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Doug says his last teaching trip to Mongolia “yielded encouraging signs of growth and the formation of a new group of students”. Because they’ve had an increasing number of requests from pastors to join the training, the Mongolian leadership and Doug started a new group to run concurrently with the already-established group studying more advanced material. Thus, two Mongolian leaders each taught a course while Doug and an American adjunct did the same. Doug was teaching courses in both the new and the advanced groups that week. Doug says, “It was wonderful to observe the growing fellowship and establishment of relationships during the…evening activities.” Mongolian pastors are often isolated in their communities without the encouragement of fellow pastors. Requests are already coming in for a training group that won’t be held till mid-2019. Pray for wisdom the Mongolian leaders as they plan for future training sessions and for the pastors who are so eager to train to preach the Word with accuracy and conviction.
Phil writes, “We continue to challenge Brazilians to consider world missions.” They ask us to pray with them for more opportunities in churches and with individuals as they represent Maranatha Multicultural Missions, recruiting and equipping Brazilians for missionary service. Ministry at Refuge Baptist Church under a new leadership team is being restructured. “The teaching and preaching…has been great,” Phil says, “but growth is at a standstill. We are planning more outreach events and trying to be creative to reach the neighborhood.” The leadership team is considering a change of Sunday service time from morning to evening in hopes of greater attendance. Pray with Bloomers about this challenge at Refuge. Pray also about the truckers’ strike which is in its seventh day and is paralyzing the country. Food and fuel are in increasingly short supply.
Doug and Abby Whicker and Joe Johansson met with Pastor Dwaine Llewellyn and Mt. Stewart Baptist leaders in a conference call, Thursday, May 23, to review progress in the C2C partnership and share goals for the future. Pastor Dwaine told the group he has been praying for 15 men he can lead to the Lord and disciple to be “consistently active” in the church. The group spent time discussing how Mt. Stewart members could achieve this goal as well as developing a structure to disciple the men. Pray with them that God will lead them to prepared hearts. Pray also for the West Bridge youth who’ll be visiting Mt. Stewart on their June missions trip and for the October 3-20 work trip Doug Whicker is organizing.



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Bill Brittain, President, is thankful for everything so many generous people have done for the children of BCH. The October Food Shower filled empty pantry shelves for the homes in Indiana and Michigan. The Christmas giving made it possible for the homes to celebrate as any family would. The 20-mile Bike-a-thon/two-mile walk raised awareness and funds for the ministry. BCH has many needs, the greatest being Houseparents, energetic, mature Christian couples who can love and care for kids in the residential group home program. Safe Families for Children is a worldwide movement to end child abuse which BCH partners with and urges Christian people to investigate. The BCH ministry also offers mission trips to ministry locations to help with work projects; both skilled and unskilled help is needed. Pray for God’s blessing on and help for the staff and children in each BCH location, here and in Liberia, India, and Myanmar.
In November, 2017, Doug traveled to the border between Uganda and South Sudan to assist a new group of South Sudanese church leaders begin theological training programs. Doug says the South Sudanese have “lost everything and do not expect to return to their homes” for years because of civil war. The South Sudanese are fast becoming the largest group of refugees in the world with enormous camps set up in Uganda and Kenya. Their pastors believe the only real hope for their people is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Among this new group of leaders gathered for training were a high ranking officer and a sergeant of the rebel group. The two are believers and wanted to see what this South Sudan Evangelical School of Theology had to offer. They were impressed with the training especially since it was offered in local languages. One of the SSEST leaders returned to base with them to lead daily Bible studies. Pray for the pastors and Christians of South Sudan. The salvation of their country lies in their hands with the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Phil says he and Martha remain focused on challenging Brazilians to consider missions. In 2017, they were able to teach and preach the Great Commission in several churches in the SP area. Phil also played a part in the Logos Seminary mission conference, sharing their vision in several breakout workshops. Bloomers represent the Maranatha Multicultural Ministry (MMM) presenting to SP Christians the challenge of missions in Brazil, Africa and Europe. MMM already has more than 30 missionaries serving. In 2018, Phil and Martha will host and lead mission teams from the US and Brazil. During English Camp in January, Phil was able to speak with Eduardo (20) who is considering what God wants him to do with his life. Pray for Eduardo and other Brazilian Christians who are waking up to their responsibility to evangelize both within their country and throughout the world.


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Phil and Martha are preparing for a team from West Bridge who will be arriving in Sao Paolo to minister with them at Refuge Baptist Church October 13-21.  Our team will help by working on the Refuge Baptist facility, canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the church to invite kids to kids club (young people), offering leadership training to the men’s class Phil has been teaching (Rick Baker), preach at services (Pastor Ron McDugle), enjoy the fellowship of Pastor Davino and his family and church members and visiting the Bloomer children’s school, PACA and other places of interest in the area.  Pray that the impact of this trip will be mutual:  both WBC team members and church members blessing each other as they work together and learn about each other’s lives and spiritual challenges.  Thank God for giving this opportunity to the WBC team to see His church in a different setting.
Continue to pray for the pastors and Christians of South Sudan who have been scattered throughout the South Sudan/Uganda/Congo region by the brutal civil war in their country. They’ve lost their homes, their possessions, their crops and animals, everything that kept body and soul together, but not their faith. Doug reports that pastors are planting new churches in the refugee camps where they find themselves and discipling new Christians so they can effectively preach God’s Word in the refugee camps and in their home villages when they return. Doug recently conducted two Tri-M courses for the South Sudan Evangelical School of Theology for all pastors who could get away from their camps to attend. Pray that God would bring an end to the vicious power struggle between two Sudanese leaders and allow Sudanese back to their villages. Pray that pastors and Christians will bring home a message of hope and reconciliation between people and God.
Kent and Kelly spent their first two terms of service in the Philippines church planting and in administration of the ABWE work. They rejoice, Kent says, in reports about the Philippine ABWE (PABWE), an indigenous
mission agency that has planted churches throughout the country for 60 years, training Christian leaders and workers and discipling converts from non-Christian religious groups. The PABWE work spread into Thailand and Cambodia where “granddaughter mission movements” are gaining strength. Kent says, “…the future of the (PABWE) mission agency represents great potential for expansion through new recruits, new initiatives and new targets.” Pray with Craigs for continued growth and spiritual vision amongst Philippine, Thai and Cambodian Christians.


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The Bloomer children and Martha are back at school, Martha teaching kindergarten again and Phil coaching Junior High Basketball. Phil says ministry at Refuge Baptist Church has picked up. He and Pastor Dalvino had the opportunity to meet with two men who professed Christ and want to get more involved in church life. They are Samuel and Jose. Phil has encouraged them to join his men’s leadership class. Phil taught Sunday school and preached this last weekend while Pastor Dalvino prepared for a trip to Canada to share his ministry in Brazil with a supporting church. Pastor Dalvino will be retiring later this year and the church is looking for a man to replace him. Pray that the congregation will recognize God’s choice of pastor for them and pray for the new people coming to church that they’ll contribute in a meaningful way to the spiritual life of the church. Thank God for the growth in numbers and in leadership in the congregation.
Faths are praising God that they’ve been blessed with eight new, long-term CEEMed teammates. One family is going to Moldova, a second to the Czech Republic and four missionaries who’ve served on short-term stints are returning to Kosovo and Hungary. The team in Kosovo is praying for the follow-up to numerous summer camps, planning for church plants, a cafe/art gallery outreach in a major city, and the teachers beginning a new semester at Kosovo Leadership Academy. Kelly says the school needs a science teacher as soon as possible for the new school year. Kelly will be participating in board meetings and team retreats on various fields in August. He will help missionaries with planning and team development. Pray God will use these missionaries to firmly implant the gospel in Eastern Europe and grow churches with hearts for outreach.
Browns have been studying the Gospel of John with Anthony and Myla for many weeks. When they asked the couple where they stood in relationship to Christ, both professed to be believers, confessing Christ as Savior. “We are praising God for His mercy in their lives,” Steve says. They still have struggles with past belief practices, but Steve and Mea have been showing them from Scripture how to overcome these challenges. Anthony and Myla helped with the planning and execution of a barbecue at Browns’ home which 45 or more from the reservation attended. Everyone brought food, some also brought instruments for a traditional sing-song and the fellowship went on for seven hours! Browns are praising God for this opportunity to show Christian love and friendship with many who have never been in a white American home. They are trusting God for new relationships from this event and future ones which are already being planned. Pray for Greg and Vanessa Narcho and the challenges they face. Ask God to bless the Sunday services on the reservation with 20-40 kids and many adults. And, ask God to bless Logan (college freshman) and CJ (5th grade) as they begin their new school year.




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