Missionary Highlights

Wooden Cross

February 2019

 

Australia - The Stanley Family

Bro. Stanley reported that the church in Northern Territory is doing well. Last fall they participated in a "Build Up Revival" held in the indigenous community of Barunga. This meeting has proven to be unique as two cultures come together to worship God. The meeting was well attended and a couple of people made professions of faith. They also continue to have a large group of children attending their Friday night youth club and a couple who were married in early December will be taking over the youth ministry after their marriage.

 

Brazil - The Douglas Family

"Ruth along with Andrea, an interpreter at our church, went to visit a young deaf lady named Vera. Ruth had a wonderful conversation with her and was surprised at her willingness to share and listen. Ruth shared the truth of Jesus Christ and His purpose to save us from the lake of fire. Vera was found by Jehovah Witnesses when she was about 12 years old and had been with Jehovah Witnesses for 14 years. She had stopped attending and the Lord placed in her heart no PEACE!!! After about 2 1/2 hours of sharing scriptures and a book with pictures, Vera PRAYED and told Jesus that she believed that He died and rose again to forgive her sins. She told Ruth that she had PEACE at that moment! Vera now found the TRUTH and the truth set her FREE. Praise the Lord!..."

 

Brazil - The Douglas Family

"Ruth along with Andrea, an interpreter at our church, went to visit a young deaf lady named Vera. Ruth had a wonderful conversation with her and was surprised at her willingness to share and listen. Ruth shared the truth of Jesus Christ and His purpose to save us from the lake of fire. Vera was found by Jehovah Witnesses when she was about 12 years old and had been with Jehovah Witnesses for 14 years. She had stopped attending and the Lord placed in her heart no PEACE!!! After about 2 1/2 hours of sharing scriptures and a book with pictures, Vera PRAYED and told Jesus that she believed that He died and rose again to forgive her sins. She told Ruth that she had PEACE at that moment! Vera now found the TRUTH and the truth set her FREE. Praise the Lord!..."

 

Brazil - The Gerwitz Family

The Gerwitzs are immersed in language school and learning daily about the culture in their new area. The local people are friendly and many speak some English but Bro. Gerwitz needs to learn to speak the local language to be most effective. Please pray for them as they undertake this journey of learning the new language.

 

Germany - the Klaus Family

Bro. Klaus writes: "I also mentioned in our last letter that a young family had started coming to the church. The wife is a believer and we had been praying for several months for her husband to be saved. This spring I was able to lead him to Christ and it has been a great blessing to see him growing as we hold our weekly Bible studies. We have stayed very busy with our one on one discipleships and counseling, but God has given strength and we are beginning to see some real fruit in the ministry here. Our young adult group is starting to come together and I have been meeting with and witnessing to a young man attending who is very close to trusting Christ. There are at least two others with whom I am regularly sharing the Gospel and I have been so thrilled to see God working in their hearts."

 

Home and Abroad Baptist Ministries - The Williams

The Williams have finished their work in Newfoundland, Canada and are stateside awaiting the Lord's plans for them. They have been contacted about three churches in the States that need help and are praying over these opportunities. Mrs. Williams had knee replacement surgery in January and will be recovering from that until spring. It is their hope to be able to visit some of their supporting churches while praying for direction about their next "assignment."

 

Mexico - The Ortiz Family

Bro. Ortiz writes: "Maricela the sister from San Miguel whom I mentioned in the last prayer letter had been often struggling with four sons and one daughter. The youngest of the boys, J., was her most problematic son. At only 14 years old, he was put in the local jail two or three times for causing trouble. He used drugs and alcohol and often did not return home for days at a time. That is all in the past now because he received Christ three month ago and has done a 180 degree change in his lifestyle! Shortly after becoming saved, he requested to be baptized along with his mother. So, I got to baptize Maricela and her youngest son on the same day. God continues to work on them."

 

Mongolia - The Tillman Family

Bro. Tillman reported that they were able to buy the apartment where they will start the new Pro Life Center. The location is perfect and they are looking forward to serving the Lord there. They have all the equipment needed and hope to start up in the spring. God has really used these centers to reach the lost and save the lives of innocent little ones. He also noted that he and Baljmah will be heading off to Thailand to assist in the work there now that the work in Mongolia is well established.

 

Netherlands - The Krehs

Bro. Kreh writes: "A week after the last report, we were on the street in Amsterdam. I had preached for a little while and a man walks up to me. I'm not sure if he had been standing around listening to the preaching, I hadn't seen him until he was right in my face. He said, "I need to repent and be saved." It was almost like an Acts 16:30 moment when the jailor asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" To be honest, it surprised me, but I took my New Testament and walked him through the passages dealing with salvation and he asked the Lord to save him. I would ask that you pray for Arion."

 

Nukuoro, Micronesia - The Peelers

The Peelers are in the US on medical furlough. Bro. Peeler reported that he and Melinda will be able to return to Pohnpei late winter (Feb/Mar 2019). He wrote that the work is continuing in his absence and that the Pastor he has working with him (Pastor Ray) has done a fine job while the Peelers have been away. The work is continuing to grow and the islands and atolls in Micronesia are hungry for the truth of Gospel.

 

Pennsylvania - The Lints

Bro. Lint writes: "The Lord has blessed in many ways. The man that we mentioned in our last prayer letter that has been coming has joined our church. We are thankful for that and would appreciate your continued prayers for him as he has many needs. There is a lady that has started coming the last couple of month. Please pray that she will continue to come out and that her spiritual needs will be met as we desire to help her and her family. It is also a blessing that one of the children from VBS has been coming regularly..."

 

Portugal - The Newtons

It is with sadness that Bro. Newton reported that he and Mrs. Newton will no longer be able to return to the field as Mrs. Newton's health will not permit it at this time. He has taken a part time staff position at his home church and is also serving as a part time hospice chaplain. The Pereiras will be continuing the work started there by the Newtons.

 

Spain - The Stanleys

The Stanleys have been busy on deputation and are at seventy-two percent of their needed support. They also shared that they are expecting identical twins, which are expected to arrive in May 2019. Please pray as they continue their deputation meetings and pray for the safety of the babies and mother during this exciting pregnancy.

 

Transporters for Jesus - The Worleys

Bro. Worley writes: "This fall we took food and supplies from Cleveland, Ohio to Panama City, Florida for Paul Dean. The devastation was unreal down there. We saw great love from the people that lived there from giving away free ice to serving meals to those that had lost everything. We also moved Daniel Wineberry from Lexington, North Carolina to LaCross, Kansas. Bro. Adam Webb was able to go with me from Farmington, Missouri."

 

Turks and Caicos Islands - The Valles Family

Bro. Valles writes: "... the ministry has been extremely busy as well. We have been helping Pastor Harris at his church on North Caicos. He has been in the states for the past few weeks taking care of his elderly mother. I have taken over all the church ministries in his absence. The church people here have been comparing us recently to Mordecai telling Esther that she came for such a time as this. The church is glad to have someone preach God's Word in pastor's absence. Recently, I finished going through a discipleship course with one of the teenage boys, and had him teach the teenage Sunday school lesson. It was encouraging to see one of the young people teach the Bible for his first time, preaching his heart to his peers. Also, we have been teaching the youth on Saturday mornings how to share the Gospel with others, then they go out and put it into practice."

 








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