The lost world.
The salvation of many souls.
The universal and local churches.
Christian strength and encouragement.
All the nations and governments.
The natural catastrophes taking place.
LWI and its mission around the world.
LWI Executive Director and wife.
LWI Board members and families.
The upcoming Philippines trip in April.
The financial needs for the trip.
The radio ministry and its impact.
The special radio requests.
Our prayer and financial partners.
The national pastors and workers.
The support for the national pastors.
All the humanitarian needs in the world.
Spiritual revival in the world.
One another each day.
“FEAR NONE OF THOSE THINGS WHICH THOU SHALT SUFFER. BEHOLD, THE DEVIL SHALL CAST SOME OF YOU INTO PRISON, THAT YE MAY BE TRIED, AND YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION TEN DAYS; BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE” (Revelation 2:10).
The Apostle John, as directed by the Lord, writes these words to the church in Smyrna which would face great persecution. After taking God from contemporary time and influence, this present-day world attacks and assaults the Church. Satan, knowing his time is relatively short, openly persecutes the Church and takes pride in defeating believers.
The challenge is set before us in the latter part of this verse: “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Faithfulness stands as the key word for us. In knowing the Lord, we are to serve Him all the days of our lives regardless of the cost. As a result, we shall receive the crown of life and be in the presence of the Lord forever.
God calls us to faithfulness; and then, He promises to produce the fruit. Too often, we get overly concerned about the results and base our decisions on them. God commands one requirement from us: faithfulness. If we fulfill it, there shall be many crowns for us in eternity that we will lay at the feet of Jesus. And we shall rejoice with many saints that we have reached and influenced over our life spans.
Yes, we live in a time of unprecedented persecution upon the Church in formerly Christian nations. The non-Christian world has experienced it for centuries; but now, there is no corner of the world left untouched. Will we be faithful to the end?
Each year, we endeavor to reach out to the world with a major mission project. Our ministry has different facets, but it is also important to keep direct contact in evangelizing, ministering, encouraging and training. This year, the major trip will be to the northern Philippines during the month of April. The final plans are in the making, and preparation has been ongoing for the last six months.
Because of international and national travel from place to place, the cost will be around $4,000. As normal, we trust the Lord to provide the needs for us. And we are grateful to our prayer and financial partners who make it possible.
We ask you to be in prayer as it will be a longer duration than normal. Pastor Joe Tampus, a Filipino, will accompany me for both ministry and protection. We anticipate many wonderful blessings from the Lord and will endeavor to be faithful to Him in each ministry opportunity.
This year marks twenty-five years of taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, reaching into over twenty nations, reaching the lost, supporting national pastors, training pastors and leaders, and meeting humanitarian needs. Every week, the radio ministry circles the globe and presents a systematic study of His Word. Despite many obstacles along the way, God has always had the victory.
The future looks bright as we commit ourselves to be faithful and forge ahead for His honor and glory. Our focus continues to be faithful and await His increase. Like the church in the book of Acts, we prayerfully can report: “So mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed” (Acts 19:20).
Being a faith ministry, we work with the resources that God provides. We trust Him for greater supply, so that we can reach more people for Christ and help believers grow in the truth. And thankfully, many of you have stood with us in faithfulness and partnership.
2018 MISSION GOAL
In this New Year, we make China a main goal for our ministry. Having visited there, this nation needs the truth. It will be a major goal to reach out to this land and support faithful laborers for the Lord. Depending on funds, we will seek to send a special monetary gift to our contacts. Any designated gifts for China will be invested wholly and directly to pastors and churches.
Our mission outreach was extra special as we traveled to Israel and had our eyes opened wide to what is happening in the Middle East. With enemies all around, God’s special chosen people are still awaiting their Messiah. We were able to help the work of God financially and are still praying about future involvement.
God has used the radio ministry to reach into many parts of the world. We continue to get responses every week, but God alone knows its full value.
We sent financial gifts to help meet the needs of people in the hurricanes and the Christian believers in North Korea. It is our desire to do more as God provides.
It is encouraging to get positive reports from the pastors that we support on a regular basis. Souls are being saved, and His people are being encouraged.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018
We believe that our time is short; therefore, we need to do as much as we can for the glory of God. The Philippines and China will be our main concerns. We continue to make preparations for the upcoming trip.
It takes weekly and long-term preparations for the radio ministry. As a new addition, we will be putting the radio manuscript on our Web Site each week.
We introduce Paul Collier, a very personal friend, as our Project Manager. He has been appointed by the LWI Board and continues to help us with future projects. We thank God for his commitment and faithfulness to our Savior and great desire to see people come to Christ.
It is our prayer that we can support more pastors in this New Year and trust the Lord will increase the giving for this cause.
There is much work to be done in this lost and dying world. As we look upward for His coming, we are committed to reaching out into the world with the Gospel truth.
SAMPLING OF RADIO RESPONSES
“I am having a great weekend with my family and I was so pleased that we were able to listen to your broadcast today. We were all blessed!”
“I was without God in my life for a long time. I had drifted away from the Church when I was young and was deep in sin.
Someone who cared about me saw that I was in trouble and took me to church with her. God filled that void in my soul with the Holy Spirit.
I know that God is there for me and Jesus is on the same path with me.
Your program helps me to keep getting to know my God better and better.”
“I have you on the ROKU in my home and I have been listening for a couple months. Thank you for a fine program that I always listen for.”
“Simply reading the Bible everyday has given me a fine increase in my understanding of the faith.
I told a friend about this routine of mine and she recommended I hear your broadcast. I started listening and I am thrilled with the messages you present.
I just wanted to say thank you.”
“Bless you Pastor Wriglesworth. This program is ministering to me and my needs as a Christian. Thank you so much.”
“I have really been enjoying your broadcast. I committed my life to Christ many years ago, but I know that Bible study is an important part of being a Christian. God wants us to know Him.”
Let us also pray for the special requests that we receive. People all over the world have concerns in their lives and need our prayers. We are commanded to pray for His Church and one another.
Let us be diligently praying that God will use the radio ministry to bring people to the Lord and encourage more believers.
“TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE AND WILL DO IN THE FUTURE”
FIELD REPORT HIGHLIGHTS
(From Faith Baptist Church in Isabela, Philippines—Pastor Alfonso Paguigan, Jr.)
The Sports Fest of Baptist Churches was held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. With the sharing of the Gospel, young people came to know the Lord.
On November 25th, a Cottage Prayer Meeting was planned. Fifteen came to know the Lord.
Sixty attend the church service and thirty in Sunday School, not counting the children. The church has continuous Bible studies and visitation.
There has also been the privilege of winning souls in the neurological services. The Gospel is continually shared.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING THIS MINISTRY WITH YOUR PRAYERS AND FINANCES