|HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! That is, if you are American. For the rest, do have a wonderful summer Wednesday. We just returned from four days on the east coast, where we enjoyed a pre-4th brief holiday exploring Cape Cod, the original landing of the Pilgrims (two families of whom are in Jeanette’s family tree), and the Newport mansions, the Gilded Age “summer cottages” for tycoons like the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, etc., not to mention our first ever boiled lobster dinner.
As we celebrate our liberty in so many areas on this day, may we be reminded to pray for our brothers and sisters globally who do not have such freedoms, especially freedom to worship God or share their faith openly. BCM missionaries in Nepal are facing an August deadline for implementation of a new anti-conversion law that makes changing one’s religion or facilitating such a change (i.e., evangelism) a criminal offense.
Asked how this will change their ministry, a unanimous and courageous answer was “It won’t.” That said, it is a tense time for our ministry leaders there as well as in Myanmar, India, and Sri Lanka, where similar laws have been enacted as well as Russia, where any evangelism/ministry outside government-sanctioned (Russian Orthodox) churches has also been criminalized.
Please pray for BCM Nepal director Robbin Vaidhya and his team as the August deadline looms as well as other BCM personnel and the body of Christ in general throughout these countries who are facing heightened persecution.
REACH DAY: Thank you all who participated in BCM’s first Reach Day April 27th. Over $50,000USD was raised for various BCM projects, including summer camp scholarships in many different countries. With additional gifts since, over $18,000 has been raised for camp scholarships alone.
SUMMER CAMPS 2018:
Speaking of which, BCM summer camps are in full swing from across the United States and Canada to Brazil, Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Ireland, U.K., India, most of them maxed out. More than 25,000 children total will hear the gospel this summer at a BCM camp somewhere around the world. This summer alone, Camp Bethel in Spain and Cortland in New York State are celebrating 50 years of ministry while Camp Mullertown in Northern Ireland is celebrating their 40th anniversary. Here are some pics from just one of this summer’s camps, Big Sky Bible Camp in Bigfork, MT.
Please pray for enough personnel and stamina over eight weeks of camp at each of our BCM camps.
Pray too that God’s Holy Spirit will touch many young hearts during these weeks.
On a personal level, these last two months have been largely off the road, permitting for the catching up of many projects at BCM headquarters as well as at home. But the end of July will see Marty flying to Suriname to help with leadership and future vision of a Christian school there. Jeanette will be speaking at two conferences stateside the same week.
Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as we prepared speaking/teaching materials for these events.
There is so much more to share of what God has been doing through BCM around the world in recent months as well as the needs and challenges our missionaries are facing. The latest issue of our BCM World magazine (of which Jeanette is editor) shares some of those stories in far more depth than we can here, so please do check out our BCM ministry family in North America, France, Bolivia, Guyana, Romania and more. May their stories be a reminder to pray for them and us.
Thank you again for participating with us in bringing freedom through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself promises, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'). A wonderful reminder on this day of celebrating our liberty here in the United States of America.
Serving the King of Kings together with you,
Dr. Martin and Jeanette Windle