ABA Highlights - Monday

- 11:40 pm - June 16th, 2014

ABA Highlights - Monday

June 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Here’s a quick report on Monday, Day 1 of the 2014 ABA messenger meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. As in previous years, the Monday highlight was the missionary share time, when missionaries and mission helpers have the opportunity to give a quick two-minute report on their work. This year, there were over 70 reports.

Here are a few highlights from missionaries of special interest to Kingstowne Baptist:

Pastor Duncan was the first missionary to speak. He gave a quick report of the work at Benchmark, to a warm reception.

Pastor Kim gave a report on the growth and outreach activities of the Kingstowne Baptist Korean Mission.

Tim Johnson, pastor of Dean Springs MBC (Alma, AR), spoke on behalf of Chuck Fernandez, missionary to Kenya and Uganda. Since 2009, 14 indigenous churches have been started, with 2 more scheduled. Currently 5 sanctuaries are in the construction process.

Jeremy Valladares reported on the work in McAllen, Texas. He has recovered well from the December accident. They are averaging 50-80 in attendance, and have started a Spanish-language service on Sunday nights to complement their English-language Sunday morning service.

Mike Jones reported on the new work in Fayetteville, NC. The work has grown since he arrived a few months, and in August they will move their weekly services to a school auditorium.

In the most emotional report of the evening, Glen Knight reported on the Remote Island Ministry in the Philippines. He thanked everyone for their prayers and kind words after passing of his wife Paula. The sailing ship they are constructing is completed – Paula was able to make the maiden voyage – and he will be returning to the Philippines next month.

Dan Pettersen, who spent nearly five years as a missionary in Scotland, is now heading to Seoul, South Korea. Next week they will be returning to their native New Zealand to get visas, and will hopefully be in Seoul in six weeks.

Chase Reynolds gave an update on their work in Papua New Guinea. So far, their primary focus has been on developing and teaching oral renditions of key Bible passages in the Yetfa language. Upon returning to Papua New Guinea, their focus will move to written translation.

Jerry Baker reported that the mission at Twin Lakes, NM (Navajo nation) has been averaging 40 on Sunday mornings. With the help of missions teams, they are running 7 separate VBS programs this year, and for the first time will be sending 7 youngsters to summer camp in the Grand Canyon.

Cory Page, who previously worked with Robert Wallace at Youth Frameworks, reported on his new church plant in Austin, Texas.

Rodney Burdette, who had previously spent 7 years as a missionary in Thailand, reported on taking over the mission work in Rouzerville, PA.

Doug Wiesema, director of missions at Westwood MBC (Winter Haven, FL), reported that the Bible Institute in Colombia has been such a success, they are standing up two more Bible Institutes in the Amazonian basin. The three institutes will be serving literally thousands of pastors and workers in the region.

David Hardin of the Outreach Bible Project urged people to consider being part of the OBP trip to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.