Lord willing, on July 21st, I will board a plane in Memphis, TN and fly to Kiev, Ukraine. Then I will travel by taxi to Chernigov, where I plan to visit Bro. Alex and the church there. They have been blessed of the Lord to have a new meeting place so we can have more services this year. We plan to have our very first conference on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday 24th. Please pray that the Lord will bless these services to be a means of encouragement to them. Also, some other ministers have been invited to attend. Pray that the Lord will give them hearing ears to hear the truths we hope to set forth.
On July 26, I plan to fly to Moscow where I hope to meet up with Elder Jeff Harris and travel together to Irkutsk, Siberia. There we will be ministering among the Baptist churches where we have been ministering since 2006. We are most anxious to meet with the four Primitive Baptist Churches and their pastors that Bro. David Pyles and I ordained last year. Pray for these meetings that the Lord will use us as a means of encouraging His saints and the pastors, and for the conversion of His elect. Elder Harris and I will be in Siberia until August 4th, when, Lord willing, we will return home.
On our return from the trip last year from Ukraine and Siberia, I shared with you two special projects that I asked you to join with us in praying about. They were:
1. Property and church building in Chernigov, Ukraine. The church was renting an auditorium and could only have it for two hours on Sunday, so the congregation had only limited time for fellowship, and the rent was a hardship on them to pay. Now, the Lord has graciously provided another temporary meeting place for them with more freedom. This building has an auditorium that has heat in it and will allow them to meet even in cold weather. They can also meet more often, and we hope to be able to have our first conference on Saturday while I am there. So, thankfully some of the problems have been eliminated for now, however, this is a temporary arrangement and the owners can terminate it at any time. Please continue to make this issue a matter of prayer.
2. The second project was a church building in Angarsk, Siberia. The congregation is meeting in a very old house with a bad foundation that is literally caving in. They need to tear it down and build a new meeting place. This has not changed. The dear saints are very poor and many are elderly. We have looked at several options, but there does not appear to be any other option except to rebuild. While they do have property, this will be a very expensive project and the congregation simply can not afford to do it on their own. Please make this issue a matter of prayer.
When we travel in these countries, it is our sole purpose to exalt our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We seek to do this first of all by preaching the true Gospel of Christ and then secondly by sharing our love for Christ with them. It is a great joy to watch the faces of the congregation as the interpreter translates our messages, and to see them break forth in a smile and nod their heads in approval to what we have just preached. This is such a blessing and joy. I wish it was possible for all of you to share in this blessed experience. It certainly makes us more and more anxious for the time when all of God’s saints from all over the world will be together around the throne of God, rejoicing and praising our Saviour.
These travels are getting more and more expensive, both the flying and the travel in cars abroad. We try not to be a burden to the saints among whom we minister, so we pay for all the expenses. This requires a large sum of money. I ask that you make this need a matter of prayer and if you would like to assist with the financial burden of this trip, you may send a check to our church, marked “For Russia”. Any funds that we have left over from our expenses are given to churches with whom we fellowship.
Thanks to the gracious giving of several of you, we have been able to assist some of those who have suffered damages during the tornadoes that struck our county this Spring. As I have already shared with you, our church was able to purchase personal care items which we gave to the local fire department to be given out to individuals. We also helped to feed volunteers that were working in Smithville, MS. Then, by the grace of God, we were able to help a dear saint who lost her house and all her belongings. We gave her $1000 and then purchased a stacked washer and dryer for her small trailer. She has sent us a very gracious card expressing her great thanksgiving to the Lord and deep appreciation to all those who have helped her during this great loss.
I trust the Lord will burden your hearts to pray for us that the Lord will be pleased to given us an effectual open door among those to whom we go to minister.