Dear Praying Churches,
Thank you so much for praying for us during the month of March. The family is doing well and enjoying spring in the United States. The creek behind our house here in Tennessee is roaring while the flowers accent the budding trees that cover the hills just beyond.
A few weeks ago we finished up a trip to New Jersey where we updated five of our supporting churches and shared the work with one new church. We also visited a supporting church in Virginia and yet there are still many more we would like to visit. Please do not hesitate to send an e-mail if you would like to schedule a meeting. We will do the best we can and try to visit your church.
Before we left Tennessee in early March, Pastor John Copeland challenged the church with the story of a man who made an enormous impact for Christ over his lifetime by simply handing out 10 tracts each day while asking the question, “if you were to die today, would you go to heaven?” The Lord spoke to my heart about this, and we left Tennessee with a load of tracts in the car. We were able to distribute all of those and had run out by the time we arrived in Virginia, where we stocked up. Caleb got excited handing out tracts, and discovered some coins with the gospel message at a church in New Jersey. The pastor offered some coins to Caleb, and after church that night; we stopped at the grocery store where Caleb began sharing them. One lady told him that God would bless him for sharing Jesus. This was in NEW JERSEY!!! I couldn’t believe it.
He found a couple in the grocery store and gave a coin to them. In return, they offered him a tract and told him he was doing a good work. Caleb brought the tract to me and asked me if it was correct. (The young man has learned a few things about cults) Everything was correct so he located the people and thanked them while giving them one of our prayer cards. The people, excited that he was a missionary; gave him $25.00! It is such a blessing to see the Lord openly reward kids as they serve God. It was a good reminder to me that the eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. You may remember Caleb from our video in Nuremberg Germany where passersby brushed him aside refusing his tracts. He has been at it for a long time and still going strong!
Upon returning to Tennessee, I had the privilege to fill in for Pastor Copeland Wednesday night and all day Sunday during his bout with the flu. Thankfully he is doing much better after a full recovery.
Although our supporting churches are scattered across the fruited plain of America, we will do our very best to visit and hope you will have patience as we work to fill in our schedule. It has been a joy to visit churches that we have not seen for more than 10 years and see how they are going strong for the Lord. Our hearts have been encouraged to see growth and steadfastness among Bible believing Baptist Churches. Another encouragement to our family comes from those who are so keenly aware of each trial we have been through, each prayer request, and each praise that we have written about. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to know you are actually reading our prayer letters and praying for us. Thank you so much for making our work for the Lord possible. This time of furlough has been the greatest time of refreshing our family has ever experienced. Please pray for Elijah who needs dental work, and pray for traveling safety. -The Byers Family
Dear Praying Churches,