Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for actively being involved in our ministry through prayer.  We know that your prayers will be a vital part of ministering in Germany in the future and your present prayers are invaluable as we travel to churches and camps while on deputation.  Please pray that God would use us to challenge believers to serve Him.

As some of you know last month Creston, IA was hit by a tornado which did much damage to the hospital and the community college there.  One of our supporting churches, First Baptist of Creston, had minor damage to the building, but everybody was safe.  Praise God for His protection during this violent storm.  We were able to go down two weeks ago and spend two days helping with some of the clean up.  There are still many buildings that have much damage and some that have to be demolished.  Pray for the members of First Baptist as they reach out to their community.

On June 3, Fellowship Baptist Church in Des Moines, IA is having a send off service for Mark and Leslie Boyd. They are fellow BMM missionary appointees headed to Germany as church planters.  Praise the Lord that this couple is ready to leave and begin their ministry in Germany.  The Germany Field is also excited about their arrival and transition into ministry there.  The Boyds completion of deputation leaves two on deputation for the field of Germany: Crystal Buegel and ourselves.  Please pray that both of us would soon be departing for Germany also.

Here is our up-coming itinerary:
5/27 - Ithaca Baptist, Ithaca, MI (new meeting)
6/3 - Boyd send off service - Fellowship Baptist, Des Moines, IA
6/4-8 - VBS @ Faith Baptist, Cambridge, IA
6/9-10 - First Baptist, Arlington Heights, IL - (new meeting) missions conference
7/8-13 - Raccoon River Bible Camp - Junior Camp missionary speaker
7/14-20 - IRBC Family Camp 3 as campers - Clear Lake, IA
7/23-28 - Bass Lake Baptist Camp -Senior High Camp missionary speaker
7/29 - Woodruff Baptist, Woodruff, WI (new meeting)
7/30 - 8/3 - VBS @ Woodruff Baptist, Woodruff, WI
8/12 - Grace Community, Rochester, MN (new meeting)
8/19 - Faith Baptist, Albert Lea, MN (update meeting)
9/11-14 - Launch Seminar at BMM Home Office, Cleveland, OH
9/17-19 - Pennsylvania ARBC Annual Conference or Minnesota ARBC Annual Conference (not sure which one yet)
9/24-25 - Crossroads Fellowship Annual Conference - Indiana
10/1-2 - IL/MO Fall Conference - Illinois
10/15-16 - Empire State Fall Conference - Watertown, NY
10/19-20 - Wisconsin ARBC Fall Conference
10/28 - Bethel Baptist, Oskaloosa, IA (update meeting)
10/29-30 - Michigan ARBC Fall Conference

Please pray that our support would increase to over 60% quickly.  We are currently at 55% of our needed support to live and minister in Germany.  We are very grateful to be over the half way point.   Along the way many people have told us that once we reach 50% things will go more quickly.  Only the Lord knows whether that will be true or not, but we certainly hope that He will bring together the right team of prayer and financial supporters in His timing.  We certainly are very thankful for the 13 churches and 14 families that make up our current team of supporters.

If you feel called to join our team of supporters here is a link to an online form you may fill out and submit to Baptist Mid Missions.  Our account/project# is 702037.

Jim and Sarah Engle
Baptist Mid-Missions
Appointees to Germany

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