Mission Field: Honduras
Years of Service: 52
Home Church: Grace Baptist Church
Fort Worth, Texas
Missions Agency: World Baptist Fellowship Missions
Our Missionary for 25 years
God blessed the trip to Merida, Mexico. Three pastors signed up to begin classes in their churches. 40 signed up as students. When they have earned the required nine seminary credits all who have previous studies will be accepted towards an accredited degree.
The Spirit blessed the lesson on demons. Three pastors also shared their experiences, stating that the subject needed to be presented more often in their churches.
The mission president invited me to return to their trimester meeting that as many as 90 pastors and workers will attend. The purpose will be to again share about the seminary. I will also explain Faith Promise mission giving and the benefits of a faith based mission agency. The following Friday through Sunday I will preach the first mission conference between two churches. It is my prayer that this will plant the seed for a much greater mission outreach.
Paulino Sanchez had a sleep test that showed his brain has periods of 60-90 seconds without oxygen that could explain the severe headaches. The fibromyalgia adds to the pain. Pray for the second test and for the machine that will be needed to provided the needed oxygen through the night. Your prayers have strengthened him. One of the graduates recently began a new work in the nearby town of Yaramanguilla. They plan to rent a building for formal services.
That trip was followed by the WBF Semi-annual Meeting. The Lord miraculously provided the $60,000.00 that will be needed to supplement the Mission's expenses for the next year. Their was a sweet spirit as the church members served the pastors and missionaries in a very unselfish manner.
Among the great messages was a devotion by U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster. He spoke of the believers need to let his light shine in a sin darkened world. That service is especially needed in our nation's capitol. After speaking the host pastor has him sit in a church in front of the pulpit and asked the ministers to lay hands on him as prayer was made for his political service to God and country. This humble saint of God, who teaching a S.S. class in a Baptist church, seeks only to glorify God with his life and talents.
Bro. Webster is running to be the majority leader in the Congress. At his request I am asking you to contact your congressman, telling him/her that you want him/her to vote for Daniel Webster as Majority leader. We need Godly believers in our country's highest offices.
God bless you,
Phil & Mary
The generosity of my cousin Yvonne Arbeau provided the funds needed for Pastor Paulino Sanchez' medical tests. Please continue to pray that the cause can be discovered and an effective treatment be prescribed. He has a very busy and effective ministry that needs his service. Also pray for my seminary extension graduate, Michael Sorto, who is carrying the load in his absence.
Also pray for my trip to Mexico this Thursday. The terminal in Mexico City is unnecessarily complicated. They do not put up the gate until the last minutes, so the passenger has to constantly watch the monitor. My last trip when the gate number appeared I immediately rushed to board the plane as one of the last passengers. It bewildered me, that's for sure.
I have never had so much satanic opposition while preparing for any conference like I have for this one. The hose pastor has invited 65 pastors to be introduced to the seminary extension ministry. Lessons will also be taught on Faith Promise Mission giving, plus demonism. In spite of the opposition, we are assured a resounding victory under the shed blood of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.
On Nov 10 our grandson and his wife, Wayne & Nikki Bratton, will have to be in Italy for him to sign in to his duty station. His younger brother will report for Army basic training on Nov. 9. It will be hard to see them go, but we are thankful for the blessing of the time we have had with them.
There are 9 students in La Iglesia Bautista Emanuel in Kannapolis, NC, and 5 in La Iglesia Bautista Victoria in Wingate. We are seeking the Lord's guidance about beginning a prison ministry with Hispanic inmates under Bright Spot Baptist Church's prison ministry.
Your prayers make our ministry possible.
Phil & Mary
Pastor Leonel Maldonado asked prayers for 98 year old Aminda Reyes' health. He led his grandmother to the Lord last year.
Pastor Gabriel Gomez said 85 year old Tiodola accepted Christ after the recent death of her husband. The attendance in Santa Catarina where we served for 7 years now has between 90 and 100. That is double from where we lead the congregation.
The church in Reparto is again growing after the resignation of their previous pastor.
On Oct 1 I will travel to Merida, Mexico, to explain the seminary extension ministry to as many as 34 pastors. I will also speak on faith promise mission giving and demonism.
Hoping to find the cause for his health problems, the specialist told Pastor Paulino Sanchez he needs two tests that will cost $1100.00. The church pays his $300.00 a month. The migraines are so severe that he has taken a medical leave from his pastoral and seminary teaching responsibilities.
In 1969 when we began our ministry in Honduras the government provided free health care. The national budget has cut back drastically what is now offered. (Think Obamacare!!!)
Thank you for praying,
Phil & Mary
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