Stevens to Honduras
January-February 2018

Dear Friends,

Hello to our co-laborers from the country of Honduras. We had a nice time visiting with our family in the United States for a short period during the month of December, and we returned to Honduras a few days before the New Year. Before I forget, we want to thank all of those who gave an extra offering for Christmas to our family. That was such a blessing for which we truly are grateful. In regards to our ministry here in Honduras, we have witnessed the Lord’s hand and blessing in the following ways:

*This past Saturday, February 3, we had our first monthly men’s meeting for this New Year in Quebrada de Lajas. I have seen the men who have faithfully attended these meetings all last year become much more encouraged, and challenged regarding their responsibilities as men in their churches. The Lord has used the singing, the fellowship, and especially the preaching to draw us men closer to God, and to one another. After the preaching, one of the national pastors directs a competition between the men in the different churches from a different book of the Bible that we have studied in advance before each meeting. The men have really enjoyed that time of competition and fellowship. Please continue to pray that God will continue to use these meetings as a means of strengthening our Independent Baptist Churches here.

*For about three years now my wife Arlen has been involved in a monthly meeting for the young teenage girls in our Baptist Churches called “The daughters of the Great King” (Hijas del Gran Rey). This meeting was first started by missionary Debbie Lane and another pastor’s wife here a number of years ago. The focus and goal of this meeting is to instruct these young girls about keeping themselves pure before God, and for their future husbands. My wife had the privilege a week ago of leading a girl named Janely to the Lord who attended this meeting for the first time. Please pray that many of these young girls would get saved, and by following the Lord avoid getting pregnant out of wedlock, which is obviously not God’s will, and sadly becoming an epidemic in this country.

*Brother Kevin and his wife Darlin are the couple that I mentioned in our last letter. They have been serving with us in the church in Quebrada de Lajas for about three months now, and I have been amazed at how the congregation has received them so quickly. Darlin has been teaching the children’s Sunday school class and has built up a fairly large attendance, while Kevin has been handling most of the preaching in the church. This couple loves God, and they want to serve him. My wife and I are not in Quebrada de Lajas as often now, because having Kevin and Darlin has allowed us to focus more on the community of Rodeo. I taught Kevin how to drive a stick shift, and we allow his family to use our small pickup truck most of the time so that they can get back and forth from their home to the church building in Quebrada de Lajas. We are happy to do that, but our family of five is in great need of a four-wheel drive truck that is at least a cab and a half. If you saw the way that we travel to Rodeo every Sunday morning with all five of us in the front of our small single cab truck, then you would understand. We have been able to manage in the past, but as our children are getting bigger, it is becoming much more difficult. Please pray with us as we trust the Lord to provide for this need.

*Also, we are starting to go to the new community that I mentioned in our last letter called Zacate Blanco, Yamaranguila. Our desire is to evangelize this community and find a family that would allow us to begin conducting regular services in their home. Please pray for this new endeavor.

*Please keep Brother Noel Yanes and his family in your prayers. For some time now he has been having great difficulty with one particular member in the church, and according to Brother Noel it has become so difficult for him, that he is strongly considering leaving the community of Quebrada de Lajas. He and his family have been with us in Quebrada de Lajas for almost six years now, and we love them, and would hate to see them leave. So please pray that God will deal with hearts, and that this could be straightened out the right way.

Finally, our family took our first furlough in 2014, and we are beginning to prepare for our next furlough in January 2019. I will begin calling pastors to schedule meetings soon, so if you are a supporting church that would like us to come and report during the time schedule that I will put below, then please contact me by email at: j31a18m20j7@fastmail.us or by phone at (215) 621-9014. We are not opposed to visiting new churches if anyone is interested, but our first priority of course is to visit as many supporting churches that we can. Here is the pending schedule for 2019:

*January and February 2019: California and Arizona.
*March and April 2019: Texas
*May 2019: Oklahoma and Missouri
*June 2019: Indiana and Ohio

(Note): We are willing to schedule meetings with churches in the Northeast during late November and December 2018, or in July 2019 if anyone would like to have us during those times. Lord willing, we would leave the US to come back to Honduras in August 2019. Thank you in advance for considering having us come to report to your church.

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

Javiers to Philipines
February 2018

Dear Pastor and Praying Church,

The month of January has been full of blessings. As you may know Joy Independent Baptist Church (JoyIBC) started on Christmas eve morning. Its been almost two months and so much has happened. God is surely at work here. In January alone we saw 7 people received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church has grown to a regular attendance of around 45 in January, now in February we have grown to 60. We started an adult and children’s Sunday school hour. In February we saw 6 more saved. We will be having a baptism service this coming Friday the 16th if weather permits. There are 10 scheduled to be baptized. God has answered our prayer for an instrumentalist. Two young men joined the church with desire to provide accompaniment for the song service.. We now have two young men who play guitar.

The church is growing so fast that we have quickly outgrown the function space at the hotel. We now have some options-rent a bigger room from the hotel which could raise the rent by $40-50 a week, or find a more permanent space that will most likely be smaller because of city costs. But we do have a land lot that we are making payments on. The owner has given us permission to go ahead and start building there. Our desire is to begin with just a cement slab and a roof just so that we have a space large enough to meet in. we will build a small hut for the children’s church. After that we will slowly build the rest of the frame as we can. We have a sound system already, a piano and a guitar, and a projector that God has provided. So once we put down a slab all we need are chairs and a pulpit.

We have started a youth outreach in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. There are so many teens and children that want to have bible study there. We found a small hut and lot there for sale ($140) we are praying and considering purchasing it for the purpose of a youth center and meeting place for Saturday Bible clubs. We may also use it to meet in on Sunday nights until we can build on our large lot. Sunday nights are still low in numbers, not like Sunday morning, so it would suffice for Sunday night. It would mean that we meet in the city on Sunday morning, in the neighborhood Sunday night, and in our house on Wednesday night. Please pray for us as all this gets sorted and settled during the progress of the church.

This past week we also started doing a Saturday morning prayer breakfast with the church. We had 14 teenagers and young adults show up at 7 am to pray together and have devotion. We were so blessed to see the enthusiasm.

As I said, God is surely at work here. In fact, He is working so fast that we are kind of like the small child trying to keep up with the fast paced father; but so happy to do it. We are humbled and elated to be part of what He is doing. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. We cannot wait to see what He will do in the coming months, in all of 2018.

Prayer Requests:
Please pray specifically for the building of a meeting space on the lot and for youth outreach.

Also pray for Elizabeth Pigott. She is someone who was saved in October but has since turned back to her old ways dabbling in the occult.

Pray for all the new believers as they learn and grow in the Lord
Pray for Taylor as she is still struggling to become fluent in Tagalog

Pray for someone trained and willing to teach adult Sunday school so that I may teach the childrens’ Sunday school hour. Taylor will then be able to keep littles occupied.

In Christ,
Lem and Taylor Javier

Parks to Korea
January 2018

Dear Pastors and Friends,

Back to S. Korea and the Ministries.
Thanks to your prayers and to the grace of our God, Jae and I made to S. Korea safe and sound on the 6th of Dec. as scheduled. We are very grateful for all the prayers, love and kindness of the churches we have visited and of our supporting churches. Even though we had many good places to stay during our furlough travel, we are happy to be back to our own bed now. Jae and I praise the Lord for His goodness upon us for the last 10 months in the States.

Nine Salvation in the Chinese Church.
The Lord has been blessing and protecting our ministries while we were away. It was such great blessing to see the Chinese people again in our Chinese ministry in Pyungtaek City. There were some new people whom we have not met before. For 3 weeks in December, I preached messages on “Why Jesus?” and on the Saturday before Christmas, I gave an invitation for them to make a decision about the Lord and nine precious people accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal savior. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace to save sinners through the faith in Jesus our Lord! We are going to try to start discipleship course as soon as possible in 2018.

Blessing to See the Sweet People in Sejong Church again.
Sejong Church has been doing well under the leadership of Pastor Min. We had wonderful time of reunion and had wonderful Christmas program together. The church is growing and we need a bigger place to meet. We are praying that the Lord would allow us to have a new place in 2018.

Prayer Requests.
1) New worker in Chinese Church. Brother Liu wanted to return to China to help his home church and had the last service with us on the Christmas Sunday. There is a Korean couple who were deported from China recently. They came to see our work on Christmas Sunday, but they are not very fluent in speaking Chinese. They can be help but I’d need another interpreter to preach. Please pray for us for wisdom and we are asking God to send us a Fundamental Baptist Chinese man.

2) A house for our settling down. Since we came to S. Korea in 2013, we already had moved twice and we will have to move in April of 2018 again. Most of the rent contract is for two years and at the end of the contract, the rent or key money would be raised for a new contract. It is difficult to move in every other year and it’s costly also. We are praying the Lord to allow us to have a humble house in a country side around Sejong City. Please pray that we would find an affordable house to purchase so that we won’t have to move every so often.

We are very excited to be back to S. Korea for our second term of missionary work. Thank you again for all your love, prayers and faithful supports. May the Lord richly bless you as you endeavor to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ in 2018 and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Your co-workers in S. Korea,
Benjamin and Jae Park
“Unto the uttermost part of the Earth, Unto the end of the World!”

Carneys to Hungary
January 2018

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise the Lord and thank you for starting our new year with your generous offerings! In my last letter I reported on the need to remodel our church building on Faraktar Street in Debrecen. This last month we received more than $7000 towards this project! We still need to raise about $14,000, but I was happy to see 1/3
of the need come in. The most pressing need is the part of the project that is actually causing the damage, which is the leaking foundation and broken asphalt that surrounds the building. With these funds we can begin the repair and stop the on-going damage. I am certain that some of our faithful supporters would love to meet
this need completely, but are unable to give towards this project. We covet your prayers. We know that God is able and we are trusting in Him. Please pray that we can raise all the funds from home and abroad. Our theme for 2018 is, “We can do all things through Christ!” Philippians 4:13.

We had good services for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Both of our
churches had good crowds and we had the opportunity to share the gospel with first time visitors. We celebrated the birth of the Saviour on the 24th at Faraktar, and on the 25th we had a Christmas morning service at Miklos Street. Both churches had full services.

One pleasant surprise was 8 first time visitors to our New Year’s Eve services! We had a watchnight type meeting with several preaching and then we brought in the New Year with Prayer.

Five of our first time visitors were Pakistani students from the University that are Muslims. Three of them said this is the first time they had ever been in a Christian church. We also had one student from Jordan and two from Kenya. Everyone was loved, fed, encouraged and heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. As foreigners attending the University, we have a rare opportunity to give the gospel to some these young people for the first time. Pray, Pray,
Pray, that God will open their eyes to the truth! We also had our neighbor from across the street stop my wife and ask her if she had some literature about our church; why absolutely yes! Please pray for her. We have more information ready for her the next time we meet. We are looking forward to following up with what she thought. Pray for another opportunity. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Martins Soul Winning Seminars
January 2018
Some of my hero’s in this life are “normal” church members. Maybe not apreacher, or a deacon, or an evangelist, or a church officer, but a born again child of God. In their lives you can see genuine Christianity. My Father, give us more like them; faithful, giving, looking for ways to serve, loving the Lord, and seeking the lost for Christ. Folks who stand for “the right”, support and love their pastor, are faithful to witness and faithful to the “House of God”.

Statistics from 2016/2017
2016 2017
Churches attended – 77 24
Seminars conducted – 18 16
Persons saved in the Seminars – 25+
Bible conferences preached – 13 10
Revivals – 4 11
Mission conferences – 4 9
We didn’t keep count of the lost people to whom we personally witness, or the lost people who are saved because of our witness. The Lord knows, but we always wish the number was greater. The Lord seems to add churches to our agenda each year, for which we are very grateful.

December Was a Time of Rest
December 3rd and 10th – we scheduled to be in several churches, but they were cancelled at the last minute. Hoping to reschedule them for next year.

December 13th I made a great sacrifice. Joy had to go to the Post Office (including standing in line), and mail all the packages and envelopes for Christmas. I took her to the Post Office instead of going hunting. She is certainly worth it!

December 17th we were at Temple Baptist Church in Stafford, Texas. It was an 8 ½ hour drive which we sought to do without hunting deer with our car. In Louisiana, one buck literally came within inches of dying. I preached that Sunday morning and we had 2 young men saved. Bro. Jesse Morton is the pastor of the church. He grew up one block from, and was saved at, Temple Baptist Church. For the PM service we attended Rose Ave. Baptist Church in Breckenridge, TX. Bro. Russel Brock is the pastor of the church. This evening was their Children’s Christmas Program. We had the pleasure of teaching a Witnessing Seminar 2½ years ago when the church was first reopened. It was a great pleasure to see what the Lord is doing. They had 5 saved that Sunday Morning.

December 20 I preached the Wednesday evening service for Bro. Harold Wells at Landmark Baptist Church in Red Oak, Texas. This is another of our supporting churches that have been a tremendous blessing through the years. We have the privilege of returning each year to thank the church. Caleb Wells, the son of Pastor Harold Wells of Landmark Baptist Church, believes he will be the next pastor of Landmark Baptist Church. He sat down beside me and said, “Do you know you have hair growing out of your nose?” I love the honesty of children. I replied, “Please go tell my wife, cause she takes care of that”. Remembering those men who prayed for my children, I’m trying to pray more of God on him than he can ever get out from under. Amen.

December 24th we visited Central Park Baptist Church in Carrollton, Texas, where Bro. Delbert White is the pastor. This is another of our supporting churches. Sunday morning I had the opportunity to thank the church for their prayer and support and Sunday evening we attended their candlelight service which included testimonies and candle lighting.

December 31st we were at our home church, Southside Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Cold and somewhat icy outside, but spiritually warm inside.

Planning for Next Year!!!:
Several Pastors have expressed an interest in hosting a Seminar in 2018. If we can help with a Seminar, Missions Conference, preach a revival, or supply in the coming year, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will work through to the best date.
January is “Pretty well” Empty Right Now!

January 8th is the Georgia/Alabama Pastors Conference at New Life Baptist Church in Dallas, Georgia.

A Happy and Grace Filled New Year To You and Yours! May your New Year be filled with the blessings of God as you seek the “Blesser” who gives all blessings to His children.

February 2018
When I was pastoring, there were several young preachers in the church. One Sunday they sought to rebuke the pastor because they didn’t “have any place to preach”. My reply was, “are there any street corners in town? If you have preach in you, you have a multitude of places to preach, as well as the Court House Square every Saturday.” Last Friday night I mentioned to the Lord that I had no place to preach that weekend. On Saturday morning He awakened me. and told me to go preach on the sidewalk in front of the jail in downtown Vicksburg at 12:00 noon. Only one man stopped his car to listen for a few minutes. It was trying to rain so hardly anyone else came by. Nobody got saved. Essentially, as far as I know, nothing happened. But I had the joy of knowing I obeyed God. That’s what it is really all about isn’t it? Just obeying God.

The Days of January Were Delightful:
January 7th we had the privilege of attending Concord Baptist Church in Fairmount, Georgia. Bro. Stinnett Ballew was the preacher of the week-long Missions Conference as they underwrote their Faith Promise giving for 2018. Bro. Sammy Allen has been the pastor of this great church, and the moderator for Faith Baptist Camp for many years. Bro. Randy Southerland has been called as the assistant pastor. Their Faith Promise giving for 2018 is over $140,000.
For the p.m. service we attended Nellie Head Memorial Baptist Church in Tunnel Head, Georgia where Bro. Eddie Killian is the pastor. Please pray as we seek a date with Bro. Killian about a Witnessing Seminar.

January 14th we were at home at our sending church, Southside Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

January 19th we traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to work a weekend with Bro. Terry Rodgers at Terrytown Family Baptist Church; a church for homeless people. The team included Evangelist Jamie Hilley and his wife Donna, five folks from Souls Harbor Baptist Church in Roanoke, Alabama, and Joy and I. What a blessing on Saturday as we gave away clothes, hygiene packs, snack packs, New Testaments and tracts, and witnessed to many people. On Sunday we started early (6:00 am) at the church getting everything ready to feed the people breakfast and arrange the VFW hall for the services. I taught Sunday School and Bro. Hilley preached the service. We had several saved (I got to lead Bro. Randy to the Lord), and finished out the day with another clothes and pack distribution. Our church will be going back several times a year, leading teams to witness to the homeless, giving our people a chance to be a missionary, & helping Bro. Rodgers.

January 28th we were home helping at our home church and I had the opportunity to direct a young man to the foot of the Cross and see him saved.

NOTE: I am completing the final form of the teaching notes on the Book of Romans, placing them in book format. It will be 72 pages. If you would like a copy, please let me know.

The Days of February should be Wonderful:
We will see how the Lord fills up February, we only have one appointment thus far February 12 – Alabama/Georgia Pastors Conference, Ridge Road Baptist Church, Hiram, Georgia.

Thank you so much for all your prayer and support. It enables us to go, and to go safely.
Bro. Bob

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