• Andrew & Amber Garcia bought tickets for Honduras! They fly out on January 24. Pray for the Garcias as they finish deputation while packing and working on their Honduran residency paperwork. They are eager to get to Honduras and start learning the language!
  • A lightning strike at an oil storage facility has caused uncontrolled fires in Matanzas, Cuba. Multiple explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuba has reached out to countries it considers friendly for help with the raging blaze. Pray for the people of Cuba as it struggles with deep economic, social, and spiritual poverty.  
  • At the end of July 2022, the nation of Croatia unveiled a beautiful new bridge that has been in the making for nearly five years. It connects the mainland to the peninsula of Peljesac in the south. Peljesac is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia as it contains the well-known medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. Because tourists were required to pass through a tiny portion of Bosnia in order to access Peljesac, it
  • The small nation of Slovenia is holding a presidential election in October 2022 to replace Borut Pahor, the current president. Pahor has completed two full terms, making him ineligible for another. According to polls, the two female candidates intending to run–Natasa Pirc Musar and Marta Kos–are strong contenders. The third announced candidate is the former foreign minister, Anze Logar. Many people are intending to vote for the popular lawyer, Natasa Pirc Musar. If a woman
  • Stephen & Leslie Carrier are continuing on with language school, and Leslie is now in book 2, while Stephen is in book 4. They are very involved in the ministries at Liberty Baptist in Santiago and will be helping with a winter VBS next week. Pray for the Carriers as they continue to learn the language and adapt to the culture.
  • Missionaries Kason & Bethany Bloom have featured a story on their Reaching Ecuador Instagram about what a day in the life of a missionary in Ecuador looks like. If you click on the “Day in the Life” circle, you’ll get to follow along a regular day with the Blooms and see what they do, where they go, who they meet with to study the Bible, etc. We are so thankful for the Blooms and their
  • On Saturday, July 16, the North Macedonian parliament voted to move forward with a French-brokered plan to end a dispute with Bulgaria. It was approved after days of heated debate when opposing members of parliament abstained from voting by leaving the room. The French plan involves North Macedonia changing its constitution in order to recognise a Bulgarian minority within the country and passing measures to prevent hate speech against Bulgarians and other minorities. In response,
  • Robert and Emma Becker recently welcomed a brand new baby girl, Kelsey! Mom and baby are doing very well. The Becker’s have been able to serve at Victory Baptist in Rosario, even as they continue on with language school. Pray for the Beckers as they work on paperwork to get their residencies in Argentina.
  • By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile Before I even left the US to come to Chile as a missionary, my friend and pastor at Cross Baptist Church, John Moncada, asked if I’d be willing to help teach an English class at his church for eight weeks as an outreach opportunity. I was excited about the prospect of using something God gave me simply by virtue of where I was born, the English language, for His
  • Beginning July 25, Malta will no longer require travellers entering the country to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. Since countries began opening back up to tourists, Malta’s entry rules had been some of the strictest in the area, at one point requiring proof of vaccination for entry. This news also means that unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to quarantine once in the country. Tourism is one of the top
  • By November 15, the United Nations predicts that the population of the world will hit 8 billion people! According to this article: In 2023, India will replace China as the world most populous nation.The population of the world will reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050.Over half of the project increase in population up to 2050 will be concentrated in the countries of: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.
  • In the midst of protests and unrest, the Lord has continued to bless Liberty Baptist Church in Quito, Ecuador. Kason & Bethany Bloom have been hard at work, discipling many who attend. Two people recently put their faith in Jesus and 4 were baptized. The Blooms also had their 1st youth meeting with over 30 in attendance, and the church began supporting its first missionary in June. Praise the Lord for all He’s doing in Ecuador!
  • Due to its proximity to Ukraine, Poland has been on edge since Russia invaded the neighbouring country. According to an article on Reuters, Poland is very glad to have a commitment from the US to establish an American military base in the country. It was announced at a NATO summit in Madrid on June 29 that the United States would establish a permanent military base in Poland in response to the Russian invasion. Polish politician,
  • By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile In Ecuador, two weeks of protests led by the indigenous organization CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) began on June 13th in response to the rising cost of living and fuel. Thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their displeasure at the way things are going in the country, and soon the protests turned into violent clashes that some believe have resulted in at least six
  • On Sunday, June 26, a group of hikers were killed in the Dolomite mountain region of northeastern Italy. The hikers were on an access trail when a large glacier broke off from the pinnacle of the mountain. This rained down ice and rock, killing 6 and wounding 9 others. Several of the 9 have been in critical condition. Based on the number of unclaimed cars in the car park, around 17 people are missing. Hiking
  • Praise the Lord for the many souls that have recently been saved in Mexico! Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson are hard at work, helping young believers write out their testimonies and going through a lesson with them about how to share their faith with others. They have a busy summer ahead with several visiting families and churches. Pray for the Andersons and for the work in Mexico!
  • Since the pandemic, São Paulo’s homeless population has grown to over 30%, with roughly 35,000 people or more sleeping in the streets every night. Some 6,800 areas in the city now house people living in tents, wooden shacks, or simply blankets on the street. Many have resorted to eating trash and even scavenging through heaps of animal carcasses in order to survive.  São Paulo’s shelters are unable to cope with this burgeoning need, so city hall is planning to create a
  • On June 27, fire crews responded to a road blocked with burning pallets and were targeted by a group of youths in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. While the fire crew was working to remove the burning road blockage, a group of young people threw masonry that damaged vehicles belonging to the NI Housing Executive and the fire crew. The act of aggression and vandalism has been sharply addressed by the chief inspector who called for community
  • As the Syrian war has raged for the past ten years claiming nearly half a million lives, over 3 million Syrian refugees have left their homeland in search of asylum in foreign countries. Recently, Denmark has begun sending these refugees back to Syria. While the conflict has not entirely ceased, the Danish government has deemed parts of Syria safe enough for some refugees to return. Since men and older boys could be conscripted into the
  • On June 17, the European Commission announced that they were recommending Ukraine and Moldova for European Union candidacy. This announcement was welcomed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukraine is still being ravaged by war with Russia. The European Commission did not impose any requirements on Ukraine or Moldova before candidacy status could be approved due to the urgency presented by the war between Ukraine and Russia. This week, 27 governmental leaders will meet at an
  • Shawn and Emily Bateman recently started a new outreach project at their church in Rosario, Argentina called “Our Jerusalem.” They had 20 church members show up to help pass out the new information packets. This past week, they had their first visitors come as a result of the new visitation project–Cintia and her son, Maxi. Pray for the “Our Jerusalem” outreach project and for the Bateman family as they share the gospel in Argentina!
  • Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor of Bogota and an ex-member of the M-19 guerrilla group, has been elected president of Colombia. According to the BBC, Mr. Petro ran a radical campaign and pledged to fight inequality through free university education, pension reforms, and high taxes on unproductive land. He also promised to enforce agreed upon peace deals with the FARC and to negotiate with still-active ELN rebels. Mr. Petro has a lot to deliver
  • The Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland has been experiencing near-daily earthquakes, leaving the population feeling uneasy. Iceland’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, announced that a response team had been formed and they are preparing to deal with the possibility of a volcanic eruption. Just last year, the people of Iceland witnessed earthquakes in Geldingadalur which resulted in a volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall, so they are understandably nervous about the duration of the quakes this year. Iceland, nicknamed
  • Robbie Prater was recently accepted with Vision Baptist Missions as a missionary to Paraguay! Robbie has faithfully served and interned alongside his pastor at Lighthouse Baptist in Jackson, GA, for 2 years. He also did a 7-month internship in Peru and surveyed the country of Paraguay in November 2021. Robbie is engaged to be married to Lauren Herrell on September 9. Lauren and her family were missionaries to Peru for 5 years, and she has faithfully
  • By Courtney Mathos, missionary to Bolivia My language school teacher recently took me to her hometown of Patamanta, Bolivia, which is about 30 minutes outside of La Paz with a population of about 3,000. Most of the people are of Aymara descent and speak both Spanish and Aymara. Because of its location and altitude, the climate can be very harsh in Patamanta, with a strong heat but also stinging cold. While there, I wore a
  • Drug cartels are expanding their reach into Chile; this and the public safety it threatens are some of the government’s top challenges. Though Chile has been relatively stable politically and economically with low crime rates compared to other countries in Latin America, crime is on the rise. Prosperity, the pandemic, economic slowdown, globalization, corruption–all these and more have been blamed as reasons for the growing reach of Mexican, Colombian, and Venezuelan cartels into Chile. According to
  • William Carey is often called the “father of modern missions” because of his zeal to evangelize the world and his dedication to reaching the people of India with the gospel. He became a missionary at a time when very few were going to the field, and he had a long and dedicated ministry despite many hardships. While Carey is very well known, those who helped train and send him are often not as well known
  • A new semester recently started at the Peru Bible College, with 22 new students in the freshman class alone. One of the young men studying to be a preacher is at the Bible college through Mitch’s influence and encouragement. Jacqulyn has also recently started a Bible study with 8 young ladies, several of whom are not saved. The Lord is using the McCormack family. Pray for them as they minister in Peru!
  • According to reports made the last week of May 2022, a search was ongoing in Switzerland for the son of an Indonesian governor. Switzerland’s beautiful rivers and lakes beckon swimmers and those searching for water recreation in the warmer spring and summer months. The natural beauty welcomes many tourists, such as Eril Mumtadz, who are in search of experiences outside the ordinary. This year, no doubt, the residents of Bern are acutely aware of the
  • Open House The Open House at the Baptist Center for World Evangelism on Saturday, 14th May went very well! It was a monumental event with nearly 100 people in attendance including five pastors, missionaries, students, and friends! Thank you to everyone who prayed, gave, and help to make this dream a reality! Taylor Building After several months of general clearing out, cleaning up, and yard work, the focus of work has shifted to the “Taylor
  • Blake and Bridgette Young are making good progress in their language studies and will be done by November this year! Blake is currently being given opportunities to preach one-minute messages during the services and will get to preach longer as he progresses in the language. Pray for the Youngs as they continue in language school and serve at the church in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this week, with snow and hail in certain parts of the south, as well as an atypical cold cyclone that hit southern Brazil and Uruguay. São Paulo, Latin America’s largest city, saw its lowest temperatures in over 30 years. Since the pandemic, the city now has a 30% homeless population, with roughly 35,000 people or more sleeping in the streets every night. While more beds are
  • Andrew Wilder is settling into his new home in Bolivia and has jumped into the ministry there. Along with Kevin and Beth White, he has been helping teach English classes at the new church-plant, giving the offering devotionals in church, and teaching the kids’ Sunday school class. Andrew is also helping with the recently started youth group at the 4th church-plant. Continue to pray for Andrew as he ministers in Bolivia!
  • By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile An apparent gas leak resulted in a horrible explosion that rocked the Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba, at the beginning of May. To date, 45 people have been declared dead and several others injured. The explosion even affected the nearby historic Marti Theater and Calvary Baptist Church, causing major damage to both. Search and rescue was on the scene, trying their best to find survivors, but as time goes on,
  • By Courtney Mathos, missionary to Bolivia; Courtney moved to Bolivia at the end of March and shares about what it’s been like to set up her apartment Cochabamba, Bolivia, has one of the largest open-air markets in Latin America called La Cancha. The word cancha usually refers to a basketball or soccer court. La Cancha covers 15-city blocks, contains over 100,000 vendors, and miles of storefronts, either on the street or in buildings. You can find almost everything you need at
  • Kevin and Beth White started their 4th church plant in Bolivia this past month and had about 30 people at their first service! The Whites are teaching a weekly English class as a way to invite people to the new church. They also recently had new missionaries, Andrew Wilder and Courtney Mathos, arrive in the country. The Bolivia Team is growing! Pray for the Whites as they lead this ministry and follow-up with many visitors at
  • Last month, Stephen Underwood preached his first service entirely in Spanish at Faith Baptist in Buenos Aires! He’s also continued to make contacts in the area and presented the gospel to several people. Currently, the Underwoods are looking for a location to start their church plant. Pray for the Lord to provide.
  • For the past 2 years, COVID shut down Latin America’s Semana Santa or Holy Week traditions and ceremonies. This past week saw the return of these lengthy processions involving hundreds of people carrying or marching behind a massive statue of Jesus, re-enactments of the road to Golgotha and Christ’s crucifixion, and various acts of penance, from kneeling and crawling for miles to whipping themselves and others. Many rejoice and weep in the streets, thankful for
  • Kyle & Hannah have over 70% of their needed support! Praise the Lord for blessing and continuing to provide for their needs. They only have 30 openings left for 2022 and will soon be on their way to Chile. Pray for the Shreves as they finish up deputation!
  • Peruvians are protesting over inflation and the high cost of fuel and essential goods; rising prices have only been made worse by Putin’s war on Ukraine. Families are struggling to pay rent and buy cooking oil, chicken, rice, sugar, and gas, to name a few. Many Peruvians have taken to burning tollbooths and blocking roads, including the Pan-American Highway, which only reopened this past weekend. When the President imposed a curfew, thousands more took to
  • In February, God opened the doors for Vision Baptist Missions and the Our Generation Training Center to purchase a piece of property dedicated to training missionaries to go around the world the gospel. We are calling the property “The Baptist Center for World Evangelism.” It is located at 77 Hugh Stowers Road, Dawsonville, Georgia, 30534. On Saturday, May 14, we are inviting the public to join us for an “Open House” to see the property
  • Miguel Sanabria recently took a trip to the Amazon rainforest where he and several missionaries and students handed out more than 2,000 tracts in the cities of Leticia and Tabatinga. The Colombia Team are surveying the area for a place to start a church and a future ministry to the indigenous villages located along the Amazon River and its many branches. Miguel is also surveying and praying about where to start a second church in
  • Stephen Carrier continues to share about his first few days driving a stick shift in ChileDid you know people don’t mind honking their horns in Santiago? Since arriving here, I’ve even found myself reaching for the horn, something I never do in the States. In a city like Santiago, traffic stops and starts all the time, so if you’re driving a stick, you’re constantly shifting gears. Add to that all the pedestrians crossing the street whenever
  • While she waits on her paperwork, Tracy Paver started Spanish language school via Zoom in October 2021 and is currently in Book 2. She has also gotten involved in the Spanish ministry and outreach at Vision Baptist Church. Pray for Tracy as she continues to learn Spanish, and pray that her paperwork will be approved soon!
  • Fresh off the red-eye from Atlanta, Georgia, to Santiago, Chile, my wife, Leslie, and I bounded off the plane, excited to start our new lives as missionaries in Chile. After we made our way through customs, Jason and Lori Holt met us, and we headed over to get the car rental. I had forgotten to book a rental until the previous day and had had a little bit of trouble, but finally managed to find
  • On or before Easter Sunday, April 17, Vision Baptist Missions is asking churches and individuals to consider taking up a special offering for a new missionary training facility we are developing called the Baptist Center for World Evangelism. The sole purpose of this facility is to train missionaries to go around the world with the gospel. We are asking God to provide $300,000 for the next phase of development on the property. These funds will
  • Josh and Allie Miller are in their 4th week of language school in Arequipa, Peru! They’ve found and set up a home, and their two girls start preschool this week. The Millers have also been attending and helping at Omega Baptist Church and Love Baptist Church. Pray for Josh and Allie as they learn Spanish!
  • On Friday, March 11, 36-year-old Gabriel Boric was sworn in as Chile’s newest president. He leads a young cabinet of 14 women and 10 men, including a few former student leaders. Boric plans to tackle inequality, the ongoing draft of the new constitution, tensions with the indigenous Mapuche people in the south, and a migration crisis in the north, just to name a few. With a divided congress, what his new government will accomplish remains
  • In this article, we interview Michael Turner, who recently returned home from a six-month internship in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Michael was completing the internship as part of his requirements to graduate from the Our Generation Training Center. He was working with missionaries Dustin and Ashley Brown. How long you were in Burkina Faso and why you were there? I was an intern in Burkina Faso, West Africa for 6 months. I was there to
  • One cannot hear any news lately without being very aware of Ukraine and Russia. The headlines are full of sad, shocking, and heroic stories that emotionally stir readers worldwide. While war is nothing new in this sin-cursed world, it does shine a light on the depravity of man and the desperate need for the salvation of those in the heat of conflict. While most people outside those two countries may feel helpless to provide any