FAR EAST, JAPAN, KOBE, Paul Johnson Family They write: God meant it unto good. The devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011 affected many lives in Japan. Thousands of peole lost their lives and thousands more lost their homes and all their earthly possessions. Mrs. S and her family were displaced from the tsunami and moved to Kobe almost two years ago. Shortly after arriving here, she saw one of our church flyers advertising English classes on Sunday mornings. She began bringing her young son to English class but would leave as soon as class was finished. After a few months they began staying for Sunday morning services as well. Last year, they both trusted Christ as their Savior and her son was baptized. In March of this year, she followed the Lord in baptism as well. It was thrilling to think how God used a situation as devastating as the tsunami to being people to salvation. Please pray for her husband who has not yet trusted Christ. Thank your for your continued prayers on our behalf.
WEST AFRICA, NIGER, Agadez, Brenson and Joanna Jennings They give the following report: The greatest blessing of the past two months was the salvation of our friend, P, whom we mentioned in our last prayer letter. I had witnessed to him on numerous occasions in French, and although he seemed interested, he said he just wasn't ready. Our co-worker, Brother David Edens, had the opportunity one day to clearly explain the Gospel to him in Tamajaq. P told me later that day that he understood and believed. After talking more we feel that he has indeed accepted Christ! This is such an answer to prayer. We see such potential in this young man. He has already expressed a desire to teach others the things of the Lord and he is very receptive as I disciple him in French. Please pray for him to grow as a Chrstian and to be a bold witness. Converts here face a lot of ridicule and sometimes hostility from their friends and family. Pray for this young man and also that God would give him a Christian wife.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, Jim and Emi Civale They share the following report and prayer needs: We spent about as many days in as we did away from Asau last month — and the Lord blessed every minute and every mile.
At Asau Baptist Church, we baptized and added five new members on the first Sunday in March. Later that day, I flew across the dateline to visit American Samoa for a second Sunday, March 3. As always, it was a joy to visit our first church plant and to preach to the dear people of Vai o le Old Baptist Church. Praise God for a young man whom Pastor Scot Daku led to the Lord during the altar call.
Two days later I traveled back to Samoa to stay with missionary friends to continue working on the Samoa Bible Project. While there, I preached for Pastor Peneueta Faafouina at Lighthouse Baptist Church in the village of Vaitele-Fou. Praise God for a sweet couple who came forward at the altar call and placed their faith in Christ as Savior. Later in the month, they were baptized and added to the church. There is a lovely twist to this story. The wife in this couple was born and rasied in Asau, and some in her family opposed opening Asau village to allow the Baptist church in back in 2010. Three years later, members of that same family are becoming Baptists! Hallelujah! This story gets more exciting. She brought her sister to the church the next week and she also got saved, and they are eager to reach out to other family members with the Gospel.
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, Terryville, David Townsley Family They give the following report: "Thank you for choosing Terryvile!" This new Christian is one of the many we are discipling and helping through personal problems. Many are eager to grow in the Lord and be more like Christ. Several more Christians are planning to be baptized and to join the church soon!
Easter was a great blessing this year as we had to put out extra chairs to seat everyone. We had first-time visitors plus people who had not been to church in a while in attendance. After the service a college age young man walked the isle to ger assurance of salvation. Tears rolled down his face as he prayed to receive Christ as Savior!
There are many special Sundays planned in the month of April. Please pray for more first-time visitors and for those who have not been faithful, to come to church. Also, please pray for M and her husband. M is saved but has been out of church for years. She attended during the revival and on Easter. Pray that she will decide to put Christ first and that her husband will be saved.
Also, pray for: 1) God to work in the upcoming services. 2) Visitors to return, be saved, and grow. 3) God's people to grow as they are discipled. 4) Protection from Satan's attacks.
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, Liverpool, James Mansfield Family They give a very exciting report and prayer needs: God has answered some very specific prayer needs. Last prayer letter we told you about a building God has given us. It is now too small! We had 70 in attendance for Easter Sunday and have averaged in the 50–60s for weeks now. We have not been able to have any big promotions or advertise like we want simply because we don't have room! We are excited to share with you our vision and what we feel God would have us do. The council (local government) owns several community centers in the area where we have our church. With all the recent cutbacks, they are looking to find someone to, in essence, give the building to. They will lease the building to us for £1 a year for 35years! We would be responsible for the utilities and upkeep. The building consists of two large rooms each able to seat 150 (auditorium and Jr. Church) each with its own kitchen and set of bathrooms, a room for a nursery and even an upstairs office, plenty of parking, in a very visible and prominent location! Right now, we are the only ones interested in it, but there is a ton of red tape when working with the government. We have to have all our ducks in a row, books audited to prove we are financially able, business plan for helping the community, a lawyer, surveys, and the list goes on. PRAY THAT ALL THE RED TAPE DOESN'T GET TANGLED AND WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE INTO IT!!
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, MOOROOLBARK, Robert and Mary Fuller (working with the Deaf) They share the following: Our New Year activities began with indoor putt-putt, a prayer for the New Year and ended with the Lord's Supper after overnight Bible reading. We are still learning a great deal about Australian sign language, how the people think, their culture, their seasons, etc. We are settled in a rented house and we are doing well in our ministry at the chuch and starting a school. Living is very expensive here.
A sixteen-year-old deaf girl who got saved last fall at the National Baptist Fellowship has been attending Youth Group. She joins with the hearing teens for games then comes in with us for the Bible study. Our goal is to teach purity and truth from the Book of John and the needs of teens as new Christians. We have seen ups and downs in the life of this teenager both physically and spiritually. Please pray for wisdom for us to be a Godly influence to the children and teens.
Our Bible Instiute for the Deaf opened for the first time. The offered courses are Old Testament Survey, Women in the Bible, New Testament Survey, Bible Study/Discipleship and Ausian [Australian Sign Language]. We have eleven students. Pray for the future opportunities for our Bible institute.
CLAIM MINISTRIES, WORLD WIDE, Joe and Linda Leleaux They give the following report: As I make preparation to return to California for the second phase of plumbing for Pacific Baptist College, let me bring you up to date by giving you a report on the February trip. There were five of us on the team who worked alongside of many of the men of the church. Our tasks included cutting and assembling metal trusses for the porch overhangs and running the cast iron drains and vent stacks for the upstairs and downstairs plumbing. We completed 80 trusses in two days. We then moved on to the plumbing. We spent the next ten days on that project, and the ladies worked diligently cleaning the school kitchen. In the evenings we are able to do some repair work at the pastor's house. According to labor rates in California, it was estimated that we are able to save the church over ten thousand dollars. Praise the Lord for the willingness of the team members to sacrifice their time and talents for the Lord.
USA, SPANISH LITERATURE MINISTRY, Jerry and Gail Reece They share the following report: Easter week we passed out hundreds of Gospel tracts and invitations to our special campaign to those who live near the church. Response and attendance was very good. The church is in the middle of an area that rents to 10,000 students of the Universiry of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. I am preparing a series of messages in the defence of biblical creationism. The church hopes to invite as many people as we can to these meetings. The church needs younger couples. Most of our dear, faithful people are older and many are sick with various serious physical conditions. We need a lot of the Lord's grace and mercy.
USA SPANISH MINISTRIES, FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, Ed and Barbara O'Brien They share the following report: Since our last letter, we have seen the Lord continue to work in the lives of new people coming to church. Two ladies have recently received Christ as Savior. One, M, is a single mother with two children. She had only come twice and on the third Sunday, she received the Lord as personal Savior. The other is D, the wife of R, who happens to be the one who invited M to church. R is excited about what the Lord is doing in his life and is so thankful that I counseled him to not give up his marriage. He already has a list of family members he wants to take me to witness to. What an encouragement! He is willing to even take off work tohelp out and do things for the church and calls me regularly just to see how I am doing and says "thanks" for how the Lord has used us in his life.
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, GRAFENWOEHR, Chuck and Susan Sligh They give the following report: We were very concerned that we will be losing most of our workers when the 172nd IB departed, but the new members who have recently joined are some of the highest caliber of Christian workers we've had at Grace. "Crunch time"—when the 172nd IB leaves, has not arrived yet, but we know that God has never left us without enough workers in the past. Since the Kisslings left in September, we've not had a single ministry spot that went unfilled due to Susan's superb recruiting, motivational and organizational skills. Somehow we believe we will never have to cancel a single kid's class, or keep the kids in the worship service or cancel a fellowship or not have a nursery for lack of workers. I honestly can't visualize how it happened . . . but God has always come through in the past and we believe He will in the future.
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Kirk and Kathy Hickok They share some important happings in their ministry: Our Easter Sunrise Service is always a highlight of the New Year. This year we had several first time participants who had been saved and added to the church. It was an overcast day, but nothing can hold the sun back. We may not see it, but it is there! After our testimonies, morning devotion and singing, we were walking back to the church when someone shouted "There it is!" The clouds had parted and the sun had burst forth in all its glory. One day the SON will do that as well!
National Pastor — We have been asking prayer concerning a national pastor for this church planting ministry church. We will be voting on a candidate on April 14 and are praying for God's will. There is so much more to be done in our area and beyond. Pray that God will keep us strong, steady and true to do the work He has called us to do.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, JAMAICA, ST. CATHERINE, Swante and Linda Lindquist They share the following: P and D, the two young men mentioned in our last prayer letter, need your prayers. P lives too far away now to make it to the services. D has moved into Kingston and simply disappeared; we fear that he has gotten back with his old friends and may have reverted back to his former way of life.
Pray also for two ladies in our church (a member and her neighbor who attends regularly). Their neighborhood is "locked down," especially during evening curfew because of gang killings. Evidently someone had turned one of the gang members over to the police, and now the entire neighborhood gang has said seven people, no matter whom, must die. So far two have died. Except for the essentials, people hesitate to go out of their homes, even though the police are patrolling the area constantly. Our church is about a half mile from the area, so we must be careful moving about, especially when I am driving people home in the evenings. Jamaica needs prayer! And as our entire world seems to be unraveling, remember to lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).
MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH WORLD WIDE, Rebecca Pope, RN, BSN She shares the following: Santiago, Chile—a ten hour flight from Atlanta, sitting between two mountain ranges, entering into fall while we enter our spring, over 1,300 patients treated and 403 professions of faith. Our team of 18 served with a team of three missionary families and two single ladies, pluse three national pastors and several church members. During the week the Chilean pastors who presented the Gospel to the patients told us they had never seen such responsiveness to the Gospel. "After more than eight years of serving in Chile, last week was the most fruitful week ever." "We had a family of four visit our church today from the clinic." These are just a couple of comments from the missionary team. Praise the Lord for His blessings!
Our next mission is Cambodia and before that occurs I hope to be able to get moved to the Baltimore, Maryland, area where MMO will be based. I'd appreciate your prayers for this mission and that I find the right place to live. It's always been my desire to have a little cabin in the woods and enjoy my solitude, but having been involved in missions that desire has changed. Now I wish to live around those to whom I may bring the Gospel and help meet their needs. The Lord can sure change a heart in many ways
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL WORLD WIDE, Ferrell and Barbara Kearney They share the following: As Barbara and I have both passed another birthday this spring, we look forward to what the Lord has for us in the coming months. As we have related in previous letters, Barbara has been treated for temporal arteritis for almost a year. Thankfully, the treatment seems to be working.
Thus, we have felt the Lord would have us accept the invitation to go to Waterford, Ireland, at the end of May and fill in for missionary Don Thatcher at the Anchor Baptist Church. We were in Waterford in 2008, so we are looking forward to serving there again—getting reacquainted with folks that were there in 2008 and meeting those who have come into the church since then. We will be in Waterford from May 29–July 29.
USA MINISTRIES, RESEEDING AMERICA, Bob and Jennifer Larson The Larsons are on the road in different places and share the following: Winter brings special challenges living in an RV. Water lines have a tendency to freeze; the propane furnace seems to run non-stop. And it always seems that some necessary procedure involves lying in the ice/snow under the RV (Brrr!).
The end of February found us south of St. Louis in Perryville, Missouri, to fill in for a church planter while he and his wife took some needed time off. While there, we were also able to visit a brand new church in Bloomsdale, Missiouri. It was a joy to assist the new church with special literature funds given by Reseeding America to help several new church plants.
• Pray for two other dear souls we recently led to the Lord on church visitations.
• Please pray for our support. We have several churches that have had to drop or lower their missions support in recent months.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, MILDURA Steven and Christy Maldoffs They share the following: The Lord has been so good to us in raising up or providing us with more capable workers for the expanding ministry of the church. People have now begun to take responsibility of the teen group, Kid's Club; Christianity Explained teaching and the various men and women Bible study groups. What a joy to see the church serve!
Many times in the past I have written about our desire to start a Bible study group in the remote town of Wentworth. We are finally going to begin this in the very near days with a couple of the church. Advertisements are being posted throughout town, and we have had responses from some people wanting to attend. Please pray for this endeavor.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULA, Nate and Sara Wright They write: In the space of five weeks, Nate conducted three weddings, the first ever here at Grace Baptist Church of Gula. Please pray consistently for these couples. Becoming biblically wed was a definite step in the right direction, but it will be very difficult for these couples to establish good homes that truly honor the Lord in this culture, which encourages polygamy, wife beating, children going away to boarding schools, dishonesty and so much more.
1. The minstries here to go on faithfully and fruitfully in our absence.
2. M and the other leaders, both here in town and out in the villages, as they lead these ministries that they will stay close to the Lord.
3. Health and wisdom as we go into our furlough. If you have not yet scheduled a meeting with us, there may still be room on our calendar! Please contact us soon.
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Sean & Stephanie Lunday They give the following very exciting report: AMAZON OUTREACH MINISTRY recently returned from the Javari Valley region of the Amazon where were involved in leading two teams: a medical team and construction team from Temple Baptist Church of Herndon, Virginia. Our medical team traveled 500 kilometers up the Javari River, visiting villages in both Brazil and Peru. We were able to travel farther that we had ever gone to reach villages previously untouched. All totaled, we visited 10 different villages. Two of the villages on the Brazilian side were Kanamari Indian tribes; however, they did not receive us well and therefore, we were not able to minister the Word to them. One of them was very remote and could only be accessed at this time of the year when rivers are up. The people in the villages would beg us for Bibles, and we could not take enough to supply the demand. Through the medical clinics and evangelism we are preparing the soil for a future church plant. There are no churches of any kind in the areas where we have gone. In the short four days we were able to treat over 240 people, visit 10 villages and distribute hundreds of tracts and Bibles. There were three precious souls who received Christ.
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Joe and Laura Passaro They write: The exciting part of military work is seeing our heroes come home from their deployments. I attended two of these events and must conclude that emotions ran high even for me. Five of our wives have been waiting nine months for their husbands to arrive home safely. Two of our men from Harvest Baptist Church were introduced to their new baby boys for the first time. What a joy to see the tears and excitement on their faces. God is so good to bring each one of these soldiers home safely. Praise to our Lord Jesus.
This is somewhat late in reporting, but our church truly enjoys the fellowship before and after services. The year 2013 started with a fellowship that had visitors, great food, and some old fashion preaching. Our church has seen an increase in attendance and an opportunity to witness God's grace. Please pray for our folks to see not only the importance of growth in their lives but also the need to spread the Gospel.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, Charles and Brenda Arnold They give the following report: I was waiting there in La Colonia La Pena for the man to come to buy the bus; and while I was waiting, I saw a man open the front door of a house. He just stood there. I felt led to go talk to him. I carried on a conversation with him for a short time and began to share the Gospel with him. He looked to be perhaps in his early 50s. He was so polite and seemed to listen to every word. When I asked him if he would like to invite Christ into his life, he didn't seem to have any hesitation at all and he professed Christ as his Savior. Since then there have been three more that invited Christ into their lives. Pray for these that they may grow in grace.
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Matt and Amanda Green They write: We have now been in England for over four months! That's hard to believe...since coming in November, we have had the privilege of personally leading five people to Christ. As much as the flesh would love to take the credit for these instances, most of them came to Christ with very little assistance from us. This was certainly the case of S.
S. is a Venezuelan exchange student that one of the young men of our church met on the way home from college. Eventually, he was able to get a good witness in with her. All the while she was attending our youth Bible study and church services.
One night after church, I approached her about trusting Christ. However, a few moments into "winning her to Christ" she began rehearsing everything that M. told her. After sharing a few verses with her, she wept her way to Christ. Later that night she posted this on Facebook, "Not just a decision, I will trust You!"
On March 2 she returned to Venezuela. We were sad to see her go, but we are thrilled to have found a good Bible-believing Baptist church for her in Velencia—where she will be going to university. She is burdened to reach her people for Christ. Please pray for her.
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey They give the following report and prayer needs: On January 27 we had 1,050 in attendance for our 18th Anniversary Sunday, along with 128 saved and 20 baptized! We also had the highest attendance for the month of February, averaging 636 in the main church. In Omoku we were able to clear the land and start building the block fence around the property, so we are now one step closer to starting a new church, and we are rejoicing in all these good results so far in 2013.
Visit our new website, maskeynigeria.blogspot.com for updates, pictures and videos of our ministry, and for information about Nigeria. We hope this will be a help and blessing.
Special Prayer Requests
1. Our Furlough—Lord willing, we'll arrive in the States on April 25 and our main task will be to raise some much needed additional support so your prayers and help with that will be much appreciated. We're also looking forward to seeing some of you when we visit some of our supporting churches as well.
2. Our College Kids—Jonathon will be graduating from Hyles Anderson College on May 10 and is considering working as an intern in a church this summer or longer. Carissa is finishing her junior year and will need a summer job. Joshua will also be looking for a summer job as he is thinking about starting Bible college in the fall as well. They all need your prayers for provision, wisdom and direction.
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, Bill Pettit Brother Pettit gives the following account: Brother R was saved from a life of extreme alcoholism and was known as the town drunk. Now for the sixth time he has taken our students (and some pastors) on a trip "back home." Catholics are known to be fanatical, even violent, in this area. It was what can be called a risky place; yet, it is Brother R's home area. At first the people said, "We are all Catholics," and they asked our folks to leave. On the first trip, after singing and preaching on the streets, the women found some very limited lodging but the men lay down for the night in the public plaza and so, right in the center of town, a new work began. Limited finances are always a risk factor, and yet God can use even that painful situation.
Slowly there was a response. The local folks began to respect them and listen. It was a God thing. During the last trip the wife of the local county judge came up and said, "My family and I have been watching. We are going to make this our church home." Praise God. Many have made professions of faith. A new church is born.
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, ACCRA, Harold and Bridgette Holdbrook They share the following report: On the spiritual front we are glad to report that three of the churches are growing. Attendance in both morning and evening services is encouraging. We can smile and thank the Lord for what He is doing in the Akramaman Baptist Church near Nsawam in the Greater Accra Region. The shelter we left them six months ago is now a church building with walls. Attendance has also increased and new members and children started coming again.
Pastors from three of our churches alternate in the preaching and the teaching services weekly, and the members are growing in the things of the Lord and the Word of God. The same can be said of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dodowa where they have turned the shelter into a beautiful church building where the Word of God is being preached every week and souls are constantly being saved.
Pray for N A, the leader of the Akramaman Baptist Church that he might grow in his love for the Lord Jesus and the Word of God. Pray specifically that the Lord will give us a faithful pastor to lead the Akramamam Baptist Church. Uphold Pastor L D in prayer. He is the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dodowa. He needs prayer to be strong in his leadership role at the church. He is a family man with five children.
We plan on starting a Bible believing church at Adawso the first week of April. We are in the process of fixing our vehicle, which is in disrepair. Be in prayer with us and for us that the Lord will have His way with us in this project.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, CROYDON NORTH, Wayne and Angela Harper They write: Two days after our arrival in Melbourne, I received an email from BIMI to contact my doctor in the States ASAP. After the breathing test and x-ray here and without going into all the details, I have a collapsed lung and am breathing at 34% of my capacity. Still to come is an MRI and then on to the pulmonologist. We appreciate your prayers.
Despite health issues, I am still endeavoring to preach and teach, however, at a little slower pace. We are confident in God's leading and trust Him to enable us to continue the ministry here. We are privileged to represent you in Australia and are thankful for answers to prayer that have made this possible.
CARIBBEAN, CAYMEN ISLANDS, CAYMAN BRAC, Russ and Bobbie Turner They share the following: We wish to thank S. G. (I do not know him) who responded to our request in our last letter for a new supply of "God's Simple Plan of Salvation." This dear believer supplied this Spanish tract, written by Ford Porter and printed by Lifegate, Inc. He sent two large boxes of the tracts, which we insert into Spanish John/Romans booklets and distribute freely on the streets. On a trip just completed to Honduras, we found the people more ready to receive the tracts than ever before.
One young man (28-30 years old) asked in English, "How long have you been doing this?" "Well, I'm almost 83 years old," was my reply. He said, "I have been wanting to study this for a long time." Thank you for making it possible for him to begin a study of God's Word.
EUROPE, UKRAINE, ODESSA, John and Dawn Spillman They give the following report: We asked that you pray for visits we were going to make to three orphanages in our city. We praise the Lord for good visits in each one. We were able to supply some of the physical needs of the orphanages in various supplies, thanks to the kindness of a number of people and churches. Our program of singing was well received. The plays made their impact on impressionable souls. We had great opportunities to witness to the young people. Several teachers commented that they themselves enjoyed the program, and were glad we were there for the children. There are regular ministries to only one of the orphanages. Please pray for workers to be burdened with care and love for the children of the other two.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN O COMAYAGUELA, Alan and Becky Jackson They write: The door to preach to the soldiers here in Danli has been opened and what a blessing it is to be a part of this ministry. We have been preaching for three weeks to the 110th Brigade, and today three men accepted Christ as their personal Savior. There are about 50 soldiers that are always on the base and every Wednesday morning God has opened the door to preach to these men and women. Then on Thursday morning the door has been opened to preach to the 9th Battalion. There are many more soldiers in this group.
The door to preach to the schools here in Danli has been opened to the glory of God. We have the opportunity to teach the Bible in one high school and two grade schools with three more asking us to come and teach the Bible. The high school that I will be teaching in once a month has about 500 students. Please pray with me for these high schoolers that they will make wise decisions, which is salvation.
USA MILITARY, ITALY, GLUGLIANO, Chuck and Linda Truitt They give the following report: We are in the process of a big changeover in our military personnel/church membership...folks are leaving, but we have no new members to replace them. We just said goodby to some of our dear folks who have transferred out or departed to various parts of the globe, such as Houston, San Diego and Berlin, Germany. That always leaves a big hole in our hearts, but that has been our particular type of ministry for all of these years now. There is another key family in our church who will be departing in just a month and five days.
During our church services we always have a time of testimony of God's goodness. A few weeks ago, B (one of our African refugees who was saved many years ago in Ghana) said "This is the best place I have been in my Christian life. I have learned so much from all the teaching...." And he once again said to me, "I want you to tell those people, those churches that send you here, Thank you!"
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, ULAANBAATAR, Jason and Mary Ritchie They share the following report and prayer needs: One of our great desires has been to reach our teachers with the Gospel. U. B. has been teaching Mary and me for some months now. Recently during our lesson, I had the opportunity to share the difference between religion and a relationship with the Creator God of the Bible. "What a wonderful thing!" she exclaimed, "Our scriptures are all in Tibetan and we understand nothing of what is said at the temple." I encouraged her that the one true God could be her God as well. Though she did not receive Christ that day, since that time our lessons have, more often than not, been filled with discussion of the Bible and Christianity. Please pray for U. that she might receive Christ.
We continue to help with the preaching and music at both Faith Baptist Church and Straight Paths Baptist Church. Last Sunday at Straight Paths we had a special salvation service. The choir sang and the Gospel was preached. An older gentleman who had been attending this month brought a whole bag of idols from his home saying he did not need them any longer because he knows the one true and living God! Please pray for R. as he is discipled in this new faith.
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, Brouwer Family They write: Our two newest church plants have shown themselves faithful despite having to meet for services on Sunday under trees and a plastic tarp. We purposely allow these new church plants to go through difficulties in order to see how serious they are about starting a church regardless of the circumstances.
Pastor S. was burdened to plant a church in the village of Bundilya in January 2012. They have met on the side of the road for over a year now with around 60–70 faithful attendees each Sunday. Pastor B. has a similar testimony. He planted a church in his own village of Kikano in May of 2012. Their Sunday attendance is around 75–80 people.
Both of these congregations have proven themselves to be serious about reaching their villages for Christ. In the last few weeks God has provided the funds to purchase property and to build very modest church buildings for these two new churches. We will provide the building materials while the people will provide free labor so that we are working together to see the churches established....Above all, we give God all the praise for His provision. Please pray for these two new churches as they move forward for Christ.
CARIBBEAN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, Miss Coco Chan She gives the following report: Over 1,300 Romans Given Out Over Christmas—This past Christmas I did a Romans distribution at the 10 schools of 14 classes I am teaching. One of the school principals even allowed me to give to the whole school. Praise God for opening doors! Each student got a package of a Christmas Gospel tract, a book of Romans and a couple of candies. Many teachers and workers at these schools also received a package. I was very excited to see some of them read the tract as soon as they opened the bag.
Besides giving out packages, I also baked Christmas cookies and cakes to send to some of the homes in my neighborhood, with a tract and a Romans. The widow lady who lives across the street from my house was glad to see me. S is a Catholic. Please pray for her to read the book and see the truth. Pray also for God so uses these packages to reach many homes.
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, Carte Family They write: The spiritual situation is worsening because most Venezuelans have stopped looking for answers from government and have started looking toward their idols. We have done all we can to get the Gospel to people during the last several months.
I baptized 14 people after the Sunday services on February 24. This is the first baptism since we started evangelizing to start the Abundant Life Baptist Church a year ago. We are excited to see how these new converts are growing.
BRAZIL, COTIA, Jon and Mandy Crews They write the following: So far, this year has been our busiest camp season since purchasing the property four years ago. In January a church used our facilities for two deaf retreats. There are many deaf people in Brazil, especially in São Paulo, but very few ministries for them. We also had a great Carnival Camp. Our camp did not have enough beds to sleep everyone, so many camped out. They braved the rain and wind to be a part of this special event. The organizing church chose the slogan, "Making a Difference." Oh, how Christians need to make a difference in our community, our relationship and our church. The Lord blessed with a great spirit.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, Jim and Emi Civale They share the following blessings and prayer needs: Last month we asked you to pray that the government of Samoa would grant the FM designation for our radio station. They did! We may now go "live at 105.5." The only remaining steps are to ship out and set up the equipment. We are grateful for the tireless work of Pastor Ted Martens in New Jersey who has been testing and tweaking everything needed to launch operatons. Please keep him and this project in prayer over the next couple of months as he ships the items out and then travels to Asau for the set-up and orientation.
USA MINISTRIES, RESEEDING AMERICA, Bob and Jennifer Larson They give the following report and prayer needs: This past month we have been very busy with a church restart in Albertville, Alabama. Albertville Baptist Church all but closed last fall. Ken and June Love, with BIMI Reseeding America, has moved to Albertville to restart the work. We came in to plan and coordinate an area wide distribution of Gospel material for this church. Over 140 volunteers from eight sister churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee helped us distribute thousands of door hanger bags. We prepared meals for all the volunteers as well as a dinner for the "Get Acquainted" Sunday on February 17. Praise the Lord for the visitors who came on the special Sunday and for those who said they would be back!
EUROPE, ENGLAND, CRADLEY, Graham Forbes Family They write: Many years ago God used Nehemiah 2:17-18 to speak to me in returning from the States back home to build up spiritual walls. Since the year 2000, we have served back in the UK and delighted to be where God has put us. We have established two churches and seen many saved and lives changed.
Now, in our present church, God has been speaking to me and re-teaching Nehemiah 2:17-18 to me. Cradley Baptist Church has 200 years of history. It supported William Carey and, in fact, the founder of the church was a good friend of William Carey. John Wesley stood and preached only a stone's throw from where I now preach and the Second World War Pastor R. Knox-Wylie was General Monty's minister.
Today we have 68 regulars, some of whom have come to faith in the time we have been here. The original building was torn down, and they meet in a very old, cold and uncomfortable building that was built for Sunday school 200 years ago.
The land where the original church stood is in ruins and is a reproach to God. The Lord has impressed me to help the church get a vision for the future. Like Nehmeiah, the enemies looked at the city of God and thought "Why should we serve a God who cannot take care of his own city?" And so the community looks at Cradley Baptist Church. We are now at the dreaming stage and the planning stage. No one gives to a pipe dream, so I ask for your prayer support that we can get things done so that one day Cradley Baptist Church will be a shining light to the community.
Why, in these days, would we want to take on such an endeavor—so that we can reach men, women and children for God, plain and simple. Between us and our dream stands the obstacle of £-400,000! Between Nehemiah and his dream was a hard hearted pagan king who cared nothing for God. Both were big obstacles but compared to the greatness of God—incomparable!
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan Post Family They share the following prayer needs: In this prayer letter I would like to share some special prayer requests with you. We certainly covet and appreciate your prayers on our behalf. We are so thankful for the truth that God hears and answers the prayers of His children. We have seen God work on our behalf in the past and know that it is due to the fact that our supporting churches pray for us. Will you pray for us concerning these needs?
1. God's blessings upon our meetings with souls saved and others called to the mission field.
2. That the Lord will give us ten more supporting churches. We need our support level to increase to match the cost of living in Canada.
3. Our visa situation—we are praying that we can be invited directly to Edmondson, New Brunswick, so that we can begin serving without any delay.
4. That the Lord will begin, even now, working on hearts so that they will be open to receive Christ as their Savior. While serving in Africa, we always prayed that God would give us people who would have a heart for Him.
5. God's provision as our departure date of June quickly approaches. We are literally starting over and have many needs for our family.
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, MISAWA, Sammy and Joan Popwell They give the following report: The year 2012 was a difficult year; we saw over 50% of our church rotate out. This is the heartbreak of the ministry to the military. We had just begun to know each other and then they are gone. However, we thank the Lord for the new ones that came in and filled some of the vacant Sunday school classes, even though we had to combine some of the classes. We rejoice that about 25 were saved and baptized this past year even though it was less than the previous year.
The year 2012ended with a Watch night Service. All of the military are on a curfew which requires them to be in by 11:00 PM, but our base was able to be out until 1:00 AM on New Year's Eve. We had three of our men preach. What a blessing it was to see these men expound the Gospel. I delivered a message on our theme for the year "OUR GOD IS ABLE."
God continues to work as we have seen some saved and three baptized in January.
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAICHUNG COUNTY, Jon and April Flowers They write: In January we went to Taipei to meet with our group of young people who are up there for school. After our meeting, one of the guys took us over to a Christian bookstore. We had never been there before, so as we entered the store, I was a little excited to see what kind of Chinese materials they had. While looking around the store, I saw April talking with a lady. I came to find out that she is from Brazil and her husband is in Taiwan for work. She was at the bookstore looking for some information on a church she could attend. April began to tell her about our plans to move to Taipei the end of the year to start a church. From that day to this, there has not been a week where April has not Skyped with her. Her husband is not saved. Please pray that we could be able to reach him with the Gospel. Pray that God would give April wisdom as she talks with her and tries to help her with what she is going through being married to an unsaved person.
SOUTH AFRICA, Richard and Laura Badgett They share the following accounts: Saturday morning, February 2, we woke to the dismay that our car had been stolen. The doors were locked, the alarm set, and the two immobilizers were working, yet, somehow in the course of the night it was taken. The police are not holding out much hope of gettng the vehicle back. The entire drive train is interchangable with a majority of the most popular taxis in this country.
We need a car. The Venture served us well since 2007, but parts are harder to get and we think it's time to upgrade to a more practical vehicle. The price of fuel continues to rise, and we are looking at the Isuza 4- Door Diesel Bakkie. We want to trust the Lord for the provision of this vehicle.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, INDIA, MYSORE, Sam and Sharon Dayanand They share a lengthly report as follows: On January 6 we were involved in starting our fourth church about an hour away from where we serve. Several Hindu families are attending and have asked for prayer for specific needs in their lives.
Last year we started training a young pastor who works among HIV patients, and on the 30th of December three people were baptized at Grace Baptist Church. Also a young couple was baptized at Bethel Baptist Church. They had been targeted by Jehovah's Witnesses, but by God's grace they took a stand. It was a blessing to see these young believers bonding with the church as a family. We praise God for souls being saved and baptized.
We were able to put together a doctrinally sound tract in the local language, Telugu. We praise God that even the man who printed the tract realized some truths. Another man, who is not even connected to our church, took a handful of tracts and distributed them. Several days later a lady called from a local hospital and asked us to pray for her father. She had received one of our tracts and read it to him. We are glad that the seed was sown and we ask the Lord of the harvest to give the increase.
By God's grace our TIBS program (Theological Institute of Biblical Studies) is going strong and pastors and laymen alike have testified what a blessing this has been to them in their ministry and their walk with the Lord. Several young men from this group are now willing to further study the Word of God at our Bible college in Mysore. We are so grateful to God for the way He is working in our lives and the lives of many others in the ministry here.
USA MINISTRIES, ARKANSAS, FORT SMITH, Ed and Barbara O'Brien They write: The Lord is blessing here in special ways. A couple of weeks before Christmas I had the opportunity to lead M. to Christ at the hospital. Her husband was in intensive care and unconscious. A week later I was able to visit them again and he was awake. He also received Christ as his Savior. He passed away in January, and M. asked me to come to the funeral and say a few words about what happened. At the viewing, I had the opportunity to speak and share the Gospel with about 30 people, and we had nine receive Christ as Savior. Please pray that we will see some lasting fruit from this and we will continue to visit the family.
We also had the blessing of seeing R. receive Christ as her personal Savior while we were making a visit to their home one evening. She and her husband have asked that we come to their home and disciple them. They have a desire to grow in the Lord but also shared with us that there is a constant battle with the things of the world. Please pray for this young couple that we will see them become grounded in their new faith and faithfully serve Him in the future.
WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, USA, TENNESSEE, HARRISON, Dan and Sharon Daugherty. They share the following: Walter Rhoton was born May 29, 1923. He served in the U.S. Army, worked for Eastman Kodak, and loved missionaries. As a result of his love for missions, he asked BIMI to build a house for retiring missionaries in honor of his deceased wife, Ruth. After the home was finished, he gave money to pave the road to the house. Then he gave a contribution to build a second house for furloughing missionary families to use. On December 3, 2012, Walter went home to be with the Lord. Missionaries will reap the benefits of Walter's love for his Savior. Both homes stand side by side on Bethany Lane.
The Lord has used Pastor Esposito to build a ministry to Cambodians, Filipinos and others in Long Beach, California. January 26 to February 9 we will participate in a CLAIM work trip with the inside construction jobs of a new church building there. Please pray for our safety, physical strength, and witness in this endeavor.
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeff and Traci Garrison. They give the following report and prayer needs: Praise the Lord, I was able to be in the Dominican to hold our official mortgage burning service. We were able to pay off the mortgage 11 months early! The facilities are now valued at approximately $450,000 US and we are now 100% debt free. The Lord blessed in every part of this facility's construction, and we are truly blessed to have such a great and usable facility as well as the property for room to grow.
Our annual Christmas Dinner was a big success again this year. Over 135 folks celebrated the birth of our Savior with a wonderful meal. We celebrated Dominican style with fried chicken, rice and beans, pastalon de plantanos maduro (a casserole made with ripe plantains), and of course, many different sweets. One adult came forward to accept Christ as his Savior during the invitation after my message. What a wonderful way to celebrate!
Adult saved at Christmas program
New people brought into both churches
Grace Haitian Baptist Church
Jarabacoa Baptist Temple
M. C. - father murdered after Christmas
Alexis and Emma - taking care of things while we are in U.S.
G. and M.
Funds for new batteries for inverter system
BRAZIL, GOLANIA, Bethany Thompson. She writes, I had the joy of teaching a Sunday school class and leading two children to Christ, M. and S., in early November. M's mother is deaf and has been coming to church. Last Sunday night I also had the joy of leading her to Christ. Please pray for the salvation of more souls and for our deaf evangelistic conference in April.
God blessed our December kindergarten. We praise the Lord for the way He is using the school to reach young lives! Next week I will be giving a teachers' clinic....We praise the Lord for the 73 K3 through 3rd graders already enrolled and are praying for God to send us the remaining students He has for us. We have the capacity for 89 this year. Please pray for our teachers, workers, parents, and students.
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD, John and Abby Lafreniere. They share the following: We are excited about starting Fairfield Baptist Church. God has continued to bless our deputation with safety and the increase in financial support. We are now at 20% with several churches praying about supporting us financially.
Over the past couple of months we have seen several saved, visited another great church in Fairfield County, and presented the Gospel to a Hospice memorial in Bridgeport, Connecticut. God is GOOD! In December we were at the first annual church planting conference at City Baptist Church in Hoboken, New Jersey. Though much of their building had been severely damaged by Storm Sandy, it was quickly restored thanks to the financial help of several churches across the country. That Sunday morning there was a visitor from Fairfield, Connecticut, and she expressed excitement for a church coming to her area! She has been looking for a home church and gave us her contact information.
EUROPE, IRELAND, WESTMEATH, Stephen and Katie Finley. They give the following report: On December 15, M. and W., for whose salvation we've been praying, had a little boy. He is a cute little guy. Incidentally, M. and W. are still having Bible studies in their home, and they are enjoying them very much. Please keep praying for their salvation. M. is still attending on Sundays and Wednesdays, and doing one-on-one Bible studies. He is really starting to open up and ask questions, especially in regard to eternal security. Please pray that he will overcome the doubts that he sometimes has on account of sin struggles and that he will soon be ready to receive teaching regarding biblical baptism. Please pray for the salvation of L. and V. (T's Catholic sister and brother-in-law), who visited our services this month.
WEST AFRICA, COTE D'IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Robert Mach Family. They write, Our church in Bingerville is progressing well. We are in the process of selecting our first deacons. The construction on the permanent church building is continuing. Our new evangelism program has greatly increased the interest of our people in giving out the Gospel to others. Also, the church met its church budget as well as its missionary budget for the last third of the year. This is a new development and one we are thrilled to see.
The Bingerville church ministry reaches out principally into the Muslim community. We have 180 students from ages 12 to 63. Classes meet every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Through this ministry we are able to give the Gospel to Muslims on a regular basis, which is certainly necessary in order to win Muslims to Christ. We were concerned at the beginning of this school year that we could lose many of our students. A local official, who did not appreciate our evangelizing at the literacy center, tried to hamper our opening this year; tragically, he fell dead of a stroke. The Lord allowed us to open with our biggest student body yet.
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRIES, Dana and Debbi Brosius. They give the following report and prayer needs: At church we had a teen pizzamada (pajama party for teen boys), which was well attended and a blessing. We also had a ladies' Christmas Tea and our first meeting for university students at our house. They never had homemade hamburgers before and were very impressed. McDonalds brought the hamburger here, but since it is summer, a big grilled burger was a real treat for them!
One of the two who were baptized was the youngest of a family of sixteen children. She lives in a dangerous slum area, and it will be a real challenge for her to live a pure Christian life there. Also baptized was a third year medical student. His mother came to church for the first time.
If you prayed for L., whose father wouldn't let her come to church, the Lord is answering your prayers and she has been allowed to come to youth meetings, but still not to church.
Please remember to pray for our safety as there are always robberies in our neighborhood. Everyone I know has been robbed, and several church teens were robbed two weeks ago by stabbing them with wires! Several people have left our church because they or their parents consider it an unsafe area. We know that our safety is in the Lord's hands.
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, David Townsley Family. They share the following: The tragic news from Newtown hit our people hard as we are only 45 minutes from there. One young family who has only attended church sporadically before the Newtown shooting has now been attending every service including Sunday school and the midweek service. The wife has now decided she wants to follow the Lord in believer's baptism.
Please pray for:
1. The many new believers in the church to follow the Lord in baptism and to grow in their faith.
2. Visitors to return, be saved and grow.
3. God's people to be faithful during the cold winter.
4. Protection from Satan's attacks.
EUROPE, AUSTRIA, GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Todd and Kim Lapato. They write, Praise the Lord, in January we officially start weekly evening German services. I love preaching in German. Ministering in the Alpine region is a dream come true for us. God called me to preach when I was 16 and I felt a specific burden for Europe when I was 21. Now, nine years later, we are realizing our dreams. When we experience periods of time without fruit, I remember God's calling and rejoice that I even have the opportunity to preach the Gospel in this wonderful place.
We are busy creating new fliers, tracts, websites, invitations, brochures, and the like. I knew I would have to know so much about computers. (I was glad when I figured out how to send an email). We are trying to get the word out about our church and special services. Kim has a good eye for graphic design. If it were me, it would be hand drawn stick figures.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, CARAPICHAIMA, David and Terri Long. They share the following: Throughout December we had activities for the ladies, the young people (the activity at our house was a great time of food, fun and preaching), and a children's program at our church. We had our usual service on New Year's Eve (called Old Year's Day here) and had 30 in attendance.
Praise: Since our last letter, we saw six people saved on soul winning and in our services.
1) Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services and that the people coming would be more faithful.
2) Pray for more people who have been saved to be baptized.
3) Pray for Kevin Field as he raises support to come to Trinidad.
WEST AFRICA, CAMEROON, BUEA, Nathan and Karie Owens They give the following report and prayer needs: My wife met a woman drying beans in the sun and a man washing his laundry by hand. After being received kindly, she shared the Gospel thoroughly for half an hour. Both had trusted in their religions and good works to take them to heaven. This is common in Cameroon....After they understood there was nothing they could do in their own strength to go to heaven, both gladly received Jesus as their only way to heaven and final payment for their sin debt.
Another opportunity to share the Gospel came one evening before discipleship. A young, well-dressed, sharp man walked into the church, with briefcase in hand.
'Good evening, Pastor,' he stated and sat down.
'I am a Physics teacher at the secondary school, and I want to join your church.'
'Wonderful,' I exclaimed!
We talked back and forth for a while and I learned that he was trusting in church attendance and good works for his salvation. I opened the Bible and showed him that Christ is the payment for our sins. He bowed his head and asked Jesus to become his Savior. He is very excited about his newfound faith in Christ. This past Sunday he brought three of his friends with him to church.
• For the spiritual growth of new converts during discipleship courses and men's and ladies' meetings.
• For the many youths, as they are the future of Cameroon!
• For God to work in the lives of the teachers in the secondary schools as they are role models for their students.
• For strength, wisdom and safety for my wife, children, and me as the many victories are accomplished for spiritual battles.
• For more families to serve together to reach Cameroon for Christ.
CLAIM MINISTRIES, Joe and Linda Leleaux. They write, In the fall we made two trips to Cleveland, Tennessee, to assist in a building project for the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. They are relocating their headquarters and are constructing a new building. We did the framing for the offices and restrooms.
We finished off 2012 by getting involved with a BIMI Reseeding America project. In my last letter I mentioned that our daughter has done her internship in this particular ministry. In November I began leading music and teaching a discipleship course. This has been a real blessing for us and an encouragement for the Threldkelds.
Our New Year is starting out quite busy. I just returned from a missions conference in Michigan and will leave for a project in Long Beach, California. This will be a two-week project for Pastor Joe Esposito and Pacific Baptist Church. It is a large project, and we plan on making several trips there this year.
Please pray for Sharon as she enters her final semester at West Coast Baptist College. She has done well thus far, but she will have a heavy schedule this semester. We also want to mention that she plans to go to Russia as a missionary with BIMI. She is currently seeking prayer and financial support for a survey trip to Russia a few weeks following graduation. She has the backing of the college in this endeavor and will be serving with BIMI missionary Adam Young for three weeks. If you can give toward her trip, you may do so by sending it to our account at BIMI marked 'Russia Trip' and I will see that she gets those funds. She is seeking to raise $3,000 and needs plenty of prayer.
WEST AFRICA, NIGER, AGADEZ. Branson and Joanna Jennings. They give the following report, "In recent days, God has provided another tool for spreading His Word. At the market here in town, we can purchase small radios that have MP3 players with a SD/USB port. Yes, even out here in the Sahara Desert, technology is progressing! What use to take about 30 cassette tapes to record the New Testament, now takes only one SD card! Since these MP3 radios and SD cards with the NT have become available, requests for them have poured in. Since April, 290 SD cards and 90 radios have been distributed. Please pray that God's Word will continue to have free course. The Bible says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). If you would like to help with purchasing these MP3 radios, they cost $22 each.
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, LIVERPOOL. The James Mansfield Family. They write the following, "We have been led of the Lord to start a Reformers Unanimous Bible-based addictions program which will meet weekly on Friday nights. This is a huge commitment, but the over-whelming need has made the decision crystal clear! There is NO addiction program in the whole area of Skelmerdale! Not an AA or any government program! In fact, we will be the only RU in all of the UK! Like all locations, Skem has its rich and rough areas, but the rough areas are quite large and drugs, alcohol, and other addictions run rampant. The government has alternative drugs like Methadone that have had people in bondage for decades! We have a new couple in our church that have been coming faithfully and are begging for the program. They recently accepted Christ, are following Him in baptism this week, and have asked me to marry them! I have met with the government authorities and local charity groups who are excited and plan to send people they come across our way. I flew to Ireland where there is a RU home and gathered as much knowledge and training as I could. We officially start January 4th! Please be in prayer for this huge step. We have ordered all the material from the States and are gathering workers from our faithful core for this needy venture.
Having said all that, please be in prayer for someone to come and work with us. The need seems overwhelming and task very great. We could really use some labourers to come and help us!"
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY. Russell and Lisa Mackay. They give the following praise and prayer need report, "We have secured a place to meet and will have our first service in the new building on December 16. We have signed a lease for the conference centre of the Best Western Hotel.
This new location opens up a new area for us to evangelize. Our city is so densely populated that just moving this small distance will bring us in contact with thousands of homes and people untouched by our outreaches thus far. So, we are putting together a book containing the salvation testimonies of seven of our people. We are praying and working to get 4,000 of them printed to distribute over the Christmas holidays in our Gospel and Goodies Outreach. The project has been made possible because God had guven us a man in our church who is a professional writer. He has given many hours of his time to compile the book. It will cost quite a bit of money to print it, so please pray for God to supply for this need. We are very excited to see what He will do through this outreach."
USA MINISTRIES, LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN STATES REPRESENTATIVES. Mike and Wilda McCombie. They give the following report, "In the months of October, November and early December we traveled 3,800 miles in the three states of California, Arizona and Nevada to preach one missions conference, four missions emphasis Sundays, and proclaim the need for participation in carrying out God's plan for world evangelism through local churches. In each meeting we saw believers surrender to the Lord's wll to go "beyond their power" through God's grace, as "they were willing of themselves" (II Corinthians 8:3) to give and to "hold the ropes" in prayer for the cause of world evangelism. In each church the faith promise commitments were met, and some were exceeded, and ultimately missionaries will be supported and sent forth."
We covet your prayers for the New Year of 2013 for:
1. Health, safety and travel mercies.
2. A full schedule of meetings in 2013. We are scheduled to be in California and Arizona in the months of January and February and in the Northwest during March and April.
3. God's wisdom and power in preaching and presenting missions in the churches and for people to answer the call to "go and/or send."
4. For churches to continue supporting our ministry and for new churches to take us on for monthly support."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, MISAWA. Sammy and Joan Popwell. They give the following report, "We celebrated the 29th anniversary the first Sunday in December. Evangelist Richard Harper was our speaker for the special week of revival services. We had a total of two saved, two that received assurance of salvation, and four to follow the Lord in belivers' baptism. The altars were full during each invitation during the week. The meeting was concluded Friday with a great message on the 'AntiChrist.' We are rejoicing over the great things God has done for us.
We are looking forward to the New Year. We will start off with Brother Bobby Brown and a Family Bible School January 13-16. We have a lot of great things planned for 2013 as the church will celebrate its 30th year. There have been many saved because of its ministry and many are in full-time service for the Lord. We had five to surrender this year to be missionaries. We have had three called to preach. God is soooooo good!"
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, WATERBURY. John and Abby Lafreniere. They write, "One of the greatest blessings has been the excitement of church planting that we have seen in churches in the Northeast. We have seen God increase our support level to 13% and we are confident that we will reach our goal for support by the spring of 2014.
As we conclude, we ask that you pray for the people of Fairfield, CT. On October 29, 2012, hurricane Sandy caused major destruction, as powerful winds and an 11 foot storm surge in the Long Island Sound caused major flooding and power outages. Please pray that their hearts will be turned toward their need of God as they recover from this natural disaster."
WESTERN EUROPE, AUSTRIA, GARMISCH. Todd and Kim Lapato. They shared the following praise and prayer needs,
"A New Christian:
"A few months ago, Pastor Johnson and I met a man who is a refugee from a middle-eastern country. He wanted to know what it meant to be a Christian. After bringing him to some of our English services and spending time with him, we were finally able to share the Gospel. A few days later he let us know of his decision to accept Christ as his Savior. We praise the Lord for using us to reach this man. We hope to help him to stay in Germany. The government might send him back to his home country—a dangerous situation for a new Christian.
New German Family:
A new family moved into Garmisch a few months ago. They were looking for a Baptist church to attend and found our church while walking down the street. They have been faithfully attending our German services. A few weeks ago they shared their interest in church membership. We pray they will decide to join our church. They love the Lord and would be a great asset in reaching other Germans and Austrians."
CARRIBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO. Joshua and Joy Wesson. They share the following, "Pastor Samuel Ovalle is the pastor out of our church that recently started a new work in the nearby neighborhood of Guaricanos. We just recently helped him re-locate his church to a more centralized location on a main street. We took a group of our members over and walked through the streets passing our fliers and inviting people to the new location. I preached for him the following Sunday evening for his first service in the new building. It is a blessing to see their growth and their excitement about what the Lord is going to do there."
We know that the Lord is always watching over us and guiding in our lives as we serve Him here in the Dominican Republic. With the passing of Hurrican Sandy we received a lot of rain, and there was some flooding in many parts of the country, but thank the Lord that it didn't hit us directly and was not any worse."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, LA CAMPINA. Mark and Katie Gerosin. They give the following report and prayer needs, "After many prayers and preparations we are finally ready to hold our third anniversary service at Armistad en Christo, our church plant in La Campina. We had prayed for our neighbors and families and other invitees that they would come for this special day. We had also prepared a large meal for everyone after the services. Members were encouraged and visitors were blessed. Praise the Lord we were able to pull it off, and none of it would have happened had the people not had a mind to work. After preaching a message on Biblical manhood titled, There was a Man, ironically a woman decided it was time for her to get saved. You will never know what is going on behind the scenes, but you can be sure God has A Mind to Work and His eyes are on the goal, precious souls.
OUR PRAYER REQUESTS
• Salvation of souls
• Spiritual growth for church plant and Bible study group
• More Laborers
• Language proficiency
• Next building phase: new roof
EAST AFICA, KENYA, SIDUNDO. Luke and Tonya Shelby. They share the following praise and prayer needs report,
Orphan Minstry Undate:
We are now feeding over 40 children on a daily basis in two of our village churches (Kuresoi and Sudundo). At the Orphan Home Project in Sidundo, the buildings now have windows, doors and locks on one dorm building and the kitchen/dining room. In May, we also discovered that there was already a well dug on the property more than 20 or 30 years ago. So we re-dug it, and the water supply is enough for the college classes and even for the orphans, once we are ready to start housing them on the property. Our plan is to start with 10 boys and to work through the things that will be needed to take care of them. We will be meeting shortly with the guardians of these boys, whom we think would be the most needy, to prepare for the boys beginning in January. Please pray for the necessary funds to come in on a monthly basis to care for this ministy.
Bible College, Graduation & New Students for 2013:
We are finishing up the 2012 year of classes, and we will be having five graduates, who finish the three-year course, this year...There are already 10 new students signed up to begin classes in January 2013, and we have several more appointments to interview others as well. Classes have continued to go well throughout the year in Sidundo and in Kisii.We thank God for the faithful pastors who are helping to teach and train others. There are several churches also who had not had students in our college this year; and before classes start in January, I will be meeting with them to encourage them in training up men and ladies to serve the Lord.
BRAZIL, JARDINOPOLIS. Paul and Sharon Pritchard, Sr. They share the following, "Sharon and I appreciate your faithfulness and your prayers. We ask that you pray for our health. The Lord is blessing the works, but we need much prayer. Satan continues trying to hinder the work of our Lord. We just had a special Friday night meeting in our members' homes to try to reach a new area for the Lord. The member worked very hard and the Lord gave us around 70 people. One lady accepted Christ. Tonight we are having a special conference in the church that we started in December, 2008. Pastor Luiz from our church has been pastoring from the beginning. Tonight Brother Robson will be preaching. He is the assistant pastor of the church in Jardinopolis."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, BINGHAMTON. Don and Helen Hughes. They give some exciting news, "God has truly blessed us abundantly during the months of October and November and continue to bless us as the Chrismas season arrives. As you already know, we have been having our services in the Best Western Motel for over a year since our church building was destroyed in the floods of 2011. We have been praying and seeking a permanent place to worship the Lord. There is an Independent Baptist Church as short distance from us and they have struggled with low attendance. We were asked to pray about merging with them. They are willing to give us the building, change the name to Lighthouse Baptist and their people would join with us and I would be their pastor. The young man who had been pastoring the church will work with me to build the church to the point where they can pay a full time pastor. We have already had one high day of 70, and on last Sunday we baptized a young lady. Several others are waiting to be baptized.
The amazing way God works continues to bless our lives. When this church had the opportunity to buy this building, we gave them an offering of $500 to help. Not only has the Lord given us the place we needed to worship in and it only cost us that $500. The government buyout of the flooded buildings may come soon. This would give us the funds to make some need repairs to this hundred year old building."
CENRTRAL EUROPE, HUNGARY, TAT. Marc and Charin Patton. They are involved three special areas and give the following report from each of them.
The highlight of our church in Tata was the baptismal service held in September. Rozsika Wort was reached through our outreach to needy people. She had sort of a mixed religious background and was seeking the truth.
The building project in Nagysap is progressing slowly but surely. We are focusing on the interior of the front half of the building which will be used by the church. The back section of the building hopeflly will one day be an apartment for our church planting couple. The biggest accomplishment this fall was the installation of the gas line, furnace and heating system. We were given two large financial gifts that covered those expenses.
We had several big events at our main church in Esztergom. Our Leadership Conference on October 20th went well. We also had a special service/fellowship for those 60 and older on October 27th. I really think we could do more to minister to the older generation. I am praying that we will see someone in our church get a burden to work with then on a regular basis."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS. Keren Burdick. She gives the following report, "Over the next couple of months, I look forward to what He has in store for me. Please pray for the following requests:
1. I might continue to be a witness for Him
2. I might raise the remaining 11.2% of my needed support
3. I might raise the needed funds for passage and set up fees
4. I might have wisdom as to what I need to take to the field and what to leave behind.
5. For the final details need to complete before heard to the field (i.e. commissioning service, exit interviews, paperwork, etc.)
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis – They give the following: After the first message on Sunday morning, one lady, R., came forward for salvation. Her heart was touched by the message. She was attentive and prayed the sinner's prayer. She was also interested in obtaining a Bible, which we gave her after the service. After the second service, Sabrina was able to lead another lady, B. G., to the Savior. Even though her native tongue is Spanish, she was able to understand enough English to hear and respond to the power of the Gospel.
AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA, WHITE RIVER, Richard and Laura Badgett – They share the following: The revival (Baptist Tent Revival) went well and the Lord gave us strength. We had the power of God as we preached and prayed, seeing nearly 50 people make professions in Christ. P. M. came and trusted Christ the first night and was there for each service, hanging on to every word. He is a middle aged man from Mshadza that just showed up at the tent. He now has a job that takes him out of church some, but we trust the Lord will help in his new walk with Christ. We want to thank the Victory Baptist Church for sending their pastor, Chad Branch, this year. The Lord used him mightily to encourage and challenge the church, this missionary and to see souls saved.
A new church has come from the tent revival....Please pray for us as we have many that are being discipled from the revival meeting. We are also beginning to train our folks in Reformers Unanimous on Friday nights. Please pray for the RU materials to be completed and paid for so our container can be shipped. Please pray for Pastor M. and me, as we are in the middle of negotiations with the Masoyi Tribal Council and Chief T. M. for properties for church in the Masoyoi area.
BRAZIL, Cotia, Jon and Mandy Crews – They share the following very urgent prayer needs: Please understand what I say, we needed prayers more than financial support this past month. Several situations have occurred since our last prayer letter. First, the violence in Brazil has increased dramatically. The drug lords and gangs have declared "war" on the police and their families. The gangs gave a curfew to everyone that stated "stay indoors after 10 p.m. or die." Even though this "war" is between the government and the gangs, many civilians have been assassinated as well. Recently, violence broke out in our city during the day that "killed" the 10 p.m. curfew they set. We have been using extreme caution as we try to continue our every day living and ministry here in Brazil.
Second, a situation recently happened with our family. Mandy and I reached out to a teen by the name of A. Some may remember the name as I have used him in my presentation. I cannot tell the whole story, but he was saved through a soccer ministry of a church in São Paulo. Six months ago, his mom kicked him out on the street, and we invited him to stay with us in our house and attend our church. Two weeks ago, he tried to commit suicide in our home. This devastated our family, especially Mandy. After 20 hours in the health post, A. pulled through and God gave him a second chance. The "resources" for this situation are very limited in Brazil, so A. had to return to our home to recover. As a husband and father, the security of my family was of most importance, and so I put them on the first flight to the States. They are now with family recovering as I counsel and monitor this young man. He is having many ups and downs and draining me emotionally and physically. I need your prayers to handle this delicate situation.
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, CUMBAYA, Will and Laura Lyon – They share the following report: God continues to bless the ministry here in Cumbaya. He is maturing the church spiritually and opening doors for ministry in the surrounding areas. Please keep our church in your prayers. Jeff, the missionary we are working with, recently returned to the States for furlough. Another veteran missionary is pastoring our church in Jeff's absence. This time of transition has been good for our church as it has encouraged many of the Ecuadorian people to step up and take leadership responsibiliites in the church. There are four men who have taken on several leadership roles. Please keep these men in your prayers as they seek to be a help to the ministry. Also, please continue to pray for our family as our ministerial roles have increased as well. It is our desire to be used of the Lord while we are serving Him in Cumbaya.
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato – They share several blessings and prayer needs: Last Sunday, 25 November, after the morning service, we had one soul saved and two assurances of salvation. The LORD has been blessing us with a "full house" even before all the ships came in. Pray for more souls to be saved this season when many of our military men and women are turning to alcohol, drugs and ungodly relationships. They need the LORD.
The LORD is blessing our Japanese ministry where we have interpreters for our Sunday morning. Mrs. R, a Filipina married to Brother K, a Japanese, flew to the Philippines just to lead the loved ones of her discipleship student to the LORD. She led at least nine souls to CHRIST.
FAR EAST, JAPAN, Paul and Sarah Johnson – Congratulations to them on the birth of their second child on November 27. Karen Ruth was born weighing 8 lbs. 4 oz. and is 19.5 inches long. They give the following report of their ministry: Just before I preached my first sermon in the church of the Japanese pastor we are working with, he told me "Your ministry in Japan is now starting." I am not at a point where I can preach in Japanese yet, so I preached through an interpreter. We are thankful to be a part of the ministry here. God has been doing great things in these past two months.
We had four special services and activities planned for the last two weekends in October with me preaching for the last Sunday in October. We were praying that we would have 10 new people come to chruch during these meetings. Church members bathed the meeting in prayer and invited friends and family to attend. The first meeting was a children's meeting on Saturday. We were exctited to see our neighbors who we invited to come to the meeting. There were 27 children at the meeting and they all heard a clear Gospel presentation. Over the whole four meetings we had 12 new people attend. Two children and one lady made professions of faithin Christ, and we are praising God for His goodness.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, OJOJONA, Jason and Cassy Tate – They share the following report with prayer needs: Our Missions conference was a great success, seeing the response. Evangelist Jonathan Castro came and preached. It was a blessing that we were able to see 11 make professions of faith and 14 came down the aisle stating that they had at some time or other been called to serve the Lord full-time. We have since seen the amount of our mission giving increase. We are excited to be able to raise the support level of the three missionaries that the church supports.
Prayer Requests and Praises:
1. Praise the Lord for 20 souls saved this past month.
2. Pray for us to obtain a new vehicle. We have commitments for over half of the needed money for a 15-passenger van. We still need $4,000 to make the purchase.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, Joel and Brooke Daku – Brooke Daku was involved in an automobile accident in which she fractured her L1, L2, L3and L4 vertebrae. At the time, she was seven months pregnant. Other than the breaks, bruises, and cuts, she was miraculously spared, along with their unborn son. The last two months were a struggle; however, on November 6, she gave birth to a 7 lb. 4 oz. son, named Bennett Wesley.
They share the following news about their work in Kiribati: Praise the Lord! He continues to do an awesome work in Kiribati. We are so thankful that God prepared the Snyders to be there during these months we have been away.
Our tickets are booked and we plan to return to Kiribati at the end of January. This will depend on Brooke's health and the progress of Bennett's paperwork. Please pray for wisdom concerning these decisions. We are anxious to return, but as we have learned this past year, God's timing is perfect.
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILI, MAIPU, Clifton and Tiffany Booth – They write giving the following report and prayer needs: In the last two months, we have seen God working in wonderful ways in our church plant in Maipu. Two people have accepted Christ as their Savior. Both are interesting stories. The first is the grandmother of N. You might recall in our last letter that two family members of A. and N. received Christ. N.'s grandmother was very sick, and they knew she didn't have much time left on this earth, so they were greatly concerned with sharing the Gospel with her. Shortly before she died, she accepted Christ as her Savior, so three people in their family have now accepted Christ. A. took E. and M. through pre-discipleship, and now Tiffany and I are working with them both in level two of our discipleship ministry.
Prayer Requests at a Glance:
1. Pray that God would continue to bring new people into our church that need to hear the Gospel.
2. Pray that God would provide our church with the funds to buy a permanent facility.
3. Pray that God would increase the value of the dollar as it is at a seven year low.
4. Pray that God would strengthen us and our people as we endure the attacks of the enemy.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz – They asked that we pray for the people of a village where a believer by the name of O. M. lives. A group from the States along with Brother Lantz traveled to his village and through an unusual situation was able to minister to over 100 people and Brother Lantz was able to present a Gospel message to them in the Ateso language. No pressure was put on the people to respond but many questions were asked by the men of the village.
Brother Lantz reports that O. told him that he is doing his best to memorize Scripture because so many of them are coming to him with questions. PRAY FOR THAT VILLAGE.
• Good health and safety
• Church growth - both spiritually and numerically
• For conviction and salvation of: S, A, C, M, A, J, A, D
• For more young men to desire to be discipled
• For faithful men to watch over the church while we are on furlough
• Good health and safety
• A safe trip with our visitors
• The salvation of multiple people in the last few weeks
• Growth as a church and the individuals who are part of it—thank you for praying
CARIBBEAN, ST. JOHN'S ANTIGUA, CARIBBEAN RADIO LIGHTHOUSE – They write: A listener writes, "We thank God for the Christian programming your radio station broadcasts. So many people find your music and Christian programmes soothing and inspiring." Our station team has remained healthy and active for the most part with very little sickness this year. Several decisions for Christ have been recorded because our staff members have been involved in personal ministry, with a desire to see individuals come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Christmas broadcast schedule will begin the first week in December and will run until the first week of January. This is always a blessed time of hearing messages geared toward Christ's first coming, special stories, drama productions, and of course, the beautiful music that always comes with the season.
USA MINISTRIES TO THE DEAF, FAYETTEVILLE, TENNESSEE, Willie and Shirley Rowan – They give the following report: These last three months have been so amazing that it is very hard to put our amazement into words. We are busy with the new deaf ministry and we have had deaf saved.
In August God directed us to Huntsville Bible Baptist Church where the church was praying that God would send a missionary to the deaf. The church already has a deaf Christian man faithfully attending.
We jumped in by interpreting in all scheduled meetings of the church, visiting deaf, starting a Sunday school class for the deaf and starting sign language classes for a very enthusiastic and motivated church. We had so many who were interested in being able to talk with deaf that we have a class for men (I teach it) and a class for ladies (my wife teaches it). After a few short weeks, two of the ladies have interpreted announcements.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, CARAPICHAIMA, David and Terry Long – They write: A man named Mr. L., who has been coming to our church, brought two men (T. and F.) to our services. (By the way, T. is from Ghana, so I had a good conversation with him about our ministry in West Africa). We went to visit them and were able to explain salvation. Both men trusted Christ. Mr. L. also invited his neighbors to come listen to us. The husband is a Moslem and the wife is Hindu. The man asked me some questions about Jesus, and so I started with the sacrifice of Isaac. Of course, the man thinks Ishmael was the potential sacrifice, but I explained why it had to be Isaac. He said he had asked many Christians, but he has never heard what I told him. Please pray for us that he will follow through so that he may know and receive the truth.
1. Pray for us to have more people saved, for more prople to come to our church services, and that the people coming now would be faithful.
2. Pray that more people who have been saved would get baptized.
3. Pray for Kevin Field as he raises support to come to Trinidad.
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, SAN RAFAEL DE HEREDIA, Andy and Michelle Shinabery – They share the following: We are so thankful for our church and people in Costa Rica. One case in particular is Brother F. and his wife, S. I was praying for a married couple that would be able to take over the youth department. The Lord laid F. and S. on my heart. One day, as I was about to approach Brother F. about teaching the youth class, he asked me if he could talk to me about something. He said that he felt led of God and was praying about the possibility of teaching the youth group. God answers prayers and calls workers from out of the congregtion. AMEN!
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. Brosius Family – They write the following: "Es gratis. Es un obsequio. No cuesta nada." "It is free. It is a gift. It doesn't cost anything." We must have said those words thousands of times in the two weeks that were dedicated to giving away New Testaments in Argentina. We started in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost part of the world or "the end of the earth." With a group of 13 associated with BIMI, we traveled to give away around 13,000 New Testaments there. What a privilege!
The next week we returned to Buenos Aires where a smaller group of visitors and a group from our church gave away another 20,000 near our house. We continued with our church distributing the remaining New Testamentsanother 10,000. The Lord truly protected us, and there was only one member of the group who was shoved and pick-pocketed during the time. It was a major concern of ours to have a group of Americans here where the crime level is one of the highest in the Americas. Thank you all who contributed to this project of bringing the Word to Argentine homes.
Missionaries of the Day
Saturday, May 25, 2013
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Robert L & Rhoda Smith II - BARBADOS
Lyle & Rose Snakenberg - MAINTENANCE
Dennis & Mary Snelson - SCOTLAND
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Robert L & Rhoda Smith II - BARBADOS
Lyle & Rose Snakenberg - MAINTENANCE
Dennis & Mary Snelson - SCOTLAND
PRAYER PROMISECome unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28–30).
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 today for President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines (Southeast Asia, east of Viet Nam).