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Sri Lanka Flood Disaster

The small island country of Sri Lanka, off the coast of India in the Indian Ocean, has been decimated by the worst flooding in 14 years caused by monsoon rains. The hardest hit district of Kalumatra is just south of the capital city, Colombo. BCM International has pastors and missionaries throughout the country of Sri Lanka, doing their best to aid and provide shelter for the displaced while wading through the…

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Sharing, Loving, and Caring in Cameroon

Much of the West Indies island chain’s population reached the Caribbean during the late 17th and 18th centuries on slave ships from West Africa, destined for labor in tobacco and sugar plantations. So how does a West Indies pastor’s wife end up back across the Atlantic in Cameroon, West Africa? Simply put, to share the love of Jesus. Orementa Murphy grew up in…

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Bringing Home the Good News

A two-acre plot in the outskirts of Kapsabet, a town in western Kenya, holds just two lonely buildings, one constructed of wood and iron sheets, the other just wood. These small buildings stand vacant all week until Sunday morning when the quiet is shattered by Kenyan Christians gathering for church services, their songs of praise echoing off iron sheets and resounding through the surrounding countryside. While the rest of the…

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Partnering for Children in Cuba

The church in Cuba is alive and vibrant!” expressed a previous BCM World article and a recent BCM Peru ministry team to Cuba can testify to that truth. BCM missionaries Marion Odico, Jonatan Odicio and Francisco Barnuevo first traveled from Peru to Cuba in 2014 to hold children’s ministry training in a town called Moa. Among approximately forty trainees was the children’s pastor of the host church in…

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Raising Up NEXT-GEN Leaders in Poland

How to find godly, committed counselors and staff for the next generation of camp ministry? Simple for BCM Poland missionaries John and Dasia Abramovich. You raise them. BCM International partners in Poland with a children’s ministry organization, Miłość Edukacja Dojrzałość. Dasia has served with MED since its founding in 1990, just months after the fall of…

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“Work Hard—Make it Good—Finish Strong”

When the 2016 Michigan-Seven team touched down in Bolivia’s lowland city of Santa Cruz on June 19th, it was hardly a first visit for team leader Sue Sanderson. Sue has taught BCM Bible clubs and ministered at BCM affiliate camp Pine Ridge Bible Camp (originally Jack and Jill Bible Club Camp) in Cedar Springs, MI, for more than 30 years. She first visited Bolivia in 1990, at which time she taught the first BCM children’s ministry leadership…

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Finding Refuge in His Everlasting Arms

REFUGEE! Recent global events have caused a tsunami of refugees to hit the shores of many countries, including my own birth nation, the United States. Probably none of us wants or expects to be a refugee. But several months ago it occurred to me that I am indeed one of those refugees who had to flee their homeland as an act of self-preservation. For me, it was my adopted…

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No Place to Lay Their Head

Sri Lanka’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami started unexpectedly when Tropical Storm Roanu arrived May 15-16, 2016, weeks ahead of the normal monsoon season. Within 48 hours, the heaviest rains in a quarter-century had dumped over 300 millimeters (approximately one foot) into already overflowing rivers. Resulting landslides have left entire villages buried in mud. With rains continuing, hundreds of thousands have driven from their homes. The heaviest struck has…

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Not Looking Back in Persecution-Torn North India

In October, 2015, a fundamentalist Hindu mob attacked a BCM church in Begaipeda village in northern India’s Jharkhand State. The church had been growing steadily since its founding in 2010, and the believers had constructed a small sanctuary on a piece of land donated by a church member. The mob’s target was the pastor, BCM church-planting missionary, Rev. Sunil Munda. When they couldn’t find him, they attacked…

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Sharing “FIHAVANANA” With Madagascar’s Most Vulnerable

The island nation of Madagascar, located off Africa’s southeastern coast, practices what is known locally as fihavanana, a term encompassing concepts of unity, brotherhood, and general peace. To the Malagasy [i.e., Madagascar ethnicity] people, this means having strong relationships with others and taking care of the world around them. Malagasy native and country director for BCM International’s newest ministry field…

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“Here I Am, Send Me—to Hungary?”

“Dear God, bless Hungary. Help the Hungarian people come to know Christ as Savior. Send missionaries to their country to bring them the gospel.” When Damaris Grauer and Birgit Karsch joined the Eastern Europe missions prayer band at their Bible school in western Germany to pray for Hungary and other Eastern European nations, then just emerging from Communist rule, the last answer to their prayers they expected was for…

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A Border Crossing for BCM Peru

The neighboring countries of Ecuador and Peru share many things in common. The friendliness of their people. The Pacific Ocean. The same national language. A similar Latin culture. More pertinently, the same great need to reach one of their nations’ most valuable resources—their children. This shared need was the motivation behind a joint Peru-Ecuador training event that took place in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, February…

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BCM Ukraine: Speaking Unchanging Truth to an Ever-Changing Nation

While BCM ministry in the Eastern European country of Ukraine has existed since 1993, political circumstances have recently changed, re-shaping ministries to meet needs of the Ukrainian people in their present circumstances. Because of ongoing conflict with Russia, some ministries such as the Mariupol orphanage have required temporary relocation. Also due to the conflict…

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COMING HOME TO AFRICA’S HEARTLAND

BCM missionary Lois Lass was just turning thirteen years old the last time she’d set foot in her birthplace—and her heart home. Lois was born in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to missionary parents Ray and Wanda Florence. Lois remembers her childhood growing up along Africa’s Great Lakes, both in the Congo and neighboring Burundi, as idyllic. “It was a happy time in my life, and I didn’t see the…

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Fire Loss in Muntinlupa City Becomes Eternal Gain

It was just after midnight, February 3, 2016, when fire broke in Bagong Sibol, a neighborhood of Muntinlupa City located in the southeastern part of Metro Manila, Philippines. Within three hours, at least 100 homes were destroyed, leaving 120 families homeless. Ten of these families are members of a local Bible Centered Ministries (BCFi) church. Bagong Sibol is for the most part a…

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NATIONAL HOLIDAY + FAMILY FUN = MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

For Peruvians, October 8th is a national holiday in remembrance of the famous naval battle of Angamos fought in 1879 against the Chileans. Families take a break from life’s daily hassles to enjoy parades, naval reenactments and other interesting activities. For the past fifteen years, BCM Peru has celebrated the holiday by inviting area churches and families to a…

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MEDICAL MISSION HEALS SOULS AND BODIES IN BRAZIL’S DESOLATE OUTBACK

Five hours into an eight hour trip to the desert bush area of Sertão in northwestern Brazil, the van holding a team of BCM Brazil missionaries and American medical personnel broke down. After coaxing the van to a lone gas station in a nearby village, BCM Brazil director Maria Gusmão went looking for help. With less than five hundred population, the village had only one…

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SINGAPORE WELCOMES LITTWORLD 2015

“In the end, it will be OK. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” Opening keynote speaker Andrew Goh’s reminder of God’s sovereignty and ultimate victory was a timely message for the 278 delegates to Littworld 2015, a global Christian publishing conference, held November 1st-6th at the YWCA Fort Canning Lodge in downtown Singapore. Held every three years in rotating locations, Littworld is hosted by Media Associates International, an international ministry focused on…

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NEW LEADERSHIP FOR BCM NETHERLAND’S DE HERIKON

When his bride of one year announced she’d become a Christian and wanted to be baptized, Erik Bolhuis feared it might be the end of their marriage. Instead it proved the beginning of a faith journey that has led to Erik’s recent appointment as director of BCM Netherlands and its ministry center Bijbel Club Centrum De Herikon. Erik and Annelien Bolhuis grew up in nominally Christian homes, but to both, religion was more cultural tradition than personal faith. Annelien was…

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MISCOMMUNICATION LEADS TO LIFETIME OF SERVICE

“My involvement in BCM leadership actually began through a misunderstanding,” recently-commissioned BCM Europe regional director Richard Thompson explains. A communications lapse for which he now thanks God. If BCM Ireland celebrated its 50th anniversary of ministry in 2015, Richard Thompson can state honestly he remembers all fifty of those years. He was only a small boy when he attended one of the first Bible clubs held in Ireland under…

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“Past! Present! Future! What’s next for BCM Europe?”

What links a Star Trek officer’s uniform, a Celtic fiddle, Scottish bagpipes, and the babble of intermingled Russian, Spanish, German, Romanian, Dutch, Italian, and English (make that Irish, Scottish, British, and American, respectively!) raised in prayer and song? The 2015 BCM European conference, of course. A biannual event that brings together BCM missionary personnel from across eastern and western Europe as well as Great Britain, this year’s conference was held at BCM Ireland’s picturesque…

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THE CALL TO CAMP MINISTRY CONTINUES!

I was eleven years old when I attended Camp Sonshine’s first annual weeklong retreat the summer of 1980. A ministry of BCM International, Camp Sonshine was situated that first summer near an active corrections facility with just a lake between us and the guards who raised an American flag over the prison each morning. At that age, I found the shower facility with no privacy as scary as the nearby prison. Did I mention…

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God’s Choice for BCM Germany

On Sunday, July 12th, 2015, new BCM Germany director Waldemar Muks accepted the baton of leadership from retiring director Dale Sigafoos in a joyous celebration held at Bibelgemeinde Nordrhön (Bible Church of the North Rhine), BCM Germany’s church in Huenfeld, Germany, a city almost directly in the center of Germany. Participating were BCM president Dr. Marty Windle, VP of Personnel Rev. Joe Dukes, and BCM Europe Director Mr. Richard Thompson, along…

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God is not Dead in Bourges, France

“God is dead,” Madam Louise repeated insistently. The French woman who’d paused on a park bench to answer a few survey questions was not being obnoxious nor difficult. She was simply reiterating her honest conviction. A conviction not uncommon in her hometown, the BCM street evangelism team discovered by the end of their week in Bourges, France. The team’s trip to France had…

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