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!

May 2020

I pray that God is meeting you in the midst of self-quarantine and crisis. This COVID-19 pandemic is affecting so many people in so many different ways. Our family is holding up ok. The news of schools in Ohio staying remote through the end of the school year was especially hard for Maddy (our extrovert who is sad when she has a snow day from school). But we are staying healthy and even enjoying our evenings together as a family (as opposed to the busyness we would have been feeling with sports and music practices). I’m still able to work full-time during the days to help provide care and connection for our scattered college church. I’ve also been pursuing some personal development through online classes that I’ve been meaning to take for a while (in the area of spiritual direction and counseling). I’m seeing more and more opportunities for this type of care in my roles with H2O as well as our national network (Collegiate Church Network).

Caring for the scattered church…
Our college church is completely scattered now and the campus is closed. Students are completing course work remotely and trying to stay connected virtually. We’ve been doing our best to lean into this new environment of connection but it’s not easy. Many of our life groups now meet via video call on Zoom or in smaller groups called “1:12 Groups” – also on Zoom. It’s a little easier to connect on these platforms when it’s only 3 or 4 people in the conversation instead of 20! Our staff team is generating Bible study content and releasing videos weekly along with personal devotional reading plans and small group content. It’s been a blessing to have a unified study plan that the whole church is doing together right now. We’re in 1&2 Thessalonians until next week and then will do a study of the different themes in the Psalms. For a fun outlet, our staff team is also producing a weekly podcast to help people stay connected to the church! (called H2O & Friends). I love the creativity to help a scattered church stay connected to each other and to God during this challenging season!

Before this all started…
I had a lot to report before the pandemic hit and here’s one snippet from Lindsay on H2O’s Women’s Weekend from February which had the theme of “slowing down”

“During and after the weekend it seemed like most ladies were talking being impacted by our speaker who shared about God’s desire for us to rest. This led to us splitting up on our own to have an hour of being with God. This looked different for each person. Some people journaled, some people just sat and allowed the silence to refresh them and others dove into the scriptures. But overall this was the time that I heard most from women that they experienced God or God spoke something simple but yet profound to them. We also talked about what it can look like to be obedient in having a Sabbath (a day of rest) during the week. It actually takes a great deal of faith and trust to allow ourselves not to be “productive” for a day. It’s amazing how these lessons are now helping us during the present quarantine!”

Thank you for your partnership! The Gospel is so relevant here now (as always) as we navigate this together.

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)

 

Because you guys know, our dear family of faith, that the time we had together was not for nothing. On the contrary… we boldly dared to share the Good News with you guys through the struggles. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2)

Greetings from Kent! I’m writing this letter on May 4, 2020: fifty years to the day after one of the most significant events in Kent State University history. Student protests against the Vietnam War grew so intense in the spring of 1970 that the Ohio National Guard was called in to patrol the campus. Shortly after noon on May 4, 1970, something triggered the military personnel to fire into a crowd of protesters and bystanders — killing four students and wounding nine others. It was a significant moment in the lives of students who were on campus that day, in the University’s and the city’s collective memory, and in United States History.

That was a time when our nation was ideologically divided, the University’s academic year was unexpectedly cut short, and the world seemed like it was falling apart. Today, we’re experiencing similar dynamics with the COVID-19 crisis. It’s easy to label our current circumstances as “unprecedented,” but there are surprisingly strong precedents. Not just in the living memory of Kent State University, but throughout history. Including the Bible.
The people of H2O Kent are scattered these days, but we’ve developed a coordinated study plan for our church to learn from the precedent of the New Testament Church in Thessalonica. We’re encouraging study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians as individuals, in small groups (connecting electronically), and as a whole church (weekly videos). These two books of the Bible are a nice length for a one-month study (pretty much everything we’re doing these days is month-to-month). They’re gospel-rich with themes applicable to young believers feeling oppressed and on their own. And there’s even some discussion about the Second Coming of Jesus, to stimulate hope in response to any feelings that the world is coming to an end before our very eyes.

We feel like our ministry at Kent State was cut short this year because of the COVID-19 crisis — but we had a lot of time together compared to the Thessalonians. Acts 17 suggests that the church in Thessalonica may have had as few as three weeks together before their church was scattered! So, shortly after the campus was shut down in mid-March, I spent some time walking around campus, praying for our church, and reading Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians (out loud). In doing so, I noticed a few key themes that have felt very relevant for our church:

  1. Community: The letters are written from one group of people to another group of people. They emphasized community even though they could not all be together as much as they wished to be.
  2. Encouragement: For young believers who were forced to grow up quickly.
  3. Hardship: The letters openly acknowledge the difficulties that were endured in Thessalonica and, by extension, among all people of faith.
  4. Hope: Paul and his team modeled a sense of expectation for the Day of the Lord, when all will be put to right.
  5. Holiness: The letters continually exhort the young believers to stay engaged in the hardships and hope — not resorting to idolatry or sin.

It’s helpful to remember these themes through times of isolation, separation, and loneliness. For the separation between Paul’s team and the Thessalonians, they bridged the gap between them with prayer, personal anecdotes shared via mutual acquaintances, and communications through the technology of their day and age (handwritten letters sent via the Roman roads). For our church’s separation in the time of COVID-19, we can also bridge the gap between us with prayer, personal anecdotes shared via social media, and communications through the technology of our day and age (electronic messages and interactions transported via the Information Superhighway).

We’ve had to get creative and work hard, but separation doesn’t have to mean lack of community. And it doesn’t have to mean a lack of spiritual growth, either. I was recently reminded of a time when Bill Hettinger (my late grandfather-in-law) told me about the root systems of great trees like the Walnuts, Oaks, and Maples on the family farm in Richland County. He told me that a tree must be stressed and battered by high winds, extreme temperatures, and a wide variety of precipitation levels in order to develop the root system to allow the tree to reach maturity and last for decades, if not centuries.

Bill told me that a tree which has been cultivated in a controlled environment, without those external pressures, eventually collapses under its own weight. It cannot grow to full maturity because it doesn’t have the deep root system. And people grow in similar ways. Bill lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War, so he’d seen lots of human examples of the same principles. Like trees, we develop the greatest maturity — and indeed the most greatness — through times when we endure the greatest pressures.

Chapter 3 of Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians says that pressures and struggles are inevitable in life. They’re a part of the human experience. But we can either be unsettled and uprooted by the struggles, or we can let our faith be bolstered by the pressures as we lean into God and community. I’m starting to pray and look forward to the ways our current struggles will strengthen our spiritual root systems for years to come. I genuinely feel encouragement from the Lord that our current crop of Kent State University students — even with the current disruption to their college experience — may end up becoming one of the most significant forces for good that our world has ever known.

But I want to ask: Would you pray with me for these young people? Would you ask God to help today’s college students become an example to the rest of the world (1 Thessalonians 1:7-10)? Pray that the students of H2O Kent would exhibit joy, persevering prayer, radical gratitude, sensitivity to God’s leading, eagle-eye discernment, holiness, and peace (1 Thessalonians 5:16-23). Would you pray that we can somehow come back together again sooner rather than later — ideally before the start of the new school year in August (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)? Thank you for praying with us. 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

May 2020

It’s May already!? The Quarantine has done funny things to time. For sure, this has been a stressful season for us all! At the Schlereth house we had several quite difficult weeks. My allergy medicine pushed depressive side effects on me, we had two weeks of anxious waiting as we had yet another scare over Kelley’s pregnancy (thankfully now resolved), we saw some support lost and the stress of grad school hung on. And of course, the pandemic.

BUT, God is SO good. We sing the Doxology often around here. Join us in praising God and counting blessings:

•Though some ongoing support was lost, we have at the same time seen new generosity as folks have shared tax returns and
stimulus checks with us.

•Despite several scares with this pregnancy, Kelley and baby are healthy!

•Once the stay at home order relaxed we were refreshed with family time. You can see below, we are training up a third generation of mushroom hunters! :^)

Covid can’t stop God, look what He has been doing!

•God is raising up new young leaders, this summer my Lifegroup has a new student Leader. Pray for Martha!

•Virtual Church has brought two new students into our community as roommates started tuning in with H2O’ers online, and joined our Lifegroup Bible studies too!

•We had a great time listening to our seniors share their testimonies of God’s work in their college career at an end of the year Zoom gathering. What an encouraging time!

•Lastly we have seen God doing what only He can do- making people new! I was able to meet outside last week with Cassandra, a student who came to H2O occasionally, to hear how God has used this season (and one wild story) to lead her to put her faith in Christ! Praise!

This summer I am continuing seminary, and focusing some extra time on raising support. As our country slowly re-opens, I will be contacting many of you to ask how you are doing, how I can pray and how you can help even more! With baby on the way, recovering lost support and increased insurance costs I am praying to raise $1000 in new monthly support. Please prayerfully consider:

•Increasing your giving

•Giving a special gift

•Connecting me with more people and churches to share about God’s work? (We all know it’s about WHO you know ;^)

ALSO- I totally understand if you too are feeling the pinch right now financially. If you need to adjust or pause your giving please reach out so we can discuss and pray together!

We love you all and are so blessed to be about God’s business with you- thank you!

 

Richland Pregnancy Services

1560 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

info@richlandpregnancy.com

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

Pregnancy Testing

Limited Ultrasound Exam

 STD Testing/Treatment

After Abortion Support

Support Services 

Free Support Services at Richland Pregnancy Services include:

Master Provisions

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

We work in partnership with agencies that directly serve people in need, distributing resources to them. By spending less time and money obtaining resources, these partner agencies are able to focus on their core mission.

Website: https://www.masterprovision.org

KidZone Tutoring

For 12 years Berean has provided an after-school tutoring program for Mansfield City School children.  For 11 years we worked with Prospect Elementary students and this past year with Malabar Intermediate School students.  Our program is 4 days per week for 2 hours each day from October through May.  The focus of our program is one on one adult/student interaction.  We ask adults to give one hour one day per week to work with a student.  We provide a healthy snack, reading practice, homework help, Spiritual Character Quality lessons and free time each day.  We have several parties at Christmas, Easter, and the end of the year.

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

Youth For Christ

Brian Walls is the Operations Director for Youth For Christ in Cleveland.  He is responsible for training and recruiting staff; developing new areas; overseeing Events and Assemblies.

Youth for Christ/USA has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In 1944 Billy Graham and Torrey Johnson held a Youth for Christ rally in Chicago. The ministry of YFC spread like wildfire across the USA. Today at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. For more about the national movement of Youth for Christ,

FRIENDS & TEAMMATES at BEREAN –

Thanks so much for being one of the biggest reasons I got on the mission field and have been able to stay on the mission field for close to 25 years! I covet your prayers for the following upcoming items:

  • Missionary to Cleveland – Did you realize that the crime rate with most stats (murder, rape assault) is 145% higher in Cleveland than the National average (per Area Vibes) and the poverty rate is twice the National and State rate (per the Tallmadge Express). It has been my privilege to battle Satan here in Cleveland for over twenty years by training staff, equipping staff, creating tools, establishing new outreaches and doing outreach myself. Please pray for our outreach at the local jails (county and state lock-ups), our urban west side teen center, and various local schools – and wisdom for me as to try to guide the staff that leads them.
  • Indians Game Outreach – On Saturday, September 22nd will be our big annual Indians game outreach that we have been doing for close to 25 years. Last year, God used it to share the Gospel with over 500 young people and 69 made some form of decision for the Lord. I was blessed to interview the players (Cody Allen, Yan Gomes, and Ryan Merritt). Please pray that the Lord uses it again this year!

Appreciative of your partnership in the Gospel since the beginning, Brian Walls; Operations Director; Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ; www.yfccleveland.org

THE WALLS FAMILY MINISTRY UPDATE
GREATER CLEVELAND YOUTH FOR CHRIST

“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

March 2020

We write this missions update from our daughter’s home in San Diego. We left Manila two days before the total lockdown in the Philippines was imposed. We flew to LAX for a short trip related to Cirilo’s six month medical follow-up with his oncologist and to take care of other legal documents  related to social security and medicare. We are scheduled to be back to the field on April 20, but at the rate of the progress of lifting travel restrictions from both ends, our return remains uncertain.
Social distancing, travel restrictions and lockdown limit our mobility, but do not stop our ministry. Our churches have responded proactively with creativity. Yesterday, we for the first time listened to three video-streamed sermons while staying at home. The word of God continues to spread unhindered.

We left with national and regional training events queued in our calendar.   It is rather disappointing when everything is put on hold. However, a devotional thought that “delay does not mean denial,” put things in God’s perspective in this time of crisis.

Training continues…
We are confident that ministry will go on because we have trained leaders who “are able to teach others also.” The impact of our ministry extends from ConvergePhil to the greater body, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

 

Meantime, we continue to minister remotely thru e-mails, messenger and Facebook. Cirilo edits the Filipino translation of the Discipleship Training track lessons while enjoying quality time with our family in southern California.

Thank you again for your faithful prayer and financial partnership with us. Let us know how we can also pray with you and for you.

Blessings!
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles

 

 

 

 

STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON

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

March 2020

ASIANS REACHING ASIANS
The partners in Asia Impact Team are asking God for a Gospel movement in every less-reached people group throughout Asia in our life time. The pictures show me speaking in two countries during our trip to Asia last month.

In our first country, I taught principles of Bible interpretation to about 50 pastors in a small chapel  surrounded by tea plantations. The first picture (L to R) shows me teaching and our host interpreting the lesson into the local language.

The second picture shows the pastors. Most of them have never had an  opportunity to go to Bible college or seminary for training in Bible and theology. One of them serves among the Ramad people (a pseudonym), which was an unreached people group in 1992. Today 38% of that people group are Bible-believing followers of Jesus. The Asia Impact Team is seeking to  spark more gospel movements like this one among the remaining unreached peoples in their country, which is a place where western missionaries are no longer able to serve long term. Please pray with us that God will open the doors needed to recruit and train indigenous leaders who will sense a call to the unreached areas of their country.

In the third picture, I am speaking through an interpreter to the chapel service of seminarians in the second country. My message exhorted the  audience to continue to serve the Lord no matter how difficult the circumstances may become because the Apostle Paul did the same during his missionary work in other parts of Asia.

Pray that the Asia Impact Team can assist them to deploy more workers who will share the gospel in culturally appropriate ways in their country, which has severe restrictions due to religious extremism hampered by a sympathetic religious government.

Family time, thanks to COVID-19 Paul was sent home from college three weeks ago and is now working online to complete the semester. Tim too had a vacation at home for two weeks. Barbara enjoyed her break from helping Tim with his homework. That break is ending as Tim’s school resumes online. She will be back to homeschooling Tim with this shift. My class in Cebu scheduled for April has been postponed until June – July. Pray it can still happen!

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

May 2020

Dear Friends at Berean Baptist Church,

Greetings from Pine River Minnesota!  We are healthy and safely quarantined.  We pray this finds you the same.

You may have noticed that this newsletter looks different than it has for the past 6 years.  During our time at home, we have been working on updating and changing our website and social media.  We still believe the principle of Standing Beside is an important one but to make things clearer, we are leaving the Standing Beside branding behind. Tina has worked on changing it on Facebook and you can see our new Facebook page here (https://dtgibbs.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=926c02406b10652d2a77d75fa&id=eb5878b14c&e=d13301d6e5) . Denise Nelson has been rebuilding our website. You can view it here (https://dtgibbs.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=926c02406b10652d2a77d75fa&id=1410118c86&e=d13301d6e5) . All of the Blog posts can still be found there. Denise has also built a website for the Gotel initiative. You can view that here (https://dtgibbs.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=926c02406b10652d2a77d75fa&id=9a07c7329a&e=d13301d6e5) . You will want to visit that to learn more about the initiative. Thank you, Denise, for all your hard work!

Covid 19 updates from our area of Nigeria. Our state has had less than 10 confirmed cases. Most importantly these cases are from people that were traveling into the state and were tested and quarantined before entering. So effectively Taraba state is Covid 19 free. Please pray for our staff on the ground there in Nigeria.  There is a lot of fear and misinformation and they have locked down any nonessential travel between States.  Please pray that our staff keeps clear minds, stays healthy, and continues the hard work it is moving forward during this time. They are working hard to finish the remodel of the building that we can do isolation in. Thank you for all your donations toward this project. We have all the funds promised to finish it.

During this time we have purchased a Zoom subscription as it has been a wonderful way to stay connected with our partners in ministry as well as church and bible study.  If you have a small group, missions committee, or pastor that is interested in learning more about the Gotel Initiative or possibly partnering with us in ministry, just hit reply to this newsletter and we will contact you to set up a meeting time.

This is a difficult time for all of us and while we wished we could return to Nigeria now we know that God will use this time for His good.

We have had some people who are if a good financial position and will be sending their stimulus check funds to support the work in Nigeria when it comes. If you are in the position to do that, it would be greatly appreciated!

 

In His Service,

Dan & Tina Gibbs

Standing Beside

Visit our website at www.dtgibbs.com

 

 

Thailand

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

matthewdavidpound@gmail.com

faithfulheartfoundation.org

Who We Are
Faithful Heart Foundation (FHF) is an “R&R” ministry…reach and rescue. Our foundation helps break the cycle of poverty by providing orphans with a loving Christian family to ensure that they have adequate food and nutrition, and access to 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

May 2020

Hello Friends and Family,

We hope this finds you all well during these strange times.  Much of our blogs is us thinking out loud as we learn through life.  I hope this is helpful for some of you as well.  We cannot do everything, but we can do something—-that thing right in front of us—and we can do it well.

http://mattandaudreypound.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-importance-of-thing-in-front-of-you.html

May you have peace, and hope as you continue to work for good in the world around you.

Lots of love,

Matt, Audrey, Ezra, & Sienna

Faithful Heart Foundation

Chiang Mai, Thailand
matthewdavidpound@gmail.com

http://mattandaudreypound.blogspot.com/

T

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!

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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?

April, 2020

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

From the Fountain of Life School

Ever since March 17th until now (April 25th ), all of the schools here in the Dominican Republic have been officially closed. The supposed reopening date of April 13th was changed to an indefinite date.  It is probable that the rest of the school year will be doing what most of the private schools are doing – offering the students online studies, as best and it can be done. Our school leaders are working closely with the teachers to help them provide online school materials and homework so that the students can maintain their studies from their houses.  This has put a responsibility on the parents to work with their students. It is a new experience for some of our teachers that didn’t have much computer knowledge, however, we thank the Lord that we had a work team come last Fall that brought in a number of laptop computers for the school to make available to the teachers that did not have computers. Three of our teachers are quite knowledgeable in computer functions, so they have been able to help others with less ability.

The board of the newly organized school/medical board (called FUDESA in Spanish) recently had a ZOOM online meeting and we were able to bring most of the board members up to date with the school and medical events here. The one disappointment was finding it hard to enjoy the virtual food one of the members offered us! It just wasn’t the same as enjoying a regular meal together.

 

Juan Tomas Bible Church

Our regular church meetings were canceled along with the schools, so this made it somewhat difficult to reach out to all the members.  Some of our church leaders were able, with the help of the ZOOM meeting online program to organize online services two or three times a week. This does limit it to the members that have access to internet, but at least offers the possibility to a number of the members.

 

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

I believe that God is in full control of this whole COVID-19 situation. I think it is helping many believers to seek Him more, both for wisdom in knowing how to accomplish the normal life activities with restrictions on us, and depending more on Him in light of the shortage of income that is affecting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Please pray for wisdom on the part of our leaders here in the Bible Center and our teachers as they try to educate the students via internet. Pray for the necessary funds to maintain the salaries of our school staff and teachers.

 

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

April 2020

A TIME OF OPPORTUNITY…

What an unusual time in our world and in each of our lives!  We went from enjoying time with others to being isolated from one another?!?! But it is both a challenge and an opportunity!

An opportunity to reconnect with God and our families at a deeper level; an opportunity to demonstrate trust and a peace that surpasses all understanding to unbelievers; an opportunity communicate the hope we have through Christ!

And today’s social technologies make staying connected possible!

David enjoyed sharing a message via a live-cast on Good Friday. To watch our full devotional, click on the video link below

https://vimeo.com/406324130

Stephanie is still teaching her English classes via Whatsapp.  As noted during my devotional, she is also still staying connected with some of the Dominican teenage girls; including one who is really searching for deeper understanding with questions like, “why did my dad die?”, “why am I so sad inside?”, “what does God want of me?”

A TIME OF PREPARATION…

God so often uses significant interruptions in our lives to reset our focus and prepare us for something more with and for him. I believe this time in our world is no different.

I encourage us all to not only draw closer to the Lord during this time, but to be praying about what He may want to do through us for the kingdom after this unique time comes to a close.

One example, I believe the Lord is preparing several Dominican believers and me to take a step of obedience to help cultivate a movement of disciples-reproducing-disciples in a couple different DR villages. So during this time of solitude, we are praying for clarity and guidance, we are researching the needs and approach options, and we are preparing with expectation for the Lord to use us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A TIME TO GET CREATIVE…

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

 

 

May 2020 Video Update:

Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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

SOUTHEAST ASIA OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • Open doors for training and ministry.
  • Zoom meet ups with current, new, and potential partners.
  • For the first official advisory board meeting in the middle of the pandemic.
  • Protection for all the staff and our family in the middle of the pandemic.
  • For financial provision through faithful financial partners.
  • Wonderful and blessed time of prayer with Jack’s friends in the USA.
  • More recovered Covid-19 cases than death.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for our government and our healthcare system, lacking in many ways, but doing its best.
  • Pray for other countries in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. They have similar COVID-19 situations to the Philippines.
  • Continue to pray for sustainable funding for globalLead Southeast Asia especially after the lockdown.
  • Pray for the launching of ONLINE TRAININGS. Pray for committed workers to be diligent to join and finish the course.
  • Despite COVID-19, that the completion of the work of the Lord will continue and be hastened!

NORTHWEST ASIA OFFICE
Praise Point:

  • We praise God for giving protection and safety for our staff, Board members, and trainers.

Prayer Points:

  • Please pray for the water project; 20% of the work is unfinished due to the lockdown. Initially, we planned to finish the project in March.
  • Please pray for Nepal and the Government of Nepal, as cases of Coronavirus are increasing. Pray for the leaders to make the right decision on how to deal with this pandemic.
  • Please pray for Jomesh and our key volunteer trainers; right now, physical trainings are difficult to organize so they have been discussing how to start online trainings in this lockdown.
  • Please pray for the sound health of staff, volunteer trainers, and board of directors.

AFRICA OFFICE
Praise Points:

  • We thank God for Mulatu, an Ethiopian trainer, who carried the globalLead training to Pakistan and was able to train about 17 youth leaders.
  • We thank God for the online training possibilities.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray with Mulatu as he has been unable to travel back to Ethiopia due to the Covid-19.
  • Pray with us that the hosts of online training possibilities will see this as a viable option for training.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
Praise Points: 

  • Grateful for the safety for all of our staff and trainers physically during the pandemic.
  • Grateful for our on-going faithful supporters of individuals and churches even during this stressful time.
  • Grateful for trainings continuing online around the globe -Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Austria, Uganda have all taken part in events recently with globalLead!
  • Give thanks with us for the great teams in globalLead, locally and globally.
  • Thankful for Jack Dyson’s work in leading our local and international administration teams.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for our trainer from Ethiopia who finished trainings in Pakistan. He has been in Pakistan for almost 2 months now. Due to Covid-19, his flights have been canceled to return home.
  • Pray for the health of all of our staff. All our office locations are in a stay-at-home mode globally.
  • Pray for our new staff as they raise support.
  • 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 the continuing online trainings and for expansion of that area of globalLead.

Converge Southeast

 Steve and Becky Storkel

Story

Steve has had the privilege of working as a Youth Pastor for over 33 years.  During those years he planned multiple missions trips all over the USA.  Through those trips God gradually placed in his heart a love and passion for missions.  During a sabbatical in 1999, Steve and his family took  their first oversea’s mission trip to Haiti.  That was the beginning of his growing in love with the people there.  He soon began organizing trips to Haiti for youth, college age, and adult groups.  At first, the trips revolved around the building of schools and churches. Although these were helpful ministries, Steve began to see a bigger need that he desired to be part of.  He began to see that one of the major needs of the region was the teaching and training of pastors for the equipping of their church members. Many pastors in the Caribbean countries do not have the resources available to grow in their faith, become grounded in God’s Word, and accurately teach the Bible to others.  They are held captive to numerous false doctrines and beliefs that they have been indoctrinated with over the years.

By God’s grace, Steve is hoping that by training pastors Converge will be able to plant 100 multiplying churches in the Dominican Republic and 100 multiplying churches in Haiti in the next two years.

He is praying for partners who will join with him in this vital task of equipping pastors for the work of the ministry. Please prayerfully consider investing in God’s kingdom through this ministry God has called him to.

Caribbean // Pastor Jephthe, one of the national pastors of Haiti, has shared many times the pressing need for solid Biblical teaching for the pastors in his association of churches. He feels that there is a stagnation of growth of additional churches in Haiti because of the lack of qualified trained pastors to teach, admonish, equip, and instruct their church members.

https://converge.org/missionary/steven-storkel

 

 

 

WOW!!!!   What a difference a month makes.  Three weeks ago I was in Haiti training pastors and Christian leaders and now we are locked out indefinitely from Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican.  With hundreds of millions of people now isolating themselves around the world, the novel corona virus pandemic has become a global event. It has effected almost every nation in some way.  But in all of this our Lord says “Fear Not”.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What a great visual picture this is of the Lord upholding us in His righteous right hand

Unfortunately this virus has effected our ministry. Due to the lock downs and quarantines, our travel and our TTI training has been put on a temporary hold.  Nevertheless, the Lord had been blessing our TTI ministry in Cuba as our 16 (Pauls) reached out to 250 (Timothys) in the past month.  Each Timothy will now be in the process of being trained and will be expected to reach out to 10-15 (Tituses) in the next 3 months.  In Haiti we are in the process of meeting with 2 groups, one in the Northern section, Cap-Haitian, and the other in the Plateau region, Pignon.  In Cap-Haitian, we have a 100 pastors who have committed to meet for 3 hours every Saturday, for training and accountability.  Please pray for these groups of christian leaders as they share the gospel to those around them and disciple the new (Timothys).  Our hope is to return to each country in May to continue training.  In the meantime, we are working on printing and translating books for them to distribute.  Please pray with us for these 2 oppressed countries where life is so hard.  Pray that our (Paul’s) would continue to spread the gospel well and that many would come to know Christ as their Savior.

Haiti’s president has declared a state of emergency over corona virus. Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, is under lock down, with airports, seaports, schools and factories closed. Unfortunately, their medical system is weak and understaffed and does not have the resources available to deal with this pandemic. Please pray with me that this virus does not spread in Haiti, as this will certainly lead to thousands of deaths in this country.

 

The Cuban government suspended the school year as of March 24, to prevent the expansion of COVID-19, a disease of which there were 40 confirmed cases on the island. The closure will extend for four weeks.

 

 

For me personally,  this has been a disappointing time of cancelled trips, limited travel, and stay at home orders from our state’s leaders.  Even in the midst of my disappointment though, I’ve been reminded from God’s word that the heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

My plans aren’t necessarily His plans, and my ways are not always His ways.  His ways are higher than my ways, and his plans higher than mine.

Isaiah 55:8-10

Consequently, the Lord has opened up other doors of opportunity for ministry here in the southeast district.  I have been preparing for and leading online zoom meetings with our district pastors in order to encourage, strengthen, pray for, and share ideas with them. Hopefully together, we can learn how to best minister, not only to our own congregations, but to the communities that we live in and the people who need to hear the hope of the gospel during these days of uncertainty, panic, and fear.

In addition, Becky and I have been focusing on our Highland Meadows community.  We have had lots of time for “prayer walks” and for meeting our neighbors (from a distance of coarse), and just making ourselves known in the community.  We feel God has given us this unique opportunity to make connections with people.  During the evenings, tons of people are out gardening, biking, working on their homes, washing their cars, walking their dogs etc. We spend at least an hour every evening out and about hoping to form relationships for future ministry.

 

  • That the Lord would open doors (literally) so that we can make connections in our neighborhood and hopefully share the gospel.
  • Guidance, wisdom, and direction as I assist our district pastors in ministering and connecting to their congregations and communities.
  • Gods wisdom and guidance as we print our TTI material in Cuba and translate and print books in Haiti and that funding for this work would continue.
  • For the Lord to continue to use Becky to share the love and light of Christ to the elderly people she cares for in their homes.