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Jul24Christianity is relatively new to Southeast Asia. Newer still is the ministry of recently-commissioned CBF field personnel, Brooke and Mike. They serve a population where Christians make up less than 10% of society. The Christian church and other religious minorities face declining religious freedoms and increasing persecution throughout the region. Tapping into a long history of Baptist tradition, Brooke and Mike work to promote religious liberty and tolerance among the religious groups. Their hope is to engage members of other faith groups to promote peace and dialogue. Additionally, and in CBF fashion, they work alongside local leaders and churches to equip and train the national church to better fulfill its God-given mission. An important part of their work in this regard is their ministry to young adults. Brooke and Mike seek to encourage, equip and empower young adults as they discern how to pair their kingdom calling with their vocational aspirations. 

As Brooke and Mike negotiate this new ministry engagement, pray for their linguistic development and cultural learning. Pray for their transition to the field with two small children, for the anxieties of the unknown in finding housing, schools, doctors and community. Pray that God opens doors for ministry partners and local church involvement. Pray for the hearts and minds of the young adults with whom they will interact.

 

July 24-31 Birthdays

24 Glynn Ford, Reston, VA (PC)
24 Jeff Huett (S-Decatur)
24 Laurel Link, Winston-Salem, NC (PC)
24 Ronald Oliver, Goshen, KY (CH)
26 Scott Jensen, Saint Joseph, MO (CH)
26 Richard Min, Dallas, TX (CH)
26 Rick Sample, San Francisco, CA (FP)
27 Peter Ott, Oak Harbor, WA (CH)
27 Sandra Smith, Moore, SC (CH)
28 Emily, 2000, Thailand (FPC)
28 Daniel Fairchild, Goldsboro, NC (CH)
29 Michal Patrik Brunclik, 2006, Czech Republic (FPC)
29 Jay McNeal, Richmond, VA (CH)
29 Wayne Morris, Lawton, OK (CH)
29 Karen Morrow, Aledo, TX (FP)
29 Martha Crocker Strong, Olive Branch, MS (PLT)
29 Briana Whaley, Clearwater, FL (CH)
30 Paul Byrd, Birmingham, AL (CH)
30 James Francovich, Emeritus (FP)
30 Garnett White, Midlothian, VA (PC)
31 Amber Blackwell-Childers, Inman, SC (CH)
31 Cindy Thorpe, Greenwood, SC (CH)
31 James Tille, Lakewood, WA (PC)

CH = Chaplain
FP = Field Personnel
FPC = Child of Field Personnel
PC = Pastoral Counselor
PLT = Church Planter
S = CBF Staff Member

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