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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.

 

08.22.17

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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.

05.10.17

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ALA AND TARA MAYHAK
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
“Thank you for praying for two recent church planting events. Both yielded encouraging results,” writes Tara.
The official opening service for Life Church in Marsden Park was well attended with many genuine visitors looking for a church home. Every Sunday in April, visitors have returned and some have decided to settle in. The attendance at the church has doubled since the church opened. One Redeemer Church in North Richmond is also attracting visitors, though not as many as Life Church. The staff is encouraged but praying for more growth. Some outreaches Mayhak and church staff are using include mailbox flyers, personal invitations, website information and bi-weekly “door knocking”. Al and Tara presented the death and resurrection in their public school Scripture classes around Easter and were allowed to give an invitation to the class as a whole (though not to individual students). Pray the Holy Spirit will be at work in children’s hearts drawing some to make a decision for Christ.
SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
MEXICO
What does church planting look like in Mexico City? Hornbrooks and their pastoral staff keep the congregation busy with activities and outreaches to draw in visitors from the densely populated community in which their new facility stands. The men of New Life in Christ Baptist Church meet together for a Breakfast and Work Day to do maintenance on their building and to study God’s Word so they can “lead their families”. The young people, under their creative youth pastor, have ministered at a nearby orphanage, sharing testimonies and playing games. The young people also have a mime team which performs at church and special events. Kids’ Day on May 1 drew in 110 to hear the Kids’ Choir perform. And, on May 6, the ladies hosted a Mother-Daughter Breakfast at which 65 attendees heard of God’s love for them. Pray for a congregation growing in their knowledge of and love for God and witnessing to their neighbors.
DRS. HARRY AND JAN GEBERTS
SOUTH ASIA
Harry and Jan oversee the work of teammates in the Muslim countries of South Asia. They challenge American Christians to consider what God is doing in Muslim countries; how to measure success in winning converts; and, how to answer the question, “Is it a waste of missionaries’ time and money to evangelize Muslims?” God is doing something big in the Muslim world, Harry says. In the last 40 years, more Muslims have accepted Jesus Christ than in all of Muslim history (which dates back to 622 A.D.). When you read of 1,000 believers being baptized, he points out, you must realize that that figure represents 20,000 believers as Muslims are slow to take the public step of following Christ in baptism. Harry and Jan strive, among their other responsibilities, to recruit new missionaries for Muslim countries. Pray that Christians will understand the importance of loving and winning a major portion of the world’s population.

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