David W and Teresa Bill

Congo Current Newsletter

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Congo Current
Current News
January-February 2019

January

We pray that Congo Current News is always Good News, and the start of this new year was no exception.
Happy New Year 2019!
Eric & Dave ended the 2018 year delivering Christmas gifts to ministry leaders from the church in St. Louis, Senegal with which Eric & Vicki partner. Then Eric, Vicki, Keilah & Teresa began the 2019 New Year with a children’s ministry time at their town center.

Keilah, Vicki, summer camp children at the town center and Teresa around New Years

Please pray with us that everything we do in this New Year will be Good News – God ordained opportunities to be used in being and manifesting Good News in every way.
As mentioned since our start in Pointe Noire, Teresa & I are involved primarily in Orality ministries. Here are this year’s Orality field ministry trip dates to our Vili areas north of Pointe Noire for which you can pray:
Voyage I: 29 January – 9 February 2019
Voyage II: 26 March – 6 April 2019
Voyage III: 28 May – 8 June 2019
Voyage IV: 30 July – 10 August 2019
Voyage V: 24 September – 5 October 2019
Voyage VI: 26 November – 7 December 2019

Each of these ministry trips cover a period of two weeks every two months. Dave accompanies the national orality field team on these trips spending part of the two-week period with the field team providing analysis, transportation, supplies and help in various ways.

We are planning to open a new Orality center in Nkayi, with the Alliance national Pastor Philippe, February 18 – 23, 2019.

Please pray for God to lead and move greatly during these times and in these areas through our team as we continue spreading the Good News through Orality.
During the new year we are preparing to add some new ministries for which you can also pray:
1) Each Friday morning, beginning January 25th, we are opening a new weekly session for Orality new-comers. This is a time when new people can learn the 12 or so basic Bible stories in a preferred language. This will take approximately 6 months to learn and practice applying. Then, they will be in a position to train others to do the same thus multiplying the orality method & ministry force.

2) Please donate to the Freedom to Lead orality seminar we are to attend with two national pastors in March 2019 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Please give to: Bill-Work-Congo (see last page).
3) Teresa is beginning a new one-hour teaching series on Health & Hygiene during our weekly Bible crafting session with the APH (Alliance Carriers of the Stories) team each Tuesday morning.

4) We will be concentrating more on community development and preparing for a summer intern to learn and contribute in this area. Please pray for this preparation process.

5) We will also be preparing for a work team from Canada coming most likely in August to renovate the apartment for Chialin Yu, returning International Worker, who is to arrive sometime in early September 2019. Please pray for this preparation process.

6) We are soon to open a new village road in the Madingo-Kayes area that leads to Gabon’s southern coastal border. Please pray for this ministry effort.

Please pray with us for these new concentrations. Thank you!

The new Orality field report for 2018 just arrived with these following encouraging statistics:
1) In 2018, 15 villages were evangelized and visited by our orality field team.
2) In 2018, 192 villagers received Christ and of that number 28 have been baptized.
3) May 23-25, a formation for leaders was held for our two main villages.

On-going saga of the “Hunter’s Village”
Sintou-Nkola, this village formerly resistant to our ministries, opened up, if you recall, when we were able to “search & rescue” a believed-to-be-deceased hunter from the forest (See: Congo Current #149).
Since then, a cultic leader from the area had poisoned the minds of this village against us, saying we were sorcerers. Our team leaders confronted this false teacher who denied this allegation to us while we recorded his lies on tape. On listening to the tape, the villagers realized they had been deceived by this man and were more than ever opened to our ministries. On hearing the first of our Bible stories, the entire group of 14 received Christ! Thank you for your prayers!
Please praise the Lord with us and pray for these new believers and more from the Sintou-Nkola village to hear and receive the gospel.
Praise the Lord that since the new year has begun, the electric problems at our center have decreased significantly! Pray for our meeting with the man who sold us a defective generator to repay us as he had signed a contract to do!

February

Please pray for the first of the new year’s two-week long ministry trips to our village areas in Mading-Kayes from January 29th – February 9th.
Please pray for the opening of a new orality ministry center and training of the church members at the Nkayi church located in the next province during our February 18th – 23rd trip.
Please pray for our future here in the Songolo house that we rent in Pointe Noire. Our mission has rented this compound from a Christian doctor since after the war in the early 90s. Pray that our team will be able to keep this house under the present contract until we finish our ministries here.
Please pray for Teresa’s new Health & Hygiene segment during our weekly Bible crafting time.
Please pray for the new Friday morning Orality sessions for new members to the orality system to learn the basic stories and to become equipped to teach and train still other new members.
Photo of the month:
We helped host Jesse Mitchell & national colleague, Honore pictured below from a sister mission, who came to pick up their new mission vehicle from port customs in Pointe Noire.

Honore & Jesse next to the new Pioneer Hospital truck while in Pointe Noire

Dave & Teresa BILL (with Eric, Vicki & Keilah in Senegal)
International Workers with the C&MA in Republic of Congo

Please see the following page for how to help support our ministries:
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 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: February 01, 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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