Preparing People for Christ's Return
TCM congratulates Pastor Dwight Anderson on taking the directorship of Prison Mission Association (PMA). TCM and PMA have been cooperating in ministry for several decades. Our first contact in Kenya was an evangelist who was taking PMA Bible courses. Vernon & Darlene Anderson assisted PMA in setting up a Bible school and church planting program in Cameroon. The past two directors of PMA were former TCM missionaries: Don Sommer and Joe Campos. Dwight is well-qualified for his new role and we look forward to more partnership in taking the gospel of grace to the regions beyond. Dwight’s bio . . .
Tim Heath and Genesis Maraat are in Yangon, Myanmar for a week of teaching the leaders of the Grace Gospel Churches of Myanmar. Pastor Kenneth writes, “God is so good! 30 trainees join with us every day. We will have Church Dedication on Friday evening and the Lord's Supper on Sunday morning (2nd March). We are really excited to hear the real doctrine of our Grace Church.” Genesis reports, “Tim arrived on Saturday and immediately started teaching. He taught the whole day Monday. Today I taught the whole morning and part of the afternoon. We are excited for what God is doing here in Myanmar. We do really appreciate your prayers for the new TCM work in Myanmar. To the praise of the glory of His grace!” Nathan Killion and Ben Anderson taught the last seminar in October 2013.
Team Cambodia knows that the lives of the Cambodians are worthy of eternal life and they are actively being a light in two of the largest cities in this Buddhist country, the capital of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Please continue to pray for Pastor Ariel and Faith Mahilum and Myra Omictin in their plan to plant churches as they develop relationships, lead Bible studies and look for opportunities to share Jesus Christ. Read their current newsletters and make a commitment to pray for them.
On February 9th, the first Grace Church in Thailand held its first worship service. Genesis & Verna Maraat started praying for this church 12 years ago while serving in Kenya. In 2008 the Maraats and Killions moved to Chiang Mai and began learning the language and sharing the love of Christ. Genesis reports, “Thank you all for praying. It was indeed a historic beginning. Two years ago on the second week of February we started our house fellowship once a month. Last year we started meeting twice a month. Last Sunday was also the second Sunday of February and we started our Sunday worship. May Grace Church (คริสตจักร พระคุณ) - Sansai, Chiang Mai, Thailand continue to grow until the Rapture!”
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be the venue for the 2nd Southeast Asia Grace Conference to be held on May 22-26. Visitors are expected from at least a dozen countries in Southeast Asia and beyond. TCM has the stated goal of establishing a grace church in every country of SEA. Activities will include challenges from the Word, planning seminars, strategy discussions, fellowship and sight-seeing. Main speakers will be Nathan Killion (pioneering missionary to Thailand), Ariel Mahilum (leader of Team Cambodia), James Bermejo (church planter and pastor in Manila, Philippines) and Ben Anderson (director of TCM). All TCM missionaries from SEA will be present. Why not join us and make some new friends while learning about what God is doing in SEA? More . . .
Dean and Sheba have announced planting season in the South African field and everyone knows that means lots of work and long hours. Seven new churches have been targeted and the leaders will be commissioned on March 2. Please pray for this work that there will be a great harvest of people reached with the gospel, lives transformed and growing in love and good works, and that these churches will multiply across this vast African country. To read more about this church planting ministry, check out their latest prayer letter of January 2014.
People are signing up for a historic journey to the Philippines to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Described as the most powerful storm ever recorded, Haiyan destroyed or damaged 21 of TCM's grace churches. We have already sent $20,000 for emergency relief and rebuilding efforts. Now you have a chance to get involved in person. The EXITE trip is a joint ministry between TCM, Grace Ministries International, Grace Gospel Fellowship and Grace Bible College. Designed primarily for high school through college students, EXITE will not only relieve the suffering of our Filipino brothers and sisters, but will allow God to speak to you through a new people and experience. More . . .
Pastor Peter Kagwi heads up the Coast Grace Team headquartered in Mombasa, Kenya. He writes, “Our Bible School opened on 16th Jan. 2014. The training is in progress. The first week of February we shall have one week of intensive training for the newly founded Bible Training Centre at Tana River Delta. It is our prayer that this training will spread the gospel of the grace of God along the 333-mile Kenya coast.” Pastor Peter reports that 50 students have already been trained at least one year in the Berean Grace School of Ministries. More . . .
TCM missionary kids in Thailand attend Grace International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their recruiting coordinator writes, "I want you to know of the different staff openings that we have for our 2014-15 school year. It is amazing to see all of the different people that God sends to us each year. Right now we have many Thai and foreign staff working at our school who are talented and Christlike. I am very confident in God that this will continue in the years ahead. Here are some of our staff needs for next year. Taking 2-3 minutes right now to look at the whole list and pray for us would be such a huge help. And it would quiet your soul. :)" More...
The Philippine Grace churches hold an annual conference each year in a different location. On April 15-18, 2014 the conference will be held in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol. Field Director Jun Pielago sends a welcome, “Enjoy in Tagbilaran City the company of Grace Believers from the 23 TCM Ministry Districts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for three full days of sharing ministry experiences, knowing what God is doing in the various phases of the ministry in the Philippines, learning together of new ideas to expand the ministry, encouraging one another, igniting vision, and renewing of commitment to common ministry goals. Conference Registration Fee is P1,500.”
We are happy to welcome Joe & Michelle Campos and family back to active missionary status as of January 1, 2014. The Camposes have been on leave for two and a half years in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe has been serving as the Director of Prison Mission Association and Michelle has continued to be a leader of “Project Abba” in Recife. The Campos family will use 2014 for deputation with the plan of moving to Recife by the end of this year. In Brazil the Camposes will be working with the training of pastors/church planters, church planting and with "Project ABBA," the ministry they founded to serve underprivileged children. Their request, “We appreciate your prayers in our behalf and we hope to see some of you as we travel the country :)” More . . .
A heartfelt Happy New Year to all of our TCM friends. Apostle Paul wrote, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Our salvation is secure through our faith in Christ, yet we are still waiting for that great day when our redemption will be complete. Thank you for all that you do to proclaim the wonderful gospel of God’s grace to our generation. The world needs the Savior Jesus Christ now more than ever. Let us give of ourselves to make 2014 “the day of salvation” for those who have no hope.
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.