Cure for Self Pity

Several weeks ago, on a return trip from a doctors appointment in Dallas, I began to reflect on the condition of my health and started to have myself a “One Man Pity Party”. I’m sure no one else has had an experience like that, but I did. You see, early in 2017 I developed this chronic cough and gotten to the point it was hard for me to walk out the front door without being out of breath. I wasn’t able to do much at all and nothing that I had to use my voice. Finally in late 2017 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. To make a long story short, I went on Oxygen 24/7 and was very limited in what I could do, which is not much. So, as I’m riding along reflecting on my condition, I begin to ask God-as the old song says, “Why Me Lord”? It is not a sin to God questions but He doesn’t have to answer if He chooses not to-after all-He is God! Now God has never spoken audibly but it seemed He did that day. He began to remind me of all the nice people who had become a part of my life during this time that I never would have met had it not been for my illness. I was reminded it’s not all about me but it’s all about Him. I repented and began to turn my attention where it should have been in the first place-to Him, and I was reminded what of John the Baptist declared when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30.

Read Psalms 23 and Psalms 121.

-Bill Williams, Senior Vice President

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Ecuador October 2018

Now that we have had some time to process the amazing work God did in Ecuador this October, we wanted to give you guys some insight (through the mouths of team members) to see just a few of the amazing things that happened during this trip.

 The whole team (minus a few who stayed back to teach!)

The whole team (minus a few who stayed back to teach!)

First things first, this was a combination trip for many reasons. Not only did we have a jungle team (Shushufindi) and a mountain team (Tambo and other villages) who came together mid-way through the second week, but we were also doing discipleship teaching, evangelism, AND a medical clinic. Needless to say this team had to have the common goal of taking His name to the ends of the earth in order to mesh together, and praise God we did!!!


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The first team started their journey in Shushufindi:

“Greetings from Shushufindi! We have enjoyed a wonderful (but VERY hot!!!) day with the children at the Ariel school and the park. Today we learned that God can save (and change) anyone by looking at Saul's conversion story.” -Sarah Crossett

The Shushufindi team’s day consisted of teaching children, women, and men in a partner school, and a park ministry in the afternoon. However, on Friday of that week that had a very special day.

“Last day in Shushufindi. We had a combined Children's church with two churches coming together for the mini-conference today. The men in the pastors training classes divided into discipleship groups to disciple members of the congregations, Patricia Carlin's women's class also heard from some student teachers today, and kids team got some of the kids involved in teaching each other the Bible story, memory verse, and songs.” -Sarah Crossett

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This jungle team met the mountain team on Tuesday of the next week where the ministry continued:

“Thank you all of you who are praying for us. This week has been very fruitful so far. The Lord provided the translation and medical staff that we were praying for.

Yesterday at the medical clinic we heard about a lady who lived at home and could not walk. So Holly and I grabbed a nurse and a translator to visit this lady. She was 103 years old and staunchly Jehovah's witness. She had no living family and was close to death. I found a Bible in her home and lead her through the gospel using her own Bible. Her eyes were opened, she admitted her sin, repented of it, and believed upon Jesus yesterday.

This is just one of many stories of what the Lord has done so far through this team! Keep praying and praising along with us!” -Dylan Anderson

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
— Romans 10:13
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On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, “we traveled 3+ hrs by bus to villages to operate the medical clinic and spend time with some students in the village schools. Today [Thursday], we held a clinic at the center in Tambo and children's program at the park.” -Sarah Crossett

“102 yr. old man asked why he was still alive. Answer: He, his daughter, and his wife received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior yesterday!” -Eddie Yoakum

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Also on Thursday, “Today we went to Chunchi, and worked with some parents of the kids at the Centro de apoyo para ninos con necesidades educativas especiales (school for kids with special needs).” -Tammy Sales

“I saw God work throughout the team in the clinic, children’s, and the evangelical ministries. It was incredible to see the joy that we were able to bring to those in the four villages we worked in.

Through this trip I was able to make many new friends and reconnect with old ones. I saw how powerful God is and the work he can do to change lives. I hope to return again soon and work with the children in these villages again, Lord willing.

Thank you everyone who made this trip possible and gracias to all our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters for translating and making me laugh!” -Colin Long


And thank you to our wonderful supporters who make all of this work possible! We literally could not do it without you.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
— Mark 16:15

Continue to pray for this team that they would live their lives in a “mission-minded” way here in the United States, and for continued fruit when we are not there physically with the pastor students, women, and children.













Joshua Project-A Resource to Pray for the Lost

At ICP our goal is simple - to disciple the harvest, and to reach nations. However, according to Romans 10:14 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” There is another problem in this situation, how can we go to a people and meet their needs if we are not aware of them?

In recent months we have been made aware of an incredible resource that seeks to make people groups with little to no Christ followers public knowledge. This resource is called the Joshua Project and can be accessed here: https://joshuaproject.net.

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Joshua Project : “gathers, integrates and shares people group information to encourage pioneer church-planting movements among every ethnic group and to facilitate effective coordination of mission agency efforts. Joshua Project compiles the work of numerous missions researchers to develop a list of all ethnic peoples that is as complete as possible.” Every single day Joshua Project produces an unreached of the day with the people group name, population, and primary religion. They also have details about the culture of the people group, ministry obstacles, outreach ideas, and the current percentage of known Christians within the people group.

Would you join us in praying daily for the lost around the world?

Women's and Children's Expansion-2019

BIG NEWS for Didache Women’s and Children’s in Kenya 2019:

“We are excited to inform you that the Didache Institute in Kenya will expand to include women and children beginning in 2019. Up to this point, women's and children’s ministry has taken place sporadically. This step toward regular discipleship and biblical training is in response to the overwhelming heart cry of our brothers and sisters in Kenya. We will hold our first official Didache Institute for Women from February 11th-15th in Murang’a. The ladies will study God’s Redemptive Story: Revealed in Women of the Old and New Testament. This course will serve as a basic overview of the Bible and set the foundation of all coursework on our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. We are also excited to begin discipling children at Tumaini Children’s home, Murang’a. Children will learn about who Jesus is through Bible stories, memorizing Scripture, games, and crafts. We are also exploring other children’s ministry opportunities in and around Murang’a.”


-Sarah Crossett, Director of Women's and Children's Discipleship

Today's Team Member-Emily Cordes

Today we are introducing our Finance Manager, Emily Cordes. Emily was born in Florence, Alabama to a very close knit family. Since then she has lived in Chattanooga, TN while attending college at Tennessee Temple University. After that she and Jim Cordes (another one of our team members) were married and lived 2 years in Hokes Bluff, AL and then 8 years in Memphis, TN before moving to Heber Springs last August. Emily and Jim have 3 children: Noah 12, Abigail 10 and Olivia 7.

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Emily knew early on in high school/college that the Lord had called her to ministry in some way and she was open to whatever He had for her. Emily does all things financial for the ICP team, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have her! Her free time is mainly spent chauffeuring her kids to sports and other activities (which she loves doing). She does enjoy reading and hiking when she has some down time.

Today's Team Member-Dylan Anderson

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     Today's team member is Dylan Anderson who is ICP | Didache Institutes Director of Partnership Mobilization. Dylan was born in Conway, AR and grew up in the small community of Houston, AR. He graduated from Bigelow High School in Bigelow, AR and  pursued higher education at a couple of different universities in central Arkansas before going into the fire service full-time. He was recently married to Holly Anderson in January of 2018, and is now preparing to further his education through the pursuit of a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

      His first experience with international missions was with International Church Planters in 2015. He was given the opportunity through his church to travel to El Tambo, Ecuador for a week. He felt the call to ministry when he was in high school but never knew what that would look like. It wasn't until he stepped foot into the mountains of Ecuador that the Lord broke his heart for international missions. From that moment on he began to diligently seek the Lord's will for what his involvement would be in this work moving forward. About a year later he surrendered to full-time ministry with ICP. He handles the logistics for Latin America, leads missions teams, works with volunteer relations and networking with churches and individuals in the US and abroad. In his free time he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and just being outdoors in general. He loves to spend time enjoying God's beautiful creation.
 

Looking Toward the Horizon

      The trip our team recently took to Ecuador was slightly different than many of those in the past. It was more of an exploration trip into how ICP|Didache Institutes would be able to most effectively minister to the people in the area close to El Tambo (where our center is located). By way of Lucas, a local pastor, the team was taken to three different villages in three days. 

      The three villages the team was able to visit were Buenos Aires, Clementinas, and Tres Cruces (Sural), Ecuador, each of which was located about three hours away from the center. When the team arrived at each location we were able to do some work with the children in the school, in which our work was able to include a gospel presentation. Specifically in Buenos Aires the team was able to meet with one of the key Christian families in that village.   

 Volunteer Jeremy Williams with some school children in Clementinas, Ecuador.

Volunteer Jeremy Williams with some school children in Clementinas, Ecuador.

      Pray for literal open doors as ICP|Didache Institutes is deciding on how to pursue these places potentially for future medical clinics, evangelism opportunities, and more children's work. Pray for the continued spiritual growth of the few Christians in those areas, that they would have been encouraged by the team's visit.   

Today's Team Member-Sarah Crossett

      Today’s blog is about Sarah Crossett who is the Director of Women's & Children's Discipleship globally for International Church Planters. She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas but grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Williams Baptist University in 2004, then moved to South Korea. In South Korea she served with the Network of International Christian Schools for 13 years. Sarah has a deep love and appreciation for South Korean people and their culture. She returned to the United States in June of 2018, and subsequently began her work with ICP.  

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      As the Director of Women’s and Children’s Discipleship globally, Sarah oversees the women's and children's discipleship programs in all of our Didache Institute locations. She works in conjunction with women's & children's coordinators to design curriculum, prepare materials, teach in the Didache Institute, and prepare volunteers.

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Today's Team Member-Patricia Carlin

       Today's blog is about Patricia Carlin who is the Women's Discipleship Coordinator in Latin America. Patricia was born in Little Rock and began learning Spanish in the third grade. She has also lived, studied, and worked in Texas and in California, where she met her veterinarian husband Stan. They have one daughter, Mimi, who lives in Conway, Arkansas.

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    Patricia felt God's call to missionary work 30+ years ago and prepared by studying Religious Education at Southwestern Seminary. The Lord opened doors for her to work with several Hispanic churches stateside while she taught Spanish for 38 years.

    Now retired and living near ICP Headquarters, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to prepare curriculum and teach Bible courses to women in Ecuador. When she is not in Ecuador, she teaches the Youth Sunday School and sings with the Praise Team at Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church.

 

 Patricia with her husband Stan, and her daughter Mimi.

Patricia with her husband Stan, and her daughter Mimi.

    Patricia Carlin, Coordinadora del Discipulado Femenil en Latinoamérica, nació en Little Rock y comenzó a estudiar español en el tercer grado. También ha vivido, estudiado y trabajado en Texas y en California, donde conoció a su esposo Stan, que es veterinario. Tienen una hija, Mimi, que vive en Conway, Arkansas.

    Hace más de 30 años Patricia sintió el llamado a la obra misionera. Se preparó al estudiar Educación Religiosa en el Seminario Southwestern. El Señor le dio la oportunidad de trabajar en varias obras hispanas en los Estados Unidos. Mientras tanto Patricia siguió su carrera de profesora de español por 38 años.

    Ya jubilada, Patricia vive cerca de la sede de ICP. Le encanta tener la oportunidad de desarrollar currículo y de enseñarles cursos bíblicos a las mujeres ecuatorianas. Cuando no está en Ecuador, Patricia enseña a los jóvenes en la escuela dominical y participa con el grupo de alabanza de la Iglesia Bautista Tumbling Shoals.

Today's Team Member-Bill Williams

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     In order to give everyone a chance to get more familiar with our old and new team members, once a month we will introduce someone from ICP's team. This month we will start things off with our Senior Vice President, Bill Williams.  

     Bill Williams grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas, which is also where he graduated from high school. He went to Arkansas State Teachers College, (UCA) before getting his theological training from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Oneta, whom he has known since the third grade. They have been married 55 years plus. They have two daughters, Kim Williams and Karla Ault, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Bill has been in the ministry since 1973. He has served as youth/music minister, pastor, worship leader, and traveled in full time evangelistic work for 15 years with Line Upon Line Ministries. He has now been with ICP since the fall of 1999. He led the ministry from the spring of 2003 until the spring of 2016, when he turned the leadership over to Ryan Bush. Bill now serves as Senior Vice President. He enjoys spending time with his family and church family.