First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries

TimandSandyFink

Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania 

Dear Praying Partners,

Thank you for your prayers while I was in Chad.  We have had a large group of about 143 Chadian pastors and missionaries who have traveled for this training.  This was an incredible responsibility for the church to undertake - feeding them three meals a day for two weeks!  I taught "Principles of Spiritual Growth" and Larry and Stephen taught "Effective Christian Leadership."  There are 12 courses that they have committed to take over a three-year period.

During this busy time of preaching and teaching, I came down with Malaria.  Even with the health issues and help from Larry, we were able to complete the course.  Many decisions were made specifically regarding the need for change in the area of spiritual growth. 

The week in Nepal was a blessing and a challenge.  We did not have the number of pastors we had thought we would, but ended up with 42 regular Nepali attendees to the Leadership Training.  Out of that amount, nine were pastors, two missionaries, 15 students and 16 church deacons/leaders.  We taught "Expository Preaching" which included group sermon preparations, preaching labs and daily quizzes.  Many female church leaders and teachers also attended.  One leader was a former Hindu priest who came to Christ this past year, along with several other family members.

I had the privilege of preaching in two church plants - one in a Hindu community.  The other was a two-hour trip up  a mountain - I was able to participate in a baptism there (4 former Hindus and 3 former Buddhists)!

The PEP trip to Liberia scheduled for after Thanksgiving was cancelled due to some concerns about my health and concerns regarding political instability.  The PEP trip has been a real challenge for me, and yet, it has been very fruitful.

Please Pray for:

- Me that I would make a complete recovery from the malaria

- The pastors as they continue to study and learn and apply the principles to their lives and ministries

- The people of Liberia during this time of instability

 

The Fink Family

 


 Kimmels0613

The Kimmel Family - Romania

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

In July we enjoyed hosting Michelle Mackey and her three teenage daughters.  Michele spoke during our ministry's first Victorian Tea Party, which was attended by over 20 teenage girls and their mothers/grandmothers.  The Mackey family also helped with our Olympics-themed VBS Program this year.  Approximately 35 children, ages 4 - 11, attended daily and loved the Bible story time, puppets, crafts and games.  Teens from our youth group also helped for the first time.  

In September, we held our first Back-to-School Festival to encourage attendance in the new year.  We had six "stations" for the children to visit, including a coloring contest, soccer shoot, and a new bouncy castle.  Those who made it to all six stations were entered in a drawing for a backpack filled with school supplies.  We ended the day with ice cream for everyone and a packet of school/hygiene supplies for the children.  Special thanks to Celeste's friends who helped and two of our supporting churches for donating money for the castle.

Throughout the summer, Ruth taught a new series entitled, "Dinosaurs and the Bible."  Most of the Bible's 39 verses about literal dinosaurs are found in Job 40-41.  Topics included when God created dinosaurs, how long they lived, what happened during the flood, fossils and scientific discoveries - and guesswork.  Ruth also profiled a different dinosaur each week, such as T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, and Mesosaurus.  The children loved the series, hearing much of this information for the first time. 

Another ministry we have started is a teen choir.  We are averaging 10-12.  Kim and Luke Warner are doing a wonderful job leading and teaching the different vocal parts.  Dave is learning a new song to accompany the choir on guitar. 

We are making preparations for our second furlough from June 2018 to January 2019.  This will mean the end of Celeste's time in Romania as she starts college in the fall.  A lot of changes are ahead so please pray for her (and us).  We plan to visit half our supporting churches this furlough.  Our biggest needs are for housing in the Cincinnati area and someone to watch our dog while we are away. 

 

Praises

- Our car was completely repaired from the hail damage.

- Dave's dad was with us for two weeks in September.

Prayer Requests

- New teen choir and their ministry at two area churches in December

- Celeste's senior year and college preparations

- Furlough preparations here and housing in the U.S.

 

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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Dear Brethren at Kenton First Baptist Church,

We continue to grow in our understanding of our God who accomplishes more than we could ask or think and provides a satisfying contentment as we serve Him.  What a Savior!  Thank you for your part in what He is doing in and through our lives and ministry.  The ministry has gone well, and we thank those who pray for us on a continual basis. 
 
We recently received this note from Leroy Espitia.  Edwin is a teaching elder at the Tunai Church and Leroy Espitia, his son-in-law, teaches at the Bible Institute we planted.  Little did we know what wonderful things the Lord would do with our lives as we obediently went to Colombia.  The first church started in the Jaramillo home in Bogota.  There are now six churches in Bogota.
 
"Brother Leroy, we love you and are thankful to God that He used you (and Mary Lou) as instruments to save our family.  Thanks for everything. 
 
Thanks to all who pray for us and give to our ministry.  We are so blessed.
 
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 Partners,
 
I would like to share with you how God is working with great power in a time like this.  Many more Roma are coming to the Lord from different localities.  I can't begin to respond to this great need alone, so I am asking you to pray to the Lord of the harvest to provide laborers for His harvest.  Without you I would not be able to do as much as I am doing.
 
Pray for me.  I have been called to a new community, Suplacu de Barcau, where there are 500 Roma living.  They don't have a place to meet, and now that the cold weather has come, it is difficult to meet outside.  There are many poor Roma people living in small houses made from mud bricks, but God wants to do a work there. 
 
 
For His Name,
Josef Teglas