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)

Congo

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
Colleagues’ Current Challenges
April-May 2017

Our national colleagues, Celestin and Jeanne MAYALA, who have taken over our work in Congo face many challenges. One challenge that has grown more serious over the past few years has been Jeanne’s need for an operation on her back. We have sent money for her to have this operation, but she needs our prayers. As you may not know, the medical facilities and personnel in Congo are many times less than desirable. Please pray with us for her to have a successful total healing in every sense of the word. The following photos and paragraph were recently sent to me by Celestin.

Jeanne, Celestin’s wife, after surgeries.

God be praised for Jeanne's complicated yet successful surgery. Complicated because the work of a few minutes according to the Doctor, lasted two hours. For instead of a single ipoma, the doctor found that there was a second ipoma pushing down the bigger one. After pulling out the second, he discovered a developing cyst. That prompted the doctors to ask me a little more money than we have been required to pay. Five days later, a complication arose: the skin over the operated part was dead. She had to undergo another operation to remove the dead skin that left a gaping wound which must be treated for more than a month. Thank you for your prayers, for the wound seems to be healing well. Last week the doctor informed us that his return ticket to Cuba arrived. Certainly, while I am writing to you, he is already in his own country. Thank the Lord he finished all the operation before leaving.
Another challenge Celestin faces, is the government’s general opposition to private enterprises of any kind. Even though Celestin’s schools are some of the best in the area, the government will find technical, yet legal things, to try and shut his schools down. Coming from a former Marxist regime, the government wants total control and makes “mountains out of mole hills” or magnifies the “less important over more important aspects” such as needing green paint on chalk boards instead of black paint, even though it’s almost impossible to find green paint in the local Congolese stores. They are trying to shut Celestin’s schools down due to things like this or worse yet, closing a school because the class room is a foot or two shorter than a government school of lesser quality.
For Celestin to overcome obstacles as such, he needs our help. Prayer of course, but also, financial help for those who wish to enter into an engagement for the hearts and lives of many children he is affecting for the future.
If there are those within our newsletter constituency who feel led to give this way or know of organizations who can help Celestin, please let us know. Thank you!

April

April 4-9 were busy but very enjoyable days for us as we held back to back mission conferences in both Hartwell, GA and Hendersonville, NC.

White Squirrels of the Hendersonville Area
Baby Keilah (Kee-la) Mae BILL arrived April 12th born in Dakar, Senegal to our son Eric and daughter-in-law Vickie – their first!

Our visit to see our son Jeremy, daughter-in-law Melanie and grandsons Mason and Keegan in Orlando, FL was wonderful.
Dave was privileged to address the student body during an evening chapel.

Jeremy, Melanie, Keegan & Mason - Easter 2017

Pirate’s Cove Miniature Golfing on Mason & Keegan’s Birthday “Week” Mason Hauls in a Bass

Dave continued on to Venice, FL to visit his parents and sister while Teresa & Chandra went back to Toccoa for Chandra’s work. Dave then drove his parent’s car to Murrysville, PA to meet his parents there who flew up.

Dave’s Mom & Dad in Venice Some of Dave’s Sister Sue’s Bible Study Group

In the meantime, Teresa held mission conferences at Alliance churches in Grace Montagnard, Charlotte and Marion, NC before joining Dave in Murrysville.

Montagnard (Vietnamese) Youth Group in Charlotte

A few days after Dave arrived, his dad may have had a TIA (mini-stroke) and is at present in hospital. Please pray for his recovery and for our summer culminating in moving us once and for all to Georgia (Dave & Teresa) and Florida (Dave’s parents).

Chandra is spending the summer in Toccoa staying with our friend while working at the Precious Minutes Day Care. She will be looking after our new house and property while we are gone. Please pray for her is every way.

Please continue praying for our summer in general, as Dave has to prepare for courses to teach at the college this fall as well as us attending General Council, HAMS (Home Assignment Ministries Seminar), part of Mahaffey Family Camp and of course moving! We will also be visiting Alliance churches for mission Sundays this month as follows:

May
Girard, PA May 21st
New Stanton, PA May 28th
Council in Columbus, OH May 29th - June 4th

Photo of the month:

Dave having Fun Fishing at the Ranch
Dave & Teresa BILL with daughter Chandra
International Workers with the C&MA in the Republic of Congo on home assignment in Toccoa Falls, Georgia

Please see following page for ministry support information …
How to financially support 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: May 22, 2017

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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