Jairo Ministers to an Unreached Tribal Group in Colombia

I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home. Although I knew about God and was taught the Scriptures, I did not come to accept Jesus as my Savior until I was 18 years old. Once I understood the gift of salvation, my walk with the Lord became real.

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Jairo Rincón, student at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia, assists another student in the computer lab

Shortly after accepting Christ, I met a missionary named Rick. We talked a lot about transcultural missions and the unreached people groups in Colombia. I was on fire to share the Good News with these people and decided to live among the unreached tribal group called JiW. Over the course of several months, I learned the language, the culture and began understanding their animistic world view. The JiW people’s belief system is heavily focused on witchcraft. They actually use satanic mediums to fight between families. I quickly realized my need for more biblical training in order to better serve my JiW friends.

Through much prayer, the Lord guided me to BSC for my theological education. I plan to graduate in 2018 and return to work among the JiW people. There is an immense need to translate the Bible into their tribal language and other tribal tongues throughout Colombia. After graduation, I specifically want to work to translate the Bible for the JiW people and to help them know my Friend and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know God wants to free them from their demons as much as I do.

 

“Thank the Lord for His love for the JiW community and for providing me with the necessary training to share Jesus with them!”

                                              – Jairo Rincón

 

 

 

Compassion, Care and Love (a CAST partnership)

Eastern Star Church (located in Indianapolis) and Overseas Council have been partners since 1996. We are now in the second year of a unique CAST commitment (Church And Seminary Teamwork) with our mutual seminary friend and partner, the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince (Haiti).

The CAST Program brings together the hearts and resources of an Overseas Council partner seminary with the hearts and resources of a partner church in North America. CAST is an efficient and effective method for establishing dynamic, mutually satisfying, two-way relationships. It not only facilitates financial support for the seminary, but also allows the church a deeper impact in the Kingdom through the school beyond essential funding needs.

Please take a minute to watch the world-changing work taking place in Haiti due in part to the special partnership with CAST. We hope you will be blessed!

 

Courtesy of Eastern Star Church

 

 

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Thank You for Helping Me Realize My Dream

My whole world changed when my father died in 2004. I was not walking with the Lord then, and I felt that God was punishing me by taking my father away. Ironically, that is when my search to find God began. It has been a journey. I have not only discovered a relationship with God but have discovered my calling in life as well – to become a teacher.

Emily Khoury, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies graduate of Bethlehem Bible College
Emily Khoury, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies graduate of Bethlehem Bible College

Through many peaks and valleys, God led me to BBC where I earned a degree in Biblical Studies. Since then, God has fulfilled the desire of my heart by giving me a job as a religion teacher. I love my work! God has carved out the best mission field for me right here in my classroom. Every day, I have students share their struggles and questions with me which opens the door for me to point them to Jesus.

I am tremendously grateful to BBC for preparing me to be a teacher. From my Bible classes to my Child Psychology course, BBC trained me to serve children. By God’s grace, I plan to start a master’s program at BBC soon. I want to be the very best teacher I can be, and I believe furthering my education will help me do just that. I am excited to see how the Lord will use me in my ministry!

 

“I can’t say thank you enough for helping me realize my dream.”

                                              – Emily Khoury

 

 

 

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Guest Lecturer – Dr. Scott Cunningham

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Dr. Scott Cunningham, Overseas Council Vice President of International Partnerships

Vice President of International Partnerships, Dr. Scott Cunningham, was the guest lecturer for the annual Mission and Evangelism Lectureship at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). His topic was “Seminary of the Future: Trends and Challenges in Evangelical Theological Education in the Majority World.” Scott has become a globally appreciated strategist regarding the role of theological education in the mission of God: theological education that is both theological from the outset and educational from its core, and that aligns with God’s purpose in his world. So we are not surprised that DTS would tap Scott for this important task.

 

Below are the topics (linked to Scott’s presentations) he shared at the 2015 Missions and Evangelism Lectureship at DTS:

The Seminary of the Future
Reflecting Change in the Academy
3 Changing Trends in Majority World Seminaries
The Direction of the Seminary

 

 

God is Multiplying His Kingdom in India

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John Varghese, Bachelor of Divinity graduate of New Theological College.

After my theological training at New Theological College (NTC), I had planned to serve an impoverished region of India, but God had other plans. I was given the opportunity for church ministry in Delhi and accepted the call. I have discovered an incredible need for mission work in this region. There are still many in Delhi who have not heard the Gospel.

The Lord opened the door for us to start five fellowships (small church-like gatherings) in eastern Delhi. NTC is now placing recent graduates to pastor and help guide these new believers.

Since starting to work in this region in 2006, by God’s grace, I have baptized 150+ people. Where there were only a few churches, there are now 15!

 

“God is multiplying His Kingdom right here in Delhi. I am so grateful to be a part of this special work.”

                                              – John Varghese

 

My Journey from Fear to Free

I had a difficult childhood. My father was an alcoholic and physically abused my sister and me. Our mother had health problems and was often sick. When I was young, I attended an Orthodox church with my mom. We kept the traditions they taught and hoped that would help our problems go away. But our dismal situation never seemed to improve.

Olesya Shchepeleva, Bachelor of Missiology graduate from Kuban Evangelical Christian University, sharing her puppet ministry with children.
Olesya Shchepeleva, Bachelor of Missiology graduate from Kuban Evangelical Christian University, sharing her puppet ministry with children.
Olesya Shchepeleva, Bachelor of Missiology graduate from Kuban Evangelical Christian University, with her ladies Bible study group.
Olesya Shchepeleva, Bachelor of Missiology graduate from Kuban Evangelical Christian University, with her ladies Bible study group.

In fact, fear nearly paralyzed my heart. I was terrified of the dark, afraid I would die in my sleep and never wanted to be by myself. My parents hired various healers to try to cure my troubled soul, but nothing worked. Fear lingered around every corner of my mind. I could not seem to shake it.

Then one day, my life changed forever. One of my mother’s friends invited me to go to her church. This church was different. I began learning who Jesus really is. Over the course of time, God became my Friend and Savior. For the first time in my life, He became real to me. Sometimes when things were rough at home I would look out the window and be reassured that He was near. Even in the most difficult times, I knew with God in my life I would never be alone. All of my paralyzing fears vanished. I had discovered God’s perfect peace and trusted Christ with my whole life.

As a young adult, God gave me a passion to help children from difficult family backgrounds. I started volunteering at a local orphanage, but I was anxious to do more. I decided to become a missionary, but I wanted to be well-equipped before embarking on this new journey. That’s when God led me to Kuban Evangelical Christian University (KECU) in Russia.

I was thrilled to be accepted into KECU’s Missiology program! I was given such a great education. I was thoroughly trained and grounded in God’s Word and learned the necessary tools for mission work.

After graduation, I joined the outreach ministry team of a local church. We had a program where we would go into the community and befriend those who were disabled and homebound. We ministered in practical ways by being a friend and helping with housework and cooking. Our objective was to make their lives more pleasant. I truly enjoyed this work, but I especially loved the other part of our outreach ministry – children! I was actively involved in our local orphanage and children’s hospital as well. It was during my time with the outreach team that I learned you do not have to go abroad to be a missionary. There’s work to do right where you are – in your home, your church and your community.

Currently, I am the leader of the women’s and children’s ministries of my church as well as a member of the deacon’s ministry team. In addition to holding weekly Bible studies for the ladies of our community, I lead out in our puppet ministry for children called God’s Ladybug. My team and I regularly visit the children’s hospital and our local orphanage to share God’s love with many precious children. It is wonderful sharing the Good News with young and old alike through fun and interactive puppet shows.

Once a timid, abused, fearful little girl, God has transformed me into a mighty missionary for Him. It is an awesome privilege to work for God!

 

“I genuinely love the ministries God has ordained me to be a part of! Thank you for helping us further God’s work in our corner of the world.”

                                              – Olesya Shchepeleva

 

Celebrating the Life of Jeanne Capin (1925-2015)

Today we celebrate the life of Jeanne Capin, wife of Overseas Council founder Dick Capin. Jeanne went home to be with the Lord August 19. She was a faithful servant, and her commitment to teach God’s Word through Bible study was an example for all to follow.

 

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

 

 

 

 

 

What I Hid From My Family For Over 11 Years

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Nguyen Tuan Anh, Bachelor of Theology student at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam

God has given me a unique testimony of His grace. Following high school graduation in 1995, I landed a job at a karaoke bar where I picked up smoking, drinking and drugs. Somehow, I managed to hide my drug addiction from my family for over 11 years.

In 2005, I got married. Instead of spending the night with my new wife, I stayed up until 2 am doing drugs. I was severely addicted but was good at concealing it. My wife didn’t even know about my drug abuse until after our first baby was born in 2006. She threatened to divorce me; however, that pressure didn’t change my addiction. I kept using.

By God’s grace, my wife found Christ and shared the Gospel with me in 2007. Like many addicts, I didn’t see my need for a Savior. I wasn’t addicted; I could quit whenever I wanted, I rationalized. Later that year, I was arrested and was incarcerated for two years. During that time, my wife divorced me. When I was released in 2009, I was intent on earning a living by selling drugs. I was at rock bottom. I had nothing more to lose.

But God had other plans for me. My dear ex-wife sought me out and shared the Gospel with me once again. I didn’t want to lose her and my child, so I pretended that I was converted. Sometimes I’d even read my Bible while doing drugs. A few months later, I decided to go to a Christian rehab center for help. Thirteen days into the program, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with blood cancer. When I went to visit her, my whole life changed. In the midst of a horrible prognosis, her faith was strong. Seeing her faith changed my perspective. I returned to rehab, and after six months of a lot of hard work, I was sober. I made a promise to God, ‘If you deliver me from drugs, I will give my life to serve you.’

Less than two years later in 2011, I renewed my wedding vows with my wife. The following year, I became the pastor of a church created specifically for addicts and their families. I was filled with such satisfaction helping connect these addicts with Christian rehab centers.

During this time of immense growth, God desired to take me even deeper in my understanding of Him and His Word. In 2013, I began my studies at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam. I am learning so much about how to study the Bible and how to share it with others as well. I have continued leading my congregation and am involved in various outreach activities to the poor, mentally challenged and widows who are mothers of drug addicts.

My vision after graduation is to start a rehab center at my church for people suffering from HIV. I feel called to teach them about Christ’s love. Once they have progressed in their healing and faith in God, I’d like to train them in outreach and ministering to others. I believe there is such satisfaction and enjoyment in serving others.

 

“God bless you as you sacrifice to support Bible
students like me. God is multiplying your efforts!”

– Nguyen Tuan Anh

 

Nguyen is just one example of the kind of leader that Overseas Council serves. Students like him need your help to continue making a difference in the countries where they live. A gift to the Multiply Fund enables Overseas Council to provide scholarships and other much-needed resources for leaders around the world. You can play a part in this important work. Open doors through a gift to the Multiply Fund today!