At Liberty we believe that the Gospel should be shared with all who are willing to hear. We strive to share Jesus wherever we are; but we cannot go everywhere. Therefore, we believe in supporting missions that are able to share personally where we are not. Listed here are missions we believe are sharing the Gospel of Jesus and proudly support them with our finances, prayers, and other opportunities to help.
Ap Ma Outreach
Jesse and Karie Pryor (Karie is the daughter of our own Richard and Tamara Peck) are the missionaries to the Ap Ma people in the Angoram district of the East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. They went to PNG in February of 2004 to supplement a work begun by Jesse's parents, John and Bonita Pryor, who have served the people faithfully in this area for 26 years, working to translate the New Testament to the Ap Ma language. Though the translation work continues, Jesse and Karie have come to aid in the area of literacy training and church growth. They are currently working on construction projects to give the people a church/literacy center and classroom space. They are also working within the church to strengthen programs that were struggling, such as the women's study group and the Sunday school program.
Read some articles from their Outreach International of Papua New Guinea website OIPNG.com.
Travel restrictions in PNG have been lifted. And Pryor's are able to get to the nearest town for supplies and paperwork.
Dr. Beth Lewis continues service with them at this time. Thank you for prayers!
Pryor Newsletter Received June 23, 2020
The Ap Ma Project Outreach International of PNG
United in Service with the Ap Ma People
Quilts, Clocks, and Tea Cups in the Tropics
Overthinking. Second-guessing. Trying to look at things from multiple perspectives. Considering personal and cultural implications. Guessing at my own motivations. That was what packing up that shipping container felt like to me. Jesse and I had decided that with the opportunity to send a crate and with the sale of our stateside house imminent, disposing or relocating all our acquired stuff was more than a good idea; it was necessary. What do you do with a lifetime of stuff? What do you do with gifts and the memories? For many items, my answer was to take them where God has called us and use them as the giver intended.
If you visit my house in the jungles of PNG, you will see a few things that might seem out of place. (We do live in the swamp, after all.) Longaberger baskets were given to me by some dear friends at my home church on the day of my wedding and for the birth of my baby girl. In the tropics you will see a beautiful quilt made by Jesse’s family for us. You will see far too many cookie sheets and Tupperware containers, because my grandmother loved to cook and I loved to cook with her.
June 20th Jesse and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. As I unpacked each dish and cup and towel, it was like being at my wedding shower again. In these days of unpacking and finding new places for old things, I am reminded again of the spirit of generosity that has carried us along so far in our lives and in our ministry together. As I see the carefully written inscriptions on each basket and feel the stitches that took hours and hours to complete, and bake the rolls my grandmother taught me to make; I thank God for my family, my friends and the churches that mean so much to our family.
We have had more than a few special deliveries this month. Three new babies have been born at Samban clinic already this month and one mom and baby received some extra care after a home delivery. We are so thankful for the skills of our medical personnel. We are also looking forward to the completion of the maternity ward, which is under construction, because of the needs of mothers that can have a few hours to recover and rest before heading home with their little ones. We ask that you join with us in prayer as we seek to hire additional staff to meet the increasing patient load.
The Ap Ma FODE Center is a correspondence school run by OIPNG which caters to grades 7-12. Part of the original program for FODE was a junior college program which was for grade 10 finishers and intended to be the equivalent of a grade 12 degree called Matriculation Studies Program (MSP). In 2019, our first MSP student completed his exams and we have finally received his certificate. In 2020, we have 4 more MSP students preparing for their final exams, as well as, two grade 10 students and 5 grade 8 students. (The PNG education system offers national testing and selection for continuation at grades 8, 10, and 12.) We look forward to holding a graduation ceremony soon for all our hardworking graduates.
This school year our theme is “To the Next Level”. A total of 31 students enrolled. In December and January lesson books were printed for each grade and subject so that a hard-copy would be available for each class. Assignments were printed and put into plastic-covered booklets to be reused for years. Classrooms were cleaned and straightened and new fly-wire installed so students have a more comfortable school experience. New teacher’s aide, Rose Wapan, was a big help in preparing all the books and assignments for this year.
January 30, 2020 - Students attended Orientation this year and learned about all the new changes in FODE and received supplies. February 3, First Day of School classes started promptly at 8:30 A.M. Jesse Pryor opened the day with prayer and devotion. February 5, Digicel Foundation representatives were in Samban visiting FODE students and taking photos. CEO of Digicel Foundation, Serena Sasingian, was presented with a gift of an Ap Ma FODE T-shirt, pencils and stickers as a
sign of thanksgiving.
We appreciate your interest in the Ap Ma Outreach Project.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Our mailing address is:
Outreach International of Papua New Guinea
2010 Liberty Church Rd.
Martinsville, IN 46151
Central Japan Christian Mission
See the report for the month of May below!
Tim and Lisa Turner have been ministering in Japan since 1989. They went to Japan in September of 1989 to help with a struggling church in the city of Machida, a suburb of the largest city in Japan, Tokyo. Through the years they have helped lead the church with a handful of leaders and workers. The goal is to have all Japanese leadership including a Japanese minister. Tim teaches and preaches in Japan and continues to lead the church in Machida City.
Central Japan Christian Mission has been ministering in Japan since 1958 when Paul and Kathleen Pratt arrived in Japan to begin their missionary service. The Pratt's founded the Sannobara Church of Christ in Isehara City in 1965. Since then, CJCM has been involved in the start and support of 3 other churches including the Machida Church of Christ where Tim and Lisa are located.
CJCM and the Turners are involved in various ministries in Japan including the following:
1. Church Planting
We believe that the church is the foundation through which God builds His Kingdom and want to plant vibrant and indigenous churches in the Tokyo area.
2. Leadership Training
We believe that it is important to have Japanese leaders in the church and want to train and equip young people in the churches to become the next leaders of the Japanese church.
3. Bible Studies
We want to establish small group Bible studies to help the Japanese grow in their faith and to make the Bible the foundation of their lives so that they can be contagious Christians in their own land.
4. Family Ministry
We are focusing on reaching out to young families of Japan as many of them are struggling with marriage, parenting, and child rearing.
5. Children’s Ministry
We want to reach out to children who will grow up in the church and who can be a part of the next generation of Christian leaders in Japan.
6. Camp Ministry
We are involved with and support the Shinshu Bible Camp, a Christian Church supported Bible camp in Nagano Prefecture.
Central Japan Christian Mission
61 Oak Grove Road, Temple, GA 30179
June 9, 2020
Dear Friends and Family,
May Greetings from Japan! We hope this newsletter finds you all well in spite of the many things going on around the world. We are saddened to hear about the situation in America with the injustice of black people and the correlating riots and destruction. We pray that peace and reconciliation will come soon. We also continue to be concerned about the Corona pandemic and hope that you are all healthy and that things have settled down a little where you are.
May has again been a slow month for us but we are continuing to reach out to people, communicate by phone, emails, and Zoom, and do what we can to encourage people and continue to shine God’s light in Japan. We thank you for your concern and care for us and we hope that you enjoy hearing about what has been going on.
The Corona Virus Situation in Japan
As we wrote last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a nationwide state of emergency on April 7th, pleading for all to stay home as much as possible. The opening of the new school year was postponed, many began working from home, and many non-essential businesses were encouraged to shut down. Then on May 4th, the Prime Minister extended the state of emergency till the end of May continuing to encourage people to stay home and stay safe. With everyone’s cooperation, the numbers of people daily affected by the virus have dropped into the double-digit numbers and even dropped to single digit numbers for a few days. The state of emergency was lifted on May 24th, and although people are still trying to be careful, schools have finally opened as well as many restaurants and other businesses. We as well have slowly restarted some activities and continue to monitor the situation.
The Machida Church
Because of the governmental issue and appeal, the Machida Church has been canceling Sunday gatherings and other meetings and activities since the end of March. But with the lifting of the issue, we have decided to begin Sunday services at the church building on June 7th, although rather slowly as many are still concerned about a rebound. Please pray for us as we restart things and that the church people will be excited about getting back into meeting together again.
With services and meetings canceled, we have been doing a lot of Zoom meetings for different things. The Machida Church had several Zoom leadership meetings to talk about the church situation. The Tokyo area Christian Church ministers as well as the Machida area ministers have had Zoom meetings and fellowship times. For the month of May, the Machida
church opened up a Zoom meeting 3 times a week and invited anyone to come and fellowship, share their struggles and concerns, and to pray together. We hoped that many would come but only about 4 showed up regularly. It was still an
encouraging time for those in attendance and we are looking at options to use Zoom in the near future.
English Classes, Preschool Classes, Izumi, Junior College Classes
With the lifting of the state of emergency and the start of public schools, we decided to start up our English classes at the church as well. We will start again on June 3rd and have received word from most of the students that they will attend. The Eunike Preschool, where Tim teaches English once a week, called to let Tim know that they will start up on June 5th. Then
we finally received word from the Izumi Junior College that classes will begin the week of June 7th. Both Tim and Travis are excited to be starting up at Izumi and looking forward to meeting the students. We are glad that we can have these
opportunities to reach out to these students.
Lisa and the Christian Academy in Japan
The Christian Academy in Japan where Lisa teaches decided on April 28th to go ahead and cancel school and go with distance learning till the end of the school year, June 16th. Although Lisa was hoping that school would open up again, it wasn’t to be. She has been busy both at home and at school, going twice a week by car instead of the crowded train, making videos, doing Zoom meetings, preparing weekly packets to be sent home, and organizing everything with her other
co-teachers. They are planning for the last week of school now and hoping that they can finish well.
The Turner Family
The Turner family is well and staying healthy in their respective places.
Sarah has had a busy month as principal as she and the other leaders have had to make some tough decisions concerning the Corona Virus and reopening school. They decided to reopen school on May 26th till the end of the school year although only half days. They are winding down their year and will finish on June 10th. Sarah will have her first year as
principal under her belt but what a year it has been for her.
Katie and Joel are doing fine and have adjusted to the changes in their lives. Katie finished off her school year on May 22nd albeit online. They left to visit Joel’s family in Indiana for 2 weeks before returning to Knoxville. Katie will be tutoring some students from her school this summer and Joel will be looking for a full-time job.
Spencer is also still continuing to work at Northstar Lodge although many guests have canceled and continue to cancel. Although the summer season at base camp where he runs the ropes course was scheduled to open in April, they have postponed till after the state of emergency is over. They will finally open up on June 6th and he is looking forward to that.
Joshua is doing fine and continuing to work at Woodland Christian Camp. Many retreats have been canceled the past couple of months and the summer camp season will be shortened with no camps in June. There is still lots of work to do and Joshua is staying pretty busy. He has reapplied to Toccoa Falls College for the fall and we are glad that he will continue his
Tim and Lisa are doing well and looking forward to the restart of many things. Throughout May, Tim would also drive to Machida on Wednesdays and Fridays instead of taking the crowded train to do some office work, to meet with Haruka and the Kilsons, and to be there for anyone needing to talk. Tim and Lisa celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on May 31st and went for an afternoon hike and a meal at a small restaurant. Please pray for our summer with all the challenges and
At this time of turmoil and concern, we are thankful to each of you for your continued prayer and care for us. We ask that you pray for us that we will have wisdom to know how to best handle the crisis going on as well as compassion to reach out to people and help when we can. We are glad that we are not in this by ourselves, but have each of you as partners and
team members. Thanks so much for your support to the ministry in Japan. May God bless you all with His Peace, Love, and Joy.
Partners in Christ,
Tim and Lisa Turner
City Light Ministries
This mission is in Indianapolis. Our missionary is Rick Hall, who was a youth minister at Liberty from July 1981 to October 1984. Contact Rick Hall, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Light Ministry – May 2020 Report Letter
One of the Missionary Church’s Pastors in NYC asks the Lord to give him 3 people each day to contact through 1) a phone call, 2) a text, or 3) an e-mail, or 4) a personal visit (this was before shelter-in-place). He said many days those 3 people took up his entire day and now with this "New Normal" going on, I've been able to put some of that into practice with both: Guys & Families we minister to and: Friends & Family that support CLM.
Last Saturday I taught a 3-hour class on Zoom on "Resources & Collaboration" with younger guys & gals in Urban Youth Ministry. It was a little more difficult than teaching in person, but one of my friends did the Power Points from his ministry site. Due to my "High Risk Status" I've only done outside work... a couple of us have mowed & mulched yards (in both the inner-city & the suburbs like we do most springs) and we also have hauled nearly 20 truckloads of gravel.
In fact, when I get done with this update, I'm headed to pick up a load of gravel (or 2 or 3) for Tear Down The Walls
Ministry on the near West Side. The past few years CLM has partnered with TDTW and they also have a ministry house with a couple of guys living there, but their men come out of homelessness. I am mentoring Chris, one of their guys, but he has pneumonia right now, so it will be a while before I see him again in person.
Our two guys at CLM's Ministry House are doing well and both are working (one in food service of a nursing home, and the other in construction) and on weekends they have 2 boys each that spend time there with their dads! We hope to tear the Ministry House bathroom out soon as it's been used (and abused) by over 50 men the past 15 years and we've gotten
pretty good at making bathrooms look pretty good with 12" ceramic tile around the tub and on the floors (the tiles costs less than $1 each, but the glue and grout are the biggest costs) and I and the two guys living there will give CLM a good deal on labor (Laugh Out Loud).
Last week I spent nearly 2 hours on the phone with Jermaine Razor (in Evansville) concerning their family starting a
church in Michigan City later this year. I'm going to help coach and be a rocket booster for them. Jermaine was 11 years old when I met him 25 years ago and the first night, I told him God had a call on his life. Last March after 10 years of being part- time at his church, Jermaine was ordained (after answering 20 theological questions by 8 different pastors). He's an amazing young man and he and his wife, Natalee, are great parents of their two daughters and one son.
A couple days ago Vince (one of CLM's former inmates) called me from Chicago after he had been dismissed from the
hospital. He said he spent 5 days in the hospital and his wife spent 4 days. She got it (coronavirus) from the nursing home she worked in that had over 100 cases, according to Vince. He said it was a struggle for a couple of days but that he was Praising The Lord for the Struggle and God's Healing. In a week or so he's starting an "Online Bible Study" from the Book of Romans with any family members (150+ family counting both sides as his step dad fathered 22 in "his career”… 12 with
Vince's mom; and Kenny Costin & I did her funeral back in 2001) that want to join and since I'm considered "family" I was invited too!
Praying & Praising for your ministry and the Family of God at LCC!
Thank You for your prayers and support and let me know of any ways we can be praying for the LCC Family, too.
In His Love,
Pastor Rick Hall, Director, City Light Ministries
- Share this e-mail with your friends and let us know when you do, so we can add them to our list.
- For questions, volunteer opportunities, or to make non-cash donations, call 317-716-6369.
- Please mail monetary ministry support to:
Missionary Church, Inc.
Indy Outreach (N-101)
P.O. Box 9127
Fort Wayne, IN 46899-9127
Cookson Hills Christian Ministries
Since its beginning in 1957, Cookson Hills has offered help, hope, and healing to abused and neglected children and worked with their families to break the cycle of abuse, neglect, dependency, and failure.
Set on more than 1,000 acres in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in rural northeastern Oklahoma, Cookson Hills provides a rustic and rewarding retreat for children requiring out-of-home care.
When families have exhausted the resources of their local church, school, and community and still face a crisis that threatens to overcome the families' ability to sustain themselves, the most likely place to turn to is the government-run foster care or the juvenile justice system. Cookson Hills provides an alternative to those families by offering residential care for their child in a family-modeled environment, individualized Christian education, vocational training, spiritual formation programs, and specialized therapeutic services.
Cookson Hills Christian Ministries has been involved in the lives of children and families for over 57 years.
The mission objectives have always been:
- To demonstrate God's unconditional love to children and their families
- To provide a Christian home and school environment
- To model the principles of Christian living in the environments of family, school, church, and work
- To educate children and encourage them to strive toward academic and vocational excellence
- To promote Christian service in children and staff
Every child is born with the right to dream. Dreams fueled by hope lead to achievement, success, and infinite possibility.
In this sea of statistical improbability, hope seems like an unreachable shoreline for families caught in the troubled waters of turmoil and crisis. Yet for more than 57 years, Cookson Hills has continuously provided help to hurting families, hope to fuel the dreams of a restored life in Christ, and healing that illuminates their future. By helping children and their families of origin build stronger relationships with each other and with Christ, families find restoration, rediscover hope, and share a chance to dream together again.
Grundy Mountain Mission School
Since 1921, God has brought more than 20,000 at-risk youth out of their distress and into the land of promise that is Grundy's Mountain Mission School.
Grundy serves as home, church and school to more than 200 kids in need, coming to them not only from Appalachia, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide. They provide each child with the foundation of first-rate academics, a loving family environment, positive social support and a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Spring 2020 Newsletter Excerpts
(can be viewed from their mmskids.org website)
1921-2021 100 Years
Let's Celebrate! October 10-11, 2020 Mark Your Calendar!
If you have ever volunteered to serve at Mountain Mission School, this invitation is for you. To all those who have helped us over the past 100 years to rescue children in need from all over the world, THANK YOU! We want to return the blessing!
Ministry Partners Appreciation Weekend
October 10-11, 2020
See the website for registration information.
Several members of our 7th-grade Woodshop Class strike a post in front of a shed they've helped build under the direction of Dave Mayer (Head of our Vocational Dept.) combining academics with hands-on experience, the boys learned basic principles of construction by carrying the project from a concept on paper all the way through the actual build. Their project serves as a simple reminder of how Mountain Mission helps children build faith, character, confidence-and sometimes even careers. Picture on their site.
See stories of young ones and their dreams for their future. mmskids.org
See stories of graduates accomplishing their dreams. mmskids.org
Hilltop Christian Camp
From the Camp Manager's Desk
Looking forward! Registration is open and happening! I am so excited to see everyone at camp this summer! Also - as of today, April 17, 2020, the "stay at home" guidelines have been extended to May 1 - in light of that, we are going to postpone the April 25th work day (to May 16). We want to do everything we can to help Hoosiers stay healthy - especially campers, staff, faculty, deans and their families!
I along with the board, absolutely appreciate your help and prayers as we move close to summer. Two important dates to remember are May 16th work day and May 29th night of prayer. We hope everyone can join us pre-camp for these events.
Ryan Croft, Manager
Night of Prayer
May 29, 6 PM
God is here; working; moving; preparing this place for great ministry! You are invited to camp on Friday, May 29th at 6 PM for a special night of prayer for our summer season. We are going to fill the air at camp with words of hope for an extraordinary summer of transformation and community!
We will meet together at the fire ring at Stuckey's; go out to blanket every area of camp in prayer; then have some light worship music around the camp fire.
See the hilltopchristiancamp.com website for all dates of retreats & camp weeks. Or call 812.988.4991.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The slogan of Kairos: Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives, Impacting the World.
- CHANGING HEARTS - During the initial Kairos weekend, Kairos volunteers serve as God's instrument through which His love, grace and mercy are expressed to the participants/guests in a real and profound way. God begins changing hearts.
- TRANSFORMING LIVES - Following their weekend experience, participants/guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their life choices and their relations with God; they are invited to engage in small accountability groups. Kairos volunteers continue to return monthly to provide mentoring and guidance through these accountability groups. It is here that Kairos participants/guests begin to replace old ways of thinking with new and they learn they are not alone on this journey. They realize there is a hope for a future. The prison environment begins to change; family relationships start to heal...God is transforming lives.
- IMPACTING THE WORLD - As the Kairos community inside a prison grows and begins to gain influence, the incidences of violence decreases. Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God centered, perspective and focus on becoming productive citizens. Female family members find support, strength and encouragement. Youthful offenders acquire new God centered values and change their direction in life. Families are reunited with a hope for the future.
"The Lord your God will change your heart...." (Deuteronomy 30:6)
Lifeline Christian Mission: Red Sands School
History of Lifeline Christian Mission:
In 1980, Bob and Gretchen DeVoe founded Lifeline Christian Mission with the goal to minister to people spiritually and physically. Initially, the ministry began in Grand Goave, Haiti with a Christian church and school. As God opened doors, ministry work spread to more communities through churches and schools, health clinics, nutrition programs, disaster relief, children’s homes, and a home building ministry.
They have ministries in Honduras, Cuba, El Salvador, Winslow, AZ, and Canada. Read about these efforts at lifeline.org.
From the President of Lifeline Christian Mission, April 21, 2020
First, we are praying for you in this time of international disruption that we all face together.
Some of you may be facing uncertainties in employment or the future of your business.
We pray for your peace of mind and for provision.
Some are leading churches through this unique time.
We pray a special blessing on the local church.
Some of you are serving on the front lines of the pandemic treating people in need or keeping our grocery stores stocked.
We thank you for your service.
May all of us continue to be faithful and put our trust in Jesus.
So, what about Lifeline's situation?
Like so many non-profits and businesses, we have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. Mission trips have been postponed through May, and several summer teams have rescheduled into the fall or 2021. Over 2 million much-needed meals won’t get packed in mid-March/April/May, and have been postponed into later 2020 or 2021. Both mission trips and meal packs are critical to the ministry impact in the field! These ministries also contribute to the operations of the ministry. This represents about 40% of our typical revenue stream.
To date, we have continued to make payroll. However, our weekly donation revenue has initially dropped 28.4%, as weekly average donations of the 11 weeks pre-COVID of $140,767 slip to an average of $100,777 over that last three weeks.
In light of this situation:
You are playing a vital part in the future of the ministry; your encouragement, your further contributions in time and funding, and your prayers are so appreciated.
Cuts are being made where we can. Some projects are being delayed and things like reduced travel costs are helping. We will phase in additional expense trimming as necessary.
We are committed to maintaining all staff in all countries as long as possible. We believe in our mission, we believe in our staff, and we believe in the Lord's provision. We are confident in a return to full ministry operations and/or an innovative adaptation of it.
We are committed to continuing all ministry programming. There are some changes that were in place prior to COVID-19 pandemic as we adapt ministry to reflect our learnings on CHE. But our commitment is to continue all our core ministries and causes.
To support the efforts of our field staff and church pastors, we are working on creative ways to pack meals and provide emergency relief in the form of benevolent funds.
We have applied for and obtained a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan/grant offered through the CARES act. This is a bridge to assist in maintaining staff and ministry.
While we expect the PPP to help, it will not cover the entire gap nor will it last as long as the anticipated impact of postponed meal packing events and mission trips.
We humbly ask you to consider being part of the solution through a special gift or increasing/setting up a recurring monthly gift.
Thank you for believing in the people and mission of Lifeline!
President & CEO
Lifeline Christian Mission
See their website: lifeline.org to make a donation.
Morgan County Habitat for Humanity
Habitat's Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission Statement: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
- Focus on shelter.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
- Promote dignity and hope.
- Support sustainable and transformational development.
Morgan County Weekday Religious Education
North Burma Christian Mission
Liebrandt's were recently in Thailand and Columbia,
South America, January 17-February 2.
Please look at their FaceBook page - https://www.facebook.com/NBCMDEAF,
Newsletter link: https://mailchi.mp/0f82a6211831/thailand-columbia-news
and read about the efforts made with their partners in ministry to the deaf.
Dewayne and Jackie are thankful for your prayers for all their travels. Many of you can remember what has been a favorite verse of Dewayne's that he has stressed many times. Psalms 16:9 which says, "Man makes his plans, but God directs his footsteps." On their two recent trips, Dewayne says the Lord directed their footsteps, especially given all that was happening due to Covid-19.
DEWAYNE & JACKIE LIEBRANDT'S History with NBCM:
In June 1987, Dewayne left his job at GM and joined NBCM. Dewayne and Jackie’s ministry calling is to, "take the Gospel of Christ to the deaf of the world”. Dewayne has learned 4 different Sign Languages and spoken Thai. He has worked with the deaf in 13 countries. The Liebrandt's have a broad range of ministry outreaches to the deaf in Thailand and Colombia such as: deaf churches, church camps, video productions, short-term ministry programs, sign language classes, and job training. They have a hands-on ministry, with a world-wide calling, which is focused on one deaf person at a time.
“...The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Mt. 9:37-38 ESV
and on FaceBook: NBCM/DEAF@NBCMDEAF
The work began in 1921 when J. Russell and Gertrude Morse first answered the call of God to become missionaries to Tibet and China. Together with their children, they served the Lord faithfully through times of hunger, fatigue, floods, wars and imprisonment. Their hearts desire was that all would hear the gospel, receive salvation, and become faithful followers of Christ. Through the years the work continued first in Burma in the early 1950s and later in Thailand in 1972 through their children and grandchildren.
In 1972, when the Morse's relocated to Thailand, they continued to evangelize, disciple, and plant churches among new tribal groups in Thailand. Over the years, many other missionary coworkers joined the ministry bringing their own expertise and vision into the mission. Together they engaged in community development, established literacy and literature production, launched leadership programs, started educational youth homes, partnered in deaf ministry, and created audio and video productions to develop the believers spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Over the years, more than 500 churches were established across four countries,
and thousands of national believers were trained to continue the work.
NBCM continues to evangelize among various tribal and local people groups throughout S.E. Asia. Many committed national preachers partner with us to evangelize, disciple and plant churches throughout the region. NBCM serves as a resource for Bible training centers in S.E. Asia. Multiple training courses and Bible Schools are conducted for church leaders and members across many ethnicities and languages.
NBCM uses a holistic approach to developing tribal communities through agriculture and infrastructure development. These include health and sanitation, water projects, education, and church planting together with relief and benevolent assistance.
Our literature department in Thailand translates, designs and prepares Bibles, hymnbooks, and other Christian materials to be printed and distributed to over a dozen people groups throughout Asia in their own languages. Many remote villages now have access to media. We produce sermons, dramas, testimonies, and other Christian programs that are uploaded to social media and distributed throughout Asia. These productions are a vital mode of spreading the gospel.
Music ministry is a key aspect of Christian outreach in churches, schools and local communities. This takes on many forms from Church worship teams and hymnbooks in tribal languages to Christian CD’s and music videos distributed throughout Asia.
Partnering with tribal villages, safe housing is run by local Christians during the school year. This allows children to retain their tribal identity within a family environment while receiving Christian values and a formal education in nearby government schools.
Making disciples by living out the commands of Jesus in the workplace. Equipping and encouraging them so that
individuals and communities are transformed spiritually, economically and socially. With the goal of glorifying God and establishing His Kingdom.
The deaf people of Asia are a significant minority group who are misunderstood and ignored by most of society. Deaf churches that were started in Chiang Mai are now run by their own leaders. This ministry continues to reach out to other countries.
Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch
Pinehaven is a residential, year-round program aimed at providing a stable, controlled, secure environment in which young people can reach the potential that God has placed within them. To meet the needs of our young people even better, Pinehaven Christian School was started in 1984. What started in a basement with 12 students is now a dedicated facility capable of handling 100. Abortion is a terrible problem in our society; but rather than just talking about it, Pinehaven has a program designed to give young, unwed mothers an alternative at their Life House.
Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch and School, PO Box 940, St. Ignatius MT 59865
Dan Larsson, Head Wrangler (406) 546-9015 John Robine, Assistant Wrangler (406) 210-0634
June 9, 2020, 60 degrees
Kids & Staff Round Up Cows!
It was kind of a cold and sprinkly day, but the kids enjoyed it. The misting rain was incentive to get those calves on the ground in short order! One girl gabbed the tail of the calf to slow it down. In 44 years of Pinehaven ministry, no calves
have lost their tail to this maneuver yet. The kids love this and the rough and tumble calf-tackling makes for an exciting day. Once the calves are branded, they are sent out to the west pasture with their mammas. The green grass is coming up and making for the most beautiful scenery!
Note from Bob & Nancy Larrson, May 23, 2020
Looking ahead at 91 years young, Dan asked me to write a report to our supporters about how we’re doing after a ministry of 70 years. On my 91st birthday, May 23, our son, Andy, took us fishing at our favorite sport, Lake Mary Ronan, where we started a summer Bible camp in 1955 and have seen hundreds of young people there led closer to the Lord. It was a cold day, but the fish were biting. I did land a large yellow perch. Our lives, like yours, are vastly different 1) due to the virus, but also now 2) because Dan is doing such a good job of managing Pinehaven. We’re not fully retired, but we do enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Our health has its challenges, but we still enjoy life, our children, 4, including Jon in heaven, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. We still minister to many and are rewarded to still help people accept Christ and salvation in Him. I encourage all unbaptized (immersed) folks to be obedient to the Lord’s command. Let’s all keep on keeping on until we meet at Jesus’ feet. Let me share a well-written poem that helps define life’s direction for us. “One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had, nor what my clothes were like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child. – Forest E. Witcraft.
From Dan: Bob has long said that, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you teach a man to fish…he will want to buy a boat!”
Last fall we had to put the GAP ministry on hold due to a lack of staff.
We are hoping that we can get that rolling again, possibly this year with a trial run and get back to that leading from the Lord.
We hear from so many people and churches how children need help transitioning from being a child to being a productive part of society where they can provide for themselves and their families. If you aren’t familiar with our plan, it is
to offer spiritual formation while gaining experience in areas such as welding, cooking for large groups, home repair, auto upkeep, and much more. The goal is to help kids find an interest and gain experience that will help them transition into being a successful Christian adult. Kids attending college usually end up with years of debt. We think the Lord wants us to help with that in a Christian setting! Thank you for changing lives through the Pinehaven Ministry!
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"May the God of HOPE fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit."Romans 15:13
Although PCM's priorities remain the same, the Covid-19 pandemic has limited our travel both in Poland and within the States. Our six summer initiatives with Polish churches and Ostroda Camp have been canceled. The annual pastors' conference scheduled for early June has been postponed to late summer or early fall. Still, PCM is moving forward and seeking new and creative ways to come alongside our Polish partners. We are thankful to God for our faithful supporters who help us accomplish our priorities.
Old Town Warsaw, typically bustling with tourists and visitors, is quiet and empty except for a few folks out for a stroll. Just as in the States, Poland remains in quarantine as the month of May begins. Some restrictions have been lifted, e.g., parks and forests are now open, but social distancing is still enforced and face masks are required when going out to essential places. The Polish borders remain closed to foreigners indefinitely. Our plans to walk these streets in just a few short weeks have been postponed. We miss you, Poland, and hope to see you soon!
PCM partner, Oksana Bilous, has been pouring into the lives of the youth in NE Poland since 2013. Recently along with Kyle Duba (Faith 2 Faith Ministries), they have watched as God has grown this ministry and changed lives along the way. Now with the Covid-19 restrictions in place, they maintain contact with the youth through live meetings each week on Instagram. They provide worship, teaching, fun interaction, and timely encouragement so needed by the youth during this time. We thank God for this vibrant ministry.
MAY PRAYER REQUESTS
Praise God for ... His care and provision during the Covid-19 pandemic.
... Polish pastors/leaders who continue to faithfully serve their congregations during this difficult time.
... Pastor Adam Byra's successful heart procedure.
... U.S. churches/individuals who come alongside our Polish pastors/leaders.
... today's technology which allows us to stay in touch and find encouragement.
Please pray for ...
... our Polish pastors/leaders to be encouraged as they seek to lead and encourage their congregations.
... adequate funds to provide the monthly salaries for the 52 nationals PCM supports.
... building/renovation projects to go forward.
... Laura and Asia (the wives of two of our leaders) as they fight cancer.
... Basia Zwolinska (wife of Olsztyn pastor Marcin Zwolinski) and her family as they grieve the loss of her mother.
... Basia Kosewska (wife of CSM director Adam Kosewski) and her family as they grieve the loss of her father.
... the presidential election scheduled for May 10. Going forward with an election amidst pandemic restrictions has caused concern and may result in a boycott.
... more rain to fall in Poland. A lack of rain and snow thus far this year is causing near drought-like conditions.
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