Welcome to Berean’s Local & Global Outreach!
Our Purpose is to
To bring the love and life transforming power of Jesus Christ to the unsaved person and the unreached peoples of the world.
Christ’s call to make disciples of the nations is the joy-filled responsibility that He has placed within the heart of every born again believer. Christ’s mission – our mission – is the very heartbeat of the Church. God invites us to join Him in His redemptive work of drawing all nations to Himself so that they might grow in Him and exalt His name. It is God’s desire for us all to be involved with Him in this extraordinary task that brings Him joy and us into a closer relationship with Him.
As you explore this website you will discover the many peoples, places, and ministries that we are collectively committed to and you can be vitally involved in reaching with the love of Christ.
Our prayer for you is that you will find the role God has reserved for you in the greatest ongoing movement in history – the spreading of God’s story, the story of His glory to the ends of the earth.
Our mission is God’s mission. Your gifts and abilities count. Please prayerfully consider where they may fit into God’s purposes. We hope that as you read through these pages you will have a clearer vision of where God can use you and your gifts and abilities.
Our Key Verse is:
“… and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Local Outreach & Partners
- Bethel Seminary
- Converge Mid-Atlantic
- Child Evangelism Fellowship
- Camp Burton
- Food Pantry Ministry
- Love Inc.
- Furniture Ministry
- H20 College Ministry
- Richland Pregnancy Services
- Master Provisions
- KidZone Tutoring
- Youth for Christ
- Other Local Partners
Awakening is a local parachurch organization that seeks to engage college-aged individuals in community, worship, and discipleship.
Awakening has grown to include regular activities like monthly worship nights, two weekly Bible studies (one at our local college campus), weekly social and physical activities, retreats, service projects and various partnerships among community organizations and churches.
Ecumenical in nature, Awakening at its core seeks to unite local evangelical efforts and has been blessed to facilitate several community events, including Light Our City, a community-wide Good Friday service, a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve service, and most recently a very unique Christmas Eve service, among other events.
The name of the group is derived from the verse Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” We thank God that Jesus has shed His light upon us and awakened us from a spiritual death, and we hope to help others see the Lord’s goodness and love so that they may encounter Him in an authentic and meaningful way.
Primary contact: Jonathan Dech
At Bethel University, we’re committed to excellence.
But here, excellence means something more. It means taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
We’ve been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God.
Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.
Bethel will be the Christ-centered university of choice for this century.
Rooted in faith. Committed to excellence. Bethel will become the leader in Christian higher education by building stronger communities, equipping confident leaders and gracious servants, and preparing passionate world-changers. Through our thoughts, words, and actions, we’ll demonstrate what it means for a university to be centered on Jesus Christ.
Bethel University is a vibrant, Christ-centered educational community. Here, students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds share a common goal: to become whole and holy persons. Throughout this transformational journey, we rely on core values to guide us spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
First, we are Christ-followers, striving to live out the teachings of Jesus and to emulate His life as revealed in Scripture. We are also character-builders. Through healthy, supportive relationships and a culture of service, we develop the personal strength and emotional intelligence to make right choices in a broken world.
As learners, we are critical thinkers and problem-solvers committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor. At the same time, we are truth-seekers, recognizing that all truth—scientific, artistic, philosophical, or theological—has its source in God.
We have been put on this earth for a purpose: God wants us to use our talents and compassion to be world-changers and reconcilers. As we humbly and honestly engage with our own biases and preconceptions, we grow closer to understanding Christ’s infinite love and selfless mission of redemption.
In this complex and troubled world, we aim to be both salt and light—preserving the good and reflecting the guiding light of Christ. This requires a mature faith that is grounded in a personal relationship with God and able to withstand the storms of life.
St. Paul, MN 55112
Jesus knew what His mission was, and He didn’t waste any time getting around to it. Everything He said, everything He did and everywhere He went was motivated by His life’s mission. Thus, it is no surprise that at the end of His life He was able to say, “I have completed the mission You gave Me….”
As His church – His very Body – should we be any less devoted to fulfilling the mission He left for us? We do not believe so. That’s why everything we do here in Converge is shaped by our mission:
The Mission of Converge MidAtlantic is to Start and Strengthen Churches. That ’s what we do, and we do it Together!
We are a Movement . . . a Network of Christ-centered, Gospel-driven churches that are passionate about seeing individuals and communities, all across our region and around the world, transformed by the power of the Good News of Jesus.
Converge MidAtlantic is one of 11 regional expressions of Converge, a dynamic movement of 1250 plus churches across the U.S., with global outreach in 29 nations worldwide. For more “Fast Facts” on our Converge MidAtlantic movement, http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/docs/2016_fact_sheet_0.pdf
November 5, 2018
We’ve celebrated the grand openings of several new Converge churches lately. One of our newest church plants is Mission Grove Church, Phoenix, which welcomed 244 people to its October 7 launch at Wildfire Elementary School.
“It was a crazy and incredible morning,” lead pastor Jon Kragel told Converge Southwest. “From flooding closing two of the main roads to get to our church to people flooding into the worship service, it was such an amazing day. Our vision is to help every man, woman, and child experience Jesus, and Sunday was just the beginning.”
Kragel says one of the ways Mission Grove is becoming known in its community is through acts of service. On October 25, the church partnered with the Boys & Girls Club and the local homeowners association to put on a fall festival attended by nearly 800 people.
The most effective way to reach the world for Christ is by starting new churches. Thank you to church planters like Pastor Kragel who are reaching their communities with the life-changing gospel of Jesus.
New Facility in Utah
|What began with six people meeting in pastor Loren and Carrie Pankratz’s living room has multiplied into The Bridge Community, a growing church of over 300 worshipers in Centerville, Utah. After renting space in a retail strip mall for five years, the church moved into its own worship building in September.
Despite being in the United States, The Bridge Community is located among an unreached people group. On a given Sunday morning, only about 1 percent of South Davis County worships in a Christian church.
While at the strip mall, the church gradually expanded from one to four retail spaces to meet its growing needs.
About two years ago, church leaders recognized they were starting to feel cramped in their space and began discussing what to do next. The church was still functioning well, and they had put a lot of work into the space. So, they weren’t ready to abandon ship just yet. But God had other plans for them.
This February, Pankratz learned the church would have to move to a new location by the end of September. That news put their planning into hyperdrive. Over the next few months, they looked at every available spot in Davis County. Finally, they landed on a warehouse that could be converted into a church — with the help of a loan from the Converge Cornerstone Fund.
“We are a relatively young church and do not have a ton of capital, so having the Cornerstone Fund step in and provide us a loan was huge,” the pastor said. “They enabled us to purchase a building where we can establish ourselves and grow.”
The new facility, says Pankratz, is the first building an evangelical church has ever owned and operated in Centerville. The meeting place gives The Bridge Community office space it’s never had, more and bigger classrooms and a sanctuary that doubles the seating capacity of its previous facility. The church dedicated the building September 30, celebrating the event with two baptisms.
Congratulations to The Bridge Community on this new facility that will be used to share Christ in its unengaged community.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
As the Local Missionary Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) of MARCK (Morrow, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, and Knox counties) chapter, I would like to invite you to consider partnering with CEF to reach the children.
Our CEF Christian Resource Center is located at 535 Beer Road, Ontario, OH 44906. Feel free to call (419-756-7799) or stop in to see what resources and training materials CEF has that could assist you in reaching children through evangelism and discipleship opportunities to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Lord called my wife, Sue, and I here to Ohio in 1997. We are very grateful for the Lord’s leading in our lives. He has blessed us with two wonderful children, Matt (22) and Sarah (20). We are thankful that our two children love the Lord with all their hearts.
Love for the children
14282 Butternut Rd
Burton, OH 44021
Come and experience an unforgettable week of life-changing relationships, fantastic games, exciting activities, and amazing food. One visit and you’ll want to come back for the rest of your life!
Food Pantry Ministry
200 Ashland Rd
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, we gather as a team to show the love of Christ through delivering food. We have consistently fed approximately 90 families a month for over a decade. We thank the Lord for our delivery teams who go out each month. Currently, we have around 35 people from Berean making these monthly deliveries and are in need of 2-3 more teams to help us in the “sharing of God’s love”. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to deliver boxes or is in need of a box of food, that attends Berean, should contact Sarah DeYarmon at 419/756-3300, ext. 222. Those that are in need, that do not attend Berean, should contact Love, Inc at 419/566-1432.
The Mission of Love In the Name of Christ is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
WHO ARE WE, AND WHAT DO WE DO?
- Each chapter of Love INC is a 501c3 affiliation of local churches working together to minister to people in need
- Each local office functions as a clearinghouse which matches neighbors needing short term help with area resources providing assistance
- The clearinghouse model allows us to network with churches and agencies, minimizing redundant or overlapping services
- We strive to offer a “hand UP”, allowing our neighbors to maintain dignity and empowering them to be able to personally deal with adverse circumstances, rather than being on the receiving end of a “hand OUT”
HOW DO WE DO IT?
- Each prospective client-neighbor participates in a telephone interview with a trained LOVE INC volunteer to discuss their particular situation and specific needs
- The caller is offered an opportunity for prayer with the volunteer at the conclusion of the interview, in order that we might share the love of Jesus and offer God’s hope, strength, and healing for the caller and his/her entire family
- After the individual signs and returns some basic information to the office for verification, we relay the needs requests to partner churches or area agencies who provide a variety of goods and services geared specifically to the needs in question
WHAT DON’T WE DO?
- We do not conduct walk-in interviews at the office.
- We do not have cash on hand to help with rent, utility payments, or other emergency issues
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We follow up to make sure that our new neighbors have received the help they need to lift them out of their current circumstances
We encourage them to become active in a local church of their choice where they can become part of a worshiping community, continue to experience God’s grace and mercy, and have their spiritual, emotional, and daily living issues addressed on a personal level.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
200 Ashland Rd
Berean’s Furniture Ministry is a great way for the Church to meet our neighbors in Richland County!
The Furniture Ministry is a volunteer group that works out of Berean’s Building 2:16, on Ashland road. Ken Giesige and his volunteers, organize and put into action the pickup and deliveries of furniture. On four or more days each week, they meet the needs of our neighbors by delivering furniture and fellowshipping with them and their families. Our group of male volunteers often pray with the families and asked questions about salvation. They’re able to form friendships and share the gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Berean receptionist, Abby Young, communicates directly with the volunteers, relaying the information on donations. Also speaks with the recipients from Love INC, about their request. If you have an item(s) they would like to donate, call the church and speak with Abby. The receptionist will be able to take your request and inform the volunteers.
Love INC of Greater Mansfield is an amazing partner for the Furniture Ministry. For our neighbors in the community to be placed on the list, they would have to call into Love INC’s office at 419-522-1432 and talk to a volunteer. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon. Their information will be received and then passed onto the furniture deliverers at Berean.
If you’re a member or committed attendee of Berean and need furniture, call into the church. The receptionist will be able to take your request directly.
Volunteers Needed to help with pick ups and deliveries call 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.
Hello from Kent!
Mid-may marks the end of the spring semester at Kent State and, as usual, I’m amazed at how quickly the school year has passed! This feeling reminds me of the urgency of our mission here as students are in this season for a relatively short amount of time. Our kids still have a couple of weeks left in the public school year and that time is mostly filled with final assessments, field trips, awards ceremonies, and showcases. Everyone is gearing up for summer! Our family’s “home base” for the summer will be Kent though we will be traveling a lot for a variety of reasons. Lindsay and I are celebrating our 15-year wedding anniversary this summer! Otherwise, we will be helping to care for the 50-60 H2O’ers still in town.
You may remember Nick from last month’s prayer letter. Nick boldly made the decision to follow Jesus on our spring break trip to the Smoky Mountains. I’m happy to report that Nick was baptized a couple of weeks ago at our Sunday worship gathering! His buddies that shared the gospel with him and faithfully walked by his side got to jump in the water and dunk him in. It was a great celebration of salvation and an amazing thing to see our church do together at the semester’s end.
Join us in praying for more stories like Nick’s. This summer we’ll have a smaller number of students around and paired with a more relaxed ministry setting it can produce some fruitful gospel conversations. I’m looking forward to who will be deciding to follow Jesus next!
Jonathan, a sophomore KSU student, asked if he could meet with me after one of our recent Sunday morning worship gatherings. He was broken and desperate for God to relieve his loneliness and pain. As he shared with me his story of relational strife I could sense the need for God to show up in his life in a brand new way. It’s difficult for me to discern if Jonathan has a saving relationship with God, but it’s clear that God is doing something in his heart with the hope of drawing Jonathan to Himself. And Jonathan’s story is similar to many that I’ve heard recently. Loneliness and pain lie just below the surface for many here. College students are good at covering this up but ultimately they have a deep need for fulfillment that can only come from God.
Please pray for Jonathan and many others like him. And thank you for your vital partnership in this mission!
The Slack Family (Jason, Lindsay, Carter, Maddy, & Bryce)
The Asp Family
Our family has been living in Kent – specifically focused on the campus of Kent State University since 2012, working through a mission agency called Reliant. We are joined with H2O Kent and the broader H2O network throughout Ohio (and the still-broader Collegiate Church Network) to reach out to the younger generations. We find many of the students at Kent State University are highly interested in spiritual things, yet they have never really initiated a spiritual journey. With this in mind, we promoted ourselves to the campus as “A Church for Your Journey,” and we focus our ministry efforts on making disciples, training leaders, and sending out missionaries.
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
Greetings from Kent! The daffodils are out here in Kent — and so are the college students! I love watching the transition from dormancy to full bloom around this time of the year.
It’s really kind of crazy how quickly we’ve made it to this home stretch of the school year, between Kent State University’s Spring Break and Final Examinations. In my times with the Lord, I’ve recently felt challenged and encouraged to finish strong: daily seeking Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength… caring for the students who will soon graduate and transition into life after college… envisioning our staff for the strategic ministry opportunities God is putting in front of us these days… and actively sharing God’s love on the campus of Kent State University and throughout the city, as well.
Last night, we had our first “Thirsty Thursday” outreach of the semester. Twenty-six students from H2O showed up at our downtown office space around 11:00 PM to intentionally engage their bar-hopping peers in friendly conversation and (as the Spirit leads) share the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Five or six people staffed the “Pancake Table” at a time, standing behind an electric griddle on the street corner, flipping pancakes to give away to passers-by, and making friends in the process. The rest of our H2O group peeled off in squads of five or six, walking down Fraternity Row and along the fast-food chains on Main Street, meandering through campus, and praying to bring the light of God to the darkest corners of the night. When we rotated groups at the Pancake Table, we shared stories of the encounters we were having, and we prayed for God’s continued work in our new friends’ lives.
I was so encouraged to think of the ways that our students are taking ownership for the Great Commission in a way that’s authentic to their environment. Would you please pray with me that God would continue to work in and through these young men and women, especially between now and the end of the school year?
I also welcome you to pray with us for the people who may just be encountering the goodness and love of Jesus for the first time. I know they’re going to be little more than names to you (and me, for that matter, in most cases!), but I feel like there’s something to be said for the power of intercession. So please, as you feel led, pray with me for Roach, Caleb, Brooke, Gretchen, Bryce, Emily, Jacob, Noah, Andrew, Danny, Ava, Dom, Rob, Jack, and “Flannel Girl.” It’s fun to think about what God might do in the life of “Roach” or “Flannel Girl,” isn’t it?!? We may never know, in this life, how all these crazy pieces of outreach, interaction, and intercession fit together, but I trust God that His purposes will be accomplished.
On a separate note, in the same way that many college students have been impacted by their interaction with our church community here in Kent, I want to encourage you to join us in Kent for a special “Family Day” celebration with H2O on the 14th of April. As you may remember from years past, we’re organizing this initiative for this particular date because it happens to coincide with a concerted effort by the University to welcome students’ family members. We expect that there may be a number of our students’ parents who will also be in attendance that afternoon, so non-students shouldn’t feel too out of place. Furthermore, because we think of you like family, we eagerly desire the chance to bring you into our “home,” so you can experience our day-to-day life and ministry for yourself. We understand, of course, that it probably won’t work out for everyone to be able to join us. But if you could make it work, here’s an itinerary for what you could expect on that Sunday in Kent:
- 11:00 AM – H2O Worship Gathering On-Campus (133 Bowman Hall / Kent State University). Passionate musical worship, Biblical preaching, and lively fellowship — just like you would see any Sunday, when we have our normal worship gatherings.
- 12:15 PM – H2O Spring Baptism Celebration (University Esplanade). These celebrations take place immediately outside of Bowman Hall, in the public space right in the middle of the Kent State University campus! These times of celebrating students’ newfound commitment to Christ are always exhilarating!
- 12:30 PM – Lunch at the Hub (food court on the ground level of the Kent State Student Center). This is where the students always go to hang out after our worship gatherings, and we’d be glad to have you join us — or you’d be welcome to hit the road and get back to your regular life.
It would be so great to have you with us! Please, though: Could you send me an e-mail (email@example.com) or give me a call or text message (330-940-9226) to let me know if you’re planning to be there? Whether it’s this event or some other time, I hope to connect with you again sometime soon. In any event, thanks for your continued help in praying for us and providing the financial support that allows us to be so meaningfully engaged in mission. We’ll be in touch…
Todd & Kelly
After working as a missionary to college students for several years at their alma mater Bowling Green State University, Todd, his wife Kelley and their two children are now part of planting H2O, a campus focused church at the University of Akron! Less than 10% of the young generation know Christ, and through H2O the Schlereth’s are a part of working with the Lord to change that statistic during the formational college years. Their heart is to see students experience new life in Christ and embrace how God has made them to love and serve.
- Thanks to God for changing lives this year at H2O!
- For students going home to difficult home situations.
- My family and the 3 Akron students here at Colorado LT, that we lean into God’s moving.
- For full provision as I raise support this summer.
September 2018 Newsletter
It’s the Craziest Season for Campus Ministry! And God is Here.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” -John 13:35-
Though God has been using H2O Akron to bring life to campus, it is our prayer that He would bring New Life to the hundreds of students we interacted with this past month. Please pray that the new relationships H2O students made with these freshmen would result in them forming a new relationship with Jesus. Our staff team and dozens of our student leaders are currently in the process of following up
with those who filled out connection cards, and specifically those who marked they wanted to talk
about starting a relationship with God. In fact, just yesterday I got a text from one of our student
leaders saying a girl just entered into a relationship with Jesus, and another today! Praise God for what he is doing!
This weekend is our Fall retreat where we are hoping that new students get solidified into our community and experience God in a profound way. Currently, we have 51 people registered; Pray for us on this important weekend of ministry for H2O. God isn’t done yet! In the busyness of all the work that goes into loving these students, I thank God for you all, my ministry team, who are praying
for us and financially supporting us to do this work with college students at Akron. THANK YOU!
As I mentioned in my last prayer letter, the beginning of the fall semester is immensely important in
reaching incoming students since the trajectory of a person’s college career is often set in that first 10
days. So we go ALL IN in an effort to reach as many as possible in any way possible. I am pleased to report that God blessed our efforts! In 10 short (but exhausting) days, we passed out
• Over 2000 water bottles (with H2O’s name and
website on them)
• About 4000 H2O cards (these are discount cards
with deals from 12 local businesses)
• A BA-Jillion H2O pens, stickers, candy, & cotton
As a result of doing this, we had over 400 students fill out spiritual interest cards and over 100 of them
indicated they want to have a conversation about how to have a relationship with God! What is more, we
had over 30 new people at our kickoff event!
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We work in partnership with agencies that directly serve people in need, distributing resources to them. By spending less time and money obtaining resources, these partner agencies are able to focus on their core mission.
For 12 years Berean has provided an after-school tutoring program for Mansfield City School children. For 11 years we worked with Prospect Elementary students and this past year with Malabar Intermediate School students. Our program is 4 days per week for 2 hours each day from October through May. The focus of our program is one on one adult/student interaction. We ask adults to give one hour one day per week to work with a student. We provide a healthy snack, reading practice, homework help, Spiritual Character Quality lessons and free time each day. We have several parties at Christmas, Easter, and the end of the year.
If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Bill Heaton, 419/756-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth For Christ
Brian Walls is the Operations Director for Youth For Christ in Cleveland. He is responsible for training and recruiting staff; developing new areas; overseeing Events and Assemblies.
Youth for Christ/USA has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In 1944 Billy Graham and Torrey Johnson held a Youth for Christ rally in Chicago. The ministry of YFC spread like wildfire across the USA. Today at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. For more about the national movement of Youth for Christ,
FRIENDS & TEAMMATES at BEREAN –
Thanks so much for being one of the biggest reasons I got on the mission field and have been able to stay on the mission field for close to 25 years! I covet your prayers for the following upcoming items:
- Missionary to Cleveland – Did you realize that the crime rate with most stats (murder, rape assault) is 145% higher in Cleveland than the National average (per Area Vibes) and the poverty rate is twice the National and State rate (per the Tallmadge Express). It has been my privilege to battle Satan here in Cleveland for over twenty years by training staff, equipping staff, creating tools, establishing new outreaches and doing outreach myself. Please pray for our outreach at the local jails (county and state lock-ups), our urban west side teen center, and various local schools – and wisdom for me as to try to guide the staff that leads them.
- Indians Game Outreach – On Saturday, September 22nd will be our big annual Indians game outreach that we have been doing for close to 25 years. Last year, God used it to share the Gospel with over 500 young people and 69 made some form of decision for the Lord. I was blessed to interview the players (Cody Allen, Yan Gomes, and Ryan Merritt). Please pray that the Lord uses it again this year!
Appreciative of your partnership in the Gospel since the beginning, Brian Walls; Operations Director; Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ; www.yfccleveland.org
THE WALLS FAMILY MINISTRY UPDATE
GREATER CLEVELAND YOUTH FOR CHRIST
The 2018-2019 school year has been fruitful because of the Lord and you. Brian has been able to: 1. Help with Event Management (Gospel to 400 at Indians game; 78 decisions at the All-Nighter, etc.); 2. Lead a Training day in January or the volunteers of six chapters in PA & OH; 3. Conduct Interviews with dozens and help fill at least one key position & have other possibilities; 4. Schedule a trainer for our staff almost every month for 7 years; 5. Design the graphic for our YFC bus & coordinate vehicle repairs; 6. Connect our City Life Center to a friend that has done hundreds of thousands of dollars of repairs; 7. Network our Jail ministry staff with the Cavs team chaplains for another game outreach; 8. Negotiate three locations for our Campus Life outreaches and provide the material; 9. Travel to Denver and serve on the National Council of Delegates; 10. Invest in various Youth Leaders and help with the Motus network.
Trips to Virginia are a delight! (Please see the photo on the left for our recent President’s Day weekend visit). College at Liberty University is going fast. Grace is planning photo shoots this summer. Faith is officially accepted into the nursing program. Joshua is playing trumpet for the school musical and about to start his pilot’s license. Maria is enjoying teaching.
Unfortunately, our support has declined over time. At the current point, we are projected to be short over $9,000 by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). If in the short term, you can help make a special donation to help avert this deficit it would be appreciated. Long term, if you aren’t already committed to monthly or consistent donations, it would be even more appreciated. If you can’t do either, please pray for the situation.
“The Glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.”
Quote by C. S. Lewis
Other Local Partners
Compassion In Action
Contact: Kris Sparks
Emergency Response Team
Contacts: RuthAnn Chirico & Tim Miller
Harmony House, Homeless Services
Local English Camp
Contact: Bruce Dunlap
Local International Student Ministry
Contact: Tom Prendergast
LOVE INC. (Love In the Name of Christ)
Contacts: Tiffany Montgomery & Brenda Schwamberger
Mansfield Salvation Army
Contacts: Brenda Nelson
Nursing Home Ministry
Contacts: Tom Prendergast & Lisa Caldwell
Operation Christmas Child
Contact: Elizabeth Dawson
Contacts: Faith Kidwell & Ted Ryan
Public School Prayer Ministry
Prays monthly over Lexington Schools
Contact: Valerie Hunter
Shared Hope – STOP Sex trafficking
Contact: Susi Maiyer
- Middle East
- West Africa
- Dominican Republic
Jerusalem Baptist Church, Pignon, Haiti
On November 18th, I celebrated 17 years of ministry in Haiti. This is the day that I returned to Haiti after my studies in the United States in 1996. We had prayed that God would glorify himself by using us as an instrument to transform lives in Haiti. Looking back, God has answered every prayer that we asked from that November day long ago.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Jerusalem Baptist mission (JBM) began in 1977 by Rev Sidoine and Mrs. Athenienne Lucien for the purpose of winning souls for Christ. Pastor Sidoine had nine children and in 1996 his son Jephthe (the fifth of the nine children) joined him in the ministry. Pastor Jephthe has a degree from Washington Bible College in Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois.
Since pastor Jephthe joined JBM, he has been busy continuing the work that his father started by planting sister churches and Christian schools and developing economic structures for local families. Pastor Jephthe seeks training for his pastors and continues to develop businesses through which church members can support their families without being forced to flee to the big city.
The island of Haiti has ten departments and JBM now has a presence in 6 of the 10. We continue to work hard for the Lord, because “we know he is not done with us yet!” says Pastor Jephthe
Jephthe, his family and the JBM staff are working hard every day to continue the work that God entrusted to them. We prayed for blessings and now God is doing above and beyond what we ask or even think of.
Pastor Jephthe and his wife Widmide “Mitoue” Lucien are so thankful that God has put them in Pignon Haiti to serve at such a time as this!
Daniel 2:21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise knowledge to the discerning.
Jerusalem Baptist Mission
From Pastor Jephthe – May 2019
I am having such a very happy new year. Thank you very much for all your wishes at the beginning of the year. They have all come true.Dr. Paul Jorden from Bethel Baptist Church in Chicago has been coming to Haiti for over 4 years and he has been helping with leadership conferences. He was with me for the first two weeks of January leading training for the pastors. We took a special trip with pastors from churches of all denominations from Pignon who are part of the Pastoral Coalition, to the beautiful Belly Beach at Labadee in Cap-Haitien. We ate, had fun and reflected on leadership principles. We also spent another special whole day of teaching the word to the community of Haitian evangelical leaders and pastors in Cap-Haitien (CLEPH).
In the second week of January, all the pastors from the Jerusalem Baptist Mission came to Pignon for training. At the end of the pastoral conference, we had a graduation for the Jerusalem Bible Institute. Six Pastors completed the 4-year program this year. We were so honored that Pastor Paul Jorden was there to give the commencement address.
So many of you have witnessed, first-hand, the many facets of the ministry. However, while everything else continues to go on, it is my priority and obligation to make sure that the leaders are trained in the church of Jesus Christ, which we believe is the hope of the world. I trust God will use this training to transform lives and communities.
There is a young man from a church in the U.S. who went to Haiti this past summer for ten weeks as an intern. His job was to visit as many JBM churches as possible. He took a picture of every church that he visited. He also took a picture of every leader and family. He asked about the history of the church, attendance, needs, vision, prayer requests and anything relevant to the church’s health and growth. During his 10 weeks, he visited 77 of our 121 churches. He concluded that on a given Sunday morning, just among the churches that he visited, 40,000 (forty thousand) people are meeting to worship the Lord. I would call this the return on your investment. We thank God for you.
Please continue to pray for:
JBM University Fundraiser – June 1, 2019 from 6 pm • 8 pm
For years we have raised money and sent JBM high school graduates to university in Cap-Haitien, Port-Au-Prince and the Dominican Republic. It has always been a dream to build a university within the ministry to alleviate the need to send kids so far away with the added cost. We are pleased to announce that on August 17, 2019, we are starting Universite Jerusalem de Pignon. To keep the cost down, we will begin with an online program where all of the instructors are Masters and Ph.D. holders who will volunteer their time and will teach via webcast. We are so pleased to able to start this ministry. For the 1st year, we will provide English and computer science courses. Starting with year two, we will begin with programs in Biblical Studies, Counseling, and Education. If you are in Chicago and Indiana and would love to learn more about this ministry, please join us on June 1, 2019, from 6 PM to 8 pm at Bethel Community Church, Chicago- 7601 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656 where Pastor Jephthe Lucien will share how this University will bring new hope and opportunities to a community desperate for education, income, and employment.
Enjoy an amazing Haitian dinner and finish it off with some amazing desserts and Caribbean Punch with Sugar Cane. We will have a silent auction, including amazing experiences such as tickets to a Cubs game, and a weekend in a vacation home in Michigan. We look forward to seeing you.
JBM 1st annual family Day- July 20, 2019
We invite you to join us on this great fun day with activities for the entire family on July 20 beginning at noon. We will have hotdogs·, burgers and activities such as races, bouncy houses, and many more surprises for the entire family. At this event, we will be able to accept school supplies and donations for our fundraiser. We have a group going to Haiti in August who will able to take all donations to Haiti. This group will conduct teacher’s conference, VBS and will facilitate a fun day for the JBM school students. Location TBD; if you are in the Chicago area and want to help with the planning of this event, please call 847-338-8326 or email info@ jbmhaiti.org
JBM AnnualFall Banquet – Please Mark your calendar for our annual banquet scheduled for November 2, 2019, from 5-7 pm. This banquet will be at the Chapel, Palatine Campus located at 431 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067.
Stability in the country. We do so much through short term mission trips and most have canceled because of the turmoil in the country this year. Please pray for our family. One of our son’s US visa was not renewed and finances are tight.
-Financial stability and support for leaders
-The University project
-School scholarship project
-Jerusalem Baptist Mission
In our last newsletter, we shared that we were behind in paying teacher’s salary for the previous school year. I am so pleased to report that because of your generous contributions combined with our annual fundraising banquet, we raised enough money to pay all the teachers for the 2017-18 school year. We continue to trust that God will provide for this school year as he always has so we won’t fall too far behind again. At the moment we owe teachers April salary, but we know God will make a way! Please continue to pray.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to connecting with you! Blessings!
Grace Church – Brovary, Ukraine
Berean started short-term missions with Grace in 1996. For 12 years we have lead Children’s Adventure Camps (VBS). In 2008 we started teaching Conversational English at Pastor Boris Medyanik’s request.
We continue to teach two weeks each summer to about 150 mostly college students and young professionals. In 2012 we were asked to help Grace with their ministry to Families of Special Needs Children. Tanya Kolodey heads up this Grace ministry. We go for two weeks in the summer to help with their Special Needs Family Camp which ministers to about 40 moms and 80 kids. We send teams of up to five to Special Needs Family Camp and up to ten to Conversational English School. Attending both weeks of ministry are possible.
Berean Christmas 2018 – Greeting from Brovary, Ukraine
Drew and Sarah
Drew and Sarah R. – Middle East
The R. family are Converge Global Workers currently serving in the Middle East. In partnership with a local church, they are engaging Syrian refugee families with the gospel. The ministry includes a combination of humanitarian aid efforts as well as open and intentional presentations of the Gospel. Drew’s primary responsibility within the ministry is discipleship and leadership development among new believers. This is a vital role in strengthening the local church and establishing local leadership for many years to come. God is actively working among Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East and around the world. Please continue to pray for them and that God would reveal himself to them.
Dr. David & Margalit
Shabbat Shalom friends,
Here is some local news from Israel:
This week, Israel’s Air Force struck a military base in Syria where Iran has been deploying troops and doing R & D (research and development) of military import. Israel will usually carry out such a strike if intelligence shows that weaponry is being manufactured or transported to such a base, for use against Israel. Nine Iranian troops were killed in the air raid. Iran has vowed a revenge attack against northern Israel for this and prior Israeli Air Force attacks on Iran’s growing military presence in the region.
This week PM Netanyahu was in Moscow, not for soccer’s World Cup final game, but to talk about Israel’s ‘take’ on Iran’s presence in Syria. It was reported that Russia will not interfere with Israeli attacks on Iranian troops there, as long as no Russian assets are harmed.
All this makes more sense when we realize that Iran and her allied troops (such as the Hizbullah terror group that rules over Lebanon), were creeping right up to Israel’s northern border with Syria (just over the Golan Heights). Iran and Syria have supplied Hizbullah with about 200,000 rockets which are being deployed in south Lebanon. So the Iranian threat is real. Israel could no longer live with this development, and began efforts, both diplomatically and otherwise, to clear our Syrian border of Iranian and allied troops. Iran has often stated publicly its desire to annihilate Israel, and so Israel is always on the alert about the danger.
Please pray for wisdom for Israel’s government, to know how to deal with the threat on our northern border. Let’s also pray for many people to turn to Yeshua in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. That is the only hope for those nations, period.
God will someday turn the Middle East into an area that leads the world in worshiping Him (see Isaiah 19). But until that day, a great darkness has come upon our area. Yet there are wonderful promises in the Bible about His heart towards us and His plan of redemption.
More Personal news:
David is teaching his seminar in London this weekend. We’d appreciate prayer for safe travel there and that he’d be able to excite his students about studying the Bible.
We got word this morning from our friends in the Galilee – who have been preparing a house/center that will be used for weekly Bible training – are nearly finished with the project. That means we can begin to travel north for this training. We will be taking turns with our son and his wife plus another young couple who will be team teaching with us. We are very excited about all these young families in the north who are serious about studying the Word. Please pray that we can get this very complicated schedule worked out and that we will have the finances to help support this center.
David leaves on Sunday for Ireland and England. Margalit will join him in a weeks time. This is a combination of teaching/family and baseball.
August At the Shalom Conference in Oswiecim, Poland, David will speak about God’s perspective on this very issue. Please pray that he can be sensitive to the emotions and feelings that will be present, and speak with God’s merciful heart. Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 13 will be at the heart of his talk to the gathered Israeli, Polish and European believers. David will teach that God wants to unite Israeli and Polish believers in love, sympathy, and prayer for each other. This could be a very healing moment for us there, so please pray that God would have His way. This is a yearly conference where 300 or so of us gather to pray for Poland, Israel, and Germany to walk in our God-given destinies.
And from there we are traveling to Romania to teach at the first ever Holocaust reconciliation conference there.
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles
Leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles are back in the Philippines after serving 29 years in the United States with Converge Worldwide planting a Filipino church in California. After years of working at the denominational level in the areas of church planting, Filipino ministries, and Intercultural ministries, Pastor Cirilo and Dory decided to solidify the commitment they made 28 years ago to return home to minister in the Philippines. In January of 2014, they left for the Philippines to embark on this new ministry.
Their vision is to see that disciples, leaders, and churches are multiplied by establishing centers for starting and strengthening churches (S2 Centers) in each of the 12 district ministries of Converge Philippines/BCP. They are also involved in leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students through teaching and mentoring.
We are back in San Diego CA for Cirilo’s prostate cancer proton beam therapy treatment. It sounds like we are on a ministry holding pattern, but that is not the case. Our missions work continues to expand while we wait. We resonate with Paul’s words; “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair…” (2 Cor. 4:8) Here are three ministry expansions as we started the new year:
New Church Starts in Mindanao!
Cirilo started the affiliation process of four churches started by the Filipino Converge church in Seattle. Three weeks ago he and three Mindanao District pastors visited the churches. The congregations will be officially accepted in April. We hope, to be back by then.
Equipping Lay-Leaders Continues…
The two of the pastors Cirilo trained are implementing the Equipped to Lead in their respective ministries.
- Jun Olayvar completed the training of the pastors and workers in Leyte/Biliran District
- Pastor Joe de Jesus started the process in his suburban church in Metro Manila
Ministry Engagements Expands!
Cirilo was asked by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches to assist in developing the discipleship, lay-leadership and ministers program of the Institute of Training in Ministry. This is in partnership with Discipleship Overseas based in Denver CO. The Converge church in Bacolod City, Phil. will be one of the first pioneer congregations that will pilot the training program.
Thank you again for your faithful prayer and financial partnership with us.
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles
To join our support team, renew and/or up your monthly commitment, you may log onto https://converge.org/give/89349. We also need year-end gifts to cover the anticipated 2018 support shortfall of $6000.00.
STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON
John & Jan Baxter
What We Do
Everything the Baxters do seeks to expand missions to and from the millions of people migrating around the globe. This mission strategy is called Diaspora Missions.
Millions of people from unreached and unreachable areas of the globe are moving into contact with the gospel in lands with an evangelical church. Our gospel strategies are working to connect these economic immigrants, refugees, international students, and others on the shores of Europe and in the cities of North America with an opportunity to hear the Good News.
This strategy includes training Christians from the Majority World who are finding employment in unreached lands to be strong in their faith and be effective witnesses to their host population and the other unreached immigrants around them.
This emerging missions strategy has the potential to release millions of lay witnesses into lands where career missionaries cannot go and among unreached people groups that missionaries cannot contact.
Easter in Spain
On Easter Sunday, we joined 1000 voices in grateful praise to our risen Savior at a gathering of evangelical churches in a park in Malaga, Spain. As this joyous service ended, we walked toward the historic area of Malaga in time to catch the end of a series of processions passing Malaga’s main cathedral. The processions of the statues contrasted with the joy of the earlier service. The first celebrated the completed and triumphal work of Jesus, while the processions spoke of the need to add ritual and merit. We are told that less than one percent of those living in Spain enjoy the freedom of knowing Jesus through faith alone.
Helping to Change the Face of Missions
This month, we are in Malaga, Spain, learning how another mission agency, Christar, engages refugees and economic migrants from unreached lands with the gospel, cares for them as whole people, and plants churches. This mission organization is incredibly innovative using market place missions and working effectively with government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our goal is to learn and develop how Converge can partner with Christar in ways that help both missions in furthering the gospel.
There and Back Again
We will return to the States on May 2 and begin to process with Converge leadership what we are learning in Spain to determine a course going forward. In June, we return to Europe for a series of diaspora missions meetings with the Lausanne Global Diaspora Network, with leaders of the South Korean churches in Europe, and finally with our Converge missionaries from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
In every presentation and personal meeting, our goal is to help missionaries and churches be fruitful among people on the move.
Thank You for Your Prayers and Partnership
Our time in March with the Egyptian Christians in Orlando was successful. Many followers of Islam had significant gospel conversations on the university campus.
Over the next few months, we need clarity and wisdom concerning this potential partnership with Christar, and specifically what our role will be in the collaboration.
Our other work continues even while we are in Spain. I continue to co-direct NextMove, the research and consulting ministry that helps mission leaders lead their organizations in the area of global migration and missions.
Having completed our research phase, we are putting final touches on a comprehensive tool that enables mission agencies to examine their ministry methods then rethink and retool for more effective engagement with the millions of unreached people moving around the globe.
We are excited that eight mission agencies are in the initial group to use our consulting process.
GECHAAN was founded in July of 2004 by Art and Dorothy Helwig who chose to do whatever they could about the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. The Southern part of Taraba State was selected to begin a grassroots-focused approach to making the people aware of the problem and how they may prevent becoming infected. The emphasis on prevention.
The work grew quickly and grew into a full-service NGO that reaches out into the hinterlands in attempts to save the lives of as many people as possible. In 2014 Dan & Tina Gibbs joined the ministry in Nigeria. Today GECHAAN is covering eight local governments in Taraba State.
GECHANN is located in the far southeast part of Taraba State which borders on Cameroon. Having started in Sardouna Local Government Area (LGA), the work has expanded to include Gashaka, Bali, Kurmi, Takum, Donga, Gassol and Ardo Kola LGAs. There are four regional offices with managers who oversee many volunteers who assist people in need in villages
Matt, Audrey & Ezra Pound
Faithful Heart Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Who We Are
Faithful Heart Foundation (FHF) is an “R&R” ministry…reach and rescue. Our foundation helps break the cycle of poverty by providing orphans with a loving Christian family to ensure that they have adequate food and nutrition, and access to a quality education.
FHF is a Christian orphan care ministry. We seek to serve the poor and disadvantaged people in and around Northern Thailand, whose life circumstances can be improved through:
We strive to match our foundation resources with the greatest needs to have a lasting, positive
impact on as many lives as possible.
The dangers that at-risk children face in Northern Thailand:
Homelessness or Poor Housing and Living Conditions
Family Loss or Neglect
Food Insecurity, Hunger, and Malnutrition
Poor Water Quality and Access
Lack of Basic Hygiene and Increased Incidence of Illness and Disease
Lack of Education or Access to Quality Education
Discrimination and Prejudice
Risk of Trafficking, Kidnapping or Being Sold though Exploitation and Debt
Physical and Mental Abuse
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Orphan and Rescue Care
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.
We Battle On
Thanks for praying for us during our annual Prayer Week at the end of January and early February. This year, 106 people joined Prayer Week, 46 of those were outside Thailand. Hopefully, some will continue to use the Prayer Week guide throughout the year. I use it daily. Most of the prayer requests are valid for all of 2019. The battle rages on even though Prayer Week is over. Please continue to pray. I’ll try to give just a short outline of the many fronts of battle we’re facing right now. May it encourage you to continue to pray for us and for Thailand.
One, the most serious for us economically, is the sky train construction in front of our center. It has cut our student body down in size by over 25% from last year. This follows a drop in interest to learn English across Thailand since the last quarter of 2016. The drop in students at our main campus from the peak of 2015 and 2016 until now is nearly 55%. This impacts us at least three ways.
1) Our branches, most of which started in the last 3 years, also struggle for students. Without additional students at all of our branches, they too face financial difficulty. Santisuk, the English-based evangelistic outreach ministry we’ve overseen now for over 25 years, has not just been self-sufficient financially (meaning pays for itself without any need of outside funding) for nearly 20 years now but has been able to support additional ministries as well. We DID need help to buy our building in 2004 and 2005. But none of those funds raised, and none of our own ministry funds, for nearly 20 years, have gone towards any salaries, electric bills, water bills, or any on-going expenses of any kind here in Thailand. This is an issue rarely addressed in any missions discussions but extremely important. Ultimately, mission work has to be self-sustaining. In fact, the opposite is usually the norm. Usually, missionaries are requesting MORE funds to plant churches or fund local workers or pay water and electric bills. But the Santisuk method of church planting has, outside of the building we raised funds for back in 2004 and 2005, been self-supporting. On top of that, we have generated additional funds right here in Thailand to start 5 new branches needing financial assistance totaling $250,000 in start-up funding. The school has now exhausted its supply of funds due to the economic changes and the purchase of the Santisuk Mission House early last year. But there is hope! (see below)
2) At the main campus, we have a huge staff and we have lost money each month last year due to falling enrollment. While we are perhaps a little better equipped to handle down-times than our branches, the purchase and massive renovation of the Santisuk Mission House last year (all done entirely with funds generated by the ministry here in Thailand) is the main reason our school is right down to zero finance-wise. However, all is not lost! There is good news (see below).
3) Fewer students also potentially means fewer people coming for the ultimate reason we do all of this: to hear about salvation through Jesus Christ in our classes. Potentially (at least) we would have fewer people coming to our evangelistic classes so we should have fewer people making the decision to trust Christ as their Lord and Savior. In 2018, over 1,500 different people heard the gospel presented through the English classes at the 7 Santisuk locations in Bangkok. These are not one-time, 40-minute, gospel presentations but daily presenting Christ through the classes taught. The average student studies for more than 3 months.
Two, there are spiritual struggles in our church. satan is not pleased to just see us struggle financially, but is always seeking to introduce conflict. We seem to go through seasons of this periodically. One person won’t talk to another. One group misunderstands another. Lots of hours are used to try to bring resolution. We’ve finished a series of sermons and Bible studies on forgiveness and anger and “being at peace – as far as it depends on you”. Some things are better. Some are still unresolved.
Three, there are spiritual struggles in our branches. In less than a year we’ve lost 4 major staff (Thai and American) at 3 of our branches. These are people who were committed long-term but left way before their time. This in turn for sure impacted at least one other person who was planning to come from the USA for many months, but then didn’t.
There are political struggles. Thailand just held its first election in nearly 5 years following the coup in May 2014. Due to division, a coalition government will be the result. How stable and how good that government will be is yet to be determined.
The battle rages! Things are difficult. But that shouldn’t stop us. No, instead, we see all the more how much we need to battle on intensely.
We Know Who the Winner Is!
We praise God that although attendance has been down, interest in spiritual things has been UP! One of our students accepted Christ just last Sunday after attending cell and worship services for many weeks. Many more seekers are attending cell group and worship services weekly. The harvest continues!
While the school is out of funds, the EXPAND committee which handles monthly payments for our building and all our loans that are out to all our branches continues to be blessed. As a result, EXPAND will take over the Santisuk Mission House and sometime this year will begin repaying the school (SES), solving the school’s liquidity problem. It appears that EXPAND should have owned it from the beginning (hindsight is always 20-20).
Last week, one more long-term missionary, Mitch Solinap, joined us from the Philippines. A short-termer for a year about two years ago, Mitch will begin language study in the next few days. Other potential long-term missionaries continue to come or plan to come in the next few months for a short-term look at what we’re doing. Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out more laborers into His harvest fields.
Deb Guzman, who we have written about many times, is now at 90%. If only 7 or 8 more people or churches would commit to giving $100 a month, Deb could be on her way to Bangkok. Find out more about Deb and pledge to give on the Converge website: https://www.converge.org/missionary/deborah-guzman. Let’s get her on her way before Easter!
We Have Fun Too!
Our Santisuk Pickleball team entered the Thailand Open a month ago with many top players (5.0) from the USA. Our Women’s Doubles team of Fang and Ern took 2nd! Many of us made the final 8 in our events (no separation by ability or age) but we couldn’t get into the medal rounds. We’re very thankful for our place to play on the Santisuk parking lot every Saturday and Sunday.
– Friday night (March 29) special Missions Focus in our weekly Friday night worship service. Our own SE Asian missionary, Nit (Jutarat) will be presenting, Ethel Alino from the Philippines will be sharing, and I (Steve) will be preaching
– Sunday, April 7 in our quarterly Zone worship services, I’ll be speaking on “Why We Do What We Do – Why are We a Cell Church” – part 12 in the WWD2 series begun in January 2013
– All day, April 9, we’ll have our “Real Meaning of Easter” class the last 30 minutes of each 2 hour class plus 15 minutes – a total of 5 times that day. (we’re off for a major Thai holiday until after Easter)
– Major outreach worship service on Easter Sunday, April 21
– Baptism on May 19
– Planning for our biggest outreach of the year, Friendship Camp, July 27 – 29, began months ago
Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!
Steve and Nopaluck Cable
John and Elaine Mehn
John is the Director of the JEMA Church Planting Institute. Their primary ministry is to cross-cultural church planting, direct evangelism and outreach, mobilization and equipping for church planting, leadership development, and spiritual renewal mentoring.
“Advancing God’s Kingdom by mentoring leaders to be part of a movement that is multiplying churches that are multiplying disciples through the power of the gospel.”
The Church Planting Institute is a core ministry of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. Our purpose is to foster a ministry vision for what God has in store for Japan and the world. This is a cooperative effort by missions, missionaries, and Japanese leaders and workers to see indigenous gospel-driven church planting movements fostered in this needy country. We welcome you to join us in this adventure of faith and ministry.
To view or download the CPI informational PDF brochure in Japanese click here: jcpi-brochure-jpn.
God has been doing some great things through the Institute since its inception in 1994. It started with 29 missionaries meeting with Dr. Steve Childers–a veteran church-planter and now a professor of practical theology–which gave birth to a vision for CPI. Since that time, nearly 3.000 Japanese and foreign gospel workers serving with 150 organizations and coming from over 20 different countries have been involved. There are also about 180 people from throughout the world using our internet services. Missionaries from Hokkaido to Okinawa have been involved with CPI, touching practically every prefecture in Japan.
Check out their introductory video in the link below!
Nice to Meet You
March 2019 – Updates from John and Elaine Mehn
We work with a lot of different groups of people. Here are some connections we have made over the last month. After all “Missions is Relationships.”
Clockwise from left: Elaine’s card class at Crossroad church, Japan Church Multiplication Vision Strategy Summit, Japan Baptist Rengo Pastors’ Seminar, Elaine’s western cooking class at the Mehn’s house
WHAT CAN WE PRAY FOR?
- Pray for the preparations for our very first Japanese Grace Week May 27−30. Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, and unity in preparing the presenters and mentors. Pray for registrations.
- We are very heavy with several writing projects right now. Elaine is trying to get out her bilingual bible study and John is working on the Japanese version of his church planting book and a new book on Japanese beliefs and the gospel.
- As registration for the November 13−15 CPI National Conference has opened, pray it will sell−out again! Pray for all the preparations busily going on.
- The new Converge Japanese Initiative leader, Brian Lusky, is visiting Japan this month. Pray
for meetings he will have with us, other missionaries, and key Japanese leaders.
- Elaine has a lot of preparation for our mission Field Council on April 9−11.
INTENSIVE PRAYER TEAM
John and Elaine Mehn – Converge International Ministries – Missionaries to Japan
Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Multiplication Movements
See more information at www.GOspelRest.com or see us both on Facebook.
Bill and Kathy M.
Serving with Converge in the capital city of a West African country, predominantly Muslim
Bill: University student outreach through teaching English as a foreign language
- leading discussions on Biblical topics, themes, and passages
- developing relationships with particular students
- studying the Bible with them
- the long-term goal is to see an expanding network of house churches
Kathy: Teaching high school and middle school art at the school for missionary children
- eighty percent of the student body are missionary kids, whose parents serve all over West Africa
- to be a godly example to the students in all that she does and says (for some students, the school is the only exposure they have to a Christian worldview)
- hosting Bill’s students for meals and providing support for special events and visiting teams
- a population of about 14 million, 95% Muslim, 4% Catholic
- two largest people groups are unreached, with only 100 believers or so in each
- freedom of religion, but social & family ostracism for those who become Jesus-followers
- politically stable, with the democratically-elected president & Parliament
- the very high unemployment rate, common for one wage earner to support the extended family of 12-15 persons
- a developing country, with slowly improving infrastructure
Please check out their introductory video in the link below!!
Paul and Linda McMillan
Fountain of Life Christian School
Our mission is to provide children with an unmistakable inner conviction of who they are, what their life purpose is, and where they will go to in eternity as defined in the irrefutable Word of God.
Our purpose is to prepare citizens to be fully equipped academically, morally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
We help students define and fulfill their life goals by acquiring the intrinsic values of individual achievement, patriotic support, personal independence, family loyalties and productive contributions to the local and global communities.
The benefits of our school include:
- Education with a higher worldview rooted in the Word of God
- The pursuit of excellence above the lower standards of public schools
- Superior English classes, with access to native English speakers
- Caring teachers committed to the spiritual, academic, and personal development of the students
- Computer classes taught in a modern computer lab
- A close-knit community where students are always safe and welcome to play with friends
Students come to know God personally through Jesus Christ
Dave & Stephanie Connell
David and Stephanie Connell desire to see the transformation of lives, families, and communities across the least reached peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean for the glory and worship of God.
They will recruit and strengthen leaders who will pursue the vision of reaching the least-reached peoples in the region (or across the world).
David, as Converge’s Church Strengthening Team Leader for Latin America & Caribbean, will provide regional strategic leadership, ensure team development/ guidance/health, ensure appropriate resources for effectiveness, and drive collaborative relationships.
Stephanie will home-school their children, teach the next generation of leaders at the local Christian school, and serve at their home church.
They invite you to partner with them through your prayers and financial support on this exciting mission!
THE CONNELL’S JOURNEY
Training Was Excelente!
Our month-long training exceeded our expectations! What a tremendous opportunity to learn from the experience of those who have lived on the field before us…both encouraging & intimidating! We were also so grateful that our kids enjoyed and grew from their program as well. Thank you CIT!
After running into several complications, the legal agreement is now in place and rent payment has been made on housing in the DR. We are currently staying with Stephanie’s parents in Ohio, but we officially have a place to live when we arrive in the DR soon!
The shipment of our belongings arrived at the Rio Haina port in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last week. However, we have been advised of some un-expected complications regarding our vehicle, and that we will incur daily charges until our shipment is cleared.
We continue to work through additional requests from the DR Consulate to obtain approval of our visas such that we can live in the DR.
• For the final $300 / month to start coming in very soon…so close!
• For customs’ barriers to be broken down and unexpected costs to be minimized.
• For our visas to be approved.
David & Stephanie Connell and family
To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.
To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television services.
We’re making God’s love visible to 21 million viewers across the Middle East and
North Africa through Christian satellite television. A potential audience of 500 million people can hear the Truth in their heart languages of Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish.
- SAT-7 Turk – In 2014, SAT-7 was granted a 10-year license to broadcast in Turkish, the only Christian television channel on the Turksat satellite – available to more than 55 million people. This channel has been on-air since early 2015 with very encouraging response and growth!
- SAT-7 PARS – After a year of prayerful negotiations with a company in the Arab Gulf, the hugely popular Yashat satellite system, SAT-7 PARS was accepted – here too, the only Christian channel on this satellite system. Consequently, over the past 12 months, the counseling centers have seen a huge increase in responses from viewers not only in Iran but especially from Afganistan.
- SAT-7 ACADEMY – In response to an incredibly widespread and acute need for education, and led by the Holy Spirit, doors opened to launch this breakthrough channel. The broadcasts bring the classroom, life skills, hope, and light to 20 million Arabic speaking children not currently receiving any proper schooling. Parents are deeply grateful.
Founded in 1997, globalLead has trained over 15,000 Christian ministry leaders from 50 different countries around the globe. Our mission takes a unique approach of focusing on exponential multiplication of impact by skipping the step of sending a foreign missionary. We focus on developing local indigenous leaders so that they can reach and disciple others in their sphere of influence. This approach has enabled a huge global movement to occur with relatively low financial cost.
The purpose of globalLead is to serve those in ministry through training and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication.
At globalLead, we offer both heart and skill-based training opportunities for a variety of church ministry leaders. We value the holistic leadership principle from Psalm 78:72:
“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
We offer three series of training currently that are designed to provide follow up and multiplication, not just a one-time event. Feel free to contact us about supporting the ministry or hosting an event by using the contact form at the bottom of the home page.
Church Ministry Leadership (for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders): There is no better example of life and ministry than Jesus Himself. In our Church Ministry Leadership events, we explore the life and ministry of Christ and develop plans and programs for our churches in a team environment (when possible) in order for church leaders to be in sync with one another as they lead in ministry. These trainings offer local pastors and ministry leaders (when possible) the timeless principles from the life of Christ that have worked in a multitude of settings globally throughout history. (Church Ministry Leadership for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders)
Heart of the Leader: With leaders leaving the ministry at an alarming rate we are tackling the needs of those in full-time ministry head-on with soul care events for full-time leaders and their spouse (if possible). Top leaders need a secure environment to process their life and ministry in a way that re-energizes them and puts them on a life-long healthy trajectory. Utilizing Biblical teaching and engagement as well as group camaraderie, we have seen God do great work in the lives of leaders. Heart of the Leader (Soul Care for Full-time Leaders in Ministry)
Youth Ministry Leadership Trainings: This series of trainings are offered for those leading the youth ministry in their churches. Whether youth pastor, leadership teams or both, participating leaders will be engaged in Biblical and transferable principles with local examples in order to develop a workable one-year ministry plan. Additional seminars enable times for evaluation, mentoring and follow-up. Youth Ministry Leadership Training (for those responsible for leading in youth ministry)
Chris & Penny Davis, Founder of globalLead
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 the month of May. We are grateful for your steadfast prayer support of globalLead.
The purpose of globalLead is to serve those in ministry through trainings
and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication.
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SOUTHEAST ASIA OFFICE
- Praise the Lord for blessing the recent trainings in Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. Grateful for the hosts, trainers, and volunteers who worked together to accomplish His greater purpose.
- Great time for the team to do training together outside Metro Manila.
- For the protection of friends and partners in Manila during the earthquake (we were in Cagayan de Oro).
- For preparations, program, and participants getting prepared for the 20th Anniversary of globalLead in Asia.
- Continue to pray for sustainable funding for SE Asia for 2019, more meet-ups, more effective and relevant fund-raising ideas.
- Pray for these possible local and international trainings:
- Nationwide training and follow-up training with Assembly of God Youth Leadership throughout 2019
- National trainings with Word International Youth Leadership
- Teaser training with Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
- East Asia. A continued Level 2 and 3 in areas where we have begun an additional Level 1 trainings.
- Pray for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Southeast Asia on July 26-29, 2019 in Cebu, Philippines. Pray that the theme SHAPE the FUTURE be communicated and executed.
- Pray for the people who would come and join, for financial provision and schedules.
- Pray for the preparation and the logistics and favor from the owner to lessen the venue cost.
- Pray for the visit of the Crossroads Team and the Church Leadership Training to follow right after 20th Anniversary, especially the health of Pastor Dave Vance.
- Pray for the visit of Mike Mahek with daughter Grace this June, that it would be a blessing and meaningful one.
- Pray for the right people to commit to becoming Southeast Asia gL ADVISORY BOARD members.
- For each of our supporters, hosts, and ministry partners that the Holy Spirit will sustain their joy, vision, and means in giving to the ministry.
- Pray for each of the staff, Alvan and Ethel and the kids, Grace, and Windel. Pray for joy in what we do, guidance and wisdom as we follow the Lord’s leading this 2019.
- Continue to pray for the Philippines, the upcoming election, and the current administration.
NORTHWEST ASIA OFFICE
- We praise God as we have successfully trained 144 leaders in these trainings (Q2):
- Youth Ministry Leadership Level 1 Training, Bardiya = 51
- Youth Ministry Leadership Level 1 Training, Salyan = 35
- Ministry Team Level 1 Training, Thumi = 40
- Ministry Team Level 1 Training, Lalitpur = 18
- Please Pray for our upcoming trainings:
- May 5-7, Bhutwal (Youth Ministry Leadership Level 1)
- May 6-8, Beni (Youth Ministry Leadership Level 1)
- May 19-21, HBTC ( Ministry Team Training Level 1)
- Please pray for the good health and safety for our staff, trainers and B.O.D members.
- Please pray for our volunteer trainers as they need to travel more for training.
- Our Nepali fiscal year ends on June/July so please pray for Jessica as she needs to do all the preparations for audit.
- We thank God for the impact that global lead continues to have in people’s ministry. We thank God particularly for Rev. Malahu from Tanzania who wrote to us, thanking gL for the training that he received that completely transformed his ministry to the youth. Glory to God.
- We are excited to host Dr. Matt Lewis as he comes to Africa. He will be in Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda and will be facilitating ‘taste and see’ sessions in different countries.
- As we look forward to having Heart of a Leader’s presence here, please pray that the networks Dr. Matt gets to build will be of people that are sold out to the course of pastor’s soul care.
- Continue praying for the potential seminars that are lined up for their fruition.
- How God is providing for the support needs of Jack Dyson (new Int’l Director of Operations). Still, a lot of support needed.
- Continuing ministry in Ethiopia through the students trained through the International Office in Jan./Feb.
- New openings globally in Africa and possibly India for our Heart of the Leader ministry.
- Successful launch of our Triple/Double Strategic Initiative funding campaign.
- Continued wisdom as we add more board members and staff globally.
- Chris’ travels the first week of May to Georgia (ministry collaboration) and Dallas, Texas (support follow up meetings).
- Patty and Randy Stoops, long-time globalLead volunteers. Patty has started chemotherapy and they are without any insurance.
Continued growth in funding for staff globally and for expansion needs.