Bethel Baptist Deaf Church: Dodoma, Tanzania

Missionary Frank Laurent has been ministering faithfully in his home country of Tanzania since the summer of 2011. Bro. Frank is Deaf and has a burden to continue growing the church that he started a few years ago in the capital city of Dodoma. The church is growing and they are now constructing a church building. They started the project in October of 2014 and are building as they get the funds to do so.

Here is a letter from Bro. Frank explaining the building and the current needs for their construction.

Dear Friend,
We praise the Lord for His continued blessings upon our ministry among the Deaf of Tanzania. We have undertaken the project of building a new church building where the Deaf will come to worship the Lord. The project has been in progress since October 2014. This is taking too long because of financial difficulty in funding the project. However, we are grateful to God that we have received some donations that enabled us to build the walls and put up timbers for the roof installation. The project is expected to be fully completed by July 2017, but this will depend on the funding.

Our current challenge is that we’re raising funds to purchase the needed materials, and these materials are: iron roofing sheets, plumbing fixtures, electrical materials, tiles for flooring, cement, doors and windows. In order to finish everything we would need $12,000 more.

The building consists of the worship auditorium with a capacity of 250 seats, 4 rooms for offices, 1 classroom, 2 self-contained rooms for visitors (prophet’s chamber), meeting room, kitchen, lounge, and bathroom.


You can support Bro. Frank’s building project through PayPal or bysending funds through BIO. I would be glad to help answer any questions you might have. Click the photos to enjoy a larger version of them.

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SMART Conference: Essentials of SMART Computing

SMART Conference

The SMART ministry of BIO will conduct a SMART training session at Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Tennessee. This will be in conjunction with the church’s annual missions conference.

The classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24. SMART classes are free and available to other missionaries of like faith who would like to attend. If you are interested in the classes, please contact SMART via email or call the BIO office to let us know that you would like to participate. BIO can be reached at 865-262-0900.

Essentials of SMART Computing

What to Do With a New Computer

When you get a new computer you may need to transfer information from an old machine to the new one. In this module we will talk about what kinds of information is easily transferable and what is not. Then we will discuss various ways to make the transition to a new machine. You will also learn about various programs that you can use on your new machine.

Backup Solutions and Cloud Storage

Learn about the principle of 3-2-1 backup: 3 copies of everything, 2 different formats, at least 1 off-site. It is easy to make a backup of your system; it is not always easy to make it automated and up to date. We will talk about various backup strategies and online storage options. If you bring a portable hard drive with you to class we can actually walk through making a quick and easy backup while we are at class together.

Password Managers

Did you know that your bank password is not the most important password you own? In this session we will talk about what makes a good password and why you should never reuse a password. Then we will look at a couple of tools that make using good passwords a breeze without causing your head to explode.

Basic Network Troubleshooting

Your Internet connection has died. How can you tell if it is your computer, Wi-Fi, router, modem or actual service provider? Many times unplugging everything and restarting will fix the problem, but it would be nice to know which piece is malfunctioning so that it can be fixed and save you further frustration.

Software: How to Use Your Office Programs

Whether you use Microsoft Office, Google Docs or Apple Computer’s iWork office suite, there are some time saving tips that will help you get much more done when you learn about them. Though we won’t go into building pivot tables in a spreadsheet, you will learn how to do basic calculations in Excel (or similar program) and how to format long documents in your word processor to make them easier to edit later.

Prayer Letters

Did you know it is possible to have your email address blocked so that you can’t send or receive messages? Don’t risk losing control of the address that is printed on all your prayer cards and prayer letters. Use a free mailing list service to let you see who actually opens your prayer letter and to keep you from getting banned by your email host.

Please contact us if you plan to attend so that we can be better prepared. Lunch will be provided both days after the classes.

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Into All the World: Volume 5, Issue 12

Merry Christmas from South Africa

From Chris & Lucinda Radebaugh

Merry Christmas! Many of you receiving this are experiencing the white snow that brings with it the nostalgic feelings of childhood. We miss the snow for Christmas. We’ve spent most Christmases outside of the US, away from family. It is a bittersweet time of year.

Lucinda’s ministry continues to bless the lives of young women through Biblical counsel and encouragement. We have a school for the Deaf in Pretoria that is interested in allowing her time during the week to talk to young ladies of the school in 2017. Be in prayer as pregnancy without marriage and abortion are at very high rates here.

The works in Zimbabwe and Lesotho are doing well. Lesotho has presented challenges in that the Deaf are more closed to the Gospel. One of our upcoming graduates feels called to missions there. He and his future wife will do a good work alongside the missionaries we already have there. We currently have two missionaries sent from the church there.


Merry Christmas to You!

We praise the Lord often for the ministry that He has given us around the world. That ministry is possible because of your prayers and faithful support! Thank you for your partnership! Thank you for your faithfulness! We thank God for you! We here at the BIO office wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!


Newly Approved Missionaries

From John Yingling

Joe and Michele Parrock have been approved as missionaries to Costa Rica and Panama. I have known the Parrock family since the early nineties. They were colleagues of mine as missionaries sent out of Roanoke Baptist Church in Roanoke, IN. Brother Parrock is a graduate of Midwestern. Michele grew up at Milford under Dr. Charles Keen until she and her family moved to Roanoke, IN.

Joe and Michele have been faithful missionaries for almost thirty years. They planted a church in Costa Rica that continues to this day. They have pioneered works in Panama as well. Later they planted Spanish works in the US. Joe is currently the Spanish pastor at Shawnee Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Please pray for them as they transition back to the foreign field.

Joe and Michele will be a blessing to any church! They will encourage your people in missions, in particular, the Spanish speaking world. Contact them today.

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Explanation of My Resignation

Adoniram Judson said, “The motto for every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster ought to be “Devoted for Life.” A preacher friend of mine was being interviewed as a possible candidate for pastor of a church, and they asked the question, “How long were you at your last church?” He told them and then added, “but I’ve been with the company for a long time.” Faye and I entered the full-time service of the Lord for life in 1962, and 54 years later we still expect to fulfill that obligation. We signed on with BIO in 1999, and after nearly 18 years I cannot imagine ever severing that relationship. However, at this point in life I believe I have so many more things to offer that will be more helpful to the cause of missions than serving as president of BIO. There are others who can preside over things as well or better than I, and I can give my full attention to helping missionaries and churches. Therefore, at our annual meeting, November 17, I submitted my resignation as President of BIO to become effective December 31. I am in no way resigning from BIO or missions; I am simply transitioning. I want to concentrate on some things that I have not had total liberty to do before, because of the restraints of time and other obligations. One of the people quite able to oversee the work of BIO is Dr. John Yingling, who will assume this responsibility January 1, 2017. He has been with BIO for 16 years and knows every facet of the work. I ask that you pray for him.

I will maintain my seat on the Executive Council and, at their request, assume the title of International Ambassador. My intent is to work directly with missionaries, pastors and churches to promote missions around the world. We will preach, teach and evangelize on the mission field, and help with various special projects. I will hold some regional pastors meetings, represent BIO wherever possible, help to recruit missionaries, and, perhaps, do some writing.

We need your prayer and financial support more than we ever have before. Several times I have prayed Dr. Vance Havner’s prayer; “Lord, leave me not a worthless workman in a world full of work.” Up to this time, He has graciously answered my prayer. We have several meetings in the works for next year, and are available to help any of you to enhance your mission outreach. Billy Graham said, “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” This is our great confidence at this point of our life and service.

You can get our current contact information by calling the BIO office or contacting me through email.

 

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November Meeting 2016 Messages

We praise the Lord for a good November Meeting. Faith Baptist Church did a wonderful job hosting the conference. We missed the Pigeon Forge setting, but the atmosphere of the meeting itself made up for that.

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