Six Months of Miracles
As you read this report, Gayle and I will be once again on a flight to Asia where we will be doing ministry in two different communist countries. We covet your prayers for wisdom, blessing and safety as we serve.
We are now half way through 2019, and I am amazed at the grace and blessings of God upon the Barnabas1040 ministry. In the first six months of 2019 we were able to add four new countries to the growing list of restricted access nations in which we are now able to plant churches. We added Mali (98% Muslim), Senegal (94% Muslim), Myanmar (more than 90% Buddhist) and Egypt (95% Muslim).
In addition to these four new countries, we were able to expand our presence in India, Bangladesh and Laos.
The first six months of 2019 our fifty church planters serving in fourteen different countries reported seeing 1,126 salvation decisions and 377 new converts who followed Christ in baptism and became members of the local church that brought them the gospel. Please keep in mind that our men work exclusively in difficult areas where it is often dangerous to make a decision to follow Jesus and Christian baptism can lead to great persecution.
In addition to helping plant churches we have been privileged in the first 6 months of 2019 to invest $10,000.00 in building an orphanage in Burma, $3,000.00 to build a church and training center in Laos and $5,000.00 to help with relief efforts after the devastating Easter terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka.
All of these projects are being handled by soul-winning Independent Baptist missionaries and churches in the country who not only relieve the physical suffering of their people, but also point them to the Lord Jesus Christ who can heal the deepest needs of their hearts through the new birth.
As I write these words I am once again reminded of God’s incredible love for the lost, the poor and those who have little or no access to the gospel. God’s love, mercy and grace are the only explanation I can give for why He would bless our young ministry in such a huge way!
Growth always brings challenges however and I find myself in the position of having more good young men needing support than I can help. The need is especially critical in India and Vietnam at the moment. Pastor, for as little as one to four hundred dollars a month, depending upon the country and area, your church can put a gospel-preaching evangelist on the field. These men will be working in villages and cities where people have literally never heard the gospel. Many have never met a Christian. Please contact me by if I can help connect you to one of these men.
In closing I want to say once again how thankful Gayle and I are for each one who prays for and supports this ministry. None of these miracles could take place without God’s blessings upon your prayers and finances. Thank you for caring for those who are still waiting to hear the wonderful story of Jesus. Together we are shining the light in some of the darkest corners of the world.
We love you and we count it a great privilege to strive together with you in this ministry.
* God’s protection on our Timothys in difficult places. Several have been visited and harassed by the police recently.
* Finances as we continue to expand in both church planting and humanitarian relief through the missionaries we work with.
* Health to deal with the strain of traveling to different time zones, climates, foods and normally unsanitary conditions on a regular basis.