Please pray for our retired missionary, Marie Moore, and family as Dale went Home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 18. Cards can be sent to Marie at 2 Daniel Street, Sebring, FL, 33870
Wayne and Shanna Dale – church planters at Grace Baptist Church in Scottsdale, AZ
Salvations and baptisms for 2022
Ministry team members
spiritual growth/patience for kids
wisdom/discernment in ministry planning
Prayer for contacts in community
More families to attend and serve
Aging senior membership
All finances provided for Roof repair
Roof project planned for Feb
Positive community contacts
Shanna’s mom’s birthday
Shanna’s mom back surgery went well
Rylee visit during Christmas break
Visits of friends was an encouragement
Possible couple to move to area
Safety and health for our family
Thank you for your prayers, cards and Christmas gifts. The past few months have been full of ministry and family events. The biggest news we want to share is: Thanks to God we have received enough funds from churches and individuals to repair our roof! God brought a Christian contractor to us who will be helping with the process, and plans are underway to begin the roofing project at the end of February. Thank you to each one for your prayers and gifts through this process.
In November we hosted fellow BCP missionaries Miguel and Ana Quintana who are serving in Florida. They spoke in church, at the Christian School and at a Spanish service at Tri-City with Pastor Randy Hernandez. They were also able to connect with Pastor Alberto Marquez in Glendale. Our church family were able to view firsthand the challenges of bilingual ministry.
A pastor from a supporting church in New York stopped for a visit and took Wayne out for lunch. We also were encouraged by the state fellowship meetings at Calvary Baptist in Mesa. Tim Capon from Iowa shared about practical ways to be evangelistic. For Thanksgiving we had a house full of guests as many plans were interrupted because of Covid.
December brought the 80th birthday celebration of Shanna’s mom and a few family members to visit. She also had a successful back surgery and is recovering. The church was able to have a Christmas dinner and white elephant gift exchange this year, and it was a blessing to see new people participating. We also held a caroling event the next week. This was important because we have some senior members who are facing severe health related illnesses and one member has no relatives nearby. Wayne has been helping to navigate the situation long distance as the member will soon pass to be with Jesus. Please pray for the balance of growth for new members and encouraging the faith of the older members as they finish their race.
Our oldest son completed his first semester at Bible college and returned home in early December. He was able to work over his break, but on Christmas Eve he had to visit the ER to get stitches in his wrist from a work related accident. Thankfully it was not serious and we still made it to our Christmas Eve service at Grace. Gloria will soon get her driver’s license, and she recently assisted in a contact I made at the local Dunkin Donuts. She is interested in Physical Therapy and was able to interview the wife who was a Physical Therapist. I spoke with the husband and learned they are Jewish and moved here from NJ. Claire is playing basketball and learning the nuances of the game. Simon cannot play on a team but likes to keep up with the Phoenix Suns. A friend gifted us some tickets and we were able to go to a game together. Shanna had a friend from Ohio and her daughters come out for a visit. It was nice for the girls to spend time together (mothers and daughters).
Please pray as this year our theme for 2022 is “One life submitted to God will change one life!”
Brent and Michele Howard – missionary church builders with ChurchCare Construction, currently building at Norton Baptist Church in Norton, OH
Sometimes it seems that there is a lot going on in our lives and other times it feels like we are less busy. No matter which season we find ourselves in, God continues to work in and through us to accomplish His will for our lives. This letter is a recap of the activities of 2021. Looking back, so much was accomplished and a great amount of change happened in our lives and ministry. We are so thankful that we have you our faithful supporters to walk with us through prayer as God leads us through the different seasons. We are very grateful for those who continue to faithfully support our ministry on a monthly, yearly, and one time basis as well as those who have just joined our support team. Thank you!
Early in 2021 Brent was working at FBC, Elyria right in the middle of the remodel of the gym project. I was teaching 4th grade for First Baptist Christian School. We hosted the work team from People’s Baptist Church in Newfield, NY, which was incredibly encouraging for the team working on the gym. We were right in the middle of that project and it a was boost to getting the project completed. We completed the project in early July and moved over to Baptist Church Planters to build the third storage unit and do some inside work on the basement.
We also were able to build a storage barn for at our house for the occasion that we are not staying in our fifth wheel during the winter. We have the fifth wheel parked inside this winter since we are commuting to Norton Baptist Church in Norton, OH (about 45 min. From home) and it has worked out so very well.
The last week of August we took our 2 week mission trip to Alaska. We helped Jonathan Fisher build a storage barn for the boat he uses for ministry to the island communities around Juneau. When we returned from Alaska the beginning of September, we jumped right back into ministry here. We had a weekend trip to New York so Michele could speak at a ladies retreat. Then we completed a small project for FBC, Elyria and completed the storage building for Baptist Church Planters.
The fall was a busy time of year for us. The beginning of October we did a roofing project for Constantia Center Baptist Church in New York. It was a great weekend of working together with the people of the church and a supporting local church from Sherburn, NY.
When we returned from New York on Monday, we prepared for our next trip to Wellman, Iowa. We left on Thursday of that week to spend 2 weeks helping our co-workers, Scott and Marti Owens. We did a major remodel on their kitchen which was previously gutted. It was a joy to have Marti’s brother, Dave Benson join us one day and a friend, Trent Thomas from one of our supporting churches, Harvest Baptist Church, Williamsburg, IA.
Beginning the month of Nov., we started working at Norton Baptist Church in Norton, OH. This project is a complete lower level remodel that will take us several months to complete. The people of the Church have gotten very involved with the work. Demolition is complete. The subcontractors are finished with the rough in stage and we’re busy with the drywall.
The beginning of December the ChurchCare board, builders, and Mark Henthorn met to see if he was a good fit to become the interim Director of Construction for ChurchCare. Praise the Lord, it was a successful meeting. When the ChurchCare board voted unanimously to offer Mark the position, he was prepared to accept. Please pray as the search committee will continue to seek a permanent executive director of ChurchCare to fill the position left open by David Whipple’s home-going.
Here we are in a new year with lots of exciting events on the horizon for our family. Please be in prayer for opportunities we have in 2022. Pray with us for continued safety as we drive 45 minutes each way to work at Norton Baptist Church at least through February. Please pray for a trip we are planning to visit my father in Florida at the end of February. Since everyone in our family had the omicron variant of covid for the 2 weeks that Mary and my dad were with us at Christmas, we are looking forward to spending time together now that we are feeling better. It is anticipated that we will move to Canton, Ohio (about 1 hour and 15 minutes from our house) in March of this year to begin a large Sanctuary addition. Pray for a smooth transition for us and the Stevensons. We have the opportunity to return to Alaska on a second mission’s trip for the Fishers to complete the mechanicals in the storage barn we built. Pray for wisdom if this is God’s will for us during 2022. We also wish to praise the Lord for bringing Daniel Main into Ryanne’s life. We eagerly anticipate how God will continue to direct that relationship. We praise the Lord for His continued provision for our ministry through you are faithful prayer and financial supporters.
Jimmy and Abby Stevenson – missionary church builders with ChurchCare Construction, currently building at Norton Baptist Church in Norton, OH
“I thank my God on every remembrance of you” As we usher out the old year of 2021 and welcome in the new of 2022, we are so blessed to be ministering alongside you our partners and friends.
Our year has started out very much NOT according to our plans. Our holiday visit with family was greatly changed by most everyone getting sick at some point. Due to variables such as sickness, winter weather, and Covid cautions, the two churches we were scheduled for at the beginning of the year had to be rescheduled for later in the future. Our New Years’ Eve was spent battling sickness, and for Paul, teething. There were many things that just did not go according to our plan, but rather presented opportunities to trust in God’s sovereignty. I must confess that it is very easy to self-focus when plans start spiraling out of what we thought was our control. Yet what a blessing can come from this when we instead choose to lift our eyes off of self and unto Christ, seeking to glorify him in the many changes. Suddenly we find new opportunities for ministering and caring for others. For example, we have since encountered many friends, family, and partners who have also had their plans going awry and are having to deal with the challenges of illness and much more, to which we can relate and seek to point towards Christ in the midst of it all.
Job Update-we have been working hard on the jobsite at Norton Baptist Church. From tearing out the basement structure, putting in the metal studs, to now installing the drywall, things are coming along very well. Jimmy enjoys the church workdays where many from the church have come out and been able to work alongside each other on this project. Abby has been involved in the choir and was able to be a part of the Christmas Cantata. Paul is currently the only baby at this church, and as such has his own ministry in bringing a cheery smile to everyone and brightening their days.
A new year feels like a new start, and refresher. For us that means a refocus on our prayer life, on our Bible study habits and of course the ways that we eat. We have set our goals for the year to strive for and seek to be diligent in the stewardship of what God has provided.
Jim and Janice Mitchell – church planters at Grace Fellowship Church in Preston, ID
We are still looking for the first person to trust Jesus as Savior here, please keep praying to that end. But in the meantime we are seeing a lot of growth and change in the lives of our church people. We are also continuing to see people return and visitors attend.
We had our annual business meeting this last Sunday and it was a good time. We were able to vote in four new members and with a unified spirit remove a member who refuses to be reconciled.
A budget was presented and voted on for the first time and we have streamlined and structured the way the finances are handled. Thankfully, our annual income has doubled from last year. We are praying for the giving to continue to increase so that the church is able to support a full-time Pastor. We are also saving money in a building fund so that we are prepared if and when God provides land or a building for the future. The new owner of the building we rent from has been very kind and is remodeling some unused space so that we can expand our nursery.
Since there are a lot of hunters in the area, we are having our first Wild Game Dinner in March. Please pray that we would be able to meet and connect with folks from the community through this special event.
We are enjoying a real winter and time with family. Thx for your prayers and support.
SALT – our Retired Missionaries Living Triumphantly!
Michael Peck – Mike is grateful for your prayers. He is still struggling with a cough but is feeling much better. He is trusting the Lord to be able to return to preaching at Rochester Baptist on February 6.
David Morgan – retired, living Port Clinton, OH
David also is recovering from covid! Please pray for him as he now lives alone after the recent Homegoing of Debra.
Carol Ciocca – retired, living at Maranatha Village
Carol has been released from using the boot! She is down to a brace and is overjoyed to regain some freedom to walk. She will soon be back to driving, too.