American Baptist Missions
Special Interest Missionaries
Lauran Bethell is a global consultant serving where needed around the world, as a con-sultant, to encourage and facilitate Christ-based ministries that address the exploitation of women and children. She is based near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She writes, “I often walk through red-light districts in cities that I visit. I’m never comfortable being there, but I know that these are the places where God has called me to be present, despite being uneasy. When we opened the New Life Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1987, I knew that it was important for those first girls to know Christ, to receive an education and to be prevented from having to support their families by being exploited. From that tiny beginning, God has multiplied the ministry beyond the bounds of what any of us could have imagined.”
Dr. Rev. Ann and Bruce Borquist serve as regional missionaries with partner Baptist conventions in Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They work alongside national leaders to build capacity in servant leadership, church-based community and economic development, and cross-cultural missionary training. The Borquists have served since 1987 in he Philippines, the US, and in Brazil. Most recently in Brazil they worked with the National Baptist Convention of Brazil as co-Coordinators of the Integral Mission Network and the office of Leadership and Ministry Development, and helped equip Brazilian missionaries to share the good news of Jesus Christ is Brazil and around the world.
Dear our FBC family:
Grace and peace of the Lord. We recently received a notification from International Ministries of your generous contributions to IM toward our support. This is such great news to us that we wanted to write to say Thank you very much!
It’s because of faithful partners like you that we are able to serve the Body of Christ in Brazil and SE Asia, sharing the good news of Jesus in both word and deed. Paul said it so well: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Phil 1:3-5).
We are so glad you are on the journey with us!
Ann and Bruce
P.S. Here are a couple of highlights of recent ministries:
Tim and Kathy Rice are newly appointed medical missionaries to serve at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are from St. Lewis, MO where they served at the Saint Lewis University. Through short-term service in Vanga they became acquainted with Dr. Dan Fountain, who at the time was serving at the hospital, and is now retired. Dr. Rice will be taking Dan’s place, and along with his wife they will be training nursing and medical students for Christian centered who person care. Their vision is to train the next generation of Congolese doctors and nurses in Christ-centered, whole-person care, empowering them to use the limited resources available to restore life and health across the D. R. of Congo.
Judith Sutterlin has retired from a paid position with International Ministries, but has returned to Nanjing, China as a volunteer, to continue her ministry for another term. As a church we have continued her as a “Special Interest” missionary without financial assistance. She is continuing to serve with the Nanjing Theological Seminary, teaching Biblical studies and English. She also ministers with the Amity Foundation which prints and distributes thou-sands of Bibles, and provides medical care in rural towns and villages. Judy shares in this ministry by teaching and providing care. Through Amity and Amity’s partnership with local believers, American Baptist International Ministries is providing support for 78 children, who have lost parents to AIDS, to stay in school.
Emerson and Ivy Wu began their ministry with ABC International Ministries in 2014. They began their ministry in Macau by assisting in the training of young Christian workers at the Macau Bible Institute . They have know been moved to Hong Kong and will be ministering to the larger realm of Chinese churches. Their area now includes Macau, Hong Kong and Mainland China, as Directors of Global Chinese Training Ministry.
They will work with overseas partners and ABC International Ministries personnel to identify strategic locations to provide discipleship and pastoral training. Building on their service experience in church and campus ministries in Ohio and at the Macau Bible Institute, they will help Christian training centers and Bible schools to run assessments and improve their curricula, libraries and faculty development.
In January they made their first field trip to Yunnan Province to visit two minority tribe training centers: the Wa tribe and the Lahu tribe. These locations are in rural mountain areas where most of the people need to travel long distances, either by car, motorcycle or walking. Their resources in every aspect are very limited. They are planning their second trip for May or June. They ask to pray that the Lord will (1) prepare the training teachers coming from the United States, (2) put all things in proper setting for the entire team, and (3) protect everyone’s health. During their first trip, both of them had digestive issues.
They write: “Thank you for your consistent prayers which sustain and bless us. May the Lord also bless you with joy and encouragement as we serve Him by your support.”
Other Mission News
Ann Borquist has completed her Doctor of Ministry degree and graduated from Palmer Seminary on May 17th. She is shown here with friends prior to the occasion. Now she is the Rev. Dr. Ann Borquist. Congratulations!
Mission Volunteer Opportunities and Trips
American Baptist International Ministries has achieved all seven Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions, and now qualifies to show the Standard of Excellence logo. Volunteer teams operate with the highest ethical standards, and excellence in partnerships, training, effectiveness, and lowest risk.
Prayer and Financial Support
Pray for our new missionaries, Tim and Kathy Rice and Ivy and Emerson Wu as they have begun their new ministries.
Pray for our other “special interest” missionaries: Lauran Bethell, Ann and Bruce Borquist, and Judith Sutterlin as they continue their demanding work.
Pray for the International Ministries Board as they launch a quest to determine mission direction for a 3rd century of ministry. To join the Prayer Team, or for more information, contact Courtny Davis Olds, Associate Director for Mission Design, at Courtny.DavisOlds@internationalministries.org.
Financial support may be given through First Baptist Church, designated for a missionary, a particular ministry or project.