Preparing People for Christ's Return
Pastor Kenneth & Eunice Ling wrote about their Myanmar Grace Gospel Churches, "I would like to say thank you for your love and participation in the mission work here in Myanmar. We do very much appreciate for your Love and Concern for us and it is really great value for us and for the mission work here in Myanmar. As you pray for us, God has blessed and now Myanmar Grace Gospel has six mission fields, 11 Bible Students and 16 Orphan Children. MGGC also praying for you." Nathan Killion and Tim Heath recently visited Myanmar for one week of training leaders for the churches.
One of Pastor Jun Cadelina's ministries is evangelism among the Manobo trible of Mindanao in the Philippines. This is a rugged trip of many hours on dirt and rock roads. Often Pastor Jun's 4WD van breaks down and he completes the journey by motorcycle--six people on one--or even barefoot to cross the rivers. Pastor Jun explains, "Incantation or dancing to evil spirits during rituals are still common in that place as a pastor told us. Communist rebels are still many in the area armed with high-powered guns. We were warned not to take pictures." Praise the Lord that on his last trip, 80 people trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Joel McGarvey, director of Bible Doctrines to Live By, also serves as the president of the TCM board. He and his wife Susan have been invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the Grace churches in South Africa on Dec. 5-7 in Johannesburg. Besides the conference, the McGarveys are meeting with the national leaders Steve Thobela, Kennedy Mandaza and William Mdluli and speaking at several of the Grace churches, including Tshepisong which has an ongoing building project. Dean & Sheba Padayhag, who just arrived back in South Africa themselves, are hosting Joel & Susan for their two weeks.
Joe & Michelle Campos moved to Recife in northeast Brazil to resume their missionary ministry. The past three years they have lived in Grand Rapids where Joe was the director of Prison Mission Association. Their three younger children, Jessica, Nathan and Bella, have returned with them while Elly has started her first year at Grace Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Joe will be working with the established Grace churches while also training church planters. Michelle will continue with the Project ABBA and Awana ministries while assisting their children with home schooling. The Camposes join veteran missionaries Doug & Vicki LeFeber.
Director Ben & Joyce Anderson returned from three weeks of ministry in Brazil on November 4. The main invitation came from the Grace churches in southern Brazil to speak at their annual conference in Indaial. Besides meeting with TCM missionaries Gomer & Nene Indino and Doug & Vicki LeFeber, the Andersons were able to meet with pastors and speak in churches in Parana, Santa Catarina, Aracaju and Recife. A highlight of the journey was the Grace Summit held in Shangri-la on the southern coast. Representatives of all th Grace organizations met for a time of fellowship, teaching and vision casting. To cement their desire for cooperation, the Summit formed a committee of five to plan for future meetings and cooperative ministries.
Dean & Sheba together with Shedea and Shedesh have returned to South Africa on October 29. During their four months of deputation in the United States they traveled 23,000 miles and visited churches and believers in 30 states. Their trip was not uneventful, with a car accident in California and a robbery upon returning to Johannesburg. The Padayhags express their appreciation for the many people who hosted and encouraged them during the journey. Dean & Sheba are busy with the Bible school, opening a new church and preparing for the annual conference in early December.
Pastor Phillip Walendo of Kampala, Uganda traveled to Kenya in October to participate in a training seminar conducted by leaders of the Grace Bible Churches of Kenya. He was joined by Pastor John Ekaliban of the Turkana for an intensive week of training on doctrinal and practical topics for pastors. Teachers were Pastor Stanley Mwangi, missionary Gardner Improso and Kenya Director Titus Kivilu. Pastor Phillip summarized his training, “With all the above topics we covered I am greatly transformed and I got a lot of courage because all my questions about Grace Ministry were answered by the facilitators. My major ambition after the training is teaching other people and opening a new church in Uganda.” Read Pastor Phillip's report.
Praise the Lord for the 501 people who professed to receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and thousands more were exposed to the Gospel in the Philippines. This is the result of eight days of evangelistic meetings conducted by Pastors Jun Cadelina, Pete Alip and PonPon Ayop, Jr. where they visited the remote, mountainous areas of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat where Pastor Jun and Corah Maglasang work. A letter and pictures from Pastor Cadelina...
Missionary Pat Kilgo has written an article for the Berean Searchlight about the disagreement between Apostle Paul and Barnabas about John Mark before their second missionary journey. The article explains how their different perspectives came about and then shows how God used each individual to accomplish his mission. Pat closes with a challenge, “Are you like Paul—driven, results-oriented, industrious, resilient, always forging ahead? Or are you like Barnabas—reflective, nurturing, sympathetic, forward-thinking, patient, willing to be hurt for someone you love? Either way, that’s great! You are who God made you to be, and He will work out His purpose through you even if others oppose your methods.”
Ancestor’s Day is a week long religious festival where families visit the temples to offer food and gifts to their dead relatives. Reincarnation is an important part of Buddhism and this ritual is meant to create good karma for a better next life. Team Cambodia offered an alternative to the children in Takeo Province by holding Vacation Bible School with the theme “Building Up the Church.” While many children went to the temple, fourteen children attended the three-day Bible school classes and learned about Jesus Christ who is the light of the World. Myra Omictin writes, “We are so thankful for the volunteers (missionaries and locals) for their support.” There are still 11,000 Cambodian villages without a church. Pictures . . .
This year Pastor Kenneth and his Myanmar team have established four grace churches and with this growth comes a need for training Bible teachers and developing leaders to reach this predominately Buddhist country with the good news of Jesus Christ. Tim Heath and Nathan Killion are responding to this need by traveling October 7-13 to the major city of Yangon to teach leaders of the newly established Grace Gospel Churches of Myanmar. Please pray for this trip and the growth of this field.
After a 3-month furlough in the Philippines, missionary Luz Gaddi is returning again to serve in Kenya, but this time to the Lake Victoria city of Kisumu in western Kenya. Last term Luz served in Mombasa on the Indian Ocean and Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley. In Kisumu, Luz will be training Sunday School teachers, organizing the women’s ministry and assisting the pastors in Kisumu and the surrounding area. The Kenya National Conference will be held in Kisumu in August 2015 and there is much work to done in preparation. Please keep Luz in your prayers for safety as she travels and hearts open to will of God.
One of the services that TCM provides for our missionaries is a vehicle to use on deputation. When the missionaries arrive in Indianapolis from the field, they have a clean, insured and fueled car ready to go. Some missionaries virtually live in the car while they travel across the country visiting supporters and speaking in churches. The 1998 Buck LeSabre which Padayhags were using had just 86,000 miles on it when donated by a friend in Portland, Oregon. It now has 218,000 miles and has crossed the country several times. Because of its mileage and the severity of the damage, we will not repair the Buick--which leaves TCM one missionary car short. If this is an area where you can help out the missionaries, please contact the TCM office or send a gift designated “Missionary Car.”
We praise the Lord that Dean & Sheba Padayhag together with Shedea and Shedesh are safe after they were sideswiped by a box truck on I-215 in Riverside, California. Shedesh has some minor glass cuts but the family is doing well. Missionaries often drive over 5000 each month while on deputation which exposes them to all the dangers of long distance driving. We are thankful that the body of Christ in Riverside and San Diego helped the Padayhags during this time of need. They have rented a car and are continuing their journey up the west coast to Grants Pass where they will begin a month of missionary conferences.
The EXITE team of 23 Americans, mostly young people, served the Lord in the Philippines on June 30 - July 14, 2014. They were able to help 4 churches on the island of Leyte rebuild from the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. They also ministered to the Filipinos through Kids Clubs and Evangelistic Crusades. The team is thankful for all the prayers and support while they were in the Philippines. They were able to raise over $10,000 to assist the damaged areas. Field Director Jun Pielago writes, "Thank you, U.S. EXITE Team, for your hard work in helping rebuild four of our typhoon-damaged church buildings in Leyte! "Your labor is not in vain in the Lord!" Team member Ben Lange has posted a video.
Although all believers are ambassadors of Christ, not all are called to be cross-cultural missionaries. TCM is excited to introduce Julia Liles from London, England as our newest missionary. Julia's parents taught her the grace message at a young age at their home in London. While Julia was completing her bachelor's degree she trusted in Christ and began seeking God's will for her life. During Africa Safari 2009 in Kenya Julia received the call to be a missionary and graduated in May from the two-year missionary training program at All Nations College near London. After several short trips to India and Southeast Asia Julia is confident that God is guiding her to serve in Southeast Asia. In January 2015 she will travel to the United States for four months of deputation before
going to the field.
At our recently concluded board meeting Pauline Watkins was assigned as a missionary to the TCM home office. Pauline is one of the founders of TCM together with her late husband Joe Watkins. After 29 years of missionary work in the Philippines, in 1987 she and Joe moved back to the office which was then in Cope, Colorado. Currently, Pauline picks up the mail, enters donations and addresses, communicates with missionaries, keeps the missionary apartment ready and helps with the banking. Her coworkers are Ben & Joyce Anderson, Cindy LaVier and Darlene Anderson. The whole TCM team is blessed to have this faithful woman of God standing with us.
Between the Kenya ministry in the highlands and the churches on the Coast there is a stretch of 300 kilometers where Grace Bible Church does not work. Recently the Coast pastors under the leadership of Pastor Peter Kagwi met to discuss how to reach Voi, the largest town in that area with a population of 45,843. They decided to form the Voi mission consisting of five leaders from Mombasa. They will conduct a survey trip on Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014. The plan is for Pastor Patrick Kilei, who is currently studying at the Bible school, to move to Voi with his wife and two children in 2015 to start a “Grace Preaching Point.”
Please remember in prayer the TCM board that meets today through tomorrow, that wise decisions will be made that will have eternal benefits. Among the items on the agenda is an interview with a new missionary candidate, and a report from the Padayhags, missionaries to South Africa. Ben Anderson and Don Sommer will be joined by four board members who are coming from out-of-state: Doug Cox, Joel McGarvey, Dick Ware, and Tim Board. Jesse Vaught will be unable to attend because of the recent birth of his son, Judah Luke.
Director Ben & Joyce Anderson drove to a farm in South Dakota on September 4-7 at the invitation of Pastor Joel Finck. TCM board member Tim Board and Ben were speakers at the conference together with Joel and others. Joyce writes, “We had a wonderful time at the Grace Family Conference and met up with Tim and Lori Board and family, and William and Donna Lange and Ben from AL. Ben Lange was on the EXITE trip to the Philippines and gave a good report of their assistance for the Typhoon Haiyan victims. Tim and son Timmy Board manned the TCM display. We were able to talk to several people about mission and their response.”
Applying for visas can be a long and complicated process which missionaries must deal with throughout their years of ministry. We praise the Lord for this news from Pat & Michelle Kilgo, “It took years of planning, 7 trips to the immigration office, 70+ man-hours, overcoming numerous clerical errors and system failures, and more headaches than we care to remember, but ... today we received the last of our visa passes to stay here! We know that many of you have been praying for this day, some of you for more than two years. THANK YOU! We thank The Lord for His faithfulness to our family. It is certainly a great big weight off of our shoulders.”
Field Director Jun Pielago writes, “Our six TCM Bible schools (including two Bible training centers in Negros) have a total enrollment of 203 students for this school year. Breakdown of enrollment is as follows: NGBTC, Tambo, Ayungon, Neg. Oriental – 8; NGBTC, Kabankalan City – 14; IGBI-Cauayan City Campus – 16; IGBI-Bataan Campus – 27; IGBI-Ozamiz City Campus – 54; IGBI-Tagum City Campus – 84. Out of the 203 enrollees, 37 are graduating in March 2015. Please pray for the faculty members of these schools that God would give them wisdom as they train the students for the ministry. Pray also for the students’ need of finances.” These are the students who will in the future care for the many new Grace churches being planted.
Apostle Paul writes, “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity” (2 Cor. 8:2). What a blessing, then, to hear from Kenya Director Titus Kivilu. “Dear Brother Ben, After hearing and reading about the devastating destruction caused by the deadly typhoon in Philippines in November including TCM churches and believers, we requested believers from Grace Bible Church-Kenya to give a voluntary donation to share the grief and hurt with our fellow brethren in Philippines. We were deeply touched by what our fellow brethren went through during that time. The Kenya churches have contributed a small donation of Ksh 20,000 ($250) to assist them in mending the damages caused by the typhoon especially in the churches in the affected areas.”
Pastor Peter Kagwi heads up the Grace ministry along the Kenya coast. He writes, “At the main school in Mikindani I have three different classes which meet on different days weekly. The total hours per main class is 9. At the 4 distance training centers, I only train on Saturdays except the Tana Delta where I go for one week because it is so far. Praise the Lord that this week we launched a new training center at West-Coast of Mombasa. On Sat. 23rd Aug., six students enrolled and the intake is in progress until 6th Sep. when the official classes will begin. Pastor Jackson Tsuma from Kaloleni will be the coordinator of the new center. He is a graduate of BGSM and a very active pastor.”
Pastor Kenneth Ling has had a busy summer conducting salvation camps in three diffferent area of Myanmar. He writes, “Pastor Mawia, Peter and I are very busy visiting our new church. The past Water Festival we held Salvation Camps at three places with 40 campers at each. Seven people confessed that they accept Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior. We praise God for His wonderful guidance and blessings through the camp. All these are the answers of your prayer and the fruits of your hard-work. God hears our prayer. Please continue to pray for Myanmar. I send you some pictures of Church Dedication and our Salvation Camp.”
Hearts were full of tears and laughter at the Memorial Service held Saturday, June 21st, as family and friends honored Joe's faithful life as Dad and Missionary from 1956-2014. All remembered Joe's love for the Philippines and Filipinos. Daily he kept in touch via Skype calls and Facebook for the recent news. Though living in USA, he and Pauline never forgot their active life and work establishing International Grace Bible Institute , printing gospel literature, and founding the first Grace church in Cebu City. Their dining table was always surrounded by visiting workers for the Lord. We do well to rejoice in Joe's works well done.
Dean & Sheba Padayhag with Shedea and Shedesh have received their US visas for a deputation visit to the United States from July through October. They are preparing their ministry in South Africa for the time during which they will be gone. Sheba writes, "It's going to be a very busy 3 weeks before we leave. We are printing and binding the Bible school textbooks for June through November. Dean has a seminar in Kgabalatsane, which is part 2 of last month's seminar. This is an outreach to start a church in that area coordinated by Pastor William Mdluli."
In the 23 Ministry Districts in the Philippines, 23 more new churches plants were established from January 2013 to March 2014. Total congregations now number 465 with many new workers and IGBI four-year graduates coming up during the recent Annual Conference, ready for service from north to south in this island nation. What a blessing from the Lord - a good reason to rejoice in Him, indeed! The goal is for each district to plant one new church each year for the next five years = REPRODUCTION! Read more news from the Philippines . . .
Seven young people accepted Jesus Christ on the first night of youth camp in South Africa. This year's theme, The Amazing Race, was based on Hebrews 12:1-2 and 2 Timothy 4:7-8, and was three full days of activities with the 34 campers grouped into six teams using the parts of God's armor as their team names. The National Organization of Grace Berean Youth (NOGBY) conducts these annual camps for the spiritual and practical life-changing experiences of the youth from several areas of the country and was led this year by Dean and Sheba Padayhag along with dedicated graduates and 2nd year students of Grace Berean Bible School.
Please pray for everyone who is working in countries where visas are only given short-term. Asia is the continent with countries that have the greatest need for a gospel presentation and where the fewest missionaries live. Missionaries must leave the country in which they work several times a year in order to have their visas renewed. This is a hardship and expense. TCM praises God for his wonderful provision so far. However, Genesis Maraat writes: Please continue to pray for our visas. We have not received in our hands the approval from the Ministry of Religion yet. Once we get the approval paper then we will go to the immigration. Our current visa will expire May 17. The visas are really expensive for the whole family. But there is nothing we can do with the expense because everyone pays for a religious visa." They cannot get a visa renewal without the government permits and these can be delayed indefinitely. There is a late penalty fee charged daily! Genesis and Verna Maraat have a current newsletter you can read here.
Joe and Michelle Campos and their family are six months away from returning to Brazil in October and busy with traveling, visiting churches, raising the last amount for their monthly budget and helping the kids finish up this year of school before heading back to a different system in the fall. They value your prayers for this time as they navigate across the USA to churches and home’s of people. It is a time to reconnect with many who are joining their ministry team through prayer and financial support. The Campos newsletter was sent out yesterday.
"Getting Ready to Go!" sounds like something every missionary says often. For Pat and Michelle Kilgo and family it is especially true. They are leaving May 7 for a SE Asia country. Pat recently wrote, "Please pray for our preparations. We made a list of things to do a mile long today..." As the Kilgo family begins a new life and ministry, please follow them with your prayers for a bountiful harvest as they seek to share the gospel with receptive people, and to plant their first grace church. Pray for suitable housing, and their four kids as they have busy schedules this summer and a new school to adjust to in the fall.
In many countries around the world a person lives their entire life without once hearing a gospel presentation. However, the tragic reality is that many in the United States have never heard the gospel even once. Bob and Beth Xavier have been ministering to kids who would otherwise fall into this category. To address this need, for the past 13 years they have been privileged to develop, direct and instruct the Grace Martial Arts Bible Club classes in the Greater Tampa Bay area, and to minister throughout each week to nearly 250 children and teens. Most of these students with whom they work never before have read the Bible, memorized Scripture, heard a Gospel challenge or received Christ Jesus as Savior. Please read the Xavier’s current newsletter and pray for this important ministry.
“We have a vision to plant 20 churches in 20 strategic places by 2020,” writes Dean Padayhag. This is exciting news coming from Dean and Sheba who are encouraged that many in their South African field are committed to evangelism, planting new churches and training future leaders. Eight new pastors, ordinary church members and Bible school students are training and being trained for this mission and 20/20 vision. To learn more how to knowledgeably pray for this growing church planting ministry, read Padayhag’s April newsletter.
Sixteen young men and women came forward at the end of the last message of the National Grace Youth conference in Davao City, Philippines to acknowledge their desire and commitment to take the gospel to the unreached beyond the borders of their own country. Missionary Nathan Killion gave the closing challenge to over 300 young people who came from across the country to attend the four-day conference with the theme, Status: In a Relationship with God.
Nathan writes, "God is good! Let's keep praying that the Lord of the harvest will send out these and others as workers into His harvest."
"Pastor James and Agape Bermejo at Valenzuela City church in Manila invited me to teach SS and church. In the afternoon they had an hour of evangelism for which they had prepared and practiced for two months. They divided us into six groups and I was with the group which stayed in the church and prayed for the others. Men, women and youth were involved. After one hour the groups came back and reported. Thirteen people accepted Christ as Savior! I was quite amazed.They got the contact info for everyone and will follow up this week and invite them to church on Sunday. James and Agape are very active and I am praying they will be TCM missionaries," Ben wrote on his second day in the Philippines.
Kenya Coast Ministry Centre of Mombasa, Kenya is about to have its own home. Pastor Peter Kagwi and Director Titus Kivilu met with the seller of the land. Together they confirmed the papers at the county offices. Next day the surveyor came to show them the beacons and do the subdivision. Because of generous donors from the States, all the money was raised and sent and the transfer of ownership of the property is nearly completed. To learn about God’s work in Mombasa, read the Coast Ministry report for Kenya.
“Today after the service the church members and national Director Titus went and prayed together at our proposed piece of property. Everyone is excited with what the Lord is doing,” writes Pastor Peter.
As you read the travel schedule for Ben Anderson, please remember him and the people he is ministering to in SE Asia. Your prayers can make a difference in bringing about God's will in encouraging the ministers in these countries to be burdened and bold for spreading the gospel.
Leaving tomorrow for 7 weeks of international ministry: April 11-27 in the Philippines; April 28 to May 7 in North Indonesia; May 8-11 in Dubai, UAE; May 12-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia; May 14-15 in Singapore and May 16-26 in Malaysia. My trip culminates with the 2nd SE Asia Grace Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Ministries include conferences, interviews, seminars, church meetings, church anniversaries, commissioning and planning meetings. May God give us wisdom to establish firm plans to engage the remaining four SE Asian countries where TCM does not yet work. I'll see some of you very soon. Thanks for your prayers! -Ben
Nine of the 23 TCM ministry districts in the Philippines planted 23 new churches from January 2013 to March 2014. This was recently reported by the supervising ministers of these districts. At last year’s conference in Manila, 20 new churches were reported planted from January 2012 to March 2013. With this 23 new churches this year, the total number of TCM Grace churches in the Philippines is now 465, from 442 last year. What a blessing from the Lord - a good reason to rejoice in Him, indeed! -Field Director Jun Pielago
Pastor Kenneth Ling has formed the Grace Gospel Churches of Myanmar and is visiting the churches which wish to join up. On March 23 he dedicated Pastor Hla Thaung's church. This month they will conduct three salvation camps where they will teach people about the Bible and salvation by grace through faith. Pray for Pastor Kenneth and the men and women who are working together to proclaim God's wonderful grace to the Burmese people. Pastor Kenneth & Eunice and two other pastors from Myanmar will be attending the Southeast Asia Grace Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Christ’s Disciples Church is a Pentecostal congregation located in Benoni, a couple of kilometers away from Modderbee Prison. Pastor Mpho Manyemane serves as the senior pastor of the church. Pastor Petros Dlamini, a new graduate of GBBS has been ministering to him with the Grace message. His desire to learn more and his hunger for truth made him decide to enroll at the Bible school. He shares his new found faith to his thriving congregation during prayer meetings and Sunday morning services. On March 22 he introduced Dean and Sheba to the congregation and asked Dean to teach about dispensations. Pastor Manyemane and his congregation have decided to affiliate with the Association of Berean Grace Ministries in South Africa (ABGMSA).
Forty leaders from different churches and ministries of the Association of Berean Grace Ministries in South Africa participated in a recently concluded 1st Leadership Summit. The historic event was held at Rocky Valley Christian Camp and Retreat Center on March 21-22. Positions, job descriptions, finances, local and national ministries were the prime topics of the lectures. Delegates were able to discuss, ask questions and share biblical and practical guidelines during the open forums. Physical exercises, mountain climbing, planting a cross at the summit and morning devotion near the clouds were life-transforming experiences to add on to the exciting seminar. A follow-up Church Growth Seminar will be held on May 1 in Kempton Park.
We praise God for the completion of the first Bible School building!! What a blessing it is for the Kenya Grace Bible Church ministry. I wish to convey deep appreciation and thanks first to the almighty God and to all His faithful servants who liberally gave donations toward this project through TCM. Special thanks to the TCM Executive Dir Ben Anderson for his tireless effort toward this valuable project. This first Bible School building provides an opportunity to start an advanced Bible School training, “Kenya Grace School of Ministry” which started in Feb. 2014 with training in advanced Bible Theology, Ministry and Leadership to church leaders and ministers. We have reserved one room for the Grace Bible Church national office. We are however requesting prayers and trusting God to provide for some few more facilities that we need to be able to accommodate the students during class modules for the advance training. -Director Titus Kivilu
“These young workers underwent four years of training for the ministry. The new graduates will join 600 pastors and Bible women who are already serving the Lord under various departments of the Mission. About 85 percent of TCM workers are involved in ministry activities in the field, while about 15 percent are involved in ministry activities through the various Mission departments: Field, Finance, IGBI (Bible schools), Radio, Youth, Missions, Literature, and Children.” -Field Director Jun Pielago, Philippines
The Indian Ocean coast of Kenya is 50% Muslim. For many decades the area has been peaceful. Recently, that has begun to change. Pastor Peter Kagwi, who plants Grace churches at the coast, reports, "Brethren, continue to pray for Mombasa and Christianity in general. The Devil is against the gospel being preached. Yesterday a church was attacked by terrorists who were armed with guns. They started shooting and six people are said to have been killed. One of them was the assistant pastor who was leading the worship service. About 15 people were seriously injured. Pray that God will bring peace and harmony within the region."
The one-week intensive training at Tana Delta-North Coast of Kenya kicked off with seven students plus one diploma graduate who actively taught. A special blessing was Yussuf, formerly Muslim and 'by religion only' a Christian who joyfully shouted out after studies: "This is the day of my salvation!" Yussuf plays guitar and sings with his wife and also drew dispensational charts for classwork. Peter is thankful for the camping tent provided for his use during study and rest times. Next intensive training is planned for 9th-15th June.
Missionary Luz Gaddi commends the Nakuru Church in Kenya for recently holding discussions about how members can discover their talents and then deploy them in ministry. Luz continues traveling extensively, bouncing over the potholes in the roads, to teach the importance of the Christian Home in 1-3 day seminars at Kisumu, Nakuru, and Dandora, Nairobi. Pastor Stanley expressed his joy to meet a missionary focusing on helping Kenyan leaders to see the benefits of reaching out to their children and youth through lessons from Scripture along with question & answer times. More . . .
Tim & Judy Heath are ministering with Chinese people in Southeast Asia. A missionary must learn the culture of the people, and they were invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Tim explains this custom, “Chinese New Year (CNY) is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. Celebrations run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. CNY is a major holiday for the Chinese, celebrated with firecrackers and . . . More . . .
Is it Africa time? Ben & Joyce Anderson will be hosting the Africa Safari 2014 short mission trip to Kenya in East Africa. Our hosts in the country will be missionaries Gardner & Ledith Improso and Kenya Director Titus Kivilu. Our journey will take us to churches in the highlands of central Kenya, including Thika where our headquarters and Bible school are located. Temperatures are cool, the people are friendly and the Lord is blessing the ministry. The planned dates are July 23 through August 7. Karibu! More . . .
TCM congratulates Pastor Dwight Anderson on taking the directorship of Prison Mission Association (PMA). TCM and PMA have been cooperating in ministry for several decades. Our first contact in Kenya was an evangelist who was taking PMA Bible courses. Vernon & Darlene Anderson assisted PMA in setting up a Bible school and church planting program in Cameroon. The past two directors of PMA were former TCM missionaries: Don Sommer and Joe Campos. Dwight is well-qualified for his new role and we look forward to more partnership in taking the gospel of grace to the regions beyond. Dwight’s bio . . .
Tim Heath and Genesis Maraat are in Yangon, Myanmar for a week of teaching the leaders of the Grace Gospel Churches of Myanmar. Pastor Kenneth writes, “God is so good! 30 trainees join with us every day. We will have Church Dedication on Friday evening and the Lord's Supper on Sunday morning (2nd March). We are really excited to hear the real doctrine of our Grace Church.” Genesis reports, “Tim arrived on Saturday and immediately started teaching. He taught the whole day Monday. Today I taught the whole morning and part of the afternoon. We are excited for what God is doing here in Myanmar. We do really appreciate your prayers for the new TCM work in Myanmar. To the praise of the glory of His grace!” Nathan Killion and Ben Anderson taught the last seminar in October 2013.
Team Cambodia knows that the lives of the Cambodians are worthy of eternal life and they are actively being a light in two of the largest cities in this Buddhist country, the capital of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Please continue to pray for Pastor Ariel and Faith Mahilum and Myra Omictin in their plan to plant churches as they develop relationships, lead Bible studies and look for opportunities to share Jesus Christ. Read their current newsletters and make a commitment to pray for them.
On February 9th, the first Grace Church in Thailand held its first worship service. Genesis & Verna Maraat started praying for this church 12 years ago while serving in Kenya. In 2008 the Maraats and Killions moved to Chiang Mai and began learning the language and sharing the love of Christ. Genesis reports, “Thank you all for praying. It was indeed a historic beginning. Two years ago on the second week of February we started our house fellowship once a month. Last year we started meeting twice a month. Last Sunday was also the second Sunday of February and we started our Sunday worship. May Grace Church (คริสตจักร พระคุณ) - Sansai, Chiang Mai, Thailand continue to grow until the Rapture!”
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be the venue for the 2nd Southeast Asia Grace Conference to be held on May 22-26. Visitors are expected from at least a dozen countries in Southeast Asia and beyond. TCM has the stated goal of establishing a grace church in every country of SEA. Activities will include challenges from the Word, planning seminars, strategy discussions, fellowship and sight-seeing. Main speakers will be Nathan Killion (pioneering missionary to Thailand), Ariel Mahilum (leader of Team Cambodia), James Bermejo (church planter and pastor in Manila, Philippines) and Ben Anderson (director of TCM). All TCM missionaries from SEA will be present. Why not join us and make some new friends while learning about what God is doing in SEA? More . . .
Dean and Sheba have announced planting season in the South African field and everyone knows that means lots of work and long hours. Seven new churches have been targeted and the leaders will be commissioned on March 2. Please pray for this work that there will be a great harvest of people reached with the gospel, lives transformed and growing in love and good works, and that these churches will multiply across this vast African country. To read more about this church planting ministry, check out their latest prayer letter of January 2014.
People are signing up for a historic journey to the Philippines to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Described as the most powerful storm ever recorded, Haiyan destroyed or damaged 21 of TCM's grace churches. We have already sent $20,000 for emergency relief and rebuilding efforts. Now you have a chance to get involved in person. The EXITE trip is a joint ministry between TCM, Grace Ministries International, Grace Gospel Fellowship and Grace Bible College. Designed primarily for high school through college students, EXITE will not only relieve the suffering of our Filipino brothers and sisters, but will allow God to speak to you through a new people and experience. More . . .
Pastor Peter Kagwi heads up the Coast Grace Team headquartered in Mombasa, Kenya. He writes, “Our Bible School opened on 16th Jan. 2014. The training is in progress. The first week of February we shall have one week of intensive training for the newly founded Bible Training Centre at Tana River Delta. It is our prayer that this training will spread the gospel of the grace of God along the 333-mile Kenya coast.” Pastor Peter reports that 50 students have already been trained at least one year in the Berean Grace School of Ministries. More . . .
TCM missionary kids in Thailand attend Grace International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their recruiting coordinator writes, "I want you to know of the different staff openings that we have for our 2014-15 school year. It is amazing to see all of the different people that God sends to us each year. Right now we have many Thai and foreign staff working at our school who are talented and Christlike. I am very confident in God that this will continue in the years ahead. Here are some of our staff needs for next year. Taking 2-3 minutes right now to look at the whole list and pray for us would be such a huge help. And it would quiet your soul. :)" More...
The Philippine Grace churches hold an annual conference each year in a different location. On April 15-18, 2014 the conference will be held in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol. Field Director Jun Pielago sends a welcome, “Enjoy in Tagbilaran City the company of Grace Believers from the 23 TCM Ministry Districts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for three full days of sharing ministry experiences, knowing what God is doing in the various phases of the ministry in the Philippines, learning together of new ideas to expand the ministry, encouraging one another, igniting vision, and renewing of commitment to common ministry goals. Conference Registration Fee is P1,500.”
We are happy to welcome Joe & Michelle Campos and family back to active missionary status as of January 1, 2014. The Camposes have been on leave for two and a half years in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe has been serving as the Director of Prison Mission Association and Michelle has continued to be a leader of “Project Abba” in Recife. The Campos family will use 2014 for deputation with the plan of moving to Recife by the end of this year. In Brazil the Camposes will be working with the training of pastors/church planters, church planting and with "Project ABBA," the ministry they founded to serve underprivileged children. Their request, “We appreciate your prayers in our behalf and we hope to see some of you as we travel the country :)” More . . .
A heartfelt Happy New Year to all of our TCM friends. Apostle Paul wrote, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Our salvation is secure through our faith in Christ, yet we are still waiting for that great day when our redemption will be complete. Thank you for all that you do to proclaim the wonderful gospel of God’s grace to our generation. The world needs the Savior Jesus Christ now more than ever. Let us give of ourselves to make 2014 “the day of salvation” for those who have no hope.