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04.25.18

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DRS. HARRY AND JAN
South Asia
Drs. Harry and Jan have been ‘on the go’ recently and report on one of their most populated fields. “God has provided above and beyond what was needed to complete the new 120-bed…hospital (in a country east of India). As you know the medical ministry in this country has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse for many years. We are particularly grateful for SP’s help in responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis. In January, during a visit to this hospital by Franklin Graham, president of SP, God moved his heart to donate $2 million which will allow for not only the completion of the building but also the purchase of the needed medical equipment! Please pray for the many details of finishing the construction, ordering and installing equipment, and a smooth transfer, all while still caring for our very full present hospital load. Please also ask our Lord to send the many personnel needed to not only staff the hospital but to work in evangelism, discipleship and church planting.
SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
Mexico City
“Nueva Vida en Cristo is experiencing an exciting growth spurt!” write Sam and Jamie Hornbrook. We have seen an increase in attendance, faithfulness and most important, growth in spiritual maturity. This growth was seen recently in our special baptism service. Eight of the 13 baptisms were young people!…We are so grateful for God’s sufficient Word that gives us guidance and help in our lowest times…Adrian, a young man who lives right behind the church, used to be a cutter. Adrian now shares with tears how he was loved on by a Missions Team who came to do Sports Camps in 2017. Don’t ever think that short-term Missions Teams don’t have any long-lasting impact. Many of our church folk are a result of Missions Teams who sacrificed so much to show the love of Christ to folks they won’t see again ’til eternity. Pray for volunteers from WBC to join our VBS Missions Team to Nueva Vida in July, 2018.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Rich wrote to update us on Karyn’s condition after a problem with lymph edema she’s been suffering from. She’s doing very well and swelling in her left leg is subsiding. Rich is learning to put bandages on her leg, one of her treatments. Reporting on their other ministries, Vissers are rejoicing in steady growth in their Luxembourg church plant. Regular attenders are faithful and a steady trickle of visitors, mostly Eastern Europeans, are coming. Rich continues discipleship classes with one young man from the church and another from another church. Pray these young men will make decisions to accept believer’s baptism. The translation of the Luxembourgish New Testament has been enthusiastically accepted and the committee has already had to order a new printing. Work has begun on an OT translation. Two new candidates have joined A.M.E.B.I., the French arm of Baptist Mid-Missions. Please pray the Lord will send more French young people into His harvest. Rich, Karyn and Ben will be back in the States on furlough in mid-August this year and we look forward to hosting them at WBC in November. Praise God for all He’s accomplished through Vissers at the Bible school and in so many other ministries.

04.11.18

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RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
The Bible Institute’s students have returned from their annual week-long internship helping four local churches in southern France with preaching, song leading, testimonies, Sunday School and evangelism outreaches. They also helped a Christian camp prepare for the summer season of hosting up to a thousand young people. Rich says, “These internships help our students put into practice what they learn in class and prepares them for full-time service when they graduate.” The 40th anniversary of the Institute’s founding is being planned and all former students and teachers, now scattered worldwide, have been invited to the celebrations. Vissers ask us to pray that Walter and Carol Loescher, who’ll be replacing Rich and Karyn in directing the Institute, will get visas in time to arrive in July to take over. Vissers will be visiting WBC in November, 2018. Pray for them as they begin the process of turning over the Institute to new directors and preparing for their retirement.
BETHESDA OUTREACH
SOUTH AFRICA
“Thank you for giving me the greatest gift of all–the knowledge of God and the gospel,” said Johannah, who was thanking her foster parents at Bethesda’s farewell to houseparents Jones and Lena Phago who are moving back into the community with three of the BOM children. Phagos have been with Bethesda almost from the beginning and are being replaced with a new couple, Joseph and Charmain Mathebula. Pray for these two couples in transition. The Mathebulas especially are new to the child care ministry. Another young couple, Tshepo and Katlego Mnisi, have come to Bethesda as a houseparent reliever couple. Tsepo is completing practical work for a Social Studies certification working under BOM’s social worker, Natasha Retief. They are growing in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and the staff are looking forward to, and praying for, God’s continuing to develop them as a family and as houseparents.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
Director Jon Beight says Twin Lakes had a large number of volunteers this Spring helping the camp prepare for a busy summer season. He thanks God for continuing to provide resources and talents so that the outdoor Christian education ministry of the camp can develop. Some of the projects volunteers worked on include construction of the Elm/Walnut Cabin, a new centralized water system, a new staff home, the hiring of CITs, sending of prayer partner material to Summer staff and the writing of a Summer Program Guide. The camp has nearly 700 children and teens signed up for this summer season and is praying for another 500 before camp opens. Pray with them for a season of salvations, spiritual growth, service commitment and good relationships between campers and staff.

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.

 

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