Ladies Retreat at Acampamento Salém; Ordination in Assis


Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

September 12, 2018

Dear Brethren,

My routine is pretty much back to normal, but according to Beverly I am taking on more than I should. Since our return I have been able to get my diet back in shape and have shed 18 lbs. Every day I try to get in a 4 or 5 mile walk/run. Feeling much better already.

We had our first baptism since getting home. Fourteen new members were added to the church. There have been a few people saved in the last 6 weeks and some other new members added by letter.

Bev and I visited the church at Assis, Brasil. The pastor there is Eliésio Oliveira. He is a local guy who was a member of our church when he was in high school. He spent 4 years in Belém, Pará while in seminary. His home church called him to be pastor as soon as he returned. He has done a great job and is on board with missions. We have travelled together on many mission trips. I am to be with them next month to lead in his ordination service. Then in November I am to return for the dedication of their brand new building, which is still under construction.

I have held 2 meetings with 2 other churches in the area over the past few days. One was at Igreja Batista Elim and the other at Igreja Batista Esperança.

Bev got on my case because I have been either preaching or teaching somewhere every night. One or 2 nights a week I record TV programs. Then there are our services and classes at First Baptist. Besides these I have been accepting quite a few invitations to speak at other churches. She is looking out for me and my health, but I had to remind her that these things are “sortta” what I am called to do!

Bev’s mom passed away last week, so Bev had to turn around and return to the States. The funeral was this last Saturday. Bev is helping deal with some other family issues. We still don’t know when she will be able to come home. Please pray for her and the family. God’s timing is always amazing.

Ladies Retreat at Acampamento Salém

The ladies of our church held their regular September retreat at our camp (Acampamento Salém). The ladies ministry team is about 15-20 women. Not counting the team, there were over 200 women present. I don’t know how they do it. We really only have room for about 120 people in the cabins. It is summer time here (dry season – although it is actually winter now in the southern hemisphere), so many of them camped out in tents.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

In Christ,
Mike Creiglow

Mike and Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil 69980
mdcreig [at] hotmail.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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Ruts in the Road; Girls in School; Psalm 119 in Rafiki

Nathan and Carrie Radford serve the Lord in Kitale, Kenya. Their main ministries include indigenous church planting, a prison ministry, and a hospital ministry for mothers with premature babies.

September 5, 2018

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and gone, and we are now into the month of September. We have some prayer requests to share, as well as ministry updates. We appreciate each of you so much and you are a blessing to us.

One of our big prayer requests is for the road maintenance within Milimani, the area of Kitale where we live. Please pray with us that the roads will be maintained in the next few days, as big ruts have been created all over, making it difficult to drive. It is rainy season during the afternoons and evenings, and vehicles go over the roads while they are still water soaked, creating large ruts that dry in the mornings. Please pray that the roads will be repaired soon, for the benefit of all who live in Kitale.

Our daughters are now back in school after a break off for a few weeks. They started back yesterday, and there were some tears, as they are getting used to the school again and being with their friends. Some of their friends have moved since the last term, and this has been difficult for them, but there are other new students that we pray that they will make friends with. My wife is trying to balance homeschooling with sending them to the school some during the year, so please pray for her, as this is a challenge and she wants what is best for our daughters. She has been under some stress with trying to figure out how to balance the curriculum, giving our daughters the socialization that they need, and trying to help them any way she can. I also want to help them with all this, so we would appreciate your prayers for us during this time in regard to their schooling here in Kitale.

Please pray for me (Nathan), as I am continuing in the discipleship program with a younger Kenyan man in his home village of Rafiki. Please pray for me as I traverse the roads out to his village in the early morning hours (this is the best time for him), as the roads out to Rafiki can be challenging to drive as well. There are certain parts of the road I try to avoid completely, but after a hard rain, the entire road can become very water soaked and slippery. I go very slowly and carefully, trusting in God’s protection as I go. It is beautiful to go in the mornings, to see the beautiful clouds with Mount Elgon surrounding them. When I look at these sights in the morning, I am reminded of Genesis 1:1, which says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Recently as I was teaching him in Rafiki, we looked at the Word of God, and the many benefits we get from it. We looked at and studied several verses in Psalm 119. One of my favorite verses we studied together was Psalm 119:11, which says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” How we need to study, meditate upon, memorize, and hide the Word of God in our hearts. What a protection it is, and how the will of God is revealed as we study it. I hope and pray these teachings will be a blessing to the men God will raise up to train, in His timing and plan.

We will keep you updated. We appreciate each one of you for your interest, prayers, sacrificial giving, and encouragement. May God bless you all.

Nathan and Carrie Radford

Nathan and Carrie Radford
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya
East Africa 30200

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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Open Opportunities to Share about the Savior at Breakfast Meetings, Piano Recitals, Dinners

Missionaries John Mark and Judy Hatcher have been serving the Lord in Tournefeuille, France since 1999. They define their ministry as “disciple-making.”

Missionaries John Mark and Judy Hatcher have been serving the Lord in Tournefeuille, France since 1999. They define their ministry as “disciple-making.”

September 1, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our house has seemed a bit empty the past week since David, Dulce and their children returned home to Chicago. We enjoyed immensely the time we had with this part of our family.

I am getting this letter off quickly before heading over to the next town to have dinner with Philip and his family in the home of one of their neighbors. The host family is a young couple with a two young boys that have had a good relationship with Amanda and Philip for several years. Judy and I had only a visual acquaintance with them until a couple of months ago when we got to know them better at a piano recital of Amanda’s music students. The young man recently started taking piano lessons with Amanda. After the recital this young man seemed quite interested in discussing spiritual things. Pray for this and many other ongoing relationships that we and all of our congregation has with friends and family members. Over 90% of people who trust Christ hear of Him and become convinced that He is the Savior through the influence of friends or family members.

Service at Philip and Amanda’s

Service at Philip and Amanda’s

This morning we had breakfast with the men of our congregation. We try to do this about once a month. These our great times of fellowship and are an important way to encourage one another to love and good works. This morning seemed to be one of the best breakfast meetings with have had. Two of the men spoke of the impact our church has had on them and their families. One of these men grew up in a non-religious family and the other in a catholic family. They expressed their gratitude for what they have learned and experienced with us in getting to know God and in the fellowship of the congregation. Another man, Yoann, who perhaps loves these breakfast meetings more than any who come has not confessed faith in Christ. He has met with our church regularly along with his believing wife and children for several years. He began our conversation by sharing how God had protected him and his family during their recent vacation trip to Italy. They had crossed the bridge in Genoa less than two days before it collapsed on the 14th of August killing 37 persons. The conversation developed along the lines of eternity, our life on earth, eternal life and witnessing to those who do not have faith in God. Yoann told about conversations with his brother who is a virulent atheist. Both of their parents, who died when their children were teenagers, were atheist. Please pray for the salvation of these brothers.

During the time that David and his family were staying with us this summer, our Sunday meetings were held in the home of Philip and Amanda. It is wonderful working together with them here. I am including a couple of pictures of this past Sunday meeting in their home.

Thanks for your prayers and support,
John and Judy

John Mark & Judy Hatcher
4, rue d’Aspin
31170 Tournefeuille, France
JMHatcher[at]aol.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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News & Reports – September 2018 [Online Edition]

The Online Edition of the September 2018 BFM News & Reports is available at the link below. Read how God is working through the lives of our faithful missionaries and continue to pray for them.

Click here to read the BFM News & Reports – September 2018 edition!

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Sharing Christ in Rio Grande do Sul

Bobby, Charlene, Jessie, and Brennen Wacaser have served the Lord as church planters in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, since 1985.

August 30, 2018

Dear Friends,

In Brazil, Father’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in August and not in June, like in the USA. So, this month we had a special service on Father’s Day at our church which went very well. To give the mothers a break, the men and boys of the church were to work together to prepare, either the largest, or the best tasting sandwich that they could come up with. We were surprised by some very delicious sandwich recipes and the 4 feet long sub that one family made. One of the other main goals of this event was to have our members invite friends and family members that do not know Christ or who are not a part of a local church. We did have several unchurched folks attend that Sunday and I preached a simple and direct gospel message. We trust and pray that the Lord used His preached word to accomplish in the hearts of those present just what He purposed to do. We now have about 5 new teens who want to begin discipleship classes since that service. Those classes will be starting this coming Sunday and we hope and pray that those young people are truly saved and that they will follow through with baptism and growth in the knowledge of Christ.

One of Bobby Wacaser’s English classes

Projeto Vida Van heading out to the southernmost state in Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul with 12 volunteers.

Our traveling evangelistic team, Projeto Vida, was ministering in the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul. They worked specifically in two towns, Flores da Cunha and Igrejinha. It might surprise some to learn that, even though the state of Rio Grande do Sul is one of the most culturally civilized states in Brazil, it is the least evangelized. In fact, demonic worship and witchcraft is much more common there than Christianity. We sent our team to help two new church plants share the gospel in the public schools and parks. Our volunteers shared their testimonies, performed gospel skits and preached to over 2000 people this month and there were dozens of professions of faith in Christ as a result. The pastors of those new works are now following up with personal discipleship of those who made their decision public.

I took a group of 12 on a mountain camping trip recently and everyone really enjoyed it. Especially because of Charlene’s 2 gallons of delicious chicken noodle soup that I took to feed them. We are in the middle of our winter season here and the temperature on those days was around 45 degrees inside the tents. The next day we hiked to the top of the mountain and the Lord blessed with beautiful weather and scenery. I like to use these outings to invite people who wouldn’t normally spend 24 plus hours with a pastor or missionary, but because of the adventure involved, participate. It gives me and my co-laborers several opportunities to live outwardly the presence of Christ in us. We have seen the fruit of these efforts on many occasions and we are still seeing it. Not to mention that the mountain hikes help me to keep in better physical shape.

Charlene and I are extremely grateful to you who pray for us and for your generosity that allows us to minister here in southern Brazil. May the Lord bless you richly.

In Christ’s love,
Bobby and Charlene Wacaser

Bobby and Charlene Wacaser
Rua Laudelino Ferreira Lopes, 279
Sobrado 1, Novo Mundo
81050-310 Curitiba, PR. Brasil
Phone: 55-41-99899-2333
bobbymichael_1[at]hotmail.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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Changes with Kenyan Authorities Bringing Challenges

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The Tate Family has served the Lord in Kitale, Kenya since January 2008. Their main ministry is church planting.

August 28, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the last couple of months I have noticed some slight, yet disconcerting, changes in the way the Kenyan authorities are viewing and treating the expatriates that live and work in this country.  I have lived in Kenya for ten years but it is only recently that I’ve noted some vexing changes that cause me concern.  (In case you are unfamiliar with the term “expatriate” I am using it to refer to any person who lives outside their native country – missionary, military, immigrant, foreign worker, etc.  I am using it in place of the more disparaging word, “foreigner”).  For example:

  • For most of the years we have lived here we would get pulled over by traffic police just like any other driver. When our documents would be verified we would go on our way. Now it seems that police officers pull us over simply because we are expatriates, harassing us, threatening arrests when there is no fault, and demanding illegal bribes.
  • Soldiers in Nairobi have stopped us and asked why we have Chloe, asking questions about her, doubting that she was abandoned and basically questioning the validity of our guardianship of her
  • Expatriates who have adopted or have legal guardianship of Kenyan children have been disparaged and vilified in the news and media. The news and media have been accusing such people (and their legitimate adoption agencies) of child trafficking and illegally obtaining these children and attempting to whisk them away to foreign countries. They paint these law abiding people in a very bad light and make the general public to think of any non-Kenyan as unfit to care for Kenyan children.
  • All expatriates were recently required to make a personal appearance in Nairobi to have all of their legitimate paperwork and documents re-verified.
  • Expatriates are being rounded up at local malls and detained until their documents are “verified” by authorities. Some are being incarcerated and not being brought before magistrates in a timely manner while local authorities threaten and harass them in order to receive bribes.
  • Work permits are being denied. Also, I just read in the news today that work permit renewals could not be submitted for renewal while the expatriate was actually still residing in the country.  The renewals can only be submitted from the worker from outside the country.

These changes are troubling to me.  A country that doesn’t treat its expatriates well is not heading in the right direction.  I love the country of Kenya and don’t want to see it change for the worse.

As a result of these changes and in order to obtain a more secure standing in the country I will be pursuing what is called a Permanent Residency.  This is not a dual citizenship but is basically what it sounds like.  It will allow me to become a permanent resident of Kenya without having to rely on the unstable and undependable work permit renewal process.  This program is open to expatriates who have lived in Kenya for 7-plus years.  This doesn’t solve every problem but it would give me a more secure position as a resident of Kenya.  It is a costly (upwards of $5,000), lengthy (it has taken others 1-2 years), difficult process to accomplish so I do ask that you all be in prayer for me as I initiate this program.

Until next month, beloved.
May God’s peace and joy be with you.
For the glory of God in East Africa,
Roger & Julie Tate (and Amy, Josiah & Chloe)

rojuta[at]gmail.com
Visit their blog!

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.

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Missionary Support Partnership: A New Generation of Missionaries

“A NEW GENERATION OF MISSIONARIES!”

We are fervently beseeching God to call and raise up A New Generation of Missionaries from our churches. We are appealing to all our partnering churches to join with us in this ministry of supplication. We have prepared this written appeal to express our “heart’s desire and prayer to God.”

However, at the same time, we also recognize that we cannot commit to and assume administering financial support funds for additional missionaries under the current support plan we have implemented since our inception in 1942 – that is, disbursing all our financial commitments to our missionaries from our General Fund contributions. We are currently maxed out with our levels of monthly General Fund ‘in-come’ and our committed support disbursements, or ‘out-go.’

Therefore, we have adopted a new, more mutually-shared, support plan for “A New Generation of Missionaries” the Lord will allow us to partner with going forward. We are calling it our “Missionary Support Partnership” plan.  Read here for a fuller, more detailed explanation of why this plan is needed and how it will work: “Missionary Support Partnership – Feasibility and Viability”. And here is a table itemizing how the support responsibilities will be more mutually-shared among the partners in this endeavor: “Missionary Support Partnership – Document of Understanding.” Please read these papers and pray with us that God will multiply and increase our effectiveness and impact among the nations of the world for the Glory of Jesus Christ!

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Back in Brazil; Picking Up the Pace on TV Ministry


Mike and Beverly Creiglow have served the Lord in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil together since 1971. In addition to pastoring First Baptist of Cruzeiro do Sul, Mike builds his own boats and frequently travels up and down rivers to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

August 15, 2018

Dear Brethren,

Bev and I were in the States for 2 months. During that time, I had several medical procedures. I was also able to get some needed rest. We left the US on July 16th. It took us almost a week to get home. There were all kinds of delays, layovers and missed flights. The craziest trip ever. We are home though and back in the routine.

Since I had been away for so long, the other pastors needed some time off or had other places to be, so I have been taking care of much more than usual. The weekends have been really busy. I have also started back on some of our construction projects, although I am not doing any of the physical stuff just yet. My recovery period from the surgery was just finished this week. I have been getting my diet back in order and have been getting a 3-mile walk/run in every day. I have lost over 10 lbs. already. Have been feeling much better. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for me.

We have picked up the pace on our TV ministry. I have been recording 2 programs a week. Several things needed to be revamped. I made homemade teleprompters, but recently we did not have the right software and one of the monitors was down. That has all been repaired. We also didn’t have a countdown clock. I solved that by just using an app on my iPad. The programs are 30 minutes. They are aired locally every Saturday and Sunday morning. We have been on the air for almost 30 years. We still have some work to do on the studio set, lighting and a chromakey setup. I have a team of 8 young men who help with all the media activities. They are getting us set up to have pages on Instagram and Facebook. Soon we will have a YouTube channel also. Live streaming is not far away, Lord willing.

I have had some pretty significant dates in my life during this year. On February 14th I turned 70. On May 4th I celebrated 60 years as a child of the King. Then just a few days ago, on August 6th I completed 40 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Cruzeiro do Sul. On that Monday, for some reason, I didn’t get to go on my daily afternoon walk. Instead Bev and I were in the porch swing enjoying the beautiful evening when a large group of church members came in to serenade me and bring gifts. What an honor!

There is quite a bit of great news coming from the mission field around us, but I am saving that for my next report.

For now, though I just want to thank all of you who have been so kind, thoughtful and supportive during these last few months. They have been trying to me, but you have been there for me and the work here. Thanks to BFM for helping us out with tickets and keeping up our insurance. Thanks to others who helped out financially, too. Thanks to all who have prayed. Please continue. I really want to continue to serve at full capacity until He comes.

Thanks again for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.

In Christ,
Mike Creiglow

Mike and Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil 69980
mdcreig [at] hotmail.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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A Tribute To God’s Grace In The Life Of Pastor Paul Richard Kirkman

A Tribute To God’s Grace In The Life Of Pastor Paul Richard Kirkman

Written on behalf of us all by Pastor Darrell Messer

Born October 7, 1921      Born Again April 14, 1940      Died July 26, 2018

Wit, wisdom, and the Word; these marked the life of Paul Kirkman.  It has been my honor to know this man for some 47 years and be counted among his multitude of friends.

Before speaking of Pastor Kirkman’s impact on my personal life, I want to share a bit of history of the grace of God in Brother Paul’s life.

Paul speaks of his coming to saving faith in the Lord in the following way.  “In 1932, just before the age of 11, the Spirit of God began to convict me of my sin and the thought of being accountable to God began to trouble me deeply.  For about eight years the Lord worked on my heart and, late in 1939, I made a resolution to attend Sunday School every Sunday in 1940.  By the grace of God, this was a resolution that I kept.  In April of 1940, Pastor Slone asked me to stay for the morning preaching service.  On April 14th I stayed for both the Sunday School and the preaching service.  That afternoon I went to a picture show, but all I could think of was God.  Upon leaving the picture show I saw a crowd headed for the river bank.  The town drunk had been saved and was being baptized in the river as a testimony to all.  I was not altogether sure what this man had, or how he got it; all I knew was I wanted it!  That afternoon my mother asked me to go back to the evening service with her and I said, ‘No thank you, once a Sunday is enough!’  That evening I planned to stay at home and listen to Jack Benny; but as I tried to enjoy Jack, I felt irresistibly drawn back to that church house.  On the way back to that church house, after much turmoil, I cried out to God and said, ‘Oh God, I want to be a Christian more than anything in this world, and tonight, if you show me how to be, I will be.’  That night, after the service, at the age of 18, for the first time in my life, I heard the Gospel message as good news for me personally.”

God’s plan for Paul’s life would move him to Dayton, Ohio and to the Haynes Street Baptist Church which would soon change its name to Emmanuel Baptist Church.  There he met Louise Hancock who he lovingly called “Her Majesty.”   On October 14, 1942 they would marry.  World War II would call Paul to leave his bride of 3 weeks to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve his country as a Marine medic until being honorably discharged from the Navy December 27, 1943.

In 1945 Paul submitted to God’s call on his life to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He enrolled in the Baptist Bible Seminary at Johnson City, New York with a desire to serve as a missionary in Africa.   In 1948 his schooling was interrupted because of a needed brain surgery.  God had just recently brought into the Kirkmans’ life a young son (David) by way of adoption.  Paul had no idea how the hospital bills and the daily living expenses would be paid. However, he did know this had come to him through the hand of his Heavenly Father and that somehow God would supply.  And supply God did!  A seminary mate would replace Paul at his job but would give all the pay checks to the Kirkman family till Paul was able to work again.  Additionally, the surgeon would not charge for his services and the hospital did not charge for his hospital stay.  God supplied, in every way needed, as only God can.  Paul would go on to graduate seminary on June 6, 1949.  However, because of the brain surgery, going to Africa as a missionary was out of the question but the call of God to preach the Gospel was never questioned.

On June 6, 1950 the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio, under the leadership of Pastor James T. Jeremiah, ordained Paul to the Gospel ministry. In that same year he became pastor of the Evansville Baptist Church in Niles, Ohio.  In 1951 Paul would undergo another brain surgery that was listed as “exploratory.”  In October of that year God provided a daughter (Michal) for them to adopt.  Paul would follow what he felt to be the leadership of God and resign as pastor of Evansville Baptist Church in 1955.

In August of 1956, under the authority of Emmanuel Baptist, Paul started a mission in Fairborn, Ohio that organized February 10, 1957 as the Grace Baptist Church.  In 1970 the meeting house where the church still worships was built.  In 1971 Paul would undergo a third brain surgery and be out of his pulpit for 7 months, during which time Brother Marvin Summers would serve as interim pastor.  Paul’s ministry as Pastor would continue to April 5, 1987 when he retired and was given the title Pastor Emeritus.

Additionally, Paul served in the spread of the Gospel as a director of Baptist Faith Missions for many years.  He continued to preach as long as his health permitted and opportunity was presented.

The Lord gave two faithful and godly companions to Paul during his life.  The wife of his youth, Louise, better known as “Her Majesty” served alongside of Paul for all his active pastoral ministry.  She was diagnosed with M.S. shortly before his retirement and went to be with the Lord on December 12, 1994.   Not too long after the death of Louise, Paul began a reacquaintance with a lady named Emma, whom he had met the same night he met Louise many years before.  She too had married a Baptist preacher (Loren Brown) who had died in 1988.   After some time of correspondence Paul asked Emma to be his wife and they married May 18,1996 in California where Emma was living. They then returned to Fairborn where they lived and served the Lord together as members of Grace Baptist Church.  Emma also preceded Paul in death on February 17, 2010.

I said at the beginning that Paul was a man of wit.  His body grew more and more frail, but his mental sharpness and keen memory held to his last breath.  That wit was very noticeable in his story telling and, my oh my, did he have stories to tell.

He was a man of wisdom.  Sound in his judgments and keen in his insights, I sought his counsel on many occasions.

He was a man of the Word.  This was evident in his wit and his wisdom.  The Scripture was his delight and his exposition of the Scripture the delight of all who heard him.

On a personal note, Pastor Paul Kirkman came into my life in 1971 when he spoke some very gracious words into my life after I spoke at a Bible conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Little did I know that this man, whom I came to affectionately call “Elder”, would become such an important part of my life and that of my family.

In the spring of 1976 Brother Kirkman would hold a revival meeting for me at Immanuel Baptist Church in Riverview, MI.  Several were saved that week, and he ministered to a family whose 10-year-old son was undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.  He did so in a way I never could have, because of his own three brain surgeries.  During that week I shared with him that I felt God was bringing my ministry there to a conclusion.  Fast forward a few months and the church where I have been honored to serve for almost 42 years asked him if he could help them find a pastor.  He said he “might just know of someone.”  Through these many years his friendship and fellowship became very precious as he mentored me and mirrored for me the heart of a pastor.

Paul Kirkman lived to serve His Lord by serving his fellow man.  He wanted to live his life to help others.   First, to help them know the Savior he knew, and then, to help them in their journey through life.  To Paul Kirkman I humbly say “Thank You” for helping me.   And to the Lord I say, “Thank you, Father, for Paul Kirkman.”

He is gone from our sight but not from our hearts.

In Him Who Loved Us First,
Darrell Messer

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Resistance, Persistence, Discipleship Consistence

Bobby, Charlene, Jessie, and Brennen Wacaser have served the Lord as church planters in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, since 1985.

August 6, 2018

Dear Friends,

The month of July is always an exciting and productive month for our ministries for several reasons. The first of which is that our schools take a 2-3 week winter break which allows us to host several college students from out of town. During those weeks we hold missions training seminars involving biblical study in the classroom and a couple weeks of practical on-the-field evangelism and church planting. There were 12 young adult students participating with our 8 experienced leaders. Sometimes we are blessed to work in towns or neighborhoods that seem graciously open to hearing the gospel message, but this last month we found quite a bit of resistance among the people we were reaching out to. When we encounter this type of reception it is always helpful to remember God’s promise that His word will not return to Him void. Despite the evident resistance by some, there were a few who surrendered to Christ as their Lord and Savior, though not as many as we often see. The seminar trainees were not discouraged by the lack of immediate fruit and this also served to teach them that there will oftentimes be tough fields of labor. They learned to be patient and faithful to obey the Lord’s command to take the gospel to the lost, despite the obstacles and apparent lack of fruit.

The two towns that we ministered in during the month of June that I reported on last month are still being blessed by the new converts there and their growth in God’s grace. The local pastors of the works in Porto Rico, Parana, and Diamante do Norte are excited that they are being able to disciple those “baby” Christians that were evangelized during our weeks of ministry there.

Back here at our home church, Nova Igreja Batista de Curitiba, we celebrated our 6th anniversary and we had a great service. We have continued to grow numerically, and we also see an increase in maturity and Christian love among our members. Charlene and I are teaching English as a second language twice a week at the church building at no charge and this has opened doors of opportunity for us to meet folks who wouldn’t ordinarily come to a church service. For the last 3 weeks we have had visitors at our Sunday services as a result of the contact we had with the parents of our students during the week. We are praying and hoping that these visits will result in these families hearing and accepting the gospel and eventually become active members of the church too. We would appreciate your prayers for us in these efforts.

Thank you so much for your prayers and faithful support.

In Christ’s love,
Bobby and Charlene Wacaser

Bobby and Charlene Wacaser
Rua Laudelino Ferreira Lopes, 279
Sobrado 1, Novo Mundo
81050-310 Curitiba, PR. Brasil
Phone: 55-41-99899-2333
bobbymichael_1[at]hotmail.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online

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