VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 24

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 24

WCMT #2 is THIS week

Another World’s Cheapest Mission Trip going on now! We are blessed to have a group made of two different churches from OH as well as a couple of individuals.

If you would like to join us for our next trip in July, click here.

OG Camp by Vision Baptist Church

Very grateful that many of us were able to preach at the OG Camp this week. I pray God works in the lives of these young people!

Rishel Family Leaves for the Field

Jason and Charity Rishel loaded their container as they prepared to return to Burkina Faso. I am grateful for those who helped them load. 

The Lord Is Working In Chile!

Praise the Lord for this lady who was saved in Chile after English class. Kyle and Hannah Shreve have seen a couple of people saved this week, and I’m grateful they shared this picture for us to rejoice in. Amen!

Continued Work On Guys Dorm!

The guy’s dorm is advancing. Plumber has finished his job. Once the electrician finishes, the contractor will continue building. Praying and anticipating to be finished by the end of this month! 

Missionary Highlight

This section is so you can learn more about (or be reminded of) VBM missionaries serving around the world. We will be working in alphabetical order, and the next missionary is Sam & Beth Quinn.

Sam’s Testimony

I was born into a Christian family and was blessed to be involved in missions to the British Virgin Islands as a child. I was saved at fourteen in a Christian Summer Camp at Camp Carson in Tennessee. Shortly after that, we joined Victory Chapel Baptist Church in Conestee, SC, where I have been able to be involved in the Camp, Children’s, Missions, and Bible Institute ministries. While in Bible College, I realized I needed to be properly baptized and was baptized at my home church.

In the summer of 2006, I hit a crossroads in my life. I was not actively serving the Lord with my life and had very little ambition to do so. As I was reading my Bible one evening I came upon John 7:18 “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” This verse opened my eyes to the fact that I had been living my life for my ambitions and desires and that I needed to surrender my life to the Lord as His servant. The week following I felt the call to preach, and I applied at Tabernacle Baptist College the week after that. 

At the end of my college career, I knew the Lord wanted me involved in missions but I did not feel I had the practical knowledge to do the work. The Lord gave me the opportunity to work with Travis Snode in Northern Ireland for a year. This turned into three years in which I was allowed to be song leader, assistant pastor, camp director, and pastor for a year while the Snodes were on furlough. The experience I gained there was a great blessing!

The Lord has now let me return to the United Kingdom to be a church-planting, leader-training missionary.

Beth’s Testimony

I grew up in a Christian home and realized after church one day that I was lost and needed a Savior. My mom took the bible and showed me how to be saved. At the age of 5, I put my faith and trust in Christ and was born again. Not long after, I followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. God allowed me to go on my first mission trip to Peru while I was in college, where God began to work with my heart on missions. I knew God wanted me to be in full-time ministry, so I transferred to Crown College of the Bible and completed my bachelor’s degree there.

A few years later, I got to go on a 6-week internship in North Africa. While in North Africa, God broke my heart for the Muslim people. The Masters, who were the host missionaries, asked me if I would be willing to come back with them to help. So I did. I left for the field in September 2013 and served 2.5 years in North Africa.

Our Story

In July 2015, Beth and I met through our friends at Vision Baptist Church. We were blessed to get to know each other over the following two weeks. Then, I left for my survey trip in India, and she went back to North Africa, where she was serving. Most of our relationship was long distance. Due to a visa trip, Beth was home that November, and we were engaged to get married! She came home in March, and we were married July 23, 2016. Our daughter Ruby was born in December 2017, and our son William was born in June 2019. We are blessed to serve the Lord as a family in the United Kingdom!

Update

We’re currently planting a church in Colchester, England. We’ve been serving here for a year and nine months, and the Lord has consistently blessed us with around 17 people every Sunday. We’ve also seen three people saved in the last year! 

I’ve also started preaching for Downham Baptist Church in London while they are searching for a pastor. The church has gone through some recent difficult changes, but the Lord has blessed and kept them together!

Grateful People are Great People

Grateful People are Great People

Gratefulness is a command from God. I Thessalonians 5:18 says it is God’s will to give thanks in everything. According to Philippians 4:6 and Psalm 100:4, we are to pray with thanksgiving. God‘s children should be grateful people! Whereas whining and complaining are music to the devil’s ears, praise is a sweet sound to the ears of our Savior. If you want to really gut punch the devil, then start praising the Lord. If you want to stop anxiety in your life, lower your stress, be a happier person, and become a thankful person, then start thanking the Lord . When you are grateful for what God has done in your life, you will begin noticing God do more in your life. 

Be grateful by counting your blessings. 

When was the last time you thanked God for how good He is to you? Stop focusing on your problems and begin looking at your blessings. 

Be grateful by expressing your gratitude. 

Make a list of three people you can thank in the next couple of days. Maybe it’s friends, parents, siblings, pastors, teachers, neighbors, people encouraging you, or people praying for you. Express your gratitude through a text, a letter, a phone call, or telling them in person. Let them know specifically how grateful you are for their lives.

Be grateful by writing thank you cards. 

Thank you cards seem to be a lost art from the past, but they are a powerful encouragement that can still be used today. Make a goal of writing three to five thank you cards within the next week. 

Be grateful by serving others.

Be a channel of blessing with your words, influence, means, and actions. Every individual has the power to encourage someone with their words and actions. Choose to encourage others. Give a helping hand. Smile. Don’t withhold compliments. God has been good to you, so be kind to others.

Messenger of Peace

Messenger of Peace

by Jeffrey Bush from They Turned the World Upside Down

Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,

2 Corinthians 2:12

In Raratonga, Missionary John Williams sat in a church that was newly built by one of his trained nationals. He watched in amazement as the people came towards him, throwing their idols and fetishes at his feet. The natives wanted to show him that they were turning from false gods to serve the living, true God. The church soon grew to over 2,000 Christians. They built a “praying vessel”, called the Messenger of Peace. There were no nails available. Instead, they used wooden pins to hold the boat together. He and the other believers traveled thousands of miles in this vessel, telling the other islands about Christ. They reached a Samoan group and in just a few years, there were 50,000 people saved and baptized out of the 70,000 people on the island.

What a great work God can do with a man totally surrendered to him!  If John had not attempted to build a boat, the Messenger of Peace would have never reached the neighboring islands. He had a vision for what God could do. If John had lost sight of his dream, those 50,000 souls on the island of Samoa would have gone to hell. Because one man believed that God would use him, those people are in heaven today!

Challenge: When God opens a door for you, you should go through it and keep working until He shuts it. Do not stop when you reach one soul. Determine to win the world!  There is a world of lost people going to hell at your very own doorstep. What kind of goals and dreams do you have to see the Word carried around the world? What are you doing to fulfill the vision the Lord has given?

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 24

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 23

Great Time at the World's Cheapest Missions Trip #1!

Praise the Lord! We had what is probably the largest group we have had for a WCMT. Victory Independent Baptist Church drove 13 hours with 30 people from Arkansas. We had an exciting time together with great activities, preaching, food, and a greater vision for reaching the world with the gospel. Thank you VIBC for a great week together!

Construction Advances

We began construction on the guy’s dorm just recently. It’s still not finished, but AC guy came, the plumbers installed the plumbing, and the electrician is getting everything going as well.

So far, we are praising the Lord that two churches have contributed to the project! We still have a ways to go, but the project is moving forward.

If you would like to help with the project, click here. Once there select VBM Campus in the designation.

We are excited to have the guys on campus! God is good!

New OGTC Catalog

Take a look at our new OGTC Catalog!

Video Recording for Future OGTC Classes

One of our big summer goals is to begin recording for future classes at OGTC. We began recording today. We are grateful for your prayers as we are trying to be wise and think of the future.

Congratulations Patricia Broyles!

A big congratulations to Patricia Broyles on receiving her American citizenship! She now has a passport in hand, and they are ready to go to Albania. Congrats! 

Missionary Highlight - Jason & Charity Rishel

This section is so you can learn more about (or be reminded of) VBM missionaries serving around the world. We will be working in alphabetical order, and the next missionary is Jason & Charity Rishel.

Jason’s testimony
I had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian home and a wonderful church, where I was taught the Bible from an early age. Despite hearing the Gospel many times, I still put my faith in my own righteousness to save me. I was a “good” kid, the one who always memorized the most verses and was very involved in everything the church did. I just assumed that this was good enough to get to Heaven. But when I was a teenager, I was sitting through a study of Bible doctrines. When we got to the class about Christ, there was a whole section about Jesus being the perfect sacrifice for our sins. For the first time in my life, I realized that I was a sinner who desperately needed to be saved and that Jesus alone could save me! That day, I put my faith in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation and my life has never been the same. 

Charity’s testimony
One day, at the age of six, I was playing Sunday School with some of my siblings when my older sister told us the story of the narrow road leading to Heaven and of the broad road leading to Hell. She gave us a coloring page depicting the two roads and she instructed us to draw ourselves on the road on which we were headed. Believing myself to be a good person I drew my little stick figure on the narrow road and then turned to help my younger sister. At that point I was unsure of which road she should be drawn on so I went to ask my father what he thought. Wisely, he turned the question around and asked me which road I had drawn myself on and why I had chosen the one that I did. That gave him the perfect opportunity to share the gospel with me. It was on that day that I realized my own sinful state and my desperate need of a Savior and I placed my trust solely in Christ. 

 

How God brought us together
After I graduated Bible college, I (Jason) spent two years as an intern at Vision Baptist Church. As I finished up this training, I was wanting to start deputation to go to Africa but I was still single! I was helping organize the Summit that year to promote and talk about missions. Part of my job was to help with registration and we had an email ring where all of the registration forms went to. The day before the conference began, a young lady registered for the event. Her name was Charity and her email address was ‘heart4africa’. Everyone on the email ring began to give me a hard time and said that my wife just registered. They even went as far as to stalk her on Facebook and send her picture to me so I could be on the lookout! Despite the awkwardness, we met at the conference and began to write back and forth. A year later, we were married (January 2014).

 

Our Ministry
In 2016, we left to go to Burkina Faso and we spent our first couple of years in the capital city of Ouagadougou, where we learned French. In 2019, we moved down to the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso. Since that time, God has allowed us to see two churches started in Bobo, as well as three others churches in nearby villages. God has also allowed us to train up five men to serve as pastors and leaders of these churches.

 

God has blessed us with four children: Levi (7), Joshua (5), and Jacqueline (3), and Julianna (6 months)

The Call of God

The Call of God

by Jeffrey Bush, from They Turned the World Upside

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do ofhisgood pleasure. – Philippians 2:13

Sometimes, it is not clear what God may be calling you to do. John Williams, the martyr of Polynesia, said, “Lord, if it is not thy plan and will that I become a missionary, then tear the wish with all the roots out of my soul.” What a fire burned in his soul to be a missionary! When God calls you to do something, it is like a burning desire you cannot stop thinking about.

Most people ignore the call of God, but there are some who recognize it. John recognized that God was calling him, and his heart was torn. Everything in him wanted to be a missionary, but he struggled with thoughts that it may be his desire and not God’s. He feared being outside God’s will – even by becoming a missionary! Philippians 2:13 tells us that God puts it in us both to will and to do of His good work. It is not Satan that would give us a desire to serve God. It can only be the Lord wanting to put His hand on your life and use you. Your first excuse may be, “But I’m not the right age; I’m too young; or I’m too old.” John Williams was only seventeen when the Lord started speaking to his heart. He surrendered his will to God and let Him work in his life. John could have said, “But I just got saved! I don’t know anything about God or the Bible.” Instead, he threw himself into the Lord’s work, teaching a Sunday school class and getting involved in other ministries. He did all he could for the Lord until the Lord fulfilled his dream and his desires and sent him as a missionary.

Challenge: What is your answer when you hear the Lord speaking clearly to your heart? Are you as excited as John was, who wanted to make sure God actually WANTED him to be a missionary? John considered it a special calling from God, something so special that he wanted it with all his soul.