SOUTHERN AFRICA, ZAMBIA, NDOLA, Andrew and Jill Schultz — They share the following report: “In Zambia there are so many opportunities to minister and to witness. One opportunity that is often overlooked is the large Indian population here. Because of Zambia’s ties to Britain during colonial years, most cities today have a large area devoted to people of Indian ancestry. Most are devoutly Hindu. Jill and I have many Indian friends to whom we witness and spend time in their homes and they in ours. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any fruit from this endeavor. Pray that our witnessing will bear fruit, and that the Lord will send more laborers to reach these various groups of people.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN’S, Nathan and Renee Owens — They give the following report, “Our Caribbean Radio Lighthouse (CRL) staff continues plugging away at daily duties in Antigua without equipment problems. The ‘That’s Truth’ live call-in program we started in January has been going well. Although we do not receive many phones calls (due to phone rates), we do receive numerous text messages with questions from as far north as the British Virgin Islands and south to the devastated island of Dominica, as well as online listeners. As a result, we have heard from many new listeners— those who express gratitude for the clarity on the topics and those who are looking for a church that teaches the whole Bible. We have also heard from a couple who has requested marital counseling and even from an individual who admitted he is not a Christian. We are excited how the Lord is choosing to us CRL to change lives! Thank you so much for your continued prayers.”
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They give the following: “We have seen some good results in the last two months as our people have been laboring in the fields. During the last week of February, we took about 40 of them to the village of Omagwa for a day of soul winning and inviting people to the church plant there. God helped us to see 84 souls saved that day and the following Sunday (the church’s one year anniversary). They had a record attendance of 199 with 124 visitors! I had the opportunity to preach to them that Sunday, and God really blessed in the service with 83 responding to the invitation to receive Christ as their Savior. The Omagwa church is already outgrowing the building they are renting, and we are praying now that God will open the door for them to get some property for a larger building.
Once again, we thank you for standing with us in prayer and your faithful support of our ministry. Thank us for being a blessing to us.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, LEON, Ricardo and Angela Portillo — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We have been thrilled to see the Lord use our church members in their neighborhoods. Last prayer letter, we shared how one couple chose of obey the Lord and get married. The wife was baptized and she has been on fire for the Lord. She has been going soul winning with her little girls on her street and invited some teens to youth group. These teens started coming faithfully, inviting their families, and now we have three households coming from that area. We are now in the process of discipling these families. She has been coming to soul winning classes and last month she led her first soul to Christ. Since then, she has continued to win souls and has seen three more souls saved. Last Sunday she was introducing her guest to everyone. We are impressed once again on the power of the Gospel in people’s lives. One of these women told us, ‘Before I was saved, I was sad all the time. I had not smiled in years. It is as if I’m a new person and I’m smiling again.’
• Church Planting — Pray for more laborers and someone to pastor the church plant in Santo Tomas Chontales.
• New Vehicle — We need a truck for church pick-ups. Praise the Lord, the church bus runs full and we are in need of a vehicle that can run on bad roads.
• Church Property — We are praying this year to buy land and start construction on a church building.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, CHICLAYO, Lee and Eva Johnson — They share their ministry to the Deaf in that country: “One of my favorite places to preach is the small city of Pacasmayo, Peru. The city is located about 1½ hours south of Chiclayo. The Baptist church started a new church about five years ago and asked me to preach for their anniversary service. It was a one-day event.
• Pray for a couple who has stopped their discipleship lessons.
• Pray for M. and her studies at Pensacola Christian College.
• Pray that God will lead in the return of Miss Deidra and a group.
• Pray for the faithfulness of another couple.
• Pray that the servants of the Lord who received the water systems will use it as a soul winning tool for the furtherance of the Gospel.
• Pray for the people who made decisions during the preaching at San Pedro de Bloc.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREW’S, Coco Chan — She shares the following report and prayer needs: “Concerning the ministry, so far I go into four schools to teach the Bible. The school system here is a bit different. There is no mandatory religious instruction class. Therefore, I do a morning assembly in some schools while doing a Bible club in other schools during lunch hour.
I am also going into a juvenile center on Tuesday to spend an hour with the young people. This is my desire and prayer that they would allow God to work in their hearts and make a difference in their lives. They long to have attention and to be loved. Please pray for God to use me as a channel to show them His love.
At Lifeline Independent Baptist Church, I am teaching in a Sunday school class and in a Bible club and working with children’s choir on Friday evenings. Thursday evenings is our door-to-door soul winning time.
• To get into more schools
• To find open doors for other ministries
• To have wisdom and strength to teach the young people
• To see souls to be saved.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following: “A teen girl began attending our church in January with her mom, who is a Christian. The teen had not been to church very often and knew very little of the Bible. She and her mom have faithfully attended on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings. Last Sunday the teen told me that she had prayed to accept the Lord as her Savior two week ago. We were so excited! Her mom is so happy. We are praying for the dad and brother to be saved too.
Another teenage girl came to our church about a year ago. Her dad brought her and dropped her off. We began talking to her after church and discovered that when she was five years old, she had taken piano lessons from Adrianna. That was nine years ago! Her family recently moved back to our city from Oregon, and her mom remembered our church because of taking piano lessons from Adrianna. Several weeks ago she responded to the invitation and got saved! Her parents (they are immigrants from China) have visited the church a few times with her, but they do not allow her to come every week. They wanted her to attend church so she could make friends. She found Jesus, the greatest Friend! She has a sincere desire to learn about God. It is really amazing how God works in people’s lives.”
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD John Lafreniere and son, Elijah — He shares the following report: “We are excited about the opportunity that God has given our church to occupy our own commercial space. Without a great deal of prayer, occupying a commercial space seemed impossible since the average commercial rent is $2,000 for every 1,000 sq. ft. God has blessed us in the elementary school where we have been meeting, but for a temporary location, the rent has been $3,100 per month that God has provided.
In a nutshell, God worked in many hearts to give us an opportunity to occupy a 2,700 sq. ft. space for just $2,750 per month. This is very uncommon in our area and we give God all the glory for bringing this to us. I have been praying in the parking lot of this space for three years while God continued to give me confidence that this was His will.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY AS THEY RENNOVATE THE BUILDING TO THEIR SPECIFICATIONS!
EUROPE, ESTONIA, KOHTLA-JARVE, Ronald and Rachel Winkler — They share the following: “In February we placed an ad in the local newspaper with the desire of reaching into more homes and making people aware of our weekly Sunday Bible Study. The ad also advertised a free English club during the week, with hopes of making new contacts. A woman was the first one to respond and now regularly comes to English class each week. She is a friendly woman and enjoys class. We have invited her to join us on Sundays and hope she will do that soon. Please join with us in praying for her to come and that her heart will be receptive to the Gospel. There were a couple of calls for English in response to the ad along with a call about Sunday Bible Study, but nothing ever came of them. Another woman saw the ad and showed up for English class. She said she was interested in coming on Sundays as well. A couple of Sundays later, as we were preparing to leave, she walked in. She was confused at what time things started but promised to return the next week. She did come and listened attentively for over an hour as I began teaching here about who Jesus is and what He did for her.
We are rejoicing along with the angels that this past Sunday morning she put her trust in Jesus Christ for salvation! After studying a lesson from John 3, she said she would like to receive God’s free gift of eternal life. I believe the prayers of God’s people helped prepare her heart for the Gospel. What a privilege that God uses us to bring others to Himself. Pray that she will grow and that she will desire to share with others what Jesus did for her.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They give the following testimony: “Recently, we had a special blessing. One of our men was up early before church on Sunday morning and decided that he wanted to give out some Gospel tracts before church. He went out to do some “letterboxing”—putting Gospel tracts in mailboxes. A woman had been out of church for a while and decided that she wanted to start going to church again. She phoned a friend to ask where she goes to church, but it was too far away since she does not drive. As she was still on the phone, the man from our church put a tract in her box. He was wearing a bright red shirt with white letters saying “Jesus Loves Sinners.” While still holding the phone, she ran out and asked him where he went to church. He invited her and said that if she needed a ride, his family would pick her up. She attended that morning and then in the evening. After the evening service, I invited her to the Wednesday night service. She said she would be there and then she asked if it would be OK to start tithing. We do not see that very often. She comes from a Charismatic background, SO PRAY THAT WE CAN SEE HER GROW!”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: “We are presently on furlough for four months, and it is a great blessing to receive reports of our church in Spain and hear how God is blessing. Our two preacher men are doing the preaching along with a brother from our son David’s church. We also have three women teaching our Sunday school classes and others in the church are taking care of other jobs.
Please pray as we continue our furlough that God will touch the hearts of many to help us with the great need of a larger church building. We still need about $47,000 to be able to purchase a building. Please pray!
BRAZIL, AMERICA GOIANIA, Bethany Thompson — Bethany writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunity to lead third and fourth graders to Christ in our Christian school! The fourth grader has encouraged his whole family to come to our church and has been growing in his Christian walk. His mom commented on how he has changed since coming to our school. What a joy to be able to share that his change is due to his newfound relationship with God! Four years ago, another mom came to the school office looking for a school that could help her four-year-old son with tantrums. She told me that first day that she had never believed in God, but was willing to do anything we ask if we could help her son. He was enrolled, and with consistent limits, his behavior soon improved. His mom came to our church and was saved. They moved away and are now back, and now he has placed his faith in Christ. Pray for his dad to be saved.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, David and Debbie Board — They share the following: “K. lives a few blocks from our church in Phnom Penh with her husband who is openly hostile to the Gospel. Though she is not saved and does not have much of a spiritual understanding of what is preached and taught in our church, we do believe that God is working in her heart to show her she is a sinner in need of a personal Savior. PLEASE PRAY SHE WILL RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL AS THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS HER OF HER LOST CONDITION AND HER NEED TO BE SAVED.
We encourage you to check our blogsite for current details about how things are progressing in Romdeng Village. It is a great blessing to see the adults, teens, and children who are being saved and discipled in the Word of God. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE NEW BELIEVERS IN THAT REMOTE VILLAGE.
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, TOLEDO, CATTLE LANDING, Troy and Suzannah Lewis — They give the following report: “A man was hanging around the pulpit as I was talking following the service. He had been coming to church for a little over a month and had raised his hand during the invitations for salvation. After speaking with him about his family, himself, and church, I mentioned to him that I had been praying for him to be saved and that God had great things for him. ‘But I need to clean up things in my life first, Pastor Troy.’ After encouraging him that there is nothing he can clean up but that only Christ can clean up his sin condition and make him new, he gloriously repented of his sins and accepted Christ as his personal Savior, Amen. Please pray for his spiritual growth as he has an extremely rough family life.
• Please continue to pray for our vehicles as they are still causing problems for us.
• Please be in prayer for the Shertzers as they prepare to move this summer and partner with us to reach the wonderful people of Punta Gorda.”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Kirk and Kathy Hickok — They share the following report: “ I have to say, HERE WE GROW AGAIN! Our key man in the ministry Agenor de Almeida is back with us and has taken over the pastorate in Barrinha. He and Kirk have always had a burden for Pradopolis, a city of about 15,000 people, that is almost an hour away from us. Over a year ago we took a good group of our church folks over there to hand out tracts and the people were very receptive. Agenor has been going over there and doing a lot of visiting and has a small group of people who are very interested in having him come over to teach them the Bible. There is no Baptist church of any kind in the city. The Lord opened the doors, and we have rented a storefront in the city and we hope to start meetings in April. Our days will be spent between Barrinha and Pradipolis. Please pray for this new opportunity to bring the Gospel to another city. As the Lord opens doors, our next step will be to seek out land for a permanent church.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Cesar and Christine Cerna — They give the following report: “In our last letter, we informed you that we recently moved to a new location for church services. Initially, we were concerned with how some of the new members would be able to get to the new location. With the transition, we had to change our van route to bring some of our elderly members (who live close to the old location) to church. So, those who were accustomed to being brought to church were asked to find another way to come. By God’s grace, the transition to our new location has been smoother than we had anticipated. Those who were faithful in riding the van to church also have been faithful in coming to church on their own. In fact, in one case, God gave one of the members a car to bring a family to church! Since the transition, we are seeing more couples faithfully involving themselves in church. One has been faithful for some years now. He frequently goes soul winning with us and is even starting to preach at church. We had been praying for his wife to rededicate her life to Christ. By God’s grace, He has answered our prayers. She has been coming to church often and she is getting involved in serving. She is now part of the ladies Bible Study group that Christine is leading. Also, a couple has been coming to church for years. For quite some time now, we have tried to motivate them to get more involved, but to no avail. However, now that we are in a new location, they have both shown servants’ hearts that we would not have expected. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They share the following report: “We met two Nigerian refugees at a funeral in January. They have been in our area for several months and are awaiting word from French authorities on their request for asylum. Both are working hard to adjust to life in France, especially to the language. They were pleased to find out that we are Americans because they speak English. These young men showed immediate interest in attending one of our services and came the very next Sunday. After several one-on-one Bible studies, each prayed to trust Christ. This was the first time I have led someone to the Lord in English here at our church in Charleville. Praise God that the Gospel message is effective in every language! We are currently discipling them and praying for God’s will in their lives.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney — They share the following report and list of prayer needs: “This year marks the 10th anniversary of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Tema. Our people are excited, committed, and encouraged to serve and start new works. They have come to know Jesus for themselves and have chosen His path for their lives. They have started a Bible club in Ashiaman — Community 22 area. They will also start another one in the Zenu — Zone 2 community after Easter with the hope of it becoming a new church plant. They remember when they were young people in our first Bible club and are now starting, leading, and teaching in Bible studies, Bible clubs and church plants of their own. To God be the Glory! Your faithfulness in prayers and generous giving has wrought this great work of the Lord!
• Pray for a new believer’s spiritual growth.
• Pray that during the rainy season it will not affect our church service times, Bible institute, Bible clubs, and other ministries since we will be meeting under tents.
• Pray for a successful medical outreach to two men.
• Pray for a man to get back right with the Lord.
• Pray for a 15-year-old to grow in the Lord as we disciple him.
• Pray for the successful registration of our literacy program.
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, Kirk and Kathy Bogard — They share the following: “Since our last letter, we have put together a Prayer Guide, listing the five ministries we are involved in at this time. The purpose of the Guide is for you to be able to intercede for these specific ministries on a daily or weekly basis. We will continue to send our regular bi-monthly prayer updates, but now you will have in your hands a more in depth description of our ministry. We hope you will keep it in a permanent place, so you will be encouraged to pray for us daily.”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following report: “This past Monday, a deaf lady contacted Becky on Facebook Messenger. She lives in the city of Rio Branco in the state of Acre in northern Brazil, about 30 miles from the northern border of Bolivia. She told Becky that she was watching the preaching that we show via Facebook Live. She is enjoying the preaching, and we are presently trying to find a good church there with a deaf ministry. Independent Baptist churches with any type of ministry to the deaf in Brazil are few and far between! Rio Branco in Acre is about 2,200 miles from our church, but we are able to use social media and modern technology to preach the Gospel in her home. She said that she wants to read and study the Bible so she can learn more about God. Please pray for her salvation.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, WATERFRONT KONEDOBU, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder — They share the following report: “Sam preaches in Pidgin at least once a week and helps with youth meetings. He also leads the Pidgin Reading Club every Wednesday while Sarah Glover is on furlough. We continue to disciple a young family in our church. We have been sharing some child training videos with Pastor Ben, and we were delighted that on his own he taught a series on that topic in church. Mary Beth helps with Pastor Ben’s wife with Sunday school and enjoys leading choir practices after church on Sunday afternoon.
The Lord has also helped Mary Beth and our national clinic worker deliver a few babies. One mother came in labor with her baby not lined up properly, and after delivering the breech baby, Mary Beth worked with the baby for several minutes before the baby started breathing. She is so thankful for the Lord’s help that night and the many times He has shown Himself strong. In these situations, we learn to rely fully on the Lord. Please continue to pray for the clinic ministry and the nurse. Mary Beth only works on Tuesdays in the prenatal clinic and helps with occasional emergencies.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: “As I have mentioned before, we are planting a new church here in Saint-Quentin. At present, we are meeting at the community hall and library. It is a blessing to use these facilities to preach and teach God’s Word. It is a joy to see the Lord work in the lives of those who come regularly and see to Him touch the hearts of visitors. People are curious as to what we believe, as there has never been another church here other than the Catholic Church. Please pray that the Lord will touch hearts for salvation in this needy area. Tradition and religion have blinded the eyes of people for many years and only Christ can change hearts and save souls. We are praying for the salvation of many people we know personally and we continue to distribute Gospel tracts and reach out through His Word.”
ARM PERSONNEL, TENNESSEE, KINGSPORT, Gailen and Margie Abbett — They share the following report: “Since our last letter to you, Margie and I have received some emails from a faithful, dedicated missionary/pastor serving with the native Canadians up in Québec, Canada. He needs to be gone close to five weeks from his ministry, and he has asked us if we could take care of his work for him while he is gone….We did not say ‘Yes’ right away, wanting to have peace for ourselves and peace about the care my mother would receive while we were gone. God opened the door to a local home that will take good care of Mom on a temporary care basis, making our trip together possible.
So the first week of April, we will be making the 3–4 day drive to Malartic, Québec, Canada, several hours north of Ottawa, the Canadian capital. To put it in perspective, this is a 2-day drive from Havre-Saint-Pierre, where we served in a national church for a month about two years ago. This work in Malartic is mainly a work among the native Canadians, which will mean that we will have much to learn in very little time to know how to effectively help these precious people. I will be in charge of all church services, while Margie will have a children’s class to teach as well as any meetings with the women. Hopefully, I will be allowed to keep up the pastor’s weekly visits to a local jail. As always in a situation like this, our goal is to allow the Lord to use us to be a true help and blessing to the people we find there, to see fruit come from our labors, and to leave the work in good spiritual shape for the pastor as he returns to pick up where he left off. We expect to be home just before May 20. I cannot express enough how much we count on you, our friends, for your prayers that we know we will need so much in all of this.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA, Dan and Terri Gardner — They share the following report: “At Shinko Baptist Church we have been having a Saturday church service for children who cannot come on Sunday. We are excited about those who have come and are praying that attendance will increase gradually. There are five young people going to camp. Please pray for two of them that they will put their trust in Christ for salvation. One has made a profession of faith but she needs assurance of salvation.
One of the men who has been coming to church recently has surrendered to be baptized. Please pray for him as he stands strong for God. Pray that God will continue to help him to be faithful.
• April 14 Tomodachi (toe moe dah chee) Time is when we invite many kids to come to hear a Gospel message, to make a craft, to play games, and to eat lunch.
• We have a new church plant going up in Nago (nah go). Our son, Don Jr., will be starting this work in the fall. We are presently working on the building construction.
• Pray that we will see more people saved and surrender to God.
• Pray that the hearts of the Japanese people would be softened so they would listen to the message of Christ.”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, SPAIN, ROTA, Jason and Leah Harvell — They share the following report: “This year has started with tremendous blessings form the Lord! We had one soul come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior in January and another in February! On top of that, God has blessed us with our core group of people remaining strong and faithful after one family PCS’ing and seeing another rotation of ships. God has been gracious through this transition and we praise Him for it. Please pray for us as we set out with the task of teaching this new rotation of service members.
We have great news to announce—our first annual European-wide Military Family Summer Camp! This has been a prayer of mine for three years now, and I have asked many to help us pray that this burden would become a reality. God has answered our prayers! We are hosting a summer camp at a camp facility in Portugal (about five hours from us) for Military families who are living overseas! We have discovered that a large portion of our ministry is to the families of our sailors. This is a great opportunity to get alone with God and focus on His Word without the worldly distractions around us. Please pray for this year’s camp preparations.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, PANAMA, Brent and Jennifer Hoffman — They share the following: “February was Carnival month. For those of you who do not know, Carnival is a more wicked version of Mardi Gras here. It goes on for several days and with nothing but drinking and debauchery, starting at 11 in the morning and going until 5 the next morning. They then collapse for a few hours before they spend another day partying. I did not go out at night, as I heard how wicked it was, but I went out one day and I was surprised to find that entire families were showing up to ‘party’ complete with little kids and everything. I passed out some tracts but did not stay long as it was not something that I really wanted to spend a whole lot of time near. Then a couple days later, the people of the city walked a ‘pilgrimage’ to a basilica in another town to make up for these sins. The route happened to be one street away from our house. Therefore, I grabbed every tract we had in the house, about 500, and took the two oldest kids and passed them out to everyone we could. Please pray that some fruit will take hold….Thank you for all of your prayers and support; it has been an adjustment to move to Panama. We are in the process of figuring out exactly where in the country God would have us start a work. In the meantime, we are working in a church here, just learning the ropes.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Hannah Saint — They share the following: “On January 7 we held the first services of Mision Biblico Bautista la Verdad in our home. We have services at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. We averaged 10 people per service, but we have been especially glad to see a woman and some of her daughters attend almost faithfully, as well as another and her adult son. Both have shared their testimonies of salvation but lack a solid foundation in the truths of God’s Word. We continue to pray for the salvation of a woman, her husband, and their daughters.
• Pray for A. and his family, R. and her family, H., N., and E.
• Pray for a new location. One is available and is ideal with as many as 33,000 people living within a mile radius of the property in mind.
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, AGUADILLA, Steve and Ann Buchanan — They share the following: “We come to you with thankful hearts for all the prayers and giving during these days of recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are glad to report that after two months we now have electricity and water! However, I ask you to please continue to pray for Puerto Rico, as there are 400,000 people, mainly in the mountains, who still have no electricity and only have water—sometimes.
We have finally finished with the land cleanup from the hurricanes. FEMA came and took away some of the debris. Thanks to the donations given to help us, I was able to hire a front-end loader, a dump truck, and a man with a chain saw to finish the cleanup. We were excited to have two first time visitors with us and we are asking God to give them direction. I hope that they will become a part of our congregation.
Please continue to pray as we and our people reach out to the lost here in Puerto Rico. Pray that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit and that He will go before us and prepare the hearts of the lost that He wants us to reach with the Gospel.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ORLEANS, Jeff and Kim Smith — They give the following report: “Our church had its Grand Opening Service in its new building on March 4. This was a very special day with many visitors and a clear Gospel message presented. One person made a profession of faith in the morning service! It has been very rewarding to be a part of the ministry team at CBC during this chapter in the church’s history. We praise God for His leading . . . and for your prayers and support to put us here for this time.
• Permanent residency status progress
• Ministry responsibilities and opportunities: visitation, transportation for services, church construction, preaching/teaching, and choir”
CLAIM MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH, Rebecca Pope, RN — She shares the following: “The first couple of months this year have started out much busier than normal! So far, I have been to the Philippines, Peru, California, and Arizona, and this week I head for Nicaragua.
Just a few days into the new year and we embarked on our first mission, going to Lagro, Philippines, to work with a new church plant. This missionary family with whom we worked had taken their first mission trip six years prior when they went with Medical Missions Outreach to Kenya. According to Missionary Calvin Houser, it was during that trip that the Lord confirmed a calling to missions, and now he and his family are serving in this suburb of Manila.
If your church or place of business would be interested in collecting used prescription eyeglasses, reading and sunglasses, please feel free to contact MMO or me directly. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the MMO office at 410-391-7000. It is just one more way you can be involved in missions!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, PARAISO, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following: “For the past five years since the church was started in Danli, we have used different camp sites for our youth. However, many of you know that God has provided a property to be used for the camp here in Danli. I am unsure if we will have it ready by January of next year, but we have started building. The project will cost around $85,000. We have about half of the amount already committed! This year three campers accepted Christ as their personal Savior and 24 surrendered to serve the Lord full-time.
In addition to those saved at camp, we were able to see many other people make professions of faith in the Lord. Then on February 4, we were able to have a baptismal service. Twenty people came ready to follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. As an added blessing, Pastor Pedro Avila brought six people from the church in Los Robles to be baptized, and he was able to perform his first baptism! I was able to provide the moral support.
Please pray with us for the construction of the camp and for different ministries God has given us!”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, TUCUMAN, SAN MIGUEL, Larry and Ruth Owens — They share the following report: “We just finished summer camp, and do not forget, it is summer here! This past week, two buses filled with teens went about three hours up in the mountains to a town called Mollar. They had preaching during the day and at night. Missionary Ferrari preached, and the Lord really blessed with nine decisions for salvation. Five dedicated themselves to the ministry and a lot of others who rededicated their lives to the Lord. We praise Him for all these blessings.
We really have a desire to start more churches in Argentina. The Lord has laid on my heart to start a church in the city of Monteros, Tucuman, a city of 60,000 without a fundamental Baptist church. We are in the process of renting a building for about $350 per month. We will be purchasing chairs and other needed items to start the work.”
CLAIM, TENNESSEE, CHATTANOOGA, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh — They share the following about their unique ministry: “The summary report for the Christian Laymen Assisting International Missionaries (CLAIM) ministry for 2017 is 23 mission projects and 5,183 professions of faith. Many missionaries and nationals were blessed and encouraged through our hard-working and dedicated mission teams.
Please continue praying and consider helping with the following upcoming projects including Antigua, West Indies, Dominican Republic, Dublin, Ireland; Germany; Honduras; Pacific Baptist Church in California; Unalakleet, Alaska, and others. For more information on these and other projects please contact me at 423-313-5391.”
Brazil, Steve and Yvette Huestis — Steve and Yvette Huestis are requesting prayer for Yvette. After arriving back in Brazil from taking care of her mother in the States, Yvette began experiencing numbness in her arm, followed by face drooping. She began passing out. Yvette was rushed to the hospital an hour away. The doctors were able to bring everything under control but found a brain tumor. She will be operated on as soon as possible and the doctors feel it is in a place where they can operate safely (on top of her head).
Please be in prayer for Yvette and her husband, Steve, during this time of uncertainty.
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They share the following report: "Our church village ministry around Charleville-Mezieres continues to move forward in spite of the winter weather. In the past months we have covered 12 villages. Yvernaumont, for example, is a speck on the map with 137 locals while Francheville (pop. 10,000) is more of a town than a true village. Regardless, each home received a tract as well as an invitation to our church. This spring will bring better weather and many more opportunities. Thank you to those who sent funds for the printing of necessary materials. We are confident God will bless your investment.
In December we had 10 guests come for our special Christmas service. For most of them, it was the first time they had heard the Gospel. It is an important first step, but we do not want it to end there. Please pray for these friends, all of them connections through basketball, that God will work on their hearts and draw them to Himself.
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AM RHEIN, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following report: "Both our December 3 Christmas party and Christ’s birth celebration on December 24 were blessed of our Lord. Even though some of our regular people were away for the holidays, the Lord gave a full house in both services. Especially meaningful at Christ’s birth celebration was the reading of the entire Christmas story from God’s Word by different people. The sermon about receiving or rejected Christ, illustrated through the people in the Christmas story, spoke to many. Worshipping the Lord by bringing their personal gifts to the Lord and placing them in the manger that was placed in front of our sanctuary for their purpose was the climax of the service.
We are thankful that our New Year started with new determination and motivation. Already we had blessed services! The development in our church is that we have a new group of medical students attending Sundays as well as Wednesdays. One of the students is from Ethiopia and has started a little interesting research to find out if the eunuch of Ethiopia, whom Philip baptized, had perhaps started the first Christian church in Ethiopia. We do thank the Lord for His blessings and victories."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, WATERFRONT, KONEDOBU, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder — They share the following report: "We are excited to report many good things that have happened since our last prayer letter. After Sam preached during an evening service, a girl approached us to discuss salvation. I (Mary Beth) was happy to lead someone to the Lord for the first time in Pidgin. Sam is preaching through the book of John, and last Sunday he preached the entire sermon in Pidgin! Thank you very much for your prayers.
Additionally, Kotidanga Baptist recently held its first youth camp. That week, 17 made professions of faith and other decisions were made for Christ. One young man, who was helping cook food for the camp, was crying loudly at the end of one service, so Sam approached him. Sam and Pastor Ben talked with him a long time to make sure he understood the Gospel in his heart language. He said he had never understood before but that now he places his trust in Christ for salvation.
USA, TRENTON, GEORGIA, ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They give the following: "I am writing to give praise to the Lord and to ask for your special prayers during this first quarter of 2018. The confirmation came through that I have been included as part of a team that will be returning to Papua New Guinea to complete Phase 1 of the PNG Bible Distribution. I left on January 30 and will be staying until this project is completed, Lord willing.
Phase 1 is to get into every high school, secondary school, and vocational school in the entire country with a testimony and a copy of God’s Word for every student and teacher. Even some of the universities have been eager for their students to receive a Bible. Their summer school break will be ending soon, and we are looking forward to the challenge before us. All the Bibles needed for this first phase are already in the country now, so we will be able to hit the ground running (metaphorically speaking).
This will be our most expensive venture for the Lord, but we know God will provide. If God should lay us or this PNG Bible Distribution on your heart, would you consider helping? Thank you to every one who remains faithful with your prayers and support each month."
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, GERMANY, SPANGDAHLEM, Phillip and Karen Pilalas — They give the following report: "We started Patch Club earlier in the fall and it has boosted our Wednesday evening Bible Study attendance to the 40s. Every six weeks the two different age groups do a little performance for the morning service and our people love it. Through this ministry we are teaching our kids to be faithful and to serve God. What great lessons to learn early in life! A little girl from a faithful family went home and told her mom that during the club meeting, she realized that she needed to be saved and wanted to take care of that right away. Praise God!
We had baptismal services in November and December with two new converts being obedient to the Lord. We have had others saved and are praying for their step of obedience as well."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Chad and Cynthia Pape — They share the following: "It has taken us several months of house hunting and a few miracles along the way, but we have finally arrived in the town of Nagua. The move here was incredible. Because we had to move our things and the Polancos’ things together, we had to get a 40’ truck. The neighborhood where we live has narrow roads and low lying power lines. We had to use brooms and sticks to lift each cable high enough for the truck to pass through. Even then, we could still only get within a few hundred yards of the house. It took nine trips with three vehicles from the truck to the house in order to unload everything. Finally, at 8:00 PM we unloaded the last few things and spent the next hour and a half getting the truck back out to the main road. We are so thankful for Brother Ben Jordan in Santo Domingo who brought a group to help us pack the truck and Brother Erik Johnson in San Francisco de Macoris who brought a group to help unpack. We could not have done it without them! We also want to thank our home church Woodlawn Baptist Church and Pastor Tyson for helping us with the moving expenses, which were far more than we had anticipated.
Jeff and I have started looking for places to hold services. We are asking the Lord to lead us in this. We would like to be in a visible location, but not pay too much for it. We are all ‘chomping at the bits’ to get started, but need the Lord to open the right door. Please continue to pray the Lord will give us just the right meeting place."
MEXICO, MORELIA, Ron and Jeannie Goodman — They share the following report: "We changed our church location in the early part of the year. The Lord has given us wonderful opportunities to reach people in this area. Many have visited, and there are five families who are coming regularly to our church from the neighborhood. Two were coming before our move, but three of those families are new just since the move. I would like to tell you about one of those families.
When this family visited, they told me that they had already accepted the Lord. We began to get to know them and were able to start a discipleship course with them. It was not long at all before I realized that they did not understand biblical salvation and that they were trusting in their works to get to heaven. They now understand and have accepted Christ and His finished work for their salvation. They have now followed the Lord in believer´s baptism and are faithful to all of our weekly services. What a blessing!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, METAPAN, Kyle and Jodie Charters — They share the following: "God has given us some very unique opportunities to share the Gospel. Kaleb has been attending an all English-speaking private school this past year. Kaleb led his best friend to Christ back in August. For Thanksgiving we invited some of his classmates over along with their parents. We were able to have a very long and productive conversation about Catholicism and Christianity. Although they did not make any decisions, they are very open and have invited us to their home.
We are very excited about our newly remodeled Children’s church and Sunday school class. It is not just a new design or fresh coat of paint, but most importantly the initiative came from the young lady now in charge of the children’s church ministry. It is another step in the right direction of having an ‘indigenous’ church that is run and led by her own members and their own vision." Please pray for her and the ministry the Lord has given her.
SOUTH AFRICA, HILLCREST, Jeff and Robbin Demarest — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We praise the Lord that we are back in South Africa doing what God has called us to do! The year 2017 was filled with several trips outside of South Africa to finalize our 5-year work permits....
I was able to give a 28-year-old man from Malawi a ride to town and invited him to church. He came the next three Sundays, heard the Gospel, and accepted Christ on visitation. Pray for him as we have started discipleship classes, and pray for him to find a permanent job.
Robin and I . . . are privileged to be on the receiving end of your prayers and financial support through 2017. We want to say thank you to all who pray and give. Your love was shown when it was needed most."
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEENSHIRE, INVERURIE, OLDMELDRUM, Rick and Sarah Demastus — They share the following: "Last January we were at 70% support with almost 100 meetings left. We purchased our plane tickets in February and trusted God to get us to Scotland by the end of August. HE DID! We kept busy traveling through our last year of deputation. We made many new friends in the process!
It was scary arriving in a foreign country, but God had friends waiting for us to help and guide us through the acclimating process. We managed to get all the items needed for our house and even a trust-worthy vehicle. We have even had the opportunity to see souls saved! Since arriving here, we have been involved in the Care Home ministry, helped in the updating of the church (painting/decorating), started a music program, gone soul winning in the community, and taken part in fellowship meetings. We look forward to seeing God work though us in 2018!"
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, WAKISO, Dan and Amie Dwire — They share the following praises and prayer needs: "It is hard to believe that we have been in Wakiso for a year! Much has happened, including settling into a new home and community and teaching in East Africa Baptist College. We had hoped to serve our fellow missionaries in our home and God has allowed us to host 78 different overnight guests in our home for a total of 100 nights. Our big highlight of the year was the start of Faith Baptist Church! We had new visitors all but one week since our first day and have enjoyed getting to know the group of believers God is assembling. Four are currently in discipleship lessons and two have been baptized. It has been a blessing to see our children participate in various aspects of ministry such as assisting Amie and the Children’s church, folding the bulletins, welcoming visitors, passing out tracts, and helping to clean and prepare the auditorium for services each week. New Year’s Eve brought 14 (plus our family) to our home to thank God for His blessings in 2017....
PRAISE THE LORD FOR
• His faithfulness to direct and to provide for His work here in Uganda.
• The two men who were baptized last month at Faith Baptist Church.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
• Our ministry partners, the Tony Applegate family, during their furlough.
• The start of the new semester at East Africa Baptist College in February."
BRAZIL, Leland and Naomi Johnson — They share the following report: "I had the opportunity to take part in an evangelistic campaign on the opposite side of the country. A Mexican missionary, who is starting a work in a Portuguese-speaking border town, needed workers who spoke Portuguese to come and help Him do a 3-day evangelistic meeting. Each day we went door knocking and inviting people to come to the nightly services, and each night there were three preachers. It was a difficult but rewarding trip as each day the temperature was in the mid-90s during the day, and rain and thunderstorms were a constant problem. In the evenings we were able to average over 100 people, despite bugs descending by the thousands upon the area that tried to interrupt God’s work. During the door knocking time, God allowed me to personally lead three people to Christ, and we had many people saved in the services each night.
We are excited about 2018! We are taking every opportunity we can to better our Portuguese as we are looking forward to getting a new work started this year. Naomi will be getting even more involved with teaching children and the ladies’ groups, and I will continue preaching and will be teaching some classes in the seminary. Please be in prayer for my preparation to teach in the seminary next month. I will be teaching each night for two weeks for over 2½ hours each night."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, Rob and Angela Willoughby — They share the following: "Something new in our weekly worship services began January 7. We combined our weekly Phiibikool (Bible school) with Sunday school. We now have a fun time of learning Bible verses, singing songs and earning points (our favorite things from Phiibikool) at 10:30 am just before our service starts. All ages will meet together for the song service, and then small children will be dismissed for Sunday school with Angela, while the older children and adults will stay for the main message. When our service is over, then the older children work on a Sunday school craft while the adults enjoy some coffee and the little children play. We actually have already been doing it this way without the 10:30 part for the older children.
Another opportunity for the new year is the possibility of starting a door-to-door visitation program with some interested Estonian Christians. Though, we will have to adjust our approach to door-to-door calling to the Estonian context. I have been deeply inspired to makes this a reality in 2018."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, OKINAWA, OKINAWA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the follow report: "The LORD gave me the privilege of winning to CHRIST, K., R., and D. They were visiting families during the birth of their grandson. They spent their Christmas here and got baptized in Maranatha Baptist Church, Okinawa, before they went back to the States. I led L. and N. to CHRIST. They are sisters from the Philippines. I led to CHRIST M. and M. during visitation with Brother Al. I led K. to CHRIST while he visited me. The LORD saved J., C., R., and A. after church Sunday and Wednesday services altar call. Maranatha Baptist Academy teacher Mr. K. led Y. and H. to CHRIST. Another one of our teachers led C. to CHRIST. Deacon Brother S. led D. to CHRIST after the Wednesday evening service. Elvie led two teachers from another private school and a teen visitor to CHRIST during the Sunday service altar calls. Deacon Brother G. led C. to CHRIST after the Christmas message for the Singles ministry. Elvie led an English-speaking Japanese lady visitor. Please pray for their follow up and discipleship. We praise the LORD JESUS CHRIST for all the souls HE saved and 11 baptized in Maranatha Baptist Church Okinawa between October through December 2017."
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Raymond and Anita Bradley — They share the following report: "My wife and I often pray for our loved ones who are not saved ever since the Lord found us…. As we visited Independent Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, some Peruvian cousins, who live in the Philadelphia area, came to see us, and the Lord gave us the joy of bringing three of them to Jesus. Thank God for His mercy! He brought us all the way from Ecuador to seek them and for the Lord to save them.
Please continue to pray for the different ministries in Ecuador and for our missionaries. It is a blessing to watch them rejoice in the Lord as they serve Him with sweet attitudes and hard work with the deaf and hearing people…. They are our joy and crown (Philippians 4:1).
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He shares the following report and prayer needs: "Bible Baptist Church put together a Christmas play designed to explain the true meaning of Christmas. We were allowed in three schools this year and one children’s home, ranging from 40 to 170 students. Praise the Lord for opportunities like this to present the Gospel to so many students at one time! Most have very little idea of why we celebrate Christmas. We also held a men’s outing this month. I was able to take six young men to a nearby mountain for a one-night stay. We had a good time of prayer and fellowship. One of the young men is not a Christian.
• Salvation of P, P, M, S
• Learning language & culture
• H’s father & family to get saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seed to take roots in hearts"
SOUTH AFRICA, DIAMOND, The Branch Family — They share the following along with prayer needs: "We have just spent our 2nd Christmas in South Africa, and it was a blessed one…. Our emphasis on reading the Bible resulted in the people of the church reading over 4,000 Bible chapters together in three months. Missions Emphasis month was also greatly blessed of God as the church has been led of the Lord to take on our very first missionary! We will begin supporting a young man who has just graduated from Bible Baptist College for the Deaf in Johannesburg under the direction of missionary Chris Radebaugh. He will be going to the country of Zimbabwe to plant churches among the Deaf there.
We had the joy of experiencing our very first wedding—E and M, who had been living together for over ten years, began coming to the church in February. M had just been saved and E was not sure of his salvation. He has since made a profession of faith in the Lord as they began attending faithfully and growing in the Lord. What a joy to see them take their great step of obedience and commitment to the Lord and to each other!
In addition to all of this, we saw two precious souls saved, the teenage son of E (mentioned above) and a young man who came to church with two of our Bible institute students. Praise the Lord for 17 souls saved this year, not including all the children and young adults who prayed to trust Christ during our children’s outreaches!
PRAY for Truth Baptist Church as we move closer to chartering the church in the coming year.
PRAY for the school ministries as we get started back with Bible studies and assemblies in January.
PRAY for the young men in the BIBLE INSTITUTE as they begin their second year of training in January."
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, Bob and Sabrina Dayton — They share the following: "Most of our ministry has been with the Spanish people. God has led us to branch out to the Mesquite Indian people. Over the last 10 years, God has helped us start many churches in the small towns. Now, with your prayers, we are reaching out to the areas in the jungle and along the rivers. The need is great and many are being saved.
We need a Bible institute just for training the Mesquite Indians. There will be a need of buildings and funds to reach them.
They can be reached for Christ if we go with broken hearts. Help us with prayer and join with us in this ministry. Over the past 10 years you have helped us build 10 churches in the Mesquite territory. I believe God has great things in store for us."
EUROPE, GERMANY/AUSTRIA, Todd and Kimberly Lapato — They give the following report: "On October 29 we held our first service in our new church meeting place. We spent the whole summer renovating the place. We tore down walls, built new ones, painted, replaced flooring, and installed doors and carpet. We are so thankful for all the churches that have financially supported these renovations. We have already held several events in the new place, and our whole church is thrilled about the space!
On December 10, we held our first nursing home outreach. The children performed a Christmas play, Bob Radank shared the true meaning of Christmas, and our church family sang and passed out church calendars to the residents. The staff was so impressed; we were given permission to come back for Easter. What a blessing!
Several regular church people will be going through a baptism course. Simply put—God is incredibly blessing our church. New members, excited Christians, and steady visitors all mean more opportunities to share Christ! Please pray that our people learn and grow! In the spring of 2018, we will host a BBQ/Basketball outreach in conjunction with a missionary near Lake Constance (German/Austrian border). We did a smaller version of this earlier in the year with moderate attendance and would like to expand. Please pray for wisdom on how to proceed.
Our own annual BBQ Fest has become an anticipated event in our community (after only two years) in that we have been invited to the city planning meeting for festivals in our town—amazing! We praise God for opportunities to share the Gospel in our community."
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue and Rebekah Ortiz — They share the following: "September was marked by a deadly earthquake that took the lives of hundreds of people…. Just about five minutes from our neighborhood, a school collapsed with dozens of children trapped inside. Twenty-one children died in that building. However, in the midst of the pain and confusion, the Gospel triumphs and is victorious. Many of you sent resources that were used to help, aid, and reach people with the Gospel. We have a family that is coming regularly because of that outreach and is currently in discipleship. Continue to pray for those who are still in need and pray that we can be a house of refuge for those who are hurting.
October was a great month. We were able to connect with several ladies whose husbands are not interested in church as of right now but who are seeking the truth in a world that is filled with confusion. Rebekah was able to start a discipleship class with four of them, but recently two more ladies have started to come. These are ladies who have never been to a healthy church or have never been to a church at all. We praise the Lord for this privilege and want to be faithful stewards of God’s sheep.
November has been a great month. We were able to sign a contract to use a parking lot that is just a few feet away from our building. With more and more cars, we are needing more parking availability. We are thankful for the space and praying to see what God has for our church in the near future.
Friends, in the last few months, we have seen a constant growth in our church. We are having almost 100 people every Sunday morning. Discipleship classes are very well attended. We will need to buy more chairs soon to reach the maximum capacity of our auditorium with 135 chairs. However, we are running out of space!
Please pray that this space becomes available very soon. We are having to pack kids in one classroom and have the older kids on the patio. We are excited, though, to have this problem. God is most surely blessing the preaching of His Word."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeff and Pamela Polanco — They share the following: "On the last Sunday of the month of November, we visited a church started by a national pastor, and missionary Chad Pepe had the opportunity to preach that night. He presented the desire of both of our families to go to the city of Nagua. During the service we met a brother, a native of Nagua, who expressed his desire for someone to go and reach his people. He stated that like Paul did in Romans, he had a great desire for his people to be saved. So this brother told us that he has a sister who is a leader in the town and that he was at our service to help us with whatever we needed. Each day the Lord confirms to us in one way or another that his new church plant in Nagua is His will at his moment for us, and it fills us with joy, although things go a little slower than what we anticipated. We know that God, the one who sent us, is orchestrating every little detail and that in His time we will see this work begin."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — Russell gives the following serious prayer need: "This evening the doctor informed us that the MRI discovered many spots of metastasized cancer on my neck and spine. This finding has totally shocked all the doctors involved. Tomorrow I will have a Cat Scan to try to locate the main tumor. The doctor said that it is certain chemotherapy will be a future treatment.
After the colonoscopy today to pinpoint the cause of the bleeding (that caused my collapse Friday), it was determined the blood loss was due to hemorrhoids. It had nothing to do with what they thought they were looking for, nothing to do with the cancer but everything to do with God’s guiding hand.
While I was lying in the MRI machine (trying not to freak out), I thought to myself, ‘I never imagined I’d be in here today.’ But God knew it all along and He provided us Dr. Fu. She is very sweet and her aggressive fact finding made a way for me to have the MRI today.
Please pray that they can find and pinpoint the type of cancer we are dealing with. Please pray for Lisa, Adrianna, Erin, Austin, and Tyler. This news is very painful for them. God is able! With God all things are possible!
PLEASE PRAY FOR BROTHER MACKAY AND FAMILY!!
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They give the following report: "Please be in prayer for our neighbors. We have become quite good friends, and they are the best neighbors a person could ask for! They are about our age, but though she believes there is a God, he is a self-proclaimed ‘pagan.’ Oddly enough, he was raised on the mission field by a Methodist family! He told me I was the ‘first real’ Christian he had ever met … and we live in the Bible Belt! We are treading carefully and make no bones about our beliefs. Please pray that the Lord will use us to bring these people to a saving knowledge of the Lord.
ALSO, please be in prayer for a 29-year-old mother of two who is a member and actively involved in our church. The doctors found a tumor the size of a softball attached to her lung. They confirmed it is an aggressive cancer and she went for surgery today to have it removed."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, STUTTGART, Joseph and Laura Passaro — They share the following report: "Another year is in the books and the Gospel Light Baptist Church is still moving forward in sowing the seed. Recently, we had a young college student from Stuttgart University visit our services. She spoke of her need to have fellowship with Christians, but since that one visitU, she has not attended. I believe that music would determine her interest, and because we sing hymns she wasn’t so willing to visit again. Please pray that God will bring people that desire God’s Word and music that lifts the soul in an appropriate way."
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following report: "In our last prayer letter we asked for prayer for our October missions month. We want to let you know how that went. For our church it was our first time teaching Faith Promise Giving. Our folks are very excited to perform the doing of it (2 Corinthians 8:11). Our small church promised just over $700 (USD) each month. Please pray that those who promised will follow through. Our goal for 2018 is to take on a missionary or two.
Each spring, April and our ladies host a ladies’ tea at our church. We use this as a chance to get visitors in our church. The beginning of November, April and our ladies hosted another tea. It focused on the ‘Seasons of Life.’ They had a good crowd of ladies in attendance with two first time visitors. Please pray for our ladies. Many of their husbands and kids are not saved, yet they are faithful. Pray that we can encourage them."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Alisha Stensaas — She gives the following report and prayer needs: "We have added another school to teach in, Rukoki Model Primary School. It has around 500 students and also has a few disabled children enrolled. We are now teaching in five schools and have over 1,600 students every week. What an amazing ministry the Lord has allowed us to be involved in!
In my last prayer letter I mentioned we were struggling with a few of the deaf in RAP-CD school. They know very few signs and do not read lips. I was burdened on how we could share the Gospel so they could understand. Dr. David Snyder, the president of BIMI, graciously shared with me a website for such situations. Because of that video, two deaf students were able to understand and asked Christ to save them.
Before saying goodbye to the P7 class and some of the other children at RAP-CD, Sharon and I noticed that many did not even have a simple jacket to keep them warm in the rainy season. So we went shopping for some much needed clothes. It was like Christmas when they saw their new clothes. These kids are in such need of so much spiritually and physically. We are so thankful the Lord allows us this opportunity."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: "We have enjoyed seeing several people baptized recently. One of those baptized was a 78-year-old deaf lady. She has attended our church for several months. She has been in church all of her life, with a variety of types of churches, but had never understood the Gospel—and most churches she has been in wouldn’t have even presented the Gospel. She was born at a time when New Zealand didn’t teach sign language to the deaf, so she was limited in vocabulary. Over this entire year another deaf lady in our church has been teaching us all basic sign language on Saturday each month. Our 78-year-old began coming to that class. The teacher got burdened for her and began going to her house twice a week, two hours each visit, to teach her new words in sign language and to explain the Gospel. The light finally broke through recently on a Sunday morning. She came up to me and signed, ‘I am a sinner and I deserve hell. I want to be saved.’ The teacher then led her to the Lord and she wanted me to explain baptism because she had seen me baptize someone earlier. I got to baptize her and a man in the church the following Sunday. Praise the Lord!"
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, David and Annette Townsley — They share the follow report: "‘WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT BEING BAPTIZED,’ D said! She and her daughter have been attending for one year. In that year, they both trusted Christ as Savior and have been learning and growing in the Christian walk. It was a great privilege to baptize them both. We try to make getting baptized very special…. Continue to pray for their spiritual growth and for D’s son’s salvation.
After many delays, we have seen much progress on the radio tower. We were able to secure permission from a neighbor to cut down some trees and tree branches that would block us from raising the radio tower into place. Then we were able to drop these trees. Cutting the branches required renting a lift to get 50 feet above the ground to clear the lane. Then we were able to assemble the ten sections of the radio tower together until it stretched out for one hundred feet! The tower goes right to the corner of the property but stays just inside the property lines! One year after I pulled the building permit for the radio station, the building inspector approved us to raise the tower! Pray that as we coordinate all of the people involved that we will be able soon to broadcast the Gospel from the new tower!
Please pray for:
1. Completion of the new radio ministry station
2. Complete healing for Annette form Lyme’s disease and the herniated discs
3. Church growth through the winter"
BARBADOS, ARM PERSONEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following report: "We are finishing out our time in St. Phillips Baptist Church in Barbados. We have been maintaining the ministries here while missionary Robert Smith and family have been on a three-month furlough in the United States. Most of our time has been taken up with preaching God’s Word, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Although we have been visiting regularly and have had some good soul winning conversations, it has been difficult to witness here. Sadly, we cannot report any conversions that we know of directly. The main problem has been that we have found it difficult at times to understand the local people. With a few more months here, I am sure I would get used to it, but sadly, our time is about up. Please keep these dear people and this island in your prayers."
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, AQUADILLIA, Steve and Ann Buchanan — They give the following report, "I am sure by now you are well aware of the mass destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Thank God there was not a great loss of life! Many lost their homes and all were without water and electricity. On a personal note, our house held up fine although a tree took out our entrance cable for the electricity.
The first weeks after the storm were very difficult. We had no running water but had prepared by purchasing bottled water and filling drums with water before the storm hit. We have been here over 20 years and have been through two other hurricanes, but nothing like Maria. None of the banks were open and the ATM machines did not work. If we wanted to purchase gas, there was a wait of six to eight hours and we had to pay cash. After about two weeks we needed to wash clothes, so I filled a five-gallon bucket with water and hand washed our clothes.
We received over 1,200 pounds of non-perishable items to give out in our community. What a joy it was to help meet the physical needs of the needy! At the same time, we let them know that God loves them and sent His Son to die for them and that they may live forever with Him in heaven.
After two months, we are still without lights or internet service. Please pray we get our lights soon and pray for all the needy ones in Puerto Rico. God has a purpose behind all that he does, and it is always something good. God is good!"
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, Bill and Tammy Brouwer — They share the following report: "OPEN DOORS AMONG THE WAZINZA PEOPLE! In the village of Kabusuli stands a cross that was erected many years ago. It is there as a memorial for a Catholic priest who was murdered because the people of this village did not want a church there. Kabusuli is the home of the Wazinza People. This is the first church we have planted among this people group. It is a superstitious tribe known for being steeped in animism and witchcraft. The people of this village have been blinded by satanic darkness for years. However, our national church planting team has recently seen God at work in the hearts of people there. Pastor Delphinus reports that six people have made a public profession of faith. Please pray for him as he conducts Sunday services in this village and that many more Wazinza people will come to put their faith in Christ."
CENTRAL EUROPE, GEORGIA, VAKE TBILISI, Michael and Barbara Hinson — They share the following prayer needs: "In keeping with Thanksgiving traditions, here is my ‘I’m thankful for…’ My flesh is eager to scream that turkeys are available in Tbilisi, Georgia! In truth, however, I’m grateful for a mercy Christ has given in beginning to answer specific prayer! In preparation for coming to Georgia, I was aware that the typical Georgian person doesn’t think like the typical American person. Recently, as I was with some Georgians, I understood their thinking and even realized what they would say about a certain matter. Yes, this a specific incident about a special topic, but I understood! Right now, we so need a good twofold foundation for future ministry in Georgia. We need, of course, the language foundation; we also need to be able to think like a Georgian in order to utilize the language.
Two specific requests for prayer:
1st — It would be a huge help to have resident permits here. We have been working on this for several months.
2nd — We have now been living in Georgia six months. It seems like a long time and yet such a short time. After six months, I have not had a big breakthrough in being able to hear the Georgian language we do know. Yes, we are studying vocabulary and grammar and then trying to speak the language, but without my ears and brain comprehending I am in trouble. Barbara hears the words, but she is really struggling with vocabulary. Please pray much about this for us.
Please pray for the people of Georgia to see the futility of religious acts without Christ and to come to know Christ personally and intimately through salvation."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, Charles and Brenda Arnold — They share the following, "I had a wonderful time about two weeks ago talking to a young man of 30 years of age. I had the opportunity of telling the story of what Jesus had done for him. When I asked him if he would like to pray and ask Christ to come into his heart, he said, ‘Yes, but you have to help me with the words to say.’ He prayed along with me and he asked Christ to save him. I love sharing the Good News!
The Lord continues to bless the ministry in the village of San Isidro with eight people recently saved. Also, there are several people who are being taught discipleship classes. This is preparation before baptism. There have been three baptized so far…. May you have a joyous Christmas and Happy New Year."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Most of October was spent on the road in mission conferences and meetings. I preached the missions conference for a church on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. This was a first for me. It was also a blessing to partner with some new churches. One big blessing was that we received over 60 new song books given to us from Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. We ended the month with a fellowship meeting at our church that was well-attended. A representative from BEAMS came and gave out Gospel literature and Bibles to all the churches.
1. Pray for witnessing and ministry opportunities and results.
2. Pray for Naschitti Baptist Church.
3. Pray for Mt. Powell Bible Baptist Church and Star Lake Baptist Mission, both in need of pastors."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, HOPE CITY, Joseph and Donna Childers — They share the following praises and prayer needs: "Our youth meetings have continued to grow. The last couple of weeks, we have averaged in the mid-30s, as many of our youths’ younger siblings have started to come. To prevent discouragement, we are planning to split the age groups in January.
As the youth meetings continue to grow, so does the church. We have set four new attendance records in the past six weeks with a high day of 47! For the past month our average is in the mid-40s. We only have room to seat about 60.
7 professions of faith
More souls to be saved
Joseph’s health—double hernia, pain and weakness in legs."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following: "A woman was visiting the United States recently from Saint Kitts in the Caribbean. She has a sister in the Bronx. During this time, she attended our inner-city mission work one Sunday morning. While she was here, she heard the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. She also prayed the sinners’ prayer. It also happened to be on her birthday. Now she has two birthdays on the same day—not only her physical but also her spiritual.
Our last prayer letter spoke about our men spending extra time praying about our situation. The women also have been spending more time praying. People need to understand both the structure and the market of the City of New York. Most places in the Bronx are junky and trashy, not conducive to middle-class church growth. In fact, we have never been in such a situation in over the last 30+ years. We have had, however, two great opportunities. Please pray with us for God’s help."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, ANTIOQUIA, RIONEGRO, Peter and Elisabeth Putney — They share the following report, praises and prayer requests: "We now have our plane tickets and are only weeks away from returning to Colombia. We have traveled many thousands of miles, visited 40 churches, and enjoyed reconnecting with friends and family since we started furlough in June.
Our calendar for next year is filling up with ministry events and opportunities. We are excited to get back to our church and continue in the work. My prayer is that we will find our church in good health and more mature than when we left it. We know that the next few months will once again be filled with transition for our family, but we are looking forward to the journey."
• Safe birth of our son
• Traveling mercies while traveling on furlough
• Safety while traveling to Colombia
• That we would find a new house quickly
• The Lord’s favor in acquiring new visas"
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEENSHIRE, Rick and Sarah Demastus — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We are now approaching the winter season here in Scotland. I have seen snow on the radar in some places in the States, but so far none here. They tell us not to worry, snow will be here and we will soon be asking when it will be gone. We still do not have broadband at the house. This makes it very difficult to communicate with family in the States. We managed to get phone plans with data, but we seem to use it up faster than we should. Pray this gets set up soon.
We spent much time in soul winning, in Care Home ministry, and in fellowship with other fellow believers. We spent some time with the Clough family in Lossiemouth and the Hamilton family who have just arrived on the field. I preached at their church this past week. My wife talked to two teenage girls after the service and they got saved! The Clough family has been faithfully sowing the seed in the lives of the girls, and it was a blessing to be a part of this growth in their ministry in Fochabers. Pray these girls grow spiritually and show fruit. We pray for them often.
• Pray for souls to be saved, baptized, and disciplined.
• Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the people of Scotland to be open to the Gospel.
• Pray for our supporting churches to be faithful in their prayers and support for their missionaries.
• Pray for us to adapt to the culture quickly. It has a way of sneaking up on us.
• Pray for boxes to come from the States within the next month. Pray nothing holds them up."
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case — They share the following: "Since we are close to devastated areas, several churches and an orphanage contacted us to help distribute food, clothing, and blankets. Our church people, some of them not able to return home themselves because of the quake, went out three or four times every week to these neighborhoods distributing food and supplies and sharing the Gospel when they could. Our church distributed relief packages in three different areas of the city, none of which were receiving any aid from the government. I thank God for the opportunities we have had to share His love and compassion as well as the great message of the Gospel to so many different suffering people. There is an open door to the Gospel and the church was invited back for Bible lessons. To see recent updates, check our Facebook page, Iglesia Bautista Palabra de Dios.
Throughout September and October, our church people went out weekly to several different areas, giving needed supplies, preaching the Gospel, and ministering to children there. They were able to do this with the offerings from you, our supporting churches. As a result, several families from these areas are now attending church every Sunday. Pray for the church as its members follow up on the many professions of faith."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They give the following report: "On September 10, we held a Charter Service for the work in Charleville-Mezieres. Nine people signed the church charter and became the first members of the Eglise Biblique Baptiste. Fellow missionaries Don and Joy Williams were with us that day. It is fitting that they participate in our special service as they have supported and been an encouragement and blessing to us from the very beginning. Setting up a lighthouse in a dark corner of the world is exciting! Please pray for our continued growth…. Thank you for partnering with us to spread the Gospel to France!"
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, WIESBADEN, Brett and Patricia Skillen — They share the following: "The work over here in Germany goes well . . . Our people have a sweet spirit and are following the LORD. It is always encouraging to me when I am able to lead a young (well, they’re all getting young to me) person to the LORD. She is a junior in high school, and I had the privilege of baptizing her when her family joined our church. Since then, they have been faithful.
I had the privilege of leading three young people to a saving faith in Christ. All were 18 years old. All of these were presented either in a quiet public place with a peer or a parent present."
BRAZIL, SAN PAULO, Sao Caetano do Sul, Bryan and Rebekah Johnson — They share the following: "God has been good to the Compassion Baptist Church. It has been blessed with over 60 first time visitors in the last few months! Pray that God will touch their hearts to return and join our church. We have been actively visiting each person who comes…. We were blessed with two salvations in a recent service. God has been good and has sent us several complete families. Building strong families is our biggest desire.
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius — They share the following report: "We are happy to share what the Lord has been doing in our ministry here in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The most exciting for us is a new church plant in our area outside the capital where several of our church members live. One family has several bakeries and loaned us a small building to begin holding services. They and two young men from our church are very enthusiastic and busy painting and buying chairs and they had the pulpit made. So far, we have had new people from that neighborhood in every meeting except one since we began in August. Three adults have accepted the Lord. Pray for the work in the Engineer Budge neighborhood and for safety as it is a high crime neighborhood…. We continue to ask you to pray for our health and safety and for fruit that remains."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, SAINT-QUENTIN, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: "Thank you for praying that we would find a house. As I mentioned before, we were not finding anything to rent, so we were able to purchase a ‘fixer upper.’ Please pray that we will be able to get it into shape before the snow starts falling.
Praise the Lord! We are able to start our Sunday morning services at the Community Center here in Saint-Quentin. We have our Sunday service there and our evening Bible Study in a conference room at the public library. Praise the Lord for His leading in our lives and for the opportunity we have to serve Him in this needy area! The name of the church is ‘Eglise Baptiste de la Grace,’ Grace Baptist Church in English.
Please pray for the salvation of a man that I was able to give the Gospel to who has cancer of the pancreas. I met his brother and sister and had a good visit with them. However, this man’s time is short and he needs to be saved."
Thank you for your burden to get the Gospel to the French-speaking people of New Brunswick, Canada. It is a privilege to represent you in this part of the world."
BRAZIL, RIBEIRAO PRETO, Carl and Cindy Johnson — They share the following report: We have recently had an explosion of deaf visitors in our church. The Lord has given me many opportunities to witness to the deaf in their homes, and I am grateful for that. Recently, I visited a couple who were "ripe" or ready for salvation. They knew they needed God in their lives, but they just didn’t know how to have Him in their lives. That evening in their kitchen, they both prayed, accepting Christ as Savior. Then they called their hearing teenage daughter into the kitchen. I had the privilege of leading her to Christ that evening as well. Now the entire family is saved and on their way to heaven. They live really far from our church but have come a few times. I am praying they will come more faithfully and grow in the Lord. Two deaf ladies were taking the eight-week discipleship course. They were faithful to every class and finished the course recently. I am grateful for their hunger for God’s Word. We count it an honor to serve the Lord in Brazil."
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They give the following report: In our last letter, we wrote about our English camp that we were going to have. We thank God that it went great. The kids who attended learned a lot, and those of us who taught also learned a great deal. Our final day of English camp was also during our normal Sunday service time. We invited all the parents of the students to attend. Much to our surprise, all but one family came. We had 69 for our special day for the kids. We thank God for your prayers for this effort. We had a great week and are very grateful for the opportunity to share God’s grace with all who were in attendance.
Please continue to pray for our church, Hope Baptist. This past month was our very first missions’ emphasis month. Please pray for our folks as they learn the blessings of missions and understand the importance of their involvement.... Please pray for our missionary friends who are in language school. Language school is an easy time to get discouraged, and Satan wants to use that on new missionaries. They are in the early months of study and pray that we can encourage them.
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ATHLONE, CO ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They report the following: During this past month, we have had 21 visitors to our church. Of these, 13 are either not saved or have uncertain testimonies. Please pray for their salvation. Also, we had a Christian family who is new to our area and is looking for a church. In our evangelistic outreaches, we had many opportunities to share the Gospel. For one, Katie was able to spend several hours with M’s daughter. She is a professional cake decorator and taught Katie how to make flowers for the cake. While they were working, Katie shared the Gospel. The lady was very open and is looking forward to meeting with her again. In our door-to-door knocking outreach, two people, whom we met while knocking on doors in Ballinsaloe, told us that they recognized us as the people who sing, preach, and hand out tracts in Athlone.
In closing, I would ask that you pray about a sleep issue that I have been having. About every two weeks, I have two or three sleepless nights. The symptoms are just like that of sleep apnea, but my doctor is not 100% sure since these incidents are sporadic. He is sending me to an ear, nose, and throat specialist first to see whether another factor might be involved. Getting to sleep has become a matter of daily prayer. Please pray that we can get to the bottom of this issue."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA, Dan and Terri Gardner — They share the following: Camp finished up the 23rd of August. It was a great time with good preaching and fellowship. The camp numbers were down a bit from past camps, but we had a total of 36. Pray God will continue to speak to the hearts of those who attended through the theme verse of Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
In September we were able to have one of our Japanese missionaries in to speak. He is a missionary to one of the Far East countries and doing a great job. He preached on Missions and Missions Giving. The church had a great time with him and were challenged to be more missions-minded. He also spoke at our September Tomodachi (toe moe dah chee) Time (Friend Time) where 50 children attended and 10 raised their hands to accept Jesus as their Savior.
In December we will have a Christmas concert, children’s meeting, Candlelight service, and Family Christmas Day. We presently have seven people attending who have not been saved. Please pray for these to be saved and other new and old visitors to come to the services.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, TARWARA, Joel and Brooke Daku — They share the following report: "Will you come pray over my daughter? She has been cursed by black magic and is sick," a dear lady in our church pleaded. The following day we went to pray over this young mother of four. She had been given no answer to her sickness at our hospital but was told she was dealing with a demonic curse. As we shared God’s Word with her, she realized her need of a Savior and put her trust in Him for salvation. Pray for this young mother. We are unsure whether her illness is due to demonic powers or a simple medical issue. Many times when the hospital staff here has no answers, people are told they are cursed simply because the doctors cannot find what is wrong medically. We have also reached out to help medically. She seems to be improving. We thank God for her salvation and are praying that he will give her complete healing. Through this, her aunt has also starting attending church and we are praying for her salvation also.
In August we began Faith Bible Institute, a ministry from Monroe, Louisiana. It is a three-year Bible correspondence institute. We have 16 students enrolled for this semester. Please pray for these students to be faithful. Pray that through this ministry their faith will grow.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULU, Nate and Sarah Wright — They share the following report and prayer needs: Last month (September) I was able to take a trip back to Uganda to teach a one-week Bible school class. I traveled with two pastors and a friend from Michigan. We covered two topics: Romans and Eschatology. It was a joy to see the people being faithful and the ministry continuing not only in Gulu but also in the village churches.
Several weeks after we returned to the States, we received news that thieves had broken into our house in Uganda. They took many items including sheets, tools, and kitchen items. They even tried to take the microwave, but it wouldn’t fit through the bars they had bent in Susanna’s window. We will need to replace many items before returning to Uganda in March, and most likely, we will discover many other things that were indeed taken as we move back in again.
• Our children as they attend our home church’s school
• Safety as I travel many miles to visit churches
• The working of the Holy Spirit through the different meetings and mission conferences we are involved with this fall
• Patrick and Dennis as they led the ministry in our absence
• Preparation for our return to Uganda
• The Lord’s direction and provision for getting the radio station going this next year
CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins — They share the following: It was turning into a very hot October day as I drove down a pothole-filled road out into the bush. I was very excited to learn that one of the churches I work with had started a Bible Study in a new area. This Bible Study was started without my help. It is exciting to see churches fulfilling the Great Commission on their own. The Bible Study currently meets under a large mango tree and has 10–15 people attending. It has been meeting on its own for a few months before I was asked to join. Questions ranged from marriage and family issues to the teachings of other religions to traditional African beliefs. The people are looking for the truth and have many questions. Please pray the Lord will send more laborers into the field to help show people the truth.
As you pray for us, please keep the following in mind:
• Efforts to help national leadership be self-sufficient.
• The development of new Bible Studies and preaching points.
• Witnessing opportunities toward friends
• The weekly Bible Study with pastors.
• Souls saved and people to surrender to God’s call in their lives.
• The power of God on our lives as we share the ministry.
• Our kids to see the love of God as we obey Him.
• For the salvation of our younger children.
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, OKINAWA, OKINAWA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following report and prayer needs: Fellow missionaries asked me to pray for Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa since June 2016. After more than a year of praying and GOD’S providential circumstances, I was one of the candidates. They voted in favor of calling me as their pastor, and I accepted. I announced my decision and resigned as pastor of Yokosuka Baptist Church (YBC) in September.
The next few weeks were even more hectic, packing for our household shipment, finding movers, and everything that goes with relocation. This is a very emotional time for all of us here at YBC, especially after serving here for more than six years. Though we are sad to leave, we are also looking forward to what the LORD will do for us and through us in Okinawa City.
CARIBBEAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, CAYMAN BRAC, Russ and Bobbie Turner — They share the following report: Three major hurricanes—Irma, Jose, and Maria—have left Puerto Rico without electricity and water. Although we prepared by closing our hurricane shutters on the mission home, we were spared a "direct hit." Praise the Lord!
Our pianist (we asked you to pray for in our last letter) played the piano once again for our prayer service night although we have an 80-year-old man who plays the instrument brilliantly. We continue to reach our young people successfully for Jesus each Friday night, winning them to Jesus. Mrs. Turner teaches with the Betty Lukens flannel graph, encouraging their growth in the Lord."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TEGUCIGALPA, Miss Keren Burdick — She shares the following report: This past summer has been a busy one preparing for the many different aspects of the ministry. The Bible clubs are continuing on in full force. We have three clubs running. One has not been able to meet regularly due to the road conditions getting to the location. Please pray that this will change soon so these children can hear about Jesus. The club in Santa Lucia has been averaging about 15 children. Many of these are results of the public school ministry. Two are brothers whom I met in the school and invited to the Bible club. They began coming not only to the club but also to the church services and have been faithful. They have even brought their mom once and their dad twice to church. After eight services of attendance, they each received a Bible to help them grow spiritually. This past week we had a baptismal service at church and they were not able to attend. However, one asked several questions at school on Tuesday about it. Please pray for him and his brother. Please continue to pray for strength, safety and stamina to continue on.
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco — They share the following report and prayer needs: We had two hurricanes come through the Caribbean in just a matter of two weeks. Thanks to the Lord, both hurricanes passed north of the DR, so we only had heavy rain in the capital. But many of the cities of the North received a lot of damage. One of these cities was Nagua (where we are planning to move and plant a church). Part of the city was destroyed and many families lost their homes. Yet through this disaster, the Lord opened a door for us to help the people that were affected. A group from a church in the capital had a medical team, bags of food, and medicine that they wanted to give to the people of Nagua. They found out that we would be planting a church there soon, so they asked us to be the face of the program. With that, we were able to give our tracts, inform of the church coming soon, preach the Gospel, and make connections with people.
• That the Lord would continue to work/prepare the town of Nagua, specifically for salvation
• Pape’s visa renewal and the Lord would provide a vehicle for them
• Shipping our container in November
• For the northern cities that were highly affected by the hurricanes
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD, John Lafreniere — He shares the following: We had our annual VBS and God really blessed. Our theme was "Operation Arctic." We had over 70 children registered and many of them were from new families. God gave us a very successful week and six children made professions of faith.
We have had some great opportunities to share the Gospel in our town. During the July 4th firework celebration, our church people and a quartet from Heartland Baptist Bible College were able to pass out over 2,000 Gospel tracts. Later that month we participated in the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale and passed out free bottled water as well as over 350 bags with information about our church and our Savior. We also passed out stress balls that had the phrase "God’s Got This" above our logo. Please pray that these two events will bring a harvest of souls.
BRAZIL, SÃO PAULO, Kirk and Kathy Hickok. They share the following, "The church in Sertãozinho just celebrated their 39th Anniversary Conference. Pastor Cesar from the church in the city of Pontal was their guest speaker. In preparation for the meeting, special prayer was held. Our enemy is not happy when Christians unite together on their knees and some discouraging things happened, but the prayers continued. We are expecting God to work in a wonderful way among our people.
A special prayer request from Brazil is for our pastor’s niece. She has a physical disorder that now is affecting her ability to walk. The doctors are saying that if this surgery isn’t done soon, there will be no more hope for her legs. Please pray for her that God will intervene either through divine healing or through the needed funds for the operation, and for wisdom for the doctors.
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Richard and Anna Hurst — They share the following report: The past three months have been wonderful while we have been working in Ecuador. God gave us the opportunity to minister in several churches. I was able to preach in missions Bible and counseling conferences. It was a blessing to see some of the people who we won to the Lord years ago still serving the Lord. It was an even greater blessing to see their children also serving the Lord.
One of the ministries that we will be starting in Ecuador is a Bible seminary similar to the one we started over 20 years ago. Now that we have more churches and more opportunities, our burden is to see more men called into the ministry and more churches started. Our prayers are that the government would not oppose this new ministry as they had been closing some colleges and universities that have not met the educational requirements recently established. They have also been closing drug and rehabilitation centers and clinics that are not run by what the government considers "professionals." We will pray that everything goes smoothly.
We are also praying about a location for the next church plant. Many have made recommendations and, depending upon the area, we should have several volunteers to help, which is always a good thing to have. We have learned from experience the difficulty in starting a church alone. Continue to pray that God will be glorified!
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QLD, Joe and Melissa Marshall — They give the following report and prayer needs: In September five of us from New Beginnings Baptist Church took a missions trip to visit the Pinero family and their ministry in Vanuatu. While there, we were able to help start construction on their new multi-purpose building, assist in village children’s clubs, visit a jungle village for outreach day, and attend services at the Luganville Baptist Church. Everyone greatly enjoyed their time there. It was great to physically see what God is doing in Vanuatu through the missionary family that our church supports. If you ever have a chance to take a missions trip, you need to take advantage of it. God will move in your heart in a great way. One of the teens on this trip is praying about going back for a 4-month stay after he graduates from high school in December.
Prayer and Praises
1. We will be having our 3rd baptismal service on the 19th of November. Please pray for this service as we will have between 10–17 first time visitors.
2. Joe had the privilege of officiating at the homegoing service of Amos DesPasquale. Heaven grows sweeter every day. Please continue to pray for his family.
CARIBBEAN, Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They write the following: The number of nationalities represented here on the island is amazing. While adjusting to an island culture, we are also becoming familiar working among a multi-cultural, Hispanic population. One challenge is the variation of the Spanish language. For instance, in Bolivia a baby can be called a wawa, which I recently used in a sermon and was informed in Cuba a wawa is a bus! It is not unusual to have as many as eight to ten countries represented in one service, so you can see we have a lot to learn.
Praise the Lord! We are averaging 20–22 in our Sunday evening services, and yesterday we had a high of 10 in Sunday school. Also, we were happy to lead a lady from the Dominican Republic to Christ several weeks ago. Pray for her spiritual growth and also for the salvation of a man from Honduras. We have been witnessing to him for a number of weeks, but he is influenced by a friend who is involved in a cult. Also, pray we will have new contacts at a "getting to know you" social planned for November 4.
CENTRAL EUROPE, ROMANIA, Marquerite Gentry — She shares the following report: "I wrote to you all a few months ago about a baptism in the village of Sarata. When there is a baptism, the people being baptized are asked for a short testimony of their salvation. Two of the men have the testimony of being saved in camp under my husband's preaching over 20 years ago. They had been in the world, but in God's time they returned to Him and are now serving the Lord in the local church.
The next blessing is of a man who called our office. He had attended camp as a child and enjoyed the experience so much he wanted to bring his daughter this year so she could also have this experience in her life. We don't know for sure if the man is saved but the seeds sown 20 years ago in his life are now in his daughter's life too.
The third blessing is of a man who came to camp as a young boy. His family was poor so the church he came with paid his way. He came every year and was saved and grew as a Christian. This last summer he paid the registration fee for all the young people in his church. He also paid for transportation. He told the youth worker to keep his eyes open for a need we might have as he wanted to do something special for us. It turns out the Lord has greatly blessed this man. He is going to be an answer to much prayer by putting in a well on the camp property! The youth worker's daughter was also saved during the week at camp! Blessing upon blessings! PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI AND ROMANIA!!"
SOUTH AFRICA, DURBAN, Nathan and Karie Owens —They give the following report: "This month we had the honor of witnessing and partaking in the fruit of your faithful prayers and God's power. When I think of all the miracles that take place in the lives of God's people each day in this ripe harvest field of Durban, South Africa, I am truly amazed.
This month we continued to see numerous people trust Christ and get baptized. Please be in prayer for eight new believers.
With building excitement for our Charter Sunday, I finished teaching through the Baptist Distinctives and the meaning of a local New Testament Church. Preaching for the Charter Service, our home church pastor was our special guest. We had a glorious service with over 100 people in attendance! God blessed miraculously! Following the service and the powerful preaching, all attendees came together for the Charter Sunday Church Braii to celebrate the birth of Grace Baptist Church!"
Some upcoming events to be in prayer about are the following: our men's prayer breakfast, our ladies meeting and fellowship, and our children's Bible Time that meets weekly.
WEST AFRICA, CANARY ISLANDS, LAS PALMAS, Terry Sharp —He shares the following: "IT'S A GIRL! Iglesias Bautista de Las Palmas was born August 20 in the year of our Lord 2017.
Everyone worked hard for months in preparation for this day. Much was accomplished on the building project, including a temporary baptismal. Everyone took a course on Baptist Distinctives with memory verses. The ladies prepared everything needed to feed over 20 people. M. and Y. went shopping for suitable chairs and tables. M. J. supplied her own fine china! J. A. did an excellent job of finishing the ceiling and installing the window shades in the sanctuary and cleaning up everything afterward. V. used his gift and supplied the music with beautiful hymns on his viola.
My home pastor arrived on the evening of the 17th and he was kind enough to give the devotional in the church the next morning. As I translated his messages on Friday morning, three times on Sunday and then again on Monday morning, I could see on the faces of everyone that they were soaking up as much as they could. In spite of a translator, they said the messages were crystal clear. The following Sunday we reviewed the pastor's messages and I asked each one to give me 2–3 of the most important truths they had learned. What is the church? What is its purpose? and Who is the owner? were the predominant truths mentioned. Solid independent Baptist preaching is not their previous church experiences, and I believe they are encouraged to know that they do not have to listen to me only, there are others!"
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, TOKYO, Danny and Huruna McKittrick —They share the following report and prayer needs: "On our first Sunday in August, I had the privilege to lead an Air Force spouse to Christ. Her husband got saved back in May and we had been praying for her salvation. She and her husband came to my office after the morning service and I shared with her the Roman's Road of salvation. She trusted Christ and was baptized the following Sunday. To God be the glory! She told me that she had grown up in California as a non-practicing Catholic, and later she had studied with Jehovah's Witnesses but always felt like they were false. But when she began coming to Yokota Baptist Church, she knew she was in the right place. She and her husband are now saved, baptized and faithfully attending church and growing in grace.
Please continue to pray for your service men and women in this area of the globe.
North Korea fired a missile over the northern island of Japan. Not good! The local Japanese news agency reported that Yokota Air Base had a base exercise setting up a Patriot Defense Missile system on base. Things are 'heating up' in the Pacific theater. Our leaders and service members desperately need your prayers."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, OTTAWA, Jeff and Kim Smith —They give the following report: "Our church organized a community garage sale and BBQ. We had about 40 people come in from the community. Everyone received a John and Romans, Gospel pamphlet, and information about our church.
Please pray that God will watch over the entire process of seeking permanent residency in Canada. Please pray for Kim and the kids as they return to the school routine. Please pray for our children as they serve with us in outreach and church ministries."
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, BELIZE CITY, John and Robin Harris —They share the following report: "What a joy it is to share some of the blessings we have seen here in Belize! The hand of God has been evident in our labors to the point that we are seeing fruit. A lady and her cousin, both of whom we invited to church back in July, have become faithful in their attendance, not only just Sunday morning but also Sunday and Thursday nights as well. We've seen several of their family members ride the van to church, including a mother who has been attending church both Sunday and Sunday evening. The daughter came forward during the invitation and she was asked about her eternal home in heaven. Both Robin and I have spoken to her. She says that she was saved after one of our church ladies spoke to her during the invitation. The next step for her is baptism and she is asking about that. Pray for her spiritual growth."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz —Even though they are on furlough, they give the following prayer requests for Five Faithful Men: "Please pray for the following men who are sharing the duties of teaching and preaching for each service back in Ngora Baptist Church in Uganda. They also teach the Word of God on our weekly radio broadcast.
• M.: He has been coming out for about five years. He is married with two children and they are expecting a third. He is a musician and has a joyful spirit. M. was a motorcycle/taxi driver for several years and now does farming. He is highly effective in setting up meetings and administration.
• R.: He is a high school English teacher. He is very articulate and has a tender spirit. R. is a quiet man until he is asked to speak, then he has much to say! He is not yet married. He faithfully comes out and has just started preaching the Gospel.
• J. C.: He is in his 50s and has eight children. He lives a simple life out in the village and does farm work. J. has great boldness and has preached in many locations. He has great faith in God and always encourages me to fast and seek God in prayer.
• P.: He owns a copy shop and is a successful business man. He is married with three children. P. and his wife have started a large Christian school in their home village. He has a vision for what the Lord can do in the future. He is a natural leader and good communicator.
• J.: While not reached by our church, he pastors the only other Gospel-preaching work in our town. He is young and self-taught, but very bright. J. is a tremendous Bible expositor. Pray that God would bless his ministry and use him in a powerful way."
EUROPE, BAVARIA AND AUSTRIA, Todd and Kim Lapato —They share the following:
"New Building: A lot has happened in the last few weeks. After waiting for months to get permission for a zoning change, we finally started renovations in the new church building. The church men demolished three walls and removed the entire floor on one Saturday. We just purchased new tiles for the floors to be laid within the week. Next came new walls, lighting, painting, and several other changes. The last few weeks I have felt less like a pastor and more like a contractor.
We want to thank all those who gave to help us afford this new place. On top of a high commission for the real estate agent, we have to pay rent in our current place until the end of the year as well as the new place. However, the cost of moving to the new building was almost completely covered by offerings from several churches. It reminds me of the New Testament churches who helped each other when a need arose.
Our goal is to celebrate our first service in the new space on October 29. We will be passing out about 1,000 fliers between now and then, and we hope that many guests will come and see what God has done in our town."
BRAZIL, RIBEIRÃO PRETO, Milton and Sharon Nunes —They give the following report and prayer needs: "Once again, we ask you to praise the Lord with us for souls who have recently trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Please pray diligently that God will bless our efforts to help them grow in the Lord. Pray also for many other school students who came to trust the Lord, responding to our invitations in chapel. Our Christian school ministry has also been well spoken of in town because of our loving approach on educating children with either autism or downs syndrome. "Jesus loves the little children." Aren't you glad for having a vital part in such a rewarding ministry?"
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung —They share the following blessings and prayer needs: "We do praise the Lord for first time visitors who come almost every service. Some of them come one time and others several times. The interested ones come regularly, listen to the Word of God, and some do accept Jesus Christ. Two Iranian families, one with two young people and one with a 3-year-old boy, came to us with great interest about 7 months ago. Another Iranian man was saved and baptized in our church about 8 years ago. He did an excellent job translating the messages that were beamed into another room to a large screen for the Iranians. After meeting with these two families for hours several times, they eagerly accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. There were tears of joy! After attending instruction classes about scriptural faith and baptism, they followed the Lord and were baptized. Praise the Lord with us! These families need your prayers.
One family was transferred to another city, they come by train to our services. A 22-year-old lady is to leave Germany within 10 days. Also, a 34-year-old Gypsy lady followed the Lord in believer's baptism. We have Gypsy people from Germany and Romania who attend our services.
In the past seven to eight months, we have experienced more opposition, problems, satanic attacks, and discouragement than ever before. We do know when the Lord is blessing Satan is not resting, however, the victory is ours! Please pray fervently for us and the Lord's church here that He will give unity, more love, more holiness, more Christlikeness, more knowledge of HIS will, more peace, more joy, more victory, and more fruit for HIS exaltation!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, LOS ROBLES, Jason and Cassy Tate —They share the following: "The middle part of July has been reserved for our Annual Pastors' Training Week. This year 170 pastors from most of Central America attended the conference!
The last day of the conference, we all loaded into buses and personal vehicles and traveled 20 miles to the east to visit the city of El Paraiso. This is a city of 50 to 70 thousand people. We divided the pastors and church members into pairs and went into the streets. We were able to knock on every door in the city, passing out Gospel tracts, New Testaments, John and Romans, as well as giving whole Bibles to many who received Christ as Savior. There were 242 people who made the decision to accept Christ as Savior!
The Sunday following Outreach Day, we invited all those who had accepted Christ to join us in the opening service of the new Faith Baptist Church in El Paraiso. There were 88 local residents in attendance! Please pray that we can quickly find property on which to continue this new work! Since the new work's inception, we have seen more than 20 come to know Christ as Savior. We have also met with the city mayor, who is thrilled to have us in her community!"
Prayer Requests and Praises
• Praise for 18 students in institute
• Pray for the works in Danli, Los Robles, El Paraiso, Ojojona, El Ocomupe, Talanga, and La Esperanza
• Pray for the adoption of the twins"
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint —They share the following report: "We had a few Bible studies with one lady before she kept making excuses and putting off the study. One man will say 'Hi' to us wherever he sees us in public, but he has not been open to a Bible. We have stayed in touch with another but haven't had an opportunity to study the Bible with her since we last wrote. Apart from these people, we have several more names of people who have shown interest in a Bible study but so far haven't committed to invite us over. Pray for more opportunities to reach these people with the Gospel."
As we look forward to what the next two months might bring, we are specifically praying for more opportunities to witness, to build relationships with people who might lead to better witnessing opportunities, and to use homes as a tool to reach people with the Gospel."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following: "God has been so good to allow the Bible Baptist Cebu Saturation Team to see 4,495 saved thus far in nine schools here in N. Samar! Our Bible college students have seen 1,639 saved during the month of August in personal soul winning. Their sacrifice for the Lord has been a great blessing and challenge to me. They live on about $20–$30 a month and many of them go without personal needs.
Pray for R. C. who is starting a church in San Antonio Island. He will marry one of our staff girls on October 10 here at the camp. Please pray for more to be saved and more to follow the Lord in baptism. Our attendance is down as we started two new churches with some of our members that were coming from over 14 km away, but many old members are returning to church. Please pray for J. A. and N. G. and their two new churches, Makiwalo Baptist Church and Mondragon Baptist Church. One of our graduates is starting a church in San Isidro. Another third year student has a church started in Nenita. N. E. has land in Lapinig and is pastoring two churches. His son has finished Bible college and will pastor one of his dad's churches.
A new student just moved into the dorms today. His parents are members of Dao Baptist Church about five km away from the camp. This church was started as a direct result of our radio station (Directing You to Jesus Christ) 104.5 FM. We had to send the new 1,000 kilowatt transmitter back to the States for repair. Pray it will come back soon. We can reach over 100 km away with the 1,000 kilowatt. We are running only 45 kilowatts and reaching 10 km away."
BIMI/ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire —They share the following: "Please keep us in your prayers as we are relieving missionaries Robert and Rhoda Smith in Barbados. We are continuing the work in establishing the St. Philip Independent Baptist Church on the south end of the island until they return. This is a new place for us, so we are in a steep learning curve in finding our way around the island and getting use to their particular dialect, culture, and language (even when it is basically English), which makes it critical that we learn in order to effectively get the Gospel to them. Pray for us in this matter! I feel great getting back to preaching, teaching, and training while Christine will be meeting and teaching the ladies and children here."
CARIBBEAN, CARIBBEAN DIRECTOR, Gary Sprunger —He shares the following: "The past few weeks have been very eventful as we watched the news and sought to communicate with our missionaries and fellow national pastors in the Caribbean.
The governor of Puerto Rico has said, 'The magnitude of devastation in unprecedented.' Throughout the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, Northern Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands people are in shock. Most of all, please pray that during this time of loss Christians will make an impact on the unsaved world. While we lose temporal things, the most important thing is our eternal state. Pray that there would be a great harvesting of souls during this disaster cleanup."
As more information is received, we will update our www.bimi.org website and the BIMI Facebook page. Please prayerfully consider giving to help those in need. You may contribute through Caribbean Hurricane Relief Account #15—BIMI, P.O. Box 9, Harrison TN 37341.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Kerri Phillips —She shares the following report: "In the month of June, we went through the life of Moses in Sunday school and Children's church. I taught the lesson where Aaron and Hur held up Moses' arms. As I was cleaning up afterwards, one boy grabbed my arm and told me he was my Aaron and another grabbed my other arm and told me he was my Hur. These boys truly are a sweet encouragement to me. That evening, we celebrated the birthdays of one boy and the late Matthew. The boy turned 13 and Matthew celebrated in heaven. Please continue to lift the boy up in prayer as he continues to grow in the Lord. Near the end of the month, my guard came to me wanting to memorize Scripture for a Bible. She worked so hard and memorize over 30 verses and said them to me all at one time. I was super excited to give her a study Bible.
Kerri is asking that you pray for additional financial support!
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —They share the following: "The end of May we baptized an Iranian couple who are refugees in Germany. They have converted from Islam and attend our church faithfully. They are not ashamed of Jesus and try to evangelize others. That sometimes makes it difficult in the refugee home as they receive kickback from the Muslims living in the house. Two German ladies in the church hold German language classes each week for this couple and another lady from Brazil. Our church is paying their legal fees as they are applying to stay in Germany despite the recent crackdown and removal of many refugees. The mission field is coming to us and we want to be faithful to reach them!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board —They share the following: "It was a special blessing to see S. N. accept Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She has been attending the services in Stung Meanchey for several weeks in a row and finally understood her need of salvation. Please pray for her three friends to be saved as well. They understand their inability to save themselves and their need for a Savior, but as of yet, they have not been willing to turn to God from idols (1 Thessalonians 1:9).
In our last prayer letter we asked that you pray for the spiritual growth of one who was recently saved. She is the mother of one of our faithful teen girls. Though she works many hours each week and has very little time off, she had been attending our married couple's class every Sunday evening. Please pray for the salvation of two others. They are both mothers of some of our faithful teens as well, and they also have been attending our married couple's class for the past several weeks."
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Richard and Anna Hurst —They give the following report: "We had the privilege of seeing people who have grown up in our churches and are still serving the Lord faithfully. One of these is a girl who came to our church during one of our first Vacation Bible Schools when she was about five and now, 20 years later, she has continued to be faithful to church and she is now serving at Grace Baptist.
I have been preaching at both churches and have a couple meetings planned at other associated churches as well as a Family Conference planned at Grace and another Counseling Conference planned in a few weeks at another church here in town.
We are also looking for a place to live and have been pricing all of the items needed to furnish it. There are some American made appliances here but most are top of the line and super expensive."
Please pray with them about a location to start a new church.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins —They share the following report and prayer needs: "We had a busy summer, ministering in local schools, doing work projects, passing out thousands of tracts, and making an impact with the Gospel. It also gives us an opportunity to show our visitors all that God has done and is doing in Honduras.
We are asking prayer for a boy who came into our Children's Home with major physical needs. God provided the way for him to travel to the States where he received the surgery he needed. Pray for his recovery and blessings on all who have helped!
After six years of praying for A. to repent and turn to Christ for salvation, God graciously moved in her heart on the last night of our revival campaign with Evangelist Mike Pelletier. Thank you to all who helped lift her up in prayer over the last few years."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco —They share the following: "As we spent our last week in the States, we were so grateful for things that the Lord allowed us to accomplish and things He has taught us during our deputation time. God's timing is always the right timing. Our hearts are thrilled with joy as we are now ready to serve Him in the place where He has called us.
Pamela recently had her biometrics (fingerprints) taken. So now we just have to wait for her citizenship interview, which is the last step before she can become a naturalized US citizen!
• God would begin to work in the hearts of the people in Nagua
• Shipping container to the DR this fall (DR charges very high taxes in customs)
• Search for a good vehicle in the DR
• For the Pape family as they return to the Dominican in September from a furlough
• For the Lord to give wisdom with decisions we will have to make once we arrive in the DR"
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and LouAnne War —They share the following report: "We recently completed VBS 2017 and our theme was The Roman Road. We had a great time of teaching and fun with all the children who attended. I do praise the Lord for the young lady who trusted Jesus as her Savior because the most important aspect of VBS is to see children come to Christ. LouAnne, as always, worked very hard weeks before VBS, making, drawing, and painting all the decorations to transform our church into a Roman city. I also thank God for all our faithful workers for being on time and taking care of their areas of responsibility.
Please pray for the salvation of a young couple whom I witnessed to this past Saturday. They visited our church Sunday. Please continue to pray that we would have many more opportunities to witness to folks here in the Aviano area. Please pray that God would bring good, faithful, and mature Christians to Calvary Baptist Church to help us in this ministry. Please pray for our troops and their families around the world every day."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett —They give the following report: "On April 15 we had a wonderful day at the evangelistic Bible Study in their home. After Dan had preached for two hours, a deaf couple wanted to talk more with us about salvation. After another hour, they both repented of their sin, asked for God's forgiveness, and accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. It was a 'GLORY, HALLELUJAH' kind of day!
On March 19 Becky began a Bible Study with a sweet deaf lady who is low verbal. She loved learning, but she had such a hard time understanding as she really had no language. Becky began using the Wordless Book Visualized that we brought from the States, beginning slowly with heaven and then moving on to sin—what it is, where it started, who sins, etc. Becky then moved on to the One who could take the punishment for her sin. Just as they were getting to the Cross, a new deaf couple joined in on the Bible Study. When these two began coming, Becky started over again with heaven and sin, the Cross, and then the Resurrection. This was spread out over ten weeks of repetitious Bible study.
On May 28 all three deaf had come to the point where they were understanding and they needed to be confronted in a personal way about heaven and hell. They each knew that they wanted to be saved and that they wanted heaven, not hell; however; they still were not sure how to be saved. Becky showed them the video that Deaf Evangelist Ronnie Rice made for Silent Word Ministries, and they watched with interest. After watching the video and asking more questions, each of these three deaf people, one-by-one, asked Jesus to forgive their sins and to be their Savior! It was a glorious day!
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —They share the following: "We had our very first VBS! We were blessed to have a team from Tennessee who decorated and ran the entire VBS for us! What a blessing to be able to chat with the parents and get to know the new visitors instead of running around controlling the VBS! Our high for the week was 42 kids one night! Continue to pray as we try to reach these families. One mother posted that she and her husband had grown up in church, yet her four daughters had NEVER been to any kind of church before! Yes, that is in America—in the Bible Belt!! They came every night and have come to the Wednesday night Kids' Club too! We have also had a man come to every service since VBS (he was given a church tract while we were inviting kids)."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, NORTHERN SAMAR, CATARMAN, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following report: "We now have 60 Bible college students. Please pray for two of our Bible college girls. They were disowned by their families for coming to Bible college. Please pray for their needs. The cost for the work scholarship and food for each student is about $30 a month.
Pray for three of our graduates who will be starting churches soon. They already have Bible studies with several families attending. They can build a church building with a room in the back for their house for $1,000. Pray for N. E. as he will be taking over his father's church. His brother is teaching in the college. His sister is helping on staff.
Please pray for my wife and me as we take a short furlough September 5–26. It will be a real hectic schedule as I will be speaking in six churches and trying to visit our children and grandchildren in three different states."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post —They share the following report and prayer needs: "The Lord has blessed us with regular visitors to our Bible studies. We see Him working in hearts and lives and are encouraged by the fact that we can minister to people's needs. We have also had more opportunities to witness and hand out Gospel tracts. Jennifer and I were able to witness to a very educated man recently, and it was obvious he was open. We are praying that the Lord will work in his heart.
We found out this month that the house that we have been renting for the past year has been sold. We have spent much time looking for a house and know that the Lord will lead us to what He has. We have been spoiled with great neighbors who show interest in our Bible studies, which will make the move a little more difficult. Please pray that the Lord will guide us to the house he wants us to have."
USA HISPANIC MINISTRIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O'Brien —They give the following: "Please continue praying for a mother and her 8-year-old daughter who have received the Lord as Savior. We had been having regular Bible studies with them, but the mother's work schedule changed for the summer and has hindered her availability. Please pray that when school starts back she will also be able to get back to the Bible studies.
Also, pray for two whose work also interferes with them being able to attend church. We are praying the Lord will give them new jobs where they will not have to work on Sundays. It seems like bosses and jobs have little concern for the spiritual well-being of their employees and unfortunately are only concerned with the bottom line.
We also ask that you pray for M., A. and their two children. They moved out to Washington after school was over and are not sure if they will return at the end of summer or just stay out West. They are just beginning to take root and be faithful in church, and the kids, S. and K., were really growing in the Lord. Please pray for wisdom and direction for their lives. If they decide to stay in Washington, pray that they will find a good church to attend. The Lord will give us families in their place."
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, SAIPAN, Swante and Linda Lindquist —They share the following: "July has been a month of preparation to take on the full responsibility of Calvary Baptist Church—finding the official offices, producing documents needed by the government, working out finances, getting to know the folks in the church, preparing for preaching, and figuring out how to fit it all into a working schedule. Brother S. and M. had done an incredible job of guiding us into the different areas of this ministry. Their help has been incredibly encouraging. Linda has started teaching the children's Sunday school class and will now be guiding the monthly ladies' meetings.
We have had many opportunities to hand out tracts and speak to a number of people, especially when we are shopping and running errands. The folks here are gentle, but they are much steeped in their traditions and religious affiliations. Catholicism is the principal religion here; however, there are also the usual cults along with a number of Asian beliefs that are new to me. It is a real joy and blessing to be with these people. Please pray for us that we can walk wisely and with understanding in the power of the Holy Spirit."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following report and prayer requests: "Our 2017 youth camp had almost 250 campers, and 147 surrendered for full-time service. God is so good!
There have been 25 new students move into the dorms thus far. The next semester of Bible college classes and academy has begun. Pray for us as we are providing them a free meal at noontime and work scholarships. There are 70 Bible students now. Our goal is to have 100 Bible students. Pray for our six orphans.
Please pray for the upcoming meetings. Summer Revival and Alumni Fellowship July 18–20 with Larry Gerbitz and August 8–10 with Dr. Dave Carter. Pray also for a new girls' dorm, the painting of all our buildings, 104.5 FM, and a strong fence around our property."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Dr. Stan and Dr. Mollie Prussia —They share the following praise and prayer report: "We praise the Lord for the pastors and churches in Georgia who made it possible for us to purchase a cargo van and convert it into a mobile medical office for medical missions. It has 15 seats for the medical team travel.
The Lord blessed the maiden voyage of our new van with 19 professions of faith and several other spiritual decisions. To God be the glory! One man who trusted Christ was the lay leader (Layco) at the local Roman Catholic chapel.
Prayer Requests: Hearts open to the Gospel, spiritual growth, safety and health, approval of Mollie's medical permit, and end of terrorist attacks and martial law"
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, TUCUMAN, Larry and Ruth Owens —They share the following: "Please pray for a young man (30 years old) who was studying in our Bible college. His parents drugged him and had him taken to a psychiatric ward as crazy. We are not allowed to communicate with him. Another prayer request is for a lady who had been in the church for years and has cancer all through her body and is in bad shape.
Last week I was out going door-to-door and won a man who came to church Sunday. Please pray for his spiritual growth.
We are planning a renovation of our church auditorium to make room for about 100 more people. The church is growing and people are getting saved. Several are new couples.
The dorms in the Bible college are almost done. So please pray that we can complete them soon."
BRAZIL, SALVADOR, Leland and Naomi Johnson —They give the following report: "One of the things that we have asked for prayer many times is for the Lord to open the door of opportunity for us.
Everywhere we go here in Brazil, local pastors try desperately to get us to come to their city and start a church there. On various occasions, Brazilian pastors have either taken me to or talked to me about areas in their cities that need a good Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church. There is such a need for people to hear the call of Jesus to the fields that are white unto harvest. Please pray! Maybe God could use you or someone close to you to enter through this door of opportunity.
God has already put us in touch with a saved man in Salvador (the city where we will be working) who has been praying for an independent Baptist church to be started. Continue to pray because God continues to answer."
USA MINISTIRES TO HISPANICS, Ed and Barbara O'Brien —They share the following: "We asked in our last letter to be praying for a lady who recently received the Lord Jesus as Savior. We praise the Lord that her 8-year-old daughter also has received the Lord as Savior! Please continue to pray for her husband. We were also able to make contact with fellow BIMI missionary Ron Goodman, who lives about two hours from her parents. He and his wife drove to meet with her mom and witnessed to her. She has not received Christ as Savior yet, but the seed has been planted and here is an open door for them to return. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to witness to her parents.
A man, who has been called by the Lord to become a pastor, has recently preached for me on two different Sundays. He is doing a great job and showing good leadership capabilities. Please continue to pray for him and his wife as they finish up their paperwork and final test for citizenship. They are excited about becoming American citizens as well as another couple in our church who recently finished the process and were sworn in as U.S. citizens."
WESTERN EUROPE, Bavaria and Austria, The Lapato Family —They write, "In April our church was able to celebrate the baptismal service for the father of our newest church family. The family started visiting in January. In February, the husband trusted Jesus as his Savior. The change in his life is unmistakable, and he is now serving the Lord with his whole heart.
The morning of the baptism, we held our first official meeting as an organized church. We did this to fulfill all legal requirements. We voted on different positions in the church (treasurer, secretary, etc.) as well as signing all legal documents. This was a big step for many and a year overdue!
On April 30 we held our official "church founding service" in a local restaurant. Representatives attended from the other four churches involved in establishing and supporting our church plant. Our members stood before the group to publically sign our charter and then sing together. It was a great service that we will never forget.
In May we signed a contract for a new meeting place. Our need for more space has been obvious for several months. We found a space on a main road that more than doubles the space we have now."
CENTRAL AMERICA, YUCATAN, Jeff and Elizabeth Carney —They share the following: "Here are a few prayer requests to add to your list:
• The Gospel Survey has been a huge success! Many people are trusting Christ, but the truth is that we are making so many contacts that it is hard to follow them up in a timely fashion.
• Our former ministry partners continue to reach out to us regarding two church plants that need some help in Guatemala. Although I have written and sent a few materials, it is imperative for us to travel there this fall to aid them in this endeavor.
• A 15-year-old was diagnosed with cancer and was only given 2 weeks to live. We clearly shared the Gospel with her but her primary caretaker had already led her to the feet and hands of Jesus. She is staying at a home that helps abandoned elderly people who need some help with water and in becoming self-sustaining. I am working with my brother to address this need.
• The contacts that I am making within the cycling community are completely overwhelming. I have a group coming down in October to help me as we host a large cycling event. I am praying and planning for many of them to place their faith in Christ."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato —They share the following report: "We have a young sailor who recently joined Yokosuka Baptist Church (YBC) by statement of faith. We had two new church members, one from Japan and one from Canada. They both got saved and baptized in YBC! The Canadian came to visit her children and grandchildren and recently returned to Montreal, Canada. Praise God they got saved! Please pray for the follow-up, discipleship, and spiritual growth of our new converts. Pray that they will be consistent in church attendance and soul winning. Pray for new visitors to attend our church, more salvation decisions, and more Scriptural baptisms. Please pray for 20 new families to join and serve the LORD JESUS CHRIST in Yokosuka Baptist Church."
BRAZIL, CITY RIBEIRAO, Carl and Cynthia Johnson —They give the following report: "Cindy and I both finished teaching our one-on-one discipleship lessons to two deaf people. I taught my last lesson a couple of weeks ago. We ended with a practical lesson on how to win other deaf to Christ. Cindy finished teaching about a month ago. These two are excited about serving the Lord. They will be able to teach other deaf and we are excited about that. We are also excited about several deaf who will be participating in the eight-week group discipleship classes we began in July. Pray for spiritual growth."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —"Our last prayer letter reported a small accident in New Jersey as I ran over some kind of obstacle in the road. A few weeks later in April, Sabrina had an accident and totaled our minivan. We are thankful that nobody got hurt!
During our time in the Bronx, we have had two great opportunities to purchase a facility. Of course, we cannot treat our apartment as a church, as our apartment complex is very strict. The city of New York has already given us two summons for not being legal. We must get enough finances up front in order to make a move on our desired property. Thus far, we have about 18% of our brick program, and about 14–17% of the projected down payment amount. More prayer warriors are needed to help us. Please pray for us!"
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —They share the following: "If you have spent any time with Latinos, you know they have the reputation to not be in a hurry. This was true in one lady's case. We met her about four years ago when her husband started attending our church. We visited them and tried to help them but she never seemed as interested as he did. She never came to visit but had heard the Gospel. A few months ago, she and her son were walking down the road trying to decide where to go when her son said to her, 'Let's go to Pastor Mark's church.' They came and a few weeks later my wife led her to Christ. 'Better late than never,' we often say, but in this case that was surely true."
We are about to finish the first full year of our Bible institute. It has been a challenge and we have made lots of adjustments. It has been encouraging to watch as believers become more equipped and gain skills to teach and train others. Pray for them and for God to call many."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Russell and Lisa Mackay —They share the following report: "Summer is always busy with camps. We had a great camping trip with our teens at the beginning of July and our junior campers at the end of July. Then our teens will go to Mt. Zion Baptist Camp the second week of August and we would appreciate your prayers for God to do great things in their lives. Too, pray for the Lord to give Lisa and me the strength we need.
Please pray for us for our Family Conference September 8–12. Our people need instruction and encouragement in order to build Godly families. We would really like to see God do great things during this time."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder —They share the following report: "Thank you for praying for the public school's Religious Instruction class! Sam obtained permission to continue teaching the weekly classes instead of only coming several times each year.
Sam has gotten more opportunities to preach. John Allen translated for him to teach at the pastors' conference. He also enjoys meeting most weekdays for Bible studies and language learning with a believer from church.
Sarah Glover has been a blessing by teaching us more Melanesian Pidgin as we meet with her many times a week. We also enjoy helping in some of her literacy classes by grading the homework and assisting reading groups. This also helps us to hear and practice the language.
Mary Beth has been helping in the obstetrics clinic on Tuesdays and with several baby deliveries. It's a blessing to work with Lena Allen and the other nurses while ministering to these Kamea ladies. She also enjoys working with the church choir on Saturdays and Sundays. She has continued teaching a national pastor's daughter several days a week so she will be prepared to join Tommy when he starts first grade at the end of August."
Please pray for future evangelism trips into places not currently being reached on a regular basis."
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, MASATEPE, Kirk and Kathy Bogard —They share the following report and prayer needs: "Some of our specific prayer requests for Iglesias Bautista Fe de Masatepe are as follows:
• That the new converts will learn faithfulness to the Lord's house. Going to church more than once a week is a new concept for them.
• That God will continue to bless us with more souls as we visit the city.
• That we will have good attendance for our Family Conference August 25–26.
• That God will protect and bless Pastor Cairo and his family and grow the church."
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers —They give the following report: "We want to share with you what God is doing in the church. Last week we went to youth camp. We thank God for a great week. A total of 125 were in attendance this year. We had three young men from our church, two of whom do not know Jesus as their Savior. Please pray for them.
Sunday, July 9, we had our baptismal service. This year I had the privilege to baptize three, the young man I wrote about in our last letter, another whom April led to the Lord last fall, and another who has been coming to our church for some time and knows she is saved but has never been Scripturally baptized. We thank God for them as they grow in Christ.
This past month we had our first English day camp. There were 15 who signed up for an all-day English camp at our church. Our goal was to teach them English and prepare them for the last day of camp, which was on Sunday. During the service, I shared the Gospel with them. Please pray that the seed sown will fall upon good ground."
USA MILITARY, ITLAY, SICILY, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton —They give the following report: "We have seen three young children baptized the last two months as well as an older woman who had been a guest of a child's family. She came under conviction. Although she had been saved seven years before, she put off being biblically baptized. She came to us for counseling and was baptized shortly thereafter. This dear lady is not attending on Sundays. There are challenging conditions for her to overcome, so please be praying for God to continue to provide for her participation in our church.
After seeing so many rotate out in the last year, the congregation is starting to see some growth from new arrivals to the base. The increase is from the high 20s to low 40s on Sunday along with the evening service growing as well. Just recently a civilian family assigned to the base school arrived. They visited our church on their first Sunday on the island and then rented the house right across the street. Active already, they rejoiced that their two prayer requests—for a church and for a house—were answered so completely upon arriving."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, PORT-DE-PAIX, Don and Bridgitt Dryden —They share the following: "A lot of time and energy has been spent on putting a roof (42' by 82') on Desroulins Independent Baptist Church building. Lumber and supplies from the capital (Port-au-Prince) to Port-de-Paix. Every truss had 28 glued gussets (14 on each side) with approximately 40 nails on each side; a nail gun would have been a blessing! The trusses were built on what was the church roof and will become the balcony when put in place on top of the second story. Everything is done by hand!
The important part of church is built on prayer, preaching and teaching the Word of God! Thank God for souls saved, believers baptized, lives committed to Jesus, and growth in the faith! You are a part of that through your prayers and financial support."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney —They share the following: "We had the opportunity to take a 17-hour trip to the northern region of Ghana to visit a new church plant in Walewale. We were able to present the overseerer a much needed motorcycle. This was made possible by Jireh Baptist Church of Pennsylvania. Pray that the Lord will open the opportunity to minister to the many street children of Tamale. As I look at the young men who will be traveling to the northern region, I realize that the age group is very similar to the ages of our young adults in Tema ten years ago. We look forward to returning and continuing the work that the Lord has begun there.
• Pray for the provision for the physical and spiritual needs of the new church in the northern region.
• Pray for God's protection and provision for Brother D. as he prepares to go the new church plant in the northern region to preach once a month. Sister E. will be teaching and leading the Bible club.
• Pray for a lady who has completed with distinction the first three years of the seven-year medical program in Saratov, Russia. Pray for her protection and God's provision.
• Pray for God's provision and protection for the church as we attend the 10th Annual Pastors and Workers Conference in Kumasi at the Fundamental Baptist Church International this August.
• Pray for a safe trip to the United States with Stephen and a smooth transition as he attends West Coast Baptist College.
As always, we are most honored and privileged to be the extension of your hands in bringing the Gospel to the people of Tema, Ghana, West Africa."
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue and Rebekah Ortiz —They share the following report and prayer needs: "God is rescuing sinners. Please rejoice in the fact that our God is a merciful Savior and continues to save souls here in Mexico! We started a remodeling project that turned a garage into a beautiful terrace where fellowship can occur in a relaxing environment. We had 93 people in attendance on Easter Sunday, and it was a great opportunity to share the Gospel and make good connections. At the end of the month, we had four individuals who publicly declared that Jesus is their Savior through baptism.
This weekend we will celebrate more baptisms! Two more ladies have decided to follow Jesus, and it represents the reason for the existence of the church—salvation!...Please continue to pray for our church. Pray for the salvation of dozens of visitors who are looking for the Truth. Pray for our expansion plans and pray for wisdom. Pray that God protects us from evil and that the Gospel continues to spread here in Mexico City."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius —They share the following report: "I recently participated in two camps. In a couples' camp I was privileged to lead two to the Lord. Shortly after camp, a man accepted the Lord and Debbi led another lady to the Lord as well. Please pray for these new Christians to grow spiritually. The man and his wife have had severe marriage problems.
We recently visited our Jewish friend in the nursing home on the distant side of the city. We were glad to find that she continues to read the Bible since her conversion. She told us she was reading about Paul and the things he gets into! Since the Ards, our previous co-workers, left the field, we are thankful that a young man in our church has taken an interest in helping with the Jewish ministry. We plan to have another Friends of the Everlasting Nation fellowship this month."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, Joseph and Donna Childers —They share the following report: "Lifeline Independent Baptist Church began officially on April 2. For our first service we had almost 30 in attendance, including about 20 from Grenville. That evening an older lady sweetly accepted Christ as her Savior. In the following weeks, we have consistently had between 25–30 in each Sunday service.
Please pray for us as we look to continue reaching lost souls with the Gospel, and we need God's wisdom as we look to increase our presence in the community. We are praying also for a larger vehicle. Our van has 7 seats, but on the average Sunday we pick up and drop off more than 15! Thank you for your prayerful and financial support that make it possible for us to serve here."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, EL PROGRESSO, Marie Lea-Wilson —She shares the following: "As I am immersed in Honduran culture, the Spanish language, the city of El Progresso, and the local ministries of my team and church, God has also consistently placed several deaf people in my path. I have learned several Honduran signs and have had the opportunity to discuss religion with one girl already. I covet your prayers for wisdom as we plan to begin a Deaf Ministry next year here at Beacon Baptist Church under Pastor/Missionary Matt Owens.
Currently, the majority of my time is spent monitoring homeschool classes and teaching a few classes (in Spanish and English) for five teenaged students in the Hope of Honduras Children's Home. This has provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn Honduran history and geography—among other subjects—right along with them! Additionally, I have enjoyed teaching a 2- and 3-year-olds Sunday school class, teaching older children special music to sing for services and assisting with various medical questions before and after church services. I am looking forward to several opportunities this summer."
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, KISII, Luke and Tonya Shelby —They share the following: "In March we held an evangelistic meeting in the village of Kegogi where we started Calvary Baptist Church in January. We had about 30 pastors, college students, and members of our church in Kisii who helped throughout the week with visitation during the day and street preaching in the open air market areas. It was a great experience for the college students with several saying that they had the chance to win their first person to Christ! They were so excited! One of the most faithful older ladies in our church started taking college classes last year. She can barely read and cannot write very well, but she had memorized all the verses and illustrations to lead others to Christ. She was one who led her first soul to Christ. It was so exciting to see how God can use anyone who is willing to serve Him. We had over 90 people saved in the course of the week and 85 in attendance the following Sunday. On Easter Sunday, a visitor got saved and left her beaded necklace at the altar. She had been trusting in this necklace to keep her safe from evil spirits that are associated with the witchcraft that is practiced in the Kisii area. This is an amazing step that she made in fully accepting God's protection in her salvation."
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, LEON, Miguel and Leticia Parada — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In April we celebrated our one-year anniversary of officially being Iglesia Bautista Fe de Leon. About 100 people were in attendance with three people being saved and many decisions made to serve and support the church. There was a joyful spirit! A tremendous message was brought by Pastor Rios and missionary Ricardo Portillo and his family supported with music for the day.
1. Saved souls
2. Spiritual growth
3. Transportation for the church
4. Strength and health for our continued work."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Robert and Becky Mach —They give the following report: "At a recent Sunday morning service at our Bingerville church, we had eight people who were baptized into the membership of our church. These folks are the fruits of the prayers and financial support that have helped us here in Ivory Coast. You can know for a certainty that your efforts to help us here result in fruit that abounds to your account. These who were recently baptized send their thanks."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND, JOYNER, Joe and Melissa Marshall —They share the following:
1. Our church has now placed the Gospel into 64,500 homes so only 35,500 homes to go to reach our goal of 100,000.
2. The Bibles for Phase 1 of the PNG Bible project will arrive around the 15th of June. Please pray as they clear customs and begin to be distributed to the schools.
3. So far, six people from our church have signed up for our missions' trip to Vanuatu in September. Please pray for this team as they prepare.
God has been greatly blessing our youth ministry. Currently, we have ten teens who faithfully attend. It is exciting to see that our teens not only attend but also are heavily involved in the church. Eight of the ten of them play musical instruments either in the orchestra or as a special. All of them have a regular ministry they serve in and are involved in regular outreach ministries. It is our desire to continue to develop our young people to serve God with their lives. Would you pray that God would provide a couple to work full-time with our youth group?"
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AM RHEIM, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung —They give the following report: "Praise the Lord with us for two teen sisters who were saved! Pray also for a few others who are getting ready for our next planned baptism to sincerely follow the Lord.
There is a group of gypsies from Romania who have been attending our services regularly for about one year. Some of them have been saved, but their lives need to be stabilized. Some live together without legal marriage. One man of the church is working with them pertaining to their spiritual needs and is also rather successful in finding work and housing for them.
Pray for a new Iranian group that started to come. They have only been in Germany four weeks. They need to be saved and need residence permits.
We praise the Lord for an unusual wedding. One girl from our church, her parents are from Africa, married a soldier from the USA. There were 250 guests who came from the USA, Africa, and Germany. The service was in three languages. I am thankful that I was able to present the way of salvation to the lost."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, ORLEANS, Jeff and Kim Smith —They give the following report: "Our door-to-door for months was hindered (but not stopped) by cold and snow. Now we are having unusual amounts of rain showers. Last week the heavier rain held off just long enough for us to cover the maps we had printed for the day. Some days we knock on every door, on other days we just hang the bags. Here in the suburbs, all types of soliciting and marketing go door-to-door. We find that about one in ten people will actually come to the door if you knock. Because of the amount of door-to-door in the suburbs, every other mailbox (it is legal to put things in the mailboxes here) has some form of the following: no soliciting, no trespassing, no religion, no fundraising, no flyers, no exceptions. The door hangers have a John and Romans and a church invite card. Both the John and Romans and the card have a presentation of the Gospel. Please pray that these will be looked at in the homes of people who are living the 'good life' but do not have eternal life."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEPAL, KTM, James and Holly Tamang —They share the following report with prayer needs: "We have been working at sharing the Gospel more. I have been encouraging believers to witness more. We saw two salvations. One was a teenage girl who had been coming with her mother. Recently, her stepfather, a Muslim, has been coming but he has yet to receive Christ. Another was a teenage boy brought by another whom you prayed for before. Now he is bringing his friends to Christ. We have been witnessing to several people. Please pray for four in particular. They are still searching."
WEST AFRICA, BURKINA FASO, OUAGADOUGOU, Randy and Tonya Smith —They share the following: "We had the privilege of baptizing three new believers on the second Sunday in April. The following week we had two submit themselves for baptism, so we are having another baptism service this month as well. Praise the Lord!
While soul winning last week, two university students accepted Christ as Savior. A third young man who comes from a Muslim background asked some very good questions. While he hesitated to ask Jesus to save him, he committed to seriously thinking about the Gospel. I believe that this young man will give his life to the Lord. Please be in much prayer for his salvation as well as the students that they will grow in their faith. We are excited to the see the Lord work in response to prayer. Thank you for the many years of faithful praying for us and financially supporting the work to which our Lord has called us to do here in Burkina Faso. May God measure out barrels of grace to you!"
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson —They shared the following: "Grace Baptist Church continues to make progress in her ministry. As mentioned previously, our church is located in a small community, thus, making progress slower than in other areas. We have an average attendance of 28 neighbors. I remember at our first official service four neighbors came and we wondered if we made the right decision to start the church. In our next prayer letter, we will have some very exciting news to share about our church.
Two nights a week we are involved with our seminary teaching, The Life of Christ. Our students are doing well in spite of the amount of information that is introduced. Several of our students make great sacrifices to participate in the seminary. We appreciate their efforts."
BIMI/ARM PERSONEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire —They share the following: "I am writing this letter from the Cayman Islands where I am substituting for the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. I am also able to use the three-doors display here. On September 2 we will be flying to Barbados to substitute for BIMI missionary Robert Smith and his family while they return for a short furlough time. We will be there until December.
Any time we are in the States and close to home, we remain active witnessing in the markets in Georgia and Alabama. Praise the Lord, we had five souls saved in our last two outings and two others saved on my birthday in March! What a great birthday gift from the Lord!"
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato —They share the following: "The majority of our church members will move one day; it is the nature of US Military Missions. We still serve the best Sailors, Marines, and civilians close to the US Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan. Twelve families and individuals will be leaving sometime in 2017 and five families and individuals have already left. That may seem like bad news! Just pray that they are following God's will."
The good news is: we have the Good News to preach! Between March and April there were 22 professions of faith and several baptisms! My wife Elvie was brokenhearted because 10 of her relatives passed away in less than a year. Some of them were not saved. She prayed to go back to the Philippines for three weeks. The LORD JESUS CHRIST used her to lead nine souls, mostly relatives, to CHRIST!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, ARGENTINA, Alan and Becky Jackson —They share the following: "Earlier this month, Bethlehem Baptist Church celebrated their 5th anniversary. It is amazing how time is passing! We were praying as a church that God would move in a great way and He did. Around 385 people came to the service and several decisions were made for the Lord! Several of the visitors with whom I had a chance to talk with enjoyed the service and are planning to return.
We still have a need! I shared in February of a need that we have for a bus. Several people have responded and have given toward the purchase. However, if you have a bus that you would like to donate to the ministry here in Honduras, we have a church member who is in the States and can get it to us.
Thank you for praying for the marriage classes. We have around 35-40 couples who come each Sunday morning to participate in the class. However, I think some come for the donuts! God is teaching us so much through His Word. Thank you, LORD!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, El Progreso, Matt and Dallita Goins —They share the following report: "Before V. and A. were exposed to the Gospel and were converted to a new life in Christ, they both struggled with alcoholism. They both shake their heads as they tell stories of a wasteful, disorderly, and belligerent lifestyle. They brighten when they tell of the change that Christ has made in their lives—A. in 2007 and V. in 2012. Both of them recognized C. when she visited our church in El Progreso for the first time. C. was the owner of the "cantina" where V. and A. would go on the weekends to drink. She served them the alcohol and when money ran out, she would extend credit if they would agree to buy her a drink. C. has trusted in Christ as well, and now they all meet in a new location—at church! Now, A. is an ordained pastor, V. is a Sunday school teacher and head usher, and C. serves in the nursery ministry. All praise to Jesus Christ!"
WESTERN EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN, Graham and Melinda Forbes —They give the following report: "I reported last year about the glorious salvation of S.—from drug user and dealer to turning to Jesus. He continues in his faithfulness to God and has just announced he is getting married! Yes, he found a beautiful Christian woman and they are planning a wedding in September. After a year and a half of salvation, he still cannot get over what the Lord has done for him. He is now also an assistant teacher to his Life Group and also part of what I call Leaders for the Future (LFF) team.
LFF is a group of four men with whom I meet regularly to talk about leadership, responsibility, and spiritual growth. It is a relaxed format where actually we mentor each other while holding each other accountable. Growing leaders takes time, but I have earmarked a period of time for each of them to step into leadership.
Pray for Melinda and me as we meet with S. and his soon to be wife for pre-marriage counseling. Continue to pray also for him and the changes he is making. At the present, he is working in construction, which is a hard living for a week's wage. Before, he would have been able to sell enough drugs in an hour compared to what he is paid for a week's work."
TENNESSEE, CHATTANOOGA. PAPUA NEW GUINEA BIBLE DISTRIBUTION PROJECT, Alan and Donna Brooks —They share the following exciting report: "For the last two weeks Steven Maldoff and I have traveled all across the country of Papua New Guinea, sharing with pastors and churches the tremendous opportunity that will soon be on their shores. Working on the logistics of transport and distribution of the Bibles was also a part of this very important trip.
On one Tuesday during the trip, we traveled to the largest public school in the capital, Gerahu Secondary School. As we met in the principal's office, the rain began to fall. I immediately sensed an urgency to pray for the rain to stop, knowing that it would cancel our meeting with the over 2,000 students as the assembly of that capacity could only be held outside. I then asked the principal if we could pray and as the five of us bowed our heads, I began to pray aloud but the rain seemed to increase in intensity. For a brief moment my faith wavered. Then the Holy Spirit calmed my fears as I sensed that there were others in the United States and in other countries as well who were praying for the project.
Over 2,000 students listened as I gave my testimony and presentation of the Gospel. What a mighty God we serve! They have asked to be the first school in Papua New Guinea to receive the Bibles. When it was announced that we would be back the end of May with the Bibles, they cheered loudly like those at a ball game in the States. It is hard to imagine teenagers from 9th through 12th grades cheering about receiving Bibles but they did!
Your prayer support and financial contributions have enabled us to do what seems to be an impossible task. Please pray as the first containers are on their way to Papua New Guinea. We have a total of 330,000 Bibles on the way, which is enough to do all of the secondary schools (PHASE 1) and a portion of the elementary schools (PHASE 2). I will be returning mid-May to receive the containers and to begin the distribution. Our plans are to do as many as possible until June 24 when all schools close for two weeks and the government votes to elect their new government. We will be able to continue after July 8 until we are finished. PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!"
CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, GABORONE, Mike and Cindy Haley —They share more exciting news: "Our church attendance has grown from an average in the 20s to an average in the mid-70s in just six weeks! One month back we relaunched the church on Kick Off Sunday with a new name, Grace Bible Baptist Church, a new location, and a new pastor, but with the same Gospel message! Since then, we have had 67 first time visitors with repeat visitors starting to bring visitors on their own. Many have been saved and we will schedule a baptismal service soon. Africa is plagued with Charismatic doctrine and people are literally starving for the truth found in God's Word. Truly, there is a famine in the land, not of bread and of water but of hearing the Word of the Lord.
Recently, I was out knocking on doors and training my partner, one of the older and more faithful men of our church. Six doors into an apartment complex, we met a 23-year-old hair stylist. She is from Botswana and was raised by her father, a German born atheist. She readily heard the Gospel and was gloriously saved, and she did rejoice! She had to work the following Sunday so that evening we took her a Bible. She met me at the door, all smiles, and said, 'Today I asked my boss if I could be off on Sundays to go to church and she said, YES!' This past Sunday she walked into church with TWO OTHERS—her older sister and her male cousin."
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY—PLEASE PAY WITH US! We have been asked to teach religious education (Bible classes) in both public and private schools with access to literally hundreds of students each week. These schools offer an opportunity to reach a younger generation with the Gospel before they are adulterated with false doctrine. PRAY!"
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —They give the following report: "We have had four churches to take on our support in the last few weeks. However, we need 20 more supporting churches. It means we will need to be in at least 100 more churches to present our mission field. I was able to book several meetings and a conference in the fall in the past two weeks.
We appreciate your prayers and support! We know that God is blessing because people are praying for us regularly. We hosted the 'End-Of-The-Month' at Naschitti Baptist Church and a Navajo lady accepted Christ as her Savior. The meeting is basically a fellowship meeting with other Navajo Baptist churches on the Reservation and on the outskirts. We had people come as far as Montezuma Creek, Utah; and Winslow, Arizona. There were several preachers and the messages were excellent and God blessed in a great way!
1. Please pray for our deputation ministry. Pray for 20 more supporting churches.
2. Pray for safety and grace on the road.
3. Pray for April's pregnancy.
4. Pray for witnessing opportunities and fruit."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, ST-QUENTIN, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We have been able to find a place to begin Bible studies here in St-Quentin. We have access to a conference room at the public library. Praise the Lord for opening doors in His perfect time. It is our first step of the ultimate goal of planting an indigenous church. Please pray that folks will come to our meeting and souls will be saved.
We received some good news from the church we started in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. They just voted to build a temporary building on the land that they were able to purchase several years ago. After years of saving, they are in the position to start building this structure. The church is organizing soul winning on Saturdays in this growing neighborhood. Praise the Lord for answering prayer in this area as well!"
Thank you for your faithful prayers! With your prayers and God's blessings we hope to make a difference in an area that is blinded by religion and the things of this world."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, SICILY, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton —They report the following: "A new family began attending in January and the couple soon realized they had never been scripturally baptized. So the baptismal at the base chapel was reserved and we had a special evening with the couple giving moving testimonies of God's saving grace in their lives as they prepared to take that step of obedience as believers. Our congregation left encouraged.
While our numbers are down, the group that we have is remarkably faithful to the church and its services. This makes teaching the series through books of the Bible or on a particular subject especially fruitful as most of the congregation hears all the messages in the series. After every Sunday and Wednesday evening service, the church sits down together for a fellowship meal. How they will eat and visit—I am probably one of few pastors who actually has to tell the congregation to go home! Please continue to pay that many would be reached for Christ at NAS Sigonella."
BRAZIL, Bryan and Rebekah Johnson —They share the following report: "So many exciting things have been happening since our last prayer letter. We have signed a contract on a church location. We are very excited about this. We had to put down a 10-month rental deposit on the building, and it is a three-year contract. Thankfully, we were able to get a loan for the deposit. We will get it back when we are done as long as the building is in good shape. We do still need to pay back the $6,700 we borrowed for the deposit. Obviously, this puts a huge crunch on our finances, so it was a real blessing to have five pews donated to the new church start. Our opening service will be on May 7th at 6:30 PM.
Junior and Janaina, the couple who will be joining us in our start, have been a real blessing already. They have been helping us hand out the 8,000 invitations we had printed. They have also chipped in with paint and supplies for the church.
We have had many people show interest in the church and already have had people contact us wanting to know times and days of services. Pray that God will open doors for us and that people will come to know Christ through our church."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, PORT-de-PAIX, Don and Bridgitt Dryden —They share the following report: "LABORING IN CHILD EVANGELISM. I have told you how over the years Bridgitt has been able to train Sunday school teachers for children. One of these young men has been chosen by the Haitian equivalent of Child Evangelism Fellowship to train others in child evangelism. Samuel is also a graduate of our Bible School and very active in a Sunday afternoon Bible Club to evangelize children in our neighborhood. Many children feel restricted to regular services but are uninhibited to come to this informal gathering of children their own age.
LABORING IN CHURCH MINISTRY. During the first quarter, there were 15 saved. Praise the Lord! We had three teens saved at the end of one of our morning services. Then the following afternoon during Bible Club for children, two children put their faith in the Lord Jesus for salvation. That means that these children have the possibility of a different life of faith and service for the Lord Jesus as opposed to the wickedness of Voodoo and ungodliness of their parents!"
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —They share the following: "Recently Sabrina and I loaded a total of 12 people in our two vehicles for the purpose of traveling over to a sister Baptist church in Long Island in order to baptize five of them. Each of them professed Jesus Christ as Savior. Each of them was also given an opportunity to share a short testimony with the people, and every one of them did so. It was a blessing to hear them testify, especially the younger ones.
P. and M. have been asking to be baptized for many months. Their mother was hooked on drugs and forsook her responsibility as a parent. So, the state stepped in and eventually gave them to A., her mother who was a Christian. Both children thanked their grandmother for raising them when they gave a public testimony. M. recently came up to me and quoted a Bible verse. A. has certainly done a good job with them!"
FAR EAST, HONG KONG, Andrew and Elena Au —They report the following: "This first quarter has been so very fruitful! Through the ministries of Ka Fuk Baptist and Liberty Baptist Church, we have seen souls saved and attendance increased. During our Faithfulness Rally one weekend, our church family went out passing our tracts and visiting. The Lord led us to people who just happened to be 'waiting for their acquaintances.' It is not a regular occurrence for people to just be sitting around because this is a fast-paced city. But that afternoon, we were able to lead five souls to Christ. Please pray for them to continue to come to church and for them to grow in their faith.
Our oldest son, Alexander, was excited about seeing souls come to the saving knowledge of Christ. That soul winning fervor led him to share the Gospel with two students at school. We thank God for this burden in his heart to share the Gospel with his friends, and we pray that he will continue to be a light wherever he is.
• The Education Department Bureau's favor to allocate a new preschool. We are asking for new facilities to start a new preschool.
• The results were supposed to be announced in March but were delayed until April.
• Upcoming baptismal service,
• God's power and protection upon the ministry, and
• Believers to mature and lead the ministries/laborer to surrender."
MEXICO, HUIXQUILUCAN, SAN FERNANDO, Nick and Patty Sutmaier —They report the following: "I had one of our young preachers who is in our institute with me when we visited a 47-year-old man named H. who has cancer in his liver and right lung. My heart was broken for him and his family. Seeing this man for the first time, he had an oxygen tube in his nose that was connected to an oxygen machine. As I sat and talked to H., his wife, M., was right at his side. He told me that he was Catholic and I kindly replied that it did not matter to me what his religion was. I did say that where he would spend eternity was more important than the church he attended. He and his wife agreed.
As we went through the plan of salvation, H. said that his church had never shown them those verses about getting saved. H. and M. both bowed their heads and asked Jesus to save their souls. Then H. told me, 'Now, I have real peace in my heart. Thank you for telling me how to be saved.' The ladies of our church bring in food items for needy families and the Lord laid on their hearts to go back by with a bag of food to revisit them. Tears were in their eyes when they realized the bag of food was for them. Because of all the treatments and going back and forth to the doctors, they did not have money for food, but God made sure His new children were taken care of. PRAY FOR THEM! They have three children between the ages of 15 and 23 years old."
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez —They share the following report and prayer needs: "After five weeks of classes on church membership, we had seven believers join our church! Everyone was excited to accept new members into the congregation. We pray that God will continue bringing more people who are in need of salvation through Jesus Christ.
As in previous letters, we want to emphasize how urgent it is for us to find a larger building for our church. No matter how many buildings we look at, we keep coming back to one that is only one block from our present location. It is three times larger than our present building and is in a very strategic location with parking spaces also. Please pray that God will continue to lead us as we inquire into the possibilities of buying this place. We do not have the money, but we know that God will proved if this is the right building.
Please pray for the following people to know Christ as their Savior. They have been coming to church or have been witnessed to: F., P., F., D., and J."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Chad and Cynthia Pape —They share the following report and prayer needs: "Our ministry here in the DR has turned many chapters and is about to turn another. We have enjoyed being part of the ministry with the Jordan and Wesson families for the last year and a half. During that time, God has allowed us to see children, teens, and some adults saved. This last Thursday night out soul winning, I had the privilege of leading a mom and her two children to Christ! Just that morning I had been praying that God would bring someone my way with whom I could share the Gospel. God wants people saved more than we do. During this time in the capital, the Lord has also helped me to refine my ability in the Spanish language. But now as we draw to the end of this time with them, we are both saddened to say goodbye and yet at the same time excited for what the Lord has for us on the north shore of the island.
• Smooth transition as the Jordans return
• God's blessings on our meetings/furlough
• God to work in our children's hearts as they prepare for another major move
• God to prepare Nagua to receive the Gospel
• Wisdom regarding our vehicle
• To find good housing in Nagua"
SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, GABORONE, Mike and Cindy Haley —They share the following report: "We landed on January 19, and it has been 'to the wall' ever since but 'like a dream' as we have experienced showers of God's blessings and favor on every side…. A week seems like a month here, and we are looking forward to a more 'normal' pace once we are through this transition stage of setting up shop. I cannot begin to tell you what God has done and is doing literally on a daily basis.
Already fruit is abounding to your account. In two weeks I have personally led four precious souls to Christ. It has been amazing! Attendance at the church is growing right out of the gate. The first two Sundays here we had 28 and 27 with first time visitors each week. Our third Sunday (after a blessed afternoon of knocking doors and witnessing on the streets) we had 40 with 14 first time visitors including two new families!
Pray for our personal walk with God to remain strong during this busy time of transition. Busy is good, but we need to operate in His power—not ours."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, David and Annette Townsley —They share the following: "D. PRAYED TO GET SAVED! E. said that her friend had been attending Riverside since the spring and D's daughter got saved at church. But when E. and D. were together one day and the topic of salvation came up, E. was able to lead her to Christ! Praise the Lord that God is still saving souls! This was exciting because E. got saved through Riverside and was now leading someone else to Christ! I praise the Lord for how God is working in these two families.
In the building, the whole electrical service is being rewired. In addition to making the building safer, we have been able to make several changes that saves us money on our electricity bill! Praise the Lord that the insurance company has been accommodating with these changes so Riverside has not needed to put in extra money toward their building! Also, one wall of the apartment had mold from damage unrelated to the fire, but the insurance company replaced this also!
Please pray for the following:
1. Provision to expand the new radio station ministry
2. Complete healing for Annette from Lyme's disease and the herniated discs
3. Reconstruction of the building since the fire
4. Completion of the new radio tower project"
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez —They share the following report: "The last two months have been very busy in the work here. The Lord has brought several new people and because of that we keep busy with discipleship classes. Last month we began New Member classes for many who want to join the church. Our two men who are preparing for the ministry are in charge of teaching this class every Saturday evening. Lord willing, we will have several get baptized soon and join the church.
I met a Peruvian man in a coffee shop back in December and I shared the Gospel with him. I went back three times and continued witnessing to him. He told me he would come to church to talk, and after sharing the Gospel once again, he trusted Christ as his personal Savior. Please pray that he will grow in the Lord and that his wife and children will also get saved."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following: "This last month Cornerstone Baptist Church has had several visitors come to services. Some are Christians and some are not. It is good to see new faces and know the Gospel is reaching the lost. A couple visitors were brought by current members. It is very encouraging to see Thai Christians evangelizing other Thais.
Our Wednesday night Bible study of the book of Genesis is going well. Many Thais are not very familiar with the Old Testament, so this study has been eye opening for them. Several have expressed thanks and shown a stronger desire to study God's Word. Our goal is to teach Bible doctrine as a set of beliefs that governs how we live our lives and looking to the Bible as our final authority over an individual or religion.
• Salvation of several
• Learning language & culture
• H's father and family to be saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts"
WEST AFRICA, BURKINA FASO, OUAGADOUGOU, Randy and Tonya Smith —They share the following: "'Pastor, I believe that my family is cursed.' A. had been troubled for several months as he considered how many problems he and his family had encountered over the course of his 21 years. He spoke to his older sister about their turbulent home life. She explained that since their father and mother could not have children, they sought the help of a sorcerer. He used fetishes to treat the problem and soon after the first of their seven children were born. The family now believes that because of this, their entire life is cursed. I had the great joy of showing him the truth that we are all under the curse of sin, but God provided His Son Jesus to break the curse and offer us new life. He prayed and accepted Christ as Savior and is willing to be baptized. We are planning a baptismal service and will be baptizing four new converts in March. We have prayed for the salvation of this young man now for eight years. Among Muslim people, it often takes a significant investment in time, labor, and love before one will receive the Lord. I have had the blessing of personally discipling him each week and seeing significant spiritual growth in his life. Pray for him as he faces much temptation."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, BOVES, Carey and Susan Abbett —They share the following report: "The church here in Amiens is still shining its light, doing our best to reach the lost for Christ. This past year, we have had several people come and visit, but we do not have any new members as there have been no adults making professions of faith.
We praise the Lord that there have been a few children who have accepted Christ as their Savior, and we pray they will grow strong in the Lord and be a witness to their families. The Children's Bible Club has a lot to do with that as well as the personal testimonies of our children and the children of our co-workers.
Susan was able to share clearly the plan of salvation with one of our neighbors. Please continue to pray for him. I am thankful the Lord enabled me to help a good church in the south of Paris during the month of January. The pastor needed to be gone for the month, and I truly enjoyed preaching, teaching, and the overall fellowship with those dear believers. After all, the ministry here is as much church planting as it is church helping/growing.
The Bible institute needs much prayer. I need much wisdom in helping to give the school the right direction and help."
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —They share the following: "Last month was a very busy month, but a profitable one. Every Sunday we are always packed in Sunday school. Over the last few months, Jeremy has preached on the importance of serving in the local church. Several members expressed a desire to begin helping as teachers and assistants in Sunday school. We conducted two training sessions to prepare them to teach the children's classes. We now have several new people who are beginning to serve. The ladies from our church attended a ladies' conference in another Baptist church in the next city over. It was a blessing to many. Jeremy stayed busy preaching both in the San Marcos church plant as well as another nearby local Baptist church. Near the end of the month, we held a church business meeting and the church voted to increase the salary of the national pastor and appoint the first deacons. God is blessing and strengthening His church! We also discussed plans to begin moving forward on the purchase of a nearby lot of land where we hope to construct our first church building. Jeremy also worked on several other things, including acquiring the documentation need to extend our legal residency.
This month we intend to make some very big decisions, particularly regarding the steps moving forward for the church plant. Our goal from the beginning was to plant a self-sustaining, indigenous, Baptist church. The national pastor whom we are partnered with is doing a great job, and we are thankful for all God has done each step of the way. We look forward to making several transitions as we approach our first furlough next year. This month, please pray:
1. That God will continue to help Michelle and our new baby through the pregnancy.
2. That God will continue to save souls and build His church here in Nicaragua.
3. That God will help our residency extension process to go smoothly."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace —They share the following report: "Our annual Missions Conference and anniversary were celebrated again by focusing on our responsibility of getting the Gospel into the world. This year we had added two more to our mission family. Victor and Gildeny with plans to go to Mozambique and Pamela on her way to Europe to work with the Muslims.
Victor is an engineer who accepted the Lord as Savior about 15 years ago. He was a bachelor and some might think lost all hope of getting married. After all, he was near 60! After working during the day, he would go to seminary at night to prepare to serve the Lord better. One summer he went to a port city on the edge of the jungle where he served in one of the churches. While there, he met a Brazilian widow who was also serving as a missionary. You can fill in the details; they were married and have been working in a church here in Lima while preparing to go to Mozambique. They have gone to Brazil to raise more support before leaving for Africa in the near future.
Pamela is a single lady who has spent the last several years both serving with a mission group in different countries as well as studying how to reach the Muslim people effectively. She plans to leave soon for Europe."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, LIMEIRA. Garry and Pam Tyler. —They share the following: "In November I had the joy of preaching in a four-day conference at the Deaf Church in São Paulo where we worked for a couple years. I believe that there was a boy saved. Praise the Lord! My sign language was a bit rusty but what a joy to see a great group coming for the services.
God enabled me to baptize a family that is joining our church. The father of this family is a brother to one of the ladies in our church. One of the men from Haiti was also baptized recently.
In January God blessed us with an outstanding average attendance in our Family Conference. We averaged about 80 through the week with a high one night of 93. Many decisions were made to strengthen families and homes. God has sent us more visitors in January than any month in the past year. This is so wonderful."
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —They give the following report: "Moving onward with the blessings and challenges of starting a church all the while juggling home schooling, raising boys, and settling in a new culture. The Lord continues to amaze us with blessings and challenges both physically and spiritually.
We have a couple children itching non-stop as we have learned the hard way how to identify poison ivy!! We've caught opossums and a raccoon that killed our chickens and kittens and squashed scorpions and spiders in the house! I dug our back yard up and laid new pipes for the plumbing to our septic system, which was backing up and spilling all over the driveway. With family Christmas money we were able to get our foundation fixed.
We had our first missionaries come through and stay with us. It happened to be a supporting pastor who had resigned his church and followed God into the deputation journey! What a funny swap of ministries! Having been on deputation and the field gives us a unique love and perspective toward missions! We hope to soon be supporting missionaries through this new work!!
CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins —They give the following report: "It was a misty day as I drove with a national pastor—the road continually changing from pavement, to dirt, to walking trail. It was a sober time as I thought on this and pondered the small, empty casket that rattled in the back of the vehicle. I arrived to a large crowd of people. The women were all gathered around the house crying while the men sat off to the side. The child was placed in the coffin and placed in the center of the assembly. The opportunity had arrived to speak to the people. What can be spoken at a time like this? The Gospel! The Gospel brings hope, salvation, joy, and peace at times just like this. It was a joy to see several professions of faith.
The funeral continued as we traveled several kilometers to the cemetery that included wading across a rushing stream. There was another opportunity to expound the Gospel while men dug the grave. It is amazing how the Lord can take tragic events such as this to bring new life to people through the Gospel. It was also a great witness and testimony for the bush church that is located in this area as they also bought the casket for this child. The church has since seen visitors from this funeral and even some of them making professions of faith.
It is a blessing to serve the Lord where He has called us. As you pray for us, keep the following in mind:
• The weekly Bible study with pastors
• Souls saved and people surrender to God's call on their lives
• The power of God on our lives as we share the ministry
• Our kids to see the love for God as we obey Him
• For the salvation of our younger children
• The South African Bible Study."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson —They share the following report: "'I am such a good man. I help so many people in our community. I just know that when I die God will receive me into His kingdom.'" These were the words of our 75-year-old church neighbor. The inside patio of his home where I visited him includes an altar with an idolatrous statue. At the time of our visit, we were unaware that he was ill. From that point on, I was never able to speak with him again. On December 26 this gentleman passed away. The 'works based salvation' mentality of this man typifies the philosophy of many with whom we share the Gospel. Recently, we were able to meet up with his widow and have prayer with her.
Previously, we mentioned that we spent time witnessing to two couples, one of which asked what was necessary to be saved. During the visit one of the children bit another child, thus, causing the visit to come to an abrupt end. One of the couples has been attending services on a regular basis. Each week we are meeting together studying what the Bible says about salvation. It is still difficult for them to understand their own spiritual need.
Recently, classes resumed at the BIMI seminary. It has been a privilege to associate with this great institution since our arrival in 1999. This year our seminary turns 20 years old. For 20 years the BIMI seminary has been preparing servants to serve. Over 20 of our graduates are starting or pastoring established churches around Bolivia. This trimester I am teaching the Gospel of John to six students, one of which is from our first church."
BRAZIL, RIBEIRAO PRETO, Carl and Cynthia Johnson —They share the following prayer needs, "We moved to Ribeirão Preto with the vision of establishing a deaf work—a church within a hearing church. We wanted to make sure the hearing church was established first and also train some interpreters to help in the deaf work. The Lord's timing is best and several deaf adults heard about our plans and started attending the services. Obviously, I interpreted each service they attended. Hence, we felt led to officially start the deaf work sooner than expected. We now have separate preaching services for the deaf on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. We meet with the hearing church for the Sunday evening services. Please be in prayer for this new work; we especially need men interpreters who can help with the preaching in the future.
D. and Z. are the first deaf people whom I had the privilege of leading to Christ in Ribeiro Preto. I listened to their life struggles and problems and then explained that Christ is the only solution. In their living room that evening, they both got down on their knees and asked for forgiveness, trusting Christ to save them. D. has been involved in drugs and it is his biggest struggle. Please pray that he will have the strength to avoid the worldly friends and places that allure him into drugs. His has a desire to do what is right but needs to learn how to lean on God for help."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, Charles and Brenda Arnold —They share the following: "Brenda and I have a couple of prayer requests concerning a bad situation of Daniel Flores. He has been pastoring longer than any pastor we have; however, he lives in a dangerous location of Comayaguela, Honduras. First of all, he had several items stolen from his pick-up truck. Please pray that God would intervene in this situation. Second, the Sunday school rooms in the church where he pastors have been in lack of complete repair for a couple of years. They lack doors, lights, and a complete wall of rooms on the right side. The termites had pretty much destroyed the wood floor, which is something we don't want to do the second time.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Bahamas. I had the opportunity to visit three years ago in soul winning. This time also I did some soul winning. A young man, 19 years of age, asked Christ to save him. He listened attentively as I shared God's Word with him. The next day I visited in a residential area named Pen Point. In one of the homes that I visited, I had the opportunity to share the Good News with a lady, and she asked Christ to save her. She looked to be maybe in her middle 40s. Remember these in your prayers."
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —They share the following report: "Ministry Team training: We are building a team of workers who are prepared to pray with those in the services who request prayer and also to pray and to minister in the homes of those seeking help. We see many desperate people whom God wants to and will help through our prayers!
Refugees are being sent back in large numbers from Germany now. We have several refugee families who are believers and are desiring to stay here in Germany. A representative from a mission to refugees spoke in December in the church and encouraged us to continue to reach out to the stranger (foreigner) and the helpless in the land. Please pray for them!
Culture exchange: An Iranian refugee and former Muslim whom we baptized two years ago married a local German girl. The wedding was fun with a big contrast between two cultures but both united in Christ. Our youth minister preached at the wedding and did a good job."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, VISTA DEL VALLE, Eric and Holly Johnson — They share the following: "This Christmas season was once again very busy with many outreach opportunities in our community as we celebrated the birth of our Savior. Our church celebrated the season with a Christmas craft night, our annual presentation of 'The Nativity' movie, and church-wide caroling to our neighbors, during which we invited them to our Family Christmas Photo Day and Kids' Christmas Presentation. We had many visitors during the season, and we believe many heard the Gospel for the first time. Pray with us as we seek to follow up with those who have visited and need to be saved.
• Salvation of visitors
• Continued good health and spiritual growth of our family
• Spiritual growth of believers in the upcoming year
• New church plant/Community Center—provision and construction"
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case —They share the following report and prayer needs: "Thank God for His blessing on our church and the growth we have seen! However, growth was becoming increasingly uncomfortable. Services under an aluminum roof and steel frame became difficult. Cold and crowded, the church members prayed with me for a solution. We decided to have a special offering to pay for an expansion of the frame and some more aluminum panels. I was delighted to learn that the church had raised enough money to complete the project, but what took place next took us all by surprise.
Our landlady, who is a member of the church, told her husband what had happened. While he is not a Christian, he wants the church to remain and continue to rent the space, maybe even purchase it in the future. He was concerned when he learned of our plans for a new place for the church after we return from furlough, so he offered to put up half the money to roof off the entire property, tripling the size of the space!
Please pray for two things regarding the building. As the project continues, funds are still needed for completing the structure and finishing it off. Also, pray for the soul of our landlord that he will be touched through the testimony of the church and his wife, who is our sister in Christ…. Finally, we have one very special prayer request. Mexico is going through a time of trouble. The peso is falling at an unprecedented rate. In addition to inflation, the government has raised the price of gasoline, which is setting off civil unrest. Please pray for Mexico and for the churches in Mexico during this time. We are praying for peace and for God to work through His people."
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following: "The last two months of 2016 were full of blessings. We saw more people come to Christ. One of them is a youngster in our children's ministry. Late one Sunday evening, her mom texted Tiffany saying that her daughter was asking her how to be saved. Even though the mother knew how to present the Gospel, she was nervous because it was here own child. So Tiffany was able to help her present the salvation message to the daughter and she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior. This is a wonderful testimony because the husband is not saved. I have talked with him about Jesus but he told me, and I quote, 'If I receive Jesus, then I'm going to have to give up some things in my life and I don't want to give them up.' He has even separated from the family in the past. Please pray with us that he would give his life to Christ.
Another person who received Jesus is through the small church plant in Buin. The Chilean leader in Buin works with him. They have been doing weekly Bible studies. One day, he recognized his need for the Savior and prayed to receive Him. We are looking at possibly starting another church plant in a coastal city called Isla Negra. It is about one hour away from the church in Maipu. It is currently in the planning stages as God continues to reveal what He has in store. But for now, I can tell you that one person has been saved. Unfortunately, it also involves sad news. This man that received Jesus died suddenly last week. For now, we ask you to pray that God would guide us in this possible new endeavor and that he would work in the hearts of all the people who will be involved."
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, MAINZ, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung —They share the following report: "Last Sunday, our Lord gave us a blessed service with a powerful message from God's Word both for the lost and saved. There were three first time Russian visitors. Also for the first time was a young family of three from Romania and other visitors from various countries. Our Christmas services were well attended; we had a full house with chairs in the gangway. The people were joyous, reverent, and worshiped the Lord and brought their gifts to the manger that was put up for that purpose.
Our church, the Freie Baptistengemeinde, is located in the inner city of Manz with a very busy street in front of the church. Every street car and bus has to stop in front of the church. There is also a wide sidewalk with a constant stream of people. It presents a great opportunity for evangelism in various ways. On two Saturdays before Christmas we had information tables in front of the church on the sidewalk. We distributed over 900 calendars in 19 different languages with good Scripture and information about salvation. Also, of course, there was other literature. We spoke to many people and the Lord blessed the following Sunday with visitors.
A retired couple was baptized on September 25, 2016. They took a trip to the Black Forest and to Northern Germany to visit their long-time friends and to lead some of them to the Lord. Praise the Lord, they led six of their friends to the Lord!"
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and Lou Anne War —They share the following report and prayer needs: "During the Christmas season Lou Anne and I went to visit several of our Italian neighbors. One of our Italian neighbors told us that he does not go to church but he believes in God. Then he said that he would be very interested to learn about God. I told him that I would love to help him. At that time there were several other people in his house visiting and I could not get him alone. We are planning on inviting him to have dinner with us and then introducing him to the Jesus of the Bible. Please pray for his salvation.
Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church in Aviano, Italy, as we continue to spread the Gospel to the Aviano Air Base and the Italian community. Please pray for a missionary family to come and start an Italian-speaking independent Baptist church in our area. Please pray for our family in the States and as always pray every day for our troops and their families to come to Christ."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —They share the following report: "We were contacted by C. while on furlough about E., a professor from Medellin who had accepted Christ while in Georgia at an academic conference. C. was desperately hoping we could meet her and disciple her. I met E. by way of Skype during a Spanish Bible Study at a Christian's house in Georgia. We were very encouraged and agreed to follow up with her in Colombia. We contacted her once we arrived and found out she literally lives across the street from us! Katie is now disciplining her and E. is so excited. Only God can do that!
The most encouraging news we have had since returning is the work the Spirit did through the team of leaders who helped during our absence. We have had the opportunity to baptize six people since being home. Some were saved during our furlough while other Christians were just impressed to take the next step of obedience. God worked and used our people—A very good thing!
• The few that have strayed would come back to the fold
• God would continue to build our church membership
• E. and N. would grow
• More souls saved and more baptisms
• God to call and raise up more national leadership"
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Kristine McLaughlin —She shares the following incident in her life as a medical missionary: "The days have flown by as I stepped right away into a busy schedule…. It was a wonderful day, but it started out with a few 'bumps in the road' that the Lord helped us through. First, I had my SUV all loaded and ready to go when my key broke in the ignition! A pair of pliers, a quick prayer, and it came out. Then, about halfway down the village road, the dirt quickly turned into deep mud, and I was completely stuck! We put the SUV into 4-wheel drive, and six Africans 'came out of nowhere' to push me out! It's funny how they can just 'appear' so quickly here! Windows were down, tires were spinning, and mud came flying into the car. I was so muddy by the time we arrived that we had to wash off before the first visit. But the Lord was with us, and He gave us the grace to persevere. We had four visits to make, and they were some of the sweetest visits that I've ever made here in Ivory Coast. We shared praises and prayer requests, had a Bible study on John 14:1-4, held a new baby who was named after me, and enjoyed fresh milk from coconuts by the lagoon. The last visit was with a couple who were saved just before I left for furlough. Their baby boy was sick with malaria, and we had the medicine that he needed with us. After treating him, the couple gave me a live chicken! A chicken is a fairly large sacrifice for our people, and this is the first time that I've received one. Thankfully, he carried it to the car for me! At the end of all of this, my heart was so full! It is so rewarding to hear story after story how the Lord is working here. What a testimony of the Lord's power in our lives! There is now a strong core group of believers in Anan, including a regular Bible Study led by men in the Bingerville church."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta —They share the following report: "Two weeks ago I heard of a church that was about to close, so I called the pastor to ask if they would consider selling their building. He said that they did want to sell and invited me to come and take a look. The building is not anything fancy, but it will meet our needs and has some room for us to grow. We made the best offer that we could, our entire Building Fund balance of $150,000, for the building and everything in it—chairs, tables, benches, pulpit, Lord's Supper table, piano and all. They accepted our offer. This is an amazing price, especially considering that they could have sold it for much more on the open market! The only thing they wanted to keep was their sound system. What is even better is that we can pay for this with cash so we will be mortgage free! Our people have faithfully given to missions and running costs of the church, while also saving all they could to someday have a building. This will pretty much empty our accounts, but Lord willing, we will be in our own building at the beginning of February."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, PORT-DE-PAIX, Don and Bridgett Dryden —They share the following: "Grace Baptist Church of Moreau is growing. We made five 8-foot long benches in October. I baptized three adults in October and two in December as testimony to their trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Here in Port-de-Paix at Independent Baptist Church, we baptized six in December. Recently, while preaching at Maranatha Baptist Church at Aubert, the father of the pastor was sitting there. He was to be baptized. The background of this man was voo-doo and praying for the dead. But, earlier this year when doctors told him he was near death, he got saved, and is no longer involved in the works of darkness. He has the light of the Lord Jesus in his soul now and joy on his face!
For those who contributed and/or prayed for Haiti after HURRICANE MATTHEW, please read the following:
Thank you so much! Though few and small words, they convey such gratitude from those who received your gifts. The majority of the USA do not know personally what a natural disaster can do. Hundreds of Haitians lost their lives and thousands their livelihood to Category 4 Hurricane Matthew. In another letter we will be able to share with you how you helped those who are suffering and how your gifts have done more that give relief, it has helped them restore their lives and losses."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, Dan and Amie Dwire —They share the following: "Although we had been coming to the capital city for the last 12 years for supplies, so much here seems so new to us: new home, new community, new neighbors, new language group, new culture, new ministry opportunities and responsibilities, etc. But we do still have some of our 'old ministry' opportunities as well. We have been blessed to have talked with several of our friends from our Soroti church, and we sure do miss them. One of our Soroti church members is in rehab in Kampala, and Dan was able to visit with him as well as with one of our village pastors from Soroti whose 10-year-old son has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in Kampala. In January Dan was back in Soroti to help teach in the Bible Institute module and retrieve a few more things we had to leave in Soroti on moving day.
PRAISE THE LORD FOR
• Safety and protection during the move
• Friendly neighbors and the new community to which He has called us
PLEASE PRAY FOR
• Wisdom in reaching the people of Wakiso District with the Gospel
• The sale of the radio land in Soroti and progress on expanded licenses approval"
FAR NORTH, CANADA, TORONTO, Cory and April McTague —They recently changed fields and give the following report, "God has answered many of your prayers in regard to our transition. Our faithful supporters are being very supportive and our calendar through March is full. We are still looking to fill May through September. Your prayers concerning this are much appreciated and needed!
Lord willing, we plan on starting a new church in Toronto sometime in the fall of 2017. We will need everything for the new building, including but not limited to, a pulpit, pews or chairs, offering plates, a piano, and hymnbooks. We will most likely need funding for paint and repairs to whatever facility the Lord provides for us. Please keep these needs in prayer.
The week of January 23, I went alone to Nepal for one week. The Lord had impressed upon my heart the necessity to continue teaching and supporting the Himal Baptist Church in Kathmandu.I have been able to regularly communicate with them. They are doing well and staying strong, spiritually. Please keep them in prayer as they endeavor to follow the Lord in making Himal Baptist 100% indigenous. This make take a few years and by God's grace, we are committed to following it through."
USA MINISTRIES, CALIFORNIA, LANCASTER, Mike and Wilda McCombie —They share the following report: "In the months of November and December the Lord opened some foreign doors to churches in New Zealand to allow me to preach in three churches a total of 25 times. My wife taught five times. We began and spent most of our time in the city of Christchurch at Lighthouse Baptist Church. It is a new church that is currently waiting for one of our deputation missionaries who is to lead that church beginning in early 2017. Our pastor asked us to go through that opened door to teach on Baptist distinctives, doctrines, and soul winning for four weeks. My wife taught a ladies' class and a salvation lesson at a ladies' Christmas dinner. We were welcomed to New Zealand on our first weekend and awakened at 12:02 AM on November 14 by an eight minute massive, 7.8 rolling earthquake. Then we were evacuated because of a tsunami warning—what a rude awakening and welcome!
Prayer Requests for 2017: For a full schedule of meetings (please contact me if you would like to schedule us for a meeting and/or present the PNG Bible project); we need God's provision for health, safety, and God's power and liberty to preach and teach God's Word; for Phase 1 of the PNG Bible Distribution Project and how your church can be involved."
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, GUAYAQUIL, Raymond and Anita Bradley — They share the following praises and prayer needs: "I was invited to preach at the Bible Conference in Efata Baptist Church for the Deaf in Lima, Peru. Pastor Jorge Pozo was one of our students in school and the Bible institute while we served with Pastor Vernon Miller in Efata. At Jorge's request, we went to tell his parents about Jesus 30 years ago. They were not very interested in the things of the Lord then. Jorge and his wife are deaf missionaries to the Deaf in Huancayo, Peru. They were at the Bible Conference with three deaf ladies from Huancayo. It is our joy to see what God is doing with this family. Jorge asked us again to visit his parents as he has been praying for their salvation. His dad is blind and bedridden; as my wife interpreted the salvation message we shared with him, he wept. Every time we told him God loved him, he sobbed out loud. We asked questions as we shared the Gospel with him to make sure he was understanding, and he was. He said, "Yes" that he wanted to receive the Lord. Praise God! Jorge's mom said she had received the Lord last October. Do not give up praying for your loved ones."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassy Tate — They share the following with prayer requests: "Each Wednesday we have the opportunity to preach the Gospel to those who serve as police in our region. This is a mandatory service for all those scheduled for duty! Last week a detective stopped me on my way to the bank to encourage me with what God is doing in his life. Please pray as we try to reach these men with the Gospel.
We were able to finish construction of the new chapel in Los Robles. We are praising the Lord for the nearly 80 who came out to participate in the dedication service that was held the last weekend of November.
Prayer Requests and Praises
1. Praise for six baptized in Danli
2. Praise for 15-passenger van that God provided for our family!
3. Pray for the work in Danli, Ojojona, El Ocomupe, Talanga, and La Esperanza.
4. Pray for the adoption of the twins.
5. Pray for $1,500 need to finish the repairs to the retaining wall that fell during the last major storm that hit Danli."
SOUTH AFRICA, HILLCREST, Jeff and Robbin Demarest — They share the following report with prayer requests: "This past week the printing press we have been praying about arrived. We are anxious to get it set up and see it running. We will be printing literature for the RU Recovery program along with Scripture portions and tracts. We are excited as two of the RU booklets have been translated into Zulu. There is a real need for literature, and we are glad that God has opened the door for us to start a printing ministry. Praise the Lord the press is paid for, but we still need to purchase the plate maker, folder, and a container for storage. PRAY—PRAY—PRAY!
Please pray with us about our visa situation. We are waiting on a waiver so we can apply for a work permit. We then will be able to apply for permanent residence in a few years."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board — They share the following report: "Two weeks ago we took up a special Christmas offering that was used to purchase a cow that will be distributed to around 45 Muslim families in a particular village. We challenged each member of the church here in Phnom Penh as well as our village outreaches to be involved in the offering. We are so happy to report to you that the total amount given in the offering was $793.05. The overwhelming majority of this offering was given by folks who had to make great sacrifice in order to give. Nine out of ten folks who gave in this offering could never afford to actually purchase beef for their own families. It is humbling to see their love for the Lord and for the lost. After I announced our total on Sunday evening, one of our men remarked that this offering reveals the spiritual maturity of so many of our people. I agree. The beef will be distributed by our Cham believers who were saved out of Islam and who, in many cases, have experienced great persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ. PLEASE PRAY THAT THIS LOVE OFFERING WILL BE USED OF THE LORD TO PLANT SEEDS THAT WILL RESULT IN MANY MORE CHAM PEOPLE COMING TO CHRIST.
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SAMAIPATA, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They share the following praises and prayer needs: "We recently returned from Sucre to attend another wedding, the third in eighteen months. All three brides were sisters! The girls' parents reminded us there are two remaining daughters and they are expecting us to be available for their weddings. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and celebration with believers from Iglesia Bautista Cristo Viene. We rejoice with the church for the newlyweds and their dedication to the Lord. We look forward to them continuing to serve the Lord and establishing a Christian home.
The church in Sucre is doing well and is growing. While praying and waiting on the Lord to supply them with a pastor, the young men in leadership are doing an amazing job. I had the privilege to baptize seven who had received Christ. Two were a married couple, parents of two students who started coming to church as small children. Today they are college students! Years ago I had the opportunity to witness to their mother and was thrilled to hear two of the men were able to lead the parents to the Lord.
Here in the village of Samaipata, we are preparing for VBS the second week in January. As you know, it takes a lot of work and energy, and we would appreciate your prayers. The theme this year is 'The Soldier of God' and we are looking forward to teaching some wonderful lessons to boys and girls."
USA MINISTIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following report: "Our Grand Opening was very well attended; 49 people were there! At the invitation time a man walked the aisle crying. When he reached the front, he said, 'I need to be saved!' As he was being shown from the Bible how to receive Christ, his 14-year-old son also came forward as well as another man! Thankfully our BIMI Director and his wife (Bob and Jennifer Larson) had driven in to help—we needed soul winners! A week later we had our first baptism as father and son followed the Lord together. We bought a cattle trough and sump pump and were able to have our own baptismal.
We have had numerous visitors as we are the 'new thing in town.' A few families have joined us as attendance has ebbed and flowed. We have had the opportunity to entertain each family in our home for dinner. We've met neighbors and befriended sales clerks and bank personnel. We've hosted home school events in our home and participated in a few home school groups nearby. Here are some prayer requests:
• Money for portable Sunday school/fellowship hall building
• Health (the cold season has hit us as well; however, Stephen's lungs are still doing well)
• Wisdom in ministering to hurting hearts
• People to desire spiritual growth
• Acceptance among the people here
• Repair of our personal home's foundation (Texas is notorious for cracking foundations)
• Fruit for our labor (more laborers in the church)"
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, ULAANBAATAR, Bradly and Ashley Kubik — They share the following report and prayer needs, "We are excited to see opportunities continue to open in Mongolia to share the Gospel with the lost people here. Tibetan Buddhism and communism have kept these people from meeting and trusting Christ as their Savior, but through the change in government and the technology of the day, God is opening the eyes and hearts of the Mongolians to their lost condition.
There is a new group of people emerging in this new society of Ulaanbaatar. The millennial generation who have never been forced by the government to believe a certain religion are separating themselves from the traditional Mongolian lifestyle. They are separating themselves from the nomadic lifestyle and dedication to Buddhism, and they are moving to the recently advancing capital of Ulaanbaatar. They are moving here in search of a new life—something different from their past generations of families. They do not know it yet, but God is sending us there with 'something new' they are searching for—the Gospel of Christ! This group lives in a lower-class community surrounding the city and most of them already speak English. We can start working with them right away when we get there while we are still working on learning the language.
1. Churches invite us to meetings and join with us in monthly support so we can quickly get back to Mongolia.
2. God's continued protection as we travel the country on deputation until God provides our needed support.
1. God has continued to show Himself faithful in taking care of our needs and keeping us safe!
2. We are now at 36% of our needed support with 27 supporting churches!"
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC/CUBA, Michael and Anna Doering — They give the following report: "During October and November, Michael was in a nearby country teaching church planters. Since initiating a new curriculum in January, there have been amazing results in the number of small house churches that have been started. There are many cases where a church planter has been able to start a new church, and with the believers who have been won to Christ, they take the message of the Gospel to another part of the country and start over. Churches are being started across the country and the message of the Gospel is reaching the people who need to hear. At an evangelistic meeting in October, a man visited who had been an alcoholic for over 40 years. We had invited R. to be our special guest at the meeting, and he showed up early, dressed in borrowed clothes. Before the service even began, Michael translated the testimony of one of the team members who had also been an alcoholic. After hearing this man's testimony as well as the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, R. repented and accepted Christ that evening. He still has a long way to go after forty years of alcohol abuse but he is now trusting Christ daily for strength to live for Him. What a joy it was to see another life transformed by the power of Christ!
As we close, please continue to pray for the following requests:
• Pray for Michael's mother, Linda York. Michael's stepfather Glen York succumbed to a slow battle with Alzheimer's disease on November 18. We were all able to travel to New Jersey to be with her during her loss.
• Pray for the Grace and Truth Baptist Church as we strive toward being autonomous. That has been our goal since we began.
• Pray for the spiritual health of our leaders and our membership.
• Pray for a fresh focus on winning the lost and training those who are believers."
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: "Over the past few months, God has brought several new people to the church who are hungry for God and His Word and whom we have been able to disciple in helping them to grow in the Lord. Because of this blessing, we are in desperate need of a larger building for our church. Please pray as we search for one that is the right size in the right location for the right price. This is easier said than done, but we know that God has the perfect place for us. We have already looked at several buildings, but so far, we have nothing definite. There is also the possibility of renting an unfurnished building, but we would have to put in floors and ceiling, plaster the walls, put in restrooms, and separate rooms for Sunday school and a nursery.
On November 5 our daughter Deborah was joined in marriage to Flavius Tabardau! Their wedding was a testimony of what God has done in their lives and we were blessed to have over 120 friends and family members attend. Please pray for Flavius and Deborah as they work alongside us in the ministry and as Flavius continues his Bible training. He already teaches the teen Sunday school class, the monthly teen meetings, and the Wednesday night Bible Study!"
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, ST. QUENTIN, Dan and Jennifer Post — They give the following report and prayer needs: "'That is something that religion did not teach me!' These are the passionate words I heard after sharing the Gospel with a young man who is in his twenties and aspiring to join the Canadian Football League. I had given him a book that explains the difference between religion and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After carrying the book with him to work and reading it anytime he could, he said that the best part of it were the Scripture verses and that he learned that 'the wages of sin is death.' This conversation took place during our boys' football practice. We must have done ten laps around the field as we talked of his physical condition and spiritual need. I sure look forward to talking more with this young man! We have been praying for his salvation for quite some time now.
The Lord is giving us more contacts and opening doors for us here. This is a very active community that has provided many opportunities to meet new people. The other day I was able to answer some Bible questions of an elderly gentleman. I quoted John 14:6 in French where Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' During this Christmas season we are praying that God will give us more opportunities to share the Gospel—the real meaning of Christmas.
Please pray for the salvation of the folks we mentioned. Also pray for us as we start our paperwork again for permanent residence here in French-speaking Canada."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and LouAnne War — They share the following report: "I had the great privilege of baptizing six people in November, two of whom were the Air Force mother and son who trusted Christ as their Savior during our Italian Appreciation Day. The other family is also an Air Force family who started coming to our church a couple months ago. They are a very good family and all profess to be saved. They had been out of church for a while but are excited to be back in a good church learning and growing in Christ. They told me that they did not want to come to Aviano but had no choice. They also told me that they now understand that God brought them to Aviano so that they would work on their relationship with the Lord. Both families have been faithful and both will be here for another year and a half before they transfer. Please pray for those who were recently saved, baptized, and added to our church, but also please pray for the many who are not in church and not saved in our area.
Please continue to pray for LouAnne and me and also our family in the States. Please pray for our church here in Italy to be a beacon of light to the lost on Aviano Air Force Base as well as our Italian neighborhoods. Please pray for the salvation of military folks and their families here in Italy and around the world. Remember to pray for the country of Italy that the Gospel will spread far and wide and that a multitude will trust Jesus Christ as their Savior."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He shares the following: "We have an ongoing tract ministry here in Thailand and recently finished a new batch of tracts. We printed 10,000 tracts and have sent several thousand to other churches as well. There is another missionary who does an excellent job bringing in Thai Bibles. So, we are blessed to have a good supply of God's Word to give out. Sowing God's Word is very important to us; therefore, we try to give God's Word to as many people as possible. It is my prayer that this will be fruit to your account. Thanks again for your prayers and may the Lord bless.
• Salvation of three
• Learning language & culture
• A father & family to get saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts"
O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry.
PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray for President Edgar Lungu, Zambia (Southern Africa).