Newsletter of Things to Come Mission Volume 45 No 2 Fall Issue 2003
full circle in
by Pastor Phillip du Plessis
Each one reach one, each pastor trains a
pastor each church plants a church has
always been my philosophy of ministry.
This is also a biblical teaching and princi-
ple taught by Paul in 2 Timothy 2 verse 2.
“And the things that thou hast heard of me The result of TCM’s ministry in the Philippines witnessed here at Grace Church.Tim and
among many witnesses, the same commit Flor Torence, Pastor Phillip and Antoinette du Plessis, Carlo and Elma Paña , Loriano
thou to faithful men, who shall be able to and Biatris Nasayao with Joe and Pauline Watkins TCM Director.
teach others also.” TCM’s ministry in their home country. ing as pastors, Bible school teachers,
TCM has been successful in this area of Furthermore, not only do they have church planters in Africa Indonesia and
ministry. Grace Church here in members joining from other countries, but Brazil. Even my own ministry as a South
Indianapolis bears witness of this. We have
TCM is now sending leaders and mission- African here in the U.S. is a result of
three Filipino couples here at our church TCM’s co-laboring and involvement in
who are a direct result of TCM’s ministry. aries from country to country. Gone are the
South Africa. I guess this full circle all
I have visited several churches here in days where first world countries are send- comes together in the mission statement of
the U.S. and found immigrants from other ing missionaries to third world countries. It TCM: “Reaching the world through evan-
countries now fellowshipping in Grace is now from all nations to all nations. TCM gelism using the methods of the Apostle
churches because they were reached by has missionaries from the Philippines serv- Paul.”
Sensation or Stagnation
by Luz Gaddi groups and leaders got upset and caused ism has become the absorbing and over-
Anniversaries, like weddings, or church trouble. With sorrowful hearts, wondering whelming concern of workers. But if we
anniversaries, are always celebrated joyous- what would happen to the newly planted look at Christ’s ministry, we notice that the
ly. This was true of the 24th anniversary of seed, the Andersons were forced to leave same hillside crowded with seekers who
the Grace movement in Indonesia. Last June Indonesia. heard the Good News, became the classroom
29 members from six churches in Jakarta and Nevertheless, the fire did not die, the same where the Twelve were trained intensively in
suburbs gathered in Tanjung Priok for a spe- youth carried on the ministry. Wherever their Christian Leadership in a most unique
cial thanksgiving service. Pastor Marthen studies, professions and occupations took “walking seminary.” Dr. Roberta Bower
Kambey, one of the first converts, delivered them they shared the Good News. Some said: “History will show that the educational
an inspiring and challenging message for the even gave up lucrative positions (like the arm of the church has been a powerful
new millennium… “What God Hath present director, Ruddy Akay, a former man- instrument for building and strengthening
Wrought:” I am sure the Vernon Anderson ager of a Japanese company), in order to the household of faith.” Whenever there has
family, who began the ministry in Manado, serve the Lord full time. The Lord has been faith in the ministry of education, the
in 1979, did not realize that it would grow blessed and multiplied this ministry over and church has grown; whenever faith in educa-
and spread to many parts of this 4th most beyond what the Andersons expected. Today tion has lagged, the church has remained
populous nation. Most of their converts then there are 55 churches nationwide, one Bible stagnant or declined. It is the church’s con-
were youth, and were they on fire for the Lord! School and 47 trained pastors and Bible cern to teach and train members, lay leaders
They shared the gospel to whomever they woman. As we look forward, we must not and SS teachers so that they will be more
met. Often they took public transportation rest on our laurels. There is still a great deal effective. Unless rooted and grounded in the
for no other reason but to pass gospel tracts to be done, and the enemy lurks covertly and Word, the ones that we now have will be
and evangelize passengers. What a sensation stealthily. To date, there’s an urgent need for tossed to and fro with every wind of doc-
that must be! Several years later they paid a the teaching ministry, so that in turn those trine. May God help us realize this
price for their aggressiveness, some church taught will reach others. Too often evangel- important need.
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The following story is an edited version of a So what he is saying is that his thinking had gives the minister what He highly values for safe
sermon that Pastor Phillip Du Plessis recently not changed about supporting. He says it is right care, and promises stern discipline to the one
preached at Grace Church in Indianapolis. to support but He was not using some type of who falls short.
psychology, hoping that, despite his protest, they Paul uses the word woe to indicate the
In 1 Cor 9 Paul gives six reasons why he had would begin to pay him. impending pain. He was determined not to make
the right to be supported by the churches to He had never taken pay from those he served full use of [his] right in the gospel. He would
whom he ministered: and he never intended to. Nor was he now asking work after hours, day and night, to earn his own
(1) He was an apostle; (2) it is customary to for that in a disguised way living rather than be a burden to those he served
pay workers; (3) it is according to God’s law; (4) Yes, Paul received support from the or cause them to think he was in the ministry for
other leaders exercise the right; (5) it is the uni- Thessalonians after he left them, but not while he the money.
versal pattern: (6) and Jesus ordained it. worked among them. Without doubt that church With great happiness and satisfaction Paul
Paul continues to say, “who at any time was among the Macedonian churches that helped forsook a liberty, he refused to take advantage of
serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who support the apostle while he was in Corinth. a right, in order to make a contribution of his
plants a vineyard and does not eat of the fruit? or He was not a prophet for hire, as was Balaam very own to the work of Christ and receive a
Who tends a flock and does not use the milk of reward from Christ himself at the rapture.
Although Paul recognized that it is the Lord’s
“That I But the more important, reason for forsaking
his right to financial support was to be able to
will for spiritual workers to be paid for the fruit
of their labor he says in our text that he did not
May Gain win the lost to Christ without hindrance.
“That I may gain some,” he says.
use that right. And he tells us the reason why he
did not use that right.
Some” Now although Paul did not use the support
available to him and states the reasons why, he
He did not want it to be a hindrance to the does recognize that it is the Lord’s will for spir-
gospel. Paul did not want new converts or poten- (Num. 22), or in the ministry “for sordid gain” (1 itual workers to be paid for the fruit of their
tial converts to have any reason to think he was Pet. 5:2). labor. He also commands us to be wise in our
preaching the gospel for selfish motives. Oh what a far cry from the “profesional full- giving as part of our stewardship.
He wanted no one thinking he was in the min- time ministers and missionaries.” Paul gloried in Obviously we should give our money only to
istry for the sake of money or in it for easy liv- the gospel but not for it. ministries that are biblically sound and responsi-
ing. That policy was no doubt specially signifi- Futhermore, Paul writes to the Colossians, “I ble. Every appeal made in the Lord’s name does
cant for Paul’s work, because he, more than any was made a minister according to the steward- not deserve the support of the Lord’s people.
other apostle of which we know, worked in vir- ship from God bestowed on me” (Col. 1:25). But when we give to a servant who is worthy,
gin territory among the Gentiles. At some time or another, every minister or we should give happily, generously, and trustingly.
The other apostles and New Testament missionary whom the Lord has called will realize God’s children are to reflect their heavenly
prophets worked largely among Jews, who were that he is under God’s compulsion. God’s calling Father’s generosity “He who sows sparingly
accustomed to the Lord’s ministers being sup- cannot be ignored, neglected, or sleighted. The shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows boun-
ported by His people. man who resists God’s call or tries to give it up tifully shall also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6).
It is in the light of these facts that I believe in will, like Jeremiah, experience a “burning fire As individuals and as churches, Christians
new ministries such as planting churches and shut up in his bones” until he obeys. who give generously to the Lord’s work and to
establishing Bible schools, it is wise for those Many who are called and stand in ministry the support of His servants will be blessed.
working in them to be able to support them- today will agree and testify with me that there are Grace Church here in Indianapolis has been,
selves, or to be supported by fellow Christians, times when we just want to give up. But it is this and is, a giving church. We have a regular mis-
until the work is well established and self sup- burning fire that comes within and with the call- sions budget and also individuals who give to
porting. Christian workers should be careful not ing of God on one’s life that keeps us going on. missions outside of that budget. Then there are
to give grounds for any charge against them. You see the ministry is not just a job, not just those who are always giving towards the needs
Calling people to come to Christ while at the a career, it is a calling, it is a stewardship entrust- among us here in the local church.
same time begging the same people to give their ed to us. My brother and sister, if you ever con- It is for that reason that I believe that this
money is offensive and, oh my, is that happening sider going into serious ministry without the call- church, and others, and individuals who give will
today. ing of God on your life, forget it, you will not not lack blessing from the Lord. As long as the
Paul gives two further reasons why he make it, because added to that sense of constraint hearts of the people are one of cheerful giving,
refused to accept such support. and burning desire is a serious and compelling the Lord will bless. This is not just a biblical,
First, he did not want to lose his reward for responsibility, which Paul articulates in the spiritual and dispensational principle but a phys-
preaching the gospel without charge (vv 16-18). words, “woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” ical one as well. If you give you will receive.
and again more importantly, he wanted absolute- He says it was not his choice to serve Christ, It is our Lord’s will that we be generous to
ly nothing to hinder his reaching the lost with but that he rather received a stewardship. He workers, our missionaries, and to those leaders
that gospel (vv 19-27). “That I may gain some” was under obligation to preach, and for that rea- of any kind who come and minister to us—just
is his motive. Now, lest the Corinthians think he son he felt that he neither deserved nor expected as He has been so immeasurably generous to us.
had changed his mind about support and assum- a reward for it. Thank you to all the supporters of Things to
ing that they will think that the reason he had Stewardship indicates that someone gives us Come Mission and ministry. Whether we minis-
given those six reasons was to convince them to something or some responsibility that is valued ter with support or without may our motive
begin supporting him, he adds, I am not writing to them, which we are to care for properly. always be “That I May Gain Some.”
these things that it may be done so in my case. That is the case in every call to minister. God
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The Meier’s Trip to Kenya
Our family ministry trip to Kenya was to do whatever we could to encourage these
such a blessing for all of us, and we thank new believers. So in addition to our regu-
God for the many opportunities that we had lar ministries we visited a few key people.
to serve Him there. Our departure from Pastor Paul is the man that Genesis is hop-
Chicago O’Hare Airport was on June 16th. ing to establish in this work. Tim went to
We arrived in Nairobi, Kenya only to find pray with him about God’s call for him and
one trunk missing. It had all of Tim’s cloth- his wife Susan. He is a very dear brother,
ing and some equipment in it (they were please pray that God will establish his
recovered one week later). Our fearless steps. There was a youth meeting that
leader, Ben Anderson (of Things to Come Elizabeth and Melissa took part in, as well
Mission), was there to pick us up and take as a ladies meeting that Debbe spoke at.
us to his home. Everyone was busy. Sunday services were
The following morning we were up and Ben Anderson leading the way with the held at a secondary school nearby. Tim did
packing the Land Rover for our first safari. Meier family helping. adult Sunday school while the girls had
Ben and Joyce Anderson and their three our ministry was done in English. Genesis their own ministries with the children. We
daughters (Frances, Jaclyn, and Tegwin) and Verna Maraat, the missionaries there, had such a blessed time with all of our
went with us. In typical African style the have planted a new church. It was our goal Turn to page 6
truck was packed to the sky and filled to
capacity, ten of us in all. After a four-hour
plus trip we arrived in the “boondocks” The Youngest of Project 2010
town of Mitunguu. The following morning
we started work on tearing down and Genesis Maraat ments for Salvation. They came from Derby
widening a building for the new church. On Eldoret Grace Bible Another is Pentecostalism, Bible Church in Colorado.
Friday after work we went to a sister church Church is the youngest with its good health and A family sent with them a
close by to do a program for the people church of Project 2010. prosperity gospel, a popu- keyboard for the church.
there. Saturday there was a children’s pro- This is a new addition of lar concept among those Since then, our youth
gram in the morning and later in the after- the project which is just an who claim to be believers. attendance has remarkably
noon we did an evangelistic outreach, which eight (8) months old This town needs a Grace increased. We have at least
was done at a local open-air market. church. All the missionar- Church. The most urgent an addition of 6 youth giv-
Sunday was a full program with Sunday ies here in Kenya are work- need among the people ing us a total of ten that are
school, music, mime, puppets, preaching, ing together for the accom- here is solid, sound dispen- now meeting regularly and
and a delicious African meal before we plishment of the said proj- sational Bible Study. But taking part in the church
headed to our next destination. ect. Project 2010 is reach- first we have to build rela- worship. Good music,
In Thika, our host missionaries were the ing the entire country of tionships among our con- good Sunday School and
Paña family and Stephanie Thornton. We Kenya with the gospel of tacts and this takes time yet for most good teaching will
had a great time of fellowship with them all. Grace by planting 10 very necessary or else we make this church grow.
The next morning we went to the Grace churches in the ten (10) will be an intruder in a Our church needs the
Church and did a program there. In the strategic cities of the coun- Kenyan home. following:
afternoon we went to the city park in Thika try by year 2010. Eldoret Home Bible Studies and 1. We need a Kenyan
to do a mime performance with Pastor is located in the western Care groups focusing on who can work as a full-
Joseph giving an invitation for any who part of Kenya and is the God’s grace through dis- time pastor.
wanted to trust in the Lord Jesus. As he fifth (5th) largest town in pensational approach are 2. To have at least six
asked the people to pray with him we could the country with the popu- being conducted weekly in more new open doors for
hear many asking the Lord to save them. lation of around 250 thou- four different homes. The home Bible study.
We pray for fruit from these evangelistic sand. older kids in our Sunday 3. We need someone to
outreaches. Please continue to pray that At the center of this pop- school are also learning the make a commitment to help
God will establish these new Christians. ulation a new Grace different programs of God. with the music ministry in
Church is being planted Verna is in charge of the the church.
Finally, we had an all-day seminar with the
with the average atten- Sunday school as well as 4. We are working on our
pastors where they were encouraged from
dance of 20-25 adults and the women’s ministry with sound system project and
God’s Word on how they can make their
15-20 children. The figure the help of Miss Ann chairs for church that will
marriages stronger, and to use that as a way
doesn’t look impressive at Nyaga a graduate of our cost about $600. The
to witness for the Lord Jesus.
all, but with the presence Bible School six (6) years church fund is only $150.
Ben came to pick us up and back to
of this young Grace ago. Pastor Paul Liyai and Kid’s chairs are $4 each
Nairobi we went. We had such a fun time
Church this town will have Pastor Elly Lugwili are and $7 for adult’s chair. We
working, singing, talking, and laughing
the chance of hearing voluntarily working in made an initial purchase of
together! During that time we were able to
God’s grace and God’s helping this church to 8 chairs for kids.
drive to Rift Valley Academy where we vis- ministry of reconciliation grow. As this church grows We have a big ministry
ited with some MK’s (missionary kids). We by faith alone in the work we will work out their sup- that has just begun in this
saw Rachel and Christina Vinton, Caleb of the Lord Jesus Christ on port from the church as well. city. May God cause this
Kemper, and Luke and Chelsea Doggett. It the cross (2 Cor. 5:17-21). On June 8 Eldoret Grace church to grow for His
was great reminiscing with these kids about A great portion of the Bible Church was visited glory.
our times with them on our different mis- town’s population observe by the Gunther family who
sion fields. the ten (10) command- came for this year’s Safari.
Our trip to Eldoret was different in that
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assigned by the mission. At present we have ing “Adopt a Student Program” designed to
The five interns. One is helping the work in help young men and women who wish to
Indonesia and the rest are working as student study in the Bible School and get into the
Strongest pastors in our churches here in the ministry. It only costs $25 a month, which
Philippines. We see the zeal, enthusiasm and includes their board and lodging and a little
Link commitment of these young people. pocket money. We praise the Lord that there
Forty-six students have enrolled this The third year and second year students are Filipino families who are taking part in
first term at IGBI-Davao, Philippines. are now serving in the churches during this program.
Eighteen are kids of pastors and mission- weekends preaching and teaching. Also the We have made some improvements in our
aries. Pastors are rewarded in their efforts public elementary school has opened its facility this year. We have screened both the
to pass on the baton to their children. This doors for our students to teach religious men and women’s dorms. Also we have
is the strongest link and must remain instruction once a week. Last week they added water tanks to catch rain water for
strong. Many have just graduated from were given seven classrooms with the aver- washing and showers and painted one of the
high school but some have been to college age of forty children in every room. buildings. Our next project is to build a
and hold degrees. Some may have come Continue to pray as we try to get into the kitchen and dining hall. We praise the Lord
for curiosity and a change of environment high school. for the help received for these projects.
but for many it is an answer to the call of Before we started the regular classes this We would like to improve our Library too.
God to service. year we had the Evangelism Explosion Many of the books are very old and worn
The strength and growth of the mission Clinic for one week. We hosted it for the first out. We have a set of encyclopedia - 1969
lies in the hands of this young generation. time. Many of those who attended were our edition. The school is now adding some elec-
The Bible Schools play an important role as pastors and students. They had two OJT (On tives…for the women, how to teach
the educational arms in molding TCM’s the Job Training) visiting different locations Kindergarten and for the men, how to weld
future leaders. The staff and our family are in our city of Tagum where the Bible School and mechanic trouble-shooting. The classes
very privileged to be a part of this ministry. is located. Out of 45 contacts 42 professed to for these courses are all on Saturdays so that
This is a great and solemn responsibility, but accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord it will not affect our regular schedules. Many
very rewarding. and Savior. Churches in the area are now try- of our pastors who are starting churches in
Two years ago we had only sixteen stu- ing to do the follow-up. the cities or bigger towns have to work on
dents, last year we had thirty-four and now This legacy that Pastors are passing on to the side to support themselves.
forty-six. This year we had seven graduates their children is the strongest link. Let us We are grateful to God and to all of you
and all of them applied and asked to be join in this endeavor by extending our help who are praying and supporting the work
in prayer and financial gifts. We are promot- here in the Philippines.
Darlene Anderson The fare? Less than 10 cents, children free! And this couple wants all the sidelines
Sidelines? Maybe you think that How many trips must a pastor drive to go to promote the work of the
Filipino pastors with sidelines means every day just to buy his basic rice and expanding churches in their area.
that no work gets done, only sitting and fish? And at this point is the hang-up. A Another sharp idea: a new church site
observing. No way! Sideline here in the Sideline can quickly become a Mainline was needed. Six families decided to buy
i Philippines is what a pastor works at
just so he can continue to do his work in
the church. How we wish all our pastors
if the pastor must drive more than he
preaches, studies, or visits the members.
He needs prayer and help to avoid the
one large piece of land. Alone no one
could buy that lot–together 6 families
had 6 plots with one area saved for the
could just forget sidelines, but it is not pitfalls of Mainline: fatigue, dulled church, and right along the national
possible because most congregations objectives, till finally he quits the highway!
are unable to furnish the basic needs for Lord’s work. The Number 1 economy booster of
their leader...thus he looks for a side- the Philippines is for Filipinos to con-
What are some of these sidelines?
Watch repair, piggery, selling insurance,
can be a great blessing if
tract to work overseas, many as domes-
tics in Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.
Families send a daughter or son to make
farming, print shop, factory, head of a high wages to send home. However, if
co-op, curtains & drapes...the list goes it remains a sideline. a father or mother leaves for overseas,
on and on. A few pastors have the bless- O n e definite problems arise. In 3 years kids
ing of their wives being teachers with a brother in Davao, Pastor Maglasang, forget their parents, even a wife turned
i regular salary. Many pastors sideline in
order to continue their studies.
How about driving a tricycle? A tricy-
was delivering bread with his motor
bike as a sideline. Local communist
NPA’s took him, made him dig his own
away from her pastor-husband. Having
THINGS looks so attractive, but the
separations are heartbreakers.
cle! Yes. In the Philippines tricycles are grave, murdered him after torture. Both We as a Mission see the pros and cons
a terrific boon for the local population! family and church lost their pastor. of Sidelines. What is our part in all this?
A tricycle is a motor bike with a side A Sideline can be a great blessing if it These churches and pastors and families
car. Multi-colored tricycles zoom remains a sideline. In Bicol Region are part of us. Help us pray for wisdom,
everywhere, on crowded streets, bumpy recently we witnessed Levi and Jo Seva guidelines, sensitivity to needs, and just
roads. Here comes one now: the driver working hard for the Lord, using every plain financial help when it is need-
straddles the bike, 2 people perch possible means to fortify the Lord’s ed...because a gift at the right time can
behind him, 4 passengers are stuffed work with their ideas. Pastor Levi has a encourage a pastor to keep steady in his
inside the side car, 2 extra persons hang piggery that yields funds, Jo a real goal: winning the lost and growing
on the outside, boxes, bags, baskets are curtain/drapery shop that sews beautiful the church.
piled high on the roof of the side car. window concoctions for new homes.
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Ministry Update from Dean Padayhag
RECIFE God uses many ways to gather
people. Here in Mpumalanga I
am called Mr. Chan. The people
4 think I am a Chinese and Jackie
Chan is very famous here.
Through this I have established
CHRIST good relationships with these
people and use it to tell them
about my work, my church and
Urian & Jule Rios my name. It’s a blessing to be a
When, months ago we foreigner, to be white, to be a
devised project RECIFE 4 missionary and the moment I go
CHRIST, and I was assigned out in the open, people, students
to area #3, I wondered where and friends come to meet me and
to start, how to establish con- to listen to me. I pray that the
tacts in the area. Well, as people will continue to listen, Dean with part of the congregation who meets in this
always, God took care of the respond and come to the church, 4 x 6 meter garage in Mpumalanga
problem. A young lawyer not because of me but because of brother of Pastor Boy. Abel is the asking for my preaching notes.
from Boa Viagem church met the message of Grace. one running the Church now and Because of this preaching oppor-
a young lady who had recent- I have started Bible School I am just guiding him. He can tunity at the funeral, the teachers
ly become a Christian. To understand English but not as of the elementary school asked
Classes here at the church and I
make a long story short, this good as the lady who interpreted me to visit them in the school.
girl lives in the area we plan teach every Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday and Sunday. There are for me before. We solved this They are going to give me time
to reach and her family problem by writing my lessons to teach in their homes as well.
opened their apartment for us 33 students currently attending
to meet. We held a special my classes of which 25 are very and sermons on paper and then This family that invited me also
meeting there last December, active. The other 8 attend irregu- giving copies to Abel. sent their son to attend our Bible
with 23 people attending. larly due to time, permission Class on Thursday with the mes-
Her father and her brother from the parents and homework. FREE CHURCH LOT sage that their whole family will
accepted the Lord during one The month of September our The council of this town where be coming to the church to attend
of these meetings. subjects were THE CHURCH our church is situated, is giving the service. They said our church
Pray also that the Lord (Tuesdays), THE BELIEVER`S free lots to the people. In August is a real church that cares for
will provide the finances to WALK( Thursdays), MINISTRY I asked the church secretary to people because we help and care
accomplish this project. We GIFTS(Saturdays). Just in two request specific land. The coun- even though they are not our
will need approximately $350 cil responded and it seems very members.
months we were able to learn 70
a month to rent a place and positive that we are going to get NEW CONGREGATION
$150 for miscellaneous new songs and finished 6 sub-
jects in our Bible program. this land soon. Our current situa- WILL BE OPENED
expenses. tion is quite bad. The first Sunday of October we
Right now, our biggest
GRACE BEREAN CHURCH Imagine 40 people gathering started a new congregation in
project in this area is a dis-
pensationally oriented theo- UPDATE within a 4 by 6 meters garage. Kwaggafontein. The place of
logical journal entitled I arrived here in this Church with It’s really hard for them to suffer worship is ready and we have
“SOLA SCRIPTURA,”pub- 20 active members. Fifty percent the heat of the sun standing for some members from our current
lished quarterly and chiefly of these members are children. about one and a half hours during church that have transferred there
addressed to pastors and There are some members who the service. We do not have now. I witnessed to some of my
leaders. So far we have also are inactive and there are some enough chairs and therefore give classmates in the driving school.
published and distributed the members who were transfered to priority seats to our visitors. They will attend the service also.
following works: “Tongues other places because of work With $2500 and the free lot we I am just waiting for my driver`s
and Sign Gifts,” “Three can build a good size church with license so that we can use the car
commitments and some got mar-
Bible Churches,” “Water chairs. that is available through the
Baptism,” “What is a ried and moved away. But amaz-
ingly, through God`s grace, with- Furthermore, I believe that if the ABGMSA.
D i s p e n s a t i o n , ” church can move out of this My goal is to open two congre-
“Understanding the Bible” in two months with the help of
the members, we experienced house, growth will just come gations before December and this
discipleship lessons). one hundred percent growth. amazingly. should not be very hard, right?
We have just finished Dr. Last Sunday we had 40 plus peo- Last week one of the neighbors The Lord will not kick us off the
Baker’s “Bible Truth” and ple and some regulars were invited me to preach at a funeral job if we cannot attain our goal,
have been working on Dr. absent. Not all students of the service of a child. Many people as long as we are doing our best!
Baker’s “Understanding The Basic Doctrine program are attend funeral services here and it Thank you for your prayers and
Gospels.” This is a major members of the Church. I preach was a great opportunity. support. Please continue to pray
project that will demand a lot with the aid of an interpreter but Preaching the Grace message in for me as I plant these churches
of time from Jule and me. she is now working in Pretoria front of the crowd was so chal- and train up new leaders to do the
Our goal is to have it ready lenging. God was working won- work of the ministry.
and cannot attend the Church. I
for printing by the end of the derfully at that time. After the
year. am training Abel Ngomane, the
service many people came to me,
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Project ABBA Kids: Christmas Project
It has been so encouraging to might never meet in this life reach out to these as well, helping offers through His Son.
receive mail from many of you encourages us to continue minis- them understand that Christmas If your family or church would
asking if we will again be having a tering here in the "front line." can become a celebration of like to select a number of Brazilian
Christmas Project for Brazilian We are currently ministering to THEIR PERSONAL SAVIOR's birth. children and make Christmas spe-
kids this year! It reminds us of approximately 350 children in our Because the dollar exchange rate cial for them, please do so by send-
Romans 15:26, "For it hath pleased three churches, over 400 if we went down since last year, and ing gifts to Things to Come
them of Macedonia and Achaia to include non-regulars. But our goal inflation here went up quite a bit, Mission (2200 English Ave,
make a certain contribution for the will again be to make Christmas we are aiming at $4.00 per child Indianapolis, IN 46201), attn:
poor saints which are at special for 500 children. During this year, to purchase a toy and one Project ABBA Christmas Project.
Jerusalem." You being pleased to the holiday season a lot more chil- or two pieces of clothing. This In Christian Love, Joe and
share your love with children you dren come to church, so we want to small love gift will exemplify the Michelle Campos, and Doug and
ultimate gift of eternal life that God Vicki LeFeber
The Meier’s trip to Kenya Jessie Easterly Update
From page 3 dear Lord and Savior, Jesus “August 18 I had some letters lance to Nairobi hospital. Surgery
brothers and sisters in Christ Christ. Many of you prayed, and Bible lessons to mail so head- was done on the hip break on the
that it was hard to leave and gave, sent crafts, and encour- ed to the post office about 3PM. In 19th. My condition deteriorated
return to Nairobi. agement. We want to thank crossing the last street I was struck for a time, then I got stronger.
There are many things that you who participated in our by a man on a bicycle and knocked I spent 3 weeks in the hospital,
we don’t have space to men- ministry. down hard. I then felt the agony of barely able to us a walker. Ruth,
tion, except to say that there Thank you so much! We felt a break. my daughter, came out to help me
Some of the gathering crowd go home.” Jessie is now in the US,
were special opportunities to God really blessed our time called one of our students, who living with her daughter, Ruth, and
talk to individuals about our there in Kenya. persuaded someone to take me getting physical therapy. Continue
(moaning) to a nursing home/hos- to pray for her complete recovery.
A Continuing Gift pital. He also called Ben who soon She will be greatly missed in the
came and had me taken by ambu- ministry in Kenya.
Things to Come Mission would like to acknowledge the following
gifts which have been given in memory of some family member, TCM Projects
friend or respected person who has passed away.
Missionaries needing additional Support
Donor: In Memory of: Dean Padayhag - South Africa
Jerry W. Sterchi Mother, Mabel Sterchi Spitz Stephanie Thornton - Kenya
Henry Eversdyk Wife, Mildred VanderMeulen Eversdyk Gardner & Ledith Improso - Kenya
Many thanks to all who helped with the projects listed in the previous IH.