David W and Teresa Bill

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Congo Current
Current Constructions, Reparations & Renovations
April-May 2019

April

Last month we started several constructions, reparations & renovation projects at Mawata (our city center), Youbi (our village center), and M’boukou (an older church in need of help) . Here are some photos:

New Guard House construction at the City Center. Reparations on City Center roof and gutters

Outhouse & Outside Shower Room Constructions & Reparations on 2nd House in Youbi Village Center
Thank you for giving to BILL-Work-Congo which helped in all of these projects and more!

By the way, please “forgive us” for asking for funds for projects, but we need them to fortify our bases as we make excellent headway in many fronts here in Congo.
This month we are in special need of some funds for the renovation of the apartment our incoming international worker addition to our team, Chialin Yu.

Chialin Yu was a missionary member of our team 10 years ago, but had to be let go due to lack of funding in the GCF (Great Commission Fund). Now we will soon have her back, praise the Lord, thanks to more normative giving patterns from of Alliance people like you all.

Apartment for Chialin in need of renovations
We just finished ridding her small apartment of termites, but need to enlarge a room and renovate the apartment to make it more livable. Would you who are reading this be so kind as to each send a small gift for this so that when she arrives in early September, she will have a more livable place to begin her work here? If each sent a small amount, say, $10.00 to this project, we would have more than enough to repair & renovate her apartment. See end of letter if you can give to: BILL-Work-Congo. Thank you!

May
Please pray for Dave as he holds down the fort here while the rest of the team is in the USA.
Please pray for Teresa as she visits our daughter Chandra with our new granddaughter Penny Lee as well as speaks in some Alliance churches from May 3rd – May 18th.
Please pray for Jay & Bev as they travel to the USA from May 5th – June 9th to see their kids and parents and welcome a new grandson into the family. They will be visiting family in four regions of the US and will also be sharing about all the amazing things God has been doing through orality in Congo this past year.

Please pray for the orality field team and Dave as they plan to hold a retreat for village orality leaders end of May.
Please pray for the work team of three coming August 8-18 to renovate Chialin’s apartment : for funding needs, travel and visas. Dave’s nephew Logan will be on the team!
Please pray for Eric, Vicki & Keilah as they leave May 10th for their 1st home assignment in the USA.
Please pray for Willy & Firmin, members of the orality field team, as they make decisions concerning life changes toward full time missionary ministry.
Please continue prayer for Teresa’s health & hygiene class Tuesdays.
Photo of the month:

This is a speaker and SD Card we’d like to leave at each orality village where we are working or wanting to reach. They together cost $30. Those who send $30 to: BILL-Work-Congo (see last page for instructions), will be the ones to deliver the gospel in the Vili language to one particular village in the Madingo-Kayes mission field. We work in eleven (11) villages now, but have many more need to be reached. Will it be you?
Dave & Teresa BILL
International Workers with the C&MA in Republic of Congo
Thank you for supporting our ministries:

All checks should be made out to: The C&MA
On the check memo, please indicate one of the following:
•BILL-Work-Congo
•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

For short term mission trips to Congo, contact: www.weare envision.com or contact us at one of the above e-addresses.

See our newsletter online at: www.cmalliance.org under My C&MA or contact us at: congobiltd@gmail.com to send us e-addresses of other interested people that wish to be added to our monthly e-mailing list.

Bill Family Biography

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

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Updated: April 29, 2019

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

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