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Hornbrooks have been in Lafayette, IN, briefly for a Biblical Counseling conference hosted by their home church, Faith Baptist. Faith Baptist has been hosting this conference for more than two decades and for some years the attendance has been at 2,000, about 10% Spanish speakers. Sam was invited to be one of the speakers for the Spanish-language participants who come from all over Latin America and from Latino ministries in the U.S. The conference gives training in biblical counseling to anyone in church ministry in discipleship, marriage, parent/child relationships, and applying biblical principles to daily living. Sam has been helping a coalition of Mexican pastors organize similar Biblical Counseling conferences in Mexico. For the last two years, the Mexican conference has attracted more than 600 participants. Back at Nueva Vida Baptist, Hornbrooks’ church plant, Sam and the pastor have set aside Tuesday afternoons to offer free biblical counseling to church members and anyone from the community. They see it as an evangelistic tool. Jamie and the assistant pastor and his wife are offering tutoring in English and schoolwork to children in the community around the church. Pray that counseling opportunities and tutorials bring people to meet Jesus.
In the first week of January, Twin Lakes staff moved into their new offices near the entrance of the camp. The Welcome Center was expanded and remodeled to accommodate three offices and a reception area. This was accomplished with the help of volunteers ahead of razing the old offices for building the new Activity Center. Building was also started on two new cabins in anticipation of another year of growth in summer camps and fall retreats. Program staff began a round of college visits to recruit counselors for summer camp. Jon Beight, Director, says, “It looks like we are going to have great staff again this year with more applicants than we have space for.” About 600 elementary through high school students have or will be attending four winter retreats. The staff are excited that the camp is being used so fully through the winter. Pray with staff as final selections are made for the 20 counselor positions. Continue praying for the fundraising campaign for the Activity Center. More than $380,000 has been raised so far, but more is needed.
Harry and Jan are on a trip to their fields in South Asia, including a visit to Bangladesh which has “some critical issues going on regarding the Rohingya (refugee) crisis”. They will also be participating in the Far East Leadership Training Seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia, where ABWE Team Leaders from all of Asia will meet for training. Harry says, “Please pray for the Holy Spirit to move as only He can do (at the seminar) to refresh, unify, inspire, and lead us all.” Harry and Jan are also praying for a Regional Director to oversee Bangladesh and to open Pakistan as a field. They have their eye on a promising couple, but it takes time and work to develop missionaries for this position. They are praising God that Jan was able to accompany Harry on this trip, the first in two years. She is subject to lung infection flare-ups, but her present treatment regimen seems to be working well and is portable.


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Two of our missionaries, Doug Boisvert of Tri-M and Kent Craig of ABWE, are working on getting theological training and materials to pastors in what we call East Asia. Doug has taken on the challenge of this vast region for Tri-M in conjunction with his work in Mongolia, but new regulations in the country mean creative thinking on the part of him and his local co-workers to hold training modules. Kent Craig says the East Asian church is experiencing “explosive growth with more than one million new believers annually”. A free Bible Study Toolbox has been put together to provide pastors and ministry leaders with crucial resources like Bible translations, Hebrew and Greek concordances, sample sermon outlines for every Bible passage and commentaries, all translated into local languages and available online. Kent is helping raise money to design and develop a mobile Bible commentary app for East Asians with access to the internet. Pray that these efforts to teach Christians and train pastors in a country hostile to Christians will be effective and open God’s Word to believers who want to study and grow.

God continues to show His goodness and faithfulness by bringing more and more folks from the neighborhood to Nueva Vida Church, Hornbrooks write. Because of that, the church needs a bigger auditorium and is hoping that construction can begin in the next couple of weeks. The expanded auditorium will have a total of 250 seats. “We are very ready to have a nice roof and four walls,” they say. The church’s Christmas outreach brought in 180 people to enjoy the musical drama called “The Mystery of Christmas”. In April, Nueva Vida will help host the Regional Counseling Conference, a Biblical counseling organization Sam is involved with, teaching at its seminars throughout Latin America. Pray with Hornbrooks for continued growth as the church’s programs reach into the community. Pray also for a trouble-free construction project.
The staff of Bethesda are praising God for enabling their program with new equipment and facilities in 2017. Two new boreholes (wells) were add to ease the tight water situation on the campus. A new computer lab, re-outfitted music room and expanded pre-school playground were added to the Jabulani Christian Academy facility. They are presently raising money to enlarge the school auditorium to fit in the whole student body of 200 plus. New staff included a Child Care Administrator, trained houseparents, and a board member. BOMI held its first Orphan Care Seminar, reaching and impacting many people and churches interested in orphan care. The staff hosted many short-term teams from universities and churches and interns who worked with them for several months. And, most important, new children were added to the seven families on and off campus. Thank God for blessing all aspects of the work of the orphan village and for the spiritual growth seen in children’s lives.



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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 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.



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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 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.





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