“On December 10, Time magazine announced that its
"Person of the
Year" recognition for 2014 would go to
"The Ebola Fighters." For the last three weeks, that group has
included Kristy Engel, a nurse practitioner serving with American Baptist International Ministries (IM).
After a dozen years in the Dominican Republic, Engel's current assignment is to serve as IM's Healthcare Relief Resource Regional
Missionary for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. But, Engel says that as she watched the Ebola crisis unfolding in West
Africa, "Like many all over the world, my heart began breaking...[and] God made a way for me to help." That way was
to partner with one of the leading agencies in the Ebola response effort within Liberia, Medical Teams International (MTI).
Engel explains that she became part of an MTI team dedicated "to help clinics learn and practice infection prevention and
control standards, set up a triage point, and manage waste in the clinic." This piece of the overall Ebola effort seeks to
enable local health care workers to respond to Ebola patients while minimizing the risks to themselves and others in the community.
Engel will finish her service in Liberia before Christmas, and carefully follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol
for self-monitoring and limited activity thereafter, to guarantee that her service does not put others at risk.
MTI's Liberia team celebrated Engel's contribution in its December 12 blog post, and her Liberian co-workers gave her the
name "Keebah," a term of great honor that means, "the powerful one." At the same time, Engel is enthusiastic as she describes
the personnel and the quality of MTI's work in Liberia. And, deeply impressed by the faith and dedication of the Liberians
with whom she has had the privilege of serving, Engel says, "To me, they are the Persons of the Year."
10/2014 Ebola-relief : $120,000 in undesignated funds donated through
American Baptist Churches to OGHS will be invested
in the work of IM partners: Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Liberia Direct Baptist Missionary Conference,
Baptist World Aid and IMA World Health. Approximately 70% will be used to provide food and medical supplies, while the remaining
30% will focus on Ebola prevention. Half of the prevention funds will be used by IM missionary Rick Gutierrez to produce an
animated Ebola prevention video based upon his highly acclaimed and widely viewed HIV prevention video. The video will be
easily translated into many African languages.
individuals are encouraged to give to the ongoing Ebola-relief efforts through normal
denominational channels (through the church’s Monthly Report of Mission Support, designating their gift to “One
Great Hour of Sharing: Ebola Outbreak”).
You may also give online at: http://internationalministries.org/drives/22 or send a check marked "OGHS - Ebola Outbreak" on the memo line to “International Ministries, P.O. Box
851, Valley Forge, PA 19482.”
and individuals can give to the ongoing efforts
church’s Monthly Report of Mission Support designating their gift to “One Great
Hour of Sharing: Ebola Outbreak.” You may also give online http://abc-oghs.org/ or send a check marked
"OGHS - Ebola Outbreak"
on the memo line to “International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA
News by Catherine Nold August 5, 2014
A powerful earthquake, magnitude 6.1,
hit southwest China on August 3rd. Hundreds of people have been killed and some 1,300 were injured according to state news
agency Xinhua, reported BBC News China. A major rescue and relief operation is underway.
By late Monday, 398 people were reported
dead and nearly 1,900 injured from the quake in Ludian Country, 277 miles north of Kunming, the provincial capital. More than
22,550 houses collapsed and nearly 200,000 others were damaged, according to an assessment by the international Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent, writes the LA Times.
Sutterlin, former IM development worker in China and current special assistant to China, is now in the U.S. and so was not
directly affected by the earthquake.
In response, $10,000
in emergency relief funds is being sent from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) to the China Christian Council to help victims of the earthquake. “We are very sad to see the loss of lives and the suffering
of the victims in the earthquake in Yunnan,” commented Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chan, IM area director for Asia, India, Hong
Kong and China. “However, I am impressed by how the China Christian Council quickly responded to rally pastors and Christian
workers in the affected area to begin the relief assistance.”
relief is urgently needed. You may give through your church. To make an online contribution by credit card, fill out the "Give"
form here. Or mail a check to International Ministries, Attn: OGHS-China
Earthquake, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19406. Write “OGHS-China Earthquake” on the check.
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries
of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee
work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour
of Sharing offering received by churches. Learn more: http://www.abc-oghs.org/
more information, contact Catherine Nold: firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Catherine Nold
American Baptist International Ministries missionaries, Roberta Stephens, John and Tomoko Armagost, Gordon and
Lee Ann Hwang and David and Leslie Turley do not reside or work within the 50-mile radius of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi
Nuclear Power Plant. According to U.S. officials, the 50 mile radius around the plant is now considered
a “need to evacuate” zone.
However, “the safety of our missionaries in Japan is our top priority,” stated Sharon Smart, IM’s
Missionary Personnel and Services team leader.” The IM crisis team and IM missionaries are keeping
a 24-hour watch on the situation. While the team is not taking steps to evacuate missionaries to locations
outside of Japan, discussions are ongoing regarding the possible need for temporary relocation inside Japan.
Missionaries closest to the power plant are Roberta Stephens and Lee Ann and Gordon Hwang, who live near Yokohama
which is 350 miles from the plant. John and Tomoko Armagost live near Kobe, 500 miles away. David and Leslie
Turley live in Okinawa over 1,000 miles away in the North Pacific Ocean.
The decision to evacuate missionaries from Japan will be determined after prayerful consideration and in conversation
with IM’s partners, the Japan Baptist Union, and/or after recommendations by the U.S. embassy.
"3/11 will be etched on our heart and psyche just as 9/11 is imprinted on the American psyche," wrote Rev.
Makoto Tanno, general secretary of the Japan Baptist Union, for the American Baptist Press News. "The reasons are totally
different, but it is a single event which determines how we as a nation will live for many years to come."
“In this season of Lent, we reflect on our own need for the grace of Jesus Christ. We pray for the victims
and their families and for Japan’s faith communities, including our partners, the Japan Baptist Union (JBU), that they
offer hope in a seemingly hopeless time,” commented Dr. Reid Trulson, IM’s executive director.
A $20,000 grant from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) was released to the JBU for relief efforts. The need
for relief supplies is increasing, particularly in areas where the displaced people are now living, according to Church World
Service. These sites are reporting a lack of food, water, electricity, health and hygiene kits, as well as blankets and stoves,
which are critical giving the current cold and freezing temperature s in the affected regions. Emergency
donations can be made on the IM website http://www.internationalministries.org/items/221, or write a check payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Japan Relief” and give to your church, or mail
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482
One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board. The Committee
facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing
policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
To read additional journals, prayer requests, news updates and find out how to give to Japan relief, click here.
American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the first Baptist Mission organization formed in
North America. We serve more than 1,800 short-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together
with partners in more than 70 countries to tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.
P.O. Box 851
Forge, PA 19482
Coordinator, Volunteers in Global Mission
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482
(222-3872) ext. 2164
American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the oldest Baptist
mission agency formed in North America. We serve more than 2,500 short-term and long-term missionaries annually, bringing
U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in 76 countries in cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of
Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.
Please give to the relief efforts through your local church
or you may send it to the Putnam Baptist Church
and we will forward it, for you, to the fund you specify.
Thank you for your helping in the world
that has increasing needs from natural disasters.
The Xtreme Team has a website where you can find past team Xperiences, everything you need to
apply, and more information about the program. You can also send us an email to request a DVD. The website is
www.xtremeteamonline.org. To view a short video, go to : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmcswterEpY.
The Xtreme Team, a program of International Ministries, ABC-USA is designed to connect young adults with the global
mission of American Baptists. Our purpose is to grow a passion and interest in mission for the here and now as well as to
cultivate global mission leadership for the future.
Questions?: Call 800-222-3872 ext. 2366
or email email@example.com for assistance.
Coordinator, Volunteers in Global Mission
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