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)