First Baptist Church of Kenton, Kenton, OH

Updates from our Missionaries


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Tim and Sandy Fink - Romania 

Dear Praying Partners,

 

On August 1st, we became "official" with the Bibles International ministry.  Tim was busy each week in August commuting back and forth from Lafayette, IN to Grand Rapids, MI.  This is where BI has its main headquarters.  The commute is going to be a temporary situation this year due to the fact that we did not want to pull our youngest son from his high school during his final year.  After our son, Daniel, graduates, we will begin the process of relocating to Grand Rapids.  Please pray for this year.

 

The responsibilities as director started immediately as the Text Production Department, under the leadership of Dr. Troy Manning, hosted our Annual Consultant Seminar.  It was a time of training, encouragement, challenge, and collaboration among our translation consultants.  Approximately 20 were present including an OT expert as a special speaker.  This was a great opportunity for Tim to meet many of our consultants who came.  He also spoke at the opening session of the seminar.

 

Please continue to pray for the ministries of Bibles International and PEP.  Both are critical to the Great Commission.  One (BI) focuses on the foundation of church planting, and the other (PEP) focuses on the completion of church planting.  We are in need of both translated Scriptures, and trained pastors!

 

The next few months will be very busy for us.  In September, Tim traveled to India for three weeks.  The itinerary was full with two separate PEP seminars, and quite a bit of traveling to visit with several of our translation teams.  In October, Sandy and Tim will travel to Peru for a PEP conference, and meet one of our missionary couples.  At the end of November, Tim will travel to the countries of Thailand and Myanmar.  This trip will include our first BI dedications!  We will witness the precious dedications of the completed Akha New Testament, and the Falam Chin Bible.  Praise goes to our God!

 

The BI Annual Meeting and Retreat was a significant time for Sandy and Tim to get to know so many missionaries and staff.  The timing of this retreat was timed perfectly as we transition into this new ministry.  We rejoice that God is very active with the process of translating the Scriptures into the mother tongue of 44 different language groups in 17 countries.  Please pray for all of the BI consultants, national leaders and translation teams involved in these projects; and for us as we transition into this uniquely strategic ministry. 

 

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,

 
Serving the Lord is a long and sacrificial life in many ways, but in other ways it is a glorious service for the One and only Lord of Lords.  We thank the Lord that we have had the privilege of serving in missions for these last thirty years.  We trust to continue as long a the Lord permits.  Thanks be to and for the churches and individuals who have, with the Lord's help, given sacrificially to keep us in the ministry.
 
Thank you also for your prayers.  You have stood by us through these years with prayer when we have had health problems and when we had to seek the Lord for His wisdom in making many changes. 
 
Currently we are ministering here in the Dayton, Ohio area where the Lord has given open doors.  There are recent changes in Cuba, so we don't know what the future holds there.  We have many churches and loved ones that we minister to long distance and in prayer.  Mexico is still in mind and we ask that you pray with us regarding a trip there to an area south of Mexico City. 
 
This is an informational letter but we desire to celebrate with you regarding the Lord coming into this world as a human baby to give His life a ransom for our salvation.  His birth was a wonder but His living a sinless life whereby He condemned sin in the flesh, and died on a cross and giving His mortal life so that we through faith in His death, burial and resurrection might have eternal life.  What a wonder of wonders.  We will only understand the fullness of our salvation when we stand in His presence, immortal and incorruptible. 
 
 
Leroy and Mary Lou
 
 

 
MacPhail FauseyBrian & Heather MacPhail-Fausey
Baptist Mid-Missions, Cameroon
 
We are thanking the Lord for His provision of a home during furlough.  We'll be in the Flint, Michigan area which will put us close to both our home church and Bryan's family.  We have also been able to schedule visits to about half of our supporting churches. 
  
Please Pray for:
- As we search for a vehicle during our furlough time
- That we will find a renter for our home in Cameroon
- For the country of Cameroon as presidential election will occur on October 7 and there is extra tension in the air with violence happening in the northwest and southwest regions
- For peace in the country and God's wisdom for the leadership of the Cameroonian government and separatist leaders -- for safety and security of all citizens that are caught in the crossfire
 
 

 
Pastor Josef Teglas - RomaniaJosif and family
 
My dear partners in ministry,
 
I am honored to salute you in the precious name of Our King, Jesus Christ.  May His grace and peace fill your hearts and homes. Thank you for your prayers for Cheriu.  God continues to bring people to salvation.  Four people have joined the church through baptism, and now people are coming to church more often.
 
I would like to ask you to continue praying for the work in Halmasd and for a plan for property and a building.  The owner of the place where we currently gather has been allowing us to meet there in exchange for help with repairs to the building.  However, our desire is to purchase land and a building of our own.  Osorhei is doing well, and people are continuing to come to the services.
 
Wishing that the winter celebrations and the birth of Our Savior will fill your hearts with gladness.  I thank God for your generosity. 
  
For His Name,
Josef Teglas
 

 
 
Randy and Kari Teachout - The Pines, Welkom, South AfricaTeachouts
 
Dear Friends and loved ones,
 
A very warm and loving hello to all of you.  As weather turns colder on your side of the Pond, it grows steadily warmer here.  Although, I will say that this year the warming hasn’t been as quick as other years. This week, the days have been from 50 to 70 degrees, so very pleasant. We’ve had some rain, especially last weekend when it was rainy the whole weekend. I do see that by this coming weekend it will be up to a high of 90, so we’ll be saying good-bye to the comfortable days. 

It’s been ever so busy for the past month. Our various projects continue to move forward. The garden is one of those ongoing projects that I have really been enjoying. We have a good bunch of sweet corn planted and will probably do more before we await harvest time. We were incredibly blessed before Phil left to have a bunch of potatoes donated by a church that collects the rejects of commercial farmers in an area not far away. While we were able to enjoy some of the potatoes, we also had a whole bunch to plant. So, I have 5 very long lines of potatoes that are growing extremely well. I’m working on staggering the planting of some of our other plants. String beans are one such crop and we’ve planted partial rows for the past 5 weeks in hopes of prolonging the harvest as they mature. Out tomatoes are also coming along very well. I’m having fun managing their growth by snapping the suckers and pinching the tops. We’ve certainly enjoyed using the tomato cages that came in the containers. I’ve actually been desperately trying to find a way to make those here because they are not to be found anywhere. I thought it would be a great business opportunity for some of our older boys, if they had the motivation to fabricate them. I found a garden center that would sell them, but I haven’t found an easy way to spot weld galvanized wire. I’m not knowledgeable enough with welding to know how to get that done, so that project is at a standstill. But the garden plods onward.

Our water project, too, is moving ahead. When last I wrote, we were just about to install the next part of the equipment. At the beginning of this month, Des Wilson from Peak Irrigation brought a pressure pump, a 100 psi pressure tank, some piping, and a 5000 liter Jojo tank. By that time, we had dug the necessary trenches to the well head and to the pipe where we would tie into our water system. It took us about a week to get the whole thing installed and wired up. So we’ve been watering the garden for the past three weeks on well water. I don’t know yet how this has impacted the budget, but I can assure you that we have been saving money. We did figure out that we needed a second 5000 liter tank, because of how quickly the one emptied when we tried to use any of our sprinklers. While much of the garden uses drip irrigation, the greenhouse and net section, the soccer field and the Carmichael’s grassy area all have their own sprinklers. We have to make sure and time our usage of those and spread them out so the tanks don’t empty, since it does take a while for them to refill. 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. I was able to get two quotes to install such a system. The one we will go with is an independent contractor (for which I have an affinity anyway – go figure!) and will give us a more than adequate system at a cost we can afford. That system will be installed starting tomorrow. We are really anticipating being off of municipal water by next weekend, and will be that much more grateful for God’s provision and kindness as it has come to us through your prayers and generosity. 

Three weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon, we had a good-sized group of energetic young people from church descend on the Pines. They were here to help us start our flat renovation. By the end of the evening, our great room was completely empty and all of the youths’ stomachs were full. It was a great time of fellowship with the added of blessing of the work that got done. Over the following week, we were 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. As this letter goes to press, 80% of the kitchen is installed. I have a pantry cabinet to finish, the ‘peninsula’ to assemble and mount and toe kick to install. I ran into some interesting obstacles when it came to the plumbing. We moved the sink over, so the water lines had to be run through the back of the cabinets. The drain had to be re-drilled – through a concrete wall over a foot thick – because the drain in the new location was lower than where it was before. Then, the first ‘mixer’ (which is what they call a kitchen faucet here) I bought was defective. I had to wait a week for a replacement and even then, that one was defective, as well. I went to another place yesterday and got a good one, so now Kari has a functional kitchen, even though it is not finished. I keep reminding myself – we’re on Africa time here and NOTHING happens fast.

Yesterday, we had an open house 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.

Just another prayer item for me, as well. I am finally going under the knife in two days. This coming Tuesday morning, while you all are in bed, I will be getting my trigger thumb fixed. I’ve been waiting the better part of the year to do this. It’s amazing how much cheaper it will be to get it done here, but you can still be praying for me as I deal with the after-math. Beyond that, 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. And He continues to demonstrate His faithfulness in more ways than we can possibly count. Thank you and may God bless each of you as you live in the light of His glory.

In Christ, 
Randy and Kari Teachout
  

 
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.