I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. From whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). During the past twelve years living on this mountain, we have been reminded daily of His help to us and His handiwork all around us.
The conclusion of spring and summer have been filled with ministry opportunities, both in the islands and the U.S. We have been weary in the work, but not of the work we have seen God do.
Island Prophetic Conference
The third week in May, we were on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean to conduct a prophetic conference at the Good News Baptist Church (St. Clair Archibald, Pastor). Several other churches on the island participated. Two of these pastors (Bro. Archibald and Bro. Keithley Saunders) are Bluewater Bible College graduates that we taught over 40 years ago! These men have been a powerful testimony in their faithful service through the years. The services were well-attended each evening with positive comments.
Radio and School Daze
As we arrived at our place of lodging in St. Kitts, our hosts the Chapman’s greeted us and said, “Bro. Warren, we remember listening to you 30 years ago on the Scripture Truth Broadcast from St. Thomas!” What a surprise that was!
Bro. Chapman regularly gives the weekly devotional in a morning chapel service (government required) at a local elementary school. He asked Les to be the guest speaker that week. Although it was a warm day, the children stood quietly outside in the open courtyard while Les gave them a gospel message! What a blessing that was for us to see!
June and July Trips
Early in June we were in Bradenton, FL for a few days with Randy and family, then on to Jacksonville to speak at Challenge Ministries International. The church has supported Biblical Insights since its inception and has a great heart for evangelism and missions through direct support, mission trips and online evangelistic programming.
On the July 4th weekend, we were privileged to be in Athens, TX to visit Matt, Tammi, Reed and Dani as they all participated in a special outdoor presentation of “Freedom Fest” presented by their church, Life Fellowship. As they reach out to the community each year in Christian love three thousand or more people come to enjoy food, activities, musical selections, a gospel message and amazing fireworks! It was awesome.
We were also able to attend Lake Athens Baptist Church on Sunday morning. They were of significant help in the early days of our Mexico pastor’s conferences. It was great to fellowship with those folks once again.
On July 16 at 10:45 a.m., a vicious, senseless terrorist attack took place in two locations in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen and wounding others. A City and its people were absolutely stunned!
Pulled by a love for God and country, the people came out in what would eventually be thousands to show their love and support in numerous ways. Even the moderate Muslims stood with the Christians in condemning this horrible act. We realize that all the gunshots in the world cannot sever the strength of our spiritual roots. Please pray for the grieving families and healing for our community.
August Bible Conference
We recently returned from Brownstown, Illinois and a Bible conference at First Baptist Church where we were in January. This was the fourth time for Les to speak there going back 25 years ago while a professor at Luther Rice Seminary. The subject this time was the Life of Christ with special emphasis on the kingdom offer, its rejection and the promise of the future kingdom. The people were so hospitable to us and the good attendance each night from Sunday to Thursday was heartwarming.
Praise and Prayer
In these troubled times we must uphold one another in prayer, but also praise Him for the answers. Since our last letter, we have seen God answer several of the requests that we mentioned. We are thankful that our granddaughter Lindsay found a job and has interviewed for another. . The unspoken request for a family member has also turned into positive results.
We would appreciate your prayers for the following:
Cataract surgery for Les in September and Sandy in October.
William Ruva family in MN who suddenly died recently (we mentioned his wife in last letter).
The remaining ministry opportunities for 2015 and upcoming 2016.
Without your prayers, encouragement and financial support, we could not continue this work. We have been in ministry together for 55 years and plan to continue as the Lord provides us the strength and provisions to do so. It’s all about H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Eternally).