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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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Summer is in full swing, Steve writes, and the extreme heat here means adjusting summer schedules to match the cultural practices. Anything done outside usually happens before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Steve continues to teach through the Gospel of John with Myla and Anthony on Friday evenings in Browns’ home. In return, he and Mea are learning to make traditional Native American bread. Sunday, they were invited to a traditional native Father’s Day celebration in the village of San Quaguine. Pray that the presentation of the gospel at this event will bear fruit in prepared hearts accepting Christ. Church on the reservation is still going strong in spite of the heat. About forty children attend regularly with a sprinkling of adults. Once the meeting room fills up, the heat is intense and Mea has had bouts of heat exhaustion, though she recovers quickly. Pray for Greg and Vanessa Narcho. Greg is depressed because his arraignment and sentencing on a gun charge has been delayed again. Chad Taylor, a good friend, is in hospital with severe heat exhaustion. Ask God to help Browns adjust to the extreme heat so their ministry is not hindered.
Bethesda Outreach Ministries is celebrating what God is doing at the orphan village in a series of open houses at supporting churches in the U.S. This Friday, June 23, the Bethesda team will be at West Bridge, Danville, at 6:30 p.m. Featured at the Open House will be Johanna Ngwenya, one of the first children to grow up in a Bethesda home and now a teacher at Jabulani Academy, the Christian school at the village. Director Don Whipple and staff members will be sharing God’s faithfulness and provision in the orphan ministry in the years it’s been open. Come for fun and information, ready to ask questions and find out how to pray most effectively.
May at Twin Lakes was busy, writes Director Jon Beight. In addition to preparations for the summer camping season, the staff was serving schools and churches at retreats and outdoor activities almost every day in the month. The Board met to work through some strategic planning, “helping to set vision for the direction of the camp between now and 2025”. Another highlight from the month was an approach from an area high school to host Baccalaureate services for graduating classes. Jon stressed the fact that he would preach the gospel and challenge students and parents from God’s Word at these services and the school counselor responded, “That’s exactly what I was expecting.” Pray Jon’s gospel presentation will take root in hearers’ hearts. Counselors arrived at the end of May ready to take up their ministries and blessing the staff with testimonies of how God is working in their lives and how they trust God to use them this summer.


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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.
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, 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.
Congratulations to Kelly and Sherri who welcomed Luke William into their family, Thursday, May 11. At 9 lbs/12 oz, Luke is doing well, as is his mother, Sherri. Praise God for his safe arrival. Faths live in Bratislava, Slovakia.




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