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Church planting for Billingtons is all about building relationships. They and their ABWE colleagues have built Credo Baptist into a solid congregation pastored by a local Quebecois with strong outreach programs. Mark and Jill host a Small Group in their home of people who have a strong commitment to each other and lovingly care for needs in the group. Mark and Jill continue to reach out to neighbors (not common in Quebec), and make contacts by teaching community center English classes. They are also building a church-plant team to develop Credo II. This team meets every three weeks to get to know each other better, discuss Total Church, pray, and plan for the new church they hope to birth in God’s time. Pray they’ll be sensitive to God’s leading, sensitive to the needs of neighbors and others they meet, and anticipating what God will do for Credo II.
Steve and Mea have begun work on the San Xavier side of the Tohono O’Odham Reservation near Tucson. They have plunged into their new community around the town of Tubac where they now live, joining arts and crafts and historical societies and sharing their Christian beliefs with everyone they meet. They say they’re being called “the Christian couple”. They find a more diversified population on this side of the reservation (than in Sells) though the same problems with drugs and alcohol. There are many Hispanic-speaking people who drive in an out from Mexico everyday to their jobs and people from all over the US and foreign countries who are there for the climate. They find those of lower economic status easier to talk to, more willing to listen as Browns share their testimony. They are trying to get a Bible study going with neighbors in Tubac and return to Sells on Friday nights for church services in the area around the jail. Pray that God will lead them to the people whose hearts He has prepared to hear the gospel. Ask God to give them the opportunity to build up a Bible study group that could be developed into a church.
Jared and Alyssa and children have returned to their field in the Middle East after a short furlough to get treatment for a medical issue. They are returning to a group of believers they are hoping to build into a congregation. They must be creative about meeting people and establishing a solid reason for their presence in this Islamic nation. Keeping their visas current is a particular problem and they ask us to pray with them about the often arduous process of getting their documents renewed. Pray also that God will lead them to those He’s prepared to hear the gospel.


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Jared and Alyssa and their family are spending six months in Indiana on a medical furlough. They ask us to continue praying with them for progress in meeting the health needs of their family member. As they think of the ministry they left, they ask us to pray about their need for visa renewals for themselves and their ABWE colleagues. Government regulations are tightening up in their area of ministry. Pray also for a Korean missionary couple who are caring for Jared and Alyssa’s fledgling Bible study group, but who are in danger of being deported. Jared is translating Child Evangelism Fellowship materials into the local language and has a deadline looming at the end of December. Pray with him for diligence and focus as he works on this project. (Jared’s and Alyssa’s surname and exact place of ministry are being withheld due to a difficult political situation on their field. Please be careful about using their names or describing their ministry online.).
According to Jon Beight, Director of Twin Lakes, the staff are rejoicing in all God has accomplished at Twin Lakes in the last year. So many improvements have been possible including beginning construction on a new staff house. They are especially thankful for the 1,209 summer campers and 3,684 retreat group guests they’ve served physically and spiritually throughout the year’s ministry. Jon says, “As we all know, it’s not about numbers coming or projects completed, we operate because we are excited about changed lives. On nearly a weekly basis we are hearing about what God is doing in the lives of the campers who have attended Twin Lakes.” There are lots of projects and activities on the books for 2018 including a new indoor Activity Center. But, pray with Jon and the staff that their focus will be on changed lives and strengthened Christians for God’s glory.
Rob and Ale have kept us up-to-date with the variety of activities they led in 2017 in two or three churches in their pursuit of stronger churches, church plants and leader-trainees. Rob has been teaching a Sunday School class at Omega Baptist for young marrieds called, “How to manage your finances biblically.” He and Ale continue their outreach among high school and university students with their well-attended Saturday night “Against the Current” teaching modules, preceded by the Coffee House Fellowship hour. Omega Baptist has pledged US$1,000 in monthly support for Peruvian missionaries within Peru and in other countries. Jose Luis and his family, one of these missionary families, are planting a church in Chiclayo, Peru, and a group will be going on a missions trip in January, 2018, to assist and encourage them. Rob and Ale are also concerned about and involved in the training of leaders and future church planters. Pray that Cupps will continue diligent and determined in their service of Christ’s church in Peru in 2018.



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Jared and Alyssa will be back in the US later this month on a six-month furlough to attend to the medical needs of one of their family members. They will spend most of that time here in Danville, staying with Alyssa’s parents, but looking for a short-term lease. Look for them around WBC as they plan to be active in Alyssa’s home church while they’re here. Jared’s home church in Roanoke, VA, has provided them with a vehicle for the duration of their stay. Ask God to give them a good experience with medical professionals at an Indianapolis hospital, getting the help they need so they may return to ministry in Turkey with easy minds at the end of their furlough. Remember the young church plant they’re leaving, that God will bless it with strong and faithful leadership and believers who will grow in their relationship with God and be consistent witnesses.
Doug leaves this month on a teaching trip to Asia. Two pastors from supporting US churches will accompany him for a week-long module in Mongolia. They will be teaching the third group of pastors and church leaders to go through the Tri-M program since it began in Mongolia. Pray that the 25 pastors and church leaders will have victory over obstacles that may arise, e.g. travel difficulties, family problems, illness. Doug says, “We are transitioning to having at least one Mongolian leader assume teaching responsibilities for one of the three courses in each teaching module. This will begin consistently next year, so this trip…will confirm and coordinate details with the Mongolian leadership. Pray that we ill sense Jesus’ clear direction in this transition and be of the same Godly mindset.” Pray also for pastors who’ve graduated from the Tri-M courses so they’ll continue to be “creative and faithful”.
Steve and Mea are spending this weekend (9/16-17) in Albuquerque, NM, to share their ministry in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The pastor told Browns he didn’t want a sermon from them, he wanted them to inspire his people with missionary vision and outline the steps to following the Lord in service. Pray that these goals will be accomplished in this congregation. Browns continue with weekly Bible study with Myla and Anthony, rotating between their home and the native couple’s on the reservation. They emphasize that the TO natives like to give as much as they get, so Steve and Mea are sensitive to this and other cultural norms they encounter as they befriend TO people. They are looking at a new area of the reservation in the east with a good population of villages and are asking their reservation friends for introductions to any family they can contact in that area. It adds more travel to their already farflung area of ministry, but they’re willing to get involved. Pray for CJ (10) who’s feeling the lack of peer fellowship and for daughter, Logan, who’s loving college and her church activities in California.




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