May 17

USA Bible Ministries May Report, Stas Karpenko, Russia

Hello again from Ufa! We hope you

are starting to see signs of spring

where you are because here in Ufa it

is still chilly. Typically, spring should

be coming but practically it is still

cold. Whether it is cold of hot every

day is distinct in God’s design and we

accept it as a gift from God.

God is working

Two weeks ago, we attended an

annual conference in Kirov where

Stas was one of the speakers. Up

until the last day we didn’t know if

we will be able to fly because the air

company that flies there, uses a

small 12-15 seats turboprop. If less

than 7 people have to fly they cancel

the flight and give the money back.

They just don’t break even to burn

the fuel. When we arrived at the

airport in the morning there were 5

more people besides us, totaling 7!

We flew. And we are thankful to see

God working in our lives.

ESL school

We have started to conduct end of

year sessions for our ESL students.

They are free to not attend these

meetings but attend fully. Lots of

cups of tea along with games. Pray

for spiritual hunger in the hearts of

all of our students. Pray that some

would come to our church picnic.


In January Timothy started to attend

two facultative classes here in Ufa

apart from his two homeschooling

programs and it seems to be going

well. He is enjoying doing crafts and

swimming. Today he passed one

writing exam in Russian program and

next Tuesday he will come back to

the local school to write another test

on math. Please pray for a good

finish of the two homeschool

programs and two facultative


Prayer requests

Our planned May 9th picnic was

postponed till May 19thdue to cold

weather. Please remain in prayer for

good weather and good attendance.

This is rather neutral ground in our

context for non-Christians to come

and join us for some fellowship and

grilled meats.

Finally, plane tickets are purchased

for our upcoming trip – landing in the

US on June 6th

. We are looking to

raise new support and inform our

supporters about the work that has

been accomplished. If you are

interested in having us in or

partnering with our ministry, please

contact us.

Once again, I must include our

appreciation for your faithful support

and prayers.

You can make tax deductible contribution to Ufa

Bible Ministries which is recognized by the IRS as a

501c3 non-profit entity. Make checks payable to:

Ufa Bible Ministries

PO BOX 1761, Columbia, SC 29202

May 15

Bishop Charlie Wynn: Are you a Faith Builder, or a Faith Breaker? (#2)

May 08

Bishop Charlie Wynn: Are you a Faith Builder, or a Faith Breaker? (#1)

May 01

While It Is Today: Bishop Bob Coulter – Thoughts on Spiritual Leadership Part 5

Apr 24

While It Is Today: Bishop Bob Coulter – Thoughts on Spiritual Leadership Part 4

Apr 17

While It Is Today: Bishop Bob Coulter – Thoughts on Spiritual Leadership Part 3

Apr 13

Spring Newsletter, Arlene Reitz, Bridges of Grace, Guatemala

          My Prayer is: Passion for His Purpose – Compassion for His People

                            My Purpose is: To Please Him

A New Season

Another Season is being birthed—Spring!  I love Spring!  I know I say that about every season.  But it is true.  Each season holds lessons to be learned, mysteries to be revealed, and changes and challenges that have potential to cause us to grow stronger and be better.   Every season has a great story to tell.

Spring is the Story of the Resurrection.

Everywhere I look I see “Resurrection.”  The old must die to bring in the new.  And Spring is the “New.”  Fresh, new growth is bursting forth.  Even though there is still snow on the ground in some states, like my home state in Pennsylvania, flowers are still popping up, stretching and reaching toward the sun.  Outside my kitchen window in Guatemala, I see pastel buds on the peach trees that just a few weeks ago appeared barren and dead.

Our Creator God is faithful.  There will always be spring time/seedtime and harvest.  It may be arriving a little later in some places, but it will come.  God’s Creation responds to His Word.  And He Promised in His Word in Genesis 8:22 that there will always be a Seed time and a Harvest.

The Resurrection Story reveals God as the Giver/Sower of the greatest seed ever sown.  His SonOur Savior!  He died and rose again to give us Eternal Life through Him.  Seed Time and Harvest! Jesus was the Seed and we are the Harvest!

To be Christlike, we too must be sowers of seeds, sowing our lives in service to Him.  The Bible says that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Each season leads into another, and each season has a story to tell just like each person also has a story that  needs to be told.  Each story is written on the pages of our life’s journal.  Each one unique and precious to Our God for He has given us this life to live, and eternal life In Him.  Every day is a new day, and every day God sows new life in us.  What we do with the day He gives is our giving back to Him.

I ask myself, “Is the garden of my heart prepared for the good seed of God? Search me Lord and teach me Your Truths. Write them on my heart and weed out and keep me back from all things that are not of You. Change my heart, Lord, and help me be that person You describe in Psalm 1, ‘Like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season whose life does not wither-whatever they do prospers.’ In the Name of Jesus, I pray and thank You Father God for all the blessings in my life.  Most of all, I thank you for Resurrection Life through Jesus the Christ, Your Son and my Savior.” 

John 11:25(KJV): Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:


I give thanks to God for every seed that has been sown into this ministry.  We have been blessed and we have been able to bless others through your seed sown.  Because of your generous hearts we have been able to help Pastor Antonio Colop build up the Kingdom of God in Xecam Cantel.

We are including some of the photos that show the work of Bridges of Grace Ministries with Fountain of Grace Church.  We still need to finish cementing the interior, putting in the windows, and installing a floor, in that order.

If you look closely you can see the dirt floor, and the partially covered windows of plastic and corrugated aluminum.

I am praying that we can finish the sanctuary this year.   We are already in need of an extension to be added as soon as possible for the children’s ministry.  We have an abundance of little ones.  Praise God!  That’s a good problem to have.  We just need to catch up and make room for the abundance.

Thank you for your giving, and if you would like to plant more seed into this fertile ground, we will receive it with happy hearts.

Please make checks payable to Bridges of Grace Ministries with FOGC  on memo line and mail to:


Bridges of Grace Ministries  c/o Bernice Trask 

118 S. Spring St.

Blairsville, PA 15717

2 Corinthians 9:7-12: 7Every man according as he purposed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remains forever. 10Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God. 12For the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.

Apr 11

Pastors Glenn & Lynne Schweitzer, Nicaragua

Dear Friends & Family,

It is so amazing to see how Nicaragua has advanced during the 17 years that we have been ministering here. 

Our hearts were broken for Nicaragua in 1995 when we first visited; then, after much prayer, we moved here in 2001. But it wasn’t until this past 10 years or so that we have seen how foreign investment, both economic and spiritual, and a vision for a better future have dramatically altered the lives of all Nicaraguans. 

Wherever you look you can see the influence of God in the lives of the people and they don’t have to hide it for fear of recrimination.  Even the government refers to Nicaragua as a Christian country.

We are happy to have been able to contribute to the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of those we have been blessed to serve.  Whether it was teaching auto repair to indigent youth (2001-2006), hosting teams (2005-2018), providing the word of God through our various churches (2005-2018), teaching toddlers in our Preschools (2005-2017), or caring for needy children in our Children’s Home (2005-2012), we have given it our all.  God has directed our paths, has opened doors, and helped us overcome incredible hurdles in order that we might help others.

 Emmy, our Nicaraguan daughter who has been with us for 8 years, is now blossoming after nearly losing her life from Lupus, and, at this point, she is the main focus in our lives.  Thanks to the donations we have received, she has the medication she needs, good nutrition, and the ability to attend a good Christian school.  We feel blessed and so does she.  Knowing that God restored her life, she is dedicated to teaching children and serving Him.






Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer

As of 2018, we have brought one of our pastors, Pastor Lorenzo, whose first church is in Juigalpa, to Diriamba to pastor along with his wife, Luz Marina, at our church, Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer.  He will also be responsible for our ministry, Mateo 5:16 in Nicaragua.  He has brought a young, married couple, Ezekiel and Thelma, to live at Quinta Esperanza and to minister alongside them.  Elvis continues to assist with children’s ministry as does Emmy.  


Needs:        Replace some roofing.

                   Paint for exterior of church.

                   Replace wiring & breaker boxes.


Iglesia Nuevo Jerusalen

In 2011, a church was built, also in Diriamba, for our ministry but due to the poor health of Pastor Manuel, it was used primarily as a Preschool until the end of 2017.  This year, 2018, there is no longer a preschool and the church is operating with the help of Pastor Avellan and his wife, Louisa, who are currently ministering to the children on Sundays.

The church was completed in 2011 and has yet to be painted. 

Needs:        The walls and floor need to be painted.

                   The entrance needs a new floor.

                   The front doors need to be replaced.

                   The building needs a gutter.

                   The bathroom needs windows.

                   There is a need for at least 20 more chairs.


Pastor Carlos – Ministerio Dios Es Bueno

Pastor Carlos Miranda and his wife, Veronica, continue to expand into different communities of Carazo.  They, despite the welcome and miraculous birth of their son in 2017, are totally immersed in ministry.

Needs:        Help to pay rent at different church locations.



Pastors Glenn & Lynne Schweitzer

As heads of the ministry, Mateo 5:16, Pastors Glenn & Lynne have many needs, the most urgent being:

  Airline fare for travel to the U.S. in May ($1400)



Ministerio Mateo 5:16 still has bills to pay from 2017 to the tune of $20,000.  There is no longer income from our mission’s house since we closed it in February 2017.


HOW TO DONATE:  The easiest way is through PayPal.  Simply send funds to our ministry account at:  Or you can send funds via Western Union or Moneygram to:  Lynne Schweitzer  Tel: 8648-4316 in Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua.  (You will have to send me the number they give you.)

The Missionary Church International also has a PayPal account where you can send funds for Ministerio Mateo 5:16.



Apr 11

Important Note from Mission to the Children

Mission to the Children

“Changing our World one life at a Time”

Well life is a little crazy as we prepare to return to Mexico.  We will be only be taking clothes, and have begun the tedious task of selling everything.  Thankfully, in the midst of our downsizing we see the mighty hand of God providing for us in miraculous ways.

The other day we sold our pontoon boat to pay off Imelda’s Car loan.  This was a little hard for me as we had so many wonderful memories on our boat.   So I went to the bank to pay off the loan when I realized we were $478 dollars short. Only having  $501 in my account and two weeks till my next paycheck being led by God I paid it off;  20 minutes later I went to my PO box and Praise God there was a check for $500 from someone I did not know. God is awesome.

When God called us to Mexico he placed on my heart he had many things to show me. Also, as part of my call to Mexico, I am supposed to go on a 1,200 mile journey of faith from West Virginia to Waxahachie, Texas with only $120, and I will dependent on God to provide my food and Lodging. I know this may be hard to believe, but I know this to be God’s will and have prayed for months and ask God for confirmations, which he has provide.

For example, I bought a new bike for my long trip, and then one day someone came up to me out of the blue and said, “God told me to pay for bike”.  What an incredible miracle that was also a powerful confirmation of God’s call on my life.  While on the trip, I am supposed to write a book based on my experiences and I am to call it, “1200 miles with God, A journey of Faith”.

This has to be from God because I don’t even like to text or much less write. It is amazing how God is providing for us through miracles. It is incredible how blessed and simple our lives become when we take a small step of faith. As crazy as this call on my life may be, I know my God to be faithful and powerful enough to take care of me and my family.

“Sometimes we have to just get out God’s way and let him be God. Amen!”

Please make Checks Payable to

Mission to the Children

PO BX211322 Bedford,

TX 76095

Apr 11

Hope Ireland Missions, with Chris & Larena Johnston – Missionaries to Galway, Ireland

Greetings loved ones!

March has come and gone in a flash, but has been jam packed with many exciting things. Early in the month we took a small group to a young adults conference in Dublin. It was a two day event, packed with amazing worship, teachings, and workshops. The guest speakers they brought in from the US and UK were phenomenal, and our group went away inspired and encouraged. I got a lot from the leadership workshop I went to, where I learned the fact that God has already given me everything I need (in terms of manpower) for the season I’m in. Too often I stress about not having the help I need to match the big vision God’s given me. However, I’m learning to grow in my leadership by having a peace in the baby steps and seasons that will eventually lead to seeing the bigger vision come to fruition.

During the lunch break on the last day of the conference, many of us joined up with the march for life rally, in support of defending the 8th amendment from repeal. The 8th amendment in the Irish constitution protects unborn life and recognizes them as human beings. There is a referendum coming up, where the Irish will be voting whether or not to keep protecting unborn human life, or to allow abortion on demand to come into the country.

There has been a significant amount of money come in from a US based organization, and much media propaganda, all in the effort to create confusion and push an agenda. The rally saw 100,000 people stretched over a mile in the streets of Dublin. It was exciting to see so many from Galway come out to it.

We had a couple of great men visit us from Living Hope Church this past month. Christian and Larry joined us just after the ”great blizzard of 2018” hit, and spent a couple days with us. Larry helped us fine tune our sound system, correcting issues that had been troubling us, and he joined the worship team on the stage for the Sunday service. Christian came with a powerful word on Sunday morning, preaching a message that not only encouraged our congregation, but really challenged them as well. Afterwards, several people went up for prayer.

In Torch, we followed up on our previous talk about sex and relationships by breaking into small groups and discussing many of the questions the youth have regarding the topic. With the guys, we talked about what it meant to be men of honor and integrity. We also listed and discussed the qualities that are desirable in a future wife. It was a great exercise.

We had another “Salt” young adults service on the first Tuesday of the month, and I taught about financial responsibility and stewardship. This is a topic that is often avoided in churches in the West of Ireland (and Galway in particular), due to past hurts from someone who took advantage of people. We know firsthand, however, that everything we own is from God and that when we submit our own will to Him in regards to our finances, He never lets us down.

Our testimony is actually an inspiring one. We love sharing with others how our steps of faith early on led to bigger leaps of faith. At a time when we could barely afford to pay our mortgage and bills, we began with tithing – giving 10% of what we took home from our jobs – to the church. Instead of leaving it to the bottom of the priority list, it got bumped up to the top.

Then, we took another step. We started tithing what we made BEFORE taxes were taken out. This is when we started to see some real breakthrough. Job opportunities came up. We were able to open a consulting business that helped us pay off our debt.

My favorite part of our story is how we took another step and started to tithe 10%, not of what we were making at the time, but of what we wanted to make. What was truly amazing was that each year when we filed our taxes, we could compare our income to our donations, and we could see a definite pattern of God’s blessing in response to our faith.

It was exciting for us to witness God’s faithfulness, and it was also a testimony to the one doing our taxes! Praise God! The following Sunday, there was a guest speaker who also preached on financial responsibility, and really focused on the core of the matter: a heart fully submitted to God.

We love living and cultivating the joy of generosity in our church. It really breaks down strongholds. We also love sharing the testimonies of how God has used all of our amazing partners in this ministry. There’s the story of the person waking up in the middle of the night to write a random check for the EXACT amount we had a need for and hadn’t told a single person.

Then there’s the story of the divine encounter who not only became one of our financial partners, but they even had a word from the Lord that spoke hope to the struggle we were having with failed pregnancies. There’s numerous stories of so many who feel God put us on their hearts, and it is direct answers to prayers! Whether it’s our friends and family, people we worked alongside, or even folks who visit Ireland… God has moved in amazing ways. We are so thankful for each and every one of you, your commitments, and your prayers.

God is using your faithfulness to impact Galway! We know God has connected us to team up together to impact this nation for Jesus– and for that, we are so thankful!

Much love, Chris (Larena & Anora)

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