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.

 

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.