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Rich and Cherry live in Antigua, a city at the base of the Fuego Volcano which has been erupting violently in the past week. The city is, in fact, situated at the south end of an arc of six or more volcanoes with the most southerly, Pacaya, also erupting. One Guatemalan source says the lava and ash erupting from Fuego onto villages on its slopes registers 700-900 degrees centigrade. Smiths write, “Our hearts are very heavy as this situation continues to deteriorate… Our church (Calvary Chapel, Antigua) has been working so hard all week to understand the best ways to help, the right places to go, the relief items more urgently needed and most of all, to be able to pray with and offer encouragement and hope in Jesus!” Because of continuous eruptions, it is difficult to get to the people in most need of help…the loss and need are staggering. Adding to the problem, thunderstorms in the area may generate deadly mudslides. Pray for Smiths, Calvary Chapel and other evangelical churches trying to bring the help and the hope of Jesus to the uncounted thousands living through this awfulness.
Al and Tara praise God that one of the churches they work with, Belmont Bible Fellowship, has acquired a facility for worship. Pray as they update that and the rooms they use for weekday ministry. Another church, One Redeemer, continues to grow with another new family ‘settling into fellowship’. Pray with Al as he prepares lessons for his Year 7 Scripture classes (in public school) and ask God to make students’ hearts receptive. Ask God to give Al and Tara ‘polite boldness’ as they share the gospel, seeking to challenge men and women to consider its importance. They are presently witnessing to Karl and Ulla, Jess, Mario, Rosemary and John. Also ask God to enrich the fellowship they’ll share with daughter Anna, son-in-law Jeff and baby Tara when they visit in early July.
Twin Lakes summer camping season is up and running! All the months of preparation have given the camp a full staff of trained counselors. Director Jon Beight says, “Once again we are rejoicing in the quality of counselors God has given us.” The counselors received special training in the process of making disciple-makers out of the campers. Beight says, “…this fulfills the Biblical mandate of the Great Commission, but it (also) allows us to give practical training that will be applicable for the rest of the counselors’ lives.” In May, before official camping season opened, there was only one day when the camp didn’t have a group in residence. Some of the groups were from local schools giving unchurched kids in the area exposure to a Christian camp. Other schools held baccalaureate services giving camp staff the opportunity to present a Christian message to graduates. Many WBC children will be at Twin Lakes this summer. Pray that the experience they get will introduce them to the Savior and develop their walk with Christ.



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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.
“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.
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.


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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.


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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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