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Big Fruit From Small Seeds in Suriname

By: Jeanette Windle with Imro and Linda Smit “So many big, important things—in fact, most of them—start very small,” expresses BCM missionary Linda Smit. “We’ve seen this over the years on the BCM Suriname field and are seeing it once again.” Unique in South America, Suriname is a Dutch-speaking country, its population of just over a half million an eclectic mix of East Indian, African, Creole, Amerindian, Chinese, Indonesian, Caucasian, and other ethnicities. Almost half of Suriname’s population (241,000) live in its capital city, Paramaribo. This is also where BCM Suriname has its ministry headquarters as well as their central […]

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Gospel on Wheels

By: Paul Padmaker, Executive Director BCM India “I had been praying for a bicycle for two years.” A BCM church-planter, Kendrek Tue pastors a church in Amda, a village in the northern India state of Jharkhand. But he also oversees church plants in six neighboring villages within a total radius of 11 kilometers that have no pastors or organized churches of their own. Tue explains further, “Over a period of time, I saved up some money to buy a bicycle. But then I faced a financial crisis at home, and I had to use that money for something else. I […]

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Impacting Regions Beyond with ISMT

By: Sandy Barber, Marion Odicio, Pat Govender, Luba Valkov, and other ISMT contributors BCM’s teacher training curriculum In Step with the Master Teacher (ISMT) is designed not just to equip children’s ministry leaders, but to multiply quality teachers around the world who in turn can train leadership in their own nations and regions. Since ISMT’s inception in 2004, God has used this curriculum to impact children’s ministry even in countries and regions far beyond where BCM has missionaries or resident trainers. Just how does that happen? The following four recent stories gives an answer. SOPHIA, BULGARIA Emanuil and Luba Valkov […]

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Rewriting Hope into Brazil’s Written-Off Favela Children

By: Lisa Biegert Adults might expect a conversation with a five-year-old to be funny and even silly. You don’t anticipate an emotionless small boy to state nonchalantly, “The police killed my brother for trying to steal from people on the bus.” But such a conversation is sadly normal for BCM Brazil missionaries. If the frequency of such events would make any adult shudder, slum children growing up in such violence are routinely witnesses to murder on their own streets. BCM Brazil (known locally as Ministerio Centralizado Na Biblia, or MCB) works primarily in Recife, a city of over three million […]

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Created to Teach

By: Shekinah Danielle R. Dimanlig BCM Philippines ISMT Trainer “In Step with the Master Teacher is boring!” That was my first impression of ISMT. I was fifteen years old when I was invited to attend only because my mom was one of the trainers. I went because I had to, but it wasn’t something I appreciated. I couldn’t have known that five years later I would have another encounter with ISMT that would change my life forever. Quick background: I am currently a senior at Philippine Normal University with a major in Early Childhood Education. I’d never actually wanted to […]

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Stepping Out to Raise Up Leaders in Haiti

By: Lisa Biegert BCM USA missionaries Christine Wigden and Lorraine Stirneman are no strangers to adventure, and in their ministry to Philadelphia’s inner-city children, they regularly push young volunteers to step out of their comfort zones in sharing Jesus (see Neither Rain Nor Heat . . . Nor Flying Bullets!, BCM World, September 2015). But in 2017, it was Christine and Lorraine who stepped from a North American comfort zone to board a plane headed south. A foreign language (French), the western hemisphere’s poorest country (Haiti), and a nation still reeling from devastating hurricanes and earthquakes awaited them at the […]

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NEXT-GEN BCM Crosses Borders to Serve

By: Jeanette Windle and Contributors BCM missionary kid Bart Bolhuis, oldest of five sons, was still in high school when his parents, Erik and Annelien Bolhuis, took over leadership of BCM Netherlands’ camp/retreat center De Herikon (see New Leadership for BCM Netherlands, BCM World, Winter 2015). But he wasn’t new to camping ministry, having grown up attending, then volunteering at De Herikon summer camps. Just finishing his first year of Bible college in the Netherlands, Bart was looking for a ministry internship for the summer vacation months. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, summer is the busiest time for BCM ministry in […]

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“Are You Mrs. Religious?”

By: Lisa Biegert Walking through a local supermarket in her hometown of Warren, Pennsylvania, BCM missionary Ruth Gray felt someone’s eyes on her. She turned to see a little boy watching her closely. When she smiled at him, he mustered the courage to ask, “Are you, uh, are you the religious . . . um, the Mrs. Religious . . .?” Ruth chuckled kindly. “Yes, I am Mrs. Religious Ed!” By United States federal law, schools are required to release students for one hour each week to attend a religious class of their choosing. This is called the Released Time […]

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One Year Later in Madagascar

By: Lisa Biegert BCM Madagascar’s first year has been a busy one for director Ratovohery Jean Aime and his sister, BCM missionary Sahondra. Though their team consists of only four people total, their ministry reaches thousands of lives. Their largest ministry remains the Bible Club program with more than twenty clubs in and around the capital city of Antananarivo reaching 2400 children a week (see Sharing “FIHAVANANA” With Madagascar’s Most Vulnerable, BCM World, June 2016). But another exciting ministry outreach is reaching Malagasy with the Gospel Over the 2017 Easter holiday, a five-day club in a new area resulted in […]

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Tailoring Garments for Hope in Rural India

By: Paul Padmakar, Executive Director, BCM India Member of the Gaddipally BCM church, Manemma found herself a widow in late 2015 when her husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack. How was she to raise, house, feed and educate her two small sons on her own? Enter BCM India’s Tailoring Training Centre and the gift of a sewing machine. Today Manemma runs her own small business that allows her to be completely self-supporting in providing for her family. TTC was inaugurated in Gaddipally, a village about two hundred kilometers from Hyderabad, where BCM India headquarters is located, in June, 2015, […]

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Seventy Years in Big Sky Country

By: Lisa Biegert On July 22, 2017, BCM’s Big Sky Bible Camp in Big Fork, Montana, celebrated its seventieth anniversary. The celebration included an Open House with two-hundred-fifty attendees from as far away as California and Arizona. To showcase popular camp features, BSBC opened up its waterfront, ropes course, espresso machine, and camp store. Attendees were able to enjoy inflatable games and tour the camp’s grounds. In true Big Sky camp style, the day ended with a hot dog roast. To honor Big Sky’s seventy years of history, pictures chronicling the camp over the decades were enlarged and displayed. BCM […]

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2017 BBBI Commencement Speaker Dr. Bob Evans with Dr. Jacob and Sandar Mung

One Small School Dreams Big

The BCM Myanmar ministry team believes in dreaming big. A small nation in southeast Asia, Myanmar has a population of fifty million, largely Buddhist, that has been plagued by ongoing civil war for decades. BCM Myanmar’s vision is to see one million children come to Jesus Christ within the next thirty years and three hundred new churches planted. That takes…

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Running for a Reason

By: Lisa Biegert Big Sky Bible Camp held its first annual Fun Run on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Fun Run course took runners all the way around Peterson Lake, on which the camp is located, and across 220 acres of Big Sky’s property. The purpose behind the Fun Run was to raise funds for Big Sky’s new building project [read more here] as well as to be more involved in the local community. Director Jamy Landis explains: “One of our goals is for the facility to be open and used by the community. We like having people on our […]

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A Recipe for God’s Word

Add a cup of Bible teaching, a pinch of games, a dash of baking. and what do you get? BCM Ireland’s Easter Cookery Camp. BCM ministry personnel in Ireland have long felt a burden for the local community living around their camp and conference centre, Castledaly Manor, in a rural district of central Ireland. Castledaly manager Nathan Dancey and his wife Jenna had been witness to the positive value of a…

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Picking up After El Niño

By: Shantal Artieda It´s been four months since the flooding of BCM Peru’s main campus (see El Niño Devastates BCM Peru, BCM World, Spring 2017) near the capital city of Lima. Since then BCM Peru missionary families have worked diligently to restore the property, rebuilding water-damaged missionary housing and even improving the camp facility for future ministry opportunities. The help of God´s people, locally and internationally, has been a great encouragement for the BCM Peru family, not just with provisions and financial aid, but cleaning and reconstruction of the camp grounds. This has included a number of volunteer teams who […]

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Keeping a Promise

When BCM missionaries Pat Govender and Dr. Djawotho Kisa arrived in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014 to hold training seminars for children’s ministry leaders, one constant plea they received was to please come back so other churches could receive training as well. That same year, the Église du Christ au Congo (ECC), or Church of Christ in the Congo, an…

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A Farmer’s Daughter in Thailand

How did a farmer’s daughter from New York state end up in Thailand? By a long and circuitous route of faithful service in God’s kingdom. Barbara Van Valkenburg’s spiritual journey traces back to two women who invested time in picking up Barbara and her seven siblings for church and teaching their Sunday school class. Their faithfulness in turn inspired Barb with the vision of reaching…

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On the Road with God in Africa

I am not a missionary, but I grew up in a missions-minded family. Whenever a missionary would visit our church, they would be our guests for Sunday dinner. We listened to their exciting stories and tried to imagine what it was like to be a missionary, especially if they were from Africa. In Sunday School, my teacher would have us take an offering each week for missionary projects like…

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Putting Hand to the Plow Without Looking Back

BCM Africa director John Peter needs only to remember his own childhood to recognize the urgency of missions. Sometime back while speaking at a conference in Canada, he had the privilege of meeting the missionary lady who led him to Christ at a Bible camp when he was nine-years-old. “I thanked that Canadian congregation for investing in sending…

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A Welcome Blast from the Past

What is the impact of touching the life of one child with the gospel of Jesus Christ? BCM missionary Joyce Murray was enjoying the 80th Anniversary celebration banquet for Bible Centered Ministries, International when BCM president emeritus Bob Evans and his wife Corrie stopped by to tell her of a friend who’d attended the banquet with them. Did Joyce remember Trista (Pike) Steinhauer? Of course! Even after more than…

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“If I Perish, I Perish”

“How can I not go?  Just like Queen Esther, if I live, I live, but if I perish, I perish. I must do God’s work.” So writes “Aunty Aida”, a Nigerian Christian who teaches BCM’s children’s ministry training course In Step with the Master Teacher in regions dominated by Islam. Her courageous attitude could be echoed by BCM Asia/Africa regional director, Stephen King, and his wife, Jane, recently returned from their own latest…

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El Niño Devastates BCM Peru

By: Lisa Biegert Over recent weeks, the weather phenomenon El Niño has unleashed across Peru the worst downpours and floods in two decades, leaving more than ten thousand homes destroyed and over half-a-million people displaced. On March 15, 2017, a river edging BCM Peru’s main ministry campus an hour southeast of the capital city, Lima, breached its banks, inundating the entire property. By late night, rising floodwaters necessitated evacuating all mission personnel, many with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Located in the beautiful coastal Lurín river valley, BCM Peru’s main campus has transformed over the past twenty years […]

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Building Children’s Lives Across India

Mrs. Joyce Solomon, area director of BCM Tamil Nadu, was walking down the street after having finished a school-time Bible class, when sudden a female police constable approached and grabbed her by the hand. Mrs. Solomon was taken aback, since she’d done nothing wrong that could have drawn police attention. But the police constable was smiling as she asked, “Don’t you…

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From Peru to the Poconos

“When I came to this country, I brought all my saints [statuettes of various saints believed to answer prayer] with me in my suitcase,” shares one attendee of a Spanish-language Bible study taught by Carlos and Marion Odicio of BCM USA’s new Hispanic Ministry outreach. “Now that I’ve found Jesus, I don’t need them anymore.” Carlos and Marion Odicio founded BCM ministry in Lima, Peru, in 1994. Twenty-plus years later, that ministry is reaching thousands of…

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“Disciple or Die!”

The second Asia Pacific Youth Congress (APYC2), held in Bali, Indonesia, from October 17-20, 2016, brought together youth leaders, mentors, and children’s ministry directors from twenty different nations across Asia and the Pacific. Among its seven hundred-plus participants was a team from BCM Philippines. The event’s objective was to raise up Christ-like nurturers who will disciple the next generation. Why? Because discipleship is the…

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