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As their pastor husbands finished off the last three courses of their last Tri-M module, Cheryl and her colleagues led the wives in 24 hours of Bible study and training. These women had never met each other before (their churches are few and far between in Mongolia), but after the conclusion of their study together they were sisters and supporters of each other in prayer. The men have had three years of training with Doug and Ron Berrus and were graduating. Doug says he’ll miss these pastors sorely, but he “rejoiced at the visible accomplishments of the men and their acquired skill in handling the entire Scriptures. Practical outworking in local congregations was reported by each student…”  A third group of pastors will begin studying in April and a fourth in 2018.  “Let the Word be multiplied!” Thank God that the accurate handling of the Word of God is building up local congregations in Mongolia. Ask God to prepare the hearts of the next group to begin studying.
The missionaries, pastors and people of the church plants WBC supports around the world are preparing their programs and outreaches for the Easter season. These churches include: Credo Baptist Church, pastored by Mark and Jill Billington, Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada; New Life Baptist Church, pastored by Sam and Jamie Hornbrook, Mexico City, Mexico; Refuge Baptist Church, Phil and Martha Bloomer, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Luxembourg City church, pastored by Rich and Karyn Visser; Faith Baptist Church, pastored by Rich and Catherine Rich, Saku City, Nagano, Japan; One Redeemer and Melrose Park church plants which Al and Tara Mayhak are helping build up near Sydney, Australia; Jared and Alyssa Raker, a beginning church plant in Asia Minor; Steve and Mea Brown taking their first steps in church planting among the Toho O’odham, Tucson, Arizona. Ask God to bring the sharing of the gospel home to needy hearts as these missionaries preach the Word this Easter season.
Michael and Katrina Geurink are using another avenue of outreach to get the Word of God to unreached people groups on the upper Amazon. They are working with local Christians to translate Scriptures into some 200 languages, striving to accomplish this task within the next nine years. Though missionaries are discouraged from contact with these unreached peoples, individuals have come out into the modern world, accepted Christ, learned to read and study the Bible and can now take the gospel back to their own people. Praise God that every people in every tongue will hear of salvation in Christ as missionaries and their supporters work faithfully to preach the Word.


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Crawfords’ year opened with the annual conference of ABWE’s Global Operations (GO) team made up of leadership from the top down to the Regional Director level.  The team met in Orlando, FL, to discuss different aspects of mission, including inspirational times and plenty of fellowship.  Gary says, “We thank God for our counterparts around the world and their commitment to holding the Word of God in high esteem.” God has led a number of couples to apply to work in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico (CCAM) and Gary says they are working diligently to prepare themselves for serving Him.  Praise God for His provision of new manpower, including our own Rich and Cherry Smith (Costa Rica).  Ask God to supply their support needs and move them onto their fields as soon as possible.  Pray for the preparations Crawford’s will be making for the CCAM Regional Conference in Orlando, October, 2017, when all the CCAM missionaries will meet together.
Doug and Cheryl, along with Keith and Dawn Treadway and a third couple are in Mongolia this week sharing courses on the Minor Prophets with three Mongolian Tri-M leaders.  Each of these local pastors will be teaching one of the Prophets, ‘getting their feet wet’, Doug says, as they begin taking on some of the responsibilities of leading modules independently.  Pray for them to “be strengthened in the inner man” and to sense God’s calling for teaching in future modules.  Pray also for the teaching team to “stay on track, stay Scriptural, and stay culturally sensitive” to the Mongolians and their needs.  Cheryl, Dawn and Mrs. Berrus will be conducting a seminar for the pastors’ wives on the weekend.  They are praying they’ll be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading to meet needs as specifically as possible.  There will be a graduation of a second group of Church leaders who’ve been studying now for two-and-a-half years.  Pray they’ll be challenged to train others to correctly interpret God’s Word.


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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.
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.
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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Rich and Cherry aim to be in San Jose, Costa Rica, by August/September of this year. After a year studying Spanish, they will join the church plant team using their particular gifts in youth work and Bible study.  Cherry writes, “We are thanking God for a total of 19 support partners to date, putting us at 56% of our needed support.  We are thankful for all we are learning in this prefield process, the required ABWE and WBC course work but mostly that we can trust in God’s timing and provision and knowing that His plans for us are so much better than our own.  We are grateful for the support of God’s people who keep us encouraged and covered in prayer.  Please continue to pray that we’ll be used by God to spread a passion for the gospel and mission work as we continue seeking partners to help us reach full funding…”  Smiths are trusting God for 85% of their support so they can attend ABWE training classes in Harrisburg, PA, in April.
Sunday, February 5, was a big day for Refuge Baptist Church where Bloomers are part of the church development team.  Phil says, “We will celebrate communion, share a fellowship meal and have a yearly meeting.”  This was not the usual annual business meeting.  It was called to introduce a transition in the leadership of the church.  Pastor Dalvino, who planted the church, announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.  Phil says the church is in critical need of well-equipped men to be servant leaders.  He led a meeting last week for eight men who want to be part of this leadership plan.  “We hope to start training by the end of the month and are excited to see these men grow and lead,” he says.  Pray God will strengthen and grow Refuge Baptist Church through this transition period.
Mea writes, “Our first week back was pretty full.  We moved from the camper into the house.  Praise the Lord!”  (They were offered a roomy house about one and a half miles from the Faith Baptist Mission compound for a reasonable rent which they have paid up through May.)  “We have continued our outreach and have visitation appointments (on the reservation) several days next week.  We are also firming up plans for a California trip for support raising.”  Browns are asking us to pray specially for a little girl named Precious.  She attends the Sunday Kids’ Club faithfully.  In fact, Mea says, “she’s our little shadow”.  Precious lives with her grandmother because her mother is in jail.  Last year, her 12-year-old sister died of alcohol poisoning and last week, her 18-year-old brother was shot and killed.  Pray with Browns that they can minister to Precious and her family in a way that pleases and honors the Lord during this difficult time.  Also, pray for her salvation.  Pray that God will supply their support needs.  Rent and travel funds are a priority.




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