CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN'S & BARBUDA, Nathan and Renee Owens — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Thank you for your prayers for us the past couple of months! We asked you to pray for rain for Antigua, and we received over 11 inches during August and September! Our cistern is full, and the government water seems to be a little more stable. We also asked that you pray for the Project 14 Global Missions youth camp, held in August at our church. Although the camp was not as well attended as anticipated, eight youth made professions of faith during the week! Thank you for your prayers."
Please pray that
• the station will be able to purchase land in Antigua for a new studio;
• God will supply the financial support for the land and a new studio building;
• our missionary team will be able to work together to operate and improve the radio station;
• the station will receive adequate financing;
• our involvement in our local church and with the youth will please the Lord; and
• we will have protection from hurricanes.
EUROPE, BAVARIA & AUSTRIA, Todd and Kimberly Lapato — They share the following: "The last couple of months before leaving Europe, we filled in for a church near Regensburg, Germany. While there we met a lady who was visiting the church regularly. Some missionary friends of ours had led her teenage son to Christ. We had been praying for this lady for a couple of years. In August we received the wonderful news that she trusted Christ as her Savior after talking with the pastor and another church member. Praise God that Bavarians are still being saved!
The small group of believers who will be involved in the church plant in Neutraubling is very excited about the future. They have begun meeting Sunday afternoons to pray for the new church plant. A website, logo, and fliers are currently in the works for this ministry. Soon after our return in January 2015, we plan to begin regular meetings. Please pray that we find a suitable meeting place in the area and for interest from the community when the church is started."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Rick and Kathy Anderson — They share the following: "Homesickness. Marital difficulties complicated by moving to another country. The loss of a 2-year old son. Terrible traffic. Living in a hotel for three months with four children while waiting for housing. Waiting for months for furniture and personal belongings that have been shipped from the USA. Wives dealing with cultural changes and language barriers while their husbands are engrossed in their jobs. Doctrinal confusion. Lack of background in God's Word. These are just some of the challenges that are faced by the expats that we have met here in Peru. We have definitely seen the need to have a church where their own language is spoken. Every Sunday since beginning in March, New Life of Lima Baptist Church has tried to meet these needs. What a privilege to be a part of this new church!
Once again the staff and students at La Molina Christian Schools had the opportunity to share God's Word with many people. This year we went to 24 different places during four days and handed out close to 1,200 gift packages that included a Gideon New Testament and a Gospel tract. Our students prepared short programs, including songs, skits, and a presentation of the Gospel. Several people prayed to accept Christ as their Savior. Please pray that God would use His Word to change people's lives."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE, Robert and Lisa Gunter — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Lord willing, we will be returning to Melbourne on Thanksgiving Day. Please pray for us as we prepare for our return. We are asking the Lord for wisdom for future plans to take the deaf ministry to the next level, for opportunities in additional outreaches to the deaf communities, and for the establishment of another ministry in a different part of Melbourne. We do thank you for your continued prayers as we finalize estate and legal matters before leaving."
Please pray for the following:
• Pastor Veszeley (national pastor)—healing from pancreatic cancer surgery. This month he will have a follow-up check, which will give an indication of his current health (he is 67 years old). This will be a big impact on ministry matters when we return.
• Robert and Mary Fuller—their current visas expire at the end of September. Pray for an extension of two years to be approved.
• Victoria Baptist Bible College and Kevin Currell, future principal — He has just been diagnosed with a heart problem that probably will require a pacemaker.
• Preparations for the church and deaf ministry, Deaf Bible institute, and new outreaches in 2015
• Oceanic Baptist Outreach—for future plans to minister to the people in the Solomon Islands
• Final decisions regarding estate matters in the USA and preparations to the field
• Safety in travel
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, BINGHAMTON, Don and Helen Hughes — They share the following report: "This summer we have been so blessed by our Lord as our church has moved forward. The very first event was our VBS. That week we recorded 18 professions of faith, and we are seeing four or five of them now coming on our bus each Sunday. The next big event was our city's annual Speedy Fest Celebration held at a local park. Each year we rent a space and put up a tent. This year we recorded over 30 professions of faith. One of the helpers this year was a couple who were saved in last year's fest. Since then, they have both been baptized and become a part of our church. The biggest event this summer was the final buyout of our building that was destroyed in the last big flood. At first I had no idea that a secular government would include our church in the buyout simply because the world does not love us....Well, praise the Lord, your prayers worked! We were given much more than we expected, and the amount came out to be a little over $140,000. There were a large number of repairs that needed to be done on the building we are in now. We have already done many repairs, including replacing an oil tank, repairing the front entrance, fixing the drainage in the basement, and repairing the parking lot."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLOMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report and a special prayer request: "R. is a man from Ecuador who has been attending our church for five years with his wife and children. He finally accepted the Lord in June and was baptized in August. His sweet wife had prayed for him all these years and is so happy her husband is born again! Lisa and I are working with this family to help them with their marriage and parenting. It's amazing to see his willingness to learn and follow the Lord.
We had the privilege of baptizing another lady in August as well. She was saved earlier this year in the Philippines. She found our church on the internet and has been faithfully attending since June. Please pray for her to grow in her new faith.
O. is a teenage boy from Ethiopia. I met him while I was out soul winning. I shared the Gospel with him, and he eagerly accepted the Lord. He too was baptized in August. He went to camp with us and was faithfully coming to church. After camp he told us, 'This was the best week of my life!' We are not sure what is going on in his life, but he has stopped coming to church. Would you pray for him? God has the answers for every need and problem he has!"
EUROPE, SCOTLAND, KILMARNOCK, DUNDONALD, Arvin and Marsha Devers — They share the following: "Marsha and I are laying the groundwork for a new church in Irvine. Irvine is about five miles from where we live in Dundonald. We have just been given permission to use the Lanfine Community Centre for our new church. We are calling the new church New Beginnings Baptist Church. Our first Sunday was October 19." For two weeks before that meeting they distributed leaflets throughout the community and put up a website, which included a picture and the church logo.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board — They share the following: "A new Christian has recently taken several steps in her spiritual growth. This past week her mother forbade her to return to church. Please pray for her to be a good testimony to her mother and that somehow her godly example will cause her mother to change her mind and allow her to return to the church. It is fairly common here in Cambodia for unsaved parents to want their children to get just enough Christianity to make them stop being bad but not enough to make them start doing right! They get real nervous when their children change too much."
USA MINISTRIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O'Brien — They share the following report: "The Lord has blessed us with a church building in which to start a new Hispanic church. Even though the building is in need of much repair and we cannot fully use it yet, we have seen God open the door to witness for Him. We praise the Lord for R. and her daughter who have received Christ as their Savior. We have begun Bible studies and discipleship classes with them in their home, and they are already inviting others to come and hear the Gospel. Please pray for others to be saved and that we will have a good crowd for our opening day in the new building.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support as we make preparations to launch this new Hispanic church in Mountain Home, North Carolina, by the end of November or the first Sunday in December."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Jim and Carol Stackhouse — They share the following: "Greetings from the islands of New Guinea! This country of Papua New Guinea is still white already unto harvest (John 4:35) as God continues to save souls in the various ministries here at Haven of Rest Baptist Church and also in many of our other churches that have been planted around this country....We are looking forward to our upcoming baptism of some of the new Christians this month. Additionally, God has been sending us a good number of first time visitors from the surrounding communities to attend our services. We are thankful to our Lord for giving these souls the opportunity to hear the Truth."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Alan and Elena Sutphen — They share the following incident and prayer needs: "Back in Uganda one of the orphans, a healthy seventeen-year-old boy at the SOAP property, broke his arm a few months ago and upon x-ray a suspicious area was seen at the fracture site. The doctor frankly said this could be bone cancer so our missionary colleagues took him to an orthopedic surgeon an hour away and a bone biopsy was performed. We thank the Lord the results were negative for cancer! Our colleagues reported that he kept a mature and trusting testimony throughout his ordeal! Please pray that his fracture would heal completely, as the lytic lesion is still present and may delay the healing process." Please pray for the following requests:
• salvation of my unsaved family members
• continued growth and faithfulness of the two Kumam churches
• spiritual growth and protection of our discipleship students in Uganda
• wisdom concerning ministry growth and clinic land acquisition upon our arrival back in Uganda
USA CLAIM MINISTRY, Joe and Linda Leleaux — They share the following report: "Since our last newsletter, I have made three trips back to Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach, California. Pastor Esposito is still in need of our prayers as he is doing about the same. We have been able to do more drywall inside as well as pour concrete planters and curbs on the exterior of the building. Progress has been slower than expected on this project so please pray that the church members will not get discouraged. I would say that it will be yet another year before the building is completed.
I will be returning to Long Beach in the near future but do not have a definite date yet. I am in need of a commercial plumber for this next trip. I can sweat copper, but I need a pro to follow the blueprints and layout. If you know of a plumber, please put him in contact with me."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They share the following report: "For months we have been preparing for a special Sunday, our church's first anniversary. We targeted our friends and acquaintances and prayed that our little church would be full. On September 28 we had 23 people present for our service. Of those 23, six were unsaved visitors. My basketball teammate attended the service and brought his wife, young daughter, and mother-in-law with him. At the invitation they raised their hands indicating they weren't saved. This is a major victory because it is unusual for the average French person to admit their spiritual need. Will you pray for them to make a decision for Christ?
Here are a few numbers from the first year of Eglise Biblique Baptiste de Charleville: 12,000 church invitations distributed, 3 saved, 3 baptized and 20 discipleship studies. Ministry in France takes time. We are counting on your prayers."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They write, "Since there is no permanent solution to our church's rental problems, we presented our plan to the Personnel Committee of BIMI in June. Starting in February of next year, Sabrina and I will be going out to more churches to present the great need of Bronx, New York. Our first phase will be $400,000 in order to start looking for our own place. The next phase is to raise as much as $650,000 as a down payment for a building. Please pray for this step of faith!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, BAYSWATER NORTH, Robert and Mary Fuller — They report: "Please continue to pray for Kids Club and Youth Group as two deaf girls did not come for a while due to their own plans. A hearing young man who knows Auslan had organized a special children's outreach, 'Pajamas and Movie Night,' on September 20, Saturday evening. Sixteen children including these two came. Pray for these two deaf girls that they would want to come to Kids Club regularly.
We would appreciate your prayers for Calvary Deaf Bible Institute and the Auslan service as well as for Robert and Lisa Gunter as they continue their furlough in the US.... Pray for the salvation of a deaf man whom Robert still visits weekly."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, ATHLONE, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following report: "Thank you for your continued prayers for M. (the Iraqi lady). After months of absence, she recently returned to church one Sunday. We were grieved to find out that her husband was recently killed. That week we invited her to our house and made Iraqi flatbread for her. We are trying to help her materially as well in order to show her Christ's love. Please pray for the salvation of her and her children.
Pray that I will quickly adjust to the hard contact lenses that I will begin to wear in the next week or so. The eye condition called keratoconus, which I had mentioned in a past letter, has gotten worse, and is now in both eyes. I must wear these specially-crafted lenses or else my vision will be increasingly distorted. That really is a big deal, so please pray for me!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, LAOAG CITY, Rose Pyles — She writes: "I thank the Lord for the privilege to conduct daily Bible studies with our teachers each morning at 7:30. These have been a blessing to my heart and from their testimonies a blessing and help to them. I also thank the Lord for the opportunities He gives for sharing the plan of salvation. This past month I was privileged to share the Word and lead two nursing students to the Lord in my office. Later that week, they brought other fellow students to interview the parents of our students during our PTA meeting. Afterwards, I had the opportunity of leading the other nursing students to faith in Christ Jesus. God is good.
Please continue to pray for the sale of the house in Fairmont, Minnesota. I believe that the Lord has postponed the sale for His own reasons. One of them is that in the meantime another piece of property has become available that is five times as large—5 hectares—(12.355 acres) as the one in which we were interested. It is a little farther away but is very near the river and has plenty of water and space for camps, dorms, and raising rice, etc., to help support the school. It is approximately the same price as the other land, which was 1.1 hectare—(2.72 acres) P2,000,000,00 ($50,000). Please join us in praying for wisdom and God's leading."
EUROPEM UKRAINE, ODESSA, John and Dawn Spillman — They share the following prayer needs: "Please pray for the churches in Ukraine, especially in areas that are under Russian control or in areas where battles are still taking place. To the best of my knowledge, all missionaries will be out of Crimea before December, leaving churches there in particular need of pastors and spiritual leaders. Please also continue to remember six individuals in prayer for salvation.
Please continue to pray for peace and security in Ukraine. Pray God will give the new president wisdom to guide the people and affairs of Ukraine and that he will lead them with character and honesty. Please pray for the election of members of Parliament. Please also pray for anti-corruption legislation to pass. It has been resisted for a long time. Too, there is much conjecture concerning Russia's intentions for Ukraine, most of which would be detrimental to the spread of the Gospel in that country."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND, BEENLEIGH, Tim and Bonnie Meyer — They share the following: "We have been extremely busy the last few months....We've at least been able to concentrate on the church work here in Beenleigh; doors are opening in different ways. I went ahead and accepted the invitation from the local baseball club to be the junior development coach; our son, Robert, plays. I have coached since he was playing T-ball (12 years ago), but this has allowed us to meet a lot more families in the community. Already we have had the opportunity to share the Gospel with people. One mother came to our home to spend an afternoon with Bonnie and said to her, 'I want to know more about God—not just the surface stuff that people talk about. I want to know the real things about God.' We look forward with anticipation to introducing her to Christ. Men in the league I play for (it's called 'Masters'—for blokes over 35) and fathers of the players I coach are starting genuine friendships that we hope can be used to share the Gospel. Young players, many from broken homes, are reaching out to be accepted and befriended. Pray for us as we seek to take these opportunities to share Christ.
The Bible college has officially started here in Australia. J. and D. came over from the Solomon Islands to join us last month for class modules. We held classes in Church Music, Hermeneutics, and the New Testament. We have five full-time students. Our plans are to continue the classes here in Australia throughout the year and then go to the Solomons to hold module classes several times next year."
USA MINISTRIES TO JAPANESE IN USA, Perry and Barbara Gibson — They share the following report: "Another school year of ministry is off to a very exciting start. Usually attendance is lower the first week of the quarter, but then as word spreads among friends, more come later to the fun activity at the nearby church where they can practice English. There they learn about the true God, the Bible, Jesus, and church! We were expecting around 50 but over 90 young people showed up! There were 50 Japanese and there were also 11 guys from Saudi Arabia.
In the last six months two Japanese young ladies and one young man have made professions of faith in Christ! One is going to be baptized this month, and at least three others seem to be openly seeking Jesus. PLEASE PRAY! This brings the total Japanese salvations in the past eight years to 43. PRAISE THE LORD!"
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following report: "We were asked to help the Good News Baptist Church in Grand Cayman by filling in there until their new missionary pastor could arrive. We were there 2 1/2 months preaching three times a week and teaching three Bible classes a week along with soul winning and door to door visitation. God gave us a wonderful ministry among the members, their friends, and their families.
We have received inquiries from Canada, South Africa, New York, and Belize. We can't go everywhere, so we need to know the will of God for planning our ministry of assisting and relieving our BIMI missionaries. This is proving to be a much needed ministry, and the Lord continues to confirm that we are following His leading. God is not only giving us plenty of opportunities to serve overseas but also giving us souls for His hire here. The first Saturday after we returned, I was back in our market stall in north Alabama. We had three people saved there. We have so much about which to praise the Lord. God is good all the time."
USA MINISTRIES, WEST COAST, CALIFORNIA, LANCASTER, Mike and Wilda McCombie — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In the summer months we found ourselves a little closer to home and 'only' traveled 3,566 road miles in the states of California and Arizona. I was privileged to preach one Faith Promise missions conference, two missions emphasis Sundays, supply the Sunday pulpit in another church, and show the 'Open Door Project' video in two of these churches. I taught two adult Sunday school classes at our home church and visited two churches when not in regular meetings."
• Health and safety
• Freedom from mechanical issues while on the road for the first ten weeks of the fall season
• Full schedule of meetings for the late fall 2014 and on into 2015 (Please contact me if you would like to schedule us for a meeting.)
• Power and liberty to preach and present missions and Faith Promise Giving
• More salvation and surrender decisions
• More believers in the West to answer the call to church planting missions
• An increase in our work fund support to expand our ministry and travel territory
• Personal financial support
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terri Long — They write asking for prayers for the following: "We have finished our house move! We found a house in the area we wanted (closer to our church and a rapidly developing area), and we are already settled in. This is the 5th time we have moved to another house in the past 15 months. Hopefully, we will be here for a while. Of course, we have already started to go house-to-house soul winning in this area and we leave a Gospel of John/Romans and a tract at every house.
Souls Saved: Since we arrived on July 30, we have had six people saved in our services and on soul winning.
1) Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services, and the people now coming would be more faithful.
2) Pray for the people who have been saved to get baptized.
3) Pray for the children and teens coming to our church.
4) Pray for us to be able to purchase a used van.
5) Pray for the rest of our immigration work to be done by October 29 (the date given to us at the airport)."
BRAZIL, LONDRINA, Dan and Gerri Johnson — They share the following report: "Thanks to those who prayed for the World Cup Outreach Project. We were excited to be involved in distributing special pamphlets of Romans and tracts in 13 languages to those who came to Brazil from around the world. We worked with two groups from the States and three of our sons. Allen, with Wings Bearing Precious Seed, sent two containers of pamphlets, and Bryan worked on the logistics at this end getting them out of customs and sent to the various venues throughout Brazil where other missionaries and Brazilian churches helped distribute.
In August our Bible institute started another semester. Dan is teaching Revelation, The Christian Family, and Pastoral Staff. At the end of the semester, we will have our first graduation with two graduating. There are several other students taking classes part-time. Pray for the two who will be graduating that God will direct their steps as they prepare to serve Him. One of those graduating has been very involved with our new congregation."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, SASEBO, Steve and Debbie Kissling — They write the following: "Back in Sasebo, the Lord gave our church, Lighthouse Baptist Church, a great summer. Even with the vacations we had visitors almost every Sunday. Ladies Bible study has gone well, and twice a month we have permission to pass out tracts at a downtown mall. We invite sailors and their families to visit our church, and we give tracts in Japanese to the many Japanese passing by. Please pray the Lord will touch hearts with the truth of His salvation and that folks would have a desire to come to our church.
We are looking ahead to a great fall and winter here in Sasebo....Please pray with us about these special requests:
1. For more visitors to come to church and keep coming back
2. For Christian families to join our church membership and help serve the Lord here
3. For good results from our tract distribution twice a month
4. For safety and continued good health for us"
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, The Adam Fridenstine Family — They write, "While you all called it summer there in the States, we called it busy, rainy season here in El Salvador. God was working and doing great things in our midst. We praise HIM for allowing us to be in HIS service.
The end of June, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary and we are so happy to have been here for three of those five years. We had 190 in attendance, and there was and is a great spirit of growth in the people. The Sunday kicked off our first Revival Meeting with Missionary Matt Goins from Honduras. We saw two precious souls come to know Christ as Savior during these special services.
The first week of July we were busy planning our upcoming baptism service for the end of the month and realized how expensive it was to take everyone to the lake—especially with how our church has grown over the past six months. I met with the men and we decided that it would be better to just build a new baptistry for just a little over the price to rent the vehicles and buy the food to take everyone to the lake. So over the next two weeks we did just that."
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and support for us. Please be in prayer for more souls, continued growth, building projects, and much wisdom in this fall season of ministry."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share following report: "We have truly gone 'into the highways and hedges' this month. Besides the multiple times when we were on the highway to attend choir practice, we also traveled on the highway to do a special outing for two Sunday school classes at Blanchardstown Baptist Church. We taught about the Tabernacle and how it points to Christ. Afterward, I had the privilege of talking with a boy and a girl about salvation; they both put their faith in Christ! As for the 'hedges,'...S., T., and I walked along many literal hedges this month, as we cut between cow pastures on very narrow lanes that hardly seem like actual roads, and knocked on doors in places where we didn't expect to find any homes! Surprisingly, we have had many good conversations in our rural area, which is more traditionally Catholic than the norm. As for 'the streets,' I have begun to hand out tracts at a time I had never tried before. I have passed out far more tracts from 9:00-11:00 p.m. than I ever did during the day—perhaps because people are on their way to bars and are more acutely aware of the emptiness in their lives. Pray for this effort to bear fruit."
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth — They share the following: "In July we had a one-day camp with our church teens. There was a good turnout and everybody enjoyed the fishing, swimming, food, games, and preaching. This was our first camping trip with our church teens, and Pastor I. from one of our other churches was the main speaker. One young lady from our group surrendered her life for full-time service. Working with young people is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but when we see spiritual growth, it is always a huge blessing.
July through August we were able to see 128 professions of faith in Christ with 13 of those following the Lord in believer's baptism. This includes personal and church-wide ministries and other outreach ministries."
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, KISII TOWN, Luke and Tonya Shelby — They give the following report and prayer needs: "In July, while traveling home from our church in Sidundo (where we baptized 13), I had a serious problem with our vehicle. The engine threw a rod which blew out a large hole in the block, so I had to get it towed back to Kisli Town (should have been about 3 hours from where I broke down), and it took about 12 hours! We did get it running again by patching the engine, and it has not had any problems. We thank all of you who pray for us faithfully because we never know when something will happen that we need urgent prayers. We know that God hears your prayers.
Also in August, Tonya held our 7th Annual Ladies' Conference at our church in Kisii Town. There were 45 ladies from 15 different churches in our area who were able to attend. Their theme this year was 'Draw Me Closer, Lord,' and all the lessons were about prayer.
Please pray for the following projects:
1. The ongoing building project at Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town
2. Orphanage building project in Sidundo scheduled to be finished soon
3. Church building in Rongo beginning before the end of the year"
FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOKYO, AKRIUNO SHI, Dave and Glenda Carter — They share the following: "We just finished our church's annual 3-day Family Camp where four other churches participated....One couple came to just one day of camp. They own a restaurant just a few blocks from the church, and he started studying the Bible with me one-on-one a few years ago. Because Sundays are their busiest day for the business, he is unable to attend church, so we study the Bible on his one day off. He stopped studying for a while but started back about two months ago. Well, a few weeks after coming back from camp on a Tuesday morning, he opened his heart and trusted Christ as Savior. At age 67 he was saved! Praise His name! Pray for his faith to grow.
Continue to pray for our neighbors to keep coming and to be saved. Also pray for our church neighbor, as she continues to come. Please remember especially a lady who has been coming to church for about six months without telling her husband. She recently told him and he said it was her decision to make, but she is still feeling family pressure. Pray for the salvation of some who come weekly to our afternoon Bible/English class. A young man comes off and on so pray for him as well."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, FIJI, LAUTOKA, Paul and Martha Daku — They share the following report: "June: The highlight of the month was the trip Paul and Joshua made with four other men to the Yasawa Islands, a chain of 20 islands that stretch 40–80 kilometers northwest from where we live on the main island of Viti Levu. As two teams, they visited 14 schools in three days where they shared the Gospel in an assembly and then distributed Bibles to the students and teachers at each school. Joshua was enthralled with the beauty of those islands as well as all the culture they experienced. They slept in the village and ate with the locals, traveling from school to school in a small fishing boat on the ocean.
July: We hosted Dr. W. L. Smith for one week. He is an 80-year-old global missionary/evangelist who is still traveling around the world to preach the Gospel....At night we held special evangelistic meetings. There were many visitors and 32 who trusted Christ during the week. On July 6 we celebrated our church anniversary, which is always a big event in the islands. There were 275 people who attended and heard the Gospel clearly presented by Dr. Smith."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Matt and Keila Stensaas — They give the following report and prayer needs: "First Baptism in Kasese! We praise the Lord for the four people who publicly professed their faith in Christ by being baptized in River Nyamwamba. After their salvation and some teaching regarding baptism, S., J., G., and B. accepted to be baptized.
Bible institute in Mbarara — I had the opportunity once again to teach in the Bible institute in Mbarara. During the week long institute we (four missionaries and four national men) taught verse-by-verse through the book of Revelation. It was truly an incredible experience to see the men learn new and exciting things from God's Word. There was even one man who accepted Christ during the week.
• Preaching point at Kakika Prison
• The churches in Kyahi and Rubindi
• Runyankore Bible translation work
• God would prepare the people of Kasese
• God would help us learn Lhukonzo"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, PARAISO, DANLI, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following, "I shared in the last prayer letter how many decisions for Christ were being made and how a family was being changed right before our eyes. Well, thankfully, the conditions have not changed. God is still working in the hearts and lives of the people here in Honduras. The church is on a road that is not traveled often—the road of revival.
Since June, the church has had visitors in every service. It is amazing to see how God is using different people and different situations to reach others where they are in their lives. Many of the services have six to eight visitors. Many of the visitors say that they are overwhelmed by the love they feel when they enter the church. 'This is a church like no other,' said one visitor." Please continue to pray for them.
FAR NORTH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER, The Jacques van Rooyen Family — They share the following report: "Our work here in Vancouver is different in many ways than our ministry in Hohhot, but in the essentials it has remained the same.
Recently, we held a summer youth camp in the mountains north of Vancouver. We hiked 'the Chief,' swam under a frigid waterfall, camped in the woods, slept on the hard ground, and preached from the life of Moses—a fellow wanderer in the wilderness. Of the 35 or so in attendance, at least a dozen were unsaved; several had even just arrived from China. After each message, the camp broke out into discussion groups to review the message, talk about personal applications, pray and (most importantly) to share the Gospel with those who are yet without Christ."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, SICILY, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton — They share the following: "Our ministry here is growing....This led us to split the children's Sunday school and start a children's Sunday evening class as well. Having willing and suitable workers is always the challenge, but we feel the time is right. We had had a number of baptisms in the last few months with a couple more standing by once arrangements are made. As always, pray that the newcomers will allow us to take them through one-on-one discipleship classes (or for couples — together). We are finishing up our third annual Financial Peace university class. The impact of it is, as always, huge both materially and spiritually. Continue to pray that we will be able to introduce the church to new arrivals at the base during their INDOC time. This has contributed significantly to our growth this year."
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following report and prayer needs: "For the first time since returning to Spain in 2009, we were able to send people to camp—one to children's camp, two to pre-teen camp, and two to teen camp. Two came to know Christ as their Savior—our grandson and a 10-year-old girl. Another girl from the church in Colmenar, Viejo, attended camp and did not make a decision for Christ but a few weeks later she and her mom came to church and told us they had both trusted Christ as their Savior that week. What a blessing! We had been praying for them for several months. We ask that you continue to pray for J. who attends the weekly Bible study in Colmenar. He comes faithfully and participates actively, but he has not made a decision for Christ yet. Please concentrate your prayers on him during this month. Another girl who attended preteen camp did not get saved but was greatly affected by attending the camp and has been very faithful at church since then. Please pray for her salvation, also. We would ask that you continue praying for M., F., and L. who are very indifferent to the Gospel but come every week to church because their parents insist they come. 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'"
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following prayer requests: "In our last letter we asked you to pray for a young man named K. It is awesome to see how God works. Before you received the letter and started to pray for him, he came to a Bible study. So far the last two months he has been faithful to come to our Bible study. He has been open with me about his beliefs and has said he is not ready to pray and ask Jesus to save him. He has many questions, so please pray for us as we deal with him. Also, please ask the Lord to convict him of his sin and let him see his need.
At the beginning of September, we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival here in Taiwan. We had a traditional Taiwanese BBQ and had a couple of visitors come for our time together. Please pray as we try to follow up on these and see them begin coming every week to Bible study."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: "I never cease to be amazed at how wonderful it is to be serving where we know the Lord wants us. One of our Filipino ladies had her aunt come over from the Philippines for a few months to help her when she had a baby. Her aunt is from a strong Catholic background but has been coming to our church with her family. When she first arrived, one of our men witnessed to her, and she wasn't ready yet. After a few weeks she came to me after a Sunday morning service and said she would like to talk to me. We sat down and she said she had never heard the Bible taught like it is here and that she can see that salvation is not based on the works that she was taught, and she wanted to get saved. We talked through it for quite a while, and I made sure she was clear that she couldn't believe both the Catholic way and the Bible way. She was crying as she sweetly trusted Christ. She will be here until the end of the year. Please pray for her that we can help her grow while she is here. She is concerned about going home as her brother is a priest and she will face persecution from her family if she takes a stand. God is good!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, Mrs. Angela Harper — Angela shares the following concerning the homegoing of her husband, Wayne: "As most of you know, Wayne went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 17. After six years with pulmonary fibrosis, numerous hospitalizations, and hospice care, his suffering is finally over.
The Lord was gracious to allow us time to reunite with our sons and extended family during the past four months and make good memories. Andrew, Sam, and Caleb have been such a source of comfort and help during the time of hospice care and now are endeavoring to assist me in settling Wayne's affairs as well as my own....Please partner with us as I seek the Lord's direction for my life. I give heartfelt thanks to the Lord each day for each of you. Thanks for standing with us."
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Raymond and Anita Bradley — They share the following news and prayer needs: "On our last trip to Ambato, we led four people to the Lord, one deaf, and three hearing relatives. One of them is a blind grandfather of a deaf young man we are teaching. The blind grandfather will see his Savior one day face-to-face. The young deaf man does not understand the Gospel yet. They live in a small town on a high mountain outside Ambato....The other deaf teenager who received the Lord was contemplating suicide. The Lord used us to find him. His mom received the Lord also.
This trip was special because Anita's mom and sister, Gladys, were visiting with us; they were able to go to Ambato with us. We trained Gladys for the ministry when we first came to Ecuador. She helped us here for five years. Gladys was able to teach one deaf boy on the trip, and our mom led a hearing young lady to the Lord. Glory to God! We are also teaching sign language to a group of people from Pinllo Baptist Church. Pray that the Lord will increase their burden to reach the deaf as they learn how to communicate with them. They are eager to learn."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, the David Townsley Family — They share the following prayer requests: "Please pray for
1. spiritual and numerical growth in the church,
2. complete healing for Annette from Lyme's Disease and the herniated discs,
3. discernment and strength in fighting spiritual battles,
4. upcoming special summer events,
5. people to grow in their service for the Lord, and
6. the many people facing medical needs in the church."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO, Josh and Joy Wesson — They share the following: "Upon arrival back in the Dominican Republic, we had our Vacation Bible School. We had a big group again this year ending up with over 160 the last day. Once again, it was great to see our adults and teens come out and dedicate that week to reaching the children with the Gospel. It addition to Bible School each morning, we had Youth Conference each night for the teenagers. We appreciated the extra help from José and Yan, two young men who came down this year from Neighborhood Bible Time Ministries. They were a tremendous blessing to us. We pray the Lord will use them in a great way as they continue to serve Him. We thank the Lord for 40 children and young people who came to know Christ during that week.
Please pray for C. V. (needing treatment for a cancerous tumor) as she also has anemia, which could postpone some of the treatments she needs."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Jason and Cassy Tate — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Pastor S. continues laboring in the town of Ojojona as well as in the community of Aragua. He recently began training four men in the church on how to preach! The work in Ojojona has had more men coming to the services. Brother F. and Brother A. have recently been saved and are growing in Christ. They are beginning a discipleship program with Pastor S.
Prayer Request and Praises
1. Praise for the eight souls saved in the past month
2. Pray for the $1,500 need in moving expenses
3. Pray for the approximate $10,000 in startup funds need for the school"
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following prayer requests: "Previously, we asked you to pray about the following items as we transition back to Bolivia in the next few months. Here is an update on those items.
• Pray that God would lead us to the right area to launch a new church plant. Our city is constantly growing, thus there are many areas where there is no Gospel witness. WE CONTINUE TO PRAY BUT HAVE RECEIVED NO DEFINITE DIRECTION. THIS WILL LIKELY COME TO PASS AS WE SURVEY VARIOUS AREAS.
• Pray that God would provide some people with whom we can begin. Over the years some of our church members have moved to different areas of the city. These could be key people with whom to work. A FORMER CHURCH MEMBER SENT AN EMAIL THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WOULD LIKE TO HELP US.
• Pray that God would provide new financial support from churches with whom we can partner with in Bolivia. ONE CHURCH RECENTLY EMAILED US CONFIRMING OUR SUPPORT.
• Pray that God would provide funds for a vehicle and other goods once we return to the field. We will sell all that we have acquired during furlough and apply these funds to meet these needs. WE RECEIVED $3,600 SINCE JULY, YET NEED TO RASIE FUNDS FOR A VEHICLE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, RUTI, David and Talia Ruley — They share the following report: "Much of our time has been spent learning from veteran missionaries. I have had the opportunity to teach and preach on a weekly basis. The church re-build in the village of Ruti is going well. Last week we had 30 children in our children's ministry and several have made professions of faith. Our average attendance on Sunday is 10 adults and just as many children. Most of these adults have received Christ in the last year, and many are involved in our discipleship program with several close to completing it. We are praying that God will allow us to re-form this church within the next year....We are still praying that God will give us further direction for the future as to where He would have us serve. One primary work here will be mentoring several young men, and we trust that our involvement in their lives will help them to become strong Christian leaders. Our goal is the same as Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2, to commit the teaching to 'faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.'"
BRAZIL, JUNDIAL, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They share the following: "This month our church is hosting the Ladies Annual Retreat of Independent Baptist Churches on September 13. There are 260 ladies signed up! It will be an all day event with breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Our men in the church are preparing the meals. Lisa, our daughter, is going to be the speaker, and there will be 10 churches represented from within a three-hour radius. We are all praying for this day that it will be a time of spiritual refreshment and Christian fellowship!
We rejoice in the Lord's blessings in the work as we continue to serve Him here in Brazil! Thank you so much for your part in our lives and ministry!
General elections are coming up in Brazil in October and we covet your prayers that we will continue to have freedom to preach the Gospel as we have had all these years. Also, our area in Brazil has experienced the worst drought in over 40 years and we are praying that soon we will see sufficient rain to fill the reservoirs again."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, JOYNER, Joe and Melissa Marshall — They write, "On the 27th of July, we held the first service of New Beginnings Baptist Church. We had 29 in Sunday school with one from the community and 41 in the morning service with 13 from the community!
Before our opening service our team placed over 18,000 Gospel invitations into homes in the community. As a result, we have had 18 visitors.
Once again, we are joining with the Good Shepherd Baptist Church in this outreach ministry to local and international university students. There were two students who attended. One student was from China and overjoyed when we gave her a free copy of the Bible! Please pray for this outreach each Thursday. Last March we saw one saved from this ministry. Since that time, he is in our discipleship program and has been attending church."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, the Robert Mach Family — They write, "Our ministry is now moving toward allowing for a significant development in the overall ministry here in the years to come.
First, as the only remaining missionaries with BIMI (our family as well as Kristine McLaughlin), we are now legally organizing the independent Baptist missionary work within this country. We have recently changed and refiled our paperwork with the government and have received their approval. This will help future American missionaries who come here to minister as well as the overall independent Baptist ministry within the country. Our ability to plant churches and establish ministries through these churches has now been greatly enhanced.
Second, we are opening a new Bible college and seminary this January—complete with classrooms, computer and library research room, and dormitories (this had been planned for September, but has now been postponed to January).
Third, we are continuing to work with the Bingerville and Zanapledougou churches with their ministries in order to bring them to complete autonomy in the years ahead. Concrete steps are being taken with both churches to insure they arrive at autonomy and they can flourish after doing so."
U.S. MILITARY, JAPAN, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft — They share the following: "A. came to church asking about a Christian school. As a result of his query, he was saved in his home the following week. B. and his wife came at the invitation of a co-worker. He and his wife came faithfully on Sunday mornings for three weeks, and last Thursday he was saved in his home. Sunday, August 10, they both were baptized. L., a single GI, came on a Wednesday night for the first time with a friend. The following week he was saved and has since made his salvation public to the church. E. and M. started coming to church at the invitation of a co-worker who is also a member of the church. M. got saved a few weeks ago and E. got saved last Saturday. They were baptized last Sunday. E. was baptized on a recent Wednesday night. E. and T. and their two daughters came at the invitation of a co-worker who is a member of Maranatha Baptist Church. They came for five straight Sundays. These are just some of the nearly 50 recorded decisions that we have enjoyed in the last 12 weeks. The altars have been filled at every invitation. We are grateful that God answers prayer! Since we have sent out nearly 100 to new bases of operation thus far in 2014, we are blessed to see the Lord bringing new people in."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, the Seth Acree Family — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In our last prayer letter, we asked prayer for a man with whom we started a Bible study just after our arrival here in Ghana. The prayer was that he would not be deployed (as he serves in the Ghana Navy) so that the Bible study would continue. The Lord has answered that prayer! After four and a half months, I'm still able to meet with him on a weekly basis. Since Ghana is a society based on relationships, it has been very healthy for him spiritually for us to meet socially. As such, he has opened up to me more and we have been able to identify a major sin problem in his life (an addiction) that we are not working on. Please be in continued prayer for him as he battles temptation and needs to start coming to church more regularly.
• The continued Bible study
• Melissa's pregnancy
• The involvement in ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church
• Learning the Twi language
• Wisdom and adaptation with the new culture and climate
• The ministries of Lighthouse Baptist Church to continue to grow in the Kearney's absence"
EUROPE, ENGLAND, STOKE-OF-TRENT, Matt and Amanda Green — They share the following: "In the month of July and the beginning of August, we have been very busy. At the beginning of July, we set up a booth at Milton Carnival and handed out water and flyers with the Gospel, it went very well and many came and were interested.
Holiday Bible Club was very busy for us, too. Many of the church members were gone and we were in charge of getting it all together. Even though we are completely exhausted by the end of it, we praise the Lord that He gave us the strength and blessed us with a wonderful week. We had 39 kids come throughout the week, which was the largest group they have had. We give praise to the Lord and pray that a seed be planted in these children's lives.
Please keep us in your prayers as many things are coming up, including a new Bible college term, Mums and Tots, and a new Sunday school class for 11-14 year olds."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Don and Patsy Drake — They give the following report and prayer needs: "We have had three families PCS (rotate) since our last letter, but we are having new people visit almost every week. We have one family visiting us who is driving one hour to our church. They are enjoying the music, fellowship, and the preaching. They are praying about joining with us. We have a family of seven leaving for Mississippi in September. Please pray that the Lord will send replacements for all those that are PCSing from us. We and our people are making contacts almost daily and many tracts are being distributed. Pray that the Lord would give the increase as we faithfully serve His cause.
Pray for our troops and their families. We have one going "down range" in November. Pray the Lord would send forth laborers."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He writes, "The political situation in Thailand has calmed down and the church continues to move forward. We have had several salvations, converts baptized, and long-awaited prayers answered. Pastor Joe's mother recently accepted Christ as her Savior. His family and village have been on my prayer letter for a long time now, and we thank you for your prayers. This is fruit to your account. We are still praying for Joe's father. The church has seen several others get saved as well. Many of them continued in believer's baptism. Family pressure here can be discouraging, but we praise the Lord.
• Transitioning to Thailand
• Learning language & culture
• Safe travel
• Churches in Thailand
• Conversion of Joe's family & village"
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner — They write, "July was a busy month with two land/home dedications, one funeral for a 41-year-old lady whom Dan Jr. led to the Lord about six months ago. There are many unsaved at all the different services we had who heard the Gospel, which was a great blessing. Please pray that God would speak to all the hearts of those who came and pray they will one day soon get saved.
There are some special needs for our Bible school in Kobe, Japan. We are having work projects to fix some very needy areas. The project will take place from October 10-31. We will be remodeling two bathrooms and a shower area—replacing the tile, shower, tub, ceiling and doors. We need people who can lay tile, do plumbing and carpenter work. We will also be doing a lot of tearing out before construction. There is also some need for outside repair behind the bath area where we will replace sheeting and siding. Cost for this project will be about $13,000. If you can help in any way please let us know. If you can help financially you can send gifts/donations to BIMI to KIBBS Bathroom project—Account #5. Please consider us so that we may continue to train nationals for serving God."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLUMBIA. Peter and Elizabeth Putney — They give the following report: "In August the Lord gave us an incredible opportunity to preach the Gospel in every class in a local school in San Javier. This is extremely rare in Columbia. Most Columbians could not believe we were able to do it. We were able to go class-by-class preaching the Gospel. Each student then received a tract and an invite to the Bible Study. One of the teens came several days later. Having previously established a friendship with him, I was able to approach him before the Study and speak to him about his soul. He realized his need for salvation and listened attentively as I presented the Gospel. After the Bible Study we talked again and he was ready to receive Christ. When I explained to him he needed to pray from his heart and in his own words, he told me that he had never prayed like that before. All he had ever done was recite Catholic prayers given by the priest. What a blessing to see the joy on his face after the received Christ as his Savior! Please pray for him as I began discipleship with him. The San Javier Bible Study continues to go forward and the Lord is working in this poor and problem ridden neighborhood.
• Salvation decision
• Successful Children's Crusade
• Spanish studies
• Discipleship of new convert
BRAZIL, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following: "On June 8 Dan had the special privilege of baptizing two precious deaf ladies. A. is 72 years of age, and I. is 76 years of age. The water heater was not working, but even though the water was cold, they were excited to get baptized." Another who has been saved is a deaf man who had been coming to church for a couple of months. After hearing Dan preach, a nine-year-old hearing boy was led to the Lord by Becky. Also, an eight-year-old boy, M., who had been having doubts about his salvation, knelt and prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior."
Please pray for the Bennetts as they reach out to both the deaf and hearing in Brazil.
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, the David Gross Family — They share the following report: "Much has happened since our last prayer letter, many encouraging things. David has started a Bible study with one of our neighbors and her daughter. N. is elderly. S. has to young sons that play with our kids from time to time. He has also made contact with a gypsy family who is eager to learn more about the Bible. Their first language is Russian, though they understand Romanian as well but cannot read Romanian. Jacob and David went last week for the first Bible study with them and plans to go again this week. Pray these families will remain open to the truth of the Gospel and be saved along with their families."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They write, "Four Precious Souls Born Again! The first week of July we conducted our Kid's Summer Bible Club/VBS. What a blessing to see the excitement that the kids had in coming. One little girl asked, 'Why can't we have Bible Club all summer long?' My prayer is that once we get our own church building, that little girl's prayer will be answered. Four girls accepted Christ as their personal Savior during our club week. Please pray for them: J., T., R., and I."
Missionaries of the Day
Sunday, November 23, 2014
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Roy & Carol Ackerle - LATIN AMERICA MINISTRIES
Seth & Melissa Acree - GHANA
Kevin & Roxanne Akana - HAWAII
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Roy & Carol Ackerle - LATIN AMERICA MINISTRIES
Seth & Melissa Acree - GHANA
Kevin & Roxanne Akana - HAWAII
PRAYER PROMISEGive ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray (Psalm 5:1, 2).
PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas of Estonia (west of Russia).