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The country of Belize probably has the longest history of GABC involvement than any other area. Over the years, hundreds of GABC members have gone on mission in this country. Jill and James Wortham are leading the ministry in Belize as they travel a few times a year to offer medical clinics to those with little exposure to medical personnel.
Brazil is another country where GABC has a great heritage. Our own Lonnie and Janelle Doyle left GABC years ago to serve as career missionaries in the northern part of the country. The Moses Project, led by John Mark Bellington, continues to work and minister in Brazil, leading medical teams into areas without basic medical care. This medical ministry is making a difference for many individuals and families in the name of Jesus.
Costa Rica has been a hub of international ministry for several years. Healthy Church conferences are being taught to hundreds of pastors and church leaders this year through InStep International and the The Healthy Church ministry of GABC.
Our International Mission Board partners Fernando and Brenda Larzabal minister to more than 95 indigenous people groups in Columbia. GABC has become a primary partner with the Misincol Organization in partnering with National Missionaries and the Larzabals in ministering to and reaching these people groups with the gospel of Jesus Christ. GABC sent a team of college students to Colombia last year and conducted an English Camp at a university in several locations. Also, GABC helped with a team meeting for 30 indigenous missionaries with a much needed time of retreat and renewal. The Healthy Church conference was held in Colombia this year with more meetings set in the future.
The country of Cuba has been an active partnership area in years past with several teams from GABC helping with evangelism, revivals, medical assistance, and encouragement to the churches in the Western Baptist Convention. We are working with the IMB in conducting Healthy Church and Healthy Pastor conferences, Mission retreats, and partnering with other US churches to bring much needed support to the churches in Cuba. Currently, we are also assisting the church at San Cristobal with their building project.
Now, more than ever, Mexico is experiencing a great need for a spiritual awakening. For this reason, God has called David and Ruth Tamez to be missionaries in Mexico where he serves as President of the GH Lacy Seminary in Oaxaca, Mexico. As GABC partners with the Lacy Seminary, there will be opportunities for short term mission projects to help in the areas of construction, medical/dental teams, evangelism, VBS, Student ministry and more.
Africa & The Middle East
The Bean People
Can you imagine having coffee be such an influence and priority in your life that if you had nothing else to eat, a spicy brew with sugar and a kick of ginger would be enough to tide you over? That’s how it is for the Bean People, a people of 2-3 million located along the Red Sea Coast in Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea. The Bean People are considered one of the least evangelized tribes on the continent of Africa. Of the 2-3 million Bean People, there are probably not more than 60 followers of Jesus. Please pray for the Bean people to hear and receive the Gospel message, to be discipled and form churches which will exhibit God’s glory as they multiply.
North Africa/Middle East
Our partnership work in North Africa and the Middle East began a few years ago as realized that this was a part of the world that had perhaps the greatest need and where we as a church were not involved. Since that time we have developed some strategic partnerships with some key churches and organizations in this region.
We work with the Kasr El-Dobora Evangelical Church in Cairo. KEDC is the largest evangelical congregation in the entire Middle-East with more than 8,000 members. The challenges and accomplishments of this church are remarkable. We have partnered with them on several outreach projects and helped them make a difference in that region for Christ. Most recently we have had teams there to help staff their summer camp outreach and evangelistic festivals.
GABC has connected with other US churches to form the partnership with The Ricks Institute in Monrovia, Liberia. All of our ministry and work with this partnership has been suspended because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Please pray for Ricks’ Institute, for Olu Menjay and his family, as well as the people of Liberia during this difficult time.
Central Asia is in one of the most unreached areas of the world. Our partnership in this area is with James K who is living and working the region. Through Disciple Training Schools, new church starts and outreach, James has witnessed dozens of individuals coming to Christ and being baptized in recent months. Pray for continued safety and protection for our partners in this part of the world. Also, GABC has begun a partnership with Global Heart Ministries. Global Heart is sharing the Gospel with the people of Central Asia using several different media resources and is having a great impact for the Kingdom.
GABC partners with the Word of Hope Center in Manila, Philippines to provide leadership training to church pastors and leaders. Over 350,000 pastors and leaders have been through the leadership training classes through Bro. David Dykes of GABC and David Sobrepena of the Word of Hope Center. GABC also supported Operation Hope after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines in 2013. In 2014, GABC and Word of Hope partnered to build a Gospel Boat to take the Gospel message to the 700+ islands of the Philippines that are inaccessible except by boat.
Our East Asia Partnership is primarily focusing on our key partner church in Beijing called the Beijing International Christian Fellowship. We work with BICF in projects all over East Asia, leading Healthy Church and Healthy Pastor Conferences and working with Christian business men and university students. The City of Tyler has a sister city in Quijing, with a variety of cultural exchanges taking place each year. UT Tyler invites college students to visit the campus here in Tyler, and representatives from the medical, educational, and social sectors travel between the cities to share knowledge. Also, GABC partners with our Korean and Chinese churches to provide medical care and leadership training throughout East Asia.