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.
 

From the Assistant Director - November 2017

Our love for Christ should cause you and me daily to walk in a manner that pleases our Lord.   I Peter 1:22 & 2:1, Peter tells us this, 1) We are to love our brethren with a pure (a sincere and intensive love) and not one that is unfeigned (a hypocritical, pretend, fake). 2) Peter goes further in Chapter 2:1 which says that we also must lay aside all malice (dislike, ill will, or wickedness in our heart) and guile, (deceitfulness in word or action) and all hypocrisies, (being someone you are not) and envies, and all evil speaking. This is what we are to strive daily for with God’s help. This is how we as believers express our love for Christ and the new life our Savior has given us. We need to be the salt and the light in this dark world. Let’s show the world the love of Christ every where God sends us.                                                          

Kim-Axel J. Kuhr  (Assistant Director)
 

Missionary Updates - November 2017

For the past two years this church plant outside of Paris, France has been renting the conference room of an Indian restaurant. Kristi Colas, the missionary team, and the church family have been praying for a better place to meet. Through God’s remarkable, sovereign providence, the Lord has provided a wonderful suitable location. Pray for financial provisions to follow. 
                                              
David & Roxana Keiser rejoice in the privilege of serving the Lord in North Carolina.  David was officially installed as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Biblica on Sunday, June 4th. The Lord continues to show Himself faithful as he gives strength and wisdom to the Keisers. Already they participated in one wedding & music camp in Mexico. Recently, Roxana led a lady to the Lord. 

Tim & Jeanette Joyner  feel strongly about encouraging young couples in Uganda who are willing to serve the Lord.  It was a blessing to see how many young adults & others from the Parenting Bible Study came to a recent church baby shower for the baby of Dorothy & Jackson. Jackson is a Bible college graduate working in the ministry at First Baptist Church in a suburb of Kampala.  

The majority of the ministry of Paul & Melinda Schlehlein in South Africa is to the young village men who have been raised by their mothers or grandmothers.  These young men have known a life of low education, few jobs, and no missionaries.  Most missionaries flock to the cities. Pray for fruit from their ministry, strong local male leadership, and electricity for their church. 

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From the Director - October 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering the effects of the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico. Irma & Maria were of particular concern as we followed their paths across the Caribbean, and were burdened for missionaries and national friends serving in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Then the devastating earthquake hit Mexico unexpectedly. We were relieved to hear that ODBM missionaries and their church family are safe in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Pray for the thousands of people still suffering in Puerto Rico and Mexico, and for the furtherance of the Gospel in those regions. Pray for Christians that while they endure their own suffering, they may be light and extend compassion to others. ODBM serves missionaries and ministries in both Puerto Rico and Mexico. Gifts may be sent to ODBM designated to help with needs in either country. We pray and strive to declare God’s marvelous works and proclaim His salvation to all nations so that they may give Him the glory due His name.

David A. Smith (Director)

 

Missionary Updates - October 2017

Puerto Rico Baptist College located in Puerto Rico has suffered physical damages to their buildings from the recent hurricanes.  Praise the Lord that lives were spared.  Water, food, electricity, transportation, & communication will be a challenge for months to come. Pray for God’s grace, mercy, & protection as well as the salvation of lost souls during this difficult time.

 Alvin & Sharon Weiss in Mexicoare grateful for the Lord’s hand of protection during the recent earthquake. As a result ofthe tragic collapse of a private school in Mexico City, the government is implementing very strict timely, documented inspection requirements on private schools. Pray for their Christian school buildings to pass inspection in time without great cost. 

En Khan & Lun Kham plead for faithful workers to do the Lord’s work in Myanmar. Right now the Bible school has 70 students. En Khan continues to visit missionaries in neighboring countries, holding seminars, evaluating ministries & encouraging them to stay true to the faith. Some areas of the country are experiencing religious tension & fighting with extremist groups.

Recently, Ryan & Jennifer Horkavy, wrote that Buckeye, Arizona where they live & planted a church is the 7th fastest growing city in the US.  This means more opportunities for spreading the Gospel.  Land/property update:  The church building is dried in with full stucco, doors, locks, and keys. Now the need is for experienced & licensed contractors for the HVAC, electrical, & AV work.