First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries

TimandSandyFink

Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania

Study to show thyself approved unto God!

 

Dear Praying Partners,

The PEP Trip to India was a wonderful trip as both Tim and Jon witnessed the Lord working in many hearts for His glory!  However, as we update you to what the Lord is doing, we ask that you do not post anything that we send on Facebook or any form of social media.  When they arrived, they needed to register with the authorities who are under madate now to watch all that is being done.  They were asked many questions as to their purpose in India.  New leadership was placed in government this past February 2017, so things are changing there.  Therefore, we will not be posting on Facebook, neither will we be stating specific names, locations, or ministries in our report.  We are observing this in more and more countries.  We will be reducing our use of social media. 

The second location of ministry in India was different than the first in several ways.  First of all, this was primarily a group of church-plants.  One specific national church-planter had 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.  In addition, there are two more pastors (church-planters) who are part of this same fellowship.  Tim and Jon visited these additional church plants, too.  

All of the church plants and their leaders joined them for the full week as they taught, "Principles of Spiritual Growth". Several people came throughout the week.  They were extremely hungry for truth. The leaders are incredibly faithful, and desire to know the Word of God.  Most of all the people are "first-generation" Christians that were saved out of Hindu families.  It is all new for them.  Also, the leaders requested a "Marriage Seminar" on the weekend following the conference.  There were many questions due to the cultural pressures they are under from their families and loved ones.

Tim and Jon were able to do some visitation (the living conditions reminded Tim of our Roma believers).  They truly are a family of believers serving each other together (Acts 2).  The churches are in Hindu or Muslim communities.  It is humbling to see their love for one anothher as they go through many trials!

Please Pray that:

- that the Lord would continue to care for them, strengthen them, and pour out His grace upon them!  We are making plans to return next year. 

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers!  Many of you have encouraged us with cards and emails.  Our travel schedule for September - December is full with PEP trips to Romania, Myanmar, Chad, Nepal, and Liberia on the calendar.  We are so grateful to you for your support!  You are our family!

 

The Fink Family

 


 Kimmels0613

The Kimmel Family - Romania

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

In early July we held our first Art Camp for the teens, in part to give them a special week like VBS.  During Art Camp, they could choose two activities, painting a mural for VBS with Nicki, cake decorating with Kim and Ruth, and building a wooden bench with Dave and Luke.  We were delighted to have the Kerr family visit with the Warners and help us out that week.  The addition of Art Camp has made it possible for some teens to serve as helpers where they would have been participants in the past. 

As mentioned in an earlier prayer letter, Celeste had the privilege of spending three weeks in Perugia, Italy, working with BMM missionaries, Fred and Rachel Whitman.  She wa a great help in the nursery during the week of VBS.  She was also able to help Mr. Whitman prepare materials for translation as well as serve by painting for some of the members of the church.  Celeste made several new friends, and is planning to study Italian during her senior year of high school this fall.

Parents, we encourage you to explore short-term ministry opportunities with your teens.  We are available to help. Please contact us or the BMM church relations department. 

On the afternoon of June 29, our area experienced one of the worst hailstorms in recent history.  Hundreds of homes had damage to roofs, windows, and porches by the golf-ball-sized-hail.  Countless cars were damaged as well, many with broken or shattered windshields and/or rear windows.  Minutes before the storm, our girls had been out on a walk with the dog in the city center.  Our roof had nearly 100 broken tiles that Dave was able to replace himself.  Our car was also badly dented, but thankfully insurance is going to cover both losses. 

Praises

- Wonderful time with the teens during our first Art Camp

- Protection during the severe hailstorm

- Ruth and Dave secured their Romanian driver's licenses

Prayer Requests

- For those still recovering from the hailstorm

- For three teens who completed 8th grade.  Two plan to go to high school this fall.

 

In Him,

Dave, Ruth, Celeste, and Amber

 


 

Wayne & Patsy Gibson - Colombia

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This summer friends from a partnering church enjoyed seeing firsthand what the Lord is doing among the Piapoco people when they visited us in the jungle area as well as in the prairie village of La Victoria.  What a blessing Pastor Craig, Portia and their daughter, Aurora, were to us, providing that 'Shot in the Arm' we sometimes need to keep moving forward.  They also had the opportunity to minister to Piapoco believers, making such a good impression that the Piapocos invited them back. How we appreciate the First Baptist Church of Kenton, Ohio, who sent them our way to encourage both us and the tribal people.  

 

Please pray with us for the following needs:

- The Piapoco ladies as they teach the evangelism lessons to other women and to the children.  Praise for new believers among the children.

- The Jungle Team and their trips upriver to encourage and disciple believers.  Praise for those who have accepted the Lord as a result of recent evangelistic trips.  

- That the New Testament Revision process will be completed soon and for the publication of the revised Piapoco New Testament. 

- For the birth of our grandson this fall here in Colombia, and that Patsy will be able to travel to Medellin to be a help to Donna, PJ and the family.

- Our grandson, PVT Jared Gibson, deployed to the Middle East.

 


  

Mifsud

Joe & Jenny Mifsud - Malta

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

Dear Praying Friends,

We thank God that our new team mates, Josh and Erica Burrill are now with us here in Malta.  In August, we had a joint celebration - Believers Baptism and a Welcome to Malta for the Burrills!  We are also pleased to report that after many delays, a builder has taken on our Church Accessibility Project and the building works have finally begun.  

Please pray for:

- Pastor Josh as he preaches the Word of God and for Erica in her ministry, that the Lord will bless their missionary work in Malta and Gozo.

- The eight individuals who were obedient to the Lord in Believers Baptism - some endured verbal opposition and verbal abuse from family members and discouragement from Roman Catholic clergy - persecution still takes place in predominately Roman Catholic countries.

- Outreach as we seek to reach people for Christ in Gozo

 


 

Leroy and Mary Lou Peters

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Greetings in Christ,

Our latest trip to Cuba was a real treat.  We were able to have meetings in seven churches in and near the city of Remedios.  We also made a trip to Havana to visit with Pastor Raymundo and see the first church in Cuba where Leroy was privileged to minster over a dozen years ago.  Our daughter, Lisa, accompanied me and John Paul, an elder of the church where we attend in Dayton, Ohio.
 
This was a ten day trip, so there was adequate time to minister in many ways in addition to speaking in churches.  Cuba is a special place to visit even though it is a country with many restrictions.  Our religious visas that we normally obtain were denied, but we were granted visitors visas and all turned out well.  Thank you for praying on our behalf, and to all who kindly donated money, medicines and other supplies for this trip. 
 
Prayer Requests
- Mary Lou continues to have difficulties with her health.  Even though her health issues persist, Paul encourages that God's grace is sufficient
- Leroy will soon be traveling to southern Missouri to minister
 

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 Friends and Parnters,
 
I just want to express my many thanks and gratitude for all your prayers and support as it wouldn't be the same without it.  I want to tell you something about the latest events God did in my life.  In the village of Telechiu I have ordained brother Terics Viorel as a pastor of the Gypsy Baptist Church called 'Hope for the gypsies' and on June 25th I have baptized five adults that turned to God in the same village.
 
On September 3rd in Halmasd, we will have another baptism when eight people will testify their new life in Christ and be baptized.
 
September 4-9 we will have a Bible course about the principles of Spiritual Growth, taught by professor Timothy Fink.
 
For His Name,
Josef Teglas