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ABAD Quarterly Watch — Q3 2023

Updated: Mar 25



We have a role to fulfill.


This quote, by one of my favorite preachers and authors Dr. Charles Stanley, always inspires me:

Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.

Establishing a non-profit organization can be a challenging process. At the start, we wondered if there was a way we could constantly be involved in God’s global mission. Our inspiration to act came from the idea that every follower of Christ can participate in His command to “go and make disciples of all nations.”


We all have a role to play in the Great Commission. Whether it’s going into the harvest field or providing for the ones being sent, our roles will be fulfilled when we work together. As 1 Samuel 30:24 says,

The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.

We stand in faith that God will continue to grow A Buck a Day, and we will take every opportunity to encourage believers to join us in His global mission. Visit our website to learn more about our role.


Through your generosity, support, and prayers, we can serve missionaries and build up Christ’s kingdom. We pray that these updates will encourage you as you see the impact of your partnership across Asia.


Thank you for coming alongside us as we pursue this undertaking.



Blessings,


Eben Tabelisma

Cofounder, A Buck a Day



MISSIONARIES IN HISTORY

 

The apostle Paul was the first missionary to spread the teachings of Jesus. But before he converted to Christianity, he was known as Saul of Tarsus and was a devout Pharisee. He persecuted Jesus’ early followers, including voting for and participating in the stoning of Stephen, a follower of Jesus. His goal was to eradicate anyone who proclaimed Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 


On his way to Damascus, with the intention to bring all Christians to Jerusalem to persecute them, Paul’s life radically changed when he had a divine encounter with Jesus. While on the road, he and his companions were suddenly engulfed in a light brighter than the sun, causing them all to fall in fear. It was then that Paul heard Jesus say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). He immediately became blind and didn’t eat or drink for three days.


Ananias, a follower of Christ in Damascus, received a vision from God to go to Paul and restore his sight. As a result of these events, Paul became a follower of Jesus and immediately declared Him as the Messiah and Son of God.


In the book of Acts, Paul made three missionary journeys to spread the Christian message to non-Jewish communities in Asia Minor, Greece, Macedonia, Cyprus, Judea, and Syria. Today, those who answer Jesus’ call to global missions continue to carry out the work that Paul started.


Our gratitude goes out to all the missionaries who have dedicated themselves to serving others and sharing their faith so that many may hear the good news.




MISSIONARIES IN THE FIELD

 

Training More Missionaries

The Restricted Access Countries Equipping (RACE) program—one of the initiatives of AMO Foundation, our missions partner in Thailand—is currently training missionaries who will go to Laos. ABAD supports four of these missionaries, all of whom are Laotians. Last year, a Cambodian joined the RACE training and is about to be deployed. Here’s her update.




Continuing Youth Work in Thailand

Jeff and Faith’s main focus in Thailand is reaching the younger generation. During a recent outreach, their team had a chance to reach out to youth from Myanmar. As they shared the gospel, they got to witness the way God touched the hearts of these students. Over forty students heard the good news.




Pray for India

In response to a recent report of persecution in Manipur, India, our partner in Nepal,RHMI, embarked on a missionary journey from West Bengal to this town. The team’s goal was to provide comfort and assistance to those who have endured such traumatic circumstances. Please continue to pray for their team and for the nation of India.




Lives Changed in the Philippines

Through the Next Gen Outreach led by ER, one of our missionaries in the Philippines, young people continue to commit to following Jesus in their cities. Water baptisms, a public declaration of faith, always bring joy to witness.




ABAD UPDATES

 

Visiting the Philippines

It was a wonderful experience for Eben, Malou, and their youngest daughter, Mikx, to visit the Philippines after four years. It was priceless to be able to catch up with precious friends, family, and mission partners.




GOMakeDisciples

While Eben and his family were in the Philippines, Malou and Eben visited CCT Tindahan, our previous partner in distributing GOMakeDisciples merchandise. After a recent management decision regarding their operations, CCT Tindahan had no choice but to discontinue our partnership. We appreciate Arlene Sy and her team’s efforts in managing GOMakeDisciples’ distribution in the Philippines.


Not long after, Eben and Malou came across a new opportunity, and they are currently in the process of transitioning GOMakeDisciples to a new distribution partner in the Philippines.




Shirts with a Mission

Our home church in Nashville, La Casa Church, recently went on a mission trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, wearing the GOMakeDisciples shirts. There is nothing like showing the WHO, the WHY, and the WHERE in one design.




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In the Philippines (on hold):



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 ongoing training of the new missionaries under the RACE program through AMO Foundation.

  • For distribution partners in South Africa, South Korea, and Canada for the GOMakeDisciples brand.

  • 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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