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By Brandyn Knight
Thou shalt be saved, and
thy house (Acts 16:31b).
Looking back at what God does to work in the
lives of people and to build His church is always
something that draws out a proclamation
of praise. One such story is that of a man in
our church named Lawrence. He is a retired
Marine, and when we first met, he just seemed
to be a quiet man who had been coming to
Faith Baptist Church in Iwakuni for some time.
One day during the after-service fellowship,
God pressed it on my heart not to let him leave
without trying to get to know his name and
background. We briefly talked, and I asked
if we could meet for coffee to talk about his
testimony. He gladly accepted the invitation,
and we met for the first time in late 2016.
Lawrence began to recount how he had
recently been saved and wanted badly to find
out more about being a part of the church
family. A fellow Marine had witnessed to him
many times in the shop. One day, the man gave
him a Bible, but Lawrence was not receptive
to the Gospel. However, he knew he could
not just throw away a Bible, so he put it on a
shelf at home and forgot about it. Years later,
while he was going through a difficult chapter
in his life, God began to reach into his hard
heart and nurture the Gospel seed that had
fallen there, bringing to mind what his fellow
Marine had shared with him. It was not long
before Lawrence accepted Christ as his Savior.
God brought Lawrence to Faith Baptist Church
through a series of events not long after.
Lawrence went on to express that he had been
unsure if he was allowed to join the church and
was shocked that we even met at all to discuss it.
He was not baptized. We set up a time to get that
squared away, and he was baptized soon after.
Fast forward a few months—we were out
canvassing a neighborhood with invitations
to our Japanese services. During this time,
Brother LT (as we now affectionately call him)
seemed like he had a lot on his mind. Finally,
as we were leaving for the day to head back to
the church, he opened up that he had found the
Bible his fellow Marine had given him. He had
forgotten about it, and now he felt as though
he should reach out to let the man know what
had happened in his own life. He did, and it
was timely good news that this man needed in
his life—an encouragement of faithfulness that
both he and Brother LT strive to never forget.
14 Brother LT has weathered some difficult days
alongside us in our church but now God has
been blessing. Over the last two years, God
has breathed new life into the ministry. We are
seeing souls saved regularly, and those who are saved are growing in
great depth. In addition, during this time God has blessed Brother LT’s
family. He has been able to witness God work in the lives of three of his
children and his sister, who have all been saved. We are still praying for
more in his family to turn to Christ, but we are confident that God will
work in their hearts to bring them to Himself. After all, is any thing too
hard for the LORD (Genesis18:14)?
As you serve in your corner of the world, never lose sight of the one in
the service whom you see but often overlook. He may be new, newly
saved, or seem to be just passing through, yet, you never know exactly
what God has in store. It is His church and He has promised to build it.
We just get the extra special blessing to be a small part of it all! W
But now hath God set the members every one
of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Brother LT & Family
1 Corinthians 12:18
PNG UPDATE BY ALAN BROOKS
In June 2019, we set a goal for the printing of one
million Bibles for the students of Papua New Guinea.
I am excited to announce that this goal has now been
met and 770,000 Bibles have already been shipped
into the country! We have ordered 230,000 Bibles,
which brings our total to one million! Lord willing, these Bibles
will arrive into the port of Papua New Guinea in 2020.
Some may think that this will end the project, but the truth is
that there is much more to do! When the Bibles do arrive at
the docks, we must take them by trucks, boats, or planes to the
different districts for storage. Once in the district, we will be able
to branch out into the many villages or stations where the schools are located. Presently,
we have been able to distribute and preach to over 740,000 students and teachers. Because
most all of the inner cities have been done, our work is now in some of the most remote areas of the
country. There are several secondary schools in the isolated areas still to be completed and hundreds
of primary schools are anxiously waiting to receive their Bibles.
What an open door! Through this project, we now have opportunities to see souls saved, Christians
grow, individual lives and families changed, and churches built for the glory of God. There is also
freedom to plant new churches and to continue education in the schools and colleges with God’s
Word. The needs are great. Perhaps God is speaking to your heart about being a missionary to this
country. What would God have you do? W