Missionary Updates

Kintner Newsletter from May 2019

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Spring Update from the Berg’s – April 2019

Dear Friends,


Attached is our Spring Prayer Letter.  Thank you so much for your prayers and love and burden for the Jewish people!


God’s Richest Blessings!


Jeff & Arlene Berg

March Update from the Kintner’s – March 2019

From Paul and Elaine Kintner                                                                                                                                Baptist Mid-Missions    


“I….do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of  you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him…” Ephesians 1:16-17.


                We praise the Lord for another month of blessing in our lives and ministries here in sunny Florida. It is the cool season for us, but warm to the many “snowbirds” who visit here this time of year. We are blessed during these first three months of the year with exceptional Bible Conferences and concerts in the village, and visits from the north of family and friends. A dear friend from our home church in New York spent a few days with us recently.


                As mentioned in the previous letter, Elaine received a cortisone injection which reduced the pain in her back for a few weeks as she waited for the Ablation procedure. Finally, March 14th she had the procedure, which resulted in a lot of pain. It will require a few weeks to take effect and relieve the pain for an extended time, perhaps a couple years or more. We appreciate your prayers.


                We continue our prison and jail ministries, and yesterday (March 26th) two ladies prayed to accept the Lord. One lady that made her decision for Christ several months ago is now working in the rehabilitation facility where she went for rehab upon release from jail. She invited Elaine and the other ladies to visit her and they were blessed to see the progress in her spiritual life. Elaine is also teaching the ladies Sunday School class at church during three consecutive Sundays this month.


                The director of EBI visited a conference of Spanish Evangelical Literature Publishers in Miami last week where he was able to present our latest publications, as well as our entire line of Sunday School, Discipleship and Bible Institute materials. There was a tremendous response to our materials, and we are already seeing large orders for several different countries in Latin America. This is an answer to prayer, as EBI, because of its small size is little known commercially.


                Thank you for your prayers and support for us and our ministry. In the Scripture verse printed above, we have applied the Apostle Paul’s expression regarding his prayer life for that of ours for you. We take time to pray each morning for several, and throughout the week for many of you. May God richly bless you in your walk with God, and service for Him.


In His service,


Paul and Elaine Kintner 

Dysert Prayer Letter from March 15, 2019

Dear Pastor Doug and everyone at Calvary Fellowship,

Greetings from Spain, where the sun is setting and a beautiful blue hue is following it. God is so evidently caring for us and those we work with and I tried to show this in this update. Thank you for your faithful praying for us! 
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Back in PNG – Prayer Update from the Allen’s

Saying our goodbyes in Pittsburgh – ready to begin the journey back to PNG


The Lord has brought us safely back to Papua New Guinea!  We had a long trip, and we are just now getting over the jet lag.   We were blessed to be able to travel through Europe to see Emily’s brother and his family who are missionaries in Belgium, as well as friends from our home church who are missionaries in Slovakia.  Our overlapping times in the States are few and far between so these visits were extra special!

Our short furlough in the States went by very quickly, and we didn’t do a very good job of keeping in touch during that time.  We look back with thankfulness to the Lord for the blessings and opportunities He gave us during our time at home.  We have come back refreshed and ready to continue the work the Lord has for us.  Below we are including a link to the update video that we shared in our supporting churches. We hope that as you watch, it will be a blessing and encouragement to see what the Lord has done and is doing among the Amdu people.  If you have any questions after watching it, please write and ask!


Click the link below to download and watch our video



Here is a brief overview of what our next couple months will look like:   March 4-13 – Bart will be making a visit into Amdu to spend time with our Amdu friends, check on our house in case repairs need to be made after sitting empty for 6+ months, and do some comprehension testing on Bible passages he has already translated.  Emily will be remaining in Wewak with the boys, getting back to homeschooling and preparing for our regional conference.  The boys will also be doing standardized testing.   March 15-20 – Annual regional conference with all the other missionaries in our area of Papua New Guinea   March/April – We had planned that as a family we would move back into Amdu following our conference, however we’ve had a slight change of plans.  A required epistles translation workshop was scheduled for 2 weeks in April – so following our conference, we will be staying in Wewak for several more weeks in order to attend that workshop.  That means our whole family won’t be going back to Amdu until late April.    Once we get back into Amdu and get settled, our main focus will be on the Bible translation needed for the chronological Bible teaching that we plan to start later this year.  As the timing becomes more clear, we will let you know more details.   


Thanks for praying for our family as we continue to transition back to life in PNG!    

In His hands, Bart and Emily – Luke, Titus, Caleb and Micah

Kintner Missionary Update – February 2019

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6


                Paul attended the Biblical Counselling conference last week in Lafayette, Indiana. Besides driving 2,200 miles, experiencing snow and ice, and sitting in 40 hours of classes, he was reminded of the excellent counsel afforded us in the Scripture, and the application of the wisdom of Proverbs in our lives and ministry to others.

                In our last letter we mentioned the procedures concerning Elaine’s extreme sciatic pain, the one that failed to bring results, and the follow-up which could not proceed due to lack of insurance approval. We returned to Orlando as scheduled, and again insurance was requesting further testing to determine the precise location to apply the Radio Frequency Ablation. She received a cortisone injection in the location, and immediately felt the results, such that, by the time we arrived home her pain was GONE! She has spent the last two weeks free of pain, and we will return to Orlando Thursday, February 20th for evaluation and schedule the ablation. The cortisone has held well, but is not permanent. The ablation should last a long time.

             Work at EBI has intensified with a series of new publications, Warren Wiersbe’s New Testament Commentary (one-volume), and McCune’s Systematic Theology (one-volume) and Paul is involved more in the production and shipping departments. This means carrying heavy boxes, keeping the shipping room full as we have received many large orders from around Latin America. Praise the Lord! Our new Christ Centered Biblical Counseling” and counseling mini-books were well received in the conference in Lafayette. There were 115 Hispanics from several countries attending this conference. There will also be collating and stapling in his job description. He loves it, but it is challenging his old muscles. Thankfully he enjoys the job and God has given good health.

                No long trips are planned for a while, except trips to Orlando (2 hours) and Miami (3 hours) for medical appointments and shipping of materials. We rejoice in being able to serve the Lord here. Elaine feels much better now about activities here in the village, and her teaching in the jail, playing piano in the Nursing home, etc.

                Thank you for your love and prayers for us and the ministry here. May the Lord richly bless you!


In His service,



Paul and Elaine Kintner   

A prayer update from the Vanek’s

Greetings from snowy, wet Cleveland!
Attached is our prayer update for February.  Within it is an update regarding my DBS surgeries and a description of the outcome.  I hope it will be a blessing to you…  Thanks so much for your faithful prayers over the past several months.  God heard those prayers and answered those prayers with His amazing grace.
May you rest in His overwhelming love and care for you today!
Serving Christ,
Michael, Sherri, Emily, and Benjamin
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An Update from Carolyn Renner – February 2019 Prayer Letter

Click the link below to read an update from Carolyn Renner.