CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, EL FARO, Matt and Dallita Goins — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We recently completed our fourth annual Faith Promise Missions Conference at Iglesia Bautista El Faro. Our speaker was Dr. Robbie Morrison, Director of All Points Baptist Mission. This year we had an amazing 63% increase in our missions commitments.
We rejoice with two of our young men who experienced special events in their lives. Christian Rodriquez graduated from Pensacola Christian College and Pastor Alex Reyes baptized his first converts at the church plant in Santa Barbara.
• Praise the Lord for 61 salvation decisions so far in 2014.
• Pray for wisdom regarding the timing and the placement of our next church plant.
• Pray for funds needed to build a storage shed and pavilion for bus parking and extra Sunday school space.
• Praise the Lord for the salvation of E., Al., C., Az., and B."
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, KARA (TOMDE), Lisa Lewis — She shares the following: "These days eyeglasses have been pouring into our post office. Many church members have sent boxes of glasses. We've been doing clinics in Dapaong, and I am really looking forward to sharing these, the next trip up there, a special thanks for sending them. I must admit that eyeglasses are one of the favorite things to give out during clinics. It is so much fun to watch faces light up as they can see much clearer or can now read easily. My vision to share Him with many while giving out glasses burns inside. Please pray that the Lord will use our upcoming clincs to open the eyes of those who've never seen Him."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, the David Townsley Family — They write, "On Sunday I received the news that J. had passed away. She and her husband were two of the first people saved at Riverside. My wife led her to the Lord at our dining room table. J. was the second one baptized at Riverside but has faced many health battles that often kept her from church. These last few days I have thought, 'Where would she be if there was no Riverside Baptist Church?' Because of your prayers, labor, and financial support, you made it possible for many unsaved friends to be in heaven today.
Please pray for 1) spiritual and numerical growth in the church,
2) complete healing for A. from Lyme's Disease and the herniated discs,
3) discernment and strength for fighting spiritual battles,
4) upcoming special summer events,
5) people to grow in their service for the Lord, and
6) many people facing medical needs in the church."
US MILITARY, ITALY, Chris and Lou Anne War — They share the following: "After our morning service, we had lunch together and then drove down to the river to conduct the baptism service. It is a spring fed river; therefore, it was very clean but also very, very cold, as it is all year round. The part of the river that we can access is in a public area. There were some Italian onlookers watching the baptism. After I baptized a young man, he walked out of the water and one of the onlookers who was an Italian man shook the young man's hand and congratulated him in Italian.
Please continue to pray for our family as we are going through a time of bereavement from the passing of my mom. Pray for Lou Anne and me to learn Italian so I can witness and I can preach in Italian. Also, please continue to pray for our troops and their families. There is a lot of unrest in the world, but also in our military at this time."
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, SIBERIA, BORTSOV, Duane and Bonnie Hearron — They share the following report: "We were blessed to have a young man named S. visit our services and later dine with our family. I first met him in the city many years ago when he was a student in the institute. His mother and two young siblings attended our church in the city at that time. He has always been keen to send me text messages and holiday greetings throughout the years. Now he is married and has a small baby girl. He told me that he likes hearing my presentation of the Bible. I have stressed to him that if he desires to know the one true God, our Creator, he must read the Bible. Please pray that he will search out the Scriptures and follow my advice. Pray that he continues to come to our services."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Debbie Guimon — She writes, "The angels were certainly rejoicing a couple of weeks ago while I was in Uganda. During the one full week that I was in Soroti, at least 10 sinners repented and trusted Christ as Savior! One was a 15-year-old girl whose father came to ask one of the missionaries to please witness to her. She was in a local hospital with congestive heart failure. With joy the missionary was able to share the truth of salvation and see her place her faith in Christ.
A couple of days later, a chairman of the Church of Uganda arrived at the same missionary's house, stating that he had been watching his life for the last seven years. He had seen the missionary give more than was required, willingly paying for things when he was not at fault and had no obligation to do so. This chairman stated that he had seen that what the missionary had was real, and he wanted it too! The missionary spent a lot of time showing him what the Bible says about being a real Christian and this man trusted Christ as his Savior!
The first thing this chairman wanted was to go home and bring his wife back to hear the same Good News he had just learned. Because it was too late in the day for him to make the long trip home and back with her that day, he made an appointment and came early the next morning bringing his wife with him. She listened to the Gospel and believed on Christ too!
A couple of days later, another missionary went to witness to a young lady who had visited the church the previous Sunday. She, too, understood her need of a Savior and put her trust in the Lord! At the same time, a different missionary had some of the older orphans out visiting in an area about thirty minutes away from Soroti where another local church has been planted. One of our orphan boys began sharing the Gospel with a young man there, and he also repented and came to Christ for salvation!"
God is truly working in mighty ways in the Soroti area. During my visit last year, I met some men who were riding bicycles over forty miles one way for Bible lessons, which they in turn would teach to the people of their villages. Now some of them have constructed their own structures in which to meet for services, and some of them are even supporting their own pastors."
BRAZIL, RIBEIRAO PRETO, the Milton Nunes Family — They write the following: "Praise the Lord with us for a number of souls that have recently trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We urge you to pray diligently for eleven newly converted people as we endeavor to help them to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. Pray also for several school students that came to trust the Lord in the last couple of months, responding to our invitations in chapel. Aren't you glad to have such a vital part in such a rewarding ministry? Alleluia!"
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, SASEBO, Steve and Debbie Kissling — They write, "We had some new Navy families coming on Sundays and a few Japanese folks have come as well.
This school year our church had three ladies graduate from the military high school here in Sasebo. Please pray with us for these young ladies as they plan to attend college in the United States this fall. Please pray that they will want to also 'walk in the love of Christ' and be a light for Him as they are so far away from their families.
We want to use our time here in Japan, wisely for the Lord Jesus. We want to thank you for taking the time to pray for us and for the support you send faithfully to help us minister here. We want to share some prayer requests that we hope you will pray about with us.
1. Pray for the visitors to our church, that they will keep coming, be sure of salvation, and perhaps want to join the membership of Lighthouse Baptist Church and help us minister to others.
2. Pray for safety and God's blessings as we travel to Yokosuka, Japan, July 19 and lead a teacher training class on Sunday, July 20. Steve will be preaching and Debbie will be teaching the children at this fine military church."
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Matt and Amanda Green — They share the following: "We have been busy the last few months. Our pastor took a trip to the States at the beginning of May, which made our schedule a little heavier. But God is blessing at Milton Baptist. At the end of April, a churchgoer that we have been praying for salvation, picked up a Gospel booklet at church and later called a church member to tell her that she trusted Christ! Also, at the beginning of May, another young lady picked up a tract from the church, took it home, and received the Lord sometime later. The Lord has given us some open doors as well to share the Gospel with some of Parker's schoolmates' parents. Please pray for them, both are showing interest."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEPAL, KTM, James and Holly Tamang — They share the following: "'18 kids and counting' — No, I have not been watching the Duggar family progress but have seen the catchy headline, '19 kids and counting.' We may not be the Duggars but we are the Tamangs, and in our home there are 18 kids and counting. There are a few children who are on a waiting list that have not been able to be in our home because of paperwork.
S. is a new girl who is 6 years old. She had been adjusting well. We already have her brother in our home. He has been a good help to us by helping her. We take these children on a faith basis and know that God will provide sponsors in time.
'Seven plus One to Heaven'
This year is 2071 in Nepal, which started in mid-April. The Bethel Baptist Church family started a list called 'Seven plus One to Heaven'for the year 2071 of unbelievers: family friends, relatives...for whom we can pray.
The list tallied up to more than160 unbelievers on the list, and the first fruit of 'Seven plus One to Heaven' was harvested last Saturday. Praise the Lord! She has been coming to church for almost a month and was searching, not knowing whom to believe. Finally, she accepted Christ as her Savior on May 24. Please pray for her."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, PIARCO, Coco Chan —She shares the following report and prayer requests: "On April 25, I got an exciting phone call that my two-year missionary permit extension was approved. I was so thrilled when I held the new permit in my hand. What a great privilege of serving our wonderful Savior in Trinidad for another two years!
• The Gossetts, the missionaries I work with, came back from furlough in the beginning of May. They are going to start a new church in the city of Sangre Grande, and I will be helping them with this new work. We have been traveling to Sangre Grande several times trying to find a house for his family and one for me. We are also looking for a place for a new church. Please pray for God to give us direction. The first priority for my house is to be in a safe area.
• Pray for God's blessings upon the new ministry in Sangre Grande and for God to prepare hearts even now.
• Pray for God to give me wisdom to start a children's ministry and to contact schools in Sangre Grande to teach Bible classes.
• My last day at Amazing Grace was June 15. It was a very hard day for me to say goodbye to the children I have been working with the last three years. Pray for those children to keep being faithful to God.
• I have a driving test on June 30 to switch my driver's license from class 7 to class 5.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku — They share the following report: "'If you had not come to Kiribati, I might have never received Jesus into my heart . . . it must have been God's plan.' Those were the words of a young lady who is saved, baptized and a faithful member of Tarawa Baptist Church. It is moments like this that our hearts want to leap out of our chests because God has allowed us the privilege to share His Gospel message with such dear people. We are humbled and grateful that God chose us to minister here on the equator and that you chose to partner with us in prayer and financial support. We can hardly wait until the Lord's return so that you can meet those whom you have had a part in reaching.
Continue to pray that our church would find land and a permanent place to grow. Living on sixteen square miles of island with more than 60,000 people means land is very precious and vacant land is extremely rare. If land is vacant, it is most likely held up in a major court case due to a family dispute. If it is available, a small piece of land (less than an acre) can be priced at over $150,000. God knows our need and we know He has a perfect location for our church."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, Missionary to the Deaf, Jamie Rowe — Jamie shares the following: "I've been in Peru for several months now, slowly adjusting to 'life on the field,' as many missionaries call it. Recently, I was able to find a little apartment for myself. Before, I was living with the Johnsons but decided it was time to venture out on my own. In the few months I've been here, I've had the opportunity to share with several about our loving Savior. M. is a 12-year-old hearing girl. Her brother is doing pastoral internship at the church. He sat down with her one night and shared the Gospel with her after which she invited Christ into her heart. L. is a 14-year-old deaf student here at the school. I sat down with her one day to share some biblical standards for how we ladies should dress. Knowing she wasn't saved, I also shared the Gospel with her. She didn't accept the Lord at that time, but the next day talked with Miss Nancy about salvation and L., too, invited Christ into her heart. I am so excited for the decisions these two young girls have made. It is THE most important decision one can make."
SOUTH AFRICA, WITBANK, David and Julie McCrum — They share the following report: "This year we began the Children's Worship portion of our service. With as many as thirty children in the morning service, things are getting lively! So every Sunday, David does an object lesson with the children about the morning's message....We have entered into a real training phase of the ministry with several being trained as teachers and many of our young people beginning to serve.
Please pray for our health. Because we are surrounded by six power plants and open cast coal mines, Witbank is nationally known for its horrible air quality. Also, the dry winters here compound the pollution problem. Our family is chronically unwell, and Jacob (5) and Katherine (2) are both being treated for Asthma. At the time of this writing, however, we are all well, and we thank God for this."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOKYO, Dave and Glenda Carter — They give the following report: "Continuing with God's blessings, in April we had 64 in our Easter services. In March one lady started attending our church. She lives in our town and with a slight interest in Christianity; she saw our website and has continued to come. At the end of preaching at invitation time, she will often raise her hand expressing that she wants to know more about salvation. We feel she has been close to being saved. Then, one Sunday morning, she told us that she has been attending church secretly without her husband's knowledge. As she shared the news, we advised her that sometime soon she needed to let her husband know what she was doing. Of course, we knew that that could mean he would get upset and make her quit coming. Well, she finally told him and praise be to God, he told her it was her decision to make. There still remains a possibility that he will put a lot of pressure on her not to attend, so please pray for her.
Also, we have had a church neighbor attend a few times. Besides these, we have been seeing more new people come weekly to our afternoon Bible/English class. Please remember to pray for the salvation of young men T. K., I., and Mr. S. Thank you so much!"
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLOMBIA, VANCOUVER, Jacques and Rebekah van Rooyen — They share the following: "Our neighborhood is overwhelmingly Chinese. Mandarin is spoken everywhere. The opportunities to minister to Chinese speaking families are inexhaustible. Just one month of ministry at Chinese Tabernacle Baptist Church has taught us this much.
This last month, every Sunday, visitors have come to church. Then throughout the week more have visited one of our seven separate in-home Bible studies that are conducted for discipleship and outreach. Some of these visitors are new immigrants. Others are visiting from China. Most are lost, searching, wondering what Christianity has to offer them and their families.
The need within the church is also great. Broken, struggling families need teaching and encouragement. Marriages need strengthening. Parents need biblical principles to guide their homes. The youth need growth and courage to live out the life of Christ in their schools and places of work. By and large, the church needs a breath of revival from the Holy Spirit of God."
EUROPE, ENGLAND, LIVERPOOL, the James Mansfield Family — They share the following report: "We feel like we've been in a marathon for the last couple months! God has been working and it has been exciting. Easter went well with a couple visitors in attendance. We took family pictures again which is always a big hit and had a fellowship meal as well.
Whether it's the dishwater repairman, neighbor, or person on the street, we are spreading the Gospel seed whenever possible. We have had two saved in soul winning and have two ladies who are following the Lord in baptism. Laurie's Catholic family who have been very skeptical about us will be there, so please be in prayer for them.
The spiritual growth of our newest member has been very encouraging. Like a dry sponge, he has been soaking up the teaching! The new believer's discipleship program on Tuesday nights has been exciting as questions from 'Who are Israelites and Gentiles?' to 'What is the Bride of Christ?' have arisen."
FAR NORTH, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We have been keeping busy, helping Matt Litson with his youth ministry and also teaching and preaching for Pastor Rioux twice a month in Quebec. Pastor Rioux had a special meeting in April and asked me to preach a salvation message. A middle-age lady came at the invitation and received Christ as her Savior. Praise the Lord! Pastor Rioux shared with me recently that several people have received Christ in his church the last few weeks. God has blessed this faithful man of God.
Please pray for us in these following areas:
1. For the Lord's direction as to where to start a church
(July will be the end of one year helping the Litsons.)
2. For Pastor Rioux and his battle with cancer
(The doctors only give him one to two years. Pray for the church as they look for a future pastor.)
3. For our neighbors who need Christ as their Savior
4. For Jimmy as he is visiting Israel for a two-week survey trips"
USA MILITARY, Jeff and Joyce Alverson — They share the following: "On June 1, 2014, I assumed the position of Director of Military Ministries at BIMI. Dr. James Kennard, who served in this capacity for 34 years, is now serving as Military International Representative.
Please be in prayer for all of our BIMI military missionary families. These are dedicated men and women who are committed to reaching our military personnel and their families for Christ and training them to serve our Savior.
Our prayer request is still the same that God will send us more young men with a burden to minister to our military and get the Gospel message to them. Please pray for the four families (we would like to have ten) who are now on deputation. We also ask you to pray for the Corprew and Passaro families who are beginning furloughs this month."
SOUTH AFRICA, WHITE RIVER, Richard and Laura Badgett—They give the following report: "[I was] introduced to H. S., a local lay preacher who lives close to the work in Msholozi. We began our conversation with ministry as he told me how he was asked to preach to a local congregation. Then, just to see where each was coming from, I shared my testimony. He then had a question and concern. He said he had been bothered that he could remember his baptism but could not recall making a profession first. I agreed that he did have a concern and asked what he wanted to do about it. He called on the name of the Lord for salvation. There are no shortcuts to salvation, it is and always has been, '...repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.' Then H. asked how is it that some I have preached to have been saved? I reminded him of the Scripture that says, 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.' Please pray for him; now that he is saved he will be sought out by the Charismatics that are so prevalent here to preach in their churches. Please pray he will stay true to the doctrine that saves."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, Danny and Janice Flowers—They share the following report and prayer needs: "Upon our arrival in France last summer, I joined the Villers-Semeuse Basketball Club, which is in a town just on the outskirts of Charleville. Our team is composed mostly of men in their late 20s and 30s who have families. Even though we are more 'seasoned,' we have had a successful season. Janice attends all of my home games and has been able to establish friendships with many of the wives. Over and over, God has allowed me to speak frankly to my teammates about the Bible and salvation. At 30, A. works in construction, is married, and has a young daughter. He and his little girl visited our church for our Christmas service. Shortly thereafter I asked him a simple question: 'Where will you go after death?' He had no answer for me, but the question simmered on his conscience for some time. I recently met him on a Saturday afternoon for coffee and presented him with a new Bible. For almost two hours, I answered his questions and took him through the Scriptures. He heard the truth for the first time in his life. His heart is tender. Please pray for his salvation."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, James and Cheryl Pridgen—They share the following report and prayer needs: "Our first week back, the Lord allowed us to see 17 people saved. Nine of these were students from the Christian school. It was definitely a great way to start this term on the field. Since that time the Lord has allowed us to see people saved every week.
NATIONALS TEACHING AND PREACHING: It has been a blessing to see our folks here being faithful in the ministry. They are teaching all the Sunday school lessons and they are faithfully preaching in the church plants that have been started. We also have 16 students in the Bible college this semester as they continue to train for the ministry. This year one of our young men will be graduating from the college, and he will be helping to pastor another church here in town. We also have several new families in our church in Kampala, and it has been a blessing to see them as they grow in the Lord.
• I have to renew our children's student visas this month.
• We also need to renew two of our children's passports.
• Next month I will need to renew my work permit as well as a Cheryl's visa entry permit.
• Pray for God's provision for the Christian school and the Bible college.
• Pray for the Boda Conference on May 1. A boda is a motorcycle that is used for public transportation. We are having a conference to reach the boda drivers with the Gospel."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, JOYNER, Joe and Melissa Marshall—They write, "We are beginning the process of planting a church in the North Lakes/Kallangur area. This is an area where many families are moving, either for work or to be further from the city. Our major need at the moment is a building where we can hold services.
We were privileged to work alongside a number of recent graduates of Good Shepherd Baptist Church's Bible institute in the Answer Me This city outreach. We held four sessions answering people's questions about God, the Bible, sin, salvation and life after death. In all, we had five different international students and one Australian student attend. Please pray as follow up continues with those who attended.
1. Please pray that we can find a building to rent to plant a new church in the North Lakes area in North Brisbane.
2. Please pray for safety and good health for the team going to Papua New Guinea.
3. Please pray for the continued follow up meetings with those who attended the Answer Me This outreach in Brisbane.
We praise the Lord that most of our belongings arrived undamaged from Darwin."
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, BARQUISIMETO, Carlos and Susan Arce—They share the following exciting report: "Last month I was preaching in our church's anniversary, and never in all my life have I seen so many people come forward to receive Christ as their Savior. When I finished my message, I gave the invitation and the first person who came forward was a woman with tears in her eyes. Then another and another, and more than 40 adults were saved that Sunday morning. My heart was jumping with joy to see how God answers our prayers.
The Friday before, we had been in prayer from 7:00 in the evening until 10:30 at night—adults and young people in our church. Many were kneeling and even in tears calling out to God about their families and friends. And then when we saw them come that Sunday morning, we were all praising God in prayer. I thank God for how even today He answers our prayers and continues to touch hearts. This was the largest group in all my ministry that I have seen come forward to get saved in one service. God is great and awesome!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Jim and Carol Stackhouse (on furlough)—They share the following report: "After several years of not having the opportunity to give a report, we are excited to share the great things God is doing through our ministry in Papua New Guinea.
LAE BAPTIST COLLEGE
Lae Baptist College commenced another year of classes in February, adding three new students in our enrollment. We have a total of 15 young preachers currently training for the ministry this year. God has blessed the school with another qualified instructor, increasing our national faculty to four. All four of our national instructors have graduated from the LBBC. We currently have approximately 45 graduates of the college actively serving as pastors or church planting missionaries/evangelists in a number of provinces around the country.
HAVEN OF REST BAPTIST CHURCH
God continues to bless our church with spiritual and numerical growth. We held our annual revival in February. Four more souls trusted Christ as their personal Savior. The church baptized several new Christians last month in March. God continues to use the church to spread the Gospel and start new churches throughout the country. Haven of Rest is actively involved in the starting of more than 25 churches in ten different provinces of Papua New Guinea. The church commissions our graduates from LBBC and sends them into the many harvest fields."
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross—They share the following report and prayer needs: "What a joy it is to be back in Moldova! . . .We have met most of our neighbors by now and they have been very friendly, helpful and welcoming. Please pray for S., A., V., A. (She is 95 years old!), I. and L., J., B. and Vi. I have also started witnessing to a man at the piaja (market). He said he believes about 50% that there is a God. Please pray for a lady who works in a little convenience store. Russian is her first language, but she also is very conversant in Romanian. She asked me to bring back some Russian Bible literature. I met with her this week on Wednesday and gave her an evangelistic book and two brochures that deal with the deity of Christ. She has read a lot of Jehovah's Witness literature in the past. She asked me a lot of questions in between times when she had clients. On Tuesday, I am scheduled to visit again and begin a Bible study with her. Please pray for her to see the truth from God's Word."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOKYO, AKIRUNO SHI, Dave and Glenda Carter—They share the following report: "The past two Sundays we had three new people come to church. One lady came to find peace in her life through the study of the Bible! Wow! Actually, she is an acquaintance of ours, and she has attended our church picnic before—but has never been to our church. The other two young men who came attended our Bible/English class in the afternoon and one of them bought a Bible not too long ago. It was his first time to visit our church. He came one day to our summer camp last year, and I mentioned him in one of my prayer letters then."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, SAO JOSE DO RION PRETO, Charles and Peggy Vaughn—They share the following: "We had a family that has come to our church in the past who came back to visit. The man had an addiction to drugs, but his wife had been saved. He told me that he wanted to come earlier before the night service and talk to me. At the appointed time, he did not show and about fifteen minutes before service he arrived. He said he was sorry, but his son did not want to come. As I knew that there would be a spiritual battle, I had posted on Facebook a request for prayer. There were about fifty responses from around the world stating that they would remember this request in prayer. PRAISE THE LORD, when he got to the church, he said he wanted to repent and receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Please pray for him and his family as he grows in grace and battles his past addiction. He daughter also needs to be saved."
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, COJUTEPEQUE, The Fridenstine Family—They share the following report and prayer needs: "We had 'Friend Day' with a record attendance of 229 with around 50 first time visitors. What a joy it was to see our new building nearly filled before we even finished it! It was so rewarding to see the church folks inviting their friends and loved ones to hear the Word of God preached.
We recently had an activity for the ladies of our church and there were 53 that attended and two that received Christ as Savior that night. Also, the men went on an overnight men's retreat and the 20 men that attended enjoyed competitive games and a biblical challenge on being a man of God.
We have recently started a group for our senior high teenagers. There have been around 15 coming to those meetings and it is a great time to challenge them to serve God, even when it is not popular. We are excited to see the next generation with a desire to serve the Lord with their lives."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, BANGKOK, Brian and Jamie Cone—They share the following report: "Each new day in Thailand has a set of challenges, excitements, and adventures—from deciding which route would be best for the day's particular destination, including but not limited to taxis, trains, and long walks. Another adventure is trying street food and not knowing for sure what it is or how it will taste.
We now have someone to watch the children while Jamie and I attend language school. Her name is P. (Thai for "fish," everyone has a nickname that they use), and she is a wonderful Christian lady out of the church where we are serving.
Continue to pray for a vehicle for us, one that would meet our needs, and for the necessary funds to purchase the vehicle. Also, as we continue in language school, please pray that we learn quickly and efficiently so we can communicate effectively."
CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN'S, Nathan and Renee Owens—They share the following: "One of our exciting ministries at the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse is to be able to host mission teams to minister to the radio station, local churches, and ministries around Antigua. The Lord has provided two beautiful, furnished apartments that our teams make use of, but like all material things on this earth 'moth and rust doth corrupt.' One of our responsibilities is the upkeep of one of these apartments. We noticed that a wall between the two bathrooms was damaged due to water splashing out of the showers. We began repairs on the wall which led to repainting both bathrooms, which then led to repainting the entire apartment and even installing two ceiling fans over the sleeping area. We are still finishing up some of this project, but we are excited to have it all fresh when our first team of the year comes in June. Most of our summer, June through August, is packed full of teams."
• That the station will be able to purchase land in Antigua for a new studio.
• That God will supply the financial support for the land and a new studio building.
• That our missionary team will be able to work together to operate and improve the radio station.
• Finances for the station.
• Our involvement in our new church with the youth.
• Planning for summer mission teams."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLUMBIA, (LANGUAGE SCHOOL), Peter and Elizabeth Putney—They share the following report: "There have been many adjustments to make in the transition to Latin American culture but all in all we are doing well. The first month was difficult, especially for our oldest daughter, Lydia. Despite the 'culture shock,' more and more we are feeling at home and getting used to the differences. Lydai and Kaylee are in daycare while we are in language school and both have Spanish speaking teachers.
We will be moving to Colombia and finish the year studying the Colombian specific Spanish either in a local university or with private tutors. Our plane tickets are booked for June 9! Thank you for your prayers and support that have made it possible for us to be here."
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, ARIZONA, PHOENIX, Paul and Jan Fischer—They write, "Concerning the ministry to Asians in our area, we ask prayer for Mrs. F. and Mrs. K. They, along with many other Japanese, live here within a few miles of our church. We have talked to them. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts. Pray that they will see their need of Christ in their lives. Mrs. F. will probably return to Japan in a few years. I pray that she will be able to take Christ back to the country where we worked in for so many years. There are thousands of Asians in the area. Please pray that we will have an impact in their lives with Jesus. Our neighbor went to church with us for a couple weeks again and has said he will go again this coming Sunday… He is an older man and I pray I can have a part in seeing him become a child of God."
USA MILITARY, FLORIDA, JACKSONVILLE, Stan and Charlene Lane—They share the following report: "What a blessing to hear the testimonies of two new believers that followed the Lord in baptism recently. It is sad to see them receive orders and transfer; such is a military ministry. Please pray for these two as they relocate to continue to be faithful to church and personal devotions.
1. Two sailors baptized
2. New granddaughter
3. Visitors on Thursday evening at the base
1. Faithful man to help in reaching those in the barracks
2. Souls to be saved
3. Health and our son to find full employment
4. D. V., health and spiritual needs"
FAR NORTH, QUEBEC, LAVAL & MONTREAL, Betsey Reznor—She writes the following: "Some news that is sad for me but good at the same time is that the Saturday group in Laval has decided to merge with an Arab Baptist church in Montreal. Although I'm sad to lose the opportunity of teaching every Saturday night, I'm thrilled that the group has decided to merge with the church. I'm so glad that the teens will be in an environment where they will hear God's Word taught and preached.
Along with all the preparations for summer ministry, I am also looking for a new place to live. I have been living near my language teacher, and now that my language studies are finished, I want to be closer to the church in order to have more opportunities for ministry in my home. I want to move before Moving Day (July 1st) when almost all rental contracts start for the coming year."
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, LIVERPOOL, The James Mansfield Family—They write, "Spring = new growth. That is the focus in our ministry recently. We have had only a few visitors but have seen an enormous growth in our recent converts and even in those who have been saved for a while. Last month we began a weekly discipleship class on Tuesday nights at our home, four to six adults attend, depending on work schedules. The newly saved couple's three children join our six in a fun-filled family room that my wife oversees! We take topics and delve into what the Bible says regarding each one. It has brought some very good discussions to the table and the willingness to learn and grow has blessed my heart!
Activities and community outreach have kept us busy. We had a 'Breakfast Sunday' where everyone brought breakfast foods for a meal after the morning service. It was a big hit with everything from scrambled eggs and bacon to freshly made waffles with berries and cream. Mothering Sunday is celebrated over here in mid-March. We had special notepads with verses for all the ladies."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, Don and Bridgitt Dryden—They share the following report: "Thank the Lord for souls saved. We have three men that work with us on our property. We have prayer and devotions (Scripture applications for living) daily; in the last few months, two older children of one of the men received Christ and have been baptized.
This afternoon (as with every 4th Saturday) many of our church members will go to a populous area and hold an 'open air meeting.' One of our laymen will lead singing and another will preach; our ladies group will sing a special as well as two youth groups. This is a practical way of training for our folk in evangelism.
As we enter into the 3rd and final trimester for the Bible school year, we have 158 students in the three centers for teaching. We are anticipating 28 men who will be receiving their diplomas after five years of classroom participation. Our men learn more than theology and ministry. Last trimester I taught personal evangelism in the Port-de-Paix Bible School. Part of the homework is to talk to one or more about their salvation every week. As I was grading their last weekly quiz, eight (of the 52 in the class) reported souls that they had led to Christ the past week and whom were coming to church with them. We ask you to pray for Benji and me along with three national Bible school graduates who help us teach."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, BAYWATER, Robert and Mary Fuller—They share the follow report: "Robert has had the opportunity of ministering and witnessing to a few deaf men these last few months. Recently, T. attended one Bible Study for about a month. He loves to talk about cars! He knows nothing about God. Pray for him that he will open his heart and his mind to his need of Christ.
B. comes to our Bible Study when he can. He is a very young man who seems to seek something spiritually. Pray for him that he will recognize his need of the Savior.
We mentioned about an unexpected deaf visitor from another country in our previous letter. He continues to come to our church faithfully. He is picking up more Auslan but he still struggles with it. He is learning more about God. He realized what he learned in his home country was much different from what he is learning now. Pray for him."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney—They share the following report and prayer needs: "On the 14th day of March, we had the privilege to perform the funeral service of [a] beloved member in her hometown, Tsrupke-Tota, in the Volta region. She was fatally injured by a speeding car on December 20, 2013, while she was crossing the street in the capital city of Accra. Her three-year-old daughter, who was being carried on her back, survived the accident with a broken arm and facial bruises. At the funeral the Gospel was presented. We pray that God will work in the hearts of the people who heard His Word. The family invited us back to do evangelism in the coming weeks....Pray for her husband to totally surrender his life to the Lord."
CENTRAL EUROPE, UKRAINE, CRIMEA, SIMFEROPOL, Tony and Dawn Hess—They share the following report and prayer needs: "Just over a month ago, R. came to church for the third time, and after the invitation was over and we closed in prayer, she came up to me and asked if I could talk to her about being saved—GLORY! I 'pert near' danced a little jig—now you all know that I didn't, but I was rejoicing THAT'S FOR SURE.... This young lady, who came to church, was now ready to come to Christ as a result of her friend who I was privileged to lead to Christ and disciple last year. Saved—discipled—bringing others to Christ!!! 'I love it when a plan comes together,' to quote an old show from yesteryear. I'm glad for those of us who aren't that creative or rich to come up with something different to build a church. I'm glad to see that GOD'S PLAN WORKS AND IT WORKS BEST!!
We never imagined that this little spot of land holding about 2 million people (nearly the same population as the state of West Virginia—I love that place) would be the place for WW III to start. Never ever would I have imagined it to be so! As I write this letter, we are on the eve of a 'referendum' or vote for Crimea to secede from Ukraine and become again a territory of Russia, which would mean that we will possibly be changing fields without changing our address! This is probably a first.... Please, please continue praying."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz—They share the following: "Thanks so much for praying for our family during this busy furlough time. We are in the middle of meetings with some of our supporting churches. We fly back to Uganda on May 5, so we are entering the stage of heavy preparation for our return,
• Good health and safety as we prepare to return to Uganda
• Ngora Baptist Church in Uganda—to remain faithful to the Lord and to have unity while we are on furlough
• For three more churches to partner with us financially before we head back to Uganda
• A new supporting church!
• Safety in traveling during the winter months to 29 meetings so far"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, OJOJONA, Jason and Cassy Tate—They write, "The church in Ojojona has continued to see souls saved and discipled with Pastor Gustavo Silva taking the leadership. We are excited as we help plan the first baptisms in the work since he took the leadership. We are excited to see this work continue to grow and the desire for Christian growth. It is a blessing to see that almost every Sunday there have been visitors in the adult services. Please continue to pray for this work as they continue to reach their local community for Christ.
The construction in Ojojona is almost finished. We praise the Lord for His provision up to this point. We need to finish the building so that it can be used for the Lord. We are thankful for the funds that have already been given and are praying for the additional $2,000 need to put the roof on the church.
Prayer Requests and Praises:
1. Praise for the two souls saved this past month
2. Praise for 13 students that graduated from WCBC El Salvador last month
3. Pray for Sargent C. in the Presidential Honor Guard to continue to grow in Christ through discipleship."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, BANGKOK, the Brian Cone Family—They share the following: "We have arrived in Thailand! Our first goal is to fall in love with the people to whom God has called us. We are walking the streets, visiting all the shops and malls and trying to build relationships with those around us. . . . We have also started language school and are hard at work. Pray that we can learn quickly, but properly, and we can be a witness to our teachers.
Thank you for praying for a place to live. We have a place that is reasonably priced and fairly close to all places we need to be. Our landlord has been extremely helpful. Please pray as we witness to her.
Our plan for transportation when we arrived was to use all public transportation, i.e., train, bus, or taxi. We have been here about a month and have put pen to paper and in the long run, a vehicle would be less than we spend in transportation and far more convenient. Please pray the Lord will provide in the area of a vehicle for our family."
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, SANARE, the Nathan Arce Family—They share the following prayer requests: "We would like to share some prayer requests that are in our hearts; we know we can count on your prayers to receive the answer according to our Lord's perfect time. Peace for Venezuela: Pray that in the middle of all the death and crime God's work would continue to spread freely and boldly.
Wisdom and Protection: Richard and Maria Teresa are the national couple leading the church in our absence. They are pouring their love, energy, and ability into Sanare, and we are sure the Lord will bless them for the hard work they are doing.
Car: We need to buy a vehicle that will work for us during our furlough, and then resell it in November and use the money to purchase a family vehicle in Venezuela when we go back.
Support: As we share the growth of the ministry in Venezuela and personally thank the churches for their faithful giving and praying for us through out the past seven years, we ask for prayer as we seek to partner with new churches so that the ministry in Venezuela will continue for many more years.
Our Family: Pray for us as we adjust to the different weather and new life rhythm that includes missions conferences, traveling in the car for many hours, and home schooling."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato—They share the following report and prayer needs: "In February we immediately prepared for our March for Missions Revival with guest preacher Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) President and General Director, Dr. David Snyder. It is an honor to have him along with BIMI Military Ministry Director, Dr. James Kennard. Dr. and Mrs. Kennard, who have been serving the LORD JESUS CHRIST as missionaries for over 50 years, gave their salvation testimonies and call to missions. E., R., and Y. all prayed to trust CHRIST as Savior! Recent converts, J., Ja., A., and Y. surrendered to believer's baptism. S., N., M., and C. surrendered to full-time Christian service or Military Missions. Praise the LORD! Please pray for all of them as we follow-up, disciple, and screen our missionary prospects."
Please pray for their son in West Coast Baptist College and for Elvie who is due for a visit with her doctor.
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, CATARMAN, Layne and Nelia Jones—They write, "Thanks to all that have given toward the new radio equipment. We still need several thousands of dollars to reach our goal of $15,000. If you can help with this very needy project, it would be greatly appreciated.
Please continue to pray for the land to sell in San José. This would enable us to transfer everyone to the camp. We need to finish the boys' dorm and build an educational building plus guest houses. We are now painting the cafeteria as one of our summer projects. We just finished painting one side of the tabernacle roof. There are so many projects to finish this summer before May Youth Camp and April Youth Conference. You can see pictures of the work here on Facebook at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Catarman."
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, TCHANDIDA, the Huff Family—They share the following report: "Few things in life could bring me more joy than watching how the Lord builds His church in places like Tchandida. This is a village 16 miles from our house that until just a few years ago was almost untouched by the Gospel. Its people were steeped in voodoo and enslaved in a dark world of witch doctors and fears of curses. In fact, the first thing we had to do when we started this church was to cut down a very large tree right next to our little building where animals were sacrificed in fetish ceremonies. By God's grace, this place has come a long way from that point, and we praise God for the many who have left their old lives of voodoo to follow Christ. To see more pictures of the work and to read more of the story, please visit our blog at www.thehuffsintogo.com."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD, John and Abby Lafreniere—They write, "During the last three months we have traveled to Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina. It has always been amazing to us to see so many Christians around our country that have a burden for the Northeast. It will be a pleasure to tell the people of Fairfield that there are many Christians all around the country praying for them. God has continued to raise our support level and we are at 77% of our needed support.
We have not fully set our sights on the work that is needed to be done in Fairfield this year. Starting in the middle of June until the middle of August, we will have a 10 week distribution campaign for us to distribute 65,000 John and Romans door hanger packets. We have many churches that have already let us know that they will help us get the Word out in Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport and Easton. We are attempting to distribute 6,500 per Saturday."
• That God would miraculously heal Abby from Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS)
• Wisdom and direction as we look for real estate in Fairfield
• That God would allow some workers to help us as we start the church and work in the hearts of the people of Fairfield, Westport, Easton, and Bridgeport."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku—They share the following report: "The Lord has been at work in this New Year and we are thrilled to see our church growing. Since January 7, we have had four more people follow the Lord in believer's baptism and added to the church. Many visitors have come, and we are praying for the Lord to soften their hearts that they may come to know the Lord as their personal Savior.
February is the beginning of the school year in this part of the world. We launched the school year with a 'Back to School Sunday.' Many people were invited and there were over 65 in attendance with 30 children and teenagers. God opened the door for Brooke to volunteer teaching English in a preschool two hours a day. The preschool is operated by one of our church members, and Brooke is free to share Bible stories, Bible songs, and be a witness to these young children's families. On 'Back to School Sunday' several of her students attended with their mothers. Please pray that the Lord will work in their hearts and that they would come again."
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez—They write, "Aimee continues to teach music lessons on Wednesday nights. It has been exciting to see the progress of each student. This year, many of them are taking turns playing for the offering on Sunday mornings, which helps to build their self-confidence and skills. We are looking forward to seeing how each of them will use this talent in serving the Lord.
Please pray for the youth group, for some have scattered. They have been unfaithful too long from the church, youth meetings and God. The core youth group has taken it upon themselves to visit those unfaithful teens to encourage them and bring them back to the fold."
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, BARQUISIMETO, Carlos and Susan Arce—They share the following: "Our church just started holding services in their own building even though this building isn't finished. It still doesn't have walls or the roof finished. They have a rough cement floor and about a third of the roof. They put up some electric lights and benches. What a wonderful service we had with them last week! It was so beautiful to see the sun set while we were singing praises to the Lord during the service. They are rejoicing that they are in their own building, and bit by bit they will continue to build. This week they are going to start putting up part of the first wall, even though cement is also one of the items that is hard to find. God is able."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Kristine McLaughin, RN—She shares the following prayer needs: "What a blessing to have so many open doors to share the Gospel message with our village neighbors! We have been encouraged already this year, but there is still a lot of work to do here. Would you pray with us for the following requests?
• A.-Pray for an understanding and acceptance of salvation among the students during the literacy classes.
• B.-Pray for more men to attend the services and for villagers to be saved and grow.
• S.-Y.-Pray for wisdom in starting the church plant and especially the men to lead it.
• Vehicle-For those of you who gave last year, my mechanic has looked at several vehicles in the capital, and we are close to making this purchase. Pray that we will choose the right vehicle that will be reliable in ministry for years to come."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, JOHVI, the Ronald Winkler Family—They share the following report and prayer needs: "A few years ago I stopped by our local prison and was able to speak to the chaplain. I mentioned to him that I had lots of tracts and Bibles that I would like to get into the hands of the prisoners. He seemed interested and told me that they do need Bibles. We exchanged contact information. In the days following I emailed him and tried to set up a time to deliver the Bibles to them. I never heard back from him. Recently, I met a local 'pastor' and mentioned my desire to get the Bibles into the prison. He told me that he had contacts there and could get them into the prison. Praise the Lord! Last week 250 Bibles were passed out to be delivered to the prisoners. Please pray that God's Word would have an impact on the hearts of the prisoners.
• Salvation of O
• Salvation of A
• Literature distribution
• Larger van"
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, David and Annette Townsley—They give the following report: "'God has brought us back!' E. gave testimony at the end of the revival services of how God had been working in her family's hearts to be faithful again in church! The whole family came to all of the Revival Services and some of her extended family came to a few services as well. The revival was well attended but what was special was that God worked in nearly everyone's heart. On Monday night of the revival, X. brought two middle-school aged teen girls named C. and M.. After the service the assistant pastor was able to lead them to Christ in the auditorium! When C. returned Tuesday night, her face was almost glowing with the joy of salvation plus she was wearing a dress!
In addition to the revival services, God has brought more teens into the church. A new family has been attending that has three teens. During the January winter games teen activity, eleven teens attended! Praise the Lord as this is a big increase from the last year."
Please pray for (1) Spiritual growth and numerical growth, (2) Healing for Annette's neck & arm, (3) Discernment and strength in fighting spiritual battles,(4) Upcoming special services."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, LA CAMPIÑA, the Mark Gerosin Family—They give the follow report and prayer needs: "Recently I met with our deacon and he proceeded to tell me he thought God might be calling him into full-time service but wasn't sure. I gave him some suggestions to help him gage the situation, along with the moving in his spirit. Please pray for this young man. He truly has a servant's heart and would make a great pastor.
A woman recently started attending church. She was already saved but had never been biblically baptized. She got baptized and brought her neighbor later on. Her neighbor came a few times and got saved. Keep bringing them in because God is at work!
Please pray as we embark on a new evangelism program this year that includes: preaching to the homeless, preaching to drug-addicts, door-to-door soul winning, house Bible studies, and evangelism in Ebejico."
USA, WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, TENNESSEE, CHATTANOOGA, Dan and Sharon Daugherty—They share the following: "January 31 Dan returned from California and began the huge job of completely tearing down, cleaning and replacing parts of a blown Scag mower engine. Finally, the evening of February 17, it was reassembled and started. What a blessing to hear the engine running once more! From February 18 to March 1 Dan traveled with a group of five others from our church and BIMI to work again at Pacific Baptist. Thank the Lord for protecting Dan and Lyle from harm as their scaffold began to roll in a 30-foot elevator shaft."
ARM MINISTIES, MISSISSIPPI, OCEAN SPRINGS, Andy and Dianne Ramsey—They share the following report, "In case you didn't know, we are under the ARM ministry (Assistance and Relief Missionaries) of BIMI. To get you up-to-date, we are still ministering at La Iglesia Baptist Gracia in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Now, I am pastor of the Spanish church. We ask you to continue to pray for this ministry here. Pray for A., M., S., Ma. and B.. We have begun a Thursday night Bible Study and prayer meeting besides our Sunday morning worship.
Dianne is still continuing her treatment every night and is doing fine. She still goes once a month for her lab and once a month for her clinic. She has been moved up on the list. We are still waiting for that call."
WEST AFRICA, CAMEROON, BUEA, Nathan and Karie Owens—They share the following report and prayer needs: "We thank God for His grace and for His protection in this past year! We have seen God's hand on our family and in the work He has called us to do. Karie has been continuing with doctor's appointments and tests as our medical furlough has been extended until the middle of July. We thank God for His wisdom and what He has shown us about her health and his healing hand in her recovery. Currently, she is being treated for heart arrhythmia. Please continue to pray for her as in the upcoming weeks she will undergo a procedure on her heart in order to correct this problem. We are praying for safety and a fast and full recovery!
Please pray for...
• Believers in Buea to grow in faith and obedience to Christ.
• Brother Roland and Brother Promise as they serve.
• More souls to be reached for Christ in future village outreach.
• New believers to grow as a result of the evangelism during the past two months.
• Protection against evil and the devil's attack against these young believers.
• Safety from political unrest.
• The Benson family as they plan to go to Cameroon as missionaries."
WESTERN EUROPE, ENGLAND, CONGLETON, Joshua and Melissa Booth—They share the following: "K. looked at us with concern in her eyes, 'I am not being fed at the _________ church in Sandbach. Would it be okay to start coming here more often?' We replied, 'Of course you may. You're always welcome here.'
At ninety years old, C. faithfully brings her husband to church, even though he has beginning stages of dementia. To maintain her proficiency for church accompanist, she has played through 732 hymns in our hymnbook nearly three times in the last two years! 'I like the Bible studies (about apologetics) on Sunday nights,' C. said with a smile. 'They really make me think.' Discipleship with A. M. has been rewarding. Last Sunday the church received her into membership. She has shown a servant's heart and a teachable spirit, which church members have noticed since she trusted Christ and became baptized. As a faithful servant, she goes with Melissa to pick up children for Sunday school. Recently, she volunteered to serve in our Sunday afternoon Bible club and wants to learn how to teach a Bible lesson."
Pray for the Booths as they will be taking a short furlough from April through June of this year.
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, the Adam Young Family—They share the following news: "We have some great news that will speed up the building program. We have just found out about a change in the rules that say we don't have to have water and gas connected in order to register our building and get a title deed to it. With a title deed we can register our residence in the new building, thus freeing us up to sell our apartment, which is where we are currently registered. This process can take as little as three months, so by May we might have the money from selling our apartment and be able to hire workers to help us finish everything more quickly. We have already turned in the needed documents to start the process. Please pray that everything will be completed.
As I was searching for a place to print our new tracts, I met a lady named L. She listened to the Gospel for an hour, and although she was shy and declined to pray on the spot to be saved, she did say that she would do so in the future. Please pray for her salvation."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, San Miguel de Tucumán, Larry and Ruth Owens—They share the following blessings: "J. came to our church to one of our prayer meetings. He was a big time drug dealer for 25 years and then was arrested and spent over 10 years in prison. While in prison, he got saved. He now is out of prison. Please pray for him as he now wants to serve the Lord.
C. was a hopeless drunk for years. He recently got saved and is on fire for the Lord. He's a bus captain bringing people to Christ. A. also was a heavy drinker and has been saved. He's so excited to serve and honor the Lord. He has been off drink about a month. The night club next to the church is really going downhill. The crowd is about half of what it was. Please keep praying.
The Bible college is about to start again in March. We have new students committed to come from Ecuador and Bolivia. Please pray that we can send out more pastors."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, INDIA, MYSORE, David and Joanne Divakar—They share the following report and prayer needs: "We look forward to what God has in store for us in 2014. Here in Mysore the greatest blessing so far was the salvation of a young couple who had come to me for pastoral counseling because they wanted to get married. The young man comes from another city, but the young lady attends the young adult Sunday school class. They had heard the Gospel before and were thinking of following the 'Christian way of life,' but they did not know how to make the transition from the old way to a life in Christ. I asked both of them if they, as individuals, had received Jesus as their personal Savior; they said they had not. I presented the Gospel to them again and again and both of them asked Jesus into their hearts. Incidentally, I had written back in August 2012 about this young lady's family who had come to church and the dad and mom along with two younger daughters got saved; however, the two older daughters refused to come to church. They did come for the Christmas service that year, and consequently began attending Sunday school. It took two years for this young lady to open her heart to Christ; she is the older of the two girls. I know there were some of you who prayed in 2012 for these girls. God has answered our prayer. Please continue to pray for the sister who is still unsaved.
Please pray for the church plant in Sikkim, which is at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Brother B., who is the pastor there, is doing a great job. I plan on going in April to help him with the work. The trip involves a plane ride, a taxi ride, a four-wheel-drive ride and then a three kilometer walk or mule ride. I plan on walking with the others, please pray for me."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, MBARARA, David and Talia Ruley—They write, "As you can imagine, the weekends here in Uganda are very busy with ministry. Saturday morning has been relatively uneventful the last several months. The children's ministry at S.'s village has been going well, but it is very far to travel every week and I have been unable to attend since last year. At 11 in the morning, we head out for Ruti, a small village located just to the west of Mbarara. There is a small church there that is in need of help and encouragement. Most Sundays, my family attends church there, and I have preached there fairly often.
We arrive in Ruti around noon. Most weeks, C. and I go out to visit the houses around the church. The church is located on a swampy lowland on a small dirt road headed up a hill behind. Not too far up this road, we are surrounded by banana trees and in many places it is more of a path than a road. Surprisingly, houses are fairly frequent and most are not the mud-brick houses that you imagine when you think of Africa. Many have cement foundations, iron sheets for the roof, metal doors and locks, solar electricity, and some even have an elaborate system of gutters to collect rain water. The only water source for this area is at the bottom of the hill so collecting rain water makes the daily chore of getting water much easier."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, the Johnson Family—They share the following prayer needs: "Thanks to all who have generously given in the midst of economic difficulties to this upcoming (building) project. Please pray for us as we are preparing to begin clearing the land and start construction very soon. There are still plenty of slots open if your church work group is interested in being a part of this project!
• Salvation — P., H., M., A., J., Ar., Jo., R.
• New Christians' growth and spiritual maturity
• New men's discipleship class on Tuesday nights
• Health and safety
• Baby Lauren"
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, the Mark Sage Family—They share the following: "God is so good to us here. I thank the Lord that since the beginning of the year we have seen three adults and four children saved. It may not sound like a lot, but after having snow most every weekend for the last six out of eight weeks, we are very thankful. We have been missing many of the older folks for the services because of them not being able to get of their driveways or for fear of falling—yet the services have been well attended and there has been a great spirit in the church.
We have had a couple of trials as well. It started with having our pipes freeze during the first big freeze of the season . . . But those problems are small compared to the problems with souls. In previous letters I wrote you about a woman and her boyfriend visiting our church—she being the parent of one of our bus kids and him making a profession of faith. This week she was found dead in her house. They arrested her boyfriend (not sure what happened yet—drugs were involved). Please pray for these dear children, three of whom were coming consistently either to Sunday school or our midweek Master's Club. Oh, what our bus kids often are going through—they are still a viable and important mission field."
BRAZIL, JUNDIAL, Tim and Lidia Barrett—They share the following report and prayer needs: "Please pray that we can see more souls saved this year. We hand out tracts, visit, and talk to people weekly about their souls. At least once a month, we plan a special outreach activity for the whole church where we blanket areas of the city door-to-door with Gospel tracts. We also have Bible clubs and other outreach activities (like special services) planned. Please pray that the Lord's Word will fall on good ground.
As always, we will be holding a camp during Carnival, which is in March this year. As you probably know, Carnival here in Brazil is a time of dancing and debauchery. We can't even open a newspaper during those days without seeing immoral images of samba parties and dances. Carnival comes from the word 'carne,' which means 'flesh' in Portuguese. It is truly a festival to glorify sinful flesh. Our camps are a lot of work, but we would never leave our young people without a wholesome, spiritual activity during this period. Please pray that it will be a time of spiritual growth and renewal for our people."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, NAPLES, Matt and Diane Olsen—They share the following: "The last several days have been a time of transition into the ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Naples. This area is drastically diverse from the northern region where we lived and served for over ten years. Culture shock would be the correct way of describing these months. Naples, Italy, is called the 'land of fires.' It was labeled thus because of the amount of garbage that is illegally dumped and burned across the countryside. But more than trash burns here—vice of all sort burns and smolders in this society. Sin is running its course. It truly could be a beautiful land if it were but cleaned up. Currently, we are working on getting a courtesy pass for the Navy Base that would allow more access to our military families. The head chaplain was led to the Lord by missionaries in the Philippines. He is very supportive of our work and the church off base and is sponsoring us to get the passes. In the meantime, God has sent a retired Marine and his wife here to help and serve for three months as short-term missionaries. With their help we've been able to be on the base many times and able to pass out church invitations."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis—They share the following report: "Our team of four traveled to downtown Manhattan for the purpose of helping the homeless on Saturday, January 25. During that time we gave out coffee, sandwiches, clothes, New Testaments and a Gospel message. Even though we met many individuals on the corner of 30th Street and 1st Avenue, two of these men were homeless veterans. One of them was a part of the Special Forces Unit. He was also the recipient of two Purple Hearts. Their optimism was impressive.
Approximately 50,000 people stay in homeless shelters each evening in New York City, and 20,000 of them are children. One shelter for men and women is located on the corner of 30th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan. During our activities on January 25, we were privileged to meet many needy people. Of course, one of their problems is hunger, as one of these men made a very interesting statement, 'I was hungry and didn't know where to get food . . . God brought you here.' "
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, ARIZONA, PHOENIX, Paul and Jan Fischer—They write, "Concerning the ministry to Asians in our area, we have obtained a large list of them living here. It had seemed like a difficult task to FIND people of Asian descent by just going door-to-door. Now we can concentrate our efforts more easily. We are hopeful that the Lord will bring us on our way to those whom He has prepared. Please pray for souls to be saved.
Thank you also for praying for our finances. The Lord has been good to us over the years, and we trust His provision. We are very thankful to the many faithful churches and individuals who have allowed us to serve the Lord for so long. Thank you!"
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, ST. JOHN'S ANTIGUA, the Jerry Baker Family—They write, "March 1 is one of the times when we make changes to our broadcast schedule. We are working on some of these changes now. Pray for God's direction as we choose what might be best for our listeners.
We recently spent several thousand dollars to upgrade our AM transmitter with a device that reduces our power consumption. So far, the savings have been substantial, with about 28% reduction in power usage.
Several of our listeners have responded to our financial needs over the last few months. Continue to pray for our local churches and listeners who might not have taken advantage of the opportunity to have a part in this vital ministry. Our desire is that new ones will respond and help us continue reaching the Eastern Caribbean with a strong radio signal along with the powerful message of the Gospel of Christ!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MERIDA, Don and Carolyn Carney—They share the following: "How can I describe our church building right now? Well, it is a MESS! Walls have been broken down and moved; the roof has been raised; the entrance has been relocated, an extra classroom built, the old baptistery replaced, etc. There are rocks, concrete, dirt, cement, ladders, and workers everywhere. Since the first of November we have been meeting in a different location not far from the church. Silvia, a faithful lady in our church, has allowed us to meet in an office building she rents out. It is God's provision for us since there is absolutely no way we could meet in the church right now. We are squeezed into the available space, and the children have their class outside. It has somewhat modified our services, but we have an overflow crowd each Sunday. Latecomers sit outside and look through the back windows! That works as long as it doesn't rain.
THANK YOU LORD...
1. S., M. and M.'s son, asked the Lord to save him recently.
2. Attendance has been good and several visitors have attended since November. LORD, PLEASE HELP!
1. O. is suffering horribly from the last stages of liver disease and his wife is exhausted from the 24/7 attention that she is providing.
2. E., who had a motorcycle accident in November, is still suffering complications and pain; he has not had a cent of income for almost three months. Please pray that the insurance settlement will arrive soon.
3. C., who made a profession of faith in Christ, is struggling with a broken relationship and alcoholism.
4. These men need to be saved: P., D., A., F., R., M., Da. and J..
5. A couple had their house invaded by some drug traffickers and they could not get possession of it. The neighbors are afraid to testify on their behalf, and the one man who did had his life threatened. The local police were either afraid or involved, so they wouldn't help. Finally, with the help of a lawyer, they were able to get possession of their house, but without doors, windows, water tank, and any plumbing."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, SAVAII, ASAU, Jim and Emi Civale—They share the following report: "The opening of the ABC Academy for the 2014 school year went well and routines are now in place. With 62 enrolled, it is keeping our teachers very busy. I have the joy of teaching our twelve oldest students for two hours a day. It amazes me that they entered the school not knowing a word of English a couple years ago and now they are receiving instruction entirely in English.
We saw four people make professions of faith and three follow in believer's baptism in February. Two are single men in their twenties and teens. One is married and his wife and older children were saved, baptized and added to the church before we left for furlough last year.
March promises to be an intensely busy month with our Canadian mission team coming on March 17 for our building project and the estimated March 11 arrival of our cargo (Samoan Bibles, school books, radio station and sound system equipment, etc.) Getting that all cleared through customs over in the capital and delivered way out here is always a big ordeal, so please pray. Thank you so much."
USA, BIMI WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, Harrison, Tennessee, John and Mary Ramsey—They share the following report: "As we finished closeout for 2013, we are amazed and thankful that it was our best year ever, even for BIMI, as far as donations were concerned. The money God sent in allowed us to do the Fiji and Solomon Islands, Eurasia and the End of the World Bible Projects where thousands of Bibles were distributed. In addition, God has allowed us to do much needed relief work in the Philippines following the devastating typhoon. Thank you for your part in these projects.
It appears like the giving for the missionaries has held up in this economy though the giving for the needs of the Home Office is down a little. Please pray for wisdom as we negotiate the budget plus the new healthcare and all this entails for this coming year."
AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Dave and Maggie Barnhouse—They share the following report and prayer needs: "Our Bible institute has been doing great! We are praising the Lord for His provision! A church in Indiana provided the funds to remodel the institute classroom to give the "Bush" pastors a neat, well lit, newly painted place to learn with new chairs and desks. The same church will also be coming in March to help complete the project. What a blessing that will be to the men in the institute!
Over the past few months, we have been comparing Scripture with Scripture. It's exciting to see their eyes light up as they discover how the Bible proves itself.
We are one of a very few people out here in the Bush with a car, and we often get calls in the middle of the night to help transport people to the hospital. We recently took a man that was badly beaten in a fight and another who tried to kill himself with rat poison. The community is still talking about the ministry that helps people even if they don't go to their church. We pray this will provide open doors for us to share the love of Christ with others.
Many times people ask us for some specific things for which they can pray. We are including some below.
• Safety—Pray for our safety as we travel in and out of the Bush and to town. The roads themselves are in poor condition, and we never know when we are going to break down.
• Health for our family—So far, I have had malaria five times and Nathan has had malaria once, but praise the Lord, the rest of the family has fared better in that area. We often battle Giardia, and although it won't kill us, it certainly makes us think we are going to die.
• Souls to be saved—Many of the people have a concept of salvation, but very few put their complete trust in Christ—often adding baptism or some other form of works—and they are often plagued with thinking there is something that they can do to lose their salvation.
• The Farm—We continue to work towards self-sufficiency of the nationals. We have about four acres of corn planted as a test run. Please pray that we will have a good harvest."
USA SPANISH MINISTRIES, EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, Tony and Sarah Henderson—They share the following report: "In recent weeks we have been in communication with many of our supporting churches, though not all of them as of yet, concerning the change of ministry from church planting in Bolivia, South America, to Hispanic church planting in the Evansville, Indiana, area. Other churches have also been in contact with us. We appreciate the response from each one.
We are getting to know several people from the Hispanic population. A few weeks ago we met a young man, D, at a local Mexican restaurant. Upon meeting him he appeared to be distraught but was also surprised that we could speak his language. We gave him a Gospel tract and shared with him our desire to minister to him and his friends. A few days later I was able to go to his apartment and share the Gospel with him and his other roommates. Though he was not saved that day, the Gospel seed was planted. Two nights later, D called me because his friend, C, needed someone to go to the doctor with him and translate. I spent the next morning with him at the doctor. Little did we know that he lived across the highway from us. On Saturday night, C sent me several text messages that he was afraid of dying. He agreed to meet with me on Sunday afternoon to talk about the Bible. We talked about death, dying and the afterlife. That afternoon he was saved! We have been meeting together the past few weeks reading and studying the book of 1 John. He has grown in just a few weeks in his knowledge of Scripture and has developed a desire for his friends and co-workers to know more about Christ.
Local churches in this area have expressed their desire for a ministry to be established that will focus on the growing Hispanic population. Facilities have been offered and material has been donated for the purpose of starting a church. We have already begun some door-knocking when the weather permits."
BIMI-ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire—They share the following report: "Thank you to those who prayed for us during our recent trip to Belize to assist our missionaries Mark and Brenda Liedtke in Central America. God blessed with opportunities to preach and teach in both English and Spanish church plants in the Cayo District near the border with Guatemala. I also had many opportunities to assist in practical, physical ways in both these ministries. It was a joy to help them and see how faithfully they serve the Lord while keeping both these works going there.
Please pray as I return to England this month to relieve a family in Halesowen near Birmingham for a furlough. Later this year Christine and I will be relieving a family in Liverpool for them to take a much needed furlough. In relieving church planting missionaries like these, it will be good to be back pastoring and to church planting. Praise the Lord! These are both good missionary families who are doing excellent work and it is a joy to be able to help them through ARM ministries."
CENTRAL EUROPE, UKRAINE, Stari Petrovtsi, Matt and Johanna Hudson—They write, "On January 4, Johanna and I were married in Chattanooga, Tennessee...At the close of the ceremony, the kids knelt at a prayer altar with us and together we prayed for God's special blessing on our marriage and home!
In the Ukraine, the New Year began with protests, political unrest and freezing cold temperatures. For over two months, thousands of protesters have gone to the streets to show their disapproval in the current government...Several have been injured and even killed during these protests and we pray that a peaceful solution can be reached as soon as possible! Please pray for the situation in Ukraine!
The people of the Liberty Baptist Church in Stari Petrovtsi, Ukraine, are faithfully serving and continuing the work of the Lord. The men were recently able to build an annex to the church for the furnace and also finish the work on the heating system in the church. In spite of all that has been going on politically and economically, they are still busy laboring for the Lord. We are anxiously anticipating our return to Ukraine in April or May! Please pray for the Lord to open doors for us in the New Year."
BRAZIL, SÃO PAULO, LIMEIRA, Gary and Pam Tyler—They give the following report: "Now January has come and I am back on the field, running in full speed....I landed in São Paulo, Brazil, on January 9 and drove for three hours to get home and started a Revival Conference the same night. From Thursday through the next Tuesday we had services with good numbers of people and visitors. There were three wonderful speakers, and many decisions at the altar were made. One of our men told me, 'Pastor, this is the greatest conference ever! God has worked in my heart.' Since the conference I have been preaching on maintaining the revival that God has put in our hearts.
Again, we are waiting for a response from the owner of a piece of property for our church. It has 16,792 sq. feet of land with two little houses along the back wall totaling seven rooms and three bathrooms. We will have lots to do to clean up the land and build an auditorium, but how nice it will be if all works out for us to buy it. The banks here in Brazil will not loan money to churches that have not been registered for a least three years or to churches that do not have one man as the owner of the church. We have over 50% of the R$490,000.00 (reais) or US $205,000 (dollars) that we need, and we are praying the owner will let us pay the remainder in payments we can afford."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, COMAYAGUA, Chester and Violet Sheren—They share the following: "It is a great blessing to have our bus route started again. Pray that those who used to come on the bus will return. Each Saturday we are visiting the bus route house by house. Our goal is to bring in families as well as the children who were coming before.
Tragedy struck at New Hope Baptist (our second church). A baby was born with eye cancer. After five chemotherapy treatments, he died at three-months-old. Pray that his parents will get right with God through this time of trial. Y is faithfully visiting and preaching in Cane. They need a place to meet, as the sons in the house where they are meeting are drunks. F is preaching to the police each Wednesday. Several policemen are asking for Bibles. (The printer that provides the Bibles will not allow us to give them to people who do not attend our churches.) The twins' brother, W, will be graduating from high school. He has the opportunity to attend the university or Bible institute. Pray that he will make the right decision."
CARIBBEAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, Cayman Brac, Russ and Bobbie Turner—They write, "It was a very profitable Christmas! In all my 60 years of sharing the Word of God, I never reached as many people as I did this Christmas. Mrs. Turner and I took advantage of Cayman Airways' direct flight to Panama to distribute God's Word, John/Romans booklets, on the city streets as individuals scurried along with both hands full of Christmas shopping bags. I slipped a Gospel booklet between thumb and fingers, telling the real meaning of Christmas.
One of our choice members, 84 years of age, went to be with the Lord. Many of us are above 80, our oldest being 95, but we continue our heavy load of missionary support, which allows us to read missionary letters each prayer service night.
Our young people grow wilder and wilder, but this makes the challenge greater. We certainly are not going to compromise Bible standards (KJV)."
USA MILITARY, FORT BENNING, GEORGIA, Bob and Becky Ingram—They give the following report: "On December 24, 2013, we had the honor to feed 75 soldiers that did not go home for Christmas. We were asked by the Jewish Chaplain (Rabbi) if we would be interested in keeping alive a long standing tradition of feeding the holdover soldiers that did not go home for Christmas. In past years we have hosted about 30 soldiers. Not this year, the first estimate was about 100 soldiers. The dynamics of feeding 100 hungry men is daunting to say the least. God burdened a man and his wife from my sending church to provide the meat (ham and turkey). The family knows what it is to have sons in the military; in fact, one son is deployed on his 3rd deployment. The soldiers ate every bit of the meat!
God blessed our efforts in so many ways. He gave us a bunch of workers from our church that donated many long hours, desserts and new equipment to pull off a first class event. He allowed the Jewish Chaplain to open the door for the Gospel. He allowed my pastor to preach. THEN GOD blessed again, by saving four soldiers!"
AFRICA, ZAMBIA, NDOLA, the Andrew Schultz Family—They share the following: "We praise the Lord for the members of Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola. If you were to visit, you would see that our attendance numbers are not huge. We have a core of about 30—40 people. Like Christians everywhere they struggle in their relationship with the Lord and their balance in the world. They face difficulties in their workplace, in their families and with their health. They battle the attraction of materialism and the comfort of complacency. They struggle to find time for the things of the Lord. Please remember to pray for the growing Christians at Calvary Baptist Church.
In our last business meeting at Calvary Baptist Church, the members raised the issue of doing more to help the new church plant in Miengwe. The motion was made that the church would pay for all the transportation costs involved in getting the Bible study leaders to Miengwe twice a month and the vote for this motion was unanimous! Praise the Lord for the members of the church being mission-minded for fellow Zambians!"
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, GENERAL SANTO CITY, Dr. Stan and Dr. Mollie Prussia—The Prussias had to return to the States recently when Dr. Stan Prussia experienced a heart attack. They give the following report: "Late on the afternoon of our 42nd wedding anniversary, December 18, Stan began having chest pain, and the surgical team was called for emergency surgery that night. The cardiac surgeon prayed with Stan and me before the surgery. He closed his prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Andy and Daniel waited and prayed with me during the surgery. Stan had three coronary artery bypasses. His sternum (breast bone) was cut in the middle and his chest stretched open as the surgeons took a vein from his left leg and an artery from the chest and connected them from the aorta to the heart arteries below the three blockages while his heart was still beating and pumping. We were able to see Stan on a ventilator at 4 AM. Each day more of the tubes were removed. Four days after surgery he was discharged on December 23. Now he is in the recovery phase. He has been able to spend some time with our family. He can lift up to 10 pounds. We have gone from very hot to very cold weather so most of his walking is inside the house.
Our desire is to return to General Santos City when Stan is able. Thank you for continuing to pray for us."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, CORNAMADDY, ATHLONE, Stephen and Katie Finley—They share the following report: "Our own carol service, which we called 'Carols, Cocoa and Cookies,' was very joyous and Christ-honoring. After singing many carols, we did several fun and unique games (which were all Katie's creations), and then had cocoa and cookies. There were about 26 people present, and one of them was a first-time visitor—a friend of T, named J. J, who is a university student, lives a couple hours from here, but he so much enjoyed our church that he is seriously thinking of moving to Athlone for the summer so he can attend our church.
On December 19 an Irish man named P, who lives in a nearby town, walked into our service. (Irish people who are looking for answers outside the Catholic Church tend to sneak off to non-Catholic churches in other towns so that their Catholic neighbors won't know about it.) He was very interested in our library and began to pore over one of the books after the service. I invited him to come to our house for dinner and he took us up on the offer. Please pray for his salvation. He seems to be genuinely seeking answers and he gladly took the literature I gave him."
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, Clint and Rita Vernoy—They write, "Since we moved into the new location, we have seen God blessing, and we know that it is just the beginning. God has brought us new families and many new contacts. It has been a bit overwhelming to be honest—and scary.
We have also seen Satan attacking some of our families, in fact, most of them. We need your prayers. Satan knows the danger that the church poses to his kingdom. He wants Christians who are distracted and weakened to the temptations and trials of this life. He will and has attacked, without mercy, some of the marriages in our church, children and family relationships.
Please pray for the following:
• the opening of our Christian Pre-school "Kingdom Kids" this February,
• all of the remodeling that must be completed in the next six weeks,
• protection for our church families and restoration of those who have stumbled,
• wisdom on the next steps and goals of the church, and
• teen mission evangelistic trip coming in June 2014."
USA MINISTERIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis—They share the following: "Each December I preach on the importance of Bible reading, as Jesus spoke in John 15. During the invitation one Sunday morning, D D raised his hand for salvation, and came forward to pray. After kneeling down, I asked him if he had the assurance of salvation. He said he was not a Christian. Therefore, I showed to him several important Bible scriptures, and asked him if he would like to receive Christ as Savior. He did accept Christ and has been coming back. His life has changed.
Our Bronx work has never experienced as many problems as we did in 2013. Hopefully, 2014 will be much better. The Fire Department and the Building Department gave us a lot of trouble. The landlord refuses to eliminate his 45 violations in the building. And, the architect gave us some bad advice. The expeditor who was at our last court date said there will be an 'execution of judgment' at the next court date of February 18th. He's not exactly sure what they might do to us. We are praying for this Cue Lounge."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOKYO TO, Dave and Glenda Carter— They share the following report and prayer needs: "I think one of the lessons we re-learned this past year was to just not give up. God rewards faithfulness. We will reap, if we faint not. For years we have taught English to get contacts and build a trust relationship in order to present the Gospel to the Japanese. They listen to our witness and even come to church for special events like Christmas, but few have come to church regularly. This past year, three ladies from Steve's class and one lady from Glenda's class have started coming to church regularly to the afternoon Bible study/English class. Two of the ladies have even bought Bibles. Please pray for the salvation of these ladies. One of our neighbors has also started coming to this class regularly. We have been working with this family since moving to this area 20 years ago."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones— They write, "A family that survived the Tacloban Typhoon are now faithful members of our church and one of them is going soul winning. Both of her sisters are in our church. God has blessed with several more soul winners and choir members. Thanks for your prayers for our safety during the recent super typhoon.
Chick Tracts is sending 10,000 Tagalog tracts to us that should be arriving in February. We have a goal of putting them and other materials in 10,000 homes before our 29th Church Anniversary on April 27. We would like to have 10,000 John and Romans to put in the homes also. The place where we are able to get literature is about ten hours away by boat and bus. We are not counting the homes where we will give out the literature."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, the Matt Stensaas Family— They share the following: "Thank you for your prayers regarding someone to help us learn Lhukonzo (I had previously spelled it Rukonzo, but learned I was wrong!) because God helped me find the right man. He is one of the authorities of the Lhukonzo language. He has written several grammar books, and many of them are being used in the schools in the area. Even our children are involved in the classes, and they are doing well at learning the words. We pray that he will be able to help us to speak Lhukonzo in order to reach the Bakonzo (the tribe with whom we are working) with the Gospel.
I have two personal goals concerning the Lhukonzo: first, I want to be able to give a Mukonzo the plan of salvation in Lhukonzo; second, I would like to preach a message in Lhukonzo. Please pray that God will give me the discipline needed to accomplish these goals."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Kristine McLaughlin, RN— She shares the following prayer requests: "Seeing the potential of the Bingerville village ministry, we can only stand back and say, "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:12). We will be doing quite a bit of planning in the coming weeks, and we are certainly in need of His guidance. Would you pray with us for the following requests?
The Bregbo ministries—Pray especially for the unsaved who have heard the Gospel to understand it fully and be saved.
The Sebia Yao church plant—Pray for wisdom in starting this ministry and especially for men to lead this ministry.
The Anan literacy ministry—Classes began January 8. Pray for students to have hearts of "good ground" in hearing the Word and for His hand of blessing from the first day of class."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace— They share the following blessings and prayer needs: "Church News: It is amazing to witness the number of 'open doors' for God's children to share the Gospel in different places. Just during the holidays Peruvian believers have taken advantage of these opportunities:
• Dr. J.P., Supreme Court Judge, was chosen to give the keynote address to the entire court and many other judges on a special occasion. He naturally quoted Scripture and used Bible examples, making his position clear as a Christ follower.
• R.A. was invited to present the Gospel to 45 workers at an import/export business as well as to the employees at a new factory and to a social gathering of Palestinians.
• M.G., engineer and builder, has recently been writing editorials for newspapers in several large cities in the Andes. His latest was about the true Christmas message.
• F.D. was invited to speak to 150 military and civilians at a general's birthday party. He also preached the Gospel to many non-Christians at the funeral of a friend.
• M.A. invited the eleven students from her university deaf English class to a party and presented the Gospel along with the food!
• Many other Christians used their family and social meetings to give our New Testaments and share the message of Christ.
TEACHERS FROM THE USA ARE NEEDED TO START TEACHING IN MARCH 2014 AND IN THE FUTURE. PLEASE CONTACT US! PRAY!
You may contact them at Email (View Email Address) should you be interested or know someone who is interested.
BRAZIL, SANTA CATARINA, BRUSQUE, Byran and Rebekak Johnson— They share the following: "We are excited to announce a new direction for our return to Brazil. We have been praying much about over this last year as to where God would have us serve Him on our return in January. We have found doors closed to us, and we have found new doors opened by God. We feel God leading us to the state of Santa Catarina, particularly the city of Brusque. As far as we have been able to determine, this is one of the least churched states in Brazil. We will be flying out of the USA on the 23rd of January and then heading to Santa Catarina the next week to look for housing. If you would like to locate Santa Catarina on a map of Brazil, it is the next to last state in the south.
Rebekah is feeling much better and is praising the Lord for a better report from the doctor than first given this month. She was told she had diabetes. When she went for a second opinion from the specialist, he informed her that the nurse had read the blood work results incorrectly. She does not have diabetes, but her thyroid needs some new maintenance. She is also low in progesterone so they have started her on Progesterone. Already with the medication she is feeling much better."
USA MINISTRIES, RESEEDING AMERICA, Bob and Jennifer Larson— They write, "It seems like yesterday when Jennifer and I stepped out by faith into the church planting ministry. This month we are starting our tenth year with the Reseeding America Ministry and BIMI. Ten years ago we set out with the Lord's help and guidance to assist local churches and church planters in the starting of new churches. In 2006 I was asked to become Assistant USA Director at BIMI and recently I was named the USA Director. My new title simply means more responsibility! It is not a paid position, and each director with BIMI must raise and maintain his own support. I will continue to do what I have always done. My wife and I will continue to travel extensively in the US assisting in church planting projects, church restarts and assisting our sixty-four Reseeding America church planting families who are on the field across the country. I will also be preaching more mission conferences and at the same time overseeing and heading up the Reseeding America ministry with BIMI.
Please pray with us about the following:
• Men to surrender to plant new churches and restart churches here in America. Pray that God would give us church planters who will enlist with Reseeding America/BIMI.
• Pacific Northwest Church Planting Survey Trip July 10-21, 2014. Pray that God would not only give us a good group of men to take on the trip but also that their hearts would be open to what God would have them to do concerning church planting in the Pacific Northwest."
WEST AFRICA, CAMEROON, Nathan and Karie Owens— They share the following prayer needs: "Please continue to pray for Calvary Independent Baptist Church and the faithful members. We have been praying for the church as a whole and for individual members each day. It is our prayer, by God's power, that they would continue steadfastly in the Word of God and they would not forsake the assembling of themselves together. Please pray for God's protection on them against Satan and those who do his work. Please pray that God's Word and truth would be a guiding light for all that they say and do. Please pray they would uphold the doctrine they have been taught and that is now being taught to them in my absence. Would you pray that God would continue to bless with numerical growth, and individual spiritual growth in the church?
Please pray for an upcoming trip to Cameroon that Brother Caleb Benson, another missionary to Cameroon, and I will be taking."
EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, the Adam Young Family— They write the following: "A. Makes Profession of Faith. I had witnessed to him before. He is one of our longest standing members of the football team. He was a lot more open than the last time I had witnessed to him. Praise God he got saved! Please pray for A., who is busy with a new job and needs to find time to be led through discipleship."
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez— They share the following report: "As we mentioned in the last letter, we have started construction on our second level because of major water leaks throughout the building during the rainy season. We are grateful for those of you who have generously responded with a love gift. There are two church men who have been leading the construction, and it is amazing the progress they have made in the few short months. We are still in need of funds and help, would you consider how you could help us? One of the ways a church could help would be to send a construction group with finances, or send a love offering to our mission board to help with the expenses of this project. Not only would it help to stop the water leaks by building the second floor but also this will provide additional classrooms, which we need."
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, the Mark Sage Family— They share the following report and needs: "We have faced other small trials as well, one of which is a problem with our electricity. Over the years of additions and quick (maybe cheap) problem solving—our breaker box is a mess and has been causing us some problems. Please pray that we can get this fixed; we are praying that we can get some help with this so there are no further disruptions (especially of our heat).
But in comparison to God's blessings and assurances, everything else is small. He continues to bless here at Maineville Baptist Church. Pray as we seek to disciple those we have led to the Lord."
WEST AFRICA, SENEGAL, ST. LOUIS, Pat and Jody Russell— They give the following report and needs: "Brother Joshua Mead had raised a substantial amount of money in order to build a youth center on the land that African Baptist Church purchased in 1991. Another plot of land that is right next to the land has become available for about 8K. Pray with us about the purchase of this land, which will be used for the glory of God. The lot that we have is only 15 square meters and the purchase of this other lot would double the size. Designate any funds towards this as Land/Senegal for Pat Russell.
EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe— They share the following: Baptism: This month we baptized again in the town indoor swimming pool. A single lady, in spite of a very difficult background, experienced grace and salvation in Christ. She gave her testimony in church the week before and some of her family came to the baptismal service out of curiosity and perhaps out of concern for her as to what kind of 'cult' we are. Anyway, there was good feedback from them and possible open doors. Recently several new ladies have been attending and asking about baptism. They were surprised when told that we use a lake or swimming pool and not a basin to baptize. We are praying that they will soon put their trust in Christ."
Refugees in Germany: There is a refugee house near the church and we just visited it. They are Muslims from Chechnya. A man from our church who speaks Russian brought the Gospel of John in their language and a nice fruit and candy basket to them. They received it gladly and invited him back to talk with them. Our rural area does not have a lot of foreigners but for those that are there we want to reach them for Christ and His love."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, WESTMEATH, Stephen and Katie Finley— They write, "Keep praying for the salvation of M. as well as his children. His wife is still excited about her salvation and is showing growth in the Lord. Their family has not missed a Sunday since her salvation. Their 3-year-old son is even beginning to show that he likes coming to Sunday school—something of which we were doubtful until recently. (Apparently last Sunday he told his dad, 'I wanna go church, Daddy, go warm up car'). Keep praying for the salvation of D. and T. Pray also for a man who has recently moved back to Athlone from Dublin. He meets now and then for coffee and asks questions about the books of the Bible that I have assigned him to read (such as John, Romans, and Ephesians), but he has not yet come to church. Pray that he will get past his 'intellectualism' and see that he must, in his heart, repent and believe on Christ."
CLAIM MINSTRY, Joe and Linda Leleaux— They share the following: "The September trip to Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach, California, was a huge success. We were able to accomplish a great deal of work on the platform and baptistry as well as completing the framing for the upstairs walls. There are two groups for a total of nine volunteers on this trip. We are so very thankful for all of our workers and of course you who so faithfully support our ministry and make all this possible.
Our December trip had to be postponed due to a medical emergency. Linda had a bout with a stomach virus that landed her in the emergency room with dehydration on December 1 and then a night in the hospital on December 3. Since the trip was scheduled to begin on the 6th, I had to reschedule the trip for mid-January. Praise the Lord! The airline did not charge me a cancellation fee and is going to honor the tickets in January."
CLAIM MINISTRY, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh— They share the following urgent report: "Your help is needed NOW! Typhoon Haiyan devastated many areas of the Visayas (the central part of the Philippines). Some of our BIMI missionaries and nationals have been impacted in many horrendous ways. They have lost houses, churches and Bible schools. Many locations still do not have electrical power or clean drinking water. They struggle to get their daily food. They are in dreadfully, dire straits.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Pray! Pray! Pray!
After the basic need of prayer, please consider what you can do to help financially. Please go to the BIMI web page at: www.bimi.org. In the top right hand corner of the home page you will see Philippines Typhoon Relief. From there you can learn how to donate to this urgent need.
FAR EAST, JAPAN, NISHI KU KOBE, Paul and Sarah Johnson— They share the following: "One of the teens who had visited our church for the first time told all of her friends at school what a great time she had. We have had a very busy and exciting past month. We had the privilege of hosting three men from our home church in Woodbridge, Virginia, for 10 days.... While the group from our church was here, we held a special teen activity at church on Sunday. My brother Dave preached and then he and Dan directed the teen activity games. Leading up to the activity, our church had been praying for 20 teens to come, and many of our teens were busy inviting their friends from school. We had nine first-time visitors come and over 20 teens at the activity. A teenage girl made a profession of faith in Christ at the service. One of the visiting teenage boys has been coming faithfuly to church since the activity, and this past week he made a profession of faith as well. Our entire church was rejoicing with him!"
BRAZIL, Larry and Lydabell Barrett— They give the following report: "As we come to the end of another year, we always have a time of joy, a time of reflection, and a time of anticipation. There is joy in the blessings of the Lord. There is reflection in service done, in moments of sadness and in missed opportunities. There is anticipation for the new year to arrive with all the prospects and promise of His presence and strength for the task ahead.
We had a very blessed camp for our young people and families in the month of November (Nov. 15-17). Five other churches participated with us and there were more than 150 present. Our theme was 'It is the time for spiritual growth.' Many important decisions were made and lives were changed."
SOUTH AFRICA, WITBANK, Roger and Darlene McCrum— They write: "In this month's prayer letter, we would like to give special honor to K M, one of our faithful young people. Just recently she was chosen to be the head girl in her high school for her senior year beginning in January. In the South African context, this is a position of very high honor, and she was not selected on the basis of popularity. Students in grades 10-12 along with teachers were allowed to vote. K was interviewed by principals and teachers in a number of areas relating to her character: 1) Beliefs and morals, 2) Academic excellence, 3) Role model, 4) Adherence to disciplinary code. While being interviewed, she often appealed to specific Scripture to support her faith and philosophy of life."
CENTRIAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins— They share the following report and prayer needs: "We continue to have excellent opportunities ministering in the schools in our community. On November 29, Matt participated in the graduation ceremony of a private high school. He was given the chance to share from God's Word and pray in Jesus' name to begin the event. We must take advantage of these opportunites while the door is still open.
• Praise the Lord for the van purchased for the church plant in Santa Barbara.
• Pray as we get ready to ordain our first national pastor (A R).
• Pray as we prepare to expand the children's home and the need of house parents.
• Pray for J and M as they pray for full-time ministry at the Bible institue.
• Pray for the salvation of A, C, A, and I.
• Pray for wisdom for the location and timing of our next church plant.
USA MILITARY MINISTRY, JAPAN, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft— They give the following report: "The 40/30 Challenge—Our last prayer letter told of the challenge we gave our people for the month of September. During the 30 days of September, each family was challenged to personally invite 40 people to church. The church family gave over 2,500 invitations during the challenge. As a result we have had 25-30 families visit in the past 12 weeks!
Three adults and FIVE chidlren have been saved recently, and FIVE have been baptized. FOUR families have joined with us in the work here. It has strengthened our church. This is an answer to prayer!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, CATARMAN, the Layne Jones Family— They share the following: "There have been many saved in our feeding ministry. We will go to the barangay and gather everyone on the basketball court where we preach to them and then feed them. The average feeding runs about $100 to feed around 200 and a lot get saved. There have been several new families come to church from this ministry. You can check out the evengelistic meetings on Facebook at Lighthouse Baptist Catarman. There have been 65 saved and many decisions for the Lord in the last two Sunday services.
We are now having a Thanksgiving Revival and have had six saved thus far and many decisions among the Christians. We have much for which to be thankful."
BIMI WEST, CALIFORNIA, LANCASTER, Mike and Wilda McCombie— These folks give the following update of their ministry as representatives of BIMI in the Western States: "Through our extremities and God's opportunities, we were allowed to minister and preach during the fall season in six Faith Promise missions conferences and three missions emphasis Sundays (two of which were Spanish) in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and British Colombia, Canada, traveling 2,865 road miles and 3,552 air miles. We saw appreciative increases in Faith Promise commitments in all of those churches and had the opportunity to present the BIMI Open Door Project video (see: www.bimiwest.com) in five of those churches. I also had the opportunity to present missions and preach in a Bible college chapel and preach at our local rescue mission and see four salvations. We were also able to attend our MK (missionary kid) college fellowship, with 33 MKs from 20+ nations represented."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, the David Townsley Family— They share the following: " 'Has it been three years already?' they asked. Over 50 people attended the 3rd Anniversary of Riverside Baptist Church! The evening service was a special blessing as people gave testimonies. C was saved in 2012 and baptized earlier this year. He is now taking evening Bible school classes and teaches a S.S. class. He said that attending Riverside has been like a wonderful dream for him. He keeps thinking he's going to wake up and it's going to be over, but it keeps on going. M and T were some of the first members of Riverside and M testified that watching the church follow God by faith has encouraged him to live by faith in his own life and with his family. 'To God be the glory, great things He has done.'
Some people are growing steadily; a few have left the church refusing to take care of sin in their lives, and many are struggling to be faithful to church and live for the Lord. Please pray for 1) Spiritual growth and faithfulness in the believers, 2) Restoraton of good health for our family and many at church who are currently fighting illnesses, 3) Discernment and strength in fighting spiritual battles, 4) Upcoming special Christmas events and Sundays."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board— They give the following testimony: "It was a blessing to have V and S joined together in marriage this past month. I don't know if I've ever known a finer Christian couple than these two. During the wedding ceremony we gave them both an opportunity to publicly share their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. V boldly shared of his resolve to continue serving the Lord with his whole heart. This couple has so much potential for the Lord; they are teachable, humble, dependable, and energetic, both of them are soul winners, and now they can serve the Lord together. Their courtship was Christ-honoring and a wonderful example to the young adults in our church....Please pray for Brother V and S as they continue to faithfully serve the Lord together!"
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, the Danny Flowers Family— They share the following blessings: "As mentioned in our last prayer letter, we began holding Bible studies in our home on September 1. We began praying immediately for a more visible and suitable location for our church. After only a few weeks of prayer and searching, God provided a wonderful building in a great location. It is located near a major intersection in Charleville, one in which people are very familiar. The building has three rooms and enables us to have an auditorium as well as several classrooms. It did not need any renovating, so we were able to move in as soon as we purchased furniture. To top it all off, it comes with parking. M O, our landlord, was very open to renting to our church, even though landlords in France are typicaly skeptical and uncooperative at the prospect of renting to a Baptist church. Who could open a door so quickly and convincingly?—Only God!"
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, James and Cheryl Pridgen— They share the following: "Now in Kampala, the Lord has allowed us to see three churches started. Four national pastors have been trained. One pastor will soon be starting a church in Rwanda, and another pastor just started a Thursday night Bible study in downtown Kampala near the largest university in the country. We have a Bible college (where we are currently training more pastors), a Christian school and many other ministries. The Lord has allowed us to see thousands of people saved over the past 15 years and we are excited to see what the Lord will continue to do through us in the years to come. Thank you for investing in our lives and in the ministries in Uganda.
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SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth— They share the following report and prayer needs: "The last several weeks have presented our people with many huge challenges (giants) and also many victories. One of the victories that we have seen involves people receiving Jesus as their Savior. J C is one such individual. He is 18 and was invited by one of our youth to a youth meeting on a Saturday. The very next day he came to the morning church service and continued attending. One Sunday morning he approached me before the service began and asked if we could talk afterwards. At the conclusion of the service, we began talking and he told me, 'I want to be a part of this!'— referring to the church. And so I told him that the first step is to receive Jesus as his Savior. He looked me in the eyes and said without hesitation: 'That is what I want to do.' I immediately began working with him in our discipleship ministry. And I must admit, out of all the people that I have discipled over the years, rarely have I seen someone that has a spiritual hunger like J C. Every time we meet, he is filled with questions and eager to learn. He is already sharing his faith with family and friends and inviting them to church.
Prayer Requests at a Glance...
• Pray that J C would grow spiritually.
• Pray that we will continue to see people come to Christ.
• Pray that God would provide for the people of our church.
• Pray that God would provide our church with the funds to purchase property.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, the Charles Arnold Family— They share the following: "We are rejoicing in what God is doing in La Peña Church. There have been 10 professions of faith in Christ, six rededications, and 10 baptisms. Also Sister Y is doing well, teaching in the public school. She has led over 20 children to the Lord during the school year. Y has three classes and intermingles and witnesses to the children during recess between her classes.
Last week I had the privilege of leading three ladies to Christ. They all three seem to be about the same age, around early or mid 30s. Pray that I may be able to get them and their families in church."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, BAYWATER NORTH, Robert and Mary Fuller— They give the following report: "Our children's Bible club and youth group are doing well. Since summer is coming, our children and teens will be going on holidays with their families. Z and L brought their deaf friend E to the club. Then three weeks ago Z invited her hearing neighbor N to the club. N is a brilliant girl. One time N asked the question, 'How can we go to heaven? What about good works?' Please pray for the salvation of these four girls.
G is faithfully attending the youth group. One Friday she invited her deaf friend W to the club. G wanted W to know Jesus, so Robert Fuller had the opportunity to share the Gospel with him. W hasn't accepted Christ yet. He came to our Ausian Service on two Sunday afternoons. Hopefully, he will continue to come to the Ausian Service. Pray for his salvation."
EUROPE, UKRAINE, SIMFEROPOL, Tony and Dawn Hess— They share the following needs: "We are loaded with some powerful, big needs. I WONDER how many of you precious folk would be willing to pray for the next seven days about at least two of these requests (two is usually all we can keep in our minds with all other stuff going on)?
• More laborers (we need a youth worker and children's ministry director—badly)
• Grace and healing for my wife's headaches
• My dad's spine (ruptured disk)— in a lot of pain
• Pastoral wisdom to unify our church family who come from various church backgrounds (much apologetic teaching right now)
• More saved souls as the Gospel goes out weekly
PRAISE TO CLOSE: Yesterday, we had the privilege on visitation to lead a man named A to Christ! Pray for our follow-up and victory for him over the bottle—when drunk, he is a very mean, violent man."
For those wanting to help financially, please send your donations to the Far East Project Fund, Account #954. Continue to pray for our missionaries and their churches in the Philippines.
BIMI missionaries David Diamante, Christopher Hurst, Phil Frasier and Rose Pyles work on the island of Luzon and are all fine. The storm hit mainly to the south of their works. Doug Sisson, Eddie Trimble, Bruce Rice, Robert Tevault and Stan Prussia are on the island of Mindanao, which is to the south and they also escaped damage. Peter Denisi and his son Frank work in Cebu City. They are doing well and are already helping with relief work. Rick Martin and his family in Iloilo are well. They also are involved in helping those who suffered loss. Many of their pastors lost homes and churches. The same can be said of Layne Jones and his family who live on the northern end of the island of Samar. Rick Fannin and his wife are safe; however, their home and church buildings were seriously damaged. Carl Sparks and his family were in the city of Tacloban when the typhoon hit. The city was devastated. We have not yet heard from them. Just before the storm hit, they sent out an email saying that they were "hunkered down" in their church building which was concrete. Continue to pray for this family. The director of our CLAIM ministry, Carl Vonnoh, has offered to do anything he can to help. We want to thank all of you who have called and sent funds to help.
BIMI still does not have any word from missionaries Carl and Ellen Sparks. If you have been following the news, you have seen the devastation in Tacloban City where the Sparks were when the typhoon struck. Continue to pray for them. Our other missionaries are safe. The Rick Fannin family who work on the island of Panay have had a lot of damage to their property. Missionary Rick Martin and his family are fine; however, at least 33 of their pastors have had homes totally destroyed and 36 churches have been demolished. There are and will continue to be great needs in the central part of the Philippines for months to come. Our missionaries and churches will be involved in relief efforts as well as getting out the Gospel.
Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) caused tremendous damage to life and property in parts of the Philippines. We have not heard from our missionaries Carl and Ellen Sparks who were in Tacloban. All of the other BIMI missionaries are safe but several of them have had major damage to churches, homes and property. We will post more information as it becomes available.
For those wanting to help financially, please send your donations to the Far East Project Fund, Account #954. Pray for our many friends in the Philippines.
MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH, Rebecca Pope RN, BSN — She shares the following: "In September Medical Missions Outreach served in Cerro Alto, Guatemala, with American missionaries Dan and Beth Lott and national pastor Giovani Avendano. The Lord gave us a great team that despite sickness being in the camp served with a wonderful spirit! The national church members did a fantastic job of presenting the Gospel to the patients and 115 of the 1,056 patients we saw made professions of faith. I'm rejoicing again just writing about it!"
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, HAITI, PORT-De-PAIX, Don and Bridgitt Dryden — They share the following news: "On August 11—18 our associate pastor with some adults went to an area called Binquette on the island across from Port-de-Paix to do an evangelistic crusade. During the days they went out in the surrounding area inviting people to the evening service. In the afternoon, Bible Club meetings were held with the children. In the evening our folk sang and preached. The eight-day effort ended with 27 folks who confessed their sins and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This added to the many who were saved during the survey trips to prepare for the crusade. Pastor St. Fleur and others go there on the weekends to visit the saved, have Sunday school, morning and evening services and a meeting with the young people on Sunday afternoons.
1) Because of the difficulties and expenses of boat travel to the island.
2) That the church plant will take root and be established!
3) That the Lord will call one of our men to shepherd this new flock."
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AM RHEIN, Walt and Thrasilla Hornung — The Hornungs share the following report: "We thank the Lord for HIS many blessings. Since we moved to our new church building almost a year ago, we had first time visitors at almost every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening prayer services. We also thank the Lord for the ones who have been saved in recent weeks and that the children of the church, teens and adult people are growing in the Lord. You should hear the earnest prayers of our prayer meetings. The encouragement to all is definite answers to prayer that we experienced in the past few months. Some of the church people got new jobs, found good housing, and others left the hospital with restored health.
One of the highlights of our church is the yearly picnic. It was a special blessed time this year. We started, of course, with a good Sunday morning worship service for spiritual food. Then we drove to an ideal picnic place with a large shelter. The men did the grilling and the ladies brought delicious salads and desserts. Everyone enjoyed the food. We sang together, had testimonies, prayed together, and had a real blessed fellowship. Please pray for the following: revival, unity, more love, victory and much fruit for the honor and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
BRAZIL, Garry and Pam Tyler — They share their blessings and needs. "These past months have had many turns in circumstances, therefore, knowing that the Lord is our rock and fortress, HIS leading and guiding through these months is a precious assurance of HIS love for us.
Now in the month of October, we are rejoicing as two of our teen girls, who being convicted that they were not saved, trusted Christ after church in their home. The 19-year-old called us to tell us and then announced to the world of their salvation on Facebook! I baptized them on Sunday along with a nine-year-old girl.
Thank you so much for your part in supporting us financially and in prayer. In the month of September, we marked 36 years of serving the LORD in Brazil. As you have given, we have been able to continue to reach the lost in this country for His glory."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins — They write: "With the increase in violence and fear in Honduras, we have witnessed an increase in the opportunities for harvest. Every church service we see new visitors, generated by the changed lives witnessed in their family, friends and co-workers and by the more than 50 soul winners that blanket neighborhoods with the Gospel every Saturday afternoon.
We have also received an invitation from two different area schools to teach the Bible (not teaching English, not using the Bible to teach English—teaching the Bible!). These are not Christian schools that are looking for a Bible teacher either. One is a private bilingual elementary and high school where we will teach the Bible in English to every grade level. The other is a public elementary school. What better opportunity to teach the next generation of Hondurans with the Gospel than to get into their elementary school system!"
EUROPE, ENGLAND, CHESHIRE, CONGLETON, Joshua and Melissa Booth — They share the following: "We are thrilled to see one of our church kids follow the Lord in believer's baptism on September 22! Melissa collects A. and her sister for church every Sunday morning. A like-minded church let us use their building since we don't have a baptistery. It was such a special service. A's mum, dad, sister, brother and grandmother came to her baptism! When we asked A. if she wanted to choose the songs for her baptism service, she immediately thought of these three: 'As a Deer,' 'How Marvelous, How Wonderful,' and 'Mine, Mine, Mine!' Joshua preached on the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, and after the baptism, eight people gave a testimony. Many mentioned ways they've seen Alisha growing in the Lord and encouraged her to keep following the Lord. Please pray for her family to be saved. We have recently had Gospel conversations with her mum as we help plaster and paint their house."
• We have traveled recently to visit two church families who have moved away to find work. Please pray for the W and H families to find work and a body of believers with whom to worship.
• Joshua has many more hours of study to prepare for the Bible college class he teaches weekly.
• Pray for boldness and wisdom to challenge our church members to witness for their faith.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dr. Stan and Dr. Mollie Prussia — They share the following: "Sharing the Gospel — In the midst of all the things we do, it is important to stay focused on the main thing: people around us will die and go to hell if they have not received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Mollie and some friends from our church met E. She is 82. Her husband is 85. Her only question, after they explained that Christ died, was buried, and rose again for her sins, was if she could receive Him even if she was Iglesia. Iglesia Ni Cristo is a large religious group that started in the Philippines. They teach that Jesus was not God. Mollie explained that one's religion did not matter; it was belief in Jesus Christ that would allow her to go to heaven. She had tears in her eyes as she put her hand on the Bible and prayed to receive Christ as her personal Savior. They now visit her weekly, giving her assurance that she has a mansion prepared for her in heaven, and looking for a time when they can share the Gospel with her husband.
- Annual renewal of medical permit
- Health and protection
- Wisdom for future med mission, local and with a group from the USA"
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMAN, Larry and Ruth Owens — They write: "The Lord is really blessing, saving souls and changing lives. My wife, Ruth, and Caleb go out soul winning in another area and God is also blessing them. Praise the Lord! My son, Joshua, is now a captain of a bus route and is bringing a lot of people to church. He won a young man his own age, 16, to Christ. He was a drug addict. However, he came to church and is now reading the Bible.
A very unusual blessing recently took place at church. I received a phone call from the ex-treasurer of the church. He robbed the church 12 years ago of a sizeable amount of money and later vanished. We had not heard from him in years. He stated that he wanted to give back the money that he had stolen. He came to church, publicly asked forgiveness, and wants to straighten his life out.
Students come to our Bible college from all over the region. G. arrived from Ecuador, after five days of traveling on a bus to be a pastor.
The nightclub is still operating next to the church, but not like other times. We are also soundproofing the church, thanks to a dear brother from Illinois. That will help immensely."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, NAPLES, Chuck and Linda Truitt — They share the following: "Yesterday was a really good day as we had an appointment with the senior chaplain on the base, Commander B, who walked over and met us at the main gate to sign on missionaries Matt and Diane Olsen (I already have a letter authorization to get on base).We were invited to a picnic at the unmarried personnel barracks where we prayed in Jesus name for the voluntary meal. Several interested contacts were made there at the barracks!
Pray for the ministry here in Naples; there are three here that need to be baptized. And pray for us to reach more military families, more African refugees, and of course more for salvations. Also, please pray for the Olsens as they minister in Naples."
USA MINISTRIES, GEORGIA, SMYRNA, Bruce and Vicki Kelly (ministry to the deaf) — They share the following report: "The past three months have been very, very busy for us. In September we finally did dye the cement church floor so it doesn't look like a garage floor now. In this month I baptized five people. The first week of October we had deaf missionaries from Jamaica. We had a service on Saturday night. About 55 people came. One person got saved. Then on Sunday about 60 came. The best part was nine deaf people accepted Jesus as their Savior!
I will be flying to Peru in a few weeks to preach at Efata (Missionary Vernon Miller established the deaf Christian school and church many years ago). Pray for my safe flight and good health."
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, SOUTH CAROLINA, Janet Burchell — She writes: "Just this morning I had another opportunity to talk with my Japanese student about her salvation and her need to trust Christ as her Savior. We are reading a portion of Pilgrim's Progress in our English class and I emphasized to her the need for personally asking Jesus to save her from her sin. The Japanese have been taught from birth to make decisions as a group, whether as a family, class, or other groups that they have joined so it is difficult for them to understand a personal decision. Please pray for her to trust Christ.
Recently another lady joined our Tuesday afternoon English-Bible class. It is so interesting to see how the Lord opens opportunities each week to share new truths from the Bible. These ladies are coming only to study English and have no desire for spiritual matters."
• Salvation of S. Y. and her parents.
• Salvation of ladies attending the Tuesday afternoon English class: Mrs. S, Mrs. O, and Mrs. S.
• Japanese Bible School (KIBBS) students presently attending and new ones to attend.
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Don and Patsy Drake — They write: "Greetings from Germany! We arrived October 10, and we appreciate your prayer and faithful financial support.... We hit the ground running here in Germany; our container arrived the day before we did and several of our men helped to unload, and we thank each one for your tremendous help. We have been busy unpacking and getting the house in order.
Glory to God! Our first Sunday back we had a great service and one Danish man was saved. He and his new wife, who was led to Christ by Mrs. Smith while we were in the States, came forward this past Sunday and made their public profession of faith and for baptism.
We thank Pastor and Mrs. Roy Smith for filling in for us and doing a superb work while we were in the States. Pray for us and our troops for much work is ahead. Pray that the Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, INDIA, VISAKHAPATNAM, Sean and Suzanne Canavan — They share the following: "Our language study is continuing well. Unfortunately, our tutor has left India for a few months to teach Teluga at the University of Chicago in Illinois. We are very thankful for the help that she was to us. During the last few weeks of Ordu study, we were able to have her translate some passages in the Telugu Bible and some of our Telugu tracts. This was a great opportunity for us to clearly present the Gospel to her. She is an upper caste Hindu and very devout. Although she was still unwilling to accept the truth of the Gospel, she now has a better understanding about Christianity. She said she loves learning about other religions so we offered her a Telugu Bible and she gladly accepted. God's Word will not come back void. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will convict her of the truth of the Gospel.
Because of all the protests and disruptions to our city, the attendance in church has been down a little recently. Please pray with us as we attempt to reach new people with the Gospel. We hope to visit some of the pastors and churches we help to support in the next few months. Please pray for us as we visit those churches and seek God's will for starting new churches in unreached areas around us."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, the Fredrick Kearney Family — They give the following report and prayer needs: "My wife led a pastor of one of the local churches here to Christ. He earnestly listened, understood the simple plan of salvation and accepted Christ in his heart. Our son, Fredrick, came back from school with pneumonia. He underwent a week of antibiotic treatment and has fully recovered.
We took 28 registered youth to Pastor's School in Fundamental Baptist Church International in Kumasi. The theme was 'Teaching on Teaching.' Our orchestra was given the privilege to play every night. Ten of our young people surrendered to serve the Lord. The faithfulness and committed level to win souls and serve the Lord is evident."
1. Pray for my lower back pains to be alleviated. This is due to the unusual rough rides I endure during driving.
2. Pray for our upcoming family fun day that is scheduled to take place in the end of November. We are expecting to reach about 250 souls with the Gospel. Pray also for our Christmas program.
3. Please pray for God's healing and strength for my sister, Lovella Singer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.
4. Pray for God's provision, protection and strength for Seth and Melissa Acree. They are BIMI missionaries completing deputation and coming to Tema to work with us in the early part of next year.
5. Pray as we reach out with the Gospel to the youth of our community who are facing hopelessness and depression. The continuation of secondary education is based on the Basic Education Competency Exam's test scores. As a result, many are suicidal during this time of the year when the test results come.
6. Pray for our faithful youth, A and E, who lost their mother a few weeks ago."
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, BELIZE, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following: "We have been asked to help in a young English speaking church plant in central Belize where health problems have forced a missionary family back to the States. All we need is a safe and affordable place to live near this new church. So far we have had great difficulties finding anything suitable. Please help us pray as we search the internet and stay in touch with those there. Our Central America Director has asked for our help with this new church plant, and we would very much like to help, if possible.
Pray for the Market Witness Ministry. We just received another request from a supporting church to come back and help them start a Market Witness near their church. This is exciting, and it is educational for us also. I learn new things from every group that I train."
Missionaries of the Day
Monday, September 1, 2014
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Robert (Bob) & Rebecca Ingram - MILITARY - USA - GA
Daniel & Judith Irvin - SCOTLAND
Polly Irvin - UKRAINE
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Robert (Bob) & Rebecca Ingram - MILITARY - USA - GA
Daniel & Judith Irvin - SCOTLAND
Polly Irvin - UKRAINE
PRAYER PROMISEHear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth (Psalm 54:2).
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 President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda (eastern Africa).