Preparing People for Christ's Return
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.
TCM’s best-attended conference each year is the Annual conference of the Grace churches in the Philippines. The 55th TCM Grace National Annual Conference will be held at the huge UCCP – Ellinwood Malate Church, 1660 Vasquez St., Malate, Manila on April 23-26. The main speakers are Ben Anderson, Executive Director, TCM-USA, Genesis Maraat, TCM Missionary to Thailand and Dean Padayhag, TCM Missionary to South Africa. The conference theme is: “Strengthening Generous Partnership in Mission”. Registration fee: P1,500.00 per participant/delegate. This conference will be a blessed time of friendship, fellowship and challenge in the great city of Manila.
Carlo & Elma Paña traveled to Pawel Lalem Amoru district in the north of Uganda about 2 hours from Gulu. This area is not secure and in 2004 a missionary couple was killed by rebels. The Pañas ministered in a church and orphanage while continuously preaching the gospel and answering theological questions. Although safe from bandits, Elma did come down with fever and chills. After treatment by a doctor in Kampala she is now almost recovered. Elma said, “God’s protection was amazing!” The Pañas have been in Uganda since 2004 and will make a trip to the U.S. for deputation in 2013. Their son Charael is working and attending college in the Philippines.
Congratulations to South Africa missionaries Dean & Sheba Padayhag! Dean writes, "Rejoice with us! Sheba has successfully delivered our second baby girl through a Caesarean operation today (12-12-12-12noon Philippine time) at Olivarez General Hospital, Paranaque City, Philippines. Her name will be Shedesh Padayhag. Please pray for Sheba's fast recovery. We'll post some photos on Facebook later. Thank you for your prayers!" Shedesh joins older sister Shedea. The Padayhag family is on home assignment for four months in the Philippines before returning to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Pastor Peter Kagwi of Mombasa, Kenya was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the Berean Grace Churches in South Africa. He reports, “The National Conference in S. Africa was very successful. The Lord encouraged me so much before, during and after the conference. The conference, which had the general theme "Faithfulness to the Call," had the impact of being faithful to the call of salvation and the call to service. I had a very good time with the newly appointed national director, Pastor William Mdluli of Soshanguve Grace Berean Church. It is my humble prayer that the Spirit of God will use the believers who received the word of God with gladness to be effective in serving our Lord faithfully.”
Typhoon “Pablo” as it is known in the Philippines has caused severe destruction on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines. Over 650 people are confirmed dead with over 900 still missing. Some 400,000 people have lost their homes. The town of New Bataan in the Compostela Valley has ceased to exist. TCM-Philippines Executive Director Gerson Bermejo writes of many churches and members suffering: “Our church building in the town of New Bataan, Compostela Valley was completely destroyed. Many Grace church buildings in other provinces were partially damaged. Members have lost much property including all their crops or plantations.” Field Director Pielago writes that two Grace members are unaccounted for. TCM is collecting and sending gifts to be distributed by the Directors and Supervising Ministers in the hardest hit areas. Please designate gifts to “Typhoon Pablo.”
There is a proposed church plant at Lunga-Lunga along the border of Tanzania and the Coastal region of Kenya. One of BGSM students moved to Lunga-Lunga where he bought a piece of land. Pastor Kagwi writes, “ I had a discussion with him during the regional leaders meeting this month. He shared concerning the new group that meets weekly for prayer and Bible study discussion. We have agreed to make a survey trip in early January next year. We are asking for your prayer so that we will be able to follow God's guidance and will for this projected plan for 2013.”
TCM-Philippines will conduct nine seminars from November 2012 to September 2013 under the TCM Workers’ Continuing Education Program in various strategic locations in the Philippines. These seminars expect to reach 500 TCM workers and lay church leaders to enroll in the Mission-recognized degree programs. These degree programs are designed for those who desire to enhance pastoral or other personal ministry skills with a focus in the area of church leadership. These degree programs are also complementary to the five-year church growth program of the Mission (2012-2017) which aims to PLANT 115 new churches. Hence, the “common cry” of the TCM Family in the Philippines for five years is: “TCM IMPACT: 7,725 & 115 BY 2017.” Read more on the Philippines page.
Pastor Morito Rebana, pioneer missionary in Panay Island, Philippines reports: "A medical mission was conducted in Lanot, Alimodian, Iloilo, Nov. 17 with free services of Dr. Ruth Improso and Dr. Hilda Viray. The new ministry in Barangay Guibaliwan, Kalibo, Aklan started Nov. 14 through the initiative of Pastor Maxdor Carillo. Ten individuals attended the first meeting and will meet again Dec. 14. We now need another worker for Kalibo." Two years ago Pastor Rebana began Bible studies among relatives in six different places in Iloilo. Last year a small congregation was formally organized in Lanot, Alimodian, now under care of Pastor Ed Padayhag. The new target area is Kalibo, a large municipality in Aklan Province. The vision is great! for Panay in Western Visayas, including three nearby provinces of Antique, Capiz and Guimaras.
Keren Improso was knocked unconscious today in an accident when she ran into a volleyball net at night. Her sister Kezia and friends took her to a nearby hospital in Cagayan City. When Keren awoke she was temporarily unable to recognize people. A CT scan has determined that no serious damage was done and Keren should be able to go home in 24 hours. Please pray for Keren and Kezia as well as Gardner and Ledith in Kenya. Update (11/15): Keren is now at home after a 24-hour hospital stay and tests. She still has some headaches and bruises from her fall, but is recovering. Gardner & Ledith request our continued prayers.
Pastor Genaro Baluyot, pioneer worker in southern Philippines and defender of grace doctrine departed to be with Christ on Nov. 11th. He diligently served as pastor in Negros and Balut islands, pioneer and circuit youth coordinator in General Santos City area, Cotabato Province, evangelist for almost 40 years. Sudden paralysis four years ago kept him back, but his desire always continued to preach and plant more churches. His wife Mila and many children in the faith honor his life and dedicated service for the Lord.
Forty-three youth and adults professed Christ in Baungon, Bukidnon, Philippines, located at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad, home of the world’s largest flower, and extremely remote for driving. One bridge was not yet repaired from Typhoon Sendong last year. Another dam near Del Monte Pineapple Plantation was out, but the people were waiting patiently till Jun Cadelina’s team of four arrived. The villagers had no supper available so Jun offered them clean drinking water instead while the people excitedly watched the Megiddo and Jesus film videos.
Pastor Peter Kagwi traveled to Western Kenya with TCM Rep Gardner Improso and Grace Bible Church Director Titus Kivilu. He relates some encouraging events from his journey: “The Kisumu Grace Pastoral Training graduation was good. Seven students graduated. We thank God because one of the student is the assistant pastor of Kisumu GBC, his name is Moses. On that Sunday of the graduation, the GBC Director requested me to preach in Rabour GBC which is the new daughter church of Kisumu. I preached to more than 20 adults in attendance.” Pastor Peter will speak at the South Africa Annual Conference in early December.
On Friday, TCM Director Ben Anderson preached in the worship service of the TCM Grace Fellowship in Dubai . . . while sitting in his dining room in Indianapolis. With the internet and Skype, the possibilities for getting the gospel into other countries is multiplying! And all of us who love the Lord must be ready to share the good news when possible. The faithful believers at the Fellowship in Dubai joined together after the Southeast Asia Grace Conference in Bali in May. The Omictin sisters went back and decided to call up their friends and start meeting together. The Fellowship is getting ready to look for a larger meeting place and call a tentmaker pastor.
A mission team was sent to Tawi-Tawi, southernmost part of Mindanao, October 1-3, to survey the place for a possible future ministry expansion. Pastor Eddie Edama, SM of the Sea-Gold District, has this report: “There were five of us in the team (Pastors Blanco, Zaragoza, Loreno, Intern Pastor Barcenal and myself). Bonggao is both the capital town and business center of the province of Tawi-Tawi. People in this place are open to the Gospel (they were asking about our faith). Rental for a house which could serve both as residence and worship center is between 2,000 and 3,000 pesos.” Meanwhile, a house church is now in Isabela City in Basilan – a 45-minute fastcraft ride from Zamboanga City in Mindanao.
The NOGBY Youth Camp 2012 held at the majestic Rocky Valley Christian Campsite on October 4-6 was a great success. Twenty-five energetic campers participated in fun-filled activities such as mountain climbing, swimming, aerobics, outdoor games, obstacle course, bonfire, devotion and discovery time were designed to explicate this year’s theme, “I AM GOD’S DESIGN.” Three campers publicly declared their faith in Jesus Christ during the second bonfire. As a signature of commitment to share and serve Christ, a wooden cross was planted on a mountain top on which the campers’ names were written.
Myra Omictin of TCM’s Team Cambodia was sponsored to visit the United States for one month. She attended a women’s conference in Indianapolis and then presented Team Cambodia’s ministry to Grace churches in Indianapolis, Olney, Linton and Seattle. She expressed her appreciation for all the love, hospitality and gifts. Myra returned to the ministry in Cambodia on October 13, only to leave on a short trip to neighboring Thailand where she met up with the Maraats and TCM partner Ken Potts in Bangkok. Pictured from left are Ken, Genesis, Andrea and Myra
Luz Gaddi asks the Lord to provide more Christian Ed trainees in Kenya. One of her obstacles is the language barrier, but she is daily reading 4-5 chapters in her English-Swahili Bible. She writes, "At my age I have a very long way to go before it can be mastered--no excuse for not trying even if sometimes one word is composed of 15 letters." Conferences, women's seminars and teaching fill up her schedule. and she notes a warmer love and renewed interest in the ministry.
Director Audy Ngantung writes: Praise the Lord, STTAM is being used by God to proclaim His grace. On December 17 until the end of January 2013, there will be two student teams between semesters. The first team of 25 people, in collaboration with GAA Lembean Chruch, will hold a revival meetings in several places in Central Sulawesi, while the other team of 12 students, will go to Tangulandang, Siau and Tahuna (North Sulawesi). Please pray for this plan (health, readiness of places to be visited, the funds are quite a lot, especially for the second team will still need to spend $ 1000 and the readiness of the team that will go.)
Praise the Lord for the (MCP) conference that was held in Ponta Grossa, Parana. It was attended of about a 100 delegates. The Conference was successful even though it was cold.
Pray for the coming First Women’s Congress of Grace Churches in Brazil that will be held in Ibura Grace Church, Recife in Northern Brazil this coming October 26-28, 2012. There will be about 18-20 delegates from Southern Brazil who are going to attend.
Myra Omictin, our TCM Cambodia Team Member, says her one month trip to the
USA is totally exciting. Her two sisters working in Dubai hosted her trip,
telling Myra to get photos of every possible scene and activity of life in
USA which has already included the "True Women" Conference in Indianapolis,
also presenting the Cambodia Team ministry at churches in Olney, IL,
Linton, IN and Grace Church, Indianapolis. Myra flew to Seattle this week to
report about her love for the Phnom Penh work with youth, English classes in
several villages, Bible studies, and witnessing to Cambodians in Khmer
language. Myra knows Asian life well as she is a Filipina and has worked in
China for five years previous to joining Team Cambodia.
For 10 years ABBA has focused on bringing the message of Jesus Christ to Brazilian children every December and ABBA 2012 preparations are now underway. Vicki LeFeber and Michelle Campos begin shopping early for clothing outfits and special toys to get ready for the big celebration. All kids who attend TCM churches, and plenty of neighborhood kids, are invited to come and sing, play games, snack, receive gifts, and especially to hear the Gospel story of Jesus. Enjoy the pictures and video of happy faces at an ABBA Party.
Four members of the team: Pastor Eddie Edama, Pastor Pedro Blanco, Pastor Roseller Zaragoza, and Pastor Bert Dayandayan (the volunteer local missionary), are set to leave on October 1 for Bunggao, Tawi-tawi, near Jolo, to explore the possibility of starting a new ministry in the island. The team will stay there for two days and join other workers of the Sea-Gold Ministry District under Pastor Edama for the regular fellowship on October 4 which will be held in Isabela, capital city of Basilan. A TCM house church is now existing in Isabela City in Basilan - a 45-minute fastcraft ride from Zamboanga City in Mindanao. The new work was started by DSM Pastor Roseller Zaragoza and now being taking care of by his brother, Pastor Jonel Zaragoza. Director Gerson Bermejo has an interesting update on the TCM ministry in the Philippines.
Our "friend and partner has rested from all his labors." Pastor Max Amlon was promoted to glory Sept. 15 after serving with TCM Philippines for over 40 years. After graduation from IGBI in 1971, Brother Max began pastoring several churches and became Provincial Evangelist of Bukidnon Province, then became Supervising Minister of Bukidnon. Currently he was Supervising Minister of Cotabato Provinces after serving as Fieldwork Director because of his ability in solving problems and also a longstanding member of the TCM-RP Board. He and wife Veronica did counselling together, model parents of five children, two of whom are also pastors with TCM. Funeral and burial services are scheduled for Sept. 23-24 in Kidapawan City. The TCM-USA Office honors Max's love for his Savior Jesus Christ and for years of hard and successful work for the mission.
Pastor Audy Ngantung is the president of the Anderson School of Theology in Manado, Indonesia (STTAM). He reports, “Praise the Lord! August 8, 2012, on STTAM’s 24th birthday, we graduated 12 students and sent 7 students for a one-year internship. Pastor Timothy Heath has been preaching the Word of God which has blessed us. Students will serve in Kupang, Southeast Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Minahasa, Surabaya, Jakarta, Samarinda, Pontianak, North Sulawesi, Tahuna, Talaud, Bontang, Papua and Sulawesi South. Pray for STTAM to complete accreditation by the National Accreditation Agency of Indonesia. Pray also for the new students. Lectures started on August 27.”
Pastor Titus Kivilu and TCM Rep Gardner Improso will travel to several places in Western Kenya from October 11-23. In Kisumu they will speak at the graduation of 7 trainees of the Grace Pastoral Training program. They will worship at the new Grace church in Rabuor, a suburb of Kisumu. From there they will travel to South Nyanza on the east side of Lake Victoria to teach the leaders and members at churches in two towns which are joining Grace Bible Church. These new churches are a result of contacts made through the TCM website. Read more from Pastor Titus about this opportunity.
Kenyan Director Titus Kivilu reports that a second Grace Bible Church has opened in Nairobi on September 3. Pastor Stanley Mwangi and his wife Theresa pastor the original Kayole Church and are actively helping to plant the second church. A part of the Africa Safari Team was able to visit Kayole in July in a rapidly growing suburb of Nairobi. Elder Peter Mukuria will be preaching at the new church in Dandora. The church will start with two families with help from some leaders from the first church. The Lord has already supplied much to plant the new church, but they still have a need for more chairs and rent.
Nathan & Jessica Killions with Mathias, Abigail and Chloe have arrived back in the United States after nearly four years in Thailand. Their first stop is the TCM headquarters in Indianapolis to pick up the TCM minivan, debrief and prepare their presentation. Today we had a pizza party before sending them off to Illinois tomorrow and then Nebraska. The Killions will participate in the mission conferences in Oregon, Washington and Idaho beginning later in September. Please contact the office for more details.
Pastor Cadelina tells: Our Team attended the "5-in-1 Celebration" at Mahayahay, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines on Aug. 27. The place lies at altitude level with Musuan Mt. peak. After conducting evangelism for a few months, the Christians and Manubo tribespeople dedicated the church before roofing. Now they celebrated: 2nd Anniversary of the congregation leader, wife's birthday, Child Dedication, and house blessing for the roofed church. More than 10 of the neighbors prayed the sinner's prayer. Aug. 31 Pastor Jun was Speaker for Language Week in Cagayan and 1000 people heard the gospel. Same day: he represented 50 TCM graduates for the Welding & Electrical Courses at the government accredited school.
Brother Yusuf George of Indonesia met Sister Shena of the Philippines studying at IGBI, the TCM Bible school in the Philippines. They married in 2009 and moved to Indonesia. In 2011 their vision to serve the Lord was renewed and they joined STTAM, the TCM Bible school in Manado, Indonesia. Yesterday, Yusuf & Shena flew to Balikpapan to begin their nine months of internship. Around midnight, Shena was admitted to the hospital, where she died after a short time. Please pray for Brother Yusuf that God and the people of God will be a great comfort and source of strength for him at this difficult time.
GRACE MARTIAL ARTS missionary Bob Xavier reports:
Clubs and Camps were blessed. Every year we graduate high school students who become excellent Black Belt servant leaders. The 5 GMA Bible Clubs in Greater Tampa Bay enrolled nearly 250 from 6 years and up. Scripture memorization, prayer and Bible lesson are part of every session. GMA is a dynamically powerful Christian ministry resource worldwide. Students and parents learn how to present the Gospel Bad News/Good News message to friends and family. See our power point at www.gracemartialarts.org. Other outreach materials are in development for DVD presentations.
“Back-to-Back Men’s and Women’s Conferences were successfully held at Life Hotels-Kempton Park on August 10-11. Twenty-five delegates attended the life and ministry changing events. Guest speakers, Ben and Joyce Anderson successfully communicated both personal and Biblical insights on how to become men and women of grace. Many of the delegates testified how the lessons and workshops on family and ministry changed their perspective and relationships. Others could hardly wait to see their families and church members to apply the things they learned from the conferences. Other enjoyable features were a bowling tournament for men and spa treatment for women. The success and benefits these conferences achieved will attract more to attend next year.” – Dean Padayhag
God has rekindled the church planting spirit among the Grace Bible Church pastors in Kenya. Director Titus Kivilu writes, “God has revitalized our passion and zeal to reach out to the unreached people with the grace gospel. This year we already have 13 new churches (8 in coast region, Rabuor in Kisumu, Riandu market in Riandu region, Karurina in Embu, Pundo in Gwasi- S. Nyanza and Githogoro in Nairobi). Pastors are teaching the truth to the people and helping them to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord. The following churches are scheduled to open in September and October this year: Dandora in Nairobi, Free Area in Nakuru, Morichu in Ndururi, Tunyai in Meru, Gitua in Mbeere – Karambari region, Mongongo and Nyasembe in Gucha-Kisii and Rongo in South Nyanza. If we keep this fire burning, we will exceed our goal of 100 churches by 2020 which will be a great achievement for the glory and honor of the Lord.”
Pastor Peter Kagwi writes, “BGSM (Berean Grace School of Ministries) 1st and the 2nd year students were awarded certificates during the 3rd Coast Grace Conference in Mombasa. We thank TCM Executive Director, Rev. Ben Anderson and Joyce Anderson, as well as Africa Safari 2012 for honoring this important occasion. A total of 30 students from our Bible school and 3 extension centers of training were awarded certificates. The next graduation for diploma level will be early next year after 3 years of training. Thank you for your prayer support. It's our prayer that through our students and grace believers, the grace message will continue to spread at the coast and the regions beyond. Praise and glory be to the Almighty Father for how far He has taken us.”
Team member, Jaclyn Logan writes, “On July 19 Vince and I had the amazing opportunity to join six other individuals on Africa Safari 2012. We spent two weeks visiting homes, churches and orphanages in seven towns in Kenya, East Africa. What a blessing to experience the joy and passion the Kenyans have for our Heavenly Father! They desire to truly spread the Gospel. Everyone went out of their way to help us. Pastors Titus Kivilu and Justin Karuru really helped us during our stay. Pastor Titus is Director of the work. He and Jemimah have sacrificed to do the Lord’s work in all areas of Kenya. Justin is the pastor of Grace Church Nakuru and he has such a heart for the Lord, that he is starting a second church in another area of Nakuru. He drove us around to visit different churches and orphanages. Vince preached his first sermon from Romans 12 about The Unity of the Body of Christ. We hope to continue to work alongside these men and women as we seek to do the Lord’s will in our own lives."
Pastor Jun Pielago, Field Director of TCM in the Philippines, writes that besides the 4 resident campuses of International Grace Bible Institute, there are now 7 Field Bible Schools located in Cebu (15 students), Leyte (24), Bag-Land (10), Neg. Occidental (10), Bohol, Seagold and Palawan. The churches of the Bicol region in southern Luzon are applying to start another full residential campus of IGBI. The value of these schools is seen in the 38 new pastors and Bible women who were accepted in Davao at the 54th Annual Conference.
Pastor Peter Kagwi has taken the next step in his vision of Grace churches
all along the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. On June 30 Peter and his Bible
students held a seminar in Kilifi, one hour north of Mombasa, where they
taught the message of God's grace. This will now become a regular preaching
point from which the gospel of Christ can spread in the region. Peter asks
for prayer for this fledgling group.
Jesse Vaught is the pastor of The Point, a church ministry in Denver, Colorado. Jesse is also a TCM board member who has done short-term ministry on several TCM fields. In May Pastor Jesse preached a message entitled, “Why Mission?” Besides explaining what mission is and challenging believers to heed God’s call to mission, Pastor Jesse spoke about Vernon Anderson’s life as a missionary. Vernon was the founding missionary of TCM who went to be with the Lord on May 20. You will enjoy listening to this missionary message on the The Point’s website.
One of the original members of Grace Bible Church in Kenya was Mr. John Kivilu Nzuki of Kiimani Village in Machakos District. Mr. Kivilu was saved in 1988 and donated a portion of his land for Grace Bible Church, which continues to this day. He also had a spiritual influence on his children with two of them attending Grace Bible School. His son, Pastor Titus Kivilu, is now the director of all the Grace Bible Churches in Kenya. When his father died in Thika on June 15, Titus wrote, "My father remained faithful to the end and was an instrumental tool for the proclamation of the grace gospel in Machakos." Missionary Gardner Improso preached on living for Christ at the funeral.
Missionary Ariel Mahilum writes, "We look back five years ago to when we
first started with only Pauline & Faith attending the first Sunday services.
Now we are rejoicing for 15 permanent members, almost 100 children, youth
and adults in the villages and one Cambodian pastor. How the work grew in
five years. Our God is so faithful. We are blessed to see His power, grace
and wisdom at work in every step: 3 churches, a parish Bible school, 3
English centers, a dynamic Team of TCM and Cambodian members, faithful
supporters locally and abroad. I am targeting a new city for church
planting: Siem Reap; Myra Omictin and Pastor Sorn Sruoch will continue the
Phnom Penh work. There are 11,600+ villages without Christian presence in
this land known as The Killing Fields. May we continue to make our
partnership stronger for God's mission work in Cambodia!"
On June 24th Grace Berean Church in Kempton Park- South Africa hosted a joint worship celebration. Dean Padayhag writes, “Some members from nearby Grace Churches of Tshepisong and Soshanguve came to take part in the blessed assembly. In spite of extremely cold weather, around 130 brethren armed with jackets, blankets and Bibles came to worship with us. Friendship, Faithfulness, Fruitfulness and Freedom were the topics of the messages. Other pastors also ministered to the congregation through life testimonies and songs. Sheba’s 34th birthday celebration added grace to the already momentous event. The next joint worship will be in Soshanguve on September. Joint Worship happens every three months and is designed to keep the fire burning among our Grace churches.”
Africa Safari 2012 gets into gear July 19 with 8 participants ready to
travel to Kenya, East Africa, to join in church ministry and evangelism,
"feel" a new culture, make Kenyan friends, hands-on involvement at the Thika
Bible School building in process. Ben & Joyce Anderson are facilitators
along with Gardner & Ledith Improso and Kenyan church leaders. Most of the
group will travel on to minister with Pastor Peter & Margaret Kagwi and Luz
Gaddi in Mombasa, Kenya for the Coast Grace Conference on August 2-4. Please
remember the Africa Safari team in your prayers.
Rabuor is a suburb of Kisumu, the third largest city of Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria. Pastor Titus Kivilu and his wife Jemima worked with the Grace leaders in the main Kisumu church to establish this new church, which first met on April 1. See a bigger picture by clicking the thumbnail. Pastor Titus has now moved to Thika to assume the position of national director of the Grace Bible Churches. Please pray for the members and leaders of Rabuor Church to be able to share the love of Jesus Christ with their neighbors.
A historic back-to-back conference will be held at Life Hotels in Kempton Park, South Africa on August 10-11. Men's and Women's conferences happening
simultaneously. TCM Director Ben Anderson will be the guest speaker for the
men while Joyce Anderson for the women. Forty to fifty delegates are
expected to participate in the said 1st time ever event. "What God Wants in
a Man?" will be the central point of the discussion for men while "What God
Wants in a Woman?" for the women. Other extra fun features are: Bowling
Tournament and Spa Treatments. Please pray that this event will enrich
relationships and commitment among men and women of our Grace movement in
The Maraat Family traveled to the Philippines today for a two-month home assignment. Their children Andrea and Josiah finished school on Friday and they hosted a Christian Fellowship on Sunday before their departure. Genesis writes, “Our landlords came and also one university student and the Killions. I had to bring our TV and DVD player so that we could show the introduction to The Hope Video. I gave copies of the video and also a small booklet explaining the video. Let us pray that God will use the video and booklet to expose more and more about the gospel. While we are gone, the Killions will continue with the fellowship and also our Saturday ministries.”
"In accordance to the the South African Youth Day celebration, the National Organization of Grace Berean Youth (NOGBY) will hold its annual Youth Day Conference on June 16. This year’s theme is “YOUTH ON A MISSION”...a follow-up challenge from ABGMSA’s last conference theme, “Mission POSSIBLE”. It will be hosted for the first time by the Grace Berean Church – Soshanguve. To deliver the challenge for missions will be Dean Padayhag and Steve Thobela. The new set of officers, logo, vision & mission statements, constitution and by-laws, youth programs and activities are just some of the several items to be launched on that day." -Sheba Padayhag
TCM-Kenya Director Titus Kivilu writes about an area of Kenya untouched by TCM, "God is opening a door of opportunity to preach the grace gospel to the northern people of Kenya. I have met a friend in Thika who comes from Melile in northern Kenya. He has invited me to go and share the gospel to the people in that area. I met this man while looking for a house in Thika and we have became close friends. He has told me that there are very few churches in his place and wants our church to go there. Next month he will talk to the people and make arrangements when we can go there. Pray that God may use this man to open a door to reach these people with the gospel."
Vernon Anderson's earthly life began in North Dakota on February 15, 1928 and ended on May 20, 2012 in Indiana. In the intervening 84 years, Vernon circumvented the globe many times preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching the Grace message. On May 24 at 3pm a memorial service was held in Grace Church in Indianapolis. Because Vernon had invested his life in people, it was people who told his story, and it is people who will carry on his legacy. Many gave testimonies of the spiritual impact Vernon had on their lives. Vernon was uniquely talented as a pioneer missionary, and thousands of lives were changed because of meeting with him. Others sent email while some were able to listen to the PalTalk broadcast. TCM Director Ben Anderson (Vernon’s son) closed with a challenge from Vernon's favorite chapter 1 Corinthians 13. Vernon lived a life of faith, hope and love—and those characteristics continue to guide TCM. We miss Vernon, but know that he is rejoicing with the Lord. Gifts in remembrance of Vernon may be given to the Vernon Anderson Mission Outreach fund at TCM.
Things to Come Mission would like to introduce missionary candidates Pat and Michelle Kilgo and their four children: Robert (13), Elisabeth (11), David (8), and Anna (6). The Kilgos have been active in the ministry in Atlanta, Georgia leading a Grace Church in their home. On June 1st they will move to Wisconsin to attend Berean Bible Institute for one year of Bible and Mission Training before leaving for Southeast Asia. After searching for a rental house in Wisconsin for many months, the Lord miraculously provided a 5-bedroom home within walking distance of Berean Bible Institute and their kids’ schools. Michelle writes, “In fact, the Landlord believes that God ‘orchestrated’ it so that we would be the ones to rent it. Now we realize that those other houses were not the right ones for us. We give God the praise and the glory!”
TCM's founding missionary Vernon Anderson departed his earthly tent to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday morning at 7:15. On December 26, 2011 he had suffered a stroke at home and spent nine days in the hospital. He never recovered his speech and gradually became weaker. Vernon was a gifted pioneer missionary with an ability to make friends, teach the Bible in an understandable way and establish churches within a short time. The hundreds of Grace churches in the Philippines and Indonesia consider Vernon Anderson their father in the faith. Vernon's sacrificial life so that others could hear the gospel set an example for others to follow. Vernon was 84 years old. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 3pm at Grace Church, 2200 English Ave., Indianapolis. Gifts may be sent to TCM for the Vernon Anderson Mission Outreach Fund. The Memorial Service for Vernon Anderson will be broadcast live at 3PM Eastern Daylight Time Thursday May 24 in the US. To listen you will need to download PalTalk at www.paltalk.com. Install the program, set up a username and search for the chat room “IndyGraceChurch” Click here for a time zone converter to find out the time of the service in your location.
Director Ben Anderson and his wife, Joyce will be returning home early from their Southeast Asia journey. They are expected to fly out from Phnom Pehn, Cambodia and arrive on Sunday. Ben writes, “My father Vernon Anderson is now under hospice care at home. He will probably be with our Lord in one or two days. My three sisters will all be there tomorrow. Joyce and I have decided to cancel the remaining 9 days of our SEA ministry journey and return to Indianapolis. Please pray for our family as we remember the long and faithful life of my father. Thank you also to all who have made our 2012 SEA journey such a blessing.”
Nearly 80 Grace believers met on the tropical island of Bali for four days of fellowship, worship, country reports, testimonies, special music, group prayer, sightseeing, mission planning, idea-packed seminars and challenging messages. Visitors came from as far away as the United States, Kenya and United Arab Emirates to join missionaries and participants from eight Southeast Asian countries. Our Indonesian hosts led by Lexie & Laura Gerung did a fine job of organizing the venue and activities. One morning we joined with the 300-strong Indonesian national conference for the installation of their new board. During the final meeting, Director Ben Anderson spoke on the essentials of Strategy, Synergy and Service for reaching the remaining Southeast Asian countries for Christ. The attendees overwhelmingly approved the next conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur in May 2014.
The Coast Grace Youth Conference was held April 27-28th in Mombasa, Kenya with around 80 youth in attendance. The conference consisted of many speakers teaching Philippians 2:12-18 with the theme “Holding Forth the Word of Life”. The youth presented special songs, memory verses, poems, skits and participated in an open air evangelistic preaching and film showing. Towards the end of the conference, the youth elected 11 regional leaders who will be planning and organizing future youth activities in the region. Pastor Peter writes, “Let’s pray for our young people that they will be effective and become instruments of spreading the grace message and remain united in the faith!”
Remember Vernon Anderson in your prayers as he continues to recover from the stroke he had this past December and was recently admitted into the hospital Friday night with pneumonia and low oxygen levels. Darlene also has a bad cough and neither of them have had much sleep this past week. Pray that Vernon will be released from the hospital soon! Update (5/13): Vernon is back in the hospital with pneumonia. Continue to remember him and Darlene in your prayers. Valerie is flying back to the states and staying two weeks to be with them during this time.
Things to Come Mission welcomes Pastor Jim & Teresa Shemaria of Berean Bible Church in Shoreline, Washington for a ministry visit to Southeast Asia on April 26 to May 9. The Shemarias will be joined by Mr. Alex Pierce, an active member of the church's mission committee. Berean Bible Church has been a long-time supporter of TCM's worldwide ministries and we are looking forward to this first formal Southeast Asia visit. The delegation will participate in a seminar and services in Manila before flying to Singapore and Bali on May 1 for TCM's Southeast Asia Grace Conference on May 2-5. On May 6 the group will participate in the Jakarta Grace churches before visiting Grace believers in Malaysia on May 7-8. Update: The Shemarias and Alex were met by Pastor Gerson Bermejo and Ben Anderson in Manila at 11pm on April 26. They are healthy and ready to start the activities on Friday.
Missionary to Brazil, Vicki LeFeber, has been in the States waiting for an interview and to take a test for citizenship. Her test was scheduled on April 16th in Detroit, MI. Yesterday Vicki wrote, “I am finally a Brazilian-American citizen, I received my citizenship 4 days ago! The Lord has blessed me abundantly. Thank you for your prayers, I will leave for Brazil tonight.” Remember Vicki in your prayers as she travels back to Brazil and joins her husband, Doug who stayed behind while she was in the States.
The 54th Annual Conference of the Philippine Grace Churches was held in the southern city of Davao on April 17-20. The 517 registered delegates and dozens of visitors enjoyed fellowship with Grace believers from every region of the Philippines. Attendees were challenged with the theme Generating Generosity for Growth in Mission. Director Ben Anderson gave the opening and closing challenges while Philippine leaders and pastors ably brought the theme to life. Director Gerson Bermejo reported that a Grace church exists in 100% of the Philippine regions, 80% of the provinces and 40% of the cities. A highlight of the conference was when 47 individuals were recognized as new pastors and Bible women, and eight men were ordained as ministers. A pastor from Manila commented, “That was the best TCM conference I've attended.”
The TCM-USA office experienced damage to shingles on the roof after a recent hailstorm passed through Indianapolis. The repairs were funded by insurance money designated to reshingle the entire roof. While removing the shingles, carpenters found many damaged areas and repaired them using 10 sheets of plywood. The new roof looks great and TCM is very thankful the Lord provided the funds to complete the project before any further damage was done. Completed Project.
TCM Philippines held their biennial National Grace Youth Organization (NGYO) Conference, April 4-8 organized by Pastor Cadelina, Director of the TCM Youth Department, NYGO officers and youth coordinators. 352 young people from TCM churches in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao attended the conference held at the Philippine Christian University Campus in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Main speakers, Director Ben and Joyce Anderson, joined other invited speakers for a four day conference with topics of: Yes to Evangelism, Yes to Discipleship, Yes to Leadership, and Yes to Mission.
TCM-Philippines hosted its golden commencement anniversary of IGBI-Ozamiz, March 30-31. The school started in 1959 celebrated 50 years of graduating young men and women for the ministry. Pastor Pielago writes, “The celebration featured the Golden Banquet on the 30th and the Golden Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on the 31st. Over 300 attended the banquet and the attendance was almost doubled for the next day. 17 new graduates finished their four-year training at the school and jubilantly marched for graduation together with their parents, IGBI administration and faculty headed by Campus Director, Pastor Noli B. Ongos, and guests…The theme for the whole celebration was Faithful to the End.” Congratulations to all graduates and to the IGBI-Ozamiz Campus for this great achievement.
Pastor Titus Kivilu writes, “We are having a three-day witnessing ministry from Friday (today) to Sunday at Rabuor, a market on the outskirts of Kisumu. Five souls received Christ today in door-to-door witnessing. Praise be to the Lord. On Sunday a new Grace church (daughter church of Kisumu Grace Bible Church) will be opened in this market. Pray for the new converts and the new church.” Pastor Titus is completing his pastoral ministry in Kisumu in preparation to taking up his responsibilities as Director in Thika.
Gomer Indino reports that Timbo Grace Church in Santa Catarina, Brazil is well on the way to completing the second floor of their church. The first floor was completed three years ago and the members paid off the loan within ten months. Pastor Carlos Schmidt, who is the director of the southern Grace churches, lives in the area and is helping to oversee the construction. This building will be valuable not only for the local church, but also for Bible school and Bible conferences in the area.
Rob & Teresa (Autida) van der Zee—who live in Spain and use their website to proclaim God’s grace in Europe—announce, “Besides all our spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ, God has blessed us here on earth with the birth of our son Paulus. The first name is the name of the apostle who preached to us the gospel of the grace of God and the second name is the name of the grandfather on father’s side.” May young Paulus one day proclaim the gospel of Christ in Europe just like Apostle Paul nearly 2000 years ago.
Vicki LeFeber is in the United States to finalize her citizenship. Vicki writes, “I have been here in the States for two months now. Doug calls on Skype, so we can communicate while I am here. I have been waiting for immigration to call me for the interview and test for the citizenship. I finally heard from them last week—my interview and test will be April 16th in Detroit. Then I am going home, but they will probably call me back this summer for the final ceremony. Please pray that everything will go OK.” Doug is pressing on with the ministry in Recife. His doctor recently told him he needs two hearing aids, which will cost $4000.
Gomer and Nene Indino report having a car accident on their way home from preaching at Carlos Schmidt’s church in Timbo, Brazil. Gomer writes, “It was dark, no cellphone signals to call for towing. Two tires had exploded…and we hit concrete about a foot high with a big impact that pushed the engine up almost on the hood. The damage is really extensive, don’t know when it will be fixed up, but praise the Lord, Nene and I are ok! Imagine how the Lord protected us and it was our 33rd wedding anniversary!” Remember Gomer and Nene in your prayers as they get their transportation needs figured out and paid for. 3/23: Gomer called by Skype to tell us that his car is now repaired at a cost of $1500 and he was able to drive it to visit a man he is mentoring for the ministry.
Rejoice with us as all funds have been raised to purchase a motorbike for a missionary couple in a closed Southeast Asian country. Motorbikes are an economical and effective means of transportation for this family. With the $1800 that was raised, this couple will be able to travel between home, language school, the market and their ministries more efficiently. Thank you to all who prayed for or gave towards this project. Continue to pray for this couple as they face strong spiritual opposition and darkness.
Praise the Lord with us for the start of construction at our Bible school property in Thika, Kenya, about 45 minutes northeast of Nairobi. Director Ben Anderson found this land in 2004 while a missionary in Kenya. Since then construction has been held up by plans and government permits. Gardner Improso is working with the Bible School committee to put up this initial building of eight rooms. These rooms will contain the school office, library, national church office, dorm rooms and classroom. $16,000 has already been raised of the total cost of $22,000. Pray that this school will provide quality theological education for ministers in Kenya and in countries to the north of Kenya.
Pastor Sagrado Improso is a pastor, board member, businessman and plantation manager in the Philippine Grace churches. His daughter Dr. Ruth Improso, former TCM missionary to Cambodia, explains, “Papa has multiple myeloma; it’s cancer affecting the blood cells and it’s very rare. It will affect the bones, the kidneys and other parts of the body . . . Papa has compression fracture on his lower back and is painful . . . He is given pain relievers, strong ones, but he still complains of pain . . . he has just vomited due to discomfort in his stomach. We will start with chemotherapy next week and please include in your prayers that he will not suffer the serious side effects of the chemotherapy. We have been here for one week in the hospital.” Anyone wishing to assist with the hospital expenses may do so through TCM. Update 3/12: Pastor Sagrado was discharged from the hospital after 2 weeks; but, after severe bouts of vomiting and weakness, he is back in the hospital. His medicines are now given through intravenous fluids and he is unable to drink water, only sips of milk. Please continue to remember Pastor Sagrado in your prayers.
Soon the people of Brazil will be listening to the Grace message through internet radio. Pastor Ewerton Cesar writes, “My dream is to be able to acquire a radio station FM to transmit through the radio signal for the whole city, but the brazilian legislation and a little time consuming, when it comes to grant the radio frequency, but we are waiting, so count on the prayers of all the brothers for that one day we will have this dream come true, that we can connect a stereo and listen to a radio message of Grace being transmitted.” Pastor Ewerton works with Pastor Roberto Carlos Gonçalves in the Ponta Grossa Grace Church in southern Brazil. Listen Here.
Join us for this year’s Africa Safari a two week journey, July 19-August 1, 2012, to Kenya on the east coast of Africa. This trip is organized by the Kenya Field of Things to Come Mission and is headed up by TCM Director Ben Anderson and Joyce Anderson. Come experience firsthand the life and work of a missionary! Trip includes fellowship with missionaries Gardner and Ledith Improso; visiting homes of Kenyan pastors and members; Open Air Evangelistic meetings; work project; Orphanage visit and work; Sunday Church Fellowship; and much more. The journey ends with a trip to one of Kenya’s thrilling wild animal parks, Masai Mara. Cost for Africa Safari 2012 $2600. More Information.
Dean Padayhag writes, “For more than a year, Grace Berean Church-Kempton Park has been using the boardroom of New Millennium College for services. On February 25th, the school and church will be moving to a bigger facility a kilometre away from the present location and closer to town, hotels, and shops. Both the school principal and owner have offered the school hall for our church and a room to use for our office. The hall can accommodate 300-400 people. Please pray for more outreach in this new community.”
Praise the Lord that the Body of Christ has responded faithfully and sacrificially to the need for a vehicle to expand the active ministry on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The full amount has been donated and the vehicle will be purchased soon. Pastor Peter & Margaret Kagwi with missionary Luz Gaddi have been using public transport, which required many hours of walking and there was no way to carry equipment such as amplifier, speakers and projector. Pastor Peter writes, “We are targeting three new areas: Kilifi District in Chonyi (North Coast), Kwale District in Saburu (West Coast) along Mombasa-Nairobi highway and Ukunda (South Coast) where an active BGSM student has expressed his desire of planting a grace church.”
Pastor Titus Kivilu has been appointed by the 12-person board of the Grace Bible Churches of Kenya to be the executive director for the next four years (2012- 2015). Pastor Titus is a graduate of Grace Bible School in Kenya and his home church is Kiimani Grace Bible Church in Machakos District. After graduating, Pastor Titus pastored in his home church before moving to Kisumu City in west Kenya. Pastor Titus is married to Jemima and they have two sons. The family will move to the GBC headquarters in Thika in April. TCM commends Pastor Titus on his appointment. We also say a hearty Thank You to outgoing director Pastor Samuel Mwangi. See more pictures and read Pastor Titus’s vision statement.
After traveling approximately 30,000 miles and 26.5 hours of actual flight time, Judy Heath has arrived safely back in Malaysia. Judy traveled to Michigan to be with her family during the passing of her father and also traveled to visit family in Washington and California. Tim Heath writes, “her family in Michigan was very thankful she was there through the whole process. Our son, Danny and his family, our daughters Jennifer and Melody and their families all got to see “Grammie” and of course Judy loved the opportunity to see all of them.
Holidays make for great opportunities to share the Gospel. Maraats and Killions used Valentine’s Day to share with Thai students and their friends. Genesis writes of the 19 students and friends who attended their celebration, “The night was celebrated with English games, special songs, and lots of laughter. I gave a short talk on the beginning of Valentine’s Day, emphasizing that “Love” is the most important thing in the world.” Nathan reports on the celebration at The Centre, “16 students came out for the evening and we enjoyed playing games, eating lasagna and strawberry cake, and sharing about the true love that comes from Jesus…We also gave our students “Love is…” bookmarks...I asked them how they felt about these words. Many of them said, “Oh, it makes me feel so good, Ajaan (teacher)!” We are trusting the Lord that the Gospel will be planted and take root in the lives of these precious students.”
On February 4, students from all of the Berean Grace School of Ministries training centers in Mombasa, Kenya joined together for a time of prayer and fellowship. Pastor Peter Kagwi writes, “It has become the tradition for the BGSM students to come together during closing and opening days after their break. This has helped them to know each other. They also have a chance of sharing their lives and ministry experiences.” Pastor Peter also announced the addition of evening classes for those who work during the day. Praise the Lord three students have already registered for evening classes.
Genesis Maraat reports, "Today [Feb. 4] was our ever first Christian Fellowship at Grace English Center. There were around 15 individuals including our landlords and two university students. Nathan shared a very good "Word of Encouragement" to all of us. Our landlords, this was the second time they heard about Jesus. One student commented that, that was her first time to hear the story about Jesus. Seed was sown to the hearts of men. May God cause it to grow and bear fruit in God's timing. A fellowship dinner followed after. Everyone enjoyed it."
Myra Omcitin reports, “My friend believes in Jesus Christ as her Savior! Last Monday, I talked to her about salvation again. I asked questions and I was pleased to hear her answers. She believes she is a sinner, there is heaven and hell, she needs salvation, and that Jesus can save her! Isn’t God working in [my friend’s] life?” Myra also has the opportunity to have Bible studies with various contacts she has made. “Last week I was able to teach the Bible to 4 students in our English class for 3 consecutive nights! [My friend,] Elsa handles the high school group in Baipai Village. She teaches the Knowing God series. The students will move to Phnom Penh next year to study in the university. They are already believers in Christ so please pray that they will grow in the Lord and will become strong Grace Believers.”