Honduras: Jason and Arlen Stevens
Hello from the country of Honduras. This is our first letter of the New Year, so I would like to share with you allwhat the Lord has been doing. In January of this year we got our men’s meeting started again. This is a meeting that we have the last Saturday of each month, and it is not just for the men of our two churches, but also for the men of the other Independent Baptist Churches of La Esperanza and the surrounding communities. This meeting was started a number of years ago when the Lord burdened the heart of Missionary Mike Lane about the need for such a meeting. When Brother Lane went home to be with the Lord in August 2015, the meeting did not continue for some time. But then the Lord burdened my heart and the heart of another pastor about how vitally important this monthly meeting is to the spiritual health of our Independent Baptist Churches. So we had the first meeting in January of this year at our church in Quebrada de Lajas, and we had more than sixty adult men and teenage boys in attendance representing six different churches. I was thankful for the opportunity to preach at this special meeting, as I honestly believe that the true spiritual condition and impact of our Independent Baptist Churches in Honduras, and everywhere in the world, is dependent upon the men in our churches more than any other single factor. Please pray that the Lord will use these meetings to strengthen the men who are saved and members of the different Independent Baptist Churches here, while also becoming a means to see many more men get saved by way of the preaching of the word of God. Lord willing, we will be having our April meeting in our church in the community of Rodeo. The Lord has been blessing our soul-winning/visitation efforts in the communities of Quebrada de Lajas and in Rodeo. The wife of my assistant Brother Noel (Sonia) led her neighbor Ivis to the Lord a couple of months ago. We have seen spiritual fruit in her life already, as she is faithful to all of the services, and she is also showing a desire to be involved in weekly evangelizing with the church. Keep her in prayer, as her husband Eloi has been very unsupportive of her faith in Christ, and I know that this has been a great burden on her heart.We also have a new young teenage girl attending our services. My wife has been talking to her about salvation, so please pray for this young girl named Rogeli. She brought her whole family with her recently to our Father’s Day service.
In addition to those things, we are also rejoicing in the following.
We started Wednesday evening discipleship classes this year focusing exclusively on the Gospel: what it is, and how to proclaim it Biblically. My wife is teaching the ladies, and I am teaching the men. The Lord is using these classes to raise the awareness in our people about their responsibility to faithfully proclaim God’s word to the lost in their community.
The Lord brought a woman to one of our Sunday morning services in February, and when she came back for the evening service she made a profession of faith in Christ. Sadly, she had to move out of her home in March to another part of Honduras. But it was encouraging to our people to see the Lord bring someone to our church who we had not first visited. I told our people that God blesses soul-winning in ways that we often don’t envision.
So I would ask for prayer for us as we continue to go and preach the Gospel in the communities of Quebrada de Lajas and Rodeo. People often ask me the difference between soul-winning in Honduras compared to soul-winning in the United States. Let me answer that in two ways. The positive: People here are much more willing to let you talk to them about Christ. I have not once had someone slam their door in my face here like I had happen many times in Philadelphia. If you are prepared and know how to give the Gospel here, then trust me, you will have many opportunities to plant the seed of God’s word in the hearts of the people, and even go back and water that seed yourself.
The negative: When I say “the negative”, I don’t mean so from my perspective, but no doubt it will be negative from the perspective of many Christians, perhaps even some who will read this letter. The people here for the most part are not quick to make a profession of faith in Christ. They instinctively seem to understand that being born-again to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is a very serious matter (see: Mark 8:34-38,) and (Luke 14:25-33). So that may or may not bring great frustration to the American missionary depending on his position on the Gospel, and how he proclaims it. The challenge on my end is in remembering that I am not called to do the work of the Holy Spirit, while at the same time I am not to let people think that it is OK for them to spend weeks and months counting the cost to trust Christ as their Lord and Saviour, especially when tomorrow is not promised to anyone (Proverbs 27:1), and also the Lord never encourages delay in such an important matter like salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
So basically, we believe the value of one soul is precious to the Lord (Luke 15:7) (as I am sure many of you do as well,) and for that reason we stay away from trying to force or manipulate people into the kingdom of God. That may result in the prayer letters being less glamorous, but if the Lord counts us as faithful, then that is ultimately what matters most to us.
We greatly appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and faithful monthly support that allows us to fulfill the Lord’s calling on our lives here in Honduras. May the Lord bless you all as you continue to serve Him. Lord willing, our next letter will be for March/April 2017, and you should receive it sometime in May.
Because Christ is Risen (I Cor. 15: 19-20)
Jason, Arlen, Micaiah, Jerimiah, and Mary Ellen Stevens
Thailand: Bryan and Angel Ries
Hello Churches and Prayer Partners,
Prayer Push to 50%
This week, I’m launching what I’m calling a “Prayer Push” to get to 50% of our needed support by Easter. We would be ecstatic to arrive at the 50% mark of our support and deputation ministry. In order to meet that goal, 16 new churches will need to partner together with us in the next 8 weeks. Would you add this matter to your daily prayer list and begin praying with us? If we’ve been to your church and shared our burden for souls in Thailand, would you prayerfully consider being 1 of those 16 new churches?
This Past Month
Over that past month, we’ve been privileged to travel around 4,100 miles to present our burden for Thailand in churches in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. God has raised up new Great Commission partnerships with local churches which has raised our support level to 34%. We’re grateful for God’s churches and His provision!
In our family, we’ve had a lot to celebrate this past month. Angel and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on January 5th, Alex had his 4th birthday on January 28th, I celebrated 20 years of salvation on February 2nd and Anna had her 6th birthday on February 11th. God has been so good to us! I posted a video on Facebook where I went to the place that I got saved and shared my testimony. You can watch it at https://goo.gl/FWXWkm.
This Coming Month
This month, we took off from our home base in Indiana for our first real road trip of the year. We are going to be in several meetings and conferences all over the place. We’ll be in GA, NC, FL, TX, KS, and NE! It will be a long trip with a lot of driving, so pray that God would bless it with safety and fruitful ministry!
We’re incredibly grateful for you!
By His Grace,
Bryan and Angel Ries
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Scotland: Russell & Janet Brinkley
Dear Pastor & Praying Friends, Dec – Jan 2017
We had 17 in our choir for “Carols on the High Street”. It was a chilly December day, but it remained dry so it allowed the choir to sing for two hours during the busy holiday weekend.
The children passed out candy canes with gospel tracts and we had opportunity to speak to many people. We also had a good turnout for the Christmas morning service and our family enjoyed an evening together in celebration of the birth of Christ and all He’s done for us personally. God has blessed us!
Good Start To 2017
We are happy to announce that we are one step closer to receiving British Citizenship! Our family has been granted “Indefinite Leave to Remain” (also called Permanent Residence) which means we have permission to live and work in the UK without Visa’s or restrictions. We are on the pathway to British Citizenship and will be eligible to apply in one year. We praise the Lord for helping us reach this milestone and we thank all of you who gave financially to make this possible for our family. We are just so very grateful!
Growing Youth Club
We’ve had an explosion of kids coming to our Thursday Night Bible Club. We average 16 each week and have made great connections with the parents too. Single missionary, Deana Hewston, runs the club with us. She does an outstanding job of teaching the Bible, directing the youth choir, teaching music theory, and sharing Christian biographies. The excitement of this growing ministry has proven to be contagious and we are having a new visitor in club nearly every week! God is at work!
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley
Philippines: Chris & Victoria Hunter
Dearest Prayer Warriors,Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
Our family is in the middle of preparing to go back to the US for furlough. Our flight is scheduled on January 30TH, 2017. Thank you for your help prayerfully and financially. We are excited and looking forward to give a full report of how God is growing HIS ministry here in the Philippines.
By the grace of GOD, our family will be in Texas during the months of March – April. If we need to stay longer we will. Please send me an email if you would like to have our family come and visit your church and the open dates when you are able to have us come. We are currently scheduled to be with Pastor Dale Webster, BBC Bridgeport TX, on March 22-26. We are also scheduled to be with Pastor Harold Wells, Landmark Baptist Church Red Oak TX, on March 29TH, 2017. Our calendar is still wide open for scheduling. We are ready for hard work and more than willing to travel anywhere in the US.
Please pray for our safety as we begin our journey from the Philippines to the US. My youngest daughter Cherish will be traveling to the US for the very first time. Please help us pray for a family van to use while we are in the US for our furlough needs. We are in need of something that will not break down on us while we are travelling across the US. Also, if you have a place that our family can stay in while we travel in your state please let us know. Any assistance would be a HUGE help for our family of five. We praise GOD for your constant, consistent prayers and support for our family. We would not have been able to accomplish what have been able to accomplish without your love and help. We thank GOD for you. GOD BLESS YOU.
IN CHRIST JESUS,
The Hunter Family
Philippines: Lemuel & Taylor Javier
Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
I thank the Lord for the time that we get to spend time here. The Lord exactly knows what He is doing. Tuesday we are heading to Dallas to be dropped off by our Pastor and our family. Wednesday morning we are flying out to Manila. Our time here in the states has been fruitful and well spent. We are grateful for the time and memories that my family and I have experienced.
In January we finally received Gilberts Philippine passport. We now have everything we need for Gilberts paperwork. His name has already been legalized for both countries and his passport for USA is here as well. Taylors visa has also finally been approved! It arrived two weeks ago. The third try was definitely the charm. It went so much smoother once we had everything in hand. We could not have accomplished all of these things without all your faithful prayers and financial supports. Thank you for your continued prayers for the visa’s and passports. They have all been answered
Now, we prepare to make the journey back home to Palawan. As you may expect we are excited to get back and be with the church family at Christ Baptist Church. It is exciting to go forward knowing that God has a plan. We don’t know what this year will hold but God does. This coming summer we have youth camps. Camp is always a very exciting time for me. I have such a burden for the young people there in the island. It is such a blessing and joy to be part of the camp week in counseling, teaching, and preaching to the teenagers who are always so eager for Gods word and work in their lives. I will be starting a discipleship program to help the church to grow in the Lord. The plan is to go through the ABC of Christian growth until its finished. I plan to have it every Friday night. Again, thank you so much for your faithfulness!! Looking forward to see what God in store for us when we get back to the field.
Taylor and Lemuel Javier
Soul Winning Seminars:
Bob & Joy Martin
Praise the Lord for the folks that marched in Washington to support ending the murder of babies in the womb even though largely ignored by the liberal media. Ever since Cain, this world has sought to explain away, or rationalize, murder. But murder is still murder; whether it be the murder of a brother, or the murder of a defenseless baby by calling it “abortion”. Sin will always be rationalized away by changing the title of it, at least until the heart of the sinner is changed. That’s the work of the Child of God; presenting the Gospel, because “it is the power of God unto salvation” to give the Holy Spirit pportunity to change the heart. That’s the first work of every Child of God and every Baptist church. So, let’s be about the work to which God has called us.
February is Almost Empty!
We only have two dates filled on our calendar for February:
February 20-23 is the GIBF National Conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Temecula, CA
February 27-28 is the national BEAMS Conference at Faith Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS
We would love to visit your church. We have a Sunday School Seminar that takes 45 minutes and would give the pastor and the church a good understand- ing of the regular Seminar. Or, we could simply present the witnessing ministry (talk or video). We are fully supported, only seeking to be a help to the Lord’s pastors and people.
January was Good!
January 1st we visited Pocahontas Baptist Church in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Bro. Delbert McLaughlin is the pastor of this country church, just south of the town of Pocahontas, “smack dab” in the middle of the rice fields of Arkansas. He and his wife Darlene have been at the church several years, serving the Lord after returning from the mission field of Romania. This is a precious pastor and people. We spent the rest of the day with our family. Our son-in-law Sam is a Master Chief in the Navy and was home for a couple of days. We just did what family does when they get together at those special times; watching our grandson help our great grandson doing chin-ups.
January 8th we were supposed to be in Georgia in two churches, and attend the GA/ALA Independent Baptist Preachers Fellowship on Monday. On Tuesday we were scheduled to attend the Southeast Independent Baptist Spanish Pastors Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia, but an ice/snow storm spread across the country & did not allow us to travel that weekend.
January 15th I preached at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Folsom, Louisiana for the AM service. Bro. Frank Palmisano is the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist church. Bro. Frank and I have known each other for over 30 years (since before he began pastoring). The Lord saved the lady in the right-hand picture during the invitation. For the PM Service we attended Fundamental Baptist Church in Livingston, Louisiana where Bro. Rusty Silvertooth is the pastor. This is one of the great witnessing Baptist churches in south Louisiana. The music program was phenomenal, and the youth and children’s choir sang that evening. We also had the privilege of meeting missionaries John and Sharon Sutton who have a ministry to trade shows and fairs, singing and giving away Bibles and toys where God lets them travel. They are another couple who retired and went to work for God, serving Him all over the United States.
January 22nd we traveled to Mineral Heights Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas for the AM service. The church is in the process of finding a new pastor while doing the work God has called them to. I had the opportunity to present our work and challenge them to continue to be witnesses for the Lord. Please pray for this church as they seek God’s will for a pastor.
I preached at 1st Baptist Church Haltom City in Fort Worth, Texas during the PM Service. Bro. C. M. Mosely is the pastor of this great church. We had visited 1st Baptist in December, and had the privilege of returning and preaching in January. The Holy Spirit dealt with hearts and filled the altar as many folks resolved to be better witnesses.
January 29th we were at our home church, Southside Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Lord has blessed us with the joy and privilege of the friendship of Bro. Jamie and Sis. Donna Hilley from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Bro. Jamie is an evangelist, working specifically with tent revivals. He stayed in our home and preached both services at church. Sis. Donna could not travel because of back problems. Our pastor and church are already considering a tent revival in the future.
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- Do you charge for the Seminars? No we do not. All we ask is for a place to rest and a love offering. We provide all the Seminar materials (from 1 person to 500 people) and will provide our own place to rest if needed.
- Are you a Calvinist or Hyper Calvinist? A thousand times NO!
- Why do you and Sis Joy visit churches without doing a Seminar? Because many Pastors do not know us from Adam and Eve’s house cat. When pastoring, I would never let a preacher I did not know preach in my pulpit, why should any pastor allow us to do a Seminar or preach, until he has met us and knows us?
- Why are you an Independent Baptist preacher? Because I discern that we are the closest to the Bible in belief and practice.
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Korea: Benjamin & Jae Park
Dear Pastors and Friends.
Bro. Yoon, A New Addition to Sejong BBC.Brother Sungkyu Yoon is a senior student at our Bible College in Seoul and joined Sejong BBC in Sep. of 2016. He is a good Christian young man brought up in a godly home. He will help Pastor Min in Sunday School and Youth work. I am praying that he would be trained well and equipped for the furtherance of the Gospel in Korea. Please pray for us so that we would be used for many young people trained for the future ministry of the Lord in this nation.
Baptism of Jingu Im. He is the husband of my cousin and it’s been a couple of years since he accepted the Lord, but his job situation did not allow him to be baptized sooner. He was baptized last month at Pastor Min’s apartment. It was a blessing to see him obey the believer’s scriptural baptism and grow in the knowledge of the Lord.
Sweet Blessings in the Chinese Church.
Mrs. Kim, who is a member of Sejong BBC and helping our Chinese work, does not speak Chinese well but she has great zeal for winning Chinese people to the Lord. She has a booklet that guides the way of salvation in Chinese. She used it with her broken Chinese, and led Whang Gui Hong to the Lord. Mrs. Whang shed tears when she prayed and accepted the Lord in her heart. It was a happy time for us all.
It is also a blessing to see these young Chinese Christians begin to read the Bible. It has been a forbidden book in China for many years even though they can possess one nowadays. It is a wonderful blessing to see that some show their interest in the Bible and read it when others are resting. Please continue to pray for our Chinese work so that souls would be saved consistently and they would grow in the Word of God.
On the Road again.
I am leaving Korea for the States on the 17th of this month. We are finishing our 1st term as missionaries in Korea. I will attend the GIBF meeting in Temecula, CA this month. Jae will join me in CA on the 7th of March. She wants to stay 3 more weeks in Korea due to Mrs. Liu’s delivery of a baby girl. Mengmeng was born on the 30th of Jan., 2017 to Brother and Mrs. Liu’s home. Mrs. Liu needs some time to recover before she takes over what Jae has been doing in the Chinese Church.
Please pray for our trip to the States and traveling to visit our supporting churches to give ministry reports. I also need to raise more support for the Chinese ministry. If you want to have and use us for your missions project please call me to (253) 227-7114 or email me to email@example.com and let me know.
Thank you again for your love, prayers and faithful supports for all these years. Without you, we would never have been here and seen what the Lord has done here in Korea. So, we thank and praise the Lord for each of you. May the Lord richly bless you for your love and sacrifice for the World Missions!
Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park