Missionaries

TRAINING LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES

Stephen & Helena Brown,

A.A. 29767, Bogotá, DC., Colombia

Phone (57) 1-867-8887

February 9, 2019

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CAR PROBLEMS:

Our van would turn off driving down the road! It was getting worse, and we were far from home. After looking on line and with some mechanics, we couldn’t find a secondhand computer for the van. The only other option was to have the computer fixed, but the mechanic told us that he would need the car in Bogotá to be able to do it; so, I fixed a switch that enabled me to turn off the computer to reset it. Now we would have to travel 18 hours with the van turning itself off at any given moment, but at least I could start the car again immediately. Thank you for praying for us. We had a good trip, although on two occasions the motor turned off while I was in the opposite lane passing a semi (articulating lorry), but God took care of us. On the second day, we realized that another injector had come lose about 5 hours away from home. We drove slower, and arrived that afternoon. Thank you, Lord.

Then my brother-in-law told me that a friend of his had found a computer in Bogotá. On the 8th, I went to Bogotá and had the secondhand computer installed. It works great! Praise the Lord! And the man that the seller uses to install the computers happens to work on Korean cars; so the Lord also provided us with someone who knows how to fix our van! Thank you for praying. We felt your prayers!

LAST SEMESTER was a long hard semester. There were many problems to deal with and many challenges. These have made us ever more conscious of our inability for the task of training cross-cultural church planters. Thank you for your prayers for us, even though you had no idea. It was sad to have to recommend 3 students for counseling with their pastors; but God continues to work, and all 3 seem to be open to get the help that they need!

NINE FINISHED THE 4 YEARS OF TRAINING:

Santiago and Steffany are helping a church in the US for several months before returning to work with their local church in Bogotá in preparation to go to Africa.

Carlos and Angie are working with their church in Bogotá, and raising support to reach a tribe in Colombia.

Karen  will be learning to teach Spanish to the new missionaries while she gathers her support team.

Jose will be getting married in April and would like to work with his wife in Africa.

Yumirna is working with a church in Medellin, Colombia, building her support team, before heading to Africa.

Austin and Sharon plan on working with missionary aviation.

Milta returned to Perú to work with her church in preparation for going to Africa.

  • Pray for wisdom and love. That we might live according to the Word and show the grace of God to all.
  • Praise: Last year some children and a couple of the mothers, whose children attend a weekly Bible club that our students have, got saved! Other students baptized one of their disciples. Pray that the Lord would use the outreaches of staff and students to bring many to Him.
  • Pray for Helena and I that we might have wisdom in raising our girls.
  • Last year, Ashley was able to accompany the 2nd year students on their mission’s trip. They spent a week in the

Amazon, visiting our missionaries who work with the Tikuna people.  Ashley said, “I didn’t want to leave. When I learned that there were 900 Tikuna families in the village, I was challenged anew with the need for missions.” Pray that our girls would continue to grow in their love for others and in seeing them come to Jesus.

 

Praise: You are a vital part of this ministry. Thank you for your faithful prayers and generous gifts.

May God richly supply your every need.

In our Saviour’s love,

Stephen, Helena, Ashley, Amy, and Grace Brown

12 Jan 2019

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

We came to spend a couple of weeks with Helena’s family on the Colombian Caribbean coast. We almost didn’t drive up because the car is having problems, but they seem to be a little worse here. After checking with another mechanic, it is now clear that we need to repair, if possible, or change the van’s computer. Pray that we would be able to find the right computer at a good price, or get it fixed. We should be heading back to the Missionary College next week.

Everyone is doing fine and enjoying the time with the family.

The new semester starts at the Missionary College on the 4th of February. Pray that the Lord would bring in many new students. So far, we have accepted about 10. Inscriptions close in 10 days!

Thank you for your prayers!

We love you,

Stephen, Helena, Ashley, Amy, and Grace Brown

March 28, 2018

Ashley, Amy, and Jimmy having a donut party with Amy’s teacher
Students and staff – 2018

Praise the Lord for all the students that He has brought us this year!

I don’t know why, but I had been praying for 50. Probably because it was the round number closest to the group we had last year. So, we have 47 students, plus 3 who have already finished, but are accompanying their partner who hasn’t finished their training. Pretty cool! So we have 50! This is the first time that we have more students in our Transcultural Course than we do in our Bible Course. (We have 2 years of Bible college and then they continue with 2 years of transcultural training for church planting.) We have completed 6 weeks, and the students are excited about what they are learning. It’s great to have a student body where almost all of them believe God wants them in missions.

Pray for Marcos, Salomé, and Kevin. They still need their visas, although we have not had trouble getting visas for students this year.

Pray that they would comprehend that they are loved and accepted by God because of Jesus Christ, that they are forever in the favor of God – His grace. This will enable them to walk in victory.

Pray That the Lord would provide ministry opportunities for the students and that He would guide them as to where and how to create opportunities to evangelize.

First semester students. Salomé, Marcos, and Dariana are on the far left.

Ricardo and Milena (upper right) have a foundation in a very poor neighborhood in Bogotá where they evangelize the children and women. Two other students, Juan and Sebastián (lower right) also work with them.  Once, Ricardo sent the children home for lunch, but instead, they found a place to hide because they got abused at home.

Pray that the town would grant us permission to build more student housing. At the moment we have room for more singles, but we need more apartments for couples.

Pray for us as a family, as well:  That we would have wisdom in teaching home school and in discipling our girls (Ashley, Amy, and Grace.)

Miguel, who sells us LP gas, his wife, Jenny, and their daughter, Natalia, enjoyed the weekly Bible study that we started two weeks ago! On the 4th of April, we will have our third Bible study. Pray that the forces of darkness would not hinder us.

You are a great blessing to us! Thank you for praying for us, for being our friends, and for your loving gifts. May God continue to supply all your needs, as we know He will. Thank you for praying for Consuelo, our teacher who has cancer. God is giving her spiritual strength and encouragement, but she is now paralyzed from just below her arms and down.

Much love in Christ,

Stephen, Helena, Ashley, Amy, and Grace Brown

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