Dear praying mission team,
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) We are delighted to encourage you to continue to pray for our ministry by sharing how much your prayers, along with the prayers of others, have ‘availed’ the past nine years in the ministry
of Fina Linan, at lower left in the picture. Fina, born in Indonesia, was one of many media students
here at JAARS who I was privileged to give part of their final exam: dubbing a language unknown to them (Italian) on the Jesus film video. This is a very effective way of reaching millions who cannot read or will
never learn to read. One villager’s comment from 2009 is the heart cry for this ministry: “I can’t become a Christian. I’m too old to learn to read.”
After a year and a half of language
study in France followed by seven
and a half years in Burkina Faso,
we were so happy to get together
with Fina as she begins her
Here’s one of the fascinating things
the Lord did during her ministry.
In ‘BF’, it’s customary to hire night guards. Fina gave her guard a small radio with an MP-3 Bible chip in his Morre language. Later she learned he listened to it all night every night. Learning he was a Muslim, she asked him why. “It makes me feel calm!”, he replied.
Fina found a Campus Crusade member to eventually lead Him to Christ and begin
follow-up. In this photo, the two of them are watching a Campus Crusade video on how to follow Christ. Who’s the third person? A translator! The Campus Crusade
man does not speak the night guard’s language. WOW! There’s another amazing three-year story behind the Scripture radio I’ll share next month.
While waiting for my knee x-ray, an elderly man struggling to breathe was being rapidly wheeled out of the room next door on his way to the ER. I jumped up (well, as fast as this 82-year old could jump) and thrust a gospel tract into his hand while he was moving down the hall. Will he be alive tomorrow? Only the Lord knows, but he’s carrying a ‘little paper missionary’ who can make sure he knows how to get to Heaven!
1 Peter 3:15 says we are to always be ready to answer those who ask the reason for our faith. How about this lady in WalMart who asked to remove a bug crawling on my back? Close enough! Afterwards I shared our tract and then transitioned into my testimony and the gospel.
She listened more attentively noticing I was a vet from my USS Ranger hat. She became even more interested after learning I’d spent four years in the Marines before that. Why? When we parked our car, the one facing us had Marine Sergeant Major stripes in the front window. That was her car! Her husband had served 27 years in the Marines!
You can imagine how surprised this ex-F4 pilot was to receive our
tract with me in the RIO seat of a Navy F-4 of the type he flew 50
years ago. (I’m a former Navy radar field engineer on the F-4 radars.)
As if that weren’t enough, when I asked him how the AN/APQ-72
worked for him, he was really surprised! He didn’t stick around long but the gospel ’hook’ is in and he kept the tract. He’s about my age so really needs prayer.
The blonde checkout clerk on the right gladly received another tract with a big smile.
At a theatre where a Christian film was showing, what looked like a teen-aged Nazi skin-head appeared in the darkness and sat near me. After the film I needed help getting up. Horrors! He rushed right over to help. (I said to myself, “Look out for your watch and wallet!”) As we exited the dark auditorium I began witnessing. He seemed to be very receptive to my testimony and gospel witness. When we got to the lighted lobby, it turned out that he was a slim, balding 40-year-old wearing a Captain America shirt. He dressed as Captain America to entertain sick children at the hospitals and had an engagement that night. He’s holding a picture of himself in full costume on his iPhone and also holding my ‘warmup’ tract I use to start witnessing conversations.
(101 Funny One-Liners including, “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try sky diving!”)
I had two opportunities to share Christ with this 81-year old waiting for his wife at Irene’s recent mammogram visit. This close-up of his super hearing aid also shows the ‘little paper missionary’ he received with the gospel, part of the recent 8th printing of our tract.
Quality 4-color custom tracts like ours are expensive so thanks for your prayerful and financial support. Please pray for not only those witnessed to in this letter but many
more not in the letter. Though we delight in our Bible translation technology tasks, we esteem person-to-person gospel encounters the ultimate ministry you help make possible as our partners! Thank you all so very much. We count upon you!
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you … 1 Peter 3:15