News From Sue Watt August 2017

News from Sue  August 2017

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In my July newsletter, the first story was about a lady that spoke Persian (Farsi). The King of Glory Gospel presentation has just been recorded in Farsi and will soon be available on the Internet! The second story in that letter was about a lady from Morocco. The King of Glory should be recorded in Moroccan Arabic in the next few months!

I don’t often met people from Europe, but the other day I met two people from Europe in one day. The first lady didn’t want a bracelet, so we just talked awhile. I was still holding the tract and bracelet in my hand. She got curious and said, “Yes, I would like to read it.” She was 89 years old and still out on the buses. I could not recognize her accent, so I asked where she was from originally. She said she was from Lithuania and spoke German.

Later that day I was at a grocery store. As I came out to catch the bus, it zoomed by the bus stop. Oh well, I will go back in the store and stay cool. I remembered that I needed some fruit so bought some. As I headed outside I missed the second bus. Well, I better just go sit and wait for the next one. As I sat there I looked at my receipt and noticed they had made a mistake. Even though I saw the third bus coming, I returned to the store. After the lady helped me I gave her a bracelet. On the fourth bus, I met another older lady. I think she said she was 86 years old. She also had an accent. I learned she was from England. She said she would give the bracelet to a little girl in her church. I asked what church she attended and learned it was a church I had visited a couple of times! (They had a sewing group, but I have been too busy to consider joining.) I was glad I was on the bus God had for me to ride that day.

One day recently I saw a man toward the back of the bus who looked like he was wearing a rubber band type Good News bracelet. Then he moved his other hand where I could see it, and on the other hand was one of my bracelets. I don’t often see people wearing them later.

I missed the #4 bus, but had a nice opportunity with a lady on the next bus. Then I just missed the #15 bus. When the bus did not arrive in 15 minutes I realized it was the time in the afternoon when the bus switches to every 30 minutes. So, I had a long wait, but it was cloudy so not too hot. On the next bus, I did have several good opportunities including a family with three school aged children. It was a long day, I was on 7 buses, but I gave out 20 bracelets.

Today my order of King of Glory cards arrived. Also, a 1,000 business-sized cards to go with the bracelets.  I decided to design the cards instead of a new tract. These cards have three verses and direct people to a place on the Internet to read the Gospel of John. If I learn they do not use the Internet, and do not have a Bible in their home, then I have Gospels of John to give to them.

Thank you for praying!

Sue Watt

Fred & Jenny Kosin Update - February 2017

 

February 17, 2017

Dear Partners in Prayer

As you look through the prayer list from your church or fellowship it is relatively easy to categorize the extensive concerns to which prayer is applied. We appreciate the one who knows the family of God at a certain location and perhaps the more extensive family scattered around the globe. These faithful informers serve the church by putting before us the needs that come to them or that they solicit from family and friends. We receive many of them and are grateful for a window into churches where we have ministry from time to time. Sometimes it is the only personal peek we have between visits. Many missionaries send us letters asking for prayer for ministry issues and challenges they face serving the Lord.

May I suggest you stop and consider grouping together the same kinds of needs that are presented for prayer?  Without doubt medical conditions are the greatest exercise for the family of God for each other on a corporate prayer list. Sometimes that is the only thing on the list. Cancer and surgery top the list of these needs. It may be that on most lists the second is help for problems in life like job, children, travel, finances, tests, safety etc. A third area is basically to escape from any difficulty, trial, problem or any other untoward thing that might arise in the occupation of daily living as a Christian. It might be simply phrased by asking the Lord to make our life as easy, simple, uneventful, painless, trouble free and quick as possible. Perhaps immediate deliverance from whatever is affecting us adversely is a good summary.

The scriptures are clear there are three aspects which should direct our prayers. One is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, second the will of God, and third the Word of God. Not only is that clear but the record of the prayers of Paul indicate that his primary concern in prayer was the spiritual growth of believers in various churches he wrote. Though he mentions those who are sick he does not generally pray for them to be healed. James does urge folks to pray for healing in the context of sins having affected the health of the one being prayer for. Perhaps we might enquire if poor health is the result of sin before we pray for healing? Paul did pray three tims for the removal of the “thorn in the flesh” whatever it was.

That in itself brings up the most comprehensive issue for prayer which is preeminent in NT prayers but usually lacking in our prayers. When did we last see a prayer request for spiritual development, growth, overcoming strength, courage, fortitude, spiritual maturity, wisdom, appropriation of resources, appreciation of Christ? Why is it always escape from the very things God uses to bring maturity, wisdom, growth, strength and knowledge of Christ and His Word?

We often pray against the will of God as He reveals “If any one suffer according to the will of God…” We pray against the Word of God which says, “In the world you will have tribulation…” Let us return to the biblical pattern of praying personally for the spiritual maturity of those we know and love. Our Lord prayed not that His followers would be taken out of the world and its influences but that we, like Him, would overcome the world.  The same Lord prayed for His weak disciple, Peter, not that a hedge would be built around him or that he would not be tempted but the “his faith would not fail” in the throes of spiritual temptation that was coming to him.

We appreciate your praying for our safety, the supply of our needs, the usefulness of our ministry and many other issues you bring before the throne of Grace. We are grateful when you pray for our spiritual maturity, the appropriation of the riches of His divine grace and that we will grow up into the fullness of His image in a world that desperately needs to see Christ in our lives. 

As you pray you can refer to the list of ministry opportunities in the near future for us at the bottom of the page. A few changes have been made for some dates in the rest of the year but nothing momentous.  Much of next year has also been booked in the will of God. Your prayers for these arrangements are always appropriated because they are a source of concern that we will be where He wants us to be that far in advance. 

We do continue with many varying ministries here at home including weddings, funerals, counseling, teaching, visiting, bible studies, hospitality, many emails and phone calls offering help in different issues. Your bathing these responsibilities in your prayers give us a sense of confidence in the Lord we love and why we continue

Serving the greatest Master

Fred and Jenny