“God’s work done God’s way never lacks God’s supply” – Hudson Taylor
What a wonderful Lord we serve! We’ve truly sensed His presence this year and would like to begin this update by thanking Him for His all sufficient grace. As I spoke to the GBS students last week during the mid-winter school revival I had the strong confidence that the Lord stood with me and I praise Him. In our weakness He is strong!
I’ve heard from some good testimonies regarding the Wednesday prayer and fasting for missions project. Thanks for your participation, as the Lord leads you.
Let’s pray together for open doors, discernment to know where the Lord is leading, the salvation and discipling of souls, laborers, the resources needed to carry out His will in our generation and for various mission services scheduled in the next few months.
VISION TRIP TO MEXICO
It was my privilege to take Brennan Muir on a vision trip to Mexico from February 8 – 16. Brennan and his wife Ivone continue to sense the Lord’s leadership to ministry in southern Mexico, especially in the area of San Gabriel—a place of such spiritual need. We traveled hundreds of miles with Steve Stetler and national pastor Delores Hernandez and ministered in seven different churches as well as some mission works. We were especially blessed by the work of the Holy Spirit in Cuchiquatro where eight souls have been saved in the past month! We had the privilege of praying with one woman whom the Lord has delivered from a life of prostitution and witchcraft. Please remember her and each of these new converts and for Brennan and Ivone as they prepare for their next step into language school.
PAUL AND ESTHER ARRIVE IN ASIA
After a 43 hour flight (including layovers) Paul and Esther are finally fulfilling a dream of bringing the gospel to the forgotten highlands of T. When Becky and I left them at the airport in Flint MI they were already pretty sleep deprived and exhausted. They will need your continuous supplications on their behalf for 1) Settling in, 2) Language acquisition, 3) Spiritual protection and 4) Opportunities to witness
NEW CHURCH PLANTS
On Sunday, February 3, the newly-constructed chapel at San Pedro, Tarlac was dedicated. Pastor Sonny Lagleva reports that God is continuing to save souls in this little village. Most recently, a young couple, Jomy and Sion Obispo were converted after previously belonging to a religious cult. They heard the good news and came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now they are growing in the faith and attending services at this new Bible Methodist church along with their two young children. We praise God for His redeeming grace that is still changing hearts, lives and families. .
Jomy and Sion Obispo—saved by grace!Another pastor of a pioneer church in Gonzaga Cagayan, Jhun Bunuan, tells of God’s redeeming grace in the lives of two young men. Mark Sambrano and Recto Taquin were not only far away from their families when June met them, but also far from God. They were slaves of alcohol and many other wicked practices. One of them confessed to Pastor Jhun that he had previously been a drug pusher in Manila. God brought Pastor Jhun into their lives, and through his patient friendship and witnessing, both of them have come to faith in Christ! They are now some of the newest members in this growing congregation in Cagayan. We are looking forward to completing and dedicating this new chapel soon and will send pictures along then
MOZAMBIQUE AND MALAWIOPEN DOORS
Sarel and Lintie Pretorius are finding several opened doors for training pastors in “bush bible schools” both Mozambique and Malawi. On the 25th of February they will be wrapping up a month long tour of teaching in at least three locations in these two countries. They praise the Lord for His protection and grace. Here are a few excerpts from a recent letter:“…we tented in Vilanculos right on the beach but the campsite was very run down and we had some rather interesting “facilities” with the only flushing toilets being in a very active disco! We spent Sunday there. Debbie (missionary traveling with them) got a snake bite and was sick a lot of Sunday morning with a terrible headache but there was no lasting problem for which we thank God.
“We went on to the Bible College [in Mozambique] on Tuesday. What a road! Though it’s only 3-4 km off the tar road into the bush, it feels like 25! But what an open door! We fell in love with the students. There are 25 students there… “…The road going into the Bible school [in Malawi] is again a challenge – lots of hills and of course a rough dirt track. [It is] is more or less 2 km from the tar road – but a challenging 2 km! This college has 50 students and is much more established than in Mozambique… From this [place] graduates are sent out to start new works – both churches and new Bible schools, even in other countries—Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, and Tanzania…”.“We taught the same classes there [in Malawi] that we did in Mozambique, but had a week of lectures this time. They start with a devotional at 6:45 AM which we took turns covering. Then there is a break for breakfast and lectures start at 9 a.m. Each session is 90 minutes with 30 minute breaks. It closes at 12:30, with open discussion at 2 p.m. of the day’s lectures, lasting till 4 p.m. Oom Peet [elderly man who invited Sarel and Lintie to come teach] never missed a devotional or lecture and was so open to the doctrine of holiness. They have had so many lecturers come in and tell the students they can live however they want to live and still be Christians – even commit adultery. They were so eager to hear the message of freedom from sin.”
PRAY FOR UPCOMING MINISTRIES
- March 1 – 19 – South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi. I will attend the KuaSizabantu Pastor’s Conference with Mike Avery and then go on to Mozambique and Malawi with Sarel and Lintie (who will also be attending the pastor’s conference). We will be training pastors and further seeking God’s will for the Sarel and Lintie’s ministry in the “bush bible schools” there. Pray for wisdom and discernment for us.
- April 25 – May 6 – Philippines – Missionary, Stetler, along with Pastor Waggoner and a group of men from his congregation will be making this trip. We will be assisting R.G. and Sarah and our national leaders in our national campmeeting and doing village ministry in various places. Pray for God’s anointing upon the team.
Tim Keep, Missions Director
National Leaders attend General Conference
National Representatives from the Philippines and Mexico. (left to right) Rev. Lauro Forto
(Philippine Conference President), Rev. Dolores Matta (Mexican National President), Rev.
David Yucaddi (Philippine Conference President), Rev. Eli Balderas (Mexican Bible
College President) and Rev. Brendal Macadangdang (Philippine National President)
South Africa News Nov, 2012
Hutchison Newsletter - February, 2013
Stetler May, 2012 Newsletter
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