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.

With friends

With fellow missionaries from the Dominican Republic.

Praying

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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2016 Sabbatical Pictures

Here are a few pictures from our 2016 sabbatical journey across the US.

 

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Early Fall Foliage

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Arleen and Phil at Elmherst Missionary Christmas

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Phil with Arleen’s first cousin in Illinois

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Phil and Arleen with former students

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Phil with Jose Marco in Illinois

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Arleen with two RGBI families in Illinois

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October 2016

Puebla Music Camp

Panoramic picture of the campers, counselors and instructors for the Music Camp in Mexico.

PRAISE

1. Thanks to the Lord for 4,000 miles of safe driving from south Texas to New York State on the first third of our fall sabbatical. Some trouble with flat tires were resolved without accidents and we gratefully acknowledge that Dave, a longtime friend and supporter in Pennsylvania, insisted on purchasing four new Cooper tires for our van. Another Dave, a former student, just retired after 30 years as a band director near Lake Erie. He recalled, over a dinner of fresh perch, his French horn lessons some 40 years ago with me in Guatemala. God is so good!

2. Previous to the present trip we are on, we drove 6,000 miles west to participate in a family reunion featuring the wedding of our grandson Josiah near Portland, OR. The ceremony was led by our son Jonathan, a music minister in Spokane, WA. Later we had a great time of fellowship at a missionary conference in the mountains west of Los Angeles, CA. Following that week we drove down to Escondido and were driven to Tijuana, Mexico to minister in a large church in that thriving city. They were very interested in our Spanish CDs and music books of scriptural songs.

3. Upon returning to south Texas we flew down to central Mexico to visit with several families and teach at the music camp near Puebla. It was the largest in their history with 150 campers who came to study music and the Bible. On Thursday during chapel, a young man stood up and stated “I came to camp a Roman Catholic who knew about Christ in my head but I am happy to tell you that I now have Jesus in my heart.” After a few moments of silence every camper, counselor, and staff member burst into applause. Then eight campers slowly filed up toward the invited guest speaker from Costa Rica and with tears in their eyes also confessed Christ as their Savior. Also, God worked in the hearts of 24 campers who dedicated their lives to serve the Lord. What a great time of rejoicing we had!

4. Please enjoy the panoramic picture of all of us at the camp, pictured above. Thanks so much for your prayers and gifts that make it possible to minister in events like this, bringing light and life to Hispanics.

PRAYER

1. We’re now 1/3 of the way through our 3-month furlough to visit individuals and churches who pray and give to our ministry as Musicianaries to Hispanics. Pray with us for safety and stamina.

2. Please remember our new students at the Rio Grande Bible College this fall. Many of them are already ministering in local churches on both sides of the border.

3. Pray for those who are taking our place during our short furlough. Especially remember Anita from Chile who is highly gifted and is living in our home and will be getting married in December.

4. Finally, it is not too early to pray for the upcoming Missions Conference in late October at the local Hispanic church where we minister. We will fly back to participate in this exciting event.

In the strong name of Christ our Savior,

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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ablycker
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April 2016

We want to share with you some of the activities of a few of our students at the Rio Grande Bible College over Easter week.  Viridiana went to Port Isabel on the Gulf of Mexico to work with children at a Hispanic church.  She was appalled at the number of children that are left without care.  She sees this area as a mission field and is sorry she already has summer ministry plans and can’t return there.

Yalid went to Kansas to minister at a very small Hispanic church.  They went door to door especially looking for Latin Americans to invite them to their special event but didn’t find any.  Our student felt discouraged because he was the leader of the team.  They had a big meal prepared but those that came were almost all Caucasian Americans.  There was a ton of food left over.  One Hispanic family took it all and that food opened the door to 8 hungry Hispanic families.   God does work in mysterious ways.

Alex went to Iowa.  He was prepared to do “missionary work”, preach, evangelize, etc.  But he also ended up doing some things no one else knew how to do.  He replaced a broken toilet.  The name of the game is flexibility.  Pray for Alex who is slated to minister in the Amazon jungle of Peru this summer

What a privilege to be a part of the training of these special servants of the Lord.  Their next big event is the Spring Music Recital April 30 (their final exam)! 

In June we will be driving to Portland, Oregon to the wedding of our grandson Josiah Blycker; he wants Carrie his bride to enter to cello music and asked Grandma to play.  Phil will arrange the music. Then it’s on to Los Angeles for a Camino Global conference for a week. We’re looking forward to seeing some supporters along the way.

Thanks so much for your gifts and prayers,

Your Musicianaries to Hispanics,

Phil & Arleen Blycker

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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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September 2015

Fall 2015 (small)Weddings: Victor, who is planting a church in a dangerous area in nearby Reynosa, Mexico just married a consecrated Christian girl from Southern Mexico. Rogelio just announced his engagement to the daughter of long-time pastor Guadalupe in Chiapas (near Guatemala) whose ministry is among indigenous people lately persecuted by both religious and political enemies of the Gospel. David, another former student who is presently serving on the missions faculty, announced his engagement to Natalie from Chile, South America.

Thanks for praying for the nine mission trips and musical groups who ministered this past summer in the USA, Canada, Cuba, Spain, India, North Africa, the Middle East, Paraguay and the Philippines. It was so exciting to see the videos and hear their testimonies in chapel.

Our biggest family news is that our great-granddaughter Vera Lynn Abigail Wi  was born in Roseburg, OR on Aug. 31. We are so blessed! Pray for her parents, Noah & Kaeley.

This coming Lord’s Day, we will begin the Adult S. S. class playing and singing a Spanish hymn we wrote regarding the names and attributes of the third person of the Holy Trinity, “Santo Espíritu, Excelsa Paloma (“Holy Spirit, from Heaven Descended”). That’s the theme for the next two months; our Mexican teacher Antonio wants it sung weekly in the class.

We asked you to pray for our annual ministry at Music Camp in Mexico. It was a great success. At the final concert (under a huge circus tent over the basketball court) all our students played or sang. We enjoyed the handbell choir, concert band, percussion ensemble, string orchestra that played the “Hallelujah Chorus” and the gigantic mixed choir that sang 6 arrangements including two written and directed by Phil. Please enjoy their picture!

There were several specific answers to prayer during music camp. One young man asked for prayer for his brother back home suffering from a life-threatening disease. An hour later his mom called saying their M.D. had just pronounced his brother totally healed. Another was that one of Arleen’s cello students’ aunt was recently kidnapped with a large ransom demanded. Soon after that prayer was made she was released unharmed with no payment made. PTL!

Please pray for our classes and our student’s ministries in the fall semester at Rio Grande Bible College. Thanks so much for your prayers and offerings that enable us to continue serving God as His ambassadors here on the Mexican border.

In the service of the King,

Phil & Arleen Blycker

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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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Photos from May 2015

Choir led by Phil

RGBC choir led by Phil

Children and Grandchildren

Linnea, Martha, Joyful, Blair, Kaeley, Graceful

Great-grand-daughter

Great-grand-daughter Sophie

Linnea’s boys

Linnea’s boys Philip, Timothy & Noah

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Linnea & girls Esther, Mary, Martha & Graceful

Teacher and Pastor

Our Sunday School teacher from Nicaragua with Pastor and wife

Phil’s students

Phil’s students (Dominican Republic & Mexico)

Piano student

Arleen’s talented piano student

Wedding music

Music for two grads’ wedding

Wedding

Wedding of Phil’s students Juan & Primavera

Sand castle

Gigantic sand castle

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A walk on the beach at the Gulf of Mexico

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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May 2015

In late February we got a call from our granddaughter Martha asking if there was any way Grandma could fly to Oregon for our daughter Linnea’s birthday, (her first as a widow). Well, that’s hard to say “no” to, so Arleen started planning, doubling up her classes. Then, our son Jonathan who is a Pastor of Worship and Youth in Spokane, WA decided that if his Mom was going to be there he would go too, and drove his whole family with 6 children down to Roseburg, OR. What a fantastic time they had together. Lots of music! It was fun to watch our youngest grandson with our youngest great-granddaughter. The only negative is that Grandpa Phil wasn’t there, too. His class schedule was too complicated to change.

May 9 was our music recital. Arleen had a “dress rehearsal” for her students and at that meeting one of her students acted like a clown, (she thinks he was just trying to put everyone at ease). Another student acted like she was going to faint. So we didn’t know what to expect for the recital, but on Saturday afternoon they all did VERY well.

May 19 was graduation at RGBC, a bittersweet time. We’re glad to see them accomplish this goal, but after having worked with them for 4 years it’s hard to say good-bye. The exciting ministries ahead of them call us to remember them in prayer.

May 23 was the wedding of two of our students in the backyard of staff members on campus. We had an ensemble of 3 violins, Arleen on cello and I on the trumpet. That morning it poured, then the afternoon cleared but by 6:30 the wind was blowing over the music stands. At dusk we played the entrance of the wedding party. It was a wonderful God-honoring service of uniting two of my students, Juan & Primavera, in marriage.

Nine mission trips and musical groups are now under way. Please join us in “holding the ropes of prayer” as over 30 Rio Grande Bible College students accompanied by staff members will share their faith in spoken words and musical notes in the USA, Canada, Cuba, Spain, India, North Africa, the Middle East, Paraguay and the Philippines.

Later this summer we plan on joining the music faculty in Valsequillo, Mexico for the annual Music Camp. Some of the 125 campers become Christians, others dedicate their lives to serve the Lord but all sharpen their musical skills. We want to thank you for your partnership in love, support and prayer for our ministry of music to Hispanics.

Your musicianary ambassadors on the border,

Phil & Arleen Blycker

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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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