CGBCI Foreign Missions Praise and Prayer – July 2012

The End of an Era

By now, you should be sending all financial support for CGBCI Foreign Missions to Pastor Steve Burns at the address below. Any funds that are sent to Orrville will be delayed because we will need to forward them on to Pastor Burns in Iowa.

CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111

Also, per the Protocols of the CGBCI, Pastor Ike Graham is not on the Foreign Mission Panel. The Protocols only allow for 3 successive 3 year terms and he has served at least 9 years on the Panel. At the June 28, 2012 meeting of the Foreign Mission Panel, Pastor Les Vnasdale became the new chairman of the Panel. All questions related to CGBCI Foreign Missions should be directed to him. Specific questions related to Cameroon should be directed to Pastor Keith Merriman. Specific questions related to India, may still be directed to Pastor Ike Graham because the Orrville, Ohio GBC remains the sponsoring church for our work in India.

New Foreign Mission Panel of the CGBCI

Each member of the Foreign Mission Panel serves a 3 year term and may be re-elected for up to 3 consecutive 3 year terms for a total of 9 years. At the end of that time, per the Protocols, they must step down and allow others to serve. The new members and some of the previous members are listed for you so that you can pray for them and for our joint effort to plant churches overseas. If you are in one of the churches that these men represent, please pray for them and ask them how you might assist them in this ministry because it is not just one person, but your church which is involved.


Pastor Don Farner (serving his 2nd 3 year term) Galion, Ohio GBC

Pastor Chris Knight (serving an unexpired 1 year term) Listie, PA GBC

Pastor Bob Kulp (serving his 2nd 3 year term) Washington, PA GBC

Pastor Tom Ricker (serving his 1st 3 year term) Lakeland GBC (Warsaw, IN)

Pastor Russ Simpson (serving his 2nd 3 year term) Lakeland GBC (Warsaw, IN)

Pastor Les Vnasdale (serving his 1st 3 year term) Cornerstone GBC (Mansfield, Ohio) Chairman

Pastor Larry Williams (serving an unexpired 1 year term) New Troy, MI GBC

Brother James Marsh (Secretary for life!) Peru, IN GBC

Brother Jim has been our secretary for over a decade! We appreciate his sacrificial service to the Panel, our Fellowship and the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though he is not a member of the Panel, he has been a faithful servant. It is a good example of how others can serve even if they are not a pastor.

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