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 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.

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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: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM

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 in to 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 pickups 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!

October 2019

Hello from Kent!

We are finally getting to a point in the semester where we can find some healthy rhythms of work, rest, and family time. The initial “blitz” efforts have slowed down and we’ve followed up with all of our initial contacts with students. I am still meeting many of the new students who have been getting plugged in with our small groups on campus. Our family is enjoying a brief “pause” in between sports seasons. This year Carter is a 7th grader at the middle school, Maddy is a 5th grader at Holden Elementary and Bryce is a 2nd grader (still home-schooled with Lindsay). These are fun ages and most of the time I actually enjoy the opportunities to shuttle my kids to all the various events, practices, concerts and games. Homelife is busy, but I can imagine the day when I will look back on this time and miss all of the running.

Fall Retreat…
Every year our fall semester efforts culminate with the Fall Retreat. This is an event we spend a lot of time planning and inviting people to. It has become one of the most effective and powerful tools we use all semester! New relationships are solidified and new commitments to Christ are made. In fact, this year we were so encouraged to baptize 4 students during the retreat! Each student shared their story with the 140 others who were in attendance and it was clear that God has been working! It’s hard to describe the level of excitement and cheers as Alli, Erin, Jenny, and Regan came up out of the water as we all stood on the riverbank. These students are now plugged into life groups on campus as they return to Kent and lean into the spiritual community while their new faith begins to grow.

We invited a pastor in our network from Wayne State University in Detroit to be our guest speaker, and He taught on the Kingdom of God. It was encouraging to see our young people engage with the messages and process what they were learning in small group breakdown times at the retreat. Of course, we had lots of fun as well! The H2O Olympics is highly competitive and entertaining. The teams (based on their region of campus) go all-in with colors and cheers. I love the blend of fun, deep conversations, teaching, worship, and nature at the fall retreat. And as these students return to campus they are energized – hungry to grow closer to God and share their faith with classmates and co-workers. You play a vital role in these efforts with us as we come alongside God’s work here. Thank you for your partnership and your friendship!

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

 

“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home… I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33)

April 2020

Greetings from Kent! A lot has changed in the last month. I’m sure it has for you, too. How are you holding up through all of this? How have you been seeing God at work in the midst of the chaos and confusion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic? I would seriously love to hear from you and pray for you. These days seem to be an endless stream of prayer interrupted by text messages (and an occasional video conference).

Kent is a ghost-town these days.

It’s kind of creepy to walk on campus or drive through downtown. A few dozen international students have been corralled into a single residence hall in the center of campus. But even when people in Kent see each other, we create space. We turn away. It can feel sad and scary. Yet it’s simultaneously reassuring to remember that times of solitude, stillness, and simplicity often seem to be the moments where I experience the fullness of God the most. I’m seeking Him and finding Him — and I’m praying that you (and others from H2O) are, too.

“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (Romans 6:4)

On Sunday, March 8th, we finished our weekly worship gathering by celebrating the baptism of five students. The sun was shining. Spring Break was coming up. It seemed like ministry momentum was building. Then on Tuesday, March 10th, we learned that Kent State University was shutting the campus down. On Thursday, March 12th, it became clear that H2O needed to dramatically alter our plans. Following the lead of government officials, health officials, and university officials in the contexts in which we conduct our ministry, our church’s leadership team made the difficult decision to cancel all worship gatherings, all Life Group gatherings, and all H2O group activities. At first, our cancellation was just for a month, but the losses have now extended through the end of the semester.

I’ve been doing a lot of grieving, especially as we’ve drifted through the shadows of what might have been with the second half of the Spring Semester: the day when all the fraternity houses and downtown bars were supposed to be so crowded for “Fake Paddy’s Day” revelry (and outreach)… the moment when our short-term missions team to Stockholm was supposed to be leaving for the airport… It really is a haunting — ghost-like — sensation.

Please pray with us for the H2O students from Kent State University who have been scattered for the foreseeable future.

Fortunately, the Bible is rich in imagery of Exile, Famine, Wilderness, and Lament. We’ve been working on some creative ways to continue encouraging our students to engage with Bible Study, through a self-published daily devotional online, a series of art projects designed to encourage deeper reflection on the Word of God, and even some video conference Bible studies. We’ve also been using this opportunity to cultivate the spiritual discipline of prayer. Students are sharing their locations through an online map that provides a powerful visual prompt to prayer. Even though I would have told you a month ago that my prayer life was great, I’ve learned — and I think we’ve all been learning — how much greater this supernatural form of communication can be. The Holy Spirit (or “Holy Ghost” if you’ll go along with the theme that I’ve been developing in this letter) has also been a rich source of comfort to me and the others to whom I’m ministering during this unusual period of separation.

I’ve also started talking with “ghosts” in the last couple of weeks. That’s provocative phrasing, I know. But in addition to being an attention-getting device, I’m using this term in the sense that many college students use it. They often talk about one person “ghosting” another when a two-way online interaction has suddenly gone cold, with one of the parties becoming unresponsive. And there are certainly many of these “ghosts” in collegiate ministry! The leaders of our Off-Campus Life Group were recently taking stock of all the people who have passed through our group at some point this year. We wanted to figure out a way to check in with each individual and hopefully provide some spiritual support during the quarantine. Referencing a couple of different lists we’ve used to track individual involvement over the course of the year, we discovered that we had seventy people under our care! But we also realized that thirty of those seventy could easily be categorized as “ghosts” who may have only visited once or twice and then dropped off for whatever reason.

The H2O Fall Retreat feels like it was years ago! But the Off-Campus Life Group still holds the trophy from the H2Olympics back in September.

I encouraged our student-leaders to prioritize checking in with the more active members of our Life Group. But as the staff coach for the group, I took it upon myself to check in on our “ghosts.” I expected a response rate of maybe five or ten percent. Still, it felt like a minimal investment to send a text message like, “Hey _____! This is Eric Asp, from H2O. I know your involvement in our church has been limited this year, but I was just looking through the list of all the people on our Off-Campus GroupMe, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to reach out and see how you’re doing during these strange times. What have the last couple of weeks been like for you?

I figured maybe two or three of the thirty might respond; and even then, it would probably be minimal interaction. To my surprise, almost half of these “ghosts” started responding! And they were surprisingly-meaningful conversations! One student needed prayer for his mother, whose health was struggling even before the pandemic hit. Another student asked me to pray for her own health and the sense of alienation that’s been building in her heart because of all the medical procedures she’s had to endure in the last year. A third student took advantage of our interaction to share that she’s really been questioning her faith recently. She said she’s lost touch with God and come to feel like an “outsider.”

It felt like she needed the Gospel in that moment. And I was extremely grateful to be able to provide the hope of Christ at that moment.

A lot of our Life Group’s “ghosts” shared themes of loneliness, anxiety, discouragement, loss, and darkness. Even in the places where we least expect it, we’re finding beautiful opportunities to share the Good News that Jesus came to dwell among us, ease our anxieties, comfort our souls, save us from our sins, and light the way to eternal life in Him! Ministry may look different during the time of COVID-19, but ministry is still happening. Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support that makes all of this possible.

Please do let me know if there are any ways that I can be praying for you, too. I think it’s more important than ever that we figure out creative ways to keep in touch during this time when we’ve been asked to stay at home. These are sad times, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope. It’s an honor to be teamed up with you. 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

February 2020

Your prayers have gotten us off to a good start! To leverage the start of this semester, we invited our students to come back early for a back-to-school retreat! We had a day of service, a day of extended time with the Lord, and a day of Spring semester preparations. It was an awesome time to
stop and remember that God is ultimately the one who brings the fruit and to pray for the Lord to show up in ways we can’t this spring semester. This weekend of activity has provided momentum and focus, as we have seen more people engaging with campus outreach, campus prayer times and more and more new faces at lifegroups and Sunday services invited by their friends in H2O.

Here are some students from winter retreat at laser tag, some fun after a day of fasting, silence, solitude, and prayer.

Over the last semester, we noticed an area to improve upon in our church- female discipleship. So in response, we made some changes. This semester, we have rallied around our newest staffer Madison Jones as she is taking point with a brand new five-week discipleship class with the ladies of H2O. The class is rooted in Philippians 3:10-14. This Sunday Kelley will be teaching and empowering the ladies
in the discipline of prayer. We are excited that 25 gals came to the first class. Would you join me in praying God would show up and use the space to draw these young women deeper into a relationship with Him and one another for God’s glory? Every spring semester we have an H2O-wide men’s retreat
and a women’s retreat. This year Man Makers will be on Feb 21st and 22nd, and Women’s Weekend will be on Feb 28th and 29th. Would you join me now in praying for the Lord to draw new people to this retreat and for people to walk away impacted by the Gospel?

Oh, and one more thing- we are having a baby! We are 10 weeks into this joy bundle, who is wiggling in at 3.7 centimeters from rump to tippy-top of the head. It was such a blessing to have Josiah and Caroline with us for the first ultrasound. There was so much excitement seeing baby#3 together and we even heard the little heartbeat (my favorite part!:^) So far so good, the baby is doing well, and morning sickness is beginning to fade.

Please pray for continued healthy pregnancy and family health- I am the only one who hasn’t gotten sick over the last week! As always, we thank you for your love and partnership with us!

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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 photoshoots 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 a 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 the 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

Ukraine 2020: 

Special Needs Family Camp – July 6 to 19, 2020

Conversational English School – July 20 to 31, 2020 – Need 8 Adults

See Pastor Bill Heaton or email him at bheaton@bereanfamily.com for more information.

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 that 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

January 2020

We kicked off the new year with a three-day Master’s Teachers Training for Institute for Training in Ministry (iTIM) curriculum.  Forty pastors and Christian workers representing three ConvergePhil districts received the certificate of completion issued by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). This training will give birth to three regional iTIM training centers between Cebu and Mindanao districts. Two Master’s Teachers training events are scheduled in three other districts, (Negros, Leyte/Samar, and Leyte/Biliran) next month.

We covet your prayers for the following as we navigate another challenging and exciting ministry journey of equipping and empowering pastors, Christian workers-in-training, and congregations for effective ministry:

  • Establishing 6 ConvergePhil District Training Centers for the Institute of Training in Ministry.  Cirilo also serves as the interim dean of the institute in partnership with the Philippines Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC).
  • Two remaining medical follow-up trips to the US for Cirilo’s prostate cancer treatment
  • The Lord’s future direction for ConvergePhil Field, Cirilo currently serves as a field coordinator.
  • Rehabilitation efforts of the government, churches and civic organizations for the victims of the recent volcanic eruption in Batangas, Philippines.

For His glory and His kingdom expansion,
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.

October 2019

TRAINING ASIANS TO REACH ASIANS

Dear Ministry Partner,

Last school year in Cebu, Pastor Ryan Ermac finished Greek 1, 2 and 3 with me. He is now extending his skills in an advanced study of the language as we read Galatians in Greek. Thanks to the technology of the digital age, our class can be conducted two to three times a week using Skype. We have discovered that this is an advantageous way to do this class because every time that we meet it saves Ryan almost two hours of round-trip travel time from his home to the BTC campus. Please pray for Ryan and the others pastors enrolled in this advanced subject: that they will have the discipline to accomplish their assignments, will find additional time for the on-line sessions with me, will preach and teach Galatians more faithfully, and will be able to fulfill their family and church responsibilities as well.
Church partnerships are vital in stimulating multiplication among the least-reached parts of the world today, especially in Asia. I encourage you to follow this link to a recent article that tells about an American pastor who traveled to Cebu to promote greater missionary outreach by the churches of Cebu City: https://converge.org/article/converge-churches-making-global-gospel-impact.
We who are part of the Asian Impact Team are asking God for a Gospel movement among every less-reached people group throughout Asia in our lifetime. We seek to develop effective strategies that will multiply churches and disciples among the less-reached areas of Asia. To this end, please pray for an upcoming trip to two large Asian countries that I will make with two Converge colleagues. I will conduct a training seminar for 50 pastors on “Preaching what the Word Actually Says.” This team will assess the possibilities of adopting ministry initiatives in these places. Pray that we observe carefully all of the crucial local realities and that we understand adequately the needs in both regions so that our Converge partners might have more opportunity to collaborate to meet the needs of the least reached of Asia.

– In June, Barbara, Paul, Tim and I flew to Anaheim, California to be part of the memorial service for Barbara’s mother, Betty Smith. We gave eulogies and visited her gravesite. We also packed up
many of her household furnishings to ship to Pennsylvania to become part of our new home.
– Paul is back at Grove City College for his third year. He still works one day a week as an in-home health care provider.
– Tim is a tenth grader at the local high school and has earned a spot on the varsity soccer team playing goalie.
– Thank you for your prayers concerning our relocation. In July we were able to purchase a very nice house in New Castle. In August we moved in. The house is a real blessing since it is has a room for my office, a bedroom for each boy, and a guest room for visitors whom we hope will be many.

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

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.

 


March 2020

Blessing Horses and a Funny Name

In January, John was in the Spanish city of Seville and watched a priest bless the city’s police horses. Arranged in a large semicircle in the magnificent Plaza Espana, the horses and their riders, in traditional police attire, approached the priest to be sprinkled with water and blessed.

Spaniards love their religious and civic traditions even though few of them remain practicing Catholics. Traditions provide continuity with the past and a sense of identity.

But in Seville and in many cities throughout Spain, thousands of refugees are arriving from the Middle East and North Africa. These people have lost their past and must begin to forge a new identity for themselves and their families.

John visited Seville after a week of classes in the city of Malaga where he became a certified facilitator for a business start-up program called Itzinya. This funny-sounding program is in reality an amazing opportunity for new arrivals in Europe to begin businesses and find a new identity for their families.

John’s training will allow us to use this business creation process in North American cities where Converge churches are working with newly-arrived immigrant groups. Young entrepreneurs from these immigrant communities will be assigned business mentors and coaches from our churches who will help them get their new businesses going while also having many opportunities for spiritual conversations.

This a great tool to practically demonstrate the love of Jesus to these new arrivals.

Just got “home”

John and I spent three weeks in February visiting supporting churches to meet their new pastors. It was an encouraging time to see church friends and share the many aspects of diaspora ministry.

We are also recruiting churches and individuals to partner with our expanding work in Egypt. John continues to train Egyptian tent-making missionaries going to countries in the Middle East and to assist Egyptian churches in reaching the thousands of Sudanese and Syrian refugees arriving in Egypt. You can help by clicking the “Baxter Diaspora” button below.

… and not going anywhere for awhile
John’s next scheduled trip is a training in Egypt in June. Besides the above-mentioned need for financing, at this time we’re not sure if COVID-19 will affect this trip. Presently we are both working from home in Florida. John is constantly being urged to write more of what he has learned from personal ministry and NextMove diaspora research, so writing is his goal during this time of decreased social contact

Everything the Baxters do seeks to expand missions to, and from, the hundreds of millions of people migrating around the globe. This missions strategy is called diaspora missions.

 

 

 

 

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,

Merry Christmas!

Our prayer is that this newsletter finds you well and celebrating our Lord Jesus’ birth.  This Christmas season finds us in Minnesota.  Not what we were planning on, but God is providing and we are thankful for His care. We are so thankful for your prayers for Dan’s health and the doctors, thank you!

Dan had a Neurologist appointment on December 3, he is not sure why Dan’s blood clotted after being on blood thinners and referred us to a Hematologist.  That appointment is December 23.  They found a number in part of Dan’s blood that was off, so we’re hoping that appointment will tell us if something else needs to be done to prevent more clots.

We got to spend Thanksgiving with our families and are looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our families. Because Dan’s mom did not go to Texas this will be the first time in about 20 years that most of his family has been together for Christmas.

Dan continues to work with our leaders in Nigeria who are keeping things moving forward there.  We are very proud of our staff that has worked tirelessly in our absence. We have also been working on how we are going to expand ministry in Nigeria and searching out ways that we can move forward.

Our schedule forwards this year…..

We are looking for some people that are interested in helping us develop a prayer team and coordinate some other teams with us.  If you are interested in being more involved with us in Nigeria please contact us and we will explore the options available right now.

We are scheduled to be in Long Beach, California for Converge Meetings at the end of January and in out Connecticut Churches in March so it looks like we will not have time to make it back to Nigeria before these trips. We are praying that we will have a health care plan in place before we need to make these trips.

Please pray for our staff as they continue a while longer in our absence.

As you end your year please consider an extra gift for GECHAAN. Just  a few ideas:

  • Sponsorships for a TTP student’s education are about $150, a full scholarship including start-up equipment is $600.
  • We are planning on shipping a sea container of equipment to Nigeria in 2020 that will cost about $10,000.
  • A Days for Girls kit is about $10 each
  • Could use support for the Mercy fund at the Hospital for Patients that can not afford health care costs.

Click here (https://StandingBeside.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=926c02406b10652d2a77d75fa&id=b1ff4e96f7&e=d13301d6e5) to give to the Project Funds.

Please also consider a monthly donation for our support. We are currently about $200 a month short and we have been notified there will be over a 20% Health Insurance increase next year. Click here (https://StandingBeside.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=926c02406b10652d2a77d75fa&id=1f47803360&e=d13301d6e5) to support us.

In His Service,

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

Prayer Points:

Dan as continues recovery

The staff while we are away

Future planning

Wisdom in all we do.

Funding

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 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 through Exploitation and Debt
Physical and Mental Abuse
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Orphan and Rescue Care

https://youtu.be/x3irVsiYNHE

http://mattandaudreypound.blogspot.com

Greetings from Thailand!

Cold weather in Thailand is unusual

Ezra know how to work the fire

Redirecting Towards Justice and Joy

As I sat in prison on Christmas morning, I had time to reflect on my decisions that brought me to this point.

(No, I had not been placed there, but had chosen to go).

Josiah graduated from YWAM’s discipleship training program and is getting ready to enter college!

At Faithful Heart Foundation, we decided it would be good to visit some of the 8,000 men who currently live in prison in the town of Mae Taeng. If you have never entered a prison before (or an Asian prison) it is a strange experience to pass through security checks to enter a place that can feel very insecure.

But the prison was bright and clean. It was remarkably organized and non-threatening.  As I sat there looking at these men, young and old, who seemed not so different from myself, I couldn’t help wondering what set of circumstances had occurred which led them there.

And likewise for myself.

No photos were allowed inside, but this was our crew

One of my favorite authors, CS Lewis, once explained that life is like a race in which no one starts at the same start line and in which the contestants have all manner of different disabilities, health problems, and handicaps.

His point is that it is absurd for us to look at another and judge or measure.

A healthy sprinter with two legs, strong lungs, and a family that could afford to feed him cannot possibly be compared to a double amputee born with tuberculosis and living on the brink of starvation.

Our sweet friend May is expecting her first baby and needed some practice!

Few of us would cheer that sprinter’s victory or condemn the amputee’s loss.

For all we know, the sprinter may have been lazy and never reached his potential, where the amputee may have run the most heroic race anyone in his position possibly could have.

Yay Mountains!

So here I am in prison.

I grew up in a loving, supportive, educated family.  I never lacked for anything in my life.  I was born in good health and always had everything I needed to grow and flourish (and a lot more).

And here are 8,000 men in prison with me.

Where did they grow up?  What were their families like?  Did they have a chance to get a good education?  Did anyone tell them they were loved?  Did anyone believe in them and support their dreams?  Did they have enough to eat?

That is a room full of questions we don’t know the answers to.

It would be foolish to assume all these men are innocent of any wrongdoing.

But it would be equally foolish to assume all these men are guilty of wrongdoing, or at least, more wrongdoing than the rest of us are.

Singin’ in the cold

Two boys and a balloon

Christmas carolers and snacks!

So what should we do?  

We need to redirect our lives towards justice and joy.

How we each will be able to do that will look vastly different, depending on our circumstances.
But it is something we can all do.

Life has a way of dragging us along with or without our consent.
And we often ended up directed by our circumstances, rather than directing them.

It seems tragic when so many of us have so much freedom to choose the direction of our lives, and we surrender without a fight to the highest paying advertiser.

Christmas exchange at church

We love these two!

Sienna is ready!

As we begin a new year here, it is more inescapable to me that my good fortune is more than good luck.  I have been given tools to make my world better and it is a terrible wrong to deny them to those who most need them.

But the responsibility is two-fold.

God made all of us, those with plenty and those with little.
His concern is the joy and well being of all his creatures.

His secret is that those with plenty will find their highest joy in helping their brothers and sisters.

In a world where we are constantly told our neighbor’s gain is our loss, is it possible to believe our neighbor’s gain can be our joy?

Yes.

It’s all about the intensity

Unequivocally and absolutely YES.

I sometimes wince when people talk about charity.
Charity?

For someone with a background like me, before we can talk about charity there is first the question of justice and fairness (what Love demands I owe my neighbor).

And in all my “giving”, I have not yet come close to fairness.

But, contrary to much of our bad religious thinking, Justice and Joy are intertwined
(as are Justice and Mercy and Love—that for another time).

If you have joy without justice, you are selfish and cruel.

If you have justice without joy, you are unhappy and confused.

But if we direct our lives, not towards the greatest financial reward, not towards the greatest recognition of our peers, not towards

Sooo many people we love!

personal achievement, but towards the good and flourishing of our neighbors and our world, we will help the moral arc of history move forward…be it ever so slightly, and we will find our own highest joy.

In this new year, take up the tools you have been given to make our world a better place and put them to work.

Greatness is service and service is joy.  May they be yours.

Faithful Heart Update:

We have plowed right into the new year at Faithful Heart.  We had an all-day planning meeting to work on our calendar for the coming year and talk about our goals individually and as an organization.

We are excited to work on 3 new projects this coming year to extend our reach in helping children in Chiang Mai.

College students gift exchange

1.  We are starting a project to help single mothers keep and care for their own children so families are not broken apart.

2.  We also are working with several other foundations and the Thai government to introduce Foster Care in Thailand.  The government has said it wants to move away from large children’s homes to a foster care system where children are placed into families.

3.  Lastly, when children can be safely reunited with their biological families and wish to do so, we want to help them make that transition and provide ongoing support and encourage them to continue to pursue higher education.

First Staff Meeting of the New Year!

These all are exciting and very new to us.  Please keep us in your prayers as we try to do more to help children and families in need in our community.

Thank you for your support and love.  Here’s to a New Year of growth, joy, and justice together!

Thank you for your love and support.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Love,

Matt, Audrey, Ezra (aka Fuzzy), and Sienna (aka Squishy) Pound

Life Lessons After 5 Years in Thailand

5 Years is a long time no matter where you are.
Come hear about how our 5 years in Thailand have changed,
and continue to change us.

http://mattandaudreypound.blogspot.com/2020/02/5-years-in-what-we-are-learning.html

Thank you for your support, love, and prayers!
You are loved and missed.

Love, the Pounds

Poom is such a sweet boy. We are so glad he is part of our Faithful Heart Family!

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.

March 2020

Realignment

MEANING: putting something into a new or correct position.  We’ve been realigning in a number of ways. Some were planned, some were not. Some were good and easy, some have been difficult. Nearly all have taken more than just two months, but the results only appeared recently. In the last couple of months:

– Our Rachada branch has been struggling regarding evangelistic purpose and church planting for a couple of years now. Student attendance has been good, but we aren’t just focused on attendance, we are here to do church planting. We proposed that Rachada, begun in 2016, be set free to pursue other goals. That process is now nearly completed. Rachada will be on its own in the next few weeks, no longer a branch of Santisuk. Some of you noticed it wasn’t included in this year’s Prayer Week. That’s the reason.

– We had started 6 branches of SES in less than 10 years from 2009 to 2018. In every case, we sent out significant funds and/or leaders from our main campus to make the new starts happen. The intention, of course, was for each branch to win students to Christ and expand the outreach. But at the branches, without exception, growth has been slow. Church growth IS slow in Thailand, but the English classes really improve the opportunity for people to turn to Christ. In every case, some or all of the people we sent out to work at the branch left the branch before anyone or enough people or the right people came to Christ. As a result, many of our branches have been suffering with a lack of Christian Thai leaders or missionary workers. In one case, one of our branches had to hire one of their non-Christian students to work in the office! Another hired Christian workers from other churches not committed to seeing the new Santisuk church established. Even though we have a desire to see 15 new places start by the end of 2025, we also want to see our newly started branches succeed and so we have to continue to put workers and money into branches that have been going – some for some time. So, here is what has happened:

– Ethel, a career missionary from the Philippines who has worked with us since 2001, went to Ladkrabang at the end of December 2019 to fill in for Dondon and Carol, leaders there, who went on home assignment. (This is where Nopaluck and I were for a year when they were on home assignment in 2013-2014). They’ll be back in another week. Nit, our career missionary, has also been helping there, teaching and working in the office the first 2 months of the year. More about Nit below.

– Tai, one of our LFNM 2018 team members, keyboard player for our worship team, a top office worker and teacher, went to help at Rachayotin (RYT) for two months. She was part of a 6-person rotation we’d set up to help there over the next year. But she liked the center and job so much she decided to go there permanently. That ended the need for a rotation too. I kid Tai that she is now the “Queen of RYT”. She’s very appreciated there and able to help in many ways. We, of course, miss her but are glad she can help RYT become strong.

– Awn has worked in our center for nearly 15 years. She started as custodian, then ran our nursery for many years. When we closed our nursery, she then worked in our school office and for the last 2 years has been our church secretary. But our Pakkret branch has been without any strong Thai leadership almost since it started and due to our church financial issues, we needed to cut church staff too. So Awn moved to Pakkret a month ago to work there full time. She’ll be a great asset to that center since she knows how to run everything! And with cell-leading experience, she’ll be a great help to church ministry as well.

– Nit and Kwan both entered seminary full time in January in the M.Div. program. Nit is putting mission ministry in SE Asia on hold so she can be a better worker there upon completion of her degree. Kwan is our children’s ministry and missions department coordinator but likely has her eye on helping with some of the new church starts upon completing her degree.

– 3 cell groups have been realigned. One because the cell leader and assistant both left for our branch campuses, the other two because of attendance struggles.

– SES (school) attendance drop-off for many reasons, most recently of course because of the virus scare, but we’ve been in a downward spiral now for many months. So while we don’t like losing staff, we’re glad they can go to another branch and be effective there. Pray for our school attendance as last month (February) was our lowest attendance in many many years – 66 adults and 25 kids!  In 2014, we averaged 320 students every single month!

– Financially, church staff took some major pay cuts this year because we fell far short of budget in 2019. SES staff didn’t get a raise again for the 2nd year in a row. Fortunately, God blessed SES for many years going back to 2013 and even before that so we’re living off the extra from those years of blessing since we’ve lost money nearly every month for a couple of years now (think of Joseph in Egypt – 7 years of prosperity followed by 7 years of famine). Pray for endurance in these difficult years.

But also, we had 3 baptisms February 9 with excellent testimonies. Many people were part of introducing these 3 to Christ. Praise God for realignment, consolidation, and continuing to move ahead!

Website Help Needed

We still need a website administrator for the Santisuk website, http://www.santisuk.org (do take a look at our website if you’ve never seen it). I wrote about this a couple of months ago. If you would be willing to run our website, please contact me immediately. THANKS!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for joining us in praying for Thailand!

Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Converge Missionaries
Bangkok, Thailand

Adjustment

MEANING: the process of adapting or becoming used to a new situation.  Probably like all of you, we’ve now had to adjust to a lot of new situations. Malls are closed here except for the grocery sections, drug stores, and banks in the malls. Only restaurants (take-out only) and essential services are running. The government just announced all houses of worship must close starting today. So far, no curfew. Last week, the Thai government announced all schools must close along with many other businesses, first until April 1, then to April 12. We’ve been working in our offices at Santisuk, but other than that have been closed since Wednesday last week. We had to scramble to find ways to teach our 100+ jr-high to adult classes online.

We had nearly 50 kids in K-6 classes that started March 13 and those could not be taught online. Now, we’re closed until at least April 30 according to the new order out today. We’re very thankful for the LINE program so popular here in Asia (something like WhatsApp). All our classes are now on LINE. The LINE program is free, and the quality has been pretty good. This session will end April 9, but our next session was supposed to start April 20. That won’t happen. All our short-termers have returned to the USA as of last Tuesday. All our long-termers are here and one longer-term short-termer remains. Some of you know our director, Cathy Wenz. She was supposed to get married here to a man from Pakistan on March 21. That got postponed to April 25, and now it will be postponed again as no foreigners are allowed into Thailand until May.

The worst thing about ministry so far, is that we cannot spend any time with our students. That is the key to what we do. While we can still teach English classes, we have far greater purposes for our teaching than just excellent classes. The students are introduced to Jesus in class, but are not impacted, cannot be brought to Christ, if we cannot spend time with them, bring them to cell group, bring them to worship, do outings and activities with them. So yes, our curriculum still introduces them to Jesus, but they cannot see it lived out in our lives or in the lives of other Thai people in cell and worship.

We tell every one of our short-termers, “If all you do is teach your classes, and don’t spend time with your students outside of class, you are missing THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of what we do.” The gospel is relational. So while we can teach, ministry suffers in a big way.

But there is another way ministry will suffer. And I think that is true in every place where Christians are now not able to meet together for worship. But it is even worse here in Thailand where so few people are Christians. Very few of our people have Christian family members or other believers they work with (if they are still able to go to work). There aren’t any Thai Christian radio or TV stations at all. So their fellowship and encouragement  as Christians comes from the body of Christ meeting together. That is seriously hampered in this time of Covid-19 shut-down. Over many years here, we’ve seen separation lead to falling away from following Jesus.

(It is fall here, or is it spring? Hard to say. The mango tree in front of our house is both losing leaves and producing new shiny leaves at the same time. It hasn’t rained much since the end of October!)

So, things are difficult, but they are difficult everywhere. Please pray for creativity and excellence in ministry in these difficult times of adjustment.

Website Help Needed
We still need a website administrator for the Santisuk website, http://www.santisuk.org (do take a look at our website if you’ve never seen it). This continues to be a need of ours, and it gets more and more critical as the weeks go by. Our security system needs updating, and we have no way to put anything complicated on our site. If you would be willing to run our website, please contact me immediately. THANKS! You should be able to do this from the USA or outside Thailand.

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

Steve and Nopaluck Cable
Bangkok, Thailand

P.S. If you’ve not seen our 2018 video, you may want to watch that this week to further fuel your prayers for our ministry. You can find it at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psMnMu7ekfs&feature=youtu.be

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?

March, 2020

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

From the Fountain of Life School

The traditional celebrations of independence here during the month of February occupied much of the school activities during this month. Many of the lower grade students brought beautiful projects showing the red, white and blue colors of the Dominican flag.

Also happening during the last part of February was earnest preparation by a group of Linda’s English students for the coming medical clinic at the end of the first week in March. These students, who were from the advance English classes,  met one day a week for several weeks with Linda to master the correct procedures for translating for the nurses and doctors that were coming from the Ohio University nurses school in Ashland, OH. Many of these English students were from our school and had been progressing in their fluency in speaking English. Most were also believers that are from our church.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

We had a good Bible Conference at the end of February.  The missionary pastor from Mexico was a good encouragement for all the believers in the church and also encouraged some of the members to bring their unsaved family members.

The weekend following the conference saw some 30 young adults and adults from the church travel down to the southern part of the island to Barahona to spend four days sharing the gospel and their love, painting houses, distributing food and meeting with the children for Bible clubs.

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

We have finally been overtaken by the effects of the coronavirus. Thankfully, the medical team from Ohio was able to get here with all their medicines and have the medical program with several hundred people attending before measures had to be taken by this government to put controls into operation for the coronavirus.

The day after the medical team left, there was a repeated municipal election in this country due to a failure in this election several weeks ago.  School was canceled the Friday before the Sunday election (March 15) so the places could be organized for this election. Well, school never started up again because of the spreading of COVID-19 in this country, school has been suspended as well as any gatherings of groups, including churches until April 13th.  Pray that for our teachers as they will be working with online teaching, as well as the parents who may not be very well prepared to “home school” their children with this new method.

 

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

March 2020

COMING ALONGSIDE A MOVEMENT LEADER IN ARGENTINA 

David and a few Converge team members spent time in Cordoba, Argentina working with an Argentine ministry leader and his wife who lead a non-denominational church, own their own business to pay bills, and lead other leaders in a ministry organization they formed.

God has blessed them with great fruitfulness through the simplicity of their organization that is focused on disciples-making-disciples within a family / relational environment, doctrinal training, and helping believers go to peoples who have not heard about Jesus. However, they found themselves a bit stuck and overloaded and did not know how to expand their efforts.

We worked with them to better understand and clarify the passion and focus God has placed on their hearts for their lives and their organization, and then began laying the groundwork for how to move forward more effectively. We also met with their primary leadership team and began building relationships. We look forward to our continued journey with them to help them cultivate fertile soil where God can bring about a gospel movement in their midst.

Some amazing people and some great initial steps!

PROVIDING DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING

Local pastors in the Dominican Republic desired a better understanding of how to instill and sustain a culture of disciple-making within their congregation. So David and Stephanie coordinated a 3-day training conference for around 60 ministry & lay leaders in the area.

We identified a qualified trainer and his wife from Mexico (gracias a Dios por Dan & MeLinda!) and worked with the leaders and the trainer to shape the event itinerary / training agenda / etc.  During the event, we also planted seeds to get the leaders thinking about how their ministries could make disciples in least-reached people areas as well as in their churches.

We enjoyed hosting the trainers at our house for the weekend and look forward to continued work with the local pastors to implement disciple-making plans.

Medical Team Impact

Our church in Juan Tomas welcomed a team of nursing students and doctors from Ohio who provided medical treatment and shared the truth of the gospel with many impoverished people.

Our daughter Melina, who intends to go to nursing school in the Fall, enjoyed helping with some basic medical functions and translating Spanish for various nursing students and doctors.

As one doctored noted, “We are all going to die sooner or later, the question is where are we going then?” This profound question strikes at the heart of why Jesus came to earth and is great to hear being discussed. We were encouraged by new professions of faith during their visit…thank you Lord!

Engaging the Dominican Culture

Celia and Will had the opportunity to participate in a traditional Dominican dance to celebrate the country’s independence day!

Celia demonstrated the natural elegance she always had, even as a child. And Will surprised us with some impressive moves of his own!  They are growing up!

David & Stephanie enjoyed a weekend in the Dominican region of La Samana at a marriage retreat with couples from the Juan Tomas church.  We are pictured here with Pierre and his wife Liliana. Due to the severe situation in Haiti, they left their home and brought their children to settle in the DR where Pierre is now leading our church’s Haitian community spiritual development efforts and really making an impact.

 

Prayer Requests

  1. For our family to see God, ourselves, and others with “20/20” clear vision this year, and to walk by the Word & the Spirit in all we do.
  2. For new team members, ministry partners & funding to fulfill our mission.
  3. For decisions & provision for Melina’s college plans in the Fall.
  4. For our family’s housing decisions due to recent safety/security issues and travel challenges. 
  5. For Corona virus impact & response in the DR. 
  6. For continued fruitfulness coming from the above highlighted ministry activities.

EACH OF US HAVE A CRITICAL ROLE IN THIS KINGDOM WORK 
…we are on the ground, you are equipping us, and both of us are doing battle in prayer…
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO STAND BESIDE YOU AND FIGHT THIS GREAT FIGHT OF FAITH!

ONLINE INTERVIEW
Check out our conversation on YouTube!

https://youtu.be/cyROn96fSuI

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.

Find out more by visiting our website https://www.sat7usa.org/

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

 

March 2020

 

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

As I reflect on this verse “according to his will…” stands out to me.  Like when we ask and ask and keep asking, but it doesn’t seem he hears.  Perhaps it isn’t in his will but it is in our will that we are asking?

God doesn’t hold back anything from us if it is his will for us to have what we are asking for.  And perhaps he is answering, just not in the way that we think that he should.

Please lift up the following prayer concerns and praises for the month of March. We are grateful for your prayer support of globalLead, which allows us to proclaim the word of Christ to the world.

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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FOR THE WHOLE MINISTRY:
Please pray for wisdom for globalLead leadership, not just for travel, but for financial and economic ramifications due to the Covid-19 virus, as some trips and trainings are being cancelled. Please pray for safety and protection for all of our staff and trainers around the globe.

SOUTHEAST ASIA OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • Amazing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the participants and mentors during the Heart of the Leader in Bantayan Island Cebu, Philippines.
  • Faithful and miraculous provision of the Lord in meeting the need of the participants and the gL SE Asia office for the HOTL2020.
  • Faithfulness and commitment of the Heart of the Leader mentors from USA, New Zealand and the Philippines, they are great provision from the Lord indeed!
  • Protection for all participants and staff who traveled in the middle of CoVid19 epidemic.
  • For the fruitful time with Assemblies of God national key leaders for the youth in Bohol last February.
  • For faithful financial supporters of globalLead and Heart of the Leader Asia.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the expansion of HEART of the LEADER ministry here in SE Asia, God’s direction, staffing, and sustainable support raising.
  • Continue to pray for sustainable funding for globalLead Southeast Asia office, we need $2400 monthly, pray with us that we will be 100% fully funded before the end of 2020.
  • Pray for further security measures for the staff house, provision to install security cameras. Pray for safety and protection of the staff and the staff house.
  • Pray for our training in restricted places through video and technology to be successful, useful, and relevant.
  • Pray for Indonesia training in July 2020.
  • 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.
  • Pray for the work started in some of these countries, that it will grow and be sustained. Pray for open doors and right partners and hosts who have the vision and heart.
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Timor
    • Vietnam
    • Malaysia
    • Taiwan
  • Right people to commit to be the advisory board.
  • 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 renewed commitment and sustained joy in what we do, guidance, and wisdom as we faithfully follow the Lord’s leading for 2020.
  • Pray for China and our brethren there in the middle of the CoVid -19 epidemics.
  • Despite CoVid -19 that the completion of the work of the Lord will continue!

NORTH WEST ASIA OFFICE 
Praise Points:

  • We praise God as we have successfully trained 100 leaders in our recent trainings:
    • Church Ministry Level 1 – Salyan – 42
    • HOTL Level 1, Pune- 36
    • Church Ministry Level, Sauraha – 22
  • We praise God for giving protection and  safety for our staff, Board members and trainers.
  • We praise God as The Heart of the Leader in Pune, India was successful.

Prayer Points: 

  • Please pray for our upcoming training and for planning ; Youth Leadership Level 1 at Chitwan ( March 8- 10).
  • As we all know about Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak around the world, please pray for Nepal as the government has still not applied any strict rules and regulation for this case though WHO has alerted all the countries to be prepared for this case.
  • Please pray for the safety and protection  for our staff, B.O.D members and trainers as they need to travel for trainings.
  • Please pray for our trainer Pastor Satal Singh Lama as he is  applying visa for Pakistan .
  • Please pray for our trainer Kiran Chand and his family .

AFRICA
Prayer Point:

  • Keep us in your prayers as we look forward to having a seminar at the St. Mary Syokimau Church. We hope to eventually train the whole diocese of Machakos that has over 3000 youth and over 30 congregations.

Praise Point:

  • We thank God for the successful seminar at KAG internship program that saw 16 pastors come back for the Level 2 training. Pray that they will implement what they have learned in their regions.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
Praise Points: 

  • Grateful for our on-going faithful supporters of individuals and churches.
  • Give thanks with us for the great teams in globalLead, locally and globally.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for a team of trainers hoping to get visas to do trainings in Pakistan.
  • Pray for our growing staffing needs locally and globally. We have some good candidates and are currently finalizing details with them.
  • Pray for Jack Dyson as he finishes his fund raising so he can come on staff full-time.
  • Pray for a good start financially this year.

Pray for smooth transitions in our accounting systems that will streamline some of our processes.