Missionary Profile: Rev. Ricardo Mayol-Bracero

Reverend Ricardo Mayol-Bracero is a regional consultant encouraging the development and consolidation of the Red Continental Cristiana por la Paz (Continental Christian Network for Peace, or CCNP).  Based in Guatemala, Ricardo will travel to coach CCNP members and future members in theological and pastoral training for peace, as well as on the basic goals of CCNP:

  • Research and education for peace: establishing agreements and relationships with other schools, agencies and institutions with the same principles.
  • Public advocacy: monitoring violence throughout the Americas and establishing mechanisms to prevent violence and support those who have experienced it.
  • Organization of special groups: mobilizing CCNP member youths, women, men, differently able individuals, people of African and indigenous descent, environmentalists and those who might be considered the “least of these”.
  • Structural-organizational functions: working toward achieving a network that binds together the strengths of individuals and organizations committed to peace in each country and at a continental level.

Pastor Bracero has also become a leader in the fight for indigenous peoples in Guatemala who are battling with corporations that want to cut trees, bulldoze flower fields that the people native to Guatemala cherish as part of their cultural heritage, to pave roads for a large corporation.  He has told the Guatemalan people that the Christian community is with them in this battle for their culture to remain alive.

Missionary Profile: Alise and Mark Juanes

Alise and Mark Juanes and their children, Sydney, Gavin, and Kolin are in missionary service in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The couple work through longtime IM partners Integrated Ministries for the Ethnic Minorities Foundation (IMEM) and the Thailand Karen Baptist Convention.  They serve at the House of Love and House of Blessing, both established by IM missionary and Kim Brown more than two decades ago in Chiang Mai, where she continues to serve as director of IMEM.  The Juanes’ ministry focus is on the discipleship and spiritual development of children and staff, administrative responsibilities and community development.

The House of Love is a home for tribal women and children, including women who have been sold into prostitution, AIDS orphans and children removed from their homes by Thailand’s social welfare department because of abuse.  The House of Blessing provides a safe day care for children who live in slums to come during the day.  It prepares children to enter Thai schools and also works to strengthen their families.

Lydia McKee

Missionary Profile: Dwayne and Janet Doyle

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

Dwayne and Janet Doyle have been appointed to serve as associate development workers in central Asia.  The nations of this region became independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union and have suffered from civil war, revolution, ethnic conflict, corruption, and religious persecution.

Dwayne works in a village facility connected to an orphanage where boys ages 7-21 participate in a year-round sports club.  Janet teaches English in the same village at a language center and runs an English club at a school for 1st through 11th grade students.  Dwayne and Janet are working toward starting hope fellowship groups among an indigenous unreached people group.  Their two children, Sarah and Andrew, attend a private international school.

Please pray for the people of central Asia, the Doyles’ efforts to become proficient in the language, and for several families to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Lydia McKee

Missionary Profile: Mellie and Regan Martin

This month the Mission Ministry Team has chosen to feature missionaries Regan and Mellie (daughter of Kathy & Tom Bonde) Martin. Their children are Zoe, Malachi, Micaiah, Ernie, Meara, and Elise.  Here’s an update from them: 

We are grateful for the Lord’s gracious hand on our pre-field journey.  We joined a new agency, Training Leaders International (TLI), last August and have now reached 70% support.  We also just welcomed a new baby girl, Elise Marie, into our family in January (see the pic!).  Glory be to God!

Our goal is to reach South Africa this summer, and TLI allows us to start making plans when we reach 90% support.  We are pushing for that mark by the end of April.  Many of you have met us or personally heard us share our missions burden for serving churches in townships by equipping expository preachers of Christ.  Would you prayerfully consider helping us reach the field by partnering with us in regular giving?  We believe the local church is central to gospel work and do not want to take away from your giving there.  But if your heart is stirred to go above and beyond it and give to the Martins, we would thank God, with joy, for your partnership!  We would love to see Christ raise up an army of givers who would double as prayer warriors in our gospel cause!

To become a giving partner, visit trainingleadersinternational.org/give, select “Global Partners” and fill in our names, “Regan and Mellie Martin”.  Follow the instructions from there to set up a giving account with TLI.  Or contact us at remelfam@gmail.com with giving questions.

We thank God for you all who pray for us in Christ!  The Lord bless you!

Regan and Mellie Martin

Missionary Profile: Jonathan and Thelma Nambu

Jonathan and Thelma Nambu are associate missionaries appointed by IM in partnership with Samaritana Transformation Ministries, an organization committed to sharing and living out the gospel among women caught in prostitution.  The Nambus’ ministry involves caring for and empowering women in the Philippines, as well as partnerships around the world towards prostitution-free societies.

When the eye of Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall in Eastern Samar and Tacloban in Leyte, it was the strongest recorded in storm history.  In addition to the damage and death it brought, it raised the vulnerability of women and children in those areas to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Even before the storm, Samar and Leyte were two sourcing hotspots from which women and girls were taken and made to work in bars and other prostitution venues in urban areas across the country.  Now, with increased hunger, joblessness and desperation, the numbers of women at risk for exploitation in these areas had risen dramatically. Samaritana’s community immediately responded to the typhoon, raising funds to help build transitional homes for two families.  Thelma and Jonathan spent a week in Tacloban to assist in debriefing survivors and first responders, to assess the situation on the ground, and to identify potential partners in the relief efforts.  In Manila, their team had begun to make plans to bring trafficking awareness activities for children, youth, and adults to identified communities in Tacloban and the surrounding area.  They are excited to be able to serve in this way, protecting at-risk women and children and helping prevent their exploitation.

Please pray for the Jonathan and Thelma and their work in the Philippines:

  • For additional qualified and committed staff.
  • For their desire to establish community-based “satellite centers.”
  • For the best schooling options for their daughter, Katrinka.
  • For greater financial sustainability for Samaritana.

Visit www.internationalministries.org for more information.  Thank you!

Missionary Profile: Brazilian Thurman

As February is America for Christ Offering month, instead of featuring one of our International Ministries Global Servants in our Lamplighter article, we are highlighting Brazilian Thurman, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS).  She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Milwaukee.

Brazilian holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin and has taken post-graduate courses in law, financial management and resource development. Now retired, she was an administrator for a social service nonprofit organization and director of financial aid at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her work experience has provided her with the skills to develop and monitor budgets, hire and supervise staff, write grants and develop financial resources.

Please pray for Brazilian Thurman and all other ABHMS personnel and their tasks.  Thank you!

Missionary Profile: Katherine & Wayne Niles

Do you ever wonder about the destination and use of the White Cross items sent to our global servants?  Here is a message from Wayne and Katherine Niles, our missionaries in the DRC:

Not long ago we received the 2017 “White Cross” shipment.  There were loads of rolled bandages, gloves, suture, gauze, uniforms, and infant blankets.  Stars, trains, teddy bears, and clowns adorned blankets carefully hemmed and folded for infants in our 11 hospitals.  How grateful we are in Congo for White Cross!

The arrival of the container is a much anticipated event, and if it’s a 40-foot container (this one was!), we mobilize all the willing workers on the Baptist compound.

Our logistical hurdles are like nowhere else.  A 20 foot container we once hoisted over the wall into the compound, but a 40 foot container; there’s no way!

So Wayne is conscripted to make dozens of trips in his pickup truck moving boxes from the container in the road to the storerooms in the compound.

Half the container is composed of reasonably sized boxes of sutures, uniforms, gauze compresses and gloves. The REST is 131 boxes of rolled bandages each weighing 260 pounds.  It takes four men and brute force to unload them from the container, then load on the pickup, and then unload them into a store room.  That’s 34,000 pounds total!

Why is there so much meaning for us in sutures, gloves, and rolled bandages?

Packed into those boxes is the fragrance of the prayers that follow this shipment and the distinct reminder to our doctors, nurses, and patients, that they are being remembered.  For servants of God working in far flung and difficult corners of God’s Congo world, that’s feeling money cannot buy.  All of us say THANK YOU for the gift of White Cross.

Missionary Profile: Ketly and Vital Pierre

Ketly and Vital Pierre have been missionaries in Nicaragua, but this year they wrapped up their mission assignment there and were transferred to the Dominican Republic.  Based in La Roma, they work in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members.  One way they do this is by leading and coordinating seminars and workshops.  Through these sessions, pastors and leaders of local congregations learn how to start and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities.  The Pierres also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, as well as encouraging and facilitating Haitian mission work both within the Democratic Republic and abroad.

Two years ago, the Lord began speaking to the Pierres that it was time to depart from Nicaragua.  They wrestled with the idea, but wanted to be obedient to the Lord.  A year later they realized God was calling them to go back to the Dominican Republic.

Please pray for Ketly and Vital and their impact areas of evangelism, discipleship, and short-term mission engagement as they continue to encourage and challenge the church to use its many gifts and talents for the cause of Christ.

Here are their prayer requests:

  • For the transition for the Bethel Church in Bluefields, Kukra Hill and El Rama—that these congregations will grow stronger in the Lord through this time of change, attaining the whole measure of Christ.
  • For their family in their own transition as they face new challenges.
  • That they may walk together with the church leaders in this new ministry in the Dominican Republic.
  • For the men and women that God has called to himself, so the Pierres may accompany and equip them for works of service.

They appreciate our prayers!  Thank you!

Missionary Profile: Annie and Jeff Dieselberg

Annie and Jeff Dieselberg are based in Bangkok, Thailand, a bustling metropolis of more than 10 million people.  They both serve at NightLight, an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation.  NightLight offers intervention to sexually exploited women and children, enabling them to discover their dignity and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their communities.

NightLight’s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry.  It does this by offering alternative employment through the registered jewelry business NightLight Design, Co. Ltd.—in addition to vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional, and spiritual development—to women seeking freedom from sexual exploitation.  NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

Annie is the founder and CEO of NightLight.  She also facilitates outreach in the red-light area and leads in the prayer and deliverance ministry at NightLight.  As an advocate for NightLight and the issues of women exploited in the sex industry, she does a lot of networking and speaking.  Jeff is chaplain at NightLight and also is senior pastor of NightLight’s church plant, Song Sawang Church (translated “Shine the Light”).  Song Sawang Church began in May 2008, mostly with new converts from NightLight.  Now these women who are members of the church are reaching out to family, friends, and strangers, bringing more growth and diversity to the congregational makeup.  Jeff teaches urban transformation at local seminaries to encourage aspiring pastors and Christian workers to understand and engage in what God is doing in Bangkok and elsewhere.

Please pray for the Dieselbergs, their work, and family.  Thanks!

Missionary Profile: Ingrid Roldan-Roman

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Ingrid works together with the staff at the Federación de Asociaciones Bautistas de Costa Rica (Federation of Baptist Associations of Costa Rica).  As a social extension of the Centro Teológico Bautista del Caribe Panameño (Baptist Theological Center of the Panamanian Caribbean) in the community of Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panamá, she directs a tutoring and feeding program for elementary and high school students who have fallen behind in their studies.  The program is held at Ingrid’s house, and many of the students come from a nearby slum that is without running water and electricity, and where the houses have mud floors and walls made from bamboo.  She works with the students and their relatives in evangelism, social development and pastoral care.

Language used in ministry: Spanish

Please pray for:

  • The children of Changuinola, Panama—that God would help them advance in their studies.
  • The Iglesia Bautista de Sixaola (Sixaola Baptist Church) , the children of the church and their pastoral program.
  • Ingrid’s mission responsibilities and for renewed strength every day.
  • Ingrid’s Mission Partner Team, and for those donors who contribute to her mission work.