• Kyle & Hannah Shreve have their last missions conference and meeting at the end of November. They are currently preparing to apply for their temporary residency visas, but because Chile has recently changed and added to its visa requirements, the Shreves have to submit extra documentation. Please pray the Shreves can apply for their visas soon and head to Chile in early 2023.
  • The small nation of Liechtenstein, situated between Switzerland and Austria, is governed by Hans-Adam, the Sovereign Prince. While the country is technically a constitutional monarchy, the prince holds enormous power given to him by the people as recently as 2003. In 2012 a referendum was called to question the removal of some of his power, however, it was denied. Prince Hans-Adam has veto power and the right to weigh in on any political decisions. During
  • Miguel and Mariangela Sanabria recently held their first service at their second church plant, Refuge Baptist in Bello, Colombia. They had a total of 7 visitors come during their first week! Continue praying for the Sanabria family and this young church plant as they work on outreach activities to invite people, share the gospel with them, and disciple them.
  • Across the world, the winter of 2022 has been feared because of the massive increase in energy prices. Many people are experiencing a negative gap between their income and cost of living, and it has many worried about the future. In Bulgaria, thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations demanding an increase in salary to compensate for the inflation. The country’s two largest unions organized a protest outside of Parliament, during which time they
  • In recent weeks, climate activists have organized numerous protests throughout European cities to draw attention to their cause. Although based in different countries, the groups are affiliated with one another and have coordinated similar demonstrations. In the UK, protestors dumped soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers; at the Louvre, cake was smeared on the Mona Lisa; in The Hague, an attack was also made on Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. In Potsdam, Germany, the activists
  • Robbie & Lauren Prater recently got married in September and have been on deputation full time since then, presenting the ministry at missions conferences and meetings, while also preaching at youth conferences and challenging young people to serve the Lord. Pray for the Praters as they book meetings, travel, and raise support for Paraguay. Consider having them share their ministry with your church–they will be a blessing to you!
  • As some people near retirement age, they begin considering if they would like to move abroad during those years. In the United Kingdom, the popular internet search “best country to retire to” has increased 94% in the past year. Many retirees are searching for locations with good weather, healthcare, and exchange rate for the British pound. An estimated 12% of UK residents over the age of 50 are planning to retire outside of the country.
  • Miguel Murillo pastors Life Baptist Church and has recently started a second church plant. October is their missions month, and they’re planning to take on 5 more new missionaries, bringing the total to 55 supported works. Miguel also teaches at the Peru Bible College and recently taught at the October pastor’s school in Peru. Pray for him and Liz and all the outreach efforts to train church planters and start more churches in Peru!
  • A border dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which has been an issue for decades, has recently escalated. The area in question geographically belongs to Azerbaijan, however, it is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians. In September, Azerbaijan attacked several Armenian positions along the border. These attacks led another nation into the dispute. In order to present a show of power to Azerbaijan, Iran held military drills at the Azerbaijan border. Supply chain disruptions have been a
  • The largest Greek island of Crete experienced torrential rainfall in October causing catastrophic damages and loss of life. On the streets of many seaside villages, everything was moved by the gushing water. Within the span of one hour, emergency services reported receiving 450 calls for assistance. Unfortunately, one man was trapped inside his car as the flooding began and did not make it out alive. In addition to this fatality, another death has been reported
  • Tracy Paver has been in Chile for several months now and is moving forward in language school. At the end of October, she will have the opportuniy to help another church with their community outreach by teaching an English class. Pray for people to come to this class and hear about Jesus and pray for Tracy as she continues to learn Spanish!
  • The World Evangelism Fellowship is an annual meeting of pastors, missionaries, and church members for purpose of collaborating about world evangelism. The event will be take place on Tuesday, November 8, at Vision Baptist Missions. This year, we are very excited to have Dr. Charles Keen, Bro. Walter Stevens, and Dr. Jim Roberts III speaking for us. Below is a bit more about each of them. DR. CHARLES KEEN Dr. Charles Keen pastored First Baptist Church in
  • Josh & Allie Miller recently completed Book 3 of Spanish language school and have been able to help Love Baptist Church with a children’s outreach. Josh will also have opportunities to travel and preach in several churches around Peru this month. Continue to pray for the Millers as they learn Spanish and process their residency paperwork in Peru.
  • Supply chain disruptions and increased energy prices have become a source of steep global inflation in 2022 and many people are struggling with the long-reaching effects. In the Netherlands during the month of September, inflation increased by 17% making it the highest it has been in decades. This comes after a leap of 13% one month earlier in August. The surging energy costs are astounding, with an increase of 114% since September 2021. In an
  • General elections took place in Italy during the last weekend of September. The turnout for voting was 64% — the lowest in nearly fifty years. In a speech on Sunday night, Giorgia Meloni, head of the elected leadership party, thanked voters who showed confidence in her party and emphasised her goal of uniting citizens. Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister but is facing criticism for her “far-right” conservatism. The elected party,
  • Earlier this year, Mitch & Jacqulyn McCormack began to help at El Salvador Baptist Church, a struggling church plant in Socobaya, Peru. They started English classes, outreach events, and even went on visitation several times a week. However, soon after, the pastor at El Salvador resigned. The McCormacks are currently leading and pastoring this young church plant. They have seen many visitors come, as well as a lady who recently made a profession of faith.
  • On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II passed away. She had dedicated her life to the service of her people and the United Kingdom. With 70 years as monarch, she surpassed every other British ruler in the duration of her reign. The dignified and kind manner in which she presented herself made her well-loved, not only by her own people but also worldwide. Her passing initiated a period of mourning throughout the nation extended for
  • Courtney Mathos has been in Bolivia for 6 months now and is continuing to learn Spanish, help in a new church plant, teach children, and disciple a young lady. Please continue to pray for Courtney!
  • One of the ways that Vision Baptist Missions helps to equip and encourage our missionaries is through Regional Conferences. These Regional Conferences take place every two years in each of the four overseas regions (Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America). This past week, the VBM Africa Regional Conference took place in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa with VBM missionaries flying in for the week. Veteran missionaries taught several sessions. The whole team was able
  • This summer’s intense heat wave in Europe is continuing to leave a mark. Spain, not a stranger to hot summers, experienced record-setting heat that has greatly affected the Mediterranian regions responsible for mussel crops. Water temperatures soared, reaching 86° F, with the heatwave lasting 42 days–three times the average over the past decade. With the higher-than-normal water temperatures, the mussel farmers in the area are taking a big financial hit. It has been estimated that
  • While Patrick and Leslie Henry are currently on furlough in the US, the ministry in Argentina continues. They recently celebrated Children’s Day and also held a Family Conference now that the weather is warming up. Pray for these evangelistic efforts to bring fruit to Faith Baptist in Argentina. And pray for the Henrys as they travel on furlough.
  • Turkey and Greece have had a strained relationship for years, going back over 100 years. In 1922, Greek forces occupied the city of Izmir [Greek = Smyrna], but it was liberated by Turkish forces a century ago. Despite the neighbouring countries being members of NATO, peace has been fragile. Most disputes between the two originate over sea and air boundaries. Turkish President Erdogan has been claiming that Greece has been positioning its military in demilitarized
  • By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile Last night, in a resounding defeat that echoed throughout the country, the newly proposed Chilean constitution was voted down by a 62% to 38% margin. Nobody saw it coming, at least not by that much. How did this come to pass in a country that had previously voted 80-20 to rewrite the constitution? In October 2020, when nearly 80% of Chilean voters voted to change the constitution, it seemed as
  • During the month of August, Montenegro accused Russia of conducting cyber-attacks on governmental servers. The first series of attacks reportedly took place on August 22, but the government claims to have taken quick action to ensure no damage was made. According to outgoing Prime Minister, Dritan Abazovic, the first attack came just hours after the parliament took a vote of no confidence. Montenegro’s once-healthy relationship with Russia has taken a turn within the last decade.
  • This coming Saturday, Vision Baptist Missions is hosting a work day in preparation for a new semester of Training Center classes. We could use the help of all who are willing. We will be mainly focusing on trying to complete the internal walls, ceilings, flooring, and trim of the Hudson Taylor building. There will likely be some outside work on the grounds as well. Lunch will be provided at noon. Please come and give us
  • July was the hottest month in Spain since 1961 when the meteorology register began keeping track. Due to the extreme temperatures, wildfires have been a much more serious threat this year. The yearly average of 70,000 hectares consumed by fires increased to 270,000 this year. In Valencia, the eastern region of Spain, hundreds of firefighters are working to contain the blaze of two wildfires and many people have been evacuated from their homes. Portugal is
  • God continues to use Lauren Grant in wonderful ways. She recently had the opportunity to teach 3 times in Spanish–at a children’s Sunday school, in a Bible study, and for the young ladies at Omega Baptist in Peru. We thank the Lord with Lauren for the chance to share the gospel with others and continue growing in the language!
  • Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and a key player in the decades-long drug war. However, since electing its first leftist president and government, the country is proposing an experiment–to decriminalize cocaine and start a government-regulated drug market. Colombia argues that having a drug policy instead of drug prohibition would protect poor farmers and bring down drug profits and trafficking. Colombian President Petro has appointed a drug economist to reach out to other leftist
  • David & Katie Gardner have found property for Omega Baptist and are in the midst of raising funds for this land and a building for this church. Pray for the funds to come in so that the details for this purchase can be finalized soon, and Omega Baptist can have a home!
  • During the month of June, the Bulgarian government collapsed, prompting quick political action. Bulgarian president Rumen Radev called for the country to vote in a snap election for a new prime minister after former Prime Minister Kiril Petkov was ousted. When Petkov left office, none of the four political parties was capable of gaining a majority vote, meaning that this will be the fourth parliamentary election in just two years in Bulgaria. In the meantime,
  • 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