Wednesday, January 23, 2019

We thank the Lord upon every remembrance of you!

We thank the Lord upon every remembrance of you! What a blessing it was to spend the holidays with our children and grandchildren. It was the first time in many years that we were all together in one place.

Debra and I have been working to evangelize the North side of Springfield. We’ve been handing out newspapers, flyers, and invitations. Jeff is teaching the adult Sunday school class and preaching as the opportunity provides itself. Debra is busy working in the office. She helps with the receiving, documenting, and processing of over 200 checks per week. The ten mission works sponsored by Grace Baptist are the life blood of this ministry. The sun literally never sets on the work done by the men sent from this small church in Springfield, Missouri. Besides these ten sponsored missionaries, the church also provides monthly support to more than 25 like-minded missionaries all around the world. Even here, the laborers are few.

These reasons and more support our decision to stay here for now and do all that we can to help the Word of God prosper, and to spread the gospel where Jesus has not been named. We are more than grateful to the churches which have sent special offerings to help us get situated here. Please keep in mind that after 16 years on the foreign field, we have nothing of our own. No furniture, no beds, bedding, kitchen supplies, and so on. We must begin again entirely from scratch. We trust that the Lord will supply and is already supplying these needs.

Our children and grandchildren are truly a blessing to us.  Gina and her husband, Daniel and our oldest granddaughter, Lydia live in Kentucky. They are in the middle of moving, seeking the Lord for the place where he would have them serve. Gina has finished writing her second book with a spring release date. Donna and our other three grandchildren. Lilibeth, Eliana, and Elijah live here in Springfield, just minutes away, but we still do not get to see them as often as we would like. They are busy with work and school. Donna is doing some painting in the house that she rents – looks great.  James started his last semester of college. It is hard to believe he is almost finished. He has been able to keep his 4.0 GPA and remains on the president’s list. Graduation will be in May than the week afterwards James and Caitlyn will be married. Last but not least is David. He started his second semester of his freshman year. He made it to the dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA. He works for the restaurant in the small hotel on campus. He is now an official driver with a car of his own. This car will not join him at school until this spring.  We want him to focus on school than we will add the car and another job for extra money.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy Birthday

Our youngest son turned 18 years old on Thursday 27th.  

                            Happy Birthday, David.  We love you!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas from Jeff and Debra

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ministry update

We have been back in the United States for three months now. We are striving to serve the Lord in our home church in Springfield, Missouri. I am writing especially to thank all of you for your faithful prayers and support through the 16 years we ministered in the Czech Republic. We believe the Lord did use, and will continue to use the Words of the Lord we planted in their hearts of the Czech people. Several people have contacted us to declare how much our time in Czech meant to them personally. We know some were truly saved, others may still be on the way to repentance, but God will receive glory and praise through it all. The Word of God was faithfully preached and we have His promise that it will not return void.

After a great deal of time in prayer and meditation, we are convinced that the Lord would have us establish a base in Springfield as “Home Missionaries”. We will work alongside Pastor Norwood, to build the work here. The church has an aging congregation that gives sacrificially to support the numerous ministries sponsored by Grace Bible Baptist Church. In order for this to continue into the future, there is a need to evangelize, witness, and otherwise labor here. At the same time, I plan, Lord willing, to be available to fill-in for foreign missionaries needing to take a short term furlough. There is an opportunity to return to Czech for the summer months to labor in place of another man who needs to travel home. This will only be possible if we are able to maintain sufficient support. Even though I will be on staff here at Grace, there are not funds available to even assist with our needs. Therefore, we are asking you, those which know us well and have supported us for many years, to continue to do so, should the Lord allow.

If our supporting churches determine that this is not something they can support, I will need to find a secular job. Doing so will seriously limit my ability to minister as the Lord would have me to serve. It is still our greatest desire to see souls saved and to labor for the Lord. We love and appreciate all of you, regardless of how the Lord leads you in this matter.

Funds for Shipment

     We would like to thank each of our supporters who sent additional funds to help us pay to ship our belongings to the United States. I recently heard from the shipping company. The container should be arriving in Chicago soon, and then it will be transferred onto a truck to be delivered to us here in Springfield, Missouri.

Family update

We are pleased and excited to announce the engagement of our oldest son, James, to a very godly and sweet young lady that he met in college, Caitlyn Hosfeld. They met in January 2016 and have been friends ever since. James proposed to Caitlyn in August of this year. They plan to be married after they both graduate in May 2019. (They now have their wedding set for May 18th 2019).

James has also accepted a job offer from a company in Kansas City. He will begin work there after graduation as well. James spent the summer with them doing his internship in software production as part of his education requirements. While James is beginning his senior year in college, David is just entering his freshman year. We rejoice in what the Lord is doing in each of their lives.

Back in the United States

     We have been back in the States for several weeks now. We want to keep you all updated as to how we are doing. We are enjoying spending time with our children and grandchildren as well as getting reacquainted with our church family here in Springfield, Missouri. Along with some much needed time for rest, prayer and fasting, we have been serving our pastor and church. I have been teaching Sunday school, as well as working around the property to help complete some much needed maintenance tasks.

Brethren, we know that only eternity will reveal all that was accomplished during our ministry in the Czech Republic. There were souls saved, families were disciple, and the Gospel was preached to every creature the Lord brought across our path. We rejoice in all that He accomplished through us. Every Pastor understands the stress and burdens that have to be faced when setbacks arise in ministry. Often discouragement, self-deprecation, doubt, and even depression can set in. In spite of these things, I am certain that we have completed the work the Lord had for us to do in Brno. We are anticipating direction for continued service in the near future. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.