Randy and Shelley Schmor

Missionaries – Gateway Teams.
Birthdays: Randy – 09/09 Shelly – 06/14
Kameron – 04/20
Anniversary: 4/30
Posted: May 19, 2017

 

 

Regarding a ’Wholistic’ Mission/Gospel
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity once again to present and participate in the IWMC (International Wholistic Mission Conference) in Phoenix, Arizona. As you can gather by the title of this conference, the organizers are keen on bringing people together around this idea of a mission (and Gospel) that is ‘whole’; a conviction that the Gospel God calls us to share is in fact ‘Good News’ for every person, every aspect of humanity and all of creation.
When we understand that God’s reconciliatory and redemptive purposes through Christ and His Kingdom encompass a mission that is wholistic (or ‘holistic’), we can also begin to understand that we can be a part of His mission in many ways. As it was with Jesus and His mission while He was here on earth, we need to proclaim this Good News, demonstrate this Good News and like Jesus did in being here on earth in the flesh, incarnate this Good News with our very presence.

I’ve seen wholistic mission in a neighborhood park clean-up effort where members of a Home Church join in; in directing the parent volunteer corp for a son’s/daughter’s musical; and in joining with a partner church in Kosovo as they provide food to hungry families (who happen to be M*sl*m) and provide a safe environment for the youth in those families away from the dangers of crime and prostitution. But as potentially good as each of these examples are of mission, for the Jesus’ follower, wholistic mission doesn’t end with these demonstrations of the Gospel. Mission becomes ‘whole’ when we (1) create relationships with those we come “in contact with” (literally ‘incarnate’) while (2) demonstrating the Good News, which gives the opportunity to (3) proclaim the Good News. So where was the Gospel (Wholistic) shared in these examples….when the park was cleaned up, when the safe environment was created, or when it was told to the parent volunteer how Jesus’ example motivates everything I do? Answer – it’s ALL ‘Good News’ and all a part of a mission that is ‘wholly’ (as well as holy) God’s. Sharing the Wholistic Gospel takes presence, action and words, and participating in Wholistic Mission takes effect in the souls of a people, in the conditions of the community they live in, and in the environment they inhabit. Be on mission…wholly on mission…with the God of mission (Missio Dei)…He can do no less and neither should we.

Randy’s Schedule
-May – NAB UMR Cluster Mtg.(Racine, WI)
-June – NAB Ministry Outreach Mtgs. (Provo, UT)
-July – NAB Overflow’s (Youth) The Gathering (Orange, CA)
-Praise/Prayer Items
-Praise – My dad’s recovery from a bad fall was long but going well. My brother’s cancer treatments are close to finished.Praise

– Safe travels and great presentation and networking opportunities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Mexico, Washington, South Dakota, California, and Arizona.-
-Pray for important strategic meetings (Provo, UT) regarding Gateway’s future growth/development.
-Pray for the many mission teams over the summer months sent from NAB churches.
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“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matt. 4:17
Randy Schmor

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Paul and Melissa Ewing

 

Church Planting
Birthdays: Paul – 09/04 Melissa – 12/02
Noah – 04/20 Jonah – 03/06 Elijah – 03/11
Anniversary: 8/14
The Ewings have been serving in Japan as church planters since 1999.
 NEW POST: May 17, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
During the next two months, Noah will be experiencing life-changing experiences. May 18–25 he will be traveling with his fellow seniors from Christian Central Academy (http://www.christianca.com) to the Dominican Republic. The CCA has been working alongside SCORE International for the past 13 years. Mr. Jeff Hackett of SCORE (https://scoreintl.org) has been training the students all year in order that they may join in the ministry taking place in the Dominican Republic. Please pray for these seniors as they embark on this life-changing experience.
Pray that the Spirit will touch them and draw them closer to God as they bless the missionaries and others as they minister there.
On June 24, Noah will graduate from Christian Central Academy and begin the next season in his academic life. We are proud of Noah, how he has quietly transitioned this year from Japan to the US. It was not easy leaving Japan, as he knew that it would be longer than a year before he would see Japan again. Noah has been accepted and will attend Houghton College in Houghton, NY,
(http://www.houghton.edu). He is excited to be attending this small, Christian school. He has been accepted in their honors program and to play soccer. We have met with the soccer coach, who is not only interested in Noah’s athleticism but his spiritual life as well. As Paul and I leave Noah on campus this August, we leave him knowing that God is taking care of him and bringing others alongside him who will make a difference in his life.
Paul and I traveled to Japan February 12–21 for a mission team building meeting. It was good to be with our team members sharing and working on being “one” as Jesus had prayed (John 17:21). Thank you to those who prayed for those meetings and to my mom, Linda, who cared for the boys while we were away. After recuperating, Paul was off to continue his visits with so many of our faithful supporters. Thank you to those who have opened their homes to him and blessed him in many ways:
2/26 Mission Baptist, Winnipeg, MB
3/05 Rowandale Baptist, Winnipeg, MB
3/12 Mission Baptist, Hamilton, ON
3/19 McClusky Baptist, McClusky, ND
3/26 Bismarck Baptist, Bismarck, ND
4/02 First Baptist, Plevna, MT
4/09 Calvary Baptist, Easton, PA
4/23 Pilgrim Baptist, Philadelphia, PA
Our time home is quickly coming to a close, but Paul will continue to visit churches up through July before we return to Japan. We continue to ask for prayer for his safe travels and finding time to be refreshed. Please contact Paul, pemedicus@yahoo.com, if you have any questions about a visitation.
We continue to meet with Reiko, who is studying at the University at Buffalo for this year. She is the sister of one of Jonah’s soccer teammates. She has attended church with us often. Please pray for her, as she has been exposed to the Gospel many times. I pray that as she has experienced life with our family that she will have been touched that we “do” life different because of Christ. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use all she has seen and heard to draw her closer to God. As she finishes her studies here in Buffalo this May and returns to Japan, we pray that we will continue to have contact and point her to God.

I have also been blessed to share with a mom who will be moving to Japan for her husband’s job. It was a wonderful time of sharing and giving her ideas to help prepare the family for the transition to Japan. They will be moving to Kobe, which is only an hour away from where we live in Japan, so I hope we will have opportunities to get together once we return.

Please continue to pray for Shan Reed, Yuri Nakano, and Ken and Rachelle Johnson as they shine for Him in their ministry contexts and communities. Pray for the people of Komyo Christian Church. Two more people have been welcomed as members to Komyo Christian Church. As Jesus prayed in John 17 for unity, please join with us in praying that the believers of Komyo Church would be unified in Spirit as they continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus and with each other. Pray that they will be spiritually protected and that they will continue to seek Jesus and work out their faith.

 Blessings,
Paul and Melissa
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Rick and Debbie Bardin

AnniversaryJuly 14
Birthdays:
Rick – January 16
Debbie – June 12
Physician, Nurse
Specialized Assignment
“For Christ’s love compels us…” 2 Corinthians 5:14a (NIV)
Richard L. Bardin, MD, FACP, FCAP
Debra J. Bardin, RN
Posted: May 19, 2017
Dear all family and friends from around the world,
We are so happy for the coming of May and the green mountains and hills that surround us. We had an extra-long dry season this year. The banana trees that always survive the dry season were falling down. For those of you who have been to the back waterfall which never lacks for water – even it dried up this dry season!! We also had the fun of having low water pressure or being completely out of water many days in February and March. So, we kept buckets of water on hand to boil for drinking, for dishes, toilet flushing and had to take bucket baths a few times. Let us never take indoor plumbing for granted ?
Easter was extra special this year because we got to spend it with friends who had come out from the US to help here at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. Dr. Dick and Marian Douce came for a couple of weeks. We knew them from our connection with Southwestern Medical Clinic in Michigan. We trekked up the mountain together about 4:30 am and celebrated the Resurrection Day together (see pictures). Also, Dennis Little, a pathology assistant, came back. He has been here several times before. He is a great help to Rick.
Deb continues to find great joy in sharing about the love of Jesus with her patients. What a privilege it is to be able to share scripture, testimonies and prayer with them. The picture to the right is with one of the patients who had just received a Bible as I registered her into our program. In the background, you may see the TV we have in the waiting room that still plays many Christian videos daily to help encourage our patients and anyone passing by.
We have some very special news to share about our daughter, Jeanna. She is pregnant with a baby girl! She is due in September so we will be altering our furlough plans to take it this year from September to December. Through the help of our wonderful friend, Tom Crow, and the generosity of First Baptist Church in Nashville, housing has been made available to us during those months. Now we just need pathologists to come to Mbingo and cover for Rick during those months. Someone has already signed up to cover September!
Marian & Dick Douce, Rick & Debbie, and Dennis Little on
Mbingo hill after the Easter sunrise service.
PRAISES
– Patients who continue to ask for scripture cards when I may forget.
– Great volunteer support these last 3 months for our missionary doctors.
– CT Scanner that has been purchased for the hospital.
PRAYER REQUESTS
– For patients coming to MBH to hear the gospel and know Jesus better.
– For volunteer pathologists to come during October – December to cover for Rick.
– For Jeanna’s pregnancy to go well.
– For the safe shipping and installation of the CT Scanner.
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He is the living God and He endures forever.
Daniel 6:26
In His Matchless Love,
Rick and Debbie