From the Assistant Director - May 2019

Just two weeks ago I was asked to take the Sunday school, which happened to be Easter Sunday. After asking God what I should share, several thoughts came to my mind that week. Being Easter Sunday I wanted to choose a subject that connected with Easter. The Lord lead me to one important element of Easter.  If it wasn’t for this one element, our reason for coming to Sunday school and attending the worship service to follow would all be done in vain. I asked the Sunday School class, why they were here this morning and why it was that they brought the Bible with them?  I asked for a one-word answer. Many came with good answers but none came up with the one word I was seeking. I was looking for the word,  RESURRECTION. Without  the resurrection there would be no Joy, Hope of Eternal Life, and no worship of our Creator. 1Cor. 15:13&14 says that “if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”  Kim-Axel Kuhr (Assitant Director

Missionary Updates -May 2019

Much attention has been drawn to the recent fire in the famous Notre Dame cathedral located in Paris, France. Many people in Paris continue to express their frustration with their financial condition.  They don’t see their greatest need, the Savior. They look to the government for meet their needs. Pray for Kristi Colas as she plants seeds of the Gospel in this part of the world.

Praise God, for the renewal of Brian & Jennifer Buckley’s visas for this semester without any problems.  Brian’s language study is beginning to transition to more Bible training and preaching in this  language in Asia. Continue to pray for relationships to deepen with nationals and there would be increased opportunities to evangelize, disciple, & train leaders.

John & Karen McPherson are excited to see national leadership of the church in Grenada continue to develop. Plans for this summer include putting a roof on the home of Tyron the national pastor-to-be and then finishing the inside of their house.   Tyron desires to finish the last year of his seminary education.  Pray for the completion of his training.  Karen had knee replacement surgery & is doing well.

Scott & Shelley Krystowiak are encouraged by the spiritual growth of  the Prison Ministry Bible students.  There are 75 new Bible Institute students since the beginning of the year with students in over 200 different prisons. Pray for opportunities to expand to impact local jails. Scott & Shelley ask for wisdom as they begin Legacy International Seminary, a new ministry branch.

 

From the Director - April 2019

Open Door Baptist Missions (ODBM) exists and operates as a ministry of Morningside Baptist Church (MBC) in Greenville, SC.  While most mission agencies are para-church organizations that exist independently to serve local churches, the number of missions founded by local churches to serve local churches is growing.  ODBM’s offices are located in MBC.  This saves thousands of dollars in mortgage/rent, utilities, and office operation costs each year.  These savings are passed on to missionaries through reduced administrative fees which are then passed on to the churches who support them.  All biblically-driven mission agencies recognize the authority of local churches in sending missionaries.  As the Director of ODBM, I love that while our staff works in global missions, we perform our daily tasks in a local church.  I’m grateful for my local church (MBC) and the role it plays in allowing ODBM to serve local churches worldwide.

 

Dave Smith (Director)

 

Missionary Updates -April 2019

Alvin & Sharon Weiss are thankful for those who faithfully stand by them in prayer & support as they minister in Mexico.  God has used their supporters to show His goodness to them. Praise the Lord for a grandchild church of 40, which grew as a result of the efforts of a church plant after an earthquake in 2017. Another church plant bought land & needs funds for a building.

The kind of men that Scripture applauds is South Africa’s greatest need.  Paul & Melinda Schlehlein have found that the African men in rural areas are often slow to grow into mature leaders.  Cultural habits, like absentee fathering, delayed adolescence, & idleness hamper progress.  Paul meets almost every morning with gifted men to study the Bible & encourage them to mature.

 Tim & Jeannette Joyner in Uganda were invited to Kenya for Tim to preach at the wedding of a man who he has known since he was young. It was an encouragement to see the growth in the community & church they began 29 years ago. The Joyners are paying the fees (approx. $150 / term) for the education of  a saved, albino young lady, Mary Conquer. If you would like to help, contact the Mission office.

A man was an occasional attender at Stephen & Tammi Wess’ church in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The death of the man’s cousin opened the door for Stephen to share about the raging spiritual warfare on earth.  He then took him to Romans 8:28-39 & showed him that God will save, preserve, & sustain those who are on His side. After some time, the Lord broke down the walls & opened his eyes to receive Jesus. 

 

From the Assistant Director - March 2019

Our Director, David Smith & I, had the privilege of going to Myanmar (former Burma) for two weeks to look with our own eyes at the ministry that is taking place through ODBM missionary, En Khan Kham. Dave and I were both very impressed by the ministry that is taking place on the other side of the world. En Khan teaches at the seminary & follows up with graduates who are church planting. We visited an orphanage of 40+ students just outside of Yangon. The orphans are well trained in all disciplines but particularly so in the Word of  God. Two of the students were able to recite  Mathew 24-26. We also traveled to the Chin State along the border of Bangladesh. During the 5 days  we stayed there each of us taught & preached 17 times. What a blessing to see faithful attendees, including pastors, deacons, & local people, who loved God’s Word. They were so eager to hear & learn what we had to say. I am reminded in Col. 3:16 that God’s Word dwell in us richly in all wisdom so as to teach & admonish one another …… with grace. Kim-Axel Kuhr Asst. Dir.(Assistant Director)                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missionary Updates - March 2019

Recently Barbara Soucy returned to Thailand for a 1 month short-term missions trip.  Annually she has made several trips to Thailand to serve in the ministry where she had been full time in the past.  For the love of Christ, she re-connects with the children in the school & adults to encourage, mentor, love & serve as she teaches, mends clothes, & visits those in remote areas.

Reports of civil disturbances are being heard from all over the world.  Tim & RoseAnne Bower have been familiar with reoccurring violence in Haiti during their many years of service.  Familiarity does not make difficult situations any less disturbing. Recently, the Bowers had to leave Haiti until the situation becomes more peaceful.  Pray for safety for those who remain.

 Caitlan Reid works at a Christian school in the Dominican Republic.  She is asking questions as did the disciples. How can these kids be saved when they don’t see that they have a need?  How can I help them see their spiritual needs when every other type of need seems to be fulfilled for them?  Am I having any impact on eternity? She has seen God working & is continuing with discipleship that connects to the heart.

Doug & Donna Lowery are excited about the ministry opportunities Doug has as he has begun Uber-ing and Lyft-ing.  He has reported passengers from 54 countries.  He continues to give out Gospel tracts and minister to passengers.  Later this spring they will be ministering in 3 churches. The annual NYSET Evangelism ministry in the NYC area is scheduled for the end of May. Pray for an effective team.

 

From the Director - February 2019

It was a blessing to start the new year by meeting with church planters and pastors.  Our annual ODBM Church Planters Conference was held in conjunction with the National ARCH Fellowship conference in Bradenton, FL.  Our ODBM group of 18 (representing churches from AZ, NE, NC, SC, WA & WV) joined over 200 pastors from all across America and some foreign countries.  While the bright Florida sunshine was welcoming, the fellowship around prayer and Bible preaching was even more enriching.  The sharing of blessings and burdens, and then praying for one another was time well spent.  While contemplating the ongoing task of proclaiming the Gospel to those who have still not heard in 2019, it seemed fitting to begin the year focusing on the needs and opportunities in our “Jerusalem and Samaria.”  Please continue to pray for ODBM as we strive to make disciples of Jesus and plant churches in America as well as in the uttermost parts of the earth.

Dave Smith  (Director)                                           

 

Missionary Updates - February 2019

In a recent prayer letter, Seth & Amy Meyers’  described 10 church plants in South Africa where they are/or have been involved. Some of these “churches” are mere church plants representing the gospel labors of at least 1 servant of God for years.  You may see shades of the church at Corinth, but Paul still called them saints.  Pray for a great work of revival & conversion.

 Brian & Jennifer Buckley continue to progress in their language study in Asia. Praise the Lord for the growth of a new believer in her faith. Pray for continued development of relationships, language acquisition, the spiritual growth of new believers, &  necessary funds for the continuation of language study for 2019. They need to raise an additional $3,500 for their studies.

 Dan & Edna Cadavos are excited about the great number of folks who have come to Christ  during the past year through their ministry in the Philippines. The growth in their mountain pastors’ discipleship/leadership program has yielded very positive effects to their outreaches and home churches.  Pray for Edna as she continues to battle cancer in her leg and hip.

There is great excitement as Ryan & Jennifer Horkavy come closer to completing their first church building in Arizona. Pray for all of the pieces of this project to come together without delay or problems. The area surrounding the church has seen the development of many houses with more to come. They are actively making disciples and training young adults for ministry.

 

From the Assistant Director - January 2019

...Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7) This passage encourages us, as believers to “give it our all” spiritually & grow in all 7 of these character traits. The workings of these traits begin the minute we are saved. It seems there is an importance to the order of their development:  1) Virtue, listening to the Holy Spirit’s prompting of sinful acts & thoughts in our lives & casting them out;  2) Knowledge, gained through the study of God’s Word; 3) Temperance, a self-controlled, disciplined lifestyle resulting in; 4.) Patience, waiting upon the Lord; 5) Godliness, a reverence towards God resulting obedience to please Him; 6) Brotherly Kindness will mark our relationship with others. and  7) Charity (Agape Love). As we begin the New Year may we be stretched with all diligence to exemplify these traits Kim-Axel Kuhr  Assistant Director                                                                      

 

Missionary Updates - January 2019

John & Karen McPherson ask for your prayers for fruit to arise from the church Christmas program & the New Year’s fellowship meal in Grenada. They will possibly be in need of a new meeting place due to the sale of the house & property later this month.  They would like to rent the facilities for a year. Pray for Tyrron to be able to continue & complete his seminary education.

The end of 2018 has brought unrest in Paris, France. Pray for safety not only for the missionaries, but also fellow brothers & sisters in Christ. Kristi Colas and the French team are excited about the interest young people have shown in missions work.  Internships, summer missions trips, and short missions trips 1-2 weeks in length are being considered.

 Pages are filled with gratitude for the many who have given out of abundance or out of little, over the years to help Harry & Melissa Peart to be successful in their ministry in Haiti. They are thankful for those who have given to them in so many ways.  As missionaries, they could not have lived in a 3rd world country, daily bombarded by Satanic forces, without faithful prayer support and encouragement.

Ryan & Debbie Meers are ministering bi-vocationally in Nebraska.  Their fall Trunk or Treat activity was a huge success with 130-140 children counted & 60 new contacts. They have tried a variety of things to connect with their immediate community.  Pray for more ways to connect with & minister to their neighbors, wisdom on moving forward with various programs, & more laborers so the ministry can continue to grow.

 

From the Assistant Director - December 2018

Psalm 66:16 tells us this: “Come and hear, all ye that fear the God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul.”  Just yesterday my wife and I were at Penny’s doing some Christmas shopping. While Chris was looking at jewelry I began to speak to a store employee. I asked him if he were to die today would he know without a doubt that he would go to heaven? He said, “Yes.” Then I asked him, “If you were to die today and stand before God and God asked why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say?”  To my surprise  he answered “Because I repented of my sin and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.” What a blessing to hear these words. I came to another man who was there with his family and asked him the same two questions. He was unable to answer my questions. I shared with him how he can know for sure that he will have a home in heaven someday. He was so interested that he asked me for my phone number. We all need to declare with excitement, what He has done for us.  Are you?  Kim-Axel Kuhr (Assistant Director)

Missionary Updates - December 2018

Recent communication from Tim & RoseAnne Bower in Haiti give us a fresh reminder of how important it is to regularly pray for the safety of our missionaries. The situation in Haiti has been described as “heated.”  Schools have been shut down, roads blocked, & violence is present. Pray for peace & that innocent people will not be injured in the unrest.

Paul & Melinda Schlehlein wrote recently that 40-50 people gathered at their Sunday evening service in South Africa.  The prayer meetings of this little church are run completely by the people themselves. In this African village, there are mostly single-parent homes where the “golden calf people” worship  is sexual promiscuity. Pray for purity.

 Timothy & Jeannette Joyner serving   in Uganda wrote about some of the lessons that can be learned from the life of Moses. 1.  God did not seek Moses’ opinion or suggestions about going to Egypt. 2.  At times, God calls us to difficult tasks. God promises to be with us. 3.  Moses resists God as he doesn’t have all the answers, the abilities, or qualifications. God is all sufficient & His will is not an option.

September’s highlight was the baptism of 2 men resulting in 3 new members added to the membership of Steadfast Baptist Church in MichiganMark & Tacy Tolosa praise the Lord that the church is as strong as it has ever been since they started in 2010. They are grateful for the good spiritual condition of the people. Pray for Tacy’s recovery from recent cancer surgery & decisions about future treatment.

 

From the Assistant Director - November 2018

I have been reading and meditating on the book of Isaiah. The responsibility Isaiah had for the people of Israel in Isaiah 61 was striking to me. This same responsibility is for God’s children today. (Is. 61:1-2) I am thankful for a situation that occurred not long ago in Ramallah where a mother asked advise from a sister in the Lord concerning the fate of her 16 year old daughter who struggled with epilepsy. Her family considered this to be a shameful condition and to solve the problem they suggested that the mother kill her daughter.  This distraught mother sought Godly counsel. Immediately the missionary  directed the mother to God’s Word and proceeded to tell her that the Lord makes no mistakes and that every child is a gift and is precious in the sight of God. Killing her daughter is Satan’s way, but giving life is the Lord’s way. The mother then asked the missionary to visit at her home. This sister in the Lord did exactly what was required of Isaiah.                                          

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr  (Assistant Director)

              

 

 

Missionary Updates - November 2018

The Lord continues to use this missionary in Asia as a tool in the local church as he has preached 4 sermons about prayer & 2 sermons about witnessing & peacemaking. Additional meetings have begun in a nearby town. “Christian” people are hungry for the Word due to the neglect & erroneous teaching of the Greek & Catholic churches in the region.

 This is the 4th trip to Thailand for Bobbi Soucy since her retirement in 2016.  She departs the USA on November 8 and returns December 6.  She will be teaching English, mending clothing, & going soul winning. Pray for safe travel, tender hearts, saved souls, wisdom, understanding, & spiritual knowledge as she disciplines & counsels.

After 4 years of study, Dan & Edna Cadavos were blessed as Dan graduated with his Master’s in Ministry degree from BJMBC in the Philippines. As they look back over the years of school ministry they rejoice in how many parents have come to know Christ and continue to grow spiritually. Edna has a “new” cancer. Pray for healing, wisdom, provisions, and opportunities to speak about Christ.

David & Roxana Keiser praise the Lord for the growth in their Spanish ministry in North Carolina.  They have been meeting in a room in a local church & now will be moving to meet each Sunday in the gymnasium of the same local church.  Growing pains also bring along logistical changes like new signs, a need for folding chairs & room dividers.  Pray that the ministry would continue to grow & souls will be saved.

 

 

From the Director - October 2018

Hurricane Florence recently hammered the Carolinas inflicting all kinds of damage along the coastline. Our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands still suffering. During the weekend that Florence was tracking across South Carolina I left our home early to drive to Ohio for a conference. While driving north on I77 I was stunned by the dozens of utility trucks driving the opposite direction into the storm preparing to assist and serve those suffering in storm’s devastating wake. Seeing the response of those all across America to help those in need reminded me of the way the church is to love and serve one another. 1 Peter 1:22 instructs us that “seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Part of being on mission and living the Gospel is loving and serving others. Jesus said “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)                                                           David A. Smith (Director)                   

 

Missionary Updates - October 2018

Alvin & Sharon Weiss are excited to see national leadership develop in their ministry in Mexico  They began the new school year with staffing needs met & a good spirit. Their daughter, Alicia is the acting principal. Alicia & her husband Oscar also help in the Children’s Home ministry & are responsible for 4 boys who are living with them.  Pray for finances.

This summer, during 4 weeks of camp there were at least seven professions of faith through a ministry in Asia.  Other children made spiritual decisions.  Even camp counselors said they learned a lot and were challenged in their Christian walk. Pray for parents who  attend their child’s classes to be open to the Gospel and supportive of their faith.

En Khan & Lun Kham  praise the Lord for His provision & protection of the ministry of the school & church.  The school ministry is doing well & the church is able to increase their outreach ministries.  They have more new members in their church than ever before.  Their church plant is growing & in need of a larger place to meet.  This fall, En Khan is speaking & teaching in churches in various places in Myanmar.

Stephen & Tammi Wess have faithfully been church planting in Nevada for almost 10 years. They live in a very transient area.  Their ministry has included many military families who come & stay for 4 or 5 years.  They come, grow in the Lord, and then leave to serve the Lord in another local church as sent by their military assignments. Pray for mature believers to come, stay, & serve.

 

 

From the Assistant Director - September 2018

I n Matt. 5:10, Jesus reminds the multitude & His disciples at the Mount of Beatitudes that they can expect persecution for Christ’s sake. The persecution that many experience does not go unnoticed by our Lord, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Just this morning I heard of about 10 countries with the worst records for persecution of Christians, having a 50% or greater Muslim population. The five worst countries for persecution are North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, & Afghanistan. According to a Christian organization, “Approximately 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide, making them the most persecuted religious group in the world.  Islamic extremism is the main source of persecution in 40 of the 50 countries on the 2015 World Watch List.”  As we consider the missionaries we send out to these vulnerable areas let us pray earnestly for them as well as those national believers who are our Brothers & Sisters in Christ.

 

Kim-Axel Kuhr ( Assistant Director)

 

Missionary Updates - September 2018

John & Karen McPherson praise the Lord that church is going well & attendance is steady.  The spirit of the fellowship in Grenada is really encouraging. Pray for wisdom  & guidance as the landlord wants to sell the property where their church meets. Their little church cannot afford the $112,000.00 US he is asking.  Pray for the Lord’s will for some land promised to the church.

Recently Harry & Melissa Peart visited a nearby church in Haiti with their deaf teachers. The pastor was amazed that the deaf could communicate and learn.  He got a burden to reach the deaf in his area. They have been averaging 20 deaf people each week. This church continues to grow & each time they visit, Harry has been able to lead a soul to the Lord.

Alvin & Sharon Weiss are excited to hear good reports about the VBS & camp held in Mexico. They are grateful for the Lord’s protection in all the transportation & activity. Spiritual victories are the most important.  As the Christian school prepares for the new year, pray for the enrollment to support the financial needs. Pray for their granddaughter who was born with serious medical needs.

Inmates & former inmates have recently called Scott & Shelley Krystowiak to express how the Bible courses through their USA-Prison ministry have helped them be more faithful to God & grow spiritually so that they can live a life that is pleasing to God.  Legacy International Seminary is available online to biblically educate missionaries, national pastors and other believers.

 

From the Director - August 2018

In 1 Corinthians 4:12-13a, Paul writes regarding his missionary team: “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world.”  Paul’s humility and servanthood stood in sharp contrast to others who claimed to follow Christ, but their worldly wisdom, selfish ambition and sinful behavior proved their true colors.  Paul and his team were willing to be treated as the scum of the earth for the sake of the Gospel.  The spiritual battle in worldwide evangelism remains intense today.  Missionaries face all kinds of opposition including threats, defamation, false accusations and other mistreatments from the world and even sometimes those professing to be Christians.  Their constant giving and serving is often repaid with revilement.  It is imperative that we undergird and support our missionaries through prayer and communication so that they too will endure and finish their race well.

Dave Smith (Director)

 

Missionary Updates - August 2018

It has been a very busy summer for Tim & RoseAnne Bower in Haiti. They praise the Lord for the souls saved recently and  for the 300 in attendance at teen camp. Another blessing was visits from family and a mission team from Morningside Baptist. They are thankful for God’s protection during a recent time of riots and request continued prayers as they serve in many ministries.

Kristi Colas  celebrated 10 years as a missionary in France. She is rejoicing with the way the Lord is opening the door for a new meeting place for their church. Please pray that God would continue to provide and resolve pending issues. Pray for her English students to come to Christ. She also requests prayer as she reports to her churches in the States during the next few months

Seth & Amy Meyers are also on furlough from South Africa. Pray for protection and provision as they travel. Pray also they would be able to obtain their permanent residence (they submitted a 114 page application). Please continue to pray for Elim Baptist Church , now in the hands of a national pastor, and for spiritual and numerical growth in a new church plant in Valdezia.

 Ryan & Debbie Meers are excited about what the Lord is doing in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Lord has brought new people to their church plant, folks are being saved and discipled. This summer, the teens from Morningside Baptist helped with vacation Bible school and a sports camp. Many new contacts were made. The following week they had 8 first-time visitors in their Sunday service.