February 2017

In our Christmas letter to you we described our three-month sabbatical trip in the fall when we traveled mainly in the upper Midwest for some 9,000 miles. Many have called or written us personal messages of greetings and encouragement regarding that trip. Those notes were a great blessing to us.

It is so exciting to be a part of the Spring semester here at the Rio Grande Bible College. We have students from 19 countries studying the Word of God and related courses such as music and the Spanish language for future missionaries.

The pastor of our local church here on the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley where we both worship and minister invited me to participate in a week-long ministry to pastors who lead churches in Managua, Nicaragua. I purchased round-trip tickets so I would be able to sing and play many of the songs and hymns I have written over the years. I had the joy to meet and greet people who had previously studied with us in Guatemala at the Central American Theological Seminary, the Guatemalan Bible Institute in Chimaltenango, or more recently at the Rio Grande Bible College where we are still ministering. I need to remind you that it is due to your faithfulness in praying for us and giving toward our ministry that this trip was possible.

In the forenoons there were three sermons delivered by different guest speakers from a number of countries. In the evenings Pastor Mendoza had rented the gymnasium of the University of Managua where about 2,000 attended the meetings which were evangelistic. Praise the Lord, many young people made decisions of faith in Christ. The local churches had prepared a small orchestra that played one specially arranged piece and then accompanied three hymns that were sung each evening. I enjoyed playing in that ensemble. Then I had the privilege of singing and playing an original number each evening also. I was thrilled that the Lord blessed our efforts to present music with Bible-based words and He promised to not let His Holy Word return void.

In the service of the King,

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Phil & Arleen Blycker

Field Address: Rio Grande Bible Institute ° 4300 S. Bus. Hwy. 281 ° Edinburgh, TX 78539
Home phone: 956-682-6273
Cell phone: 956-566-4799
Mission Address: Camino Global ° 8625 La Prada Drive ° Dallas, TX 75228
Email addresses: pblycker@sbcglobal.net ° ablycker@gmail.com
Website: https://pblycker.wordpress.com
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January 2017

I returned mid-January from a week-long trip down to Managua, Nicaragua. Our pastor invited me (paying my own round-trip) to sing and play my Scriptural music at a conference for pastors that he organized. He explained to the crowd of 200 pastors that his father was a lay-preacher for some Central American Mission Bible churches in his area of Nicaragua for many years. A number of his sons went into the ministry also. When his son Noah (our pastor) decided to study at the Rio Grande Bible College many years ago, he made him promise that he “would never forget the pastors of his homeland” and he has been going back to Nicaragua once every year since he graduated some 40 years ago. BTW, I taught one of his older brothers trumpet at the Central American Theological Seminary many years ago (in the late 1970’s).

In the forenoons there were three sermons delivered by different guest speakers from a number of countries. In the evening, Pastor Mendoza had rented the gymnasium of the University of Managua where about 2,000 attended the meetings which were more evangelistic. Praise the Lord, many young people made decisions of faith in Christ. The local churches had prepared a small orchestra that played one specially arranged piece and then accompanied the 3 hymns that were sung each evening. I sang and played an original number each evening also.

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Arriving by jet from Houston at the tropical shoreline of Central America

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Group of Hispanic & missionary speakers at the Pastor’s Conference in Managua, Nicaragua

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Phil with Marcelino who recently finished his master’s degree at the Guatemalan seminary and now heads the Nicaraguan Bible Seminary where the morning sessions were held for 200 pastors

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I was thrilled to see Gabriela, a grad from Rio Grande Bible College, who just returned home to Nicaragua from India as a short-term missionary.

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This “classroom on the roof” was so enjoyable to experience; below is the dining hall and offices.

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Here I am playing my trumpet along with an accompaniment CD in case there was no musical instrument available.

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While most of the pastors (and youth leaders) came from Managua, some drove in from distant places to hear the Word of the Lord preached and taught.

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In the nearby city of Masaya our group was feted with a delicious meal; we noted the motor bikes ready to cater meals.

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The evening services of the pastors conference was held in the basketball stadium of the University of Managua; some 2,000 people heard good music and great preaching from the Word of God.

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Phil plays a trumpet solo with another missionary holding the mic, a small orchestra played one special arrangement and accompanied the three hymns that were sung each evening.

Boanerges

I met a number of former students from both the seminary and the Bible institute in Guatemala where Arleen and I ministered for some 25 years: Boanerges is the older brother of our pastor here in south Texas who has ministered in Managua for over 40 years; also Raema, a faithful servant of our Lord, who has worked for the Bible Society in Nicaragua and also ministered in the Women’s Prison in Managua for more than 40 years.

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Our pastor, the Rev. Noah Mendoza, gave the altar call for those who were accepting Christ as their Savior or were dedicating their lives to serve the Lord.

Zuri

Back home in Texas we had breakfast with 3rd year student Zuri from Cuba; we talked about the trip to the Pastors Conference in Nicaragua.

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December 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

This is a glorious time of year to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. We do it with music. This past week we participated in two concerts with an English church choir, orchestra and drama team. Then we ministered with our Spanish church choir and orchestra. Later we’ll go to Spokane and celebrate with our son Jon, his family and church. When we return to Dallas we will celebrate with our son Tim, his family and church. It’s always a thrill to see our MKs worshipping and playing together.

We have been so blessed to travel 9,000 miles to see so many of you on our 3-month sabbatical. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. Those that we missed we look forward to seeing you on the next go around.

On Dec. 17 we’ll be participating in the wedding of Anita, a student at Rio Grande Bible College from Chile, who has been living with us. Check Facebook and our website to see pictures.

God’s richest blessings on you,

Phil Blycker Signature
Phil & Arleen Blycker

Field Address: Rio Grande Bible Institute ° 4300 S. Bus. Hwy. 281 ° Edinburgh, TX 78539
Home phone: 956-682-6273
Cell phone: 956-566-4799
Mission Address: Camino Global ° 8625 La Prada Drive ° Dallas, TX 75228
Email addresses: pblycker@sbcglobal.net ° ablycker@gmail.com
Website: https://pblycker.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ablycker
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Mission Conference, October 2016

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We’re in mission conference in our home church. Last night the church was packed, they had to bring in extra chairs. Missionaries came from Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Asia. Pray for God to touch hearts. We want to see our youth with a passion to serve the Lord.

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With fellow missionaries from the Dominican Republic.

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We had the opportunity to present Matthew 9:37 at the mission conference in Mission, Texas.

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Praying for young people to dedicate their lives for full-time service.

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