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First Baptist Church in Olds supports missions in various areas of the world. We invite you to pray for & support...

Allan & Caulene Bussard

Work with: Integra Foundation
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

NAVIGATORS—Integra—Allan & Caulene Bussard
Allan and Caulene have served as missionaries in Eastern Europe for 38 years, and for the last 22 years have lived and worked in Bratislava Slovakia. Their ministry involves evangelism and discipleship, holistic poverty alleviation and church mobilization. Allan leads the Integra mission which brings Christian witness and poverty alleviation to more than 4000 people in 16 cities in Europe & Africa. Caulene leads the Malaika mission, which engages Churches and more than 360 Slovak families in praying for, supporting and communicating with 1400 children from African slums and impoverished families.  The Bussards have a burden to mobilize the Slovak Church for mission, and work with Slovak Lutheran, Baptist, Brethren and Catholic churches in this ministry. They also administer Slovak Government and EU funds for Christian development & famine relief in the Horn of Africa, where their mission is engaged in water and medical projects. For more information on their ministries, please visit the English pages of and

Contact Info: Allan Bussard; Chairman; The Integra Co-op; Dobšinského 14; 811 05 Bratislava, Slovakia; Tel +421 2 5720 3512 (Direct Line); Mobile +421 903 419216; Fax +421 2 5720 3516; Skype allanbussard


Sam Christensen

Work with: GoodSeed International
Location: Olds, Alberta, Canada

In 2013 I made the transition from being a nurse educator to serving full time with GoodSeed. I am grateful to now be part of a team that creates tools to help others clearly understand the gospel message. I have been assisting in the area of curriculum development, designing study guides and workbooks to accompany existing tools. Part of my role also includes communicating with those that partner with GoodSeed. I am truly thankful to have you, my church family, standing with me in this ministry. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.


Elie & Mireille Haddad

Work with: Canadian Baptist Ministries
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Elie serves as President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut,Lebanon. ABTS equips leaders for the Church in the entire Arabic-speaking world. Students come from as far west as Morocco and as far east as Iraq. Mireille serves with Heart for Lebanon, a Christian NGO that provides humanitarian aid and relief to marginalized people groups, including the ever increasing number of refugees who continue to enter Lebanon. Mireille works primarily among female refugees, caring for them physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. Both Elie and Mireille grew up in Lebanon before immigrating to Canada. Elie was a senior technical consultant in the field of information technology before he and Mireille joined CBM in 2005.

Mailing address: c/o Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 60, Mansourieh el-Mtn, Lebanon


Jeff & Lenice Harms

Work with: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Location: Papua, Indonesia

Jeff and Lenice Harms serve in Papua, Indonesia with Wycliffe Bible Translators Jeff is an aircraft mechanic and sheet metal specialist. Lenice is working on translation into Papuan Malay - the mother tongue of urban and coastal people in Papua, and a second language for many others. Amaris (16), Jonah (15) and Isaiah (13) attend the international school here in town and Taletta (1) is learning lots at home! We would appreciate prayer for Taletta as we integrate her into our family, and for Amaris as she prepares to leave for college next September! Also, we need prayer
for wisdom for us both at work and for more people for the Papuan Malay team. Thanks for your prayers and partnership, we are grateful to be a team with you!
Love from Lenice and Jeff, Amaris, Jonah, Isaiah and Taletta


Rod & Beth Johnson

Work with: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rod and Beth have been with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over 9 years. Rod works out of the Canadian head office in Calgary. His primary responsibilities are network infrastructure and the telephone system, including voice mail. Other responsibilities include computer accounts and email accounts for co-workers, as well as computer support and server administration and maintenance. There are about 60 staff members in the Calgary office and another 125-150 spread throughout Canada. He also assists members across Canada with computer problems via internet connection. Beth does financial work for Global Technology and Information Services of SIL International. GTIS's goal is to provide those engaged in Bible translation and related language development with the knowledge, technology and capacity to achieve maximum success in their unique contexts. Beth also works for the Finance Department of Wycliffe Canada. Beth is able to do her work from home. Please continue to pray for safety as Rod commutes daily to Calgary and for organization and effectiveness in his job responsibilities. Pray for Beth as she balances her work responsibilities with household and family responsibilities.


Troy & Naomi Johnstone

Work with: GoodSeed International
Location: Olds, Alberta, Canada

We remain quite busy in our ministry with GoodSeed as we seek to create evangelism tools. Troy keeps busy with his roles as videographer, video editor, helping with secure communications and helping with our internet ministries where people can read our books or watch videos for free online, as well as serving on various boards. Naomi assists the ministry a couple days each week in the office and in the area of hospitality and keeps busy at home with our kids, Ellie (8), Adelaine (almost 7) and Ethan (5). Keep up to date with us a or at We feel humbled and privileged to have you standing behind us with your prayers and support. Thank you so much for partnering with us as we seek to share a clear Gospel around the world.


John K.

Work with: GoodSeed International
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA

Thank you all! I do appreciate your prayers, support and friendship. I continue to work at GoodSeed USA, now for 17 years. We still have over 100 translations projects in progress, with many in countries that are persecuting Christians. It is my prayer that the gospel message goes forth accurately and effectively. Thousands of books / downloads are going out each month. In the last year we have seen over 30 new
products (books and ebooks) go online and in print. It is becoming much more work to manage these days. Thank you for your part in making all this happen! All for God's glory.


Roman Panachenko & Vladimir Kalinin

Work with: Baptist Union of Russia
Location: Russia

Our youth program is always a challenge for us. We put an ad in our local newspaper about our church and what we do.  Please continue to pray for our youth that they would accept Christ into their lives and grow spiritual. Pray for Natalia and Olga. We spend time with them in the orphanage to assist them with the Bible Studies and other spiritual work. Pray for a new young family that began to come to church - Lena and Vanya. We ask you to pray that they would become stronger spiritually. Vladimir says: “That the house, that we live in, has
a small garden. We planted some vegetables, herb and flowers. Anna loves to take care of a garden. We received 10 boxes of clothes from you. There are a lot of good things that we can use. These clothes are really, really a great help for us. Kids grow up way too fast and
their clothes become small. We buy clothes very rarely now, we are happily using the ones you sent us. Thank you so much! If you feel led to contribute to this missions project, please mark your offering envelopes “Russia Missions Project".

— Vladimir and Anna Kalininy & Roman and Tatyana Panasenko.

Peter & Areni Ritchie

Work with: SIM
Location: Angola (currently on home assignment)

Peter & Areni (Wojamo, Ciara and Rochelle) continue to oversee the care of Peter's mom (Pat), who moved into the Olds Long Term Care on May 1, 2013. They are continuing their work with the Ovamwila TEE (Theological Education by Extension) materials, preparing them for the first of several revisions needed prior to eventual printing and distribution. Praise: Rochelle's recent test (September 23rd) showed her to be clear of any reflux issues at this time. Prayer: 1) Please pray for our ongoing work on the TEE materials that we have here, and for the additional materials we still need to receive from Angola; 2) Please pray for Peter as he has been asked to be the liaison for a team going to Angola next summer, from the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation in Three Hills. Peter and Wojamo hope to be in Angola for the month of
July, 2014.


Shalom Counselling Centre

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Shalom Counselling Centre is a registered Christian charity offering quality counselling, family life & wellness education and support/training to pastors and leaders in Central Alberta. This year we anticipate assisting over 850 families facing a wide variety of challenges. Each call is an opportunity to make a difference that will touch many lives. Families are assisted to a fresh start at an average cost of only $400. That means raising $340,000 in community support for these families so that counselling is affordable and accessible to all.  For more information contact Shalom at 403.342.0339, Howard Schafer at 403.556.2536 or visit


Ken & Rayna Taks

Work with: GoodSeed International
Location: Olds, Alberta, Canada

Rayna and I feel so blessed to be a part of this ministry. It can be very difficult to share the message of the Bible with friends, coworkers, and strangers. GoodSeed strives to create a wide variety of tools to help with worldview specific evangelism. I have been working as a production assistant in the video department creating a variety of video tools; both for those who want to teach the Bible, and those who want to learn about it. In the last year I have had the privilege to be involved in many video projects. These have included testimonials, interactive video books, dvd menu's, and even a book trailer! Some of which can be seen at For more on GoodSeed visit
For more on Ken and Rayna visit





"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good news"
- Isaiah 52:7