Welcome Newest Missionary

We are thrilled to have Joy Wahl as our newest missionary with VBM!!!

I am so thankful to have grown up in a Christian home with parents who have always supported me. I was saved at the age of 12 and have always had a desire for missions. After training for missions and working at a tutoring place for 2 years, God allowed me the opportunity to go to Mexico with Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson for a year-long internship. I was able to serve in their ministry and family by homeschooling their children and discipling ladies. Upon my return to the States, I learned more about how to teach reading skills and curriculum programming through the same job I had during my time at the Out Generation Training Center. Throughout the years, God has continuously brought up the ministry in South Africa, but I was never able to go and see the ministry until this past January. During that trip, it became clear that God had been preparing me for this next step for the past several years, both from an education perspective and a ministry perspective. I am so excited to be serving under missionaries Jeremy & Rebekah Hall, assisting with evangelism, discipleship, and teaching at Bay Baptist Academy!”

Visitors on Campus

This week, we were privileged to have two students visit campus. One young man named Levi came with Pastor Kyle Coker, and one young lady named Brinlee came with Dr. Jim & Mrs. Sandy. We love having visitors and are praying the Lord will do great things in and through their lives. 

Campus Improvements

We are working on campus in preparation for Open House. We are grateful for Dylan Moore’s help most recently. God has given us a gorgeous campus, and we want to be wise stewards of this gift. 

Sending Chosen Men

by Jeffrey Bush

“Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: And they wrote letters by them after this manner…” — Acts 15:22-35

The leaders of the church, and the church as a whole, decide to send “chosen men of their own company.” This represents an accurate example of the reply of the church to a world lost in sin, sending “chosen” individuals and families as missionaries. 

I find it interesting these chosen ones are people from “their own company.” They are not transplants, they appear to be people who were saved, discipled, learned, and practiced ministry right there in their own church. Certainly some could have moved from Jerusalem to Antioch, or other locations, but they were essential and exemplary servants that were part of that congregation. There’s no better place to know and grow in the Lord, and to practice and prepare for ministry, than the local church. The local church is God’s sending agency to a world in need of the Gospel. 

Let’s consider a few essential qualities they possessed in order to be considered as a sent one:

  1. They were Respected Individuals — vs. 22. 

It says they were “chief men among the brethren.” They were chosen (vs. 22, 25) as well as chief men, which leads to believe that they led ministries, were loved and respected by others and were evident spiritual leaders. 

It would be silly to think that people who were not respected at home would be respected in a foreign land. Let an Individual prove himself and his abilities to lead others before being a sent one.  

  1. They were Courageous Individuals — vs. 26.

They had “hazarded their lives” (vs. 26). It seems these were the Individuals that stood by Paul when others tried to kill him (9:23-25; 14:19). These men didn’t just preach nice sermons and give good lessons, they were willing to put their own lives on the line. These men lived Romans 1:16. They were not ashamed of the Gospel. 

If an individual were unsuccessful in leading a coworker, neighbor, or friend to Christ at home, he would unlikely be able to do so in another part of the world. If his witness and dedication to Christ were weak at home, it would be destroyed when alone elsewhere. The geographical surroundings of a person don’t change their habits. May one be bold, loving, and living for Christ where he or she is before being considered a sent one.  

  1. They were Serving Individuals — vs. 31-32.

They didn’t believe they were better than others, in fact they were there to serve others. They put others first. They were examples. Their lives revealed their love of God (John 13:13-14). 

Before Paul was chosen to leave Antioch, he was already serving in the congregation (Acts 13:1). It was no surprise Paul was a success serving elsewhere, for he had already proven to serve in his church. And any individual being considered to be a sent one should be fervently serving where God has planted them. Though the local church should provide opportunities for one to serve, the individual should seek out ways to serve. An individual who does not serve at home will not serve in another part of the world. The lost world needs men and women willing to serve God and serve others, and our churches should prepare those individuals to be sent out to the harvest. 

These men were: 

  1. Men of Determination
  2. Men of Dedication
  3. Men of Declaration

 

  1. Men of Character
  2. Men of Compassion
  3. Men of Conviction

Missionary Highlight - Jens and Regina Looney

Jens

I grew up in a Christian home where I went to church and heard the gospel for my entire life, yet it was not until I was thirteen that I realized my need for the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. On May 24th, 2009, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

At the age of fourteen, I got involved in my local church ministries. I had an older brother named Owen who was going to be a missionary, but the LORD called him home in July of 2009 before he finished Bible college. At his funeral, I stood at the foot of his grave and told God that if He would have me, I would be willing to be a missionary. At the same time, the Lord provided an opportunity for me to travel with an evangelist with Child Evangelism Fellowship for four years. I learned from him and preached the gospel under his supervision. After this, I trained at the Our Generation Training Center (OGTC), and in December 2019, I began deputation as a missionary in Indonesia.

 

Regina

I grew up in a Christian family and made a profession of faith when I was six, but I did not truly understand what I was doing or what it meant to accept Christ as Savior. It was as a young teen that the Lord started giving me great unrest. I knew that I was not a Christian even though I knew how to live like one. It was through preaching during a revival meeting at my church that the Lord opened my eyes to my need for Him and that He alone could save me. It was that night that I truly accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

From there, I served in the children’s programs in our home church until I went to college. During this time in college, I also took several mission trips to Romania, totaling six months. It was during these times that the Lord laid missions on my heart. After finishing my Master’s degree, I came to the Our Generation Training Center to learn more specifically about serving on the mission field. There, I met my husband and now seek to serve the Lord with him.

Updates from Interns

Thank you to the missionaries who sacrificed their time to encourage and equip interns for their future ministries. Below are some recent updates from interns: 

    1. Nate Tannahill in Peru with Joe Kotvas.
    2. Ben Cherry in South Africa with Jeremy & Rebekah Hall.
    3. Emilee Coffee with Patrick & Leslie Henry (also in pic are the Henry’s daughters and Lauren Prater).
    4. Zachariah Patton in Taiwan.
    5. Abigail Cooke arrived in Mexico last week with Jonathan & Rebekah Anderson.
    6. Gabriel Chedid arrived in Burkina Faso last week with Dallas & Ashley Brown.

Inaugural Service for Kyle and Hannah Shreve

Kyle and Hannah Shreve held their “inauguration” service on Sunday. God gave them 10 first-time visitors, 7 returning visitors, and 22 regular attendees! Amen.