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03.27.18

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MARK AND JILL BILLINGTON
QUEBEC
Credo Baptist Church, planted by Billingtons and ABWE colleagues more than 13 years ago, goes from strength to strength. At the recent annual business meeting, the congregation of 89, under a local pastor, celebrated five baptisms in the last year, reported five Small Groups meeting regularly and supported the formation of a church planting team which now numbers 21. The church plant team for “Baby Credo” has started two Bible studies in its targeted community. At the meeting the members were asked to submit anonymous faith promises for their giving in the coming year. So far, 33 families have pledged more than $60,000. As the church plant plans mature Credo will have to face the loss of some of their members, including Billingtons, as they move into a new ministry. It will involve sacrifice, “which can be uncomfortable,” Billingtons say. “But, we believe God does not want us to wait until we are comfortable before moving forward.” Thank God for His graciousness and blessing on Credo. Pray for wisdom as Credo makes decisions about the new ministry.
C2C
JAMAICA
After a conversation with Mt. Stewart Baptist pastor, Dwayne Llewellyn, Doug Whicker, Director of C2C, passed on some prayer requests. For some years, demonic activity in the Mt Stewart community has caused Pastor Dwayne grave concern. This seems to be increasing, Dwayne says, and asks us to pray that God would crush the work of the evil one. He wants to trust God to keep him from being intimidated, help him to speak the Word boldly and be wise in his approach to the problem. The Baptist church at Macfield is holding a week of Easter meetings at which Pastor Dwayne is speaking. Pray with him that God would give his messages impact and prepare hearts to hear. Pray that people will respond to the Word and serve consistently. Pray also for an island-wide youth conference on April 2 and a sports day on May 5. Pray about the applications the church has submitted for Pastor’s home and the church kitchen. The process of approval is discouragingly slow.
DOUG AND CHERYL BOISVERT
EAST ASIA
Doug says, “A big prayer request for our coworkers in East China. Training has stopped after graduating four groups of pastor/leaders…Communication has been greatly curtailed as well.” Doug does not know when he will hear from these coworkers about scheduling new groups as the government has been less welcoming and less tolerant than before. Doug asks us to pray for “…clear leading of the Holy Spirit to continue…” in this largest country on earth. Doug may have the chance to make a survey trip this year through a large province of this country. This trip will require a sensitive approach even with the help of the Mongolian pastors who would introduce Doug to the leaders who would facilitate any teaching ministry. Pray with him for open doors.

02.28.18

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MARK AND JILL BILLINGTON
QUEBEC CITY
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 BROWN
ARIZONA
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
ASIA MINOR
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.

10.29.17

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DOUG AND CHERYL BOISVERT
SOUTH SUDAN
Doug is off to East Africa in November to teach a module to South Sudan refugees in Uganda. Doug says, “This is the group we call the “School in Exile…South Sudanese refugees coming from camps in the Congo and Uganda…and from the interior bush areas of South Sudan where many have fled for refuge as Internal Displaced People living off the land in extreme conditions…” as the civil war rages on. According to Doug, there has been a drastic increase in interest in Tri-M training since the war forced so many out of their homes. This has put more demands on Christian leaders and increased the need for Doug’s involvement. Pray for godly relationships to be built with a new group of pastors and leaders just starting their training. Pray also for Sudanese Co-leader, Pastor Tom, suffering from serious heart problems and not able to teach this time. Pray for Doug as he carries the entire teaching load this time, assisting these students to learn to teach the Word to people hurting physically and spiritually and planting churches in refugee camps.
MARK AND JILL BILLINGTON
QUEBEC CITY
Credo Baptist, the church Billingtons work with, had their annual church camp last weekend. Though they were forced by inclement weather to stay indoors, Jill says they worshiped, learned truths from the Word, played games, had deep talks, and worked in the kitchen together. This week, Mark and Jill will host their annual hot dog party around their fire pit for Halloween. They invite the neighborhood to stop by and get to know one another. “We love how this builds a better community and how relationships are strengthened,” Jill says. “Pray that we will shine brightly by our words and action, and pray for connections to be made between neighbors…and that God would be made visible.” Thank God that the Credo ll church-plant team is growing. This team meets regularly to pray and discuss plans for planting a neighborhood “missional” community.
BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME
IN, MI, LIBERIA, MYANMAR, INDIA, NEPAL
Churches across Indiana and Michigan are gathering food, paper products, cleaning supplies and gift cards for the annual BCH Food Shower. These gifts help feed BCH children and staff all year long. Pray for a bountiful harvest, thanking God for his faithful provision. Newborn, Jeremiah, has arrived on the doorstep of the BCH-affiliated home in Liberia. His mother died giving birth and no one in his village wants him because they believe such a child brings bad luck. But he will grow up cared for, educated and loved, and most importantly, learning that God loves him. Two siblings from Utah are looking for a home in the Elkhart, IN, home. Ask God to answer prayer for a waiver from the State to allow them admission here where they can get the care and love they need. Thank God for BCH’s staff and host families who often deal with difficult, heart-wrenching situations to make sure the knowledge of God’s love reaches hurting children.

 

07.25.17

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DRS. HARRY AND JAN GEBERT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTH ASIA
Harry’s had a busy spring and early summer visiting ABWE fields in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.He taught classes in chronological evangelism, met with missionaries and national leaders and gathered information helpful to future workers. He’s pleased to report that Memorial Christian Hospital in BD has received two million dollars to expand the facility, but needs about $850,000 more to complete the project and more doctors and nurses. Now he and Jan are in the thick of ABWE summer training programs for candidates, enrichment courses for furloughing missionaries and then, back to BD for Harry to give the missionaries the security training required by the US State Department, while Jan helps develop seminar materials for Heart, Mind, Soul sessions for communities churches want to reach.
MARK AND JILL BILLINGTON
QUEBEC
“God is adding people to our little (Credo) congregation,” Billington’s write. Two more families have joined their “missional community”, the daughter church Mark and Jill and some of the Credo people are planting, bringing those involved in the missional community to 26. These include Ben, one of the elders in the Credo church, Angelique, leader of the Credo women’s ministry, and Olivier, who works with the youth. They meet every three weeks to plan and pray and have hosted block parties (something the city of Quebec encourages) to meet and reach out to new people. They ask us to pray that they will be bold in sharing the gospel and offering true compassion.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
Jon Beight, Director, reports that the first three camps in June were 97% full and July will be even better at 98% of capacity. The staff are excited about the number of campers they are able to minister to each summer. So far, they have recorded 36 salvations with scores of spiritual growth decisions. Speakers are using the Book of James with its practical points of application to challenge and encourage campers. Onthe financial side, the Board is moving ahead with their Legacy TLC campaign for building programs. So far, 25%, or $300,000 has been raised and Jon says the Board is looking forward to seeing how God will provide the rest. “Continue to pray for the summer staff for strength and stamina, both physical and spiritual, along with patience and compassion for those to whom we minister.”

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