CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, SAN FERNANDO, HUIXQUILUCAN, Nick and Patty Sutmaier — They share the following report: "The summer has been filled with many blessings and decisions for the Lord....Please pray for our building permits and licenses to be approved. The process has kept us very busy, running through all hoops of red tape and challenges. Our blueprints are almost done. Once we get our license for the height and use of the ground space, then we will be able to submit our blueprints for approval by the government."
Our VBS was a real hit this year with over 40 people saved! With the permission of our neighbors around the church, we closed off the road in front of the church to have Olympic races and events for the kids. Everyone loved it, and our neighbors even told us that we need to do it more than just once a year. We do love our neighbors and our community."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Don and Patsy Drake — They share the following: "The Lord has allowed us to put out hundreds of John and Romans booklets this summer. One Airman took a case of 300 to his workplace. We have a retired soldier who works at the post office on base and he had taken bundles of booklets. He says he is able to put them out around the post office. Pray these booklets will fall into the right hands and souls will be saved.
We had a good week of VBS with two young people trusting Christ as Savior. On the last Sunday of July, I baptized one of them. We had several visitors and we hope they will return for services.
Patsy finished her chemo on July 28 and started radiation therapy August 8. She will take 36 daily treatments. The chemo and radiation causes fatigue. She is weak and fragile, but she still goes on. As the Lord said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, we can testify: His grace is sufficient! Glory be to God!"
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, KUMASI, Seth and Melissa Acree — They share the follow report and prayer needs: "Since Ghana schools are on summer break here, our church takes this time to host an evangelism outreach using soccer (or football as they call it here). Several of the men in our church and I have taken turns giving a short Gospel presentation after the exercise, and we have one more Saturday to go. Each week we have had 20 to 30 people come out with a healthy mix of current church members and members of the community. Please pray that we finish up this time and people will understand and respond to the Gospel as it is presented.
• Continued learning of Twi language
• Continuation of immigration paperwork/strike to the end
• Soccer outreach and upcoming Day of Special Studies."
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ALAJUELA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove — They share the following: "It is hard to believe our church in now five months old. What a joy to see this new church being planted here in Atenas, Costa Rica!
Costa Rica is VERY STRICT about buildings and code requirements. I met with the contractor this morning to find out what else we have to do to finish the requirements for our permits and came away with a list. Unfortunately, we are at a standstill because we are out of funds. Please pray that God will supply the funds needed. God has been so faithful to supply needs thus far. We must do the following to finish code requirements on our building:
• Finish work on structural damage
• $2,000 to build a handicap restroom, which is required for permits
• $2,000 to lay the concrete floor for our church auditorium
• $500 for emergency lights, signage, and fire extinguishers also required for permits
Every day we see more and more the great need here in Atenas. Please continue to pray for the Iglesia Bautista Victoria."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — Sabrina writes, "Each playground in New York City is like one massive backyard. In the summertime these 'backyards' are packed with children and adults of whom a large majority are unchurched. What a tremendous opportunity to present the Gospel with puppets and a Bible story! After one particular presentation, eight children prayed to receive Christ as Savior. Please pray for these precious folks.
• Souls to be saved and the fruit to remain
• Our desperate need for a church building
• More churches to give $25 a month to help purchase a building
• Good health and traveling mercies
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Joy Wesson and Family — They share the following: "Arriving the end of June, we got here just in time to jump right in and help in our church's summer activities. We had a great week of Bible School where we had an average attendance of 130 kids each day with around 25 workers and leaders. It was my privilege to personally give the Gospel and lead many of them to Christ that week.
Stephen had the opportunity to go to another part of the island during the month of July and help another missionary in the Bible School as well. Kimberly participated in youth camp this summer playing the piano for special music. She had the opportunity to lead two children to Christ this last week here in our home and has begun discipleship with two teen girls in our church.
In addition to taking my place as church pianist, it is exciting to be back again in the deaf ministry. Our deaf people are somewhat 'scattered,' but little by little we have been able to contact them and are seeing them come again faithfully.
We look for the Lord to continue to do great things. We thank you so much for the love and support you have shown to our family as we strive to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones — They share the following report: "While soul winning, I witnessed to C. P. at the car wash. He had been an overseas worker and now has a construction business with over 200 employees. He gladly received Christ. Please pray for a new multicab to bring the students back and forth to Catarman. Our old jeepnie gave up the ghost. The cost for a new multicab is almost $5,000. We are paying public transportation for the students to go back and forth and it is getting expensive. We still need $12,000 for a new 3,000 watt transmitter. Please consider helping with these projects. We have five acres of land beside the ocean for our Bible college campus, and we need a college classroom building. The boys' dorm is not yet finished, and we are using the second floor of the boys' dorm for classrooms.
Pray that God will give us more Bible college students. We now have over 50. We have a goal of 100."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, David and Debbie Board — They share the following report: "It is a blessing to see 22 folks follow the Lord in believer's baptism this past month. Here in Cambodia, believers are often not persecuted when they simply make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ; however, when they take the step of obedience to publicly identify with the Lord Jesus through water baptism, the persecution begins. N. was recently baptized and after baptism his neighbors immediately began mocking her and cursing her for leaving Buddhism. Thankfully, she is growing in the Lord and remains faithful. Debbie and I invest time discipling her each Monday at 9:00. She has been saved for about a month or so and is burdened to see her husband saved. He works long hours and has very little free time. We are working on setting up a time to be able to meet with him. Please join us in praying that he will be saved!"
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They give the following report: "Thank you for praying for our new tracts and our summer outreaches. We have been so blessed by how easy these tracts have been to hand out. Our church has passed out over 5,000 of them already! We rejoice that one person accepted Christ during our three-day evangelism blitz, and over 300 people have visited our website and viewed the salvation testimonies there. We continue to ask God to bless and use us here.
P. is from Iran and has lived in Canada for many years. He came to our church in June, and I had the privilege of leading him to Christ. He seems eager to grow in the Lord. Please pray for him.
A. is a teenager from Germany who came to visit his family here in Canada. They brought him to church with them in June. After he attended for three weeks, I was able to lead him to Christ. He has returned to Germany and we trust the Lord to guide him to a good church there.
This fall we plan to evaluate every area of our ministry here and analyze how we can improve everything we do. Could you pray for God to give us wisdom? We want to strive for excellence for Him, and we need His guidance."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DIMINGO, Michael and Anna Doering — They share the following report: "Evangelism continues to be a major focus of our ministry. Monday nights are always exciting as we gather in the home of a church member. Neighbors will freely come to hear a message from God's Word. We had an invitation to go to the home of a young lady who had been attending our church off and on for several weeks. She sat and listened as one of our church leaders very clearly shared the message of salvation with her and another member of her family. She accepted Christ that evening and has been faithfully attending our discipleship classes. It is always exciting to see another life changed by the Gospel message.
Please join us in prayer about the following requests:
• Pray for personal revival.
• Pray God will give us wisdom as our church moves closer to being self-sustaining and self-multiplying.
• Pray for God to work in the hearts of those who are still backslidden.
• Pray for God's continued blessing upon the church planting movement in Cuba and for the church planting movement in the Dominican Republic."
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, OROMINIKE, David and Rose Maskey — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Youth Camp! Recently, we held our 4th SMITE (Student Mission Institute for Training in Evangelism) Conference for our youth, and this year we had a team from the States to help us. It was a great blessing to all of us not only to hear preaching but also receive teaching that prepares us to reach others with the Gospel. This year we had 130 youth from ten independent Baptist churches across the country attending the conference, and they held 27 Bible clubs during the week. It was a great success, and we are thanking the Lord for the results and praying that it will have a lasting spiritual impact upon our youth.
• The Nigerian economy. Things are still very difficult here lately, and many of our people are hurting financially. We are all learning to trust in God more, but please continue to pray for our people and peace and stability in Nigeria.
• An open door for our 5th church plant. Thank God, there was some response recently, and we are now down to $4,000 needed to purchase property for our next church."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, BOVES, Carey and Susan Abbett — They write: "Vacation? Summer months are usually tied with the idea of vacation time. Even though it is true that our children are out of school, the ministry never stops. We did have the opportunity and privilege to go the south of France in July to attend to the camp we have been ministering since arriving in France in 2000. Last year the camp went from being a youth camp to being a family camp for the first time, and two people got saved, including one boy who followed the Lord in baptism when he got back to his local church. Even though we were only but a handful this year, my family and I enjoyed this camp and we praise the Lord for His safety and provision.
Missions work is never done, and there is always more that needs to be done than we can ever finish. Everywhere we look we see needs and people who need the Lord. Susan recently met a lady who accepted to go on bike rides with Susan. Please pray that this will be an open door for future conversations on salvation. We also have an older couple who came to our Sunday morning service. They attend a Reformed Church in town but were curious as to who we were—they had received one of our tracts in their mailbox."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, OTTAWA, Jeffrey and Kim Smith — They write: "We crossed the border on July as planned. Other than a two-hour wait in the customs office, the crossing went smoothly, and we had a warm welcome from Carleton Baptist Church. They had stocked our new kitchen with groceries. Nothing like food in the kitchen when you are tired and hungry!
• That we will find our place in the ministry here and serve in the capacity that the Lord has for us. We have been able to serve in VBS, ordination council and service, and now the mid-week adult Bible study.
• We have learned that both of our vehicles cannot be imported to Canada for mechanical reasons. Please pray about our vehicle situation as we 'retread.'
• Please pay for opportunities for our family to witness as we meet neighbors and continue in the outreach opportunities of our church."
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following: "The Tuesday night Bible Studies we were holding in our home grew to the point that the people suggested that we move to the church building. We have been meeting there on a regular basis on Wednesday nights for over a month now. We are not having our Grand Opening and services on Sunday for a while yet as there is still so much to do to prepare for it, but we are building a nucleus now. There are several families coming faithfully and we are inviting others as we become more known in the community. A church here kindly offered to print 10,000 tracts and flyers with our reopening information, and our mission board (BIMI, Reseeding America Ministry) is printing Romans booklets with our church information on them! We have created a church logo and theme and will be canvassing soon. The Lord is leading, guiding, and providing; it is so exciting to see Him work!"
BRAZIL, SAN PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following report: "As I mentioned in our last prayer letter, our schedule is pretty full until close to Thanksgiving. We have three missions conferences coming up in Iowa, Louisiana, and Rhode Island. We will be back in South and North Carolina in November and December.
We praise the Lord that another young deaf man made a profession of faith on Saturday, July 30. He has visited the church on several occasions, but it was at a birthday party that Pastor was able to lead him to the Lord. That was a huge answer to prayer and we rejoice in his salvation!
We are still planning to return to Brazil, either at the end of December or the first part of January. Within the next few weeks, we will be searching for some good ticket prices. PLEASE PRAY FOR US!!
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, COMAYAGUELA, Alan and Becky Jackson — They shared the following report: "The church in Los Robles is being built and many people have expressed interest in attending once they are finished. The services are in a house at the moment, but there is not enough room for the people. It was a blessing to see so many people for a service, but it was quite uncomfortable for those inside. They are averaging about 12 adults and 20 children in their services. There is no doubt that that number will increase when the church building is finished.
I have mentioned Pastor Dolvin and the church in Eucomupe on many occasions. New Hope Baptist Church just celebrated nine years of life. This church was started on the front porch of a house that was abandoned. Then, we moved to the front room of the house of one of the members of the church. After a short time, one of the members donated a plot of ground for the construction of a new building. The building was built and many people came to know Christ. But as time continued it became evident that the church was not adequate for the needs. So, they began to pray for a larger facility. The property next to the church came up for sale and thankfully God provided the funds necessary to purchase it. In July they celebrated their ninth anniversary and the first service in their new building. What a blessng to witness the growth of the church and see God work in the hearts and lives of Brother Dolvin and family!"
BRAZIL, RIBEIRAO PRETO, Carl and Cynthia Johnson — They share the following: "It is hard to believe our church is one year old! The Lord has done so much for us in the past year with souls being saved, lives discipled, families restored, and relationships strengthened.
We have finished the first phase of our building program, which is building perimeter walls. We have now begun work on the foundation to the educational building and main auditorium. Once the foundation is complete, we plan on building the educational building. We are trusting the Lord to supply the needed funds for this construction."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following report and prayer needs: "The Lord Jesus Christ is still saving souls! Mrs. N. was led to the LORD by my wife. Mrs. C. was led to the LORD by our deacon's wife. Both of them are Filipinas, working in the nursing homes in Japan. They were invited to our church by one of our members. Both were recently baptized. N. was visited by her son. He is a college junior in the Philippines. His mom brought him to our church; he heard the Gospel, and my wife led him to the LORD. I baptized him shortly before he departed for the Philippines. A retired US Navy sailor helps me a lot during visitation. We had four visits that evening. The last visit was D. He was invited to our church by another church visitor. Both are US Navy sailors. That night, D. allowed me to share the Gospel and he made a profession of faith. He now attends our church. Our Japanese deacon led a fellow-Japanese to Christ. I recently baptized him. He also led his mom to Christ during a hospital visit. He and his wife and our church have been praying for his mom for many years! After I preached and gave the altar invitation, I saw a young man who visited our church with his family raise his hand for salvation. Our deacon led him to Christ.
Many families are transferring to the States soon. Pray to the LORD of the Harvest to send more laborers to HIS Harvest in our Jerusalem."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOTA AIR BASE, FUSSA, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They share the following report: "Please pray for our born again troops who must serve and deal with the vileness of this ungodly and abominable agenda in the military. Yet, God is still saving souls and the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. A young woman attended one Sunday morning service in June and responded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She is soon to be baptized.
A faithful brother in Christ and I went out door knocking in our local area. We were looking for military personnel who live out of town. As we went, we encountered a Mormon, a Buddhist, and a Jew! We talked to people from Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Sierra Leon (Africa), Minnesota, Texas, and Utah! In every situation the Gospel was proclaimed!...Thank you for your prayers and support."
USA MINISTRIES, WASHINGTON, LYNNWOOD, Perry and Barbara Gibson (serving Japanese Exchange Students in Seattle) — They share the following: "For the past 2½ months, 16 Japanese children have been taking turns, in groups of four to eight, staying in our home. In Japan they attend a bilingual international school that is near the city where we lived and where they are taught Bible stories and Bible truths in English. Their English and their head knowledge of the Bible is amazing! Here in Seattle they were participating in an English immersion program at a Christian school.
On the last three nights, 13 children and their two chaperones were all here 'camping out.' You can imagine the joy of seeing them sitting around our living room soaking up the Gospel message being explained to them in their heart language. Thank you for being a part of impacting each of these precious young lives for Christ and eternity!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, LEON, Ricardo and Angela Portillo — They share the following report and prayer needs: "People searching for belonging! Approximately 93% of our teens at church come from homes without a father. We are so excited at what the Lord has been doing in Nicaragua. God has been bringing along many teenagers and young people, hungering for the Word of God, and we have continued to see teens saved and discipled. Their zeal is growing along with their faithfulness, and we have begun to be known as the 'teen church.' They are bringing visitors, and we have had many opportunities to see people saved as the result of their enthusiasm.
• Transportation — Pray with us for a small truck and a 34-seater bus to bring in more people to church.
• Laborers — Pray with us for a trained family to come help us with the kid's ministry and to start a ministry in San Jacinto.
• More Fruit — Pray with us that more teens would continue to be saved and they would grow in their Christian walk."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, San Miguel de Tucumán, Larry and Ruth Owens — They share the following: "A 17-year-old and a 14-year-old are on fire for the Lord. Their parents don't come to church, but they started inviting kids from school to come to church, and most of them are from Catholic families. They have had as many as seven friends from school at one service. We thank the Lord that some of the kids have continued to attend faithfully.
L. and his family just started coming to church. They have two older teenagers who were making life miserable for the whole family. They turned against their parents and were fighting them. The parents came asking for help; we set aside time with them to pray and fast. I went to the house to talk with them. One of the rebellious teens got saved. They both hugged their parents and crying asked for forgiveness. They were in church Sunday. The Lord changes hearts!
Please pray for my mom. She is hospitalized and not expected to live. She has been given the Gospel many times over the years but is still unsaved and very hard to the Gospel. Pray she will yet be saved!"
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, LIMEIRA, Garry and Pam Tyler — They share the following report and prayer needs: "The Lord takes care of His church and we praise Him for doing just that. In fact, we are trying to let Him continue to run His church the way He wants. We have seen new people coming to church and a good number in services. We have been out sharing the Gospel with neighbors near the building we have rented, and several people have given attention to our message. It is exciting to be able to share God's Word with people who want to know the truth.
Other prayer requests:
• We got word that our house in São Paulo can now be registered in our name. The cost to have it done is yet unknown but maybe several thousand dollars.
• Pray for those who have heard the Gospel to be saved."
USA CLAIM, TENNESSEE, CHATTANOOGA, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh — They share the following: "There have been 1,431 professions of faith through Medical Missions Outreach since our prayer letter in May. Praise the Lord for the spiritual provision of the soul for these precious people! There have been five CLAIM trips since our last prayer letter. Thank you for working together with us to point people to the Savior.
Do you remember A. who got saved while we were in Honduras in March? He is now in church with our BIMI missionary Evan Williams. Pray that he will grow in grace and knowledge of the Savior. Lord willing, Glenda and I will be in Honduras in August to teach the nationals and to do some construction work while there. I will be teaching in the evening to the men and Glenda to the women. Pray for God's power as we minister the Word.
Other upcoming projects include: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Seneca Trail Christian School, Ronceverte, West Virginia; Antigua, West Indies; Unalakleet, Alaska; Santa Lucia, Honduras."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following report: "Since October of last year, Grace Baptist Church has been faithfully proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a community that is influenced by religious ideas and customs of every kind. Such ideology includes, but is not limited to, Catholicism, Jehovah Witnesses, Charismatics, and Buddhism. The Gospel of Christ can and does overcome the spirit of error.
An encouragement to us is when our 'children walk in truth' (3 John 4). Two of the men who are helping us with this new church plant are sharing in the preaching responsibilities. This gives them greater opportunities and experience in ministry. It is humbling that they look to us for guidance and answers as they prepare their messages.
In conjunction with other churches in our city, we are planning a local youth outreach on August 27. This will be the first time for our church. We pray that we will be able to reach and minister to the young people of our community.
In the month of August, we will begin a series of messages on John's three epistles. Our desire is to see unbelievers come to Christ and gain assurance of their salvation. Secondly, we want our church to be grounded and established in sound doctrine."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, PIARCO, Coco Chan — Coco has had the privilege in June to return to her native land after six years and she shares the following good news: "Andrew brought his brother to Jesus, and God gave me the privilege to lead my own brother to Christ too. I was in tears when my brother at the table in his living room bowed his head, asked God to forgive him, and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. AMEN! Praise the Lord!
My brother had followed my parents' path to worship all kinds of idols for years, thinking those gods of wood and stone could protect his family. Shortly after I came back, I started inviting him to go to church with me. He said no at the beginning but changed his mind after a few minutes conversation, and we went. The next week, which was Father's Day, he went again. On the way back home he had so many questions concerning salvation. I prayed so hard in my heart. Finally, I got to open my Bible and explain to him the plan of salvation, and he made a profession of faith. I thank God for opening his eyes to see the one true living God who is able to give him eternal life. He has been at church since. Please pray for his Christian walk. Pray that he will keep going to church even when I leave in September. Pray also for my other two unsaved sisters. If you have been praying for your loved ones' salvation, I encourage you to keep praying. I prayed for my brother for years, and now I know for sure I will see him in heaven someday. God is good always!"
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, KISII, Luke and Tonya Shelby — "We visited one of our rural churches about 2 ½ hours away from Kisii with David Smith so that he could see a village ministry, and we held an evangelistic meeting there. Ten adults were saved and it was a great time! David preached in English, which was translated into Swahili and then on into the Dholuo language (the tribal language in the village). So there were languages going in all different directions! It was fun. Getting there was not so fun though. It was raining when we got close to the village and the roads are not good when it rains. We were sliding around and almost slid down into the ditch. So we used the bumper jack to push the truck back up to the center of the road. At this point, we noticed that a leaf spring had broken and slid over putting a hole in the gas tank with a pen size stream coming out of it! As we continued our journey, David and some of our college students were pushing the vehicle back to the center of the road as I drove to keep us from sliding down into the ditch. When we finally got there, covered in mud, we were able to slow down the leak by putting a screw in the hole until we could get back to Kisii and fix it. I think it was a good missionary experience for David. Please pray for him as he prepares to do deputation to get to the field as soon as possible."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, MOOROOLBARK, Robert and Mary Fuller — They share the following: "For some time we have been praying about starting a new deaf work. We are seeking God for His guidance as to where we can start. In May we made a survey trip to Queensland....We got to meet with a young Christian deaf man whom we met here in Melbourne a few months ago. We had sweet fellowship with him and his parents. Through him we received some information about the Deaf community of Queensland. We will have another survey trip in the Melbourne Metro area soon. Please pray with us about this matter."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following report and prayer needs: "As we have mentioned in previous letters, please continue to pray for the church in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec. The Lord is working and is blessing the church as they look for a national pastor. They have not lost one member, and there are two families who are looking at possibly joining the church. Praise the Lord! The Lord has shown us that it is time for us to start a church in New Brunswick. It is a blessing that we were able to help two churches and were able to learn more of the culture at the same time. It has been an adjustment from Africa, but the Lord has helped us. He is good! The towns that we are looking at are very French and very Catholic, so this experience will help us.
We had quite an experience the 28th of June. I had run an errand with my boys and had just parked our truck at our house. Five minutes later I saw smoke billowing out from the hood. We tried to put the fire out but had to call 911. By the time they arrived, our truck had burned to the ground! Praise the Lord no one was hurt and the house did not catch on fire! When things like this happen, it helps to keep things in perspective. Please pray for us as we have had several major expenses come at the same time. We are counting on the Lord to meet our needs."
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, Mark and Stephanie Sage — They share the following report: "We were able to enjoy a men's retreat in June. We went to Kentucky for fishing and some target and skeet shooting. It was a blessing to be able to get out and teach our younger men to care for and fire weapons. I have been teaching in church that a freedom neglected will end up a freedom lost. We need to exercise our freedoms if we expect to keep them. Whether it be the right to bear arms, to assemble to worship, or to tell others about Christ. If we do not use these freedoms, we will lose them.
We just finished up VBS as well. We averaged 35 children and 10 teenagers each night. The greatest thing was that 10 young people made professions of faith in Christ. It was also a blessing to have one of the ladies, who was saved a year ago and who had just finished soul winning club training, lead her first young person to Christ. I 'threw her into the fire' in directing her to deal with one of the children—she said, 'My heart was racing for days.' What a blessing!"
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Robert and Rebekah Mach — They share the following report: "One of the great blessings from our recent furlough is to see how well the Bingerville and Zanapledougou churches did in our absence. Given that a missionary is to 'work himself out of a job,' furlough becomes a good time of indication as to a church's ability to operate on its own. The health of the Bingerville church can be seen in the success of its ministries while we are on furlough.
Just before our departure to return to the States for furlough, the man in charge of our children's ministries moved to Abidjan, making his needed participation an impossibility. The church had to quickly designate a replacement just as we were packing up to leave. What a thrill it has been to see how well that person has assumed this responsibility! The children's Sunday school has been improved (during our absence), and plans have been made for a big children's camp this summer, inviting the participation of several of our sister churches. It is a blessing to see this advancement made by the Bingerville church while we were furloughing."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They share the following report: "We have heard wonderful news of our leaders and church members working together to achieve success. We have had new visitors, a ladies ministry begun, a youth camp put in place, members faithfully fulfilling their responsibilities, people continuing to get saved, and even inquiries about baptism. Wow! God is good and our people are stepping up!
Please note that you can view our ministry update video via our website: www.capturingcolombia.org/explore/video and select Furlough 2016 update. Please share it with family and friends and be encouraged at what God had done in Medellín, Colombia. Remember, everything accomplished has been a joint effort and that God has used all of you tremendously."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following: "The city of New York has given us two criminal summonses during our time here in the Bronx, one from the Fire Department and the other from the Building Department. Even though we have some very good opportunities for church facilities, we have not been able to move on them because of lack of financial preparation. NYC is a mountain—not a little hill. We need 600 churches to give $25 per month. All contributions should be directed to account #965, which is called Bronx Building Baptist Mission.
Sabrina and I also have a personal account with BIMI. Our main purpose for being in this ministry is to see a church planted and established here in the Bronx. BIMI has financial guidelines, which we have followed through the years. The ministry does take sacrifice, and yes, we do believe in personal sacrifice. One good verse about it is Psalm 54:6 which states, 'I will freely sacrifice unto thee: if will praise thy name O LORD; for it is good.' We will never take all monies we could have taken, and whatever is not used goes into the ministry."
EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe — They share the following: "Last month we baptized a young man in the lake near our church. He has since married one of the young ladies in our church and is involved in the music ministry with her. There are others who are saved that were encouraged from this witness wanting to be baptized as well. Pray with us as there are a number of believers who come regularly but have not yielded to believer's baptism yet. May God capture their hearts with His love!
The flow of refugees to Germany has made many worried and antagonistic. We welcome them, as God is bringing a mission field to us. Last Sunday an Armenian refugee family from the war area of the Ukraine joined our church. They had been in Denmark as refugees for over a year then were expelled and made it to Germany. In Denmark they were members of a Baptist church whose pastor is a child of missionary parents from the States. I am proud of how so many missionaries from the US go to reach others in this world. It was great to see our church welcome these refugees with clapping in the service last Sunday."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, Don and Bridgett Dryden — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We had our annual Family Life Conference in May; souls were saved and strengthen by the teaching of God's Word. It was a blessing again to have three brothers (same parents) who pastor national churches to preach and teach during this 8-day conference. These men have attended our Bible school.
Of the many who made professions of faith, eight of those (two were a man and wife) followed the Lord in baptism and have become church members in April-June. This past week has been 'shoutin' time' because a young man who is the son of one of our church members trusted the Lord for salvation. Also, each fourth Saturday of the month, we have an open air singing/preaching service. On June 25 another young man trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation. To make for more rejoicing, a young man responded to the invitation to trust Christ after the Sunday AM service on June 26. The joy to us as missionaries is that many of these souls were led to the Lord by someone we had led to the Lord and baptized. Now they are winning souls!
PRAYER REQUESTS — Bridgett and I would appreciate you praying for:
• souls that are in the darkness of sin who need to come to the light of the Lord Jesus!
• physical issues left by the 2014 Chikungunya Virus on both of us.
• debilitating Sciatic Nerve pain on Bridgett's right leg. She saw a doctor in the States on July 20.
• a Bible Conference (7 messages) Don preached July 10–17."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, MOISA TEE, Ron and Rachel Winkler — They share the following report: "A special service was held on Resurrection Sunday as we teamed up with another missionary family in a nearby city. Several of the people who have been mentioned in previous updates were in attendance. A clear presentation of the Gospel was given through the preaching of God's Word. For some, it may have been the first time to hear the truth of biblical salvation. We thank the Lord that those seeds were sown. For others, the seed had already been planted. Thank you for praying. Please keep praying as we continue to sow and water so that someday there will be a harvest.
We are excited that we have permission to begin a Bible study with a couple of young boys. Their mom has agreed to study the Bible with us. This family has a head knowledge of God, the Bible, and spiritual things but not a strong salvation testimony. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to have freedom to work."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, PARAISO, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following: "April started off with a great week of Pastor's Training. About 50 men joined us for this week of training. Faith Baptist Church is Tacoma, Washington, saw a huge need and decided to get involved.
God used this church in a special way and they were able to bring 80 pastoral boxes with them that included around 15 books. These pastors have received many necessary tools to better their studies and outreach.
In addition to the pastor's training, this church has sacrificially given to build a Bible institute/Sunday school building. The Grand Opening of this building was the Pastor's Conference. We now have four new Sunday school classrooms, a huge all-purpose room, and a kitchen.
The local church that was started in Los Robles one year ago held a special service on Sunday to promote the building of their new church. God has given the necessary funds to start building a church for this congregation. It is a new work with new Christians but with great potential. There were more than 45 people who attended the service, and one lady accepted Christ as her personal Savior."
CENTRAL AMERICA, YUCATAN, Jeff and Elisabeth Carney — They share the following report and prayer needs: "'If nothing has changed, nothing has changed.' When the Gospel is truly received it transforms and changes lives. We currently have weekly Bible studies at the psychiatric hospital, an area orphanage, in friends' homes, a nearby park, and also in our home. Recently, a dentist said to me, 'Jeff, I need your help to share the Gospel with the guys from our Triathlon group.'
A mere stone's throw behind our house, A. opened her doors this past weekend. We literally received thousands of new neighbors. Praise the Lord for open doors! NEVERTHELESS, we are not here to merely start another Bible study, fill out a stack of new decision cards, or launch another ministry. We are here to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that the Holy Spirit can change lives, impact families, and grow God's church the way it was made to be grown—one changed life at a time! Here is our 'Change' prayer list...
• C. & family—to be light bearers in Santa Maria Xache and for a weekly Bible study to be launched in their home
• A. (leader of the 'IRON friends' triathlon Group)—for his salvation and influence with the group
• J. & K.—that their Bible study will grow in Xcumpich so that their family and friends can see and want what they have
• R. & G.—for months, he has been struggling with receiving Christ while she is the teen who shows the greatest interest
• V.—gave her life to Satan as a teen girl and has been in and out of the psychiatric hospital for most of her life
• Pastor O.—that his passion to share the Gospel would grow and for wisdom to lead the church (pastor from our first church plant)
• Us—insight and guidance as we continue to write a Gospel questionnaire, tract, salvation Bible study, & discipleship courses"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, ASA, Jim and Emi Civale — They share the following: "On Mother's Day we had several unsaved people visiting in both services, which gave me a chance to give a clear Gospel message to those who needed to hear it. Please pray for those visitors.
Emi traveled to the main island on Friday and Saturday of Mother's Day weekend in order to serve as a guest speaker for the Lighthouse Baptist Church Ladies Group. From all accounts, the Lord blessed her speaking and the ladies appreciated her ministry.
For the later part of the month, Emi and I traveled over to our first church plant in order to coordinate a funeral for a family there. In fact, we are still here at the time of writing this letter. The funeral will continue over the next four days before we head back to the second church plant."
You may check out our website at www.jimcivale.edifyhub.com. We do appreciate your prayers more than we can say.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, EL PROGRESO, Matt and Dallita Goins — They share the following report and prayer needs: "When V. trusted Jesus Christ as Savior four years ago, he was driving a taxi and living for the weekend—and in the process of making life miserable for himself and for those around him through his excessive drinking and riotous living. Since V. responded to Christ's work of grace in his heart, God has been doing a transforming work in his life. He began working at the local post office, where Christ was on display in his work ethic and public testimony. Last year he was promoted to the position of postmaster of the city of El Progreso (a side benefit is that now we get personal mail delivery instead of having to check the post office downtown). We have almost always had to pay to receive packages, but this year we noticed that we weren't paying for the Bibles that BEAMS sends on a regular basis. (We were paying $4 for each shipment of Bibles). We asked if there had been a change in policy for received literature or media mail, but he told us that there had been no change but that God had impressed upon his heart to not burden the ministry with having to pay to receive Bibles. He has been paying for every Bible shipment that we have received out of his very modest salary! We are thankful for this trophy of grace on display at Iglesia Bautista El Faro.
• We are able to break ground on our second children's cottage to help abandoned and neglected children. Pray for this project.
• Please continue to pray for the salvation of A., D., B., L., Al., and C."
EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, Adam and Angela Young — They share the following report: "I want to thank those who were able to help a bit extra with the furnishing of our worship center.... This will greatly speed up our being able to use this space for God's glory. We have already purchased the piano that we needed.
During the warmer months we take advantage of the good weather by focusing more on personally witnessing to people outside. This month, I tried witnessing to 635 people. About 170 people allowed me to go through the Gospel with them. Around five let me get their phone numbers, having committed to pray to accept Christ. Please pray for power in witnessing and for fruit that remains.
Our ministry to football players continues. We have new people join our team all the time, which gives me the opportunity to witness to them. Please pray for more fruit from this team.
We finished painting this month. Also, the floor tile has been laid. This next week we will install the doors, lights, and switches. We will also get the area around the doors finished. There are three more things that we need to finish. We need to sand and varnish the stairs, install baseboards, and install plaster panels in the front. We might have our first service in July; please pray!"
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and LouAnne War — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Here in Aviano, there is no base housing for the Air Force families to live. Therefore, we live out in town and have Italian landlords, and many of them have befriended our Italian neighbors. The people of Italy are very religious people, but lost. As a church, we have been praying that God would open the hearts of the Italians in our area as well as Italy as a whole. We have passed out hundreds of Italian Gospel tracts as well as given our many Italian Bibles. Most Italians are polite, but still, they are religiously devoted to their beliefs and do not wish to listen when we try to present the Gospel. Also, most Italians, even those who live close to the base, speak only Italian. There was one Italian man who speaks good English and visited our church for Friend Day. After that morning service we sat and had lunch together. He told me that he really enjoyed the service because I didn't give my opinions but rather I showed the congregation what the Bible said and then explained it.... Then this past Saturday we visited him at his home. . . .We went through more Scripture and I asked him what he wanted to do and he said, 'I want to trust Jesus to take me to heaven.' He bowed his head and prayed, asking Jesus to save him....Please pray for his wife and family's salvation.
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, Mark and Stephanie Sage — They share the following: "We are excited for what God has been doing the last few months. It seems like it is the busiest of my life. A friend messaged me and asked why I had not been on Twitter in such a long time. I told him: building a church, working a part-time job (school bus), teaching my daughter to drive, and putting her in driver's school, helping her get her first job, fixing our leaking flat roof that was falling in, remodeling the fellowship hall (had to because of damage), resealing the parking lot, putting in a half-basketball court, and the normal life we live otherwise - yes, it has been very busy.
Pray for our VBS coming up July 7–10, camp, and several other events this summer. Pray for souls that have been saved recently including a young man I led to Christ on Thursday night who is going to be a sophomore at Ohio State University."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They share the following report: "In May we visited the church in Sucre to celebrate and officiate the marriage of a faithful couple who grew up under up under our ministry. He started coming to church when he was saved and she when she was fourteen. Both received Christ and remained faithful while growing up. They are in charge of the teens' ministry, which continues to see young folks come to Christ. I was privileged to baptize three teens on Sunday following the wedding.
Sunday school here in the village is going well, and after a year we are seeing fruit of salvation. Two of Jan's eleven-year-old boys accepted the Lord and are showing a lot of interest. Wednesday night Jan counted eight from her class in the service. Continue to pray for his ministry and for qualified teachers to eventually take our place. Praise the Lord we are averaging in the 40s with a good number of adults and teens as well!
Winter school vacation will begin the first of July, and we have completed a children's retreat at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Santa Cruz."
BRAZIL, RIBEIRAO PRETO, Carl and Cindy Johnson — They share the following: "I am so grateful for the family the Lord has given me. Since we moved to Ribeirao Preto for a new church plant, they have had different opportunities to serve Him. I am pleased that each one of them has a volunteering spirit and is actively involved in this new church. Whether it be working in the nursery, singing, teaching the children's class, or turning on the lights and sound equipment, they each take their responsibilities seriously and with joy.
This month we handed out certificates to the 14 Christians who finished the discipleship course. This is our 2nd graduating class. Praise the Lord for a growing church!
Recently, I had the privilege of leading a middle-aged man to the Lord. He only visited our church once, so I am praying the Lord will touch his heart about getting involved. I am also grateful for a young lady who accepted Christ in a recent church service. Her brother and his family are faithfully attending church, but she is still struggling to do right. Please be in prayer for her.
Spirits are high as we get ready to begin construction on the new church. We are still waiting for the approval of the church building plans. Everything takes so long in Brazil, but we are in God's hands and following His timing. Thank you for giving and praying so that we can serve the Lord in Brazil."
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They share the following good news about their church planting there: "On April 24, the Grace Independent Baptist Church in Omoku, our fourth church plant, celebrated their First Anniversary with a record of 183 in attendance. We made the two-hour journey to be with them that morning, and I preached in both the Sunday school and morning service. God blessed again in a great way as 57 souls responded to the invitation to receive Christ as their Savior. The church has been meeting in the living room of Pastor O's house and also in tents outside. However, that morning the crowd was so many and because there weren't enough chairs, many were just standing or sitting wherever they could find a spot. Thankfully, they have already begun building the foundation for a larger building for the church. They are really going to need it now! Continue to pray for their provision, spiritual strength, and growth.
For over a year now, the financial situation here has been deteriorating due to the falling price of oil, which is the mainstay of their economy. Jobs are few, and many are being laid off or not getting paid. It has affected many of our people as well, and some of them who were already living in poverty are really suffering now.... Please remember to pray for our safety, provision for our people, and peace and stability in Nigeria.
In spite of all this, we are also praying for an open door to start a new church this year. We have located some properties in the nearby city of Yenagoa where we'd like to start one, but we still need to raise about $5,000 more to purchase any of them."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terry Gardner — They share the following: "The month of May was spent getting ready for evangelistic meetings on the 28th and 29th. We passed out 33,000 tracts/flyers for the meetings. There were eight new visitors and four repeat visitors who came to the meetings. There were several who raised their hands for salvation. Please continue to pray for these to be saved.
We are working on plans to do some much needed remodeling at the Kansai Independent Bible School in Kobe in the month of October. If you would like to help in this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would be able to help financially, it would be a great blessing. We are in need of $15,000 for this project. We have received a few offerings for this already but are in need of much more. If you can help in this area, please send your donations to BIMI for KIBBS Remodeling, Account Number 5. Thank you in advance for your willingness to give and help."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, OTTAWA, Jim and Kim Smith — They share the following report: "Kim and I celebrated 16 years of marriage on June 10. Praise the Lord for His grace our relationship! Please pray that we stay close to the Lord and close to each other.
Our deputation schedule is ending in such a geographical way that we are able to visit some of Kim's family before departure to the field. This has been a special blessing, especially to Kim.
We have noticed a trend in our support raising. The trend has been that we have experienced lulls and swells for new support. Now at the very end it seems that we will finish with a lull. We have reached 97% but still need a few more churches to partner with us. We have carefully budgeted every amount of our support; therefore, we want to reach 100%. Also, we faced our first financial reality check for Canada when our housing cost exceeded the budget amount.
We have been praying and planning for a while now to move to Canada on July 7. Please pray that all will go well as we pack and say 'see you later(s)' and cross the border. Thank you for your interest and prayers for our family and ministry."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO, Mike and Anna Doering — They share the following: "Winning people to Christ with the message of the Gospel is the reason why we are here doing what God has called us to do. One of our men in the church who is a gifted witness told me the story of J. with whom God allowed him to cross paths. He spent time with him sharing the message of Christ and the freedom that comes when we receive Him as Lord and Savior. J. accepted Christ that night. The first thing he did was gather all of his idols and get rid of them along with some other vices that had held him captive for so long. The Lord is steadily adding to His church.
Pray with us about the following requests:
• Continue to pray for those in our church who are still cold spiritually.
• We praise the Lord for a young man who had become cold in is relationship with God, but has now made things right. We had asked prayer for him, and not only did he get right with God, but the mother of his child accepted Christ and is now taking discipleship classes. They want to get married formally, and we are helping them take that step. Continue to pray for this couple and their baby girl.
• Pray for God's continued blessing on the church planning movement in Cuba.
• Pray that the Grace and Truth Baptist leadership would continue taking concrete steps toward being self-sufficient and self-reproducing."
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We want to share with you how God blessed our Annual Ladies Tea. April and the ladies worked hard preparing for it. God blessed and we had 21 in attendance this year. What is so encouraging to us is that every lady who invited a quest had a guest come. I thank God for His kindness. I know it was encouraging to our ladies to see people that they worked hard inviting, come to the tea. They all had a wonderful time and God blessed April as she taught about 'The Perfect Gift,' Jesus. Please pray that we could see fruit come from this Ladies Tea.
We also want to praise God that in our adult English class we have seen an increase in attendance. From that class we now have two ladies coming to church. Pray for their salvation."
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez — They share the following prayer needs: "Keep praying that the Lord will provide us with a place to hold services. The house we were looking into did not work out. We were sure this was the right place to hold meetings, but the owner changed her mind for reasons that were not clear. Pray with us that money will come to buy a piece of land to build on or rent.
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, GEORGIA, TRENTON, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following: "This ministry of filling the voids has proved to be much needed and much appreciated. Whether we are relieving for furloughs, going in quick for medical reasons, or working on evangelistic teams here in the United States or overseas, we are so appreciative to our Lord Jesus and to each of you, His servants, for making this stage in our lives so fruitful.
Pray about these opportunities for the remainder of 2016:
• Trip to Grenada to help a Grenadian couple start Market Witness ministries in several markets on the island.
• Return to Grand Cayman to help Mt. Calvary plant a new church in West Bay.
• Possible relief work in Alaska.
• Starting Market Witness Ministries in USA churches and overseas.
Pray about these opportunities for 2017:
• Relief of a missionary family in Fiji for their scheduled furlough.
• Trip to Papua New Guinea, to be part of a team for a Bible project of getting Bibles to all the school children and teachers there as we did in the Fiji schools."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace — They share some good news about what is happening there, "In the last couple of months three new Peruvian churches were born:
J. and family moved back to Lima after planting a thriving church in a jungle city. This past week, working with several families sent from our church, they had their first service in a hotel across the street from the U.S. Embassy.
Our missionaries to Germany recently celebrated the first service of a new church plant. Eight nationalities were represented, but their primary goal is to reach the large Kurdish/Muslim population.
A young American lawyer is married to a Peruvian lady from our church. After several years of preparation they have launched a new church in a needy area of Lima and are already meeting with 30-40 people.
Our son Andy with his family and two other couples will soon celebrate the first service of a new church. Since they are being sent out by one of our 'daughter' churches, this new one will be a 'grandchild'! Andy continues to pastor the English church also.
Please pray for all of these newborn churches that they will be able to reach many families with the saving Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. AND, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SENDING CHURCH HERE IN LA MOLI
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULA, Nate and Sara Wright — They share the following report: "In March we were able to take a team from our church to visit Pastor Martin and his new church in Aumria. We were able to meet with the people who had been coming to the new church plant, to go to a nearby school to preach the Gospel, and to do some door-to-door soul winning. In every one of these events, people were saved. Please continue to pray for Pastor Martin and his family as they strive to reach the people of Amuria for Christ. Also, please pray that they will be able to find a good piece of property for a permanent church building there in Amuria.
• Pray for our institute class in May.
• Pray for a possible South Sudan outreach with another Baptist missionary who is currently in Kajo Keji.
• Pray that the Lord would open doors for us in this incredibly needy field that is being ransacked by war."
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, HUIXQUILUCAN, SAN FERNANDO, Nick and Patty Sutmaier — They share the following: "New converts are such a blessing to our church! Behold, all things are become new. When we hear, 'I'm very nervous about teaching my first lesson,' it is music to or ears! In the fall we have our Victory Class, where we disciple our new converts in a 14-week Sunday school class. When they finish the course, which is not an easy task because of all the homework and Bible memorization, they receive a diploma. Usually, everyone who finishes the Victory Class wants to go into our Personal Evangelism class, where they learn how to be a soul winner in a 14-week Sunday school class.
Our mission on the mountain in Dos Rios is going strong. We just had a whole family who got saved at the Mission and have not missed a service since. They are not just attending the service up on the mountain, but they are coming down to our church all day on Sundays. We know a lot of people are praying because the Gospel is getting out and being received. Thank you for your prayers."
CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, CARIBBEAN RADIO LIGHTHOUSE (CRL), Nathan and Renee Owens — They write, "Our Lighthouse staff continues to plug away at their daily duties of keeping the radio station on the air while my wife and I have been in the States since March for our first furlough. We have been able to visit almost 30 churches, updating them on how the Lord is blessing and using CRL, but also, to make them aware of the prayer and financial needs of CRL.
With our current financial situation, we are barely able to meet the status quo of our ministry. I have been sharing in all of our meetings in the States that CRL needs to raise about $3,400 in monthly support. The first $550 of that amount would be to increase our three Caribbean staff ladies back to five working days a week so that they have the time to work on our new endeavors. Already we have an individual who is willing to support $275 of this goal if we can raise the other half."
Thank you so much for your prayers in these big undertakings! We know the Lord listens to our prayers, and through you he continues to us CRL and work in the lives of individuals listening to our broadcast."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and Lou Ann War — They share the following report: "It is a great blessing to see our church folks get busy inviting people to come to church....It is exciting for me to see a couple of new converts work on getting their co-workers to church. They had a guest they invited come to church. Also, two of our visitors, a 22-year-old and her mother, indicated during the invitation that they need to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. I sent two of our ladies to talk with them about salvation. They all met together in a group, and the mother said she was saved years ago and she also said her daughter was saved as well. When they came back to the sanctuary, I could see that the daughter was very unsettled. I asked her what was the matter and she told me that she really did not think she was saved. We sat down and went through the Scriptures....With her spiritual eyes wide open, she prayed and trusted Jesus as her Savior and her tears turned into a smile. I do thank God for her tender heart and for the Holy Spirit opening her eyes to salvation."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Grace Baptist Church has been in existence now for 7½ months. We are grateful for this ministry God has established. In April we celebrated Day of the Children with an outreach program that included games, food, and Bible teaching. This was by far the best attended service since our beginning.
The building project is going well. Recently, we were able to build a bathroom and install a window and a plate glass door on the side entrance. On the front we installed a provisional front wall, gate, and window. These can be removed and installed in another area of the construction as soon as the building is extended. This week we are starting on the stucco and cosmetic work. We are thankful for the $13,800 that has been given toward this project.
We never want to lose sight that ministry is about people. We held an evangelistic campaign at the end of April. One of the seminary graduates preached four nights. The majority of those who attended are unbelievers. Some of them attended every service. The spiritual need is evident as many are trusting in false religion and false hope. We pray earnestly for the salvation of these."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They write, "Recently, we traveled over to Jeff North's fundamental, Baptist church in Hicksville, New York, in Long Island for a baptism. Hicksville is about 45 minutes away from the Bronx. Our service was at 2:30 pm, and Pastor North also encouraged his people to come out in support of the baptismal service. Six individuals were baptized.
It may be difficult for many people to understand our inner-city situation. Sabrina and I pick up most people for our church meetings and also brought most folks for baptism. Only one other person in our church has a car and she brought her two daughters for the baptism. Her sister also came to it and, surprisingly, her parents showed up at the last moment to come with her."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, PEETRI, Rob and Angela Willoughby — They share the following: "Services in Peetri: Our first two weeks of services were very exciting with visitors each time. The school location was obviously the right choice. On our second Sunday we had a young mother come with her tiny baby as well as a family of five! This family wants their children to be in Sunday school. Both parents went to church in their childhood but have no church home at the moment, which means that they seem to be ideal prospective members. The father is from England while the mother is Estonian.
June VBS: I am devoting most of my energy this month in preparing for our big VBS week of June 13–17. This means lots of translating, schedule planning, inviting, and more translating. We mailed flyers to everyone in our town. We already have nine children who have either promised to come or are very likely to come. It should be an awesome week. Our goal with VBS is, as always, to reach families.
Yes, 50 years of state-enforced atheism has had its effects on Estonia, but we still believe in the power of God to change lives. Pray with us that the stronghold of Satan will fall to the life-giving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRAILA, NORTH LAKES, Joe and Melissa Marshall — They give the follow report: "On June 26 we will be hosting a combined Youth and Children's Rally. We have invited 15–20 churches to attend and will be giving out 2,500 flyers in our community. New Beginnings will be hosting a missions team of 12 people from Pensacola Christian College. Please pray for this outreach event to be a blessing to the churches attending and to people from our community.
On May 8 we had another family of four join the church in the morning service. They have been attending for four weeks before joining. That evening, the husband led the singing. It is exciting to see them participating in the church. Our people are excited to see their hard work and prayers answered."
On June 8 Tim Krug will arrive for a three-week internship. Our church is excited to have him serving with us for this time. Please pray that God will use this trip to work in his life and prepare him for future service in missions!"
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth — They write, "God continues to work in the lives of the Chilean people. We have seen several people come to Christ over the last few weeks. As our resurrection Sunday service approached, through our outreach ministry, we handed out around 3,000 invitations in the community. On that Sunday we had eight people who visited for the first time. Of that group, three people put their trust in Christ. One of the families that visited has not yet made the decision to put their faith in Jesus, but they do continue to attend. Please be praying that God would convict their hearts and they would receive Jesus.
Prayer and Praise at a Glance
• Thankful for the salvation of several people
• Pray that we could continue to bear fruit
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, William and Tammy Brouwer — They share the following report: "The church in Igekemaja has struggled with their visitation program for quite some time. Many Wednesdays it would be just the pastor and maybe a few others who would go out to visit and evangelize. Recently, the church has decided to adjust the way they do things. Now, each week they choose a different church member's home to meet at. They then invite the surrounding neighbors to join them. They have singing, testimonies, and a salvation message. They have had a tremendous response. Some weeks there are up to 3–40 people who meet together to hear the Gospel message.
It is hard to believe, but our newest church plant in the village of Zuri celebrated their one year anniversary on April 26. When we started this church, it was the only one in the entire village. Recently, a cult purchased property and has started to build a building—right next door. Last week, as the pastors met for teaching in our home, this situation came up. They discussed the idea of selling the current property and buying another before a building is built. However, it was unanimously decided to not allow these false teachers to intimidate them. Please pray for Pastor Pelegrino as he continues to teach these new believers the foundational truths of the Bible."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, TOYKO, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They write, "The church is going well. We had four new families to join in the last two months. One man is going through a divorce. He has two teenagers and two younger sons. A man in our church led him to Christ, and then I was privileged to baptize this AF Master Sergeant on March 13. Military life is a challenge for families. The devil is certainly hard at work. Please continue to pray for God's wisdom, power, and protection on our lives. He is now growing in the Lord. He came to our Easter Breakfast on the Saturday before Resurrection Sunday. We put on a military style spread of delicious breakfast foods. After eating, we packed up 500 Gospel tracts and headed to the nearby train station to pass them out to the local Japanese people. This man, for the first time in his life, was witnessing for Christ. Praise the LORD! He has told me he wants to get more involved in witnessing."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They shared the following account of reaching souls: "One Sunday after services had finished, a lady and her family were on their way out the door when suddenly something happened. She passed out and fell to the floor. She was out cold for a good 10 minutes. As we did what we could to help here come to, she finally woke up. I said we would take her home, not trusting her stability to ride home with her husband on their motorcycle.
While we drove, she asked me for a favor, 'Pastor, could you drop me off at my mom's instead? Maybe you could come in and meet her and try to talk with here about the Lord.' I agreed and soon we arrived at the small second story apartment....We were introduced and I began to steer the conversation toward the Gospel....Her mother was fighting back tears all the while telling me that she had given up hope....After an hour of discussion and while in the arms of her daughter, the mother accepted Jesus into her heart, and God used our friend's weakness for good."
• Three people saved
• Three people baptized
• Four new church members
• Young couple considering missions
• New church growth to be sustained
• Spiritual protection for the church while we are on furlough
• Safety on the roads while we travel
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Jim and Carol Stackhouse — They give a report on one church plant: "God led us to found the Haven of Rest Baptist Church in November 2005 to work in cooperation with Lae Baptist Bible College to train and send out preachers in the many needy villages and towns of Papua New Guinea. The church was chartered in January 2006 with 65 charter members. Over the past ten years, God has blessed this church immensely with spiritual, numerical, and financial growth. The church has an average attendance of 300, including many first time visitors every Sunday. Through its Faith Promise missions program, Haven of Rest supports the winning of souls and planting churches throughout the country. The church participates in weekly market evangelism and hospital visitation and has seen much fruit from these ministries.
Thanks for your continued prayers concerning our permanent resident visa. Carol and I will be back in the country mid-September, and our first order of business is to visit the Department of Immigration and re-apply for the renewal of these needed visas."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, NORTH TARAWA, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder — They share the following prayer need: "North Tarawa: We made a boat trip to the North with the lawyer to meet up with the landowner to see how things are going with the lease. We found out that he was visiting family in the South where we finally met up with him and talked a long time. He is very happy about the agreement and wants to move forward with the court and sign the official lease. We ask you to pray very hard at this time about this land and our place to move. It is a huge step of faith for our family, and we want to make sure this is the right location for setting up a mission station to reach the North. This is going to take a lot of time, energy, and resources. Many of you have sacrificially given to the ministry here, and we want to use these resources on the things God wants to see accomplished. Our prayer has been for the Lord to lead us and not to push on in our own way. The mission is going to have to be God working and His giving us grace to do and be what He desires. At times, this mission seems humanly impossible, but as we read God's Word, we see He specializes in using His servants to do things that seem impossible for them to do but that way God gets the glory."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, MEHLINGEN, Don and Patsy Drake — They write, "This past year we have had fruit and famine. Fruit—there have been people saved, baptized, and growing in grace. Famine—we have had many PCS and thus far few replacements. We are grateful at this time for two new families and one single lady soldier visiting, but no decision for membership has been made as of this letter. Our church has a sweet spirit and the Lord is being glorified, the Gospel is being preached, and people are at the altar each service doing business with God. Praise the Lord!
One of our ministries is Faith Bible Institute, and we have nine students enrolled in the spring semester. I thank God for these nine who are eager to learn their Bibles.
Patsy continues her chemo treatments. She has a sweet spirit though she experiences fatigue a lot. Her treatments will continue through late August early September, concluding with radiation. We appreciate all the prayers for her, literally, all over the world. Glory be to God! We want the Lord to be glorified through this valley in our lives."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, RIVIERE-du-LOUP, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following evangelism experience: "What a blessing it is to see the Lord work through this small church to reach other areas for Christ! We were encouraged by a visit from our neighbor. We had given him a Gospel tract at Easter that was quite lengthy and presented well the plan of salvation. He came by the other day and said that he had read the tract and he appreciated what it had to say. He was not able to spend time at the moment but we look forward to more occasions to witness. Our goal of giving a John and Romans to every house in Riviere-du-Loup is coming along well. Every week we have about ten people who help distribute, and we hand out several hundred each time.
Please pray for a brother in the church in the Ivory Coast. He is leading the church and was one of our most faithful men. He has what they think is typhoid fever and is very sick. Please pray the Lord will heal him quickly."
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, Don and Bridgitt Dryden — They share the following report:"I just got back to the house having led a group of 13 from our church on evangelism, looking for lost people with whom we could share the Gospel. We have been using booklets provided by Beacon of Truth Baptist Ministries and tracts printed by Fellowship Tract League. We are grateful for those good tools that help our people in evangelism. We were also doing follow-up of a young person that one of the men who went out last week led to the Lord. We do this weekly as a church body but teach our people to be on the lookout every day for any occasion to help a lost person come to know the Lord. Jesus said we are to become fishers of men!
Praise the Lord for 35 who confessed their faith in the Lord Jesus this quarter. We had four that finished the new believer's course and were baptized. They have now become faithful church members. We have nine in the present new member's class.
We ask you to pray especially for the few of our folk who have started weekly neighborhood Bible clubs. We will write more in the next letter.
What a blessing the Bible school ministry is! We continue teaching the Word of God and training nationals for the ministry. Presently, we have 128 students and will graduate 22 on June 11, the Lord willing."
BRAZIL, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following report: "We returned to the United States for our third furlough on January 29, and we hit the ground running....We have been busy visiting supporting churches so far and have even been able to get into some new churches and schedule some upcoming meetings....Our colleagues back in Brazil, Jon and Hannah Speights, are doing well in our absence. Jon is continuing the discipleship of W. and has also begun other Bible studies with more deaf who have a desire to study the Bible. We also just heard that H. and another one of our deaf ladies were able to lead another deaf lady to the Lord several days ago. We praise the Lord that, although we are not there, the work continues, people are being saved, and the deaf are growing in the Lord."
BIMI/ARM PERSONNEL, Janet Burchell, Reaching Japanese in the USA — She shares the following report and prayer requests: "Since my last letter, I have had several ladies join our English/Bible class. Some have expressed the desire to attend, but the time is not convenient for them, so I have been making arrangements to teach some of them in my home. In this way I have had the opportunity to meet new ladies. Now I have a class on Monday and another one Friday as well as the main one on Tuesday. Although there is no outward evidence of the things of the Lord, I believe He is working in hearts because He had promised that His Word will not return void."
Please pray for the salvation of ten Japanese ladies.
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, Adam and Angela Young — They share the following: "For our marriage seminar we handed out a total of 36,000 invitations. We had five adult visitors who had never one time visited our church services....For us this is a great result and absolutely worth repeating.
EAST AFRICA, UGANGA, SOROTI, Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz — They share the following: "We finally have our building! We worked hard so that our first service in the building could be held on Easter Sunday. At the last minute we had a problem with the sheet metal roof. The long iron sheets we needed could not be ordered in time. I was told there was no possible way. But I went to a different Indian shop owner who said he would try his contacts. Amazingly, he was able to get us the sheets in time. We finished the roof three days before Easter! (As a thank you, I treated the shop owner and his wife to a nice dinner)....Just like in North America, many Ugandans will come to church on Easter and Christmas when they will not the rest of the year, so we had many visitors....At the invitation three people raised their hands indicating that they wanted to receive Jesus as their Savior! Two of the individuals were old men. It is rare to see older people here respond to the Gospel. Praise the Lord!"
• Our discipleship program
• Church growth
• Conviction and salvation of K., S., D.
• Spiritual growth of A., R., C., P., I., O.
USA, HARRISON, TENNESSEE, WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, Dan and Sharon Daugherty — They share the following: "Much of March was spent redoing the entry circle at BIMI. The ground was tilled and cleaned of old tree roots, new plants were put in, irrigation was redone, and mulch was put on the whole area. Praise the Lord for the new beauty as people enter the BIMI headquarters!
April has been busy with mowing, weed control, trimming bushes and trees, and planting flowers. Praise the Lord for three part-time but faithful helpers! Kyle and Nicole are high school seniors who do a lot of the mowing. Lee is a middle aged man who helps with all kinds of jobs.
Please remember to pray for two men in our church. One dislocated his knee and tore three of the four tendons. He is waiting for surgery now. The other cut his hand while operating a circular power saw. Praise the Lord, the man has started back on his job!"
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, Nathan and Marllorys Arce — They give the following report: "It has become so evident how empty and sinful the lives of the youth of Venezuela are. Week after week, crime related deaths involve victims from ages 14 through 25. L. (a man I am discipling), who is a PE teacher at a high school nearby, has really been growing in his faith and is having an impact on the high schools. Last Saturday our church had 135 students come to be challenged on reality, family, relationships, and decision making in their lives for the present and future. Most of all, they learned that one day they will stand face-to-face before God and will be judged for sin, and Christ died on the cross to save us from that sin and reconciled us to God.
Please continue to pray for the national believers who are struggling to find food and medicine for their families because their salaries are not enough to cover their basic needs. Pray that God will keep us safe from all the evil we are seeing every day, including crime, thefts, and violence. Pray that God will give us the love and boldness to share His message of salvation to every soul we encounter. These are very challenging moments, but 'Is anything too hard for the LORD?ʼ"
USA CLAIM MINISTRY, Joe and Linda Leleaux — They give the following report: "We just returned from Honduras where we were able to complete several projects for BIMI missionary Evan Williams. We were a group of six. During the week we were there, we were able to pour footings for columns for the new church building. We also completed the electrical work needed in the parsonage as well as tile work in the restrooms. We were also able to repair drywall and prep for paint.
While there, Carl Vonnoh, our field director, was able to lead the hotel owner to Christ. What a blessing it was to hear him give his testimony of receiving Christ during our evening meal the next day!
We have a trip planned for Costa Rica in June. Eight of us will be going on this trip and will be working on a church building for BIMI missionary Rick Dove. Then, in September we will be headed back to Honduras. We need volunteers for electrical, plumbing, and block work. If you would be interesting in helping or know of someone who might be, please contact me at 423-718-9258 or email E-Mail (View Email Address) or read more here."
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross — They share the following: "Sarah Bodaly, our new team member, arrived on March 17. We loved seeing the Lord orchestrate so many of the details. The Lord provided a nice place to rent and wonderful landlords. The Lord provided a Romanian teacher for her. The Lord also provided a way to get her belongings here cheaper, quicker, and more efficiently than originally expected. Please pray for Sarah as she adjusts, begins Romanian lessons, and awaits the approval of her residency permit application.
After the English lessons on Tuesday evenings, we have a Bible study for those who wish to stay. The study lasts only 30 minutes. Though some have come only once, one has been the only one to faithfully stay for the study. We have spent the past four lessons studying 'How we do NOT become a child of God' and 'How we DO become a child of God.' After this past week's study, she said that she had repented and actually been saved. Please pray for her as she thinks through what we have shared with her from the Bible regarding salvation."
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Luke and Tonya Shelby — They share the following: "Furlough is winding down, and we have purchased our tickets and will be leaving on May 31. I will be traveling in North Carolina and Virginia for the next three weeks. We will be in Arkansas through the month of May as we get everything arranged for our girls before we return to the field. We will be packing a crate and sending it before we go.
We have been able to raise $11,700 for building projects, and $2,500 for the vehicle, but we still need to raise additional support. We are currently at 80% of our needed personal and ministry support. We have had several churches drop our support over our last term on the field due to finances and other things, and others have decreased the support they were sending. We must have additional support in order to continue to reach more people with the Gospel of salvation.
These are the reasons why we need additional support:
• Abigail (19) and Breanne (18) in Bible college
• Five churches that will start in the next year
• Opening two more orphanages
• The need to add 10+ children every year to our orphanages
• Starting two more branches of our Bible college over next few years."
WORLDWIDE MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH, Rebecca Pope — She shares the following: "On my recent trip, three weeks in the Philippines, the needy seemed to be everywhere, especially those children who are homeless and hungry. It is certainly not the first time or the only place I have seen it, but seeing so many malnourished and underweight kids, followed by the from-the-heart posts of two missionary wives regarding the conditions of children in the Philippines, all the while memorizing and meditating on Bible love...well, I just cannot continue seeing others in need and 'shut up my bowls of compassion.' But where does one begin when the need is so great?
After contacting one of those two missionary wives (who has given over 38 years of her life in the Philippines), I will be partnering with her and her husband to augment a feeding program their church family already has in place. She told me that for $40 they are able to provide a simple meal to several hundreds of children. They do so at least once a month. Money has already been transferred to these missionaries, and we are discussing how to provide a more nutritious meal on a weekly basis with the goal of increasing the frequency, as the Lord provides.
My challenge to you—do something, even if it seems too little, to help our brothers and sisters in need."
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Steve and Christine Cerna — They share the following report: "One of our greatest goals as a church has been to train men for full-time Christian service. A graduate of our Bible institute shared with us a desire to serve the Lord full-time. Over the past three years, he and his wife have been able to support themselves with a small business. At the same time, they have been taking care of their children and serving substantially in the church. As a result of this, we pray that the Lord will allow us to start a bakery at the church. That way, he can work only 40 hours per week, support his family, and have plenty of time to keep developing in ministry. Also, Steve can spend more time mentoring him before he is ordained for the ministry. While in many of the Christian families, one or both of the parents are enslaved to their jobs (thus not serving the Lord as He wants), this couple has shown a great desire to do the will of God.
By God's grace, the church keeps moving along in evangelism. Over the last two months, we have had the privilege of personally sharing the Gospel with over 400 people, in addition to the great many tracts that have been passed out. Please pray for a young man who Steve led to Christ while door-knocking near the church. Although there is great joy when someone makes a profession of faith, we understand that the work does not end there. We need to continue to depend on the Lord for follow-up and discipleship."
EUROPE, GERMANY, MAINZ, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following report: "We praise the Lord for a blessed fruitful day at the Lord's church in Mainz. A good group met before the service for an intensive prayer time. Then we had a full house with visitors from Romania, Croatia, and of course from Germany. The Lord spoke through a powerful, challenging message from the Word of God. We also had a good attendance in Sunday school for the children. A couple did an excellent job teaching the teens about Scriptural obedience. It was great to experience the working of the Lord in a young man who received Jesus Christ as his Savior. Praise the Lord!
As you know from the news, we have many refugees here in Germany. Some of our church people are working with them and are helping them. Some of the refugees are coming on their own or are brought to our church services. These people are from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Serbia, Pakistan, African countries, Gypsies, etc. You cannot imagine the many, many needs these people have. Please pray that we will reach some of them with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We have six people who have committed themselves to follow the LORD Jesus in baptism. We are praying for 10 to 15. Two of the tallest and strongest men of our church will follow the Lord. We expect over 150 people for the baptism, and at the present, we do not know how to accommodate so many people!"
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD, John and Abby Lafreniere — They share the following report: "On February 14, 2016, we had a special event called 'I Love My Church Sunday.' We had a high attendance of 29 for our morning service and special dinner. One of the visitors on this day was a local business owner whom I had the opportunity to work under for several years when I was a teenager. Please pray for his salvation. During the dinner, I was able to lead a young lady to the Lord! Please pray for her spiritual growth.
On April 14–17 we had our 2nd Annual Missions Conference. The theme this year was 'Extending our Reach.' Please pray for our Faith Promise commitments that we will be able to add three more missionaries. Also, pray that God will bless our summer VBS, June 27-July 1."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following: "We rejoice in God's goodness to our family and our ministry. C. and her daughter were saved and baptized this past fall. They have brought a lot of life and energy to our church. The daughter went soul winning with Erin for the first time. It has been exciting to see these new Christians growing in the Lord. B. came to our church a few months ago and is also growing in the Lord. We have about eight college and career age young people who are really beginning to serve the Lord in our services and in our outreach. Our bus ministry continues to reach new people as well. All these blessings have been an encouragement to us.
The young man from China whom our boys witnessed to for over four years has grown so much since accepting the Lord in January. Recently, he asked me, 'Pastor Mackay, why have you been so kind to me and reached out to me all of these years?' It was a humbling reminder that God wants to use us to show His love to people, and we do not always know how He is using our efforts."
USA MILITARY, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft — They give the following report: "Fruit — We now have seen people saved, baptized, or join our church every week for eight straight months. A week ago, my wife and I went to the home of a couple who had been visiting the church. One had been saved when she was a teen, but her unsaved parents would not allow her to make it public and be baptized. Another was wonderfully saved that evening, and they both came and made their salvation public on Sunday. They now need to be baptized and are ready to follow the Lord. They are a young couple with a sweet four-year-old little boy. It is good to see people saved! S. and H. were baptized that Sunday, and two sisters, age 11 and 12, were saved in the service that morning. It was wonderful to see the altars full and many decisions were made.
God gave us another Easter Sunday with a large crowd and many visitors, even though the weather was not good. We are thankful for the many visitors who came to visit Maranatha Baptist Church. Last year, we averaged almost 14 first time visitors each week!"
CARIBBEAN, Michael and Anna Doering — They share the following: "Michael began the year by continuing to train church planters. He met with over 70 men who are planting churches. One church planter has been responsible for planting ten house churches.
Please continue to lift up the ministry in prayer in the following areas:
• We have often asked for prayer for those who have become cold in their walk with Christ. We are excited that two young men have recently started coming back to church and showing signs that they want to make things right with the Lord. Please continue to pray for them as well as others who are still away from God.
• Pray for our leaders to continue to mature in their walk with the Lord and be responsible. Our goal from the beginning has been to raise up autonomous Baptist churches.
• Pray for us as we begin to get ready for groups that will visit this summer.
• Pray for a genuine spirit of revival in our church family."
USA MINISTRIES TO HISPANICS, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O'Brien — They share the following report: "It is such a joy to see people come to Christ and have a desire to know God and desire to walk with Him and obey Him. One couple is growing in the Lord as we do discipleship classes with them each week in their home, but I must share this story with you. They both work in the fields and come home very tired and sometimes at 'dark-thirty' as we call it. Even though they are extremely tired, they still want to come to their Bible study each week. They truly hunger and thirst for God's Word. A few weeks ago we were doing a lesson on tithes and offerings when we came upon the question: When a person does not give their tithes to the Lord, what are they? Without hesitation, she blurted out 'thieves.' At the end of the lesson I asked them if they had any questions or doubts about anything in the lesson. Again, with a smile on her face and shaking her head up and down, she spoke up and without hesitation and said, 'No, no question at all. Everything is plain and clear that we are thieves.' I think I got it. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise (Matthew 21:16).
Please continue to pray for them as she had to return to Mexico to renew her visa and the paperwork needed to continue here in the States. He is still here, and it is probable that she will be gone at least through December. They will need your prayers during the time they will be apart from each other."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, The Grinstead Family — They share the following: "More than anything we are excited about completing deputation and beginning language school in Costa Rica. Our plane departs Atlanta airport, April 19, 9:50 AM!
On April 3, our sending church, Chilhowie Baptist Church, had a Commissioning Service for us. We are glad that April's parents were able to travel down from Canada to be with us, and we appreciated that her dad, Evangelist Mark Bohman, was the keynote speaker.
We have traveled more than 130,000 miles during deputation, and we praise the Lord for giving us safety through every mile. A special thank you goes to all of our supporting churches and to everyone who has prayed faithfully for us.
• Please pray for us as we move to Costa Rica to begin language school.
• Please pray that we will have good success in learning Spanish.
• Please pray for us as we adjust to a new culture and language.
• Please pray for the children as they begin school in the Christian Academy."
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, CEIBA, Jerry and Liz Harmon — They share the following report and prayer needs: "January was our stewardship month, at the end of which we had our missions conference and took up our Faith Promise Missions Offering. We will be able to increase all seven missionaries we support from $50 to $60 a month. We hope to be able to take on new missionaries this year as well. We also raised a special missionary offering during Sunday school. Last year we bought a roll of paper on which to have Bibles printed. This year we hope to buy several bicycles for several national pastors in Africa.
Mid-February Liz led 16 of her students to the Lord during a special Valentine's Day activity at her school. Around the same time, the son-in-law of one of our members passed away. His wife led seven to Christ during his hospital stay and funeral. We finished February with our annual Friend Day. Our people did a great job as we had four first-time visitors as well as several returning ones who expressed an interest in continuing to attend!"
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, DOS HERMANAS, Michael and Jen Helton — They share the following prayer needs: "It is hard to believe, but in March we will apply to renew our residence paperwork! We have been in Spain over ten months and the time has flown. It the past year, we have seen God provide in miraculous ways. We started language school, helped start Iglesia Bautista El Olivar, and even learned the Spanish hospital system.
As we learn the language, we can participate more in the church. Jen was able to sing her first special and both Isaiah and Abbey have played in the services. Isaiah now accompanies the piano with his guitar for congregational singing. I have had two opportunities to lead the Wednesday Bible Study.
• Learning Spanish
• Tapas y Temas
• Residence Renewal
• Abbey's Allergies
• R. (our tutor)
• JLB (our landlord)
• V. (a participant of Tapas y Temas)"
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following report: "Praise GOD for several professions of faith and 11 Scriptural baptisms since January of this year. Please pray for their spiritual growth and discipleship. Our sailors face a lot of challenges as they sail the seas, sometimes for several months at a time. We give them Bibles and discipleship materials, but they must wait till they arrive in a port to search for sound local Bible churches. Please pray they will place the LORD JESUS CHRIST first in their lives and they will pray and meditate on GOD'S WORD everyday even in their super busy schedules protecting and defending our country. Extended separation of military families has unique challenges. Please pray for the spiritual welfare of our military personnel and their families."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, KILTOOM, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following: "On February 21, we had our opening service in the new building and 65 people were in attendance! Some of those were believers from an evangelical church in the area and they were coming to show support. Many, however, were lost folks. For example, our unsaved neighbor came to the service along with his children. (The daughter is the little girl whom Katie had been teaching piano.) Pastor Oriel O'Gorman came up from Arklow to preach for us that morning. He preached a strong salvation message, and in the invitation, one person raised her hand to acknowledge that she knows she needs to be saved. No one received Christ, but the Word was definitely planted in hearts. Brother Oriel had the opportunity after the service to speak with a man about salvation. He said that he used to be an atheist, but has come to believe in God in the time he has been attending RBC. However, he still wants to believe that he can get to heaven by attending church and doing good. Please pray that the veil of unbelief will fall from his eyes, and pray that I may find more inroads with him. One inroad I discovered is that he likes the banjo! On that opening Sunday Brother O' Gorman and I played 'Mansion over the Hilltop' on the banjo and guitar. He liked it so much that he now wants me to teach him the banjo. He also loves history and geography—two of my old-time favorite subjects. Please pray for his salvation and the many others who heard the Gospel that day."
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, Lisa Newland — She shares the following report and prayer needs: "Bible Club Update—We are averaging 35 kids on Saturdays. Most of all the shyness and fear of the strange 'white lady' has passed, which means chaos is increasing. Can you picture 35 kids taking over your backyard? Of course, I want them to have a good time when they come to my house, but now it is time to lay down some rules. There is no reason for climbing over walls, trampling on flowers, and terrorizing my dog. It is time for them to see the other side of the 'happy white lady.' It is time for some rules and some consequences.
Will you join me in prayer 1) that the Lord's will would be done in Tanzania as it is done in heaven, 2) that the enemy's best efforts against God's work would be defeated, 3) that hidden sin would be confessed and forsaken, 4) that God would call and equip many laborers to work in His ripe harvest field of Tanzania's young people, 5) that God would direct and empower our teaching, 6) that He would protect and enable my Tanzanian co-trainers and raise up more to help us in teaching training, 7) that He would develop in each of our Sunday school teachers a love for children and a passion to point them to the Savior, and 8) that all lies of animism and works-based religion would be exposed and the glorious riches of God's grace would shine?"
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, The Ryan Case Family — They share the following: "God's Word Baptist Church is being cared for by a select team of faithful church members and led in my absence by David who was ordained into the ministry shortly before we went on furlough. Together they are doing a great job, but they are still facing many challenges. Please pray for them to remain faithful and encouraged. Brother David is experiencing a serious health challenge as well that is slowing him constantly. Please pray for his healing and for the church to step up to the need and support him.
The church is still growing. Last Sunday they needed even more seats. Some people who were visiting are becoming more faithful as they are discipled, and some who are coming are getting their extended family and friends to visit. Not only is the church having new visitors but also more of the church members are receiving discipleship with members who were discipled during the past few years. They are eager to reach out to others with the good news of the Gospel."
BRAZIL, JARDINOPOLIS, Paul and Sharon Pritchard — They share the following report: "In January we had a special meeting with Brother Sean Lunday from Sao Paulo. In the Saturday night service the Lord blessed with 254 attending. We appreciate that Brother Lunday came; he was a blessing to the church. We praise the Lord for the way he is helping our churches here. We are also thankful that four of the men of our church have surrendered to preach. All of them have been in the church serving. They are enrolled in the Bible college and they are in their second week.
February has been a good month. The Lord has given an increase to the church of five precious souls who have trusted Him as Lord this month. A man who has been in the church for many years saw his sister, nephew, and brother saved in February. Also, two others trusted the Lord."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Three of our orphan girls will be enrolling in the Bible college next semester. Pray for them. Two of the orphans are now in their second semester of Bible college and are doing well after a shaky first semester. Pray for our almost 50 Bible college students and 10 orphans.
Lighthouse 104.5 FM is back on the air again following the typhoon. The old 600 watt transmitter was repaired in the States and hooked back up. It has been repaired three times already. It is not functioning properly and is only putting out around 124 watts. We really need a new 3,000 watt transmitter. The technicians say that we can reach much further with a new 3,000 watt transmitter. The cost for a new 3,000 watt transmitter is $15,000. Please pray that God would provide this great need!"
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, CONVA, David and Terri Long — They share the following: "Since our last letter we had 17 people saved on soul winning and in our church services. Along with our regular soul winning efforts during the week, every other Sunday afternoon we go house-to-house soul winning. It has been a blessing because we have been meeting more people at home than we usually meet Monday through Saturday, and several of our people have joined in our efforts during this time slot. Hence, at least four of the 17 people saved were saved on Sunday afternoons.
• Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services, and people coming will be faithful.
• Pray for the people who have been saved to follow the Lord in baptism.
• Pray for the children and teens coming to our church.
• Pray for the men coming to church to become faithful spiritual leaders.
• Pray for our Religious Instruction class in the local high school."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, The Mark Gerosin Family — They share the following encounter and prayer needs: "One of our men came up to me and said, 'I have been witnessing to young people from the gang in our neighborhood. Are you interesting in coming up to preach to them?' This is the same gang that previously shot its own leader nine times in the head!
I immediately said, 'Yes,' and began to pray. We would gather together, provide them with lunch, and then preach to them. But one can only think, 'Should I really do this?'
I arrived while the food was cooking and there was a large group of young people. They ranged from 13–25 years old. We introduced ourselves then sat down and began to eat. As we ate, there were people coming and going, buying and picking up drugs. Some looked at me strangely, but for the most part ignored me. One young man arrived with his leg bandaged form a gunshot he had just recently received. These were just kids but kids ruling the streets, ruling them with deadly force.
I shortly after began to preach the Gospel, and amazingly, they listened very attentively, stopping only to attend to arriving buyers. I challenged them regarding the brevity of life, knowing that some, although very young, would not survive the year. I spoke boldly to them regarding their 'supposed control' in the streets and frankly told them that God would soon require justice from them and that He would not be bullied.
As things finished up, the head of the gang, told me, 'Pastor, there is no hope for us here. We cannot change.' I disagreed and told him that there is always hope in Christ and there is no one too bad to be saved.
We ended the meeting very cordially and I gave each one a New Testament. They asked me when I would be coming back and I said it would be soon, I sensed somehow a desperate cry for help in the midst of the exchange.
Some let me take their pictures although their faces were covered. And others scattered as the camera came out. Can young people so hardened and so violent be saved from the darkness? When God opens the door, we just have to walk through it.
• Salvation of gang leader
• Spiritual maturity and growth in the church
• Spiritual growth of E.
• Furlough in June."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, Tim and Bonnie Meyer — They share the following report: "A pastor in a nearby town emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me that a lady he knew had moved down into our area and was looking for a church to attend. She eventually emailed me asking for our service times and showed up the following Sunday with her husband. He had gone to a Catholic school as a kid but readily admitted he knew very little about the Bible. He responded to the invitation, I then followed up with a visit to their home to share the Gospel. He accepted Christ as his Savior. After gaining assurance of her salvation, she asked to be baptized also. The next Sunday, both were baptized. Pray as we disciple them.
Please pray for us as we continue to deal with a domestic violence situation. Pray for the mother and children's safety and pray for the salvation of the husband. Pray that God gives us wisdom in how to handle it. It has given us opportunity to share the Gospel in several places, for which we are very thankful, but it is also a fairly violent situation. We have to remain on guard for both our sakes and the children's."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOTA, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They share an encounter in witnessing and prayer needs: "The other day I was driving to the 'Chicken Shack,' a street side Japanese 'hole-in-the-wall' restaurant to pick up some fried chicken and rice for lunch. The 'Chicken Shack' is a favorite off-base lunch spot for those stationed on Yokota Air Base. I was praying that I would have the opportunity to share the Gospel to any airmen standing underneath the dingy yellow awning marking the restaurant. Sure enough, as I pulled up in my van, I saw two airmen in uniform waiting for their chicken. I introduced myself and began to witness to them about the Lord and His salvation. One young man was from Hawaii. He said he was Catholic but non-practicing. The other young man was from Minnesota. He was quite standoffish about the whole thing. Both admitted believing in heaven and hell, but both were unsure as to which place would be their eternal abode. I briefly shared my testimony and the Gospel that Jesus Christ saves! Orders were up and off we went. However, I am again reminded that the Gospel message so familiar to me is so foreign to many. Please continue to pray as we try to spread the Gospel to those in uniform."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, James and Holly Tamang — They share the following: " 'When can I get baptized?' We had just begun classes for those interested in being baptized. We have been praying much because this can be a time when the families give them pressure. To the unbelievers getting baptized means that you are 'really' a Christian. We have about 15 who are ready to be baptized.
One of the candidates for baptism is a brother of two of our children in the orphanage. He is about 15 years old. He has been coming faithfully. Pray for K.
We have a major prayer request. Since our Home and School have grown, we are running out of space. Currently, we have our school at the home. We have begun to feel the squeeze. Space in our Home that could have beds in it is taken up by desks. Just this past week we had to tell a lady who learned of two boys in a desperate situation that we have no more room to take children. There have been others as well.
We need to get to the village of Shivapur. It has been a long time since I have been able to get out to this ministry due to the petrol crisis. The ministry is in much need of encouragement. It has been very difficult to get gasoline and cooking gas. We are praising the Lord that we have been able to get some cooking gas and the Lord has provided our needs....Pray that hard times will open the hearts of the people to hear the TRUTH OF THE SAVIOR."
• Candidates for baptism
• Wisdom for school location
• Trips to village and lack of gasoline."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace — They share the following report: "Two families followed the Lord in baptism, the others were young people. One was walking by the church on a Wednesday morning. She saw many cars outside the church an inquired what was going on. The person she asked invited her in to the ladies' meeting, which was in progress. She came in, and the ladies welcomed her with open arms. Later, she told her husband and they returned on Sunday. They were very interested in the preaching and Bible studies because it was different from the studies they had been following at the local Kingdom Hall. When she, her husband, and 12-year-old daughter made the decision to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, it was not easy, but they had come to the conclusion that Jesus is God and that He paid for their sins. They trusted Him and Him alone for their salvation.
We are very thankful for the open door to share the Gospel at the Senior Citizen's Center. Probably 90% of those who participate in the different activities are not saved. They are religious but trusting in good works, keeping the 10 Commandments and the Sacraments. Please pray that the Lord will open the heart and mind of each one, and that each will be able to understand that if man can work for this salvation, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21). This is not an easy concept to accept since they have been taught and believed the contrary for more than 60 years."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, QUEBEC, Betsy Reznor — She shares the following: "What an odd winter it has been. Even for us in Quebec, it has been unusually warm....However, the warmer weather has given me an opportunity to witness to my neighbor who is afraid that it is a sign of global warming. I was able to tell her that, although I do not want to waste the earth's resources, I am not afraid of what will happen because I can trust my Creator to take care of His creation. Please pray that the Lord will open her eyes to her need of a Savior Who she can trust."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He shares the following report and prayer needs: "The Lamphun Baptist Church had a special service this month. We had our first baptism service and saw four Thais baptized! Also, we had several lost visitors come for the occasion and we were able to present the Gospel to them. The testimony of baptism is very strong here in Thailand—the reason being to identify oneself with Christ here can bring heavy consequences. In Thailand it is not so much physical consequences but social and emotional. Many times a Thai is the first and only Christian in the family. The conversion of a family member brings fear to the family. In return the family will accuse the new Christian of betraying family, culture, and country. Family honor is very important here, so it is hard for a new Christian.... So it was encouraging to see these Thais get baptized.
• Salvation of two men
• Learning language and culture
• H's father to get saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts"
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, Miguel and Leticia Parada — They share the following with prayer needs: "In the last two months we have seen the Lord work in various people to whom we have spoken about the need to trust in Christ as their personal Savior. Such is the case with a man who lived for many years in New York and whom I met in the park. He listened to what I had to say very attentively and I could see the Lord touched his heart although he did not want to pray for acceptance. Please pray that the Lord will use us to reach more souls.
Please join me in praying for the following:
• Saved souls
• Pick-up truck or van for the ministry
• Wisdom to make prudent decisions
• Strength and good health
• Residency in Nicaragua"
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, SASEBO NAGASAKI KEN, Steve and Debbie Kissling — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Our church services have been going well at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Several ships are out to sea at this time so some moms and kids are missing their loved ones. Ladies Bible Study has gone well on Tuesday mornings, and we are still passing out tracts twice a month at a downtown mall. We had enough candy canes left from Christmas that we passed out with our tracts on February 19. The Japanese love American candy! We pass out tracts in English and Japanese and we even have special tracts for children. We invite Navy folks to visit our church and Japanese that speak English as well.
• New Japanese Christians to grow in Jesus
• More families to come and join us and be sure of salvation and want to serve the Lord
• Finances to improve so we can meet our monthly budget
• Safety for sailors out to sea and for their families waiting for their return
• Tracts we give out twice a month will touch hearts about salvation"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SAMOA, SAVAII, Jim and Emi Civale — They give the following testimony with prayer needs: "It was not that I doubted God wanted me to preach on the passage I had studied all week. He clearly directed me to 1 Chronicles 13....However, I was hesitant because a certain high ranking chief and his family had visited for two weeks in a row and they said they were coming again. The week before I had preached on King David and Mephibosheth and the beautiful picture of the gospel of grace that passage presents. I really did not want to follow that with a tough message on God's absolute holiness and requirement as we approach Him exactly as He dictates.
By God's grace I yielded to His leading and thundered forth for nearly forty minutes. When the invitation started, nobody moved. Then it happened! The visiting chief and his wife moved from their pew in the back of the church. As the same time, the daughter and son-in-law moved from their seats on the other side. Another woman who was visiting also walked the aisle. Emi, our deacons, and deacons' wives knew what to do. Joining the visitors at the altar, they first led them to the back room of the church and then to the Lord Jesus Christ. What a God we serve!
The next Sunday four of the five were baptized and added to the church. Please pray for our newest church members—the chief and his wife, their daughter, and another were baptized. Please pray for T. to follow the Lord in believer's baptism. Finally, pray for us and we continue to rely on the Spirit's leading and power to preach Christ."
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They share the following with prayer needs: "We are working hard in our church in Almerinda Chaves. We continue using various teams from the main church to help with weekly visitation and by helping in the service through teaching, preaching, and special music. Please pray for the Lord to bless in this church. There are many homes in that area but so little interest in eternal things. Pray for souls to be saved. Pray that we will see growth in our ministry there.
In the main church in Jundiai, we are going forward! We had a man saved this month. We are still praying about our plans for building a place to be used for Sunday school classes and activities such as daily Vacation Bible School and other church related activities.
• Health for us and protection from the Zika virus that is so prevalent
• Construction of the Sunday school addition
• Church in Almerinda Chaves—that the Lord will give fruit and growth
• Bible Institute
• Souls to be saved"
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILLIP, Robert and Rhoda Smith — They give the following report: "A Chinese couple began coming to our church a few weeks ago. She understands a little English, but he is fairly fluent. Two weeks ago, they told Rhoda that they had questions. She told them I would be willing to come to their house and teach them. They were excited. Last Thursday we had our first meeting. I did not know how much Bible they knew so we started with Genesis 1. We met at 9 a.m. and when they finally looked at their watches the time was after 11 a.m.! Next week we will get to Genesis 2 and 3 as we lay some ground work before going on to the plan of salvation. Throughout the course of the week, I will teach people from eight different households. We meet in parks and in homes, and we usually spend about an hour teaching the Bible."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbie Brosius —
Praise: We were able to purchase a car last month. It is a 2011 Renault Kangoo. With Debbi's still rehabiliting ankle, it was a real blessing to just get in the car and drive to church. Thank you for all who helped with special offerings towards it.
Praise: This is summer camp time and we were happy to send 68 young people between the ages of 8 and 25 to camp. We went as counselors with the oldest group. Two of the older campers and several children made professions of faith.
Prayer Request: While we were at camp, one of the men from our church committed suicide after his wife left him. Their daughter was at camp. We had to tell her and bring her back to the city for the very tense and sad days of the funeral proceedings. There is a lot of anger between the daughter and her mother, and we ask your prayers for the healing of their relationship.
Praise: We baptized 13 people this month! The oldest is 57 and the youngest is 12."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following report and prayer needs: "God has been guiding and providing in the church here in Riviere-du-Loup. Since the passing of Brother Rioux, the church members have been very faithful. Every Saturday there are about ten to twelve people who come out for visitation. The Lord is good in allowing us to distribute about five to six hundred John and Romans along with a Gospel tract each week. If we can keep that up, we should be able to cover the whole town and several other surrounding towns this year. It is a blessing to see the Lord work in the lives of these dear folks through preaching and other means. It is a young work but they are eager to go forward for the Lord. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom to know how to help them get to the point that they are totally autonomous. They are not able to support a pastor. It is evident that it takes a longer time for churches here to be autonomous than where we were in Africa. Faithfulness and patience are two qualities required to do the work for the Lord here.
Pray for us as we look at re-starting our paperwork for our Permanent Residence in Canada."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They give the following report: "By the grace of God, several years ago I had the privilege of baptizing A's mother. She was a shut-in for many years and recently passed away. The family asked me to do the funeral. She had five living children and in this situation there was far more concern for the living than the dead. During the viewing, four individuals raised their hands to accept Jesus as Savior during the invitation.
Our last prayer letter spoke about a new couple who had recently begun attending our Bronx mission work. After preaching a message on 'Mercy' one Sunday morning, A raised his hand for salvation, came forward, and prayed the sinner's prayer in front of everyone present in the service. His countenance clearly changed that morning and he said, 'I'm content.' He also said, 'I want to do better.' And he also kept using the word 'try.' He wants to be baptized soon."
AFRICA, BURKINA FASO, OUAGADOUGOU, Randy and Tonya Smith — They are returning to the field and give the following report and prayer needs: "Please pray that I will be able to find an adequate house for our family.... I will be taking a couple of boxes of John and Romans and I look forward to teaming up with a national pastor and the people of our church to get a copy to those booklets to the people living in the vicinity of the terrorist attack. I believe the Lord can use this tragedy to cause people to think of the brevity of life and the great need to prepare for eternity. Please pray that we would be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and that we would see souls saved. I pray this time would be a great encouragement to our church people as we have been delayed in returning due to our need to raise our support level by 49% this furlough."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SAMAIPATA, Malcolm and Jan Gregory — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Arriving home in Samaipata, we found our house had been burglarized. They were very neat thieves, so it took a few minutes to realize someone had definitely taken the time to go through the house. Jan first noticed her cookware and pressure cookers were gone from their usual places. Then going into the bedroom closet, I saw all my shirts were gone, some of Jan's clothing, jewelry, and walking shoes had been taken. Making our way to the office, where they did the most damage dollar-wise, they stole all of our ministry equipment: projector, printer, speaker, microphone, paper cutter, and a very nice Spanish study Bible. They didn't forget the stapler and tape dispensers and even the poster board we used for Bible verses and visuals. This makes the eighth robbery we have experienced in 35 years, which does not include slashed purses on the streets and pickpockets on buses. Personal loss is a price we have to pay while living and working in Bolivia.
We are happy to find the Sunday school that we started before going to the States doing well. Many of the children and adults have remained faithful. Do pray it will continue to grow and the Lord will work in hearts about salvation."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dr. Stan and Dr. Mollie Prussia — They share the following: "We traveled by car to the University of the Philippines—Los Banos. That evening Stan discussed common research interest with an Ag Engineering professor. The next morning, Stan did a seminar and a workshop that included discussion of four ways to learn the unknown. One of the four ways is from God's Word. He pointed out that the Bible is the only way to know truths such as where we came from, who we are, why we are here, and what happens when we die. Stan also gave his personal testimony of trusting Christ as his Savior. As a result, a woman invited him to speak at a Bible study that evening. Please pray for a recent master's degree program graduate of Ag Engineering who is from Myanmar. She listened intently to the Gospel and Stan's testimony, but she was not ready to forsake her Buddhist beliefs and accept Christ as her Savior."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ATHLONE, CO ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katy Finley — They share some exciting news about their new church building. "On January 10, the members of RBC made a very important decision—after seven years of meeting in our current premises, we voted to move into a new building! This building is in an industrial park and is easy to find. It has 1,600 square feet of space (in contrast to the 1,000 square feet that we now have), has windows and natural light (in contrast to our current place, which has no windows), has plenty of parking and even looks like a church building. We have our first service in the new building on February 21.
Please pray that the Lord will show us how we can best reach out to the many Muslims who are pouring into our country. There are many Muslims in our town....they are here and they need the Lord!"
USA BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, TENNESSEE, HARRISON, Ferrell and Barbara Kearney —They share the following report: "We have had a busy autumn on the BIMI World Mission Center campus and I (Ferrell) worked with the maintenance crew in building six suite bedrooms in the upper story of the Hudson Taylor Lodge. These rooms will be used for the BIMI meetings that will be held this summer—Candidate School, CAMP BIMI, and the Enrichment Week (for furloughing missionaries). Barbara has continued to volunteer one day a week at a local hospital, as well as helping in the BIMI office coffee room.
Our ministry at Lakewood Baptist Church has continued. I (Ferrell) am teaching the men's Sunday school class as well as directing one portion of the Bible Institute. I also continue to teach in the Chattanooga Rescue Mission Rehabilitation program."
WEST AFRICA, CANARY ISLANDS, LAS PALMAS, Terry Sharp — He sent a letter describing his ministry and the ups and downs of a building program that he has started, trusting the Lord to work in the lives of those he has been witnessing to in the past days. He shares the following prayer needs:
• M. J. — salvation
• J. & M.— salvation
• A. & M. — wisdom
• L. — growth, faithfulness
• V. — wisdom, encouragement
• I.— salvation, blessings
• K. & J. M. — salvation
• Building renovation—completion in good time within budget"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassy Tate — They write, "The year-round school year in Honduras makes January a perfect time to get our teens away from the world's influence and into God's Word. This year's attendance grew by 10 with 82 from 5 churches joining us in a mountain camp south of the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Missionary Leroy Rolston preached and a group of men form Camps Abroad in North Carolina joined with us to influence the youth for Christ. Many life changing decisions were made including 10 young people accepting Christ as their Savior.
Prayer Requests and Praises
1. Praise for the 15 souls saved in the past 2 months
2. Praise for the 7,700 New Testaments distributed in local schools and business establishments in the past 2 months
3. Prayer for the finances to finish the construction of the Bible Institute — We have raised $43,000 to this point. We need to raise $7,000 to completely finish the building.
4. Prayer for the health of our twin babies"
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They share the following report: As 2015 comes to a close, we are rejoicing in what God has done in spite of all the challenges we faced this year....The average attendance of our main church increased to 660 per Sunday and to God be the glory, we saw over 10,000 souls trusting Christ as Savior through all our churches and ministries in 2015!
There are many difficulties we face here on the mission field (almost on a daily basis) that we don't always share with you, but in spite of them, God continues to be faithful and do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. We are so thankful for the privilege of serving here in Nigeria, where so many people are open and receptive to the Gospel.
We are planning to expand our ministries and churches to see even more souls saved in the coming year and praying for an open door to start our fifth church plant. Many thanks to all of you for your prayers throughout the year, your faithful support and gifts that really help and bless us during the holiday time.
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, Adam and Angela Young — They share the following: Our kid's language teacher gets saved. As you know from reading our prayer letters, we have been teaching our children's Russian language teacher from the Gospel of John. When we reached the last verse of chapter 20, it read, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." I told her that God did not write this to her just to introduce Himself but to change her life and her eternal destiny. I asked her if she believed that this Gospel was true, and she said, "Yes." Then I asked, "What would stop you from getting saved?" She said, "Nothing." She prayed there in our kitchen and was gloriously saved. She then came to our ladies meeting that weekend. Please pray for her.
More Tracts Handed Out
For the month of December, we distributed around 6,000 tracts into homes. We attempted to witness to about 200 people, although not all of those people let us finish a Gospel presentation.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board — They give the following testimony: I began going to a new village named Elephant Den about six weeks ago, and one of the first people I was able to meet was Grandpa Son. At 80 years of age, he is the oldest person in the village. It seemed that his heart was soft to the Gospel from the very first time I met with him. After I taught him of his need of salvation and how to be saved, God began working in his heart. I am happy to report that Grandpa Son trusted Christ as his Savior this past week! Please pray for his spiritual growth and influence for Christ in the village. He has already begun sharing his faith with several of his friends in the village who are also quite elderly. Please pray for the individuals whom Grandpa Son has taken me to meet. They are all in their upper 60s and 70s.
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report: God has really blessed our bus ministry! We baptized five people this past Sunday, and three of them were reached through our bus ministry. This has really encouraged and inspired our people. It has blessed our hearts to see God blessing their sacrificial giving toward this ministry.
We took nine of our teens to a Christian School Fine Arts Competition in Oregon this month. Most of our teens attend public schools, so it is quite an undertaking to prepare them for this kind of event. These nine teens won 20 medals at the competition! It was exciting for them and for us.
We covet your prayers as we press on in 2016! We have a great year planned and are asking God to do great things.
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe — They share an interesting testimony: Refugees, primarily from Syria, are streaming into our area. A former furniture store and shopping area are full of them, and more are on the way. Apartments are being taken over by the government to house these people fleeing their countries for freedom. Please pray with us as we seek to know the will of God in how to present hope in Christ to them.
Our church just hosted an Open Doors service for persecuted Christians worldwide with emphasis on prayer and the will of God. A couple that has recently become involved in the ministry organized a five-hour prayer meeting for our church and revival in our area. It was a great encouragement and we plan on doing that more often!
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones — They give the following report: Monday, December 14, at 1 PM, Typhoon Nona hit northern Samar. We were in the eye of the storm. Praise the Lord none of our people were hurt! I have been here over 30 years and this is the second worst since Typhoon Sisang in 1990. My wife and I were trying to hold our garage door, but we could not withstand the force of the wind. My left arm is still numb from trying to hold it. The garage doors were blown off. Most of our buildings' roofs were destroyed, and the walls of the new boy's dorm were blown down. We have been through about eight typhoons, and the roof of the tabernacle has been replaced by short metal roofing several times. The Bible college boys have been putting the ripped off metal roofing back on along with the old wood as a temporary solution. They have been working hard, and we have been paying them a little to buy their needs. This time we need to replace the roof on the tabernacle with long span roofing so it will be stronger to withstand the storms. We are buying diesel so we can run the camp generator all night for safety as there has been plenty of looting....Last Sunday, after the typhoon, we had 20 adults and teens saved on Sunday morning.
AFRICA, TANZANIA, MOSHI, B. J. and Catherine Schultz — They share the following testimony: Many of our core members have realized that this is their church, not the missionary's. They have come to me with ideas on how to invite people to church. They also wanted me to teach them how to show someone how to be saved. We held a soul winning seminar and nearly half the adults attended. I was really encouraged a few days later to hear that one of the men was able to talk to a friend about being saved. Please continue to pray that our church matures spiritually and grows in number.
As soon as our people got a personal burden to win souls and grow our church, we began to see many trials. Satan is really trying hard to discourage me and our people. I can't give many details in this prayer letter but know that your African brothers and sisters in Christ need your prayers.
A few weeks ago I was called to the hospital by one of our members. She was nine months pregnant but somehow the baby died in the womb just a few days before being born. The family has been praying for years for a baby and specifically for a son. There were many tears shed when their perfectly formed baby boy died for no apparent reason. At the hospital the nurse wrapped the 8.5 pound body in a cloth and then placed him in a cardboard box. We transported the baby to the couple's home and buried him in the yard. We held a small impromptu funeral in the family's house. It was a very difficult time. Please pray for them. Please pray for the ministry work here.
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross — They give the following testimony and prayer need: In November I had the privilege to preach for a pastor friend's church's evangelization like I did last year. The Lord gave grace with my Romanian. It just flowed. Another man preached after me and gave the invitation, and a man came forward and publicly testified of trusting Christ that night. The pastor from another village who had brought him told me that he has been witnessing to him for five years. Please pray for him since he lives with family who is opposed to anything other than Orthodoxy.
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and LouAnne War — They give the following testimony: Tonight we talked with a man who recently visited our church. He is in the Air Force and grew up in a Baptist church. When I asked him what he was trusting to take him to heaven, he told me that he would go to heaven because he was saved. So I asked him what being saved meant in his words. He told me he would go to heaven because he was baptized, he tries to do right, and he has accepted God in his life. I asked him if I could show him what God says about going to heaven. He agreed and seemed very interested. As we went through the Scriptures concerning salvation, I could see his eyes widen and he realized that he was not saved, but in fact lost and on his way to hell. He, with his eyes full of tears, bowed his head, repented , and placed all his trust and faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone as his Savior. Please pray for his spiritual growth and please pray for his wife and daughter's salvation.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, ONGUNAI, Alan and Elena Sutphen — They share the following testimony: A woman who we saw in our clinic in early 2014 with AIDS, whom we had not seen in ten months, walked up to us a couple of weeks ago and we did not even recognize her! When we saw her last, she was emaciated, weak and we thought she would not last long. She must have gained at least fifteen pounds and looks like a new woman! But she actually became a new woman when she accepted Christ after being treated in the clinic last year. She remains with AIDS in this life, but will remain forever a new creature in Christ.
We have begun the village clinics again this fall and have ministered to two villages with nearby church plants this far. We saw many more cases of malaria in children than usual. This disease kills many children less than five years of age, but all were successfully diagnosed and treated. We saw almost 115 patients thus far, and all were given the Gospel in their own tongue and will be followed up by the preachers in the two church plants.
• Commitment and faithfulness of the village church members
• Salvation decisions through the village clinics
• Wisdom and discernment concerning future ministry work
• Salvation for unsaved family members
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, PIARCO, Coco Chan — She writes, "I want to be born again just like Nicodemus," said a seven-year-old, and he was born again into God's family on October 19, 2015, after the lesson about Nicodemus. Praise the Lord! Besides him, in the past three months four Sunday school children also became children of God and 15 elementary school students. These boys and girls need your prayers to help with their daily walk with God.
In addition to teaching the children the truth from the Bible, I have also taught them to appreciate Godly conservative music. The children's choir practices during Bible study on Tuesdays. From time to time, the choir will sing a special song at church service.
• Complete healing from Chikungunya
• Wisdom and strength for each day's service
• Young people to work with me in the children's ministry
• A, the young lady I worked with when at Amazing Grace Fundamental Baptist Church, has been teaching Religious Instruction class with me at two schools. Pray that God will help her keep going and provide her needs.
BRAZIL, JARDINOPOLIS, Paul and Sharon Pritchard — They give the following report and prayer needs: Sharon and I are very thankful for your concern for the mission work around the world. We are witnessing the work of God in our midst. We are having visitors almost every service and souls are trusting the Lord. We baptized 15 on December 15, and they had completed the discipleship program. And in January 2016 we have around 20 more that are still in the discipleship classes. Amen!
• God's power on our lives
• God's will in our lives
• Souls to trust the Lord and be saved
• The funds for the new church construction
• Our health (Paul and Sharon)
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, ARIZONA, PHOENIX, Paul and Jan Fischer — They share the following prayer needs: We had asked you to pray for our work here. We were greatly blessed and encouraged recently when three children in Jan's Sunday school class were saved and baptized. She puts a lot of prayer and study into the lessons and it is a great thing to be able to see the fruit. There are others in her class that need the Lord, so please continue to pray for Jan and the children.
Also, we need prayer for our physical needs. Jan still has a lot of pain in the knees, back, and neck. She went to a chiropractor for several sessions but saw little lasting improvement. We would appreciate your continued prayers for relief of the pain.
Concerning the ministry to Asians in our area, please pray for many more promising contacts. We have a Japanese couple studying Youth Ministry at our church. We hope to make contacts with Japanese folks who are living in our area. They seem to stay for a while and then leave. We have a Bible study at the home of a Filipino couple on a regular basis. Please pray for more contacts and a bigger impact on the Asian community.
MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH, Rebecca Pope — She shares the following report of ministry: By God's grace, Medical Missions Outreach served in eight different countries in 2015, three of these being on the continent of Africa. At least 16,700 patients came through our clinics, and 2,290 made professions of faith. I'm thrilled to be a part of that sowing process.
USA MINISTRIES, WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, Perry and Barb Gibson — They have a special unspoken need concerning their family. Please join in prayer for them. Thanks!
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, David and Debbie Board — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Over the past two months we have seen 16 new believers follow the Lord in believer's baptism. One lady was saved out of Islam and still lives in a Muslim village. Last year her daughter and son-in-law accepted Christ but they kept it secret from her for quite a while out of fear that she would disown them. When she finally found out that they were saved, she desired to visit the church to find out what they were being taught. I remember the first Sunday that she showed up to witness a baptismal service. However, God used it in her life to plant the seed of the Gospel. Thank God, she is now saved and living for the Lord in her village.
We are so blessed by this new family that recently accepted Christ as their Savior. The husband is a university professor and his wife is a childcare provider. They were reached through the Phnom Penh Children's Ministry as a result of one of our teen boys witnessing to them over the space of several months. He recently shared a testimony that God is opening the door for him to witness in the classroom. He presently teaches around 900 students in his classes. Please pray for a hedge of protection to be placed around this family as they grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."
CARIBBEAN, JAMAICA, MAY PEN, Mrs. Fran Young — She shares the following report: "I endeavor to visit the widows, the sick, and the shut-ins. I pass out Gospel tracts when witnessing and phone those in need of encouragement. I am available to assist through the church in whatever I am asked to do.
With help I was finally able to sort books and clean Brother Young's study. It was bittersweet as that is where he spent time praying, studying for messages, Bible reading, listening to messages and Gospel music on CD. I now know how to sympathize with those whose companion has gone home to be with the Lord."
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, SAMARA, Adam and Angela Young — "For the month of October, we distributed 8,000 tracts into homes. We attempted to witness to about 200 people, although not all of those people let us finish a Gospel presentation. Please pray for power in witnessing. I met a young man while at the mall with my daughter. He was very interested in speaking English, and I invited him to our home to witness to him. We worked on speaking English for half the time, but for the first half I explained to him how to be saved and why I believe God is real. Please pray for his salvation."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They share the following: "On October 11, our church celebrated its 2nd anniversary. We had a great service with 22 in attendance, six of whom were unsaved visitors. One lady invited five of them herself, and she was so pleased when they all showed up as promised. Having a 'big' day is exciting for our young church, but we were specifically praying beforehand for the Holy Spirit's conviction in lives. Since then, several of the visitors have invited us into their homes to continue our conversation about Christ. A couple, whom we mentioned in our April update, is one step closer to making a decision. I have answered many of their questions, and now it is a matter of the heart. Another visitor is under conviction. Please pray for the salvation of these adults."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They write, "One of the church attendees asked if we could visit her cousin who was recuperating from nearly lethal aneurism and stroke. We went to his house and talked with him about his soul. We were amazed to hear his story. He said while in the hospital he had a dream in which God told him he was going to be okay but he wasn't 'with' Him. He wanted to know what it meant. I began to explain to him that God's mercies are new every day and that is why God had spared his life. I also told him that if he wanted to be 'with' God someday, he had to be born again. After a thorough explanation of the Gospel, he bowed tearfully to trust Christ as his Savior. Praise the Lord! He was inches away from an eternity without Christ."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOTA AIR BASE, Daniel and Haruna McKittrick — They share the following report: "I had the privilege to baptize an Air Force MSgt in September. He was sure he was saved, but he wanted to be obedient to follow the Lord in believer's baptism.
In an unexpected turn of events, our landlord not only decided to sell us the property the church sits on but has also decided to let us rent his house (directly beside the church) for FREE! Can you believe that? God is working. Our plan is to purchase the land in three years."
WEST AFRICA, COTE d'IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Kristine McLaughlin, — She writes, "Before leaving for furlough, our last medical evangelistic day was held in Anan, the first of the Bingerville villages that opened to us. As always is the case, we had lines of sick folks who came to see us that day with several making decisions to either be saved or to be more committed to serving Christ. In the midst of the business of the day, the Lord showed us something neat and exciting. We realized that there was a new church in Anan. Traditionally, Anan had only allowed two religious groups to establish themselves, the Catholic church and the Harrist church (a denomination founded in nearby Liberia). This is because neither of these two religions speak out against animistic practices, so the people could go to church while continuing in animism. Now, this mentality appears to be changing. Missionary Bob Mach, a deacon (the village ministry director), and I were encouraged by this development. Perhaps now after years of treating the people with medicine, the Lord will allow the nucleus of believers in Anan who the Lord has allowed us to disciple to grow into a church plant. This is our prayer. Please pray the Lord will bless the visitation group led by the deacon with fruit and with unique favor from both the chief and the ruling family. Pray too for the Lord to give us wisdom in this important step and to call a national pastor to this future church."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins — They have had a series of extra-ordinary God-ordained events. They sent the following prayer needs:
• "Pray that we will be able to recuperate all of our personal and church funds that we had in the bank. At the writing of this letter, we have receive 75% of our personal funds and 60% of our church funds. In times of injustice, we look to the Righteous Judge and anticipate His reign on earth one day.
• MINISTRY NEED: We could really use a 15-passenger van for several different activities in the ministry. Will you pray with us for God to supply this need at this time?"
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terri Long — They write, "Souls Saved: Since our last letter, we have had 11 people saved in our services and on soul winning. Also, during September and October we have been having more visitors in our church services.
• Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services, and that the people coming now would be more faithful.
• Pray for more people who have been saved to get baptized.
• Pray for the children and teens coming to our church.
• Pray for our Religious Instruction class in the local high school.
• Pray for us to be able to purchase a used van."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace — They share the following report: "GPS, UniTeam, Alta Ruta, Vida Nueva Teens, Mujer Real, Grifo, Vida Nueva Kids, Acts 29...these are the names of some of the dynamic groups aimed at reaching and making disciples in the La Molina district of Lima. On Wednesday over a hundred ladies meet for Mujer Real Bible studies. One of the pastors has a regular Bible study group for retired men. They call themselves the Service Station Gang because many are in the 84, 90, or 90 range just like the octane rating of gasoline here! Our four youth groups are also active and growing. The college age group has an interesting ministry called Micro-ambassadors. They meet for prayer on Thursday; after their classes they get on the buses (called micros in Lima) and ride to the end of the line, preaching, passing out tracts, and witnessing to individuals. A new ministry has opened up in the Municipal Senior Citizens' Center for Bible study once a month. Carolyn is making friends as well as teaching God's Word.
A battle with kidney stones has slowed Tom down for three months. Recent surgery has still not taken care of it, so please pray. Our insurance company considers it a pre-existing condition and refuses to pay, but God has provided."
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Tim and Lidia Barrett — They report, "The Nehemiah Project in our church in Almerinda Chaves is going strong. As we wrote in our last letter, we have scheduled families from our main church in Jundiai to help in different services and outreaches in the fledging church in Almerinda Chaves. These past months we had three weeks of Bible clubs (in both churches) and several children (and a few of the parents) accepted Christ as their Savior. Please pray for fruit to remain in the church in Almerinda Chaves.
Please pray for our family camp this month. Several churches participate with us, and it is always a very blessed time for our church people. Our theme this year will be Moldado ou Conforomado (Molded or Conformed), based on Isaiah 64:8 and Romans 12:2."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following: "Our new church is five weeks old. Prior to this, Open Door Baptist Church came to participate in our open-air service on September 20. We are grateful for the participation of those who helped clean the lot, set up lights, and prepare the equipment. At present, two couples are helping us in establishing this work. Their responsibilities are music, Sunday school and treasury. As we become more established, they will be actively involved in personal evangelism. These two couples were saved at Open Door Baptist Church within the past 10 years.
Apart from our family and the two families who are helping us, we have an average of ten people attending. One person in particular who is attending every service is a man whom I found passed out in the street. With the help of other neighbors, we managed to get him home. We have a small beginning, nevertheless, this is where we are. We are working among a people group that has more economy and formal education than our previous ministry. We ask you to pray that God would give us wisdom in ministering to these neighbors."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following report: "We thank God for souls saved. Before we left for Eli's graduation, I baptized one who was led to the Lord by my soul winning wife, Elvie. She visited her parents in Japan. She got baptized shortly before she left for the States! Please pray that she will find a church in Oregon.
When we came to the States for Eli, the first day we were at Great Lakes and I was able to lead a fellow Marine to Christ, a Sergeant T, who was struggling due to family hardships. I shared the Gospel with him. He bowed to pray and trusted Christ as his personal Savior! Please pray for his follow up and Scriptural baptism."
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth — They share the following report: "Recently, an older lady who had been visiting our church received Jesus as her Savior. Her attendance has been sporadic. Pray with us that she would grow and see the importance of being faithful. We also have some individuals that are getting involved in discipleship. Please pray for three others as they are now learning more of God's Word through the discipleship ministry. There are several new people in the church who need to be discipled. However, at this point they are hesitant.
While God is at work, the enemy is working as well. One of our key families is dealing with a very difficult situation and needs prayer. Their credit card was cloned and the thieves charged over $12,000 to their account and now he is responsible for the debt (there are no laws protecting consumers from credit card theft in Chile)! As a result, he has begun working extra hours which has pulled him out of church. Please pray with us that God would help this family to trust in Him and not fall away. Also, another family is dealing with a very serious situation that is dividing the family. The father was saved a few months ago as he put his trust in Jesus. There is no doubt that his salvation got the attention of the enemy and now the family is under attack. Please pray for them that they would grow close to the Lord through the difficulties. Many of our families have suffered spiritual attacks this year. As the church grows, we proceed further and further into Satan's territory and he is angry and lashing out. Pray for this church plant that the people would remain strong and faithful and look to the Lord to fight the battles."
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This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray for President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.