First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries


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Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania 

Dear Praying Partners,

 

Even though we have made several trips to India in the past, this was the first time that Tim had the opportunity to visit the home office of BIIS (Bible International India Society).  It was good to  meet the director and staff of BIIS.  In addition, Tim was able to visit with each of the BI missionary couples and national consultants.  This unique place is filled with missionary history.

 

It was great to share in a staff chapel, and to speak in two of the churches on Sunday.  This trip involved a lot of traveling in-county, whether by plane or by car.  BIIS is currently involved with 11 language or literacy projects in India.  One of Tim's highlights for this trip was to travel with the BIIS director to visit the translators, national leaders, and the RR Committees of eight of our current 11 projects.  It was enlightening to hear of the many blessings problems, needs, and answers to prayer from each of these projects. 

 

One of the interesting observations that we made is the nominal state of many of the believers who were at the seminars.  There were many opportunities to share the gospel to those who attend these churches.  It is critical that they understand the true gospel message.  Would you please pray that those who are in these villages would be able to discern as to whether they are truly in the faith?  Only the Spirit of God can open up their eyes and hearts to the gospel. 

 

This was one of the busiest trips that Tim has made into India.  His eyes were opened to the immense spiritual needs in this country.  For many believers, they are challenged by the daily pressures of Hindu families and neighbors.  The Muslin population is also on the rise.  We have plans to return to this country in January to attend and speak at a BIIS hosted Asia Consultant Seminar, teach a PEP course among the Ranglong people, and observe a Bible translation workshop in session.  Please pray for the people of India.  They need the Lord!

 

It was an honor for Tim to teach seminars for church plants in two locations.  We have come to love the various tribal groups throughout India.  In some respects, many of them tend to remind us of the precious Roma (Gypsy) people of Romania.  The Roma originated from northern India, too. 

 

The first PEP Seminar was with a group of church plants and their leaders.  Our home church pastor from Mishawaka, IN (Pete Jones) joined Tim as his team-teacher for this part of his trip.  They taught a Marriage and the Family Seminar.  There were about 60 first-generation Christians who also live with their Hindu families.  The second seminar was with another tribe of about 180 people in a different location.  These believers were also first generation Christians with great needs.  The material taught was Principles of Spiritual Growth.  Many had questions.  In addition, Tim spoke five times in the churches.  The people are spiritually hungry and requested that we come back in the near future. 

 

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 - Colombia

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Since leaving Colombia for eight months of Home Assignment, we are experiencing how hectic life in the U.S. can be.  At the same time, we are thankful to connect with family and renew friendships face to face.

News from Colombia:  Both good and sad.  The Lady Piapoco teachers were excited to continue teaching the new believers, establishing the ladies in the faith, and continuing to teach the Gospel to any who are seeking Christ.  A month ago, one of the teachers, Amanda, became quite sick, along with her husband, Sergio, a leader at the local church, and had to be flown to the capital city for treatment. Thankfully they have improved and are back home.  However, we received word that the young wife of one of the church leaders in LV village passed away, from complicated health problems.  Please pray for Orlando, and his 4 children, to be comforted with the knowledge of seeing their dear Patricia again one day, now with the Lord. 

It's now Rainy Season in the rain forest, and the rivers and creeks have overflowed their banks.  In the jungle town where we live, many homes have been affected, and even cell towers were damaged.  Thank you for praying for the situation here. 

Bible Translation Projects:  The Piapoco translators have finished the draft of the revised New Testament, praise the Lord.  The translation consultant has several books to check over to approve the publication and has recently approved II Corinthians.

Reynaldo, the other translator, is in another town working with a group who are producing a DVD, narrated in Piapoco of the life of Christ from the book of Luke.  Praise the Lord for these Bible materials for the Piapoco people in their own language. 

Wayne continues to check spelling and set punctuation of the Piapoco New Testament getting it ready for publication while here in the states.  He has finished the book of Mark and most of Luke.  We look forward to having all this work completed and the New Testament ready to be published next year. There has been new interest in translating the remainder of the Old Testament into Piapoco.  Thank you for praying for this important work, so that the Piapoco people can have a clear translation of God's Word, that speaks to their hearts. 

Family update:  What a blessing to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends in June!  The Lord gave us a wonderful celebration.  We are happy to announce that our son, Jeff, exchanged marriage vows with Tanya at the end of July, with Wayne officiating.  What a blessing, too, that our first great-grandson is on the way to Kayla and Brett, giving little Kalissa a baby brother.  Thank the Lord for a healthy pregnancy this time.  The baby is due in October.

In mid-January, we head back to Colombia and PI, for probably one more term.  Please pray for our time home and travels, that we may be a blessing and encouragement to others, and to have quality time with family, including all our many grandchildren. 

 


 

Leroy and Mary Lou Peters

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Dear Brethren at Kenton First Baptist Church,

 
We continually rejoice in the privilege the Lord has given us in serving Him in missions.  Opportunities are abundant and we stay busy with involvement in the ministry the Lord has opened to us. 
 
We thank the Lord for the two new church plants in Duitama and Boyaca, Colombia.  They are doing well and growing in numbers.  The Colombian ministry is growing and there is an upcoming conference of the churches we were privileged by the Lord in starting.  The Bible Institute is having a number of graduates with a desire to be involved in starting new churches.
 
What a blessing for the impact we have had with the Cuban churches.  Their ministries with children, adults, and youth are very active.  We pray that the Lord will keep the doors open.  It is a delicate balance doing the Lord's work under difficult government situations. 
 
 
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,
 
It's been ever so busy recently. Our various projects continue to move forward. The garden is one of those ongoing projects that I have really been enjoying. Our water project, too, is moving ahead. We are praising God that the cost for that equipment was not as high as we thought it might be. That has allowed us to be able to afford to do the next phase, as well. The well water is very hard, we've known for some time that we would need a water softener system if we want to use the water for the buildings. We are really excited to be off of municipal water and are so grateful for God's provision and kindness as it has come to us through your prayers and generosity.
 
We were also able to get our floors sanded down and re-sealed. The week after that, I was able to get most of the cabinets installed that we bought in Indiana and shipped here. Kari has been amazingly patient with the upheaval and the dust.
 
We had an open house recently to say good-bye to Linda Wade. Linda has served God in a very useful way here at The Pines for the past 8 years. She has been an invaluable help with medical issues and educational challenges, as well as a whole host of other things. The open house was well attended. The kids and the mamas performed songs to express their gratitude to Linda for her kindness and love. We had a great time and Kari and Sally put in a lot of work to get it all ready. Please pray for Linda as God moves her back to England to be near her parents in their old age.
 
Please accept our gratitude for your ongoing prayers and faithful support for us as we serve God here.  He has been teaching us so many things and bringing about so much growth in a variety of areas.  He continues to demonstrate His faithfulness in more ways than we can possibly count. 

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

 
keeton family photoThe Keetons - Papua New Guinea
 
Greetings from Papua New Guinea!  We are doing well here in PNG and have been very busy with orientation, language learning, and homeschooling.   It has been a huge adjustment for our family, but the Lord is good and everyone seems to be healthy and adjusting well. We appreciate all the prayers that have been said for us over the last several weeks and we continue to ask for your prayers as we get settled in here over the coming months.  The Lord has allowed us to reconnect with many of our national and missionary friends that we knew when we were here before, which has been really good for our adjustment back to life in PNG, as relationships are a major part of the culture here. We look forward to strengthening many of these relationships as we prepare to transition into our fulltime ministry.
 
Since we have arrived here we have been involved in Field Orientation, or E2 as they call it (Equipping Phase 2).   There are 16 missionaries with Ethnos360 that all arrived around the same time we did.  In our class there are missionaries from the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. During this eight week period we have had classes Monday – Friday, and sometimes activities on weekends as well.  All of this is to prepare us to be able live, minister, and function here in Papua New Guinea.   The first week we started with just a general orientation on how things work on the field. We took a trip to town, got drivers licenses, and had people come in and talk to us from several different areas to share with us about finances, medical, security, computer services, supply, schooling, aviation etc.  The following week we began our course in the trade language “Melanesian Pidgin”,  for us this has been kind of a refresher course, as we learned Pidgin when we were here before, but we were both a bit rusty after twelve years of not really using it at all.  We have made a lot of progress over the last few weeks and, after being evaluated recently, we are both very close to where we need to be in our language skills for our ministry here.  We appreciate your prayers that we will both be at the “capable level” when we have another evaluation in a couple weeks, after the completion of our pidgin course at the end of this month.  The last several weeks have also offered us a great opportunity to get out into the community to learn, and to get to know people and build relationships.   We have been posting a lot of pictures, and you can check them out on our Facebook page “The Keeton Family to Papua New Guinea”.   Overall our time here so far is going really well and we thank the Lord for how he has provided for us and met our needs during this time.  It’s amazing to finally be here, and surreal at times.  Papua New Guinea is such a beautiful country with some incredible people.  Yet a huge need exists for the Gospel here, as many tribal people still haven’t heard the Gospel in their own language (there are over 850 languages spoken in PNG). 
 
Much has been done over the years, and there are some very exciting, encouraging things happening around the country. Right now there are twelve different language groups throughout the country that have churches established and are reaching out to neighboring language groups on their own!  And yet there is still much to be done; currently our organization has 39 active tribal works in Papua New Guinea, with about 184 missionaries working directly with remote tribal people trying to bring them the Gospel for the very first time in history and to plant churches among them.   We are excited to be a part of this work and are looking forward to plugging into our fulltime ministry, Lord willing, early next month, helping to keep our missionaries supplied out in these extremely remote, isolated locations.  Thank you again for all your prayers and support.  We miss you all so much, but are excited about what God has for us here as we play an important part in taking the Gospel to the unreached and seeing new churches established!
 
In His Service,
Marc and Alison Keeton
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Prayer Requests:
 
Praise:
For God’s amazing grace as we navigated some challenges on our entry into the country. Through His orchestration we were able to get all of our luggage through with no overage fees, and no customs check.
For good adjustments for us and the kids to the climate and culture of our new home.
For faithful supporters who have prayed us through this time of transition and change.
 
Prayer Requests:
Pray that we would reach “Capable” level at our language evaluation at the end of the month.
Pray for us as we begin our fulltime ministry toward the beginning of October.
Pray for our family as we continue to adjust to life here in Papua New Guinea.
Pray the unreached people groups of this country, that they would have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
Pray that God would continue to provide and meet our needs as a family.