Tuesday, July 25, 2017

June Prayer Letter

June 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

Thirty years ago, we stood before our families and assembled friends and made our vows before the Lord.  It was a simple wedding in a small country church, but next to the day of my salvation, it was the richest and most blessed day of my life.

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of having Michele by my side through thick and thin, through good times and bad, through times of blessings and times of trials.  We have been blessed with our son, Joshua, whom God has called to preach and we have lost our daughter whom we buried in the soil of Lithuania.  We have won many to the Lord and seen many others reject Him.  We have trained hundreds and seen some remain faithful while others have fallen by the way side.

Whether it has been a time of peace or storm, abundance or want, rest or trials, the past 30 years have been blessed because the Lord has been with us every single step of the way.  No matter what the coming years bring, we both know that Christ will always be faithful, always keep His word and always do what is best for us and what will bring Him the honor He so richly deserves. 

As we celebrate 30 years of marriage, please join us in celebrating the Lord Jesus Christ who is the One who gives all light, all joy, all peace and all blessings.

Thankful for these 30 years,

Mark Hale

May Prayer Letter

May 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

She was having a very difficult time letting go of her religious past.  Her parents had told her for years that she was going to heaven as a result of being sprinkled as an infant; but why then, was she so filled with doubt?  Why was she so afraid of dying?  If what her parents and their church said were true, why did she feel so empty and depressed?

That is when God brought a Christian friend into her life.  She saw the real peace that he had in Christ and knew that was exactly what she so desperately wanted!  He kept inviting her to church, but she always found an excuse.  That is, until that Sunday when she finally decided to attend one of our church services.

She was cool when I introduced myself and sang the hymns with about as much enthusiasm as a child waiting to see the dentist about a cavity.  The message I preached compared the Passover lamb in Exodus with Christ, the Lamb of God.  She listened with undivided attention as I explained from the Scriptures how every person could be saved.  After the service, I had the privilege of leading this precious lady to Christ!  As she finished the sinner’s prayer and looked up, for the first time in almost 40 years, she had peace.  What had eluded her for so many years in a religious ritual was now hers for all eternity because of Christ!!

Please pray for Natalie as she begins her new life in Christ.

Reaping the harvest, one eternal soul at a time,

Mark Hale