The Latest News from Calvary Fellowship Baptist Church

Thunder on the Avenue – August 4, 2018

Thunder on the Avenue was fun!!
If you missed it this year but would like to join us next year, please mark your calendar for the first Saturday in August. 

The Kintner’s Update – July 2018

“And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they reviewed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith unto the Gentiles.” Acts:14

After nearly 6,000 miles of travel, we are blessed to be safely home in Sebring, Florida again. Our journey of reporting to the churches and individuals who have faithfully supported our ministry and prayed for many years has been a blessing to us. We were able to visit 10 churches during June and July, and participate in the EBI retreat in Tennessee, and Paul attended three days of the BMM annual conference in Ohio. Due to Elaine’s painful back problem, she returned to Florida by Air on July 9th, while Paul traveled back to Florida after the BMM conference.

Back home in Sebring, we immediately resumed our activities in the prison and jail ministries, as well as Paul in the office at EBI. Paul’s Hispanic class in the prison has grown under the leadership of his substitute, Angel Gonzalez who also lives in our village. Paul will teach the English class next month while their teacher is on vacation. He will also preach two Sundays in the worship hour in English. Elaine has returned to the jail ministry twice a month.

We had the pleasant experience of hosting a missionary family from Ecuador July 20-23. The wife was saved as a young girl in Ecuador in 1991, and met a handsome short term missionary from Ireland at a camp we rented in those years. Mark returned to Ireland to join his mission, and Nube studied at our Seminary in Peru. Mark returned to Ecuador to marry Nube and Paul married them at our camp in Cuenca in 1995 and they have served in Southern Ecuador since that time. They have three children and returned to Ecuador Monday evening after completing their furlough in Ireland.

As EBI is introducing new publications into the Hispanic community, we are desirous of increasing our distribution. August 8-11 we will be presenting EBI in an Exposition (EXPXOLIT) attended by many Hispanic Publishers and Distributors in Miami. We are praying that this will give us access to several major Christian Book Distributors across Latin America.

Please pray for Elaine. She had an MRI on Friday, July 20th and will have an appointment with the surgeon Monday, July 30th. Pray that the vertebrae that is pressing on a nerve may be corrected with a minimal intervention relieving her pain.

In His service,

Paul and Elaine Kintner

July Newsletter – From the Vanek’s

Faith Baptist Community Church & Center 

Greetings from inner-city Cleveland!

July 17, 2018

You’ve probably heard a story or two from missionaries who had a very specific need that God provided for in a very identifiable way. Such accounts are “chilling” as they tend to demonstrate the very real presence and involvement of God Himself in the ministry. Recently, I encountered such a situation. It was a reminder that God knows our needs, cares about our needs, and desires to show Himself faithful in meeting those needs. The Center had been receiving a gift annuity payment for a number of years from a former volunteer who had passed away. The payment ended in April of this year (earlier than we had anticipated it to end). The gift amount was $137.00/month. Out of concern for the loss of those funds, I began to look at our annual budget to determine where things could be adjusted. I prayed for the Lord’s help and wisdom in knowing what to do. Two days later, I received an email from the Hunger Network informing us that our food grant (which had not changed for the past 12 years) was being increased $138.00/month! God had essentially replaced the lost annuity funds (and even threw in an extra dollar!). We had a need…God met that need with an identifiable answer. It’s not always an easy thing to live by faith; however, what a blessing it is to sometimes actually get to see “the evidence of things not seen.”

This has already proven to be a very busy summer! One of the blessings this summer is that we have had the opportunity to host a First Look student. Laura Sturgis, a recent Faith Baptist Bible College graduate, came to Cleveland to complete a six-week nursing internship in the medical clinic at Faith. In addition to her work in the clinic, we have kept her busy with a number of “other” tasks, from playing her violin, to photographing VBS, to teaching Sunday school. She finished her internship this past Sunday. She was a blessing to us and we already miss having her around!

On June 16, we hosted a retirement open house for Norma Nulph. Miss Norma has served in the inner-city of Cleveland for over 55 years. Many people attended: individuals from supporting churches, current/former volunteers, and people from the community. While Miss Norma has many health issues that prevent her from actively being at the church and Center these days, her heart still beats for the ministry. She has been faithful, and her faithfulness is an example to each of us.

June 25-29 was our VBS week. Two work teams joined us for that effort. The junior high youth group from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Smithville came for three days to help with preparation and canvassing for VBS. They also did a great deal of work both outside and inside the building. The youth group from Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa, was here for over a week to prepare for and run the VBS. They were also involved in other ministry and work tasks around the church and Center during those days. The VBS went very well. We had 50 children on our highest day and 39 on the lowest. Three boys accepted Christ as Savior! The Sunday after VBS, one of those boys (ArDerrick) came to church and brought his mom, his aunt, and two siblings. His mom shared that she had not been in church for six years. Before they left, they let us know they would be back! Pray for ArDerrick (and his family) and the two other boys who trusted Christ.

On the Saturday following VBS, we were involved in the Ward 5 (neighborhood) festival. We set up a booth at which we gave out information about the church and Center. We had several of our church members there to help. The gospel was presented multiple times and many good contacts were made. Pray that we might see some fruit from those conversations.

 Last week, we attended the BMM Family Conference. It is always a time of refreshment, so we are glad to be close enough to attend it each year. In two weeks, we were scheduled to travel out to Ankeny, Iowa, for the Team North America Conference; however, due to flooding in the Des Moines area (and damage to the Faith Baptist Bible College campus), that conference has been cancelled. We are planning to get away for a week of vacation in August before volleyball season and the school year get into full swing. Emily will be a freshman in high school this year and Ben will be in fifth grade! Where does the time go? Seems like just yesterday they were dragging nap mats back and forth to kindergarten!

One more thing we would ask you to pray for…on August 20th and 21st I will begin the assessment process for deep brain stimulation (DBS) to address my Parkinson’s disease symptoms and medication side effects. The pump has been an effective treatment option (I have had it for four years now); however, longterm use of Parkinson’s medications results in certain side effects that are just as debilitating (if not more so) than the actual symptoms of the disease itself. Being 17 years into the progression, those effects are becoming more apparent and problematic. My neurologist feels as though DBS is “long overdue” in my case, so it appears to be time to look at the DBS option. If the assessments go well, we are anticipating the surgeries would take place sometime in the fall. Thanks for your concern, encouragement, and prayers.

We trust that you are having a great summer. We appreciate all you do for us!

Serving Christ,

Michael, Sherri, Emily, and Benjamin Vane

Joy’s Joyful Jottings from July 2018

Please download to read a missionary update from Joy Spieth in Brazil.
Thank you! 

A Newsletter from the Grassi’s

Please download and read an update from the Grassi’s below. 
Thank you! 

CFBC Fraternity – Join Us for a Lake County Captains Game on July 30th!

The CFBC Fraternity would like to invite all men to the Lake County Captain’s Game on Monday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm vs. Great Lakes. It is Buck Night Monday. $1.00 hot dogs and sodas!
The CFBC Fraternity is a group of Christian men from Calvary Fellowship Baptist Church. Anyone is invited – friends or family! 
Sign up in the foyer if you would like to go! 
Any questions, please call the church office for more details. 

An Update from the Dysert’s in Spain – June 2018

Please download and read an update from the Dysert’s in Spain. 
Thank you! 

Cogley’s Prayer Letter – June 2018

Hello Church Family,
Please download the Cogley’s Prayer Letter for June 2018.
Thank you! 

The Kintner’s Missionary Update

  June 27, 2018

“And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them

who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

                We send you greetings from the mountaintop near Binghamton, NY where we have passed the halfway point of our journey attending conferences and visiting supporting churches and individuals since June 1st. We were blessed by the EBI Retreat in East Tennessee the first week, and have visited 5 supporting churches and will be in our home church Lord willing this Sunday, July 1st. We have been blessed to meet new folks at each church, and renew fellowship with many we have known for years. We were also able to attend the graduation exercises of two grandchildren, and spend time with all three of our children and their families.

                As many of you know, we travel with our old 27 ft. camper on trips in order to maintain comfort for Elaine with her back problems, and Paul with his allergy problems. It is very comfortable and many times we park alongside of our children’s house, and other times in RV parks. It has been a delightful experience, especially on the mountaintop here in NY. Our 2004 Expedition carried the camper well so far over 1,200 miles, as well as many more miles the days we visit churches. Last Sunday (June 24th) we visited a church in Corning, NY, and in the evening in Cincinnatus, NY, both within 2 hours of our trailer. On the return Sunday night, we sensed difficulties in the transmission of the vehicle. Monday morning Paul checked the fluids, and added some fluids, especially for the transmission, and the problem persisted, even worse. He went grocery shopping about 10 miles away and stocked our kitchen for the week, and almost made it back to the trailer, within 2 miles, when the car refused to shift into gear.

He called a tow truck who graciously loaded the car, brought Paul and the groceries to the camper, and then to the mechanic in nearby Harpursville. Here we are in our little trailer in a beautiful RV Park, house full of food, no car, and no commitments until next Sunday! Isn’t God good! The bad news is, new transmission, $3,900, and the good news is, we know God will provide. We have local friends from years back whom we can call if we need transportation.  We have had visitors come to us, and expecting more this week. Lord willing the car (and trailer) will be ready to move to Ohio next Monday.

                Paul has been able to attend to some EBI business on the computer while away, and Monday, June 25th, Paul’s brother David delivered several boxes to Miami for shipment to Chile. Paul usually does that. Thanks Dave! The new “Systematic Theology” (Roland McCune) arrived from the printer and is being shipped out as orders come in. Pray for the next printing project for next month, “Christ Centered Counseling” and funds to cover that expense. Other new books are in process of translation and formatting for the coming months.

                We thank you sincerely for your prayers and faithful support. We are so blessed to have many who have supported us over 50 years! May God richly bless you!


In His service,

Paul and Elaine Kintner

3rd Annual Homecoming 2018 – Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Calvary’s Third Annual Homecoming  –  Sunday, July 1st, 2018. 
All are welcome. 
10:30 Reception, Fellowship Hall
11:00 Sunday Morning Service, Guest Speaker, Pastor Paul Beresford
12:30 Picnic at Painesville Recreation Park Main Pavillion
Please invite your friends and family members! 

Praying in the Lyons’ Den – June 22, 2018

Please download the Lyon’s latest newsletter. 

An update about the Berg’s Summer 2018 – June 21, 2018

To learn about the latest news from the Berg’s please download their summer update below!

A Letter from Jack and Sandy Sorg about Medical Missions 21 – June 19, 2018

Please download a missionary update from Jack and Sandy Sorg!

Men’s Ministry Outing – Longhorn Steakhouse

Thank you to all the men who were able to attend the Men’s Outing on Sunday, June 10 at Longhorn Steakhouse! Great food and fellowship was had by all in attendance! 
Next Men’s Ministry Outing: More Info Coming Soon! 
Save the Date: July 30, 2018
Tentative Event: Lake County Captains Dollar Dog Night

Furlough Plans – An Update from Bart and Emily Allen – June 8, 2018

Furlough Plans Update

Changes that are unexpected to us don’t take the Lord by surprise.  How thankful we are that we can trust Him when things seem uncertain to us!!  Making travel plans to get a family of 6 from a remote village in Papua New Guinea all the way around the world to Pennsylvania can be a challenge without the ability to look up various options on the internet.  However, with the aid of a travel agent, a very kind sister who got to ‘play’ travel agent and a helpful mom willing to make lots of phone calls for us, all of the details of our trip home are now figured out! 

We’re going to be busy from the moment we land – family reunions, seeing siblings who are also missionaries and only in the US for a short time, finding clothes from storage that hopefully still fit us and aren’t too out of style, moving into the house where we will be living…  We still don’t know exactly how long we will be in PA, but probably at least until early February 2019.  Our boys will be attending the Christian school associated with our home church for the first half of the year and then we’ll go back to homeschooling once we return to PNG.  One main thing we still have to figure out is how to balance the boys’ school schedule with visiting our supporting churches.    

Finishing Well in Amdu

Less than 5 weeks remain before our mission plane will pick us up here in Amdu and fly us to town to begin our journey to the US.   In those weeks we have much we hope to accomplish – making good progress on translation, finishing the homeschool year, continuing to spend time with our Amdu friends who worry that we won’t return, and securely closing up our house and office that will sit empty for many months.  Pray for us as we seek to balance our time well.

Literacy News

Two days before our teammates the Hatton’s left for furlough, we held the graduation for the second literacy class.  This class was even more motivated than the first class and it has been fun to watch them excel at this new venture of reading.  No new literacy classes will be held until after the Hatton’s return, but each student was given some books at their level to read and practice while we’re all gone.  Most of the class, along with a few of the helpers from class one, are pictured below.

Thank you for faithfully praying for our family and for the ministry here in Amdu.  We look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months! 

For His glory,

Bart and Emily

Tribal Church Planters

Amdu Tribe

Papua New Guinea

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A Prayer Update from the Berg’s – June 7, 2018

Dear (“Chaverim”), Friends,

Attached is our summer prayer letter.  Thank you so much for your prayers!

God’s Richest Blessings, 

Jeff and Arlene Berg

An Update from the Pettet’s – June 5, 2018

Hello dear friends and family!  In May a small team of three went to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to train church leaders and work with two different churches for evangelism and discipleship.  I left a week ahead of the US teams’ arrival to conduct Four Fields training to 12 church leaders (click blue link to view a short video)   

73 gospel presentations with 14 professions of faith (11 of these new believers were trained to share their story of faith!).  20follow-up visits and Bible studies.  We found that of the new believers, 8 were potential persons of peace in their communities!  We thank the Lord for this rich harvest and we thank you for your prayers and support!  

This dear sister worked tirelessly all morning to prepare a healthy lunch for the team working in Mahatshula each day.   One favorite dish was cabbage, peanut butter, Sadza (Sadza is made from corn meal and is similar to grits) and local spices.  Very good!
This small congregation of the church of Mathatshula Baptist Church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe worship in a small brick building without doors or windows in the midst of a corn field.                                   

left to rightbrother Gordon, David and Gary..not pictured is Pastor Vu Lusinga).   David is now a brother in Christ…seeds of the gospel were planted in David’s life and watered over the past four years….this day in May 2018, David trusted Christ as his Savior!   What a celebration! 


 (left to right) A church worker, Pastor Kesar and a village woman who had been offended by the church two years earlier.  She was quite eager to forgive and deeply desired to return to worship at Nkulamane (N coola mah nee) United Church of Christ.   In addition to reconciling people to Himself, the Lord was actively restoring relationships amongst believers!    So many reasons for us to celebrate!           

God is moving in powerful ways in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe.   They have faced poverty and oppression for many years.   However, the Lord has used these challenges to prepare their hearts to be hungry for the truth and to delightfully receive Jesus message of salvation!  “When your words came, I ate them; They were my joy and my heart’s delight”…. Jeremiah 15:16     
The fields are ripe and ready for harvest and the time for the harvest is now.  Will you join us in sharing your story and Jesus story…the Good News about salvation in Jesus Christ in Bulawayo and/or Karoi, Zimbabwe next year? 

Proposed dates of May and September, 2019 should be posted soon…

Come and see for yourself!





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Polar Blast VBA – July 6th, 7th and 8th!

All children, starting at age 3+, are welcome to attend!
The Dates of the Polar Blast VBA:  
  • Friday, July 6 – 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 7 – 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 8 – Come for the Sunday Service to see what our children learned about and what they have to share! 
Pre-Registration Forms will be available in the Church Bulletin. 
If you are interested in volunteering to help make this program fun for our children and community, please contact the church office for more information about how you can help! 

My God Is Powerful



Men’s Ministry – Meet at Longhorn on Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Please sign up in the Church Foyer if you plan to join the men for a late lunch at Longhorn on Sunday, June 10th. 
We will meet at 3:30 pm for a time of food and fellowship! Hope to see there! 
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