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06.07.18

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ROBERT AND ALEJANDRA CUPPS
AREQUIPA
Cupps are planning a “bold new direction” for 2019 that they say will impact church planting in Peru and beyond. They plan to ease out of the student ministry at Omega Baptist and will be turning over complete leadership responsibilities to its Pastor Javier. They will start the journey of fulfilling a long-time vision of seeing Peruvians plant churches in Peru and on mission fields around the world. The program they have in mind will develop new leaders and multiply churches as they provide training, support and resources for local church planters and missionaries. They have been working on youth ministry resources for Dropbox to be shared with youth ministries throughout Central and South America to help churches develop dynamic ministries for teens and college students. They already have an enormous resource file to share and plan to have it completed for Dropbox by early 2019. Pray with Rob and Ale for this bold step they are taking. Ask God to give them wisdom and godly creativity as they launch.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CeeMED
Faths were able to spend time with their Mediterranean team before they came home on furlough in May. In the past, teammates have had to be in this biblical country on student visas, incurring the costs and time commitment of enrollment in an academic program. Now, thank God, the team leader, Dave, and his wife, Anne, were granted a different type of visa which allows them to extend ministry to other locations in the country. They have planted a church, but are facing challenges for which they request prayer. Pray also that other teammates will be granted other types of visas (than student). Pray for the graduates of the University of Divine Grace, a seminary in Eastern Europe. Many of them will go home to restrictive Muslim majority countries to plant churches. Praise God for a major financial gift to the K0s0v0 Leadership Academy which will allow Phase 2 of its expansion to proceed this summer.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC, EAST ASIA
Kent Craig asks us to pray for the Christians, churches and ABWE ministry teams in East Asia where “progress toward religious freedom has been set back by 25 years” by tightening government restrictions. Restrictions have been particularly intense this year where persecution of ethnic minorities has made outreach by ministry teams difficult, even to risking reprisals by local authorities. Kent says, “In addition to fining church leaders, landlords who rent facilities to assemblies and those who travel overseas for religious meetings and training, all online sales of the Bible have been banned. Assemblies are being required to install 24-hour video surveillance. And there are reports of religious leaders disappearing.” Vigilance and boldness are the watchwords of believers. Pray for the Christians and ministry teams of East Asia. Ask God to help stand firm in the face of increasing persecution. Pray for Abraham, a Muslim Background Believer who says he does not need to fear anymore because he knows the One who will protect him.

 

03.08.18

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BETHESDA OUTREACH
South Africa
Bethesda Outreach will be making some changes in the family homes this month. Two long-serving couples, the Shikwambanes and the Phagos, will be retiring and returning to live in the community near BOMI. Both couples have been with the orphanage as house parents since the beginning of the ministry. Both husbands, Fritz Shikwambane and Jones Phago, will continue working some days at Bethesda while Masello Shikwambane begins ministry at a local nursing home. Lena Phagos will continue caring for some of the children from Bethesda as these kids have known no other parents or home. Pray for these two couples as they transition into the community. Ask God to make their witness strong. Pray for the new house parents Bethesda has trained to take their place. Ask God to help the children in these homes adjust.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CCEMED
Kelly and Sherri are praying for more missionaries to join those already serving in Central Asia. More missionaries would enable ABWE to expand ministries in those countries. Some of the countries are largely Muslim and foreign Christian workers can’t get residency permits, so they make ministry trips into the region to teach at a seminary and help local pastors plant churches. In Kyiv (Kiev, Ukraine), Kelly is encouraging the opportunity to upgrade and expand the space that the Church Ministries Institute (CMI) uses on the campus of the Kyiv Theological Seminary. The CMI will occupy a dedicated wing and will be able to expand its programs, including online courses, which offer short-term biblical education to church members. Kelly led this ministry during his first term as a missionary. Pray for the funding needed to facilitate this project.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC AND EAST ASIA
Craigs shared highlights in the ministries of missionaries under their supervision in the regions of Asia Pacific and East Asia. Asians are taking more and more responsibility for sharing the gospel. Four hundred graduates of the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary are serving across Asia with 300 students from more than a dozen countries preparing for service. Sixteen graduates from Goroka Baptist Bible College in Papua New Guinea have dispersed throughout their country to pastor and plant churches and lead in congregations. A Chinese couple saved in a Bible study 10 years ago are pastoring a church in a capital city. A Cambodian who became a Christian in a US jail and was deported from the US back to his home country where he married a Christian woman. They are now in training to reach other deportees and to plant a church for them. Praise God for His work in the lives of these national Christians and for the ministry they bring in their own language and culture to their countrymen.

02.15.18

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Rich and Cherry say God keeps bringing people into their lives. They meet new students regularly at language school with whom they can build relationships. They also get to know a variety of Spanish instructors and have learned about their personal lives and families. They use these opportunities to share their testimonies. They’ve also met Guatemalan and other American missionaries who shed light on possible ministry opportunities for the time when they leave language school. They are enjoying their Thursday night English teaching for high school and university students in the village of Magdalena. They have devotions with these kids during classes. They’ve been on a short vacation trip to the US and ask us to pray with them about settling back in language classes when they return at the end of February. They’re also considering attending a three-day-month bilingual pastoral training institute where they would find networking opportunities with local pastors. And, pray for energy in the enervating, tropical climate.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Rich and Karyn are rejoicing in “some good things happening over here”. Remodeling on the classroom building of the Institute is almost complete. The French mission agency, AMEBI, has taken on two new missionaries who’ve completed their obligatory year-long probationary service. Their church plant in Luxembourg City is showing new growth with a consistent attendance of 20-25. And, the Luxembourgish New Testament, newly released, is selling “like hotcakes”. Vissers are planning to retire in the summer of 2019, possibly near Paris where two of their children (with families) live. They have some replacement staff coming who will take over some of their ministries at the Bible Institute and the Luxembourg City church plant. Rich will be handing over the presidency of AMEBI to a French pastor in March next year. Thank God for blessing in the various ministries Vissers have undertaken. Ask Him to work on behalf of students from Francophone Africa who can’t get into France because of the overwhelming refugee problem.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC/EAST ASIA
Kent was recently in Papua New Guinea at the Goroka Baptist Bible College where 16 students, mostly trained pastors, graduated. Pray for these men and women trained for ministry to get the Word of God into communities around the island. Continue to pray about the Rohinga refugee crisis in Bangladesh where Muslim Burmese have been chased into the region of BD where ABWE’s Memorial Christian Hospital is located and has been called upon to care for the most critically injured. Along with Samaritan’s Purse, the hospital has erected a special Rohingya Recovery Ward, raised resources to care from these patients and are thanking God for the opportunity to share the Word with this people group. Craigs administer some of the most populated mission fields in the world, encouraging and counseling missionaries and local Christians and recruiting more staff to keep the gospel moving forward in Asia.

11.15.17

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BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
Thank you, says BOMI, for the gifts and prayers which made the 2016 Christmas project a huge success. Two new wells now provide excellent sources of water which will supply abundance even in drought so that houseparents can once again plant vegetable gardens for their ‘families’. Now BOMI is praying for the resources to build an enlarged team center where the entire student population of Jabulani Christian Academy, 200+, can meet for weekly assemblies. JCA is a strategic part of Bethesda’s outreach to vulnerable children and families in the community. Pray that God will connect Bethesda with new, qualified, house parent couples as BOMI’s board is making transitions in some homes, trying to reduce the number of children in each ‘family’. Ask God to give the board wisdom as it continues development of South African church ownership and leadership of the orphan ministry.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC AND EAST ASIA
Kent and Kelly paid tribute to Doane Baptist Church in Iloilo City, Philippines, as the congregation celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. DBC is also the birthplace of ABWE and the first church planted by its missionaries. Kent said, “By God’s sovereign design…this cradle (congregation) has grown a church multiplying movement in Iloilo City, on Panay, across the Western Visayas, throughout the Philippines and to the nations!” When he visited the church recently, Kent noted that the leadership and congregation of DBC retain the compassion for the lost, instruction of Christ’s followers, reproduction of workers, multiplication of churches and extension of ministry to the world that the original founders had. Thank God for this congregation and pray for the continuation of its outreach and influence throughout Asia.
RETIRED MISSIONARIES
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
As we approach Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for the many missionaries it has been our privilege to support since our beginnings as a congregation in 1966. Several of our earliest missionaries are with the Lord–Rich Rich (Japan), Joyce Rudduck (Bangladesh), Bill Klopp (Mali, Quebec), Gary Candlish (Jewish ministry),Cliff Kaufield (US) and DeElda Payton (Philippiines, US), The retirees we continue to support in prayer are: Mrs. Regina Kaufield (N. America), Mrs. Ruth Klopp (Mali, Quebec), Kay Lamb (Chad, US), John and Lois Mixon (South Africa), John and Hope Murdoch (US Military), Norm and Evelyn Nicklas (Brazil, N.America), Dr. Marvin Stephens (US-Spanish) and Mrs. Nancy Payton (Philippines, US).

 

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