Brethren Mission Fund – Spring 2020

Volume 22 Spring 2020

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.

Workcamp: 2020

At this time, a workcamp is being planned for June 20-28 at the Miami First Church of the Brethren in Miami, FL. It was originally scheduled to be held in Haiti, but because of the political unrest there, the location was changed. Thomas and Rosene Powell from the Heidelberg Congregation/ANE District, have agreed to lead this workcamp. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains to be seen if it will be held.

Linc and Kaye Myers

Linc and Kaye Myers (formerly of the Pleasant View Congregation/ Southern PA District) have switched their membership to the New Fairview Congregation/ Southern PA District. They had been doing mission work in Budapest, Hungary through SEND International for 14-years. Linc taught missionary children – and others – at a Christian school there. In 2019 the BMF supported Linc and Kaye at a rate of $7,000. However, their term of service ended in the summer of 2019, and they relocated back to the United States. Their mission agency requested that they continue to be supported through the end of 2019, which the BMF committee did. Recently however, it was reported that Linc has not yet found employment, and the mission organization is asking that their support be continued until June 30, 2020. The committee agreed to do a one-time gift of $1,500 toward their support.

Asia

The BMF was in its second year of supporting a local Church of the Brethren worker who was serving in Asia. This person was in the process of learning the language and teaching English as a second language. A small church was formed, something which had not happened there for a very long time. The spiritual climate there is very difficult. Most people come from a deeply entrenched Buddhist background, and turning to Christ has major consequences. Also, sharing the Gospel is not tolerated by the authorities, and doing so can have you removed from the country. The BMF was supporting this worker at a rate of $2,000 over the next year. However, we recently learned that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this worker was asked to leave the country. This mission worker is now back in the States.    

Alpha and Omega

The Alpha and Omega Fellowship (ANE District) serves the Latino community in the city of Lancaster, PA. The congregation also has a Community Center associated with it, which is the outreach arm of their congregation. However, because of a change in some of the Community Center’s board members, they lost a connection to some of their corresponding congregations and the funding associated with them. They are reportedly looking for new board members, but are currently experiencing a financial shortfall. Therefore, in light of the current financial need, the BMF committee agreed to support them with a one-time gift of $1,500, noting that we would recommend that it be used for the evangelical efforts of the ministry.

Josiah Ludwick

Josiah Ludwick is a son of Ron Ludwick (pastor of the Lebanon CoB/ANE District). Josiah is currently serving at the Harrisburg First CoB (ANE District) but is planning to do short-term mission service in the Great Lakes Region of Rwanda. He and his wife Christine had spent a year in Rwanda, doing church planting, ending their term of service early in 2019. Now, however, he will be leading a group of multi-generational workcampers there to help members of the CoB in Rwanda to construct a church building in the headquarter site of Gisenyi. Josiah is seeking $4,000 to take along for supplies for the project. The BMF committee agreed to contribute $4,000 toward this project.  

Kaelyn Horst

Kaelyn Horst is a daughter of Wilmer and Charlene Horst. Wilmer is a member of the BRF committee. Kaelyn is in her late teens and in January, 2019, she began a 2-year term of service in Guatemala with Jungle Breezes Youth Ministries, which is a Mennonite mission. She is serving as a school teacher for missionary children at a ranch for boys. In 2019, the BMF committee supported her at a level of $1,500 ($375 per quarter). She is now in her second year, and the BMF committee has agreed to pay the 1st quarterly payment of $375 (for 2020) and then request more information from her in anticipation of our May meeting.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  1. That the Church of the Brethren would seek to obey Christ and fulfill the Great Commission.
  1. For the missionaries that the Brethren Mission Fund is supporting.
  1. That the BMF committee will have wisdom in responding to requests.
  1. For those people who are serving Christ in areas where there is open opposition to the Gospel. Pray for their safety and effectiveness.
  1. That there would be coordinated mission efforts during this time of unrest in the CoB.
  1. That the COVID-19 pandemic would be stopped, that lives would be saved and people would come to Christ.

MISSIONARY NAMES AND ADDRESSES

David & Veola Bucher          

     5704 Iceland Avenue

     Birmingham, AL 35224

     Phone: (205) 786-6165

     e-mail: [email protected]

Jason & Nicole Hoover

    San Juan de La Maguana

    Dominican Republic

    Phone: (809) 769-9478

    e-mail: [email protected]

Fawn Jacobs        

    811 Deatsville Highway, Apt. 7

    Millbrook, AL 36054

    Phone: (717) 292-3059

    e-mail: [email protected]

Jarrett Miller          

    P.O Box 22185

    Louisville, KY 40252

    Phone: (717) 371-2015

    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: (717) 269-6599 / Monika

    e-mail: [email protected] / Zach

    e-mail: [email protected] / Monika

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 – Nathan West, 3766 Edenville Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202

Treasurer – Carl L. Brubaker, 1425 Furnace Hill Pike, Lititz, PA 17543

Secretary – J. Eric Brubaker, 859 Rettew Mill Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522

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

The Brethren Mission Fund is a ministry of the Brethren Revival Fellowship.

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