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This past month has been bittersweet for us.  One of our partners in Mexico, Rogelio Noguera, went home to be with the Lord.  He passed away after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  He leaves behind Itzchel, his wife, and their infant son.  For the past few years, Rogelio has been teaching at the Seminary in Mexico.  In addition to this, he had a passion for training pastors in the more remote and poverty-stricken areas of Mexico.  Pray with us for his wife and son and also for the large hole he leaves in the ministry in Mexico. 

(Rogelio Noguera with two of my children)

Rogelio was supported through FBM by many ministry partners here in the US.  Many have written to us and asked about sending in gifts for Rogelio’s family.  We will continue to accept contributions to Rogelio’s account which is called “Hidalgo Leadership Training.”  All gifts in this account will be used to support his wife and son.  (You can easily contribute on our website.) Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

(Praying over Koku & Akpene Akakpo)

While we mourned this past month, there was also much rejoicing!  On January 24th, I was in Littleton, IL for the commissioning service of Koku & Akpene Akakpo.  Their sending church, First Baptist, hosted a beautiful service.  It was such a joy to celebrate all that God has done in the Akakpo’s life.  Just a few days after that service, they left for Togo and have arrived safely.  Please continue to pray for them as they begin their ministry.

We also rejoiced in February at the addition of another missionary couple.  Chad & Amanda Winsor were accepted as FBM missionaries.  The next few months will be a period of transition for them.  Their ministry will primarily be to facilitate construction projects around the world.  They will base out of their home here in Florida.  Please pray for them as they make this transition.

Thank you for partnering with us to care for our missionaries.  Thank you for praying for each of them.  Your partnership in the Gospel is a wonderful blessing to us all.  Please let us know if we can serve you in any way.  May God richly bless you.

Stephen Simpson

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