Ways to Keep Your Family Spiritually Healthy

If you are a missionary or a pastor, here are a few hints to help keep your family spiritually healthy. I pray that these tips will be a blessing to you.

• Each day display ways to your family how you love the Lord with all your heart.
• Don’t get so busy with the ministry that you fail to help your children develop their own personal relationship with the Lord.
• Be a father who leads his family in spiritual matters so that your children will not feel rejection or turn away from the Lord.
• Be a parent who helps his children work through stressful situations that they might experience on the field.
• Develop meaningful family traditions on the field. (Birthdays, holidays, rewards)
• As a parent, show affection to your children and to your mate.
• Have fun with your family. Some of the most godly families are those families who have fun together.
• Use your children in the ministry. This will show them that you respect and value them, and it will also show them that they are not just tag-along children.
• Give them responsibilities and enlist them in doing wholesome work.
• Give Biblical reasons for the rules you set. Live more by the principles of God’s Word instead of “I said so…rules”. Search His Word together to find verses that are relevant to your rules.
• Pray at different and unusual times and places together.
• Always try to sing together. (car, working, playing)
• Memorize verses together.
• Look for different and creative ways to do family worship. You don’t have to do them every day, but on the days you do them, make them meaningful.
• Teach your children the importance of delayed gratification. Instill in their minds the value of self-denial for the sake of their futures.


Thanksgiving Poem and Quotes

I have taken this poem and quotes from the book my brother Gary Smith wrote entitled Life Changing Thoughts. If you do not have this book, I would recommend ordering one. Gary spent several years collecting poems, quotes, and ideas about many different subjects that you could use in your ministry. I have used his book many times when I have needed information to prepare bulletins,seasonal banquet programs, etc.

In Everything Give Thanks

Thru sunshine, cloud or stormy days,
When hope abounds or care dismays;
When trials press down and toils increase,
Let not thy faith in God decrease;
“In everything give thanks.”
For we know all things work for good,
Nor could we change them if we would;
It will be well if only He commands,
For all of His promises forever stand;
“In everything give thanks.”

• Be grateful for door of opportunity and for friends who oil the hinges.
• If I spend my time filling my heart with regrets of yesterday, and worries of tomorrow, I will have no time for giving thanks today.
• Thanksgiving is not a time of the year, but an attitude of the heart.
• It is better to appreciate things you don’t have, than to have things and not appreciate them.
• When all of our earthly resources have failed we can still give thanks, for we know God will never fail us.
• One of the most embarrassing moments for an atheist is when he knows he has been blessed, but he has no one to thank for it.
• I murmured and complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
• 0h Thou, who hast given us so very much, please grant us one thing more, a grateful heart.
• Be thankful for the Giver and not just the gift and for the Blessor and not just the blessings.
• When you are discouraged don’t just sit and frown; instead, get a piece of paper and write your blessings down.
• Don’t be sorry when your purse is half-empty; rather, be thankful that it is half-full.
• Boy to his sister: “I just don’t get it, dad thanks God for giving us our food, then he bawls mom out for the grocery bills!”

GIBM Missionary Letters

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Brazil: Don and Linda Leaf August 18, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,

Special Activities

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.

Moving Forward

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: carneys2hungary@yahoo.com.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers.
Missionary Mike Carney
Galatians 6:14

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!”

Prayer Requests:
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.

Prayer Requests:
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.

Prayer Requests:
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

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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!

The Hunter Family,
Psalm 91

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!


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.

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

Prayers requests:
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.

Serving together,
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley
Phone: 972-221-5600

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.

Summertime Fellowship

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!

Serving together,

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.

Prayer Requests:
* 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 thegreenes2peru@gmail.com.

Thank You,
Rob and Rebekah Greene

Zambia: David and Cherri Rea: August 2015
Dear Friends,
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
E-Mail: bobjoymartin@earthlink.net

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!

Bro. Bob

August 2015

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.

Bro. Bob

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.

• Come in early and prepare the pastor’s office for him by turning on his lights, setting the temperature, preparing FYI sticky notes and placing them his desk.
• Make sure his office is stocked with items he uses daily. (paper paper, Kleenexes, pens, paper clips, staples, bottled water, coffee, creamer, sugar, etc.)
• Keep counseling books together. If the pastor asks you to find a certain book before a counseling session, you will be able to find it quickly.
• Never ask the pastor to do something that you can do. (making or receiving phone calls, receiving and sorting mail, preventing  interruptions and attending to trivial requests, hosting unexpected guests, etc.)
• Be careful never to isolate your pastor on very important matters. Ask God to give you discernment about ways of protecting him without becoming bossy with others and isolating him from his ministry.
• Don’t waste your pastor’s time with too much conversation and giving him too many unnecessary details.
• Never come across with a know-it-all or prideful attitude.
• Never give him negative information before his messages.
• At the end of the day, clean your desk, clean office floors, empty trash in his office and yours.
• Be flexible concerning your pastor’s desires. Although you might have your day planned, he might want you to do something completely different.

The rule of thumb when planning a banquet is, if you are honoring someone, you usually plan a sit-down dinner. If it is more of a casual get together, plan a buffet.  If possible, always opt to do a buffet. Sit-down dinners are more work and more expensive.

Tips for Planning Buffet Meals

• Get friends’ recommendations for good caters. Independent caterers are usually cheaper than large companies. Don’t be embarrassed to negotiate for price break or ask if they’ll throw in more appetizers for the same amount.
• Keep a laminated copy of proper placement of food for buffet settings on hand.
• Before food arrives, label area where want your food placed. You can do this by putting a slip of paper where you want each dish placed. This also helps others know where to place the food.
• Decide if you want to set up a for one or two-line buffet. For a one-line buffet, guests move around all four sides. For a two-line buffet, set table with twin arrangements of plates, food, silver, and napkins on each side.
• Use warming trays or crock pots to keep food hot.
• Don’t serve everything on buffet table. Use a different area for appetizers and another area for coffee and desserts.
• Make sure to leave space between dishes so that people can put their plates down to get food.
• Use small frames to label items such as decaf coffee, various flavored coffees, and sugar free desserts.
• Do not be afraid to use prepared foods when necessary; just display in a beautiful way.
• If serving a bland food, serve a tart or spicy food to complement it.
• Serve a cold dish with a hot dish. (Use crushed ice to keep certain foods cold)
• Serve a soft food with a crisp one. Bread sticks are an example of a crisp food.
• Use color in planning meals. If color is drab, consider garnishing with parsley, cherry, tomatoes, or beets.
• Plan a variety of foods by considering flavors, textures, and temperatures.
• If you use prepared foods, display them in a beautiful way.
• Plan an entree, a vegetable, a fruit or vegetable dish, and a dessert and beverage.

Entree -This is usually a meat dish. It could also be meatless pasta dish.
Vegetable -Fresh or frozen vegetables are the best for color, texture, and flavor.
Fruit or vegetable salad -This will also supply the color and flavor.
Dessert- They can be elaborate or simple.

Tips to Help Feed Large Groups

• The best meals to cook for large crowds are spaghetti and meatballs, soups and salads, and casseroles.
• Have everyone bring a dish and create big buffet.
• More selections equal smaller portions.
• Stick to easy recipes with simple ingredients.
• Use 6 oz. protein per person meat selection.
• Use 1 # 10 can of vegetables per 5 person.
• Use 1 potato per person.
• Use 1 head of lettuce per 5 people.
• Use a 9×12 main dish to serve 10-12 people.
• Add plenty of bread when feeding large groups.
• If you are not using chafing dishes, choose foods that taste good at room temperature.
• For an inexpensive meal, prepare 2 kinds of soups and 2 large salads. Add chips and cut-up veggies.
• Do not serve tough meats if using plastic utensils.

Tips to Help Prepare Drinks for Large Groups

• Use 1 lb. coffee for 50 8 oz. servings (2-cups cream).
• Use 1-cup tea leaves for 50 8 oz. servings.

Pokemon: What is it? by Matt Slick

Pokemon, which is short for “pocket monster,” has become a phenomenal success in America among children. There are cartoons and even a movie based upon the Pokemon characters. Almost every child in America is familiar with this fad and owns some form of Pokemon paraphernalia.

But, what is Pokemon? Pokemon was created by Nintendo in Japan in 1996. It is a role-playing game involving cards, Nintendo Game Boy, and TV cartoons. The cards have pictures of different Pokemon on them–more than 150 so far. The Pokemon are supposed to be “monsters” that have special powers and share the world with humans. The idea of the game is to have the children learn how to collect as many Pokemon as possible, train them, and use them against other people’s Pokemon by invoking the various abilities of each Pokemon creature. Pokemon can evolve and pass through various levels–100 being the highest. Colored energy cards are sometimes used to aid the Pokemon.

There are four basic types of cards.
1. Basic Pokemon cards which depict creatures that fight for you against other people’s Pokemon.
2. Evolution cards depict Pokemon that are able to evolve into more powerful creatures.
3. Energy cards are united with other cards to give the Pokemon more energy needed in carrying out the trainer’s orders.
4. Trainer cards are cards used one time and then discarded.

There are different types or categories of Pokemon: Bug, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Dragon, Electric, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, and Water. Within each type are several different Pokemon, each possessing various abilities. I’ve constructed a chart below of some of the categories of Pokemon.

Type of Pokemon Individuals found within category Various abilities found in Group Fire Pokemon Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Flareon, Growlithe, Magmar, Moltres, Ponyta, Rapidash, Vulpix, Ninetails Scorching, heating, running, stomping, racing,
Electric Electabuzz, Jolteon, Magnemite, Magneton, Pikachu, Raichu, Voltorb, Electrode, Zapdos Lightning bolts, anti-gravity, explosions, Ghost Gastly, Haunter, Gengar Ultra dimensional, poison, mimicry, taunting Poison Ekans, Arbok, Grimer, Muk, Koffing, Weezing, Nidoran(Female),Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran(Male), Nidorino, Nidoking Silence, stealth, use of poison, use of claws and biting, breaking opponents’ bones.  Psychic Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Drowsee, Hypno, Jynx, Mew, Mewtwo, Mr. Mime Reading minds, teleportation, inducing headaches, high intelligence, consumes people’s dreams, hypnosis, confusion, evolves.

Within the game, evolution is taught repeatedly. There are special stones (Fire, Leaf, Moon, Thunder, and Water) that can be used to force some Pokemon to evolve into more powerful creatures. Of course, after normal development in skill learning, various Pokemon often evolve on their own.

Is Pokemon Dangerous?
Is Pokemon dangerous? Potentially, yes, it is. It conditions the child who plays the game into accepting occult and evolutionary principles. Haunter can hypnotize, eat a person’s dreams, and drain their energy. Abra reads minds. Kadabra emits negative energy that harms others. Gastly induces sleep. Gengar laughs at peoples’ fright. Nidoran uses poison. The Psychic type of Pokemon are among the strongest in the game. Charmander, Haunter, Ivysaur, Kadabra, and many more evolve. The children are taught to use these creatures to do their will by invoking colored energy cards, fights, and commands. Much of it is reminiscent of occult and eastern mysticism.

The Bible says to “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Prov. 22:6).1 2 Chron. 33:6 says, “And he made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger.”

I do not see how allowing children to play with games that encourage fighting, reading of minds, use of poison, mimicry, taunting, teleportation, hypnosis, and evolution can be a good thing. This is not training a child to righteousness; it is accepting the occult and secular evolution. Is this what we, as Christians, want our children to meditate on? Of course not.

If children are conditioned to accept these things in youth, then they will be more likely to accept these ideas in adulthood. This leads people away from God’s Word and truth and not toward it. This is dangerous to a person’s eternal destiny.

More Information
• On the Pokemon rules website it states, “Carry your Pokmon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got the power in your hands, so use it!”
• One observer of children playing the game said that the children would afterwards mimic the game by summoning the Pokemon to attack others. This is occultic.
• Pokemon are summoned to do battle and to protect. This is equivalent to sorcery.
• Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are frequent elemental themes found in Pagan religions, witchcraft, and Wicca and are used heavily in Pokemon.

The spiritual side of the world is real. There are spiritual elements and demonic forces at work, whose purpose is to lead astray and destroy:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places,” (Eph. 6:12).

The enemy is powerful and cunning. The only light we have is the Bible, and we need to follow it and not give ourselves or our children into the hands of those who would introduce occultic principles in a role-playing game. Again, the Bible says . . .
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,” (1 Tim. 4:1).

There is nothing wrong with children having fun and using their imaginations; but when that fun involves the occult, it is dangerous. As Christians, we should be very concerned about what our children are involved in since they can be so easily influenced. They don’t need the influence of the occult or evolutionary theory to help them towards Christ. They need the truth.

You are over-reacting
Addendum–two months later:
This article has generated some interesting responses. I’ve been called delusional, bigoted, paranoid, and one who contributes to the decline of society because of my intolerant comments about an innocent and fun child’s game. One mother, who claimed to be a Christian, emailed me with heavy complaints and accusations and sought to justify her actions in encouraging her children to watch Pokemon. Well, that is her prerogative.

Have I changed my opinion? Not at all. Am I delusional, bigoted, paranoid, and a contributor to social decay? I certainly hope not. And from what I see in God’s Word and from what I have seen in Pokemon, I still stand on what I have said.

I expect people to not like it when their comfort zone is rattled and when I don’t tote the secular line and salute to “harmless children’s games” even when they teach occultism. By the way, I told the Christian mother that the Lord will hold her accountable for how her children are raised. I asked her if she wants to continue to encourage her children to play with cards that teach casting spells, evolution, and controlling forces to do your bidding. She emailed me back and called me some names.

Others have simply assumed a non-Christian perspective and made judgments about me and this article from their non-Christian point of view. That isn’t a problem. They are entitled to their opinions as am I.

Is Pokemon good? I don’t think so. Does it contribute to impressionable children accepting occult ideas? Yes, it does.

Another comment
I would like to thank you for your stand against Pokemon and other such materials. I understand how you feel when confronted by supposed “Christians” who oppose what you’re trying to do here. I think that it’s a sad time we live in when even the church members want to go around doing what seems right in their own eyes, and they tell you it’s o.k. because “we’re under grace so we don’t need to follow the rules anymore.” Let me say this, the majority of the problems we’re facing today in Christianity are here because of the lack of strong leadership. Most pulpits today are delivering feel good sermons that have little spiritual effect while our remaining power dwindles away due to the gross sins being committed right under our noses. I personally have been in churches that were supposedly “filled with the annointing” and watched the children in the seats in front of me playing Pokemon & dungeons and dragons while the parents “worshipped God.” Pretty sad.

But, let me encourage you to continue fighting the good fight and not budge even one inch in your convictions. Many times people in the church talk about unity, which is important, but not at the cost of compromise. We will all stand before the Lord and give an account for every word and action so let the truth shine out of you without reservation!

The church needs some warriors today who will stand up for what the Word of God tells us is right, regardless of any man’s opinions. Be that warrior!

Remember, the fear of man is a snare to your soul!

God Bless, David

Different Article:

Pokemon (short for POcKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon) is now the rage among both Christian and non-Christian children in much of the world. What do these “pocket monsters” teach our children and what are the philosophies underlying this “innocent” game? Is this something that Christian children should be involved with?

Pokemon is a role-playing game similar to Dungeons and Dragons, MAGIC, and others, but with more subtle occult overtones. It is a copyright of Nintendo and was first created in Japan in 1995, where it was highly influenced by Japanese mysticism. Much of its character seems to come from Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan), Buddhism, Hinduism, other Eastern religions, and New Age philosophies. The game reflects Japan’s warrior past in its violence, with the object being to conquer other Pokemons through physical force or sorcery.

Besides the Eastern religious overtones, New Age concepts abound in the Pokemon cards.2 Each Pokemon is a certain “type,” which describes their “energy.” There are currently 7 types of Pokemon, including “Grass,” “Fire,” “Water,” “Lightning,” “Psychic,” “Fighting,” and “Colorless.”3 Many of the 150 Pokemons use violence to conquer other Pokemons. This violence includes gnawing, slashing, smash kick, fire blast, seismic toss, electricity, poison, psychic blasts, paralyzing, etc.4 This is not the “innocent” game that it is made out to be. Other Pokemons “evolve” through the use of “stones” (thunder, water, moon, fire, and leaf) which are items used to summon powers (the origin of these “powers” is not stated, but they are not from God).4 Training cards also include those that use “potion” and “super potion” to magically heal your damaged Pokemon fighters.

Many Pokemons evolve “naturalistically” to become other Pokemons… In examining the cards, it is apparent that macroevolution is being taught, since “species” that have evolved from other species are similar in appearance. In some instances, the term “evolution” is used incorrectly, since individual Pokemons are able to “evolve” into more powerful creatures. In essence, the game is teaching a kind of reincarnation.

Here are some examples of Pokemon types and what they do:

Name Attack Method
Jynx “Merely by meditating, the Pokemon launches a powerful psychic energy attack”
Abra “Using its ability to read minds, it will identify impending danger and teleport to safety.”
Kadabra “It emits special alpha waves from its body that induce headaches even to those nearby.”
Weepinbell “It spits out poison powder to immobilize the enemy, and then finishes the enemy with a spray of acid.”
Ponyta “Its hooves are 10 times harder than diamonds. It can trample anything flat in moments.
Machoke “Karate chop does 50 damage points”

“I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that’s inside.
Gotta catch them all!”

The words above are from the Pokemon song that is sung at the end of the television program. Children are being encouraged to tap into the power of the Pokemon cards. Further instruction is given at the official Pokemon card site:

Carry your Pokemon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got the power in your hands, so use it!”5

Many children are taking this instruction to heart and literally carry their Pokemon cards with them everywhere. We are even seeing these cards appearing at our church and Christian school. Children are being encouraged to tap into supernatural power instead of the power given by God.6 They are told that the more cards they collect, the more power they will have. Many children are completely addicted to the cards and spend all of their free time playing with them. If nothing else, Pokemon has become an idol in their lives – being more important to them than God.

The use of Pokemon cards can potentially open doors to demonic oppression through the following activities:7

1. Possession (known or unknown) of occultic records, tapes, books, pictures, charms, tools, games, etc.
2. Seeking or giving consent to occultic power or occultic revelation
3. Fascination with occultic power, occultic revelation, or psychic phenomena, in general
4. Escapism through thrill-seeking, science fiction, soap operas, or some other addicting hobby/activity
5. Fascination with violence, especially violence devoid of justice
6. Meditation on anything other than God’s revealed truth
7. Chanting or other cultic/occultic forms of worship

The Bible’s teaching is clear about being involved in occultic activities. We are told not to become involved in sorcery or divination or consult with mediums or spiritists.8 The high penalty (death) for engaging in sorcery indicates the seriousness of this sin in the eyes of God.9

While Pokemon continues to gain popularity, its creators will continue to introduce new ways to become a Pokemon “Master.” At some point, in order to maintain interest in the game, it will become necessary to add new features/characters and alternate means to “get the power.” My prediction is that this game will add more New Age features, along with more violent and bizarre characters. Those who are involved in Pokemon will continue to be indoctrinated more deeply in the New Age philosophies. In fact, Pokemon resources are listed under New Age resources.10

Another threat to children who play with Pokemon and other role playing games is the tendency to become involved in more serious forms of role playing games, such as Doom,11 Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, and role playing games with even more occultic overtones. In fact, Pokemon sites often have links to these sites (wizards.com, etc.). The “Role Player’s Realm,” which links to Pokemon and other role playing games has the uninhibited URL “http://www.screaming.demon.nl/.” The association with the occult is fairly obvious.

Pokemon teaches the following concepts/philosophies that are counter to Christianity:
1. Violence as a means of obtaining power.
2. Evolution
3. New Age concepts (reincarnation, psychic power)
4. The use of occult objects (magic stones) to gain power over your opponent
Continued participation in Pokemon may lead to:
1. Involvement in the game that leads to psychological addiction such that the game becomes an idol in the life of the child
2. Involvement in malevolent role playing games (and people associated with them)
3. Open doors to demonic oppression

If your child has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I recommend that he be given the facts about Pokemon and what the Bible says about participating in sorcery. A child who is encouraged to pray about his involvement in Pokemon and follows the Holy Spirit will voluntarily give up participation with Pokemon-associated activities. Several children we have talked to have made this decision without being forced to do so by their parents. If your child has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I would make the decision unilaterally and explain why he would not be allowed to participate in Pokemon-related activities. If your child is highly involved with or addicted to Pokemon, I would provide extra support for them and encourage and provide opportunities for them to engage in other, less threatening hobbies/activities.

Note: As a Christian, I will not knowingly provide a link to pages that promote non-Christian values/ideas. However, the URL’s are listed below so that you can confirm the accuracy of the information included on this page.

1. Much of the research information used to develop this page comes from wizards.com (http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon), the official Pokemon card site.
2. http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Labyrinth/6402/poke-level.htm
3. http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon/Rules/Welcome.asp
4. When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? (Isaiah 8:19)
5. From Reasons To Believe’s web site, “Dealing with Demons” (http://www.reasons.org/resources/papers/demons.html)
6. Leviticus 20:6-7 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
7. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6)
8. Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
9. Leviticus 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.


See “No Evidence of a Spiritual Realm?” (http://www.GodAndScience.org/apologetics.html)

How to Daily Pray for Your Missionaries

Their Relationship with God
• That they would grow spiritually and have an effective prayer life

Their Physical and Emotional Life
• That they would be protected from disease, hazards, travels, hostile governments, and false religions

Their Family Life
• That they would be a good testimony to the nationals and the wisdom to raise and train godly children

Their Ability to Communicate
• That they would have good success in language school and gain the ability to communicate God’s Word with clarity

Their Ministry
• That they would have boldness in witnessing and that the Lord would open doors for teaching, preaching, discipling, and counseling

Their Need for Fellow Laborers
• That they would be able to stir the national’s hearts for service and see them surrender to God’s call for service

Their Country of Service
• That their country of service would be a stable country and that the leadership would allow them freedom to minister and stay in the country

GIBM Missionaries 2015

Bill and Doyla Bramblet
Sending Church: Lakewood Baptist Temple Lakewood, WA
Mailing Address:

Don and Linda Leaf
Sending Church: Victory Baptist Church, Weatherford, TX
Mailing Address: 1311 East Bankhead Dr Weatherford , TX 76087
don@donleaf.com         www.donleaf.com

Benjamin and Luciana Leaf
Children: Melissa
Sending Church: Victory Baptist Church – Weatherford, TX
Mailing Address: C/O Victory Baptist Church 4311 E. Bankhead Weatherford , TX 76087

Wayne and Keri Seavolt
Children: April, Archer
Sending Church: South Side Baptist Tabernacle – Ypsilanti, MI
Mailing Address: 4240 W Olds Rd Onondaga, MI 49264

De Vare and Cindy Williams
Children: Courtney, Brianna, Alexander, Marcus
Sending Church: Liberty Baptist Church
Mailing Address: 602 Manco Road, Lewisville, TX 75067

Church Planter: Massachusetts
Adam and Dianne Riveiro
Children: Bethany, Kaylee, and AJ.
Sending Church: West Gate Baptist Church – Tampa, FL
Mailing Address: 800 Washington St, Easton, MA 02375

Church Planter: North Carolina (Spanish)
Christian and Alisha Guzman
Children: Josiah, Caleb, Sophia
Sending Church: Southside Baptist Church – Rock Hill, SC
Mailing Address: 4220 Blanchard Circle, Indian Trail, NC 28079

Church Planter: Texas
Paul and Lisa Shearin (Church Planter)
Sending Church: Fundamental Baptist Church, Alvarado, TX
Mailing Address: Hillsboro, TX

Church Planter: Washington
Seth and Meghan Mau
Children: Ethan, Madison, Owen, Brandon, Logan
Sending Church: Yakima Bible Baptist Church, Yakima, WA
Mailing Address: Tacoma Baptist Church 132 E 88th St, Tacoma, WA 98445

Church Planter: Washington (Spanish)
Antonio and Brenda Venegas
Children: Alejandro, Leticia, Joycela, Arlett
Sending Church: Yakima Bible Baptist Church – Yakima, WA
Templo Bautista E Mead Ave. Yakima, WA

Scott and Traci Holcomb
Children: Matthew, Xavier, Trinity
Sending Church: High Plains Baptist Church
Mailing Address:2800 East 21st St, Clovis, NM

Robert and Patty Horton
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church Saint Joseph, MO 64507
PO Box 722    St Joseph, MO 64502

Evangelist: Global
Robert and Judy Lewis
Sending Church: Liberty Baptist Church Lewisville, TX 75067
Mailing Address: 5213 Alexander Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028
rl@fastmail.us   rl1847@gmail.com   mrsjudylewis@gmail.com

Evangelist:  Soul-winning Conferences
Bob and Joy Martin
Sending Church: Southside Baptist Church – Vicksburg, MS
Mailing Address: 95 Baptist Drive Vicksburg, MS 39180

Evangelist: Missionary Relief
Leo and Cathy Paine Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church – St. Joseph, MO
Mailing Address: 5401 Mitchell Ave, St. Joseph, MO 64507

Caleb and Alicia McCollum
Children: Hannah
Sending Church: Faith Baptist Church, Wesley Chapel, FL
Mailing Address: 6300 Oakley Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Herlans Guerrier
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church Everett, WA 98024
Mailing Address: 805 Casino Rd Everett, WA 98204

Jason and Arlen Stevens
Children: Micaiah, Jeremiah, Mary Ellen
Sending Church: Christ Independent Baptist Church – Philadelphia, PA 19124
Mailing Address: 1618 Womrath St. Philadelphia, PA 19124

Mike and Lynne Carney
Children: Sean, T.J., Matthew, Katie
Sending Church: Lighthouse Baptist Church Holbrook, MA 02343
Mailing Address: 217 Centre Street, Holbrook MA

Benjamin and Jae Park
Sending Church: Riverview Baptist Church – Pasco, WA
Mailing Address: 196 Sadang-dong Injong Apt #208, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-879 S. Korea

Luis and Susana Garcia
Sending Church: Fairview Baptist Church Kansas City, KS
Mailing Address:

Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra
Children: Areli, Andrea
Sending Church: Southside Baptist Church – Rock Hill, SC
Mailing Address: Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta 69 Int.506, Col. San Rafael 06470, Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F

Jesus and Patricia Venegas
Children: Raquel, Rebecca, Isaac, Ruth
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church, National City, CA
Mailing Address: PO Box 6174 Nogalez, AZ 85628

Adam and Christina McGeorge
Children: Elijah, Titus, Gideon
Sending Church: Whittier Lane Baptist Church – New Castle, IN
Mailing Address: Box 523, Civic Center Aiwo District, Republic of Nauru
mcgeorges@netzero.net     www.mcgeorgemissions.info

Rob and Rachel Roberson
Sending Church: Southland Baptist Church- Belton, MO
Mailing Address: 16205 Vicie Ave. Belton, MO 64012

New Guinea
Kenny and Kalie Keck
Child: Julia
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church, Everett, WA
Mailing Address: P O Box 73 Wau, Morobe
Province, Papua New Guinea 422

Robert and Rebekah Greene
Children: Nathaniel
Sending Church: Lighthouse Baptist Church-Indianapolis, IN
Mailing Address: 7843 Corinthian Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46219

Fran and Marivel Aquilino
Sending Church: Christ Independent Baptist Church – Philadelphia, PA
Mailing Address: Womrath Street Philadelphia , PA 19124

Christopher and Victoria Hunter
Children: Christine, Charity, Cherish
Sending Church: Mira Mesa Bible Baptist Church, San Diego, CA
Mailing Address: Bible Baptist Church, Don Carlos Norte Sayre Hiway, Don Carlos Bukidnon  8712 Philippines

Lemuel and Taylor Javier
Children: Georgianna, Glorielle, Gilbert
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church – Sapulpa, OK
Mailing Address: 8 Rose St Santa Monica Puerto Princesa, Palawan 5300 Philippines

Josiah and Gloria DaCunha
Children: Tirzah, Jonathan
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church, Victorville, CA
Mailing Address: 12626 First Ave Victorville, CA 92395
Aveiro, Portugal

Joel and Michelle Reasoner
Sending Church: Yakima Bible Baptist Church – Yakima, WA
Mailing Address: 6201 Tieton Drive Yakima, WA. 98908

Russell and Janet Brinkley
Children: Taylor, Dylan, Danielle
Sending Church: Boulevard Baptist Church – Burleson, TX
Mailing Address: 42 Cornhill Way Perth, Scotland PH1 1LJ
Perth, Scotland
Website brinks4scots@gmail.com

Monte and Krista Barlow
Children: Chelsea, Nicholas, Micah, Philip
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Church – Stillwater, OK
Mailing Address: PO Box 1985 Stillwater, OK 74076

Joshua and Erika Prince
Children: Abigail, Miriam, Lydia
Sending Church: Bible Baptist Temple – Tulsa, OK
Mailing Address: 6308 E. Apache St Tulsa, OK 74115

Hector and Erica Garcia
Sending Church: Westgate Baptist Church – Tampa, FL
Mailing Address: 7931 25th Av. North St. Petersburg, FL 33710

David and Cherri Rea
Children: John, Janna, Josiah, Jacob, Jewell-Lee, Joy
Sending Church: Valley Baptist Church – Pacific, WA
Mailing Address: PO Box 187 Auburn, WA 98071

Idea for a Yearly Baby Dedication Service

This is a service where Christian parents dedicate their children to the Lord. They promise the Lord and church to raise their children in a godly way until children can make their own decisions to follow the Lord. Pastors should contact families who have had children during the previous year and invite them to a meeting to discuss the service. He can use this meeting to teach and explain the reason for the service and reinforce a biblical vision for Christian parenting.

Actual Order of Baby Dedication Service

• Parents stand before the congregation with their children, and the pastor asks the following questions:

Do you today recognize these children as the gifts of God and give heartfelt thanks for God’s blessing?

Do you now dedicate your children to the Lord who gave them to you all, surrendering all worldly claims upon their lives in the hope that they will belong wholly to God?

Do you pledge as parents that, with God’s help, you will bring up your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, making every reasonable effort, with patience and love, to build the Word of God, the character of Christ and the joy of the Lord into their lives?

Do you promise to provide, through God’s blessing, for the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of your children, looking to your own heavenly Father for the wisdom, love and strength to serve them and not use them?

Do you promise, God helping you, to make it your regular prayer that, by God’s grace, your children will come to trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and for the fulfillment of all his promises to them, even eternal life; and in this faith follow Jesus as Lord and obey his teachings?

• Insert these same promises in the bulletin to reinforce a Biblical vision of parenting for the whole congregation. The pastor can invite all parents silently to re-commit these promises.

• After the parents have confirmed their promises, the pastor can pray a prayer of dedication.

Prayer of Dedication

(child’s name), together with your parents, who love you dearly, and this people who care about the outcome of your faith, I dedicate you to God, surrendering together with them all worldly claims upon your life, in the hope that you will belong wholly to God for ever.

• After the ceremony, the pastor can present parents with a Child’s Bible, a certificate, and a pastoral letter to give the child on his 12th birthday.

Sample of a Pastoral Letter:

Name of Church
Address of Church (City, State Zip)
Date of Dedication Service
Infant’s Full Name

Dear (child’s first name)

I would like to wish you a Happy Birthday today. I am writing this letter to you on the day that your Parents dedicated you to the Lord at (church name). As you read this letter, you are celebrating your 12th birthday. I hope today is a special day for you.

God blessed you with two very special parents. They prayed for you during your mother’s pregnancy. Earlier today at your dedication, I reminded your parents of their responsibility to provide you with a home that would honor Christ.

As a church, we prayed that you would grow up to know and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

Up to this point, your parents have made most of your life’s important decisions. Now you are 12 years old, and there is one decision that only you can make. You alone must accept Jesus as your personal Savior. If you have already done this, I pray that you will continue to grow, as a Christian and that, you will stay close to Jesus in your years ahead.

May God bless you on this special Birthday.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor’s Name

Planning a Yearly Mission’s Conference

The success or failure of the Mission’s Conference rises or falls with the leadership. If the pastor and leaders do not get excited about the Conference, the people will not get excited.

Why Should Your Church Have a Yearly Conference?

• To give your church more of a burden for missionaries around the world.
• To give your church information about new missionaries and their fields.
• To challenge your church to have a deeper prayer commitment for individual missionaries and their fields.
• To encourage your church to pray that the Lord will raise up new missionary candidates from your church.
• To increase your church’s mission giving so that it could take on new missionaries and increase the support of its current missionaries.

When Should Your Church Schedule the Mission’s Conference?

• Select the date that doesn’t conflict with anything that will compete for a large section of your congregation.
• Most Conferences follow one of these three schedules: Wednesday through Sunday; Sunday through Wednesday; or Sunday through Sunday.
• Set the date and theme at least a year in advance.

What Are Some Themes, Slogans, and Quotes Your Church Could Use?

• There are many different themes you could use: ”The field is the World”, “Laborers Together,” “Go Into All the World and Preach the Gospel,” “Pray! Give! Go!” “Do You Hold the Key?” “Missions, Heaven’s Heartbeat,” etc.
• “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light” — John Keith Falconer
• “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor
• “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” — Hudson Taylor
• “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” — Hudson Taylor
• “If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China” — Hudson Taylor
• “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” — Hudson Taylor
• “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” — William Carey
• “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey
• “Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?” — William Carey
• “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” — Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
• “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” — Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950’s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador
• In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been” — Robert Moffat, who inspired David Livingstone
• “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” — David Livingstone
• “Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” — C.T. Studd
• “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” — Oswald J. Smith
• “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” — Oswald J. Smith
• “The mission of the church is missions” — Oswald J. Smith
• “If God calls you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon
• “You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael

What Are Some Things Your Church Should Do to Start Preparing for the Conference?

• Budget the Conference’s expenses in yearly mission’s budget. This amount should cover Conference expenses, plus a good love offering to each missionary.
• Begin preparations at least six months prior to the Conference.
• Recruit an effective leader to head up planning the Conference.
• Involve as many people as possible in the planning and preparing of the Conference.
• Find the best keynote mission’s speaker you can get. He will set the tone for the Conference.
• Develop a program that includes skits, creativity, drama, and storytelling. Skits and dramas are very effective in challenging hearts for missions.
• Three weeks before the conference, give Faith Promise Sunday school lessons to the teachers to teach for next three weeks.
• Children’s church can also hear Faith Promise lessons and raise special missionary offerings for various projects or missionaries.
• Have Sunday school teachers and Junior Church leaders teach a mission lesson each week for 4 weeks prior to your conference.
• Bathe your Conference in prayer. Prayer is the single most important part of the Conference.
• Organize cottage prayer meetings several weeks before the Conference, asking people to sign up and be a part of the effort to pray for the success of the meeting.
• Promote your Conference as the best event of the year for your church.

What Music Should Your Church Use for the Conference?

• If you have a choir director, have him plan a missionary theme song to be sung each night of the Conference. “Lift Up Your Eyes”, “Look Unto the Fields”, “How Shall They Hear”, “Here Am I, Send Me,” “Come Over and Help Us,” etc.
• If you do not have a song leader, select someone to lead songs for the Conference.
• Sing missionary songs for each conference session.
• Choose a missionary theme chorus to sing for each night of the Conference.
• Use missionary emphasis words with familiar hymns. (Check my blog for examples January 17, 2012; Mission Conference Songs)

How Should Your Church Advertise for the Conference?

• Publicly verbalize enthusiasm for world missions and encourage financial support for the Conference.
• Three weeks before the Conference, send each family an encouraging and challenging letter about the Conference.
• Encourage each member to look for ways to minister to the missionaries during the Conference.
• One month before the conference, decorate sanctuary with large theme banner.
• The Conference program should be printed ahead of time to insert in the church bulletin at least two or three weeks prior to the conference.
• Posters should be placed about the church including pictures of missionaries and information about their fields.
• Prepare a Prayer Guide booklet for your people. This will have a listing of all your missionaries, their contact information, their prayer requests, interesting facts about their ministry and the country they represent.
• The church marque should carry appropriate advertising of the Conference.
• Place articles in the local newspaper with news releases and pictures of the missionaries.
• Make contact with local radio and television stations for public service announcements.
• If there are Christian schools in your area, contact them and let them know that you have missionaries who would be available to speak in their assemblies and classrooms.
• Put up a book table with stimulating missionary biographies and stories for the people of your church to purchase.

How Should Your Church Treat the Missionaries Who Participate in the Conference?

• Be sure to correspond well with the missionary before the conference.
• When the missionary arrives, show him around the church facility, introduce him to staff, and show him where to set up his display.
• Give him a welcome packet that includes:
1. Itinerary of where he is to be throughout each day and what is expected of him.
2. An envelope with some spending money for him to use during the Conference.
3. Directions how to get to his host’s home/motel and back to church.
• Pray with him. Ask the Lord to use him effectively during the time he is with you and that your people will be responsive to his ministry.
• Invite him to join you in prayer before each service or function in which he takes part.
• If you plan to do something fun with missionary while he is with you, find out what he enjoys. Be sure to give him the option. Your concern is to meet his needs. Some may need time away from the children after spending hours or days traveling in the car. Others may need to rest or catch up on correspondence. Be sure not to make him feel any pressure.
• Be sensitive to any dietary restrictions he might have.
• Don’t feel obligated to provide three large meals each day. It’s usually more convenient for the missionary to have breakfast at the host’s home/motel.
• Provide an evening meal at the church for missionary/missionaries. Be sure to include the pastor and his family, the staff and his family, and the family or Sunday school class who provided the meal to join the missionaries. (This gives other members a chance to interact with missionaries so that they can begin to know, to love, and to appreciate the missionaries)
• Use Skype to involve special missionaries who are not able to attend the Conference.

What Should Be the Schedule of Your Faith Promise Sunday?

• Take commitments in each Sunday school class. Assign one spokes person to read the class commitment in morning service. (Ex. By faith Pastor_________, the primary girls will give $10.50 each week for world-wide missions)
• After sermon, hand Faith Promise Cards to every member in the service. Have prayer. (While people are writing out their commitments, have two people to set up a power point display to calculate total commitments)
• Collect cards from morning service and have someone total those cards.
• Call out a representative from each individual class to audibly give class commitment.
• Rejoice over total promised for the coming year.

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