March 2022 Report
I trust this email finds you well and experiencing God’s richest blessings. I wanted to take a few moments to update you on what has been happening since last month’s report.
The month of March began with a delightful 10 day trip to Israel with Pastor Skelly and the Land of the Bible Tours. Not only was it a wonderful way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, but it greatly enhanced our love for and understanding of the Word of God.
We hit the ground running on our return to the USA and within 2 days of arriving I was privileged to be preaching in Mission’s Conferences in Washington State and California.
The first two meetings were in churches that I had not been in before. They were both led by young pastors leading their first ministries. These young men are dedicated men of God that showed a humility and hunger for God and His Word. They are serving the Lord, their communities, and their people with integrity and love.
Thankfully, what I experienced with those men was not unusual. Since being back in America for the last 2 years, I have found that the vast majority of young pastors I have been with give me great hope for the next generation of church leaders.
The last meeting was in Southern California with another great pastor and church. This pastor and church have been a part of our ministry from the beginning and are one of the premier missions churches to be found anywhere.
Hearing From Abroad
We are just beginning to receive quarterly reports concerning the work of the 110 national pastors we support. Our ministry partners with missionaries who work as the middle man between us and nationals. In that way we are able to provide both accountability and mentoring without me personally needing to be in the various countries where we work.
At the moment we are working with 30 different missionaries in 20 different countries. Just this week we have been able to add another church planter in Iraq through one of our partners who works in that part of the world.
Not only do these faithful missionaries let me know of the blessings of people being saved and baptized, they also inform me of needs for humanitarian help, orphanages, etc. That enables me to pass on those needs to you and give you the opportunity to help.
Sometimes my contacts in other countries also bring me news that brings sorrow to our hearts, such as news that a pastor has been arrested or died, a church has been raided or some other tragedy affected those we are helping.
Future Travel Possibilities
I am praying that overseas travel will once again be allowed as restrictions are finally beginning to ease in some S.E. Asian countries. It is my understanding that Vietnam is one of the most open countries right now. We have the privilege of supporting at least 25 Vietnamese church planters in both large cities and remote mountain villages. We are also helping to finance an orphanage and a Bible training center there.
I am currently in communication with one of our missionaries in Vietnam concerning possibly visiting in the next few months. Please pray that this trip will be made possible.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to remotely join a group of pastors in Hong Kong for a time of study, praise and prayer. It was a tremendous encouragement to see and talk with old friends as well as to meet new ones.
- Please pray that the countries of the world will begin to open up again so that Christian workers can get into places that need outside help.
- Please pray for those who are facing war, persecution, starvation and displacement all across our world. The needs today are as great as they have ever been for God’s people to pray, give and go.
- Please pray for safety, wisdom and strength as Gayle and I travel, raise support for church planting and vet new men that we can help.
- Please pray for the missionaries that we partner with around the world. Pray for their wisdom, protection and guidance as they work to spread the gospel in difficult places.
- Please pray for the national pastors that are laboring without fanfare and very little appreciation in often difficult and dangerous places. They are poor in worldly goods but rich in what matters for eternity.