Council of Missions - April 2020

Calvary Baptist Church supports missionaries all over the world. Below is a report of their activities, challenges, burdens, encouragements, etc. Please remember to lift them up in your prayers.


Africa

Zaki (Egypt)

We had to postpone all activities, including the program for Kids and Youth Leadership. But God is good. My wife suffers from a severe dry cough, but thank God no fever, she is quarantined. Imbaba ministry is doing great, kids and their families are asking about you all. MBB (Muslim-Born Believers) ministry has challenges but growing.

Egypt

  • Christians: 12.83%
  • Evangelicals: 3.9%
  • Muslims: 86.67%
  • Other: 0.5%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

Dhan and Dolly (Zimbabwe)

Our monthly trip to Gweru continues and, here in Harare, we meet at our home, in coffee shops and in some cases on WhatsApp. However, in light of the prevailing health crisis and, subject to electricity, we plan to continue meeting with them via What’s App and/or Skype where possible. The health institutions never recovered from the 2008 hyperinflation. Consequently, there has been a massive exodus of medical personnel to other countries. Those who decided to weather the storms are often unsuccessfully pleading for adequate and appropriate medical supplies, upgrade of the present facilities, and decent salaries. Five of our major hospitals are closed and those that remain open, including our infectious diseases hospitals, are ill-equipped to say the least. Private healthcare is good and health insurance affordable for those in the higher income brackets and for ex-pats. Pray for the almost 2 million orphans who are not being adopted (they are either homeless or treated as maids etc because it is taboo to adopt or embrace them as a family).

Zimbabwe

  • Christians: 77.99%
  • Evangelicals: 30.9%
  • Other: 22.01%
  • LOCKDOWN

Asia

Abraham and Laura (Philippines)

They’re enjoying online services from CBC. Prayer for their ministry would be much appreciated. They extend love and blessings on CBC.

Philippines

  • Christians: 92.25%
  • Evangelicals: 12.3%
  • Other: 7.75%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

Christina (Pakistan)

Lockdown situation affecting many families in Lahore. There is a food shortage and the Pakistani Christians are the lowest of the low. Even if they survived the pandemic, they will die of starvation. CBC has approved to send money to feed 100 families for two weeks. Please pray for the ministry.

 

Pakistan

  • Christians: 2.45%
  • Evangelicals: 0.06%
  • Muslims: 95.8%
  • Other: 1.75%
  • LOCKDOWN

Sukhwant (India)

Getting his insulin has been a challenge, as well as the slow internet speed. They’re also facing financial challenges. They need $32k by May 31 to pay for staff salaries, rentals and crucial expenses. The school he leads, the NIITS is suspended and there is no option for them to meet online. Their bank accounts have been locked, so they’re not able to pay salaries to the staff. One good note is that he has been able to spend time with his two unbelieving nephews, reading the Bible. One of them asked what he must do to put his faith in Jesus.

India

  • Christians: 5.84%
  • Evangelicals: 2.20%
  • Hindus: 74.33%
  • Other: 19.83%
  • LOCKDOWN

Todd (Bangladesh)

His wife is doing better since her brother’s death. The Lord opened doors for her to tell her other brothers about our Savior. Soon after returning to Bangladesh, she was in the hospital for an infection, but she is now well and healthy. ‘Flights have shut down in and out of Bangladesh. The U.S. Embassy is arranging flights so Americans can leave. However, we have prayed and believe God’s will for us is to stay at this time. We know we are little, but we also know Christ is mighty. They are tending to the critical needs of Christ’s body so they will have food and cleaning supplies. They are holding worship services by dividing people into groups of 7-8 and practicing all the precautions. Their pastors in the villages and church members in Dhaka are going out with leaflets that give critical COVID-19 information along with a free bar of soap. God has really blessed this outreach. Two Muslims already said they would like to visit their church.

Bangladesh

  • Christians: .66%
  • Evangelicals: 0.4%
  • Muslims: 89.1%
  • Other: 10.24%
  • LOCKDOWN

Mehm and Ruth (Thailand, now USA)

Thousands of our Burmese and Mon migrant laborers have lost their work in Thailand due to the corona virus so they are returning to Myanmar en masse, dangerously so, crammed into whatever transportation they can get. Please pray for thousands of migrant workers and their families. Please pray that our team Rev. Aung and Zaw Zaw and their families would remain healthy and anointed to bring the only Good News that can bring hope and salvation for our/all people. Zaw Zaw's wife works as a translator at a large hospital in downtown Bangkok so we are concerned for her.

During these first few months in the USA, Mehm and I are on a steep learning curve. We still have a lot to figure out, especially the most suitable medical insurance plan, how to live within our means as we already have many new expenses (house repairs one after another, high utility bills, just the cost of food...). We are determined to be good stewards...may it be so.

Thailand

  • Christians: 1.1%
  • Evangelicals: 0.5%
  • Buddhists: 85.32%
  • Other: 13.58%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

Alex (Vietnam)

Due to the pandemic, they have had to cancel all Young Life activities, but their team still holds a weekly meeting and group Bible studies through Zoom. Her family is doing well, but her mother had a serious accident on her motorbike and now in the hospital. She’s asking for prayer that her mother would be healed, and for her knee to be treated without having to have surgery. She’s also asking for prayer for a spirit of unity for her team since they are not meeting in person, but that they would keep their heart faithful and enthusiastic.

Vietnam

  • Christians: 9.43%
  • Evangelicals: 1.8%
  • Buddhist: 52.48%
  • Other: 38.09%
  • LOCKDOWN

Jabez (China)

Recently he has finished teaching the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. They are having Sunday services on-line, and another meeting called “life testimony from walking with God” online on Thursdays. They do house-visitation once a week. Besides the work in his local fellowship, he coaches preachers and pastors in expository preaching. This work is called TNT (Training National Trainers) taken from 2 Timothy 2:2. Prayer requests - A new converted couple in their fellowship need discipleship. The husband has recovered from a stroke by God’s grace and he has tried to help him to get a new job. He has another two modules of a theological training program to translate. Please pray that this work will be done well to the glory of the Lord.

China

  • Christians: 7.92%
  • Evangelicals: 5.7%
  • Other: 47.72%
  • No religion: 44.36%
  • re-opened

Eastern Europe

Diane and Bogdan (Romania)

We are celebrating the Holy Week here in Romania. Our ministry continued online, the Lord brought a lot of unity in our youth group and ministry team. Please pray for the safety and protection of our country, especially Bucharest where it is crowded; our parents, also for the salvation of Bogdan’s parents, sister and nephew; for the blog that Diana is writing and how the Lord is using it to spread the good news of Jesus; for the Edge materials that Bogdan is helping to write.

Romania

  • Christians: 96.96%
  • Evangelicals: 5.4%
  • Other: 3.04%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

 


Susan (Romania)

She is now confined to home because of the virus. Please pray that as believers this unique opportunity to reach out sacrificially to those who are needy and that God's name would be exalted in all the earth.

Romania

  • Christians: 96.96%
  • Evangelicals: 5.4%
  • Other: 3.04%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

 


Albert (Albania)

They continued their outreaches to the prisoners by letters and to the Bulgarec church outside of Korce. Before the quarantine, Albert’s wife had a successful ministry to 23 women in the village where the Bulgarec church is located. Please pray for these women who heard the gospel for the first time. There were 47 prisoner’s families receiving food and wood for heating, but now because of the quarantine they are suffering.

Albania

  • Christians: 30.47%
  • Evangelicals: 0.5%
  • Muslims: 62.4%
  • Other: 7.13%
  • LOCKDOWN

Aaron (Turkey)

We are at home, the kids are doing school online, and we are looking for ways to innovate ministry virtually. We get a little stir crazy in our apartment, and it's annoying to not be free to go to our office or out to meet people, but the sense of solidarity we have with everyone else in this mega city is drawing people together. As for our teams around the country, many of our short-term people have decided to leave the country, and have returned to the U.S., Singapore, Australia, etc. With borders closing around the world, our organization is also coping with canceled ministry plans, while innovating to more virtual-based strategies to meet people who are spending significantly more time online.

Turkey

  • Christians: 0.21%
  • Evangelicals: 0.01%
  • Muslims: 96.64%
  • Other: 3.15%
  • LOCKDOWN

Europe

Timo and Eleni (Greece)

He and his wife, as well as the members of his church, are all well. He keeps busy with his ministry by way of telephone. Needless to say, ministry plans have been put on hold. He is also able to follow the Calvary services on the computer.

Greece

  • Christians: 91.46%
  • Evangelicals: 0.4%
  • Other: 8.14%
  • LOCKDOWN

 


Dimitris and Ioanna (Greece)

The pandemic was not as bad there. However, it has been very difficult in the Pomak villages which are all closed. Their Pomak partners are safe but are forced to stay home. All plans and schedules are on hold.

Greece

  • Christians: 91.46%
  • Evangelicals: 0.4%
  • Other: 8.14%
  • LOCKDOWN

 


Suthy and Rodina (France, in USA)

The pandemic makes our evangelistic work impossible in French universities this Springtime. Our French partners, who are looking for housing for themselves and us, are also on lockdown. But we are not idle, preparing our messages and apologetics presentations. We will use science and logic to show the falsity and irrational nature of unbelief in Christ. From experience, we know this opens French hearts because they guard their hearts closed as long as they think science has shown the Bible and Christ to be a false faith, a lie, because supposedly unscientific. As we and you besiege heaven for God to bless the church and save many lost in the darkness of the world system, this time of lockdown will have been worthwhile, because we had time to do eternal business.

France

  • Christians: 61.14%
  • Evangelicals: 0.01%
  • Other: 38.86%
  • LOCKDOWN, partial

 


Israel & Middle East

Andrew (Gaza/West Bank)

Andrew and his wife are delayed going back to Israel (were supposed to go in early March). Israel essentially doesn't want international visitors right now. The Bible College is closed and teaching as best they can online. Their daughter is a doctor in NYC in Queens, so they ask for prayer for her safety and health in this crisis.

Palestine

  • Christians: 1.16%
  • Evangelicals: 0.1%
  • Muslim: 87.69%
  • Other: 10.7%
  • LOCKDOWN

Ramzi (Israel)

They are confined to home but keeping constant communication with the pastor and the church members in Jerusalem. They are concerned their support will drop.

Israel

  • Christians: 2.04%
  • Evangelicals: 0.46%
  • Jewish: 75.4%
  • Other: 22.56%
  • LOCKDOWN

Masoud (Iran)

One of their partners is working to make masks and they have a goal of 20k masks for next month because there is such a shortage! They have developed an amazing virtual discipleship tool on ​safar.org.​ The situation is very terrible – many people already have heart conditions and the medical system can’t keep up so many dying.

Iran

  • Christians: 0.51%
  • Evangelicals: 0.2%
  • Muslims: 98.64%
  • Other: 0.65%
  • LOCKDOWN

 


Haytham (Jordan)

Army patrolling the streets in the day so they can’t go out and distribute food until everyone is asleep after midnight. There is only enough bread for 40% of the citizens.

Christians: 2.24%

  • Evangelicals: 0.3%
  • Muslims: 96.47%
  • Other: 1.36%
  • LOCKDOWN

 


Jamie (Lebanon)

Prayer for thanksgiving, they are safe, prayers for children to continue to adjust to the new culture, especially in this climate (8 and 5 yrs). Wife works in a medical clinic so she is in contact with sick people daily. Pray for strength for family and marriage, language learning, home schooling.

Lebanon

  • Christians: 31.97%
  • Evangelicals: 0.5%
  • Muslims: 58.96%
  • Other: 9.07%
  • LOCKDOWN

Latin America

Susan and Abner (CEF in Latin America, live in USA)

They request prayers for the stay-at-home days to be used well for their families, for the kids that they work with in Latin America, to have a fruitful time with their ministry coworkers during this time, for their finances, as donations are waning quickly.

Latin America 

  • Christians: 92.14%
  • Evangelicals: 16.7%
  • Other: 7.86%
  • Lockdown, various

 


North America

Tabitha (CRU, USA)

Financial worries - her roommate is without work because of the virus and many of her donors are late with donations but are still giving which is good. Their landlord cut their rent from $1400 to $400 for the month, for which they are grateful. She has also been having migraines.

USA / North America 

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 26.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various

 


Sam and Miriam (Word of Messiah, USA)

He is working on his book and staying in touch with people.

USA / North America

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 22.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various

 


Brunel (Intervarsity, NYC)

Please pray for Students who have been displaced from their dorms and have lost their jobs as a result of COVID19. Also, pray for students who’ve lost family members. Pray that God will use this situation to draw more students to him through our online bible studies. Finally, keep me in prayer as I seek to raise an additional $23,000 annually. I’ve recently been promoted as the Area Director for Brooklyn and Staten Island so instead of overseeing one campus, I oversee 10.

NYC / United States / North America 

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 26.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various

 


Jason and Hollie (ISI, NYC)

Thankfully with NYU we have professional Zoom accounts and have been able to meet with students daily for Bible study and prayer. We were advised to limit face-to-face meetings to online platforms, so this is how we are working for the foreseeable future. We had a student come to faith this past week. God is moving in all of this! I also was able to talk to my friend Hisham from Yemen the other day (he was working here but his wife and two kids were stuck in Yemen and couldn't come to the USA). He was able to meet them in Malaysia finally after years of being separated. He is reading the Bible and we were able to pray together the other day! He had a dream of Jesus a long time ago and is seeking the Lord. He said he is now closer to following Jesus than ever before.

Please pray for our students who need housing. We have mobilized some families that are able to host students and try to match them up. I-House (International House, associated with Columbia University) forced all students out as of yesterday--some died in the facility from COVID-19. We are also looking to try and help place students from this location with homes or apartments. Last, on a personal note, please pray for my family: dad has heart failure and is weak--may need surgery. And pray for my brother Shaun who is suffering from extreme depression. He’s an atheist and his wife is a nominal Christian. They have a small son, Sammy.

NYC / United States / North America 

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 26.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various

 


David (Alongside International, Canada)

God allowed us to complete our team outreach to the Linda Miclash Children’s Home in Liberia and we also shipped a container to the girls with needed goods. The school construction is progressing well. However, we are in need of funds to complete the roof before the rain season starts, end of April ... early May. Please pray with us for construction funding needs. Please praise and thank God for all He has done, we couldn’t do this without your prayer and financial support. Please know that we are praying for you all during these trying times of NY/USA health pandemic adversity and your church transition to a new facility.

Canada / North America

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 26.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various

 


Bill and Beth (CEF, USA)

We are doubling down on prayer time and still reaching children but using technology. CEF has been producing new YoutTube videos. CEF has a wonderful tool for the children who are asking Why? It is so helpful for children facing anxiety and fear. it is available for everyone; CEF is lifting all its copyright provisions so we can get the message out to everyone.

USA / North America

  • Christians: 77.09%
  • Evangelicals: 26.8%
  • Other: 22.91%
  • Lockdown, various