Meet our interns!
Sylvie Hauser is a senior at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is majoring in Political Science / International Relations with minors in Spanish and Political Economy. Growing up in Sturgeon Bay, WI she attended the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church and attended and counseled Mt. Morris camps every summer. She also was involved in mission work with her home congregation, which took her to places like New York City, Jamaica, and Haiti. After high school, Sylvie spent about three months in the Czech Republic through the Board of World Mission’s Antioch Program. Her involvement with missions as well as her interest in culture and politics led her to apply for the internship with BWM. Sylvie has already had some great experience during this internship – she has traveled to Peru and attended the Northern Province Synod. Next, she’ll be working on some projects to help with congregational outreach and relationship building between the Northern Province and the mission area of Peru. If you have any ideas or questions about this work (or if you just want to reach out!) you can contact Sylvie at
Anna Stewart Faircloth attends Liberty University where she is studying Youth Ministry with minors in Camp and Outdoor Leadership and Family and Child development. She grew up in Lexington, North Carolina and is a member of Friedberg Moravian Church. She grew up going to Laurel Ridge summer camp and now serves as a counselor every summer. Anna Stewart got involved in missions because of her youth group. Her first mission trip was to Tennessee in 2010 and since then has traveled to Mississippi, Peru, New York, Africa, and the Dominican Republic several times. Anna Stewart also serves as a Young Life leader in Central Virginia for middle school aged kids in Forest, Virginia during the school year. She decided to apply for this internship because of her passion for missions, her love for people, and to live out the calling the Lord has for her life. During this internship, Anna Stewart will be traveling to Costa Rica with Sam Gray to hold a mission conference, attend mission camp at Laurel Ridge, and work on projects to help teams become better prepared for mission trips. If you have any ideas, questions, or want to reach out, you can contact her at
September 14, 2017
Harvey / Irma Updates from the Board of World Mission
BWM has been receiving generous donations for Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) and has begun the process of disbursing funds to Texas (Port Arthur and other Texas Brethren churches) and the Eastern West Indies Province (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Tortola, Antigua).
Plans are in place for deploying MDR trailers and teams to Texas and possibly Florida, as needed.
We continue to receive updates from Cuba, Florida, Texas, and the Eastern West Indies and will pass on information as it is received. Brother Cortroy Jarvis (chair of the EWI Province and chair of the Worldwide Moravian Unity) says that the situation in St. John is especially bad; the sanctuary and manse of Emmaus Moravian Church there have been destroyed and the roof of the Bethany Moravian Church was blown off. Antigua is doing pretty well but very involved with relief efforts in Barbuda. Air travel to Tortola and St. Thomas has not been restored as yet and communication is difficult.
The Cuban Council of Churches will participate actively in the recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
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.
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.
Jamie Lynne Dease –
As an elementary teacher, I have many opportunities to help my students and fulfill their needs. Between tying shoes, giving permission to use the bathroom, offering small group instruction, and learning about students’ home lives, I hope that I make some small difference in their lives. For Moravians, a mission is the goal of fulfilling a fundamental need in the life of another person.
Moravians in mission have been fulfilling needs since 1732, when the first Moravian missionaries, Johann Leonhard Dober and David Nitschman, sailed to the Caribbean island of St. Thomas to bring the gospel to the slaves on the sugar plantations. This first Moravian mission sparked the Moravian passion for mission during the past 284 years.
Please add Ceci to your prayer list. She is going to have laparoscopic knee surgery on Saturday, August 6. They are going to clean up the knee and repair it. She has had more pain. She will go in for surgery on Friday and come home on Monday. Michael called his mother, Donna Tesh, on August 1 from his home. A cell tower has been installed close by. Yea!!! Electricity is just a week away with just one more line to run. God is so good!
We pray that you had a very blessed Christmas and that the Christmas spirit will continue to live in you into the New Year.
As our New Year approaches, pray for peace and safety in our world. Pray that those who perpetrate war and terrorism may see the error of their ways. Pray that Christians around the world may be an example of lovingkindness and consensus-building that can accomplish far more than their violence. Pray that we may all seek peace in our hearts that can be shown to all around us. As I shared with a sister earlier in December, there is a sign in a place where I used to volunteer that said: “No Jesus. No peace. Know Jesus. Know peace.” May each of us know that peace which passes all understanding.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is to tell you that God truly is good all the time. Safie and I came to Freetown yesterday and I am at the internet cafe this morning writing to you to affirm that God is not only good some times but that he is good all the time and we give the glory for his love toward man. We were able to build a concrete fence almost around the church and the mission house only leaving the front out because we are not sure when and how the road construction will be. We were able to put a gate in front with the Moravian name written on it.
The ebola virus is still hanging around and the news stays the same for the village, that is we are Ebola free. We thank God for that protection and the love he has for us. [Read more…]
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.
First is a prayer request:
Mohamed was involved in an accident with a Honda bike and he was thrown from the bike. Along with the lecture he received from Safie about never getting on a Honda bike, he sustained a dislocated shoulder and some cuts and bruises. She said she recorded him screaming as they pulled on his shoulder to get it back into the socket. Please pray that his shoulder will heal, that there will be no infection and that he will soon be able to use the shoulder again.
Onward is the newsletter of the Southern Province Mission Society. See the May 2015 and June 2015 issues below.
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.
I invite your prayers for the nation of Burundi, the Moravian Church in Burundi, and other surrounding Provinces of our church.
Excerpts from USA Today-online:
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — A second major earthquake struck this mountainous nation Tuesday — 17 days after the first devastating quake — killing 42 and injuring 1,117, the Nepali government said.
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.
from Rick Nelson
I have been back in Honduras just a little over a month and back in Ahuas one day over a month. This has been a busy but rewarding time.
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.
I wrote to some of you about a three year old girl from the upriver village of Waxma. Having fallen off the steps of her home, she suffered a fracture just above the elbow. With no medical care available in their village, the family traveled down the Patuca to reach the Moravian Clinic. Her cries filled the hallways as we started work in the morning. After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Ovelio, Nurse Brigida, X ray Tech Miqueas and Anesthetist Ricardo worked to reduce the fracture and apply a cast. The much happier little patient went home the following day.
Three weeks ago after devotions, Dr. Ovelio shared with employees the case of a woman from Krupunta who was not responding to treatment. Several staff persons accompanied him to the patient’s room where they prayed. The following day the recovered and healthy patient walked the two+ miles to her home. You can form you own opinion as to the reason for her recovery — prayers or medical treatment. (I choose the former.)
Update from Rick Nelson in Ahuas, Honduras