Stan Bricker with Jose, in front of the mission church where Jose volunteers.
Kriss Weiss, Stevensville, helps with a Bible Club.
Jessica Liner, Stevensville, in one of the many Bible clubs held during the trip.
Shelene Reno, Lewistown, far right, with Julie, center and Jessie Berry, left, Arkansas The Berry’s are just two of the other 54 missionaries from the United States partnering with TCWM.
Dr David Roberts, Red Lodge, right back, getting ready for a medical clinic.
Tom Pritchett, waits to share the gospel with clinic patients.
Renae Hunt, fourth from the right, BG Stumberg and Lynn Stumberg (center couple) at the church in Cartavio.
Tom Cox gives the morning devotional at the seminary cafeteria. Dr Yong Park, Missoula and Renae Hunt, Laurel, can be seen in the right hand of the picture.
Lynn Stumberg, Helena, with Pastor Elvis.
On a house visit to his home, made by appointment, Jose accepted the gift of salvation by praying to receive Christ in August of 2013.
“No one had ever told me about Jesus the way that you did.” Jose face seemed to light up exactly one year later, as he told Stan and Christine, who happened to be the interrupter assigned to Stan and his group for the 2014 trip.
Jose then joyfully shared what God has done in his life over the past year. He was baptized and joined the Miguel Grau church. He now works with a church plant in another area of the city, Alto Trujillo. He plays guitar on the worship team and is involved in children’s ministries.
Jose then shared the burden he had for a lost friend in the area that had recently lost his wife. Jose, Stan and Christine went to see Phillip and shared the gospel with him. Phillip prayed to receive Christ.
“ I will be anxious to see what God is going to do in Phillip’s life during this next year,” Bricker exclaimed when he shared the story with the rest of the team members later that Wednesday.
This is what can happen when partnerships work together. This is the third time Montana Baptists have traveled to Peru in association with Tom Cox World Ministries.
Using the Tom Cox Theological Seminary in the city of Trujillo as the central base, thirteen Montanans joined with forty three others on mission from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.
This year’s team of 56, ministered in medical and eye clinics, Bible clubs, a women’s conference, house to house visits and nightly revival services in and around the area of Trujillo.
With over 2,000 gospel presentations, 681 prayed to receive Christ during the nine day outreach effort.
On March 1, 2014, the MTSBC formed an official partnership to do missions with Tom Cox World Ministries. Tom Cox World Ministries (TCWM) is committed to leading today’s church to reach today’s world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since 1971, TCWM has been utilizing creative means to communicate the biblical message of God’s holiness, love, and grace to people worldwide, and leading God’s people to do the same.
TCWM believes, according to Ephesians 3:10, that God has chosen the church to be the primary vehicle through which He makes His message known to the world. Therefore, TCWM assists churches in engaging their mission field from next door to around the globe through evangelism events, church revitalization and health events, mission conferences, and managing strategic mission points around the globe. To date, TCWM has worked in 123 countries, and among several hundred people groups.
TCWM has well-established, ongoing work, on four continents. God has accomplished much of the international work through short-term mission volunteers. Each year, TCWM mobilized hundreds of church members from across the United States for one-week to three-week mission projects. Many of these projects are in some of the most remote areas of the world.
TCWM has a long-standing strategic relationship with the SBC International Mission Board (IMB). TCWM leadership regularly meets with the IMB executive leadership and works closely with field personnel.
“I think this remarkable, successful partnership between TCWM and the MTSBC, working cooperatively with the International Mission Board is indicative of the future fabric of the Cooperative Program,” said Eric Ramsey, President of TCWM. “I am excited about the impact this partnership is having on Montana Baptists. I am hopeful that the increased passion for evangelism and missions will be realized in Montana as well.”
For many who made the trip from the Treasure State, it was their first time going on a plane, to a foreign country or on a mission trip. Here are a few comments from some of the mission team’s first timers experiences:
“I have read many times in my devotions and bible studies that God is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. However, I never really thought of it in such a personal way. During my trip to Peru, I learned, in my heart and mind exactly how awesome my God really is. In my devotions prior to going to Peru, no matter which devotional book I picked up, God seemed to be telling me the same thing: Obedience. I prayed I would be obedient no matter what. In Peru, the place with the team I was given was with the children. That sounds wonderful, but I always thought my place was not with children, but with the elderly. I have been a Volunteer Hospice Chaplain for several years now. I love the elderly. I told God, I will obey, I knew what He wanted me to do.
My heart was touched in such a wonderful way. My heart was opened to the most beautiful little people. I learned so much about me too. I fell in love with everyone I met. I don't say that lightly. My heart was opened to a world where I saw God working in people and places so far removed from my world. I saw people who spoke a different language, who lived a different life, very much in love with 'My God'. All I can say is: what an awesome God we serve.
I have already started saving for next year’s trip to Peru. My prayer is that I will not loose touch with the love I have for others. Jesus loves us so much, that he allows us to experience a small bit of that love. Again, what an awesome God we serve!”
Shelene Reno, Central Baptist Church, Lewistown, MT
“This was my first time in a plane, first time outside of the United States and the first time I led someone to the Lord. This trip was life changing for me.”
Anna Wilson, Valley Baptist Church, Huntley, MT
Some were returnees to the Peru mission field. Doctor David Roberts, The Rock Church, Laurel, MT had this to share:
“During this trip, we were blessed to see many of our patients pray to receive Christ. I was personally given a special gift by God in the form of an eleven year old girl, who came in dejected and depressed. As we presented the gospel to her, her countenance changed, you could see joy written all over her face and she came to me and hugged me for the longest time. That one patient made the whole trip worthwhile.”
To read more about the mission experiences, see the articles from Parrish Hartley, missionary to Trujillo and the Tom Cox Seminary and Tammy Brown, member of Central Baptist Church, Lewistown, MT in this edition of the Montana Baptist E- News.
This year’s mission team was glimpse of what Kingdom work should look like. The ages of the group ranged from seventeen to seventy plus years. Some were high school students, some were college students, some were middle aged, and some were in their golden years. The team was blessed to have Spanish speakers, pastors, Bible Club Leaders, nurses and doctors from across the entire state of Montana.
In alphabetical order the 2014 Peru Mission Team are:
Diana and Stan Bricker, Valley Baptist Church, Huntley
Tammy Brown, Central Baptist Church, Lewistown
Renae Hunt, The Rock Church, Laurel
Jessica Liner, Bitterroot Family Fellowship, Stevensville
Yong Park, Korean Baptist Church, Missoula
Thomas Pricett, Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, Helena
Shelene Reno, Central Baptist Church, Lewistown
David Roberts, The Rock Church, Laurel
BG and Lynn Stumberg, Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, Helena
Christina Weiss, Bitterroot Family Fellowship, Stevensville
Anna Wilson, Valley Baptist Church, Huntley
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