SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, BARQUISIMETO, Carlos and Susan Arce — They share the following: “Praise the Lord! We had a meeting with almost all of the pastors that have come out of our church. . . . My wife also had a meeting with about 35 pastors’ wives who were able to come. They had a special meal where we shared many gifts of towels, sheets, clothes, shoes, and food that many of you have sent us to be a blessing to the people. It was a sensational day, and we ended up with a devotional, sharing from God’s Word, that my wife gave. At the end, we had a time of questions and answers about the struggles and needs that they have pertaining to the work in their churches. It was great to see how God helped each one of these.
One of the ladies came up to me at the end and said to me, ‘Brother Arce, I came today with a heavy heart and with deep despair and stress for the work of the church. But I feel renewed with a new desire and strength to continue to see how God helped each one of them.’ While the ladies were in their meeting, Carlos was in his office with a time of counseling and helping the pastors who came. Many were making plans for the year 2023 and sharing with me.
May God help me to fulfill the dream of my heart—that God continues to start more churches and we can reach each state in Venezuela.”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, ROTA, Michael and DeAnna Staley —
They share the following: “In mid-December a preacher reached out to let us know that a young lady from his church would be moving to Rota, Spain, on her next assignment. A few weeks passed, and Naomi walked in during the Sunday school hour. She has been attending faithfully ever since. Pray for Naomi as she settles here and in her new job.
About six or seven of our faithful attendees come from the same ship, which will be heading out on patrol next month for four months. It is always sad to see them leave, but at the same time, we have the blessing of having a couple of men that will be returning with their ship soon as well.
In February, one of our longest standing members will be leaving. Nazareth and her husband, Corry, will be going to their next duty station in the States. Nazareth is Spanish but has always attended English services. She was saved through a Gospel tract that was included in a box of shoes she bought for her dad. The store where she bought the shoes is run by Samuel, who is now the pastor of their Spanish church.”
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Erica Bohman —
She shares the following report: “The children’s ministry at Hope Baptist Church is continuing to grow both spiritually and numerically. We greatly rejoice that six of our young people were saved at youth camp, and we are working with them through discipleship lessons as they grow in the Lord. Even the young people have habits to break, ideas from false teaching to correct, and to a lesser extent, a past to get behind them. God is working, though, and we rejoice in the new life they can enjoy for all the rest of their days.
It is truly amazing to think of all I have been able to see God do since I first arrived! Having already been on the field two years, I plan to take a furlough starting this summer through the end of the year. . . . I look forward to giving many of you a personal update of what God is doing in Kenya!”
WESTERN EUROPE, FINLAND, Andrew and Nicole Wippler —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “Our outreach in December was a different experience. When we delivered baked goods to the neighbor in our temporary Airbnb residence in April, it was received with a good response. However, we received mixed reactions when doing the same thing in our new apartment block. Some were thankful, and others wanted to give us money for the baked goods. Canvassing efforts were a little uneventful, too. Nevertheless, experience is a good teacher.
Even though the advances we tried appeared unsuccessful, the Lord opened up other opportunities. Our English Bible study is growing primarily through connections with those introduced to us by our prayer letter readers. Thank you for participating in growing our church in Finland.
• To be a witness in Finland
• As we continue our home English Bible Study
• That we become more comfortable speaking basic, conversational Finnish”
USA MINISTRIES, WASHINGTON, LYNNWOOD, Perry and Barbara Gibson —
They share the following report: “Besides 60 Japanese, 40 other international students, mostly from the closed countries of China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, attended talk time in 2022!
Forty-nine of the Japanese students just graduated in December. Mr. H. just returned to Japan as a baptized believer in Jesus Christ. Also, three young ladies returned to Japan very open to Jesus and have connected with former students that became Christians here and are continuing to attend church. Praise be to the Lord! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of the plowing, sowing, watering, and reaping!”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, James and Rebekah Scott —
They share the following with prayer needs: “Our Kids English class continued throughout the month, and praise the Lord for many new children that attended. We have two particular families with whom we have been able to build a good relationship. They attend every Kids English class. It has been wonderful seeing what God is doing through this class. At the end of November, we had our annual Christmas Wreath making activity at the church. We had a number of ladies who came out for the activity, including many visitors. This is one of the most anticipated events for our ladies in the church and they really enjoyed it!
Please continue to pray for our church! We are speaking to many different architects to see how we can get this building built. We are hoping to make a decision this month on which architect will help us with the building. In addition, back in January we started a new season of Kids English Time. Please pray for these classes. We are praying we can see some more of these families come for our Sunday services. Also, please continue to pray for the two husbands that I mentioned in our last letter. We are praying they will get saved very soon.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, Larry and Alma Owens —
They share the following with prayer needs: “Argentina is suffering with some of the worse inflation in the world. Not even winning the World Cup can alleviate the hard times people are going through. The finances at the church have also been affected.
The youth camp is about to begin. Last year the Lord really worked in a great way! Please pray that many young people’s lives would be changed. Vacation Bible School is also coming up. Alma is working extensively in preparation for the event. Please pray that many children and their parents would be reached!
We also need special prayer our Bible college. This is our summer time so we are doing promotions to get new students for the coming school year. We hope to have more dorm students. Because of the COVID crises, our dorm student enrollment went down. Our vision is to train young preachers to go out and start new churches all over Argentina and around the world!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue & Rebekah Ortiz —
They share the following report: “In October, we announced to the church that we will be sending out and helping two church planters in 2023. One of these church planters will start a church about two hours north of Mexico City and the other will be about two hours east of the city. In this same month, we were able to begin a renovation project on the piece of land that we want to purchase for our church. We have not been able to legally buy the land yet, but the owners have given access to it. We are so thankful for this because we were running out of space in our other building! This took about a month and a half and we were able to move into it on December 11. This new location will accommodate about 170 people. Currently, we are having two services with a combined over 300 in attendance. Most probably, we will be going back to three services per Sunday in February. We are thankful for several people who were baptized in the past few months as the Lord continues to add to His church!”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Peter and Elisabeth Putney —
They share the following report: “In December we had a new overhang and sliding gate installed over the front patio of the church. This allows us to have better security and park our church van at the church. In addition, we are making a lot of progress in the back of the church. A retention wall was need to be able to level the ground and build a nice new fence around the property. After this, we will add a back covered patio, a grass lawn, a storage building for Bibles and tracts, and playground equipment for the kids.
One of most faithful men and Bible institute graduates, Juan Guillermo, has been preparing for a long time to be sent out of our church as a church planter. Recently, we took a survey trip to the city of Santa Marta on the Columbian coast. This city has around a million people with no fundamental Baptist church. We are trusting the Lord to confirm His will to this important decision. Please pray with us!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, John and Robin Harris —
They share the following: “In our last prayer letter, we asked that you pray for more men. Well, one who has been coming on and off since October is lost and I shared the Gospel with him. He did not reject it; only, he could not understand it. He is a friend of a lady who was recently saved and baptized! I am hoping to have the opportunity to talk to him one- on-one about salvation. Please pray for Mike’s salvation!
We have four that are in our discipleship class. They are finishing level one of the Foundations of our Faith. After each lesson, they are to take a quiz and each week they must recite their memory verse to me. Once they are done with level one, we will go to level two.
Please remember our family in prayer. Furlough is tough on us with a reverse culture shock, etc. Please pray for Brother and Mrs. Swante Lindquist who will be here in our place!”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, GREENVILLE, Coco Chan —
She shares the following report: “God’s Word changes lives! A couple of weeks ago I went grocery shopping at the capital city. While I struggled separating two shopping carts, someone gave me a hand. I looked up to thank him and noticed it was a young man I met at the juvenile center. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior sometime last year after I explained the plan of salvation. Since then, he was very interested in knowing more about the Lord, and he memorized numerous Bible verses.
We had a little conversation. It brought tears to my eyes when he told me that God had changed his life. He had finished his sentence four months ago and is now back is school repeating Form 4 (equivalent to Grade 10) and works at the grocery store over the weekend and during the holidays to provide for himself. He attends church services regularly and is captain of the senior football team at his school.
He showed me a video of him giving a testimony at his school on how God had changed his life. He came from a broken home where there was daily conflict. To escape from this environment, he got in with the wrong crowd and ended up in the juvenile center. Since he was saved, he determined in his heart to live a life that would be pleasing to the Lord. He mentioned that the Bible verses he memorized were a great encouragement to him. Please keep him in your prayers, asking God to help this young man to keep doing right and to use him to do great thing for His honor and glory. Pray also for the following young people at the juvenile center: J.B, (15); A.A. (14); L.W. (17); and J.J. (14). They all made professions of faith during our Bible lessons.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, CHICLAYO, Lee and Eva Johnson —
They share the following: “Around the first of October, we once again find Peru at the election tables. This is always a problem for us missionaries, pastors, and other church planters, because we are not allowed to have services during the morning hours and are only free in the evening after 6 PM. So we abide by their rules, even though it is hard to understand.
Later in the month, the Lord gave me the blessed opportunity to preach in a church here in Chiclayo for a Christian brother. The church was started a year ago and it was an honor to be a part of the celebration. The Lord worked in the hearts of several members to continue to be faithful to Him!
On the next day, Eva, two young people, and I traveled to the city of Trujillo, located about three hours south of Chiclayo, where I was invited to preach at a youth meeting. Although the youth meeting was part of a continuance of the day before, the church that organized the event decided to have a “PRESENCE” gathering, because the night before was a viral meeting. Several people were a bit scared concerning COVID-19. I felt privileged to be one of the guest speakers alongside a fellow missionary preacher who is a second generation missionary.”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth — They share the following: “In September and October in our church ministries, we saw 106 saved and 6 baptized. . . . Our mid-October Faith Promise Missions Conference went well with promise commitments far above what was expected. In these days of inflation and rising costs of living, this is most remarkable.
Our online Bible college, Lone Star Bible College—Guyana, is doing well....Dr. Shelton Smith and the Sword of the Lord sent us over a dozen books for each of our students in the college. This is a treasure trove of good reading. In itself, it is a Bible college education to be had in the reading of these good books.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —
They share the following report: We lost a couple families for various reasons. However, God has brought several new families and the growth of the faithful ones is encouraging! A couple has decided to follow the Lord in the matter of tithing and have seen numerous financial miracles as a result (including their insurance reinstated so he can seek medical help). A man for whom we have been praying for years (and to be honest had given up hope) showed up one Sunday. Two weeks later, he walked the aisle for salvation and I was able to not only lead him to the Lord but also baptize him. The change in his life is almost uncanny!”
EAST AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Bryan and Amanda Collins —
They share the following: “It has been very exciting to see all that God has done in our ministry over the past year. Yet, there are many places that are void of the Gospel. This has been evident as we have ministered locally and at the lake. Islam has been growing rapidly around the world and Zambia has been no exception. Even in the remote areas of the lake, Islam has a presence. It has been a blessing to see the Gospel spread in that area and churches planted. Discipleship is a key part of the ministry as we have trained young men in the Word of God. They can teach, preach, and evangelize and train locally and at our churches. The Bible college continues to do well. Please pray for the students as they learn and that God would call some of them to the ministry.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, Sao Caetano do Sul, Bryan and Rebekah Johnson —
They give the following report; “We now have one family and seven individuals who have begun discipleship with us this last month. We are so pleased to have so many people who are choosing to take the next step in spiritual growth. We have also had a recent surge in visitors. Praise the Lord for the salvation of one we met while we were out shopping and for the salvation of another in the last two weeks!
Thanks to a generous gift from our supporting churches, we were able to launch a salvation video and an online radio station in Mozambique. This has given us the privilege of reaching more than 45,000 people with the Gospel! Hundreds have reached out to us. Pray that many souls in Mozambique will come to Christ and grow in the Lord through this outreach. It is our desire to reach all of the Portuguese-speaking world with the Gospel.”
WEST AFRICA, NIGERIA, PORT HARCOURT, David and Rose Maskey —
They share the following: “Recently, our deaf ministry in the main church had a special promotion and we had 102 deaf attending in that Sunday morning service with 14 of them receiving Christ as Savior! They also had a deaf choir that was a real blessing to everyone. Our deaf workers have done a very good job of reaching the deaf here for Christ.
One of the most recent church plants, Independent Baptist Church of Yenagoa, celebrated their 1st anniversary on November 27 with 140 in attendance and 15 saved. The pastor has been doing a great job in this new church. Please continue to pray for our Nigerian pastors for God’s power, wisdom, and provision.
• Building project in Onne
• Land for the Omagwa church
CENTRAL EUROPE, ROMANIA & MALAWI, Marguerite Gentry —
She writes the following: “This past summer we had camp as we usually do and had 700 professions of faith! This is because all of you have supported the ministry faithfully; you all have a part in these who were saved. I praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit both in your giving and in these young people being saved.
I have a prayer request for you. The town of Sighet, Romania (where the camp is located), sits on the Ukrainian border, the border being the river Tisa. At this time, there are tanks and heavy artillery at the riverside because of the war in Ukraine. The people are afraid the war will come their way. They have lived under communism once and do not want to go through this again. I ask you to pray for an end to this war not only for the Romanian people but also for all those who still suffer in cold, darkness, hunger, and fear due to the aggression of the Russian army. There is a man from “Hope for the Future” who is making trips into the Ukraine with food, blankets, and medicine. Please pray for their safety.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES GRENADA, Joseph and Donna Childers —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “You may remember that last year, one of Donna’s relatives went to study in the U.K. leaving her son, to live with us while she was away. We have prayed fervently for his salvation and God has answered that request! With just a few weeks left with us before his mother’s return, after our daily family prayer time one evening, he asked if he could go to heaven. As I explained, I realized that my son Ryan was listening also and they both asked a lot of questions. Ryan is much nearer to understanding than we had previously thought, but that night, Donna’s nephew asked Jesus to save him. Praise God for His love and mercy are working!
The very next day, one of our student’s mother came out to the Sunday morning service. At the conclusion, she raised her hand indicating that she needed to be saved and that God was working in her heart. Donna had the privilege of leading her to a saving knowledge of Christ. It was her second time in a service and her daughter trusted Christ as Savior last year in our school, Please pray for her sister who has been more consistent in church and asking questions but who has not yet made a decision for Christ. For the first time, we have a national leading the adult Sunday school each week. Also, please pray for growth of five young people, currently ages 12–15.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Caesar and Christine Cerna —
They write, “Thank you for your prayers as we go out to witness to people here in Santa Ana. Just recently, Caesar had the privilege of witnessing to a man who said that he used to attend an evangelical church for several years. The sad part is that he did not have a clear testimony of being born again. Caesar thanked the Lord that he at least, listened to him as he shared Christ with him. It is even sadder to know that these kinds of stories are not uncommon in El Salvador. Please continue to pray the Lord will give us boldness and wisdom in dealing with people who have a Christian background but are not born again.
We would also like to thank you for praying for two men God has given me the opportunity to minister to lately. As our family went to the States for a week (Rosa visited a potential college), one had some responsibilities in our ministry and he proved himself faithful. The other continues to be faithful in meeting with me weekly and coming to church. Please pray God would use these men to continue to be faithful and to reach others for Christ.”
FAR NORTH, CANADA, TORONTO, ETOBICOKE, Cory and April McTague —
They share the following: “Several weeks ago, a regular attendee asked for a meeting so I could discuss some questions her longtime fiancée had concerning God. As he settled into the seat in my office, I asked him what was on his mind. He replied, ‘I have never needed God before. I have always believed in God, but I know that something is missing in my life. Could you help me with that?’ After about an hour and a half of slowly going through the Gospel, he bowed his head and accepted Christ as his Savior. He has been faithfully attending church ever since and he and his fiancée have been discussing marriage! God is good and it is such an encouragement to see His miracle work being done in lives!
We have been praying for the past year that God would enable us to rent a storefront in the same neighborhood where we currently meet. We have several people who walk and commute to church. Recently, we submitted an offer to rent a space in the exact neighborhood we have been praying over, which is a 4-minute walk to the subway station. The realtor encouraged us that the landlord would consider our offer of almost HALF of the amount of dollar per square foot he was originally asking. It is difficult to find space for a church since we have been rejected several times before simply because we were looking for a space for worship. Churches have traditionally struggled to find a permanent home here in the city due to being an excessively expensive city and small spaces.
The church is praying for God’s will concerning this space and the offer we submitted as we step forward in faith. Our estimate is that it will take $10,000 worth of renovations if this proposal goes through. We will need funding for the renovations and building supplies and help to renovate this building from a chiropractor’s office. God’s resources never lacked for God’s will. AND we trust the Lord will make this a reality. We will be sure to let you know if we receive confirmation.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones —
They share the following report: “The radio station needs a new transformer and a new generator for the radio only so we can have electricity direct to it. We cannot hook up the new 3,000-watt transmitter without more power into the radio station. The cost for both the transformer and generator will be quite a bit. Pray for this need.
PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• We have seen many saved during our October/November Campaign. Our Thanksgiving Fall Revival was a great success! The special speaker was a great help.
• We have land in San Jose and will build a new building there in March and April. This is where we started a church back in 1985 with many being saved.
• Please pray for our Graduation Sunday in March! There will be more churches started.
• We need more room for our Annual Youth Camp. Many are coming and sleeping at Camp Judi! Last year some of the girls had to sleep in the garage with not much privacy, so we need to build another girl’s dormitory!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta —
They share the following: “As we look back over 2022, we are overcome with the realization of how great that our Lord has been to us! God is so good! This year we watched several families in our church move away looking for work. These are people in whom we have invested our hearts, and we love them dearly. That is never easy to face; however, our attendance has remained consistent as we have reached new people and added them to the church.
Recently, I baptized the teenage daughter of a new family in our church. They were so excited that their daughter was getting baptized that they invited friends and family from all around the South island to be there. We had 17 visitors in our Sunday morning service and several of those came back again on Sunday night! Some drove 7–8 hours to be there. This also gave opportunity to meet some of their family members that live locally. Now that these family members have visited our church and have seen what we are like, our prayer is that they will feel comfortable to come back again. In addition, this family has seven more children!
Please pray for Diana, as she had to return to the States for her 92 year-old dad who is to have surgery!
WESTERN EUROPE, BELGIUM, GHENT, Brent and Jen Hoffman —
They write, “After filling in at Gent for a couple of weeks, I finally was able to settle into the church where we will be working. Jen and the kids have been there a few months and have made some good friends already. The church is wonderful and the people have made us feel welcomed. We are looking forward to working with them as we transition over. There is a family in the church who were recently saved and who have a couple of teenage children that are not saved yet. Both teens have struck up friendships with Gabby and Joab and we hope this will open up the doors for influencing then. Please pray for their salvations. There is a young single mom that Jen happened to buy some stuff from in the marketplace. She mentioned that she had visited the church a few times months ago but has not been back. She is not saved but really has taken a liking to the family. She even came over for Thanksgiving. On December 20, she returned to the States. Please pray that someone in the U.S. will reach out to her with the Gospel.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, LIMA, Carolyn Pace —
She writes, “It has been a month since the Lord called Tom home. I am very thankful for His presence, His faithfulness, and for His people.
All my children were here for about three weeks, at which time we were able to visit churches and friends in the mountains where we worked for 13 years. I was surprised to see a couple we met in 1965! They are still serving the Lord in their pueblo, Muqui.
I continue to teach senior citizens Bible classes and am so thankful for this opportunity, Occasionally, it is discouraging when considering these folks have believed a lie for 60+ years. It is hard for them to believe they have been deceived. We must continue reading and studying God’s Word and praying He will take away the blindness. Thank you for remembering to pray for us.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, Dave and Debbie Board —
They share the following: “Please join us in praying for the PrekPnou district of Phnom Penh. It is located 20 minutes from our main church and is in great need of a church that is doctrinally sound. Every Friday, Debbie and I go door knocking there and we are slowly gathering prospects who are willing to listen to the Gospel. In January, we are hoping to find a building that we can rent in order to begin a small group as well as a Children’s Ministry.
A lady lives in a village near our church and sells fish in our village from a bicycle several times each week. The ladies of our church have been intentionally building a relationship with her over the past few weeks. God has used their kindness to tear down some barriers in her life that has caused her heart to become very hard. After meeting her recently, I could tell that she is very close to accepting Christ. Please pray for her to be saved.”
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, KARA, Randy and Jeanette Alderman —
They write, “The village of Lidio is in an isolated spot off the beaten path, seemingly unimportant to all but those who reside within its confines. The roads leading to it are not easily traveled. As soon as the rains slowed a bit a few weeks ago, I visited the new church plant to teach and encourage those who are turning from fetish worship to serve the Living God! In spite of its obscurity, the Gospel is lighting the former darkness through the work of a layman teacher who also pastors two other churches! The number of attendees will never be large in man’s eyes, but what an impact for eternity this dear brother is making!
Several weeks after I visited these new believers who had so hungrily taken in the Word of God that day, one of the younger mothers passed away from a snakebite. Because she had accepted Christ as Savior, her future was secure. Even though you, our faithful supporters and prayer warriors, will most likely never meet these precious believers, you can rejoice with us that this sister in Christ had made the right decision.”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, JAPAN, NAGASAKI, Fred and Roma Rojas —
They give the follow report: “Because of your faithful prayers and support, God has helped us accomplish numerous things both in our personal lives as well as in the church.
We had a total of 37 ‘first time’ visitors during this quarter, several of them attending our Sunday service but most of them are usually underway (deployed by ships). A couple, retired Army and DoD employee, joined our church and are already serving in many areas, including soul winning. I baptized a US Marine who continues to attend faithfully and speaking to others about the Lord Jesus. We are thankful that our soul winning team has grown from just one couple to 12 to a team of 12.”
FAR NORTH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, BURNABY, Russell and Lisa Mackay — They share the following report: “God has abundantly blessed and protected our church here during this difficult time. . . . Lisa and I have been able to enjoy many ministry opportunities since returning. In August, we helped with our Junior Camp and then drove our teens to a Teen Camp and helped there, too. Lisa led one of our teens, Bethel, to the Lord on Thursday night of the camp. In October, we had our church’s Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner on a much smaller scale due to limited seating in our current building. We had around 20 unsaved people attend and hear the Gospel! We are currently preparing for our Christmas outreach. We plan to go to a very busy public transit station on December 17 and sing Christmas songs and pass out Gospel literature with an invitation to our church. We are praying for 35 of our church people to go and be the choir for this outreach. Could you pray for God to bless this?
One of our neighbors came to see us on a Saturday in September because his marriage had fallen apart. He was broken hearted and seeking help. We visited with him, tried to comfort him, and pointed him to the Lord. He came to church that Sunday and prayed to accept Christ. We have prayed for him and his family for almost 18 years. We have reached out to him in many ways over these years. We were thrilled to see him come to church and accept Christ. Could you pray for him to follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism, grow in the Lord, and for his family to be saved?”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Alan and Sabrina Davis —
They share the following: “Our work here in the Bronx is still meeting in our apartment as of this moment. Although the circumstances in the inner city of New York have been very discouraging at times, we have not quit or given up. Our focus is not on the arm of the flesh but on the mighty power of God. We have a remnant of people who are still coming; however, many have already left us because the way was difficult, but if we get a facility worth having, we can get more people.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, SUNYANI, Daniel and Raquel Akuokoh —
They write, “In the last few weeks, during our times of soul winning, the Lord allowed us to see three people saved. Raquel was able to meet with one for discipleship this week, but something came up just as they began. Although that did not go as planned, a mother and her friend were there and began to ask Raquel some questions about the Bible and Christianity. There was a bit of language barrier, so the mother asked Raquel to bring me next time to answer her questions. The mother’s friend is interested in joining our Bible study and has made her home available as a meeting place. Please pray that there will be an opportunity to present her with the Gospel and for God to work on her heart so that she will receive it.”
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, NAIROBI, William and Tammy Brouwer —
They share the following report: “In September and October, the third objective of our ministry here (training national pastors and leaders) was emphasized. Our church here in Nairobi hosted a three-day conference for pastors and church leaders. There were over 400 total attendees with over 200 of these being pastors from churches throughout Kenya and Tanzania. The theme of the main preaching sessions was on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. In addition to the main services, there were breakout sessions every afternoon dealing with such topics as church music, preparing expository sermons, knowing your identity in Christ, a biblical perspective on suffering, and other relevant workshops. At the end of the conference, each attendee was given several books for help in the ministry and for personal enrichment. The aim of the conference was to equip and encourage pastors and ministry leaders.
Training national pastors and leaders is crucial for the continued advancement of the Gospel in Africa. Population experts estimate that the population on the continent of Africa will double over the next 30 years. Coupled with the statistic that around 95% of all African pastors have not had any formal theological or pastoral training, we must continue to make equipping, teaching, and training Kenyan and Tanzanian pastors and leaders a top priority. Please pray that God would continue to raise up laborers for His harvest.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, CAYO, BELMOPAN. Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer —
They share the following with prayer needs: “In September, Elizabeth was invited to teach a Sunday school seminar for a church in the Mennonite community. They also invited Jonathan to teach a marriage seminar in early October. Some of the younger generation of Mennonites here have started separating from the strict Mennonite orders and are turning to Christ alone for salvation. Please pray for these people as they grow in the Lord.
At the end of the month, friends visited us from the States who spent a week of fellowship and service with us. They helped with cleaning and painting, and they participated in our quarterly Baptist youth rally with over 50 teens from eight different churches attending. The teens in our church look forward to these rallies.
Our church services continue with a spirit of unity and joy. . . . Three people were baptized recently, and two single mothers committed to raise their children for the Lord. Please pray specifically for three new families that have recently started attending our church. There is need for both salvation and spiritual growth in their lives. As the church grows, we have begun praying and searching for a permanent location for the church. Would you please pray with us that God would show us the right property?”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, JAEN, Michael and Jen Helton —
They share the following: “We have enjoyed several outreach opportunities with the young people and college students we have grown to know. Baeza is a pueblo very close to us which has a special night each year during which they turn off all the lights and use candles to light up the city. We had an enjoyable time with a small group touring the streets and ancient churches and buildings.
• Outreach and Evangelism
• Growth of Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia in Jaen
• Growth of Iglesia Bautista El Olivar in Dos Hermanas
• Isaiah and Abbey in college
• Salvation of our neighbor (new and old)
• Salvation of our landlord and his wife
• Salvation of new visitors in our services”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, RIONEGRO, ANTIOQUIA, Peter and Elisabeth Putney —
They share the following with prayer requests: “Recently, Peter had the privilege of leading a man to the Lord after our church service. He had been attending our church with his wife for about six months. The incredible part of this story is that we had been praying for his salvation ever since his wife started coming to church seven years ago! How important it is to have patience in the work of the Lord.
We have been praying for a long time about helping our parents find an alternative to putting their children in the perverse public school system. As a result, the Lord has led us to start a Church Homeschool Group this January. Our parents are excited and we currently have 16 students enrolled . . . We would really appreciate your prayers for this endeavor.
A few weeks ago, we received a shipment of 500,000 Romans, 500,000 Gospel tracts, and 10,000 Bibles. . . . While our church will use much of the literature, the bulk will be distributed to other churches in Colombia, Venezuela, and possibly even Ecuador. Once again, we would like to thank all of you who pray for us and support our ministry.”
• 220 in attendance for the inauguration
• Container of Bibles and tracts arrived
• Many salvation decisions
• Remaining building project to be completed
• New Homeschool Group
• More laborers”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —
They share the following with prayer requests: “REACHING — We have churchwide soul-winning twice each week. We are getting out a lot of material and continuing to reach many with the Gospel. More exciting than all of that is watching God build our evangelistic core with young people. . . . SENDING — We had the opportunity to have our annual missions conference. We brought in a special speaker and prayed that God would help us send more to missions. . . . We are taking on a new missionary in Venezuela and raising our monthly support of the others. TEACHING — Katie was happy to present her top three Sunday school students with an Excellency Award. They had been studying the life of Paul and everything he endured getting the Gospel to unbelievers. . . . GROWING — Pastor Fredy is working hard. Not only are he and his wife working full-time jobs they also are also starting a new church plant. . . . Pray that God gives him strength as he labors the fields and that the fruit springs up and that the church continues to grow.
• 8 saved
• 2 baptized
• Missions conference a success
• Old church building to sell
• Funds for new building/lot to purchase
• A unique new church planting opportunity that has arisen”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, FUSSA, Daniel and Haruna McKittrick —
They share the following report: “In our previous letter, we asked you to pray for a particular man. We had visited in his home and talked with him about the Lord and he promised to come to church. Well, he DID make good on that promise and has continued coming! On October 20, he and his wife came to the church for some counsel and I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with him again. This time he bowed his head and prayed to receive Jesus as his personal Savior. Amen right there! He is scheduled to be baptized, so thank you for praying for him and his wife and their continued spiritual growth.
Back in May of this year, we passed out 3,000 Gospel fans during the Yakota Aim Base Friendship Festival. About a month later, Daniel received a text message from a young man from Mongolia who is living, studying, and working here in Fussa. He wanted to know if he could attend our services. Daniel wrote him back and told him he was welcomed to attend any and all of our services. Well, he ended up coming to our services and continued to come. Several of our folks reached out to him and shared the Gospel with him. In October, he trusted Christ as his Savior and followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. It is wonderful to think how God took a young man from Mongolia, moved him to Japan, and then connected him with an American military church, all to save his soul.”
WESTERN AFRICA, COTE d’IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Karie Ferguson —
She shares the following: “These past two months have had some firsts, some good and some not so good. First, good! I started reading Bible chapters to a Christian sister and the young girl who is staying with her. Both are illiterate, though the girl is just now learning to read and write. The girl had a rough beginning in life, but she is now living with her sister and loves children’s class at church. Using the Abeka picture book, I have read through Genesis chapter three. These are opportunities to teach her truths from God’s Word without much distraction, as she is behind in her age. I am praying that God’s Word would rest in her heart. Pray for her salvation.
I have just finished another missionary story with the kids at church. Thus far, I do not think I have made any major ‘French blunders’ while telling the stories; however, I recently told my house agency lady that I wanted to drop by and pay my rent and ‘terminate’ my contract for December (rather than ‘renew’ it!). It took a few minutes to learn that I had used the wrong word. I corrected the situation swiftly! I am still adapting and making mistakes and I am glad for the patience and grace shown toward me.
Continue in prayer for the salvation of neighbors and unsaved family; witnessing opportunities; health needs, some tests soon; English class; special unspoken requests; guidance and safety.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, PARLA (MADRID), Julio and Andrea Velasquez —
They share the following report: “One week before we left Spain to come on furlough, we had the privilege of baptizing five new believers in the church. We pray now for spiritual growth as they receive discipleship classes.
We have been in contact with our neighbor lady in Spain. She has been in our ladies’ meeting and one church service and we are praying for her salvation. Please add her to your prayer list.
We are praising the Lord that one month ago we received approval to complete the remodeling of the church building. The men quickly began work on the outside of the building. The inside is almost completed; however, there are still finishing touches to complete, which we will do as funds are available.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, Dan and Heidi Gardner —
They share the following report: “October is an exciting month for us! JAPAN IS OPEN TO VISTORS! Japan is, finally, officially relaxing COVID guidelines. How does that affect us? Well, this helps the people to relax a bit in where they will go and visit. We are so thankful and humbled by the prayers and faithful support of you all. We are so excited to say that we have had four visitors in the last week of October! One is a 25 year-old man that just moved to our area. He went to college in America and was encouraged by a Christian friend here to look for a like-minded church to attend. Another is an older Japanese lady who has a Catholic background. Others are a sweet older couple who also just moved to our area and have been looking for a good church to attend. They found the church because of a tract they got in their mailbox! Several pastors have told us that passing out tracts do not work. I am so thankful that over the years, we have never stopped because of that. Please pray for these new visitors that we have had that they will continue to come and trust the Lord as their Savior!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “Last month went by quickly as we continued our work in soul-winning. We have had a little extra help from two other men. One elderly man heard the Gospel and called upon the Lord for salvation. We will continue to visit him, encouraging him in the Lord. . . . We had many new visitors this last month and several returning. Unfortunately, our regular attendees have not been as regular as normal. Several have faced sicknesses and other problems, but we trust to see them back soon.
• That God will help one with her recovery after the eye surgery that left her in much pain
• That God will help us to balance the demands of ministry and keep pressing forward
• That God will help us to see more souls saved and added to the church”
USOUTHEAST ASIA, AUSTRALIA, NORTH LAKES, QLD, Joe and Melissa Marshall —
They share the follow report with prayer requests: “On September 18 we had our Friend Day and Baptism Sunday. It was exciting to see our church invite people that they know to this service to hear the Gospel. In the morning service, we had 12 first-time visitors. After the service, we had around 50 people come back to our house for a BBQ lunch and the baptismal service where one was baptized. Please pray for her as she continues in discipleship studies. Also, pray for our visitors to respond to the Gospel.
• Please pray for Pursue Youth Camp.
• Please pray for Melissa’s reconstructed knee causing discomfort.
• Please pray for Blessings Playgroup as we continue to use it to reach out to our community.”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Santo Domingo, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco —
They share the following report: “During the first week of August, we had a mission group from the States to help us with our VBS and Youth Conference. The Lord blessed us tremendously during that week. During VBS, we saw record attendance for each day. Day One, we had 145; Day Two, 165; Day Three, 194 children. This was not counting the 50+ teens and adults. VBS brought many professions of faith along with many teens. They were also preached to in a separate room. IN ADDITION to that, we were able to take the missions group out daily and we saw many profess that they had placed their trust in Christ. We are so thankful for what the Lord did that week, but we are also thankful for the great enthusiasm from all the church members as they become involved with the events.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following with prayer needs: “This month we held a Bible conference with family relationships as our focus. Satan has done a tremendous work in changing family structure and family values. It is normal in Thailand for families to leave their children and their care with relatives or even with children’s homes. As a result, many children are not being brought up with the love and nurture they require. Even when they get saved, there is a moral foundation that is lacking. So, one of our aims is to teach men and women character and virtue; i.e., add to your faith virtue; and to faith knowledge. The goal is to build strong Biblical family principles.
In addition, we visited a young man who was saved about four years ago, but he has been out of church for a couple of years. This year he was in a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. He taught me a great spiritual lesson that really touched my heart. He said that his legs were the cost he had to pay to Satan for walking in Satan’s way. I was surprised at his spiritual insight into the cause. He did say he was glad of one thing: he now sees Jesus in a whole new light. He is not bitter at all. Thank you for your prayers and support.
• Salvation of M., T., B., M.
• Salvation of D.’s sister
• Learning the language and culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts
SOUTH AMERICA, VENEZUELA, LARA, BARQUISIMETO, Carlos and Susan Arce —They share the following report: “What a great surprise we received when we saw the first person that was saved when we arrived in Venezuela in 1983! This lady and her mother were the first people who were baptized in our ministry. She is a medical doctor today in Miami. They arrived in our church and spent a few weeks with us. She is still a great soul winner and faithful to the Lord. As I visited some of the new churches to preach, she decided to go with us. What a blessing she was to the people! Helping them as a medical doctor at the end of the services.
We were able to meet another medical doctor who is also a Christian and looking for a Baptist church. While my wife, Susan, has been teaching the pastor’s wives every Wednesday morning, she invited these two doctors to come and share with the women about health instruction. The pastor’s wives were so interested that at the end of the class, they bombarded them with many questions. Our plans are to prepare the leaders, so they can help their churches in all ways. One of the doctors went back to Miami last week, but the other doctor is with us and helping the people here.
This year we have been able to start two more churches. God is good. He is real and sill working in our midst. Keep praying for us.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, GRENVILLE, Coco Chan —
She writes the following: “K. C. and his two older brothers have been in my Sunday school class for about a year. They have a difficult home life and often wonder if they would have food when they get home. K.C. came to me one day and unwrapped the scarf carefully. There was this beautiful, sweet sugar apple that someone gave him a few days ago. He had it until it was ripe and soft and brought it to me. How sweet! Every bite I took of the sugar apple, I thanked God for this sweet little boy. Please pray for God to work out the situation in K. C.’s home and to help him catch up in school. He came to our school this year and is behind academically. Pray also for his salvation. He once raised his hand in Sunday school for salvation, but he has not made a decision yet.
Another sweet person God brought along by my side is my landlady who is a born-again Christian. Shortly after I moved into her downstairs apartment, she learned that some days I get home late at night. Since there is no streetlight by the house, I would get home in pitch dark unless I remembered to turn on the outside light. One Friday, I forgot to do so, but it was bright when I got home. She turned her outside light on even if it meant her electricity bill would go up! How sweet! God is so good to give K.C. and my landlady to be a blessing and encouragement to me.
• D.D. (16) at the juvenile center made a profession of faith.
• K., my Sunday school student, accepted Jesus as Savior.
• The Bible class at the government schools resumed in September without any hassle this year.
• My bank in Canada still has not finished the investigation. Pray for God to speed up the process and that they are willing to reimburse the funds they took from my account.
• Souls to be saved
• New visitors at church and visitors to return
• Students at school to have understanding and motivation to learn
• Wisdom, patience, love, and strength as I teach
USA MILITARY, SPAIN, ROTA, Michael and DeAnna Staley —They share the following report: “Since our last letter, we had our two highest attended services. The first was when we baptized a couple. Their family invited four families to come to the baptismal service. We also had another family visiting that day as well. With the baptism following the service, it was a great day.
This past Sunday, the Lord gave us another great day with a family visiting that was previously stationed here as well as a new couple that just arrived in Rota. Five of our young men and women that just returned from a four-month patrol joined us as well. It is always great to see them after they had been gone so long.
Since our last prayer letter, several things have happened that should remind us to pray for our military men and women. Not only do they serve and protect our country but also they also deal with issues and problems just like any of us. Many of them are away from home for the very first time.
SOUTH AFRICA, HILLCREST, Jeff Demarest —
He shares the following report and prayer needs: “Ministry is always exciting! God always presents opportunities to glorify Him when we listen and follow His guidance. One of the highlights of ministry is the Kidz Klub we hold a Kwanyuswa. The children learn from the Bible the godly principles to live by. They can receive a Bible after they say their memory verses. The children also enjoy a craft they can take home. On Sunday, we may have 15 in attendance and 45 the following Sunday, yet there is a great need in this area that is rife with drugs and alcohol. Pray for these children that they will hide God’s Word in their hearts.
Praise the Lord for five ladies who accepted Christ at the Winston Park Rest Home! This is the last residence these folks will have before they enter eternity. They love singing the old hymns and hearing the Word of God, and of course, we have afternoon tea and cake before we start every service.
• Permanent Residence Paperwork to be approved.
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —They share the following with prayer needs: “Anniversary Sunday was on October 9 and it was amazing! We passed out 1,000 flyers in Kincoth and invited families whom we have been reaching for the last few years. We encouraged our church families to invite neighbors and friends also. We wanted to double our attendance, which is around 45 each Sunday, and we hit 89 in attendance that day! Many heard the Gospel for the first time. We pray the visits to these homes will provide us an opportunity to reach those who are lost and need to be saved.
We have officially filled the space on the first bus (17 passengers) and were in need of another. The Lord answered that prayer by working on the heart of a church in the States to give. We officially purchased our second bus and are working on getting it set up and ready to go. Pray for us as we seek another faithful driver to go out each week and pick up families.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BEILINGEN, Philip and Karen Pilalas —
They share the following: “If you are not familiar with the dynamics of a military church overseas, they usually have big nurseries full of babies and toddlers, then many lower elementary children, and sometimes there are no teens at all or just one or two. That is not the case with us now. Our biggest children’s age group is elementary age children, and then we have 12 faithful teens and only four babies in our ministry. As always, we stay flexible with our rooms and volunteers needed for children’s ministries and are praising the Lord for all the teens we have now.
In the last two months, we have had four new families join Eifel Baptist Church; three are military families and one is Italian. We sit down with them and listen to their salvation and baptism testimonies and see if they have any questions about our church. Praise the Lord for bringing new people! Several of them have already started serving in a ministry.
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, KISUMU, Luke and Tonya Shelby —They share the following: “The outreach for Bible Study has been going very well in several areas. We have a small rented building that started on October 30. The Smiths have been a huge blessing in helping us in areas where we could not because of travels, college schedules, and ministries in other cities. Many have been saved and discipled in the past few months and we are meeting with around 30 adults in three different locations on a weekly basis.
We have started helping Calvary Baptist Church in the village of Sidundo build their permanent church building. They are raising funds for the bricks and mortar and we will come along beside them and match their offerings in completing this building. Please pray for them and the work to be able to be completed in the Lord’s timing.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Cesar and Christine Cerna —
They give the following report: “The last four months have been a challenge as I have walked around my neighborhood (five times per week) with the purpose of sharing Christ. By doing this, I can witness to an average of about seven people each week. The Lord is opening doors for me to make friends with many neighbors. I make it a point to write down their names and to pray for them every day. The list has almost 100 names and it keeps growing. Just this past week I was able to witness to one of the security guards who works close to my house. Please pray that the Lord will continue to give me the boldness to approach people and that He brings conviction to these lost souls.”
EAST AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, CHIPATA, Taylor and Lorin Norris —They share the following: “Hope Baptist Church is doing great as we see the Lord do fantastic things here in Chipata! We have had from 3-10 visitors every Sunday for the last month. As a result of these visitors, many of them have made professions of faith after we made follow-up appointments. All these folks are coming because of our going out three days a week for around four hours at a time, knocking on doors, or standing on street corners passing our Gospel tracts.
We had a language teacher for a short time, but she ended up getting a new job so now we are looking for a new teacher again. Please pray that we can find the right teacher to help us learn the language well.
We had planned an exploratory trip to Mozambique within the next two months to try to gain more information for an expedition next year following the rainy season! Pray for God’s wisdom and direction in this endeavor.”
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND, Gage and Aleah Gilbert —
They write, “We recently switched to a new Danish teacher, and we are really enjoying his style of teaching. His classes are a lot of fun, and he makes one feel at ease. Please pray that he will be receptive to hear the Gospel. We have already had some conversations with him about what we believe, and we would like to continue to have opportunities to share the Truth with him. Also, we have really seen much progress in our abilities in recent days and are thankful for God’s continued grace and strength in our lives through this past year of our language-learning partner.
Just a few months back we were excited to receive our Danish visas and are now planning and working on finishing our final months here in Denmark so we can take that final step in God’s plan for our lives—moving to Greenland!
It has been a great blessing pastoring the Grace Baptist Church here in Copenhagen. Currently, we are going verse-by-verse through the great book of Ephesians and seeing all the rich blessings we have been given as God’s children. Please pray for this church that God would send a missionary to take Grace Baptist Church in Copenhagen!”
CARIBBEAN, PUERTO RICO, Jerry and Liz Harmon —They share the following report: “Soon after our return to Puerto Rico, a lady visited our church. She came forward during that service and said she needed to learn how to pray. Jerry was able to lead her to the Lord. She returned the following Sunday and Jerry talked to her about baptism. She was baptized the following Sunday and has been growing mightily in the Lord. She reads her Bible every day and has made statements how her previous church was not preaching what the Bible says. We were excited to see her growth and Liz has been discipling her weekly now. She recently has begun to bring her father (a Spanish-speaking retired Catholic priest) to church. He says he enjoys it. We have begun to witness to him, and Jerry plans to sit down with him and discuss salvation more clearly. Pray that he will be saved.”
SOUTH AMERICA, PERU, CHICLAYO, Lee and Eva Johnson —
They share the following report and prayer requests: “We had a setback in that the cylinder head of our truck gave out and now the truck is in the shop, waiting for parts to arrive in order to get the vehicle up and running again.
Although we had the setback, Eva and I were able to advance with the long awaited and way overdue repair of our church’s roof. The month before COVID arrived in Peru in March 2020, we were about to start the roofing of our church and it had to be delayed. So, since February 2020, we were without use of our church building. Praise our Wonderful Lord for allowing us to finally finish putting the roof back on after all this time! On Tuesday, August 30, the roofing was completed!
Since 1995, Eva and I have been serving in the city of Chiclayo with the Deaf and hearing. C. Q. is a man who was trained in the ministry for the Deaf that we started, In 1998 we started a work for the Deaf in the city of Ferrenafe, located about 40 minutes NE of Chiclayo. In 2004, C. felt called of the Lord to become the pastor in Ferrenafe. After 27 years of working with the Deaf in Chiclayo, the Lord showed me it was time to hand the church over to a national pastor. C. felt the Lord leading him to return to Chiclayo to take over the Deaf church that we have been ministering to for these years, so he is the pastor of the church now.
I will continue to be the pastor of the hearing church in the current location. Our work, with the Deaf will continue as missionaries because two churches far outside of the city of Chiclayo have asked me to help them start Deaf ministries in their churches. Please be in prayer as the Lord directs me in this great and dire need to continue to reach the Deaf in the vast UNREACHED areas of Peru.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SUCCESS, Gary and Sherrie Lester —They share the following with prayer needs: “As sickness has been overwhelming in the community and at times has limited our meetings, we are glad that we have been able to have services for the majority of this last quarter. Over the last three weeks, we have looked into the first three Gospels and seen how our Lord is pictured as King in Matthew, Suffering Servant in Mark, and the Son of Man in Luke. Now we are able to look at Christ as the Son of God in the book of John.
We are having some exciting things happen lately with our church. Recently, we have had a new young family visiting. We are also looking forward to the new year as some people have been attending and have family moving into the area and are planning to come along as well. God has also allowed us to make more contacts, and I have had the wonderful privilege to give the Gospel on several occasions to some high school students in the school where I teach some classes.
• Pray for a lady who has been attending for several months but has yet to receive Christ.
• Pray for all our contacts and all the places where the seed had been planted that we will see ‘fruit that abounds to your account.’
• Pray for Gary’s health as he has been quite ill over the last few months. He has some medical tests coming up and trusting to get some answers.”
WESTERN EUROPE, ESTONIA, PEETRI, Rob and Angela Willoughby —They share the following: “The Peetri Fair, based on last’s year success, was focused on attracting children to our booth. Angela prepared dozens of packets containing some Gospel literature, candy, and an invitation to our weekly Bible Club. Box drinks and games completed our child-drawing presentation. The ladder golf and cornhole games were a huge asset to us that day. Many adults stopped by to ask about the cornhole game! One Estonian man in particular knew more about cornhole because he knew the boards and beanbags were not of competition quality. Praise the Lord for every conversation and every Gospel witness!
We used our booth and yard games again at the Café Day, and again our cornhole games drew much attention. While the neighborhood was full of family cafes selling coffee, desserts, and gourmet hamburgers, we offered free American-style desserts and Christian literature. With these outreach events behind us, we look forward to the fall and harvest seasons. Please pray for growth in our weekly Bible Club and for opportunities to witness.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, EL PROGRESO, Matt and Dallita Goins —They share the following: “Since arriving in Honduras 20 years ago, God has done exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever imagine. We praise the Lord for the power of the Gospel, the support team we have, the wonderful teammates we have had the privilege to work with, the two churches planted, the hundreds of souls saved and baptized, and our ministry partnership that enhance the reach of our local church. We are BLESSED!
Recently, we celebrated Hope Sunday, which focuses on the ministry of Hope of Honduras Children’s Home on our ministry campus. We work with an amazing team that attends to the physical and spiritual needs of the 35 children who live there. There is hope in Jesus!”
USA MILITARY MINISTRIES, GERMANY, Joseph and Laura Passaro —
They share the following report: “One of the important ministries concerning a Military work is single soldiers. I mentioned some time back about praying for more single soldiers to come. Your prayers are being answered, but the sad thought is that they come for a time and then seem to just not be interested in God’s Word or standing out as a Christian with their soldier friends. The barracks are a tough place for Christian soldiers with Satan’s presence everywhere. That is why I become burdened for these young people. Please do not stop praying even though we see them drop off from church. We do have one single soldier who has been coming faithfully for over a year now and is growing in the Word of God.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —They share the following with prayer requests: “We have been blessed to see the return of some of our church members whom we have not seen since 2020. J’s family started coming to church again and he got saved. We had 41 in attendance recently on a Sunday morning.
We are blessed to have one acre of land where we can build a house on the reservation. It is just 150 yards from the church building. We have two ongoing projects on our home site. The first project is our log house that we are saving up for and the second is a mobile home that we purchased from the widow of Missionary Bobby Harjo. We are planning to live in the mobile home until we finish our log house. We still need electricity, running water, a septic system, and much more.”
• Souls to be saved
• Baptism and discipleship
• Workers and leaders to be trained
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, NTINDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —
They share the following report with praises and prayer needs: “Much of the growth of Faith Baptist Church has been the faithful families God is bringing to our church. As a result, our children’s ministry for 2– 12-year-olds continues to grow as well though we added another room to our rented space back in December that has become too small for our Children’s ministry. In August, our landlord gave us permission to break out the bricks of a partial wall that separated our children’s space from another small room. This additional room increased our children’s space capacity by 50% and two Sundays later that was maxed out as well. We look forward to God’s time and provision of our new church building to be constructed. Please keep praying with us as we await approvals from the town council and as we negotiate the construction contract.”
• The 5th Anniversary of Faith Baptist Church
• The freedom we have in both our host country and birth country to serve the Lord
• The growing number of church members involved in the ministry of Faith Baptist Church
• The unsaved to trust Christ and new Christians to begin discipleship
• Wisdom in planning increased ministry opportunities for our church family in 2023”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, SAMAR, Layne and Nelia Jones —They share the following report with many prayer needs: “Prayer works if we work at praying! We have been praying for more professions of faith in the services. Last Sunday, there were 31 professions of faith! We had a mother and her daughter come who were saved through the street-preaching ministry. In 1985, the population of the Philippines was 68 million; today, there are 110 million.
• Please pray for children to come to church. The devil has been really fighting to keep children out of church.
• Please pray that the radio station would be effective in reaching the lost. The radio is running 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Many are listening and some are responding.
• Please pray for faithful electricity. We are experiencing quite a few brownouts. We have to run the generator. We have a 3,000-watt transmitter that needs to be hooked up.
• Please pray that we can get it hooked up soon so more souls will be saved through the radio ministry.
• Please pray for our tract ministry. We have been praying for the tract ministry to be effective. I received a text from a young man who had read a tract and he would like to have a Bible study in his home. Tracts really work.
• Please pray for funds to build a church in San Jose. We now have land and need to build a nice church building. San Jose is a large town and there are families there that want a church building.
• Please pray for the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP). We have been soul winning there quite a bit lately. They have over 11,000 students and they need Jesus. I was able to lead 13 to Christ this past Saturday. Pray for the UEP students to surrender to go to Bible college, and please pray for more students to enroll in our Bible college.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SANTIAGO, Clifton and Tiffany Booth —
They share an exciting report: “God has once again proven how awesome He is. In our last letter, we explained where the land purchase process was. Well, I am thrilled to tell you that the process is officially complete! We now own the land. All paper work has been done and the purchase was approved by the Chilean government. We are now working with our architect to draw up the plans for the building. Hopefully, within a few days, the plans will be submitted to the local municipality for approval. It should take about 4–6 weeks for review and approval but once we submit the plans, we are then allowed to begin construction. Many issues have come up which need prayer! So please pray that all these problems will be solved and they do not need finances to complete the preparation for the building!
USA MINISTRIES TO SPANISH, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien —They share the following: “We are excited about the growth we are seeing in our people. The Lord gave us the opportunity to have missionary Richar Flores and his family with us several weeks ago. They are on deputation and going to the country of Argentina, South America. Richar and I had the opportunity to go soul winning together and we had 3 adults and 7 teens receive Christ as their Savior. What was so encouraging is that our people came to me and asked if we could support them as our missionaries. It was truly exciting to see this growth in our people and to see them have a heart for missions. We voted in total agreement to support them as our first missionaries.”
USA MINISTRIES, ITALY, AVIANO, Ron and Barb Parrott —
They share the following: “We finally made it to Italy to minister at Calvary Baptist Church here in Aviano, Italy. Thank God! Italy finally dropped all their restrictions and opened the door for us to be able to take the church here until the new missionary pastor arrives in December.
Things are looking good for the church since the big turnover, which caused the loss of all their people due to PCS orders. We have seen an increase in attendance within the last three weeks. We also have an Italian Ministry in the church. Yesterday, there was a young Airman who accepted Christ as his personal Savior in the AM service. Pray for his wife who is expecting their first child. God is still in the soul saving business!”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, KOBE, James and Rebekah Scott —They share the following with prayer needs: “A few months back, I mentioned a lady who was our first visitor here in Japan back in 2018. At the end of our furlough, she accepted Christ and it has been a joy to see her growing in the Lord. When she accepted Christ, her husband mentioned that he would like to go to church sometime with her. Recently, he has been attending with her each Sunday. Please pray that he will also accept Christ very soon.
In addition, a member of our church invited a friend of hers to church. Eventually, she made a decision to attend church and after attending for a few weeks, she accepted Christ! This encouraged us as well as this church member. But the blessing does not stop here! Just as Philip said to Bartholomew, ‘Come and see,’ she in turn invited her husband to come and hear about Jesus and he has attended faithfully every Sunday. Praise the Lord for how He has been working in our church! Please continue to pray for our church here in Japan.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, Rick and Sarah Demastus —
They share the following with prayer needs: “We finished the month of August with a Youth Activity in ‘Jump In.’ It was great to see so many new teens come out and the Gospel was clearly presented yet again for them.
We praise the Lord a new family has recently started attending our church services and this past week the daughter received Christ as her Savior! We officially moved into a new facility this past weekend. It was an interesting time as it was the same Sunday the Queen’s funeral procession was taking place and the road closures caused our service to start later than anticipated, but our people still ventured out and came. Continue to pray for us as we make plans to purchase this facility in the upcoming year.
Over this year, we have been working fervently in getting another 10,000 NTs distributed in Aberdeen. As of last Saturday, we have completed the task! Pray for our missions month as we focus on Faith Promise and our missions locally and globally.
Starting Anniversary Sunday, we will begin fundraisers and a building campaign to raise funds for the South St. Nicholas Church building. The building and parsonage go up for sale in July 2023. Speaking with the minister and faculty, they want to keep it a church and community outreach. After seeing our NBT event in July, they want us to be the next owners. Currently, we do not know the official cost of the facility but are raising L100, 000 to offset the cost. Because of the backlash the Church of Scotland has received due to demolishing properties, we hope they will be more inclined to work with us as we plan to be active in the community.
We ask prayer as we hold services each week in this facility and begin preparation to raise funds. We know five other Church of Scotland buildings will be up for sale at the same time, but this building is in the location where we have been reaching families.”
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, KARA, Randy and Jeanette Alderman —They share the following: “Last month we graduated several from our Bible institute students and sent them out to fill their new roles in ministry. One is joining with Pastor Soapa in the Dapaong area to help strengthen and further develop that area in church planting endeavors. He especially has a heart for the Sableanga church where he was saved, but with his wonderful servant’s heart, he will also be a blessing in that region of the country.
Another is returning to his home area of Tchaloude where we have three young church plants and one established congregation. He has demonstrated both a willingness and a desire to serve the Lord to the fullest. He will be a great blessing and encouragement to Pastor Abalo who serves the congregations in that area.
We praise the Lord that we were able to finish the building at Calvary Baptist Church of Lome II just before the heavy rains! We still marvel at the way the Lord brought this piece of property to us, now located in a strategic area of Kara near the new market. We are presently constructing 75 benches to put in the new building with the hope that many who are seated on them will hear the Gospel and accept Him as Savior.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, ANTIOQIA, RIONEGRO, Peter and Elisabeth Putney —
They share the following report: “As many of you know, we have been in the middle of a gigantic building project for the last four months. I am very happy to report that we moved into our new building on September 18. . . . While the building project will take several more months to complete, we will have the auditorium and kids classes done. Our church has now moved in and turned over the building that we were currently renting to the end of September.
It has been a tremendous blessing to see new believers growing in their faith. We recently had a young man in our youth group follow Christ in baptism. He and his family completed our discipleship course with the assistant pastor. I also had the privilege recently to marry a couple. They were saved in our church during the Easter service and have been doing discipleship. They had previously lived together and wanted to get their lives right and follow Christ. They will be baptized very soon as well.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, Joseph and Donna Childers —They share the following with prayer requests: “This year the Christian school had 20 children registered for our Preschool through Grade 4. More than half of these children do not attend any church, so we have a prime opportunity to reach them with the Gospel. Please pray for each of the students, for four teachers (three nationals, and our co-worker Sister Coco Chan), and for God’s continued hand upon the school aspect of the ministry. Pray also as we plan for one last expansion next summer, which will allow us to influence these children daily from preschool to secondary school.
The church plant continues to flourish spiritually. The past months have been marked by good unity and impactful spiritual decisions. Our Sunday mornings have taken on a focus of full surrender to Christ with several Grenadians who have pledged their lives 100% to Him for whatever purpose He has for them. Please pray for those who have made such decisions. The enemy wants to snatch that seed and faith away from them!”
• Salvation decisions
• New school building completed
• Godly wisdom
• Finances (school and personal)
• Committed men”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA BIBLE COORDINATOR, Alan and Donna Brooks —
They share the following report and prayer needs: “I received the following message from the pastor of Exodus Baptist Church in Mt. Hagen, ‘Praise the Lord, a soul saved today through the phone! A student from Tari town called and I led her to the Lord and she accepted Christ with tears and was so happy that she got saved. I spent two hours to answer some of her questions and she understood so well. Pray for this young lady that she will grow in the Lord through the Word. Brother Alan Brooks, thanks for bringing the Bibles into the country. God bless you.’
This young lady called from the city of Tari in the province of Hela. She courageously made a phone call to someone she did not know to learn how to be saved. To me this is the clear evidence of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of a young person. This town has no Baptist church at this time, so all the Bibles that were given out in that area were stamped with the contact of one of the closest churches, which sadly is six to eight hours away from the area where she lives. What a tremendous need and opportunity for a soul winning church to be started to reach and disciple this new generation!
• That the door stays open to distribute the Bibles with the change in the government due to the election
• That the hearts of the young people in PNG will continue to be open to receive the Gospel
• That God will call someone to start a Gospel-preaching church in areas of need like the city of Tari in Hela
• For safety and God’s protecting hand as we travel to the schools
• For my continued healing during recovery”
WEST AFRICA, CȎTE D’IVOIRE, BINGERVILLE, Robert and Rebekah Mach —They share the following: “On the first day of June, the Bingerville church was able to ordain three new deacons, giving the church a total of six. As a part of the Sunday morning service, we went through a time of doctrinal and practical questioning of these candidates elected by the church body. These men were able to demonstrate good Scriptural knowledge and understanding. After the questioning, the three previous deacons and I prayed over these three new deacons individually dedicating them for this service.
We had the privilege of baptizing six converts into the membership of the Bingerville church in the morning service, three men and three women ranging from 18 to 56 years old. It was a pleasure to exercise this church ordinance. In the evening, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. The six deacons assisted me in directing this service and church ordinance.
This church has already reached autonomy in many different aspects. Once our construction is complete and our future pastor has completed his training, it will be terrific to officially grant autonomy to this church.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Layne and Nelia Jones —
They share the following report and prayer needs: “During the students’ soul winning last Monday, one of the students was able to lead two families to Christ who had been listening to 104.5 FM Christian radio. I witnessed to a lady who works at the Department of Trade and Industry. She had been listening to our radio station. She got saved! Many more are listening to the radio. Pray we can get the 3,000-watt transmitter hooked up so we can reach many more with the Gospel.
There have been nine new students who have moved into the dorms for Bible college. Please pray for more laborers for this great harvest field. Yesterday was our Alumni Meeting. Please pray for all the graduate pastors’ needs. We appreciate so much those who are helping our graduates. We would appreciate your prayers for our World Missions Conference August 15-18.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —He shares the following with prayer needs: “This year the Lord has opened many opportunities for us to present the Gospel to the lost, and we have seen several saved. A high school boy was invited to church. He stayed with us for about three weeks during school break. Our young men witnessed to him and after about one week he accepted Christ as his Savior. He showed much interest in learning the Bible as well. He is now living at a home for students and going to high school. He has already expressed a desire to come and study with us. Two of his friends are living with us and going to high school while learning the Bible.
We also went to another province and visited a family of two of our members. We were able to spend some time with one’s grandparents and present to them the Good News of the Gospel. We also spent time with the other’s aunt and cousin and were able to talk about the Bible, religion, and salvation. Tradition and ancestry are very important and influencing Thai families. A Thai person feels like they are betraying their family if they trust in Jesus. Many believe that good luck comes from ancestors, so there is a fear not to follow in ancestor paths.
• Salvation of several
• Learning language & culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in Hearts”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, TAUBATE, Ed and Maribel Johnson —
They share the following: “Our focus has always been the Great Commission—to preach the Gospel, baptize converts, and disciple God’s people. On Saturday afternoons during our church-wide evangelism time, we have around ten teens and fifteen adult soul winners, who go out door-to-door or visiting on a regular basis. Our one-on-one discipleship program continues to grow and we currently have approximately 15 adults meeting regularly with their disciples.
• Our Nehemiah Project (funds for church property)
• Missionary Keith Putnam’s church plant in Pindamonhangaba in August
• More laborers”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, CAYO, Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer —
They share the following report: “In May I took our teens to Amazing Grace Baptist Church in another district for a youth rally. Our youth enjoyed seeing familiar faces and making new friends during the preaching and activities. One of our young men started taking sermon notes because of the influence of the rally. He and I go over his notes together and have been able to talk about what he is learning from the preaching. I am thankful for this Godly influence in his life, Please pray for unity and growth in our church as we serve the Lord together.
For Father’s Day this year, we invited the men and teen boys to our house for pizza and fellowship. I am truly thankful for the men in our church who have a desire to lead their families according to God’s Word. Please pray for men to follow Jesus. Almost every family in our church has at least one unsaved or spiritually apathetic man for whom we are praying.
At the end of June, we had a couple’s luncheon to celebrate anniversaries. We had a great fellowship of food, singing, and an encouraging devotion. What a blessing to hear the testimony of a couple that has been married for 43 years! May the Lord continue to raise up healthy marriages for His glory!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Jorge and Aimee Rodriguez —
They share the following: “We are rejoicing with the blessings of baptizing 10 people on May 29 at the new property. Please pray for their continued spiritual growth and involvement in reaching the lost.
We have been overwhelmed and encouraged with the generous response by friends and church families and their giving toward buying the church property. This has made the church become a more permanent location and identity in the community. We have also been blessed because the struggle in dealing with the difficult landlords had come to an end. Sad to say, but the place we were renting, the owner did not return our deposit.
As the community becomes more aware of the church and its current location, pray that new doors will be opened to evangelize the lost. Because of our new location, a member of our church has invited her sister and husband and they have been coming faithfully for a couple of months. On June 23 I started a Bible study with them. Please pray for their salvation. They have three small children.
Some of the husbands of the ladies who were baptized have not trusted in Christ yet. I have had the blessing of sharing the Gospel with some of them, but they have rejected the Gospel of our Lord. Please pray that these ladies with patience will be a testimony to their lost husbands.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, Adam and Esther Fridenstine —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “The third week of May we had an amazing revival meeting Sunday through Wednesday. Honestly, it was one of the best revival meetings that I have ever attended. We prepared with much prayer and fasting and our people were faithful and open. God worked in so many hearts and there is a love, a unity, and a desire in our church family to reach the world for Christ.
We need more churches and we need the churches that are already planted to remain strong and healthy. Folks, in the last few weeks our lives have been full of encouraging and helping pastors and missionaries. We took one couple out to lunch, welcomed another to the country, helped work through some problems here and Stateside with another and have sent one of our couples to cover another who is going on furlough. With all of that, our own Walter and Myra Menjivar (who were discipled and trained and staff members in our ministry) are finishing their deputation and moved to Nicaragua July 7! Please pray and please consider helping us get them settled and equipped so they can jump right in and reach souls with the Gospel.
• The Menjivars need a little more financial support to come in.
• They need help with start-up costs.
• They need a different vehicle.”
SOUTH AMERICA, SURNAME, Mark and Emily Mariner —
They share the following: “We are excited that in addition to souls coming to Christ for salvation, we have been able to see new believers grow in Christ. . . . A couple along with another gentleman came to our home for their first discipleship lesson. We are using the “Foundation of My Faith” series published by the Grace to Grow Ministries of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Emily prepared an excellent meal and we spent time reading and explaining the Scriptures. Please pray for continued growth of this ministry. We desire not only to disciple new converts but also to train and equip others to do the same. The discipleship program will go hand-in-hand with an increased focus on follow up visitation. We will also be employing WhatsApp—a free messenger app that is used by virtually everyone here in Guyana. We will be using this new tool to send sermons, devotionals, and Gospel music and to keep in touch with prospects and church visitors.
• Follow up ministry
• Discipleship classes
• Recurring vehicle engine issue to be resolved
• Upcoming survey trip to Suriname”
CLAIM Ministries, Carl and Glenda Vonnoh —
They share the following report: “I was privileged to travel to Ushuaia, the most southern part of South America. Missionary Raymond Zacal and his family have established the Counselor Baptist Church and a three-year Bible institute. He was saved and received training in our ministry at Harvest Baptist Church in San Juan City, Manila, Philippines.
Pastor Zacal gave me the invitation to teach couples and preach the organizational service for the church. After I preached the morning service, three young men made professions of faith. The following Wednesday afternoon a new believer braved frigid temperatures (32 degrees F) to follow the Lord in baptism in a cold mountain stream. Praise the Lord for his dedication and obedience! This is a soul winning, discipling church minister interested in reaching Ushuaia and others towns in the Argentine Patagonia. Pray for the Zacal family. They need your prayers and financial support in this missions endeavor.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —
They write: “We took part in a local fair giving out John and Romans with church tracts along with ice cold water bottles. Andrea did a couple of magic tricks to draw people in and we were able to witness to quite a few. We have had many visitors recently and several returning guests. Two families are starting to become regular and we pray they will join our church soon. One couple has only been married a year and have a two-week old baby. The man had surrendered to preach when he was 15 but never followed through with the call. He feels convicted about it and has asked me to help him learn to preach! Pray for him and his wife as they continue maturing in Christ.
A lady called me out of the blue from Alaska worried about her grandson who lives in Commerce. His girlfriend left him and he is in a bad way. We had been meeting with him and he is accepting counseling. He has been coming to church for the last few weeks faithfully. Please pray for wisdom as I encourage and teach these that the Lord has brought across my path.”
CARIBBEAN, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, Paul and Amy Valles —
They share the following report: “There is incredible pressure here for locals to go to a predetermined church—usually their ‘family’s’ church (grandparents, uncle, aunt, etc.) if they do choose to attend a church at all. If they start attending another church, their family pressures them to come back to their family’s church. Therefore, we might have occasional visitors, but they do not often continue coming because of that pressure. That being said, we have seen people get saved, even given them Biblical assurance of their salvation, but this pressure keeps them from attending our services. They seem to understand the Gospel when we present it, but then we talk to them again, and they have been bombarded by a false gospel works salvation in their family’s church. They do not have any assurance in their hearts of where they are going, but for a moment when we open our Bible and show them. This false gospel has a chokehold on their hearts. Please pray for Satan to be hindered, for people to be saved, and for them to have assurance of their salvation that they might grow.”
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND, Gage and Aleah Gilbert —
They share the following: “We are so happy that we have finally been approved for residency in Denmark. However, that was only the first step. We then had to register our address, apply for our health cards, set up our NemID (a personal digital signature needed for all online banking, etc.), and get a bank account. This entailed three trips to the borger service (an all-in-one citizen service for things such as health cards and drivers’ licenses) and one to the bank. Outside of ironing out a few details with our bank, we have been able to accomplish each of those things and have received our health and residency cards. Praise the Lord!
• For our continued learning and understanding of Danish
• For completion of Gospel resources in Danish
• Finalization of our residency
• Decisions made and people saved at our camp”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, NTINDA, Dan and Amie Dwire —
They share the following with prayer needs: “The first week of June is always an intense week for our community. While the past two years were exceptions because of COVID, our neighborhood expects about a million visitors every June as part of the annual Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage. The religious event remembers 25 Ugandans who died for their faith in the late 1800s. The Catholic and Anglican churches each have special services which draw millions of pilgrims, thousands of security personnel, and hundreds of street vendors. As a missions project, our local church gave funds to print 27,000 high-quality full-color Gospel tracts titled ‘Something Free for You.’ We also had a few thousand tracts in local languages from Fellowship Tract League. It was exciting to see our church work together to fold and distribute about 22,000 tracts over four days. The remaining tracts will be used in our ongoing outreach and evangelism.
• Thousands who received tracts during Martyrs’ Day Week Outreach
• Members of Faith Baptist Church who are stepping into new areas of leadership
• The start of the new semester at East Africa Baptist College
• The favor and approval of our building plans and wisdom in raising construction funds
• The upcoming start of another year of homeschooling”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BAUMHOLDER, Joseph and Laura Passaro —
They share the following: “Last month our church celebrated Father’s Day with a GIFT for our fathers along with food and fellowship. The Bible message was ‘The Importance of Fathers.’ The key emphasis during the Sunday sermon was ‘The battleground is in our homes and What’s at stake is ‘Our Children and our Marriages.’ I believer Christian fathers are giving up ground to keep peace, which has caused homes to be without SPIRITUAL leadership. Why my concern, because Christian Fathers need to be spiritual leaders of the household, but unfortunately Christian homes are falling away to worldly enticements. Please pray for our military fathers that have trusted Christ Jesus will be leaders in their homes like they are trained to be leaders in battle.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW YORK, THE BRONX, Alan and Sabrina Davis —
They share the following: “Over the past several years we have faced many problems—the pandemic, mandates, restrictions, tight controls, NYC forcing us out of our last main place because the landlord could not, would not, or did not remove all the violations in the building, and health issues. BUT, we are approaching this year with a fresh and greater determination to plant an independent fundamental Baptist church here in the Bronx. Although the ten spies stumble in unbelief, faith says, “We can!” Even though we are still meeting in our apartment for church services, we have made progress on a church facility. When the pandemic hit, our Operation Stability Project #965 also took a hit. However, we have not given up and we are still looking for more friends praying hard to God. Our prayers are twofold: 1) God will provide the Cue Lounge or something better, and 2) The monthly payments will be little to nothing. PRAY!!
FAR NORTH, CANADA, ONTARIO, TORONTO, Cory and April McTague —They share the follow report with three prayer requests: “Please pray for our summer outreach. It will include having another Face Painting booth in local parks. In the city, especially during the warm months, the local parks are packed with people. It is a great opportunity to meet people as their children get free face painting and a free balloon or cold bottle of water. It is well received. It opens a lot of doors of conversation to invite people to church and to share the Gospel.
We have several like-minded churches in the Greater Toronto Area who have a desire to help us reach Toronto for Christ. Pray God blesses these efforts to get the Gospel out.
We do believe the Lord is leading us to homeschool our children instead of sending them to a Christian day school. Pray God blesses our efforts to teach our children. This will open up our schedule to reach into our community more as well.”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Joy Wesson and Family —
They share the following: “I am amazed how God continues to lead us to more and more deaf young adults. One of these is a deaf young man whom I had the privilege of leading to Christ. Please pray with us for our deaf for their continued growth and commitment to Christ. In a few short weeks we will begin preparing for camp. Our deaf are super excited about this opportunity, and we are trusting the Lord to work in their lives during this special time.
We appreciate your continued prayers for our need for a van. We have not been able to find what we need on the island, and what we found in the States has been out of our price range. We are trusting the Lord to guide us to find exactly what will meet our need!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SUCCESS, Gary and Sherrie Lester —
They share the following: “First of all, we want to thank everyone for their prayers for our family. After looking at approximately 40 houses (with sometimes as many as 30 applications), we finally were able to find a place that suited our needs and our application was accepted; God answered our prayer. It was the cheapest place we saw, and it was perfect for our family. Our new neighbors grew up about 45 minutes from where Sherrie and I lived in the United States. Please pray for an open door to minister to them.
Please pray for an unsaved lady who has been attending the services now for around five months. She has recently been asking very good questions. Please pray that God would work in her life and we would be able to see her saved.”
WESTERN EUROPE, SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN, KINGSWELLS, Rick and Sarah Demastus —
They share the following report: “May finished off with a youth activity at our house. We were supposed to have a scavenger hunt but had to postpone it to a later date. We enjoyed the testimonies from the youth and the blessings of food. The next weekend was our baptismal service. Two of the four scheduled were baptized on the 5th and it was a wonderful day. We baptized at the Dee River, had a fellowship lunch on the Fisherman’s Bothy, and many people stopped to watch the baptism and hear the Gospel message preached.
Sunday evening services have been challenging to begin but have proven helpful for the church. We started a series on ‘Avoiding Confusion’ and it has been insightful for those in attendance. Pray it continues to be a blessing.
Continue to pray for our church families as a couple of them have moved to England and another family is moving at the beginning of August. We have invested in these families for years and it is sad to see them go. Pray for our church to see growth and for these families as they start a new chapter in their lives.”
SOUTH CENTRAL AFRICA, ZAMBIA, Brian and Amanda Collins —
They share the following: We are thankful for the many opportunities the Lord has given over the past couple of months. We had the opportunity to share the Gospel at ta three-day funeral of a man near one of the new church plants. The man had recently trusted Christ during an evangelism outreach in the village. There were many professions of faith at the funeral. Several hundred also gathered for a conference at a few of the churches. It is exciting to have things beginning to get back to normal without restrictions.
Please pray as we look at planting a church at a village close to the Congo border. A Bible study group has been meeting for some time there. A ministry has been started to reach mothers and babies at the lake. They have been able to minister by helping with food for mothers that cannot feed their babies. Another orphanage has also been started to meet the needs of orphans at the lake. We praise the Lord for all that He is doing.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, MATO GRASSO, VARZEA GRANDE, Peter and Zirlene Doolittle —
They share the following report: “Though we have been extremely busy with camps and the never-ending construction projects on the property, the work of the church is still a primary focus for us and has been steadily growing for the glory of God.
The young man that we have been training has been a blessing to the church and is beginning to adjust and be embraced by the people. We have had two souls saved in the past month or so. Pray for these ladies. Both have been coming to church regularly and have a hunger to know more about the Lord. Many children have also been faithfully attending and are a blessing and joy to all in the church.
Three believers joined our church recently. A saved couple has joined our church and has been growing quickly. We hope to be able to use their God-given talents to aid in the church ministry—especially with the children. It has also been encouraging to see some of the people who left during the pandemic come back to church again.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, EL SALVADOR, SANTA ANA, Cesar and Christine Cerna —
They share the following: “Over the past few weeks, the Lord placed on me an increasing burden for my neighbors. In fact, I have a list of dozens of them that I pray for every day. A great majority of them have heard the Gospel from me over the years; however, just recently I decided to go out for a walk every day in my neighborhood. It is good exercise, but more than this, I pray God will open doors for me to be friendlier to my neighbors and witness to them. I am thankful to say that I have been able to share Christ with some of them recently. Please pray that the Lord would break down the walls of unbelief in the hearts and minds of the people who live close to us.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKA, Dan and Terri Gardner —
They share the following: “The month of May seemed to be very busy as we tried to have different events to bring people to church. We were able to have a Mother’s Day service on May 8th that brought some mothers out for which we are thankful. There are still many who do not attend because of COVID and the fear of being around a group. Please continue to pray that the Japanese people would not be so paranoid about COVID.
Also, continue to pray for the Bible college as we have been remodeling the girls’ wing of the building and some of the classrooms. We are putting in new windows, doors, siding, sheetrock, flooring, and ceiling. The next phase of our project is July 25 through August 19. Please pray for the finances of this project and for laborers to help. Because of COVID, we are not able to get any volunteers from America to come to help us, so all the work is done by our missionaries and national pastors plus church members.”
SOUTH AFRICA, PORT ELIZABETH, Michelle Geiger —
She shares the following report: “I am enjoying the opportunity to teach/help at Bay Baptist Academy here in South Africa. It is awesome to envision how the Lord is going to use these young people.
A grandmother who is a faithful member of Soweto Baptist Church is raising a sweet little girl and her brother. Their mother died about three years ago, sad to say, but this type of situation is common here. The brother is enrolled in Bay Baptist Academy. Pray that the Lord will provide a sponsor for the girl to attend the school in the future.
Our Xhos churches had their monthly youth meeting and the teens enjoyed the games, fellowship, and preaching. The youth meetings allow the young people time away from the worldly influences to hear from the Word of God. Please pray that the Lord will continue to give the nationals a burden to reach their own people groups with the Gospel.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, Nate and Christine Saint —
They share the following report: “And the best news is that we have often come close to filling up every available seat in our new building! We are now averaging about 30 people every Sunday morning, although Sunday evenings have been more scattered with the cold season upon us. We have had at least one first time visitor almost every week this year. Several of them have turned into regular visitors. Let me tell you about some of them so you can better pray for them. J. and F. and their five-year-old daughter have been coming for the past few months. M. and M. are the wife’s mother and stepdad and they have been coming regularly as well. G. and C. have been coming regularly with their five-year-old daughter. They used to attend a Baptist church that is closing and found us through our website. They have salvation testimonies. P. and K. found us through our Bible giveaway and have been coming ever since. We now hold weekly Bible studies with each of these families, in addition to the regular studies with our church families. We have had little time to spare between mid-week ministries and needed repairs on the church property.”
USA MINISTRIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HENDERSONVILLE, Ed and Barbara O’Brien —
They share the following praise report: “As I write this letter, I am reminded of the TV add about the ‘Energizer Bunny.’ It just keeps going and going and going. The Lord has brought fruit in places that we could not have imagined we could ever reach. We praise the Lord for what he has allowed us to be a part of.
A brother who was saved and baptized in our church here in North Carolina is now back home in Nicaragua faithfully preaching the Gospel and teaching the Scriptures by way of Facebook. The first church we started in Mexico is doing well and reaching many more souls for the Lord Jesus. They also support a mission work in Venezuela, which has grown and is now starting another church with a new pastor out of their own work. They had a special outdoor campaign to start off this new church plant and had several saved and baptized. Another brother came out of our church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and has now started Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sunnyside, Washington.
On May 1 we had five young men in their 20s attend our church here for the first time. Four of the men received Christ as their personal Savior. We praise the Lord for all He has done and will continue to do. To God be the glory! Only eternity will reveal all that the Lord has done!”
WESTERN AFRICA, THE GAMBIA, Dan and Sarah Jenkins —
They share the following report: “In April, we began a new preaching series at our church on the Life of Jesus Christ. Since the beginning of our church in 2020, it has been our desire to lay a solid Biblical foundation for our church to grow on. That solid foundation starts with Jesus Christ because without a proper understanding of Christ, the Bible would be nothing more than a religious book teaching us good morals. . . . The response to this new preaching series from our church has been incredible. Many have said to us personally that they greatly appreciate a church that actually preaches and teaches the Bible as opposed to many churches here that preach prosperity gospel and charismatic doctrines. Please pray with us as I take our people through the Gospel books and show them the beautiful redemptive history of Scripture.”
USA MINISTRIES, OHIO, MIAMISBURG, Tom and Renee Border —
They share the following report: “The Joy Club continues to attract first-timers. The one in Troy was especially blessed of God with 25 people present for the Mothers’ Day ‘CUPCAKE’ themed gathering. The children enjoyed having their mothers join them eating cupcakes, doing matching and guessing games, making a craft, singing, and playing the Concerto from ‘pots and pans.’ The Gospel was proclaimed and lives were impacted in some great and yet—unknown way.
The 2021/2022 season for the three weekly ladies classes and the two once-a-month craft classes came to an end this week. We were especially encouraged at the ladies’ enthusiasm when doing their group presentation on a HERO OF FAITH of their choosing. As a result of the craft classes, we had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with nine new ladies. Please continue to pray with us for the salvation of several and for one to get plugged into a church in Okinawa and another in Utsunomiya.”
WESTERN EUROPE, FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers —
They share the following report: “On May 1 we filled the baptismal pool at the church so that two could be baptized. These young girls (both 8 years old) were saved recently and were ready to publicly declare their faith in Jesus. The children’s class is such a vital ministry in our church. Each week the kids are learning Biblical truths that can help them to grow and mature in Christ. So many children in France have never held a Bible in their hands, much less read a verse! It burdens us to think of a whole generation being raised without God. Please pray that we would be able to reach many more children with the Gospel.
Very few French people practice Catholicism, but they sure enjoy the traditional Catholic holidays such as Ascension. On May 26, we took advantage of the day off from school and work to travel one-hour north to Eglise Biblique Baptiste in Hierges. Eighteen people from our church participated in the special day, which was filled with Bible classes, food, and games. It was a blessing for our church family to be around other Christians and to be encouraged along on their spiritual journey. We believe this is so vital for the long term visibility of God’s work in the Ardennes.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, ATENAS, Rick and Shannon Dove —
They share the following: “In March, Victory Baptist Church of Atenas, Costa Rica, celebrated its 6th anniversary. God has been so good to sustain us and encourage us during these six years! While we have had challenges, God has blessed each step of the way. We praise the Lord that the Saturday before the anniversary service, we had a group from our church pass out invitations for our special service. We had a youth activity that Saturday with our special speaker Alex Taylor, missionary to Panama, whom our church supports. God blessed the occasion on Saturday and our anniversary on Sunday! A first-time visitor received the Lord as her personal Savior that day. Please pray for her to continue to grow in the Lord. Along with all these blessings, the Lord has given us three new families and we are excited to see the Lord work.”
SOUTH AFRICA, Katie Dilfer working in Puerto Rico —
She shares the following report with prayer needs: “God has done some wonderful things during my time in Puerto Rico. Last month, God allowed a friend and me to see two people accept Christ as Savior while we were out soul winning! It is thrilling to see someone give his heart to the Lord!
As the school year has ended, my time in Puerto Rico has as well. Please pray that God would allow my visa to arrive soon as I can then head to South Africa. While I continue waiting on my visa, I will be involved in many ministries in the coming days including Vacation Bible School and camps. I also am continuing to help with the work in South Africa by making tracts for the different churches and working on the Camp Rhino journal for the coming camping season. Please pray that God would use me to make much for Him!
• That God will save many through the tracts that have been made.
• That the two who were saved to grow in Christ and go to church.
• That my visa would arrive soon.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —They share the following report with prayer needs: “Not only have we recently changed locations for the church, but we also moved to a ‘new’ house. We are about the same distance to the church, but from the other direction. We hope that the Lord will open many doors and opportunities to share the Gospel in the new neighborhood. Since arriving, we have had several setbacks . . . roof, electrical, washing machine, and computer problems. Thankfully, we have most of them resolved. As for our family, the kids are enjoying adjusting to their new rooms, and they are doing well in school. Elijah is making significant progress in Spanish.
In spite of the ups and downs, the Lord has been faithful. We are thankful to be able to serve the Lord in Costa Rica, and thankful too for the prayers and financial support from you folks.”
• That the Lord will use us to lead many to Christ
• That God will build up His church and send forth laborers into the harvest
• That God will guide us and lead us as we move forward with the next phase of the church”
USA HOME OFFICE, HARRISON, TENNESSEE, Dan and Sharon Daugherty —
They share the following report:
“With careful planning, a host of details were taken care of to prepare for the paving company to come and begin their work.
• For their protection—about a dozen lampposts had to be taken down.
• Water and electric lines were changed or put in.
• Sod was cut to save and to reuse after ditches were dug.
What a change three or four men and their machines can make!
• The paving company did digging and forming roadside ditches.
• Relaying the sod was done plus buying 4 ½ more pallets of sod.
• The paving company dug out five old rusty culverts, replaced them, and added new headers.”
All of this time God has met our daily needs for strength. Thank you for your part in praying and supporting us in the ministry the Lord has given us.
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, James and Cheryl Pridgen —
They share the following: “Mrs. M. was born and raised in a Muslim family. Last year, she was given one of our Gospel tracts and it took her about nine months before she came to church to find out what it meant to be saved. Then at the age of 76, she was born again into God’s family and she also followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism! In April, the Lord allowed us to see 59 people saved and baptized. Thank you for helping us to reach the people of Uganda and East Africa with the Gospel. Please continue to pray with us for more churches to be started. Within the next few months another missionary will be starting a new church plant in an area where we have seen many people getting saved. He will be starting with two men that we have trained in our Bible college. It is a blessing to start new churches and to also train others to help start churches too. Please continue to pray for us. One of the ministry vehicles has developed an unexpected problem. The mechanic told us it might cost up to $7,000 to fix. Please be praying for this as well. Thank you for praying for us.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, DUNEDIN, Bob and Diana Rutta —
They share the following: “The borders of New Zealand have been virtually closed over the last two years as our government thought that they could keep COVID out of the country. The government is now beginning to accept that it was an impossible job and all they have succeeded in doing is to harm the economy, so the borders are opening in stages throughout the year. International mail delivery has been reinstated, so we can now receive letters again.
Recently, our church song leader and his family moved away as he accepted a job in another town. It is hard to see anyone leave, but it is especially hard when one of your workers moves on. Our church had a fellowship time after his last service with us. . . . During the fellowship two of our men approached me asking if I would train them to take the position. So they both are doing a good job and are excited to be able to serve the Lord. . . . These are definitely unusual times that we are living in. . . . Please pray that those in our church here will remain faithful and that we will be able to reach more people in our community with the Gospel of Christ.”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth —
They share the following report: “In April we welcomed the Mark Mariner family to work with us as missionary interns. . . . They will stay in Guyana until the end of the year and then will move to the neighboring country of Suriname.
Things have opened up significantly since the government imposed COVID restrictions two years ago. Public schools are opened again and we are able to have a Bible club in one of them.
Keep praying for us! It is doing a lot of good and we are seeing victories. By the way, our men’s group had an all-night prayer meeting, and we prayed for many of you.”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI CITY, Jon and April Flowers —
They share the following with prayer needs: “In March God brought four ladies to our church. Out of these four, only two of them had been to some form of church before. The other two had never heard about Jesus and who He is. They had heard that if they go to church they will be baptized and they will be okay. We have been having a Bible study with them to help them understand God’s Word. It has been a great reminder of the importance of preaching and teaching truth. So many are blind to the truth. After a few weeks of Bible study, I asked one of them if she was ready to trust Jesus as her Savior. She responded like so many others, ‘I am not ready. I still have many questions.’ This is the first church she had ever attended. Everything she is hearing, she is hearing for the first time. Please pray for her. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open her eyes to the truth. Would you also pray for the three other ladies: C., A., and M.? Pray that God will give me wisdom as we deal with them and others here in Taiwan.”
USA MILITARY, OKINAWA, OKINAWA CITY, Ed and Elvie Navato —
They share the following report: “My wife Elvie led a first time visitor to Christ during the Resurrection Sunday morning service altar invitation. I baptized three on that same day. Pray for them to serve Christ and grow in grace.
We currently have 13 students in Faith Bible Institute, a 3-year Bible Diploma course. We currently have 51 students in Maranatha Baptist Academy. We have four K-5 students and four high school students who graduated at the end of May. Please pray for Maranatha to continue to reach the US military, Okinawa, and the regions beyond for Christ.”
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, Joseph and Donna Childers —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “The last two months have been months of considerable spiritual growth within the church plant. We have seen professions of faith in several recent services and each time we have gone door-to-door soul-winning this year. In March, we had another baby dedication, and in April four of our folks (including one of our daughters) were baptized. One of them was a lady who has been coming to the church for four years but had been struggling with obedience and taking that next step. Please pray for their continued growth in Christ. . . . We have seen growth numerically in our Bible institute with a record six students this term. Three of them have been in the church for six months or less and three are returning students.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, BELMOPAN, CAYO, Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “At the end of March, a pastor friend invited us to help with his ministry booth at a country-wide expo for two days. We distributed thousands of tracts, Bibles, and portions of Scripture. Elizabeth brought our children and three of the young men from our church to the Expo for the second day. They helped give out materials for a few hours and then went around to do some of the Expo activities. We had met several people recently who said they know us because they were given a tract or Scripture from our church at the Expo. Pray for the Word of God to bring people to a relationship with Christ. . . . Thank you for praying for our family and ministry. Even in the era of instant communication, there is still something awe-inspiring about the fact that one can, at any moment, talk to God about personal cares or the cares of others. . . . He will not leave a prayer unanswered! To God be the glory!
SOUTH AMERICA, ARGENTINA, BUENOS AIRES, D. A. and Debbi Brosius —
They share the following with prayer needs: “As we mentioned in our last prayer letter, we are having a Family Camp with just our church. We can report that it went well with a lot of team work, planning, and fellowship. Shana taught the children and played the piano and Debbi worked in the kitchen preparing food for 70 people.
Once again we are offering Bible institute classes in our church. This block is Hermeneutics. We have 15 students this semester. In March, we celebrated 30 years since we began our church in a little garage. Out of this church we also started another church. However, the pandemic hurt both churches, but they have recovered well. We have national leaders in both but no one who is ready to pastor yet, though there is potential there. Please pray for national pastors for both churches. Pray the Lord will send more laborers into the harvest here. In the capital of three million there are only three independent Baptist churches.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, AOMORI, Paul and Sarah Johnson —
They share the following: “In our time spent in Japan, most of the contacts we have made and relationships that we have started began with us reaching out to the individual. Whether it was through tract distribution, school events, or just meeting people at the park, the common denominator is that we are usually the ones to initiate the relationship. Because of this, we were amazed recently when several people have contacted us about church. One man called and said that he saw our church sign while walking by our church building. He had previously done some studying with the Mormon church and was interested in knowing more about what our church believed. We were able to meet, and I shared some basic Bible truths with him. He was thankful and asked if he could meet again. Please pray for Mr. ‘O’ as we talk with him.
Over the past month we have also seen an influx of people attending church services as well. While a few people are still watching via livestream because of lingering COVID concerns, several people who have not attended for a long time are coming back to church. We are greatly encouraged to see them wanting to grow in Christ.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —
They share the following report with prayer requests: “We had a great Resurrection Sunday with 39 in attendance and two baptisms. P. and A. were recently saved. A. came to see us while visiting East Mesa Baptist Church. P. and her granddaughter were baptized after the Resurrection Sunday service.
We are praising the Lord for the purchase of a small singlewide mobile home for a very good price. The Lord provided for us to purchase the house debt-free. We will not have a house payment, rent, or anything but utilities (when they get connected). We will be moving in from Shiprock to our home site lease in a few weeks. This will help us have a place to live while we complete the construction of our house. Praise the Lord for His provision and goodness!
• April’s recovery from gall bladder surgery
• Assembly of the playground
• Baptism and discipleship
• Van route and children’s Sunday school class
• Home construction and moving with the connection of our mobile home”
WEST AFRICA, TOGO, KARA, Randy and Jeanette Alderman —
They share the following: “Gospel films are a great way to draw a crowd to hear a message that they would not ordinarily hear. We had planned a weekend evangelistic outreach with a film showing at the church plant at Tchintchinda in March, but showers coming in the dry season surprised us both nights and rained us out. Members from three other churches had helped us invite those in the neighborhood to attend. When we could not show the films, Pastor Henock as well as those who had participated in the door-to-door invitations were very discouraged. We were, however, successful in showing the films the following weekend and several accepted Christ as Savior. As a result, there is also an encouraging increase in people coming to the Sunday services.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —
They share the following report: “Our church is in the center of Germany, located in a rural setting, but we have had many strangers come from Belarus, Iran, Afghanistan, Africa, and now from the Ukraine. Through a translator I assured a Ukrainian family that they were welcome to our church and we wanted to be a blessing to them.
One of our men celebrated his 60th birthday recently and asked to use the church facilities. It seems he knew everyone in town and a great crowd attended. He gave his testimony to those who in attendance. We prayed to reach the world and the world showed up at the door that evening. Even an auto mechanic who works on our cars was there. The great harvest is coming and we need to be ready. Amen!”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Daniel and Lisa Files —
They write the following: “This month we were able to attend the first service of a brand new church that is opening in Bangkok. That was exciting to be a part of that and reassured us of goals and dreams that we have of starting new churches in this country. We also helped another missionary in a town about an hour and a half away paint a new building. This is his second church plant. We are excited to see what God will do in this city with this new church plant!
We have a young man in our church who had been bringing several visitors from his work with him the last couple of months. One particular young lady has been coming every week even when he does not come. Please pray for her salvation.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BAUMHOLDER, Joseph and Laura Passaro —
They write the following: “When we finished our last prayer letter, the outbreak of war in the Ukraine had just started with the invasion of the Russian army and because of this our soldiers here are being continually deployed downrange. During these times young people start thinking about eternity, so our prayer is that before they depart, we can be a witness to these soldiers. Also, in the first week of March, our church was able to be involved in sending everyday items to Poland to be a help to the refugees who are fleeing the Ukraine. We thank our Lord that we were able to be a blessing.
Your prayers and support are such a blessing to Laura and me. During days of difficulty or just being down a little, it is always good to know there are churches and individuals praying for this work and us.”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —
They share the following: “I went to visit one of our shut-ins recently. She is not able to attend church due to the full-time care of her mentally handicapped adult son. After encouraging her in the Word, I decided to speak to her husband. A retired man addicted to vice and no help to his struggling wife with their son sat and listened intently. After an hour of hearing the Gospel, he gladly bowed to trust Christ. His wife later said he spent the afternoon in his Bible and everything has changed.
It is such a joy to see disciples follow Jesus in Believer’s Baptism. We recently baptized a 12-year-old boy who comes on his own, an older lady newly saved and the daughter of one of our Venezuelan families; Emmanuel, a boy who has been part of our church from the beginning, and an older gentleman who recently arrived after simply seeing our church sign. God continues to build His family one at a time from all spheres of life. It is a privilege to serve Him.”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner —
They write: “Upon returning from Kansai to Okinawa, we started getting ready for a children’s meeting called Tomodachi Time (Friend Time). It is a time when we invite kids to come on a Saturday for games, candy, and a short message from the Word of God. We passed out 2,000 fliers. We were blessed to have 60 children, three adults, and all our workers, which totaled over 75 people. Some of the boys and girls prayed for Christ to save them. What a blessing that was! It was the first event we have been able to have in the past two years.
The next day was Resurrection Sunday, and we had a great day with 13 of the boys and girls coming back for our kids’ service. We also were able to baptize two of our own church members’ children ages 10 and 11, which was a great blessing. Their father had passed away, but they are still faithful to the Lord and His church.”
SOUTH AMERICA, BRAZIL, CACOAL, Garry and Pam Tyler —
They shared the following: “In January, we began to expand our auditorium so we could seat 50 people rather than 30. We had to take out some partitions but now we have more room. We also started working on the Constitution of the church so we can register and function with bank accounts, as well as buy land and build or buy a building in the name of the church.
In February, Missionary Raylda Ferreira dos Santos, who works teaching children in public schools having Bible Clubs and Vacation Bible Schools mostly in the city of Salvador, Bahia, came to visit us for a month. We have known her and have helped her over many, many years and what a joy it was to have her in our home. Pam went visiting with her and we all went walking in the neighborhood passing out tracts and talking to people about the Lord. We can still do that here without any problems. People in Cacoal are open to listening to the Gospel but not so quick to receive the Lord.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, SOROTI, Alan and Elena Sutphen —They share the following with prayer needs: “A man who had attended a Catholic church for much of his life had been helping us with some light work at the church construction site when my right-hand man visited him and shared the Gospel. That day, this unassuming 70-year-old man made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. So after, we unexpectedly had need for an additional teacher in our primary school, and we had been praying for just the right candidate. My right-hand man then mentioned that this new convert had taught in primary school for 40 years and had even been a Head Teacher! We gave him an exam and found him more than qualified. He is experienced, articulate in English, and he has been a great asset to us! It is amazing how the Lord answers our prayers and needs so completely! A qualified teacher, who was previously raking up mounds of dirt on our construction site, is now one of the most humble and industrious teachers. So far, he has been very inquisitive during our discipleship studies and overall has truly been a blessing to us at SOAP!
There are still many documented COVID cases. We pray for cases to decrease; nevertheless, I will not allow the children to go into town until these cases are significantly reduced. Please pray for this conclusion.
• Salvation of souls through the SOAP ministry
• Spiritual power of the new convert
• Continued wisdom and progress regarding the church building project
• Healing for one of our teachers who has neuroendocrine tumor (cancer)
• Early salvation and academic growth for new orphans
CARIBBEAN, WEST INDIES, GRENADA, ST. ANDREWS, GRENVILLE, Coco Chan —
She shares the following report with prayer needs: “At Lifeline Baptist Christian Academy, my class and I have been striving for excellence. Watching the students grow spiritually and academically is very rewarding. We had good days and days not as good as others, but with God’s help we overcame the difficulties together. It is very comforting that at the end of the day they would still bring me flowers, pictures, and love letters. Thank God for His goodness, especially for the one girl who trusted Christ after the assembly.
• A lady who got saved while we were out soul winning
• Moving again and house hunting for a month and a half with no success
• Problem with my right eye, the retina tending to pull away
• School enrollment for this fall
• Building project this summer to add two more classrooms.”
SOUTH AMERICA, ECUADOR, GUAYAQUIL, Raymond and Anita Bradley —
They share the following report: “For more than two years we have been praying to our dear Lord about an assistant pastor. The Lord placed in our hearts Anita’s second cousin whom we trained here for six years in all areas of ministry. Then he moved to take a deaf ministry we started in Ambato. He reached deaf people in different towns around Ambato for six more years. He and his sweet wife of 12 years have a heart for the Lord and for the deaf. The Lord has confirmed to us and our church that he will be the next pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church of the Deaf in Guayaquil. We all pray the Deaf school ministry will be open until the Lord comes back. We will continue to ask for prayer and financial support for our Deaf school in Ecuador.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, Lane and Nelia Jones —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “On March 27, four young men and two young ladies graduated from our Bible college. They will start new churches—L. L. in Bobon, C. A. in Washington and one has taken over his home church in Danao, Calbayog. Please pray for J. G. as she is helping start a Bible college in her home church in E. Samar. One of the graduates has a church started already in Marobay.
We had five new students move into the dorms this summer. Pray they will stay! Recently, the Lord gave us 2,001 children in our children’s extension classes in different areas. There were 101 saved. Please pray we can get the lot beside our church building in Catarman. We need the building and the lot for more Sunday school classes.
We are having many saved on Sundays and the building is full on Sunday mornings. Last Sunday there were 20 saved and 6 baptized.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BEILINGEN, Rusty and Karen Pilalas —
They share the following: “We have had the privilege of taking in an extended Ukrainian family who got out four hours before the borders closed for the men. It is a dad and mom, their three adult children, two sons-in-laws, and two grandkids. We rent and live in a 1-bedroom apartment and rent a 2-bedroom apartment above us for extra room. That is where they all are staying. They are thankful to be safe and with other believers. We are bring encouraged by them with their wonderful testimonies and attitudes. Please pray for them as they seek God’s will about where to immigrate. Until then, they are a great blessing to us and our church. One of them translates the services and we even have Russian-speaking visitors come. They are also repairing things all throughout the building and help with cleaning. We have grown to love this family and are so thankful that the Lord guided them to us.”
CARIBBEAN, NORTHERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jeffri and Pamela Polanco —
They share the following report: “Toward the end of 2020, a young mother started coming to church faithfully (her daughter came to church through the bus ministry years prior). We have seen the Lord at work in her life, yet she was unsure of her salvation decision despite sharing the Gospel with her multiple times. In one of the ladies’ Bible studies my wife hosted at home, she finally realized that no work on her part could earn her a place in God’s presence. In tears, she cried to the Lord for salvation in what looked like a regular dull Tuesday night to some but ended up being a special night in Heaven. Her joy and growth have been very evident since. She resigned from her job shortly after to look for a job where she could honor the Lord. Please pray that this young mother would continue to grow and that the Lord would continue to supply for her family needs.”
SOUTH AMERICA, CHILE, SAN PEDRO DE LA PAZ, Nathan and Christine Saint —
They share the following with prayer needs: “On March 27, we finally organized Truth Baptist Church in San Pedro de la Paz! We have 17 adult members from nine different families! On that Sunday, we had over 30 people in both services. For each of the past three weeks, we have had a least one new family visit and keep coming back! God’s work is growing, and I sometimes wonder if we can keep up. Andres was a man we met through door-to-door visitation. He started coming to church, asked a lot of questions, spent time speaking with Nathan, and a few weeks after that initial contact, Andres made a profession of faith.
TO TOP IT ALL OFF, on March 30, we finally took possession of the church property we have prayed and waited for during the past four years! I can hardly believe it has taken that long, but the paperwork was finally approved on the 28th and the squatters voluntarily left (we paid them the money we would have to pay the lawyers to evict them) two days later. We found the house in terrible shape, but most of the repairs needed are rather minor and we expect to be able to get it in a suitable condition for less than the amount the construction company paid us to cover those repairs.
• Wisdom with using and protecting the property God has given us
• Time to witness and disciple new families
• Safety as we travel
• Growth among our church people (we’d love to see others get involved with the church ministries)
• Our health”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, CAMBODIA, David and Debbie Board —
They share the following: “It was a great blessing to join together two couples in marriage over the past several weeks. Our eldest son, Joshua, was married to a wonderful young lady in our church named SreyNech. Her father was the first adult to accept Christ just prior to our planting a church back in 2010. We are so blessed to see our son and daughter faithfully serving the Lord here in Cambodia! I also had the joy of joining another couple together in marriage. His family are faithful members and she is a new believer. We were blessed to see the testimony this couple maintained despite her family strongly objecting to them having a wedding that honored the Lord. Please pray for these young couples to continue to grow in the Lord and follow His perfect will for their lives. Please pray for us over the next month as together with some of our national leaders we anticipate adding additional discipleship groups in several different villages.”
WEST AFRICA, GHANA, ACCRA, Harold and Bridgette Holdbrook —
They share the following report: “We are glad to report that the Lord has provided us with the amount of $12,500 for the purchase of a plot of land for the Kwabenya church building. One of our supporting churches in Virginia gave us $7,000 for us to realize our objective. We give God the praise and thank every one of you who contributed so generously for us to reach our goal!
We need prayer for the following:
The pastor of Jesus Saves Baptist Church at this village was involved in a motorcycle accident and lost his small finger. He has a deep wound in his foot that is not healing. Pray for a quick recovery so he can return to his work.
This church is doing well with about 40 members with A. O. as pastor. They had been meeting under a tree. Recently, they were allowed to use a classroom in the local village school. They have purchased a plot of land and we are encouraging them to use the land to cultivate a farm and use the proceeds to start their church building. PLEASE PRAY!”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, DANGRIGA, John and Robin Harris —
They share the following: “Our attendance has increased and new people are starting to come to church. Once the people enter our church, they are treated with a very friendly atmosphere. We were told that at the beginning of April all of the COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and now we are starting to hold our mid-week services and also a monthly teen night and a monthly kids night. There is a woman who has been coming to our church for several weeks. Recently, she was saved and I am talking to her about baptism. Pray that she eventually will take this important step of obedience.
Please pray with us as we are in need of some land. We are starting to run out of room at our current location. Land could be pretty expensive as we are on the coast. If you wish to donate, please send it to BIMI and make sure you write our missionary number 1501 in the designation. Please prayerfully consider this.”
WESTERN EUROPE. FRANCE, CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, Danny and Janice Flowers —
They share the following report: “I recently received a handwritten letter from a local man inviting me to visit with him in his home and discuss the Bible. He explained that he had received literature in his mailbox from our church and had some questions for me. Upon meeting him, I was surprised to find that he is a devoted Bible reader. He reads 5–6 chapters a day and has done so for years. Despite this religious fervor, he told me he had no idea where he will spend eternity. In years gone by, he studied periodically with the Mormons. We have read and studied God’s Word with him several times, but he has yet to make a decision for Christ. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to open his eyes to the truth.”
CENTRAL AMERICA, MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, Josue and Rebekah Ortiz —They share the following report with prayer needs: “Josue and Paco are currently counseling eight to nine people each week. The need is great! In the past six months, a group of about 15 people in our church have been going through training to become biblical counselors. In the next month, they will finish their training. We will then be able to have an even greater reach for counseling those in our church and community. Please pray for this ministry. It has been amazing to see God work in marriages and broken lives through the use of His Word in counseling.
We are nearing the end of the legal process to obtain a piece of land in order to build. We have had several meetings with our architect and are excited about beginning this project soon! Please continue to pray that all the paperwork and permissions will be granted to us. Because of the pandemic, everything takes longer than normal.”
CARIBBEAN, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, Paul and Amy Valles —
They share the following: “Around two years ago, I led a teenage boy to the Lord, but I have not seen him since that time. About two months ago, he called me and asked me to meet him. We met and I was able to guide him through the Scriptures and he received assurance of salvation. He has faithfully been coming to our church on Wednesday nights since that time. He goes with his family to another church on Sundays; a church that believes you can lose your salvation. He loves coming to our church on Wednesdays and tells me he is learning so much from our teaching and tries to apply it to his life. Please pray that he would grow in Christ and be a witness to others.”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, INGELHEIM am RHEIN, Walter and Thrasilla Hornung —
They give the following report and prayer needs: “I am writing to you with more than a great burden. Because of COVID-19 and strong different opinions on the COVID vaccination in the church as well as serious criticism and various other problems too much to explain, our pastor resigned as pastor of the church, the Freien Baptistengemeinde Mainz. It started so well for us with our new pastor and it is very difficult and painful to understand. However, our Lord is building HIS church. He has declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. We are thankful and confident. As you can imagine, it is not easy for an 84-year-old man to have the responsibility of the church Uon his shoulders again. We do have a number of spiritual, loyal, and capable men in our church.
• For a man of God to be the pastor of our church
• For wisdom in relation to the many refugees
• For more strength, health, and wisdom in this spiritual warfare
• For God’s perfect will to be accomplished in our lives”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth —
They share the following with prayer needs: “In February, we launched our online Bible college. This is something we had in mind to do for a long time. . . . We are glad to partner with Pastor Mike Wells and Parkside Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas, to start this college.
Another great ministry we launched in February is Saturday Teen Soul Winning. This is going great! Thirty-five to forty teens are picked up on buses and brought to church on Saturday morning for instruction, teaching, a meal and then to the bus routes for witnessing.
In all these things there is great opposition from Satan, but our confidence is in God and in His promises. In the last two months, 105 people have made Christ their Savior and eight have been baptized. Among those who were saved are children and youth from a government-run home for children and families. Please pray that the Gospel will break the stronghold Satan has on these young lives. We hold a weekly Bible club at this facility.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —
They share the following report: “Our weather here in Texas has been quite schizophrenic! One week the boys are in shorts and T-shirts and the next we are cracking the ice so our animals can drink water. Back and forth, back and forth! Sadly, many people here seem to be like the weather. A few weeks of faithfulness and involvement in the church, then no sign of them! It is frustrating to say the least.
However, we do have a few faithful people that do not change with the weather, and we are so grateful they are in the yoke with us serving Him! The New Year’s Eve party held at our house had a great turn out with 17 children and 8 adults who enjoyed games, food, and fellowship till the early hours of the next year.
We had a fantastic Valentine’s Banquet with 42 in attendance. Evangelist Caleb Reed brought an applicable message. The carnival theme and games for the guys to win their lady a stuffed animal and other prizes provided much laughter and romantic enjoyment.” Please pray for the Mansfield family as they reach out to the lost in Commerce, Texas.
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND, (Language School in Denmark) Gage and Aleah Gilbert —
They share the following report: “December and January showed huge rises in COVID cases and so the Danish government reinstated certain restrictions. Masks had to be worn again in public transportation and most indoor places and a COVID pass was needed to eat in restaurants or go to certain places. But then, by February 3, they lifted all restrictions. We do not know all the reasons, but we are thankful for the freedom once again.
During the work on our house, Gage had the opportunity to witness to two of the workers. We have been told that Danes tend to not be very open about their private lives or religious things, but both opened up to us and were willing to listen. One man seems to be an agnostic while the other has a belief in God, but we are not sure he understands his need of salvation.
PRAISE AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• Everyone recovered from COVID.
• COVID restrictions are lifted!
• Pray for the lady in our church with ongoing health problems.
• Pray for the two men to whom Gage witnessed.”
SOUTH AFRICA, John and Chrystal Matney —
They share the following report: “God’s goodness and grace continues to flow over our family and His protection is ever about us! I am so thankful for the growth in the members of our church. We have men wanting to grow in their marriages and personal and spiritual lives, and one man wants to start sharing what he gets out of his Bible with others. I am excited to see how God uses these men! The missionary whom we support here out of our church stays busy visiting the ships in the harbor, witnessing, and preaching to the sailors. I went with him a few weeks ago. We visited on the corner of the Durban harbor, which had 3 ships. It took us 4 hours to walk to the ships, visit each ship, and walk back. By the time we finished, we had walked 4 miles. He has visited a total of 32 ships in the month of January, passing out Gospel tracts and Bibles. I go with him when I can, but my responsibilities here and schedule do not allow me to go.
• Our visa renewal to be approved soon
• Our church building in dire need of a new roof, costing around $8,000, including removal of asbestos in the roof
• Prayer for church and the spiritual growth of those attending as we continue to disciple new believers”
WEST AFRICA, COTE D’IVOIRE (IVORY COAST), Kristine McLaughlin —
She shares the following report: “A lady has long attended a large Methodist church, which is central to the belief system in Sebia-Yao. From the beginning, she has welcomed Bible studies in her home. Although we have shared Christ at length with her, we have not known exactly where she was spiritually . . . until recently.
To begin the year, we decided to give large bags of rice to the chiefs in our area along with smaller bags for the villagers. In Ivory Coast, it is customary to begin the new year by exchanging gifts. When we arrived in Sebia-Yao, we were greeted by the chief’s grandson. He asked questions about the Gospel and later trusted Christ as his Savior that day. From there we went to visit a woman. The Lord blessed with a very good visit, during which she shared a clear testimony of salvation. We praised the Lord with her! The Lord was working beyond this. As we continued talking, she agreed to allow us to move our Bible club to an enclosed area in her yard. What a blessing that the lady who first greeted us in the village is now saved and willing to open her home to ministry!”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, RIONEGRO, Peter and Elisabeth Putney —
They share the following report and prayer needs: “Last month I had the privilege and honor to graduate nine students from our seminary, Seminario Bautista Victoria. These students completed many hundreds of hours of classes in addition to papers, homework assignments, tests, book reading, and much more. . . . Several of these men are called to preach and we will be ordaining one of them as my assistant pastor in April. Another will hopefully be sent out as a missionary very soon. Training others is such an important part of missions and we are thrilled with what God is doing through our seminary!
We have been trying to purchase a building or land for a long time now. Praise the Lord, we are currently attempting to purchase a building that we have found here in Rionegro! This building is about 4,500 square feet and has the possibility of adding two additional floors of the same size in the future. It is already set up to be used by a church and has an auditorium that currently seats 160 and could seat twice that with some renovations. We had agreed on a reasonable price with the building owners, but just lack a permit from the city to have religious services. Unfortunately, this permit has been a challenge to obtain, as the city wants to limit churches to a very small part of land. If we are able to get this certificate, we will immediately buy the building. Please pray fervently that the Lord’s will be done.”
WEST AFRICA, CAPE VERDE, PRAIA, Nathan and Tina Fritz —
They share the following; “Our church in Praia was able to host a special Valentine’s Day dinner on the 14th of February. It was not anything incredibly fancy, but a good opportunity to get together with the couples of our church. The theme for the month of February has been the home and the family. I believe it has been a strengthening time for families in our church. One of the great needs in our church is faithful, God-honoring families!
• Pray with us that the truths of God’s Word will override the secular cultural ideas of the roles of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, etc.
• Please pray for us as we are trying to finish up some visa paperwork here in the next few weeks as well.”
EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, KASESE, Matt and Keila Stensaas —
They share the following: “We praise the Lord . . . we are now open and back to where we were ministry-wise before the pandemic!
The Bible college started up with 37 students in four locations of the district. Praise the Lord! The graduates from last year are now assisting me in teaching at three of these locations.
We also had our first Tri-annual Bible Institute with over 40 in attendance for the weeklong course. We taught the basic fundamentals of personal evangelism and then had them practice on one another. We also gave different ways to witness to different people and especially those of other religions.
The police had allowed us to start meeting with them at their Monday morning assembly again. I am thankful for the opportunity to preach to them and pray with them. They also recently allowed us to go back into the jails and preach to the suspects. God has opened up the Mubuku Prison to us as well. We had the opportunity to preach to over 400 prisoners at a time. What a blessing it was for me to see the prisoners excited that we were there with them!”
USA MILITARY, JAPAN, YOKOTA, Danny and Haruna McKittrick —
They share the following report: “The first two months of the year were somewhat hindered by new/revived restrictions on base personnel. The bases were shut down again early January but, praise the Lord, Yokota Air Base allowed service members to leave base for ‘essential services’ and listed church attendance as ‘essential.’ The restrictions were lifted late in January and things are getting back to normal.
We held our Sweethearts Banquet in February with 10 couples attending along with two individuals whose spouses were away. We had Filipino cuisine complete with chicken adobo, pancit, and lumpia! I gave a devotional message on the blessing it is to be married and then we played Spouseology! Couples were asked questions and if their answers agreed, they scored points. If their answers disagreed, the couples had to perform a funny task such as ‘whistle like the Andy Griffith theme song.’ At the end of the questions, the couple with the most points was crowned the Spouseology Champion!
Please pray for a USAF Lt. Colonel who is attending our services; he is yet unsaved. We are praying for the Lord to work in his heart; will you join us in this matter of prayer?”
FAR EAST, JAPAN, OKINAWA, KITANAKAGUSUKU, Dan and Terri Gardner —
They share the following with prayer requests: “Our activities and some of our services have been hindered greatly the last two years because of COVID. We are still not totally in the clear here and on the edge of being put back into a state of emergency. We were able to have a Valentine service and have since had a visitor come for the past two weeks. If you would, pray for him. He is a Christian but needs to be scripturally baptized.
We are still able to go out and pass out Gospel tracts, so please pray that God would use them to open the hearts of the Japanese people. Their traditions and beliefs in many gods and all their superstitions keep them from believing. Please pray that we will be able to continue reaching people with the Gospel.
• Terri’s fibromyalgia and nerve issues in her back and foot
• My shoulder as it is healing from my rotator cuff surgery
• More people to be saved and baptized
• God’s leading on new ways to get the Gospel out while we are dealing with COVID
• Our planned furlough this year”
CARIBBEAN, GRENADA, Joseph and Donna Childers —
They share the following report with prayer needs: “We are praising the Lord for His working in the Christian school. Just yesterday, one of the students approached Joe after the chapel service. He was able to lead her to Christ. She comes from an unchurched background and her family is steeped in the Rastafarian religion. . . . We are praising the Lord for his provision toward our school expansion. By faith, we are hiring two national teachers from other independent Baptist churches. This summer we are looking to build two new classrooms for their classes (and the next summer we will build one final classroom).
• Godly wisdom
• School growth
• Finances (school and personal)
CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, Mike and Cindy Haley —
They share the following with prayer needs: “Our church and ministry theme for this year is PRESSING ON based on Philippians 3:12–14. Dr. Lee Roberson liked to say, ‘The doors of opportunity swing on the hinges of opposition.’ We are excited about the incredible opportunity we have to preach the Gospel, print Bibles, reach the lost, disciple believers, train pastors and lay leaders, conduct children’s Bible clubs, start a Christian school, and plant churches! Without a doubt—our LORD doth come—and by God’s grace, we will carry on as we watch, wait, and work till the trumpet sounds! Glory to God and Hallelujah!
• $3,000 to pay the $25k for the printing of another 20,000 Setswana New Testaments
• Faith Bible Institute students’ final tests for graduation in May
• Legalities to come together and financial provision (Amantle given land from his father to build a house on)
• Salvation of Mr. and Mrs. ‘S’ and the ‘K’ family
• Our ministry team and our church family—unity, wisdom, patience, and grace as we love one another and labor together”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Dan and Lisa Files —
They share the following: “We finished off 2021 with a great service and it seemed like things were leading in the right direction. Then we had a COVID outbreak in our church. We had to go back to live stream only for the first month and a half of the new year. That is not how we wanted to start out; however, we have been able to meet in person as of late. However, not everyone is coming back. Please pray that all our members here will have the courage to come back to church soon. The people here are extremely afraid of COVID. We did have a man who has visited several times bring his wife and daughter for the first time. That was very encouraging!
The Cone family whom we are assisting while studying the Thai language came back this month from their furlough. It is a blessing to have them and their experience back here with us. We still have issues from time-to-time with the language barrier, and it is helpful to have someone to call when we get in a bind.
We are sending in our paperwork to apply for a missionary visa. Our education visa will be up in June. With a missionary visa we will be able to legally be here as missionaries and we only have to renew it once a year instead of every two months like we are doing now. We have had all kinds of issues with visas since we have been here. Please pray that we get approved for the missionary visas before ours expire in June.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Sam and May Beth Snyder —They share the following: “November and December were busy months with finishing up a term of Bible institute, Kamea literacy classes, and work projects on the mission property. Mary Beth put together a cantata of eight songs for a large choir to sing at our Christmas Day service. One was in Kamea and the rest were in Melanesian Pidgin. On Sunday, she and our children sang ‘Misp’la King B’long Hap Sankamap’ (‘We Three Kings’ that they recently translated).
The past several months there were some issues that came up in the church that required a lot of counseling, helping the leaders in the church to solve some of the problems.
January started off well with many of us church members getting together for a time of fun and some preaching to bring in the new year. We thought that some of the previous problems had been resolved. Sunday, January 2, brought good worship services and time in God’s Word. After the service, we heard of some problems with some living close to us. Those problems became very heavy over the next week, and we ended up flying in a helicopter out of the village on January 9 to avoid a possible dangerous situation.
After seeking the Lord and counsel from others, we have concluded that we should take a 6-month furlough in the States to figure out what is next for us.” Please pray for wisdom for the Snyders!
CENTRAL AMERICA, COSTA RICA, Jeremy and Michelle Blanz —
They share the following with prayer needs: “Last month, we continued to push forward with Jeremy preaching a series on Biblical Priorities. This applies to us both on an individual level and also on a church level. One woman came on a Sunday morning and prayed to receive Christ after the service. As church planters, we have continued to prioritize evangelism and discipleship. We have continued meeting with families that attend with us for counseling and discipleship as well as hosting weekly in-home meetings. Unfortunately, our attendance has dropped somewhat due to a faithful family moving away. However, one couple that has not attended for a while has started attending again. Another blessing is that we found a great location for our church plant. Not only that but the owner is a Christian and also desires to help us in any way he can. We are currently applying for permits. If everything goes according to plan, we should have our own location soon!
• That God would allow us to obtain the proper permit for the building we seek to rent
• That God will bring forth an increase as we continue to sow God’s Word in the community
• That God will strengthen each missionary family and clear any obstacles to ministry here in Costa Rica.”
USA MINISTRIES, NEW MEXICO, SHEEPSPRINGS, John and April McDaniel —
They write, “A boy, 16, recently called on the Lord for salvation. Pray for him to follow the Lord in baptism and in discipleship.
We have a new theme for 2022 that we are emphasizing. Our new theme is STAND, based on Ephesians 6 and Daniel 3. I want our people to develop a Christ-like boldness that will not cave and conform to this world but rather stand for God and for righteousness no matter what everyone else is doing.
The Steward family has been an encouragement to us, especially in the past two years during the COVID shutdown and afterwards. They came out from Rio Rancho (a suburb of Albuquerque) a few times, bringing needed supplies and food. They love the Lord and I am not surprised at all to find out that God is calling them to plant a church on the Navajo reservation. Recently, while visiting with us and a family in Naschitti, they felt that God is calling them to plant a church there. Pray for them as they are preparing for the next step.
• For the purchase of and assembly of a playground
• For baptism and discipleship
• For a van route and children’s Sunday school class”
WESTERN EUROPE, GERMANY, SALZ, Dan and Tricia Dubbe —
They share the following report: “The church Christmas Eve service had a full house and many visitors as well. Fellowship makes one strong and fit for service. Kids were running all over the place with good stuff about the new year and God answering prayer! The best is yet to come!
On Wednesday afternoons, the children’s ministry began with excitement and growth. This is great for the children as well as an opportunity for outreach in the neighborhood. With very few programs presently being offered for children, this is a valuable tool for sharing the Gospel. We are thankful for having bold people that have church gatherings without cutting back!
Prayer meetings are held both onsite in person and over Zoom meetings. A special emphasis on prayer is being delivered through the preaching and teaching in the church. A counseling and prayer team is now being trained. I am personally enrolled in an extensive counseling online training course. Thanks to Pastor Nevin and FBC in MD for making this possible. I am determined not to let the well go dry. We are commanded to pray for one another, and the need here in Germany to see God work is tremendous!”
FAR EAST, TAIWAN, TAIPEI COUNTY, Jon and April Flowers —
They write, “Taiwan is not an easy place to plant a church. It takes a lot of sowing before seeing some harvest. We do not see hundreds or thousands saved each year, but we ask that you would pray for us to be faithful sowers. We know God is in control of those who trust Him, and we want to be ready for the time when the harvest does come.
In December, God gave us a wonderful opportunity to sow His seed. We had a tremendous Christmas party and the Lord gave us a great crowd. I had the opportunity after the meeting to talk with one young lady and sow the seed of the Gospel in her life. Please pray that we would have more chances like this to share the Gospel with people who are willing to listen. In previous letters, we have asked for prayer for a lady. Please continue to pray for her salvation.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SUCCESS, Gary and Sherrie Lester —
They share the following with prayer needs: “While a lot of the world is moving on with life as COVID continues on, Australia and more specifically our state of Western Australia is experiencing some of the tightest restrictions we have had yet. The new restrictions include locking the unvaccinated out of everything except essential services and smaller gatherings. Even things like the zoo and some medical services have been locking the unvaccinated out. Our city also made international headlines when a police officer stopped a Catholic service to check the people wearing masks and checking papers of those who were exempt. These things will most likely affect the churches in coming weeks with limits on how many can attend and who can attend, and for us, if our building will be allowed to be used or not. We have recently had visitors and returning visitors, so please pray that God will open the hearts of the students to the Gospel.”
EASTERN AFRICA, UGANDA, KAMPALA, James and Cheryl Pridgen —
They share the follow report: “So far this year the Lord has allowed us to see 55 people saved and 11 have followed the Lord in baptism. Please pray with us as we now work to disciple them. It is a blessing to see these precious children back in school and church again. I am thankful that many of these children are now saved. We have two ‘new’ vans—they are both 2010 models and they do not break down every time we go to pick up kids for school or for church. Thank you for praying for this need and for those who gave! These vans will help us to reach more people with the Gospel!
We have started a new semester of East Africa Baptist College with 22 students in Kampala and we may have 15 to 20 coming to the new college in Arua. Attendance is still down a bit as we are just now coming out of COVID restrictions. We have some students who could not come back this term but plan to come back next semester. Please pray for our students as these are our future church planters—men like Pastor H., who is back in Rwanda now starting a new church. . . . Please be praying with us as we need to get another piano.”
USA MILITARY, GERMANY, BAUMHOLDER, Joseph and Laura Passaro —
They write, “The last two years have been VERY difficult for everyone with the COVID pandemic being front and center. Through this, you, the churches and individual supporters have been faithful to not only pray for this work but also always give faithfully.
Our church once again had to be virtual for five weeks starting January 16 due to the many cases concerning COVID. Our church was not affected, but a few of our members tested positive and had to be quarantined during this time. However, with that said, the members are shrinking, so we started having in-person services again on February 23.
Please continue to pray for our ministry here to the military in Germany.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —
He writes the following with a list of prayer needs: “Our church started the New Year with a church retreat. We were able to spend two days at a nearby mountain resort. Our theme was Seeking the Lord. We also had a great opportunity to sit down and witness to some family members, all lost. The mother of one of our young ladies came to visit. We spent some considerable time with her mother talking about Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the Bible. In addition, we were able to explain Christianity to the mother, sister, and her husband, and another member named. No decisions were made but some good seeds were sown!
Our group had the opportunity to teach and train some men from a tribal group called Lahu. One of these men has a church in a neighboring province. Due to restrictions, we were not able to go and visit this village church. They have since started a Children’s Home for their tribe and help look after 14 children. We were able to spend a day in the village. Our group did a Bible play about creation and how sin started. We then had a Bible study. In addition, our foundation gave them some food and clothes. We thank you for your continued prayer and support.”
• Salvation of four
• Salvation of one’s sister
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take root in hearts
FAR NORTH, CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK, SAINT-QUENTIN, Dan and Jennifer Post. —
They share the following: “There is much to be done in this area. Years of a lack of a Gospel witness is so evident in society. What people call normal or accepted in the eyes of man is definitely not accepted in the eyes of God. We are thankful to have had a visitor this last Wednesday night. C.’s friend is interested in coming again and we are praying for her salvation. We are praying that the church will grow and that the Lord will give us a permanent location. Please pray that C.’s family will get saved as well. We also ask you to pray for the husband of a lady who faithfully comes to church. The cancer seems to be in remission. I have witnessed to him and he says that he is saved. Our advantage of having our services over the Internet was that he was able to hear the messages.”
USA MILITARY, ITALY, MARSURE, AVIANO, Chris and Lou Anne War —
They share the following report: “This past Monday, I received an email from an Italian man. He told me that he found our church through the Internet and was very interested to come to church to see our services and learn more about Baptists. He speaks English well and was planning on coming to the 11 AM service, which is only in English. Then he could stay for the afternoon service as well. I also explained that between services we could answer any questions he had about what Baptists believe.
He arrived at 9:45 AM and seemed very nice with an open personality. We gave him an Italian Bible as a gift and he appreciated that greatly. He seemed to really enjoy opening his new Bible in Sunday school to learn from the Bible. During the class, he asked questions about what was being taught. Then between services he spent time in conversation with many of our church folks and again seemed to enjoy being in our church. He stayed for the morning service and the afternoon service. He was not in a rush to leave after the service.
He is Catholic and this was all a very new experience for him actually, learning directly from the Bible. Please pray for his salvation! I hope to be able to sit down with him and share God’s simple plan of salvation very soon.”
FAR EAST, MONGOLIA, ULAANBAATAR, Jason and Mary Ritchie —
They share the follow report: “I continue to improve each week. All the battery tests show that I am indeed much better than expected at his stage of recovery. I just had an EKG and though I am still a bit tachycardia, everything else looks good. Next month I will probably have a CAT scan, which will map my lungs. For now, I am continuing with the pills, therapeutics, exercise, and rest.
Meanwhile, we help as we can in the ministry from afar. Faith Baptist Bible College is in full swing and this will be the first year we have young people graduate. The students are studying Theology 4, World Religions and Cults, Daniel and Revelation, Church Planting, and Mongolian History. We also have a new student. I had the privilege of baptizing him when he joined our church several years ago and we look forward to helping him in his understanding of the Bible.
Thank God for co-laborers in the ministry! Brother Bradly Kubik and his family have continued to serve faithfully in the church ministries during our absence. Brother Chuck Weber and his family arrived safely back in Mongolia this past December and he is leading the work now until we can get back. A special baptism and membership Sunday was held just before our Vision Conference last month and many that have been discipling came forward to follow Christ in this step of obedience, Praise God! He continues to add to His church! This year our theme at KUBC is Love the Lord Your God. Please pray for us as we develop a greater love for God!”
SOUTH AMERICA, COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, Mark and Katie Gerosin —They share the following report and prayer needs: “Our two faithful workers in charge of our mountain mission in El Brasil recently had a special Christmas service. They invited me to come and preach. We had an excellent turnout and I preached about The Most Precious Gift. Afterwards, two responded to the invitation and were born again. Pray for this work as our desire is to convert it into an independent Baptist church.
One of the wonderful signs of what a wonderful year 2021 has been is in the number of people we have seen follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. Recently, we added 5 more to that number for a total of 24 this year. All of them are people actively being discipled either by others or by myself in our church. God called us to win them, baptize them, and make disciples. Praise God He is stirring the waters!
• Old church building to sell
• Funds for new building purchase
• More souls to be saved and baptized
• English ministry to bear fruit
• Our national leader as we begin new church plant”
CENTRAL AMERICA, BELIZE, BELMOPAN, CAYO, Jonathan and Elizabeth Shertzer —
They share the following: “During the months of November and December, we looked for specific ways we could encourage the people of our church to get involved in serving the Lord. As we served together, we enjoyed sweet fellowship. Several people came to help us put together invitation packets in preparation for our church Christmas program, which was on December 19. Each packet had a Christmas tract, invitation to the Christmas program, church information card, hot chocolate packet, and a candy cane. One of the ladies who helped make the packets is not physically able to go door-to-door to invite others to church but she was a wonderful help with the preparations. We made and passed out over 300 packets in the neighborhood surrounding the church.
When the day of the program arrived, we were all looking forward to celebrating Christ’s birth and sharing the Gospel message together. Almost everyone in the church had a specific role in the service and all the children did a wonderful job portraying the events of the first Christmas. We had several first-time visitors join us! One of the visitors was the head of the Belmopan police department. His two children have been coming to church with their step grandparents and had invited him to come see them in the program. His daughter trusted Christ as her Savior the following Sunday and his son trusted Christ on the first Sunday of this new year! Please pray for this family as the Holy Spirit is working in this home.”
As we enter 2022, we recognize the impact your prayers make in the hearts and lives of our family and our ministry. Please pray for us as we begin new endeavors for the Lord this year and continue Bible studies, home school meetings, church services, and weekly outreach.”
FAR NORTH, GREENLAND, Gage and Aleah Gilbert —
They share the following with praise and prayer needs: “We are so thankful to be here in Denmark because being here brings us closer to Greenland. We took about a week and a half to get settled in and somewhat acclimated to our new life before jumping into language school. We have a wonderful teacher who is patient and kind but also very thorough. We now have several hundred words and phrases in our heads; it is just a matter of remembering them all and saying them correctly. Spoken Danish and written Danish is often very different, so we find it difficult sometimes to remember the correct pronunciation; however, the Lord is giving grace and we are progressing.
PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• Application is in process; pray for quick approval.
• Praise the Lord, we have a house!
• Language school is going well; pray for grace and strength to comprehend.
• We give praise for new letterhead and prayer card designs.
• Pray for church meeting and growth despite COVID.”
USA Military, Italy, Sicily, Al and Elizabeth Hamilton —
They share the following: “As mentioned in our last prayer letter, we were looking for a place to baptize and the Lord provided. A local farmer allowed us to use his above ground swimming pool—what a blessing we enjoyed as four people who had recently been saved identified with Christ! Regarding discipleship of believers, we have recently had one couple finish, another couple will finish soon, and a single sailor will begin immediately. Praise the Lord!
I asked for prayer that God would raise up new younger missionaries to replace us pastors in these overseas military churches. It appears God has done that for us! There is a recently retired USAF Master Sergeant who recently began deputation to come here. . . . Please pray for his support to be raised quickly so they can arrive sooner than later.”
USA MINISTRIES, TEXAS, COMMERCE, James and Andrea Mansfield —
They share the following: “There is nothing more satisfying than serving the Lord. It has its battles, but the rewards are so worth it! I love seeing people grow and mature in the Lord. He has led me to have a separate Sunday school class for new believers or ones needing the fundamental truths. I am praying to expand this class in the new year! We had an ‘Old Fashioned/Western’ Sunday. A guest speaker challenged us and the dinner on the grounds was done in true potluck.
My boys are such a blessing and helped as well as challenging the other teens to become vocal in their faith. A girl that received Christ at our church a couple months ago is getting a ride and coming quite faithfully. It is exciting to see young people desire church.”
SOUTHEAST ASIA, THAILAND, Jeff Gross —
He writes the following with prayer requests: “The theme of Bible Baptist Church this last couple of months has been ‘The Fruit of the Spirit.’ Studying the fruit of the Spirit made us painfully aware that our understanding of love, joy, peace, gentleness, and goodness . . . is not the same as God’s meaning. The world has an imitation for each fruit, which certainly does not lead to real peace and joy. Real fruit, of course, can only be produced by the Holy Spirit. The study has been and eye opener for our group. We thank the Lord for His Word and for the Holy Spirit to lead and teach us!
About two years ago, we were able to witness to the mother of one of our young men and her second husband. The young man’s father died about 10 years ago. His mother was Buddhist and also worshipped a female god. She showed little interest in the Gospel, but we knew the seeds were planted. We were amazed to hear that her husband accepted Christ several months ago. We are pleased to report that his mother has also accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. This is truly a miracle, as Thai adults are set in their ways and rarely get saved. She has been on our prayer list for some time now. We thank you for your prayers.
• Salvation of four
• Salvation of the young man’s sister
• Learning language and culture
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to take roots in hearts”
CENTRAL AMERICA, HONDURAS, Jason and Cassy Tate —
They share the following: “During the past few weeks, we had several weddings and new members were added to the church! We were also blessed to see a good number of new believers follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism.
As we began our new semester, we were contacted by our landlord to inform us that we would need to look for new housing for our family. As we began to pray about what to do, we received word that the house we had purchased and were selling from when we ministered in Ojojona was finally ready to close! That gave us the finances to begin construction on our new home a few blocks away from the Conference Center! In the meantime, we are living in one of the recently built cabins at the Conference Center as we oversee the construction of our home.
• For the man saved since our last prayer letter—we are seeing decisions made on a weekly, if not a daily basis!
• For growth for the nine churches that have been started
• For the eleven seminary students to remain fervent for the Lord
• For the prospective students considering studying in the spring term
• For our twins to have their US visas approved so we can travel as a family when needed”
CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Erik and Holly Johnson —
They share the following with prayer requests: “In November, we marked another sign of a return to normalcy with our annual Bible Conference. Due to COVID-19, it has been two years since our last conference and we were uncertain how it would be received and attended by our church. For the conference we were greatly blessed to have three terrific pastors from the capital graciously travel up to our city to share the Word of God. Each message was a unique and special challenge for out church. All three evenings we saw first-time visitors come and clearly hear the Gospel. Our final night was the most well attended as it was hard to find an open seat! We praise the Lord for the powerful preaching of the visiting pastors, the faithfulness of the church members, and the dedication of many who serve to make sure that the conference was a blessing.
• Follow up and salvation of many visitors
• Planning activities and outreaches for the new year
• Health, safety and spiritual growth for our family”
WESTERN EUROPE, SPAIN, MADRID, PARLA, Julio and Andrea Velasquez —
They share the following: “GOAL REACHED! We are thrilled to inform everyone that we have reached the total amount of $80,000 for the remodeling of our church! We are praising God for providing the money needed. Because of rising prices in construction materials, we have had to raise our expenses by $10,000. If any friend or church would still like to give to this project, just send it to our Mission Board in our name and label it Building Fund. In all, we received money from 10 of our friends and from 22 of our supporting churches. We want to thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in giving. May the Lord bless you richly for your generosity.
We have completed 75% of the remodeling, but have come to a standstill because we still do not have the permits to finish the work and also begin using the building. Please pray with us about this need. With the large amount of COVID cases here in Spain, there is a shortage of workers everywhere, including the government jobs, which includes the office that needs to sign our permits. However, we know that God is able to get the permits quickly. We appreciate so much your prayers in this matter.”
FAR EAST, PHILIPPINES, METRO MANILA, John Mark and Kristin Catalan —
They share the following report: “For the past two months, we have been working with my father and brother’s church in Makati City and Taytay, Rizal, both are within 15–20 minutes away from us. Weekly we alternately go to these churches to preach, witness, and help in the ministry. As of now, the Philippine government just put the country to Level 3 restrictions and checkpoints due to the increase in people getting sick because of COVID, which makes it difficult for us to go out to do surveying for a place and soul winning to someone who is a stranger. Despite the restrictions, we keep ourselves busy by contacting people that we know and scheduling to visit them. Please pray as we meet with two families this month. One family is Catholic and in the other family, only a few of them are saved. Our goal is to share the Gospel with them and possibly start a Bible Study that might lead to a church plant, Lord willing. Continue to pray for guidance as we continue to survey and look for leads where we can start a church.”
SOUTH AMERICA, GUYANA, Noel and Charlene Shrivnauth —
They share the following report: “In December, we conducted a Christmas tract blitz! We were anticipating giving out 40,000 Christmas tracts. We surpassed the goal and gave out 90,488 tracts. . . . The Christmas paper missionaries were distributing in such places as open air markets, busy traffic areas, shopping areas (where many were Christmas shopping), barber shops, parking lots, and ball fields.
Pray with us that God will use the seeds sown in the hearts of people. Our church is continuing to distribute John and Romans to every house and village around us. Please keep this in prayer. We are planning to launch our online Bible college in January as well as starting a Saturday teen soul-winning program. . . . On Saturdays we will bring the teenagers to our church, teach them life principles from the Bible, have a meal together, and then take them out soul winning on the bus routes. It is our prayer that this will greatly help to reduce the loss of these teens to the world. We are truly excited about this new ministry. Pray with us for strength and wisdom.”
WEST AFRICA, COTE D’IVOIRE, Bob and Becky Mach —
They write, “We were finally able to complete the sale of the Yopougon property. This has been an ongoing situation since late 2014. We have passed through many legal battles, many complications, and many threats as well. However, the Lord has allowed for the sale, and we have received the proceeds, which will be used to further the ministry here.
Although this is not a permanent situation yet, we will be positioning one brother in the north of our country to work with the Zanapledougou church. I plan to return there in February to help the church and begin more construction on the property. We are still hoping for a more permanent solution, but this one should help us through the first few months of 2022.”
EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Erica Bohman —
She shares the following report: “These past two months have been full of opportunities for us to both reach out to the lost and be a blessing to other Christians. I encouraged the girls in my Bible studies, who are already saved, to focus on reaching out to others. They had an opportunity to do something for others by coming to my apartment for a fun time of decorating cookies to give out to all the children in the Bible club!
Recently, I was able to start Bible studies with two new individuals, including the first regular Bible study I have been able to have with an adult. The lady, who is studying the Bible with me, received a new Bible this Christmas and I look forward to our studies together this year. In reviewing 2021, I thank the Lord for all He has done! Last January, I was just arriving on the field, and what an encouragement it has been to look back and see how God was working throughout the year,”
FAR EAST, OKINAWA, Dan and Heidi Gardner —
They share the following report: “Continue to pray for a man who comes occasionally, but his job is moving him south, so he will not be able to come much. However, he brought a friend to English class. He lives in the apartment right NEXT DOOR to us with his parents! He calls me almost every week to come for English. After one class, we went out for dinner together and talked for a couple of hours. His heart is tender. A couple of weeks later, he brought a friend. After class, we ended up playing games for several hours and just talking. Please pray for these young men to be saved! They are so open to talk and I have had several opportunities to share about God’s Goodness and love.
We are thankful that the Lord allowed us to hold several events in December to share what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. First, we had a teen activity with 6 teens; one was a returning visitor. Second, we had the ‘Movie in the park’ again this year. One young lady brought 7 visitors to that. The next day for our Christmas service, 3 visitors from the previous night came AND the young lady brought 8 more people! It is exciting to see her invite so many of her friends and they come. The last event that we had was for the men that one of them works with and their families. We had them over for games, food, and fellowship and to share with them the REAL meaning of Christmas.
PLEASE pray as we follow up and keep in touch with these new friends. PRAY for more opportunities to tell them more about our loving Lord and that they will trust Him.”
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