Brazil: Don and Linda Leaf August 18, 2015
Dear Praying Friends,
In our last prayer letter, we spoke of the planned 8th year anniversary of the work in Cornélio Procópio. Our Lord blessed the meetings with good preaching and good attendance. On the first weekend in August, we also had our annual missions conference. The son of one of our members who is the pastor of a Baptist church about one hour from Cornélio Procópio was the speaker. Again, the Lord blessed as the people were once more challenged to be involved in evangelizing the lost, personally and collectively. The Lord worked in the hearts of our people. A faith promise for missions doubled the amount of funds being given for missions. The people also promised to give above their regular tithes and offerings for the payments of the land we purchased last year. The promised offering will pay one third of the monthly payment.
Several months ago, we went through a discipleship program with the purpose of preparing some of our people to be able to use the material themselves. This is beginning to happen with some of those who did the study using the material with others. We believe that true church growth is dependent upon consistent and energetic involvement of the membership and not just upon the leaders. Soul winning and discipleship should be normal activities of every member of the church.
Can You Help?
In June, we received an email telling us about a Brazilian Christian in the US that was looking for a Baptist church in or near Cornélio Procópio. When we spoke with Debora, she asked if we could help her parents who were Christians, but had received very little Bible teaching. She had gone to the US to study in a Bible school and recognized how little she and her parents knew about the Bible. After meeting her parents, they began a weekly Bible study with the national worker.
We have seen growth in the Sunday School. A goal of an attendance of 50 has been set with the prize being a special luncheon. There also are rewards for attendance, memorization, and bringing visitors. This growth is forcing us to find a way to increase our classroom space. Our Sunday worship service continues to run between 55 and 60. Three people who attend regularly are not saved. Those who are saved continue to show spiritual growth.
Thank You for your faithful prayers for us,
Don & Linda Leaf
Hungary: Mike and Lynne Carney July 2015
Dear Praying Friends,
In May and June we spent most of our time in the Northeast. I was able to present our ministry in 8 churches. Since we were presented as missionaries in September I told the church here in Holbrook that I would try not to be gone more than 2 Sundays a month. This has worked out very well. Generally, when I had an opportunity to be in a church, pretty much anywhere, I took it and scheduled churches around it. Between September and June I was able to be in 46 churches. This was quite a blessing for a part-time deputation schedule. As of our last report we are at about 40% support with more churches that have promised support.
This next month will be a big month. On July 5th Lighthouse Baptist Church will be celebrating their 41st anniversary. On that day our founding pastor, Bruce Turner will preach Sunday School, I will preach the AM and our new pastor, Brian Crump will preach the afternoon. This will be the service where Brother Crump will be beginning as Senior Pastor of the church and the church will be sending us out as full time missionaries. It is difficult to leave a church after 8 years, but I am confident in the leadership of Pastor Crump and look forward to seeing what the Lord will do with him there. I have been pastoring, traveling, and trying my best to schedule meetings since September and it will be nice to focus on our calling to Hungary and turn the reigns over to Pastor Crump.
After our sending out service we hit the road pretty hard. We have a pretty busy schedule from July to October. In November we will be back in the New England area, but we already have 5 churches on the schedule for that month. We have a number of churches scheduled after that, but I am stilling doing all I can to fill the rest of the schedule. I would like to be in Hungary by June 1, 2016. In June the first church we planted will be celebrating their 20th anniversary and I hope to be there to celebrate it with them.
If you are able to send support please address it to GIBM, 602 Manco Road, Lewisville, TX 75067. However, be sure to designate the support for Mike Carney, or The Carneys. The GIBM has a number of missionaries and individual support has to be designated. If you need to contact me for any reason my mobile number is (781) 510-2489
our Facebook page is listed below, and my email is: email@example.com
. Thank you so much for your support and prayers.
Missionary Mike Carney
Korea: Benjamin and Jae Parks October 2014
The First Family Camp
From the beginning of this year, I have been publishing daily devotional books bimonthly for our churches and people. And in early August, there was SJBBC family camp in a Christian camp with the theme of “Daily Personal Devotion”. We had Pastor Taepyung Lee of Banpo Bible Baptist Church as the camp speaker and 22 campers from 7 families in SJBBC attended. Most of the campers were fairly new Christians and it was a blessing to see these young Christians challenged and encouraged for personal walk with the Lord and for spiritual growth in the knowledge of the Bible.
I also started, in September, an Adult Sunday School on Sunday morning at 9:30 to teach and train our people for spiritual growth so that they could be equipped for one to one discipleship program.
The First Anniversary Service of Sejong BBC:
August 30 was our one year anniversary. I have invited Pastor Seongjin Lee from Mokpo as the guest speaker and we had Revival Meeting from Fridday night to Sunday night. It was the first meeting of its kind, and our people worked hard to invite people to hear the Gospel message. There were several visitors but no one was saved during the meeting. On Sunday morning, we had 35 people. Even though many did not show up for the meeting, we have several prospects that we are working on for their salvations. Pastor and Mrs. Min, Jae, and I are canvassing the area high rise apartments with fliers and tracts to let people know about our church and we have passed about 10,000 fliers and tracts since the beginning of the year. A new batch of 10,000 fliers is printed now and will be distributed during the next several months.
60th Anniversary of the First Bible Baptist Church in Seoul:
In 1954, the Foster family came to Korea as the first independent Baptist missionaries and started their first church in Seoul in Sep. of 1955. On the first Sunday of Sep., 2015, there was a celebration of the church’s 60th anniversary. It was a great gathering of people and pastors together to thank the Lord for the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and for the messengers who brought the message of salvation to this land. I, as a fruit of American missionaries’ ministry, want to thank you for sending us your missionaries to this country 60 years ago and for your continued efforts and sacrifices for salvation of Korean souls.
Now as one of your missionaries myself, I do not have a proper vocabulary to express my gratitude for the privilege to partner with you for the Gospel ministry in Korea, except “Thank you very much and God bless you all for your love and supports!”
1) Banpo BBC (Pastor Lee), Andong BBC (Pastor Chung), and Sejong BBC
2) Salvations and growth of souls in our churches
3) Wisdom and power of God upon our lives
4) Our health: A doctor diagnosed that I have a disk on the neck and it’s no fun to have pain on the left shoulder, arm and hand.
Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park
Parks: August 2015
Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,
Two More Baptized in June
We had another baptismal service on the last Sunday of June and two adults, Mr. Jong-jin Kim and Ms. Min-jeong Kim (they are not related) were baptized in a portable pool which was set up at Brother Park’s back yard. Brother Kim and his wife attend our services every week from Daegu which is about two hours away from Sejong. They want to move to Sejong next year. Please pray for their spiritual growth in the Lord. I am grateful for your prayers and financial support which make all our works possible for us to do in Korea.
The Charter Service of Banpo Bible Baptist Church
On July 12th, there was the Chartering of Banpo Bible Baptist Church which we started right after our arrival to Korea in 2013. It was their second anniversary as well. Banpo Church runs about 20 people each Sunday and they were organized to be an Independent Baptist Church. We celebrated the event with many pastors and people from sister churches in Seoul. Praise the Lord for His grace allowing us have another Bible believing, Gospel preaching, Baptist Church in one of the most affluent places in Korea! It would not be possible without your prayers and supports, so thank you again for your parts in this ministry.
The First Vacation Bible School of Sejong BBC
Vacation Bible School is very dear to my heart. I was saved in July of 1969, when there was a VBC in a small Baptist church of our town. I was there for a day and was invited to be back to their Wed. evening service, where I heard the Gospel for the first time and accepted the Lord as my Savior. We had our first Vacation Bible School and it was a great time. There were about twenty young people and eight adult teachers and helpers involved together. The Lord saved three precious young people into His family. Please continue pray for the growth of those young people and of Sejong Bible Baptist Church.
There will be our first Church Camp next week, and the 1st anniversary celebration of Sejong BBC at the end of this month. A three day evangelistic meeting is planned for Aug. 28-30. Please pray for this special event so that God would save many more souls and them to be added to the church.
Thank you again for all your love, prayers and helps for our ministry here in Sejong and in S. Korea.
1) Banpo BBC (Pastor Lee), Andong BBC (Pastor Chung), and Sejong BBC.
2) Salvations and growth of souls in our churches.
3) First Anniversary Evangelistic Meeting (Aug. 28-30).
4) Wisdom and power of God upon our lives.
5) Our health.
Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park
Mexico: Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra May-June 2015
Dear Pastor and brethren,
“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”. Psalm 33:4-5
We pray that you are doing well. We thank the Lord for giving us health and taking care of us, and for always supplying each of our needs. Each day He gives us grace and strength to continue working in the ministry. We thank the Lord for our daughters, Areli and Andrea, for always being willing to help us, but overall because we can see their love, effort, enthusiasm, and dedication to do everything for God.
May: we started the month with new visitors, thanks to the hard work of the members who have understood the importance of sharing the gospel. The classes we have given on how to soul win have been very helpful. We ask your prayers for the Rojas family, that their desire to work won’t cease; since their arrival they have been a blessing and are always willing to help so the church will continue to grow for the glory of the Lord. We had a Mother’s Day celebration and did everything we could so the ladies would have a good time, and of course had a special meal for them.
June: there is not a more important reason for the church than to share the Good News. We continued to go on visitation which is our commitment before God and you, knowing that you have trusted us as your missionaries. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by charismatic churches but this motivates us to keep sharing sound doctrine. We have some people that we will keep visiting, it is our prayer that soon we will be able to give you the good news that they have accepted Christ as their Savior. We celebrated Father’s Day at church with sports and good food, which was a different experience for some of the men. They were able to spend time with their family, without the need for alcohol or any other worldly influences.
Vacation bible school (starts Monday 17th)
A bigger place to meet
Health of Bro. Hugo (cancer)
My wife’s health
My daughters schools (Areli and Andrea)
Thank you for your love and support,
Ernesto and Veronica
New Guinea: Kenny and Kalie Keck July 2015
Philippines:Christopher and Victoria Hunter October 2015
Dearest Beloved Prayer Warriors,
Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Praise GOD for the moving of the HOLY SPIRIT in the ministry. We give GOD praise for over 500 in attendance during our 10TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY here in Bible Baptist Church Don Carlos. GOD gave us a fully packed and overflowing Sunday morning worship service. Our High school students were in full uniform and attended with their parents. The Parents were so happy to hear their children sing unto the LORD. Our speaker was Pastor Eric Barbaso. He is 63 years old and has been in the ministry for 46 wonderful years. The LORD used him mightily to preach the WORD of GOD. All of the members, especially the young people of our church did an excellent job of decorating the front of the auditorium. The ladies teamed up to cook and serve the food for all of our guests during the special day. Everyone was so busy working together to “serve the LORD with JOYFULNESS and GLADNESS of heart”. It was so exciting and encouraging to my heart to see everyone so eager to serve and take care of their own area of responsibility. By the grace of GOD every department was handled with love and care for the glory of GOD.
We have seen over 1,700 precious souls receive JESUS CHRIST as their LORD and personal Saviour in the past two months. We have increased our outreach and soul winning efforts more and more because we believe that our LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming very soon. We have also had 40 baptisms within two months. PRAISE BE TO GOD!
We would also like to say thank you for the financial blessing that you sent to our family here in the mission field of the Philippines, at the end of September. It was SO UNEXPECTED that my wife and I could not help but weep together unto the LORD, in prayer, with tears of joy and gratefulness. GOD BLESS YOU. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude. We can never pay you back but THE LORD SHALL SHOWER YOU WITH HIS BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY! Thank you for giving to the LORD! Thank you for loving our family and the people of the Philippines. It is so wonderful to know that God answers prayer.
As prophecy is unfolding in ISRAEL and the signs of the times are appearing everywhere. “Let us not grow weary in well doing”, but rather “be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”, because CHRIST JESUS IS COMING SOON! LET’S GO SOUL WINNING!
In CHRIST JESUS,
The Hunter Family,
Hunter: July 2015
Dearest Beloved Prayer Warriors,
Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST,
Thank you for your faithful prayers, fasting, and financial support for our family, and ministry. The LORD has given us 159 students in our church-school this year. Each student is thoroughly grounded in the WORD of GOD everyday. Every week we have scheduled soul winning, and discipleship, in each student’s home, with their parents. Every family welcomes us into their home, and are so eager to listen to what we have to say because their children are students in our school. What an awesome, GOD given privilege, to have bible studies every week without any hindrance or negative response. GOD is building HIS CHURCH, one family at a time. We believe in HOLINESS, lifting the standard high, and upholding biblical principles, so that our students have an environment conducive of learning, and a testimony that lifts up CHRIST JESUS our LORD for all the world to see. Truly, we are a peculiar people to those around us, and by the grace of GOD, we have a very good testimony with our neighbors, local Government, and police officers here in our small town of Don Carlos. By GOD’S grace, our testimony is now spreading out to neighboring towns, and families travel far to enroll their children in our school. AMEN!
“BEHOLD, HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY!” (PSALM 133:1)
It has taken my wife and I, many years of prayer, constant training, and MUCH patience, to train others and teach them how to be effective and useful in the ministry. By the the graceof GOD, all of our hard work is benefiting us now in the long run. The ministry runs so much smoother, and efficiently now. God has used us to love HIS people, and train them. It is a great joy to see the LORD, changing lives through soul winning, and discipleship. These men and women have given their lives to full-time ministry. Many of these used to walk in darkness and wickedness, now they are walking in the light with JESUS. We are so blessed to be in a ministry wherein lives are being changed. It is a privilege to work side by side with these my brethren in the faith, who love the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Please continue to “hold the rope for us” as we preach and lift up CHRIST JESUS our LORD and Saviour, here in the dark land of Mindanao. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) God Bless you.
In CHRIST JESUS
The Hunter Family
Philippines: Lemuel and Taylor Javier July-August 2015
Dear Pastor and Church Family,
Let me just begin by telling you what the Lord has been doing for the last five weeks of being in the Philippines. Since we arrived on June 11th we are blessed beyond all measure of how our gracious, merciful and loving heavenly Father that has given us so much that we do not deserve. God providentially blessed us with a home not too far from the church. My wife, Taylor could tell you everything about it, just ask her and no doubt in my mind that she will give all the details you want to know. Another thing is a car, yes a car! Not that I am tired of commuting but its easier to go somewhere having a car of your own. God provided just the kind of car we were looking for within our budget.
Most important thing besides home and a car is a place where we could worship the Lord with His saints. Oh how I love to be with God’s people. Our first Sunday was so awesome, though still adjusting with jet lag and the heat, we felt so welcome. I was given an opportunity to preach one Sunday. Taylor and I also joined the choir as well. Filipinos really love music! We are planning to spend most of our time with Bible Believers Baptist Church in Santa Monica Puerto Princesa, Palawan to work alongside with Brother Mark Varney. I desire to visit different like-minded Baptist churches in the city to be encourage and minister in any way I can. I am looking forward to seeing people saved and baptized and disciple.
This month Taylor and I are praying for salvation for Edith and Ian who are leaving to New Zealand the end of this month. There are also many student renters that live across the street, and next door that are also lost and needed to be saved. The Lady that owns the place across the street is very open for me to start a Bible study with the Students that live there. She herself goes to a Baptist church in town. Our next door neighbor is a police officer and now has a boarding house and review center for student police there in her home. Her renters we got to say hi to and talk with a couple weeks ago. Please pray for courage and the Holy Spirit leading. I am so thankful for the ability to speak the language and communicate to others pretty easily. It is certainly a blessing. My wife can testify that the people do speak English; but communication is still harder if you use English. She is taking Tagalog lessons from a friend and tutor. We desire that she will easily learn to converse and understand Tagalog.
The Lord has blessed us with many friends already. We have friends at our house frequently staying the night (they are students at the university and we live in the center of all the their company and fellowship. The Lord has also blessed us with a couple and their 5 year old son to be friends with. They have helped us every step; finding a house, finding a car, finding anything we need. Our daughter, Georgianna also has gotten close to their son. They love to play together and get along well. Through a course that only God could plan, they were helping us as we looked for help at the house for Taylor (cooking, laundry, etc…) and our search was unfruitful. As it turned out I mentioned one day that I would love to have her (she is a good friend and AMAZING COOK) she talked to her husband and it was a good fit for them as well. Now Taylor has her friend helping her every day and my daughter has hers as well. We are blessed, and I hope, are a blessing to her. All of these things could not be accomplished without you all. Thank you so much for your FAITHFULNESS!!
Lemuel and Taylor Javier
Taylor’s immigrant visa to be sent and process.
Brother and Mrs. Varney to arrive safely August 6th
Outreach: Bible Study And one on one Soul winning
Our boxes to arrive soon
Taylor’s pregnancy and everyone to stay healthy
Scotland: Russell and Janet Brinkley Aug. / Sept. 2015
Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,
Tract Distribution at Highland Games
In August, the Bible Baptist Church family descended upon the large crowd of visitors during the afternoon portion of the Perth Highland Games. We gave out John & Roman Booklets as well as Gospel Tracts & Invitations to the church. We spoke to many people, handed out many tracts and everyone from the church had
a part in it. That’s what it’s all about! Reaching Scotland together for Christ!
Hosted Fellowship Meeting
In September, we hosted the annual Scottish Independent Baptist Fellowship meeting at our church hall in Perth. This year, we had eight missionary families from around the UK join us for a day of preaching, singing, fellowship and fun. Our family is grateful to have friendships with other laborers here. It’s always an
encouragement to us when we can schedule time together for godly fellowship.
Welcome Deana Hewston
Deana Hewston, arrived in Scotland on September 9, 2015. She is a single lady missionary who has joined our ministry efforts here in Perth. Deana will be heading up our youth program, leading the youth choir, providing special music, and help lead our Holiday Bible Club.
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley
Brinkley: June / July 2015
Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,
Many Open Doors
We had 22 people at our annual 4th of July Church Cookout, with 4 families visiting for the first time! Our hall-keeper Hugh brought his wife along and one family is a result of Russell’s chaplaincy work. Many answered prayers! Our unfriendly next door neighbor, who became unhappy with us two years ago about the height our landlord had the hedges cut, has apologized to us! She was just diagnosed with breast cancer and she said she realized that life was too short to hold grudges. She even invited Janet over for a cup of tea and this is another family who came to the 4th of July cookout. Russell took it upon himself to mow a neglected area of grass in our neighborhood and one pleased family brought him flowers and chocolates. Janet was able to witness to two Jehovah’s Witness ladies at our front door. An Englishman, with a summer work contract in Perth, has been visiting our mid-week service after looking at our church website. (www.bbcperth.co.uk) We witnessed to a plumber working in our house, who is new to the area. A family who has faithfully been attending our Sunday services, recently moved closer to Perth just so they can attend the mid-week service too! A young single mother just started a weekly discipleship class with Janet. Janet was invited to become a Unit Helper in the Girl Guides Youth Program.
We praise the Lord that God has given all three of our children their own special friend here on the mission field. With another year of homeschooling behind us, we look forward to the fellowship opportunities that the summer brings. Russell and Dylan hosted a Missionary Men’s Campout leading up to Father’s Day in June. They camped for three days in the beautiful coastal city of Oban and had a refreshing time visiting with the other missionary men and boys. Our family took a short trip to Cornwall, England to visit with fellow missionary Kent Gossmeyer. It was a much needed holiday and the fellowship was sweet.
We feel that God is really at work here in Perth and we are so excited to see what He has in store. Thank you for letting us represent you here and for your prayers!
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley
Venezuela:Hector & Erica Garcia June/July 2015
Dear Churches, Family, and Friends,
We hope this letter finds you doing well. We would like to thank you for your prayer and support.
Project VIDA (LIFE) was started by a national pastor, Rafael Ramírez, as a way to preach the gospel in places were the church is not openly accepted. The idea behind this project is to teach: Values, Integrity, Development, and Abnegation using biblical principles. With VIDA as his platform, he has been able to teach God’s word in schools such as, the Airport Security Training Facility, the Formation School for National Guards, as well as public schools. Once a week during the month of May, Bro. Josúe and I traveled to La Guaira to glean from Pastor Rafael (far right) and Bro. Alexi (far left) as they held different activities and classes using this project.
In June, we decided to put into practice what we had learned. Immediately after introducing the project, we were invited to present at local schools. The Pi Suñer High School Principal, allowed us to hold two sessions with the students. We were overjoyed to see 84 total in attendance. Later that month, another session was held for the faculty and staff.
It was a real blessing to see our members involved and promoting this project. One couple even introduced it to their son’s vice principal. At the La Pedrea Elementary, Km 13, we were asked to speak to the faculty about, “Responsibility, and the Importance of Fulfilling your Duties.” This class was so well received, that we were ask to present it to the parents as well. We were overwhelmed with excitement when we were informed that the class was made into a requirement for parents before picking up their child’s final report card!
Project VIDA, has also been a way for us to begin working with the National Guard Post in El Junquito. It is a small post with 52 guards; however, they have been very receptive to the classes. Due to the post size, many of our sessions consist only of the 10 to 15 guards on duty.
At this year’s Jr. Camp, we were blessed to be able to take 5 teens. Yohniquer and Yohn Ángel, are a direct result of the Bible Study started in May, at one of our newest outreaches in km 14. All five campers returned excited, fired up and ready to serve the Lord. We are very eager to see how God will use them in the future.
* Please pray that the Lord would continue opening doors through Project VIDA.
* Pray for the work with the National Guards. (Here, they act as another police force and are constantly being dispatched and put into harm’s way.)
Your Missionaries to Venezuela,
Hector & Erica Garcia
Honduras: Jason and Arlen Stevens July/August 2015
Please forgive the lateness of this letter. I had planned to write it and have it sent out in early September, but then it dawned on me that it would be better to wait until the birth of our baby, instead of having to send out a separate letter informing everyone about the baby.
We are happy to report that Arlen gave birth to our third child, and first girl on Saturday September 19th at 11:11 AM in the morning. Fortunately we were not far from the hospital (at my parents’ house) when she started to have strong contractions, because once we got there the baby was born in just over two hours. Our baby’s name is Mary Ellen Stevens, and her weight at birth was 7.6 lbs. Both Arlen and Mary Ellen are doing fine, and we thank everyone who have been praying for them both.
We are sad to report that our close friend, and fellow missionary to the people of Honduras Mike Lane went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday August 31, 2015. He was sixty-three years old. I say sad to report, because he will be greatly missed not only in Honduras, but in the United States as well. From knowing Brother Lane though, I am sure that he empathized with what the Apostle Paul said in (Philippians 1:21), which reads “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Many of you know that Mike Lane and his wife Debbie were the missionaries that my wife and I worked with for our first two years in Honduras. Even when we separated from them to start two works, we still maintained a close friendship with them, often visiting them at least once a week. I learned many helpful things from him, and it was such a blessing and encouragement to my heart to have a fellow American brother in Christ living near me who I could confide in and pray with. He was a man who diligently sought to finish the course that God gave to him, and I have no doubt that the Lord has already said to him “Well done thou good and faithful servant:” (Matthew 25:21).
According to Brother Noel the attendance for the services has been steady, but good attendance certainly does not excuse a divisive spirit amongst some of the members. I would like to ask everyone to please continue to fervently pray for Brother Noel and Sonia Yanes, and for Brother Alberto and his wife Elida. We have a group of men from the church in “Quebrada de Lajas” going to our church plant in the community of “Rodeo” eve- ry Friday. They are trying to finish the inside of the temple building, and then conducting a service in the home of a faithful family of the church: Brother Porfirio, his wife Elvia, and their six children. Please remember to pray for this dear and faithful family.
While here in the US I have been busy in numerous ways with my sending church. In addition to working about three days a week at my church, my wife and I helped out with Vacation Bible School in August, and it was my privilege to preach the final service of a three day revival that our Spanish ministry hosted in September. We praise the Lord for one lady who made a profession of faith in Christ at the end of that service.
Thank you so much for all that you have done, and our doing to help us reach the people of Honduras with the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord willing, our next letter will be for September/October 2015.
Peru: Rob and Rebekah Greene October 2015
Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
I am currently the mission’s intern at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. My family is preparing to begin deputation in January of 2016. We were endorsed by the Global Independent Baptist Missions board at the GIBF Meeting last September. We will be using them as a clearinghouse to help us with some tax details and such. We are sent out from our home church, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Attached to this email is our testimonies and statement of faith. You can also find these and more information about us on our website greenefamilymissions.com.
We are looking to present our ministry in the Indiana area for the first two months of 2016, while we finalize the transition. In March, we are scheduled to be at the mission’s conference at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; we will be in Colorado Springs during the latter part of September. In late October, we will be in Mobile Alabama. As of now, we have a pretty open calendar. For a more detailed, up-to-date calendar, you can visit the calendar on our website.
Currently, the best days to call me are Wednesdays and Thursdays while I am working a part- time job and interning. You may reach me on my cell phone number: 317-697-2413. You can also email me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rob and Rebekah Greene
Zambia: David and Cherri Rea: August 2015
We have arrived safely in Zambia. Our first week was consumed with setting up our home. The time quoted for the transit of the container was 5 weeks less than the actual arrival time. This means we are living with only what we could carry on the plane for the first five weeks in Zambia. Everything takes longer here. In speaking with one veteran missionary he said this, “We would make a list of ten things we needed in town. When we went to town, if we accomplished one thing, we were successful.
An example of this is our stove. We purchased a small Chinese oven that runs only on propane gas – no electricity. This is because everyone in Zambia is now under load sharing. Not enough power exists to meet the demand. This means we are without power for about 8 hours each day. The problem with the stove is the lack of propane! It has been sold out for the last month. But the first Tuesday we were here propane arrived. I got to stand in a line for 4.5 hours just to pay! It took another hour or so to fill the tank. Thankfully I was able to find a large (48kg) tank that should last us more than a few months.
We have already had MANY opportunities to witness. We are rationing the few tracts (700) we brought on the plane with us. They could be handed out in under an hour if we did not do this. I was able to tell a sweet lady about Christ. She had never heard of Jesus. This is rare in Lusaka – most consider themselves to be Christian – but it is almost universal that they believe in works to save them.
Last night we visited a lady who came to church last Sunday. Her name is Grace. But Grace trusted in works. I was able to tell Grace about grace, and how salvation is not about works. It was a wonderful visit.
While filling up the van I was able to strike up a conversation with two of the gas station attendants. They are both Seventh Day Adventists. I said, “Did you know that in the Law you are prohibited from leaving your home on the Sabbath!?” They were shocked. As we talked they asked to do a Bible study with me. My notebook is filling up with men who desire to study the Bible. Many will not pan out – but SOME will!
Next week we start intensive language study 6 hours a day. We are able to speak with many people as English is the national language. But to be more effective we need to learn the local tribal language. I have also been asked to begin both a discipleship program and evangelism training. These will happen Saturday afternoon. In addition I am able to meet with the young men in the church on Fridays – this time will be one of relationship building and teaching. So next week will get BUSY.
Once the container arrives we will be able to set up the printing press. The combination of soul winning and discipleship, printing, language learning, homeschool, setting up a garden and chicken (broiler and layer) operation will keep us VERY busy. The greatest blessing is that we can always find people who are open to hear the wonderful words of life!
Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin October 2015
At a Bible Conference the other day, a Pastor and I discussed having a Soul- winning Seminar at his church. He felt that his members did not have the tools needed to be a witness for Christ, but said that it would have to wait until next year because his calendar is full for the rest of 2015. On the morrow I asked him why he would make his members wait until next year to be enabled to witness for the Lord. His reply was “that’s the same question the Holy Spirit asked me last night”. We are now doing a Seminar this month at his church. If you are in the same quandary, let me know, and we will see if something can be worked out for this year!
September Was a Whirlwind of Spiritual Blessing:
We began September at Water Valley, Mississippi visiting Faith Baptist Church the Sunday morning of the 6th. Our friends, Bro. Lynn Potts and his wife work out of Faith Baptist where Dr. Bob Hill is the Pastor. A great church with a great school and ministry. That evening, through the following Wednesday, we were at Faith Baptist Church in Lambert, MS to spend Camp Meet- ing with Pastor Randall Boatner. We had a great meeting, and God opened some doors to teach Soul-winning Seminars in different churches. I had the opportunity to present the ministry, as well as preach in this meeting.
Sunday, September 13th we were in LaGrange, Georgia to visit with Faith Baptist Church and the pastor Bro. Don Yancy. This church has been through the fire, losing many members, but now they are winning their community to the Lord. They are baptizing every Sunday as God saves souls. One of the large vases in the pulpit area shows how many lost people have been saved. The vase with white marbles has a marble for each person saved this year. What a blessing. We also got to fellowship with one of the young men from the Children’s Home in Costa Rica that is serving at Faith Baptist. What a blessing to see God using him.
That evening we were at Souls Harbor Baptist Church in Roanoke, Alabama. What a great pastor and church. These folks are doing so much right to see the lost saved.
The next day the Georgia/Alabama Pastors Fellowship was held at Souls Harbor. I was blessed to preach and the Pastor’s son got saved. When I said “I was 27 years old, a music and youth director, a drunk, and lost” the Holy Ghost spoke to him and said “you better quit playing games on your phone and listen to this, because this is the last time I am dealing with you”. At Souls Harbor you also get to preach standing on the Rock and the Word of God (literally), as the picture shows the area behind the pulpit. What a glory time we had! We have met some great men of God who pastor great churches and stand for the truth of the Word of God.
The next weekend I taught a Seminar at Hebron Ridge Baptist Church in Quitman, Mississippi. Precious people who are seeking to serve the Lord. A young lady attended the Friday evening Seminar and got saved at home during Saturday visitation.
On Monday (Sept. 21) we drove to St. Joseph, Missouri for the national GIBF meeting at Bible Baptist Church. It was just what Joy and I needed to encourage and help us to go on for the Lord in the work that many times drains us phy- sically and spiritually. Each message spoke to our hearts and helped our Christian walk.
Wednesday evening, Sept. 23rd, we were at Colonial Baptist Church in Rogers, Arkansas. Dr. Claud Slate is the pastor. I got to share the ministry of the Seminars, and also greet the Spanish church.
September 27, we spent the day at Berea Baptist Church in Terry, Mississippi. Bro Van Carter is the pastor and we are looking at teaching a Seminar next January 2016. This is a small church in a small town with plenty of lost people.
A Pastor asked me “how much does it cost for you to come and teach a Seminar?” I had sent him an info booklet about the Seminar, so I said, “you didn’t read the info booklet did you?” His reply was “no”, so I said, “we come on a love offering basis only”. His reply, “so how much money do you need?” I said “It’s on a love offering basis only”. In this newsletter update let me explain: We come and teach a Seminar, only asking for a love offering and a place to sleep. If the church cannot afford a place to sleep, we are more than happy to supply our own. Please, do not let the size of your church, or your financial circumstances, determine the will of God. We desire to be of help, enabling Christians to reach a lost world for Jesus Christ.
October Promises to be a Wonderful Month!
October 3-4 – Soul-winning Seminar at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Noxapater, MS
October 4 (PM) – Green Pond Baptist Church, Green Pond, AL
October 9-11 – Old Paths Baptist Church, Meridian, MS
October 11 (PM) – Open
October 16-18 – Open
October 20-21 – Church Planting Conference, Wilson Creek B. C., Battlefield, MO
October 22-23 – Annual Bible Conf., Gleaners B. C., Linden, TX
October 25 – Open
If we can be of help in any of the “open dates” above, please call or e-mail us.
Sending Church: Southside Baptist, 95 Baptist Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39180
Send Support: Global Independent Baptist Missions, 602 Manco Rd. Lewisville, TX 750767
Cell Phone – 601/618-4191
I cannot finish this Newsletter Update without thanking all of you who pray for us & support us financially. Because of you, we have been able to teach 14 Seminars (13 churches in the U.S. and 1 nation-wide conference in Cambodia), preach 3 revivals, preach 8 Bible conferences, participate in 2 Missions Conferences, and visit 34 churches to get acquainted with pastors in preparation for teaching a Seminar. We know of 36 people who have gotten saved in the Seminars, and time will only tell of others who gave their heart to Jesus Christ, because of the impact the Seminars had on their lives. Thank you so much!
August Was a Remarkable Month:
We began the month (August 2nd) at Bible Baptist Church in Justin, TX where Bro. Nolen Partridge is the pastor. This is a great church with a great pastor. Sunday evening we were sent by the Holy Spirit to Northside Baptist Church in Carrollton, TX where the pastor (Bro. Mark Dillalio), preached to our hearts (we need preaching unto also). What a blessing to attend church with our children & grandchildren.
August 4th Bro. Frankie Hunt and I left Dallas, TX and flew to Phenom Phen, Cambodia (5 million people) to preach and teach a Soul-winning Seminar. The accommodations were great, but the food was contrary to our digestive systems. You have not eaten real Mexican Food until you eat it in Cambodia (sarcasm). Our hearts were stirred by the spiritual darkness of the land. God allowed us to be used of Him to invade that darkness with the Gospel. The attacks of satan were intense, but we had the privilege of functioning under the protective hand of the Lord. Bro. Frankie preached the 5th Anniversary service of Grace Baptist Church of Pochentong, Cambodia and I gave my testimony. We had three lost people saved during the invitation, including a 70+ year old man. There were 137 pastors, church leaders, and deacons in the Seminar, and 26 people got saved when we sent them out on the streets to witness. After teaching these men and women how to teach their members to witness and win souls, they committed themselves to the task. God sent them back to their home churches all over the nation of Cambodia and Vietnam to witness and teach their people to witness. You can see more pictures & info at our website www.wesws.com and click on “CambodiaUdt”.
August 16 we reported on the trip to Cambodia at our home church (Southside Baptist Church). What a blessing to report to the church that had underwritten much of the trip and the work of missions to another country. I had the opportunity to wear a 100% silk shirt; it is the normal attire for missionaries and only costs $10.00. The church in Cambodia sent presents for our church, our pastor, the pastor’s wife, and my wife.
August 21-23 I taught a Soul-winning Seminar at Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Powder Springs, GA. The pastor is Bro. Johnny Ivey, and God has abundantly blessed. Sunday evening they had a testimony time where the church committed themselves to witness each day, seeking souls for the Lord. At the end of the service they had cleaned out the tract rack. The evening service found us at Ridge Road Baptist Church in Hiram, GA.
August 30 we were at our home church (Southside Baptist Church). God saved the pastors youngest son, and after the service saved a lady who does not attend church, but came with her friend. Sunday evening we attended Warrington Independent Baptist Church here in Vicksburg, Mississippi, not knowing that it was their 5th Sunday “popcorn preaching and singing” service. I had the honor of speaking about the Weekend Soul-winning Seminars and also preaching a 9½ minute message. Bro. Marvin Curtis Jr. is the pastor of a church with a marvelous history of service to missions & the Lord.
Once again we thank you for praying for us (there’s some really nutty drivers out on the road), and also for giving that we might go and teach churches that normally would not be able to underwrite a Soul-winning Seminar. We know that the reason we have the health to travel and do the work of God is because the people of God pray. We understand that it is the Lord, but we also know that He works through you so He can work through us. We so appreciate your faithfulness. Please know that we pray for you also and thank you so very much.
Zambia: David and Cherri Rea October 2015
A 6am call for help…
My phone rang at 6am, “I need help. Can you help me?” Many here are looking for jobs, money or other material things, so I ask, “What kind of help do you need?” The young man responded by saying, “I want to know God. How can I know God?” We set up a time to meet that evening when he got off work. That evening Chris accepted Christ as his Saviour. Later he told me how his whole life had been changed. He expressed his gratitude. I told him it was nothing I had done, but it was all what Jesus had done for both him and myself.
A friend brought to our Bible Study…
As we began regular Bible studies with Chris, he brought a friend from his work. The Bible study was on God’s free gift of Salvation! It was a joy to see one young man bring another young man who then also got saved!
A truck driver who knew he could die any day…
During evangelism one Saturday, one of our new Chinese tires began to go flat. Since they were just put on the day before it seemed odd that one would go flat. I stopped by a roadside tire repair man and he took the tire off, checked for leaks and re-seated the bead. While this was going on my son Jacob and another young man were sitting in the van. “Hey, why don’t you two get out and go tell someone about Jesus!” I said. “Who?”they asked. I said, “Well, anybody! Go over there and tell those people!” Off they go. They come back and told me that a man in a truck wished to speak to me. “I need the word of God” he said. I began to preach unto him Jesus. He talked about almost dying in a traffic accident while driving his 5 ton truck and his realization of the danger of driving here. He said, “I could die any day driving my truck.” He did not accept Christ that day, but he did come to church. On a follow up visit with this man, he called on Jesus to save his soul.
A young man who desires to serve God…
Two young men came to our home to witness to me. They understood salvation but they were taught little else. They both were 12th graders who have just graduated from High School. This visit turned into a 2 hour Bible study with them. One of them, Jeremiah, came back to visit my home the following week.
We are now doing Bible studies three days a week for about 3 hours a day.
The container arrived…
Our container arrived safe. No problems with customs. We got it off loaded and unloaded. We are still trying to get the home set up and organized. The pressroom is almost ready and we hope to set up the printing press in the next few weeks. Our first projects will be another trifold tract from a full letter sheet of paper (qty. 25,000) , and a 20 page doctrinal study book on salvation (qty.5000). We have already distributed many of these that were printed by us in the USA. These have brought in much fruit. Thefirst two men above were saved as a direct result of handing out those booklets. We can print the booklets for under 10 cents each. So $100 can print 1,000 – 20 page booklets. $100 can also print 10,000 of the trifold single page tracts. In the last few weeks we have handed out about 10,000 tracts.
A young man who desires to serve God…
Two young men came to our home to witness to me. They understood salvation but they were taught little else. They both were 12th graders who have just graduated from High School. This visit turned into a 2 hour Bible study with them. One of them, Jeremiah, came back to visit my home the following week. We are now doing Bible studies three days a week for about 3 hours a day.