Franklin Road Baptist Church
Thursday, July 29, 2021
“Christ is our Message….The Bible is Our Text”

2021 Missions Spotlight

 

 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

 

Ken Hopper

Bearing Precious Seeds Ministries

Kenny reports that they have moved from the headquarters of Bearing Precious Seeds El Paso, Texas to Ohio, their home base church. Him and Bonnie are settling into their mobile home and have been in Ohio for just 3 weeks.  They are still actively involved with Bearing Precious Seeds Ministry, sharing that there is scripture on its way to the Olympics in Japan and one container on its way to Brazil. They are hoping to return to the print ship soon to help put bibles together. They are located only 8 minutes from their church and are looking forward to serving there as well.

 


Missions Spotlight
CRU Ministries
Nathan & Liana Walden

The Waldens report how grateful they are to have been able to travel to the middle east in May and June.  Their group focused on reaching local students with the gospel.  The group consisted of 7 students and 8 staff.  Their biggest praise was that each person on the team was able to share the gospel with a local student while there!  Back in Michigan they are raising support to move to Queens, New York.  There are 4 campuses in Queens, and 15 campuses that need to be reached on Long Island.  Because the cost of living is so high in New York City, they will be spending a few months working on support raising.  They ask we pray for them as they look forward to this next move.


 

 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

Ryan and Joy Owen

BMM to GHANA

Church Planting

Annual Support 2,400

Email owenambition@gmail.com

 

The Owens are currently on furlough for the remainder of the year. Their family has grown as they have welcomed the birth of their new baby during late spring. They have been staying in a mission house in Lewisville, NC. and were excited to attend a mission conference in March. They are currently scheduling meetings for August and Autumn months to fellowship with sending church as well supporting churches. Ryan will be speaking on our mission focus Sunday in September.

 


 

Missions Spotlight
Nate and Karol Watkins
Baptist Mid Missions
Annual support $5,352
nkwatkins85@gmail.com

 The Watkins are faithfully serving the Liberian people of New York. They both have suffered with the Covid virus but are thankful for God's healing in their lives. They rejoice to share that they are new grandparents again to another granddaughter, Margot. They are praising God that their offer on the new building for their church was accepted and now are continuing to pray that the funds come in to pay for the building and to be able to complete needed renovations. They are praying for volunteers to come help with the renovation work. Pray also for 4 teachers to come and help teach their mini summer school this summer as they will need to be away at a conference, and this will leave their coworkers shorthanded.


 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

Lynette Circle

Word of Life Hungary

Annual Support 2,000

Email: lynette.circle4c@gmail.com

 

Lynette is a missionary in Hungary, but she is currently in the States due to health issues. Her time here has filled with doctors’ appointments and medical treatments. She had shoulder surgery near the end of April and is now in physical therapy. The recovery process will be long, but it seems to be going well. In June she has one more eye appointment and MRI to check on the status of her other medical concerns. This will help to have a clear picture of her overall health before Lord willing, returning to Hungary sometime in July. Please continue to pray for her physical health and healing, and that God will allow the details to come together to return to Hungary in July.

 


 

Missions Spotlight

Annual FRBC Support $2400
Word of Life, Inc
Jeremy and Elsbeth Rodgers

The Rodgers are safely back in Korea. God gave them a blessed time meeting with churches, friends, and family as they sought to increase their annual support level.  They are still waiting to hear from people to see how God will work in this situation to meet their needs. They enjoyed the time of "House Arrest", better known to us as quarantine, to rest up and regroup from their time of such intense travel with all their little ones. God has graciously provided for them a new apartment on the ground floor which will more adequately meet their needs. They are rejoicing in His faithfulness. Continue to pray for the much-needed extra support, for Daniel's adoption to be finalized, and for open doors to continue to spread God's word in a very needy land.


 

Missions Spotlight

 
Word Of Life         

Annual Contribution $3500
Paul & Jill Weaver
4200 Glendale Road
Pottersville, NY  12860

Email:   E – paulweaver@wol.org
              E –
jweaver@wol.org 

Hello Friends,
We want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! As we conclude 2020, we have a short ministry update to share with you. We are thankful for the opportunities God has given us in 2020 and look forward to what God has in store for 2021.
We have been with Word of Life for 18 years. 13 years spent in Hungary and 5 at our main site in Upstate New York.  Paul is currently teaching at the Word of Life Global Bible Institute and serves as the academic dean.  He oversees the curriculum committee, teachers, professors and faculty committees at all 10 teaching sites.   Paul has been teaching oversees at 5 to 6 sites every year.  Of course Paul’s schedule has had to adapt to teaching via zoom. 
Paul invests much of his time in the lives of young adults by equipping them with the scriptures and preparing them for a lifetime of ministry.  Paul teaches World Religions and Books of the Bible.
Jill was the admissions Director in Hungary.  Now with 2 kids she has enjoyed staying home and investing in Caroline and Jeremiah.  She is home schooling Caroline and continues to invest time with the students at the New York campus.


Serving HIM Together,
Thank you for the many years of partnership with your prayers and giving.
Paul, Jill, Caroline, and Jeremiah.


 Missions Spotlight                Tim & Glenda McElhaney
Trans World Radio (TWR) - Donor/Stewardship Services
Annual FRBC Support:  $3099
Recently, 2 TWR donors took advantage of learning how they could reduce taxes on their giving, by giving appreciated gifts.  The lady gave stocks, eliminating a large capital gains tax for her, & the man asked the manager of his IRA to send a portion of his IRA Qualified Charitable Contribution to fund the project together.  Those funds allowed TWR to script, translate, produce & air the program "The Way of Righteousness" in the Kanuri language to the people of Nigeria.  Kanuri is the heart language of Boko Haram. A response to "The Way of Righteousness" program: “I belonged to a very religious Muslim family, but recently got saved & became a Christian believer through listening to your mp3 teachings.  My family kicked me out of the house.  On the outside it appears as if I am still a Muslim, but in reality, I am not; I am still a Christian believer who believes every word of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.”  TWR is currently spreading God's Word digitally & through broadcasts in 190 countries with a potential audience of 4 billion souls.
7720 Ruthven Road
Norfolk, VA  23505
tmcelhan@twr.org


MISSION SPOTLIGHT

Life Centers

9511 Angola Ct. Suite 215

Indianapolis, In 46268

 

Life Centers is thrilled to share the news that they have opened a new South Center in the Southern Plaza Shopping Center. The center allows more people to be served and they now can offer ultrasounds at this location. The Burmese community is growing in this area and currently accounts for 30% of the client base. Life Centers is always in need of more volunteers at all the locations,  but we especially need them at our East side location. You can volunteer in many ways including be a client advocate, receptionist or organizing the donation room at the downtown location. If you would like to talk to a current staff of volunteer, see Liz  Johnston, Michelle Elkin or Susie Garriott. During the month of May FRBC will be participating in the Baby Bottle Campaign and collecting gently used and new clothing, toys, and books.

 


 

Missions Spotlight
Solomon and Ruby Kendagor
International Student, Inc (ISI)
Solomon and Ruby Kendagor have served with International Students Inc for over 30 years.  Their ministry focuses on evangelism through radio and TV, discipleship, and leadership training.  They are based in St. Louis, Missouri and teach international students.  They also travel frequently to many countries in Africa.  They have had the opportunity to train over 100 pastors and church leaders in Eastern Africa over the years. Ruby enjoys also ministering to their students by cooking meals as an outlet to share the gospel.  Please pray that they are able to continue to spread the message of Christ to many students.

2297 Fairoyal Dr,
St. Louis MO 63131
kendagors@aol.com

 


 

Missions Spotlight
International Students at Purdue
Peter Zull
Annual Support $2,042.00
pzull@isionline.org

 

COVID has caused their ministry to be primarily on zoom with people trusting in Christ.  They have had opportunities to point many others to the Savior.

1)  Three Korean ladies trusted Christ and are sharing with their husbands about what they are learning each week.  The Husbands are not believers but are responding well to what their wives are sharing.
2)  There are 12 Indians who are involved in a weekly game night.  6 of these are now in a book club where there is a discussion of books read.  Mere Christianity is one of the books being read.
3)  There are 10 International ladies who are meeting with older Christian ladies about being a wife and mother.  This is called Titus Time taken from Titus 2:3-5 “Older women are to encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure….”
4)  There are about 45 students meeting online for Bible study.  Some of these are in their country and some of them are at Purdue.
5)  A Muslim couple has been meeting for Bible study for 4 years.  We have been through Luke and now studying Acts.
6)  We have gotten 2 new staff members in the last 2 years.  The newest one just moved to W. Lafayette in the middle of March.

WE give thanks to the God of Heaven, for His loving Kindness is everlasting.
Pete and Cindy

 


Missions Spotlight

Help for Christian Nationals
John & Mary Jauchen
602 Truman Court
Duncanville, TX 75137
mjauchen@swbell.net
 John reports, in a letter from January, that in Latin America almost every country is shut down.  In Bolivia hundreds of pastors have died.  Recently they were able to send a sizeable offering to their team leader in Peru to help needy rural pastors.  He has received the news that many small churches are closing their doors, pastors are not receiving normal offerings and being forced to find outside jobs.  They are faced with critical questions, when and how do we begin to conduct face to face interactions?  What are our greatest needs?  John said, “I have told our leaders there is ONE thing we need to do; listen to the voice of the chief Shepherd”.  They ask for prayers as they follow Him into the new year.


 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

Jeff and Lisa Chudy

1899 S. Cooper Rd.

Bloomington, In 47401

Campus Crusade

 

The first part of 2021 included multiple outreach and social gathering opportunities including three sledding parties and afternoon on local Lake Griffy. Over 45 students and friends from multiple nations joined in the fun. Our Bridges “seeker” bible study just moved to the New Testament and the Muslim students are investigating that Jesus is more than a prophet. Pray they understand Jesus is more than a prophet! Pray we can connect more one-on-one with restrictions being lifted. Pray for Jeff’s online studies with newly formed group of International believers! Pray for opportunities to continue to share the Gospel! Would you join us in praying for these students as we near Easter? Pray we will be able to communicate in deed and word the love of Jesus and who He is and how much He loves them, and they would be drawn to Him by the Holy Spirit. We are ever mindful of your faithful partnership and prayer in helping to fulfill the great commission to the nations, here, now on our doorstep!

 


  

Missions Spotlight

BIEM – LYOSHA SAVCHUKS – Chernihiv, Ukraine

 As with most of our missionaries, Lyosha and Alusia have spent most of the last year learning new ways to spread God’s word even under the lockdown of a global pandemic.  He spent a lot of time encouraging people to embrace technology, doing services from his iPhone and urging people to write him their prayer requests and needs.  Much like here in the States, Zoom and Facebook became their go-to formats for small groups, services, and bible studies.  Lyosha commented that, “we live in the age of technology and internet.  I think this situation was for all of us to master those skills…making good-looking and good-sounding videos in which we share our faith and preach the Gospel.  I thank the Lord for this opportunity to learn.  Social media ministry was not a priority for me, but now I see its importance and great potential…. Nothing can substitute for real fellowship of believers. But there are millions of people who literally live online…and they hear the Gospel preached from almost every corner of the internet.”  As surges in the pandemic have come and gone, their church has been able to meet for services in person at times.  They were even able to be together for a birthday party and a scaled-down wedding. These were both events where Lyosha was able to present the Gospel and speak with people from outside the church.   In all these circumstances they continue to praise the Lord in every situation and continually look for ways to advance His word in the lives of everyone they meet.

 


 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT

 

David & Karen James - Alliance for Biblical Integrity (ABI) - Ministry Focus: Teaching -
Annual FRBC Support: $5211
David made 2 international trip last year, the Philippines & Uganda. Even with the Covid, he was able to teach students via zoom at
several Word of Life campuses, including Berlin, Germany, New York, & Hungary. He was asked to join a new ministry "the International Society for Biblical Hermeneutics"(ISBH), which will providing pastors throughout Europe with training & resources
that are based on properly understanding the Bible, dispensationalism & salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.


Dave & Karen James
5800 Thralls Ave
W. Terre Haute, In 47885
E- dave@jamesjournal.org
E- djames@biblicalintegrity.org

 


 

Mission Spotlight

 

Gregg and Rawda Doolittle

Gregg and Rawda Doolittle are missionaries in Jerusalem.  They are operating 2 schools and after a few months of lockdown they were able to reopen in-person this January.  They would appreciate prayers that the Lord would enable them to keep their schools open for the rest of the second semester, that the vaccination program in the West Bank would be rapidly expanded, that travel restrictions would be lifted so that foreign staff can easily enter and depart the country, that they would find a suitable equivalent for the SAT II subject exams for students, and that they would find suitable replacements as co-directors of the two schools.

GreggDoolitle@hotmail.com

P.O. Box 51603

Jerusalem 91516

ISRAEL 

 


 

MISSION SPOTLIGHT
The Marc & Penny Kretzschmar
Operation Mobilization – Conference Training
Annual FRBC Support: $845

 


Marc has served with OM for 45 years, teaching & writing Leadership courses for Pastors & leaders all over the world, encouraging them in their ministry, their relationships with others & their walk with the Lord. Penny is very involved with the prayer ministry at OM & building relationships /sharing the Gospel
with the women in their area. This past year has been a challenge, with the COVID epidemic. Along with more time for reflection, they have been able to hold online classes & coach. They are looking ahead in 2021 with many new opportunities to coach, training courses, times of gathering, singing, prayer, talking, worship and more.


110 Becca Court
Tyrone, Georgia 30290
marc.kretzschmar@om.org

 


 

Mission Spotlight

GOOD NEWS MINISTRIES:  Inner city ministry including a homeless shelter, youth center, health clinic & boys’ home. 

Good News Ministry will be celebrating their 71st year with an open house Feb. 23rd from 2-6 pm at 2716 E. Washington St.  46201. On Christmas Day, the men were able to sleep in late & eat a big breakfast.  Later in the day after a light lunch & leisure time, the men, along with staff, went & were treated to an "All-you-can-eat-buffet" where they had a great time of fellowship, like one big happy family.  After they returned, the men participated in a gift giveaway that included each man receiving a McDonald's gift card, along with a backpack filled with personal & warm winter items.  They finished the day in the chapel with Christmas carols, the Gospel presented & cookies & milk.  Operation Santa Claus allows the kids at the shelter to choose families they know would not be able to buy Christmas gifts.  While kids love getting gifts, this is an opportunity for them to learn the value of giving as well as receiving & 167 kids were given over 2000 toys.  Ward's Apparel has been providing 1 suit per month for free to a man at Good News.  Because of the Pandemic, they had to stop for several months.  Recently, 5 of the Shelter residents received a suit tailored to a perfect fit. The main goal in offering this service is to encourage those in the program who are faithfully attending church & growing in the Lord to continue to follow Jesus.  Many men over the years have received a new suit to wear to church, job interview or other event requiring more formal attire.

 


 

Mission Spotlight

The Cochrell family serves with Baptist Mid-Missions in Peru.  Because of COVID, they have not been able to physically meet on church property.  They ask for prayer that they will begin to open soon.  They also are asking for prayer so that their food distribution ministry can grow and for the health of their family and their church family.  Continue to lift them up to the Lord as they strive to share Christ with the people of Peru. 

 


 

Mission Spotlight 

Mike and Sharon Keller work with Campus Bible Fellowship International in Utah.  They are trying to meet with students as much as possible during the pandemic and they are asking for prayer for many students, Mormon Missionaries and Polygenist friends, that they may come to the Lord.  They are still holding weekly bible studies with students and are thankful they can do so.  They ask we keep them in prayer during the covid uncertain times and that they put Christ first during these difficult months.

 


 

Mission Spotlight

Nate and Karol Watkins
70 Vanderbilt Ave.
Staten island, New York 10304
nateandkarol@watkinsnyc.com
Baptist Mid- Missions
yearly support- 5,352
 
Due to Covid we continue to praise God together and encourage each other via Zoom, phone calls and texting. We are so thankful for the internet and phones to be able to connect in this way. We thank God and give Him the glory for the work He is doing in the hearts of our people.
Praise God for the five ladies who gave their lives to Christ and recently followed the Lord in Baptism. Pray for these ladies to continue growing in their faith and relationship with the Lord.
Louis and Connor were married on November 7 with family present at an outdoor wedding on the beach in South Carolina.
Thank you for your continued support for our ministry, Nate and Karol Watkins.
 


MISSION SPOTLIGHT
Wheeler Mission Wheeler mission is a local organization that offers Christ-centered services to

the homeless and those in need.  Wheeler not only helps meet people’s needs, but they also offer services such as addiction recovery, counseling, job and life skills training, adult education, mentorship, aftercare, and more. They are currently helping more than 1,000 men, women, and children daily, which is more than any previous year. They expect it will continue to rise throughout the cold, winter months.  Thankfully, they are still able to maintain social distancing guidelines with the help of the City of Indianapolis and the hotels that are letting them use rooms for their guests. Please pray as this has been a hard year on their employees, volunteers, and guests COVID-19  numbers are rising everywhere. You are welcome to check their website, wheelermission.org, on information to provide extra help and supplies during this trying time.


Info@WheelerMission.org
205 East New York Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 


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