David W and Teresa Bill

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Congo Current Monthly Newsletter of Dave & Teresa BILL, Missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance
Current Cultivation
April – May 2022
April
The highpoint of our April was a Cultivation Seminar on Farming God’s Way as we hosted Tom Brane an Alliance International Worker on our CAMA (Compassion & Mercy Associates) team in Senegal.
Tom arrived late April and spent five days at our Youbi Orality Center introducing biblical principles for Cultivation to a combination of our APH team members, select young village men, and a few others of our network in Pointe Noire.
It was a super success! Everything from the timing to the techniques!
This will also help for our summer intern, Wilfred Howe from Toccoa Falls College, who will be here from June 15th to August 5th, continuing agriculture, and sustainable living techniques for our Youbi ministries.
All this is not only helping to pre-evangelize but helping us to meet real needs for both Christians & non-believers alike.

Tom showing the difference in cultivating God’s Way as opposed to Traditional Methods
May
The Samoutou couple, and a friend, will be visiting us here in Pointe Noire in route to Ouesso, where they are building an eye clinic.
Henri was one of our disciples in Port Gentil, Gabon while we were pastoring the third church, and since then has become an ophthalmologist who specializes in removing cataracts in their NGO called, NEW SIGHT.
Joyce is a generalist from Hong Kong. They met in Gabon while Joyce was doing her tropical medicine internship. They have three children who now are in boarding school in England.
You can look up their ministry on the internet under: New Sight Congo
They will be picking up a vehicle arriving from Europe before driving back to Ouesso.
Please pray for the Samoutou couple’s travels, stay in Pointe Noire, and completion of the eye center in this very needy area of the world.

Please pray for the Bellamy couple, as they continue mission tours in our churches of the United States.
Please pray for the Combest family as they continue preparations for purchasing a vehicle worthy of the rural areas and as they continue preparations for moving to Impfondo and beginning their mission to the Pygmies.

Please pray for our son Jeremy & family as they finish out their work in the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany and move back to the States in June.
Thank you for your prayers for them during the difficult COVID lockdowns this past year!

Please pray for our son Eric & family in St. Louis, Senegal as they adjust to ne leadership roles and increased workloads.
Please pray for Tom Brane as he travels back to Senegal May 3rd. Thank the Lord with us for his ministry of Cultivation here in our area. Please pray that these excellent beginnings will continue to produce lots of fruit (pun intended)!
Please pray for Dave and our mission-church transitions teams, and especially for Pierre Mavoungou and Nicaise Kitsoukou, directors of the Christians Learning Center & Christian Radio Station respectively, as the mission will be transitioning these centers to total national church oversight this year.
Please pray for knowledge, wisdom, mercy, and grace, as well as protection and provision for all that will be needed for the church to end up with vibrant ministries in these institutions. Thank the Lord for an already good relationship between Dave and these directors, and for their prayer times each Wednesday afternoon.
Photo of the month:

Tom & Team giving thanks to God for the Dedicated Garden Plot

Dave & Teresa BILL
International Workers with the C&MA in the Republic of the Congo

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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 are now serving as Alliance Dorm parents at the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. [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 and Childrens' Sunday school teachers.

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Updated: May 10, 2022

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

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