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Steve (class of '72) & Mayen Cadd

posted Jul 20, 2015, 5:08 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 5:09 PM ]

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Steve ('72) & Mayen Cadd

posted Jun 22, 2015, 11:39 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 11:39 PM ]

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George & Kathy (Gieser) Cail - class of '76

posted Jun 21, 2015, 11:23 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jun 21, 2015, 11:24 PM ]

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Miriam (Mimi) Barker - Class of 1978

posted Jun 21, 2015, 10:53 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jun 21, 2015, 10:54 PM ]

May 27, 2015
Dear Prayer Warriors,

I'm in day 3 of a workshop in a neighboring country. Despite various hurdles and complications in the days leading up to the training, now that things are underway, it is going great. There are a number of different organizations who have come together to make this training happen, and it is exciting to be part of the body functioning as a body in this way.

Due to a construction project, we had to relocate the workshop to a different venue, where security is a bigger issue. So far, everything is going smoothly, but we are constantly aware that we could attract unwanted attention to ourselves and our host. Please pray for protection and wisdom as we travel back and forth each day.

We have participants from six different ethnic groups who have traveled to the city from their home provinces in order to attend. They are eagerly soaking up the material being presented and hungry for more. The topic being discussed is worship and the use of their traditional art forms for worship in appropriate ways. This leads directly into the storying training that we will do later in the year.

Please pray for the staff and the participants as we continue with this training through Friday. We have three staff people who are presenting the material, three translators who are each contributing their own talent and background in addition to doing the interpreting, and a couple of us helping with coordinating things in the background. The days of training are full and intense, so we need prayer for good health, rest and energy.

Three of the participant groups each sent two people, and two other groups each sent a full team of six. The last group only has one person who is able to attend this time. Much of the training involves the teams discussing the ideas together in their mother tongue. Hard to do when you are the only one! We will follow the same format in another training session in a few months, and would love to have many of these same people return for that, but with additional people on their team (up to six per team). Please pray for the participants as they consider being involved over the next couple of years, and who else might be able to join their team.

Most of the participants traveled from distant provinces to come, so pray for good health, rest and strength for them, and also safe travel back home at the end of the week. Some of them will be taking radical new ideas back to leaders who may not have thought in these ways about worship before. Pray for wisdom and sensitivity as they share what they have learned in culturally appropriate ways, and that they would be guided from above in the process.

On Friday, we also plan to meet with our local partner organization and work on building a stronger relationship so that we can continue to work together well in the future. Please be in prayer for this meeting as well. This is the first major training that we have done in a formal partnership with this group, and we want to have a lasting and healthy relationship with them as well as among ourselves. 

Thank you so much!
Mimi Barker

Steve ('72) & Mayen Cadd

posted May 14, 2015, 8:25 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated May 14, 2015, 8:26 PM ]

Nepal Update

I want to thank all of those who have send in funds for Nepal. We are about ready to send those funds over to Nepal but I wanted to give one last chance for any who might still want to join in. If you have sent a check to SWORD or plan to in the next day or two, please drop me an email so we’ll know to wait for those funds. Also, if you’ve used the SWORD website to send funds, please send me an email note so we’ll know how to direct those funds as well. We want to make sure that every penny gets to those in need.

I still haven’t heard from my pastor friend, Bal Krishna. He’s from a village near Chilime which is in Rasuwa district, for those who like to use Google Maps. I actually found his village on Google maps and could see the little church on the hill up behind his house. (see picture below)

My sister, LuAnne, just arrived in Nepal last week. She works for Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) UK. They are organizing helicopter flights into remote areas. I’ve asked her if she could ask around about the area where my friend is from to see if anyone has any word from there. Here’s an excerpt from an email she sent me this morning:

"When I was flying yesterday, what stuck me was that there were a lot of homes intact, but if I counted the ones that were damaged or rubble and you did a percentage, it would be quite high. It's like you can go, "there...(a few seconds pause)...there, there, there.... (pause), there...." etc. The helicopter flight through the mountains was pretty scary for me. Most frightening flight I think I've ever been on. Helicopters are scary as it is, but helicopters flying over ridges and through mountain canyons and into white-outs in mountain canyons, even for 10 seconds is enough to give me a heart-attack. They always look like they're flying straight into the top edge of a ridge, and I'm screaming in my head, "UP, UP, UP!!!", and then they fly over it, barely, JUST above the treetops. Yikes. They are excellent experienced pilots. Still scared me. Saturday, I went with an NGO called United Mission Nepal (UMN) on a flight where I got out to one of the remote areas that had been cut off from walking because of a walking bridge that was taken out in the earthquake. The damage there wasn't severe, but in even more remote areas it was. The numbers I was given of dead were things like 18 in one village, 24 in another, 14 in another, and you have to remember that these are villages that might only have 100-some people, so the percentage of dead is huge. For many who lost their homes, they are living in the forest, or in cow sheds which is OK for the moment, but the monsoon rains are coming next month, and with all the landslides that happened, it will make everything quite a bit more serious, and people need food as well. The organization I went with are Christian, and have been working in Nepal for years in this area of many Christians, flew in some people to assess the needs, but also then flew in three flights each to two places with rice and tarps. The Christian Nepalese man who works with UMN is from a village that was across the canyon on a steep hill. A landslide took out the village, and although only 4 people died, the village is gone. He started to cry when he told me about it. He wasn't there but his parents and of course everyone he knew and loved have lost everything. He said they can’t possibly rebuild.”

Let’s help these people get back on their feet!


Blessings,

Steve Cadd

George & Kathy (Geiser) Cail - Class of '76

posted May 14, 2015, 4:53 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated May 14, 2015, 4:55 PM ]

To our dear family and friends,

We want to express our deepest, heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have stood with us during this tumultuous, but sacred month of saying goodbye to both of our earthly fathers as they have been ushered into their Eternal Home. We're so thankful this separation is only temporary! Thank you for every card written, every phone call or email message of prayer support and encouragement, every meal lovingly prepared, every act of friendship, every prayer offered up to the God of All Comfort on behalf of both of our families. Our emotions have been all over the place, tears flow easily, there has been much to do (and remains to be done) . . . but underneath we are supported and carried and assured daily of His presence, His power, and His peace. We rejoice that both of our Dads are safely HOME!

We also wanted to inform those of you in the area who may not know yet of the arrangements that have been made concerning services for Kathy's Dad. We had a small, private burial service on Wednesday, April 22 at the Waxhaw Cemetery, where his body was laid to rest next to that of his wife, Ruth (who was called Home in January 2007). Family in the area and close friends who had known Dad (quite a number from his & Mom's years in the Philippines) gathered for that special service and then a time of fellowship back at our house.

Since there is a niece's wedding on May 16th to which most of the family was already planning to come (including those coming from Arizona and New England), we plan to have the memorial service for Richard Gieser at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in the Townsend Building on the JAARS Center, 7405 Davis Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173. The service will be followed by a time of visiting and light refreshments. If you're in the area and able to make it, you are most welcome!

Leaning on Him, grateful for you,
George & Kathy

Stephen (class of '72) & Mayen Cadd

posted May 14, 2015, 4:34 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated May 14, 2015, 4:54 PM ]

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George & Kathy (Geiser) Cail - 1976

posted Mar 8, 2015, 11:55 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 10:11 PM by Sites Admin ]

Increased prison time for George

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM

NEW DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY IN PRISON

For several years George has been actively involved in a weekly outreach our home church has at a prison in South Carolina. But what has happened recently is new and very exciting. Here is George's account of his very special “prison time” last week.

“I saw John* again, and we had a good conversation. Later, he explained to a group of us about his Wiccan beliefs. We also had some time with Daoud*, whom I'm getting to know, and he explained quite eloquently what Islam is all about. John and Daoud and I were taking part in a day-long outreach program our church here conducts every year as part of the missions conference. This one session brings together inmates of different religious beliefs (also including Rastafarians) for an exchange of ideas with missionary men – not an evangelistic session, but one designed to help build relationships. I've seen John in this context for several years now and am looking for a way to deepen that relationship so that he knows I care about him as a person. Our session yesterday went better than it has in the past. There were no heated exchanges, and I think a few bridges of understanding were built. Pray that as I follow up and try to build relationships with some of these men, they will see Jesus in me and be attracted to Him.

“After a recent Christmas party our church gave for the Muslim inmates at which I shared about our previous work with Muslims in Africa, Daoud gave me an open invitation to meet from time to time with the Islamic community there to discuss different issues. I see this as another opportunity to build relationships with inmates I don't normally see in our regularly scheduled prison ministry. Praise the Lord for this new opportunity, which we're hoping will be twice a month.”

*Not their real names.

UPDATE ON KATHY'S DAD

It's hard to believe more than six weeks have passed since Dad (Richard Gieser) came home from the hospital and we entered this new phase of life with him. Advanced Home Care people helped us a lot during the first three weeks, especially with physical therapy exercises and speech therapy to try to improve his swallowing capability. He does well getting around with a walker, but his swallowing did not improve at all. So he is resigned to having the stomach tube for the rest of his life, and we are well-adjusted now to giving him his “meals” four times a day. We have now engaged Hospice, and they have been a wonderful help. Dad's world is shrinking as his hearing and vision deteriorate, and he's often confused, but he is still lucid much of the time. Recently all three of his daughters were here, plus their spouses, several grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, and he was able to enjoy visits with them in “small doses.” (See attached photos.)

There are challenges, but also unexpected blessings, to this time. We are making memories and taking one day at a time, trusting our faithful God who is “the STABILITY of our times” (Isa. 33:6). Please pray for God's perfect will and way to be worked out in Dad's life and situation; and for strength and compassion for us as we care for him.

Other Praise and Prayer Items:

1)  Praise for opportunities for TEN3 curriculum to be used by local ECWA (SIM-related denomination) church districts in Nigeria.

2)  Praise for the lessening of Ebola cases in Liberia. But keep praying, especially as the virus still rages in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

3)  Pray for wisdom and faithfulness for George in keeping up with TEN3 responsibilities and for Kathy in staying as involved as possible on the SIM Member Care team, though we've both had to cut back on work hours somewhat in order to alternate days caring for Dad.

4)  Pray for God's leading of the right people to assume the leadership of SIMReconnect, the spiritual retreat we've been facilitating for 11 years for SIM missionaries on Home Assignment.

We thank the Lord for each of YOU who care enough to read these updates, who lift us up to the Father in prayer, and (many of you) who also give financially to our support. We love and appreciate you! Please let us know how we can pray for you too.

Much love,

George & Kathy

Stephen (class of '72) & Mayen Cadd

posted Feb 1, 2015, 11:03 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 11:03 PM by Sites Admin ]

January 2015 update

Stephen Cadd <steve.cadd@gmail.com>Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 7:52 PM
I trust your Christmas was full of family and fun and that your new year has gotten off to a good start.   We had a nasty flu that went through our household.  I ended up in bed for much of the Christmas season and I’m still struggling with a persistent cough.   I guess you could call it a forced ‘rest'.  Mayen has yet to take the Christmas down because she says she’s only now able to enjoy it.  But if you know my wife at all, you know she loves Christmas so it’s no surprise that she will hang on to it as long as possible.

January has seen a lot of activity after a lull period.  We have a new webisode series we’ve been asked to produce locally as well as videos for our local church.  We are also about to start dubbing one of our movies, ANG SUGO, into Bahasa for Indonesia.  The script for the Myanmar movie is finally finished and we are awaiting the translation so we can move forward.  The Nepal movie is still slated for airing on television and moves closer to that goal.  Nepal is a difficult country to put on a schedule which we understand now after working there for several months.  We have been asked to go back to Laos for another time of training in video production.  So 2015 looks to be shaping up as an exciting time of training, equipping young Christians as well as producing new evangelistic media to reach people with the Gospel.

We have also brought a young man into SWORD to help us in these new ventures.  This is in line with our goal to train the next generation of leaders.  Micah Fernandez is the son of a pastor here in Manila as well as a film school graduate.  His parents, Alberto and Gina Fernandez, were one of the couples that we had a part in leading to the Lord and discipling them in their new faith before Micah was born.  Micah’s mom, Gina, was the host of the television show, World of Women, that my parents produced for many years.  Gina loves my mom dearly and sees her as a ‘mother’ in the Lord.  Micah will be directing and producing many of the new projects we are initiating.  He’s newly married and we are excited to have this talented young man working with SWORD.

Thank you again for your prayers and faithful giving to this ministry.

Blessings,

Steve and Mayen Cadd

George & Kathy (Geiser) Cail - 1976

posted Feb 1, 2015, 10:04 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 10:13 PM by Sites Admin ]

We've experienced in fresh, new ways the truth of that beautiful Name, EMMANUEL - "God WITH us."


"God with us" in joyful times of family reunion . . .

The week after Christmas, our two young families from New England (Andrew and Karissa and Ruth Jordan, Ben and Melissa and Danny Cail) came down south and we had a George Cail family reunion - hopefully the beginning of an annual tradition! It began with the dedication of the youngest Cail, David James, at Jeremie and Crista's church in Stanley, NC, where we all gathered to worship and celebrate with them on December 28th. Over the next couple of days there were games, meals, playing with babies, laughter, deep conversations (and some not so deep), and then for three nights and two days we all took off to Myrtle Beach - the 20 of us sharing 3 condo apartments. What fun! Walking on the beach, holding babies, the happy chaos of shared meals, sharing and praying together, catching up and going deeper in our relationships. What a joy to spend quality time together for the first time since the weddings of the previous year and a half! Besides our five children and their spouses, there were four babies a year old and under, plus four older grandchildren. What great fun for Grandma and Grandpa! (See attached photos.) Praise the Lord with us for His rich blessing of adult kids who love Him and desire to raise their children in His ways. Pray for their protection from the evil one and ongoing growth in righteousness.

"God with us" in times of unexpected challenge . . .

The very next week (January 6th), Kathy's father took ill and we drove him to the ER. He ended up being admitted to the hospital with aspiration pneumonia. Difficulty swallowing led to the pneumonia and his ability to swallow degenerated even more in the hospital, to the point that the doctor feared he would not recover because he couldn't get proper nutrition. So the decision was made to insert a G-tube to be able to feed him proper nutrition, and with that, after 11 days in the hospital, he came home on January 17th. He's still in bed most of the time, but is slowly recovering. We do the feedings four times a day, and at this point, one of us needs to be at home all the time in case he needs us, but we're trusting that as he gets the nutrition he needs, much of his strength will return and he may be able to regain more of his independence. Right now this is a whole new phase of life for us as we talk with a parade of home health people and seek to learn all we can about procedures, policies, and finances. It's a different world! But the medical staff and home care people have been superb. Give thanks with us for God's watch care over Dad Gieser during this difficult time and pray for special grace for him at this stage of his life. We need prayer too, especially for wisdom in how to be faithful to our TEN3 and SIM responsibilities while giving Dad the care he needs. We have already made adjustments and realize there will be more.

"God with us" -- Claim the promise with us for many of His children who suffer here and abroad . . .

* Families and individuals grieving the death of close loved ones. Grief is such a long, long journey.
* People we know who are struggling with deep issues of marriage, depression, relationships, high stress of various kinds.
* Christians in countries like Niger, S. Sudan, and Nigeria, where it can cost one's life to stand true to Christ.

Thank you to all of you who care and pray and stand with us. We love you and treasure you as family and friends. May 2015 be a year in which each of us draws closer to the Lord and reflects Him to others around us!

From our heart, with love,
George and Kathy

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