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Geurinks write, “…for the next few years we will no longer be working directly and full time with Amazon tribes in theological education and Bible translation…At the end of August, 2017, our employment classification with Pioneers will be changing from Active to Associate status…While our hearts are still very much with the people in Brazil we have loved and worked with since February, 2000, it’s clear that for the next few critical years of our (4) kids lives…staying in the U.S. would best allow us to carry out what we’ve prayerfully determined is right for each of them…Another factor is Katrina’s health. Her struggle with fibromyalgia has intensified significantly…in the Amazon heat and humidity and has become truly debilitating…We are not resigning from Pioneers. Associate status leaves our ties with Pioneers intact and keeps our account open so we can still channel funds for ministry purposes…Thank you all again for your love and support and participation in the expansion of God’s kingdom among unreached people groups.”
Browns are learning to survive through Arizona’s monsoon season. Going from extreme dry heat, they now battle extreme heat with heavy rain, sometimes preceded by dust storms, and the high humidity that comes with it. This means constant juggling of schedules and meetings and activities with natives, because the rain washes out the roads. After each storm, Steve says, they have to drag their yard and the road past their home, or they become rutted and impassable. Taking weather into consideration, they’ve been trying to keep up weekly Bible studies with Anthony and Myla and keep up visits of encouragement with Greg and Vanessa Narcho. Greg faces arraignment and sentencing on August 8 and is very despondent (he accepted Christ while in the reservation’s jail for the same crime he’ll be sentenced for in an Arizona court). Browns planned a BBQ for 25 natives they worship with weekly at their home, weather permitting, and have been asked to teach two or three women to set up food stalls at swap meets and community flea markets, selling fair food and advertising Sunday school and services. Pray for the Narchos as Greg’s court date approaches. Ask God to widen opportunities for Browns to share the good news of the gospel.
BCH staff and administrators are praying for houseparent couples. “Our ministry depends on their care of the children so much,” President Bill Brittain writes, “More houseparents will enable us to care for more children as well as provide relief to our current houseparents.” Brittain also asks us to pray with BCH for the finances to repair extensive flood damage to the Mt. Pleasant, MI, home. Thank God for many supporters who donated bikes and helmets to kids to use this summer. Many of these bikes will be ridden in the annual BCH bike-a-thon this August. The bike-a-thon raises funds for BCH expenses. Also, pray for the children as they start back to school this month. Remember the BCH families and houseparents in Myanmar, India and Liberia where local pastors and churches run the homes.


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Steve and Mea continue to grapple with extreme summer heat in southern Arizona. They find they have to adapt to the kind of routine the Tohono O’Odham adopt in midsummer, much as we would in Indiana in midwinter. Events are scheduled around weather conditions. They are praying for and encouraging Greg and Vanessa Narcho, two fairly new Christians they’ve been trying to disciple. Greg is facing a prison term for a felony committed in his pre-Christ days and is very depressed. Pray with Browns as they try to encourage Greg, trusting God that his sentence can be completed in a prison near enough for them and his family to visit regularly. Pray for Myla and Anthony who continue in Bible study with Browns. Pray for Mea’s two nieces, Savannah and Olivia, whom they were fostering temporarily. They have returned to their mother in OK and Steve, Mea and CJ are missing them.
Mark and Jill will be reporting on their Quebec church planting ministry in Life Groups at WBC next Sunday (7/16). With ABWE colleagues, they planted Credo Baptist Church some 10 or more years ago. The church recently voted to call its first local pastor, a Credo member, trained for leadership by Mark and his ABWE teammate. Billingtons are now praying about planting a daughter church and have been working on their vision with interested Credo members for a ‘missional community’, a community gathering place
where Christians offer practical services to the neighborhood as a demonstration of Christ’s love. They have their eye on a densely populated neighborhood of immigrants and will be sharing on the progress of this ministry on Sunday.
Geurinks have served in a variety of ministries in the province of Amazonas for almost 20 years. They’ve been in camp ministry, church planting and developing among the Ticuna, airplane outreach to unreached
tribal groups and, latterly, organizing the translation of Scripture into the languages of unreached tribal groups in cooperation with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Now they are stepping back from ministry on the Amazon to spend several years stateside. Their four children were adopted in Brazil and the two oldest are reaching college age. Michael and Katrina want, with our prayer support, to concentrate on this phase of their parenting responsibilities. Ask God to keep them trusting in his guidance and to find new avenues of service during their ‘missionary associate’ period.




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