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Volunteers leading song

“NEITHER RAIN NOR HEAT . . . NOR FLYING BULLETS!”

The Friday afternoon offered a perfect ending to a five-day open-air Bible club. No summer downpour had necessitated scattering to shelter. As teenage volunteers taught the final Bible story, children listened avidly, eager to win prizes in the review game that would follow. A few parents listened as well in the background. The first loud crack could have been a clap of thunder. But as more shots followed, the…

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Setting Captives Free at BCM’s Camp Sankanac

The Civil War had not yet begun when a family of escaped slaves moved into a stone farmstead in Spring City, Pennsylvania, donated to them by fellow abolitionists, the Bertolets. After escaping slavery themselves, the Massey family went on to risk their own freedom and that of their six children to provide a haven for other refugees as part of the…

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Youngest ISMT Students Practice Teach

FROM AN EMAIL TO GABON’S CHILDREN

BCM missionaries and ISMT Master Trainers Olga Zaitseva from Russia and Pat Black from the USA had conducted teacher training courses in Africa before. They’d taught together in Nigeria where more than 1500 children’s ministry leaders had completed BCM’s teacher training curriculum In Step With The Master Teacher. Pat Black had recently co-taught a training event in…

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NCWC 2014 Conferees, Bangladesh

DISAPPOINTMENT BRINGS BLESSING IN BANGLADESH

The phone conversation just days before the National Children’s Workers Conference in Bangladesh was not what BCM missionary Stan Tyson was hoping to hear. “Because of the hartel [a political strike with potential violence], we are delaying the conference by one day. We hope most of the people registered will still be able to attend. Your speaking will all be done on Saturday. On Sunday we’ll take you back to the airport for your flight home. The trainers you…

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Maranatha youth camp 2014

A Monument of Praise: God Is Not Finished With BCM Italy

Had the time come to shut down BCM ministry in Italy? After a half-century of ministry, founders and directors of BCM Italy Jim and Fran Lines were well past retirement age, and no new fulltime BCM missionaries were available to take their place. At greatest stake were Camp Maranatha and BCM Italy’s publishing house, which produced Italian-language versions of…

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Earthquake Devastates Nepal

If you are following the news, you are aware of the earthquake magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale that hit Kathmandu area in Nepal, Saturday, April 25th, 2015. Aftershocks continue to hit the area, and death toll is now upward of 3000 and rising. We have shared often of the vibrant ministry of our BCM Nepal family, including the miracle birth of Milestone Church following the fall of the Hindu monarchy in 2008, which opened…

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Group Shot outside BCM children's home

A NEW HOME FOR MYANMAR’S LOST CHILDREN

By his eighth birthday, Sai Ja Aung had lost everything that means security to a child. Sai Ja Aung was Kachin, one of many tribal minorities in Myanmar (once called Burma) involved in what has been listed as the planet’s longest civil war, lasting since that nation’s declaration of independence from British rule in 1948. The Kachin in the Himalayan foothills of northern Myanmar had been fighting for autonomy since 1961. An uneasy truce brokered in 1994 with Myanmar’s Burmese military regime had…

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DAVE AND LOIS HAAS: PASSING ON THE BATON OF FAITHFUL FOOTSTEPS

Retire? The Haases? Is that even conceivable? After fifty-six years of faithful service across numerous spheres of BCM leadership and ministry, it took an engraved invitation to their retirement celebration for family, friends, and colleagues to believe that Dave and Lois Haas were at last passing on the baton of full-time missionary service. Officially, at least. To begin this…

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Good Samaritan, Mariupol

GOOD SAMARITANS STILL NEEDED IN THE UKRAINE’S WAR ZONES

Ongoing conflict between Russia and the eastern European country of Ukraine has filled headlines around the world since Russia’s takeover of Crimea in February, 2014. As always, those most affected by war are the smallest of citizens. BCM missionary Tymofiy Anokhin (Tima) and his wife, Natasha, work with an orphanage in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. In the midst of this deadly…

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big sky lake

BCM Camps – Summer Fun Leaves Lasting Impact

Going to camp is a summer staple for North Americans. Countless adults remember with fondness being finally old enough to attend a week of summer camp. Away from home for the first time. In a cabin. Making new friends. Doing crazy things parents won’t normally let you do. Camp is also the time of decisions. Accepting Christ as Savior. Giving your life to full-time ministry. Making…

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MISS DEWEY AND THE GOSPEL PUPPETS GO TO THE FAIR!

The last week of August, 2014, thousands of visitors streamed into the small town of Gilbert in northeast Pennsylvania to savor the delights of the annual West End County Fair. Prize-winning animals to admire. Cotton candy and fried foods galore. Carnival rides. But children and parents in the know threaded straight through temporary streets to a small, white tent where a group of…

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ISMT Training Cuba

CUBA: WIDE HORIZONS IN THE PEARL OF THE CARRIBBEAN

Cuba (BCM World) —Cuba has been lovingly termed the “Pearl of the Caribbean”. Now I know why! I’d never been to this often forgotten—and certainly surprising—country in the northwestern part of the Caribbean. But Latin America has always had a special place in my heart. Although born and raised in the Netherlands, I’ve served in Peru as a missionary under BCM International with my (Peruvian) husband Carlos Odicio since 1994. Since receiving training in BCM’s teacher training course, In Step With The Master Teacher in 2004, I’ve known God wanted…

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New clothes for flood victims

MULTIPLYING “BREAD AND FISHES” FOR BOLIVIA’S FLOOD VICTIMS

Cochabamba, Bolivia (BCM World)—It was raining again as it had been—not for days, but months. Already flooding rivers had devastated the potato crop that was a mainstay against starvation for this high mountain community in the Bolivian Andes. The adobe houses among which the elderly grandmother picked her way were melting literally from their dirt foundations as water saturated the mud bricks of their construction. The grandmother had found shelter when a terrible rumbling, grinding roar drowned out the rain. When she stepped outside, it was to find a river of mud, rock and water where a…

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Romanian children Barbers taught2

FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH BECOMES A “FISHING POLE” FOR ROMANIA’S CHRISTIANS

“We have learned more from you through the years than from any other group. We are so thankful that you gave us a ‘fishing pole.’ Others gave us many things, but they didn’t encourage us to prepare and to do things ourselves.” “Many missionaries have visited us through the years, but you are the only ones who have come back.” These quotes are just a few from the…

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Recife, Brazil

Unexpected Travelers:
When a Short-Term Missions Team Unraveled,
God Made a Way

Recife, Brazil (BCM World)—Joe Dukes, VP of Personnel for BCM International, had traveled to Brazil six times. He had no immediate plans for a seventh trip. But God did. A full team from BCM was scheduled to go to Brazil to lead a camp ministry in January, 2014. Under the leadership of Maria Gusmao, BCM missionary in Recife, Brazil, short-term mission teams serve at Ministerio Centralizado Na Biblia (Bible Centered Ministries) vacation camp. The ministry leads Bible Clubs, which reach thousands of Recife’s street kids and underprivileged teens, and also hosts eight weeks of camp annually designed to reach Brazilians […]

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Old Age Home residents-Nepal

WOMEN REACHING WOMEN AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD

Kathmandu, Nepal (BCM World)—Why is Shila Vaidhya, BCM missionary in Nepal, so passionate about ministry to women who are hurting, down-trodden, widowed, abandoned in old age or left to raise children without shelter, food, basic life necessities? Shila shares one experience: “I was in Dhading [a mountainous region in central Nepal] to preach the Gospel with my husband [Rev. Robbin Vaidhya, national director for BCM Nepal]. A woman with whom I shared accepted Christ as her Savior. But then she started to cry. When I asked what was…”

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A ROYAL CELEBRATION FOR BCM PHILIPPINES

On the island of Mindanao, Philippines, just below the inactive volcano Mt. Matatum amidst tropical fruit trees and pineapple fields, lies BCM’s Camp Española. Over Easter weekend, April 22-25, 2014, multi-colored traditional Mindanao and Manobo clothing, children’s laughter, praise music, and bright decorations turned the camp into joyous celebration as 260+ people gathered to celebrate the silver anniversary of BCM Philippines’ national church association, Bible Centered Fellowship, Inc. Held in conjunction with the annual conference for BCM Philippines ministry workers, the celebration was entitled: “KESEPH 25: A Kingdom Driven 25th Year” (“keseph” meaning “silver” in Hebrew). Its theme…

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Candidate Group

CANDIDATE ORIENTATION: A BLESSING FOR THE FUTURE

Pennsylvania, USA (BCM World)—Candidate orientation for new BCM North American missionaries was held the first week of January, 2014, at BCM’s Traber Center in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Classes were taught by Vice President Joe Dukes, International Children’s Ministry Director Esther Zimmerman, Chief Financial Officer Jim Hess, International Representative Dr. Bob Evans, missionaries Stephen King, Stacey Everline, Roy Schell, Josh Brackbill, and Trainer-at-Large Helen (Chip) Griepsma. Topics covered the BCM handbook, Footsteps of Faith curriculum, inductive Bible study, and support raising techniques, as well as a tour of…

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Face painting at Winter Camp

PRAYING FOR ‘LA VICTOIRE’ IN TOULOUSE

France (BCM World) —Four year old Claire was still too young to attend BCM children’s Summer Camp in Toulouse, France. But BCM France directors Chuck and Cathy Powers yielded to her pleas to accompany her older brother. Chuck Powers remembers the little girl as the week’s most enthusiastic camper, wildly yelling during the games, “La victoire, la victoire!” (victory, victory!). Thirteen years later in 2014, Claire was back at camp. But this time as a helper at Winter Camp. This year’s camp co-director, BCM France missionary Elizabeth Anneville, shares, “Last week, when Claire joined us to help out with camp, […]

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Camp 2014 Theme

CAMPING IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

Lima, Peru (BCM World)—The last day of camp season had arrived at BCM Peru’s campground in Pachacámac, a half hour away from Peru’s capital city, Lima. Even from a distance could be heard the resounding chant of an entire auditorium full of teenagers singing at the top of their lungs, “Te doy gloria, gloria, a ti Jesús” (“We give you glory, glory, Jesus”). These campers had been enjoying the camp atmosphere for just one week. Still, each knew life would not be the same for them the next day. BCM Peru began operations…

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CBS Students with Story Panels

JUST TELLING STORIES

Nairobi, Kenya (BCM World)—Pulling out a teacher’s manual or flipping open a laptop to start up a PowerPoint presentation are common practices these days for teaching a Bible class. But what does one do in a country like Kenya where such resources are not readily available? One BCM missionary Marion Jean Grant has an answer for sharing the Word of God without curricula, visuals, or props. Because ultimately, to teach the Bible one really needs only one teaching aid: the Bible itself! A BCM missionary to Pakistan for upwards of 20 years, Marion Jean Grant, or “MJ”, is also Associate […]

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Touchdown on Aungba strip

“PLEASE COME BACK AGAIN, AND WE ARE WAITING!”

When BCM missionaries Dr. Djawotho Kisa and Mrs. Pat Govender stepped from an MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) prop plane onto the grass airstrip of Aungba in eastern DRC, prepared to begin a scheduled children’s ministry training seminar, they weren’t expecting to be greeted as visiting royalty. A singing, hand-clapping crowd swarmed the plane. Animal horns blew. Women offered calabashes filled with warm water to wash away their journey’s dust. The celebration? A traditional welcome for visitors bringing good news to the village. In this case, that…

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Rev. Dr. Vararuchi Franz Dalavai

Rev. Dr. Vararuchi Franz Dalavai — 1940-2014:
An “Unlikely Moses”

Hyderabad, India (BCM World) — “I prayed like Moses prayed. I said ‘Lord, why did you give me all this? Leave me alone!’” When Chris Martin received word that Rev. Dr. Vararuchi Dalavai had passed into the presence of his heavenly Father on January 14, 2014, in Hyderabad, India, he remembered vividly sitting across from Vararuchi several years earlier, listening to those statements. And his own surprise…

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