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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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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.).
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.
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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Rich and Cherry leave for Antigua, Guatemala, this Saturday, August 19. This is the first step in a years-long ministry of planting a church and bringing a church to maturity in that country. They’ll spend their first year in Spanish language study (starting in two weeks) and in familiarizing themselves with the culture and where their ministry might best be accomplished. They ask us to pray with them for teachable spirits, ready to learn all God has to show them; for the strength to battle spiritual oppression; and for the many practical details of getting themselves moved from here and settled in there. Their daughter, Bailey, a fluent Spanish speaker, will accompany them for two weeks to help them acclimatize and find their way around their new neighborhood. Pray for the family they leave behind, Bob and Nancy McLaughlin, Steve and Beth Herr, and their daughters, Bailey and Bradee and families.
The Bethesda Outreach Board is sharing plans for their annual Christmas offering. In 2017, they are asking supporter-investors to give toward the construction of a school hall for Jabulani Christian Academy. This would be the equivalent of a gymnasium in this country, with multiple functions. This hall is part of a five-year plan that includes “growing” the school to provide Christian education through high school. It will include classrooms in addition to the gym/auditorium area. By 2018, JCA will have more than 220 students, extending its influence into the surrounding community where 60-70% of the students are classified as orphaned or vulnerable children. JCA, as an arm of Bethesda Outreach, can be a financially profitable and sustainable income source for the ministry, helping to support BOMI’s gospel influence and outreach in the Pretoria/Tswane area.
Every day this summer, about 200 campers and staff would sit in the camp’s outdoor prayer chapel and begin their day being still and meditating on the fact that there is a God (Ps. 46:10). From that point on till the end of each day, Director Jon Beight, says, “we packed in as much truth and learning opportunity as possible about becoming spiritually mature as we walked through the book of James”. Beight thanks God for these blessings from the summer season: 60 salvation decisions; 1209 total campers; growth in spiritual maturity; protection and safety of staff and campers; and, speakers and staff who faithfully shared God’s Word. “You may not see the day-to-day life at camp but we want you to know it’s because of your love for us that we are able to accomplish what God has called us to,” Beight writes.


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Harry’s had a busy spring and early summer visiting ABWE fields in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.He taught classes in chronological evangelism, met with missionaries and national leaders and gathered information helpful to future workers. He’s pleased to report that Memorial Christian Hospital in BD has received two million dollars to expand the facility, but needs about $850,000 more to complete the project and more doctors and nurses. Now he and Jan are in the thick of ABWE summer training programs for candidates, enrichment courses for furloughing missionaries and then, back to BD for Harry to give the missionaries the security training required by the US State Department, while Jan helps develop seminar materials for Heart, Mind, Soul sessions for communities churches want to reach.
“God is adding people to our little (Credo) congregation,” Billington’s write. Two more families have joined their “missional community”, the daughter church Mark and Jill and some of the Credo people are planting, bringing those involved in the missional community to 26. These include Ben, one of the elders in the Credo church, Angelique, leader of the Credo women’s ministry, and Olivier, who works with the youth. They meet every three weeks to plan and pray and have hosted block parties (something the city of Quebec encourages) to meet and reach out to new people. They ask us to pray that they will be bold in sharing the gospel and offering true compassion.
Jon Beight, Director, reports that the first three camps in June were 97% full and July will be even better at 98% of capacity. The staff are excited about the number of campers they are able to minister to each summer. So far, they have recorded 36 salvations with scores of spiritual growth decisions. Speakers are using the Book of James with its practical points of application to challenge and encourage campers. Onthe financial side, the Board is moving ahead with their Legacy TLC campaign for building programs. So far, 25%, or $300,000 has been raised and Jon says the Board is looking forward to seeing how God will provide the rest. “Continue to pray for the summer staff for strength and stamina, both physical and spiritual, along with patience and compassion for those to whom we minister.”




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