• Praise the Lord for the 12 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!
  • 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
  • Vision Baptist Mission hosted the Europe Regional Conference in Turkey this week. Several missionary families from the United Kingdom and Turkey gathered together for a time of fellowship, prayer, teaching, and encouragement. The weekend before the retreat, the Europe team was privileged to attend Gospel Baptist Church in Izmir being planted by Missionaries Brady and Sarah Van Winkle with the help of missionaries Dustin and Ashley Brown. They were privileged to witness the first baptism
  • During a survey trip to Ecuador in November, Kason & Bethany Bloom were able to rent a house and get a few necessary items for their new home. The Blooms are just under one month away from moving to Ecuador on January 18, 2022! Continue to pray that they would find all they need to set up a home quickly. Please also pray for the Lord to lead them to an ideal location to rent
  • Latin America is currently seeing a leftist resurgence. In the last 5 years, several socialists have been elected to the highest office in their respective countries: Chile’s Gabriel Boric, Honduras’ Xiomara Castro, Peru’s Pedro Castillo, Argentina’s Alberto Fernandez, and Mexico’s Lopez Obrador. This shift to the left will only increase in 2022, with Brazil & Colombia’s upcoming presidential elections already being led in preliminary polls by left-wing candidates. While this new crop of socialist leaders seems
  • The Beckers are excited to be just one month away from leaving for Argentina on January 18, 2022! They are also grateful that the Lord has blessed them with another child arriving in July 2022. Robert & Emma are specifically praying for a strong finish to deputation, the rest of their support and set-up fund to come in, preparation for arriving on the field, and a healthy pregnancy.
  • In November, Austria’s government announced that it would mandate Covid-19 vaccines for all citizens over the age of 14 beginning in February. Since the announcement was made, there have been multiple demonstrations and protests. On Saturday, December 11, an estimated 44,000 people gathered to protest in Vienna, the nation’s capital. While stating that the government would not force anyone to receive the shot, those refusing to get it would be fined 600 euros which could
  • On November 23, a bus full of passengers returning from Istanbul to North Macedonia crashed in Bulgaria, killing 44 people. Of all the passengers onboard, only 7 managed to escape the crash and ensuing fire. The deadly accident has been estimated to be one of the worst in Europe in years. Included in the victims are 12 children and many young adults, with one man reporting that he lost his whole family–10 relatives–in the crash.
  • Chile elected 35-year-old Gabriel Boric as its new president in Sunday’s run-off election. He is the youngest president in Chilean history and its most leftist and liberal in over 50 years. Not since the famed Salvadore Allende has Chile had another socialist leader. Boric has branded himself a moderate socialist, distancing his rhetoric and values from the more hardline leftist leaders in Cuba and Venezuela. He built his campaign on promises to increase taxes, create greener industries,
  • At the end of November, Slovakia ordered a two-week lockdown and a 90-day state of emergency due to Covid-19. The cases reached a weekly average of 10,000, which put a strain on the healthcare system. The lockdown affected all non-essential businesses. Those wishing to go to work were required to show proof of one of the following: vaccination, previously having had the virus, or a negative test. Due to more than 3,000 Covid-19 hospitalizations, Slovakia
  • The Batemans are praising the Lord for how the church in Rosario, Argentina continues to grow. They are excitedly preparing for their first youth camp at the end of January 2022. Please pray for the youth leaders and young people who will attend this camp. Please also pray for a new ministry the Batemans have started in the nearby town of Arocena.
  • This Sunday, December 19, Chile will vote for a new president. The first round of elections in November saw conservative José Antonio Kast finish with a narrow lead over leftist former student activist Gabriel Boric. That has since flipped, with Boric now with a slight lead. Both candidates have been busy vying for support in key battleground areas. Continue to pray for Chile and the upcoming presidential election!
  • During the last week of November, Swiss citizens cast their votes in a referendum concerning a Covid certificate. According to reports, there had been a spike in Covid cases during the few weeks leading up to the vote. Early reports showed that more than 60% of Swiss voters supported the referendum that would require a certificate showing that citizens had either been vaccinated against Covid, tested negative, or had recovered from the virus before being
  • In a recent stand-off at the Polish border, tear gas and a water cannon were used by border officers to stop the migrants from throwing dangerous objects at the officers. Thousands of mostly Middle Eastern migrants have been gathering at the border for weeks in an effort to reach the European Union. For comparison, during 2020 there were only 88 attempted illegal border crossings into Poland; in the past month, there have been 5,000. Although
  • In the past few months, Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson have seen much activity and growth in the 3 churches they started in Mexico. More people have gotten involved in serving, and God continues to bring new visitors weekly. A 4-week marriage class is currently being taught at the newest church plant, and the Andersons are helping their pastors plan a joint marriage retreat for all 3 churches. God is blessing! Continue to pray for the Andersons
  • More than 15 million Chileans registered to vote in Sunday’s presidential elections. Ultra-conservative José Antonio Kast finished with 28% of the vote while leftist former student activist Gabriel Boric finished at 26%. In Chile’s electoral system, if no candidate secures a 50% majority, the two top finishers compete in a runoff, which will be held on December 19. Continue to pray for Chile and the upcoming presidential elections!
  • Blake and Bridgette Young are in Book 1 of language school in Colombia and are beginning to understand and use Spanish more and more each day! Blake has been able to pray in Spanish in several church services and both he and Bridgette have helped with outreach activities, youth nights, and men’s and women’s meetings at the church in Caldas.   Blake and Bridgette will be hosting Thanksgiving in their home this year. They’ve invited several Colombian
  • On Sunday, November 21, Chileans will head to the polls to elect a new president. Currently, the front-runners are leftist former student activist Gabriel Boric and ultra-conservative José Antonio Kast, with pre-election polls showing Kast with a slight lead. If no candidate obtains at least 50% of the vote, a run-off will be held in December. In recent years, Chile has faced destructive protests that have left dozens dead, many injured, and cost the economy about USD
  • Andrew Wilder finishes formal language school this month! He continues to work with Iglesia Bautista El Faro and joins them for weekly services, Bible studies, & discipleship. Andrew has been able to preach several 5-minute messages for this church. Please continue to pray for him to be able to speak Spanish more fluently and use the lessons he’s learning to one day start a church in Bolivia!