Saturday, 16 July 2011
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I
should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” Eph. 3:8
The Apostle Paul had a great open door to preach the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” Yet, he also understood that it was “given” to him by God.
While most Christians today would argue the point with the Apostle, he esteemed himself to be the “least of all saints.” So it is with me, as I prepare to make another trip to Ukraine and Russia.
I consider myself to be “the least of all saints,” yet it has pleased the Lord to set before us a great open door. I desire your prayers “that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Eph.6:19-20).
Lord willing, we will take leave from Memphis, TN this coming Thursday to begin our trip. As I have reported, I will go first to Chernigov, Ukraine. I will conduct a two day teaching/preaching seminar among the saints there. Four native pastors from other churches have made plans to be at the seminar.
These are men who say they believe the Baptist London Confession of Faith of 1689. Pray that I may be blessed of the Lord to teach and encourage these dear pastors and saints.
Pray for Pastor Alexander, pastor of the church at Chernigov, who will be my interpreter. He has been having some serious health problems and only last week injured his leg and is unable to stand or walk very much. Pray that the Lord will be pleased to give him healing.
On July 26, I will fly on to Moscow to meet up with Elder Harris and we will continue on to Irkutsk, Lord willing. We are looking forward to a great time of fellowship with the saints and pastors in the four churches there.
I want to thank those of you who have already helped us with the finances of this trip. Our plane ticket and visa have cost us almost $3000. This is a very large sum for our small congregation and I thank the Lord for the other churches that have helped. In addition to the tickets and visa, I have been able to purchase some Russian-English Parallel Bibles for the pastors in Ukraine and Russia. These are a great help, because we have learned that the Russian Bibles are not in the same order and translation as our KJV Bibles. This causes some confusion and difficulty when we are discussing doctrinal issues. So the Parallel Bibles are a very valuable aid to the teaching of sound doctrine. I have also obtained several tracts and 1689 Baptist Confessions of Faith that are printed in the Russian language. These also will be a great help to us.
I again earnestly request your prayers for us to our Heavenly Father. We desire to be faithful ministers of the Gospel to those whom we go to minister. Pray the Holy Spirit of God will enable Elder Harris and me to preach with the power of God upon us. Also, pray that the Lord will be pleased to keep us well during our travels. Our time abroad is short and we desire to make full use of every hour. Pray that the Lord will give us strength for the task that lies before us and if He be pleased, to return us home safely on August 5th.
God bless each one of you,
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