The Wonderful Gospel Message

By Wale Orekan, Nigeria

Happy New Year! We praise the Lord for another year to serve Him together with you. Thank you, for your faithful prayers and support. Your partnership enables us to preach the wonderful Gospel message.

Praise the Lord for our recent deaf conference. We had 68 in attendance. This was probably the lowest attended conference; yet, we had four great days of fellowship. There were three people who made professions of faith, and everyone else rededicated themselves to the Lord.

Please pray for the family of this young lady who died in a terrible car accident. She was a member of Berean Independent Baptist Church and a faithful camper to Camp Hope. I praise the Lord that she heard the wonderful Gospel message in time!

We thank God for the success of our New Year’s Eve service. This was the first time that we had it at the Deaf Center. This is a new building. This center is on the outskirts of Abeokuta. There were 170 Deaf that attended. Almost one-third of these were first time visitors. A simple salvation message was preached. Several hands were raised for salvation. We collected their contact information and will deal with them individually. It is very important that we have the time to make sure they understand the wonderful Gospel message. Please pray about this.

The Lord gave me the opportunity to lead Ekundayo to Christ. This man came up to me while I was waiting for someone else. He looked so sad and troubled. The first thing that he asked me was, “How can a man be happy?”

I shared portions of Scripture with him from the Book of Ecclesiastes and from Psalm 1. I told him that without Christ there is no happiness on Earth. I then preached the wonderful Gospel message to him. His heart was receptive. He wanted to be saved immediately. Please pray for him; he has gone through a lot in life. His name Ekundayo means my tears have turned to joy! How marvelous!

We are relocating to Abuja this week as mentioned in my last letter. We praise the Lord for providing a significant portion of this cost through faithful supporters. God is good! Please pray for us as we move and re- settle. We are excited. We look forward to what God has for us in Abuja, as we preach the wonderful Gospel message!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We love you and pray for you!

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Joel Desir November 2019 Prayer Letter

By Joel Desir, Haiti

Dear Pastor and Church Family,
Greetings again in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Lord has been so good to us. There are so many things to be thankful for. Our ministry is doing well. We had the last church service at our old house on October 30th and began meeting at our new church property on November 3rd, even though it is not completely finished. We have been working to put on the roof for the last month. According to the contractor it should be finished December 8th. It is great to see the progress. We only need about $6,000 dollars to complete the church. Thank you for all those who have donated toward this project. New Testament Baptist Church is averaging about 150 people. Eighty one people have been baptized, two hundred forty people have accepted Christ and ten men have surrendered to preach since the church began one year ago.

December 15th-18th, we will be having our first National Bible Conference at New Testament Baptist Church in Haiti. There will be several national pastors attending the conference and four pastors from America who will be preaching for us. We are planning to have evening services with some morning teaching sessions.

Deborah Desir
November 24, 2019

January 21, 2020, we are planning to begin the Bible Institute, with Pastor Paul from Michigan being the first teacher.

God has blessed us with a precious baby girl, Deborah Desir. She was born on November 24, 2019, a few weeks after her due date. We are so thankful for all who prayed for a safe delivery.

I am flying to Haiti on Monday, Dec. 2. Lottie and Deborah will stay until the baby gets her passport to fly to Haiti.

Please pray for the upcoming events. Thank you again for partnering with us.

For His Glory,

The Joel Desir Family

You can download a PDF version of this letter if you would like it for printing.

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Into All The World: Volume 8, Issue 5

Ministering in the Storm

Kevin and Stacy Berg minister to the Lakota Sioux

Dark foreboding clouds gathered swiftly together from the Western horizon as shadowy horseman preparing for battle, ready to unleash their pent-up fury and weapons of war, long-prepared. Thunderous battle cries shook the earth accompanied by violent winds, and searing flashes of light as they anticipated unloading their destructive payload of stinging watery darts and piercing icy arrows, from above. Thunderstorms on the High Plains are always fearsome displays of the power of our Creator best observed from safety indoors. I, however, was on my way to make some visits on the western side of the Reservation, rushing headlong into the raging battle of hot and cold masses of air.

The onslaught was awe-inspiring but short-lived; and, as I was close to my destination and had turned to the north, I was able to look back on the angry but exhausted clouds, seemingly mustering for another charge. There in the midst of the darkness was a rainbow, a symbol of the unassailable promises of God. I stopped alongside the lonely country road to take a few pictures of this welcome sight. When l removed my sunglasses, I realized that the rainbow was faint enough where I might have missed it altogether without those special lenses. Ministry on the Reservation is much like being in the midst of a storm. However, the two enemies doing battle on this forsaken field are not heat and cold but light and darkness, in the spiritual realm. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the endless victories of darkness as life after life is snuffed out too soon, as are the fleeting spiritual victories. If one is not careful, discouragement can become a way of life, all too easily. In order to pierce the darkness and see the rainbows of God’s promises in the heart of the storms, we must look through the lens of the Word of God. Though God’s promises sometimes seem faint and far away, they are ever-present, anchored in the Eternal One, steadfast and sure. Those who dare to minister in the storm must be careful to stay close to the Master of the winds and the sea. For thirteen years, God has preserved us in this dark place, many times reaching down and grabbing us as we began to sink beneath the swollen relentless waves, overwhelmed by the storm. We thank God for his faithfulness!

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BIO Training Week Coming Soon

A Word From the Office

We are looking forward to our annual Training Week. It will be held June 18-21. We will have a few new missionary candidates and some veteran missionaries interacting for the week. Please pray for Brother Terry Childers, our General Director, as he plans and moderates this meeting. The theme is Redeeming the Time from Ephesians 5:18. Please pray for the safety of the missionaries traveling and that this week will be an edifying time spiritually and a encouraging time practically as we focus on technical sessions as well.


Visa Hurdles!

When Obstacles Become Opportunities

One of the bigger challenges a missionary may face is obtaining the proper Visa in order to be legal in the country they are called to serve. For many missionaries around the world this is becoming increasingly challenging. Countries are not opening their borders to church-planting missionaries these days. Nevertheless, We can appeal to a higher authority. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

Mike and Paula Ferus are a case in point. They write: “We have taken a trip to the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the second time. We have tried to get a retirement visa, a three-year visitor’s visa, or even a single year visa, but it seems as if that door of ministry may be closing for us. The man in charge would not even accept our paperwork for any of the above mentioned visas. We will be returning on a 90 day visitor’s visa on July 2, as we seek to see what we can do going forward from there. There is the possibility that we could start a church in the neighboring country of Botswana. There is a BIO church which was planted for the Deaf in Ramotswa, but it could also have a hearing church in the same building. We are praying to see if God wants us to move to the country of Botswana and start on a new mission field. God is in control, and we know that He closes one door and opens another. Pray that we will be sensitive to His leading in this matter.”

Please pray for Mike and Paula Ferus and pray for other missionaries too. Pray as Paul prayed in Colossians 4:3, “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ…”

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High Plains Thunderstorm

Kevin and Stacy Berg minister to the Lakota Sioux

Dark foreboding clouds gathered swiftly together from the Western horizon as shadowy horseman preparing for battle, ready to unleash their pent-up fury and weapons of war, long-prepared. Thunderous battle cries shook the earth accompanied by violent winds, and searing flashes of light as they anticipated unloading their destructive payload of stinging watery darts and piercing icy arrows, from above. Thunderstorms on the High Plains are always fearsome displays of the power of our Creator best observed from safety indoors. I, however, was on my way to make some visits on the western side of the Reservation, rushing headlong into the raging battle of hot and cold masses of air.

The onslaught was awe-inspiring but short-lived; and, as I was close to my destination and had turned to the north, I was able to look back on the angry but exhausted clouds, seemingly mustering for another charge. There in the midst of the darkness was a rainbow, a symbol of the unassailable promises of God. I stopped alongside the lonely country road to take a few pictures of this welcome sight. When I removed my sunglasses, I realized that the rainbow was faint enough where I might have missed it altogether without those special lenses. Ministry on the Reservation is much like being in the midst of a storm. However, the two enemies doing battle on this forsaken field are not heat and cold but light and darkness, in the spiritual realm. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the endless victories of darkness as life after life is snuffed out too soon, as are the fleeting spiritual victories. If one is not careful, discouragement can become a way of life, all too easily. In order to pierce the darkness and see the rainbows of God’s promises in the heart of the storms, we must look through the lens of the Word of God. Though God’s promises sometimes seem faint and far away, they are ever-present, anchored in the Eternal One, steadfast and sure. Those who dare to minister in the storm must be careful to stay close to the Master of the winds and the sea. For thirteen years, God has preserved us in this dark place, many times reaching down and grabbing us as we began to sink beneath the swollen relentless waves, overwhelmed by the storm. We thank God for his faithfulness!

I knocked on the door, unsure if anyone was home or if they would answer if they were. Toni opened the door and immediately began to cry as she left it open and walked away in a silent invitation. Her brother had gotten into a car with friends the night before, and that was the last time she saw him. He and two others went to a bar and on their return trip the car flipped over and two of the three entered eternity. One was her younger brother who had been staying with her. I witnessed to Toni at length not too long ago but she considers herself to be a follower of her native religion, probably by upbringing more than choice. And now I spoke to her again about the brevity of life and the promises of God and prayed with her. She has already lost three of her younger siblings and she is only thirty. Pray with me that God will open her eyes. I went back to see her but she sent her niece to run interference and I haven’t caught her or her boyfriend Spencer at home since. Last time I saw him he was very thin, and the thought crossed my mind that he might be using meth, like so many around him. Pray for him too.

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Into All The World: Volume 8, Issue 4

Burgers, Cow Pies, and Sign Classes

The Remington Deaf Ranch Ministers on the Island of Mindanao

Feeding burgers to the 200 Deaf Vacation Bible School kids was a fun task in Tangub City, Mindanao, Philippines for graduation day! We were only there for the last day, but were given the honor to give a testimony and preach. We also helped hand out awards to the kids. Paul and I sang Jesus Loves Me while I signed it. This amazing church held five different Deaf Vacation Bible Schools throughout the city with two or more workers per group. It was a fun time!

One Sunday Paul preached at a church, while I presented my testimony and preached at another church in the same area for the morning services. We had to cross a cow pasture to get to the church. I warned my Remington Ranch student to watch his step, or he might become a cowboy!

We held a sign language class for several days. There are enough students from four churches to have reasonable deaf ministries in each church. Each of these also has potential of doing a deaf Sunday school class. During the classes we had a day for them to teach lessons from the Bible. On another day we had men and boys preach short, four minute messages in signs. The girls shared their life verses. They will grow in time, and Missionary Bob Himes has offered to help them.

We thank the Lord, that many Deaf were saved during our mission trip!


BIO News

A Word From the Office

We praise the Lord that Travis and Faye Dykes have returned safe from a successful trip to Ethiopia and Zambia. Much was accomplished for Joyce’s Kids Ministry!

We are currently working on plans for our 2019 Training School (June 18-21). We look to have three new missionary candidate families, along with some of our veteran missionaries participate. It will be a great week. Please pray for the planning, preparation, and participation!


Home Safe From Venezuela!

From Jason and Sarah Sykes

We are so grateful for all the prayers of those who followed us via social media (Facebook) through our departure from Venezuela. It has been quite some time since we have been able to communicate through prayer letter because of both the internet situation as well as the electricity situation. While we were still there, I had to be very careful how we communicated as to not draw any attention to us or say anything that might flag the interest of someone who was a Chavista. Although we were never personally threatened, rumblings in the street showed us that things were taking a turn and it was time to leave.

Our departure was nothing short of miraculous. Even our departure has served many in Venezuela as a testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of uncertain times. About a week before we left, the whole country had a five day blackout. The only places that had light were the presidential palace and the people who had electric generators. It was definitely a faith strengthening time because as it was happening, we had no idea how long the blackout would last. God was good and even our frozen meat and vegetables were able to be used up until the last day. It was during the next week we saw that the U.S. Embassy was making a complete evacuation of Venezuela. We had seen the embassy evacuate nonessential personnel in the past, but this was the first time that they evacuated everyone and the decision was unanimous that we leave the country. Since our departure blackouts have become the norm.

Please pray for the people there. We struggled with our emotions leaving. Thankfully, the church we left had a national pastor, and God continues to do a great work, but our hearts are still there! Please pray that we will soon see the fall of the dictator in order to return again next year after our furlough.

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