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MALVIN CHURCH DEDICATED
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY June 17, 2006, marked the culmination of more than two years work as the congregation of the Emmanuel FWB Church dedicated their new building. The church is located in the Malvin neighborhood of Montevideo. More than 8,000 people live in high-rise apartments within walking distance of the church.
The church’s foundation was laid in March 2004 with the help of a group of volunteers from Illinois. Other volunteers from Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia have labored alongside unpaid Uruguayans to build the church as inexpensively as possible.
CHURCHES IN SPAIN ENJOY RETREAT
VILLALBA, SPAIN Four of the five FWB churches in Spain gathered for a retreat on May 19-20. The 24-hour retreat drew 98 participants. A theme of unity and fellowship, was emphasized through a devotion by Anthony Edgmon, a sermon by Juan Carlos, sharing meals, games, and sharing the joy of two believers as they were baptized.
Gabriel, from Romania, and Anyela, from Colombia, gave their testimonies prior to immersion in a nearby river. Both are members of the Villalba FWB Church.
NINE E-TEAMS DEPLOYED
ANTIOCH, TN Nine high-school groups received comprehensive training June 8-14 at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN, as part of the E-TEAM 2006 program. Seven teams departed for their fields of ministry on June 14. The teams for Spain and Cuba departed on June 15. Participants returned to Nashville for debriefing before returning to their homes. Participants are listed below:
E-TEAM Chicago 2006—Lindsey Coward, Scranton, SC;Lauren Evans, Coward, SC; Stephen Foster, Pleasant View, TN; Megan Jacobs, New Bern,, NC; Crystle Moody, Purdy, MO; Rachelle Moore, Fredericktown, MO; Robert Ray, Bryan, TX; Joshua Todd, Porter, OK; Jessica Voltz, Hockley, TX Intern: Matt Riley, Chicago, IL Leaders: Stephen and Beverly Parks, Pleasant View, TN
E-TEAM Cuba 2006—Daryl Burger, Norman Park, GA; Christy Frazier, Jasper, AL; Madison Hardin, Greenville, NC; Sarah Hodges, Hendersonville, TN; Cody McClam, Lake City, SC; Nathan Ponseti, Smithfield, VA; Sarah Reel, Carollton, VA; Kurston Ward, Van Buren, AR; Brandon Wyatt, Ft. Gibson, OK; Intern: Emilee Ketteman, Nashville, TN Leaders: Tyrell and Bethany Wagner, Nashville, TN
E-TEAM France 2006—Cara Anderson, Bondoukou, Côte d’Ivoire; Caroline Anderson, New Bern, NC: Tyler Cross, Jasper, AL; Beth Franks, Madison, AL; Brittany Gilliam, Monticello, AR; Matthew Lindsey, Ada, OK; Holly Looney, Pocahontas, AR; Megan Nelson, Nashville, TN; Hannah Theisen, Royal Oak, MI; Zach Yoho, Urbana, OH Intern: Jenny Russell, Wilson, NC Leaders: Seldon and Pam Buck, Darlington, SC
E-TEAM Hokkaido 2006—Joshua Coker, Iuka, MS: Mary Kathryn Driggers, Turbeville, SC; Carrie Dunham, Wheelersburg, OH; Jacquelyn Jackson, Jacksonville, NC; Christina Peck, Carollton, VA; Joshua Provow, Fredericktown, MO; Zack Ray, Van Buren, AR; Janna Riggs, Joelton, TN; Lauren Watts, Muldrow, OK Intern: Jennifer Bishop, Hokkaido, Japan Leaders: Stephen and Denise Gray, Ewing, IL
E-TEAM Mexico 2006—Hannah Brobst, Clayton, NC; Kristina Clem, Decatur, IL; Haley Dunham, Wheelersburg, OH; Melinda Ellis, Coward, SC; Andrew Osterkamp, O’Fallon, MO; Joe Reel, Carrollton, VA; David Snow, Hokkaido, Japan; Lindsey Stump, Fairborn, OH; Tiffany Thompson, Mt. Vernon, IL Intern: Stephen Clinton, Balch Springs, TX Leaders: Dave and Becky Franks, Madison, AL
E-TEAM Panama 2006—Daniel Cason, Glennville, GA; Courtney Edwards, Jesup, GA; Autumn Fitzgerald, Gainesville, GA; Thomas Leaver, Hockley, GA; Sienna Morrow, Liberal, MO; Beth Pool, Ahoskie, NC; Aaron Ray, Van Buren, AR; Jordan Scribner, Broken Arrow, OK; Ashley Wildmon, Booneville, MS; Intern: Michelle Hoggard, Ahoskie, NC Leaders: Billy and Geneva Walker, Smyrna, TN
E-TEAM Spain 2006—Breanna Aycock, Barbacena, Brazil; Beth Brown, Stambaugh, KY; Amber Buttry, Beaufort, NC; Katie-Beth Caldwell, Monticello, AR; Haylee Hubbard, Hot Springs, AR; Kevin Lundquist, Pikeville, NC; Erika Stegall, Ardmore, AL; Byron Trimble, Flat Rock, MI Intern: Lauren Clifford, Oklahoma City, OK Leaders: Sam and Monicabeth Horne, Nashville, TN
E-TEAM St. Croix 2006—Ashley Cleveland, Monett, MO; Rebecca Holloway, Ahoskie, NC; Abigail McLoy, Batesville, AR; Stephanie Owen, Chicago, IL; Chris Sharry, Norman, OK; Molly Young, Westerville, OH Intern: Jacqueline Prosser, Nashville, TN Leaders: Shiloh and Nicole Hackett, Spartanburg, SC
E-TEAM Tokyo 2006—Chris Bodenschatz, Park Hills, MO; Wesley Coats, Ada, OK; Stevie Connor, Warren, MI; Nick Dennis, N. Little Rock, AR; Laura Beth Grice, Portsmouth, OH; Haley Murphy, Ft. Gibson, OK; Caleb Sloan, Ft. Wayne, IN; Rchelle Smith, Washington, NC; Tahnee Thielemier, Pocahontas, AR Intern: Miriam Hardin, Greenville, NC Leaders: Josh and Alicia Crowe, Wheaton, IL
Students completing ninth through twelfth grades in 2007 are eligible to apply for E-TEAM 2007. Contact Judy Lytle (877) 767-7736, firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.fwbgo.com for more information and applications.
APPRENTICES SERVE IN 10 COUNTRIES
ANTIOCH, TN A total of 36 college students dispersed into 10 countries for summer service. Nine of the overseas apprentices served as E-TEAM interns, assisting team leaders. These apprentices are listed above.
The additional 27 students served from four to eight weeks aiding missionaries in their daily routines, absorbing their host culture, assisting with ministry tasks, and sharing their testimonies. The students, representing seven colleges and universities, are listed below:
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil: Daniel and Nicky Fisher, Nashville, TN
Hokkaido, Japan: Theresa Lennon, Fresno, CA
Russia: Clint Dake, New Castle, OK; Miriam Haas, Nashville, TN; Seth Morgan, Cedar Hill, TN; Vanessa Powell, Florence, SC
Kazakhstan: Shane Brown, Spotsylvania, VA; Matt Crosby, The Woodlands, TX; Joshua Detherage, Huntsville, AL; Tasha Foster, Charleston, AR; Eric Harris, Catoosa, OK; Katie Hicks, Mt. Vernon, IL; Jenny Hovis, Fredericktown, MO; Sarah Moore, Foristell, MO; Mariah Sandiford, Norman, OK; Amanda Tackett, Pikeville, KY; Andeana Wright, Moore, OK; Michael, Wendy, Katherine, and Elijah Walker, Nashville, TN
Spain: Daniel Judkins, Monticello, AR; Derek Lambert, Bentonville, AR
Panama: Natalie Carter, Mesa, AZ; Josue Droz, Virginia Beach, VA; Phillp Kennedy, Mt. Vernon, IL; Lyle Williams, Little Rock, AR
TORRISONS ARRIVE IN PAHAMA
CHITRE, PANAMA Steve and Lori Torrision recently made the transition from language school in Costa Rica to field ministry in Panama. The couple completed a year of language training in April and moved to Chitré, where they will work with Stan and Brenda Bunch while honing their language skills.
As Steve and Lori struggled through the initial housekeeping set-up; dealt with Panamanian red tape for utility, phone, and Internet services; and adjusted to the climatic differences, they also identified and began a niche ministry. Seeking to establish rapport with local college-aged youth, the Torrisons sponsored their first “Coffee ‘n’ Conversation” gathering in May. Through the event, they met eight to ten local college-age people. The Torrisons expect opportunities to discuss spiritual issues will arise as they carry on frequent conversations with those wishing to improve their English conversation skills.
13TH PASTOR ORDAINED
BONDOUKOU, COTE D’ IVOIRE The ordination of Kouakou Kouame Adou on May 6, 2006, gave Free Will Baptists 13 ordained African pastors. The ordination service was held at the Bondoukou FWB Church where Adou serves as pastor. Church members planned the ordination service and prepared a meal for all who attended.
Approximately 250 people celebrated Pastor Adou’s ordination. All twelve of our other ordained pastors attended, along with missionaries Clint Morgan, Mike Cousineau, Verlin and Debbie Anderson, Alice Smith, and Jerry and Carol Pinkerton.
Pastor Adou, a graduate of our Bible institute in Bouna, is married and has three children.