As the clock continues to run, we are reminded that Paul
said, And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to
awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when
we believed (Romans 13:11). Each year we are made more
aware of the times in which we live. As we begin another year, we see
greater needs around us. Evil is more pronounced than when we were children.
Society today is colder and more apathetic than ever before. Yet, we can rejoice in
the fact that God is still in the soul-saving business. He is doing some marvelous
things. In September I had the joy of going to Jamaica. What a blessing to see
Richey and Fran Young back in Jamaica, serving the Lord. Richey said, “Brother
Sprunger, I told you I would be much better when I get back home to Jamaica.”
Swante and Linda Lindquist are doing a great job
in the Portmore area. In October Don and Bridgitt
Dryden came to the Home Office and shared their
ministry with the Personnel Committee. We rejoiced
with them that over 140 Haitian men are studying and
preparing to serve the Lord in their Bible school. This
past year they were able to start a couple of new works
with their graduates.
Glen Foster (left) was approved under
ARM (Assistance and Relief Missionaries) to assist missionaries
with their furlough needs. After Glen lost his dear wife, Helaine,
he felt lead to make himself available to fill in for missionaries.
Glen is bilingual and desires to be a blessing in the Caribbean. At
the present time he is serving in Puerto Rico at Maranatha Baptist
Church. Pray for Glen as he makes this transition in ministry.
In November Timothy Fluegge met me at the Home Office for his
Missionary Departure Interview. We praise the Lord that Tim and
Sharon were able to get their support raised in just two years. They left in late
December for language school. Soon they will be in the Dominican Republic,
serving the Lord. Pray for them as they prepare for that move.
Many have been asking about Miss Joan Whiteheart. After her CAT scan, Joan's
oncologist decided to again change her chemotherapy. Joan is living close to her
brother and his family in Hayes, Virginia. Pray for her as she continues with her
chemotherapy treatments. Her desire is to be able to return to Puerto Rico and
continue serving the Lord there. Meanwhile, Joan is helping with the children's
ministry and she also is playing the organ in her brother's church.
cover photo: Missionary Coco Chan teaches Bible in public school.
2 Islander – No 1, 2013