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."
USA, BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, GEORGIA, MCDONOUGH, Bill and Gwen Griffin — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Thank you for praying for Enrichment Week. The week was a great success, and I believe that all who attended had a great time and were blessed. I have heard from a number of missionaries who were there and they have shared how much the week meant to them. Some of them have already returned to their fields of service.
As of think of the fields to which they have returned or will be returning soon, I think of the challenges and sometimes dangers they will be facing. We are living in a dangerous world and even here in the States there are many dangers. Some of our folks are serving in places where Americans are not welcome. Please pray for missionaries wherever they serve that God will bless and protect them.
BRAZIL, GOIANIA, Bethany Thompson — She shares the following: "I praise the Lord for the privilege to talk with a third-grader about her need of salvation. I learned the next day that she accepted Christ that night at home. We are preparing to open enrollment for 2016. The inflation in Brazil is high and economic uncertainty is affecting Christian schools. This year we will be adding fifth grade, and the classrooms in our church building will be in use. Pray for God to send us students and the teachers we need. Please continue praying for wisdom and direction concerning plans for school expansion. We really need the space to grow. We received the construction approval documents from the city. I have met with the engineer, and we are awaiting blueprints and an estimated cost. Please pray for the financial provision for this project."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He shares the following report along with special prayer needs: "The Lord opened a door recently with a children's home. It is a small home in the nearby province of Pha Yao that cares for ten teenage boys. I have been able to do some preaching and Bible studies with them as well as host a soccer game. In addition, we were able to give each teen a new complete Thai Bible as they only had New Testament Bibles.
Several of the teens are saved, while others are still unsaved. It is very encouraging to see these young men receiving Bibles and hearing the Gospel. What a blessing to be an ambassador to bring God's Word and the good news of eternal life! I also continue to hold home Bible studies. Many good seeds have been sown. Paul said, 'For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.' Doors are opening but there are many adversaries here in Thailand. SO I thank you much for your prayers as I'm sure they are the best defense against the adversaries here.
• Powerful salvation of M. and S.
• Learning language and culture
• H's father to get saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku — They share the following: "We recently baptized three teenagers and one junior age girl. We were excited to see these young people baptized. Each has a least one parent who is saved, baptized, and a faithful member of Tarawa Baptist Church. Two of the young people were the last in their families to be saved and baptized. It is exciting to see God at work in the lives of these families. It brings us great joy to know that two entire families are saved and on their way to Heaven. Continue to pray for the families of Tarawa Baptist Church. The devil's attacks are strong and real. Pray that these young Christians will be strong in the Lord as they face trials, temptations, and persecutions from friends and family....Thank you for partnering with us to reach the I-Kiribati people with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
EUROPE, UKRAINE, ODESSA, John and Dawn Spillman — They give the following report: "Please continue to pray for the politics of this country. The government is trying to distance itself from Russia's influence, which is opposite of what Russia wants. During our travels, we were informed that flights from Moscow to Kiev, Kharkov, and Odessa in Ukraine will be stopped somewhere around October 15. Since we are planning to fly from Moscow in December, I'm not sure where that leaves us but in God's capable and loving hands. I expect there will be other options available for travel when the time comes.
We praise the Lord that we received visas at the beginning of September, though the answer is not exactly as expected. We did receive 3-year multiple entry visas. However, we can be in Russia only 90 out of 180 days. That precludes us from moving there permanently unless we gain residency status at some later date. Nonetheless, there is work to do, and we seek to please and follow the Lord in the tasks He gives us. Please pray for wisdom in helping that church to get back to His ideal and working to fulfill its commission from our Savior. Please pray for the Odessa church to be faithful to the Lord in our absence."
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, FAJARDA, Jerry and Liz Harmon — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Jerry got to preach in Ponce, a city in the southern part of Puerto Rico, a couple of times. We also brought a group from Tennessee to the same city. We passed out about 1,400 books of Romans and witnessed to about 15 people, two accepting Christ as Savior! Jerry also witnessed to the grandfather of the youth director who led the group. The family didn't know it but he had received Christ two months earlier. This was a relief to his family, several of whom had traveled from New Hampshire to be with him.
Liz continues to teach second grade in Fajarda, and she is a wonderful example to the other teachers and to the administration. She loves the students in her class and they love her back! Ben continues to look for a job. Pray for him. He had several interviews, including a call-back, but he has yet to get a job. I know he gets discouraged, even though he doesn't say much about it. Nathaniel lost his job at Sprint, but he is beginning one as a telemarketer for T-Mobile."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, Christian and Emma Dogor — They share the following prayer needs: "We applied for a resident immigrant visa 17 years ago but could not meet the requirement, which is visiting the U.S. frequently, due to the field work and my health problems. That visa has expired. The U.S. Embassy here in Accra, Ghana, cannot issue any other visa unless we renounce the resident immigrant visa status. The BIMI office is currently working on that for us. We hope to know the outcome sooner or later. Meanwhile pray for us and BIMI as they work to resolve this issue with the U.S. immigrations."
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, ULAANBAATAR, Jason and Mary Ritchie — They share the following report and prayer requests: "There's a difference you know." Zach and I were talking with U. after church one Sunday. 'Coming to church to spend time with the children of God is not the same as being a child of God yourself,' I explained. 'God will receive you, forgive you, and make you His child if you come by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.'
She had been attending our church while we were in the States. Her past is one of hardships and low living. Our dear friends and partners in the ministry, Zach and Amanda Whitener, had laid a good foundation with Bible preaching and teaching while we were gone. That afternoon, as we reason of 'righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,' U. came to the knowledge of the truth. Her prayer was one of the most heartfelt I have ever heard, and through many tears she poured out her soul to God, asking for salvation through Christ. Since that time she had been faithful to church and discipleship sessions. Please pray for her."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, WATERBURY, John and Abby Lafreniere — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We praise the Lord for one year of ministry at Fairfield Baptist Church. On September 27 we held our first anniversary service. There were many in attendance, and we had our very first 'pot luck dinner.' Following the dinner we had a touching anniversary service as many thanked God for specific ways that the church had been a blessing to them. The spiritual growth is evident in many of our people as four have completed discipleship and three are currently being discipled. As we enter into our second year, I believe that God has put together a good core of believers who will allow us to be more effective in our community.
During the anniversary service we honored the custodial staff that helps each week. We presented them with a plaque for their exceptional service over the past year. One of the custodians brought his entire family to the services! Please pray that our church will see the salvation of D., M., and J.
We are encouraged by your continued prayers for Abby. Her positive attitude throughout this disease is a result of God answering prayers. As for as her health, we are praising God that over the past few months, her breathing has been sustained at 50%! However, her arms and hands have become so weak that it has become impossible for her to feed herself and at times extremely difficult for her to operate her power wheelchair. Please pray that God would give us wisdom in selecting the best care for her and the funding to secure the care. Elijah is growing up so quickly, he is such a blessing to our family and our church.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, LEON, Miguel and Leticia Parada — They share the following: "This month of September we have seen the Lord work in the hearts of some young people in a community called Las Chacaras where we have been knocking on doors, sharing the Gospel. Several have already accepted Christ and have been attending our weekly Bible studies. We are completely focused daily to soul winning and discipleship. Please help us pray for these young people that they may continue to grow in the Lord and that we can establish them in the faith.
The Lord has also been good in allowing us to collaborate with other pastors in Managua who have allowed me to preach in their churches. Above all, we are emphasizing missions and soul winning and have already seen fruit. Many churches are now supporting missionaries and some people have been challenged to serve the Lord full-time."
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Luke and Tonya Shelby — Though on furlough, they share the following: "Please pray for the pastor who is overseeing our church in Rongo. He was attacked and beaten by thugs who broke into his house, which is on the church's compound. They beat him pretty badly, and he had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days. Please pray for his full recovery and safety.
Three of our orphans lost their grandmother (their closest guardian) this past month. As far as we know, she was not saved, but she was witnessed to and heard the Gospel several times. Please pray for the precious souls in Kenya who are dying without Christ! We will need to do more to help these three children, but we are not exactly sure what will be decided by their distant relatives. Please keep them in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for Tonya's health. There have been a few meetings in which she was not strong enough to travel to due to the continuing issues with her blood deficiencies. This has also caused problems for her in catching several viruses and having a relapse with malaria this past week, which is due to her low or compromised immune system. Please pray for us that her doctors will have wisdom in helping her find the best treatment options possible while we are on furlough this year."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They write, "We had a number of first time visitors this month as well as some 'nearly first time' visitors. Most of these are unsaved. A friend of T. has been asking T. questions about salvation; and she wants to sit down soon to talk with me and Katie. Please pray that a weekend job that has been offered to E. V. will not keep her out of church. Also, she has been having strange, debilitating health issues that began about the time she started to attend church in early September. Strangely enough, one of our folks, who is saved but who is in need of biblical baptism, began to come down with severe, unrelenting migraines and anxiety attacks right about the time he began to give to Faith Promise, and he is still being afflicted. The enemy always seems to attack people physically whenever they begin to respond to God's Word. Please pray that the enemy will be bound.
Please pray that a Christian who has been attending with his two girls will soon become a member. He had been biblically baptized and would like to join us. Right now I am preparing to go through our statement of faith with him. Thanks so much for all your prayers and may the Lord richly bless you as you serve Him."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, BANGKOK, Brian and Jamie Cone — They give the following report and prayer needs: "I would like to introduce you to a young lady named P. A pastor from Ohio emailed to inform us of a Thai exchange student who was saved during her time in America and he had hoped to find her a good church in Bangkok. Because Bangkok is so large, I was praying it would be possible to find a church near her. As we Googled her address, as we often do to find any location, we found that she lived in our area. Not only that but also she lives just down the road from Grace Baptist Church. With the help of some of the church members, we were able to make contact with her and she came the very next Sunday! Our family rejoiced and was able to visit with her during the service, lunch, and also on the ride home. She has been faithful to church ever since and has already made friends with other young people in the church. Pray as we minister to her family because, like most families in Thailand, they are all Buddhists. Please keep another very special young lady in your prayers!"
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, SPAIN, AVIANO, Chris and Lou Anne War — They share the following: "The drastic reduction in our military has placed much more stress on military families. There is no doubt that military folks have to accomplish increased missions around the world with fewer people. This equates into longer and more frequent deployments that separates families. Even while not deployed and at their home station, many work extra hours to complete their missions at home. Lou Anne and I counsel many married couples who are having marital problems because of that stress. Please pray for our military folks, their marriages, and their families. Pray that God would give us wisdom in counseling them and helping them."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They write: "We led a sweet Filipino couple to the Lord last month on door-to-door visitation. The husband attended church once, but the wife seems hesitant toward us now. We aren't sure why. Please pray for them to follow the Lord.
We baptized four adults in September. One was saved in August at our church. Another was saved in the Philippines. S. was saved as a child here in this city but had never been baptized. D. is a college student from Nigeria and was saved as a teen but had never been baptized. These four have been an encouragement to us as they have all been faithful to church and are excited about following the Lord.
Our bus ministry was launched on September 13, and we had 12 riders. Our people were very excited! I had to drive the bus the first two Sundays because R. wasn't able to get a license. One of our other men got his license last week and wants to be a back-up driver. So, he will drive until R. is able to get his license. L. is a young married man in our church, and he is working to get his license, too. He will be a permanent driver once he gets his license. Please pray for these men to get their licenses very soon!"
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Kirk and Kathy Hickok — They share the following: "In July we had our annual bonfire for our area teens and again had Pastor Tim Barrett come to give the challenge. We are holding this event now at the church plant in Barrinha as they have the space in front of the church. Then we had the privilege of having Tim preach for us in the morning service at Sertaozinho. Their family is always a blessing to our church.
In August Kirk was well enough to preach a conference at the third church we started for their 28th anniversary in the city of Pitangueiras. They had a wonderful crowd every night and many people at the altar. We pray the decisions will be lasting and fruitful for our Lord.
In September our first church here in Sertaozinho held their Anniversary Conference celebrating 37 years of existence. Our guest preacher was Pastor Klebar who is pastoring at the newest work in Serra Azul, the church started by the Antioch Ministries. We had over 200 people here. (I am sorry that I don't have a picture of a very crowded church, but my camera batteries decided to die on me.) When we get the four churches together, we have a packed out church, but of course, it is new converts that we long for. We even had some visitors from the distant work in Serra Azul. Many rededications were made at this meeting as well."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Kristine McLaughlin, She shares the following report and prayer needs: "Little Villagers — Lots of Fruit You all have been such faithful partners in ministry over the years. It is always a joy to share fruit with you. In June a group of Sunday school teachers came to me with the idea of hosting a special 'Sports Day,' as they called it, for our village kids. They were eager for an opportunity to attract new children to hear the plan of salvation in their village Bible club. It was neat to see how the Lord blessed their efforts as nine 'little villagers' prayed to trust Christ as their Savior on a Saturday in Bregbo!
Would you please pray for an important prayer request? The Ivorian government is set up for presidential elections that occur every five years. The 2010 presidential elections acted as a catalyst that launched the country into a political crisis that ended in over 1,000 deaths. (I was in Ghana at this time.) Please pray that the presidential elections that are scheduled for October 25 would take place peaceably and that the election results would be accepted by the major ethnic groups."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They report the following: "Thank you for praying for Vacation Bible School. We averaged 35-40 kids attending every night. One night, three young people responded during the invitation and placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior! Amen, that is why we are here!
Another blessing of VBS was that we were able to make several new contacts with Yokota Air Base families who sent their children to our VBS. Because they visited our church, we were allowed to follow up and visit them on base. We are not allowed to go 'door knocking' or 'house-to-house' while on the base, but we are allowed to visit the homes of folks who have visited our church. We pray that these new contacts might open the door for a bus/van ministry to bring those kids to church.
I am beginning to disciple a single airman named Anthony. He is brand new out of Basic Military Training and has finished his technical training. Yokota Air Base is his first military assignment. One of the single airmen in our church invited him to visit our church, and afterward he said he really loved the passion of the services. Amen right there! Thank you for supporting us so that we can reach young airmen like Anthony before the 'bar-row' and other worldly attractions of Tokyo and military life get the grip on them."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terri Long — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Four teenagers in our church went to teen camp in August. One of our teens said that the week was the best of his life. He talked to some of the teens in his cabin, prayed with them, and encouraged them. By the end of the week, two of them trusted to Christ. He was really excited about what happened.
• Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services, and those coming now will be more faithful.
• Pray for more people who have been saved to be baptized.
• Pray for the children, especially the teens who come to church.
• Pray for us to be able to purchase a van ($8,000 needed).
• Pray for the 'Religious Instruction' class we will be teaching in the local high school starting this month."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They share the following: "On June 1 we started our highly anticipated and very necessary renovation project. We praise the Lord that the project has now come to a close. During these past few months the value of the US dollar has skyrocketed. Once again, our God knows exactly what He is doing, and our finances reached much further than expected, allowing us to add another improvement to the project not previously planned. Not only is the interior more spacious and beautiful but also we actually have curb appeal! Several people have stopped by, admiring and wanting to take a peek inside. We have also had visitors as a result. Praise God! Our Lord is worthy of a beautiful temple from which to worship Him.
• Dedication service 9/27
• God to call a national pastor
• Bible campaign in October
• Baptism of two
• New Ladies' Bible Study group
• Bible shipment to pass through customs problem free."
USA MINISTRIES, ARIZONA, WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO PEOPLE, John and April McDaniel — They share the following: "We had a few meetings on the Navajo Reservation. We got to spend time at the Navajo capital of Window Rock, Arizona, where we met the Navajo Nation Vice President, Jonathan Nez. Mr. Nez, who is a Christian, said he would come to our first meeting when we start. We also purchased Rosetta Stone for Navajo called 'Dine Bizaad.'
Needs Our minivan's AC compressor went out when we were in New Mexico. So we have had no air conditioning in our minivan for almost two months now, but the temperature has been cool considering it is the middle of summer. Thank you Lord for the cool weather! I purchased another compressor online for a good price, but we are praying about getting it installed.
We appreciate your prayers and support. We are living by faith, and God is using you to accomplish His will in our lives. We are learning, growing in faith, and preparing for a tremendous work ahead."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, BEENLEIGH, Tim and Bonnie Meyer — They share the following report and prayer needs: "God has continued to open doors for us to start a family ministry using baseball as a means of reaching into the community this summer. We have started a ministry directly out of our church and the response has been encouraging. We anticipate many of the kids I coached last year at the local club participating, and two of the local schools have asked if we would also allow students to participate (which of course we will). So please pray for us, we are looking forward to seeing what God will do through us in Beenleigh.
Please continue to pray for the ministry to the Solomon Islands. In June and July we were over there teaching in the Oceanic Baptist College. We were joined by Robert and Lisa Gunter and a young Aussie lady who were working with the deaf in the Solomons. We also had Valerie Terre-Blanche with us surveying the possibilities of putting together a medical team and ministry later. Her stay with us was primarily survey work, although she was asked to work in two hospitals for several days, one being very remote on the other side of the island of Malaita. It gave us the opportunity to gain some knowledge so that we could better plan our medical ministry. Please pray for us that God would give us wisdom regarding the stewardship of such a ministry....Right now, I have a burden for the training of our Bible college students and perhaps another Bible Project getting Bibles out to the rest of the provinces."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, TALLINN, Rob and Angela Willoughby — They share the following: "Building our Sunday School: We hope to build our youth/children's ministry this fall. I have been preaching in Estonian on Sundays and teaching in English a mid-week Bible study. I wish we had more people attending, but I am thankful to minister to the few who do come. My relationship with U. and R. has improved, and they have been coming to the Estonian service when they are not working. Praise the Lord! I finally got a call from the young man who was in prison! We were able to meet together and pray together. He is really having a hard time getting on his feet. He has promised to come to our services, but so far has not shown up. Pray for him. R. is one of those Estonians who had a hard time finding time to meet with me during the summer. However, he had been coming rather faithfully to our services. I really hope to continue going through some discipleship material with him this fall....Remember us in prayer as we seek to build our Sunday school and services and as we reach out to new people through our courses."
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, GERMANY, STUTTGART, Joseph and Laura Passaro — They share the following: "The Lord has led us to a building where Gospel Light Baptist Church will meet for services. God has given us a beautiful building used by a Methodist church, but only sparingly, so because of this we are able to use it for services on Sunday and Wednesday evening. Also, the rent is very reasonable and we are very thankful. Please pray as we will start a flyer distribution, an advertisement in the local newspaper called 'The Citizen' for the soldiers here in Stuttgart, and a soul winning program. Thank you.
Once again our purpose here is to win souls, disciple, and train them to be servants for Christ. Your prayers and support help so much in seeing this new work become a foundation for our military soldiers and families for years to come. Thank you for 'Holding the Rope' while we serve in Stuttgart, Germany.
Prayer Requests: My health, GLBC to see growth through visitors, souls saved, and all the needs that come with starting a new church."
SOUTHEST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We are coming to the end of the winter season, ending one of the coldest winters that we have faced and we are thankful to see it gone. The bad weather has affected our church attendances, causing them to be lower than usual. Dunedin is a city of many hills and when they get snow and ice, it isn't safe to be on the roads. Even so, our youth ministry that we started last year continues to see God's blessing. We had our highest attendance in August. The teenagers have been inviting their friends and the friends have been returning. We focus a lot of attention of Bible memorization, and they seem to be loving it.
I would appreciate your prayers for the deacon in our church. Over a year ago he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. It is slowly taking away his ability to use the muscles of his body. He can no longer speak or eat (he uses a feeding tube)—but he is still always praising God for how great the Lord is. He is faithful to church and his love for the Lord is an example for the younger ones. In my last letter I mentioned a new family that visited our church. They are still faithfully attending, and they have brought their daughter with her husband and children a few times also."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We are pleased to announce that Grace Baptist Church will begin in October. It will be started under the auspices of Open Door Baptist. The pastor and members, along with our family, will be working together to start and establish this new church. We will have an open air evangelistic service as a 'launching pad' to start this new church. Land has already been provided for us to begin. We will soon start a building project. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Since the church will be starting in October, we have already begun survey work and personal evangelism. One Saturday afternoon I was in the street when I came in contact with J. L. He was walking from the store and was extremely frustrated. I began to share the Gospel with him. He gave me his phone number to call him. I called him back the following Saturday. He asked me to come to his house. We talked for almost two hours. That day he got saved. He is excited that Grace Baptist Church will be two blocks from his house.
We are truly grateful for your faithful prayers and financial support. It is an honor for our family to serve our Lord on your behalf."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, QUEBEC, NOTRE DAME-du-PORTAGE, Dan and Jennifer Post — They give the following report: "As I mentioned in our last prayer letter, we have moved an hour away to Riviere-du-Loup in order to be of more help to missionary Maxime Rioux and the church. Brother Rioux passed away on October 4, 2015. We would like to assist this young work through the process of finding a pastor. This will give us more experience in French-speaking Canada. There is much to learn concerning the culture and language. It is an area with strong European influence. We enjoy learning these things because it is an essential part in reaching other nations for Christ.
The Lord has kept the door open for us to be a witness to our friends and neighbors in Edmundston. The Lord has been good to our family in this area. Thank you for your prayers and support."
USA MINISTRIES, TENNESSEE, Grant R. Carter — He shares the following: "I just crossed over into my 89th birthday. The Bible Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, made it possible for me to come down and preach to the students and alumni. I can't drive at my age so my daughter drove me down. I had such a good time. I also stayed over and preached to Mount Zion Baptist Church, the church that hosts the Bible Institute. Brother John Bailes and his wife came down from Chattanooga to represent BIMI.
I still have the radio station and bookstore in Kingston, Tennessee. I am also busy in church. Keep praying for me. At 89 I am close to my eternal home."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEPAL, Cory and April McTague — They share the following exciting experience: "At first I couldn't believe my ears. I looked at my assistant pastor to confirm what I thought S. said. Did he say yes?! I restated the question, 'Are you ready to trust Christ as your Savior today?' For the second time S., a former witchdoctor and a man we have for several years been working with and praying for, was finally ready to trust Christ. I numbly grabbed my Bible and went through a few familiar verses with him. Moments later S. was born into the family of God by faith! I know many of you have prayed for him. A plea for his salvation was on our most recent ministry DVD. By patience, prayer, and the amazing grace of God, this man's life was changed from darkness to light.
A few weeks later he publicly followed the Lord in believer's baptism. Since the time of his salvation, he has faithfully attended discipleship classes. His hunger for God's Word and desire to grow is truly a blessing. He has since changed some things in his family, including singing several songs and leading in prayer with his family every morning and evening. This man has a lot of influence. One younger relative recently called him because his daughter was sick. He called thinking S. was still a witchdoctor and was looking for a solution. S. turned this into a witnessing opportunity. This is one of the numerous open doors to spread the Gospel that God has blessed us with in Nepal.
We are thankful for the generous donations from all of those who gave as a result of the earthquake. It has helped our family in the aftermath of the earthquake. We are thankful that in part, due to your care and generosity, we were able to stay the course in Nepal doing the ministry God has called us to do. It has, by God's grace, resulted in eternal fruit that abounds to your account. He has given much grace, patience, and guidance during this time."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassandra Tate — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Building Projects — One of our biggest needs for the church in Danli is more room! With only two classrooms, we have had to move classes around. We are using the buses as classrooms as well as one of our church member's house! The Lord has provided the funds necessary to begin the construction of a new educational wing that will provide the space the church needs to continue to grow! This project will also house the Bible institute classes and allow for future church pastors, missionaries, and leaders to be trained. Please pray for the Lord to supply the remaining funds to finish this project.
Los Robles — The work there continues to march forward. The work celebrated Day of the Child with over 70 in attendance! Please continue to pray for Brother Pedro Avila and his team as they reach that area of Danli for Christ.
Prayer Requests and Praises
• Praise for seven souls saved in the past two months
• Praise for the start of construction on the Bible Institute
• Praise the Lord for the growth of the works in Ojojona and Los Robles.
• Pray for the finances to finish the construction of the Bible Institute."
BRAZIL, Milton and Sharon Nunes — They give the following report: "We call on you to praise the Lord with us for a number of souls who have recently trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Please, diligently pray for them as we disciple them so that they will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. We will never cease to wonder how it really takes God's own power and grace to save lost sinners. Alleluia!
Continue to pray for the church in Bonfim Paulista. Praise the Lord for many other souls recently saved there and for the way He has faithfully provided for our own people to make the monthly payments on the 12-year loan for us to have the lots we wrote you about not too long ago. Just a couple of weeks ago we baptized in the 'Mother Church' seven precious people as fruits from that work. Alleluia!"
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, Zack and Amanda Whitener — They share the following report and prayer requests: "Thank you for praying for us as we filled in at the English services for Faith Baptist Church and all the services of Khaan Mountain Baptist Church this past month. Khaan Mountain is a church plant started by our dear friends the Ritchie family. The Lord has blessed and a few weeks ago a lady started coming to the services at Khaan Mountain. She has faithfully attended the services ever since. Well, this past Sunday, she and Brother Ritchie were talking after the services and she wanted to become a child of God. She asked Christ to forgive her and be her Savior. We are so glad to see Christ building this new church. Please pray for her as she grows in grace, and please pray that she maintains a good testimony before her lost family. Another prayer request is for a man who is a friend of ours who was attending the church regularly in the past. He had been going through some hard times recently and it is our desire that God would use his current circumstances to draw him to Christ. He is not yet saved, so please pray for his and his family's salvation."
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross — They share the following testimony and prayer needs: "During my first trips to Moldova during my years in college, I worked in Eric Chapmans' evangelistic camps. I have often wondered if I would run into campers later on during our ministry here.
A couple of weeks ago, Jacob and I were traveling back to Soroca and picked up a young man who needed a ride. We found out this young man actually lives in our village, not far down the road. While on the way to his house, I started sharing the Gospel with him. He then told me that this sounded very familiar and that he had heard this at a camp almost ten years ago. After talking, we found out that he was at the Chapman's camp the summer I was there. His life right now is far from God but he is open and wants us to talk more. He stopped by yesterday and we talked some more. Please pray for him to repent and become a follower of Christ."
USA ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following report: "Let me share one testimony with you that was a blessing to me and our team. Last Saturday a young couple in their twenties stopped to look at the three door unit just as we began to pack up for the day. As we began to talk with them, they shared their plans to soon be married. When I invited them to the back table to look at God's Word, they said they knew that in order to have a right start in their marriage, they needed to be right with God and could I help? It was such a joy to see them trust in God's Word, pray for forgiveness and salvation, and express faith in the living Christ. We directed them to a good church in their hometown and hope to hear good reports in the future from this fine young couple as the begin their lives with a Christian home.
Our foreign mission relief work is going well also. We have received good reports from our time in Belize. I have received a request for help from a missionary and his church in Aruba for a short time help. I was there August and September helping in that church plant until another missionary can come in October. I anticipate being back in time to spend 10 full days at the big Georgia National Fair, working in the soul winning booth with Amazing Grace Missions again this year. Their booth is always right on the midway, manned from opening to closing each day. At the end of October, we will be making a trip back to England for a short stay. Please join in praying for more doors of opportunity to open wide for 1016. I would really like to get as much of the year booked ahead as possible."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, EL PROGRESSO, Matt and Dallita Goins — They share the following report and prayer needs: "A couple of Sundays ago a new family visited our church. As we greeted each one, we became aware that an older gentleman in the group was deaf, and we were unable to effectively communicate even the most insignificant information, like giving our names, let alone share the Name that is above every name! Every Wednesday, we have an open door to teach the Bible in a local private school. There are at least five deaf students there, receiving bits and pieces of the message by other students writing key words for them to follow along. There is a cross section of our community that must be reached with the Gospel. We are pleased to announce that Marie Lea-Wilson, a proficient interpreter for the deaf as well as a registered nurse, is currently raising support to join our team to help us meet this need."
USA MILITARY, TINIAN, CENTRAL NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, Roy and Ellen Smith — They share the following report: "We have been filling in for the Workmans who have been missionaries on Tinian for 17 years and have pastored Calvary Baptist Church....We arrived at the start of the typhoon season, but God has seen us through three typhoons and one tropical storm in these few months.
Besides having the regular church services, I started a youth Bible study for the summer on Thursday afternoons with seven in attendance. These young people enjoyed the Bible study on making right choices using the book of Proverbs. Ellen would always provide a nice homemade snack for after the Bible study and would play a few games of dominoes while we had the air conditioner on at church. After the a typhoon I would pick up the young people to bring them back to the Workmans' house to do yard cleanup from storm damage and then reward them by taking them to the store to buy refreshments of their choice. We really appreciate their good working spirit. The church men also volunteer to help put up typhoon shutters."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They write, "Evangelism efforts are now underway in the area where we will begin a new church. We have come across a wide range of religious belief systems. Years ago, the majority of our prospects came from Catholic backgrounds. Now, we are making contact with those involved in an array of eastern religions mixed with Latin culture.
The new church will be started out of our first church. In our beginning days, we were in charge of everything. This effort will allow us to establish a body of servants for the work of the ministry. We ask that you pray with us that God will give us wisdom as we make these preparations.
Recently, we found a piece of property that we believe will be conducive for a new church. Land prices, in many cases, have quadrupled. The price is being negotiated at this time. The current owner quoted us a price and we are waiting for him to accept our counter offer."
WEST AFRICA, BURKINA FASO, OUAGADOUGOU, Randy and Tonya Smith — They share the following: "On many occasions we have had the privilege of handing out God's tracts, John and Romans booklets, and Bibles to many people who have never before had the joy of owning a copy of the Scriptures. It is a great joy of missionaries to be able to dispense this most valuable gift that God has given us, yet we are only the last link in a great chain of God's servants who have been used to deliver His message to those in need. We are very grateful that the Lord has put us in partnership with other individuals and churches that buy, print, put together, and deliver this precious resource so they are able to share its light in our dark world.
This past month we had the privilege of meeting two valuable links in this chain. We were very thankful to be able to get in touch with Brother Samuel Martin, a retired Army Colonel who has dedicated his life to getting churches together to get copies of John and Romans into the hands of missionaries. He called to let us know that he has arranged to give us 50,000 French copies to take back with us when we go back to Burkina! We also had the joy of helping one of our faithful supporting churches, the Grace Baptist Tabernacle of Fort Scott, Kansas, in putting these same booklets together! I was so overjoyed to be able to get to see this work in progress, knowing that the very pages that I was holding here in the States what we will be handing out 6,000 miles away in Burkina Faso! God is so good!"
EASTAFRICA, UGANDA, Matthew and Sherri Winkler — They share the following: "This year has been very slow for church visitors and for baptisms. However, I want to mention a couple of people who have been coming. The first person is a doctor in a nearby clinic. Sheri invited him to come to church a few times before, but just this month he has come three weeks straight and even started bringing his wife. He told me on Sunday that when he is around, he will be coming to church. We are going to visit them this Sunday after church to share the Gospel with them. Pray for their salvation.
J. is from the Karamajong tribe in the northeast of Uganda, but he has lived here for some years. I first met him during a discipleship class and witnessed to him. He then came to church a few times, claiming that he had already received Christ. However, last month he went to talk with Pastor Basco, our national pastor, about his salvation. The Spirit was really convicting him. That day he received Christ. He is now more faithful than ever and is working to save money to buy his own Bible. Pray for his spiritual growth."
EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA, Adam and Angela Young — They share the following: "Our children's Russian tutor has started discipleship. We met her through the football team. She has a teacher's degree and works at a business doing birthday parties for kids. She is not saved, but was willing to study the Bible with me. We are going through the Gospel of John as I try to make clear to her that the Bible can be trusted. Please pray for her understanding and for her salvation.
We started discipling V. who we met through tract distribution into homes. He contacted me after receiving a Gospel tract in his mailbox. After giving out 87,000 tracts in this way in the last two years, he was the first individual who was willing to meet with me. I have had phone calls, and I tried to meet with those who called, but 80% of those calls are to tell me that either Orthodoxy or Islam is the only real truth. I met V. a few times in a park by his building so he could get to know me a little bit. After a couple of weeks, he agreed to study the Bible with me in his home. He has a severe case of diabetes and is considered an invalid. He gets government support, which is all he lives on. He is saved but needs to find God's purpose for his life."
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, TALLINN, Rob and Angela Willoughby — They give the following report: "God's power was seen at our June VBS, which was the best attended week of day camp ever in our ministry. We had up to 21 kids on any given day with three teens helping run PowerPoint, fixing meals, and assisting during game and craft times. Nine children from RoseLynn's school came for the first time, two of them in her same class. As for follow up, we are working to get some of the children to come to Sunday school and continue learning about Jesus. This is very difficult during the summer as many families vacate Tallinn on the weekends, so please pray for the success of our follow-up.
As I mentioned in our last letter, much of the missionary's time is spent trying to develop people spiritually, and at times, we get a glimpse of God's life-changing power. I regret to say that my relationship with U., and consequently with R., has become very unstable due to the fact that he has simply refused to get some things right in his life. I ask for your prayers so that I can be a faithful pastor to him and that he would repent and truly make Jesus Lord of his life. As for O., I have not yet heard from him since he was released from prison in early June. However, I must add that Ro. has been a source of joy and inspiration to me as I have been watching him grow spiritually and come as often as possible to our services. Pray that his faith would grow stronger every day and that his whole family would come to Christ soon!"
MEDICAL MISSIONS OUTREACH, Rebecca Pope — Rebecca gives the following report and prayer needs: "I was home long enough to pack my bags and supplies for Nyahururu, Kenya, where Medical Mission Outreach served with Pastor Philip Warutere. He has hosted MMO teams on several occasions and informed us that two churches have been planted as a result of previous missions. We worked at three different sites on this trip—two established churches and at a displacement camp where they hope to plant another church. Our team of 23 treated over 2,200 patients, and 127 of those began an eternal relationship with the Savior!" Please pray for Rebecca and a team of over 100 who are in the Dominican at present. Should you be interested in this endeavor of reaching souls through Medical Missions Outreach, please contact the CLAIM office at BIMI.
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They give the following report: "Our summer evangelism has kept us very busy, and God has rewarded our labor. We saw nine people come to Christ through our street evangelism. We saw three children saved during our Vacation Bible School. One parent accepted Christ at our VBS awards service. We are so excited and thankful for these blessings!
The three days we spent camping with our teens were really special. The preaching was practical and helpful. The teens came home encouraged and closer as a group. Our junior campers had a great time at junior camp and were challenged to love and serve God 'with their whole hearts.' We leave this week to take our teens to youth camp. Lisa and I will be very tired at the end of it, but we are trusting the Lord to do great things in the hearts of our teens."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, JARDINOPLIS, Paul and Sharon Pritchard, Sr. — They share the following: "We continue to witness the Lord working in the lives of people, for which we are very thankful. The church continues to grow spiritually and in number. We have a wonderful orchestra that is doing a great job for the Lord, and we have other groups that sing for the Lord.
There is more great news. M., a man in our church, was called to preach the Gospel and has already preached his first message in the men's prayer meeting on Thursday night. We are having some good prayer meetings with 18-21 men. I am using the men who are preachers (seven in our church) to preach in this prayer meeting that continues to grow.
• Souls to trust CHRIST
• The churches to continue to grow
• The construction of the new church
• Our spirituality
• Our health problems"
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, SAN MARCOS, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz — They give the following report and prayer needs: "On July 12, we had the Inauguration Service for Iglesia Bautista Biblica in San Marcos, Nicaragua. While we prayed for a great turnout and rented 100 chairs, we were pleased to have approximately 110-115 who came for our first church service! During the Inauguration Service, there were two men who came forward to receive Christ as Savior. Despite being a very small and new church, we have seen dramatic growth in our children's ministry. This last Sunday we once again reached our Inauguration Day attendance of 12-13 children. Due to a very small classroom in which to meet, we are now making plans to better accommodate this rapidly growing ministry. Last month we had an additional 13 people pray to receive Christ and a few others rededicated their lives to the Lord. Now we are teaching a series on the doctrinal aspects of salvation because so many have never heard the Gospel and others have recently received Christ as Savior. Thankfully, we have seen a few new faces each week.
God is good and we all need Him daily. This month, please pray for the following:
1. God's protection on our family, especially Ellie and her recovery
2. That God will grow His church and help us reach the families of the children
3. That God will lead us daily in His work here in Nicaragua"
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They share the following: "Twice a month our church is permitted to hold services in the Port Harcourt prison and we have about 15 of our people who are now helping in this ministry. Recently, we added some of our ladies who visit the female inmates and they have been seeing a lot of good results. Our men have a certain group of inmates they are assigned to visit, called the "CC" men (condemned criminals), and one of our men, BU, usually preaches to them. Last month, however, they let us have a much larger group with most of them hearing from us for the first time. When Brother U started preaching to them, one of the inmates in the front row had a seizure that caused a commotion. Unsure what to do, Brother U just stopped and began praying for the man. By the time he finished, the man seemed to be okay and Brother U continued preaching, but this time he had everybody's attention. When he gave the invitation that day, 44 of the inmates received Christ as their Savior! So far this year 229 have been saved in this ministry, which is the most we have ever had.
Praises and Prayer Requests
1. We arrived back in Nigeria on June 25 after a short time in the States for Carissa's graduation, and it was a blessing to see everything still moving forward in our absence, and it was a blessing to have Carissa with us again for a little while! It was an added blessing to see the main church in Port Harcourt have their highest attendance ever for the month of July as well.
2. The new church plant in Omoku is doing well in spite of some difficulties there, and in their last three months they have been averaging around 30 on Sunday mornings with a good number of souls being saved also. Continue to pray for Pastor O. and the Grace Independent Baptist Church."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Stan and Mollie Prussia — They give the following exciting report: "At the end of May, we traveled to Quezon, Bukidnon, on the island of Mindanao to do a medical mission in an area where a church in Davao wanted to plant a church about four hours from them. We hired a 12-passenger van with a driver for the eight-hour trip. As we approached the area in the late afternoon on the day before the medical mission, the road became very rough. Finally, with mountains on one side and rice paddies on the other, the road became so steep and rocky that the driver could go no further. So, we sent two of the male members of the mission team into the tribal area on foot to scout out the situation.
As the rest of the team sat in the van waiting for their return, the nationals in the van realized that conditions were unsafe for us. The only way in was the only way out, and if rebels attacked, there was no escape. That evening the pastor from Davao arranged to do the medical mission in a small town near the main highway. He asked the local authorities to provide a truck to bring the patients to us in the morning. However, it rained heavily that night, making the road impassable for even the truck. There we were—eight hours from home with a 12-member medical team and all the supplies needed for a medical mission—and no patients. The pastor from Davao quickly spread the word that free medical exams and medicines were available. We did not have to wait long. At the end of the day, it was the best medical mission we ever did. The soul winners commented that the people seemed ready to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. God knew where to plant a new church!"
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Seth and Melissa Acree — They share the following report: "When we first came to Ghana, our intention was to work with the Kearneys in a team ministry, but for many months now, it has been obvious that the Lord is leading us away from Lighthouse to start another work. We are not sure of all the details regarding the where and the when, so over the next several months, we will be taking survey trips to several needy areas within Ghana. Pray for clear direction regarding the specific location the Lord would have us relocate. If we are able, we would like to go ahead and move to that area as soon as possible so that we can immerse ourselves in the language. While we have already had a good amount of language preparation, it has been very slow due to the preoccupation with ministry responsibilities (not a bad thing) and the fact that English is widely spoken here in Tema. It is bittersweet to be leaving the ministry into which we have poured our lives over the past 18 months, but at the same time, I can hardly wait to start a new church.
Prayer Requests • Continued learning of Twi language
• Guidance regarding the when and where of our future ministry
• Protection during upcoming survey trips
• Problems with immigration
Missionaries of the Day
Friday, February 12, 2016
Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
Benjamin & Kerri Dryden - HAITI
Donald & Bridgitt Dryden - HAITI
Daniel & Patricia Dubbe - GERMANY
Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
Benjamin & Kerri Dryden - HAITI
Donald & Bridgitt Dryden - HAITI
Daniel & Patricia Dubbe - GERMANY
PRAYER PROMISEBehold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1).
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 Juan Carlos Varela of Panama (Central America).