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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.
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.
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.


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Bloomers write that ministry is in full swing and Philip is a few weeks into the leadership training for men at
Refuge Baptist Church. He says the men are studying the lives of Bible leaders and it has been encouraging for Philip as well as his students. Pray that the men will be more consistent in attending class. Philip is also part of the preaching rotation at RFB and is happy to report attendance of almost 40 at services. Martha is teaching in the children’s Sunday School. Bloomers have been talking with pastors about next steps in mobilizing Brazilian Christians for missionary service. Phil’s asking for opportunities to share opportunities for both long-term and short-term service. Pray with them as they schedule dates in churches and prepare to stir up response in congregations.
Attendance has been strong at Omega Baptist Church, Robert says, with 150 at services recently. The Saturday evening student ministry ranges between 50 and 75 even during the Easter vacation. Robert is completing the 300 youth Bible studies planned for Against the Current and working on new Team Challenges, evangelism projects and youth discipleship as the AC program expands to other churches in the city. Pray for growth in the spiritual lives of students studying the Bible with Cupps and for continuing growth in numbers. Pray with Cupps for the many Peruvians affected by devasting floods.
Pastor Dwayne Llewellyn shared with C2C Director Doug Whicker requests that prayer participants at WBC can use in their weekly intercession. Pray for the youth football camp, April 18-22, that God will prepare the hearts of the students to receive his Word and respond to it; for victory over the enemy’s schemes; for a great revival; and for God to be glorified. Pray for the staff and Pastor Ronald Webster as they prepare themselves to minister at the camp. Pray for Pastor Dwayne as he continues to work on the title of the church property. He has contacted a lawyer for help and is asking God for wisdom and perseverance through the whole process. Pray for those of the Mt Stewart congregation who are suffering illness and loss of family. A large number from the congregation came to the altar on Easter Sunday in response to the message. Pray for the needs represented among them.


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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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