David W and Teresa Bill

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David Walter Bill (10/18/1954)
Teresa Lee (Graves) Bill (06/10/1955)

Jeremy James (11/21/1986)
Eric David (10/4/1989)
Chandra Graves (3/9/1993)

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Testimonies and backgrounds:

David Walter BILL was the first born to Walter and Marjorie (nee Irvine) BILL October 18th, 1954.
He grew up in the McKeesport area of Pennsylvania.

His mother was saved first.
Dave prayed to receive Christ into his heart during a boy's Sunday school class, was baptized at age 12, but later realized he had never really repented of his sins and was not born again.
During this time his father repented and received Christ.
After great conviction for over a year, Dave repented and received Christ in April 1970 and was re-baptized.
His brother and sister received Christ shortly afterwards.

The Lord immediately began to lead him in preparation for his life's ministries.
After several years of spiritual growth in church, Christian Service Brigade and summer forestry camps during high school and college at Penn State (McKeesport Campus), where he studied Environmental Resources Management, Dave began to hear God's call to eventually become a missionary.
"It's one thing to save the environment, but since God has given man domination over the creation, if the inner environment-man's heart is not changed, neither will any environment outside of his heart".

After the influence of missionary conferences at church, Dave transferred to Nyack College to prepare for missionary service.

While at Nyack, he was led to go to Gabon, Africa as a summer missionary in 1975.

After graduating from Nyack in 1978 with a bachelor'd degree in Social Science, he attended ASTM, then served as a youth pastor in Mendham, NJ, while finishing his Master's Degree at ATS in 1980.

Until 1985, Dave served as the assistant pastor in charge of outreach in McKeesport, was ordained in September 1982, where he also met Teresa, then was married August 20th, 1983.
Dave spent 2 more years, this time with Teresa, in McKeesport, before being sent to France and Gabon, Africa to begin their missionary career.

Dave has used his preparations in outdoor education all his life in ministries to help reach those not reached in some of the more remote areas of Gabon.

Dave's parents are active in the Murrysville Alliance church and actively support missions in the Alliance.
They have been once to France and thrice to Gabon for visits.

Teresa is the oldest of five children, born June 10th, 1955 to Richard and Athelen (nee Cooke) GRAVES in Stow, Ohio. Her parents divorced while Teresa was young.

Because of an invitation to church, Sunday school and VBS by a neighbor, who faithfully brought her weekly, Teresa was saved.

Later during her high school years while attending the Stow Alliance Fellowship, she rededicated her life to the Lord and her desire to serve the Lord in ministry increased.

After listening to a missionary at a conference, she responded to a call to service and went to Toccoa Falls College to begin training.

Teresa ministered with Alliance Youth Corps to the Cree Indians in Alberta, Canada during the summer of 1976.

Although Toccoa Falls College was devastated by a flood during her senior year, this didn't interfere with Teresa graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Missions.

Teresa then worked part-time at an Alliance church in Baytown, TX while also working part-time in Houston.

She completed graduate school requirements at ATS in 1982 then ministered at the Crestmont Alliance church in Aliquippa, PA.

Dave & Teresa met at his ordination in 1982.
They were married in 1983, continuing to work at the McKeesport Alliance church till 1985 when they went to Albertville, France for language study.

They arrived in Port Gentil, Gabon, Africa October 2nd, 1986. One month later their first child, Jeremy was born.

The BILL family has served in Gabon Africa from 1986-2005.

Jeremy is now married to Melanie (nee) Miner, and MK who grew up in the far east and whose parents are now C&MA missionaries in Bosnia. They now have two boys: Mason James and Keegan Shane both within the same year.

Eric is married to Vicki Chapman from the Warren, PA Alliance church. Both graduates from TFC. Eric & Vicki are now serving in Senegal as missionary apprentices with the Alliance.

Chandra, after graduating from Dakar Academy, took a year off to work while living with her parents during their home assignment in Murrysville, PA.
She is now attending TFC, boarding at Paradise Mountain Ministries, while her parents serve in Congo.

Dave & Teresa have spent three and one half years church planting in the Congo Republic. They are most recently building a church ministry center in the President's town of Oyo in central Congo. Giving to this outreach called Northern Congo Outreach is key in helping them finish their mission work for their final term 2013-2016.

Please e-mail us at: congobiltd@gmail.com or Teresabill55@gmail.com to request our newsletter entitled: Congo Current

Recent Newsletter Congo Current

Congo Current
Holiday Currents
December-January, 2017-2018
December
The Biblical book of Leviticus is full of descriptions of sacrifices & feasts. In a way, this past month has been full of sacrifices & feasts for our students, faculty & staff here at Toccoa Falls College!
Most are “sacrificing” time and effort necessary to finish and grade final exams, senior orals, other papers & tests to complete the first semester, but also there are times of fun where we feast at faculty, staff & departmental Christmas dinners, as well as travel to feast with family & friends during the Holidays!

Teresa, Brook Oby, Our departmental secretary & her husband at the Faculty-Staff Christmas dinner December 7th.

Earlier that day, Dave finally got his first Georgia buck. He had finished grading final papers the day before, and got up early to see three deer, one of which he shot with the family heirloom 30.06 he calls “Old Blunderbuss”.

Dave with his 1st Georgia Buck

A day later, December 8th, Eric, Vicki & our new granddaughter, Keilah arrived to spend a few days with us here at TFC before Chandra, Teresa & Dave all traveled south to visit with Jeremy, Melanie, Mason, Keegan & our granddaughter, Skylar in Orlando, as well as a couple days with Dave’s parents & sister Sue in Venice.

Eric, Vicki and our granddaughter Keilah arrived from northern Pennsylvania during our first (& most likely last) snow of the year. It was beautiful (for a while)!
Well, the word, “Toccoa” does means, “Beautiful” in the Cherokee language.
We took a night stroll in the snow before it all melted a few days later.

Vicki, Keilah & Eric

First & likely last snow for Toccoa this season

We enjoyed the Global Missions Department Christmas dinner at the Urban Barn in downtown Toccoa Saturday, December 9the where we feasted, participated in a “White Elephant” gift exchange, and as well, reintroduced Eric, Vicki & introduced Keilah to some of their former professors.

Departmental Christmas Party Dinner at the Urban Barn

Eric, Vicki & Keilah Jeremy, Skylar, Keegan, Melanie & Mason
Reunion at Dave’s Folks in Venice, FL: Eric, Vicki, Keilah; Dave, Teresa & Chandra; Jeremy, Melanie, Mason, Keegan & Skylar; Dave’s sister Sue; Walter & Marjorie

Nelson & Rosanna Hess (nee: Forman -former colleague in Gabon) came
Over to visit from their wintering place in Lehigh Acres near Fort Myers
Jeremy, Melanie, Mason, Keegan & Skylar, along with Melanie’s sister Maria and her husband Lauren Ellenberger and son Milo spent the New Year’s week with us. Visits from Max Miner, Melanie & Maria’s brother, their grandparents, the Schultz’s, & Chris Thoemke, Chandra’s finance were also part of the times spent feasting and playing games.

Photos of the month:

Dave’s BSF class made a signature placard for him the last day of classes during the class party.

Presentation of placard at the Class Christmas Party at semester’s end

Dave & Teresa BILL
International Workers to the Republic of Congo
On Home Assignment as International Workers in Residence at Toccoa Falls College for the 2017-18 school year before returning to the field.

Please see the following page for information on how to help us financially for our continuing projects as we anticipate our return to Congo

Thank you for financially supporting our ministries:

All checks be made out to: The C&MA
On the check memo, please indicate one of the following:
•BILL-Work-Congo
•Northern Congo Outreach
•Support Dave & Teresa BILL (Great Commission Fund)

Address envelope: The C&MA
Ex. Bill-Work-Congo
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs. CO 80920

Online: https://www.cmalliance.org/worker/bill-davidw-teresa

Credit card: 719-599-5999. Ask for missionary accounting

Contact us at: congobiltd@gmail.com or teresabill55@gmail.com

See our newsletter online at: www.cmalliance.org under My C&MA

For short term mission trips to Congo, contact us at the above e-addresses.

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Updated: January 22, 2018

Children's Names
Jeremy
Eric
Chandra
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
107 Kincaid Dr MSC 955
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

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