Trials or Tribulations?

 

            Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. I thought it a good opportunity to reflect again upon what many Christians refer to as trials and tribulations.

 

            I have heard and read from many with illness, financial woes, the incarcerated and those with a variety of other problems that they must endure the tribulations that they are going through. That they can with God’s help deal with these great present tribulations, While the sentiments are nice they are somewhat lacking in biblical standing.

 

            As much as I can understand their feelings, I must first caution them that Biblical tribulations are always something one endures for the sake of Christ. Tribulation always equals suffering via persecution.  Even Nehemiah’s situation was not one of tribulation. A trial certainly, but true persecution for God; I think not.

 

            As we learned last week Nehemiah was living as an outcast in the land of his captors. Yet as the King’s cup bearer and trusted servant of the court his life could hardly be described as one of suffering. Although he has a lofty position in the court of King Artaxerxes, he is as a prisoner. He could only do what the King ordered and allowed. He may have been trusted but as we have seen in Ester the Persians probably did not approve of his high post. Finally he is a Jew in a pagan nation much like we all are as Christians in the World today.  Nehemiah must have been in daily conflict. To live as a Jew was greatly different than that of a Persian.

 

            The lesson from last week is this; most Christians today, like Nehemiah, go through trails in their lives. Some are brought upon themselves by illegal, immoral or unethical actions. While others through no direct action of their own (illness, injury, work cut backs, etc.) have equally challenging trials.

 

            I want to take a minute or two to expand on this for a moment. Verse one says:

 

1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

 

            Do you remember why Nehemiah was in Shushan and not say Bethlehem? He was there as a direct result of the actions of his forefathers. They had broken God’s law and there was a price to pay for such actions. Listen even though Nehemiah was not one of those who had broken God’s law that led to the Babylonians conquering and enslaving the nation of Judah in 586 B.C. he must endure the consequences.

 

              Illegal actions that lead to our imprisonment have consequences not only for us but for our families and friends. While prison is not a fun time for anyone and can certainly be a trial in that it tests us in many ways it cannot be considered a time of tribulation. After all (in most every case) you put yourself there.

 

 

            Marital problems due to infidelity while trying are not a time of tribulation. Nor is the aftermath that while trying and seemingly under persecution (high alimony) again it is a problem of your own making.  Laziness that leads to financial woes cannot be blamed on the economy or anyone else. A man that will not work (at any legal job) to feed his family is not a real man in my book. Immoral acts such as gambling and drinking that lead to family, financial and health issues cannot be described as times of tribulation. Trying yes, but that is everyday life in a fallen and depraved world.

 

            There are many in the world today who face real tribulation. Who daily are persecuted for their faith in Christ Jesus.  We in America are blessed that true persecution has not reached our shores. But be forewarned that day is coming. The actions of a misguided mayor in Houston and the passing of Hate Crime legislation making it seemingly illegal to speak out biblically against abortion, sexual orientation, same sex marriage etc. are bringing the day ever closer.

 

            For real Tribulations in the life of Christians today Voice of the Martyrs is one of the best sites for information. I gleaned the following from a long list:  

 

Egypt - Akhom, was shot during an attack on his Christian neighborhood. VOMedical will help him get the treatment he needs.

 

India - House Destroyed an Orissa victim sits amid what used to be her home. “We are waiting for the next riot. We do not know where it will happen. We know this was a warning, not an end.”

 

India - Imprisoned Indian pastors are imprisoned for their evangelical activity.

 

India - Four young Dalit pastors in India - Shivashankar, Ramiah, Yesuraj and Jeevan - were beaten by Hindu radicals and police and imprisoned. We assisted in their release from the Karnataka jail. They have returned to Bible study and ministry!

 

Indonesia - Before Christmas bulldozers were sent by the Muslim government of Tangerang County to destroy five church buildings.

 

Indonesia - Police tried to protect Christians of the Batak church, but two of the church’s pastors, including Pastor Purba (in the red tie), were beaten by the mob in August 2010. One banner carried by radicals during the protest read, “The Muslim community rejects the building of a church in Mustika Jaya.”

 

Iraq - In 2011, militant Muslims burst into Afanan’s home in Iraq. They locked Afanan and her two children in a room while they tortured her husband. The family was forced to listen to his cries until they ended with a fatal gunshot. VOM is supporting this widow and her children.

 

Laos - Somchi, a young Khmu woman, handed us an unusual package — a burned Bible in a plastic bag. The Bible was still wet from the rain, but we separated and dried the pages. Somchi has underlined many scriptures in her Bible. The most underlined section was around I Cor 9:19. She put a blue asterisk by this verse.

 

Nigeria - Seyi was hit with a machete several times and almost burned to death during Muslim rioting in Nigeria.

 

Nigeria - Monica was attacked by Islamic radicals in July and has already had four surgeries. She is due for another one.

 

Nigeria - Godwin lost his arm in an attack by local Muslims. VOM provided him with a prosthetic arm.

 

Pakistan - When Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gojra, Pakistan, in 2009, Christians used a cart as a strecher to transport the injured.

 

Vietnam - Pastor Cong’s home was destroyed by local authorities.

 

Vietnam - Who can forget the stunning photo we printed of Vietnamese secret police officers swinging a club at a member of Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang’s Mennonite Church in August 2006? About 50 police officers swarmed the grounds of the house church, beating congregants with nightsticks, nunchucks and electric cattle prods. Pastor Quang was arrested. Today, Pastor Quang, released from prison, is operating a Bible school. Currently, 47 young Vietnamese and tribal youth are studying in the three-year program. The course teaches them a thorough understanding of the Bible, how to use a computer, how to establish a church and qualifies them to serve in full-time ministry. Oh, and secret police are still coming by his church and home.

 

India - VOM helped a woman after Hindu radicals beat her husband and burned her Bible. Christians are attacked in India more frequently than in any other country.

 

            For a look at real persecution and tribulation in the lives of Christians today I recommend you watch the following video. Afterwards ask yourself are you ready to answer the call of God? Are you truly a Christian?

http://www.persecution.com/idop       Leana’s Prayer

In HIS Service

PRAYER

Inmate Requests

Sean’s daughter health and healing after miscarriage

Will asks prayer for his release, a job upon release, his family, the homeless, the lost and all the victims of the recent tornadoes

Bobby asks, all the sick and shut ins, his family, the officers, his release and walk with God, the ministry at HCHC

Clayton asks, pray for his son, his son’s mom and step dad, his release, a job and a Christian environment to live in, his family

A nameless inmate asks, for spiritual guidance and strength in overcoming battles as he is going through some tough times.

Ronnie asks, prayer for his mom who is seriously ill and his sister, for the staff at HCHC, for his parole, all the inmates also

Another asks prayers for his Aunt Ramona who has been diagnosed with cancer and Aunt Melody who is getting divorced

Willie asks, prayer for his family especially his wife and kids; a favorable parole hearing in July

Robert asks, pray he can find a good place to go when released in Sept.

Clifton asks, prayer for his fellow inmates, peace and all manner of evil on the block be removed, for all the tornado victims of MS, and for God’s will to be done in all our lives.

Gary L. who has just been released to have a successful transition into society

Tony D. who is having a tough time getting good legal representation.

Andy who is battling illness

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for Pete a volunteer from Atlanta who was seriously injured on the job Friday. He is back home recovering.

Pray for Ms. B. and her continued battle with heart issues

Praise for Mr Sam’s good news that his cancer is in remission

Shayna who is expecting twins

Mr David and Ms Doris traveling to Arkansas

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray for the ministry work at Hancock County Jail

Continued healing prayers for:

Rich B. and his continuing health issues

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Employment for;

Robert O., Aimee, and others

Fellow Ministries

Springfield (MA) Rescue Mission

Come and celebrate the graduation of Ken and David on May 6th.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

Please pray God will continue His divine providence over this ministry and provide the funds needed to finish the construction projects and run the school.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please prayer for the financial well-being of this organization

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

True Freedom Outreach New Zealand, ministering to Kanater Prison Egypt

Dear Friends of the Kanater Ministry,

I am attaching the new newsletter, which I hope you can download all right.

The printer sent it in a different format.

May God bless each of you out of his abundance, and also the men and women we care for in Kanater.

With love in Christ, and thanks for your ongoing involvement in prayer and in giving,

Jeanette Grimmer

(For a copy of the entire newsletter and prayer needs email us)

Missionaries

Campus Crusades for Christ – Ben and Becky Rivera

Thank you for your prayers. Becky saw another woman at the pregnancy center pray to trust Christ and keep her baby! A great double victory. Looks like I will be opening 2 and possibly 3 new campus ministries in the next couple of weeks. God is moving. Blessings, Ben

FSM/FSMWO

Special Prayer Requests

23 Feb 2014

PRAYER

Family of Tom H. from FBC Tullahoma (one of our volunteers) upon his passing

Bill and his especially his wife Paula who is expecting

 Inmate Requests

Pray for Tony D. he is back in court this week

Shannon asks for prayer for his two sons will correspond with him so he will know they are safe

Pray for Robert F. Sr. and Jr. to be saved, prayer for the Moore family, revival in America

Clayton J. asks for prayer for son and his mother and stepfather and the Lords will to be done, Prayer for his sister Lynn and Bryan A. marriage, also prayer for his release and ability to transition well.

Ronnie C. asks prayer for his mom Kathy, sister Vickie draw closer together, and that he would get parole

David T asks for prayer for his immediate family many who are new born believers, for God’s guidance for himself, for healing for his mom who has a neurological issue

Will T. asks prayers for his family, the homeless, those with addictions, the lost, for growth in Christ

Ronnie Mc. asks prayer for his wellbeing and that his passion for poems can bear fruit

 Lakeshore Baptist Church

 We had a great two weeks, thanks to Mid-Lakes Baptist Association of Bolivar, MO and Lake Shore Baptist Church of Pasadena, MD most of the sheet rock is installed, the lower entry ceiling is framed out and the back siding is started.

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God will send us the right volunteers to complete the project.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Pray for Ms. B. who is back in hospital

The Martin family upon passing of Uncle Buck

Shayna who is expecting twins

Mr David and Ms Doris traveling to Arkansas

Ms Redford struggling

Family of Robert’s ex-wife on passing of her dad

JoEll’s aunt diagnosed with cancer

Lyndsey who’s water broke at 25 weeks

Rebecca a 9 year old with an eye issue

Trina’s uncle who has health issues

Sarah traveling to Jackson for tournaments this week

Troy who is having high BP issues

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Rich B. and his continuing health issues

Dan M. recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

 Employment for;

Robert O., Aimee, and others

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 Please pray God will continue His divine providence over this ministry and provide the funds needed to finish the construction projects and run the school.

 You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry.

This week, join us in remembering the pain and sorrow of separation that is acutely felt by those who are incarcerated and the children and significant others that they have left behind. Please pray that these families will find a way to express their love for one another, and that marriages in particular will hold strong despite overwhelming odds.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please prayer for the financial well-being of this organization

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries
Other Groups

Our Friends from ARBCA

From Covenant Baptist Church, the Church Plant in Clarksville, TN

 We thank our Lord for your partnership with us in the work of the gospel here in Clarksville, and for your prayers on our behalf before the throne of grace.

Our Lord Jesus continues to sustain and grow us as a church body.  Again we were saddened to see two military families relocated and one non-military family move due to a job relocation at the end of last year, yet we were thankful for the time that we had with these families.  At the same time, the Lord has brought to us four military families and four non-military families that have been regularly attending our services.  Give thanks to God with us, and pray that these families might join with us in church membership.

The Lord has also been at work bringing salvation to the lost in our midst.  Last year, a young man moved to Clarksville to live with his father who is a member at our church.  Through the preaching of the Word and being involved in the life of the body, the Lord brought him to saving faith.  He was baptized this past October, and he met some of you down at the Lakeshore Project in January.  The Lord has also been at work in the heart of a young woman with a Jewish background.  In my report last year, I mentioned that I was meeting with her and some others to work through the Gospel of Mark.  She has come to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and will be baptized in the next month, Lord-willing.  Pray for these new Christians who are young in their faith to grow and be established in the grace of the Lord.

We would also request prayer for wisdom and grace as we continue to reach out into the community here with the gospel.  We are looking for ways to take the gospel to the local college campus here and hope to start an evangelistic bible study there soon.  We are also planning to have a booth at the Rivers and Spires Festival in downtown Clarksville in April.  We continue to reach out to co-workers, neighbors, and friends.  Please pray for the Lord to give us boldness and grace to faithfully proclaim the gospel, and that He would bring many to saving faith in Jesus.

One last request is that you would pray for the continued formation of the church body here in Clarksville.   We have been working through officer training for the last 10 months, and ask that you would pray for the Lord to raise up elders and deacons in our midst.  Our hope and plan as a church body is to officially constitute as a local church this coming May.  Please pray for the Lord to give us the wisdom we need to make the final preparations before we constitute.  Thank you again, brethren, for your prayers.

In Christ,

John Miller

Church Planter in Clarksville, TN

From Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Ontario, California

Pastors Steve Marquedant and Jeff Massey

Please pray for a radio opportunity that Pastor Jeff Massey has each Friday from 5:05-6pm Pacific time.  He has an hour long program called “Redeemer Radio” that airs on a local secular station, KCAA 1050 AM, based out of Loma Linda.  He also receives twenty 1 minute promotional ads for the program each week.  He is structuring it as a talk show (not call in) with local Reformed Baptist Pastors as guests discussing doctrinal issues.  Steve M. was his first guest and will be a guest again this week on the topic of “The Scriptures”.  Future guests already scheduled are Dr. Jim Renihan, Jason Walter, Chris Beamer, and others.

This is part of our church’s effort to plant a Reformed Baptist Church in Redlands, California, about 30 miles west of Ontario.  Pastor Jeff will be the primary preaching pastor in this new work with a goal of starting Sunday AM worship this September.  A weekly Bible study already meets at the University of Redlands campus.

More about the church plant and a link to the podcast (available 24/7) of the weekly program “Redeemer Radio” is available at the following site: www.RedeemerReformedBaptistChurch.com .  We thank the Lord for this unusual opportunity and invite you to check out the podcast and let us know what you think.

FSM/FSMWO

Special Prayer Requests

09 Feb 2014

 

PRAYER

Inmate Requests

Pray for Tony D. as he has lost his appeal. Pray God will strengthen him.

Shannon N. asks prayer that he makes parole and reconnection with his kids

Ronnie M. asks for prayer for his mom’s health, passing his GED, he gets released soon and for better treatment of inmates

Clayton J. asks prayer for his family to be saved, that he gets probation time, reconciliation with his son, clearer understanding of God’s word and the desire to do God’s will in all things.

Ronnie C. asks prayers for his mom Kathy and sister Vickie.

 Our Internet Friends

Sandra S. wrote -  Hi, Keep me in your prayers, please... Greetings from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. All the best!

Jason E. , Need your prayers for Latricia Ray been sick for couple weeks coughing real bad hardly able to breath. Please also pray for me I am traveling out of town on Monday to an appointment that will determine my income for the next while.

Judith T, wrote; Desperately looking for prayer for myself and my 16yr old daughter for healing and deliverance. Things are really rough. Thank u for praying..

 Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God will send us the right volunteers to complete the project.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Pray for Ms. B. who runs our Mercy House distribution center, she had a heart attack and 2 stints put in

Mr. Gary who is back in the hospital

Mr. James who has taken a down turn

Ms. Sheryl who is recovering from hip replacement

Gabriel who is having problems after knee surgery

Trina’s uncle who has many health issues

Robert’s friend who has cancer

Angela still having problems a year after neck surgery

Mr. Gene’s granddaughter pregnant with twins

Pastor Don and the many others suffering from sinus attacks this season

Emily as she takes her master’s exam Thursday

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Rich B. and his continuing health isses

Dan M. recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Aimee, and others

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 Please pray God will continue His divine providence over this ministry and provide the funds needed to finish the construction projects and run the school.

 You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please join us in praying for an Angel Tree child named Kassidy. She was very close to her dad until last year, when he was overtaken by drug addiction. His preliminary hearing was last week, and because she lives in a small town, she is being bullied in school. She is also suffering from depression. Please pray for the salvation of both Kassidy and her father.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

 International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

 Please prayer for the newest Prison Ministries members:

Arizona Second Chance New Days Prison Ministry
Trisagion Orthodox Christian Assembly Edwin
Ignacio Sanchez Lemonada Prison Ministry
Victory Assembly Prison Ministry Dismas Ministry
Dallas Children Photography Not Forsaken Missions
Universal Life Church of Cadott Thumb Church
Chain Breakers Freedom Tabernacle Gospel Ministry of Smithfield
Freedom House Discipleship The Way Out Rehabilitation Cneter
Isaiah 61 Ministries Community Grandparents of America
Alpha Care Hope Prison Ministry

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

 True Freedom Outreach New Zealand; PRISON WORK IN EGYPT

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Warm New Year greetings to all of you, and a special thank you to those who gave extra for Christmas.  I have been awaiting news of Christmas in Kanater and an updated list of KWP prisoners, before penning this newsletter.   From 8-12 January I attended the New Wine conference held in Warkworth, and was encouraged by the opening message given by Andrea Wigglesworth, that 2014 will indeed be a year of the Lord’s favour for New Zealand.  Two hundred years ago the gospel was first preached in New Zealand on 25th December, 1814, when a Maori chief, Ruatara, invited Samuel Marsden to speak in the Bay of Islands.  An initiative to reach every home in NZ this year with the good news of God’s grace is under way.  May 2014 be a year of God’s favour in your lands too, and in Egypt, and for the brothers and sisters in Kanater.  May we all see many receive the good news, be set free, and be enabled by the Holy Spirit to  minister God’s love and grace to others in need.

Miss Jeanette Grimmer, 154 State Highway 1,  RD 1, Warkworth 0981, New Zealand.

Jeanette’s e-mail is:  jgrimmerster@gmail.com

You can read the whole newsletter from Ms. Jeanette here. 24464 TFONZ 27th January, 2014 Newsletter (1)

Missionaries

Tabăra Larga (Camp Larga) "Copii pentru Hristos" Moldova

 Pray with us for:

Health, power and being filled with the work for which He has called us

The Teachers Home Bible Clubs, for many more young people to answer God’s call to teach children

That the children in these clubs and Sunday school will follow God

Repairs to the Camp’s stage and road

 Our Friends from ARBCA

Please pray for ARBCA  national pastor Obed Rupertus.  Obed injured his hand with a circular saw.  Here is a note from his daughter:  “Please keep my daddy, Obed Rupertus, in your prayers! We thank the Lord that it didn't cut any bones, tendons or nerves but he is about to lose the piece of skin (flesh and muscle) base-back of his thumb due to infection He can't take pain killers cause of his thrombosis earlier last year so he's in a lot of pain. Pray for healing and strength, as he has to deal with this pain. Thank you so much! God is good.”

From Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jesup, Georgia

 We are anticipating Earl Blackburn to be at EBC on February 15-16 and ask that you pray for the ministry of the Word during his visit.  For more than two years we have published a monthly article in the local newspaper.  Several folks from around the county have commented about the various articles.  Please pray that the Lord will use this outreach to advance His kingdom.

As a Reformed church in a small community we face various challenges.  One is the distance people travel to attend worship and various church functions.  Although there are several ARBCA churches in Georgia, none are close to Jesup.  Moreover, although there are many churches in Wayne and surrounding counties, none are reformed or even nearly reformed.  Currently folks are attending EBC from six different counties in addition to Wayne where EBC is located.  One challenge we face is how to assimilate and involve these people in the life of the church.  Please pray that through Christian prudence we can in wisdom address this situation and see EBC grow in number, influence and ministry.

From Grace Baptist Church in Van, Texas

Prayer requests:  1.  That we would seek to glorify God in all our duties, both personal and corporate    2.  That God would continue to give us a self-less spirit of seeking to serve one another and others    3.  That we might find new means of carrying the gospel to people in Van    4.   That we might find the right property on which to build, (or one with an existing building) that we might call our home for our meetings.   5.  That we all might be growing up into the image of Christ

 

 

Recently I began holding regular Sunday evening services at the local county jail. A true blessing of God and one that hold great responsibility. The following is a copy of the sermon I preached over the first two Sunday evenings.

The most recognized verse in the New Testament is probably John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For many years I understood that Sin was a bad thing and if I just believed Christ died for my sins all would be ok. Much like some of today’s water downed versions God’s Holy Word This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life (The Message) my understanding of man’s sin was greatly lacking.

It was not until I read the follow on verses to John 3:16 (17-21) that I understood how low, how wicked how disgusting my sin and yours truly was.

 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Let us take some time now and look at these verses individually.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So why did God’s Son come? Let’s look at the two key words in this verse.

 Condemn or Krino (kree-no)

*to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure

*pass judgment on the deeds and words of others

*to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment

Saved or Sozo (Sode-zo)

*to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue

*to save in the technical biblical sense

*to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction

So why did Jesus come; well we just read that it was not to convict or doom folks He came to save them and more.

I have listed six reasons I believe are most important to Christ’s coming. Let us explore them together:

1. He came because God promised He would. We read of that promised ‘seed’ who would destroy the effects of sin (Gen 3:15 )

There we find two “seeds”, or descendants, the seed of The Serpent and the seed of The Woman. There is to be enmity between these two classes, enmity meaning strife, contention, hostility and war. It is clear then that they represent opposites in conflict. And like all warring parties they hate each other.

Let me ask you a question, would you believe in a god who breaks his word? Would you believe and trust in a God who could not fulfill His promises? If one of the first promises we read about in the Bible is a lie or broken what good is the rest of the book? But though many, many have tried no one came prove a single blatant lie of the Bible.

 2. He came to fulfill the Law Matthew 5:17 - “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill.”

Anyone ever heard someone say I’m a New Testament Christian. Warning bells should go off at that statement. It maybe some innocent comment; a naïve way of saying I am washed in the Blood or it maybe someone professing this neo orthodox idea that the Old Testament is no longer applicable in any way and should either be discounted or left to one’s own interpretation.

Those people are WRONG! They need to really the book, read 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Now do not leave here saying Brother Mike said all the OT laws are still valid. If you go and ask the CO’s for a calf to slaughter you are likely to get a checkup from the neck up instead.

 3. He came to call Sinners to repentance Matt 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

John MacArthur said about this: Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. Think about that. Just like we have no part in saving faith neither do we in repentance. It is the work of God alone.

It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, "God, be merciful to me, the sinner!" (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.

A side note: I am often asked can we tell if someone is truly saved. My answer in most cases is Yes; God’s word is full of examples of the outward expression of the inward man we can look for, but that is a different sermon.

 4. He came to Fight; Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

God is love of that there can be no question. But that same God is no whamsy pansy wuss; that many would have you believe. Read the accounts of God judgments upon Israel and her enemies in the OT, or of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 and I am sure there are more than a few vendors from the temple of Israel that wish He was not so tough. He is a mighty God. He is more than capable of taking on all comers.

 5. He came as a Saviour; Matthew 18:11 - “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

We will study this in depth in the following weeks, needless to say as the verse says He came to save.

 6. He came to serve Matthew 20:27-28 - “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The first characteristic needed to being a good servant is humility; and the first characteristic of a good Christian is being willing to serve (1 Samuel 3:4)

Phil 2:7-9 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Think about that for a moment the Son of God, the second person of the trinity, all knowing, powerful and everywhere humbled himself so much that He took on the flesh of man. He left the throne on high to come to this cursed planet to become a servant for you and me. That folks should make you stand in reverence and wonder. Stand in wonder trying to figure out why He would come to serve a wretch like you and me. Stand in reverence when we realize there is no good reason apart from His love. What would you do for a loved one? How low would you humble yourself?

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let’s look at this word condemned again for a moment. It is a judicial term, a legal term that we still use today. Inmates on death row are condemned to die. So true is the fate of sinners Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

But upon their believing, the process is comes to a standstill, judgment is stopped, and he is not condemned. This means more than a stay; he is not condemned, that is, he is acquitted and his record wiped clean.

Unlike someone who through modern DNA evidence is found innocent and his record cleared we the accused sinner, are not innocent, we cannot plead not guilty to the indictment. We are guilty and our sins are our own fault. We have no one to blame but ourselves, we have what I call SOS Disease, that is Stuck on Stupid Disease.

But we can plead a noli prosequi or do not prosecute, upon the indictment, as Paul states, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Like the world all born again believers will be Judged (2 Cor 5:10) but unlike the world we will not be condemned; 1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Ok, here is where it gets scary. How many times have I heard from unbelievers that they think Christianity is no good because how can a “loving God” punish all mankind for Adam and Eve’s screw up?

Let look at what Christ says next:

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Do you see it? Do you see what the mighty Savior says? Who condemns mankind, God? No man himself does, men loved darkness rather than light.

There is no one in this room, no one anywhere in the world that would not have done the exact same thing as Adam and Eve. Some of us type A personalities would have led a charge to that tree without the serpent’s help.

Condemnation = Krisis - Kree-sis This is the sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment That light (Christ/Salvation/Regeneration) has come

BUT!!! Men love darkness: Darkness = Skot-os of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality

Deeds = Ergon – Er-gone business, employment, that which any one is occupied that which one undertakes to do, an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasized in opp. to that which is less than work the very nature of and desire of man (his work habits) are evil.

AMPLIFIED 19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

I would like to make 4 points about this verse.

 1. Our Rebellion against God is unwavering:

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

Rom 10 -12 As it is written , There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one

 2. In this state of rebellion all man’s acts are sin

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Romans 14:23 says, "Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." This is a radical indictment of all natural "virtue" that does not flow from a heart humbly relying on God's grace.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is , in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 3. Because of Sin man cannot see the light (God)

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Rom 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be . 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

2 Cor 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 4. Sin deserves Eternal Punishment

Sin all sin not matter how “big” or “small is evil and deserves eternal punishment. I love the comment Geoffrey Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Wales for over forty years; he called the depravity of our sin “maggot dung”. That my friends is pretty low.

Then many of us have heard someone say “but how can your God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Ask them who standard of “good people” they are referring to the worlds or God’s?

Job 4: 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death

Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Have you ever known someone like this? Maybe if more of us looked more closely in the mirror we would see the truth. Nah!

We love the dark side; we crave the excitement the adrenalin rush of living on the edge. We hate the thought of being caught convicted or exposed.

Reprove here means:

to convict, generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted

by conviction to bring to the light, to expose to find fault with,

to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove

to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

Why does man not go toward the light on his own accord? Because his lies, tricks, his evil intent would be exposed to God and the world. Little does he understand God already knows and sees all his faults. And truth be told most of the world does too!

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Here Doeth – Poieo= poy-eh-o; means to act rightly, do well; to carry out, to execute and is this case “truth”.

What truth? Why the truth that is found and taught in the Holy Bible. The truth of God with His purpose and plan of redemption through Christ. The truth that specifies the duties of man, opposes the superstitions of the Gentiles, the inventions (made up laws) of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among supposed Christians.

An example of the later was an article in written by a “priest” in Mobile, AL recently. In it he compared God to a Jazz impressionist just kinda going with the flow. He claims God has no plan instead He (God) has a Nike attitude. You know He God Just Does It, whatever strikes His fancy at that moment. How corrupt a thought, how false a claim how lost a man is he. God has a plan, He has had said plan since before the foundations of the world. It is clearly defined and stated in the Bible yet so many today make up their own God and call it Christianity.

The last key word here is Manifest = Paneroo – fan-er-o-o meaning expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood who and what one is.

In stark opposition to the man in Verse 20 the man here in Verse 21 knows he will be exposed he wants to be exposed. Why, but for the Glory of God. The transformed life he leads is on display for all so that they may understand but for the grace of God go I.

Let Us Pray.

FSM/FSMWO

Special Prayer Requests

26 Jan 2014

PRAISE

The gentleman in CA who was involved in the motorcycle accident has been released from hospital to a rehab center. He is paralyzed but is praising God for being alive.

  PRAYER

Please pray for the victims and especially for the families of those killed due to the recent ice storms in South MS.

Pray for our dear friend Mike Gaydosh’s business Solid Ground Books.

Pray for Mr. Erroll House of S. Africa as he recovers from a stroke

Pray for Lola Thomas (Geoffrey Thomas’s wife) as she recovers from a stroke

Pastor Bill Lash as he undergoes hip replacement surgery

Our friend from Portugal, Tiago and his family as he prepares for the ministry at RTS

 Inmate Requests

James and family on the passing of his dad

The McNair family especially Louise who has diabetes

Ronnie’s mom Mary

Clayton’s sister Tanya who is incarcerated

Carlton asked we pray for Shannon who had a stroke

David’s brother a new believer struggling with alcohol and his marriage

Dan’s mom who is undergoing chemo

Ed’s mom who broke her leg

Matt’s mom who is recovering from bypass surgery

Shannon that upon his release he can reestablish contact with his children

Erin who is incarcerated

Jessie for health issues

 Our Internet Friends

Gwen asks prayers for Terry, that the doctors will know how to best treat the tumor, and also for God's complete healing. Praying for Michael, that the septicemia and pneumonia will soon leave his body, in Jesus' name, and that he will be totally healed and restored.

Mary V asks Please pray for healing for my brother Michael Brutosky who has septicemia and pneumonia.

Please pray for Terry Neuman who just had a large brain tumor removed in a seven hour operation. May it be benign. Prayers are working for both. MIchael was better today. Terry can now move his paralyzed right leg. Thank you for more prayers

John asks Yes , am very happy about this, please pray for Love of God in Kenya. Since I have the burden for the orphans and it over lapped with so many, we need your prayer to get , volunteers missionaries, partners and donors to give the hand of support for them

Rev. Shalom Asks  -Pray for the anointing of God to be upon our ministry SEPRIMI

-Pray for the divine provision of God to be able to buy the P/A system for Crusades and outreaches to Prison squares.

-Pray for supernatural provision for the tuition of our students at post graduate level, to do courses in computer science, Information Technology, Social Development, Agriculture, Governance and Accountability, Human Rights Advocacy, Child protection and Public health.

- We shall be grateful for your persistent prayers, as we also pray for you. Colosians 4:12

Yolanda asks Pray for BumPop Ministry going into to small churches to show how to grow in Christ through Small Groups. How to connect with their Community by using Small Groups , Small Groups are a way to bring the Un-Church & Small Groups is away to connect those in your church. Pray for BumPop

Kimberley asks prayers for OnInmate.com and Justice Served NC.

 Our Friends from ARBCA

Please pray for continued strength for the ministry and safety in travel as well as the blessing of the Lord in this ministry.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Praise God that we at Lakeshore passed all our rough in inspections on the new church building last week.

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Pray for Ms B. who runs our Mercy House distribution center, she had a heart attack and 2 stints put in

Mr Gary who is back in the hospital

Mr James who has taken a down turn

Ms Sheryl who is recovering from hip replacement

Gabriel who is having problems after knee surgery

Trina’s uncle who has many health issues

Robert’s friend who has cancer

Emily as she preps for master’s exam

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Dan M. recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

For prayer needs, please pray for Rita who is having a spot of cancer taken off her lip on Tuesday. Pray for Holly's job situation and for a friend of her brother's family health situation. Please pray for Greg & Sandy in Maine. Greg suffered a heart attack and his step-mother was hospitalized the same week. We praise the Lord that Greg is already back to work after a heart stent was put in. There are also some unspoken prayer requests from our mission field that we would covet your prayers for. God knows what they are.

We so appreciate the prayer and financial support for the Gospel Sing Ministry. May our Heavenly Father bless you faithful stewards in a great and mighty way.

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

Please pray for the following prayer requests:

Eddie: *Please keep in your prayers the TUMI class, moreover the Body of Christ in this facility as things are getting a little crazy in here (again)...That we would be strengthened in our time of need against the forces of evil in this place. That the administration would be wise and root out the tyranny before it gets any worse. ** Please join me as I pray for the homeless and hungry. My heart has been drawn to these needy individuals of late. That a solution can be reached which will ease their suffering. *** Please pray for me as I continue to listen and wait for God's personal calling for me. I seem to be in-between jobs and am not sure where He is guiding me. **** Please pray that my son, daughter, grand-daughters and father will put their issues aside and that my Dad will accept my kids and grandkids and agree to get to know them.

Troy: Thank you for all the blessings you make available for all of us whether we accept them or not. For peace to be encouraged by all at Brooks facility. Thank you for God's salvation plan through faith in Jesus. Thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Patrick: Please pray for me, my family, the Chaplain and all the volunteers. I ask God to meet all our needs and that we all will be kept near to Him. I pray that my relationship to God's Word will keep growing. Remember the sick , homeless and those who are no longer with us in TUMI. Pray for the warden and her staff.

Potts: Please pray for the Spirit of God to keep us, order our steps, and watch over us as we do the will of the Father.

Willie: Happy New Year, Saints and Prayer Warriors! Thank you for your many prayers for the Body of Christ, TUMI, and for me. Hallelujah! Rom 4:17, Isaiah 65:23,24 I love you all with 'Agape' love!

Ken: Please pray for my upcoming commutation hearing. Pray for the Bible Studies in the units; pray for my family and pray that God will continue His growth in me.

Thomas: First of all, I thank you for all the prayers you have given and for the prayers you will give. I ask that you continue to pray for my family and for the juveniles freedom in Michigan. I also ask for your prayers concerning the truth in regards to me having a child. I have been trying to find out since 1991, so I need your strong prayer in this matter. Thank you very, very much!

Steven: Thank you for the love of God that your demonstrate. Please keep in prayer the unity of the body of believers. There is much going on by way of trials and tribulations here and it seems that all attacks have been launched at particular individuals so please keep their families and loved one's before God's throne. I thank you and I know everyone here appreciates your love and commitment to the church and body of Christ. Please also remember in prayer the poor and the destitute.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Prison Ministry Report for 2013

Our Praise Report:

According to Correctional Populations in the United States Report of Bureau of Justice Statistics (December 19, 2013), about 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at year's end 2012. In 2012, about 1 in every 35 adults in the United States, or 2.9% of adult residents, was on probation, parole or incarcerated in prison or jail. It's estimated 1 in every 50 adult residents was supervised in the community on probation or parole.

International Network of Prison Ministries (aka “INPM” or "Prison Ministry Directory”) is a directory of prisons, prison chaplains, prison ministries and publishers of prison ministry materials, serving ministries and friends and family of inmates since 1994.

INPM provides free pages in our Directory, started by INPM and maintained by each ministry. INPM connects more than 200 ministries daily with friends and relatives of inmates by mail with requests for help, prison ministry literature and family situations. Most of prison ministry events are listed in Prison Ministry Calendar of Events

INPM is on the first line of the first page for search of “prison ministry” or “prison ministries”. Internet traffic world-wide related to “prison ministry” starts at INPM and goes to you, our members. As of today INPM is a network is 4584 prison ministers, chaplains and concerned Christians. Most of our members are Volunteer chaplains (1322), Church prison ministries (464), Aftercare organizations (363).

For your information, most neglected prison ministry outreach fields are: Deaf ministry (2) and Books, Bibles, literature, tracts in other than English languages (13).

The most active continents in the world are: North America (3912), Africa (171), Asia (137). Most of the USA prison ministries are in Texas (650), Florida (235), California (199). The least active in the USA is in Utah (8), North Dakota(6), Wyoming (6). Prison ministry capital of the world is Dallas, TX, a home to 87 prison ministries.

 Our Urgent Needs:

In late December 2013 INPM visitors experienced “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” message. We used-up 78.78 (!) Gig of data (we do not have any streaming videos, bulk downloads, etc – plain pages displayed). As a result we are faced with purchasing a dedicated server with sufficient disc space and more traffic allowance. Also we desperately need your support in wring server software for cell phones and tablets applications so we can accommodate mobile friendly devices. We send Bibles, Bible-study materials, Life-Changing materials to those in need, and we need support for mailing and for storage/processing facility.

Next year INPM will celebrate its 20th anniversary. For two decades I have personally supported this ministry with development and maintenance funds for upkeep of the server and outreach. I cannot do it alone. I need your help. As INPM member, you are prayerfully requested to contribute to our common effort to make our society better and to serve each other in the field of Prison Ministry. If our good Lord speaks to your heart to be a part of INPM financially, please obey.

If your ministry or outreach benefits from our service, kindly consider sharing a small gift with INPM regularly, so we can accomplish more ministry together. On the page below you can find the option that best suits your gifts. You can donate with a check, PayPal or bank transfer. All contributions are tax-deductible. http://prisonministry.net/support.htm

Together we help bring home inmates changed! They are the ones that never return to prison!

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

(INPM Prison Ministry 2013 Year-end Report, www.PrisonMinistry.net)

Missionaries

Dear Fellow workers in Christ:
The Lord has called me to serve here in Tanzania through preaching and teaching the gospel to inmates here in season and out of season. We have seven people whom have volunteered to teach and preach the gospel in Prisons in Mbeya. Our challenge with this ministry is  the lack of any means of transportation to serve to inmates as some prisons located in rural areas so it cost much transportation to reach in these Prisons. We have many pastors whom they have interested to preach and teach  the gospel to inmates  in lake zone Mwanza, Bukoba, Tabora, Kigoma, and Singida. I went to visit them in December 2013, and talked with them about starting the prison Ministires and they were very happy to be affiliation with INPM. I request you to have the plan to visit there and we would like to prepare the conference for the prison for encourage the pastors there and those Christians who want to do this work for causes of Christ.

I request you Brother to assist us  with the work we do here in Mbeya. We have the need of financial to help us to run the the ministries here. It is our goal to sign many prisons as best as we can so that  the inmates may hear the Lord's word and live according to the word of God. And we have the need of some of Bible materials for inmates and some Bibles for inmates, this will help us to serve them more better.

I am looking forward to hearing  from you and working with you
Samuel Mwakasungula
Prisons Ministries in Tanzania
Diretor
BOx 3083, Mbeya Tanzania East Africa
www.prisonministry.net/mbeya

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

12-25 Jan 2014

 

PRAISE

Naida and I can do nothing but thank God for the abundant blessing poured upon us this past year.  It has been one year since we moved to Mississippi and we continue to be amazed at how He is working in our and the community’s lives. We have been privileged to work hand in hand with volunteers from all across the country as we endeavor to rebuild Lakeshore. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Also I would like to thank a dear friend Pastor George McDearmon of Ballston Lake Baptist Church NY, who last Wednesday night preached on Perseverance. He encouraged me to get back to work on FSM and FSMWO and this prayer list is the first fruits of that labor.

I received the call yesterday that I have been approved to be the Sunday evening Volunteer Chaplain in our local jail. Please pray I honor God in this endeavor.

Some of you may remember we have been praying from a man from our sending church, Rich Brown who has been recovering from major complications from heart surgery. I just found out and do not have any details but praise God he was baptized today.

Greg Lane of LBC who’s heart seems to be stable since the latest medication change

PRAYER

A young family in CA who had been battling cancer in their young son and now are dealing with a life threatening motorcycle accident of the husband.

Jay, a local man with many burdens, his daughter Amanda who is in remission from cancer

Dan Marra of PVBC recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Rebecca Messer and her children

Casie from Baton rouge who is in ICU after a car accident

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

JoEll’s family who is dealing with sickness

Our Friends from ARBCA

Greetings from the Reformed Baptist Church in Payerne, Switzerland

Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s will for the future projects of the church. During this past year Olivier has been regularly traveling to preach at a small church in Alsace, France. This struggling church is seeking an experienced pastor. Olivier will continue to preach there several times in 2014, as the church decides whether or not to call him as their pastor. If the Lord opens this door, Olivier and Denise would plan to move there to take up the work in the beginning of 2015. The church in Payerne considers calling Stefan to succeed Olivier as the full-time preaching pastor.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Front Columns In Plce
Front Columns In Place  .

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Tim Phillips who is recovering from heart attack

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke (Praise God he was able to attend church with us today

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

rev VaronRev Varon and his family in the Philippines who are in need of finances for:

PRESENT NEEDS:

1. CREEK SIDE DIKE REPAIRS AND DORM REPAIRS = $350.00 three hundred fifty dollars.

2. CHANGE OF CHURCH WALL... I have not presented this last time but we presently included it since our wallings were made of bamboos but it will last an average of one year. We calculated that the cost of bamboo replacements in 6 will be equivalent cost to a concrete wall which will last for 30 years more or less.  The cost to cover the church wall is  =  $500.00 five hundred dollars.

The total needs cost $850.00 eight hundred fifty dollars more or less. So far these are the present needs we need to build-up for the glory of God. Once again, thank you very much my dear Bro. Mike for your labour of love - Hebrews 6:10. GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!!!!

 THE GREAT SHEPHERD ANA-BAPTIST CHURCH

PUROK RIVERSIDE, BANAGO, BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, PHILIPPINES 6100

SINCE MAY 4, 1999 MINISTERING IN THE POOREST OF THE POOR AREA.

 

 

2nd and 3rd Qtr2013 Apologist

The latest edition of The Apologist can be found by clicking on the page tab above.

Apologies for not doing this sooner. Must be getting old cause I thought we had:)

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

09 - 22 Jun 2013

PRAISE

Congrats to Cristiano and Rachel Deschaine Lagares on the birth of their first child a healthy baby boy

PRAYER 

Roderick asks: I will be moving this week to Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. I will be preparing to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators and also taking courses online with Wesley Biblical Seminary. The master's degree in linguistics at TWU will take two to three years to complete. I would appreciate the prayers of those who have a heart for missions. Imagine what it must be like to live in a culture with no Biblie translated into your heart language.

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Sue asks: Prayer request for healing for my son Troy, 34, Lafayette, La. who has an inflamed esophagus, but also high pancreas levels. They will do a CT scan and also check his gallbladder and do a biopsy on his esophagus tissue. Please continue. I am very grateful!

Barry asks: Prayer for breakthrough and breaking of strongholds Please pray for an intercessor named Jimmy who has been struggling with personal strongholds for years. Our church is praying for a breakthrough for him.

Charles Hewitt asks: Pray for me as I seek a prison ministry position that is M-F so that I can spend time with family and church on weekends. It must be either in Harris or Montgomery County. Thanks very for your prayers.

Samson Joseph wrote: I am lawyer in Pakistan truth help line is working for persecuted Christians provided free legal aid to the forcibly conversion and marriage. Thank u for prayers.

Imogene Johnson asks: Please say a prayer for me...i need a breakthrough ASAP James 5:12 tells us if anyone is sick with any condition to call the Elders of your church and let them pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer must be filled with faith and the Lord will heal the sick and raise them up. The effective fervent prayer of the righteous avails much. Amen!!!!

Marceline who will be undergoing a procedure on Friday

Naida who will have exploratory surgery on Tues

Sandra who is in ICU with cancer

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Sign in place

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer. Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Continued healing prayers for:

Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Brittany G. who has health issues
Charmaine who has breast cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to deal with breast cancer
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Miss B who recently spent a few days in the hospital
Miss Gayle who has complications from surgery
Miss Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Mr. Paul who has back issues
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Pam M. who needs neck surgery
Sarah who has been ill for a few weeks
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Susie S. who is recovering from surgery
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Ray K. who has cancer
Rich Brown recovering (near 3 years) from heart surgery
Tim Phillips who is recovering from heart attack

Employment for; Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

Please keep our ministry and the folks that we come in contact with in your prayers. We have a number of people who are struggling with health issues, family issues and grief from loss of loved ones. Also, we ask for prayer for those souls who are considering what path they are going to put their trust in, the wide or the narrow.

Blessings,
Mike and Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

Yesterday, i saw the foundation of the buildings being eaten away, I got so scared, the walls might begin to fall, some already show cracks. Pray we can have funds to do the Verandah and Splash Aprons to save the foundations. God bless you.

Francis Ssuubi;Director 5:31pm Jun 9

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray for Jaci. Her son is in jail awaiting charges that could put him in prison for a long time, and she is caring for his little boy:

"The good news is he has found the Lord. The bad news is I have a six year old grandson and his mother who has mental illness. I feel pretty powerless and truly I am. Jesus is the only one who can make good come out of this mess.

"My prayer is for the charges to be dropped or reduced – that my daughter-in-law could be healed, and that my grandson would be protected from the evil one. Thank you for lifting us up in prayer."

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support.htm

Missionaries

AnthonyAnthony Kwadwo Okyere an Ambassador of Lord Jesus, evangelist in Tema Ghana, who has been going through many many difficulties. He and his family are in need of financial support and prayer as they have been under spiritual attack.

REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

Please pray with us regarding the Special Projects for this year. There are many opportunities to advance the cause of the gospel through these efforts. You may find a detailed summary of these projects on the ARBCA website at http://www.arbca.com/special-projects-2013

From Berean Baptist Church in Ceres, California

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We thank you for your prayers for Berean Baptist Church in Ceres, CA. We are excited about what the Lord is doing in our midst, and in our community. While we are still a small congregation, we have become increasingly aware of the Holy Spirit's work in the church.

This upcoming Lord's Day (June 9th), two men will be ordained to the office of deacon, which is the first time in a few years since Berean has had deacons. On the same Lord's Day three individuals will be baptised. One of these men was brought by one of our members several months ago. Another is a young man in church whose parents are members at Berean. The third is a young lady who our pastor works with, and has forsaken Sikhism, and turned to Christ.

We have been making more concentrated efforts to reach our community. Last month we held a table at a local street fair, and distributed Gospel literature, and spoke with many folks. Next month, we will have a table at our county fair, and do the same. There are thousands expected to attend this event. Pray that these may be an effective way to proclaim God's truth. We're also considering ways in which we may have permanent ministries to the needy in our area. This is a challenge for us, as our pastor works full time, as do all our members. To that end, we would also like to see at least one more pastor/elder at Berean in the near future.

 We praise the Lord for your brotherly love, and prayers in Christ!
www.iamnotjosh.com

From Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas

We are a church plant sponsored by the Heritage Baptist Church (HBC), Mansfield, Texas, and the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church (SGBC), Ontario, California. The elders of these two churches provide oversight to the work at Emmanuel. Steve Garrick, from HBC, and Bob Curley, from SGBC, were commissioned as church planters. After advertising heavily in the greater Austin area, from March through June 2012, we conducted informational meetings at the end of June. On July 8, 2012, we met for our first worship service. We began meeting in the Georgetown Public Library, and we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the library staff. We have just recently made arrangements to continue in the library for another year. Initially, we had only a worship service on Sunday mornings, but we added a Christian Education Hour in September.

Chuck and Cindy Cason, as well as Anita and Catherine Baines, have travelled from Mansfield to Georgetown (about a 3 hr. trip one way) every Lord’s Day to help with this church plant. Chuck leads the singing. Cindy helps with set up and greeting. Anita plays piano. Catherine has served as the mainstay of our nursery. All of them have provided invaluable service to the Lord in this good work of church planting. One of the men, who has attended almost from the beginning of our services, is a talented musician and vocalist and will begin playing the piano and leading the singing soon. This will allow these four people to return to the fellowship of HBC. We will miss them immensely.

During the past year, Steve Garrick preached on several aspects of the doctrine of the church, including messages on church leadership and government. During November and December, Bob Curley preached a series of messages on the Lord’s Day. Steve Garrick presented an overview of the 1689 London Baptist Confession during the Education Hour, and recently he has begun a study of Earl Blackburn’s book, Jesus Loves the Church and so Should You.

In March 2013, we presented a draft of the future bylaws and church covenant during our Education Hour, and the people attending had opportunity to discuss these documents, ask questions, and make suggestions. In April 2013, we began accepting applications for membership and conducting interviews of membership candidates. We have been blessed with a number of mature churchmen and churchwomen, who have been Christians for decades and have faithfully served churches of which they have been members. At least two of the applicants will require baptism. We will constitute as a church, vote on the bylaws, and elect elders in a special service on Saturday, July 20, 2013. We will constitute with about 25 adult members, plus three children.

Most recently, Steve Garrick began preaching through the book of Romans. Every message is full of the Gospel and the marvelous wisdom and grace of God in salvation.

We are so very thankful to all of you who have been praying for us and for this church plant. The Lord continues to answer your prayers. Please continue to pray for us. We specifically ask that you pray for health and strength for both Steve and Bob. Also, pray for the transition that Steve and his wife, Randie, will be making soon. They are selling their house near Mansfield and building a house near Georgetown. Most importantly, pray that the Lord will save people, add to the church, and continue to give us a foundation of unity, peace, and love upon which to build His church.

By the Mercy of Jesus,
Bob Curley, Church Planter, ERBC Georgetown, Texas
 

Update and Prayer Letter from Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA

We have continued to meet Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day, morning and evening. Our evening services are comprised of corporate prayer, singing, preaching, and the Lord’s Supper. After finishing a series on the Lord’s Supper last year, then a series on creation, the pulpit ministry has concentrated on a series of sermons on an overview of the New Testament, then several sermons on the parable of Luke 15. With the help of Benjamin Keach, Kenneth Bailey, and others on Luke 15, we were constantly reminded of our Savior’s mission to seek and to save the lost!

We have had a few visiting preachers since we last wrote – Pastors Jim Butler, Steve Marquedant, Lee McKinnon, Jeff Massey, and Kenneth Tillman. Earlier this year Pastor Barcellos spoke several times at Pastor Tillman’s church, Greater Union Baptist Church, Compton, CA, once on the Lord’s Day morning, and twelve Friday night sessions over a six-week period on the functions of the Decalogue in redemptive history. Pastor Barcellos is scheduled to speak at the Building Tomorrow’s Church Conference in Arizona and at Edward’s Air Force Base, Edwards, CA, on creation in June and at the Keach Conference in Virginia in September. Please pray for these opportunities.

We see visitors from time to time. Please pray for more to come and for the Lord to save sinners.

Since our last report to the churches, we have added three new members, bringing our membership to 20.

In February a dear friend of many of our members went to be with Christ. He was 49 and left behind a wife and five children. Also, a visitor has cancer. She is a wife and mother of three. Please pray for both families.

We pray for other churches often and cherish the bonds that are ours in Christ.

On behalf of the saints,
Richard Barcellos, pastor
Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Palmdale, CA
www.grbcav.org

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

26 May – 08 Jun 2013

 NO EXCUSE

I have no good excuse except to say we have been so busy, that I have neglected my duties to this ministry. Pray God grants me the wisdom to accomplish all He has tasked me with.

PRAISE

The slab is poured on the new church building, the pilings cut and this week starts the summer blitz of teams every week thorough July.

PRAYER

 For all our service men and women; past, present and future. We especially remember those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom this Memorial Day weekend.

 Pastor Ed Murphy of Shoreline Baptist Church as he is battling complications from Gall Bladder surgery.

 Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the folks in Oklahoma.

 As June 1st approaches (the official start of hurricane season) please pray this year will be a peaceful one.

 Please pray for a young man Giovanni, who stopped me in Lowes today. He noted my Christ makes you Free T-shirt and asked if I would pray for him. He said he was having one of the worst days of his life and just needed prayer. I invited him to church and I gave him my card and told him to call or text me if he wanted to talk. Pray we can connect again.

 A Daughter's Prayer Request (from the inside) I pray that I get to go home very soon. That my parents may be happy and healthy. All those calling out to God may receive the hope they are looking for.  I pray for the soldiers, those incarcerated, and their families to be together soon and stay safe. God bless all those at LCPM and their families. ~Amber Riley

 Dear Friends, I am having a biopsy of the thyroid gland because an ultrasound of the thyroid showed a nodule.  I am also wearing a heart monitor because I have experienced a lot of changes in my heart rhythm which is very annoying and causing anxiety.

 So, I ask for your prayer covering that there will be no noticeable side effects from the biopsy that the tissue will be benign and the root cause of this nodule will be identified and removed. 

 I have worn the heart monitor for 3 weeks and have another week to go.  This is also very annoying.  I am asking the Lord to shed light on the erratic heart rhythm, the extra beats - sometimes speeding up and then slowing down and long pauses that makes me think my heart is going to stop.  When I walk fast or try to exercise it goes haywire.  Extremely annoying because I like to walk when I pray.

 In my spirit I do not feel that either of these issues is major but more like the "little foxes that try to spoil the vine" - I am asking God to uncover the mystery, give me the remedy and then release me to "get back upon the wall" where I am comfortable and where I belong.  But also I do not want to be foolish and ignore something that should be addressed. 

 I ask for your prayers for answers to these two issues.  For wisdom in how to walk this out and for understanding in changes that I have to make in order to be strong and healthy again.  The enemy would like to knock out the intercessors but I remain on The Rock Which Is Christ Jesus and I Shall Not Be Moved!!!!

 Thank you my dearest friends.  There is so much power in your prayers!!!   Lovingly, Dorothy Ross

  I am asking for prayer for strength and guidance in caring for my husband’s early onset of dementia, it is an unexpected challenge. – Julie Vigeant

 Lakeshore Baptist Church

 Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. As noted in the praise section God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

 Please pray for me as I continue to manage this building project.

 Please pray for the Patterson family upon the passing of Ms. Violet Patterson. This dear saint will be missed by many.

 Please pray for Ms. Gayle who has been transferred to a care facility as the doctors now think she may have bleeding on the brain.

 Continued healing prayers for:

Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to deal with breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

 Some updates on recent prayer requests; Dave McDonald passed away as did Maria's Mom, Josephine. Please pray for the families involved during this sad time.

 Rebecca Rose is having cancer treatments and we humbly ask for continued prayer for her complete recovery.

 Annie, the young mother we've had up for prayer several times for a rare form of lymphoma just started the transplant process, so please continue to pray for her.

 A praise report concerning my great niece Kathryn. Just as I was leaving for the Ladies Retreat, I received a call from my sister Barbara that her granddaughter had been stabbed in the eye. It was very scary for a couple of days, but thankfully, she is on the mend and should make a full recovery.

 Lastly, please visit our website often to see updated schedules for festivals. We are very much looking forward to seeing our northeast bluegrass friends and we appreciate so much your prayer and financial support as we seek to serve Jesus in the Gospel Sing Ministry.

 Blessings,
 Mike and Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 God is good, in a period of one year, we have been able to build Wells of Hope Academy, Even though we have not completed, we are far better than most government schools which have existed for years. Yet we do not have enough funds, we thank God who has used our friends to donate.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/643188-upe-schools-in-financial-crisis.html

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

 Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray for Joe and his family:

 "I come before you and humbly ask that you lift myself and my daughter up as we go through some challenging times," writes Joe. "I ask that you help enlighten me as to ways of dealing with issues that I cannot overcome. I ask that you help me with wisdom as to when and why God allows these things to happen... I just ask for your prayers in all areas of my life. Thank you so much!!"

 Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

No Reports this period

 

 REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From Grace Bible Church in Catawissa, PA

 Greetings to our ARBCA brethren:

 I do have one exciting newbie to report. Several years ago, our elder Howard Long, suggested that we step out in faith and bring in a youth worker. We did not have a sizable youth age group, and for the most part, I was handling their teaching and activities along with our deacon Roy Bunger. This led to a progression of prayer, a regional search and various meetings with candidates. Now, we have brought in a young man, Jonathan Madera (with his devoted wife, Jess) as a youth minister. Jon will work alongside me as an assistant, and, when ready, to take the reins of this precious ministry.

 Through an active youth ministry, we want to position our church as a hub for other smaller evangelical churches in the area. This will not only allow our youth to extend their friendships to other Christian youth in the larger community, but will also encourage our younger families to know that we are investing in the next generation of the Lord’s church. We believe that a solid Reformed youth ministry will bring forth much fruit, not only in our body, but throughout our community. Our congregation has accepted the challenge, and we realize that this faith ministry will come at a substantial cost. Although the Gospel is freely given, and freely received, it never comes without a cost.

 I would ask for prayer for Grace Bible Church. Please pray that, as a congregation, our hearts will enlarge for our Savior and each other. Please pray that our passion for the Kingdom will envision and empower our actions, and that we would become a singular body—a called, chosen, and sanctified community in Christ. 

 In Christ,
Charles Busada, Pastor

 Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Kirkland, WA

 Early Thursday morning I leave for another trip to Cuba. The purpose this time is to teach Doctrine of the Church to students enrolled in the Los Pinos Nuevos Seminary at the main campus in the center of the island. Classes begin Tuesday, May 28, and conclude Friday afternoon, which means there is much material to cover in a short period of time. Arriving early allows me to accept at least two preaching invitations in local churches on Saturday and Sunday. 

 Following this opportunity, I will rent a car and drive east to preach in a Los Pinos Nuevos church in Las Tunas and then to preach for a combined worship service of the Reformed Baptist Association. The next morning, Monday, I am scheduled to speak to the pastors of the association. I will return to Miami on Tuesday, June 4.

 This trip is a little shorter than many but filled with opportunity for ministry. In addition to serving the churches of the Los Pinos Nuevos Convention, I am able once again to preach and teach in the context of our dear Reformed Baptist brethren. Daniel and Jatniel Perez have done much to plan this visit. As always, your prayers for this effort are much appreciated. I truly sense your prayerful support on each of these trips. Thank you for this gospel fellowship.

 Cordially in Christ,
Don Lindblad