2nd Quarter Reports

July 20, 2022
Deuteronomy 31:8: “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee: he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed”
 
As I write this update we are entering into the 2nd half of 2022. I am happy to announce that we are seeing God do great things in spite of the political, social, moral, and economic chaos that surrounds us. God is always in control and His people should never worry that things are out of control.
 
Salvation and Baptism: 

Our national pastors and church planters reported 2,139 professions of faith and 391 baptisms during the months of April, May, and June. These are people who come from primarily Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Atheist backgrounds. Most of these new converts will suffer some level of persecution because of their decision to follow Christ.

 
Gospel Centered Compassion:
The countries we work in have some of the highest levels of poverty in the world. Many of the Missionaries and Pastors we work with not only are ministering to the spiritual needs but the physical as well. They reach out to the destitute with the love of Christ, food, water and the gospel.
 
By God’s grace we have been able to help people in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand and a few other countries. The last 3 months we have channeled approximately $10,000.00 donated by churches and individuals to places in great physical need. In each home where food was given, the gospel was also presented.
 
This was in addition to the thousands of dollars of monthly support that helps to keep more than 100 families on the field winning souls and planting local churches.
 
I do not have the statistics from every place where works of compassion were done, but here is the report from one missionary in one communist country.
 
“560 food packages given – approximately 1,800 people fed – 76 received Christ as Savior – 24 baptized.” 
 
Travel Plans:
In a few weeks I will be returning to SE Asia for a 12 day trip. I will be meeting with missionaries and pastors in both Thailand and Vietnam. These trips are always filled with preaching and teaching opportunities, but the main thing that I hope to accomplish is to encourage the people we already support, and identify several more church planters that our ministry can help.
 
I am praying to be able to add anywhere from 10 to 20 additional church planters to the more than 100 we already support. Please join me in praying that God will allow us to do this.
 
Family Matters:
As many of you know, Gayle and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. God has blessed us both with good health, but Gayle has dealt for many years with arthritis in her shoulder that has finally reached the point that surgery is necessary. Her doctor has recommended a shoulder replacement and we are prayerfully considering her options. Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s direction.
 
Prayer Requests:
  • Wisdom on how to proceed with Gayle’s medical decisions.
  • Health, Safety, and God’s guidance as I make trips into Thailand and Vietnam in a few days.
  • More national church planters that we can help as they plant gospel preaching churches in villages and cities where access is restricted to foreigners.
  • Courage, boldness, and Holy Spirit power for those who are serving in difficult and dangerous places around the world.
  • More churches and individuals to join forces with Barnabas1040 through prayer and financial support for the addition of new church planters.
 
In closing, I want to say thank you to the great family of Churches and Individuals that pray for and support this ministry. Hundreds of ministry families in 20 different restricted access nations are praying for you, and thanking God for your help. They are the grateful recipients of your compassion.
 
God Bless You!

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Pat Gratias
July 25, 2022 6:18 pm

Gayle, I am praying for you, for guidance in deciding how to proceed medically with shoulder surgery, and for recovery. I fell and broke my shoulder in the joint about 15 years ago or so. Dr. wanted to perform replacement shoulder surgery…I elected to just put it back together and let it heal. It did heal…but it was painful, and involved a couple months of rehabilitation and performing exercises. I anticipate you will need the rehab as well. It hurts at first, however, hang in there. It is much needed to assist in reestablishing full range of motion of your shoulder and arm. Love you, praying for complete healing. Please let me know how you are doing. Pat

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