Europe

MISSIONS MOMENTS - BILL AND QUESSIE HARVEY

MISSIONARIES TO MEXICO

   The Bible College in Mante celebrated its graduation services with good  preaching,  singing and giving  18 graduates their diplomas. Bro. James Smith, who was born in Mante was the special speaker. His father started the school years ago. We are praying the graduates will find a place to serve the Lord. The attendance of the services was good.

   The churches in Reynosa continue to preach the gospel to a city that is in distress because of the shootings and killings each day. Angel Zapata and Juana, his wife, started and pastor the Philadelphia Baptist Church, where they have been faithful for 40 years. Their oldest son is also a pastor in Matamoros. Angel has papers to cross the border but seldom comes to McAllen.

   Valentin  Santos  and Elsa, his wife, were recently asked to pastor the Calvary Baptist in Reynosa. They had an attendance average of 30 with 6 saved last month. He works in a factory to help support his family.  Bro. Valentin is a good man, and we expect the attendance to grow. He was encouraged when I talked to him two weeks ago. We hope you will pray for him.

   The church we started and organized with Antonio and Inez has the best location in Reynosa and best opportunity to grow. Antonio had a big scare last month. A drug cartel leader called to tell him he had to pay 40,000 pesos or he would kill him and his family. We prayed with him, and 10 minutes later, he was called back to say that he had confused him with another cartel leader!

   I would like to translate a few words form Abel Delgado, who is a pastor in Monterrey and sent this to me recently. Abel was saved and trained by us.  

“I am one of your converts and hope you and Mrs. Harvey are fine. Here in Guadalupe Victoria where I pastor, we have an attendance of 120.  I only  teach on Sunday morning;  others  preach in the  other services. I am loved and cared for by the church. You and Mrs. Harvey were like parents to me. You have a large heart and so do those you have trained. I hope to drop by to see you soon. We will have eternity to talk about God’s blessings upon us!”

   The Patrick Baptist in Dallas County is where I was saved, and I have a love for this church. Bro. Stephen Hamm is the pastor, and they have a burden to see the Spanish speaking saved. The church has bought a building for them in Ferris, and soon they will have services there. We pray for them every day.

 

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Bill and Quessie Harvey

Missionaries to Mexico

MISSIONS MOMENTS - BOB & MARY ANNE PARSCHAUER

WORD OF LIFE EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVE  

Our hearts are so full of praise to God after returning from our Word of Life Europe retreat in Croatia. It was just overwhelming to hear the many stories of people coming to the Lord and growing in Christ. 206 of the 280 staff members were able to attend from 15 of the 18 European countries where Word of Life has ministry.

In our last  prayer letter, our itinerary listed visits to Serbia and Bulgaria before the staff retreat. God had other plans for us. Due to an influenza epidemic  in  Serbia,  and  the  serious  illness  and  hospitalization  of    Elizabeth Vika, we rerouted to Germany where Bob spent many hours in consultation with the staff. We were then able to minister to Sergio Tyschenko and his associate staff in Varna, Bulgaria.

Tidbits From Europe:  All Word of Life Europe campgrounds are being prepared  for  the thousands  of children  and  teens who are already registered to be at one of our camps this summer. We would so much appreciate your prayers for our staff as they prepare the camp facilities as  well  as  their  hearts for the activities of this summer.  Pray for protection, for the sports programs, for the many counselors and for the Spirit of God to speak as the leaders and guest Bible teachers minister to the campers.

After being in Europe, we came home with a great burden for our staff in Russia and Bulgaria. Sergey and Margarita Lapin in Russia and Sergio and Tania Tyshchenko in Bulgaria are both under-supported and need many more partners who will become part of their monthly support team, as well as one-time sponsors for campers this summer.

Matthew Melville  gave  a great report about the blessings of their Easter camp in Portugal. God is again doing a great work in that country.

Matals Radziwiluk in Ukraine told of the changes taking place in the hearts of  so  many  of  the  Bible  Institute  students  from  the many surrounding countries. They are thankful for their new building.

Our International Bible Institute in Hungary is again filled to capacity. We have a good number of students from USA and Canada studying there.

 The Tim Good family tour was a great blessing to many, and people we meet are still talking about the inspiring concerts. They are now back in Poland training leaders in churches and preparing for the upcoming summer camping season. Pray that their swimming pool will be ready for camps this summer. It was such a blessing for Mary Anne and me to sing with them during this tour, as well as bring a short missions message in each of these concerts. Our ministry in Poland is beginning an “English for Life” program this fall and is in need of short term teachers (who can use the Bible to teach English to the Polish young people), as well as kitchen, maintenance and house-keeping personnel. Please contact Word of Life Poland if you are able to give two months to serve in this endeavor.  Check out this link:  https:www.english4life.pl/volunteers

Kenya, East Africa: Harrison and Flo Airo had 200 campers at the satellite camps in Marsabit and Mundeku, and 250 in a home for orphaned children in Rangwe. 24 received Christ, and 22 made dedication decisions. Chris and Teresia Mwal’wa reported they had a wonderful camp in the slums of Nairobi again in December. Our campgrounds in Nairobi and Mombasa were also filled with teens, and many made lifetime salvation and dedication decisions. Please pray for our Kenya staff. God is doing great things in that country in spite of the unrest due to terrorist attacks.

 

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Bob & Mary Anne Parschauer

Word of Life, European Representative

MISSIONS MOMENTS - RICK & TAMMY SALMON, THAILAND

2019, A New Year With New Goals

   This year holds lots of excitement for us as we will add a new family to the team toward the end of the year. Adam and Ayla Cottrell with Jaxton are finishing up their final months of deputation before they travel to Bangkok to start their first term here. Meanwhile, we are also trying to get more Thai men to take ownership of different ministries. Please pray for smooth transitions and wisdom during this time also. We are excited to see God work as we have continued to separate our English services.

   We are excited to see God work in the lives of the Thai people and also people from all over the world. We praise the Lord for Mr. John Smith who accepted Christ in January. He is from the UK, and his wife is Philippino. She accepted Christ two years ago here at Bangjak Baptist Church. He has been attending services and discipleship classes since that time.

The Legacy Project

   The Deaf Bible Translation of the New Testament has now been named the Legacy Project. It will be a legacy for the 200,000 deaf people in Thailand who will have God’s word in a version they will understand. We are so thankful for our partners in the US who are jumping in to make this project truly happen. We have recently received donations totaling $35,000 which will complete our estimated projected costs to produce the New Testament. We are currently to date editing the clips of the Gospel of John and already have draft one of Luke up to Chapter 9 that is being reviewed. The Gospel of Mark is 99% complete. Our copyrights are approved and paid for, so all is moving along well. We are adding to the staff  one more  checker, Ing, who is  currently a second  year college student, and we will be adding a signer this month also.

National Champs! Four Years Straight

   The  Sports Authorities of  Thailand held the 34th Annual Sports Competition for the physically disabled in January. Bangjak Baptist hosted a team of 33 deaf athletes competing in Futsal, Badminton, Table Tennis and,  of  course,  11-man  Soccer.   We represent  the  province  of      Nakhomayok each year.

   Due to great coaching and a team spirit that never gives up, our team not only made it into the finals, but in 11-man Soccer placed first in the nation—our  fourth year in a row! We also had many opportunities to present the gospel and even heard some non-believers  discussing the final game, saying it was God’s blessings that brought victory. We also brought home bronze medals in Doubles and Singles Men’s Badminton, and also 5-man Soccer.

Our Time in the United States

   We were in the US from Feb. 1 till April 9. In the 10 weeks, we were in 21 churches. We met with many pastors and individuals who partner with the ministries here in Thailand. We also met with teams that have visited our ministries in Thailand. There were so many blessings we received in so many places, we couldn't begin to list them! It is always good to come back to good American food and see American churches. It’s great to have time with our families, and it was a great time of spiritual refreshment also.  Any time we have stepped  out of the work for a short time, it is always helpful when we return to get a fresh view of the different ministries and to reevaluate for the future. Please pray with us  as we try to continue growing,. Pray that we have wisdom in helping Thai men to step into leadership positions so the work is sustainable and will continue growing.

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Rick and Tammy Salmon

Salmon’s Ministries in Thailand

MISSIONS MOMENTS - HOPE CHILDREN’S HOME

A New Outfit for Easter

   It was Easter Sunday Morning 2005 as my wife, Chris, and I excitedly prepared to attend services.  As we arrived, we couldn’t help but notice the  church families  arriving in their new outfits and how excited the children were to have new shoes, hats, frilly dresses, etc. It was about that time that our buses pulled up with all the children from Hope. Our children were getting off the bus in their same old, tired and worn out Sunday outfits. No new shoes, no new hats, no frilly dresses—no new clothes!  Our hearts  sank as we s aw them interact with all the other children showing off their new outfits. I know that new clothes are not the purpose for going to church and especially not the importance of Easter, but none the less, it was the situation. We determined that would be the last Easter Sunday our children would come to church in their same old clothes no matter what we had to do.

   As we approached the following Easter, I asked you, our supporters, to help purchase new outfits for all the boys and girls. Your response was incredible! For the first time ever, we were able to go out and buy a whole new outfit for every child. As they stepped off the buses that year, they could hardly wait for everyone to see their new clothes! I saw them running up to their Sunday School teachers, the pastor and his wife to show them their great blessing.

   Every year  since, you have  faithfully given  so that  every  child can purchase a new Easter outfit. The bonus to this is that the children are in church three times per week, so that new set of clothes continues to be a blessing  all year long.  We also take family pictures after our Easter service, which becomes a part of each child’s memories as they grow up.

Kids Say The Silliest Things!

Theo-Kindergarten:  “Bella is not supposed to be obnoxious, and she is being obnoxious!”

Rosemary-Two years old: “Birrrdddd! It’s cold outside!”

Bella-First grade: (Hands under her chin and batting her eyelashes to her teacher): “Have I been a blessing today?”

Dr. Mike Higgins

 Hope Children’s Home Honduras

Sharing the Gospel Through Medical Missions 

One of the highlights of our year is when Medical Missions Outreach brings a team down to provide a week-long medical, dental and optical clinic. This also opens the door to allow our church to share the gospel with each person we care for. Most of the providers who come only speak English, so we have the opportunity to partner with them as translators  for  the patients. Because the children in the home are bilingual, they had the  opportunity to be  translators  and  assist in caring for 3,800 patients!  More importantly, 160 of those patients received Christ as their Savior! We are so excited about the fruit that has come from the week and cannot wait to begin ministering to the new converts and see them grow in their new relationship with Christ.

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Hope Children’s Home

MISSIONS MOMENTS - SHANE AND KAYTI SALMON, TAKING THE TRUTH TO THAILAND

A Valen-thai banquet

Valentine's Day is always a fun day in Thailand, and each year we make it an opportunity to host a banquet at the church. We invite saved and unsaved friends to play games, eat dinner, and hear a message about the love of God. This year we called the banquet a "Valen-Thai" dinner and encouraged attendees to dress in traditional Thai clothes. We had a fun time, a great turnout, and a clear message from a fellow missionary about how God's love can make us free. We love having these opportunities to tell our friends about Christ in new ways.

AN ENCOURAGING VISIT

Later in February, we were excited to have a visit from our sending pastor, Dennis Jennings, our mission director, Jon Konnerup, and one of our supporting pastors, Paul Monroe! Being able to be face-to-face with these spiritual leaders in our lives, introduce them to the people we serve, and to take them around to key places in our ministry and in Bangkok was a blessing. I was also able to show them the area we are praying about for our first church plant next year. We are thankful to them and to the Lord for the encouragement we received from their time here.

A FIRST IN MINISTRY

Not long ago, I experienced a first in my ministry. I was asked to perform a wedding! One of our church members, a member of my Sunday school class, Miss Meow, got engaged to a Canadian believer and asked me to perform the ceremony.  Not only had I never performed a wedding before, but I certainly had never done it in two languages! The ceremony went well, and it's great to see the newlyweds in church on Sundays.

EXCITING NEW ENGLISH COURSES

In March, we made an exciting change in our English program. We switched from an on-going weekly class setup to 10-week modular courses. Kayti curated a curriculum for our first module, and we started to spread the word about the new course. On the first night, we had 22 students take the proficiency exam, and we have had new students every night since then! We actually are having to set a limit now because of having more students interested than we have room for!

We are praising the Lord for the people He is bringing our way, giving us the chance to share Jesus with the students after every class. Please pray for these classes, these students, and these opportunities to share the Gospel!

PRAYER REQUESTS

* Preparations for Easter, including our Easter choir special

* Soccer camp at the end of this month

* English students’ salvation

* Furlough preparations

Furlough in 2019

We are always amazed at how quickly time passes, and even more so as we look toward our first furlough, just six months from now. We are continuing to schedule meetings from October to March. We look forward to sharing what the Lord is doing with our supporting churches, as well as with new churches, as we raise some additional funds for our new church plant.  If your church would like to schedule us for a conference or a service, please email us at

salmons2thailand@gmail.com

  

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Shane & Kayti Salmon

Taking the Truth to Thailand

MISSIONS MOMENTS - MIKE AND DIANE PEPER, MISSIONARIES TO SIERRA LEONE

EXCITING NEWS FROM SIERRA LEONE, FEBRUARY 2019

 

   Pastor Tyson Wahl from Sayre, PA came with three of his members and conducted youth seminar for our churches while his  people  repaired our  vehicles,  put  a  roof  on  our Bible Institute building, and presented our school children with a VBS Program. We had 178 present, and 57 saved in VBS! During that week, they were also involved with one of our youth camps. 606 students were present, and 529 were saved! Pastor Tyson preached at our combined church service last Sunday, and there were 637 adults and 423 children present. 108 were saved, and 29 baptized! Thank you, Pastor Tyson, team, and church for all that you have done for this ministry.

   Last week was the Annual Armed Forces Week. The military asked  me to lead  them in a rededication service, as well as participate in laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was truly a wonderful experience in my life.

   In  our churches last month, there were 225 saved and 45 baptized!  The total number of students attending the Rawlings Foundation Camps for January and February was 3,762, and the total number saved was 2,750!

   The students of three of our academies joined together for a yearly  sports  day.  The  parents,  teachers  and  children  all enjoyed a fantastic time together.

   We are always grateful for your support and prayers on behalf of this ministry. We rejoice at the continued blessings of God upon the ministry here in Sierra Leone.

 

 

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Mike Peper

MISSIONS MOMENTS - THE TAYLORS, MISSIONARIES TO HONDURAS

Ordination

One of the requirements prior to going back to Honduras in October is that Josh be ordained. Our home church will be ordaining Josh on April 14. For those of you that are not familiar with the process, it involves an examining of his doctrinal positions on the fundamentals of the faith.  These  doctrines are non-negotiable teachings of the Bible, taken right from the Bible. Part of this process is nailing down the teaching of the doctrine and then identifying Bible verses that support the doctrine. He has spent the last four months researching and putting into words what he believes and working to memorize as much as possible the doctrines and the Bible verses. At times it seems like an overwhelming task, waking up at all times of the night and reviewing various Bible verses and how all these verses and doctrines are interweaved in the Bible. He has noticed that his preaching and prayer life have been greatly helped. Upon completion, he will be an ordained minister. The title is not a big deal to him, but the rich scripture he has been able to soak up during this process is proving to be very valuable!

 The Results Are In!

While on furlough, especially on weekends that we are not scheduled to be in a new church, I (Josh) have been able to teach a little at our home church. One of the topics that keeps coming up is discipleship. I have been mesmerized with this thought of going and teaching all nations, and “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” In essence, we are teaching others how they can follow Christ. When we return to Honduras, we will be teaching the Word of God and showing people how they can follow him. We don’t only want students who talk about the Bible and its teachings, but we want people that will learn, follow these commands, and then go out and make disciples themselves. This truth is brought to fruition in II Timothy 2:2 when Paul admonishes Timothy to pass along what he has learned, so that they can teach it to others, and then they teach it as well. 

Prayer, Praise and Information

Prayer:

· Memory recall for Josh’s ordination

· A speedy return to fruitful ministry in Honduras 

Praise:

· Many new churches scheduled

· 25% furlough goal raised due to two new partners! 

Information:

Web:  taylors2honduras.com

Facebook: Hope for Honduras

Email: taylors2honduras@gmail.com

 

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The Taylors

Josh and Erin, Caleb, Micah and Rebekah

MISSIONS MOMENTS - JUSTIN, BECKA AND HENRY TRILL, MISSIONARIES TO THAILAND

We’ve Hit the 50% Mark!  On our social media pages, we put out a request this past month what we were asking prayer for. We said that we were at 45% of our needed support, and we were praying that by the end of February we would hit the 50% mark. The Lord answered our prayers in a magnificent way that only He can!

This  month,  we  added 3  new ministry partners!  Aurora Baptist Temple in Aurora, MO, New Fellowship Baptist in Titusville, FL, and Grace  Baptist  Temple in  San  Antonio, TX, have all joined us in reaching Thailand for Christ! We are so grateful for our new ministry partners, but we also want to say thank you to those who continue to support us while being on deputation.

Special Projects:  Since we’ve hit the 50% mark, we wanted to start bringing to you some of the special projects that we will have once moving to Thailand. These are one-time projects to either move or set up in Thailand. We have already begun to save (and will continue to do so), and others have already started donating to these needs. We know that the Lord has a plan to fulfill these needs, and we ask that you pray how you might be involved. (See below)

Prayer Requests 

· Continue to pray for good health for Becka and baby Henry as we travel.

· Pray that our calendar would continue to fill up for 2019. 

Where We Will Be 

Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Peru 

Thank you for joining us in prayer and support in bringing hope to the hopeless in Thailand.

 

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MISSIONS MOMENTS - THE SHERRILLS, MISSIONARIES TO JAPAN

The Results Are In!

Last month we shared with you that we had a goal to reach 50 percent of our needed support by January 31. We have been busy communicating with potential donors and making all of the  final touches  to our  spreadsheets. Everything has been calculated and the results are in! Thanks to all of our generous supporters who have been giving so faithfully, THE GOAL HAS BEEN REACHED! What an amazing blessing it is to be able to say that this ministry is 50 percent funded after just over a year of deputation! I hope you will take some time, as you read this news, to stop and praise God for His provision. And we definitely cannot forget those who are continuing to make sacrifices to support this ministry every month. We praise God for you. Thank you for trusting in God with us, and thank you for investing in us to do the work that God has given us in Japan!

Remember, it is not too late to join in. We are looking forward to a fruitful year. We have already been hard at work, networking and presenting the ministry in several churches in Florida and  will  continue on  over  the  next  couple  of  months  in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. If you have not had the opportunity to join in, now is your time. We want to extend  this  opportunity  to  you, to be a part of the Gospel ministry in Japan. Your prayers, one time donations, and monthly financial support make it possible to bring the hope of the Gospel to a people who presently do not know true hope because they have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you partner with us?

Pray With Us

We want you to be able to pray intelligently with us. Here are some things that we are currently praying for:

· That God would soften the hearts of those in Japan who we will share the Gospel with, that they would be receptive to the Gospel, receive the grace of God and call upon the name of the Lord for salvation.

· That God will lead and equip us to lead our children to be obedient to God, charitable to others, and patient in the midst of trial.

· That our love for the Lord and His holy Word would grow more and more each and every day.

· That we would have many opportunities to share the greatest news in the world, everyday.

· That we would be bold to speak of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, never ashamed to proclaim His name even in the hardest of circumstances.

· That God would provide many more appointments, so that we can share this ministry with people and gain lasting and faithful partners in prayer and financial support.

· That we will have the necessary training, skills and abilities to learn Japanese quickly.

 https://www.shirrellstojapan.org

 

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The Sherrills

Chris, Miranda, Harlan and Benjamin

MISSIONS MOMENTS - RICHIE, MISSY, BRITON AND ISABELLA ORRICK

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The Orricks

Richie, Missy, Briton, & Isabella Orrick

“Winning the Welsh For Christ”

Praise Report

We  began  this past  month with our first church-wide activity. In honor of the Super Bowl weekend, we had our very own version of “Super Bowling.”  The  activity was  well attended,  and the people really enjoyed spending time with one another outside the church walls.

Speaking of “firsts,” we also kicked off our first church-wide campaign the weekend of Valentines Day. The theme is “I Love My Church,” and the focus is on faithfulness. This campaign will conclude on Sunday, March 10, with a cook out celebration. Please pray for this event as we  are encouraging everyone to be faithful in church attendance, Bible study, prayer and witnessing.

Staying with the theme of “firsts,” we will be having our first missions team coming to visit. Our sending church, Cherry Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri was planning to take a trip to another country, and the plans did not work out. They contacted us to see if they could come to Wales instead. They arrive March 8, and we will be having a community outreach event that Saturday, special services on Sunday, work projects around the church building, canvassing, school assemblies, as well as taking in the wonderful sites of Wales. Please pray for this trip, that God would use it in a powerful way to reach more souls in Wales, as well as speak to the hearts of anyone considering serving on a foreign field as a missionary.

Some last bits of exciting news, Tracy, Amy, Chris and Steph have all decided  to  take their first step of obedience as believers and will follow the Lord in baptism on Sunday, March 10, which is when the group will be with us. Also, Briton and Bella have been working hard on their Jujitsu and are now officially green belts.

 Prayer Requests 

Please continue to pray for Melody’s salvation. Please also pray for us as we disciple the new believers, as well as many of those who were already saved. The church is growing both numerically and spiritually, but not without its ups and downs. Please pray for  the spiritual  welfare that  often  comes with the spiritual victories.

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