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

Awakening

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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

Learn more about Awakening on their website

https://www.awakeninggeneration.com/

Bethel Seminary

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.

Get the full story on Bethel’s history.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Values

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.

Bethel University Seal

Bethel University

3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

651.638.6400

https://www.bethel.edu

Converge Mid-Atlantic

Mission

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  .  .  .  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

http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/

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
Dale Baer

cefofmmark.com

Camp Burton

Camp Burton

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!

http://campburton.org

https://youtu.be/Wd9Df8YB2ZA

Food Pantry Ministry

Building 2:16

200 Ashland Rd

Mansfield, OH

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.

Love Inc.

OUR MISSION

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

Call us during our office hours at 419-522-1432 for a telephone interview. If you cannot reach us during those hours, leave a voicemail message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Hours
Tuesday—Wednesday: 9:30AM–12:00PM

Furniture Ministry

Building 2:16

200 Ashland Rd

Mansfield, OH

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 Darlene 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.

Website: reliant.org/jason.lindsay.slack

Hello from Kent!

Summer is underway and underwater! It’s been so rainy here that the sump pump in my basement is constantly running. KSU students are in summer classes and our kids are involved in all sorts of fun summer activities – tennis camp, cross-country camp, soccer, basketball, summer reading program, VBS, etc! Life hasn’t slowed down for us, but it’s been a lot of fun. I’m still recovering from bi-lateral knee surgery (both knees at the same time) from the end of May. The doctor said it would be a quick and easy recovery but 3 weeks out and I’m still hobbling around. I’m seeing a physical therapist three times a week and praying that the surgery will help take away the increasing knee pain I’ve been feeling and give me several more years of pain-free activity. Please pray for me as I rehabilitate.

Summer H2O…
We’ve had a steady increase in the number of young people worshipping with us on Sunday evenings so far this summer. We’ve combined with H2O Akron and have had over 70 people in attendance for the past few weeks! Many of those are students and some are recent graduates who have found jobs in the area and want to stay involved in the mission to reach college students. We’ve been blessed by a local church here that lets us use their building in the afternoon and has invited us to join them for picnics. This has been such a blessing to us because we are unable to reserve consistent rooms on campus through the summer.

We continue to have two life groups that meet during the week for those in town. One of the groups (led by two of our younger staff) is studying the book of Acts and the other group (led by a married couple in H2O) is studying the Holy Spirit. And there is a variety of fun activities happening throughout the summer, mostly spontaneously, as students extend invitations to activities that they are already doing. I’ve grown to love summers in Kent over the years (though we are always sad when we aren’t in Colorado helping with our Leadership Training Program). The laid-back nature of summers in Kent provides the space for a deeper relationship with a smaller amount of people. And the variety of activities provide opportunities to get to know people outside of the normal rhythms of a semester.

Summer H2O Worship Gathering

Leadership Training…
While we “hold down the fort” here in Kent, 4 of our staff members (and one intern) along with 15 students from KSU are in Estes Park, Colorado working at the YMCA of the Rockies and learning about biblical leadership. This is always huge for the students that go (and an extremely refreshing ministry experience for our staff). Please pray for God to move mountains in their lives over the summer. And thank you for your partnership in this mission! We are already starting to pray and plan for the fall – when 6000 new freshmen arrive. Please join us in praying for this critical mission.

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.

Website: www.ericasp.com

August 2019


We ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored, wherever it goes. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-8)

Greetings from Kent! How has your summer been? Our schedule is getting a lot more full these days… And the heat, humidity, and hay fever at this time of the year can make things pretty uncomfortable for me, personally…. Still, this is one of my favorite months of the year! I love the new energy that comes with a new school year. And I love the opportunities that this time of the year presents in campus ministry.

I’ve been thinking about Jake, one of our student-leaders with H2O. I met Jake when he moved on campus for his first year at Kent State University. We played a round of disc golf, early that school year, and I remember being impressed by Jake’s love for Jesus and his desire to make the most of his time in Kent. Later that school year, I asked Jake to become an apprentice in the Quad Life Group — helping to provide spiritual leadership with a team of more experienced staff and student-leaders. He jumped right in and thrived in his role with the Life Group. By the end of the school year, he also started dating Delaney, another one of the student leaders in the group. It was a big first year for Jake.

When his second year of university rolled around, Jake became one of the strongest leaders in the Quad Life Group. He regularly reached out to other students on campus. He and Delaney deepened their relationship, but they did it in a really healthy way that served as a model for others in our church. They volunteered together in the Kent Chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), a group that fights against human trafficking, as well as the Quad Life Group. And again, it was amazing to watch Jake grow as a leader and as a person.

Jake decided to move off-campus, into an apartment, for his third year at Kent State University. His studies intensified, and he started an internship with an IT company near Kent. His relationship with Delaney continued to progress. Even so, Jake continued to play a strategic role with H2O ministry. His apartment served as the gathering point for one of our Off-Campus Life Groups each Thursday night, and he cultivated a rich sense of community among a group of students that can be inclined to drift apart as graduation approaches. And as if all the academic- and ministry moments weren’t enough to make his third year at Kent State special, Jake and Delaney ended up getting engaged at the end of the school year!

This year, Jake is coming into his fourth and final year at Kent State University — and he’s as excited as he’s ever been to make the most of his last months as a college student. He’s going to be a leader for an Off-Campus Life Group again, and I’m getting increasingly excited to think about what God will do in and through Jake this year. Marci and I are planning to start premarital counseling with Jake and Delaney, as soon as they’re both back in Kent, and I’m also looking forward to officiating their wedding this January.

Here’s the thing that really gets me with Jake’s experience: It’s how much life can happen over the course of a student’s college experience: friendship circles… faith decisions… leadership development… career preparation… love and marriage… It was just three years ago that this process started for Jake! And this whole cycle is starting again, for 5,000 new students, arriving at Kent State University in just a couple of weeks! Isn’t that amazing to consider?!?

This picture was taken at last year’s Blitz Conference in Bowling Green. Jake is the guy in the red shirt on the far left of the picture.

This is a stacked, steamy, and strategic time of the year. Will you please pray with us for God’s message to spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes? Here’s a rough outline of when and where things are happening over the next few weeks, to help guide your prayer:

  • August 10-11 – H2O Network “Blitz Conference” in Bowling Green: Staff and students from across the region getting envisioned and equipped together at this overnight event (back in the place where it all started for me as a freshman in 1995!).
  • August 13-15 – H2O Kent Staff Summit: Over three days of meetings, our staff team plans all of the strategic outreach initiatives that will play out over the next month.
  • August 18-21 – Welcome Week Outreach Initiatives: We help freshmen move into their residence halls. We hand out information about H2O. We organize events to establish connections with new students. Perhaps the four most-strategic days of outreach in our ministry’s entire year. It all culminates with the “Blast-Off,” where the University organizes a massive fair and laser light show, and we make a ton of new connections.
  • August 22 – H2O Kick-Off: At the end of the first day of classes, H2O hosts our first large-scale public event.
  • August 25 – H2O Welcome Sunday worship gathering and picnic: From this point, forward, we maintain regular rhythms for our worship gatherings, Life Groups, and such.
  • September 9 – First night of The Well, our seven-week discipleship experience designed to present a compelling picture of what it looks like to follow Jesus as a student at Kent State University.
  • September 27-28 – H2O Fall Retreat: We go pretty hard all the way up until this retreat. It’s kind of the climax to all our beginning-of-the-year initiatives. Almost every year at our Fall Retreat, we see new commitments to Christ and His community at Kent State.

The next few weeks are going to be a lot of fun — but also a lot of work. We’re so thankful for your support, both in prayer and in finances, which allow us to make the most of this opportunity. Please keep praying, especially over the next month. We’ll be in touch…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Schlereths

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.

reliant.org/todd.schlereth

July 2019

It’s summer! Many students have gone home or out to internships, so our college church community stands at about 20 people, but it is standing strong! One newcomer this summer is a senior who hasn’t pursued faith in college.  He met us playing soccer outside a residence hall and stayed to sit in on our bible study. Now a few weeks in he is with us at every church service, bible study and hang out we host. Praise God!

Another student, Tyler, was inspired to help reach out to a nearby community, Barberton. With ALL THE RAIN recently came flooding in unusual places. We encouraged Tyler to get organized and reach out, and the same week of the flooding we were holding a food drive at bible study and helping distribute supplies. It is exciting when we get to see students not only get to know Jesus better, but also walk like Jesus did to love and serve those in need.

We also have 8 students (that’s a lot when your whole church is 60-70 students :^) attending spiritual Leadership Training in Estes Park, Colorado this Summer. Kelley and I loved what God did in our lives through this program and can’t wait to see what God does in these student’s lives!  Aubrey, who is currently at LT and just graduated from the Univ. of Akron in May had a lot to say about her time in
H2O. Let me share some of her words:

Aubrey enjoying the Rocky Mountains during a break from LT

“I joined H2O when I was a freshman in college…. I was not expecting my life to change in such an amazing way. My whole freshman year was when H2O was first building itself up as a church. I participated in the Well and it was this discipleship program that made me realize that I wanted to rededicate my life to Christ and to start pursuing the plans he had for my life.

I never thought God would be able to use someone like me to grow his kingdom. I never saw myself as a leader or thought I could evangelize to my friends or other students. I put my identity in how well I performed in school and in sports, and I didn’t even realize it. Throughout these past four years, I learned who I am in Christ, the importance and impact of Christ’s death for me and others, that I do not have to prove my worth or have to be perfect, but that I was created to do the work of the Lord using the gifts that he so graciously gave me.

I have seen so many young men and women grow as leaders in the church and it is an amazing thing to witness. The staff and community of H2O helped me grow in my relationship with Christ and they all helped me become the person I am today. Looking back, God had his hand in every little thing and I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I have had through this amazing ministry.”

At home, I am starting to get a handle on being a seminary student (I think, ha!) Kelley has enjoyed gardening and tackling house projects, Caroline got her first EVER haircut at 3.5 years old, and Josiah has had a lot of fun in his first team sport, T-ball!

Thank you for your baffling generosity of prayer and giving.  In the past month, about half of our financial need has already been covered. God is SO good!

Please continue to pray that we see the remaining $2000 in special gifts for seminary and $700 in monthly gifts come in before Fall semester starts!

 

Todd & Kelly

 

 

 

 

Incredibly, in just a few short weeks H2O will be welcoming thousands of new students to the University of Akron. We still have plenty to plan and pray over, but more about that next time. I want to share some summer stories from some of our eight students out at our national Leadership Training program out in Estes Park, CO while working at the YMCA of the Rockies.  Camille will be a Junior, has been a regular at my bible study and put her faith in Christ this past school year: Coming to LT was a huge step out of my comfort zone, but God really met me here and has provided so much spiritual growth. God has shown me the true beauty and purpose of community. He has shown me new ways to be an ambassador
for Him and the importance of not treating my walk with Christ-like a hobby, but instead as all or nothing. I have gained a ton of new experience evangelizing and sharing my story, with friends and complete strangers! My patience, obedience, and perseverance have all been tested this summer
because the enemy is always at work but God has used that ugliness and sin to shape me into a better leader. I am excited to head back to school in a few weeks and put everything that
I am walking away with into practice.

Lauren will be a Junior this Fall, was an intern with H2O last
year, and a key part of our campus events team: God has been teaching me SO much this summer. He tore down the lies I believed about Him and replaced them with truths- God wants good things, God knows what is best, God hurts when we hurt, and God is trustworthy. I’ve also worked on scripture memorization for really the first time and I’ve consistently prayed to share my story more boldly than ever before.
Chris was a Freshman last year when he put his faith in Jesus at our Men’s retreat and was baptized in May:

I came to Leadership Training just because I felt like God calling me here. And I’m so glad I came. I have grown in my boldness with sharing my testimony and sharing the gospel with people. I got to share the gospel with one of my friends that I made from China and I even gave her a Chinese bible before she left. I have learned so much this summer and I can’t wait to bring it all back to Akron.

Thank you for all of your partnership financially and in heartfelt prayer- God is changing lives!

Please pray…
-for the Schlereth family to prioritize quality time and patience as the busy school season starts in less than a month.
-for students attending our Aug 10th Blitz Conference to prepare to share Christ and welcome new students to campus.
-for our Akron staff team to be united following the Holy Spirit as we plan and prepare for exhausting and exciting new student
ministry.
-that we see the remaining $500/mo in summer support come in, praise God all of our special gift needs (over $4000) have been provided!

Richland Pregnancy Services

1560 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

info@richlandpregnancy.com

All of our services are free of charge and available regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or income.

Pregnancy Testing

Limited Ultrasound Exam

 STD Testing/Treatment

After Abortion Support

Support Services 

Free Support Services at Richland Pregnancy Services include:

Master Provisions

Master Provisions serves God by connecting resources to needs until every physical and spiritual need is fulfilled.

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.

Website: https://www.masterprovision.org

KidZone Tutoring

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.

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If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Bill Heaton, 419/756-3300, bheaton@bereanfamily.com

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

THE WALLS FAMILY MINISTRY UPDATE
GREATER CLEVELAND YOUTH FOR CHRIST

April 2019

MINISTRY UPDATE:
The 2018-2019 school year has been fruitful because of the Lord and you. Brian has been able to: 1. Help with Event Management (Gospel to 400 at Indians game; 78 decisions at the All-Nighter, etc.); 2. Lead a Training day in January or the volunteers of six chapters in PA & OH; 3. Conduct Interviews with dozens and help fill at least one key position & have other possibilities; 4. Schedule a trainer for our staff almost every month for 7 years; 5. Design the graphic for our YFC bus & coordinate vehicle repairs; 6. Connect our City Life Center to a friend that has done hundreds of thousands of dollars of repairs; 7. Network our Jail ministry staff with the Cavs team chaplains for another game outreach; 8. Negotiate three locations for our Campus Life outreaches and provide the material; 9. Travel to Denver and serve on the National Council of Delegates; 10. Invest in various Youth Leaders and help with the Motus network.

Praise the Lord 19 young men at our State Juvenile Detention Center service were baptized this year!

FAMILY UPDATE:
Trips to Virginia are a delight! (Please see the photo on the left for our recent President’s Day weekend visit). College at Liberty University is going fast. Grace is planning photo shoots this summer. Faith is officially accepted into the nursing program. Joshua is playing trumpet for the school musical and about to start his pilot’s license. Maria is enjoying teaching.

FINANCIAL UPDATE:
Unfortunately, our support has declined over time. At the current point, we are projected to be short over $9,000 by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). If in the short term, you can help make a special donation to help avert this deficit it would be appreciated. Long term, if you aren’t already committed to monthly or consistent donations, it would be even more appreciated. If you can’t do either, please pray for the situation.

“The Glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.”
Quote by C. S. Lewis

Other Local Partners

Compassion In Action

Contact: Kris Sparks

Websitehttp://www.compassioninactionohio.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/compassioninactionohio/

Emergency Response Team

Contacts: RuthAnn Chirico & Tim Miller

Harmony House, Homeless Services

Website: http://harmonyhousehomeless.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harmony-House-Homeless-Services-108697389174177/

International Caring

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

Website: http://mansfieldlinc.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/mansfieldloveinc/

Mansfield Salvation Army

Contacts: Brenda Nelson

Websitehttps://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/mansfieldnew

Nursing Home Ministry

Contacts: Tom Prendergast & Lisa Caldwell

Operation Christmas Child

Contact: Elizabeth Dawson

Websitehttps://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes/

Prison Ministry

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

Websitehttps://sharedhope.org/

Haiti

PASTOR JEPHTHE LUCIEN

Jerusalem Baptist Church, Pignon, Haiti

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.

Daniel 2:21

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!

Daniel 2:21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise knowledge to the discerning.

Jerusalem Baptist Mission

From Pastor Jephthe – May 2019

I am having such a very happy new year. Thank you very much for all your wishes at the beginning of the year. They have all come true.Dr. Paul Jorden from Bethel Baptist Church in Chicago has been coming to Haiti for over 4 years and he has been helping with leadership conferences.  He was with me for the first two weeks of January leading training for the pastors.  We took a special trip with pastors from churches of all denominations from Pignon who are part of the Pastoral Coalition, to the beautiful Belly Beach at Labadee in Cap-Haitien.  We ate, had fun and reflected on leadership principles.  We also spent another special whole day of teaching the word to the community of Haitian evangelical leaders and pastors in Cap-Haitien (CLEPH).

In the second week of January, all the pastors from the Jerusalem Baptist Mission came to Pignon for training.  At the end of the pastoral conference, we had a graduation for the Jerusalem Bible Institute. Six Pastors completed the 4-year program this year. We were so honored that Pastor Paul Jorden was there to give the commencement address.

So many of you have witnessed, first-hand, the many facets of the ministry.  However, while everything else continues to go on, it is my priority and obligation to make sure that the leaders are trained in the church of Jesus Christ, which we believe is the hope of the world.  I trust God will use this training to transform lives and communities.

There is a young man from a church in the U.S. who went to Haiti this past summer for ten weeks as an intern.  His job was to visit as many JBM churches as possible. He took a picture of every church that he visited. He also took a picture of every leader and family.  He asked about the history of the church, attendance, needs, vision, prayer requests and anything relevant to the church’s health and growth. During his 10 weeks, he visited 77 of our 121 churches.  He concluded that on a given Sunday morning, just among the churches that he visited, 40,000 (forty thousand) people are meeting to worship the Lord. I would call this the return on your investment.  We thank God for you.

Please continue to pray for:

JBM University Fundraiser – June 1, 2019, from 6 pm • 8 pm

For years we have raised money and sent JBM high school graduates to university in Cap-Haitien, Port-Au-Prince and the Dominican Republic. It has always been a dream to build a university within the ministry to alleviate the need to send kids so far away with the added cost. We are pleased to announce that on August 17, 2019, we are starting Universite Jerusalem de Pignon. To keep the cost down, we will begin with an online program where all of the instructors are Masters and Ph.D. holders who will volunteer their time and will teach via webcast. We are so pleased to able to start this ministry. For the 1st year, we will provide English and computer science courses.  Starting with year two, we will begin with programs in  Biblical Studies, Counseling, and Education. If you are in Chicago and Indiana and would love to learn more about this ministry, please join us on June 1, 2019, from 6 PM to 8 pm at Bethel Community Church, Chicago- 7601 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656 where Pastor Jephthe Lucien will share how this University will bring new hope and opportunities to a community desperate for education, income, and employment.

Enjoy an amazing Haitian dinner and finish it off with some amazing desserts and Caribbean Punch with Sugar Cane. We will have a silent auction, including amazing experiences such as tickets to a Cubs game, and a weekend in a vacation home in Michigan. We look forward to seeing you.

JBM 1st annual family Day- July 20, 2019

We invite you to join us on this great fun day with activities for the entire family on July 20 beginning at noon. We will have hotdogs·, burgers and activities such as races, bouncy houses, and many more surprises for the entire family. At this event, we will be able to accept school supplies and donations for our fundraiser. We have a group going to Haiti in August who will able to take all donations to Haiti.  This group will conduct teacher’s conference, VBS and will facilitate a fun day for the JBM school students. Location TBD; if you are in the Chicago area and want to help with the planning of this event, please call 847-338-8326 or email info@ jbmhaiti.org

JBM AnnualFall Banquet – Please Mark your calendar for our annual banquet scheduled for November 2, 2019, from 5-7 pm.  This banquet will be at the Chapel, Palatine Campus located at 431 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067.

Stability in the country.  We do so much through short term mission trips and most have canceled because of the turmoil in the country this year.  Please pray for our family.  One of our son’s US visa was not renewed and finances are tight.

-Financial stability and support for leaders

-The University project

-School scholarship project

-Jerusalem Baptist Mission

Praise Report

In our last newsletter, we shared that we were behind in paying teacher’s salary for the previous school year.  I am so pleased to report that because of your generous contributions combined with our annual fundraising banquet, we raised enough money to pay all the teachers for the 2017-18 school year. We continue to trust that God will provide for this school year as he always has so we won’t fall too far behind again.  At the moment we owe teachers April salary, but we know God will make a way! Please continue to pray.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to connecting with you! Blessings!

Pignon, Haiti

Ukraine

 

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

Middle East

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.

https://journeytobefaithful.wordpress.com

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.

Summer Trips

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.

Shabbat Shalom

Philippines

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.

facebook: cerdoguiles77

cirilod@convergeww.org

 

July 2019

We have been in “catch up” mode since we returned to the field after Cirilo’s proton beam therapy treatment in San Diego. His prognosis has been very good. We rejoice that the prostate cancer has not slowed him down.  On the contrary, he has been traveling more frequently because of emerging new ministry opportunities.  He traveled to Mindanao twice for speaking and ministry strategic planning. Last month, he spoke at the district conference held in Burias island. And, last week he traveled to Cebu for church planters coaches training and meetings.

Here are a few highlights in our ministry in the last couple of months.

A Mindanao district zone formed!
The acceptance of five churches opened Converge work in South Cotabato. The churches were planted by the Converge Filipino church in Seattle.  Cirilo and William Taghap, ConvergePhil church planting director visited the churches and conducted training for pastors and Christian workers on June 14-17. The area has the potential of developing into a launching pad for ministry to the least evangelized people groups in the southern Philippines.

 

 

Equipped To Lead Continues…
Our extended two trips back to the US slowed down the implementation of ETL (Equipped To Lead). This is the lay leaders training process for ConvergePhil churches. Cirilo led the contextualization of this program.  We are encouraged that one District and two churches stayed on course while we were away.  Both are two sessions away to complete the 10 months program.  Cirilo will travel to Negros Occidental in two weeks to launch ETL in the district there. Meantime, the pastors from Burias island who completed the training are scheduled to attend Overcoming the Darkside of Leadership retreat in August that Cirilo will facilitate.

 

Bigger Kingdom Opportunities…
Cirilo’s ministry engagement has expanded working with key leaders of the Philippine Council of Evangelical churches in spearheading iTIM, (Institute for Training In Ministry).  This a creative discipleship, leadership and pastoral training program for local churches.  It’s a joy to see one of Cirilo’s mentee serving as national coordinator for the program.
Closer to home, the prospect of hosting a cell group in our subdivision is developing.  We made initial contacts to homeowners who are interested. Cirilo will share a devotion in the HOA meeting on Saturday!

We continue to covet your prayers on our behalf. We are scheduled to make another medical trip to CA in October for a follow-up with Cirilo’s oncologist in San Diego.  We are hopeful that this will be the last ministry interruption trip this year.

Pray also for additional financial support.  Currently, we are $400 short in our monthly commitments. You may give a one time gift and/or additional monthly commitment.  We figured out that if each of our ministry partners will give an additional $20 in monthly contribution that would be enough to cover our deficit.

Again, we would like to thank you for your faithful partnership.

Cirilo & Dory

 

 

 

 

 

STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON

Steve and Barbara Wilkinson minister in the Philippines. Steve teaches at the Baptist Theological College / Cebu Graduate School of Theology preparing young men and women as new workers for the harvest.

March 2019

TRAINING ASIANS TO REACH ASIANS

Dear Ministry Partner,

There is a tactical change in the works for the Wilkinson family. After 18 years of
leadership development ministry in Cebu City, Converge has offered me a new ministry
position starting this summer. I am joining the newly formed Asia Impact Team. My
overall mission still remains the same, but the territory will be expanded to reach across all
of Asia. The new ministry will involve three components.

First, I will continue to serve on the faculty of Cebu Graduate School of Theology teaching
classes at the seminary level, some classes that I have taught for years as well as some new
ones. However, I will do this through visits made to Cebu that will last three to four weeks
and through online contact with students throughout the year.

Second, I will do some much overdue writing that church leaders in all of Asia will use for
preaching and teaching the Bible. Up until now, this has proven impossible to accomplish
while living in Cebu City, teaching full-time at CGST, doing school administration, and
participating in local church ministries. The writing will be greatly facilitated by access to
libraries and other resources in the USA. The first project is an exposition of Galatians.

Third, as part of the overall vision of Converge, we are asking God for a Gospel movement
among every less-reached people group throughout Asia in our lifetime. For this purpose,
the Asia Impact Team has been formed to come alongside national leaders across all of
Asia to encourage them and to help them develop strategies of multiplication in order to
multiply churches and disciples amongst the less reached throughout Asia. Of course, this
means there is a related need: to equip new leaders for new Asian churches. My special
contribution will be in the area of Biblical interpretation.

We will move back to the USA this summer and take up residence in New Castle, PA. This
move is strategic because it will allow us to better coordinate our travel, planning and
ministry efforts across Asia with other members of the Asia Impact Team. We ask for your
prayers and your continued financial support as we transition to this expanded ministry role
across Asia. Thank you for your partnership over the past 18 years and for the years going
forward.

Warmest regards in Christ,
Steve Wilkinson, for Barbara, Paul and Tim

Converge
Philippines

Prayers:

-Thanks for praying for my intensive three-week class on the subject of the Life of Christ. I am happy to report that I did not lose my voice or become ill. All is finished now including the grades and final report.
– Thanks for your prayers for my recent preaching assignments at Bethany Church. I delivered the Maundy Thursday message and led in the Lord’s Supper celebration. Then I preached the Easter message on Resurrection Sunday.
– Thanks for your prayers for Barbara’s mother, Betty. We are thankful that Barbara was able to spend three weeks with her before she passed away on March 25. Barbara was with her at the time she became unconscious just before she passed into the Lord’s presence shortly thereafter. She and Timothy remained in CA until the internment, but they rejoined me in Cebu in time for Easter.

Orlando

John & Jan Baxter

What We Do

2018-19

Diaspora Missions

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.

 


John and I spent most of June and into July participating in four diaspora-related conferences. Between each one, we sandwiched in some vacation because,
well, all the conferences were in Europe!
Our first stop was Liverpool, England. The Lausanne Global Diaspora Network gathering provided updates with missionaries, pastors, and other practitioners whose goal is to engage people in global migration with the gospel of Jesus Christ. On the way to visit a Chinese diaspora church, we stopped to tour the Liverpool Cathedral with Dr. and Mrs. Barnabas Moon (above).
We had an extra day before our next conference and spent it walking around Oxford, England, then on to Darmstadt, Germany, for the Next Generation Korean Diaspora Conference. How encouraging to speak to second-generation Korean-German pastors who are thinking missionally, planning and praying for gospel impact among immigrants and business workers in Germany. (Can you find John’s name on the banner?)

We had several days after Darmstadt to visit Trier, Germany, as well as the Bastogne War Museum and areas associated with where my (Jan’s) dad was 75 years ago with Patton’s 4th Armored Division.

Next, John spoke to a resource gathering of missionary leaders near Frankfurt, Germany, then we took a train to Normandy, France, to visit more historical sites associated with the liberation of France.
Our final week was a Converge Europe-Africa missionary conference in Neustadt, Germany. We were invited as diaspora advisors to help the many initiative leaders around the globe find opportunities for missions to and from people on the move. We returned to the U.S. with a growing list of projects.

Spain Update

Working in Malaga in April, we learned that the proposed refugee ministry partnership is not operating in the way we anticipated. During that month we renegotiated our partnership agreement with Interlink Resources International and are pleased that Converge leadership recently approved the changes.

We will move forward in overseeing UN refugee-oriented mission projects for Converge and our partner organization. Because of the need to add significant infrastructure, most of this will be done in the U.S. We will also oversee the implementation of a business for mission platform allowing our Converge missionary teams to reside in some highly restricted places around the globe. Our revised plans mean short stays in Spain each year, with the length expanding as the work grows.

 

Nigeria

Art & Dorothy Helwig, GECHAAN Founders.

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.

Dan & Tina Gibbs, Current Directors of GECHAAN

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends at Berean Baptist Church,

The months just seem to fly by! We have so much news to share since our last newsletter!  We really appreciate your prayers and love as we journey forward in Gembu!

We have had 10 students receive their empowerment tools and have started their new businesses in their villages or in Gembu since April 1.  We are so excited to see these young lives that have been changed and given hope.  To see them blossom into confident individuals who can read, do math, and problem solve in their respective businesses is truly a blessing to us as their teachers, but also to their families, future children, and their communities!

We have 17 students in business class, we will take our final business test on June 21 and our final prep class for this session on June 20.  Those that pass in the prep class will be interviewed with their caregivers before they start with their trainers in their career of choice.

Our reading classes are going well, Monday-Wednesday classes are for pre-readers as well as beginning readers, Thursday Classes are for transitional readers, and on Fridays, I am teaching English words, reading, writing, and spelling for children that know little to no English.

We have had a lot of building projects going on these past months and we are working on getting them all finished before we leave for home assignment at the end of June.  A new clothes washing area for the family center has been added, as well as underground drainage gutters to drain all the water from rainy season out safely, the retaining walls around the new cleared out area for future building has been finished as well as stairs beside the current computer training center, the newly remodeled registration/triage area is working wonderfully and traffic flow is so much better with this space!   The new fire escape from the upper level of the Hospital building is done. The Infectious Ward renovation is moving forward as the building has been enclosed after raising the roof so that during the rainy season the inside work can be completed as funds come in.

We celebrated World Glaucoma week at the Eye Centre with free glaucoma checks and informational meetings, World Hand Washing Day with a talk at the Clinic on proper handwashing techniques and the benefits of that, also for Menstrual Health Day on May 28 we had a reproductive health talk in our hall here at GECHAAN and distributed Days for Girls kits to Cameroonian Refugee women living in the Gembu area.  Because of our location being so close to Cameroon we have many refugees living here in our area as well as IDP’s from tribal violence and crisis.  Tina also trained 4 women to go with more kits to the more remote areas and do reproductive health and hygiene talks and distribute kits.  We have 375 half kits and 270 Deluxe kits that have gone to Cameroonian Refugee women in May and June so far.

We had two visiting nurses, Larry and Paula, come to GECHAAN for about a month to visit and work with our nursing staff on training, technique, encouragement, as well as procedures during their time here as well as praying for people and helping us determine which medical equipment to add next as funds come in.  The hospital has seen many people recover well these past months and we are so thankful for that.

Here is a brief report from the Hospital Chaplain about three people that he has been able to share the Gospel message with. Names are withheld for security:
“I the Chaplain shared the gospel message to many patients/relations during devotions in Lifeline Service Center, (GECHAAN Hospital). Devotion at Lifeline is done on daily basis and out of many who heard the messages, the following persons recently accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior from sin by clearly making it known to the Chaplain:
A lady was admitted in GECHAAN hospital with a critical health problem, the chaplain shared about free salvation which Christ offers to everyone without discrimination to the patients in the ward where she belonged and she decided to accept Christ immediately after listening to the message. She said “Yes I believe that Jesus died for me and I accept Him as my Savior from sin and damnation” I (the Chaplain) prayed with her regularly until the day she was discharged.
A lady was seriously frustrated by her family members who abandoned her in her hospital bed because she was HIV positive. I shared the message of Christ to her. I told her that Christ loves her no matter her condition and even if no one loves her Christ still loves her so much and cares about her and will never abandon her as her people did to her. After so much conversation with her, she said “I have believed” I want to identify myself with that Jesus who forgives my sins. She confessed that she will go home and identify herself with any local church in her village and be baptized when she is discharged.
A man brought his sick wife to GECHAAN hospital where she underwent surgery. I shared the gospel message about salvation to them and the two of them accepted Christ.  The man and his wife were full of thanks over the love and care they received from the hospital staff. They pleaded that I should pray for them and their entire community to receive Christ.
I know that I have shared the gospel message to many people who came to our hospital and I believe that those that the Lord has called, the Holy Spirit will one day convict them to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Many of the patients asked me to pray for them whenever I visited them in the wards. Some even requested a copy of the Bible. Others engaged me with discussion and questions on what the Bible teaches on salvation and Christian conduct etc.”

We will arrive back in the US in early July. Please download the attached schedule, keep it handy and come visit us where we will be sharing.  We will be talking more about how the bad lightning strike we had in October affected the organization and how God has used that to open new doors.  As you can see we will be in Minnesota most of the time. We would love to come and share with your small group. Let us know when is good for you.

In His Service,

Dan & Tina Gibbs
Standing Beside
Visit our website at www.StandingBeside.com

Thailand

 Matt, Audrey & Ezra Pound
Faithful Heart Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand

matthewdavidpound@gmail.com

faithfulheartfoundation.org

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.

Our Vision
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:
Financial Aid
Family Care
Education Training
Counseling
Support Services
We strive to match our foundation resources with the greatest needs to have a lasting, positive

impact on as many lives as possible.

Orphan Rescue

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

Child Labor
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

http://mattandaudreypound.blogspot.com

Learning to Enjoy People

by – August 2019

4th of July in America

How we roll with our cousins.

Cousin Annie was so much fun, we love her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings again, from Thailand!

We have just returned from a month-long stay with family and friends in the U.S. and it was so refreshing for all of us.

I have said before that I feel like I am growing happier every year.
I don’t mean life doesn’t at times frustrate me or that everything goes the way I want it to (far from it).

But usually what I mean is that I seem to be changing to where whatever comes my way feels more and more like a gift–whether it was what I expected and hoped for, or not.

Half the time the greater struggle is adjusting my expectations so I can enjoy the new and unexpected thing which has come to me.

But when I can, I find I am happier, more content.

During our time in the US, I got to spend a lot of time with some pretty wonderful people.
And I found myself liking them more than ever.

What happened, I thought, that all these people seem even more lovable than they were before?

Undoubtedly, I can see how many of them have grown, but the biggest change seemed to be in me.
What was lovable in my family and friends was there all along.
But now I see it better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past, my faults caused me to emphasis the faults of others and diminish their virtues.

But now I find the progress I have made in some of my own faults, has helped me better see their virtues, and mind less their faults.

Which caused me to notice something profound.

The better we become, the more we enjoy the people around us.

Just think about that for a minute.

Usually, when I can’t enjoy someone, I blame it on some fault in them.
And to be sure, some people have some serious faults that make it hard to be near them.

But unless someone has no virtue at all (and I have yet to meet such a person) then there is always something about them we could enjoy if we were able.

Imagine being able to enjoy every person in your life right now.
Imagine delighting in each unique person God thought worth making.
Imagine the jokes and the laughter and the dinners and the games and the songs and the sports and the conversations.

Think about what it would mean for you if you measured maturity by your ability to enjoy people who were different from you?

What if the most mature, most spiritual, most advanced (most whatever) person was really the one who just enjoyed everybody the most?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to think simply enjoying someone might cause them to belittle or ignore their faults.

But in my own life, it was rarely the people who emphasized my faults who helped me work through them.

It was the friends who could see my virtues and gifts and urge me to pursue and develop them.

You can’t follow both your faults and your virtues at the same time.
Eventually, your path will lead one way or the other.

Most people didn’t need us to emphasize their faults.  There are plenty of people willing to do that.

What they needed was someone to remind them of who they could be
(who they were at their best moments).

And those moments often come not when we are trying to “fix” each other, but when we begin to truly enjoy each other.

God’s best gifts are people.

It would be a shame to not be able to enjoy them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Quick Update:

We have jumped back into life in Thailand and are excited (and a little sad) to be moving to a new house.  Our kids need a yard to play in.  But we have lived over 3 years in our current home and we love our neighbors.

Our fellow volunteers, the Parker family, also move into their new home at Faithful Heart next month.

We have partnered with Echo Asia to help us prepare the new land for farming.  We continue to wait on paperwork, but it is fun to see some progress.

Please pray for our finances at Faithful Heart.  We could really use some new sponsors for our children.  I will give more details soon, but for now, we need wisdom and patience.

We participated in an English camp at a Thai school this week.  It is always fun to spend time with kids and get to know new friends.

Thank you to YOU!  So many of you are family to us.  We enjoy you!

In hope,

Matt, Audrey, Ezra, and Sienna Pound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

A New Era Begins

You’ve been praying for Deb Guzman now for over a year. She raised all her support and arrived in Bangkok on June 19 after serving in Mexico for over 30 years. But that’s not all. Mary Larsen, a career Converge (BGC) missionary who served in the Philippines for over 25 years has transferred over to Santisuk as well, arriving June 28. They go together with 3 younger missionaries – Sarah Adams from S. Dakota who arrived in November and Mitch Solenap and Rhesa Gravino from the Philippines who arrived in March and on June 12. That’s 5 new career missionaries all in language school right now. (Rhesa was here for 2 years and is returning from home assignment.) These are the first 5 of at least 15 for completing the Bangkok 15/25 vision of 15 new career missionaries to help us start 15 new centers in the greater metro Bangkok area by the end of 2025. We met for the first time Wednesday night July 3, the first of a series of weekly training meetings to give everyone a thorough overview of the ministry here.

The Thai Five: (left to right) Mary, Sarah, Mitch, Rhesa, and Deb

A Joyful Occasion

Last Saturday, June 29, our church, Peace Fellowship hosted the very beautiful wedding of Griang (Griangsak Sirikong) and Gaan (Kanjana Thungfon). Gaan has been a long-time member of our leadership team and Griang has been a cell leader and member of our school staff for about 4 years now. Around 150 witnessed their vows and celebrated starting their new life as husband and wife. Both Gaan and Griang came to Christ through the outreach at Santisuk English School.

 

 

 

Gaan and Griang’s wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendship Camp

For over nearly 3 decades we’ve had an annual outreach camp. First called English Camp then Oikos Camp they have now all merged for the last many years to be called Friendship Camp. This huge annual 3-day outreach will be July 27 – 29. Pray for great weather and hundreds of students seeking to learn more about Jesus Christ. Scott Harpe, Tong (Komet Saezhong), and I (Steve) will be speaking on the camp topic of “A Friend Along the Journey”.

Last year’s Friendship Camp

Family News

L to R: Ben, Sarah, and Charissa

Ben and Sarah surprised their mom with a visit to Thailand arriving a few hours after Charissa the end of May so we had all three of our kids together for about 10 days. Charissa is in N. Thailand this summer for a 2-month internship at the Center for Girls in Chiang Rai.

 

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Bangkok, Thailand

A Brief Camp Update

We leave for our annual Friendship Camp (outreach camp) on Saturday morning our time (Friday evening if you live in the USA).  Attending will be 101 believers and 58 non-believers totaling 159 people including a group of 10 believers and seekers from Cambodia! Pray for good weather and a powerful time together. Special talks will be given by Scott Harpe, Komet Saezhong (Tong) and me (Steve), one each day (Saturday – Monday). Each talk will be followed by small group time where all attending can interact on significant issues. Most of the rest of the camp will be lighter with lots of games, songs, free time (we’ll be right on the ocean), and a talent/skit show. Staff and students will be attending from most of the 7 Santisuk English centers in Bangkok.

In addition, four people from Peace Fellowship Church (our church) plan to be baptized Sunday afternoon at camp. Baptisms in Thailand are generally difficult times for those being baptized as satan goes all out one more time to destroy the new believer’s faith or at least distract them from being baptized. There are major potential obstacles for each of the four. Pray they will persevere not only through to baptism but also stay strong in the Lord even after their baptism and camp is over.

More than anything, pray with us that lives will be changed for eternity because of this camp.

 

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

 

Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Bangkok, Thailand

Camp Updates

We asked you to pray for our 4 people who were planning to be baptized because often satan finds a way to distract some from getting baptized. For the first time, I (Steve) can remember we ADDED one more (and kept all the originals). Pe is not a new believer, he’s known Jesus for over 4 years. I discipled him one-on-one 3 years ago. But he never was ready to be baptized. He’d been through the church membership class and took baptism training twice, but could never come to the place of WANTING to get baptized – until last Friday night. Praise God for all 5.  This brings to 9 the total number of people baptized this year at Peace Fellowship Church where we are.  One other thing: less than 2 weeks before camp we had canceled the baptism because we only had 1 questionable person “thinking about” being baptized. We figured we’d use the camp time for other things and just have a baptism here in Bangkok sometime in October.

Friendship Camp Baptisms 2019 (far left and right are Awe and Rung, cell supervisors)

A total of 154 people actually attended Friendship Camp of a total of 165 that officially signed up to come. satan found a new (to me) way to distract many Thai believers from attending from one of our branches – sick dogs! They kept 4 Christians, from 3 different families, from attending! Then because those 4 didn’t go, at least 3 other new Christians and non-believers planning to attend decided not to go as well. (Reality check: I’ve heard the “I can’t serve in Thailand because I have to take care of a dog/cat/bird/” story more times than you would believe!)

 

I wrote last week about 10 people from Cambodia coming. But that wasn’t entirely correct. 2 of the 10 were Philippine missionaries working in Cambodia, 4 were Cambodian believers, and 4 were Chinese missionaries working with that team in Cambodia. Can you imagine – Chinese missionaries working in Cambodia!!!???? That, for me anyway, was one of the highlights of the camp. I, at least, have this picture of how desperately needy China is for the gospel (and that is true). But it never occurred to me that China, in the midst of their great need, might also be sending out missionaries… and they are – at least some to Cambodia! The Cambodian team came to learn how to run a Friendship Camp and hope to have their own sometime soon.  May that be true! Over the years, the Cambodian team, led by the two Philippine missionaries, has been a great encouragement to us as they come, learn what we’re doing, and then go and adapt it to what they’re doing in Cambodia. This year we had 7 different countries represented at Friendship Camp.

Cambodian Team (for security purposes the Chinese had to be covered)

Finally, two people prayed to receive Christ at our Friendship Camp. One, the daughter of one of the ladies baptized and the other a high school girl who’s been attending cell and worship for many months now (some of you might know Jenny).

Friendship Camp 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Closing…

Unquestionably, this year has been the most difficult year in our 29+ years of ministry in Thailand. Unbelievable attacks from every conceivable angle have admittedly at times been greatly discouraging. We’ve written about some of them in our March update. Even Friendship Camp was not without major satanic attack. We continue on. We don’t expect things to get easier (although it would be nice). Pray we will be faithful and persevering.

The “Caring” group at Friendship Camp 2019

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

 

Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Japan

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!

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvOH5EYmrVaqgwU5gdw578E82T-9

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvOH5EYmrVaqgxWZE6sZC1Z0nrjN

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.

West Africa

           

Bill and Kathy M.

Serving with Converge in the capital city of a West African country, predominantly Muslim

4 students from a bible study having lunch at our house

Ministry summary 

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

Bill (far left, back) with students and visiting volunteers at January 2018 English Camp

Country facts:

  • 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!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/G32MUf4r3KE4Lr6dA

Dominican Republic

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

 

What’s Happening in Juan Tomas?

 

July 21, 2019

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

From the Fountain of Life School

Even though our school is officially closed till August, our secretary has been busy in the office enrolling new students and re-enrolling previous students. A number of our elementary grades are filling up rapidly. We are hoping that several of the classrooms could be usable in the new complex being erected. Some of our teachers are studying English and have participated in the big summer English camp that is finished up this past week. This camp is a highlight for many of the young adults of the community. We had over 70 campers in this group last year and this year 67 came – taxing our cabin facilities but exposing many of these young adults to 24 hr. a day gospel witness. They were once again sponsored by the group from a church in Columbus, OH. The leader is a young American pastor who has managed to learn sufficient Spanish to give messages and communication in Spanish.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

As part of the project that I mentioned in the last newsletter where several of the young people from our church were helping to build a house in the village, we have had involvement in a much larger project called Empowering Action. This is an international evangelistic organization that connects churches from the US with churches in other countries. Their purpose is to locate needs on several different mission fields and send groups to churches at these locations.  As a part of Empowering Action, the McLean Bible Church in the Washington DC metropolitan area with David Platt as the Pastor-Teacher, sent down some 200 believers to Santo Domingo two weeks ago to reach out to 22 evangelical churches with different ministries, including medical, construction, English classes and house to house evangelism. 10 of our English students participated as translators for this effort and were thrilled to be able to lead several people to the Lord.

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

Pray for the many people that were impacted with the gospel both from the English camp here and the outreach in Santo Domingo.

Continue praying for this ministry.

 

Thank you for your prayers.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

 

Dave & Stephanie Connell

David and Stephanie Connell desire to see the transformation of lives, families, and communities across the least reached peoples in Latin America 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, 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!

converge.org/give/209737

davidc@converge.org

July 2019

GETTING SETTLED
We have been so blessed by many people here who helped us get settled into our new life and home as we dealt with electricity outages, obtaining water, crazy traffic, getting our car going when it died on a busy road, bug bites, lizards, language barriers, stomach sicknesses, internet connection, etc… what an experience! We are so grateful to the handful of Dominicans who have sacrificed so much time to help us. Hopefully, we can bless them as much as they have blessed us!

The kids are doing remarkably well despite the changes. They have sacrificed much to be here and we are proud of them for how they have handled everything so far. Please continue to pray for their adjustment.

 

 

ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING
June 26th marked our 20th wedding anniversary. In 1999, we never would have guessed we would be living in the Dominican Republic! The church in Juan Tomas was kind enough to help us renew our vows on that date in a wonderful ceremony where our girls also sang a special song for us.

We are intrigued to see what God has planned for the next 20 years!

 

 

 

ENGAGING OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Last week we had the privilege to engage with Marte Missions in the mountains near Santiago…a beautiful place and much cooler!  They are doing some wonderful things to be a light in this village, and we were honored to be part of it.  It was wonderful to see friends from Ohio again and to watch Paulina be baptized while we were there.

We hope to return in the fall!

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

  1. For patience and grace as our family continues to adjust to our new way of life
  2. For rapid learning of the language and culture over the next several months
  3. For upcoming engagements with other organizations in several different cities

THANK YOU TO ALL IN THE US AND THE DR WHO HAVE COME ALONGSIDE US!!

SAT-7

OUR VISION

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.

OUR MISSION

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 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.

 

globalLead

About globalLead

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

Website: http://globallead.world

 

July 2019

1 John 5:14 (ESV)
 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, if we ask for anything according to his will he hears us.

Please lift up the following prayer concerns and praises for the month of July. We are grateful for your prayer support of globalLead and we are confident that God hears your prayers.

Blessings!
Patty
globalLead Volunteer
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 Points:

  • Praise the Lord for the positive response of the recent level 1 students in Tarlac City.
  • Praise God for providing two other volunteer trainers along with Windel our staff.
  • For the wonderful time spent by Mike and Grace Mahek.
  • For new potential supporters.

Prayer Points:

  • Continue to pray for sustainable funding for SE Asia for 2019, more meet-ups, more effective and relevant fund-raising ideas.
  • Pray for our training in restricted places through video and technology to be successful, useful, and relevant.
  • Pray for Level 1 training in Baguio City with the underground church. Pray for Herman, Edwin, and Drake to handle the class.
  • 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
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Timor
    • Vietnam
    • Malaysia
    • Taiwan
  • 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 more countries to be able to join especially our partners in China.
  • 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 our country, that the Lord will use more Filipinos to advance the work of the Lord.

NORTHWEST ASIA OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • We praise God as we have successfully trained 60 youth leaders in Youth Leadership, Pokhara training.
  • We praise God as we have successfully completed our projects for this Fiscal year 2018/2019.
  • We praise God for giving protection and safety for our staff, Board members and trainers.

Prayers Points:

  • Please pray for our volunteer trainers as they need to plan for our upcoming trainings.
  • Please pray for the good health and safety for our staff, trainers and B.O.D members.
  • Our Nepali fiscal year ends on June/July so please pray for Jessica as she needs to do all the preparations for audit.
  • Please pray for Chris and Jack Nepal trip in July 2019 and for all the meetings with Board, staff, and trainers.

AFRICA OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • We thank God for good health and an opportunity to ‘serve him in the vineyard.
  • For the upcoming seminar this month at the Assemblies of God youth Leaders.

Prayer Points:

  • Please pray for the potential seminars that we have lined up to come to fruition. We are pressing on.
  • We have started planning for the Heart of a leader conference 2020. We pray that we get favor from service providers and that the participants interested will start registering early.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • Grateful that Jack Dyson has begun his work with us at globalLead as the new Director of Operations.
  • Thankful for the plans coming together for Chris and Jack’s Nepal/Philippines trip in July.
  • Grateful for our wonderful team of staff, board, and volunteers.
  • Praise and continued prayer of recovery for Jack’s wife, Gladys, for her successful knee replacement surgery.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for continued wisdom and actionable expansion plans for our international office and staffing needs globally.
  • Continued wisdom as we add more board members and staff globally.
  • For Jack Dyson, new Director of Operations as he continues to raise his remaining support needs.
  • Chris and Jack’s travel plans for Asia (Nepal and the Philippines) in July.
  • Pray for our Ministry Team strategy trainings for later this fall with The Chapel in Akron, Ohio, for their missions and church planting teams.
  • Patty and Randy Stoops, long-time globalLead volunteers. Patty is finishing up her chemotherapy infusions and will be starting a pill form of chemo to continue to reduce the tumors.  Continued prayers for healing and provision as they are without health insurance.

Continued growth in funding for staff globally and for expansion needs