Council of Missions Updates

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)

Still under lockdown, He and Vinita continue to shelter at his Mom’s house. Their flights to Texas for this month have been canceled. He wishes the lockdown “was more productive and refreshing” but thankful it is not worse. The death toll in India is low despite the large size of the population. Their daughters are “managing well” in Texas, finishing their spring online classes and getting ready for summer classes. Dr. Bhatia has spent a lot of time with his two nephews answering questions and reading the Bible with them. He asks us to continue to pray for them to become excited and receptive to Christ. He wrote that there has been a rise in assaults against minorities and violations of religious freedom according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which considers India a “country of particular concern”. In addition, because of COVID-19, their monthly donations have diminished to “less than 50%”. He is asking for continued prayer and financial support. 

India

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

Todd (Bangladesh)

Christ is shining through the COVID crisis is by the manifestation of the love of Jesus. When the 30 received their food packets for the third time, their unbelieving neighbors and family members began to comment how their mosques have not helped. The Christians tell them it’s all because of Jesus. The shutdown in Bangladesh has caused extreme suffering as most people can’t work; therefore, they literally can’t eat. The recipients of the packets have expressed deep gratefulness as they have been in such a hopeless state. We praise God that through your gifts, we are able to provide help to our brothers and sisters in Christ and some seekers!

God is moving more strongly among us! Dhaka has been transformed into a sending base and God is doing more through us than we had expected. Two church-plants have gotten roots in Nilphamari. Another church-plant is underway in Golpaganj. Now a new eld is opening to us in Madaripur where we will send Noyon and Mukti.

God is also leading us to expand to another new eld by bringing the gospel to Bengalis in NYC (home to the largest Bengali community in the U.S.) for evangelism and church planting as well as to build-up our U.S. mission base for ministry growth.

CORRECTION: In April Newsletter it was stated that​ his wife (​actually it was not his wife, but their coworker, Jennifer Rodriguez, who shares the same name as 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.

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)

Pray for Alex’s mother who is recovering from a serious motorcycle accident. Pray for their Young Life remote meetings and for unity and faithfulness amongst their team while they are apart.

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)

These months of the pandemic have changed our lives completely. We have been in lockdown since March 11th. We praise the Lord because we and our loved ones have been healthy! After moving the whole ministry online, we started meeting with young people online and had lots of communication individually. We praise the Lord for a growing group of young people. We also moved a national training for youth leaders on the ministry strategy of Christ online. We had plenary time, break out rooms (like small groups) and tracks. On Friday 15th we had 93 youth leaders (actually a few more participants because on some screens we had couples, not just individuals) online. 

Bogdan and a few other colleagues from Romania were part of an innovation group from all the Josiah Venture countries and they worked hard for 2 full days on how to use a time of crisis and let God make the best of it. Then, we worked as a team on those ideas and we are exploring how to implement them locally.

Diana will be connecting with the women from the International Baptist Church of Bucharest, on Friday, May 22.

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)

Youth Ministry - We are continuing the youth ministry, we meet with them through messenger App twice a week.
Ministry to the poor - Because of the strict quarantine, we have just a few hours a day to do ministry. We delivered food to 10 families that were the poorest in the village. Prison Ministry - We are forbidden to enter the prison so we communicate with them through letters. This winter we started a project with the 47 prisoner families, we now added 20 more. We deliver packages of food early in the morning, at 5 am till 8 am, after that we have to be in lockdown.

Please pray that this lockdown will end soon so we can continue all of our ministries as before. Please pray also for many families that have lost their jobs and they need food. This lockdown has been great for our family, we have been praying and worshiping together and enjoying each other's company.

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)

The Bush’s family requests prayer that they will be able to get flights back to Israel. Also to ask God for wisdom regarding their ministry in the Philippines, as well as serving the poor and distributing food.

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)

Praise the Lord, after 1 month the Administrative governor in our area permitted me to have volunteers to help with the distribution of food boxes for 400 families. For the first time because of the shutdown, through Zoom we are gathering leaders from Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt together every day for prayers, encouragement, and devotion. It's just amazing!! They are also doing Training Discipleship and Education through Zoom.

These days - Ramadan - they normally reach out to Muslims by giving breakfast in the streets with verses from the Bible, but this year it is different, they are reaching them in their homes with food boxes.

Also they are using Zoom to start a program for church planting in Arab world OBEM (Online Biblical Education for Multiplication).

Christians: 2.24%

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

 


Jamie (Lebanon)

He asked for prayers for thanksgiving that they are safe, prayers for children to continue to adjust to the new culture, especially in this climate (8 and 5 yrs). Wife Sandra 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)

Continue to pray for students who have been displaced because of the pandemic, and for Brunel to raise additional financial support, as he now oversees student ministries on ten campuses across Brooklyn and Staten Island.

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