Preparing People for Christ's Return
Nathan & Jessica Killion are celebrating five years since they arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand as new missionaries: We give thanks to the Lord for what He has done in and through us in this time. During the last five years, the Lord has helped us (1) adjust to Thai culture, (2) learn the Thai language, (3) understand how to best share the gospel with the Thai people, (4) build friendships and discover avenues for sharing our faith with Thai university students, (5) establish and help lead a Thai fellowship group. By the way, in February, this group will begin meeting weekly on Sunday mornings!
Deb Pielago, wife of TCM-Philippines Field Director Jun Pielago, has been experiencing severe hip and back pain. The doctors are preparing a complete hip replacement. Pastor Pielago writes: This week (Dec. 2-7) is a crucial week for Deb’s hip replacement operation. She was supposed to begin confinement yesterday at the Chong Hua Hospital here in Cebu City, but her doctor moved the date to Dec. 2, that is today. The pre-operation period will re-check her physical health condition before the actual surgery. The surgical operation could take place anytime from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. We know you are praying. Thank you. God bless you!December 10 Update from Pastor Jun Pielago:
We are happy to inform you that Deb is now relieved from physical pains that she has been suffering from since 2011!
She is now home and normally recuperating from the surgery.The doctor and physical therapist carefully coached her on how to do proper exercises. Our God is truly great! He has used people and reminded us that He intervenes through medical science to effect maximum results in the surgery! We are overflowing with joy and gratefulness to the LORD for His super abounding grace and for using you and many of His people to pray, encourage, and share their hard-earned money for Deb’s very successful surgery!
Pastor Peter Kagwi has a busy December planned in Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya: The graduation for the Berean Grace School of Ministries the 6th of December. TCM Representative Gardner Improso will be the guest speaker. He will be accompanied by the Director Titus Kivilu and Chairman Samuel Mwangi of Grace Bible Church. The Coast Region Bible Conference will be on the 7th and 8th of December. Grace believers from the eight Coast Grace Churches are expected to attend. Our guest speakers are Pastor Titus Kivilu, Missionary Gardner Improso, and Pastor Samuel Mwangi.
"This number was distributed to TCM churches in northern Cebu (Tabogon, Sunog, Poro, and Villahermosa), Leyte (Palompon, Jordan, Lanipga, Hibulangan, Campurog, Matlang, Honan, Manticaa, and Ormoc City), Biliran Island, and Negros Occidental (Molocaboc Island) immediately after super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit these areas. The distribution of assorted food items is Plan A of helping our typhoon-victim brethren. Under Plan B of the Mission’s leadership is the allocation of certain amount to help the repairs/reconstructions of the damaged church buildings. And Plan C may be also considered to extend little financial assistance for repairs of damaged houses of church members. Plans B and C will depend on the availability of funds. We are grateful to the Lord for the churches and members of the Cebu Ministry District who immediately responded to the call of distributing packs of assorted food items for our brethren who were then suffering from hunger. The Mission’s leadership is also grateful to the Lord for the financial assistance from the various concerned Grace local communities in the Philippines and individuals abroad." Pastor Pielago, Field Director
Pastor Titus Kivilu writes, "Today is our last day in Kigali-Rwanda. we are leaving tomorrow at 5.30am and will stop at Mbale in Uganda to visit a friend from Kenya. We are thankful to God for the opportunity to share love to the people here. Yesterday we visited two churches which are in the southern part of Rwanda. Eighteen people came to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior at the two meeting. Today we had very wonderful service in Grace Bible Church -Kigali which was filled with praises to God from believers for the opportunity to hear the word of God and especially learning th Grace message. I thank every one for keeping us in prayers"
House of Worship of the Grace Gospel Church of Christ in the island of Molocaboc, Sagay, Negros Occidental. This was destroyed by the recent super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan last November 8, 2013. Attached are pictures of the church and pictures of the relief effort organized at the Grace Church in Carlock, Cebu City
This latest summarized report was gathered from the reports sent by TCM Supervising Ministers Ben Sausa (Leyte), Jessie Crescencio (Cebu), Ortes Condrillon (Southwestern Luzon), and Noel Sanchez (pastor of the GGCC, Molocaboc Island (Negros Occidental). The list is attached.
Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan has destroyed many properties in Leyte, Northern Cebu, Northern Negros, Northern Iloilo and part of Palawan. More than 2000 confirmed dead, more than 2000 were injured and many peoples' body are not yet retrieved. An estimated ten thousand lives were killed. On TV two municipal mayors cried for help for their people. Almost all Northern Leyte municipalities were destroyed. Many hospitals were closed due to no electricity and no medicines. No food, no electricity, destroyed bridges and roads. Looting is happening in some big stores in Tacloban City due to people's hunger, no shelter and no clothing, no water. Government's help was delayed in so many places. Good that a USA military ship has arrived from Japan to help distribute goods and help in the retrieval operations. Many international humanitarian communities have sent-in their help and personnel. I hope that it will reach the victims soon.
The Grace Pastors and Members no lives were lost but their properties and church buildings were destroyed. They lack food. Negros members in Molocaboc Island contacted me that the new church was destroyed as well as the houses of members. They just hope that many will help them. Until now only Cebu Church has sent help. Tonight Pastor Lamberte and member Elmer Mosquite will take a boat to take the goods to Tacloban City. The problem is that only 900 policemen were deployed there to help in the peace and order because the Leyte policemen themselves are in trauma with their family members being killed and some of their property destroyed. Yesterday, when I talked to Pastor Pielago he said as a problem they have is it is hard for them to reach the members because when they reach the port people are waiting there to be helped. Some people lost their good sense if they will not receive something. Hope that there is order now in the city.
The following churches (21 of them) and members of these churches are heavily suffering from the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan: Tabogon, Poro, Sunog, Villahermosa (Cebu); Molocaboc 1 & 2 (Neg. Occidental); Lanipga, Jordan, Hibulangan, Camporog, Palompon, Matlang, Honan, Ormoc 1 & 2, Mahaplag, Bato, Anahawan, Canipaan, Tacloban (Leyte); and, Idupoy (Palawan).
As an initial move to help these suffering brethren, we are raising forty thousand pesos ($1000) until Sunday for 300 packs of assorted food items (rice, noodles, sardines, water), including used clothing, to be distributed to 300 families of the 20 affected churches in Cebu, Neg. Occidental, and Leyte. P10k is already on hand. The brethren of the Cebu City church in Carlock began sorting the supplies last night for delivery and distribution. We have circulated an appeal to individual members and churches here in the Philippines. Any amount is deeply appreciated to help our less fortunate brethren.
1. Tacloban City - church building totally damaged; houses of church members totally destroyed. 2. Molocaboc, Sagay, Neg. Occidental - church building totally damaged; houses of church members partially destroyed. 3. Idupoy, Algiceras, Cuyo Island, Palawan - church building severely damaged; houses of church members partially destroyed. 4. Houses of families of the following congregations were partially damaged: a. Tabogon, Cebu province; b. Anahawan, Southern Leyte; c. Canipaan, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; d. Lanioga, Villaba, Leyte; e. Jordan, Villaba, Leyte; f. Palompon, Leyte; and, g. Ormoc city. About 35 families from these congregations were severely affected.
This report is only partial. We are doing our best here in Cebu to extend help. Two brothers from Cebu City are now prepared to bring assorted supplies of food for the brethren in Tacloban, but the main problem is how to get to the place of Pastor Gil Carangue. The group here in Cebu is holding a meeting tonight to finalize plans. Please continue praying. (Pastor Jun Pielago)
For many years Things to Come Mission has been receiving the majority of our missionaries from thriving Grace churches in the Philippines. Praise the Lord that they have now formed a mission department. Field Director Jun Pielago reports, "A planning group of seven members (Ruth Improso, Faith Mahilum, Gerson Bermejo, Ariel Mahilum, Ronnie Plale, Sr., Eufracio Pielago, Jr., and Francisco Sanchez, Jr.) met on October 11-12 to discuss the creation of a new department of TCM which would take concern of both home and foreign mission activities. Under this new department is a training school for missionary candidates. The department will be known as “Missions Department” and the training school – “Grace Theological Center for Missions (G-TCM). The proposal will be presented at the meeting of the TCM Board in Cagayan de Oro City on November 5-6 for approval."
Pray for the people who are suffering from the earthquake in the central Philippines. Field Director Jun Pielago writes, "Latest media report says the “7.2 magnitude earthquake smashed mainly Bohol and Cebu, toppling bridges, tearing down centuries-old churches and triggering landslides that engulfed homes . . . Death toll surpassed 150 and more than 3 million people were affected.” We are grateful to the Lord that none of our TCM members suffered casualty. Bohol Supervising Minister Vernon Batabat reports, "By the grace of God, the members texted that they are okay, including our churches." In Cebu City, however, the front and back portion of the walls of our church building in Carlock partly collapsed. Leaders of the Cebu church have asked an engineer to determine the present strength of the building structure to ensure safety for the members."
Director Titus Kivilu writes about the Africa Safari 2013 journey in July and August: "The Africa Safari Team 2013, though a small team did a credible work in both spiritual and physical ministries. Ben taught leaders seminars and preached uncountable messages in different churches and fellowships. Despite the hard cough that got him, his teachings and messages were so powerful and touching. Brandon and Van tirelessly and vigorously shared their testimonies, taught children and youth lessons in various churches. The Africa Safari also worked in Bible School roofing project in Thika carrying timbers to the site, sawing them and making the trusses for the roof. We praise God that the roofing is completed and are looking forward to finishing soon. Our visit to Amani Children home with the Africa Safaris in Nairobi gave us another big opportunity to serve by attending to vulnerable children. Thank you Ben, Van and Brandon for your love and sacrificial service!"
Director Ben Anderson reports: On October 21 I fly again to Southeast Asia. I'll begin with short visits to Singapore and Malaysia and then to Myanmar with Nathan Killion. This will be our second survey of Myanmar. Pray that on this trip we can establish some permanent plans and a strong working relationship with our new friends. Another highlight will be to take our newest missionary candidates, Maruli & Yokhe Marpaung from Indonesia, on an exposure trip to Laos and Cambodia as possible fields of service. I'll end with a ministry visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand where the Maraats and Killions are starting to see positive responses to the message of the gospel. Thank you for your prayers and partnership in what God is doing in SE Asia. I'll be back on November 15.
“Joyce Anderson’s Philippine visit was significant and vision-casting! Her heart is for Missions and her spirit for it is very contagious. Her three-week visit in September has stirred up many hearts of both young and old for Missions. The materials she prepared were Bible-centered and easily understood. The power point presentation on the ministries of the various TCM fields and target countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam), Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Brazil was informative, well-illustrated, full of challenge, and stimulating! The cry for help to get involved in Missions (written by the missionaries representing different fields) was straight forward, challenging, and heart-moving. Joyce’s visit, however brief, has impacted many lives for Missions and is worth-doing again!” wrote Pastor Jun Pielago. Pictured are IGBI-Tagum students reading TCM's "Meet the Family" directory.
Kenya Director Titus Kivilu writes, “The churches in Kenya need to set their sight on the regions beyond. This is the truth and it is my prayer that in the very near future Grace Bible Church-Kenya will have matured enough to send missionaries out to the surrounding unreached countries. I am so much talking about outreach. The horrible incident that happened couple days ago in Nairobi at Westgate Mall where scores of people lost their lives, some of whom do not know Christ, increases our passion to reach the lost before they can meet the Lord. Let's be in prayer about reaching the north that God may open to us the door of opportunity.”
Pictured are Ben, Brandon, Van, Titus and Gardner
Kenya Director Titus Kivilu reports: Tonight Pastor Stanley and I are traveling to Kisumu to teach in the Grace Pastoral Training (GPT) classes. I'm excited to meet a new contact by the name of Silas Ochieng' from Chemilil who is interested in starting a Bible class in his place. I will have a special time to share the grace message with him. We will plan the way forward after our discussion. Put this in your prayer items that God will open this chance for the gospel to reach in this new place. Thanks for your prayers for the new church plant in Kiritiri. Pastor Hudson has a good building and he is doing evangelism every week and sending me encouraging reports.Church planting in Kiritiri, Kenya
We are happy to have the Africa Safari team back in the US after an extra week in Kenya, due to the fire at the international airport. Verna, Andrea and Josiah Maraat are back in Thailand to start the school year. Please continue to pray for Genesis as he stayed behind for 3 months. Ben Anderson arrives today from his trip to Kenya and Uganda.
Pastor Ariel, Faith & Pauline Mahilum are in the Philippines for their 3-month furlough. They bid goodbye to their flocks in Cambodia temporarily, of course, with heavy hearts. After six years in Phnom Penh, they felt God leading them to start planting a new church in Siem Reap (2nd largest Cambodian city). Myra Omictin, together with Pastor Srouch & Chhron, will
lead the ministries in capital city Phnom Penh and Takaeo Province in Mahilums' absence.
"Since July 23 exciting visits to four of 15 new Grace churches planted in two years. Brandon & Van (Safari 2013) made giant leaps in testimonies & Bible lessons, enjoying Kenyans' culture. They expected to leave Wednesday. Unfortunately, Nairobi Airport immigration/arrivals buildings were destroyed in a 4-hour blaze. Since it handles 60,000 passengers daily...chaos reigns. Titus & I fly to Uganda tomorrow to meet Grace believers with a full schedule prepared. Pray all will get sorted out, for God to be glorified in whatever part we complete despite chest congestion and coughing. God is good...all the time!" - Ben Anderson
Pastor Amirudin praises for two evangelistic and revival teaching successes with Team Grace Mission Ministry (team of 9 leaders including one blind and one midget). At Kolonodale (12 hrs travel from Palu) 20 finished the dispensational lessons. At Mayoa Pendolo (10 hrs) 1000 joined the two seminars: Totally Saved & Eternal Security in Christ Jesus. Hundreds received Jesus, including three Moslems. TCM core values are Evangelism, Church Planting and Leadership Training.
The Grace Bible Churches of Kenya will hold their 2013 Biennial Grace Conference on August 15-17 this year at the YMCA in Thika. Director Titus Kivilu writes, “This is a great opportunity for all grace believers to come together to worship the Lord, build up one another and replenish our souls with the Word of God centered on the theme “Fruitful Christian Life and Ministry.” We are blessed and honored to have the TCM-USA Exec. Director; Rev. Ben Anderson as our Main Guest Speaker.
On July 23, 2013, TCM Director Ben Anderson will head up the Africa Safari team as they go to Kenya, East Africa. Kenya Director Titus Kivilu writes, "The Africa Safari team will visit and minister in Meru Region, Embu, Thika and Nairobi. The ministries and activities include: Pastor’s seminars, working to complete the Bible School building in Thika, personal witnessing, children and youth ministries, Bible studies and fellowships. Our prayers are with them for safe travel and to be used of Him on their trip to Africa." The Safari team will return home on August 8, while Ben remains for the national conference.
Philippine Field Director Jun Pielago reports that 206 students are enrolled in the Philippine Bible schools for the 2013-2014 school year. He continues, "The following numbers of students have enrolled for the present schoolyear: Tagum City (Calixto Fermantes) – 95; Ozamiz (Noli Ongos) - 71; Bataan (Dan Banac) - 23; and Cauayan (Cecilio Blas) - 17. Out of this number, 49 interns are assigned in TCM churches ministering under the supervision of senior pastors. Every year IGBI graduates become recognized TCM pastors and Bible women during the national conference. The Negros Bible Training Center under Pastor Oseas Elentorio is on its second year of operation with 14 students. Please pray for the needs of our IGBI campuses with their directors, faculty members, and students."
Pastor Titus Kivilu, National Director of Grace Bible Church and his wife Jemimah have been very busy ministering with Pastor & Mrs. Peter in Mombasa. The Director helped in teaching in our Bible School every morning and each afternoon we visited at least one church. By the end of one week he managed to teach one short subject and visit all seven Grace Churches at the coast. His wife had a very productive moment of sharing with the Women of Grace Fellowship (WGF) in Mombasa. We thank God that the churches in this region had a good time of fellowship with our national leader.
Pastor Norsie Lanzaderas has just returned from his first ministry trip to Marinduque Island, a part of the Luzon group of islands, to plant Grace churches. Although TCM has had members living on this island for many years, in 2013 the Central Luzon churches made a project to support a church-planting effort. On June 17 they commissioned church planter Pastor Norsie and sent him off on a new motorcycle with their prayer and support. Lanzaderas reports, "Good news, we have started a worship service already last Sunday with 6 adults 3 young people and 8 children." He also reports of a second fellowship started in another town. Please pray for contacts, leaders and church supplies as this fledgling ministry takes off.
"We had a very blessed evangelistic mission and launching of Grace church at Gikoe Murang'a," Kenya Director Titus Kivilu writes. "There were souls saved every day in the three days we were there. The church was filled to capacity yesterday (though the hall is small). About 20 people from Gikoe attended and enjoyed worshiping and learning the Word of God together with us. Thank you for being with us in prayers."
"We are thankful for the privilege to serve our Lord in Thailand. We went to Thailand in May 2008 and God has opened doors for us to share the gospel to the Thai Buddhist. Our Grace English Center is going along very well. Children are coming to learn English and some few parents. University students are also coming. We are using “English” as a tool...
The Berean Bible Fellowship hosts a Bible conference in Cedar Lake, IN each year. This year TCM was well-represented by the Kilgo family (missionary candidates), the Maraat family (Thailand), Director Ben & Joyce Anderson, Joe & Pauline Watkins, Darlene Anderson and TCM President Doug & Sonja Cox. Besides enjoying fellowship within the TCM family, we met many new and old friends and were challenged by the action-oriented messages we heard. Former TCM missionary Ed Bedore was the daily Bible teacher and gave a stirring challenge about using the Grace message to evangelize the lost. Missionary candidate Pat Kilgo preached on the final morning of the conference.
Philippines Field Director Eufracio Pielago writes that 20 TCM Grace churches were planted between January 2012 and March 2013. He explains, "Each of these new churches has met the Mission’s criteria for a standard church, namely: membership of the group should have at least 15 members at least 18 years of age; the group should have regular weekly church services and has an organized set of officers." The Philippine churches set a goal in 2012 of planting 115 churches in five years to add to the 429 churches which were registered at that time. Both Pielago and Executive Director Gerson Bermejo have stated that this goal is very attainable.
“Knowing Christ” was the theme of this summer's VBS in Bai Pai village, Cambodia. Eighty-eight children and youth who attended were divided into 4 groups according to age level. For 3 days Team Cambodia explained that Jesus Christ is the only one who saves. They heard about the Lord's death, burial and resurrection. Please pray for these dear ones as they continue to learn about the living God that they will put their faith and trust in Him.
Our prayer in ministry is that the Word of God will always produce fruit in lives. Sometimes results take time. Director Titus writes from Kenya about a new church being planted 20 years after its new pastor first learned the grace message from studying the PMA Bible correspondence courses he received from Jessie Easterly. For more on this new church plant...
Jessie Easterly delighted us with a visit to the TCM home office for our Tuesday prayer meeting. Although Jessie and her late husband Herbert Palmer started the mission back in 1956 she had never seen the new headquarters and was praying she could make the trip out to Indianapolis. God answered her prayer and in May she traveled by train with her daughter Ruth Rickerby and spent five days with us.
On May 11 Nathan, Jessica, Matthias, Abby and Chloe packed up their earthly possessions, boarded Korean Airlines and made the long journey to Chiang Mai, Thailand. They were in the USA since September 1, 2012 visiting churches, friends and family to report on their ministry. Although they enjoyed their time stateside, the kids said they were ready to "go home." The Killions found their house in order except that the well had run dry due to drought. After two weeks of hauling water, they have running water again. The kids were able to get their visas extended. The Killions will continue to focus on the university students and staff while making their home a welcoming place for those who would like to know the salvation and love of Jesus Christ.
While Miss Kenn Omictin was attending the first Southeast Asia Grace Conference in Bali on May 2-5, 2012, she was challenged to contact all of her friends in Dubai and start a Grace Fellowship. By the end of May the group held their first meeting. Initially they had no pastor, but members volunteered to lead and teach the meetings. Some messages were even preached over Skype from other countries. The fellowship started in an apartment and has now moved to its own location. Pastor Robert Mandin was called to shepherd the flock. Today they are celebrating their first anniversary. Praise the Lord!
Pastor Peter Kagwi found many opportunities to share the gospel in the town of Lunga Lunga. While the majority of people in this place live in spiritual darkness, the Light of Christ shone as Peter and his companion communicated the gospel through word and deed. For more on this evangelistic trip...
The team reached four market centers in North Kenya to start five Grace fellowships in this unreached land of sand and sun. To read Pastor Titus' account see link
Pastor Sagrado Improso, Sr. transferred to Glory May 3rd following long illness and much faithful service. He served TCM since the early 70's as a pioneer worker in Bicol Region, Philippines., using radio and church planting. In the 80's he continued in Agusan Province, Mindanao adding new churches. His intense work included Supervising Minister, Board member, National Treasurer, directing TCM-RP Finance Department. The productive TCM rubber plantation was his "brainchild". His son is a TCM pastor and daughter a medical doctor serving in Cambodia and Philippines. Thank you, Pastor Sagrado, for your life of faithfulness! More
Director Titus writes from Kenya that he and Pastors Peter Kagwi, Justin Muriithis and David Anjenjo are in Turkana South ministering with Brother John Ekaliban on the establishing of the first grace church in this unreached area of the country. Together they are teaching a seminar to lay leaders on leading Bible studies, evangelism and encouraging fellowship. After prayerfully planning this ministry, the first service of Grace Church in Kenaodan will be held May 5. Please pray for the fruitful ministry of these servants that they will bear much fruit for God's glory.
Tim Heath is having a blessed time in the Philippines ministering through teaching. Each night for a week he spoke to nearly 300 young people who attended the annual youth conference with the theme, “Winning, Building, Sending.” He has taught and ministered to several groups including a marriage seminar. Please pray for Tim’s ministry as he finishes his visit and returns home this week.
Luz Gaddi is relocated to Nakuru after successfully completing a one-year Sunday school teacher training program in Mombasa. Pastor Peter Kagwi escorted her to her new ministry working with Pastor Justin and Grace Karuru. There are two churches in Nakuru and Luz divides her time between them as well as traveling to other churches. Luz held a one-day seminar for women where they were involved in active learning about Hannah and Peninah. Please pray for Luz and Grace as they teach Sunday school seminars in Eldoret and Nyahururu. Let there be a desire amongst her students to learn God's Word and teach it effectively. For more on Luz's ministry...
The “Vision 2020” focuses on planting 20 new churches by the year 2020. Five church plants are underway where pastors are witnessing and conducting Bible classes in preparing the way for growth. Pastor Peter Kagwi is opening a church in Lunga-Lunga, Pastor Kennedy Okundi in Nyamira, Pastor Timothy Matheka in Makima, Pastor Ezekiel Mwaniki in Runyenjes and Pastor Kenneth Muriungi in Marimanti. Ten new churches will be planted in 2013. Another church plant begins this month in an unreached area of Turkana where John Ekaliban requested TCM to bring the gospel and plant churches. Kivilu writes: “As we made the 2020 vision, we realized our pastors and churches have the potential to reach the whole of Kenya with the grace message by planting new churches.” Please pray for this pursuit.
Nineteen churches have been planted in the last year. Through the outreach of “TCM IMPACT: 7,725 & 115 By 2017” (7,725 new members and 115 new churches by 2017) people are being saved and growing in their faith through evangelism and establishing local churches. This means each new church has met the Mission criteria for a standard church: Membership of a minimum of 15 adults and young people, regular weekly services and an organized set of officers. Pastor Pielago writes: “We deeply appreciate your share in the great ministry of winning precious souls for Christ! We praise and thank the Lord for blessing the work through Things to Come Mission in the Philippines.”
Gomer Indino sent a complete report concerning the armed robbery they experienced while in Ponta Grossa on 3/28. Meetings for development of the ministry and a meal ended with hold-up men entering the restaurant, taking a new camera from Nene, wallet with documents from Gomer and threats to shoot Pastor Carlos Schmidt because he had no wallet. Fortunately, Gomer had placed Carlos money in another pocket and no one was hurt. Police rapidly arrived on call and ably recovered the wallet, documents, cellphone and even one thief. Indinos are thankful for your prayers.
Pastor Peter Kagwi, who planted nine churches on the coast of Kenya and started four Bible training centers, writes: "I have some good news. Yesterday, I had an appointment with the chaplain of Shimo La Tewa Prison in Mombasa. We had a good conversation and finally he permitted me to issue Bible Correspondence Courses to the prisoners. I left 20 sets of lessons of Highway of Life in Kiswahili and the Acts lessons. The chaplain also expressed the need for Bibles for the prisoners. " He writes that he would appreciate generous contributions that will help the prison ministry be effective and successful. You may contact the mission for further information. For more reports on what the Lord is doing in Mombasa, read, Coast Ministry Updates.
April 1, 2013
Tim and Judy Heath traveled from Malaysia to Nepal to share the gospel with a security guard they had made friends with while he worked at their apartment complex. The difficult trip was rewarded with their friend receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior. How Much Is a Soul Worth? is a report Judy Heath tells of their journey. How far are we willing to go and how much are we willing to endure to communicate the gospel to someone facing an eternity without Christ? Please pray for Nepal.
Greetings in Jesus' name. I hope you are having a blessed time this Easter reflecting on the matchless love of God that He showed by sending His only begotten son to die for our sins. I am pleased to send you the Grace Gazette with news of Grace Bible church- Kenya ministries. Thank you for your prayers and partnership to make the grace message known in Kenya. I wish you all a blessed Easter and may you experience that mighty power of God that raised Jesus from the dead working in your life.
In His service, Pastor Titus Kivilu GBC-Kenya Director
Violence was very evident in South Brazil on 3/28 as Gomer and Nene Indino faced gunmen demanding wallets, jewelry, VISA cards, all valuables, even threatening to kill their companion, Pastor Carlos Schmidt. Indinos recently returned from USA to continue working with MCP Grace churches and "Rede ao Mar" Youth Group along the Atlantic coast. See their March prayer letter. Gomer especially regrets the loss of his drivers license and camera. His call came to the TCM office quickly and new cards are being issued, but much prayer needs to be lifted up also for rapid recovery from the emotional and physical stress of armed robbery.
They are calling it the TCM Leaders Summit. Director Gerson Bermejo explains that participants are composed of Board of Trustees, Department Directors, National Coordinators, Supervising Ministers, Deputy Supervising Ministers, Consultants and Advisers and Lay Church Leaders. The April 21-23, summit meeting, held in Manila, will review the organizational structure of TCM, follow-up the five-year plans and goals of the Mission, review the Church planting programs, and discuss the newly formulated Administrative Manual. Pray for this summit that God will use the unity and the focus of the leaders to accomplish His purposes to see churches planted, equipped and trained to communicate the gospel throughout the Philippines and to the regions beyond.
TCM Director Ben Anderson is on his way to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Activities will include planning meetings, leadership seminars, ministry reviews and several church visits. The trip will culminate in Manila with the 55th Annual Conference where TCM's first missionary Vernon Anderson will be remembered. Attendees will come from several countries. Ben will return on May 2.
Is God speaking to you about mission? Perhaps a short mission trip will help you hear God's call more clearly. Ben and Joyce Anderson are hosting Africa Safari to Kenya from July 24-August 7, 2013. You will have great opportunities to serve the Lord on a field with 45 Grace churches and 15 new church plants. Work alongside faithful missionaries, ministers, and members while building the Body of Christ. Enjoy the beauty of God's African creation while driving across the country in a Land Rover. More...
Learning dispensational truth on The Highway of Life, 25 lessons actually written for Sunday School years ago, presents life's journey on this earth starting with Adam & Eve in the Garden, passing all through OT history, continuing forward with Christ to the Cross and onto Gentile Byway where Apostle Paul preaches the truth of Grace as we know it today. These lessons brought thousands into Bible study when offered in Philippines churches using a large flannelgraph with Bible character figures. Mrs. Charles Baker permitted these lessons to be printed which opened truth into Indonesia, India, Brazil, Africa, using the Bible throughout, showing God's plan for all ages. First published in 1958 The Highway is now available in various languages via internet from Spain with Rob Vander Zee, http://badnewsgoodnews.net/english/home.php.
TCM missionary candidates Pat and Michelle Kilgo hosted the Killion family, TCM missionaries to Thailand, during the annual mission conference at Berean Bible Institute in Slinger, Wisconsin. Seven kids in the house was not quite enough, so they invited the Sadler family to visit. Eleven kids made for a fun-filled time. Pray for our missionary kids to do well in their studies and to grow and mature physically and spiritually. And, pray for our missionary families who strive to train up their children to know and love the Lord Jesus. Missionary kids have a vital role in effective ministry and outreach.
The Bible school of the Grace Bible Churches of Kenya is ready to start the final stage of their building project. Phase 4 will put on the roof, doors, and complete the interior finishing. This building will train pastors and church leaders and be the headquarters for the national work. Churches are being planted across the country and even in unreached areas. This building is needed more than ever for preparing men to pastor these new churches. See how much has been raised on the Projects page by clicking on the picture.
Team Cambodia has worked in Baipai Village for five years and has seen people come to know the Lord as their Savior and receive Bible training. This outreach extends to two surrounding villages and many have heard the gospel message for the first time. Last year God provided the property and the funds for building a deep well and toilets. The final project is raising the money for a fence and gate so that the property is secure. The desire is to have the fence built in time to hold the first youth camp in Cambodia. Please click on the picture to see how you can help finish this project and get the fence built before summer.
A middle-eastern believer travels to a convention. While sitting reading
his Bible, wearing an old USA-CANADA sweatshirt, he assists an old
man who has fallen nearby. The man begins asking all about the sweatshirt. Then he
asks, "What are you reading? Read to me also." As the young man reads chapter 53 of Isaiah,
suddenly the old man shouts, "That's it! When I read that chapter 40 years ago, I heard a voice telling me:
'Follow the one being offered for iniquities and bearing your sins and transgressions!'"
The old man had converted to Islam 40 years previously, but now believed in Christ as Savior.
He immediately phoned his family back home in Canada telling them he had found the truth.
The Word of God is powerful indeed!
Commencement exercises for the 2012-2013 school year of the Philippine IGBI campuses are scheduled late this month and early next month: March 23, IGBI-Bataan – 1 (Director Dan Banac); April 7, IGBI-Cauayan – 3 (Cecilio Blas); March 23, IGBI-Ozamiz (Noli Ongos); and, April 2, IGBI-Tagum (Calixto Fermantes). Total enrollment of each campus: IGBI-Bataan – 20; IGBI-Cauayan – 22; IGBI-Ozamiz – 81; and IGBI-Tagum – 74, for a grand total of 197 students. Every year IGBI supplies workers through its graduates for the churches and other areas of ministry. National Director of the entire IGBI Ministry Department is Pastor Noli B. Ongos.
The one desire of Pastor Maruli (Agus) & Yokhe Marpaung in Indonesia is to glorify God through surrendering their skills and talents to serving Him. In 2010 they traveled to South Sulawesi to rebuild the grace church that had been left without a pastor and was meeting in a rundown building. The members were invigorated by the arrival of this young couple, and their love for the Lord and each other began to grow. They raised the money, restored the church building, ministered to the various age groups, and the attendance has nearly doubled. They are now looking for new ways to be a testimony and light to their community. To read a further report from Pastor Maruli, click on the picture.
Team Cambodia missionaries are always looking for opportunities to share the gospel. Myra Omictin, Cambodian Pastor Srouch, and co-laborers, Elsa and Fe were given a good chance to visit new friends in Kampot province. They traveled with former students, Sophal and Lynet, who used to be English students in Baipai village. This team traveled for three hours in a rented van from the capital of Phnom Penh to follow up on this ministry contact. Please pray that this open door will lead to another ministry outlet. Click on the picture to read more of this wonderful opportunity to spread the gospel.
The Kenyan general election is in eleven days (March 4th). The last election in 2007 left 1000 dead and 600,000 without a home. There is great concern that tribal conflict will cause a high death toll. Missionary Luz Gaddi ask that everyone pray for peace and safety. Director Titus Kivilu writes, "Let's join hands in prayers that by God's power the elections will be peaceful free and fair and that God will intervene so we can elect leaders who will lead this country in a godly way. 'When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice: But when the wicked rule, the people groan -Proverbs 29:2'"
TCM wants to honor the memory of our dear Sister in Christ, Beverly
Sidebottom, wife of Eldred and mom of Daniel. Her health was failing for
some time, but now she has crossed over to the heavenly places. She and
Eldred took up TCM work in 1961-1990 starting at a card table in their
utility room. All of us are reminded of Bev's faithful service in the
TCM office on Cope's Main St. doing all the receipts and expenditures during
Eldred's directorship. And she used a pegboard, by hand! Her hospitality
and cheerfulness were enjoyed by the almost constant visitors passing
through Cope. Bev was always a good pastor's wife, pianist for services,
prayer partner, helper in all ways and we honor that service and know
how greatly her personal and TCM family misses her though thankful for
her assured place of blessing in Christ.
Winning souls for Jesus Christ has become a passion for the members of Valenzuela City Grace Gospel Church of Christ, Philippines. Thirteen people have responded to the gospel through the church's evangelism outreach this month. Pastor James Bermejo is leading his evangelism committee members in a two-week crusade in which they conduct a “religious survey” and use this opportunity to share the gospel of salvation. A second team is responsible for following up the new believers and the third team remains in the church to pray for responsive hearts. Bermejo and his follow-up team are preparing to teach and disciple the new believers. Pray for these endeavors as they continue communicating the words of life throughout the year, and for financial funding for producing gospel tracts.
Exciting reports are in following field trips of students from the
Indonesian Bible School in Lembean. Team One with 9 students was led by
Director Audy & wife and traveled to islands north of Sulawesi where they held 9
church and 5 open air meetings during December break. Four other new
villages were reached with the cooperation of Tondano & Kotamabagu GAA
churches. Team Two with 14 students under the leadership of Faculty-Pastors
Sumajouw and Rompon ministered in Lembean area and also south into
Central Sulawesi reaching out to Palolo and Dongi-Dongi, both new
congregations in non-Christian areas.
Pastor Sigit sends an encouraging report from Central Sulawesi: “Our ministry is currently active in getting young people to preach the gospel.” For several years the Grace Church has sent students to the Bible school. He is asking for prayer that more enterprising young men will be sharing the gospel. Director Harold Sigar writes that Pastor Sigit's ministry is growing with many people joining the church. During a recent visit, 150 youth came to worship together.
Training leaders is a rewarding part of Dean and Sheba Padayhag's ministry in South Africa and they continue equipping men and women during their home assignment in the Philippines. Please pray for the Padayhags as they are teaching a leadership training course called MAP (Ministerial Advancement Program). Ten elders and leaders participate every Sunday until the end of March in an interactive 4-hour doctrinal and ministerial class where they ask questions, discuss, report and practice the things they are learning. May the Lord use these leaders to lead others in the ministry.
Gomer and Nene Indino are true traveling missionaries, leaving January 17 for South Brazil to resume evangelism, training ministers, ministering to women and children in the churches along the Atlantic Coast. In 3 1/2 months in USA, they traveled and spoke in six states, meeting new prayer partners to stand by for the labors ahead. April-September they spent valuable family time in the Philippines. Brazil plans include building up the new Paranagua church with five families already attending services, opening their house in Guape, getting physical checkups, coordinating with MCP Grace churches and Brother Carlos Schmidt also constructing his church at Timbu. They ask your prayers.