Welcome to Berean’s Local & Global Outreach!
Our Purpose is to
To bring the love and life transforming power of Jesus Christ to the unsaved person and the unreached peoples of the world.
Christ’s call to make disciples of the nations is the joy-filled responsibility that He has placed within the heart of every born again believer. Christ’s mission – our mission – is the very heartbeat of the Church. God invites us to join Him in His redemptive work of drawing all nations to Himself so that they might grow in Him and exalt His name. It is God’s desire for us all to be involved with Him in this extraordinary task that brings Him joy and us into a closer relationship with Him.
As you explore this website you will discover the many peoples, places, and ministries that we are collectively committed to and you can be vitally involved in reaching with the love of Christ.
Our prayer for you is that you will find the role God has reserved for you in the greatest ongoing movement in history – the spreading of God’s story, the story of His glory to the ends of the earth.
Our mission is God’s mission. Your gifts and abilities count. Please prayerfully consider where they may fit into God’s purposes. We hope that as you read through these pages you will have a clearer vision of where God can use you and your gifts and abilities.
Our Key Verse is:
“… and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Local Outreach & Partners
- Bethel Seminary
- Converge Mid-Atlantic
- Child Evangelism Fellowship
- Camp Burton
- Food Pantry Ministry
- Love Inc.
- Furniture Ministry
- H20 College Ministry
- Richland Pregnancy Services
- Master Provisions
- KidZone Tutoring
- Youth for Christ
- Other Local Partners
Awakening is a local parachurch organization that seeks to engage college-aged individuals in community, worship, and discipleship.
Awakening has grown to include regular activities like monthly worship nights, two weekly Bible studies (one at our local college campus), weekly social and physical activities, retreats, service projects and various partnerships among community organizations and churches.
Ecumenical in nature, Awakening at its core seeks to unite local evangelical efforts and has been blessed to facilitate several community events, including Light Our City, a community-wide Good Friday service, a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve service, and most recently a very unique Christmas Eve service, among other events.
The name of the group is derived from the verse Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” We thank God that Jesus has shed His light upon us and awakened us from a spiritual death, and we hope to help others see the Lord’s goodness and love so that they may encounter Him in an authentic and meaningful way.
Primary contact: Jonathan Dech
At Bethel University, we’re committed to excellence.
But here, excellence means something more. It means taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
We’ve been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God.
Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.
Bethel will be the Christ-centered university of choice for this century.
Rooted in faith. Committed to excellence. Bethel will become the leader in Christian higher education by building stronger communities, equipping confident leaders and gracious servants, and preparing passionate world-changers. Through our thoughts, words, and actions, we’ll demonstrate what it means for a university to be centered on Jesus Christ.
Bethel University is a vibrant, Christ-centered educational community. Here, students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds share a common goal: to become whole and holy persons. Throughout this transformational journey, we rely on core values to guide us spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
First, we are Christ-followers, striving to live out the teachings of Jesus and to emulate His life as revealed in Scripture. We are also character-builders. Through healthy, supportive relationships and a culture of service, we develop the personal strength and emotional intelligence to make right choices in a broken world.
As learners, we are critical thinkers and problem-solvers committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor. At the same time, we are truth-seekers, recognizing that all truth—scientific, artistic, philosophical, or theological—has its source in God.
We have been put on this earth for a purpose: God wants us to use our talents and compassion to be world-changers and reconcilers. As we humbly and honestly engage with our own biases and preconceptions, we grow closer to understanding Christ’s infinite love and selfless mission of redemption.
In this complex and troubled world, we aim to be both salt and light—preserving the good and reflecting the guiding light of Christ. This requires a mature faith that is grounded in a personal relationship with God and able to withstand the storms of life.
St. Paul, MN 55112
Jesus knew what His mission was, and He didn’t waste any time getting around to it. Everything He said, everything He did and everywhere He went was motivated by His life’s mission. Thus, it is no surprise that at the end of His life He was able to say, “I have completed the mission You gave Me….”
As His church – His very Body – should we be any less devoted to fulfilling the mission He left for us? We do not believe so. That’s why everything we do here in Converge is shaped by our mission:
The Mission of Converge MidAtlantic is to Start and Strengthen Churches. That ’s what we do, and we do it Together!
We are a Movement . . . a Network of Christ-centered, Gospel-driven churches that are passionate about seeing individuals and communities, all across our region and around the world, transformed by the power of the Good News of Jesus.
Converge MidAtlantic is one of 11 regional expressions of Converge, a dynamic movement of 1250 plus churches across the U.S., with global outreach in 29 nations worldwide. For more “Fast Facts” on our Converge MidAtlantic movement, http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/docs/2016_fact_sheet_0.pdf
November 5, 2018
We’ve celebrated the grand openings of several new Converge churches lately. One of our newest church plants is Mission Grove Church, Phoenix, which welcomed 244 people to its October 7 launch at Wildfire Elementary School.
“It was a crazy and incredible morning,” lead pastor Jon Kragel told Converge Southwest. “From flooding closing two of the main roads to get to our church to people flooding into the worship service, it was such an amazing day. Our vision is to help every man, woman, and child experience Jesus, and Sunday was just the beginning.”
Kragel says one of the ways Mission Grove is becoming known in its community is through acts of service. On October 25, the church partnered with the Boys & Girls Club and the local homeowners association to put on a fall festival attended by nearly 800 people.
The most effective way to reach the world for Christ is by starting new churches. Thank you to church planters like Pastor Kragel who are reaching their communities with the life-changing gospel of Jesus.
New Facility in Utah
|What began with six people meeting in pastor Loren and Carrie Pankratz’s living room has multiplied into The Bridge Community, a growing church of over 300 worshipers in Centerville, Utah. After renting space in a retail strip mall for five years, the church moved into its own worship building in September.
Despite being in the United States, The Bridge Community is located among an unreached people group. On a given Sunday morning, only about 1 percent of South Davis County worships in a Christian church.
While at the strip mall, the church gradually expanded from one to four retail spaces to meet its growing needs.
About two years ago, church leaders recognized they were starting to feel cramped in their space and began discussing what to do next. The church was still functioning well, and they had put a lot of work into the space. So, they weren’t ready to abandon ship just yet. But God had other plans for them.
This February, Pankratz learned the church would have to move to a new location by the end of September. That news put their planning into hyperdrive. Over the next few months, they looked at every available spot in Davis County. Finally, they landed on a warehouse that could be converted into a church — with the help of a loan from the Converge Cornerstone Fund.
“We are a relatively young church and do not have a ton of capital, so having the Cornerstone Fund step in and provide us a loan was huge,” the pastor said. “They enabled us to purchase a building where we can establish ourselves and grow.”
The new facility, says Pankratz, is the first building an evangelical church has ever owned and operated in Centerville. The meeting place gives The Bridge Community office space it’s never had, more and bigger classrooms and a sanctuary that doubles the seating capacity of its previous facility. The church dedicated the building September 30, celebrating the event with two baptisms.
Congratulations to The Bridge Community on this new facility that will be used to share Christ in its unengaged community.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
As the Local Missionary Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) of MARCK (Morrow, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, and Knox counties) chapter, I would like to invite you to consider partnering with CEF to reach the children.
Our CEF Christian Resource Center is located at 535 Beer Road, Ontario, OH 44906. Feel free to call (419-756-7799) or stop in to see what resources and training materials CEF has that could assist you in reaching children through evangelism and discipleship opportunities to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Lord called my wife, Sue, and I here to Ohio in 1997. We are very grateful for the Lord’s leading in our lives. He has blessed us with two wonderful children, Matt (22) and Sarah (20). We are thankful that our two children love the Lord with all their hearts.
Love for the children
14282 Butternut Rd
Burton, OH 44021
Come and experience an unforgettable week of life-changing relationships, fantastic games, exciting activities, and amazing food. One visit and you’ll want to come back for the rest of your life!
Food Pantry Ministry
200 Ashland Rd
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, we gather as a team to show the love of Christ through delivering food. We have consistently fed approximately 90 families a month for over a decade. We thank the Lord for our delivery teams who go out each month. Currently, we have around 35 people from Berean making these monthly deliveries and are in need of 2-3 more teams to help us in the “sharing of God’s love”. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to deliver boxes or is in need of a box of food, that attends Berean, should contact Sarah DeYarmon at 419/756-3300, ext. 222. Those that are in need, that do not attend Berean, should contact Love, Inc at 419/566-1432.
The Mission of Love In the Name of Christ is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
WHO ARE WE, AND WHAT DO WE DO?
- Each chapter of Love INC is a 501c3 affiliation of local churches working together to minister to people in need
- Each local office functions as a clearinghouse which matches neighbors needing short term help with area resources providing assistance
- The clearinghouse model allows us to network with churches and agencies, minimizing redundant or overlapping services
- We strive to offer a “hand UP”, allowing our neighbors to maintain dignity and empowering them to be able to personally deal with adverse circumstances, rather than being on the receiving end of a “hand OUT”
HOW DO WE DO IT?
- Each prospective client-neighbor participates in a telephone interview with a trained LOVE INC volunteer to discuss their particular situation and specific needs
- The caller is offered an opportunity for prayer with the volunteer at the conclusion of the interview, in order that we might share the love of Jesus and offer God’s hope, strength, and healing for the caller and his/her entire family
- After the individual signs and returns some basic information to the office for verification, we relay the needs requests to partner churches or area agencies who provide a variety of goods and services geared specifically to the needs in question
WHAT DON’T WE DO?
- We do not conduct walk-in interviews at the office.
- We do not have cash on hand to help with rent, utility payments, or other emergency issues
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We follow up to make sure that our new neighbors have received the help they need to lift them out of their current circumstances
We encourage them to become active in a local church of their choice where they can become part of a worshiping community, continue to experience God’s grace and mercy, and have their spiritual, emotional, and daily living issues addressed on a personal level.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
200 Ashland Rd
Berean’s Furniture Ministry is a great way for the Church to meet our neighbors in Richland County!
The Furniture Ministry is a volunteer group that works out of Berean’s Building 2:16, on Ashland road. Ken Giesige and his volunteers, organize and put into action the pickup and deliveries of furniture. On four or more days each week, they meet the needs of our neighbors by delivering furniture and fellowshipping with them and their families. Our group of male volunteers often pray with the families and asked questions about salvation. They’re able to form friendships and share the gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Berean receptionist, Abby Young, communicates directly with the volunteers, relaying the information on donations. Also speaks with the recipients from Love INC, about their request. If you have an item(s) they would like to donate, call the church and speak with Abby. The receptionist will be able to take your request and inform the volunteers.
Love INC of Greater Mansfield is an amazing partner for the Furniture Ministry. For our neighbors in the community to be placed on the list, they would have to call into Love INC’s office at 419-522-1432 and talk to a volunteer. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon. Their information will be received and then passed onto the furniture deliverers at Berean.
If you’re a member or committed attendee of Berean and need furniture, call into the church. The receptionist will be able to take your request directly.
Volunteers Needed to help with pick ups and deliveries call Abby at 419/756-3300
H2O College Ministry
The Slack Family
Jason, Lindsay, Carter, Maddy, & Bryce
Jason and Lindsay led a church planting team from Bowling Green, OH to Kent, OH in 2008 to start H2O Church on the campus of Kent State University. Jason serves as the pastor of worship and provides oversight and leadership of the church’s worship teams, the training and equipping of student leaders and staff members and teachers at worship gatherings. Lindsay is actively involved in discipleship and women’s ministry within the church. H2O started with 20 young people in 2008 has grown to include over 200 students and is now positioned to impact the lives of even more students at KSU.
Hello from Kent!
Spring is on the way, right? It feels like it’s been a long winter for us and we’re definitely looking forward to the change in season. Our family is doing well…though we’ve been circulating sickness for a while now. Carter is giving his first-ever speech today at school (he chose rocketry as his topic) and Maddy has her first-ever talent show at school today (she is dancing and singing to one of her favorite songs). Bryce doesn’t have anything significant going on today other than feeding his pet Gecko “Benny.” Lindsay and I are counseling two different couples who are getting married in the coming months. Life is consistently busy at the Slack house, but we are so thankful for the opportunities we have!
ManMaker & Women’s Weekend
Each year the month of February is a big month for college ministry. We spend a lot of time and energy promoting and sending students to our Men’s and Women’s retreats. If you’d like a silly sample of how our newly formed video team is helping to promote these events check out our Vimeo page – https://vimeo.com/h2ochurchkent. Through the years these events have grown significantly in scope and in size as there are more and more H2O churches in our region. As you can imagine these are powerful weekends for college students. The energy and momentum of 300-400 young men and 400-500 young women gathering to seek God together are powerful! Each year we see God move in big ways – some students come to faith and many, many others are challenged to grow spiritually, confess sin, develop deep friendships, and worship God without restraint. Of course, there’s a lot of fun and goofing around as well…and plenty of junk food!
Life Group Multiplication
For H2O, Life Groups consist of 10-20 people gathered together to study and discuss a section of the Bible or a topic connected to faith in Jesus. We place a great deal of importance and emphasis on Life Groups because we believe that God created us to pursue Him in the community. Plus, it’s just more fun that way! As you can imagine, we are absolutely thrilled when a Life Group is missional and eventually grows too big. This has happened with the Life Group that meets in our house on Sunday evenings. We simply ran out of space in our living room! And so we will be multiplying – creating two Life Groups out of the one starting this weekend. This is an exciting process because it creates new leadership opportunities and frees up space to invite new people, but it is also very difficult as we are a close community. Please pray for this multiplication process.
Thanks for your partnership in this mission. We love you and couldn’t be doing this without you. It has been such a blessing to be teamed up with you through the years and to celebrate all that God has done during that time
The Slack Family (Jason, Lindsay, Carter, Maddy, & Bryce)
The Asp Family
Our family has been living in Kent – specifically focused on the campus of Kent State University since 2012, working through a mission agency called Reliant. We are joined with H2O Kent and the broader H2O network throughout Ohio (and the still-broader Collegiate Church Network) to reach out to the younger generations. We find many of the students at Kent State University are highly interested in spiritual things, yet they have never really initiated a spiritual journey. With this in mind, we promoted ourselves to the campus as “A Church for Your Journey,” and we focus our ministry efforts on making disciples, training leaders, and sending out missionaries.
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
(2 Timothy 2:2)
Greetings from Kent! We’re all getting a little sick and tired of the winter weather, here in northeast Ohio, but even so, I have to say that it’s been a meaningful month of ministry. The Alpha Course that we started at the beginning of February is doing well. Our annual Men’s Retreat and Women’s Retreat in the middle weekends of February have provided a boost to our discipleship conversations. And the upcoming month will also hold some strategic ministry opportunities, as we prepare to send out three different groups over Kent State’s Spring Break.
But rather than talk about any of the large-group, strategic ministry programs or events that are happening at this point in the semester, I thought it would be nice to share the story of a single individual who I’ve been getting to know this year.
His name is Peter.
Peter is a second-year Music Education major (saxophone is his specialty). He remained on the periphery of H2O last year, during his freshman year. Over the summer, he broke up with his girlfriend from back home (which had been a significant part of the reason why he had been on the periphery). So when he came back to Kent for the Fall Semester, this year, he jumped into H2O involvement with both feet — and he’s become a beautiful example of the ways God works in the life of an individual through the course of a single school year.
I’ve gotten to know Peter primarily through the Off-Campus Life Group, which I help to lead and coach. He was a faithful and enthusiastic participant in our group discussions, and I noticed that he seemed to have a vibrant personal walk with Jesus that came out in most of our Thursday-night interactions. When we started to identify potential apprentices for Life Group leadership, as we do between every semester, all the other student-leaders in the Life Group agreed that Peter would be a prime candidate.
In January, Peter and I met up for lunch at Wendy’s just across the street from campus. We talked about a lot of different stuff, as we shared a meal together, but our discussion about Life Group leadership was especially encouraging. I told him that H2O has tried to maintain a culture of cultivating “FAST and Missional” leaders. That is: we feel like the most essential character qualities for servant-leadership roles within our church are to be Faithful, Available, Spirit-Filled, Teachable, and Missional. And as we talked through each of these areas in Peter’s life, it became more and more clear that he was ready to take a step up in ministry responsibility.
Officially, Peter is still “learning the ropes” or “trying things on for size,” but I’ve already seen encouraging signs of fruit from Peter’s life, as he’s started to help with leading the Off-Campus Life Group. He’s been an integral part of the Alpha Course we’re organizing to systematically share the most essential elements of Christianity with our unbelieving friends. Also, when it came time for our ManMaker Retreat last month, Peter was able to bring along his friend, Martin. And most significantly of all, I’ve noticed ways that Peter has opened up more about his own life and the ways that he’s still learning to walk more meaningfully with God.
Peter recently decided to apply for the Estes Park Leadership Training program this summer, and I’m very excited to see how that will help to accelerate his development. Will you please pray with me for Peter, that he would continue to earnestly seek God and grow in his faith? Will you pray that his character continues to develop and that his influence among others at Kent State University will continue to multiply?
We’re so grateful for your partnership in ministry that allows us to work with students like Peter. It’s amazing to me that Peter is just one story among hundreds of stories that God is writing, through His ongoing work at Kent State University — but I hope that you’re as encouraged as I am to know that God is still living and active among today’s college students. Thanks, again, for everything! We’ll be in touch…
Todd & Kelly
After working as a missionary to college students for several years at their alma mater Bowling Green State University, Todd, his wife Kelley and their two children are now part of planting H2O, a campus focused church at the University of Akron! Less than 10% of the young generation know Christ, and through H2O the Schlereth’s are a part of working with the Lord to change that statistic during the formational college years. Their heart is to see students experience new life in Christ and embrace how God has made them to love and serve.
- Thanks to God for changing lives this year at H2O!
- For students going home to difficult home situations.
- My family and the 3 Akron students here at Colorado LT, that we lean into God’s moving.
- For full provision as I raise support this summer.
September 2018 Newsletter
It’s the Craziest Season for Campus Ministry! And God is Here.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” -John 13:35-
Though God has been using H2O Akron to bring life to campus, it is our prayer that He would bring New Life to the hundreds of students we interacted with this past month. Please pray that the new relationships H2O students made with these freshmen would result in them forming a new relationship with Jesus. Our staff team and dozens of our student leaders are currently in the process of following up
with those who filled out connection cards, and specifically those who marked they wanted to talk
about starting a relationship with God. In fact, just yesterday I got a text that from one of our student
leaders saying a girl just entered into a relationship with Jesus, and another today! Praise God for what he is doing!
This weekend is our Fall retreat where we are hoping that new students get solidified into our community and experience God in a profound way. Currently, we have 51 people registered; Pray for us on this important weekend of ministry for H2O. God isn’t done yet! In the busyness of all the work that goes into loving these students, I thank God for you all, my ministry team, who are praying
for us and financially supporting us to do this work with college students at Akron. THANK YOU!
As I mentioned in my last prayer letter, the beginning of the fall semester is immensely important in
reaching incoming students since the trajectory of a person’s college career is often set in that first 10
days. So we go ALL IN in an effort to reach as many as possible in any way possible. I am pleased to report that God blessed our efforts! In 10 short (but exhausting) days, we passed out
• Over 2000 water bottles (with H2O’s name and
website on them)
• About 4000 H2O cards (these are discount cards
with deals from 12 local businesses)
• A BA-Jillion H2O pens, stickers, candy, & cotton
As a result of doing this, we had over 400 students fill out spiritual interest cards and over 100 of them
indicated they want to have a conversation about how to have a relationship with God! What is more, we
had over 30 new people at our kickoff event!
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We work in partnership with agencies that directly serve people in need, distributing resources to them. By spending less time and money obtaining resources, these partner agencies are able to focus on their core mission.
For 12 years Berean has provided an after-school tutoring program for Mansfield City School children. For 11 years we worked with Prospect Elementary students and this past year with Malabar Intermediate School students. Our program is 4 days per week for 2 hours each day from October through May. The focus of our program is one on one adult/student interaction. We ask adults to give one hour one day per week to work with a student. We provide a healthy snack, reading practice, homework help, Spiritual Character Quality lessons and free time each day. We have several parties at Christmas, Easter, and the end of the year.
If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Bill Heaton, 419/756-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth For Christ
Brian Walls is the Operations Director for Youth For Christ in Cleveland. He is responsible for training and recruiting staff; developing new areas; overseeing Events and Assemblies.
Youth for Christ/USA has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In 1944 Billy Graham and Torrey Johnson held a Youth for Christ rally in Chicago. The ministry of YFC spread like wildfire across the USA. Today at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. For more about the national movement of Youth for Christ,
FRIENDS & TEAMMATES at BEREAN –
Thanks so much for being one of the biggest reasons I got on the mission field and have been able to stay on the mission field for close to 25 years! I covet your prayers for the following upcoming items:
- Missionary to Cleveland – Did you realize that the crime rate with most stats (murder, rape assault) is 145% higher in Cleveland than the National average (per Area Vibes) and the poverty rate is twice the National and State rate (per the Tallmadge Express). It has been my privilege to battle Satan here in Cleveland for over twenty years by training staff, equipping staff, creating tools, establishing new outreaches and doing outreach myself. Please pray for our outreach at the local jails (county and state lock-ups), our urban west side teen center, and various local schools – and wisdom for me as to try to guide the staff that leads them.
- Indians Game Outreach – On Saturday, September 22nd will be our big annual Indians game outreach that we have been doing for close to 25 years. Last year, God used it to share the Gospel with over 500 young people and 69 made some form of decision for the Lord. I was blessed to interview the players (Cody Allen, Yan Gomes, and Ryan Merritt). Please pray that the Lord uses it again this year!
Appreciative of your partnership in the Gospel since the beginning, Brian Walls; Operations Director; Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ; www.yfccleveland.org
BEREAN BAPTIST –
Thanks so much for your prayers. Thanks for praying for our Indians game outreach on Saturday, September 22nd. It was a success for the following reasons:
·Despite some batting practice and stretching that conflicted with our outreach, we were able to at least get one player, pitcher Jon Edwards, share about his faith in Christ. I was blessed to do the interview.
·Hundreds of students, mostly lost young people, heard the Gospel/life-saving message of Jesus Christ through the pre-game program.
·Roughly two dozen raised their hands to make some form of decision. Our staff is working on their follow-up now.
·The creative event allowed us to build better relationships with hundreds of lost
youth and serve them; including many hurting kids from the inner city.
Other Local Partners
Compassion In Action
Contact: Kris Sparks
Emergency Response Team
Contacts: RuthAnn Chirico & Tim Miller
Harmony House, Homeless Services
Local English Camp
Contact: Bruce Dunlap
Local International Student Ministry
Contact: Tom Prendergast
LOVE INC. (Love In the Name of Christ)
Contacts: Tiffany Montgomery & Brenda Schwamberger
Mansfield Salvation Army
Contacts: Brenda Nelson
Nursing Home Ministry
Contacts: Tom Prendergast & Lisa Caldwell
Operation Christmas Child
Contact: Elizabeth Dawson
Contacts: Faith Kidwell & Ted Ryan
Public School Prayer Ministry
Prays monthly over Lexington Schools
Contact: Valerie Hunter
Shared Hope – STOP Sex trafficking
Contact: Susi Maiyer
- Middle East
- West Africa
- Dominican Republic
Jerusalem Baptist Church, Pignon, Haiti
On November 18th, I celebrated 17 years of ministry in Haiti. This is the day that I returned to Haiti after my studies in the United States in 1996. We had prayed that God would glorify himself by using us as an instrument to transform lives in Haiti. Looking back, God has answered every prayer that we asked from that November day long ago.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Jerusalem Baptist mission (JBM) began in 1977 by Rev Sidoine and Mrs. Athenienne Lucien for the purpose of winning souls for Christ. Pastor Sidoine had nine children and in 1996 his son Jephthe (the fifth of the nine children) joined him in the ministry. Pastor Jephthe has a degree from Washington Bible College in Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois.
Since pastor Jephthe joined JBM, he has been busy continuing the work that his father started by planting sister churches and Christian schools and developing economic structures for local families. Pastor Jephthe seeks training for his pastors and continues to develop businesses through which church members can support their families without being forced to flee to the big city.
The island of Haiti has ten departments and JBM now has a presence in 6 of the 10. We continue to work hard for the Lord, because “we know he is not done with us yet!” says Pastor Jephthe
Jephthe, his family and the JBM staff are working hard every day to continue the work that God entrusted to them. We prayed for blessings and now God is doing above and beyond what we ask or even think of.
Pastor Jephthe and his wife Widmide “Mitoue” Lucien are so thankful that God has put them in Pignon Haiti to serve at such a time as this!
Grace Church – Brovary, Ukraine
Berean started short-term missions with Grace in 1996. For 12 years we have lead Children’s Adventure Camps (VBS). In 2008 we started teaching Conversational English at Pastor Boris Medyanik’s request.
We continue to teach two weeks each summer to about 150 mostly college students and young professionals. In 2012 we were asked to help Grace with their ministry to Families of Special Needs Children. Tanya Kolodey heads up this Grace ministry. We go for two weeks in the summer to help with their Special Needs Family Camp which ministers to about 40 moms and 80 kids. We send teams of up to five to Special Needs Family Camp and up to ten to Conversational English School. Attending both weeks of ministry are possible.
Berean Christmas 2018 – Greeting from Brovary, Ukraine
Drew and Sarah
Drew and Sarah R. – Middle East
The R. family are Converge Global Workers currently serving in the Middle East. In partnership with a local church, they are engaging Syrian refugee families with the gospel. The ministry includes a combination of humanitarian aid efforts as well as open and intentional presentations of the Gospel. Drew’s primary responsibility within the ministry is discipleship and leadership development among new believers. This is a vital role in strengthening the local church and establishing local leadership for many years to come. God is actively working among Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East and around the world. Please continue to pray for them and that God would reveal himself to them.
Dr. David & Margalit
Shabbat Shalom friends,
Here is some local news from Israel:
This week, Israel’s Air Force struck a military base in Syria where Iran has been deploying troops and doing R & D (research and development) of military import. Israel will usually carry out such a strike if intelligence shows that weaponry is being manufactured or transported to such a base, for use against Israel. Nine Iranian troops were killed in the air raid. Iran has vowed a revenge attack against northern Israel for this and prior Israeli Air Force attacks on Iran’s growing military presence in the region.
This week PM Netanyahu was in Moscow, not for soccer’s World Cup final game, but to talk about Israel’s ‘take’ on Iran’s presence in Syria. It was reported that Russia will not interfere with Israeli attacks on Iranian troops there, as long as no Russian assets are harmed.
All this makes more sense when we realize that Iran and her allied troops (such as the Hizbullah terror group that rules over Lebanon), were creeping right up to Israel’s northern border with Syria (just over the Golan Heights). Iran and Syria have supplied Hizbullah with about 200,000 rockets which are being deployed in south Lebanon. So the Iranian threat is real. Israel could no longer live with this development, and began efforts, both diplomatically and otherwise, to clear our Syrian border of Iranian and allied troops. Iran has often stated publicly its desire to annihilate Israel, and so Israel is always on the alert about the danger.
Please pray for wisdom for Israel’s government, to know how to deal with the threat on our northern border. Let’s also pray for many people to turn to Yeshua in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. That is the only hope for those nations, period.
God will someday turn the Middle East into an area that leads the world in worshiping Him (see Isaiah 19). But until that day, a great darkness has come upon our area. Yet there are wonderful promises in the Bible about His heart towards us and His plan of redemption.
More Personal news:
David is teaching his seminar in London this weekend. We’d appreciate prayer for safe travel there and that he’d be able to excite his students about studying the Bible.
We got word this morning from our friends in the Galilee – who have been preparing a house/center that will be used for weekly Bible training – are nearly finished with the project. That means we can begin to travel north for this training. We will be taking turns with our son and his wife plus another young couple who will be team teaching with us. We are very excited about all these young families in the north who are serious about studying the Word. Please pray that we can get this very complicated schedule worked out and that we will have the finances to help support this center.
David leaves on Sunday for Ireland and England. Margalit will join him in a weeks time. This is a combination of teaching/family and baseball.
August At the Shalom Conference in Oswiecim, Poland, David will speak about God’s perspective on this very issue. Please pray that he can be sensitive to the emotions and feelings that will be present, and speak with God’s merciful heart. Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 13 will be at the heart of his talk to the gathered Israeli, Polish and European believers. David will teach that God wants to unite Israeli and Polish believers in love, sympathy, and prayer for each other. This could be a very healing moment for us there, so please pray that God would have His way. This is a yearly conference where 300 or so of us gather to pray for Poland, Israel, and Germany to walk in our God-given destinies.
And from there we are traveling to Romania to teach at the first ever Holocaust reconciliation conference there.
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles
Leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles are back in the Philippines after serving 29 years in the United States with Converge Worldwide planting a Filipino church in California. After years of working at the denominational level in the areas of church planting, Filipino ministries, and Intercultural ministries, Pastor Cirilo and Dory decided to solidify the commitment they made 28 years ago to return home to minister in the Philippines. In January of 2014, they left for the Philippines to embark on this new ministry.
Their vision is to see that disciples, leaders, and churches are multiplied by establishing centers for starting and strengthening churches (S2 Centers) in each of the 12 district ministries of Converge Philippines/BCP. They are also involved in leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students through teaching and mentoring.
We are back in San Diego CA for Cirilo’s prostate cancer proton beam therapy treatment. It sounds like we are on a ministry holding pattern, but that is not the case. Our missions work continues to expand while we wait. We resonate with Paul’s words; “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair…” (2 Cor. 4:8) Here are three ministry expansions as we started the new year:
New Church Starts in Mindanao!
Cirilo started the affiliation process of four churches started by the Filipino Converge church in Seattle. Three weeks ago he and three Mindanao District pastors visited the churches. The congregations will be officially accepted in April. We hope, to be back by then.
Equipping Lay-Leaders Continues…
The two of the pastors Cirilo trained are implementing the Equipped to Lead in their respective ministries.
- Jun Olayvar completed the training of the pastors and workers in Leyte/Biliran District
- Pastor Joe de Jesus started the process in his suburban church in Metro Manila
Ministry Engagements Expands!
Cirilo was asked by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches to assist in developing the discipleship, lay-leadership and ministers program of the Institute of Training in Ministry. This is in partnership with Discipleship Overseas based in Denver CO. The Converge church in Bacolod City, Phil. will be one of the first pioneer congregations that will pilot the training program.
Thank you again for your faithful prayer and financial partnership with us.
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles
To join our support team, renew and/or up your monthly commitment, you may log onto https://converge.org/give/89349. We also need year-end gifts to cover the anticipated 2018 support shortfall of $6000.00.
STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON
John & Jan Baxter
What We Do
Everything the Baxters do seeks to expand missions to and from the millions of people migrating around the globe. This mission strategy is called Diaspora Missions.
Millions of people from unreached and unreachable areas of the globe are moving into contact with the gospel in lands with an evangelical church. Our gospel strategies are working to connect these economic immigrants, refugees, international students, and others on the shores of Europe and in the cities of North America with an opportunity to hear the Good News.
This strategy includes training Christians from the Majority World who are finding employment in unreached lands to be strong in their faith and be effective witnesses to their host population and the other unreached immigrants around them.
This emerging missions strategy has the potential to release millions of lay witnesses into lands where career missionaries cannot go and among unreached people groups that missionaries cannot contact.
Director of Diaspora Initiatives, Converge International Ministries
- Overseeing all Converge work with unreached diaspora groups migrating into North America.
- As the International Leader for the North America Region, John and Jan oversee the work of fourteen Converge missionaries working among unreached people groups in the U.S. and Canada.
- John developed, and is implementing in two pilot cities, a city-wide strategy for Converge and other churches to work together to launch movements of gospel multiplication among unreached immigrant groups.
- Implement diaspora mission strategy within the global Converge IM Initiatives.
- Converge IM structures its work around large initiatives which include specific unreached people group projects. For example, our Spice Island Initiative in Southeast Asia includes ten unreached people groups in Indonesia. John and Jan work with a diaspora champion in each initiative to identify fruitful diaspora connections. For example, Indonesians working in Hong Kong who come to Christ through ministries in that city need to be identified and connected to fellowships when they return home to Indonesia.
- Implement a Converge Global Refugee Strategy
- Converge IM has been invited into a refugee ministry partnership which allows access to all UN High Council on Refugees work sites and funding. John and Jan will be based at this partnership headquarters in Malaga, Spain, for six months per year developing pathways and projects that will allow Converge IM missionaries and US churches to minister to unreached refugee groups around the world.
- This refugee strategy includes helping U.S. churches identify and train members who desire to work short-term in refugee projects.
Director of NextMove Diaspora Ministry
- NextMove is a partnership between Converge and Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission). It is a research and consulting ministry for mission agency leaders with the goal of effectively integrating emerging diaspora missions strategies into each agency’s core ministry focus.
- Currently over thirty mission agencies are partners with NextMove. After three years of research by teams of representatives from the partner agencies, NextMove is offering comprehensive consulting services and tools to assist mission leaders. Diaspora missions have the potential to affect deep and lasting change in how we do missions.
Catalyst, Global Diaspora Network of the Lausanne Movement
- The Lausanne Movement created the Global Diaspora Network (GDN) at the Lausanne Congress in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. The GDN mandate is to embed diaspora missiology and practice within mission training schools throughout the world. John represents GDN in the Western hemisphere.
- John has been working with mission training schools and seminaries in North and South America since 2011. During that period most schools have adopted the diaspora missions curriculum at some level.
- John facilitates a council of diaspora mission educators, drawn from mission schools across North and South America. This council creates curriculum and programs for diaspora missions training.
- Some seminaries and colleges desire to begin diaspora mission centers. The Baxters are helping the faculty of the South America Theological Seminary in Londrina, Brazil, develop such a center.
Diaspora Missions Advisor, Missio Nexus
- Missio Nexus is the primary missions network for North America. In a sense, it is the trade association for North American mission groups in which they participate in shared learning and practice.
- Several mission specialists work under the Missio Nexus banner in such areas as mobilization and funding, missionary care, church planting movements, financial and regulatory standards, etc..
- As the Diaspora Missions specialist or advisor, for Missio Nexus, John helps mission agency leaders understand and implement this emerging mission strategy.
GECHAAN was founded in July of 2004 by Art and Dorothy Helwig who chose to do whatever they could about the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. The Southern part of Taraba State was selected to begin a grassroots-focused approach to making the people aware of the problem and how they may prevent becoming infected. The emphasis on prevention.
The work grew quickly and grew into a full-service NGO that reaches out into the hinterlands in attempts to save the lives of as many people as possible. In 2014 Dan & Tina Gibbs joined the ministry in Nigeria. Today GECHAAN is covering eight local governments in Taraba State.
GECHANN is located in the far southeast part of Taraba State which borders on Cameroon. Having started in Sardouna Local Government Area (LGA), the work has expanded to include Gashaka, Bali, Kurmi, Takum, Donga, Gassol and Ardo Kola LGAs. There are four regional offices with managers who oversee many volunteers who assist people in need in villages
Matt, Audrey & Ezra Pound
Faithful Heart Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Who We Are
Faithful Heart Foundation (FHF) is an “R&R” ministry…reach and rescue. Our foundation helps break the cycle of poverty by providing orphans with a loving Christian family to ensure that they have adequate food and nutrition, and access to a quality education.
FHF is a Christian orphan care ministry. We seek to serve the poor and disadvantaged people in and around Northern Thailand, whose life circumstances can be improved through:
We strive to match our foundation resources with the greatest needs to have a lasting, positive
impact on as many lives as possible.
The dangers that at-risk children face in Northern Thailand:
Homelessness or Poor Housing and Living Conditions
Family Loss or Neglect
Food Insecurity, Hunger, and Malnutrition
Poor Water Quality and Access
Lack of Basic Hygiene and Increased Incidence of Illness and Disease
Lack of Education or Access to Quality Education
Discrimination and Prejudice
Risk of Trafficking, Kidnapping or Being Sold though Exploitation and Debt
Physical and Mental Abuse
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Orphan and Rescue Care
Pounds in Thailand
Faithful Heart Foundation
Hello Berean Family!
A quick greeting and prayer update from Matt, Audrey, & Ezra Pound in Thailand. Sept. 4, 2018
1. For Audrey and our baby girl. She is due October 28th and we can’t wait to meet her!
2. For our land purchase. Faithful Heart will hopefully be purchasing a piece of land on Friday, Sept. 7.
3. For 2 of our orphan girls, Becky and Laura. They are going through some difficulty and we really want them to know God’s love in the midst of it.
4. For our staff retreat September 11th. Matt will lead a special devotion on listening for God’s voice and becoming who God created us to each to be.
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! May His Kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven!
Steve and Nopaluck Cable, Bangkok, Thailand
Steve and Nopaluck are focused on church planting and evangelism at Peace Fellowship Church (PFC) and Santisuk English School (SES) in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 1995, nearly 700 different short-term missionaries have been involved in 4-week (minimum) evangelistic outreaches at SES that have been instrumental in winning many Thai to Christ.
SANTISUK ENGLISH SCHOOL
SES is both an effective evangelistic tool and a high-quality conversational English educational center. We will use methods that are creative, wide-reaching, relationship oriented, need-based, sacrificial, efficient, and self-sustaining in Thailand that engages and empowers Thai Christians to reach the Thai.
We ultimately exist to glorify God by being a significant bridge-building tool enabling God to transform lives and assisting Peace Fellowship Church to reach N.E. Bangkok for Jesus Christ.
Find out more about the Santisuk English School at: www.santisuk.org.
December 31, 2018
Santisuk Mission House
Dedication of the building will be January 6. It is 4 floors of super-nice bedrooms, 2 bedrooms per floor, for all main campus short-termers, located almost next door to us. We were able to purchase it at an auction for less than market value. We’ll rent out the ground floor to an outsider. This has been a major “time-eater” for Steve this year, designing and then supervising construction. We had a number of set-backs including not being able to get a loan to buy it, so we had to pay cash for it, draining finances in our school and Expand accounts.
Highlights of 2018
Just a quick summary of the major events from 2018:
* Eight people came to actual saving faith through the ministries of SES and PFC.
* One new career missionary arrived, Sarah Adams, in November.
* One new branch started in July (Bangkae) led by Scott and Michelle Harpe with a team of 3 Thai leaders sent out by PFC.
* One new leader (assistant cell leader) recruited and in-training for ministry.
* Huge Christmas outreach December 23 (see pictures below) attended by 170 people.
* Plans laid for a major Creation seminar, by Dr. Andy McIntosh, on January 19, 2019 titled, “The Wonder of Creation” and the three talks: “Creation – Why it is Important”, “The Evidence of the Rocks and the Fossils” , and “The Wonder of Hearing”. This will be an excellent outreach to non-believers looking for real answers to the question of “where did I come from” and a major blessing for believers offered to anyone in Bangkok hosted by us at PFC.
Some quick stats from 2018:
* SES (main campus only) averaged 183 students per month in 2018, dropping from a high of 320 in 2014. There has been a steady decrease in students these last 5 years.
* However, at all 7 locations together, there was a .6% increase over 2017 in number of registrations. This is due to a number of factors: Ladkrabang had a great year (increase over last year of 223 – a 46% increase!); Bangkae started (86 new registrations); and Pakkret increased by 57 over last year, an 83% increase! We can all take joy in the work of the whole team.
* A total of 4,374 registrations at all 7 branches in 2018! Our record was in 2016 with 4,793 registrations. But 2018 is the 2nd highest total registrations ever for all locations together. So while the main campus is decreasing, overall, the work is going on at a very high level! Praise God for the opportunity to reach out to over 1,000 different people in 2018 with the gospel!
Reminder: each student who studies at Santisuk studies for a month at a time (each class is a month long). The average student will study at Santisuk for 3 1/2 classes (3 and 1/2 months) so we can estimate over 1,200 different people took classes in 2018. Almost all students are hearing about Jesus Christ for the very first time. They aren’t coming to Santisuk to learn about Jesus, but to learn English – BUT they DO learn about Jesus as they study their English lessons as we’ve incorporated Bible lessons into our English text books. The English classes are a huge “net”. Think, “I will make you fishers of men….”. Continue to pray that our fishing will result in an abundance of “keepers”.
Photos below of our Christmas outreach Dec. 23. Nopaluck is sharing her testimony about her first Christmas.
The enemy is very strong. Opposition is VERY GREAT. There are major setbacks in many areas regularly. But our God is great, and the work of the Lord has, will, and must go forward! Please continue to pray for us regularly.
Our annual “Week of Prayer” will be coming up towards the end of January. I’ll send out more information about that in the next couple weeks. Please consider joining us for 30 minutes all week long, praying for our ministry, every day for that week, January 26 to February 2. Each day there will be lots of different prayer requests that you can also use throughout 2019 to pray for Santisuk and the various Santisuk ministries.
Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!
Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Prayer Week 2019
For many years now, we’ve had our annual Prayer Week in January and many of you have joined us. This year, it will be January 26 (5am) to February 2 (5am) in Bangkok which is January 25 (5pm EST) to February 1 (5pm EST) in the USA. Below is a picture of the sign-up sheets as of Friday. The hardest times for us are in the middle of our night (the bottom right portion of the right sheet). But we often have open slots in the middle of the day as well.
Here’s how it works. You tell me what 30-minute time slot you would like to pray in all 7 days, then you tell me what time zone you will be in that week. I’ll send you a prayer guide no later than Friday morning this week in English. You will use it for 7 days, 30 minutes each day. It will give you all kinds of information about what we are doing and what prayer requests we have. We include prayer requests from each of our 7 locations and all departments of ministry at our main campus.
Besides being of value for Prayer Week, our Prayer Guide can be used throughout 2019 as a guide to praying for the various Santisuk ministries. In 2018, 79 people joined our Prayer Week including many outside Thailand. Would you join us this year?
Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!
Steve and Nopaluck Cable
John and Elaine Mehn
John is the Director of the JEMA Church Planting Institute. Their primary ministry is to cross-cultural church planting, direct evangelism and outreach, mobilization and equipping for church planting, leadership development, and spiritual renewal mentoring.
“Advancing God’s Kingdom by mentoring leaders to be part of a movement that is multiplying churches that are multiplying disciples through the power of the gospel.”
The Church Planting Institute is a core ministry of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. Our purpose is to foster a ministry vision for what God has in store for Japan and the world. This is a cooperative effort by missions, missionaries, and Japanese leaders and workers to see indigenous gospel-driven church planting movements fostered in this needy country. We welcome you to join us in this adventure of faith and ministry.
To view or download the CPI informational PDF brochure in Japanese click here: jcpi-brochure-jpn.
God has been doing some great things through the Institute since its inception in 1994. It started with 29 missionaries meeting with Dr. Steve Childers–a veteran church-planter and now a professor of practical theology–which gave birth to a vision for CPI. Since that time, nearly 3.000 Japanese and foreign gospel workers serving with 150 organizations and coming from over 20 different countries have been involved. There are also about 180 people from throughout the world using our internet services. Missionaries from Hokkaido to Okinawa have been involved with CPI, touching practically every prefecture in Japan.
Check out their introductory video in the link below!
Nice to Meet You
March 2019 – Updates from John and Elaine Mehn
We work with a lot of different groups of people. Here are some connections we have made over the last month. After all “Missions is Relationships.”
Clockwise from left: Elaine’s card class at Crossroad church, Japan Church Multiplication Vision Strategy Summit, Japan Baptist Rengo Pastors’ Seminar, Elaine’s western cooking class at the Mehn’s house
WHAT CAN WE PRAY FOR?
- Pray for the preparations for our very first Japanese Grace Week May 27−30. Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, and unity in preparing the presenters and mentors. Pray for registrations.
- We are very heavy with several writing projects right now. Elaine is trying to get out her bilingual bible study and John is working on the Japanese version of his church planting book and a new book on Japanese beliefs and the gospel.
- As registration for the November 13−15 CPI National Conference has opened, pray it will sell−out again! Pray for all the preparations busily going on.
- The new Converge Japanese Initiative leader, Brian Lusky, is visiting Japan this month. Pray
for meetings he will have with us, other missionaries, and key Japanese leaders.
- Elaine has a lot of preparation for our mission Field Council on April 9−11.
INTENSIVE PRAYER TEAM
John and Elaine Mehn – Converge International Ministries – Missionaries to Japan
Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Multiplication Movements
See more information at www.GOspelRest.com or see us both on Facebook.
Bill and Kathy M.
Serving with Converge in the capital city of a West African country, predominantly Muslim
Bill: University student outreach through teaching English as a foreign language
- leading discussions on Biblical topics, themes, and passages
- developing relationships with particular students
- studying the Bible with them
- the long-term goal is to see an expanding network of house churches
Kathy: Teaching high school and middle school art at the school for missionary children
- eighty percent of the student body are missionary kids, whose parents serve all over West Africa
- to be a godly example to the students in all that she does and says (for some students, the school is the only exposure they have to a Christian worldview)
- hosting Bill’s students for meals and providing support for special events and visiting teams
- a population of about 14 million, 95% Muslim, 4% Catholic
- two largest people groups are unreached, with only 100 believers or so in each
- freedom of religion, but social & family ostracism for those who become Jesus-followers
- politically stable, with the democratically-elected president & Parliament
- the very high unemployment rate, common for one wage earner to support the extended family of 12-15 persons
- a developing country, with slowly improving infrastructure
Please check out their introductory video in the link below!!
Dear partners, let’s jump right into it.
Update on the Love of the Father event
It was about a month ago that I asked you to pray for this event where I’d be leading a discussion of the parable of the prodigal son. Two students came, a guy and a girl, new to me and to our center. Both are in an elementary level class with one of my colleagues. We got to know each other a little bit, I told the parable, and we discussed it. As we concluded an hour later, neither indicated an interest in studying the Bible further at this time, but the guy did take a tract in English that the presentation was based on. Please continue to pray with us that the seed of the Word would one day bear fruit in their lives, and in the lives of other students. Isaiah 55:10-11
The hardest year of our lives
This Thursday will mark one year since Caleb went home to be with the Lord. So many of you have been lifting us up throughout this past year. Thank you! The Lord has sustained us, enabling us to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Kathy, Anna and I will stay home on the 21st to be together as we grieve and remember Caleb.
That all may serve…
That is the motto of the Academy, where Kathy teaches art to missionary kids whose parents are serving in various parts of Senegal and many other West African countries. This past Friday it had a more direct meaning, as the entire student body participated in a variety of service projects all over. Kathy led a small group to do some painting at a recently opened Christian preschool opened by a Canadian mission.
April English camp…in March
We normally have English camps in January and April. This year, because the way the calendar worked out, we’re doing our “April” camp the last week of March. We’ll be watching The Greatest Showman and discussing it, talking about dreams and other topics. Many students often wait till the last minute to sign up, and this camp is no exception! Please pray that the Lord would lead us into meaningful and spiritual conversations with students during the camp and that some would take a step closer to the Cross.
Who do you say that I am?
Recently a devotional pointed me to the well-known passage in Matthew 16:13-16 where Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The initial responses were various prophets, perhaps Elijah, perhaps Jeremiah. Jesus’ followup question was more pointed, “Who do you say that I am?” And we all know how Peter responded, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Sometimes I have thought to myself, “Way to go, Peter!” But it was verse 17 that struck me. Jesus did say, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!” but he continued, explaining, “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” This really hit me because our friends here will readily admit that Jesus was a prophet, but it is only through the Father’s work in their hearts that they will come to see Jesus as Lord and Savior. Please pray through this verse with us for our friends here: Charlie, Tio, Sal, Roy, Matthew and others we will meet and get to know.
We so appreciate your prayers and support.
Gratefully in Christ,
Bill & Kathy
serving with Converge
Paul and Linda McMillan
Fountain of Life Christian School
Our mission is to provide children with an unmistakable inner conviction of who they are, what their life purpose is, and where they will go to in eternity as defined in the irrefutable Word of God.
Our purpose is to prepare citizens to be fully equipped academically, morally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
We help students define and fulfill their life goals by acquiring the intrinsic values of individual achievement, patriotic support, personal independence, family loyalties and productive contributions to the local and global communities.
The benefits of our school include:
- Education with a higher worldview rooted in the Word of God
- The pursuit of excellence above the lower standards of public schools
- Superior English classes, with access to native English speakers
- Caring teachers committed to the spiritual, academic, and personal development of the students
- Computer classes taught in a modern computer lab
- A close-knit community where students are always safe and welcome to play with friends
Students come to know God personally through Jesus Christ
Dave & Stephanie Connell
Future missionaries to the Dominican Republic
David and Stephanie Connell desire to see the transformation of lives, families, and communities across the least reached peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean for the glory and worship of God.
They will recruit and strengthen leaders who will pursue the vision of reaching the least-reached peoples in the region (or across the world).
David, as Converge’s Church Strengthening Team Leader for Latin America & Caribbean, will provide regional strategic leadership, ensure team development/ guidance/health, ensure appropriate resources for effectiveness, and drive collaborative relationships.
Stephanie will home-school their children, teach the next generation of leaders at the local Christian school, and serve at their home church.
They invite you to partner with them through your prayers and financial support on this exciting mission!
THE CONNELL’S JOURNEY
Leadership Team: Converge International Missions Leaders from each major world region met last week to review the plans being implemented to help realize our vision to see a gospel movement among every least-reached people group in our generation. We were encouraged by the progress of personnel and expertise gaps being filled and are excited to be leading the Latin America Regional Impact Team in this amazing work God is bringing about.
Season of Change: Our life is changing! Moving out of our house, selling our possessions, finalizing new educational plans, securing documentation, etc. God keeps reminding us He is in this…after months and months of waiting and praying, within a 24-hour window we received both an offer on our US home and had a rental open up in the Dominican Republic!
Additional Classrooms: With the number of students at Fountain of Life school expanding to 450, God provided for new classrooms to be built & progress is going well! Stephanie will likely teach English in those rooms!
• For new monthly support to reach our budget (currently just over 90%).
• For Visa and import barriers to be overcome in a timely manner.
• For family peace as we enter this difficult time of transition.
If you are interested in more information or are willing to support this work of God’s, please contact us or go online to www.converge.org/give/209737
We trust that He who began this good work in us will carry it out to completion. Thank you so much for your support!
David & Stephanie Connell and family
To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.
To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television services.
We’re making God’s love visible to 21 million viewers across the Middle East and
North Africa through Christian satellite television. A potential audience of 500 million people can hear the Truth in their heart languages of Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish.
- SAT-7 Turk – In 2014, SAT-7 was granted a 10-year license to broadcast in Turkish, the only Christian television channel on the Turksat satellite – available to more than 55 million people. This channel has been on-air since early 2015 with a very encouraging response and growth!
- SAT-7 PARS – After a year of prayerful negotiations with a company in the Arab Gulf, the hugely popular Yashat satellite system, SAT-7 PARS was accepted – here too, the only Christian channel on this satellite system. Consequently, over the past 12 months, the counseling centers have seen a huge increase in responses from viewers not only in Iran but especially from Afganistan.
- SAT-7 ACADEMY – In response to an incredibly widespread and acute need for education, and led by the Holy Spirit, doors opened to launch this breakthrough channel. The broadcasts bring the classroom, life skills, hope, and light to 20 million Arabic speaking children not currently receiving any proper schooling. Parents are deeply grateful.
Founded in 1997, globalLead has trained over 15,000 Christian ministry leaders from 50 different countries around the globe. Our mission takes a unique approach of focusing on exponential multiplication of impact by skipping the step of sending a foreign missionary. We focus on developing local indigenous leaders so that they can reach and disciple others in their sphere of influence. This approach has enabled a huge global movement to occur with relatively low financial cost.
The purpose of globalLead is to serve those in ministry through training and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication.
At globalLead, we offer both heart and skill-based training opportunities for a variety of church ministry leaders. We value the holistic leadership principle from Psalm 78:72:
“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
We offer three series of training currently that are designed to provide follow up and multiplication, not just a one-time event. Feel free to contact us about supporting the ministry or hosting an event by using the contact form at the bottom of the home page.
Church Ministry Leadership (for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders): There is no better example of life and ministry than Jesus Himself. In our Church Ministry Leadership events, we explore the life and ministry of Christ and develop plans and programs for our churches in a team environment (when possible) in order for church leaders to be in sync with one another as they lead in ministry. These trainings offer local pastors and ministry leaders (when possible) the timeless principles from the life of Christ that have worked in a multitude of settings globally throughout history. (Church Ministry Leadership for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders)
Heart of the Leader: With leaders leaving the ministry at an alarming rate we are tackling the needs of those in full-time ministry head-on with soul care events for full-time leaders and their spouse (if possible). Top leaders need a secure environment to process their life and ministry in a way that re-energizes them and puts them on a life-long healthy trajectory. Utilizing Biblical teaching and engagement as well as group camaraderie, we have seen God do great work in the lives of leaders. Heart of the Leader (Soul Care for Full-time Leaders in Ministry)
Youth Ministry Leadership Trainings: This series of trainings are offered for those leading the youth ministry in their churches. Whether youth pastor, leadership teams or both, participating leaders will be engaged in Biblical and transferable principles with local examples in order to develop a workable one-year ministry plan. Additional seminars enable times for evaluation, mentoring and follow-up. Youth Ministry Leadership Training (for those responsible for leading in youth ministry)
Chris & Penny Davis, Founder of globalLead
Mark 11:24 (NKJV)
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Please lift up the following prayer concerns and praises for the month of March. We are grateful for your steadfast prayer support of globalLead.
The purpose of globalLead is to serve those in ministry through trainings
and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication.
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SOUTHEAST ASIA OFFICE
- Praise the Lord for blessing each one with His presence and with the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the Heart of the Leader event in Talisay City, Philippines Feb 25-March 2.
- Thankful for each of you who gave and prayed for the fund-raising campaign Heart for Hearts for HOTL part 1, we reached 130% of our target.
- Grateful for the 6 Filipinos and 1 Kenyan mentor trained by Matt Lewis; this is a great help for future soul care ministry to be sustained here in Asia.
- For the 18 participants of the HOTL batch 4 and for the 3 foreign mentors who came and invested to bless the lives of the Filipino ministers.
- For 2019 new supporters.
- Pray for sustainable funding for SE Asia for 2019. For new committed financial partners.
- Pray for these possible local and international trainings:
- Nationwide training and follow-up training with Assembly of God Youth Leadership throughout 2019
- National trainings with Word International Youth Leadership
- Teaser training with Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
- East Asia. A continued Level 2 and 3 in areas where we have begun an additional Level 1 trainings.
- Pray for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Southeast Asia on July 26-29, 2019 in Cebu, Philippines. Pray that the theme SHAPE the FUTURE be communicated and executed.
- Pray for the people who would come and join, for financial provision and schedules.
- Pray for the preparation and the logistics needed.
- Pray for the visit of the Crossroad Team and the Church Leadership Training to follow right after 20th Anniversary.
- Pray for the right people to commit to becoming Southeast Asia gL ADVISORY BOARD members.
- For each of our supporters, hosts, and ministry partners that the Holy Spirit will sustain their joy, vision, and means in giving to the ministry.
- Pray for each of the staff, Alvan and Ethel and the kids, Grace, and Windel. Pray for joy in what we do, guidance and wisdom as we follow the Lord’s leading this 2019.
- Continue to pray for the Philippines, our president, and this administration, that God is honored.
- We praise God for the successful completion of ‘Taste and See’ on February 17, 2019. We were very grateful and blessed to have our mentors and participants.
- We praise God as we have completed our Water Project in Chitwan for this fiscal year and our Water Wells Dedication Program on March 3rd was also very successful in Chitwan.
- We praise God for giving safety and protection to our trip to Chitwan for Water Wells Dedication program.
- We praise God as we have trained 28 Youth Leaders in Level 1 Nepalgunj training and also 28 participants in Taste and See Program.
- We praise God as we successfully completed our Project 2: Anti Human Trafficking and Legal Awareness Program on March 3rd (Chitwan). More than 100 people have participated in the program.
- Please pray for our upcoming trainings in March 2019 and also for our trainers.
- Please pray for the good health and safety for staff, trainers and B.O.D members.
- Please pray for our Board member Arati Gurung as she recently had a baby. Please pray for her fast recovery.
- We thank God for answering our prayer as we get to the tail end of our search for a training director. Continue to pray that the transition may be smooth.
- We thank God for the opportunities that are opening up for training and possible partnering; we continue to pray that they come to pass.
- Pray for the Zambia high commissioner to Kenya, Mrs. Brenda Sulanji, who was involved in a car accident and is fighting for her life in the ICU. Mrs. Brenda and her husband have been very instrumental to the ministry of globalLead in Zambia
- We are going through an Audit process. Pray that the process will be successful and will be done in a timely manner.
- Grateful for our growing international board and their commitment to globalLead through their personal support, leadership, and the connecting of new donors and potential board members.
- Grateful for several people interested in key ministry positions in globalLead here and abroad.
- Excited about the continuing growth of the Heart of the Leader ministry. The Heart of the Leader teams ministered to 101 Nepali leaders and trained 5 Nepal/Indian mentors! In the 4th round of the Heart of the Leader in the Philippines, there were 28 participants, staff and mentors! The Filipino staff and mentors are running the program under Matt Lewis’ leadership!
- Extremely thankful for our international office staff who make all that we do globally possible.
- Thankful for the faithful supporters of globalLead.
- Lynn Reinbolt’s (board member) son Shaun is recovering well from his car accident.
- Pray for Chris’ travel schedule to finalize for 2019.
- Pray for the staff and board funding efforts for the ministry for 2019, continuing in March with a special event on March 19th.
- Wisdom as we look to add additional staff.
- Pray for several important meetings as we pursue additional donors for globalLead in the months ahead.
- Continued prayers for one of our volunteers as they battle breast cancer.