|PO Box 128/575 State Route 250 N, Savannah OH 44874 Office: (419) 962-1515|
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|Personal Greeting - Joe Keim||Jonathan Keim - Preaching the Word|
|Raymond Schlabaugh - Savlation & Baptism||Sam & Chris Slabaugh - Missions Trip Update|
|SonLight Club - Bible Correspondence Courses||Donation Center|
|Our Volunteers||Amish Families Selling Out to Jesus Christ|
|PO Box 128/575 State Route 250 N, Savannah OH 44874 Office: (419) 962-1515|
|Personal Greeting - Joe Keim|
We live in a fast-paced age where everyone rushes just to keep up. It is easy to get caught up in our tasks, becoming too busy for what God says is most important—waiting on His leading. Sometimes we can’t help but wonder how many things we do from day to day that were good but not necessarily of God. Anyways, we have lots to update you on. God gets all the credit, for it is by His grace that we have something to write about.
But before we get started, thank you so much for your faithful prayers and financial support. We are always humbled and encouraged to keep on working for the Lord because of your unselfish giving. Time and time again we get notes and phone calls from people who tell us they pray for the ministry every single day. This month the 23rd church added the MAP ministry on for monthly support. Aside from our supporting churches there are about 30 individuals who also support the ministry on a regular basis.
|Jonathan Keim - Preaching the Word|
|Raymond Schlabaugh - Salvation & Baptism|
When Raymond left the Amish community from Michigan he stayed with us for a week before going on to join his two older brothers in Texas. It was during his stay at our house that we got into a discussion on how a person gets to heaven. And you guessed it, before the morning ended he gave his life to Christ. My it was exciting. Everyone was calling each other and praising the Lord because we all knew that his brother Isaac from TX had been praying for months that his family would find the truth of salvation. As soon as Raymond made it to TX he told his brother Isaac that he would like to be baptized. Several weeks later on Easter Sunday he got baptized (photo on the right). Raymond has been going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. You might consider adding the rest of the Schlabach family to your prayer list for salvation.
|Sam & Chris Slabaugh - Missions Trip Update|
What a blessing it was to hear these two brothers share their 4-week missions trip to Papa New Guinea. Chris wrote a short message for you...My experience of PNG is one of many blessings and a lot of memories. It is a very enriching experience to be able to give of yourself. The work was very hard but rewarding. Being able to give of my time to help with the work that God is doing there is exciting. And I am thankful that I had the opportunity to go. One of the things that Christ has taught me through the experience of this trip is that it takes faith. As the writer of Hebrews writes, Without Faith it is impossible to please Him. As most of chapter 11 is about those who had Faith. Their actions backed up what they professed to believe. That is what I am continuing to learn. It is not enough just to believe something. I have to take the next step and do something about it. Only then will I truly be a man of faith. James pretty much writes the same thing in a different way. 2:18...SHEW ME THY FAITH WITHOUT THY WORKS, AND I WILL SHEW THEE MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. It was also a time of drawing closer to God. I have gained a greater understanding of just how much He loves me. I am very Blessed and thankful that He gave His life in order that I might be His child. And that is the GREATEST Blessing of all.
|SonLight Club - Bible Correspondance Courses|
Last year we sent out a total of 13,000 Bible lessons to some 1,500 children and adult students. We were amazed and excited to see how God worked and quite honestly wondered how it could get any better. Well it has gotten even better. Last week alone we sent out over 1,700 lessons. Since these Bible lessons are sent out at no cost to our students we have to depend on God’s family to help with the postage and Bible material costs. I guess at this time I would like to alert you of our need. When we got ready to mail out the lessons in this photo last week we couldn't because we didn’t have enough money available. We were not sure what to do so we emailed all of our online prayer warriors and supporting churches and just asked them to pray that God would bless some people financially so that they could in turn transfer it (as the Lord wills) toward this important need that we had. We are thankful for our home church because through their special gifts we were able to get all of the lessons mailed out. We urge you to pray with us in the coming months that God would provide as needed. Many people have gotten saved through these Bible lessons since we started sending them out 3 yrs ago.
We have sure appreciated all the people that donated items for the Donation Center. A good number of former Amish and Amish have been able to get established because of people’s generosity. Several months ago we began the process of getting grant money from a local community foundation to update/upgrade the Donation Center and last week we were informed that we were awarded $8,100 to help us fix the building up, add heaters, buy tables, shelves, and clothes racks. We are very thankful to God for this. Tina (MAP secretary) done a great job in making this happen. We appreciate all that Tina does.
God has blessed us with some of the most outstanding volunteers anyone could ever dream of having. If you don’t mind we would like to tell you about some of our locals now and then in our next mailing tell about some of the ones that are working in other states.
|Amish Families Selling Out to Jesus Christ|
It is never easy for an Amish person to accept Christ as their only way to heaven much less understand that a person can have eternal life and know it. And more times then not, when an Amish person does receive salvation by grace through faith it becomes utterly hard to leave their Amish roots. For the past three years we have worked very close with six Amish families in a close by community. There were so many, many times when discouragement took us over and it would have been so easy to throw in the towel. But several weeks ago there was a breakthrough when two of the families who were excommunicated for the very reason that they decided to take a stand for the One who saved them. One man told me, “I made a vow that I was going to follow Christ no matter the cost”. Since he made that decision two of his daughters got saved and God has done an amazing work. We have been in contact with them on a daily basis. Two of the families started coming to our Tuesday night prayer meetings and we believe that the rest will follow. Please pray for us as we seek direction in what God wants us to do. They would like to start a church in their area and if this is what God wants then we would need some help and support from all of our Christian friends. We have certainly appreciated evangelist Dean Myers and his family for the impact they have had on these families and the two that got saved last week.
One husband and wife got saved several years ago and then started coming to our weekly Bible studies. When the news surfaced in their community they were immediately threatened that if any sort of communication ever took place again between them and us the church leadership would separate the family. Two weeks ago the husband told me that at one point it had gotten so bad for him and his family that he was going to commit suicide. His wife had to send the children across the field for help. He told me later, “all I asked for was to have a Bible study but no one would do it.” Both this family as well as one of the other families have gone through a lot of depression. They desperately need our prayers.