Missionaries to the Indigenous people in Arctic Canada.
Steve and Lois have been involved in Arctic missions since 1989. All but 3 of those years have been in actual Arctic residence. They have raised three children in the Canadian Arctic and all are adults now serving the Lord in various capacities.
Both Steve and Lois are from Ohio and were raised in Christian homes. Lois’ father has been a Pastor for over 40 years and Steve’s family have been faithful in local church since he was a child. Coming from such wonderful Christian homes made leaving the familiarity of home and family for the rigors of Arctic life a doubly difficult adjustment. But through God’s help they have made the Arctic their home and eventually added Canadian Citizenship to the passionate love of their American heritage and citizenship.
The verse they use to promote their ministry is Psalms 147:17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? This question is obviously answered through the lives of Steve and Lois. Whomever God enables or allows can stand before the bone chilling cold of the Arctic. Steve and Lois have been doing just that for two decades. In a day and age where commitment and faithfulness are uncommon, it is refreshing to see dedicated missionaries still on the job for God’s honor and glory.
Missionaries to the indigenous people of the Arctic
On November 15th, Lois and I along with a couple of friends, drove the long-awaited Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, overland, all weather highway. That means no more ice road to drive to Tuk to minister there. It was a long time in coming, but the 140 kilometer gravel highway connects Canada from “sea to sea to sea.” Some look at the road as the ultimate North American tourist drive, local politicians have referred to it as a road to resources, other as a road that will lead to lower prices and better shopping options. Some see the road as access to drugs and alcohol. But I personally call it, “a Road to Souls.”
In 2016 the population of Tuk was 898 souls. Souls that will live somewhere forever. As you may know, prior to this new “Road to Souls”, community access was by air or a winter ice road. The approximately 180 kilometer “road” was simply the frozen Mackenzie River and Arctic Ocean that had been snow plowed and posted with a few reﬂective markers and signs. It lasted from mid-December to late April.Before and after that, small commercial aircraft provided access to the 898 souls the called Tuk home. The expense and stress level was very high and diﬃcult to deal with at times. The “Road to Souls” won’t solve those issues completely, but has already made a huge diﬀerence in Lois’ and my life - even after just one trip! The photo below was taken on our ﬁrst voyage on the new road and show a “Pingo” on the left side of the picture.
The older Lois and I get, the more diﬃcult Arctic ministry has become. This road had reversed that trend and has made reaching the 898 souls in Tuk easier than it ever has. There will be closures due to weather, road maintenance and such, but overall it is a huge beneﬁt to us.
When Roy and Justine Stelzig move to the Arctic to work with us, and bringing their youth, energy and health as well as their personal belongings, they will beneﬁt by being able to drive to their mission ﬁeld, Tuktoyaktuk, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean! Please continue to pray for them as they continue deputation.
On October 25, our 8th grandchild came into this world! Gracie Emma Rose Donley was born. This is Steven Jr and Holly’s 3rd child. She is healthy and doing well and mommy is recovering a bit slower this time. Please remember Holly’s recovery in prayer. Thank you.
Thank you for your faithful, precious ﬁnancial and prayer support!
Steve and Lois Donley began serving The Lord in the Arctic in 1989. Their grown children arc all serving The Lord. The Donley's ministry has been mainly in the Western Canadian Arctic with considerable time in Alaska.
Psalm 147:17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
Sending Church: Columbiana Baptist Church - 330-482-9571
Assisted through: Points North Baptist Mission. 330-339-7326 US address: PO Box 977 New Philadelphia OH 44663 USA www.pnbm.org
Canadian support address: 163 Pine Valley Dr. Unit 16 London ON N6J4R1 Canada 867-777-3360
Field address: PO Box 1707 Inuvik NT X0E0T0 Canada 876-777-2580
The Fellowship Tract League is a local church ministry of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ohio. We believe the world can be reached for Christ through the printed page. Our purpose is to provide the material that is needed for God's people all around the world to fulfill His command.
We began operation in one room of the church basement with a single sheet-fed press. The ministry now occupies a separate 16,300 square foot building, and operates two presses. Our newest press is capable of printing in full-color, and prints twice as many tracts per hour as the presses we had in the past. The building and equipment are debt free! To God be the Glory!
Since the ministry began in 1978, our Lord has allowed us to print and ship over 4 billion Gospel tracts into more than 200 countries. Every tract printed by this ministry has been given away free of charge. At the present time, we are printing in over 85 different languages.
The Fellowship Tract League could not exist without the faithful members of Fellowship Baptist Church. For many years, volunteers have gathered every Tuesday morning for several hours to break, band, and box a week's run of tracts in preparation for shipping. Their prayers, labor and financial sacrifices have made the ministry possible.
Please pray for us, prayer is our single most important need. Our workers meet every morning for an hour of Bible reading and prayer before the day begins. The ministry's birth and growth have been in answer to prayer.
Paper is our single greatest expense. We order each truckload of paper by faith, trusting the Lord to provide. By helping to pay for paper to print God's Word, you will be laying up treasures in heaven. Many pastors have led their churches to include the Fellowship Tract League in their mission budgets. Many individuals give money to pay for a 500-pound roll of paper ($265) which will provide enough paper (this represents the cost of paper alone. Ink and other printing expenses are not included in this price) to reach 125,000 precious souls with a Gospel tract.
"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25
PERU: Peace beloved brethren of the Lord We are missionaries and we received your blessed materials, and also shared a little of the material with a Peruvian brother who evangelizes within a taxi. it’s a brother who is invoked with evangelism and is often used by God. Thanks for your support.
ISRAEL: Slalom Brethren in the name of our Saviour. I just received the box of Gospel tracts that you sent Thank you so much for your investment in the harvest here in Israel the apple of God's eye. Your labors are not in van May the Lord richly bless you.
NIGERIA: l wish to thank you for the tracts you sent me some time ago. By God's grace they were used for the purpose of winning souls for the Lord. I have very few left. I will be very grateful if you could send me some more in large quantities Thanks for your wonderful work.
SOUTH AFRICA: We just wanted to write you a note to thank you for sending out the tracts so quickly for South Africa. Our friend in Indiana received them and has them packed and ready to bring to us this next week. We really appreciate this and know that you n making a difference for eternity
Stewart & Judy O.
SOUTH AFRICA: When i lived in the USA I had donated ad ordered from Fellowship Tract League. My last order for tracts was made on September of 2013. I remember making an order before moving from the country but did not think the order would reach me in time. I am now living in South Africa and I have just received tie order I made in 2013. As a matter of fact the envelope post mark is dated 9/1S/20I3. My old address from when I lived in Washington DC is still marked on the envelope however there isn’t a forward address or my new address here in South Africa. I didn't even fill out an address change form at the post office in DC. I am curious to know how this mail reached me? Many thanks and God bless you guys for the work you do in spreading the Gospel all over the world.
PHILIPPINES: Hello. I am Pastor Noel, from the Philippines. I just made an order of Gospel tracts. These tracts will be a great help for us to fulfil the great commission. I strongly believe that Gospel tract distribution is one of the easiest ways to spreading the Gospel. We are permitted to teach Bible classes in five public schools this school year. Thank you very much for taking my order. Our church will appreciate it very much should you send us these tracts.
Sylvester and Beverly Greene have been with IGM since 1995. Reverend Green has been preaching since 1966 and is currently the pastor of two churches, Sellington Independent Baptist Church in Fyffes Pen, and Rockcliffe Independent Baptist Church in Giddy Hall, both rural areas of St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica.
To My Faithful Prayer and Financial Partners In Christ Jesus,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who loved us and cleansed us from our sin in his own previous blood (Rev 1:5). We give him thanks for you and your willingness to be part of our ministry and for supporting us over the years. Our gratitude to you. We rejoice in the fact that God is still at work through his word:
Rockcliffe Baptist Church
1. On the 2nd Sunday in July one young lady gave her heart to the Lord in my wife's Sunday School class
2. On the 4th Sunday also in July a couple bought their child for dedication and the child's mother profess her faith in Jesus
3. On the 3rd Sunday in October one backslider recommitted his life to Jesus
Sellinston Baptist Church
1. We were able to install new windows
2. We have completed the tiling of the church building and all stairway/corridors and steps
3. On Sunday July 17, members of the Sunday School Department went on visitation in the community and one man professed his faith in the Lord.
4. Painting of the inside of the church building scheduled to be done by the 30th day of November.
Please continue to pray for and with us for:
1. Health and strength to carry out the mandate given to us.
2. The members of the churches that they will continue to work for the Lord and that their hearts will be encouraged
3. A new transportation for the ministry
4. Plans for the 56th West Indies Baptist Fellowship Conference scheduled for January 16-20, 2017 in Houston Texas.
May God continue to guide and direct you. Have a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous and Productive 2017 when it comes
Your Missionary Serving with IGM, Rev. Sylvester A. Greene and Family
Pete & Julie Heisey missionaries to the Gypsys in Timisoara Romania.
I was born on August 1, 1954 and born again by the grace of God through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone on August 1, 1972. At the age of 3 months I was adopted by my parents, who reared me in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I believed all the gospel truths in my head, but had never made the personal decision to trust Christ alone to be saved from hell and to have eternal life in heaven.
On August 1, 1972 (my 18th birthday) I received Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour after being given a gospel tract. About one year later, God called me to be a preacher using Psalm 25:4-5 and Romans 12:1-2ff. I pastored churches in the United States for 22 years.
Then in the spring of 1998, God called me (using Romans 15:20-21, but especially v. 21) to be a church planter among the ethnic Gypsies (the Roma), and especially the ones in Romania. I resigned the church I was pastoring and we went on our support raising journey. We arrived in Romania in April of 1999 and have been able to plant 3 churches so far. It is our goal for each church to be self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating. With God's help, we hope to see more Gypsies saved and more indigenous, New Testament churches started and growing.
Str. Aurcl Cozma nr 40/A.Apt- 2 * Mosnita Veche 307287 * Jud.Timis * Romania * email@example.com *
Report on Mosnita
After a very hot summer it's nice to have the cool days of Fall. September brings the beginning of public school and the end of our school classes with the children. We will begin our English classes at Casa Rafa, the after school program that helps the children with their homework.
We encourage the Gypsy children to go to school and Casa Rafa as they also help with material things as well, which is a motivation for our Gypsies! (since we don't do those types of things)
We were blessed this month with a visit from a dear friend and Romanian pastor Remus and his wife Laura. They love preaching to our Gypsies and our Gypsies enjoy listening to him. We love when he comes because he walks all through the village literally compelling people to come.
And they do, perhaps out of shame [he tells them I drove 3 hours to come, you can walk 10 steps!) we don't know, but we are glad. One who came was Rebeca. She is the teen for whom we've asked prayer. She was saved several years ago but in the last 2 years really strayed from the Lord. She was with a boy who already had a 'wife' and 2 month old baby. Please pray for Rebeca and others who are saved. It is not easy living for the Lord in this village. Pray for more teens to be saved. Thank you for your prayers for us and our ministries.
Report on Jebel
She has just had his baby and, not surprisingly, he has now left her. She seemed to enjoy the services and has come off and on during the past year and has asked for prayer for herself. Please pray for Rebeca and her little girl.
Also the Milos family is moving back to Romania. The mother is here already and the rest are coming soon. Please pray for them to come to services and for their salvation.
"Till the horses come home" How thankful we are to have grown up in Lancaster County, PA. where horses on the road are a common occurrence. Meeting up with these situations is a daily occurrence for us among the Gypsies here in Romania. Please pray for us ! 1. For spiritual wisdom 2. For fruitful ministry 3. For souls to be saved
Your servants for Jesus' sake and for the sake of the dear Gypsies,
Our sending church is Elmira Baptist Church in which we have been actively serving since August 2005. I surrendered to preach in April of 2010. Our family surrendered to the mission field August 2014.
We are currently on deputation raising the support needed to do what God has called us to do, and we are excited for all God is doing.
Ireland is an island just slightly bigger than West Virginia. It is divided into two parts: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which is a province of the UK. The Republic of Ireland has a population of 4.6 million people. The Republic is divided into 26 counties, most of which have no gospel witness.
Ireland is a predominately Catholic nation. In the most recent census it was reported that 85% were Catholic, 3% Church of Ireland (Anglican), 7.5% no religion, 1% Muslim, 4.5% other. It s a sad fact that most Irish will never hear a clear presentation of the gospel.
One of the other things Ireland is best known for is drinking. Pubs are the local gathering place in communities across Ireland. 80% of Irish drink regularly, most of which drink a lot. Binge drinking is becoming a serious problem. There’s about 7500 pubs in Ireland which is 1 pub for every 630 people. By contrast there are about 25 Fundamental Baptist works in Ireland. That’s about 1 for every 184,000!
Please pray for us and consider supporting our family in our endeavor to win Ireland to Christ.
I can't believe it is already January 2017. We hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and a wonderful start to this New Year. The beginning of January marked two years our family has been on deputation, and the lord has done so much in those two years. We have been to many great churches and met a multitude of precious people. We are now getting ever closer to our departure to Ireland and couldn't be more excited.
Over the past two months, many things have happened. In November, we were able to be in churches in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition to individual meetings, we able to take part in two mission conferences. We enjoyed the time of fellowship with the people in those churches as well as the other missionaries. During the course of the month, we also put our truck and camper we have been traveling in up for sale. God far exceeded our expectations when both sold in less than a week. We will be using the money from these to purchase a vehicle upon arrival in Ireland. We finished the month with family celebrating Thanksgiving, packing for our trip, and celebrating Sara and Lydia’s birthdays.
December began with great excitement as our family traveled to Philadelphia, PA to catch our flight to Ireland on the 1st. We were able to stay for two weeks, most of which was spent in the town we will be working in when we arrive. We joined Good News Baptist Church for their church services while in Ireland. The people were a joy to meet and they are excited for our return. It was encouraging to see their burden and desire to see churches planted in their country. I had the privilege to preach at the church, and our whole family was able to assist in passing out church flyers and tracts with folks from the church. The girls had a wonderful time and hated to leave. As parents, it was a great encouragement to our hearts. We also spent a lot of time with Pastor McKinley and his family while there. I believe both he and the people of the church will be an immeasurable resource in learning to reach the people of Ireland.
We returned to Philadelphia on the 15th and made the trip back to WV that night. It was sad to say goodbye to Ireland, but we are encouraged by all that we learned while there. The time spent on this trip leaves us much better prepared for the fast approaching move. The remainder of December was spent recovering from travel, with family for Christmas, and being a part of the Christmas festivities at our church. We were thankful to be able to spend both Christmas and Thanksgiving with our families’ since it may be a while before we get the opportunity again.
Over this period of time, we heard from a few new supporting churches We are getting closer to our goal but still have more to go. Several churches have indicated a desire and intention to partner with us, and we are excited to hear from them soon. We are currently praying about a departure date, and hope to have it soon. Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek his will in this decision We can't wait to go back to Ireland and get started.
In addition to this, please continue to pray for the following requests:
· God will continue working to soften the hearts of the people of Ireland
· Safety and health for our family as we travel (January will be busy)
· That the churches desiring to partner with us will be able to do so
· That we can be a blessing and encouragement to those we meet along the way
In closing, I wish to thank everyone who sent additional gifts and love offerings to our family for Christmas. It was a blessing. Thank all of you who faithfully support our ministry prayerfully and financially. We certainly appreciate it.
Salvation testimony: “I was born into a Christian family but did not make my own decision to become a Christian until one day when I was about 14. During a class devotion, I received the call of God to salvation. I was later baptized at Victory Baptist Church in Pierre-Payen.”
Call to ministry: “God called me to the ministry when I was a young boy. I came to Victory Baptist Church where the late Jacsene Orelus was the pastor. He saw this call of God in my life and asked me to work closely with him. I am now the pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Pierre-Payen.”
Ulrick is married to Elide Achemen. She was saved during a spiritual wake-up at the Baptist Church of Mission Possible. Ulrick and Elide have 5 children.
Today I feel very happy to write this letter of thanks. I thank God, Who is by my side, for all His goodness and grace. My family is very well, and the church is doing very well. I want to thank you for the gifts that you send to me each month. This helps us a lot in Haiti. May God give you more capacity so that you will have the possibility to help others.
Even if you possess the whole world, if you do not have health, you can do nothing. I ask God to give you health.
We had a good lesson with the Christians of the church on day of April 23, 2017.
In Amos 5:14 it says, "Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken."
In the month of April, we had several marriages:
April 15th, 2017 -- marriage of Estinfil Delinois
April 20th, 2017 -- marriage of Frantz Cyco Fils-Aime and Macula Benoit
April 29th, 2017 -- marriage of Frantzo Michel and Marie Lourdie Emile
We have had 8 baptisms, too (four girls and four boys). Please pray for them because there are very young.
Henry and Jeanne Lantang are missionaries serving in their native country of Indonesia. After receiving his training from Dallas Theological Seminary, Henry returned to Indonesia to plant churches and train leaders. He is the founder of Missio Dei Bible Institute, a ministry that has produced hundreds of Christian leaders who planted churches throughout the islands of Indonesia. His vision is to teach and train Christian leaders who are biblically sound and passionate to reach the people of Indonesia for Christ.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
We greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ from Indonesia. Jeanne and I trust this letter finds each of you well and busy in the service of our wonderful Lord. It is a great privilege for me to give an update of what the Lord is doing through us.
The past few months have been very busy and full of the manifold blessings of God. We continue to enjoy the thousands of Facebook friends as we share the Gospel to them. God has opened doors of entrance for the Word to be challenged and fed. My main task during weekdays is to share Christ and His Word via to Facebook friends. What a joy to share His Word every day to 5000 friends. Various comments kept pouring in, mostly are so encouraging. As a result of that we were reminded yet again of the worlds of greatest need, which is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We were glad to teach the Word of God to the Bible School students. The students are preparing to go to small islands to lead men and women to personal faith in Jesus Christ and to teach believers the Word of God so that they may serve Christ effectively. Therefore we continue to go, to pray and to give so that other souls might be reached for Christ before is eternally too late.
Please join us in praying that God would raise up laborers for His harvest. Truly the night is coming when no man can work.
Finally we are currently at about 75 % of our needed support. We look forward to the day when we are fully supported so we can do more effectively what God has called us to do. In the meantime, we thank you again for your prayers and financial partnership. Truly we thank God for you and your fellowship as we continue to labor together to reach the world with the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sincerely in Christ,
Henry and Jeanne Lantang
“Be happy when God answers your prayers, but be more thankful when God makes you the answer to someone else’s prayer.”
Both my wife and I had the privilege of growing up in Christian homes and were saved at a young age. It was at college that we both answered the call to missions. For me, the Lord used three verses about being a servant of Jesus Christ to give me assurance of God's call to missions (John 12:26; Luke 22:27; Luke 15:19). In 2001, after two years of deputation, we left for Portugal to begin our first term. After arriving on the field, we began with language studies, literature distribution, witnessing and inviting people to church. Though the country of Portugal is highly steeped in Catholicism, God has given us the privilege to lead several people to Christ and to see the transformation of lives. He has also given us the opportunity to see a small group of people form what is now Igreja Baptista de Esgueira. The church was officially organized in 2008. Since then we have seen the church grow spiritually and numerically. It our desire and prayer to see this church pastored by a national. With God's help, we hope to see more Portuguese people reached with the gospel, saved, baptized and serving the Lord in a local church.
"I have planted, Apollos watered; but gave gave the increase. So neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor" - I Cor. 3:6-8. It our desire to be found faithful, leaving the eternal results in God's hands.
'We should do this more often." Those were the words of one of the ladies in our church who attended our first ladies' tea. The table was set for twelve. However, that Sunday afternoon eighteen ladies came for the tea. What a blessing! They had a time of fellowship with food, followed by a devotional given by Julie. They finished the afternoon with prayer. One lady who never attends special church events came and she is the one that made the statement of having more events like this for ladies. We are planning to have more teas in the future.
At the end of July, the church hosted a men's prayer breakfast. We were wondering how many men would come since the Portuguese typically only have bread and coffee for breakfast. That morning we served scrambled eggs with onion and cheese, blueberry muffins and fruit. Seven men came and enjoyed the time of prayer and fellowship. David gave a small devotional on the importance of men having a faithful prayer life. A small "rivalry" seems to have begun to see who had the largest attendance between the ladies' tea and the men's prayer breakfast. The ladies were thrilled to have "won" this time. However, we are excited to see the positive response from both the men and ladies.
A month ago a new family began attending our services. They are a family of four: husband, wife, son and daughter. They travel 45 minutes to attend our services on Sunday and Thursday. They expressed a desire to be in a church where there is an emphasis on the preaching of God's Word. We are grateful to have them with us.
It's hard to believe, but choir practice has begun in preparation for our Christmas service which is only eleven weeks away! One lady in the church is helping Julie with costumes.
Plans have already been made for the church's 10th anniversary in 2018. Some of the ladies are working on a special gift for the anniversary service in May. We are praying that the anniversary will help unify the church and encourage us to recognize the goodness of God shown during these 10 years.
Please keep the church young people in your prayers. As they get older, they face more pressure from friends and the world. Several have drifted from church.
Jocelyn has begun her second year of college and is doing a fantastic job. We thank the Lord for continuing to provide the finances for her to have this opportunity to attend Christian college and pursue God's will for her life.
Your missionaries in Portugal,
David, and Julie Loop
sent by: Dry Run Independent Baptist Church P.O. Box 242, Duncansville, PA 16635 sent through: All Points Baptist Mission P.O. Box 498, New Philadelphia, OH 4466 field address: Rua Capitao Lebre, N° 56 1Dir. Tras. Verdemilho 3810-384 Aveiro Portugal
The Midekors serve in Togo (a country in West Africa) planting churches. Kouami was born on Jan 1, 1963, in Togo, Africa. In early 1972, he received the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior and was baptized by immersion in April, 1972.
“I was born in an animistic family where my grandparents were both witch doctors. We sacrificed animals to idols as we lived and were fed by these practices. God, in His majesty and glory, touched our family through one of my uncles, who was seriously ill and not able to be healed by his father’s idols. He was saved through an ambulant minister in our homeland. As a child, I used to follow him to church and listen to the preaching of the Word of God. My uncle told me one day about Christ and His love for me. He shared John 3:16 and basically went through the Romans Road, concluding with Romans 5:8. I then accepted Christ as my personal Savior in April, 1972. I was ridiculed by my friends and school mates. However, God put His love in my heart and I started to tell people about Christ. My desire now is to start a national work and train people to go into villages and towns to start independent local churches.”
Kouami came to the United States to get his Bible training. He graduated from the former Spurgeon Baptist Bible College, in Mulberry, FL, with a BA degree; then, he also graduated from New Orleans Baptist Seminary, LA, with an MA. He was officially accepted as a missionary with IGM on February 6, 1999. He is sent out by Faith Baptist Church, State College, PA. He raised his full support and left for the field of Togo in January, 2001. Since going back to Togo, he has trained many men; 5 are now also with IGM. Pastor Midekor currently oversees 16 churches and runs a TV station, among other ministries for the glory of God. He is currently developing plans for a Bible College in northern Togo.
We greet you all in the precious Name of our Savior. We take this time to give you an update on one of the ministries in north Togo, in the town of Bangeli.
Three plots of land were purchased last year. Last week, we began to build a structure which was badly needed (14 meters X 8 meters). Members of the church are participating in this effort in various ways.
On a different note, 4 different towns were surveyed for possible new works, as the Lord permits.
1. We praise God for stronger health for the entire family. 2. We praise Him for the new works and the beginning of a building project. 3. Praise God for new workers in ministry.
1. We are in need of a hearing aid for a girl (pictured) in one of our churches in the north. If you have a used one, please, let us know so that we may give you an address for sending it. 2. Pray with us as we travel to the US for Jonathan's graduation on April 29.
I came to know the Lord two years after moving to Wallingford in the fall of 1973 at the age of twelve. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised a Catholic. Pastor Bob Alter came and started the Faith Baptist Church in the summer of 1973. My friend Curtis Swires received Christ through the witness of Bill Alter, the pastor’s oldest son. Curtis witnessed to me and I received Christ at a Wednesday night Bible study in the home of Pastor Alter at 421 South Elm Street. He led me to Christ in the dining room and was encouraged thereafter to attend the Sunday services, which I did at Moses Y. Beach School on North Main St. I attended there until the fall of 1979.
Through the early years of my Christian life I was impressed by the Lord to surrender my life to full time service. I can’t say that the call came at one specific time to me. I never fought His call; it only seemed to be my “reasonable service” to give my whole life to Him. I believe it came many times and consistently through my teenage years into my twenties. I had two strong impressions that I recall. One that comes to mind are at the 1975 Youth Conference at First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana under the preaching of Dave Hyles and the other was in the fall of 1979 at First Baptist Church under the preaching of Jack Hyles. The text that Bro. Hyles used on a Sunday night was from Acts 13:36.
“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God,
fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.”
I “felt” the call of God on me strongly that night and went forward to declare it publicly. I thought at that time that it would be the pastorate. It seemed logical since I wanted to do what I believed would serve my generation best. I was attending Hyles-Anderson College at the time and after my transfer to Maranatha Baptist Bible College I believe I went through a period of doubt about the call to be a pastor specifically. I had trouble staying at Bible College because of finances. I never doubted however during this period, that God had called me to “full-time” ministry. I came to realize however that God was the One who called and that He will enable me. I wanted to continue to be sensitive to the Spirit of God and be sure about the specifics of His call. I needed to know what abilities God has already given me and be patient about His leading. I needed to mature mentally as well as spiritually. Coming from a broken home and without my father in my life, I struggled with insecurities and maturity.
What I could not receive at Bible College because of lack of money I received by working in the ministry at Heritage Baptist Church under Pastor Stephen Baker and Tom Bish. Through the “work of the ministry”, God has shown me many areas of my life that needed changed as well as the needs of people. As I have served here on the pastoral staff in the Spanish department, music ministry and Christian school in the past 10 years under Pastor Tom Bish, this experience has helped make clearer to me the specific areas of ministry that I believe the Lord has given me ability to serve. God opened many areas of service that include soul-winning, preaching, deacon, choir and congregational song leading, special music, bus ministry, Sunday School teacher, youth ministry, Christian school, Spanish ministry, and janitorial work. All of these ministries have worked to make me more effective in the “work of the ministry”. I was placed by God in a pastoral position in the Spanish department in 1995. I was an extension of my pastor, Pastor Tom Bish, doing the work of a pastor. By His grace, in the last 10 years I’ve worked on our pastoral staff to help get our Spanish department started and have seen God save souls and grow in the Lord. Now I’m serving as interim Spanish pastor as we seek God’s will and trusting Him to take our Spanish brethren to greater heights for Christ, reaching our Hispanic community.
God’s call on my life comes from His Word. The verse that would accompany the signature of Pastor Alter in my Bible became one of the key verses as to my call to the ministry and it is Romans 12:1, 2. His leading has been unmistakable and sure in the past and by God’s grace I want to be open to God’s leading for the future days ahead. I am so thankful and amazed that God, in His mercy would use the wretched man that I am.
La Espada seeks to motivate, equip and train pastors and churches to fulfill the Great Commission in their Jerusalem and then to reproduce that success by sending preacher boys to repeat the process by starting churches in Judea, Samaria and to the rest of the world.
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La Espada believes in the every creature Gospel telling plan Christ commands in Scripture. Every year over 1,000,000 people receive the Gospel from a soul winner using the La Espada evangelistic materials.
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With over 400 titles in print La Espada produces and promotes materials designed to edify and strengthen Christians. In addition the La Espada Magazine and the La Espada Newspaper circulate in every country in the Spanish speaking world.
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Every year La Espada Evangelists preach to over 60,000 people conducting over 100 La Espada Conferences around the world. Every month we are seeing over 100 young men surrender to preach in the La Espada Conferences as well as many young ladies dedicate themselves to full time Christian service.
Greetings! As this summer closes this week I'm humbled as I think that God has allowed me to have a part to work with the team of "La Espada". In the latter part of last May, I had the opportunity to meet with our director/evangelist, Dan Garlick in our "new" central office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dr. Shelton of the "Sword of the Lord" has graciously allowed us one whole floor of one of their buildings to use for meetings, printings and offices! After my meeting with him, I went to one of our major conferences in Jonesboro, Georgia to assist Bro. Garlick in our Spanish conference there. It was a great week of spiritual renewal, challenge and surrender as the Spanish brethren came to hear the preaching of God's Word. On the Wednesday night of the conference, Pastor Joe Arthur preached as Bro. Garlick translated for him. It's wonderful to see English speaking churches realizing the need to reach Spanish speaking people in their "Jerusalem". I appreciate that the Harvest Baptist Church family and Pastor Joe Arthur have committed themselves to get the gospel to all regardless of the language spoken! I had the opportunity to preach for Pastor Francisco Jimenez at the Mont Sinai Baptist Church in Marion, North Carolina. I was excited to see the church house full of Spanish brethren on a Friday night ready to hear and respond to Bible preaching! More opportunities came my way to provide special music in churches in Virginia and Connecticut. I had the blessing of leading the music portion of the tent meeting in Jackman, Maine for Pastor David Bowman of the First Baptist Church in mid-June. I also had an invitation to speak at the annual Men's retreat held by the South Gardiner Baptist Church up in Baxter State Park in the last week of June. We had four days of enjoying the great outdoors and spent time in God's Word every morning.
The "La Espada" conference at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina this year was awesome! It was the best conference we've had there since I've joined the team. We had at least 500 attend the first night and close to 800 by the end of the conference. We sensed God's Spirit working in hearts as the Word was preached each night. Our last night we saw God's people respond to the call to surrender to God's will to do whatever He had planned for them. Over 60 came down the aisles from young to older saints! There was no doubt in our minds that the Lord met with us!! More opportunities presented themselves to me to speak in two new English churches and present the ministry of "La Espada" in one new church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. I continue to use my abilities in leading singing and preaching to help my home church and my preacher when I'm not traveling for "La Espada". It's always a blessing to help in leading the congregational singing and preach the Word of God in my home church! My bilingual ministry has grown a little bit and I'm grateful! I'm also praising the Lord for having another church take me on for support this summer! I would appreciate prayer that my support will continue to increase and for more contacts. I have been in two preacher fellowship meetings last week for spiritual growth and to meet new pastors. I'm currently following up on those contacts.
I will be in a couple of Spanish and English churches in the fall! Thank you, pastor and church family for the support you've been sending! I appreciate your prayer support for me as well as our •» director, Evangelist Dan Garlick and his family as they head up the ministry of "La Espada". Bro.Garlick has been currently recovering from clots in his lung, please pray for him!! Have a great and productive fall as you serve our Lord!!
I regret to inform you that yesterday approximately 538 men, women, and children passed into eternity, living in the country of Russia. You did not hear about this in the news because this happens every day. Each one of those people will be hopelessly in Hell tonight and every night. Because of the vast number of people compared to the number of missionaries in Russia, it could be easily averaged that not a single one of those people ever heard the Gospel and learned about the Jesus Who could save them from their sin.
God desires that each soul in the Russian Federation be saved and that cannot be accomplished until there are enough people praying, going, and sending. We are sent from our local church in Greenville, Pennsylvania to reach across the Atlantic to a people with a foreign culture and who are foreign to salvation by grace through faith We are going as ambassadors for our Lord. We wish to offer you a part in the incredible task at hand of fulfilling the Great Commission in the Russian Federation. But before investing in God's work, you should know a little about us.
We are both graduates from Heartland Baptist Bible College where I have received a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies (majoring in both Pastoral and in Missions) and she a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education (with a minor in Music). My wife and I both have attended some language school already and hope to include into our first term more studies while working underneath a well-seasoned, already-established missionary named John O'Brien. My wife, Katrina, grew up on the foreign mission field of Ukraine, very close to the Russian border. Having traveled to both Russia and Ukraine more than once, I have seen a large portion of Russia and have already been exposed to some of the culture shock that we will face. No matter the difficulties or the differences, we have a God that is able and willing to help.
Currently, we are seeking faithful spiritual and financial supporters to pray for us and give to the work. Perhaps you and your church could consider the possibility of joining us in this task and sharing the rewards for the labor.
Joy bells are ringing! Here is a very joyful Denise who received Christ as Saviour this month! Denise and his girlfriend are both deaf, but now both are saved! What a way to start off the month of September.
Here in Ukraine, it's imperative that you buy clean gloves and syringes for the medical exams required by the university. There are so many things we could say about that experience... And it was all that - an experience.
During September, we wore what we had to thank our supporting churches. We wish we had a shirt from your church or state too. (Please, no NFL jerseys.) Why is this license plate not on our van? Because someone stole the other one! Still we are very thankful to be here.
We have to tell you about our trip to Odessa for the van. Missionary Mark Priem and Brother Sasha were an incredible blessing and God gave traveling mercies during the 580+ miles back - Jonathan's first time driving in Ukraine.
But God also blessed with a very insightful train passenger who spoke English and invited us to Belgorod, Russia! Would you know that Jonathan's was the last train ticket left to purchase of that type? God surely is the Master Orchestrator of everything!
After accomplishing, by God's grace, our objective (obtaining our visas) in Poland, Katrina suggested that we try visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine. We traversed stairs containing 800 steps, walking 3.5 kilometers under 443 feet of rock salt and dirt. It wasn't exactly relaxing...but it was enjoyable! [And yes, that's the Last Supper carved out of salt.] Cherith slept the whole time, giving us a chance to enjoy our 3-hour, walking adventure.
For 2 new supporting churches.
We now have our visas.
Denise got saved!
For all those affected by the fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods in the United States, (many of our wonderful supporting churches are in those areas.)
For the salvation of Russian leaders and for the safety of missionaries serving there.
For the safety of a 10-year old girl who is still missing.
The Next Steps
If we had to describe September in one word, it would be: bureaucracy. Every step to enter the university, every process to retrieve our van from the Port of Odessa, and every document required to fly to Poland and obtain our visas. Now with visas in hand, we will apply for our residency. (I write this partly to help my friends who will be navigating the same route like us.) After that, we will pray for our tax ID number application to be processed quickly so that we can open a bank account and have the convenience of accessing our money here when needed. (For two months, we have been making ATM withdraws.) We are excited for classes starting soon and that I will begin my formal education in Ukraine, studying the Russian language.
The reason we are here is to preach the Gospel to the Greenlanders and establish Independent Baptist Churches. The Greenlanders have a long history of immorality, molestation, incest, drugs, alcohol and a very high suicide rate. The only thing that can save them is the Blood of Jesus Christ. We are here to offer that Great Hope!
We are not here to get "numbers," but are simply trying to reach one soul at a time. A work in the Arctic is a slow work. You will not hear of hundreds getting saved. We are in a village with only 5,000 souls. We are outsiders that struggle with their languages. Our opposition is the State Church with their works salvation along with the Inuit's superstitions and the newly dangerous charismatic movement. We strongly believe in winning souls to Christ and then teaching and making them Disciples of Christ! If we make them Disciples of Christ, then they will begin to reach others with the Gospel.
Though we are still learning the languages, we invite folks to church and minister the best we can in Greenlandic. We have had a public meeting in town in which a total of 25 Greenlanders attended. We now hold services in our home, but in very basic Greenlandic and some Danish. We have entertained many in our home and also have been entertained by many in their homes for meals and the like. We are making friends every week and will continue to do so by the Grace of God.
There are 76 towns and villages around the coasts of Greenland. There are no roads connecting the towns and villages, but all travel must be done by air or water. There are many villages near Ilulissat. The only way to these villages is by boat or helicopter. Our desire is to have a boat ministry and be able to reach out to these villages and settlements.
The pioneer works in the Arctic of Canada have taken a lifetime and now there are three Independent Baptist churches there. The Inuit there give around $50,000/year to missions and even support our ministry. The works in Canada have produced an Inuit preacher boy who is in Bible College preparing for the ministry. We look to these churches as our model for Greenland. The big difference is that in Canada, they speak English. We cannot stress enough the need to learn the languages fluently. A good foundation and speaking ability of the languages will help to sustain us and give us the ability to communicate with the Inuit.
This is where we must begin. There is no one here to help us. We are the First and must figure it out on our own. I am sure we will make many mistakes, but we look forward to helping the next ones that come. We will be able to save them much time, money, and heartache.
We have never asked for money and will not begin. The LORD is our Provider. Can we use more support? YES!!!! Will we make it another month without more support? YES!!!! The LORD has yet to fail us even when we have been at our lowest! When we left to go to Iceland, we had half the support of the veteran missionaries there. They told us not to come until we got more support, but I told them that God said, "Go Now." God sustained us and we have yet to return to the States for more support, but instead moved directly from Iceland to Greenland as soon as the door opened.
Greenland is even more expensive, yet God is still on the Throne! Don't read me wrong...I have worried many, many, many times and God has brought me to my knees many times! It has been difficult. There have been times that I wasn't sure if I could make it another day. My Pastor told me that I must learn to go one step at a time. That has been the best advice that we have received.
Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have. We are always looking for more churches to partner with us as we try to reach the unreached regions of the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Thank you for your interest and may God Bless you.
Contact Us: The Shull Family ~ Postboks 636 ~ 3952 ILULISSAT ~ GREENLAND - 011-299-495244 ~ firstname.lastname@example.orgSent By: Victory Baptist Church - Pastor Mike Gangemella ~ 100 Bracken Ave - Wilmington, DE 19805 ~ 302-998-2066' Support Info: Points North Baptist Mission ~ PO Box 977 ~ New Philadelphia, OH 44663 - 330-339-7362 -www.pnbm.org
The Wright Family
JR & Cheryl Wright visited us for almost 2 weeks on their survey trip. They were able to see the ministry firsthand. Their burden for Greenland was obvious, as they desired to learn as much as they could about this country and culture that God has called them to.
God has called Brother Wright to preach and plant churches in Greenland. The fact that he is a mechanic is icing on the cake! He saw the boat ministry up close and personal. He was down under the hatch many times working on the motors. Carole is really looking forward to having Cheryl here, not only for the help, but also for the fellowship. We have been praying for years for a family to come and work beside us on this pioneer mission field. In fact, we've been in Greenland for over a decade now! The Wright family will be a good fit for this ministry. We can't wait for them to get here! We know our ministry will expand and our reach in Greenland will grow even more. Please pray for the Wright family. They have a busy schedule of meetings and are working hard to be here next summer, LORD willing. With God All Things Are Possible!
The Boat Ministry
There has been a lot of ice in the Bay this summer, which has limited our travel by sea. We also had some minor setbacks with the Gospel boat early on, but thankfully, we were able to repair and figure out each issue. The Boat ministry is now up and running again, Praise the LORD!
Steve Nissley has been busy repairing and maintaining the boat. We are sure glad that he is here. My son and I have learned much about the boat, today we visited a village and plan to visit several more in the coming weeks.
Our future plans are to purchase small huts in different towns, so we can set up preaching stations and do some "circuit-sailing" preaching! The opportunities are endless on this Pioneer Mission field!
Lost At Sea
North Greenland was hit hard in one devastating weekend. A couple from Ilulissat was sailing with their son and a relative when their boat hit some ice. The three adults were thrown overboard, leaving the 12 year old all alone. After 3 hours of crying for help over the radio, he was finally rescued. Search and rescue only found two of the bodies. A day later, an earthquake caused part of a mountain to crumble into the sea that sent a tsunami into several villages. One village was completely destroyed. A family of three was swept away as they slept in their home. Another person was also swept into the sea. There was too much debris and ice in the water to do a thorough search of the area. The Danish Navy searched some of the houses floating in the sea, but the four were never found. Several other villages were evacuated due to the ongoing threat of another tidal wave. .An organization in Europe was tracking this activity, but had no way of warning Greenland. The local church knows of the coming judgement upon sinners across the globe. How can they warn them? God has a plan in place to do just that: Missions! "Throw out the Lifeline!"
Visit us in Greenland by going to: www.arctic-adventures.blogspot.com/
Thank you for Holding the Ropes!
The Shull Family Chris, Carole Ann, Christopher Jr., Anna, Emilia, Jonathan & Mattaliina
For those of you who have asked for pictures of the boat... We're just so excited about what God is doing in Greenland! We can't wait to get this boat on the water and reaching other towns and villages with The Gospel!
This is an excerpt from Steve Nissley, The Captain. "This is the First Baptist Church of Greenland's Gospel boat. We are getting ready to remove the plywood top, shrink wrap it and send it to Greenland. We are going to letter it before it goes. It will have the church logo on the sides and Ilulissat Greenland on the back".
Dr. Gurappa and Dr. Elizabeth Tatagiri joined IGM in 1993. Dr. Tatagiri is the founder and chairman of the Christian Hospital. His main aim is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the non-Christians under the umbrella of free medical services. In the present situation in India, Christians are under a lot of persecution. Dr. Tatagiri feels that this is the safe way of reaching the people for Christ, showing the love of Jesus to the unsaved. The Tatagiris’ ministry also includes the New Life Christian Church, an extensive orphan ministry and free medical camps.
Greetings to you in His Holy Name. By the grace of our Lord, we are doing well. Thank you very much for your kind and loving prayer and financial support. I am very sorry for not being able to write you about our medical and Gospel ministry in our area because of the persecution we are facing all the time. At the same time, my computer has not been working well for the last six months. When I try, many times it stops in the middle and sometimes it’s says that my computer is not properly secured and that many people are opening my mail.
Because the ministry we have is medical service to the poorest of the poor, it is not easy to shift this ministry to a safer place. Many highly qualified doctors, under whom I have performed most of the major and minor surgeries, have asked us to go to their Christian mission hospitals to help them. But we cannot go such long distances to unknown places where they are also facing continuous persecution.
About 35 years ago, before we started this hospital, we were supposed to go to another hospital in the state of Odisha, North India, where the poor people did not have any proper medical service. Because we had four young girls and one boy, we could not go such a long distance where the people are very poor and the Christians were facing difficulties. So, we started the ministry in the present place and, by the grace of our Lord, we joined IGM and our God has provided many very loving brothers and sisters in Christ and all of them have been loving us so much and praying for us. Praise the Lord.
Now, the present situation in this place is not good for this type of service. Just one month ago, our brothers in Christ, who are highly qualified in medicine and who started the charitable medical services in Northern India, asked us to pray for their needs, especially since they were badly in need of an ambulance and some surgical instruments which we were not using because of the trouble we have here from the people. We were praying for them and our Lord guided us to give them the ambulance and the surgical instruments which we were not using because of the problems we are facing.
So, just a week back, we sent the ambulance and all the operating room equipment to that hospital which is located in Orissa/Odisa in the northern part of India where Pastor Grahamstain and his son were burned to death. The name of that hospital is Ashakiran Hospital, Lamtaput, Orissa. Almost a week ago, they sent two drivers to take the vehicle. They are very happy. The present value of the ambulance and the equipment I sent to them freely is about USD $10,000.00. Many wanted to buy those things by paying money. But, these things belong to our Lord Jesus Christ and should go to His own children who are badly in need of them. We were very happy to give them these things.
Now, in these days, we are not involving much in medical service to the poor and needy, but involved a very little in Gospel work. Kindly pray for our health, financial needs and mainly for our safety in this jungle. Kindly pray for our future ministry. We are planning to come to the USA to meet all our loving Lord's children who have been helping us with their prayer and financial support.
Our humble request is, please continue to support us with your prayer and financial support as long as we were able to serve our Father in Heaven in this old age.
Currently serving with 'Baptist Mission to Forgotten Peoples' in Staten Island, NY
My wife Elizabeth and I were married in July 4, 2008 and have one child, Hezekiah. We are answering the call of God to start a Bible believing, Bible preaching, independent Baptist church in the St. George area of Staten Island, New York.
I praise the Lord for saving me and I know He will guide me and enable me as I serve Him for His glory. During my earlier years of schooling, I learned many worldly and Godless styles of life, which influenced me toward a period of rebellion. Thinking that I was saved yet not truly knowing the Lord, I was not able to be at peace concerning my own salvation. Desiring to preach the Word of God, I sought training at Ambassador Baptist College. It was at this time, September 30, 2004, that I repented of my sinfulness and received Christ as my personal Savior. I was baptized at my home church the following summer. The Lord has given me a burden to plant churches in the inner cities of the U.S. I plan to do this faithfully by His grace until I see Him at His coming or in glory.
I was born and reared in a Christian environment and attended a Christian school my entire education. I pretended to be a Christian until I was thirteen. Finally realizing that I needed Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I asked Him into my heart on September 13th, 1998, and then was baptized the following service. Since then, I surrendered my life to serve Christ for full-time service and God led me to Ambassador Baptist College for my training. There I met my husband and God has directed us to plant churches in the U.S. beginning with Staten Island, New York. I praise the Lord for all that He has done in my life and for what He will do in the lives of others as we serve Him.
I completed my formal Bible training at Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, North Carolina. I received a degree in Pastoral Theology in May of 2010. My wife completed the requirements for two degrees, receiving a Church Ministries and an Elementary Education degree. We were able to serve at our sending church, Tri-City Baptist Church for two years before God put a desire for our family to pursue His will to start a church in Staten Island.
My desire is that your heart be open to the Bible and open to examining your relationship with the God Who loves you. The Lord has a plan and purpose for everyone in this life. Our supreme desire is that we can serve you in any way we can.
To faithfully preach and teach the truths and doctrines of God's Word, for the spiritual benefit of believers. It is our desire that Christians grow in the Lord toward maturity and live a victorious Christian life, that they might effectively witness to and win the unsaved, seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. We lovingly welcome all who enter our church!
We wanted to thank you once again for your prayer and support! God has done many wonderful things!
We were outside our home, welcoming in a lady in our church that had come over for discipleship, when a young lady in her twenties came out the house across the street and approached us. She mentioned that she had just graduated from college and had just moved back in with her mother while she finished up her PhD at a school in Brooklyn. She proceeded to tell us that she had been saved three years ago and was looking for a church. Her mother told her that we were Christians and she ran out to ask us about where we went! Her mother goes to one of the largest non-denominational churches in town, but when we asked her if that is where she was planning to go, she said she was praying for a smaller church! Wei! she visited and has been extremely faithful since! She has to be one of the most teachable young ladies! have ever met. For example, after salvation, she had quit getting drunk with her friends, but did not think that social drinking was wrong. She asked me if that was ok. Instead of telling her my opinion, I took her to the Bible. I had her search for verses on her own (which she did) I sent her messages on the topic (which she immediately listened to) and we discussed the fruits of it. She asked lots of questions and we searched the scriptures. Sunday morning (the next day) she called us and said that she had committed to God that she would not drink again, and that she would do her best to stay away from places that would tempt her!!!! We rejoiced with her as we know that God will bless her for her yielding to the Spirit and being sensitive to His leading. Her name is Emma, would you be in prayer for her as we disciple her and help her grow in her walk with the Lord?!
Bro VanGelderen was our preacher for our revival this spring and he was such a tremendous and wonderful blessing to our church family! We had more attend revival faithfully this year than we have had in previous years, so that was a huge encouragement to our family as we watched many of our members grow in grace that week! Emma brought someone almost every night and her best friend accepted Christ as her Savior! We are still trying to get her in for discipleship, please pray that she becomes willing to learn more. She has expressed interest but feels nervous once the appointment has been set up.Every summer, we usually use neighborhood bible time (which we absolutely love! If you have never tried them, you should!) but at the end of last summer a supporting church of ours asked if we wouid like to do cola wars this summer.
Their church and another church would come and run it and basically take care of the expenses and provide a lot of teens to help attract those in Staten island. So this July, we did Cola wars! We had the Pepsi team and the coke team. A lady in our church works for ferry ads and she was able to get us a grant to use the three digital boards in the ferry terminal on the Manhattan side. That is HUGE! If we were to have paid for that, it would have cost us around $7,400.00!!!!! But we got it for free! We had advertisement like never before!!! We have a lot of Staten island teens come out and we are working on certain families that have shown interest in coming to our church, and they live in our churches neighborhood!!!! God is good! We focused on teens this year because we have a young man ,that just graduated from Bible college, coming at the end of august to be our youth pastor. He will be getting a job and supporting his family while ministering and helping us! We are Sooooo excited to have the help and encouragement!!!! His wife plays the piano, and is willing to teach. They will be working with the teens and helping us with visits and discipleship! That is huge for us!!! We desperately have needed the help and encouragement! Please pray that their transition goes well and that he can get in a job transfer with his current UPS job. Pray that they find affordable housing and that they stay!!! A lot of people come to NYC but leave quickly, our prayer is that they get plugged in and love the city and the people in our church!
We will be sending an update video to all of our supporting pastors along with this letter. This helps everyone see our people and our ministry. Please do not share on social media for the time being because one of the ladies that gave a testimony has asked us not to put up on facebook. You may show it to your church as she has given permission for that but we are currently working on an updated version that we can share on social media and we will send the updated version as soon as it is completed. Thank you Nathan Fry for doing the video. His ministry is called.... and we highly recommend him to come to your church and help you with any video needs.