First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries


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Tim and Sandy Fink - Bibles International 

Dear Praying Partners,

 

We want to thank you for your prayers.  After Tim having commuted each week to the BI office in Michigan this past year, our goal now is to make the transition to move to Grand Rapids.  Our son, Daniel, will be going to college in August.  Please Pray that God would provide us a house that will meet our needs.

Chad:  Lately there has been a recurring issue of Bibles or New Testaments being held up at customs.  In each case, with much prayer we have seen them released the day before (or even hours before) the dedication.  Praise God that He answers prayer.  We have seen this happen in Myanmar, Chad, Mali, and even the USA in the past six months.  We thank the Lord for His grace with the completion of one of those translation projects - the Dagba New Testament in Chad.  This project took twenty years to complete.  The Dagba believers hungered for the Bible to be translated into their mother tongue.  God answered their prayers!

During those two decades of tedious labor, the main translator lost his sight, and his assistant went home to be with the Lord.  But God was faithful.  In 2018 the New Testament was completed, printed, and after being held up in customs for several months, the Dabga people received the answer to their prayers and rejoiced!  A group of 500 Dagba believers gave God the glory.

Songhay New Testament Project in Mali:  Please pray for the Songhay people that they would use what the Lord has provided for them.  This New Testament is the first one to be published by BI with illustrations.  About thirty people traveled for three days to join the 500 others who attended the dedication.  Pray that God would bring forth eternal fruit as the New Testament is used for His glory.  They battle the rulers of darkness. 

 

The Fink Family

 


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The Kimmel Family - Romania

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

 

One of the hardest things about being a missionary is saying goodbye.  We have become keenly aware of this over the part months as we said goodbye to our friends and co-workers in Romania and returned to the States only to make new acquaintances that are only temporary.  We know a difficult goodbye awaits when Celeste stays behind for college.  As missionaries we long for more time to linger and fellowship, but time is short, and our tasks in this period of transition are many. 

Our last few weeks in Romania were spent in a flurry of activity.  Celeste finished her orthodontic treatment and had her wisdom teeth removed in two separate operations.  After the girls finished school, we had two weeks left to pack and say goodbye.  During that time, we enjoyed Celeste's High School Graduation, senior pictures, graduation party, and farewell party with Romanian friends.  We also celebrated Amber's 15th birthday.  We found some friends to take care of our dog, Peanut, as well.

One change in Celeste's life has been learning to drive.  In Romania, it is much more difficult to obtain a license, and you cannot begin the process until you are 18, thus she had to wait until our return to begin learning.  She had completed her Driver's Ed and with some more practice, she'll take her test.

 

Praises

- Safe return to the States and time with family and friends

- Celeste's completion of Driver's Ed

- Opportunity for all of us to attend a Debriefing Seminar

 

Prayer Requests

- Celeste began classes at Cedarville University on August 22

- For Amber as she adapts to life without her big sister

- Stamina as we continue to travel and report

- For a family in Luncsoara whose home burned

 

In Him,

Dave, Ruth, Celeste, and Amber

 


 

Wayne & Patsy Gibson - Ethnos 360, Colombia

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Warm greetings from Puerto Iirida, Guainia, Colombia.

 

OFF TO THE PRINTERS!

It is exciting to report to you, that the new version of the Piapoco New Testament is in the process of being printed this month!  All the hard work and hours that Wayne, the Piapoco translators, and consultant have put into this project has produced a clear, understandabe text of God's Word in the Piapoco language.  Notes, glossary, topical index, maps and pictures are included for a more knowledgeable study of God's message to the Piapoco heart.

For the past few years, the finished books and chapters have been used in teaching Piapocos and for the discipleship of the believers.  Now the who New Testament will be available to the trained teachers and any of the Piapocos who desire to have their own.

After spending a couple weeks with our family here, the Ryans, and seeing them off for their time in the U.S., we decided to stay in Bogota for the publication of the New Testament, and prepare to ship copies out to the tribal areas.

Thank you for praying:

- Praise for the Lord's provision of the publication of the New Testament

- Praise for the continued teaching going on by the Piapocos while we are in the city

- Pray for the translators, Reinaldo and Roberto, as well as, Wayne, as they continue to work on Bible commentaries and Bible studies in Piapoco

- Pray for PJ, Donna, and family, during their time home and for safety in travels around the country 

 

Wayne & Patsy 

 


 

Leroy and Mary Lou Peters, Ethnos 360, Colombia

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Dear Brethren at Kenton First Baptist Church,

 
Thank you for praying for and supporting the ministry the Lord has given us.  We both have had recent difficult health problems, but the Lord has been faithful in getting us proper care.  Both of us have found His and are thankful to Him.
 
Leroy's weekly Bible Study with several men has been well attended, as he teached the letter of joy to the Philippians.  One of the men being discipled is Henry in Bogota.  He grew much in his understanding of the Scriptures during our time there and now via the Internet.  We are in constant contact with him and his small group of Colombians which form a new church plant.  Henry tells us that this year they began a study in the book of Luke.  He has gradually explained the plan of salvation to the new attenders, and those who are believers are increasingly growing firm and convinced that they had been badly taught.  They are now learning the Word of God correctly.  Henry says he is very thankful for our notes and lessons which are very helpful to him.  Our teaching has helped him a lot in his teaching others.  He is organizing the topics that we sent so that he will be able to use them in a study with these men. 
 
We have been given a ministry among the Latins of several countries but are still concerned about the tribal works the mission is involved with.  Many of the servants with Ethnos 360 are laboring in difficult tribal locations around the globe.  The Lord is moving and many of the workers are seeing indigenous people come to Him as well as local churches being started.  
 
Thank you from our hearts for your financial giving and prayers. 
 
 
Leroy and Mary Lou
 
 

 
MacPhail FauseyBrian & Heather MacPhail-Fausey
Baptist Mid-Missions, Cameroon
 
Furlough planning is going well.  We have booked our flights for our return to the U.S. and the majority of church visits have been scheduled.  We have contacted an agency that rents cars for missionary use and have a car reserved for our travels within the U.S.  However, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY that a car would be provided to save the expense of renting one; and that we would find a family to rent our house in Yaounde during our absence.  Two families inquired about the home, but so far, we do not have an offer. 
 
There have been recent concerns over stability during the presidential elections. President Paul Biya was re-elected, and we were thankful that there were only limited problems.  Heather received word that a dear childhood friend lost her battle with cancer.  Then the next day we heard about a missionary in the Northwest region of Cameroon being shot and killed.  We are heartbroken for the Wesco family and their ministry partners and are praying fervently for them in their time of grief and shock.  The entire missionary community feels their pain because this is the nightmare that all missionaries fear; arriving on the field only to have a tragic event remove you.  Although we do not know them personally, we have been impacted emotionally, and we continue to pray for God's peace, healing and leading for these families in the days to come.
 
The crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon has persisted for two years and it is unfortunate that it took this tragedy to bring a greater international awareness.  We pray that the fighting will not escalate; too many lives have been lost already.  We ask you to pray fervently for peace.  To be clear, however, what has happened does not change our ministry in Yaounde.  At this time the fighting is only in these regions and remote from the capital city.  We are distressed over the unrest and pray continuously with our Cameroonian brothers and sisters that true peace would come to the Northwest and Southwest.  Please pray for Cameroon, pray for peace, pray that lives would be changed by the true gospel of Jesus Christ. 
 
 
 
Brian & Heather 
 
 

 
Pastor Josef Teglas - RomaniaJosif and family
 
My dear partners in ministry,
 
In November, we were in Lille, France, for three days preaching the Gospel.  Then in Antwerpen, Belgium, there was a sick man who was very weak.  He wanted to be saved and baptized, after which he was strengthened to praise the Lord. 
  
For His Name,
Josef Teglas
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Randy and Kari Teachout - The Pines, Welkom, South AfricaTeachouts
 
Dear Friends and loved ones,
 
We are profoundly grateful for God's faithfulness and the role you have played in our ministry here at The Pines.  While we try to take every opportunity to communicate our gratitude to each of you for your prayers and financial support, we thought we would take time to send a special "thank you". 
 
These past months have seen us through some challenges, interesting struggles and amazing progress.  We've weathered the cold, the winds, the dryness, and the sweltering heat, and we are as convinced as ever that God wants us here.  The kids did well through their first half of school, managing to overcome the newness of the school, the strangeness of their surroundings, and the challenges of unfamiliar customs, accents and clothing.  Each fulfilled their academic requirements sufficiently to be passed on to the next grade and will do better next year if only because they will have been here for a whole year. 
 
Our friends, family members and loved ones that we are far from in body, we are very close to in spirit.  We are comforted by the fact that we serve the same God who shows us His love through the love and support that you all provide so faithfully.  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. 
 

In Christ, 
Randy and Kari Teachout
Ambassadors International Ministries, Inc.
AIMI - South Africa
  

 
keeton family photoThe Keetons - Papua New Guinea
 
We've been here in Papua New Guinea for over nine months now, and have settled into a pretty good routine.  We are so thankful for your prayers as we find that PNG is becoming more and more like home.  The kids are in their final term of their first full year of homeschooling to now being back in a formal school setting.  They are doing well, but we would still appreciate your prayers as the work load is a bit more than they are used to.  We are excited that the container carrying a pallet of our belongings from America has arrived!  It seems like a trivial thing when God has provided for our needs so well during our time in PNG, and we do not take that for granted.  But it's nice to have a few of our personal items with us to help our new home feel more that way.  Thank you for your prayers for its safe arrival, and praise that God provided the funds to cover the cost that was incurred with shipping these items. 
 
Our ministry here is keeping us very busy.  Marc, once again, finds himself the main manager of the store and supply ministry, as his co-worker has taken on the much needed ministry of running our Center's Guesthouse for a time. He enjoys the work, but would appreciate your prayers as some days it's a lot to keep track of, between keeping things stocked in the store and making sure that our bush missionaries' supplies make it to the flights to their locations.  We are thankful for our PNG co-workers that help him keep things going, Alison is still enjoying her time in the clinic.  We are very thankful for our medical staff that is here to keep us healthy and able to do the ministries that God has called us to.  She is looking forward to the summer and next school year when she will be able to help there even more as the boys can help with Chloe, and then as Chloe has the chance to join the school body as a 1st grader.  We are in need of more nurses at the clinic, as some of our friends will be finishing their time here soon and departing for their home countries. 
 
The Pei people of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea have never heard a clear Gospel presentation in their heart language of Pefiyahe.  In 2012 a team set out to learn the culture and language in order to establish a firm foundation for this language group of 200 people.  Justin and Lauren Reese, Chris and Evie Jones and Candace Swift spent 5 years with the people seeking to understand their worldview and underlying beliefs in addition to the language.  They also held literacy classes to teach the people to read in their own language.  They were very close to teaching through Creation to Christ and presenting the Gospel toward the end of 2017, when the unthinkable happened.  So close to starting a church, there was a medical crisis and the Jones family had to be evacuated.  After 21 months of not knowing if they would ever be able to return to the Pei people and their teammates, they were able to return to Paupua New Guinea in March.  Please be praying for their team's return:  for God's wisdom and provision when it comes to repairing their houses, for the tribal language to be remembered quickly, and for God's guidance in carrying out the translation and teaching.  Pray especially for the hearts of the Pei people, that the journey that Chris and Evie have been on to return to them will contribute to softened hearts. 
 
For many years our mission has had great freedom to serve in Papua New Guinea as missionaries, but recently some new rules for foreign workers are being proposed by the PNG government regarding entrance into the country which could greatly curtail our ability to support our church planting effort.  Please pray that God would keep the doors open for ministry.  There are still many opportunities to go where the Gospel is not understood in the heart language of the people. 
 
 
 
In His Service,
Marc and Alison Keeton
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