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.

 

From the Assistant Director - July 2018

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and

spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

(1 Sam.17:47) In a Sunday school class, I had the opportunity to share photos of our trip to Israel. There were three that struck me in particular way. Those being Jericho, Gideon’s  Spring and Carmel. I saw a common denominator that I had never seen before. In all three places God, our Heavenly Father was solely instrumental in defeating His enemy. In Jericho He destroyed the two fortified walls; in  Gideon’s Springs He selected only 300 men to battle135,000 Midianites and in Carmel He made fun of the 500 Baal worshipers then destroyed them all. God is able to do the impossible. Will you trust in Him to fight your battles what ever they maybe?

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr  (Assistant Director)

 

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr (Assistant Director)

 

Missionary Updates - July 2018

During a Bible study, in Uganda Tim & Jeannette Joyer began the book of Esther.  They looked at “A Man named Mordecai.” In Esther 1:21-23, it was emphasized that God does not forget his faithful servant. In Matthew we are told that even a cup of cold water given in the name of the Lord will be remembered...the picture in Esther 10:3 is a reminder of that truth.

Developing relationships for Salem & Elvira Jaraiseh in Asia may begin at work, through casual contact or even through the internet. Bible studies have begun recently over the internet on topics of discipleship for two new believers. One of the new believers is an Arab. Pray for him to grow in Christ. A new church began in March with about six families.

Mark & Tacy Tolosa are grateful for God’s protective hand during Mark’s recent surgery.  Mark had emergency heart surgery, a quadruple bypass.  He came home two days after the surgery is recovering at home in Michigan.  The doctors said his heart is strong.   Pray for healing and that Mark will regain his strength quickly with no complications.  A retired pastor is filling in for Mark.

 Paul & Melinda Schlehlein describe sin as grapes that come in clusters.  Historic heresy (like ancestors worship) and modern apostasy (like God always wants you well) lead to a glut of other crimes-like selling the farm to buy a gold-plated casket. At funerals in South Africa, Paul shares the gospel in 1 week to more people than in 6 months of evangelistic visits.

 

From the Director - June 2018

In writing to the churches at Ephesus and Colossae, the Apostle Paul requested prayer (Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:3-4) for his ministry. He asked prayer for open doors of opportunity to preach the Gospel. Although he had already demonstrated great courage in facing strong opposition and enduring much persecution, he also asked prayer for boldness. Third, Paul appeals for prayer for “utterance,” that words would be given to him. He was highly educated, a master of words, and was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write much of the New Testament. Yet as God opened doors, he desired prayer for boldness and the right words to make the Good News clear. If Paul sought regular prayer for open doors, boldness and clarity, then it sets an example for how we should pray for missionaries.  While we continue to pray for safety, good health, and material needs, let us remember to focus our prayers on the preaching of the Gospel for God’s glory.

David A. Smith (Director)

 

Missionary Updates - June 2018

On May 1 Kristi Colas celebrated 10 years of ministry in France.  The smoke damage to the building the church is buying is being cleaned up this week. The damaged floors & ceiling still need to be replaced.  Pray that God would increase their faith in His sovereignty through this trial. Pray that the students in Kristi’s English class  would understand & believe the Gospel.

Barbara Soucy returned from 3 months in Thailand.  The Lord has given her opportunities to serve on a short-term basis in a ministry that she served in many years earlier.  She teaches, mends torn clothing, and develops relationships with children and teens so that she can disciple them.  It is the desire of the ministry to raise up children who love and serve the Lord.

Mark & Tacy Tolosa continue to express their gratitude for the support and prayers from faithful churches & individuals.  In 1975 they were supported by Michigan churches to help start a mountain church in SE Kentucky and now mountain churches in eastern North Carolina are supporting them to plant a church in Michigan.  Recently they began a new member’s class.

 Ryan & Jen Horkavy continue to praise the Lord for all that He is doing through Crossroad Baptist Church in Arizona.  Pray for God’s wisdom and provision in the completion of the church building.  The people of the church have taken steps of faith again and again.  Pray that during these “stretching times” God will continue to bless them and grow their faith.

 

 

From the Assistant Director - May 2018

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow; nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.“ (Rev 21:4) What a glorious promise God has given every believer. Last year, around December, Chris and I had the chance to go to the holocaust museum in Washington DC. The sufferings displayed on the peoples’ faces in the concentration camps were agonizing and certainly heart wrenching. Many today suffer in this present world in various forms and degrees. But as believers we must endure, in that our sufferings are not to be compared to the glory that we shall experience when our pilgrimage on earth is over and we will be with our Savior forever. (Rom. 8:18) The Gospel promise that there will no longer be any sufferings, sorrow, tears, and death needs to be proclaimed while we exist here on this earth.

 

Kim-Axel Kuhr, Assistant Director

 

Missionary Updates - May 2018

In April Seth & Amy Meyers reported their first baptism and testimony service at the new church plant in their home in South Africa.  Recently, they have seen 3 adults come to Christ with some sweet evidence of grace in their lives.  Combined with the believers from the past few years, they should have 7 adult members to start the new church.

Paul & Melinda Schlehlein are co-workers of the Meyers in South Africa.  Paul recently wrote compassionately about their bond: “By loving the Meyers clan you are loving the Schlehleins.  Some have faithfully prayed for and even financially supported Seth and Amy through the years without personally knowing them. This is “proxy love.” This is how love looks.”

Dave & Shawn Smith from the Home Office, continue to serve those on the front lines preaching the Good News. In January, Shawn & Hayley served in a ladies conference at beautiful Camp Bossier in Haiti.  At the end of April, Dave & Shawn will be visiting missionaries serving in restricted areas of Asia. Pray that they will be an encouragement to those they meet.

God continues to grow His Spanish speaking church in North Carolina. David & Roxana Keiser are encouraged by the spiritual growth of the brethren and are excited as more are becoming involved in the church activities.  God is working in the hearts of church families.  The Keisers have had good opportunities to visit both church families and those in their community. 

 

From the Director - April 2018

All Christians are called to be on mission in making disciples of Jesus.  While fewer American missionaries are being sent in the traditional, career capacity, the opportunities for Christians to be on mission globally are growing.  Many of the darkest parts of the world that are closed to missionaries, are open to Christian business people and other professionals.  There are growing creative opportunities for Christians to be on mission and make disciples world-wide.  While our focus is often on Paul and the other apostles when reading about the wide-reaching missions impact in the Book of Acts, we must remember that the Gospel spread mostly through everyday believers being on mission for Christ.  Regardless of one’s background and career, Gospel opportunities abound.  Christians, especially those beginning their careers, should consider finding secular employment in strategic locations to partner with church planters in the U.S., overseas missionaries and national church leaders for the sake of furthering the Gospel.  

David A. Smith (Director)

 

Missionary Updates - April 2018

The ministry of Dan & Edna Cadavos in the Philippines goes forward by prayer.  Each morning from 5-6:00 am a number of men from their church meet for prayer.  Dan also meets with a group of 5-6 mountain pastors each Monday for a day of prayer and training in the Word.  Recently 4 youth and 3 adults were baptized. Edna’s cancer treatments continue to be effective.

God has shown Caitlan Reid the HUGE need of ministry at Santiago Christian School in the Dominican Republic.  She has developed a good relationship with the children in the school, which has allowed her to share the Gospel with them.  The Lord has used a recent conference to remind Caitlan of the sufficiency of Scripture and that the heart is the only way to lasting life changes.

This is summer time for En Khan & Lun Kham in Myanmar. During the summer En Khan has a busy schedule with ministry opportunities in four different areas of Myanmar.  During these times he ministers to those interested in full time missionary service, teaches a Christian Discipleship program, and encourages national pastors.  Pray for God’s provisions and safety.

►Don & Betty Ross continue to make contacts for Film  Evangelism.  The film  “Winning is Everything!” was post-dubbed from Spanish to English.  It has the true testimony of a pastor in Mexico &  a strong gospel witness.  Pray for future projects & language recordings.  Extra DVDs are available in Creole, Nepali, Tamil, Cameroon Pidgin, & Spanish (foreign shipping fees are not included).

 

From the Assistant Director - March 2018

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father (Abraham), that thou wouldest send him (Lazarus) to my father’s house: for I have five brethern; that he may testify unto them lest they also come into this place of torment.”  It is seldom that we hear serious warnings about the torments of Hell. The subject is morbid for those that are lost but we believers should respond in two ways. First, we should praise God for our salvation.  Second, we must warn those that are on the broad path to destruction.  Unless they hear the Gospel and repent, they will suffer eternal torment like the rich man. The lackadaisical attitude among other Christians can be no excuse.  We must go with urgency and compassion, proclaiming Christ, so that many may be snatched from the flames.

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr  (Assistant Director)

 

Missionary Updates - March 2018

Recently, we were reminded of the importance of faithfully praying for missionaries. Danger is REAL.  A missionary in Uganda, relayed concern about the possible safety of their lives as a result of housing and caring for another missionary whose life and his family’s life was threatened. He was left for dead after being stopped on the road and viciously attacked.

John & Karen McPherson continue to faithfully train & minister in Grenada.  Recently there have been opportunities for the national believers to “try their wings” and trust the Lord. The McPhersons are grateful for good results.  This summer a team is coming to begin building a house for a national pastor who has only 1 more year of studying for the pastorate

In mid February, the church had hoped to sign papers to acquire their first building outside of Paris in France. Soon after Kristi Colas wrote her last update, someone tried to burn down the building. The floors & ceilings need to be replaced, yet the building stood firm.  What men intended for evil, God intended for good. The owner is allowing them to choose the new flooring!

In January, Alvin & Sharon Weiss celebrated 40 years of service in Mexico. On January 24th, they had a special Praise & Thanksgiving service to thank the Lord for His bountiful goodness.  They are also rejoicing over their first ever overnight couples retreat. Twenty-four couples participated. Pray that the marriages and families of those who attended will be strengthened spiritually.

 

From the Director - February 2018

In 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Paul wrote: “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”  Paul vigorously defended his integrity against lies and slander spread by his enemies.  Paul and his companions had devoted themselves to back-breaking work while enduring all kinds of hardship for the sake of the Gospel.  “Travail” is a good word to describe a missionary’s labor.  They face security and health risks on a daily basis.  They often feel alone and discouraged.  There are many who oppose them and seek to destroy their reputations.  They persistently plant Gospel seed when the reaping is often rare and the spiritual warfare is intense.  Yet, faithful missionaries plod on to glorify Christ, to preach His Gospel, and to love those who are on the broad road to destruction.  Engage with these missionaries in battle.  Pray for them and encourage them that they may endure hardness as good soldiers.


Dave Smith (Director) 
 

Missionary Updates - February 2018

S & E (national partners) face many challenges as they minister in Israel. They seek to develop relationships with Arab neighbors and share the Gospel. Recently E had emergency surgery and has learned that she is cancer free.  S is a doctor works as a director for a hospital for special needs patients. Pray for him as he balances his busy schedule.

B & J have been  blessed by a visit from B’s parents just before New Year’s Day. They brought with them documents needed to apply for their student visas.  The documents have been submitted and should be returned around February 5.  Please pray that the process will be successful and that the they will continue to adjust to language and culture in Asia.

 Kristi Colas is thankful for the prayers and generous gifts for her church in France. They are looking forward to moving into their first building shortly.  Church leaders met with the owners of the building before Christmas and were able to negotiate a lower price for the down payment than they had expected. Pray for the necessary work to be completed before moving in. 

Legacy International Seminary, a new ministry of Scott & Shelley Krystowiak continues to progress. It is a distance-learning seminary available online or by DVD. The focus is to provide continuing education for national pastors and Christians abroad who desire to grow in their biblical understanding in order to minister more effectively in their local churches. 
 

From the Assistant Director - January 2018

I n Mathew 9:38, Christ was moved with compassion as He saw the multitude weary and scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Again, we see in Luke 10:2 Jesus appointing 70 to go before Him to Jerusalem to heal the sick and declare that the Kingdom of God is at hand. In both passages Christ calls for us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Mission boards all over have in recent years experienced a decline in missionaries due to health, retirement, and other reasons. Sadly, few  are answering the call to replace these missionaries who are returning home. There are “Jonah’s” not obeying God’s calling in their lives to herald the Good News. For these reasons we should be on our knees praying urgently that God will send more laborers to proclaim the Gospel. Will you please pray with us in this new year that God will call many new missionaries to join ODBM? Your prayers will bring eternal benefits.

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr (Assistant Director)

 

 

 

Missionary Updates - January 2018

Alvin & Sharon Weiss usually have a good number of visitors before Christmas during their special program at church in Mexico.  There are also special programs at the Christian school at this time.  Pray for fruit to abound from these services & programs. Two men in the church are more open to the Gospel.  Pray that God would continue to work in their hearts.  

Our new missionaries to Asia are excited about opportunities to share about the Savior. They have been playing the piano in church. Their son has played his trumpet several times for special music.  The wife teaches the kids’ Sunday School class & the husband has been teaching adults & preaching once a month. Pray for them as they continue to adapt to a new culture.

In January, Barbara Soucy will be returning to Thailand to a ministry of “helps.”  Bobbi develops relationships with the children & staff at a Christian children’s home as she mends clothing, cares for, teaches, and encourages the children.  She has many practical opportunities to model & teach Christian principles. Pray for health, strength, safety, finances, & effective communication.

Ryan & Debbie Meers are excited to see continued growth that allowed them to move into a “permanent” location in Nebraska. During the month of December, 30 visitors attended the children’s Christmas program.  Pray for continued spiritual and numerical growth, and that many in the community will learn of the new church, go visit, and respond to the Gospel. 

 

 

From the Director - December 2017

Many will attend Christmas programs in schools, churches, and other venues across the globe. I’m sure each will be different, with some sharing the Biblical Christmas story of God sending His Son, Jesus, to provide salvation and eternal life to all mankind.  Sadly, many will hear and see the Gospel presented through the Christmas story and yet their lives will be unchanged, continuing on the wide road to Hell.  May we pray with renewed purpose that as many see and hear the Good News this Christmas, their eyes will be opened, and they will repent, trust in Christ alone, and walk in newness of life.  It is also sad that many Christians will watch and hear the Christmas story again and again, while not living the Christmas story.  May we also pray with renewed purpose that we Christians will respond like the shepherds, praising God and proclaiming the Good News abroad.


David A. Smith (Director)
 

Missionary Updates - December 2017

At a recent baptismal service, Seth & Amy Meyers from South Africa were encouraged by one of the young men who wrote four pages for his testimony professing his faith with doctrine & many Bible verses.  A young lady declared her faith in Christ, showing real humility & willingness to obey the Lord Jesus Christ.  A number of unconverted sinners heard these testimonies.

 Harry & Melissa Peart were able to minister to about 70 teachers from various schools in Haiti.  They gave the Gospel while teaching practical and Christian education principles. In response to hearing about persecuted believers, a local pastor said, “I will never again say I am persecuted.”  Everyone gives to Haiti, but Haiti never gives to anyone else.  How can we help?”


Joel & Deanna Porcher in Ghana are reminded to be totally dependent on the Lord as bacterial or parasitic intestinal issues have been a battle.  Home invasions by a drug related gang are also a big problem. Those battles seem small compared to the spiritual battles facing their church.  Pray for their continued protection, good health, wisdom, and spiritual victories in their church.  

Mark & Tacy Tolosa praise the Lord for the new church building that the Lord has provided.  The church family is taking on much more responsibility for maintenance and grounds keeping. Spiritual growth and life changing decisions are being made.  Much time has been spent making neighbors know of their presence, inviting them to services,  and witnessing. Pray for fruit.