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Volume 30 Issue 2 (April/May/June/2017)
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Latest News:
Maureen and I participated in the Global Impact Celebration (Missions Conference) at Lavon Drive Baptist Church (our home church) in Garland Texas.
I had the pleasure of presenting our ministry work to the "Crusader Class" at Lavon Drive Baptist Church in Garland Texas
Church Website Ministry:
I have been working with Evangelist Dr. Timothy Holtsclaw to host new church plants for several years. Dr. Holtsclaw is the director of the BATA church planting ministry. Tim had an idea to create a website that would match KJV Churches looking for staff and staff looking for positions in KJV churches. We talked it over and I decided it would be doable. I did some research and the best platform I could find was actually a dating platform. It took a lot of customizing to change information to match the Baptist Connections data set. Dr. Holtsclaw settled on the domain name BaptistConnections.com, which I registered. I created a WordPress website, installed the dating plugin and after much tweaking Baptist Connections came on line last week.
Pastor Floyd Brown of First Baptist Church of Flat in Gatesville Texas contacted me. Pastor Brown and I met at a small church several years ago when he and his wife Sara were missionaries. I set up a website for them when he became a Pastor at Eureka Baptist Church in Weatherford Texas. Brother Floyd became Pastor of First Baptist Church of Flat and wanted to know if I could help him out again. Brother Floyd told me they wanted to go with the domain fbcflat.com. I registered the domain for First Baptist Church of Flat and put up a basic website for the church with contact information, contact form and map with the location of the church.
I worked with Pastor Bryan Spurgin of Bible Baptist Church in McKinney Texas. We have been hosting Bible Baptist Church in McKinney Texas’s website for many years now and Pastor Spurgin wanted to make some updates. After some discussion about what he wanted to do, I was able to completely rebuild their website (bbcmckinney.com) and provide the features brother Spurgin was looking for.
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. First Quarter Stats: 652 lessons mailed, 21 certificates issued, 126 students of which 8 are prisoners and 51 are International. Lessons were mailed to: Brunei, Canada, India, Nigeria, Tanzania and USA.
Here are some comments we received from people that are taking the courses
From a 75 year old student in Australia: Talking about the Practical Christian Living course, he says, A very brilliant, comprehensive, inspiring course which has taught me much. Thank you and Bless you!
From a student in Alabama: In the course Light from the Old Testament, the picture of Rebekah, the servant, Isaac: awesome "type" the "Ark of Safety". I truly love these simple, but yet powerful lessons. Thank you!
From a student in Maryland: The most important things I learned in this booklet was that God is not only involved in the great things in my life, but even the smallest of "details".
From a student in Malawi: Many thanks the Envelope is well received with the five books. I hope these books will make our Sunday school lessons a success. The Titles are just amazing and I hope our class will change for better understanding the word of God. Above all I took your advice that all my lessons should be based on the word of God
From a student in Malawi: I really appreciate all the spiritual support that you people offer to me, how I anticipate that we meet in Heaven and discuss all these wonderful acts you are offering to us.For the booklets I shared with another brother after reading them, If you have them please send them to me.
From Jacob Gibiya – Oasis of Hope Children Programs – Akala, Nigeria: We held our second Sunday service at Oasis of Hope Community Fellowship Centre yesterday and we had a total of 15 members in attendance and over 50 children in the Sunday school. The service was so powerful, one man gave his life to Christ and we praise the name of the Lord!! This a new church two weeks old and we are requesting for more prayers for the church and growth and new believers! Thanks Maureen Hoffman and Bob, we are using the materials you sent us to empower the children, we are planning on programs that will attract more youths and children to the church and then we will introduce them to Jesus through the powerful teaching materials.
Tract Ministry: We have "given out" over 83,000 Bible Tracts online.
While I was updating the Baptist Ministries Database, (baptist-ministries.org) I found a Bible Tract on a missionary's website called "God's Bridge to Eternal Life." The God's Bridge tract was great, and was available in many languages, so I contacted the owners of the tract (Majestic Media) and requested permission to publish the tract on our ministry. I was not sure where to publish the tracts (I have tracts in many different places). I finally decided on a new website. I registered the domain (gods-bridge.com)
I currently have tracts up in English, Spanish, German and Chinese. I have been looking for a way to expand to other languages, and this was perfect!
I installed the God's Bridge tract in English, Spanish and French. Nancy Shields (of Toolkit Ministries) saw it and asked me to put up the Children's version of the tract. I will be adding more languages as I get time. I am excited about this. Please pray that God uses this new website as I continue to publish the Gospel to all nations (Mark 13:10)!
Social Networking Outreach:I get new requests on my evangelistic Facebook account regularly. I now have 2482 "friends" in my evangelistic Facebook account. This is a valuable tool to reach the unsaved masses.
Support: We are currently at 65% of support for our ministry expenses. Please pray the Lord will lead as we try to raise additional support this summer.
Would you consider praying for us when special needs arise? If so, please subscribe to our prayer warrior's mailing list. :http://eepurl.com/SYbI9.
Maureen and I have continued to be plagued with physical issues over the last year. Please contact us if you need specifics. There are a lot of minor (meaning not life threatening) things. Some painful, all inconvenient for sure. Your continued prayer for our health is appreciated.
Our personal finances are very tight. We have two older vehicles (my truck classifies as a "Classic" now at 23 years old). The vehicles are in need of constant repair. Please pray for our finances.
Specific Financial Needs:
Server Costs $565 Dollars
Security Costs $250
Postage to Nigeria $925 (90 salvation decisions)
Postage to Kenya (increasing) $250 (15 Salvation)
Postage to India $40
Server Costs $565 Dollars
Miscellaneous Office Expenses $1000
We received generous love offerings that took care of a large portion of office expenses and some major personal expenses we incurred during the first quarter! We thank all of you that hold us up before the throne of grace in prayer!
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