David W and Teresa Bill

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David Walter Bill (10/18/1954)
Teresa Lee (Graves) Bill (06/10/1955)

Jeremy James (11/21/1986)
Eric David (10/4/1989)
Chandra Graves (3/9/1993)

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Testimonies and backgrounds:

David Walter BILL was the first born to Walter and Marjorie (nee Irvine) BILL October 18th, 1954.
He grew up in the McKeesport area of Pennsylvania.

His mother was saved first.
Dave prayed to receive Christ into his heart during a boy's Sunday school class, was baptized at age 12, but later realized he had never really repented of his sins and was not born again.
During this time his father repented and received Christ.
After great conviction for over a year, Dave repented and received Christ in April 1970 and was re-baptized.
His brother and sister received Christ shortly afterwards.

The Lord immediately began to lead him in preparation for his life's ministries.
After several years of spiritual growth in church, Christian Service Brigade and summer forestry camps during high school and college at Penn State (McKeesport Campus), where he studied Environmental Resources Management, Dave began to hear God's call to eventually become a missionary.
"It's one thing to save the environment, but since God has given man domination over the creation, if the inner environment-man's heart is not changed, neither will any environment outside of his heart".

After the influence of missionary conferences at church, Dave transferred to Nyack College to prepare for missionary service.

While at Nyack, he was led to go to Gabon, Africa as a summer missionary in 1975.

After graduating from Nyack in 1978 with a bachelor'd degree in Social Science, he attended ASTM, then served as a youth pastor in Mendham, NJ, while finishing his Master's Degree at ATS in 1980.

Until 1985, Dave served as the assistant pastor in charge of outreach in McKeesport, was ordained in September 1982, where he also met Teresa, then was married August 20th, 1983.
Dave spent 2 more years, this time with Teresa, in McKeesport, before being sent to France and Gabon, Africa to begin their missionary career.

Dave has used his preparations in outdoor education all his life in ministries to help reach those not reached in some of the more remote areas of Gabon.

Dave's parents are active in the Murrysville Alliance church and actively support missions in the Alliance.
They have been once to France and thrice to Gabon for visits.

Teresa is the oldest of five children, born June 10th, 1955 to Richard and Athelen (nee Cooke) GRAVES in Stow, Ohio. Her parents divorced while Teresa was young.

Because of an invitation to church, Sunday school and VBS by a neighbor, who faithfully brought her weekly, Teresa was saved.

Later during her high school years while attending the Stow Alliance Fellowship, she rededicated her life to the Lord and her desire to serve the Lord in ministry increased.

After listening to a missionary at a conference, she responded to a call to service and went to Toccoa Falls College to begin training.

Teresa ministered with Alliance Youth Corps to the Cree Indians in Alberta, Canada during the summer of 1976.

Although Toccoa Falls College was devastated by a flood during her senior year, this didn't interfere with Teresa graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Missions.

Teresa then worked part-time at an Alliance church in Baytown, TX while also working part-time in Houston.

She completed graduate school requirements at ATS in 1982 then ministered at the Crestmont Alliance church in Aliquippa, PA.

Dave & Teresa met at his ordination in 1982.
They were married in 1983, continuing to work at the McKeesport Alliance church till 1985 when they went to Albertville, France for language study.

They arrived in Port Gentil, Gabon, Africa October 2nd, 1986. One month later their first child, Jeremy was born.

The BILL family has served in Gabon Africa from 1986-2005. From 2006 - present, they serve in the Republic of Congo, recently in Orality ministries.

Jeremy is married to Melanie (nee) Miner, and MK who grew up in the far east and whose parents are now C&MA missionaries in Bosnia. They are both graduates from TFC. They have two boys and one girl: Mason James (4/24/12) and Keegan Shane (4/16/13) both born within the same year and Skylar Raine (8/4/17). Jeremy and family are dorm parents at the Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan as of August 2018.

Eric is married to Vicki Chapman from the Warren, PA Alliance church. Both are graduates from TFC. Vicki is a nurse. Eric & Vicki are now serving in Senegal as International workers with the Alliance. Keilah Mae (4/12/17) is the newest addition to their family.

Chandra, after graduating from Dakar Academy, took a year off to work while living with her parents during their home assignment in Murrysville, PA.
After attending TFC for one year, boarding at Paradise Mountain Ministries, while her parents serve in Congo, Chandra is married to Chris Thoemke (4/7/18) and are both working in Toccoa.

Dave & Teresa have spent a decade church planting in the Congo Republic. They have most recently built a church ministry center in the President's town of Oyo in central Congo. Giving to this outreach called Northern Congo Outreach is key in helping them finish their mission work for their 2013-2016 term.

Their final term from September 2018 - summer 2021 will be in Pointe Noire working in Orality.

Please email us at: congobiltd@gmail.com or Teresabill55@gmail.com to request our monthly newsletter entitled: Congo Current

Recent Newsletter Congo Current

Congo Current
Current Classes
February-March, 2018

February
Actually, classes for the second semester started in January, but some of the students and sometimes some of the faculty, do not get into full swing until February. Books arrive late, students overstay their breaks, and so on.
This February also brought with it a lot of flu and other sicknesses that seemed to take its toll on both faculty and students. Thank the Lord that our family remained healthy!
As soon as classes did get into full swing, the W.O.C. or World Outreach Conference took place. This is a time for mission agencies and their representatives to come to the TFC campus to promote a variety of ministry opportunities, most of them missional. The conference included and open house which Teresa & I were asked to host for the C&MA President and students interested in getting to better know the Alliance and ask questions about future life and ministry therein.

Dr. Stumbo with students & faculty during the open house

The first day of the conference, booths were set up in the Student Center and an
international fair was held in the gym to give students opportunities to see some of
the culture and ministry opportunities around the world from the many mission
representative agencies attending.

The Republic of Congo Booth The Christar Booth

A cultural dance from the Hmong students of TFC
Dr. John Stumbo, the C&MA president, among others, spoke in the W.O.C.– this year’s theme centering on, “The Persecuted Church”.

During the second evening, the Student Mission Fellowship Council organized and “Exile Night” where students were invited to experience a taste of what is might be like to be “in the shoes” of a Christian in exile for their faith.

“Exile Night” debriefing session

Dave’s classes are going well. Thank you for praying for the students in his two classes, as well as for the Student Mission Fellowship council and for this year’s interns preparing for mission internships this summer. We thank too, those who have bought missional scarves, advertised in former newsletters, to help finance these summer internships in various countries around the world.
To send support for our summer interns, … those listed in last month’s Congo Current, (see photo of the month), contact us at: dbill@tfc.edu for details)


Dave’s Anthropology “Peoples of the World” students studying Bantu Culture

Dave’s second Basic Spiritual Formation students
Teresa & I shared in the Sunday schools, both children’s and adult’s, and in the main service at the First Alliance church in Atlanta Sunday, February 11th. (No photos available)

The next Sunday, the 18th, we took Dave’s Anthropology class studying Bantu culture and the church, to the Lilburn Alliance church, French African group to participate in their service, eat African food and ask cultural questions.

Dave & Anthropology Class at the African Church Service in Lilburn near Atlanta

Dave addressing the church in French Teresa greeting the church in Lingala

Dave also had Mike Stephens speak in his class. Mike is the team leader in Senegal, who works on the team with our son Eric and daughter-in-law Vicki in the northern most town there: St. Louis.

Dave will have another missionary in soon: Dave Arnold, to continue teaching his class on African culture as it relates to missionary work.

Our students interacting with the African church members during dinner

Salted Fish, Cooking Bananas, Manioc, all done a l’ African Caterpillars – Yummy!

The Feast Foods Pastor Mike Mikanda, Dave & Elder of the church
Two of the weekly college chapels and an evening meeting was devoted to fostering Racial Shalom, and was well attended and appreciated by students and professors. We are planning to attend one of the weekly meetings of the newly formed fellowship for minority students here at TFC to continue helping promote Racial Shalom.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Chris and Chandra as they continue to prepare for their wedding April 7th at the First Alliance Church of Toccoa.

March

Please pray for us to finish well here at Toccoa, and for Chris & Chandra to begin and continue well their marriage.

Please pray for us as we speak in chapel at TFC the morning of March 6th.

Please pray for the summer interns’ preparations and needed support (see photo of the month below).
Any support funding as checks can be sent to us: David BILL, with the memo marked: Summer interns. Our address is: 107 Kincaid Drive MSC 955, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

Teresa & I are privileged to serve at the Mahaffey Youth Camps this summer from mid-June to August 10th, being then also available to speak in Western Pennsylvania churches on those Sundays.

After camps in mid-August, we anticipate returning to Congo for our last term before retirement working with the Bellamy couple on Orality projects.

Thank the Lord Dave got his new passport. Please pray for us to be given Congolese visas.

Please pray for our family that we will leave here in the States.

Please pray as well as for our new work and colleagues in Africa for the next few years.

Please pray for health, harmony, support, safety, and successful ministries.
Photo of the month:

Photos of summer interns listed in the December-January newsletter and their placement around the world

Dave & Teresa BILL - International Workers to the Republic of Congo on Home Assignment as International Workers in Residence at Toccoa Falls College for the 2017-18 school year before returning to Africa in August 2018.

Please see the following page for information on how to help us financially for our continuing projects as we anticipate our return to Congo
Thank you for financially supporting our ministries:

All checks be made out to: The C&MA
On the check memo, please indicate one of the following:
•BILL-Work-Congo
•Northern Congo Outreach
•Support Dave & Teresa BILL (Great Commission Fund)

Address envelope: The C&MA
Ex. Bill-Work-Congo
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs. CO 80920

Online: https://www.cmalliance.org/worker/bill-davidw-teresa

Credit card: 719-599-5999. Ask for missionary accounting

Contact us at: congobiltd@gmail.com or teresabill55@gmail.com

See our newsletter online at: www.cmalliance.org under My C&MA

For short term mission trips to Congo, contact us at the above e-addresses.

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Updated: March 19, 2018

Children's Names
Jeremy
Eric
Chandra
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
100 Eastanollee Rd
Eastanollee, GA 30538

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