Members of Taos First Baptist Church have a long-term heritage of generosity to foreign missions, especially at Christmas time.
This year our goal is $3,000, and will go to the following projects.
Joel and Rachel Kirby –
The Kirby’s are missionaries to South Africa, where they started and now run Onthatile Children’s Ministries, a ministry to orphaned babies. Meet the Kirby’s here on their Facebook page.
Having previously served as an independent insurance agent, Joel felt the call to missions and accepted that call, along with his family, just over three years ago. In that time, they have raised support, moved to South Africa, and opened the Onthatile Children’s Village. They have been able to provide godly Christian homes for 12 children, and have many more children they are caring for and working to adopt out.
There are over 3.4 million AIDS orphans in Africa, and over 250,000 child-headed households. The need is great, and the Biblical instruction to care for orphans is very clear. Let’s join in prayer and financial support for the work of Joel and Rachel and their children!
Justin and Deb Bullington
The Bullingtons are working to share the Gospel with the Kuman people of Papua New Guinea, in the Chimbu Province. This is the third largest people group in Papua New Guinea, with a population of over 150,000. You can find speakers of their language in every city of Papua New Guinea, and all over the South Pacific.
While you can find many religious people within this area, there are few with a real knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s where the Bullingtons come in. Their vision is to see every last Kuman speaker with a deep understanding of the gospel and of who they are in Christ. They also desire to see this people group equipped to reach outside of their language group into the 800+ languages of Papua New Guinea!
This is a huge task and is only possible through the help of the Lord. Please be praying for Justin and Deb and the Kuman people, and let’s see what the Lord does!
Justin and Deb work through New Tribes Mission by teaching the Bible chronologically and dispensationally, within the heart language of the Kuman. The Kuman phase one teaching has 25 lessons from Creation to Christ. Acts and Romans are taught following phase one, then the rest of the epistles. They also create an alphabet, and teach them to read and write, which is obviously necessary when they receive their first translation of the Kuman New Testament this summer (!). The goal is eventually for Kuman to reach Kuman – the most effective way and Biblical way. The Bullingtons are making disciples who make disciples.
There are 150,000 Kuman, but it is a slow work. In the 17 years that NTM missionaries have been there, the Gospel has not left Barengigl, the village Justin and Deb live in. A very small portion of one generation of one village of 800-1,000 people have been exposed to the light of truth, and persecution is common with competing cults and sorcery beliefs.
Long term, a Kuman Bible school and Cross-cultural training center will be a cause for greater progress of the Gospel in Kuman, as well as planting churches in larger and more influential villages.
Wyumi Missions Training Program
The New Tribes Missions Wayumi Program exists to expose and challenge young people, college students, and Church groups to the need of the still unreached people groups of the world and raise up another generation of dedicated Church planters to reach them. There are approximately 2500 people groups (language/ethnic groups) who still have not had a clear presentation of the Gospel in their language! The primary goal of the NTM Wayumi Program is to raise up many more who will get involved in seeing the task of world evangelization completed. Interested individuals and groups come to Wayumi for exposure to what it takes to reach the last remaining languages with the Gospel. Many of them are located in difficult places. Some don’t even have a written language. So the challenge is great. You can learn a little more about Wayumi by visiting https://usa.ntm.org/wayumi .
The project that we will support is an effort to make the Wayumi campus as handicap accessible as possible. We don’t want to ever turn an individual away because we cannot facilitate them because of a physical disability. God desires all His Children to have a heart for reaching the unreached. We are raising funds to redo one of our lodging areas to make it totally handicap accessible, including the entrance, sleeping quarters, bathroom facility etc. We are trusting God to raise up the funds to complete this project soon.
How to give
To give to the Taos International Missions Offering, simply mark your check or envelope “Missions” and 100% will go to these three ministries, divided equally. Gifts may be given in the offering box at the back of the auditorium, or mailed to
First Baptist Church
220 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571.