Feb 13

While It Is Today: Vision

Feb 07

While it is Today! Encouragement with Bishop Bob Coulter

Jan 23

Bishop Coulter: the word from the Lord for TMCI 2018

This is the word I received from the Lord for TMCI for 2018

This going to be a year of explosion. The Holy Spirit will bring forth new revelation in your life. We will experience explosive growth spiritually and numerically. The Lord says, “Go deeper in Me and I will bring you to a higher plain so that I can give you new revelation. You will be able to see beyond the horizon with your own eyesight and will see with spiritual eyesight what I have for you. But you must pay the price of time and effort to know Me better. Much I have for those who will go deeper in Me. Much more for those who truly take the time with Me, so I can speak to them in that still quiet voice. Those who go deeper in Me will go farther this year in the spiritual and physical areas of their lives. I am ready to explode your ministry so that I may be glorified for what I accomplish through you. Go deeper and I will empower you for great and mighty works. Go deeper and know that I am God, and nothing is impossible with Me. Go deeper and I will reveal the secrets of the kingdom to you. Go deeper and reap the benefits of My blessing and empowerment. Go deeper and receive the renewed anointing in your life. Go deeper and I will give you the desires of your heart because your heart will be filled with My desires. Go deeper and you will see the salvation of the Lord in all that you do.” Thus says the Lord.

 

Jan 09

Walking on the Word Ministries, Doug, Chris and Mae

 

It Has Been A Busy Year.

2017  What a busy year!  As we look back at when we sent our last newsletter we see that it has been almost a year.  And for this we apologize!  We have done a little traveling, worked at various projects and with many mission teams, and had a little fun with friends along the way.  If you are a regular reader of our emails then you know that in the past year Chris was promoted to the Director of the English Department at La Vega Christian School when the previous director had to leave to help out with his sick parents.  Doug had been the interim pastor at The Bridge Church, and since the return of the founding pastor, has been given the job of Assistant Pastor and Administrator.  Besides working full-time at La Vega Christian School, Chris enjoys tutoring private English classes in the afternoons.  Doug has also started some tutoring of his own with two people that he is helping out.  The main work that Doug continues to do is administrative in nature.  He continues to keep track of project monies for different building projects and he also works closely with the logistics of teams that come to help the ministry here.  We are currently working on 3 different building projects: one church, and two classrooms.  The church is in a community in the mountains named Tireo.  They are currently meeting in a small wooden building.  This new building, when finished, will be much larger and stronger.  The classrooms are part of the Haitian school programs that we work with.  These classrooms will not just be for the schools but will double as Sunday school rooms for the churches.

Ministry

With two hurricanes this past year there was plenty of work to be done.  As you can see from the photo on the left the Camu river, which runs around La Vega, overflowed its banks and did plenty of damage.  Although the neighborhood we live in saw nothing from the hurricanes, some of the poorer areas near the river had plenty of flooding.  With the help of many of you we were able to participate with other missionaries and fulfill some of the loss this poor area had.   Below we are buying and handing out sheet sets, pillows, frying pans, and chairs from donations that came into Walking On The Word Ministries.  During this event we were also able to give out clothing and stove tops that were donated by others.

Teams

During the year we had many different mission teams come through.  As mentioned before, one of Doug’s many different administrative responsibilities is to coordinate teams that come.  This past year we had teams from all over the United States.  They helped with church services, United For Him, summer VBS, construction, and end of the year Haitian school parties.  They shared The Gospel by giving a helping hand and sharing the love of Christ.

Projects

We are currently working on many different building projects.  This includes a church, two education buildings, bathrooms for a church, and a house.  To the left you can see the holes for the foundation at one of the education buildings.  Below you can see people working on the foundation of the church in Tireo.  Thank you for your help with the ministry here in the D.R.

A little about Chris

Chris had the privilege to speak on Mission’s Day at La Vega Christian School about mission’s in the USA.  She also had the amazing opportunity to lead the 30 Hour Famine with the senior class, where they learned the importance of giving of themselves to help others. She is very busy with her work at La Vega Christian School and her private tutoring but is loving it!  Here are some pictures of Chris for you to enjoy.

Christmas Boxes

Each year we do a little Christmas party with as many of the Haitian schools as we can.  Along with a little food we hand out Christmas boxes to the children.  It is a lot of fun but a lot of work.  Thank you for all that you do so that we can do our little part here in the Dominican Republic.

Travel

The Dominican Republic is a land of much variety.  We had the opportunity to travel to a few different locations this past year that we have been wanting to visit.  In January, we had to opportunity to go with some friends to a natural spot in the middle of the capital called Los Tres Ojos.  It is a large cave that you have to go down into that has 3 pools throughout it.  It is very interesting to walk through and very beautiful.  It is hard to believe that you are in the middle of a major city when you are there.  The other place that we were able to visit was Lago Enriquillo which is a salt lake that is below sea level located in a desert region of the country.  It is the home to many iguanas and alligators.  Below you are able to see a few of our pictures from these two trips.

Prayer Requests

1. Please pray for our continued health
2. The Lord’s guidance and direction
3. We are in need of a more reliable vehicle
4. Please pray for Mae and her next steps
Finally we pray that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very merry Christmas.  We also pray that you have a great new year.  We could not be here doing this with out the prayers and support of everyone reading this.  We appreciate you!  We plan on being back in the United States this summer.  Please contact us by email, Facebook, or other means if you would like us to speak to your church, small group or just for a visit.  Please consider supporting our work here this next year, either by monthly donation, special gifts, or your online shopping.

Mail gifts to:

TMCI

P. O. Box 1761

Columbia SC  29202

Jan 09

UFA Bible Ministries, Stas Karpenko

What an amazing year this has been for our family and for Ufa Bible Ministries. It has been a year of whirlwind of tasks and challenging struggles but God was giving us His victory.

In this letter I wanted to share with you about our other ”featured” believer to give you a deeper understanding how you could pray for our ministry. This is Lilia – a Bashkir lady that we have already mentioned in some of our prayer letters. She got saved while she attended med college in Ufa and was part of our church. Now lives and works in one of a county-seats in Bashkortostan. She works as a dentist for kids in a county clinic. In fact, she is the only children’s dentist for miles in that remote Muslim county. She is like a Lidya from the book of Acts – knowledgeable and reputable yet humble woman. Sometimes she battles with a Muslim ”beasts” – Islamic men who want to convert her.

Well, enough said. We ask your prayer for her that our Lord would give her a good husband.

Secondly, pray for a new church plant to be established in this county that lucks a church. Tim has finished his a half-year of homeschool successfully. He had a test on his Russian studies achievements at a local school and did great. It is interesting to observe how he picks up on Christian practices such as carrying his Gideon new testament with him, searching for a passages at the worship and so on. Another baby is growing well too.

We are now looking forward to the celebration of our Savior’s birth at a Special Christmas outreach service on January 7th.

Please pray for open hearts and minds to savor to God’s truth. Pray that, as people of Russia are as sensitive to the gospel as never during Christmas, we would have a good attendance at the service. Especially our friends and family about who we are constantly interceding before the throne. Also, we ask you to pray for closing this year financially and starting a new one with a cushion.

We are so grateful for each of you for your prayers and support of our ministries. You are great example of God’s faithfulness to us. We wish each of you wonderful Christmas season and God’s best in the new year ahead! You can make tax deductible contribution to Ufa Bible Ministries which is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Make checks payable to:

Ufa Bible Ministries (UBM)

PO Box 1761,

Columbia, SC 29202

Jan 09

Great Report from Justin and Ashli Galloway, Beautiful Harvest Project (Navajo Nation)

January 8, 2018

Psalm 126

 

What happened to 2017?  It seems like only yesterday we were on St. Simons Island planning this vision of a ministry.  

December was a tremendous undertaking but was a blessing to us as we were able to visit with friends.  The weekend of December 8th was spent with the visiting teams from the East Coast.  Tab Smith Ministries and Pure Water Ministries came and enormous efforts were put into distributing 1500+ Christmas Shoe Boxes, 250 food bags for the elderly and hats, gloves, scarves, shoes with the boxes.  This was in combination with the pastor training for all 13 partner churches.  Following this weekend two of the family members from Dine Christian Church at White Rock Point came over for dinner.  We enjoyed the conversation but know that they were asking tough questions that needed to be answered truthfully about our decision to move to the Rez as well as the adjustment following.  We have built relationship with a single father of three girls.  The elementary age girls attend church weekly and the father sees to it that they make it there each week but his belief system is Traditional Navajo.  Justin felt the Spirit prompt him to invite him to attend church and he did.  It is not our goal to evangelize to the lost but to support the Navajo in this.  However, it was a step of trust and faith on this father’s part to come and it was a confirmation in the relationships we are building here on the Rez.  

A partner church in Metter, GA, sent 50 sweatshirts with funds to purchase items to complete Christmas gift bags for the children/youth who attend VBS in the summer as well as others in the community.  These were distributed at a Christmas worship event along with the shoe boxes provided by TSM and PWM.  

Ashli and the girls were able to tag along with a leader from Dine Christian Church to deliver shoeboxes in the communities surrounding White Rock.  Actually, Ashli took the minivan off roading.  They delivered 45 shoe boxes the Sunday before Christmas.  Ashli and the girls learned how to sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Navajo and enjoyed some fun relational time with sweet Navajo friends.

First Baptist Church of Monticello collected 110 Christmas Shoe Boxes and provided them to us to distribute at our discretion.  Justin used his school contacts to set up a distribution through Tse’bii’nidzisgai Elementary School.

Faith Covenant Church of God is not a partner church of BHP but we have contacts who serve there.  They were self funding and organizing an outreach event to distribute fruit and candy bags to families in the Douglas Mesa area near Monument Valley.  They reached out to us to see if we could support their effort.  We utilized some of the TSM/PWM Christmas Shoe Boxes to do so.  They went throughout the community delivering the gifts, singing Christmas carols and praying over families.  Again, Navajo reaching Navajo! This is our desire and our mission in being here-to equip the Navajo to reach their own people

The month of December totals 1700+ contacts with the Navajo people.  With 170,000 Navajo living on the Reservation we were able to touch the lives of a full percentage point of the population with the teamwork of TSM and PWM.  That is an accomplishment with Kingdom results!

Sincerely,

Justin and Ashli Galloway

Jan 08

Important Request from Rick and Maricruz in Mexico

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2018! We are filled with anticipation looking forward to see what the Lord will do this Year. The New Year is starting out great. Yesterday the Lord Blessed us with a new Digital Transmitter for the Radio Station. It was not only an answer to prayer but a promise from God. Last Oct I was praying with friends in Bakersfield, CA. During our prayer time Paul saw an Angel enter the room holding a metal box. The Angel asked Paul to tell me that God wants to give us a Digital Transmitter. 30 minutes later Maricruz called me from Cancun and told me that the Mexican Government is requiring that we have a digital Transmitter for our radio station. The Lord is Good and Faithful.

If you remember we need to raise $18,000 to legalize our Radio Station in Mexico. We are thankful for the support that has been coming in. We still need $9,100 to meet the requirements. We are trusting in God to touch the hearts of His people to invest in this Kingdom Ministry. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Serving the King

Rick Maricruz & Daniel Szymanski

Dec 12

Beautiful Harvest Report

November 22, 2017

Psalm 126

 

Wow, October came and went and here we are at Thanksgiving.  We apologize for being late on the update but there have been pressing ministry needs and family illness that have taken the forefront in recent weeks.  

October was a great month for outreach!  Justin attended  White Cone United Methodist Church in Arizona to provide support to Pastor Rayefield Nez.  Justin was also invited to give a testimony during the service and share about Beautiful Harvest Project.  This visit was to lay the foundation for how BHP interacts with the church in the future.  Pastor Rayefield is working to recover some of the necessary infrastructure to his church that was lost following the death of his father.  Prayers and encouragement are welcomed as he works to restore stability.  Pastor Rayefield is working to identify ministry needs at this time.  We will continue to explore how we can come alongside White Cone UMC in the future.

Justin reached out to Cove Christian Church in Arizona to schedule a visit.  When Lance Barber, Youth Minister to the church learned that we had moved to the Reservation he invited our family of 5 to stay with his family of 6 in their home the night before service to prevent us from making a long drive in early that morning.  Lance and Justin had only met one time prior and none of the other family members had ever met.  We jumped right in and God rewarded us with amazing fellowship and grew our Navajo family by 6 that weekend.  Ashli and Justin both shared testimony in service on Sunday.

Ashli attended a women’s conference with CeCe, a church leader from Dine Christian Church, in Monticello, UT.  This provided great relationship building opportunity for Ashli and has absolutely exploded our ministry potential within that particular church.

Answer to Prayer !

In the September update  we mentioned the severe need for children’s Bibles in the Navajo churches.  We are pleased to announce that a church in Metter, GA stepped up and added a case of Bibles to the two we purchased.  This will help us meet the needs of 3 churches but this is just the beginning.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved in this special project.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Justin and Ashli Galloway

Dec 12

UfaBible Ministries, Spanning Continents for Christ

www.ufabible.info

 

It has been busy a few weeks but the Lord gives us strength through it all and blesses our efforts as we give Him the maximum glory with our lives. We hope all of you have had a glorious season of Thanksgiving filled with gratitude for the goodness of the Lord. We are truly grateful that you are connected with us, and that you are helping us fight in prayer for the Lord’s purposes to be accomplished on this earth.

The highlights of this month was a workshop that we did at one of the churches at the other end over the Ural Mountains. We taught leaders of that small church about every believer’s obligation to be a disciple as well as to disciple others. The outcome of the mission workshop were decisions to settle people into small groups and make a discipleship project in near future. We praise the Lord for good meetings and safe travels.

Now we ask you continue to pray for this small church to continue to grow first the all spiritually and then numerically. They face ongoing opposition and live on the front-line of spiritual warfare.

As for the family, we are all doing well. Tim is loving his homeschool as a 2nd grader and Christina is now 1 year and 7 months and growing every day. Thank you to those of you who gave materials and books for the homeschooling and for Sunday school as well.

You have been a huge blessing to us! Year-end giving. As we come to the close of 2017 some of the areas of Ufa Bible Ministries are underfunded. We are approaching the new year with a bit uncertainty but in full trust for the Lord to provide.

As our family grow we find it will be challenging in 2018 to make trips all together and paying the full prices for both our kids. We have a few of our passport’s renewals in 2018 which adds up to it. Thank you! We know we couldn’t do anything without the help of God’s people.

We are especially fond of you. Let us continue pressing forward so that we can know Jesus and make Him known.

You can make tax deductible contribution to Ufa Bible Ministries which is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Make checks payable to:

Ufa Bible Ministries (UBM)

PO Box 1761

Columbia, SC 29202

Dec 12

Christmas Newsletter from Robert and Joy Varga

Dear loved ones and friends, 


Greetings from a very hot and humid Paraguay…
We are still dreaming of having a 
white Christmas someday!
In the meantime the Lord is supplying the grace to press forward towards a new direction for us.
In our November Newsletter we let you know that reassignments were coming up for the pastors…

 Challenged!!!
 As of January 10th we are reassigned to our National Camp ground church, a country church,
 located 1 and ½ to 2 hours from where we are now!
The name of the church is 
“Peniel” which means “face to face with God”!  (Genesis 32:30)
It is a beautiful surrounding with a view towards the hills, a spectacular sight…
It reminds us of 
Psalm 121:1.  “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth”…
We will need His help and your prayers…
The church members are about 15 persons and all are neighbors  around the campsite.
Very precious and hardworking
  small-farm people…
We were asked be their pastors and build up the church membership, which will be a challenge as there are not many people around…yet!
Robert discovered a small university in a nearby village and will look into it to see if we can start an outreach there… as a backup for this little church…All things are possible with the Lord!

The people of the church have not much money.  They live from day to day and usually pay their pastor with what is available, so Robert is exploring new ideas on how to help them raise funds personally and locally for the needs of the church…
Again, there is no parsonage available for us but we can stay overnight at the campground when we need to…
We won’t be moving house this year because;
*l will still 
work at the school one full day a week with discipeling and counseling the moms of the students and possible new teachers. (On Sunday the 3rd we gave out certificates for all the moms that have been discipled. What a blessing and victory this year!!!!)
*l was reassigned as the chaplain for the National Women Federation.
*l will 
 also work one more  year with the medical clinic, unless the Lord directs me differently …

So we will be commuting and that will be time consuming and costly.  We will appreciate your prayers for traveling grace and protection on the road…
We count on the Lord to give us grace, strength, wisdom and guidance…
We are excited about the change and this little church!
Little is much when 
God is in it.  It doesn’t depend on how much or many but in how much you believe God can and will do!!! And then letting Him do it through us…

 Health and prayer requests:
We are asking for specific prayer right now.  l had another mishap with my back…
I went to the hospital and studies showed that a disk moved and is pinching a nerve, it’s very painful!
I had four days of injections. I have been wearing a back brace and applying daily deep heat and resting. Right when we are in the middle of graduations, Christmas programs, leadership meetings and changes!!!
I was doing better…Last Saturday when getting ready to go to the graduation of the seminary students, while taking a shower, reaching out for the shampoo, one slow movement, messed up everything.
Back to square one…
Robert had to go alone to the graduation and the next day we were supposed to go to the new church to be introduced by the District supervisor… Again, Robert had to go alone.
Sue
, another missionary and my prayer partner came to help me and keep me company…God bless her!

*Keep two families of our students in your prayers please… 
The mother of a 3th grader she is diagnosed with far advanced cancer of the cervix…
The father of a 7
th grade student diagnosed with meningitis…
Both families came to trust in the Lord…

Prayer changes things!!! 
Today, l am sitting behind my computer to write you this newsletter!
After the desperate prayer time yesterday with Sue and rest, l can move again…taking breaks, slow walks and stretching…l have no pain at this moment and l am so very thankful for His Grace and blessings…
Robert
 is out running errands and keeping up with the work…and giving out Christmas tracts with invitations for Bible studies.
*I
 just got news from one of the students that her father who was diagnosed with meningitis is responding well to the treatment!
Thank you Lord!
* Answered prayers aren’t merely highly unlikely coincidences…
They are the fingerprints of a living, loving God Who invites all of us to draw close to Him, the One who made us and is not far from each one of us; for in Him we 
LIVE and MOVE and have ourBEING
Acts 17:27-28…So very TRUE!!!
We want to wish you…
A very blessed Christmas and a fruitful New Year trusting Him IN all and THROUGH it all!
We are in His Hands and we can rejoice that ministry depends on His Grace and not our abilities and keeping on seeking Him for the necessary Grace to serve Him in any way He desires…
That is our wish for 2018 and for all of you…We love you!


A big hug wrapped up in prayers,


Your missionaries
Robert and Joy Varga.

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