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02.15.18

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Rich and Cherry say God keeps bringing people into their lives. They meet new students regularly at language school with whom they can build relationships. They also get to know a variety of Spanish instructors and have learned about their personal lives and families. They use these opportunities to share their testimonies. They’ve also met Guatemalan and other American missionaries who shed light on possible ministry opportunities for the time when they leave language school. They are enjoying their Thursday night English teaching for high school and university students in the village of Magdalena. They have devotions with these kids during classes. They’ve been on a short vacation trip to the US and ask us to pray with them about settling back in language classes when they return at the end of February. They’re also considering attending a three-day-month bilingual pastoral training institute where they would find networking opportunities with local pastors. And, pray for energy in the enervating, tropical climate.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Rich and Karyn are rejoicing in “some good things happening over here”. Remodeling on the classroom building of the Institute is almost complete. The French mission agency, AMEBI, has taken on two new missionaries who’ve completed their obligatory year-long probationary service. Their church plant in Luxembourg City is showing new growth with a consistent attendance of 20-25. And, the Luxembourgish New Testament, newly released, is selling “like hotcakes”. Vissers are planning to retire in the summer of 2019, possibly near Paris where two of their children (with families) live. They have some replacement staff coming who will take over some of their ministries at the Bible Institute and the Luxembourg City church plant. Rich will be handing over the presidency of AMEBI to a French pastor in March next year. Thank God for blessing in the various ministries Vissers have undertaken. Ask Him to work on behalf of students from Francophone Africa who can’t get into France because of the overwhelming refugee problem.
KENT AND KELLY CRAIG
ASIA PACIFIC/EAST ASIA
Kent was recently in Papua New Guinea at the Goroka Baptist Bible College where 16 students, mostly trained pastors, graduated. Pray for these men and women trained for ministry to get the Word of God into communities around the island. Continue to pray about the Rohinga refugee crisis in Bangladesh where Muslim Burmese have been chased into the region of BD where ABWE’s Memorial Christian Hospital is located and has been called upon to care for the most critically injured. Along with Samaritan’s Purse, the hospital has erected a special Rohingya Recovery Ward, raised resources to care from these patients and are thanking God for the opportunity to share the Word with this people group. Craigs administer some of the most populated mission fields in the world, encouraging and counseling missionaries and local Christians and recruiting more staff to keep the gospel moving forward in Asia.

12.22.17

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
GUATEMALA
Learning another language is tough, Rich says, but you have to keep showing up even when you don’t feel like it. He and Cherry attend classes four hours a day, working one-on-one with their teacher. They have homework every night and spend their free time trying to understand the news, learn the culture, and practice speaking with nationals. They’ve even begun to dream in Spanish, a good sign! Beyond their daily routine, they recently joined some ministry partners training a group of Guatemalan youth leaders, teaching them a story-telling curriculum focused on the character of Jesus. This curriculum brings Bible truths to life in a way beneficial to oral learners. It was encouraging, they said, to see the excitement of the youth workers as they were equipped with new teaching tools. They continue to teach English as a Second Language to a group in the town of Magdalena once a week. They’ve been invited into the homes of students for coffee and dinners. Pray with Smiths for Jose who’s suffering from electrocution injuries and needs the Lord. Pray about a vehicle they need for ministry use and a new apartment for the remaining nine months of language study. Remember them away from family this Christmas.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
More than seven hundred newly translated Luxembourgish New Testaments have been sold or placed in bookstores for distribution. Praise God! Work will soon begin on translating the Old Testament. Work on the Bible Institute facility is almost complete, but enrollment is down as foreign students have been unable to get visas due to the influx of refugees into Europe. Vissers will be visiting Spain at the end of January to help BM-M co-workers improve their program of educating national leaders for that country. Pray for a successful partnership. Thank God for the salvation of the wife of a part-time Bible Institute student. Karyn was able to lead her to the Lord. Pray the Christmas programs at their Luxembourg City church plant will bring many seekers who will find the Savior.
AL AND TARA MAYHAK
AUSTRALIA
Al and Tara returned from a three-month furlough to teaching Scripture classes at four area schools, resumed ministry at One Redeemer Church and outreach at Life Church, Marsden Park. Tara found a favorable turnaround in student attitudes in her fourth grade class. One student who had been troublesome began to listen, accepted a Gospel of Mark and invited Al and Tara to view the Christmas lights at his home. There, they met his parents. They want to build on this connection. Now that school’s out, they’re involved in much Christmas activity: carol singing in a Sydney mall and at local shopping centers and parks, letterbox drops of Christian material, and a Christmas in the Park witness. They ask us to pray with them for Rob, Jesse and Renee. They want these friends to attend Christmas services with their families and hear the gospel. They will follow them up in January.

 

10.15.17

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
GUATEMALA
Rich and Cherry have completed more than four weeks of Spanish language study and feel they are making good progress. They say they are adjusting to the cultural and lifestyle differences like walking everywhere while keeping out of the way of vehicular traffic, preparing every meal from scratch and getting used to constant rumbles–and ash–from a nearby volcano. They have met a number of missionaries from a variety of mission agencies who are encouraging them and giving them some idea of the potential for ministry when they’ve conquered the language. However, they are committed to focusing on language study no matter how
tempting ministries opportunities appear. They are teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to four people, but this does not take much time and makes a nice break from studying. Smiths are asking us to pray with them even now for guidance about ministry after language school. They will be looking into the how and where of church planting in this needy country.
SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO CITY
Sam and Jamie say they are finding many Mexicans upset and fearful about the recent earthquake and ensuing aftershocks. Although their home and church and the community around them were not directly affected, “people’s fear definitely increases opportunities to talk about the gospel”. They were downtown recently and saw some of the damage from the quake. The elementary school where many of their church kids go is still closed as it suffered structural damage. They ask us to “keep Mexico in your prayers”. Thank God for the vibrant youth and children’s ministry their church offers under the ministry of their youth pastor and his wife.

 

08.14.17

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RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
GUATEMALA
Rich and Cherry leave for Antigua, Guatemala, this Saturday, August 19. This is the first step in a years-long ministry of planting a church and bringing a church to maturity in that country. They’ll spend their first year in Spanish language study (starting in two weeks) and in familiarizing themselves with the culture and where their ministry might best be accomplished. They ask us to pray with them for teachable spirits, ready to learn all God has to show them; for the strength to battle spiritual oppression; and for the many practical details of getting themselves moved from here and settled in there. Their daughter, Bailey, a fluent Spanish speaker, will accompany them for two weeks to help them acclimatize and find their way around their new neighborhood. Pray for the family they leave behind, Bob and Nancy McLaughlin, Steve and Beth Herr, and their daughters, Bailey and Bradee and families.
BETHESDA OUTREACH MINISTRIES
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
The Bethesda Outreach Board is sharing plans for their annual Christmas offering. In 2017, they are asking supporter-investors to give toward the construction of a school hall for Jabulani Christian Academy. This would be the equivalent of a gymnasium in this country, with multiple functions. This hall is part of a five-year plan that includes “growing” the school to provide Christian education through high school. It will include classrooms in addition to the gym/auditorium area. By 2018, JCA will have more than 220 students, extending its influence into the surrounding community where 60-70% of the students are classified as orphaned or vulnerable children. JCA, as an arm of Bethesda Outreach, can be a financially profitable and sustainable income source for the ministry, helping to support BOMI’s gospel influence and outreach in the Pretoria/Tswane area.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
Every day this summer, about 200 campers and staff would sit in the camp’s outdoor prayer chapel and begin their day being still and meditating on the fact that there is a God (Ps. 46:10). From that point on till the end of each day, Director Jon Beight, says, “we packed in as much truth and learning opportunity as possible about becoming spiritually mature as we walked through the book of James”. Beight thanks God for these blessings from the summer season: 60 salvation decisions; 1209 total campers; growth in spiritual maturity; protection and safety of staff and campers; and, speakers and staff who faithfully shared God’s Word. “You may not see the day-to-day life at camp but we want you to know it’s because of your love for us that we are able to accomplish what God has called us to,” Beight writes.

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