Jun 01

May Report from Stephanie Baughman, Tasmania, Australia

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you well. Here is your May update a day late. Yesterday was Pentecost. In honor of that, one of the Scriptures I’ve been reflecting on this morning is Galatians 5. When the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the believers, His fruit was a manifestation of that as well. My thoughts took me to the chaos we’ve been experiencing here in the U.S. during the last few days. Paul speaks of the deeds of the flesh and the Spirit being opposed to one another. Repentance for the past and present is needed. Forgiveness is needed. As Christ followers, the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us to give us that fruit in our lives. You know the ones. You may have memorized them as a child, as a pastor’s daughter recently told me she did with a song: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Paul goes on to finish the passage with “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Will you let the Holy Spirit manifest that fruit in your life that comes with your new nature for God’s glory to the ones you meet/call around you today?
May has been spent, in my world, communicating with Tasmanian children, youth, and adults. I learned some new technology skills to keep up with that along the way. I have been discipling Cody. You may remember him. He’s the little boy that when he moved with his Mom to Tasmania, she was determined to raise him Muslim. He’s since become a Christian and been baptized. We’ve been meeting for most of May via video chat, but just last week I worked out how to share screen to show him a video of an object lesson that went with the Scripture passage I was reading with Him and send a file of a coloring page on the story right there on the chat. It’s been good to spend some one on one time with a few of the children. You can see a picture of Cody showing me his recent LEGO creation attached. He also made Noah and the Ark while we were together as we spent two sessions on Noah.
After meeting with Good News Club teachers, also via video, they voted to do what is called “letterbox packs” to all of the Good News Club children as well as some extra children we normally reach through holiday club, but don’t come to a Good News Club. I was actually very proud of them, because that was the option that would take the most work on their end. They delivered these to the children’s mailboxes with a Scripture passage, memory verse game, craft, learning activity, a letter from me, a tract about COVID, and candy.
One of the Good News Club teachers received this response back “Hi its Millie and Jesse, Thank you for dropping of the good news club yesterday. We enjoy doing the little activities and learing about God 🙂 we hope you are well and we hope to see you soon.”  I’m attaching to this email also the tract about COVID that all of the children and families received.
We have four churches in Tasmania that operate a youth group together. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned in previous emails, but I am on the youth team. So I’ve been joining in the youth group Friday nights (which is 5 a.m. Friday morning here). We’ve been studying the life of Peter. I was very surprised when the leader said we would be doing a study of Peter as that is what I am studying to teach to the Good News Club children whenever I can return to Tasmania and we can go back to in person clubs. The youth vary in where they are spiritually, but I have noticed some growth in some of them as they discuss things on Zoom that I never saw when we were meeting in person.
There are various other meetings as well such as getting a budget done with my bookkeeper for the ministry year that starts in July in Australia, church morning teas, and Bible study discussion groups. As you can imagine, these things most often take place during the middle of the night while America is sleeping. This brings me to my biggest challenge during this time. Living in two time zones. Perhaps, my biggest prayer right now, is that my body will stay strong while I do this time of living in two different worlds.
I also don’t want to miss the opportunities that God puts right in front of me here in South Carolina though too. In that vain, I am on the teaching team of Christian Youth in Action. Young people are being trained to reach boys and girls around the State of South Carolina this summer with the Gospel. Some of these 5-Day Clubs will be online and some smaller clubs in person. For training, young people will meet in small groups at CEF offices and churches to tune into Google Classroom classes.
I’ll be with two young ladies in person in the Orangeburg CEF office while I teach the rest over Google Classroom. I’ll have two Bible lesson classes, a class on Teaching Children to Pray, and sharing my missions testimony. It will certainly be a new adventure for everyone doing this format of teacher training.
It will be a jump out of my comfort zone relating to American teenagers. While I have picked up on some ideas from the Aussie youth group on Friday night, it is a different culture here. Pray for God to give me more ideas to make this more interactive for them. Pray for the principles of studying a Bible passage, especially come across understandably. CYIA will be June 14-19. The youth will then be released to do 5-Day Clubs in their areas of the state for four weeks.
Prayer Requests:
·         Praise God for some special one-on-one time with a few of my Good News Club children.
·         Praise God for allowing me to have my birthday with family.
·         Praise God for the technology that allows us all to stay in touch and do ministry around the world.
·         Pray for God to open the door for me to return to Tasmania.
·         Pray for wisdom for the National CEF Board, the Australian Government, and the Tasmanian Government as they work through all situations involved in this.
·         Pray for my body’s immune system to be strong in the midst of having a very inconsistent sleeping schedule.
·         Pray for Good News Clubs to be able to return in person when it is safe to do so and fits government regulations.
·         Pray for Tasmanian church leaders as they work through what it will look like for churches to return in person soon.
·         Pray for South Carolina Christian Youth in Action to reach many children this summer.
·         Pray for wisdom for CEF directors, staff, and the teaching team who will be working with the young people June 14-19.
·         Pray for the technology to work.
 
In Christ for the children,
Stephanie

Jun 01

News from Renaissance Outreach Ministries-Uganda and Nepal with Jan Beaderstadt

The Covid-19 continues to be a nightmare for the world today.

As I write this article, Nepal and Uganda remained locked down. In Nepal, police roam the streets, enforcing the curfew against those who would dare to venture out. In both countries, the lockdown has been extended to around the first of June, with no guarantee that the lockdowns will end then.

The number of cases have actually been relatively small. As of May 19, there are 375 cases with two deaths. In Uganda there are 260 cases with no deaths. These countries have a population of 29 million and 42 million, respectively. Lockdowns continue to be extended into early June, with no promise of coming to an end. The local people in many places are going hungry due to lack of ability to buy food from stores and vendors. In many ways, those residing in rural villages have it better as they grow their own food.

Still, life is very difficult for the people in Africa and Asia. Worse yet is the fear of the COVID19 virus. Even though they have very few cases compared to USA, there is often desperation in their voices when they talk of the future. They hear the reports through their media, and worry about their families. Social distancing is not easily accomplished in these countries. Extended families often live in single room huts with barely enough room for the family to lay down at night. It is not uncommon to see 15 to 25 people living in one house. Houses in the cities are larger, but still contain large families.

In Uganda, it is still quite common to have six children in a family (it was a tradition for a Ugandan woman to have twelve children). Combine this with other relatives and you definitely have a full house. All public transportation has come to a halt. The local people travel in densely traveled buses or mini-vans (called micros). The mini-vans are designed to hold 14 people plus driver. Usually, they will easily carry 25 or more. Personal space is not a concern in these countries.

Tourists can afford the more expensive buses or rent vehicles; the local people are not so fortunate. The lower priced transportation does not come with a lot of comfort, but it certainly beats walking. The people of Nepal and Uganda are working to follow the laws. While food may be scarce and many are going hungry, they are persevering. Suffering is a part of life in these countries. While the virus remains a threat, their faith does get them through each day. Return this year?

Returning to Nepal in June

The plan is for Rev. Beaderstadt to return to Nepal in late June. This all depends upon air travel and restrictions in both USA and these countries. In Kathmandu, all commercial flights as well as domestic are cancelled. To date, Qatar Airways has not cancelled the flight to Kathmandu. All we can do is wait.

Once arriving in Nepal, Rev. Beaderstadt would have to self-quarantine for two weeks. Fortunately, staff can still come to work during that time. He just won’t be able to leave the building unless symptoms of COVID-19 show up and he would have to go to the local hospitals. We will keep you updated on travel plans. Classes for the Jesus Seminary are now being conducted on line.

Jesus Seminary going on-line classes during virus

The COVID-19 virus has closed all schools and universities in Kathmandu. After being closed for six weeks, Rt. Rev. Barnabas Titung, chancellor of the Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas has started to conduct classes online using Facebook. In June, Rev. Beaderstadt is planning to bring a large screen TV to Nepal which will be used to train pastors in the classroom. PowerPoints can be shown on its screen.

Foreign instructors from USA and other countries can also be beamed into Nepal and shown on the screen. By using ZOOM, instructors can beam themselves into the classroom and students can ask questions. This process becomes a way for the instructor to see their students and the students to interact with their professors. Large screen TVs are much cheaper in USA than in Nepal.

Renaissance Outreach can legally bring in a large screen TV which will cost less, even having to pay for the extra baggage on the flight.

Flooding hits Kasese

Heavy rains hit the Rwenzori Mountains of western Uganda in May, creating disastrous flash flooding in the lower mountains on its way to Kasese where Renaissance Outreach Ministries does its work. The mountain village of Kilembe was destroyed by the angry waters of the river that roared through the narrow valley. The hospital where students from the Rwenzori School of Nursing & Midwifery do their practicum is no more. It was a government hospital consisting of several buildings that was swept away. Fortunately, there were no deaths as all patients had been evacuated before the flash flood hit. Kilembe is the site of copper mining in Uganda.

The village usually sees a major flood of this nature every 50 years. The last one was in 2013 that destroyed many buildings and the bridge in town. To have another flood of this caliber so soon is very unusual, which reflects upon the changing climate in Africa. The family of our friend Bwambale William reside in Kilembe. Fortunately, their family farm is on higher ground as while the rains did damage to some of their outbuildings, they were safe.

Once the water reaches Kasese, there is enough room for the waters to spread out. Parts of Kasese did suffer some flooding, but nothing like what hit Kilembe.

Your coffee is coming

Thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, Renaissance Outreach Ministry has been unable to get new shipments of coffee and tea. All commercial flights in and out of Nepal have been cancelled and the airport closed. Right now, a limited number of air freight flights are flying at double the regular air freight prices. We are hoping to be able to get a shipment of coffee and tea in the next three weeks. We do have some tea and soap in stock. Coffee supplies are now exhausted.

If you want to order coffee, please let us know by email. We will update you on our situation. Our address is be.kultraining@gmail.com

Surgery went well

The ankle replacement surgery that Rev. Beaderstadt had on March 13 has been healing on schedule, according to Dr. Matthew Walton, the surgeon from University of Michigan. When he went in for surgery, little did he realize that the entire world would change on March 13. It was then that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order shutting down the state of Michigan went into effect. Rev. Beaderstadt had known that he would be stuck at home for at least six weeks in recovery.

What he didn’t expect is that his wife and youngest daughter would be home with him. Barbara Beaderstadt is a teacher at Head Start in Whittemore. The school building was closed by executive order along with all schools in Michigan. The Head Start program has scrambled to try and provide projects for the children to do with their parents at home.

Once a week, she and her staff travel to drop off weekly activities on the porches and front doors of student’s homes. They can have no physical contact with the children. Their daughter Shainna teaches at Tawas Area Schools. She works in special education and has been seeing students on line.

Rev. Beaderstadt is now using a walker and hopes to be off that soon. He still needs a brace for support while the ankle is still healing.

Save those “G” dollars We’ve been telling you to save those dollars with the letter “G” on the left hand side. Those are “God’s Dollars” and you can use them to support the work of Renaissance Outreach Ministries.

In the month of April, Rev. and Mrs. Beaderstadt were able to find 61 $1 “G” bills. Each month, it is easy to find those dollars in your change as you shop. When you get those “G” dollars, fold them in half and tuck them in a corner of your wallet. Each night at home, take them out and put them into an envelope.

Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt, President

be.kultraining@gmail.com—(989) 254-1279

May 28

Teaching Time with Judy Covington: 2. Four Little Horns

May 27

Drive Thru Pray – Go Evangelistic Ballistic: Bishop Marvin Tennant

May 19

Bishop Coulter: Is Your “Land” Full of Idols?

May 15

Excellent Report from the Szymanski Family in Mexico

Dear Friends,

I know many people feel they are just waiting in limbo under these lock down rules. We ourselves have been in lock down for 11 weeks now. It is difficult but don’t let it stop you.

Over the last Month Maricruz has been organizing a prayer event that she organized and held from home. This Prayer event was a online event called 2 days of crying out for Mexico. Nearly 60,000 people joined us in our event praying for Mexico. I was amazed how many wanted to pray in this event. One catholic lady called us as she wanted to let us know she and a group of her friends were praying with us.

Maricruz is now getting requests from people in many other Countries wanting her to lead a prayer event for their Countries. The sounds of intercession are ringing in our house day and night. This is truly a time to call on God to heal our World.

I have been enjoying opening up my Bible and reading to my family. This has started many good conversations with our son. Putting God in our daily activities is the best thing we can do. One of my sisters is often posting prayers on Facebook. It is so encouraging to read these prayers but it is even more encouraging that she takes the time to do this to encourage us all. Thanks Cherie

We put in the extra effort to keep the radio station operating. With everyone locked in their houses they are tuning into the Radio more. Our words of encouragement and the worship music is a life line for many people right now. It is awesome how many people are listening. We just got a call from one of our local Catholic Priest who wanted to tell us know how much he enjoys our radio programs.

Please keep us in your prayers. Everyone is out of work and the crime is out of control. People are hungry and they will do whatever they need to to get food for their families. Don’t forget to check on your loved ones and neighbors. Maybe they need some food or just someone to talk to. Please remember the missionaries that are all around the World risking their lives daily for the Gospel of Jesus.

With Love
Rick Maricruz Daniel Szymanski

May 14

3. Otra palabra de aliento de LIMI-TMCI

May 12

CHOSEN! Encouragement from Bishop Coulter

May 05

Bishop Coulter: Who Do You Trust the Most?

May 05

April Report from Stephanie Baughman, CEF Missionary in Tasmania, Australia

G’Day Friend,

How are you as we settle into somewhat of a new normal during this pandemic? I hope you are staying well. Let me know if you have family affected by COVID so that I may pray for them. How are you spending your time these days? As the world has slowed down, have you found new hobbies or projects around the house?
I hope that you are taking some of the extra time to delve deeper into God’s Word and prayer. Personally, I have been studying 1 Kings. After Israel had begged for a king before Saul, many of the ones after David (where 1 Kings picks up) turned out to be pretty disobedient. Yet, God was still Sovereign over history and the government. I’ve been studying with both my sending church Sardis Baptist in Swansea and my Bible study group in Tasmania as well.
At Sardis, we are learning from 1 John about how we can have confidence and be sure of salvation in Christ. This is shown in the love we have for one another.
In Tasmania, we’re doing a study called Discipleship Explored. This week was about what we are living for and what it looks like when all of that is stripped away in a Christ-follower’s life. We talked about how even in jail, Paul had joy. What have you been learning during this time?
As a high-risk person, I am staying home with two exceptions, but finding ways to engage with ministry. The borders to Australia are closed at the moment. The Australian Embassy has assured me that if I continue to work 38 hours/week from home my Visa will stay active, and I will be able to return when the borders open. Therefore, much of my focus has shifted back to Tasmania.
Over April, I was able to video chat with some of the children who would normally come to a holiday club. Through the help of a friend who had email addresses, I was able to send a greeting to those we reached at the Easter Festival last year encouraging them to read the book of Mark to know more about the hope we have in Jesus. I’ve been able to send links to a Christian movie Pilgrim’s Progress, an online video Good News Club that came from CEF’s home office, Easter craft ideas and devotionals to families around Launceston.
Sadly, for the children, April school holidays are now ending. School is returning this week for Term 2 online. Last night I spoke with one of my special needs children on the phone as she returned to school in a very different way this term. She is having a hard time adjusting to this without her friends around. It is typical of many children although those with special needs are hit the hardest in the change of normal.
Good News Club will continue to try to reach the children even when we can’t be with them. After consulting with CEF in a couple of other Australian states and my Tasmanian pastor on what the situation and needs are like on the ground, tomorrow I will be having a Zoom meeting with the volunteers giving them several options to choose from in personally ministering to the children. We will decide then as a group which idea to go with as our go-to strategy for Term 2.
Much of my time these days is spent in preparing for Term 3 when I will hopefully be back on the ground in Tasmania. I am designing lesson plans on the Life of Peter to teach the Tasmanian children at a later date. It is great to have the extra time to plan lessons because I can delve into the Scripture passages on a deeper level.
I am also planning on writing a missionary story for children on the Rev. Frederick Fairey. He was a missionary in Tasmania in the 1880’s He had a canoe he nicknamed “The Evangelist”. He would paddle it all through the rivers of Tasmania stopping along the way wherever people were settled and preach to them about Jesus. I have been fascinated with the story ever since running across it three years ago researching Tasmanian history, especially since the fellow had the same last name as my mother’s side of the family. We are not kin. I did check. However, I never had time to write a story on him before. Now find myself with more time on my hands to pursue this. I have let the National office of CEF know so it can be used in other parts of Australia as well.
I mentioned that there were two exceptions to me leaving the house. One is to visit my Dad and step-mom at their house. The other is to attend drive-in church. I have been switching my time the last couple of weeks between churches that are using this option here locally. It was great to fellowship with Faith Baptist about two blocks away from my house a couple weeks ago.
This past Sunday God gave me the wonderful opportunity to share a simple Gospel message on your hand at Praise Family Church of God. It was amazing because God moved on a lady’s heart during the service, and I was able to lead her to Jesus from behind a mask and gloves. First time that’s happened, but gift of salvation that Christ offers knows no barriers! She has already begun to read the book of Mark, and we plan to continue to stay in touch.
I hope to visit with those of you at Willow Swamp Baptist Church this Sunday just to say hello from the truck. Then, if nothing else changes, on May 17, I plan to speak on Psalm 78 and tell some stories about Tasmania at the Barnyard Worship Service near the Barnyard Flea Market.

Prayer requests:

·         Pray for the Zoom meeting of Good News Club teachers tomorrow that everyone’s technology would work.
·         Pray for God to guide us with wisdom as to which method He would have us use to minister to the boys and girls in school Term 2 from home.
·         Pray for Mikayla as she gets adjusted to learning online instead of with her friends.
·         Pray for safety and for COVID to be eradicated in Tasmania.
·         Pray for God to open up the opportunity for me to return to Tasmania in His time.
May God bless you and may you grow in Him at this difficult time.
Love in Christ,
Stephanie

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