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2014 GIBM Letters

Washington Church Planter: Seth and Meagan Mau September 2014

Greetings from Tacoma, WA!

Last Sunday, September 14th, we celebrated our 1-year Anniversary at Amazing Grace Baptist Church. We had the honor of having Pastor James Nolan of Bible Baptist Church, Cathedral City, CA as our guest speaker. Our previous attendance record was 26 and we more than doubled that record! That Sunday we had a total of 61 in attendance and the wonderful part is that 35 of those were first time visitors. WOW! While that number seems amazing…it gets even better! Those 35 visitors came from the result of just ONE visit. It was like a “snow-ball” effect. I met husband and wife Edwin & Michelle who live just around the corner from us. I invited them to church. They invited their own brothers and sisters. The brothers and sisters brought their own children. The children invited their friends and so on. I have never had this happen before! It just goes to show, you never know what can come out of a single visit or the next door you knock on. God blesses the effort. Door knocking still remains a vital part of church planting and continues to be an effective way to reach souls. Pastor James Nolan preached a clear gospel message and 2 people raised their hands for salvation. We pray that they might all continue to come!

It was the hand God that planted Amazing Grace Baptist Church here in Tacoma. It is so wonderful to be a part of it, and to see God grow His church. Our Wednesday night Bible study is held at our home. We have a small core group of faithful people that come nearly every Wednesday.

Prayer Request: Our monthly support has dropped down a bit. I work a part-time job to help in our personal finances, but the necessary funds for the church is struggling. We are raying for churches who haven’t supported Amazing Grace Baptist Church to help us by “getting on board” with monthly support for the ministry God has planted here in Tacoma.

Thank you for your continued support.
The Mau Family

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2015 GIBM Letters

Brazil: Don and Linda Leaf November 25, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,

Special Activities: The ladies of Cornélio Procópio had their annual Spring Tea on the 14th of November. There were 36 ladies present for this activity. Many of these were unsaved friends invited by our ladies. One of the visitors was a lady who used to live next to us. We had invited her many times to come to church, but she always had some kind of an excuse. Recently, she had one of our ladies do some sewing for her, and while at her house saw some of the decorations that were to be used for the tea. Because she wanted to see how it would look, she came to the meeting. She is unsaved and, according to her, does not attend any church. All of these ladies heard the Gospel that day. We are praying that the Word and the love shown them by our ladies will work in their hearts.

Discipleship: The couple that we wrote about in our last letter, are now coming faithfully to Sunday services. They are studying a discipleship program with our national worker, and are understanding more and more of the Word of God. They are saved and are devouring the Word, both in the discipleship studies and in church. A couple of weeks ago they asked what they needed to do to become members of the church. They come from a church of which we cannot accept their “baptism”, but they have stated that they are willing to do whatever is necessary to become members.

Unusual Conversions: A few months ago during hospital visitation, an 80-year-old man trusted Christ as his Savior. He has serious health problems and has lost his sight because of diabetes. He lives in a home for the elderly which, compared to US standards, is not the best environment. His family has basically abandoned him. We have a team that goes and picks him up for Sunday School each week. He is unable to attend the other services because of his health condition. When I ask him how he is doing, he always answers the same. “Since I became a Christian everything is different and better. The best part of my week is to go to church, to be with the brethren, and to hear about the Bible. If I could, I would go alone in my wheelchair.”

A few weeks ago, I spoke with a young man in his 20s about trusting Christ. He said that he was interested, but was not ready to make that decision. This past Sunday, the 80-year-old father of one of our ladies accepted the Lord as his Savior. After explaining the Gospel to him, I asked him if he wanted to accept Christ. His answer was, “Of course. Why wouldn´t I?” It is very unusual for us to see older people accept the Lord, but what a blessing to see them saved before it is too late.

PLEASE PRAY:
1. Coming baptismal service: possibility of 7 people
2. Children´s Bible club twice a month: 6 – 8 children attending
3. Back surgery for one of our musicians

Thank You for your faithful prayers for us,
Don & Linda Leaf

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.

Discipleship: 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

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.

 

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
Korea: Benjamin and Jae Parks December 2015

 Dear Pastors and Churches,

Gumi Bible Baptist Church: On Nov. 29th, Jae and I were invited to attend the 13th anniversary service of Gumi Bible Baptist Church in Gumi City of Kyeongbuk Province, S. Korea. The church was started by the late Pastor Kyeongmo Jin. Brother Jin started the church in a very difficult place, where there had been three more attempts to start and build a Fundamental Baptist Church but never been realized before. Brother and Mrs. Jin had worked very hard to win souls and build the church. I remember him bringing some of the young people from the church several times to the youth camps of Riverview Baptist Church in Pasco, WA. Five years ago, Brother Jin, in his early forties, suffered a stroke and left his family and the struggling church behind. The church was not strong enough yet to call another pastor and there was a discussion to close it down. Mr. Young Kim, who was and is the only deacon of the church, and Mrs. Jin refused to abandon the church. They kept the church open for three years with the help of an elderly Missionary Daehyun Kim who had come to the church on Sundays to preach. Two years ago, a young pastor, Pastor Ho-young Ahn, accepted the call of the Lord to pastor this young church which already had suffered so much for the cause of the Gospel. Since then, I have been supporting this pastor and the church. It was a wonderful anniversary service. The Jin children were not little kids anymore. The son has completed his military duty and ready to go back to college, the oldest daughter is in college, and the youngest is finishing her high school. They all were very active in serving the Lord alongside with their mom. Pastor Ahn’s children serve the Lord with their music. The oldest son plays the piano, the daughter plays the guitar, and the youngest boy likes bringing his friends to church. Mrs. Ahn, who is also a school teacher, plays the flute. Deacon Kim and his family also love the church and serve the Lord with Pastor Ahn.Everybody was serving the Lord in some way and I could not withhold my tear when I saw how the Lord is working for this young church and blessing them. They have worked hard for this service and invited their friends and neighbors to the service. There were 33 people in the service. After I preached three souls responded to the invitations and I dealt with two men and they both accepted the Lord as their personal savior by the Grace of God. The other promised to come back for salvation for she had to leave after church. I’d like ask you to pray for this precious church. Pray that these precious young people grow in the love of God and God’s work so that they would be kept pure and holy in this sin wretched world. Pray for Pastor and Mrs. Ahn and Mrs. Jin as they are working hard to lead people to the Lord and build their people for God’s Glory. And pray that I would know how to help them and be an encouragement to the church.

Visitors from the States: During the months of October and November, three families from the States visited us in Sejong. Brother and Mrs. John Kingsmore from Western Hills Baptist Church of Glendale, AZ visited and encouraged us. Brother and Mrs. Young Chung, our old time friends from our ministry in Pasco, WA, came over and had a Sunday service together, and Mrs. Chinsoo Yi, a member of our church in Tacoma, WA, came and had fellowship with us. Their visits were great encouragement for me and Jae. It was such a great blessing to see our praying friends again and to show them what the Lord is doing with our lives in S. Korea. ”

Salvations of Souls in Sejong Church: After the summer season, it seemed like we were not winning anybody to the Lord. We went Soulwinning every week, passed out tracts and talked to people here and there, but nobody was interested. We have prayed and asked the Lord to give us souls and give us power and wisdom to win souls. And then the Lord began to bless us again, besides the two men I led to the Lord in Gumi Church, we saw three people accepted the Lord in our services in Sejong Church. For the last two Sundays, we had privilege to lead a mother, her son (not in picture, he is the mom’s brother who is a member of Sejong church) and daughter to the Lord who was visiting us. Please continue to pray for us that we would win souls constantly in Sejong City and South Korea.

My Sickness: As I have mentioned in my last letter, doctors diagnosed me as I have this herniated cervical disc. I have been under a constant pain on my neck, left shoulder, arm and hand. The MRI image shows my 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 vertebra are all narrowed, and there is an inflammation between numbers 6-7 which causes so much pain and numbness. I am trying to avoid a surgery. I am doing a little better this week, but covet your prayers.Once again, I am very grateful for your love, prayers and financial supports. It is our honor and privilege to be able to preach the Gospel and reach lost souls in S. Korea with you all.
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.
5) Gumi Bible Baptist Church for their growth.Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park

Korea: Benjamin and Jae Parks October 2015

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 Friday 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

Korea: Benjamin and Jae 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 Nov/Dec 2015

Dear Pastor and Brethren,

“Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, And thy thoughts which are to us-ward: They cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalms 40.5)

We want to thank you for your unconditional support during 2015. We know that for some it was a difficult year, but by the grace of God you continued to be faithful to Him. We pray that the Lord pour abundant blessings on each of you.

November: We had an activity for the kids to teach them that as Christians we do not celebrate Halloween or the Day of the Dead. During this month, my wife and I celebrated our birthdays; we thank everyone for your calls and prayers and are very thankful for the opportunity we have to serve our Lord. We spent Thanksgiving with fellow missionaries, talked about our ministries, and enjoyed good food and fellowship. Door to door evangelism continues to be a priority in the church, unfortunately some church members have stopped participating, and we ask that you keep them in your prayers.

December: Pastor Menez from Indiana came to visit us this month and preached on Wednesday night. The message was a blessing and very encouraging to the church; we have been going through a difficult time as some members have stopped attending. Please pray that the Lord continue to give us wisdom and strength to keep going despite the hardships. We praise the Lord that a family was saved; they are attending church faithfully and will soon be baptized! We had a special service on New Year’s Eve and many members expressed that it was a blessing to not be starting the New Year in a worldly environment. We are very thankful for everything God has allowed us to accomplish in 2015 and our prayer is that this year we will do more for Him.

Prayer Requests:
Funds to rent a bigger place
A vehicle to start a route
Spiritual growth of the church
Wisdom to lead God’s church

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

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

Philippines:  Christopher and Victoria Hunter December 2015

Dearest Prayer Warriors,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Here is a quick update on the progress of the construction of our new building. By the grace of GOD, The LORD has touched the heart of the local construction material business dealer here in Don Carlos. They have given our church a line of credit of $25,000 for construction materials and told us that we can “PAY-AS-ABLE”. They are very happy to assist our church and have not given us a time limit to pay off the $25,000 loan of construction materials.  By the grace of God we have taken them up on their generous offer and have been constructing for the last two months since October until now, and we have just reached our credit limit of $25,000. In all of my 20 years here on the mission field of the Philippines this is my first time to ever have this kind of favor from the LORD. PRAISE GOD! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Please help us pray for the amount of $23,000 to pay off this loan. There is NO RUSH and NO PRESSURE to pay it off, but we would like to see the amount “PAID IN FULL” by the grace of GOD, As Soon As Possible. We desire to keep a very good testimony with their family and business. “FOR WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE”(Luke 1:37) We have already given $2,000 from our church starting last month.  I believe that the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY has given us this favor because of your continual prayers and fastings for our family and ministry. Our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST has given us a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH here in our ministry. We have already started using the new unfinished building for children’s Sunday school classes, and nursery. It is such a tremendous blessing to walk on the 2nd floor of the new building. By the grace of God, both floors will be used this coming JUNE 2016 – 2017 school year. Please pray for our INDEPENDENT BAPTIST YOUTH CAMP on December 21-23, 2015. Our goal is 500 young people to come from all over Mindanao. This new building will be used to accommodate our delegates next week. Please pray that many young people will follow GOD’S calling and surrender their lives to JESUS for FULL TIME MINISTRY.  I will send you a full report of our GOD given victories after our youth camp. We are very very very excited to see GOD move once again in the tender hearts of young people here in the Philippines.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE.

In CHRIST JESUS,
The HUNTER FAMILY/Your Missionaries to the Philippines

Philippines: Christoper and Victoria Hunter October 2015

Dearest Beloved Prayer Warriors,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Praise GOD for the moving of the HOLY SPIRIT in the ministry. We give GOD praise for over 500 in attendance during our 10TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY here in Bible Baptist Church Don Carlos. GOD gave us a fully packed and overflowing Sunday morning worship service. Our High school students were in full uniform and attended with their parents. The Parents were so happy to hear their children sing unto the LORD. Our speaker was Pastor Eric Barbaso. He is 63 years old and has been in the ministry for 46 wonderful years. The LORD used him mightily to preach the WORD of GOD. All of the members, especially the young people of our church did an excellent job of decorating the front of the auditorium. The ladies teamed up to cook and serve the food for all of our guests during the special day. Everyone was so busy working together to “serve the LORD with JOYFULNESS and GLADNESS of heart”. It was so exciting and encouraging to my heart to see everyone so eager to serve and take care of their own area of responsibility. By the grace of GOD every department was handled with love and care for the glory of GOD.

We have seen over 1,700 precious souls receive JESUS CHRIST as their LORD and personal Saviour in the past two months. We have increased our outreach and soul winning efforts more and more because we believe that our LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming very soon. We have also had 40 baptisms within two months. PRAISE BE TO GOD!

We would also like to say thank you for the financial blessing that you sent to our family here in the mission field of the Philippines, at the end of September. It was SO UNEXPECTED that my wife and I could not help but weep together unto the LORD, in prayer, with tears of joy and gratefulness. GOD BLESS YOU. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude. We can never pay you back but THE LORD SHALL SHOWER YOU WITH HIS BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY! Thank you for giving to the LORD! Thank you for loving our family and the people of the Philippines. It is so wonderful to know that God answers prayer.

As prophecy is unfolding in ISRAEL and the signs of the times are appearing everywhere. “Let us not grow weary in well doing”, but rather “be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”, because CHRIST JESUS IS COMING SOON! LET’S GO SOUL WINNING!

In CHRIST JESUS,
The Hunter Family,
Psalm 91

Philippines Christopher and Victoria Hunter July 2015

Dearest Beloved Prayer Warriors,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST,

Thank you for your faithful prayers, fasting, and financial support for our family, and ministry. The LORD has given us 159 students in our church-school this year. Each student is thoroughly grounded in the WORD of GOD everyday. Every week we have scheduled soul winning, and discipleship, in each student’s home, with their parents. Every family welcomes us into their home, and are so eager to listen to what we have to say because their children are students in our school. What an awesome, GOD given privilege, to have bible studies every week without any hindrance or negative response. GOD is building HIS CHURCH, one family at a time. We believe in HOLINESS, lifting the standard high, and upholding biblical principles, so that our students have an environment conducive of learning, and a testimony that lifts up CHRIST JESUS our LORD for all the world to see. Truly, we are a peculiar people to those around us, and by the grace of GOD, we have a very good testimony with our neighbors, local Government, and police officers here in our small town of Don Carlos. By GOD’S grace, our testimony is now spreading out to neighboring towns, and families travel far to enroll their children in our school. AMEN!

“BEHOLD, HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY!”  (PSALM 133:1)

It has taken my wife and I, many years of prayer, constant training, and MUCH patience, to train others and teach them how to be effective and useful in the ministry. By the the graceof GOD, all of our hard work is benefiting us now in the long run. The ministry runs so much smoother, and efficiently now. God has used us to love HIS people, and train them. It is a great joy to see the LORD, changing lives through soul winning, and discipleship. These men and women have given their lives to full-time ministry. Many of these used to walk in darkness and wickedness, now they are walking in the light with JESUS. We are so blessed to be in a ministry wherein lives are being changed. It is a privilege to work side by side with these my brethren in the faith, who love the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Please continue to “hold the rope for us” as we preach and lift up CHRIST JESUS our LORD and Saviour, here in the dark land of Mindanao. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) God Bless you.

In CHRIST JESUS
The Hunter Family

Philippines: Lemuel and Taylor Javier  July/August 2015

Dear Pastor and Church Family,

Let me just begin by telling you what the Lord has been doing for the last five weeks of being in the Philippines. Since we arrived on June 11th we are blessed beyond all measure of how our gracious, merciful and loving heavenly Father that has given us so much that we do not deserve. God providentially blessed us with a home not too far from the church. My wife, Taylor could tell you everything about it, just ask her and no doubt in my mind that she will give all the details you want to know. Another thing is a car, yes a car! Not that I am tired of commuting but its easier to go somewhere having a car of your own. God provided just the kind of car we were looking for within our budget.

Most important thing besides home and a car is a place where we could worship the Lord with His saints. Oh how I love to be with God’s people. Our first Sunday was so awesome, though still adjusting with jet lag and the heat, we felt so welcome. I was given an opportunity to preach one Sunday. Taylor and I also joined the choir as well. Filipinos really love music! We are planning to spend most of our time with Bible Believers Baptist Church in Santa Monica Puerto Princesa, Palawan to work alongside with Brother Mark Varney. I desire to visit different like-minded Baptist churches in the city to be encourage and minister in any way I can. I am looking forward to seeing people saved and baptized and disciple.

This month Taylor and I are praying for salvation for Edith and Ian who are leaving to New Zealand the end of this month. There are also many student renters that live across the street, and next door that are also lost and needed to be saved. The Lady that owns the place across the street is very open for me to start a Bible study with the Students that live there. She herself goes to a Baptist church in town. Our next door neighbor is a police officer and now has a boarding house and review center for student police there in her home. Her renters we got to say hi to and talk with a couple weeks ago. Please pray for courage and the Holy Spirit leading. I am so thankful for the ability to speak the language and communicate to others pretty easily. It is certainly a blessing. My wife can testify that the people do speak English; but communication is still harder if you use English. She is taking Tagalog lessons from a friend and tutor. We desire that she will easily learn to converse and understand Tagalog.

The Lord has blessed us with many friends already. We have friends at our house frequently staying the night (they are students at the university and we live in the center of all the their company and fellowship. The Lord has also blessed us with a couple and their 5 year old son to be friends with. They have helped us every step; finding a house, finding a car, finding anything we need. Our daughter, Georgianna also has gotten close to their son. They love to play together and get along well. Through a course that only God could plan, they were helping us as we looked for help at the house for Taylor (cooking, laundry, etc…) and our search was unfruitful. As it turned out I mentioned one day that I would love to have her (she is a good friend and AMAZING COOK) she talked to her husband and it was a good fit for them as well. Now Taylor has her friend helping her every day and my daughter has hers as well. We are blessed, and I hope, are a blessing to her. All of these things could not be accomplished without you all. Thank you so much for your FAITHFULNESS!!

Lemuel and Taylor Javier

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: December 2015

Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,

Holiday Bible Club: The Perth public schools take two weeks of holiday each October. This year, we felt the Lord leading us to move our Summer Bible Club to this opportune time in October. We hosted a three day western-themed event and had a consistent group of kids come each day. Two families have continued coming faithfully! It was a church-wide effort and what a blessing it was to see the Lord provide the increase after all the hard work.

Spiritual Growth:
• Our Sunday attendance is averaging around 20 each week
• 6 believers recently started a weekly one-on-one discipleship program
• 3 first time singers sang a special during our November Sing-All Service
• 9 women are eager to start having Ladies Meetings every six weeks
• Youth group starting monthly fellowship and activities to increase visitors
• New church outreach of “Bible Study on the High Street” starting soon

Christmas Outreach: December has been a month packed with many happenings for Bible Baptist Church. We started with our annual “Operation Candy Cane” where we passed out the sweets with a Christmas gospel tract in the city center. The youth group provided a costumed Christmas singing program one Sunday and the church collected a special Happy Birthday Jesus offering the next. The youth also decorated gingerbread houses during their weekly youth club and had a birthday party for Jesus. Keeping Christ the focus!

Serving together,
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley

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

Scotland: Russell and Janet 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

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: bobjoymartin@earthlink.net  Cell Phone – 601/618-4191

I cannot finish this Newsletter Update without thanking all of you who pray for us & support us financially. Because of you, we have been able to teach 14 Seminars (13 churches in the U.S. and 1 nation-wide conference in Cambodia), preach 3 revivals, preach 8 Bible conferences, participate in 2 Missions Conferences, and visit 34 churches to get acquainted with pastors in preparation for teaching a Seminar. We know of 36 people who have gotten saved in the Seminars, and time will only tell of others who gave their heart to Jesus Christ, because of the impact the Seminars had on their lives. Thank you so much!

Bro. Bob

Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin 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

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

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.

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, home school, 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!

 

2016 GIBM Letters

Australia: Bill and Doyla Bramblet  April 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying for us and for the ministry here in Brisbane.  Our church attendance has been up and down in the past few months.  It’s great to have visitors, but we want to see people faithfully following the Lord!  Please pray that we will see more people saved, baptized and faithful.

Dean Last came for the first time on February 21st and trusted Christ as his Saviour.  What a blessing!   I’m looking forward to discipling him.  Also, the Sunday school class that Doyla teaches is bursting at the seams.  Our Sunday school rooms are about 100 feet square.  In that space we have a table and chairs and she is averaging 10 children plus 2 adults!  Most of the children who come are from non-church families.  It’s a challenge, but it is also a blessing and an opportunity.  We are looking forward to what God will do in those families.  Please pray for Dean and for our Sunday school.

We know that we are in a great spiritual battle.  Please pray that we will be encouraged and strengthened.  We are working hard to encourage ourselves in the Lord.  Thank you for your faithfulness. God bless you as you serve Him.

In Christ,
Bill & Doyla Bramblet

Brazil: Benjamin and Luciana Leaf February 9, 2016

Dear Pastor and Supporting Church members,

News From Batatais – SP!

We can only praise the Lord for all that He did id 2015! We had the privilege of being used of the Lord to see lives changed. Icaru has continued to grow in the Lord. The young people as well as the families have continued to move forward in their service also. We finished off the year having a Christmas presentation by the children of the church, that was put together entirely by the young people.

2016 has already been a busy year. In January, we were invited to be at two different churches. One church in the city of São Sebastião do Paraiso, the pastor asked us to speak both in the morning and evening. We spent the day with a family that has been going to that church. Little did we know that the family has been struggling in many areas, and the afternoon spent their, we were able to help and encourage them. The church services were also a blessing and we challenged the people to make 2016 a year in which they would serve Christ even more. We also went to the city of Orlândia, and spoke on a Sunday night. We saw one teenager raise his hand wanting to trust Christ as his personal Savior and about 10 people saying they wanted to be a better witness for Christ.

Back in Batatais, we are starting a study of the New Testament. We are developing all the material and the idea is to make a booklet to give to everyone to have. This material is for all ages and the hope is that is will help them gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Scriptures that they have.

Construction of our Building!

Neh 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

The walls are going up! The easiest part of the construction has been reached…the walls and roof. We have now entered the hardest part, by Brazilian standards…the interior. The hardest part is the most expensive part. We have also used all the funds that we had saved up at this point. So we are now moving forward as funds come in. As we have mentioned before the Lord has done great things in getting us this far. In our previous letter we mentioned that we had a need of $22,000. The Lord has been faithful and a good part of that has been covered. We now need approximately $8,000 in order to finish the building which would allow us to finish the building and move to the permanent location and getting out of the rent. Please pray with us that the Lord would supply this need. If you and your church could help with this need it would be greatly appreciated.

Prayer requests!
Icaru – Young man´s continued Spiritual growth.
Tatinho – Man in the church that is on dialysis, awaiting kidney transplant, has had to put a drain in.
Property – Funds, US$8,000 in order to finish construction.
Church growth – for those that have been visiting our services. Also those that are young in the Lord that they might continue to grow and live for Him.

Serving Christ in Brazil,
Ben Leaf Family

Brazil: Don and Linda Leaf   March 14, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,

Baptismal Day in Cornélio Procópio:  On March 6, we were able to have a baptismal service. The Lord gave us a beautiful day so that we could use a swimming pool. There were eleven baptized. The ages ranged from eight to eighty. There were 56 who attended the service including unsaved relatives and backslidden believers. It was a thrilling service as each one gave a public declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ. Among the eleven, there are some special stories. Eight-year-old João is the son of one of our original members. Having seen him born, grow up in church and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior made his baptism a great blessing. Eleven-year-old Pedro started coming to our work when he was about 7 years old. He trusted in Jesus Christ through the Sunday School and, on his own, came and asked to be baptized. Reinaldo is 80 years old, lives in a rest home, and has very poor health. With the help of four of our men, he was lowered into the pool while sitting on a chair and was baptized. When I asked him if he wanted to give his public testimony by baptism, his answer was loud and clear, “Yes, and right now!”

Thankful for Our Church: We have written about the couple that began coming to our services because of an email we received from their daughter who studies at Bob Jones University. They also were baptized. In a personal conversation, they told me that, over the years, they had been in all types of churches. They do not consider any of those other “churches” as being of the Lord. They are so thankful to have found a church that loves and preaches the Word of God. We are thankful, also, because they have already been a blessing to the work.

New Ministry This Month: A group of our people have joined together to begin a monthly Bible club for children from four to twelve years of age. There are eight people on the team, and they are working hard to hold a well-organized and a strong Biblical evangelistic ministry to open doors to families through the ministry to the children. We have set a goal to reach at least five new families this year. We do appreciate your prayers for this work and for the workers.

Thank You for your faithful prayers for us,

Don & Linda Leaf

Honduras: Jason and Arlen Stevens  January 2016

Dear Friends,

What better way to greet you all then to borrow from the Apostle Paul according to the manner in which he greeted the saints that he was writing to in the church epistles. He said “Grace be unto you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We arrived in Honduras on Friday December 4th, but not without an adventure along the way. Our original flight was scheduled to depart from New York on Tuesday evening December 1st, but after my brother drove us from Philadelphia to the airport in New York, we were told that our flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale was delayed a couple of hours, which meant that we would miss our connecting flight from Fort Lauderdale to Honduras. However, one of the attendants did tell us that there would be a flight leaving Fort Lauderdale, Fl for Honduras on Thursday evening December 3rd, if we wanted that option. So to make a long story shorter, we took a big step of faith and decided to fly to Fort Lauderdale without knowing where we were going to stay when we arrived there. So there we were at our gate terminal in LaGuardia air-port in NY around 7:00 PM (my wife and I, along with our three children ages seven, five, and two months), and the Lord impressed upon my heart to call the pastor of a supporting church in Florida (Pastor Jim Callen of Eastern Avenue Baptist Church in St. Cloud). I called him and left a message for him, and he called me back within minutes and told me that their mission apartment was available for my family, and that he would be coming to pick us up at the Fort Lauderdale airport in one of their church vans. I was not thinking about him coming to get us; I only wanted to see if we could use their mission apartment, and we would then rent a car to drive there. So why am I telling you all of this? Well, because my wife and I were so humbled that this pastor went above and beyond to come to the aid of a missionary family that their church supports. He drove three and a half hours from St. Cloud, FL to Fort Lauderdale to pick us up at 1:00 AM Wednesday morning at the airport, and then when we eventually got back to St. Cloud it was almost 4:30 AM. In addition to that, after we attended the Wednesday evening service of the church the people then had a special time of fellowship with our family. Finally, Pastor Callen and another man from the church then made the three and a half our journey back to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon to take our family to the airport.

We know that God answered our prayer that Tuesday evening when we honestly did not know where we would go once we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We thank the Lord for pastors like Pastor Jim Callen who are truly submissive to the Lord, and willing to put others before their own convenience.

The month that we have been here has been about visiting with the people of the church in Quebrada de Lajas with the hope of encouraging them, and it seems as if some of the divisions are beginning to be healed. Please continue to pray for Noel and Sonia Yanes, and for Alberto and his wife Elida.

The church in Rodeo is still a burden on our hearts as well. The community is so resis-tant to the Gospel, and the Lord has impressed upon my heart that we need to be there far more often than our weekly Friday service. Pray that the Lord would give me grace and wisdom in this matter, because going to Rodeo more often would require me to not be in Quebrada de La-jas as much, which at the present time is probably not a wise decision.

A major need that we have now is for a well to be dug on our property. The dry season begins here in February and normally lasts until May at which point the rain season normally begins. Last year during the months of February through April we practically had no running water, and almost every day I had to drive to a brother’s house, fill up barrels of water from his well, and then transport them back to our house in our vehicle. Needless to say, that got to be pretty tiring after three months. Wells are very expensive here, so please pray that the Lord would provide for this need as he sees fit. We are grateful that one supporting church has al-ready contacted us about helping toward this need.

In closing, we want to thank the churches and individuals who gave us special offerings for Christmas. That is always a blessing, and we are very grateful for your sacrificial giving, and most importantly, for your faithful prayers for our family and ministry. Lord willing, our next letter will be for March/April 2016.

Because Christ is Risen (I Cor. 15: 19-20)
Jason, Arlen, Micaiah, Jeremiah and MaryEllen Stevens

Hungary: Mike and Lynne Carney April-May 2016

Dear Praying Friends,

WE HAVE ARRIVED IN HUNGARY! What a busy time we’ve had! During April and May I had the opportunity to present our work in 6 churches. In between we were very busy with traveling, moving, and life! In April I was able to sell our van to church that was just looking for one. Then we began preparing to make our move to Hungary.

In May we presented our ministry in the last church for deputation. From September 2014-June 2015, while still pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church, I began visiting churches 2 weeks a month. Then we began our full time deputation travel as a family in July 2015 and finished just about 10 months later. We have had some good meetings and wonderful blessings along the way!

May 19th our container shipped to Hungary. Please pray it gets here without incident. We anticipate that it will arrive on July 4th. We will have 2 hours to unload! We greatly appreciate our sending church, Lighthouse Baptist, for taking care of this need.

Also in May our son’s Sean and TJ graduated from High School. Sean will continue school work to add to his transcript and prepare for college. TJ has decided to enter the US Air Force. When he took his placement test he scored a 97%. The recruiter told him he was qualified for any position he desired. He desires to study electrical engineering and was able to sign up for a position that will support that goal. I have to make a trip to the States with him this summer because he is still 17 and is too young to travel by himself. He will be 18 by the time he is in, but we did not know the job he wanted would open up as soon as it did. Then on May 24th we traveled with every allowable luggage packed to the limit to Budapest, Hungary. Our trip went well and we were warmly greeted by our Hungarian friends. This Sunday, May 29th, we celebrated our 20th anniversary at the church in Debrecen. It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years since this church began. We had great services and fellowship. I was given the opportunity to preach the AM service. The church was packed with about 60 people.

The international student ministry has really flourished and gave us the opportunity to see 21 nations represented in our services today. Pastor Zsolt has promoted his burden to reach the World to this church and God has been blessing. We already have a number of projects in the works and hope to give many more reports of the work God is doing here.

Thank you for your support and prayers!

In Christ,
The Carneys

Hungary: Mike and Lynne Carney March  2016

Dear Praying Friends, Friends,

In February I took the opportunity to travel to Hungary to make our preliminary preparations for our move to the country May 24th.  I had a successful trip and appreciate your prayers.  While I was there I was able to find housing, open a bank account, and meet with the office of immigration and naturalization. God blessed our search for a good place to stay.  We looked at 10 places.  Most of them were apartments that were going to cost us about $800 – $900 per month.  I was disappointed with the size as we were planning on bringing the whole family, but the last place we looked at turned out to be the deal we were looking for.  It is a large single family home with lots of space and two garages.  This was also $900 a month!  Pastor Zsolt Kovacs was a tremendous help with visiting all the properties and helping with our other business.

While I was in Hungary I had the opportunity to preach 10 times.  We had some good services with the church in Debrecen.  Their international student ministry with Debrecen University has been very successful. DU has about 5000 international students and the church has been trying to reach out to them with the gospel by providing bi-lingual services.  During the first Sunday I was there we had students from 11 different countries including first time visitors from mainland China and Taiwan.  Some of the regular students have become faithful to witness to other students and invite visitors.  Only the Lord knows how far reaching this testimony and opportunity might be.

When I returned to the states, by the next Sunday I was back on the road visiting churches in MO, OK, AR, and finally making a trip by myself to the state of WA.  I could write a letter about each of these meetings alone, and talk about their kindness, generosity, and response to our presentation and messages.  It has been a busy time, but a good time.

I do want to thank those who have helped with our projects and for the special offerings we received from Berean Baptist of Newport, NH, Southwest Baptist of OK City, Tulsa Baptist Temple, and Bible Baptist of Puyallup.  They have given considerable help with our relocating and travel expenses.   I also have to thank my sister Missy for giving a major offering towards a vehicle.  I guess I have to be nice to her now.   That project has been coming along as well.  We are still about $4000 short of what I was hoping, but we will be looking at our options when we get there.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

In Christ,
The Carneys

Hungary: Mike and Lynne Carney January 2016

Dear Praying Friends,

We hope you had a great Christmas and a wonderful start to your New Year! It was 20 years ago this year that we started our first church in Hungary. It brings back many memories and we are excited to be returning to the field this May. We had a great Thanksgiving visiting our home church and a great Christmas with my wife’s family in MS.

Since our last letter we have continued to press-on traveling the deputation trail. We started in the Northeast with ME, MA, QU, and NH then headed south to be in GA, FL, MS, and AR. Since our last letter 5 more churches have begun to send regular support and several churches have made public commitments during their services to take us on soon. This puts us up around 60% support with an additional 10% – 15% promised. I am planning on making a trip to Hungary in February where I will try to make some arrangements for housing for when we arrive in May. Besides the time I will be there, our church visiting schedule is very full. Between now and May we have at least one church every Sunday. We will also be in several mission’s conferences. We will be doing a great deal of travel so we will appreciate your prayers.

We also had a great blessing, while traveling in the South, my wife had the opportunity to lead our daughter Katie to the Lord! She had been asking a lot of questions, but we cautiously waited for her to bring up her spiritual need and she did.

I want to thank Burleson Blvd Baptist, Solid Rock Baptist, Steens Baptist, and Grayson Bible Baptist for their Christmas offerings and Southwest Baptist for contributing to the need of a vehicle on the field. We appreciate your generosity and kindness!

As I have been asked by churches in our travels, I would like to make mention of a few projects we will need to have funds for. Hungary uses 220 V., so we will have to purchase new appliances when we get there. It’s hard to estimate that, and I have some given towards this, but I think we will need about $2000 for this. We will also need to purchase a vehicle. This will be about a $10,000 for this project. I was looking at a van that could also be used to pick up others and found one I liked for about $15,000; I hope I will net about $5000 when we sell our current vehicle. Our sending church is willing to help us with the actual moving expenses to get our household goods to the field, which will satisfy one of our major needs. Thank you for your support and prayers!
In Christ,

Korea: Benjamin and Jae Parks June 2016

Dear Supporting Pastors, Church and Praying Friends.

May I Introduce You to Pastor Jangman Lee? As Pastor Min was going to take Sejong BBC, I have prayed the Lord to allow me another preacher to plant another Independent Baptist Church together somewhere in S.  Korea. As I have told you in the last letter, at the BBC Pastors’ National Fellowship Meeting  in March, I had challenged the pastors about the needs for new church plantings in Korea. The week after Pastor Min became the pastor of Sejong Church, I received a phone call from the Pastor of Ulsan BBC. Pastor Kim told me that, at the Fellowship meeting, Pastor Jangman Lee, who is his assistant for many years, felt the Lord was leading him to start another IFB church and asked me to help him for his burden for a new ministry. We got together in April, and we felt the Lord was leading us to work together and agreed to start a new IFB church in Daejeon City, which is one of the five metropolitan cities of Korea and a nearby city of Sejong City. Pastor Lee will stay in Ulsan until the end of the  year to finish his obligation to the church. In the meantime, I’d like to raise fund for the deposit for a building, about $30,000, and Pastor Kim is going to raise supports from the Korean BBC churches and pastors. I praise the Lord for His answers to our prayers. I’d like to ask you to pray for the needs to start a new church in 2017 in City of Daejeon. City of Pyungtaek and Starting of a Korean-Chinese Baptist Church. City of Pyungtaek has been one of the most important cities of Korea. It is about  fifty miles south of Seoul and is one of the port cities in Westcoast of Korea. Like the  Korean government has moved from Seoul to Sejong City, the US Army headquarter in Yongsan, Seoul has planned to move to Pyungtaek and has been under construction of the facilities for the last decade. The base started their move recently to their new  location. There is Camp Humphry already and now with the US 8th Army, Pyungtaek is  becoming more important military city in Korea. Not only that, Samsung is investing greatly there and building their electronic manufacturing factories also. And as the trade between S. Korea and China is growing, the number of Chinese people traveling and doing business in Korea has been growing also. For the current and future need of Chinese people in the area, Korean government is going to build a new China town in a nearby country side. It is growing to be one of the most important cities  in Korea.

Recently, a friend of mine, Brother Ahn, a lay missionary, has started a Chinese ministry for the weekly boat merchants who are carrying goods between the two countries. These merchants travel regularly and spend every weekend in Pyungtaek.  Brother Ahn had burden for these people and began the ministry to preach the Gospel to these Chinese using a Methodist church. As the ministry began to grow, he asked for my help and I have preached there for a couple of times and we saw thirty three Chinese  people accepted Christ as their Savior.  Now, the Methodist pastor, who was upset because of my involvement, has asked Brother Ahn to stop using his facilities. So, we began to search a building where we can start a Korean-Chinese Baptist Church, and by the help of another friend of Brother Ahn, we were allowed to use some store fronts without rent. They are close to the Boat  Terminal and vacant and not easy to find tenants. There are some works to do before we start using it. It may cost us at least about $5,000 to fix it up. We are praying for a Korean Pastor also who would start a Korean IFB Church in  this city and serve these Chinese people as well. In the meantime, Jae and I will travel there each week to preach and teach them the Bible. They come in from China on Saturday morning and leave for China on Sunday around noontime.  We have had a service on Saturday afternoons and early Sunday mornings. They have whole Saturday afternoon open, so I’d like to have Bible programs for them to help them grow in the Word. There is a Korean-Chinese lady, Gapsuk  Lee, and her husband who are very devoted to Chinese ministry. Mrs. Lee speaks both languages fluently and serves  as our interpreter.

As I pray for Pyungtaek and for this new ministry, I could see it has a great potential not only for winning and training of the weekly Chinese merchants who can be used for the furtherance of the Gospel in China later, but also for  the training of Chinese Church leaders which many Korean and American Pastors have been holding in cities of China  in spite of great sacrifice and risks. I see the possibilities of inviting the Chinese spiritual leaders to Pyungtaek and training them better with our fundamentalist convictions without any restriction or threat from the Communist government of China. I believe it can be a great opportunity for China Missions through God’s blessings.

Please pray for God’s wisdom and leadership in this ministry. Pray also for the financial needs as well. Thank you for your prayers and faithful supports for our ministry in S. Korea. Jae and I are so honored to be  partners with you for the salvations of souls and for the planting of Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches in this  wonderful country.

May God bless you all according to His riches in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Prayer Requests:
1) Salvations and growth of souls in our churches.
2) Pastor Jangman Lee and fund ($30,000) to start a new Baptist Church in the city of Daejeon.
3) Planting of a Korean-Chinese Baptist Church in city of Pyungtaek and its needs ($5,000).
4) Our health.

Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park

Korea: Benjamin and Jae Parks February 2016

 Dear Pastors and Churches,
Winning a Soul at a Soul Winning Clinic:
Since the beginning of the year, I have been teaching soul winning to our people every Saturday. Mr. Tak Lee is a typical Korean gentleman and he has been attending our services since last August. He liked our church and was faithful to all of our services and had told me that he was saved long time ago in an old Baptist church.On the last Saturday of January, at the soul winning clinic, I was going to show our soul winners how to win a lost person to the Lord with the tract I wrote on the name of the Lord Jesus. It was his first time to attend the clinic and he volunteered to be the counselee. I was a little bit surprised and was glad also that he was eager to learn how to win souls.

As I was talking and asking him questions in simulation, I realized that his answers and questions were real. In front of a group of soul winners, he prayed God for the forgiveness of his sins and accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior. It is always great to win a soul to the Lord, but this time, it was extra special. It became a vivid lesson to our soul winners to see a man led to the Lord through one on one soul winning. I pray the Lord bless our efforts to win the lost in this city this year. We had a goal to win 200 people in 2015, but the last result was 51 salvations and 8 baptisms. We set the goal of 100 salvations in 2016; we became more realistic I guess. But I trust we will have another great year in 2016.

Korea Baptist Bible College:
For the last two years, I have taught English to our Bible College students. It has been a great joy and privilege to teach them and I pray the Lord send us more workers to be trained for the Gospel ministry in Korea. I also had a privilege to preach at the chapel of the last day of this semester. There were 11 students last semester, and four will graduate this March. We have a few new students to enroll but need more young Christians to surrender their lives for the Lord. Please remember in your prayers for us and pray for the rising of new generation of Fundamental Baptist Preachers in Korea.

Charter Service of Sejong BBC:
It has been a year and a half since we started Sejong Bible Baptist Church in the city of Sejong, Korea. The Lord has blessed us with faithful people and we are planning to charter this church on the first Sunday of March. We will, then, call Pastor Min who has been with us since last March to be the pastor. That will relieve me from pastoral duty and allow me to travel to preach and to help other churches such as Banpo BBC and Andong BBC as well as other like faith churches. I am also asking the Lord to give us another man so that we can start another Independent Baptist Church in another city somewhere in Korea.

Prayer Requests:
1) Salvations and growth of souls in our churches.
2) Charter Service of Sejong BBC.
3) Korea Baptist Bible College
4) Our health.

Gratefully in His Service,
Brother Benjamin Heewon Park

Mexico: Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra March-April, 2016

Dear Pastor and brethren,

“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” (Isaiah 25:1)

We rejoice in the Lord for every one of you, for the blessing that you are to us and to the work of God. We know your love and your sacrifice and we are grateful for them with all of our hearts.

We are happy to tell you that Areli will be graduating from medical school at the end of this month. On Tuesday, the 31st, we will be attending the graduation ceremony after five years of study (there are another five to go). We know that it is God who has given her the wisdom and the strength to continue. We ask for your prayers as she begins the next steps of her social service, her residency and her specialization in a few months.

March: We had our second missions conference with the theme “Who will say, Here am I?” It was a great blessing and the Lord answered many prayers. In the weeks preceding the meeting our attendance had been very low, but God worked in the hearts of our brothers, and we achieved our goal of continuing to support the work of missions. Bob Reed, the director of Global Baptist Schools (Seminario Baustista Panamericano) of North Carolina was with us for the conference. We also invited the Mendoza family, missionaries to the Muslims and the Neri family, missionaries to Ireland. God greatly used each preacher. We saw five people make salvation decisions. On Sunday, the last day of the conference, we also celebrated our second anniversary. It was a good opportunity for Brother Reed to preach to our guests. Praise the Lord, 2 people accepted Christ as their Savior!

April: We continue working with the new converts, and now we are discipling two new families. We thank God that they are growing and have made the decision to obey the Lord’s command to be baptized. Sadly, 2 other sisters were sick, and we were not able to be baptized, but we are trusting the Lord that they will be able to do so at the next opportunity.

As is the custom in our country, we celebrated Children’s Day at the end of the month. That’s always a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship, play, give candy and talk with the children about the love that our Lord Jesus Christ has for them.

We continue in our work of knocking on doors. We ask you to pray with us about this. In the last few weeks we have met with some very hard people. We know that the work is not easy, but sometimes we become discouraged, and so we do not want to do this work in our own strength.

Prayer Requests:
A bigger location
A van for the church
For Areli’s final exams
For wisdom to be able to lead the Lord’s church
For health and safety for the family.

Mexico: Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra  Jan/Feb 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren,

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isaiah 61:1) Warm greetings to you all. Our prayer and desire, as always, is that all of you are enjoying good health and, more than anything, enjoying the peace of the Lord. We thank God that we are well and excited to be serving the Lord. Our daughters are continuing in their studies and helping us greatly.

January: This was a difficult month since in the first few days my 3-month-old niece, Regina, began to have serious health problems. Sadly, the baby died a few days later. We ask you to pray, especially for my sister-in-law, Nancy, who now wants nothing to do with God. In spite of our efforts to talk to her, she refuses any help. We thank the Lord that my brother, Rafael, continues to be faithful to church and is trusting that God will do a special work in his wife’s heart. At the same time, our attendance fell drastically. In some services there were only the four of us and two other ladies. Even so, we pressed on, asking God for help and direction. We continue to knock on doors, doing what God commanded us. February: In an attempt to have more contact with people, we began making balloon animals in a market where we knew there would be a lot of people. We began giving balloons to the children and sharing the word of God with their parents, inviting them to the church. Two weeks later, we could see fruit from our labor. We began to have first-time visitors; people who did not know the Bible. As a result, we shared the gospel with them and many accepted Christ as their Savior. Also, a brother in the Lord called me, saying that he was looking for a church with sound doctrine. He was able to visit us and now he and his family are attending faithfully. At the end of the month some of our ladies attended classes for Sunday School teachers in a conference hosted by Grace Baptist Church. That was a great blessing and now we are better prepared to teach our children.

Prayer Requests:
For a larger meeting place
For a church van
For Areli’s studies
For wisdom to be able to lead the Lord’s church
For health and protection for the family.

Thank You for Your Support.

Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra

Peru: Rob and Rebekah Greene March-April 2016

Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

These last couple months, we made our first major trip on deputation. We traveled over 7,000 miles and visited 17 churches, in 4 different states. We raised roughly 12% of our support goal. We learned a lot through our first-hand experience. It was amazing to watch as God took care of us while we were on the road. The love offerings were very helpful as we had very little support when we started out. We only had to pay for a hotel two nights out of the two months we were on the road. This is due in most part to the generosity of church members, friends and family who let us stay with them while we were in the area. We were overwhelmed with generosity and kindness everywhere we went.

Nate adjusted well to the traveling. We learned that we can travel about six hours in a day  with him. He was sick when we first started out. We had to take him to the doctor a couple times, but he’s better now and God supplied for the doctor visits. He’s been a real trooper  through all of the change he has gone through.

We will be spending the next few months at home. I have a few churches scheduled in  Indiana for the summer. This has worked out great because it gives us time to regroup and evaluate all we learned in the past two months. It also gives us more time to get organized at home. We move out of our apartment and in with Rob’s parents just a couple weeks before starting this trip, so things were pretty much in disarray still when we left.

We had another surprise while we were traveling. We found out that Rebekah is pregnant  with our second child. Our best guess is that the baby is due in October or November. Because we were traveling, we were unable to have our first appointment with the doctor, so we know very  little so far. We are currently scheduled for an appointment the first week of June.

Thank you for your prayer and financial support.

Please pray that:
We will continue scheduling meetings(we are already scheduling for 2017)
For a healthy pregnancy
That churches will continue bringing us on for support

For Christ’s Glory,
Rob, Rebekah, Nathaniel Greene

Philippines: Christopher and Victoria Hunter May 2016

Dearest Prayer Warriors,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Our Staff, assistant Pastor, and I have been in Luzon and Cagayan De Oro training and taking exams for our Principal, and Administrator’s training for our Church-School. The last three months have been extremely busy in preparations for our new 2016-2017 school year starting in June. We are praying that God will give us 200 students this year. We are still praying for $10,000 for our building construction for the second floor. The first floor is 90% complete and LORD willing will be ready for inspection by the fire department to issue occupancy permit for June. Our students range from K-1 up to High school level. We are very excited and have hearts filled with FAITH by the grace of GOD to take the next step.

We recently had our annual family camp. There were over 30 churches that came together this year with over 2,000 delegates. Each morning and evening was filled with powerful soul stirring preaching, and an old fashioned altar call. Hundreds of people came forward in revival. AMEN!  The HOLY GHOST moved powerfully during each worship service using each preacher and sermon to stir individual hearts.  Out of 2000 delegates, God touched the hearts of OVER 100 individuals that came forward for salvation and another 23 young people from our church that came forward in obedience to God’s command for scriptural baptism after salvation. Our eyes were filled with tears of joy as the altar was flooded with families, who by faith, surrendered to God’s call and will for their lives, and repenting of sin. What a wonderful REVIVAL! I had the privilege to baptize them in a pool of deep water in the forest camp site. Some of the people that were observing thought it strange that I stepped into the water with shoes, slacks, long sleeve, and necktie. IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO LIFT THE STANDARD HIGH FOR JESUS AND NOT BE ASHAMED! TO GOD BE THE GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE!

We have spending much time in soul winning and discipleship, and by the grace of GOD we are beginning to see wonderful results. FRUIT THAT REMAINS!

We want to express our most heartfelt love and gratitude to you who so faithfully love us, pray for us, and support us in our ministry. You are an encouragement and essential part of our ministry. We treasure  your friendship and partnership in the LORD’S work. May God abundantly bless you this year. AMEN!

IN CHRIST JESUS,

The Hunter Family,

Philippines: Christopher and Victoria Hunter January 2016

Dearest Prayer Warriors,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. We recently hosted our 5TH Independent Baptist Youth Camp here in our church. By the grace of God, we had 400 delegates that attended. Every service was a GOD GIVEN VICTORY as young people came forward to an old fashioned altar and repented of sin and worldly living. By God’s grace we had over 100 youth that came forward and trusted, and received JESUS CHRIST as LORD and personal Savior alone for their salvation. PRAISE GOD! Your financial gifts allowed us to give FREE RICE to all of the delegates for 3 days. Registration was only P80 pesos ($2.00) very affordable for the youth in our area. We enjoyed cooking and serving the rice.

The HOLY GHOST moved powerfully during each worship service using each preacher and sermon to stir individual hearts. Out of 400 delegates, God touched the hearts of 46 young people that came forward, and made a personal commitment to enroll and study in Bible College! AMEN! Our eyes were filled with tears of joy as the altar was flooded with young people, who by faith, surrendered to God’s call and will for their lives. We are very excited for them and their big step of faith. Many quit their jobs and some even decided to give up their scholarships in their current secular college education, to enroll in BIBLE COLLEGE this coming June 2016! TO GOD BE THE GLORY! ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT! We praise GOD!

In addition, we want to express our most heartfelt love and gratitude to you who so faithfully love us, pray for us, and support us in our ministry. You are an encouragement and essential part of our ministry. We treasure your friendship and partnership in the LORD’S work. May God abundantly bless you this year.

IN CHRIST JESUS,
The Hunter Family,

Philippines: Lemuel and Taylor Javier May 2016

DEAR PASTOR AND PRAYING CHURCH FAMILY,

April is one the hottest months in the Philippines. Because of the lack of rain in the dry months; our water was rationed. We had running water only during the hours of 6pm to 5am so you can see how that would make things like showering, washing dishes, and laundry difficult. The water turns on at 6pm but there is not enough pressure to wash clothes until 11pm. My mother spent many late nights washing our clothes into the wee hours of the morning. Dishes would pile up until 6pm when the water began to trickle and then the days dishes would get done. Showers would be taken at 11 or 12 am if you wanted a hot shower. If you could not wait that late, or get up at 4am to take one, then you just use a bucket of cold water that was stored up the night before. This experience really makes us grateful for running water. Something that would otherwise be taken for granted.

During this hot season, we were preparing for and carrying out two youth camps and hosting three visitors from the states who came to help out. The first camp was a youth league designed for 6th to 12th grade. The second was youth congress for high school and college age young people. Both went well. Between the two camps we had 40 to 50 campers. More wanted to come but were unable. It is the largest group that these camps have seen.  I was able to preach at both camps more than once. One young man named Jether came forward for salvation after my preaching on the last night. Praise the Lord there is now one more that we will see in heaven. I also had the opportunity to counsel one young girl who professes to be a devout catholic. Please pray for Frances that she will ponder these things and come to accept Jesus as her Savior. She lives in Manila, too far to reach out again, but we hope to see her at camp again next year. We can see there is a need for an additional camp. It is something we are praying about for the future.

After the camps were over our guests went home excited about what they were able to be a part of.  We then had our first baptism service here for John Mark, Mike and Lenora (newlyweds), and willy. I was able to witness to two of these before camp and they accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. It was a great for me to be able to assist Pastor Angel Salvatierra in the water. Sadly, Taylor had to miss this first baptism because she was fighting amoeba for the second time. Pray for her that she will get rid of the amoeba and not having lasting effects. There was another young man saved before camp, JeMark, his sister, Jennifer, attends our church faithfully. They just lost their 28 year old brother to a fatal stabbing by their uncle simply because he would not give him fish. Please pray for the Mendoza family. They are obviously hurting. Their mother deserted them at a young age and this loss of the oldest brother is very hard for them.

There has been so much happening these past months. It is very exciting to see what the Lord is doing and to see where He will take us. We have a great burden for the youth of this Island. Kids come here from all corners to work, go to school, and come to camps. We have a great opportunity to reach them and they in turn take the gospel home to families we may never come in contact with. We are praying about what God will have us do, where he will have us settle, and what kind of ministry he wants us to start here. We can feel that He is leading us somewhere but we are not sure where it is yet. Until it is clear we will continue to labor at Christ Baptist church with Pastor Angel in whatever area he needs us. We are really focused in the youth department at this time.

Thank you so much for your love and support. We feel your prayers and your hearts. I am so grateful every time I open my computer and see a note of encouragement by email or facebook. Taylor is so encouraged when a lady or pastors wife sends her just a note to say that you are praying or thinking about us. Our children are thriving and happy. We cannot wait to see some of you again in the coming months. Please pray for things to go quickly and smoothly with Gilberts passport. We should have purchased airline tickets already but we cannot until we have his passport in hand. As it is, his passport has not been processed yet because the NSO made a mistake in the spelling of his name on his official birth certificate. We had to go through a process of having the clerical error fixed before we can get it. This is costing us more money and time. The American Embassy gave us 3 months to get if fixed and returned to them or they will close his application. If that happens, we have to restart the whole process and pay again for his passport. We have one month left of that time and still no word on the corrected birth certificate. We stated in a previous letter that we would be back the first week of June. It is looking like that will not be possible. Taylors Visa expires June 3rd but we obviously cannot leave without Gilbert so we will have to purchase an extension on her visa. We are hoping for Late June or early July at best. Taylor would really appreciate prayer that she will make it to be a part in preparation for her sisters upcoming wedding and have time with her before. We look forward to seeing the churches that have already contacted us. We also don’t want to miss out on time spent with you. You all mean very much to us as friends first, and loving supporters of the Lords work.

IN CHRIST,

LEMUEL JAVIER

Philippines: Lemuel and Taylor Javier March 2016

 Dear Pastor and Church Family,

To God be the glory! Things have been going well in Palawan Philippines during the last couple months!

In February

The church auditorium had a remodel and fresh paint in preparation for the ordination of Pastor Salvatierras. It was an exciting time! The men of the church were able to help us pick up the materials that we needed. Bro. Rudy, who is a carpenter, was able to help us put things together. Another big blessing in the month of February was our two week visit from the Petrick brothers, Michael and Jordan. They arrived at the perfect time to help us finish the church remodel on time and helped us with whatever we needed. They provided other materials and helped with preaching, music, soul winning, youth and choir. Yes! Choir! Michael led our new choir and he did a wonderful job. The folks here were very pleased and humbled by their servants hearts. They were such a blessing to us! During their stay, we visited the market and distributed Gospel tracts and I was able to speak to a tribal lady about the Lord. She was not able to read and I had the opportunity to read the tract to her and explain why Jesus died to pay for her sin. Sadly, she told me to leave because she was busy selling vegetables, but the seed was planted! We also traveled south to Brooke’s Point to visit with the churches I am helping with there as well. Michael and Jordan did a wonderful job with the music at both churches. The folks loved them and were amazed at how white their skin was and how blue their eyes were! I was blessed to be able to preach for both services as well.

March Madness in the Philippines!

March was also very busy. The church began an organized visitation every Saturday afternoon. I also started Good News classes here where I live every Saturday morning. During visitation, we also do Bible study with new folks that have the desire to do so. We started with one person and now we have two. The second person started a couple weeks ago and has responded very well with the lessons. We have seen a man and a woman both accept Jesus as their Savior and they both desire to follow the Lord in Baptism. I am supposed to meet with them this week and discuss Baptism with them.

The Lord opened a door for me to be able to speak at a mission’s conference at a church just south of the city. I was able to preach one night there and the church was infested with black bugs! In spite of that, I preached with liberty and I believe the Lord was in it.

Easter Sunday morning one of our young men was attacked during the services by a mad dog that wandered into the church during the preaching. He told me the dog came in and was headed to the nursery where my son, Gilbert, was so he stood in the door to protect him. The dog charged him but, thankfully, no one got hurt!

Taylor’s Visa

Most of you know that Taylor’s one year visa will be expiring in June this year. We plan to be back in the states to get everything squared away again, but our son, Gilbert, has to have a passport in order to travel with us. Last week, Taylor, Gilbert and I went to the U.S. Embassy in Manila to get Gilberts birth certificate. He was approved and they began processing his passport. We barely got back and the embassy called us saying his name for the PSA did not match his name on the supporting documents. The “L” was missing from his name, so it said “Gibert” instead of “Gilbert.” So we are back at the beginning again and working on getting this issue resolved. Fortunately, we still have three months to get it all finished!

Please keep us in your prayers!

In Christ,
Lemuel Javier  918-724-5097

Philippines: Lemuel and Taylor Javier  Jan/Feb 2016

Dear Pastor and Church Family,

The Lord opened a great opportunity for us to work alongside with a national Pastor, Angelino Salvaterra, of Christ Baptist Church in the Heart of the city. This church is 3 years old. I am so privileged to work in their youth ministry and to also handle another youth ministry down south in Brooke’s point. It is a three hour commute from the city; but it is worth it. There are two church plants out of this church.

December has been busy for us considering that this is the first Christmas in the field. Many activities took place in the ministry including preaching, teaching and the youth ministry. We also have seen two souls saved during these endeavors. Our youth brought several visitors to church and the Christmas Party. They all have heard the Gospel preached; but no decisions were made yet. Please pray for Nora, Gladys, Donna May, Ryan, Anthony, Arnell and Jenny. They were our new visitors last December.

I also went to Brooke’s point to be with the youth there. We had 45 in attendance from two church plants there. I am looking forward to see more things take place this year and more souls saved, baptized and discipled. This year we are taking our youth ministry to the next level. The youth have committed themselves to grow and win souls this year. As a part of our youth program I challenged them to be like Christ. Our theme this year is from Luke 2:52, where we read that our Lord increased in wisdom, in stature and in favor with God and man. This year I want to increase rather than decrease. Please pray for our youth that they will grow to be the next leaders of these churches.

We have been here 8 months now. It will be one year this coming June and we are loving it in spite of the things that we had to face. I thank the Lord for a wife and children who are willing and joyful to be here. I am glad we are finally settled here and growing. Gilbert, our youngest, is growing so big and hunky. He is happy jolly young boy. We are definitely blessed beyond all measure. Georgianna is turning four on February 1st and Glorielle will be two on March 7th. We are working with Gilbert’s paperwork to get his dual citizenship like his siblings. This may take one month or more but hoping soon. Taylor’s visa will expire in June this year and the immigration here will not take her paperwork because it has to be authenticated by the Philippine embassy in the United States. I desire for her to have a 13A visa which will be a permanent residence visa that will not expire. She will also be eligible for healthcare benefits here through me with a 13A visa. We will be coming back to the states in June when her current visa is up to complete the application and receive her 13A so that we may stay uninterrupted in the field. Plus, the kids will get to see their grandparents and other relatives for a short time. We also desire to have Gilbert dedicated in our home church, Bible Baptist Church in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Taylor’s sister also is getting married in August and Lord willing everything will be squared out and we will be back in the field by September. So if any supporting churches that are close by want us to come and report to you we would be happy and privileged to do so. Thank you so much for prayers and financial support! We love and appreciate you and everything you sacrifice to be part of this ministry. May the Lord bless you abundantly.

IN CHRIST,
Lemuel Javier

Scotland: Russell and Janet Brinkley  February/March  2016

Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,

A Season of Growth

2016 is off to a great start with three people joining the church, the attendance averaging twenty-five each Sunday, and many new visitors.  Many of these families come from a different religious background but are seeing that their previous beliefs are unscriptural. Please pray for their continued growth and that they will decide to become part of our church family.

The youth class is averaging ten children each week, and enjoying their monthly activities with their teacher, Deana Hewston. We started a weekly Bible Study in a local coffee shop, and already have a young employee expressing interest in joining us. We have six people enrolled in our weekly discipleship classes and we have eleven ladies who attend the monthly Ladies Meeting which Janet hosts in our home.  It’s an exciting time here at Bible Baptist Church and we appreciate your support of this growing ministry!

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday was celebrated on March 6th here in Scotland.  We honored the Mum’s present in service and gave flowers to each of them.  We are very thankful to see Mum’s bringing their children to the house of God!

Resurrection Sunday

Deana Hewston worked hard with the youth group to prepare a program called “He Is Alive!”  It was exciting to have parents visit for the first time and to have thirty in church for Easter services. As a result, parents have stated that they plan to return!

Serving together,
Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley

Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin Sept-Oct 2016

They went looking for the new King. He should have been easy to find since he was “head and shoulders above” any other man. His name was Saul and he was hiding among the

“stuff”. But the Lord knew where he was, and directed Samuel to inform the men to fetch him from among the stuff. I know this is “spiritualizing” but, I seem to be hiding among the

stuff of everyday life and the world from time to time. I need the Lord to “fetch” me back to His side because He knows where I am. Someone said “if you have ever been fetched back

by God you don’t want Him to do it again”. Actually, I need to be “fetched back” often. Sometimes He uses the Man of God and the Word of God to fetch me. So glad the Lord

loves me, knows where I am, and is willing to fetch me back again. That’s why I keep asking Him to do it using whatever means – it’s called “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation”.

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Weekend Witnessing Seminars

Dr. Bob Martin– GIBM Evangelist and Director of WEWS

October 2016 Newsletter Update (a review of the blessings of the Lord in

September 2016 and where we will be during the month of October 2016)

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A Shifting September

The month began with a partial schedule and then was completely rearranged by cancellations and new appointments.

September 4th, at Soul’s Harbor Baptist Church in Roanoke, Alabama where Bro. Fred Flowers is the pastor. Bro. Fred was scheduled for a trip to Israel but “messed up” his knee again and stayed home, but,  his wife and several of the church members got to go. The young lady on the right came under Holy Spirit conviction during the Witnessing Seminar back in July and called the Pastor’s wife a few weeks ago, who led her to the Lord on the phone. The Lord is abundantly blessing this church with souls.

September 9-11 we had the honor of attending and preaching at the Welcome Hill Baptist Church’s Jubilee. It was held in a tent on the church grounds so we enjoyed the heat and humidity, but what a blessing. Bro. Johnny Ivey (the pastor) has become a good friend and encouragement to us. On Sunday morning we had a special surprise. Dr. Keith Shumate, his wife, & daughter “showed up” at church. They had received our newsletter and found we would be at the Jubilee. Dr. Shumate started and pastored Landmark Baptist Church in Red Oak, Texas for many years, and then taught at Florida Baptist College in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife have been a special blessing and encouragement to us for several years.

 

Monday, September 12 we attended the West Georgia/East Alabama pastor’s fellowship which was also held at Welcome Hill Baptist Church.

Tuesday, September 13 we drove home to Vicksburg, Mississippi to spend 1 night.

Wednesday, September 14 we drove to Landmark Baptist Church, Red Oak, Texas where Bro. Harold Wells is the pastor, to preach the mid-week service. Bro. Bob Lewis is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Colorado preaching a revival, so we filled in for him instead & preached the midweek service at Harvest Baptist Church.

September 15 I attended an IBF pastor’s fellowship at Galilean Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas with Bro. Harold Wells. It was good to see several pastors and staff members of different churches that we have known for some years.

Sunday, September 18 I taught a Sunday School Witnessing Seminar and preached version of the regular Seminar. Our daughter (really our daughter-in-law, but I call her our daughter) & 3 grandsons attended Harvest Baptist that morning. It is always good to see them. That evening we reported on our work during the year 2016 to Landmark Baptist Church, Red Oak, Texas, and preached in the evening service. Landmark Baptist Church has supported us with prayer and funds for over 10 years, but more importantly, have been our friends. Every time we have been to this church they have encouraged us to “go on” in the work of the Lord.

September 26th we were at our home church, Southside Baptist Church in Vicksburg, MS

I am endeavoring to get an early start on next year’s scheduling. If the Lord has impressed your heart about a Witnessing Seminar, a Missions Conference, a Revival Meeting, a Bible Conference, or Camp Meeting and we can be an encouragement or help, please e-mail us or call us. We would also enjoy reporting back to all our supporting churches about the work of the Lord during 2016.

The Order of October

October 2nd (am) we will visit Calvary Baptist Church in Lucedale, Mississippi where Bro. Jacob Bogard is the pastor.

October 5-9 I will be preaching the Missions Conference at Central Park Baptist Church in Carrollton, Texas. Dr. Delbert White is the pastor of Central Park.

October 16th we are planning on hearing Dr. Tom Wallace at Victory Baptist Church in Longview, Texas where Bro. Robert Page is the pastor. In the evening (afternoon service) we will be at Faith Baptist Church in Kilgore, Texas where Bro. Scott Thomas is the pastor.

October 19 Joy and I will be in Linden, Texas for the annual Bible Conference at Gleaners Baptist Church. Bro. John Worley is the pastor.

October 22nd I will be teaching an all-day Witnessing Seminar at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Powder Springs, Georgia. On Sunday the 23rd I will be preaching at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

We count it a blessing of God to know you and pray for you. Thanks to each of you for praying and helping as we travel and teach.

Bro. Bob & Sis. Joy

Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin May-June 2016

In years of observing the stream of life, it has become my biblical and observed persuasion that the noblest and finest of all dedications is that of witnessing for the Lord, and seeing people come to know Christ in simple obedience to the commands of our Lord and Christ. The problem we are encountering as we travel, is a wrong perspective about the Seminars. There has been so much teaching and preaching about programed “witnessing” as a system of giving out 4 scriptures, “praying a prayer after me”, and then giving the lost person “assurance” by certain scriptures. If that is what you are looking for in a Witnessing Seminar, you probably don’t want me to come to teach one. I teach the lostness of sinners, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and salvation by repentance and faith. I teach that we should be a witness every day in every way we can. If we can be a help to you and your church, please allow us do so.

May Should Be A Great Month

May 1st I will be preaching for our Pastor at Southside Baptist Church as he is “away” preaching a Revival at sister church.

May 8th is Mother’s Day and we will probably be at our home also. Joy Loved Mother’s Day when we were in Costa Rica because Costa Rica has a different date for Mother’s Day (August), so she had the pportunity to have two Mother’s Days a year. Oh yes, their Father’s Day was the same as in the United States – only 1 Sunday. “I was robbed!”

May 9th I will be in Temple, GA for the East Alabama/West Georgia Pastor’s Fellowship.

May 13th – 15th we will be at First Baptist Church, Fletcher, North Carolina, teaching a Witnessing Seminar. This is a great pastor and church who love the lost. It is the second time we will be with these wonderful folks.

May 15th we leave Fletcher, North Carolina and travel to Faith Baptist Church in Crossville, Tennessee to be in the evening service with Pastor Bobby Clark and his good people.

May 16th we travel to Colt, Arkansas for Camp Meeting at Smith’s Chapel Baptist Church.

We had a great Witnessing Seminar and Service in April, and Bro. J. T. Baskins has already told me what to preach in Camp Meeting. That takes a lot of strain off my study time, after traveling so far in 2 days.

Weekend Witnessing Seminars

May 23rd – 25th we plan to be at Calvary Baptist Church, Wynnburg, Tennessee for their semi-annual Camp Meeting. Bro. Carl Southerland is the Pastor. This is a Conference each year where we can be spiritually refreshed and blessed.

We still have the weekends of May 6-8, May 20-22, and May 27-29 open. Contact for any of the above dates (601/618-4191)

Last year we were in 82 different churches and 1 foreign country. I taught 19 Witnessing Seminars, during which God saved over 65 people. We praise the Lord for His salvation and the help he gave to Christians, giving them a burden for a lost world without salvation. We pray that more souls will be saved, and more churches helped, this year.

April Was Busy Month

We began the month (April 3rd) at Smyrna Baptist Church in Union, Mississippi. This church is without a pastor and needed a “supply” preacher. It was good to renew some old friendships and God graciously blessed by saving a young man.

April 8-10th we were at Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Colt, Arkansas for the weekend. We began with a crawfish (“mud cats”) boil on Friday evening and then an all day Seminar on Saturday. Sun- day morning I taught (well, really preached), a message entitled “God’s book of tears” in Sunday School, and then the pastor (Bro. J. T. Baskins) explained John 3:16 and had a prayer meeting for the morning service. What a great service and time of repentance and worship as the Lord visited us in grace and power. It was an unusual time of worship and the manifestation of the presence of the Lord. One couple had been away from the Lord and each other and were involved in an auto accident. They got things right with the Lord and the church. Just one of many decisions that morning.

April 10th (PM) we were at Bible Baptist Church in Paragould, Arkansas and attended their 1st church play. It is really good to be forgiven and set free from sin to serve the Lord. Bro. Stacy Prater is the pastor of this great church.

April 17th the Lord in His wisdom had no place for us to serve. and we were home. That was good because Joy was sick with food poisoning (I’m sorry that I don’t have a picture of her when she was sick). We are glad our God knows the end from the beginning, and prepares the circumstances of our lives for whatever circumstance we may encounter.

April 24th I taught a Seminar during Sunday School, and preached the morning and evening services at Immanuel Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Lord blessed by saving a young man during the invitation on Sunday morning.

April 25th thru 27th we traveled to Rendon, Texas for Camp Meeting at Community Baptist Church where Bro. Tony Graves is the pastor. We had Christians attending from many states, and God richly blessed. One preacher, a preacher’s daughter, one of the ushers, and an “old hippie” got saved. We have known Bro. Tony and his wife for many years and the church and this meeting have always been a blessing. A great time of fellowship around the Word of God was enjoyed.

April 28th and 29th I traveled with my pastor and another young preacher to a Camp Meeting at North Spoon Baptist Church in Popularville, Mississippi. North Spoon Baptist Church is definitely a country church with a big heart for the Lord. Bro. Billy Ray Bond is the pastor of this delightful church. Joy did not go with us because she needed to rest after all the traveling we have done. She said “I got a lot of things accomplished since you weren’t home”. Maybe some of you ladies can enlighten me, because really I don’t understand the meaning of that statement.

We praise the Lord for your praying and giving that we might fulfill the Lord’s ministry and see lost people saved. We bless you for praying and giving and are begging the Lord for His multiplied help and grace in your lives. Thank you so much!

Bro. Bob

Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin January 2016

One of the pleasures of being an evangelist, is our ties to Southside Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. We are convinced that every missionary and evangelist ought to be permanently tied to a Baptist church by cords of obedience, love, and devotion. The churches I pastored would never support a missionary that was not tied to a Baptist church and a Bible believing and preaching pastor. I need a pastor (even though I am old enough to be his father). The work we do goes through our pastor. He is our friend, mentor, prayer partner and advisor. It is refreshing to find that our Mission Clearing House (GIBM) is of the same mind and heart also. May this never change.

Prayer List – please pray for:
1. The salvation of souls; in our own witnessing, and as a result of, the Seminars.
2. Our daily walk with the Lord; that we might have so much of the glory of God on us that the Holy Spirit can work practical revival wherever we go.
3. Our health; the ability to do the work God has for us, and has called us unto.
4. The continued provision of God; many churches do not have the ability to help with funds for the Seminars but our supporters enable us to go anyway.

February Should Be A Great Month:
February 5-7 we will begin the month with Bro. Mike Caldwell at Heritage Baptist Church in Winslow, Arkansas for a weekend Seminar.

February 15-17 we plan to attend the GIBF national meeting at Southside Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida. It will be a “glory time”.

February 21 we will be with Bro. Joel Marsh at the Iglesia Baptista Redención In Tampa, Florida.

February 22nd we fly from Orlando, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica for the Bible Conference Weekend Soulwinning Seminars at El Faro, Hogar de Ninos (Lighthouse Children’s Home) in Tres Rios, Costa Rica. Bro. Larry Neff brings in pastors from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama for this annual event. Lord willing, I will be teaching a short Seminar and preaching during the Conference.

February 28th we will be with Bro. Curtis Gibson at Charity B. C. in Abbeville, Louisiana.

God Gave Us Glory and Grace during January

We began the month at our home church and then traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas to spend a late Christmas with some of our family. Both our son-in-law and our grandson-in-law are in the Navy and were home for the late holiday.

January 6th I preached at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Jonesboro for the pastor, Bro. Bill Legere, who was sick. This was the second opportunity we have had to worship or preach at Cornerstone with these dear folks. We are praying that the Lord will open the door for us to teach a Seminar later this year.

January 10th we took part in a Missions Sunday at Harmony Baptist Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma where D. R. Baker is the pastor. I have taught 2 Seminars in the past in this church and seen the people take hold of the concepts and the church grow. We had almost “white out” conditions on the drive to Ponca City. For Sunday School I taught the short Sunday School Seminar; especially for the people who had been saved the last year and a half. God saved this man during the invitation (I got to lead him to the Lord) and the Lord gave the church several more by salvation and by letter during the remainder of January.

January 15-17 found us at Grace Baptist Church in Whitesburg, GA for a Seminar. Bro. Jimmy Lester is the fine pastor of this church. To say that we had a “great time” would woefully underestimate the weekend. The Seminar was a time of refreshing for many members, and a time of Holy Spirit conviction for others. There was a sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit from the time we got to the church, and an expectation of what God was going to do that weekend. We sent the participants out to visit and they had good visits, but no one got saved. After the Saturday sessions a young preacher’s wife spent 30 minutes trying to convince me she was saved. God said “just keep your mouth shut and listen to her”. Sunday morning they stopped at the church to share with everyone that she had gotten saved after they got home on Saturday. Wow, what a start for Sunday morning, and then it got better. During the song service a lady came to the altar and got saved. In the invitation a young man and 2 more ladies got saved, and the husband of one of the women joined by letter. After the service one of the members was taking some people home and 1 of the boys wanted to get saved so the member turned around and brought him back to church. Before the evening service another church member came into church under Holy Spirit conviction and got saved. Great day at Grace Baptist Church! On January 24th they had 8 more lost people saved, which included 6 teenagers. Sunday evening we were at Souls Harbor Baptist Church in Roanoke, Alabama. The Lord told me the week before what to preach (“Forgiveness”), and the Lord had already been preparing hearts. Some precious saints got help and we praise the Lord for His work in people’s hearts. Bro. Fred Flowers is the pastor of this great church.

January 31st we were at Charity Baptist Church in Abbeville, Louisiana with Bro. Curtis Gibson. Bro. Curtis has been a missionary to the Gulf Coast for over 40 years starting numerous churches, getting a pastor, and then moving on to start another church. I also had the opportunity to teach the Sunday School Seminar at Charity.

Sunday Evening we were in Denham Springs, Louisiana with Bro. David Robertson and the good people of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. These folks have faithfully prayed and supported us for many years. What a blessing to get to see the saints one more time before we all go to heaven.

What a blessing to be used of the Lord to seek the lost for Christ and strengthen churches in their witnessing.

Bro. Bob

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: bobjoymartin@earthlink.net  Cell Phone – 601/618-4191

I cannot finish this Newsletter Update without thanking all of you who pray for us & support us financially. Because of you, we have been able to teach 14 Seminars (13 churches in the U.S. and 1 nation-wide conference in Cambodia), preach 3 revivals, preach 8 Bible conferences, participate in 2 Missions Conferences, and visit 34 churches to get acquainted with pastors in preparation for teaching a Seminar. We know of 36 people who have gotten saved in the Seminars, and time will only tell of others who gave their heart to Jesus Christ, because of the impact the Seminars had on their lives. Thank you so much!

Bro. Bob

 Zambia: David and Cherri Rea April 2016

Dear Friends,

The last few months have been busy. God has opened doors to present the Gospel to the Islamic leadership of Zambia. In addition, we have seen one man saved after meeting him while I was preaching at an Islamic study center.

God is good!  We are preparing for the opening of Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church here in Lusaka, Zambia.

In Christ,
David Rea