Brethren Mission Fund Newsletter Volume 13, Summer 2011

BRF’s Mission Statement

With the salvation of souls around the world as its chief aim, the Brethren Mission Fund provides a channel through the Brethren Revival Fellowship to help resource sound Brethren mission work or Brethren workers wherever the gospel of Jesus Christ is being presented.

Pat and Karen Myers

Pat and Karen Myers from the Pleasant View Congregation (Southern PA District), have been serving for a number of years at the Missionary Training College in New Zealand. They are serving through World Evangelization for Christ (WEC). The mission organization asks their missionaries not to solicit financial support, believing that God’s people will provide. The BMF committee has again agreed to contribute $6,000 toward their support for the coming year.

Jeff and Jean Graham

Jeff and Jean Graham returned home in June of 2009 after serving as missionaries in Haiti through Christian Service International. Jeff began pastoring the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren (South/ Central Indiana District). However, since the major earthquake in Haiti in January of 2010, Jeff and Jean have returned to Haiti in August of 2010. They are again serving through Christian Service International. The BMF committee has decided to continue support of $6,000 for the Graham’s in the coming year.

Ken and Janet Winebark

Ken and Janet Winebark are members of the Richland Church of the Brethren (Atlantic Northeast District) and have been serving with Mercy Ships for a number of years. Ken is the Director of Agricultural Programs in the countries where Mercy Ships serves, and Janet also works for Mercy Ships in Donor Services. The BMF committee has agreed to contribute $1,000 toward the Winebark’s support in the coming year and will further review their support in May of 2012.

Alpha and Omega

The Alpha and Omega Fellowship (ANE District) and the Laurel Street Mennonite Church serve the Latino community in the city of Lancaster, PA. Together they are sponsoring their Sixth Annual Vacation Bible School and Day Camp this summer. The BMF committee has again agreed to support this work and is contributing $1,500 toward this outreach effort, being sent directly to Alpha and Omega.

Thomas Martson

Tom Marston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Marston and a member of the Lewiston, Maine Congregation (Atlantic Northeast District), will again be working at Camp Good News this summer under the auspices of Child Evangelism Fellowship. Tom needs to raise $2,200 for the six-week program. The BMF committee has again agreed to contribute a one-time gift of $500 toward this work, with the funds being sent directly to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine.

Becky Bollinger

Becky Bollinger, daughter of Bruce and Bev Bollinger and a member of the Heidelberg Church of the Brethren (Atlantic Northeast District), is planning to leave this August for a two-year term of service. She will be serving among Native Americans in Cherry Creek, South Dakota, through the Olive Branch Mission. Becky will be teaching kindergarten, first grade and also Sunday School while there. The BMF committee has decided to contribute $2,000 toward her support for the first year, and will review continued support in May of 2012.

Brethren Theological Training Academy in Spain

The Church of the Brethren has had a presence in the country of Spain for at least ten years. Last year several delegations of U.S. Brethren visited Spain to meet with the Brethren there. The church leaders in Spain have formally requested to be recognized by the Church of the Brethren in the United States. Earlier this spring, pastors Fausto Carrasco and Daniel D’Oleo submitted a proposal for theological training to Jay Wittmeyer. Although formal recognition of the church in Spain has not yet occurred, Jay Wittmeyer has given permission to begin this training program. However, because formal recog­nition of these churches has not yet occurred, no funds were permitted to be designated to the training program. Therefore, Jeff Boshart has contacted both Brethren World Missions and Brethren Mission Fund to see if they would consider jointly sponsoring the first year of theological training for Spain. The expenses for this training for 2011 (for two people) would be $4,200. The BMF committee agreed to contribute a one-time gift of $2,100 toward this work, with the monies being channeled through Jay Wittmeyer’s office in Elgin.

Prayer Requests

1. That the Church of the Brethren would seek to obey Christ and fulfill the Great Commission.

2. For the missionaries that the Brethren Mission Fund is supporting.

3. That new mission requests and financial resources would be generated.

4. That the BMF committee will have wisdom in responding to requests.

Missionary Names and Addresses

Isai & Kristalene Bautista
Apdo Post 4-28/
Oaxaca, Oax. MEXICO 68051
e-mail: [email protected]

 

David & Veola Bucher
5704 Iceland Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35224
Phone: 205-786-6165
e-mail: [email protected]

 

Blaine & Sheila Copenhaver
821 Meadow Drive
Altmore, AL 36502
Phone: 251-259-6310
e-mail: [email protected]

 

John & Shirley Kurtz
We Care Program
3493 Highway 21
Atmore, AL 36502
e-mail: [email protected]

 

Jeff & Jean Graham
Christian Service International
Serving in Haiti
1714 W. Royale Drive
Muncie, IN 47304

 

Linc & Kay Myers
2049 Diosd
Radnoti utca 1
HUNGARY
e-mail: [email protected]

 

Pat & Karen Myers
21 College Drive RD#1
Taupiri
NEW ZEALAND
e-mail: [email protected]

 

Ken & Janet Winebark
Mercy Ships
P.O. Box 2020
Lindale, TX 75771-2020

Committee Members and Addresses

Chairman – C. Earl Eby, 6327 Wayne Highway, Waynesboro,  PA 17268
Director – James F. Myer, 234 Keener Rd., Lititz, PA 17543
Vice Chairman – J. Eric Brubaker, 859 Rettew Mill Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522
Secretary – Paul W. Brubaker, 954 Lincoln Heights Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522
Treasurer – Carl L. Brubaker, 1425 Furnace Hill Pike, Lititz, PA 17543
Other Members –
David R. Wenger, 390 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Lititz, PA 17432
Susan M. Wenger, 304 Chestnut Street, Richland, PA 17087

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James F. Myer, Director
234 Keener Road
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 626-5555

Eric & Linda Brubaker, Editors

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