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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Into All The World: Volume 8, Issue 1

First Sunday in Haiti

By Joel Desir, Missionary to Haiti

For our first Sunday we had our red truck and white bus to pick up people. Not many rode them, so we thought there might be only a few people for the morning service, but the Lord blessed and surprised us. We had 80 people in the morning service and 93 for the evening service! Most of these people walked to the church. At least 23 people were saved! For the last three weeks we have averaged over 100 in the Sunday services and 22 additionally have been saved.

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We Wish You A Blessed Year!

By John Yingling

Last year four million dollars came through BIO for the work of missions around the world. Tens of thousands of John & Romans and Gospel tracts have been distributed. Hearing and Deaf souls have been saved literally around the world. New churches have been started in Chile, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia. Some of the more exciting stories have come from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Egypt and South Sudan. We praise God for what He has done together with you through BIO.

We look forward to another great year with even more souls saved. We expect the opening of another school for the Deaf in Zambia and anticipate new church plants among several different people groups. We wish you a blessed year! Our focus is Helping You Fulfill the Great Commission in 2019! Let us know how we can assist in what God is doing through you!


Worthy of Support!

By John Yingling

It has been a thrill to participate with Go Deaf Missions. The team is made up of John and Tricia Olson along with Paul Mosley and Anna Gilkey. Paul is a BIO missionary and currently on deputation. He is a fine young man and a valuable team member. He is worthy of support! Would you consider supporting him?

Go Deaf Missions

Recently Paul wrote this: “As you are lifting your brothers and sisters in Christ up in prayer, please remember the Go Deaf Missions team and me. The Go Deaf Missions team will be traveling to Peru this March and April. Please pray for the team’s safety, protection, and health. Please pray for our team leader, Bro. John Olson, as he preaches at a deaf camp in Cusco, Peru. Pray for Mrs. Tricia Olson and the other team members as they minister to the Peruvian people. I’m unfortunately not going to be with the team in Peru because I need to focus on raising my support. As for me, I humbly ask for courage to call pastors to set up meetings and boldness to share my burden with churches that I visit. I also need God’s help in preaching because I will be preaching at a couple of churches at the end of January and February this year. Thank you so much for praying for me! May the Lord our God bless you and lead you this year.”

Please contact Paul Mosley for more information or to schedule a meeting with him while he is on deputation.

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Joel Desir December 2018 Prayer Letter

By Joel Desir

Dear Pastor and Church Members,

Greetings from Haiti! I want to say thank you for all your prayers and finances you have invested for the dying souls in Haiti. I remember when I came to your churches, I said that if you help me get to Haiti with your prayers and your support it would not take me long to start a church, because I know the language and culture. What makes me thankful to the Lord and happy is because I kept what I said on deputation. We arrived in Haiti on September 29, 2018. We began soul winning immediately, and New Testament Baptist Church started November 11, 2018. For our first Sunday we had our red truck and white bus to pick up people. Not many rode them, so we thought there might be only a few people for the morning service, but the Lord blessed and surprised us. We had eighty people in the morning service and ninety-three for the evening service! Most of those people walked to the church. About twenty-three people got saved! We were grateful for the extra help that came to help us that day. For the last three weeks we have averaged over one hundred in the Sunday services and twenty-two additionally have been saved.

This last Sunday six people followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. This is a big step for them because in this area they are about tradition and they don’t believe in immersion. Bob was one of the men baptized. He came to church a few weeks ago for the first time, but he refused to sit down for the service. He just remained standing. Later that week, I went to visit him. He got saved. When I told him he needed to get baptized after getting saved, his wife tried to discourage him because of their traditions, but after I showed him verses in the Bible, he chose to be baptized! We were needing someone to drive the white bus and Bob wanted to help out. Sunday was his first time driving and he did a fantastic job. We have started the church in the garage of our house and it is already too small for the attendance that we have had. Please pray for the Lord to provide land for us to build his church.

If you would like to contact me, my skype number is 772-266-0122. I have started a face book account under my name Joel Desir and you will see some pictures, videos and online preaching there. Please continue to pray for me as I preach the Gospel to my Haitian people.

In Christ,

Joel Desir

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