests and violence rock the country. Their lives and ministries are being affected, but they want to stand by their local ministry partners as long as possible.
BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
Bethesda Outreach Ministries was established in 2000 to provide Christian homes and families for some of the millions of South African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis. The BOMI campus now houses 43 children, parented by eight trained Christian houseparents and educated through 7th grade at Jabulani Christian Academy. Since the retirement of founders John and Lois Mixon, the BOMI board has been praying God would direct them to a new permanent Director, preferably South African. It appears that Rudi van Jaarsveld and his wife, Michelle, may be the couple God has appointed. BOMI is also moving to a new model of sheltering and parenting orphans. Rather than keeping all the families on the Bethesda campus, the plan is to move the families to homes in the community nearby, using the campus facilities for training houseparents and staff. Pray for the transitions Bethesda is experiencing: a new Director, moving families into the community, expansion of Jabulani Christian Academy, and a transitions program for young people graduating from high school. Pray particularly for the salvation of the children who grow up at Bethesda and faithfulness in following the Lord.
MARK AND JILL BILLINGTON
QUEBEC
Mark and Jill are praying for a new place to live. The reason is, they are part of Credo Baptist Church’s new church plant team and, although they don’t live far from the plant’s targeted neighborhood, their home will be the meeting place where the developing group gathers for worship and Bible study. Therefore, it needs to be larger than their present home. The obstacle is, inevitably, cost. Housing has tripled in price in the 17 years Billingtons have lived in Ste-Foy. They are asking us to pray with them for God’s guidance and His provision as they seek to begin a new ministry.

 

04.19.18

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DOUG AND CHERYL BOISVERT
AFRICA
Doug writes, “Training is not only continuing in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania on its own, it is growing well past where (we) left it a year ago, including many new venues in villages and remote locations that residents are calling “satellite venues” for their schools.” South Sudan, troubled by continuing civil war, has reorganized and restarted with Doug’s encouraging visits in 2017. One site in South Sudan taught modules completely on its own without communication or assistance because of battles raging on the outskirts of its city. This site is planning its first graduation this month. Doug has been in regular contact with and coaching its leaders, but cannot attend the graduation due to instability of the political situation in that area. Pray the Holy Spirit continues His work of grace and leadership in these African men as they teach the Word to spiritually hungry pastors.
STEVE AND MEA BROWN
ARIZONA
Mea reminded us by phone recently that their goal was to use their skills to serve God in outreach and Steve is doing just that in the landscaping business he’s developed both to meet people and to give natives work opportunities. Draven is one such native who’s been clean and sober for a full year but has trouble finding work because of his past history. Steve has created a job for him in the landscaping business. Steve has almost more work than he can cope with right now while other landscapers are finding business slow because, Mea says, people have come to trust Steve’s integrity. He’ll be taking a state-mandated landscaping license test on June 1. “We have been trusting God to keep our feet on the path where He wants us to walk. He has and He has given us favor.” Steve talks to people about his Savior as he works and as he trains new help. This business has proven the best avenue of outreach they’ve had since their move to the San Xavier area. Pray the people Browns speak to and work for will trust Christ and be willing to be gathered into a group where they can be discipled and trained.
GARY AND MARTY CRAWFORD
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CCAM
Continue to pray for the division planned by ABWE of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico region which Gary presently supervises as Regional Director. The mission is looking for the right man to take on the Central America and Mexico fields while Gary and Marty develop the Caribbean, opening more islands to ministry. They are trusting the division of the region can be complete by January, 2019. Gary says he and Marty have become burdened by the hundreds of thousands of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim immigrants who have poured into the Caribbean in recent years. They see these people as an incredible opportunity to reach the “least reached” for Christ in the Caribbean. They will have to recruit and train missionaries to preach the gospel and plant churches “among these precious people”. Pray for the huge task ahead of them.

10.03.17

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RICH AND CATHERINE RICH
JAPAN, SAKU CITY
Rich celebrated his 75th birthday Sunday (9/24), praising God as he taught the adult Sunday School class on Paul and Prayer, preached on the Lord’s Supper in the morning service, and on the love of the brethren in Philippians in the 3:00 p.m. Christian life service. A couple of days later, God took him home after an infection overwhelmed his body. Rich and Catherine had been in ministry 56 years, mostly in Japan, and were building up their second church plant. Rich exemplified Paul’s statement that “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means, I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22). He never missed an opportunity to share the good news of salvation. Richs’ daughter April and her husband, Michael Riffle, have been working alongside Rich and Catherine for some years now and a second couple are raising support to join them. Thank God for the impact Rich’s ministry has made on so many lives and ask Him to continue to bless the work of bringing Japanese people to Christ.
GARY AND MARTY CRAWFORD
CCAM
Gary is on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands assessing needs for ABWE after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ravaged the island. ABWE will be partnering with Bluewater Bible College and several local churches, who’ve sustained damage themselves, to raise funds and help alleviate immediate physical needs. Gary says the Bible College was spared enough that it is able to house church families who have lost homes and belongings. ABWE has set up a “Hurricane Relief Fund” for the Caribbean. The link is: http://myaccount.abwe.org/p-2533-caribbean-hurrican-relief.aspx . Gary was able to preach at Grace Baptist Church Sunday and is busy with an encouragement ministry till he flies out on a commercial flight Friday night. Pray this flight isn’t canceled as so many have been as he needs to be home for the CCAM Regional Conference on October 8.
STEVE AND MEA BROWN
TOHONO, O’ODHAM, AZ
Steve and Mea have an exciting opportunity to meet people and share the gospel this Wednesday, October 4. Many of the TO participate in “The Walk” from their villages spread out all over the reservation to Magdalena, Mexico. There is a statue of St. Francis Xavier at the Magdalena Catholic Church where they offer homage, many walking more than 50 miles to participate. Pray with Browns that they will have many opportunities to share the good news of Christ’s salvation. They want to see the O’odham “walking in the light of the gospel”. The “Walk”, Browns write, is so intricately woven into the upbringing and culture of the natives that Christians have difficulty explaining to unsaved family members why they can’t be part of this and other religious practices. Their friend, Myla, who studies the Bible with them weekly, has decided to walk and pray for herself, her family and her people. Browns say O’odham Christians need prayer to stand up for the truth of God’s Word.

07.19.17

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
GUATEMALA
Rich and Cherry will be leaving for Antigua, Guatemala, in a month, August 19. They have found an apartment, screened Spanish language schools and teachers, and met missionaries from other agencies. They will begin their year-long study of Spanish as soon as they arrive and during this year of language and culture adjustment, they will be assessing ministry opportunities they can begin in mid-2018. They have completed their final assignment with the WBC Youth, participating in the week-long trip to West Virginia with 75 high schoolers, learning as they taught young people, what it means to put faith into practice.
“It’s easy to say you trust the harness and the rope (in rappelling),” says Rich, “but quite a bit harder to take the first step out over the ledge..we’ve found it easy to say/believe we trust in God…following His direction and letting go of our own plans has been tough, but so worth it!” Pray with them about all the adjustments that lie ahead of them and about continuing to trust in God’s good planning and direction in their lives.
GARY AND MARTY CRAWFORD
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CCAM
Crawfords are praising God for a fruitful trip leading an Indiana church missions team to Jamaica. Gary says God definitely used the youth and leaders from The Church@Main to share the gospel and ‘shine His light’ in that needy society. Gary was also able tomeet twice with leaders of the Association of Independent Baptist Churches while in Jamaica, discussing the need to reach the ‘unreached’ people groups of the Caribbean as well as methods missionaries could use to best meet the spiritual needs of these groups.  Now, they are preparing for CCAM’s Regional Conference in October; helping pre-field missionaries raise support; and participating in the encouragement and spiritual refreshment of furloughing missionaries at the Missionary Enrichment Conference at ABWE headquarters. They are praying about a $280 per month deficit in their own support. They are trusting God to provide.
RICH AND CATHERINE RICH
SAKU CITY, JAPAN
Richs are praising God for all the new people coming to Faith Baptist Church in Saku City. During a recent morning service, Rich preached about the necessity of going out into the highways and hedges to compel people to come in. Almost all of the congregation came forward at the end of the message to commit themselves to be more faithful in sharing the gospel. That afternoon, at choir practice, the Okada family looked in to check out the church after seeing the FBC website. They responded to the invitation to come to services and are now attending regularly and coming to membership classes. The English classes attracted another woman and she now calls FBC her church home. All these people and others need Bible study and discipleship classes so they will grow, Rich says. They are planning their annual August 15 Fireworks and Barbecue Evangelistic Outreach which they host in their backyard. They already know of two neighborhood families who’ll be attending. Ask God to make Rich’s short message at this event one that will impact spiritually ready hearts. Keep praying for old friends who’ve heard the message but are unresponsive.

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