First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries


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Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania 

Dear Praying Partners,

 

The Falam Chin Bible in Myanmar was completed in two stages (the NT, and then the OT).  The Falam Chin people have been waiting/praying fervently, and working hard for 16 years.  This translation is accurate, of good quality, readable, and understandable.  One elderly woman in Falam has been asking every year when the Bible would be done.  She has been praying for years that she would be able to read the Falam Chin Bible before she dies.  Last week, her fervent prayers were answered!  Praise God! We went as a team up to the Chin State.  Through our travels we had three Bible dedications in three different locations:  Kale, Falam, and Hakha City.  There were about 1,100 in attendance at Kale, almost 800 in Falam, and about 350 in Hakha City.  What a great time of celebration it was as church leaders, BI consultants, the translation team, missionaries, Falam Chin church members, and even some higher level officials came to witness this once in a lifetime event.  In addition, I was able to preach in several other churches.  In fact, during that week, the Lord had me preach 8 times.  We also had a couple of young men join us whose language group (Asho Chin) does not have the Bible in their language.  They are seeking the Lord for God's will as to whether their language could be adopted by BI for a Bible translation project.  Certainly the need is great!  We cannot reach this people group adequately without the Bible in their mother-tongue.  They are passionate in their desire to have the Bible in their language. 

Please Pray for those who do not have a copy of the Scriptures.  They are hungry for God's Word!  Their hearts cry out for God to make Himself known to their people.  This is the Great Commission in action.  It is absolutely critical for our church planting ministry.  Please continue to pray for the Falam Chin people!

I recently had to change my hats from BI to PEP, helping a colleague in teaching Principles of Spiritual Growth during 5 days (six hours of teaching a day) to 44 national missionaries and pastors, and 42 college students.  So we had about 86 consistently in the conference, although, other visitors popped into the teaching from time to time throughout the week.  The pastors are spiritually hungry.  They cannot help their people spiritually grow because in reality, they themselves do not know how to spiritually grow. Please pray for these church leaders who we have urged to teach this subject to their own people.  The more stories were heard from the missionaries and pastors, the more we came to realize the need for teaching among these leaders.  They have committed to the PEP certificate program, but it will take them a long time to complete this goal.  Please pray for them!  I also thank the Lord for the opportunity to preach in local churches, too.  This trip enabled me to preach 12 times.  God is doing some great things here!

After we returned from the Chin State, I was able to meet with some of the Bible translation teams of various projects in the capital where BIMS headquarters is.  They are in different stages of the process, and they are learning many new things.  It was good to listen to them and to pray for them.  I was also able to help host the "Director's Dinner" with about 40 consultants, executive committee members, translators, and BIMS staff personnel.  I was introduced by the BIMS director to everyone as the new director of BI.  It gave me a chance to share a devotional thought from the Scriptures, and to share my heart regarding a vision for BI and BIMS.  BIMS is Bibles International Myanmar Society.  It is one of three affiliates that we have (the other two are in India and Chad).  However, this one is unique because we opened up the BIMS Inn at this location in April 2018.  It will provide housing for many various groups and ministries, plus it will aid to provide income for the ministry.  In some ways it is a "test-pilot" to see how this will work.  So far it is working well.  This week allowed me in the evenings to meet with executive committee members, consultants, translation teams members, and BIMS staff members.  It was a very profitable time for me.  

Recently we had our 4th Falam Chin Bible dedication service.  I believe we handed out about 1,000 Bibles, so the attendance was great.  Many attended, including 8 members of the BI team from the states.  Bibles are being shipped to Falam Chin people in Australia, Singapore, Norway, Sweden, the United States, and other countries where there is a significant population.  We praise God for what He has done!  This has been my first real opportunity to witness a New Testament (Akha) or complete Bible (Falam Chin) dedication.  I am overwhelmed with the blessing of believers receiving the Bible in their mother-tongue after waiting and praying for many years.  Would you please pray for them to use, read, study, apply, and share these Bibles regularly?  May they be transformed by God's Holy Spirit through His Word!

 

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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While on furlough, from Coast to Coast, the Lord gave us incredible and safe trips, visiting family, friends and churches, with the enjoyment of wonderful sights of His marvelous creation along the way.  It was an amazing time, and the best part was reconnecting with family and friends, after four years absence.  Thank you for praying for us during these many miles. 

A loving welcome by Partnering Churches in Alabama and Ohio encouraged us greatly, with positive interest in seeing the Piapoco New Testament published in the coming year.  An excursion to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens was enjoyed by all.  Wayne was treated to another trip to the Air Force Museum in Ohio as well. 

These months back in our home country haven't been without some sadness.  Wayne was asked to help lay to rest the remains of a dear brother-in-law, Howard, who passed into the Lord's presence in September.  Then word came from Colombia of the Homegoing of a special friend, Cecilia, our Spanish teacher in the early days and since discipled in our home.  We pray that the impact her life had on her family and friends will bring much fruit.

Thank you for praying for our time home.  The Lord has allowed us many opportunities to share about what he is doing in Colombia, and among the Piapoco people.  On January 16th we head back for another term in PI, to resume teaching ministries and preparation of Bible materials for the Piapoco believers. 

 


 

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.