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
USA MINISTRIES, Connecticut, Terryville, David and Annette Townsley — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Putting together the John & Romans was a great blessing! Many people told me this after the missions conference. The joy was in doing something hands-on that would count for eternity. About thirty people helped with the assembly of about 5,000 Scriptures. These are for the Reitenbach family and the new church plant in Greenfield, Massachusetts that is planned for September. Pray with us that the Lord would provide a meeting place for the church and housing for the Reitenback family.
1. Provision for the new radio station ministry
2. Complete healing for Annette from Lyme's disease and the herniated discs
3. Discernment and strength for fighting spiritual battles
4. People to grow in their service for the Lord
5. The many people facing spiritual challenges in the church"
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following: "We want to thank you for praying for us as we start this church. God has been hearing and answering prayers. On May 3 we hosted our first Ladies' Tea. God blessed and we had 12 in attendance with five first time visitors. April did a wonderful job and God blessed her as she taught His Word. Please pray that God would bless His Word in the hearts of those who were there.
Please continue to pray for the church plant. We will be having our first baptismal service the end of July. We have three people already committed to being baptized and we have a few more that need some prayer. Please pray for us as we deal with them and try to encourage them to take their stand for Christ."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board — They share the following report and prayer needs: "There have been some amazing things happening here in Cambodia over the past several weeks. We are excited in particular with the way God is working in some of the village ministries. New doors are being opened for the Gospel and the training of national leaders. With continued growth comes the challenge of finding places to meet for public church services. Lord willing, we will be signing a new three-year lease for the building in Phnom Penh next week. One major concern that we have is that property prices in town continue to rise at ridiculous rates each year. The reality is that we will, sooner or later, be priced out of the market. Please pray with us that God would provide a piece of land on which we could build in the future.
We just completed our three-day Youth Conference here in Phnom Penh. It was a wonderful time of preaching and fellowship with the young people. Friday and Saturday we met at the church but we rented an auditorium at the local university for our Sunday morning service.
Please continue to pray for the fifty or so young people who are part of our Ta Skov ministry as they grieve over the loss of T. He is the second teen who was saved through this ministry here but who was tragically killed."
WESTERN EUROPE, AUSTRIA, NEUTRAUBLING, Todd and Kimberly Lapato — They share the following report: "On Sunday, June 28, we had our first evangelistic guest service. A lot of believers in America ask us how 'open' people here are to the Gospel? Our guest service exemplifies the apathy to the Gospel in Western Europe. We passed out 5,000 invitations in June. I wrote an article for the newspaper. We invited the mayor, our landlord, and neighbors. We offered free Gospel literature, refreshments, and flyers at a book table in front of a department store on two separate occasions. After spending a month investing a lot of time and energy spreading the word, not a single lost person came. Several Christians from churches outside our area came in support. This is written not to discourage but to show the reality of the spiritual status of Europe. We strongly believe that God is pleased with our efforts for the cause of Christ. Although it is hard to see so many people reject the truth of God's simple grace, we cannot force people to accept that message. However, we can be faithful. I am always encouraged when I remember what God did a few years ago. We invited people to a guest service. A man came because he received an invitation. He trusted Christ to save him and was later baptized.
A plan for our next evangelistic ministry is already underway. We are praying about holding Gospel seminars in the city of Bregenz in Western Austria, near the Swiss border. We plan to take surveys about religion and invite people to attend our seminars. There is much to organize such as rent facilities, design and print flyers, plan survey trips, etc. Please pray with us for God's blessing."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, Robert and Rhoda Smith — They share the following: "As I have mentioned before, a faithful man in our church and I take Thursdays to knock on 150 doors each week. Since we started this in late January, we have missed very few Thursdays doing so. I always end that day with a crispy sunburn, but it has been well worth it. I just wanted to share with you some of what God has done for us through this.
We met and invited K. S. in February. She and her children, Sierra and Kristian, were already saved and looking for a church. They have become very faithful . . . .I knocked on L. P.'s door last February. She trusted Christ and began coming faithfully each Sunday evening. Recently she has been having seizures. Please pray for her health.
We met P. L. one day as we were knocking on doors. He had lost his job and he was home with nothing to do. He was willing to listen to the Gospel. He trusted Christ that day, and he has been faithful each Sunday since.
I met M. A. one Thursday as M. and I were our knocking on doors. M. A. trusted Christ as his Saviour. He is a joy to have in church; he always has a smile for everyone. R. and R. are neighbors, and we knocked on their doors the same day. I was later privileged to lead one to Christ; the other one had already trusted Christ. Both carry some heavy burdens, but they are such cheerful people. Pray for them please."
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, San Marcos, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz — They share the following: "Our main focus last month was to work in preparation for our upcoming church plant in San Marcos. We are renting a house that will serve as the church's first location. After much cleaning, painting, electrical work, and the purchase of banners, chairs, etc., it now looks more like a church building. We have placed a strong focus on personal evangelism. The Lord opened a major door as the captain of a local soccer team received Christ. Since then, we have been meeting with the team weekly, preaching, discipling, and encouraging them. Nine more players have received Christ. We have also received help from three partner churches in Managua. Last week, we hosted a group of 15 members from one church to help us in an evangelistic campaign. Between this event and our personal soul winning, we have seen an additional 21 people receive Christ. Last Sunday, Jeremy was able to preach the Sunday evening service completely in Spanish at a nearby church in Jinotepe.
Next month will be a huge month for us. Please pray
1. that the Lord will help us in planning and preparation for the new church,
2. that the Lord will bless abundantly in our first church service, and
3. that the Lord will enable us to see more people saved and disciplined to follow Christ."
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, CEIBA, Jim and Kelly Shelton — They share the following report and prayer needs: "As for the ministry, God has tremendously blessed as always. Normally, we have a 'summer slump.' This summer folks for the most part have been faithful. We have been working on expanding our teen outreach, which is going great. Please continue to pray for this ministry; we NEED TO REACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE! A couple of other prayer requests in the ministry:
• The remodeling of the old building into a parsonage
• Vacation Bible School
• Church Music Conference, August 21-22
• Souls to continue to be saved
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Alan and Beck Jackson — They share the following report and prayer needs: "This next Saturday we are renting a house to start a new church. We have property there, but we are still waiting on the funds to build. However, there are many people in this area who are in need of a good Bible preaching church. Many people in the church in Danli have volunteered to help in this new ministry. God has moved in the heart of one man in particular to be the preacher. He and his wife and daughter will oversee this new work while he is training to be a pastor.
The Bible institute is beginning to grow with more students wanting to be full-time. We are in the process of getting the blueprints for a new building. It will be located on the church property beside the church. Since the church property is limited, we are planning some dorm-style rooms on the property, which was bought for a youth camp. 'When it rains, it pours' is true! Yet, when it pours it makes one stop in awe at what God is doing."
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, BARQUISIMETO, LARA, Carlos and Susan Arce — They write, "What a week! God allowed us to have our 'Fuegos de Evangelismo' conference for all our churches. In the mornings we had divided classes and messages in our church, and at night we held the services in the auditorium of a nearby university. We had an average of 1,200 people every night! There were many decisions for Christ and many people coming forward getting their lives right with the Lord. The last night we had 70 come forward to surrender their lives for full-time service. Pray that we can start churches in every state of Venezuela."
They asked that you pray for a lady who is in desperate need of a medicine that is not available in Venezuela.
USA MINISTRIES, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, Bob and Jennifer Larson — They share the following prayer needs: "We would appreciate your prayers when it comes to our late summer and fall church planting and restart projects. In addition to preaching a number of mission booster and missions conferences for new and established churches for the next few months, we will be working in church restart and new church projects. In early August we will be assisting in a large Scripture distribution for a church in Scottsboro, Alabama. Later in August we will make our way to Eastman, Georgia, to assist Calvary's Grace Baptist Church and church planter Jeremy Allen as he and his family plant a new church out of his sending church in Mount Vernon, Georgia. Right after the start of this new church, we will fly to California to assist in the restart of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Vacaville, California. Pray that California churches will be able to assist in this project and distribution of 30,000 door hanger packets in this northern California community."
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They write, "The second half of the year seems to go so quickly! We have several things planned that will require a lot of time and preparation. In November we have our annual Family Camp, which is extended not only to our churches in Jundial but also to others in our area of Brazil. We feel this is a very important time for the spiritual needs of our people, and much time and effort and money are put into it! Beginning in August, we are making an all out effort to strengthen the church in Almerinda Chaves. We are going to use many people in the main work to go and spend time visiting and helping the pastor there in order to reach more with the Gospel! The devil has obviously tried to attack and discourage, and we consider that a good sign! We continue with our responsibilities, which include: weekly and monthly activities such as youth meetings, soul winning visitation, Children's Bible clubs, etc. We are always working on our translation projects, which include a daily devotional, children's Bible club literature, and music. There are so few good Portuguese translations and we consider this is an important part of our work here. The Lord has blessed in the ministry, and we've had the joy of seeing people saved and growing in the Lord and the church people working right along with us to serve Him and reach others for Christ! We believe that time is short, and we are working diligently as we look for our Lord's return."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA, Dan and Terri Gardner — They write the following: "The second Sunday in July we had a music concert with a Japanese Christian man from mainland Japan and also another lady who is a missionary here in Okinawa. We passed out 4,000 flyers for the meetings. We had a strong typhoon a few days before the meetings which kept us from getting out like we wanted. We still had over 30 people come to services and nine visitors. What a blessing to see all the people come! Pray that God will continue to speak to their hearts and that people will be saved and that people will come back again.
The typhoon also kept the Yoshidas from arriving in Okinawa when they had anticipated. But they flew in on Saturday night before the meetings, so it is great to have them here with us. Please pray for them as they are looking for an apartment. He will also have to work some part-time for a little time until we can build that church up to support him."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin — They write, "On May 17 we gathered as a church, reviewed our finances, discussed our vision, and voted to rise up and build. After saving toward this project, we finally took the step to begin construction.
This project will do several things. First, it will increase our seating capacity 3-4 times. Second, it will give us a brand new kitchen. Third, it will give us a brand new roof. Last, it will provide various improvements including: new sanctuary, new paint throughout, ceiling throughout, newly designed façade and entryway, and more classroom space, among others.
We have continued to pound the pavement and go out into the highways and hedges trying to reach others for Christ. We currently have five Bible study groups going and are actively evangelizing publically every week.
In the past few months we have seen people saved in our San Cristobal Bible Study, others saved in our Bello and El Machete groups, and even seen some saved in our door-to-door visitation. Praise the Lord! God is blessing and saving souls in Colombia."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOTA, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They share the following news: "By the grace of God, we have been allowed to baptize two more folks since our last letter. One is a German woman who is married to a USAF Master Sergeant. She had been saved in Germany just before they moved to Yokota Air Base. Upon arrival, she went looking for a good church and visited Yokota Baptist Church on a Wednesday evening. She has been faithful ever since! Haruna disciples her on Sunday afternoons, and two weeks ago she approached me wanting to get baptized. I was privileged to baptize her on Father's Day. Her husband attended that service. He is not a Gospel believer, so please pray for his salvation. He told her he enjoyed the friendly spirit of the people!
I also got to baptize a Yokota Air Base contractor. He visited our church on Sunday and afterwards, I met with him a few times. He gave a strong testimony of faith alone in Christ for the atonement of his sin. He shared that he was sprinkled as a baby but desired to be baptized according to the Scriptures. I said, 'Amen!' and had the joy of baptizing him last Wednesday night. Please pray for his family; his wife is Japanese and not a Gospel believer — yet."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ATHLONE CO ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following prayer requests: "Please keep praying for the salvation of those for whom we have been asking prayer. We praise the Lord that D. is now coming consistently on Wednesday again, and sometimes on Sundays, and seems to be listening. M., who has not come to church for the last half year, seemed much softer when I called on him recently, and commented that he missed the Bible studies that we used to do in his home.
Please pray for T. right now. He is in Dundalk (about 3 hours away) for an 8-week internship, and thus is not able to commute to RBC easily. He is travelling 45 minutes by bus to attend a brand new church plant that has been started by missionary Phil Tharp. He is consistently witnessing to his friend J., with whom he is staying for the summer, as well as to J.'s friends (all of whom are Malaysian). Also, keep praying for Tr. The sessions on Wednesdays have been growing longer as he asks me more and more questions. He had been reading some of our literature about what a Baptist is, and he just checked out a rather large book from our library about why Calvinism is a misrepresentation of God's character. He is seeing the errors of Protestantism more and more and realizing that the Bible alone is the authority. Please pray that he will take the 'plunge' (literally), and become a Baptist (particularly, a member of RBC)."
USA, CLAIM, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh — They share the following report and needs: "Since February there have been CLAIM/MMO missions trips to: Senegal, Africa; Long Beach, California; Panama, Central America; and the Philippines.
Pray for upcoming missions trips to: Belize, Central America; Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Newfoundland; Long Beach, California; and Unalakleet, Alaska.
The following workers are needed: concrete, glass block, electrician, plumber, and finish carpenter. Please contact me for details. Also look on the CLAIM website for upcoming projects." Should you be interested in taking a WORKING missions trip, please contact Carl at 423-313-5391.
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Cerna Family — They share the following: "Several weeks ago, a lady and her daughter started coming to the Sunday evening services. We recognized them right away because they live close to the church. About seven years ago, as Steve was door-knocking in the neighborhood, we came in contact with this family. This is when the lady's oldest son received Christ as his Savior. Soon after, he started the discipleship lessons and would attend some of the church services. The rest of the family was not interested in spiritual things. Nevertheless, we did what we could to help them and show them Christ's love. They never forgot some of the ways we reached out to them. After some serious difficulties in their lives, they realized their need to receive Christ as Savior. They are now a part of the church, seven years after trying to reach them. The mom and daughter are studying one-on-one discipleship lessons. The son is about to start studying again next week. We are grateful to see God bringing forth fruit from seeds planted many years ago!"
EUROPE, FRANCE, BOVES, Carey and Susan Abbett — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We thank you for your continued prayers for us and the ministry here in France. How happy we are to see a dear lady, to whom we have been witnessing for years, come to the Easter service! Over lunch with us after the service, which gave us yet another opportunity to witness to her, we gave her some answers concerning eternity. Unfortunately, as far as we know, she has gone home still lost in her sin.
As much as I would like to give only praise in our prayer letter, I know many of you read these letters in order to know how to better pray for our needs. I appreciate that, as I know your prayers for us are priceless.
• Please pray for the many contacts who already have heard the Gospel (many times for most). Please pray that their hearts will surrender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
• Please pray for more French pastors as well as more missionaries in France. When was the last time you had a missionary to France come to your church that was on deputation and not a returning missionary?
• Please pray for wisdom and grace. We need to make many decisions for our own family and the ministries here in Amiens as well as the Bible institute.
• Pray for our family that I may be the father and husband who will help my family grow closer to God. Pray our children (Juliana, Timothy, and Joshua) will continue to grow, loving God more than the world or themselves."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, TAUBATE, Ed Johnson Family — They share the following: "Greetings from Taubaté and the Paraiba Valley—our new home here in the southeastern region of Brazil.... Just a few minutes after we arrived in Taubaté two girls from the neighborhood came over to meet Abigail. They were excited about a new American girl their age who was moving next door, and we are excited about the first contacts the Lord was giving us in the city. We have had the opportunity to talk to them about the Lord and become friends with their families who have expressed interest in our new church plant.
Since our arrival, the Lord has allowed us to see souls saved and to start building relationships. We have also been working on the church materials as well as a website, familiarizing ourselves with the city and looking at possible church locations. The Lord has brought us in contact with three men who have been praying about going to Bible school and want us to start a Bible institute as soon as possible! More and more we are seeing the needs as well as the opportunities in the Paraiba Valley."
CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN, Nathan and Renee Owens — They share the following: "Nathan would be the first to admit that he would rather work with equipment and wires all day long, but some situations recently came up that caused us to perform some managerial tasks such as meetings and research while Brother Jerry Baker is still on furlough. Renee has been digging through and organizing many of the radio station's files. While the task has been intimidating, it has also shown us a lot of the history of the radio station and the individuals who the Lord used to accomplish His work. We're grateful for that legacy!
Our ministry with the youth and 'older young people' at our church still continues. Our leaders took the youth on visitation, hosted a youth rally where two were saved, and went camping over the Easter weekend. Our church also had its annual missions conference, where Nathan was able to present Caribbean Radio Lighthouse as one of their supported missionaries. Thank you for your prayers and support!"
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, SAN RAFAEL DE HEREDIA, Rick Dove Family — They share the following: "Recently, I was able to take a young man with me out to Santa Maria de Dota, about 2 hours from Heredia. We visited Brother Bickel and family who are missionaries working with the indigenous Nobe people. The Nobe indigenous people come here and work picking coffee. This is a wide open mission field. While there, we held a service in the middle of a coffee field. Pray for us as we plan to take our church people out there sometime this year.
We are very thankful for our leaders and all God's servants who work so hard each week in their respective ministries in our church. We were able to take a trip out to Grecia (about an hour from us) with all the leaders on a Saturday. Our trip was so we could pray and make plans for the upcoming year. What a blessing to see the spirit of the church.... We had a good time and productive meeting."
It seems like the work here is always busy. We continue to serve the Lord in many aspects of ministry: preaching, teaching, counseling, soul winning, putting together Sunday school and discipleship curriculums.... We praise God for allowing us to serve Him."
CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report and prayer needs: "A 32-year-old single man who arrived in Vancover in February is from China and is planning to settle in Canada. One of our families invited him to church and he accepted the Lord three weeks after he began attending. He is already in a discipleship class and is faithfully attending all three of our weekly services. Could you please pray for him to walk with God and obey Him? So many new immigrants leave God's house once they get here. They have great difficulty 'seeking the Lord first' and trusting Him to take care of them. It grieves us when we see them fall into this 'trap' of the devil. God has a great plan for Collin. We pray he will follow God with all His heart.
Our plans for our summer evangelism and Vacation Bible School are coming together! We are also designing a cover for a new John and Romans that we plan to mail to homes this summer and fall. We have several young men preparing for an intense ten days of street evangelism this summer as well. We are excited about the many opportunities to reach people for the Lord this year!"
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Sean and Stephanie Lunday — They share the following report: "The Amazon Open Door Project has been on our hearts for some time. God is raising up others to reach the Vale and Javari regions. This dense jungle area holds the largest concentration of uncontacted people anywhere on earth.
Recently, we visited areas in Columbia, Peru, and Brazil. We were able to provide Bibles and literature for several national pastors. We visited two Indian tribes very open to the Gospel: the Ticuna and Marubo. God is at work in this region.
During the trip we surveyed new areas to lay groundwork for a trip next year in September. On this trip we will take medical personnel to help open new preaching points along the Javari River, which borders Peru. We plan to work from a large boat to reach villages along the rivers which have no Gospel witness. Pray as we plan for that trip and assemble the team that God would have to be a part."
GERMANY, KASTANIENWEG, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In the work here in Mainz we are asking the Lord and are working toward the Lord developing more dedicated works and leaders for our ministry here 'who shall be able to teach others also.'
Please pray fervently for the following requests:
1. For a God-sent revival
2. For our next baptism that many will follow the Lord
3. For many lost people who we have contacted to be saved
4. For spiritual growth of many of the church people
5. For more strength and wisdom in the spiritual warfare
6. For God's perfect will to be accomplished in our lives as well as in HIS church"
USA MILITARY, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft — They share the following: "The main purpose for the existence of Maranatha Baptist Church on Okinawa is to reach our military and their families. We are also aware of the many other English-speaking people groups on this island. Our ministry has many English-speaking Filipinos who came to the island looking for better jobs. In recent months we have had the opportunity to reach Filipino young ladies who are here teaching in an international school. That number has grown to require a church van to pick them all up for our Sunday services and a Sunday school class for them. Several weeks ago, they brought the Filipino principal of the school and her husband. On Easter Sunday at a dinner that two of our families hosted for these ladies, the principal accepted Christ as Savior. The auditorium was packed for our Resurrection Sunday service. The special music provided by our choir was one of the highlights of the service! Our 30 single GIs were present and were served a home cooked meal following our morning service. We are thankful for EIGHT families in the church who were part of rotating cooking teams who provide, at their own expense, home cooked meals on Sundays for our single GIs."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, JAMAICA, ST. CATHERINE, Swante and Linda Lindquist — They share the following: "Victory Baptist Church is continuing to grow in good ways. Each Sunday we have Scripture memory (a new verse each week) and an organized prayer time for the entire church to be personally involved in coming to the throne of Grace when we all pray for very specific requests. This is in keeping with the year's theme of 'Walking Worthy' (Colossians 1:10). We have seen decisions for the Lord, and I am now starting a short instruction time to prepare for upcoming baptisms.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support in making us part of your ministry in the Lord's outreach in Jamaica. Truly, we are laborers together for the souls of people for whom the Lord sacrificed His life that we might have life eternal, surrounded by His presence. How blessed we are! May the Lord continue to enrich your lives greatly."
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, Mark Sage Family — They share the follow report: "We thank the Lord for seeing us through another cold and snowy winter. It is a blessing to see the spring come. As you know, it is in the spring that outreach is more effective and people who do not like winter venture out a little more. We are excited for what the Lord has been doing. We have seen several saved and baptized, even as late as Easter Sunday when a first time visiting teenager walked the aisle and trusted Christ during the Sunday morning service. We also had another young teenager trust Christ after a message that we preached called 'Five Minutes After . . .' touched his heart. He was then baptized the next week.
Thank you for praying about a bus and please—keep praying. We have an opportunity to buy a bus coming off the lot of one of the school districts in our area. Our church has already raised the money to purchase it, register it, and insure it for the first six months. Just pray that all goes according to plan—as we hope to receive the bus sometime after the school year ends."
EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: "The end of January we were able to have another baptism. We were able to baptize two from Paria and two from Colmenar. The two from Paria are a brother and sister who we prayed for during two years that they could come to know Christ. Both were saved last fall and both were baptized in January. Their parents are so excited to be able to see their children follow the Lord in this first step. This is our first family where all are saved and baptized. The two that were baptized in Colmeanar were M., who got saved in November, and our grandson who got saved last summer at camp. This is our second grandson to get saved and baptized. Praise the Lord! M. invited her parents and brother to the baptism and it was a real good opportunity for them to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel and see their daughter follow the Lord in this way. Please pray for these four new believers that they will follow God faithfully all their lives."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following report: "The most important purpose of our trip to Manhattan the last of February was to share the Gospel message to the lost. As the men were in line for their free food, I went down the line asking the men if they knew Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. One man told me he did not have the assurance of eternal life. So, I presented to him the plan of salvation. After he affirmed his belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I prayed with him to receive God's free gift.
A team of four of us from the Bronx traveled down to a homeless shelter in Manhattan on the last day of February for the purpose of giving out free socks, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, razors, coffee, sandwiches, and cookies. As one of the men came to our van, Sabrina noticed his cold hands and he said, "Please, I need a pair of gloves." She then gave him her gloves. The men were thankful."
SPANISH MINSTRIES WORLDWIDE, Jerry and Gail Reece — They share the following report: "What a joy it is to still be a part of sharing the Gospel of Christ in Latin America. Our ministry has been evangelizing, church planting, and training young men to preach and pastor churches. The young men are in several Bible schools established with other missionaries in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Spanish Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Many of our books and tracts are being distributed by missionaries, pastors, and us here and on the fields of harvest. We will be having more printed, and we will send many ourselves. We are also working with a new Spanish church, visiting, witnessing, and distributing tracts in a large Latin community here. A neighbor Spanish family has promised to attend soon.
Jerry is trying hard to get stronger with therapy/exercise and short walks. We need your prayers as we 'run [walk] with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:1, 2) — our life verses. We are not giving up serving Him! Your continued prayers and support are deeply appreciated. God bless you."
BIMI/ARM PERSONNEL, Chester Sheren — He shares the following report: "God willing, when you receive this letter I will be in Honduras! April 7 I will arrive in La Paz and have two days to finish Violet's grave before starting revivals. Plans are to preach 15 times from April 7-27. My daughter, Debby Sue, will be very jealous when I send her pictures of my spiritual daughters hugging me! Four families say they will keep me permanently in La Paz.
In January I met a lady in the post office and invited her to church. She and five children have been coming. Now I am visiting her mother and family near one of the churches where I will be preaching.
We are in need of good tracts in Spanish and English as I meet so many Hispanics and our pastor doesn't have enough to supply me."
USA WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, Tim and Roxanne Leonard — They share the following: "It has been a busy start to the year. Although I have only had a few meetings this winter, we have remained busy with the work here at the World Missions Center. We have been working through our routine maintenance on our buildings and grounds such as changing the air filters, cleaning the lights, fixing a broken door, repairing the furnace in the east wing, and moving all of last year's records down to the storage building, and a hundred other little things that are needful for the ministry. A call to missions is a call to move! It must be done.
It is always exciting here at the World Missions Center. We can never tell what will take place or who we will see. Some time ago I had the privilege of helping one of our missionaries as they were on deputation, and this week they were here for their final interview before leaving for the field. It is a great privilege to see these young people as they mature through their deputation and leave for the harvest field."
WEST AFRICA, SENEGA, ST. LOUIS, Pat and Jody Russell — They share the following report: "About ten days after I sent out our last prayer letter, a young man who is about 30 years old began coming to the reading room (Bible Center) to do Bible studies. During the question and answer segment he referred to one of the comments that was made in a Bible study, 'to be sure the truth is not always pleasant to hear' (Ci lu woor, leeg-leeg, degg gi du neex a degg). This statement was made after the quote of John 8:32, 'And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.' I also quoted the proverb 'truth is like hot pepper.'
Over the years we have had contact with many, many people, but they have never been this open to the Word of God. Pray for me that the Lord would continue to give me wisdom and discernment as I continue to do these Bible studies with this man."
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Bryan and Rebekah Johnson — "The Christmas Cantata at New Life was a blessing. Rebekah and I were able to lead a visiting couple to Christ. Pray that we can get them to start attending church faithfully. They found us on the internet and were told by a friend that they needed to attend a fundamental Baptist church. They actually did not know it was the night of the cantata. God is good.
I am currently trying to start discipleship with a taxi driver. Please pray that we can work it out with his schedule. He came to church with doubts about salvation. I was able to answer his questions. He has been attending church whenever his schedule allows.
Since our last letter we have spent much time in prayer and fasting over where God would have us to serve. We have decided to stay in São Paulo. There is a piece of property in a section of the city called Guacuari. They have been looking for someone to start a church there for a number of years. We plan to be starting a church there the end of the year. This will require building a church from the ground up, quite literally. Until our church plant begins, we will continue to help at New Life Baptist Church."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, SOUTH PACIFIC, FIJI ISLANDS, Paul and Martha Daku — They share the following report: "A highlight from February was our missions conference and Bible college graduation. We were privileged to have Dr. Bob Rutta, veteran missionary from New Zealand, visit us in Fiji and preach the missions conference as well as the graduation service. The Lord used Brother Rutta in a great way to speak to hearts. Our church folks are really excited about giving their Faith Promise missions offering each week, and we are excited about how much more we can do in reaching the world with the Gospel.
Master's Use Baptist Institute graduated four students this year on February 8th. Two of those were from our church, their parents are missionaries to Rotuma. Please pray for these students that they will continue to follow the Lord and serve Him with all their hearts. A new semester began at the Bible college on February11th. Both of us are teaching on Thursdays, which ends up being a 12-hour day for us from when we leave home to when we return. We are thankful for the opportunity to commit to faithful men the things that we were taught, so they can teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2)."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, the Mark Gerosin Family — They share the following report and prayer needs: "We now have certified building plans for our expansion project. We 'should' be getting a firm estimate within the next two weeks for project costs. We will send out an update at that time for those of you who would like to donate.
• Growing church
• Positive results through door to door visitation
• Full enrollment for discipleship classes
• One saved through Bible study groups
• Approved construction plans in hand!
• Three to be baptized
• Guidance for couple inquiring about marriage
• Discipleship class
• Sufficient funds for building project"
SOUTH AFRICA, WITBANK, David and Julie McCrum — They write, "In February Julie and I enjoyed a combined church camp with several South African pastors and American missionaries. I had brought several proof copies of a new tract for comment from the other pastors. After they had taken their copies, one copy remained, which I left at the check-in counter. Later that day a young man from the camp staff took the tract, approached a national pastor about the Gospel, and the next day trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior!
Our burden for 2015:
• Church plan exploration with pastor who was ordained last September
• Pastoral training in northern Mozambique
• Literature for faith
• Continuing development of Bible training materials available for national pastors"
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Seth and Melisa Acree — They share the following report and prayer report: "At Lighthouse Baptist Church we have been continuing with the scheduled renovations under the tent to make the church atmosphere more welcoming to visitor and member alike. Orbital ceiling fans have been hung on custom-made mounts under one of the tents. This provides a much needed regular breeze and relief from the equatorial sun.
Also at Lighthouse we just finished our annual missions conference with a guest speaker. I personally was pleased with the attendance, services, and responses, and I believe the Lord was as well.
• Residency visa acquisition!!! (it only took 10 months)
• Addition to the family
• Progress in renovations to facilities
• Continued learning of the Twi language
• Wisdom and strength regarding the power outages
• Continued growth at Lighthouse Baptist Church"
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, RIBEIRAO PRETO, Milton and Sharon Nunes — They share the following: "Praise the Lord with us for a number of souls that have recently trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Please pray diligently for the 12 newly converted people as we help them to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. Pray also for 14 students from our Christian school who came to Jesus for salvation in the last couple months. Pray for the church in Bonfim Paulista. Praise the Lord for five families He has just recently saved there. A truck driver saved out of a life of drugs and alcohol testified in our church last Sunday night and impacted our people telling us how grateful he was for our going to his hometown and giving them the Gospel of Jesus. Pray for him and his two sons. Pray also as we will close the deal on the properties. God has given us $20,000 for the down payment and also helped us to have a loan approved for 12 years."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, (WESTERN) SAMOA, SAVAII, Jim and Emi Civale — They share the following report: "Church services continue as scheduled, were well attended, and we had active altar calls. It has been especially encouraging to see our preachers-in-training calling their own invitations, and to witness people responding so readily. During March we had a good number of visitors and saw one person saved, baptized, and added to the church family. One lady had been attending services about a month before joining Asau Baptist Church. Please pray for her husband and children to receive Christ and follow Him in baptism as well.
In our Christian school, classes continued steadily all month long, thanks to the faithfulness of Emi and her teachers. The school concluded its first quarter April 2. During the month of March, we passed unannounced government inspections with flying colors. We were also blessed when the Australian Embassy in Samoa provided 60 student desks and chairs and tile flooring for all of our classrooms!"
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, Clint and Rita Vernoy — They share the following: "We officially organized as a church on March 8, 2015. Pray that the light of Iglesia Bautista Sin Fronteras will not be shadowed or falter but that we will be a beacon to this city that seeks safe harbor for their souls and families. Yesterday one of the leaders of our church had the donated property cleaned up and the grass cut. He saw that the empty property next to ours now has a For Sale sign posted. The listed price is $25,000 (this is less than the price of a new Toyota here). We will have paid that much in rent over the last two years here in our buildings, so we know that it is a fair price). It will double the size of the property and open great possibilities for the future like a Bible institute or Christian school and other ministries. At this time our growing congregation is stretched with the upcoming building project. The plot of land that we now own and the future building are coming from the tithes and offerings of the church here in Paraguay….If your church or any individuals could make a donation towards this purchase, it would be a great way to partner with your Paraguayan brethren in the Iglesia Bautista Sin Fronteras. All donations should be sent through BIMI and designated for church land in Paraguay. Any individuals may also donate at www.BIMI.org and designate for Clint Vernoy church land purchase. Pray for direction and provision for God's plan. Pray for this pastor/missionary."
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terry Gardner, — They share the following report: "In February Evangelist Bob Jones came to Okinawa and spoke to our people through an interpreter, of course. He was a real blessing to our people and us as well. While he was here, we also passed out a lot of tracts. Right after that it was the Bible School Conference and Graduation. It was a real blessing, and God used the messages to speak to hearts. The graduation itself was great, and one of the graduates this year will be coming to work with us in Okinawa. He will be coming down with his future wife as soon as they are married the end of June. Pray that God will use him greatly to reach the Japanese people here on Okinawa and eventually become the pastor of Shinko (sheen koh) Baptist Church.
We are now gearing up for our special evangelistic meetings with Pastor Wakimasu (wah key mah soo) on April 10-12. We already started passing out fliers/tracts for the meetings several weeks ago but still have a lot to get out. We are trying to get out 40,000 tracts before the meetings. Please pray that we can and that God will use them to speak to hearts. Pray for 10 people to be saved, for 20 visitors to attend, and for Christians to get excited about serving God."
USA MINISTRIES TO HISPANICS, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O'Brien — They share the following: "We had eight in attendance for our first service on Sunday morning, December 7, and then no one for six long weeks. Each Sunday morning we would arrive early and prepare for the service, pray, and then wait by the window watching to see if a car would pull in—nobody—not Sunday morning, not Sunday evening, and not for the mid-week service. But we kept going and praying and the Lord answered prayer on Sunday morning January 25 with two families who came to visit. They have all been faithful to every service since they began to attend. It is exciting to see them grow and then listen as they give testimony as to what the Lord is doing in their lives. They are coming to know Him and the power of His resurrection as they see their lives truly being transformed. Several have shared how they have never heard the Word of God taught and preached in such a way that they could understand and apply it to their lives.
Thank you again for your continuing prayers and support."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following report: "The Lord Jesus Christ gave our church a fruitful 'Dynamite December 2014.' He continues to shower us with blessings of souls saved and lives transformed. My former pastor in Maranatha Baptist Church, Okinawa, BIMI missionary Steve Nutt and Mrs. Nutt conducted Saturday Men's and Women's Bible Studies. On Sunday Brother Nutt preached, many came to the altar, including one profession of faith. The military transfers are hitting us early with the Vallance family. Brother Jim was our trustee and Faith Bible Institute Director. Ms. Jenny was our choir director and nursery worker and the family with their son Samuel were involved in various ministries, including Patch the Pirate. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers. It is time to 'replant the church,' realizing church planting is not planting the building but 'people-planting' through strong missions, aggressive soul winning, and bold biblical preaching and teaching all year."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLUMBIA, RIONEGRO, Peter and Elisabeth Putney — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Recently I had the opportunity to lead a family of four to the Lord. After witnessing specifically to their teenage son and daughter they both decided they wanted to accept the Lord as their Savior. When C. (15) was done praying, she had the glow on her face of someone who just trusted Christ. She then looked at me and said, 'I have never heard this before.' For those of us who have heard the wondrous story thousands of times, let us not forget that there are billions who have never heard it once.
The Lord has given us plenty to do these last few months as we follow up with visitors, disciple believers, and do everything else that goes with pastoring a young church plant. It is hard to believe but this church is now three months old. My wife and I are currently discipling 18 people, and the number seems like it keeps rising weekly as more, and more people want to be discipled one-on-one. This will take a lot of time for a few months but we believe it will be worth it in the end when we have discipled believers who can disciples others as well.
• Many souls recently saved
• Noted spiritual growth in the people
• Faithful attendance in all four services
• Spiritual growth for the church
• Lost souls would be saved
• Physical and spiritual protection for our family"
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following: "We have been privileged to teach in the Baptist International Seminary since January 2000. Scores of people have been trained to serve the Lord in and through their local churches. Today, our seminary has 65 graduates—22 of whom are serving as pastors or missionaries! We are extremely proud of the students that the Lord has allowed us to train for His service. This semester I am teaching Bible Doctrines 1 and the Gospel of John. The Lord has given us tremendous students this trimester. We praise the Lord for each one of them. Four students are the result of our first church planting ministry.
We need to see more churches established and believers equipped for the work of the ministry. In just a few days we will be assisting one of our seminary graduates in a potential church planting project. This area of town is a new community that is experiencing steady growth. At present there is no church of any kind preaching the Gospel. As you can see, opportunities abound on every hand. Our city is growing and thus, there is an urgent need."
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terri Long — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Since our last letter we had six people saved on soul winning and in our church services. We also had a baptism for four of our people. We went to the ocean early Saturday morning to a place that was new for us. Everything went well and we ate a 'bake and shark' sandwich when we got done.
1) Pray for us to have more people saved and for more people to come to our church services. Pray that the people coming now would be more faithful.
2) Pray for more people who have been saved to be baptized.
3) Pray for the children and teens coming to our church.
4) Pray for our Religious Instruction class in the local high school.
5) Pray for us to be able to purchase a used van.
6) Pray for the rest of our immigration work to be completed."
CANADA, QUEBEC, DRUMMONDSVILLE, Betsey Reznor — She shares the following report and praises: "It has been a bit of a struggle this winter, staying inside and feeling cut off from family and friends, but the Lord sent me a good friend who directed me to a Bible study. It has sure changed my outlook, and for the better. It takes a bit of time to go through each lesson, but since I'm not doing much activity outside of the house, I have plenty of time for an in-depth study. And I have appreciated it so much. I'm learning many things, and I just want to share them with everyone.
On an encouraging note, I sometimes wonder how much the children are learning. But last Sunday, I drew a map of Israel on the whiteboard, and as soon as I started, a little boy said, 'I can draw that—the whole thing.' I guess they really were paying attention when we were going through the life of David and I drew the map so we could put soldiers on it to represent the Israelites and the Philistines.
• Children's desire to learn to find Bible verses on their own
• Bible study that have been very helpful and encouraging
• New opportunities for service"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder — They share the following report about language school and prayer needs: "This semester we are studying Morphology and Syntax. This is the study of the structure of how words are built and how they relate to each other in sentences. All languages are made up of organized sounds that form together in precise ways to form words and sentences that carry meaning. It sounds like a chaotic mess when we first are learning a new language, but we have seen that God is a God of order and even though it sounds crazy to us, it is really organized in great detail. God knew what He was doing when He confounded the languages.
We are excited to return to Kiribati and continue studying the language with a better understanding of sounds we will hear as well as a specific method for learning more efficiently. Our plans are to leave for Kiribati in June. We graduate from Baptist Bible Translators Institute on May 16.
Please continue to pray for our ministry and our schooling here in Texas. Also, pray for the ministry in Kiribati. We have been hearing some good reports of how God is working in lives while we have been back in the States."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, RUTI, David and Talia Ruley — They share the following report and prayer needs: "The last several months have been very busy for us and the next several months may be even busier still. The church in Ruti is doing well. Our attendance has been steady even though many of the people went to visit family for Christmas. We have had several visitors, and it has been encouraging to see much faithfulness. Nothing has happened as far as the property dispute is concerned. The family never came to meet with us so we are praying they have decided to not pursue legal action. God is in control of this, and we know He will work things out in His timing. We plan to go to the office of land registry in the next several weeks to see if our paperwork has passed on to the next step. Please pray that the paperwork will go through within the next month so that we can get the property deed. If we get that paper, all of these issues will go away."
No property problems at Ruti
A good safe Christmastime
Growth at Ruti
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They share the following: "We praise the Lord for a fruitful and wonderful 2014 He has given us in Yokosuka City Baptist Church in Japan. The months of November and December were packed with Thanksgiving and Christmas activities. On Thanksgiving Day we enjoyed a great Thanksgiving banquet with seven turkeys, four hams, and a long table full of desserts. Elvie led J. to the Lord Jesus Christ during the Thanksgiving banquet.
During our Christmas banquet, Elvie led one and Ms. Ruby led another to Christ. They are mother and daughter who trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, we were invited by a family to their house for dinner. We were introduced to their guest and I had the wonderful privilege of leading three to the Lord Jesus Christ on His Birthday!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, BANGKOK, the Brian Cone Family — They share the following report and prayer requests: "One evening while I was riding in a taxi, the driver wanted to know what we were doing in Singapore. I explained to him that we were missionaries and we were obtaining our missionary visas. He said, 'Praise the Lord! Good to meet you brother.' Upon arriving back in Bangkok, the taxi driver asked why we traveled to Singapore and I explained to him about our missionary visas. He said, "Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians are all the same." It reminded me as soon as I arrived back in Thailand of the great need for Christ and why my family was here.
Please take an opportunity to look at pictures of our ministry on Flickr or follow us on Facebook."
• Funds for a vehicle ($8,900 remaining)
• Salvation of English students
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, DUBLIN, the Canavan Family — They write, "N., one of our Philippine ladies, came to us with a request. As a result of her spiritual growth, she became burdened for her own people here in Ireland. She asked, 'If I invite my friends to my house, will Beth come and teach a Bible study?' The monthly evangelistic Bible studies grew to trust us and sent their children to our annual summer Holiday Bible Club. Many have heard the Gospel and solid spiritual truths on which to build their families and a few have been saved. This past fall another one of the ladies, C., got saved. She began coming to church every Sunday and bringing her daughters with her. The devil is fighting this. Please pray that her work schedule would change allowing her to come to church every Sunday. Please pray for her to be baptized. Please pray for her husband and her daughters to be saved. Please pray that more ladies would attend and they would get saved...."
1. Raise the remaining funds to buy our building
2. Salvation: B., R., N., J., C., L., A., M., E., Ma., and Jo.
3. Baptised/join church: J,, Z,, O.
4. Being Discipled: J., S., & Sw., P. and Si., A., and J.
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: "December was full of opportunities to minister here in New Brunswick as well as in Quebec. We were able to help with two evangelistic services that were organized by Pastor Rioux and the church in Riviere-du-Loup. Many people heard the Gospel through this effort. They had more visitors for their Christmas program than ever before. Many family members and friends, who have been invited to church for several years, came for the first time. Although Pastor Rioux was not able to preach, he was able to attend and see fruit for his labor. Please continue to pray for his health as he battles cancer.
We also had a wonderful evangelistic Christmas service in a church in Edmundson, New Brunswick. Praise the Lord! The boy's football coach and his family came! It was probably the first time his wife had ever been to a Gospel preaching church. Another family that we had invited came. Those two families are coming to our youth night and we are excited to see what God is doing in their lives. Please pray that they will accept Christ as their personal Savior."
WEST AFRICA, SAO TOME & PRINCIPE, Doug and Amanda Claypool — They share the following: "Our discipleship group continues to struggle with the different schedules and we are looking at going back to individual studies for a time in order to keep any one person from falling behind or stalling out while waiting for others to catch up. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we work through this.
Two specific requests that we would ask fervent prayer for are: First—the registration of BIMI here on the islands. The process was ready to get underway last October but for some reason or another, key paperwork that we must have to proceed keeps disappearing in route. Please pray with us that we will see this accomplished as it is essential to our visa status and future ministry development. Second—we have the opportunity to purchase a small lot of land in the area where we are working, but many things need to be considered before such a permanent step can be taken. Primarily, it would be for us to live on, putting us within easy reach of the people with whom we are working, but it is farmland with no electricity or water, though there are sources nearby, and any building would be quite literally from the ground up....We truly need your fervent prayers in regards to these to matters."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following report: "The church in Danli continues to grow and is now starting a new church in a neighborhood call Los Robles. God has provided a property and we have already begun evangelizing. We are praying for the funds to build the church. It is located in a very poor community. Along with this new church, we are planning on starting a school here as well. So the church building will serve two purposes. Preaching the Word of God and teaching children how to read by using the Word of God. Please pray with us for this new ministry. We are praying that we can start building in February 2015.
In addition to the new church, God has provided a property for a camp ministry. There are 12 acres of beautiful land on which to build. This property will be used for the Bible institute as well. We were able to have a youth meeting here this past Saturday and God moved in a great way. The teens have been on fire since the youth camp. Many decisions were made and many have surrendered to full-time service."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND CUBA, the Michael Doering Family — They share the following report and prayer needs: "There is nothing that excites me more than hearing about how God has used leaders we have been blessed to train and disciple. The ministry in Santo Domingo has been in the hands of national workers for the entire six months we have been gone. About a month ago I received a message from one of them asking prayer for a neighbor of his. He had been sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with C., and she had been attending Saturday evening outreach events at our church for three weeks and had also been coming to our Sunday evening services. On Sunday night after the main service, she approached him and said that she had accepted Christ and wanted to join the church. We rejoice in how God is using Dominican leaders to build His church one person at a time."
1. A safe return to the Dominican Republic
2. God's continued work in the hearts of our members who are walking with Him
3. Personal revival that will lead to church revival
4. Growth in our walk with Jesus so He can continue to use us to accomplish His will for the church in the Dominican Republic
5. For God to initiate a movement of planting local churches for His glory alone
EASTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, JOHVI, Ron and Rachel Winkler — They report the following: "I would like to ask you to pray for D. He is the adult son of the owner from whom we purchased our house. The Lord provided an opportunity for me to witness to him. He is a smart, educated, business man, but he has trouble accepting the simplicity of salvation. This is the typical mindset of people here. They feel they need to DO something to receive the gift that has been paid for in full.
In our last letter we mentioned a need for a ping pong table as we try to start a Saturday youth club. We praise the Lord that that need has been met. Within a week of mentioning the need, we were contacted by someone that wanted to meet that ministry need.
Our vehicle was purchased used 5½ years ago and over the past year it has required significant repairs to keep it running. The ABS system has recently stopped working. A new system is over $1000, which is more than the vehicle is worth at this point. We do not feel we are being good stewards of God's money to continue to put money into a vehicle that isn't worth much. Would you pray with us that God would provide a newer, more reliable vehicle to meet our need in His perfect time?"
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following report: "On December 21 Dan baptized three young people (two of our own children, and a deaf Brazilian girl). Also, one lady received assurance of her salvation. We had one first-time visitor, and a few second and third-time visitors. One man who came began asking questions about salvation. Please pray for M., the husband of D., that the Holy Spirit would continue working in his heart and open his understanding of the Gospel. Since she made a profession of faith a few weeks back, she really wants her husband to get saved, too. Thanks for your prayer regarding the salvation of him.
We ended the year with a good time at Deaf Camp from December 29 through January 1. Although we have a small number, the Lord blessed as we ended the year being spiritually challenged from the Word of God."
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, SAN FERNANDO, Nick and Patty Sutmaier — They write, "What a Happy New Year! It started with a faithful couple who used to be Jehovah's Witnesses who got saved and came to me because they wanted to be baptized. I told them the water was very cold in the baptistery and they said, 'We don't care. We would like to get baptized today.' It was a blessing to baptize them. A young man that just got saved about a month ago made the decision to get baptized along with a lady in our church that got saved two years ago. Then the young lady that got saved when I preached her 21-day-old baby's funeral came to me and said she wanted to get baptized along with one of our teenagers and his brother. Everyone but two was baptized in warm water. God is doing great things in the lives of our church people as they take steps of faith and grow in the Lord."
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, the Cerna Family — They give the following report and prayer needs: "The church Bible institute has started its first quarter of the year, and there are five men enrolled. Please pray for three of these men who will graduate at the end of this year if they pass the remaining course work. These men are preaching regularly at the church, and we are excited at the prospect of starting another church in this city sometime in the future. We also ask that you pray God will bring more men to the institute who will surrender their lives to do what God wants them to do.
We are also thankful for how God is allowing us to see people receive Christ. About two months ago, the ex-husband of a lady who had been a member of our church for a few years came to visit for a Wednesday evening service. None of us had ever met him before, and we did not know who he was when he came. While dealing with him after the service, we found out that he had come for the purpose of receiving Christ as his Savior! Since he received Christ, he has been faithfully attending services, and Steve has started the discipleship course with him. Please pray for this man (JRA) and for our church as we are in the process of knocking on 20,000 doors this year. We praise God that we have already seen four professions of faith from these efforts, and we pray that many of these decisions turn out to be disciples for Christ."
USA MILITARY, SICILY, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton — They give the following report and prayer requests: "Outreach—More and more of our members are reaching out to neighbors and coworkers resulting in more of those invited coming to church and finding a church home with us. Some of these folks will trust Christ as Savior and some are wayward Christians returning to the Lord.
Sunday Evening Attendance—A new children's program has begun now that we have a qualified couple volunteer to teach it. More families return for the evening service, which allows not only the children to be under the teaching of the Word of God but the adults as well. This results in more opportunity for the Holy Spirit to mature them in their individual walk as well as their church involvement.
To continually harvest, you must continually sow and work the young plants. Pray God will continue to give strength and wisdom for the work. Thank you ever so much for keeping us here through your giving and prayers."
USA MINISTRIES, Bob and Jennifer Larson — They share the following prayer need: "We presently have 45 family units and 5 single units who could come to our scheduled field conference this spring. Not all will attend, but for those who are able to come, it will cost around $300 to house a family and about $250 per single. I have just sent our reservation forms to our missionary families and at this point we feel we have 25 to 30 family units coming to our meetings and perhaps three or four singles as well. If I have done the math correctly, it will take $8,500 to house our missionaries during the two field conferences. This does not include housing or honorariums for our speakers.... Please pray with us about this need. If your church could contribute to the USA Field Conferences coming up in just a few short weeks, we would ask that gifts be sent to BIMI by March 31, 2015, and designated for Account #553 USA Field Conference."
EUROPE, ROMANIA AND MALAWI, Marguerite Gentry — She shares the following: "I want to write about the School of Missions in this letter and the next. We have a total of 12 students this year. Eight are coming from last year and four are new this year. This is the first time in quite a while there have been more than ten students! God has blessed our small school with an increase. There are some Moldovan young folks who wanted to come to us. They were unable to this year as the process to get a passport is both expensive and long. Please pray that they will be able to come next year.
Please pray for the school, teachers, and students."
CARIBBEAN, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Tim and Sharon Fluegge — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Even as we launch into this exciting New Year, we rejoice over a fruitful year of ministry during 2014. Our first Dominican convert came to Christ during the Youth Conference in late June. A few weeks later his brother was also saved. We started the youth meetings in August and these two brothers began inviting friends to come. So many of their friends started coming that we have had to turn people away occasionally, largely due to space limitations! Eleven more teens in addition to these two brothers have professed faith in Christ since June, and most of these new believers started coming to church because of them. There is no one else but God who could get the credit for this sort of thing! Please pray for 11 new disciples of Christ."
EUROPE, ENGLAND, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Matt and Amanda Green — They share the following prayer needs: "We are praying about some major decisions concerning our future ministry. One of which is where to go upon our return from furlough this summer. The Lord has opened up an opportunity for a church rescue on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent (only 15 minutes away). The town where the chapel is located has a population of about 20,000. Please help us in praying for the Lord's wisdom and clear direction with many other churches as well.
We are only allowed to be out of the country for 90 days due to visa requirements. Consequently, we will not be able to visit as many churches as we hoped. Thank you for your support."
FAR NORTH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report and prayer requests: "We ran into R. at the mall a few weeks ago. He stopped coming to church over nine years ago. We were so happy to see him again after all of those years. He has been listening to good preaching online and has wanted to return to church. He promised to come back and has been in church the last two Sundays. This has been a blessing to us!
J. is a sweet lady who got away from the Lord several years ago. One of our faithful ladies stayed in contact with her and continually encouraged her to come back to the Lord. She came to our Thanksgiving dinner and we are praying she will make the decision to get back into church very soon. Her teenage daughter has been attending our teen classes. Please pray for J. We love her family and would love to see them following the Lord again."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, the Winkler Family — They share the following report: "One of my favorite restaurants in town serves local food with a slight Indian flavor. The owner is a Muslim friend whom I've been able to witness to a few times. Because we take their food scraps to feed our dogs, I have also gotten to know the workers in the back. At first, I would share a little of the Word with them—normally to a cynical audience. However, that has now changed to one of interest and reception. Now, when I go, I will sometimes hear one Muslim guy ask, 'What's the good word tonight?' Many times I've stood in the back of that restaurant teaching the Bible. The last time I went, that very guy told me he wanted to talk to me personally and learn more about the Bible. Pray that God would continue to work in the people at the restaurant and in the owner's heart."
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dr. Stan and Dr. Mollie Prussia — They share the following report and prayer needs: "At the end of July, Mt.Calvary Baptist Church of Gensan held a pastors' conference. Mollie did check-ups for the pastors and their wives. Stan spoke to 120 pastors. The pastors were able to sign up for a medical mission in their own church. We scheduled two medical missions per month for 12 months starting in August.
Stan contacts pastors and we usually visit the church for a service. Stan preaches and we issue tickets for the medical mission. We can also set the physical set-up of church, the members can meet us, and we can tell them about how the patients are seen medically and are invited to talk with a spiritual counselor before leaving. To God be the glory, many salvations and other decisions are made.
Prayer Request—Pastor D. asked Stan to evaluate the possibility of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church starting a 24-hour-a-day cable TV channel. Please pray for God's leading as Stan and four church workers check on programming materials, costs, and other details. Pastor D. has asked Stan to prepare to teach a science class in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Bible Institute."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, (WESTERN) SAMOA, SAVAII, Jim and Emi Civale — They give the following: "The man who came forward at last month's 'White Sunday' service has been baptized and added to the church. Another man in the church also followed the Lord in believer's baptism along with a young girl. We have received our first batch of computers and are using them in the Bible college. Our men, most of whom have never even touched a computer before, are very fast learners and are now doing all of their assignments on their laptops."
Please pray for Emi's health, an automobile, and funds for more computers.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, PIARCO, Coco Chan — She shares the following: "In June I handed over the children's ministry at Amazing Grace to C. and A. While getting ready for a new church, I temporarily attended Trinity Baptist Church where Pastor Gossett ministered for 6-7 years when he first came to Trinidad. In August Mrs. Santo, a national pastor's wife, called and asked if I could make two pizzas for their special Sunday and also if I would teach their Sunday school on that day. I went to Hope Bible Baptist Church not knowing it was God's plan for us to work together for a while.
Both Pastor and Mrs. Santo got saved as adults and she never knew what a children's ministry was like. She had a heart for God and children and had been praying for someone to show her how to teach Sunday school. I made a commitment to teach the Sunday school for them until the new church starts. I am also doing a Bible club for them on Tuesdays, and this will keep going until they have a church member ready to take over. The class has grown from 5 to 12-15. Please pray for God to bless His work in Valincia.
• Pray for a meeting place for the new church.
• Pray for the Bible study on Wednesdays at Pastor Gossett's home which was started in September. Pray for newcomers and visitors to return.
• Pray for the children who made professions of faith at different schools.
• Pray for safety. I was in a minor car accident in November. Thank God for protecting me from being injured. Although it wasn't my fault, it will be a long process to get all the paperwork done.
• Pray for the political situation and the continued freedom to preach the Word of God in Hong Kong. Pray also for my family over there."
EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, ATHLONE, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following report and prayer requests: "Please pray for the salvation of a homeless man whom I first met while handing out our tracts back in September. I have met him on the street repeatedly since then and have given him several tracts, and he is beginning to ask me earnest, voluntary questions about the new birth. Pray that the Lord will show me wise and practical ways in which to show compassion toward his physical needs as well. Keep praying for the salvation of M. and his family. Despite being upset about a biblical teaching that he doesn't like, he has returned to church. To our surprise, his oldest son came to church for the first time last week! He admits that he is not sure of his salvation, and he wants to learn more. Also, keep praying for D. Because of ongoing illness, he hasn't attende•d church for weeks. The enemy is using this to pull him away from the Word of God. Don't stop praying! This is a spiritual battle afoot."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, FIJI, LAUTOKA, Paul and Martha Daku — They give the following report: "In Fiji the Lord continues to build His church. The year 2014 has been a year of unprecedented spiritual growth in the lives of our people. We continue to encourage them to grow more and do more for the cause of Christ.
Several students recently completed another semester at Master's Use Baptist Institute. This ministry remains a vital tool in training nationals to reach their own people in the South Pacific. PLEASE PRAY the Lord will call more men and women to serve Him.
Many changes have taken place in Fiji since the coup of 2006. WE PRAY the door will remain open for missionaries and nationals to preach the Gospel in this place.
As we reflect on 2014, we are grateful for the Lord's sustaining grace, and His mercies that are new every morning. He has met all our needs and given us grace and spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6) to face the battle here on the front lines. As we look to the new year, we have many goals we are praying about for the work in Fiji."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, MEHLINGEN, Jason and Leah Harvell — They share the following: "At the end of the month of October, we launched our Single Adults Living Triumphantly (SALT) ministry. There were a total on nine who attended our first meeting. On Thanksgiving Day we planned our second SALT meeting, and with many traveling for the holidays we were trying to remain hopefully optimistic that we would have a good turnout. God showed me how little my faith was by bringing in 14 for the day with eight who were new to the meeting! Praise God!
Pray for two of our singles who are currently deployed in different areas of the world. In November we celebrated Veteran's Day at the church in which we had a tremendous turnout."
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D.A. and Debbi Brosius — They share the following blessings and prayer requests:
"Blessing: We baptized six people in the last month, four teens, a baker, and a producer for ESPN.
Blessing: Some churches sent in offerings for our car fund after our car burned. We have about half of what we need for another car.
Blessing: Several who had been attending church for a while have made professions of faith.
Prayer Request: Serious family problems with some of our couples.
Prayer Request: Spiritual fruit from the many special activities and meetings of the season.
Prayer Request: God's leading in the lives of our youth, that some would be called to the ministry and prepare as missionaries and pastors and that all would serve God.
Prayer Request: For Shana's future since she has finished her Master's degree. She would be happy staying here as a missionary but would need to raise support, which is difficult for a single young lady. She is open to teaching here or there in the States and is seeking God's will."
WEST AFRICA, SENEGAL, ST. LOUIS, Pat and Jody Russell — They share the following: "Basketball Evangelism — This past month the coach of the basketball club here has made me the official coach for their club. This is a great honor and position. It gives me opportunity to reach out to the community and to also influence many young people. Before, I mostly worked with one or two kids who had difficulty with shooting or dribbling the basketball. Now, I am leading some of the practices and introducing new drills, which the coaching staff is also using. Keep in mind that I have been in contact with this club for over two and half years and it has taken a lot of patience and hard work to gain their confidence. There have been a number of coaches who are also from the States who have participated in this club, but they did not last long. Pray as we continue to exemplify the Lordship of Christ as we minister to coaches, students, and parents.
A few prayer letters ago we informed you that we would begin translating some much need discipleship material into the French and Wolof languages. The first of 15 lessons for the Journey Discipleship Course by missionary John Honeycutt has been completed in French. Next we will begin to translate lesson one in Wolof."
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, IGELHEIM, Walt and Thrasilla Hornung — These veteran missionaries share the following: "This past Sunday on the first Advent we observed the Lord's Church here in Mainz, our yearly Christmas Celebration Service. We are grateful that we could start this special event with a crowded auditorium and a piano/flute concert. The children, teens, and some adults sang special Christmas songs. There was a powerful message from the Word of God 'Reasons Why Jesus Christ Came to This Earth.' After that we enjoyed the delicious meal that the ladies prepared so well. We returned again to the main auditorium and had what we call a Favorite Song Service. We thank the Lord who gave us such a spiritual blessed time together.
As we reflect upon the year 2014, we are thankful for the many sermons that have been preached, lectures that have been taught, people that have been counseled, literature that went out, lives that have been changed, and people who have been saved and followed the Lord in baptism, also for the new visitors who have started to come to our services."
CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN'S, Nathan and Renee Owens — They share the following: "Thank you for your continued prayers for us, especially during this hurricane season. We thought we were going to slip by without any storm activity, but on October 13 Tropical Storm Gonzalo seemed to form out of nowhere and visit our island. Since no one expected the storm to become as strong as it was, little was done for storm preparation. On the day of the storm, Nathan and the Kirklands were at the radio station securing the building. Renee stayed at home battling the water coming in the house through the windows, doors, and leaks in the roof. Both the water and electricity were turned off that morning and were not restored to our home for a week. We're very thankful for the generators that the radio station has to be able to continue to broadcast without power and that allowed us to keep our refrigerator cool and use our cistern water to bathe and wash dishes. At the radio station, the strongest winds that we recorded were 68 mph, which is just under hurricane strength (74 mph). Praise the Lord for His protection of us and that we can say nothing was significantly damaged!
• That the station will be able to purchase land in Antigua for a new studio.
• That God will supply the financial support for the land and a new studio building.
• That our missionary team will be able to work together to operate and improve the radio station.
• For finances for the station.
• For our involvement in our local church and with the youth and older-young people.
• For the streaming license agreement."
FAR NORTH, QUEBEC, Betsey Reznor — She shares the following report and prayer needs: "I know that some people ask themselves if all the effort is worth it when there are so few children and teens in our churches here in Quebec. For example: for VBS we had nine children, and it was a big group for us! Yet I can't help but remember that I was the only person in my Sunday school and youth group. People invested in me anyway, and they influenced my life tremendously for the Lord. And so I believe that even if there is only one child at church, I will make every possible effort to help that child see his need for salvation. And even if there are only a couple of teens, I will keep planning activities for them, encouraging them to get involved in serving the Lord, in spite of the enormous cultural pressures they face. And isn't that what missions is after all—reaching one person at a time with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
• Open doors for witnessing
• Decisions made through junior and teen outreaches
• Wisdom preparing materials
- for the ladies' conference
- for the children's church and next year (VBS, etc.)"
CENTRAL EUROPE, UKRAINE, ODESSA, John and Dawn Spillman — They give the following report: "Please continue to pray for the provision for our church roof and for much needed monthly financial support. Also pray for the renewal of our residency papers for this next year. With the political turmoil and war over the last year, there have been a number of changes to Ukrainian law.
Please pray for the churches in Crimea. The economy of the area is in great upheaval. The churches are in need of pastors and spiritual leadership. Pray for men of God to stand up and take responsible and spiritual leadership positions in their churches."
BRAZIL, SÃO PAULO, Kirk and Kathy Hickok — They share the following: "On October 23 we arrived safely in Brazil.... The first matter of business was to see if Pastor J. was willing to take the pastorate here in Sertaozinho. We have been praying for many years for the right person for this work, and many of you have helped us in that request. Pastor J. has been faithfully serving the Lord in Barrinha since the inception of that work (12 years). During our furlough he took care of both churches. He graduated from our Bible institute and is a strong fundamentalist. He is committed to keeping our churches biblically sound and doctrinally pure. He was ready to accept the pastorate as long as we stayed to help with the transition and help take over some of the responsibilities in Barrinha.
The Antioch Ministry is such a blessing. This is a group of Brazilian pastors that Kirk formed to join together to plant churches in Brazil. They are all pastors of fundamental Baptist churches in our area who take a biblical stand on Christian living in these last days."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, Peter and Elizabeth Putney — They give the following report: "November 30 marked the first Sunday of our new church plant Iglesia Bautista Victoria. Victory Baptist Church is finally a reality and we are now holding four services per week. The Lord has given us several young families who have been praying for a fundamental Baptist church for some time now. They have been a tremendous help in starting the church. We also have some folks who have been attending faithfully from various religious backgrounds and we have seen several saved. One such person accepted Christ after coming to our Bible study for several months. She was involved with the Jehovah's Witnesses when I knocked on her door and shared the Gospel with her. We have been encouraged to see 20-40 people in almost every service. The last month has been a very busy and challenging time, but it is such a blessing to see new people saved and the other encouraged by what the Lord is doing."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, MEHLINGEN, Don and Patsy Drake — They share the following: "In November I was invited to speak on our Baptist beliefs at a German high school. For two hours I sat in a circle with 20 or more ninth graders and two teachers who asked me one question after another. I had such liberty and was able to give them the Gospel over and over again as the questions came to me. One girl was so excited and interested that she stated in front of her peers, to my surprise, that she wanted to convert from her Roman Catholicism to Baptist and wanted to know how to do this. What an opportunity to tell her first, she needed to trust Christ as her Savior and then find a good independent Baptist church and follow the Lord in believers baptism! Please pray for her that she will be saved. The teacher would like for me to come again next year and said she would try to arrange such a meeting for me to speak to the twelfth and thirteenth grades: yes, they have a thirteenth grade. I thank God for the open door to plant the seed of God's Word."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato — They shared the following: "I preached the Missions Conference at Faith Baptist Church in Misawa from September 22-28. Pastor Jesse Pilalas reported a good Faith Promise commitment. C., an Airman, and J., a Sailor, prayed to trust the LORD JESUS CHRIST as their personal SAVIOUR! C. started attending Faith Baptist Church. He wants information on how to gain victory over sin and where to buy a suit for church. Please pray for C. and J."
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following prayer needs: "On January 1, 2015, our family will be returning to Bolivia. We are grateful for those who are helping us with our transition back to the field.
There are two things for which any missionary family shows gratitude. We are no exception. First of all, we are grateful for the monthly financial support that we receive. For those who already support us, we say, "Thank you." Your generosity means more to us than words can express. For those who do not already financially support us, we ask that you would seriously consider this ministry as a worthy investment. The second area of gratitude is prayer. We appreciate people praying for us. With every correspondence we send, many respond that they are praying for us. We, in particular, ask that you pray for us as we finalize even the smallest of details before leaving in less than 30 days. Please pray that God would give all of our family members and friends the measure of grace that is needed when it is time for us to leave."
EUROPE, IRELAND, ATHLONE, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following prayer needs: "We praise the Lord for the open doors He has given us to spread the Gospel this month. For one thing, we have had some new visitors at church, all of whom are college students. Please pray for the salvation of L. and A. (from Malaysia) who are both Buddhists. Pray also for S. (from China). . . . Please pray for A., who began to attend church in September that he will return to church . . . . In closing, please pray that the Lord will use our Christmas Cantata 10,000 Hallelujahs for His glory....God bless you all, and thank you for your prayers!"
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, Gerosin Family — They share the following report and prayer needs: "L. M. is a woman who recently started attending our church in La Campina. She is a displaced person, which means she fled her small town in the mountains to escape the violence caused by Columbia's ongoing civil war. She has since reestablished herself in San Cristobal and started a clothing business.
After visiting our church, she asked if we could visit her to talk more about spiritual things in her home. I agreed and unbeknown to us, God was doing something else. She mentioned to me that she employed about a dozen people with her business and was hoping that I could bring a message to them from the Bible. I heartily agreed still not really knowing what to expect. Preparations were made and the date arrived to visit L. and her small business.
I arrived that Monday morning to two adjoining apartments filled with clothing material in every direction I looked. There were sewing machines, ironing boards, and different stations set up. L. gathered all of her employees in one room and said, 'We are ready to begin.' I preached the Gospel to them, and ever since, we have met every week with interest growing and God moving more and more. Please pray for the San Cristobal Bible Study. God wants this group of unbelievers saved and with your prayers it will happen!"
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, RIONEGRO, Peter and Elizabeth Putney — They share the following: "About two months ago the Lord laid the nearby city of Rionegro on our hearts, and we began investigating the situation here. This is an area close to the size of Orlando that is without a fundamental Baptist church. After surveying this area and meeting with several believers there, we decided to start having a Sunday service in the local Community Center. Immediately, the Lord began to work by bringing visitors and giving us between 30-40 people on a weekly basis. Those that are attending who are saved are praying to see a fundamental Baptist church started there soon.
While we have seen the Lord working and have made a lot of friends, we have also made plenty of enemies as well. The local Catholic priest has been telling everyone we are a satanic cult. The local Pentecostal church is also passing out flyers saying we are a satanic movement because we believe in the Trinity. Sadly, people here are often easily deceived, and some people believe their lies. We have also had problems with the Community Center, being consistently available to us. Because of this, we are praying to be able to rent a strategically located house that we have recently found. This house has a large room for holding services and would allow us to have a place to begin holding more than one service a week. Please pray that God would put His hand on His work and help this very spiritually dark area to have a lighthouse of truth. Several names to pray for salvation are A, D, F, O and G."
CARIBBEAN, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terry Long — They give the following report and prayer needs: "Souls saved: Since our last letter, we have had 12 people saved in our services and on soul winning. After we sent our last letter, God opened the door for us to teach the Religious Instruction Class at our local public high school (only about a mile from our church). It has been going well and we have met many people because of it. Please be praying as we minister in that school.
1) Pray for us to have more people saved, and that more people will come to our church services and that people now coming will be more faithful.
2) Pray for more people who have been saved to get baptized.
3) Pray for the children and teens coming to our church
4) Pray for our Religious Instruction Class in the local high school.
5) Pray for us to be able to purchase a used van."
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey — They write, giving prayer requests: "A Nigerian Thanksgiving Service . . . On the first Sunday in November, I was invited to preach at the Eagle Island Independent Baptist Church, pastored by our first Bible institute graduate, J A, for their Thanksgiving Service. He started the church nine years ago in our outlying area of Port Harcourt called Eagle Island (almost completely surrounded by a river), which has developed into a good sized village about 20 minutes away from our main church....By the time I got up to preach, the church was full with 315 in attendance, and God gave us a great service that day. As the invitation was given, many responded, filling the altars and 12 people came to receive Christ as Savior....We thank God for graduates like Brother A, who are being used of God to reach other Nigerians for Christ.
Other Prayer Requests
• Progress on the Omoku church building — The walls are up, and we are now working on the roof. Our target day to start this new church is April 2015.
• The 20th Anniversary of the main church in January — We are planning and praying for some great things to happen that month.
• Our children, especially those in the States, for provision, guidance and God's will in their lives"
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Bryan and Cheri Stensaas — They share the following: "When we follow God's Word and His leading, we are never wrong. God has given us such a wonderful life. Even turning 65 is wonderful! Someone said, 'Welcome to Social Security.' Another asked, 'Ready to retire now?' I thought to myself, 'Are you out of your mind?' I am not planning on retiring. Why would I trade serving God for retirement?
Cheri and our children had planned a special birthday party for me in somewhat African style, which included a chicken race. Don't ask! I got to preach a week of TBI in Iganga. Yesterday, I was given the privilege of preaching in a conference to a church full of Ugandans who really want to serve the Lord. Before the conference even started, God allowed me to lead a man to Christ. I see the spiritual growth of our Africans. Although they all sacrificed to get the conference, when they heard of Cheri's difficulty, they immediately took up an offering of around $50 to help in the upcoming expenses. How humbling it was to see their sacrifice and love. That may not be much to you but these people have nothing and gave!
People are getting saved listening to our radio station. Five out of six pastors we are training in our Mini TBI were saved through Life Radio."
Please pray for Cheri as she has to return to the States for a needed medical treatment.
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, Charles and Brenda Arnold — They write, asking for prayer: "Pray for two young people that I had the opportunity to witness to yesterday. The young lady who appeared to be around 16-17 years of age prayed and asked Christ to save her. Also I talked with a young man whose name is B G, who had already made a profession of faith in Christ but was backslidden. He prayed and asked Christ to forgive him of his sinful condition and promised God that he was going to start attending church and reading his Bible. He showed me his Bible where he had marked portions of Scripture that he had read. These two are from the same household. They need your prayers and mine that they may live for Christ in these difficult times.
Also, a young lady, 18 years of age, asked Christ to save her recently. Her name is E. and she said that she had moved away from her parents to make another start. She said she and her parents did not go to church. I have gone back to encourage her in the Lord and left Christian material at her door for her to read. It appeared that she has had a rough life. She certainly needs yours and my prayers."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, Bob and Becky Mach — They write, "Both the Bingerville and Zanapledougou churches are moving forward toward their eventual autonomy. Also, the ministries that have been started through these churches continue to get the Gospel to those who would not otherwise have contact with our churches.
GROUP OF CHIRSTIANS DISCOVERED IN REMOTE VILLAGE
I have traveled to our Zanapledougou (pronounced Za-na-play-doo-goo) work three times in the last four months. When we arrived the first time in July, Pastor C. of the Zanapledougou church told us of a ministry opportunity across the border in Burkina Faso. A Christian contact in Burkina had informed Pastor C. of a group of Christians in a remote village on the Leraba (pronounced Lay-ra-ba) River. We went to that village and found the leader of the group. His name is T. and he explained to us that he had converted to Christ from Islam. We went to his home, and some 30 or 40 Christians immediately came and greeted us. We introduced ourselves, taught from the Scriptures, and promised to maintain contact with them. Their local language is different from that of Zanapledougou, so we had to communicate using the Dioula (pronounced joo-la) trade language. At the end of October, we returned to Zanapledougou to construct the roof on our church building. There had just been a military coup in Burkin Faso, and the border was officially closed. In spite of these circumstances, we were able to slip across the Laraba River and meet with these Christians again. We determined that we would take the following action:
1) We would help T. with his enrollment in a Dioula literacy program.
2) Upon completion of that program, T. will begin Bible and pastoral studies using Dioula materials available through an old Baptist mission in the area.
3) In the meantime, C. would continue to visit them once or twice a month to teach them from the Scriptures.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE LARABA CHRISITANS THAT THEY WOULD BE FOUNDED IN THE TRUTH."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They write, "We have been very busy helping in both ministries in Quebec and New Brunswick. Thank you for praying for us to have opportunities to share the Gospel. We can see the Lord working in hearts and lives. Our friend from New Brunswick who is a former quarterback for the boys' football team keeps showing interest in coming to church. There have been several team members who have asked our boys what they believed and the difference between what Baptists believe and what religions teach. One of their friends is coming to our weekly youth meetings with his mom and dad and little sister. This is something that we have prayed for and are excited to see the Lord work! They have accepted a copy of our lessons, which have the Gospel message all through them. I have also been able to talk with their coach who is searching for the truth. I have spent several hours in his home sharing the message of God's love for him. We are praying for the salvation of these precious families. An extra blessing is that their football team won first in State for their division this year."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, NAKHON SAWAN, Jeff Gross — He shares the following: "Overall, language school is going very well and I'm currently in month eight of a nine-month program. The Thai language is challenging, but I'm making progress with each passing week. A good foundation is being laid in the language and culture. The school is in Bangkok, and our ministry work is three hours north in Nakhon Sawan. So as the language program nears its conclusion, I'm making plans to transition to Nakhon Sawan. This move will give me the opportunity to be more involved in the ministry there while I continue my studies. In the meantime, I have been commuting and helping with preaching and teaching. In addition, I've been able to do some house studies as well. I'm grateful for your faithfulness, prayers, and support. May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified."
• Transitioning to Nakhon Sawan
• Learning language & culture
• Safe travel
• Churches in Thailand
• Conversion of Joe's family and village"
BIMI WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, HARRISON, TENNESSEE, Dan and Sharon Daugherty — They write, "From October 2-4 a group of seven from our church went to work on a building at the Desert Haven of Rest in Sevierville, Tennessee. Pastors are able to take a retreat from their work for a week at one of the cabins located there. We were able to put vinyl flooring in a 16 foot by 64 foot room, paint the wood trim, and put it all in place. Also, the backhoe was repaired, serviced, and then used to put in a culvert.
Both of us were able to go to a turf exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, October 23-24. There we learned about new products to help with turf maintenance at the BIMI headquarters.
October 25 there were four of us from our church that spent the day helping a widow put in a new kitchen countertop, wash the vinyl siding on her house, and cleanup her yard. Please pray for her. Not only did her husband die but also a son died of cancer. Following those two losses, her son John was in a very serious motorcycle accident. Remember to pray for his complete recovery."
BRAZIL, LONDRINA, The Ed Johnson Family —They share the following: "The main church we are working with in Londrina just celebrated its anniversary last week with a two-day conference. The church was full for all three services. We had a high day of 160 people, and there were over 50 visitors who came to hear the Word of God. Five people were baptized during the conference. The Lord has truly blessed the church, and we are very grateful for all He has done. . . . Please continue to pray with us that His Word would have free course in Brazil!"
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MAINEVILLE, The Mark Sage Family — They share the following report: "Well, we have been laboring for almost 3 ½ years, and we are seeing God working in special ways in the last month, and we have been able to see some of those blessings. But I can honestly say that it is the Lord's doing and the Lord's work—and we praise Him for it. We had a great missons conference with Brother Bob Larson—Reseeding America Director at BIMI. He and his wife were a great blessing to our church. We saw an increase in our missions giving, which will allow us to take on a new missionary. Praise the Lord!
The last three weeks we have seen record setting weeks in our attendance. Since our opening services at our restart in 2011 when we had 63 people, we have not had over 53 people and usually average in the 40s. We thank God that we have seen attendances of 81, 72, and 64 through this last Sunday."
USA MILITARY, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft —They share the following: "It has been our joy to see souls saved these last two months and others making decisions for Christ. C. and A. had been witnessed to many times. She awoke one night in tears and told her husband she had to get saved. We were able to win both of them to the Lord. On a recent Sunday night, F. and J. visited the church and he was saved that night. Since then, he came forward to make his salvation public. M. and A. and their children joined with the church last Sunday. We had been praying for this family from Iowa for some time. Two weeks ago, a 10-year-old boy was saved in our morning service. This week, both of his parents trusted Christ. Their son was the catalyst that led to their salvation. These are just some of the recent fruit that goes to your account for your support of military missions."
CARIBBEAN, ANTIGUA, ST. JOHN'S & BARBUDA, Nathan and Renee Owens — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Thank you for your prayers for us the past couple of months! We asked you to pray for rain for Antigua, and we received over 11 inches during August and September! Our cistern is full, and the government water seems to be a little more stable. We also asked that you pray for the Project 14 Global Missions youth camp, held in August at our church. Although the camp was not as well attended as anticipated, eight youth made professions of faith during the week! Thank you for your prayers."
Please pray that
• the station will be able to purchase land in Antigua for a new studio;
• God will supply the financial support for the land and a new studio building;
• our missionary team will be able to work together to operate and improve the radio station;
• the station will receive adequate financing;
• our involvement in our local church and with the youth will please the Lord; and
• we will have protection from hurricanes.
EUROPE, BAVARIA & AUSTRIA, Todd and Kimberly Lapato — They share the following: "The last couple of months before leaving Europe, we filled in for a church near Regensburg, Germany. While there we met a lady who was visiting the church regularly. Some missionary friends of ours had led her teenage son to Christ. We had been praying for this lady for a couple of years. In August we received the wonderful news that she trusted Christ as her Savior after talking with the pastor and another church member. Praise God that Bavarians are still being saved!
The small group of believers who will be involved in the church plant in Neutraubling is very excited about the future. They have begun meeting Sunday afternoons to pray for the new church plant. A website, logo, and fliers are currently in the works for this ministry. Soon after our return in January 2015, we plan to begin regular meetings. Please pray that we find a suitable meeting place in the area and for interest from the community when the church is started."
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Rick and Kathy Anderson — They share the following: "Homesickness. Marital difficulties complicated by moving to another country. The loss of a 2-year old son. Terrible traffic. Living in a hotel for three months with four children while waiting for housing. Waiting for months for furniture and personal belongings that have been shipped from the USA. Wives dealing with cultural changes and language barriers while their husbands are engrossed in their jobs. Doctrinal confusion. Lack of background in God's Word. These are just some of the challenges that are faced by the expats that we have met here in Peru. We have definitely seen the need to have a church where their own language is spoken. Every Sunday since beginning in March, New Life of Lima Baptist Church has tried to meet these needs. What a privilege to be a part of this new church!
Once again the staff and students at La Molina Christian Schools had the opportunity to share God's Word with many people. This year we went to 24 different places during four days and handed out close to 1,200 gift packages that included a Gideon New Testament and a Gospel tract. Our students prepared short programs, including songs, skits, and a presentation of the Gospel. Several people prayed to accept Christ as their Savior. Please pray that God would use His Word to change people's lives."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE, Robert and Lisa Gunter — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Lord willing, we will be returning to Melbourne on Thanksgiving Day. Please pray for us as we prepare for our return. We are asking the Lord for wisdom for future plans to take the deaf ministry to the next level, for opportunities in additional outreaches to the deaf communities, and for the establishment of another ministry in a different part of Melbourne. We do thank you for your continued prayers as we finalize estate and legal matters before leaving."
Please pray for the following:
• Pastor Veszeley (national pastor)—healing from pancreatic cancer surgery. This month he will have a follow-up check, which will give an indication of his current health (he is 67 years old). This will be a big impact on ministry matters when we return.
• Robert and Mary Fuller—their current visas expire at the end of September. Pray for an extension of two years to be approved.
• Victoria Baptist Bible College and Kevin Currell, future principal — He has just been diagnosed with a heart problem that probably will require a pacemaker.
• Preparations for the church and deaf ministry, Deaf Bible institute, and new outreaches in 2015
• Oceanic Baptist Outreach—for future plans to minister to the people in the Solomon Islands
• Final decisions regarding estate matters in the USA and preparations to the field
• Safety in travel
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, BINGHAMTON, Don and Helen Hughes — They share the following report: "This summer we have been so blessed by our Lord as our church has moved forward. The very first event was our VBS. That week we recorded 18 professions of faith, and we are seeing four or five of them now coming on our bus each Sunday. The next big event was our city's annual Speedy Fest Celebration held at a local park. Each year we rent a space and put up a tent. This year we recorded over 30 professions of faith. One of the helpers this year was a couple who were saved in last year's fest. Since then, they have both been baptized and become a part of our church. The biggest event this summer was the final buyout of our building that was destroyed in the last big flood. At first I had no idea that a secular government would include our church in the buyout simply because the world does not love us....Well, praise the Lord, your prayers worked! We were given much more than we expected, and the amount came out to be a little over $140,000. There were a large number of repairs that needed to be done on the building we are in now. We have already done many repairs, including replacing an oil tank, repairing the front entrance, fixing the drainage in the basement, and repairing the parking lot."
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLOMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report and a special prayer request: "R. is a man from Ecuador who has been attending our church for five years with his wife and children. He finally accepted the Lord in June and was baptized in August. His sweet wife had prayed for him all these years and is so happy her husband is born again! Lisa and I are working with this family to help them with their marriage and parenting. It's amazing to see his willingness to learn and follow the Lord.
We had the privilege of baptizing another lady in August as well. She was saved earlier this year in the Philippines. She found our church on the internet and has been faithfully attending since June. Please pray for her to grow in her new faith.
O. is a teenage boy from Ethiopia. I met him while I was out soul winning. I shared the Gospel with him, and he eagerly accepted the Lord. He too was baptized in August. He went to camp with us and was faithfully coming to church. After camp he told us, 'This was the best week of my life!' We are not sure what is going on in his life, but he has stopped coming to church. Would you pray for him? God has the answers for every need and problem he has!"
EUROPE, SCOTLAND, KILMARNOCK, DUNDONALD, Arvin and Marsha Devers — They share the following: "Marsha and I are laying the groundwork for a new church in Irvine. Irvine is about five miles from where we live in Dundonald. We have just been given permission to use the Lanfine Community Centre for our new church. We are calling the new church New Beginnings Baptist Church. Our first Sunday was October 19." For two weeks before that meeting they distributed leaflets throughout the community and put up a website, which included a picture and the church logo.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Dave and Debbie Board — They share the following: "A new Christian has recently taken several steps in her spiritual growth. This past week her mother forbade her to return to church. Please pray for her to be a good testimony to her mother and that somehow her godly example will cause her mother to change her mind and allow her to return to the church. It is fairly common here in Cambodia for unsaved parents to want their children to get just enough Christianity to make them stop being bad but not enough to make them start doing right! They get real nervous when their children change too much."
USA MINISTRIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O'Brien — They share the following report: "The Lord has blessed us with a church building in which to start a new Hispanic church. Even though the building is in need of much repair and we cannot fully use it yet, we have seen God open the door to witness for Him. We praise the Lord for R. and her daughter who have received Christ as their Savior. We have begun Bible studies and discipleship classes with them in their home, and they are already inviting others to come and hear the Gospel. Please pray for others to be saved and that we will have a good crowd for our opening day in the new building.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support as we make preparations to launch this new Hispanic church in Mountain Home, North Carolina, by the end of November or the first Sunday in December."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Jim and Carol Stackhouse — They share the following: "Greetings from the islands of New Guinea! This country of Papua New Guinea is still white already unto harvest (John 4:35) as God continues to save souls in the various ministries here at Haven of Rest Baptist Church and also in many of our other churches that have been planted around this country....We are looking forward to our upcoming baptism of some of the new Christians this month. Additionally, God has been sending us a good number of first time visitors from the surrounding communities to attend our services. We are thankful to our Lord for giving these souls the opportunity to hear the Truth."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Alan and Elena Sutphen — They share the following incident and prayer needs: "Back in Uganda one of the orphans, a healthy seventeen-year-old boy at the SOAP property, broke his arm a few months ago and upon x-ray a suspicious area was seen at the fracture site. The doctor frankly said this could be bone cancer so our missionary colleagues took him to an orthopedic surgeon an hour away and a bone biopsy was performed. We thank the Lord the results were negative for cancer! Our colleagues reported that he kept a mature and trusting testimony throughout his ordeal! Please pray that his fracture would heal completely, as the lytic lesion is still present and may delay the healing process." Please pray for the following requests:
• salvation of my unsaved family members
• continued growth and faithfulness of the two Kumam churches
• spiritual growth and protection of our discipleship students in Uganda
• wisdom concerning ministry growth and clinic land acquisition upon our arrival back in Uganda
USA CLAIM MINISTRY, Joe and Linda Leleaux — They share the following report: "Since our last newsletter, I have made three trips back to Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach, California. Pastor Esposito is still in need of our prayers as he is doing about the same. We have been able to do more drywall inside as well as pour concrete planters and curbs on the exterior of the building. Progress has been slower than expected on this project so please pray that the church members will not get discouraged. I would say that it will be yet another year before the building is completed.
I will be returning to Long Beach in the near future but do not have a definite date yet. I am in need of a commercial plumber for this next trip. I can sweat copper, but I need a pro to follow the blueprints and layout. If you know of a plumber, please put him in contact with me."
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers — They share the following report: "For months we have been preparing for a special Sunday, our church's first anniversary. We targeted our friends and acquaintances and prayed that our little church would be full. On September 28 we had 23 people present for our service. Of those 23, six were unsaved visitors. My basketball teammate attended the service and brought his wife, young daughter, and mother-in-law with him. At the invitation they raised their hands indicating they weren't saved. This is a major victory because it is unusual for the average French person to admit their spiritual need. Will you pray for them to make a decision for Christ?
Here are a few numbers from the first year of Eglise Biblique Baptiste de Charleville: 12,000 church invitations distributed, 3 saved, 3 baptized and 20 discipleship studies. Ministry in France takes time. We are counting on your prayers."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They write, "Since there is no permanent solution to our church's rental problems, we presented our plan to the Personnel Committee of BIMI in June. Starting in February of next year, Sabrina and I will be going out to more churches to present the great need of Bronx, New York. Our first phase will be $400,000 in order to start looking for our own place. The next phase is to raise as much as $650,000 as a down payment for a building. Please pray for this step of faith!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, BAYSWATER NORTH, Robert and Mary Fuller — They report: "Please continue to pray for Kids Club and Youth Group as two deaf girls did not come for a while due to their own plans. A hearing young man who knows Auslan had organized a special children's outreach, 'Pajamas and Movie Night,' on September 20, Saturday evening. Sixteen children including these two came. Pray for these two deaf girls that they would want to come to Kids Club regularly.
We would appreciate your prayers for Calvary Deaf Bible Institute and the Auslan service as well as for Robert and Lisa Gunter as they continue their furlough in the US.... Pray for the salvation of a deaf man whom Robert still visits weekly."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, ATHLONE, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share the following report: "Thank you for your continued prayers for M. (the Iraqi lady). After months of absence, she recently returned to church one Sunday. We were grieved to find out that her husband was recently killed. That week we invited her to our house and made Iraqi flatbread for her. We are trying to help her materially as well in order to show her Christ's love. Please pray for the salvation of her and her children.
Pray that I will quickly adjust to the hard contact lenses that I will begin to wear in the next week or so. The eye condition called keratoconus, which I had mentioned in a past letter, has gotten worse, and is now in both eyes. I must wear these specially-crafted lenses or else my vision will be increasingly distorted. That really is a big deal, so please pray for me!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, LAOAG CITY, Rose Pyles — She writes: "I thank the Lord for the privilege to conduct daily Bible studies with our teachers each morning at 7:30. These have been a blessing to my heart and from their testimonies a blessing and help to them. I also thank the Lord for the opportunities He gives for sharing the plan of salvation. This past month I was privileged to share the Word and lead two nursing students to the Lord in my office. Later that week, they brought other fellow students to interview the parents of our students during our PTA meeting. Afterwards, I had the opportunity of leading the other nursing students to faith in Christ Jesus. God is good.
Please continue to pray for the sale of the house in Fairmont, Minnesota. I believe that the Lord has postponed the sale for His own reasons. One of them is that in the meantime another piece of property has become available that is five times as large—5 hectares—(12.355 acres) as the one in which we were interested. It is a little farther away but is very near the river and has plenty of water and space for camps, dorms, and raising rice, etc., to help support the school. It is approximately the same price as the other land, which was 1.1 hectare—(2.72 acres) P2,000,000,00 ($50,000). Please join us in praying for wisdom and God's leading."
EUROPEM UKRAINE, ODESSA, John and Dawn Spillman — They share the following prayer needs: "Please pray for the churches in Ukraine, especially in areas that are under Russian control or in areas where battles are still taking place. To the best of my knowledge, all missionaries will be out of Crimea before December, leaving churches there in particular need of pastors and spiritual leaders. Please also continue to remember six individuals in prayer for salvation.
Please continue to pray for peace and security in Ukraine. Pray God will give the new president wisdom to guide the people and affairs of Ukraine and that he will lead them with character and honesty. Please pray for the election of members of Parliament. Please also pray for anti-corruption legislation to pass. It has been resisted for a long time. Too, there is much conjecture concerning Russia's intentions for Ukraine, most of which would be detrimental to the spread of the Gospel in that country."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND, BEENLEIGH, Tim and Bonnie Meyer — They share the following: "We have been extremely busy the last few months....We've at least been able to concentrate on the church work here in Beenleigh; doors are opening in different ways. I went ahead and accepted the invitation from the local baseball club to be the junior development coach; our son, Robert, plays. I have coached since he was playing T-ball (12 years ago), but this has allowed us to meet a lot more families in the community. Already we have had the opportunity to share the Gospel with people. One mother came to our home to spend an afternoon with Bonnie and said to her, 'I want to know more about God—not just the surface stuff that people talk about. I want to know the real things about God.' We look forward with anticipation to introducing her to Christ. Men in the league I play for (it's called 'Masters'—for blokes over 35) and fathers of the players I coach are starting genuine friendships that we hope can be used to share the Gospel. Young players, many from broken homes, are reaching out to be accepted and befriended. Pray for us as we seek to take these opportunities to share Christ.
The Bible college has officially started here in Australia. J. and D. came over from the Solomon Islands to join us last month for class modules. We held classes in Church Music, Hermeneutics, and the New Testament. We have five full-time students. Our plans are to continue the classes here in Australia throughout the year and then go to the Solomons to hold module classes several times next year."
USA MINISTRIES TO JAPANESE IN USA, Perry and Barbara Gibson — They share the following report: "Another school year of ministry is off to a very exciting start. Usually attendance is lower the first week of the quarter, but then as word spreads among friends, more come later to the fun activity at the nearby church where they can practice English. There they learn about the true God, the Bible, Jesus, and church! We were expecting around 50 but over 90 young people showed up! There were 50 Japanese and there were also 11 guys from Saudi Arabia.
In the last six months two Japanese young ladies and one young man have made professions of faith in Christ! One is going to be baptized this month, and at least three others seem to be openly seeking Jesus. PLEASE PRAY! This brings the total Japanese salvations in the past eight years to 43. PRAISE THE LORD!"
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following report: "We were asked to help the Good News Baptist Church in Grand Cayman by filling in there until their new missionary pastor could arrive. We were there 2 1/2 months preaching three times a week and teaching three Bible classes a week along with soul winning and door to door visitation. God gave us a wonderful ministry among the members, their friends, and their families.
We have received inquiries from Canada, South Africa, New York, and Belize. We can't go everywhere, so we need to know the will of God for planning our ministry of assisting and relieving our BIMI missionaries. This is proving to be a much needed ministry, and the Lord continues to confirm that we are following His leading. God is not only giving us plenty of opportunities to serve overseas but also giving us souls for His hire here. The first Saturday after we returned, I was back in our market stall in north Alabama. We had three people saved there. We have so much about which to praise the Lord. God is good all the time."
USA MINISTRIES, WEST COAST, CALIFORNIA, LANCASTER, Mike and Wilda McCombie — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In the summer months we found ourselves a little closer to home and 'only' traveled 3,566 road miles in the states of California and Arizona. I was privileged to preach one Faith Promise missions conference, two missions emphasis Sundays, supply the Sunday pulpit in another church, and show the 'Open Door Project' video in two of these churches. I taught two adult Sunday school classes at our home church and visited two churches when not in regular meetings."
• Health and safety
• Freedom from mechanical issues while on the road for the first ten weeks of the fall season
• Full schedule of meetings for the late fall 2014 and on into 2015 (Please contact me if you would like to schedule us for a meeting.)
• Power and liberty to preach and present missions and Faith Promise Giving
• More salvation and surrender decisions
• More believers in the West to answer the call to church planting missions
• An increase in our work fund support to expand our ministry and travel territory
• Personal financial support
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD, COUVA, David and Terri Long — They write asking for prayers for the following: "We have finished our house move! We found a house in the area we wanted (closer to our church and a rapidly developing area), and we are already settled in. This is the 5th time we have moved to another house in the past 15 months. Hopefully, we will be here for a while. Of course, we have already started to go house-to-house soul winning in this area and we leave a Gospel of John/Romans and a tract at every house.
Souls Saved: Since we arrived on July 30, we have had six people saved in our services and on soul winning.
1) Pray for us to have more people saved, for more people to come to our church services, and the people now coming would be more faithful.
2) Pray for the people who have been saved to get baptized.
3) Pray for the children and teens coming to our church.
4) Pray for us to be able to purchase a used van.
5) Pray for the rest of our immigration work to be done by October 29 (the date given to us at the airport)."
BRAZIL, LONDRINA, Dan and Gerri Johnson — They share the following report: "Thanks to those who prayed for the World Cup Outreach Project. We were excited to be involved in distributing special pamphlets of Romans and tracts in 13 languages to those who came to Brazil from around the world. We worked with two groups from the States and three of our sons. Allen, with Wings Bearing Precious Seed, sent two containers of pamphlets, and Bryan worked on the logistics at this end getting them out of customs and sent to the various venues throughout Brazil where other missionaries and Brazilian churches helped distribute.
In August our Bible institute started another semester. Dan is teaching Revelation, The Christian Family, and Pastoral Staff. At the end of the semester, we will have our first graduation with two graduating. There are several other students taking classes part-time. Pray for the two who will be graduating that God will direct their steps as they prepare to serve Him. One of those graduating has been very involved with our new congregation."
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, SASEBO, Steve and Debbie Kissling — They write the following: "Back in Sasebo, the Lord gave our church, Lighthouse Baptist Church, a great summer. Even with the vacations we had visitors almost every Sunday. Ladies Bible study has gone well, and twice a month we have permission to pass out tracts at a downtown mall. We invite sailors and their families to visit our church, and we give tracts in Japanese to the many Japanese passing by. Please pray the Lord will touch hearts with the truth of His salvation and that folks would have a desire to come to our church.
We are looking ahead to a great fall and winter here in Sasebo....Please pray with us about these special requests:
1. For more visitors to come to church and keep coming back
2. For Christian families to join our church membership and help serve the Lord here
3. For good results from our tract distribution twice a month
4. For safety and continued good health for us"
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, The Adam Fridenstine Family — They write, "While you all called it summer there in the States, we called it busy, rainy season here in El Salvador. God was working and doing great things in our midst. We praise HIM for allowing us to be in HIS service.
The end of June, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary and we are so happy to have been here for three of those five years. We had 190 in attendance, and there was and is a great spirit of growth in the people. The Sunday kicked off our first Revival Meeting with Missionary Matt Goins from Honduras. We saw two precious souls come to know Christ as Savior during these special services.
The first week of July we were busy planning our upcoming baptism service for the end of the month and realized how expensive it was to take everyone to the lake—especially with how our church has grown over the past six months. I met with the men and we decided that it would be better to just build a new baptistry for just a little over the price to rent the vehicles and buy the food to take everyone to the lake. So over the next two weeks we did just that."
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer and support for us. Please be in prayer for more souls, continued growth, building projects, and much wisdom in this fall season of ministry."
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They share following report: "We have truly gone 'into the highways and hedges' this month. Besides the multiple times when we were on the highway to attend choir practice, we also traveled on the highway to do a special outing for two Sunday school classes at Blanchardstown Baptist Church. We taught about the Tabernacle and how it points to Christ. Afterward, I had the privilege of talking with a boy and a girl about salvation; they both put their faith in Christ! As for the 'hedges,'...S., T., and I walked along many literal hedges this month, as we cut between cow pastures on very narrow lanes that hardly seem like actual roads, and knocked on doors in places where we didn't expect to find any homes! Surprisingly, we have had many good conversations in our rural area, which is more traditionally Catholic than the norm. As for 'the streets,' I have begun to hand out tracts at a time I had never tried before. I have passed out far more tracts from 9:00-11:00 p.m. than I ever did during the day—perhaps because people are on their way to bars and are more acutely aware of the emptiness in their lives. Pray for this effort to bear fruit."
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth — They share the following: "In July we had a one-day camp with our church teens. There was a good turnout and everybody enjoyed the fishing, swimming, food, games, and preaching. This was our first camping trip with our church teens, and Pastor I. from one of our other churches was the main speaker. One young lady from our group surrendered her life for full-time service. Working with young people is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but when we see spiritual growth, it is always a huge blessing.
July through August we were able to see 128 professions of faith in Christ with 13 of those following the Lord in believer's baptism. This includes personal and church-wide ministries and other outreach ministries."
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, KISII TOWN, Luke and Tonya Shelby — They give the following report and prayer needs: "In July, while traveling home from our church in Sidundo (where we baptized 13), I had a serious problem with our vehicle. The engine threw a rod which blew out a large hole in the block, so I had to get it towed back to Kisli Town (should have been about 3 hours from where I broke down), and it took about 12 hours! We did get it running again by patching the engine, and it has not had any problems. We thank all of you who pray for us faithfully because we never know when something will happen that we need urgent prayers. We know that God hears your prayers.
Also in August, Tonya held our 7th Annual Ladies' Conference at our church in Kisii Town. There were 45 ladies from 15 different churches in our area who were able to attend. Their theme this year was 'Draw Me Closer, Lord,' and all the lessons were about prayer.
Please pray for the following projects:
1. The ongoing building project at Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town
2. Orphanage building project in Sidundo scheduled to be finished soon
3. Church building in Rongo beginning before the end of the year"
FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOKYO, AKRIUNO SHI, Dave and Glenda Carter — They share the following: "We just finished our church's annual 3-day Family Camp where four other churches participated....One couple came to just one day of camp. They own a restaurant just a few blocks from the church, and he started studying the Bible with me one-on-one a few years ago. Because Sundays are their busiest day for the business, he is unable to attend church, so we study the Bible on his one day off. He stopped studying for a while but started back about two months ago. Well, a few weeks after coming back from camp on a Tuesday morning, he opened his heart and trusted Christ as Savior. At age 67 he was saved! Praise His name! Pray for his faith to grow.
Continue to pray for our neighbors to keep coming and to be saved. Also pray for our church neighbor, as she continues to come. Please remember especially a lady who has been coming to church for about six months without telling her husband. She recently told him and he said it was her decision to make, but she is still feeling family pressure. Pray for the salvation of some who come weekly to our afternoon Bible/English class. A young man comes off and on so pray for him as well."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, FIJI, LAUTOKA, Paul and Martha Daku — They share the following report: "June: The highlight of the month was the trip Paul and Joshua made with four other men to the Yasawa Islands, a chain of 20 islands that stretch 40-80 kilometers northwest from where we live on the main island of Viti Levu. As two teams, they visited 14 schools in three days where they shared the Gospel in an assembly and then distributed Bibles to the students and teachers at each school. Joshua was enthralled with the beauty of those islands as well as all the culture they experienced. They slept in the village and ate with the locals, traveling from school to school in a small fishing boat on the ocean.
July: We hosted Dr. W. L. Smith for one week. He is an 80-year-old global missionary/evangelist who is still traveling around the world to preach the Gospel....At night we held special evangelistic meetings. There were many visitors and 32 who trusted Christ during the week. On July 6 we celebrated our church anniversary, which is always a big event in the islands. There were 275 people who attended and heard the Gospel clearly presented by Dr. Smith."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Matt and Keila Stensaas — They give the following report and prayer needs: "First Baptism in Kasese! We praise the Lord for the four people who publicly professed their faith in Christ by being baptized in River Nyamwamba. After their salvation and some teaching regarding baptism, S., J., G., and B. accepted to be baptized.
Bible institute in Mbarara — I had the opportunity once again to teach in the Bible institute in Mbarara. During the week long institute we (four missionaries and four national men) taught verse-by-verse through the book of Revelation. It was truly an incredible experience to see the men learn new and exciting things from God's Word. There was even one man who accepted Christ during the week.
• Preaching point at Kakika Prison
• The churches in Kyahi and Rubindi
• Runyankore Bible translation work
• God would prepare the people of Kasese
• God would help us learn Lhukonzo"
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, PARAISO, DANLI, Alan and Becky Jackson — They share the following, "I shared in the last prayer letter how many decisions for Christ were being made and how a family was being changed right before our eyes. Well, thankfully, the conditions have not changed. God is still working in the hearts and lives of the people here in Honduras. The church is on a road that is not traveled often—the road of revival.
Since June, the church has had visitors in every service. It is amazing to see how God is using different people and different situations to reach others where they are in their lives. Many of the services have six to eight visitors. Many of the visitors say that they are overwhelmed by the love they feel when they enter the church. 'This is a church like no other,' said one visitor." Please continue to pray for them.
FAR NORTH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER, The Jacques van Rooyen Family — They share the following report: "Our work here in Vancouver is different in many ways than our ministry in Hohhot, but in the essentials it has remained the same.
Recently, we held a summer youth camp in the mountains north of Vancouver. We hiked 'the Chief,' swam under a frigid waterfall, camped in the woods, slept on the hard ground, and preached from the life of Moses—a fellow wanderer in the wilderness. Of the 35 or so in attendance, at least a dozen were unsaved; several had even just arrived from China. After each message, the camp broke out into discussion groups to review the message, talk about personal applications, pray and (most importantly) to share the Gospel with those who are yet without Christ."
USA MILITARY, ITALY, SICILY, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton — They share the following: "Our ministry here is growing....This led us to split the children's Sunday school and start a children's Sunday evening class as well. Having willing and suitable workers is always the challenge, but we feel the time is right. We had had a number of baptisms in the last few months with a couple more standing by once arrangements are made. As always, pray that the newcomers will allow us to take them through one-on-one discipleship classes (or for couples — together). We are finishing up our third annual Financial Peace university class. The impact of it is, as always, huge both materially and spiritually. Continue to pray that we will be able to introduce the church to new arrivals at the base during their INDOC time. This has contributed significantly to our growth this year."
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following report and prayer needs: "For the first time since returning to Spain in 2009, we were able to send people to camp—one to children's camp, two to pre-teen camp, and two to teen camp. Two came to know Christ as their Savior—our grandson and a 10-year-old girl. Another girl from the church in Colmenar, Viejo, attended camp and did not make a decision for Christ but a few weeks later she and her mom came to church and told us they had both trusted Christ as their Savior that week. What a blessing! We had been praying for them for several months. We ask that you continue to pray for J. who attends the weekly Bible study in Colmenar. He comes faithfully and participates actively, but he has not made a decision for Christ yet. Please concentrate your prayers on him during this month. Another girl who attended preteen camp did not get saved but was greatly affected by attending the camp and has been very faithful at church since then. Please pray for her salvation, also. We would ask that you continue praying for M., F., and L. who are very indifferent to the Gospel but come every week to church because their parents insist they come. 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'"
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following prayer requests: "In our last letter we asked you to pray for a young man named K. It is awesome to see how God works. Before you received the letter and started to pray for him, he came to a Bible study. So far the last two months he has been faithful to come to our Bible study. He has been open with me about his beliefs and has said he is not ready to pray and ask Jesus to save him. He has many questions, so please pray for us as we deal with him. Also, please ask the Lord to convict him of his sin and let him see his need.
At the beginning of September, we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival here in Taiwan. We had a traditional Taiwanese BBQ and had a couple of visitors come for our time together. Please pray as we try to follow up on these and see them begin coming every week to Bible study."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: "I never cease to be amazed at how wonderful it is to be serving where we know the Lord wants us. One of our Filipino ladies had her aunt come over from the Philippines for a few months to help her when she had a baby. Her aunt is from a strong Catholic background but has been coming to our church with her family. When she first arrived, one of our men witnessed to her, and she wasn't ready yet. After a few weeks she came to me after a Sunday morning service and said she would like to talk to me. We sat down and she said she had never heard the Bible taught like it is here and that she can see that salvation is not based on the works that she was taught, and she wanted to get saved. We talked through it for quite a while, and I made sure she was clear that she couldn't believe both the Catholic way and the Bible way. She was crying as she sweetly trusted Christ. She will be here until the end of the year. Please pray for her that we can help her grow while she is here. She is concerned about going home as her brother is a priest and she will face persecution from her family if she takes a stand. God is good!"
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, Mrs. Angela Harper — Angela shares the following concerning the homegoing of her husband, Wayne: "As most of you know, Wayne went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 17. After six years with pulmonary fibrosis, numerous hospitalizations, and hospice care, his suffering is finally over.
The Lord was gracious to allow us time to reunite with our sons and extended family during the past four months and make good memories. Andrew, Sam, and Caleb have been such a source of comfort and help during the time of hospice care and now are endeavoring to assist me in settling Wayne's affairs as well as my own....Please partner with us as I seek the Lord's direction for my life. I give heartfelt thanks to the Lord each day for each of you. Thanks for standing with us."
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Raymond and Anita Bradley — They share the following news and prayer needs: "On our last trip to Ambato, we led four people to the Lord, one deaf, and three hearing relatives. One of them is a blind grandfather of a deaf young man we are teaching. The blind grandfather will see his Savior one day face-to-face. The young deaf man does not understand the Gospel yet. They live in a small town on a high mountain outside Ambato....The other deaf teenager who received the Lord was contemplating suicide. The Lord used us to find him. His mom received the Lord also.
This trip was special because Anita's mom and sister, Gladys, were visiting with us; they were able to go to Ambato with us. We trained Gladys for the ministry when we first came to Ecuador. She helped us here for five years. Gladys was able to teach one deaf boy on the trip, and our mom led a hearing young lady to the Lord. Glory to God! We are also teaching sign language to a group of people from Pinllo Baptist Church. Pray that the Lord will increase their burden to reach the deaf as they learn how to communicate with them. They are eager to learn."
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, TERRYVILLE, the David Townsley Family — They share the following prayer requests: "Please pray for
1. spiritual and numerical growth in the church,
2. complete healing for Annette from Lyme's Disease and the herniated discs,
3. discernment and strength in fighting spiritual battles,
4. upcoming special summer events,
5. people to grow in their service for the Lord, and
6. the many people facing medical needs in the church."
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO, Josh and Joy Wesson — They share the following: "Upon arrival back in the Dominican Republic, we had our Vacation Bible School. We had a big group again this year ending up with over 160 the last day. Once again, it was great to see our adults and teens come out and dedicate that week to reaching the children with the Gospel. It addition to Bible School each morning, we had Youth Conference each night for the teenagers. We appreciated the extra help from José and Yan, two young men who came down this year from Neighborhood Bible Time Ministries. They were a tremendous blessing to us. We pray the Lord will use them in a great way as they continue to serve Him. We thank the Lord for 40 children and young people who came to know Christ during that week.
Please pray for C. V. (needing treatment for a cancerous tumor) as she also has anemia, which could postpone some of the treatments she needs."
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Jason and Cassy Tate — They share the following report and prayer needs: "Pastor S. continues laboring in the town of Ojojona as well as in the community of Aragua. He recently began training four men in the church on how to preach! The work in Ojojona has had more men coming to the services. Brother F. and Brother A. have recently been saved and are growing in Christ. They are beginning a discipleship program with Pastor S.
Prayer Request and Praises
1. Praise for the eight souls saved in the past month
2. Pray for the $1,500 need in moving expenses
3. Pray for the approximate $10,000 in startup funds need for the school"
SOUTH AMERICA, BOLIVIA, SANTA CRUZ, Tony and Sarah Henderson — They share the following prayer requests: "Previously, we asked you to pray about the following items as we transition back to Bolivia in the next few months. Here is an update on those items.
• Pray that God would lead us to the right area to launch a new church plant. Our city is constantly growing, thus there are many areas where there is no Gospel witness. WE CONTINUE TO PRAY BUT HAVE RECEIVED NO DEFINITE DIRECTION. THIS WILL LIKELY COME TO PASS AS WE SURVEY VARIOUS AREAS.
• Pray that God would provide some people with whom we can begin. Over the years some of our church members have moved to different areas of the city. These could be key people with whom to work. A FORMER CHURCH MEMBER SENT AN EMAIL THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WOULD LIKE TO HELP US.
• Pray that God would provide new financial support from churches with whom we can partner with in Bolivia. ONE CHURCH RECENTLY EMAILED US CONFIRMING OUR SUPPORT.
• Pray that God would provide funds for a vehicle and other goods once we return to the field. We will sell all that we have acquired during furlough and apply these funds to meet these needs. WE RECEIVED $3,600 SINCE JULY, YET NEED TO RASIE FUNDS FOR A VEHICLE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS."
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, RUTI, David and Talia Ruley — They share the following report: "Much of our time has been spent learning from veteran missionaries. I have had the opportunity to teach and preach on a weekly basis. The church re-build in the village of Ruti is going well. Last week we had 30 children in our children's ministry and several have made professions of faith. Our average attendance on Sunday is 10 adults and just as many children. Most of these adults have received Christ in the last year, and many are involved in our discipleship program with several close to completing it. We are praying that God will allow us to re-form this church within the next year....We are still praying that God will give us further direction for the future as to where He would have us serve. One primary work here will be mentoring several young men, and we trust that our involvement in their lives will help them to become strong Christian leaders. Our goal is the same as Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2, to commit the teaching to 'faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.'"
BRAZIL, JUNDIAL, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They share the following: "This month our church is hosting the Ladies Annual Retreat of Independent Baptist Churches on September 13. There are 260 ladies signed up! It will be an all day event with breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Our men in the church are preparing the meals. Lisa, our daughter, is going to be the speaker, and there will be 10 churches represented from within a three-hour radius. We are all praying for this day that it will be a time of spiritual refreshment and Christian fellowship!
We rejoice in the Lord's blessings in the work as we continue to serve Him here in Brazil! Thank you so much for your part in our lives and ministry!
General elections are coming up in Brazil in October and we covet your prayers that we will continue to have freedom to preach the Gospel as we have had all these years. Also, our area in Brazil has experienced the worst drought in over 40 years and we are praying that soon we will see sufficient rain to fill the reservoirs again."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, JOYNER, Joe and Melissa Marshall — They write, "On the 27th of July, we held the first service of New Beginnings Baptist Church. We had 29 in Sunday school with one from the community and 41 in the morning service with 13 from the community!
Before our opening service our team placed over 18,000 Gospel invitations into homes in the community. As a result, we have had 18 visitors.
Once again, we are joining with the Good Shepherd Baptist Church in this outreach ministry to local and international university students. There were two students who attended. One student was from China and overjoyed when we gave her a free copy of the Bible! Please pray for this outreach each Thursday. Last March we saw one saved from this ministry. Since that time, he is in our discipleship program and has been attending church."
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, BINGERVILLE, the Robert Mach Family — They write, "Our ministry is now moving toward allowing for a significant development in the overall ministry here in the years to come.
First, as the only remaining missionaries with BIMI (our family as well as Kristine McLaughlin), we are now legally organizing the independent Baptist missionary work within this country. We have recently changed and refiled our paperwork with the government and have received their approval. This will help future American missionaries who come here to minister as well as the overall independent Baptist ministry within the country. Our ability to plant churches and establish ministries through these churches has now been greatly enhanced.
Second, we are opening a new Bible college and seminary this January—complete with classrooms, computer and library research room, and dormitories (this had been planned for September, but has now been postponed to January).
Third, we are continuing to work with the Bingerville and Zanapledougou churches with their ministries in order to bring them to complete autonomy in the years ahead. Concrete steps are being taken with both churches to insure they arrive at autonomy and they can flourish after doing so."
U.S. MILITARY, JAPAN, OKINAWA, Gary and Karen Craft — They share the following: "A. came to church asking about a Christian school. As a result of his query, he was saved in his home the following week. B. and his wife came at the invitation of a co-worker. He and his wife came faithfully on Sunday mornings for three weeks, and last Thursday he was saved in his home. Sunday, August 10, they both were baptized. L., a single GI, came on a Wednesday night for the first time with a friend. The following week he was saved and has since made his salvation public to the church. E. and M. started coming to church at the invitation of a co-worker who is also a member of the church. M. got saved a few weeks ago and E. got saved last Saturday. They were baptized last Sunday. E. was baptized on a recent Wednesday night. E. and T. and their two daughters came at the invitation of a co-worker who is a member of Maranatha Baptist Church. They came for five straight Sundays. These are just some of the nearly 50 recorded decisions that we have enjoyed in the last 12 weeks. The altars have been filled at every invitation. We are grateful that God answers prayer! Since we have sent out nearly 100 to new bases of operation thus far in 2014, we are blessed to see the Lord bringing new people in."
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, the Seth Acree Family — They share the following report and prayer needs: "In our last prayer letter, we asked prayer for a man with whom we started a Bible study just after our arrival here in Ghana. The prayer was that he would not be deployed (as he serves in the Ghana Navy) so that the Bible study would continue. The Lord has answered that prayer! After four and a half months, I'm still able to meet with him on a weekly basis. Since Ghana is a society based on relationships, it has been very healthy for him spiritually for us to meet socially. As such, he has opened up to me more and we have been able to identify a major sin problem in his life (an addiction) that we are not working on. Please be in continued prayer for him as he battles temptation and needs to start coming to church more regularly.
• The continued Bible study
• Melissa's pregnancy
• The involvement in ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church
• Learning the Twi language
• Wisdom and adaptation with the new culture and climate
• The ministries of Lighthouse Baptist Church to continue to grow in the Kearney's absence"
EUROPE, ENGLAND, STOKE-OF-TRENT, Matt and Amanda Green — They share the following: "In the month of July and the beginning of August, we have been very busy. At the beginning of July, we set up a booth at Milton Carnival and handed out water and flyers with the Gospel, it went very well and many came and were interested.
Holiday Bible Club was very busy for us, too. Many of the church members were gone and we were in charge of getting it all together. Even though we are completely exhausted by the end of it, we praise the Lord that He gave us the strength and blessed us with a wonderful week. We had 39 kids come throughout the week, which was the largest group they have had. We give praise to the Lord and pray that a seed be planted in these children's lives.
Please keep us in your prayers as many things are coming up, including a new Bible college term, Mums and Tots, and a new Sunday school class for 11-14 year olds."
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Don and Patsy Drake — They give the following report and prayer needs: "We have had three families PCS (rotate) since our last letter, but we are having new people visit almost every week. We have one family visiting us who is driving one hour to our church. They are enjoying the music, fellowship, and the preaching. They are praying about joining with us. We have a family of seven leaving for Mississippi in September. Please pray that the Lord will send replacements for all those that are PCSing from us. We and our people are making contacts almost daily and many tracts are being distributed. Pray that the Lord would give the increase as we faithfully serve His cause.
Pray for our troops and their families. We have one going "down range" in November. Pray the Lord would send forth laborers."
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He writes, "The political situation in Thailand has calmed down and the church continues to move forward. We have had several salvations, converts baptized, and long-awaited prayers answered. Pastor Joe's mother recently accepted Christ as her Savior. His family and village have been on my prayer letter for a long time now, and we thank you for your prayers. This is fruit to your account. We are still praying for Joe's father. The church has seen several others get saved as well. Many of them continued in believer's baptism. Family pressure here can be discouraging, but we praise the Lord.
• Transitioning to Thailand
• Learning language & culture
• Safe travel
• Churches in Thailand
• Conversion of Joe's family & village"
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner — They write, "July was a busy month with two land/home dedications, one funeral for a 41-year-old lady whom Dan Jr. led to the Lord about six months ago. There are many unsaved at all the different services we had who heard the Gospel, which was a great blessing. Please pray that God would speak to all the hearts of those who came and pray they will one day soon get saved.
There are some special needs for our Bible school in Kobe, Japan. We are having work projects to fix some very needy areas. The project will take place from October 10-31. We will be remodeling two bathrooms and a shower area—replacing the tile, shower, tub, ceiling and doors. We need people who can lay tile, do plumbing and carpenter work. We will also be doing a lot of tearing out before construction. There is also some need for outside repair behind the bath area where we will replace sheeting and siding. Cost for this project will be about $13,000. If you can help in any way please let us know. If you can help financially you can send gifts/donations to BIMI to KIBBS Bathroom project—Account #5. Please consider us so that we may continue to train nationals for serving God."
SOUTH AMERICA, COLUMBIA. Peter and Elizabeth Putney — They give the following report: "In August the Lord gave us an incredible opportunity to preach the Gospel in every class in a local school in San Javier. This is extremely rare in Columbia. Most Columbians could not believe we were able to do it. We were able to go class-by-class preaching the Gospel. Each student then received a tract and an invite to the Bible Study. One of the teens came several days later. Having previously established a friendship with him, I was able to approach him before the Study and speak to him about his soul. He realized his need for salvation and listened attentively as I presented the Gospel. After the Bible Study we talked again and he was ready to receive Christ. When I explained to him he needed to pray from his heart and in his own words, he told me that he had never prayed like that before. All he had ever done was recite Catholic prayers given by the priest. What a blessing to see the joy on his face after the received Christ as his Savior! Please pray for him as I began discipleship with him. The San Javier Bible Study continues to go forward and the Lord is working in this poor and problem ridden neighborhood.
• Salvation decision
• Successful Children's Crusade
• Spanish studies
• Discipleship of new convert
BRAZIL, Dan and Becky Bennett — They share the following: "On June 8 Dan had the special privilege of baptizing two precious deaf ladies. A. is 72 years of age, and I. is 76 years of age. The water heater was not working, but even though the water was cold, they were excited to get baptized." Another who has been saved is a deaf man who had been coming to church for a couple of months. After hearing Dan preach, a nine-year-old hearing boy was led to the Lord by Becky. Also, an eight-year-old boy, M., who had been having doubts about his salvation, knelt and prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior."
Please pray for the Bennetts as they reach out to both the deaf and hearing in Brazil.
EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, the David Gross Family — They share the following report: "Much has happened since our last prayer letter, many encouraging things. David has started a Bible study with one of our neighbors and her daughter. N. is elderly. S. has to young sons that play with our kids from time to time. He has also made contact with a gypsy family who is eager to learn more about the Bible. Their first language is Russian, though they understand Romanian as well but cannot read Romanian. Jacob and David went last week for the first Bible study with them and plans to go again this week. Pray these families will remain open to the truth of the Gospel and be saved along with their families."
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They write, "Four Precious Souls Born Again! The first week of July we conducted our Kid's Summer Bible Club/VBS. What a blessing to see the excitement that the kids had in coming. One little girl asked, 'Why can't we have Bible Club all summer long?' My prayer is that once we get our own church building, that little girl's prayer will be answered. Four girls accepted Christ as their personal Savior during our club week. Please pray for them: J., T., R., and I."
Missionaries of the Day
Saturday, September 5, 2015
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Robert & Jennifer Larson - USA DIRECTOR
Gary D & Ann Layne - MEXICO
Marie Lea-Wilson - HONDURAS
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Robert & Jennifer Larson - USA DIRECTOR
Gary D & Ann Layne - MEXICO
Marie Lea-Wilson - HONDURAS
PRAYER PROMISEAsk of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession (Romans 2:8).
PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Prime Minister Taavi Riovas of Estonia (west of Russia).