Missions Update Blog

Update from Maxine Morarie – July 2018

July 18, 2018
 
“Just a little note to say,
God hears when his people pray!
So will you pray for me?
What’s wrong, only God can see!”
 
I keep waiting till I have some definite news to pass along, but so far, the
doctors do not know what is wrong with my bladder. I’ve had two severe attacks
with bleeding, and a trip to a Urologist. He scoped it and found some suspicious
discolorations and plans to do exploratory surgery the 9th of August. He wants to
rule out cancer, and I’m hoping he can. He’ll do a biopsy and then other work if it
needs to be done. Out of the blue one day I thought, “wouldn’t it be wonderful if
he gets in there and all’s well!” Nothing is too hard for God! (If flooding liquids
could cure it, it would be all healed up by now… ha!)
 
On a better note – Ayore .org is going to launch soon! I’m so anxious to see it up
and running and available to you who have prayed me through the years of
preparation and translation, but especially for the Ayore people themselves to
have access to the voices of men and women who are no longer living, but whose
messages are alive and beautiful!
 
The trip I hoped to make to Paraguay in August for a celebration of 50 years in
the Ayore Village of Campo Loro, will not take place. Howard and I used to make
yearly trips there during the 80’s to do Old Testament translations, and we grew
very close to the people there.
 
I can never thank you enough for all the help you are to me. I know that those who
pray for me, give to me financially, and encourage me in so many ways are really
giving to the Lord… but I feel the need to make it worth your investment. So when
my health makes it hard and sometimes impossible to “work away” my days, I must
yield to Him who is my Lord, and rest.
 
Love you all very much! Counting on your prayers!
 
Maxine
 

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Newsletter from Brandon and Melinda Dockum – July 2018

DOCKUM DISPATCH

JULY 2018

LISTEN AND LEARN

“I’ve found myself sharing more about myself and how things are in my family with you than I’ve ever shared with anyone – even my spiritual mentor whom I’m close with back home,” Lucia continues “I’m really grateful for the way you have listened to me.”

I, Brandon, believe that one of Melinda’s strengths is to create an atmosphere where people can feel comfortable and safe enough to share and be their true selves. This was true for me as I dated her, and it continues to be true in our relationship. It’s also something that was modeled and poured into us by some amazing people early in our marriage.

While we’re in the midst of developing learning activities for the upcoming discipleship experience, we are enjoying being able to try some of them out with Lucia and her husband in an informal manner – we, too, want to keep growing with others (and need to – see below).

UNPLANNED TRAINING

I tend to think of myself as a competent, careful, and detailed person when it comes to certain tasks and government processes. But when Tuesday’s long and painful attempt to get a driver’s license was thwarted, I lost patience.

The more I’ve dealt with the government and paperwork lately, the more anxious I’ve felt. Caught between civilizations, it is neither efficient nor is it appropriate to offer bribes.  And so it brings a sense of helplessness, unreasonableness and uncertainty over lack of information or unannounced changes. Trying to obtain our driver’s licenses this month has overwhelmed my capacity to stay with things, while staying loving.

But that’s not the end of the story.

God is in the business of developing people, me.  God sees us, me and values us enough to want to teach us persevering patience. It really makes Romans 5:1-5 come to life. My favorite paraphrase goes like this:

Great hopefulness is ours because of the grace, faith, and peace that come to us in God’s gift. We rejoice (almost boast) in afflictions for we know that afflictions bring the capacity to stay with things, or patience, to its fullest form. And patience proves that hope was right, for the very best happens to us: Love floods our hearts through the presence of the Spirit given to us. 

As I reflect with dissatisfaction on my reaction to the license experience, it offers opportunities to notice where I can trust God more and consider again Jesus’ radical teaching that for the child of God, nothing is the end of the world. With a competent and benevolent God at the helm, the universe is a perfectly safe place for me to be and raise a family (c.f. Ps. 146-150; Matt 6:25-34). 

Following are some of my favorite lines from old hymns that help reinforce this idea:

Hidden in the hollow of Thy blessed hand.
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand.
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

-Like a River Glorious by Francis Havergal

 
 

TEAMING UP POWERFULLY IN PRAYER

  • Praise that our temporary 2 year residency was approved and our residency cards are in hand!
  • THANK YOU to all of you who have given over and above to help us cover the expensive visa costs! 
  • The development of the discipleship experience seems to be moving along well – Thank you for praying! Please continue to pray for clear thinking, good team communication, good productivity and protection from interruptions/distractions (whether normal or from the enemy) in the lives of each of the team members: health concerns, responsibilities of caring for family members, other ministry concerns and responsibilities, and, especially in our case, accomplishing the required government processes.
  • After a frustrating visit to get our national driver’s license (see above), we will try again on Tuesday. 
  • Evelynn and Nicole are doing well, and loving our babysitter. This is a big answer to prayer!
  • Thank you for praying for Melinda. She is off steroids. Itching throughout her body is significantly better, although her eyes continue to be uncomfortable. We continue to use antihistamines, prescribed creams and drops, a dehumidifier, and eliminated some things from her diet (tomatoes, strawberries, nuts, and bouillon flavoring). We appreciate your continued prayers.
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THANKS FOR READING!!

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We’d love to connect via email or Facebook.

 To call or text, we recommend using WhatsApp:

Brandon: +506.8680.6431
Melinda: +506.8680.6459 

melinda.dockum@crmleaders.org
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With much love,
Brandon, Melinda & the Little Ones

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Update from Warren and Carol Cheek – July 2018

Dear Pastor Bob and Saints of Englewood Bible Church,

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers, encouragement, and the financial support you send to UIM for our UIM ministry assignment as the International Representatives.  We appreciate your ongoing partnership.

Here are some prayer requests: 

-Spiritual repentance and revival for our entire family. 

-On June 16 we found out via a text from close friends in Oregon that our youngest daughter Charissa married Ethan Cole on that day.  Ethan is a high school teacher in Bend, Oregon.  We have not met him.  The ceremony was held in Elaine & Nora’s back yard.  Elaine is our oldest daughter.  

-Safety in travel; wisdom, discernment and understanding as we interact with people on the 5 week ministry trip (6/29 – 8/3) to British Columbia.

-Wisdom as we begin to have dental issues addressed.

-Opportunities and scheduling of 2018 and 2019 International Representatives meetings.

-Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers where He needs them short-term and long-term. 

-The next semester for Frontier School of the Bible starts on August 20.  Warren will be teaching Introduction to Christian Education and overseeing all the students in their Christian Service Assignments as they serve in local churches and ministries.

God bless.

Warren and Carol


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Newsletter from Brandon and Melinda Dockum – June 2018

DOCKUM DISPATCH

JUNE 2018

SHIFTING GEARS

In what has felt like a rather natural progression, we’ve phased into full time development of the discipleship work that as a team we’re pioneering. We are very grateful for the time for adjustment and language/culture development, something that will remain an ongoing growing edge during our time here. In the middle of May, we had the privilege of hosting and working with Mark and Martha Hendrickson in what resulted in a very productive week. We are grateful to them, for your prayers, and to God for leading us. The certificate experience is targeted to begin September 21, though there’s a lot to do in preparation. Below see our provisional new logo for the discipleship certificate! Our local pastor is in the process of narrowing down potential participants.

What meaningful, challenging, and fun work this is! 

LEARNING 

While I, Brandon, have gotten to substitute teach some doctrinal basics for the Pastor’s discipleship class, it’s felt like I’ve actually been the one with the most to learn. Not only is my sense of humor culturally different like I’ve mentioned in the past, but also the way I teach. At the end of Tuesday night’s lesson, I made sure to make room for my usual series of reflection questions including, “What impacted you the most? Which concept is still fuzzy? And so on.

Unlike in seminary classes, however, I found myself facing blank looks and then trying to restate each of the questions in 3 or 4 different ways. When one participant finally understood the last question, she blurted out, “the fuzziest part without a doubt are these questions of yours!” 

I need God’s help to adapt and enter into this different mentality while also gently stimulating critical/independent thinking.

HUNGRY HEARTS

Even in the little teaching that Brandon has done, there’s a couple around 40 years old who seem to soak it up like a sponge. Their teenage daughter developed terminal brain cancer, that miraculously has been cleared (but not without lasting effects). Their hearts are soft. Two weeks after the first time teaching, the Dad said to another person, “I had never really understood that salvation isn’t just for when I die, but rather is something that starts now. I’ve been a Christian a long time and never got that.”
 
3 weeks later about Baptism his wife shared, “There’s a lot of things in life where you just kind of do it and don’t really understand why, where it comes from, or what it means. I learned a lot tonight. Thank you!”

LIKE THE FLIP OF A SWITCH

Wednesday, May 16th marked a sudden change in the weather here: Every single day since then, after a morning of mounting levels of humidity and insect activity, a thunderstorm finally breaks the tension around 1pm.
 

VISA PROCESS AND PROVISION

We are thankful to have a God who shepherds. The Lord knows what sheep need and how to satisfy – pasture, quiet waters, good paths, and especially God’s own presence. The same is true for us, including finances. It’s been amazing to see God provide for us through such a great team. Thank you!
 
Probably the biggest budget-related news item that we should share with you is that the Visa process has been $2500 more than expected. Rather than about $3000, as we thought, it’s actually cost over $5500.  The previous fee that we had understood as a deposit in case the government needed to deport us, was actually just a paperwork processing fee. That being said, we invite you to consider being a part of meeting that $2500 one-time need for this stage of moving here with the mission of joining with God in igniting a movement of communities becoming full-fledged, useful, and powerful agents of good, just like Jesus. PRESS HERE TO GIVE
Early Tuesday morning we got up and had to keep casting our cares upon Him, for we were anxious about our third meeting with the government official trying to get registered for the socialized medicine system – one of the final steps to obtaining residency status here. We meticulously prepared paperwork while lots of people prayed. Previously at a house visit, this government official asked about where our finances come from. Pointing to your pictures hanging on our wall, we had the opportunity to explain that our income comes from an amazing team of people who volunteer their money, interest, prayers, and concern out of love for God and what God wants to do in the lives of people in this country and region. So over the course of our 90 minute meeting the following Tuesday, we got to resume the conversation about the work we’re developing and the need for discipleship amidst a disintegrating society.

We ended up with an incredible answer to prayer, as the personable, responsive and understanding official gave us a great result! Celebrate with us!! 
 

TEAMING UP POWERFULLY IN PRAYER

  • Praise God for our new babysitter (pictured below)!!! She is a believer, enjoys the girls, and is less rigid in her approach. The girls love her! What a huge answer to prayer!
  • Praise God for a great outcome with the government office, and we are on the final steps for getting our family’s visa to legally reside here!
  • Continue to pray for wisdom, energy, and our close connection with God as we collaboratively design the Discipleship Certificate.
  • Praise God the children & Brandon have not been sick! Thank you for praying for them.
  • Please pray for Melinda’s health. For close to 2 months she’s been experiencing some kind of allergy related eczema, and is itchy all over. A couple rounds of oral steroids gave relief, but is not a long term solution. The irritant is difficult to nail down but seems to be environmental. Pray for us to listen God and what Melinda’s body is telling us, and address factors like environment, stress, irritants, foods, etc. Please pray for complete healing.   
The girls with our new babysitter
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THANKS FOR READING!!

Don’t be a stranger!

 

We’d love to connect via email or Facebook.

 To call or text, we recommend using WhatsApp:

Brandon: +506.8680.6431
Melinda: +506.8680.6459 

melinda.dockum@crmleaders.org
brandon.dockum@crmleaders.org
Connect via Facebook
Explore Discipleship Reimagined Website
 
 
 
With much love,
Brandon, Melinda & the Little Ones
Envisioning communities of Latin Americans becoming full grown, useful, and powerful agents of good – just like Jesus.

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Update from Warren and Carol Cheek – June 2018

Greetings from LaGrange, Wyoming!

Carol and I are praying for you.

Thanks so much for your ongoing prayers and the financial gifts you send to UIM for our ministry assignment as the International Representatives for UIM and the partnership with Frontier School of the Bible.  

May 19-26 we took a week of vacation and visited Silas and Amanda, Emma, Isaac and Isabella.  Amanda’s Mom, Kim, was also visiting them and we were able be with Emma for her 5th birthday celebration!

We are enjoying being home for a few weeks and preparing for a summer of ministry travel.  

We need your prayers for safety, strength, wisdom, discernment, and understanding as we interact with many people.

June 16-23 – Whispering Winds Bible Camp – Camp Pastor for Teen Wilderness Camp (Warren); with family in Colorado (Carol).

June 28 – August 3 – Five week ministry trip in our motor home.  We are really looking forward to visiting the 1st Nations churches and communities and UIM missionaries in British Columbia.

August 19 – December 13 – Fall semester for Frontier School of the Bible: Representing FSB in local churches, mentoring students, teaching Introduction to Christian Education (Warren), overseeing all the students in their Christian Ministry Assignments (Warren with the help of another faculty member and a FSB intern), meeting with a men’s prayer group (Warren), and serving a keynote speaker for the October 21-26 Missions Conference (Warren).

In Christ’s grace,

Warren and Carol


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Update from Rich and Merja Duke – June 2018

Dear Friends,
 
As our ministry is all about touching the lives of people God puts us in contact with, with the Good News of Jesus, and since it is the middle of Ramadan (the Mus$im month of fasting), we want to feature several Mu$lims that are dear to our hearts. Will you join us in praying for these dear ones?  These people are entrapped by cultural and religious baggage and there is a spiritual war raging  for their souls!
 
Abbas – A middle-aged man from Iraq I met while substitute teaching in a class. He has regularly attended our Bible study for the past two years and asks questions about what a real Christian is. He meets regularly with one of our volunteers and has come to know a number of other Christians in our community.
 
Abida – From Morocco. She has shown great interest in the Bible when she has attended our Bible studies. Abida is a serious seeker. She is in nursing school and recently had a baby and as a result is very busy and we don’t see her as often. We stay in regular contact via text and email. 
 
Jugurta – A Berber man from Algeria. He attended our Bible study and other events regularly until he opened his own restaurant in Denver. He is proud of his Berber heritage and prefers to speak Berber, French or English over Arabic; knowing that the Arabic language, culture and religion were forced upon his people. Paradoxically he still defends Islam but shows interest in learning from the Bible.
 
Adila – She is a friend of Jugurta  and also Berber from Algeria. We have been able to assist her in many ways and have a strong friendship with her. She recently moved to New York City but has found it hard to fit in and find community even among her own people. We are trying to find Christians to connect her with as well as audio scriptures in her dialect of the Berber language. 
 
Khalid – From Egypt – I have had him in my classes at two different language schools. I have also run into him on occasion as he was on his way to the mosque he prays at. He is a devout Mu$lim and incredibly friendly.
 
Amir – From Iran – He is a new Christian who attends our Bible study and church. He is hungry for the word of God, for fellowship and has a desire to grow deeper in his relationship with God. He talks of wanting to plant churches in Iran. 
 
Ahmed  – One of the many Libyans we know. We have known Ahmed for more than 5 years. One of the first things he told us was that he wanted to read and study the Bible. We gave him a bilingual Arabic/English Bible and he attended our Bible study regularly for over a year. We continue to meet with him but he is having a hard time letting go of I$lam as he comes from a devout Mu$lim family.  
 
We could list many others that we know, have shared Jesus with and given Bibles to. We trust that God is at work in the hearts of these people as they are confronted with the truth of Jesus and the message He has for them. It is such a struggle for them to admit the truth that I$lam is false and Jesus is the true way to find life and peace.
 
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Rich and Merja Duke

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