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How Do You View the World? (January FBM Update)

Photo Source:  Jacques Taberlet
Photo Source: Jacques Taberlet

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Rev. 7:9-10

A speaker recently challenged me to view the world from an “ethno-linguistic” perspective rather than the traditional “geo-political” perspective. In other words, rather than looking at the world in terms of country boundaries such as Mali, Benin or Niger, we would instead see people/language groups such as: the Bambara in Mali (4.3 million), the Hausa (99.9% Muslim in Benin), and the Dendi (99.9% Muslim in Niger). (Statistics from joshuaproject.net)

Thank you for your prayer and financial support of FBM missionaries as they are involved in the evangelization and discipleship of these peoples. Below are a few updates from our missionaries:

  • Cindy Faile: Here in Benin things have been very busy for the month of December. My classes stopped for just a couple of weeks for Christmas. The little break from rough roads has been nice physically. I was so very encouraged to see that the ladies weren’t all too pleased to stop fearing we wouldn’t start again. About 35 in all completed their Bible verse recitation program. It was exciting to see their enthusiasm for this. This was a total of 15 verses over about a 2 month time period. When you consider that most of these women have never been to school and are completely illiterate, this is a big accomplishment for them. A few outward results are that some women are and will be continuing to work together to learn verses, one group of ladies has begun a literacy program with one of my missionary coworkers and a few have begun to show leadership qualities in encouraging and helping others. Continue to pray for their spiritual growth.
  • David and Comfort Jacobs: Will be stateside from November, 2013 to April, 2014. This will enable them to get proper medical attention and to visit supporting churches and individuals. The ministry in Nigeria will continue under the leadership of national pastors while they are stateside.
  • Dan and Marsha Haynes: Language learning does not always lend to exciting stories and evangelistic activity but they stay busy preparing for village evangelism in a new setting/language.
  • Faye Obgartel: Returned to Mali on Jan. 6. Pray for smooth transition as she adjusts to life without Pete.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions. You can reach me at (863) 293-0689 or via our Contact form.

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Peter Brock
President, Faith Baptist Mission