I have a new Facebook page for our ministry – all ministry posts will be showing up there going forward. Our personal pages will be just that – personal Facebook pages. This will allow people that want to follow the ministry, but don’t want to see the personal posts to see just the ministry news. The new Facebook Page can be found at: @missionarytocyberspace.
Please go to that page and “Like” it and Follow it to continue to get updates via Facebook. Of course, you can continue to go to our Website at https://cyber-missions.org to continue to keep up to date on our ministry and read the archived posts.
I will be updating the “about us” and ministry information on the new Facebook Page shortly.
Over the last few weeks, I have been fighting issues caused by the hosting we provide free to Independent Baptist Ministries.
Right before Christmas one of our hosting accounts was actually suspended by our hosting provided because of content (relax it was not objectionable – just volume) of one of our hosting accounts. The account was not released until I could find and remove all the sermons that were buried in directories all over the website (fortunately I had them all backed up). I still have not been able to get a phone call from the pastor of the church to let him know of the problem or the solution I have come up with almost two weeks later!
I was able to set up my own FTP server with two TB of redundant disk space to handle sermons (only about 5 of the 100 or so ministries we host have any sermons at all, and of them, only 3 are of any size that I need to be concerned about.
About the same time I was getting this issue resolved another hosted account crashed the task manager that was making backups and doing software installations on another one of my shared servers. This is another ministry I have not been able to re-establish contact with for about a year. They are doing some exotic stuff with WordPress and all of a sudden, something on their website ended up crashing the task manager of CPanel. I was able to isolate them on their own server. I actually have three ministries right now that I have to keep isolated because I am afraid they will have negative impact on other ministries.
It is frustrating, providing services at no charge, when I try to stay in communication, if for no other reason to make sure that everything is going well and the ministry is still operating. When I have to take some sort of action to protect other ministries, and I am not able to get a Pastor to call me back – I have to admit it gets frustrating.
The FTP server is stable, and everything has settled down now. Still dealing with the ongoing security issues and hacking attempts, but Lord willing everything will stay calm.
I was contacted several weeks ago by a gentleman we provided web hosting for years ago in Maryland. He relocated to Yuma Arizona and was an Assistant Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church there.
Brother McConkey said he was going to be taking over as Pastor December first and wanted to register a domain for the church. We talked about it and he decided on the domain lbcyuma.com.
I registered lbcyuma.com for him. I set up a WordPress website with secure (SSL) certificate for him and he built a website for the church. There is an old website for the church that will be expiring next month, but Pastor McConkey decided to start over with a new domain and a new website.
I have added the Arabic Version of God’s Bridge to Eternal Life (جسر الله إلى الحياة الخالدة) to our God’s-bridge.com website. I have also published the link to my evangelistic Facebook page. Please pray that the Lord will use this tract to reach the unsaved Arab population around the world in their native language. The tract can be found at http://gods-bridge.com/arabic/.
We currently have this Bible tract up in English, German, French Spanish, Chinese and now Arabic!
We also have additional Bible Tracts up on other pages and have given out over 87,000 Bible tracts worldwide!
Thank you for the wonderful lessons. Yes, Satan will try to turn our needs and hearts and minds from our Lord. Each day we must put the whole armor of God on and also to fight with the Word of God. You must tell Satan to get out of your life. God is my Father and Saviour. Thanks be to God. Amen, Amen.
I was contacted by Victory Baptist Church Drummonds Tennessee a while back. The are listed in the Baptist Ministries Database, and had no website, so I had an unofficial link website up for them. They were telling me the pastor information was incorrect, they did not have a pastor at that time. I responded I would update the information, and asked them to let me know if they wanted me to set up a “regular” website for the church.
Earlier this week Victory Baptist Church Drummonds Tennessee contacted me again to let me know they had a new pastor (Gary Aaron) . They asked me to set up a “regular” website for them (not sure why I used that term…
I suggested the domain vbcdrummonds.com along with several other choices and they selected that domain. They did not have any idea yet as to what they wanted to do with the website yet, so I set up a website for them on WordPress with SSL certificate, and basic information with the domain vbcdrummonds,com. The gentleman I have been talking with will be getting together with the new Pastor and will get back to me as to the direction and options they would like to take their online ministry once Thanksgiving is over.
“When you go on the internet, please pray for the Hoffman Family – your missionaries to Cyberspace.”
Volume 30 Issue 4 (November/2017)
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Latest News:
I had the pleasure of presenting the ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Russelville Arkansas kicking off their home missions conference in September, and of preaching the closing message of the conference. We have had a relationship helping BBC Russelville, originally with their hosting, and currently with their domain (bbcruss.org) since 2008.
Church Website Ministry:
I was approached by a lady that wanted to do online Bible studies for some friends. She is calling her study “Lamplighters.” She registered a domain and set up a website (letyourlightsoshinetoday.com) on Goddaddy’s Website Builder using their one month free trial.She asked if I could host the website using WordPress. I told her I could (and would). I created (to the best of my ability) a duplicate Lamplighters website using her content (less the copyrighted images) in WordPress at wp.letyourlightsoshinetoday.com so she could look at WordPress and see how it works. She felt that the site looked fine and checked out WordPress (which admittedly requires a bit more technical expertise than Website Builder does). WordPress also offers more features and flexibility, and best of all is free.She told me she “would make it work.” I changed her domain over to the WordPress website, and spent a couple of hours on the phone training her in the use of WordPress. She is using the Posts or “Blog” feature of WordPress for her Bible Study.
Migrated 20 WordPress Websites to new servers.
Need to migrate 40 or so WordPress websites (two large ones) to new servers before April, as well as many other domains.
WordPress had two minor and one major upgrade in last quarter.
Bible Correspondence Courses: We want to thank Katherine Feguer, Lydia Henrici, J.L. & Florence Smith and Lorraine Meier for helping on the Bible Correspondence courses over the last quarter.
4th Quarter Stats:
We sent out 619 Lessons, Issued 25 Certificates, had 122 active Students (13 are prisoners) in Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and USA.
Here are some comments we received from people that are taking the correspondence courses:
From a student in Malawi-Many thanks to you my Parents in Christ. I know I am what I am today spiritually because of you people.May the Lord grant you what you desire in your life. Will advise you upon receipt of these wonderful materials.
From a prisoner in GA-I most thank the FamilyNet International for working with me because I really Need Jesus in my life real strong.
From a prisoner in NC-I am so happy and blessed to read the Practical Christian Living book 8, lessons 22-24. Lesson 22 Managing our Finances, knowing that everything is the Lord’s, that we are only stewards. It so refreshing to read how not to go into debt, managing money wisely. Everytime I take a class on re-entry we are taught that in order to be successful in the outside world we have to get into debt, through loans, credit cards, chasing a FICO score. Coming out of prison I feel the last thing I need is more debt. I just don’t see the need for it. I know I have enough debt already I will have to deal with. I plan to downsize my lifestyle in order to get my life right with the Lord and be debt free.
From a prisoner in Mississippi-To Whom it may concern at the FamilyNet Bible school. I am writing to you this day 9/16/17. I just want to let you know how much I am enjoying the Bible lessons that you have been sending me. What I am learning as a result of the Bible studies will not only help me in my walk with Jesus each day. I know in my heart that what I am learning will also help me to help others in my personal ministry of our Lord and Saviour Jesus. I thank-u-for all that you do to help a person learn about our Lord and Saviour Jesus. You are very good people. I look forward to completing the rest of lessons on the Bible studies titled Practical Christian Living. The two books that you recently taught me a lot more also all through we never have met in person. I send my prayers out to FamilyNet ministries and all those who were involved in the recent hurricane.
From a 71 year old student in AR-This lesson on prayer blessed my soul!
From a 62 year old student from Tennessee-This was a very good lesson and it reminds me of who I was; and who I am now, because I believe God is Truth and I believed and was changed. Praise God!
From a prisoner in MS-To whom it may concern at FamilyNet. I just want to take a moment of your time and say thank you for the Bible study list of courses that you sent me. This was very kind of you. I really do thank you for that. I am getting some good knowledge on the Bible from the Bible courses I am working on at this time with FamilyNet. I hope that you are all doing well at FamilyNet Bible school. I am keeping you in my prayers and I ask that you do the same for me. God is really showing me the things in my life that I need to work on to be a more effective witness for Him. I than you for all you do in helping ones to learn the Word of God. I look forward to the next Bible study lessons.
Tract Ministry: We have “given out” over 86,000 Bible Tracts online.
The New Birth Contact: I just got saved! Spoke to Bob -This was the subject of the email I received a little while ago… If you follow our blog, you will remember me mentioning that I receive phone calls all the time from Telemarketers that are calling about the domains we register. I have started taking these calls as an opportunity the Lord has given me to give out the Gospel (it has also had the effect of cutting down the number of calls I have been getting). Late one afternoon in October I received another telemarketing call from a gentleman in Calcutta India wanting to discuss one of the domains we had “rescued.” I started out the conversation by asking him if “you were to die tonight do you know for sure you have a home in heaven?” Usually when I ask this question I hear the other end disconnect. This gentleman and I engaged in a conversation about salvation. He did not get saved on the phone, but was interested, and, being an internet person I gave him the URL of “The New Birth” tract (new-birth.us). He also had a lot of questions about our missions work, Bible lessons, and what exactly Independent Baptists were. We spent about 20 minutes or so on the phone, and I think his message “Would like to follow New Birth and was a pleasure speaking with Bob” indicates he would like to start taking some Bible courses.
Social Networking Outreach:I get new requests on my evangelistic Facebook account regularly. I now have 2589 “friends” in my evangelistic Facebook account. This can be a valuable tool to reach unsaved people.
Support:We are currently at 67% of support for our ministry expenses.
Please pray we can pick up more regular ongoing support.
Bob went in for an Angiogram in October after issues with a stress test on his heart. There were no blockages, in fact the problem was the opposite, the arteries are actually enlarged. Attempts to treat with a very expensive drug resulted in negative reaction to the drug. Bob is off the drug. The issue is non life threatening, symptoms appear during physical exertion. Bob still having some unresolved minor problems with swallowing, latest kidney test came back as “abnormal” but stable. Followup on prostate in December. Ongoing prayers appreciated.
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Specific Financial Needs:
We still have a need to replace two A/C units to support our office space, and have a need for reliable transportation. We have set up an account for these needs. Donations can be earmarked to the “Helps” fund if you are able to help us out.
The following are some of the projected expenses for the coming year – we are still at 67% of support for ministry expenses:
Server Costs $700 Dollars
Security Costs $250
Postage to Nigeria $925 (90 salvation decisions)
Postage to Kenya (increasing) $250 (15 Salvation)
Internet Costs $1000
Telephone Costs $1500
Nigeria Project – Two Nigerian Churches (Non Baptist ) want to use our Courses to teach their members and children including Sunday School, Pastor Training, Public Schools). This is an opportunity to get God’s Word and good doctrine into places that would not otherwise be able to receive it. We have had over 200 students from these churches in the last several years , so we know these people, and have a history with them and trust them. $650
Please consider a donation. FamilyNet is a 501 (C)(3) charity. Donations are tax deductible in the US – You can donate via PayPal (Donate button is on http://www.cyber-missions.com) or mail a check: FamilyNet International Inc P.O. Box 451951 Garland, TX 75045 (214) 257-0229
The New Birth Contact: I just got saved! Spoke to Bob
This was the subject of the email I received a little while ago… If you follow our blog, you will remember me mentioning that I receive phone calls all the time from Telemarketers that are calling about the domains we register. I have started taking these calls as an opportunity the Lord has given me to give out the Gospel (it has also had the effect of cutting down the number of calls I have been getting). Late this afternoon I received another telemarketing call from a gentleman in Calcutta India wanting to discuss one of the domains we had “rescued.” I started out the conversation by asking him if “you were to die tonight do you know for sure you have a home in heaven?”
Usually when I ask this question I hear the other end disconnect. This gentleman and I engaged in a conversation about salvation. He did not get saved on the phone, but was interested, and, being an internet person I gave him the URL of “The New Birth” tract (new-birth.us).
He also had a lot of questions about our missions work, Bible lessons, and what exactly Independent Baptists were. We spent about 20 minutes or so on the phone, and I think his message “Would like to follow New Birth and was a pleasure speaking with Bob” indicates he would like to start taking some Bible courses. Please pray for our new brother in Christ Ritam.
To whom it may concern at FamilyNet. I just want to take a moment of your time and say thank you for the Bible study list of courses that you sent me. This was very kind of you. I really do thank you for that. I am getting some good knowledge on the Bible from the Bible courses I am working on at this time with FamilyNet. I hope that you are all doing well at FamilyNet Bible school. I am keeping you in my prayers and I ask that you do the same for me. God is really showing me the things in my life that I need to work on to be a more effective witness for Him. I than you for all you do in helping ones to learn the Word of God. I look forward to the next Bible study lessons.