Macedonia Missive- June 22, 2018

Today, the team was playing basketball with the youth in Novo Selo. Some of these kids will be the future leaders of the church in Macedonia. They also visited a house church.

Macedonia Missive- June 21, 2018

The Macedonia team has been working with kids today. They prepared bible stories to teach the kids in Novo Selo, and participated in the sports ministry before teaching those stories.

Macedonia Missive- June 20, 2018

Today the team was able to meet with church members in the local area, and pray for a new church plant.

They also met with youth leaders from the church.  These youth leaders are bringing in kids from 10 different churches once a month for monthly meetings.

Ministry is happening!  Please keep the team in your prayers as they encourage the believers in Macedonia.

Macedonia Missive- June 19, 2018

From the team:

Late Monday evening (Pacific Time), the we made it to Frankfurt. Our team shirts are giving us lots of witnessing opportunities.

And we’ve finally made it to Macedonia!  Praise the Lord.  They held the plane for us in Croatia.  God is so good!!!!

Macedonia Missive- June 18, 2018

And they’re off!  The Macedonia Short Term Missions Team left this morning after a great sendoff.  Many church members came to see them off and pray for them.  Please continue to pray for safe travels and for an effective ministry.

More updates will come, so please keep watching the website or Facebook!

Macedonia 2018 Team

The 2018 Macedonia Trip is scheduled for June 18-28.

Please commit to praying for us as we plan and travel!

If you would like to support the trip financially, you may donate via check, or via Paypal using the link below.  All donations are tax deductible.  Please make checks payable to Immanuel Bible Church, and drop off to the church, or mail to 2000 W North St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Contribute to the 2018 Macedonia Trip


2018 Missions Conference

Join us March 17-19, 2018 for the missions conference, Crossing the Street and Ocean with the Resurrected Christ.  The conference will culminate in an evening with Brother Yun from Back to Jerusalem Ministries. All events are free and open to the public. Invite your family and friends.


Saturday, March 17
9:30-9:55am- Worship and Prayer
10:00-10:45am- Evangelism is a Lifestyle: Steven & Ruth Wilson
Steve and Ruth will be sharing practical experiences and tools they have used within the different countries of Latin America and the USA sharing the good news with diverse cultures, education levels, and ages, as evangelism is a lifestyle.
11:00-11:45am- Discipleship 101: Steven & Ruth Wilson
Questions many ask are, “Am I qualified to disciple others?” “How and when do I begin?” “How long should discipling last?” “How many people can I disciple at the same time?” “What material should I use?” Steve and Ruth will be sharing how to use the material they have been teaching from for over 20 years as a tool.
12:00-1:25pm- Lunch and ministry organization presentations
Ministry Organizations:
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
Engedi Refuge
The Gideons International
Whatcom County Jail Ministry
Lighthouse Mission
Love INC
Skookum Kids
Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic
Wycliffe Bible Translators
1:30-2:15pm- The Art of Asking Questions and Active Listening: Ryan Cleveland
One of the hardest things to do when it comes to sharing the Gospel with someone is knowing where to begin the conversation.  In order to do that well, you need to first ask questions to find out where someone is at in their spiritual journey towards Jesus. In this workshop, we will look at practical ways on how to combine asking the right questions and using active listening in ways that would lead to Spirit-led Gospel Conversations.
2:30-3:15pm- Gospel Conversations: Ryan Cleveland
In this workshop we will explore how to communicate a clear gospel message in simple and meaningful ways. First, we will look at how to communicate the story of how you came to Christ in such a way that people would not only know what happened when you came to Christ, but how they can come to Christ too.  Second, we will walk through how to utilize a few simple tools to help share the gospel and lead people to a point of decision.
3:30-4:15- Building Relationships With Your Neighbors: Diana Cleveland
Want to make an impact for Christ in the lives of your friends and neighbors? In this workshop we will discuss principles that will help you better with others in ways that will open up opportunities for the Gospel.  We will also address how to develop effective evangelistic strategies to connect to the hearts of the people you are trying to share Christ with, and how you can leverage simple hospitality to create Gospel community.  This will be a practical how-to workshop.
3:30-4:15Marketplace Theology: Does God Belong at Work?: Joshua Parriera
We are all called to be missionaries, right? But how does that work in the real world? Not everybody is called to go overseas but we are all called to go across the street. You will come in contact with people today that will most likely never step foot into a church. How will they get to see how amazing Jesus is, unless we live it out and teach them about Him? Your workplace, school and sphere of influence is your mission field. Will you accept the calling of being a missionary everywhere you go? Join me on this journey…

Children’s Program run by CEF:
Saturday, March 17th from 10am-4:30pm
Children ages 4+ are invited to attend a children’s program run by Whatcom County Child Evangelism Fellowship.  The theme of the day will be missions, and the kids will have a story, an object lesson, crafts, games, and snacks.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to check their kids in for individual sessions, or for the whole day.

Sunday, March 18
9:00amSunday School with Immanuel Bible Church Missionaries
10:30amWorship Service with Sermon by Steven Wilson
6:00pmEvening Service with message from Pastor David McMartin

Monday, March 19
6:30pmCome hear Brother Yun from Back to Jerusalem Ministries. Brother Yun is the author of The Heavenly Man, and will share his personal testimony.  He will also tell of the Back to Jerusalem missionary vision of the Chinese underground church.  This event is free, but tickets are required.  Please reserve your spot here. A free-will offering will be taken during the service, with all donations going to support a Back to Jerusalem Ministries project.


Info on Workshop Leaders

Steven and Ruth Wilson met in Guatemala in 1973 and married in Costa Rica in 1974. They became career missionaries in 1980 serving in Santiago, Chile as their first assignment in 1983. There they taught pastors and leaders plus developed a video Bible school which was distributed to the whole country and eventually to other countries. After 11 years in Chile they relocated to Heredia Costa Rica where they served until 2004 teaching pastors and leaders on evangelism and discipleship. 2005 to the present day they have begun two Spanish speaking churches in the USA, One in Auburn Washington and the other in Moon valley Arizona.
At present they are pastoring a Spanish speaking church in Phoenix Arizona as will as their other missionary obligations serving under their mission “Christ for the City International.”

Ryan and Diana Cleveland have been missionaries with Cru, the U.S. Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, for 17 years, reaching students and faculty at the University of Idaho, Central Washington University, and as Team Leaders at the University of Nevada Reno, then they were asked to help lead regionally serving on the Greater Northwest Leadership Development & HR Team. Ryan is currently serving as the Leadership Development and HR Director for Valor, Cru’s direct ministry to ROTC/JROTC Cadets and Midshipmen, and Veterans on Campus across the U.S.
Diana is currently serving with Cru’s City Ministry, doing direct ministry with immigrants and internationals in Mukilteo and southern Snohomish county.

Joshua Parriera is currently serving as the Executive Director of Men of Dignity. He is also the Associate Development Director for Engedi Refuge Ministries & Volunteer Advocate for AIM, Agape International Missions. His heart is to see those who claim Christ to intentionally live for Christ.

Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.  They run many programs for kids, including 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs.

Update: Steve & Sherree Francis

Read the November letter from Steve & Sherree Francis:


Newsletter, Steve & Ruth Wilson

Link below is the latest newsletter received from the Wilson’s.


Update from Macedonia: Toni Georgiev

Dear prayer and support team,

 I sending you a lot of greetings from Macedonia in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to inform you that 10 new kids join us this new season with our basketball sport ministry. Every Monday and Wednesday we have practices and short bible study. Kids already ask about next Young Life summer camp. I believe that the word of God touch their hearts and hope for fruitful spiritual year. This is our 9th year how we run the basketball sport ministry and we can see the spiritual results already.

Please pray for the kids that God will protect them from injuries and that the kids will be light among the other kids and show the love of Jesus while we will have competition with other clubs. Please also keep me and my family in your prayers.




Latest News from Steve & Sherree Francis

Greetings from Bellingham, WA (USA).

Please find our latest prayer letter attached…….we look forward to catching up with many of you in person over the coming weeks and months.

 Steve & Sherree

 Email: or

Skype: steveandsherree

Phone: +1 360 734 7012

 Serving In Mission – see or

Newsletter: francis-september-fanzine

Prayer Requested: Toni Georgiev

Dear prayer and support team

Yesterday we were able to share the humanitarian aid to some Turkish Muslim people that were in needs. Many kids and people come to the house of my friend Fikri and the people were grateful for all what they received. In attach file I sending some pictures.

Please pray that God will touch hearts of many people while we are among them and share the gospel to them.

Love is the mighty weapon.

Serving Christ together


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Byle Family Newsletter from Istanbul Summer 2016

Byle Family Newsletter from Istanbul Summer 2016

Greetings in Christ from Istanbul. These are amazing days to be in Turkey, and we thank God for the news we hear of believers all over the world praying for Turkey because of the recent coup attempt and the state of emergency that’s been in effect since then. For those of us who know Jesus, 1 Cor. 16:9 and His power to save, this state of “emergency” is a state of “opportunity.”

The recent failed coup attempt and the Turkish Church. Not all western media have correctly understood what is happening in Turkey….

Click link below to read their entire Newsletter:

Greetings in Christ from Istanbul

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Ministry Update – Macedonia

Dear prayer and support team,

Yesterday I was with Turkish Muslim people at Safet house and there were 8 old people and a lot of children. When I started to speak about Jesus they didn’t allow me to express the gospel, all the time the Muslim leaders were interrupting me. I was 4 hours with them and they didn’t agree with the gospel. They are totally in a wrong way. I expected from Safet to be more open for Jesus but the Muslim leaders are confusing him. Spiritual darkness is very great and they do not allow the Holy Spirit to work in them. I was not able to take pictures because the situation was very tough. I believe that in the future the Holy Spirit will work in them and they will come to repentance in the name of Jesus Christ and start to follow him. I will continue to be among them and work with them.

Yesterday the kids from our basketball sport ministry and some kids from the church called me and told me that they want to start to have once a week bible studies at our church. They told me that they have a vision that many kids from the town will join them and that the group will constantly growth. We wait 8 years for that to happen. I’m so proud with the kids and I believe that many of them will become spiritual leaders and will join us in the team.

Zechariah 4:10
Do not despise these small beginnings

Prayer request:

  • Please pray for Safet and his family that the Muslim leaders in his area will not have impact in their lives and that they will open their hearts for Jesus.
  • Please pray for Firki and his whole family that the Muslim leaders will not have impact in their lives.
  • Please pray for our kids for the new beginning, that they will grow spiritually and that their parents will not be the obstacle in their lives for the spiritual growth. All our basketball kids have Orthodox background.
  • Please pray for me and my family that God will use us for His glory.


Serving Christ together.

Toni Georgiev