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Update from the Obiejes in Nigeria

This is an email from the Obiejes with the latest developments in Nigeria.  He and Christiana were members of Second Baptist while he attended seminary in Kansas City.  He then worked for the Nigeria Baptist Convention when he returned.  Second Baptist has supported them in many ways and last year funded, through Catalyst, our 20th water well through Israel’s personal ministry.         

“We feel compelled to inform you of certain developments and plans concerning our safety in view of the escalating Boko haram Islamists danger in Nigeria.

Perhaps you would have learned last Wednesday of an assassination attempt on the life of a former military leader by the deadly Islamists, which would have thrown the whole country into a turmoil had it succeeded. Though he escaped, which was a big relief for all of us, hundreds of people died in that attack. The group vowed to continue to go after him, while stepping up its campaign of killings, which target key Christian pastors and political leaders among others.    

For our safety, one of the missionaries based in the neighboring Benin Republic has arranged for us to visit the country, and apply for a Canadian visa to visit Canada to avoid being caught up in the menace, at least in the meantime. Canada welcomes people who try to escape from Boko haram insurgency in Nigeria.   

The situation is even compounded with the recent arrest of 450 boko haram members in the south and the forth coming political elections in February next year, which the Islamists vowed to disrupt violently unless all the presidential candidates were Muslims. The worry here is that the government continues to show increasing incompetence in dealing with the situation, while the group is rapidly penetrating all parts of the country.    

Having been involved in mission work and church planting all over the country for several years, we fear for our lives as the terrorists continue to penetrate the south and have all the information of Christian leaders.  

 This is the situation now, and this new plan could happen in the next three weeks or so. We covet your prayers for our country and for us.”   

Israel, Christiana and George Obieje    

Posted by Terri Soper at Monday, August 11, 2014 | 0 comments
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24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan :: from Pastor Jason

Thank you so much for your investment in our 24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan. Because of your generous commitment to God through Second Baptist Church, we’ve taken important steps these last several months and have seen significant growth in our shared ministry here at Second Baptist Church, around the K.C. Metro Region, and throughout our world. From meaningful worship, to the spiritual growth of so many children and adults, to gospel-shaped service happening in Haiti, South Dakota, Liberty, and around the globe through 2BC mission partnerships and the Send Initiative, it’s so encouraging and beautiful to know each dollar we give supports such an incredible variety of ministries.  As I reflect on all of it (so much more than I’ve mentioned here), I am so appreciative of your generosity.

 

Looking forward, I want to encourage you to continue in generous faithfulness. We have much to celebrate, but in the midst of our celebration we are also mindful of projects, debt retirement goals, and other important ministry commitments that have yet to be fulfilled. Currently, we are behind the pace we set for ourselves when we pledged our 24-month Catalyst ministry plan in November of 2012. We have taken important steps forward together, but in order for us to finish Catalyst strong, each of us has to choose to finish strong. And remember, our Catalyst initiative ends on October 31 of this year.

 

What might you do between now and then to ensure a completion to our 24-month Catalyst plan that all of us can celebrate?

 

With love, gratitude, encouragement, and hope…

 

Jason 

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 0 comments
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Slovakia Prayer Guide :: August 1–4

Our 2BC Slovakia Team is preparing to wrap up their trip....here are a few prayer requests they have as they finish strong and begin to head home.
Thank you for your prayers!

Friday, August 1 – The week’s work ends with each family receiving a family photo --- the children have made photo frames as projects during the week, Shane has used a one-hour-photo shop to develop a photos of each family as a lasting gift.  Tonight we will end our time in Vazec with a cook-out at the home of Danka, a local leader of Jekh Drom, and a woman who has faced local ridicule for her work with Roma. Pray for Danka, her husband, and their teen-age son (who like American kids feels the sting of comments from his peers because of his mom’s compassionate leadership).

 

Saturday, August 2 – Today the group transitions to Krakow, Poland, where the focus moves to culture and history. In the afternoon, the group may opt to visit Schindler’s Factory, made famous in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Schindler’s List (required viewing as preparation for the group). As you consider the news of this day, pray for those who are persecuted for no reason other than being who they are.               


Sunday, August 3 – Today the group visits Auschwitz and Birkenau where more than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives because of the Nazis. Many of these exterminated were Roma. The number of persons murdered is almost equal to the total populations of the City of Kansas City (467K); the City of St. Louis (318K); Clay County, Missouri (230K); and Madison County, IL (267K) combined. Pray for the group as they process the Auschwitz xperience.   (caption = “Work Sets You Free”)     

Monday, August 4 – The group returns home. Pray for safe travel. Pray each will have a broadened understanding of our complex world and the ever simple message of God’s love for all people. Pray for yourself as you continue your own journey of being the presence of Christ wherever you go and whomever you meet today and tomorrow.        

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Friday, August 1, 2014 | 0 comments
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