October 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Another New Visitor! Mrs. Alta Simpson began coming on the fifth of October and has visited with us since then two more times. She is an elderly lady and lives near the church building, so she has walked to each of the services. Roxanne and I gave her rides home after the services and have let her know that we are willing to give her a ride to the services as well. Billie Barzee also walks to the services and we have offered her the same opportunity to call us when she needs a ride. Please remember these two ladies in your prayers. Both seem to be religious, but so far we know nothing about their testimony of salvation. Outreach Started! The Lord blessed us with a good start to our door-to-door outreach service. We had five of the eight regular attendees come to the service. Some twenty houses were covered with some encouraging conversations with the people living therein. At the close of the hour, we highlighted the streets of the Stillwater city map that had been covered and prayed that the Lord might bless our new efforts. Latino Outreach We gave gospel tracts to Yessenia and Luis, Jorge Dominguez, Antonio, Eladio, Julio, Elmer, and Rolando. Elmer was arrested while speeding on the way to pick up his three little daughters who are in the custody of DHS because his wife is on drugs. He had no driver’s license and is illegally in the United States from Honduras. We worked with him and the authorities for about three hours in the area of the...

September 2-17 Report

New Visitors! Dear Pastor and Brethren: The Lord has blessed us with five first time visitors this month! Billie Barzee came for the first time on Sunday morning Sept. 24th, and she has now attended three times, each on a Sunday morning. Brayden and Khloie Torres, two of Bro. Ruben Torres’ children, came the first time on Thursday evening with their father. Bro. Torres’ wife, Jamie, and their son Gaven came on the last Thursday of September, the complete family being in attendance that evening. Their attendance was a great blessing to us and to Bro. Torres because we have been praying that Mrs. Torres and the children might visit with us. Indeed, Bro. Torres and his wife and family have been reunited, an answer to our prayers. We continue to pray for Mrs. Torres because she is reluctant to attend our services because of the doctrines of grace. She is a member of another religious society here in the Stillwater area whose pastor preaches against Calvinism. Please pray about this situation that the Lord might give wisdom to Bro. Torres to explain the doctrines of God’s grace in salvation and that the Lord might open the spiritual understanding of Mrs. Torres concerning these precious doctrines. We would love to have this entire family become part of this work but a lot of spiritual growth is needed in their lives before such a blessing can take place. Another Outreach Planned We are planning another outreach effort to begin in October. We have designed and had printed another visitation card with contact data and plan to begin going door-to-door to...

August 2017 Report

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Two Work Days Two photos are included in this report showing some of the work accomplished to spruce up our old building a little bit. One is a picture of the brethren standing on the new porch of the main entrance to our building. Bro. Dick Gaches and Bro. Reuben Torres are responsible for tearing down the old porch and ramp and building the new porch. The second is a picture of the paint crew who helped Bro. Gaches and Bro. Torres paint the outside of our building. Bethel Baptist Church of Choctaw, Ok., sent three of their brethren, Bro. Royce Smith, Bro. Bill Willingham, and Bro. Tom Hinson up to help us. We finished the work in basically one Saturday morning, giving it a new, clean, white appearance. We are very grateful to Bro. Smith, Pastor, and the brethren for their help with the painting. Needless to say, we had a good time of fellowship as we worked together. Roxanne did a lot of cleaning inside of the building while we worked outside, and so we have a fresh clean building to attend for our services. Return Visitors! We were happy to receive Alfred and Cheryl Smith during one of our Thursday evening services when they visited us. They are from Ponca City, a town north of Stillwater about 45 minutes away. They are an elderly couple who comes to Stillwater to keep doctors’ appointments and do things that they cannot do in Ponca City because it is a smaller town. Cheryl is a member of the Episcopalian church in Ponca City and goes...

July 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Opportunities to Serve July has been an extra busy month for us because of the following opportunities to serve the Lord! On Thursday, the sixth of July, Bro. Austin Fulton was ordained into the full gospel ministry by Victory Baptist Church of Loveland, Colorado. I was asked by the former pastor of Victory Baptist Church, Bro. Justin Fulton, to participate in that service. Our sponsoring church pastor, Bro. K. David Oldfield asked us to meet him and his wife there in Loveland for he had been asked to moderate the ordination service as well. To all involved in the preceding activities, the service itself, and the following activities, the ordination was truly a blessing from the Lord. We thank our home church, Pastor Oldfield, Bro. Fulton, and Victory Baptist Church for inviting us and making it possible for us to be a part of those ordination activities! After leaving Loveland, we traveled back to Columbus, Nebraska, to visit with and preach to Bible Baptist Church, Bro. Robert Walker, Pastor. What a blessing it was to be so warmly received by this pastor and church after two days of traveling through Colorado and Nebraska! Bro. and Sis. Walker took us into their home for three days and gave themselves over to taking care of the details involved to feed us, make us comfortable, and help us with many things. That Sunday evening, I preached on the subject, The Delight of the Lord Jesus Christ, based on Ps. 40:7–8. The following Monday evening, Bro. Walker and his family along with several of the church members had a...

June 2017 Report

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Three Visitors in June! Friends of Bro. and Sis. Dick Gaches, Bob, and his wife Dana, visited with us from the state of Hawaii during a Thursday evening Bible Study. They come to visit their friends here in Stillwater about every seven years, and we were delighted to preach to them. Glenn Mays returned to visit once again on a Sunday morning, but Joshua Bruno has stopped coming completely to our services. Remember, he is the one who asked for scriptural baptism, but he found a girlfriend who is now living with him. Bro. Gaches and his wife visited his house and met his girlfriend and invited them, through her, to return to the services. I talked with both of them at a later time and invited Joshua to come and bring his girlfriend with him to the services, all to no avail. Thank you for your prayers concerning these matters. The Lord’s will is being done in them. Final Update on the Postcard Project Since the third of May when the postcards were mailed out, of the 9,125 postcards mailed, only 136 were returned to us by the U. S. Post Office. That means that 8,989 attractive advertizing postcards were received by someone at the address where they were delivered. That number covered the entire southern half of the city of Stillwater. It did not cover Oklahoma State University, the business district of Stillwater, or of course, the northern half of the city. We are still asking the Lord to bless the effort made and the money given to make this project possible. Two...

May, 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Special Meeting Preached! In April, Bro. Lindy Davis, pastor of Portland Baptist Church in Plumerville, Ar., called me and asked if I would be available to preach a series of five messages to Portland Baptist Churchy for their revival time. As both Roxanne and I had been praying about being used of the Lord in a greater way, I readily agreed to the task and began praying and studying to prepare the five messages needed for such services. Additionally, I was a little concerned about going the distance, living out of a suitcase, and preaching five times in a row since I had not done such since my last heart attack. Realizing that the Lord was answering our prayers about being used of the Lord in a greater way, I put all of those concerns aside and plunged into the work. The revival services were planned for May 21st through the 24th and so the Lord laid on my heart the desire to preach a series of messages on the subject of the Fragrance of the Work of Christ Before His Father in Doing His Father’s Will. I attempted to show the Son’s subjection of His own will to that of His Father’s and His resulting obedience. As the Lord is our example, I made application of His obedience to our need for obedience to the Father’s will in our daily lives hoping to impart the need for a greater relationship with our Lord to provoke to greater dedication and faithfulness in our hearts and conduct. Many said that the preached Word of God was...

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...