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!

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)

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

Exciting Youth For the Gospel Event in Eaton, OH!

On Saturday we held a Y4tG in Eaton, OH. We had 60 present from the three churches that participated (First Baptist, Grace Baptist, and Cornerstone Baptist). Great young people who seemed very attentive to the need of more laborers. We sowed with preaching and influencing these young people, praying God will give us future students and missionaries from this group. 

World's Cheapest Mission Trip #1 is On!

Space is still available for the World’s Cheapest Missions Trip! Three dates are available. Join us for a great time of seeing world cultures and the need for the Gospel. visionmissions.org/wcmt

New Construction Project Started!

We began construction on the guy’s dorm, which is upstairs of the Hudson Taylor building. Full capacity will be 12 guys, and we are thrilled to have them on campus as opposed to renting another building off campus. With the guys moving on campus, we will have a couple living on the campus as well to be available for any needed issues. 

Step #2 of summer building is new classrooms in the Carey Center. We believe God will send us new students, so we are pushing forward by faith.

Arriving from Turkey!

Brady and Sarah V. arrived from Turkey and stopped by campus. What a blessing to see them here with us in the States. 

Anna Austin, Intern in Bolivia!

Anna Austin just arrived to Bolivia. Grateful to Kevin and Beth White, and to Courtney Mathos, for hosting and helping Anna. 

“Learning the Language” by Mindy Bush

(This article is written by a missionary wife and mother to other missionaries. If you are not a missionary, please continue reading. It will better help you understand how to care and pray for all your missionary partners.)

Many of you ladies are trying to currently balance language school, being a wife, raising kids and taking care of a home. My heart goes out to you because I know it’s tough. I know you’d rather get it over with and be able to start ministry and be able to be home with your kiddos more. But I want to encourage you to keep pushing through! It is so worth it in the end to be able to speak with the people you are working with. This time of language learning is so important – don’t waste it! I wanted to give you some practical tips and fun ways to keep practicing. Some of these I did, some I asked other missionary ladies to share with me and I thought they were helpful.

  • Go to church! Go to every service and activity that is held by the church you are attending while in language school. Go on retreats and camps, sing in the choir, serve in the nursery, go on visitation, or help the church secretary. Do everything you can to immerse yourself in the language!
  • Carry a notebook around with you everywhere you go. Write down words you see in the market, on the street, in the grocery store, and on signs. In the church services, write down every word you understand in the message. Pretty soon you will find that you are understanding so much you can’t keep up with writing them all down.  At this point, write down every word you don’t understand. The next day ask your teacher what these words mean.  
  • Invite a friend to go with you to the market or store and have them help you with the pronunciation and meanings of different things. The first question you should learn in any language should be, “What is this?”   
  • Watch movies with subtitles in the language you are learning. I would say watch movies in that language but I personally couldn’t relax enough to enjoy this! So having the subtitles on was better for me! 
  • Hang out at the park (especially if you have children) and listen to the children yelling things at each other. Listen to mothers giving instructions or commands to their children. Write them down!
  • Read your Bible in the national language. At first it may take you an hour to get through one chapter. Look up each word in the dictionary so you are understanding it. Be careful to not let this substitute your daily walk with the Lord.  If you aren’t understanding anything you aren’t being spiritually filled.  This also will be difficult in languages that do not use the Roman alphabet until you learn the characters that make up your alphabet. 
  • Read the Bible to anyone who will listen to you.  Memorize Bible verses. 
  • Learn to cook the food in the country where you are living. Ask another woman to go with you to the market, buy everything you need to cook the national food, go home and prepare an entire meal from start to finish. Invite national friends for dinner and you have just spent a few hours “learning the language” and having fun, not to mention learning LOTS about culture!
  • Use technology to learn the language, but don’t depend on it all the time!  There are apps that can translate everything you want to say from English to the language you are learning. This can be detrimental to your language learning. Uber Eats can order a pizza for you without speaking a word to anyone! Be careful to not rely so much on these methods! I remember when I wrote down word for word how to order something on the phone and I practiced it many times! 
  • Memorize their national anthem and the songs that you will be singing in church, as well as Bible verses and the books of the Bible! If you are in a secular language school, you will need to implement these things for your own good. How would it look to people if you can’t say a book of the Bible properly?
  • Switch up your conversation buddy! People you talk to and spend time with learn your way of talking and they stop correcting you. After a while those who know you well will understand you whether you say it correctly or not, and you will think you are getting good in the language even though you’re not. I am not a talker by nature so I gravitated towards ladies that talked more than me. Listening to them helped me so much! 
  • Lastly, never stop learning! Keep pushing yourself! I remember after speaking Spanish for almost 10 years a lady in our church made fun of the way I asked, “What time is it?” I was embarrassed that after all those years, I still wasn’t saying it correctly, but it made me think not to get lazy and to keep asking people to correct me – even if it’s been 10 years! So don’t settle! Give God the best you’ve got and keep learning!

Missionary Highlight - Tracy Paver, Chile

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 Tracy Paver.

I am a product of missions. Because of an American missionary that came to the Philippines, my dad got saved, and I had the blessing of growing up in a Christian home and getting saved at the age of seven. God later moved my family to Singapore and Indonesia and used my years there to open my eyes to the world’s great need for the gospel.

After high school, I attended Pensacola Christian College to pursue a nursing degree. Even in college and graduate school, the Lord continued to stir my heart for the need around the world. I got involved in Mission Prayer Band, took medical missions trips, and led a girls Bible Study at the local Juvenile Justice Center. It was also during this time that I attended the Our Generation missions camp that challenged the plans I had for my life. Romans 12:1 was preached there, and I realized that surrendering my life to serve Jesus was nothing but my reasonable service. At that camp, I gave my life to serve the Lord as a missionary. God would later use a missions trip to Latin America to confirm that desire. I have now been serving as a missionary in Chile for almost 2 years!

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 24

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 21

New Guy's Dorm Coming!

One of our prayers is becoming a reality as the upstairs of the Hudson Taylor building is being renovated into the new guy’s dorm. This is one of the multiple goals and plans for this summer, and it’s in preparation for the future we believe God has for OGTC. 

World's Cheapest Missions Trip Next Week!

Space is still available if you would like to join us to see the world from the convenience of the cultural melting pot of the greater Atlanta area!

Our first group of 27 visitors from Arkansas will be arriving NEXT Monday night. Please help us pray that God allows us to encourage and excite these young people about worldwide missions! 

The next groups will be: 

  1. WCMT #2 — June 11-14 – from Lakeland Baptist Temple and Twin Rivers Baptist Church in OH
  2. WCMT #3 — July 23-26 from Marlow Rd. Baptist Church in NC. 

Youth For the Gospel - May 25th, Eaton, OH

Our next Youth for the Gospel is May 25 in Eaton, OH. You can see the full list below. Join us for one of these great events. Click here for more information: visionmissions.org/y4g 

 

  1. May 25 —Eaton, OH — First Baptist Church
  2. August 17 — Central, SC — Camp Creek Baptist Church
  3. September 14 — Calhoun, GA — Philadelphia Baptist Church
  4. September 21 — Bronx (NY City), NY — Living Hope Baptist Church
  5. September 28 — Knoxville, TN — Southside Baptist Church
  6. October 12 — St. Cloud, FL — Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
  7. October 26 — Dalton, GA — Whitfield Baptist Church

Missionary Highlight, Robbie & Lauren Prater

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 Robbie & Lauren Prater.

Robbie
For most of my childhood, “church” was just a figment of my imagination. I did not grow up attending church and was not taught that there is a God in Heaven that loves me so much that He wanted to save me from the penalty of sin. When I was 11 years old, I heard a clear presentation of the Gospel for the first time and I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. After graduating high school, I thought that I wanted to pursue veterinarian school. After studying for one semester in a secular college, I knew that was not the path the Lord wanted for my life and I answered the call to serve the Lord in full time Christian service, and more specifically, in the area of Missions.

Lauren 
I was born in a Christian home that heavily focused on ministry. Growing up, my grandfather was my pastor and my father was my youth pastor. At the age of six, I made a profession of faith but doubted my salvation for two years after. I finally realized that salvation lies in my Savior’s hands alone and not in anything I could do or say. After receiving full assurance of my salvation, I began to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord. My walk with the Lord grew stronger through the next five years as our family moved to Peru, South America as church planting missionaries. When my family returned to the states, I begged God that He would allow me to serve Him again on the mission field. At the age of 15, I surrendered to serve Him full-time on the mission field.

New Church Plant In Peru!

Congratulations to Josh & Allie Miller on the inauguration service of a new church plant!!! Praise the Lord! It takes a lot of energy, prayer, time, and love to kick off a new church, and all of us are excited to see what God is going to do through them! 

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 20

A New Project for a Guy's Dorm

Summer Is Officially Here

Below is a picture of our last chapel service of the semester. We had a very good semester, and grateful the students get the summer off — two will be getting married, one will go on her internship and the others preparing for their next steps. 

We are prayerfully anticipating the fall semester. Join us in praying to the Lord of the harvest for new students. 

Proceeds from the Golf Tournament

After paying the expenses of the Golf Tournament, we were able to raise $8,372.96!!! Praise the Lord. This money will go towards building a guy’s dorm on campus. 

Anna Austin Leaving for Internship

Anna Austin will be going on half of her internship this summer. She will return for her last semester of classes and then finish her internship. This is a new method of breaking up the internships, and we are anticipating it can be a help to Anna and future students. 

Youth For the Gospel - May 25th, Eaton, OH

Our next Youth for the Gospel is May 25 in Eaton, OH. You can see the full list below. Join us for one of these great events. Click here for more information: visionmissions.org/y4g 

 

  1. May 25 —Eaton, OH — First Baptist Church
  2. August 17 — Central, SC — Camp Creek Baptist Church
  3. September 14 — Calhoun, GA — Philadelphia Baptist Church
  4. September 21 — Bronx (NY City), NY — Living Hope Baptist Church
  5. September 28 — Knoxville, TN — Southside Baptist Church
  6. October 12 — St. Cloud, FL — Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
  7. October 26 — Dalton, GA — Whitfield Baptist Church

Missionary Highlight - Josh & Allie Miller

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 Josh & Allie Miller.
 

Josh: 

I was raised in a godly home and heard the gospel from a very young age. As I grew I knew I was living for myself and I only wanted to claim Jesus when it was convenient.

When I was 18 years old I was confronted with my hypocrisy and I called on the Lord to be saved! My life was immediately transformed and I had a desire to serve the Lord with the rest of my life.

Allie: 

I grew up in a Christian home and was constantly surrounded by God’s Word, but it was not until the age of 12 that I could no longer ignore that I was not right with God.

That year I attended my church’s youth camp where the gospel was presented. It was there that I accepted the gift of salvation and God changed my life to live for Him!

Global Impact Report

Our God is good! Praise the Lord, our Global Impact Report for 2023 is published. Rejoice with us in all the ways that God has used our missionary team to see His Kingdom grow. Thank you for your support. We would not be able to do it without you.

New OGTC Catalog

Take a look at our new OGTC Catalog!

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 22

VBM Update From the Homebase – Week 19

Newest Missionary Family!!!

We are thrilled to have accepted Tyler & Brianna Chandler as our newest missionaries, going to Brazil!!! Below are their testimonies: 

Brianna: 

    I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, my parents were members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Logan, Ohio. When I was 7, after service on a Wednesday night, I was scared to go to sleep because I knew that I needed Jesus as my Savior. So that night, my mom sat down with me and showed me how I can know Jesus. Later in my teen years I realized that I needed a better walk with God and grew closer with Him. I have grown so close with the Lord and grown to really want to serve Him with my life. 

Tyler:

    I never grew up in church, I always thought that being a good person was what got you to heaven. I met my wife in 2015 and after we dated for a year I decided I wanted to marry her. I went to her mom and dad to ask for their blessing to marry her. They wanted us to do marriage counseling with our pastor, so I agreed to sit down with him. The first week, my pastor shared with me what it meant to be saved and what it would look like to be a Christian. We left that night and I didn’t say much on the ride home because all I could do is think about what was just shared with me. I continued to think about this over the next week. The next week at our meeting we sat down with our pastor. After asking a few questions I accepted Jesus as my Savior July 25, 2017. Since then God gave me a burden to preach and a burden for souls.

Golf Tournament

We had a good turnout for the 3rd annual golf tournament. After playing, the majority of the golfers came to our campus for an awards banquet. It went very well, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

The proceeds from the tournament will be used for campus improvements. We will hopefully have a total by the end of this week. 

Great Graduation

The Lord gave us a great commencement service on Friday night! There were 15 graduates, two of whom were not able to be present (one sick and one overseas). Shawn Bateman was our guest speaker, and the message was exactly what we needed. Each graduate did great on their testimony. We had a good group of friends and family and a wonderful spirit. Praise the Lord for what God is doing in our midst!!

Module Glass with Jason Holt

Youth For the Gospel - May 25th, Eaton, OH

Our next Youth for the Gospel is May 25 in Eaton, OH. You can see the full list below. Join us for one of these great events. Click here for more information: visionmissions.org/y4g 

 

  1. May 25 —Eaton, OH — First Baptist Church
  2. August 17 — Central, SC — Camp Creek Baptist Church
  3. September 14 — Calhoun, GA — Philadelphia Baptist Church
  4. September 21 — Bronx (NY City), NY — Living Hope Baptist Church
  5. September 28 — Knoxville, TN — Southside Baptist Church
  6. October 12 — St. Cloud, FL — Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
  7. October 26 — Dalton, GA — Whitfield Baptist Church

Missionary Highlight - Mitch & Jacqulyn McCormack

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 Mitch & Jacqulyn McCormack.

Mitch’s testimony: I was born and raised in the small town of Banning, California. I was privileged to be surrounded by a Christian family, and I was in church my entire life. When I was five years old, I sat down at the edge of my bed with my father and asked Jesus into my heart. It was not until high school that I realized that my decision would mean making hard choices that honored God. Although my friends decided to abandon their roots, I dedicated my life to the Lord, and I decided to attend Pensacola Christian College. The more I read my Bible and grew in the Lord, the more I realized that the world so desperately needed the gospel. I went to mission prayer band at my college and heard dozens of missionaries give their testimonies. After much prayer, I believed God was calling me to the mission field. God later confirmed my desire when I took a trip to Perú. 

Jacqulyn’s testimony: I had the privilege of growing up at Faith Baptist Church in Canoga Park, California, with my uncle, Tim Rasmussen, as pastor and with my parents as the principals of the Christian school. At the age of five I prayed a prayer after hearing a message on hell, but for the following ten years I lived in doubt and fear. Finally, on December 31, 2008, I was looking over my New Year’s resolutions from the previous year, and I knew something had to change. That evening I accepted Christ as my personal Savior! The following year I took my first missions trip to Haiti, and that is when I knew I had to go. I had to give my life so that others could hear the Gospel.

Global Impact Report

Our God is good! Praise the Lord, our Global Impact Report for 2023 is published. Rejoice with us in all the ways that God has used our missionary team to see His Kingdom grow. Thank you for your support. We would not be able to do it without you.

New OGTC Catalog

Take a look at our new OGTC Catalog!