Dr. Richard Vick With the Lord

Our founder and friend Dr. Richard Vick passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Monday, June 22, 2020. As a missionary who traveled the world and worked in several countries, he took his final trip to be with the Lord that he lived his life to serve.

Receiving of friends will take place at Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 30 from 5-7p. Funeral service to follow at the church.

Dr. Vick will be laid to rest in Maynardville, Tennessee next to Mrs. Joyce Vick. A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday July 1.

Faith Baptist Church
118 Colossians Ct.
Jefferson City, TN

The service will be live-streamed from the church’s website and Facebook page.

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Dr. Neal Beard Services

Dr. Neal Beard, a dear friend of BIO and former executive council member, passed away last week. His obituary and funeral service are available at the funeral home website. Service to be held today at 1 pm eastern time.

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An Update on Our Missionaries and COVID-19

BIO president, John Yingling, offers an encouraging word about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting our missionaries around the world.

At this time, none of our missionaries are known to have the virus. Of course that could change. Pray for them.

In this video you will see how God is working in the ministry of one of our missionaries as a direct result of the quarantining that is taking place in Nigeria. You will also be encouraged to continue supporting your missionaries through prayer and finances.

May God bless you as you serve Him while ministering to the missionaries you support.

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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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