We arrived in Wilmington, Delaware on Lord’s Day (February 4), where we had a sweet time of dinner, fellowship, and blending with the saints in Wilmington, Delaware.
As trainees, we were asked to share a bit of our experiences in the training or the recent gospel trip, seeing as we are at the last end of the trip. Then the saints shared on the history of the church in Wilmington, and also their burden with us concerning the gospel outreach.
Yesterday (February 5), we had coordination in the morning as a team and with local saints. We then went to distribute Bibles and literature. We had four teams of about 4-5 saints. Three teams were set to contact students by being located on Main St, which was a central street that ran right through campus. One other team set up a table in front of a grocery store to contact the students, as well as those in the community. We found that there were many warm contacts that would like to be contacted further. Many were so happy to receive a study New Testament Recovery Version. We were able to distribute 58 New Testament Recovery Versions.
Today (February 6), we have split up our team of six. Three are traveling to Richmond, VA and then three are traveling to Pittsburgh, PA. Please pray during our time in our respective cities that we would be blent with the saints and be in one accord, so that the Lord would have a way to pour out His blessing.
- That the the Lord would increase in life and in number in the church in Wilmington, Delaware.
- The saints would be encouraged and strengthened. To be burdened to continue to go out to the communities and college campuses to contact people for the sake of the gospel.
- The Lord would raise up a group of vital students at the University of Delaware campus, and also release saints to labor and continue to reach out to all the warm contacts.
- That the Lord’s hand would follow His Word, and that every recipient would open the New Testament Recovery Version or read the tract that they received.
On Thursday Feb. 1, we had an opportunity to table at George Mason University during the day. Then in the evening we joined a college meeting with students and full-timer’s at George Mason University. We had such a sweet time of fellowship.
Our team arrived yesterday morning to Baltimore, Maryland. We had lunch and prayer with the local saints. Afterwards we visited Johns Hopkins University and distributed Bibles and tracts to students and even a few individuals from the surrounding community. We were able to pass out 33 New Testament English Recovery Versions in less than 30-degree weather. We also handed out 20 tracts.
- We spoke to a student who was a Christian who at the time was reading through Revelation. We opened up the Recovery Version to Revelation 2:7, and the student was very impressed with the footnote about the Tree of Life and also the amount of footnotes that were there.
- We spoke to another student, whom upon meeting said he had just started reading the Bible online because he had been seeking for direction but did not have a physical Bible. We gave him the Bible and spoke to him about Jesus being in his boat.
As a team we were really strengthened and encouraged with the conversations with students that we had even though it was very cold. They were willing to stop and engage in a conversation.
This Saturday we had coordination with the local saints and some saints that traveled from other areas in Baltimore to distribute Bibles in the community centers. One distribution team was at a grocery store and another was at a local farmers market. We distributed between the two locations 32 Bibles.
- Please pray that the Lord would go on and release what needs to be released for the saints to labor on the campuses in their retrospective cities. (George Mason University, Fairfax VA/ Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore/ University of Maryland Baltimore).
- Please pray that the recipients of the Bibles would read the Bible, be open for further contact, and be connected with the saints in the area.
On Wednesday, as a team we traveled to the DC area. We were joined by many local saints and some college students for a Bible and literature distribution. We set up two distribution locations. One was at the Brookland Metro station near a Catholic University, where there was much traffic of people from the community, as well as students. The second distribution location was on the outskirts of Howard University right outside the school’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore. We passed out Bibles, tracts and were able to have many meaningful conversations with many individuals and with many wanting further contact. This was the first time that anything had been done close to these campuses and we found that students and even ones from the community are very open.
At Howard University we distributed 60 English New Testament Recovery Versions and 4 Spanish Versions. At the Metro station we distributed 105 English New Testament Recovery Versions.
A highlight for our team we feel was being able to speak and have conversations with the Bible recipients. Having the opportunity to have conversations with so many different people in all different stages. We were touched and encouraged that the Lord’s Word will not return void, and His Word is able to meet every man’s case.
At the end of our day, we joined the prayer meeting of the church in DC. We we had some strong prayer for all the contact information that we received and all the recipients of the Bibles. Please pray that the Lord would really strengthen the saints here to continue going out into the community and to look to the Lord as to how to take care of all the positive contacts.
- Please pray that the saints would be encouraged and strengthened to keep going out in a regular way to allow the Lord to flow in the District of Columbia.
- Please pray that the Lord would brood until there is life over all the ones contacted and that there would be a way practically to release the care and shepherding needed to bring the called out ones into enjoyment of Christ.
Thank you for all your prayers!
Yesterday, as a team we had a chance to go to NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College), the Manassas campus, for two hours in the morning to pass out the Recovery Version New Testament with footnotes. Upon receiving contact information for follow-up, many students were grateful to receive a New Testament with footnotes. The students were so open at this campus and willing to get connected. We contacted 35 students and were able to give out 35 Bibles during our time there.
In the afternoon, we again went to the Metro station in the afternoon early evening to outreach to the community. We were joined by many local saints throughout the area who were so burdened to get the Bibles and literature into the hands of the many people who were bustling in and out of the metro station. We contacted 38 people and were able to pass out 40 Bibles as well as many tracts.
In the evening as a team we joined a home meeting and had such a sweet time of blending with the saints. Everyone at the meeting shared a one minute testimony which was really a testimony of how the Lord is really drawing men to Himself, He is after something in this universe.
Today, January 30, we had a sweet time of fellowship coordination in the morning with the full-time team serving in the area and then we went to the Manassas Mall-Plaza to outreach to the community. We were able to distribute 12 Bibles. Then later in the afternoon we went back to NOVA to connect with students and pass out more New Testament Recovery Versions. We were able to distribute 31 Bibles during our time at the campus. We have found that the students on this campus are willing and open to receive Bibles and would like further contact. The harvest is surely ripe! Please pray that the Lord would really thrust out the workers into the harvest.
- Please pray that the recipients of the Bibles would read the Bible, be open for further contact, as well as be connected with the saints in the area.
- Please pray that the Lord would release the way to labor at NOVA, to meet the need of all the encouraging and positive students wanting further contact and fellowship.
Thank you for all your prayers. We arrived at our gospel trip destination early Friday afternoon. In the later afternoon we were able to prepare 500 Bibles to be distributed during our time here.
On Saturday, a team of six trainees (four sisters and two brothers) and also local saints, went to two destinations to pass out literature and free Bibles. The distribution venues were in the community at grocery stores as well as at a metro station. We were able to contact people and hand out a New Testament Recovery Version upon receiving contact information. Even a few that were contacted asked to be contacted further. We distributed 29 English Bibles, 8 Spanish Bibles
We also as a team joined the Young People’s meeting, in which many young people from the surrounding localities attended. As a team we shared a bit of our testimony of how we got to the training and our experience in the training with the young people, which we feel was a real highlight of the day. Many saints and college students attended, as well. It was really a sweet time of blending and an introduction to the saints here in Virginia, as well as Maryland.
Today, we met with the saints in Fairfax, Virginia for the Lord’s Table meeting. In the afternoon we had a sweet time of blending, fellowship and coordination with students and the full-timers serving at George Mason University for the upcoming events this week.
- Please pray that the saints would continue to be strengthened and encouraged and burdened to be involved in the gospel outreach.
- Please pray that the distribution venues that we are scheduled to table at would work out and that the Lord would have a way to reach the community.
- That we would be blent together with the local saints and built up together in our time here.
Early this morning our team set out from Blacksburg, VA, to be at Liberty University in Lynchburg in time for a morning distribution. Liberty University (LU) is the largest Christian university in the USA. Due to a convocation that took place this morning, gathering almost 13,000 students, we were able to widely distribute to a large portion of the student body. In all, we handed out 1,500 ministry books, including the New Testament Recovery Version. Many students were so thankful for the free material, and we were touched by their warmth and gratitude. A number of us also enjoyed having appointments over lunch or coffee with new and existing contacts.
After the LU distribution, our team traveled to Charlottesville, VA where we joined the weekly college meeting of the students at the University of Virginia. We enjoyed a time together of singing and sharing testimonies. Thank You, Lord, for your expression in Charlottesville!
- Please pray for the students at Liberty University to read these books and for them to receive light and revelation from the Lord concerning all that they read
- Please pray for the follow-up contact with the hungry ones at Liberty University and Old Dominion University
- Please pray for a weekly Bible study to be established at ODU
After being in Newport News this weekend, six trainees went back to Norfolk to follow up with students at Old Dominion University (ODU) in personal appointments. These have been very encouraging! One new student who has been very responsive to the ministry came to a home meeting Tuesday night. She is interested in visiting the Lord’s Day meeting andthe college conference! We have also been spending time with some students who have been coming to home meetings but are not fully in the church life.
Six trainees are currently in Blacksburg, VA. Our time in Blacksburg has been filled with so much sweet enjoyment of the Lord through blending with the saints and speaking Him forth on the Virginia Tech campus. After arriving in Blacksburg on Monday afternoon, meeting the local saints, and having dinner together at Virginia Tech, we enjoyed a precious time of singing, prayer, and testimonies.
Today (Tuesday), we set up a BfA table on campus. Even though it was very cold outside, we were warmed and cheered as we flowed out to those around us. We handed out 98 New Testament Recovery Version Bibles as well as several ministry books. One young man confessed the name of Lord!
- For the students we’ve been meeting with at ODU to get connected to the local saints
- For the Lord, in His timing, to bring some from ODU to the college conference
- Please stand with the burden of the saints in Blacksburg for the Lord to gain some typical Americans for His expression at Virginia Tech!
We were again distributing BfA tracts and Bibles Thursday and Friday at Old Dominion University. On Friday, we had a seminar introducing the Recovery Version at a house near the campus. Five new students attended, as well as the trainees and some of the local saints, several of whom are ODU faculty. We started with some singing, followed by a time of testimonies, during which the saints shared the benefit they have received from Recovery Version. One student told a local saint, “Thank you for inviting me. I had a great time.” Another asked about how “we” could get the literature into the hands of those who weren’t Christians.
After the seminar, we drove north to blend with the saints in Newport News. We had a home meeting Friday night and Saturday night. At both meetings, some of the local saints invited their own gospel contacts.
- For the Lord to release follow-up appointments with our contacts at ODU
- For the Lord’s leading on how to have a Bible study since we do not have a club on the ODU campus
- The blending of the saints
Tuesday night we had a home meeting. Six students that the saints have been contacting attended and entered in, even functioning to speak in the meeting. They lingered for almost an hour after the meeting to converse with the saints.
Wednesday morning we returned to Old Dominion University (ODU) to pass out Bibles and ministry material. At the prayer meeting Wednesday night, it was apparent that the saints were burdened for remaining fruit from the campuses.
Tomorrow, we will be on the ODU campus again, and then we will take a tour to the naval base in Norfolk, which is the largest naval station in the United States. We will be distributing BfA packages designed specifically for military personnel.
- That the seeking students would come to the seminar on Friday and that this would become a regular Bible study
- That the students would get connected to the local saints
- The word would spread at the Navy base
Praise the Lord for Norfolk, VA! After some delays due to the weather, most of our team has arrived in Norfolk. We spent the past weekend meeting and blending with the saints. On Saturday, we helped clear out an elementary school where the Southeast Blending Conference will be held. That night, some of the trainees got to share their testimonies with the young people.
On Monday and Tuesday, we went to Old Dominion University to pass out Bibles. The students at ODU are very open! We handed out 190 Bibles at ODU these two days. Some of us had lunch with the friend of a trainee. We met at a sister’s house near campus and spontaneously had a time to read a booklet and sing. The student was open to meet with us again!
- That the seeking students would come to the seminar on Friday
- That the Lord would release follow-up appointments with the seeking students
- That the students would get connected to the local saints
We are so full of praise and thanksgiving toward the Lord for our sweet, fresh, and glorious gospel trip.
Today at ODU, we distributed Bibles as well as held mini Bible studies. As open ones came to our table, we connected them to some local saints who fellowshipped and went over some footnotes with them. One student came up to our table, hungry for the ministry and burdened for her roommate’s salvation. It turns out that her roommate had stopped by our table last week and received the Lord! Both are hungry and believe that it was Jesus who gave them this opportunity.
The atmosphere of our overflow meeting tonight was mutuality. The team and local saints all shared their experiences of co-laboring with the Lord and one another these past two weeks. The saints throughout Virginia have been inscribed in our hearts.
- That the 600 Bibles, 1000 tracts, and 700 ministry books that have gone out would be read by the ones who received them.
- ODU—The ripe ones would be added to the church here, the whole church would be burdened for ODU, and the possibility of a brothers’ house.
- GMU/NoVa—Raising up laborers to care for the hungry and seeking ones, and strengthening the core students already there.
- VCU—The warm contacts would be connected to the club and enter into the church life.
- William and Mary—More prayer for the ground to be tilled so that the high gospel is ready to go out.
Today we distributed Bibles at ODU again. About a handful of local saints also joined us. Of all the campuses we visited, ODU has been the most open and ripe toward receiving the Word and the ministry.
- On Thursday (2/5), we will be having a Bible study on campus as a way to follow-up with the many open and seeking ones.
- ODU is the very ripe, but we need continual prayer to be one with the Lord in the follow-up. Please pray that even the whole church would enter into the Lord’s heart and fresh move on this campus.
- The saints are before the Lord about a possible brothers’ house by ODU. This would be such an integral container for the fruit, as students would have a place to gather and pursue the Lord corporately.
Yesterday, we had a Bible distribution at the College of William and Mary. The ground there still needs more tilling, and many students weren’t open to receive anything. We had the realization that our impact on campus is more than we can observe. We found out about a service that sends out anonymous tweets on campus, and later found out that many were tweeting about our distribution. Though it was negative speaking, we realize it is not a small thing for us to be on campus for our distribution, and that the campus needs much more prayer.
Last night, we had a gathering with the saints in Newport News. There were 30 of us, and we were all full of rejoicing. The atmosphere was one of washing one another’s feet in the sweet fellowship.
- The Lord would till the ground at William and Mary so that hearts would be ready to receive the Word and ministry.
- The ones who were open and received the Word and literature would open it and read it. Stir up and expose the vanity of the world and religion so the students would be hungry.
- The two students, would become companions to pursue the Lord together in college.
- We would get warm contacts at ODU. We are going for another distribution on Wednesday (2/4), and will be inviting contacts to a Bible study happening on Thursday (2/5) on campus.
On Lord’s Day, we came to Newport News, and have been enjoying a house-to-house church life. We’re in the homes for dinners in various groups, and the fellowship has been so sweet and wonderful.
We heard many of the testimonies of the saints in this area, and we’re witnessing the Lord’s fine and detailed operation in each one’s life. In one home, after a local sister shared her testimony, she said, “I’ve never quite opened up my testimony so much quite like this before.” We prayed for the Lord to gain her husband to work out the way for her to go to FTT-MA. Before we left, she also told us, “When I see young saints, I think I need to shepherd them. But tonight, you all shepherded me.” The shepherding and encouragement in the Body through the blending truly is mutual.
- Our Bible distribution at College of William and Mary on Tuesday (2/3).
- A lunch appointment with two students who have been very busy the past semester, but the local sisters told them that there were sisters who were a similar age as them coming to visit, and they were available to meet. Pray for the Lord to reach them through the saints through such normal, gentle shepherding.
On Saturday, our team, including local saints, split into three groups and went to the Town Center, Oceanfront, and ODU. It was cold, so there weren’t many people walking around, but the Lord was faithful to put some open ones in our path. We got contact info for a little more than a handful of people who wanted more fellowship with other believers in Virginia Beach.
The Bible study/meeting on Saturday was very rich. A handful of students from ODU came, and many of them enjoyed our singing time. We split into four groups to get into reading Christ as the seed of David being designated the son of God. Surely, the material was high and deep, even the high peak of the divine revelation. Yet, we trust that seeds of God’s economy and of this rich ministry have been sown.
1/27/15: Our morning coordination started off in the third heavens. We were beside ourselves enjoying that SSWOOF (Satan, sin, world, old creation, old man, flesh) has been crucified through Christ’s all-inclusive death! Our time with the young people and college students in Dunn Loring was sweet. Each of us simply shared our experiences of getting to the FTTA and our various experiences of life, truth, character, and service while in the FTTA. Our burden is that, through the sharing, seeds of the FTTA would be planted at this young age.
1/28/15: The Lord is freshly moving in Virginia! We went to George Mason University (8 of us and 2 local saints) and Northern Virginia Community College (4 of us and 3 student sisters) to distribute Bibles. At GMU, so many students came up to our table to talk to us. In total, we passed out 155 Bibles and 65 gave us contact information. Our sense was that the students are open for further fellowship in the Word.
1/29/15: We arrived in Richmond and had lunch with some of the local saints and students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Then, we went on campus with two of the students to distribute Bibles. The Lord was faithful to bring us some very seeking ones, though we did not meet as many open and interested ones. These seeking ones also ended up coming to our college meeting on campus. The college meeting was very living and mutual. The new ones entered right into using lines from the hymns to praise and pray back to the Lord. Singing was interspersed with sharing, not only from trainees, but also local saints and new ones. Praise the Lord for this time of mutual encouragement!
1/30/15: We had a refreshing and encouraging 24 hrs in Richmond, and today we went back to Virginia Beach. The home meeting was full of “Hallelujahs!” We enjoyed that the Father foreordained us, His glory to know. For us to be the many sons even as the Firstborn Son is, the Triune God is dispensing, and we are enjoying!
- The Lord would water the seeds to cause the growth. Then, at the time of life, these seeds would sprout for them to go to the training. Our heart is that the students would have a positive impression of the training, and that they would each have a little opening to the Lord tonight.
- The team and the local saints would be co-laboring with the Lord so the Triune God can reach all of these open and ready ones.
- There are a few that are ripe and ready to be shepherded into the church life. We need the Lord to make clear which ones are the ripest ones to contact, release the connections with the saints, and release the long-term shepherding to bring these ones all the way in.
- The harvest is white in the Virginia, Maryland, DC region, but there is a need for some full-timers to reap and labor on all these campuses (GMU, NoVa, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University). Please pray that some saints, including upcoming FTTA grads from the Mid-Atlantic region would be burdened to serve in this region.
- That the open and seeking ones would be connected to the Christians on Campus club at VCU.
- The students would be encouraged to have much personal time with the Lord that would issue in their giving their college years for the Lord.
- Our Bible distribution at ODU tomorrow (Saturday 1/31). Will be inviting ones to a Bible study/meeting that evening.
- The health of the team so we can fully participate in the gospel trip.
Today we had our first Bible distribution at Old Dominion University. Three local saints also joined us. We can all testify that this campus is open! Many were open to hearing us show them how to use the Recovery Version Bible and left us their contact information. We passed out 140 Bibles and got follow up information for 59 people.
- Our follow-up with these 59 people. We are inviting them to a Bible study time for this Saturday. We want to bridge the most open and willing ones with the local saints.
- We will be going to Dunn Loring tomorrow (Tuesday 1/27) and will have a blending time with the young people and college students that night. Many of us will be sharing our testimonies and experience of the FTTA with them.
We arrived in Virginia Beach yesterday and had a young people’s meeting that night. Everyone was released, flowing, and overflowing with life! We read a portion about not being ashamed of the gospel, which was followed by many saints sharing their experiences of speaking about this wonderful Person!
The Lord’s Table meeting had about 60-70 saints, with ones visiting from Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, North Carolina, and even Tennessee. We were so full of praise that the Lord resurrected with a Body. Not only is Christ the Head on the throne, but the Body is joined to our ascended Head, so the one new man is also on the throne!
- Our Bible distribution at Old Dominion University on Monday.
- Our thorough blending with the local saints through our times in their homes.
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