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ABAD Quarterly Watch — Q1 2024

Updated: Mar 25



Our help comes from the Lord!


When faced with challenging situations, where do we go for help? At times, we tend to rely on our own strength or the strength of others. But King David reminds us in Psalm 121 that our true help comes from the Lord.

I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection is only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth. — Psalm 121:1–2 (TPT)

Missionaries around the world face multiple challenges every day. But thanks to your prayers and generous financial support, A Buck a Day continues to support missionaries for their ongoing efforts to reach the nations of Asia.


We’re grateful for your inspiring obedience to the Great Commission. We hope this quarterly update encourages you as you continue to serve our God.



Blessings,


Eben Tabelisma

Cofounder, A Buck a Day



MISSIONARIES IN HISTORY

 

William Carey is one of the most well-known missionaries in Baptist history and has become recognized as the “father of modern missions.”


Carey was born in rural England to Anglican parents in 1761. In 1785, he took on the role of pastor at the local Baptist church where he read Jonathan Edwards’ Account of the Life of the Late Rev. David Brainerd and James Cook’s journals. The more he read, the more he felt compelled to spread the gospel worldwide and become increasingly passionate about overseas missions.


In 1792, he published a groundbreaking missionary manifesto, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. It emphasized the importance of missionary activity focused on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) and also included a history of missionary activity from the early Church to David Brainerd and John Wesley, challenges missionaries face, and an appeal to create a missionary society and how it can be supported. The manifesto reshaped many Christians’ view during that time regarding God’s call and command to make disciples of all nations.


A year after, Carey and two other men sailed for India as missionaries. Evangelism, church planting, Bible translating, and social reform were a part of his comprehensive approach to missions.


Before his death in 1834, Carey established schools, hospitals, and a savings bank; founded the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of India; developed the first Indian printing press, paper mill, and steam engine; taught many languages; founded the first Christian college in Asia; and completed translations of the Bible into six languages and portions of it into twenty-nine others. A famous quote that he said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God,” truly became a reality during his lifetime.


We pray that, like William Carey, we will prioritize the calling God set before us and continue to “expect and attempt great things” for Him.




MISSIONARIES IN THE FIELD

 

Ready for the Mission Field

Last year, our missions partner in Thailand, AMO Foundation, initiated a program called RACE (Retricted Access Countries Equipping). Its purpose is to train new missionaries over a twelve-month period to be deployed in restricted nations near Thailand. Since then, the program has graduated seven new missionaries: two Filipinos, one Cambodian, and four Laotians. Each missionary has been supported by A Buck a Day. Their preparations for the Lord’s work has now been completed, and they are ready for the mission field.




Baptisms in Nepal

Our partner in Nepal, RHMI led by Haron, recently baptized new believers. Each of them discovered a rebirth, transformation, and purpose in their lives. Their stories remind us of the strength and beauty of new beginnings found only in Christ.




Growing the Livelihood Project

Our missionaries are trained to build livelihoods in the mission field. Camille, one of our missionaries in Thailand, has been leading this initiative. The project continues to grow, and we know it will play an important role in reaching out to a variety of communities.




Training Future Leaders

Our missionary in India, Prabhat, continues to train future leaders. This batch of students has been the largest so far.




ABAD UPDATES

 

Connected with Campus Missionaries

Eben and Malou hosted a dinner for campus missionaries from different Asian backgrounds (Filipino, Japanese, and Korean). The missionaries are in Nashville for a two-month training to reach various campuses here in the US.




A Brand with a Mission

GOMakeDisciples is designed to inspire Christ’s followers to keep pursuing God’s call to make disciples of all nations. There is nothing like showing the WHY of what we do and the WHO that we do it for.




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Stay Up to Date with Us

If you would like to view past newsletters and keep up to date with what’s going on with A Buck a Day, visit our website below!





THANK YOU!

 

Our goal is to support missionaries’ efforts to reach every nation with the truth of God’s love. Your faithful partnership helps make our mission possible. We greatly appreciate you!



Please stand with us in faith and prayer for the following:


  • For the video project for the GOMakeDisciples brand.

  • For the newly graduated RACE missionaries’ deployment assignment in Laos.

  • For distribution partners of GOMakeDisciples merchandise in South Africa, South Korea, and Canada.

  • For ABAD to be connected with local churches in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • For the expansion of the GOMakeDisciples store.

  • For the growth and fruitfulness of the missionaries we support as well as the protection of their health and wellbeing as they continue to serve their communities.

  • That ABAD will have more individual and corporate partners in order to support more missionaries.



"No higher honor could be imagined than to be an instrument in the hand of Jesus Christ, to be at His disposal for the furtherance of His purposes, to be available whenever wanted for His service." (John Stott, 20th century theologian)


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