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    MISS IONS POSS IBLE

    Volume 2 Numo er

    September

    199

    AN

    OPEN

    LETTER

    To: BibleCollegePresidents AcADE^^c DeaiNS Missions

    Professors

    CampusMlnisters Chluche

    SUPPORTING

    Bible

    Colleges

    aindCampusMinistries Students and

    a l l

    those

    seriously intereste

    IN REACHING THE WORLD FOR ChRIST.

    There is a desperate need for qualified, committed workers to come/go toforeign countries as teachers ofEnglis

    asaforeign language.In thelastmonth,Ihave receivedrequests forteachers forKamchatka.Sakhalin andBirobidjha

    in Russia, plus Harbin and Peking inChina. Requests have also come fromTaiwan and Indonesia.

    A magazine I receive asks for teachers in Poland, Hungary and Turkey. Practically every country in the world

    especially developing countries, formerEast Bloc countries and Islamiccountries) that doesnot have English as its

    primary language is looking for qualified teachers.

    Whatcanyoudo,BibleCollege Presidents,AcademicDeansand MissionsProfessors?Wouldyou pleaseconside

    expanding your curriculum to include courses which would offer your graduates credentials in

    TEFL

    or TESOL

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)? Then, would you personally challenge several individuals in

    your school to go overseas as a teaching tentmaker? Workers can be sentto

    nearly

    all the world.

    The

    worldis indeed

    within our reach. Do you have the vision? I would be more than

    happy

    to meet with you to discuss details fo

    establishing such a program on my nextvisit to the States, if you are seriously interested. Youcan contactmebymail

    fa x o rE mail.

    Whatcan youdo. CampusMinisters? Pleasecheck tosee if the university/college whereyou serve offers courses

    inTEFL/TESOL. If so, personally encourage members of your fellowship to take courses to prepare them towork

    overseas.

    It

    c an make

    a

    real difference

    in

    their l iv es and

    th e

    world.

    What can you do, Churches? Askyour Bible collegesif they are offeringsuch courses. Ifnot, ask themwhynot

    Ask your campus ministers if they are encouraging their fellowship togooverseas. If not ask them why not You

    can also

    pray

    for workers for

    the

    harvest.

    Whatcanyoudo,students andothersseriously interestedin reaching theworld forChrist?Pleaseconsideracaree

    emphasison lifetime) inworking overseas as aTeacherofEnglish asaForeignLanguage. Presently,TEFL position

    are being filled overseas by opportunists trying tomakea quick buck, or to use the opportunity as a steppingstone

    to some other job. Not many are interested in the eternal well-being of their

    students.

    What about you? WB

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    B E L E W S SP WS

    The

    family isback. Banzai They arrivedhome onJune ZSth.

    Th e

    boys have reruraed

    school. The better news isAkemi has now tmished teaching and is officially retired'.

    e will become afull-dme mother and homemaker. This will be an interesting transition

    r her. She has caught ever since we returned to Japan, meaning she has balanced

    he r

    aching load with her home responsibilities. The boys and I are looking forward to her

    a full-time mom.

    Micah joined a baseball team when he was in the States and now it' s eat,

    sleep and

    nk baseball. He even wears Atlanta Braves outfits. That could be blasphemous, me

    ng a native Clndnnacian. Whatcan I say? He does wear a Reds

    ca p

    and warmup

    jacket.

    . Cincinnati Benji finished the fifth grade while inNew York.

    W hat

    a champion He

    arted the fifth grade in Americawith less than three months to go. He caught up and

    nished the year with honors, inhis second language I am a proud father. Both boys have

    id back intothe Japanese schooland are working tocatch up AGAIN. The school year

    already threemonths gone. It's quite a burden on the boys to go back-andfofth berween

    e two countries and two school systems. But, until now, they have managed with no

    I

    was

    recently designated

    'representative' of the church. That''s*an exactEnglish

    nslation of the word used inJapanese. That brings with itmany responsibilities, one of

    ich is doing the weekly preaching. I am also leading the weekly Bible study in Sanjo

    Sunday evenings. All is well.

    Running

    Bill. Akemi. Benji Micah

    ComouServe Address

    101163 2634

    AN O P E N D O O R T O C H I N A

    The dooris creakingopentoChina. No kidding. It seems a real possibility that we

    l be able to start an ECS in China

    sometime next

    year.

    AN D

    we

    will be able to

    include

    le teaching inourprogram. Weare looking for teachers to work at thisnewECS. Are

    interested? Is there someone you know who might be interested? Canyou put them

    withme(Bill)?

    Soon

    IplantovisitChina earlynextyear to investigateand follow

    on leg workbeing done as Iwrite.I would like for this person or family togo with me.

    hing English and Bible in

    China-it s

    possible, but hasn't happened yet. Please pray

    igently for this to become a reality. Imagine having permission to teach Bible up front,

    one looking over your shoulder. It can happen Will you or someone you know be

    E XCE L

    P R O G R A M

    Our secondEXCEL program is underway. Nine students and one sponsor. Masayo

    isawa, fromECSwent toupstate New York onJuly25th and will returnAugust 15th.

    hope thisprogram goes aswellas the first one, which was quite a goodexchange. As

    result of theprograms, fourmembers of the Clarence ChurchDebbie Bowers,

    NCM s

    rwarding agent for the last nineyears and teacher of the first EXCEL program. Lois

    and Karen Rowiinson. who both hosted students an d taught, and Julie Swan

    high school student whose family hosted a Japanese studentwill come to visit Japan

    m October 22-November 15of this year. We look forward to their visit. While .Akemi

    d the boysstayed inthe States,Akemi taught Japanese to some

    of

    these ladies and many

    hers who hosted Japanese students. Perhaps a real bond has taken place between our

    students and some Christians in the States. W'B

    SeDtemCsr 1993

    LIKINS N E W S FR O M

    KHABAROVSK,

    R U S S I A

    W e

    a re n ow in th e

    US A. D eb i a nd

    th e

    girls came at the end ofJune through Japan

    so that

    Debi

    could have another dental

    appointment . I had to finish up at the Uni

    versity an d wanted to be with the Church as

    long as possible before everyone disap

    peared for the summer. I lined up speakers

    an d m a d e

    sure

    al l

    th e

    services an d Bible

    studies were taken care of in my absence. I

    then

    c a m e h o m e vi a C h i na s in c e i t s s o close

    and I wanted to find out if itispossible todo

    the same type of work as we are doing in

    Russia. I was in both Harbin and Beijing for

    several d ay s a nd found a great interest in

    what we are doing. Now we need to find

    qualified Christians to fill these endless

    possibilities.

    We have all recoveredfrom jet-lagand

    are enjoying our families and visiting with

    old friends. Our girls have 19

    cavities

    that

    are being filled (ouch). I have speaking

    engagements every Sunday as well as 2

    VBS s and many meetings, so

    I m

    quite

    busyon our vacation . Weare trying toget

    caught up on nutrition and to expose our

    girls to American culture. Thus far weather

    here in north-central Ohio has been very

    mild

    an d

    ev en

    c o ol . W e i nt en d

    to

    return

    to

    Russia through Japan on the 7th

    of

    Septem

    ber. This is a very brief account of what

    we re currently doing and more details will

    follow.

    J o e l

    a nd D eb bi e

    CompuServe Address

    74200 2601

    K A M O C H U R C H

    REVIVAL

    T he K am o church isplanning a revival

    fo r

    this

    fall. H a r o l d

    S i m s v e t e r a n

    m i s s i o n

    ary for over 40 years to Japan, will be our

    guest speaker. It is interesting that Harold

    can claim to have been inJapan longerthan

    most Japanese. The aim of the revival is to

    invite everyone who has ever been involved

    in th e

    c h ur ch a n d

    is

    still

    in

    th e ar ea

    to

    c ome

    back and give the church new life. This is

    a first for the

    congregation.

    W e would

    appreciate

    your

    prayers.

    W

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    Se D t e m be r 1 9 9 3

    L a R U E S V I E W S

    We've been in

    che

    U.S. for the summer and have seen many of you who read this.

    Faces and figures change, but fortunately, friendships continue to

    grow.

    Having the

    chance tosee you again has beengreati Our summer has been filledwith a varietyofgood

    things. We have talked tomany groups of people including VBS kids, ladies' meetings,

    Sundayschool classes. Sunday worshippers, andWednesdayBiblestudy groups. Among

    thosepeople we visited: Troy (OH). Flybranch (KY), Ben Davis in Indianapolis (IN),

    Cyntheanne(IN), Salem (IL),Bryan (OH).LakeJamesSchoolofMissions (Angola. IN),

    and Em a Green (IN). We did go to the North American Christi

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