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Brook Seekins had planned all along to travel to Malawi from her time in the States and get somewhat settled before heading to Tanzania to pick up a truckload of her belongings that were left behind in her hasty departure many months ago. She was looking forward to seeing her old friends and praying the truck would easily cross the Tanzania/Malawi border, but first she needed help to load it up. Thankfully, plenty of friends showed up to pack the truck which made it easily across the border and it is now on it’s way to Lilongwe, Malawi.

Below are several photos that Brook shared of seeing her friends, loading the truck, driving to the border, crossing the river with Tanzania on the right and Malawi on the left, and finally the truck safely in the lot on the Malawi side, and Brook on the bus to go back home to Malawi. Praise the Lord for His hand of protection over Brook and her belongings.






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Ted and Kim Rabenold have been serving in Tanzania since 1991. All three of the Rabenolds’ adult children—Colton, Sierra and Savannah—grew up in Tanzania. They learned to speak Swahili and settled in the remote southwest Rukwa region where they began pioneering work.

The ministry is aimed at impacting the “whole man” physically and spiritually. The Rabenolds have developed two mission stations, the first one in Mumba village and then in Kapenta village, where they constructed a Bible college, a vo-tech school, a lay Bible training center, and a health center. With their excellent team of Tanzanian leaders they are developing water projects, sunflower oil presses (to help farmers diversify their income), fish farming, beekeeper training, livestock improvement projects, and horticultural work. They are also introducing new species of high-yield fruit trees, together with conservation agriculture training. Spiritual outreach work includes: teaching local women marketable skills and Bible, doing evangelism by boat to fishing villages along the lake, and encouraging and overseeing church planting of indigenous national churches.

As Ted and Kim Rabenold move to another part of the Rukwa Valley in Tanzania to begin a new outreach, they will need funds to construct an agriculture training center, build their home, and acquire the necessary equipment to get this new ministry started. The amount of $209,090 will enable them to build their home, buy a tractor with a five-ton tipper, build a training center workshop, install a water and irrigation system, construct a dorm facility with a kitchen and dining area, send a shipping container with tools and tractor implements, erect a wind turbine for the dorm, and install a solar system. If you are interested in donating to this project, click HERE.

To read the Rabenolds March Update, click HERE.

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The Women’s Day Exhibition is happening right now in Sumbawanga, Tanzania. Grace Community Development & Education (GCDE) is one of the participants encouraging women in small business through a regional trade fair designed to let women know about opportunities for training and development. GCDE is displaying various products like peanut butter, liquid soaps, batiks, and healthy porridge mix. All of these products and others are part of GCDE’s “hands on” training program.

GCDE staff, board members, and university interns are at the booth to discuss various training opportunities, including Farming God’s Way and Business As Mission.

Please pray for GCDE and the women and men they are in contact with at this time.



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The following is an email update from GMI missionaries Frosty and Cathy Hansen who serve in Bolivia. This is about two anniversaries they are celebrating, so enjoy reading their update.


My, how quickly time passes! One year ago today, March 7, we arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, eager to see what God had in store for us in our return to the ministry we had left in 2004. What a glorious ride it has been! We have seen the Lord confirm His plans for us to be here in so many ways, both in difficult challenges and joyful blessings.

A major purpose for our being here was to institute a plan for preparing a future generation of leaders for our Bolivian churches. It’s encouraging to see the construction of our facility near completion with painting this week, but what about a program for teaching? And how can we best facilitate Bolivian leadership in this ministry?

With the approval of the Bolivian national church, Frosty has been able to form a committee of young professionals to spearhead the plans for the Training Center (see picture above). These five young adults are deeply committed to Christ and desire to see this program produce godly men and women who are committed to teaching and living out all aspects of grace theology. Our weekly meetings have produced a new name, vision and mission statement, which we will share in due time.

We feel God was very instrumental in putting this committee together. They are highly motivated and their various areas of gifts have produced great insights and helped plot a good direction. Currently we are working at formulating a curriculum to effectively equip believers in their knowledge of God’s Word and to faithfully serve Christ in their churches and communities or as future pastors and missionaries.

Our greatest need at this time is for qualified teachers with the ability to effectively communicate in Spanish or a willingness to learn. We need men and women with a heart to effectively teach and model the truths of Scripture. How might God use YOU to meet this great need?

Last Sunday Cathy was able to visit another of our churches with the women’s committee. The people at the church in San José are dear to our hearts from the many opportunities we had to minister there years ago. Cathy spent a lot of time with these women when they were young mothers, and 20 years later was able to encourage these grandmothers (see picture left) and their daughters to make daily Bible reading a priority in their lives.

As you see from the picture on the right, we also celebrated another very special occasion of our 39th wedding anniversary on March 3. My, how time flies! Our love for one another continues to grow, and we are totally amazed at God’s faithfulness and goodness to us through the years. We never could have imagined all He had in store for us as a couple, including bringing us back here to live and serve Christ.

Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your prayers for the items below.

Thank God with us for…
1. Peaceful times in Bolivia. God answered prayers when the president rescinded laws that were the source of conflict.
2. The Training Center committee. God has greatly encouraged us through their eagerness to serve and their fresh ideas.
3. Our faithful support team. We thank the Lord for all who pray and give sacrificially to make this ministry possible.

We ask for your prayers…
1. Frosty’s three major teaching times. Teaching doctrine to a church board on Wednesday; theology classes to pastors on Friday; classes with theology students on Sunday afternoons.
2. Cathy’s discipleship opportunities. She has been a source of encouragement and prayer partner to pastors’ wives and other young women.
3. Teachers for the Training Center. We are praying for people dedicated to a ministry of teaching God’s Word and mentoring.

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Despite being without power since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico September 20 (over 5 months ago), Camp Caribe is functioning using several back-up generators. The Gospel continues to be shared, impacting lives for His glory. This past weekend at a retreat put on by the staff of Camp Caribe several high school students came to faith in Christ. Praise God for the transforming power of the Gospel and the hope it brings to an island that is fighting for survival. A big thank you to the mission teams that have gone down to Puerto Rico and helped get Camp Caribe up and running again.

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This article was first shared by GMI missionary Brook Seekins and was written by Amy Medina, a missionary who has been serving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with her husband and four children since 2001 – first at Haven of Peace Academy for 10 years, and in 2014 they joined Reach Tanzania, a pastoral training ministry.

The official title of the article is “10 Myths About Africa Many Americans Believe” and it is worth your time to read in its entirety to see how many of the myths you believed. Here are the myths covered in the article:

  1. Africa is a country.
  2. Africans are all poor.
  3. Africa is not clean.
  4. Africans do not have access to clothes or shoes.
  5. Africans dress in rags.
  6. Africans all live in villages.
  7. Village life would be perfect if white people weren’t messing it up.
  8. All Africans are black.
  9. Poverty is Africa’s biggest problem.
  10. Africa has been evangelized.

Here is the link to the article: See what you think!

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Exciting things are happening in Paraguay because of God’s mighty hand on this ministry and the willing hearts and open lives of the Paraguayan people who love Him! Watching this video will bring you to a place of praising God and knowing better how to pray for this ministry and our GMI missionaries serving Him there in Ciudad del Este (CDE)! The ministries are even starting to expand to a location about 2 hours outside of CDE.

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Brook Seekins was scheduled to leave for her new field of Malawi last Saturday and was doing her last-minute packing when she received a call from her travel agent informing her that her flight for the next morning was cancelled. He had already started looking into other flights. The next available booking was two days later. So Brook enjoyed her extra couple of days with family, watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and getting a couple more nights of good sleep.

On Monday morning, February 12, she left Ohio and is now safely in Malawi where Bill and Sue Vinton are helping her get settled. She is thankful for all your prayers.


  • The luggage arrived without problems.
  • I had empty seats next to me on my 13-hour flight so I could lay down and get some sleep.
  • Finding out my flight was cancelled early enough so that I could enjoy the time.
  • So many people praying for me
  • God’s grace through this past year of transition
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BreakThrough’s Latin American invasion continues! Take a look at this video about BreakThrough—the GMI-affiliated martial arts team headed to Nicaragua this summer. The team will work with our missionaries in the areas of Nagarote and Matagalpa to aid their efforts to evangelize, draw people into their ministries, and generate even more contacts so they can continue to push forward with their church planting and discipleship ministries. To find out more about BreakThrough’s trip to Nicaragua this August, click HERE to read an informational letter. In total, the team needs to raise over $9,000. If you would like to help financially, follow the instructions contained in the letter or in the video.

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Congratulations to GMI missionaries in Paraguay, Talo and Patty Vergara, on the birth of Lucas Andres Vergara Diaz. Mother and baby are doing fine. Lucas was born yesterday, February 8, weighing 9 lbs, 5 oz, and he’s 21 inches long. He arrived just in time to watch the Olympics with Mom and Dad! Pray for Talo and Patty as they adjust to being parents.

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