Friday, July 13, 2018


1. JEREMY AND THE KIDS – Thanks so much for praying for Jeremy and the custody situation! God has worked in amazing ways! After we sent out the ‘brief update’ asking for prayer, Jillian and Jeremy met on July 11th and came to an agreement regarding the custody of the children, so they no longer need to go to court regarding this issue in September! Praise the Lord! Do continue to keep Jeremy in your prayers, though. The divorce is still not finalized.

2. HEART CATHETERIZATION – Thanks so much for your prayers regarding my (Mickey’s) heart catheterization on July 11. In the days prior to the test, God provided peace for me. In fact, instead of fearing the procedure, I was actually eagerly anticipating it! After the procedure, the doctor gave us the good news: the blood vessels look great and there is no blockage! Praise the Lord! However, we still don’t know the cause of my symptoms, so the doctor has ordered a new kind of heart monitor that I will wear for 7 days (if insurance approves). Pray for a clear, accurate diagnosis.

3. KARAO NEW TESTAMENT PROJECT – Thanks for your prayers for our colleague, Sherri, as she works to revise the Karao New Testament. God has provided a capable Karao speaker to help Sherri with the revision on a consistent basis, and her original helper has also returned to the village and helps as needed. Praise the Lord! Pray for this team as they work to get God’s Word ready to be published and into the hands of the people.

1. ONLINE FACILITATION - Thank you for your prayers for me (Al) as I facilitate a risk assessment and risk management plan for a new project that is being developed. This assessment, involving 12 individuals (in several different countries and time zones) representing six organizations, began on July 10 via internet video conferencing and is going very well so far. We will have two more sessions (July 13 and 16), so we value your continued prayers for good internet connections, good participation in the sessions, and results that will serve well as this new outreach is put into practice. I’m already hearing from those that are participating in (and will use the results of) these sessions, that they are pleased and thankful for this project.

2. TRAVEL TO THAILAND – Preparations are going well for my (Al’s) trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand on July 20 to join in a conference for one of the groups working in a nearby country. I have been asked to provide some individual training during this time with them, as well as to provide a presentation to the whole group on how to handle a particularly risk-prone situation that this group faces. I have also been asked to stop in Bangkok for a day to conduct a facility risk assessment at a location that has been chosen for a
conference in October. I’m looking forward to having these days to work with this team in individual and group sessions. Please pray for safety in travel and good interactions with these precious people.

3. COUPLES IN CRISIS – Thanks for your prayers for these couples. We see glimpses of God at work. Pray for wisdom for the counselors they are (or soon will be) seeing regarding their troubled marriages. Pray that these individuals would be drawn closer to Christ and to each other, and be open to working hard to restore their marriages.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Al & Mickey Williams Update

Dear praying friends,

Many of you have written asking how the custody hearing went last month for Jeremy. Thanks so
much for your prayers for Jeremy and the four kids. Jeremy was given 50/50 custody of the children until school starts this fall, but on September 17th, he and Jillian must go before a judge in court to come to a more permanent custody settlement. Please keep praying! Photo (L to R, Back row 1st): Sullivan (10), Everlee (9), Colvin (7) and Vaughn (6).

On another note, I (Mickey) saw the cardiologist in June because of shortness of breath, chest pain, and palpitations. He ordered a treadmill stress echocardiogram and I failed it, so I am scheduled for a heart catheterization on July 11 (this Wednesday) in the morning. I’d appreciate your prayers. In all honesty, I’m wavering back and forth between feelings of anxiety (because my cousin recently had a heart catheterization done and it caused him to have a stroke) and complete peace (when I have my eyes on the Lord instead of on my circumstances).

Thanks so much for standing in the gap with us!!!

Mickey and for Al, Jeremy and the kids

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


1. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IN MARYLAND – On June 18, Al and I (Mickey) shared about Bible translation with children in grades 1-7 at Grace Bible Church in Manchester, MD. We had a wonderful time with the kids and we are especially grateful to the Lord for making it possible for me to participate this year. Last year, we couldn’t go because I wasn’t feeling well. This past weekend, I wasn’t sure if we would have to cancel out again because of my health, but God made it possible! PTL!

2. EXTENDED FAMILY – On June 2nd, Al and I attended the wedding of our niece Ellen (daughter of Al’s sister Sandy and brother-in-law Dennis) in Washington, D.C. It was great to see Al’s sisters and their families again. We hadn’t seen some of our nieces and nephews for many years, so it was fun interacting with them now as adults. We all agreed that a wedding was a nice way to have a family reunion.

1. JEREMY AND THE KIDS – Thanks so much for your prayers for Jeremy and his four children in the midst of the divorce proceedings. Pray for wisdom and guidance from God for Jeremy as he continues seeking legal help in dealing with the divorce, especially in regards to the custody hearing that will take place today, June 20.

2. COUPLES IN CRISIS – Please continue to pray with us for some couples who are near and dear to us whose marriages are in turmoil. Pray for the Lord’s healing touch and strength for them, and wisdom for us as we seek to help them.

3. KARAO NEW TESTAMENT PROJECT – It is no simple thing to translate the Scriptures into another language. The process is challenging and time consuming. As it nears completion, the enemy of our souls does all he can to stop it from happening. We are seeing this happening in the Karao project in the Philippines. Our colleague, Sherri Brainard, and a variety of Karao speakers completed translating the New Testament into Karao last year. A few months ago, Sherri began the revision process. Her main helper in
the translation process – and who Sherri had thought would help her with the revision as well – had to leave the village to go help her adult son who had a stroke. Pray for God’s provision of capable Karao speakers to help Sherri with the revision so His Word can soon be published and into the hands of the people.

4. ONLINE FACILITATION – I (Al) was recently asked to facilitate a risk assessment and risk management plan for a new project that is being developed. This assessment will involve 12 individuals representing six organizations and will be held in several sessions via internet video conferencing. These individuals are located in several different countries and time zones, which will add to the challenges. The preparations have already begun and I’m looking forward to leading the three online sessions in July. Your prayers are greatly appreciated for the remaining preparations, good internet connections, good
participation in the sessions, and results that will serve well as this new outreach is put into practice.

5. TRAVEL TO THAILAND – Planning is well underway for me to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand in late July to join in a conference for one of the groups working in a near-by country. I have been asked to provide some individual training during this time with them as well as to provide a presentation to the whole group on how to handle a particularly risk-prone situation that this group faces. I have also been asked to stop in Bangkok for a day to conduct a facility risk assessment at a location that has been chosen for a
conference in October. Please pray for smooth travel and good interactions with the many people I will see on this trip.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Al Williams in Indonesia, Week 4

Indonesia Week Four –
Sentani and the Journey Home

Sunday, April 25, dawned as another beautiful day and with it came a reminder that my time in
Indonesia was quickly coming to a close.

I had several choices of where to join in worship that morning and decided to join the group at Newman Chapel. Alice provided transportation and we picked up Liz on our way as well. There were about 200 Indonesians and expatriates attending the service. I was especially touched by the testimonies and worship: stories of communities changed by the translated Word of God, and Scripture translations that are soon to
be completed and in the hands and hearts of those eagerly waiting. There were also requests for us to pray:

For the people and situation surrounding an Indonesian Christian aid worker who was brutally
killed as he and his team were seeking to respond to a medical epidemic.

For Chris, a young missionary who is struggling with malaria and dengue fever.

For civil unrest that is growing in some areas and affecting the spread of the Gospel.

I was reminded that there are many here who are living and working in challenging, even threatening,
conditions to serve the Lord and bring His life-changing word to people waiting to hear.

Sunday lunch was a great opportunity to fellowship with some families I have gotten to know over the
years I have visited Sentani. It was an afternoon out at Papa Ron’s Pizza place. Lots of good pizza and
stories of their lives and work across this region.

Soon after our pizza outing, it was time to go to the Hillcrest International School campus for the Sunday
evening Wycliffe gathering. That was a special time of fellowship with friends I have known for years and
an opportunity to meet more of those working in this area.

Bright and early Monday, I was back at the YAJASI hangar for the second day of the Field Security Committee training. As this was our last day together for this trip, we had a lot to work through
in the hours we had. One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to visit a bit with Jefron and Rio. I had heard of these men for several years as they worked their way through flight training. They are now fully qualified as pilots with the YAJASI team
serving the work across Papua, Indonesia.

The Field Security Committee and I continued to work through the 71 risk items we identified on Friday
and then launched into the development of a sample-but-real contingency plan for one of those threats.
Civil unrest is an ongoing threat in this region of the country and has, in the past, been a very serious
problem. We talked through the issues and challenges, what can be done to protect and care for staff
members in the Sentani area and other locations around Papua, and looked intently toward developing
a plan of action, should civil unrest become a significant threat again. 5:00 PM came around amazingly
soon and we closed our time together so I could get back to the guest house and get my bags packed for
my flight leaving in the morning.

Tuesday morning, before I left for the airport, one of the leaders from a local organization sponsoring
some of our Wycliffe staff asked to have some time with me to discuss security issues for his group. I
had met Raemon some years ago and it was good to have some time with him again. I shared with him
some of what I had presented in the sessions for the Crisis Management Team and Field Security
Committee members. He also offered to give me a ride to the airport and I gladly accepted.
I had a lot of time to think through the past three and a half weeks as I waited at the airports in Sentani,

Jakarta, Seoul, and Detroit, and during the many hours on airplanes between those airports.
For those of you who enjoy numbers, my travels covered about 26,000 miles in 11 flights and altogether
added up to 100 hours of travel by roads, at airports and on airplanes. Yes, it was a long journey.
I was thankful to arrive at the Harrisburg airport on time Wednesday afternoon and have Mickey waiting
for me. It is good to be “home” again.

This “journey” may be over, but there is much to follow up on now that I’m back in my office at home. A lot of the training and consulting that I’m doing these days is via the internet. This enables me to reach out to and help many more people than I would be able to if I could only do this in person.

I am very thankful for each of you who have prayed for and encouraged me as you joined me in this
journey. You are each a great blessing to me. I’m looking forward to taking you along on my travels in
the future. I hope you are looking forward to that, too.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Al Williams in Indonesia: Week 3

Indonesia Week Three – Bali to Sentani

Monday we had our last large group meetings. Some of the 160 participants had to leave over the weekend, but those of us who remained carried on with the work. We focused on how the future planning for SIL and Partners in Asia will look in our regions of Asia and how we can best adjust to be the most effective in reaching the minority peoples with the transforming Word of God. We did have time for a group picture, but you will notice that some are facing away from the camera because they are working in very sensitive locations.

My meetings Tuesday were with a much smaller group (about 25) focused on support services for Asia and the Pacific. These were great opportunities to discuss face-to-face the challenges we face in our roles and how we can best help each other across this vast area.

My day didn’t end with these meetings; it had really just begun. After the meetings ended and we had a bite to eat, Liz and I headed to the airport for the flight to Sentani, Papua province at the far eastern side of Indonesia. Mickey and I have known Liz for about ten years. She lives in Manila where she assists with the Information Technology needs of the group. She was going to Sentani to lead several workshops focused on software that is being used in Literacy programs across that region.

As we left for the airport, I wondered what to call a flight that leaves at 1:25 AM? Is that a late flight or an early flight? Either way, neither Liz nor I were able to sleep much before we arrived at Sentani at 8:30 Wednesday morning.

As we were preparing to leave Bali, word reached us that the undersea internet cable serving Papua province was broken. There were quite a few rumors or stories as to what happened. Was it an undersea earthquake that broke the cable? An undersea volcanic eruption? My favorite is that a shark bit and damaged the cable. I guess that really does happen. Whatever the cause, Liz and I arrived in a true crisis: internet withdrawal was full blown. Every time I mentioned the internet, everyone laughed. It was sort of fun being “unplugged” for a while. There was a backup internet connection for the province, but it was extremely slow-to-non-existent most of the time, but I was occasionally able to get a brief message home.

Alice is the leader of the Field Security Committee for Papua Province. She picked Liz and me up at the airport and took us to where we would be staying. This gave me some time to settle in and get the training materials ready for the morning. After a nice supper with one of the families working in Sentani and a good night of sleep, I was ready to begin the Crisis Management Team training. This one day seminar is to prepare individuals to join a Crisis Management Team which will assist the Field Security Committee in dealing with significant crisis situations involving Wycliffe members. SIL is no longer working in Indonesia, so the Wycliffe members working in Indonesia are sponsored by local organizations. There are currently seven non-government organizations, three church organizations, and one mission school sponsoring these Wycliffe members. Each of these organizations, as well as the Wycliffe organizations these individuals came from, are looking to the Field Security Committee to care for their Wycliffe members in case of a crisis. It is a big job.

Twenty five years ago SIL Aviation turned over leadership of the aviation program in this region to a new non-government organization known as YAJASI. The program has grown significantly over those years and is under the leadership of an Indonesian Director and a majority Indonesian Board of Directors. Several of the families Mickey and I went to Moody Bible Institute and Moody Aviation with have worked with YAJASI throughout those years. The YAJASI leadership offered the use of their facilities for the training sessions and this served us very well.

Twenty five people attended the Crisis Management Team training including several Indonesian members of the sponsoring organizations. It was a stressful day for many (that is part of my job to make it as life-like as possible) and the comments I received told me that many left with a new appreciation for what is involved in managing a crisis to resolution.

Friday was the first of two days of training for the Field Security Committee. This committee is composed of a representative from each of the sponsoring organizations. We focused on developing an actual Risk Assessment of Papua Province as the Committee members felt this would be the greatest help for them. This was a review for two of the Committee members and quite a new process for the rest. They did a great job and by the end of the day had identified and ranked seventy-one potential crisis events they felt needed to be addressed. We discussed how to reduce the likelihood of these events affecting the members, and how to reduce the impact these events would have should they occur. We also discussed what other help is available to deal with these outside of the Field Security Committee and possible Crisis Management Teams. It was encouraging to see that there is other help and support available. Friday ended with a lot more work to be done to finish the Risk Assessment and begin working on Contingency Plans. That will be the focus for our Monday sessions.

Friday night was an opportunity to get out of the classroom and visit Hillcrest International School which most of the Wycliffe children attend. This was the final night of their big basketball tournament. There were boy’s and girl’s teams from Hillcrest and several other area schools. It was a very loud and fun night of basketball and burritos. I was able to see quite a few other friends at the games and had a few conversations. Did I mention it was really loud? The Hillcrest girls won and the Hillcrest boys came in second. Everyone had a great evening.

After all that fun, I was off to find some sleep and get ready for Saturday. Some friends invited me to join them for a day at a beach and I really did not want to turn that down. Imagine leaving snow in Pennsylvania and finding yourself on a tropical beach. There are a few perks to this work.

Early Saturday, Tim and Tammy picked me up and we joined a fourvehicle caravan over some amazing roads (four-wheel drive would have been nice) to get to the place where we could take some boats across the bay to a very nice, private beach. (Well, it was a bit private - four other families joined us, so there were lots of us.) It was a very nice break from traveling and teaching. It was also a great opportunity to get under the water again. Sever families brought scuba equipment, and when they heard I had not been scuba diving since we left the Philippines nine years ago, they insisted I join them. I didn’t resist very much. I borrowed some scuba gear from Jason and Erin and joined Jason for a very nice dive out on the coral reef.

After such a day of fun, we braved the road back to Sentani. Frans, the Director of YAJASI, invited me to join his family for supper that evening. It was a very nice opportunity to get to know him and his family better, and to hear of his history with YAJASI and his dreams for the future. It was a great week, and I found myself pretty tired by the end. This trip is also quickly coming to an end, but that is a story for my next, and last, letter on this journey.

Blessings, Al

Al Williams in Indonesia: Week 2

Indonesia Week Two – Bali Sunday, April 15, 2018


Early Sunday morning, April 8, I was in a taxi on my way from the Yayasan Suluh office to the Jakarta airport. Dodi and his Blue Bird Taxi got me to the airport in about an hour and I was soon checked in. After a short Garuda Airlines flight (only 1 ½ hours; really short compared to the 14 hour 40 minute flight last week), I arrived at the airport on Bali, Indonesia. By the time I arrived, I could tell something was not quite right in my stomach.

Indeed, by the time the taxi dropped me off at the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel, I could tell it was not going to be a good day. I rarely get sick on these trips, but something I ate in Jakarta was letting me know that this was going to take a while to get over. I spent the rest of Sunday getting some rest, and wondering how I would be able to work on security for the meetings and still be near a restroom.

One of the things I do on a regular basis is give pre-travel briefings to new members before they leave for an overseas assignment. I try to live what I teach in those briefings and this time it certainly paid off. I travel with a small bottle of Kaopectate caplets and I’m sure glad I had them.

By Monday, I was up and moving and getting to work, though not over that stomach bug yet. Gary, who lives in another Indonesian city, joined me on the security team for this conference. We are also assisted by Tiar and Yusak, two men who were in the training I led in Jakarta. Tiar and Yusak have been very helpful in interfacing with the hotel staff. They are also assisting with the logistics team for the meetings. Gary is very interested in becoming much more involved in security and contingency leadership in Asia, and this has been a great time for him to gain experience and for me to get to know him better.

Tuesday found me much more functional. I was sure glad for that. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Most of the 160+ participants from across Asia and the Pacific, and a few from farther away, had arrived by Tuesday morning. About one half were with me in a leadership training program Tuesday and Wednesday, while the other half were meeting with Asia and Pacific church and partner organization leaders.

The impact of Bible translation in Indonesia became very clear Tuesday as I was talking with one of my friends here. She told me that some years ago, she and her husband were involved in a translation project in Indonesia. Much has happened in that people group since that time, and one of the men she knew from those days is now a Pastor and significant church leader. He is here attending this conference, representing his church and their strong interest in Bible translation and reaching other Indonesian groups with the translated Scriptures.

Thursday, all 160+ of us met together to hear from our senior leaders and to discuss very significant topics related to the Bible translation movements in Asia and the Pacific. Topics, like the Indonesian Church, MUSE (Multilingualism, Urbanization and Scripture Engagement), and Localization (the encouragement of local leadership and participation in the Bible translation movement) filled our days. There were some times of extra excitement too.


At our break times, the hotel staff provides us with some snacks along with hot tea and coffee. The drinks come in nice urns with alcohol-andwax-fueled burners underneath to keep them hot. Unfortunately, Thursday afternoon, when one of the meeting participants decided to tip the tea urn forward to get the last little bit of tea from the urn, the can of burning alcohol and wax underneath tipped over and poured the flaming fluid down the front of the table and skirting which all erupted in flames. It made for some exciting moments as several people immediately fought to beat out the flames. Thankfully, no one was injured and little damage was done. Before the meetings, Gary and I had prepared a fire evacuation plan for the room as well as checked the location and condition of the fire extinguishers, which, in this case, were not needed.

Thank you for your prayers for safety. The Lord answered with protection from what could have been much worse. When some hear that we are focused on security, they ask if we really think there will be an attack on our meetings. I tell them that although it is a possibility, it is very unlikely. A fire like this one is a much more likely threat to our group, and that is why we seek to be prepared as much as we possibly can to meet a wide variety of threats.

I would like to send pictures and introduce you to many of my friends who are here with me working through these meetings and topics, but many of them are working in very sensitive locations and cannot have their names and pictures published. This is always a reminder to me of the risks they are taking (carefully) to serve the Lord and reach people in difficult places.

Friday and Saturday, we continued to work on our planning and strategy sessions (Gary and I made sure the flames under the tea and coffee were put out before break time started). We made good progress, and I was able to build some new relationships with the people in my table group. One of them is a Bible translator in a small village in Vanuatu that is served by a road built by some of my friends from Pennsylvania. It really is a small world.

On Sunday, we spent the morning in a time of Bible study, reflection, and worship. We finished the morning with Communion led by a Pastor from Timor. It was a very good day. Your prayers are great blessings, and very much appreciated, as I participate in the next two days of meetings and then take to the skies for my next stop which is Sentani, in Papua province to the East. I’m sure there will be much more to tell you of that part of the journey next week.

Blessings, Al

Monday, April 23, 2018

Outreach Report to Church Council: April 2018

A Year of Milestones
For a full directory of all of MCC’s outreach and service ministries, visit the ministries page at A description of each ministry is provided, along with a list of volunteer opportunities and the skills and time commitment required. The ministries highlighted below are just a few of our many outreach efforts, focusing on those that are currently celebrating major milestones.

Meals on Wheels: 30 Years of Service 
Meals on Wheels is celebrating its 30th year serving home cooked meals to the elderly, handicapped, and those convalescing. Our Community Breakfast will be held on April 21 at First Campus. We have recently had some challenges with some of our equipment, having to repair our range and an upright freezer. Our convection oven has had some age-related issues and we will be receiving a new oven thanks to Clark Services.

Our client numbers have been low due to many illnesses and moves to nursing facilities, so we are currently able to take on new clients. Those in need of meals can call 872-2415.

Romanian Mission: 20 Years of Service 
On June 20th six people from Lancaster County will once again travel to Romania to visit the children at the Casa Ray Orphanage. Three of the team, Scarlett Morris, Mary and Mike Heisey are from our church. For Mike and Mary this will be their 20th year to help organize these trips.

We go to help the children and the Gavril family, who founded and run Casa Ray Orphanage. We will be having Bible studies, crafts and games; but mostly spending time with the kids and just loving them. There will also be opportunities for the team and kids to go out into the community and help others.

We ask that you hold the team up in prayer. They ask for the Lord’s presence and direction to be central in all our efforts. We also welcome financial donations. All donations designated for the Romania trip or Casa Ray will go directly to meeting the needs of these children. Please note Casa Ray or Romania trip on the memo line of a check made payable to Millersville Community Church and put it in an envelope in the offering or Mike and Mary Heisey's mailbox.

Homes of Hope: 10 Years of Service 
In October 2017, Penn Manor Homes of Hope celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Over the past decade we’ve served more than 30 homeless families, providing transitional housing, budget training, and counseling. We are looking forward to building upon that success in the years to come.

Unfortunately, the property we have been using as our transitional home is no longer at our disposal. The property owner is experiencing some financial shortfalls and needs to sell the unit. Therefore, we have begun the process of exiting the unit.

The ministry team has been exploring options for acquiring a new transitional house, but so far none of our leads have panned out. We are hoping that someone who owns rental properties might learn of our need and loan one of their units to the ministry. Until this need is filled, Homes of Hope is unable to accept any new clients or furniture donations. We are also in need of volunteers to fill several vacant positions on our steering Committee, including Chairperson, Inventory Coordinator, and Secretary.

MCCares: A Record-Setting Year of Service 
In 2016 Love INC asked MCC to revive our partnership with the Love INC Clearing House, which matches church volunteers with specific needs in the community. I appealed to our MCC family to step up, and you made 2017 a record-shattering year. We successfully filled 85 requests for volunteer drivers, house cleaners, etc.

Beginning in 2018, I turned over the responsibility for coordinating Love INC’s requests and finding volunteers to Jill Billman. I thank her and pray that you all will show her the same dedication this year that you showed me in 2017.

Garden of Grace: Another Record-Breaking Year 
In 2017, the Garden of Grace delivered a record 6,217 pounds of produce to area food distribution agencies and families. Since its inception in 2010, we’ve delivered more than 37,800 pounds (nearly 19 tons) of produce to those in need in the Millersville and Lancaster area. Lancaster County Council of Churches and Water Street Outreach were the biggest recipients. Other local agencies served included Arch Street Center, Domestic Violence Services, The LOFT, Millersville Meals-on-Wheels, Millersville Manor Apartments, and MCC’s own Cancer Care Ministry.

For the Garden of Grace to continue serving the community, we need more people willing to help out. This past summer, 44 volunteers (22 from MCC and 22 from the community) worked in the garden. Unfortunately, only a handful of those people served on a regular basis. In order to sustain this important ministry, we need more people to become involved even if it’s only for a day.

Volunteering with the Garden of Grace is very flexible. Though there are some scheduled group activities like spring planting and fall cleanup, most of the work can be done independently. Spending a day in the garden weeding and harvesting produce is a great small group service project. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can help put up the fence or clean out the shed or rain barrel. If you don’t like the dirty work, you can consider delivering to the produce to local food banks. There are many ways you can help out with the Garden of Grace. Contact Joy Olcott at to found out how.

Celebrating Our 10th Church Plant in Partnership with Glad Tidings India 
Since 2008, MCC has partnered with Glad Tidings India to spreading the gospel in India by planting churches among some of the largest unreached people groups in the world.

In January, 2018, MCC sponsored the planting of our 10th missionary church. Each church plant requires an investment of $3,600. Funds for these churches were provided out of annual outreach allocations, the Luke 19 Project and other fundraisers, and individual givers. The Luke 19 Project generates seed money by giving volunteers $10 and challenging them to invest it in a fundraising effort, similar to Jesus’ parable of the Minas in the 19th chapter of Luke’s gospel.

Our latest missionary/planter, M. Sakthivel, will preach God’s word in Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state in India. The region has a population of 70.4 million, of which only 6.1% is Christian. Pray for M. Sakthivel’s church and the success of all our missionaries throughout India. Throughout 2018 we’ll receive reports about the progress of this new congregation, which we’ll pass on to the congregation as they arrive.

But we’re not done yet. In 2018, I will be looking for some generous individuals who are willing to partner with me in winning even more unreached people in India to Christ. If you are as excited as I am by this opportunity to advance the gospel, please don’t wait to hear from me. Contact me at for more information.

The Cottage: Casting a Vision 
The board of this new outreach proposal met for the first time on April 4 to begin formal discussions aimed at launching a ministry that provides secure, low-cost temporary housing for women and their dependent children who need respite from the difficulties of stress-filled lives. The board’s biggest initial challenge is finding overnight accommodation in which to house clients. The board will continue to meet and to pray for God to provide the resources we need in order to serve displaced women. For information about The Cottage, contact Diane Duell at

Respectfully submitted by Bruce Heydt with input from our volunteer ministry leaders