Howdy from Amarillo, TX! Amarillo is the largest city in Texas that does not have a local church. There are about 200,000 people in Amarillo, and in the Amarillo-Canyon area there is a community college, Amarillo College, and a four-year university, West Texas A&M, which both have student populations of 10,000. There used to be a church life in Amarillo two decades ago, but those saints have migrated out of the area. There are a few families who are related to the saints in Oklahoma City who are not currently meeting. The Lord has stirred up a burden in the Body to reach out to these saints and to distribute Bibles for America materials in these college campuses.
During four days of labor on the college campuses, the team has had meaningful conversations with at least 250 students, given out 172 New Testament Recovery Version Bibles, handed out 1,355 gospel tracts, handed out 34 ministry books, and prayed with 5 students to receive the Lord. We discovered that many students are open to the Lord and many students are eager to receive a Bible.
We invited the students we contacted to a Bible study presentation on how to use the New Testament Recovery version Wednesday evening. Three new students came to the Bible study. One of these students sought our company since her family has had a history of being with the saints in Burma and has long since been seeking a church life in the Amarillo area. The other two were sisters who enjoyed our company so much that they joined us for dinner at our lodging. They even invited their parents!
A family, who is serving with the Amarillo team, are related to many people in the Amarillo area. Two of these families are fellow believers who positively respond to the ministry. There is also a family who was in the Recovery two decades ago but has left due to migration of saints from the area. We had a sweet time with them at the Wednesday night dinner and fellowship.
Many saints from Oklahoma will join the team this weekend to distribute Bibles and ministry material at the local Walmarts in Amarillo and Canyon, TX. There will also be an invitation along with the distributed gospel tracts to a Bible study presentation Friday night.
- Pray that the Lord would cause the growth in all of the gospel seeds sown via the gospel tracks and distributed New Testament Bibles.
- That the students we have contacted would come to the Friday Bible Study and that they would all come to know the Lord in a deeper way through His Word.
- That those related to the family would be shepherded by our visitation and would respond positively to the ministry.
- That the Word would run this Friday afternoon, as the saints distribute gospel tracts and free Bibles at the local Walmart Stores.
- That the Lord could gain a testimony in Amarillo, TX
As we end the last day of GTCA Pearland/The Woodlands, we spend our final hours with the saints in their homes. Visiting the saints in their homes has been a wonderful supply and cherishing for both the saints and the trainees. Although it is the last day of the trip, the gospel work still continues in The Woodlands. As a brother put it in the Houston area corporate prayer meeting last night, the trip is just a jump start for the gospel and we must continue to contact new ones by going out and revisiting their homes. This has been the burden for the saints in the Northern Houston area: to enter into a gospel living by visiting their neighbors and thus forming the vital groups.
During our morning coordination with the full-timers and local saints, we have been entering into the burden of having group meetings by reading and fellowshipping on the ministry book The Practice of the Group Meetings. Through this fellowship, a desperate need for the practical living for the purpose of fruit-bearing has emerged. This is vital in the upcoming weeks, as the new GTCA contacts are brought into the homes. Please pray that the meetings are released, living and fresh.
Meeting in the Homes
Throughout this week, saints have invited the trainees to their homes. This has been a wonderful time of blending an encouragement to the saints. In the homes, saints shared in a more intimate way their enjoyment and experience of Christ shepherding them along in the church life. A top enjoyment of the saints and trainees was the released prayers in the homes before going out in the gospel.
In the North Houston area, two hundred door-hangers on average were distributed per day. Distribution occurred Monday, February 4th through Thursday, February 7th. Each door hanger was paired with a rainbow booklet and a friendly note welcoming them to a group meeting in a nearby saint’s home. Often, neighbors warmly received this material. Within the last four days of the distribution, over one thousand homes received BfA door hangers.
- Pray for a good response from the material distributed and for revisitations.
- As the saints enter into the second week of GTCA, pray that the saints are supplied to continue contacting, visiting, and caring for those in their area.
- Please pray for a smooth transition from a church life of larger meetings to the reality of group meeting in the homes.
This previous week the gospel team visited Edmond, OK. We were in Edmond from Wednesday, January 30, until this past Lord’s Day, February 2. We began our time in Edmond by enjoying the flowing Triune God in coordination and flowing out to the students at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in our gospel outreach. We contacted a lot of students and prayed with one student to receive the Lord. We concluded our first evening with prayer in a home with all the saints. We felt like we really got blended in our prayer and the Lord’s will was released for the church in Edmond.
The following day we contacted a lot of students and invited them to our Bible Study in the afternoon and our Solid Ground ministry meeting. There were about six new students who came to our events. A lot of the UCO Christians on Campus students and local saints joined us and filled the atmosphere with Christ.
On Friday, we continued to contact more students. We had second appointments with four students. We shared our testimonies with the students and they were able to connect with a local brother Cochran in a good way. It’s very encouraging seeing these new ones being related with the local saints.
In the evening, we had six new students join us for a special dinner and fellowship in the Student Union on “Taking Christ as Our Identity.” The students were really impressed that their identity is in Christ and that the world shouldn’t strip that away from them. The way to resist the world is to turn to the Word, find a Christian community, and to speak for Christ. There was a new sister who enjoyed the fellowship so much that she changed her Sunday schedule to make it to the Lord’s Table in Oklahoma. Praise the Lord that our identity is in Christ!
We spent Saturday blending with the saints in Oklahoma City. We toured the Cowboy Museum and saw the sights in the Bricktown section of Oklahoma. In the evening the sisters went to the join the sisters’ outing, which is how to serve the Lord through prayer and by taking Christ as our real husband. The brothers went to the young people’s meeting and learned what it meant to be an inoculator according to 2 Timothy 2.
We concluded our trip in Edmond by going to OKC to join the saints from Tulsa, Norman, OKC, Edmond in a time of blending Lord’s Day morning. The saints invited new ones to the meeting and a student we met during the week joined us for the meeting. A sister shared her testimony during the meeting of how she met the saints and the brothers presented Matthew 15. We were all brought under the master’s table to enjoy Christ as the crumbs that reached even us. The new ones we invited really enjoyed the meeting.
Our time in Edmond and Oklahoma was so sweet. May the Lord bless Edmond with much remaining fruit!
The Lord’s fruit at UCO:
- 80 students contacted
- 10 New Testament Recovery versions given
- 200 flyers distributed
- 4 second appointments
- 1 salvation
- Please pray that the Lord would connect the new students with current students in Christians on Campus at UCO and the local saints in Edmond.
- May the Lord continue to stir up a hunger for the word in these students and that they would keep coming to weekly Bible Study and solid ground meetings.
- Please pray for the Lord’s operation in the students.
A warm hello from the saints in Oklahoma! It has been a little chilly in central plains of America but the saints here are burning in spirit. We have been welcomed very warmly since our arrival at Will Rogers Airport and the same tender care has continued in our hospitalities in Oklahoma City and Stillwater.
Our first weekend began with a home gathering in Oklahoma City. We enjoyed the flowing Triune God in singing, and he flowed through our reading of The All-inclusive Christ.
On Saturday, the students at the University of Oklahoma took us to see some of the trademarks of Norman, including the OU campus, Braums Ice Cream, and to an ice-skating rink. It was a sweet time getting to know the students and praying with them. We joined the students at the young people’s meeting. There were about 30 young people in attendance and we read a portion in the epistle to Timothy. We were encouraged that we have a spirit of power, love, and sobermindedness (2 Tim. 1:6-7) and that this spirit allows us to become an anti-testimony to the tide of this age.
On Lord’s Day, we had a wonderful table meeting in Stillwater, OK. We enjoyed Christ as the One who blends the Body together and as the One who is our universal replacement. We saw a little bit of the reality of the Body of Christ as we entered into one another’s burdens through prayer and fellowship.
The weekend concluded with lunch with the saints and a tour of the Oklahoma State University campus. OSU has one of the largest and the “most comprehensive” student unions in the United States. The saints showed us where most of the students frequent and where we would be able to contact the most students.
Please pray that the Lord would bless the saints in Stillwater with Himself and that all of the saints would be strengthened with power through the Spirit into their inner man. As the Lord gains more ground in all of the saints, please pray that this would issue in remaining fruit off of the Oklahoma State University campus.
Greetings from Stillwater, Oklahoma. We began contacting students OSU Monday, January 28, and the Lord has really blessed the labor. OSU is the second-largest university in Oklahoma with one of the largest student unions in America. The students at OSU are really well-mannered and responded warmly to the gospel and to the Word.
We handed out flyers to the students to invite them to the welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, January 29, and received contact information for those who were interested in receiving information on Bible studies. There were many students who were open to conversations about Christ and many students gave us their contact information.
Monday evening we had a dinner at the saints’ home. It was a sweet time of blending. We shared our testimonies with one another and we marveled at the Lord’s sovereignty in how he brought the saints to Stillwater from different places and walks of life.
The following day, we continued handing out invitations to the dinner. We handed out a total of 123 flyers across the two days and 48 students gave us their information for further contact. We concluded our stay in Stillwater with a welcome dinner at Hideaway Pizza. There were two students who came and had dinner with us and the saints. We really enjoyed our time with them and believe that they will continue to go on strongly with the local saints.
Oklahoma State University Gospel Outreach Statistics:
- 123 invitations to the Bible Study
- 76 students contacted
- 49 students available for further contact
- 2 second appointments
- 4 gospel tracts distributed
- Please pray that the Lord would continue to sweep on the OSU campus. The students on OSU are seeking and hungry.
- Please pray that the Lord would thrust out the workers into the harvest and bring a serving team and migrating saints to Stillwater.
- For the proper follow-up of the student contacts. Please pray that the students would find a home with the saints in Stillwater.
As we enter the last week in the Houston area, we have completed our time in Pearland and made our way up to The Woodlands. During our time in Pearland, over 600 homes were visited while door-knocking with local saints. We thank and praise the Lord for our time in Pearland and continue praying for follow up contact.
Our first day in The Woodlands we visited and blended with the local saints and entered into their burden. Due to the nature of the geography of the North Houston area, many saints in The Woodlands are fairly spread out, taking on average to 45 minutes to meet with the nearest saint. It really shows the effort required to have a home meeting, and the limitations due to distance. For this reason, they are burdened for vital groups to formed and for their neighborhoods to be gained.
Our first day on the gospel in The Woodlands we distributed Bibles for America door hangers with a packaged baggie containing a greeting card and a rainbow booklet. Over 200 homes received door hangers throughout the Jacobs reserve and Fosters Ridge communities.
In the evening we joined a blended young peopleâ€™s meeting, where we enjoyed making and eating over 600 dumplings. We also enjoyed getting into the ministry book, Lesson Book, Level 4: Lifeâ€”Knowing and Experiencing Life, and seeing the two kinds of fruit that is produced out of the divine life being dispensed in us. It was a wonderful experience blending with the young people and hearing the overflow of their enjoyment.
- For the saints to be connected and blended to together in their region
- For the saints to be able to contact and connect with their neighbors and to enter into a daily gospel living
- For the vital groups to be established in each of the five areas in the North Houston area including West Spring, Central Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, and Northeast Houston
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. These past few days we have continued blending with the saints in their homes and door-knocking in Pearland with the working saints, full-timers, and young people. There are also many new ones helping in the GTCA trip by preparing lunch as well as opening their homes for hospitality and coordination meetings. It is truly encouraging to see the members coordinating together and functioning for the Lord’s move.
Two residents opened their doors and welcomed the saints into their homes to have fellowship.
The first was a Spanish-speaking believer from Columbia who was impressed with the translation of the Bible from the original Greek to English. Toward the end of our fellowship, he sensed peace and was open to meeting in a local brother’s home. We plan to revisit him with a Spanish RcV Bible.
The second was a believer who had recently left her church, dissatisfied, and was seeking a church for her family. She received a Bible for herself and asked for an additional one for her son. Also, she asked the saints for a Bible study and a revisitation. Praise the Lord!
- Continue praying for the local saints to enter into a daily gospel living.
- Pray that the University of Houston would be open for us to table on campus.
- Pray for the new contacts to remain and become more open to all that the Lord would desire to do.
The first part of our time in Texas is in Pearland, the Southern part of Houston, and the next part is in the Northern part of Houston called The Woodlands. Pearland has been the fastest growing area in the United States in the past few years and the saints here are burdened to gain those in the community.
It has been encouraging to go door-knocking with the local saints and young people. This past weekend we visited over 200 homes with BfA door hangers, New Testaments, and rainbow booklets. The goal is to blanket the homes in these areas with the Word and reach all His chosen ones.
- To initiate and encourage the local saints to enter into a community gospel living
- To gain the typical American in the Houston area, specifically in the South district
- For the Lord to continue speaking to those that received a Bible and ministry booklet, and for follow-up with the contacts made
This would be our last report for the gospel trip in El Paso. We are thankful with the Lord for the laboring time and the fruits. The new students/contacts were connected to community saints and our students today in the cookout and informed about the coming college conference. Our prayer is for these new ones who are really open and seeking to continue to be shepherded and continue going on in the Lord, for our students to get into the word and for the community saints and the church in El Paso to join the Lord in prayer for His move in this campus.
Thank you all for your faithful prayers. We believe the Lord has truly poured out His blessing on the TAMIU campus during the last two weeks of our visit. After our four total Bible study sessions on campus, we’ve realized that there are between 25-30 new students who have showed a high interest in continuing on with the club after we leave. After our last Bible study session, our main burden became for these students to be connected with the saints in Laredo.
During our last night in Laredo, the 3rd, we had a cookout gathering for all students at the ranch we were staying in and a total of 15 students came to this time, and seven of them got baptized!
During our two weeks stay, the Lord led approximately 40 to 45 students to be saved, nine students to be baptized and connected to the local saints in Laredo, and granted the saints a start of a weekly Christians on Campus Club meeting at the TAMIU campus.
Please continue to pray:
- These newly saved and baptized ones would continue pursuing Him during the campus club meetings and church life meeting.
- The Lord would strengthen and raise up more saints to shepherd these newly saved ones.
- The Lord would thrust out more full-time serving ones to labor on this campus.
Yesterday, we had 20 new ones attending the Bible study; seven of these have been attending every Bible study and event, so they are the most responsive and open/seeking ones. Our prayer burden is for these seven to be connected to the church kids, community saints and to be able to continue to be taken care of. This coming Saturday we will have a cookout at a saints’ home to try to connect the students with the church kids and community saints.
Between yesterday and today, around 3,000 flyers have been passed out with the information of on campus Bible studies. Today, we had a Bible study at 12 PM and around 13 new ones showed up and signed up to be on the gospel of John’s reading challenge.
- For the new ones to get connected with the church kids
- For the church kids to be burdened for the campus and the new ones
- For local saints to be able to support the church kids in their taking care of the new ones
- For the new ones to not get lost once the team departs.
Yesterday (Saturday, February 3), we had our cookout and 17 new ones showed up and prayed to receive the Lord! Praise Him!
Today, we had our worship service and four new ones came (they have been coming to every Bible study and activity). Our prayer burden is for next week’s tabling and preaching of the gospel, for us to find the sons of peace and for full-timers to be burdened to move to El Paso.
On Thursday and Friday, we passed out around 2,500 flyers, around 25 students signed up interested in the Bible studies, and we had one-on-one meetings with some new ones and church kids in the university.
Today (Saturday) we will have our cookout and some perfecting with church kids before the cookout, to help them learn how to contact people and welcome them.
- For the church kids cooperation with the campus work to get a burden and a vision of the Lord’s desire with this campus
- For some full-timers to be burdened to migrate to El Paso to continue what the Lord has started in UTEP and shepherd the church kids
- For one on one appointments to be released with the new ones
- For the new ones to continue reading the gospel of John and sharing their enjoyment in the groups formed
Hello, saints! Thank you all for your faithful prayers. The Lord has been very sweet to us and in our experience. As we mentioned last week, after passing out thousands of tracts on campus, we held two Bible study sessions and met many open, seeking students. So far, we have personally met over 200 students, a minimum of 55 people have prayed with us to receive the Lord, and one baptism.
This week, we’re planning to have two more Bible study sessions on campus, and praying for four more people to be baptized.
Please pray with us:
- The Lord would bring many more seeking ones to these last two Bible study sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.
- The Lord would arrange for three contacts to be saved before we leave.
- There would be a definite final connection between some key students and local saints.
Yesterday (Jan 31st) we passed out 300 flyers and had our second Bible study. 17 new ones attended the Bible study, three of them for the second time. All except for two signed up for the John reading challenge and were added to a group to share their enjoyment.
- For students to be open to have one-on-one meetings
- For them to read the gospel of John
- For this Saturday’s cookout to be a good time of getting to know the new ones and for them to build relationships with the church kids at UTEP
- For full-timers to be burdened to come to El Paso
Today we handed out 2,000 flyers and 20 students signed up. Our first Bible study was today and 10 of the ones that got a flyer attended. During the Bible study a reading challenge of John was introduced and groups were formed. Our prayer burden is for students to continue to be open and for the new ones that attended the Bible study to continue coming and read the gospel of John.
Yesterday, we attended the Lord’s Table meeting in a home in Lawrence that was small, but very sweet. Afterwards, we stayed for lunch and continued fellowshipping with one another. In the afternoon, we went on the University of Kansas campus to preach the gospel. After passing out 56 tracts and four Bibles and contacting seven people, we had dinner with several regular contacts and one new gospel contact, another Brazilian Christian.
Today, we returned to the university campus after a time of fellowship and coordination in the morning. In total, we passed out 90 tracts and seven Bibles and contacted 11 people today, inviting many to join us for dinner. Ultimately, seven regular contacts joined us for dinner and we had a lot of sweet fellowship with one another.
One of our highlights was the dinner last night. We were so encouraged to see so many familiar faces and one new face. After an enjoyable time of singing and mutual fellowship, we proposed ending the time by going around the room and praying at least one sentence each, and each person did pray. We were also encouraged by the three Brazilian Christians who said that they knew at least 10 other Brazilians who they could invite to join us.
- Pray for the home meeting this coming Friday. Pray that the three Brazilians would bring their friends.
- Pray for all those who received tracts and/or Bibles, that they would read them.
- Pray for three of our regular contacts (two brothers and one sister) to short-term in the FTTA.
This is our last day in Lawrence. Tomorrow, we will be driving to Lubbock, Texas, stopping by Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to blend with the saints.
Thank you all for praying for us. We’ve had a great four days of labor and blending here. We’ve met many open students and the Lord has surely poured out His blessing on this campus. The main burden of the saints in Laredo is for increase, and the Lord has been leading us in meeting many open students.
Thus far, we have passed out approximately 3,000 Bible study invitation tracts, 179 students have signed up to attend this past Wednesday and Thursday sessions, and 59 new students have attended these sessions. We had 38 come the first time, and 21 new ones come the second time. Also, two sisters joined us from Austin on Wednesday (one of them was sick and couldn’t be with us the first few days). Their coming we feel was sovereign of the Lord because we needed more females due to high response from females on campus.
During the first session, we covered the purpose of God’s creation of man, and all attendees prayed with us to receive the Lord. So far, we’ve had close to 44 students receive the Lord, and we’re expecting a baptism of one student soon.
We’ll spend tomorrow blending with the saints, and Lord’s Day have arranged a cookout gathering of all very open and close contacts we’ve met to join this time at a local park, in view of connecting them with the local saints.
We’ll spend the next week continuing to pass out Bible study invitation tracts for Wednesday and Thursday, meeting new students, and blending with the saints.
May the Lord’s will be done on the A&M campus.
Please continue to stand with us:
- The Lord will bless the time of gathering and blending of all the students during this Lord’s Day park cookout with the local saints.
- The Lord will continue to lead us to all the sons of peace on campus next week.
- The Lord will preserve and cause the very open contacts we’ve met so far to continue meeting with us next week.
- The Lord will strengthen the student’s will and cooperation with the Lord for his baptism this Saturday.
Today we handed out 3,000 flyers inviting UTEP students to our Bible study tomorrow. Out of those 3,000, 50 students signed up giving us their contact information. Our prayer burden is for all these new ones contacted to attend to the Bible study.
Yesterday, we arrived in Lawrence, Kansas and attended a home meeting with several college students and gospel contacts. Today, we read a chapter of A Blessed Human Life and had a time of prayer, fellowship, and coordination for our gospel outing in the afternoon in Downtown Lawrence. We distributed a total of 101 tracts and four Bibles, and we contacted 25 new people. Then, in the evening, we had dinner with two regular contacts.
One of our highlights was the home meeting last night. We were so encouraged to see and meet so many different kinds of people. There were local saints, college students from the campus club, working saints, two Christian Brazilians, a Jewish student, a Christian from India, and an atheist. We were amazed at how the Lord brought us all together in the same place that night to fellowship with one another.
- A job for one of our regular contacts before the expiration of his visa at the end of March.
- The atheist, who was formerly a believer but now doubts. Continued contact with the two Brazilians for the rest of their time in Kansas (four weeks).
Our first morning in Laredo, TX was this Lord’s Day the 21st. We had a great time of blending with all the saints during our love feast. Also spent our first coordination time. We briefly visited our campus site, and afterwards had dinner with the saints.
Today was our first day on the Texas A&M International University campus. We plan to table there everyday for the next two weeks. We will pass out our Bible study invitation tracts that will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of this and next week. Also, to make a good connection with the students.
So far, the Lord did beyond what we could think, we were able to give out 1300 invitation tracts, 60 students signed up to come to our Bible study times, and two very promising students prayed to receive the Lord with us.
- Please pray that the Lord would continue to pour out His blessing on this campus. Continue to soften, open, and prepare the students’ hearts for the Bible study sessions.
- Please pray that these 60 students would come to our Bible study sessions, and be well connected with the local brother and sister students on campus.
- Please pray for the Lord to give us some promising students to connect to the local saints in Laredo, and be brought into the church life here.
This has been a wonderful and productive week for the Lord and His move in Brownsville, Texas. During this second week, we had a burden to meet with the students we contacted from the previous week who we believe are the most responsive. We have met so many positive and open students, but we are cognizant that there will be significantly less care after many of us return to our respective localities. Our hope is that many of these students will be built up with each other so that they would continue to pursue the Lord even after our departure from Brownsville.
It has been encouraging to see many students return to the Bible studies. On Tuesday, we had 45 students attend the Bible study, and 30 of these were returning students from last week’s Bible studies. We have also had many appointments with these students where we get to know their story and read the word with them. We have had appointments with at least 25 of these students.
There is also a married couple moving from Puerto Rico to Brownsville! After meeting so many students our first week, we prayed for some to migrate to Brownsville to take care of these ones. Our prayer was answered this week when a sister accepted a job here this Monday in Brownsville and her husband will most likely serve here on campus.
- The students would continue to pursue the Lord after our departure from Brownsville
- For the Lord to strengthen and raise up the homes. The Lord needs the homes to contain these students that they would grow in love. Pray that the Lord would cause more to migrate to Brownsville in the immediate future.
- The serving ones here in Brownsville all of a sudden have a lot of labor ahead of them. Please pray to supply and strengthen these ones!
Thank you for all your prayers. The Lord has really been moving on this campus!
We are writing from Brownsville, Texas, where it has been a very busy but enjoyable couple of days. To give a short background of Brownsville, there is a church in Brownsville with around 45 active saints. The two main campuses here are the University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. The Christians at RGV club currently has around five active students, one part-time serving one, and one full-time serving one.
We hit the ground running on Day 1 of the campus work with a real desperation to gain the seeking ones that would become remaining fruit. Here is a rough schedule for the trainees during the first 2 days:
7:30-8:30— Pass out flyers for the Bible Study 9:15-10:30— Coordination 10:30-12:00— Tabling and passing out more flyers for the Bible Study 12:00-2:00— Half of us at the Bible Study and the other half still tabling and handing out flyers 2:00-3:00— Coordination on campus to see how we can improve the Bible Study 3:00-4:45— More tabling and passing out flyers 5:00-8:00— Dinner with students, bring students to home meetings.
After 8:00 we went home and took care of miscellaneous tasks before going to bed, such as updating the database, organizing the flyers for the next day, and printing out papers for coordination.
We have had a great turnout at all of our events. Last semester, the Bible Study attendance averaged around six students, but on Monday we had 20 students attend and on Tuesday we had 44 students attend. We also had a cookout right in the middle of campus on Thursday, where around 50 students attended and many of the students were ones we previously met and returned to spend more time with us.
By the end of Day 4, we have had over 280 new contacts that have signed up at our tables, attended a Bible Study, and/or attended the cookout. There have also been 15 salvations! Many students have also gone to a home meeting, had appointments with us, or have begun to read the book of John with us. The students on this campus are very open and eager to meet with us and there are not many Christian organizations on this campus, so those who are hungry and seeking are very happy to have come in contact with us.
We have been informed that there has been much prayer from all over the country. Thank you all for sending us the divine supply :)
- The trainees are a little tired after having 12+ hour work days and need the continued prayers of the saints to supply and strengthen us!
- The students would remain open to us and we would be able to have more contact with them
- The saints in Brownsville to be strengthened to receive these new ones into their homes
2/3/15: Today was a pretty cold day so we set up our BfA table at two locations. One was inside and the other was outside the Lamar Student Center. Although the weather was cold it did not deter many seeking students to come and receive their free study Bible and ministry books. In total 68 Bibles and 50 ministry books were distributed. Many of them wanted further contact so we pray the Lord would have a way to get His seeking ones connected with the saints. In the evening we enjoyed a time of singing and dinner. A few new students came and joined us, of which one we are praying to be saved. We are also praying that they would be opened to get baptized. Lord release these baptisms!
2/4/15: Today we continued our Bible and ministry books distribution. Our order of ministry books arrived so we were able to pass out more ministry books to new students as well as those who did not receive the first few days due to us running out. The response from the students was very positive with most willing to take a few minutes to talk to us about what we were doing. Many of these ones were interested in further contact. Today 54 New Testament Bibles and 101 ministry books were distributed on the campus. Tonight we had dinner at the meeting hall with the saints and had the prayer meeting afterwards.
2/5/15: Revelation 3:8—“I know your works; behold, I have put before you an opened door which no one can shut, because you have a little power and have kept My word and have not denied My name.”
Praise the Lord for all He has done and all that He will continue to do! Today was our last day of distributing Bibles and ministry books. We are very grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He afforded us in being part of this gospel trip to Huntsville/Beaumont. We really had an experience of the Lord putting before us an open door which no one can shut. Although these localities are small (little power) the Lord cares not for our doing much for Him but our doing our best with what we have. We are very much encouraged with the testimony the Lord has gained in each of these localities. We are very thankful to all the saints who received us with much love. You all have been written in our hearts and we will keep remembering our time spent with you all. Although we depart our prayer will continue for the Lord’s testimony in both Huntsville and Beaumont. Praise the Lord for the building He has done and the building He is obtaining! In total for today, 69 Bibles and 192 ministry books were given out. For the two weeks a total of about 690 Bibles, 1,200 ministry books, and 750 gospel tracts were given out. Hallelujah!
- That the Lord would brood over this campus and many more seeking students would come and receive a study Bible
- Second contact/appointments with some of the students who indicated their desire for further contact
- The Lord would bless our last day on campus distributing Bibles
- Some new students would come to tomorrow’s God’s Economy class on campus as well as dinner at a family’s home
1/31/15: Mark 4:3—”Listen! Behold, the sower went out to sow.”
Praise the Lord for His continuation on this earth! Today we went door-knocking and we are overflowing with joy for what the Lord did. Saints from Arlington, Houston, and College Station joined the team and the saints here in Huntsville for prayer, coordination, fellowship, and much enjoyment of the Lord before door knocking. Fourteen teams of 3-4 went and visited fourteen apartment complexes, with some high school and college students door-knocking for the first time. How encouraging! After we had a corporate dinner, we had a sweet overflow meeting. One notable highlight was one college student’s first experience of leading a person to receive the Lord; he was so happy he did not have the words to express how wonderful his experience was. Total for the day: 120 people received a New Testament Recovery Version and at least 10 people received the Lord. Hallelujah!!
2/1/15: Hymn #595 Stanza 1 There is always something over, When we taste our gracious Lord; Every cup He fills o’erfloweth, Rich supply He doth afford. Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, Ever issued from His store; To His own He gives full measure, Running over, evermore, To His own He gives full measure, Running over, evermore.
Hallelujah, there is always something over! This week has truly been a week of filling and overflowing. What a privilege untold to be able to supply God’s seeking ones with a Bible. We are very much encouraged in seeing how the Lord is superabundantly able to do above all we can ask or think. Praise the Lord! We are also very thankful for the dear saints here in Huntsville. We really felt at home here in Huntsville enjoying the saints portion of Christ through prayer, singing, fellowship, and hospitality. The Lord has gained more building this week! Today we had a wonderful time enjoying the feast in the table meeting and a time of building in the prophesying meeting. We had a very delicious love feast afterwards with all the saints. Later in the afternoon we went to Huntsville State Park to enjoy a time of singing, recreation, and ministry reading with five students we contacted at the campus join us. Afterward two of the girls that we contacted spent some time at the saint’s home and really enjoyed a time of fellowship and prayer. Lord gain these these students for your purpose!
2/2/15: Today we started our 150 mile drive southeast to Beaumont. Beaumont is a locality with about 20 saints. The main campus here is Lamar University with about 15,000 students. As soon as we arrived in Beaumont we headed to the campus to set up our BfA table. The Lord really had a way to draw many students to the table and they came to receive their free study Bible. Since we ran out of ministry books in Huntsville many were open to come back later in the week to receive their ministry books. In total 72 Bibles and 38 ministry books were given out. In the evening we spent time resting, meeting the saints, and had delicious dinner.
Phil. 2:15b-16a—”among whom you shine as luminaries in the world, Holding forth the word of life.”
- Many warm doors we visited would continue to be open for further visitations by the saints
- A hunger for the truth would stir in each one of the Bible/ministry book recipients
- Connections through follow-up contact would be established with the local saints
- Lord keep drawing His seeking ones to Himself and into saints homes
- The Lord keep us in the enjoyment of Himself as we travel to Beaumont
- The Lord would supply us with His all-sufficient grace for the remainder of this gospel trip
- The Lord shine in the hearts of students, by enlightening the eyes of their hearts
- That the Lord would grant us solid connections in our short time here
1/29/15: Isaiah 45:11—”Thus says Jehovah, The Holy One of Israel and the One who formed him, Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, And concerning the work of My hands, command Me.”
Hallelujah! We can cooperate with the Lord through our prayers. We command the Lord concerning His sons and concerning His work. Through much prayer, we had some very positive experiences of seeking ones wanting second appointments. One of these prayers was for a student who was so encouraged after her follow-up appointment. She really enjoyed having someone to share testimonies with and have sweet fellowship with. Another prayer answered was for another appointment with a young lady who is eager to study the Bible in Greek because she doesn’t want to miss anything that is lost in translation. She was so happy to get a Bible! When I met her for our appointment, she was eating lunch with some of her friends. I thought they would leave or we would go somewhere else, but her friends were enamored by what we were talking about. When she got a Bible she also took The Normal Christian Life, which is one of the free BfA books. She’s been reading it and taking extensive notes as she reads. She likes it so much that she sometimes reads it instead of studying. She told me, “I never knew before that we needed to be delivered from our sins. I knew that we got saved and I thought that was good enough. But we actually need DELIVERANCE!” She is reading Romans alongside The Normal Christian Life. She asked me how to study the Bible. She wants to get into it in a deeper way. We had very sweet fellowship, and eventually I shared with her and her friends the benefit of pray-reading; and we practiced right there in the cafeteria! When I left the appointment with these girls, they were so happy! May the Lord bless them in their study of the Word that they would learn how to mine out the riches in the Bible!
On our fourth day on campus, we were still approached by many seeking students. The total for our day we gave 38 New Testament Bibles, 149 ministry books, and 45 gospel tracts.
1/30/15: Phil. 2:18—”And in like manner you also rejoice, and you rejoice together with me.”
Rejoice! Praise the Lord for all He has done this week on this campus. We are just full of rejoicing and full of thanksgiving to our Lord! Today was our last day at SHSU and some more prayers were answered. Some seeking and hungry ones came by the table today, and overall a total of 20 Bibles, 192 ministry books and 20 tracts were given today. Also, we had more second appointments. Two girls were the highlight of these past three days. One of the girls kept saying, “What you guys are doing is awesome!” and lingered with us for more than one hour. We really felt the Lord’s drawing for her was so strong that she was observing everything we shared with her. At one point she said, “You are speaking with the Holy Spirit right now. I had been praying about something and the Lord is speaking through you!” She came by the table about three times. And she came to two dinners. Her heart is just like soft soil, absorbing everything that we shared with her. She was even taking notes when we told her about the radio broadcast program. She also told us that she sensed that there is grace surrounding our BfA table and that was what attracted her to come.
The second girl also came to the group time and dinner and she said, “It doesn’t make sense for me to come because I have homework to finish but the Lord just said ‘go!’ So here I am”. They both now are connected to the local saints. Please pray for their going on. The Lord truly rewards those who seek Him diligently. The Lord answered our prayer to draw these two Himself personally. We truly testify that we are so privileged to be channels used by the Lord to reach out to His sheep.
- Many more students would be open for follow up appointments and/or join us in our activities this weekend
- Many connections would be made with the local saints
- Door-knocking this weekend with saints from different localities
- Bless us with remaining fruit
- Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! The Lord afforded us another glorious day in the distribution of His Word. Although today was a pretty warm day the Lord supplied us with Himself as we kept enjoying Him while contacting people and giving them Bibles and ministry books. We were really encouraged seeing how many students are open to receive the Bibles and books.
- There was one student who was saved a few months ago and was very happy to receive a study Bible along with the ministry books, he was so thankful that he asked if he could pray for the continuing of the Bible distribution before he went to class.
- In total today we were able to give out 91 Bibles, 191 ministry books, 102 tracts. Hallelujah!
- Tonight we had small group gathering with the saints a time to enjoy the Lord singing and eating dinner! Two girls from campus we contacted through the BfA distribution and a friend of one of our students came to the time. Both of the girls were so happy to have been able to come and were really encouraged to go on in the Lord.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:1—”Finally, brothers, pray concerning us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as it is also with you.”
- John 6:35—“Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.” Today this has truly been our testimony. After three days of being on this campus many more students made their way over to the table to receive their free New Testament Recovery Bible as well as the free ministry books.
- Overall today has been the most we have given out with a total of 92 Bibles, 207 ministry books, 103 gospel tracts. Praise the Lord for so many hungry and seeking ones!
- We have four more days in Huntsville and our prayer is that from all the positive responses, some would be open for further contact for the remainder of the time in order to connect some with the saints here.
- Tonight we joined the saints for prayer for the upcoming blending weekend with students from Arlington as well as Saturday’s community door knocking and Bible distribution. Thank you all for your prayers and petitions.
- Pray that all the Bible recipients will feed on the Word through reading their Bible.
- May the Lord stir in some seeking ones to be open to more contact
- Upcoming blending with students from Arlington
- Saturday’s community door knocking and Bible distribution
Praise the Lord for His testimony in Huntsville. Huntsville is a locality of a few families about one hour north of Houston. Huntsville is the location of Sam Houston State University (SHSU) with over 19,000 students. This week will be setting up a BfA table near the campus Student Center. We will also be blending with students at Texas A&M and UT Arlington. Today was our first day in Huntsville and we mainly spent our day with the saints enjoying the Lord through singing, praying and of course a delicious dinner made by the saints.
Monday was our first day on campus and the Lord blessed us! The students at SHSU are very open and hungry for the Word of God. The Lord provided the way to release the distribution of Bibles, ministry books, and tracts. Today, 68 New Testament Recovery Version, 90 ministry books, and 117 gospel tracts were distributed. Praise the Lord! The overall response of the students was positive with many being open to having another contact to read the Word. Many students were very grateful that we had come to their campus. We ended the day going out for dinner with the saints and with some of the students from SHSU with one of them bringing a friend. We were also able to give a Bible to some of the workers at the restaurant.
Colossians 4:3—Praying at the same time for us also, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ
- May the Lord strengthen His testimony in Huntsville!
- May the release of His Word penetrate the college campus and community.
- Pray for the team to utterly enjoy the Lord, to be so one with the Lord! That the distribution will be the overflow of our enjoyment of Christ.
- Pray for all the Bible recipients to feed on the Word through reading their Bible.