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Cogley Newsletter April 2018

 

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An Update from the Allen’s in Amdu

Translation Check Update

 

               Thank you for praying for our team as we hit another milestone here in Amdu – our very first Bible translation check!  Our consultant Jason was here with us for about 3 days and during that time he was able to officially check 9 chapters – 4 chapters in Genesis that Bart had done, as well as 3 chapters in Exodus and 2 chapters in Numbers that our teammates Benjamin and Missy had done.  All of this was part of the training to officially get the go-ahead to become approved translators.  Our consultant was encouraged with how well the check went!  

We’ll give you an idea of how the process worked.  Our consultant would ask Bart to read a chunk of the text that he had translated into Amdu.  The Amdu guys helping (who had not previously heard the translated material) listened and then told our consultant in Melanesian Pidgin (the trade language here in PNG) what they heard.  It was pretty neat to see how they could listen to large chunks and be able to very accurately retell what they had heard.  That shows us that the translation was very natural to them, and therefore easily understood!! 

Jason had lots of good advice for us and was able to answer many questions we had about the whole translation process.  We are very thankful for his experience and expertise in this area!  There were only a few places in the text where corrections needed to be made for accuracy.  Those have been completed, and we now have 9 chapters of the Bible officially translated into the Amdu language!  However, there is much more to go!

 

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     Our consultant Jason, Bart and 3 Amdu guys during the translation check

 

Change of Plans

 

            If you’ve been reading our updates for very long, you might have noticed that we often have to be flexible.  While we do our best to plan ahead and project wisely for the future, sometimes the Lord changes those plans.  We didn’t know how long it would take our team to learn this language.  But it’s quite a difficult one and it ended up taking longer than we expected.  Now that we are past the official language and culture learning stage, we have moved into the phase of teaching literacy and beginning translation.  Up ahead is being able to teach God’s Word to our Amdu friends – beginning with the beginning of His story and leading up to the amazing news of the Savior through whom they can be made right with God and then beyond into learning about the Christian life and walking with the Lord.  And somewhere in there, we have to fit in a furlough.

               Our goal had been to remain here in PNG until after the initial chronological Bible teaching (which takes about 4 months) and return home in the summer of 2019.  However, as we looked as a team at the timeline, it was becoming apparent that we would have to adjust things.  So, to get right to the big news, we are going to be taking our furlough a bit earlier – heading back to the US sometime this summer!  By the time we leave, we will have been back from our last furlough for 3 ½ years so it’s not very early in that respect.  It’s just earlier than we had planned in the timeline of the work here – before we are able to do the Bible teaching.  Our teammates the Hatton’s have been back in PNG for just over 2 years and had already planned to leave for their furlough in May.  As we look at all that is ahead in the ministry here, we have come to the conclusion that it would be better for both of us to take overlapping furloughs and be able to be here on the ground together for the initial Bible teaching as well as the discipleship that will need to follow. 

               However, this is a big change in our plans, so we have had to add “furlough planning” and all that entails (figuring out dates, buying tickets, finding a place to live and a vehicle, etc.) to our already full schedule of working hard on Bible translation.  This is a very recent development so we are still in the midst of thinking through and working out details.  Because of the amount of work that we will still have to do on Bible translation in preparation for the chronological Bible teaching (that we plan to begin later in 2019), we will not be taking a full furlough.  Please pray for us as we have many big decisions to make in a short amount of time!

 

               Thank you for praying for us as we trust the Lord with this change of plans.  Feel free to write with any questions you may have.  We might not know the answers yet, but you’re welcome to ask! 

 

For His glory,

Bart and Emily

 

Tribal Church Planters

Amdu Tribe, Papua New Guinea

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Missionary Bart Allen Update!

Hello Friends,

 

In our last update we shared that our first translation check was coming up.   For months now we have been pushing hard toward this day – and it is finally here!!

 

When our consultant arrives later today, the checks will begin and continue through Thursday afternoon.  The evaluation time will involve an overall comprehension check of each passage and then an in-depth verse-by-verse check as well. 

 

Countless hours of work have already gone into this process for each passage, sometimes alone but most often working very closely with an Amdu helper – drafting, checking, recording, checking, making corrections, checking some more, testing comprehension, making more corrections, checking again…  But as new translators, we know we still have much to learn.  Our consultant is very experienced, and we look forward to the wisdom and advice that he will be able to pass on to us. 

 

Please pray for our team, our consultant and our translation helpers over the next few days.  Bart has 4 chapters in Genesis that will be checked.  Our teammates have 3 chapters in Exodus and 2 chapters in Numbers being checked.  This is all a part of our training to become approved translators.

 

Last year at this time we were still in the trenches of culture and language learning.  Since then all four of us on the team have finished formal culture and language learning (although of course we are still learning!). The first literacy class has graduated, and the second one is in progress and going very well.  And now with this translation check, we are one step closer to having the first portions of Scripture in the Amdu language.  But just having Scripture available is not the goal.  We are working towards chronologically teaching our Amdu friends God’s Truth from the beginning – building a foundation for them to be able to understand all of God’s message of salvation!  That day is getting closer all the time, but there is still much work to be done in preparation.  Please continue to pray for our team as we make decisions and plan for the coming months. 

 

Thank you for praying with us and rejoicing in these milestones!  We are grateful for the larger team that is a part of the ministry in Amdu through prayer, financial support and encouragement.  Thank you!!

 

All for His glory,

Bart and Emily

 

 

Amdu Tribe

Papua New Guinea

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Read an update from the Dysert Ministry in Spain

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A Baptist Mid-Missions Update from Paul and Elaine Kintner – April 2018

Paul and Elaine Kintner
April 2018

 

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12.

 

                What a beautiful season of the year! We are reminded of the Lord’s mercies toward us through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. I was reminded recently that the expression “east to the west” is infinite, in contrast to “north and south” which are definable and have their limits.

 

                Paul did a lot of traveling, north, south, east and west last month, reason which accounts for not get a letter out. Two trips to Miami airport to take his brother Dave and wife to and from Brazil; another trip to Miami to deliver 20+ boxes of EBI material to port for Honduras; a trip to Tennessee (accompanied by his brother Steve) to deliver 35 boxes of books that eventually go to Mexico; then over to Winston-Salem, NC to preach at the 12th anniversary of the Hispanic church; then a day trip to Alabama to pick up 20 boxes of Spanish Hymnals which will go to Peru, and finally another trip to Miami with 15 boxes for Ecuador. Total travel, over 3,300 miles! He loves to deliver EBI materials which eventually are used in churches throughout Latin America.

 

                We have had many new neighbors this winter from up north and enjoyed their fellowship. Some have decided to buy in to the village either as winter residents or full timers. We also have enjoyed three Bible conferences and three concerts which are a blessing, as well as the regular services each week. Elaine has taught the ladies Sunday School class twice as substitute, and continues playing piano at a nursing home service twice each month as well as her ministry in the local jail twice each month. The prison ministry with Hispanics is growing, and Paul also preaches in English one Sunday a month in the worship hour.

 

                The schedule for our trip north in June and part of July is filling, and we’re looking forward to visiting several churches. We still have June 17th open and will be in the New York area at that time Lord willing.

 

Praises                                                                                             Prayer requests

Safe travels                                                                                     Men and women we minister to in jail, prison

Rich Bible conferences                                                                  Boxes being shipped to countries arrive complete

Good general health                                                                       Upcoming dental and hearing needs

                                                                                                               

Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are blessed to able to serve the Lord in these areas, because of you!

 

In His service,

 

Paul and Elaine



Praying in the Lyons’ Den – April 2018 Prayer Letter

Download the Lyons’ Prayer Letter to read the most recent update from the Lyons. 
 


Read the March Prayer letter from Dr. Jack Sorg

Stop outside the church library for a copy of the March Prayer Letter from Dr. Jack Sorg! 
 
Thank you! 


Happy Easter – Celebrate with us on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Join us for our Easter Service on April 1, 2018, starting at 11:00 am. 
Time of Fellowship: 10:30 am
Sunday School: 9:30 am
All are welcome! 


An Update from Bart and Emily Allen

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Bart and a translation helper working on the Joseph story in Genesis.
For the last 3 weeks our family has been in town for our annual regional conference and for standardized testing for our boys. The Lord has given us many blessings and has refreshed us to go back to Amdu. 

Bart has been working on translating 8 chapters in Genesis in preparation for our very first translation check.  In less than a month, one of our translation consultants will be flying to Amdu to officially check all the Scripture portions that our team has ready.  We still have some work to do before he comes, but it is very exciting to be at this point. 

The first literacy class graduated in February and continues to meet once a week so the students can improve their reading speed and comprehension.  The second literacy class is underway and doing well!

Please pray for our team as we press forward with literacy and Bible translation.  Thanks for your part in the Amdu work through your prayer.  We are thankful for you!

The Amdu team – March 2018
 
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A Spring Update from the Berg’s

Hello Church Family! 
 
Please download the Berg’s Spring Prayer Update below: 
 
 


An update from Joy Spieth in Brazil!

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Don’t Miss The Jacob’s Brothers on April 21, 2018 @ 6 pm

 
The Jacobs Brothers have been sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song and testimony since 1962. They have taken their ministry to thousands of people across the country for over 50 years. God still enables them to sing nearly 200 times a year as they continue to dedicate their lives to Him and this ministry.
 
The Concert is free. A love offering will be taken at the end of the service.


Homecoming 2018 – Save the Date July 1st

Calvary’s Third Annual Homecoming will be Sunday, July 1st, 2018. 
 
All are welcome. 
 
9:30 Guest Speaker, Gene Fairchild
10:30 Reception, Fellowship Hall
11:00 Sunday Morning Service, Guest Speaker, Pastor Paul Beresford
12:30 Picnic at Painesville Recreation Park Main Pavillion
 
 
 
Download the Homecoming Flyer – please share the information with your friends and family members! 


Greetings from Paul and Elaine Kintner – February 2018

  “For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth: the time of singing has come, and   the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11,12.

 

                Here at Maranatha Village where we live, they advertise,” Winter is what you see on TV”. It has been a year of deadly storms throughout the United States, with the exception being Florida, after our cleanup of Hurricane Irma. We have had a steady flow of “snowbirds” in the village, several who are longtime friends from up north. The church also sponsors three Bible conferences and concerts during January, February and March, which feed and refresh our souls. We are blessed to live here.

 

                Elaine is improving since her surgery on her shoulder and nine weeks of physical therapy (twice weekly), plus the discipline of therapy at home. This week she received her first installment of her Christmas gift of “two back teeth”. Now work will begin on the second dental implant. She continues to manage Source of Light Bible correspondence courses to the prisons, and attends Bible study in the local jail. She will be teaching the ladies’ Sunday School class at church for a couple weeks as substitute, and plays piano at a nursing home two Sundays each month.

 

                Paul keeps busy at EBI both in communications, and assisting in the shipping room. He will take a large order for Honduras to Miami Monday Feb. 26th, and in the same trip take his brother David and wife to Miami for flight to Brazil to attend a conference there. He is glad now to have a companion in his Hispanic Bible study in the prison. Angel Gonzalez, now living in Maranatha Village, goes with him, and will be available to fill in when Paul has to be away. This is an answer to prayer as we plan to travel north for six weeks in June and July. 


 

                Our plans for a trip this summer are coming together, and we would like to visit our supporting churches and friends during that time. The first week of June we will be attending the annual EBI retreat in Eastern Tennessee. Then the second week in North Carolina for graduation of two grandchildren from High School. From there we plan to go to Binghamton, NY, and be at our home church through Sunday July 1st after which we plan to travel to Elyria, Ohio for the Baptist Mid-Missions Annual conference. If you would like to schedule a visit from us in those respective areas and times, we would love to hear from you and schedule a meeting. Many of you have been supporting us for many years, and we have not visited you as is customarily done by missionaries on furlough. We pray continually for you and are very grateful for making our ministry possible through prayers and support.

 

                May God richly bless you!

 

In His service,

 

 

Paul and Elaine Kintner



A Prayer Update from the Vanek’s – February 2018

Greetings from inner-city Cleveland! February 22, 2018

If you read our prayer update from November of 2016, you are well aware of how many volunteers it takes to operate a ministry like Faith Baptist Community Center. Keeping various ministries staffed is a challenge, to say the least. As you can imagine, there is an active ebb and flow regarding volunteerism. We lose volunteers periodically (for a variety of reasons) and must recruit new volunteers to fill those vacancies. During our time serving at FBCC&C, we have endeavored (whenever possible) to seek replacement volunteers from within the church plant and inner-city community, as opposed to recruiting volunteers from outside, suburban churches. Don’t misunderstand the point…we have many dedicated volunteers from local, supporting churches who we appreciate and greatly valuethe ministry wouldn’t be where it is without them! However, if an independent church is to become an eventual reality on East 55th Street, community people who have accepted Christ will have to develop a biblical “service mentality…one that seeks to serve, rather than one that merely satisfies itself with being served. Jesus was and is our prime example. He said: “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve...” (Matt. 20:28). That is the mindset we desire to see from those God has called us to serve in Cleveland!

As I have been preparing to run the Jobs for Life program again this year, I have given much thought and prayer to what modifications should be made to increase the positive outcomes from the program. It was during that process that the Lord directed my thoughts to the “intersection” of the Jobs for Life program and volunteer service. Let me explain… In December, Millie Krieke, our Thursday medical receptionist, retired from her ministry after 17 years of service. That left the need for a receptionist. One option, of course, would have been to recruit a volunteer receptionist from among the Center’s supporting churches. Instead, we approached Paula (a graduate from the last Jobs for Life class) about filling that position on a volunteer basis. She agreed immediately and, in fact (with tears in her eyes), admitted that when she learned that Millie was retiring, had prayed that the Lord would allow her to be approached about being the next receptionist. She is doing a wonderful job and we are anticipating that her experience as a volunteer receptionist will build her confidence and serve as a springboard into future, regular paid employment. I will be working with her to that end as time goes on. In March, Paula will be baptized (along with three others) and will become a member of Faith Baptist Community Church! She is now actively involving her children in the ministry as well.

The Jobs for Life program this year will be modified to replicate what has been accomplished with Paula.

Each participant will complete three 13-week phases. The first phase will consist of formal training (including job interest assessment, skill building activities, resume writing, interviewing practice, character development, and basic computer skills). The second phase will be a volunteer “internship” (within a ministry area at FBCC, such as office, medical, kitchen, retail, cleaning) that will promote the development of entry-level job skills. The final phase will include an extensive focus on job search, placement, and support. The class size will be kept to four individuals this year to allow for intensive one-on-one work. A future goal is to secure funds to provide a stipend for each internship to motivate the students and to give them an opportunity to practice money management on a small scale. If you’d like to assist with funds for a Jobs for Life student, contact us. Please pray that the Lord would bring the right four individuals to us. We hope to begin the first phase of the program in April.

Since our last prayer update, we have been able to visit several of our supporting churches. That is always a blessing. We come away from each meeting refreshed and reminded of the faithful prayers that are made on our behalf. In December, we returned to a church in Greensburg, PA, that we had visited during our initial deputation ministry over 12 years ago. Some members of that church had been praying for our family for many years. After being there, we were blessed to have the church partner with us via financial support. We currently have 33 supporting churches and 18 individual supporters. We thank God for each one…they are a vital part of our ministry!

Continue to pray for the missionary team and the many volunteers who serve with us at FBCC&C. If you are ever in the East 55th Street area, stop in. We’d love to see you!

Serving Christ,

Michael, Sherri, Emily, and Benjamin Vanek



Coffee House Outreach Raises Funds for Hannah’s House

 
 
  

Update from the Coffee House we had on February 10, 2018…..More than $600 was raised for Hannah’s Home (in Mentor, OH)! If you want to learn more about Hannah’s Home, watch the video! Thank you so much to everyone involved in last Saturday’s event! Feel free to share.



An Update from the Allen’s in Papua New Guinea

Each weekday for nearly four months, just as the light breaks over the ridge of mountains to the east, we have heard an exciting sound – our neighbor across the airstrip pounding on his hollowed-out tree trunk drum, calling the literacy students to class.  The class started in early October with fifteen students.  While one man was too busy and decided to drop out, the remaining fourteen faithfully showed up, even on dreary, rainy mornings when they normally would not have left their houses until the fog had cleared.   Each day they learned to associate written letters with the sounds of the language they have known all their lives.  Some students excelled; others struggled.  But no one gave up.  The older students who learned the slowest are the ones who showed the most determination.  “As long as you will teach me, I will keep trying,” said one of the older men. 

 

February 2nd was a milestone for those fourteen students, our missionary team and the community as a whole.  It was graduation day for the very first Amdu literacy class!!  After some speeches by various community leaders, each student was called up to read something demonstrating what they had learned in the class.  The slower students had a much shorter and easier selection, but we were so proud to hear them read in front of the community.  They each then received their coveted certificate.  Having a special piece of paper that like is a big deal in this culture!  Even though they officially graduated from the course, they all still have more to learn and will now move into the post-literacy course to improve their reading speed and comprehension.  A few of the best students from class one will also be helping our teammate Benjamin teach the twenty new students who started class today (Feb. 5th).

 

Bart and Benjamin with the first Amdu literacy class following graduation

 

 

As this second class starts, it’s fun to remember back to the beginning of the first class several months ago.  The students were excited and eager to learn.  Even basic things like how to hold a pencil and learning that you read from left to right, top to bottom needed to be clearly explained.  Skills that most of us learned as young children are not as easy for older students who have never done it before.  Associating written letters on a page with familiar sounds can be taxing on the brain – especially as the number of new syllables grows.  But just like the first class, this new group is motivated and eager.  We are excited for them as they embark on the adventure of learning to read!

 

Thank you for praying for our family and our team.  Thank you again to those of you who have given gifts specifically to help with the costs associated with the literacy program!  We anticipate and plan for the literacy program to eventually move into the surrounding villages in our language group as well.  If anyone else is interested in giving toward this ongoing project, just write and we’ll let you know more details of how you could be involved. 

 

In the past, some of you have also helped with another project – baby clothes and blankets to give to moms with new babies.  That is an ongoing project as well, so write and ask if you’re interested in being involved and would like to know more details.

 

Praise the Lord with us for these milestones happening here in Amdu!   The Lord is faithfully teaching and sustaining our team as we continue to move forward with literacy and translation in preparation for the time when we will be able to clearly share God’s Truth with our Amdu friends.  Keep praying for us!!

 

Because of His love,

Bart and Emily Allen

 

Tribal Church Planters

Amdu Tribe – Papua New Guinea