“The only thing worse than being lost, is being lost with no one looking for you”
I am writing the last prayer letter of 2018 from the chilly Seattle, Washington area where Gayle and I will be celebrating Christmas with two of our daughters and their families. We are scheduled to depart December 26th to return to Asia. I wanted to give you a quick report of the past few months as well as some of the things on the horizon.
In September the Lord allowed us to minister in Vietnam where I was able to preach to hundreds of Christian workers in 2 different cities. We saw 9 people saved and several baptized. We also met some young men that I hope to be able to help in church planting in unreached villages soon. We are in the process of vetting them and also seeking new supporters to help us evangelize this needy country.
Pakistani Refugee Ministry:
One of our partners in Sri Lanka has a ministry providing help to Pakistani refugees in Sri Lanka. We were able to help Missionary Terry Unruh with a $2,500.00 donation to this relief effort that is seeing many refugees come to Christ. We also have the privilege of partnering with Brother Unruh by supporting his church planting ministry through national pastors.
Expanding into North Africa:
We recently returned to the USA for a series of Missions Conferences in California, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey. While in Berlin, New Jersey I was introduced to a veteran missionary to Africa. He was able to put me into contact with one of his men in the country of Mali who is in great need of financial help to keep he and his family on the field.
Mali is one of the neediest countries of Africa being over 90% Muslim. The Joshua Project estimates that less than 1% of the 20 million people in Mali are born again Christians. I am very happy that God has opened a door for us to help this dear man of God and his family remain in the country. The church planter is from another African country but he speaks the local language and feels called to leave the comparatively safer parts of Africa in order to reach the Muslims in Mali. We are honored to stand with him. By God’s grace, this will be our 45th church planter added to Barnabas1040!
2019 Ministry Expansion:
In the first four months of the new year we are scheduled to be in China, Myanmar, Australia, and the Philippines. We will be speaking in churches, vetting national pastors, teaching in Bible Colleges and increasing the Barnabas1040 family as the Lord enables us to financially support new national pastors in some of the most unreached places in the world. Please pray for God’s guidance and provision as we seek those that we can help in reaching their own people in difficult and dangerous places. I am also considering a return trip to Vietnam as well as a trip into India.
Return to China:
Please be in prayer as we return to China in 3 weeks. The government crack down is spreading as more and more churches are being restricted and closed. God’s people, both foreign and nationals, are being censored with several foreigners having lost their ability to stay in the country. China needs your prayers!
In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you who pray for and support this ministry. Our ministry is only 4 years old but the Lord has allowed us to grow to the point that we are operating in 12 countries in the 1040 Window. We are seeing scores of new churches planted in multiple cities and villages across Asia. Our progress seems slow at times, but I am committed to making sure that the men we support are doctrinally sound, hard working, and have an accountability structure.
None of this would be possible without those that God has led to partner with this ministry. We are deeply grateful to each of you!
God bless you, and Merry Christmas!
Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444