The goal of global missions is to see people from every people group worshiping Jesus Christ! Two people groups we are focusing on are the Czechians and the Canarians (Spanish). Our STM teams will partner there with our long-term missionaries.
FBC has been focused on making disicples in Czechia (also called the Czech Republic) for almost 25 years. Most of the 10 million people are devout atheists as a result of years of communism. The Dennys estimate that there are more Christians at FBC than in the whole country of Czechia. Marcus and Amie Denny have been serving in Czechia for almost 10 years. They are building up the BSKK, the Kladno Bible Church. Marcus is training two elders, Daniel and Ales. They are developing all of the ministries of the church. They are also working with another church in Usti and a church that is being planted in Prague. Not only is Marcus training leaders in the Kladno Bible Church, but he is also working with the Czech Bible Institute to train men to be pastors. He travels there once a month to teach classes and disciple men who will lead churches around Czechia.
There are more Christians at FBC than in the whole country of Czechia.
Every summer Faith Bible Church sends a team to partner with Christ Our Hope Bible Church and Cornerstone (where Isaiah Mackler is now) to do an English camp with the BSKK, the church in Usti and the church in Prague. This week long camp is full of opportunities for the team members to share their testimonies, to discuss the gospel and to build relationships with over 100 Czechian people who are coming from an atheist background. We are sending Reid & Samathana White and Ron Carter on this team from June 29-July 14.
This week long camp is full of opportunities for the team members to share their testimonies, to discuss the gospel and to build relationships with over 100 Czechian people.
FBC has also been focused on making disciples in Tenerife, Spain, one of the two largest islands in the Canary Islands since 2009. Dave & Lois Belch have been training church leaders and establishing the church there in collaboration with Natalie Widman (who went in 2012). They have been focusing on the town of Santa Ursula and the Fountain of Peace & Hope Christian Church (ICFPE). Canarians are traditionally Catholic, but in practice most are a mixture of secular and superstitious (folk Catholicism). They have helped revitalize other churches on the island and are helping plant a church in the south in Adeje. FBC is supporting Alcides and Zulema Velasquez, from the church in Guatire, Venezuela, as they focus on establishing the church in Adeje.
Dave is helping train pastors around the region through a preaching workshop that will be happening this weekend. He is also training multiple men in the Santa Ursula church to preach and training the three elders who serve with him, Luis, Orenay and Jorge. The Santa Ursula and Adeje churches work together with several other churches putting on an outreach event each summer called Impacto. This summer FBC is sending six people to help with this outreach from August 10-28: Diana Ward, Bri Atha, Imari Santos, Rylee Atha, Daniel Dougherty and Noah Ott. They will be doing sports outreach with teens, VBS style outreach for families and English outreach in both Santa Ursula and Adeje.