SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) BIBLE PROJECT, Alan Brooks, Coordinator — He shares the following report and prayer needs: “As the new year has arrived, it is with joy that we report on the ongoing progress of the PNG Bible Distribution. Schools have been closed from November through the end of January for their summer break. We will be returning February 1 to continue. Much communication has been made with our national pastors concerning the plans for the continued distribution of the Bibles among the students, grades 4–8.
We are excited to report that on the island of Bougainville, Missionary Kenny Keck will be starting a new church in an area where there are no Baptist churches. We will be partnering with him by distributing Bibles in all the primary schools in this area. All the Bibles will be stamped with this new church’s information and contact numbers. What a great way to introduce the people of the area to this beginning church!
Only eternity will truly reveal all that God is doing in Papua New Guinea. Please pray that God would touch the hearts of people to give toward the Bibles and for our own support as faith missionaries.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: “In December, we had our annual Ladies Christmas Party. We had a great turnout and had several visitors. We have such a great group of women in our church who love God and are growing in the Word and have a desire to see their families and friends come to know Christ as their personal Savior. Please pray for the salvation of three of the lost husbands.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AOMORI, Paul and Sarah Johnson — They share the following report and prayer needs: “The last part of 2018 was full of exciting events and we saw God work in a great way. Aomori is famous all over Japan for their delicious apples and every fall we host an “Apple Party.” Sarah teaches the women and kids how to make American apple pie; we play some games, and I preach a short message. This year we had over 40 people in attendance! I preached about Adam and Eve’s sin and everyone listen attentively. Many of the kids there did not understand the concept of “sin” and I tried to communicate it in a way that was understandable. Please pray that God will work in the hearts of those who were there.
Much of our ministry in Japan is planting seeds and we planted many seeds of the Gospel over Christmas. We hosted a Christmas Eve party for college kids and young adults. There were over 20 young people there and they all heard the Gospel. Over the month of December, we were able to share the Gospel with more than 80 separate people. We planted, and watered, and prayed that God would do His work and give the increase. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of our family.”
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Tim and Lidia Barrett — They give the following report, “December was a busy month as always. One of the highlights was our young people going Christmas caroling at homes of church family members. Many people from other houses came out to listen to the music, and we handed out hundreds of Gospel tracts. We are so privileged to serve the Christ of Christmas!
There were many other activities and programs during the month of December, and we thank the Lord for those who were saved and grew in the Lord last year; but now we look forward to a new year and many more opportunities to serve the Lord. Please pray that we will see many souls saved and much fruit in the new year.
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, William and Terry Brouwer — They share the following along with a prayer need: “As we reflect upon the passing of another year, we must give all the praise to our great God for His faithfulness and goodness. When we moved from Kenya to Tanzania in 2005, we inherited a newly planted church in the village of Fumagira. We also began working with a young preacher named Pelegrino. It was at this time we began praying for Pelegrino that God would use him to start many churches in the Mwanza area. God heard our prayers, along with the prayers of our supporters, and God has greatly exceeded our expectations.
During the 14 years in Mwanza, God has used Pelegrino to plant 10 churches and many of them in villages with no churches at all. Not only were these village evangelized but also new believers were discipled and leaders were trained. Each one of these churches has their own piece of property and a church building in which to meet. God has now raised up a group of Tanzanian pastors from these 10 churches who are committed to continuing to plant churches in needy villages. This past 2-year term, Tammy and I spent the majority of our time meeting with these pastors and their wives to provide advanced discipleship and training. We continued working in our Bible institute as we oversaw the teaching of our classes, many of which were taught by our Tanzanian pastors.
This leads us to ask you to pray with us very specifically about the next step we should take in regards to our ministry in Mwanza. We certainly do feel as if our work with the national church planting team in Mwanza is finished. However, we do feel like a transition to a new area would help facilitate the further advancement of our Tanzanian pastors. Please pray that God would give us clear direction in this matter.
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Erik and Holly Johnson — They share the following: “Throughout out our almost ten years here in the Dominican, we have seen steady spiritual growth in the lives of the believers. As we approached our short furlough this winter season, we were confident that the church leaders were spiritually mature enough to take the reins of the church in all areas of teaching, preaching, outreach, follow-up, and even the often daunting Christmas event planning. As was expected, they did an amazing job in our absence.
It was joyous to come back in January to hear the encouraging reports from each member who had a part in seeing the church not only maintain its love for the Lord but also even grow in our absence!
• Renewed commitment of the churches to faithfully serve the Lord in 2019
• Upcoming ordination and launch of a new church plant in 2019
• Bible Conference, February 6–8
USA MINISTIES (Spanish Church Planting) NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien — They share the following report: “We are excited to share that the LORD has been faithful again as we celebrated our second baptism on October 28 when S. obeyed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. S., whom I mentioned in our last letter, is from the country of Nicaragua. He has been faithful to all of the services and has made incredible strides in his growth in the Lord. On a recent Wednesday night service, he brought his brother who had been to several services over the past few months. At the end of the service, the brother and another man, who was visiting for the first time, both received Christ as their personal Savior. Their last service with us was on Sunday, January 13. They returned to Nicaragua because their visas were ending a few days later. Please continue to pray for their growth in the Lord. Please also pray for a man who came to church one time. He seems interested but his work schedule prohibits him from coming right now.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They give the following report: “This past month we handed out 600 Christmas packets during our street preaching. These packets contained a Christmas tract, a few candies, and a handmade tree ornament with Isaiah 9:6 printed on it. Many Irish folks were pleasantly surprised that we would give out these little gifts for free. Having grown up in the Catholic religion, they are accustomed to paying good money for a little thing that has to do with ‘religion.’ (It is normal for them to pay C50 to a priest to visit their home and mutter a few words.) One elderly woman vigorously tried on a couple different days to give Timothy money for the packet that she had received; but he steadfastly declined. He told her that since Christ has freely given to us, we freely give to others. MANY people verbally expressed their disbelief that we were offering the packet to them for free, and we were thus provided with an opportunity to tell them why God’s gift of salvation is ‘without money and without price.’ ”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, Justin and April Grinstead — They share the following report: “In our last prayer letter, we asked you to pray for a friend and his mother. We are thrilled to report that he and his mother were able to attend our Christmas cantata, a great answer to prayer. They also attended the following Sunday morning to hear me preach. I was excited to hear the mother enquire about the possibility of getting a Bible.
Please continue to pray for the two men that work at the vegetable market. Also, please pray for one’s wife. They have not yet attended a church service, but we feel like we are making progress with them little by little.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULU, Nate and Sara Wright — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We were able to buy Pastor M. a piece of land for the church in Amuria. A building existed on this piece of land, but it had no roof and it was basically unusable at the time. However, over the last two months we have been repairing this building with a new roof and preparing it for a home for his family along with a meeting place for the church. We are delighted to report that his family has moved into the building and they even had their first service there January 20. This was a huge answer to prayer and it is very encouraging to see Pastor M.’s leadership in his home and the community.
• Pastor M., his family, and Grace Baptist Church of Amuria
• Growth for our leaders, new believers, children, and teens
• Approval for the tower and God’s continued direction in the radio ministry
• Our family—spiritually, physically, and emotionally”
USA MILITARY, SPAIN, ROTA, Jason and Leah Harvell — They share the following: “The Christmas Eve service this year had 13 visitors join us, some from different parts of the globe. We were blessed to be able to share the TRUE meaning of Christmas with a church full of people. One family has continued coming to our Sunday services and we are praying for their salvation. We had had an intern student from the Netherlands in a nearby city joining us for Sunday services for the past two months, and two weeks ago we met another university student who has attended every service and Bible study that her schedule allows. These opportunities remind us that our labor—going out soul winning—is not in vain. There are many young and old who hunger for the Word of God. Please pray with us for their spiritual growth, faithfulness, and obedience.
By way of obedience, on January 3, I was able to baptize one of our military men who felt led to follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. The water was cold, but the church members gathered on the beach to celebrate this blessed occasion. It is always a joy to see people obey God and His precious Word. Please pray that we will be able to reach others for the cause of Christ.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, PARAISO, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following: “While we were in the States, the church here in Honduras continued forward with great strides. Pastor D. and New Hope Baptist Church are seeing God work in many wonderful ways. The church continues to see new people saved and start attending the services. Their youth group has grown in attendance as well. It is a blessing to see God using these teens and growing in their faith.
Pastor P. and New Life Baptist Church are seeing God’s blessings as well. This area has many transient people that work in the coffee crops.
Brother J. and Faith Baptist Church are in their second year of ministry. The church is in a city of 50,000 people and is in a great location. However, we are currently renting the space, and it is just one room. We need our own property and church building. Please pray with us for the ministry in Paradise, Honduras.
Pastor J. and Bethlehem Baptist Church grew tremendously while we were in the States. The month of December was filled with many activities such as a baptismal service, several Christmas events, and the annual Christmas singing in central park. Several families came and decided to stay and join the church. A number of people made professions of faith and are trying to serve the Lord.”
FAR EAST, OKINAWA, Daniel and Heidi Gardner Jr. — They share the following: “On November 11, 2018, we had our very first service in the city of Nago to plant the Seaside Baptist Church. We are excited to say that it was a great day and the whole weekend was a testimony of God’s Hand on the work. On Friday, a group of Christians from the Grace Kobe Baptist Church flew in to help us with our ‘Launch Weekend.’ They cleaned, passed out flyers and invitations, and practiced special music. They were helped wherever they could. On Saturday, we finished some preparations and conducted the dedication service of the building (although not yet finished) and property. Many came to show support and encourage us in this church plant. On Sunday, we had 16 people for our first service. One visitor is not saved. She has been to almost every service of the church and has been talking with me about trusting Christ. Please pray for her salvation. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for the Seaside Baptist Church and us.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth — They share the following report and prayer needs: “While we are on furlough, there are Chilean leaders in place in the church and the work is doing very well. They recently had a baptism where two people went public with their faith. They are also planning an evangelistic outreach in a park close to the church as part of our outreach to children. Pray with us that many young people would come to Jesus during this outreach.
Prayer and Praise at a Glance
• Thankful that Tiffany and the children arrived safely
• Thankful for two baptisms
• Prayer for new outreach to produce fruit
• Prayer for safety as we travel on furlough
• Prayer for new financial and prayer support”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco — They share the following: “The beginning of the year brought many good things for the ministry here in Nagua. One of them is that many of the people who were missing church services because of the holidays are back in town and in church. On Sunday, January 20, two very special young people were recognized for having completed their biblical discipleship program, ‘First Steps for New Christians’ in a period of months. Samuel and Nicolas have worked hard to complete this program.
It was a great surprise for the young people when on Monday, January 21, we went to pick them up in the new van for the church. For months, we have seen them pray that the Lord would allow us to get it before this activity so that more young people would have the privilege of attending. We want to thank the Lord for His wonderful provision and the churches that gave love offerings to make this possible. Also, thank you for praying with us for the van. We are anxious to see how many more routes we can start and all the people that will be reached as a result of this blessing.
• We had 30 during our special Christmas service. Six of them made professions of faith and four were first time visitors. Thank you so much for praying for this activity.
• Souls to be saved as we evangelize and preach the Gospel
• Spiritual growth among the Christians
• Discipleship of new converts”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: “Our church has been doing well. We are rejoicing as we have been able to start the year with a number of visitors in our services. On a recent Sunday, we had eight visitors! As we tried to hold back the tears at the end of the day, my wife and I were in shock and kept saying again and again to each other, ‘We had eight visitors!’ Only two of those visitors were from out of town. One had been reached by our soul winning efforts the day before. One had been to one of our ladies’ fellowships before and decided to try our church. Then we had a family of four that had just moved to town. This was a Filipino family. They have not been able to attend church for a while because they were living in a town in New Zealand with no doctrinally sound church anywhere nearby. They had checked our website and even had their pastor in the Philippines to verify that our church would be safe. We have several other Filipino families in the church who helped to welcome them warmly into the family. God is so good!”
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case — They share the following: “Over these months, many of our church members took to heart the responsibility of their church and have committed to ministries, giving sacrificially for the construction of much needed classrooms.
This, in addition to the sacrificial giving of many of our supporting churches, has resulted in pushing the project into its final stage of completion. Soon, children and babies will be welcomed into a beautiful, comfortable nursery, and a lively youth room will be ready for our youth group as well as other classes. As of now, the youth group is meeting in the unfinished rooms, but the small ones will need the project finished before they can use it.
When the project is finished, we want to start classes for the many people in the area who want to learn English. I will be using a Bible-based program, and all who come to the class will hear the Gospel. Pray for those who come for this opportunity.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Alan and Elena Sutphen — They share the following report and prayer needs: “I have been meeting with the 12- to 17-year-old orphans every Saturday to discuss ‘life issues’ in separate boy/girl sessions. There are many unwed parents in Uganda and we do not want our girls or boys to end up the same way. I have covered topics of boy/girl relationships, their responsibilities in life, and purity. I have given frank advice for avoiding being alone with the opposite sex. These children have no parents and get no such counseling in their villages. I hope to provide them biblical advice to help and encourage these children to make a difference for the future of Uganda.
Life in Uganda — I have been volunteering at the main hospital in Soroti, working in the sickle cell clinic once a week. I am trying to learn more of the diagnosis and treatment of this neglected population in remote villages. I hope to establish sickle cell outreaches in these local village clinics that lack supplies and medicine. During the next two months, I hope to identify locations to begin this work with the goal of not just treating the disease but getting the Gospel of Christ to all families that we see.
• For spiritual growth for two as they are discipled
• Safety for the orphans while in their villages for the next seven weeks
• Salvation of souls in future sickle cell village outreach clinics
• Protection against those who wish to interfere with this ministry”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He writes the following: “Christmas opened the door for us to give real meaning to the name of Jesus. Our church created a Christmas show with costumes. In addition, we developed some banners. There were several parts to the program. First, we played a couple of Christmas songs and did the Christmas script. At the end, we used the banners to explain the Gospel. We presented our show at children’s homes, in villages, and even a leper community. It was a tremendous opportunity to explain the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It also helped establish and build relationships. Thanks for your prayers and support.
• Salvation of four
• Salvation of one’s mother
• Learning language and culture
• Seeds to take root in hearts”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, SPAIN, UTRERA, Don and Patsy Drake — They share the following: “We arrived in Spain on December 13. We were unexpectedly greeted at the Seville airport by Justin and Grace Hayes and by Mike and Jenn Helton. What a blessed surprise! The Lord knew we needed that surprise! They are BIMI missionaries serving in Dos Hermanas. They have been such a wonderful help. They have taken us to the very places we needed to go and have spoken for us. They also introduced us on Christmas Eve to the Chaplin at Moron Air Base. He is sponsored by the Conservative Baptist in NW USA. I offered my services; hopefully, we can work together to reach our Military with the Gospel.”
BRAZIL, GOIANIA, Bethany Thompson — She shares the following report: “We completed our 10th year of operation in December with a kindergarten and 5th grade graduation. I praise the Lord for all He has done these past 10 years. Eight kindergarteners accepted Christ in December. We have seen around 130 saved since the school opened.
• Please pray for our enrollments. The school year begins on January 21.
• Please pray for the Lord to send us the students and families for us to reach this year. Praise the Lord our inspection to renew the school’s operating license has been approved.
• Please pray for our teacher/training clinic January 15–17. We are expecting the participation of schools from other cities as well as homeschool parents. This year we are investing in recording the clinic, which I hope will help reduce the need of some of my traveling.”
USA ARM MISSIONS, Glenn and Charlotte Palmer — They share the following: “After a good report from my neurosurgeon, I made plans for a missions trip to England and Armenia. In early September, we arrived in England just two days after the funeral of one of our oldest members in Calvary Baptist Church, Spalding. He was 93 and had graduated to heaven. We were so blessed to see how the church, which we started in 1985, was growing under Pastor Cowdrey and reaching the lost in the town.
With great joy, we were able to load a 40-foot container of humanitarian aid to Armenia. From England we traveled to Armenia in October and the Lord gave us opportunities of service by speaking nine times with a man coming to faith in Christ, visiting the ministries of Bible clubs and aid distribution, and doing electrical work on the building.”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, QUITA SUENO, Joy Wesson and family — They share the following report with testimonies: “As we close out the year 2018, may I share with you the testimonies of some precious souls who have been reached for Christ through the deaf ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Quita Sueno, Dominican Republic, over the last several weeks and months?
W. is a 21-year-old ‘hearing’ young man who comes to deaf classes with his family. He has accepted the Lord as his Savior and has been baptized and is faithful to church each week.
His mother is one of our deaf ladies, who has very little communication skills in sign language or otherwise. After many weeks of teaching and explaining the Gospel, she too has accepted Christ as her Savior.
C. is one of our newest deaf converts. She was ‘hearing’ until the age of nine at which time she came down with a high fever and became deaf. Her mother then gave her to her grandmother. She is a precious young adult and soon-to-be ‘mother.’ It was my privilege to lead her to Christ several weeks ago.
My most recent blessing is to have the help of a Dominican deaf couple. I led the wife to the Lord on Thanksgiving Day 11 years ago. Her husband was gloriously saved in my living room two years ago, shortly after I returned to my mission field following Josh’s death. He comes from a rough background and is a ‘walking miracle’ of God’s grace and unconditional love. He has been dramatizing stories from Chick tracts for our deaf class each week, and our deaf are loving it. He is studying in the Bible institute and has been influential in bringing new deaf to church.”
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Salvations: Please pray for the spiritual growth of a 12-year-old teen who put his faith in the Lord Jesus. I also had the blessing of seeing another man put his trust in Jesus as a result of doing a discipleship study with his wife and daughter.
• Please pray for several women in the church who are having physical complications.
• Pray as we go door-to-door in a predominantly Catholic area that they would be open to the Good News of the Gospel. Pray for safety.
• Please continue to pray for property to buy or a house to either buy or rent for the church. We have found several potential properties to buy that need a lot of work and the average price is about $70,000. Would you please prayerfully consider giving toward this need?”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, ITALY, Chris and Lou Ann War — They share the following soul winning encounter: “A man proceeded to tell me the story of his life but started first by saying that he was praying to God that I would not give up ringing the bell and leaving but that I would keep trying to get in. We were there for over an hour in the cold, but I did not feel that cold any longer. After he finished with his life’s story, I was amazed because his sounded a lot like my own story before I was born again. He told me he was afraid of dying and going to hell. So, that morning in that cold garage, he trusted Christ as his Savior. He then told me, ‘Pastor, that heavy burden has been lifted from my shoulders.’ He cried with joy and so did I. I asked him where he had gotten our phone number to give to the pastor in Missouri. He told me he found a tract in his mailbox weeks earlier with our phone number on it. It was one of the most amazing soul winning experiences I have ever had and I give the praise and glory to my Lord for it. I would also like to thank a couple for passing tracts throughout our town. Please pray for the man’s spiritual growth and the salvation of his wife and three children.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following: “The church has grown to a point that I called our first men’s church meeting. Seven men came and after I served up breakfast in our new fellowship hall, we hashed out some important logistics as to the governing of the church. We are scheduled to meet again this month. Please pray for wisdom as we make important decisions.
Please pray for James as he has a problem with his knee. The “two weeks” he was told for recovery time turned into eight. He is in physical therapy and following their advice. He has just recently gone back to doing some electrical side jobs, as the extra income is needed; however, it is still swollen and stiff. PLEASE PRAY!
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: “I was recently reminded of how important it is to be ‘ready to give an answer’ to those who are looking for the truth. A man told me the other day, ‘You said something that I have never forgotten back when we first met.’ During our conversation, I learned that he was taking things to heart more than I realized. This man is not saved yet, but the Lord is showing him the difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are praying that the Word of God will bring conviction and salvation.
The ladies who were baptized this summer have be coming faithfully to church. We presented each of them with a Bible, so please pray for them as they continue to grow spiritually as well as the others who attend. The husband of one of the ladies just found out he has cancer. We are praying for his healing and also his salvation.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius — They share the following. “Exciting things have been happening in the church plant that we started a year ago in the Ing. Budge neighborhood. We were able to rent a locale to hold services, which gives us more room and provides Shana a classroom that allows the children to sing loudly and not have to be hushed. Most of the kids are from poor families and run around in the streets with little parental awareness.
Praise the Lord a widow accepted the Lord last week here. We have many needs for this church plant building to be safe and useful. If you feel led to donate, any designated amount given will be used specifically and be appreciated greatly by our group worshipping there.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney — They share the following report and prayer needs, “A faithful young man from Togo joined our church last month after searching for several weeks for a soul winning, fundamental Baptist church. He has since brought six friends to church, three of whom accepted Christ and two who followed in believer’s baptism this past Sunday. Pray for S. and M. as they continue their discipleship classes.
We finished our second semester of Faith Bible Institute last week. We presently have four Bible clubs in four different locations. At the pastor’s conference, we received a character-building program, Gospel tracts, John and Romans, and missionary coloring books from Rock of Ages Ministries. We immediately put them to use in soul winning, Bible club, and school chapel outreach.
• Please pray for the Lord to touch the hearts of people to give generously toward the replacement of our church bus.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AM RHEIN, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following: “Even though we are not the youngest, our church is most of the time a very busy place. We are looking back to an instruction weekend for child evangelism, including how to lead a child to Christ, how to teach understandably the Word of God to children, and how to help problem children, etc. Our calendar, literature, and tract distribution in front of our church shows, so far, we have distributed over 900 calendars in German and in various other languages plus many other important booklets. We trust and pray that in the coming days our outreach will be even more successful and bring fruit and honor to our Lord.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Many were killed and others are missing because of the recent tropical depression. It rained continuously for two days here at our place. Many could have been saved if they had heard 104.5 FM Christian radio. The 3,000-watt station will reach millions more. Pray for the $15,000 remaining balance. If every church would give $500, we could reach more with the Good News.
Pray for two of our first graduates and my wife’s sister and her husband. They will break ground on a new church building on January 7. Their son graduated from Bible college last year and is now pastoring the church his dad started. There are several new graduates that need $2,000 for land. They can build a small church building with a room on the back for $1,000. These pastors can live on about $50 per month.
Please pray for the students’ needs. They make about $20 monthly. Many are persecuted by their Catholic parents, friends, and relatives. They are faithful in winning souls.”
WEST AFRICA, COTE D’IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Robert and Becky Mach — They share the following: “This year 2018 has been a very productive one for us in the ministry. We conducted five institute classes and two seminary classes in our Bible college, three major medical projects in two city areas and three villages, our summer VBS program, and our pastoral conference. All of these have gone a long way toward evangelizing the lost and training the believers. The Bingerville church has made great progress toward autonomy as have our churches in Zanapledougou and Man. During 2018, we received nearly 80 visitors from the States and Canada who helped in major initiatives.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, Coco Chan — She gives the following report and prayer requests: “I thank God for the privilege to work with a wonderful group of children at Lifeline Independent Baptist Church during this year. I have them in my Sunday school, on Wednesday evening classes, and again Friday Bible Club. At times the classes could be challenging because of the age range (from 4-13 and sometimes their younger siblings too), but I would not trade anything for teaching my children.
The Bible class at the secondary school is during the lunch hour. The first week I had six in the class and 16 the following week. Now the class has grown to 28 to 33. Many of them never miss any class. It blessed my heart to see the students are willing to come and listen to the Word of God while eating lunch.”
1. Just before Christmas break, I got the news that another secondary school will allow me to do a Bible class starting in January. Pray for wisdom and strength.
2. A nine-year-old in my Sunday school class made a profession of faith. Pray for her to grow and to come to church on a more regular basis.
3. Pray for the Lifeline church, which needs drivers for our manual transmission bus and pray for a piece of land.
4. Pray for the teenage boy I asked you to pray for in my last prayer letter. His grandmother has stopped him from going to church completely.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, Brett and Jenny Hoffman (on deputation) — They share the following report: “We have been on full-time deputation now for eight weeks and during that time have been in 16 churches, including four missions conferences. In all, we have driven almost 8,000 miles. Already, three churches have partnered with us to be bring our support level to 11%. Other churches have shown interest in supporting us in the future.
When we left Florida, we had 24 churches scheduled and it is up to 37 at the present. This means the Lord has added 13 additional churches to our schedule. We have been able to share our burden for New Zealand and participate in Sunday school classes, Junior church, ladies’ classes, men’s classes, preaching in school chapel, taking part in door knocking and church visitation. We have also helped pass out John and Romans booklets in the New York area. What a privilege we have of serving the Lord.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following: “WOW! Shocked and amazed would be great words to describe our response to what God did for us at our Thanksgiving Outreach Banquet on October 7. We had 190 people come! We have about 85–90 on Sunday mornings, so we estimated that we had almost 100 visitors that night! Can you imagine the excitement and joy? The Gospel was given clearly by three different people who shared their salvation testimonies after the meal. Seventeen families or single adults turned in visitor cards and most of these indicated they were not Christians and would like to know more about Christ. We have written a personal letter to all of them and are working to get them in church or in a Bible Study. I met with one of the families a few days after the banquet, and the wife accepted the Lord as her Savior. The husband was already a believer, and they have faithfully attended every Sunday since the banquet. I have spent quite a bit of time on the phone reaching out to the others and will continue to work to reach them with the Gospel. God did exceedingly above what we asked! We had enough food for everyone, but we certainly did not have many leftovers!”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, NAPLES, Matt and Diane Olsen — They share the following report: “It seems that our days fly by and before we realize it weeks have passed. As we approach the end of the autumn, we are reminded of the depth of the riches of God toward us. He has blessed us beyond measure as the work of the Lord continues here in the greater Naples area.
We hosted the South of the Alps Ladies Conference in October. This annual event was well attended by women from four countries. The women shared testimonies of how God used the lessons about ‘Hidden Treasure’ to enrich their lives.
We had a baptismal service after church one Sunday afternoon at a church family’s pool. Five people were baptized and added to the church.
As we look ahead we anticipate a busy, yet, joyous Christmas season ministering in this field where the Lord has planted us.”
CARIBBEAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They share the following: “Greetings from Grand Cayman! Recently, we celebrated our first year of ministry among the multi-cultured population of the Caribbean. We had the opportunity to witness to a 24-year-old Hindu man from Bali. He politely and patiently listened to God’s plan of salvation, and we are grateful for many unique opportunities like this to freely share the Gospel.
In September, we traveled to Bolivia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church in Sucre and to participate in the Charter Service of Iglesia Bautista Esperanza Viva in Santa Cruz. It was a whirlwind of a trip with a lot of activity in the Lord’s work.
Thank you for another year of faithful support and prayers. May God bless your faithfulness and give you many opportunities to serve Him in the approaching new year!”
USA DEAF, GEORGIA, SMYRNA, Bruce and Vicki Kelly — They share the following: “On October 13, we had a booth at the 258 Deaf Festival in Atlanta. About 2,000 deaf people came and eight of them were saved. We passed out salvation tracts and information about our Deaf Camp next year in July.
We had our Deaf Spiritual Leadership Conference and Workshop in our church on November 17–18 and had two deaf people saved. Deaf people learned about how to be a leader, a missionary, a deaf worker, and a soul winner. We are praying for more deaf leaders to be deaf missionaries and preachers. In the month of December, we will have a Christmas potluck at our church, and we are praying for many deaf and hearing to visit our church. Pray that this will be a great opportunity to share with them the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I plan to go to Brazil in February to preach to the Deaf at a camp and pass out Gospel tracts. PLEASE PRAY!”
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, Mark and Stephanie Sage — They write, “We thank the Lord that over the past two months we have seen eight people saved and seven people baptized, four families join the church. We hit four successive high days and several other good days since. We peaked out during a special Labor Day service having 78 in attendance, our highest yet. We have done nothing different, the Lord is just blessing!
We have been praying to hit 100 before the end of the year. We still trust the Lord to do it. We have a special service coming up December 23. Please pray for us to hit that number so our people can see God working. We know it is not about numbers, but we want to continue to increase our influence in our community to win souls for the Lord.
Please pray for us concerning a major request. I hope to go full-time as a pastor in June 2019. Will you pray to that end with us? Your prayers are really needed to that end and, of course, at that time we would not solicit anymore financial support.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, Alan and Donna Brooks, Southeast Asia Assistant Director — They share the following: “First Phase Complete! It is with great joy we announce that Phase I of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Bible Distribution is complete! When we first began to give Bibles to the students of PNG, the magnitude was overwhelming. Distributing Bibles to all the secondary schools would be a massive undertaking. It was necessary to raise $810,000 for Phase I. God is so good and God’s people responded over and above what we could ask or think. Bibles have been purchased for the secondary schools and another 500,000 for the primary schools (56% of the Bibles needed for all the primary schools). Donors have contributed $2.3 million. THANK YOU! We have completed all we can do at this time with the secondary schools. Those that have not received the Bibles are mainly in the earthquake areas and the schools are not open. We are continuing to pray for the needed $1.5 million to complete Phase II (all the primary schools).
Many have asked what they can do to help.
1. Pray for travel safety for the distribution teams.
2. Pray that God’s Word will find good ground.
3. Continue to give—$3 puts a Bible into a student’s hand.
4. Share this tremendous project with others.
5. Pray about coming to help distribute. Spots are available for men only at this time.”
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Tim and Lidia Barrett — They share the following: “Every week we have the joy of handing our hundreds of Gospel tracts and visiting door-to-door in Jundiai and Almeria Chaves. The Lord has blessed our work, and we have seen souls saved, baptized, and disciples growing and maturing. Soon we will be graduating one more group of eight students in our Bible institute, which is another very important part of our ministry.
We continue to work diligently on the construction of the fellowship hall/ Sunday school space on the main church. Our people are giving sacrificially, but we do not have enough to finish. We truly covert your prayers for this important project.
Please pray for us as we enter our end-of-the-year ‘marathon.’ Things getting extra busy at this time of the year! There are lots of special programs and outreach activities planned for December. Our main choir is working hard on a Christmas cantata, and we will be singing it both in the main church here in Jundiai and in the church in Almerinda Chaves. Please pray for souls to be saved!”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Peter and Elisabeth Putney — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Several years ago we had the privilege of helping with a Bible project in which 40,000 New Testaments were distributed in Medellín. Last month, I received a call from a ministry in the United States that was looking for missionaries in Colombia who could distribute Romans pamphlets. I was thrilled and immediately accepted the donation. Within a week, we received hundreds of boxes of Romans totaling close to 500,000 pamphlets. We have already begun to distribute them and found that they are much more readily received than just Gospel tracts. In addition to Romans, we received over 1,000 whole Bibles. God never fails to provide the resources for His work!
Our El Carmen mission has opened many doors for reaching the lost, but it has also highlighted some needs in our ministry. One such need is for a 16-passenger van that we can use to transport people to and from services as well as transport soul winning teams. Thanks to some special donations we recently received, we already have a good part of what would be needed to purchase such a vehicle. We are praying that if it be the Lord’s will to give us a van, He would provide the rest of what is needed.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ALAJUELA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove — They share the following: “September found us with a group from our home church. We are so thankful for Pastor Fedo and his family and the Hispanic church coming to be a part of our marriage conference. As our focus was on the family, they taught the couples. While we were in sessions with the men and women, the kids had their own activities. We ended on Sunday where we celebrated Kid’s Day and had a churchwide meal. God has been good to us and we continue to see growth in the families of our church.
In October, we praise the Lord we were able to finish construction on a new Sunday school classroom. We are able to divide the kids’ Sunday school and have a class for the younger children as well as one for the older children. We praise the Lord for our faithful Sunday school teachers who work with our children, teens, and adults. Please pray for us as we will very soon have a Sunday school clinic to train more teachers.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, NORTH YORK, Cory and April McTague — They share the following: “It has been four months now since we started Sparrow Baptist Church of Toronto. We have seen repeatedly the great need for a Bible preaching church in this city. God is blessing our church regularly with visitors. We have had over 50 visitors come through the doors in these last few months, a number of whom have returned and many have become faithful attendees. We also have had the pleasure of beginning discipleship with two of these regulars. There is a great need to reach the loss of Toronto but also a great need to disciple those Christians who find their way to this great city.
God has given me the unique opportunity to teach at FaithWay Baptist College in Ajax, Ontario, on a regular basis. I am thankful for this opportunity to influence the next generation of Christian leaders and missionaries in this way. One of these students helps Sparrow Baptist every weekend.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, Clint and Rita Vernoy — They share the following report: “We finally were able to take the next step of paperwork for the church and property. It took three trips across the country, lots of papers and signatures, and getting different forms from the very same people that gave the forms the week before. Try to understand my frustration when we make three trips across country and the first thing they say EACH TIME when we give them the forms is “Where did you get these forms?” I breathe deeply, pray for patience, as I look into the questioner’s eyes and say in the calmest voice possible, “You gave them to me a week ago.” God blessed and the papers were accepted, so we now wait 15 working days for their return. Pray for patience.
My wife, Rita, is in the United States while I am here. She is undergoing therapy for PTSD. Many of the experiences we had in Venezuela, the jungle, and now here in the Tri-border area have been traumatic, to say the least. These experiences along with her constant pain have weighed on her soul in a way that neither of us recognized. God had delivered us from so many dangers throughout the years.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, Dan and Terri Gardner — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We have been working hard getting our building finished while atU the same time getting ready for special meetings that we had recently with Pastor Wakimasu (wah key mah sue). It reminds me of Nehemiah when they were rebuildUing the temple wall. The Bible says in Nehemiah 4:18, Every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. We have been building the building for the new church plant and also handing out literature and witnessing to many people to try to get them to come to church. We passed out 25,000 flier/tracts for this purpose.
We were praying for ten new visitors to come to church and five salvation decisions. We had ten new visitors and one salvation decision, which is a great victory in Japan. Pastor Wakimasu preached some great messages, and they were a great encouragement all who came and to us. Please continue to pray for those who came and anyone who received a flyer/tract that they would respond to the wonderful message of salvation.
• More Japanese to be saved and surrendered to God
• Our present work to support a national pastor full-time
• The Nago new church plant and all the needs to start a new work
• Japanese Bible College in Kobe, Japan. We just had an open house for the college and four new young people surrendered to attend next year. Praise the Lord for that!
• Our upcoming furlough and trying to schedule meetings for January 2019 through June 2019. By the way, if you are interested in having us, please contact us at our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or our telephone number 763-245-2167.”
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, Don and Bridgitt Dryden — They share the following report: “Bible School classes started on August 16 with 134 students aggregate in our three centers for study. I am enjoying teaching. In addition, Benji goes weekly (one hour away on dirt roads) to the Post Metier center as our coordinator (a graduate of the Bible School) is very sick with diabetes and has recently had toes amputated
The first week of September, Pastor Jen Beril Pierre Louis (the first national pastor I met upon our field arrival in 1975) preached five days to the young people and brought us closer to Him and His Word. We soon will have a revived youth committee who will keep them going forward in His way!
We continue our open-air meetings every fourth Saturday, mostly done by church folk. Recently, we baptized one of those (along with others) whom Benji led to the Lord after the meeting closed. Just this past Sunday, I was privileged to lead a 13-year-old to the Lord. I remember his birth to one of our faithful ladies in our church.”
AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA, John and Chrystal Matney — They share the following report: “As many of you know—in our fifth month on the field, the Lord has paved the way for us to plant Faith Baptist Church. Much planning and prayer went into the first service on September 30. We set up the auditorium and put out enough chairs for 40 people. By the time the service started, almost 80 people were there! We were blown away by the response to our invitations. Many of our neighbors came, those we had met at local businesses, the owners of the church property, and many whom we met while out canvassing the area in weeks prior to the launch of the church. I preached a clear Gospel message and many received Christ. After the service, we had a lakker braai (good BBQ) for the adults and pizza and a jumping castle for the children. Many people had never experienced a church service like ours before. They know church as a somber, religious place, and not a place of singing, fellowship, and good, solid Bible preaching. Everyone enjoyed himself to the max. We are approaching our one-month anniversary now and souls continue to be saved. In two weeks, we will have our first baptismal service. The people are very excited about this. On Thursday evenings, we have a Bible study and are having 15–20 attend regularly. Please pray that God would continue to bless and give us wisdom as we disciple these precious people.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, DUBLIN, Daniel and Elizabeth Canavan — They give the following report and prayer needs: “ART CAMP — during the summer, Irish parents put their children in various one-week day camps. As it is part of Irish culture, we have sought to tap into the ‘camp’ culture and use it to bring the Gospel to the kids. We began back in 2012 with Holiday Bible Clubs or a Vacation Bible School. This year we added sports camp and had our 2nd year of Art Camp. We had church kids, non-church kids who came last year, and some new kids. Beth carefully prepares for the art aspect and the spiritual opportunities the camp presents. Each day the children have a craft time, game time, snack time, and a Bible story time. An additional benefit was that after spending three weeks together in these camps, the children and teen youth groups grew closer. As we went into September, both the children and teen groups also increased in numbers. We rejoice that our influence with families who sent their children continues to deepen.
• Salvation: A., S., M., J., A., M.
• Church Mortgage: Offerings enough to cover payments
• Housing: for a woman to sign needed paperwork
WESTERN AFRICA, CANARY ISLANDS, LAS PALMAS, Terry Sharp — He gives the following report: “I will not waiver from proclaiming the Truth in this battle for souls. The Truth delivered two from the power of darkness and translated them into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. I have never experienced such spiritual warfare after leading others to Christ, but this time the difference is the local church, Christ’s building a church where His Truth will be taught and doctrines of demons will be exposed.
I thank the Lord for saving M J. She remains faithful to the Word even though old friends and family have been enticing her to attend a ‘new’ church.
• A ministry of preaching, teaching, and discipling to grow in the prison and addiction center
• Souls to be set free from the prison of their own hearts
• God’s protection and care over M. J., for faithfulness to the Lord
• My spiritual and physical needs in this spiritual warfare over souls and the Gospel
• The protection and growth of Iglesia Bautista en Las Palmas
• That the Lord will help K. B. and me with the finances for her to come here and speak in December (flights to Islands are expensive), that I might find a local sponsor if she speaks in a public venue for them. This would give the church good exposure in the community.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: “Thank you for praying for the back to school retreat in Quebec. I was able to preach in French twice a day for several days. The Lord worked in hearts and blessed the efforts of all who were involved. I know that it was a blessing to the young people. It is wonderful to see young people who had a desire to serve the Lord with their lives.
Thank you for praying for our paperwork. As I mentioned before, everything has been submitted and we are waiting for a response. Someone told us that there is an increase in applications, which has slowed things down. Please continue to pray that all will go through well.
Please pray that the Lord will allow us to make a difference in people’s lives. We continue to look for opportunities to get the Gospel to such a needy people. God alone can save souls and give eternal life. Thank you for your part in sharing His message here in French-speaking New Brunswick as well as around the world.”
CENTRAL EUROPE, GEORGIA, Michael and Barbara Hinson — They share the following urgent prayer request: “We need the language! It is still the greatest challenge living in the country of Georgia. Please pray for us in three specific areas of language, which I will emphasize in turn as a prayer point in our letters:
Georgians love consonants! Of course, not every word, but many of the words contain back-to-back consonants. When we first arrived in Tbilisi last May, we had trouble with wanting to say Tibilisi. Somehow, we just wanted to add the vowel i to make it more like English. We learned Georgian has many words with up to five consonants back-to-back. This is one I was just working on: Tsyrtna, which means “training.” Also, as many other languages, Georgian has sounds which English does not have (Ts is Tsvrtna in one such sound). These together make our pronunciation bad and make it difficult for a Georgian to understand.
2. The Georgian Verbs
3. Hearing Ability
When we get beyond these hurdles, we will be decent speakers. We do thank the Lord that we are able to carry on conversation when a Georgian is patient. Progress is always possible when it is God’s plan.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz — They give the following report and prayer needs: “Sorry for the long delay of this letter. I wanted to make sure of what I was seeing. In the last five weeks, we have seen close to 500 people receive Christ!
At this point, we have held 18 crusade meetings in surrounding villages about 10–20 minutes away from us. God has opened many hearts. In some villages, 20 or more people have been saved. God is saving them in groups!!!
In one meeting, we had Ugandans walking up to members of our church team and saying, ‘I want to be saved.’ This was before the service even began! There are times we have had to stop the singing because people were coming forward to be saved. There are times we have had to stop the testimonies because people are coming forward to be saved. There is no special formula, or special invitation song. When people are ready to receive Christ, they just come forward.
• For God to strengthen the new believers who are meeting in Kococwa, Aciisa, Tilling, Kobwin and Kodike
• For God to help us disciple these new believers
• For unity during this time of growth
• For God to prevent ‘wolves’ from destroying these new bands of believers (Acts 10:29)
• For a spirit of giving to come
• For God to clearly show us what to do”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the follow report: “On Saturday, October 6, we visited in the home of a single deaf man who lives with his hearing parents. He has been coming to our church for months. He is saved, intelligent, and has a hunger for God’s Word. However, his parents are Catholic, and he has a burden to see his family saved. We went over and spent 4½ hours at their apartment, and most of it was spent talking about spiritual things. We showed them Bible verses, but their Catholic teachings were hindering them from receiving the Truth. We left without seeing them saved, but we made a friendship with them, and we were invited to go back next month. Please pray for the salvation of these parents.
On October 21, 2018, a new church plant was launched in Aruja! This will be a daughter church of our church in Sao Paulo. Our co-workers, Jon and Hannah Speights, are holding services in their home each week. Please pray for them as they teach, preach, reach, and disciple the Deaf in this new church in Aruja.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Jason and Cassy Tate — They give the following report and prayer needs: “As we begin our last session of Bible institute for this year, we have been blessed to have several of our students doing practical ministry work. They have been filling pulpits, teaching in the public school ministries, as well as serving in the ministries of Bethlehem Baptist in Danli. Two of our young men are also helping us to administer the soul winning and evangelism ministry in the absence of a local Honduran missionary pastor who went to raise additional missions support. As a result, many souls have be saved in different areas, including five police officers who have made professions of faith in recent days.
1. Pray for the funds to purchase property and construct a building in El Paraiso. It will cost around $25,000 for the property.
2. Pray for the works in Danli, Los Robles, El Paraiso, Ojojona, El Ocomupe, and La Esperanza.
3. Pray for the adoption of the twins.
4. Pray for our oldest daughter who is studying at West Coast Baptist College.”
USA MINISTRIES, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following: “STRUGGLES OF AN EX-DRUG DEALER — A mother prayed for her son, who at the time was a drug dealer on the streets of the Bronx. Surprisingly, he showed up in church one day. It was amazing to see how effectively the Bible works in the lives of some people. Since then, he has come to church constantly. God has supplied him a temporary job, and then a permanent one. He is now trying for an extra security job to keep him away from temptation.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following: “September 2 was our Grand Opening service in the school building, and we had 102 in attendance. We had one child accept the Lord that morning in the service. We had many visitors come and hear the Gospel. We have now been in the school for two months and we have so many things for which to thank the Lord. The set up teams have been on time and faithful to be there each week to set up. It takes 10 volunteers about 45 minutes to set everything up each Sunday morning. Then our tear down team has been able to get it all taken down and put away in about 25 minutes after our Sunday evening service…. Our hearts are full of thankfulness to the Lord for all His blessings!
Three of our young people have followed the Lord in baptism and we are so thankful for our dedicated Sunday school teachers who invest in teaching the children each Sunday.
We would like to ask that you pray for us as we begin to plan and prepare for 2019. We want our church calendar to be exactly what God wants for Metro Baptist Church in 2019!”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney — They share the following report: “God has been good even though we have had some challenges. Our church bus was stolen in July. It is a definite need in our ministry. It brought many families to church, so please pray that the Lord will provide a replacement.
• We have acquired most of the necessary items and are making final preparations for the new church plant in Zemu.
• Our Bible institute classes started a second term last month. Thank you for your generous giving towards this work.
• A few of our literacy program students, who successfully completed the program, have enrolled in regular schools.
• Our teachers were recognized on Teachers Appreciation Sunday. Aunt Marian will be returning to the United States soon, and we thank the Lord for using her to be a blessing.
• We had a successful ‘True Daughters Purity Retreat.’ All the teaching was done by our very own ladies who committed to purity seven years ago when we had our very first purity retreat.
• Pray for strength and wisdom as we make the final preparation for the new church plant.
• Pray for those who will lead this new work,
• Pray for a young woman, whom Antoinette is taking through our discipleship program, to grow in the Lord.
• Pray for emotional, physical, and spiritual strength for our family as the needs and challenges on our family are great.
• Pray for Ghana immigration to grant us our resident permit soon so that we will be able to attend the West Africa Missionary Conference in Ivory Coast this November.”
CARIBBEAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, GRAND CAYMAN, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They share the following: “It has been a challenge working with the migrant Hispanic population. To our disappointment, several of our faithful believers have returned to their homelands because their work permits expired. Immigration is requiring them to leave the island and they may reapply for visas if they are offered a work contract. Pray the Lord will bless our effort of evangelization and we will see new folks come to Christ.
We are grateful for the opportunity to witness to the English-speaking as well. Large portions of the immigrants are Jamaican and we meet many on door-to-door visitation. Recently, I had the privilege to lead a young Jamaican man to Christ. He, like many immigrants, works seven days a week and we find it a challenge to get them to attend our services. Pray for us as we encourage new believers in spiritual growth.
In September, it was our privilege to travel to Bolivia, where I preached ten times in three churches. It was very special to see friends whom we have known through the years when we served there as church planters.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, Ingelheim, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following report: “We wish to tell you about a very blessed and fruitful weekend the Lord gave us in the middle of August. The start of this evangelistic event was eight days prior with a God-led prayer meeting of the burdened church people. We prayed earnestly and fervently from 7 PM until 10 PM that God would bless, send conviction, and that souls would be saved and many more needs met. A pastor from an American Baptist church came with his youth group to help with Vacation Bible School at the Wiesbaden Baptist Church. They also wanted to be involved in a German work, so we prepared in many ways for them to be with us on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 9 AM we started with prayer, went to the sidewalk in front of the church building, where we had information tables, and distributed tracts and invitations there and at the nearby train station and in various places in the inner city. By two o’clock about 30 people, Americans and Germans, gave out over 2,400 tracts plus literature and Bibles in about 25 different languages. The pedestrians greatly enjoyed the Gospel songs and the instrumental accompaniment of the American group. The Lord blessed the Sunday services. Pastor Albert Shrock preached a powerful message. Niko Thomas did an excellent job translating. We were pleased to have a full house, about 120 people, with eight first time visitors. We were disappointed that no one was saved, but they heard clearly how to repent, accept, and have faith in Jesus Christ.
We have a very important prayer request. Please pray fervently that a good number of people in our church who have received Christ as their Savior will commit their lives fully to Christ and follow Him in baptism.”
USA MINISTRIES, CALIFORNIA, SANTA CLARA, Ken and Nancy Lalman — They share the following: “God has given us fruit for our labors. On August 19, 2018, we were able to see people saved and three men followed the Lord in baptism. We are able to use a Spanish church’s baptistery. It was a blessing to the Spanish church, as well, to see Chinese people coming to Christ and following Him.
It has been a tremendous encouragement to me to see people coming to church and being faithful to Him. We have started Wednesday night services too. I have been teaching the basic doctrines of the Bible. Many know very little about God’s Word. One man told me that he had never had anyone come to him and share the Gospel personally with him until he was 20 years old while in college. Before that time, he knew nothing of Christ or Christianity. I love to see how the Gospel is changing lives!”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They share the following exciting report and prayer needs: “A young couple from our Bible institute had me over for a visit. They asked me to take over what they had started with the young people in their neighborhood. I told them they were doing great and recommended they continue to stay the course.
They did just that and in the past couple of months, they have brought almost 50 visitors to church, seen at least a dozen people saved, and seen six people baptized. God has blessed their efforts more than they ever thought imaginable. Praise God for those who are willing to work!
• 12 saved
• 7 baptized
• Lots of seed sown
• Church bursting at the seams
• More souls to be saved
• Those who are saved to be baptized
• God to guide three men regarding ministry
• Direction for the ministry as church continues to grow”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius — They give the following report and prayer needs: “Since our daughter Shana graduated from college, she has returned to work with us and is active in both works. She has started a class in our new church plant in the section of town called Budge and has been training a girl from that area. In August, we had Children’s Day Festivals in both churches and opportunities to reach new children and their parents. Shana planned the first Children’s Day Festival in Budge annex and we had 50 kids present. In our main church, we had 65. The Gospel was preached and new parents were present in both.
Please pray for the salvation of some who have been attending frequently but have still not put their faith in the Lord for salvation.”
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND (on deputation) Gage and Aleah Gilbert — They share the following: “It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. This means that school is back in session and fall is right around the corner! Our summer ended with meetings in Florida, Virginia, and Oklahoma. In between meetings, we spent the last 1½ weeks in Oklahoma with Aleah’s parents. God orchestrated the circumstances for us to be in town to assist her parents in settling in their new home. We spent time house painting, cleaning, and organizing. Praise the Lord for the ability to spend time with family and lend a helping hand!
• Four more supporting churches
• Safety on the road
• Time with family
• Encouraging meetings
• Opportunities to witness
• 2019 schedule to fill
• Dwayne’s salvation
• More laborers to Greenland”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Alisha Stensaas — She shares the following incident in her life: “We found C! It was quite an adventure to get to him, but it was well worth it. First, we had to go to the Congo border to pick up one of our High Standard School students. Then we drove back to the village. We found another student and C’s uncle. They proceeded to show us how to get to C. Up into the mountains we went. The view was breathtaking! We found him in a plastic chair. I cannot say that he was sitting, because he cannot hold himself up and his wheelchair was left at school. We talked for quite some time about him, his wheelchair, and God. M. C. and R. are in ‘Soul Winning Translation Training’ and they did a good job. N. came along to help to make sure they were translating correctly in Lukonzo. C. came to the conclusion that being disabled and in pain and in a wheelchair was worth it because it led him to us so he could hear the truth about salvation. They are hoping he will be able to be fully recovered by next year to return to school, but we know now that if anything happens to his little body, he will go straight to heaven and have a perfect one with the Lord!”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA, Dan and Terri Gardner — They give the following report and prayer needs: “August was a busy month starting with family camp. It seems like it is getting harder and harder to get people to take time off to go to camp, but we had a blessed time this year. There were 21 total in attendance and several made good decisions for the Lord. Our camp speaker stayed over for the next weekend and preached on soul winning and having a burden to reach the lost. It was very challenging.
Also in August, we were able to go up to the Bible College in Kobe, Japan, and work on the new chapel room. We are thankful for all the workers who came and helped us on the project. Dan Jr. and my grandsons, Ty and Cody, also went to help. They were a great help and the Lord gave us strength to finish the project. We are still in need of some financial help with the project, so if you can help us it would be greatly appreciated.
• The new church plant in Nago — They have finished the foundation and now are starting on the outside framing of the building. Pray that the remainder of the building will be done on time for the opening services, November 11.
• Our upcoming October meetings on the 20th and 21st with Pastor Wakimasu — We are passing out 30,000 flyers/tracts for this meeting. Pray that we will see many visitors and many people saved.
• Our upcoming furlough in 2019 — We are scheduling meetings from January through June of that year.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, YORO, EL PROGRESO, Marie Lea-Wilson — She shares the following: “M. and B. S. continue meeting with me weekly to study Honduran Sign Language and Deaf ministry philosophy. Last week our deaf teacher finished her 8-week contract with us. The Ss have learned just over 200 signs each! It is a great start, with hundreds of signs to go. Please pray for wisdom as I contact a different deaf teacher, Lord willing, for another week. Also, please pray for a safe delivery as B. is due with baby N.”
On August 17 a medical missions outreach team arrived to conduct a 4½ day clinic in cooperation with our church. About 100 volunteers joined with 76 volunteers and medical professionals who came. We were able to offer dental, vision, physical therapy, surgical, and general medical services to over 3,500 patients! Best of all, every patient was given a 1:1 presentation of the Gospel before they left the clinic.
This was the first year we were able to provide a sign language interpreter (me) for deaf patients. Eight deaf people came for dental, vision, and general medical services, and were given a DVD of the Gospel in sign language so they could watch it as many times as they would like!”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following report: “We stepped out by faith and purchased an 18x60 foot building. We were able to put half down on it and pay a small amount each month for the next two years. God has supplied the monies needed for us to develop the shell into a useable building right away! I am so thankful for the electrical knowledge I have as well as life experiences I have received over the years! After putting in long hours with my boys and a couple men from the church, we were able to have lunch in the building that Sunday. I finished the electrical that needed to be in place and we got it insulated—a MUST in order for the AC units to make a dent in the oppressive heat. Dry walling, bathroom, flooring, and cabinets are all on the agenda for the next few weeks.
Recently, we had a church game night, plus VBS with 48 kids participating with four new family contacts. Workdays, soul winning, men’s golf, ladies’ shopping, gun carrying certification class, and much more occupied our time! We had two adult men and one young boy (who was saved at VBS) all baptized last week! We are excited about two new families that have joined our church, one of which our family has invested in on a personal level since December! Little by little our family is being accepted in this community, and we are excited about the Lord using us to accomplish His will here!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, DAVE AND DEBBIE BOARD — They share the following: “We continue to be amazed to see God’s hand at work here in Cambodia …. One of the major barriers in this country that tends to prevent people from being saved revolves around their superstitions and various customs relating to funerals. This past week one of our members was promoted to heaven and we facilitated the funeral. The eyes of everyone in the neighborhood where he lived was on our church as they waited to see what would happen. Local governmental officials even feared dealing with the necessary paperwork to issue a death certificate because of the fact that by our member’s written instructions were that no Buddhist monks or lay priests were to perform certain rituals. We are so thankful for the solid testimony of the national believers who lovingly and energetically joined together to help make the funeral not only honoring to the Lord but also a great testimony in the community. I believe that there will be people saved in the future because of their example in helping to prepare the body for burial, as well as digging the grave. In fact, this funeral may have been one to the most significant events to take place in our ministry over the past 12 months. One of the unexpected blessings that came through this funeral was that our church was able to obtain a good size piece of land through a gift that was given by the gentleman who died. The land is going to be developed into a Christian cemetery, which will become a ministry of our church. Please pray that the events that transpired at the funeral will result in many Buddhists and Muslims coming to Christ.”
USA CLAIM MINISTRIES, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh — They give the following report: “While on our missions trip to Germany with the Christian Laymen Assisting International Missionaries (CLAIM) ministry, the Lord gave me the privilege to preach on Sunday morning, August 26. A couple came forward after the service and trusted Christ as their Savior. On Sunday evening, when Brother Weeks preached, a young man came forward to trust Christ as his Savior. Praise the Lord for these salvation decisions! This is the primary goal of our CLAIM mission trips. We desire to see more precious souls come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. We are grateful for the couple who accompanied Glenda and me. We all worked extremely hard in completing our mission project work task.”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following: “I had the privilege to baptize two ladies in July. You have been praying for them for a few months. They have been coming since April and they both have been showing great growth in their walk with the Lord. In August, one asked us about what to do with all of her Buddhist good luck charms and fortune trinkets. In Taiwan, these are a big, big deal. In their beliefs, they feel that they need these to have good health, good fortune, and good standing with the spirits. We encouraged her to get rid of them by burning them. One Saturday after Bible study with April, she came over to our house and threw all of those charms and trinkets in the fire. She was so happy to get those out of her life and her son’s life. We thank God for her growth and her desire to obey God’s Word. Please continue to pray for C. and her son.” Please continue to pray for our church, Hope Baptist. We are looking forward to a great fall!”
BRAZIL, Leland and Naomi Johnson — They share the following report: “We invited two single missionaries to visit us, both of whom had experience with children’s ministries when they were in college. The goal was to help a new house church ministry that the church has started in a public housing area. We planned to knock on doors, distribute tracts, and do a small Bible club on one or two of the afternoons. We prayed to God to save souls and for 50–60 kids to show up to the club.
Brazilians are not really known for being on time, so when about 50 children and parents were present ten minutes before the start time, I knew it was going to be something big. Fifteen minutes later, we had over 100 kids. After about 30 minutes, we had over 150. We had only prepared 100 snack bags, which held the church information and tracts, so while the guys were busy doing the program, I jumped in the car and raced to the store to buy more snacks and bags. By the time I returned with 75 more snacks, we had about 100 more people there. I ran back to the store and bought all the individually wrapped snacks they had, and when I returned, there were at least 275 people there! At the end of the program, they were able to give a clear presentation of the Gospel, and we believe that many people responded, but with the overwhelming number of attendees, it was not possible to deal with people individually. Weeks later, we are still seeing dividends as people from that day continue to visit the service. Pray for us and the folks here that God will continue to work in their hearts!
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, Coco Chan — She shares the following: “The attendance of our Sunday school went down somewhat during the summer, but as school started back the first week of September, the children came again on a more regular basis. To help them more effectively learn about God, I began a class on Wednesday evening during the Bible study and prayer time. The first week we had nine children but the following week the class doubled in size. Please pray for God to give me wisdom, strength, and good health to work with these children.
• Pray that God will raise up a driver within the church. We own a manual transmission bus, but none of us can drive it.
• Pray that God will provide us a piece of land so that we can have our own property.
• Pray for two teenage boys who both have extremely difficult home situations but have been faithfully loving and serving God since they got saved.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, JARDINOPOLIS, Paul and Sharon Pritchard — They share the following report: “Since Sharon and I are not able to do what we have done in the past because of health issues, the Lord is helping us invest our lives in the men and women in Brazil. Thus, today we have many preachers and workers who help us in the churches that we have started. As we continue working with them, I trust the Lord will help us start more churches. The need is still great but the laborers are few. I am so glad that the Lord has allowed Sharon and me to give our lives. The fruit is the wonderful reward that we see in the lives of the people in Brazil. Our furlough was in 2017 and I was in Brazil three months during that time because of the need there. I was also in Brazil 49 days this year because of the robbery in our home in Jardinopolis, São Paulo.
We ask that you continue praying and supporting our ministry as I continue traveling to Brazil to help win souls and start more churches with the men who have graduated from Bible college in the great harvest field of Brazil.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They give the following report: “Every summer we go to various parks in the Bronx to share the Gospel with the children using puppets and a Bible story. Each neighborhood park poses a unique and challenging opportunity as we go to areas that are predominately Muslim, Hindu, Hispanic, or Jewish. On one particular occasion, we went to an area I thought was mainly Hispanic. To my surprise, all I saw was as sea of black. Muslim women covered in black from head to toe were sitting on the park benches. As we circled the park inviting the children and moms to hear a Bible story, the Muslim women quickly pulled their children away. However, all was not in vain. As we presented our message, many children of other nationalities gathered around, even some Muslim children managed to listen in from afar. Truly a joy to behold!
Please pray for us as we continue to go to various parks, presenting the simple plan of salvation to children.
• Souls to be saved and the ‘fruit remain’
• Our desperate need of a building
• Good health and safety
• Young mother attending our church who is facing much difficulty”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassy Tate — They give the following report and prayer needs: “We have had an eventful summer of ministry once again. Two young people whom we have had the privilege of seeing saved, baptized, and grow in spiritual maturity were married in mid-July. The wife serves full-time in the children’s home and the husband is studying in the Bible institute. Pray for them as they seek the Lord’s leading for future ministry in missions.
We continue to pray to God to provide a piece of property in the city of Santa Barbara to help Pastor Alex and Iglesias Bautista La Verdad take the next step as a church. We have looked at several options. One in particular is a good location with great potential. We are asking God to provide a specific amount and that the owner of the property would accept the offer.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones — They give the following exciting report: “Thanks for praying for the World Missions Conference. There were over 150 saved in the services and 15 baptized. There were many decisions among Christians. Last Saturday there were 1,906 children in our extension classes with 56 saved. Twelve were saved in the Sunday AM services. Two of our graduates preached and did a good job.
Please pray for a new battery backup and power surge protector for our 1,000-watt transmitter. Please pray also for a new 3,000-watt transmitter, 50 feet added to our 150-foot tower, and new three-bay antenna.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: “August 12 was a special day as we were able to have our first baptismal. Two women who had been coming faithfully were baptized. They had been saved for several years, but never had the opportunity to take this step of faith. It is a blessing to see them grow spiritually and to see their excitement! The river was cold but the sun was shining and the Lord was good to us.
Isaac and Justin had a great young men’s camp this year in Quebec. The theme was prayer, and the Lord worked in all of our hearts. I was asked to take the place of the pastor who had to cancel, which gave me the opportunity to be blessed as well as trying to be a blessing.
Please pray for Isaac as he starts Bible college in September. He will be joining two of his brothers as he seeks the training needed for the Lord’s service. Please pray for the Lord to bless in this transition.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, LEIXLIP, CO. KILDARE, Bob and Kathi Zemeski — They share the following, “The training of A. J. is going well, but his wife’s recent illnesses has slowed our progress. She has been hospitalized numerous times with no definite diagnosis. Recent analysis of her blood seems to indicate an infection somewhere in her body. Maybe something will be found out soon. The company where he works has closed and he is without a job. With that and his wife’s illness, this presents quite a challenge for them. Besides training A. we are discipling two families. Between two classes, we had 19 seminarians attending in May.
USA MILITARY MINISTRY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA, Mike and Tonda Pinson — They give the following report: “It is our goal to let this community know what a wonderful Savior we serve. Several of our sailors have be ‘underway’ since May. This is a perfect time to reach their families with the Gospel of Jesus. Although these separations are very difficult on them, many have opportunities to witness while on the ship for long periods of time.
We have seen two precious souls trust Christ as Savior this month. Two were baptized and a family joined the church. Summertime is a heavy Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season. It is never easy to say goodbye to those families who rotate out to a new duty station. We are praying that God would send us new families to help pick up the slack and serve the Lord here with us. Several new families have been visiting; we are praying they will join us soon.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, TORONTO, Cory and April McTague — They share the following: “Within a week’s time, two things happened for which we have been working for a long time! FIRST THING was on Canada Day, July 1; we had the first service of Sparrow Baptist Church of Toronto, Canada. God gave us 18 that first service, some of whom were solid prospects. Toronto has nearly 3 million people in its city limits….Along with Tibetans and Nepalese, God has put us in the middle of this huge city with very little Gospel witness. We are committed by God’s grace to reach as many people as possible in the years ahead. We are so thankful for a great start.
SECOND THING that transpired was that my family moved into a rental house considerably closer to our church. This has cut our commute time in half. This has made ministry opportunities MUCH more accessible. We are very excited to be settling into our new life and ministry. There were months of preparation that went into starting the church.
One of our weekly outreach ministries is given to the Tibetan population here. God is opening doors. We are starting to be recognized in the neighborhood as the ‘white family who lived in Nepal.’ Tibetans here seem very talkative. We are very excited about the future ministry. God has also helped us in assisting a Christian family in their adjustment to Canada who have emigrated from Africa. They contacted us via another missionary contact. Part of our ministry is ministering to Christian immigrants looking for a solid Bible-preaching church.”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pam Polanco — They share the following report: “The 3rd week of July, a group from a Baptist church that has been established for many years came to Nagua to perform special services dedicated to adults, teens, and children. For the adult activity they preached and performed a drama called ‘Black Light Theater.’ With illuminating cards, they shared a clear message of the Gospel in the dark. We had many show up whom we had invited to the church for months and what a joy it was to see them. One of them was the landlord of the building where our church meets. She visited us for the first time and was saved that night! Also, the mother of one of the girls who attends our church on Sundays visited us and told us that her daughter constantly talks about how much she enjoys being in church and how she has learned many good things. If you would, please pray that these adults would come back and grow in their faith.
• The discipleship of many new converts
• Souls saved as we evangelize and preach the Gospel
• That the Lord would provide a van for the church
• That we can have a baptismal service soon”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following: “We are so excited and thankful to tell you that my cancer is in remission. My CT scan in July revealed no tumors on my neck or spine, and all lymph nodes have returned to normal or very close to normal.
Our outreaches have been encouraging. All 27,000 of the John 3:16 tracts were passed out during the three-day blitz with our area churches. We still have about 1,000 of the new Gospel tracts to pass out, but this week our people will finish passing out the 8,000 door hangers announcing our new location. We have seen visitors almost every week this summer, and that has been encouraging.”
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They give the following report: “This summer we will be hosting our annual SMITE youth camp, and we were very concerned about how we were going to pay for it, but praise the Lord, someone here recently gave a substantial gift to help with all the expenses. One again God supplied our need! Because of the economy, our medical outreach needs have also increased, but we had no way to finance it. However, once again just in time, a gift was given and we were able to help many who really needed it, so we thank God for that!”
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS
• In June, the church in Port Harcourt had ‘Visitor’s Month’ with a total of 328 first time visitors attending, over 200 saved, and 31 were baptized.
• We are still praying for the $5,000 needed to start the work on our next church plant in Yenagoa. It would be wonderful to see that happen before the end of the year.
• It seems now that a door has been opened to start a church in the nearby village of Ahoada. One of our members owns a house there that is unoccupied and is willing to let us use it rent-free for a new church. Please pray with us for God’s direction and provision as we look into this possibility.
• We are praying for God to do a work in the hearts and lives of our youth during our SMITE youth camp. We have had a great response in the last two, and we are hoping to see the same again.
• We now have 27 graduates from our Bible institute and four of them are now pastoring. Please pray for God to use them in a great way here.”
USA CLAIM MINISTRIES, Joe and Linda Leleaux — They share the following: “Since our last letter, we have been in Seattle, Washington, and have just returned from Cambodia. Our ministry in Seattle included helping church planter Lawrence Morris with a storefront building. We were able to put up all the petition walls, run the wiring, install the lighting, and get the drywall hung and finished. We had a group of seven combined with seven men from the church which made a great team. Brother Morris is doing a great job and has a great vision for that area.
Then off to Cambodia for two weeks. This was a combination evangelistic and work trip. Every day was packed with activities as we went soul winning five times, assisted the nationals on work day, and visited several ministries established by BIMI missionary Dave Board. It was a very eye-opening experience. What a contrast between the rich and the poor! I dare say that what we call poverty here would qualify for well off in Cambodia. It was also a blessing to see the ministries led by national pastors whom the Boards have trained. If the time were to every come that he would have to leave, this ministry would continue for sure.”
CENTRAL EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross — They share the following: “We were thrilled to see the numbers grow this past spring on Sunday mornings, and we began making plans for having our Charter Service to begin membership. Since our last prayer letter, ‘M’ has disappeared from town. I do not know what has happened in his life, but please pray for him.
In addition to losing him, our two Peace Corp volunteers, who had been with us for the past year or so, finished their contract and have left. We also had two dear women who sold their house and moved to the capital city. For a small group, this drastically changes the dynamics.
In spite of this, we moved ahead with our plans and had our Charter Service on August 5th. Please pray for this step to help lay a strong foundation for moving forward.
This year we ran Vacation Bible School in three locations: at our house in Zastinca, our church rental in Soroca, and the children’s center in Cosauti. Our theme this year was the life of Joseph. We felt the children who came listened the best of any year previously. Several children that had come to Sarah Bodaly’s children’s ESL classes attended. One of the girls who came had trusted Christ last year. What a joy it was to see those who had come in the past and several new faces, too!”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, EMBRUN, Jeffery and Kim Smith — They share the following report and prayer needs: “In our last prayer letter, I wrote about the Nanier outreach services. We had had 21 visitors come to the four services. We have our summer service left, so please pray that God will work and guide as we work to plant a church in Vanier.
• We have had two teen groups come to Ottawa and spend many hours in the community distributing flyers and showing the love of Christ via acts of service.
• Two people prayed to receive Christ in July during the Vanietr door-to-door flyer distribution.
• A few people have prayed to receive Christ through the ministries of our sponsor church.
• Please pray for our family to be healthy, happy, and faithful in the service of the Lord.
• Please pray for the new believers to grow spiritually.
• Please pray for the Crosspoint Baptist/Vanier outreach services.
• Please pray for continued opportunities and fruit from the labors of the two groups that just served in Ottawa.”
SOUTH CENTRAL AFRICA, ZAMBIA, NDOLA, Andy and Jill Schultz — They share the following: “Jill is teaching and training the ladies of the church in Ndola and has found that they often lead a very difficult life. Many are rearing children on their own due to widowhood or abandonment. Many of the single mothers who have jobs are also expected to take in extended family members to house, feed, clothe, and educate with no financial assistance. Finances, which are small to begin with, are often stretched to and past the breaking point. Although the ladies of our church are very smart, some are uneducated and cannot read or write. For some of those who are married, their lives are filled with emotions and sometimes physical abuse. A normal loving family situation is rare. Will you please pray with us for the ladies to whom we minister?
Please remember this prayer request and also please pray for more laborers for this amazing and worthy field of service.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue and Rebekah Ortiz — They share the following report: “We have had several busy months, full of much work and many blessings. We are so thankful for your continued prayers and support of what God is doing here in Mexico City.
In April, we were able to rent a camp facility on a Saturday to be able to have a family activity. About 90 people from our church, as well as about 90 from the church that Josue’s father pastors, came together for preaching, food, and fellowship. The following day we had a special family day at church and had several visitors attend the service and fellowship after. We also have a family of four follow the Lord in baptism that day.
On May 1, we began remodeling the new part of the church. In just five days, we were able to convert the empty space into an office for Josue, a children’s classroom, a nursery, and another restroom….At the end of May, Josue had the privilege to perform his first wedding. It was very exciting to see this young couple follow God’s plan for their lives.
July has been a very busy and profitable month. We received a group from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, Connecticut, at the beginning of the month. They were able to offer free English classes to the community and were a great help in passing out thousands of invitations to our church…. Please pray for our church that God will continue to grow His church.”
SOUTHWESTERN AFRICA, NAMIBIA, Jeff and Alyssa Clifford — They share the following report: “Since our last report, we have had two more people baptized and saw several more people make professions in Christ. Our church does not have a baptistery and we had no access to a pool this time, so we went to a nearby beach for the baptisms. It is winter in our part of the world, and as such, it was very cold. Though they had been saved for some time, the Lord put it on their hearts to not only follow the Lord in believer’s baptism but also it could not wait for warmer weather. It was a special time for our church to see two believers living out the Ethiopian’s question, “See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?”
Last week we launched our church first Vacation Bible School and we had a tremendously successful time. Each day we had around 50 children from impoverished neighborhoods for three hours with Bible lessons, skits, games, lunch, and a guest evangelist. These desperate children are from a community ravaged by immorality, violence, abuse, and false religions. We will never know the end result of the work, but we do know that the children received no less than five clear encounters with the Gospel, many for the first time. All told, we had 85 different children over the week and several made professions in Christ. It was a large step of faith for our small church to undertake and it benefited them greatly to be involved in sharing the Word of God with our community.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove — They share the following report: “God continues to bless our church here in Atenas. We have seen much fruit over the last two months….In June, our daughter and her friend came for a visit. While here, they were a tremendous blessing to our church. In our Saturday Bible Club, they did a wonderful job with the activities. Over 30 children and adults attended. In that group was a neighbor and daughter. We praise the Lord that the mother accepted Christ as her personal Savior that day. She is now faithfully attending church and is involved in a discipleship class. We are praying for her husband to be saved.
Our Vacation Bible School was in July and it was thrilling to see our people become involved in making it a success. We had over 40 children and adults attending each day. Praise the Lord for five children who received Christ as their Savior!
It is a real joy to see the Lord doing his work in the hearts of our people here in Atenas. Please continue to pray for us as we strive to reach Atenas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
PLEASE PRAY FOR RICK’S DAD, RICK DOVE SR. WHO STRUGGLES WITH CANCER
CARIBBEAN, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, HOPE CITY, Joe and Donna Childers — They share the following: “Our people have shown their dedication by attending faithfully our services. On Mother’s Day, which was also our first day with the new bus, we had a record 74 in our Sunday morning service. Normally, we average in the mid-60s. These numbers have been down a bit over the past couple of weeks due to the Carnival season, however, the spirit as has been good with more responding to the preaching of the Word.
Once again, we have had issues with lack of space as we try to do much for God’s glory. We have looked at several pieces of land, yet nothing so far. Please pray for the Lord’s leadership in this matter. We know God will make a way, in his timing.”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following report: “First of all, we would like to convey our utmost gratitude to those who have given toward our vehicle fund. We found and purchased a 2006 Hyundai H-1 Starex, a 12-passenger (diesel) van in good condition and with low miles/kilometers. For those who gave and prayed for this need, we are thankful and it will be used in our ministry here.
We love how the Lord is using the ministry of Facebook Live around Brazil. Toward the end of March, some Christian women in Curitiba, a city 6 hours south of us, began commenting on our services. Later we discovered that one of the women had taken a sign language course in her seminary up in the northern part of Brazil. Through our Facebook livestream ministry, God had touched her heart to do something with what she had learned. She began a sign language class at her church on Sunday nights after the service. She recently showed a video of her class signing a special music presentation. There were 26 people signing! God seems to be lighting a fire for the deaf in Brazil. Pray that the fire would burn long and the Lord would bring new families to Brazil who are burdened to see the deaf saved.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA SHI, Dan and Terri Gardner — They share the following: “On June 17 we had a special service for Father’s Day with a good number there, for which we are very thankful….On July 14, we had our summer Tomodachi (toe moe dah chee) time, which was a Summer Carnival Theme. Because it was a Japanese holiday that weekend, our group was down, but we still had 42, including our workers. Six children raised their hands for salvation. We also had three new mothers who attended.
On July 15, we had Brother Henry Ward as a special speaker at our church. He has served as a missionary in the Kobe area for 27 years. He preached some good messages that were a challenge to all.
Our family camp will be held August 7–9 with Brother Yoshinobu (yo she moe toe) Omote (Oh moe tay) as our speaker. He is the son of Pastor Omote and is now working as his assistant. He will also speak in our Sunday service after camp.
Please be in prayer for:
1. Summer camp August 7–9.
2. Bible college remodeling — Cost is $17,000 for the completion. If you can help financially in any way, you may send your gift to BIMI/Account #5KIBBS. Thank you in advance for your help.
3. New Church Plant in Nago (nah goh) — Dan, Jr. — Opening services November 10–11, 2018
4. Special meetings at our church October 20–21 with Pastor Wakimasu (wah key moss soo)
5. New Bible college students
6. Our church would see more people saved”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Chris and Becca Reed — They write the following: “These past six weeks have been some of the busiest we have had here so far. We had the privilege to host a couple of mission teams. It was a blessing to see people use their time and money to help us. It is always encouraging to be around people with a heart for missions and a desire to see the Lord’s work accomplished. We were able to re-roof our kitchen here at the children’s home, as well as finish some painting projects. We also traveled to some of the church plants in the hill tribes. We had a time of prayer and testimonies with pastors and some of the church members. It was a blessing to hear their stories. One pastor, about 30 years of age, came to Thailand from Burma. He heard the Gospel and received Christ when he was still in Burma. The ministry that he was saved under originated from Adoniram Judson. If you are not familiar with him, he was the Baptist missionary to Burma in the early 1800s. He translated the Bible into the Burmese language. He was faithful for over 40 years. It is amazing to still hear about people being reached with the Gospel through the ministry the Lord allowed him to start.
Continue to pray for a Brother and his family as they prepare to start a church in Udon Thani. Also, pray for the church in Nong Waeng. The Lord is blessing and they are seeing people saved almost every week. Pray for the new Christians as they are being taught the Word of God.”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, CATANIA, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton — They report the following: “The annual exodus of folks is slow so far and we are expecting only two families to move on this year—both have been with us from the beginning of their tours three years ago. Some new folks have come in and most of them are in the process of learning to be consistent in attendance and participation. We are praying to have the opportunity to disciple them one-on-one. Overall, we have grown and are seeing very consistent attendance in the mid to high 50s on Sunday mornings. Our core group of 25–30 is extremely tight with one another and very faithful. Please pray for all of us to be bold in our outreach to our community when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Christ with others. Elizabeth and I thank God for the opportunity to reach our military personnel and their families with the news of His saving grace and life changing ways.”
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They report the following: “Baptisms: In our recent prayer letter, we introduced you to two Nigerian refugees who trusted Christ in the spring. After a recent Sunday morning service, we crowded 20 people into a few cars and drove to the little village of Houldizy where we held their baptisms in a church member’s pool. Both young men gave testimony of their faith in Christ; it was a real encouragement to our church. We also pray that it touched the hearts of several unsaved people who attended.
Progress: In ministry sometimes, a temptation is to focus on what does not go right or on how many turn away from the truth. It is easy to forget the progress. One of the first to be saved through our ministry here told me something the other day that struck me. She said, “I just want God’s will for my life.” It was a simple, yet profound, expression from her heart that shows she is moving forward in her spiritual walk. Every week we see lost people come to services where they are hearing the Gospel. Every week believers are growing and learning how to be like Christ. Every week invitations to our church are being handed out. Progress is being made!!
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, VITACURA, Clifton and Tiffany Booth — They share the following report: “The last two months have seen a lot of activity here. We have seen three people saved, one who has been visiting the church for several weeks. Her name is M. She approached me one Sunday and expressed her desire to be baptized. Before I baptize anyone, I do a Bible study with them on baptism as we have so many different diversities of backgrounds of people. I want to make sure they understand the purpose of baptism. During the Bible study with one woman, she admitted that she had not truly put her trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. She then bowed her head and prayed to receive Jesus as he Savior. I also had the privilege of baptizing one of our youth. She had been attending for several months and is becoming more faithful in our youth ministry. We thank God for these decisions and pray that more people come to Christ.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following: “One of our converts told me recently that his mother was sick. She smoked for many years and now has lung cancer. One day Sabrina and I visited her in the hospital. I explained to her the simple Gospel message and she prayed the sinner’s prayer. She died about two weeks later. While doing the funeral, I preached about the ten virgins in Matthew 25. Approximately 5–6 other individuals raised their hands for salvation. Yes, “silver linings” are in dark clouds.
New York City is like Mt. Everest. Nobody sprints up this mountain. Some may not know that it is also one of the most expensive cities in the entire world. During our time in the Bronx, the city of New York has given us two summons for not being legal. We have had two great opportunities for a church facility, but we came up short both times. If enough churches would help us with $25 a month to account #965, we would eventually have a breakthrough. Right now, we have about 15.5%.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, Peter and Elizabeth Putney — They share the following: “In our last prayer letter we focused on the tremendous amount of preparation that was being done in regards to the opening of the new El Carmen mission. We are excited to report that since May 20 we have been holding weekly services on Sunday afternoons. The Lord has given us a good number of prospects in this city and we have had a good group faithfully attending every week. We also have had a number of people from the church in Rionegro attend as well. I have been blessed to see them labor in the Lord’s work. The opening of this mission has been a project of our Rionegro church from the beginning and I believe the Lord is using it to help people grow spiritually….Several weeks ago, we saw two people saved as a result of the new mission opening. One man was saved after a service and a woman was saved at the church in Rionegro after first attending in El Carmen. When souls are saved, it makes all the effort worth it.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following: “The new growth has come with some difficulties. We want everyone serving in the church to first be a member and then have a background check. We have many newcomers who are not members yet and it leaves very few of us trying to accommodate the various needs like nursery (up to 10 kids–2 years and under sometimes!), kid’s classes, and music! Please be in prayer that more will join in and get “in the yoke” with us. A man in our church has a heart for kids and is teaching archery to the children on Sunday afternoons.
My wife was able to lead a woman, who has been coming since Easter, to the Lord. She desires baptism, which we are planning. She brings her one-year-old, but recently she brought her husband! A Nigerian college student who has been coming faithfully for over a year was able to immigrate his wife and two young boys! They moved into a tiny one-bedroom apartment that has a shared kitchen and living room! The people in the church all got together to provide food, bedding, clothing, and general household items for them…. It is exciting to see all the people to whom God has us minister. Only heaven will reveal all the rewards of our labors and much will be applied to your account for your faithfulness.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, SAVAII, ASAU, Jim and Emi Civale — They share the following: “Earlier this month, we welcomed Miss Anna Stockman who is teaching grades 3–5, as well as tutoring some of our 7th and 8th graders. Anna is a gem and we wish her two months could be two years or two decades with us in Samoa! She is doing everything right and we praise the Lord for her.
I spent a week this month over in American Samoa at our first church plant to clear our latest container of 11,000 Samoan Bibles. We are very thankful to our sending church for covering all of the customs and clearing costs and to a wonderful organization called “Wings Bearing Precious Seed” for paying for the shipping container and to Beacon of Truth Baptist Ministries for printing the Bibles and 20,000 Samoan tracts. Pastor Thrun was gracious to host me in his home, and we had a lot of time to plan for the upcoming year when I will be overseeing the church there, distributing Samoan Bibles and attempting to start Samoan services to grow the church, which is currently an English-speaking church.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, James and Cheryl Pridgen — They share the following: “East African Baptist Ladies Seminar had 83 ladies who came and they were encouraged in their service for the Lord….As Bible college starts this month, we will have men whom we have trained and/or who are training, preaching, and/or helping in eight different churches. We praise the Lord for the privilege of training these men in the ministry. This year we have also seen 154 saved and 16 baptized. There are several more who should be getting baptized soon, and every month we have had people completing their discipleship material.
ARUA PROPERTY: Please continue to pray for this ministry. Last week a woman was saved there, and we now have two young men from there who are preparing to come for Bible college to train as pastors. Also, be praying as we plan to have our first YOUTH CAMP at the new property in January.
We still need to raise $38,439 for the purchase of the land, and we still need an additional $56,700 for renovations, etc. The church here in Uganda has already given over $2,484, which has gone mostly toward the monthly cost for running the property. Please pray that these needs will soon be met, and if you would like to help with this then you may give your gift through either our home church or BIMI.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint — They write, “A man and his family officially decided to leave their church and be a part of our group in early June. They left for the right reasons and have been faithful ever since. We were thrilled to have their help. He regularly helps, playing the guitar, and his wife has started helping Christine with the children.
A woman has continued to come to church as she is able and has often shared how God is working in her life to direct her steps. She is also excited to have a new job opportunity that will give her a little more time at home, so we can resume our mid-week Bible study with her. Pray that God would continue to work in her life. We continue to pray for her salvation, but at times we wonder if maybe she is saved but is not fully able to express her conversion.
We met a new family on visitation who then came out to services. Pray for them and their daughters. We are not sure if they are saved but they seem eager to study the Bible.
When we last wrote, we told you about the wonderful opportunity to purchase a piece of property for use as a church building. We said that we needed to raise $60,000 by the middle of November. To our amazement, the repairs have proceeded much faster than anticipated, which means that the deadline for those funds has also moved up to approximately the end of September. We currently have about $8,000 raised or promised and are very grateful for those who have given already. Please pray for the Lord to meet that need according to His will. If you would like to contribute to help meet that need, please send your contribution to BIMI. Make sure you include a note that says ‘Saints Building Project.’”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: “God has given us the sweet blessing of baptizing a husband and wife together. They both came from church backgrounds but neither had received Christ as Savior until recently. As they left the church one Sunday, I happened to see the wife stop at the tract rack and pick up a Gospel tract. The following week she told me what happened a few minutes later. They stopped at the grocery store on their way home from church and she decided to stay in the car and read the tract while her husband went in. She said that while she was reading it, she realized she had been trusting in her good works for salvation and that she was still lost. She prayed while sitting in the car and trusted Christ alone for salvation! A few weeks later, I was talking with her after church and she asked me, ‘Pastor, I’m concerned about some people I see each week in different stores. How do you give out tracts? What do you say?’ I told her what she could say as she gave out a tract and she picked up a half dozen or so. The next week she let me know that she has said what I told her to say and she was so excited that people had accepted the tracts. She let me know that she was going to pick up more and give those out the next week. Praise the Lord for the little steps that we see people take!’
AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA, WHITE RIVER, Richard and Laura Badgett — They share the following: “Our target date to leave for South Africa is August 7.... This is a stressful time for families and we would appreciate your prayers for others and us as we go through the process. Please pray for me (Richard) as I have cataract surgery for my left eye. Also, pray for Anne, eldest daughter, as she transitions to life here in the States…. Please begin to pray for an upcoming Scripture Project at our sending church…to produce and send 150,000 John and Romans and Bibles to White River, South Africa.
Finally, pray for the Village of Mshadza. We are asking the Lord to give us a venue to start a church there sometime after we return. Many have been saved there in revival meetings, 2009–2012. There is a congregation waiting for leadership and the start of a new independent Baptist Church.”
USA MILITARY, FLORIDA, JACKSONVILLE, Stan and Charlene Lane — They share the following blessings and prayer needs: “It has been a couple of exciting months in the ministry here. We have seen sailors trust the Lord Jesus as Savior, get baptized, and begin to grow in the Lord. Many have stayed faithful to the Thursday Night Bible Study.
E. trusted the Lord the end of November. She has remained faithful. K. trusted Christ the first of April and what a turnaround we have seen in his life. He remained faithful while here.
The Marines have been harder to reach but M. B. started coming recently. She longed for some Christian fellowship. The encouragement she received helped her stand taller for the Lord…. Another trusted the Lord on May 20.
The most recent to attend joined us the first of June. She knows very little about the Bible, but one thing she does know—once she was lost but now is found! Her testimony is that she had received six of our weekly fliers and had kept them all. She had laid them all out on her desk and looked at them often thinking about attending.
Then, on a field day, she looked them over again and considered throwing them away. She decided to keep them and took them out to the trash. However, at the dumpster she met two women who shared Christ with her and invited her to church. She went to their church the next evening and trusted the Lord. AMEN! She attended our Bible study the next evening and shared her testimony! Praise the Lord!”
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, AGUADILLA, Steve and Ann Buchanan — They share the following: “The ministry here in Puerto Rico is doing well. We just completed another great Teen Mania with Tim Carpenter and Bearing Precious Seeds with a like faith church in Mayaguez. Two of our young men took the leadership role in these meetings. As preparations for the meetings were taking place, the group entered into one of the housing projects to pass out our invitations to our meetings. They were met by a young woman who told them that they needed to leave. She said that two drug gangs were shooting at one another and it was too dangerous to be there. As a result of the gun battles, two people were killed. God was so good to us. He protected our group and we were able to continue with our plans to conduct our teen meetings. There was a good number of teens who received Christ as Savior.
Pray for my assistant and soon to be pastor of Berea Baptist Church. After many years, they are going to visit family in New York. David told me that he believes God has a reason for this visit, which is to share the Gospel and win his family to Christ. Please pray with us that God will use him in this way.”
USA MINISTRY TO SPANISH-SPEAKING, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien — They share the following report: “Our Mother’s Day celebration was a great success this year even though we had fewer moms present. We celebrated the moms with a special gift of appreciation and a message preached by one of our preachers in training from our Hispanic church plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He brought a message dealing with the need to prepare the next generation of preachers and missionaries.
We began training him while we served in Fort Smith, and Pastor Chagory continued that training after we turned over the church to his leadership. Just a few weeks ago, I had the privilege to participate in his ordination and preach the charge to him as he and his family leave behind what they have known as home and move to the town of Wapato, Washington, to start a new church. The town of Wapato has approximately 15,000 people with the Hispanic population at 93%. The Lord has blessed them with a church building that was donated for this new work. PLEASE PRAY for this young pastor, his wife, and four children as they begin this new chapter in their walk with God.
Please pray for the one who preaches when I have to be absent, and we are praying he would take over this work one day. Because of his work situation, they have recently moved to Marion, North Carolina, and will no longer be with us.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace — They share the following: “Now for a special prayer request from the ‘Old Folks’ in Peru. When we return from our planned three-week family trip to the United States on August 1, it looks like we will be stepping into a new ministry that will certainly be a challenge and need your prayers. New Life in Lima Church aims at reaching the multitudes of expats who call Peru their temporary home. These are mostly Embassy, business, or professional people who speak English. The core group now, for example, includes Swiss, Dutch, Russian, American, Peruvian, and other nationalities. The facilities of La Molina Christian School with 24/7 security, attractive buildings, and parking inside the property, are a perfect meeting place.
Since 1968, we have helped start churches in remote Andean villages and prosperous Lima neighborhoods, but always in Spanish. We definitely feel the need of your prayers and God’s grace, wisdom, and strength as we take on this new responsibility where there is a great need and a wonderful opportunity. We will tell you more about it soon! WILL YOU PRAY FOR US?
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND, Gage and Aleah Gilbert (on deputation) — They share the following: “Deputation presents many opportunities for sightseeing. We spent the first few days of May in Washington, D.C. We enjoyed seeing some of the history of our capital and exploring the new Bible Museum. However, the best part was having the opportunity to share the Gospel with a young man. He was our driver from the metro to our hotel. When he learned we had visited both the Natural History and Bible museums, he asked us our worldview position. Through our conversation, we learned that he was open and seeking for the truth. He needs our prayers.
We praise the Lord for giving us several more supporting churches this month. He has continued to fill our schedule for this year and has already given us several meetings for early 2019!”
CENTRAL EUROPE, GEORGIA, Michael and Barbara Hinson — They shared the following prayer requests:
1. Our first discipleship opportunity has gone to Barbara. The young woman is a college student who knows English and Barbara has begun regular discipleship meetings with her to study Scripture. In all honesty, Barbara is not sure she has received Christ, even though she claims to be a Christian. Please take a moment and pray for her.
2. Second, the children are a good opportunity on whom to try our beginner level Georgian. The neighbor kids are a bit unruly but always outside and always eager for an opportunity to come in our gated yard. Now it will be a bit of a challenge, but if we have the Georgian all written beforehand, we hope to start a Bible club of sorts. In all likelihood, they will start talking and we will be totally lost in the comments and questions. Please pray for our learning and their understanding.”
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez — They share the following: “Since our last prayer letter, we have seen the salvation of three. Please help us pray for their continued growth and their walk with the Lord. Also, pray for the salvation of three who have been coming to church on and off over a year but have not trusted Christ. A troubled single mother is searching for spiritual truth and needs to put her faith in Christ. Another has been coming to church on and off and has a son and they have not trusted Christ.
Please pray for our upcoming Vacation Bible School that will be toward the end of July. We are still looking for a place to meet as a church (either a place to rent or something to buy), please keep praying with us for these special needs.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Here in Argentina, the ministry continues. The Lord has brought us a new challenge by bringing several alcoholics in the last few months. Please pray as we minister to them. One needs to trust the Lord for salvation. Another, though a believer, is struggling to establish himself.
It is winter and winter vacation for students is coming up. In July, we will host a youth conference for a number of churches in the metropolitan area with the theme, ‘The Heart of a Servant.’ It is a good service training time for our young adults.
The new ministry in the Budge district continues to go forward and a center for drug addiction in the area has allowed some of their men to attend. Please pray for them to accept the Lord and to have victory over this struggle in their lives.”
WESTERN EUROPE, BAVARIA AND AUSTRIA, Todd and Kim Lapato — They give the following report: “For the third year in a row, our church hosted a BBQ festival outreach in our community. I smoked the meat (over 160 lbs.) for this event over the course of four days. The first year (2016) we held the event, we were amazed at the turnout. Last year even more came, so we spent months planning and preparing games, prizes, crafts, face paint, a bounce house for the children, corn hole for the adults, and much more at no cost to the public. We estimated well over a hundred people filtered through during the four hours. The forecast predicted thunderstorms during our event, but our location remained dry. No doubt, we experienced a miracle that day.
We set up a book table where people could help themselves to free Gospel literature and evangelistic material. A fellow German pastor came and preached the Gospel to the crowd, and one of our own shared his testimony. Everyone present heard the Gospel twice!
Todd makes regular trips to Bregenz, Austria, to pass out fliers in an effort to created interest in a Bible study. Austria needs the Gospel and although it takes time, more Bible believing churches can be started.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO PRINCESA, David and Terri Long — They give the following report and prayer requests: “After much consideration and prayer, we have made the decision to start a church in the city of Puerto Princesa (island of Palawan). It was a difficult decision to make because of the need of Calbayog (Samar Island) is also very great. When we visited Calbayog, we went to the City Hall and asked to see the mayor. After explaining whom we were and what we needed in the way of housing, church rental, etc., he gave us the use of an official vehicle and a driver who showed us around and helped us look for housing. If you know of someone who is considering being a missionary to the Philippines, please tell them about the city of Calbayog.
• Pray for us to find housing and a place to start a church in Puerto Princesa.
• Pray for God’s help with the language. The main language is Tagalog, though we have met some people who know enough English for us to communicate in a ‘basic’ way.
• Along with the last request, pray for God to give us someone to help us, especially someone who knows both English and Tagalog.
• Pray for strength and energy in the heat.
• Pray for Anna in Bible college. She just completed her first year.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku — They share the following: “We are excited to share that the first phase of the Kiribati Bible Project is complete and has arrived on our shores. This month we received over 43,000 John and Romans with the Gospel message give in the first few pages. We already know of one soul coming to the Lord as a result, and we have seen many reading the booklets around our little atoll. God promised His Word would not return void. Thank you for your prayers and faithful giving throughout the project. Our church members are excited to distribute them and share the Gospel with those around us. The second phase of the entire New Testament is completed, and we are halfway done retyping the Old Testament. Please continue to pray for this important endeavor, for those actively involved in helping, and for many souls to be saved.
(Due to some serious health issues with their daughter, the Dakus have returned to the States for her treatment. Please pray for them.)
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOAN ISLANDS, Jim and Emi Civale — They share the following report: “We can sum up May in three words—motion, mothers, and mourning. With Mother’s Day services on May 13 and two funerals the week after, everyone in our church and village was in constant MOTION this month. On top of all that activity, Emi was on the run with her already understaffed school having one teacher out sick and another who traveled. We also help school wide performances for the parents and hosted a missionary from Australia for two weeks.
On June 2, Emi and I hosted Ms. Anna Stockman, a teacher from the state of Virginia, who is serving with us for two months. We are grateful for her much needed help and praise God for the way He brought the planning for this trip to pass over the last few weeks. Pray for comfort for those in mourning, pray for our mothers, and continue to pray for our ‘motions’ to reach souls for the Lord Jesus.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, QUEBEC, Betsey Reznor — She shared the following report and prayer needs: “What a blessing to work with young people! I get to encourage young people to know and serve the Lord while having fun at the same time. Our last teen activity was a nerf gun war. Quite a number of the teens have their own nerf guns, and it was so much fun to watch them trying to hit the other teams’ targets.... A pastor from a church about an hour away led the Bible study, and I hope the teens appreciated it as much as I did.
Please continue to pray for W. who is waiting to get back into a rehab program. For the time being, he is at home with a lot of time on his hand. His family would appreciate your prayers for him and for his salvation. I, too, appreciate your prayers! Having a busy summer, and as always, I need God’s wisdom in ministering to a People in Need.
• Salvation of Sunday school children
• W’s salvation and therapy
• Potential new ministry
• Children’s eagerness to learn Bible verses.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILIP, Robert and Rhoda Smith — They share the following blessings from serving the Lord there:
• “Big Blessing #1 — June 4, our 30th wedding anniversary! What a wonderful life God has given by allowing us to serve Him together all these years!
• Big Blessing #2 — Fruit to your account! Pastor and Mrs. Ronnie Roberts — It was in the early days of our church when God gave us Ronnie and Ann-Marie Roberts as converts. Ronnie just took off after Christ like a fox with is tail on fire! He led is family in faithfulness, tithing, soul winning and more. Today, he pastors the Faith Independent Baptist Church in the parish of St. James on the west coast of Barbados.
• Big Blessing #3 — You kept our car on the road and serving the Lord.... Recently, it was off the road in need of multiple repairs, and we did not have the money to repair it. A young married couple, not knowing of our predicament, sent a gift that covered the parts necessary for the repairs. Now it is back in service. How we praise the Lord for His provision and for His people who give sacrificially for His work. Thank you, Lord!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, FIJI ISLANDS, Robbie and Amanda Leonard — They share the following: “March was a bittersweet time for our family. Amanda and the children remained at home for a few weeks, as Amanda recovered from a miscarriage. I continued to travel to our meetings we had scheduled for the next couple of weeks.
We started April celebrating Christ’s Resurrection at our home church, which was a real blessing. We were able to travel in three states to be in two services, both in Alabama and Tennessee.
We ended April with another local meeting before traveling to Alpine, Tennessee, for a missions conference. A true blessing during the conference was that my dad was the guest speaker there.
Continue to pray for us as we endeavor to finish our deputation this year. We are praising the Lord that 75% of our support has been promised.”
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, Rob and Angela Willoughby — They share the following: “Services continue to go well with new couples coming. We recently celebrated Easter with a time of fellowship at our house for everyone after the service.
Our greatest cause for celebration was that RoseLynn’s friend, R, made a profession of faith after our service on April 29! We knew she was ready since she has been absorbing and processing the Gospel message since our VBS last year. This feels like a major victory and a step forward toward seeing more people in our community come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Thank you for praying for our ministry in Estonia!”
CARIBBEAN, GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They share the following: “Jan and I continue visiting door-to-door in the heavily populated west end of the island. Overall, we find the island population to be very religious or trusting in good works to obtain salvation. We are grateful that most are very kind and polite while listening to a clear presentation of the Gospel.
We enjoy working with our small group of believers at Calvary Baptist Church. Seeing their interest in the Word and their love for one another is very encouraging.
Pray for a young man from Nicaragua who comes often to services. He shows interest but is confused about salvation. His wife, who we believe discourages him about the things of the Lord, recently returned to Nicaragua. Pray we will be able to use this time to help him spiritually and that he will come to Christ.”
NOTE: Please pray for the Gregorys, as they had to return to the States for Malcolm’s health needs.
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint — They share the following prayer needs: “The last few months we have asked you to pray for a particular property and ask God to open the doors for us to use it as a church property. God has heard our prayers and opened the doors wide open!
Yes, we have signed a contract to buy the future location of Misión Bíblico Bautista La Verdad! It is at the corner of what will be a main road in our part of the city and near a very well-known landmark. It currently has an estimated 30,000 people living within a mile of it with construction projects going on all around it. Within 10 years, it is not unreasonable to assume there might be 50,000 people within a mile of this location.
The last hurdle, a small one for God who owns the earth, is the MONEY! The price for the house is 2,300 Chilean UF, which equals approximately $100,000. We will need to have 60% of that ready to pay when the repairs are finished and the sale approved around November 15, 2018. The rest will be due at a later date. Our group of young believers has started giving to the Lord and we would love to see God take their sacrifices and multiply them.
If you would like to be a bigger part of what God is doing to reach this part of Chile, please send your contribution to BIMI. Make sure to include a note that says Saint Building Project.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, PARAISO, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following: “On April 15, we celebrated our 6th anniversary at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Danli. The anniversary was a time of outreach as well. We had a three-day Bible Conference that ended with our BIG Sunday Anniversary. On Sunday morning, there were 250 in attendance. On Sunday night, we reached 345. That week of Bible conference was a springboard of growth.
Many new people came for the event, which allowed us to make many visits. Through these visits, many people made professions of faith in Christ, and because of many decisions, there was a need for a baptismal service.
The first Sunday in May was a great day. There were 21 people who passed through the baptismal waters, and then 26 people joined the church to become members! Every three months we have a “Getting to Know Your Church” class that lasts about a month. This class will help the new attendees to understand what we believe as a church. When we are done with the class, those who would like to join the church and have fulfilled the necessary requirements (saved, baptized, and a good testimony) are able to become part of the church body.
I mentioned in our last prayer letter about the need we have for the camp facilities. We are still in need of financial help. Please be in prayer for our family and the ministry here in Honduras. We pray for you as well.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, JAMAICA, MAY PEN, Fran Young — She writes the following: “God is blessing the churches of Jamaica. I STAND AMAZED with a heart of gratitude as I consider ALL GOD IS DOING! I understand HOW the Psalmist felt when he penned the words in Psalm 23 – ‘MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.’
Please continue to pray for my daughter, Janet…. I am FOREVER GRATEFUL to all who enable me to continue serving as a missionary in JAMAICA, LAND I LOVE! EVERY DAY IN JAMAICA I AM BLESSED! THANK YOU to all who prayerfully and financially support me! GOD IS GOOD!”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We had a family in our church give money for the materials to build stairs for the fellowship hall entrance. We had stairs before, but they were damaged and needed to be replaced. It is a blessing to see our people, who are not wealthy, give by faith and participate in ministry. Some other families have helped by painting and donating décor and flowers to make the church building have a welcoming atmosphere. It is still a work in progress, but it is nice to see the improvements.
I found a Navajo man lying by the road. He was having a seizure and dropped his can of beer. A young woman called 9-1-1 while I tried to stop him from rolling into the road. He took out his prescription medication, and suddenly he sat up with a blank stare and said, ’Do you see them, do you see them? They are coming for me because of my sin. I am freaking out!’ When the police arrived, immediately they said, ‘How are you doing, J?’ This apparently was not the first time they had found him in trouble. Please pray for the spiritual needs of our people.
• Children’s ministry and outreach
• Home site lease and construction
• Pastor Begay, as he is going to be used in the field of evangelism
• Newcomb Baptist Church need of a pastor — A young man on deputation is taking the work over when his support is raised.”
SOUTH AFRICA, MPUMALANGA, DIAMOND, Chad and Vickie Branch — They give the following report and prayer needs: “On two consecutive Sundays in March, we were able to baptize 10 new believers, some who had been waiting for quite some time while we found a suitable place to baptize. This was an important step as many of these were to become charter members of the church.
On Sunday, March 25, the Truth Baptist Church of Kimberley was chartered. Twenty born-again, baptized believers signed the charter, and the church was formally organized. Our hearts were filled with joy and praise to think that God was fulfilling before our eyes what He sent us here to do. To our knowledge, this is the first independent Baptist church in this city or province. All of you have a part in bringing the Gospel to Kimberley as we labor together with the Lord, and we cannot thank you enough. On the following Sunday, we held our first ever observance of the Lord’s Supper. Tears filled the eyes of many as they solemnly reflected upon God’s great sacrifice for their salvation. How exciting it has been for our family to experience all of this with this great group of believers! We know God has glorious things in store for Truth Baptist Church.
• Pray for the new believers to be discipled and become committed in their walk with God.
• Pray for our family as we prepare for furlough and begin our new visa renewal process.
• Pray for the Bible Institute and the College of the Bible.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOAN ISLANDS, Jim and Emi Civale — They share the following: “Earlier in April, we went over to American Samoa where I had the chance to preach at our first church and lay the groundwork for Bible distribution plans over there once our next container arrives later this year. We also brainstormed approaches to the starting of the Samoan-speaking branch of the church there (which is currently an English-speaking international church). It was great to see the enthusiasm about things to come and be back with some of the old, faithful members who were as hospitable and dependable as ever.
Next month promises to defy normalcy, too, as we will be hosting a young woman from Australia for several weeks who is praying about returning in July for long-term service in the school. Please pray for her visit and for our desperate need for teachers in the school. The many other demands on my time prevent me from being much help to Emi in the school. This has her working endless hours, as she is so short-staffed this year. She and the teachers continue to do amazing things but they need help. Please, not only pray but also direct anyone who might be interested to a tab on our website (jimcivale.edifyhub.com) called Extra Mile Missionary Teacher.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following: “The last couple months have been a whirlwind of activity! Just like the new growth of spring has exploded around us, our church is seeing new growth! We have had several new families visit recently and have had two new families (who have been coming for a while) join the church! For Easter we took family photos in front of a backdrop. We had two new families each with children attend. They have come every week since! One family is from our family’s efforts in door-to-door invites.
Our most recent problem is a good one! We are out of space! The auditorium still has space for pews for services but since these new families are joining in bringing lunch and staying for our weekly afternoon services, we need to set up tables in the auditorium and send some people over there to eat. We are saving and starting to plan for a fellowship hall/multipurpose building. My wife is planning a Ladies Banquet. Last year the building was packed so we are not sure where to hold it this year! We covet your prayers as we nurture this growing church plant.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe — They give the following report: “Since our last report, we have had two Gypsy men preach for us. Their grandfather was in a German concentration camp during the war and was the only survivor of their family. He stayed in Germany and now has two grandsons who are in church planting and are ‘preaching up a storm.’ They both have a great heart for evangelism and are bold in their witness. It was a great time with them.
Last month an evangelist from Belarus preached for us and again encouraged our church to be bold in their witness for Jesus! A speaker from Hamburg just finished a conference with us and had a great finishing sermon on evangelism and prophecy. I believe God is sending people to Germany or using non-Germans to help stir this country up to reach others for Christ!
We recently watched a film at a home for unwed mothers and about half of those watching were Muslim. A Muslim man that we are trying to reach recently attended our church services. Please bring him to the throne of Grace for us!”
WEST AFRICA, COTE d’IVORE, BINGERVILLE, Bob and Rebekah Mach — They share the following report: “Shortly after starting the Bingerville church, we saw the need to start particular evangelistic ministries in an effort to reach specific people groups. It was a blessing to see how the Lord has honored and expanded these ministries for effective witnessing to those who would not normally see it.
The first of these was the literacy ministry…. Today we have over 300 students who are under the sound of the Gospel on a weekly basis. Our son, Bob, is doing an 18-month internship here at this time. He is conducting all of the Bible study work, and he is testing the students on what they have learned from the Bible classes.
In 2004, we opened a medical ministry to reach into the villages. The Bingerville villages have profited greatly as many come from the villages to our Sunday morning service in Bingerville…. This medical work has now greatly expanded through the efforts of our colleague, Kristine McLaughlin. Through her new ‘Access’ medical program, we went into the interior of the country last year and used medicine to plant a new church in the village of Zangue, just outside of the city of Oume. This year, this ‘Access’ medical program will reinforce our new church plant in the city of Man.
In 2007, we opened a Sports Center to reach out to the youth. In these 11 years, over 600 players have worked their way through an organized Bible study program, evangelizing them and training them from the Scriptures.
All of these ministries have succeeded on the secular level as we have received rewards and recommendations from the Ministries of Education, Health, and Sports in this country. What is so much more important, however, is the spiritual success we have in the lives of these people! These three ministries together have allowed us to evangelize thousands of people to whom we would not have had ordinary access for one reason or another.”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, GERMANY, SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Rusty and Karen Pilalas — They share the following report: “Let us tell about a dear family who had been in ‘church’ and had been saved as teenagers. They had never been discipled or had really grown in their faith beyond salvation and in fact, both had strayed a lot. The Lord brought them to us when they got orders to Spangdahlem AB. When someone gets here, it is scary. They might reach out to get into a church family for help and because the Holy Spirit is guiding them to a Bible-preaching church. They and their two children have seen God work in their lives, and they have made spiritual decisions to give up vices and grow their faith in many areas. We know that outer conformity to the world shows what is going on inside someone’s heart. It is so sweet to see this family walk into church early and look like clean-cut, modest people. Most exciting is knowing what is going on with their personal walk with the Lord. Anyone can clean up, but when we hear testimony from this couple about something they sought the Lord for help with and then got it, we praise Him!”
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following: “Report on Overseas Ministries — I traveled to Papua New Guinea the end of January. I am helping the PNG Bible Distribution Project that is currently proceeding there. We traveled to many different schools in the Central Highlands District with the blessings of the National Education Department. While in each school, we met the local school board, spoke in the school assembly, and personally handed out a Bible to each student. Every one of these students heard a clear presentation of the Gospel and received one of these beautiful Bibles. We gave out over 120,000 Bibles during our stay there.
We also had the opportunity to have the entire PNG national football (Rugby 7s) team attend a morning service at Mirada Baptist Church in Fort Moresby. You should have seen the boys and girls as they met these icons of the sports world of PNG. They could not believe their team was attending their church. The best part was that eight of those young men accepted Christ as their personal Savior during the invitation that morning.
I will be returning to Papua New Guinea with Brother Alan Brooks at the end of May to continue with the project and to help the local missionary churches with the follow-up from the school visits. There will be a school break the end of June, and after it resumes will continue into September. Brother Brooks has asked me to assist him through this time and I am delighted with the opportunity.”
BRAZIL, SALVADOR, Leland and Naomi Johnson — They share the following: “In August of last year, we moved to Salvador, the city in which God has called us to work. We said then that we did not know why God was moving us at that time when our timetable was to move here in 2018. However, it is clear to us now that God moved us here for such a time as this.
The missionary that we are working with is returning to the United States on furlough. This situation leaves two churches with two missionaries in the USA and only one assistant to cover both. We have been asked to fill in for the missionary we have been working with while his family is on furlough.
The next seven months will be a test of God’s grace and faithfulness to us because the challenges are beyond our own strength. However, as King Jehoshaphat prayed when outnumbered by the enemy, our eyes are upon thee. Please pray specifically for several things over the next several months.
• Pray for our family that God will keep us together during this time.
• Pray for wisdom on how to handle the different situations, both spiritual and cultural, that we will face.
• Pray for souls to be saved.
We are not looking to put things ‘on hold’ for the next seven months because the devil will not be taking time off. We want to move things forward for the cause of Christ and see lives changed through God’s Word.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, NAVAN, Jeff and Kim Smith — They share the following: “We are scheduled to hold five evangelistic meetings in Vanier near downtown Ottawa this summer. These meetings will be held as an outreach ministry of Crosspoint Baptist Church (CBC). The theme of the year at CBC is Forward by Faith. We are calling the meetings Forward Meetings, and we will be requesting that a Forward Team of CBC members will be committed to this outreach. The order of service in the meetings will be to inform (share vision for a new church), inspire (Gospel message), and interact (build relationships). Please pray that people will be saved and that believers will step forward in the Vanier community.
Two men were recently baptized at CBC. I have been spending time with one of the men. Please pray for these men that they will continue to follow the Lord and live victorious lives.”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth — They report the following: “Over 23 years ago, God helped us start Victory Baptist Church, which I still pastor. Out of this church, we have trained men to start three other churches. Recently, I had the privilege to preach in a church that was started by one of the churches that we helped to start. Therefore, now we are seeing our babies growing up and having babies of their own, as far as church planting is concerned. I am thrilled! The name of this new church is Cornerstone Baptist Church. It is pastored by a man who was saved in Victory Baptist Church and was a former Hindu. His church is in a remote jungle village of the Amazon rainforest.
I also was able to preach in another one of the churches we helped to start. It was their third anniversary! The church is named Harbor Light Baptist Church because it is located in a place that is port for many ships. They are doing well, reaching the lost, running buses, and supporting missions. I was happy to see the work going forward!
Please pray for more ‘goers’ for laborers, for more people to be committed to the task of soul winning, and for more church planting.”
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 email@example.com 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"
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
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 Prime Minister Peter Paire O’Neill, Papua New Guinea (Southeast Asia).