Schwaderer’s News March 2018

March 2018

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven….

A time to be born, and a time to die;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2).

This past February, Carolee’s mother, Lynne Munson, passed on to be with the Lord after suffering with cancer for the last couple of years. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is now with Him never to suffer those pains again! Carolee had felt a very strong pressing from the Lord to fly to the United States in January to help Lynne, who was living alone, and now we are so thankful that Carolee got to be with her mom in the last few weeks of her life and at the time of her passing.  What a glorious and sure hope we have, all that believe and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. I’m afraid that most people don’t take death or their relationship with God seriously, so it is all of our jobs to get the gospel to as many as we can before it’s too late.

I like to play tennis for exercise, and last week I was able to witness to a new partner the other day after he beat me! Please pray for Israel, a very nice man who listened to me tell him a bit about the book of Revelation, and what was going to happen in the great tribulation. He actually said it scared him and wanted to know why God would do those things to us.  I asked him to read the book of Revelation in order get him in the Bible, and I plan on talking to him again soon.

In eleven years on the field, I have never taken a full year furlough, just twice I have been to the US for a few months for our daughters’ weddings and Rebekah’s graduation, but at the direction of the Lord, we will be taking a five month furlough from April to last week of August. We will be in New York in April, in Pennsylvania in May, and Ohio in June–after that, I´m not sure of our schedule. If you would like me to come and give an update or preach I would be glad to do so. Obviously, I cannot get to all of our supporters as they are spread all over the U.S., as much as I would love to see all of you. If you would like to have me come, please contact me through email at dschwaderer@gmail.com and I will do my best to be able to come.

Sincerely the Schwaderer family

Tom and Leslie Johnson – March 2018

 

News from Tom and Leslie Johnson
Tom and His Sabbatical, or should we say, “Medical Leave”?
In our last newsletter I said the first weeks of my sabbatical had turned into medical leave instead of research leave. That was true of several weeks till I received excellent help at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. I was diagnosed with several food allergies and microscopic colitis. I am feeling better after substantial changes in diet and starting a med for the colitis. The docs said my grumpy gut may generally be the result of 25 years of travel in places where the food and water are not safe, leading to many bouts of food poisoning and intestinal irritations. The colitis went into remission day 3 on the med, but I do not know if it will return when I finish the med. I may have to use colitis meds long term.
This seems to be the Lord’s push to adjust how I do my job. Generally, I expect to travel less and do more from my desk. There are some specifics I have to change; for example, never eat in a restaurant without running water. The risk of food poisoning is sky high! (Experience!) And when in Rome, I can eat more seafood but must avoid most of the pasta, since I have a wheat allergy but do not have an allergy to fish or other seafood.
In the last five years of intense travel related to the persecution of Christians, I have already met most of the key people I needed to meet, including dozens of top Catholic leaders, senior representatives of every branch of Christianity, and representatives of several other religions. I have talked with diplomats, journalists, scholars, and royalty about the causes and patterns of religious persecution, including religiously motivated violence. I have listened in person to persecuted Christians from many countries as they told their stories. Now I must use what I learned, as well as the access to so many people, without so much travel.
I am sure the world needs a higher level of Protestant/Catholic cooperation in response to persecution, and it is my job to work in this direction. But I am not as sure as I would like to be about exactly what I have to initiate, what my specific next steps are. I need God’s wisdom as I am reading, thinking, corresponding, and praying. There are different ways I could play my role, and there are different types of cooperative programs I can imagine. Pray for wisdom.
I am also developing a list of books and essays I want to write (or rewrite) in coming years. Many of these have to do with ethics, human rights, and culture, the questions that have been on my mind since I glimpsed the horrors of the persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust, when I was a teenager. Here too I need the Lord’s wisdom. It is easy to invest a lot of time and energy into researching and writing a text that does not help anyone. I want to use my time well. Please pray for wisdom.
As you will see from Leslie’s report, she is much in demand to talk and consult about education. It seems to be the time for her to travel more and me to travel less as we go about the jobs we think God has given us. Thank you for your essential role!

Here, there, and everywhere…in Europe  Leslie’s News

This winter, I spent time working on different speeches I am giving this spring. I have already started attending conferences where these talks will be given. There is some variety of what the topics are:

  • Student-centered Spiritual Formation: what a Christian school needs to have in place for children to grow in their faith. This is being given at two different national school administrators’ conferences in central Europe.
  • Why a Christian school. This is for two different talks, one to parents and one to pastors and theologians.
  • Helping teachers develop spiritually. This will be for a conference of Christian educators from around Europe.
  • Teaching with Cultural Intelligence. This is a training I am giving at CISP.

Another task in addition to conference speeches is leading an accreditation team who will visit a Christian international school in May. I find the process a school goes through to get accredited is an excellent way to improve the school. It becomes a great encouragement to the school. Thus, it is a rewarding process to be a part of that process.

Places I am going include:
  • Czech Republic (of course!)
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Bulgaria
  • Turkey

I would covet your prayers for me to communicate clearly and to be an encouragement to Christian educators whatever their school environment. Please also pray for safety in the various travels to make these presentations.

Thank you so much!

We appreciate you all and are thankful for the Lord’s work through you!

We have been suffering “temperature shock,” going from 15 C/59 F in North Carolina to -15 C/5 F in Prague. It made for an icy river walk.
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Praises:
We thank the Lord for:

  • Good answers to Tom’s health challenges this winter and an improvement in his health.
  • A lovely place for us to stay during the winter months connected with a church in Durham, NC. Our BIG thanks to the kind folks at Guess Road Baptist Church!
  • Safety in traveling back to Prague.

Prayers:
Please join us in praying for:

  • Health for Tom as well as wisdom on how to cook and eat with his new parameters; he is also experiencing a lot of hip pain. Pray for pain management and answers on possible fix to the problem.
  • For wisdom for Tom as he thinks through his writing projects, as well as how to manage his work.
  • Leslie’s work speaking engagements this spring, and safety to and from those conferences;
  • Persecuted Christians around the world who are suffering great loss;
  • Wisdom for Tom as he shifts to the next phase in his work;
  • Leslie’s work on websites for Tom and her, as well as developing her speaking ministry.

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7.5 Earthquake in Papua, New Guinea

According to David Hilt, former missionary to Papua, New Guinea:

Updated: More than 300 injured and 30 dead in the aftermath of Papua New Guinea’s 7.5 earthquake that hit in the wee hours of Sunday morning. All our personnel are safe though there is a lot of devastation. Continued prayers appreciated.

 

News from the Renes’

A friend & co-worker…

Isn’t the Bible for everyone?  There are 7 billion people in the world and in a recent report I read that 1.2 billion don’t have access to the whole Bible. Why not? Travel often takes me to Africa where we are supporting several hundred active Bible translation projects. Civil wars, disease, poverty and other problems burden the people of this vast continent. With over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, estimates are that 1,000 have no scripture in their language. (online statistics)
How can we reach the unreached?  There is so much work just to start and support one project. How can all be reached? In Cameroon alone there are over 250 languages. This past week I heard that a new project would be starting this year in the Fefe language, spoken by 200,000 people in western Cameroon. A few portions where translated, but those were done 60 years ago. They still don’t have the Bible, let alone the New Testament in their language.
How will they hear unless someone goes?  Jean Nicolas responded and the Fefe people will hear the Gospel… in their own language.
Jean Nicolas is from Cameroon and works at the Bible Society. I met Jean Nicolas less than two years ago and we have worked together a number of times since. It is hard to fully describe a person in words, but he is perfect for the job of reaching the unreached. He has high level skills, but is certainly humble. Even though he has a young family, they support his going to train and work with translators in remote and dangerous parts of the country. Last week, with excitement, Jean Nicolas shared that they will be starting the Fefe Bible project in Cameroon this year.
Pray for Jean Nicolas and his family as he not only helps the Fefe project but many others in Central Africa. Jean Nicolas is gifted and passionate. Will you commit to praying for Jean Nicolas?Thankful for faithful partners,
Brian and Donna
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Kraybill News – Praise and Prayer

Dear Pray-er’s,

Greetings from Kenya!

Praise #1:

We wanted to give everyone an update about the Koinonia AIM Leadership meetings that ended a short time ago.  First, thank you SO much for praying and lifting up this vital time for the 150 AIM leaders.  It was wonderful and powerful time together.  I heard so many positive reports and feedback after this gathering. How rare and unique is it that so many leaders from around the globe can gather and hear from each other and the Lord.  I’m very encouraged and sense new invigorating changes happening inside AIM and amongst our African ministry partnership.  Praise the Father with us that His servants were encouraged, challenged, and left the gathering with renewed passion and purpose for their ministry and leadership roles.

Praise #2:

Last week Rod received notification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), that they have recognized and awarded him the next level as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  This is something he has been working towards since 2014, so it feels like a significant milestone.  Praise the Father with us, as we watch how the Lord will further use these skills and abilities He has given, to ennoble His people around the globe.

Prayer #1:

Next week on Wednesday (Feb.28th), Rod will undergo a double hernia operation here at the Kijabe hospital located just 5 minutes from our home.  This is not an emergency operation but one that is required.  Rod will stay at the hospital overnight and then return home to rest on Thursday.  According to Google , the recovery time is 3 weeks for a single hernia operation.  We are not quite sure what that means for a double hernia operation.  Regardless, we would appreciate your prayers for the medical surgeon, the operation process here in Kenya, and for a swift recovery afterwards.

Thanks for standing with us in Praise & Prayer!

Rod & Lori Kraybill

Lenz’ News – Ethnos 360 – Papua New Guinea

Death Brings About New Life…

In early November 2017 a dear friend and prospective future elder of the Wahgi church died unexpectedly. We wondered why God would take him now as the church desperately needs leadership other than us missionaries, but we knew deep inside that God must have a better plan in store. Our friend Siwi’s death and funeral provided an opportunity for others who have not heard the simple, un-perverted gospel to have a taste of what they were missing. As a result, a number of people expressed an interest in hearing the Creation-to-Death, Burial, and Resurrection (Phase 1) teaching. The Lord challenged two men to rise up to the occasion to join with our other two Bible teachers in teaching these lessons. We are excited to share that as a result of this latest outreach at least eight people have been born anew into the family of Christ.

I am reminded of John 12:24 where Jesus, looking ahead to his own death, said, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Such was the case with Siwi. May Siwi’s life, and death, be a challenge to us all. You can read the amazing account of Siwi’s home-going at https://blogs.ethnos360.org/levi-robyn-lenz/2017/11/23/his-journey-home/.

Please continue to pray for the church to grow to maturity in Christ. We are excited to see new Bible teachers being trained up. We’re praying that some of them may one day be church leaders.

Translation Update…

As many of you may have seen on our Facebook page, Lenz’s View, we had a translation check in October 2017, in which the books of Luke and 1 Corinthians checked by our translation consultant. Overall the check went very well and there were only a few minor changes needing to be made before it was printable. After checking those two books, that makes 59% of the New Testament which has gone through the entire checking process and is ready for print. Another 30% of the New Testament has been drafted and our co-worker Dan and I are gradually working through the various stages of the checking process. The final remaining book of the New Testament to be drafted into the language is the book of John (11% of the NT). 131 verses of John have previously been completed by our co-workers in the initial stages of Bible lesson preparation. This week I have made a start on the remaining 748 verses.

We are excited to see the major progress which has been made on the translation project thus far. Please continue to pray that the Lord will enable our team to see this project to completion. Pray that he’ll provide faithful helpers to help us finish the checking process. Pray that he’ll raise up strong readers to be able to read the Word that is being put into their language.

Where did that come from…

In December, after three weeks of daily fevers, Krystiana was diagnosed with “Fever of Unknown Origin”. As the name states, nobody could determine what was causing her fevers; however, blood tests indicated some kind of bacterial infection. Our poor girl turned into a pin cushion as the doctors were trying to monitor certain things in her blood, some of which were at alarming levels. After three rounds of antibiotics her fevers stopped and her blood levels have returned back to the “normal” range for the most part. She has been fever free since January 2 and blood tests last week showed that the one area of most concern has continued its downward trend toward “normal”. At this point she will get a break from the “pokies” until April when we’ll have her checked again. Please pray that she will remain fever-free.

Thank you very much for your prayers, encouragement, and support. We are very glad to have you as a part of the team.

Levi & Robyn Lenz

Serving the North Wahgi people

of Papua New Guinea

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Krabill News – Time Sensitive

(Early February)

We wanted to ask for prayer for the upcoming AIM leadership meetings happening this week. There are 150 AIM leaders and African partners coming together for 6 days in Nairobi, Kenya.   These leaders have come from around the world for this gathering.  Here are just some of the locations represented:  Canada, USA, Brazil, England, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, plus those who are severing in 23 wonderfully different countries on the continent of Africa.   So many nationalities, cultures, and personalities coming together for 6 days of worship, fellowship, partnership, and leadership training!

 

Here is the logo that we will be using for the AIM Leadership conference. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rod & Lori

 

Compass Care – January 2018

2017 Highlights:  212 Babies Saved!

Greetings
“And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). But until that glorious day when faith becomes sight and the abode of God is merged with man’s, we use the lamp of God’s word. His wisdom enlightens our next step, and in the process the crucial next steps of many women pondering the descent to an ever blackening path at the gate called abortion.
In 2018, CompassCare is dedicated to reaching even more women considering abortion and serving them in a way that more consistently helps them to have their babies. This past year was a year to celebrate! In every way it was CompassCare’s best year on record. Over 200 women considering abortion decided to have their baby boys and girls (4% more than 2016) and 62 submitted their lives to Christ (94% more than 2016).
There are many other noteworthy things that God did through the time, prayers, and finances of people just like you. Below are some highlights from 2017:
  • Reached 44% of all women in the market for an abortion (up from 25% in 2016)
  • Pioneered research to develop better ways to reach and serve the abortion-determined woman
  • Increased Walk for Life participation and performance by 6%, raising $242,000 for the mission
  • Piloted an innovative radio-based educational initiative called “Real Abortion News”  played on WHAM, WYSL, and Station of the Cross (realabortionnews.com)
  • Trained and optimized five more pregnancy centers from across the country to help them more effectively reach and serve women at-risk for abortion
  • Stabilized future mission operations through the purchase and relocation to a new office
  • Witnessed the seventh straight year of abortion decline in Monroe County for a 49% reduction since 2010
With more churches, businesses, and individuals involved than ever before, together we are poised for an even more encouraging 2018!
The book of Revelation shows that those who stand courageously with Christ in this wicked world should expect increasing tribulation. But in tribulation we have the opportunity to experience a deeper fellowship with Jesus and each other, for we know these trials are but birth pains for a new age. So we look to the time when sorrow and sighing flee under the consuming gaze of the King of kings, Victor over sin and death, as together in Christ we build with gold, silver and precious stones (1 Cor. 3: 12-13; Rev. 21: 18-21) that new world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Revelation shows that those who stand courageously with Christ in this wicked world should expect increasing tribulation. But in tribulation we have the opportunity to experience a deeper fellowship with Jesus and each other, for we know these trials are but birth pains for a new age. So we look to the time when sorrow and sighing flee under the consuming gaze of the King of kings, Victor over sin and death, as together in Christ we build with gold, silver and precious stones (1 Cor. 3: 12-13; Rev. 21: 18-21) that new world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Transforming fear into confidence,
Rev. James R. Harden, M.Div.
President/CEO
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