Philippine Field Director Jun Pielago reports that 206 students are enrolled in the Philippine Bible schools for the 2013-2014 school year. He continues, "The following numbers of students have enrolled for the present schoolyear: Tagum City (Calixto Fermantes) – 95; Ozamiz (Noli Ongos) - 71; Bataan (Dan Banac) - 23; and Cauayan (Cecilio Blas) - 17. Out of this number, 49 interns are assigned in TCM churches ministering under the supervision of senior pastors. Every year IGBI graduates become recognized TCM pastors and Bible women during the national conference. The Negros Bible Training Center under Pastor Oseas Elentorio is on its second year of operation with 14 students. Please pray for the needs of our IGBI campuses with their directors, faculty members, and students."
Pastor Titus Kivilu, National Director of Grace Bible Church and his wife Jemimah have been very busy ministering with Pastor & Mrs. Peter in Mombasa. The Director helped in teaching in our Bible School every morning and each afternoon we visited at least one church. By the end of one week he managed to teach one short subject and visit all seven Grace Churches at the coast. His wife had a very productive moment of sharing with the Women of Grace Fellowship (WGF) in Mombasa. We thank God that the churches in this region had a good time of fellowship with our national leader.
Pastor Norsie Lanzaderas has just returned from his first ministry trip to Marinduque Island, a part of the Luzon group of islands, to plant Grace churches. Although TCM has had members living on this island for many years, in 2013 the Central Luzon churches made a project to support a church-planting effort. On June 17 they commissioned church planter Pastor Norsie and sent him off on a new motorcycle with their prayer and support. Lanzaderas reports, "Good news, we have started a worship service already last Sunday with 6 adults 3 young people and 8 children." He also reports of a second fellowship started in another town. Please pray for contacts, leaders and church supplies as this fledgling ministry takes off.
"We had a very blessed evangelistic mission and launching of Grace church at Gikoe Murang'a," Kenya Director Titus Kivilu writes. "There were souls saved every day in the three days we were there. The church was filled to capacity yesterday (though the hall is small). About 20 people from Gikoe attended and enjoyed worshiping and learning the Word of God together with us. Thank you for being with us in prayers."
"We are thankful for the privilege to serve our Lord in Thailand. We went to Thailand in May 2008 and God has opened doors for us to share the gospel to the Thai Buddhist. Our Grace English Center is going along very well. Children are coming to learn English and some few parents. University students are also coming. We are using “English” as a tool...
The Berean Bible Fellowship hosts a Bible conference in Cedar Lake, IN each year. This year TCM was well-represented by the Kilgo family (missionary candidates), the Maraat family (Thailand), Director Ben & Joyce Anderson, Joe & Pauline Watkins, Darlene Anderson and TCM President Doug & Sonja Cox. Besides enjoying fellowship within the TCM family, we met many new and old friends and were challenged by the action-oriented messages we heard. Former TCM missionary Ed Bedore was the daily Bible teacher and gave a stirring challenge about using the Grace message to evangelize the lost. Missionary candidate Pat Kilgo preached on the final morning of the conference.
Philippines Field Director Eufracio Pielago writes that 20 TCM Grace churches were planted between January 2012 and March 2013. He explains, "Each of these new churches has met the Mission’s criteria for a standard church, namely: membership of the group should have at least 15 members at least 18 years of age; the group should have regular weekly church services and has an organized set of officers." The Philippine churches set a goal in 2012 of planting 115 churches in five years to add to the 429 churches which were registered at that time. Both Pielago and Executive Director Gerson Bermejo have stated that this goal is very attainable.
“Knowing Christ” was the theme of this summer's VBS in Bai Pai village, Cambodia. Eighty-eight children and youth who attended were divided into 4 groups according to age level. For 3 days Team Cambodia explained that Jesus Christ is the only one who saves. They heard about the Lord's death, burial and resurrection. Please pray for these dear ones as they continue to learn about the living God that they will put their faith and trust in Him.
Our prayer in ministry is that the Word of God will always produce fruit in lives. Sometimes results take time. Director Titus writes from Kenya about a new church being planted 20 years after its new pastor first learned the grace message from studying the PMA Bible correspondence courses he received from Jessie Easterly. For more on this new church plant...
Jessie Easterly delighted us with a visit to the TCM home office for our Tuesday prayer meeting. Although Jessie and her late husband Herbert Palmer started the mission back in 1956 she had never seen the new headquarters and was praying she could make the trip out to Indianapolis. God answered her prayer and in May she traveled by train with her daughter Ruth Rickerby and spent five days with us.
On May 11 Nathan, Jessica, Matthias, Abby and Chloe packed up their earthly possessions, boarded Korean Airlines and made the long journey to Chiang Mai, Thailand. They were in the USA since September 1, 2012 visiting churches, friends and family to report on their ministry. Although they enjoyed their time stateside, the kids said they were ready to "go home." The Killions found their house in order except that the well had run dry due to drought. After two weeks of hauling water, they have running water again. The kids were able to get their visas extended. The Killions will continue to focus on the university students and staff while making their home a welcoming place for those who would like to know the salvation and love of Jesus Christ.
While Miss Kenn Omictin was attending the first Southeast Asia Grace Conference in Bali on May 2-5, 2012, she was challenged to contact all of her friends in Dubai and start a Grace Fellowship. By the end of May the group held their first meeting. Initially they had no pastor, but members volunteered to lead and teach the meetings. Some messages were even preached over Skype from other countries. The fellowship started in an apartment and has now moved to its own location. Pastor Robert Mandin was called to shepherd the flock. Today they are celebrating their first anniversary. Praise the Lord!
Pastor Peter Kagwi found many opportunities to share the gospel in the town of Lunga Lunga. While the majority of people in this place live in spiritual darkness, the Light of Christ shone as Peter and his companion communicated the gospel through word and deed. For more on this evangelistic trip...
The team reached four market centers in North Kenya to start five Grace fellowships in this unreached land of sand and sun. To read Pastor Titus' account see link
Pastor Sagrado Improso, Sr. transferred to Glory May 3rd following long illness and much faithful service. He served TCM since the early 70's as a pioneer worker in Bicol Region, Philippines., using radio and church planting. In the 80's he continued in Agusan Province, Mindanao adding new churches. His intense work included Supervising Minister, Board member, National Treasurer, directing TCM-RP Finance Department. The productive TCM rubber plantation was his "brainchild". His son is a TCM pastor and daughter a medical doctor serving in Cambodia and Philippines. Thank you, Pastor Sagrado, for your life of faithfulness! More
Director Titus writes from Kenya that he and Pastors Peter Kagwi, Justin Muriithis and David Anjenjo are in Turkana South ministering with Brother John Ekaliban on the establishing of the first grace church in this unreached area of the country. Together they are teaching a seminar to lay leaders on leading Bible studies, evangelism and encouraging fellowship. After prayerfully planning this ministry, the first service of Grace Church in Kenaodan will be held May 5. Please pray for the fruitful ministry of these servants that they will bear much fruit for God's glory.
Tim Heath is having a blessed time in the Philippines ministering through teaching. Each night for a week he spoke to nearly 300 young people who attended the annual youth conference with the theme, “Winning, Building, Sending.” He has taught and ministered to several groups including a marriage seminar. Please pray for Tim’s ministry as he finishes his visit and returns home this week.
Luz Gaddi is relocated to Nakuru after successfully completing a one-year Sunday school teacher training program in Mombasa. Pastor Peter Kagwi escorted her to her new ministry working with Pastor Justin and Grace Karuru. There are two churches in Nakuru and Luz divides her time between them as well as traveling to other churches. Luz held a one-day seminar for women where they were involved in active learning about Hannah and Peninah. Please pray for Luz and Grace as they teach Sunday school seminars in Eldoret and Nyahururu. Let there be a desire amongst her students to learn God's Word and teach it effectively. For more on Luz's ministry...
The “Vision 2020” focuses on planting 20 new churches by the year 2020. Five church plants are underway where pastors are witnessing and conducting Bible classes in preparing the way for growth. Pastor Peter Kagwi is opening a church in Lunga-Lunga, Pastor Kennedy Okundi in Nyamira, Pastor Timothy Matheka in Makima, Pastor Ezekiel Mwaniki in Runyenjes and Pastor Kenneth Muriungi in Marimanti. Ten new churches will be planted in 2013. Another church plant begins this month in an unreached area of Turkana where John Ekaliban requested TCM to bring the gospel and plant churches. Kivilu writes: “As we made the 2020 vision, we realized our pastors and churches have the potential to reach the whole of Kenya with the grace message by planting new churches.” Please pray for this pursuit.
Nineteen churches have been planted in the last year. Through the outreach of “TCM IMPACT: 7,725 & 115 By 2017” (7,725 new members and 115 new churches by 2017) people are being saved and growing in their faith through evangelism and establishing local churches. This means each new church has met the Mission criteria for a standard church: Membership of a minimum of 15 adults and young people, regular weekly services and an organized set of officers. Pastor Pielago writes: “We deeply appreciate your share in the great ministry of winning precious souls for Christ! We praise and thank the Lord for blessing the work through Things to Come Mission in the Philippines.”
Gomer Indino sent a complete report concerning the armed robbery they experienced while in Ponta Grossa on 3/28. Meetings for development of the ministry and a meal ended with hold-up men entering the restaurant, taking a new camera from Nene, wallet with documents from Gomer and threats to shoot Pastor Carlos Schmidt because he had no wallet. Fortunately, Gomer had placed Carlos money in another pocket and no one was hurt. Police rapidly arrived on call and ably recovered the wallet, documents, cellphone and even one thief. Indinos are thankful for your prayers.
Pastor Peter Kagwi, who planted nine churches on the coast of Kenya and started four Bible training centers, writes: "I have some good news. Yesterday, I had an appointment with the chaplain of Shimo La Tewa Prison in Mombasa. We had a good conversation and finally he permitted me to issue Bible Correspondence Courses to the prisoners. I left 20 sets of lessons of Highway of Life in Kiswahili and the Acts lessons. The chaplain also expressed the need for Bibles for the prisoners. " He writes that he would appreciate generous contributions that will help the prison ministry be effective and successful. You may contact the mission for further information. For more reports on what the Lord is doing in Mombasa, read, Coast Ministry Updates.
April 1, 2013
Tim and Judy Heath traveled from Malaysia to Nepal to share the gospel with a security guard they had made friends with while he worked at their apartment complex. The difficult trip was rewarded with their friend receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior. How Much Is a Soul Worth? is a report Judy Heath tells of their journey. How far are we willing to go and how much are we willing to endure to communicate the gospel to someone facing an eternity without Christ? Please pray for Nepal.
Greetings in Jesus' name. I hope you are having a blessed time this Easter reflecting on the matchless love of God that He showed by sending His only begotten son to die for our sins. I am pleased to send you the Grace Gazette with news of Grace Bible church- Kenya ministries. Thank you for your prayers and partnership to make the grace message known in Kenya. I wish you all a blessed Easter and may you experience that mighty power of God that raised Jesus from the dead working in your life.
In His service, Pastor Titus Kivilu GBC-Kenya Director
Violence was very evident in South Brazil on 3/28 as Gomer and Nene Indino faced gunmen demanding wallets, jewelry, VISA cards, all valuables, even threatening to kill their companion, Pastor Carlos Schmidt. Indinos recently returned from USA to continue working with MCP Grace churches and "Rede ao Mar" Youth Group along the Atlantic coast. See their March prayer letter. Gomer especially regrets the loss of his drivers license and camera. His call came to the TCM office quickly and new cards are being issued, but much prayer needs to be lifted up also for rapid recovery from the emotional and physical stress of armed robbery.
They are calling it the TCM Leaders Summit. Director Gerson Bermejo explains that participants are composed of Board of Trustees, Department Directors, National Coordinators, Supervising Ministers, Deputy Supervising Ministers, Consultants and Advisers and Lay Church Leaders. The April 21-23, summit meeting, held in Manila, will review the organizational structure of TCM, follow-up the five-year plans and goals of the Mission, review the Church planting programs, and discuss the newly formulated Administrative Manual. Pray for this summit that God will use the unity and the focus of the leaders to accomplish His purposes to see churches planted, equipped and trained to communicate the gospel throughout the Philippines and to the regions beyond.
TCM Director Ben Anderson is on his way to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Activities will include planning meetings, leadership seminars, ministry reviews and several church visits. The trip will culminate in Manila with the 55th Annual Conference where TCM's first missionary Vernon Anderson will be remembered. Attendees will come from several countries. Ben will return on May 2.
Is God speaking to you about mission? Perhaps a short mission trip will help you hear God's call more clearly. Ben and Joyce Anderson are hosting Africa Safari to Kenya from July 24-August 7, 2013. You will have great opportunities to serve the Lord on a field with 45 Grace churches and 15 new church plants. Work alongside faithful missionaries, ministers, and members while building the Body of Christ. Enjoy the beauty of God's African creation while driving across the country in a Land Rover. More...
Learning dispensational truth on The Highway of Life, 25 lessons actually written for Sunday School years ago, presents life's journey on this earth starting with Adam & Eve in the Garden, passing all through OT history, continuing forward with Christ to the Cross and onto Gentile Byway where Apostle Paul preaches the truth of Grace as we know it today. These lessons brought thousands into Bible study when offered in Philippines churches using a large flannelgraph with Bible character figures. Mrs. Charles Baker permitted these lessons to be printed which opened truth into Indonesia, India, Brazil, Africa, using the Bible throughout, showing God's plan for all ages. First published in 1958 The Highway is now available in various languages via internet from Spain with Rob Vander Zee, http://badnewsgoodnews.net/english/home.php.
TCM missionary candidates Pat and Michelle Kilgo hosted the Killion family, TCM missionaries to Thailand, during the annual mission conference at Berean Bible Institute in Slinger, Wisconsin. Seven kids in the house was not quite enough, so they invited the Sadler family to visit. Eleven kids made for a fun-filled time. Pray for our missionary kids to do well in their studies and to grow and mature physically and spiritually. And, pray for our missionary families who strive to train up their children to know and love the Lord Jesus. Missionary kids have a vital role in effective ministry and outreach.
The Bible school of the Grace Bible Churches of Kenya is ready to start the final stage of their building project. Phase 4 will put on the roof, doors, and complete the interior finishing. This building will train pastors and church leaders and be the headquarters for the national work. Churches are being planted across the country and even in unreached areas. This building is needed more than ever for preparing men to pastor these new churches. See how much has been raised on the Projects page by clicking on the picture.
Team Cambodia has worked in Baipai Village for five years and has seen people come to know the Lord as their Savior and receive Bible training. This outreach extends to two surrounding villages and many have heard the gospel message for the first time. Last year God provided the property and the funds for building a deep well and toilets. The final project is raising the money for a fence and gate so that the property is secure. The desire is to have the fence built in time to hold the first youth camp in Cambodia. Please click on the picture to see how you can help finish this project and get the fence built before summer.
A middle-eastern believer travels to a convention. While sitting reading
his Bible, wearing an old USA-CANADA sweatshirt, he assists an old
man who has fallen nearby. The man begins asking all about the sweatshirt. Then he
asks, "What are you reading? Read to me also." As the young man reads chapter 53 of Isaiah,
suddenly the old man shouts, "That's it! When I read that chapter 40 years ago, I heard a voice telling me:
'Follow the one being offered for iniquities and bearing your sins and transgressions!'"
The old man had converted to Islam 40 years previously, but now believed in Christ as Savior.
He immediately phoned his family back home in Canada telling them he had found the truth.
The Word of God is powerful indeed!
Commencement exercises for the 2012-2013 school year of the Philippine IGBI campuses are scheduled late this month and early next month: March 23, IGBI-Bataan – 1 (Director Dan Banac); April 7, IGBI-Cauayan – 3 (Cecilio Blas); March 23, IGBI-Ozamiz (Noli Ongos); and, April 2, IGBI-Tagum (Calixto Fermantes). Total enrollment of each campus: IGBI-Bataan – 20; IGBI-Cauayan – 22; IGBI-Ozamiz – 81; and IGBI-Tagum – 74, for a grand total of 197 students. Every year IGBI supplies workers through its graduates for the churches and other areas of ministry. National Director of the entire IGBI Ministry Department is Pastor Noli B. Ongos.
The one desire of Pastor Maruli (Agus) & Yokhe Marpaung in Indonesia is to glorify God through surrendering their skills and talents to serving Him. In 2010 they traveled to South Sulawesi to rebuild the grace church that had been left without a pastor and was meeting in a rundown building. The members were invigorated by the arrival of this young couple, and their love for the Lord and each other began to grow. They raised the money, restored the church building, ministered to the various age groups, and the attendance has nearly doubled. They are now looking for new ways to be a testimony and light to their community. To read a further report from Pastor Maruli, click on the picture.
Team Cambodia missionaries are always looking for opportunities to share the gospel. Myra Omictin, Cambodian Pastor Srouch, and co-laborers, Elsa and Fe were given a good chance to visit new friends in Kampot province. They traveled with former students, Sophal and Lynet, who used to be English students in Baipai village. This team traveled for three hours in a rented van from the capital of Phnom Penh to follow up on this ministry contact. Please pray that this open door will lead to another ministry outlet. Click on the picture to read more of this wonderful opportunity to spread the gospel.
The Kenyan general election is in eleven days (March 4th). The last election in 2007 left 1000 dead and 600,000 without a home. There is great concern that tribal conflict will cause a high death toll. Missionary Luz Gaddi ask that everyone pray for peace and safety. Director Titus Kivilu writes, "Let's join hands in prayers that by God's power the elections will be peaceful free and fair and that God will intervene so we can elect leaders who will lead this country in a godly way. 'When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice: But when the wicked rule, the people groan -Proverbs 29:2'"
TCM wants to honor the memory of our dear Sister in Christ, Beverly
Sidebottom, wife of Eldred and mom of Daniel. Her health was failing for
some time, but now she has crossed over to the heavenly places. She and
Eldred took up TCM work in 1961-1990 starting at a card table in their
utility room. All of us are reminded of Bev's faithful service in the
TCM office on Cope's Main St. doing all the receipts and expenditures during
Eldred's directorship. And she used a pegboard, by hand! Her hospitality
and cheerfulness were enjoyed by the almost constant visitors passing
through Cope. Bev was always a good pastor's wife, pianist for services,
prayer partner, helper in all ways and we honor that service and know
how greatly her personal and TCM family misses her though thankful for
her assured place of blessing in Christ.
Winning souls for Jesus Christ has become a passion for the members of Valenzuela City Grace Gospel Church of Christ, Philippines. Thirteen people have responded to the gospel through the church's evangelism outreach this month. Pastor James Bermejo is leading his evangelism committee members in a two-week crusade in which they conduct a “religious survey” and use this opportunity to share the gospel of salvation. A second team is responsible for following up the new believers and the third team remains in the church to pray for responsive hearts. Bermejo and his follow-up team are preparing to teach and disciple the new believers. Pray for these endeavors as they continue communicating the words of life throughout the year, and for financial funding for producing gospel tracts.
Exciting reports are in following field trips of students from the
Indonesian Bible School in Lembean. Team One with 9 students was led by
Director Audy & wife and traveled to islands north of Sulawesi where they held 9
church and 5 open air meetings during December break. Four other new
villages were reached with the cooperation of Tondano & Kotamabagu GAA
churches. Team Two with 14 students under the leadership of Faculty-Pastors
Sumajouw and Rompon ministered in Lembean area and also south into
Central Sulawesi reaching out to Palolo and Dongi-Dongi, both new
congregations in non-Christian areas.
Pastor Sigit sends an encouraging report from Central Sulawesi: “Our ministry is currently active in getting young people to preach the gospel.” For several years the Grace Church has sent students to the Bible school. He is asking for prayer that more enterprising young men will be sharing the gospel. Director Harold Sigar writes that Pastor Sigit's ministry is growing with many people joining the church. During a recent visit, 150 youth came to worship together.
Training leaders is a rewarding part of Dean and Sheba Padayhag's ministry in South Africa and they continue equipping men and women during their home assignment in the Philippines. Please pray for the Padayhags as they are teaching a leadership training course called MAP (Ministerial Advancement Program). Ten elders and leaders participate every Sunday until the end of March in an interactive 4-hour doctrinal and ministerial class where they ask questions, discuss, report and practice the things they are learning. May the Lord use these leaders to lead others in the ministry.
Gomer and Nene Indino are true traveling missionaries, leaving January 17 for South Brazil to resume evangelism, training ministers, ministering to women and children in the churches along the Atlantic Coast. In 3 1/2 months in USA, they traveled and spoke in six states, meeting new prayer partners to stand by for the labors ahead. April-September they spent valuable family time in the Philippines. Brazil plans include building up the new Paranagua church with five families already attending services, opening their house in Guape, getting physical checkups, coordinating with MCP Grace churches and Brother Carlos Schmidt also constructing his church at Timbu. They ask your prayers.
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.”
Ariel Mahilum, Team Cambodia leader, writes that Sorn Sruoch, a university
student who has been working with Team Cambodia while completing his law
degree, has accepted the call to serve the Lord as a pastor. He will serve
as the Intern Pastor of the Phnom Penh Grace Church for one year while
continuing to be trained by Ariel. Pastor Sruoch is the first Cambodian
pastor to rise up through TCM's ministry in Cambodia which began in 2007.
Let us be in prayer for Pastor Sruoch and Team Cambodia as they proclaim the
gospel of God's grace.
Judy Heath returned to Muskegon, Michigan to be with her father Charles Fielstra, Jr. during his final days on this earth. He had become quite weak when Judy arrived from Southeast Asia; however, she had a few days with him before he passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on January 23. Judy sees it as a miracle she made it home in time, especially when the Chicago airport was closed a day later. The funeral service will be at 4pm on Friday, January 27 at Calvary Bible Church in Norton Shores. Judy will visit friends and family for one month before rejoining Tim who is continuing their church development ministry in Southeast Asia.
Gardner and Ledith Improso’s daughters, Keren and Kezia, are staying with their grandfather while they attend college in the Philippines. A few days ago, they were robbed when burglars broke into their house through a hole in the wall. Stolen items include their laptops, cameras, a video camera and other items. Praise the Lord the girls and their grandparents were not hurt but this is a big loss for the Improso family. The girls have lost their way to communicate with their parents and their ability to do research papers for college. The cost of replacing the stolen items is approximately $1800. Update: All funds have been raised! Thank you to all who prayed for or donated towards this project.
TCM’s founding missionary, Vernon Anderson, experienced a stroke on December 26 at his home in Indianapolis. His wife Darlene and son Ben took Vernon to St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove where he was given a drug for blood clots and a number of scans. Vernon has now regained full use of his legs and arms, however he remains unable to speak. A further difficulty is that his heart has developed an irregular heartbeat which will need long term treatment. Vernon may be released to go home on January 4, where he will continue with speech therapy. Thank you to the many friends who have supported Vernon through love and prayers. Update: On Jan. 4, Vernon was released from the hospital with normal use of his hands and feet. Please pray for his speech to return through the therapy he is receiving at home.
The world’s deadliest storm of 2011, Typhoon Washi, passed through the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on December 17. Extreme rainfall together with mud flows, log jams and high tides turned rivers into killers for those living nearby. Entire communities were destroyed as people slept in the early morning hours. The death toll is over 1000 and climbing as more bodies are found in the mud and in the ocean. The man interviewed in this link: Al Jazeera clip, Pablo Tombok, is a member of the TCM Grace church in Illigan City and his wife Carlota was the treasurer. The flood took his wife and their 20-year old daughter Christine. The father and daughters of our missionaries Gardner & Ledith Improso live in Cagayan de Oro City, and we thank the Lord that they are safe. TCM board member Pastor Jun Cadeliña and the TCM Supervising Ministers are working around the clock to provide food and clean water for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people. TCM is already sending Where Needed funds to help out our brothers and sisters. To help out with this disaster, you may donate by credit card, electronic funds transfer or check. Please call TCM at 317-783-0300 if you have questions. Any funds received will reach the disaster area within 24 hours. You can read more reports from the Philippines on this web page. Dec. 20 Update
Introducing the Fall 2011 issue of TCM’s International Harvest magazine: Interdependence- I need you! You need me! The main article is by pioneer missionary, Vernon Anderson, from his Philippine 50th Anniversary message, “The Body Principle." There are articles by Missionary Luz Gaddi, Pastor Peter Kagwi, Missionary Gomer Indino and Pastor Carlos Schmidt about how interdependence works in Kenya and Brazil. The magazine includes ads for the Southeast Asia Grace Conference on May 2-5, 2012 in Bali, Indonesia and the Africa Safari to Kenya on July 19 to August 1, 2012. The back page details three projects we are working toward. Read and enjoy!
Pastor Peter Kagwi has sent pictures of the 2nd Annual Grace Conference on the Indian Ocean Coast in Kenya. Grace believers from around the Mombasa area enjoyed the fellowship for the two days of meetings. Children, youth and adults all had a chance to participate. Fourteen students completed the Sunday School Teachers Training taught by missionary Luz Gaddi, who has transferred to the coast. Pastor Peter has an extensive plan of evangelism using the Jesus film leading up to Christmas.
The 2012 Annual TCM Grace National Philippine Conference will be held April 17-20 at the Davao Christian High School in Davao City. The school is fully air-conditioned and is located within walking distance to hotels and the Gaisano Mall of Davao. Registration for the conference is P1,500.00, approx. $109.00. The annual conference draws over 500 attendees from the Grace church leadership throughout the Philippines.
For the third consecutive year, TCM-Philippines will be conducting continuing education classes for leaders of the Grace churches. These seminars help to unify the churches, stabilize doctrine and help leaders effectively oversee their congregations. Here is the schedule for the next eight sessions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao: Dec. 2-5, GGCC, Mampirao, San Jose, Camarines Sur; Jan. 11-13, 2012, GGCC, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur; Jan. 18-20, IGBI-Tagum City Campus; Jan. 25-28, GGCC, Kidapawan City; Feb. 2-4, GGCC, Lanipga, Villaba, Leyte; Feb. 15-17, GGCC, NHA, Cag. De Oro City; Feb. 23-24, GGCC, New Oroquieta, Don M. Marcos, Zamboanga del Sur; April 6-8, NSCA, Kabankalan City.
Sunday, December 4, Grace Berean Bible School held its graduation ceremony at Grace Berean Church-Kempton Park. Seven Bible students completed requirements for a 2-year Certificate of Ministry course to mark the 1st group of GBBS graduates. Director Dean Padayhag, Professor Steve Thobela and Registrar Sheba Padayhag led the recognition for Pastors Kennedy Mandaza, William Mdluli, Siphiwe Hlatswayo, Vusi Mashinini, Bible Women Doreen Ngwenya, Nosline Ngwenya and Sue Mandaza. Some graduates will be added to the GBBS teaching staff next year. Others will be licensed to lead national ministries. Seven confirmed to enroll for second year.
The annual national conference of Association of Berean Grace Ministries in South Africa, held Dec. 3-4 at Grace Berean Church-Kempton Park, included 70 delegates from four nearby churches for the momentous occasion. The project “20/20 Vision” was launched to establish 20 churches in 20 strategic places in South Africa by 2020. Conference topics centered on the strategic theme “Mission POSSIBLE.” Possible: P-Plant new local churches, O-Organize growth team, S-Small groups, S-Sunday school development, I-Indoctrination of new members, B-Bible school development, L-Leadership activities and training, E-Exposure and advertisements. All are strategic to achieve the vision. Other exciting activities were divided workshop sessions, talent night, Bible games and the 1st Grace Berean Bible School graduation ceremony.
Carlo & Elma Paña reporting from Kampala, Uganda: Our Muyenga church building project cleared the Kampala City Council and Local Council the third week of November. A Filipino engineer has worked with us to draw the architectural plan. We built a strong foundation so that more floors can be added in the future. The funds we have so far are enough for the foundation, pillars and half of the walls. Several church members have volunteered time, food and funds to help with this project. Please pray with us that soon we will be holding regular meetings inside of our new church building. (Muyenga is a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.)
Pastor Ruddy Akay has departed the earthly tent to be in the presence of the Lord. Pastor Akay was the director of TCM Indonesia (Gereja Alkitab Anugerah or GAA) from 2000-2008. Because of his love for the people of Java, 14 Grace churches were established from Surabaya to Jakarta. A goal he often spoke of was to plant a Grace church in every district of Indonesia, and indeed, when he finished his directorship, 17 districts had churches, with church planters in three more. Pastor Akay gave up a lucrative management position in Union Carbide in order to take the helm of GAA in 2000. He was the first Indonesian director to represent GAA at foreign conferences. At an annual conference in the Philippines in 2005 he said, “The day is coming in Indonesia when we will give up our lives for the gospel of Christ.” We honor a great man of God who gave the last decade of his life solely to the service of the Lord. May we all learn from him what it means to finish well. Pastor Akay is survived by his wife Ibu Hetty and by three adult children Grace, Ray and Cindy.
Grace Bible Church in Makassar, Indonesia was in much need of repairs and updating. $3000.00 was raised to accomplish this project. Pastor Agus Marpaung reports, “By God’s grace gradually we have a comfortable place to have service, last month through the offering that we have collected in three months we were able to finish the other wall of the church. We also received three units of Air Condition and one pulpit. It’s a great blessing in our ministry. Now members may enjoy the Sunday Service, Youth Service, and etc in this church. We hope that that this church becomes the place where we win souls, enjoy fellowship, and a Grace center of our ministry in South Sulawesi.”
Pastor Gerson Bermejo, TCM Philippines Director, reports after visiting Pastor Adrales at the Philippine Heart Center, “It took five hours for the doctors to complete the operation. He was supposed to stay at the recovery room for two days after the operation but the recovery was very fast so he was transferred to the ICU after a day. He will stay at the ICU for 2 days and after that he will be moved to the pay ward for one week. If there are no complications he will be released from the hospital. After ten days from release he has to go back to the hospital for check up. At the ICU I was able to talk to him very briefly and pray for him. I was so happy because he was able to respond with a very low voice saying ‘thank you’. Even his doctor was surprised for his fast recovery.”
Gardner, Ledith and Kelly Improso arrived safely in Kenya after home assignment in the Philippines. Daughters Keren and Kezia stayed in the Philippines for college. Gardner reports, “Greetings from Kenya. We are already a week long in our stay in Thika. We spent our whole first week getting all of our things arranged in the house. Ann and Pastor Justin took this house for us and brought in all our things from Eldoret just few hours ahead of our arrival. Today we are celebrating our daughter Kelly’s 9th birthday. Her older sisters greeted over Skype from the Philippines. It truly made us miss Keren and Kezia though they said they are doing well since we left. Pastors Samuel and Titus came over to welcome us. We are grateful for their encouragement and words of welcome. Now, back to what we are called to do!”
Tim and Judy Heath report the fellowship they are working with voted to step out in faith and rent an office building for their meetings. Tim writes, “The office is on the 3rd floor but is right in the middle of many small shops, restaurants, and a large mall. Lots of people come to this complex just to hang out, get coffee or do their shopping. We needed to get out of the ‘home fellowship’ into a neutral location, where parking is abundant, no security checkpoints to go thru and gives us the opportunity to invite people to easily walk to where we will meet. Please pray that God will double our size, so that we can become registered and then be able to do a different kinds of outreach.”
Over ten thousand dollars was received in two months from loving USA donors wanting to especially help Pastor Carlos Adrales, opening the way for the 3-way by-pass needed. Pastor Carlos expressed his thanks and feels inspired to proceed with this physical surgery to enable him to live longer for spiritual ministry in Ilocos Province in the far north of Luzon. These gifts along with gifts of the Filipino members show evidence of loving and cheerful giving when a need arises. Continue to pray for Pastor Carlos as he prepares for successful surgery in Manila. Update: Pastor Carlos Adrales had surgery on Monday November 21 at the Philippine Heart Center. The surgery was a success and Pastor Carlos is doing well!
On October 31, Pastor Jun and Deb Pielago went to Alicia, Philippines to an evacuation center where many church members are staying due to the unstable political situation in that area. Pastor Pielago reports, “Nine of our churches are directly affected by the problem. About 30 percent of our evacuee-members are temporarily staying in homes of our church members in Guintolan, a safer barrio of Alicia town. The church is also used as a sleeping quarter. We conducted a church service the day before yesterday to encourage them… During the daytime, the men of the evacuee-families are visiting their homes to work in their farms and take care of other concerns for their families. The present situation in the Alicia area is still very unstable.”
The Grace Youth Light Bringers is formed in Uganda during a meeting after church on October 30. Carlo Paña writes, “They agreed to have an interchurch youth fellowship on December 17, 2011. All youth in Luzira will come to Bukasa church for the fellowship and Bukasa youth will invite the youth around Bukasa community. The theme will be Uganda Grace Youth Light Bringer’s Bring the Message of the Grace of God, Titus 2:11,13. These young people are mostly university students...Please pray for their love to proclaim the message of the grace of God. We’re happy to say that they understand the truth about mystery and prophecy after completing BTC (Bible Teachers Class). Their next meeting will be November 17th.”
Pastor Peter Kagwi is planting Grace churches and training church leaders in Mombasa, Kenya. Several foreigners have been abducted in Kenya by pirates and gunmen from Somalia. The Kenya army has invaded a part of Somalia to destroy the terrorist group called Al-Shaabab. Pastor Peter writes, “The war between Kenya and Al-Shaabab, a group in Somalia started mid-October. The Kenyan military soldiers have entered Somalia to fight this group. Yesterday, three explosions happened in three different places in Nairobi. It seems that this group is retaliating. Pray that this kind of thing will end soon for peace and stability of our country. The breaking news last night cautioned Kenyans to be vigilant, especially in Nairobi and Mombasa.”
Jim and Missy Tollar met with the Board on September 20-21, 2011 and will officially resign from Things to Come Mission at the end of October 2011. The Lord has led Jim to pastor Forest Park Bible Church in Mobile, Alabama working with Associate Pastor William Lange. The Tollar family arrived safely this week and Jim has begun searching for a part-time job to supplement their income. Please continue to pray for the Tollar Family as they begin this pastoral ministry.
Missionary Genesis Maraat requests prayer as Thailand is experiencing severe flooding. According to The Atlantic news report, "Heavy monsoon rains have been pouring over Southeast Asia since mid-July, causing mudslides and widespread flooding. Parts of Thailand are experiencing flooding in villages, historic temples, farms, and factories. At least 281 people have been killed in Thailand and 200 in Cambodia. About 8.2 million people in 60 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have been affected by the flood with economic losses estimated to top $2 billion." The Atlantic Report
Director Ben Anderson visited Brazil from Sep. 22 to Oct. 4. The highlight was the Annual Conference of the MCP Grace churches held in the town of Indaial, Santa Catarina. Attendance peaked at 200, with representation from five churches and several Bible classes. Ben spoke on the Grace Message, Church Planting and God’s Call. At the end over 100 young people and adults stood up to dedicate themselves to the Lord’s service. Ben then spent 3 days at Pontal do Parana on the coast meeting with missionaries Gomer & Nene Indino, Pastor Carlos & Carmen Schmidt and other leaders and members of the Grace churches. Then Ben flew to Recife in the north where he preached at the Dois Carneiros, Boa Viagem and Ibura churches. He also met with missionaries Doug & Vicki LeFeber and leaders of the Grace churches. Ben says, “This has been my best trip to Brazil yet. I am so encouraged to see the leaders and young people taking the initiative for evangelism and church growth.”
A recent Religions for Peace report tells of 47 events of harassment of churches in 2010. Thirty events listed thus far in 2011 involved demonstrators/rioters seriously persecuting churches nationwide. In September church burnings, Moltov bombs and stonings increased. Ten congregations were closed down due to threats and attacks. One Bible school student was abducted and left unconscious in a sugarcane field. Catholic, Pentecostal, Protestant and Baptist groups are mentioned: one church of 300 members with 24 years of ministry was closed down. In two incidents police stood by and watched the attacks. TCM-affiliated GAA is not on the list, but we do ask fervent prayer for peace and safety because our churches often gather under potentially dangerous conditions.
“It is that time of the year already, dear friends! Project ABBA is a ministry that focuses on bringing the message of Jesus Christ to Brazilian children. Every Christmas for the last 9 years, we have had a special project where we invite children from the community for a big, beautiful, and festive Christmas Celebration. In this program they hear a clear message of the Gospel, sing praises, play games, eat a delicious snack, and receive gifts. It is a great way to show them the love of God. A gift of $8 per child is what it costs to make all of this happen.” In His Love, Doug and Vicki LeFeber Project ABBA 2011 Flyer
Please remember the TCMJ-11, Touching Cultures for Mission Journey-2011, in your prayers as they make their second journey to Cambodia and Thailand fields to encourage, help and do mission work. This group of eight TCM Philippines leaders and members is led by Pastor Gerson Bermejo (TCM Philippines Executive Director) and includes a doctor, dentist, nurses, and pastors. The journey’s dates are October 18-29.
Pastor Steve Thobela is expected to arrive at the Things to Come Mission home office this evening from Grand Rapids, Michigan after spending time with Grace Ministries International and Grace Bible College. His visit coincides with his position at the University of South Africa. Pastor Steve works with TCM Missionaries Dean and Sheba Padayhag, helping teach at the Grace Berean Bible School in Kempton Park and helping lead the Sushanguve Church. While in Indianapolis, Pastor Steve will visit the home office as well as participate in Grace Church services. Join with us in praying for safe travel and for a great time of fellowship.
We need Good Samaritans with a heart to save the heart of faithful Pastor Carlos Adrales in the Philippines. His doctors in Manila give a surgery success rate of 97% for three heart valve blockages. Cost for Charity Surgery is over $10,000. Pastor Carlos is resting and waiting for surgery in Manila as soon as funds come available. He and his wife, Mila are outstanding pioneer church planters, evangelists and teachers in Northern Luzon. Presently they are opening the Ilocano language field at the most northern point of Luzon. Many churches stand today in Isabela Province as well, IGBI-Cauayan, where Carlos' children teach and lead.
TCM is cooperating with the Philippines to raise funds for Pastor Carlos' urgent need.
Tim Heath went to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after becoming very dizzy and vomiting violently. Tim writes, “I was so dizzy and weak that I could not stand, so Jun (our Filipino guest) and one of the guard station came and helped me get down to the stairs into a car. Friends took us to a clinic first, then the doc there suggested we go to the Hospital. The diagnosis was quickly determined as vertigo in the extreme. They gave me a shot, then a little later a pill and we stayed the night in the hospital.” Tim was released around 5pm on Thursday, and is feeling better. They still plan to leave for Singapore with the Pielagos tomorrow morning for five days.
Pastor Maruli & Yokhe Marpaung reports from Makassar on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. They traveled all night with believers from the Grace churches in Makassar to preach the gospel in Mamasa. The meetings were held in Hotel Matana from August 29 to September 1. Pastors and leaders were trained during the day and evangelistic meetings were held at night. Every day people accepted Christ as Savior. Pastor Maruli’s vision is that within one year there will be Grace Bible Churches in Mamasa and the nearby town of Sumarorong. Read Pastor Maruli’s report.
Ledith Improso had dental surgery today in Cagayan, Philippines. Gardner writes: The surgery took almost three hours. The dentist confessed that this was the most difficult extraction in her career! She said she never had a case like this before, breaking three of her drills. Fortunately she is a Christian who prayed a lot during the operation. It is past eleven in the evening here and Ledith is having a hard time sleeping. Ledith will have to rest from heavy work for a whole month while taking antibiotics for two weeks. Thank you for all your prayers.
Luz Gaddi arrived in Mombasa last Wednesday after a 15-hour bus ride. She writes, “Pastor Titus accompanied me. Now I am trying to buy things I need like a stove, bed and mattress plus kitchenware. I am bargaining hard, looking for second hand things that are still good and within my budget. I am also having a problem with the water, hopefully this will be solved. Otherwise everything is under control. Pastor Peter Kagwi and his wife are very helpful. He wants me to teach in the Bible Study hour on Sunday. Please remember me in your prayers as I start a new ministry.”
The Improsos applied for a US visa at the Manila Embassy in July and again in August. In spite of many letters and requests, they were denied both times. The Improsos will now go directly back to Kenya to continue their work as the Kenya Field Representative and also in the development of the Bible school in Thika. Ledith has dental surgery in the Philippines this month which will put them in Kenya by the end of October 2011. TCM Member Care Coordinator Joyce Anderson will take the Improsos’ place in the Northwest conferences.
Genesis and Verna Maraat are so thankful God provided them with a four room house near Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Maraats were able to prepare the rooms for classes in their Grace English Center. After passing out fliers in the university to advertise, eight students came today to start English classes. It is their hope that through teaching English many will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Joe Campos has been appointed to become the Executive Director of Prison Mission Association on October 1, 2011. Joe will replace current director Don Sommer, also a former TCM missionary. Joe & Michelle Campos left Brazil in March for an extended leave of absence in the States for the education of their children. Joe has been seeking the Lord’s guidance for US-based ministry. Please continue to pray for the Campos family in this new responsibility. PMA will be communicating directly with the friends and supporters of the Camposes.
TCM Missionary to Thailand, Verna Maraat went in for surgery August 20th and by 5pm that evening she was up for visitors. Her surgeon is very positive that the tumors are benign and will have results of the biopsy in one week. Since Verna was already anemic, when she lost two pints of blood during the operation the doctor had to give her a blood transfusion. However, praise the Lord, Verna had no negative side effects and she received the blood transfusion with no problem. Verna was released from the hospital yesterday (August 24) and is home recovering. Thanks for all the prayers and gifts which have completely covered all expenses. Update: Verna received the results of the biopsy today, August 31. It is called Leiomyoma and is benign. Verna is home recovering well.
Pastor Tim and Judy Heath are expecting visitors this month. Philippine Field Director Jun Pielago and his wife Deb will stay with Heaths for a two month (August 25-October 25) exposure trip. This trip is part of Mrs. Pielago’s requirements to finish a six month-study program with Asia Center for Missions in Cebu City. During their stay, the Pielagos will be doing documentation work and will be involved with the Heath’s ministry. Already plans have been made for various ministry meetings.
Luz Gaddi reports: Our seminar in Ng’iya and Siaya, Kenya began yesterday. There were nine people plus several youth who attended the first meeting. Maureen, my trainee and I commute two hours by public transportation each way to the seminar. The church is made of mud and has no pulpit, table or even a blackboard, Pastor Titus said he has a small blackboard for us to take. I call the church an “all star” hotel because it is “holey”—you can see the stars at night. Today they asked for a break because of market day, but we will resume classes tomorrow. After the class we will visit the pastor from Siaya as long as we can get home before dark.
The TCM-Philippines newsletter not only reports blessings from the past, but
looks forward to more expansion. Remote Palawan Island has 11 new
congregations. Another outreach is on Panay Island where six Bible classes
are developing into churches, with plans to reach all surrounding provinces.
Luzon, the large northern island, dedicated a new church in
Dasmarinas while members and Bible students press forward to plant churches
with buildings in Pangasinan Province, Alaminos City, in famous Baguio City,
and Cavite in metro-Manila. In Zamboanga in the south, 65 pastors & Bible
women attended a joint-workers seminar to encourage one another in the
gospel work. High enrollment this year in the four campuses of International
Grace Bible Institute means over 200 students are studying to enter these
developing fields. And the expanding vision of the Philippines now asks
prayer for their team heading for the countries of Cambodia and Thailand in
October for medical evangelism and encouragement of missionaries they know
in Phnom Penh and Chiang Mai. Praise & Prayer Notes
STTAM, Seminary of Grace Bible Church in Indonesia, passed a milestone
when they held national exams for 50 people in June. Fifteen were 2011
graduates and 35 were previous grads who had not yet faced the official
exams for Indonesia Dept. of Religion. Presently 40 students attend
Lembean Seminary, and several lead weekend Christian service assignments
in local churches. In August more students will be assigned and a plan
is in the works to send a team of faculty and students for a mission
trip to outlying islands of Sanger-Talaud and also to Central Sulawesi. The
team is praying for $1000 to carry the cost of travels. STTAM has faculty of seven regulars and seven part time.
Praises are due to GAA members in Indonesia helping with 92 million
rupiahs to buy a building now being finished in August for use as
TCM introduces a new project to raise $2000 to help our Kenyan brothers and sisters who are suffering from a severe drought. Let us work together to purchase food for distribution to these families in need. Kenya Director Samuel Mwangi writes, “The drought is very bad at this time because many people did not harvest as they expected. We prepared the field and planted…But before harvest the sun came and everything became dry. People were supposed to harvest this month but nothing in the field. The primary school might be closed early since most children go without food and they cannot concentrate in the school. Most of the families eat one meal a day and some go without. The food in Kenya also is very expensive such that most people cannot manage.” BBC News TCM Project Page
July 22 to 23 - more fruitful classroom sessions were held at Grace Berean Bible School, Kempton Park. Twelve students attended and eagerly participated in the discussion regarding “7 Dispensations” and the “Book of Acts”. Other students were absent due to their work schedules. During the divided session, Level 1 had their examination on “Bible Introduction and History” with Sheba while Dean lectured on “Financial Stewardship” with the Level 2 students. Another set of books were given for their reading assignments and reflection papers. Dean spoke for more than 8 hours the whole weekend. The next classroom sessions will be on September 23-24. Please pray as the students continue to learn deeper teachings and prepare themselves for the ministry.
The Grace churches from several countries in Africa will be joining together in Mbeya, Tanzania on October 12-16, 2011 for a time of fellowship, encouragement and study. The conference is a part of the All Africa Grace Fellowship, an organization with African leadership dedicated to strengthening the Grace message throughout Africa. Read the invitation and the schedule.
Things to Come Mission-Philippines is expanding our ministry to include Puerto Princesa, the capital city of the island province of Palawan. Puerto Princesa is centrally located to the 11 TCM congregations in the Palawan province. Pastor Jun Obsequio resides in Palawan and has a small group of believers that he mentors in the Puerto Princesa area. TCM-Philippines is looking for more workers to help with the ministry among the small congregations and to expand the work in many Gospel-unreached places of this peaceful province. Pastors are now looking to host an all-sector and province-wide fellowship (workers, men, women, and young people) to be held next year in Puerto Princesa.
Philippine Field Director Jun Pielago reports: Pastor Bermejo and I, together with several other workers, visited 22 churches in the Baganian-Land Ministry District under SM Pastor Rey Centino. We were able to see how the workers are doing their work among their members and how the members are supporting their workers. Our visit ended with the seminar for workers from two ministry districts (SeaGold and BagLand in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay) attended by 65 pastors and Bible women. The joint-workers seminar which was held in our new church building in Guinoman built on a 1000-square meter lot—huge and beautiful! The church has an average attendance of over 200.
By God’s Grace we were able to continue the building project after postponing for two weeks. During the break we sold the traditional food of Toraja people. We call it Papiong, made from Pork and Vegetables and burned in Bamboo. Many members, youth, children, and parents came to help with the project. We raised $600 in sales which is enough to paint the ceiling and finish one wall on the new church building. Continue to pray for this ministry. So far the unfinished building has been used for the Sunday Service, Youth Service, and GSOP Training. May God be glorified! – Agus & Yokhe, Indonesia
Recent news of the pending surgery of Verna Maraat in July in Chiang Mai,
Thailand brought abundant blessings to TCM via gifts to help with
Verna's doctors, tests and hospital bills. God's people showed their love
for Verna and we have raised the entire amount for the project. Now
she is ready for the hospitalization ... but continued prayer is requested
for the whole process as well as the outcome.
Dean Padayhag writes: The Workers Union is having a national strike. They are asking for a double digit salary increase and other additional benefits. They promise to bring the government to its knees if their demands are not met. We already feel the effects. Many of the gas stations are without supply. Once I get the money I also need to fill my tank. Hope there is still left for me. The strikers are so violent. They even burn some of the houses of the local politicians in our province; I suppose to get more attention. Please pray that these problems will be dealt with properly. We know that when there is a problem with gas it also affects other commodities. Note: Dean was able to fill his tank thanks to a friend in the gas station.
Luz Gaddi reporting: I had a great time in Sori and Guasi in southwest Kenya. In the village of Guasi 12 students attended, two of whom are wives of pastors. The church has some 50 members, many men. Again I suggested that these men be trained on Saturdays. Since they can't go to Bible study, the Bible study should be brought to them. They are great potential. They plan to plant a daughter church. They were so happy and appreciative that they were visited by a missionary. To show their appreciation they gave me three live chickens and five kilos of beans. Imagine in spite of poor harvest these brethren from Guasi sent me some of their farm produce. Some who didn't have money brought offering in kind, like chickens. One chicken even laid an egg in the church. Then when I arrived it laid another egg in the box!
Nathan & Jessica Killion have moved! Well, it was only about 1 1/2 years since our last move, but yes, we moved again. After about a month of living in the new place we’re feeling settled in and enjoying the area. The purpose of this move was to be closer to North Chiang Mai University (NCU) where Nathan began teaching an English class in mid-June. This class meets twice a week and gives us an excellent opportunity to meet students and faculty at the school and build friendships with them. Please pray for the students at NCU. Also, please pray for us to have God’s wisdom as we endeavor to reach out to them with the love of Christ. Pictures of the Killions new home.
Two students from Grace Berean Bible School in South Africa have started a small church in Springs, approximately one hour from Dean and Sheba Padayhag’s church in Kempton Park. Pastor Mashinini was formally a pastor/evangelist of the Evangelical Reformed Church while his sister, Catherine, was a pastor for a charismatic church. Pastor Mashinini was introduced to Dean and Sheba four years ago by Chairman of Grace Churches, Pastor William Itumeleng. Mashinini loves the Grace message and everyday he can be found preaching at the train station, on the train and at the taxi rank before and after work.
Pastor Peter Kagwi plans for a main library to serve the four Bible training centers in the Mombasa, Kenya coastal area. “It's our prayer that the books will be a great help to our pastors and those being trained in our centers. At this time we are in the process of partitioning our main church building so that we can have the regional church office and the library. This project will require about $500. For the main church hall, we have already spent $535 for the construction and we thank God for his provision. Continue praying for the Lord's supply in order to finish the second phase of this project.”
Supervising Ministers Pesidas and Ole ask urgent prayer for 10 TCM
church families affected by flash floods in the Davao City area. One
grandmother died and members took refuge in Pangi Grace Church.
Immediate appraisal and release of assistance came via TCM Treasurer
Sagrado Improso, Sr. The Calamity Fund handed over 45,000 pesos to aid
these families. Read more at Sun.Star Davao.
Tim and Judy Heath held their first youth meeting Sunday night in their home. Those who attended the meeting were from 14 to 33 years old. “We had fun, shared some from the Word and challenged them to pray… The older group wants to meet every other week, the younger ones each week. So we are opening our home to them and they can come as often as they like.” Continue to remember the Heaths in your prayers especially as they have had some sickness due to adjusting to the climate and being tired from traveling and getting settled.
Carlo & Elma Paña just returned to their home in Uganda from a visit to the Philippines. The ministry did well in their absence and they have jumped into the new church plant in the Bukasa, Muyenga suburb of Kampala. The Lord provided the land a few years ago. Now the Pañas and those attending the fledgling group have set their sights on an established Grace church by the end of 2011. This includes a building to replace the tent they are meeting in now. Read more in their announcement.
A recent visit to the province of Iloilo by Field Director Jun Pielago with
Pastors Rebana and Padayhag yielded the following observations: The TCM
ministry in this province is just starting to move forward. Iloilo is one of the five provinces in the big island of Panay in central Philippines. Four days were spent visiting the six small Bible study groups. These groups were opened by Pastor Rebana about a year ago. The positive response of the groups to the study of the Word of God 'rightly divided' is very encouraging! One of these groups is now organized into a small local church. We are praying that the Lord would continue allowing it to grow and spread out to the other four provinces (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras) of Panay Island.
Philippine Field Director Jun Pielago writes, “TWO HUNDRED TWO - 202 - IGBI STUDENTS are presently enrolled in our four TCM Bible schools: IGBI-Cauayan - 21; IGBI-Bataan - 16; IGBI-Ozamiz - 89; IGBI-Tagum - 76. We are rejoicing in the Lord for these students who are willing to enter into full time ministry as pastors and Bible women. The yearly turn out of IGBI graduates helps much in minimizing the perennial shortage of workers in our churches. Our prayer: more workers - young men and women - to join the ''army of the Lord'' in fighting for the cause of Christ.”
In celebration of the South African National Youth Day on June 16th, the Grace Berean Church in Kempton Park, South Africa hosted the NOGBY (Nation Organization of Grace Berean Youth) Youth Day Conference. Approximately 50 delegates attended the conference with a day packed full of challenging messages of Wake up, Stand & Be Counted and Youth with a Mission, a drama skit, and motivational film. Dean and Sheba Padayhag report that they “came home very exhausted… but fulfilled!” Please remember the NOGBY in your prayers as they will be having their National Election on August 21st.
Tim and Judy Heath arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “I, Tim, was sick again on the plane but made it okay. Our group of 4 believers picked us up at about 2:30 AM. We got to bed by 4 and are totally blessed by the apartment and the friendship that we have here. Much to our surprise and joy was the arrival of our daughter, Jessica! What a shock! She will be here for 10 days, so will be a part of our shopping for things and getting moved in. We are very blessed to be here and begin the work God has called us to do. We had lunch with Emily, Pst. Heng and Eunice. Plenty of little things to do but we are feeling good or maybe great! God is so good!”
Warren Keiper worked God's work as a missionary right up until his homegoing June 12th in Brazil, S. America. He and Shirley faithfully entered and served in Brazil with TCM from 1969 until 1986 as Bible teacher and preacher. An example of Warren's fervor for Christ on his application was: "With the present opportunities presenting themselves in Brazil, it becomes apparent the work should go forward. I feel most inadequate in experience, yet so ready to go--if it be His Will. As noted above, the Word says, 'the man of God...thoroughly furnished unto all good works..'" Warren's works continue on with his children Leo and Carol and their families now working with Word of Grace Mission.
Brazil was Warren's goal and inspiration all the years of his service. We honor his faithfulness and join our prayers for wife Shirley and their immediate families, plus all the spiritual family gained through Warren's years of teaching the Word of God and preaching God's Grace.
Myra Omictin begins her second term of English Classes in Cambodia on Tuesday. “Just this morning we gave out a couple hundred leaflets that advertised our English center. Two of my students, Sona and G-one, volunteered to help me distribute the leaflets. It was fun seeing them talking to some people on the street, especially to a police officer. Praise God for these students. It reminds me of my previous job in Cebu where I used to work as a Marketing Staff of INS. We used to give leaflets/flyers to different places. And now I do the same thing but in a different country. Our experiences are not wasted indeed!”
Gomer and Nene Indino held a Public Evangelistic Meeting in Shangri-la, Pontal do Paraná on May 28th. The Meeting was led by the young people’s organization, REDE AO MAR (Net into the Sea), who shared the gospel through testimonies, dramas, acrobatic presentations along with singing and preaching. Even though the weather was very cold, 10 people accepted the Lord as their Savior! From that group two attended the church service at Shangri-la and one couple decided to attend home Bible Study. One week before the meeting, Gomer and Nene did a one week orientation on evangelism and plan to continue the orientation the last Saturday of each month.
Pastor Agus & Yokhe Marpaung are busy with building and training in Makassar, Indonesia. “Thanks for posting our project in TCM website so many people will pray. Our ministry in Makassar is going well. I planned to conduct Evangelism Training for youth and Preaching Training for adults. Last month 15 young people joined the training at Tanjung Bayang Beach for one day and night. Preaching Training in the church is called Grace School of Preaching (GSOP). Thirteen men and one woman joined and in three months they will practice how to preach and learn the doctrine about dispensations. Today the old roof of our building is removed and now you can see the church! May God be glorified in Makassar.”
All are welcome to Cascade Mountain Bible Church in Leavenworth, Washington on June 12, 2011 when Tim & Judy Heath are commissioned for missionary service. Tim was the pastor of Cascade Mountain for five years before answering the call to mission. He then turned the ministry over to Pastor Todd James before starting deputation. Director Ben Anderson will come from the TCM headquarters to participate in the commissioning. The day after, the Heaths will depart the United States for Malaysia, arriving on June 15, where they will be met by Pastor Heng and the faithful members of the Grace Restoration Centre. Pray for the Heaths on this new adventure with God to share the love of Jesus with the people of Malaysia.
Shortly after arriving back in Cambodia, Ariel and Faith Mahilum began planning a Vacation Bible School in Ramon Village. Ariel reports, “Faith brought many VBS lessons from the Philippines. We went to Ramon last Saturday and stayed until Tuesday. 80 plus students attended the 3-day program with the theme: WHO IS GOD? It was an amazing experience and opportunity to reach this village with the gospel. Many students trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Also, we are thankful for the sacrificial participation of the Cambodian college students, Filipino missionaries and visitors…two from the Philippines Nonoy and Leslie (first cousins of Sis. Myra Omictin) and Bro. Allen Radtke from the USA. They helped during the VBS and contributed to the success of the event. Please pray for the Word to grow in the hearts of these students. Also, thanks to all our praying friends and supporters. Your love for the Lord, the work and to us is a tremendous encouragement. Blessings!”
45 new workers (pastors and Bible women) were accepted by the TCM-Philippines board as recommended by the Screening Committee headed by Pastor Rudy Galambao, Sr., and Pastor Max Amlon. 34 of these new workers were graduates of the TCM’s four residential Bible schools and the rest were graduates of the TCM’s Field Bible School. The new ordained pastors are: Ramiel Bacelo, Roger Toling, Vicente Simangan, Rommel Managaytay, and Jolie Perez. Welcome and Congratulations! Read the newsletter for more Philippines information.
The Mahilum family arrived in Cambodia, May 10th after a two month home assignment in the Philippines. “We visited both sides of our families, friends, churches and attended graduation ceremonies, child dedication service, clan reunion and the 53rd Conference in Cebu. Team Cambodia gave a report during the National Conference in the Philippines and a Cambodian grace member, Channtha Pin, gave her testimony to the almost 600 attendees. Ariel taught one session during the conference and spoke to several churches in the Cebu metropolitan area.”
Tim and Judy Heath are 33 days away from leaving for Malaysia. “We are thankful for your prayers for us. When we share what God is doing, it results in thanksgiving by many…We have been very blessed as people join our support team. Thank you for praying for us in this critical area. We are 2/3rds to our goal or need. How Good God is! Our group in Malaysia has found us a possible apartment to rent. We are in the process of getting it reserved, so when we arrive on June 15th, we will be able to go directly to our new home! As we come to the end of deputation, Judy and I want to thank you for all your prayers and encouragement to us as we have traveled, visited with you and sent on our way to the next church. We have been weary at times but always blessed in the whole process - again THANK YOU!”
When we started Grace Berean Bible School we had seven Level 2 students from our previous Ministerial Advancement Program (MAP). Few showed interest in enrolling for Level 1. Since January the Lord has brought us more than we expected, even from other denominations. One Level 2 student introduced GBBS to his Pentecostal friends and two of them enrolled with more to come. One attended Kempton Park church last month and felt so blessed by the message that she attends even though she lives outside Kempton Park. Level 1 and Level 2 are on their third set of books. They are busy working on assignments and requirements. We are impressed with how they are taking the course seriously; most of these students have ministries in local churches. Next classroom sessions will be May 20-21. –Dean and Sheba Padayhag, South Africa
Pastor William Itumeleng’s wife, Lesego, went home to be with the Lord this morning. Pastor William is Chairman of the Board of Association of Berean Grace Ministries in South Africa (ABGMSA). He was trained for the ministry by Dean and Sheba Padayhag and was part of the church planting team for Kempton Park. Lesego had throat cancer and two weeks ago was told she had 3-6 months to live. She is survived by a 1 ½ year old baby girl. The funeral will be May 14.
Director Ben Anderson and Member Care Coordinator Joyce Anderson traveled through Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia from April 5 to May 3. During the journey they spoke in numerous meetings, both public and private. Activities included encouraging, reviving, challenging, correcting and training. Ben says, "Overall the TCM ministry in Southeast Asia is expanding and there is a strong spirit of growth and unity. Pray for the Guimbas as they plan to go to Laos in June. Pray also for Tim & Judy Heath as they arrive in Malaysia in June as well. A highlight of our trip was the 53rd Annual Conference in the Philippines. Ben emphasized love and unity in the Body of Christ as the TCM Grace churches celebrated 103 new Grace churches in 10 years. Joe Watkins and his family participated as well as TCM President Doug Cox. Let us pray for more open doors and more people to step through them."
Berean Grace School of Ministries in Mombasa, Kenya held their first graduation on April 30. Through this school pastors and church leaders are learning the Grace message. Pastor Peter Kagwi reports, “We thank God for the first BGSM graduation that was so successful. Thanks for all those who attended or prayed for this remarkable occasion. On June 4th the leaders will resume for the second year training. Pray that they will be motivated to continue as well as sharing and teaching what they are learning.”
The TCM Grace National Annual Conference was successfully held in Lapulapu City, Philippines, April 19-22. Approximately 600 delegates, foreign guests, and visitors were in attendance when the opening ceremonies started. Pastor Jun Pielago reported the highlights of the conference: “informative reports of TCM ministries, both in the Philippines and abroad; heart-warming and God glorifying choir festival of praise and thanksgiving…wonderful congregational singing; encouraging testimonies of missionaries representing Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Kenya, and Uganda; and enriching messages and lectures on the conference theme: Reaching Our Goals Together for Growth. Everybody went home tired but happy, bringing with them the challenge of reaching more souls for the Lord and planting churches in the next three years. It was a spiritually uplifting and enriching conference! To God be the glory!”
Grace Bible Church in Mombasa, Kenya held its first youth conference on April 16. Jim Tollar and Pastor Peter Kagwi spoke to the thirty youth in attendance on the subject of Unity. There was also a time of praising God through songs as well as some musical presentations from the youth. Jim Tollar reports, “We discussed how important it is for the Body of Christ to be united with regards to our doctrine and walk. The conference was held at New Ambassadors Grace Church in an area called Jomvu, located about 30 minutes outside of Mombasa … It was a great time of fellowship.”
Praise the Lord for His protection for Luz Gaddi as she was robbed the evening of April 15 coming home from a cell group meeting. Luz was being escorted home by an assistant Pastor when a man came from behind and snatched her hand bag which contained her house key, phone, eye glasses and a camera. By the Grace of God she only suffered minor pain in her head from being pushed to the ground during the event. She was able to replace her phone the next day. Please pray that God will give her peace of mind and keep her encouraged during this time.
The same day that Ben and Joyce Anderson flew to Hong Kong we discovered at the home Mission Office in Indianapolis, Indiana three major problems. The roof had damage by a water leak from rain. The water was leaking in around the chimney area and a hole had to be cut into the roof to assess the damage. The hole is now covered but there may have to be further repairs in the future. Also it was discovered that the crawl space was filled with water about four feet deep, just under the floor joists. A handyman pumped out water for two days and repaired the damaged pipes. There was also an electrical short in one of the mission’s offices. An electrician was sent out to replace the burnt wires. Praise the Lord all three problems are now fixed and the mission is back to operating normally.
Director Ben & Joyce Anderson left Indianapolis on April 5 for one month of ministering to the TCM fields in Asia. In Malaysia they will visit the newly formed Amazing Grace Restoration Centre in preparation for Tim & Judy Heath's arrival in June. Then the Andersons fly to Indonesia for meetings, seminar and ordinations in Jakarta, Makassar and Manado. On Sunday, April 18 they move on to Cebu City, Philippines for the 53rd Annual Conference. President Doug Cox will address the conference and travel with Ben to see the Bible school and churches around Ozamis City. Ben & Joyce will travel to Thailand to make plans for ministry with the Maraats and Killions. Their trip ends with a weekend in Cambodia with Myra Omictin and church leaders (Mahilums are on a much deserved home assignment in the Philippines). Pray that the TCM ministries in Southeast Asia will be challenged and encouraged.
Missionary Myra Omictin along with Hak, a Cambodian Grace student leader, and his students had a successful educational trip to the Killing Fields, S21 prison-museum, and other places of interest in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A highlight of the trip was seeing the students participate in a Sunday worship service. “It was an encouragement for all of the leaders to see these young people [learn] the Bible. One thing that made me glad was when Hak asked the students how they are saved, some of students answered according to what they have learned from the Scripture. One of the boys even read Ephesians 2:8-9 and a few girls quoted John 3:16. Wow! They are not theologians but they know and believe the Word of God with all their heart.”
Eight of our TCM missionary kids got together in Chiang Mai, Thailand for food, music, and fellowship. Gardner and Ledith Improso along with their three girls are visiting the Maraat and Killion families while on their way to the Philippines for home assignment. Please remember all TCM missionary kids in your prayers as they serve with their parents all over the world. A special prayer request for Abigail Killion as she is undergoing tests to determine the cause of a small seizure she had last Friday morning.
“The Lord opened up a ministry opportunity (and an interesting tour) on a cargo ship [the Gladiator] in the Port of Mombasa. It turns out the captain of the ship is married to one of Genesis [Maraat’s] cousins in the Philippines. Isn’t it amazing the ship happened to be in port during the time of Genesis’ trip to Mombasa?... On Thursday we came and preached the gospel to all on board (about 26 men). The great thing about this meeting was that attendance was mandatory because the captain is a believer! We pray that the Lord will touch the hearts of those not saved that they may come to believe that Christ died for their sin.” -Missionary Jim Tollar. Read the Tollar’s latest update.
After completing a five week TESOL Seminar (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) January 10 - February 11, Nathan Killion had opportunities to put what he learned into practice. "From March 14-18, Nathan taught at an English camp at Chiang Mai University. This annual 1-week camp is organized by a local English ministry and run by teachers and volunteers from four different English ministries in the area. The week included a couple fun nights during which the Gospel was shared. This experience (plus teaching at the church) is a clear indication of the effectiveness of using English teaching as a bridge for sharing Christ!" Read the Killion's latest update.
Joe and Michelle Campos along with their children flew from Recife, Brazil and arrived safely on the 17th in Grand Rapids, MI. They will stay for two weeks with Michelle’s sister, Daniela, while looking for housing and enrolling their children in school. Joe picked up the TCM van for future travels to Pennsylvania for a missionary meeting and for other deputation invitations. If you know of available housing in the Grand Rapids area please contact the TCM Office at (317) 783-0300.
Missionary candidate Tim Heath reports, "I do have a [blood] clot; am giving myself 10 shots over the next 5 days; am ready to go on coumadin and try to rest a bit. The clot is long and if it had dislodged it would have been serious-our God is gracious. Judy also had an infection and if she had not gone to the doctor when she did, she could have been hospitalized. We know we are in God's hands and praise Him for His protection of our every moment! Thanks to all who are so gracious to pray- our God is good!" The Heaths plan to depart for Malaysia in June. Read Tim's latest update.
“You need Jesus!” Myra told her Cambodian friends at her birthday party. She continues, “My birthday celebration last night was fulfilling. It was not just a celebration of God’s faithfulness but also an opportunity to tell my students about the message of salvation. During my “speech” I shared to them about life’s realities. I told them, ‘You need Jesus. We all need Jesus. The reason I tell you this is not because I want you to be Christians, but I want you to know the truth . . .’ Birthdays and Christmas are great opportunities to share the gospel.”
The Southern Mindanao Ambassadors For Christ held their youth conference in North Cotabato, Philippines, on December 20 -24, 2010. Four youth prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and about 30 committed their lives to being Christ' ambassadors. Please pray for the young people across the Philippines to remain active and encouraged to labor for the Lord and to know that their work is not in vain. And, pray for the leaders to have strength and opportunities to present the gospel to those who do not know the Savior and to train and equip the youth to make the Lord known through their words and actions.
Introducing the Winter 2011 issue of the International Harvest: Four Paths to the Mission Field. Four ordinary couples tell how God led them to leave their homes and everything familiar to serve God overseas as missionaries. Also featured in this issue: Africa Safari 2010 Report, Following On with news about our ministries, a report from Member Care Coordinator Joyce Anderson and How Can I Help which tells about three projects in three different countries. May you be challenged to participate in God’s mission as you read the International Harvest.
Missionary to Thailand Genesis Maraat arrived safely in Nairobi, Kenya on March 1st. He will speak at the 10th Anniversary of Kisumu Grace Bible Church which was started by him and Verna. Genesis writes, “God is good in giving me a very refreshing rest last night here in Nairobi. Today we will drive to Thika and Embu. Tomorrow will be the pastors’ fellowship. More than 20 are expected to come… Please continue to pray for the pastors meetings in Embu and Kisumu. May God be glorified in this trip.” Genesis will be in Kenya through March 18th when he will travel with the Improso family to Thailand.
Things to Come Mission has a long history with the Berean Bible Institute. Founding President Ed & Linda Bedore served with TCM for two years in Embu, Kenya. TCM Associate Director Joe Watkins has taught mission classes for several years as an adjunct professor. Missionaries Jim & Missy Tollar received their Bible training at the BBI. On March 1, Dr. Robert Nix takes over as the President of the Institute. First we thank Dr. Ed & Linda Bedore for their vision and faithful service for the past 15 years. We pray for Robert & Linda in this new opportunity for serving the Lord. And we look forward to more mission training and more missionaries going to the field in TCM’s continuing partnership with the BBI.
Director Ben Anderson together with wife Joyce and missionaries Tim & Judy Heath and Jim Tollar spoke at the fifth annual missionary conference at Berean Bible Institute in Slinger, Wisconsin. The conference opened on Friday evening, February 25, with a message from Grace Ministries missionary Talo Vergara. Saturday started with a message on being a Living Sacrifice by Ben Anderson. Then Tim & Judy Heath challenged the audience to partner with them in the new Malaysia Field. After a lunch sponsored by the institute, Jim Tollar “Skyped” us about his new ministry in Mombasa, Kenya. The conference closed with a report from Ricki Anne Zanella, GMI missionary in Uruguay. Each missionary was lifted up in prayer by the audience. TCM thanks the BBI for organizing this mission conference each year.
TCM Philippines has just concluded the last of the five Continuing Edcuation seminars for our TCM workers and lay leaders. 494 attended the seminars in Luzon, Visayas, & Mindanao this year. Out of this number, 60% are Pastors & Bible women, and 40% are equally divided among lay church leaders & Bible students.
The fifth and last seminar this year was held in Negros. 50 were expected, but 67 came! The ''no-holds barred'' portion created an atmosphere of intelligent sharing of ideas which led to identify ministry problems that needed to be addressed head on.
The TCM Workers’ Continuing Education Program is an institutionalized program whose aim is to help workers become more effective in the various areas of their ministries. ’’Thank you and let's do it again!'' - a statement that re-echoes and summarizes the general and common response from the TCM workers who attended the seminars this year and last year.
This year will be the busiest for us in terms of movement. From mid-March this year our family will leave Kenya for a little while to Philippines, and hopefully proceed to USA. Within 3 months, we will get Keren and Kezia to college at the same time apply for a US visa. This will be the first time we have to have our kids away from us since our mission work started. There will be a lot of prayers and financial resources needed for us to keep the two of them at a university until graduation, as much as for them also being away from us.
In order to work in Kenya as a missionary, a work permit is required. Praise the Lord after much follow up work done by Grace Bible Church-Kenya Director, Samuel Mwangi all is in order for Jim Tollar to receive his permit before his visitor’s visa expires the end of this month, just in time for classes at Berean Grace School of Ministries which are back in session February 2nd through the end of April. This school is essential for teaching Mombasa area pastors and church leaders the Grace message. In addition to these teachings, Jim and Pastor Peter Kagwi will meet once per month in other areas within the Mombasa providence conducting Bible training classes.
"We praise God for the completion of the translation and partial printing of the Highway of Life in Cambodian language. Each booklet contains 5 Lessons and 5 worksheets. Many thanks for praying and supporting this
project and the sacrificial effort of the Cambodian Grace Members. To God alone is the glory!" -TCM Missionary, Ariel Mahilum
Kenya Missionary Luz Gaddi, presently living in Thika, will move to her next assignment in Kisumu this February. “In Thika, seven members attended my Teacher’s Training seminar including two pastors. Whereas before there was no Sunday School for kids, now there are 16 regular attendees. The pastor's goal is to have three Sunday School classes within this year. I will be moving to Kisumu in February. It is the third largest city and located in western Kenya. We have seven churches there. Please pray for wisdom, power and health as I start training teachers of children in Kisumu.”
Tim & Judy Heath are halfway towards their goal of reaching Malaysia with full support by June 2011. “We began deputation on Sept. 19th and up through Dec. 12, we were in 27 churches, met pastors or had other types of meetings about 15 times and traveled about 13,000 miles. Our car continues to run, for which we praise God. What these facts above do not say is how God worked in many people's lives as we shared our future ministry in Malaysia. We have been encouraged by the churches and we have been an encouragement to them as God has worked through us. Praise His Name!”
Project ABBA was very successful this past December in Brazil. Joe Campos reports, “We were able to preach the Gospel to many new children as well as some parents in the four churches here in Recife. It was great to see the kids having so much fun and Michelle did a great job in presenting the Gospel to all who were there. The results have been seen with an increase of people in our services and Sunday school classes.” Thank you for all the prayers and support for this special project.
Everything is set for the launching of Grace Berean Bible School on
Saturday, January 15th. The program will be held at New Millennium College
Hall at 10:00AM. We are expecting 15 students for 1st year. The 7 senior
students of Ministerial Advancement Program will be carried over to 2nd
year. Each one of them will receive two books to be worked at home. They'll
come back in March for the exam and class room instructions (Friday and
Saturday). We have been praying and promoting the school to our churches and
thank the Lord it has created a real encouragement to our members. ABGMSA
board members and some members from other churches are coming to support
the new training program.
Pastor Jun Cadeliña reports from the Philippines, "2,049 young people attended the 16 youth conferences last month (December) which were held in the different places of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Out of
this total attendance, 120 renewed their commitment to live for the Lord and to serve Him, while 146 professed to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their only Savior."
Bob Xavier writes from Florida, “I have been greatly encouraged by the Biblical maturity of our new youth leadership. We graduated nine new black belt leaders all home-educated, who are sincerely grounded firmly in the grace-centered finish-work doctrine. Three of these black belt students are now attending a secular college and one student is attending a Bible college to become a missionary. The other three black belt student leaders are assisting me with teaching at our new church location in Sarasota, Florida.” Read more on the Xavier’s Newsletter.
"On Jan. 4, we opened the new term for our English classes. I am glad that we have more students than last year. We have 48 students enrolled as of yesterday. We divided the students into 4 levels/classes. I have 18 college students, 15 High school students and 15 pre-schooler/primary students. The parents of the children came and enrolled their kids because this is our new policy. It is very encouraging to meet the parents and talk to them. I even told them that I will visit their homes soon. Thank you for praying for this ministry. I truly appreciate it. Pray for the teachers and assistant teachers namely Sroech, Sophal, Janet, and Elsa." -TCM Missionary, Myra Omictin Pictures of the English classes and Christmas Party