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I recently wrote an article for "Rapture Ready" website, dealing with finding Charities and Missionaries who share the gospel with the lost. The intent of the article was to show that most charities have long ago stopped giving the gospel (if they ever did), and rather that missionaries may be the better spent donation for those who desire for the gospel to be preached. Charities use misleading names such as "Salvation ____" and " The ___ Cross" (just two well known names which do not give the gospel to the lost, but have the audacity to still use such terms in their charity names!). 

A shout of to brother Alan (his wife Sherry, and his family also) in the article as well. 29 years a missionary in Taiwan! What a blessing to know the gospel is being preached in Taiwan! God Bless you (brother Alan and sister Sherry) as you seek to serve Him and share the gospel with others in Taiwan.

Maranatha!

http://www.raptureready.com/2018/02/11/10-tips-choosing-charities-missionaries-ronda-lane/

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Dave, that's wonderful! We have always loved seeing/hearing from the missionaries our church supported. And we have always enjoyed missionaries coming through and presenting their burden and their field.

Our church currently does not support any missionaries on a regular basis. The members had sent a certain amount yearly or twice yearly to 4 different ones, which was great. But now we need to seriously be looking at supporting missionaries on a regular basis. Our first missionary family is scheduled to visit on July 1. It just so happens that the family are good friends of ours (my hubs and the man went to college together). They are actually on furlough. The church is excited about hosting them and having them present their ministry. Who knows, they may be the first missionaries we officially support. What a blessing to be able to do so!

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Posting about the first mission church I was saved at brought back so many memories of those wonderful days in the first few years after I was saved. It was a wonderful time of being newly saved and seeing God work in ways that I had never even dreamed of. At some time I may post some of the instances that happened in our church as a mission and maybe some of the experiences we had as a sending church as well as a supporting church to missions world-wide.

Our's was a very small church, but what God accomplished was nothing short of miraculous for a church of its size.

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13 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Posting about the first mission church I was saved at brought back so many memories of those wonderful days in the first few years after I was saved. It was a wonderful time of being newly saved and seeing God work in ways that I had never even dreamed of. At some time I may post some of the instances that happened in our church as a mission and maybe some of the experiences we had as a sending church as well as a supporting church to missions world-wide.

Our's was a very small church, but what God accomplished was nothing short of miraculous for a church of its size.

Looking forward to hearing your testimony on your early experiences at the church you were saved in Alaska. God's accomplishments are always great to hear.

"For God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Corinthians 1:27-29  

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Brother Jim, what a wonderful testimony to the importance of missionaries! Had those missionaries not followed the call to Alaska, you may have not heard the gospel. (I look forward also to reading your account).

Missionaries are often not given the credit they deserve (from us, fellow believers) for their desire to reach the lost with the gospel. Many of them have given up ALL to follow Christ; their comfortable homeland, their relationships with family members who remain in free nations (some never again being able to SEE their kin, this side of heaven). The often horrible conditions they endure, some without clean water or ANY of the comforts we take for granted (clean running water, electricity, appliances such as washing machines/dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and so many others). Lack of good medical care and/or treatment, and real  persecution for God's word. There are hundreds of things we (in the US and Western nations) take for granted every day that many missionaries go without, and let's not forget; they do so WILLINGLY for the Lord!

Here in the US, many professing Christians think they are 'persecuted' if someone speaks ill of them for being a Christian. Yet we face no real persecution (YET), no risk to life and limb (yet). We should expect the world to reject us for sharing the gospel (1 Cor.1:18),  to be HATED of the world (John 15:18-19), to mock us when we tell them of Bible prophecy (Jude 1:18, 2 Pet.3:3-4, et al). And yet that is nothing close to the persecution the apostles faced. And it's nothing near to what many missionaries are right now facing in the world. 

Jesus went to the cross for OUR sins, we are ALL sinners! He had the unique foreknowledge of what horrors He would face to do so. Yet He went WILLINGLY. He said "... " nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42, also as in Matt.26:39, and Mark 14:36). 

How many of us are willing to say: "nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done"? How many of us are willing to truly submit our own will to the Lord? To desire HIS will above our own? When the Lord calls us to share the gospel? When the Lord calls us to witness to even a co-worker, friend or relative? Do some worry more about our earthly relationships  than they do about the other person's eternal soul??? 

While we can't all be pastors (women shouldn't be at all, and many men aren't equipped - nor called to be), and we can't all be missionaries that travel abroad or to remote locations of our own nations (although far more COULD than are willing to be), and we can't even all leave our homes to speak in person with others...  we can ALL do much more than we do.  There is also something we CAN  all do... PRAY for those who are sharing God's word! For pastors, for missionaries, and for any and all believers who are sharing the gospel with the lost. 

"Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." (Matt.9:37-38)

"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together
." (John 4:35-36)

Maranatha!


 

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This is a follow up of my post regarding mission work and my experiences with it in my first church, which was itself a mission work. I would like to begin by recounting an instance that I experienced early in my Christian life. As I said in my previous post on this subject, when I first attended this mission work there were only about six people attending that were not actually a part of the original people that started the work. So that made six people that were from the community. This made a total of seventeen people attending when also counting the two missionary families.

One of these people was a lady that had been contacted by the missionaries and started attending. Her husband was very anti-church and refused all attempts by his wife and others to get him to attend. This went on for a number of years until one evening at his wife’s request he decided to come with her. It was not very long after that evening that he was saved. Now this was one of those people that everybody thought was hopeless as far as his ever attending church or getting saved. And that is why I recount this happening; it is to show that no one is beyond the reach of The Gospel. To take this story one step further I would like to tell you of another miracle regarding this man. He is now the pastor of that church. This is the same man that no one ever thought would darken the door of a church. With God all things are possible.

This post will be extremely long if I recount all the wonderful things that I experienced in this church in Alaska. Looking back on this church’s history I would just like to say that over the years many missionaries and “preacher boys” came to visit and help out with the work, whether it was with actual building or helping with the ministry of our church. This was in large part because our mission was sponsored by Rodgers Baptist Church in Garland Texas. This church was responsible for sending out many missionaries and supporting many more, so it was well known for mission work. They were also a part of the Ministry of Independent Baptist College. So, many of the men that had surrendered to preach and were attending that church or college got to hear about our mission work in Alaska.

The result of this was that some of these men felt God’s call to start their ministry in Alaska. Four of these men either started missions of their own in later years or went on to pastor one of the four Independent Churches in our area.

The best part is yet to come, but I think it best if I end this post here and continue it in a separate post. It has been my experience that many times when we try to post a long message it either will not post or it gets cut off. I don’t want to type a lot of text just to have it not post.

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OK, next installment regarding missions and mission work. There came a time in the early 1980’s when a Russian couple came to our little community to visit one of our church’s families. Of course while they were here they were invited to attend our church by this family, which they did. The Russian couple was visiting for about two weeks, so they got to come to services each time we met. They seemed very interested in both the church and the messages preached. Before they left for Russia they spoke to the pastor about some meetings that were being held in their home city of Magadan, which is in Far East Russia, in what we know as Siberia. It seems that the meetings that were being held were for the purpose of studying the bible. The problem as they told it was that there was really no one there that knew much about the bible, but they had an interest, so they met in an apartment of one of the interested families.

They politely asked if our church might be interested in sending someone from the church to help teach about the bible. Even though the Cold War had ended and Russian rules and regulations were somewhat relaxed, anyone wanting to visit Russia had to have a Russian sponsor. This couple offered to sponsor anyone interested in coming to help.

Our pastor presented this request to the church during a business meeting and the church agreed to consider what to do and how to do it. This couple had to return to Russia before any kind of decision was made by the church. We had an address for them in their home city and had promised to contact them by mail if and when we could come to some decision. In the interim our church was in much prayer and discussion regarding this request.

This went on for about a month when one of our members announced that he and his family had been praying about this situation and they felt led of The Lord to answer this Macedonian call. Shortly after this another man testified that he and his family had also been in prayer and discussion about this situation. They and the first family got together and decided that they would team up and both families would go to Russia together to see the situation first hand and attempt to get some real church services going.

Together they presented their burden to the church and the church agreed to sponsor their Russian missionary endeavor. They planned on staying and holding services for three months. This was assuming that they would be allowed to do this by Russian authorities and that they could secure housing for that time.

This was to be no small endeavor since both families had under age children. In all, the two families numbered twelve people. In the end they decided that the husband and wife of each family would go, while leaving their children with family members for the time they were gone. They then contacted the Russian couple that had visited and asked them to sponsor them with the Russian government. This was done and the Russian couple also began efforts to secure housing. In Magadan housing took the form of apartments because there were no houses to be had as we know them. Apartments there have to be secured through the government. It took a couple of months to get everything ready for our missionaries departure, but at last the day they had been waiting for came and they boarded a plane for Russia.

This post is beginning to get too long so I will break it off here and post again with their arrival in Russia.

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Jim,

Thank you very much for relating to us the work in Alaska, the fine ministry of Rogers Baptist Church, the Russian family visiting the church, the converts and the sending out of the two missionary families from the work in Alaska. All of it is soul stirring. God is still working in the midst of the churches, winning souls, sending out missionaries, and walking by faith.

Thank you very much for the encouraging testimonies and the history of the work of God in the work in Alaska. Looking forward to hearing more.

Alan 

 

 

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I am sorry for the long lapse between installments in this story. My last installment was at the end of February, my how time slips by. I will try to pick up where I left off as I am able. I have had two things preventing me from continuing. The first is that my wife and I were notified by the owners of the house we rent that they wanted to take possession of the house once again and move back in by May 1st' at the latest. So we have been frantically trying to find alternative housing, which is extremely difficult since we live very remote from any population center. Our community is nothing more than a wide spot in the road; population 80.

We have managed to find alternative housing finally, but it is now mid-April and we only have two weeks left before the owners take possession. Of course this means the dreaded task of moving and that this place must be spotless and ready for them, as well as the new place being made livable for us. This has been a very discouraging and depressing few months.

The second thing that that has kept me from continuing this missionary story is that, for some mysterious reason my peripheral Neuropathy seems to have returned. I wrote in another place on the forums about the surgical implant I had done to remedy this situation. It has now returned and is even worse than before my implant. I am working with my specialist to determine what the problem may be. But suffice to say that with the return of this medical situation I am almost useless in trying to help my wife with this moving situation and all it entails.

This Neuropathy manifests itself in no feeling from my knees to my feet and makes my legs and feet extremely weak. This, in turn makes for extreme instability, because I can't feel what my feet are doing. I have to support myself at all times while standing or walking, either with a cane of holding on to something. Trying to do anything with both hands proves impossible, I always need one hand for support. So consequently the only things I can do manually are what can be done with one hand. Even then I wear down very quickly.

I would very much appreciate prayers in our behalf from my brothers and sisters at OB. But I have every intention in continuing my missionary story as time and strength allow. Thanks to everyone for bearing with me.

Edited to add:

I just realized that there is one other small thing that enters into my life situation at this time. That small thing is age. I thought of this as I posted my post this morning and looked at my avatar. My avatar is misleading to say the least. It is twenty years old. I am age 75 as of this last December. I have used this avatar for many years simply because it is the most recent picture of me that I have. It was taken when I was 55 years old. Sorry for the unintended deception. I mention and add this because age is a definite obstacle in situations such as I described above.

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Jim,

Thank you for letting us know what is going on in your life. We can wait until you are ready to post again.

Also, concerning your avatar. I remember awhile back when folks thought my avatar was, shall I say, "different" from others. Well, for one reason, I noticed that my facial features changed quite a bit over the years, so, I did not want a photo, I am no good in computer photo manipulation, so, I figured if I used a rock I would not have to change my avatar. 

Most folks here know that you are somewhat older than the avatar (as with most folks who use a photo avatar), so, there is no misleading.

Alan

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Thank you for your thoughts Bro. Alan. I do have to confess something concerning your avatar. Before you posted telling everyone what your avatar was, I had thought that it was a large lizard of some sort. This may have to do with the small size avatars that are allowed as an avatar. Consequently, to this day when I see your avatar my minds eyes sees a lizard. I see the eyes and what looks like a lizard's tongue sticking out. Another things that makes it look like a lizard to me is the flat shape of what would be the head, almost like and alligator.

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