Pastors, would you like to impact national pastors through teaching at one of Indigenous Ministries’ international conferences? The next openings will be in the Fall of 2017 ministering in India and the Middle East.
Contact our office now for more information and to reserve your place.
As 2017 has arrived, we are excited about the path the Lord is directing. Personally, God has seen fit to keep us healthy, for which we are extremely grateful. Our family of four children, with spouses and six grandchildren, is doing well and thriving.
Daily news headlines give us all pause to wonder if anything is going well, but we know God is at work:
In 2016 IM’s India ministry highlights include the expansion of the Grace Bible College campus, the addition of more GBC students as well as multiple church planting by GBC graduates. Many tribal groups are being reached with the Gospel. More children are being reached in our India Children’s Home.
In Egypt, a newly-purchased home will soon facilitate one of our flourishing church plants and our Child Sponsorship Program with 30 precious children is doing very well. We’ve assisted impoverished women and families with micro business opportunities and their children are doing well in their studies as a result of regular mentoring. Their hearts continue to transform as the Gospel is shared through love in action.
In Jordan, women and children are able to use a women’s community center in conjunction with a medical clinic in which we are collaborating. In Iraq, we’ve helped thousands with aid and have added another church plant.
We’ve seen national pastors receive encouragement and training through our Pastors’ Conferences, and women receiving Scriptural and personal training in our Women’s Conferences in India, Egypt and Iraq.
Our faithful US and international staff and ministry partners impact thousands of lives each month for the Kingdom and are an incredible blessing to us. This year we’ve joyfully welcomed new US staff; our newest Ambassadors, Dennis and Vicki Snyder, Jan Hogan, our Office Manager, and Dee’s Executive Assistant, Jennifer Cunningham.
What has left an impact on our hearts surpassing everything else, however, is Iraq and Syria and the contrast between devastation and opportunity. With 8.3 million displaced Iraqi and Syrian souls, this is an unprecedented field of harvest. Being in Iraq in November 2016 left an imprint on us that is still difficult to describe. However, we are launching new ministry initiatives this year that will impact thousands of women, children and communities with help and hope in Christ.
It is because of God’s faithfulness and power, together with your prayers and generous financial gifts, that together we are able to impact lives for the global Kingdom. The words of the Lord ring in our ears, “feed My sheep.” Our “lunch box” may be small and the need overwhelming, yet the Lord never allowed the need to define His reaction, nor should it ours. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts; we are working in His Harvest fields with you.
Because of extreme poverty present in the villages where we work, many children have lost at least one parent. We have been ministering the love for Christ to these children and families through our Child Sponsorship Program. It is designed to provide for the needs of the child, as well as lighten the burden for the surviving parent. Our program provides for the daily needs of each child and places a strong emphasis on consistent Bible exposure. Our team reports the children’s grades are improving and they love memorizing Bible verses!
Through our micro business opportunities available to their mothers, our team also reports an increase in the mothers’ openness to receive the message of the Gospel.
I will be leading women’s conferences in India, Egypt and Iraq in February and March. Each conference provides an opportunity for education, encouragement, fellowship and creativity. Special craft kits, which the women really enjoy, have been assembled that will provide a meaningful memento of the event.
For the first time, we are making these kits available so you can experience the joy of crafting and participate with the women in thought and prayer. For a donation of $25 or more, you receive a kit, just like the ones being made across the globe. Quantities are limited.
Thank you for your continued prayers and gifts. Please visit our new website, BeautifulInternational.org, for more information. We would be honored for you to join us and become a vital Beautiful Partner in 2017 with your prayers and financial gifts.
There is an urgent need for child sponsors. For just $35/month or $420/year, you can bring love, joy and hope to a precious child across the globe.
Below are two children in our Egypt program we’d like to introduce. Please prayerfully consider blessing one or more needy children with hope and eternal life in Christ. To sponsor a child, click the Donate Button on the right and choose “Child Sponsorships” in the dropdown menu.
Significant Beautiful International Women’s Ministry events in November:
- Dee led a Beautiful conference with 45 pastors’ wives in Egypt.
- Dee spoke to women in Erbil, Iraq following up with the women’s conference held there in April.
- John and Dee met with a member of the Kurdish government who pleadingly asked for IM to further engage in working with refugees; specifically with women and children. In 2017, we will be ministering to Yazidi women and children.
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial gifts to Beautiful International. Please visit our new website, www.BeautifulInternational.org for more information. We would be honored if you would join us and become a Beautiful Partner; your prayers and gifts are vital. Let’s make 2017 the year we bless more of the very ones who have the most impact on the family and communities – WOMEN!
Since 2007, IM has been holding pastors’ conferences in Egypt with the purpose of edifying, encouraging and challenging these men of God. Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel which once again has been a huge blessing to these men this month. Our US Team and Pastor M. brought deep, Biblical teaching and messages that were an encouragement and help. Heartfelt praise and worship, prayer sessions, great fellowship and meals also made this conference exactly what these pastors needed.
US Team: Pastor Steve Alexander of Smith River Baptist Church, CA, Pastor Rick Finney of Calvary Baptist Church, Show Low, AZ, IM Staff, Dr. Dan Iles and IM CEO, Dr. John Cook and Director, Beautiful International, Dee Cook.
Comments from some of the 47 Egyptian Pastors
who attended this conference:
- “When I attend IM’s Pastors’ Conference I am able to bring all my heavy burdens and leave them there when I go home. I’m very glad for the encouragement and rest I receive. Thank you for this conference.”
- “Take home with me new materials to use in my sermons.”
- “The team opened many things in my mind.”
- “The teaching is very strong and instructive; I am very refreshed at IM’s conference.”
- “This has helped me with my storms in my ministry.”
- “You came all this way to preach and teach us and we felt your passion and heart for God.”