!The lost and dying world.
The universal and local churches.
Believers in every culture.
Missions around the world.
LWI and its ongoing work.
The Board members and families.
The Executive Director and wife.
The national pastors and workers.
The upcoming mission trip.
A great harvest of souls.
The expenses to be met.
The radio ministry and requests.
The world leaders and nations.
One another in this New Year.
Faithfulness to the Lord.
PRAYER CHANGES LIVES AND PROVIDES
HOPE TO THIS LOST WORLD.
“HERE IS THE PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS; HERE ARE THEY THAT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND THE FAITH OF JESUS” (Revelation 14:12).
Patience wins the race! We all know the story of the hare and tortoise and its outcome. “The fast-running hare was very proud of its speed and laughed at the slow-moving tortoise. In time, the tortoise challenged the hare to a race. The hare ran way ahead, got bored, and decided to take a nap. Suddenly, he awoke to see the tortoise crossing the finish line” (Adapted).
As we begin this New Year, the Church needs to be patient in the work of the Lord. The fast-pace world is moving closer and closer to a one world government, the rise of the anti-Christ and the coming judgment of God. Without realizing it, the world has fallen into a deep sleep and racing toward an abrupt ending. This lost world has become bored with spiritual realities, dismissing God, His Word and all truth. Like the hare, people feel that they have plenty of time to live and enjoy the pleasures of this world; but someday, it will awaken to see God’s people crossing the finish line.
While the world is running the wrong direction, the Church must run the race with patience. As we look for the coming of the Lord Jesus for His Church, we must be faithful and keep working for the kingdom of God. God is not finished with this world; therefore, we cannot become discouraged and quit serving the Lord. The harvest is ripe and plenteous. More than ever, the Church needs to be alive, active and involved in reaching the world without Christ.
It is our earnest prayer that this will be a most fruitful year as we continue to reach out and share Christ. The work of God is not finished; thus, we have much to do. Thank you for your continuing partnership with us. Without our prayer and financial partners, we would not be able to glorify the Lord and work for Him.
PLANS IN THE WORKS
Tentatively, plans have been made to minister in Singapore and Malaysia this spring., but we are waiting for the final confirmation before setting the dates and getting flights. The initial stop will be Singapore as the base; and then, there will be a trip into Malaysia being accompanied by the host pastor.
Believing that nothing is impossible with God, we know that He will supply all the needs along with extra funds to help pastors and churches. We always are sensitive to any humanitarian needs but desire to receive firsthand requests.
We are also praying about a future trip into China for ministering and assessing the needs there. This would probably be more toward the fall, Lord willing.
Be much in prayer as we venture into a new area of the world for our Savior. Regardless of the continent or country, the needs are great. Our mission is always two-fold, that is, to encourage pastors and believers and bring the lost to Christ. Much planning and preparing will take place in the next couple months, and we are trusting God for a productive and fruitful work. Again, the time is short, and we must do all that we can to reach souls for our Savior. We do not have the privilege of retiring in the work of the Lord.
THE TOUCH OF GOD
Presently, we are on the home stretch of about a four-year project. We have taken each of the Psalms and composed a teaching of each one. All in all, there will be about one hundred and sixty-six manuscripts with Psalms 119 having twenty-two. One hundred and twenty-five chapters have been finished, and this year we expect to complete the last twenty-five chapters.
The first two books (chapters 1-72) have been sent to our daughter, Nicole. At her discretion and periodically, she will be posting this work on Facebook under Living Word International. We are praying that it will be a blessing to those who read it. Part of Psalm 1 has been posted.
We praise God for a wonderful time this Christmas, even though the family gatherings have grown smaller. Kimber and her family (except Brandon) were with us. We also had Savannah with us for a week. Nicole, Bryan and the children visited via Skype.
As always, we miss the ones that could not be with us—Aimee and Brandon. Lord willing, Brandon should be home from overseas the end of January.
We look forward to Saturday, April 13th which is Brandon and Haley’s wedding day. The family is beginning to expand as the grandchildren mature into young adults.
We do not know what this New Year may bring, but we can trust the One who holds the future in His hands. God never fails us in His plans.
LET'S GRAB THE HEART OF THE WORLD AND TURN IT TO THE LIGHT!
As we enter the New Year, it will be our tenth year of broadcasting the Gospel around the world. God continues to use this ministry to encourage believers and reach the lost for Christ.
“It is a good day that I am listening to your program and feeling the Spirit at work in my life. I am a fortunate person to know Jesus and He has brought a glorious change to my life. He has shown me the path and I have taken it!”
“My son was in a traffic accident in Germany this week and he is in the hospital with a broken leg and internal injuries. His wife says he is going to be fine, but I am still worried. Please, let me ask for your prayers. Thank you.”
“I hope that you take requests for prayer because my brother was hurt in an accident with his car last week and has had surgeries. God can heal him and give him his health again.”
“I always appreciate your broadcast. You obviously know the Bible through and through. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You make God real in my life and bring me closer to Him.”
“I rely on the helpful program you prepare. This is a knowledgeable source for me and I love to learn. Bless your outreach.”
“I know what God has done in my life and I know that HE is there for me and for anyone who will confess their sins and accept Him. That is the thing I am most thankful on this Thanksgiving.
These samplings give you an idea how God is using this ministry. How many are being reached that do not respond? Certainly, it has been worth the time and finances. Eternity will give us the final report of how many have been reached and helped.
We are so grateful to our faithful prayer and financial partners. The many blessings that we receive from this ministry go to each one of you who stand in the gap with us. Our Lord is preparing special rewards for you, but our greatest blessing will be spending eternity together with those whom we have touched and encouraged. Thank you for sharing the Gospel around the world.