International Ministries

Borquist - International Ministries The latest from Ann and Bruce Borquist https://internationalministries.org/teams/51-borquist.rss Raising up the Next Gen <p>A friend recently asked us: “What do you do as missionaries?” Great question! Since you may be wondering the same thing, here’s our quick answer: Right now, you are partners with us in equipping young Bible school students at a refugee camp, providing more accessible theological education to oral learners through brand new initiatives in two countries, helping Christian workers use business tools to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social problems, and mentoring the next generation of cross-cultural mission workers.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Equipping young leaders at the Kawthoolei Baptist Bible School and College </b>at a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border. Earlier this month I (Ann) taught Christian Conflict Transformation to 64 4th year students. Please pray for God’s guidance as they serve in local churches (see “Mercy” in the photo) and pursue further studies (see “Truth”) in the face of uncertainty caused by a 6-decade civil war in their home country.</p><p><b>How can we bless our neighbours in a non-Christian context?</b> I recently led a workshop on Integral Evangelism for alumni and faculty of the Asho Chin Theological Seminary (Myanmar). We reflected on God’s design and purpose for the church, the role of the pastor, and talked about creative, practical ways to reach out to those who have never met Jesus (see photo below - can you find me?).&nbsp;</p><div><b>Secret agents of peace - wherever we are.</b> When I (Bruce) asked a group of 10 year olds at our church here in Wellington, “Where in the world is God’s peace [shalom] especially needed today?” their answers surprised me: “Syria, Afghanistan, the US, Russia, Indonesia.” Then I surprised them: “Did you know that there are followers of Jesus in each of those countries? And we’re all called to be secret agents of God’s peace wherever we are? Isn’t that awesome?”<br></div><div><br></div><div>These are just a couple of the ministries we (and you!) are engaged in at the request of Baptist partners in the Asia Pacific region. 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mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><span style="font-size: 12pt;">ဘုရားသခင်၏ကျေးဇူးတော်အားဖြင</span><!--EndFragment-->&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p></div><div><div>(“By God’s grace” in Burmese),&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Ann &amp; Bruce</div></div><div><br></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Dr. Marian’s Message</b></div><div><br></div><div>I was a missionary doctor in India for 38 years. Why? Because a Christian leader asked me in my senior year of college: “Marian, do you suppose that God wants you to do something special for Him?” I had never even thought of that before! After agonising prayer I knew that instead of being a research chemist, God wanted me to be a medical missionary.&nbsp;</div><div>After many years of training, I was commissioned a missionary doctor to India. It was in India that I was able to help raise up and train young Indian Christians to be outstanding leaders—some now serving in the remotest parts of the world.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>We should all be active in raising up the next generation of Christian leaders to shine God’s light wherever they are, whatever they do. Let’s do all we can to get the thousands of young Christians worldwide to look beyond the street or village where they live, and beyond Facebook.com, and train them to be Christian leaders at home or in other parts of the world.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>A number of our American Baptist missionaries today are involved in raising up and training the next generation of Christian leaders, including Ann and Bruce. Praise God!</div><div><br></div><div style="text-align: right; ">*Dr. Marian Boehr serves as Pastor Emeritus for our Missionary Partnership Team</div></div><div><br></div> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/64786-raising-up-the-next-gen https://internationalministries.org/read/64786-raising-up-the-next-gen Many Hats, New Year <p>The New Year has begun, and we are looking forward to many new opportunities to serve God and God’s people in the coming year. We wear many “hats” in our new role as missionaries serving Baptist partners in the Asia Pacific region. Here are a few that we wore recently, and will be putting on again in 2017:</p><p><b>Social entrepreneurship training through Samaritana Transformation Ministries in the Philippines.</b> At the invitation of colleagues Thelma and Jonathan Nambu (<a href="http://samaritana.org">http://samaritana.org</a>), we offered a training in social entrepreneurship for leaders of several organisations that work with women escaping from prostitution. They all have livelihood programs to help women develop other ways to support their families, but the organisations want to be more self-sustaining themselves. Thanks to Bruce’s doctoral research in faith-based social entrepreneurship, he is able to help them find ways to apply tools of business in the service of God’s call to empower at-risk women.</p><p><b>Supporting strategic planning and a mission conference of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC)</b>. Our recent trip to the Philippines gave us the chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_of_Philippine_Baptist_Churches">CPBC</a> and its schools and hospitals. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since we served there! Now that we are living in the region, Convention leaders have invited us to assist in their strategic planning process as well as their first regional mission conference in Hong Kong.</p><p><b>Reinvigorating worship close to home.</b> We’re working with the members of a NZ Baptist church’s worship ministry to help them apply the appreciative inquiry method to understand their role in the church’s health and faithfulness. We’ll return in February to facilitate a reflection and planning retreat with their leadership teams.</p><p>These are just a few of the ministries YOU are involved in as you walk with us. We wouldn’t be able to support Baptist convention leaders and churches in the Asia Pacific region without you supporting us through your prayers, emails, cards and financial gifts to IM.&nbsp;</p><p>As you walk, saunter, or run into the new journey of 2017, may you meet God in surprising ways. 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over, let us join the wise men who travelled far to greet baby Jesus, God's most perfect gift&nbsp;for humanity. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let us also remember those who are serving around the world sharing the good news of Jesus as they work alongside our sisters &amp; brothers in Christ in other nations (our missionaries). As you enjoy your gifts and begin the new year, please remember to support the ministry of all our International Ministries missionaries, including Ann &amp; Bruce, so that they can continue the great work God has called them to.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Selamat Tahun Baru untukmu (Indonesian)<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Malipayon nga Bag-ong Tuig (Ilonggo, Philippines)<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span lang="PT-BR">Feliz Ano Novo (Portuguese)<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span lang="PT-BR">S<font face="Calibri">a</font></span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR">w</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR" style="font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR">ạ</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR">s</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR" style="font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-ansi-language: PT-BR">̄</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR">dī pī h</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR">ı</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR" style="font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR">m̀</span></i><i><span lang="PT-BR"> (Thai)<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Chúc m</i><i><span style="font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">ừ</span>ng năm m</i><i><span style="font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">ớ</span>i (Vietnamese)<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>Pyawshwinhpwal nhaitsait (Myanmar)<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Happy New Year!<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: right; ">*<i> Rachael Wilford is Communication Coordinator for our Missionary Partnership Team</i><o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--></div> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/64132-many-hats-new-year https://internationalministries.org/read/64132-many-hats-new-year The Forgotten Ones “We have no hope, no house, no land, no job - how can we go home?” the young man said with quiet intensity as we sat on the floor of the Bible school after the worship service. He is only one of the 2 million refugees who fled Myanmar due to fighting in their homeland. Over 150,000 have been confined to refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border over the last 30 years – imagine a whole generation for whom ‘home’ looks like a bamboo prison! These are the forgotten ones – you hardly ever hear about their plight in the news. <br><br>A young Christian woman who now lives as a refugee in another country shared her story with me. She and her family fled for their lives after her mother refused the demands of some soldiers to open her shop on a Sunday. Shortly after, her village was burned to the ground. Her new home is only slightly better. Recently when she got into a taxi, the driver saw she was an illegal immigrant and threatened to take her directly to the police station unless she paid him the equivalent of $48, or nearly a week’s wages. She begged him to take her to her parents’ apartment, and they scraped together every penny they had so she wouldn’t be sent to a detention camp.<br><br>Yet, incredibly, our sisters and brothers remain strong in their diaspora, faithfully testifying to God’s goodness. They wait and pray for justice and compassion in their homeland as well as where they now live. The young women and men that Ann taught at a Bible school in a refugee camp minister in remote communities on the weekends. Some refugee churches have started drug and alcohol recovery programs. They bring healing and hope to broken lives … in their own brokenness. <br><br>Please remember to pray for these dear ones - for safety, comfort, and for hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)<br><br>Faithfully,<br>Ann &amp; Bruce<br><br><h3>Message from Marian*</h3>There are hundreds of thousands of refugees in the world today, and every few minutes Christians are being martyred for their faith. Doesn’t God care? Oh yes He cares! He cares so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and grant us eternal life. And God suffers with us in our suffering.<br><br>When God told the suffering Paul: “I am with you and that’s all you need,” Paul exclaimed: “My strength is made perfect in weakness. The more I suffer, the more I depend on God.” We are not only to bear our suffering, but to use it as a witness for Him!<br><br>*Dr. Marian Boehr (“Aunt Marian” to our family) served for 38 yrs as a surgeon missionary in India through International Ministries.<br> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/63807-the-forgotten-ones https://internationalministries.org/read/63807-the-forgotten-ones On the Move in SE Asia! <p>God is on the move in SE Asia, and so were we in August and September. Your partnership has made it possible for us to serve alongside Christian sisters and brothers in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand in recent months. These ministries some times make our hearts ache, but they fill us with hope at the same time.</p><p>You may have wondered why it's been a while since you received a ministry update from us. One of our communication challenges right now (aside from time) is that we often serve in sensitive areas. As a result, we can’t be too timely or specific about where and what we’re doing. This is not only for our own security, but also for that of partners with whom we’re working.</p><p><b>Highlights for Praise and Prayer</b></p><p></p><ul><li>Pastors who were part of an Integral Evangelism course we taught in <b>Vietnam</b> shared on the last day: “<i>I thank God for attending this class. I had too small a vision for my church.</i>” “<i>I always assumed it should be the pastor who does all the visiting and outreach. You have shared a simple but deep idea: I should disciple my members to do ministry as well. Thank you</i>!” While in Vietnam, we also participated in the Baptist Convention of Vietnam’s General Assembly. We were impressed to see how the Convention is growing and maturing, and to hear government officials in attendance encourage its churches and members to make a difference in Vietnamese society.&nbsp;<br></li></ul><ul><li>The Union of <b>Indonesian</b> Baptist Churches, a new ministry partner of International Ministries, invited us to participate in its 45th anniversary in Surakarta – together with about 5,000+ others in attendance! The centerpiece of the grand evening was the history of the Baptist work in Indonesia recounted using traditional music, song, and dance - a remarkable example of contextualization.&nbsp;</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li>In <b>Thailand</b> we attended a regional gathering of IM missionaries and had a chance to meet our new Executive Director, Sharon Koh. Bruce also did field research on two social enterprises for his doctoral program before returning home to New Zealand. In the meantime, Ann taught over 60 students in the 4th year Bachelor of Theology program at the Kawthoolei Karén (Kayin) Baptist Bible School at the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, and ministered in two remote villages. The stories of the suffering and loss experienced by these refugees from Myanmar were heart wrenching. As one young man declared, “I just want to go home…”&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p></p><p><b>Please join us</b> in praying for wisdom and strength as we prepare for these upcoming projects (and others):&nbsp;</p><p></p><ul><li><b>Accessible Theological Education</b> - Ann is serving on a team with Baptist convention partners in Vietnam and Cambodia to develop accessible, affordable strategies to train pastors, most of whom live in rural areas.</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li><b>Doctoral studies confirmation seminar</b> - Bruce is scheduled to officially present his doctoral research proposal on faith-based social entrepreneurship in November. If his work is approved, he will be officially recognized as a doctoral candidate at Massey University.</li></ul><p></p><p></p><ul><li><b>Kayin refugee repatriation</b> - we are working with Kayin Christian leaders in Thailand to develop programs that will help prepare refugees to return to their homeland in Myanmar through spiritual formation, livelihood skills training, and pastoral counseling.&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p>The US Dept. of State estimates that around 150,000 refugees from Myanmar live in the nine official camps on the Thai-Myanmar border, with more than 2 million undocumented refugees living in other areas of Thailand. A whole generation has now grown up inside the fences of the refugee camps, which were established over 25 years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>A new government and greater stability in Myanmar are creating new hope for – and uncertainty about – repatriation. International Ministries is in a unique position to contribute to these efforts because of its long history and many partnerships in both countries, and we're honored to be part of the initiative.</p></blockquote><p>Thanks for being on the journey with us!</p><p><i>Kita memuji Tuhan untuk anda</i> (we praise God for you, in Bahasa Indonesia),</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:58:40 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/63460-on-the-move-in-se-asia- https://internationalministries.org/read/63460-on-the-move-in-se-asia- Matariki – Looking Back and Looking Forward <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">This is the season of Matariki in New Zealand, the Maori celebration of the new year. Similar to the western New Year holiday in January, it is a time to reflect on the year past and prepare for the year to come. Looking back over the last month or two, we praise God for the opportunities we have had to encourage God’s people. Looking ahead, we see that God is preparing new opportunities for service and learning. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b>Looking back</b><i><o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Short Course in Social Entrepreneurship</span></u></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"> </span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">– Teaching social entrepreneurship in Vietnam turned out to be a pan-ASEAN affair! Students from Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia came to Hu? University in central Vietnam to learn, share, and be inspired. Two of the participants were university professors who came to learn how to develop a curriculum in social entrepreneurship for their schools. The highlight of the course was the class visit to an organic vegetable market called Susu Xanh, a social enterprise set up by a non-profit organization to support farmers shifting from “marinating their vegetables in pesticides” to organic agricultural methods.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span><u>The Old has Gone, the New Has Come in Vietnam and Cambodia</u></span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> – After the social entrepreneurship course, we met with pastors in 3 cities in central Vietnam and then in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In each case, we heard testimonies of God’s faithfulness and protection in the midst of challenging circumstances. Both countries are undergoing rapid and profound social and economic change; these pastors put their hope in the Lord as they find new ways to “be the church”, train up leaders, and share the good news. We were honored to receive invitations from both Baptist conventions to return and provide trainings in holistic ministry and servant leadership.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b>Here’s What’s Coming</b><i><o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Have USB-Drive Will Travel!</span></u></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> – Pray that God would give us wisdom as we work with Cambodian and Vietnamese Baptist leaders to design a video-based theological training program for pastors and leaders in remote parts of their countries. <u><o:p></o:p></u></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Vietnam</span></u></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-font-family: Constantia;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">?</span></u></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Indonesia</span></u></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ascii-font-family:Constantia;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;?? ??&quot;;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-fareast;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">?</span></u></i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Thailand</span></u></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> – Our next series of trips is in August, and it promises to be whirlwind. Pray for the Holistic Evangelism training we will offer through the Baptist Convention of Vietnam in early August, the week before the BCV’s national convention in Ho Chi Minh City. Pray for our meetings with the leadership of the Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches and our part in a UIBC mission conference. Finally, pray for the region-wide gathering of IM missionaries that will take place in Bangkok, Thailand. We will gather to meet IM’s new Exec. Dir. Sharon Koh and review the new strategic plan called “Responding to the Call.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Building and Rebuilding, Together</span></u></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> – Pray for wisdom as Ann prepares to teach several courses at the Kawthoolei Karén Baptist Bible School at the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border in August and September.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><u><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Faith Based Social Entrepreneurship in Practice</span></u></i><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> – Bruce continues to offer counsel to students from the course we taught in Vietnam. One student is managing an organic vegetable market, and another plans to develop a church-based senior center in the Karén community in Thailand. 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Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calisto MT"; mso-font-kerning:8.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Ann and Bruce<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62476-matariki-looking-back-and-looking-forward https://internationalministries.org/read/62476-matariki-looking-back-and-looking-forward When Prayer … Isn’t <p>I am a “get it done" gal, a roll-up-my-sleeves-and-get-to-work kind of person. Nothing wrong with that, right? The problem is that sometimes I’m tempted to make my plans and then ask God to bless them. Prayer is meant to be a two-way conversation with God, but that kind of one-way prayer isn’t prayer – it’s basically just asking for God’s rubber stamp of approval. When we talk to God in prayer about our well-laid plans, our goal in the conversation is to discern which way the wind of the Spirit is blowing and then run in that direction … even if it isn’t the direction we had in mind!</p> <p>This is one of the reflections I shared last month with those gathered at the Prairie Pastors’ Conference in Nebraska. Pastors and leaders from the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska came to reflect on the theme “It’s a New Day in the Neighborhood,” and I was invited to be the keynote speaker. My focus was on how to mobilise God’s people for God’s mission in the world, in other words how to transition a church from being inward looking to outward serving. Since that transition begins with the pastor, in one of my sessions I presented the marks of a transformational leader. Guess where the mark of prayer was – yep, at the top of the list!</p> <p>Both before and after the conference, my schedule was chock full of preaching, teaching, and leading trainings. I spoke to groups 19 times in 17 days. It was a busy but rewarding time of encouraging folks to participate in God’s mission “here, there, and over there.”</p> <p>I was inspired by some of the creative ways church families in Nebraska are ministering hope to people in their communities. One highlight was the Diaper Depot. Young moms and dads struggling to make ends meet are invited to the church once a month pick up a bag of diapers for their baby. They can also get help with job interview skills, pick out an interview outfit at the church clothes closet, and have someone pray for them if they would like. Another highlight was learning about the Chivalry Banquet for sons and their moms: the boys learn basic courtesy and how to behave in a formal setting – and they get try their hand at jousting and swordplay, all in one evening!</p> <p>Now that I’m back at home in New Zealand, Bruce and I are preparing for upcoming trips to two countries in Southeast Asia. Pray with us that God would direct us as we teach a course in Social Entrepreneurship, and use us to encourage local pastors who serve in very challenging situations.</p> <p><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7239/26640961090_fbcdc4fb86_o.png" style="margin-bottom: -4px; height: 1em;"> (“By God’s grace” in Vietnamese).<br> Ann</p> <h4>Praise and Prayers</h4><p></p><ul><li><b>We praise God for you!</b> We asked you to pray for Ann's speaking and travels in Nebraska, and God answered.<br></li><li><b>Praise God</b> with us that son Asa has found some excellent internships that will use his skills in video editing, production, and screen writing this summer.<br></li><li><b>Praise God</b> with us that Bruce is making “extraordinary progress” according to his doctoral studies supervisor.<br></li> <li><b>Pray</b> that we would be sensitive to the wind of the Spirit and run in that direction.<br></li> <li><b>Pray</b> for wisdom for us as we develop ministry opportunities with Baptist leaders in SE Asia.<br></li></ul> <h4><u>Update: The Matching Gifts Campaign Is Complete</u></h4> <p>The $170,000 matching pool has been depleted. Thank you for showing your support for our ministry and/or other IM missionaries!</p> Fri, 06 May 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/61988-when-prayer-isn-t https://internationalministries.org/read/61988-when-prayer-isn-t Bump. <p>Have you noticed? God often surprises us with the unexpected encounter, the unforeseen call. If only we have “eyes to see” – to recognise when God introduces us to a new person, or a new journey, or a new understanding.</p><p>We ‘bumped’ into many New Zealand Baptist colleagues during a recent visit to their national headquarters, and were inspired to learn about the range of ministries they have both at home and in SE Asia. On the same trip, we visited a community housing project for “single women over 65” sponsored by a local Baptist church. This came about because Bruce ‘bumped’ into one of the trustees at a social entrepreneurship conference.&nbsp;</p><p>It is encouraging to see how God is putting the pieces in place for us to serve in Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam in the coming 4 months through a whole series of divinely inspired ‘bumps’. We’ll keep you posted as the opportunities take shape.</p><h4>Praise and Prayers</h4><p></p><ul><li>Praise God that son Asa is thriving at Biola Univ. (in LA), and that we have the joy of living in the same city as our daughter Elena, son-in-law Mark, and granddaughter Anisa.<br></li><li>Pray that God would use Ann to encourage folks as she speaks at a Mid-west pastors’ conference and various churches in Nebraska next month.<br></li><li>Pray that we would develop new friendships - we are just beginning to get to know folks, but it always feels a bit lonely for the first year or so.&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p></p><div><h4>Rachael’s Reflections</h4></div><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><div><div><div>BUMP is also <a href="http://slangit.com/meaning/bump">Internet slang</a> ("Bring Up My Post!"). When someone posts content that you like, you give it a "bump." It's another way of giving a thumbs up, or a 5-star rating. So if this update touches you in some way, give Ann &amp; Bruce a BUMP. Send them a note, or <a href="http://internationalministries.org/give">make a gift to IM</a> toward their support! [Rachael is Communication Coordinator for our Missionary Partnership Team]</div></div></div></blockquote><p>How have you seen God at work in a recent ‘bump’ in your life? If so, we’d love to hear from you.</p><p>Faithfully,&nbsp;</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/61642-bump- https://internationalministries.org/read/61642-bump- What is Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship? This is probably one of the most audacious things I (Bruce) have ever attempted. I knew that starting a PhD program at the beginning of my sixth decade would be the adventure for which I’ve been preparing for years … and these first two months certainly haven’t disappointed!<br><br>My doctoral research focuses on faith-based social entrepreneurship. What is that? It is when individuals or organisations motivated by religious faith develop holistic and economically viable ways to deal with social problems. (One of my early stabs at a definition!) Ann and I train and consult with churches that want to make a difference in their communities, and they often struggle with the problems created by the traditional charity model of social action – but what’s the alternative? I am convinced that faith-based organisations can be more effective in their ministries by using the principles and tools of social entrepreneurship. By God’s grace, I now have an opportunity to contribute to the field by researching its application to and by faith-based organisations. This will also be one of our focus areas as we serve partner Baptist conventions in SE Asia. <br><br>It’s hard to believe how much has happened since we moved here to New Zealand in mid-December. We found a wonderful place to live and got our home set up with household items from the excellent second hand shops here in Wellington. We’ve been busy arranging our travel and training schedule with five Baptist convention partners in SE Asia. Ann is hard at work on a new edition of a short-term mission team training guide for International Ministries, and on preparing to speak at a pastors’ gathering in the US in April.<br><br>We are so grateful that you are with us on this new mission journey in New Zealand and SE Asia! Our cultural adaptation continues to be full of laughter, and we experience answers to your prayers every day. Speaking of language, here are the answers to the Kiwi English quiz we challenged you with last month:<br><ul><li><i>It’s so good to have our Internet access sorted.</i> [sorted = taken care of]</li><li><i>That presentation was sweet as - good on ya, mate!</i> [sweet as = really good; good on ya, mate = great job, congratulations]</li><li><i>We miss you heaps.</i> [heaps = a lot]</li></ul><br>By God’s grace, <br>Ann &amp; Bruce<br><br>Praise and Prayers<br><ul><li><b>Praise God</b> with us! Bruce presented an original paper on “Faith-based social entrepreneurship: Towards an integrative framework” at an international conference and received extremely positive feedback from those present. It was a baby first step on a 3-4 year journey, but he’s on his way! </li><li><b>Pray</b> that God would direct our upcoming conversations with New Zealand Baptist Mission Society colleagues.</li><li><b>Pray</b> for spongy brains as we begin Bahasa Indonesia language classes. (Also Burmese!)</li></ul> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61393-what-is-faith-based-social-entrepreneurship- https://internationalministries.org/read/61393-what-is-faith-based-social-entrepreneurship- Home at last in Aotearoa! <p>Do you remember the last time you moved to a new home or went on a long trip? Imagine our delight to have finally “landed” after sleeping in 46 different beds since we left our beloved Brazil 6 months ago. It is so satisfying to put those suitcases in the closet and call Aotearoa (New Zealand) home!&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; Burmese language classes are next on the list, even as Bruce dives in to doctoral research on “faith-based social entrepreneurship” at Massey University. He is scheduled to present a paper and a workshop at <a href="http://sierc.massey.ac.nz/conference/">an international conference</a> in February to be held at Massey's Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre in Auckland. As a new PhD candidate, this is quite an honour.&nbsp;</p><p>We are also adjusting to “Kiwi culture &amp; customs”. Here are a few basic phrases in Kiwi English. See if you can interpret them - we’ll give you a translation in our next update.</p><p></p><ul><li><i>It’s so good to have our Internet access sorted.&nbsp;</i><br></li><li><i>That presentation was sweet as - good on ya, mate!</i><br></li><li><i>We miss you heaps.</i><br></li></ul><p></p><h4>News Flash</h4><p>&nbsp;Our brothers and sisters in the National Baptist Convention of Brazil are experiencing soaring inflation and currency devaluation that make it extremely difficult to maintain support for their cross-cultural missionaries serving in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe.</p><h4>Praise and Prayers</h4><p></p><ul><li>Pray for our friends Débora, Kelly and other young mothers-to-be in Brazil in light of the <a href="http://internationalministries.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=830d10169a028051986b08eba&amp;id=72e9a6eaa8&amp;e=259ece64c2">Zika virus</a> linked to microcephaly - for the health of their unborn babies and for peace of mind.<br></li><li>Praise God with us! We are settling in to our “house of grace” (grace - unmerited favour of God …and the bestowal of blessings).</li></ul><p></p><p>Thank you for your prayers and your financial gifts - we are overwhelmed by your generosity and faithfulness.&nbsp;</p><p>By God’s grace,&nbsp;</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61110-home-at-last-in-aotearoa- https://internationalministries.org/read/61110-home-at-last-in-aotearoa- Borquists Named Regional Missionaries for Southeast Asia <p><a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/51-borquist">Ann and Bruce Borquist</a>, International Ministries (IM) missionaries since 1987, are beginning a new ministry as regional missionaries for Southeast Asia. After serving for the last 11 years in Brazil, focusing on local church empowerment and economic development, the Borquists will now work with IM partner organizations in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and the Philippines. They will provide training in servant leadership, integral mission, cross-cultural mission skills and economic development.</p> <p>The Borquists’ new home base is in New Zealand, where Bruce has begun a Ph.D. program at Massey University. His dissertation focuses on faith-based social entrepreneurship as a strategy for addressing social problems in Asia.</p> <p>The Borquists write:</p> <blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p>We are excited about the many opportunities we will have to work alongside our Baptist sisters and brothers in this region. Please pray for agile minds as we begin Burmese language study. We also praise God for the capable leadership of our Brazilian colleagues in the National Baptist Convention. They are building on the foundation we laid by training local church leaders and the leadership of the Baptist young adults’, women’s and men’s ministries, and by equipping Brazilian missionaries in cross-cultural ministry skills.</p></blockquote> <p>Regarding Bruce and Ann’s new ministry, the Rev. Leslie Turley, IM area director for Southeast Asia and Japan, commented:</p> <blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p>God has been at work as he has led the Borquists in ministries and experiences that have prepared them for this new and unique service. We are excited to see how the Holy Spirit will use Ann and Bruce as they respond to the call to equip our brothers and sisters in Southeast Asia to face the many challenges in their world today.</p><p>Words of encouragement for Ann and Bruce may be sent to <a style="color: blue ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important;" _mce_style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect" _mce_shape="rect" href="mailto:peter.mccurdy@internationalministries.org" _mce_href="mailto:peter.mccurdy@internationalministries.org" target="_blank">ann.borquist@internationalministries.org</a> and <a style="color: blue ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important;" _mce_style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect" _mce_shape="rect" href="mailto:peter.mccurdy@internationalministries.org" _mce_href="mailto:peter.mccurdy@internationalministries.org" target="_blank">bruce.borquist@internationalministries.org</a><br></p><div style="font-size: 10pt; text-align: left;" _mce_style="font-size: 10pt; text-align: left;" align="left"><br></div>Learn more about the Borquist's ministry and see photos and videos on their <a href="mailto:ann.borquist@internationalministries.org" _mce_href="mailto:ann.borquist@internationalministries.org" style="color: blue ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important;" _mce_style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">profile</a> page on the IM website.<br><div style="font-size: 10pt;" _mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><br>Download a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/53546/BorquistAnn_Bruce-BulletinInsert.pdf" _mce_href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/53546/BorquistAnn_Bruce-BulletinInsert.pdf" style="color: blue ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important;" _mce_style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">bulletin insert</a> with their ministry information, prayer requests and more. <br><br></div> IM welcomes comments on Facebook at <a style="color: blue ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important;" _mce_style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries" _mce_href="https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries" shape="rect" _mce_shape="rect" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries</a>. </blockquote> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60721-borquists-named-regional-missionaries-for-southeast-asia https://internationalministries.org/read/60721-borquists-named-regional-missionaries-for-southeast-asia Excellent Goodbyes ... again <p>“Remember to say excellent good-byes – just as you taught us” our young Brazilian friend told us with a smile. And that is exactly what we have been doing. We just finished up an amazing 4 months spent sharing good news about God’s mission with you and many others in 11 states across the US.</p> <p>This Sunday we said good-bye to our church family here in Bremerton. We had a wonderful time with the kids (see photos) finding Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries on the globe. And Mr. Matt bravely tried on a longyi from Myanmar.</p> <p>The next time you hear from us will be from our new home base in New Zealand. We are excited about starting Burmese language study and preparing for upcoming ministry in SE Asia.</p> <p>In joyful expectation,<br> Ann &amp; Bruce</p><hr><p><b>News and Prayers</b></p> <p>Praise God with us! Our passports + visas arrived with a couple of days to spare.</p> <p>Please pray for new friends, and a new church family in Wellington.</p> <p>Pray that God will show us the right place for us to live once our boxes arrive.</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60624-excellent-goodbyes-again https://internationalministries.org/read/60624-excellent-goodbyes-again Companions on the Journey <p>One piece of wisdom we have gained during our 28 years of missionary service is that nothing is worth more, nothing is more important, than to have companions on the journey like you, companions who give us strength and hope to carry on faithfully.&nbsp;</p><p>We have been reflecting a lot on this during our time here in the U.S. Do you see us as “companions on the journey” with you and your church? What is a cross-cultural missionary’s role not only in their country of service but here in the US?</p><p>It breaks our hearts to see so many churches that have shrunk down to shells of their former selves, with dwindling congregations of increasingly older members often out of touch with the people in their own neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p>Your church exists for the people who are not yet part of its fellowship: the unchurched and the de-churched, those people around you who think Jesus and your church are irrelevant to their lives. Today, all authentic ministry in Jesus’ name is and must be cross-cultural.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;The missionaries you partner with have learned to cross cultural boundaries to contextualize the good news of Jesus in order to reach the unreached in their own language and culture. Those “over there” missionaries have something to contribute “over here,” too! We need to work together to become healthy and faithful disciples of Jesus here, there and everywhere.</p><p>We praise God that you are on the journey with us as we begin our service as regional missionaries in SE Asia! Thank you for your prayer and financial support. This is the season of the World Mission Offering - your gifts toward our support and the support of all IM missionaries allows us to continue to serve as your hands and feet and mouth “over there.”&nbsp;</p><p>In anticipation,</p><p>Ann and Bruce&nbsp;</p><div><br></div> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60270-companions-on-the-journey https://internationalministries.org/read/60270-companions-on-the-journey On the Move! We have the great pleasure of visiting partner churches in 10 states during our 4-month US Assignment. OK, sometimes we yearn for the day when we can put our suitcases in the closet (!), but still we are encouraged to see how God’s people are on the move. <br><br>Some congregations we visit are struggling to survive; others are striving to make a difference in their community and around the world. Here are photos of just a sample of what we’ve seen. <br><br>Please pray that we would be a channel of God’s encouragement and empowerment as we lead workshops and visit churches in the US over the next three months.<br><br>We’re grateful you’re with us on this journey. Plane tickets are already purchased for our departure on Dec. 10th - and the beginning of our service as regional missionaries in SE Asia. Now that's faith!<br><br><i>Fielmente</i> (faithfully),<br><br>Ann and Bruce <br><br>Visit our page on the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/51-borquist">click here</a><br>Donate to IM toward our support: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/give">click here</a><br> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 04:50:44 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59990-on-the-move- https://internationalministries.org/read/59990-on-the-move- Saudade & Anticipation Our hearts are full of both “<i>saudade</i>” and great expectation. <i>Saudade</i> is a beautiful Portuguese word that has no direct translation in English. The closest definition is “a longing for someone or something that one loves.”<p></p><p>The last month has been chock-full of 18 <i>despedidas</i> (farewell parties), with from 2 to as many as 450 of our Brazilian family and friends. Each and every one was an opportunity to say excellent goodbyes full of laughter, prayers, stories and tears.</p><p>Now we are looking forward to saying “Hello” to our family and friends in the US, and after that expanding our circle of family and friends in our new assignment in SE Asia. We can testify to the truth of Jesus’ promise that those who leave their house and family “for the sake of the gospel” will receive a hundredfold of new brothers and sisters. (Mark 10:29-30)<br></p><p>In this last ministry update as we leave Brazil after 11 years of service, we wanted to pull back the curtain a bit to show you what is involved when we and other missionaries pull up stakes and move to a new country of service.&nbsp;<br></p><h4>A Peek Behind the Scenes<br></h4><p>Our preparation for this move began 7 months ago when we talked to our partner Baptist convention’s leadership about our new call to regional ministry in Southeast Asia. The real push came in July when we launched into the following transition activities. We:<br></p><ul><li>Led a strategic planning initiative with our partner’s national theological seminary (STEB);<br></li><li>Organized all the files, training materials, and resources for SEDELIM and REDEMI, the national departments for servant leadership development and missional church renewal that we brought to life over the past 3 years;<br></li><li>Conducted 5 days of intensive orientation for the new coordinators who will continue these ministries;<br></li><li>Completed about 16 (!) medical exams and lab tests required by IM of all missionaries beginning their U.S./PR Home Assignment. After all the needles, x-rays and specimen bottles, the doctor gave us the "good to go" clearance. Praise God for the gift of healthy bodies!&nbsp;<br></li><li>Sorted all our “stuff” into piles to give, sell, dump, and take: we sold our furniture and car, and donated our theological library to the national Baptist seminary (tears). We cleaned, painted and got our apartment in better shape than it was in when we moved in 3 years ago. We obtained “no balance due” certificates on our utility accounts. And in the end the apartment passed inspection with flying colors (woohoo!)<br></li><li>Set up visits with our supporters in 11 states between the months of August and December, bought plane tickets, arranged for lodging and transportation, and prepared our messages, presentations and workshops.&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p>Please pray for stamina and grace over the next four months of intensive travel as we share the good news of what God is doing through us in Brazil and SE Asia.<br></p><p>We praise God for your partnership in all the ways God used us during 11 fruitful years in Brazil! For the next 4 months we will be living with Bruce’s father in Bremerton, WA. Then it will be on to ministry in SE Asia!<br></p><p><i>Nas mãos de Deus</i> (in God’s hands),<br></p><p>Bruce and Ann&nbsp;<br></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59375-saudade-anticipation https://internationalministries.org/read/59375-saudade-anticipation Amazing Fruit! It seems hard to believe, but we are now in the “goodbye” phase of the familiar “hello-goodbye-hello” pattern that is a common thread in the life of every cross-cultural missionary. As part of this process, we looked back over the last 9 months and were amazed at God’s graciousness in the fruit produced just since October of last year. We want to share some of that blessing with you, since this is your fruit, too! <br><br>As co-coordinators of the national <b>Secretariat for the Development of Leadership and Ministries (SEDELIM)</b> for the National Baptist Convention of Brazil (CBN), we:<br><ul><li>offered 3 weekend trainings in “Servant Leadership” for various CBN state conventions;</li><li>led weekend workshops for the national and state leaders of the National Baptist Youth department (JUBAN) (see our January prayer letter);</li><li>helped facilitate the strategic planning of the National Baptist Women’s department (UEFBN) at an annual gathering of national and state leaders;</li><li>organized and led the first-ever “National Retreat for Servant Leadership in the Power of the Holy Spirit,” with main speaker Dr. John Piippo of Redeemer Fellowship Church of Detroit, MI (see our January prayer letter);</li><li>facilitated a 9-month appreciative inquiry strategic planning process that created a plan to revive the National Baptist Men’s department (UEMBN) (see our February prayer letter);</li><li>led a team that developed a plan to restructure the Convention’s Secretariat for National Ministries (SENAM);</li><li>facilitated the first-ever gathering of CBN state convention executive ministers, and used an appreciative inquiry process to develop a plan to improve communication and administrative systems that would better serve local churches.</li></ul>As co-coordinators of the national <b>Integral Mission Network (REDEMI)</b> for the National Baptist Convention of Brazil, we:<br><ul><li>led a weekend retreat in Integral Evangelism for a CBN state convention in NE Brazil;</li><li>presented a paper and led a workshop at a national congress on Integral Mission sponsored by Missão ALEF;</li><li>supported Providence Baptist Church of Sobradinho, Federal District in its initiative to plant a church in Worcester, MA (USA). We trained its cross-cultural short-term mission team and coordinated with ABC of Mass. (TABCOM) (see our Oct. 2014 prayer letter);</li><li>facilitated the CBN’s meetings with Canadian Baptist Mission representatives.</li></ul>As professors for the cross-cultural missionary training program at <b>JAMI</b>, the Convention’s global cross-cultural mission agency, we:<br><ul><li>taught an intensive 36-hr. module in “the Principles and Practices of Integral Mission”; </li><li>taught an intensive 36-hr. module in “the Missionary Life” (see our Dec 2014 prayer letter);</li><li>provided technical support and pastoral counseling as requested by CBN missionaries.</li></ul>As members of the pastoral staff of 2 <b>local churches</b>, we:<br><ul><li>consulted with Revival Baptist Church (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais) on its integral mission programs in a remote rural community and with children in its neighborhood;</li><li>coordinated the English language worship service for 1st Baptist Church of Brasília, and preached and taught classes as requested.</li></ul>As <b>global consultants</b> for International Ministries in leadership development, integral mission, and social entrepreneurship, we:<br><ul><li>participated in the Quinquennial Congress of the&nbsp;Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches in Surabaya, Indonesia (see our April prayer letter);</li><li>taught an intensive 36-hr course in Social Entrepreneurship for church and NGO leaders at Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Indonesia at the request of Payap University (Chiang Mai, Thailand) (see our April prayer letter);</li><li>opened a new dialog with the Baptist Churches of New Zealand as IM representatives, in light of our re-assignment as regional missionaries to partner conventions in Southeast Asia starting in December 2015.</li></ul>We praise God for your partnership with us in all of these ministries! If you have any recommendations, resources or questions in any of these areas, we’d love to hear from you!<br><br><i>Pela graça de Deus</i> (by God’s grace),<br><br>Bruce and Ann <br><br>To give toward our support, <a href="http://internationalministries.org/give">click here</a> to go to the "Give" page on the International Ministries website<br> Sun, 31 May 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58665-amazing-fruit- https://internationalministries.org/read/58665-amazing-fruit- Indonesia: Faithful Partners What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in a country that is 87% Muslim? What does faithfulness in this situation look like for Baptist churches and a Baptist convention? Our recent experience in Indonesia gave us new insights into – and great respect for – the lives and ministries of our sisters and brothers in that country. <br><br>We were invited by the Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches and Satya Wacana Christian University (UKSW) to be part of two special events. Together with representatives from International Ministries’ home office, we participated in the quinquennial congress of the Union in Surabaya, central Java. The Union is a new ministry partner for IM, and the presence of our group inaugurated the new relationship. It was a rich week of worship, fellowship, meetings and visits to Union churches and ministries - and delicious Indonesian food, of course!<br><br>At Satya Wacana in the city of Salatiga, we taught an intensive short course in Social Entrepreneurship for leaders of churches and non-profit organizations. Our ministry there inaugurated yet another series of partnerships. The course was offered as part of new relationship between UKSW and Payap University of Chiang Mai, Thailand. <br><br>Disciples of Jesus in Indonesia live and witness in a unique situation – one that we all can learn from. The national motto is “Unity in Diversity,”and for good reason. The country is huge, not only in terms of distance and geography (17,000+ islands), economy, population (4th largest) and history, but incredibly diverse culturally and linguistically. While the Sunni branch of Islam is the majority religion, freedom of religion is guaranteed in the constitution and about 10% of Indonesians are Christians.<br><br>Since traditional methods of evangelism (public events, tracts) are neither allowed nor effective, Indonesian Baptists share the good news of God’s love in Jesus through ministries of education, health care, community development and disaster relief. Actions that show love open the door to share words of love. In Brazil we call this “<i>missão integral</i>” (integral mission), and in the US it’s called being a “missional” church. <br><br>If “Unity in Diversity” is a challenge where you live, too, then Indonesian Christians may have a suggestion. Words are indeed important, but it is our actions that allow them to be heard. As Jesus said: “<i>let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven</i>.” (Mat. 5:16)<br><br>Pela graça de Deus (by God’s grace),<br><br>Bruce and Ann&nbsp; <br><br>P.S. - International Ministries’ matching gift campaign is still underway. Your new gifts toward our support (or the amount of any increase in the case of those with ongoing pledges) will be DOUBLED until June 15 … or whenever the matching fund runs out. It’s the closest thing there is to a free money for mission machine, but it’s first come, first served. Look for the “2015 Matching Gift Opportunity” banner on the IM website, or <a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/27">click on this link</a> to go to the special giving page.<br> Sun, 03 May 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58195-indonesia-faithful-partners https://internationalministries.org/read/58195-indonesia-faithful-partners Join Us on the Journey! Bom dia, Selamat pagi, Mingala Ba (Good morning in Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia and Burmese) <br><br>Do you ever wonder about the next journey God is preparing for you? About 6 months ago the picture slowly began coming into focus for us, and the final piece fell into place just a couple of weeks ago when we were in Indonesia (more on that in our next update!). We are scheduled to leave Brazil to begin our US/PR Assignment in August, so this was an important answer to prayer. Here’s what has come together.<br><br>After 4 months in the US, we will begin a new journey as regional missionaries in Southeast Asia. This is a major change for us, as you can imagine. Leaving our friends, family, and ministry in Brazil after 11 years here will be heart wrenching. At the same time, we praise God for the opportunity to work with IM partners in Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines to provide training in servant leadership, integral mission, cross cultural mission skills, and economic development. The piece that just fell into place is that Bruce was accepted into a PhD program at Massey University in New Zealand, where he’ll study social entrepreneurship in faith-based organizations in Asia.<br><br>In the meantime, we are feeling both excited and a bit overwhelmed by all the events on the horizon here in Brazil. This weekend we’ll facilitate a strategic planning retreat for national Baptist Women leaders .Then we have two trips to Mato Grosso and Rondônia states to conduct servant leadership training for Baptist men, women, and young adult leaders. In between those trainings, we’ll lead an Integral Mission empowerment workshop for pastors and leaders in Rio Grande do Norte state. <br><br>Friends, we just received word of IM’s Spring Matching Gift Opportunity - a program that <b>doubles</b> any <b><i>new or increased gifts</i></b> toward support of any IM missionary between April 15 and June 15. So if you give $100, it automatically becomes $200. Your gifts make a huge difference to us!&nbsp; Be sure to mark your gift “Matching Gift for Borquist support.” You can give <a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/27">online</a>, by phone (800-ABC-3USA) or by mail if postmarked no later than June 15, 2015. <br><br>Pela graça de Deus (by God’s grace),<br><br>Bruce and Ann<br> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/57885-join-us-on-the-journey- https://internationalministries.org/read/57885-join-us-on-the-journey- Making God's Plans Our Plans Graça e paz!<br><br>If God is all-knowing and God’s Spirit is constantly working in our lives, is it right for a faithful disciple of Jesus to make plans? After all, God’s got everything under control! In our servant leadership training, we emphasize two key concepts in response to these concerns: “planning with open hands” and “discernment.” The first describes an attitude of humility that holds plans lightly, allowing God to surprise us with changes. The second is the discipline of always seeking God’s leading, recognizing that God already has this thing figured out. Our task is to discern which way the wind of the Spirit is blowing and run with it!<br><br>“Strategic planning” has many definitions and techniques, but one tool we regularly employ is called “appreciative inquiry” (AI). We recently applied AI in two different settings. First, we led a year-long AI process to revitalize the National Baptist Men’s department that went dormant a number of years ago. A Task Force of six leaders conducted hundreds of interviews to discern what gives life to men’s ministry in today’s world. They produced a “one-page program plan” (another of our favorite tools) that has already created excitement and the expectation that the Men’s Department will be able to “empower and mobilize … valiant men for Christ.”<br><br>Then, Pastor Jesus (his real name!), of Central Baptist Church in Anápolis, Goiás State, asked us to lead a three-part AI process for about 40 church leaders. This is an amazing church family that participates in God’s mission in the world locally, nationally and internationally. They produced a very exciting vision for the church in 2025, and now they’re on their way!<br><br>What a blessing it is for us to have the opportunity to strengthen and empower Brazilian Baptists! Thanks to YOU, we are able to “build up the Body of Christ” in these practical ways.&nbsp; <br><br>Servindo ao Senhor, (serving the Lord),<br><br>Bruce and Ann<br><br>P.S. Thank you for faithfully supporting us in this ministry. Your gifts help us to reach the fundraising goal set for us by International Ministries. It’s easy to give on line at http://internationalministries.org/give <br> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57456-making-god-s-plans-our-plans https://internationalministries.org/read/57456-making-god-s-plans-our-plans A Leader After God's Heart <p>One of our five major ministry areas is Servant Leadership training, with the goal to “empower servant leaders to strengthen the church.” In November we coordinated two major national events focused on servant leadership: <br></p><ul><li>a retreat for pastors and lay people on the theme “Servant Leadership by the&nbsp;Power of the Holy Spirit” with special guests Rev. Dr. John and Linda Piippo of Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries, and <br></li><li>a Leadership Empowerment&nbsp;weekend for the state-level young adult leaders of our partner National Baptist Convention of Brazil.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;<br>As always, we ask ourselves: Did our teaching or counsel make a difference? What will be the long-term impact? Was it worth the effort for the students and for us? The feedback we received from the Servant Leadership Retreat was encouraging: “<i>I came to learn with a willing heart how to be a servant and serve better. . . this is the way to have leaders trained to serve well in the Kingdom of God. . . we are going in the right direction, so do not turn back!</i>”<br><br>This notion of servant leadership, i.e. leading in the way of Jesus, is giving pastors and leaders in our partner convention a fresh perspective on how to work with their people. In visual terms, servant leadership turns the organizational pyramid on its head. A leader after God’s own heart serves others with integrity, shares power (by developing new leaders), promotes the well-being of those under their care and inspires them to excel. (This is in stark contrast to the leader who focuses on how others can serve them.)<br><br>How about your and my leadership style?&nbsp; Whose leadership principles do we apply in our family, our church, our workplace or school? Do we lead like Jesus or like a dictator? How can we be better leaders “after God’s own heart?”<br><br><i>Servindo ao Senhor</i>, (serving the Lord),<br><br>Ann and Bruce <br><br>P.S. Thank you for faithfully supporting us in this ministry. Your gifts help us to reach the fundraising goal set for us by International Ministries.? Just click on the "Give" button on our page at <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/51-borquist">http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/51-borquist </a><br></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/57053-a-leader-after-god-s-heart https://internationalministries.org/read/57053-a-leader-after-god-s-heart What is a “Typical Missionary?” What do the following people have in common? Two lawyers, an interior designer, a musician, a nurse, a manager, two seminary professors, a couple of information technology consultants, a physiotherapist, and a speech therapist? All of them are cross-cultural mission workers serving with the National Baptist Convention of Brazil! (See photo taken at the closing ceremonies of the missionary training program at JAMI). Is there such a thing as a “typical missionary” in today’s world? <br><br>What a pleasure it was to be part of the instructional team that prepared these young women and men who will serve on four continents. We were moved by the pledge they recited at the closing worship service. Here is an excerpt:<br><br><i>God said, “I need someone willing to say no to the status quo, … to leave their families to fly to distant lands, learn a language they've never heard, to travel on crowded buses, … someone who will sleep anywhere, eat anything, tolerate the heat and fight against the cold, with a smile on their face ... just to bring the Gospel to a people that is not theirs … . I need someone who is a radical servant of all.” So God created the missionary. </i>(Note: the rest of the pledge is below, if you’d like to read more of it).<br><br>Wishing you a blessed Christmas full of Jesus’ hope, love, peace, and joy.<br><br><i>Fielmente</i>, (faithfully),<br><br>Ann and Bruce<br><br>P.S. Thank you to those who faithfully support us in this ministry. Please give generously to the World Mission Offering - you can even direct your gift toward “the support of Bruce and Ann Borquist”. Your end of the year gift will help us to reach the fundraising goal set for us by International Ministries. Just click on the "give now" button on our page.<br><br><div align="center">-------------------------------------------------------------<br></div><br>I AM A MISSIONARY ***<br><br>In the beginning God created human beings in His own image, He walked with the man and woman in the dusk of Eden. But sin broke this union. So God created the missionary.<br><br>God said, “I need someone willing to say no to the status quo, not to dream of wealth, to leave their families to fly to distant lands, learn a language they've never heard, to travel on crowded buses, on horseback or camelback, someone who will sleep anywhere, eat anything, tolerate the heat and fight against the cold, with a smile on his face ... just to bring the Gospel to a people that is not their own.” So God created the missionary.<br><br>God said, “I need someone who is a radical servant of all – who will undertake the lowly work, wash the feet of the poor, care for the sick, and clean their wounds. I need someone to visit the prisoner, take care of the widow and the orphan. Someone who will sit in the dust with the children and tell them that they are loved.” So God created the missionary.<br>God said he needed someone who believes that the blind eyes can see! And that lame feet can walk! That the dead can live again! Someone to pray for long hours, and intercede into the night, with deep sighs of supplication, so that a soul can be saved!<br><br>God said, “I need someone honest and brave, full of grace, mercy and compassion. Free from fear and passivity, walking in true intimacy [with Me]. Someone burning with love and full of truth, someone who radiantly reflects the glory of God.” So God made the missionary.<br><br>God said, “I need someone who will say ‘Yes!’ before being asked. Someone who will go to distant islands, remote deserts, towns, closed nations, next-door neighbors and prestigious universities to reach the unreached. Who will scale any mountain! And overcome any obstacle!”<br><br>Because how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15)<br><br>So God made the missionary.<br><br>*** Excerpt from pledge made by missionary candidates at the closing service for the course Specialization in Cross-cultural Mission at JAMI, Belo Horizonte, December 2014.<br> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56692-what-is-a-typical-missionary- https://internationalministries.org/read/56692-what-is-a-typical-missionary- More 2-Way Mission! As we mentioned in our last ministry update, mission dynamics have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. The “receiving countries” have become the “sending countries” and visa versa. So here is a concrete example of the new thing God is doing: a small Brazilian church in a poor neighborhood is responding to God’s call to bring hope and new life to a community in the United States! <br><br>“<i>We want to share the good news of Jesus in Boston - can you help us prepare for this ministry?</i>” That was the question Pr. Elias, Pr. Uelton and Miguel asked us a couple of months ago. On a recent visit, one of the church members who has relatives in a small town on the outskirts of Boston was overcome with love and concern for people she met. “<i>They seem to be just ‘going through the motions’ of life in an endless rhythm: they spend long hours at work, come home and plop down in front of the TV, drink lots of alcohol to feel better, go to bed, and then repeat the whole process the next day</i>,” she observed. They are desperate to experience the “abundant life” that Jesus promised (Jn. 10:10). <br><br>We were delighted when Pr. Elias invited us to lead a Short Term Mission Team training for their church. We presented five principles of Short Term Mission inspired by Jesus’ instructions as he sent out the disciples in Lk. 10:1-9: Team Unity , Prayer, Simplicity, Love &amp; Respect, and Service. Participants learned about the culture shock cycle, how to leave the “excess baggage” of stereotypes at home, the need to “walk alongside” the people we’re trying to reach rather impose our ideas, and the call to be human beings vs. “human doings.”<br><br>Please pray that God will work in and through this team as it prepares to bring hope to families in a small town near Boston. May each of us also respond to God’s call to be messengers of hope in our community.<br><br><i>Servindo o Senhor juntos contigo</i> (Serving the Lord with you),<br><br>Ann and Bruce<br><br>P.S. Thank you to those who faithfully support us in this ministry. Please give generously to the World Mission Offering - you can even direct your gift toward “the support of Bruce and Ann Borquist”. That would help us to reach the fundraising goal set for us by International Ministries.<br> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56292-more-2-way-mission- https://internationalministries.org/read/56292-more-2-way-mission- 2-Way Mission - Seriously? When you think of global mission, in which direction do you picture cross-cultural mission workers flowing? For the last 200 years, it has been primarily from the North (Europe and the US) to the South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America). However, these dynamics have changed dramatically in the last 20 years! The “receiving countries” have also become the “sending countries” and visa versa. Do I hear a hallelujah?<br><br>I (Ann) recently led a team of three Brazilian young adult ministry leaders to New Jersey on a whirlwind 10 day mission trip to the U.S. At the invitation of Dr. Lee Spitzer of American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ), Pr. Leandro, Pr. Nei, Ev. Paulo, and I spoke at 14 church services, led a workshop on young adult ministry, met with a group of Haitian-American pastors, experienced the magic of New York City, and learned about US history in Philadelphia. Paulo wrote: <i>our visits to museums and cities has enriched our knowledge about your country, I learned to love [the USA] even more</i>.<br><br>Team members gained a new appreciation for the diversity of the Body of Christ when they participated in ABCNJ’s Annual Session (AS) and heard nearly 50 presentations on a wide variety of ministries in the state. Leandro reflected: <i>Attending the AS was very important for us because we met new brothers and sisters in Christ and we saw the work performed by the ABC; your love for the work of God touched us.</i> If you want to be inspired as well, check out the website of this vibrant state-wide community of faith: ABCNJ.net <br><br>Paulo went on to say: <i>Just as we received (learned) so much from you, I am certain that we also left a bit of ourselves (and our experience) with you. May this [exchange] bear much fruit in the work God has placed in your hands and the hands of your [ABCNJ] team. </i><br><br>Two-way mission? Absolutely: it’s the norm these days in the worldwide Body of Christ! <br><br>Pela graça de Deus (by God’s grace),<br>Ann <br><br>P.S. Thank you to those who faithfully support us in this ministry. Please give generously to the World Mission Offering - you can even direct your gift toward “the support of Bruce and Ann Borquist”. That would help us to reach the fund raising goal set by International Ministries. <a href="http://internationalministries.org/give ">Clicking this link</a> takes you IM's giving page - thanks!<br> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55919-2-way-mission-seriously- https://internationalministries.org/read/55919-2-way-mission-seriously- 3 Hemispheres? What a rich, joy-filled, exhausting, encouraging two months our family has had - in 3 hemispheres! Wait. How can there be <b>three</b> hemispheres? Well, it all depends on your perspective.<br><h3>A Grand World Mission Conference (Northern Hemisphere)</h3><p>Over 1200 participants gathered for the World Mission Conference to celebrate 200 years of ministry in over 70 countries. Over 150 international partners joined with us to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It was deeply moving to see God’s family together to worship, share, and learn together.</p><p>We have included four photos from the event so you can catch a taste of what went on (or maybe relive it if you were there).</p><h3>Adventures in New Zealand (Eastern Hemisphere)</h3><p>After 3 years of separation, what joy to spend time with our daughter Elena and husband Mark exploring “Middle Earth” and the jaw-dropping beauty of northern New Zealand.</p><p>We have included a photo of us driving a wagon to the Green Dragon Inn during our visit to "Hobbiton" (yes, it's in New Zealand!). <br></p><h3>A Spirit-filled Pastors’ Conference in Brazil (Southern Hemisphere)</h3><p>“This was the best pastors’ gathering in years!” commented one national leader. Pastors from CBN churches all over Brazil were inspired by the speakers and workshop leaders, including Dr. Clay and Cheri Ford of ABC-related Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries. They shared from their hearts about our individual and corporate identity in Christ and our calling to be God’s agents of transformation, and daughter Hanna blessed us with her music. <br></p><p>The final photo of the set shows us with the Ford family during the pastor's conference. If you know Clay, be sure to ask him why he came to be called "Pastor Maravilha" during the event!</p><h3>Thank you for being with us on these and many more journeys.</h3><p>We are able to use our gifts and abilities to strengthen the Body of Christ here in Brazil because of your prayers, cards, emails, and financial gifts (we are currently at 82% of the personal financial support goal IM has set for us). <br><br><i>Louvando a Deus com você</i> (Praising God with you),</p><p>Bruce and Ann<br></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55163-3-hemispheres- https://internationalministries.org/read/55163-3-hemispheres- “It’s a New Day for Us!” <p>“<i>While we were washing each others’ feet, God made it clear to me that this event marks the beginning of a new day for us. Thank you for challenging us to be <b>servant</b> leaders</i>,” Pastora Marizeth told us at the end of the 3-day retreat held in northern Brazil. She had invited us to lead a training for two state conventions in her region: Pará and Amapá. We offer this as Coordinators of the National Convention’s leadership and ministry development program called SEDELIM (<i>Secretaria de Desenvolvimento de Liderança e Ministérios</i>). It was a grand gathering of over 70 leaders of the state convention, the pastors’ council, the Baptist women, the Baptist men, JUBAN (youth and young adults) and several churches.&nbsp;</p><p>Participants reflected on a number of essential leadership topics including:&nbsp;</p><p></p><ul><li>The profile of a Christian servant-leader: the biblical model for Christian leadership, the attitudes of a Christian leader, and the spiritual life of the leader;<br></li><li>The roles of Christian leadership: envisioning, planning, implementing, caring for people, and evaluating results;<br></li><li>Two essential leadership tools: delegating and conducting a meeting&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p></p><p>The highlight of the retreat for many was the closing worship service that included a foot washing ceremony inspired by the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in John 13. These leaders experienced the meaning of Jesus' words about servant leadership: “<i>Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. … Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.</i>”</p><p>You are also called to be a leader in many different situations. Among all the examples and models of leadership promoted today, whose do you follow? What kind of leader are you? May we all be more faithful imitators of Jesus in the way we interact with others - as both leaders and followers.&nbsp;</p><p>Serving with you,<br></p><p>Bruce and Ann&nbsp;</p><div><br></div> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54279-it-s-a-new-day-for-us- https://internationalministries.org/read/54279-it-s-a-new-day-for-us- How Hesed are We? What does it mean to be faithful to God and God’s mission in the world? Shallom Baptist Church in Ipatinga is determined to discover the answer to this question. As coordinators of the National Baptist Convention of Brazil’s integral mission program (called REDEMI), we were invited to be the keynote speakers and provide training to launch Shallom’s annual mission campaign with the theme “Faithful to the Lord of the Harvest.”<br><br>Members of the church and its 15 congregations gathered for the opening worship on Saturday, and we shared a message called “Faithful to the 3 Great Commissions of Jesus.” We highlighted the three times Jesus sent his disciples out to fully express God’s love, and we asked the church “what does this mean for us today?”<br><ul><li>Jesus sends us as the Father sent him (John 20:21), </li><li>He sends us to make imitators (i.e. disciples) among all peoples of the world (Matt. 28:19), and finally </li><li>He sends us to be his witnesses through the power of Holy Spirit “here, there, and everywhere” (Acts 1:8). </li></ul>Our jaw dropped when Pastor Wagner Bretas, Shallom’s senior pastor, presented this year’s mission offering goal – R$270,000 (about US$120,000)! Pr. Wagner joyfully recounted the faithfulness of the Lord expressed through the church every year since it was founded 19 years ago, when the first offering was R$65 (about US$30 today). <br><br>On Sunday Ann explained the deeper meaning of the Hebrew word hesed in the Old Testament to about 120 people in the adult Sunday School class. Hesed, often translated as “faithfulness” or “loyalty,” has the connotation of “love or goodness expressed in action.” Being faithful to the Great Commissions of Jesus, then, means actively participating in the Lord’s harvest as Christ’s ambassadors in our family and friendship circles, in our community, and in caring for God’s creation. <br><br>That same morning, Bruce led a training course for 30+ leaders who mobilize Shallom and its congregations for extensive local, national and international mission service. The group reflected on the identity and mission of the local church in God’s integral mission, and studied the seven steps to “mobilize the whole church for the whole mission of God.” <br><br>At the final Sunday evening worship service, we challenged the church to be “The People Who Represent God to the World” based on Exodus 19:1-6. As God’s holy (“set apart”) people, we are called and empowered to express God’s hesed: love in action.<br><br>We are inspired by the commitment of this church to live out God’s mission in a variety of holistic ministries. God is using Shallom to bless its city through two drug and alcohol recovery houses, a shelter for abused and abandoned children, a community recreation center that serves both teens and senior citizens in a poor neighborhood, vocational and English language courses, and a theological seminary. At the national level, Shallom makes short-term mission trips to poor communities in the rural areas, and it supports several national missionaries who serve in Brazil. It is especially in the international dimension of mission that the scope of the church’s call becomes evident: Shallom supports a total of 19 cross-cultural missionaries who serve in 10 countries around the world through the Baptist Convention’s cross-cultural mission agency JAMI. <br><br>In God’s perspective the local church doesn’t DO missions - the local church IS God’s mission, present and active in the world. As a well-known missiologist observed, calling a church “missionary” is like calling a woman “female:” either the church is missionary, or it isn’t a church. Shallom Baptist Church is a living example of a church that seeks to be faithful to God’s mission in its entirety. Truly, this is a hesed family of faith that is committed to being Christ in the world.<br><br>Our time with the Shallom family spurred us to reflect on our own local congregation: How hesed are we? What can we do to encourage one another to an even deeper expression of God’s hesed?<br><br>Reflecting on this, we also praise God for your hesed as you walk with us in our ministry in Brazil. Your prayers, your emails, and your financial support gifts to International Ministries make all the difference!<br><br>By God’s grace, <br><br>Bruce and Ann <br> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54071-how-hesed-are-we- https://internationalministries.org/read/54071-how-hesed-are-we- "God put us here on purpose" "We want to present the good news of Jesus in our neighborhood in an authentic way," said Pastor Wasny. His church recently moved out of a rented storefront and is now in the process of building its own facility–and its place in the neighborhood. “It's not enough to just put up this church building so we can hold services in it on Sundays. God put us here on purpose to bless our community in every way," he told us. Pr. Wasny was inspired to seek new ways for his church to bless the community after participating in the 1st National Consultation on Integral Mission we coordinated in November last year (see our January ministry update). As a result, he recently invited us to lead a training for his church on Integral Evangelism.<br><br>We began our training at the church on Friday night with a Bible study reflecting on the redemptive mission of God and why Jesus came to earth. Saturday the group explored why the church exists, the role of the local church in God's mission, and what is poverty from God's perspective. (By the way, how would you answer the question "Why does our church exist?”) Saturday afternoon we ended with a practical seven-step planning process, and presented examples of how to mobilize the whole church to be part of the whole mission of God.<br><br>We praise God for this church family and its pastor! The church has now begun a 30-day prayer campaign, and folks are meeting every morning and every evening(!) at the church to "seek God's vision for our city. … We want to understand how the Lord has prepared us to start specific ministries in our neighborhood. Then we'll prepare ourselves to start our first seed project." They are also planning a prayer walk and march in cooperation with other churches in the city in March. Their excitement and commitment is contagious!<br><br>This is Jesus' model of evangelism: the good news of the presence of the Kingdom of God proclaimed in words and actions.&nbsp; Thanks for walking with us in this ministry!<br><br>Ann and Bruce<br> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52821-god-put-us-here-on-purpose- https://internationalministries.org/read/52821-god-put-us-here-on-purpose- Servant Leaders Imitate Jesus More than 130 leaders gathered at the <i>Igreja Batista Renovada</i> (Renewed Baptist Church) in late January in Maceió (on the Atlantic coast) to take part in a leadership training course: “Servant Leadership: Be a Leader According to God’s Heart.” This is a program we developed as Coordinators of the Dept. of Leadership and Ministry Development of the National Baptist Convention of Brazil (SEDELIM-CBN).<br><h3>Equipping servant leaders</h3>After a time of praise and worship Friday evening, we conducted an interactive Bible study on the profile and role of a servant leader according to the model of Jesus. Saturday, participants returned to deepen their knowledge in practical skills such as visioning, planning, delegation and care of team members. All of this was done in a tin-roofed hall with fans whirring to disperse the 102º heat!<br><br>We were honored to be invited by the Executive Secretary and Board of the Alagoas state convention (CBN/AL). What really impressed us was the enthusiasm and commitment of all the participants. CBN/AL is the newest state convention (only a year and a half old), and the fact that so many people participated from almost all of its churches speaks volumes about its current leadership under Pr. André Pessoa.<br><br>In the late afternoon on Saturday the participants happily received their certificate of participation. Many returned to their churches saying they will put into practice the principles and techniques they learned in servant leadership, not only in their churches but also in their secular lives. <br><h3>Sad family news</h3>We had a wonderful time of fellowship with many of the state leaders on Saturday night, and then on Sunday morning traveled 80 km to the church pastored by the president of the state convention in <i>União dos Palmares</i>. It was while preparing to preach the message at the church’s evening service that Ann received the news that her father was not doing well. <br><br>Our hosts took wonderful care of us, and thanks to their help we were able to return to Maceió late Sunday night. By God’s grace we were able to move our return flight to Brasília up a day and book Ann on a Monday evening flight to Seattle. Sadly, Ann’s brother called to say her father had passed while we were still preparing to leave. <br>While his passing was not unexpected, it still hits hard and is a great loss to the whole family. Ann is now in the US to be with her brother and family and help with all the necessary details and arrangements.<br><h3>Thankful for the Body of Christ</h3>As we shared with our hosts in <i>União dos Palmares</i> that difficult Sunday night, it is at moments like this that we remember what a gift it is to be part of the family of faith called the church. One of the hard realities of a cross-cultural missionary’s life is that at times of crisis and loss in our families of origin it becomes painfully clear just how far away we really are – in spite of Skype, email and the availability of 19 hr. flights. Yet we found sisters and brothers in Alagoas state who adopted us into their families and cared for us emotionally and physically immediately upon hearing Ann’s news. Being part of the world-wide Body of Christ is far more than just a theological concept!<br><br>We are grateful that you are part of that extended family as well, and thank God for all you do to support us as we build up the Body here in Brazil.<br><br><i>Pela graça do Senhor</i> (by the grace of the Lord), <br><br>Bruce and Ann <br> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52452-servant-leaders-imitate-jesus https://internationalministries.org/read/52452-servant-leaders-imitate-jesus “God is awakening us to integral mission” How can my church express the Good News of Jesus Christ here, there and everywhere? Nearly 100 pastors, leaders and seminarians from National Baptist (CBN) churches in 14 Brazilian states struggled with this important question during the recent 1st National Consultation on Integral Mission that we organized in November. At the end of the event one person reflected, “It’s great that God is awakening us to integral mission!” Another commented, “I am very thankful to God for the event and congratulate everyone who worked hard on its organization, because I am leaving blessed.” <br><br>The theme of the Consultation was: “Integral Mission – from Theology to Practice” based on Jesus’ example in Matthew 9:35-38. Five working groups reflected on different topics related to the theology of integral mission and prepared a statement to guide CBN churches. We led two of the six workshops that provided hands-on training in the practice of integral mission in the life and ministry of the local church. <br><br>People were challenged during morning Biblical expositions and evening worship services to participate in God's mission and share the whole gospel for the whole person in the whole world. Break times and fellowship around the table gave participants a chance to make new friends and learn from each other. <br><br>On the final day of the Consultation participants gave thanks to the Lord for this rich opportunity of learning, challenge, and inspiration. “I believe that this Consultation was bathed in prayer, for we received a feast, a gift from the Lord. I'm leaving renewed by the Lord to continue the work,” said one participant. <br><br>Many participants described the Consultation as a historic moment in the life of the CBN. They returned to their own churches inspired to start or expand ministries that show the Good News of Jesus through word and deed to those who are not yet part of God's family. One participant left saying, “[I want to] research the situation around my church … so that we can put into practice the theory we learned.” <br><br>The Consultation produced a rich “virtual library” of resources in the theology of God’s integral mission and its practice in the life of the local church.&nbsp; Check it out on the resources page for the Integral Mission Network we coordinate by clicking <a href="http://cbn.org.br/redemi/index.php/recursos">here</a>.&nbsp; We are especially delighted with the training videos that Ann and our son Asa produced on the best practices and leadership strategies of churches that engage in integral mission in the Brazilian context. Take a look at the videos on REDEMI’s YouTube channel (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/redemicbn">here</a>), and let us know what you think!<br><br>We praise God that you are with us on this journey! Our special thanks go to those who faithfully send financial gifts to International Ministries toward our support. Your gifts make it possible for us to continue to serve in Brazil in this and many other ways. We are currently at about 80% of the financial goal we need to reach this year according to IM’s fundraising policy. When this situation begins to weigh on our hearts, we sing the traditional gospel hymn: “<i>we’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in His holy Name, He’s never failed us yet</i>...”<br><br><i>Pela graça do Senhor</i> (by the grace of the Lord), <br><br>Bruce and Ann<br> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 03:48:08 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52310-god-is-awakening-us-to-integral-mission- https://internationalministries.org/read/52310-god-is-awakening-us-to-integral-mission- Jump for Joy! What an amazing experience: over 1,000 <i>jovens</i> (youth and young adults) came together from all over Brazil for a weekend of praise, prayer, reflection and fellowship in November. This was the 17th annual <i>Jovens</i> conference sponsored by the <i>Convenção Batista Nacional</i> (National Baptist Convention of Brazil).&nbsp; We were there as Coordinators of the department that supports the national youth, women’s and men’s programs. <br><h4>Annie and Mari</h4>Two extraordinary young women from ABC New Jersey joined us for the conference and stayed afterward to experience more of Brazilian culture - especially <i>churrasco</i>! Only a few hours after stepping off the plane, they jumped in to help our team prepare for the arrival of cars and buses chock full of young people from all over Brazil. <br>The conference itself was a grand success - people made new friends, prayed for one another, and stayed up singing under the warm summer night sky. Many expressed their renewed commitment to walk closer with the Lord and to work together with their local church to reach out to their community, including Annie (Annairis) and Mari (Maria Isabel).<br><br><u>Annie</u>: “<i>Seeing so many young worshipers and people who are hungry for the Lord made me wish that same desire for the youth in my church. I feel like the candle that was lit within me ... has been transformed into a blazing fire.</i>"<br><u><br>Mari</u>: <i>... no matter where we come from and how we choose to serve and praise our Lord&nbsp;we are all one big family in the eyes of our Father.</i><br><br>Praise God for these young leaders of today and tomorrow.<br><i><br>Louvando a Deus com vocês</i> (praising God with you),<br><br>Ann and Bruce Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51529-jump-for-joy- https://internationalministries.org/read/51529-jump-for-joy- IM Missionaries, Ann and Bruce Borquist, are Surprised by God While Teaching in Myanmar <p>“This was an historic, precedent-setting trip from start to finish!” reported Ann and Bruce Borquist, of their recent teaching trip to Myanmar—a visit made more significant by the Myanmar Baptist Convention’s recent request to renew and expand its partnership with American Baptist International Ministries (IM).</p> <p>The Borquists—IM missionaries who currently serve in Brasília, Brazil—recently told of the enthusiastic response they received during their month-long visit to Myanmar in August 2013. Their work there was sponsored by IM, Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Myanmar Baptist Convention, and was done in coordination with IM’s partner the Convenção Batista Nacional do Brasil.</p> <p>“This was God bringing together our partners in an amazing way, a living parable of the Body of Christ working together,” said Ann. “We received so many comments and warm hand shakes from our brothers and sisters in Myanmar saying ‘we’re so glad you’re here.’ Prayer times often included thanks to God for our presence and American Baptist Churches’ long relationship with them.” </p> <p>In many ways, it was a pastoral visit of encouragement and solidarity, communicating the message: “American Baptists are with you. We haven’t forgotten you. We haven’t been able to do a lot with you for the past 40+ years (since all missionaries were expelled from the country in 1966). But we are delighted to be able to walk closely with you again.”</p> <p>Bruce and Ann’s visit came during a year of celebrations marking the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Adoniram and Ann Judson’s arrival in Burma in 1813. This sparked the 1814 formation of the Triennial Convention of the Baptists of the United States (today, American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, currently known as International Ministries).</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Social Entrepreneurship and National Development</b></p> <p>In Yangon, the Borquists taught an intensive course called “Social Entrepreneurship for NGO Leaders” at the request of Payap University located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In another “first,” the event was hosted by the Royal Thai Embassy at invitation of the Ambassador himself. </p> <p>This event marked the first foray outside of Thailand for Payap University—a Christian school eager to extend its reach to provide services in Myanmar and throughout South East Asia. </p> <p>In the Social Entrepreneurship course, Bruce and Ann offered practical steps to develop a business that creates social benefits as well as financial profit. Course participants included leaders from 11 Christian and secular organizations, including the International Refugee Committee (IRC) and Karen Baptist women’s organizations related to the Myanmar Baptist Convention.</p> <p>“People were really excited and inspired,” said Ann. Some participants said they would be able to immediately apply these principles to their own businesses. Others, especially those in teaching positions, said ‘this is this is fantastic because now I can pass this on to my students.’ </p> <p>“And our colleague from the IRC (the International Refugee Committee) is considering the possibility of offering this kind of training to refugees in camps on the border between Myanmar and Thailand.”</p> <p>The Myanmar government expressed enthusiastic support for the course. Dr. Aung Tun Thet—chairperson of the country’s National Economic and Social Advisory Council—told the students during the opening ceremony that “Social Entrepreneurship is a tool that could transform the country.”</p> <p>The Rev. Stan Murray, IM’s area Director for Southeast Asia and Japan echoed the importance of this training: “The infrastructure is very poor due to so many years of being a closed country, so this kind of ethical training is critical.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;tab-stops:56.0pt" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Cross-cultural missionary training and next steps</b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</b></p> <p>While in Myanmar, Ann and Bruce also taught short courses for the MBC’s “Basic Evangelism and Mission Training” course for national cross-cultural missionaries. They presented modules in servant leadership, spiritual journeys and evangelism and discipleship to a group of 24 pastors and missionaries representing at least six ethnic groups in the Convention.</p> <p>In addition, they were invited to preach at eight different churches and seminaries. “In each case,” they said, “we sensed a great deal of warmth, as if we were part of a long awaited family reunion.”</p> <p>What’s next?</p> <p>In a meeting with the General Secretary of the Myanmar Baptist Convention, Dr. Kim Yam Kho Pau, Ann and Bruce reported that he reiterated his desire to renew a “hands on” partnership with IM. </p> <p>Dr. Pau extended the first formal invitation to IM to return to Myanmar at the American Baptist Church’s 2013 Mission Summit/Biennial in Overland Park, Kansas. “Dr. Pau is thinking of bringing international partners to be physically there in Myanmar to cooperate more closely with its member conventions on their various ministries, from church planting to evangelism to cooperatives and women’s shelters,” Ann reported. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;tab-stops:56.0pt" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Preparing for 200<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration</b></p> <p>In the meantime, preparations are nearly complete for the year-end celebration marking the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Adoniram and Ann Judson’s arrival in what was then called ‘Burma.’ </p> <p>“At the end of August when we were there, one coordinator mentioned that they already had 10,000 people signed up for the celebration – which is taking place in December,” said Bruce.</p> <p>“They’ll probably get twice as many people,” he added. “Everyone is looking forward to celebrating this historic moment, which will include worship services, ethic dance and music programs, handicraft programs and more. They are making huge preparations to receive foreign visitors and representatives of churches from all over the country.” </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51437-im-missionaries-ann-and-bruce-borquist-are-surprised-by-god-while-teaching-in-myanmar https://internationalministries.org/read/51437-im-missionaries-ann-and-bruce-borquist-are-surprised-by-god-while-teaching-in-myanmar Two Semesters in Two Weeks <p>Have you ever studied an entire semester’s worth of material in one week? Students at JAMI, the cross cultural mission training center of our partner Baptist convention here in Brazil, do exactly that nearly every week for 16 months - and serve in a local church on the weekends! We recently returned from 2 weeks at JAMI, where we had the privilege of teaching two different modules to 8 extraordinary new candidates for missionary service.</p><h3>Wisdom for the Journey</h3><p>How do you make sense of life? How is God shaping you into the person you are meant to be? Who has God placed in your circle of friends, and where are you heading? These are some of the questions our students wrestled with in the section on Spiritual Journeys during our “Missionary Life” course. What a privilege to be on the journey together with them! One student wrote: “<i>I learned about spiritual journeys, life themes, sexual purity, culture shock, how to write a ministry letter, internet security, how to deal with conflict and stress, how to nurture friendships and work in a team … . I loved the whole module and believe it will be an excellent tool for life!</i>”</p><h3>Sowing hope</h3><p>An effective cross-cultural worker begins with a deep love for the people among whom she or he serves. Love is expressed in compassion for people and a genuine desire to listen and learn from them, working together to restore hope and transform lives so that they may enjoy the “abundant life” promised by Jesus (see John10:10). The Integral Mission module we teach covers a wide range of topics these future missionaries need, including: why the church exists, what is the “good news” of the kingdom of God, asset-based community development, appropriate technology, small scale economic development, community-based health care, and how to write a one-page project plan. One student reflecting on the class told us: “<i>This module is of paramount importance in my ministry. Understanding missionary work in a different light, that integral mission is ‘The whole Gospel for the whole person for all people,’ made me think a lot. I need to know the needs of the place and the people that I will work with. The solar oven, the composting latrine and the mini company are important things that I want to use according to the needs of the place where I’ll be serving.</i>”</p><h3>Pray with us</h3><p></p><ul><li>Praise God for this dedicated group of young women and men who are preparing for cross-cultural service here in Brazil and in West Africa. They graduate from their training program in December, and will do a 3-month internship in Guinea Bissau starting next February.<br><br></li><li>We have a big event coming up in November! Please pray with us for the first national "Consulta de Missão Integral" (Integral Mission Consultation) that we are organizing for the National Baptist Churches of Brazil. During the period 14-17 November, participants from all over the country will be here in Brasília to be informed, challenged and equipped to "be" Jesus in their communities. We have chosen the theme "Integral mission: from theology to practice" to guide this historic event. It's a huge undertaking, but one that we hope God will use to mobilize National Baptist churches all over the country to make God's love in Jesus real in their communities.&nbsp;<br></li></ul><p></p><p>Thanks for your prayer and financial support that makes all this possible!</p><p><i>Confiando no amor de Deus</i> (trusting in God’s love),</p><p>Ann and Bruce</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50925-two-semesters-in-two-weeks https://internationalministries.org/read/50925-two-semesters-in-two-weeks Macedonia keeps calling... <p>At a recent gathering, a pastor invited us to do a servant leadership training workshop for his region.&nbsp; “Consider this a Macedonian call: come and help us,” he concluded with a smile.&nbsp; We have been to several “Macedonias” in the last couple of months, and we wanted to share some of them with you.</p><p><b>“A Huge Difference”</b><br>English is a crazy language!&nbsp; Our students at the JAMI cross cultural missionary training center puzzled over the extra “do” in “What do you do?” for example.&nbsp; One missionary colleague serving in Senegal remarked, “This class made a huge difference in my language skills.&nbsp; Now I’ll be able to work with teams that come from different parts of the world to work with us in the rural areas.”&nbsp; Other students are heading for Mozambique, East Timor, Morocco, and Guinea Bissau.&nbsp; <br></p><p><b>A Blessing</b><br>At a national gathering of Convention churches, a senior pastor from Rio de Janeiro made a special point of telling us, “Thank you for leaving your country and coming to work with us here in Brazil.&nbsp; You are a real blessing to us.”&nbsp; What a gift of encouragement to continue our work in Servant Leadership training and Holistic Mission mobilization with the National Baptist Convention!&nbsp; <br></p><p><b>New Frontiers </b><br>We are writing this ministry update from Myanmar in Asia, where we are teaching several courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Servant Leadership, Spiritual Journeys, and Cross Cultural Team Building and Conflict Management.&nbsp; Hope abounds as citizens experience more freedom and the country opens up to the world.&nbsp; We expect to be back to Brazil in early September.<br></p><p>Thanks for being on the journey with us!<br></p><p><i>Pela graça de Deus</i> (by God’s grace)</p><p><br>Ann and Bruce<br></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49923-macedonia-keeps-calling- https://internationalministries.org/read/49923-macedonia-keeps-calling- Siloam Baptist Combines Global and Local Outreach <p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Siloam Baptist Church in Norristown Pennsylvania&nbsp; has a long tradition as a mission-minded church.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">But in the early 1990s, a series of events came together—a “perfect storm, says one deacon—that would dramatically change its view of missions, and as a result, how it ministers to its members and its community.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">First, the Rev. John H. West III came to Siloam from Lincoln University in 1993 with a lifelong interest in missions. He brought new ideas for missions-focused ministry, says Siloam Deacon Barry Wilford, and introduced the church to the American Baptist Churches, with which Siloam became affiliated in 1994.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Then, Bruce and Ann Borquist, a missionary couple with American Baptist International Ministries (IM), returned to the U.S. from the Philippines and were led to make Siloam their church home.&nbsp; IM's U.S. headquarters is located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.<br></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">These events helped lay the groundwork and ignite the enthusiasm, vision and excitement for the church to make missions the focus of everything it does—from leading youth mission trips and sponsoring a community health fair to planning a building expansion to meet the needs of a changing community.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Building on a tradition of missions</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“The church had a mission emphasis long before I came here 20 years ago,” says Pastor West, noting that his predecessor, Rev. William Harris, was a member of the National Baptist Convention’s Foreign Mission Board and traveled frequently to Africa and brought back reports.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“But we became more globally broadened through the American Baptist Churches,” Pastor West added, noting the church availed itself of the staff and of the many resources available through IM.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“The Borquists expanded our vision to different countries as well,” he said. “They broadened our vision of mission at a critical stage in the church that was reshaping itself for the work at hand. They pitched in and helped us become a church that is more relevant to the 21<sup>st</sup> century.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“What has happened is an expansion of the mission and vision at Siloam.… that the church be a focal point in the Norristown community to make it stronger.” </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Missionary family provides catalyst</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Barry Wilford said that IM missionaries Bruce and Ann Borquist were catalysts in Siloam’s transformation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“Ann was able to link us with IM and helped train our youth and adults for the first mission trip to Peoria, Illinois.” Three more mission trips followed to South Carolina, Alaska and Mexico—changing the lives of those to whom they ministered as well as the short-term missions team members.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Barry and his wife, Rachael—both members of the Borquist's Missionary Partnership Team—credit the Borquists for expanding the church’s awareness of and sensitivity to others and the needs in their local community, helping them to understand that the kind of Christ-like work done by missionaries in other countries also applies to what a local church can do in their own community. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“They shared with us a vision of cross-cultural mission and evangelical teams,” Rachael said. “They helped us take things to the next level.” </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">And from their encouragement the mission involvement has continued to expand.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">“Missions are the focus of everything we do”</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“We find missions so critical here,” says Barry Wilford “because when you think of missions, you learn to be sensitive to other cultures.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“When you come back from a mission trip, you have a heightened sensitivity to the needs of God’s people and look at your own community with a totally different perspective.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“You see people you didn’t see before. You’re looking through God’s eyes—you have Jesus Christ’s perspective and vision and you see people in different ways. You ask, ‘What’s my brother’s story… What’s her story…?,’ and as you do, you can’t do ministry in the same way.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">For example, Siloam recently collaborated with the Community Planning Partnership <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>to co-sponsor<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>a <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Seasons of Life Health Fair</i> at a local community center—with free health screenings and workshops designed to increase health awareness through education and prevention. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“It was a tremendous success—the place was packed,” said Pastor West, hailing the co-sponsorship and participation of Norristown’s Hispanic community.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“Jesus Christ ministered to our spirits, but He also ministered to the physical needs of the people he was preaching to, and we feel the same way,” said Barry Wilford—noting that Siloam’s John 9:7-based purpose is to be “God’s House of Hope, Healing and Wholeness”. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Other mission-focused ministries at Siloam include “Meals of Hope” that provides food and clothing for the homeless…a prison ministry…and a monthly door-to-door evangelistic outreach. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>“Our GO team visits different parts of the city and often leave a door hanger about Siloam,” says Wilford. “We take the kids with us and sometimes have them pray for the people we visit.” </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Thinking big</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“One of the things Pastor West brought to us was his encouragement to think big,” says Wilford. For example, under Pastor West’s leadership, the church has hosted the African Children’s Choir three times, with its singers staying at the homes of church members. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“That was really special for many members,” Wilford noted, “and many have benefited from that cross-cultural experience.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Siloam is also looking for effective ways to minister to men, Wilford said. “We recognize that we have to find more effective ways to minister to men and tell them about the good news of Jesus Christ—that God can absolutely fill the void of love that so many men are missing.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Siloam kicked off its men’s ministry with a “man meal” and a showing of the movie “Courageous”—hoping for 35 men to attend. “We ended up with 75,” Wilford exclaimed, “with about one-third of them with no affiliation to Siloam. That got us thinking, there’s something here.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Building campaign with a mission focus</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Over the years, Siloam purchased three properties adjacent to the church. Now empty lots, these properties will soon be used to expand the church’s ministry into the community. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Siloam is engaged in a building campaign, which envisions a church facility more than twice the size of the present building. Although breaking ground is still some time away, the first phase will include space for Christian education, meeting space and events. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">The second phase is planned as a multi-purpose facility geared to the community. “We have a vision of bringing affordable day care or pre-school—an area that can be used for additional classrooms, and maybe even additional sanctuary worship space for our growing Latino community,” says Wilford.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Siloam is currently in the first year of a three-year fund raising campaign, in which it has $550,000 in commitments from its membership. It has also recently received approval of a $1.2 million loan from the American Baptist <a style="mso-comment-reference: SR_1;mso-comment-date:20130514T1544">Churches</a><span class="MsoCommentReference"><span style="font-size:8.0pt"><a class="msocomanchor" id="_anchor_1" href="#_msocom_1" name="_msoanchor_1"></a><span style="mso-special-character:comment"> </span></span></span>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">International Ministries continues to provide a spark</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">While missions helped provide the spark to ignite local mission initiatives, international missions remains a priority at Siloam.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">For example, six members of Siloam <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>serve on a Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) that is supporting IM missionaries Bruce and Ann Borquist in their current assignment of training missionaries in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">The MPT provides financial and prayer support to family and builds awareness within our church. Siloam members love to send Christmas gifts—little “pieces of home” to show their loving support in tangible ways.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“Rachael performs an outstanding job in terms of getting out the newsletter to the MPT network on a monthly basis, making sure network is aware of birthday, anniversaries and needs for Ann and Bruce and kids,” says Barry.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">“The whole congregation behind them, praying.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Six years ago, the Wilfords traveled to Brazil with their daughter for 17 days in support of the Borquists. Barry—a professional services manager at Xerox—provided help on technical level, helping provide missionaries-in-training with basic computer skills.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">This summer, Pastor West traveled with other Siloam members to Ghana on a mission trip, and plans are already being made for a future trip to South Africa.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in">Another missons-focused Siloam ministry directly supports the poor of Dominican Republic. Medicine bottles are collected from the congregation and are filled with medications obtained from local pharmaceutical companies. 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The first time I “met” Ann Judson was in 1987 when Bruce and I were preparing for service in the Philippines. We participated in the 175th Anniversary of the sailing of Ann and Adoniram, the first American missionaries sent to serve in Asia. After being commissioned in the same church as the Judsons almost two centuries earlier in Salem, MA, we and our two year old daughter Elena boarded a life-sized replica of the Caravan, the ship that Ann and her husband sailed on.<br><br>Flash Forward: The Caravan I boarded last month was ‘harbored’ in the International Ministries booth at the ABC Mission Summit in Kansas City. I played Ann Judson in character, sharing stories of this remarkable woman with people from the U.S., the Philippines, Myanmar, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. <br><br>Ann and Adoniram sailed for India just a few days after their wedding(!) in 1812. Was this crazy? Unquestionably. But they were determined to follow the Lord’s lead no matter what it might cost. Through careful study of Scripture on the journey, they determined that baptism by immersion, not sprinkling, was the Biblical norm. This new theological position required them to radically change their support network and become “Baptists.” After a harrowing trip from India to Burma (present day Myanmar) in which she lost her first child, they finally set foot on Burmese soil in 1813. <br><br>An accomplished linguist and translator, Ann mastered the Burmese language quickly and translated the books of Daniel and Jonah after only four years of study (remember: there were no books or language schools in that day!). Two years later, she translated the book of Matthew into the Siamese (Thai) language. When war broke out between the British and the Burmese, Adoniram was imprisoned in unspeakably harsh conditions. Ann saved his life by courageously smuggling in small quantities of food and his precious manuscripts. These sustained both his body and his mind. <br><br>I was surprised to learn how crucial Ann’s letters were in opening the eyes of American Christians to peoples of other lands. The story of this committed, compassionate woman should cause us to reflect on our own spiritual journey. What are we willing to “leave behind” to faithfully respond to God’s call to serve others in the way of Jesus? <br><br><i>Com amor em Cristo</i> (with love in Christ)<br><br>Ann (and Bruce)<br><br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49464-ann-judson-courageous-with-a-capital-c- https://internationalministries.org/read/49464-ann-judson-courageous-with-a-capital-c- "I've Been Praying for You!" “<i>You don’t know me, but I know you. I’ve been praying for you for the last seven years. And now I have the joy of meeting you in person!</i>” Helio declared as he gave us each a bear hug. What an incredible gift of God’s grace - to meet a brother in Christ who has lovingly walked with us on this journey without us even knowing! He continues to pray for our family and our ministry every morning. Meeting Helio was one of the highlights of our recent visit to his church in Jundiaí near São Paulo. We also learned that this young (11 years old), fast-growing (400+ members) church has developed ministries with urban skate boarders, street people, and with shoppers at the local farmer’s market. Through his prayer support we feel like we’re a part of their ministry as well!<br>Helio is part of a huge “cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) who faithfully “hold the rope” for us. The amazing thing is that we have never met many of these special people. As I was writing this journal, I received a message from Esther in the midwest saying that she has been encouraging her church to pray for us and nine other missionaries - and to keep in contact. Another faithful prayer partner whom we have never met!<br>We are richly blessed by all who intercede on our behalf. As a missionary colleague says, “If you don’t give, we can’t go; if you don’t pray, we won’t stay.”<br>NEWS FLASH:&nbsp; Speaking of giving, International Ministries just announced a new Matching Gift Campaign that runs from May 1 to June 30. Gifts will be matched from a) new givers or b) individuals who give toward our ministry above and beyond their regular amount. You can use the special matching gift link on the IM web site or send a gift directly to IM with a note that says “Matching Gift Campaign.”<br><i>Pela graça de Deus </i>(by God’s grace)<br>Ann &amp; Bruce<br> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47998-i-ve-been-praying-for-you- https://internationalministries.org/read/47998-i-ve-been-praying-for-you- The whole gospel for the whole person <p></p><p>“<i>Aula maravilhosa. Senti muito a presença de Deus dentro da sala. Obrigada, Jesus, por tudo o que vais fazer.</i>” (A marvelous class. I sensed the presence of God in the classroom. Thank you Jesus, for all that you will do). We received this feedback from one of the 50+ participants in the Holistic Mission course we taught in January and February at our local church, FBC of Brasília.&nbsp;</p><p>Folks really enjoyed the combination of lectures, discussions, and role plays we put together to help people think deeply about our calling as followers of Jesus. We wrestled with questions like: Why does our church exist? Is the ‘good news’ just for the hereafter or is it for the here and now as well? How can we be a blessing to our community?</p><p>At the end of the last class, people signed up to be a part of a team to reach out to our city and beyond. We want to minister to kids, youth, the homeless, prison inmates, and the elderly. It is energizing to be on this new journey with God’s people. Let’s see what happens!</p><p>&nbsp; Please pray with us that God would lead this family of faith to make a difference in our community, country and world.&nbsp;</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/47353-the-whole-gospel-for-the-whole-person https://internationalministries.org/read/47353-the-whole-gospel-for-the-whole-person Missionaries Comment on International Women's Day <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">March 8<sup>th</sup> is International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We invited your women missionaries to answer this question: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Their answers are printed below and they will also appear on International Ministries Facebook wall throughout the day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Some of the missionaries have taken this question to their own Facebook wall.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Jill Lowery is living in the United States right now, and wrote that she is missing the observance of International Women's Day back in Congo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kihomi Nzunga reported last year about parades in the streets in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mayra Giovanetti in Nicaragua has written a journal in tribute to International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/47187-women-gaining-momentum-mujeres-ganando-impulso-">Click here</a> to read it.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And Mylinda Baits shared <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnq2QeCvwpw&amp;feature=shar">this link to a song called "One Woman"</a> from the United Nations that is a shining example of the global community working together.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Originally called International <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Working </b>Women’s Day, this annual event has a different focus depending on the country and culture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In some places it is a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, while elsewhere it lifts up women’s economic, political and social achievements, and examines the struggles of women worldwide.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The day has lost its political flavor in some regions and has become an occasion for expressing love, similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><br><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I'm so thankful for the many women leaders that God put in my life, starting with my own mother.&nbsp; I could name several more of them, but wouldn't want to forget anyone.&nbsp; What they all have in common is their passion for the Lord and faithfulness to serve Him, even in the most difficult circumstances.&nbsp; Their example encourages me to try to do the same.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Jill Lowery, missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo</i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders have impacted my life by showing me that I am not limited by my gender but rather I have been gifted with unique abilities to show God's grace and love. &nbsp;Others have also shown me that I can do anything I set my mind to!</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kristy Engel, missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My seminary professor Carol Schreck invited me to do a first person narrative of the bent-over woman in Luke 13 as part of a worship service celebrating women in ministry.&nbsp; The physical act of portraying a bent-over woman, and then being set free to stand up in Jesus liberated my soul that evening.&nbsp; It marked the beginning of letting go of all the "bent-over" places in my life. It is a story I go back to over and over when I feel overwhelmed by physical &amp; emotional wounds, as well as by legalistic restrictions imposed on me by the Pharisees in my life.&nbsp; Later, I asked Carol why she chose me to enact that woman's story.&nbsp; "Lots of reasons," she responded, "But mostly because you needed to be set free."</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Joyce Anderson Reed, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Dot Yoder was my favorite teacher. &nbsp;I took elementary school art classes from her at the Agnes Irwin School. &nbsp;She instilled in me a love for creating art that continues to this day.&nbsp;One day in early elementary school, I painted "The Parting of the Red Sea". &nbsp;It consisted of a field of red paint on the left third of the page, another field of red paint on the right third of the page and the blank, white paper in the middle. &nbsp;Mrs. Yoder laughed and laughed and said it was, "just perfect!".&nbsp;&nbsp;Come to find out later that Mrs. Yoder was a committed Christian believer and sang in the church choir. &nbsp;Memories of her warm, tender smile and encouraging spirit hover over my shoulder even now when I paint and when I teach art classes for our girls at the New Life Center. &nbsp; Mrs. Yoder passed away in 2005, and I never told her how much I loved and appreciated her. &nbsp;So here's to Mrs. Yoder. &nbsp;You made a difference in my life!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kit Ripley, missionary in Thailand</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Manay Ruth Corvera once told me “everything you put on the table should have beauty - this is a good life rule as well!” &nbsp;Manay Ruth dedicated her life to releasing the hidden potential in others, to helping people help themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;She adopted our young family in the Philippines and cared for us as friends and colleagues, even becoming an honorary grandmother to Elena and Asa, our children. &nbsp;She is a strong, fierce, loving, woman of God.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Today Manay Ruth is now retired.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She was the Founder and Director of the Katin-aran Center, the Christian community outreach program of Central Philippine University. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Manay = honorific meaning respected, beloved, admired.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Bedona was my dear sister and colleague in the Philippines. &nbsp;She was a female Barnabas who encouraged, guided, and mentored others in their personal and professional growth. &nbsp;She was a committed, visionary leader in both the local church and the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, urging us all to live out kingdom values. &nbsp;As my dear friend, she walked with me through some dark valleys.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mercy and I served together at Central Philippine University, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, and Community Christian Church in the Philippines. &nbsp;She went to be with the Lord in January 2012. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Ann Borquist, missionary in Brazil</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My mom was a single parent for most of my early years so she taught me never to give up, the importance of education and the strength received through my relationship with God and the faith community. &nbsp; Later as a young woman growing up in the church in Puerto Rico, I was surrounded by many female role models. They taught me to acknowledge and respond to my call. God gives us what we need at the right time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Around that same time I heard a woman preach at our church and what stands out with her was her appearance. You could hear the passion for ministry in the sound of her voice; you could see her confidence by how she stood and presented herself. I don’t remember her sermon but do remember that she wore a beautiful scarf. She taught me that public speaking is part of a complete package. The final woman I want to mention is my daughter as she shows me her willingness to meet each challenge head on, sometimes with fear and uncertainty but she continues the journey. She reminds me that the call to serve will continue even after I become a memory.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I have met many women in ministry who have influenced me in so many ways; yet the main lesson that is repeated is the dedication, compassion and love they demonstrate to the people they serve and with whom they serve. Some are young while others wear gracefully the trophies of age; yet all of them have taught me that the struggles I have encountered are not new and that I am not alone on this journey. They are my teachers, partners and friends and part of the great cloud of witnesses. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders gave me opportunities to try my hand at leading, encouraging me and giving me constructive criticism as I learned.&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Women leaders working out of feminine strength taught me that I have unique contributions to make just because I'm female.&nbsp;</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Debbie Kelsey, missionary in Italy</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">As a young seminary student, I had little, to no previous exposure to women in leadership, let alone those pursuing pastoral ministry. My first roommate was a graduating senior, Joan Friesen, who now serves the churches of the Indianapolis region as their executive minister. As I observed her in her studies and interactions with people, I got a glimpse of a life called out to serve within and outside of the church. Joan continues to this day to be a person who calls out the best in me, stays connected in tangible ways, and lives a life worthy of the Gospel to which she was called.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mylinda Baits, missionary in Costa Rica</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black">On this International Day of the woman, I think of so many women who have changed their world. But they all stand in the background, almost as a backdrop to one woman who changed my life. Her name was Carol Kimbriel. She was not a simple woman. She was a mother and a housewife, a leader in her church, and the financial manager of her husband´s business. But most importantly for me, she was my mentor. She was my best friend´s mother, who somehow in her busy life, found space for me. She encouraged, me believed in me, and “straightened me out” when I needed it. She changed my life and she is the inspiration for the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Talita Kumi</i> Girl´s Clubs ministry, matching young girls who need some encouragement, with women who are always willing to make a little extra room for one more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Barbara Bolick, missionary in Chile</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p> <p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:25:18 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day Together on the Journey: 2013 <p></p><p>“Yes, you’re missionaries in Brazil, but what do you do?” &nbsp;Sometimes we get questions like this, and since we’re working on our 2013 calendar right now we thought you might be interested in how we’re hoping to build up the Body of Christ this year.&nbsp;</p><p><u><b>Jan, Feb, Mar</b></u></p><ul><li>Young Adult leadership trainings for the Federal District and São Paulo state</li><li>Leadership training with Brazilian Baptist Women’s Union state leaders&nbsp;</li><li>Holistic Evangelism course at the Seminary</li><li>Integral Mission course at our local church</li></ul><p><u><b>April, May, June</b></u></p><ul><li>Young Adult leadership training for Sergipe state</li><li>Holistic Mission and Missionary Life courses at JAMI (cross-cultural)</li><li>National Mission Consultation - JAMI</li><li>Doctoral studies (Ann)</li><li>Short term mission team visit</li></ul><p><u><b>July, Aug, Sept</b></u></p><ul><li>Intensive “English for Mission” course, JAMI</li><li>CBN Annual Assembly</li><li>Social Entrepreneurship and Holistic Mission courses in Myanmar</li><li>Evangelical Social Action Network &nbsp;national gathering</li></ul><p><b><u>Oct, Nov, Dec</u></b><br></p><ul><li>Holistic Mission and Missionary Life courses at JAMI (national workers)</li><li>CBN national Young Adult gathering</li><li>CBN’s first national Holistic Mission conference (organized by us!)</li><li>Final English Worship service for the year at our local church</li></ul><p>Please pray that God would use us to challenge and encourage God’s people to make a difference in the world in 2013. And thanks for being on the journey with us! &nbsp;We couldn’t do it without you.&nbsp;</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p><div><br></div><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:11:24 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46668-together-on-the-journey-2013 https://internationalministries.org/read/46668-together-on-the-journey-2013 Mobilizing God’s People <p></p><p>“It was really rewarding! Pastors Bruce and Ana … were greatly used by God to bless and challenge us to participate in the whole mission of God,” remarked Pr. Manoel Lino, the organizer of the holistic evangelism training we led for church planters in the semi-arid sertão region in northeastern Brazil. This was the first of many events during our recent 2-week trip in the states of Pernambuco and Bahia.</p><p>One day, we visited Trindade, a center for gypsum mining - the material used to make wallboard, ceiling tiles, etc. Because of the huge number of truck drivers that pass through, it also has a reputation for drug trafficking and child prostitution. Its a pretty grim place. We had the opportunity to spend the day with a young couple who is pastoring a small church there. We praised them for their faithfulness and encouraged them to look for practical ways to make a difference in their community.</p><p>Pr. Cláudio and Vanda are delighted that their church in Orocó has recently started to grow dramatically. We visited two of their daughter churches and brainstormed with the pastor ways to mobilize all those new members to be a force for positive change in the town.</p><p>The last stop on our trip was in Paulo Afonso, Bahia, where we were invited to co-lead a marriage retreat with another couple. After our session on family financial stewardship, one woman remarked: ”I have never heard anyone speak in a church about the Biblical principles that can guide how we use and relate to money. This was really helpful!”</p><p>Now back home, we are looking forward to having our son Asa with us this Christmas. Our anticipation and excitement about his arrival reminds us of the joyful expectation of the birth of the Messiah and the promise of Christ’s return.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;We wish you a blessed time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of our Savior.&nbsp;</p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:11:52 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45950-mobilizing-god-s-people https://internationalministries.org/read/45950-mobilizing-god-s-people Body Building in the Sertão <p></p><p><b><u>… to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up … (Ephesians 4:11-12)</u></b><br></p><p>Malhada, Agrovila 23, Feira da Mata, &nbsp;Iuiú, Pitarana. All of these small towns in Brazil’s semi-arid <i>sertão</i> have in common long, dusty dirt roads, isolation and a local Baptist church. &nbsp;On a recent mission trip to this area we visited these churches and pastors. Everyone expressed gratitude that we took the time to come all the way from Brasília to encourage them. They live and serve in a thirsty land where nothing comes easily, but they persevere and rejoice as they see God’s Spirit at work.</p><p><b><u>Holistic Evangelism</u></b></p><p>We also offered a 2-day training in the principles and practices of holistic evangelism. The 45 participants enjoyed the presentations, small group work, and skits. We dealt with important questions like: Why does the church exist? What is the gospel? What does is mean to be “the Body of Christ” in the world? &nbsp;What is poverty? How do I mobilize the whole church for the whole mission of God? How can we learn about our community’s resources and needs so that we can respond with Jesus’ love?&nbsp;</p><p>We are excited that folks left with a new vision for what it means to share in word and deed the good news that the kingly reign of God is present in their communities.</p><p><u><b>Thanks to you</b></u></p><p>Thanks for going on this trip with us - we really couldn’t have done it without your prayer and financial support! Please pray with us that God would use us at the following upcoming events:</p><p></p><ul><li>National leadership training for young adult leaders from around the country, &nbsp;early November<br></li><li>Holistic evangelism training and pastoral visits in the <i>sertão</i> of Pernambuco and Bahia states, late Nov - early Dec</li></ul><p></p><p>Ann &amp; Bruce</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:03:09 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45429-body-building-in-the-sert%C3%A3o https://internationalministries.org/read/45429-body-building-in-the-sert%C3%A3o