PRAISE AND PRAYER REPORT - JUNE 2016
Dear Prayer Supporter and Friends,
We love the song that says, “There is joy in serving Jesus”! That expresses our hearts as we reflect on the many years since childhood and knowing our Savior as our God and Lord that we surrendered our lives to be used of Him. Celebrating our 46th years of marriage next month always reflects that fact that we, by the grace of God, have been privileged to serve our Lord 46 years together as a husband and wife team! Although we “retired” from the pastorate six years ago, we have not retired from ministry believing that God’s people never retire from trying to make a difference and serve Him so long as He gives us breath!
Nothing gives us greater encouragement than the phone call that just came from the mid-west from a pastor where we served in their missions conference this past month. The pastor relayed to us the joy of reporting that they are ahead of last year’s missions giving now and that they have not only taken on two new missionaries families, but are wanting to invest in national church planters in India reaching the unreached as well as desiring to invest in our Fellow Helpers Ministry as well! Praise the Lord! We were thrilled to accept their invitation to return for their missions conference for the third time.
So once again we are thanking you pastors, churches, friends and loved ones for your faithful interest and investment in our lives to the doors that God opens for us throughout the years. Needless to say that without your prayers and financial support we would not be able to do what God has directed us to do.
We were grateful to be able to minister along with our dear friend, Dr. John Wilkerson in the world evangelism conference at Souls Harbor Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI where Pastor Paul Hoover is pastoring a thriving flock. We were also blessed to be able to spend a few days with our longtime friends, the Sturgills’ who live in Watertown, WI. We served the Lord together in Rockford during the 70’s.
Plans are being set for teaching in the Bible Institute in Mangalore India for Missionary Harry Rasquinha from November 11 throught December 5. Tickets have been purchased and we are working on getting a visa approved. This will also afford the opportunity to see and preach in four church plants now being started as a result of funds we have been able to raise for these Indian nationals in our meetings. They are reaching people groups that have never heard the gospel-no Bible!
Please pray this month for the following:
- Visa for India approved
- Preaching and conference for First Bible International in Milford, OH at First Baptist with Dr. Bill Duttry.
- Preaching in Santa Maria, CA for Pastor John Stone-Pioneer Valley Bapist Church.
- Continued health and strength for us both.
Yours for the Cause of all causes,
Pastor and Mrs. Dave Smith
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