March 2018

Our Visitors! The Lord continues to bless us with visitors! This month we have had five first-time visitors of which one has continued to come back to our services. Bro. Phillip McGee came on a Thursday evening, our mid-week service hour, and has continued to come ever since. He drives about 50 miles one way to get here. We are happy to have him coming, and he seems to be happy to have the fellowship and teaching from God’s Word. He is a relatively new believer and zealous for the Lord. His wife, Korri, had double by-pass surgery about two months ago and hasn’t come with him yet to the services. Please remember Bro. Phillip and his wife in prayer. Additionally, Jacob Mason has returned after getting settled in a new apartment after his beating. We were able to contact him via Facebook. He sent us his address, and the brethren went to visit him during our visitation time. Hopefully he will continue to come. Wendy and her two daughters, Hannah and Naomi, came as well on a Thursday night. They are members of another religious society in town, as is Mr. Bob Duke, who also came on a Sunday morning. These were our visitors for the month of March! Thank you for your prayers. It seems like the Lord has begun to bless us with visitors after such a long time awaiting His blessings in that area of our ministry. The Latino Outreach We only dealt with two Mexican men this month, Marcelino Diaz and Antonio Rosales. I will continue to translate for them both, and have given...

February 2018

An Update on Our Visitors! Another first-time visitor came this month, Denzil Gilmore! He is a freshman at Oklahoma State University and without a job at the present moment. Earl Oswalt continues to come sporadically as well as Jacob Mason. However, Jacob Mason was assaulted on a Wednesday evening with a baseball bat and was discovered seated in an ambulance by the men of our Wednesday visitation group who went to visit him. They encouraged him again to come to the services which he did on Thursday evening but hasn’t been seen by us since. The Lord has been blessing us with other visitors, and we have been doing our best to point them to the Lord in both our preaching and visits with them. Please redouble your prayers for us in relation to these matters! Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Ps 127: la. We only want those whom the Lord would have us have. The ministry that the Lord has given us is not superficial nor numbers oriented. In contrast to the majority of religious societies today our standards are biblically high. Our gospel is not the gospel of “easy believe-ism,” but of repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All must show evidence of that work of grace in their lives and spiritual growth as a result! The Latino Outreach Our Latino outreach has been slowing down, but we have been able to contact the following people: Jose Valdez, Antonio Rosales, Jorge Dominguez, Eladio Meraz, Harsay Gomez, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Most of these...

January 2018

Visitors Continue to Come! First-time visitors to come to our services in January are Earl Oswalt and Jacob Mason. Both have come twice and both have talked to Bro. Gaches and me about their need for a spiritual relationship with the Lord. Pray for them because they are both quite mixed up about spiritual matters. Jacob thought that love was the most important thing in life. I told him that truth is the most important thing in life and that the Lord Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He needs that Lord! We have two other visitors who have returned to visit us as well, so we thank the Lord for them. It seems like many of our visitors have so much baggage crowding their lives that they cannot readily discard it to follow the Lord. We can counsel them from God’s Word, but they have to be the ones that make the changes they should to follow the Lord. Meanwhile, we readily accept them into our services so that they can be under the sound of gospel preaching. The Latino Outreach During the month of January, we have had contact with six Latino people: Marta, Jose Prieto, Jose Antonio Lugo, Ricardo Gonzalez Tamez, Miguel Angel Rodrigues, and Roberto Flores. Each one of them has a story to tell which is too complicated to relate in a short report like this one. Nevertheless, we want you to know that we try to make a way to share the gospel with them, usually by means of a gospel tract. Many of these Latino people are now afraid...

December 2017

Dear Pastor and Brethren: A Summary of 2017’s Activity This report is to inform all of our supporting churches of some of the blessings of the Lord upon this work that you all support with your money and prayers. Although I report these activities on a monthly basis, it is good to see a resume of the year’s activity at a glance. In 2017, the Lord has blessed us with 38 first-time visitors not counting visitors that came an additional time. Out of all of those visitors, we have one who has remained with us, Mrs. Billie Barzee. “Miss Billie,” as we call her, has brought her grandchildren to meet us once, and we appreciate her regular attendance to our services. In our Latino outreach, we have worked with at least 28 Latino men, giving them Gospel literature to read and attempting to engage them in conversation about spiritual matters as the Lord grants us opportunity. This is not an easy matter now that there is more open political talk and activity against illegal aliens living and working in our country. As to our outreach into the Stillwater community, we have a newspaper ad in the Stillwater NewsPress that comes out in the Friday paper. Additionally, we did a postcard mailing, in which several of our supporting churches helped financially, resulting in contacting approximately 9,125 homes in the southern half of the City of Stillwater. We also started a visitation program involving door-to-door contact with individuals living around the area of our church building. That program will be expanding its outreach when we finish the immediate area. Finally, we...

November 2017 Report

More Visitors! We are happy to report the attendance of seven visitors this month of which two were first time visitors and the others return visitors. Mrs. Billie Barzee continues to attend the Sunday morning services regularly, and we are happy to have her visit with us. Two ladies that live in the area of our church building, Pat and Linda, visited us on a Thursday evening for Bible Study. They came out of curiosity and as a direct result of our visitation program that the Lord has already begun to bless. They have not returned since, however, having their own churches that they attend. They did hear the gospel and are now responsible spiritually for having heard it. Then the four members of Bro. Torres’ family came for our special Thanksgiving service, Mrs. Jamie Torres and their three children, Brayden, Gaven, and Khloie. We had gone to the hospital the previous week for little Khloie’s operation and stayed with her and her parents until she came out of recovery. We had a special Thanksgiving service with special music and time for testimonies. The Lord blessed with some tears of joy and gratitude for the blessings of the Lord upon us. Please pray for the Torres family for they are once again split up with the wife and children living in a trailer and the father living at his house. The wife makes the doctrines of grace one of the reasons why she won’t live with her husband and for which she attends another church in the area with their children. Latino Outreach This month we had contact with...

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...