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Brazilian Church Construction Update

Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 at 2:03 PM by Paul Kovach

We have finished the last missions conference for the month of November. Jeff Thibaudeau Just arrived from Brazil yesterday, November 15, and is planning on being in the States for about a month. He brought back some much-needed supplies, namely Brazilian coffee! We were able to have wonderful time of fellowship over lunch at McDonalds as our children played on the play area. He also brought back some exciting photographs of the church's progress with their new auditorium. They have just finished pouring the roof of the building and are now working on the inside. Please pray as they work on finishing this part of the building. They are at standing room only in their current auditorium and greatly need this addition.


Edited on: Saturday, November 11, 2006 2:06 PM

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Last Missions Conference of November

Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 2:06 PM by Paul Kovach

We have just finished the last missions conference for the month of November as we are in the midst of our final push before we wrap up the year. Our last meeting for the year is in the middle of December. We had a wonderful time at the missions conference in Lake Mills. While there, Ashley and I orchestrated the Children’s conference during the week. Each day we visited a different country represented by each missionary at the conference. We started off the night by placing John 3:16 in each child's passport, written in the language of that night's country. Then we all climbed inside a plane as we informed the children about the country we would be flying to. I had also asked each missionary there to send at least one representative to share their country with the children and to tell them what the children were like in their country. One of the more interesting ones was Korea where the children enjoy a nice meal of dog for dinner. When we had the children draw pictures in their "passports" of what they remembered most about Korea, one girl drew a dog on the table with an apple in it's mouth! It was such a blessing to be able to work with these children. Ashley and I could not help but remember that these children are the next generation's missionaries. Please continue in your prayers for us as we head into UP country with snow on the way! The first lower photo is that of Ashley teaching the missionary story for the week and the other is that of one of the misionaries showing the children what children in their own country eat and wear.


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If It Were You

Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 at 2:08 PM by Paul Kovach

If you were lost in Darkness and night
With no one to show you the way,
Would you want someone to bring you a light?
And wouldn’t you want it today?
If no one had told you of Jesus at all,
His love, His compassion, His death,
Oh, wouldn’t you want the message to come
Before you had drawn your last breath?
If, sinking in evil traditions, you were
Bound by what you believed,
Hopeless and hopeless, oh, wouldn’t you want
A chance, at least, to be freed?
Would you want them to wait while they built a new
Home, and paid for a “still better” car
Or while making the home base an elegant place
Before sending the message afar?
Would you want them to table the plans that were made,
To expand on missions this year,
Because of conditions around the world,
And the days of uncertainty here?
Would you want them to wait with the message of hope,
While you were dying and lost?
Oh, I know that your answer would ring through the gloom
“Please send it at any cost!”
So let’s send it out to the missions in need,
The light that will show them the way!
For if it were you in darkness and night,
You’d want it! You’d want it today!

Edited on: Saturday, November 11, 2006 2:11 PM

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Brrr....It's Getting Cold

Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 9:41 PM by Paul Kovach

I am beginning to notice how my blood is changing as I have been adapting to the Indiana climate. I notice the drastic difference when we make long trips to the UP or to the east coast. Speaking of, we just got back from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We had two absolutely wonderful meetings out there. We came away very encouraged. We had such wonderful fellowship…a rarity on deputation. When you are on the road so much, it is hard to get quality fellowship time, so we were enthralled to have so much of it on this leg! At our last meeting in the east coast, we were part of a missions conference. This was a special conference because some dear friends of ours were being commissioned by the church and are planning on leaving for Africa at the beginning of next year. We made a change in plans and made the trip home in one day. That afforded us some extra time at home to resupply and repack.

Now we are preparing to make a four week trip through Wisconsin, the UP, and Middle Michigan. I am not looking forward to the cold. There was a time when 60 below did not bother me, but now I am finding 60 above to be chilly. Can’t wait to get to Brazil. Please keep us in your prayers as we may face the possibility of snow as we are coming into November. We covet your prayers for safety, health, and that we will be able to be a blessing to the churches as we keep missions before them.

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Don't Quit before the Harvest

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 2:00 PM by Paul Kovach

The past few weeks have definitely been some of the most interesting, as well as the most blessed. We have been seeing the Lord work in powerful ways in the churches we have been in. As I sit here, looking out my window, I ponder the harvest season now upon us. It seems like, up till now, it has been toil, toil, toil. Now it is a joy to begin to see the fruits of our labors. We are excited to see our support top that 30% mark as we are now at 31%. We praise the Lord for this milestone in our deputation. I believe we have been witnessing the Lord raise up a mighty prayer army for this ministry and I am deeply humbled and greatly excited!

We have just finished a 4 day mission conference. As tired as we are afterwards, we come away greatly refreshed. It was an unusual week for many reasons, but most notably because our children had developed the chicken pox. The Lord answered prayer and brought a babysitter across our path who would be able to watch the children for the duration of the conference. Our thanks to those of you who were praying that we would find someone. God answered your prayers!

This week we embark on our 6-week journey. We will spend a couple of weeks in the east coast and then loop up through Wisconsin, through the UP, and then down the heart of Michigan. We covet your prayers for safety, health, and that we will be able to be a blessing to the churches as we keep missions before them.

Edited on: Monday, October 16, 2006 2:02 PM

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What is a Missionary? -Author Unknown

Posted on Thursday, October 05, 2006 at 4:45 PM by Paul Kovach

A missionary is one who is sent-but too often forgotten! A missionary is one who is sent primarily because he loves the souls of man enough to want to go. However, he is sent out the same person as he was when he was with you. Did you think there was some magic formula that made him different? No, he goes to the field with the same human frailties as you who outfitted him, promised to support him, and to pray for him, to write him, and never forget him. He goes with your promises and blessings ringing in his ears and these will remain with him for quite some time; however, in his heart, he knows that you will not forget him, but will be there with encouragement and help when he needs them most. A missionary, then, is one who goes with the Lord, goes for the Lord, depends on the Lord, but is looking to you to “tarry by the stuff”.

The full force of the great challenge hits our missionary soon after his arrival on the field. He sees the desperate spiritual and physical plight of men-the terrible darkness of engulfing paganism. He spends his strength willingly and gladly, because he loves the Lord. However, distressed, he finds he must pray daily and fervently for more compassionate love for the people around him; therefore, a missionary is one who is not always endowed with the all consuming love for the people to whom he goes. Did you think that love came automatically? He works and prays with his people, he is often the only help for their physical ailments; and yet knows little of medicine.

He trudges the hot, weary trails on foot because his jeep breaks down and he is reluctant to send back word to you the he needs parts; they are too expensive there, should they even be available. Did you think it was enough when you helped him buy the jeep? He walks the trails, too, seeking, always seeking those for whom Christ died.

A missionary is one who labors for years, perhaps, before he can see much result; then suddenly the Holy Spirit brings conviction to hearts, and God brings the increase! Did you think it would come without labor, without tears, without intercessory prayer? What were you doing while he was laboring? Were you praying on your comfortable bed at night or while you were doing the dishes, or did you thing someone else was praying? Perhaps you hadn’t given it much thought, or maybe you didn’t think you had time to pray?

A missionary is one who doesn’t write what he thinks, feels, or needs for fear you might think he is complaining or is not a good missionary. Have you asked the Lord to help you read between the lines of his letters?

A missionary is one who writes of victory and of souls being won. Do you feel sure that it was your prayers that helped move the hand of God, or can’t you share in the harvest? When he writes of Satan’s attacks, are you then remorseful and fearful lest you left the praying to others, who perhaps, were leaving it up to you.

-Author Unknown

Edited on: Thursday, October 05, 2006 5:02 PM

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UP Tour of Duty just about Complete!

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 9:41 AM by Paul Kovach

The past couple of weeks have been grueling, but awesome! We have been in 7 churches in the past 2 ½ weeks. We have used this time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to not only present our ministry to new churches, but also to report back to currently supporting churches. It has been good to become reunited with familiar faces, share what God is doing through us on deputation, and hear what God is doing in the churches that we visit.

Ashley has begun home schooling Bryanna and Bryanna is like a fish in water. Every day she asks to do another lesson and she is really excelling. She is so excited to be able to read, she says, so that she can read her Bible! If that does not make ones eyes well up with tears to hear their child say that, than I don’t know what would.

This October the team is working on bringing two of the national pastors with whom we work with, to the states. We need to do some team planning and instead of trying to fly both of out families to Brazil, it is more economical to bring the men to the states for the month. Please pray that the Lord will bring in the finances needed and that the time spent will be well profitable. The Lord is doing some tremendous things in Brazil and we are endeavoring to seek his face as a team how to go about His business. The two pastors to be in prayer for are Pastor Wilson and Pastor Ernesto. If you would like to specifically help with their expenses, you can send funds to Baptist Pioneer for the Kovachs, but specify that it is designated for the Brazilian pastors expenses.

  - Pastor Ernesto

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Brazilian Fruit

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 2:10 PM by Paul Kovach

We have updated our prayer letter to reflect a new portion which we will be incorperating. It is called Brazilian Fruit...which abounds to your account. It is recent photos of the ongoing ministry from Brazil. The link will save a copy directly to your computer. BRAZILIAN FRUIT

Edited on: Friday, September 15, 2006 3:21 PM

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It's Here!

Posted on Friday, September 08, 2006 at 2:12 PM by Paul Kovach

You have been asking for it and we have been promising that we were going to get a new one. It is finally here! We are happy to announce the arrival of our new family photo and prayer card! We have also updated our photos on the children's pages as well as our own. The new individual pictures and picture of the children can be found under the "Family" portion of the website and the prayer card can be found under the "Brazil/Downloads" portion. We also have a new number on our contact page. It is our number through Skype. Even if we are in Brazil, you will be able to call us and not have to deal with international rates. It will be no different than a call to the States.

Click here for the new prayer card


Edited on: Friday, September 15, 2006 2:32 PM

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Comming Soon!

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2006 at 8:04 PM by Paul Kovach

Last Wednesday, we had the opportunity to finally take a new family Photo. Hence, we hope to have a new prayer card ready in the next month! We will make it available on our web site as soon as we have it made. Also, we have been using a little pice of technology called Skype.  It is a program which allows one to make free phone calls anywhere in the US and Canada. It further only costs 2 cents per minute to call a phone in Brazil. We have been blessed to be able to use this program to stay in touch with our team in Brazil. If the other person has Skype on their computer as well, the call is free. One feature they offer is a SkypeIn number. We will be able to pick up a US based number which anyone in the states can call and the call will be directed to our phone in Brazil without the hassle of international rates, charges, or delays on the line. If you either have Skype, free long distance on your phone, or the number turns out to be local to you, then the call will be free. Otherwise, it is simply a long distance call. We praise the Lord for yet another avenue to stay in touch with His people back in the states.

Edited on: Monday, August 28, 2006 12:42 PM

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We have Moved Back in!!!

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 11:14 PM by Paul Kovach

I think the title says it all. We are officially back in our "new" old apartment.

They finished the carpet the week before I flew out for the funeral of my grandmother, so we had not had a chance to begin moving things over yet. While on the plane home, my parents offered to come and help us move back in. I arrived home on Thursday and spent all day Friday and Saturday moving things back over to the apartment. After having spent so long in appartment 2, we now sit in our apartment and feel like the other end of the room is sooooo very far away.

It will be nice to be back "home" and get back to our family schedule. Our kids, over the past few months, have occasionaly cried wanting to be able to go home, even though we were just next door to the appartment. There is just something about being back where you know you belong. We will be going up north for a little over a week for a meeting as well as to celebrate my father's 50th Birthday. When we come back, although we will have church meetings, we will be stationed in the Madison area for at least a few months. One of the first things on my adgenda is to get the next prayer letter out. I know it has been late, but all the upheaval has made it near impossible to accomplish. Bear with us, it is did I put my office???

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Notes from the Team in Brazil....

Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 11:11 PM by Paul Kovach


On July 8th the men had a workday Saturday morning. They poured cement in the wooden frame for the beam in the back of the new auditorium. We are making progress on the church auditorium. The walls are up on all four sides. We hope to get the roof on in the next few months. Please pray for the needed funds for the windows and doors. In our present location we are filled to capacity for most services. Afterwards, the men had a barbecue; it was a great time of fellowship for our men. We will be putting the roof on the auditorium soon.


July 17th through 21st we had Vacation Bible School. We had a missionary story, 2 games, a snack time and a Bible story Monday through Friday. There were 55 children on the first day. The highest attendance was 85. On Friday after the Bible story, almost half of the children (about 35) said they were interested in hearing about salvation. God knows how many of them understood and really got saved. This Sunday night after V. B. S. there were 8 children that came that had been coming to V. B. S. but had not come to a regular church service before.


A couple of weeks ago Dani, a teen, trusted Christ as Savior. He has been attending church for several months now. Please pray for his spiritual growth. Please pray also for our church as we prepare for vacation Bible school in mid-July. Various young people and adults will be involved. Pray also for God to prepare hearts in our neighborhood.

Edited on: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 11:16 PM

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National Church Planting Conference

Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 8:44 AM by Paul Kovach

This past week, we had the privilege of attending the first annual National Church Planting Conference in Mentor, OH. It was hosted and sponsored by Grace Church of Mentor, OH; pastored by Tim Potter. Guest Speakers included; Dr. Matt Olsen, Dr. Bruce McAllister, Dr. David Doran, Pastor Ralph Colas, and Dr. Ed Nelson. It was an extremely encouraging conference and was refreshing to my soul to see such a large effort to "re-seed" America, as Dr. Mc Allister phrased it. I recall, while at the IFBF conference, Dr. Dafoe had mentioned that one of the largest hindrances to missions is the decline of churches being started in America. This is a fact which I have noticed for some time now and was excited to here it being articulated at such a conference. Thus this conference was especially meaningful to me as a missionary to see a visible front to the groundswell I have been sensing over church planting for some time now. I am very excited to see how God works through this conference. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, mark your calendars for next year. It will be the same week next year. See you there, unless the Lord allows us to be back in Brazil by that time! Below you will find a link to the seminar audios. I believe they will give a good sense of the heart of the conference. 

Edited on: Monday, August 28, 2006 12:55 PM

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Missionaries Return.....but not completely

Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 at 5:55 PM by Paul Kovach

Another update on how things are going...

We have returned to our area in Madison, Indiana, but much to our dismay, the house lay in the gutted state which is was when we left. The original crew never returned. We decieded that, like it or lump it, we must return home because we were having Indiana churches canceling meetings because we were farther away now. About the same time which we returned, the pastor had found a local gentleman to do the drywall work. That phase has been completed. Now begins the task of cleaning and painting the walls. That job we will be doing ourselves. Once this is complete, we should be able to get carpet in and fix the shelves and so forth. Please pray for strength and grace as we continue to keep our family "squeezed" in the adjoining, but smaller apartment. Pray also for the expediency to complete the work.

Edited on: Saturday, June 17, 2006 5:56 PM

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Temporary Move

Posted on Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:17 AM by Paul Kovach

Just an update on our situation. The night of and the day after the damage was discovered, we had to move all of our belongings to the empty apartments next door. The lack of space tied with the multiple chemicals (anti-mold and mildew sprays) and hazards for small children which come with construction made us conclude that we needed to go somewhere for a temporary time while reconstruction occurred on the house. Hence, we have moved up North to my home area just above Troy, Michigan where we will be staying with my parents for a few weeks. They are going to be gone off and on for a week here and there on business and medical and therefore, the house will be empty for our family's use. Even in all of this, the Lord has all the arrangements worked out. Thank you so very much to all of you who have been praying for us through this time period. God's grace has been abundant! In a time when a person could be the most discouraged, I feel a joy and assurance that God is in control and actively in charge. It is a joy which surpasses anything which the world could give, and discouragement has been almost non-existent. Events like this make you sit back and say, "God is about to work...I can't wait to see what He is going to do!" Your notes, e-mails, and phone calls have all been such a blessing and encouragement! Please continue to pray for the soon finishing of the reconstruction so we shall be able to return home and resume "normal life and schedule."

Edited on: Saturday, May 06, 2006 12:19 AM

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Displaced Missionaries...

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 12:22 AM by Paul Kovach

Greetings Praying friends and Supporters, The Kovach family is going through a very difficult time right now and needs your prayer. Please follow the link for all the details and photos.

Edited on: Saturday, May 06, 2006 12:51 AM

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Ashley Goes To Prison!!!

Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 at 10:03 PM by Paul Kovach

More from Ashley Later!!!

Edited on: Monday, April 10, 2006 10:39 PM

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Eilianna is 2 !!

Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 10:43 PM by Paul Kovach

Today we celebrated the 2nd birthday of Eilianna Mekenna. It has been such a blessing to see her grow and mature. I have to say that she is a little spitfire! You can see it in her eyes. Along with this memorial day she has also learned to get out of her crib all by herself! Look Out!

Edited on: Monday, April 10, 2006 10:45 PM

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Revival and Refreshment

Posted on Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:57 PM by Paul Kovach

It has been a very exciting past couple of weeks. We have been able to be blessed by two revival services. One was at a local church near us and another was in the church were we are ministering. While on deputation, a lot is taken out of you as you travel to so many churches and give of yourself. We thank the Lord for these times were we are able to be ministered to! It's a time of spiritual recharging, in a sense. The revival meetings at Grace Baptist were done by Todd Sivnksty. The theme of the whole week was that of faith and grace. At times deputation can be difficult, and it was a real blessing to be reminded of the grace of God to make it through!

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Current workings of God in Brazil

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 9:59 PM by Paul Kovach

As we keep in touch with our team in Brazil, we would like to pass along the news of what God is doing over there. The Lord is continuing to bless the current church plant in Mirante. We currently have 15 people in the baptism class. We praise the Lord that He is continually adding souls to His church! The baptism is scheduled for April 30th. Please pray for those being baptized as well as those visiting that there may be some saved even though that service.

Tomorrow (3-31-06) we will be starting on the construction of the new auditorium. It has been exciting to see the church outgrow 2 meeting areas already! It is a joy to see how excited the church congregation is about helping accomplish this phase of the church. Please pray that the Lord will continue to bring in all of the finances needed for the construction and that there will be safety and expediency in it's construction.

Edited on: Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:12 PM

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Men's Conference in Indiana

Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 10:01 PM by Paul Kovach

Today I had the opportunity to attend a men's purity conference in Indiana. The key speaker was Rand Hummel from the Wilds Camp and Conference. It was a very good reminder of the age in which we live and that there is not a man alive who is not capable of falling. It was a very sobering time. For me, some of the key points are the nugget statements.

* "The question is not "Do we know what is wrong?", but "Do we desire what is right?"
* "Don't think of how sin affects you, but rather think of how it affects others."
* "A true friend is one who cares enough about you to make life miserable for you when you are in sin."
* "Make it hard to sin and easy to do right."

I think that last one is one of my favorites. Things like these pithy statements have a tendency to stick in my mind longer. The overarching principle of the conference was upon meditating upon God and His word. I would surmise the conference in yet another pithy statement by another pastor of old; "Either this Book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this Book!" I found it interesting how much of his material tied right in with a similar series from Central Seminary. ( ). Probably one of the most frank discussions on the issue.

Lunch was provided by the church. A friend of mine and director of Shepherd's Bethel , Mike Weiss, prepared a fabulous prime rib meal for all the men. Nothing was missed!

While there, the Lord did allow for some opportunity to distribute some of my information to some of the 15 pastors there. Please pray that I would be able to see at least 1 meeting arise out of this opportunity.

Edited on: Friday, March 31, 2006 12:29 AM

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Bryanna has Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, and Nose Cauterized

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 2:49 PM by Paul Kovach

Today, Bryanna underwent the surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids. It was actually a quick appointment. For years she has been struggling with her tonsil constantly being swollen and infected and for years doctors have said to wait. Finally we took her to a local doctor and he agreed that they needed to be removed. The office called me the next day and said they had an opening for today. It all happened so fast! I think the cutest thing was when they gave Bryanna "bravery" medicine right before the IV and surgery. Within 5 minutes of taking the pink fluid, she was more giddy then someone on funny gas. When the nurse came to the room, Bryanna exclaimed, "Why do you have so many eyes!" The surgery went off without a hitch. It was the recovery time which was difficult. I just could not seem to get here to stop crying...she was in so much pain and could not understand what was going on. The disorientation from the anesthesia seem to take quite a while to wear off. We actually did not get released until late into the evening because we could not get her to stop vomiting (another side effect of the anesthesia). Praise the Lord that we were able to come home and did not have to stay overnight! Please pray for continued recovery.

Edited on: Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:05 PM

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Women's IFBF Meeting

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 at 11:11 PM by Ashley Kovach

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Indiana Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Ladies retreat in Indianapolis. It was refreshing to get away with just ladies for a whole weekend. The best part of it was being able to spend the weekend with my mother n' law. We don't get to do that very often so it was an especially nice treat!! The theme of the retreat was on being an example of the believer. Our theme verse was 1Timothy 4:12, "But let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." The most challenging thought that I walked away with is that whether I like it or not my life is always an example. Whether it is at the grocery store or at home in front of your family our lives are always being examined by someone. So with this thought in mind I must strive to leave a sweet taste in peoples minds of who our Lord Jesus Christ really is. He is humble, meek, loving and holy just to mention a few. Once again I'll emphasize that this was an encouraging weekend for me.

Edited on: Sunday, March 19, 2006 2:53 PM

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"Off the Cuff" Introduction

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 9:17 PM by Paul Kovach

Greetings Family, Friends, and Supporters,

I want to first of all thank you for your interest in our Ministry. It is my belief that missionaries should do as much as possible to stay in touch with the people of God. As most of you know, we do publish a quarterly prayer letter. For many of you, that is sufficient. However, there is so much that goes on in between that gets missed in those letters, as well as there are many out there who would like to be even more up to date on our ministry. This is why we have developed this portion of the site. We like to make sure that our prayer letters are as polished as we are able to make them. That, however, does limit us as to how often we can produce them. This avenue is designed to be a casual, informal method for posting events and occurrences as they occur. It will also have RSS feeds so you can stay up to date as soon as something is posted. After the next prayer letter (scheduled to be out the end of March/beginning of April), the front page of this blog will revert to posting most recent entries first so you do not have to scroll through them. I pray that this will be a blessing to you as you keep our ministry before the Throne of Grace!

As Christ's
Paul Kovach
Philipians 3:10

Edited on: Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:08 PM

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