April 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Church Anniversary! The Bible Baptist Church of Tenerife, Spain celebrated its 22nd anniversary of existence on Sunday the 9th of April. They also report a young lady from Brazil now living in Tenerife submitting to scriptural baptism. We praise the Lord for those blessings and once again thank those of you who helped to support us on that mission field so many years ago. The Lord is still blessing that work, and Bro. Jose Manuel Garcia and the brethren over there would appreciate your prayers on their behalf Many Visitors This Month We have had twelve visitors this month, the six members of the Greg Northern family on Easter Sunday, the four members of the Salomon Cardenas family who came for a Thursday evening service, and Bro. and Mrs. Meirs, a traveling evangelist who visited with us on the last Sunday of the month. I preached to the Cardenas family in Spanish and to the others in English. The Meirs came looking for a place to preach, but they heard what Bro. Meirs said was a “good extemporaneous message.” The Greg Northerns are relatives of Bro. and Sis. Dick Gaches. They are the daughter and son-in-law and grandsons with their girlfriends who have come before, a long time ago. All of these folks, except the Meirs, need salvation. The Cardenas family has come twice now, but do not seem to be inclined to come again because of the Roman Catholicism of Solomon, the husband. The Meirs live in Enid, Ok., about 75 miles to the northwest of Stillwater and are sponsored by a church up...

March 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Much Sickness During the month of March we have had one or more of our regular attendees absent from our services due to sickness. There is record amounts of red cedar pollen in the air causing many to have allergy problems, including myself. Additionally, there is a new type of flu going around that the flu shot prevention effort is not preventing. After a visit with the allergy specialist and prescriptions for medications, I was able to preach each service during the month. Scriptural Baptism Requested Bro. Joshua Bruno has presented himself for scriptural baptism and church membership, so I have planned to start teaching a Thursday evening class on the Articles of Faith of our home church. These will begin in April, the first article being on the subject of what we believe about the Holy Bible. Bro. Bruno has only been saved for about one year and has only been coming to our services for about two months. He carries much emotional baggage with him as a result of his past sinful life, and is a sufferer of PTSD. He has a service dog that he uses to help himself maintain control of his emotions to some degree. He had been living in his car and was without work until Bro. Ruben Torres took him home to live with him, trying to help him become stabilized. Please remember Bro. Bruno in prayer and Bro. Torres who is trying to help him. Prison Ministry Curtailed Bro. and Mrs. Dick Gaches have conducted a prison ministry for over forty years under the auspices of Grace...

February 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Our Postal Project! Brethren, the Lord has been gracious to us concerning this postal project. Bethel Baptist Church of Choctaw, Ok., Pastor, Dr. Royce Smith, has given $1500.00 to add to our $1700.00 to bring us to a subtotal of $3200.00. Our home church, Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Post Falls, Id., Pastor, K. David Oldfield, has given us $2000.00 to put us over the top of our goal of $4,099.34. I have asked our people when it would be a good time to actually do the mailing. Agreement was reached on any day after the first of April. This is a university town with many distracting activities such as basketball, spring break, etc., so the first of April seems to be the best time to mail out our postcards after all of these things are finished. Now we need your prayers that the Lord might use these postcards with their message to inform and enable us to see new interest in the work, with new families visiting and being added as the Lord sees fit. Thank you all who have participated in this project by giving and praying. I will keep everyone updated as to the blessings of this project during the months to come, Lord willing! Old and New Visitors! On Sunday, Feb.10th, we had three visitors! Mr. Joshua Bruno returned after visiting some time earlier, and Mr. and Mrs. J. D. King attended for the first time. Mr. Bruno has continued to come faithfully, but we have not seen the King family again. Mr. and Mrs. Salomon Cardenas and family, the Mexican...

January 2017

Latino Outreach Thank you all for your prayers for the Salomon Cardenas family. Salomon called me the last Sunday in January and asked for the address of our church building. He said they were coming to our service, and that they were bringing a cake to share with everyone as a token of their gratitude for our prayers for them during the time of his cancer surgery. What a surprise! I have had many say that they would come to our services, but Solomon is the first to keep his promise. They came, and we had a bilingual church service, singing hymns in both English and Spanish, with me preaching in both languages. To say the least, it was an interesting service. After the close of the service, Solomon announced that his wife Raquel had made a flan cake. She brought it in, and we went to the fellowship hall and shared the cake with everyone, the members and other visitors warmly receiving the Cardenas family. Won’t you continue to pray that the Lord might draw this family to Himself and to us by His grace? Our Postal Project! Our postal project is approaching monetary fulfillment. The Lord has put a desire in the hearts and minds of two other churches to aid us in this outreach effort. The pastors of these churches have talked with me about this idea, and I have prepared a written sample of the information that I will put on the postcard. My sponsoring church, Bro. Oldfield, Pastor, has approved the idea and the information that will go on the front and back of...

December 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Our Last Report for the Year 2016 The year 2016 is about to close. After looking at our December 2015 report, I see that the Lord has given us two visitors that come to our services consistently. Comparing the 2015 report with the report I’m making today, we are now seven in attendance consistently as compared to five with a sporadic visitor in 2015. One of our visitors has expressed his desire to become a member of the mission, but carries so much sinful baggage from his past life with him that we believe it best to have him wait until he is able to correct some of the issues with which he is dealing: spiritual, marital, and legal issues. Additionally, the Lord has enabled me to resume preaching on Thursday evenings and we have five who consistently enjoy studying the Bible with us. These facts show some numerical growth, which we certainly need, not to mention the spiritual growth with which I see the Lord blessing us. We are grateful to the Lord and you all for these blessings, the Lord working through you all to provide for us that we may continue to serve Him. Latino Outreach We continue to work with several Latino men, but one man and his family stands out from the rest. Salomon Cardenas called to ask me if I would accompany him and his wife, Raquel, to the hospital to translate for him to have a colonoscopy. I agreed, and unfortunately for him, they found a large cancerous mass and a small cancerous polyp in his colon. The...

November 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Rejoice with Us! On November 3rd, I was able to return to the pulpit to begin anew our Thursday evening Bible study. You will remember that on January 29, 2015, I had my second heart attack, this time suffering severe damage to the left ventricle of my heart. That attack left me seriously weakened so that Bro. Gaches had to preach Sunday mornings until July 2015, cancelling the Thursday evening services. The Lord has been pleased to restore me to sufficient health since that time, and now I am physically able to preach twice a week. I have to be careful not to exert myself physically during the day on Thursdays so that I can have the strength to stand for the 45 minute Bible study. The Lord is blessing! We started the Bible study sessions with five attendees, two more than we had before. I’ve entitled the subject of our Bible study, “Knowing God,” a look into theology proper .. I believe that if we know who our God is, biblically speaking, then we can accept His sovereignty over all, especially over His salvation, for as Jonah said, “Salvation is of the LORD” Jo.2:9. Additionally, knowing Him will improve our need for true repentance, for humility in service, and make us more correct and productive in our praise and worship of Him, who to know aright is life eternal. Thank you all for your prayers for me concerning this issue, and thank you for your patient support of us here in the work. Latino Outreach This month we had further dealings with Vicente Leija,...

October 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Sad Event On October 8th, Roxanne’s father died. The event was very sad because Mr. William Robertson was not a believer, although both Roxanne and I had witnessed to him on several occasions. Furthermore her entire family is unregenerate and will have nothing to do with the Lord. Such conditions made it very difficult for us to be of any help or comfort spiritually to the family members because they were not interested in the promises of God’s Word or the consolations of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. It was a sad event indeed. However, we thank you for your prayers for us during this difficult time. We did see the hand of the Lord at work in several different ways during the ten days of our involvement with the family and relatives. We did have a safe trip there and back to Stillwater without negative incidents. So the Lord was good, giving us wisdom to behave ourselves wisely throughout the event. The Mission Work While we were gone for the funeral, Bro. Dick Gaches filled the pulpit on both the 9th and the 16th for me. Our two visitors continue to come to the services and seem to be enjoying the fellowship with us. I resumed preaching on the 23rd, and we are back at work with our focus once again on the ministry of the Word and establishing a church here in Stillwater. The Latino Outreach We have worked with Vincente Leija, Pedro Nieto, Juan Munoz, Jose Rico, David Gonzalez, and Jose Talamantes among others this month. Brethren, this is a difficult...

September 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Our Postal Project Update Victory Baptist Church of Loveland, Colorado, pastored by Bro. Justin Fulton, has sent us $700.00 for our postal advertising project in addition to their regular support of the work here. Now we have a total of $1,700.00 accumulated for that project which requires a total of $2,399.34 to be completed. Thank you brethren of Victory Baptist Church! Additionally, they think this project is a good idea and hope to implement it in their area. Please pray and give as the Lord directs your hearts and minds. Visitors I have mentioned Bro. Ruben Torres as being a faithful visitor to our services since he began coming in August. Since then he has brought two new visitors with him to our services, Al and Joshua. We now have a total of eight people attending our services, and they are a blessing to us. Please continue to pray that the Lord might send to us those of His bidding. Starting a church with the standards of worship and doctrinal beliefs to which we hold is not an easy thing these days. I believe that the Lord has written “Ichabod” over the doorway of many churches and religious institutions for in them the “Glory of the Lord” has departed. The glory of man has taken the place of the glory of the Lord, and He is much displeased. It is our desire to start a church in which the main purpose is to glorify the Lord and Him only in all things. Your prayers are needed! Latino Ministry In the Latino ministry, we have dealt...

August 2016

A New Visitor and Special Visitors On the first Sunday morning in the month of August, we had a new visitor, Mr. Reuben Torres, visit with us. Reuben is a Mexican American and somewhat bilingual, a young Christian, the father of three children, separated from his wife but hoping to re-establish his marriage. He brought his Bible and a notebook for taking notes and has come back every service since then. He seems to be desirous to learn God’s Word along with us, and is a welcome visitor. Please remember Reuben and his wife, Jamie, and their young children in prayer. Their situation is difficult but not impossible with the Lord. Other special visitors we had this month were my sister Phyllis and her husband, Jackson Diehl, from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. My sister Phyllis is an excellent pianist, and I asked her to play for our service. She and I sang a duet, the first time I have sung since my heart attack, and I led the music for the congregational singing. We had an excellent service, and Phyllis and Jack were a blessing to us. Health Update I had my six month checkup with my cardiologist and they discovered that my heart was involved in producing 5,500 premature ventricular contractions daily above the normal heartbeats. Although I cannot feel them, they referred me to a specialist, an electro-physiologist who was to advise me on the possibility of having a heart ablation procedure done to reduce the number of premature ventricular contractions. In the procedure, the specialist inserts a wire with a device that transmits high frequency radio waves...

July 2016

Latino Ministry As you all know, before I had my heart attack I went to the Payne County Jail every Sunday afternoon to preach to the Latino men incarcerated there. A few months ago I received a phone call from a Mexican man, father of one of the young men who had been in the jail here. He could not find his son and asked me for help locating him. His son’s last known contact was in the jail in El Paso, Tx. By means of the internet, we found and called the phone number of the El Paso city jail and talked to one of the officers about Daniel Bernabe. He told me that Daniel was in the jail there charged with illegal entry into the United States and would be deported soon to Mexico. When Daniel’s father called me back, I told him this news and he was happy and relieved to receive it. Daniel’s father told me that the Word of God that I had preached to Daniel when he was in the jail here in Stillwater had helped Daniel spiritually. However, Daniel had tried to return to the U. S. A but had been caught at the border. Recently, I received another phone call from Daniel’s father because Daniel had not come home after his supposed deportation and they are praying for him and worried about him. Roxanne did some more research on the internet and found that Daniel had been extradited back to Stillwater to appear before the court for not coming back to court upon being released on a PR bond the first...

June 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Update on Our Evangelistic Outreach Opportunity! Although we just started praying about and appealing to our supporting churches about doing a postcard mailing to residents in our zip code area, we already have some positive feedback and monies given for a good start. As of this writing, I have $1000.00 that has been given to begin this effort leaving us with only $3099.34 to have enough to do the mailing. Next month I will give more details, but may this suffice for the moment to encourage you brethren in this endeavor to pray and give as the Lord leads. Latino Ministry This month Roxanne and I have dealt with ten Mexican men through the court system, giving them good literature and a Bible to read. Instead of listing their names here, I would just ask for your continued prayers for this effort, that the Holy Spirit of God might move upon the hearts of some of these young men and give them an interest in the things of Christ, especially salvation. We had somewhat of a scare with a young Mexican couple whose baby developed a high fever after having received his vaccination shots. Raquel and Rigoberto have a baby boy of four months named Christopher who Roxanne normally accompanies to the doctor to help and to translate for them. However, this time Roxanne did not go with them because they thought they could understand enough to do it without her help. At about 10:30 that same evening, Roxanne got a call from Raquel who said that Christopher was listless and red in his face,...

May 2016

Visitors from England! One Sunday morning this month, we were delightfully surprised to find that an elderly couple from England had walked from their rental house to our little church building to attend our Sunday morning church service. They had come from Cambridge, England to Stillwater to visit their new grandson, had seen our new sign, and not having a car, walked to our service to worship the Lord with us. Their son and daughter-in-law attend Sunnybrook Christian Church, a large religious society here in Stillwater, but they came to visit with us. We received them as warmly as we could, and they participated in the responsive reading and congregational singing as much as they could. My message was from John 10:1-6, “The Good Shepherd.” The Lord gave me good liberty to preach His Word, and I was able to make some good pertinent applications as well as preach the gospel. After the message they told me that there was a conservative movement within the Church of England trying to influence English society with a conservative view of the gospel. They then thanked us warmly and dismissed themselves to walk to their rental house. We thank the Lord for that opportunity to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with them! Evangelistic Outreach Opportunity! Brethren, we have been encouraged to think and pray about engaging ourselves in an evangelistic outreach to our community that involves a postcard mailing to residents within our zip code area. Stillwater has two major zip code areas. The one in which our church building stands is the 74074 zip code. It has 8722...

April 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Two New Books My sponsoring church’s pastor, Bro. K. David Oldfield, has written two new books entitled, Jesus Wept, A Biblical Study of Pain, and The Lord’s Prayer of John 17. Presently I am reading, Jesus Wept, to help me deal with the physical pain which I have daily. It is a fresh look at the problem of pain and is a good read. Both books are available at Amazon.com. Latino Ministry This month I have dealt with Alfredo, Agustin, Leopoldo, Evin, Alvaro, Eduardo, and Marisol. Of these Mexicans, the most interesting is Marisol who lives in Enid with her boyfriend, Oscar, and her three children. As you know, I try to speak to each one of these people about their need of the Lord. This time, Marisol responded along with her boyfriend, Oscar, in a way that we have not experienced before. Marisol is Roman Catholic but lives with Oscar who says he is a Baptist. Two of the children are hers by another man and the other is theirs together. As Marisol had to be processed through the legal system, Roxanne and I accompanied her to translate for her and the officers of the intake portion of the jail. Meanwhile, Oscar had to wait for us to finish the process. After the walk-through and registration portion was completed, Marisol joined us in front of the courthouse where we talked to them both about the Lord for more than an hour. We are not sure that Oscar has truly been regenerated because he seemed to be confused about some spiritual things as we talked...

March 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Rejoicing in the Resurrection! On Resurrection Sunday morning, I preached on the subject “Consider Hirn!” from Hb.12:3 in conjunction with Jn.8:45-50. Most Easter season messages deal mainly with the suffering of the Lord on the cross of Calvary, but He suffered a great deal of mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish before He ever reached the cross. It was that suffering that culminated in His suffering and death on the cross. In experiencing all of that suffering, He never once sinned against His Father, never once failed to impart the testimony of His deity, and never once failed to show compassion on those to whom He ministered. What a great Savior we have! Happy About a Visitor! I know that for you established churches a single visitor is not very much to be happy about, but to us it is a real blessing to have a visitor. Sis. Maginnis had a granddaughter that passed away from heart failure. It was her granddaughter’s husband that Sis. Maginnis invited to our services. His name is Royce Barber, and he lives in Perry, Ok., about thirty miles away. He has not come back to our services, but at least he heard the gospel! Our New Sign! I have been asking you all to pray about us getting a new sign for the church. We now have the sign and it is installed. Bro. Dick Gaches was instrumental in the installation and painting of the posts, for which we are thankful. We are showing two pictures of the change for you to see; the old sign is incomplete and the...

February 2016

Dear Pastor and Brethren, Despite being sick, both Roxanne and I, with respiratory infections the first Sunday in February, we have had a busy month. The first week, I dealt with Pedro Lopez, Agustin Segura, Alvaro Castillo, Pablo Gonzalez, and Raul Barcenas. Raul Barcenas is one of Enrique Barcenas’ brothers to whom we gave a Spanish Bible and a booklet entitled “Ultimas Preguntas,” translated “Ultimate Questions,” which is a message dealing with basic Bible truths. Raul expressed some interest in attending our services but lives so far away in Tuttle, Ok., that it makes it almost impossible for him to attend. Additionally, I had to go to the hospital for an echocardiogram on my heart, and finally, that first week mixed in with everything else, I gave five piano lessons. During the second week of February, I preached on Sunday and then on Monday dealt with Enedina and her son, as well as Omar, Alvaro, and Castulo. Roxanne dealt with Maria and Raquel and helped to translate for the delivery of Raquel’s baby boy. I gave a citizenship question review to Ramon, translated a Victim’s Impact Panel for two Mexican men, Natanael and Daniel, and gave five piano lessons. The third week, after preaching on Sunday, I worked with German, Cecilio, Ramon, and Raul while Roxanne worked with Elba giving her an English lesson. Additionally, I gave four piano lessons. It seems as though I am going to lose two of my piano students and the influence I have on their lives. The fourth week, after preaching Sunday, Roxanne worked with Raquel and her new baby at the hospital,...