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. From 2006 - present, they serve in the Republic of Congo, recently in Orality ministries.

Jeremy is 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 are both graduates from TFC. They have two boys and one girl: Mason James (4/24/12) and Keegan Shane (4/16/13) both born within the same year and Skylar Raine (8/4/17). Jeremy and family are dorm parents at the Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan as of August 2018.

Eric is married to Vicki Chapman from the Warren, PA Alliance church. Both are graduates from TFC. Vicki is a nurse. Eric & Vicki are now serving in Senegal as International workers with the Alliance. Keilah Mae (4/12/17) is the newest addition to their family.

Chandra, after graduating from Dakar Academy, took a year off to work while living with her parents during their home assignment in Murrysville, PA.
After attending TFC for one year, boarding at Paradise Mountain Ministries, while her parents serve in Congo, Chandra is married to Chris Thoemke (4/7/18) and are both working in Toccoa.

Dave & Teresa have spent a decade church planting in the Congo Republic. They have most recently built 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 2013-2016 term.

Their final term from September 2018 - summer 2021 will be in Pointe Noire working in Orality.

Please email us at: congobiltd@gmail.com or Teresabill55@gmail.com to request our monthly newsletter entitled: Congo Current

Recent Newsletter Congo Current

Congo Current
Current Visits
December 2018 – January 2019

December
Early in December, our south team had the pleasure of a visit from the leadership.

Team strategies and personal ministry descriptions were discussed, visits to the center, radio station and meeting with some of our national team members were all part of their visit to us in Pointe Noire.
Later that week we visited the newly inaugurated Congo Culture & History Museum as part of our learning process.

The same day we visited the “Grand Canyon” of Congo near the Museum.

Dave & Teresa at the Museum and Grand Canyon near the coast of Congo

We are currently visiting our son Eric, Vicki & granddaughter Keilah (see: I Samuel 23) in St. Louis, Senegal. We plan extending our visit through Christmas & New Years!

Vicki, Eric & Keilah at the Africa Strike Lodge

Upon arriving, we spent a couple days visiting a game park.

Zebra, Antelope & Wart Hogs

Dave & Eric visited the bays nearby to fish while Teresa, Vicki & Keilah visited the area, also by boat, learning of its history.

After a days catch

On route to St. Louis, we visited from a distance, the largest Mosque in Senegal in the sacred city of Touba.

We visited the first Woolof church in St. Louis, where Eric, Vicki & team attend and with which they partner. The pastor is a wonderful man. He was the first Woolof believer in Saint Louis and only one of two or three ordained pastors in all of Senegal!

Stephens Family Emily & Renee
We were visited by Eric’s team members (above photos) in St. Louis for a Christmas eve get together to sing Christmas carols, read the Christmas accounts and enjoy each other’s company.

Christmas morning we exchanged gifts as a family.

Front & Back of Quilt for Keilah that Teresa made recently

Teresa & I visited St. Louis by horse-cart tour to learn that St. Louis was the capitol of Senegal at one time, but being only 3 KMs from the Mauritanian border making it strategically vulnerable, it was moved to Dakar.

Senegal means, “Our Pirogue” and there are a lot of them here along the Barbary Coast

Historical Monument Abdula, our Knowlegable Tour Guide

Eric took us to visit the Ministry Center in the Pikinoise area of town where each Thursday, Eric has a boys club for Talibe street boys.
This is a three story center and has a small soccer field on the roof!
The Thursday after Christmas we all celebrated there.

Eric discussing a Christmas film shown to the Talibe Boys

Tug-O-War on the Roof-Top Mini Soccer Field Many Games were part of the Festivities

Time to Eat & Distribution of Sports Outfits for the boys were all part of the Ministry Day

January

Please pray for our return trip to Congo.

Please pray for our ministry at Nkayi, very soon after we return. We will be opening a new orality center at the Alliance church there. Please pray for pastor Philippe of Nkayi and congregation as well as our team, ministry, travel and impact in the area.

Please pray for our next Orality ministry trip to the Vili villages in the Madingo-Kayes area.

Thank you for giving to: Bill-Work-Congo fund as we are trying to raise monies for our trip to a Freedom to Lead conference in Cote d’Ivoire in March.

Please pray and give toward the task Dave has in leading the work team coming to renovate our new colleague Chialin Yu’s apartment for which we will need funding.

Please pray for a summer intern or two. Please pray for their support, preparation and successful time here in Congo.

We wish you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2019!

Photo of the month:
Beautiful Bouganvillas in bloom everywhere in and around St. Louis, Senegal

Dave & Teresa BILL
International Workers with the C&MA in Republic of Congo

Please see the following page for how to join our ministry efforts:
Thank you for supporting our ministries:

All checks should be made out to: The C&MA
On the check memo, please indicate one of the following:
•BILL-Work-Congo
•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

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

See our newsletter online at: www.cmalliance.org under My C&MA or contact us at: congobiltd@gmail.com to send us e-addresses of other interested people that wish to be added to our e-mailing list.

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Updated: December 30, 2018

Children's Names
Jeremy
Eric
Chandra
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
100 Eastanollee Rd
Eastanollee, GA 30538

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