October 2017  
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Missions/Multicultural Ministries Coordinator: Kimberly Terry

It is with sadness that I announce the passing of long-time missionary and Partner In Missions Bro. Bennie DeMerchant. He passed from this life on February 8, 2017. Having received a call to missions work in the Amazaon Basin at the age of 10, he and his wife later became the youngest appointed missionaries of the UPCI, and served in that region for more than 51 years, thus becoming the longest serving missionaries of the same. Together, they established 130 Bible schools, over 300 churches, converted entire villages along the Amazon, and taught thousands of students to reach their country with the Gospel He logged more than 18,000 hours of flight time in his Cesna float plane trying to reach as many with the Gospel as he could. The Manaus newspaper carried the front page headline with the words Brazil loses greatest Oneness missionary of all time: Bennie Leigh DeMerchant dies in Manaus this morning, a testament to the life he lived there. The first funeral/memorial service held last week in Manaus was in one of the Jerusalem Conference Centers that he oversaw the building of, was attended by some 10,000 people. His final funeral will be March 9-10 in New Brunswick, Canada.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth is laid up me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but until all them also that love His appearing" (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

Please keep Sis. DeMerchant in prayer, as well as her daughters Pam Schuessler and Beth Sievers and their families.

*If you'd like to learn more about the work of God in the Amazon Basin, read Bro. DeMerchant's books Full Throttle and Still Going Full Throttle. Your thinking will be forever changed about missions work.





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