Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture Church planter training: two different groups trained for 4 and 3 days respectively. It was a time of great learning, fellowship and encouragement. Attrition rates have been higher than anticipated and we are working with the leadership to figure out the cause and how to deal with that. The church […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia

Our friend in this area Last Thursday night we had an electrical fire in our house. It started from some wires in our bathroom late at night, at a time we normally might have been asleep in our rooms. Instead, my roommates and I were in the living room, as it was my roommate’s last […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Our graded Children’s Choir program came to an end on May 20 with outstanding performances by both choirs! God’s Kids (1-3 graders, directed by Wendy Huang) performed a toe-tapping musical presentation about the faith journeys of three Old Testament characters: Joshua, Ezekiel, and Noah. We got a little taste of worship in Heaven when they […]

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Missions Moment – USC, California

Rachel Wells, Cru You wouldn’t believe all the places around the world that we sent USC students this Spring Break! We had students in Guam launching spiritual movements using the Jesus Film. We had students in Greece working with GAiN (Global Aid Network) to serve refugee families at an island refugee camp. And we also […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank for your prayers and financial support this past month. Over here we continue to enjoy our spring weather with temperatures above 95 each day in March and with a desert like humidity level of only 15 or 16%. One web site had a comment today that we would have […]

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Missions Moment – Washington State & Mexico

Matt & Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors This year 28 of us worked on this “double-wide” (22′ x 22′) house for the Vasquez family, who lost their home in a fire on Christmas eve.  It was a special blessing to have the mother and grandmother pray to receive Christ during the course of construction! This was […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest US & Asia

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action

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Missions Moment – Southeast Asia

Marty and Denise Shaw, WorldVenture I am writing this to you from somewhere above 20,000 feet and flying along at 450 mph as Denise and I are on our way to a full two weeks in SE Asia. All told we will have 11 flights over these two weeks. We are trusting that this will […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministry Houlette Happenings at a Glance The reflective listening seminar and staff debriefing with the Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center was well received.  The meetings were in Mashiki Machi, Kyushu, on March 6-10. I also met with three local pastors. (Picture on lower left corner). The Self-Care, Spiritual Formation and Leadership class at the Sendai […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

The countdown has finally begun for the Kids Choirs’ Spring Celebration on Sun., May 20, at 4:00 and 6:30PM. God’s Kids (1st through 3rd graders) and Kids of the Kingdom (3rd through 8th graders) will present their musicals at both performances. The KOK musical, Treasure Island, is about a reformed pirate who has become a […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Last month I talked about how “HOT” it gets here in Guinea!  April is another  “HOT” month that rivals March but there are those occasional days when the winds pick up and after that comes some rain.  The big daily rains won’t come until June or July… but there is promise of […]

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Missions Moment – Africa & USA

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal

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Missions Moment – Arizona

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action

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Missions Moment – Worldwide

Marty & Denise Shaw, WorldVenture 2017 has started out to be busy for us. I started writing this to you from 30,000+ feet on an 11-hour flight back from a strategy meeting for WorldVenture focusing on the Mediterranean region, an area with so many who have not heard the Gospel and is wracked by war […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, WorldVenture Thank you for your prayers and financial support this past month. I’m getting more busy as 2 student are completing their Thesis, and 4 more are trying to finish by May 8. I’ve recently documented the steps a student must follow in order to complete their thesis on time. This was to […]

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Missions Moment – Southern California

Rachel Wells, Cru I’m really excited to share with you about the Meals 4 Refugees event that happened at the beginning of this month! Our Cru movement had been praying and preparing for this meal packing event for a long time, and God did some amazing things through it! We rubbed shoulders with students from […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John & Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministry HH at a Glance Kazumichi kun was baptized on February 19th at Hokushin Calvary Church!  He gave a powerful testimony which was a great encouragement to his parents and the church. Nearly 40 individuals from across Japan attended the Third Disaster Response Chaplaincy Training Course in Ichikawa city, near Tokyo. Topics dealt […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Our graded Children’s Choirs are not only learning to sing their songs but are learning the importance of making Jesus the Lord of their lives. Alba and Dave Kellejian shared the Gospel Story in our choirs on March 30. Several children from both choirs went forward to ask Jesus into their hearts! Praise God! We […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture Since returning to Ukraine a month ago, we have been busy with a four-day church planter training conference, a church planter and evangelist strategy conference and planning for a host of other activities in support of church planting.   At the church planter training, this man, Yura, requested prayer for […]

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Missions Moment – France

Craig & Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture The Big Move After 35 years of ministry in France making followers of Jesus Christ who will make other disciples, developing autonomous evangelical church families and training musicians to serve in the greater Paris area, it is time to move on to other endeavors. The word most commonly used for this […]

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Missions Moment – Southern California

John & Sherry Broesamle – Cru THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for praying for our Winter Conference!!  1,000 college students from more than 70 campuses attended with  23 people indicating decisions to place their faith in Christ through the conference and outreach. Here is a sampling of student responses to the conference: “I learned […]

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Missions Moment – Pennsylvania & Central America

Paul and Janie Hutton, Missions Door An update from around Christmas – included now because we love Paul and Janie and they are long time missions appointments supported by Bridges Church. Now retired, they are still in ministry.

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Missions Moment – Ellensburg, WA

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors Some Thoughts I’d Like to Share What about my needs? (part 5) Susi and I spent a lot of time in the early years discussing the difference between needs & wants. I used to think that air conditioning was more of a luxury in a car. That has changed […]

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Missions Moment – Southern California

Rachel Wells, Cru, USC It’s been a PACKED month here at USC, between our regional Winter Conference and an upcoming campus-wide outreach we are preparing for. Much of this month has been centered around the idea of compassion and thinking through the implications of our calling as believers to show Jesus’s love to the world. […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

If you come on campus on a Sunday night, you will hear voices lifted up in song coming from two different parts of the campus as the graded choirs rehearse. They are learning to praise God as they sing. It is a beautiful sound. Many parents enjoy the Parent Café while they wait for their […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture I am delighted to announce that God has OPENED the door to my heart and my home!  What do I mean? Four Jesus following female University students moved into my courtyard this week. My large home has felt rather empty since my  long-term housemate Sue moved stateside in November. I have been […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministry Relax Camp at C-On Kinshuko was restful and delightful. There were close to 40 individuals in attendance. We ate traditional Japanese New Year’s food including ramen noodles in a snow igloo (kamakura).  We did snow shoeing and tubing.  Attendees appreciated times of reflection on the blessings of God through […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Kids’ Choir registration got off to a great start with 150 kids joining our graded choir program. The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat., May 20. This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “Treasure Island.” The musical is about a retired pirate […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal Amazing gifts from God in 2016! He gave us life – both physical and spiritual! He generously poured out His steadfast love, grace, faithfulness and mercy, and has rained His good on us. He opened His Word to us and fed us; He gave us opportunities and joy in opening […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture We don’t usually get phone calls at one o’clock in the morning, but someone was persistent.  Beth’s dad had been taken to the hospital and it wasn’t looking promising. We grabbed the computer and called her mother who had just been told the doctors had done all they could. Her […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Alan, WorldVenture See changes in Guinea during the decade I have been here. – New roads started being paved around town in 2010. Previous road work was in 1968. – A power grid was installed in 2012. If you are ‘lucky’ it comes to your neighborhood every other night between 7PM and Midnight. The […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministry Ms. Kikuta was baptized on 11/6 at Hokushin Calvary Church, Fukushima city pictured below. (You can see her in the second picture on the left wearing glasses). John facilitated a retreat for the staff of the Kyushu Christian Disaster Relief Center (Kyukisai) 11/13-15 in Fukuoka, Kyushu. Sendai Baptist Seminary classes continue […]

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Missions Moment – Navajo Nation

Aaron and Nancy Palmatier, Missions Door This year I have enjoyed a lot of time on the Navajo Reservation and shared many meals with the families there. I have appreciated the opportunity to learn from them and their culture. One thing that always stands out is their emphasis on community. The needs of the extended […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators May our Lord and Savior bless you as you spend this Christmas season with family and friends, remembering this one thing, that by God’s grace we will live with Him forever in a perfect place where there is calm and peace, and no sorrow. A wedding dinner display in a […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

It’s time to register for Kids’ Choirs! Registration for returning students and BCC attenders is Sun., Jan. 22, 8:30-11:15AM in the Gym. Registration for new students is Sun., Jan. 29, 8:30-10:15AM, also in the Gym. God’s Kids (for first through third graders) is directed by Wendy Huang. She provides some choral training and fun times with opportunities […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture

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Missions Moment – Italy

Douglas Valenzuela, WorldVenture This past Thursday, in the Basilica of S. Antonio of Afragola, the largest basilica in our area, as you can see….there I am , doing what for centuries has never been done….AN EVANGELICAL PASTOR speaking ONLY FROM THE BIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing opportunity to stand before a large audience and right next […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Every Sunday 150 kids have been meeting on campus to prepare for the children’s Christmas performances presented on Sat., Dec. 3. Under the direction of Wendy Huang, God’s Kids (first through third graders), were outstanding as they shared about the birth of Christ through song, narrations, and solos. Kids of the Kingdom (third through eighth graders), […]

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Missions Moment – Worldwide

Marty and Denise Shaw, WorldVenture Our fall has been busy with travel every other week. We leave tomorrow morning early for Asia so would appreciate your prayers for us. The world is now urbanized. That means that well over half of the world’s population lives in an urban area and this number is expected to […]

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Missions Moment – France

Craig and Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture The “T” Word is for thanksgiving. It is certainly a good idea to have one day a year when Americans reflect upon God’s blessings. However, Psalm 136 encourages us to express our thankfulness to God on a more regular basis because of his unfailing love toward us. His love endures forever and […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for you prayers and financial support. A special thank you for a gift from an anonymous person that was designated for paying off some debts. Thing have been fairly quiet around the Linguistic Department. But a student put a plastic sheet into the student laser printer which immediately […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture Last week, Beth and I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat, the two towns closest to the infamous nuclear facilities. In a future update, we hope to provide you with pictures and a more glowing report of our trip. Chernobyl, just nine miles away from the disaster that […]

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Missions Moment – Africa

Steve and Carol Lyons, Reach Global Now in United States

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Kids’ Choir Update – November 2016

The countdown has finally begun for the Kids’ Choirs’ Christmas Celebration on Sat. Dec. 3, at 4:00 and 6:30PM. God’s Kids (1st through 3rd graders) will open each service with a selection of songs and narrations, and Kids of the Kingdom (3rd through 8th graders) will close the service with their musical, Candy Cane Lane. […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken Taylor, WorldVenture Thriving, Growing, and Starting… My ministry involvement can be broken down in 3 categories: Thriving: Hallelujah Gospel Family is in its Fall season. Now on its 16th year, there are 60 churches with 75 choirs and over 1,500 Japanese choir members all over Japan learning about and praising Jesus. Growing: As the Field Leader of our […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Stream Ministry Ministry at a Glance Refresh Retreat, Iwate,  10/21-22 Chaplain’s Cafe, Tokyo, 11/10 Kyushu Christian Disaster Relief Center Staff Retreat, Fukuoka, 11/13-15 Relief Ministry and Pastoral Retreat, South Asia, 1/24-2/2/2017 Sendai Baptist Seminary (SBS) classes, Sendai and Fukushima, 11/6-7 Ms. K’s Baptism at Hokushin Calvary Church, on 11/6! California driver’s license renewed for […]

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Missions Moment – South America

Marty and Denise Shaw, WorldVenture Denise and I enjoyed the privilege of celebrating 70 years of WorldVenture ministry with Brazilians in north Brazil in August. Seventy years is a lot of history and a lot of stories. Unlike the first missionaries back in the 1940s we flew into the city, whereas they arrived by boat. […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministry The Pastoral Leader Retreat in South Asia on 11/14-22 is coming together!  We have 20 local pastors coming. Pray that we would serve these pastors with integrity and in culturally appropriate ways. We added another seminary class in Fukushima last week. I started teaching this section at Hokushin Calvary Church with 12 students! It […]

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Missions Moment – Washington & Panama

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors Panama Chronicles Part Two What an amazing trip – what a diverse range of experiences!  The best way to attempt to describe it is summed up in the word: “EXTREMES!” – The Bus: Extreme Ride – The Hotel Soloy: Extreme Comfort – The Icebox: Extreme cold – The River […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, Reach Global SO, let us explain “Safari”! It’s a Swahili word, and it doesn’t mean “out looking at wild animals”! Instead, it just means “a trip”. And we are about to embark on a big one! On the 10th of this month we’ll fly from Miami to Seattle to start visiting […]

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Kids’ Choirs Update – October 2016

If you come on campus on a Sunday night, you will hear voices lifted up in song coming from two different parts of the campus as the graded choirs rehearse. They are learning to praise God as they sing. It is a beautiful sound. The Kids of the Kingdom just had their auditions and will […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your faithful work of supporting what I do here. It’s been more than busy at Payap this past month. Student computers with a failed battery, a defective keyboard, USB ports that don’t work in Windows 10, unable to log onto the Internet; many little things. Some students […]

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Missions Moment – USA

Leadership reports below, Child Evangelism Fellowship   Ministry update: Praise the Lord for volunteers who are ready for Good News Club in September! God has done miraculous things for us this year and almost all teams are fully staffed and sponsored by a supporting church! God is so good! Please pray for unity and wisdom […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paolo and Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries Helping one Another Dear friends- I hope this letter find you doing well  . We are very blessed to have you supporting us in many different ways we want to share what is going on with some families that went trough some disaster recently , and we are able […]

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Missions Moment – Global

Marty and Denise Shaw, WorldVenture Denise and I left for Brazil. We have been in South America for two weeks. As our focus is now global we are finding our travels and ministries take beyond Asia. What a privilege it is to see God’s hand at work around the world and to explore new opportunities. […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest USA, Mexico

Aaron and Nancy Palmatier, Missions Door “The Lord came to me in prison. I was sentenced to 15 years and I knew I would be there the whole time. God sent his messenger to me in prison. I just was released last week after serving my 15 years and today I am graduating with my seminary […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Our Kids’ Choirs got off to a great start with 150 kids joining our graded choir program. The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat., December 3. This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “Candy Cane Lane,” an all-time favorite by young and […]

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Missions Moment – New Ministry Effort

Michael and Lesly Najjar, Pioneers We are enjoying Jeremy being out of school for a while.  Our lives have gotten a bit more complicated as Mike broke his wrist a week ago and he is also starting a couple online seminary courses this week. We just wanted to check to see if you had received […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support this past month. As of the end of July, the 5 Payap students had finished their Thesis checking and submission process and submitted all of the necessary paperwork to Payap so they could graduate. By now they have each returned to […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania & USA

Steve and Carol Lyons, Evangelical Free Church

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Missions Moment – Washington, Panama

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors   “How was your trip?” My mind raced as the images & memories spun out of control . . . How can I explain?  What can I say to make them understand? “Uh fine?  No, it was great!  Ummm, awesome?  Tremendous?” “No really.  How was your trip?  Tell me […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, Reach Global Windows on Our Lives As you will read in the attached letter, we are in the middle of packing up for our coming home assignment. Good-byes are an important part of African culture, so along with packing, guests frequently stop by for a short – or long – chat! […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministries Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for us this past month! It was a blessing to preach at Yuzawa Bible Baptist Church in Akita Prefecture 6/26. It is a warm fellowship of sincere believers.  The afternoon session on spiritual rhythms and active listening with six Akita churches went well as […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture For one who works with students, summers bring a change. Usually I am headed stateside for annual dentist and doctor visits, connecting with family and friends plus some FUN!   Having just gotten back to Guinea in early February after the Ebola crisis I won’t be coming stateside this summer. Where will I […]

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Missions Moment – France

Craig & Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture The end of June, WorldVenture sent a summer video production team to France to assist us in producing a short video clip to help us explain our ministry to those who partner with us in reaching people for Christ and developing his church. If you click on the following link, you […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken Taylor, World Venture It was a challenging (HS) senior year for Victoria experiencing Bola’s cancer journey and then missing her Mama.  But when Victoria received her diploma she walked across the stage with her hands pointing up and screaming, “This is for you, Mommy.”   Remain Faithful in the Little Things… Bola would always remind our children to […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your prayers and financial support this past month. We’re now in our summer session here at Payap with introductory classes in Phonetics and Phonology starting two weeks ago and Grammar starting in July. And we also have a Literacy class which started last week. Added to that […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Erico Houlette, Three Streams Ministry Houlette Happenings at a Glance – Pastoral Leader Retreat in Miyagi/Sendai canceled due to limited attendance; Fukushima (7/10-12) and Iwate (10/23-25) are forthcoming. – I will travel to Kumamoto, Kyushu 5/29-6/1 with representatives of Crash Japan and the Salvation Army, to assess the needs for emotional care in the […]

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Missions Moment – World

Mike and Lesly Najjar, Pioneers Mission Accomplished… Another One Coming After 15 years leading teams in Central America and beyond, we have passed on what we have learned and achieved to the local ministries and others in the US.  But God still has a lot for us to do.  It is with a great sense […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea, West Africa

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture BEACHHEAD This was the laying of the first brick of our ministry building here in Kankan, Guinea. Local pastors, missionaries and workmen coming together to ask for God’s blessing and hand of protection on this BEACON OF LIGHT in our neighborhood. More funding is needed!   COOL KIDS Health and Moral Class Presentations My two […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, World Venture It’s Sunday morning here and before going to church, I wanted to give you a brief update. After our last letter, many friends wrote to ask how the conference went. “Were you able to go (meaning attend)?” “How was your seminar?” “Did the stomach flu prevent much ministry?” and […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Our friends from Diaspora Ministry, WorldVenture Remember when… One of our first graduations from the Seminary in São Luis, c. 1992. Twenty-three, maybe 24 years ago! Back in the days of a full head of hair–& talk about skinny! What a metabolism, aided by amoebic dysentery… Actually, I don’t miss that part a bit. And Lord willing […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paulo and Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries Dear Friends, I hope this letter finds you well. My family and I are doing well, and I am recovering from hérnia surgery. When I went to the doctor two days ago and he said that that the surgery went well, however, the hernia itself was bigger than he […]

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Kids’ Choir Update – May/June 2016

Our graded Children’s Choir program came to an end on May 14 with outstanding performances by both choirs! God’s Kids (first through third graders, directed by Wendy Huang) performed a toe-tapping musical presentation about Jonah. Cuteness reigned as they donned hats and sunglasses for their rap song. Kids of the Kingdom (grades third through eighth, […]

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Missions Moment – Ecuador

Kevin and Marcie Carlson, Avant Ministries You may have heard the news about the devastating earthquake in Ecuador.  The 7.8 quake hit Saturday evening, April 16.  The epicenter was located along the northern pacific coast, near the town of Pedernales.  At least 659 people were killed in the quake, and many more were injured.  The cities of […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your financial gifts and prayer support during April. Our Mainland South East Asia group had it’s yearly conference. Several computer guys from the Linguistic Institute (SIL programmers) helped out with technical things and we all kept busy. I set up the rotation schedule to have two different […]

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Missions Moment – Around the World

Mike and Leslie Najjar, Beyond Partnership A Trip for the Najjars Around the World. Thanks for your prayers for our trip around the world (San Francisco to Seoul to Singapore to Kathmandu to Muscat to Amman to Istanbul to San Francisco) including pioneering a Gospel Trek in the mountains of Nepal and helping refugees in Jordan. Be in prayer for […]

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Missions Moment – Honduras

Paul and Janie Hutton, Missions Door Leaving winter behind in Pennsylvania, our team arrived in La Esperanza, Honduras on March 1st. Our project site in the nearby Lenca Indian village of Las Mesas sits at an elevation of 5,700 feet. The sky was clear-blue with the temperature in the mid-seventies. It was most inviting. Our […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yogis, WorldVenture During the last month, you might say the ministry kicked into overdrive. While Beth took a flight to visit her maturing parents in Tennessee, Eric hit the road with his Ukrainian colleagues as they held five pastoral conferences, meetings with four church planting teams, and numerous speaking/singing engagements in churches […]

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Missions Moment – Southern California

Rachel Wells, Cru This month I’m sharing with you about the trip I took with our USC Cru staff team to the Middle East three weeks ago. Our movement here at USC has a partnership location in the Middle East, which is where we visited. We are committed to praying for the campus ministry and […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal What’sUp? “What’sUp” is our take-off on a telephone app (WhatsApp) that is revolutionizing our discipleship course! (More about that below!) But first, we want to ask “What’s up?” i.e., “How are you?” We continue to thank the Lord for you and pray that “you may enjoy good health and that […]

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April 2016 Kids’ Choir Update

Our graded children’s choirs are not only learning to sing their songs but are learning the importance of making Jesus the Lord of their lives. They will perform Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 and 6:30. Tickets went on sale for $2.00 on April 24. Use our flyers to invite friends and family. It is a great way […]

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We Are Counting the Days Until May 1

After 21 months of waiting, praying, planning, remodeling, giving, and setting up the gym for worship – we are more than ready to move back into our Worship Center. May 1, the date we make the move back, is almost here. And we are thrilled. Soon we will all see and celebrate God’s momentous work […]

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Missions Moment – Honduras

Paul and Janie Hutton, Missions Door Garden Spot Village Short-Term Missions Team with Missions Door To the Lenca Indian ministry in western Honduras March 1 -11, 2016 Prayer Requests Praise the Lord for the nine people going to Honduras to help the Lenca Indians with their church construction project, a children’s program and a seminar for […]

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Missions Moment – Naples, Italy

Douglas and Dee Valenzuela Buon giorno to you all from soggy Napoli So here we are in leap year, not only do I have to really get Dee a present since I’ve saved up for the past 3 years, but we’d love to leap forward and get the final payments out of the way so […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken Taylor, WorldVenture little PRAYER WARRIORS… I was asked to quietly sneak into the kindergarten class in Christian Academy of Japan 2 weeks ago. The children did not know I was there. Then it was time to pray. I could not believe what my ears were hearing. Without any prompting and not knowing I was […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Three Stream Ministries Blessed Second Disaster Response Chaplaincy Conference February 1-3, with 50 in attendance. Plans coming together for  Pastoral Leader Retreats in Miyagi/Sendai (5/22-24); Fukushima (7/10-12) and Iwate (10/23-25). Please pray for attendees and a location for the Fukushima retreat. Eriko continues to conduct interviews in the disaster area.  Her presentation […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea, West Africa

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Interview: How Health Education is Spreading the Gospel in Guinea by WorldVenture in Features WorldVenture missionary Brenda Allen shares how her health and education backgrounds are making a real difference among the youth in Guinea. Q: Tell me about the students in Guinea. What are they like and what’s it like ministering […]

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March 2016 Kids’ Choirs Update

If you come on campus on a Sunday night, you will hear voices lifted up in song coming from two different parts of the campus as the graded choirs rehearse. They are learning to praise God as they sing. It is a beautiful sound. Man, parents enjoy the Parent Café while they wait for their […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest U.S.

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action Are we safe? And should we even pursue that? The other day my 7 year old prayer warrior, Hannah. and I were talking about how her love for people sometimes shows up in her praying that they will be “safe”. A blog I recently read by Rachel Jones […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture On the 29th and 30th of January, a new church planting training program is starting in a suburb of Kyiv. The program is led by a young pastor named Rustam. Please pray for Rustam and all those of us who will be leading and helping with the training as there […]

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Missions Moment – Oregon

Matt & Susi Lundquist, Campus Crusade Another student introduced me to Courtney one afternoon in the Student Union.  She was cheerful and friendly and seemed interested in our campus ministry.  As she began to attend our meetings, I took the opportunity to get to know her and hear her story.  What unfolded was a painful […]

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Missions Moment – North Africa

Our friends in North Africa Wouldn’t you like to be a Stephanas? (as per I Cor. 16:15-18) My attention was recently directed to reflect on Stephanas.  He isn’t noted as one who won many to the Lord or one who started many home fellowships or one who trained leaders, though obviously such things are critical to the […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia

Our friends in Southwest Asia “I used to try to be honest and always do the right thing and still things didn’t turn out well for me. Cindy now I understand what you meant about Jesus forgiving all my sins.”  As I listened to parts of “M”s testimony I marveled at how God had drawn […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your faithful giving and your wonderful prayers; may the Lord bless you all. I landed back in Chiang Mai at midnight Friday, and I’m now spending Saturday unpacking and washing cloths. School starts on Monday at Payap. The high today was 82°, so I’m beginning to thaw […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal What a wonderful reminder this season of the year is to us, of God’s grace to us in Jesus! He continues to show His grace to us in life and ministry – you being part of that! Thank you, faithful friends, for standing with us in every way this past […]

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Missions Moment – Nepal, Lebanon, Central America

Mike and Lesly Najjar, Beyond Partnership This year God has given me the opportunity to see what He is doing in many ‘new’ places. For someone who enjoys travel and adventure, it has been a year to remember. Even more profound, however, is the blessing the Lord has given me to see what He is […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia

Our friends in SouthWest Asia, WorldVenture   Christmas Outreach Update Thanks for Praying! We had a total of 126 attend our joint Harmony outreach last Sunday. We had 40 attend from our house church and the people we invited. That’s the most we’ve ever had attend from our group! There was some good discussion at […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – TANZANIA

Steve and Carol Lyons, Evangelical Free Church This is Steve this time taking up the pen, so to speak. Carol is writing things that Steve cannot. But I can certainly write to you, our army of prayer warriors, about our prayer needs. So here you are: We have just finished the first term  of the […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – GUINEA, WEST AFRICA

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Praises: I am thankful for no new Ebola cases in Guinea in recent weeks. Pray for a declaration soon of Guinea as “Ebola Free.” The Presidential elections are over and calm is prevailing. Prayer: Our new ministry center, “BeachHead” in Kankan, Guinea is now under construction. That is exciting for our Kankan […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – CENTRAL AMERICA

Paul and Janie Hutton, Missions Door Christmas finds us in Phoenix with McCombs, enjoying each other, as well as delightful programs and activities that remind us of God’s greatest gift to us – Jesus. At the end of February, Paul will lead a group from Garden Spot Village, PA to Intibucá, Honduras to work with […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – SOUTHWEST ASIA

Our friends in Southwest Asia, WorldVenture She was 85 when she died. We joined her extended family and other believers who’d gathered for the funeral to share memories and grieve together. C____ played the piano along with a guitarist, violinist and a cellist which despite the lack of practice somehow produced a heavenly melody, reminding […]

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KIDS CHOIR BLOG

Every Sunday 107 kids have been meeting on campus to prepare for the Children’s Christmas Celebration presented on Sat. Dec. 5. Under the direction of Wendy Huang, the God’s Kids, involving first through third graders, were outstanding as they shared a humorous rendition of “Hearse and Rehearse” and then focused our thoughts on the real […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – JAPAN

MISSIONS MOMENT – JAPAN Ken Taylor, WorldVenture Bola’s Memorial Celebration Concert.. Bola’s desire was to have her funeral be simple and without fanfare. Instead, she wanted a big graduation to glory party! Bola’s dying wish was to gather as many Japanese to celebrate and share the hope and love of Jesus Christ. On Monday Nov. 16 was Bola’s Memorial Celebration Party. At 5:30pm the […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – FRANCE

Crain and Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture The new Torcy church, the church in Bussy and invited guests will be singing the good news of Jesus-Christ to 1000 people as part of an inter-religious concert on Saturday, November 21st in the town of Bussy. A Gospel Choir in France? Why? In Matthew 5.13-16, Jesus told his followers […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – CENTRAL AMERICA

Michael Najjar, Beyond Partnership Seeing Revival Happen I am about 3/4 of the way through a month long journey away from home, and I have been blessed by God to be in places where there is amazing revival going on. In Nepal I met many who are being persecuted for their faith.  One young man, […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal, Training Teachers to be Church Planters   Thank you to all who responded to our last letter’s news of Steve’s birthday. For days you kept him reading your birthday greetings and memories about past days together! Altogether, it was a fitting 70th year celebration. To the right, our table at the birthday party – […]

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Homeless Outreach Update

Yesterday’s homeless outreach went well. One of the ladies asked for the brown Bible that was in the bags and we gave it. It must have been Alice’s Bible. It is so good to see people asking for Bibles and not just the things. Only a handful of clothes are left behind, which we’ll drop […]

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Kids’ Choirs Update – NOVEMBER 2015

The countdown has finally begun for the Kids Choirs’ Christmas Celebration on Sat. Dec. 5, 4:00 and 6:30. The God’s Kids (1st through 3rd graders) will open each service with a selection of songs and narrations and the Kids of the Kingdom (3rd through 8th graders) will close the service with their musical, “The Best […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Erico Houlette, Three Stream Ministries At a glance: Eriko completes both appointments for her legal permanent residency card renewal and re-entry permit on 9/29! Wonderful meetings with supporters and family from Oakland, CA to Vancouver WA and down to Pasadena, CA. Great connections at Shasta Bible College and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Nepal vision trip […]

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Missions Moment – Budapest, Hungary

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action International What a great 16 days it’s been! Thank you for your partnership and for praying our family through this challenging time. I left on September 11 for San Francisco, Seoul & Hong Kong, Connie joined me in Vienna & we finished our time in Budapest tonight. Tomorrow […]

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Missions Moment – Ellensburg, Washington

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Central Washington University, Campus Ambassadors The Liberty Theatre, in downtown Ellensburg, is where our church meets on Sunday, and Campus Ambassadors on Wednesday Nights. This Fall has been an exciting time of new beginnings.  With Susi and I partnering on staff together, we had several meetings with our student leaders to […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor, WorldVenture Back in the hospital… Bola had her 1st post-op chemo treatment as scheduled last Aug 24. After 3 days, abdominal pain started and within a week Bola was rushed and admitted in the hospital for bowel obstruction. For over a week now Bola has been on intravenous only with a no liquid and no food diet. […]

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Missions Moment – Romania

John and Estera Vatran, WorldVenture PRAISE THE LORD!!! Thank you so much for praying. It sure was evident that you prayed. Both parents and children were grateful for this Day Camp. Most of the children that came were from unchurched families. They loved the songs, crafts, bible lessons and games. It was pretty hot around here […]

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Missions Moment – Amazon Area & South America

Aaron and Nancy Palmatier, Missions Door At last, a new Amazon river boat! You may remember that our old wooden boat sank a while back. Thanks to your prayers and special giving we now have a big aluminum boat that will last for many years to come. We will be getting the seats and roof installed […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea, West Africa

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Prayer for believers 2 Tim 4:2 – ”Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Prayer for the seekers […]

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More to Come Announcement

Three months ago Pastor Dave, Nate and I outlined three optional scenarios for our second priority of the renewal of the Worship Center.  Two weeks ago I solicited your input regarding those three scenarios.  Thank you to all who have communicated with the board regarding your desires.  We heard you.  It is the decision of […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, Reach Global An Introductory Swahili Lesson mzee (say m-záy without the ‘y’ sound at the end) plural: wazee: elder; dignified, respected man; parent; old person Kendra, the sole 20-something member of our TIMO team has a way of putting things. A few months ago, after spending a day with her we heard her talking […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your prayers and concerns during these past two months. I’ve now arrived safe and sound in Thailand with my luggage and no travel problems. I was able to get the house in a condition where it can be rented, but it was down to the wire. On […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture The year was 1995. On June 21st we arrived in Ukraine. Three days later we began a new life in Donetsk. The 20th anniversary of these momentous occasions came and went quietly for us in Kiev not long ago. We had hoped to celebrate this achievement the same way we […]

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Kids’ Choirs Update

Kids’ Choir registration got off to a great start with 120 kids joining our graded choir program.  The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat., December 5.  This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “The Best Christmas Present Ever.”  The musical takes a […]

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Still More to Come Update

On Sept. 15, the Elder Board will be meeting to decide on the direction of the Still More To Come Priority 2 Project to renovate our Worship Center. They will be taking into consideration the amount given and pledged, as well as project feedback, and deciding which of the Priority 2 Projects we will move […]

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Did You Know That 10% of Your SMTC Giving Goes Directly to Missions?

Not only are we a church who believes in improving our facilities to evangelize to unbelievers in Los Altos (i.e. SMTC), but our evangelism travels. Over the last six months, we have funded a new church purchase in Naples Italy (naplesalive.com). We also funded a new administrative software program in Colorado for WorldVenture (worldventure.com). This […]

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Missions Moment – Central America

Paul and Janie Hutton, Missions Door Thank you so much for praying. I arrived home from Honduras early Sunday morning after a good trip.  Our president Rick Miller couldn’t have given a more clear explanation of the processes that have taken place to transfer our ministries in Honduras from the US mission to two separate indigenous missions that meet the government’s […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries I hope you are doing well. I am having a great time in the USA. God has been a  blessing – bringing people together to hear about what God has done in my life and my family as well in Restoration Ministries. It has been a blessing to see people from […]

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Still More to Come – See How Far We Have Come!

Two major events came upon Bridges Community Church on July 27, 2014.  First, we celebrated the payoff of the $817,000 debt on the Family Center building.  Second, a pipe broke in our women’s restroom and water flooded our Worship Center.  We have taken this “coincidence” of events as evidence of God’s hand upon our More […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette – Three Streams Ministries Quick Update John graduated from Bethel Seminary on 5/30 with a Doctor of Ministry degree! Thanks for praying. John presented his thesis at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute Resiliency Conference at Wheaton College 6/9. Eriko continues to interview numerous pastors, relief workers and new Christians in the Miyagi Prefecture disaster area. Her […]

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August 2015 Kids’ Choirs Update

It is time to register for Kids’ Choirs! Registration for returning students and BCC attenders is Sun., Aug. 23, 8:30-11:15AM in Room 115 (around back behind the Worship Center). Registration for new students is Sun., Aug. 30, 8:30-10:15AM also in Room 115. God’s Kids for first through third graders is directed by Wendy Huang. She provides […]

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Still More to Come – Imagine

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20-21   Several years ago, I was a part […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor – WorldVenture PRE-Op message from BOLA… (excerpts from Bola’s Facebook) Good morning from Tokyo! This is the day that the Lord has made.   July 7 is upon us. Thank you for sustaining me through these past months through your prayers. In less than 3 hours, the Lord will embark on another step […]

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Still More to Come – Ministry Opportunities With a Flat Floor

The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. ~1 Chronicles 23:28 During our time in the gym, […]

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Missions Moment – Southeast Asia

Marty and Denise Shaw – WorldVenture In two weeks Denise and I will head for southern Africa and work with one of our missionary couples on a unique project they are involved with in a location where there are few if any known believers. People are hearing the Gospel, but only recently. New and creative […]

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The Generational Impact of More to Come

Family Ministry is founded on the conviction that parents are called by God to impress upon the hearts of their kids core truths that relate to God’s character.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 details this plan for spiritual formation in all its simplicity:  Parents teach children how to love God by loving God in front of them.  Nothing […]

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Kids’ Sports Camp Recap

We had a wonderful time last week at our Kids’ Sports Camp (July 13-17).  The camp was led by Uncharted Waters, an equipping ministry that uses sports as an evangelism and discipleship tool around the world.  This is the third year in a row for us to work with Uncharted Waters, and this year we […]

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Still More to Come – I can’t give now, but I plan to give

Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. ~1 Chronicles 29:9             Summer is flying by, and so is our Still More To Come campaign. By now, you are probably aware of our lofty and exciting goal to raise $1.4 million for […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs – Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your generous financial support and extra prayers this past month. One of my supporting churches has provided an unexpected donation that will allow me to pay my large Master Card bill this month. And thank you for your prayers. I’ve been able to keep up my […]

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Still More to Come – Sight Line Study

Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes! ~1 Samuel 12:16 “Will I be able to see the stage while sitting in chairs on a flat floor?” This question has come up several times in our Still More To Come presentations. And the answer, in […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest USA

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action Coming Up… Continuing with the theme of partnering with churches, Dave will head to Amsterdam June 27-July 5 to both observe and facilitate how the AIA Netherlands ministry there is helping build spiritual movements through sports in partnership with the local church. Our desire is to see how […]

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Still More to Come – Timeline

When can we move back in? – A timeline of the Still More To Come Projects I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. ~Psalm 27:13-14 This summer, while we […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your prayer and financial support this past month; it’s been busier than expected. Last month I noted that Leilani was getting married. So I arrived in Charlotte, NC on May 14 and was able to stay in our house near JAARS since the renter had left on […]

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Still More to Come – A Reminder of the Priority 2 Details

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11 While praying for the Still More To Come project this summer, it will help us to remember and focus on our primary questions: How […]

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Missions Moment – Ivory Coast, West Africa

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture JUNE 1990 I arrived at the Baptist Mission Hospital in Ferkessedougou, Cote d’Ivoire.  I wondered during those 6 initial weeks of medical orientation and language learning, if i was ever going to be able to communicate with my co-workers let alone work that Fall as a “nurse practitioner”at International Christian Academy(ICA), a […]

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Want to know more about Still More to Come?

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~Colossians 4:6 So much has happened at Bridges over the past 10 months! It all began with a flood in the Worship Center last summer and our consequential move into the gym, and now over […]

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Missions Moment – Nepal

Mike and Leslie Najjar, Beyond Partnership I have been back from Nepal for a few days now, having had time to collect my thoughts and adjust to the 11:45 time difference. My time there was an emotional tug of war:  seeing the amazing beauty of God’s creation, meeting many wonderful and generous people, hearing encouraging […]

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Missions Moment – Ecuador

Kevin and Marcy Carlson, Avant It’s been a very long time since we last wrote to you. The time has really slipped by, and I can’t believe that we’re already well into April. The Belén church has been doing well this year and continues to grow, thanks to what the Lord is doing.  Several new […]

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Priority 1 – Completed

Ten Months Later: Two major events came upon Bridges Community Church on July 27, 2014 We celebrated the payoff of the $817,000 debt on the Family Center A pipe broke in our women’s restroom and water flooded our Worship Center In the months since that day we’ve prayed, negotiated, planned, given, waited, and remodeled. Now […]

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Summer Kick-Off and Still More to Come Update

If you weren’t with us, you can get the summer calendar flyer here and the Still More to Come brochure here. We do hope you’ll participate in many of our summer activities, and that you’ll be praying over the decision that needs to be made regarding the next step in Still More to Come. As […]

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Missions Moment – Washington State University

Matt and Susie Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors Dear friends, Another Spring Break has come and gone. We are back on Campus doing Book Table, the CAVE and one-on One Discipleship. Susi is meeting with a women’s group as well as spending time with them individually. She has been involved in our Tues. night Leader’s Meeting (C.A.L.M.) […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor, WorldVenture Round 2… Friday afternoon and I am sitting beside Bola watching the chemo drip into her body. This is round 2. It is sometimes hard to see Bola groggy and weak during the treatment.. But the good news is that the 1st series of chemo last month had very positive results. Pray that the treatment will […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

Our graded Children’s Choir program came to an end on May 16 with outstanding performances by both choirs! God’s Kids (grades 1-3), directed by Wendy Huang, performed a toe-tapping musical presentation about Noah. Cuteness reigned as they performed their songs with the help of amazing choreography and kazoos. Kids of the Kingdom (grades 3-8), directed […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, Evangelical Free Church “You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth.” Psalm 65:5 (above) continues to capture our feelings as we see our Sovereign Lord of the Harvest do awesome things! This is Carol again, reporting on the […]

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Missions Moment – Honduras, Haiti, and Nepal

Michael and Lesly Najjar, Beyond Partnership I pray that all is well, and that the Lord’s hope is about you.  I want to share with you a quick update on Haiti, Honduras, and Nepal. Haiti:  As you might remember I was in Haiti a few days ago.  It was my first time to visit that struggling […]

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Missions Moment – Italy

Doug and Dee Valenzuela, WorldVenture It came!!!   April 30th, 2015, and we made the deadline!! We now have the keys to the new building in Melito, and successfully made the down payment which allowed it. Yes, we still have quite a ways to go before we pay for it all, but if you go to […]

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Missions Moment – Singapore

Marty and Denise Shaw, WorldVenture We want to give you a short update and prayer need for the next 10 days.  Marty will be traveling to Nepal, leaving tomorrow, Sunday 3rd, and returning Tuesday May 12th.  He will be meeting up with another person in Bangkok and traveling into Kathmandu.  While there, they will be […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor – WorldVenture After 30 days in the hospital, Bola was finally given permission to go home (temporarily)! It will be a long battle but we celebrate every little victory.  We thank the Lord for you and we celebrate every circumstance! Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  Ps 30:2 Bola was like a little […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paulo and Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries Thanks so much for your faithulness ,kindness  and friendship with us all, this years you have been part of our lives on the good and bad moments . I want to say thank you to all the prayers and encouragment  to me during the hard time I went trough  . God […]

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Missions Moment – Italy

Doug and Dee Valenzuela, WorldVenture Well, its March 31, and once again back to Napoli, and it’s mozzarella is calling us back once more…we head back “home” tomorrow for year number 38 to the land of the rising pizza. I’m sure you know one of the primary goals was to raise the necessary funds for […]

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Missions Moment – Arizona

Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes In Action Dear AIA Partners, The Valley of the Sun was recently host to several sporting events all in the same weekend. Perhaps the most prominent one was the NFL’s Super Bowl. While we didn’t have a personal stake in either team involved, we WERE highly invested in AIA’s Super […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture A truce was written and broken. Is anybody surprised? Since the so-called truce was signed, thousands of troops and modern weaponry have crossed over the border from Russia into Ukraine. Russian media has admitted that it was Russian regulars who took over the rail hub in Debaltseva, while Putin taunts […]

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Missions Moment – Oregon

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors Susi and I were at a downtown restaurant on Valentine’s Day.  A young woman came up and introduced herself: “You might not remember me, I know you have worked with a lot of students over the years . . . But I was a student about 10 years ago […]

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Couples’ Enrichment Weekend Recap 2015

We had a great time at our Couples’ Enrichment event this past weekend (March 6 & 7).  Our guest speaker was Maria Klein, a local Marriage & Family Therapist.  The topic theme for the weekend was “Hear Today, Here Tomorrow:  Keeping Your Relationship Alive with the Power of Listening.”  After sharing her testimony with the […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor, WorldVenture Since Bola’s ovarian cancer diagnosis, we have cried, laughed, and at times questioned why? We know the Lord has a purpose and plan and we will continue to trust and depend on Him. We have been experiencing God’s presence and grace through your prayers, love, and support. The Next Steps… There have […]

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Missions Moment – North America

Dave and Connie Deal – Athletes in Action Global, Cru We trust that this update finds you “leaning into” the challenges of a new year and “leaning on” a God whose deep desire is to lead and guide you in those challenges. Our family is so grateful for you and for so many friends and […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis – World Venture Last week, a few people asked me how things were going back home in Donetsk. I told them we were having less attacks then before the so-called cease fire, but that I was seeing signs that something bad was coming. It was little things actually, like peace talks […]

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Missions Moment – Singapore

Marty and Denise Shaw – WorldVenture We have two topics in this update. Two weeks ago we received news that Denise’s 93 year-old mother had been taken to the hospital and was in ICU. As she hadn’t improved and after talking with her doctor, we made the decision to go to West Virginia. We arrived […]

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Kids’ Choirs Update

Kids’ Choirs Registration got off to a great start with 145 kids joining our graded choir program.  The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat., May 16.  This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “Big Shot.”  The musical teaches the kids through a […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs – Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your prayers this past month and your financial support of my work here. I was at Chris and Jamie’s house in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Christmas. Some days we had highs of 17 ° each day. During my time there I also worked on a teaching […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paulo and Irene Mota, Restoration Ministries One more year is gone and went by so fast. Let start at the beginning.  I will say that we have some highlights as Paulo and I got into the fifties, well sometimes I really feel old.  I enjoyed very much having my fiftieth celebration at Camp California, it […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, ReachGlobal Just a quick up-date on our December (‘Tis the Night before Christmas) high lights: Week #1: of December, giving and grading around 600 exams (both Bible and English) was made much easier by our TIMO team who have joined us in teaching at the Teachers Training College. They also joined […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs, Wycliffe Bible Translators Dear Friends, May the Lord find you with friends and loved ones at this time of year (Dec. 2014). As God continues to work out His will in our lives we need to grow closer to our Great High Priest Jesus. The Gospel is being spread in new ways around […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor, World Venture Celebrate with us as we were together this Christmas season. It’s been 4 years since we were all in one place. We are full of joy as we enjoy each other as a family. Anika arrived from Honolulu, Hawaii where she works as a fitness instructor/coach at BJ Penn UFC Gym. After a […]

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MISSIONS MOMENT – INTERNATIONAL

International VicePresident, WorldVenture It has been a fall of travels. Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America. It ended up being more travels then we had planned for, but each trip went well. Again, as always, we appreciate your prayers for us. Traveling that much we see the world in a different way. […]

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Kids’ Choir Update

It is time to register for Kids’ Choirs.  Registration for returning students will be Sun. Jan. 18, 8:30-11:15am in Room 115 (behind the Worship Center).  Once we have determined how many openings we have, registration for new students will be Sun. Jan. 25, 8:30-10:15am, also Room 115.  God’s Kids for first through third graders is […]

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Missions Moment – Ivory Coast

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture January 2015 Update Who?  Brenda &  ___ What?  Future Plans When?  2015 Where?  Cote d’Ivoire or Guinea Why?  Only God knows the timing of my marriage…oops….return to Guinea. I thought that would get your attention! Often in my life I have dreams and plans that just don’t materialize. Don’t you? Sometimes is […]

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Missions Moment – Ivory Coast

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Work at The Baptist Hospital in Ferkessedougou is keeping me busy. I am enjoying working with believing co-workers who share my heart for reaching those who do not know the Savior of the world. It is a special privilege working closely with a team. Each morning this month I am helping in […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paulo and Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries In the big things and small things, let us give thanks in all things. Through the scriptures we are reminded to give thanks to the Lord: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalms 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Our friends from Eastern Ukraine Some things are not as they appear and certainly not as they sound. A ceasefire should mean that soldiers cease firing, yet people in Donetsk report an increase in bombing and shooting.  On one particular recent weekend, we are told it was impossible to get good sleep as bombs exploded all […]

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Missions Moment – Media Ministry

Our friends in Middle East Media Ministry Dear friends, Since last week the media team has had 164 respond to the campaign aimed to identify someone who is disillusioned with Islam and positive towards Christianity. One of these is a man who wrote: “Greetings, I followed a lot of Christian articles and materials, and I […]

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December Kids’ Choir Update

Every Sunday 160 kids have been meeting on campus to prepare for the Children’s Christmas Celebration presented on Sat. Dec. 6.  Under the direction of Wendy Huang, the God’s Kids (first through third graders) shared several songs starting with the story behind “Silent Night,” touching our hearts with “We All Bow Down” and ending with […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia

Our friend on location A few weeks ago some friends and I met for an evening of prayer walking through the city streets, asking God to guide our steps and lead us to specific people to talk to. We eventually came to a small cafe, where we decided to stop for a glass of tea, […]

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Missions Moment – Oregon

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors A week ago Tuesday at Book Table we asked for responses to the question: “Where does Morality originate?” It wasn’t long before a young man stepped up to the plate: “I disagree with your ideas on morality and your views offend me!” “Excuse me.  I believe we were just […]

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Missions Moment – Istanbul

Our friend in Istanbul I am slowly but surely adjusting to this beautiful, crazy city. Honestly, after just a few weeks here, Ankara seems like a small town in comparison! Life in Istanbul doesn’t really slow down—crowds fill the buses and streets throughout the day and night, and just finding your way from one part […]

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Missions Moment – Ivory Coast

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Do you remember the photo with me, my suitcases and the Cote d’Ivoire or BUST sign last month? I have arrived!! As of the weekend, I am now at The Baptist Mission Hospital in Ferkessedougou, Cote d’Ivoire, renewing old relationships. I will soon be getting into a new groove of ministry for […]

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Missions Moment – Media to Middle East

Our friends in Media Ministry We have finished our last but longest leg of our trip from Nampa, ID to Las Vegas, NV. In the past week we have been able to visit with parents and family. Thank you for praying us safely through many miles. Beginning this week Arab World Media will begin a […]

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Children’s Choir – November 2014

The countdown has finally begun for the Kids Choirs’ Christmas Celebration on Sat. Dec. 6, 4:00 and 6:30.  The God’s Kids (1st through 3rd graders) will open each service with a selection of songs and narrations and the Kids of the Kingdom (3rd through 8th graders) will close the service with their musical, “An Out-of-the-Box […]

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Missions Moment – Southern California

Our friends in CRU at University of Southern California “Snapshots of “Cru-mmunity” Food For Thought I mentioned last month that it has been tough meeting students in the dorms. This month I am starting a weekly philosophical discussion group over dinner, called “Food for Thought.” It will be a place for students to openly discuss […]

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Missions Moment – Kenya

A Letter From Pastor Wicklife of Christ Care Ministries in Kenya, Africa   Greetings! We continue to be thankful of the love, care and generosity you have shown towards the poor (orphans and widows) and needy in this community. We specifically want to appreciate any and each of you that have continually sacrificed his or her […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons – Evangelical Free Church With the US reveling in trick-or-treat and gruesome costumes and decorations, we’re passing on the following blog that has come very close to home. Just this past Thursday we were visited by one of the teachers we’ve trained. He told us about a neighboring village (where another […]

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Missions Moment – France

Craig and Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture Here is a review of our summer activities in the States and a preview of what lies before us this fall in France. Summer is gone, but Fall is before us! Here is a short update of our ministry this past summer in the States and what we believe the […]

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Missions Moment – Washington State

Matt and Susi Lundquist, Campus Ambassadors   I had time set aside this morning at Starbucks to prepare for my SS class, but God had another plan. I ran into my friend Ali, from Saudi Arabia. Ali is a devout Muslim.   He knows I am a campus minister so the topic soon turned to […]

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Missions Moment – Cote d’Ivoire, Africa

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Just wanted to let you know that WorldVenture leadership has made a hard decision for me! The EBOLA crisis with my role as a health care worker in Guinea has been deemed too great a risk for me to return to Guinea right now. I will depart for Mali, Africa this Tuesday, […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine & US

Eric and Beth Yodis, WorldVenture Thank You For Praying! We asked you to pray for a specific threat posed to one of the pastors/churches in Donetsk and we are so happy to let you know that God heard your prayers and the so-called DPR did not show up to abduct/arrest this man of God or […]

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Missions Moment – Equador

Kevin and Marcy Carlson, Avant This week I’ve been preparing Bible studies based on Philippians 1. In verses 3-5 Paul writes, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until […]

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Fall Kids’ Choirs Have Begun!

Kids’ Choir Registration got off to a great start with 160 kids joining our graded choir program.  The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat., December 6.  This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “An Out of the Box Christmas.”  The musical presents […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

Terry Gibbs – Wycliffe Bible Translators Thank you for your prayers and financial support this past month. Helping students at Payap this month has kept me very busy since we have 13 new students this year. There are normally 5 to 8 new students, so I am twice as busy. Two days ago I had […]

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Missions Moment – Guinea

Brenda Allen, WorldVenture Praise:  God has provided the monthly funds I need to full funded in ministry!  Yeah!  I still need one-time gifts for  ministry expansion!   Thanks of you who have  already giving or have given toward my ministry! Prayer: This weekend is a special time of meeting with 10 individuals who have come to […]

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Missions Moment – Cambodia

Radha and Samen Manickam – Missions Door The CMC Center is serving to glorify God among the unbeliever in a few villages in the Siem Reap area. We are excited that in August Hope International School will be sharing our facility to educate missionary’s children and local children as well, at the same time we […]

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Missions Moment – Singapore

Marty and Denise Shaw – WorldVenture Adjusting to cross-cultural living is a key part of effective mission work. Denise and I have been certified with a tool called the Cerny-Smith Assessments (CSA). It is a tool that helps people living overseas understand how they are adjusting to cross-cultural living. If you can adjust to living […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Ireni Mota – Restoration Ministries Just a reminder to some of you and to share with those who don’t know: when we started the ministry it was with the vision to reach the kids. As the years have come and gone and by God’s guidance, we decided to plant a church which today is known […]

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Missions Moment – USA

Gloria Carlson – Child Evangelism Fellowship I wrote in my last newsletter about the Bay Area Sunday School Workers’ Convention. The written evaluations of my workshops were vrry encouraging as were the word of mouth reports I’ve received. I have already signed up to teach six workshops again next year. I had the privilege of […]

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Kids’ Choir Registration Next Week

It is time to register for Kids Choirs.  Registration for returning students and BCC attenders is Sun., Aug. 17, 8:30-11:15AM behind the Worship Center in Room 115.  Registration for new students is Sun., Aug. 24, 8:30-10:30AM also in Room 115. God’s Kids, for first through third graders, is directed by Wendy Huang.  She provides some choral […]

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Missions Moment – Central America

Paul and Janie Hutton – Missions Door They wrote in June: In a few hours we will be leaving for Honduras to take a short-term missions team to work on Campamento Converge outside of Tegucigalpa for a total of nine days. This will be our fourth group in five years from Garden Spot Village in […]

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Missions Moment – Kenya

Dear Supporters of Christ Care Ministries International (CCMI), First of all, thank you to everyone who was able to attend the lunch the past Sunday, July​ 20th, to learn more about CCMI and the current needs of the orphanage and the academy. Another huge thanks to all who have committed to praying for this ministry […]

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Missions Moment – Pacific Rim

Marty and Denise Shaw – WorldVenture Our trip to Asia was very profitable. Thank you for your prayers. Denise did the best she has ever done on a winding mountain road. She was still feeling decent after 4 hours of some of the windiest mountain roads we have been on. We didn’t head back to […]

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Missions Moment – World Wide Media

Our friends in media reaching worldwide and the Middle East Pray for our colleague currently in southeast Asia training workers there to enter contacts into the database in order to assist the church planting work. Pray for outreach to Muslims. The first stage leading to seeking alternative spiritual answers is called belief disruption. I don’t […]

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Missions Moment – Ukraine

Eric and Beth Yodis – WorldVenture After being in Donetsk for a week and a half, I added my name to the list of people fleeing the city. The insurgents had continued to strengthen their positions and set up more roadblocks around the city. Next month I hope to share with you a short series […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Asian Access Eriko and Jeweliann Graduate from Harvard On May 29, Eriko graduated from the Harvard School of Education with a masters of Education in Human Development and Psychology.  Jeweliann graduated on the same day with her bachelor’s in English and East Asian Studies.  She will lead a student ministry team […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

Paulo and Ireni Mota, Restoration Ministries   On May we had a vision trip group to visit Restoration Ministries. We had an opportunity to do some training with our church leadership at Camp California. Pastor Stan Lubeck from CA gave a series about making disciples and mentorship. Everyone was very pleased with the training. After […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons, Greater European Ministry They tell us that we’re not supposed to start a letter with an apology – but maybe an ‘explanation’ would help? No, we’ve not forgotten you! A computer crash took away access to our mailing list (no one can explain this phenomenon!), but the computer is back after […]

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Children’s Choir Update – June

Our graded children’s choir program came to an end on May 17 with wonderful performances from all three choirs!  Sonshine Kids (4’s and 5’s), under the direction of Wendy Huang, performed at the 4:00 service and God’s Kids (first and second graders), directed by Evelyn Wilkinson, performed at the 6:30 service.  Cuteness reigned as they […]

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Missions Moment – India

Aaron and Nancy Palmatier, Missions Door Dear Friends, “Will Jesus be mad at me if I worship the Hindu gods?” I was asked this question several times from the students on my recent visit to Kolkata, India.  They explained, “I want to be a Christian and worship Jesus but my parents make me worship the […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

John and Eriko Houlette, Asian Access/SIM On the Road Again After returning from Japan in early March, John traveled to southern and northern California, Chicago and Ogden, Utah over the last four weeks. One of the many highlights was to spend time with his dad, Dick Houlette, who at 90, still loves his pizza at […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor – WorldVenture Gospel & New Life After several years of singing Black Gospel, Mrs. T. made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. The Pastor of the church we partner with asked her to join a bible study. The Word of God came alive in her heart. She is now a baptized […]

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Missions Moment – Guatemala

Michael and Lesly Najjar – Beyond Partnership Hi Everyone, We pray that God is blessing you, and reminding you of the wonderful gift of Salvation we are celebrating this Easter because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. I just returned from a 3 week trip to Nicaragua and Honduras.  First I visited Nicaragua and scouted out […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia (Asia Minor)

Our friends in Southwest Asia, WorldVenture Thanks for Praying! Here are some things God did as you prayed: – An older man was very disappointed he wasn’t able to make it and is insistent we need to talk soon over a tea. – A Korean woman who attends our group brought two believers who live near […]

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Missions Moment – Cambodia

RADHA AND SAMEN MANICKAM – MISSIONS DOOR My dear friends, families and partners in Christ’s ministry, we pray that you, your family and church are doing well. Since my last prayer letter I made a few trips in the US to help Cambodian churches in their area, I also traveled to speak in a few […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

STEVE AND CAROL LYONS, EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH As many times as we’ve quoted Psalm 65:5 in the past, we’ve once again come to a place where we want to shout it from the rooftop: You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth. […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

TERRY GIBBS, WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS Thank you for your financial support and prayers this past month. It has turned out to be a much busier month than I had expected, and I had some unexpected expenses. Thank you for making this work possible. I wanted to follow up on the computer that the Lord fixed […]

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Kids Choir Update

Our graded children’s choirs are not only learning to sing their songs but are learning the importance of making Jesus the Lord of their lives.  Ward Wildanger shared the Gospel Story to our 1st and 2nd graders in God’s Kids on March 23.  Forty children went forward to ask Jesus into their hearts!  Praise God!  […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest US, Asia, South America

DAVE AND CONNIE DEAL, ATHLETES IN ACTION Building spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sports A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM DAVE AND CONNIE DEAL It’s been a whirlwind few months for us and as Spring Training wraps up we are reflecting on all that the Lord has been doing.  We’d love to share some of […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

JOHN AND ERIKO HOULETTE, ASIAN ACCESS   CALLED TO PASTOR IN A DARK PLACE Over ten years ago, Yoshihiro Ishida walked into Saikyo Hope Chapel and asked for a Bible.  He voraciously read the Bible I gave him and was soon led to Christ by our deaconess.  I baptized him, and he began to lead […]

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Missions Moment – Singapore/Southeast Asia

MARTY AND DENISE SHAW – WORLDVENTURE Over the years Denise and I have developed some good friends and ministry partners throughout Asia. During my first trip into one of the South Asian countries eight years ago I was met and hosted by the couple for several days before I even met up with our WorldVenture […]

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Kids Choir Update

If you come on campus on a Sunday night you will hear voices lifted up in song coming from three different parts of the campus as the graded choirs rehearse.  They are learning to praise God as they sing.  It is a beautiful sound.  The Kids of the Kingdom just had their auditions and will […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

KEN AND BOLA TAYLOR, WORLDVENTURE SPRING 2014 HGF TEXTBOOK This is the inside cover of a textbook that we produce 2 times a year. While everyone is on break, we were working on songs, music scores, articles, pronunciation tips, devotionals, and more to include in this very important tool. We print 1,000 copies that gets […]

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Missions Moment – Central America/South Asia

AARON AND NANCY PALMATIER – MISSIONS DOOR Hey friends, Our trip to Peru was fantastic. During our week in the Amazon we held two church serves in very remote villages and shared the Gospel in many homes. We spent hours trekking in the jungle and even more hours in an old wood boat on the […]

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Missions Moment – Ecuador

KEVIN AND MARCY CARLSON – AVANT MINISTRIES Greetings from Kevin and Marcy Carlson in Guayaquil Ecuador.  It’s been a long while since we last wrote, but we want to let you know that you all have been on our minds and in our hearts.  We hope you all are experiencing Christ’s warmest blessings at the […]

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Kids Choir is Off to a Great Start

Kids Choir Registration got off to a great start with 198 kids joining our graded choir program.  The choirs will be preparing for their performances on Sat. May 17.  This year’s musical to be presented by the Kids of the Kingdom (our 3rd-8th graders) is called “Let’s Rock.”  The musical teaches the kids that God […]

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Missions Moment – Canada

JAY PINNEY, OUTREACH CANADA Hi from Chicago.  I am here to visit a supporting church and will try to meet with some of those who support our ministry.  I just wanted to update you on our apartment situation, mentioned in my last e-mail. One apartment has been totally cleaned, painted, and some renovations have been […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

JOHN AND ERIKO HOULETTE – ASIANACCESS A Happy New Year to all of you!  It is the year of the horse in Japan, and it seems as if we have galloped into the new year. Eriko and I are thankful for your prayers, support and partnership in 2014! Thank you for praying for our fathers. […]

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Missions Moment – Nicaragua

MIKE AND LESLY NAJJAR, BEYOND PARTNERSHIP – JANUARY 14, 2014 Hello friends, Hope you all had a blessed Christmas and that 2014 is off to a great start. Lesly, Jeremy, and I had the opportunity to spend the New Year in Costa Rica working with church planter Marvin Cabrera in a little village near the […]

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Missions Moment – Central America

PAUL AND JANIE HUTTON, MISSIONS DOOR “Feliz Navidad!” All over Latin America there is a glorious celebration of Christ’s birth. We thank the Lord that our missionaries are free to evangelize, train leaders, establish churches and carry out community development. We continue serving in international missionary advocacy with Missions Door—leading groups to the field, representing […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

KEN AND BOLA TAYLOR, WORLDVENTURE IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR… after Thanksgiving and before Christmas that we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to you! Gospel concerts all over Japan We are in the middle of our December concert series. 5 regional combined concerts all over Japan, dozens of workshops by Ray Sidney, (our ministry […]

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Kids Choir Begins Spring 2014 Semester

It is time to register for Kids Choirs!  Registration for returning students is Sun. Jan. 19, 8:30-11:15AM in the gym.  Once we have determined how many openings we have, registration for new students is Sun. Jan. 26, 8:30-10:15AM also in the gym. Sonshine Kids for 4’s and 5’s is directed by Wendy Huang.  God’s Kids […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

IRENI MOTO AND FAMILY, RESTORATION MINISTRIES Dear Friends, I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas time with your families and friends.  May we all be reminded each day during this holiday season that Jesus is the one who is with us, and in us, and through us shows His love to others. I have […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

STEVE AND CAROL LYONS, REACHGLOBAL This newsletter contains the testimony of one of the Lyons’ students at the college where they have been teaching English and Religion classes. Those of you who have followed the Lyons’ adventures and work will remember the amazing beginning of their ministry there, in which they were actually requested to […]

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Missions Moment – Brazil

IRENI MOTA – RESTORATION MINISTRIES I have many things to be thankful to God my family, my health, for everything that God has done in my life, many blessing that I cannot count what amazing God. I have the privilege to be in USA in this holiday season visiting different churches in different locations have […]

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Missions Moment – Thailand

TERRY GIBBS – WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS Thank you for your cares and concerns, prayers and financial support. Each one of you are part of a team that enables me to be here, helping others. Depending on the number of students, I usually need to certify the complex layout of a 400 page thesis once or […]

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Missions Moment – North Africa

OUR FRIENDS IN NORTH AFRICA – WORLDVENTURE Things we are thankful for: God has increased our family with another son-in-law, which now fills our quiver of 6: three daughters and three sons-in-law. We feel blessed. We have gone through a job adjustment, which increased our area of responsibility, and have finished our travels to visit […]

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Missions Moment – France

Craig and Cynthia Davis – WorldVenture Cynthia and I would like to share a 4-minute video clip with you to express our sincere thankfulness for your part in our ministry. Click HERE to watch it. We are always thankful to our great God for who he is and what he has done for us in […]

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Missions Moment – Tanzania

Steve and Carol Lyons – ReachGlobal TIMO TEAM: The team comes to us from the U.S., England (via Australia) and New Zealand, and arrived intact with their luggage on November 1st. There are 7 adults and 8 children, ages 1 1/2 to 11. Since then, we’ve been involved in a 10 day orientation, team building, […]

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Missions Moment – Southwest Asia

Our friends in Southwest Asia – The first Sunday back on the field we heard a sermon from the book of Haggai on the urgency of following God’s call on our lives.  This was brought home to me in a sobering way as I went to visit one of my good friends at his shoe […]

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Missions Moment – Japan

Ken and Bola Taylor – WorldVenture In this Tokyo Taylor Update we feature other ministries besides the Black Gospel Choir Ministry in Japan… AMONG OTHER THINGS. Philippine Roots We were both born and raised in Metro Manila until we moved to California, USA in the mid-80’s. Our country of origin still plays a very important […]

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