Birmingham, AL—Gospel Trip, Days 8-9

January 31, 2015

Friday evening, our team split to join three home meetings. Another brother opened his home for the first time! Brother T joined the church life a year and a half ago but he had been studying the Recovery Version Bible even before he met us. He and the saints have been praying for his wife to be open to the saints. Being in his home was so refreshing. He had the entire evening organized in order to introduce his mother and wife to pray-reading, His mother enjoyed that we can enjoy the Bible as food, not just to attain spiritual knowledge. The unit of salvation is the household! Lord Jesus, gain this family!

We enjoyed blending with a young brother who has been meeting with the saints. He loves being with the saints and feels really comfortable with the saints. He connected with one of the new contacts and they exchanged numbers with plans to fellowship. It was great to see him entering into the labor of shepherding new ones!

Wrapping up our week in Birmingham, we went on a hiking trip and invited many of the contacts we had during the week. A total of 11 contacts joined us! The freshman student at UAB who we met earlier in the week joined us for hiking and spent the rest of the afternoon with us. Lord, thank you for all these ones! Continue gaining ground in their being!

In Birmingham, we distributed a total of 226 bibles and 24 ministry books. Out of 53 contacts, we had 11 appointments.

Prayer burdens:

  • Please pray for these new ones and the follow-up appointments.
  • Please pray for the Lord’s move in Birmingham, that the Lord would burden some to migrate here. Every family in Birmingham opened their home, including 6 that opened for the first time. The life in the community saints is growing and fruitful, the harvest is also ripe on the campus yet the workers are few. There is a need for younger saints and families with a burden to shepherd the students.

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Birmingham, AL—Gospel Trip, Days 4-7

January 29, 2015

These past four days we have had a table on the University of Alabama in Birmingham campus. A majority of the students on this campus already believe in the Lord and already have a Bible. Our prayer is that the ones who receive the Recovery Version study Bible would open it and read it! Pray that these Christians would come to the full knowledge of the truth and that the Word would be real to them! We have distributed 218 Bibles, 218 Basic Elements, and 25 ministry books. We’ve had 45 who have requested further contact and had appointments with five students from the table.

We met a freshman UAB student on Monday at the table. Earlier that day, he had accepted the Lord into his life and prayed that the Lord would guide him. While he was walking to class, he saw our table from across the street. He had decided that he wasn’t going to speak to anyone unless someone spoke to him first. A few minutes later, he received a Bible and gave us his contact information. That evening, he came to a home meeting and asked when the next home meeting would be. He came to another home meeting last night and really enjoyed the fellowship and singing. Lord, continue drawing this one! Pray that he would continue coming to the homes to be built up with the saints in Birmingham.

We are going on a hiking trip this Saturday and are inviting many of the new ones we’ve contacted during the week. Please pray for this time!

We’ve enjoyed gathering in the homes of two others who are new to the church life. These ones have been meeting with the saints in Birmingham and have opened their homes for the first time. Each made plans to invite neighbors, friends, and family members. Lord, thank you for these open homes! Please pray for household salvation of the four ones who’ve opened their homes.

Birmingham, AL—Gospel Trip, Days 1-3

January 25, 2015

During our first evening in Birmingham, we joined the saints in a home meeting. The saints here regularly gather together in each others’ homes four times a week! Our team has enjoyed blending with the saints and entering into the labor of the saints in Birmingham. We’re getting a taste of the house-to-house church life in Acts. In the past three days we’ve already been in the homes of seven families! Several ones who are new to the church life in Birmingham are opening their homes for the first time.

Yesterday afternoon, a group of us joined an appointment to meet a sister who touched the ministry through the radio broadcast of the life-study messages. She is part of a non-affiliated group that listens to the life-study messages five times a week! She contacted LSM and was connected with the saints here. She loves the ministry and loves how it brings her to the Word and how its focus is Christ and the Church. Pray that she would be vitalized with the saints and enter into the daily church life!

In the evening, we met in three different homes. In each home, there was at least one new one. One of our highlights during this time was a sister who touched the church life this past summer and is burning in spirit, enjoying Christ! She invited us to her daughter’s birthday party, which included many of her relatives and friends, with the intention to share Christ with them all. We had a wonderful time of singing and fellowship. This was the first time she opened her home and the first time her husband met the saints. They are opening their home again this friday. Pray that the Lord would fully gain this household!

Prayer burdens:

  • Many ones the saints have been laboring on are opening their homes for the first time this week. Pray that these ones enjoy the fellowship and continue opening their homes to the saints!
  • Pray that we would establish contact with a few more families in the community.