Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Prayer Letter

June 2011
Dear Praying Friends,
Because the Roman Catholic Church never met her needs, she turned her back on formal religion and sought for truth in other places. 
Once a week, our son, Joshua has a horse riding lesson with this lady. She is a young woman who is passionate about preserving nature and introducing children to horses.  Several of the village children are taking lessons from her and it is a great way for Joshua to meet other kids, practice his Portuguese, learn how to ride horses and most importantly, be a testimony for Christ. 
Recently Michele had a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with her.  While she acknowledges a “supreme being” she doesn’t think it is possible to know the Lord personally.  Please pray for her to move beyond the worship of nature and come to know the Creator as her personal Savior.
Reflecting His light,
Mark Hale  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Prayer Letter

May 2011

Dear Praying Friends,

It doesn’t seem possible that a year ago we held the opening service of the Windward Side Baptist Church in Lagos, Portugal! After much preparation, evangelistic efforts and prayer, we had two boys attend that evening. The low attendance was a bit discouraging but we determined to remain faithful to the calling of Almighty God.

Now a year later we celebrated one year of services here in the ancient city of Lagos. The small crowd sang the gospel hymns with enthusiasm, the special music was well received as was the gospel message that I preached. There were nine who were there that day and we thank the Lord for each one of them!

The city of Lagos, Portugal is over 2,000 years old and was the site where Portuguese slave traders sold hundreds of thousands of African men, women and children into lives of bitter hardship and bondage. Now it is a center of occult worship and demonic activity. Satan continues to fight the establishment of this church and it can be disheartening at times. Yet, we know this is exactly where the Lord has called us and we plan to stay until his will is done!

Thank you for your faithful battles there to keep us in the battle here!

Mark Hale