August 30, 2013
Dear Friend and Partner,
We greet you in Jesus’ Name. The heading says “with Bibles International” and that is still correct. Though our status is now “emeritus”, we continue to minister as “volunteers” and are very thankful for the strength to do this.
We are in the first month of our retirement. We certainly have not seen any lessoning in activity. In the last few weeks we have attended a retirement party at the home of Hantz Bernard, director of BI (pictures at right), have attended the BI field council meetings (picture lower left, worked at the BI office, taught adult SS 4 times, preached 3 times, and tried to catch up on correspondance. The picture of our staff below shows several new couples that have recently joined us.
We are so very thankful for the many letters, cards, and e-mails from friends and supporters who received our last letter and video. We are also very thankful for the churches and individuals who have decided to continue to support us, at least partially. God has been faithful down through all these years in providing for our needs and we can but praise Him as this continues to be true.
June 29, 2013
Greetings in Jesus’ precious name. We trust that the Lord is continuing to bless you and preserve you. We are sure that you look to Him for the strength for each and every day, just as we must do.
We have been greatly blessed during our 44 years with BMM and the different ministries in which we have been able to serve our Lord. We have now come to the time to “slow down”. We are retiring from active status to “emeritus” status with BMM. We will be continuing to help at Bibles International as volunteers and will look to the Lord for other occasions to serve Him.
We had hoped to be able to visit our supporters again to thank them for their partnership in our ministry and for their financial and prayer support, but Nancy has a condition in her neck which makes both car and air travel impossible. We have created a 20 minute DVD which will give you a look back over 50 years of our life and ministry. Just click on the link.
The above link takes you to our video, which is low resolution so that it can be downloaded to your computer.
I am going to quote from the letter that BMM sent to all of our supporters this week:
Richard and Nancy will retire from active missionary service on July 31, 2013. In view of their 44 years of faithful missionary service, the General Council of Baptist Mid-Missions has accorded them the honored title of Emeritus Missionaries. Their ministry has been marked by faithfulness and fruitful service.
Many churches do not have a policy relating to retired missionaries. We have worked with Richard and Nancy to assess their projected living expenses and retirement income. The Teachouts have been faithful to save what they could for retirement. They will receive some income from Social Security and from a small pension. Richard and Nancy will need 20% of their present missionary support during retirement to meet their retirement needs.
Would you prayerfully consider helping by maintaining the Teachouts’ support at 20% of what you were giving during their years of active missionary service? The Mission will continue to maintain an open account for Richard and Nancy as it does for all retired missionaries. Your gifts will be available for their use as they have been during their active missionary career.
It has been my privilege (Larry J. Beckman, Administrator for Missionary Finance, BMM) to have known and worked with Richard and Nancy. They were especially helpful while we were studying French at the University of Laval in Quebec City. They are sincerely thankful for your faithful support. Baptist Mid-Missions’ Home Office will continue to provide the same services that were available to them during their years of active ministry. It usually takes several months after a missionary retires before we know if their ongoing needs are being met. Let us know if we can be of help to you, and please continue to pray for Richard and Nancy, especially for strength as they seek occasions to minister.
March 5, 2013
Greetings from cold and snowy Michigan! I am sitting in my office in Grand Rapids at BI headquarters and most of my thoughts and work concerns people and projects in much warmer lands! Thank you for your part in our ministry and that of Bibles International. This month we have several praise notes to share with you:
- God has continued to give Nancy and I the health necessary for continued service and we praise His Name. We will appreciate your continued prayers that our health will continue to be good.
- We indicated with our last letter that Bibles International was experiencing monthly short-falls in its financing. We praise God that the last three months has seen an increase in incoming gifts and have each shown a positive balance. Please pray that this will continue.
- January through May are the months with the most displacements of our staff missionaries to foreign lands for concentrated work with national translators on their individual projects. So far God has provided safety in travelling and progress in the projects. To illustrate the travel part, one of our missionaries just returned from Asia. He was in 6 airports in 6 time-zones in just 36 hours! He did not mention how much sleep he had. To illustrate the concentrated work, I will quote from a quick report from Dr Connie Champion who, with her family, are in Myanmar working on three different languages, Hakha-Chin, Tedim-Chin, and Falam-Chin. Here is a very recent quick report:
This week is like last week on fast forward. Had my last day with Tedim yesterday, Falam comes today for one last day and Hakha starts tomorrow. Got almost 20% of the Tedim done, now I just need to finish marking their word list so they can try to do the rest on their own.
- We have had excellent reports back recently from good progress in translating projects in Chad, CAR, the Phillippines, PNG, India, and Myanmar. We thank God for each of these.
December 10, 2012
We greet you again at Christmas time. The words above are taken from several Scriptures and they are true. The world around us has gone mad, taking Christ out of Christmas and mocking those who believe in Him for their salvation and for their hope and their peace. For the world, the “holidays” are all about lights and gifts. For us, Christmas is about the Son of God who came to be the “light” of the world, coming as the “gift” of God. We are thankful for each of our friends who has believed and has helped us down through the years as we have worked in several mission fields to preach the glorious gospel of Christ.
The Lord has given us a good year and we thank you for your prayers. Though we had some health issues, we were able to continue our ministries throughout, both in Bibles International and also for six months as interim pastor of a small struggling church nearby.
Since a great many of you have been our friends and supporters for over 40 years now, many have prayed for both our ministry and also for our family. Therefore we are adding one sheet to this letter with pictures of all of our grandchildren and most of their parents. Wherever we have served, in Africa, in France, in Quebec, and here in Michigan, our family has not only been a joy to us as they came to us and left us to marry and begin their lives, but a responsibility and you have helped us with your financial and prayer support. Thank you very much.
November 5, 2012
Dear Friends and Helpers,
October is always a busy month, both for us individually, and also for the whole Bibles International Staff, sometimes frantically so. Thank you for partnering with us in our work of Bible translation.
This year we prefaced our October with a two week trip, during which we were able to visit our home church in Pensylvania and enjoy a restful time. This is a place where we have lived in the past and where we often walked a beautiful pathway by a small lake.This time we thoroughly enjoyed the walks and the time spent with a nephew and his family and with many old friends. We had the oportunity to share with the church the ministry to which God has called us.
When we arrived back to our home in Coral, the first thing we did was to share in a missionary conference with a church in New Jersey that has supported us for almost 45 years. We could not be present with them, but using skype, we could see them and communicate to them a report of our work. Then, along with the BI Staff, we plunged into the preparation of our annual Harvest Dinner.We thank the Lord for giving us a very successful evening. The staff was able to prepare an excellent program which featured 5 Bible translation projects in Central and South America. An excellent meal and fine time of fellowship was enjoyed by all. We were able in our preparations to find sponsors for the cost of the dinner so that every bit of the evening’s offering would be divided among those 5 projects. At a time when many organizations are suffering financially, we were very happy to welcome over 700 enthusiastic BI supporters! The Lord touched hearts so that the offering for these 5 projects was almost $41,000.
New SPECIFIC prayer request. We need your help in a very practical way. Our last BI annual report (in August) showed that our “outgo” exceeded our “incoming” in a significant way. Our donor base has shrunk with the difficult economic times and our expenses have increased with all the projects that were finished and presented last year. We really need to increase our “incoming”, as yet more translated projects will be finished this year. We are praying for $100 per month of new support from 100 churches or persons, or “100X100” which should bring us back to a sound financial basis. Anyone can be a part of this with either $100 per month gift to Bibles International or any part of $100, such as $50 or $25. Please pray for our 100X100 program. We have already started on this, with 6 participants for $600. Praise the Lord. If you have a question, please e-mail us.
August 28, 2012
Things are quite busy here at BI headquarters as they always are at this time of the year. We had our annual retreat and yearly BI Staff Conference. We reviewed last year’s blessings and achievements and looked forward to this year’s challenges. We had quite a few of each for which we praise God and ask His help. On the one hand, we had one of the best years ever for the number and quality of “presentation ceremonies”(6 Bible translation projects) around the world. In each one we presented a newly-published Bible or new Testament to the people for which it was translated. On the other hand, we have several more of those presentation ceremonies scheduled in the next year. Rising costs and the present financial state make this a challenge. We will appreciate your prayers.
Last week we had our annual “Consultants’ Seminar”. This is an intense time of in-house training and revision for our language consultants. We had a record attendance this year, as our own consultants were joined by several new missionaries who have been accepted by Baptist Mid-Missions to work with Bibles International. Pray for them as they begin and continue their deputation.
Things are starting to “gear up” for our Fall BI Banquet, which involves a great deal of preparation by our staff. Please pray, that even though the economy is down, God will bring to the Banquet those who love our ministry and are willing to help to finance it.
We appreciate very much your praying for our temporary ministry as interim pastor of Victory Baptist Church. We are happy to report that the church feels that it can continue to go forward on its own now, without our help. Please continue to pray that God will lead them as they follow His Word.
May 16, 2012
In our last letter we began with “the sun is shining”. Today, it is still shining and our hearts are still full of praise to our God. Here are some of the reasons:
Nancy and I are praising God for His grace in her recovery from an extensive back-operation. She has just one more therapy session to go and her therapist is very happy with her progress (as is she herself!). She went through many weeks of much pain in doing the various exercises. She has very greatly improved her mobility and significantly diminished the amount of pain medication she was obliged to take. She is about as busy as she can be in the home, in the church, and in the community.
This continues to be a year of hard work and God’s blessing for Bibles International. Yesterday we “celebrated” the retirement of one of our BI missionaries, who has been faithfully working here for 29 years. He will be missed. Please pray that God will provide new staff members to fill much-needed positions. The news from many countries where we are working has been good, as the work on the various translation projects continues to go forward. Not long ago we received a gift from India, from some youth in the Ranglong people. It was a plaque with a message (pictured at right) which touched our hearts and motivated us anew to keep on with our ministry of putting God’s Word in the hands of those who do not have it.
Thank you too for your prayers for the work God has given us as pastor and wife to a small, hurting church. We have seen a little growth in numbers and good improvement in unity and commitment. Recently we invited 2 other Baptist churches for a “Sing” on a Sunday evening, and everyone was really blessed by the experience. Pray for continued strength and wisdom in this ministry.
Your missionaries for Jesus’ sake,
Richard and Nancy Teachout
March 22, 2012
Greetings from sunny Michigan! A well-loved chorus goes: “There is sunshine in my soul today” and we have to agree. We feel “sunny” not just because of the unseasonable warm weather, but because God has been so near to us in some trying times. Richard had the stitches taken out of his eye on his birthday and the surgeon says the growth he removed was benign and all is good. It is wonderful to see clearly again and we are especially thankful that Richard has been able to preach and work right on through this long experience of recuperation. Nancy has seen a marked reduction in the level of pain that continued very high for 7 weeks. She has been able to sleep better and to reduce her medication and increase her activity in the last ten days and is very thankful. She is hopeful to be able to drive again in April, perhaps in time for her birthday on April 3. Please pray for continued healing and pray for God’s provision for the medical bills that are starting to come in. We have had a total of 5 surgical interventions in a space of 16 weeks.
The work in Bibles International continues, by God’s grace. This month we received a substantial gift from a church which made the Impui Naga New Testament translating project “fully funded”. Then we were able to receive and enter the final corrections from the “read and review” committee in India and send that project to the printer. The date planned for its presentation to the Impui Naga people is in June. These three events: fully funding, printing, and presentation are always a cause for great rejoicing, both here in Grand Rapids among the BI staff, and in the country to which each New Testament or Bible will go.
We would like to ask special prayer for our work here at BI for two great needs: 1) pray for healing and recuperation for BI missionary Don Block. He fell and hit his head on the ice and was operated on for fluid in his brain. For several years he has done a wonderful work of formatting the translation projects we receive from the translators and getting the text ready for printing. Of late there have been many projects going through his capable hands on their way to those who will receive the published Bibles and New Testaments. In the picture at the right, he is in India, teaching an Indian Christian how to format text, as we get more and more national Christians involved in more and more of the technical aspects of producing quality translations of God’s Word. Pray that God will strengthen him so he can continue this very important work. 2) pray for gifts for our projects. We have many that are very needy and many that are getting close to being finished.
Pray too for an ambitious evangelistic effort we are undertaking in Victory Baptist Church where we are working. We are preparing to put on a Wild Game Dinner and there are already a good number of unchurched men that have promised to come. Pray for the church in its preparation and that the Holy Spirit will touch hearts with the Gospel message.
Your missionaries for Jesus’ sake,
Richard and Nancy Teachout
March 13, 2012
We want to thank each one of you for your special prayers for us. We realize that it has been a long time since our last update and we can assure you that it has seemed very long to us also. There just was not much to report, especially not much positive news. Up until Saturday, Nancy was continuing to experience a lot of pain (constant and muscle spasm attacks) and was unable to lie down for more than about three hours, getting some sleep in a chair. Richard was waiting for word of the biopsy of the operation on his eye. The only good news was that he could still see well enough to drive, for which we really praise the Lord. Thus he has been able to continue to do his ministries and drive his wife to where she needed to go.
Now the good news. There is definite improvement for Nancy. She has had three nights in a row in her bed. She still has some pain and still needs your prayers. Richard found out that there was no cancer in his eye and that by next week should have new glasses that will enable him to see much more clearer.
We would ask special prayer for our oldest son, Rick, who is in the Dominican Republic and has some great special needs.
Thank you again for your faithful prayers.
In Him, Dick and Nancy Teachout
February 28, 2012
Appreciate your prayers. Had surgery today and am wearing a patch and no glasses. They cut a suspicious spot out of the white of my eye. Please pray:
- That there will be no infection
- That there will be no cancer (won't know that for a couple of weeks)
- That there will be normal healing and that I will be able to drive soon
Thank you, Richard
February 14, 2012
Thank you very much for praying. This weekend has been extremely difficult. She has had recurring attacks of very severe and painful muscle spasms in her lower back and legs. The worst was last night and we had to take her by ambulance to the hospital. Xrays showed no problem with surgical site, but the spasms have been difficult to endure.
Thanks for praying,
January 31, 2012
Dear Friends and Helpers,
First, though Christmas seems a long time ago, we want to thank our many friends from all over the US for the many cards and gifts we received. Hearing from friends is always a welcome part of Christmas. Our New Year is now well started. We have already been in touch with many of you several times with e-mail updates on needs and praise notes from our medical "adventures". If you are not receiving our letters and updates by e-mail and would like to start, please send us a note at our e-mail address given above and you will begin to receive them. For this prayer letter, we will repeat some of the medical news. Nancy was operated on Jan 17. She had lower back surgery (fusion of vertebras and rods and screws). She came home 3 days later and recuperation has been painful and difficult. Today she had the staples out and was informed that she is making good progress. We thank God that there is improvement and that she has been able to sleep at night. Please continue to pray that there will be complete healing and that the pain will recede. Richard had an examination of a suspect spot in his right eye which will need to be operated on Feb 28th. Please pray that there will be no cancer in the eye and for complete recovery.
Secondly, our ministry with Bibles International continues. This year will be one of the banner years in BI's history in the number of Bible translation projects coming to completion. Already, the trips by BI staff members are beginning. Among several departures for Europe, Africa and Asia, our director, Dr Bernard, flew to Peru, South America, for the Quechua New Testament dedication and presentation, and then is flying on to Togo, Africa, for the Kabiye New Testament dedication and presentation. The Quechua New Testament has been eagerly awaited and its final copy was delayed by many things, including a disastrous earthquake!
Finally, our little church that we are trying to build up again, is going well. Before they called us to come as interim Pastor, they had lost half their members, but we have been able to keep supporting all of our missionaries and pay our bills and our people are facing the New Year with hope and anticipation. Please pray for Victory Baptist Church and for us as we minister to bring the church back from the brink.
Your missionaries for Jesus' sake,
Richard and Nancy Teachout
Interim Pastor, Victory Baptist Church