1FOR51 Trip #7 - AEBEQ Quebec July 2018 Trip Report - by Tera Butler

When you think you know what to expect, God will gladly show you otherwise!  This was the experience of nine members of Bethel Baptist Strathroy, as we travelled to Saint-Cesaire, Quebec at the beginning of July.  We were all excited to take part in a program called J'aime Mon Voisin, or in English, I Love My Neighbour.  This program has been running for several years in Quebec in different towns as a method of outreach into the community to share the love and word of God.  

This year's program took place in Saint-Cesaire, which was a first for this community.  The Source de Vie church is a Baptist church plant in Saint-Cesaire and is currently attended by approximately five families.  The church plant is small, but mighty.  We were so inspired by the love and sense of community demonstrated by these families.  They took us in as family, and side by side, we served others each day over our week-long stay.  We had the opportunity to work with the pastors and their families, cleaning homes for those in need, washing windows, gardening and setting up the food bank that they run out of the church basement each Saturday.  The food bank serves up to 30 families a week and it offers fresh food!  

The J'aime Mon Voisin program offered us the opportunity to enter the homes and lives of the community members and be the hands and feet of God, demonstrating love through sacrificial service.  We had the privilege to witness how God was moving the members of the community.  Tim, Maureen and Jesse were able to publicly share their testimonies which was very moving for everyone.  Marla and Tera joyfully served alongside their daughters, Jillian and Brigette.  Jim and Jane devoted their week to service and multiplying disciples, while celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! What an example for all of us!  While the church plant in Saint-Cesaire is small, the impact it is having is huge.  The core families involved are dedicated to serving their community and changing lives through service and sharing the gospel of Jesus.  I think it's safe to say, we would have been happy to stay on longer!  Our hearts are full of gratitude, inspiration and love.  Thank you to our Givers and Prayers for helping to make this a possibility.  We are inspired to take what we have witnessed and apply it to our lives and community here in Strathroy.  

1FOR51 Trip #6 - ETHNOS Bolivia May 2018 Trip Report - report from Darryl Charlton

Message from Silvana and Jenny to Strathroy BBC - We are so thankful that you Gave, Prayed and Went. The house was like a dream to us; we have seen God provide finances and the hands to build this; it went up so fast because of the team you sent. We stand in awe of the Lord, and we are so very, very thankful! 

5 BBC GOERS joined a team of 11 others (Canada, US and Bolivia) for a 10-day trip to build a home for two single missionary women (Silvana and Jenny - both 36) who are ministering to the Ese Ejja tribal children in the village of Portachuelo in northern Bolivia. BBC GOERS = Ron and Kevin Eastman; Doug Linker; Franklin DePhillipeaux; Darryl Charlton. 

Jenny (from Chile) and Silvana (from Argentina) felt the call of God in their lives for missions in their thirties. They met at the ETHNOS training centre school in 2013 in Bolivia. They graduated and were independently called to minister to the Ese Ejja tribe in the Amazon jungle where over 50% of the 550 people are under the age of 12. They were both sent out by their local church’s. They are supporting the ministry of Mike and Cher Riepma, who have been living as ETHNOS missionaries with this tribe since 1982! 

Jenny and Silvana started their ministry to the Ese Ejja in 2015. They had been renting a small house which is not located with the Ese Ejja. This presented a barrier to them learning the language and ministering effectively to the children and people. At the same time BBC was praying about 1FOR51 mission trip opportunities, Jenny, Silvana and the ETHNOS leadership were praying for a short-term group to come and build their simple home in a new location. Their concerns were cost and timeliness - they did not want the house build to detract from Jenny and Silvana’s goal of learning the Ese Ejja language. 

God provided in so many ways: the house was built in 6 days (in no small part due to the construction skills of Kevin Eastman and Doug Linker); the weather did not impede the build; the bags of tools we brought were all allowed through customs; despite 9 different flights no one lost luggage; and no one was sick or injured!

1FOR51 Trip #5 - COM Cuba March 2018 Trip Report - report from Belinda Jakimczuk

Cuba Outreach Ministries (COM) took a group of 9 people (5 BBC GOERS) to Cuba for this one-week short-term mission trip. The goal of the trip was to bring support and encouragement to the 18 Cuban pastors/families that we support there. Belinda Jakimczuk, co-leader of the trip with her husband Walt, submitted this trip report:

When preparing for this trip, we were asked by one of the new GOERS, "What do you tell customs about all the stuff you are bringing in?" We didn't have an answer for this question because we have never been asked about any of the items we have brought in over the past thirteen years. We do not get it through - God does. And once again, everything got through without one question. We go totally reliant on God! 

We split ourselves into two groups, and each day we went out to visit at least two Pastor families each, delivering their personal supplies, as well as the supplies for their church programs. We heard about what was happening with their ministries and their families and we always shared in prayer before we left. 

While driving to our destinations, we enjoyed doing random acts of kindness with the Oxen Farmer Ministry that my mother started in 2011. She sends a gift and a note telling them they are not alone and that God (and her) love them very much. We give the farmer a hug, a Bible and a device called The Messenger that plays sermons and the New Testament in Spanish. Our driver talks to them and shares God with them. To date, 48 oxen farmers have been blessed by this ministry, and so have we!

We hosted a Pastor Appreciation day - where all the Pastors and their wives come together so they can share with each other, be encouraged and we have time to share with them. We were extremely blessed to have Pastor Rodger and Linda present on this trip to share with the Pastors and ladies respectively. God used Rodger and Linda with all their ministry experience to bless the lives of these pastors and families immensely!

1FOR51 Trip #4 - FEB Lebanon/Egypt March 2018 Trip - report from Pastor Allan

The 10 day trip to Lebanon and Egypt, with Pastor Allan and 3 other Canadian pastors from our denomination, returned on March 17th.

It was a faith stretching and faith invigorating trip for sure! For 7 days, the team partnered with a local Lebanese church (Trinity Baptist) to learn from, support and encourage them in their ministry. From this relatively small church (about 120 people), God is doing truly incredible things! One day, we joined their Bread for Life outreach, which provides food to 50 Syrian Refugee families who have fled their homes because of war and have less than nothing. Another day we got to help at the Clementia Learning Centre, a school Trinity runs for 75 refugee children. We taught at a local pastors conference spear headed by the Trinity Leadership, preached at several Baptist churches around Beirut and visited an underground church of new believers who are from Muslim backgrounds. One night we visited a Muslim neighbour from the village accepted Christ as His Lord and Saviour. It was incredible. Praise God!

For the last 3 days we travelled to Egypt as part of the exploration Trinity is doing in their vision to plant churches and reach across the Middle East with the gospel. There is ministry going on in prisons, amongst a massive slum in Cairo and in the planting of new churches. There are so many stories to share that I (Allan) can’t wait to share with our church family in the coming weeks and months. Thank you for praying and partnering to make disciples of all nations!

1FOR51 Trip #3 - One22 Cuba February 2018 Trip - report from Tom Hunt

·      10 days

·      5 BBC GOERS out of a team of 7 (Tom going on second trip)

·      visited 3 bio sand filter water construction sites

·      encouraged and visited with our project manager and 7 filter construction workers

·      visited 6 of our supported pastors

·      met with 2 missionary pastors of whom we brought into our team of supported staff

·      visited the site where the new house build is going to take place

·      visited the house that is being built and supported

·      visited 6 churches

·      traveled for some 35 hours in the back of a 1954 Land Rover truck - very bouncy to say the least

·      took tools for water project, 2 sewing machines, lots of toys, blankets, clothes, funding for the house build, funding for our water project and salary for our staff

1FOR51 Trip #2 - One22 Costa Rica January 2018 Trip - report from Tom Hunt

·      10 days

·      9 BBC GOERS out of a team of 29

·      built a 20 x 50 bunk house for church ministry

·      built a church - steel beams, roof purlins, steel roof put up; church floor 34x60 cement poured

·      teamed up with 20 people from Rancho Quemado to put on a day camp for 200 children

·      one child gave her heart to the Lord

·      many Day camp supplies taken

·      many tools taken

1FOR51 Trip #1 - COM Cuba October 2017 Trip - report

  • 7 days
  • delivered humanitarian items such as personal toiletries, Christian education materials, medical supplies to churches and pastors
  • visited and encouraged pastors, wives and their children (COM supports 18 Cuban Pastors)
  • organized a Pastor’s Day to meet with and encourage the pastors and their wives