“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
Church Planting Conference:
As you read this letter my wife and I will be traveling from the “Restricted Access Nation” (RAN) where we live to another RAN located in S.E. Asia where we support several national church planters. We will be conducting training for pastors and their wives. My wife will speak to the ladies three times and I will speak ten times to the men or combined groups. Please keep this meeting in your prayers. The last time I was in this particular country we were harassed by the local police.
One of our pastors wrote me recently that the people were fasting and praying daily for three requests as we come: Power, Protection and Provision. Please join us in prayer that all three of these would be provided.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut passed through our city last night as it moved with devastating force through the Philippines, Hong Kong and Southern China. The effects were especially devastating in the Philippines. Please pray for the families who lost loved ones due to the deadly storm. Barnabas1040 supports several of the pastors that were affected by this typhoon.
Flooding in India and Laos:
In addition to the church planters that we support on a monthly basis in Laos and India, we were able to invest an additional $9,000 in providing food, water and medical supplies to some of the hardest hit villages. Laos saw at least 20 people killed and hundreds left homeless after the collapse of a dam in the South East. One of the pastors we support lost his home, and his crops were destroyed. We were able to help he and his dear wife.
India has been devastated with hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands more left homeless through torrential rains. We were able to provide finances for Dr. John Paul Moses and his team to provide medical help.
Storm Clouds at Home:
Many of you are aware that China is enforcing new religious regulations that are making it increasingly difficult for Christians. Many of God’s people in cities large and small have been impacted by this. I want to be discreet, but we are definitely asking for prayer for all of God’s people across this great nation. We know that He is in control and we are trusting that all things will work for His glory and our good. My wife and I have not yet had any negative impact, but our daughter and family are currently in need of a miracle to be able to remain in the country. The Lord knows the details, but I would like to ask you to make this an urgent matter of prayer. They have less than 60 days to find a way to remain in the country.
Gayle and I know that we could not do what we do without the faithful partners that stand with us in prayer and finances. The part of the world we have the privilege of serving is almost 100% “restricted access”.
There may be some parts of the world where money alone is the solution; but not where we live and work. Right now, we are in contact with several godly people who have storms that money cannot solve. They don’t need money, they need miracles!
So in closing, I want to say thank you for giving; but even more so, thank you for praying!
July was a busy and blessed month here in China as well as around Asia for Barnabas1040.
By God’s grace we were able to add 2 new church planters in Laos as well as a small but dynamic Bible College to the list of those we partner with through Barnabas1040. We currently support 36 national church planters and 4 Bible Colleges in 11 different countries.
All of the people we help are located in what is called the 10/40 region which is the least evangelized portion of the world. The church planters we support are literally on the front lines, serving in Communist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim strongholds. I am continually inspired and convicted by their dedication and willingness to take the gospel into Satan’s strongholds.
Each week I receive reports of people being saved and baptized in places where ministry is difficult and sometimes dangerous. Please pray for our national pastors and missionaries and their families. Pray for their safety and God’s blessings upon their labor.
I have a conference scheduled in Vietnam in September where we will be bringing together missionaries and Vietnamese pastors for training and encouragement. Please pray for God to raise up more dedicated young couples to serve Him in spreading the Gospel among their own people. Two of our churches in Vietnam are in need of finances for larger buildings to house their growing congregations. Please pray for these needs to be met.
My wife and I will be in the USA for 2 months during October and November where I will preach in 11 Churches and 1 Men’s meeting in 5 States. It will be a busy 8 weeks, but please pray that God will raise up new supporting churches that will enable us to continue to expand our church planting ministry in restricted access nations.
I am currently working on details for trips to Burma, India, Australia and the Philippines for the purpose of vetting church planting ministries that we are hoping to help with finances as well as mentoring and spiritual leadership training. Please pray for God’s guidance and leadership in these areas.
In addition to our work across the 10/40 region the Lord has opened some amazing doors here in the city we live in. It is a city of 15 million people that is in desperate need of the Gospel. I have been invited to preach in the Sunday services of a local church twice a month. This is one of the few legal assemblies in our city and there are no restrictions on the Bible messages that I and the other men are preaching. There are very few foreigners attending which means on any given Sunday there are well over 100 local Chinese professional people that are learning the Word of God. I have no idea how long this door will be open, but I do know personally the One who “opens doors that no man can shut”. People are coming to Christ and being taught to live for Him. Please pray for God’s continued blessings.
As always, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who pray for and support this ministry. We could not do what we do here in China and across Asia without those who stand with us so faithfully. We love you and are extremely grateful that we have the privilege of partnering together for the faith.
In summary, here are our prayer requests:
1. Safety and protection of the national pastors and their families.
2. More dedicated national pastors to surrender to reach their own people
3. Financial help for two churches in Vietnam and one in Burma that need buildings. (If you would like to help with this, please let me know.These are our brothers and sisters who have already given sacrificially and could use help from us to finish their buildings.)
4. New supporting churches added to Barnabas1040
5. For the doors to remain open in our city.
God bless you!
Dwight & Gayle Tomlinson
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444