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03-23-2014: Carol Berry

posted Mar 24, 2014, 6:57 PM by Adam Olson   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 6:00 PM ]

Dear Fellowship Baptist Church,

Thank you so much for your support. This year starts our 15th year as CEF of SE Wisconsin and my 37th year as a CEF missionary. I am so thankful for the staff and volunteers that are working in the ministry.

I will be working 25 hours each week this year as a supported staff member and your support will help with my needed support. I have been teaching at the Johnson School Club on Tuesday and the Wadewitz Club on Thursday. I am so thankful for the workers we have. Pray that we can find another teacher for the Wadewitz Club. If you know of anyone interested please let me know.

We are also currently seeking teachers and hostesses for our 5 Day Clubs this summer. The deadline for summer applications is March 31. Contact Leah Pipkorn, if you are interested.

The 2 girls who were told they couldn’t attend anymore came to the Christmas club and have been attending in February so we are thankful they can continue to come. I am praying for more children to attend. We have 4 new children attending the last few weeks. We have 18 enrolled and 12 of them came in Feb. We had a fun time at the Valentine party talking about how Jesus Loves kids. The verse is Mark 10:14, where Jesus told the disciples to let the children come to him.

The threefold purpose of CEF is Evangelism, discipleship and establishing the children and families into a local church. We are praying that the unchurched families will get involved in churches that have adopted the clubs and the clubs will be part of the church ministry.

Joyfully Serving, 

Carol Berry 

03-09-14: Doug & Cheryl Boisvert

posted Mar 9, 2014, 2:05 PM by Adam Olson   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 6:57 PM ]

"I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you."
  I am so glad we can count on Isaiah 48:17, our featured verse, as truth!  So often we are inadequate, facing one limitation or another; but God is always sufficient and always at work.  It is our great joy to share what God has invested in us, and to lift Him high before others.  As we left Uganda, a spokesperson for the women said, "... and we promise you that we will do all that you have taught us."  May we all say the same to our Lord and Savior!  As I write these words, Cheryl and I are on our way home to the frozen Midwest from steamy East Africa!  We have had a fruitful trip, even though 138 hours of it was traveling: in planes, cars, taxis, cuddle buses, and big Greyhound-like buses.  But the satisfaction of seeing the growth of the men and the training programs taking on lives of their own is worth it all.

Uganda:  Since we were last at BEST (Bukeeka Evangelical School of Theology), Pastor Robert has recruited and begun to teach a second certificate-level class.  He is sharing the teaching responsibilities with three other Pastors.  It is so wonderful to see local leadership taking initiative in many areas, while I (Doug) work with the upper-level students.

Tanzania:  Our local coordinator, Pastor Michael, has begun a new training site in this village, where a southern Baptist missionary formerly had established a training center.  At Michael's request, we went with him for the first module.  It was a place of very basic instruction, due to limited opportunities for education.

Kenya:  We mentioned earlier that five of Doug's students and their wives, who are Cheryl's students, have started "home church" on Tuesday evenings in their homes.  The purpose is for fellowship and to meet local needs among members of the Stage Jesus Church, but it will also be the jumping off point for evangelistic efforts in each location.

Thank you for partnering with us to train leaders who can teach others also.

Doug and Cheryl Boisvert,
Tri-M Africa

Greetings from Portugal,

posted Mar 6, 2014, 6:10 PM by Adam Olson   [ updated Mar 9, 2014, 1:30 PM ]

My mother suffered a severe heart attack and the doctors are saying to call the family since she could die anytime.  I just purchased tickets and Marilyn & I plan to arrive in Sarasota, FL tomorrow night.  I'm praying I'll get to give her one more hug before she flies away.  I guess they allow cell phones in ICU now, so was able to chat a couple minutes with her.  I thank God for all the years of having such a great cheerleader on my side.  She assured me that instead of flowers at her funeral she wants gifts sent to the Samora church building project -- that she has already contributed to from her small social security salary.

So, I'll take this opportunity and ask each of you to consider joining my mom to help the church planting effort here.  I'm attaching an update and a brochure I hope will explain any questions.

By God's grace we press on,

Jon & Marilyn Rust

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