Making Progress in the 10/40 Window
Gayle and I have been back in the USA for 2 months now and it has been a jam packed 8 weeks with Mission’s Conferences and services in Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, Nebraska and Florida. We are thankful for the opportunity to report to supporting churches as well as present the great needs of the more than 60 countries in the 1040 Window to new churches.
Several of the new churches have expressed interest in supporting our national church planters and I am praying the Lord will lead those that desire to partner with our ministry to be able to do so. After having pastored for more than 40 years I know that it is not possible to financially support every worthy ministry or missionary. I am convinced that God has the pastors and churches that He wants to partner with us in reaching the unengaged people in the 1040 Window. I agree with Hudson Taylor that “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply”.
I have received the 3rd quarter reports from the men we support. For the 3 months from July through September, we had 1,223 professions of faith in Christ and 237 that were baptized and added to the churches. That brings the total for the year to 2,349 saved and 614 baptized. I am very thankful for each of our national pastors that love God and love people enough to bring them the gospel in spite of the fact that it is sometimes dangerous to do so. I guarantee that these men are not putting their families at risk for the few hundred dollars a month we are able to provide to help them! These are men of God who will preach Christ and win souls whether Barnabas1040 helps them or not. I am honored to work with them.
Will you help me put even more of them on the field? They can accomplish so much with so little if we will simply care enough to give.
In addition to our church planting ministry in Thailand, the Lord allowed us to provide the finances for a dormitory in Nakhon Sawan. The building will be used for housing and training young Thai preachers under the ministry of Dr. Wayne Sehmish. Dr. Sehmish is an Australian missionary whom God is using in a very powerful way to reach and train the Thai people.
Latest Additions to the Family
In my last letter I mentioned that we had six men in need of support, and we were looking for sponsors for them. I am happy to tell you that we have added all six of these families to the Barnabas1040 family. Four of them are planting churches in the capitols of their communist countries and they are already seeing people saved on a weekly basis. They did not have to go on deputation, attend language school or find a way to get into the country. They were able to get started immediately in soul-winning and discipleship.
I want to say thank you, both to the missionaries who introduced me to these men, and the churches in America that are providing the funds. This is what Barnabas1040 is all about; connecting missionaries, churches and national pastors so we can see more people saved quickly and in a cost effective way. I believe this is what the Bible would call being good stewards.
I have more men that we are in the process of vetting and hope to take on as soon as the Lord provides the finances. One man is laboring in Northern Thailand overseeing 7 churches with no outside support. I am looking for someone who will sponsor this man and his family for $200.00 a month. Please contact me if you are willing to help him, or any of the other men we are vetting.
In our last letter I mentioned orphanages that we are helping to build in Myanmar and India. Thanks to those who responded, we are very close to being able to complete the orphanage in Myanmar. I would now like to turn our attention to the children in India. This particular pastor serves along the Northern boarder of India and Myanmar where the poverty is extreme and the spiritual and educational opportunities are very limited. Brother Ning Wungkhai and his family have labored there with integrity and godly sacrifice for years and we have the opportunity to help him rescue many precious children for Christ. As always, 100% of anything you feel led to designate towards building these two orphanages will be sent to them. Please contact me if you would like more information.
In closing, I want to say thank you once again for all of those who pray for and financially support this ministry. Gayle and I could not possibly do what we do without your love and generosity. We are truly amazed, humbled and encouraged by the grace of God in allowing us to serve Him and His people in some of the neediest parts of the world. We could not do it without our incredible friends.
- Pray for Gayle and I as we return to China on December 11th.
- Pray for safety, courage and wisdom for the men we are supporting.
- Pray for more churches and individuals to take on Barnabas1040 for monthly support which enables us to then add more church planters.
- Pray for God to lead us to the missionaries and pastors He wants us to work with in Asia.
- Pray for the funds to complete the orphanages in both Myanmar and India in God’s perfect timing.
God Bless You,