Recent Updates

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

As this email arrives in your inbox, Gayle and I should be in flight on our way to the West Coast for 2 months of meetings in California, Oregon and Washington. I am looking forward to being with several pastors that are faithful supporters of Barnabas1040 Missions, as well as a few churches where we will be for the first time. We would appreciate your prayers as it will be a very busy October and November followed by a quick trip to Thailand in December and the Philippines in January. 

The ministry continues to grow by God’s grace and I am just now beginning to gather the 3rd quarter reports from the 32 missionaries that oversee the 120 national pastors we support. As I mentioned in our last letter we added 11 new church planters in August so I am looking forward to hearing of God’s blessings upon those new families that we have the privilege of working with.

2023 has been a blessed year as the effects of Covid restrictions are decreasing world wide. For example here are the statistics for the first 2 quarters as far as salvation and baptisms. 

January – March:  1,881 Salvation decisions – 270 Baptisms.

April – June:  2,500 Salvation decisions – 464 Baptisms. 

I am excited to hear from our men how God was working through them July – September!

I also want to let all of our prayer partners and supporters know that we never pressure the pastors into feeling as if they must inflate the numbers in order to keep their support. I believe it would be sinful, and a great disappointment to our Lord as well as to you. Each quarter when I ask for the number of people saved and baptized I remind our workers that there is no expectation for large numbers, only an expectation that the pastors are soul winners doing what they can to reach people for Christ. 

The men we support are working in difficult and sometimes dangerous areas filled with satanic, religious and political opposition. They must be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” to minister in the areas they serve in. Please join me in praying for their faithfulness, courage and safety. 

Before I finish this brief letter, I would like to say thank you to all of those who partner with us through prayer and giving. We are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to work together to attempt to reach those who have the least access to the Gospel. It is an honor to serve alongside you!

God Bless You!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson

Dear Friends,

We have the 2nd quarter accountability reports in from our national pastors and by God’s grace they were able to see 2,500 people trust Christ as Saviour and 464 new converts follow the Lord Jesus in water baptism in the past 3 months.

That brings the Year to Date total up to 4,281 professions of faith and 734 that were baptized into fellowship with a local church. 

I am also pleased to let you know that we will be helping to sponsor 11 more national church planters in August.

These 11 new families will be planting churches in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Laos, Rwanda, Uganda, and Indonesia.  

These are local believers who have been saved, baptized, discipled, and are now being sent out by local churches in their own communities. They will be under the mentorship of seasoned missionaries who live and work in their country. 

God has blessed me with 30 different missionary partners in 20 countries. Those men are crucial in identifying, vetting and keeping the national pastors encouraged and accountable. 

My role with Barnabas1040 has transitioned from basing in SE Asia to working from America. Formerly, from SE Asia, I personally visited each country to meet and vet the pastors that we support. Now I am basing in America and making annual trips to meet with our partners and the church planters they recommend.  

It was not Covid that brought us back to America, but the fact that we needed someone here in the USA presenting, reporting and raising new funds if the ministry was to continue growing. For that reason, we returned to America and settled in the Pensacola, Florida area.

During the 3 years we have been back we have seen the Lord almost double the outreach of Barnabas1040. I never cease to be amazed by how our Sovereign God works!

Prayer Requests:

Please pray for the men and women that serve faithfully in countries and cultures that are hostile to Christianity. 

  • Please pray earnestly for the Indian state of Manipur. Manipur is located in NE India and borders the country of Myanmar. More than 60.000 people have been forced from their homes as entire villages have been destroyed in the violence that began a few weeks ago in May. It is estimated that more than 200 Christian churches have been burned to the ground and hundreds of Christians killed. Our ministry has been sending money to help with food and shelter as we are able, but it is difficult to communicate with our contacts in Manipur right now. Please pray. 
  • Please pray for more workers for the Harvest. Pray especially for the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Communist countries where the majority of our pastors are serving. 
  • Please pray for wisdom for me as I attempt to balance the need to raise support in the USA while also staying in contact with the missionaries and pastors we support overseas. 
  • Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the future of Barnabas1040 Missions. Pray for the Lord to raise up helpers to expand the ministry both in America and Overseas. 

I want to end this letter by once again expressing my sincere thanks to every church and individual that bolsters our ministry through prayer and financial support. Your sacrifice has enabled us to go from a dream to a thriving ministry supporting 120 national pastors and reaching thousands of people for Christ in just 8 years. I am truly amazed and humbled by God’s grace and your willingness to partner with us.

God Bless You!

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson