Saturday, October 12, 2013

October Prayer Letter

October 2013

Dear Praying Friends,

I have to confess, there are times that we get discouraged and weary in well doing.  It seems no matter how hard we work, how much time we invest and how many prayers we offer, nothing of eternal value happens.  We feel the heavy responsibility of your faithful prayer and financial support, so we understand why some of our churches have discontinued their support for more “fruitful” mission fields. 

But then God shows us that our weariness was due to our trying to grow fruit that is only produced by Him.  We realize our discouragement was from focusing on the “lack of results” instead of simply obeying the Lord’s command to preach the Gospel to every creature and allow Him to change hearts in His time and in His way.

How did God show us these things?  By reminding us that:
·        We have had six first time visitors in our services recently, and three have begun attending regularly. 
·        Our church attendance has almost doubled this past year!!
·        The Bible Institute has grown from 2 students back in 2010 to a new high of 11 this semester!!  Praise the Lord!!

Thank you for faithfully staying with us so that we can fulfill the Great Commission here in Portugal on your behalf!

To the ends of the world,

Mark Hale