ABF MISSIONS NEWS
FLASHBACK: Jim Liljegren with Gennady in 2011.
ABF Missions Chairman
Tacheeni & Deb Scott visited the Tuesday, April 30, 2013, AWANA Night. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Navajo Fry Bread and presentations.
Jim Liljegren had a Missions Planning trip in February 2013. The schedule for the summer camps is listed in our Events Calendar.
The Mexico Mission Trip is completed. The 21 who ministered at Rosarita returned safely on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Thank you for praying for them. Pastors Jon Nungester and John Erwin led the group.
The Mexico Mission Team Helping at Rosarita
Fall Ministry Trip Report was held at ABF on Sunday, Dec. 9th, at 11:30 am
Two new 2013 Missionary Flyers are now posted (located in MEDIA | Documents -- Click Missions)
2012 Christmas Newsletter (located in MEDIA | Documents)
NATE & ABBY PRESENTATION & FAREWELL
Presentation after church on October 14, 2012
Special Recognition and Prayer on Sunday, November 11, 2012
MISSIONS MEMORY FLASHBACK...
Watch this ABF archive video, just posted:
Pastor Vladimir & Galina Visit ABF (40:41)
2/12/2006 VIDEO LINK
NATE & ABBY SPOKE AT ABF AWANA
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Very popular Missions video:
Dr. Bob Cochran's Thailand Trip Report
JIM LILJEGREN & THE TEAM
Summer Team Presentation
Sunday morning after church -- September 16, 2012
SUMMER 2012 NEWSLETTER
LEFT ON JULY 4, 2012 - RETURNED SAFELY
We depart at 5:55pm tomorrow on our way to London and then Prague. Please pray for good connections. Your prayer support for our ministry for the next 25 days is most appreciated!
Love to all,
Jim and the Team
MISSIONARY NATHAN SPEAKS AT ABF
Missionary Nathan gave the sermon on June 24, 2012. Nathan and Abby are in transition to the Asia Pacific. They leave in November 2012.
COSTA RICA SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIP
A team, led by Pastor Jon Nungester, left on May 23, 2012,
and returned safely on June 2, 2012.
DR. TACHEENI & DEB SCOTT
gave special presentations
to the AWANA children on Tuesday night, May 8, 2012. They come from Arizona where they minister to the Navajo population there.
Summary of RUSSIA-EUROPE Trip
Jim gave a full descriptive presentation of the trip on Sunday morning, April 29, 2012, in Room 203, during the 1st Service.
MISSIONARIES NATHAN & ABBY
gave four special presentations
to the AWANA children on Tuesday night, April 17, 2012.
'ABF MISSIONARY JOHN' Visited ABF on April 1
'ABF Missionary John' presented both sermons on Palm Sunday.
JIM LILJEGREN IN RUSSIA
Arrived in Moscow on March 20, 2012
ABF had special prayer on Sunday, March 18, in both services.
Hear the AUDIO in MEDIA. He will be in that area for three weeks.
NIEDNAGELS in AFRICA
Dr. Roland and Patricia Niednagel were in Africa, left ABF on Sunday, March 18, 2012. ABF had special prayer on Sunday in both services before they left. Hear the AUDIO -- prayer & sermon -- in MEDIA. Patricia also spoke during the sermon and gave a summary of her just-completed India missions trip.
Dave Schoch, missionary from Albania, gave a slideshow presentation at both services on Sunday, February 26. He also spoke to the ABF Students during both services.
CZECH REPUBLIC SPEAKER VISITS ABF
Pastor Igor Grytsyk from Czech Republic gave a presentation at ABF in Room 203 on March 4, at 9:00am.
Pastor Igor is a ministry partner and Co-Director of the annual Czech Republic Family Camp.
COSTA RICA SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIP
DATES: May 23 - June 1, 2012
APPLICATIONS WERE DUE: Sunday, February 12, 2012
- Go here for more information from ABF Documents under MEDIA.
- Pastor Jon Nungester coordinated the details.
SUMMER SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIPS
- 2012 Summer Czech Republic Family Camp Mission Team (7/4-7/16)
- 2012 Summer Pskov (Russia) Mission Team (7/11-7/21)
SUMMER MISSIONS VIDEO
Photos by Dave Anthold & Will Lindauer // Cover photo by Will Lindauer
LILJEGREN SUMMER 2012 MISSIONS FLYERS
Go to ABF Documents under MEDIA to view or download the Czech and Pskov 2012 Summer Missions Flyers.
HOLIDAY MISSIONS GIVING EMPHASIS AT ABF
Listen to Paul Alexander outline the Missions special giving for the 2011 Christmas holidays. Announced at theThanksgiving service. Listen to the audio in ABF Audio under MEDIA
LILJEGREN CHRISTMAS 2011 NEWSLETTER
Go to the ABF Documents under MEDIA to view and/or download their Christmas newsletter
THE LILJEGREN FALL MISSIONS TRIP REPORT
Jim and Barbara Liljegren gave a full report media presentation about their Fall Missions Trip on Sunday, December 4, in Room 203. It was well-attended. See media link below.
JIM & BARBARA LILJEGREN RETURNED SAFELY
They presented a Fall Missions Trip slideshow for both sessions of Kids BLAST on 11/13/2011. The children thoroughly enjoyed it because they have been praying for this missions trip which just ended.
JIM LILJEGREN ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2012 CAMP DATES
Czech ministry for 2012 including our 7th annual English Family Camp: July 4 - 17, 2012. We will need 12-15 Americans to participate in this camp.
MISSIONARIES ERIN & JIMMY HAVE A DAUGHTER
(Sienna Kate: 10/14/2011
JIM & BARBARA LILJEGREN'S FALL MISSIONS TRIP
Arrived in Moscow on October 13, 2011
Congregational prayer for them on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at both services
Recorded LIVE and photos taken at ABF on October 9, 2011
If you would like to follow these missions trips,
CONTACT Peter Armerding to get on his email update list:
J Peter Armerding firstname.lastname@example.org
JIM LILJEGREN'S SEPTEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER POSTED
The newsletter was posted on September 22, 2011, in ABF Documents under MEDIA.
THE LEATHERWOODS VISITED ABF ON 8/21/2011
Recorded LIVE at ABF on August 21, 2011
All six Leatherwoods were featured in both ABF Kids BLAST Sunday School sessions. They return to Spain on September 19, 2011.
SUMMER MISSION TRIP REPORT
Sunday morning, August 28, at 9:00am in Room 203
'Trevor & Melody Larsen' visited and spoke at ABF on July 17. Listen to the sermon located at ABF Audio under MEDIA.
Recorded LIVE on July 17, 2011
JIM LILJEGREN & TEAMS: SUMMER MISSION TRIPS
July 6 thru August 8, 2011 - Czech Republic Team of 18
July 13, 2011 - Russia Team of 12
For ministry updates, contact:
Jim at email@example.com
Dave Anthold’s blog - http://everydaysnapshots.com/summer-missions-trip-2011/
THE LEATHERWOODS WILL VISIT ABF ON AUGUST 21, 2011
JIM & BARBARA LILJEGREN NEWSLETTER
The latest Spring 2011 Missions Newsletter is available to download from ABF Documents under MEDIA.
TIM & CECI RAMSEY VISITED ABF ON 5/22/2011
Tim gave the Sunday sermons at ABF.
Sermon on May 22, 2011
Missionaries Visited ABF on 5/22/2011
Missionaries were introduced in both services and a reception luncheon was held for them following the 2nd service. There were brief presentations by both families. The two missionary families represented South America and Southeast Asia.
THE SCOTTS VISITED ABF ON 5/10/2011
DR. TACHEENI & DEB SCOTT
made their annual visit from Arizona to the ABF AWANA Program
Photo by Ron Brookman
JIM LILJEGREN'S UPCOMING TEAM PRESENTATION
The 2011 Spring Missions Team returned safely and will present a Trip Summary Presentation on Sunday, May 22, 2011, in the Multi-Purpose Building, Room 203, at 9:00am
JIM LILJEGREN'S SPRING TEAM TRIP UNDERWAY
Trip Itinerary: March 28 thru April 16
The 2011 Spring Missions Team is safely and effectively on-track with missions ministries to Russia, Czech Republic and Greece.
For details of the trip, please contact
Peter Armerding at firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive frequent email updates.
You may also check out Dave Anthold's photos of this trip at
JIM LILJEGREN'S SPRING TEAM TRIP PLANS
The final plans for our 2011 Spring Missions Trip to Russia, Czech Republic and Greece are taking place. Many meetings with church planters who will host our summer teams are scheduled plus other meetings in other cities for possible future teams. I am so thankful to God for these outstanding relationships. The trip dates are March 28 thru April 16th.
MESSAGE FROM DAN LEATHERWOOD
(Courtesy of http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lisaleatherwood )
The other day I logged on here as I wanted to print some of the messages that had been posted and I was amazed and touched by the number of new postings and viewings. I wanted to put up this letter that I have just sent out via email also, in case you do not receive the email updates. Again thank you for walking with us as a family through this journey in our lives.
We, as a family, wanted to thank you for all your prayers and encouragement for us as we have been on this final leg of our journey with cancer. God has truly shown Himself faithful. When Lisa and I found out about the cancer, God took us to a passage in the Old Testament of the Bible and challenged us to look for and wait for His work in the details. The passage was Exodus 14, where the children of Israel were “trapped” between the Red Sea and the entire army of Egypt. God then opened the sea and the Jews crossed on DRY land, no puddles, no mud. Without this detail it still would have been an amazing miracle. Even if they had stepped in puddles along the way, no one would have thought of this miracle as an incomplete miracle or have thought any less of it. Yet, the reality is that they crossed on DRY land. God took us to that concept many times throughout our journey with cancer. The reality that I can share is that God DID(!!!) work in every detail on this journey. There are things that at the time, we didn´t see, but now, looking back, I can see the DRY LAND moments. He worked in and through every detail and continues to do so.
I have seen God provide for each and every need that has arisen. He has done an amazing work in each of the kids. Within 24 hours they had reached a point of talking about their memories with Lisa often with smiles. They immediately helped in many different ways, from cleaning to picking out clothes for Avery. (The chosing outfits is a special blessing as a color blind father is not the most gifted to pick out outfits for anyone, especially if that person is young and not yet fashion concious.) They were all ready to return to their activities a week later and have done very well since. I can see God carrying each of them in His tender hand.
God has also deepened some special friendships that we have here and has blessed us greatly through these families. We continue to receive amazing gifts and love from our town. Two to three times a week we are greeted at the door with lunch. Several times a week, two neighbors come in to help with the cleaning, laundry, or anything else that has been left undone. If we catch up on everything ourselves, we usually get scolded for doing too much and not leaving anything for them. While my parents were here, my Mom was frequently scolded by them for helping too much… All of that is to say that God continues to make sure that we are well cared for.
Many people have said that on January 18, 2011, Lisa lost the battle with cancer. In this time, God has reminded me that this is not the reality. Although we are now in a point of missing her as we go through this temporal separation, we also clearly see the victory. She has won the prize that she has yearned for since she was 4 years old, to be in the complete presence of her Saviour, Jesus, and be able to live as God originally desired for us: to live an abundant eternal life walking with Him without any obstacle to the communion and conversation with Him. We miss Lisa and feel the hole that has been left here, but at the same time we can feel the Lifter of our heads doing His work in us. He is our strength and continues to respond to our needs before we can even recognize them. He is good!
“So, now what are you going to do? Are you going to stay in Spain?”, many people have asked me. In answer to the second question, yes, we are going to stay in Spain. God brought Lisa and I to Spain to learn from Him and to serve Him here, and to learn from others and serve them here. Our commitment was to stay until He “kicks us out”. That commitment is still the same. God is doing a work here that I cannot express to you nor can I fully understand it all at this point. I am re-learning how to be still and wait on Him. Please pray with me as I seek God´s desire and plan for the ministry here as I assimilate my roles in our new reality. I do see that God is pushing some of our faithful church goers forward to get more involved. We now have a cleaning group that frequently kicks us out of the church to clean. There are other desires for ministry participation that are coming to the surface in others also. Some of the men have asked for a study to go deeper in the Bible and to prepare themselves for the possibility of teaching in part of the services at some point. I look forward to see how this stipling (the artform that is made up of dots) comes together. Thank you for your prayers and letters of encouragement.
We send out love from Spain,
Dan for the Leatherwood family
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” (Psalm 28.7)
Lisa had this verse marked in her Bible and next to it wrote He sees us through!
As a family we want to share that this is true. With our song and our lives, we want to thank Him.
ANELISE LEATHERWOOD REMEMBERS HER MOM
Tuesday an amazing mother with a great heart for God and an amazing testimony passed away. She taught us so many things and left an amazing impact not only on us but on so many others that knew her.
Even though it hurts to not have her here physically we can know that she´s in heaven with a perfect body, no longer in pain and an even more beautiful smile, which is hard to beat. We will miss her, but with the knowledge that we will see her again.
She finished her job, now it´s time for us to finish ours. We love and miss you!
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LISA LEATHERWOOD
A note from JD Bennett, Lisa Leatherwood's brother, about her home-going and the up-coming memorial service
Many of you have already begun mourning with my family and me. Right now, as I write this, Lisa's funeral is ending in Spain. Church leaders from around the country came to remember the pioneer church-planting work that Lisa gave her life for. Apart from the whole Navarran town of Artajona, co-workers and great men of God have converged on Lisa's small town this morning, and are recounting the great ways that God worked through Lisa's 37 years of life.
Lisa & Dan began work in Spain as full-time missionaries in 1999 at Pamplona Evangelical Christian Church. They founded Tafalla's Christian Family Center (a church) in 2005.
Lisa insisted on playing the piano at church, with hands withered and bleeding from the chemo-therapy, even until two weeks ago. I am so thankful to Jesus that He made a way for me to spend Christmas with Lisa and to help her lead the Sunday Music together one last time, just a couple weeks ago.
Lisa also worked with Dan and me in starting three annual camps, that God has blessed with success and professions of faith: Cowboy camp, Theater Camp, and Surf Camp. Every year Lisa was astounded at the response of Spanish children and young people responding to the Gospel for the first time. Lisa even willed her way into doing her part leading Cowboy Camp even this past summer.
Please pray for all the townspeople of Artajona & Tafalla, right now, to be listening and thinking about what God may be trying to tell them this morning. Lisa entered peacefully into the Lord's presence on Tuesday morning, just 20 hours after the last time that I spoke with her.
If you would like to join Lisa's Mother, family, and me in remembering her life, you are invited to:
The Lisa Leatherwood Memorial Service
Monday, January 24th at 4:00 pm.
Held at Shadow Mountain Community Church,
2100 Greenfield Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019 USA
There has been a Lisa Leatherwood Memorial Fund established at the TBM Office for any who would like to give to the family in her memory. Make your check out to TBM and mail to:
PO Box 160
LaGrange, WY 82221
PASSING OF MISSIONARY LISA LEATHERWOOD
Posted 1/19/2011 and updated:
We here at ABF are very saddened at the passing of our missionary Lisa Leatherwood. The memorial service was held in Spain on Thursday, January 20, 2011 (Thursday morning at 8:30AM, California time). You can read all six of Dan's reports using the Internet news link below. Please pray for Dan and the family.
The ABF Precept Women's group led by MaryAnne Miller had special prayer for the family following the memorial service at 9:30, California time.
On Sunday, January 23rd, Jim Garcia gave a special presentation in both ABF Kids BLAST worship services to very carefully explain to them the passing of Lisa and how happy and pain-free she is in Heaven. Our ABF children loved Lisa so much. Following his presentation, teachers in each ABF Kids BLAST classroom talked about it and gave out a pictoral brochure with more information, including names and birthdays of the Leatherwood children. They will continue to pray for the Leatherwood family.
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MESSAGE FROM DAN LEATHERWOOD
Lisa Leatherwood Memorial Service in Spain
A quick note to post...
that tomorrow, Thursday, [January 20, 2011,] at 5:30PM we will have the memorial service here in Artajona. The town has allowed us to use the church building here in the town to hold the memorial service.
Again thank you for your prayers.
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2011 Czech Republic Mission Promo Video
January 8, 2011
Viewed via Vimeo video link
NEWS FROM 2010
Jim Liljegren has provided these 2011 missionary documents for you to View and/or Download from ABF Documents under MEDIA.
Missionaries Visit ABF
On December 19th, 2010, John, Cathy and Lisa visited ABF in both
Worship Services and also presented a Kids BLAST program during 2nd Service. Our ABF children were given colorful photos of children from other countries so that we can pray for them.
Liljegren Newsletter and Giving Opportunities Brochure
are now posted in the MEDIA Document Library
ABF Video Chats With The Leatherwoods
On December 12th, 2010, the Kids BLAST 3rd - 5th Grade class talked and sang on VIDEO SKYPE with our missionaries, the Leatherwoods. It was 9:20AM here and 6:20PM in Spain. Kids on both continents were excited. We even got to see their dog!
Projection screen photo by Carolyn Brookman
NOTE: Lisa Leatherwood passed away five weeks after our video chat
See post (scroll up) for January 18, 2011
The KERINS leave today to return to Siberia
"Happy to return, sad to leave – always torn emotionally during the good-byes."
See their new photo in the Missions Directory
LILJEGREN TRIP REPORT
Dear Family and Friends,
I would like to invite you to look at my photos and slide show regarding this past missions trip. This will give you a good understanding of what took place. We met with 9 church planters in 4 countries and learned from them how we might invest in their ministries so they will be more effective for the Lord.
Thank you for your prayers and financial help. Your prayers made a huge difference.
Blessings and love,
A Mission Trip Report was given on December 5, 2010 in Room 203
Dear Family and Friends,
Hal Hays, Dustin Arrieta, and I arrived home tonight after our 11 1/2 hour flight from Europe. Thank you for your prayer and financial support for this trip. We now have great ways to continue supporting and helping the 9 church planters we visited. Dustin and I will give a report at ABF in a few weeks.
Please pray for my eye surgery scheduled for Nov.11. Pray that the tissue the doctor will examine will be healthy so I CAN have the operation. I really need it.
Again, your prayers helped us a lot!!!
Blessings and love,
Jim and the group
Dear Family and Friends,
Tomorrow Dustin Arrieta, Hal Hays (Pres of Encouragement International) and I fly to Prague, Czech Republic on the first leg of our Fall Mission Trip. Meeting us in Prague will be Gennady Gavrilov, Pastor of the Slavic Prague Church and Sasha Kurmaev, church planter from St. Petersburg, Russia. Both men are long term ministry partners. All five of us will travel together on this 2 week trip
Please pray for us as we talk with a total of 9 church planters in 4 countries. It will be exciting to get an update on their ministry and figure out ways to help them in their local outreach.
Thank you for standing with us by prayer! We are all very grateful for the financial support enabling us to make this trip.
Slava Bogu - “Praise the Lord!”
Blessed to be a blessing,
(My eye surgery is scheduled for Nov. 11.)
For details on these trips,
contact Barbara Liljegren at ABF
or Peter Armerding at firstname.lastname@example.org
LILJEGREN FALL 2010 NEWSLETTER
See ABF Documents under MEDIA
Missionary TIM RAMSEY:
The KERINS visited ABF on Sunday, August 15, 2010
Go to our MISSIONS DIRECTORY for their website link
MISSIONS TEAMS REPORT
JIM LILJEGREN: 2010 PSKOV MISSIONS TEAM
JIM LILJEGREN: 2010 PETROZAVODSK MISSIONS TEAM
JIM LILJEGREN: 2010 CZECH REPUBLIC MISSIONS TEAM
There was a Team Report in Room 203 on Sunday, August 29, at 8:45AM
The Summer Missions Teams arrived home safely on 8/10/2010
Beginning on 7/15/2010
The Missions Teams
began ministering in Russia & Czech Republic
7/11/2010 VIDEO-Slideshow Presentation
Rwanda Missions Trip Report VIDEO now online
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