2022 BIO Fall Meeting

First Baptist Church of Ruskin, Florida will host the BIO Fall Meeting in 2022. Pastor Barry Rumsey, BIO vice president, invites you to attend the meeting on November 10 and 11.

More details about the various meetings each year can be found at the BIO Meetings website.

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Into All the World: Volume 10, Issue 12

SEIZING CHRISTMAS IN CANADA

James and Karen Howard

We are excited and pleased to announce our newest seasonal evangelistic initiative. As you read this letter, an estimated 107,000 Canadian immigrants (arriving between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021) have chosen to settle in Ontario. The Toronto area’s municipalities are places regularly recommended for immigrants to settle. No doubt, many of these new residents know very little about the meaning of Christmas. Added with the others, these immigrants represent a beautiful and culturally diverse mosaic.

We are attempting to seize this Christmas season as an opportunity to share Christ with them and others in a distinctive way. This season, we are conveying the message of hope and grace found in Jesus Christ through our new responsive website—ThisisChristmas.ca. The website’s purpose is to impact Canadians everywhere with the Gospel and to promote our church in the communities in which we serve. Its content conveys the truths of the human condition and the need for Jesus Christ with a collection of brief and engaging Gospel articles and other content. Please pray for this effort!


MERRY CHRISTMAS

Office News

While some BIO missionaries have struggled this year with COVID restrictions and travel difficulties, others have enjoyed tremendous spiritual success. We rejoice over the many souls that have been saved and baptized around the world, and we praise the Lord for the local churches that have been established. We are most thankful, however, that our God chose to become a man and dwell with us. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Hallelujah!

Thank you for your faithful partnership with BIO and with Joyce’s Kids. We hope that this Christmas season will be one filled with God’s richest blessings! “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)


LATIN AMERICAN DIRECTOR’S YEAR IN REVIEW

Jeff and Sandra Price

Merry Christmas friends and partners! We trust that the Lord is blessing you as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This year has passed by rapidly, and a lot is changing in the world in which we live. Fortunately, we worship a God who does not change, and we can remain confident in our salvation and calling! This has indeed been an interesting year that has seen us travel over 50,000 miles as we visited over 60 churches in 27 States. In addition to our travel in the US, we were also blessed to spend time in Bolivia.

Interestingly, the day we returned to the United States, our government put out warnings encouraging Americans to reconsider travel to Bolivia due to the unrest and the pandemic. The same is true in many areas of Latin America. That said, as the Lord opens doors we will be returning to Bolivia next year as well as ministering in Peru, Chile, and Mexico. While in these countries, we will be focusing on leadership development and pastoral training. We are thankful that God is allowing us to partner with you to reach people with the Gospel.

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Into All the World: Volume 10, Issue 11

FRUIT IN HAITI

Joel and Lottie Desir

Brother lclair is my assistant Pastor. He shared with me a salvation story about Marijo. She was a prostitute. He met her on visitation and invited her to church. She said she would not come. lclair asked her where she would go if she died. Marijo said she would go to Hell for the life she was living, and that there was no way she could be saved. Brother lclair showed her from the Bible how to be saved, and she received Christ as her Savior.

One Sunday she came to church while I was preaching on sin. After the service she came to me and said she needed to speak with me. So, the next day she came in to my office, and told me how the sermon convicted her. She thought everything I mentioned in the sermon was about her. She explained to me she was a prostitute, but would be one no longer. Later, she was baptized and is now continuing to serve the Lord. Please pray for her.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Office News

Thank you for your faithful partnership with us here at BIO. Like Paul, we can say, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love…” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3) Happy Thanksgiving!

Please mark your calendars for next year’s BIO Fall Meeting. First Baptist Church of Ruskin, Florida will host this meeting. We have scheduled this meeting for November 10-11, 2022. The theme for this meeting is Taking Up His Yoke. Visit our meeting website for more information.


Paulo and Marilza Tavares

We have been continually blessed and encouraged on furlough this fall. We are having a wonderful time going to each of our supporting churches and giving a report of what the Lord has done with us regarding our ministry in Brazil. The pastors, brothers and sisters in Christ have demonstrated their love, appreciation and generosity!

We attended our mission board’s Fall Meeting in Fostoria, Ohio. During the meeting we were presented with a very nice plaque for 20 years of serving the Lord in Brazil. Our Pastor, Rodney Love, surprised us by driving all the way from Bensalem, Pennsylvania to present us with the plaque. We then visited several of our supporting churches in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. In Vermont we had the privilege of being the key note speaker at the mission’s conference.

We still have some more churches to visit and share God’s work in Brazil before we go back to Texas. Unfortunately, we were on a short furlough and did not have the time to visit all of our supporting churches. During our next furlough, we will make sure to start with those that we could not see at this time.

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Into All the World: Volume 10, Issue 10

SEEDS PLANTED, GREAT STEPS IN ROMANIA

Gemma Mastromarino

Teaching English has been one of my primary outreaches in the community. On average, 27 young people come into my house every week for English classes, giving me a unique opportunity to create personal relationships with each one. Because I use a Christian curriculum, my students are introduced to Christian principles and thoughts. Many of my students ask questions about the vocabulary, we get into conversations about reading texts, and with my older students, we are including the history books to talk about rights and freedoms.

One of our activities during history class was talking about the four basic rights and freedoms and how each one affects the others. They then wrote in a journal which freedom they thought was most important, without any specific directions from me. Many of them chose to write about the freedom of religion, because they said that when you take away their right to believe in God, you take away their right to express their thoughts in speech, writing, and the ability to assemble with people of similar beliefs. “It takes away your soul,” as one of my students said. The seeds are planted.

Many of my elementary students also regularly join me in attending camps where they hear the Gospel and how to grow in their faith. This year, three of my kids who do not attend church told me they love coming to camp because they get to learn about God while having fun. They even asked if they could invite their friends next year. Great steps!


CONFERENCE, COLLEGES, AND COVID

Office News

The Lord blessed our BIO Fall Meeting. Dillon Road Baptist Church in Fostoria, Ohio went above and beyond in their ministry to us as hosts of the meeting. All of the messages hit the theme (Serving as Senders) and challenged us. It was a special blessing to have Dr. Charles Keen preach for us again. Over $11,000 was raised in a special offering for the office and $5,000 was given to help rebuild an earthquake ravished church in Bali.

Please pray for our ministry at Pensacola Christian College this week and at Ambassador Baptist College next week. We praise the Lord for the opportunity that we have to mingle with the students, teach classes, and challenge the students for missions.

Thank you for your partnership with us and our missionaries. COVID continues to be a challenge in many countries. In spite of today’s challenges, the work of God continues around the world through your prayers and missionary support. Please pray specifically for several missionaries who are in need of visas. Many countries have tightened their borders due to COVID.


PUSHING TOWARD BOLIVIA

Matt and Melany Parrott

Your prayers and support sustain us. We are on the road, having been in 11 states, to date. We have had the pleasure of visiting many precious churches and countless individuals as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the ministry that we have received from Him to be His ambassadors in a foreign country. It’s been a busy summer, but God continues to go before us every step of the way. The Lord has seen us through an encounter with COVID, given us grace as we’ve added to our family when we rescued a dog, and He’s kept our home on wheels running in tip top shape.

We have big news to share with you! Our girls, Tallulah and Lilly have declared their surrender to Christ, and they both desire to live their lives in obedience to Him and His Word! Praise The Lord! What a joyous answer to prayer! Thank you for praying with us for the salvation of our children these months and years. Please continue to pray with us as we disciple and encourage them in their new walk and daily submission to Christ.

NOTE: Matt and Melany Parrott have attended language school and would love to move their family to the field next spring. Please prayerfully consider them as your missionaries to Bolivia.

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Into All the World: Volume 10, Issue 8

GOOD NEWS FROM MERIDA, YUCATAN

Bill and Jennifer Green, Missionaries to the Deaf

As in many churches around the world, COVID prompted new ministries for us using the internet. During the “lockdown” we posted three videos a week. We started livestreaming the preaching every Wednesday night and then posting it onto Facebook making it available online. Jennifer started teaching an online Ladies Deaf Bible study on Monday nights with two missionary ladies from other parts of Mexico. This fall, I have agreed to teach a class in an online Baptist Bible Institute for the Deaf located in Chiapas, Mexico. Please pray that God will continue to bless these new methods of reaching and training the Deaf for Christ.

On Saturday July 31, I had the privilege of baptizing one of our newer young men. Kevin had accepted Christ as his Savior back in November and has been slowly growing in the knowledge and grace of our Lord. When it came to being obedient in baptism, though, Kevin always hesitated. He finally surrendered to the Lord’s will and was baptized in the new baptismal at the Potter’s House Baptist Church. This is a hearing church plant that God allowed us to help start in 2018-19. The church is doing well under national pastor, Mario Caballos, who is a valued friend. We thank God for the great day we had and ask that you pray that Kevin will have a strong desire to always be obedient to God.


BIO FALL MEETING

Office News

We are looking forward to our annual BIO Fall Meeting in Fostoria, OH. The conference is set for October 21-22. Please visit biomeetings.org and make plans to attend! The theme is Serving as Senders. We have a great line up of speakers and good music lined up. We are thankful for Dillon Road Baptist Church; they are hosting this meeting.

There will be a SMART Module dealing with cross-cultural ministry on October 20.

We thank you for your partnership with us and our missionaries. COVID continues to be a challenge in many countries. In spite of today’s challenges, the work of God continues around the world through your prayers and support.


Thailand Bound!

Jeremy and Ling Meir

The [country where we were serving] will remain closed for at least another year, but the Lord has opened the door for us to make a move to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Praise the Lord; we have the visa that is needed! We are now waiting for a Certificate of Entry (COE). We are hoping to get it this week. If all goes according to plan, we will fly out to Bangkok on September 8.

We will have to stay 14 days in quarantine. After quarantine is finished, we will make our way to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai has many [people we were working with]! We will lead Bible studies. We want to see people come to know Christ and grow in the Lord.

We are hoping that this will be a temporary move. Our heart is still in [our previous country] and with the work that we started. It breaks our hearts that we cannot return at this time. However, this is out of our control. So, we are hoping to see God do some great things in Thailand until the border of [of our country] opens and we are allowed to return.

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