Thursday, April 30, 2009

Behind enemy lines!

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (II Timothy 2,3) After living on the mission field this verse has developed a stronger meaning for me. It is true that all Christians are soldiers in the Lord's army and they are all to endure hardness as a good soldier. However, I've learned that the mission field is like a soldier going behind enemy lines. The devil is strong in Croatia. He controls people by their religion, and by the pleasures of the flesh. Now I know he does that everywhere. This has been his method, he doesn't change it because it's been effective.

I must say that I've seen him fight harder here than anywhere else. This is his ground and he doesn't want to give any of it over. Every inch we've taken away from him we've had to battle for it. Every soul that's been won out of his grasp we've had to battle for it.

Just this week we've seen him battling again. One of my memebers, a gypsy member, told me that if one of the kids keep coming on the bus route that he would not come back. How sad is that! In the words of my good friend, Sam Ward, he needs to get over himself! Another way he fought this week was through one of the parents, they don't want their kids going to a Baptist church so they forbid them to come.

This week we've faced a week of battles. We will endure hardness as a good soldier. Dear Christian we are in a war for the souls of men and women; boys and girls. Let us all endure hardness as good soldiers for the Lord Jesus Christ! Let's go behind the enemy's line and take back what belongs to our Captain!

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (II Timothy 2,4)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day of ministry!

Every Saturday we've been able to play soccer with the kids that have been coming to church. I hope that through this they will see that I care about them. For the last three weeks we've had an average of 15 boys. Today my wife picked up a few of the girls. They wanted to come and watch.

It was good that they came, because my wife will teach them to love Jesus!

It's been hard keeping up with them. I was completely out of shape before I started playing soccer with them. After the first Saturday I hurt all over. After three weeks I still hurt all over. Hopefully next week the pain will reside. On a positive note I'm sleeping really good on Saturday nights!

I praise the Lord that He has put me in the ministry. I hope and pray that I can make a difference in the lives of just one of these boys!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

God answers prayer!

I just wanted to share with you a blessing that I received this week. We are getting close to finishing the New Testament in Croatian. For you that may not know we have been translating the Bible into Croatian for the last few years. We are now just about done with the New Testament and I began to pray about finding someone to print it. About two weeks ago one of our supporting churches contacted us and said they had a man out of their Church who was a printer, Bro. Treadwell. Bearing Precious Seeds had sent a press to a church in India for them to use. So the church in India needed someone to run it. Bro. Treadwell left for India to run this press.

He contacted me a few days ago, and said he wants to help us print our Bible for free! Praise God! He told me that he believed God wanted him to do this and had already begun raising the money for the paper that will be needed. I about had a shouting fit when I got the news! Is anything to hard for the LORD?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Back to language school!

I knew I should have paid better attention in school. I never knew learning was that important. As a missionary I've really learned that language is so important. Without it we cannot communicate the Gospel effectively to those who so need to hear it. For the last 10 years I've been trying to learn Croatian, it is a difficult language and mastering it has proven difficult. By God's grace it's coming along and I'm able to communicate effectively the greatest message ever told to these dear souls.

So why am I back in school? The answer is because there is a population of souls within Croatia who have their own language. Now it's true that most of them can speak Croatian, but their mother tongue is not Croatian, but a Romanian dialect. After driving through the village God convicted me and told me to try to learn their language. What a door that could be opened if I could speak to them in their own language. Just imagine how many more people could hear the Gospel. What an opportunity before me!

What about the opportunity in front of every American! How many different language groups live around the Dallas Fort Worth area alone! What if Christians tried to learn Spanish, African, Chinese and etc. I know the cliché, they live in America, bless God they need to learn English, and they should. But why can't we learn their language while they are learning ours so that we could preach the Gospel to them. Immigration is not only a problem it can be a great opportunity! It all depends on how we look at things!

Maybe you can't ever be fluent in another language. I don't think I can be either, but we could learn enough to preach the Gospel to those who have never heard it! Maybe if we turned the television off 1 hour a night and spent the hour learning Spanish or Chinese. How much could we accomplish for the Kingdom of God!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter services!

Yesterday was a great day for us in Croatia! We had four visitors, and two first time visitors in our church. This is not counting the kids. Bro. Rich allowed me to preach to the children during the service. I used to do this all the time in America, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I think I like preaching to the children more than the adults.

There was no one saved, but all in all it was a great Easter service!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Joy from serving!

It's been very busy here the last week or so! I can't wait for Brother Scott or Kevin to get here. We sure could use the help. This morning we had a great day in Varazdin. We set up in a flea market and passed out John and Roman's and Gospel tracts. It was a great feeling being a light in the middle of all the darkness!

After Varazdin I ate a little then picked up 13 boys from the Gypsy village and we went to play soccer. I realized two things: one I'm completely out of shape; two I'm getting old. But none of that matters because those boys had a great time. I think they could have stayed there all day! I pray that they can see Jesus in me and that I can make a difference in their lives! Many of them come from broken homes and live in hell on earth. What a joy it is to serve our Lord and let Him love these kids through me. I don't understand why there are people that don't want to serve God! I have found no greater joy than to serve Him!

Dear Christian it is not a burden to serve Him, it is a JOY!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

And I taught them to ride a bike!

Today we thought we would have a little fun. My wife and I thought it would be good to take up an outside hobby. Well today we both bought a par of roller blades. I thought no problem. I used to roller skate all the time when I was a boy. Well big mistake! It wasn't as easy as it looked. It wasn't long before I learned it hurts a lot more now when I fall then it did when I was a boy! My three kids were doing it like no body's business. They were out trying to teach their dad how to roller blade. To think at one time I taught them to ride a bike! Next time I try this I'll wait until dark so the neighbors can't see me. I hope you enjoy the video below. I know my kids did!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bible conference 2009 day 4

Last night was our final night and we had 31 in attendance. I had 15 in my van and God blessed once again. We had a total of 37 different people attend the meetings. There was a total of three first time visiting adults. Many of the children that came were first time visitors as well. Also there were thirteen saved!

I really praise God for all He did over the past four days. He did far more than we we expected. Thank you all who prayed for this meeting. Croatia is a difficult field, and your prayers made the difference.

This Sunday we have our Easter service coming up and we are excited about that. We have many visitors lined up for the service.

We are waiting to see what a mighty God can do!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bible conference 2009 Day 3

We had another great night! There was 31 in attendance, with more adults tonight, not that there more important than the children.

A man and his wife came, and they were glorious saved tonight! He was a war veteran with many emotional problems, but tonight he called on the Prince of peace, who can truly bring peace to any soul!

We praise the Lord for what He is doing, and can't wait until tonight!

Thanks for praying.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bible conference 2009 Day 2

We had a great night yesterday! 27 came, which was 6 more than the first night. Many of the kids came back and they brought their friends. We had four more call on Jesus for salvation! Praise the Lord!

Tonight we are expecting more adults to come. We have had many tell us that they would be their on Saturday and Sunday. Please pray that they will come, and that they will get saved!

Brother Rich really impressed me last night. For you who don't know he is the national pastor of the church. At the invitation, brother Smith told the children who were not at the conference the previous night, to see the pastor after the service concerning salvation. When the last amen was said, brother Rich did not wait for them to come to him, rather he went to them! He led four more souls to Jesus! Please pray that these young people will grow in the Lord, and that through them we can reach their families!

I can't wait to see what God will do tonight!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Bible conference 2009 Day 1

Well last night we started our annual Bible conference with Brother Smith. He is an old time preacher from Oklahoma. I wasn't sure what to expect, because of late the church has been in a slump. I was praying hard that God would send some people to hear this man of God!

God blessed and we had 21 in attendance. For us on a Thursday that's not bad. Many of these were children, but as you know Jesus said, suffer the little children to come unto me!

The children were a blessing to me and 7 called on the name of Jesus for salvation! Praise God for that!

We weren't expecting children to come, but God thought different. As I drove into the Gypsy village to pick up one of our families in the church, there were 11 children standing in front of their house waiting to go to church. I told them to come Sunday when we have a program for them, but they said, "please can we come to church." I said, "you'll have to sit for two hours and listen, Can you sit that long?" They said, "We will be good please let us come?" Of coarse by now, how can I tell them no! I think these children need some one to love them. I pray that God will love these children through me. Many come from broken homes, and have hell on earth! I pray that God will save each and everyone of them, and that through them their parents will be saved!

I can't wait to see what God will do tonight! We praise him and give Him all the glory!