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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.

06.14.17

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GARY AND MARTY CRAWFORD
CCAM
Gary is in Jamaica for two weeks leading a youth ministry team from a Brownsburg, IN, church. Pray the young people will take full advantage of their opportunities to share the gospel and show the love of God in action. Gary will also meet with leaders of the Association of Independent Baptist Churches in Jamaica to discuss future ministry possibilities and needs. Two new ABWE missionary families will be arriving in the next couple of years and Crawfords and church leaders want to make the best use of their abilities to ‘grow’ churches in the country. Pray for Crawford family members: Matthew attending Liberty University’s Music and Worship Camp before beginning his senior year in high school and the three Crawford wives expecting first babies this fall. Gary writes, “Pray for our focus to be steadfast on Jesus and the gospel as we week to encourage, communicate and guide our missionaries on the field.”
RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
Guatemala
Rich and Cherry have finished their jobs–Rich at WBC and Cherry at Covenant Christian High School–and are organizing for their August 19 departure for Antigua, Guatemala, where they will spend their first year in intensive study of the Spanish language and learning to know the Guatemalan people and their culture. Thank God they’re at almost full support and have an apartment.to settle in to when they arrive. In conjunction with WBC’s Church Plant Team, Smiths have set goals for their first few years of becoming familiar with the language and people of Guatemala, assessing opportunities for sharing the gospel and, as they ‘make disciples’, building a body of believers and training leaders. Pray they’ll seek and understand God’s leading as they trust Him for this ‘bold move’ they’re making for His glory.
JARED AND ALYSSA RAKER
ASIA MINOR
Jared and Alyssa are nurturing a small group of Christians in a home Bible study while keeping their eyes on the goal of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with local people as God gives them opportunities. They want, as God leads, to see a church planted in their town led by a local pastor. However, they need to interrupt their ministry to return to Indiana for medical treatment for one of the children. They are waiting on appointments at a local hospital before they make further plans. Pray with them as they keep trusting in God’s provision of the appointments they need, a place to live while they are here, and leadership for their small group of Christians while they are away.

04.24.17

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
GUATEMALA
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 CHERYL BOISVERT
MONGOLIA
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 CRAWFORD
CCAM
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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