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Rich celebrated his 75th birthday Sunday (9/24), praising God as he taught the adult Sunday School class on Paul and Prayer, preached on the Lord’s Supper in the morning service, and on the love of the brethren in Philippians in the 3:00 p.m. Christian life service. A couple of days later, God took him home after an infection overwhelmed his body. Rich and Catherine had been in ministry 56 years, mostly in Japan, and were building up their second church plant. Rich exemplified Paul’s statement that “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means, I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22). He never missed an opportunity to share the good news of salvation. Richs’ daughter April and her husband, Michael Riffle, have been working alongside Rich and Catherine for some years now and a second couple are raising support to join them. Thank God for the impact Rich’s ministry has made on so many lives and ask Him to continue to bless the work of bringing Japanese people to Christ.
Gary is on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands assessing needs for ABWE after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ravaged the island. ABWE will be partnering with Bluewater Bible College and several local churches, who’ve sustained damage themselves, to raise funds and help alleviate immediate physical needs. Gary says the Bible College was spared enough that it is able to house church families who have lost homes and belongings. ABWE has set up a “Hurricane Relief Fund” for the Caribbean. The link is: . Gary was able to preach at Grace Baptist Church Sunday and is busy with an encouragement ministry till he flies out on a commercial flight Friday night. Pray this flight isn’t canceled as so many have been as he needs to be home for the CCAM Regional Conference on October 8.
Steve and Mea have an exciting opportunity to meet people and share the gospel this Wednesday, October 4. Many of the TO participate in “The Walk” from their villages spread out all over the reservation to Magdalena, Mexico. There is a statue of St. Francis Xavier at the Magdalena Catholic Church where they offer homage, many walking more than 50 miles to participate. Pray with Browns that they will have many opportunities to share the good news of Christ’s salvation. They want to see the O’odham “walking in the light of the gospel”. The “Walk”, Browns write, is so intricately woven into the upbringing and culture of the natives that Christians have difficulty explaining to unsaved family members why they can’t be part of this and other religious practices. Their friend, Myla, who studies the Bible with them weekly, has decided to walk and pray for herself, her family and her people. Browns say O’odham Christians need prayer to stand up for the truth of God’s Word.


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Jared and Alyssa will be back in the US later this month on a six-month furlough to attend to the medical needs of one of the children. They will spend most of that time here in Danville, staying with Alyssa’s parents, but looking for a short-term lease. Look for them around WBC as they plan to be active in Alyssa’s home church while they’re here. Jared’s home church in Roanoke, VA, has provided them with a vehicle for the duration of their stay. Ask God to give them a good experience with medical professionals at an Indianapolis hospital, getting the help they need so they may return to ministry in Turkey with easy minds at the end of their furlough. Remember the young church plant they’re leaving, that God will bless it with strong and faithful leadership and believers who will grow in their relationship with God and be consistent witnesses.
Doug leaves this month on a teaching trip to Asia. Two pastors from supporting US churches will accompany him for a week-long module in Mongolia. They will be teaching the third group of pastors and church leaders to go through the Tri-M program since it began in Mongolia. Pray that the 25 pastors and church leaders will have victory over obstacles that may arise, e.g. travel difficulties, family problems, illness. Doug says, “We are transitioning to having at least one Mongolian leader assume teaching responsibilities for one of the three courses in each teaching module. This will begin consistently next year, so this trip…will confirm and coordinate details with the Mongolian leadership. Pray that we ill sense Jesus’ clear direction in this transition and be of the same Godly mindset.” Pray also for pastors who’ve graduated from the Tri-M courses so they’ll continue to be “creative and faithful”.
Steve and Mea are spending this weekend (9/16-17) in Albuquerque, NM, to share their ministry in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The pastor told Browns he didn’t want a sermon from them, he wanted them to inspire his people with missionary vision and outline the steps to following the Lord in service. Pray that these goals will be accomplished in this congregation. Browns continue with weekly Bible study with Myla and Anthony, rotating between their home and the native couple’s on the reservation. They emphasize that the TO natives like to give as much as they get, so Steve and Mea are sensitive to this and other cultural norms they encounter as they befriend TO people. They are looking at a new area of the reservation in the east with a good population of villages and are asking their reservation friends for introductions to any family they can contact in that area. It adds more travel to their already farflung area of ministry, but they’re willing to get involved. Pray for CJ (10) who’s feeling the lack of peer fellowship and for daughter, Logan, who’s loving college and her church activities in California.


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The Bloomer children and Martha are back at school, Martha teaching kindergarten again and Phil coaching Junior High Basketball. Phil says ministry at Refuge Baptist Church has picked up. He and Pastor Dalvino had the opportunity to meet with two men who professed Christ and want to get more involved in church life. They are Samuel and Jose. Phil has encouraged them to join his men’s leadership class. Phil taught Sunday school and preached this last weekend while Pastor Dalvino prepared for a trip to Canada to share his ministry in Brazil with a supporting church. Pastor Dalvino will be retiring later this year and the church is looking for a man to replace him. Pray that the congregation will recognize God’s choice of pastor for them and pray for the new people coming to church that they’ll contribute in a meaningful way to the spiritual life of the church. Thank God for the growth in numbers and in leadership in the congregation.
Faths are praising God that they’ve been blessed with eight new, long-term CEEMed teammates. One family is going to Moldova, a second to the Czech Republic and four missionaries who’ve served on short-term stints are returning to Kosovo and Hungary. The team in Kosovo is praying for the follow-up to numerous summer camps, planning for church plants, a cafe/art gallery outreach in a major city, and the teachers beginning a new semester at Kosovo Leadership Academy. Kelly says the school needs a science teacher as soon as possible for the new school year. Kelly will be participating in board meetings and team retreats on various fields in August. He will help missionaries with planning and team development. Pray God will use these missionaries to firmly implant the gospel in Eastern Europe and grow churches with hearts for outreach.
Browns have been studying the Gospel of John with Anthony and Myla for many weeks. When they asked the couple where they stood in relationship to Christ, both professed to be believers, confessing Christ as Savior. “We are praising God for His mercy in their lives,” Steve says. They still have struggles with past belief practices, but Steve and Mea have been showing them from Scripture how to overcome these challenges. Anthony and Myla helped with the planning and execution of a barbecue at Browns’ home which 45 or more from the reservation attended. Everyone brought food, some also brought instruments for a traditional sing-song and the fellowship went on for seven hours! Browns are praising God for this opportunity to show Christian love and friendship with many who have never been in a white American home. They are trusting God for new relationships from this event and future ones which are already being planned. Pray for Greg and Vanessa Narcho and the challenges they face. Ask God to bless the Sunday services on the reservation with 20-40 kids and many adults. And, ask God to bless Logan (college freshman) and CJ (5th grade) as they begin their new school year.


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Geurinks write, “…for the next few years we will no longer be working directly and full time with Amazon tribes in theological education and Bible translation…At the end of August, 2017, our employment classification with Pioneers will be changing from Active to Associate status…While our hearts are still very much with the people in Brazil we have loved and worked with since February, 2000, it’s clear that for the next few critical years of our (4) kids lives…staying in the U.S. would best allow us to carry out what we’ve prayerfully determined is right for each of them…Another factor is Katrina’s health. Her struggle with fibromyalgia has intensified significantly…in the Amazon heat and humidity and has become truly debilitating…We are not resigning from Pioneers. Associate status leaves our ties with Pioneers intact and keeps our account open so we can still channel funds for ministry purposes…Thank you all again for your love and support and participation in the expansion of God’s kingdom among unreached people groups.”
Browns are learning to survive through Arizona’s monsoon season. Going from extreme dry heat, they now battle extreme heat with heavy rain, sometimes preceded by dust storms, and the high humidity that comes with it. This means constant juggling of schedules and meetings and activities with natives, because the rain washes out the roads. After each storm, Steve says, they have to drag their yard and the road past their home, or they become rutted and impassable. Taking weather into consideration, they’ve been trying to keep up weekly Bible studies with Anthony and Myla and keep up visits of encouragement with Greg and Vanessa Narcho. Greg faces arraignment and sentencing on August 8 and is very despondent (he accepted Christ while in the reservation’s jail for the same crime he’ll be sentenced for in an Arizona court). Browns planned a BBQ for 25 natives they worship with weekly at their home, weather permitting, and have been asked to teach two or three women to set up food stalls at swap meets and community flea markets, selling fair food and advertising Sunday school and services. Pray for the Narchos as Greg’s court date approaches. Ask God to widen opportunities for Browns to share the good news of the gospel.
BCH staff and administrators are praying for houseparent couples. “Our ministry depends on their care of the children so much,” President Bill Brittain writes, “More houseparents will enable us to care for more children as well as provide relief to our current houseparents.” Brittain also asks us to pray with BCH for the finances to repair extensive flood damage to the Mt. Pleasant, MI, home. Thank God for many supporters who donated bikes and helmets to kids to use this summer. Many of these bikes will be ridden in the annual BCH bike-a-thon this August. The bike-a-thon raises funds for BCH expenses. Also, pray for the children as they start back to school this month. Remember the BCH families and houseparents in Myanmar, India and Liberia where local pastors and churches run the homes.




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