Brethren Mission Fund Newsletter Volume 19, Fall 2017

BMF’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.

Missions Conference: 2018

A Church of the Brethren missions conference is being planned for April 6-8, 2018 at the Frederick Church of the Brethren in Maryland. Please mark this on your calendar and plan to attend. Additional information should be forthcoming in the near future.

Daniel and Amber Hartman

Daniel Hartman is a son of Chuck Hartman, a minister at the New Fairview congregation (Southern PA District). Daniel and His wife Amber have been planning to embark on a long-term mission assignment in South Asia, through New Tribes Missions. Their focus will be on church planting and Bible translation, if necessary. For the past 2-years they have been going through a training program at the New Tribes training center in Missouri. Once they are in the field, their support level is projected to be $54,000 per year. However, during the first (2) years of training, their support needs have been $36,000 per year. The Brethren Mission Fund has been supporting them with $4,000 per year for the past 2 years. Once they are in the field, their support level will again be re-evaluated.

Sharon (Bruckhart) Brubaker

Sharon Bruckhart, a member of the White Oak Congregation (Atlantic Northeast District), has been serving in full-time prison ministry since the fall of 2011. She is serving in Atmore, Alabama through the We Care Program. Sharon was recently married to Dale Brubaker, who is also a chaplain in the prison system through the We Care Program. At our recent meeting, the BMF committee agreed to increase her level of support to $3,000 for the coming year.

Root Cellar – Lewiston, Maine

Zach and Monika Nolt (White Oak Congregation/ANE District), served as houseparents of the BVS/BRF volunteer unit in Lewiston, Maine from 2015-2016. After that they agreed to serve for 2-years at the Root Cellar, which they began in the fall of 2016. The Root Cellar is an inner-city ministry to the people of Lewiston, Maine. The Nolt’s have had to raise their own support and have requested assistance from the BMF. Their level of support is $36,000 per year. The BMF committee has supported them at a level of $10,000 over the past year and has agreed to continue the same support level in the coming year.

Fawn Jacobs

Fawn Jacobs is from the Upper Conewago Congregation (Southern PA District). This fall (October), she is planning to begin a 1-year term of service as a prison chaplain’s assistant in Alabama through the We Care Program. She needs to raise $24,000 for the year. After some discussion, the committee approved $3,000 toward her support for the coming year.

Mission Work in Muslim Countries

The Brethren Mission Fund has a long tradition of helping to support mission workers serving in Muslim countries. Over the years we have supported numerous such missionaries. Most of the time, their names are never mentioned in our newsletter, nor the nature of their work, nor their location. In order to protect their identities, and for the safety of those they work with, they often simply go unmentioned. However, the committee frequently has a chance to meet with these missionaries when they are in the States.

Such was the case earlier this year when the BMF committee had an opportunity to meet with a missionary, whom we support, who serves in a Muslim country. We gained insight into some of the challenges and opportunities they encounter. We learned about some of the cultural dynamics; that Muslim men are typically used to talking about the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity. But Muslim women are often reluctant to do so. We learned that converting to Christianity can carry with it a very real risk of persecution and isolation. We learned that there are usually very few (if any) Christians in a large segment of the population.

In this kind of a setting, it is very difficult to gauge “missionary success.” There are seldom any visible results. And yet, these missionaries definitely feel called to serve in these areas and are doing so in obedience to Christ. And often their only consolation is that they got a chance to live out (before unbelieving and sometimes hostile people), what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  

Appeal for Funds
As we enter 2018, please consider contributing, individually or as a church, to the Brethren Mission Fund (BMF). We are committed to supporting members of the Church of the Brethren (CoB) who are working in soul-saving mission endeavors. Our goal is to stimulate mission activity in the CoB, something which has been too dormant for far too long. We are regularly dispensing funds to try to accomplish this.

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.
5. For those people who are serving Christ in areas where there is open opposition to the Gospel. Pray for their safety and effectiveness.

MISSIONARY NAMES AND ADDRESSES

Sharon (Bruckhart) Brubaker
13 Brookside Drive
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Phone: (334) 478-4824
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
Atmore, AL 36502
Phone: (251) 259-6310
e-mail: [email protected]

Daniel & Amber Hartman
Phone: (407) 323-3430
e-mail: [email protected]

Jason & Nicole Hoover
e-mail [email protected]

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

Pat & Karen Myers
e-mail: [email protected]

Zach & Monika Nolt
264 Blake Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone: (717) 419-1183 (Zach)
Phone: (171) 269-6599 (Monika)
e-mail: [email protected] (Zach)
e-mail: [email protected] (Monika)

Brandon Wenger
e-mail: [email protected]

Ken & Janet Winebark
Mercy Ships
P.O. Box 2020
Lindale, TX 75771-2020
e-mail: [email protected]

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BMF’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.

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS & ADDRESSES
Chairman – C. Earl Eby, 6327 Wayne Highway, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Director – James F. Myer, 234 Keener Rd., Lititz, PA 17543
Vice Chairman – Paul E. Schildt, P.O. Box 20, East Berlin, PA 17316
Secretary – J. Eric Brubaker, 859 Rettew Mill Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522
Treasurer – Carl L. Brubaker, 1425 Furnace Hill Pike, Lititz, PA 17543
Other Members –
Susan M. Wenger, 304 Chestnut Street, Richland, PA 17087
Dale Wolgemuth, 39 North Linden Street, Manheim, PA 17545
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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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