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09.03.17

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PHIL AND MARTHA BLOOMER
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Phil and Martha are preparing for a team from West Bridge who will be arriving in Sao Paolo to minister with them at Refuge Baptist Church October 13-21.  Our team will help by working on the Refuge Baptist facility, canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the church to invite kids to kids club (young people), offering leadership training to the men’s class Phil has been teaching (Rick Baker), preach at services (Pastor Ron McDugle), enjoy the fellowship of Pastor Davino and his family and church members and visiting the Bloomer children’s school, PACA and other places of interest in the area.  Pray that the impact of this trip will be mutual:  both WBC team members and church members blessing each other as they work together and learn about each other’s lives and spiritual challenges.  Thank God for giving this opportunity to the WBC team to see His church in a different setting.
DOUG AND CHERYL BOISVERT
SOUTH SUDAN
Continue to pray for the pastors and Christians of South Sudan who have been scattered throughout the South Sudan/Uganda/Congo region by the brutal civil war in their country. They’ve lost their homes, their possessions, their crops and animals, everything that kept body and soul together, but not their faith. Doug reports that pastors are planting new churches in the refugee camps where they find themselves and discipling new Christians so they can effectively preach God’s Word in the refugee camps and in their home villages when they return. Doug recently conducted two Tri-M courses for the South Sudan Evangelical School of Theology for all pastors who could get away from their camps to attend. Pray that God would bring an end to the vicious power struggle between two Sudanese leaders and allow Sudanese back to their villages. Pray that pastors and Christians will bring home a message of hope and reconciliation between people and God.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC/EAST ASIA
Kent and Kelly spent their first two terms of service in the Philippines church planting and in administration of the ABWE work. They rejoice, Kent says, in reports about the Philippine ABWE (PABWE), an indigenous
mission agency that has planted churches throughout the country for 60 years, training Christian leaders and workers and discipling converts from non-Christian religious groups. The PABWE work spread into Thailand and Cambodia where “granddaughter mission movements” are gaining strength. Kent says, “…the future of the (PABWE) mission agency represents great potential for expansion through new recruits, new initiatives and new targets.” Pray with Craigs for continued growth and spiritual vision amongst Philippine, Thai and Cambodian Christians.

05.29.17

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KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC AND E. ASIA
Kent and Kelly began their ministry in the Philippines more than 30 years ago. Now, they have the privilege of working with PABWE, the Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism which was established 60 years ago. Kent writes, “We rejoice in the stories about PABWE missionary ministries that we hear–accounts of Asians redeemed by God’s grace and discipled from the majority religions, churches planted and Christian leaders and workers trained.” This indigenous missions movement has been sustained by local Philippine churches mainly in Thailand and Cambodia. A third, or granddaughter, missions movement has been “birthed” in Thailand and Craigs see great potential for expansion for these agencies through new recruits, new initiatives and new targets for hearing the gospel.
BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
Don Whipple, Executive Director, reports, “These are busy days at Bethesda Outreach! Teams and interns are coming and going. Our school classrooms are full of students…We are having our annual Fun Run event to grow our connections within our community.” BOM held the first Orphan Care seminar for area churches and individuals at a church in Pretoria and are praying that these churches will understand how God wants them involved in orphan care and will respond with courage. Pray with Bethesda staff as they plan a new water system for the orphan village and refine plans for community homes. Most of all, pray the 43 children in care will see and know God’s great love for them and that the house parents will experience God’s enabling grace.
PHIL AND MARTHA BLOOMER
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Bloomers, along with the congregation of Refuge Baptist Church, are excited about a new family who are coming to church. They have jumped in with both feet, Phil says, and started serving. The church is averaging 40 attendees each week with a spike on Mother’s Day when 60 came in response to neighborhood invites. Phil has a core group of four men in his Leadership Class who are obviously growing. They’ll be studying the life of David as a leader next. Pray for Fernando, Beto, Isaque and Danilo as they learn to lead the congregation. Pray for Phil as he takes his part in the preaching rotation and brings the message on June 4. Thank God for the opportunities he has to share with pastors and churches, through Maranatha Mission Ministry, the opportunities there are for Brazilians to take the gospel worldwide.

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.

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