Taken from my Skype phone call last night.
*Last night I spent an hour talking with Peter Wang in China via Skype. As you can tell from the picture, he was wearing a brand-new Keep Believing t-shirt that we sent over from the States. For over three years Peter has been preaching my sermons to the house church he pastors. Only he doesn’t just preach my sermons directly. He studies the sermon, studies the text, works through the outline, then he takes out the American illustration and puts in ones more suited for a Chinese context. They are really his sermons based on my sermons. So far he has produced around 200 sermons that way. Very soon we plan to begin posting the first of those sermons on the brand-new Keep Believing China section of our website.
*Peter also made a video testimony that will be incorporated into the video that we will be showing at the Keep Believing Friendship Banquet in Chicago on Thursday, October 1. Our emcee that evening will be Nancy Turner from WMBI-FM in Chicago. We’re expecting 200-300 to join us for the celebration. The banquet is free but you’ll need to make a reservation. If you’d like to receive an invitation, please send us an email with your name and address.
*Lately we’ve been sending our large number of An Anchor for the Soul to various ministries. This week we’re sending out 10 cases (almost 1000 copies) to New Life Corrections Ministry in Aurora, IL. They meet with over 1500 different inmates every month in seven different jails and prisons.
*Nice note from Pastor Florin Botar in Romania:
I am so glad meet you in my life.Your wonderful messages it is a BIG bless for my soul and ministry-THANKS so much in dear Name of Lord Jesus.
I pray now for more 100 kids to VBS in this month(August) in my area(90% unbelievers)
You,your family and ministry have a special place in my prayers
Our dear God have for you a special bless
*** your ministry it is a big encouragement for my ministry
*Received a note from a man in Nashville who is taking on a new challenge:
I am a preacher and have been since 1974 but have not pastored for a while now but we are taking on the challenge of a new church plant in a different city which will require us to sell our home and purchase another residence and totally relocate. Now that in itself is not so strange, preachers do that all the time but I just turned 63 yrs old. Some think I’m nuts or worse to undertake something like this at 63, but what do you do when the Lord puts a burden in your spirit and you can’t out run it or out live it?
God bless this brother who instead of retiring is setting out on a new adventure for the Lord.
*When we visited the Bukidnon Fundamental Baptist Seminary in the Philippines last April, we learned that the seminary had only one computer, and it did not work. I mentioned in my report that the president didn’t even have a laptop. So a reader in Oklahoma contacted us and said he had just received some money from an estate and wanted to supply the funds for the laptop. He sent the check, we wired the money, and just this week we heard from Dr. Edwin Bicar, president of the seminary, that he was using his new laptop:
I wish to thank you again for the purchase of the laptop. It is now being used. To God be the Glory!!
*A friend who has been going through a hard time lately mentioned to me how much the prayers of others had meant. “Their prayers have helped us to keep believing.” He added that some people say, “I want to do something practical.” Then he said, “Nothing helps us more than knowing we’re being prayed for. That has made all the difference.” It’s good to bring over a meal, help with the kids, or run errands. Those things really do matter. But nothing matters more than prayer. It’s the most practical thing we can do for our friends.