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August 2003 Newsletter

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel
(and law enforcement officers) is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1

August 9th, 2003

Dear Friends and Prayer Partners, warm greetings, in His Name – Isaiah 9:6 and 7!

A full schedule and many miles traveled did not permit an update in July, however, we can praise the Lord that He saw fit to bless meetings in Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York, plus “one-on-one” contacts!

While in Pennsylvania last Friday, there was a police funeral near Lansdale for a 41 year old officer. Ray had many opportunities with grieving officers from many police departments and areas! Then, Saturday, we were at the BASIS Annual Picnic in Manheim, near Lancaster. Ray had the devotional for the group. We spent a few days at (daughter) Debbie and Rob’s (and grandchildren) home in Carlisle, and they took us to a “Night Out” – a nationwide safety program set up by police and firefighters … and Ray had great “opportunities” there! It is proof to us that God’s people are praying when it seems that we are in the right place at just the right time! We do sense that your faithful prayers and God’s sovereignty set these “divine appointments!”

Thank you for praying for (daughter) Ginny, who went to China on a missions trip! We made a trip to Maine to see her and Mark, and family, before she left a couple of weeks ago. We met her new pastor (we took part in the trip dedication in the AM Service, and Ray preached in the PM). All went well on her trip and she is home safely – praise the Lord! Her trips across the mainland were fruitful, and, as an extra blessing, she made contact with someone who will translate the ONLY ONE SON tract into Chinese. Everything went well at home while she was gone, also.

We would appreciate prayer regarding our car situation. Our ’96 Buick has a lot of miles and is starting to need costly repairs. We need the Lord’s wisdom concerning what to do. We had to stop at the Buick garage in North Syracuse on the way home from Pennsylvania Wednesday, and the repair shop manager said, “Maybe it’s time for a change!” The fall schedule is almost full into December, with trips to Maine and western New York in September, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on separate weekends in October, and back to Pennsylvania, western New York, and Maine in November … the car does not “keep still” for long! We certainly need dependable transportation … so we would covet your prayers!

May we “remind” you, again, that you are a very vital part of this ministry … we could not, and would not be able to continue were it not for your faithfulness in coming alongside with your prayers and support. Barb travels to Little Rock, Arkansas, Tuesday, to be with (daughter) Judy (and Jeff) to help her as she is expecting their third child. Ray will pulpit-supply at Faith Bible Church, in Chestertown, and Thurman Baptist Church, Thurman, the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your keeping us before the Throne of Grace! Hebrews 4:16

By His Grace and in His Love,

Barb and Ray
II Timothy 1:12

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