Monday, November 21, 2011

November prayer letter

November 2011

Dear Praying Friends,

For two weeks in late October and early November, I had the privilege of returning to Lithuania to teach seminars for the Bible college students and pastors there.  In 2000, I helped found the Bible Baptist Institute with four students. By 2006 when God called us to Portugal, the institute had grown to 30 students from seven churches.

Since that time, this ministry has been growing under the faithful and godly leadership of pastor Audrius Sinkevicius.  The Bible Baptist College now has close to 100 students in three locations (in the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania and in Riga, Latvia). I taught over 40 hours to the assembled students and visiting pastors and was thrilled to see their passion for God’s word and their desire to know the Lord more closely!

I was also blessed to be able to preach three times in various churches and teach in two youth meetings.  On my final evening there, the young people listened closely as I taught a very simple lesson on John 3:16.  At the close of my lesson, I gave the invitation and two teenage young men accepted Christ as their personal Savior, PRAISE THE LORD!!!  What a way to end my time back in Lithuania!!

I returned weary in body but rejoicing in spirit, determined to continue plowing and planting in the hardened soil of Lagos, Portugal.

Thanking God for the harvest, wherever it may be!

Mark Hale