A few months ago, the Lord blessed through unusual circumstances and led a young man and his grandmother to our church. They came a few times and decided to go home and purchased King James Bibles. A week later after the service, they both trusted Jesus as Saviour. Without my saying a word, the young man cut his long hair. I came home one day and Gabriel and Bella were in the laundry room with clippers making that young man look sharp at his request! On top of that, he has been reading that King James Bible regularly! He started in Genesis and is already well through Leviticus. I know that family appreciates your regular support of our ministry even more than we do.
Last Sunday, a lady spoke to me about her family. She has been attending regularly and was saved many years ago but her family does not attend church and is not saved. God is working and she is burdened for her family to come to church with her. Please pray for this situation and ask the Lord to work and open the heart door of the family. He is the only one who can change lives and I know this dear lady would earnestly covet your prayers for her.
The Lord has blessed us with several young people who attend church. Our children have been instrumental in bringing other kids and encouraging them to do right. Several have little to no experience being in church. Deep rebellion causes a few kids to sit, arms folded during singing and Bible reading while everyone else is on their feet. We held a youth activity at the park a few weeks ago. Six of my kids and six from the community came to roast hot dogs, make s’mores, sing songs around the camp fire, and hear preaching from the Word of God. During the invitation, three raised their hands indicating a need for salvation. Two came forward during the invitation and I dealt with them personally. They did not get saved. I cannot express in words how the devil is fighting these kids. Please pray, pray , pray!
One of the great burdens on my heart has been the transition of financial support to Anchor Baptist Church. Pastor Adams, Bro. Larson, and I sent letters via post to explain this change and the reason for it. I believe I know our supporters well, but still I was concerned things may not go smoothly. To God be the glory, all the response has been positive to this change with only one exception. This trend is an answer to prayer as continued financial support is crucial to the success of the mission. I believe God will raise up a church to replace the one lost and will continue to bless with souls saved and lives changed. Please pray no other support will be dropped so that our focus can remain on planting a church.
Our meeting place in the hotel is no longer available. The management says it’s because the summers are busy, but there is a general animosity against God in Astoria. In any case, we need to move by the end of July. There is another hotel that will accommodate us but parking will be very limited. A commercial property is available but will cost quite a bit more. Please pray for wisdom and provision. We are so glad you are supporting this work!
-The Byers Family