Posts Tagged ‘Twin Lakes Camp’

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.

03.17.18

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ROBERT AND ALEJANDRA CUPPS
AREQUIPA
Earlier this month, Cupps took their Against the Current youth groups to the base of the volcano overlooking the city of Arequipa. There, they challenged the young people, in a special Bible study, to share the gospel all over their city of a million of people, beginning with friends and family. Easter Sunday saw an overflow crowd at Omega Baptist church and the congregation had to use the adjacent AC Coffee house to accommodate all the worshippers. A new AC chapter opened in the northern city of Chiclayo as Jose Luis and his wife began services in their new church plant. Pray for the growth of AC youth groups in Arequipa and beyond as Cupps see them as the church of the future in Peru.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
Summer camp registrations for this year’s season are running strong, Jon Beight, Director, writes. He says, “We ended the month of April with 30% more campers registered for summer camp than the same time last year. We are excited to see what God will do in the lives of campers and staff this summer.” Pray for an effective ministry, and safety and strength for staff and counselors. After attending the Small Town Pastor’s Conference, with over 500 pastors in attendance, Jon is anxious to spread the word about all Twin Lakes has to offer the small church families of Indiana and Illinois in education, fellowship and discipleship. Pray families will be eager to use the camp for spiritual growth and maturing.
SHEPHERDS
WISCONSIN
Shepherds, according to President, Bill Amstutz, “…is transforming, adapting, focusing and changing in order to advance the ministry mission–to see people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) reached for Christ.” Some of the Shepherds clients live in the community and work either at Shepherds or in jobs local businesses provide. Shepherds College trains and equips young adults with IDD
so they may serve their communities by using the gifts God has given them.. The college’s three-year training program offers majors in Horticultural, including Aquaponics, and Catering. The goal of Shepherds programs is to focus on clients’ abilities, not disabilities, and to point them to Jesus.

02.21.18

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SAM AND JAMIE HORNBROOK
Mexico City
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.
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
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.
DRS. HARRY AND JAN
SOUTH ASIA
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.

12.17.17

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JARED AND ALYSSA
ASIA MINOR
Jared and Alyssa and their family are spending six months in Indiana on a medical furlough. They ask us to continue praying with them for progress in meeting the health needs of their family member. As they think of the ministry they left, they ask us to pray about their need for visa renewals for themselves and their ABWE colleagues. Government regulations are tightening up in their area of ministry. Pray also for a Korean missionary couple who are caring for Jared and Alyssa’s fledgling Bible study group, but who are in danger of being deported. Jared is translating Child Evangelism Fellowship materials into the local language and has a deadline looming at the end of December. Pray with him for diligence and focus as he works on this project. (Jared’s and Alyssa’s surname and exact place of ministry are being withheld due to a difficult political situation on their field. Please be careful about using their names or describing their ministry online.).
TWIN LAKES CAMP
HILLSBORO, IN
According to Jon Beight, Director of Twin Lakes, the staff are rejoicing in all God has accomplished at Twin Lakes in the last year. So many improvements have been possible including beginning construction on a new staff house. They are especially thankful for the 1,209 summer campers and 3,684 retreat group guests they’ve served physically and spiritually throughout the year’s ministry. Jon says, “As we all know, it’s not about numbers coming or projects completed, we operate because we are excited about changed lives. On nearly a weekly basis we are hearing about what God is doing in the lives of the campers who have attended Twin Lakes.” There are lots of projects and activities on the books for 2018 including a new indoor Activity Center. But, pray with Jon and the staff that their focus will be on changed lives and strengthened Christians for God’s glory.
ROBERT AND ALEJANDRA CUPPS
AREQUIPA
Rob and Ale have kept us up-to-date with the variety of activities they led in 2017 in two or three churches in their pursuit of stronger churches, church plants and leader-trainees. Rob has been teaching a Sunday School class at Omega Baptist for young marrieds called, “How to manage your finances biblically.” He and Ale continue their outreach among high school and university students with their well-attended Saturday night “Against the Current” teaching modules, preceded by the Coffee House Fellowship hour. Omega Baptist has pledged US$1,000 in monthly support for Peruvian missionaries within Peru and in other countries. Jose Luis and his family, one of these missionary families, are planting a church in Chiclayo, Peru, and a group will be going on a missions trip in January, 2018, to assist and encourage them. Rob and Ale are also concerned about and involved in the training of leaders and future church planters. Pray that Cupps will continue diligent and determined in their service of Christ’s church in Peru in 2018.

 

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