Mrs. Caroline Leinbach Woo, 45, went to be with the Lord in her new home in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1971 to William Leinbach and Rita Castleberry Leinbach in Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from Wiley Middle, RJ Reynolds HS, and NC State. She participated in numerous intramural sports, Alpha Delta Pi and Campus Crusade including Summer Project. During college her heart was profoundly warmed for the Lord.
With hope in the resurrection, I share with you that Sr. Nora Adam, widow of Br. Lorenz Adam, passed away this morning, January 28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a result of an aortic tear in her heart. The Adams served together both in the mission field and in congregations in the Northern Province. Nora and Lorenz served at the clinic in Ahuas, Honduras in the 1970’s. She was a member of the Lake Auburn Moravian Church in Victoria, Minnesota. I invite your prayers for her son Murray and his family in this time of grief and thanksgiving for a life well lived. Arrangements are not known at this time.
Violence in village nearby Juquila has subsided.
Hundreds in need of shelter and food.
Juquila residence shot in during conflict.
The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil and his family (soon expecting a brand new baby daughter!) as well as those who have been wounded and the families of those who have been killed.
Kelly Raiford, mother of Phil Railford, asks for prayers for the safety of her son (Phil), her pregnant daughter-in-law (Eunice) and grandson (Ian). Phil’s village in Mexico has been under attack resulting in the death of at least one person. At this time, she is not sure what the reason for the unrest and will be in search for more information this evening. Phil asked another missionary to get word to his parents to ask everyone to pray for safety and wisdom.
Please join in prayer for the Phil Raiford, Jr family; for their safety, the safety of their village, for courage of new believers, protection, and wisdom.
Holly B Newsome, Friedberg Moravian, Winston-Salem, NC
It is fitting that as we celebrated the revelation of Christ among us on epiphany, Dr. John Gilliland went to be with his Lord. Dr. Gilliland served in Nicaragua and then spent four years at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras. His whole life has been committed to this mission as he frequently sent support and helped acquire equipment and anything else needed for the clinic. Please keep his family in prayer. He is the father of Joy Hicks, wife of Rev. Jim Hicks who was the previous Western District President.
Things are happening at Ray of Hope! Our original 13 children have grown up.
They are in high school or preparing to go to high school. We have 2 in college. Our vision this year is to accept 20 more children to join Ray of Hope and add appropriate staff.
The local community leaders also want Ray of Hope to add more classrooms to the preschool and even a primary school in 2016.
We recently added a small clinic at Ray of Hope, thanks to faithful support from our U.S. friends. The local community leaders are also helping to get electrical power to the clinic.
From Beyond Borders
I sat with my friend, exhausted from a long day mixing cement and carrying buckets of it to make the footings for his house as the sun set outside a store in Juquila. We sat there reflecting on all of our hard work and our sore muscles. As we sipped our cokes my friend Tadeo began to share a story of an incident that happened to him a few months ago. He suffered an attack at another job site when a person clubbed him over the head with a 4×4 post almost killing him. He called me to pick him up at the site in a village about two hours away. He opened up to me months later about the truth behind the attack. He explained that others were jealous of his work ethic and how the crew bosses were giving him more responsibility. The attack was based on jealousy and drunken rage. Tadeo the told me that since he met me and we had become friends, his perspective on life had changed. He began to care more about his family and his own life. He saw how my family lived and how I loved and supported Eunice. He said that he wanted that kind of life, and now that he met me he knew it was a possibility. He acknowledged that life was going to be hard trying to make a better life for himself and his family with all of the negative influences in the village, but was thankful that he had me as a friend to guide him through the tough times. We were just two tough guys exhausted and almost in tears sharing a moment that neither of us expected.
Robert Thiessen, a missionary in Mexico who works closely with Phil and Eunice Raiford, had back surgery and is recuperating well in CA. His wife, Anne Thiessen has been diagnosed with breast cancer. They are awaiting on the decision on where she should go for treatment. Please keep them in prayer.
Please see this request from the Woo family, serving as missionaries in Asia:
God is good and everyday we have belongs to Him!
These are simple words but something that Eunice and I have been reflecting on over the last few weeks. Even missionaries can get lost in all the things that need to be done. Raising a child, treating patients, growing vegetables, building relationships and just paying bills can consume anyone.
Hot, hot, hot. January and February are the hottest months of the year. It averages about 100 degrees during the day. It is also the driest time of the year. We have to be very conservative with our water. We have to make it last until March. March starts our rainy season. Pray that we have an early rainy season.
The children are back in school after their December holiday. School is going well. Ceci has started her senior year in high school. We were hoping to come home this spring. We are not going to be able to come. Ceci’s school schedule has changed. She is not going to be able to miss any school. It will be sometime in 2015 before we can come home.
All of our students are doing well. They have done well with all their exams.
We appreciate everyone’s prayers and support. We hope to have a fruitful 2015. We look forward to bringing more children to love and know Jesus.
God Bless Michael, Ceci, and Blessing.