Recent Updates

UPDATE
 
I mentioned in our May prayer letter that we were able to pick up an additional 18 national church planters in 3 restricted access nations. We did this by faith without having specific churches that were committed to help us cover all of the financial support. I want to say thank you to those who sent extra funds in May to help cover some of the expenses. Your love and generosity in helping those families is very much appreciated. 
 
For those pastors who have recently committed to sponsoring one of our church planters, this would be a good time to begin. As of this writing we are sponsoring 88 families and are actively vetting others that need our help. A few days ago we added a young couple in a large city in Eastern China. This couple is serving in a city of several million people as well as doing ministry in minority villages outside of the city. They are a proven couple with 2 children and very little support.
 
COVID RESTRICTIONS
 
Many people have asked me about the feasibility of foreign travel. It depends upon the location but overall it is still quite uncertain and restrictive. I was planning a 28 day trip to Asia in September but found out that it would require a minimum of 21 days in quarantine. There is also the possibility of being able to get in, but not out depending upon the ever changing regulations. 
 
However, There are some glimpses of the light at the end of the tunnel. One of our Burmese national workers was out of the country when Covid hit and Burma shut it’s borders. He recently was able to get into Thailand and eventually sneak across the border to his home. It was a dangerous and long trip but by God’s grace he finally made it back to his family and church. 
 
Please pray that Asia will open up soon as there are still many foreign missionaries and national pastors attempting to get back to their homes and places of ministry. 
 
A PLEA FROM AFAR
 
I want to close this brief report by sharing with you a message I recently received from a friend and pastor that I have been working with for the past few years. He is a dear man of God and we have preached and taught together in 2 different countries where people pay a large price for being a follower of Jesus. Our ministry sent him an extra $3,000.00 for the purpose of buying and distributing rice to those who have no access to food due to the military coup in Myanmar. This is his letter back to me. 
 
I am withholding his name for security reasons. Would you please pray for this dear brother, his family and his country?
 
Dear Pastor Tomlinson,
 
By the grace of God, amid trials and civil war, the Lord is keeping us well. We know for sure that we are under His protection. We took this opportunity to share the gospel through relief work. The Missionary training students go out every Saturday evening for evangelism. As a result of that, we were able to share the gospel with over 35 people. Some professed faith in the Lord, but God only knows the heart.
 
Urgent Prayer Request:
1. One of our mission fields, Southern Chin State, Matupi town, is having trouble with Myanmar armies as they kill people. One of our missionaries has to run away from home, and they are now in the jungle. Mindat town is becoming a killing place.
 
2. Another mission field in Kayah State. Three Pastors, and all church members are running away from their home for safety. They need help. These places are becoming slaughter ground and battlefields. We do need your prayer as there are gun shootings and bombings with airplanes everywhere. Our hearts are literally broken for these incidents. We do not understand why God allows such things to happen.
 
Despite all these crises, we will never give up teaching the word of God, sharing the gospel, church planting, and serving God. If we die we will die for the Lord. If we live we will live for the Lord. We know for sure that this world is not our home.
 
Name withheld
 
When we read letters like this it helps us to put into perspective how insignificant our problems are in light of what our brothers and sisters in other countries are facing. We have our problems in America, but at least for now we are free to worship God, win souls, give and serve in and through our local churches. Let’s be faithful and busy in our churches while we have the ability to do so. 
 
Thank you for your prayers and partnership in Barnabas1040. Gayle and I never forget that we can only do what we do because of you. 
 
God Bless You, 
 
Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415
 
Dear Friends,
 
As we begin the month of May, I am excited to report that we have taken a step of faith and added 18 new church planters to our Barnabas1040 family. This is the largest single month addition that we have done since beginning the ministry in 2015.
 
We added 10 new families in Vietnam, 5 in Bangladesh, and 3 in Africa. All 18 of these families are working in difficult areas where there are few laborers. They are working in areas dominated by Communism, Buddhism, Islamic, or other false religious philosophies.
 
These faithful servants are in large cities and small villages in some of the most gospel resistant parts of the world. Many of the people we help have been jailed and treated horribly for preaching the gospel, yet they continue to stand faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. 
 
They are not doing it for the money they receive from our ministry. They are motivated by the love of Christ and their total dedication to their Savior and Lord. God is blessing their labor and hundreds of people are being saved each week. Please pray for their safety and for many people to come to Christ through their efforts.
 
If any of my Pastor friends would like to sponsor one or more of these 18 families, please let me know. These men have all been vetted and I believe they would be a wise investment of your churches mission funds. 
 
During the month of April Gayle and I were in Florida and Michigan where I had the opportunity to preach and present our ministry. The month of May we plan to be in Florida and I have some open dates if any Florida Pastors would like to have me in to present the ministry.  
 
June through August we will be on the West Coast. I am booked solid with meetings in California and Washington State, but I do have one Sunday open while we are in the Seattle area. Sunday, June 13th is the only Sunday we have open this summer. If a church in the Seattle area would like that date please let me know. 
 
In closing, I want to say thank you to all of our ministry partners who support Barnabas1040 through prayer or finances. We could not do what we do without you.
 
Together we are helping almost 100 church planters in 19 countries to shine the light of the gospel.
 
I am truly humbled to stand with these men and women. Thank you for standing with them as well.
 
God bless you,
 
Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415
 

Evidence of God’s Power

Dear Friends,

We have completed the first quarter of 2021 and I am happy to report that our ministry registered almost 700 people who made professions of faith in Christ and at least 214 of those have followed Christ in baptism.

Baptism is a major step of obedience in the life of someone who lives in a restricted access nation. It is often the one event that brings persecution to the life of a new believer. It can mean being shunned, banished from the family, beaten, or even killed in extreme cases. 

Already in 2021 I have heard from people in places such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, and other countries where new converts are being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

The Covid-inspired shutdowns have given the devil an open door to not only stop soul winning and church services, but also to increase the poverty and despair that most of the world was already facing.

Our people almost exclusively meet in small group house church type settings. All of a sudden those formats are monitored more closely than ever making it easier to shut down churches and imprison pastors. Just this week I heard of 7 of our men that were visited by the police in 2 different communist countries.  

Most countries do not have welfare, stimulus checks or unemployment benefits to provide help for those who were barely getting by even before the shutdowns. The sad truth is that our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are struggling in ways we have no concept of in America. 

I am thankful that God is raising up individual churches, missionaries and ministries such as my co-worker Johnny Esposito to provide both physical and spiritual help to those who need it most. If you are looking for a source to help provide food, medicine and basic needs for the poor, along with a gospel presentation, I recommend Operation Samaritans Compassion through Brother Esposito and the Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach, CA. This is an excellent place where churches and individuals can send love offerings to help during this very real crisis. Please let me know if you would like his contact information.

As a reminder that God and His work are not subject to governmental restrictions, I am happy to report that we are seeing one of our greatest ministry growth spurts. I have been praying that God would enable us to support at least 100 church planters and it looks as if we will reach that goal within the next few weeks. 

I am in the process of vetting new men in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Uganda, Mali and Myanmar at the moment. I anticipate adding as many as 20 men to our Barnabas1040 family next month. 

Please pray with me that the Lord will keep the momentum going as He opens more doors and gives us the ability to walk through those open doors. I am more excited about what God is doing today than at any time in my ministry.

In the words of the great Missionary William Cary, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”

In closing, I want to request your help in praying for some urgent requests.

  1. We are seeing persecution of pastors and members alike especially in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Pakistan. Please pray for these men and women who are suffering for no other reason than their decision to follow Jesus. 
  2. Please pray for wisdom as I attempt to vett the men that the Lord wants us to partner with in various restricted access nations. 
  3. Please pray for safety and health as Gayle and I travel here in the USA presenting Barnabas1040 Missions. 
  4. Please pray for the world to open up again. More than a year into the pandemic we still have missionaries that cannot get back to their countries as well as national ministries that are being greatly hampered by their inability to meet. 
  5. Please pray for revival in America. I am very concerned by the apostasy and wickedness of our own country. We are in desperate need of the touch of God right here at home.

As always, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of those who pray and give to make this ministry possible. I am not exaggerating when I say that together we have seen God do much more than I could have ever imagined in these brief 6 years since launching this faith ministry. 

We will not fully understand this side of Heaven all the lives that we have had a part in touching by God’s amazing grace. Thank you for standing with us. We know that we could not do what we do without you!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Email: dtomlinsonlbc@gmail.com
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415

Dear Friends,

In the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2020 report, they named some of the most dangerous countries to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The report labeled 12 countries as “Countries of Particular Concern.”

Of the 12 countries named, Barnabas1040 has the privilege of supporting church planters, children’s homes and Bible Colleges in 5 of them. 

The countries listed as being of particular concern are Burma, China, Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Vietnam.

Barnabas1040 supports almost 80 national pastors and missionaries as well as 2 children’s homes and several ministry training centers in 19 countries. I could not possibly report on all of them in one letter but I thought it would be helpful to focus on the ones listed in this report.

Burma:
A few weeks ago on February 1st the military seized full control of the country’s government and imprisoned the very popular democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi along with hundreds of members of her cabinet. The result has been an explosion of protest and destruction. 

I have had the privilege of personally teaching and preaching in Burma and the Lord has allowed our ministry to be involved in several church plants throughout the country.

Our primary focus has been in and around the city of Yangon which is the largest city in the country with a population of over 5 million people. There we not only are supporting national pastors, but a large Bible College and in 2019 we financed the construction of a spacious and beautiful children’s home. 

My contacts in Yangon tell me that peaceful protesters are being killed and imprisoned daily. Food and water are in increasingly short supply as the banks and most stores have been closed. At this point the children have food and supplies, but the situation is deteriorating daily. 

They are begging us to pray for protection and for the duly elected government to be restored. They desire to see people saved and for God to receive the glory. 

China:
China began a national crack down on churches in 2019 while my wife and I were living in one of the largest cities which has a population of 14 million precious souls. We saw first hand the closing of house churches and registered churches alike. Many pastors were arrested and several missionaries were forced to leave the country.

The city we were living in at the time even offered a reward of US $1,500.00 for anyone turning in foreigners who were holding religious services in their home. 

The crackdown was not limited to the mainland but also extended to Hong Kong where the Chinese government is working hard to insure total and absolute compliance from the former British colony. A few days ago Xia Baolong, head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said this in a speech published by his office: 

“The most vital and pressing task to enforce rule by patriots is to improve the relevant systems, particularly the relevant electoral system. Being patriotic means loving the People’s Republic of China.”

Again, my contacts in China are asking for fervent prayer for revival. They are praying for boldness to stand for Christ in these difficult times. 

India:
I have had the privilege of preaching and teaching in India and have seen firsthand the tremendous spiritual darkness in that great Hindu country. 

We are supporting a few good and godly men in this ancient land of almost 1.4 billion souls. We are also currently financing the construction of a children’s home in Northern India. Our people report encouraging numbers of those being saved but there is an almost incomprehensible need for more workers.

Please pray for more workers, and God’s protection and power on the ones that are there. It is not uncommon for Christians to be targeted, harassed and even killed by Hindu militants. 

Vietnam: 
Vietnam is a country filled with beautiful scenery and even more beautiful people. Unfortunately it is also a place of false religion, idolatry and communism. God is doing great things there but as always with blessings come trials. 

Please pray for our missionaries and national pastors serving faithfully in Vietnam.

Perhaps the 4 requests I hear the most from my contacts in Vietnam are:
1. boldness to witness
2. souls to be saved
3. protection from the police
4. more workers to join them

Pakistan:
Pakistan is a very challenging place as it has strict blasphemy laws which restrict any insults against the Islamic prophet Muhammad and makes the crime punishable by death. 

In spite of the challenges our national pastors report salvations and baptisms regularly in Pakistan. Barnabas1040 supports several church planters and one Bible College in Pakistan. Our brethren there are requesting prayer for their safety and God’s blessing upon the work they are doing for Jesus Christ.

In conclusion, would you pray not only for these 5 countries but also those around the world that are persecuted and martyred for Christ? One of the pastors we support has been in prison for almost a year without a hearing or charges being filed. That particular man is not even in one of the 12 countries listed as being of particular concern in the above mentioned report. 

There are other places too numerous to mention that lay heavy on my heart as I write this prayer letter. Persecution is a serious problem all over the world. If there was ever a time for God’s people to pray, give, and go, it is today!

As always, I want to sincerely thank all those who pray for and support this ministry. We could not do what we do without you. Gayle and I are ever mindful that it is your partnering with us that makes Barnabas1040 possible.

God Bless You!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
Email: dtomlinsonlbc@gmail.com
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415

2021 Opportunities And Challenges

Dear Friends, 

As we begin the new year I am sure that all of us are hoping and praying that 2021 will be better than 2020. The reality is that none of us know what the year holds but we do have the firm assurance that God is in control and nothing will happen that He does not allow. 
I thought it might be helpful to mention some of the opportunities that the Lord is giving us here at Barnabas1040 Missions.   

Positive Reports From The Field

  • In spite of the fact that countries across Asia are still experiencing shut downs, our national pastors are seeing people saved and baptized through their ongoing ministries. In the past few days I have heard of 67 teens and adults saved in Bangladesh, and more than 100 saved in Sri Lanka. 
  • In addition to these encouraging reports from the 2 countries, I have heard of people trusting Christ in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, India and Thailand among other places. One of the blessings of supporting dozens of church planters in 19 countries, is that we continually hear of God’s blessings in some part of the harvest field. 

Stateside Opportunities 

  • Gayle and I had all of our overseas meetings cancelled in 2020, but the Lord is allowing me to travel and preach in Mission’s Conferences in the USA as churches are beginning to resume normal schedules. I have had meetings in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington State in the last 2 months. 
  • These meetings not only provided the opportunity to expand the base of partnership for Barnabas1040, but also put me in contact with missionaries that I have been able to partner with in providing financial support for some of their national pastors. This has enabled new churches to be planted on the foreign fields even though the missionaries are not yet able to be physically present. 

Challenges And Prayer Requests

  • In the midst of the blessings there is always opposition. One of the pastors we are able to help has been imprisoned for almost an entire year without being charged or tried. Please pray that he will soon be released and able to be back with his family and church. 
  • A few of the pastors we support in another country are being harassed and threatened. They have not been arrested as of yet but it looks as if that may be coming soon.
  • Another pastor has had his home and church vandalized twice in the last few weeks. Our ministry has helped with special offerings to replace some of the necessary items he and his family have lost.
  • At least two of our pastors happened to be out of their countries when they were shut down for Covid restrictions. One of them has a baby that was born while he has been unable to get home. Please pray that these countries would open soon and missionaries and national pastors will be able to get back to their families and churches. 

Ongoing Opportunities

The needs of hurting people do not shut down just because politicians decide to close down the country. In fact, the opposite is true. The shutdowns have created great hardships around the world. Those who love and serve Christ have an opportunity to be channels of God’s love and grace to hurting people. 

Barnabas 1040 has committed to helping two special projects that you can be involved in if God so leads you:

  • We are in the process of building an orphanage in India that is well under way but still needs $15,000.00 to complete.
  • We are helping to purchase land and build a building in a communist country that will house the pastor’s family, the church and a ministry training center. That project will cost approximately $25,000.

If you would like more information on either of these projects please let me know. 

I want to once again express my gratitude to each of you who pray for and support this ministry. God is using us together to reach hundreds of souls for Christ each week. I am truly humbled and amazed at how God has chosen to add His blessings to our efforts to reach into some of the darkest places on earth with the powerful light of the Gospel! He must receive all praise and glory, for this is truly His work. 

God Bless you and thank you for your love, prayers and support.

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
Email: dtomlinsonlbc@gmail.comUSA Cell: (949) 880-9415