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TimandSandyFink

Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania

Study to show thyself approved unto God!

 

Dear Praying Partners,

This has been a wonderful PEP trip in India as we have witnessed the Lord working in many hearts for His glory!  During our first week, we were able to teach the course "The Pastor's Life and Work" to approximately 38-40 pastors, teachers, and ministry students.  Many of the pastors are still taking classes to better equip them for their ministries.  It was encouraging to see so many "young" pastors as the next generation is being passed the baton of pastoral leadership.  They had many questions, especially about the "Family".  Balancing family and ministry is a real problem here, and we noticed a real hunger to learn.  They are eager to be trained because the need is so great.  They will take that material and teach it to other pastors who speak other languages and were not able to attend.  So the training has only begun!

The Lord enabled me to preach in three churches, one school chapel with close to 600 children, one youth conference with over 500 young people, and several one-on-one opportunities for counsel.  Jon also spoke in a school chapel, and preached in three churches.  Plans are being made for us to return in March 2018.  I am amazed by the hunger, passion, and teachable spirit that these believers exhibit!  Churches are being planted and God is being glorified. 

We have finished our second full week here in India and are now back in the States.  I lost my voice just before we started the second week, but it gradually came back.  The first part of the week I was only 'whispering', but the Lord blessed the week.  This second part of our ministry here was different than the first in several ways.  This was primarily a group of church-plants.  One primary national church-planter started several churches.  Last year, four of the small church plants joined forces and became one church.  All of the leaders (pastors) came with that merger, and so the church has four elders.  There are two more pastors (church-planters) who are part of this same fellowship, and are in the process of starting two other churches in another region of the state.  We spoke in each of these churches.

We taught 'Principles of Spiritual Growth' and there were about 62 people total who came throughout the week.  They were extremely hungry for truth and help in order to grow spiritually.  The leaders are incredibly faithful, desire to know the Word of God and are eager to learn.  Several other faithful church members asked us to do a Marriage Seminar on the weekend following the Conference.  There were many questions at the Seminar that dealt with Biblical issues and how that related to the cultural pressures they are under from their families and loved ones.

We had the opportunity to do some visitation.  One man has been bed-ridden for 10 years due to being paralyzed from the neck down.  He came to Christ just this last year.  Another handicapped man had an accident while we were there and had to be rushed to the hospital.  Almost the entire church came to see him and be with him during the trial.  They truly are a family and a community of believers (Acts 2)!  The churches are in Hindu or Muslim communities.  Each and every family unit seems to be going through some trial in their lives, but their passion for God and His Word was extremely humbling to us. 

 

Please Pray that:

- those men attending these PEP Seminars would be equipped for the work of the ministry

- the Lord would continue to care for them, strengthen them, and pour out His grace upon them - They are seeking Him!

 

The Fink Family

 


 Kimmels0613

The Kimmel Family - Romania

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Celeste has some exciting news she would like to share with you about her plans for this summer:

I'm excited to share the details of my upcoming mission trip with you! On June 6th, I plan to fly to Perugia, Italy, to stay with BMM missionaries Fred and Rachel Whitman for three weeks.  I will be helping them in their various ministry activities during that time, which include a summer camp/VBS, a radio ministry, Sunday school classes, and a children's program that takes place twice a month.  I may also be involved in putting together some discipleship course booklets, or babysitting their teammates' young children, along with any other jobs I can help out with.  Please pray for me as I travel, since this will be my first time flying alone, and for my stay there, that I will remain healthy, and that it will enrich my life spiritually. 

Even though I have grown up in a foreign country and experienced a missionary's unique ministry, I believe it is very important to see other types of ministries so that I may further enhance my experience in the knowledge of outreach.  I am not currently set on being a missionary once I finish college, however, I am considering it, and if I do not feel called to foreign ministry, I intend on being active in the ministry that will be around me.  The Whitman's ministry in Italy is very different from our own, having been established and thriving there for many years; whereas our own was only begun seven years ago.  I hope that this trip will give me a new view and taste for outreach, and help me to feel whether I am being called into it or not.  If you would like to be a part of this financially, I am needing to raise approximately $900 for the travel and expenses during my stay.  Thank you for your support.

Celeste Kimmel

 

We're proud of her hard work in school and her involvement, both in the ministry in Luncsoara, and the youth group here in Alesd where she has been a leader in AWANA this year.  She has also done extremely well on both her ACT and her Iowa Tests, and she is on track to finish her schoolwork before her departure.  We likewise covet your prayers for her time away from home for the first time and that the Lord will use these three weeks in her life spiritually.  If you would like to have a part in her ministry, please send your gift to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130, account number 703359 with a note that it is for Celeste Kimmel's summer ministry.

 

In Him,

Dave, Ruth, Celeste, and Amber

 


 

Wayne & Patsy Gibson - Colombia

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We recently visited the village of La Victoria once again.  The church leaders joined Wayne in a study of John 17, the prayer of Jesus.  They really appreciated delving deeper into God's Word.  What a joy to see Emilio once again walking with the Lord.  He said that the Lord had disciplined him in love, and although he still has health issues, he desires to serve the Lord with his life.  His wife, Yolanda, joined the other ladies in sudying the Word and we looked at verses that reflect God's character and His love toward us.  Then each shared prayer requests, and spent time praying for one another.  We had a profitable time with the La Victoria believers, thanks to the Lord!  Thank you for praying for them and for those unsaved yet seeking the Lord and hearing His Word. 

The Jungle Team also plans to teach the Gospel lessons in May in a village about a day's travel by river.  The village leaders have asked the team to come and teach them, and we trust that they will respond to God's Word and place their trust in Christ only for salvation.

In the village where the gospel team taught last, the people were quite steeped in magic and witchcraft and most refused to attend the teaching sessions.  However, one of the leaders and his 13-year old grandson attended all the 54 sessions and openly delcard their faith in Christ after hearing the Gospel.  Praise the Lord.  We are continuing with Bible teaching for adults and children, and writing Bible materials in Piapoco.  Please pray for direction on teaching the hundreds of unsaved Piapocos in the various neighborhoods near this town.  Please continue to pray for the publication of the Piapoco New Testament.  There are still seven books to be checked by the consultant.

Our youngest daughter, Donna, is expecting their third child.  Please pray for a healthy pregnancy and little one. She and PJ have begun learning the Chami language and culture.  Their girls, Evye and Lily, enjoy interaction with the Chami children and being homeschooled.  Thank you for praying for them.  Pray also for our daughter, Angela's trip with her two children to visit us this summer.  We look forward to the family time.  Your prayers and support help make this ministry possible.  Thanks for caring!

 


  

Mifsud

Joe & Jenny Mifsud - Malta

Baptist Mid-Missions
"...they knew that the island was called Melita." (Acts 28:1)

Dear Praying Friends,

Our Gozo congregation was somewhat saddened to see the young couple who were saved through the ministry of the Bible Baptist Church, Malta, who helped start the Bible Study, Dan and Nikki, move back to the United Kingdom.  They have settled there and Dan has applied to pursue Seminary training for possible future ministry.  The Malta church and Gozo Bible Study will be glad to have missionaries Josh and Erica Burrill with us soon and are praying and looking forward to their arrival.  Josh visited in March to visit with the church famly he will be working with. 

Preliminary building works on a small scale have continued on the lower level of the church building, and work has begun on the upper levels to make the building accessible for the disabled.  There have been delays due to government regulations.

Please Pray for:

- Dan and Nikki as they seek to reach people for Christ in the south of England

- The evangelistic outreach and the Wednesday Gozo Bible Study, and for us as we continue leading the Gozo ministry.

-The Burrills as they continue to raise support

- Our health, our family in the States and wisdom for the ministry.  This June will mark 10 years since moving back to Malta.

 


 

Leroy and Mary Lou Peters

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Greetings in Christ,

We have had a wonderful winter and spring serving the Lord in Florida, January through April.  The Lord provided many opportunties to teach in churches and to various men's groups.
 
Leroy is currently working with Pastor Henry Duarte in Columbia to establish a new church in the central part of the Capitol City, Bogota.  A venue is rented, chairs purchased and Sunday morning meetings are ongoing. 
 
We are planning a trip to Cuba or Mexico once again in 2017.  An elder from the church we attend will accompany Leroy to minister in various ways to both the adults and children, but especially to pastors.
 
Thanks to you who have a part of the ministry the Lord has given to us.  It has been a wonderful 38-year journey and we look forward to what the Lord has for the future.  He has done things that were far and beyond what we could have dreamed.  May the Lord bless you as you pray and stand with us financially in the ministry.

Serving the Soon-Coming Lord Jesus,
LEROY AND MARY LOU
 

 
MacPhail FauseyBrian & Heather MacPhail-Fausey
Baptist Mid-Missions, Cameroon
 
We will likely spend the next couple of months sorting out February - emotionally, physically and spiritually.  It was a month full of increasing ministry activities along with the blessings and challenges that brings.  A month of watching and helping some of our children wrestle with the old nature toward the new.  A month of physical exhaustion and insufficient sleep, yet still with the strength to get through the day.  Through it all, God has and is growing us. 
 
In early February, Ian and Rebekah went with the Rain Forest International School on their annual Spiritual Retreat.  Phoebe is trying out African hairstyles and is enjoying soccer again, but struggling a bit academically.  Heather participated in the Middle School Retreat by helping lead worship.  She has now taken on the task of helping the choir at church with vocal direction and performance.
 
The Home Discipleship groups at church are starting to grow and it is a blessing to see the "light come on" to Biblical truth and see the fellowship growing.  My one-on-one discipleship with a man from church is going well.
 
Please Pray for:
- Phoebe's learning and comprehension
- Heather as she undertakes the difficult and sensitive task of directing the choir
- Growth in the Home Discipleship groups and for the willingness of another man to accept the invitation to join the one-on-one discipleship meetings
- The family of Pastor Bixby and for his church in Fance, at his sudden death at the end of February
 
 

 
Pastor Josef Teglas - RomaniaJosif and family
 
Psalm 63:3 Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
 
Dear Brothers in Christ,
 
Thank you for your giving.  We have started this year together to fight on the side of the Living Truth that the lost people will find salvation in Christ; those who are sick to find healing, the oppressed will find deliverance; the hungry and thirsty will find spiritual food and the living water and the sinners will find forgiveness.
 
 
 
Please Pray
- for us this month as we will have a two-week Bible Training Course taught by Tim Fink
- for Halmasd Village, that the Lord will soften the people's hearts
- for the church in Cheriu who needs our prayers in their maturity growth
 
For His Name,
Josef Teglas