David W and Teresa Bill

Congo Current Newsletter

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Congo Current Monthly Newsletter of Dave & Teresa BILL, Missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance
Current Starts & States
October-November 2022

October
October starts the school year in Congo. Both public and private schools start late and end late, as compared to those in the west. The state of our private elementary school and our Bible Institute changed a bit this year. Due to the makeover of our buildings and grounds, which you helped renovate since the start of our dry season in June, it made our start more appealing to the eye of the public. Thank you for your contributions that started the better physical state of our Christian Education Center. (See photos of changes below):

New Paint All Around …

Inside like outside …

Repairs & Fire Escape Addition … Re-using Old ACs in offices ….


Re-Roofing office & storage buildings …

The Alliance church that uses part of the Christian Education Center has also started renovation this month intending to tear down the old edifice and rebuild a larger one capable of holding more people and being in a better state for multi-usage.
From start to finish … the center church (Sion) is rebuilding longer, wider and higher. PTL!

The start of our Bible Institute program has stated a division of teaching targets and therefore meeting times: Our two-year program for pastoral (leadership) training and our one-year program for discipleship by orality will be meeting on different days. Two different teams lead each program, but please pray that those who need discipleship will start with one year discipleship program before continuing to the two-year leadership training program. Why? Experience has shown us that not all leaders here in Congo are real disciples!
Dave has also started pastoral re-training if you will, with all the Alliance church leaders of our area. The admitted need of pastoral heart changes and consequent ministry methods are evident, and even though Freedom to Lead conferences have helped immensely, sometimes encouragement toward application is necessary. Dave has initiated this God-given opportunity to start this and he has already challenged the leaders. Please pray for Dave & the leaders who have been meeting every other Wednesday, and will continuing meeting on the following dates till the end of the year: November 9, 30, December 14.
One topic has been: Ministry Outside of the Church Building! After the communist state era in Congo, one of the big deals for the churches has been the freedom to meet publicly in their own buildings. A problem however, became one of staying in the building, and not ministering outside of the building. Hopefully your church is not trapped in this problem!

APH (Alliance Porteurs de l’Histoire) another name for our orality field team has started re-meeting monthly for reporting on progress and planning new missions in the Madingo-Kayes mission zone. This is after the summer of ministry in Youbi and the Madingo-Kayes zone, where Dave & the Leboubou family, among some others, worked to start sustainable living pilot projects, (recall Farming God’s Way with Tom Brane and help from our summer intern Wilfred Howe), emphasis on orality discipleship and improvements to the physical plant. Please pray for Willy, Dave, Firmin and Vero, the field workers in orality discipleship, that consistent ministry takes place as needed in all the villages of the Madingo-Kayes zone. (See photos below):

Orality Family Follow Ups

Farming God’s Way Sessions

It was a delight to host our TD (Team Developer) Ron Julian (former field director) for a week here in Pointe Noire bringing with him his replacement couple, former colleagues from Gabon.
November
Please pray for the sewing group of Hagar House who will have its first exposition to sell their patch work 14th - 19th of November.
Please pray for good health for the members of Hagar House. Ismael, the youngest, is in the hospital with malaria. Because of this, we are having to house some of the children for a week in our home. Thank you for your continued support for Hagar House, as things like medical expenses add up.
Please pray for our team developers mentioned above to complete the rest of their Africa tour in Gabon.
Please pray for our colleague Chialin as she prepares for her home assignment: a place to stay, a vehicle to use and her church tours.
Please pray for Willy & Firmin our orality field workers who will be working together in November and December to disciple village families in the Madingo-Kayes area. Thank you for your continued support for our orality field ministries.
Please pray for pastor Willy’s son’s second surgery and pastor Celestin’s severely broken leg.
Please pray for our family who are helping us look for a vehicle to buy for retirement and for our closure here in the midst of preparations for retirement.
Please pray for more personnel to help our team when we retire and when Chialin goes on home assignment. We need personnel for radio and orality / community development.

Photo of the month:

The fields are white ready to harvest. Dave’s been concerned for a while about reaching the youth. One day he went on a walk in our neighborhood and just asked some of the boys who he met on the road if he could meet with them. The said yes. Here are their photos. Please pray the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the harvest fields that are all around us!
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Bill Family Biography

David Walter Bill (10/18/1954)
Teresa Lee (Graves) Bill (06/10/1955)

Jeremy James (11/21/1986)
Eric David (10/4/1989)
Chandra Graves (3/9/1993)

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Testimonies and backgrounds:

David Walter BILL was the first born to Walter and Marjorie (nee Irvine) BILL October 18th, 1954.
He grew up in the McKeesport area of Pennsylvania.

His mother was saved first.
Dave prayed to receive Christ into his heart during a boy's Sunday school class, was baptized at age 12, but later realized he had never really repented of his sins and was not born again.
During this time his father repented and received Christ.
After great conviction for over a year, Dave repented and received Christ in April 1970 and was re-baptized.
His sister & brother received Christ shortly afterwards.

The Lord immediately began to lead him in preparation for his life's ministries.
After several years of spiritual growth in church, Christian Service Brigade and summer forestry camps during high school and college at Penn State (McKeesport Campus), where he studied Environmental Resources Management, Dave began to hear God's call to eventually become a missionary.
"It's one thing to save the environment, but since God has given man domination over the creation, if the inner environment-man's heart is not changed, neither will any environment outside of his heart".

After the influence of missionary conferences at church, Dave transferred to Nyack College to prepare for missionary service.

While at Nyack, he was led to go to Gabon, Africa as a summer missionary in 1975.

After graduating from Nyack in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in Social Science, he attended ASTM, then served as a youth pastor in Mendham, NJ, while finishing his Master's Degree at ATS in 1980.

Until 1985, Dave served as the assistant pastor in charge of outreach in McKeesport, was ordained in September 1982, where he also met Teresa, then was married August 20th, 1983.
Dave spent 2 more years, this time with Teresa, in McKeesport, before being sent to France and Gabon, Africa to begin their missionary career.

Dave has used his preparations in outdoor education all his life in ministries to help reach those not reached in some of the more remote areas of Gabon.

Dave's parents were active in the Murrysville Alliance church and actively support missions in the Alliance. They have been once to France and thrice to Gabon for visits.

Teresa is the oldest of five children, born June 10th, 1955 to Richard and Athelen (nee Cooke) GRAVES in Stow, Ohio. Her parents divorced while Teresa was young.

Because of an invitation to church, Sunday school and VBS by a neighbor, who faithfully brought her weekly, Teresa was saved.

Later during her high school years while attending the Stow Alliance Fellowship, she rededicated her life to the Lord and her desire to serve the Lord in ministry increased.

After listening to a missionary at a conference, she responded to a call to service and went to Toccoa Falls College to begin training.

Teresa ministered with Alliance Youth Corps to the Cree Indians in Alberta, Canada during the summer of 1976.

Although Toccoa Falls College was devastated by a flood during her senior year, this didn't interfere with Teresa graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Missions.

Teresa then worked part-time at an Alliance church in Baytown, TX while also working part-time in Houston.

She completed graduate school requirements at ATS in 1982 then ministered at the Crestmont Alliance church in Aliquippa, PA.

Dave & Teresa met at his ordination in 1982.
They were married in 1983, continuing to work at the McKeesport Alliance church till 1985 when they went to Albertville, France for language study.

They arrived in Port Gentil, Gabon, Africa October 2nd, 1986. One month later their first child, Jeremy was born.

The BILL family has served in Gabon Africa from 1986-2005. From 2006 - present, they serve in the Republic of Congo, most recently in Orality ministries.

Jeremy is married to Melanie (nee) Miner, and MK who grew up in the far east and whose parents until recently were C&MA missionaries in Bosnia. They are both graduates from TFC. They have two boys and one girl: Mason James (4/24/12) and Keegan Shane (4/16/13) both born within the same year and Skylar Raine (8/4/17). Jeremy and family were dorm parents at the Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan from August 2018 to June of 2020. They also served as Alliance Dorm parents at the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany from 2020 to 2022. They are now serving at the Edgewood Children's Ranch in Orlando, FL where Melanie has been hired as counselor for the Ranch. [email protected]

Eric is married to Vicki Chapman from the Warren, PA Alliance church. Both are graduates from TFC. Vicki is a nurse. Eric & Vicki are now serving in Senegal as International workers with the Alliance. Keilah Mae is their firstborn (4/12/17) and Shiloh Kate is the newest addition to their family born this home assignment (1/14/2020). They are back in Senegal serving in St. Louis. [email protected]

Chandra, after graduating from Dakar Academy, took a year off to work while living with her parents during their home assignment in Murrysville, PA.
After attending TFC for one year, boarding at Paradise Mountain Ministries, while her parents serve in Congo, Chandra is married to Chris Thoemke (4/7/18) and are both working in Toccoa. They live in our home in Eastanollee, GA while we are in Congo. They have one daughter, Penny (3/15/2019) and a boy (10/02/2021) named John Walter (Thoemke) after his great grandfathers.

Dave & Teresa have spent over a decade church planting in the Congo Republic. They have built a church ministry center in the President's town of Oyo in central Congo and helped leave two ordained national pastors in the towns of Oyo and Ollombo.

Our final term before retirement from September 2018 - May 2021 was to be spent in Pointe Noire working in Orality with the Congo South Team. Their term has been changed due to Dave returning to visit his aging mom who has cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. During Dave's visit, his sister Sue who was caring for their mom, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, making Dave the caregiver till her treatments are over. Teresa joined Dave in October 2020 to do home service and return to Congo in November, Lord willing, to finish their term in Congo till January of 2023, when they officially retire.

Dave is the village liaison between the mission and the national village orality team. He is also the team coach.
Dave is the physical plants' director for our city ministry center, the village orality center and our residences.
Dave and Teresa are overseers for short-term teams and interns.
They are both Congo Alliance core team members and participate in language study and orality.
Teresa also trains health & Hygiene workers, Childrens' Sunday school teachers and has most recently opened a sewing center to help train widows and orphans, as well as young women to sew as a profession.

Please email us at: [email protected] or [email protected] to request our monthly newsletter entitled: Congo Current

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Updated: November 08, 2022

Children's Names
Jeremy
Eric
Chandra
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
44 rue Guy Makosso
BP 4797
Pointe Noire,
REP OF CONGO

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