✪ Our team Vision For China is working on a book, Lord willing, that we will have ready by the end of the year. You can find out more about this project here. We have been spending a lot of time on it recently and I am excited about how the Lord may use it!
✪ We are also praying that God will give us a man to help lead up our efforts to reach the villages in China. While most of our missionaries are going to be working in the cities, where the majority of the populace reside, we don’t want to forget about those living in the villages—God loves them and they need the gospel too!
✪ Our friends were taking solar-powered audio players for us into China that contain preaching and the audio Bible in Chinese, but they ran into some trouble. There were able to get the first shipment into the country with only some minor problems, but the second shipment was confiscated and not allowed into the country. Our friends were held and questioned but eventually released. We are now trying to get those players shipped to Taiwan since they can’t go into the country.
✪ Praise the Lord for our support continuing to be raised. We had two more churches partner with our ministry recently.
✪ The Our Generation Summit is coming up at the end of this month. I hope that you will be able to make it. It is going to be an incredible time. We are praying for God to do great things!
✪ We had a great Thanksgiving and I trust you did as well.
✪ My brother-in-law and his family finished deputation and left for South Africa. It is an exciting thing being a missionary. He is living the dream. Continue to keep them in your prayers as they travel and get settled.
✪ We were at Newton Baptist Church in Covington, GA this past Sunday. I was honored to preach both services. We especially enjoyed spending time with some dear friends and mentors of ours, Pastor Tony and his wife. It was exciting to see how God has blessed them over the years.
✪ Tonight I have the privilege of preaching at our home church, Vision. Please pray for me. Lord willing, I will be preaching on “Joy”.
✪ I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you who support, pray and partner with our family. I truly do believe I get to live the dream as a missionary. I truly believe Jesus is the one and only way for a person to be saved and that God has ordained the means of a preacher to tell the world so they can believe and be saved. I am one of those preachers. I get to serve fulltime because so many of you make it possible. Thank you. May we do a little more, reach a few more souls and run a little faster this coming year. Amen!
✪ Thank you for following and caring about our family. We are thankful for all the Lord has done in China. We know that we couldn’t do it without our partners. Thank you for praying, giving and loving on our family over the years. From our family to yours, “Happy Thanksgiving!”
✪ This past Sunday night I was honored to preach a charge at my brother-in-law’s ordination and be part of the ordination council. I am excited to see how God is going to use his life in South Africa. They are at 97% of their support and leave next week. If you are looking for a missionary to South Africa that is arriving next week, they would be a family worthy of support!
✪ We are in Tennessee for thanksgiving and look forward to celebrating with family.
✪ Our team of church planting missionaries serving with Vision Baptist Missions has launched a new team name: “Vision For China“. Check out our website and follow to learn more about China and what you can do to be involved.
✪ Our team should be sending around 79 SD cards monthly now into NK as part of our initiative. Check out more about it here.
✪ News from China: Another two souls were saved Wednesday night after the Bible study in China. Amen! That is about 8 souls saved since we left China. I love being able to constantly report of more souls being saved in China. Charles, the Chinese pastor, is really a soul winner! Praise the Lord for his boldness.
✪ I am writing this update from NC. I was able to speak to an association of pastors on Tuesday and to a youth group on Sunday night who supports our ministry. We are thankful for every supporter we have and are excited these teens are being taught to get involved in missions.
✪ We had a great time in CA with our supporting church there. They were a blessing to us. Also, we were able to visit Yosemite–which was amazing–especially at this time of year. We are so thankful for our yokefellows and others from our home church who helped take care of our kids so my wife and I could have a trip together.
✪ Last Sunday I was in SC and had a great time at a new church, Lord willing we will be partnering with them, and also at a faithful supporting church that has supported us the entire time we were in China. God is blessing our travels and we are humbled to be able to serve Him.
✪ One of the twins took their first step, can you guess which on it was?
✪ News from China: Another man was saved on Sunday night. Amen! That is about 6 souls saved since we left China. God is using them in great ways.
✪ I have been presenting in OH this past week as my family stayed back. My wife does a wonderful job with the kids when I am gone on trips like these…I don’t know how she does it!
✪ My wife and I are headed to CA today for a meeting this weekend. We are excited about spending time together and visiting one of our supporting churches. Pray for those watching out kids while we are gone, they probably need it more than we do!
✪ Our oldest daughter loves to read. She is reading quicker every week it seems, but thanks to Amazon Prime we are able to keep her stocked up with books.
✪ Our little man has had a fever and cold, pray for him.
✪ Ohio Sunrise this past Sunday morning on the way to church. “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22–23)
Ministry: ✪ Another great week of furlough as we have been traveling in Arizona and Georgia. I was so blessed by the churches we visited in each State. My Family was able to go with me to Arizona. The church there has been supporting us for nine years or so. ✪ Blessed to be hearing from many new supporters. ✪ Also, pray for a lady that I was able to witness to on my way to the airport.
Family: ✪ Pray for my wife as she has been having some dental work done. ✪ The twins are growing like crazy and I love seeing their personalities develop. All our kids are great and such a blessing. They are enjoying their time in the States learning American culture, like visiting the pumpkin patch in the fall…but as MK’s they get to visit them in different States, like Arizona!
Picture: We were able to visit the Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona and the view was absolutely amazing! I love looking at God’s handiwork!
View from the Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona
In our last update about “Vision For China and North Korea,” we mentioned about purchasing about 248 SD cards that were loaded with Korean resources and would be taken into the country through a friend on the border. Since then we have the following update:
THE NORTH KOREAN INITIATIVE “UPDATE #2”: All the SD cards have arrived safely into North Korea! Pray! Get involved!
This is a small step to getting the gospel into a closed country. Our goal is to get trained men into the country, but until we can, we are doing what we can with what we have to send some light into the darkness. Will you help?
We would like to purchase more SD cards. The cost is around $3.50 per card (depending on the exchange rate). Everything else is already set in place in China to get the cards into North Korea. So here is an opportunity, if you are able and willing, to get involved in sending some gospel light into a spiritually dark region.
If you want to be involved in purchasing SD cards, you can send donations to the following: Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 442, Alpharetta, GA 30009 with “The North Korean Initiative” written in the memo.
Thank you for always caring and giving.
Vision For China is working to do what we can to reach into North Korea.
Here is a recent update:
THE NORTH KOREAN INITIATIVE “UPDATE”: Phase 1—Until the Lord gives us a man to work on the border, we have partnered with a new friend to get the KOREAN AUDIO SCRIPTURES (New Testament and Proverbs) and other resources (preaching, teaching and singing recordings and a gospel video) into the country to be distributed.
We were able to purchase about 248 SD cards that have been loaded with the Korean resources and will be taken into the country soon.
North Koreans often have handheld radios or other digital devices that have SD card slots and the goal is for them to receive these and listen to or watch these resources. (Printed material is more dangerous for a North Korean person to possess—thus digital versus print is better in this scenario.) This is a small part in trying to plant the seed of the gospel in North Korea.
Please pray as they will be faithfully distributed and listened too or watched by the North Korea people who have yet to hear a clear presentation of the gospel!
The sword we were given at our blessing service representing the Word of God as we fight the Lord’s battle on the frontlines and extend His kingdom to the regions beyond, all for the glory of God.
Q: “Has your sword tasted blood?” – Austin Gardner
A: “Yes! Praise the name of the LORD most high. May the Lamb that was slain continue to receive the reward of His suffering.”
Jeremiah 48:10 “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”
2 Samuel 23:10 “He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.”
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”
To know Jesus and to make Him known!
Lord willing, we are going to print 10,000 copies of John and Romans in-country. We have contacted a printer and he has agreed to print them for us. He has already printed one copy and sent us the proof (see picture). The price is $0.26 a copy. So to get 10,000 copies we will need to raise $2,600. If you are interested in helping us with this project, please contact me.
Our goals are to (1) use these copies of John and Romans to freely given them out to anyone who wants one; (2) have a relationship with a printer that will print the Scriptures for us even as the restrictions on Bibles tighten; (3) use these copies in evangelism and spreading the gospel!
Proof of the Scriptures we are going to be printing, Lord willing.