Kraybill Update – June 2019

Dear family, friends, prayer partners,

I (Alanna) will be writing this month’s support letter! I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and for my family for the past 19 years that we have been with AIM. I personally have felt your prayers and support all these years!

Family updates:

  • We had a dream come true trip out West as a family in May, it was amazing!  The photo below is of us at the Grand Canyon.
  • Rod completed a conflict training for regional leaders as they help teams manage conflict in healthy ways. He also led a COACH training workshop in April to missionaries and mission leaders. Pray for Rod as he prepares for an AIM leadership conference in Kenya next February.
  • Lori continues to enjoy working for the business as missions travel job. Her most recent project is connecting people who are interested in missions to mission organizations. Pray for Lori as she continues to make Florida home.
  • I (Alanna) just accepted a job with Africa Inland Mission as the Third Culture Kid Care Coordinator! I will be moving to Georgia in 2 weeks. Pray that I would quickly find a good community and for a smooth transition.
  • Autumn is working at WinShape (Chick-fil-A) Camps this summer as a Team Leader over the counselors who work with teen girls going into their senior year of high school. Pray for Autumn as she leads the girls in the woods and for rest.
  • Anissa is also working at WinShape Camps as a counselor for 8th and 9th grade girls. Good news–she just got accepted in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Advent Health University in Orlando, Florida! She will start in the beginning of September. Pray that Anissa would know how to handle difficult situations with her girls at camp.

My parents were able to visit one of their supporting churches in Indiana in April as well as one in Pennsylvania in June. They love connecting and encouraging churches to grow in their mission outreach programs.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for my Grandma Rondeau who had a pace maker put in May. Pray that the fluid that has built up around the heart from the operation would go away.
  • Pray for the AIM short-term teams starting this weekend in four different locations in Europe working with Muslim refugees.

We would love to hear from you! Email us back and let us know what you are doing for the summer! Also, if you have any prayer requests, we would love to pray for you!



Schwaderer News – Canary Islands

             Doug Schwaderer Family

Missionaries to the Canary Islands


Skype: 585-687-6226


June 2019

“I the LORD  have called thee in righteousness…To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house” (Is. 42:6-7). These are some of the verses that God used to call me to the Canary Islands over 15 years ago, and it is very interesting that part of the text speaks about the prisoners. God has really been moving in the prison house over here in Tenerife as we have seen nine men receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour!  They are Antonio, Jose, Jordi, Palmero, Manuel, Jose, Jonai, Josue and Juan.  Please pray that they will grow and be strong in the Lord. I was going in once a week but due to increased interest, I thought I would ask the director for another day to minister. I had asked before and was denied, but this time he said yes. So now I am entering the prison on Wednesdays and Fridays. Now that there are more men interested, I will be returning to have “church services” in the prison. Lord-willing, the first one will be in a few weeks. Please pray for more souls to be saved and to be disciples.

The family that was meeting with us for church is moving to Madrid, which leaves us with just our family currently. This seems to be the most difficult aspect of trying to start a church on an island, especially one without good employment opportunities—people coming and going all the time.  I am not discouraged though because God’s grace is sufficient, and I have been witnessing a lot in Guimar, with some opportunities to follow up on several who received the gospel and seem interested. Please pray with me for the following people who have heard the gospel with much attention: Andrea, Wendy, Mari-Elizabet, Aurora, Pedro, Miguel, Alba, and Reyes, among others.

Carolee is keeps busy teaching English part-time, both at home and a few hours at the London School here nearby. She is also taking online classes to finish her degree and help her with future teaching possibilities. Leanna is finishing her junior year of high school.

Rebekah is here for the summer and is helping me evangelize the rest of the high schools. Please continue to pray for these precious souls.

We are so grateful for all of our supporters and prayer partners,

Have a wonderful summer,

The Schwaderers, Canary Islands

Gideons International, May 2019

Sharing Hope:
Ministry in Taiwan

Sharing Hope: Ministry in Taiwan

In a country filled with traditional and folk religions that do not point people to Christ, Gideons and Auxiliary in Taiwan have the incredible opportunity to share the hope of the Gospel. It is estimated that Christians make up less than 6% of Taiwan’s population, so the presence of a church building is a welcomed sight for Gideons, as the Church remains a valuable partner for sharing a message about Jesus Christ with communities across Taiwan.


Read more at:

A Portrait of
Faithfulness and Generosity

The Power of Mentorship (Plus Free Mentorship Model Download)

Mentors are the people in our lives who deepen our walks with Jesus, push us to be better, and disciple us in maturity. As Gideons strive side-by-side for the faith of the Gospel, relationships are built including that of mentors pouring into younger members. This story of two Gideons in east Tennessee is just one example of such a relationship.


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Bible League International – May 2019

Geoffrey gets very serious as he shares the circumstances that led him to Christ. “I grew up in a very impoverished area of Zambia known as Chongwe,” he says softly. “Many of the people in my village experienced mysterious deaths due to sorcery and black magic. I am one of eleven children, and seven of my own brothers have been killed because of witchcraft.” Adding to his grief, Geoffrey lost his right leg after a bad car accident, making it extremely difficult for him to continue working as a bricklayer.
“A friend invited me to a Project Philip Bible study at his home, they were all studying the Word of God,” he explains. “Christianity did not exist in my village. The teachings were so powerful, I encountered Jesus that very day!”
Geoffrey became a believer, and says he feels inner peace like he has never known. He wants to be sure other people in his community have the same opportunity.
“Thank you to all the donors that made this possible, it is a great work you do helping to change people’s lives through God’s Word,” he beams. “I am feeling the call of God to become a pastor, so I can share the Gospel with my family and the people of my village.”

Reaching the Rainforest with the Hope of Christ 

Élistine, 38, knows about this firsthand because her own parents continue to practice witchcraft. She explains, “There are two things stifling the Gospel in Madagascar’s rainforest—witchcraft tradition and poor levels of education. We have many people who are eager to participate in Project Philip Bible studies, but they cannot read or write. The Audio Bible is very important for them, but we simply don’t have enough of them.”

Despite these obstacles, lives are being transformed. Élistine says she gets a lot of inspiration at the Project Philip Bible studies she leads. She beams, “I see amazing things happening through Project Philip. Before we start each lesson, the people attending take turns giving a short testimony about what is happening in their lives. They share how the Word of God teaches them new things, and how they are using it in their lives. It is quite remarkable to witness people who don’t read well memorize the Scriptures, verse by verse, so they can take part. We are grateful for your help, and I am grateful to God that I get to witness their faith growing!”

A Former Muslim Finds Faith in Christ   

He decided to make his own way, moving to a Muslim neighborhood. He says he had a dream about Jesus that made him curious. He explains, “I dreamed that Jesus was holding my hand, and telling me that He was the Truth, the Way, and the Life!” Naim began to change the way he thought about Christianity. A few boys his age in his community noticed the change in Naim and beat him very badly. His new interest in Christ would not be deterred, and Naim moved back with his family. He also began attending church with them regularly.

A New Faith and a Prayer

Soon he started going to a Project Philip Bible study for teens. He says, “I will admit that the first session was a bit vague for me, but with the second session, things became clearer. I began to understand the Word of God. I learned to understand it. More than that, I learned to interpret the Scriptures and apply them to my life. This has been very beneficial to me.” Naim is grateful for every person who made it possible for him to attend a Project Philip Bible study. He is now helping others attending the lessons. “Last week, I was the one leading the Bible study group! I did as I was trained to do, to interpret the Scriptures and explain them to others,” he says, beaming.

Prayer Requests

Praise the Lord for the hundreds of children and youth in Zimbabwe who are engaged in God’s Word during their month-long holiday from school. As many graduate from Project Philip Bible studies in the coming weeks, pray that the Word of the Lord will take root in their hearts.

Praise God for the Bible-based Literacy classes taking place in Malaysia. May the Lord provide a special blessing of encouragement for all the teachers and class leaders who are helping men, women, and children learn to read through the Word of God.


The Fields – Ethnos 360

Good Friday and Easter. Two celebrations that everyone should have the chance to hear about. Please pray for the 150 students who are asking the Lord how they can each be a part of God’s plan to shine Jesus to the world.

How has April been? Clark turned 16 and Reece turned 20. Those are big deals! We love how God is growing our sons into men who love Him and love others!

April has also been full of activities with the students! Bonfires, grilling out, playing at the lake, anything the students think up… we love joining them in life.

Three weeks of classes left until graduation…the saddest day for us as we say goodbye. But exciting as the students enter the next season of their life ready to be used where God puts them.

Thank you so very much for partnering with us by praying for us or helping with our monthly support.

In Christ,
Dave, Kim, Reece & Clark Field

The Bible League

About a dozen kids and young teens in La Carucieña, Venezuela, sit outdoors in a circle as they study God’s Word through a Project Philip Bible study just for them. The dirt backyard is small, barely large enough to fit the group, much less the worn and rusted metal patio chairs.

La Carucieña is a violent area that only seems to grow worse during the current crisis. These young people often arrive hungry, so when possible, the leader gives them a glass of milk and a piece of bread to ease the hunger pangs. Though times are tough, these young people are finding hope in Christ.

Last year, 15-year-old Nordenys joined this backyard Bible study. She already has finished all the children booklets and received a Bible of her own. Now, she’s working on the Project Philip Bible study for youth.

“The Bible studies changed my life and gave me direction. We’ve all learned a lot,” she shares with a smile. “We are grateful to God for you.”


The Faith of One Woman…

During Graciela’s Project Philip training, the leaders challenged each person to search for someone to share the Gospel with. One day, while leaving church with her family, she met Ana, a lovely 93-year-old woman in a wheelchair, and her nurse. “After that, I began visiting them every Wednesday to study God’s Word,” Graciela says.

Ana told Graciela (pictured above) that she had never heard about the life of Jesus where she grew up. But when she began studying God’s Word, Ana gave her life fully to Christ at 93 years old and never looked back.

…Grew the Faith of Many

Graciela says with a smile, “Ana loved listening to the promises of God for eternal life because they gave her hope.” Ana was so moved by what she was learning that she shared it with her children, grandchildren, and nearly anyone she encountered.

Even as her health worsened, Ana still seized every chance to tell people the Good News, whether it was the doctor who visited her home or the neighbors she saw on her strolls with the nurse. At 96, Ana went to be with her Lord, but Graciela sees Ana’s legacy of faith.

Her nurse was far from the Lord, but today is on the path with Christ, thanks to Ana. She now attends church with her family. One of Ana’s daughters also accepted Christ.

Graciela says tearfully, “Ana, a specific person I did Project Philip with, influenced many people for Christ. Age and sickness are nothing when there is a will to serve God. How can I not thank the Lord for the life of that woman?”


A New Strategy

Recently, however, Eugene’s hopes and prayers were answered. He met a fellow believer who told him about Project Philip Bible studies. Soon Eugene and several others received training to become Philips (Project Philip Bible study leaders).

“It was fantastic!” he exclaims. “I learned how to make contacts for the church and approach people on the streets.” He is especially grateful for the Bibles and Bible study materials that are crucial to growing churches in strength and in numbers.

A Growing Church

Though once tiny, the church is now growing! Since the Project Philip Bible studies began, membership has increased to 60. The group quickly outgrew the tent. Members recently gathered their money to rent a bigger space in a building nearby, where they now meet.

Eugene beams, “Our growth is because God is using Project Philip Bible studies to touch hearts in the area. It is a perfect strategy for the development of the local church. Thank you!”

Prayer Requests

Praise the Lord for a couple who recently began a Project Philip Bible study of 10 people in a Muslim dominated city in north-central Albania. May many come to understand the truth of the Gospel.

May the Lord provide safety and open hearts as Project Philip Bible studies begin in the most violent prison in Peru. Pray for many prisoners to experience the transformation of Jesus Christ as they study God’s Word.


The Kraybill’s – April 2019

Dear Friends,

Summer has begun in Florida and we will be in the high 80’s for the foreseeable future.  Guess we’re not quite ready for summer yet, as we are headed up north this week.   We have the opportunity to visit and speak at our supporting church in Ft Wayne, Indiana this week.  We’re really looking forward to sharing how God is working in Africa and reconnecting with our church family.  Pray that our words and interactions would glorify God.

Praise & Prayer:

  • We’re praising God that He has provided us a place to live for this next year.  We have been house-sitting at AIM’s retirement center in Minneola, FL and must move mid-June.  Another house has opened on the property, and we are allowed to continue to stay here.  This is such an answer to prayer!
  • Alanna has been hopeful that she would be bumped to full-time in her current job. After 5 months, unfortunately it hasn’t happened, so she has started applying for other jobs again.  Pray that she would trust God in this process and would follow His leading.  She will be leaving for Turkey a week from tomorrow to co-lead a kid’s program for TCK conference (TCK = Third Culture Kids).  Pray that these kids would know they are seen and loved.
  • Pray for strength and perseverance for Autumn as she has a very full month finishing up her 3rd year at SEU. This summer, she will be co-leading the oldest group of girls at Winshape’s camp in Georgia.  Pray for wisdom and direction as she leads a new group of 15 girls every 2 weeks. They will spend the first week in the wilderness and the second week back at camp.
  • Anissa is in the process of applying to AdventHealth University’s Occupational Therapist Assistant program.  This Wednesday she writes a 2-page essay on campus, from there she will find out if she will be interviewed for a position into the program.  Please pray for her as she writes the essay and waits to hear if she will make it into the program for this fall. 
  • Rod will be facilitating another online Coaching Skills Workshop the end of this month with missionaries and ministry leaders living across Africa.  Pray that this training would be helpful in their lives and ministries.

Please continue to pray for the people of Mozambique as they start to rebuild their lives after the catastrophic cyclone that hit several weeks ago.  If you would like to give towards the relief work, please click on this link:     Any donations received to this project over the coming months will be used to provide emergency relief, supplies, and food to Mozambicans suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. This funding will either be deployed directly by AIM through its AIM missionaries on the ground and via their local connections and/or indirectly through supporting trusted partners who are actively bringing relief to Mozambicans in need.

We are so thankful for your continued prayers and support!

Love from,  Rod & Lori