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10.11.17

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WBC TEAM to SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Our WBC short-term mission trip team will be leaving for Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 12. The team includes Doug and Aubrey Whicker, Pastor Ron McDugle, Rick Baker and Jeff and Sandy Bumgardner, Xander and Rylee.. They’ll stay with Phil and Martha Bloomer and work with them and Pastor Dalvino at Refuge Baptist Church. Pastor Ron will be preaching in Sunday services. Rick will be teaching leadership classes and the young people will be used in the children’s ministry. There will also be some construction projects for the team to help complete at the church. This trip has been a year in the planning and much prayer has gone into the preparation. Doug Whicker, leader of the team, asks us to pray with the team for an effective sharing of the gospel unhindered by the language barrier. Ask God to help the team trust God with their anxieties.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Rich writes that the new school year got off to a great, though dusty, start. The building team, adding a new roof, fire escape and guest lecturers’ bedrooms, have been delayed, but are making progress. Eight new students were accepted for study, six of them from French-speaking countries in Africa. They are still waiting on visas to enter the country. Pray for them. The Institute staff are praising God for a very qualified new lecturer, a former missionary kid who grew up in France, who’ll be teaching Biblical Greek and courses in Women’s Ministries. She’s a real answer to prayer. Rich says the New Testament in Luxembourgish
(the language of Luxembourg) will be presented to the public on October 29. Rich and the translation committee are praying that people reading the Word for the first time in their home language will be stirred by the Holy Spirit to hear the voice of God. Pray with them.
ALAN AND TARA MAYHAK
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mayhaks visited WBC on October 1 and shared some updates from their ministry in the northwest suburbs of Sydney. They are both still teaching several Religious Instruction classes a week in the public schools where they have freedom to discuss God’s plan of salvation. On weekends, they work at two different church plants serving rapidly growing suburbs in their area. They serve in a mentoring capacity at Marsden Park on Sunday mornings and minister in One Redeemer church on Sunday afternoons where Tara also does the children’s ministry. Riverston, their home suburb, has grown from a population of 6,000 to 15,000 with immigrants from Asia, many of them Muslim. Al and Tara are planning a door-to-door campaign to invite new residents to Bible study in their home. Pray with them for prepared hearts in their RI classes and in new residents who’ll come to hear the Word in Bible study.

08.22.17

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RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Maintenance work at the Bible Institute is going “full steam ahead” with less than a month till classes resume which they will do September 13. Workers are putting in new floors and repainting walls and ceilings. Another team will be redoing the roof, windows and doors. Rich says the Institute has an unusually high number of students wanting to enroll in first-year courses including six from Francophone Africa. Pray for these African students as they seek visas and make travel plans. Rich says he’s just received confirmation that the Luxembourgish New Testament will be out by October 13 with a dedication date of October 29. The translation team, of which he is part is now gearing up to start work on the Old Testament. Pray for Vissers as they start another year of training pastors and Christian workers for France and countries worldwide where French is spoken.
SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO CITY
Sam and Jamie are praising God for a great VBS this summer. With the help of a team from one of their supporting churches, they hosted some 140 kids for the week and had 200 in their closing program with parents. Their visiting team from Livonia, MI, helped with English classes, crafts and games during the week. Now, Hornbrooks are looking for new families who will seek out Nueva Vida Church because of their positive experience with VBS. Regular Sunday attendance at Nueva Vida is in the 80’s and 90’s, which means looking ahead to restructuring and expanding the auditorium in the next year. They may be looking for a US team to help with construction. Thank God for the expansion of this church plant ministry and ask God to keep a steady supply of seekers coming week by week.

 

06.04.17

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SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO CITY
The men’s and ladies’ Bible studies at Nueva Vida en Cristo, starting with breakfast before ‘digging into the Word’, have resulted in people from the community growing in their faithfulness in church attendance. Praise God! Another new ministry is using tutoring as an outreach. Hornbrooks will offer help four hours a day Monday through Thursday. They also plan on teaching English classes during the school year starting in August. “The Biblical Counseling Movement in Mexico is exploding,” Hornbrooks write. Sam teaches and trains pastors in both Mexico and throughout Latin America. Nueva Vida is expanding its own counseling ministry as well, knowing the big need for biblical counseling in their church and in the surrounding community. Pray God will use this ministry to change people’s lives and ‘grow’ the church.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
Praise was the theme of Fath’s most recent update. At the Romanian Team Retreat, Kelly was able to visit the property on which the Romanian Ministry Center is being built. It will be used to coordinate outreach in the country, especially the work of the Church Ministries Institute. In Ukraine, God is blessing the work of the Pregnancy Care Center and Choose Life in Odessa. And, the ABWE team in Hungary is growing, with the appointment of two missionaries this year. Pray for the graduates of the University of Divine Grace in Moldova where Kelly will be speaking at Commencement services this weekend. Ask God to bless these Muslim Background Believers as they go out to minister in communities where they will be met with hostility.
RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
Vissers are also sending out graduates from the Bible Institute in La Grange. They are praying for these men and women taking up positions in Baptist churches or as missionaries in France and French-speaking countries around the world. Pray for the young people applying to begin studies at the Institute in the fall, and pray for the older men and women who come for short-term studies to enrich their lives and ministries.
The summer months at the Institute are usually spent in building onto or maintaining the facilities. They always welcome volunteers to help. Pray for their church plant in Luxembourg City and for the progress of the translation of the Old Testament into the Luxembourgish language.

02.15.17

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RICH AND KARYN VISSER
FRANCE
 
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.
KELLY AND SHERRI FATH
CEEMed
 
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.
ROBERT AND ALEJANDRA CUPPS
AREQUIPA
 
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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