FAR EAST, JAPAN, TOYOHASHI CITY, Josh and AMY Durden —They share the following report: “It has been a joy passing out our tracts on Saturday mornings at our city station. As a result, some new people have come. With serving on the mission field comes the difficulties of breaking through the walls that Satan has put up to keep people from understanding and believing our one true God. Needless to say, the pandemic slowed down and even stopped certain ministries from July through parts of August. Thankfully, since we went back to our services, we have been blessed to not shut down anymore.
What a joy it is to report to you that a couple of weeks ago, we had the privilege at home during our family altar time to lead our two oldest, Abigail and Joel, to Christ! They will be getting baptized the first Sunday in October. Hallelujah!...Do continue to pray for our family, the ministry here, and always for the salvation of the lost and growth of believers. Pray as we get into full swing of the fall activities here for October through December.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, BAIRIKI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku —They share the following; “Our family thought we would be back in the Pacific by this time. Due to the international COVID-19 restrictions, that is not the case. However, the Lord has continually opened doors for us to serve Him. We are thankful that the Lord’s work is not bound to a geographical location. We are thankful that the work in Kiribati is His work and continues to move forward for His glory.
In August, God opened the door for our family to serve in Heron, Montana. The Passage Northwest is a ministry that has just begun under the ministries of Temple Baptist Church and Crown College. . . . During our times there, our hearts were burdened for the Northwest. It is a mission field within our own borders. It is our prayer that the Northwest will be impacted for Christ by the young people whose hearts were touched during the camps.
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, NAIROBI, Bill and Tammy Brouwer —They share the follow report: “While it is difficult to determine what is normal in the year 2020, things here are beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy. The government has eased the restrictions placed upon church services. For weeks after the reopening of churches, services could be only one hour in length. Now, church services are allowed to last 1½ hours. For several weeks after the reopening, no one over the age of 58 was allowed to attend church services. Since I am over the age limit, Tammy would attend church services without me while I watched the service live stream at home.
With the easing of restrictions has come a return to previous ministry responsibilities, along with an increase in new ministry opportunities. Classes at the Bible college have resumed with a limited number of students based upon government restrictions regarding social distancing and other requirements for church related ministries.
We continue to receive good reports from our churches in Tanzania. There were never any church closures there, and all of the churches are faithfully preaching the Gospel and reaching souls for Christ,”
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, BOVES, Carey and Susan Abbett —They share the following with prayer needs: “Thank you for your prayers. Many told us they have prayed for the camp we had last month in August and the Lord answered your prayers. Despite some high temperatures (staying over 100° F most of the time), God blessed to help protect and use us in the teaching of His Word to encourage and convict.
Our co-workers came back encouraged. Decisions for Christ were made and salvations were made during their camp, including their oldest son Adam, desiring to follow the Lord in obedience through baptism.
• Many people are still requesting and receiving Bibles and Christian literature through our church’s website. Pray that God’s Word will have its effect in their hearts.
• It has been more difficult getting to meet with people or have people over in our house due to the COVID-19 scare. Please pray that the contacts we make will agree to listen to the Gospel and let it touch their hearts.
• France has a desperate need for more laborers. Although I am always happy to see new missionaries arrive, what France really needs are for the French Christian men to accept God’s call in their lives.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, STANN CREEK, DANGRIGA, John and Robin Harris —They write the following: “Early September we braced for the Category 1 Hurricane named Nana. We were not left without power long, and for the most part, it did not hit here as badly as expected. Belize, as of this prayer letter, is now reporting over 1,700 cases of COVID-19 nationwide with over 20 deaths. Due to the increase in numbers in late August, Belize decided not to allow churches to meet again. I am currently assisting people within our church family with food. Tomorrow I will deliver rice to many of our church people. Since the restrictions are again in place, we are going forward by having in-home Bible studies until this is resolved.”
USA MINISTRIES TO THE DEAF, GEORGIA, SMYRNA, Bruce and Vicki Kelly —They share the following report: “Our church services remain open on Sundays, but our numbers are down due to people being afraid to come because of COVID-19 or they had other health problems. We are not providing transportation since sitting too close presents a problem. Also, our van has not been working. Please pray for us to find the right van so we can start picking up deaf people again.
We do zoom meetings (we can have as many people on computers seeing each other as want to join in) thru Webcam on Thursday night for Bible Study. When we started out, we had an average of six people on Zoom, and now we are up to 15 to 18 people. I have been teaching the book of Revelation.”
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, SANARE, Nathan and Marllory Arce —They share the following report and prayer needs: “There is a very strict quarantine here with rules changing every other week about what we are allowed to do. We are still facing power outages for 4–8 hours every day in several parts of our country. This has caused an almost complete power failure in our small town, rendering most electrical appliances useless. We praise the Lord that there is a lot more food coming into the country now, but at very high prices, which makes it difficult for most people to purchase.
We had 250 people at our last church service in June. Social distancing was not working, and it is hard convincing people in our city of the reality of this virus, since until then there had barely been 10 cases registered in the whole country and not a single one in our city. SO, we started five small family groups that would gather on Wednesday and we established five leaders who would tend to the group. Pastor Julio and I would visit Saturday and Sundays and minister at different times to each of the five groups. This worked well for several weeks up until the gas started to get increasingly hard to find. People would stand in line for days, fill their vehicles with gas, then siphon some out and give to us. Pastor Julio and I would take turns waiting in line to get a tank full of gas so we could visit the church and minister to people. However, sadly, we are at a standstill. It has been almost a month now in which we have not been able to visit or minister except through sending audio notes, calling, or texting. It has been difficult to be so distant from the church members, but God has given us some quality family time—time to talk, pray, and study the Word of God in a special way. We are thankful for every season.
• Pray for Venezuela!
• Pray because Venezuelans have been confined to their homes far too long and people are starting to ignore the rules while the pandemic is just now starting to hit. We have around 20 possible cases in Sanare and more and more people are getting sick.
• Pray for our family as we are relocating in the city of Barquisimeto. Because of the transportation issue in the country, it is easier to find our basic needs (food, medicine, gas for transportation and generators) here. This also involves several new adjustments in our daily life.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BAUMHOLDER, Joseph and Laura Passaro —They share the following report: “Well, I must be honest, I thought by now the COVID-19 epidemic would be old news and Satan would have started another problem for all the world to worry about, but it seems it is picking up steam over here in Germany and throughout all of Europe. My thought is to just keep moving forward, witnessing, enjoying church, and fellowshipping, and praying the cases shrink each week.
One good thought is that our church here is still enjoying services even with the strict rules and seeing new people visit and the people being very faithful. The Lord has blessed with an increase in our Sunday services, having a high day of 25 and an average around 20 people. Also, the last few months our church people have been able to get together for a meal on every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. This has helped in encouraging our hearts with good Christian conversation, fellowship, and food.”
• Pray that Grace Baptist Church will continue to grow in numbers, grow spiritually, and souls will be saved and baptized. Amen!”
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIELD, John and Emily Lafreniere —They share the following report: “The COVID-19 pandemic hit our area very hard from March until late May. Most people in our church had COVID-19 at points during this time, including our family. This virus also took the life of one of our dearest church members, James Reilly. James received Christ only a couple of years ago and was baptized last year. This reminds me of why God planted this church here in Fairfield. Praise the Lord! He had been reached before it was too late!
Because of the tremendous number of cases around us, we went to online services for about 8 weeks. This was very difficult for us to keep connected and engaged in our ministry. It has been just recently that our church has started to see some regulars come back to services. This was especially hard on our church finances, but God was faithful to get us through these months with a good testimony. Despite these challenges, we were able to see three young men recently baptized! This is the first baptism that was held at our location in our new baptistery that was purchased with the help of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following report: “Adaptability has been our motto for the last several months. Our country is in tremendous turmoil due to the coronavirus. As of now, the numbers indicate that 1 out of 25 people have or have had the virus. We have had several people in our church family who have had the virus and one man had to be hospitalized. However, we thank the Lord that no one has lost his or her life so far.
As far as the current status of the church, the people remain faithful in attending online and have been faithful with their tithes and missions offerings. The church is able to maintain the missions support for the two families that the church supports, and every bill has been paid with extra left over to save for the church’s Building Fund. The goal is to someday purchase a building for a permanent home for the church....Please continue to pray for us and our people as we continue to adapt to everything happening in the country of Chile.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, QUEBEC, Betsey Rezner —She shares the following report: “This summer has definitely been out of the ordinary. When the isolation orders first started, I think we all thought they would only last a week or two. As the reality started to sink in that this was the new normal, I discussed with my pastor and wife what we could do to continue to reach out to the children. We knew that an in-person Vacation Bible School (VBS) would not be an option for us. I suggested that we go virtual and spread the activities from a day of VBS over a week. That way, we would have a video posting every day of the summer break, and it would be an encouragement to the children.
We did five weeks of videos with the theme of Following Your Compass. I sure did not know what I was in for at the start, and it has been quite challenging, trying to keep up with all the writing, planning, filming, coordinating, editing, and posting. HOWEVER, I am so thankful for everyone who participated and helped. We had some great teachers and actors. We have our own show now, and the message we share is the most important one in the world.
• Salvation of children who participated in Virtual Camp.
• Continuing online teaching.”
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, SAN JUAN, Jerry and Liz Harmon —They share the following report: “What a crazy world we live in! Here we have a myriad of circumstances that affect our lives: earthquakes, tropical storms, the coronavirus, and governmental restrictions among others. Prayer has been an even more important part of our lives than ever before! In spite of it all, we can still see God working in the lives of people.
We are still currently having one service each week on Sunday at 11:00 AM. We also have a daily broadcast on Facebook live at 9:00 Monday through Saturday. This allows us to reach our people every day of the week. We also have several people watching from the United States and even around the world. Maybe you would have the opportunity to watch as well.
With all that is going on, we have had several people from the area visit our church. One family has been faithfully coming for several weeks and has said they have been enjoying the services. We also enjoyed having the opportunity to have our first guest speaker here on Labor Day Sunday. It was a good change of pace! We have had to cancel others due to travel restrictions here. We appreciated your continued prayers, especially during this pandemic!”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett —They share the following: “I suppose your news there and ours here is pretty similar these past several months. We are still far from normal, but at least we are able to have half of our people present for the services while the other half follows via our online transmission. We would never have chosen this, but at least we are reaching people and places that we never imagined before—having listeners from other far away cities in Brazil to even Brazilians listening in other countries.
We did start back with our Bible institute and presently have 21 students. It is so wonderful to have some segment of normalcy! We are supposed to host a ladies meeting of other independent Baptist churches in our part of Brazil, but that had to be canceled because the number of ladies was going to far exceed our annual camp this year. In spite of all the limitations, we still have weddings scheduled between now and December.
Lydabelle and I are deeply grateful for your much needed prayers for our family and ministry here.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case —They share the following: “The quarantine has lifted only 25% in the city. The government of Mexico has a color system of lockdown restrictions and we are finally out of the ‘red zone’ and are switching back and forth between yellow and orange. Most do not trust the government’s rules or their research. The virus is still present, but people are returning to work and school. I believe that if a Christian is not afraid to go to work or school, they are also not afraid to go to church. If they do not go to church, it is because they do not want to. I have challenged our members on the importance of faithfulness to the house of God if they are able to go out of their house. Since some of them are delicate in health, and they must stay home, we continue to provide our service live over the Internet for them. Many of our folks have come back.
We are still moving forward with Bible institute classes, some in person and some online. We just finished Old Testament Survey and will be starting New Testament now.
Pray for each of our church members to grow spiritually through these trying times, learning to depend more fully on God, and submitting to His will for their lives.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, FIJI ISLANDS, SAVUSAVU, Robbie and Amanda Leonard —They share the following report: “What an incredible first month here in Savusavu! After a few days to settle into our new home, we enjoyed our first service at Grace Baptist Mission with Pastor Jonathan McPherson. The church meets Sunday mornings at 10:30 for children’s Sunday school and 11:00 for the main service followed by a potluck style dinner. They are holding the mid-week service on Thursday evening. Pastor Jonathan has asked me to preach this service. I have begun preaching on the Doctrine of Salvation.
Here in Fiji, we are required to have our vehicle inspected yearly before we can renew our registration. During the test drive, I had the opportunity to witness to the inspector. I quickly learned he believes that he has to work his way to heaven. I shared the Gospel with him several times, but he still held on to his beliefs. Please pray that I will have an opportunity to speak to him again and the he will come to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior.”
EAST AFRICA, GHANA, SUNYANI, Seth and Melissa Acree —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Since our last report, the government of Ghana has further relaxed restrictions on church services by allowing us to meet for two hours at a time instead of one. On September 1st the airport opened back up and the schools are resuming in January.
Our church is now meeting in our home. We were hoping that because of other denominations choosing not to open their doors, we would see opportunities to reach out to those who normally would be attending those churches. Whether that is the underlying reason or not, we feel like God has been building His church during this time. For starters, the church recently voted to purchase quality-stacking chairs because we are at capacity for what we had on hand. We have also seen several new visitors over the past few months, some of whom are periodically returning. This has given even more people with whom to follow up, and those meetings have yielded fruit. Three people recently were saved. Two have followed the Lord in baptism.
• Melissa’s health and an accurate diagnosis
• Baby boy Acree due November 1st
• Paperwork — Approval for visas under our new quota.”
MADAGASCAR, TANJONDAVA, TALATAMATY, ANTANANARIVO, Scottie and Darlene Rackley —They share the following report: “My wife and I came to South Africa last December for me to seek treatment for my throat. However, due to the lockdown imposed on South Africa back in March, my treatment has not necessarily gone as expected. God is in control and He has allowed me the blessing and privilege of becoming friends with some small business owners here in the town of Hillcrest. When they heard me speaking and heard my Texas accent, many of them asked me why I am here. I briefly explained my medical condition and that I am working with a church. Over time, we have become fairly good friends. God has allowed me the privilege of giving one of the business owners a Bible. He sells handmade shawarmas, and boy, are they good! I told him the Bible was a gift from the church and that I am praying for him. We are praying that when we open our church, we can invite him and he will come.
Another business owner, a tailor and his wife, have done good work for us in the past, and they have become good friends of ours throughout the lockdown. He allows me to send him our church devotion videos, and he loves them. Please pray with us that we might see his wife and him come to know the Lord.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, SAN PABLO, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Here in Costa Rica we are in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the lockdown rules are stricter than they ever were before, but we are pushing forward. . . . Jeremy has continued to teach and preach 2–3 times per week, increasing our online outreach. Michelle has been organizing ladies’ meetings, which have increased in attendance. She has also been holding online kids’ classes, which are also growing. Jeremy has begun to get the men involved in planning for creative and innovative forms of outreach during this time. He has been able to help many with food during this time.
Although the situation has been tough, we are thankful that God has been good to us. We are still on the mission field and we are still able to work.
• Pray that God would help us to be motivated in reaching people with the Gospel, despite the obstacles to ministry.
• Pray that God will help us to reach more souls for Christ.
• Pray that God will continue to establish the new church plant here in San Pablo, Costa Rica.”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOSUKA, Mike and Tonda Pinson —They share the following report: “Our church has been able to take a few steps in our return to normal—if there is a normal anywhere. On June 21, we were able to open the church for Sunday morning services; however, many of our members are not comfortable attending and continue watching online. Because the military is very strict on following all recommended social distracting protocols, we have made many changes to the auditorium and to the way we conduct services in order to comply.
In spite of the low attendance of military families, most non-military members have returned, and we have been having visitors almost weekly. Last Sunday a Japanese man was riding his bike near the church when we arrived. We spoke with him briefly and invited him to church. We tried to explain that translation would be available. He must have understood because he showed up for the 11:00 AM service. In the last few months, two new attendees have been baptized and joined our church. I have also begun discipling them online. Praise the Lord! We continue to look for creative ways to reach our community during this time.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, ALTO PARANA, CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Clint and Rita Vernoy —They share the following: “We want to share with you what the Lord is doing in Paraguay. The building is finished, and the CWE mission container was finally able to be shipped back to the States. Small details, for the most part, are what remain for us to finally open and use the building. COVID-19 is still causing difficulties as our state of Alto Parana, where the church is located, just returned to two weeks of full lockdown. Paraguay’s borders are still closed with no scheduled commercial flights. So for now, we wait and watch for the coming day when we will be able to return to our ministry, our church, and our family in Paraguay.
Our prayer is that during the month of September commercial flights will be reinstated or we will be able to return on a repatriation flight since we are permanent residents of Paraguay.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley —They share the following report and prayer needs: “It has been a month since we resumed in-person services, and by God’s grace, we are still meeting in-person. We are also taking every opportunity to proclaim the Gospel during this time of relaxed COVID restrictions. The only opposition that we have faced during street preaching was from a man who rolled down his car window and began screaming obscenities at me and promised to come over and ‘smash in’ my face. I must admit I was nervous. However, I kept right on singing ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness.’ The man parked his car, jumped out, and came barreling toward me, but for some reason, he abruptly stopped. He continued to curse and to pace back and forth; but he came no nearer. (I think the angels were holding him back!).
A unique witnessing opportunity that one of our church members had undertaken is to write texts to a priest named E. who is a host on a Catholic radio program. Mick regularly sends E. devotionals that explain the Gospel; and E. has been replying back (of course, E. never uses Scriptures—only quotes from Catholic theologians). Please pray for E.’s salvation. Another way that we are getting the Gospel out is by way of facemasks! Since it is now mandatory to wear masks in the shops, we have been writing ‘Ye must be born again—John 3’ on our masks. It definitely catches attention!”
Though the Gospel work in Ireland is slow, we know that His Word does not return void. We were reminded of this recently when we received an email from a man who said that back in 2016 when he was living in Maynnoth, he received a knock on his door from a member of River Valley Baptist Church and me. He was touched when I wrote him a personal letter explaining the Gospel and gave him a Bible. After 13 more years of wandering in darkness, he finally received Christ as his Savior in the summer of 2019! Thank you for praying for people like him, and thanks for praying for us!”
SOUTH CENTRAL AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The situation in Zambia continues to change since our last update. The Covid-19 cases continue to climb and people are becoming more cautious. The schools opened briefly for grades 7, 9, and 12 to take exams and immediately closed. Otherwise, the ministries continue to do well. The churches deep in the bush are meeting. A national pastor is continuing to help the people with food as the cost of food continues to rise. He met with all the pastors recently to encourage them in the Lord and talk about all that is going on in the country.
Please pray for Misehi Baptist Church. The building collapsed recently and since it was built from mud brick several years ago, it was not strong. There is currently an effort to rebuild it. There is a need for cement to help build a stronger structure. Please pray with us about this need.
• The weekly Bible study with pastors
• Souls saved and people to surrender to God’s call on their lives
• The Christian school
• The raising of funds for several projects:
- A new bush vehicle
- A Christian school boarding house
- A Christian school room addition
• For Zambia as they deal with COVID-19
• For the Lewis family and for our church, Somerville Baptist, as they choose a new pastor
• For the salvation of our younger children.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following report and prayer needs: “One of our young men had a friend come visit from a neighboring province. We were able to have several discussions about Jesus Christ and the Bible. We are pleased to report that he prayed and received Jesus Christ as his Savior. He is now looking for a job in our area. Another young man was saved a couple of years ago. He also recently visited us and is considering moving to be with our church. It is very encouraging to see young Thai men getting saved and interested in church and discipleship.
• Learning language and culture
• Seeds to take root in hearts”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —She writes the following: “The parks in New York City have been padlocked since March and were reopened July 4. We always look forward to our summer time park ministry and are praising God that we still have the opportunity this year. With muppets and a simple object lesson we present the Gospel message. It is always a thrill to see the moms and their children gather around to hear of the hope in Jesus. Please pray for all nine who have expressed their need of salvation.
• Our continued outreach efforts, souls to be saved and the fruit remain
• Our desperate need for a church building
• More supporters to give $25 a month to help purchase a building
• Good health.”
EASTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, KASTANIENWEG, Walt and Thrasilla Hornung —They share the following: “Our hearts are yearning and we are praying to get back to normal services to worship God in our church facilities. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic increase in the past weeks here in Germany, it does not look like that will happen for a while; however, we are praying and trusting our Lord. We are grateful for our various online services. In addition to our regular services, about 20 of us meet twice a week at 6 AM for much needed fervent prayer. Also, for the next three months we will have an outside worship service twice a month. This will take place at one of the large outside restaurants at the Biebrich Castle. It also will be online. We are also planning a baptismal service for three who want to follow the Lord. As of now, we do not have a place to baptize. We trust the Lord will surprise us!
We praise the Lord for the salvation of two men! Our pastor was able to lead his dad to the Lord only two weeks before the Lord took him home. He preached an excellent sermon at the funeral service. He did something most people never heard before. He gave an invitation to accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Also, a young searching man listened on YouTube to a sound Swiss preacher and was saved. He found us on the Internet and is now attending our services. Yes, times have changed.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner —They share the following report: “We have been very busy in the ministry here. Starting July 1, we got back to normal services, but it didn’t last long because of an increase in Corona cases. So, as we entered August people were told to stay home whenever possible. The blessing of it all is that we have a new family coming to our church as of July 1 and another lady also. The lady coming with her family had committed to being baptized and is doing some Bible study for that, and our plans are that she will be baptized in October. The other lady is not sure of her salvation, so please pray for her.
• Pray for new missionaries to Japan.
• Pray for our good friend Ron White who is recovering from heart surgery and a stroke.
• Pray that more Japanese would be saved.
• Pray for our health—which is great right now!”
FAR NORTH CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay —They write the following: “We were told that it would be January 2021 before the school will allow us to rent the building for church again. After this, we decided to meet on a parking lot for our Sunday evening and Thursday evening services and continue our Sunday morning services on Facebook live. We prayed for sunny, dry weather (which would be a miracle to have every time). God has been so faithful! We have had nine consecutive dry and sunny services. Our people have loved being back together. We are only allowed to have 50 people at each service, and we must maintain a greater social distance in order to be able to sing. We have placed cones in the parking lot and our people choose a cone to stand/sit by. We know that this will not be possible when the temperatures begin to cool in the fall. We are asking the Lord for a warm September and looking for another option in October. Please pray with us about our need for a building to meet in while we wait for the school to allow us back in there.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —They share the following report and prayer requests: “The highlight of our summer was to spend a few days at Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch. It was a blessing because our children had been at home for months without having any contact with other children. At camp they were able to get out and hike, ride horses, and have a good time. There was lots of fun and Bible instruction. I also had the opportunity to lead a Navajo man to the Lord.
This summer we got a high-speed Internet connection at church for the first time. This has been very helpful because we can now have church services in our building again and on Facebook live. We recently started our community outreach every Tuesday at 10:00 AM. I took an online course on how to use Adobe Photoshop and I designed some beautiful door hangers as an outreach tool. I also designed a large church sign that is on the side of our church van that matches our tracts and door hangers. We are trying to let our community know that we are here and that there is hope.
• Salvation of our Navajo people
• Discipleship with a few of our ladies to be completed
• Our house to be completed.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, NORTH YORK, The McTague Family —They share the following: “ ‘We are meeting under the big tree in the park. Feel free to bring breakfast food.’ This is the text that was sent to all our people starting the first of June. Our gathering had finally been lifted to a number that was big enough to include others besides our own family—10! So, we began transitioning from online services to in-person, small groups meeting in the park beside our rented church facility, which had not yet been opened. As it began, we were having one service in the park at 9 AM, 30 minutes away from our house and then hustling home to do our online main service, videoed from our home at 11 AM. This was far from ideal; however, we were thankful that the next month we were able to transition to all services in the park.
God has definitely used this unexpected and challenging time to reveal some effective ways or reaching people that we had not tapped into previously. At this time our gatherings are limited to still 10 but on the verge of jumping to 50 indoors. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will be back in our town hall.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPINES, SAMAR (IA), Layne and Nelia Jones —They write the following: “God has been so good. When we came to N. Samar(ia), there were 24 towns that never had a Baptist church. There are very few churches on Samar(ia) in all of Region 8. In Region 6 there are 3,000 independent Baptist churches. Praise the Lord for the churches started and souls saved! The church in Libertad will have their first Sunday services this Sunday in their new building. The church in Lapinig just added three new families. Pastor Norman, pastoring in Kablangan, preached last night for our Wednesday services and did a good job.
The radio station is going strong. We are getting many prospects from this outreach. Recently, we heard that folks were listening on the Island of Luzon. Luzon is just three hours across the water by ferry. By FM radio it is faster.
• Pray that Gene Sharp can come soon to hook up the new 3,000-watt transmitter.
• Please pray for our graduating class in March that God will speak to them about where to start churches!
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Joy Wesson Family —She writes the following: “With the government keeping us under curfew, we have had to make some adjustments to service times to stay within the limits they have set. In spite of the changes, it has been wonderful to have the deaf coming back again after weeks and months of not being able to have services. The deaf who have made decisions for Christ have a desire to learn and grow but are so limited in their ability to read the Bible for themselves and really have no idea how to simply pray and talk to the Lord. We are working on teaching them how to pray by taking prayer requests and then splitting up into small prayer groups with our deaf workers to teach them how to pray on their own.
Another precious soul who was recently saved is a young lady. Stephen had a burden to see her accept Christ and was praying for her salvation. It blessed my heart to hear that he and Kimberly led her to Christ following the morning service a couple of weeks ago.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILIP, Robert and Rhoda Smith Family —They share the follow blessings: “Blessing #1 — My application for Immigrant Status had been approved. Blessing #2 — With the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, we were able to baptize again. Three have made public professions of faith in Christ and were baptized. Blessing #3 — I was asked to officiate at a graveside funeral recently. I gave the invitation for salvation and one man raised his hand signifying that he was trusting Christ! Praise the Lord! Blessing #4 — Our 12,000 John/Romans are here in the port waiting to be off loaded. We received $530 to finish covering the cost of the printing. Two more gifts of $100 and $300 were given to help us with the clearing and customs costs. Pray that God would stir up men in our church to become laborers in His harvest field here.”
AFRICA, CAPE VERDE, Nathan and Tina Fritz —They share the following report: “We began services again several weeks ago. It has been a little of a challenge to keep a proper distance in our small building, but it has been fun. The hidden blessing of the COVID-19 situation is the ability to have a fresh start afterward. We had the opportunity to be a blessing to the community near our church location during the shutdown. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom as we seek to cultivate the soil and plant the Seed. We trust Him to bring about the harvest.
We have for the time being replaced our Sunday PM service with several smaller in-home Bible Studies. This has been well received and has been a wonderful training ground for the men preparing for the ministry.
With our canceled furlough, we are still praying to meet a few goals that we planned to pursue while in the States.
• Our financial support to be raised by $500 per month
• Financial support for purchasing a vehicle — Some have already given toward this. Thank you.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Kerri Phillips —She shares the following: “May started out with a heartache. On May 9, one of our orphan graduates passed away at the age of 24. This was a shock to all of us to have a local taxi driver (motorcycle) come to our orphanage to tell us that one of our children had died! As soon as we found out, we asked for permission to go to his village and it was granted. His loved ones gave us permission to conduct the funeral and the orphanage director preached the funeral and five people trusted Christ.
The little deaf boy I met almost two years ago is really learning Sign Language. When I first met him, all he could do was draw circles in the dirt. He now can hold a full conversation in Sign Language. All glory belongs to the LORD! Recently, he told me he wanted to be a soldier.
Please keep praying for us while we are under lockdown. We are not allowed to gather for church or school, so please pray that God will open doors for the Gospel to be proclaimed.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —They share the following report and prayer needs: “After three months of online services, we are meeting again and it is great. There is a sense of simplicity and the people want to be with each other. It is good to worship together! I have asked two men to consider being on the pastoral team with me. The church is behind that as well. We also have a leadership team of leaders in respective areas of responsibilities. The sense of teamwork and family is tremendous to experience. Great to see young families with children and more on the way!
In this time of uncertainty, we know the Lord is still building His church with the power of the Holy Spirit. In September, we will be having our third annual motorcycle service and we are already gearing up for that. The latter part of September is our Bible conference with an evangelist/pastor originally from Leipzig (former East Germany). We have a big tent in the back of the church and we are looking to extend the building awning to allow for bigger crowds. The best is yet to come.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires, D. A. and Debbi Brosius —They share the following: “It seems that all we can do is be still right now since we have been in mandatory stay at home quarantine since March 15. We have been four months without being in church or going any place except to the store and to some of our church members’ doorsteps to drop off groceries. Of course, we greatly miss being in church services, but we have been able to keep up with our regular church services through social media. New people regularly drop in on the Facebook services, and thankfully, we have reconnected with some who had previously dropped out of church. We are sure the Lord knows what He is doing.
One person sat through an adult online meeting and then asked her mom to lead her to the Lord. Some mothers who are not in church allow their kids to use their phones to be in the Zoom meetings and they hear them too.
Right before the quarantine started, we traveled to Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina to fill the pulpit for a Filipino missionary, whom our church supports. It was a wonderful experience, and we were very encouraged to observe the work the Lord is doing at the End of the World.
Please pray for the Z. family who went to the Philippines for a short business trip and have not been allowed to return to their ministry there in Ushuaia. Their three teen and young adult children are in Ushuaia.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, KIRIBATI, BAIRIKI, TARAWA, Joel and Brooke Daku —They share the following report: “The South Pacific has been blessed to not have as many COVID-19 cases as many other places around the world. We are thankful that Kiribati remains CONVID-19 free. Our church has been able to continue meeting as normal. Being one of the most remote nations on earth is not always a bad thing. Two visitors have come to our church several times and are seeking the truth in the midst of these times. We are praying that they will come to know the Lord as their Savior.
• Please continue to pray for the one who leads the ministry here.
• Pray for the one who assists him in the ministry. He really struggles with asthma and his health has taken a downward turn.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, Charles and Peggy Vaughn —They share the following: “We covet your prayers as we serve here in Brazil, which has had a very serious problem with the virus.... We ask that you pray for our situation here in our city and Brazil as a whole because it is one of the countries that the citizens have been blocked for travel to the States. We also have people in our church who cannot work because of the restrictions on essential places.
Since our flight was canceled, Peggy has been having problems once again with her breathing and her low iron. We will not be able to come to the States for a short furlough this year. This is a special year for us, as we will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary as well as being in Brazil for 45 of those years.”
SOUTH AFRICA, John and Chrystal Matney —They share the following report: “We are STILL under a hard lockdown. More sectors of the economy are opening up, but sadly, much economic damage has been done. HOWEVER, in spite of all the limitations on us, the Lord continues to work! That is what I love about Him! He is unstoppable; His message of salvation continues to spread all over our area. We praise the Lord for the souls that have been saved in the last few months despite the limits placed upon our movement. We have been able to pass out hundreds of Bibles and thousands of Gospel tracts during this time. Praise the Lord!
We are excited for those who have expressed interest in our church and will be coming as soon as we open again. We also will be having another baptismal service soon for those who have recently accepted the Lord Jesus as Savior. Unfortunately, anything in our service that requires human contact is not allowed. This even includes singing!
USA MILITARY, ITALY, Chris and Lou Anne War —They share the following testimony: “Sometimes it is hard to see the good during a crisis. . . . There is no doubt that people need to be in a good church to worship God, to be under the preaching of God’s Word, and to be able to fellowship with other Christians, BUT even during the lockdown and quarantines, God had a plan.
Many of you have prayed for my father’s salvation for many years, and I have spoken to him many times about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. During the lockdown, my father could not attend his church because it was closed. During the same time, Lou Anne and I were stuck in the States trying to get back to Italy in February. Therefore, I started to preach on Facebook live so that our church folks in Italy who were also locked down could still receive the preaching of the Word of God by their pastor. I spoke with my father about a week before I started preaching online and explained to him what I was going to start doing. He told me that he was also interested in listing as well. He listened from the very first sermon and has been listening ever since.
Every Sunday and Wednesday before I was going to preach I sent him my sermon notes and he would listen and follow along in my notes. Then I would call him every week, normally Sunday afternoon, to discuss my sermon that was preached that day and asked him if he had any questions. It was the most wonderful thing discussing the things of God with him. After many of my Sunday sermons, I would go through step-by-step the plan of salvation and then lead those who wanted to trust Jesus as their Savior to pray the sinners’ prayer. In April, he told me that he had been born again and that he had prayed after the sermon, trusting Jesus and Jesus alone to take him to heaven. I was floored! I asked him many questions about his salvation and I truly believe he has trusted the Lord Jesus as his Savior with all sincerity of his heart.
I have prayed for him for many years and thankful for the many changes in him. He now reads the King James Bible every day and we continue to discuss my sermons and also talk about the Scriptures he has been reading...Praise the Lord for His saving Grace! Please pray for his spiritual growth.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —They share the following report: “The church is going well! We opened up again in May and though we still have a few immune compromised families who have not returned and are still watching online, everyone else loves the fellowship and in-person worship of our Lord as a church family. We had 15 new visitors in the past two months. One family joined our church. He is doing his internship for his doctorate, and he began a teen group. Having four teenagers himself, our youth group has grown tremendously! He teaches Sunday school, his wife teaches the younger kids, their daughter plays the piano for some services, and they head up teen activities. What a huge blessing and boost to our ministry! The teens participated in a ‘Tract Attack’ this past Sunday afternoon and passed out tracts in the Walmart and grocery store parking lots. We already received a call form a family who got a tract that just moved here and looking for a church....During these uncertain times, it is comforting to know God is still working.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, James and Rebekah Scott —They share the following: “Although the Coronavirus has changed a lot of our schedule and the way many of us do things, the Lord has blessed tremendously and we are thankful for all He has done.
In June, I (James) was able to take a trip to Okinawa. Fellow missionary Dan Gardner Sr. was renovating the 2nd floor of their church for the Japanese pastor who lives there. I was able to go and help with some of the renovation. It was great to see the excitement of the family as their new home was coming along. Since then, the apartment has been completed and the family has moved in. I was also able to preach for them and share our ministry with a military minister there in Okinawa.
Our church has made the decision to begin holding live services again. It was great to be able to see many of the members’ faces again. . . . We praise the Lord that this past Sunday the building was almost full. A young man in our church recently got married and his wife has joined the church. In addition, there is a couple who has been attending for a while and they officially made the decision to join the church. This past Sunday we held our first Men’s Meeting since the Coronavirus hit. When we came to Japan two years ago, there were only four men attending, including me. The pastor and I were excited and praising the Lord that there were seven attending this meeting.
In August, we will be having a small renovation at the Bible college. We are planning to renovate the dorms and classrooms. Our prayer is that all goes well and everyone will be safe.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, SAN PABLO, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Here in Costa Rica, we are facing a 2nd wave of COVID-19 that is much worse than the first. Within a few days of allowing churches to hold services, the government went back on reopening for most of the country. Those who can hold services have very strict rules and most people are not comfortable with attending. We continue our online services during this time. Last month, Michelle organized the first ladies’ meeting in our church plant. There were 13 present, including three girls and several visitors. This month they have planned another ladies’ meeting. Jeremy has continued to preach 2–3 times a week, and he is currently learning to use a new streaming software, which should help us do better with our online services and outreach. In the light of the present government restrictions and the current trajectory of the situation, it appears that the online services may be our only way to meet for quite a while. The church in Nicaragua has also faced a very tough time. The government has done very little to limit the spread of the virus. Hospitals are overwhelmed. The economy is suffering tremendously. We have been able to help with some economic relief during this time.
As you pray for us, please know that we are praying for you as well.
• That God continues to remove obstacles to ministry and outreach in Costa Rica
• That God will bless our efforts to bring the Gospel to the community
• That God will continue to establish His church here is San Pablo, Costa Rica”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following testimony: “Right before the complete quarantine was put in place, I received a text asking me to come and share the Gospel with an elderly lady who was dying of cancer. They explained to me that she had asked for a pastor, not a priest. As I talked with the family to coordinate the time, they asked me to come as soon as possible. When I arrived, I understood why. I must admit, I do not think I have ever seen a frailer human being in my life. She was literally just hours away from entering into eternity and none of her immediate family were believers. I believe she asked for a pastor rather than a priest because she wanted to hear the Gospel. I took her weak hand and shared with her that if she would confess her sins and receive Jesus Christ as her Savior that she would enter into the presence of God. She nodded her head indicating that she desired to do so as she was too weak to speak. I prayed with her as she prayed in her heart to receive Jesus. As I write this letter, she is no longer in a frail cancer-filled body but rather praising the Lord in His presence. Thank you for continuing to pray for us and to support our ministry.”
PNG BIBLE PROJECT, Alan and Donna Brooks —They share the following report: “In spite of the heartbreaking events that we see as the result of the pandemic, God has brought about many positive ways to increase our faith. . . . The Pastor of Morota Baptist Church in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and I have been communicating almost daily concerning the events due to the Coronavirus in the country and the continual logistics of this ongoing project. He reported that even with the lockdown, the government has not stopped the churches from meeting. They have been able to conduct two special youth meetings with over 100 young people attending each night and many saved. He has also been able to distribute Bibles to students as the schools begin to open back up.
A national pastor from Popendetta, traveled five hours by dingy (small boat) to distribute Bibles to six village schools. This is an extremely remote area and they know very little about the virus. Another national pastor has been working in the Kainantu District in the Eastern Highlands, doing schools in the remote mountainous regions. His daughter recently emailed me the following, ‘On Behalf of the church people of Kainantu, I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for the generous hearts of those Christians who had invested their resources toward BIMI Bible Project in PNG and BIMI for coordinating the project. May God bless you all.’ . . . Please pray specifically that travel will open again so we are able to travel safely back to Papua New Guinea.”
FAR EAST, THAILAND, Daniel and Lisa Files —They share the following report: “Pandemics, police, and politics seem to be all of the headlines of our country and world these days. We are living in unprecedented times! People are scared of getting sick, of what is going on in our government, and of what is going to happen to the economy. The most often repeated command in the Bible is fear not. Thank God as Christians, we do not have to live in fear.
With all the shutdowns, we have not been able to preach or present our field much the last two months; however, in the last two weeks, we had the opportunity to present at two churches here in Arkansas. We would love to schedule some meetings the next few months before we leave to make up for the lost support. If you would pray that the Lord would open up some doors for that, it would be great. Thank you again for your continued prayers and support.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, NUNDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Because schools are closed (and may remain closed through the end of the year), Dan and the other instructors have begun recording video lectures for the next semester of East Africa Baptist College (in addition to recording our weekly church services videos). Students who were to graduate by the end of the year have been invited to enroll in a concentrated summer semester, which will be taught via online videos, social media discussion groups, and in cooperation with home church pastors for testing. If this concentrated semester works well, we plan to expand the video courses to all current students for the fall semester.
• Wisdom in adjusting various ministries such as church services, church discipleship and outreach, and Bible college with no evident reopening timetable
• Amie and the children as they begin a new homeschool year (Abbie’s second year)
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BAUMHOLDER, Joseph and Laura Passaro —They share the following report and prayer needs: “On June 7, the small group of believers at Grace Baptist Church voted me in as pastor. It seems so long ago, but actually it was just a few weeks ago. We have seen an average of 15 people coming to our services, which started on Mother’s Day. Praise the Lord!
Laura and I through God’s leading have found a nice apartment with all the furnishings and with everything included such as water, electricity, heat, trash pickup, and internet. Prayer has been answered! Our landlord also has a number of chickens for fresh eggs, two donkeys (Bernard and Frida), and a stork’s nest—awesome! Like living on a farm!
• Growth in numbers
• Growth spiritually
• Souls saved and baptized”
SOUTH AFRICA, WIMBERLY, DIAMOND, Chad and Vicki Branch —They share the following report: “At the end of May, the president of South Africa announced that churches would be allowed to hold services again so long as they followed strict social distancing and sanitizing regulations. So on June 7, after ten weeks, we were able to meet for services again. For now, we are meeting on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights and everyone is so glad to be back together again.
This also meant we could return to having Bible institute classes and our well-attended weekly College of the Bible Classes. These classes are so important in teaching and training in our ministry here so we are very pleased to be able to resume.
PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• PRAISE the Lord for the re-opening of church services!
• PRAISE the Lord for Vicki and Malachi’s safe return to the United States.
• PRAISE the Lord for being able to teach and train God’s servants in Bible classes.
• PRAY for our family during this time of separation and that Vicki will be able to return by September.
• PRAY that Greenpoint Baptist Church will be able to obtain use of the garage for church services.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint —They share the following report: “We continue to preach through Facebook and YouTube on Sundays. I know that most, although not all, of the people who regularly came on Sundays regularly listen to the preaching. On top of that, we are able to reach some people in other parts of Chile and the world. Some of our Spanish-speaking contacts in Alabama regularly listen, some of our friends south in Chile listen, and one’s mother, whom we believe is lost, regularly listens as well.
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ALAJUELA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove —They share the following report: “We have had to step out of our comfort zone and start livestream services. The first service we literally had my phone duct taped to a mic stand and prayed the whole service it would not fall. God has been so good to us and each service we have been able to improve our services. We are very thankful for Caleb and Natalie as they have really stepped up and have become a big part of our services. Caleb is holding down the fort working the camera and Natalie has stepped up and helped with special music. While we would love to be back in church, we are praising the Lord for the new contacts that we have made because of livestreaming.
As of right now, the borders are still closed. We have been told that churches will receive instructions of when we can open. The number of cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the last few weeks. The Health Department has said if the cases keep rising, they could delay the churches from opening. Once we open, we will be under strict protocol. We will be subject to surprise visits form the Health Department and they will be doing these inspections on Sundays. We are working hard to meet every regulation.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —They write, “Although some have a heart that is as bold as a lion, here in the Bronx most individuals are filled with fear. We are taking the approach that we have always taken here in New York City, and that is, we are looking at the circumstances over the long view. We do not want to get overly discouraged at any one moment in time. Doing so causes people to think about quitting, and we do not want that!
One main factor for us sticking by the stuff here in the Bronx over the years has been our supporting churches and other faithful friends. If not for you, I would probably have thrown in the towel many years ago. Only by the grace of God do we continue here, as we are looking for a better day ahead. I hope and pray that these virus problems will be solved by the end of the year!”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AOMORI, KIRINOSAWA, Paul and Sarah Johnson —They share the following report: “Two years ago, we began distributing a Topical Bible to the areas around our church. With every Bible, we included a postcard response card for people to mail to us if they would like to receive more information. We have distributed about 20,000 but have gotten little response. After the quarantine went into effect, we received one of those postcards from an area where we had distributed Bibles two years ago. Someone had held onto the Bible and waited two years to read it. Whether it was from the extra time someone had as a result of the coronavirus or not we do not know, but it is a blessing.
As we look toward the rest of the year, we have much to pray about as we are seeking to restart regular scheduled ministries. On August 8, we have scheduled a violin concert to take place. A Christian professional violinist from Osaka will be performing the concert for us. It is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with people who would otherwise not have a chance to hear. Please pray with us for this event.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay —They share the following: “As of June 15, we have had 42 Facebook live services. We are so ready to be able to meet again in person with our church family. We will not be able to get back into the school building that we rent until September. The school is not allowing any rentals until then. This is disappointing to us, but we trust the Lord and press on with our online services. We are going to try to have some outdoor services in July and August so that our people can be together, even though it will have to be on a small scale with a smaller group.
We decided to use this time to improve our understandjohn316.com website. So, one of our young ladies is helping us create animated videos with the Gospel. We have almost finished the English one. We are praying to get this video done in many languages this summer. It is a huge project, and we would ask you to pray for God to bless it and use it. We will include the link in the next prayer letter, the Lord willing.”
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, VLAANBAATAR, Jason and Mary Ritchie —They share the follow report: “Now, more than ever, we need your prayers and financial support as we continue to minister in Mongolia. I do not know what we would do if it were not for your faithfulness. Currently, there are no flights in or out of Mongolia, so we could not return home even if we wanted to.
As we began the fifth month of restrictions, it is hard to believe that the last in-person church service was in January. Somehow, the past months have been busier than ever. Truly, this has been a difficult time in the spiritual life of our church and one of the strangest times of ministry that our family has ever experienced.
During this season, as we focus on things that we are grateful for, we find joy. Let us share some of the things for which we are grateful.
• Our family — In some ways, it has been a blessing doing more of my work at home because I get to be near my family. I am so grateful for my wonderful wife and amazing children and I thank God that I can serve with them.
• Audio-Visual — What a blessing that one of Chuck Weber’s supporting churches gave an offering toward equipment! By using a portion of those funds, we were able to set up a much better online service.
• Building — We were able to negotiate a 50% reduction in rent for our facilities until restrictions are over.
• College — We were able to set up an online interface and virtual classrooms for the college.
• Bible Translation — We have been continuing our work online through video conferences. In the past few months, we have added 1 and 2 Kings to the books that have been translated.
• Other print resources — We have been able to redirect funds from the rent toward new and helpful books to be used in the church and college. We are in the process of establishing Faith Baptist Publishing to handle the logistics of everything except the actual printing.
• Baptist Pastors — We have started a Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship for encouragement and support.
• Dolgorsuren — Our dear sister passed away this week. She continued in her faith until the end, and by her testimony, a number of people in Uvurkhangai came to know Christ. We will try to go out for the funeral if it is allowed. Please pray that we might have many opportunities to share the Gospel.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, JUNDIAL, Tim and Lidia Barrett —They share the following: “Please pray as many of our church families have lost their jobs. We are praying for you, too! Interestingly enough, despite the lockdown, the word of God is not bound (2 Timothy 2:9). We have been able to reach many that we had not reached before. There have been many opportunities to witness to the unsaved who are fearful and offer them hope in Christ! We have seen backslidden Christians come back to the Lord! A lady in our church has a son who lives in Portugal, and through watching our online services, he has come back to the Lord! One lady was under conviction during our last broadcast, and we were able to lead her to the Lord as the service was going on. Those are two of the reports we could tell. We are now working on an online evangelism and discipleship course to reach the unreached.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, Chuck and Susan Sligh —They share the following report: “A couple of weeks ago, the German government gave authorization for churches to meet under strict social distancing guidelines. It was surprising the degree of planning and coordination that was required to be able to resume services under their complicated rules. To maintain social distancing as mandated by the German government and U.S. Army guidelines for all soldiers, we can only get a small group of people in the sanctuary compared to our normally full sanctuary—about one-sixth of our normal capacity. SO we are going to two services to allow as many as possible to attend and still obey all the laws and guidelines.
We had our first online service on Sunday, May 24, a single service as a ‘dry run’ for our deacons and music and sound people to work out the kinks for our system to worship with full, legal social distancing. It was a sweet, precious service, even though it was only to our workers this week, and we capped it off with a long-awaited baptism at the end of the service.
USA MINISTRIES, RESEEDING AMERICA, Bob and Jennifer Larson —They share the following report: “The pandemic did not stop us, but it certainly rearranged how we conducted ministry during April and May. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and prayers for our ministry.
We are thankful to start back out in meetings and look forward to being able to present and recruit for the Reseeding America Ministry.
• A new church plant — Life Baptist Church, Miami, Florida
• A large direct mail outreach — Victory Baptist Church, Panama City, Florida
• BIMI Candidate School — teaching church planting
• Camp BIMI — teaching future missionary church planters”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers —They share the following report and prayer needs: “With most places implementing stay-at-home orders, we here in Taiwan have continued to go to school and work and live life as normal as possible. Taiwan has still had a good number of people come down with the virus and a handful die from it. Compared to the rest of the world, our numbers have been low. We thank God for your prayers during these days. God heard, answered, and continues to answer.
In our last letter, we asked that you pray for the salvation of a young man. He started coming in February after receiving a tract in his mailbox. After attending our services almost a month, I asked him if he would like to learn more in a one-on-one Bible study. It was during this one-to-one Bible time that he called on Jesus to save his soul. Since his salvation, he has continued to learn and grow. God has given him a burden for his mother and nephew to get saved. On Mother’s Day, his mom came for the first time. Please pray for the salvation of his mother.”
SOUTH CENTRAL AFRICA, BOTSWANA, GABORONE, Mike and Cindy Haley —They share the following: “Like most of you, we have been on lockdown. For us it has been very intense, but by God’s grace, the work of the Lord has gone on, though it has not been easy. Internet at home is not common here and we have really had to be real creative. Most of the church has had to listen to an audio version of the Sunday message on their cell phones. However, it has worked and the church family has been faithful in spite of the challenges. Our desire is that 2020 will be defined by the marvelous Cause of Christ (the Gospel) and not by the effects of the Coronavirus. The pandemic is real but its ultimate result must be the glory of God. The Lord has worked mightily, even in the midst of trial, and so we are able to FOCUS ON THE FUTURE with exciting news to share!
We resumed church services on May 24 and for the next two weeks will be ‘test driving’ our new meeting place. Then, the Lord willing, we will move in permanently in August. We are discussing the prospects of a rent-to-own situation with the owner in hopes we can buy it in the not so distant future to house the church, the Bible institute, a Christian preschool ministry, and in time a Christian primary school.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID (PARLA), Julio and Andrea Velasquez —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Covid-19 has affected all of us. We have been in quarantine for the past 10 weeks. During this time, we have been able to minister to our church people by way of Zoom, having our Thursday night Bible study and our Sunday services all online. We have had full attendance to these services.
Two weeks ago after the morning service, one of the boys in our church phoned me to tell me the message had spoken to his heart and he would like to surrender to be a preacher when he is older. He is 9 years old. Please pray that God will greatly use this young man as he has a very tender heart towards the things of God.
Please pray for our church members. Many have lost their jobs and some who are self-employed are having a hard time getting their businesses going again. We are told that unemployment here could reach 30%.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett —They shared the following: “Yes, we too are influenced by all this confusion caused by the Covid-19. Contrary to what you may have heard, we here in Brazil have also been shut down! Although we regret the deaths caused by this virus, unfortunately, the sorrow and hardship (and death too) caused by the economy being shut down has really taken a toll on Brazil, and we feel it in our church. Several of our people have lost their jobs and others are holding on by a thread. We thank the Lord that we have had no one affected physically by the virus in our church family.
We have been unable to have church services for nearly three months now! However, we are able to hold things together by transmitting our services on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday. Although it has been difficult being separated, we have been able to reach people and places that we would normally not reach because of our live church services. We have listeners from other states like Rio de Janeiro or way up in the northern part of Brazil, called Acre, and as far away as Portugal in Europe!”
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, TALLINN, Rob and Angela Willoughby —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Like many of your pastors, I had to quickly figure out how to do YouTube live videos. Our first attempt lost connection just before the sermon, but since that first Sunday, the connection has been stable. We have actually more people attending the live stream than we typically would have come to the service. I am encouraged by that and I hope to see some people come to join us now that we can meet again. We plan to start inviting visitors to our new meeting place at the shopping center soon!
On a positive note, God has also used this lockdown to motivate me to make some videos to share on social media. I made two videos connecting the coronavirus crisis with spiritual matters. The week of Easter, I made some apologetic videos on the proofs of the resurrection of Jesus. I am making more videos in Estonian since this kind of content is hard to find in this language.
• Pray that God would direct open-minded people to our YouTube channel.
• Pray for us that God would open our eyes to the unique opportunities as we strive to continue ministering to our church and teens and to continue proclaiming the Gospel to the hundreds of thousands in the least religious nation in the world.”
WEST AFRICA, CAPE VERDE, PRAIA, Nathan and Tina Fritz —They share the following report: “All of us are dealing with the medical, political, and economic ramifications of Covid-19. . . .We have been faced with many of the same frustrations that others have faced in many parts of the world in just a little different context. With us being ‘foreigners’ it adds a little different element.
We have tried to stay in touch with our folks via Facebook live and the phone as most face-to-face meetings have been basically stopped. Not everyone has access to these things here, but most have some limited access. We are praying that this will be a special time of spiritual growth within the families of our church. It is sort of like a no training wheels moment with many as we are forced to take a more distant approach to encouraging them. Above all else, we are asking the Lord to teach each of us what we need to learn during this time. Though we did not foresee these circumstances, we know that God has a purpose in all of it. We look to Him, not because He owes us an explanation but because we trust His wisdom in all things.”
CARIBBEAN, GRENADA, HOPE CITY, ST. ANDREW, Joseph and Donna Childers —They share the following report and prayer needs: “After a few cases of Coronavirus were found, we went on a 24-hour curfew. For much of April, we were given one or two days per week to purchase groceries, but even banks and gas stations were closed. If we were seen outside our house or yard for any other reason, we were threatened with fines or a year imprisonment. We could even be imprisoned for the ‘crime’ of not wearing a mask or standing within six feet of someone else. Grenada currently has 20 cases of the virus. One left the island on a repatriation flight, 13 have recovered, and 6 are active. That may not sound like much, but as a nation, we are equipped for only 10 patients at a time. It is an understatement to say that the healthcare facilities here are very poor.
• One accepted Christ on April 5!
• Building almost completed
• Two babies dedicated
• God’s wisdom and guidance
• Men to be trained for the ministry
• Safety during pandemic”
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers —They share the following report: “All churches and assemblies were closed down by the government on March 14. The Prime Minister has announced that he will begin addressing the possibility of churches opening in June. We have made use of the Internet by posting messages and Bible studies for our church people on YouTube. We also have been using an application called WhatsApp. Through video chat, I am able to have discipleship lessons with more and more adults in our church. It has been a blessing to minister to them and even see growth in spite of their confinement.
R. is Haitian, but he has lived in France most of his life. His sister comes faithfully to our services and asked urgent prayer for him in early 2019. That day, he had hopped into his car to head to school and had turned the key in the ignition like any other day. However, the dashboard exploded in his face. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to save his life. Unfortunately, he was burned significantly on his face, arms, and torso. Over the next nine months, he endured a lot of surgeries and setbacks. . . . He moved to Charleville at the end of 2019 and began attending our church with his sister. He was hesitant to come at first because he has to wear a mask over his face to protect his sensitive skin. We tried to make him feel welcome, and it subsequently opened the door for me to have coffee with him several times to discuss the Bible. Not too long ago, he called me one afternoon to talk. His question was simple: ‘How can I know for sure I will go to Heaven?’ Now that is a question I wish every unsaved person would ask! His heart was tender that day as he called on God to save him. It amazes me to think that his awful accident started him down the path to finding Christ!
It is shocking to see the speed at which life and ministry changed overnight! But there are no surprises with the Lord, so let us keep trusting Him to work in us and through us!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —They share the following: “We have tried to stay active and keep moving forward during this time. Last month, we added Sunday morning services and this month we have added a new prayer and fellowship time every Friday. Although some had become less faithful in ‘attending’ our online meeting, we have seen several others begin attending and become more faithful. It has been very difficult to be evangelistic during this time, but we have been trying to build up those who attend to serve God in a greater way. We are hoping to see greater commitments that will help us to move forward in future phases of the church plant. We have also helped out with providing food to some families who are struggling economically.
As you pray for us, please know that we are praying for you. This month, please keep in mind the following requests:
• That God will continue to help us reach souls for Christ during this time of change
• That God will help those who attend our meetings to stay faithful and grow spiritually
• That God will build relationships and lay a strong foundation for our church plant.”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, TOKYO, YOKOTA, Danny and Haruna McKittrick —They share the following: “Before we went to online services, we saw a flurry of spiritual decisions being made. Three military families joined the church and one teenage girl decided to follow the Lord in baptism. Her father came to her baptism service and afterwards he had tears in his eyes when he asked if we could talk in the office. He wanted to be saved, so I took the Bible and showed him how he could be reconciled to God. He bowed his head and called on Jesus Christ to save his soul! He was baptized the next Sunday! What a tremendous blessing! The following Sunday we went to online services, but I have be able to meet with him and have given him some discipleship materials. Please pray for his spiritual growth!
Our military folks are pretty much confined to base. They are only allowed to go off base for ‘essential’ items that they might not be able to get at the commissary.
Please continue to pray for us as our desire is to reach the air base with the glorious Gospel message.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —They share the following report: “Just as we were getting ready to start scheduling our 120 counties projects, we hit a wall—the Coronavirus. Our plans to take the Gospel into each one of the counties of our state with our Women’s Foundation Ministry had to be postponed. However, just prior to that, the ministry continued to bear fruit. We have multiple people saved in the early part of March. Please pray for the great potential we have in this ministry going forward.
• 12 Saved
• God’s Providence
• Good Health
• End of national quarantine
• More saved and baptized
• More laborers
• More space
• Direction for ministry
• 120 counties opportunity”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —They share the following report: “What a crazy world we live in! This whole virus thing has forced creativity! After working out the kinks, we have been live streaming from our living room for the past weeks. . . . It has been amazing to see the amount of people who have been watching the services since being forced to stay home. . . . For Resurrection weekend, my wife and I took three days to deliver a personal card and a small gift to every person’s front door who is a member or was attending before COVID-19. We have stayed in constant contact with everyone. We even had a baby shower for a lady in our church through FB Live! However, not meeting physically has gotten very old! After praying and seeking wisdom from my deacons, we feel God would have us start meeting again this Sunday. Of course, safety measures and social distancing are still going to be practiced.
Like most of you, I am concerned about our country more than ever! We need a revival in our churches, a spiritual awakening from the slumber of apathy!”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, ACCRA, Harold and Bridgette Holdbrook —They give the following report and prayer needs: “In December 2019, a storm came through here and destroyed the roof of one of our village churches. They then started meeting under a canopy for some time. The members, though very poor, got some meager contributions together and along with a sister church, with carpenters and masons, they together repaired the roof and now it is better and stronger than before. The people are joyfully worshipping the Lord in the building. Pray for the pastor there that the Lord might continue to strengthen him as he leads the flock.
On March 1, 2020, two pastors were inducted into the Gospel ministry at Atomic Hills Baptist Church. Pray for them that the work of God might prosper in their hands.”
WESTERN EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross —They share the following: “With the 8th of March being International Women’s Day, we decided to use our monthly ladies Bible study on Saturday, March 7th, to invite women from town to a special program that included lunch, craft, games, and Bible study. We praise the Lord that we had 12 Moldovan women attend. Viola gave the Gospel in her Bible lesson. Please pray for the lost who attended to further seek the Lord and be open to further discussion about Christ.
One of the women who came was the faithful lady who used to come to our ESL lessons and stayed afterward for the Bible study each week. Yesterday, I spoke to her and her husband for three hours. She has heard the Gospel from us before but not her husband. When I asked if they would like for me to start a chronological Bible study with them, he quickly responded with a ‘Yes!’ Please pray for Ala and her husband as I begin the Bible study soon. They are valuable to God.”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth —They share the following report: “There are many accounts that I could give you from those who were saved in the past two months. Let me just mention one. A man came to fix our refrigerator. He was from another church and had a drug problem, a failed marriage, and a present marriage that was not too good. I spoke to him about his need of salvation. As I spoke, I saw that his eyes were getting big and taking it all to heart. He thought he was saved, but his life was empty. Something was missing. He came to church the next Sunday, was saved, and said to me with a tear in his eye, ‘I am now different.’ He brought a friend the next Sunday who also got saved. He is now working on his family to come. That is one life in whose story God wrote ‘redemption.’ PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM and HIS FRIEND WHO ACCEPTED JESUS!
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeffri and Pam Polanco —They give the following report: “On March 19 the Dominican Republic began implementing the guidelines by its President when he declared the country in a state of emergency.... One of our concerns with all the limitations (apart from not being able to hold services in our church) is that our people would not be able to work or produce income since they are sent home without a salary. We ask you to pray for the Lord to provide for our church families and the Dominican people (especially those of low income). We want to encourage our church families during this challenging time, and we were able to buy some essential foods and help 15 families enjoy at least 2–4 meals this week. We were able to spend some time talking with them, encouraging them, and praying with them as we delivered those bags.
We are so thankful that on March 15, during the regional elections, we had four souls saved during our church service. Also, we have seen such a great spirit and growth amongst our young people. They have been responding very well to the preaching during the teen activities and the church services. Please pray that during this time of staying home, they would continue to grow and stay close to the Lord. Know that we are praying for you and your church family as we know that things are very challenging in the States as well.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND, Joe and Melissa Marshall —They share the following report and prayer needs: “This year has started with many highs and lows. Already, we have been able to place the Gospel into almost 58,000 homes. We have had 15 first time visitors, eight of whom are now regular attenders, and four professions of faith. We are working with a few to begin discipleship and be baptized!
• Pray for our new families who recently were saved out of a Mormon background who have left the church.... Please pray that they will be willing to return and finish discipleship.
• Pray for a young man who is undergoing tests for possible bone cancer. His father is a deacon in our church.
• Please pray that through connections of a man in our church, we will be able to send Bibles to prisoners who are enrolled in a correspondence Bible study. So far, we have been told of three people who have accepted Christ through these Bibles.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The Marquez family, missionaries to Mexico City, joined us here a few weeks ago. We welcomed them with a special meal at church. They are getting settled in their new home, and we are thankful for their time with us. They have jumped right into ministry, helping with the music, classes, soul winning, and preaching.
We need special prayer about our vehicle. I replaced the engine, and the electrical system burned out. We are still working on it, but new problems keep coming up. It is having a hard time passing stricter emissions tests. I expect to need a newer van next year for ministry and family needs.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, GRAFENWHOEHR, Chuck and Susan Sligh —They share the following: “God has enabled us to advance with three new Bible studies and small groups that enable us to meet people’s needs on a more personal level. A Spanish-speaking member recently started a Spanish-speaking Ladies Bible Study to complement our Korean Ladies Bible Study and our German Ladies Bible Study. One area that has been lacking in the last 3–4 years has been an effective ministry to our singles and unaccompanied young adults. A young, grounded 1st Lieutenant has started a new Bible study for this age group on March 4 and will lead them to do service and fellowship activities. Also, one of our school teachers took over our Men’s Ministry and last Saturday was the 3rd month in a row we averaged between 35–40 men in attendance.
HOWEVER, our church is preparing for one of the worst “PCS seasons” ever in the months ahead. PCS means Permanent Change of Station and refers to the transfer of soldiers and their families to a new duty station. Unlike last year, when we experienced a lower than normal turnover, this year we expect one of the highest turnovers we have ever had. Perhaps as much as one-half of the church will be transferred out.... PLEASE keep us in your prayers this PCS season.”
EUROPE, GERMANY, BAVARIA, REGENSBURG, Todd and Kim Lapato —They share the following: “The church is doing well. We have a stable attendance for both Sunday morning and Thursday evening. I meet once a week with a man to do discipleship. He wants to join the church and we hope that will happen soon. We took a big step and decided to support out first missionary as a church. This is really a step of faith since we are so small. However, God gave us peace and excitement about it. We will be supporting the Kenny family who serve in a sister church here in Bavaria.
I continue to go to Austria about once a month to pass out fliers and share the Gospel. We do not see much fruit in this area, but we know God loves Austrians and we love to share Christ with them. Please pray they will open their hearts and hear the simple truth of salvation. They only know tradition and dead religion. We are hoping the borders are not shut for very long. Closed borders will prevent me from going into Austria. Please pray for the coming year! We hope to start new ministries, get more tracts and fliers out, and be more involved in the community.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, Clint and Rita Vernoy —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Greetings from Paraguay! Yes, we are on furlough, but, yes, I am in Paraguay. We mentioned in our last report that our building project with Christians for Worldwide Evangelism (CWE) was approved for the month of March 2020.
It is a great blessing to be working on the project now in the preparation stage. I returned to Paraguay in January, and I am working with my son-in-law, Hugo, with all the details. As I am writing my prayer letter, the trucks are arriving with 28 pallets of cinder blocks! We have made final payments on most of the materials and they will be delivered in the next week. It is very exciting and also very scary! I am so glad that God brought us together with CWE; they have done this before and I have not!
March 15–21 — We will be laying brick to form the outer shell of the building.
March 24–27 — We will be installing windows and doors along with putting on the metal roof.
March 30–April 4 — We will be installing electricity, painting, and pouring the floor.
The church here is so excited!
• Health and safety for those working
• Clear skies with no rain (rainy season here)
• Safety of all construction materials—no thieves!
• The truth of the Gospel shared with many national workers and canvassing in the neighborhood
• My wife, Rita, in the States while I am here
USA CLAIM, TENNESSEE, Joe and Linda Leleaux —They share the following: “The year 2019 ended with a great week in Honduras and the new year is off to a good start in 2020 as I just returned from another trip to Honduras. This marks the beginning of our fourth year helping with the building project for missionary Evan Williams. It has truly been a blessing to have made his acquaintance and become close friends.
In December, I did tile work for a week. Then the week of February 17–22, I brought a group down. We concentrated on several key projects, namely, the installation of a roof access and the main electrical panel and lighting for the sanctuary. A few other minor projects were completed in the time we had there.
Pray for an upcoming trip to Okinawa, Japan, in April. A group will be traveling there with me to help missionary Dan Gardner with a renovation project to the building we helped with several years ago. Please continue to pray for us as we labor with missionaries in their facility needs.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Phyllis Hall —She shares the following report: “East Africa has a serious locust plague. They have spread from neighboring Kenya to northern Uganda and have now reached our area. The government sent soldiers and helicopters to the airport next to our property to fight the locusts by spraying.
Otherwise, school has started and I have managed to teach, except for one week when I was very sick. I like my schedule because I get to teach some of the younger children (Primary levels 3–4) as well as the older pupils (Primary levels 5–7) this year. My village ladies’ Bible studies are doing well, although while I was sick, I could not keep up. The ladies here depend on their gardens for food, so pray the locusts will not devastate them. Starvation is a real issue in an agrarian society like Uganda.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He writes the following: “Our church has had several visitors that included a young man from our neighborhood who was invited to church by some of our members. We had another recent visitor, a student from the nearby university. She received our tract when we did outreach there. A woman also on our prayer list has now attended a couple of times. She has been a friend of ours for over two years but not open to the Gospel. However, recently she did show some interest and has asked several questions about the Bible.
We had two Vietnamese students attend also. They just “happened” to be some of our students at the university. These girls are exchange students. Amazingly, neither had ever heard the name of Jesus and only have a vague notion as to who God is. They have come to church several times now and seem to be open to the truth of the Gospel.
• Salvation of eight individuals
• Learning language & culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeffri and Pam Polanco —They share the following report and prayer needs: “As we had previously mentioned in our last prayer letter, our church was able to find a new location. On February 2, we had our very first service there. We had a wonderful turn out with 23 first time visitors and a total attendance of 43. Pam was able to share the Gospel with a group of girls and seven of them trusted Christ that day. At the new location, we have been able to see around 10 new visitors every week, and we trust and pray the numbers will increase. The goal is to make sure they receive a clear presentation of the Gospel, knowing the Word of God has the power to change lives!
• Spiritual and numerical growth of the church family
• For our health and safety
• That the Lord would bless our efforts of placing the book of Romans in people’s hands
• That we would have visitors come to church and souls be saved as a result”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Tom and Carolyn Pace —They share the following report and prayer needs: “One thousand more! Because of two special offerings, we have been able to print another thousand large print Gospels to use with senior citizens in Peru, Ecuador, and even in Atlanta and Miami among the Spanish-speaking elderly. We recently gave 20 of the last lot to Javier Baptist Church. We also gave some to a lady who lives and works in Iquitos, the jungle of Peru. We will send her more as soon as they are printed.
We are so happy for the way the Lord is using His Word among the seniors here. Please continue to pray for each person who receives one of the Gospels. For many, it is very difficult to even consider ‘changing’ their beliefs at this late date in life. The questions come up, ‘How could I have been wrong for 60, 70, or 80 years? Could I really have been deceived? Will the Virgin think I don’t love her anymore?’ Only the Lord can open their hearts and minds to His Word and give them the faith to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone for forgiveness and salvation.
Nobody enjoys poor health, but this past year, God has given the opportunity to lead two physical therapists to the Lord! We otherwise would not have known either of these two ladies. We are thankful for Romans 8:28!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, HUIXQUILUCAN, SAN FRANCISCO, Nick and Patty Sutmaier —They share the following: “A man visited our church one Sunday and we went to follow up the visit at his home. He had attended a couple of other churches and said that God spoke to his heart at our church. He then accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and he was the first to be baptized in our church in the new year. In a two-day preaching conference, the man came each night and became burdened for his wife and daughters who live in another state in Mexico. It was then that I called a pastor friend who has a church close to where his family lives. Please pray that they get saved! This pastor friend has already talked to them and will be meeting with them in person very soon!”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following report and prayer needs: “We started our Care Home Ministry this month and saw a good group of church folks come out to help. We sang and gave a Gospel message. Pray for fruit to abound as we continue to reach them.
To help with the church’s burden for missions, we had a missionary to the Philippines who was originally from Dublin. He preached and his daughter sang for us. It was an eye opener for the people and a time for the new church to commit to missions giving.
This past Sunday, we had a visitor who has just moved to Aberdeen and was looking for a church. One of our church members invited him and he enjoyed it. Pray that the Lord will open his heart as I make a visit to his home this week.
Pray for the Ladies Fellowship this week and for new ladies to come out. Also, be in prayer for the Family & Friends Day we have planned for March 29 for visitors and for lost souls to be saved.
• Souls to be saved, baptized, and discipled
• For our supporting churches
• For Sarah’s outreach to the local Mums
• For Open Door Baptist Church and its growth
• For us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them
• To find a more permanent building for services
• For purchasing a van to pick up families for church
• For our Visa Renewal in August 2020
• For our upcoming events — Family & Friends Day and the men’s and women’s fellowships
• A church group from Iowa visiting with us in March”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay —They share the following good news: “Recently, a pastor friend inspired us to develop ‘redemptive relationships’ with unsaved people in order to engage them in one-on-one Bible study and see them come to Christ. God laid it on our hearts to develop an evangelistic Bible study to accomplish this. We called it ‘The God I Love Loves You.’ Our son, Tyler, used his writing skills to put my heart’s message on paper, and one of our young ladies helped do the art work. We have been so encouraged to see God already using this simple Bible study to reach people.
The first lady we used it with accepted Christ! A pastor in Ontario, Canada, contacted us because a lady in his church met L. on Facebook and began witnessing to her. So, the lady asked her pastor to send someone here in Vancouver to visit L. We called L. and asked her if she would like to meet us at the mall for a Bible study. She came and accepted the Lord that day. She has been in church every Sunday since, and my mother-in-law has met with her for discipleship Bible studies every Saturday.
We asked a waitress we have known for over seven years if she would like to do a Bible study. She said, ‘Yes.’ Lisa has met with her twice and will meet with her again this coming week. She is very open, and we pray that she will accept Christ this week at their Bible study. Tyler has a friend for whom he had been burdened for several years. They are meeting weekly to do Bible study, too!
A dear lady in our church is meeting with one of her friends weekly to do Bible study also. On Wednesday nights we are going through this Bible study with our church people, teaching them how to use it. You can imagine the excitement all of this has been! It has amazed us how many unsaved people are willing to do a Bible study if you just ask them. PLEASE PRAY FOR these to accept Christ! Please pray for J. and S.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, Raymond and Anita Bradley —They share the following: “A high school graduate started at age nine without any communication skills. God used all of us for her accomplishments. She wants to continue training with us to be able to help the Posses in the city of Milagro. We are very excited for her. The Lord spared her from being hurt during a recent van accident. She walked away with only a few bruises.
Four people received the Lord because of that recent accident. One of them was one of the teacher’s husband. She is one of our teachers who was hurt and had to have two surgeries. We had been praying for him for many years. Several of our teachers were hurt and could not finish the school year with us. Thank the Lord our assistant teachers were ready. Most all of those in the accident are doing better!
For 19 years, our people have prayed for a shop for our deaf students, and our young people asked the Lord for a basketball court. A Christian organization in Guayaquil called to ask us if we had a project. We explained about our long desired projects and they decided to pay for about 60% of the materials needed. It is a miracle for us! We are praying for the rest of the building materials and the money for labor. We are laying the foundation for the shop, trusting the Lord to provide the rest to cover the cost.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —They share the following report: “On a cold day in February our team of four traveled down to a homeless shelter in Manhattan. Two of them were homeless at one time in their lives also. One slept in a car for two weeks and the other was homeless, too. She is Sabrina’s evangelistic buddy, as they go on outreach together.
During this time, our group gave out sandwiches, coffee, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, cologne, other clothes, and the Gospel of John and Romans. In fact, one lady donated a very nice man’s coat to a young man who did not have one. He took it and she was very glad for him.
As we were preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I met two men. One had only been in the shelter of 400 men for one day. Although he had apologized to his parents, they refused to have anything to do with him. He told us some had overdosed in the facility, and they needed someone to preach to them. Pray for these men!”
SOUTH AFRICA, Jeff and Robbin Demarest —They share the following report: “We praise the Lord that on the last Sunday in January, three accepted Christ as their Savior at Truth Baptist Church. These are the first three to publicly follow Christ since we started in November. The real joy to me is that they are men!
Kids Klub (iKilabhu Yabantwana) is going great! The kids are excited and we have seen at least one new visitor each week since the first of the year. We are praying for the Lord to provide a roof and security bars for the building in Kwanyuswa. There is a concrete slab on top, but it needs a metal roof on it. We are in an area of heavy drugs and alcohol use and abuse, so securing the building is a necessity.”
EAST AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins —They share the following report with prayer needs: “The Christian school continues to grow as over 130 children from the bush come to it. Parents pay less than $4 per month to send them to a good school that offers a good education that is Bible-centered. We are excited to have been able to add a 6th grade this year. The children recite Scripture and are learning about God’s love every day. Please pray with us for the growth of the school and the additional grade 7 this year.
We are also very excited about how the Lord is working in the Bible college on the property. We currently have six students who are in Bible classes each week. A., our ministry partner, and I spend the week teaching in the college. On Fridays, we go out and put into practice principles we learn in class during the week. This includes visitation, encouraging pastors, and Bible study participation. The students also have sign language and computer classes on Saturday.”
• The weekly Bible study with pastors
• Souls saved and people surrendered to God’s call
• The power of God on our lives as we share the ministry
• The Christian school and the need for Grade 7 next year
• The Bible college students
• For the salvation of our younger children
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, TONCONTIN, Charles and Brenda Arnold —They share the following: “We are very thankful that the Lord has let us live to see the new year 2020 with fair health! I turned 81 this past October and Brenda will be 80 in March! Then too, God’s grace is continuing to manifest itself in the ministry here in Honduras. In our continuing door-to-door visitation, the Lord enabled me to lead a 14-year-old boy to Christ recently. Pray for him. He lives in a rough neighborhood.
We would be grateful if you would pray for Brenda. She has a lot of arthritis pain and has recently taken a series of treatments. I took treatments also for pain in my neck and chest. Some of the previous pain has returned for both of us. We know that God is able and mighty to deliver from all infirmities. AMEN!”
NORTH AMERICA, UNITED STATES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —They share the following report and prayer needs: “We thank the Lord that there have been some great blessings in 2019! Fourteen souls came to Christ in salvation. We were able to double the support going to our missionaries and take on a new missionary. Five people enrolled in Discipleship class, and there is an enthusiasm for church and serving the Lord.
We are trying to get documents for our mission site lease. The paperwork allows us to legally have our church on the Navajo Reservation. We never received our copy of the documents, and it is difficult to deal with the Navajo Nation government to get the paperwork. Pray that we get the mission site lease taken care of soon.
• Souls to be saved and discipleship to be completed
• Materials and manpower for our home construction
• Repair on a broken water pipe underneath our church building
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, SAN MAGUEL de TUCUMÁN, Larry Owens —He shares the following: “Please pray for our country. A socialist leaning president won the recent election. He wants to implement laws concerning homosexuality and abortion.
Our youth camp began January 27. We are in the summer months here in the Southern Hemisphere. We had more than 100 who attended. Our special speaker was from Bolivia.
• Please pray for us as we are planning to leave our church we started in Monteros and plant a new church in Concepción, a city of about 80,000 people.
• Please pray for a man who was recently saved. Pray also for him and his wife.
• Please pray for a man who came to church recently and was saved and is now coming with his whole family to church. Pray for his health needs.”
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, BARQUISIMETO, LARA, Carlos and Susan Arce —They share the following report: “Recently, I was preaching in one of the last churches that we started. Five adults raised their hands to be saved and many others came forward to get their lives right with God.
Coming back home in our pick-up truck as we were leaving people at their homes on the way, the pastor’s wife shared with us that the Sunday before they did not have anything to give to the children to eat as they do every week. Many of these children are hungry since they have not eaten but once a day. Many times they just get a small cup of black coffee. She said, ‘Preacher, I was praying to God to help us. My husband and I had gone out Saturday with other people from the church on visitation. The owner of a bread store/bakery in town stopped us and said, “I have something for you! I know you give out food every week to the children that come to church, and I like that very much. I do not know why but I felt the desire to fix something for you, and here it is.” There were two huge cakes about two feet long each. They were huge cakes! So that Sunday we had a great time giving out pieces of cake to each child and the adults who came.” She then said, ‘Preacher, I do not ever remember giving out food this way before, but now that we are going through the worse time there has ever been here in our country, and with God’s blessing through the boxes many of you have sent, we have been able to feed those that come to church every week.’
Praise the Lord, dear brothers and sisters! Thank you for your help and love offerings and the boxes of food and clothes and medicine you have sent for our people here. God will reward you greatly beyond your biggest expectations in glory! May the Lord bless you.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following report: “God is still working in the country of Chile. We have seen more people saved and the church continues to grow. A woman was recently saved. She and her family are friends with one of our families and recently had a child. Through some conversations, they decided to attend our Sunday services. The husband really had no interest in church. However, the wife continued to attend church with her kids. One Saturday as Tiffany and I were visiting with her, I asked her about making a decision to receive Christ as her Savior. Of course, with her Catholic background, there are always many questions because Catholics just assume they are good in the eyes of God. However, after sharing some Bible verses with her, she realized that she was not all right with God and she made the decision to pray and receive Jesus. She continues to attend faithfully with her kids but her husband still has no interest. Pray for this family that the husband would get saved and that she would continue to grow.”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The first week of January, we held a baptismal service at the beach. We had a Haitian man who has been saved for a few months, one of our most faithful teens, and a recently saved convert follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. We are thrilled about their decisions to obey the Lord in this area of their lives, and we pray that they will be an example of obedience to others. It has been hard to get people baptized because Nagua is a very Catholic town, but we trust that the Word of the Lord would have free course.
• Our first service in our new church location
• Our church immediate needs to be met
• Spiritual and numerical growth of the church
• Our health and safety
• That the Lord would bless our efforts of putting the book of Romans in people’s hands
• That we would have visitors come to church and souls saved as a result”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, KINGSWELLS, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following report: “We held our church services in the St Nicholas Church in Kincorth for the last three weeks of 2019. We had Christmas Sunday, Vision Sunday, and New Year Sunday. Each week we had visitors and they returned. We went over some goals for 2020 and our theme of Growing in Christ. We added a couple ministries to the church, including Care Home ministry and Youth ministry. Our first Youth meeting was on the January 25 and the Care Home ministry started the first week of February. This year is packed and we are excited about what God is going to do!
• Souls to be saved, baptized, and discipled
• For Sarah’s outreach with the local mums
• For Open Door Baptist Church and its growth
• For us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them
• To find a more permanent building for services
• For purchasing a van to pick up families for church
• For us as we continue to save funds for our Visa renewal in August 2020
• For Gracelyn’s recovery
• For possible option on a building in Garthdee, an old Church of Scotland facility.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, SÃO PAULO, LIMERIA, Garry and Pam Tyler —They share the following: “Our son, Jeremy, fell through the roof in his church in Vilhena, Rondônia, with injuries so serious that he was taken to Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo where they did surgery and saved his life. Pam and I stayed in Vilhena for a month taking care of his church and family. Then we flew back to Limeira in the southeastern part of Brazil with our three grandsons. Jeremy and his family have been staying with us since then to recover and do therapy. We praise the Lord that Jeremy is walking and using his right arm to eat. God did a miracle in his life! They left to return to Velhena on January 18. In the midst of all these things, God was at work. While we were in Vilhena, we saw four people saved, and the time was very enjoyable serving the Lord in Jeremy’s church. After returning to Limeira, we had the ordination of Alexandre Ferreira who plans to go to Venezuela as a missionary. He is in the far north part of Brazil today getting his documents worked out to go into the country of Venezuela.
• Pray for Pam and me.
• Pray about a pastor for our church here in Limeira.
• Pray for our son, Jeremy, and his church.”
USA MILITARY, SICILY, MOTTA S’ANASTASIA, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton —They share the following report: “Individual discipleship continues to be a hallmark of our work here. Recently, we have had more adults than children, which means plenty of discipleship opportunities with many of the adults taking the course. Sadly, some do not finish but that does not happen often. We praise the Lord for how He has used this course to strengthen our people.
Elizabeth has a nice size children’s class, which allows her to focus on teaching instead of crowd control. Her group continues to respond very well.
A highlight each month is our Men’s Prayer Breakfast. One of our men has taken on the work of cooking the same breakfast each month—now known as ‘Dave’s Breakfast’—and it is as deadly as anything Cracker Barrel or Bob Evans has to offer. After eating, I bring a brief Bible study and then the discussion begins. It is always encouraging to all of us. The ladies have been gathering every quarter, and they are looking to have it each month in the future.
Your prayers for our continual health as well as things mentioned above are so appreciated.”
EAST AFRICA, UNGANDA, NUNDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —They share the following report and prayer needs: “During January 14–17, we had our annual East African Baptist Youth Camp, sponsored by a sister church across town. It was an eight-hour drive to their camp facilities. We were thrilled that eight teens (including our own Abbie and Emilie) from our church were able to attend this year’s camp.
COLLEGE: East Africa Baptist College resumes in February. We are expecting a record high enrollment of residential students again this year, in addition, we will be piloting an independent-study program for married and professional adults who wish to take classes but are unable to attend on campus. Please pray for wisdom as we prepare for this semester and this new program.
• The start of another semester at East Africa Baptist College (in February)
• Wisdom, direction, and patience as we search for affordable land for the church.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, STANN CREEK, John and Robin Harris —They write, “We finally moved into our new building and there was a church that gave us a third of what we needed. I assure you that every shilling (a quarter of a dollar) was spent within the same week that we received it. Much of the construction was completed as well as most of the painting. We still need quite a few things, including more chairs. We are trusting the Lord to supply the needs here. Please continue to pray about these needs.
We have been averaging in the 20s since our first-year anniversary service. One Sunday we had 35 in attendance. We added two ministries, which includes a monthly youth night as well as a ladies’ fellowship.
A man approached me a few days ago following his release from prison. He was heavily involved with one of the cartels in Belize. After talking with him for an hour, he realized that he was searching for something and so I introduced him to that Someone and he was gloriously saved. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, NORTH YORK, Cory and April McTague —They share the following: “Our church was able to put up a subway ad in the same neighborhood as our mailing in a station that has 28k people come through it daily. At the same time, we opened a YouTube channel that included a salvation video and the first video in our #Finding Authentic Faith series. Throughout this, we have seen much increase in our online traffic. As this city operates much like Nicodemus, searching for answers secretly, we are pleased with how God is beginning to use these efforts. To our knowledge, these are unprecedented efforts in our area.
The Lord has continued to strengthen the believers who are faithfully attending. They have been faithful and are hungry for our mid-week service. We are all excited about getting a new room in our community center that looks just like a church! What a blessing! Our people are unifying in spirit and loving each other! This is all very encouraging as we plan to start the steps toward chartering very shortly.
Please be in prayer with us as we are attempting many new projects in reaching our city. Pray for those that have visited for our special events and those who are researching us online. Pray that the Lord will touch their hearts and draw them to Himself.”
WEST AFRICA, IVORY COAST, Kristine McLaughlin —She gives the following report: “The Lord gave me a special blessing on New Year’s Day. I called the national pastor of our church plant in Zangue (zong-gay). He said that the new believers there decided to come to church to worship together on December 31. They told him, ‘It is the last day of the year. We cannot stay in our houses. We will give this day to God. Our prayers must go up to thank God for His blessings in 2019.’ It touched my heart to hear this news! Praise the Lord for these dear villagers who have trusted Christ as their Savior. One was the first to be saved on the church land in the early part of 2019, and another uses his megaphone to invite people to this medical day.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SAN PEDRO, Nate and Christine Saint —They share the following report: “Last year was full of blessings as we faced some of life’s challenges. We took some giant steps of faith while others walked away from the Lord. A man and his family have been faithful the last few months, and they have been a tremendous blessing. They are facing some personal challenges as well as some health issues. We would appreciated your prayers for them and their spiritual maturity.
Another man and his family have not attend church at all during the last two months. We have visited them and he explained that he has been attending his father-in-law’s church right by his house. He knows this church has doctrinal problems but claims he is trying to straighten out the church. Please pray for he and his family to follow the Lord’s leading.
His daughter and her husband have been very faithful to our evening service. They have even started a mid-week discipleship study in our home, and we are excited their eagerness to learn more about the Lord. Please pray for them to continue to grow and be witnesses for the Lord.”
We continue to wait for the Lord to provide the church property here in San Pedro. We have been waiting for it for over a year and a half, but it is still tied up in legal paperwork between the construction company and the city government. Please pray that we would soon be able to use this property to reach our community with the Gospel.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Peter and Elizabeth Putney —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The Lord has blessed our church numerically as we near the end of 2019 and it has become necessary to have more chairs in our auditorium. After consulting with the owner of our building, we received permission to turn the rooftop patio into an enclosed room and to knock out the walls of one of our classrooms to increase the space in the auditorium. It was a blessing to see the men of our church help with much of the work of this project. The upstairs office and classroom are now complete, and we hope to finish the auditorium addition soon. The change should add about 20 more seats as well as give us an extra classroom. We have already started a new kids’ class.
• Spiritual protection for our church while we are gone
• Traveling safety during short furlough
• More missionaries sent to Colombia”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BEILINGEN, Rusty and Karen Pilalas —They share the following interesting account of their ministry to the military in Germany. SO READ THEIR LETTER, PLEASE! “Our burden for the military people and their families living overseas at Spangdahlem Air Base is ever so pressing on our hearts, and lately we have been reassured by the Lord how important one soul is to Him too!
Meet the M. family. T., D., R. (8) and A. (6). They were in Germany for 1½ years when D. met a woman from Eifel Baptist Church. Every time A. saw Danielle and the girls at the playground or around the base, she would invite them to church. One day they came and brought the other member of their family that A. had not met yet, Sgt. T. M.
T. is a great military sergeant, husband, and father, a nice man and rather quiet. D. told us that she was saved, but T. was not raised in church and was a bit skeptical and not to push him too fast or he might back off. We took that advice and prayed for him, asking the Holy Spirit to draw him in, and to lead us in talking to him. He was listening intently to the preaching, fellowshipping with our folks and fitting right in.
One Sunday during a potluck, Karen was sitting near them and started talking to D. about serving in the music ministry. She asked if they could go to a quieter place to talk in private and asked T. if he wanted to come join in the conversation. He did join them and listened to Karen give her testimony of salvation and then D. told hers. Then Karen asked T. if anyone had ever shown him the verses in the Bible of how he could know for sure that he would go to Heaven. He said that nobody ever had. Karen asked if it would be OK for her to do that and he said, ‘Sure.’ After the verses were read and explained, T. bowed his head and asked Jesus to forgive him of his sin and saved him. PRAISE GOD!! A few weeks later, T. got baptized and for the next year and half the M. family came to church faithfully, learning, growing, and serving. Unfortunately, as all of our people do, they got orders. They were going to Holloman AFB in New Mexico. On September 24 we were so sad to see them go, but we knew that is the way of military missions.
Ten days later at 2 AM we got the message from D. to pray for them because she and T. had been in a bad car accident. A semi-truck had skidded on wet roads and hit them very hard. T. went into a coma immediately and D. was hurt pretty badly, but praise God, nothing serious. Thankfully, the girls were staying with relatives at that time. A few days after the news, and after some prayer, Rusty decided to go be with D. and the girls. They needed their pastor. Four days after Rusty got there, he held T.’s hand as he slipped peacefully into eternity. PRAISE GOD, we knew he was greeted by Jesus at that second. Words cannot describe the peace that D. has, knowing that T. is out of pain and suffering and in Heaven.
We are not so prideful to think that T. could have been saved at another time or place. But we know that the Lord had us here at this time to reach him.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following report and prayer requests: “Sarah had a ladies fellowship the week after Anniversary Sunday and a few new ladies were able to attend. The focus was on prayer. We had been working fervently on practicing Christmas hymns for our Singspiration in December. It has been great to have folks over to the house each week and growing confident together. Pray for souls to be saved and families to be reached at this event. We have seen a couple new families start to attend regularly. They both grew up in Baptist churches and they have enjoyed the fellowship and preaching.
• Souls to be saved, baptized, and discipled
• For our supporting churches
• For Sarah’s outreach with the local mums
• For Open Door Baptist and its growth
• For us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them
• To find a more permanent building for services
• For purchasing a van to pick up families for church
• For us as we continue to save funds for our Visa Renewal in August 2020
• Singspiration in December, singing Christmas hymns”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, Dave and Debbie Board —They shared the following report: “Recently, we had a special Sunday morning service that focused on the Great Commission and missions. We were blessed to witness 18 new believers baptized, to see five babies dedicated to the Lord, and to hear testimonies from our members who have been saved.
We would like to ask you to pray in a specific way for a couple of new soul-winning outreaches that we anticipate starting during the month of December and into the new year. It seems that God is opening a new door of influence into our community. Please pray for a special outreach that will take place at Christmas where our members who have been saved reach out to their friends and loved ones. Our national believers believe that now is the appropriate time to take two steps forward, so please pray for wisdom, the Holy Spirit’s working, and protection as these two events take place.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins —They share the following with a testimony of salvation: “Recently, a man testified of the way he came to Christ, and I was reminded of God’s sovereign working and abundant grace. He was hanging out with a teenage boy who sporadically attended our church. One Sunday morning both boys were making plans to go downtown, but in order to get permission they lied to the other young man’s mother and said they were going to church. Their charade included waiting at the church bus stop and even riding on our church bus all the way to its destination but then catching a public bus that was headed downtown instead of attending church. While they waited, a light rain started up. The other boy’s uncle happened to be driving by and he offered to take his nephew and the boy to church. Instead of dropping them off at the most likely spot on the main road to the church, the uncle decided to turn down the dirt drive and dropped them off right at the front door of the church where we were waiting to meet the arrivals for the church service. The boy was made to feel welcome, even though he remembered feeling awkward for wearing shorts and sandals. With resignation, the two friends made their way to find a place to sit. Human plans thwarted; God’s plan on target. He heard the Gospel message that day and God worked in his heart to return the next Sunday with his girlfriend. They both confessed their faith in Christ shortly afterward. FAST FORWARD ten years and he and his girlfriend have since married, have three children, and faithfully serve in the ministries of their local church. He surrendered his life to full-time ministry and has been studying in our Bible institute for the past three years. He and his wife are being prepared by our ministry partner to work with the deaf in our community. He is scheduled to be ordained to the Gospel ministry in March 2020. THANK GOD FOR THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL!”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —They share the following report: “Although we have known Ms. F. for many years, she fell away from the Lord several years ago. Sin was in the process of destroying her life. She came periodically to some of our church services in our apartment, but not regularly. When a person falls away from God, it is a terrible feeling. One day she said she wanted to feel closer to God. Recently, however she started to come frequently, and recently made a profession of accepting Christ as Savior. Please pray for her and her son.”
CARIBBEAN, GRENADA, HOPE CITY, ST. ANDREWS, Joseph and Donna Childers —They share the following report and prayer needs: “We praise the Lord for His work in growing our church. We have one woman who started coming recently along with her son and daughter. On her third Sunday, she raised her hand acknowledging her spiritual need and asked Christ to save her. Praise the Lord! We also saw a 74-year-old man accept Christ during soul winning. We also thank the Lord for a retired Grenadian pastor who ministered for 42 years and has started coming to Lifeline. He and his wife have proven to be a good source of counsel and encouragement to us.
Please pray for us as we finalize the purchase of the land and for continued growth in the church. We have our third annual Christmas program on December 22, which has always brought more than 100 in attendance. Pray also for the second term of the Bible institute, which we plan to start in January. Finally, pray for Joseph’s family in Pennsylvania as they are undergoing some trials right now. Thank you to each one who lifts us up in prayer faithfully and for your faithful support for our family and ministry.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, James and Rebekah Scott —They shall the following report with prayer needs: “Over the past year, there has been a lady attending our church who is from Malaysia who speaks perfect English. Her husband is a Japanese Buddhist, but she grew up Catholic. She had been wondering about the difference between Baptists and Catholics for some time and she finally came to us about those differences. I was able to explain from the Bible what those differences were and what we believe and she was amazed. She said, ‘I never thought about that before.’ I asked her if she wanted to accept Christ as he Savior and she said yes, but then said she couldn’t. When I asked her why, she said she was too worried about what her husband would think if she truly became a Christian. Her husband does not like Christians and she is worried that she might lose him if she gets saved. This is a very common problem here in Japan. Please pray as we continue to minister to her that she will accept Christ soon.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint —They share the following report: “We just returned from a quick trip to the States to see our family…. It was a time away from the ministry that was much needed.
S.’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and it seems to be somewhat advanced. She is lost, so we are praying for her salvation more than the physical healing.
A couple has moved into their new apartment just a block from our house and they have come to the last two services we have had. You may recall that they recently got married after living together for several years. We pray that they will be faithful and grow in their walk with the Lord. Please pray for him as he is currently without a job.
Shortly before we left for the States, Nathan met with another couple in Panguipulli. They shared that they had decided to get married after living together for 20 years, but then a lot of circumstances just didn’t work out the way they wanted. They began to question if obeying the Lord was worth it. In short, they are in a spiritual battle, and we ask you to pray that they would trust and obey God. We are still praying that God would work out some financing for us to be able to purchase a place to stay and hold meetings in Panguipulli in order to be able to invest more time in that mission field.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, NUNDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —They share the following report and prayer needs: “This fall Dan had over 40 students in his classes at East Africa Baptist College. On Friday, November 8, 22 students received certificates for successfully completing the programs between one and four years (32 to 128 credit hours). One of these students completed the 4-year Pastoral Theology program, and he is pastoring a church about an hour away from us.
God also continues to amaze us with the attendance to our church services. Several Ugandans faithfully attend Sunday school; our children’s ministry has blossomed to around 20 each week; and our Sunday morning services have been averaging 50–60 people. We are thankful for the expanded space (seating capacity of 70 instead of 40 in the old space), but it is filling up quickly. The new space at the church has also given us an extra classroom in which we have begun a weekly group discipleship class in addition to the one-on-one lessons.
• Two couples from our ministries getting married on December 7 as they begin their lives together
• Wisdom, direction, and patience as we search for affordable land for the church”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, Chris and Lou Anne War —They share the following report: “Two men recently believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were born again. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I baptized them. Please pray for these two Air Force men and their spiritual growth. Pray for one’s wife, as she is deployed and is due to return in January. Also, pray for the salvation of their daughter.
Please pray for our families here in Italy and in the States. Pray for the faithfulness of many folks who have recently trusted Christ and were baptized at our church. We now have a lot of newly saved folks. Please pray that God would send some mature and faithful Christians who can help in our ministry. Pray that God would continue to use our church to reach military folks and their families as well as our Italian neighbors with the Gospel.”
WEST AFRICA, COTE D’IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) Kristine McLaughlin —She shares the following: “It is interesting how God answers prayer. These last 10 years, as I have overseen the Bingerville village ministry, our most fervent prayer has been that our villagers would one day have a church of their own.
In Bregbo, C. is our most spiritually advanced villager. She was saved fairly early when we started the ministry, and she has completed our discipleship lessons. Just after her salvation, we were doing visits in Bregbo when we met Christine in tears. She was six months pregnant at the time. She shared with us that she had a prenatal appointment the previous day during which the doctor said that he found no baby. She was devastated. My heart went out to her. We prayed with her, gave her a verse card with 1 Peter 5:7 printed on it, and promised to return the next day. ‘I have fetal heart beat Dopplers in my storage’ went through my mind. I was hot, dusty, and tired from the trip to the village. I parked my SUV, picked up the keys from my storage room and prayed, ‘Lord, I only have energy to try two of my Dopplers. Help one of the first two that I try to work.’ It had been months since I had used a Doppler. The heat and the humidity in the tropics really take a toll of equipment. I put batteries in the first Doppler. Nothing. The second Doppler worked. I breathed a ‘Thank you, Lord’ and packed it. The next day, we pulled the Doppler and found a heartbeat. She was thrilled. A few months later, she had a baby girl. We packed a gift of soap, which is customary to give when babies are born in Ivory Coast. On the way, I asked the team if they knew how the delivery went. They said, ‘She had twins. One died, and one was born.’ We visited her. The baby who had died was unnamed and there was no funeral. The situation was hard to take in. Death happens all around us. The age expectancy is 59 here. Maybe this callous response helps our people cope. Maybe—but all of this was foreign and strange to me. The value of life seems to lower in the culture founded on Animism.”
• Safety on the road—just had my first cracked windshield!
• For missionaries to be called, specifically for another medical missionary as the ministry is growing
• For souls to be saved and a Bingerville village church to be planted through future missionaries Josh and Katie Pate”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, WATERFROUNT KONEDOBU, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder —They share the following report: “Is it not amazing how God is concerned about individuals? The worth of one soul is far above rubies for whom Christ gave his priceless blood to redeem.
A woman arrived at our clinic late one afternoon earlier this year with pregnancy complications. She had walked for two days to get to the clinic. She ended up staying with acquaintances in a nearby village for a week, during which time we worked hard to help her the best we could. After much prayer, the Lord provided the needed chopper through an oil company to transport her to the coast to the hospital and doctor who performed a C-section. The rain and wind settled at just the right time for the chopper to land and depart. We had witnessed to her and prayed for her salvation, hoping her life would be spared so that she would have a chance for the Holy Spirit to work in her heart and that she would receive the gift of salvation by grace through faith. Several months later, she made the journey back up into the mountains and stopped by the clinic. We had recently left for furlough, but the team still there treated her infection and shared with us the good news that she had accepted Christ’s salvation. Please pray for her growth and discipleship as she lives far from our church.”
EUROPE, CROATIA, Ron and Rachel Winkler —They share the following: “The ministry has been busy and exciting the past several months. We are thankful for the opportunity to share with you some of the great things the Lord has done.
In our last prayer letter, we told you about the need for more room, the opportunity to purchase a building, and the funds that were needed. What a joy it is to report that the building was purchased and God provided all the needed funds! There is now a Bible-believing independent Baptist Church in the Kursanec Gypsy village. We continue to have programs with the children every Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. Shortly after getting the new building, a Wednesday evening service was started for the adults. There are now a few regulars who attend faithfully, and almost every week we have visitors. The most exciting part is that three men and one woman have accepted the free gift of salvation. God is working and blessing.
In September, Brother Leslie asked me to start teaching a teen class. Besides our two children, there are four other faithful teenagers who attend the church. There is also a university student who attends and is part of our class. All of these young people speak English, so I can teach in that language. My plan and goal is that someday I will be teaching in Croatian.
Please continue to pray about some financial needs that were mentioned in the last prayer letter. We would like to let you know that we have moved to our house and we are so thankful for the structure it brings to life. Thanks for praying for us!”
SOUTH AFRICA, WHITE RIVER, Richard and Laura Badgett —They share the following: “Thank the Lord for 11 folks baptized in two of the churches! Please pray for those who desire the milk of the Word and that God’s grace will be strong in their lives. Please pray for me, Laura, and Sreyas as we disciple these and others.
Srey Yan Yon arrived October 18 and is adjusting well and so excited to be serving the Lord here. Laura and I are refreshed and blessed by her joy and ‘can do’ attitude. She is a woman of great faith and is excited that God has finally brought her to South Africa. Please pray for Srey as she adjusts to the new land very different from her home.
Please continue to pray for Brother A. M. as he continues studies in the Bible institute. Also, please pray for us and the White River Baptist Church to grow in faithfulness and number.
Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church in Msholozi. She is having some real spiritual battles right now.
Legogote Baptist Church is very close to having needed funds for the land. We are praying for the 4,000 blocks, cement, steel, and fencing to provide for the security wall once the land is paid off. Discipleship, Sunday school, and worship services are going very well there.”
CARIBBEAN, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Joy Wesson and Family —They share the following: “I sought the Lord in prayer for many weeks and even months, praying for wisdom and guidance on how to find deaf people and how to reach them, claiming James 5:16.
I praise the Lord for hearing and answering our prayers! Just in the last several weeks, we have had EIGHT deaf visitors! This past Sunday night we had 26 deaf in attendance—the most we have ever had!
One of these new deaf is a 13-year-old boy. Since the first time he visited, he has not missed a service! I had the wonderful privilege of leading him to Christ on his front porch two weeks ago. I am looking for the Lord to do great things in his life.
Others of these new deaf are a set of twins girls, age 20. They are precious! We are praying for them that they will understand their need to be saved and give their hearts to the Lord.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULU, Nate and Sara Wright —They share the following: “God has opened the door for one of our ladies to begin a ministry reaching out to prostitutes. The goal of the ministry is to tell these women the Gospel and get them out of their lifestyles. It is not an easy ministry, as most of the women involved in prostitution are from troubled homes and are not able to go back to their villages or extended families. They have no support from anywhere. They are prostitutes as the only way to pay their rent, feed their children, and provide for basic needs.
So far, we have seen seven women come to church and receive Christ. One of these women is poorly educated and cross-eyed. She received Christ, and G. tried to take her back to her extended family in her home village to see if there were any way they could help her leave her lifestyle. When her grandmother found out that she wanted to come back to the village, she refused to even let her onto her land. The grandmother would talk to G. but not to her.
We are still new in this ministry, and we are learning things by trial and error. We currently are renting a small room for a few women who seem committed to change. The room is close to the church and G.’s house. PLEASE PRAY FOR WISDOM AS WE CONSIDER HOW TO PROCEED IN THIS MINISTRY.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following report and prayer needs: “This past month we had another baptism. One of our young men named came forward for baptism. He is a first generation Christian. When he told his family he was a Christian, his dad said he did not want to talk with him. Fortunately, this did not last long. However, the emotional strain lingers in his heart. It was a whole year before he came forward for baptism. This is common in Thailand and there is a strong undercurrent of spiritual and emotional pressure. However, it does not manifest itself physically like in other countries. We praise the Lord that he came forward to follow the Lord! May the Lord Jesus Christ be praised!
• Salvation of four individuals
• Salvation of another’s mom
• Learning language & culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following: “The last 48 hours have been tense here in the capital city of Santiago due to extreme rioting and destruction. It all has to do with raising prices and the destruction is wide spread. We were able to hold our Sunday morning service, but on the way home, we passed a group of looters breaking into a large furniture store and loading a pickup truck. As we got close to home, our grocery was in the process of being looted and the military came right up beside us on the road and started unloading soldiers to control the situation. Last night, after the 7 PM curfew, a group of rioters were just up the road from our house and we could hear the turmoil. We started hearing loud booms and as I went to the window, rioters were in front of our house and the police/military were shooting tear gas into the crowd. One of the canisters landed in our front yard and since the houses here are not sealed, we can say that we have smelled tear gas. Fortunately, before it got too bad in our house and got to the rest of the family, one of the rioters kicked the canister further down the road.
In total, 71 subway stations have been damaged or destroyed and several grocery stores have been burned as well as other buildings. We greatly need your prayers for protection and provision. We very much need God’s wisdom as we deal with the situation as a family and as missionaries in the country and community.”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jonathan and April Flowers —They share the following report: “This month at Hope Baptist Church we are having our missions’ month. Would you please pray that God would have His will and way in our people’s lives? Since our last missions’ month, we have had many new folks added to our church. Most of them know nothing about how to help get God’s Word around the world. This is a great opportunity for us to teach the Great Commission and help our folks get started in this great missionary journey. Please understand that these that are learning for the first time are learning about the joy of giving so that others may go and share God’s wonderful message with other people.
Please be in prayer for a few folks in our church. These are folks who are either presently going through discipleship lessons or are getting ready to start. We want God to continue to work in their lives. Would you also pray with us for the salvation of three others?”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, SICILY, Chris and Lou Anne War —They share the following report: “A young married military couple trusted Jesus as their Savior about two months ago after a morning service. A week later, I had the privilege of baptizing them. They continually have a multitude of questions about the Bible. They remind Lou Anne and me of how we were when we first trusted Christ many years ago.
I met with the husband on a Saturday morning, and as we were talking, I asked him, ‘Why do you think that once we get saved God leaves us on earth rather than just taking us to heaven?’ Without hesitation, he looked at me and said, ‘Pastor, to tell others about Jesus so they too can be saved.’ He then ended with this statement, ‘Pastor, that is exactly what I want to do. I want God to use me to tell other how to be saved.’”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —They report, “One young man has many ups and downs in his life. He still struggles with marijuana and other drugs. He also has a violent temper and has threatened his mother many times, even talking about killing her. Recently, he assaulted her and the police took him to jail for a few days. Since his mother did not want this attack to go on his record, she dropped charges. A few weeks later, he was back in the house again. On the other hand, he is a nice guy! He comes to church, takes notes, and is interested in spiritual things. Pray for his addiction and that he might become a stable person.
Our 40-day fast had 120 slots of six hours of praying from August 1–September 9. Someone signed up for every slot. During this time, I commented to Sabrina that I could feel the difference. One very good friend took part almost every Monday for fasting and praying. In fact, many people fasted and prayed for us! Thank you! We continue to persevere and believe a door will eventually open for us.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILIP, Robert and Rhoda Smith —They share the following report: “Sunday, October 27, 2019, marked 15 years since we formally organized our church here. In the past years, many have trusted Christ, and some have produced obvious fruit for the Lord. A member of this group is now with the Lord. Although the years have marked some changes, some things have not changed. Our purpose—to preach the Gospel, to win the lost to Christ, to baptize those who would follow the Lord, to train our converts for God, to witness to others, and to help start other churches that will do the same—HAS NOT CHANGED!
One came with her mother as a very young girl to our first Sunday morning service in 2004. They have been in church nearly every Sunday since. Today, she goes on Saturday afternoons soul winning with Becca. What a joy to see them together seeking to reach people for Christ!
Our church building site is on rented land. We have until March 2021 to purchase land of our own and move the building. Although we now have permission to build, we do not have the entire sum to purchase the land. Please pray that God will guide our thinking and, if it is His will, He will provide the balance needed to purchase the land. The Lord has been gracious and generous to us, especially in the past year.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, STANN CREEK, John and Robin Harris —They give the following report: “What a blessing to be able to share the blessings God has bestowed upon our ministry. This past September we had our annual Back to School weekend. This is our second year conducting one. Our first even was when we were still meeting as a simple Bible study. This year we had 37 people attend the event, we had a good time with games, singing, and preaching. Fellow BIMI missionary Jonathan Shertzer was our special speaker and many heard the Gospel through this event.
September 30 was one full year since we officially started Grace Baptist Church of Dangriga. As far as we know, we are the first independent Baptist Church amongst the Garifuna people. October 20, we had a celebration for this special occasion in the history of our church. Pastor Doug Rogers was the speaker and a group of 26 people from Berean Baptist church in Adrian, Michigan, and Wing’s Bearing Precious Seed assisted us. We also distributed Scripture in several schools.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbie Brosius —They share the following report: “The Lord has been keeping us busy for the past few months with services and special events in both churches. In Templo Bautista Emanual in the Capital area of Buenos Aires, we baptized five people in September. One came to Argentina with her family from Venezuela, seeking employment. Her husband has not accepted the Lord yet, but comes to church regularly. Please pray for his salvation! Pray that they can find good jobs in spite of the economic problems in Argentina right now. Two of those who were baptized are from the annex.
Please continue to pray for wisdom for us in counseling couples with serious marriage problems.
We had a Friends of the Everlasting Nation meeting in September with a good attendance. I taught the ones present about the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashannah and even blew the shofar to bring in the new year. Our goal is always to reach Jewish people and to teach our churches the same.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Kerri Phillips —She shares the following report: “In the beginning of July, I met a deaf boy who did not know how to communicate, and God truly opened the doors for him to receive help. My sign language teacher and I started our Wednesday with prayer that God would help us find where this little boy lived. As I was driving up and down the roads around where I met him, I saw one of my students from a nearby school, so I stopped and asked her if she knew where the deaf boy lived. She said, ‘Yes, Madam, that’s my brother.’ God ordered our steps and answered our prayers that day in a mighty way.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following report and prayer needs: “God has been so good and always is good! We have seen over 1,500 saved this last month through all the ministries here. There have been four new students to move into the dorms.
The radio station is going strong. We need electrical equipment to hook up the 3,000-watt transmitter. If you would like to help with this need, please send your contributions to BIMI, P.O. Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341. Also, please pray for a new educational building for the Bible college. It is rainy season and the students need new classrooms. They are presently meeting in waiting sheds for some of their classes. We also are in great need of another vehicle to transport the students back and forth to Catarman. Also, please pray for a new piano.
Please pray for our graduating students starting churches. The devil is trying to stop them. Several need land to build buildings. Several have land and need church buildings.
Please pray for the children. We reach over 1,000 every Saturday morning, through our extension classes. Please pray we can get them to come to church Sunday morning.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AKASHI CITY, Jimmy and Sara Pak —They share the following report: “Our family had a wonderful time in the summer with church and family time. Nishimaiko Baptist Church had a Children’s Festival on a Saturday in August, and we had four new families visit for the first time. We are praying that God will continually work in these families so that they may continue to come and be saved…. Please pray for Jimmy as he will be visiting Hokkaido at the end of this month. We are praying for God’s direction in this area. A national pastor in Hokkaido asked us to pray about the possibility to work together in the near future. We are leaving this prayer request open to the LORD, and please pray with us as Jimmy visits the area.”
• We just started our new semester of language study a couple of weeks ago. Please pray for continual wisdom in learning the language.
• Pray for the health of Sarah and the baby. The new boy is due on November 9.
• Pray for Jimmy’s trip to Hokkaido.
BRAZIL, BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Paul and Sharon Pritchard —They share the following report and prayer needs: “We mentioned in our last prayer letter about raising money to send a 40-foot container to the mission field. This container is filled with Bibles, John and Romans, and Gospel tracts in the Portuguese language. We are sending 20 tons of literature. The cost is $800 per ton. We have raised $7,800. We appreciate your helping us reach our goal to get these Bibles and tracts to the mission field.
• For precious souls to trust Christ
• For the Lord to use us and fill us with His Spirit
• For our strength and health
• We praise Him that the knee replacement surgery went well and I (Paul) am still recovering.
• We praise the Lord for your prayers for Sister Sharon’s health. It is your prayers that helps her go forward.
• We praise the Lord for all of you!
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Alan and Elena Sutphen —They share the following prayer needs: “In July we participated in medical clinics with two different groups from the States. The purpose of these clinics, as always, it to get the Gospel to every patient we see. Between both clinics, the teams saw 2,950 patients, and 380 professions of faith were made! Both clinics were at or near an independent Baptist church plant, with the names and addresses supplied to the pastors for the follow-up of these new believers.
This month we held two baptismal services baptizing 26 people including 16 of the children at SOAP. We thank the Lord for these souls, young and old, who stepped forth in the first step of obedience.”
• Spiritual growth for believers I am discipling
• Successful follow-up of newly saved through the medical clinics
• Primary school registration to proceed unhindered by corruption
• Finalizing plans to begin construction of the new church in Soroti.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILIP, Robert and Rhonda Smith —They share the following: “We praise the Lord for gifts that have helped us in our church building repairs. We put up sheetrock and lighting in the Sunday school room behind the auditorium, replaced some of the rotten wood boards outside the building, and installed outside lights in the back of the building. We are waiting for some material from the States to clear customs to do more repairs. We are so grateful for your prayers and help to do these renovations. What a blessing!
Pray for our new converts to grow. A woman was invited to church by one of our men as the two of them rode the 5 AM bus to Bridgetown. Becca and I had the privilege of leading her to Christ in her home. She has been faithful each week at church.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AN RHEIN, Walt and Thrasilla Hornung —They share the following: “The Lord’s church here in Mainz is very challenging and interesting. It demands great commitment, and of course, it is a great responsibility. About 50% of the church people are German. The other 50% of the people are from various counties; primarily from the eastern bloc countries, and Russia; also from Iran, Asia, and Africa. This, of course, demands sensibility and wisdom. As you know, we have visitors almost every Sunday. Sometimes it is overwhelming and difficult to have the proper help.
We are pleased to report to you the Lord’s church here in Mainz has four men now who do a good job preaching biblical messages. One of the men has taught through the book of Revelation with the help of PowerPoint. Now he is starting an introduction to the Minor Prophets. Another man has managed to get on a secular radio station, preaching six to eight times a month. Each time he has at least 1.5 hours to present an excellent salvation message and it does not cost us one cent! The Lord also gave us two excellent youth leaders. One of the leaders comes from a very difficult background of drugs, alcohol, and you name it. He is very sensitive to the needs and difficulties of young people and gives them spiritual principles for a victorious life. We have three good children’s teachers with others learning. Several men meet at 6 AM every Friday morning for prayer.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —They share the following: “Three people have been recently saved. One of them is a 94-year-old woman. She is a family member of one of our families in the church. She has not been in good health and we have been praying for her. The family members from our church have spent a lot of time sharing the Bible with her and finally she decided it was time to place faith in Jesus Christ. Regarding the other two people, during our time on furlough, we shared with you that a family from our church had moved to the coast because of work, but at the same time, they had a desire to plant a new church. We will be helping them with this church plant and have already been sending Bibles and discipleship materials.
I am happy to report that we are already seeing fruit on the coast. Two people recently accepted Jesus as their Savior. As of this moment, the church plant is only in the Bible study stage in homes. Those in-home Bible studies will continue and next year, we are looking to officially planting the church. Pray with us as this work continues to develop and pray for the couple who will be heading up this work. The husband served as our youth pastor before moving to the coast. We are excited to see what God will continue to do on the coast of Chile.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, QUEBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post —They give the following report: “Please pray that the Lord will use our various outreach efforts. We are praying that the Lord will guide us in getting the Gospel to those around us herein St-Quentin and Kedgwick, New Brunswick. The school year has started, as well as the sports programs. We pray the Lord will open up opportunities through football and Judo. He has already worked in the hearts in the past and we pray that this season will provide many opportunities to share the Gospel. Our Sensei wants Justin and me to progress in our belts, which takes much effort.
Jennifer has been a faithful volunteer at a nursing home, which has put her in contact with many families in town. She has the opportunity to play volleyball on Monday nights, which has helped her to have more contact with women in the community. People in general have questions and problems and as a Christian we can be like Peter and say of the Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
CARIBBEAN, GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS, Malcolm and Jan Gregory —They share the following report: “We praise the Lord that a man who escaped from Communist Cuba recently accepted Christ! One Sunday morning in Sunday school he blurted out, ‘That day you came to my house and talked to me, I was not ready to accept Christ as my Savior, but I am now!” What a pleasure to lead him to the Lord after the morning lesson. Pray he will follow the Lord in baptism and continue to grow in faith. Also, pray the Cayman government will soon grant him political asylum, which will permit him to legally work on the island.
We would appreciate your prayers for another man concerning salvation. He also is a Cuban refugee waiting on a permanent visa. He came to Cayman on a makeshift raft with eight other men and survived a horrific storm at sea. He is basing his ‘salvation’ on the fact that God helped him escape from Cuba and saved him from dying on the voyage to freedom. Pray for his eyes to be opened and he will understand God’s plan of salvation.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, Ricardo and Angela Portillo —They share the following report: “We recently celebrated our 5th anniversary as a church and it was a great day! In the morning, we had 176 in attendance, saw one saved that day and several as we followed up on visitors. Again, we rejoiced to see the unity and service from the heart displayed by our church family. We gave out some discipleship and baptismal certificates, presented a clear Gospel message, and fellowshipped over a meal afterwards. Many visitors from this service have come back even twice, so we are praying for fruit that remains. As we approach big events like this, we teach our church family that we are not going to all this effort just for the excitement, free food, or to fill chairs. We want our people to hear the Gospel message and have their lives changed for Jesus.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following: “This past month we elected our first deacon to Open Door Baptist Church. He has been such a great help to the church. He meets the qualifications and he and his wife have proven themselves to be faithful. The church is excited to have him in that position.
We continue to knock on doors and give out the Gospel to those in the streets. This past month I had the privilege of leading a man to the Lord. He has been coming to church faithfully since that day. We have started weekly discipleship and he has had a ton of questions. Every day we get to see his growth and invest our lives into him. Pray for God’s leading.”
• Souls to be saved, baptized and discipled
• For our supporting churches
• For Sarah’s outreach with the local mums
• For Open Door Baptist Church and its growth
• For us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them
• For us as we seek a permanent building for services
• For purchasing a van to pick up families for church
• For us as we enrolled our church as a charity
• For our Anniversary Sunday, October 6
• For us as we continue to save funds for our Visa renewal in August 2020
• For those who were baptized September 22”
USA MINISTIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRING, John and April McDaniel —They give the following report with prayer needs: “We had our Vacation Bible School and 12 souls trusted in the Lord as Savior. A youth group from California came out to help us and it was a blessing! We had a Ladies Luncheon. Ms. April taught the ladies and they had good fellowship. We also were able to attend a fellowship meeting at Mt. Powell Baptist Church where I preached.”
• Three were baptized and one started discipleship.
• Safety: our church van was rear-ended and there was only minimal damage to it, while the car that hit us was totaled.
• Camp at Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch was a blessing! Many children were saved too! Our church collectively memorized hundreds of Bible verses.
• A couple got married. They are serving together at Naschitti Baptist Church.
• Souls to be saved and discipleship to be completed
• Safety of our family, church family, and community
• Materials and manpower for home construction
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following report: “The 1,000 watt transmitter is hooked up and running, but the 3,000 cannot be hooked up yet. We need many electrical repairs before we can hook it up. Please pray for this need. Keep praying for 104.5 FM Christian radio.
The Bible college girls are enjoying their new two-story cement dormitory. Please pray for more Bible college students to train to start more churches.
We have several pastors who still need support, land to build a building and a new church building. If you would like to help a pastor for about $50 per month, they would certainly appreciate it.
I was able recently to lead a Filipina woman to Christ on the phone. My wife was able to lead an 86-year-old Filipina lady to Christ as well.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, Mark and Katie Gerosin —They share the following with praise and prayer requests: “Last October I received a call from a Christian woman who wanted assistance at a women’s foundation she had begun. It was centered on teaching social and business skills to oppressed and abused women. The founder was a Christian and wanted to present the Gospel to these women and their families but was not sure how to do it. About nine months passed until we heard from her again.
Suddenly, she called asking me to come and preach and bring some of our Romans booklets. We have been going for just two months and already seen 24 people saved! We just had to wait to His timing, and He has been faithful to give fruit!”
• 24 saved at the foundation!
• 7 saved at our church!
• 23 saved on the trip to the Amazon!
• God to guide several regarding ministry
• Wisdom regarding our previous church building
• Team unity
• Institute students
• More laborers for His harvest field
• More to be saved and baptized.
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner —They share the following report and prayer needs: “We have started the AWANA Program now, so many children have been coming on Sunday afternoons to be in the club. They are learning many Bible verses and God us using this program to help them become stronger in the Lord. Of course, we totally use Japanese, so it gets challenging sometimes.
In September, we had a BBQ at our house for all the church people and our neighbors. Please pray that those who attended and listened and many trusted Christ as Savior.
October 19–20, we will be having evangelistic services, so please pray that God would work in a great way during this time. We will be passing out 15,000 fliers/tracts for the meetings.”
• 2020 Olympic project
• Evangelistic meetings in October
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, NTINDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —They share the following: “September 1 was our two year anniversary at Faith Baptist Church. It was also the dedication of our new space, and the first time we could baptize in our own baptistery instead of renting the use of a public swimming pool. Three people were baptized! We also packed out the new space with nearly 70 people. Our church choir sang two songs, the children recited verses they had memorized in the children’s church ministry, and a national pastor who has been a great source of wisdom and counsel, especially to Dan, preached for us. Praise the Lord for the provision of His Word and His Spirit to draw men to Himself and unite believers into one Body!”
• Those who have recently been saved as they begin discipleship lessons
• Wisdom in ministering effectively to our growing local body of believers
PRAISE THE LORD
• Those who have been saved and baptized recently
• The new space and baptistery God has provided to expand our ministry opportunities
• Two years of Faith Baptist Church
CENTEAL AMERICA, BELIZE, Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer —They share the following: “We praise the Lord for a fruitful summer! Faith Baptist Church held its first Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the middle of July. It was a blessing to have a team of our fellow missionary’s home church join us. We rejoice with them over 10 souls saved throughout the VBS! They also helped blitz the neighborhoods around the church and paint the church wall.
August presented itself with many new ministry opportunities. In the previous update, we asked you to pray for the University Bible study. Administration approved the Bible study and allowed us to set up a booth at the University Kick Off. I was even given the opportunity to present the Bible Study to the audience attending the kick-off. However, since that time, one of the officials at the University has questioned the Bible study and does not want us on the campus. We are simply praying the Lord softens her heart and allows the plans to move forward. Please pray with us that this opposition will subside and the doors will continue to open.
As the Back to School time approached, Elizabeth was given the great privilege of conducting teacher training in two local schools. The teachers were very grateful for the instruction. She had complete freedom to share the Gospel, pass out New Testaments, and invite the teachers to church. A number of teachers acknowledged their need for a Savior, so please pray they will attend our services and be saved!”
USA MILITARY, SPAIN, Don and Patsy Drake —They share the following: “Since returning to Spain, we have been busy saturating our area housing (hundreds) with tracts with the Gospel and a notice of a new church in town (Victory Baptist). We are excited for we have met a new contact in our area that has been a great help for us. He, being retired Air Force, told us about The Coastline, the base paper at Rota Naval Base and Moron Air Base. We contacted the editor and he gave us a free editorial page write up, and we purchased an ad for Victory Baptist Church in the August 29 edition. Praise the Lord, we finally got on base by way of The Coastline! We trust the Lord to speak to hearts on the base about VBC and trust that many will visit us in the days to come.
Pray for our Military and for the local people, for we include a Spanish tract along with our English tract as we distribute literature in our area. Pray the Lord to send forth laborers into His harvest.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, QLD, Joseph and Melissa Marshall —They share the following: “During the first two weeks of June, we had a missions team with us. They were a great help in our community outreach weekend. We started it out with volleyball on Friday night. We encouraged our people to invite unsaved people that they know to join with us for some free volleyball. Amazingly, we had 12 first time visitors. Brother Baughman was able to share the Gospel with everyone during a devotional and snack break.
On the next day, we had a church BBQ. A couple in our church did a great job planning this event. It was a great time of fellowship that everyone seem to enjoy. Although there was concern about rain that day, God held off the rain until literally the last item was packed up before we went home.
The next day (Sunday), we had a community outreach day planned. Our youth and young adults did a great job planning, building, and running the carnival games for the day. During the morning service, one of the visitors from Friday night came back and after the service he accepted Christ as his personal Savior! During the carnival games, we had 23 visitors. Overall, we had 35 first time visitors and one saved during this outreach weekend!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, SAN FERNANDO, HUIXQUILUCAN, Nick and Patricia Sutmaier —They share the following: “It was the strangest thing that a little over an hour before the service, the Lord changed the message I was going to preach. The new message was titled “Instead of Running from Your Problems, Put God First—He Will Lead You Through.” After the service, when her cousin told me what had happened, I almost cried thinking that she could not have had a better message for her situation. Just a week before visiting our church, a dear lady found out she had cancer. When it was confirmed in the hospital that she had cancer, she was devastated by the shocking news. She was ready to end her life. She saw no hope. At the metro station she told her cousin, ‘I should just end it all right here and jump in front of the metro train.’ Her cousin and family invited her to church and she heard the Gospel. She trusted Jesus and was saved!
What would she have done? Where would she turn with such a burden in her life? Thank the Lord that we were here to tell her of the Good News that Jesus saves! She has been coming faithfully since she got saved.”
BRAZIL, SP, RIBEIRAO, Carl and Cindy Johnson —They share the following report: “We are excited to see the deaf church growing. Several deaf who were out of church have slowly started coming back. Shortly after we returned to Brazil, Michael Douglas and family moved to São Paulo to further their language studies. Our deaf church had a Going Away party for them; they will be greatly missed.
We celebrated the hearing church’s 4th anniversary in July with a three-day conference. We handed out over 15,000 fliers, advertising for the conference. A young mother received a flier, but she did not want to wait until the conference to visit the church, so she came a week earlier. During the invitation she raised her hand for salvation and Cindy had the privilege of leading her to Christ. She has been coming since then and even brings her little boy. She has a broken home and is praying for God’s intervention.”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO, Michael and Anna Doering —They share the following with prayer requests: “We have had a very busy spring here in Santo Domingo. Thank you for taking the time to read about what God is doing in our ministry.
• Pray for the Lord’s provision for laborers and resources in Carmen Renata, an area where one of our couples has been working to establish a small group.
• Pray for our church to stay passionate about being a witness for Christ and making disciples of those who receive Him.
• Please continue to pray for our national leaders—they are the future of this ministry.
• Please continue to pray for some unexpected financial needs we have—thank you to those who have responded privately.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The Lord continues to grow our church! It has been a joy to see visitors come to church and then continue to come. We are continuing to reach out to the families that attended our special events in hopes that they would get saved and make Open Door Baptist Church their home church.
Currently, we are looking at two facilities that could possibly work for our church. The Scots own them and the problem is waiting for them to meet and talk about allowing us to rent from them. This will provide us with a facility all year round and room for growth.
• Pray for souls to be saved, baptized, and discipled.
• Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the people of Scotland—to be opened to the Gospel.
• Pray for our supporting churches.
• Pray for Sarah’s outreach with the local mums.
• Pray for our church and its growth.
• Pray for us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them.
• Pray for us as we seek a permanent building for services.
• Pray for us about purchasing a van to pick up families for church.
• Pray for us as we enroll our church as a charity.
• Pray for wisdom as we elect a deacon for the church.
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, Nathan and Marilorys Arce —They share the following: “Since our arrival in the United States, many things back home took a turn for the better and for the worse.
A turn for the better: The church continues to grow in number, and the love of believers for the Lord and for gathering together overcomes all obstacles of transportation or weather.
Several baptismal services have been performed for new believers. The food ministry has provided, without fail, food for all children and young people who attend church; and by the grace of God, many adults have also been fed. This past Sunday 413 people attended our church.
A turn for the worse: The electricity cuts continue to happen, so the loss of equipment and appliances that have been damaged is huge. This includes the sound system that we have used for 11 years. The car gas lines can easily be a 2- or 3-day wait in much of the country. The cost of food, medicine, and personal hygiene items is unattainable for our people. As one example, the minimum wage is barely $6 per month and a dozen eggs is $7.
In the darkest moment in the history of Venezuela, the church of Christ has risen and is strengthened to preach his name in every corner of the country! Let us continue to pray for PEACE and FREEDOM in Venezuela.”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers —They share the following: “After we finished with all the renovations to the building, we had a week and then our English day camp started. This year we had 33 kids registered for the camp. It ended with the children putting on a skit in English. We invited all the parents to come. This year we had over 90 people in attendance. This was a great opportunity to share the Gospel and we thank the Lord for blessing our camp. Thanks for praying.
We also want to share with you a big need. Would you please pray about taking part in our English camp? We already have a group planned to come help us for 2020’s camp. We are looking for 2021 and beyond. Every year we have our camp on the last full week of July. If you are interested in taking a mission trip and/or would like more information (such as what we are doing, cost, etc.), please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.”
FAR NORTH, BRITISH COLOMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Debbie Mackay —They share the following report: “On July 28, we hosted our first ever Community Barbecue. My heart has been burdened for the Queensborough neighborhood of our city. So, Tyler organized an outreach and barbecue to reach out to this area. Before the event, he led the church to knock on all the doors of 3,000 homes once and then deliver two invitations to the barbecue. He also had a John and Romans mailed to each home. All of these efforts paid off and God blessed with about 400 guests at the barbecue. We had 102 connection cards turned in. I preached a simple Gospel presentation at the end of the barbecue. Tyler organized follow-up visits for that Saturday, and we visited over 50 homes. We were thrilled on Sunday when a Muslim lady came to church with her two sons. She came to the barbecue because her sons are interested in Christianity. She does not wish to convert to Christianity but is willing to allow her sons to learn about our God. As she talked with me, it brought tears to my eyes. She explained that her boys had just been to a Bible camp in our area. Another independent Baptist church here hosts a youth camp and some of their members took these boys to camp just before our community outreach. Isn’t that amazing? God is so interested in the lives of people who are seeking Him! This family promised to be back in church next Sunday. Several other families told us that they plan to come to church.”
CARIBBEAN, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, Paul and Amy Valles —They share the following: “With many of our young people off the island for the summer, we have put a hold on Friday nights youth group and Paul is spending much time learning Creole; instead, he is speaking with the local Haitians. He is able to carry on short conversations so far, and he is praying that he will quickly learn this language to effectively communicate the Gospel and reach a large, yet basically, unreached people group with the Gospel in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He recently received a Creole Bible and has started translating Bible verses when he preaches. He also received Creole tracts to help him share the Gospel with Haitians. He is not yet able to share the Gospel in Creole but knows it is nice to give a tract to Haitians so he can understand the language quickly.
We had two saved recently. They, like most other people here, are very hesitant to be baptized after they are saved. It is very obvious to see their spiritual growth stunted as a result of their disobedience.”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, Mike and Tonda Pinson —They share the following report: “In military churches, summers can be very difficult. Summer is PCS season, the time when many sailors and their families rotate to a new duty station. Often, it seems as though we are starting all over again. We have seen many of our faithful workers move on during the last few months. Praise the Lord that some have already joined new churches! We are always grateful when these families continue to serve the Lord. Although we are excited to reach the new families who will arrive in Yokosuka, it does leave us short on help in the church. We are praying for some mature Christian families as well as the opportunit to share the Gospel with the newcomers.
In our last prayer letter, we told you about a young Japanese lady who trusted Christ as Savior. After completing a discipleship course, she decided to follow Christ in believer’s baptism. It was a blessing to see her so eager to obey and follow Christ.
In the last two months, two people have surrendered to full-time Christian service. One is a 5th grade boy who has a great desire to serve the Lord, and the other is a sailor who has been saved for about one year. He and his wife have grown by leaps and bounds, and we are so excited to see what God has planned for them.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Matt and Dallita Goins —They share a Prayer and Praise report: “God sees our need before we do and has already provided to meet that need before we realize it. We praise God for providing for a need we had this past month through a generous gift that came at just the right time. God sees! God knows! God provides in His way!
• Children’s Home Ministry
Pray for the new children in the Children’s Home to adapt quickly. Also pray for the Gardner family and the Hope of Honduras staff as their tasks have just multiplied. Pray for the salvation of these little ones.
• Church Property in Santa Barbara
Please continue to pray for the Lord to show us the right piece of property for the right price for this young church. Pray for Pastor Alex and his family.
• Rearick Surgical Center
Pray for is as we are in the final preparations to be able to use the surgical center and help with so many physical needs while also preparing hearts to hear the message of the Gospel. Pray for Dr. Frazer and his family as they prepare to move in January.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, LEIXLIP, KILDARE, Bob and Kathi Zemeski —They share the following: “We had the good news of a man’s salvation decision the week after we left Ireland. Kathi and I witnessed to this man a few weeks before we left for the States. Evangelist Bob Jones, who spoke at our church four days the last week in July, assured us his decision was solid. Since then, he has been coming every service when not working. As to our meetings with Brother Jones, he said, ‘The Lord has wonderfully blessed, and I believe this has been the best missions trip I have ever taken…. In the second week of July we had a Neighborhood Bible Time with 15 children coming over the week. Tuesday—Thursday we had Bible time with the teens with 11 in attendance.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He writes, “We had one young man come forward for baptism this past month. He believed on Jesus Christ about a year ago. We had several other young men who are candidates for baptism as well. Each has received Jesus as their Savior, and each have been coming to church and studies. However, they are reluctant to follow the Lord in this important step of obedience. For some believers in Thailand it is difficult to follow this ordinance ordained by Jesus. There is an undercurrent of fear from family and society to step out and stand with our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, our young men are first generation Christians. SO, they have no good Christian example to follow. They are setting the example, which is not easy for Thai men.
• Salvation of four
• Salvation of a mom and two others
• Learning language and culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take roots in hearts”
USA MINISTRIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien —They write, “We asked in our last letter that you pray for a man and his daughter who have been saved. They both changed jobs and have not been in church in over two months. Please continue to pray for them that the Lord will supply other jobs and work in their hearts to trust Him for their needs.
We also asked you to pray for a woman and her children who have continued to come more faithfully since we asked you to pray for her. Unfortunately, they did move to California. Please pray that they will find a good church to attend where they will continue to grow in the Lord.
Please continue to pray for a man who has been missing church because of his job but has recently resigned and is looking for a better situation. We are praying this will allow him to get back into church along with his little brother and sister. His older brother has started attending church but is not yet saved. Please pray that the Lord will soften his heart and bring him to receive Christ as his personal Savior.
We thank the Lord for a new couple who began to attend church the last Sunday in July. Two weeks later, the man received Christ as his Savior. The wife was resistant because of fear and peer pressure from some in her family. We praise the Lord that she finally received Christ on August 8 after we finished a discipleship Bible study with them in their home! They are excited about their new life in Christ and are in church for every service.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, ST. PHILIP, Robert and Rhoda Smith —They share the following: “We have had some wonderful blessings in the last few weeks. Personally, I have been privileged to lead 10 to Christ as we have gone door-to-door. One of these came with us to church last Sunday. Pray that he will grow and that others will hunger and thirst after righteousness!
Second, my work permit has been approved again! Praise the Lord! We will have another 3 years to serve Him here. Pray that God will give us a season of great growth in our church. Pray that God would raise up young people surrendered to Him. I would like to see churches planted in every village across our island.
This past June the Victory Baptist Church that the Lord allowed us to start in Ibadan, Nigeria, celebrated their 23rd anniversary! The national pastor has faithfully pastored there since we left Nigeria in December 2002. I praise the Lord for his faithfulness and the church’s continuing to serve our Lord for all these years! This is fruit that remains and abounds for your account.”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco —They write, “A few months ago, I had the privilege of helping three siblings learn how they could be sure that they would go to heaven when they die. They accepted the message of the Gospel and from that day on, we began to see the joy of the Lord in their lives as they began to grow in the Christian life. Even though they are young, their desires are to grow and let the Holy Spirit direct their lives. We had a baptismal service at the beach and it was a great joy to see them share their testimonies of salvation and take the next step in the Christian life. They have countless times told us that they love us, are grateful to be in our church, and that their lives before Christ had no meaning. It is converts like these that just gives us a spark to keep on going.”
• Discipleship and spiritual growth
• Different building to have church
• Vacation Bible School in August
• Container of tracts and Romans—still trying to get them out”
AFRICA, TANZANIA, MOSHI, B. J. and Cathy Schultz —They share the following: “In May, I taught a class to first time pastoral students. These students came to our school because they believe God has called them into the ministry. They have been active in their local churches, assisting their pastors and getting ready to plant a new church in a needy area…. I spent eight days teaching a New Testament survey class. The other teachers taught verse-by-verse through the Gospel of Mark. The students prepared a 10-minute sermon to preach every evening. Believe me, it was difficult, but the students kept asking for more. Our next class takes place in October. If all goes well, the students will graduate in mid-December.
Pray for Cathy’s mom. She received very bad news from the doctor about her health…. Pray for God’s supply, comfort, and healing according to His will. Pray for our health as well! Seasonal allergies have led to bronchitis, sinus headaches, and sore throats.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, STANN CREEK, John and Robin Harris —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Lately, we have been trying to have a fellowship time with the church each month. This past May, Robin and our church hosted our very first ladies fellowship in honor of Mother’s Day. We had fellow missionary Brenda Liedtke as the special speaker to the ladies. It was a great time and the women told us they learned a lot from the message. We had 21 attend the event.
Our next big event is our second annual Back-to-School Sunday Weekend. We are planning to have something similar to Vacation Bible School. The date for that activity is September 3–4 and then on September 5, school begins. Please pray for this event as many from the area will hear the Gospel and receive salvation.
• Please pray for my family as we are in a spiritual battle. One thing about living in Dangriga is that there is a spiritual oppression felt, but God is still good.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, AM SCHUTZENHAUS, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —They share the following: “One of our church members who is a police officer invited an old friend to a motorcycle tour sponsored by a Bible school. After the evening message and the film A Case for Christ, the friend said to me that he wanted to talk. The three of us sat down and I asked him if he understood the Gospel and what he needs to do. ‘I am in’ he said, shook my hand and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. The police officer had tears in his eyes as he hugged his friend. Over ten years he had stayed in contact with him, prayed for him, and witnessed to him. It paid off!
PRAY FOR MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER
• Church Motorcycle Service ‘Powered by Jesus’ — Our area is great for riding and we are having an evangelistic service for bikers, followed with a guided tour and then great BBQ. We are praying for over a hundred bikers to come.
• Family Conference on Marriage and Child Rearing — We believe in holy matrimony between a man and a woman and children reared to honor God. Please pray for this important training for our families and a statement for our area.”
CENTRAL EUROPE, CROATIA, Ron and Rachel Winkler —They share the following: “GYPSY VILLAGE MINISTRY — Every Saturday morning 40–50 young children crowd into our meeting room which is a 20-foot shipping container. Now that the Leslies have returned from their furlough, we have another service for the older kids on Sunday afternoons. About 20–30 kids attend that service. THE PROBLEM — We need more room! THE ANSWER — A building with plenty of room is for sale. The total amount needed is $25,000. The exciting news is that $17,000 has already been raised. We only need $8,000! Would you give toward this need so that a great impact can be made in the Gypsy village? Most importantly, will you pray that God will provide the needed funds? Please take a few minutes and visit our Facebook page Winkler Family Updates for lots of pictures and even a video from Brother Leslie with more information about the building.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, OTTAWA, NAVAN, Jeff and Kim Smith —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The first Sunday in June marked the one year anniversary of holding services in Vanier. We had 14 in attendance on Anniversary Sunday. We have a small faithful group, occasional attenders, and regular visitors. Please pray that more believers who are attending will catch a genuine burden for a church to be established.
PRAYER AND PRAISES
• Please pray for our son while he is in Michigan, working a job for the summer. We do miss him in Ottawa!
• Please pray for us as we host a group of teens who are on a missions trip to Ottawa.
• Please pray that God will use the group mightily for the progress of the Gospel in Ottawa.
• Praise for small signs of progress in the Vanier church
• God brought a distraught couple into our path for a short time. The man prayed to receive Christ.
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Peter and Elisabeth Putney —They give the following report and prayer requests: “In the time that we have been here in Colombia, we have gone through many seasons of ministry. Right now, we seem to be in the season of reaping. In our El Carmen church plant, we have seen many people getting saved, joining the church, and being discipled. A few weeks ago, we met an elderly woman who has been praying for the last 15 years that God would send a Baptist church to El Carmen. When she heard about us, she walked around for days looking for our location. What joy she had in seeing God answer her prayers!
It is time for expansion again! We have been having many visitors in Rionegro, so many that we needed to enclose our upstairs patio to make an office and to knock out the office walls to expand our auditorium. We are thankful for the men of our church who have the skill and desire to help with this project. With the new space, we should be able to add about 25 more chairs. Please continue to pray for the many people who have recently been saved.
PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES
• Spiritual growth for new believers
• Finalization of our church’s legal paperwork
• Victory in spiritual warfare
• Souls saved
• New believers baptized
• Growing soul-winning ministry”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett —They share the following: “We are almost finished with our new Sunday School/Activity Center that we have been working on for many months! We plan to have an official inauguration service, but we used the building for our fellowship time after our institute graduation and Libras classes. We are so thankful for this new facility that we will have. It is so important to our ministry.
Everything we plan and do is done with the purpose of winning the lost. Since our last letter, we had two people saved in our church in Almerinda Chaves (Friendship Baptist Church). Also, in our main church (Emmanuel Baptist Church), we had a man saved. He owns an automotive repair shop on the same street as the church. He has been attending the services. Please pray for these new converts and for our two churches—for souls to be saved.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, James and Rebekah Scott —They share the following with prayer requests: “June has been a busy month! Another missionary here in Japan, Brother Henry Ward, will be starting a new church, Lord willing, in the near future and has been working on renovations of a building for the church. Our Japanese pastor and I have been making trips over to the church to help with the renovations. It is a privilege to get to help with the church plant in any way I can, and while studying Japanese, I have the privilege to watch a church get started here in Japan. As I write this letter, we just finished helping out at the Bible college near us, preparing it for a much needed renovation. Much of the building is many years old and has been in need of some repairs. Over the next couple of months, many of us missionaries will be helping renovate some of the building.
• We are so excited that we are only one month away until we get to meet our little baby girl for the first time. We are doing our best to prepare for the birth of our Lily Grace Scott. Please pray that all goes well and there will be no complications.
• With only a few more Kid’s English Time classes left, please pray that some of these families will commit to coming to church.
• Please pray for the renovation of the new church plant.
• Please continue to pray for our Japanese language study.
• Please pray for the renovation of the Bible college. I am praying that the school will be able to do the renovations and it not cost them any more than it has to!”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, David and Terri Long —They share the following with prayer requests; “In May, the father of a girl who faithfully attends our children’s ministry passed away. Even though the father went to a different church and was to be buried on Monday, the wife and family asked me to do a Remembrance Service on Saturday before the burial. Of course, I preached salvation by grace (through an interpreter) and five people were saved! The oldest teen son was saved and has faithfully come to our church since that service. He has been an encouragement to other young people. We have seen 15 saved in the past two months.
• Pray for all our soul winning efforts and for our converts as we disciple them.
• Pray for God to give us a young man who speaks Tagalog & English who could help with the ministry.
• Pray for our daughter as she is with us and for her to get a job when she returns to the States.
• Pray for us to get a vehicle.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —UThey share the following: “The last month has been a very busy one for us. We are now leading the church in Atenas full time. Jeremy has been preaching on the Gospel of Christ, the Baptist Distinctives, and the book of James. He has also been visiting each week with a couple men from the church. We were able to share the Gospel with many and saw two men receive Christ as Savior. It was a blessing to see one with tears in his eyes confess his sin to Christ and call upon Him to be saved. One is Nicaraguan and his brother is Costa Rican. Their mother came from Nicaragua and the whole family has been attending with us for about a month. Also, one mother who received Christ last month has also begun attending with her two sons. For Father’s Day, we did a special service and saw several fathers attend who had not come for a long time. A couple have made commitments to continue attending. Last week, we saw our highest attendance yet. Michelle has been working in the nursery and in children’s church. At the end of the month, she organized a ladies activity. It was a blessing for all who attended. On the last Sunday of the month, Jeremy began a series on church membership. We hope to see many follow the Lord in believer’s baptism and become committed members of the church.
• That God will bring the increase and save souls as we bring the Gospel to the community
• That those who received Christ will follow the Lord in baptism and church membership
• That God will bless our ministry and remove any other obstacles”
USA MILITARY, SPAIN, UTRERA, Don and Patsy Drake —They write, “Thanks be to our ever-loving Lord, we are doing well. Praise the Lord, after three months of daily driving-school, Don received his official Spain Driver’s Permit on May 28.
We were asked to fill-in at Bethel Baptist in Rota from June 6–July 7. It has been a blessing to be a help in our military churches while their new pastor is on deputation in the States.
• Please pray as we plan to blitz our area and present a new church to our area—Victory Baptist of Utrera.
• Pray for our troops.
• Pray for laborers for the harvest.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassy Tate —They share the following with prayer requests: “Several years ago, a man we know was trying to immigrate to the United States. On the way there, he stopped at a house in southern Mexico to ask for food and water. The soulwinner at that house led him to the Lord and brought him to church. After receiving discipleship and attending a Bible institute, he returned to Honduras with his wife, whom he met at that church. He felt led of the Lord to take the work at El Paraiso, the city near us that is located just minutes from the Nicaraguan border. This young couple has done a tremendous job of reaching that city for Christ. This past month we had the privilege of ordaining him as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church, El Paraiso!
PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES
• Please pray for the 5th Annual Pastors Training Week. We are expecting 300 pastors from all of Central America.
• Pray for the five students studying for the ministry.
• Pray for the works in Danli, Los Robles, El Paraiso, Ojojona, El Ocomupe, and La Esperanza.
• Pray for the adoption of the twins.
USA MINISTRY, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —They write, “We have had several saved during soul winning and two baptisms. We have enjoyed game night, the annual ladies’ banquet, a baby shower, a BIMI field conference in Missouri, Easter family pictures, graduation services; and we have hosted a pastor’s fellowship with 20 pastors from all over Texas!
We are seeking His wisdom on the activity building for which we had been saving. However, the church needs more parking so people do not get stuck in the mud and the roof needs to be redone. Our Sunday morning attendance is rapidly outgrowing our tiny auditorium and we have no more room for more Sunday school classes. The decisions required of a pastor are overwhelming at times and I covet your prayers!”
BRAZIL, SAO PAULO, SAO JOSE do RIO PRETO, Charles and Peggy Vaughn —They share the following: “We continue to ask that you remember Peggy in your prayers as you read this prayer letter. She is still having some issues with the ‘anemic problem.’ We are finding out that it may take six months to a year for her to regain all vitality.
In the month of May, we had a woman in our church whose husband passed away. He just refused to come to church. There were lots of problems with his children; they tried to take everything that they could from her. She has been having many physical problems and has been trying to get disability. Please remember her and the family in prayers.
The church is doing well at the present. Not as many souls are being saved as we would like to see; however, the people who are saved are being faithful. Please pray that souls would be saved, Christians would be revived, and God would be edified.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, Robert and Rhoda Smith —They share the following report: “A man and I were out soul winning and were able to lead two to Christ on a Friday evening. The next day, my wife and I were out knocking on doors and led a young adult man to Christ. Last Saturday after walking down a lengthy dusty drive, my young teen partners and I met an older man from the bush area, and he trusted Christ! From the bush to the heavenly boulevard ministry! Hallelujah! It is not every week that someone will listen or will trust Christ; this has been refreshing.
Our home church, a dear friend, and a supporting church in Trinidad gave an additional $3,650 to help us with our building repairs! Praise the Lord! Our main construction workers are busy on other projects of their own now, but they should be able to resume in early August.
We will begin soul-winning training in July. Pray that our folks will come faithfully and they will work diligently to become strong soul winners. Keep praying for our work permit and the progress toward student visas for our son and daughter.”
WORLD MISSIONS CENTER, TENNESSEE, HARRISON, Dan and Sharon Daugherty —They share the following: “May 16–17 — A man and his son came to take down two dying trees and to grind up several tree stumps. Praise the Lord for their help!
May 17–18 — We spent one and a half days to re-shingle a mission home at a church near us. Praise the Lord for safety!
Dan and the boys finished spreading mulch around trees, buildings, and flowerbeds just in time for Candidate School June 2–7. There were a total of 52 missionary candidates. Pray for these folks to quickly raise their prayer and financial support.
Enrichment week begins July 15. Pray for us as we care for the 5–11 year old children each evening that week.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, BAVARIA, BREGENZ, Todd and Kim Lapato —They share the following: “BBQ Fest is the biggest event of the year for our church…. Todd smoked 175 pounds of pulled pork. This year was much easier with the new smoker. Several churches provided for the new smoker and we are now able to do much more with the BBQ ministry. We had a guest pastor from a German church give the Gospel. We also set up a table with tracts and books that were free. We were thankful to hear that many of our people had several good conversations about the Bible and Christ. We are now praying for all those who came that they will respond to God’s offer of salvation. We estimate that between 150–200 people came.
The church in Neutraubling has grown over the past four years. The growth is not just in numbers but also in love and dedication to Christ…. We have been working with a family in this church plant. With so many places in Bavaria and Austria with no Gospel preaching churches, we felt the Lord leading us to find a new place to serve Him. They will continue to lead the church here, while we move to Schongau (Bavaria). There is a small church plant there in need of leadership. It is very small and not very old. They were considering disbanding as a church, but are now excited we are coming. This will put us closer to the Austrian border and Bregenz (Austria) where I go once a month to pass out tracts and fliers. We trust to see a Bible study started in Bregenz, and maybe one day a church. This move allows us to better reach both Bavarians and Austrians. The Lord even provided a house better than we could have imagined. It is just across the road from the small storefront that the church has been using. We are excited to continue planting churches in Bavaria and hopefully Austria as well.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, ANTIPOLO CITY, Stan and Mollie Prussia —They share the following report and prayer requests: “We traveled to Banaue, the home of rice terraces, for a medical mission organized by La Lama Baptist Church. The large team included soul winners, receptionists, nurses, pharmacists, cooks, two dentists, and three doctors.
We also attended a pastor’s retreat in a mountainous area. Stan spoke to the entire group and to a group of singles who were church workers and the children of pastors.
The roads around Antipolo City are also quite steep from our home to Mountain View Baptist Church. We visited a poor area one Saturday, promising pencils and paper for the church on Back-to-School Sunday. On Sunday, we had to make two trips in our van to take 58 children to Sunday school and church!
Praises: We praise the Lord for safety when traveling, and 65 salvation and other decisions at the Banaue medical mission.
Prayer Requests: Wisdom and strength for teaching at the Bible institute and spiritual growth of members. Mollie’s treatment for osteoporosis-drug and timing of travel to the USA.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following report and prayer needs: “Several months ago, a friend of one of our church members came to Bible study. I gave him a John and Romans booklet with a tract. The tract I gave him, an explanation of salvation, was one that we prepared and printed ourselves. We did not hear from him for several months. However, during this time he had been reading the book of John and the tract on salvation. He also experienced various troubles in his life. We later learned that he had prayed for salvation, trusting in Jesus Christ as his Savior. This was the first salvation from the tract that we created. Needless to say, this is a blessing and an encouragement to our guys, and shows the power of God’s written Word.”
• Salvation of several specific individuals
• Learning language & culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take roots in hearts
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, NORTH YORK, Cory and April McTague —They share the following: “‘Hey, can we meet again?’ This text popped up on my phone from a Columbian man who had recently immigrated to Toronto. He comes from a Catholic background but still has lots of questions. We meet regularly at a coffee shop where I teach him the Bible. Please pray for him and his family to be saved. This is just one example of Toronto ministry of a well-educated immigrant who is looking to make a better life for his family, but traditional religion leaves many questions unanswered.
One of the forms of outreach is to visit ‘Little Tibet’ in Toronto and try to meet and befriend the people there in hopes of sharing the Gospel. One of the relations we have cultivated has resulted in him and his wife promising to try to come and visit our church. Please be in prayer that God continues to work on the seed planted in this couple’s hearts.
• Multiple church groups coming to help pass out 1,500 Gospel invites
• A church community carnival at a local park, July 6
• Rent a field for a soccer outreach for neighboring churches and our lost friends and family members”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue and Rebekah Ortiz —They share the following report: “In March we began to reach capacity in the building we are renting, averaging over 150 people every service. We had already been planning to begin two services starting in the summer, but we soon realized that it would be necessary earlier. In March and April, we planned the logistics of this change, including serving teams, children’s workers, parking, and timing. On April 28, we began two services at 9 AM and 11 AM. We also have a service at 5 PM on Sundays. The people have responded well to having two services. We have continued to see steady growth in the past few months, now averaging 150 people at every service. More than ever, we see that the clear preaching of the Word of God is the critical element for healthy church growth.
We are beginning to look for a permanent location for our church….Please pray that the Lord will provide one for us in the near future.”
CENTRAL EUROPE, MOLDOVA, SOROCA, David and Stephanie Gross —They share the following: “The first two weeks of July, we will host Vacation Bible School, one week at our house in Zastinca and the other week in Soroca. Please pray for us as we finalize our preparations and for God to work in the hearts and lives of those who come.
About a year and a half ago, Jacob and I led a woman to Christ. Up to that time, her life would remind people of the life of Job. God continues to allow her to relate to Job’s life. Please continue to pray for her as she battles cancer, other health issues, and financial challenges.
For several weeks now, I have been meeting with a couple I mentioned in the last prayer letter, using the Creation to Christ Bible Study. Since we hold the study in their office, each week is like a different road. Some weeks we have few interruptions and others are very bumpy, taking three hours to get through due to the flux of customers. This setup works for them well and I do not mind, as long as they are hearing and understanding God’s Word! Please pray for the man and his wife as they seek to know God personally.
Over the past couple months, we have had vehicle issues, new kitten born, pets die, dentist visits, gardening, unexpected witnessing opportunities, and more. Please pray for us to stay faithfully on course, regardless of how the road is.”
USA HISPANIC MINISTRY, OHIO, HAMILTON, Jeff and Traci Garrison —They share the following: “Though we are still meeting new Hispanics almost every day, we have not been able to see them attend church! We will continue pressing on. Traci is doing a great deal of translating for the Hispanics in our area and meeting lots of new people at her work. Most are here in the United States illegally and do not speak English, so she is a real blessing to them. I asked Traci to share a little note:
‘Re-entering the work force has been a challenge but I am thankful for the opportunities to meet so many newly relocated immigrants. It seems we take the need in the United States to reach other cultures somewhat for granted. The old saying that speaks about the world coming to us is so true. I speak with people from 4 or 5 different countries on a nearly daily basis. Today, I helped an elderly man understand some insurance information he received. Afterward we were discussing how the Lord would be coming soon. He was so happy to share with me how he was ready for the Rapture since he knew Jesus as his Savior!’
• Pray for a laptop computer for our services.
• Pray for Jeff’s health—dealing with asthma and sleep apnea.
• Pray for Traci for her right ankle, and she has an appointment with a doctor soon.
• Pray for our soccer camp coming up.
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers —They share the following: “In our last letter, we asked for prayer concerning a van. We are so happy to share that God heard and answered this prayer. We found just what we needed in the city of Taichung.
We also asked for prayer concerning our finding a new location for our church. Three weeks ago, we found a location for rent not far from our present one. The new place is two floors and double the size of our current location. I immediately felt that this could be where God wants us to move. The only problem was that we needed to negotiate with our current landlord. Our contract was through the middle of September, but if we waited until then, the new location would be gone. When we sat down with our church landlord and told him what was happening, she told us ‘For you and the church, I would let you out of the contract with no penalty tomorrow.’ Praise the Lord! One of the men of our church was with me and as we left, we stopped and prayed to thank God for His kindness to our church.
After our services on June 17, our church walked down to look at the new place and then we had a time of prayer to thank God for His answered prayers. We also dedicated the new building to God. What a blessing! Our people are very excited about this move. Thank you for praying for us concerning this move. We look forward to what God is going to do in our new place.
• Pray for April and the baby, due at the end of August.
• Pray for our church’s upcoming English Day Camp, July 27–28.
• Pray for the hearts of the children who will be in attendance.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, COJUTEPEQUE, Adam and Esther Fridenstine —They share the following report and prayer needs: “This year marks the tenth anniversary of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cojutepeque. We have lived here just a little over eight years, but we have been part of the church here since the beginning.
We have been seeing a multitude of youth and young adults accept Christ as their Savior and receive the security of their salvation. We also had several baptized and others preparing for it.
We had one of the young men surrender to God’s call to full-time service. He is so excited about what God has for him next. He is finishing his technical degree in graphic design here in the country, taking our seminary classes, and working part-time in our ministry.
• A young man in our high school diagnosed with leukemia
• Wisdom for Esther and me as we begin online Master’s Classes in Christian Education
• Protection for or family
• Repairs on the transmission of one of our buses”
USA MINISTRIES, CONNECTICUT, WATERBURY, John and Emily Lafreniere —They share the following: “Thank you for praying for our needs that we presented in our last letter. We are still in need of financial help for the leftover construction costs. Please continue to pray for this need.
We are so thankful for a new couple who moved from California recently and have joined our church. Also, our discipleship ministry has a new believer in the first phase of discipleship and three believers in the second phase of discipleship. We are looking forward to our upcoming baptismal service, so please continue to pray for both spiritual growth and numerical growth in our church.
Recently, we had a member in our church experience a death in his extended family. At the funeral, Christ was presented. A friend of this family attended our church, and the mother and 11- year-old son received Christ. They were baptized at the end of June.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta —They share the following: “We recently had a BIMI Connect Team come and spend a week with us. They came as short-term missionary volunteers to be a blessing to the missionaries and get hands-on experience of ministry overseas. They stayed busy while they were here and were a great blessing to us and our church. They helped during our church services, shared the Gospel throughout the community, did some projects around our church building, and even took a day to help some of the other people in our church with things like yardwork, stacking wood, landscaping, and cleaning around their homes.
When their time with us was finished, we drove them five hours north as they finished out their time in New Zealand, helping BIMI missionary Sam Hutchens in Christchurch. The team was a blessing and encouragement to us!
As you are starting to enjoy your summer, our winter winds are starting to blow. We have already had a bit of snow in the hills around us. No matter what the season, we are thankful to know that you are faithfully praying that the Lord will continue to do His work in the hearts of the people here.”
WEST AFRICA, GAMBIA, Daniel and Sarah Jenkins — They share the following: “It is amazing to think we have been here almost two months! We began Wolof language study just a week after we arrived here, and we are learning more and more each day. The language is quite fun, especially when we mess up and everyone laughs, but we are slowly being able to speak and understand more and more.
While the language has been our primary focus, we have also been able to get a few important things accomplished as well. We were able to obtain our driver’s licenses as well as apply for our permanent residency and alien ID cards. Please pray with us that we will be able to receive these soon.
• Opportunities to share Christ with the Gambian people
• A man who has expressed interest in reading the Bible with me
• Wolof language study
• Sarah’s pregnancy (due early November)
• Need of $12,500 to purchase the vehicle we need”
WEST AFRICA, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Bingerville, Bob and Rebekah Mach — They share the following report: “As we finish our fifth term in the Ivory Coast, we certainly consider the opening of the Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute (FBBI) to be the high point of this term. The need for this institute and seminary was very real.
In this term, we offered 13 institute courses and 3 seminary courses using a total of 10 well-qualified pastors and professors in order to provide the best possible training. Our institute averaged 25 students while we typically had 32 in our seminary classes. Perhaps this testimony from one of our students says it best:
‘The FBBI has been a considerable help to me as a student of the Scriptures. Spiritual maturity parallels biblical knowledge, and both are God’s will for the believer (2 Peter 3:18). The institute has led me to consider biblical truth in a new light. I understand better many of our interpretations of Scripture that I did before, given that the institute has given me the cultural, historical and geographical background. It is as well an honor to receive different courses through different instructors who are all qualified and well experienced.’”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Jim and Carol Stackhouse — They share the following: “We have received a good report from the church, part of which I will include in this letter: ‘Last Sunday we had 24 souls being baptized and added to the church family with one mama wanting to become a member on testimony. All of these baptized 24 souls were young people, most of whom got saved during the 2018 Camp Gary and a few during church services. God is still saving souls here.’ The commencement at the Christian school has been postponed until next year. There was not sufficient time to prepare and enroll students for this year. Thank you for praying for Haven of Rest and its many ministries. God continues to bless this church for His name’s sake.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, NICARAGUA, LEON, Miguel and Leticia Parada — They share the following: “In February we were back to our rhythm of witnessing and soul winning. We have had many professions of faith, and we have focused on the Fundesi area of town in the El Calvario neighborhood. In these neighborhoods, there are a lot of young students from La UNAN, the most prestigious university in Nicaragua. I ask that you pray for a young student that I am counseling who is interested in learning more about the Gospel. Also, pray for a young couple who has been attending church services for the past few months but have not accepted Christ into their lives.
In March, we continued our normal church activities and followed up with home visits to those who came to Sunday and/or Wednesday services. We also visited the sick in the regional Leon hospital.
In April, we celebrated our 3rd anniversary. There was a great spirit of fellowship, and of course, great preaching of the Word of God. We had Pastor Santos Casco preach for us from Iglesia Bautista Renacer. God has been good and continues to grow us where He has planted us.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, SUNYANI, Seth and Melissa Acree — They write, “Ministering in Ghana is difficult. Most churches here are viewed differently than how they are viewed in the States. Here they are social clubs where one connects with family and friends, and churches are also something to invest in. To give an example, the size of the funeral and how the surviving family is treated depends on what they gave to the church while they were living. Culturally speaking, to leave that kind of setting and join a Bible-preaching church means one has to be willing to abandon their “investments.”
That type of belief and works for salvation is endemic to this population. Many have a hard time accepting that what they have heard their whole lives are lies and would rather willfully live in ignorance of the truth.
• Church growth — in numbers and spiritual maturity
• Bible Club attendance (fluctuates with school and people moving)
• The next step in our paperwork process
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following, “We rejoice in God’s blessings on our Easter service. We had 129 in attendance. We have had several return to church in the weeks following the Easter outreach and it is always encouraging. In early April, one of these returning visitors accepted Christ. She found our church online and decided to visit on Easter Sunday. As we visited with her after the service and gave her assurance of her salvation, we were blessed by her eagerness to know more about God and His Word. We have a baptism scheduled and she is planning to be baptized. She has brought her boyfriend to church with her twice. She is a new believer also. Would you pray for them? They are in their 30s and seem eager to follow the Lord.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, SAN FERNANDO, Nick and Patty Sutmaier — They share the following: “Right after a woman was saved, she told of her rough life in which she was not a good mother and now her children are living the consequences of her past. After showing her from the Scriptures that she was a new creature in Christ, I was able to encourage her about becoming the right kind of mother. With tears in her eyes, she asked for prayer. We were able to disciple her and she began to grow. One by one, she brought each of her grown children to church and they all trusted Christ as their Savior.
Two weeks ago, I received a call from her daughter-in-law at 7:30 AM. After asking her if everything was okay, she reported that her mother-in-law had died of a heart attack. She was only 58 years old and just started growing in the Lord. Her life was impacted by the Gospel. She allowed Jesus to transform her heart so much so that all her children and grandchildren have been saved in the last four years. It breaks my heart to think of how things would have turned out if it were not for each person who gives to keep us on the field, and for everyone who prays for us. Thank you for being faithful!
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, Jerry and Liz Harmon — They share the following: “In March we had our annual Bible-reading month and broke all records. We hosted an island-wide pastor’s retreat in April with about 40 people attending. It was great to see some fellow preachers whom we had not seen in quite a while. We had a great time of preaching, fellowship, and eating.
Jerry has preached in chapel at the school in which Liz teaches several times, as well as preaching in chapel at the deaf school every week. Liz had another outstanding year teaching at Lighthouse Baptist Academy. Several of her students got saved! She was awarded the ‘Teacher of the Year’ this year, even though she was not able to attend the ceremony due to her recovery from her knee-replacement surgery. She looks forward to returning to teach in the fall, Lord willing.
We appreciate your faithfulness to us as we serve our Lord and YOU here in Puerto Rico.
• Liz’s continued recovery from knee-replacement surgery
• Jerry’s recovery from the bad cold he got at the hospital
• Wisdom for summer ministries
• Souls saved, baptized, and discipled
• Wisdom in all we say and do”
BRAZIL, TAUBATE SP, Ed and Maribel Johnson — They share the following: “In March, New Life Baptist Church held its annual missions conference. We renewed our Faith Promise missions commitment for the following year and challenged the church to expand its evangelistic vision to reach our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the world. We also reinforced our need to purchase land.
I would like to finish this prayer letter by highlighting the testimony of A. and his family. He is a career officer in the Brazilian army. He and his wife were moral people, but for most of their lives they did not go to a Bible-preaching church. Upon being transferred to a western city in Brazil, they, along with their daughter, started going to an independent Baptist church that had been established by one of my dad’s preacher boys. They received Christ as their Savior and started growing in that church, but they were once again transferred to another city. The Lord, however, had plans for them and saw fit to transfer them to our city where they started coming to our church. Shortly after arriving, the wife received assurance of her salvation and they continued their Christian growth very rapidly. The husband is a soul winner and works with our teens along with his wife. The daughter got saved last year after realizing that she did not have a Christian testimony, and now all of them are studying in our Bible institute together as a family. The mother and daughter help with different ministries in the church as well such as the nursery, decorating, and the church bookstore.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Rick and Kathy Anderson — They share the following very urgent report and prayer needs: “A few weeks ago, our lives took an unexpected turn. After having stomach pains for several weeks, Kathy was hospitalized. A week in one hospital left us considering the possibilities of parasites, typhoid, appendicitis, and diverticulosis. Finally, a colonoscopy showed two tumors. Immediately she was sent to a hospital where one of the top surgeons in Peru did emergency surgery. After waiting nine days, we received the results and she does have colon cancer. She needs to recover from this surgery before we can move on to treatment for the cancer. We are hopeful that the surgery removed most if not all of the cancer.
We are thankful for the prayers of so many people. We have felt the peace of God during this time in a great way.
WESTERN EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN, Graham and Melinda Forbes — They share the following report: “We have been ministering in the West Midlands for the past eight years and have seen God add to His kingdom and change people’s lives. I have been discipling two men. I spend lots of time with them, pouring my life into them. In return, they pour their lives into the Life Groups.
Melinda, too, takes a very active role creating deep friendships with their wives, helping them to also reproduce other believers who have a spiritual maturity and depth. Our biggest challenge is the building we have. Being 200 years old, it has developed cracks that stretch from the foundations to the roof. This has shown a need for a heavy investment in order for it to last another 200 years lest the Lord tarry. We are at present speaking to builders to put all that is wrong right and create space for more people to be added to the family of God! PRAY!”
USA MINISTRIES, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis — They share the following: “While on visitation one day, I stopped by a man’s apartment. He recently had an operation. As we stood outside his door, F. E. walked up the steps. His nickname is “S.” After a while, I gave him a tract, and told him that the world was out to destroy his life. After quoting various Bible verses to him, I told him he was a sinner. He quickly agreed to this truth. He seems to be earnest in his prayer to accept Christ as Savior. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!
During our time in the Bronx, I have been robbed five times, attacked three times, and our apartment has been broken into three times. We have had no less than ten vehicle accidents. Our mission church has been in five major places, but none of them has been conducive to middle-class church growth. The city of New York has also given us two summons for not being legal and has forced us out of the last major place because we could not get a permanent Certificate of Occupancy. Even though many have given up, GOD DOES NOT WANT US TO QUIT!”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AD RHEM, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following report: “Many things have happened since our last letter. At three locations, we had important literature distribution events. The first distribution was at an ideal location in the pedestrian shopping area in the inner city for two full days on Friday and Saturday. We had about 25 helpers and distributed Bibles, booklets of various subjects, salvation tracts, and other literature in about 35 languages. These were excellent opportunities to speak with the people about the Lord and salvation. I was able to turn a blond, blue-eyed student from this atheistic, evolution theory to the creator God. The two other distribution centers were in front of our church building with similar literature, also in various languages. We are thankful to the Lord that we could give out over 5,000 pieces of literature to mostly lost people. We are praying and waiting for the harvest.
This past Sunday after the worship service an older lady accepted Christ as her personal Savior. Praise the Lord! The Lord has been working in the lives of two couples, one with three children who attended some of our services and wanted to get married and live their lives to be pleasing to the Lord. We pray and trust they will become productive members of our church. Another couple got engaged and wanted to follow the Lord. THEY NEED OUR PRAYERS!”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO PRINCEAS CITY, David and Terri Long — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Our island has been experiencing a drought since early January. Since the middle of March, we have been under severe water rationing. We may sporadically get one or two hours of running water per day, and sometimes not even that. (Unfortunately, this is the first house we have rented on a foreign mission field that did not come with a water storage tank.) We mostly live with buckets and containers or water that we fill each time the water comes—IF we are in the house when the water flows. However, God has been good. Two times we have been down to about two buckets of water, and God brought running water. However, every difficulty has a ‘silver lining.’ Due to the lack of rain, this is going to be a great season for mangoes, which we have already begun enjoying.
• Pray for all our soul winning efforts, and for our converts as we disciple them.
• Pray for God to give us a young man who speaks Tagalog & English who can help us with the ministry.
• We would like to start a Bible study in the main part of the capital city—Puerto Princesa. We are praying for God’s leading about that.
• Pray for us to get a vehicle.
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Michael and Anna Doering — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We are preparing now for a busy summer. The youth group is organizing a youth camp, which will take place in August. We have a young lady who has volunteered to lead our annual Vacation Bible School. Anna is working closely with her and others who are helping. Michael continues to mentor our leadership team. We will have our church anniversary in just a few months, where we will take a hard look at what went well, what did not go so well, and where we see God taking us for 2020.
• For our national leaders to lead with character and integrity
• For a continued passion among our congregation to share the Gospel message
• For God to provide financially in several areas where we have needs
• For God to allow us to see the church continue moving forward towards being self-supporting
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Peter and Elisabeth Putney — They share the following report and prayer needs: “There are many times on the mission field when we can feel like we are doing a lot of sowing but not a lot of reaping. And then there are other times, when we definitely see the fruit of our labor. Our church has always been faithful in weekly soul winning, but lately I feel like God has been rewarding us for our efforts. Our church has seen an influx of visitors and more importantly, souls saved over the last few months. I personally have led many to Christ, but what brings the most joy to my heart is to see our people winning souls. Our Saturday soul winning team has also been growing and growing. What a joy it is to see people who were saved and baptized in our church, and now they are on the streets telling others about Jesus Christ!
Most all the believers in our church are first generation Christians. They often struggle with the consequences of their past sinful lifestyle and lack of understanding as to how a godly home should be. Despite these obstacles, our church families have a strong desire to see their children and teenagers grow up to serve the Lord. This year we began a Saturday afternoon teen ministry. We have seen the Lord blessing it and using it to encourage them. Our children’s ministries are also flourishing. We have many young people growing up in our church who will be the future of Colombia. Please pray for these young people that they will not fall into the world, but rather give their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers and support.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, JAEN, JAEN, Michael and Jen Helton — They share the following report and prayer needs: “March and April have been a time of adjustment. We spent most of the month getting used to the new city and changing paperwork. We were able to meet a pastor in the next town over who has a burden to see churches planted in his region. In April, we started meeting every Thursday night for a time of prayer. We shared the news by word of mouth, but it remained only our family. However, during the same time, Jen was able to develop a website and we established a social media presence. We felt led to start a Bible study on May 2 and advertised it through the website. We have already received several contacts. Please pray that we are able to reach people through this as we continue the process of starting a work here.
• Outreach and Evangelism
• Start of Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia in Jaén
• Outreach in Jaén
• Isaiah in college
• Abbey as she prepares for college
• Our neighbors (old and new)
• New contacts in Jaén.”
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, SAIPAN, Swante and Linda Lindquist — They share the following: UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS! In February, we were returning home from church when our car started making unusual sounds. The next morning, the mechanic discovered a blown head gasket and piston ring breakdown in our car. The repair would cost more than the car was worth. So by God’s grace, we were able to sell the car to another mechanic for what the repair would have been. Long story short, the Lord has provided a great, almost like new, 5-door Mazda CX-9 wagon. We now have more room to transport people and haul supplies for the repairs at the church. The Lord took our catastrophe and turned it into a blessing!
THE BEST FOR LAST! A 19-year-old man in our church, who has been coming since he was three years old, accepted the Lord! There were tears of happiness not only from some in the congregation but also from the young man himself. When asked why he was crying, he told me they were tears of joy! AMEN!
How we rejoice to be laborers together with you in this field of Saipan. Your prayers and financial support are immensely appreciated!”
CARIBBEAN, HAITI, Don and Bridgitt Dryden — They give the following report: “One of the 19 baptized in the first quarter was the 69-year-old son of a deceased man who got saved many years ago and was baptized and became a Sunday school teacher. Pray that his son will grow as his dad did and that his family will trust Christ for salvation. Recently, at the close of a morning worship service, a 48-year-old woman declared her faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done. While we were gone, another woman, 51 years of age, put her trust in Jesus for salvation at Eglise Baptiste Indépendante Desroulins. There are five presently in the baptismal class waiting to be baptized.”
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They share the following: “In March we had baptismal services and seven followed the Lord in obedience to Him. There are five from our church in Vila Hortolandia and two from the church in Almerinda Chaves. One of these was our grandson, Benjamin.
• Building project — that we will be able to finish it
• Health — Larry recently diagnosed with diabetes and taking three medicines daily to keep it under control
• Salvation of souls and spiritual growth of the lives of those who have been saved
• Direction from the Lord as to beginning new churches. We actually have people trained and ready to serve, but we do not have the funds to begin anything just yet.
• For the church Almerinda Chaves (Friendship Baptist Church).”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He gives the following report and prayer needs: “Bible Baptist Church is doing well. This month we baptized a young woman. She is a third-year student at the local university and was saved seven months ago with our group. She has been faithful in coming to church services and to Friday night Bible studies but has not come forward for baptism. However, this month she asked to be baptized. We did another study on baptism for her and several others who had yet to be baptized. We are thankful for her salvation and now for her decision to follow the Lord in baptism. Pray that her testimony will work in the hearts of others. Several others have not been baptized.
• Learning language & culture
• Churches in Thailand”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, WATERFRONT KONEDOBU, Sam and Mary Beth Snyder — They share the following report: “Being part of a village in a remote rainforest, we sometimes get to participate in the joy of a new birth, both physical and spiritual, and at times we also walk with believers through the death of their family member. An elderly man recently passed away, but before his death, he told Pastor Ben that he was trusting in Jesus for his salvation. He heard the Gospel faithfully proclaimed at church for years, and it had borne fruit unto eternal life. Some of his sons are church members, and it seemed to mean a lot to them and other friends when Sam and Thomas spent most of the day with them, learning more of their local burial and haus krai (house cry/funeral) customs.
Discipleship is part of everyday life, and we are encouraged to see growth in three young men and one married man. Please pray for them that they will remain faithful, especially the married man as he has had many trials within his family. We spent over three months teaching a marriage and family Sunday school class in which we covered a wide range of topics. Some have come to us expressing their thanks for teaching them about biblical marriage.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, STANN CREEK, John and Robin Harris — They share the following: “Grace Baptist Church of Dangriga has been growing both numerically and spiritually. People are hearing the Gospel regularly, and we have seen people raise their hands for salvation. We have seen a good number of adults who are now attending regularly. The people are inviting people, which is a huge blessing. We were thankful for Pastor Mark Liedtke who was our special speaker for our morning service in March. We had a special day of both food and fellowship. Brother Liedtke also preached while using art or what he calls chalk talks. One of the major blessings was that I only drove five people and Robin only drove four people to church, while the rest either walked or road their bicycles.
• Pray for the people of Dangriga. We have seen an increase in violence here as of late.
• Pray for the people who heard the Gospel and for the salvation of their souls.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Alisha Stensaas — She gives the following report: “One year ago, when I first started teaching at St. Agnes College, J. and I clashed a bit because he is the son of a reverend and didn’t like that I did things differently than the normal religious way that he was used to. We began talking and he always had questions for me. Recently, I talked with him about salvation, but he also wanted to think about it. The next week, he had more questions and then he told me (I did not have to ask him) that he wanted to trust in Christ to save him. The prayer does not saved you but I loved what he said as he was praying. It is something many people think. He said, ‘Lord, I thought I was with you, but now I have seen from your Word that I am not with you.’ Many people think they are with God because they are religious. I am so thankful J. learned the truth. He is our first student saved at St. Agnes College.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Kay Mackay — They share the following: “Our Sunday school has seen seven children accept the Lord since January. This has been very exciting. One of the little boys only attended our church one Sunday. His parents had been taking him to a very large evangelical church in our city. They decided to visit our church because they saw our church sign very near their home. The little boy was very knowledgeable of the Bible. That day our Sunday school teacher’s lesson was on Cain and Abel and this little boy eagerly responded to the invitation. His young heart was ready to accept the Lord, but no one had shown him how. Lisa told the teacher that we might never see this little boy again, but God used our Sunday school teacher to bring him to the saving knowledge of Christ. Another little boy has been coming with his dad for many months and trusted Christ in February. His dad is not a believer but faithfully attends each Sunday. One of the little girls has grown up in Sunday school and sweetly trusted Christ two weeks ago. The other children ride our Sunday school bus and they responded to the invitation in Lisa’s class. We rejoice in these young lives receiving the Gospel!”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, Lee and Eva Johnson — They share the following report and prayer needs: “A deaf man from the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, graduated from our Christian school back in 2012. In our last prayer letter, I mentioned how the Lord had laid on his heart to start a church in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Three fellow Peruvian pastors and I had a time of questions and answers with him, dealing with his call to the pastorate and understanding Bible doctrines and truth. To our great delight, he responded wonderfully and soundly. I am happy to report that on the last day of our second annual conference for the deaf, he was ordained to be a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise our blessed Lord!”
• For God to greatly use him in his new role as pastor
• That God will give us wisdom on how to go about fixing the roof of our new church building”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Thank you all for your prayers and special offerings for the Super Spring Spectacular (SSS) we had this month. We were happy to have Bible Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio, help us with the event and many other things to help with the new church plant. We had 79 registered kids/teens and 45 adults during our two-day event. Each group received the Gospel, and Open Door Baptist Church got a good name in the community. With all the thrill and excitement, one of the women in our church boldly witnessed to her mum and she was SAVED! She had been praying for her for over 20 years. We helped her along when she first started coming to learn how to lead someone to Christ. She had never done it before and she lacked the confidence. I was glad that through the teaching of God’s Word, she was able to reach her family with the Gospel. We continue to have visitors through our church and it is always a blessing when they continue to come! Pray for these families as they grow in the Lord.
• Souls to be saved, baptized, and discipled
• For God to prepare the hearts of the people of Scotland to be open to the Gospel
• For our supporting churches
• For Sarah’s outreach to mums
• For the growth of our church
• For us as we reach out to our neighbors and witness to them
• For Sarah in her pregnancy with Gracelyn Esther
• For us as we seek a permanent building for services.
• For us as we reach the families that came to the SSS event”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and Lou Anne War — They share the following: “A couple of months ago, we received a call from a young lady who recently joined the Air Force and just arrived at Aviano Air Force Base for her first duty station. She asked if it was possible for someone to pick her up for church on Sunday because she did not have a car yet. Lou Anne was happy to drive to the base and pick her up for church. She seemed to really enjoy the Sunday services and we asked her if she would like to come to our house for coffee after church. As we sat and had coffee and talked, she told us she had just been married right before she transferred to Aviano. Her husband was waiting for his paperwork to be completed and approved so he could join her in Italy.
Lou Anne continued picking her up for church until she was able to purchase a car. She received a call that her grandmother was dying, and she went back to the States to see her. She came back the following week accompanied by her husband. That Sunday they came to church and stayed for all services. We invited them to stay for dinner. As the women were in the kitchen talking, the husband and I were in the living room, I asked him what he believed it would take for a person to get to heaven. He explained that he was not sure but thought it was being a good person. I asked him if he would like to see what the Bible teaches about going to heaven, and he said, “Yes.” I walked him through God’s plan of salvation for man through Jesus Christ. I asked him according to the Bible what would happened to him if he died. He said he would not go to heaven but would go to hell because he had never trusted Jesus Christ to take him to heaven. As we talked, I could see the conviction of the Holy Spirit on his face. I asked him if he would like to trust Jesus as his Savior and he said, “Yes.” He prayed and trusted Jesus Christ to save him. They have been faithful to church and recently found out they were expecting their first baby. Please pray for this young couple and their spiritual growth.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, DANLI, Jason and Cassy Tate — They share the following with prayer needs: “Pastor Gustavo Silva, the pastor of the Light of the World Baptist Church in Ojojona, began ministry in the village of Aragua near Ojojona. After studying at the Bible institute in Ojojona, he felt called into full-time ministry. Eventually, the church in Ojojona called him to be their pastor. This past month I had the privilege of participating in his ordination along with several other national pastors and missionaries.
PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES
• Please pray for the Bible institute as we phase into the new system.
• Pray for the five students studying for the ministry.
• Pray for the 25 saved and the 12 baptized in Danli.
• Pray for the works in Danli, Los Robles, El Paraiso, El Ocomupe, and La Esperanza.
• Pray for the adoption of the twins.
• Pray for our oldest daughter, Audrey, as she is now studying at West Coast Baptist College.”
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Mickey and Christine Schrimshire — They share the following: “Brother Alan Brooks and I have just returned from Papua New Guinea, and we are beginning to see the harvest from much seed that has been sown. We had volunteers from Illinois, Florida, Wisconsin, and Japan during this trip. Many of the national church pastors and laymen are also involved in a great way. We are rejoicing in all that was accomplished on this trip. We are fast approaching 600,000 Bibles given to school and university students and teachers.
We are receiving reports of students and teachers accepting Christ as their personal Savior, schools being transformed by the power of God’s Word, and families beginning to attend a local independent Baptist church because their child was given a Bible at school. Every Bible is stamped with the contact information for a church near the school. Check our updates at bimi.org “Bibles for Papua New Guinea.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: “We have been having unusually warm weather for this time of the year. This has allowed us to go out and do street visitation with some of the people of the church. It is a blessing to share the Gospel with those who have never heard. Please pray that we will have the boldness to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the people will respond and get saved.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AKASHI CITY, Jimmy and Sarah Pak — They share the following report: “We are so glad that God has provided a gracious church for us to serve with as we are studying the language. Nishi Maiko Baptist church has been a very essential part in giving our family a smooth transition. They were able to help us choose a home, register with the city, find a vehicle, and acquire much of the regular necessities that a family would need to live in Japan. We are so grateful for Pastor Omote and for his family members who have provided so much of the help.”
USA MILITARY MINISTRY, ITALY, AVIANO, Chris and Louanne War — They share the following: “Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church in Aviano, Italy. Our church is very small as it is, and this year we have several people moving back to the States and others deploying for six months. Please pray for souls to be saved, baptized, and added to the church. Please pray God would transfer some good, solid, mature, and faithful Christians to Aviano to be a part of our church.
Please pray for our family in the States and in in Sicily. Please pray for a missionary family to come help us in Aviano to reach the Italians for Christ and to help with our Italian ministry in our church.”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI COUNTY, Jon and April Flowers — They share the following report, “We want to introduce to you a family in our church. They have been attending our church for some time now. They both have a servant’s heart and are a great blessing to our church. Since they have been attending our church, we have been praying for the husband to find a job. In the past few weeks, he had an interview. God answered our prayers. He starts his new job sometime in April.
Please pray for our church. We need to find a new place to meet. We are outgrowing our present location and this is good. Our lease is up in the fall, but we are asking you to start praying for this NOW! Please pray for the Lord to open the doors for us to find a place that is the right price and size and that is close to our present location.”
EAST AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins — They write, “The work continues to go well here in Zambia. The Christian school continues to average 70 students. Currently, we have grades K-5 through 5th. The students are in class 4½ days per week with chapel on Wednesday. It has been such a blessing to see children who have come out of the bush, having no Bible knowledge at all, and now quoting Bible verses in chapel. It has been a blessing to have Ms. Sue with us. She has been instrumental in helping the school get started. She is currently training others to help the school operate when she leaves. Please continue to pray for the continued growth and development of this school. Additional resources are needed to fund teachers and increase the futures of these children by offering grades beyond 5th grade.
• The weekly Bible study for pastors.
• Souls saved and people to surrender to God’s call on their lives
• The power of God on our lives as we share the ministry
• The Christian school
• Our kids to see our love for God as we obey Him
• For the salvation of our younger children
BRAZIL, PIRACICABA, Coy and Nancy Shaw — They share the following: “The last day of February was absolutely wonderful! In the afternoon Nancy and I visited a home in which the lady of the house recently trusted Christ. During the visit, we were able to lead the man of the house to the Lord as well as their teenage son. That night Pastor Marcos visited a home in which he was able to lead an elderly couple to the Lord. Please remember these new converts in your prayers.
One of our church families lives on the other side of town and they have opened their home for special ‘house services.’ Several people have already been saved, but transportation for getting them to church is a problem. We have been praying about a van for the church and Lord willing, within the next few weeks we will see the answer to our prayers. We ask you to pray with us concerning a van for the church.”
BIMI ARM PERSONNEL, Glenn and Charlotte Palmer — They give the following report: “We have been asked to go to England and fill in for missionaries who have not had a furlough in about nine years. We will be going to Market Harborough, Northants. This is a ministry that we are familiar with as we have assisted in a building project and preaching about every six weeks while ministering in our own church in Spalding. What a privilege to serve the Lord in this wonderful opportunity of ministry. We also are excited about meeting with an Englishman, who has been praying about starting a Bible-preaching Baptist church in his town. Pray for wisdom and direction from the Lord for his new step of faith and for him and us. The Lord has so many open doors for us to serve Him and we are ready to go to England as the Lord has directed.”
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, BOVES, Carey and Susan Abbett — They give the following report and prayer needs: “Thank you for praying for the Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Children’s Bible Club. We praise the Lord for the new kids who are being invited regularly.
We keep reaching out to the adults around us and old contacts as well as trying to make new ones. They show very little interest in spiritual matters, but we know the Lord is able.
PRAISE AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• Praise the Lord for the first teens’ meeting and the first time comers
• Thankful for a good week of VBS and for one who asked for a Bible
• Pray for our teens’ meeting. How wonderful it is to see them come to the Lord now before their hearts are older and harder!
• Pray for two ladies who are going to a ladies retreat this month.
Reminder: For those who have a Facebook account, please feel free to look at our family’s ministry page, ‘like’ it so you may receive notices and see pictures of what our prayer letters talk about. Just type: The Abbett Family to France.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, BELMOPAN, Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer — They share the following report: “The last two months have brought about a lot of exciting transitions. During our first three months in Belize, we earnestly sought a permanent location for a long-term ministry. With a future church plant and Bible institute in mind, we had been praying about the central part of the country. While exploring, we were blessed to spend time with veteran BIMI missionaries Mark and Brenda Liedtke. They were preparing to start a brand new church plant in the centrally located capital of Belmopan. After much prayer and wise counsel, we saw the Lord leading us to assist them with this new work. In January, we transitioned to our new location. The Liedtkes recently began holding services in their home. Please pray that God will give wisdom as we search for a more permanent meeting place. We were able to assist with passing out Bibles, creating a church logo, and searching for available properties in the city. Besides helping with the new church plant, I have also enjoyed helping Pastor Mark with other ministries such as juvenile prison, school chapel, and installing a new restroom in their previous church plant. Elizabeth was even able to do a full-day teacher training at the Belizean school. When coming to Belize, we desired to work under a veteran missionary for a year, and God has certainly answered that prayer.
We have watched God work over and over again in the past couple of months. We find so much joy in serving the Lord on your behalf. You also reap the rewards of souls being reached in Belize.”
USA MINISTIES TO CHINESE, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, Ken and Nancy Lalman — They share the following report: “We just finished celebrating the 2019 Chinese New Year, which is the year of the Pig. We had a wonderful service with over 30 people and 6 visitors. Many made commitments to serve the Lord even more this year and get more involved in working to help build the Silicon Valley Chinese Baptist Church. I am so grateful for each one who is taking an active part in serving in many areas. I am truly amazed that in the midst of difficulties in this area, God is still working in people’s hearts!
Starting a new church definitely has its challenges, but I love watching the Lord do amazing things in helping His church grow!”
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, GUAYAQUIL, Richard and Anna Hurst — They share the following report: “God has given us a wonderful opportunity lately to minister in one of our daughter churches. Jonathan and Yolanda are missionaries here in Guayaquil. Yolanda is one of our converts from years ago who studied in our Bible institute and left as a missionary to Peru. She married a pastor there and they have come to our city to plant a church. They located in the most southern and one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the city. Both Jonathan and Yolanda have spent the last two months in Peru having surgeries and recuperating, which has given some of the other local pastors and me and opportunities to preach in Jonathan’s absence. It is refreshing to see the new church plant where many of the members are new converts.
We still have a goal of starting a church in the far north of our city. This area is relatively new and there is very little in the area as far as churches are concerned. The problem we are having is that pretty much all the area is residential and has been zoned only for residents. They are constructing shopping centers near these neighborhoods and our hope is that we may be able to rent space at one of these places. The only other option is to purchase land nearby with the hopes of being able to build something in the near future. CONTINUE TO PRAY!”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco — they write the following: “In February, the Lord gave us the opportunity to have a Friend Day, serving during the week of Valentine’s Day. We had 33 in attendance, four new visitors, two salvation decisions, and a few salvation assurances. Everyone left with a beautiful box of tasty cupcakes that was beautifully decorated by my wonderful wife. Also, on February 22, we had a teen activity and 13 teens attended. Two of them were our neighbor’s children. We had invited them countless times to different activities and services but something always came up. We praise the Lord that on that activity, we had five professions of faith—two of them were our neighbors! Our teens really enjoy these special activities. Please pray that it will have a lasting impact on their lives.
• Discipleship and spiritual growth
• Anniversary service many souls would be saved
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, AQUADILLA, Steve and Ann Buchanan — They give the following report: “January 6 is a very special day on our island. It is called Three Kings Day. This is referring to the three wise men that came to see Jesus and offer their gifts to Him. On January 5, the child places a box of straw and grass under his beds for the camels and the wise men. On the morning of January 6, we spend time in the Word of God with the children teaching them the story of the birth of Jesus and how He is the Savior of the world.
On February 10, we celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the Bera Baptist Church. What a great day of singing, preaching, and teaching! Many old friends came for this special day along with many visitors that our people brought with them. Many heard the Gospel perhaps for the first time. Thank you, Lord, that you promised your Word would not return void.
The biggest event of the year will take place June 7. This is the day I will be turning the church over to David Arroyo. He will become the official pastor of the church at this time.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint — They share the following report: “The city still has not granted permission for the sale of the church property. That should not surprise us because this is Chile, but we pray that maybe that will be soon! There are 180 low-income houses that just opened 100 yards away from the church property, and apartment buildings right across the road opened up a few weeks ago. The neighborhood is growing and we would love everyone to know there is a place where he can hear and learn about Jesus.
We had some first time visitors recently. They live near a member who invited them to church. They have a Baptist background and they were looking for a church, so they came and promised to come back. The man also happens to have experience with getting building additions approved by the city, which might come in handy when we get ready to add on to the church property. We hope to soon have some time to sit down with them and see how we can help them in their walk with the Lord.
Please pray for people we met on visitation or at the store who have expressed a real interest in studying the Bible and coming to church.”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, TOKYO, Danny and Haruna McKittrick — They share the following: “E. got saved on January 29. Thank you for praying for him. He, along with TSgt. H. (a faithful member of Yokota Baptist Church) came over to our home on that Tuesday night. I asked E. if he were to die tonight, did he know where he would spend eternity. He said he hoped he would be in heaven and he told me he believed in Jesus. I then asked, ‘What do you believe about Jesus?’ but he could not answer. I took the Bible, showed him the Romans Road, and shared with him that Jesus died on the cross to pay his sin debt. At the end of presenting the Gospel, I asked him, ‘Is there anything stopping you from calling on Jesus Christ to save you?’ He said, ‘Nothing.’ I then asked if he would like to call upon the Lord and he said, ‘Yes!’ so we bowed our heads at the dinner table and he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior! I had the privilege to baptize him two Sundays later. On a side note, TSgt. H. was thrilled to be a part of the experience. He later called me and expressed it. He is the one who first invited E. to church. The old saying is still true, ‘Soul winning is better caught than taught.’”
SOUTH AMERICA, PARAGUAY, ASUNCION, Clint and Rita Vernoy — They share the following report: “On my birthday, the 11th of February, our church received our official incorporation number. With this number, we are now changing the title deeds so we can build on the property and open a bank account and work through all the other details of the legal operation in Paraguay. This is a very important step as Marcos and smugglers have used fake organizations such as churches as fronts for their illegal deeds and money laundering. I know—we live in a wonderful town.
We have also been able to rent the rest of the house where we have been renting storefronts for the church. We will again be able to do activities that were eliminated by the lack of space. This is a great answer to prayer. We have always hoped to purchase the house that abuts the church property. We have money saved towards that goal. The owner, however, was not interested unless we paid her price, which is almost double the fair market value. God is working, as she had begun coming down in price and negotiating the possibility of sale.
This is exciting! It feels like coming through the desert and crossing the final dune to see great open green valleys. God is working in the people; we have some souls preparing for baptism and others are stepping up to serve. God is great!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, Dave and Debbie Board — They share the following report: “We are happy to report to you that things are moving forward in regard to the preparation for the construction of our church building! Please continue to uphold this project in prayer as a great door of opportunity has been opened to us but there are many obstacles that must be overcome in order to see it completed. The devil does not sit idly by as his territory is invaded, but through the power of prayer and your partnership we believe victory will come. Our folks here in Cambodia are sacrificially giving toward the purchase of blocks, but we need help with the most expensive part of the building—the foundation and the pouring of concrete for each of the three stories. Based upon what it costs to legally build here in the capital city, we estimate that the entire building will cost around $225,000. In addition to the amount that God has provided to purchase the land, construct the concrete fence around the property, raise the elevation, and drill a well, we have currently raised around $100,000 toward the building. We thank the Lord for those who have already financially invested in helping to see the church built.
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, KARA, Randy and Jeanette Alderman — They share the following: “We are greatly privileged to work with some wonderful people here in the churches of the Kara area and the village of Pagouda. Many stand alone for Christ in the midst of an unsaved family who ostracize them and seek to force them to continue in the depraved fetish culture. This pressure is especially evident during the ‘coming of age’ ceremonies held in the summer months.
We have seen many of the members of the Lama Feign youth group invest their time and efforts during every stage of the construction to help raise their church building, now near completion. They indeed present a vibrant future for this growing church.
During our years here in Togo, we have started many of our church plants with groups of young people but very few adults. It has been exciting to watch young people grow up, mature, continue to walk with the Lord, and develop into adults who are now leaders in these various congregations. We greatly appreciate your prayers for the spiritual development of these young people who represent the future of strong reproducing churches here in Togo.”
SOUTH AFIRCA, KIMBERLY, Chad and Vicki Branch — They give the following report and prayer needs: “All of our regular activities are going strong. It is a joy and privilege to conduct morning assemblies and Bible studies in local schools during the week, which enables us to reach hundreds of children AND their homes with the Gospel. The Bible institute has started back up and Bible classes on Friday nights are well-attended. The monthly children’s outreach in Greenpoint is continuing to see great results with two children receiving Christ in January! We are praying for God to open the door for us to start a church in this community soon. We also enjoy going out on the streets on the last Saturday of the month for evangelism and soul winning. This past Saturday, we prepared 200 John and Romans with a church tract inside and stood on a busy intersection in the city and handed them out to passing motorists. We are trusting Psalm 126:6 and Isaiah 55:11 for the results to God’s Glory!
PRAYER AND PRAISES
PRAISE the Lord for souls saved and homes and families being changed for the glory of God!
PRAISE the Lord for meeting another independent Baptist missionary family, working in our province in the city of Upinton (about four hours from us) that we did not even know was here!
PRAISE the Lord that we were told that we can continue to request extensions to our 3-year volunteer visas immediately! This takes a lot of pressure off us as we plan for the future here.
PRAY for the church as we conduct Family Month in March with preaching and teaching on how to have a biblical home and family. It is such a tremendous need in this culture!
PRAY for the young men in the Bible institute. Satan is working very hard to pull these young men away. Your prayers could make a difference!
PRAY for the country of South Africa. There is a growing unrest and concern about the future of this nation. Pray that God will keep the doors open here.”
USA MINISTIRES, CONNECTICUT, FAIRFIED, John Lafreniere — He shares the following report: “Here is a blessing that is a result of your faithful prayers. Our location is in a building that is shared with a dog groomer and a hair salon. One of the hairdressers has been coming regularly since we moved in. She has a Catholic background, and after Emily shared the Gospel with her one-on-one, she recognized her need of salvation. She trusted Christ and is now going through discipleship, and she wants to be baptized soon. We were also able to baptize two other believers in January.
Please be in prayer for the operating expenses of our ministry. Some may not understand that geographically we are in the New York City (NYC) metro area. That means we live in an economy that is just as expensive as NYC. In the past several months, we have lost financial support from some ministries that only agreed to partner with us for a few years. This loss of support, as well as the believers who have left our church, has stretched our faith tremendously. Please pray that God will continue to provide for our church.
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbie Brosius —They share the following report: “In December we had the Friends of the Everlasting Nations meeting to which we invite Jewish contacts. This month we taught about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and the True Light of the World. We plan to have our first such meeting in our new church soon. From that work, a radio program has been started. Three men who have been serving in the new church are broadcasting twice a week for an hour. Please pray that people will hear and be saved from the Word being presented.
Lately, we have had an increase in members going out on Saturday for evangelism. In February, we baptized four adults. We also have a Sweet Heart Banquet for married couples planned for both churches. We have been counseling a couple and several troubled adults lately. The couple has serious marriage problems and we would appreciate your prayers for them and for wisdom to help them restore what has been lost.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, COJUTEPEQUE, Adam and Esther Fridenstine — They share the following report: “Our church is off to a great start with an amazing spirit among the people. We want to learn, grow, and see God use us to bring others to His saving grace. We have already seen six precious souls saved this year and five baptized and a married couple finish discipleship. Last week we had our big Friend Day where we had 20 family units visit the church and many more promising to come within upcoming weeks.
• We had a great time with some of our couples for a Couple’s Night last week.
• Our second church bus has license plates and permission for full-time use—thank you to ALL who had a part!
• We are beginning a construction expansion project for our school. Please pray for wisdom, safety, and provision.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, JAEN, Michael and Jen Helton — They share the following: “We are now writing from a new city! In January, we moved three hours away to the city of Jaén, in the province of Jaén (easy to remember). It took some time to get settled, but already we are seeing the hand of the Lord in special ways. As we find our way around, we have been able to make contacts. The city has over 120,000 people and no clear Gospel witness. There are the usual groups, but no one preaching the Gospel. Within the province, we are only aware of two churches so far that preach the Gospel. In February, I had the opportunity to meet with two pastors in the province and find out more of the region. We also had the privilege of spending time with a believer from Sevilla, attending the university. It is very exciting to see what God will doing in the coming months as we start to plant Iglesias Bautista de la Gracia (our new church name).
• Outreach and evangelism
• Start of Iglesias Bautista de la Gracia in Jaén.
• Growth of Iglesia Bautista El Olivar in Dos Hermanas
• Abbey as she finishes high school
• Isaiah in college
• Our neighbors (old and new)
• New contacts in Jaén”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, GRAFENWOEHR, Chuck and Susan Sligh — They share the following report:
“WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN GBC IN GRAFENWOEHR GERMANY?
• Several people have put their faith in Jesus for salvation, including an African American!
• Our annual Christmas Eve Service outreach was phenomenal, with many visitors!
• We launched a new teen ministry with new volunteer teen leaders. Our teen ministry has been the weakest link for years at GBC. Now it is one of the most vibrant ministries with a weekly Bible Study and monthly teen activities and service projects.
• Out Spring Ladies Bible Study launched on January 22 and has been one of the best attended and most powerful ones we have had, having an impact on several women struggling with deep spiritual needs in their lives!
• Please pray for some families struggling with continued and sustained attacks on their marriages that they will follow God’s Word and not the world’s counsel.
• A Men’s Bible Study is needed for our men. The problem with sustaining one is that an Army community with two infantry brigades are called upon to counter Russia’s mischief in Ukraine and Baltic countries. This requires our men to be almost constantly either in intense training or to be sent on mission to countries all over Europe as force-projection. Scheduling a time the men can meet weekly over a prolonged period of time is practically impossible. Please pray for a solution! Our men need it!”
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Larry and Lydabelle Barrett — They share the following: “We have our regular activities and weekly visitation, preaching, youth meetings, choir, and children’s ministry. We also operate our church website, where we make available various materials and studies to help other churches. We continue to give out tracts and witness and try to win the lost to the Savior! There have been four salvation decisions since the beginning of the year!
• The salvation of souls and spiritual growth — We will be having a baptismal service.
• Our building project — We are praying that we will be able to complete it.
• Brazil’s political situation — We are so thankful for a conservative new president and are praying for decisions to be made that will help the country.
• Our health.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, BARBADOS, Robert and Rhoda Smith — They share the following: “We started the year with two baptisms! What a joy! I had the privilege of leading a mom and her daughter to the Lord last year, and they wanted to start the new year off with their baptisms. Since then she and her daughter have been very faithful to the services. The daughter has even been soul winning with us on Saturdays. Praise the Lord! It is wonderful to see people making spiritual decisions and steps for the Lord.
Please continue to pray for us to be able to purchase the land that we desire for the church. We have applied to Town and Country Planning for permission to put a church there. If they approve it, then we will moved forward to buy it. Our church is yet unincorporated and it will need to be in order to purchase its own land. We need wisdom to choose which men in our church should occupy such positions of trust in the incorporation. Pray also that God will supply all of the money needed for both land and lawyer (about $88,400 USD). The church building fund presently has about $26,000 (USD), and it is slowly climbing.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITASAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner — They share the following: “The church in Okinawa, Shinko Baptist Church, is doing well and God is bringing in visitors on a regular basis. There were 10 children saved at the children’s Christmas meeting for which we are thankful. Pastor Yoshida is doing a great job of ‘holding down the fort’ while we are gone.
• The new church plant in Nago City started by our son, Dan Jr.
• Registration of the building in Nago City
• Financial needs for the building in Nago City
• Terri and me as we travel on furlough March 13–15
• More missionaries to Japan
• KIBBS Bible School Conference and graduation March 13–15
FAR NORTH, CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report: “This year is off to a good start! We had our Vision Sunday on the last Sunday in December and we shared our 2019 calendar and plans with our people. We have already enjoyed a ‘Speed Fellowship’ activity where everyone spent three minutes visiting with someone before the timer went off and they moved to sit with different people for the next three minutes until they had visited with half the congregation. Our people really enjoyed this as it gave them the opportunity to talk to people in the church that they had never visited with before.
We led a woman to the Lord on door-to-door visitation. She is from the Philippines. We have not seen her come to church yet but are praying that she will come soon. We have several people who need to follow the Lord in baptism. We are praying that they will soon take this step. Our neighbor was saved several years ago. He never really followed the Lord but recently has been faithfully coming to church and growing. He told us recently that he quit smoking a few weeks before. We are amazed at how our Lord loves people and never gives up on any of us! Please pray for him to be baptized and continue growing in the Lord.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ALAJUELA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove — They give the following report: “We have stepped into 2019 with a greater desire to see God bless and work here in Costa Rica. The theme for our church this year is Draw Me Closer to the Lord in 2019. This is truly our desire as missionaries to be drawn closer to the Lord and to teach people here how to continue to grow in 2019. We have a desire to see more souls saved in 2019, more people discipled, and more people trained to work in His service.
The Lord has blessed us, and we were able to start the construction of the roof on the back part of the church building. This will be a tremendous blessing to us as we get closer to the rainy season. This will enable us to get down to the restrooms and nursery under the roof without being exposed to the weather. We are still in need of $5,000 to finish all of these projects.
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) BIBLE PROJECT, Alan Brooks, Coordinator — He shares the following report and prayer needs: “As the new year has arrived, it is with joy that we report on the ongoing progress of the PNG Bible Distribution. Schools have been closed from November through the end of January for their summer break. We will be returning February 1 to continue. Much communication has been made with our national pastors concerning the plans for the continued distribution of the Bibles among the students, grades 4–8.
We are excited to report that on the island of Bougainville, Missionary Kenny Keck will be starting a new church in an area where there are no Baptist churches. We will be partnering with him by distributing Bibles in all the primary schools in this area. All the Bibles will be stamped with this new church’s information and contact numbers. What a great way to introduce the people of the area to this beginning church!
Only eternity will truly reveal all that God is doing in Papua New Guinea. Please pray that God would touch the hearts of people to give toward the Bibles and for our own support as faith missionaries.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, Julio and Andrea Velasquez — They share the following: “In December, we had our annual Ladies Christmas Party. We had a great turnout and had several visitors. We have such a great group of women in our church who love God and are growing in the Word and have a desire to see their families and friends come to know Christ as their personal Savior. Please pray for the salvation of three of the lost husbands.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AOMORI, Paul and Sarah Johnson —They share the following report and prayer needs: “The last part of 2018 was full of exciting events and we saw God work in a great way. Aomori is famous all over Japan for their delicious apples and every fall we host an “Apple Party.” Sarah teaches the women and kids how to make American apple pie; we play some games, and I preach a short message. This year we had over 40 people in attendance! I preached about Adam and Eve’s sin and everyone listen attentively. Many of the kids there did not understand the concept of “sin” and I tried to communicate it in a way that was understandable. Please pray that God will work in the hearts of those who were there.
Much of our ministry in Japan is planting seeds and we planted many seeds of the Gospel over Christmas. We hosted a Christmas Eve party for college kids and young adults. There were over 20 young people there and they all heard the Gospel. Over the month of December, we were able to share the Gospel with more than 80 separate people. We planted, and watered, and prayed that God would do His work and give the increase. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of our family.”
BRAZIL, JUNDIAI, Tim and Lidia Barrett — They give the following report, “December was a busy month as always. One of the highlights was our young people going Christmas caroling at homes of church family members. Many people from other houses came out to listen to the music, and we handed out hundreds of Gospel tracts. We are so privileged to serve the Christ of Christmas!
There were many other activities and programs during the month of December, and we thank the Lord for those who were saved and grew in the Lord last year; but now we look forward to a new year and many more opportunities to serve the Lord. Please pray that we will see many souls saved and much fruit in the new year.
EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, MWANZA, William and Terry Brouwer — They share the following along with a prayer need: “As we reflect upon the passing of another year, we must give all the praise to our great God for His faithfulness and goodness. When we moved from Kenya to Tanzania in 2005, we inherited a newly planted church in the village of Fumagira. We also began working with a young preacher named Pelegrino. It was at this time we began praying for Pelegrino that God would use him to start many churches in the Mwanza area. God heard our prayers, along with the prayers of our supporters, and God has greatly exceeded our expectations.
During the 14 years in Mwanza, God has used Pelegrino to plant 10 churches and many of them in villages with no churches at all. Not only were these village evangelized but also new believers were discipled and leaders were trained. Each one of these churches has their own piece of property and a church building in which to meet. God has now raised up a group of Tanzanian pastors from these 10 churches who are committed to continuing to plant churches in needy villages. This past 2-year term, Tammy and I spent the majority of our time meeting with these pastors and their wives to provide advanced discipleship and training. We continued working in our Bible institute as we oversaw the teaching of our classes, many of which were taught by our Tanzanian pastors.
This leads us to ask you to pray with us very specifically about the next step we should take in regards to our ministry in Mwanza. We certainly do feel as if our work with the national church planting team in Mwanza is finished. However, we do feel like a transition to a new area would help facilitate the further advancement of our Tanzanian pastors. Please pray that God would give us clear direction in this matter.
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Erik and Holly Johnson — They share the following: “Throughout out our almost ten years here in the Dominican, we have seen steady spiritual growth in the lives of the believers. As we approached our short furlough this winter season, we were confident that the church leaders were spiritually mature enough to take the reins of the church in all areas of teaching, preaching, outreach, follow-up, and even the often daunting Christmas event planning. As was expected, they did an amazing job in our absence.
It was joyous to come back in January to hear the encouraging reports from each member who had a part in seeing the church not only maintain its love for the Lord but also even grow in our absence!
• Renewed commitment of the churches to faithfully serve the Lord in 2019
• Upcoming ordination and launch of a new church plant in 2019
• Bible Conference, February 6–8
USA MINISTIES (Spanish Church Planting) NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien — They share the following report: “We are excited to share that the LORD has been faithful again as we celebrated our second baptism on October 28 when S. obeyed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. S., whom I mentioned in our last letter, is from the country of Nicaragua. He has been faithful to all of the services and has made incredible strides in his growth in the Lord. On a recent Wednesday night service, he brought his brother who had been to several services over the past few months. At the end of the service, the brother and another man, who was visiting for the first time, both received Christ as their personal Savior. Their last service with us was on Sunday, January 13. They returned to Nicaragua because their visas were ending a few days later. Please continue to pray for their growth in the Lord. Please also pray for a man who came to church one time. He seems interested but his work schedule prohibits him from coming right now.”
WESTERN EUROPE, IRELAND, ROSCOMMON, Stephen and Katie Finley — They give the following report: “This past month we handed out 600 Christmas packets during our street preaching. These packets contained a Christmas tract, a few candies, and a handmade tree ornament with Isaiah 9:6 printed on it. Many Irish folks were pleasantly surprised that we would give out these little gifts for free. Having grown up in the Catholic religion, they are accustomed to paying good money for a little thing that has to do with ‘religion.’ (It is normal for them to pay C50 to a priest to visit their home and mutter a few words.) One elderly woman vigorously tried on a couple different days to give Timothy money for the packet that she had received; but he steadfastly declined. He told her that since Christ has freely given to us, we freely give to others. MANY people verbally expressed their disbelief that we were offering the packet to them for free, and we were thus provided with an opportunity to tell them why God’s gift of salvation is ‘without money and without price.’ ”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, Justin and April Grinstead — They share the following report: “In our last prayer letter, we asked you to pray for a friend and his mother. We are thrilled to report that he and his mother were able to attend our Christmas cantata, a great answer to prayer. They also attended the following Sunday morning to hear me preach. I was excited to hear the mother enquire about the possibility of getting a Bible.
Please continue to pray for the two men that work at the vegetable market. Also, please pray for one’s wife. They have not yet attended a church service, but we feel like we are making progress with them little by little.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, GULU, Nate and Sara Wright — They share the following report and prayer needs: “We were able to buy Pastor M. a piece of land for the church in Amuria. A building existed on this piece of land, but it had no roof and it was basically unusable at the time. However, over the last two months we have been repairing this building with a new roof and preparing it for a home for his family along with a meeting place for the church. We are delighted to report that his family has moved into the building and they even had their first service there January 20. This was a huge answer to prayer and it is very encouraging to see Pastor M.’s leadership in his home and the community.
• Pastor M., his family, and Grace Baptist Church of Amuria
• Growth for our leaders, new believers, children, and teens
• Approval for the tower and God’s continued direction in the radio ministry
• Our family—spiritually, physically, and emotionally”
FAR EAST, OKINAWA, Daniel and Heidi Gardner Jr. — They share the following: “On November 11, 2018, we had our very first service in the city of Nago to plant the Seaside Baptist Church. We are excited to say that it was a great day and the whole weekend was a testimony of God’s Hand on the work. On Friday, a group of Christians from the Grace Kobe Baptist Church flew in to help us with our ‘Launch Weekend.’ They cleaned, passed out flyers and invitations, and practiced special music. They were helped wherever they could. On Saturday, we finished some preparations and conducted the dedication service of the building (although not yet finished) and property. Many came to show support and encourage us in this church plant. On Sunday, we had 16 people for our first service. One visitor is not saved. She has been to almost every service of the church and has been talking with me about trusting Christ. Please pray for her salvation. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for the Seaside Baptist Church and us.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth — They share the following report and prayer needs: “While we are on furlough, there are Chilean leaders in place in the church and the work is doing very well. They recently had a baptism where two people went public with their faith. They are also planning an evangelistic outreach in a park close to the church as part of our outreach to children. Pray with us that many young people would come to Jesus during this outreach.
Prayer and Praise at a Glance
• Thankful that Tiffany and the children arrived safely
• Thankful for two baptisms
• Prayer for new outreach to produce fruit
• Prayer for safety as we travel on furlough
• Prayer for new financial and prayer support”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAGUA, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco — They share the following: “The beginning of the year brought many good things for the ministry here in Nagua. One of them is that many of the people who were missing church services because of the holidays are back in town and in church. On Sunday, January 20, two very special young people were recognized for having completed their biblical discipleship program, ‘First Steps for New Christians’ in a period of months. Samuel and Nicolas have worked hard to complete this program.
It was a great surprise for the young people when on Monday, January 21, we went to pick them up in the new van for the church. For months, we have seen them pray that the Lord would allow us to get it before this activity so that more young people would have the privilege of attending. We want to thank the Lord for His wonderful provision and the churches that gave love offerings to make this possible. Also, thank you for praying with us for the van. We are anxious to see how many more routes we can start and all the people that will be reached as a result of this blessing.
• We had 30 during our special Christmas service. Six of them made professions of faith and four were first time visitors. Thank you so much for praying for this activity.
• Souls to be saved as we evangelize and preach the Gospel
• Spiritual growth among the Christians
• Discipleship of new converts”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta — They share the following: “Our church has been doing well. We are rejoicing as we have been able to start the year with a number of visitors in our services. On a recent Sunday, we had eight visitors! As we tried to hold back the tears at the end of the day, my wife and I were in shock and kept saying again and again to each other, ‘We had eight visitors!’ Only two of those visitors were from out of town. One had been reached by our soul winning efforts the day before. One had been to one of our ladies’ fellowships before and decided to try our church. Then we had a family of four that had just moved to town. This was a Filipino family. They have not been able to attend church for a while because they were living in a town in New Zealand with no doctrinally sound church anywhere nearby. They had checked our website and even had their pastor in the Philippines to verify that our church would be safe. We have several other Filipino families in the church who helped to welcome them warmly into the family. God is so good!”
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Ryan and Sarah Case — They share the following: “Over these months, many of our church members took to heart the responsibility of their church and have committed to ministries, giving sacrificially for the construction of much needed classrooms.
This, in addition to the sacrificial giving of many of our supporting churches, has resulted in pushing the project into its final stage of completion. Soon, children and babies will be welcomed into a beautiful, comfortable nursery, and a lively youth room will be ready for our youth group as well as other classes. As of now, the youth group is meeting in the unfinished rooms, but the small ones will need the project finished before they can use it.
When the project is finished, we want to start classes for the many people in the area who want to learn English. I will be using a Bible-based program, and all who come to the class will hear the Gospel. Pray for those who come for this opportunity.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Alan and Elena Sutphen — They share the following report and prayer needs: “I have been meeting with the 12- to 17-year-old orphans every Saturday to discuss ‘life issues’ in separate boy/girl sessions. There are many unwed parents in Uganda and we do not want our girls or boys to end up the same way. I have covered topics of boy/girl relationships, their responsibilities in life, and purity. I have given frank advice for avoiding being alone with the opposite sex. These children have no parents and get no such counseling in their villages. I hope to provide them biblical advice to help and encourage these children to make a difference for the future of Uganda.
Life in Uganda — I have been volunteering at the main hospital in Soroti, working in the sickle cell clinic once a week. I am trying to learn more of the diagnosis and treatment of this neglected population in remote villages. I hope to establish sickle cell outreaches in these local village clinics that lack supplies and medicine. During the next two months, I hope to identify locations to begin this work with the goal of not just treating the disease but getting the Gospel of Christ to all families that we see.
• For spiritual growth for two as they are discipled
• Safety for the orphans while in their villages for the next seven weeks
• Salvation of souls in future sickle cell village outreach clinics
• Protection against those who wish to interfere with this ministry”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross — He writes the following: “Christmas opened the door for us to give real meaning to the name of Jesus. Our church created a Christmas show with costumes. In addition, we developed some banners. There were several parts to the program. First, we played a couple of Christmas songs and did the Christmas script. At the end, we used the banners to explain the Gospel. We presented our show at children’s homes, in villages, and even a leper community. It was a tremendous opportunity to explain the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It also helped establish and build relationships. Thanks for your prayers and support.
• Salvation of four
• Salvation of one’s mother
• Learning language and culture
• Seeds to take root in hearts”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, SPAIN, UTRERA, Don and Patsy Drake — They share the following: “We arrived in Spain on December 13. We were unexpectedly greeted at the Seville airport by Justin and Grace Hayes and by Mike and Jenn Helton. What a blessed surprise! The Lord knew we needed that surprise! They are BIMI missionaries serving in Dos Hermanas. They have been such a wonderful help. They have taken us to the very places we needed to go and have spoken for us. They also introduced us on Christmas Eve to the Chaplin at Moron Air Base. He is sponsored by the Conservative Baptist in NW USA. I offered my services; hopefully, we can work together to reach our Military with the Gospel.”
BRAZIL, GOIANIA, Bethany Thompson — She shares the following report: “We completed our 10th year of operation in December with a kindergarten and 5th grade graduation. I praise the Lord for all He has done these past 10 years. Eight kindergarteners accepted Christ in December. We have seen around 130 saved since the school opened.
• Please pray for our enrollments. The school year begins on January 21.
• Please pray for the Lord to send us the students and families for us to reach this year. Praise the Lord our inspection to renew the school’s operating license has been approved.
• Please pray for our teacher/training clinic January 15–17. We are expecting the participation of schools from other cities as well as homeschool parents. This year we are investing in recording the clinic, which I hope will help reduce the need of some of my traveling.”
USA ARM MISSIONS, Glenn and Charlotte Palmer — They share the following: “After a good report from my neurosurgeon, I made plans for a missions trip to England and Armenia. In early September, we arrived in England just two days after the funeral of one of our oldest members in Calvary Baptist Church, Spalding. He was 93 and had graduated to heaven. We were so blessed to see how the church, which we started in 1985, was growing under Pastor Cowdrey and reaching the lost in the town.
With great joy, we were able to load a 40-foot container of humanitarian aid to Armenia. From England we traveled to Armenia in October and the Lord gave us opportunities of service by speaking nine times with a man coming to faith in Christ, visiting the ministries of Bible clubs and aid distribution, and doing electrical work on the building.”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, QUITA SUENO, Joy Wesson and family — They share the following report with testimonies: “As we close out the year 2018, may I share with you the testimonies of some precious souls who have been reached for Christ through the deaf ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Quita Sueno, Dominican Republic, over the last several weeks and months?
W. is a 21-year-old ‘hearing’ young man who comes to deaf classes with his family. He has accepted the Lord as his Savior and has been baptized and is faithful to church each week.
His mother is one of our deaf ladies, who has very little communication skills in sign language or otherwise. After many weeks of teaching and explaining the Gospel, she too has accepted Christ as her Savior.
C. is one of our newest deaf converts. She was ‘hearing’ until the age of nine at which time she came down with a high fever and became deaf. Her mother then gave her to her grandmother. She is a precious young adult and soon-to-be ‘mother.’ It was my privilege to lead her to Christ several weeks ago.
My most recent blessing is to have the help of a Dominican deaf couple. I led the wife to the Lord on Thanksgiving Day 11 years ago. Her husband was gloriously saved in my living room two years ago, shortly after I returned to my mission field following Josh’s death. He comes from a rough background and is a ‘walking miracle’ of God’s grace and unconditional love. He has been dramatizing stories from Chick tracts for our deaf class each week, and our deaf are loving it. He is studying in the Bible institute and has been influential in bringing new deaf to church.”
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Salvations: Please pray for the spiritual growth of a 12-year-old teen who put his faith in the Lord Jesus. I also had the blessing of seeing another man put his trust in Jesus as a result of doing a discipleship study with his wife and daughter.
• Please pray for several women in the church who are having physical complications.
• Pray as we go door-to-door in a predominantly Catholic area that they would be open to the Good News of the Gospel. Pray for safety.
• Please continue to pray for property to buy or a house to either buy or rent for the church. We have found several potential properties to buy that need a lot of work and the average price is about $70,000. Would you please prayerfully consider giving toward this need?”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, ITALY, Chris and Lou Ann War — They share the following soul winning encounter: “A man proceeded to tell me the story of his life but started first by saying that he was praying to God that I would not give up ringing the bell and leaving but that I would keep trying to get in. We were there for over an hour in the cold, but I did not feel that cold any longer. After he finished with his life’s story, I was amazed because his sounded a lot like my own story before I was born again. He told me he was afraid of dying and going to hell. So, that morning in that cold garage, he trusted Christ as his Savior. He then told me, ‘Pastor, that heavy burden has been lifted from my shoulders.’ He cried with joy and so did I. I asked him where he had gotten our phone number to give to the pastor in Missouri. He told me he found a tract in his mailbox weeks earlier with our phone number on it. It was one of the most amazing soul winning experiences I have ever had and I give the praise and glory to my Lord for it. I would also like to thank a couple for passing tracts throughout our town. Please pray for the man’s spiritual growth and the salvation of his wife and three children.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield — They share the following: “The church has grown to a point that I called our first men’s church meeting. Seven men came and after I served up breakfast in our new fellowship hall, we hashed out some important logistics as to the governing of the church. We are scheduled to meet again this month. Please pray for wisdom as we make important decisions.
Please pray for James as he has a problem with his knee. The “two weeks” he was told for recovery time turned into eight. He is in physical therapy and following their advice. He has just recently gone back to doing some electrical side jobs, as the extra income is needed; however, it is still swollen and stiff. PLEASE PRAY!
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, Dan and Jennifer Post — They share the following: “I was recently reminded of how important it is to be ‘ready to give an answer’ to those who are looking for the truth. A man told me the other day, ‘You said something that I have never forgotten back when we first met.’ During our conversation, I learned that he was taking things to heart more than I realized. This man is not saved yet, but the Lord is showing him the difference between religion and a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are praying that the Word of God will bring conviction and salvation.
The ladies who were baptized this summer have be coming faithfully to church. We presented each of them with a Bible, so please pray for them as they continue to grow spiritually as well as the others who attend. The husband of one of the ladies just found out he has cancer. We are praying for his healing and also his salvation.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius — They share the following. “Exciting things have been happening in the church plant that we started a year ago in the Ing. Budge neighborhood. We were able to rent a locale to hold services, which gives us more room and provides Shana a classroom that allows the children to sing loudly and not have to be hushed. Most of the kids are from poor families and run around in the streets with little parental awareness.
Praise the Lord a widow accepted the Lord last week here. We have many needs for this church plant building to be safe and useful. If you feel led to donate, any designated amount given will be used specifically and be appreciated greatly by our group worshipping there.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, TEMA, Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney — They share the following report and prayer needs, “A faithful young man from Togo joined our church last month after searching for several weeks for a soul winning, fundamental Baptist church. He has since brought six friends to church, three of whom accepted Christ and two who followed in believer’s baptism this past Sunday. Pray for S. and M. as they continue their discipleship classes.
We finished our second semester of Faith Bible Institute last week. We presently have four Bible clubs in four different locations. At the pastor’s conference, we received a character-building program, Gospel tracts, John and Romans, and missionary coloring books from Rock of Ages Ministries. We immediately put them to use in soul winning, Bible club, and school chapel outreach.
• Please pray for the Lord to touch the hearts of people to give generously toward the replacement of our church bus.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM AM RHEIN, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung — They share the following: “Even though we are not the youngest, our church is most of the time a very busy place. We are looking back to an instruction weekend for child evangelism, including how to lead a child to Christ, how to teach understandably the Word of God to children, and how to help problem children, etc. Our calendar, literature, and tract distribution in front of our church shows, so far, we have distributed over 900 calendars in German and in various other languages plus many other important booklets. We trust and pray that in the coming days our outreach will be even more successful and bring fruit and honor to our Lord.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones — They share the following report and prayer needs: “Many were killed and others are missing because of the recent tropical depression. It rained continuously for two days here at our place. Many could have been saved if they had heard 104.5 FM Christian radio. The 3,000-watt station will reach millions more. Pray for the $15,000 remaining balance. If every church would give $500, we could reach more with the Good News.
Pray for two of our first graduates and my wife’s sister and her husband. They will break ground on a new church building on January 7. Their son graduated from Bible college last year and is now pastoring the church his dad started. There are several new graduates that need $2,000 for land. They can build a small church building with a room on the back for $1,000. These pastors can live on about $50 per month.
Please pray for the students’ needs. They make about $20 monthly. Many are persecuted by their Catholic parents, friends, and relatives. They are faithful in winning souls.”
WEST AFRICA, COTE D’IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Robert and Becky Mach — They share the following: “This year 2018 has been a very productive one for us in the ministry. We conducted five institute classes and two seminary classes in our Bible college, three major medical projects in two city areas and three villages, our summer VBS program, and our pastoral conference. All of these have gone a long way toward evangelizing the lost and training the believers. The Bingerville church has made great progress toward autonomy as have our churches in Zanapledougou and Man. During 2018, we received nearly 80 visitors from the States and Canada who helped in major initiatives.
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, Coco Chan — She gives the following report and prayer requests: “I thank God for the privilege to work with a wonderful group of children at Lifeline Independent Baptist Church during this year. I have them in my Sunday school, on Wednesday evening classes, and again Friday Bible Club. At times the classes could be challenging because of the age range (from 4-13 and sometimes their younger siblings too), but I would not trade anything for teaching my children.
The Bible class at the secondary school is during the lunch hour. The first week I had six in the class and 16 the following week. Now the class has grown to 28 to 33. Many of them never miss any class. It blessed my heart to see the students are willing to come and listen to the Word of God while eating lunch.”
1. Just before Christmas break, I got the news that another secondary school will allow me to do a Bible class starting in January. Pray for wisdom and strength.
2. A nine-year-old in my Sunday school class made a profession of faith. Pray for her to grow and to come to church on a more regular basis.
3. Pray for the Lifeline church, which needs drivers for our manual transmission bus and pray for a piece of land.
4. Pray for the teenage boy I asked you to pray for in my last prayer letter. His grandmother has stopped him from going to church completely.
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And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
1 John 3:22
PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of JAPAN.