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A Thankful Message
As we approach the day that our country has set aside as a day of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be proper for me to add one more item to your Thanksgiving list. It is true that 2020 has brought many things that can steal our gratitude, but Scripture tells us to always give thanks no matter what is going on in the world around us. 1 Thess. 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

So, I would like to report some good news for you to add to your Thanksgiving praises this year. 

Please join me in giving thanks that at least 600 people have come to faith in Jesus Christ during the last 3 months of ministry through those supported by Barnabas1040. More than 200 of those dear people followed the Lord Jesus Christ in baptism in spite of the fact that doing so would mean possible persecution from family, friends, and the government. 

Barnabas1040 has the privilege of helping national church planters in 17 Restricted Access Nations. Together we are standing with our brothers and sisters who are laboring under very difficult conditions that include poverty, persecution and Satanic opposition. 

Consider the backgrounds of these 600 converts who have come to Christ in the past 3 months. 
Atheistic Communist Countries: 162 Salvation decisions: 
Buddhist Countries: 215 Salvation decisions: 
Islamic Countries: 99 Salvation decisions: 
Hindu Countries: 62 Salvation decisions: 
Catholic Countries: 47 Salvation decisions:  
More than 200 of these new converts have followed Christ in baptism. Interestingly enough not all of the folks baptized are included in the 600 that were saved this past quarter.

The reason for this is that in many of the places we work they do not baptize converts until they have been saved for several months. This has more to do with culture and security reasons than doctrine. 

The church leaders want to make sure that the new convert understands what it means to leave their false religion and gods to truly embrace Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior. 

Also, It is not uncommon for public baptism to be the cause of the pastor and member being jailed, so you can understand why they are often cautious about when and where baptisms take place. 

Our brothers and sisters in Restricted Access Nations are facing things that we don’t have to deal with in free countries. I never cease to be impressed and convicted by their courage and love for our Savior. One of the pastors we support is in jail as I type this letter. Please pray for Pastor Sithone, his family and church. It has been 8 months of incarceration and he still has not been charged. It was as a result of a public baptismal service that he was arrested.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in a few days, I want you to know that Gayle and I are thankful for each of the churches and individuals who pray for and support this ministry. We know that we could not do what we do without you.

Thank you for partnering with us as we shine the light in some of the most spiritually dark places in the world. Your prayers and financial support is making a difference.

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

Baptismal Service in an Islamic Country

Dear Friends,

First of all I want to thank you for your prayers and encouragement these past few weeks since our last prayer letter. I know it has become a cliche to say that 2020 is a year like none other but one of the questions I never expected to ask my wife was “Does this mask clash with my suit?”.

This has definitely been a year that I would describe as both Pains and Gains.

Pains:  Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally:
On September 10th both Gayle and I were diagnosed positive for Covid-19. Many  of you reached out to let us know that you were praying, and we sincerely thank you for that. I have completely recovered and Gayle still has some mild symptoms of headaches and tiredness. We have been assured by medical professionals that we are no longer contagious and it is safe for us to be around others. By God’s grace I am back taking meetings and my calendar is booked for the next few months. 

Six days after we came down with Covid-19, Hurricane Sally made landfall in Pensacola, Florida where we are currently based. We planned to stay home and ride out the storm, but I received some calls from local friends that advised me that it would be a mistake to not evacuate. There were no hotels or shelters open to us because of our sickness. God always provides for the needs of His children, and a Pastor friend in another city opened his missions apartment to us. 

When we returned home a few days later, we were welcomed by water and mud damage both in the garage and house, along with power outages, no internet and the water being shut off.  But at least we were able to sleep in our own bed as we recovered from the Virus. The damage could have been much worse and I mention these “pains” only because I know that many of you love and pray for us and want to know what is going on in our personal lives. The truth is that these are minor inconveniences when compared to what is happening with so many other people here in America and around the world. 

Gains: New Churches: 
The past few weeks have seen some great opportunities for us to expand the ministry. God is still drawing people to Himself in some of the most gospel resistant parts of the world. We were able to participate in new church plants in four different countries where governments restrict and persecute Christians. One of the men we added for support is currently in prison and our support will be a great help to his wife and children. Three of the countries are communist countries where we have already been working, the fourth is the country of Belarus which is a land in great need of the gospel. I personally know the national pastor that we are helping there and have complete confidence in his integrity and love for Christ. 

Children’s Homes:
I am happy to let you know that by God’s grace we have completed the Children’s home in Myanmar. The building is beautiful and will be greatly used of God in the lives of orphans and poor children. Many will be saved and trained to serve God there. On behalf of Pastor Paul VanHre and the dozens of children that are being housed and educated, I want to say thank you for giving towards this worthy project.

Our focus is now on helping Pastor Ning Wungkhai finish the orphans home in India. We have raised enough money to acquire land and lay the foundation. Now we can proceed with the construction of the building. Thank you to those pastors and individuals who have given towards the India orphanage. 

If any of my pastor friends would like to make this a Christmas project I believe the Lord would be pleased by helping these poor and needy children. Please contact me if you would like more information. 

Showers of blessing and revival:
We are now helping 68 church planters, 3 Bible Colleges, and 2 children’s homes in 17 different countries. These national workers are human and they face the same difficulties and spiritual warfare that you and I do. Some of them have been separated from any personal missionary contact for several months. Many have been harassed and at least one has been imprisoned. 
By God’s grace they are not giving up, they are continuing to labor in their harvest fields and I am hearing reports of scattered showers of revival blessings. 

• Sri Lanka: A 4 year old church had 330 people in attendance and 160 people saved in a recent service.

• Pakistan: 79 Adults saved and 46 baptized. 

• Vietnam: 3 new churches planted. 

• China: many being saved in spite of increased persecution.

• Laos: New churches being planted, Christians reaching out to the poor and needy and seeing several saved. 

• Egypt: A local congregation was able to purchase their own meeting place. Our ministry was able to help.

• Camp: A missionary couple had to return from China and is now starting a Children’s Camp that will reach into Asian countries to bring children to the USA where they will be exposed to the gospel. Our ministry was able to help.

• New Field: My son-in-law and daughter had to leave China but God opened the door for a unique and innovative ministry in Africa. 

I could go on listing many other things that are happening, but I don’t want this report to be a book! 

Suffice it to say that no matter what is happening in the world around us “the Word of God is not bound”. God is very much at work in our world today and it is our great privilege to be involved in what He is doing!
God bless you and thank you once again for your love, prayers and support.

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
Barnabas1040.com
Email: dtomlinsonlbc@gmail.com 
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415

Dear Friends,
 
As I mentioned in my last letter the Coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected our churches not only here in America but around the world. One of the things I love about the ministry of Barnabas1040 is that although we work closely with foreign missionaries, the men and women we support are not dependent upon the physical presence of foreigners to do ministry. The virus has caused many of our missionaries to temporarily leave the field, but their work continues through those left behind. 
 
APRIL-JUNE STATISTICS:
 
The last 3 months have given our 60+ pastors in 16 different countries the opportunity to put their faith and skills to the test. Many if not most of them have been without foreign guidance yet they continue to faithfully serve just as we would hope.
 
The reported numbers are significantly lower due to government restrictions, but we still had 
503 professions of faith in Christ and 123 who were baptized. 
 
All of those converts were placing their safety at risk by becoming followers of Jesus. Baptism is especially challenging as it often brings family, religious and governmental persecution. The shutdown made it even more risky than normal to travel to a baptismal spot without being detected. Please pray for your brothers and sisters around the world, the vast majority of whom know nothing of the freedoms that we enjoy.
HUMANITARIAN UPDATES:
 
The Children’s Homes in both Myanmar and India are progressing well. In addition to the two orphanages, Barnabas1040 was able to help with food and medical relief through IB missionaries in Chile, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. 
 
Thank you to those who gave special offerings to help in this way. The spiritual, emotional and physical needs of hurting people are increased during these difficult times. Acts of compassion often open the doors to the hearts of people who need Jesus. 
LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND:
 
By God’s grace we have seen this ministry grow in less than 5 years to the point where we are currently supporting more than 60 church planters, and several gospel projects across Asia and Africa. I am extremely grateful and humbled by all He has done, but I believe He wants to do much more. 
 
Therefore I am reaching out to my Pastor and Missionary friends for help in identifying and vetting more national pastors that we can come alongside.
 
Pastors, Missionaries, if you have men that are doctrinally sound, soul-winners who love God and need financial help in advancing their ministry, please contact me at my secure email address and we can start the verification and approval process of getting those men some help. Barnabas1040 is a ministry of helps. We want to serve you as you serve others. 
 
We prioritize those countries that have the least access to the gospel, and are currently supporting men in 14 Asian and 2 African Countries. If you are a pastor or missionary and would like to recommend someone that needs financial help planting a church in a restricted access nation, please write to me at my secure email address “Dtomlinson1040@protonmail.com.”  You can also call me at 949-880-9415. I would love to partner with you to help get more people saved and discipled for the glory of God.
 
 
PRAYER REQUESTS:
 
* Please pray for a great latter-day revival in our world. There has never been a greater need or opportunity for revival than today.
 
* Please pray for Pastors in America as they attempt to navigate these unchartered political and social waters. Men of God need the prayers and support of God’s people. 
 
* Please pray for God’s people everywhere to follow the Biblical formula for national healing as laid out in 2nd Chronicles 7:14. 
 
* Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Pray for protection, provision and a passion for knowing Christ in all His power and glory. 
 
* Please pray that the Lord will bring me into contact with those who need our help in church planting in Restricted Access Nations. 
 
 
God bless you,

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415
Dear Friends,
 
As I write these words I am encouraged to see our churches across America beginning to emerge from the restrictions of the past few months. I am praying for our churches worldwide as they are getting back to a semblance of normalcy. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.
 
Asia Ministry:
 
One of the beauties of our ministry is that it does not require me to personally be present for it to operate. We support more than 60 national pastors in 16 different countries. The Lord has raised up missionary partners that we are able to come alongside as they provide the primary influence, encouragement, and accountability on the ground.
 
These men and women are in the trenches serving alongside the nationals. As a result I hear weekly of the continued work that is going on all across the 10/40 region of the world. Here’s a brief video highlighting some of the great things that are happening.
Orphanage Updates:
 
In addition to the churches we are helping to plant, the Lord has allowed us to partner in building two orphanages, one in Myanmar and one in India. The one in Myanmar is almost completed. We estimate the dedication service to be held in January of 2021.
 
In February of 2019 we viewed the property for the building project:
May of 2020 it is almost completed:

The orphanage in India is just getting started after many months of prayer and planning, but I am encouraged by the interest that pastor friends are already showing in being involved. 

If you would like more information regarding either of these two homes, please let me know. 
 
2020 Schedule Openings:
Due to the global pandemic of Coronavirus, my meetings in Asia and Eastern Europe were canceled this year as well as some meetings here in the States. I do have a few open dates if any pastors would like help with a mission’s emphasis or ministry report. Here are the 2020 dates currently available: 
  • September is wide open and we will be in the Gulf Coast, Southeast States.
  • Sunday, November 1st is open in the Seattle WA area.
Pastor, if you would like to discuss a date in 2021 or 2022 please let me know. 
 
In closing Gayle and I want to say thank you once again for those who pray for and support this ministry. We could not do what we do without you. God has raised up an amazing coalition of people across the world who are joining hands in prayer, labor, and giving to help shine the light of the Gospel to some of the most needy and neglected places on earth. We are truly humbled that our Lord allows us to have a small part in what He is doing. 
 

God bless you,

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415
Dear Friends:

Pandemic Changes:
 
I am writing this report on Resurrection Sunday weekend. Most of you will not read this until Sunday has come and gone, but be assured that I am praying with you for lasting fruit from your Easter services. 

It was of course an Easter weekend unlike any of us have ever seen. Most services were conducted online but the Word of God is powerful, no matter how it goes forth. I am  thankful that “the word of God is not bound 2 Tim.2:9 Just as the Living Word of God could not not be held hostage by death, so the Written Word of God is not being stopped by the shut downs of Coronavirus.

The same virus that has changed the way we do ministry in America has also affected the rest of the world. All of the 16 different Asian countries Barnabas1040 works in are also under various degrees of mandatory shut down. Almost, if not all, of our churches in large cities are conducting services online. Village churches who do not have internet are meeting by telephone or in small groups of 2 or 3.

1,362 Salvations.190 Baptisms, 16 Countries:

Our numbers have obviously been affected as social distancing and closed churches have made it more difficult to have services, but still our 60 church planters reported 1,362 professions of faith in Christ and 190 people who were able to follow Christ in water baptism. Many of the pastors expressed regret that they are not able to baptize as a result of social distancing orders, but they are taking the time to disciple converts online or by telephone in preparation of when they will be able to resume personal meetings. Keep in mind these men are serving in Restricted Access Nations which are sometimes hostile to their efforts. 
Preparing for Expansion:

While the Coronavirus Pandemic is dangerous and powerful, we know that it will soon be defeated and our world will return to whatever our new normal will look like. Churches will open, people will return, missionaries will hit the deputation trail and those missionaries who have been stranded here in the USA will be able to return to their fields. We look forward to that day!

Here at Barnabas1040 we are looking forward to getting back on the road preaching and presenting our ministry in the USA as well as traveling overseas to work with missionaries, vet nationals and check on the works we are supporting. I am even now in the process of vetting 2 men in Bangladesh that we hope to add to our Missions family soon. 
 
Canceled Meetings:
 
In addition to my meetings in the USA, I also had meetings cancelled in the Philippines, China, Hong Kong and the Ukraine during the past 3 months. We are hoping to be back on the road again in May or June when the restrictions are lifted. I have a few Sundays open in July, August and September when we will be on the West Coast if any Pastors would like to have us in to present our ministry. 

 

Orphanages:
 
As you know we are in the process of building an orphanage in Myanmar and another one in India. 

The one in Myanmar is almost complete. The exterior is complete and the Lord enabled us to send $10,000.00 last week to begin the interior. I am very proud of the fact that the bulk of the money we just sent was given by God’s people in an underground church in one of our Restricted Access Nations. This particular underground church was not started or funded by Barnabas1040. It was started by an American Missionary and the church is completely indigenous. Praise God for what He is doing around the world through missions and missionaries!

Please continue to pray for the orphanage in Northern India ministering to children along the Indian and Myanmar boarder. A church in Washington State and one in California gave enough money to get the orphanage started and we believe God will see it through to completion in His own time. 

Looking Forward:

In closing I would like to take a moment to encourage each one reading this to stand strong in your faith, trusting God for protection, provision and power as you follow Jesus one day at a time. Stay faithful to your church, continue to tithe and give over and above the tithe to the missions program as you are able. If your income has decreased you may not be able to give as much as before but remember that it never was about the size of your offering, but the size of your heart. God is not stressed or worried by the pandemic and neither should we be. Just be faithful, continue to pray and give as you are able and someday we will look back at this time and realize that God was there with us every step of the way. You can trust Him. He is always good!

Gayle and I love you and we thank you for allowing us to partner with you to show the love and grace of Christ to people who have the least access to the gospel. 

Together we are making a difference.

God bless you,

Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
USA Cell: (949) 880-9415