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07.05.17

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BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME
US, MYANMAR, INDIA, LIBERIA
Bill Brittain, President of BCH, wants to introduce us to Mung Aung, 31. Mung (pro. Moong) is the Campus Pastor at Agape Children’s Home in Myitkyina, Myanmar. He is responsible for rearing and living alongside the orphan boys in that home, a remarkable man with a passion and compassion for children. Mung himself grew up in the home after losing both parents and grandparents. He is a graduate of both high school and Bible college, has earned a degree in Psychology and has the respect of local ministry leaders. Mung has asked BCH staff and supporters to pray with him about finding a godly wife. He knows he can be a more effective “parent” at the home with the right wife. Brittain says, “Mung Aung is just another example of the power of our ministry outreach to impact lives and of the contagious work of loving and caring for children.”
RICH AND KAREN VISSER
FRANCE
Vissers sent out five graduates to begin service in French churches this spring. One is in a 6-month pastoral internship; two are getting married and with their spouses will be serving in local churches; a young retired couple are looking for a local church and pastor who could use their services. At the same time, applications from prospective new students are beginning to come in for the fall semester. Pray with Vissers for the graduating servants and the new students God wants to train for ministry. “It’s a joy to work with the church in Luxembourg,” Rich writes. “Everyone knows it’s a place where they can honestly express their needs and get prayerful help from brothers and sisters in Christ.” Ask God to bless these people with signs of growth. The French national mission agency, A.M.E.B.I., is working with two new missionaries who are helping out with ministries in France before being evaluated and recommended for full missionary status. And, praise God, the New Testament in Luxembourgish is in the last stages of printing. It will be available in November on paper and in digital format.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
Kelly reports on a number of his Central and Eastern Europe and Mediterranean fields: He participated in the four-hour graduation service of the University of Divine Grace in Moldovo, sending graduates to work in mostly Muslim countries of Eastern Europe; received an update from Ukraine team leader, Mike Gustafson (former WBC intern) where missionaries are working with pastors and local Christians to bring physical and spiritual relief to people affected by war; rejoiced with missionaries in the Mediterranean country, which can’t be named, about their new and specific visas which help them move around the country more easily; and, prayed with the Kosovo Leadership Academy entering its Phase 2 fund-raising campaign to enlarge its facility. The growing Kosovo team also needs a leader..

06.04.17

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SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO CITY
The men’s and ladies’ Bible studies at Nueva Vida en Cristo, starting with breakfast before ‘digging into the Word’, have resulted in people from the community growing in their faithfulness in church attendance. Praise God! Another new ministry is using tutoring as an outreach. Hornbrooks will offer help four hours a day Monday through Thursday. They also plan on teaching English classes during the school year starting in August. “The Biblical Counseling Movement in Mexico is exploding,” Hornbrooks write. Sam teaches and trains pastors in both Mexico and throughout Latin America. Nueva Vida is expanding its own counseling ministry as well, knowing the big need for biblical counseling in their church and in the surrounding community. Pray God will use this ministry to change people’s lives and ‘grow’ the church.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
Praise was the theme of Fath’s most recent update. At the Romanian Team Retreat, Kelly was able to visit the property on which the Romanian Ministry Center is being built. It will be used to coordinate outreach in the country, especially the work of the Church Ministries Institute. In Ukraine, God is blessing the work of the Pregnancy Care Center and Choose Life in Odessa. And, the ABWE team in Hungary is growing, with the appointment of two missionaries this year. Pray for the graduates of the University of Divine Grace in Moldova where Kelly will be speaking at Commencement services this weekend. Ask God to bless these Muslim Background Believers as they go out to minister in communities where they will be met with hostility.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Vissers are also sending out graduates from the Bible Institute in La Grange. They are praying for these men and women taking up positions in Baptist churches or as missionaries in France and French-speaking countries around the world. Pray for the young people applying to begin studies at the Institute in the fall, and pray for the older men and women who come for short-term studies to enrich their lives and ministries.
The summer months at the Institute are usually spent in building onto or maintaining the facilities. They always welcome volunteers to help. Pray for their church plant in Luxembourg City and for the progress of the translation of the Old Testament into the Luxembourgish language.

05.03.17

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STEVE AND MEA BROWN
TOHONO O’ODHAM, AZ
Mea says she and Steve are working hard at building relationships with the Tohono O’odham. They are meeting with natives several days a week, one couple in particular, being open to hearing the gospel and attending a weekly Bible study. Two families have had lengthy visits with Browns, staying in the travel trailer on their property where they could spend time in discipleship classes with Browns. Steve has had positive responses from a tribal council member who is excited about the mechanics classes he could offer. This offer may have been helped by the assistance Steve gave an elderly native couple whose truck broke down late one night in the reservation. Steve worked with Border Patrol and the TO police to get the couple to a safe place and Steve took the truck home to repair. “Currently,” Mea writes, “our biggest need is support. We spent some time in California in March…sharing the ministry with individuals and two pastors. We’ll be traveling in May presenting the ministry.” They plan to be at WBC in May as well.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
Faths are focusing our attention on Greece in their letter this month. The ABWE teammates working there,
Mark and Diane, are having problems obtaining long-term residency permits even though they’re meeting all stated requirements. They will participate again this summer in the Operation Joshua Bible distribution project and will help with the follow-up leadership training. Fewer than 1% of Greeks are born-again Christians and Bible reading is not common practice, partly because there is a scarcity of modern-language Greek Bibles. Pray for the establishment of Bible-preaching churches in Greece and wide-spread Bible distribution this summer. Ask God to intervene in residency permit applications for the missionaries. Pray also for the team in Romania as they evaluate their ministries and plan for the future.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
EAST ASIA/ASIA PACIFIC
Craigs spent time with their East Asia team at their regional conference held in the Philippines. “It was a productive week,” Kent reports, “…updating our team vision and purpose statements, and developing new strategies to meet needs.” The team spent time in brainstorming about visa challenges and discussions of projects to help local fellowships disciple believers, build leaders and plant reproducing churches. They want to help local believers develop a heart for unreached people groups by sending workers. Pray this team will trust in God’s power to overcome the challenges they face in this largest of Asia’s countries. Pray for the local pastors and congregations they partner with as they spread the Word of God among their countrymen.

02.15.17

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RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
 
Rich says that, in addition to the young people studying full time at the Bible Institute, older, retired couples come for a week at a time to study the Bible to further their knowledge and become more useful in their local churches.  “It’s a great idea,” Rich writes, “…retirees who want to use their senior years for God’s glory..” Plans for the Bible Institute’s renovation are underway and Vissers are praising God for the generous gifts from supporters covering the expenses of this vitally needed project.  Rich is on the committee overseeing the translation of the New Testament into Luxembourgish.  The New Testament is finished and will be published in October, 2017, and the Baptist Mid-Mission publishers have approved a project to  begin translating the Old Testament.  Thank God for progress in all aspects of Vissers’ work.  Ask Him to guide them as they make plans for their retirement next year after graduation, 2018.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
 
ABWE posted figures for the Czech Republic, one of Faths’ CEEMed fields:  Fewer than 1% of the population is Christian and 84% deny the existence of God, but people are surprisingly willing to discuss spiritual matters. “The opportunity to bring the gospel to nonbelievers is incredible,” the agency says. On a newer field, Faths are thankful for the growth of the team in Bulgaria.  A second family will be joining the first family to plant churches in this former communist country.  Kelly concluded a course last week studying The Roots of Faith:  New Testament for teammates and national partners, and this week will be leading a quarterly meeting for CEEMed leaders via Skype.  He and Sherri are planning trips to visit teams in Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Kosovo and Romania later this year.  Pray especially for the team in Eastern Ukraine where trouble with Russia is again making life difficult for local people.
ROBERT AND ALEJANDRA CUPPS
AREQUIPA
 
Cupps are thrilled at the growth of the Against the Current youth ministry in Arequipa.  Attendance has been strong even through the university summer vacation when most students hit the beach.  As many as 50 will turn up to Saturday evening Bible studies and many times more for the special events.  Recently, five youth, saved through AC, were baptized at Omega Baptist Church. Cupps’ plan is to disciple and train them and work them into the fabric of local churches.  A third chapter of AC will be started at the Lighthouse Baptist in Arequipa this year and Peruvian missionaries, planting a church in the northern city of Chiclayo, plan to use the program to jump start their ministry.  Thank God for the growth of gospel witness among university and high school students.  Ask Him to make these young people stalwarts of local churches throughout Peru.

 

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