Recent Updates

Dear Friends,

May was a blessed month as Gayle and I were able to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Redwood Baptist Church in Redwood City, California. This church is led by Pastor Ryan Johnson. He and his wife Sarah, along with a great congregation are making a difference for Christ in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was truly a joy to be back in the church that we had the privilege of founding back in 1974.

In addition to speaking at Redwood Baptist I was able to speak in two other excellent churches in the area. We enjoyed being with both Bay Area Baptist in Fremont and Shadow Mountain Baptist in Morgan Hill. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones as well in both of these good churches.

Things are progressing with the National Pastors we support overseas. We are in the process of making some structural changes that I pray will help us to ensure that Barnabas1040 continues to minister to unreached people groups in needy countries across Asia for many decades to come.

At the moment we are gathering information concerning each family that we support so we can make sure that we have both accountability and knowledge of how we can better serve those who are preaching the gospel in difficult areas.

We want to know what they are doing, what they need and how we can help them get to the next level in outreach and discipleship for their people.

I will give you more details in coming months as we evaluate how Barnabas1040 can expand and reach more people for Christ. In the mean time, please pray with us as we seek God’s guidance on how He would have us expand the outreach to even more of those who are still waiting to hear the Gospel.

As always, I want to say thank you for your prayers and financial help in this ministry. Together we are helping to make a difference in lives of people in some of the most needy parts of the world.

God Bless You!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Dear Friends,

A lot has transpired since our March report. I look forward to bringing you up to date on what the Lord is doing in this newsletter. The first 3 weeks of April, Gayle and I were in Hong Kong, China where I was able to preach, teach and have several meetings with our Chinese, Filipino and American friends and coworkers. During those services, we saw at least 25 adults make a salvation decision and 5 that were baptized while we were in Hong Kong. The others are being discipled concerning their next steps and growth in Christ. 

Gayle and I were also blessed to be reunited with the first people we ever saw saved and baptized in SE Asia. Almost 40 years ago we served as missionaries for a few years in Hong Kong. The first person we saw saved and baptized was a young lady who taught in the language school we attended in 1985. When she found out we were in the area she arranged a dinner with the first members of the church that began in our home. All of these people were saved at the Bible Baptist Church in the first year of its existence. What a moving experience to see them again and hear the stories of how God has worked in their lives. 

The current pastor of Bible Baptist Church (also in the photos below) has invited us to return next year to participate in their 40th anniversary service.

In addition to the great things God is doing in Hong Kong I am happy to report that our outreach continues to expand in other parts of Asia. In May we will be adding 2 new partners in a restricted access nation. This particular nation is primarily Buddhist and is ranked number 21 on the list of the 50 Countries with the most extreme persecution of Christians. The addition of these two men will increase our influence now to 14 nationals in this difficult and dangerous country. 

Barnabas1040’s 100+ national pastors in 20 different countries are collectively reporting an average of 25 people saved every day. This could not happen without the prayers and support of churches and individuals across America. Thank you for helping to spread the gospel in some of the most needy places on earth! 

God Bless You, 

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Dear Friends,

A lot has transpired since last months report. My brother Dave and I were able to make a personal trip to the Philippines where we traced some of the footsteps where our father fought in WW2. It was a moving experience to stand at the spot where the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division landed to begin 165 days of intense fighting to help take back the Philippines from Japanese control. My father survived the war and had a great love for the Filipino people that fought alongside him for the sake of physical freedom.

I find it providential that today I also have the privilege of partnering with many Filipino missionaries to bring spiritual and eternal freedom, not only to the Philippines, but also to many other countries in S.E. Asia. They have open doors to live and work in Asian countries where it is difficult for Americans to obtain visas. God is doing great things through these Filipino missionaries. I am honored to work with many of them, as well as national pastors in church planting. 

By God’s grace and your help we are continuing to see our church planting ministry grow. So far in 2024 we were blessed to have 3 new churches from Oregon, Washington and Alabama begin to partner with us. That enabled us to add 5 new church planters in Africa, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines. Please pray for these new pastors and their families. 

Most of the month of March I am scheduled to be in North Carolina, Connecticut and Florida speaking in Missions Conferences and presenting the ministry of Barnabas1040. At the end of March we will be returning to S.E. Asia for 3 weeks of meetings. I would appreciate your prayers for these upcoming travels and opportunities to spread the gospel and encourage God’s people who live and serve in difficult situations.

As always I want to say thank you to all of you who partner with us in both prayer and finances. Together we are holding the ropes for hundreds of pastors and church members in cities and villages in more than 20 different countries. Thousands of people are being saved each year and we are incredibly blessed to have a small part in what God is doing!

God Bless You,

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Dear Friends,

As we enter the new year I am praying that the Lord will bless you and your family with His presence, protection and guidance. This very well might be the year that our Lord will return to gather His people and set up His glorious Kingdom! 

I want to thank all of you that have joined hands with Barnabas1040 Missions to help reach those who have the least opportunity to hear the gospel. By God’s grace our ministry grew as we added new church planting pastors in various locations across SE Asia and Africa. It was also encouraging to see some of the older churches become indigenous which freed up funds to take on new pastors in other areas. 

The biblical example set by the Apostle Paul is for missionaries to start churches and as soon as possible turn them over to nationals. Our ministry is a help to missionaries by providing finances that they need to release their national pastors to plant new churches. 

Barnabas1040 was launched through the Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, CA in October of 2015 and we are now working with 30 missionaries in 20 countries. Those 30 missionaries provide mentoring and accountability for more than 100 national pastors as they plant churches among their own people. Many of those nationals are pastoring churches where it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for a foreigner to minister.

2023 saw almost 9,000 professions of faith and more than 1,000 new believers baptized. The missionaries send me a quarterly report of people who are saved and baptized into the membership of a local church. Here are the reports for 2023.

Ist Quarter: 1,881 Professions of Faith, 270 Baptisms.

2nd Quarter: 2,500 Professions of Faith, 464 Baptisms.

3rd Quarter: 2,190 Professions of Faith, 272 Baptisms.

4th Quarter: 2,266 Professions of Faith, 300 Baptisms.

2023 Totals: 8,837 Professions of Faith, 1,306 Baptisms.

2023 was a busy year with missions conferences primarily in America, but I was still able to make visits to 3 foreign countries. Those trips enabled us to add new national pastors to our growing family. In November and December alone we added 7 new men in Uganda, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and the Philippines.

My plan is to allocate more time to SE Asia in 2024. In fact, as you read this email, Lord willing I will be in the Philippines. 

As always I want to take a moment in closing to express my gratitude to all of our dear partners who support this ministry through finances or prayers. You mean more to Gayle and me than we can express. We know that were it not for God’s grace and your help, this miracle ministry would not exist. To God be the Glory!

God Bless you!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Dear Friends,

I pray that this update finds you well. I know that this is a busy time for churches with all of the holiday services, end-of-year activities, and reports. I am praying for all of our partners in ministry that the Lord will give you his grace, strength, and guidance. 

Gayle and I just completed a busy 2 months of travel and missions conferences. I was privileged to preach and represent Barnabas1040 in several new churches as well as report to a few supporting churches. 

I was able to preach in Alabama, California, Washington state, and Oregon for a total of 33 messages in 11 churches. By God’s grace, we saw people saved, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars committed to be given to worldwide missions over the next year. 

At least one new church voted to begin partnering with Barnabas1040 and others seemed interested in getting on board with supporting national pastors in restricted access nations. 

One of the highlights for us was to complete something that has been on our “bucket list” for most of the 51 years of our marriage. We joined the Journeys of Paul Tour with Kurt Skelly and 170 others for an educational trip to Greece and Turkey. It was a wonderful experience to actually be in Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica, Ephesus, Berea, and other historical sights. I don’t think a true believer can experience these sites without being humbled and inspired by the dedication and sacrifice of our early forefathers of the Christian faith. They paid an incredible price to follow our Savior. May God give us the grace to walk in their footsteps. 

The last 2 months not only brought opportunities and blessings but ministry challenges as well. Satan is always at work and our ministry is not exempt from his attacks. We have had to deal with some uncomfortable things overseas that came to my attention, but the Lord is already helping us through them. I would appreciate your prayers. 

I will be leaving in a few days for a conference in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand where I will not only have the opportunity to speak but more importantly, I hope to come into contact with national pastors and missionaries that we can help in planting new churches. We are helping well over 100 pastors in 22 different countries and my desire is to see those numbers continue to grow as we attempt to further the Gospel message.

As always I want to conclude by saying a heartfelt thank you to every, pastor, church, and individual who partners with us through prayer and giving. We could not do what we do without you. So far this year our pastors have seen almost 7,000 professions of faith and well over 1,000 new converts baptized into the fellowship of a Bible-believing church. This would not have happened without your help. 

God Bless you!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson