I want to thank Brett Weston for taking the time to create this short presentation video about my upcoming ministry in El Salvador. I am not a good photographer, but he skillfully was able to take my amateur pictures from my Fall 2020 Survey Trip to create this delightful video. I hope you enjoy and are inspired!
PLEASE ENJOY this five minute presentation video!
I want to thank Brett Weston for taking the time to create this short presentation video about my upcoming ministry in El Salvador. I am not a good photographer, but he skillfully was able to take my amateur pictures from my Fall 2020 Survey Trip to create this delightful video. I hope you enjoy and are inspired!
Dear friends of the ministry,
As July is approaching, my hope and enthusiasm increase about moving to El Salvador. I cannot wait to make friendships and preach Christ among the young men who are ensnared in Satan’s MS13 and Calle 18 gangs. There truly is a cause to serve Christ; and there truly is a cause for Christians to stop what we are doing and pray to God. Prayer is so vitally important, and so I want to sincerely thank each Christian who spends time praying for me and El Salvador. I covet and beg for prayers more than anything!
Our Lord over the past three months has allowed me to present my ministry before churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and in California, where I am presently. Though I have need for the brethren to faithfully financially support my ministry, my greatest need--of which I inform churches everywhere--is that I plead greatly, seeking for people to co-labor with me in prayer each day. It is by prayer that we find God’s favor and good hand upon us.
I am grateful that God is allowing me to get to know more brothers and sisters in Christ. Being on the road constantly driving hundreds of miles is wearisome to my body and mind sometimes. I have great joy and consolation in the love from the family of God, because the saints often refresh my spirit. For example, one church I visited in Wisconsin allowed me to hang out with one family after another; it was just exactly what I needed. Then another church I visited in the south showed great kindness to me, and it was exactly when I needed it. A church I visited in Pennsylvania had a choir that lifted my spirits; the choir members sang so beautifully that I gloriously sensed we were sitting before the Throne of God in Heaven.
Traveling much does come with opportunities when I can see God demonstrating His faithfulness. On a late evening, one of my tires blew out. God spared me from getting into a wreck, and I was quickly able to get off the highway onto a parking lot. It was almost midnight, but I thank the Lord that I was able to find a tow truck to assist me. The young man driving the tow truck went out of his way to help me. He took the wheel with my destroyed tire to a 24-hour shop where the workers replaced it with a new tire, and he didn’t charge me for the extra service. During our time together, he related to me that his previous client had been telling him about Jesus. I told him that God allowed my tire to blow out just so that I, too, could emphasize his great need to repent and turn to Christ. I was able to share the gospel with him. He didn’t get saved right then, but he came to understand that he was on his way to hell and would think about what we discussed. I am a firm believer that sometimes God allows troubles in our lives so that we would trust Him and share Christ with those around us. At 3 a.m. I was able to finally get back on the deputation road.
In California, I have been able to go along with people from a church for their weekly time of evangelism. We went out to the parking lots of big box retailers to find and talk to people about the Lord. I was encouraged that every person I approached gladly received a gospel tract from me. Some even thanked me for the scriptures. And quite a few gave me the time to talk with them about eternal matters. One man by the name of Rob told me that he had not been to church in a very long time, that he was a critical thinker, and that he would like to visit the church. I gave him the pastor’s phone number and strongly suggested that he pick up his Bible and consider the words in the book of Romans. Please pray for Rob that he will learn to rest in Christ and begin meeting with other believers.
Thus far, on my schedule for the month of June, God has given me only one church where I can present my ministry. If your church would be interested in hearing about my work, please do contact me. Or you can go to the homepage of my ministry’s website and watch a 30-minute presentation video about my work, found at www.MissionFrontier.info.
Whenever I have been home in Ohio, my parents and I have been working to sell most of my possessions. We held a moving sale for four days, and during that time several hundred people passed through my home and bought a lot of things. I also used the opportunity for an awesome time in soulwinning. We were able to give most guests a gospel tract and tell them my story. People were curious about my reason for moving to a third-world nation. I was able to share my testimony, share the gospel, and explain their need for Christ. Revelation 12:11 tells us that our personal testimony is powerful to overcome Satan. I think that’s why the apostle Paul in his writings was always sharing his life story with people: he told about who he was before he met Christ; how Christ saved him; and what Christ was doing in his life after salvation (such as in Acts 9).
Sometimes people won’t listen to the gospel; however, I have discovered that they will listen to a personal testimony, and while I share my story, I include the gospel in the edgeways for their hearts. Then the Holy Spirit can do some more work in their hearts in wooing them to Christ!
We have an awesome God who enjoys doing the impossible! I need to sell my house before I can move overseas. A few weeks ago when I was in Ohio, my realtor came over to take pictures of my home so he could list it on the MLS for sale. That afternoon before he listed my home, a lady came over and gave me an offer that I couldn’t refuse. It was exactly what my church and I had been asking the Lord for. I gladly accepted her offer and we are presently in contract. Please keep this ongoing transaction in your prayers.
On a number of occasions many individuals have asked me if I fear to go live in El Salvador, a nation that has for decades been known for its profound troubles. I appreciate their concern and questions, and I am always delighted to magnify Christ. I do not sense fear or apprehension; the Lord has filled my heart with divine joy, daring love and a firm concern for the people. God has given my mind rest through many promises from His Word, such as Joshua 1:5: “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart that many people are dying without Christ and entering an eternal damnation. I am filled with profound conviction that Christ is worthy for souls to be saved so that for all eternity they should bring forth the praises due to the worthy Lamb of God.
Please contact me at your convenience if I may be of any encouragement to you. We are co-laborers together with Christ: Praying, giving, and serving together with God.
In the last five days, against Israel, over 1,500 rockets have been fired out of Gaza at innocent Jews throughout Israel, and over 35,000 incidents of terror have been committed out of Gaza. The land of Gaza was given unto the self-proclaimed Palestinians by Israeli generosity in 2005. No other Muslim nation wanted them. One would think they would be saying "Thank you" to the Israelis for allowing them a place to live in peace. The Palestinian political structure, from Arafat and before, is based upon terror. They terrorized the neighbors everywhere they have lived, and they continue to make themselves as proxy enemies against Israel.
At the same time, Facebook and other social media sites refuse to take down posts which are calling for the expulsion of the Jews or telling Hitler they miss him, meanwhile they continue to illegally censor conservatives off of these social media sites.
The news media is trying to paint the Palestinians as the victims even though they are the enemies who started the bombings against Israel. When Israel retaliates and tries to defend itself outcry comes from liberals everywhere calling for Israel to show restraint. The Palestinians and liberals always blame Israel for something that they, the Palestinians and liberals, are guilty of doing.
It is very obvious the Terrorist organizations are emboldened because President Trump not in the Whitehouse. With Biden in office the terrorist groups have been taking advantage of his weak leadership, which in turn causes innocent people to die. Many of this week’s rockets are of longer range and have been reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Such are the type provided by Iran and Russia and smuggled into Gaza through various means. I wonder how much of the billions Obama, Biden and Kerry gave to the Iranians was used to manufacture these rockets? I wonder how much of the $50+ million Biden has given to the Palestinian terror led structure this year was used to manufacture today's rockets?
As far as choosing sides it is very simple. The ministry of Mission Frontier and myself choose the side God is on and that is the side of His people, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Jewish people. We have made our stand and will continue to do so for Israel.
Dear reader take your stand. Take your stand in the pulpit preacher. Take your stand in the classroom teacher. Take your stand in the home father. Take your stand! Don’t try to play both sides. Your either for Israel or against Israel, there is no middle ground. Don't just say you are for Israel. Do something about it.
Recently I was at a church who gave me 30 minutes to thoroughly explain my new upcming ministry in El Salvador to reach the MS13 and Calle 18 gangs for Jesus Christ. Here is a video from that evening. I hope you will watch it and be encouraged and provoked.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you everyone who has registered Orphan Frontier with their Amazon Smile, ebay Chairty, and Paypal Giving Funds. Each time you shop online, your shopping helps to support the ministry, and this month they gave $50 toward the ministry!
To register, simply visit their websites and click on their charity links and choose "Orphan Frontier." If you are not yet registered, would you please do so? It is free to you and each time you shop online, these organizations donate a little of the profits to Orphan Frontier.
**[Orphan Frontier is the parent charity of Mission Frontier]
Many of you have asked if you can donate to my ministry work through ZELLE.
Yes! It is now possible to send money through ZELLE!
1. ACCESS ZELLE…Get started by enrolling your email or cell number through your mobile banking app or with the Zelle app.
2. TYPE IN MY EMAIL address firstname.lastname@example.org or my cell number.
3. ENTER THE AMOUNT you want to send.
**As of right now, donations received through ZELLE are not tax deductible. If you wish to receive an IRS tax receipt from Mission Frontier at the end of the year, then you should give through one of four ways found at www.MissionFrontier.info/give.
Dear Friends of the Ministry,
God is so good and has given us so great salvation! I really am enjoying this present time that God has me in. God is affording me opportunities to meet and get to know more Christians, and oh what a blessing and joy it is to expand my heart in knowing more of God's people.
In December 2020, I began contacting churches about my upcoming/planned ministry to El Salvador. Some pastors have already allowed me to come and visit their churches and talk to their people about what God is doing through my ministry. One good thing about getting to meet pastors and become acquainted with their churches' congregations is that people freely give me good words of wisdom, encouragement, and advice. I am always appreciative of people's caring words. And then sometimes I do occasionally get funny/unusual questions, such as "Do the people in El Salvador have cars?" I must chuckle, but yes, the people there have cars, horses, and all the technology we have in the U.S.
Since back in the fall of 2020 when I officially informed everyone of my plans to move to El Salvador in 2021 for ministry, I have been busy working on various preparations for the next glorious chapter of my life. I have finished the application and interview process with All Points Baptist Mission (A.P.B.M.). It was a joy to be accepted by that organization so that they can assist me in missionary matters. One avenue of assistance is that now any financial donations for my ministry can first be processed through A.P.B.M. This provides an extra benefit of accountability and transparency for me and my ministry, which will continue to be held accountable by my local church, my ministry's board of directors as well as a third-party accountant. All financial donations by check should be made payable to A.P.B.M. with my name on the check's memo line. A.P.B.M.'s address is P.O. Box 977, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663-0977.
I am really looking forward to moving to El Salvador. I really believe that El Salvador is one of those places on earth where the people live next to the gates of hell. In the capital city, San Salvador, there is actually a neighborhood called The Devil's Door. El Salvador recently ranked among the worst places in the world for its high homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants. Most of those who have been killed were individuals ranging in age from 15 to 25. For decades, people influenced by Satan have terrorized countless young men and boys into joining forces with the violent MS 13 and Calle 18 gangs. These young people are outcasts in society, abhorred and feared, and have been for the most part a people group unreached by Christians for far too long. These youngsters need Christ! The gospel of Jesus Christ is the ROCK that these youngsters need; and Jesus Christ declared that "...the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (see Matthew 16:18).
I am so grateful for Pastor Ernesto and the Iglesia Bautista Fundamental La Palma (La Palma Fundamental Baptist Church) in San Salvador. This local body of believers truly has a heart for its community and the world. Though presently the congregation is small in number, the people's enduring patience and faith through tribulation sound out the word of the Lord and spread abroad.
When I was with Pastor Ernesto's church back in October 2020, I noticed that this church does a glorious work for the Lord, all tracked by foot and city bus. After I returned to the States, in November the Lord impressed upon my heart to ask God to supply $7,000 so this church could purchase a vehicle. Within two months' time, God brought into my ministry that $7,000. I called Pastor Ernesto two weeks ago to surprise him that he would be receiving this money for a vehicle. He was flabbergasted and so thankful for God's generosity. The story gets even better. He related to me that his church was preparing to have a Missions Conference. He had been praying that God would show the people that God loves missions, God supports missions, and God bestows His grace upon those churches who abundantly, joyfully, and liberally give out of their deep poverty.
After the money was wired to Pastor Ernesto, God brought him into contact with a woman in another town who was selling a minivan. God touched her heart to sell the minivan for less than its value, and Pastor Ernesto was able to make the purchase right before the Missions Conference. The church has been greatly encouraged. The church has already been using the minivan to expand its efforts to win souls, pick up people, and more.
I sincerely with great joy want to express a heartfelt THANK YOU for your giving to the ministry. One matter of importance God has taught me over these years is that we are co-laborers together. I am confident of this very thing: some of us go and serve the Lord in a foreign land while others remain who support in prayers and giving. My labors on the mission field are given so that fruit may abound to your account when you stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (see Philippians 4:17).
Lastly, I want to express as Paul expressed in 1 Timothy 1:12: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." Would you consider preparing yourself to be a laborer on a foreign field to reach an unreached people group? God is seeking more Christians to join this eternal cause so that Christ should receive the reward of His sufferings.
May 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 encourage you, "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence."
Within the last two months, God has brought together various donors who have given $7,000 to the ministry so that we can purchase a vehicle for Iglesia Bautista Fundamental La Palma (La Palma Fundamental Baptist Church). THANK YOU!
Pastor Ernesto and his church was were greatly shocked when they learned of your great gift. They are very thankful for God's generosity through your givings. The church has been greatly encouraged. Now the church has their first vehicle to help expand their labors to win souls, pick up people, and many other activities and errands.
We sincerely with great joy want to express a heartfelt THANK YOU for your giving to the ministry. One matter of importance God has taught me over these years is that we are co-laborers together. I am confident of this very thing: some of us go and serve the Lord in a foreign land while others remain who support in prayers and giving. My labors on the mission field are given so that fruit may abound to your account when you stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (see Philippians 4:17 ).
I am very excited to be moving down there later this year and co-labor with them in the Lord's harvest. Christ is soon to return and we must work while it is still day and pull people out of the fire.
Orphan Frontier is now becoming Mission Frontier. The mission is still the same--serving needy youth. And the frontier is still the same--on the bounds of life in difficult places.
Mission Frontier exists to serve youth living in perilous regions of the world resolved to courageously take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to them and to compassionately teach and train them in God's Holy Bible so that they should grow into fruitful persons of God making a difference in this dark world. (Jude 21-23)
Dear Praying Friend,
This past October I celebrated my ministry's 7th year in the service of the King! I thank Christ Jesus our Lord that He counted me faithful and put me into ministry to serve abused, abandoned, and needy kids. God graciously sure has privileged and enabled me to help kids in difficult places, orphanages, and children's ministries around the world. God has helped me to be a warrior in the fight against sex trafficking, as well as advocating before churches, Senators, Congressmen, and politicians in various nations to discuss children's needs. The Lord on numerous occasions has opened doors so that I could preach His gospel in unique opportunities at public schools, government offices, Buddhist and Hindu temples, on a television program in India, as well as at churches and on the streets all over the globe.
Back in August 2018 the Lord began to burn within my heart to pray regarding the possibility of my living and serving in another country. Then earlier this year God brought to my attention the nation of El Salvador (which means "The Savior" in Spanish) and the country's dismal troubles concerning fatherless youth and the vicious MS 13 gangs. I began to pray more specifically as well as to do research. Months later I met with my pastor to discuss my prayers, and he began to pray with me over the next several months about God's will and the vision which God poured into my heart.
Central America, and more specifically, El Salvador, has a crisis! Many of the country's young people are caught up in the dangers of rival gangs "Calle 18" (18th Street) and "MS 13". Both of these gangs began several decades ago in Los Angeles, California. The 18th Street gang first involved mostly Mexican then later Salvadoran immigrants; MS 13 was formed by Salvadorans. When Salvadoran gang members were arrested and deported back to Central America, they became part of the out-of-control violence there. These gangs cause much havoc in people's lives, and sadly, the "church" has done little to reach these troubled young men and boys for Christ. I understand and sympathize with many Christians who are fearful about ministering to gang members. Nevertheless, we still have a great commission and are commanded by our Lord in Mark 16:15 to "preach the gospel to every creature".
Last month God gave me the opportunity to fly down to El Salvador. During the whole month of October I traveled, meeting with many pastors to discuss the vision God has burned into my heart; in turn, the pastors shared their hearts with me, and I sought their wisdom. Two Salvadoran pastors in particular were thrilled to hear how God is leading me. For years they've prayed that God would raise someone up to reach the gangs. Only two churches in El Salvador have distinct ministries for reaching gangs. In addition, God opened the doors for me to meet with the warden of the notorious Izalco Prison. He is excited about my desires, and he has requested that I start a prison ministry. God also allowed me to talk with four police officers as well as with a high-ranking federal security official.
In addition, I got to do a lot of street evangelizing, meeting the Salvadoran people, and sharing Christ with them. On several occasions God allowed me opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with gang members. One time, two pastors and I entered into a very dangerous neighborhood, MS 13 territory. God gave us great grace and favor! We were permitted to clearly explain the gospel of Jesus Christ to many gang members, including one of the street leaders, who looked me straight in the eyes and attentively listened to the message. He read Scriptures from a Bible we gave him, and he asked some good questions. He was amused to hear that an American desires to live in El Salvador; meanwhile, many Salvadorans want to live in the USA. I told him I want to live in El Salvador because Jesus loves him and his "brothers" and God has put a love in my heart to help him and his friends.
The Lord has been directing my steps for some time into this new endeavor. I happily believe that the Lord is calling me to move to El Salvador in 2021 and work alongside a Salvadoran pastor and his church who have a passion to reach youth and young gang members for Christ. God has given me a plan in how to reach out to gang members. I have sought the Salvadoran pastors' wisdom, and they believe the vision God has given me is an appropriate way in which to minister to troubled youth and young men associated with gangs.
I covet your prayers, first of all! Please continue to bring my name before the Throne of God. Second, I need to raise extra monthly financial support so that I can relocate to El Salvador to serve in this unique ministry. Some of you already give financially to my ministry, for which I am greatly appreciative! If you or your church does not presently financially support me, would you please seek God and ask if He would have you or your church to partner with my ministry? Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I would be delighted to come to your church and share more details about this outreach!
Meanwhile, I will keep you updated as I progress toward this new great endeavor with the Lord.
It appears that God is allowing me to fly down to El Salvador this Friday. It is my plans to be there until the end of October for the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore I am writing with sincerity to seek your faithful prayers.
This is a very distinct trip. A faithful brother (evangelist) in Central America is setting up meetings for me to get to know various pastors, as well as their churches. I desire to get to know them on a personal level. Additionally, pastors and I are going to discuss the challenges associated with the MS13 gangs as well as the concerns I have for children who are being coerced and forced into gangs. God wants to save the souls of the heathen as well as the barbarians.
I surely desire your fervent prayers! Often times during this trip God's work is going to take me into places of great danger, because there is a great need for His gospel be taken to those individuals who are living next door to the gates of hell.
Here are my PRAYER REQUESTS:
1. That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified. (2 Thess 3:1)
2. I desire a more passionately servant's heart which is humble before God. (Jn. 13:4-5)
3. That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. (2 Thess. 3:2-3)
4. I need God to arrange my daily contacts and direct me to divine appointments.
5. I desire God to knit my heart with His choice servant(s) for the ministry. (1 Sam. 18:1)
6. I desire God to grant me favour and good understanding in the sight of the Lord and also with men. (Pro. 3:4 & 1 Sam. 2:26)
My friend, please know that I am grateful for your prayers. You and I are a team with the LORD. My heart's sincere desire is that fruit may abound to your account before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Philippians 4:17).
You can learn more at www.OrphanFrontier.org/elsalvador or visit my Facebook page while I am in El Salvador.
Dear friends of the ministry,
Soon we Christians will be Home in Heaven! I am so excited that I can almost smell my Jesus hugging me to welcome me Home. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thess. 4:16-18)
It is my desire to comfort as well as to encourage ourselves in the Lord while we live through these opportunistic days. In these past three months I have had countless times to clearly share the gospel with individuals on streets, in parks and even at stores.
These unprecedented times are turning out to be great opportunities for the gospel. Men's hearts are failing them for fear as God is shaking the whole world (Luke 21:26). God is opening a great and effectual door unto us amidst many adversaries (1 Cor. 16:9). Governments are increasingly restricting fundamental liberties, people are confused and apprehensive, and good is now evil while evil is now good (Is. 5:20).
God is graciously purging the church so that "he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:27). Christians are experiencing more dependence on God and less value on this world.
I was supposed to be in Mexico right now. But that trip got canceled. Since many borders are still closed, I am happily serving my church here in Ohio. I have been weekly mentoring a young man and doing Bible studies with him. I also regularly give my time to serve other guys teaching and training them about evangelizing and investing our lives into others.
It has been a great joy to be with my Ohio church family. On many occasions I and some other members from my church have gone out onto the streets with the intention to approach individuals simply to ask if we can pray for them. Every single time we have prayed with individuals, we then have been allowed to share Christ with them. At other times we have visited public parks. We walk around passing out gospel tracts, and so many people sit down and permit us to explain the gospel. Truly the harvest is plentiful and ready. Therefore, as Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest" (Jn. 4:35).
If someone tells you that ministry is over because of the chaos in the world, nothing could be further from the truth. Don't believe it! Ministry today is more opened than any other time before. People are searching for answers. They want peace. And they will listen to the gospel if we simply go and give them Christ. If Paul and Silas in Acts chapter 16 could continue ministering while chained in a dungeon, then we certainly can continue praying, singing hymns, witnessing and serving people, even when the government places restrictions.
With governments placing devastating lockdowns and various restrictions, what are we to do? In the beginning, governments in the name of "health and safety" insisted that restraints and control were for our good. They said it was supposed to be a short-term stopgap measure, with the goal to “flatten the curve”. Now here we are in our fifth month with death rates at .03% living with unrelieved restrictions and still many churches are told not to gather. Interestingly major public events that were planned for 2021 are already being canceled, signaling that officials are preparing to keep restrictions in place without an end in sight. So what are we Christians to do? How are we to obey the command of our Lord and government officials?
I like how Pastor John MacArthur wisely answered this question. Here is a summary I have put together from his extensive letter he wrote last week.
Christ is Lord of all. He is the one true head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). He is also King of kings—sovereign over every earthly authority (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16). As His people, we are subject to His will and commands as revealed in Scripture. Therefore we Christians are bound by God's Holy Bible not to acquiesce to government-imposed moratoriums on our corporate gatherings. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands.
Some will think such a firm statement is inexorably in conflict with the command to be subject to governing authorities laid out in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2. Scripture does mandate careful, conscientious obedience to all governing authorities [in Peter’s words, “not only to those who are good and gentle, but also the froward (unreasonable)” (1 Peter 2:18)]. Insofar as government authorities do not attempt to assert ecclesiastical authority or issue orders that forbid our obedience to God’s law, their authority is to be obeyed whether we agree with their rulings or not. In other words, Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 still bind the consciences of individual Christians. We are to obey our civil authorities as powers that God Himself has ordained.
However, while civil government is invested with divine authority to rule the state, neither of those texts (nor any other) grants civic rulers jurisdiction over the church. God has established three institutions within human society: the family, the state, and the church. Each institution has a sphere of authority with jurisdictional limits that must be respected. A father’s authority is limited to his own family. Church leaders’ authority (which is delegated to them by Christ) is limited to church matters. And government is specifically tasked with the oversight and protection of civic peace and well-being within the boundaries of a nation or community. God has not granted civic rulers authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church. The biblical framework limits the authority of each institution to its specific jurisdiction. The church does not have the right to meddle in the affairs of individual families and ignore parental authority. Parents do not have authority to manage civil matters while circumventing government officials. And similarly, government officials have no right to interfere in ecclesiastical matters in a way that undermines or disregards the God-given authority of pastors and elders.
When any one of the three institutions exceeds the bounds of its jurisdiction it is the duty of the other institutions to curtail that overreach. Therefore, when any government official issues orders regulating worship (such as bans on singing, caps on attendance, or prohibitions against gatherings and services), he steps outside the legitimate bounds of his God-ordained authority as a civic official and arrogates to himself authority that God expressly grants only to the Lord Jesus Christ as sovereign over His Kingdom, which is the church. His rule is mediated to local churches through those pastors and elders who teach His Word (Matthew 16:18–19; 2 Timothy 3:16–4:2).
Therefore, the recent numerous government orders requiring churches to limit or suspend all meetings impose an overreaching of their legitimate jurisdictions. We Christians should not observe the restrictions but steadfastly submit to our faithfulness in Christ and His commands. Said another way, it has never been the prerogative of civil government to order, modify, forbid, or mandate worship. When, how, and how often the church worships is not subject to Caesar. Caesar himself is subject to God. Jesus affirmed that principle when He told Pilate, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above" (John 19:11). And because Christ is head of the church, ecclesiastical matters pertain to His Kingdom, not Caesar’s. Jesus drew a stark distinction between the two kingdoms when He said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's” (Mark 12:17). Our Lord Himself always rendered to Caesar what was Caesar's, but He never offered to Caesar what belongs solely to God.
Pastors and elders of churches should not hand over to earthly authorities any privilege or power that belongs solely to Christ as head of His church. Pastors and elders are the ones to whom Christ has given the duty and the right to exercise His spiritual authority in the church (1 Peter 5:1–4; Hebrews 13:7, 17)—and Scripture alone defines how and whom they are to serve (1 Corinthians 4:1–4). We have no duty to follow orders from a civil government attempting to regulate the worship or governance of the church. In fact, pastors who cede their Christ-delegated authority in the church to a civil ruler have abdicated their responsibility before their Lord and violated the God-ordained spheres of authority as much as the secular official who illegitimately imposes his authority upon the church.
The honor that we rightly owe our earthly governors and magistrates (Romans 13:7) does not include compliance when such officials attempt to subvert sound doctrine, corrupt biblical morality, exercise ecclesiastical authority, or supplant Christ as head of the church in any other way. The biblical order is clear: Christ is Lord over Caesar, not vice versa. Christ, not Caesar, is head of the church. Conversely, the church does not in any sense rule the state. Again, these are distinct kingdoms, and Christ is sovereign over both. Neither church nor state has any higher authority than that of Christ Himself, who declared, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).
An additional point needs to be made. Christ is always faithful and true (Revelation 19:11). Human governments are not so trustworthy. Jesus stated that Satan is "the prince of this world" (John 14:30), meaning he wields power and influence through this world’s political systems. Jesus said of him, “he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). History is full of painful reminders that government power is easily and frequently abused for evil purposes. Politicians may manipulate statistics and the media can cover up or camouflage inconvenient truths. So a discerning church cannot passively or automatically comply if the government orders a shutdown of congregational meetings—even if the reason given is a concern for public health and safety.
The church by definition is an assembly. That is the literal meaning of the Greek word for “church”—ekklesia—the bodily assembly of the called-out ones. A non-assembling assembly is a contradiction in terms. In addition, meeting together via technological devices is not assembling ourselves together. Assembly necessitates bodily joining ourselves together. Of course if an individual is sick with the flu, covid, etc., that individual should stay home. But if a whole church is locking the church doors and doing services on-line, then you are disobeying God's Bible. Christians are therefore commanded not to forsake the practice of meeting together (Hebrews 10:25)—and no earthly state has a right to restrict, delimit, or forbid the assembling of believers. Freedom of worship is a command of God, not a privilege granted by government.
When officials restrict church attendance to a certain number, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the saints to gather as the church. When officials prohibit singing in worship services, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the people of God to obey the commands of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. When officials mandate distancing, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible to experience the close communion between believers that is commanded in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26. In all those spheres, we must submit to our Lord.
Although we in America may be unaccustomed to government intrusion into the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is by no means the first time in church history that Christians have had to deal with government overreach or hostile rulers. As a matter of fact, persecution of the church by government authorities has been the norm, not the exception, throughout church history. Indeed Scripture says, “and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Historically, the two main persecutors have always been secular government and false religion. Most of Christianity’s martyrs have died because they refused to obey such authorities. This is, after all, what Christ promised: “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).
As government policy moves further away from biblical principles, and as legal and political pressures against the church intensify, we must recognize that the Lord may be using these pressures as means of purging to reveal the true body of Christ. Succumbing to governmental overreach may cause churches to remain closed indefinitely. How can the true church of Jesus Christ distinguish herself in such a hostile climate? There is only one way: courageous allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ is the one true head of His church, and we should intend to honor that vital truth in all our gatherings. For that preeminent reason, we should not accept and should not bow to the intrusive restrictions government officials now want to impose on congregations. We must offer this response without malice, and not out of hearts that are combative or rebellious (1 Timothy 2:1–8; 1 Peter 2:13–17), but with a sobering awareness that we must answer to the Lord Jesus for the stewardship and commands He has given to us.
To government officials, we should respectfully say with the apostles, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye” (Acts 4:19). And our unhesitating reply to that question is the same as the apostles: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29).
My prayer is that the body of Christ made up of countless autonomous churches across the world will courageously stand in obedience to our wonderful faithful Lord as Christians have done through the centuries.
Your co-laborer in Christ,
Dear friends of the ministry,
Acts 14:27 tells us, "And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles."
I would like to take this time to thank so many of you who partnered in the Lord's work in which God privileged me to minister down in Peru. You and I can be assured that God heard and honored your prayers. During this trip God opened many doors for the gospel. In addition, I did face a number of unique troubles and predicaments. Nonetheless, I am grateful that our LORD GOD intervened for my safety.
It is by God's grace that He daily allowed me to meet many individuals who need to comprehend their need for Jesus Christ. In my hundreds of encounters, I was able to clearly explain God's saving gospel, answer individuals' questions, and point people to Christ. On several occasions I was asked to preach and teach in various youth group classes as well as to the adults during church services. During the weekdays I got to meet up with Christians to exhort them from the Bible in practical matters, such as why and how to daily have a Quiet Time with God each morning. My most beloved scripture on this important teaching comes from Exodus 34:2-3. On many instances I also got to train and exemplify before believers how to more effectively share the gospel with strangers on the streets. So many Christians over the years have told me that they don't share the gospel because they're afraid. And I always honestly responded, "I too have fear. But fear is a good thing. Fear lets us know that God is doing something. We just have to obey God, and in obedience we then get to see what He is doing."
The church I was serving in Lima, Peru, is located in a dangerous district called Callao. In this neighborhood there are a great deal of youth who are daily confronted with countless temptations. I was greatly encouraged to see God's favor on this small church serving their community burdened with big problems. The pastoral staff have a big heart to train and teach hungry believers to grow up and do the work of ministry within their daily lives. Discipleship is a big part of their activities during the weekdays, with many adults as well as their youth.
I am at a loss for words to describe the true spirit of giving which exists within the hearts of the pastor and his wife. I bear record from firsthand experience that week after week I witnessed them open their modest home to so many people. Although they suffer through personal trials, their joy in the Lord keeps them strong. Out of their poverty they still abound to liberally give and help others in need. Many days and nights I witnessed them open their home to sit down and feed guests and then to supply a place for guests to sleep overnight for rest.
During my time in Peru an unexpected $1,000 donation came into Orphan Frontier. I was in communications with one of Orphan Frontier's Board Members about their wonderful testimony. We immediately knew why God provided us these funds. We agreed to have the $1,000 directly wired down to Peru to help this church and their youth ministry. They are making a wonderful impact in their community, and we at Orphan Frontier want to help and encourage God's servants to persevere forward in faith despite any temporal conflicts.
The hysteria of COVID-19 prompted the President of Peru to abruptly lock down the whole nation without any forewarning. All borders were closed. All airports, bus stations, and many other businesses were immediately shut down. Life literally overnight changed from freedom to a police state. It seemed as if ministry was shut down, too. I began to fervently pray and seek God in His Word to reevaluate biblical ministry options. God greatly encouraged my troubled spirit, and through several examples in the Bible, God gave me an idea of how to continue His ministry. During my remaining three weeks in Peru I saw God do the impossible almost on a daily basis. Although I nearly got arrested two times, God intervened and showed me favor and great grace. He gave me opportunities daily to discreetly minister to individuals. I even got to see a 19-year-old call on Christ for salvation, and a young woman in her twenties got saved too!
Eventually I was told by the Embassy that I would be evacuated. And finally my opportunity came up for me to take a repatriation flight back to the United States. The generosity and concern of so many supporters in the United States has greatly encouraged me. When I was in need many of you rose up and provided the funds for me to pay for these expensive airplane tickets back home. It means so much to me that supporters like you not only care for needy kids around the world, you also care for me. I am so very appreciative of your love!
Thank you so very much!
We express our gratitue to so many people who over the years have supported Orphan Frontier. It is because of God's love shown through your generosity that we have been able to help thousands of children around the world.
On this GIVING TUESDAY we are seek to raise funds so that we can continue doing good in the USA, Cuba, Israel, and other regions of the world.
Would you donate today and help us to love one more child?
Donate now @ www.OrphanFrontier.org/donate
We received this adorable greeting card today from a family down on Cypress, Texas.
Let's Love One More child!
Dear friends of the ministry,
I am writing to give you an urgent update about events unfolding here in Peru . I have been here in Peru since January to support and help a Peruvian pastor and his church with their youth ministry. The work of the ministry was going very well being involved in the lives of many youth who have a hunger for God.
Then on March 15th, the Peruvian President swiftly lockdown the whole nation without any forewarning. The borders, airports, and just about all businesses were closed. Progressively the lockdown has become more stringent, and quite candidly, the restrictions are becoming more excessive and ridiculous. Despite serving here in a dangerous troubled region of Lima , Peru , and now daily living under a Police State, God has continued to give me a heart to reach individuals for Christ. Whenever possible, I try to make legal reasons for why I need to be out on the streets, so that I can be near people. God brings into my path individuals who I get opportunities to share Christ and His gospel. I have been nearly arrested two times, but God both times showed me favor, and always gives me great grace. I have witnessed one-on-one with over one-hundred people, and God has given me the honor to see three individuals call upon Christ for salvation.
I share these testimonies not to seek sympathy. God on a multiple occasions through His Word has encouraged me to be courageous and do my simple part--that is to merely walk on streets, pass out tracts and spark up conversations. God has promised through His Word to me that He will do His part to bring into my path people; and He is! Jesus Christ is faithful!
Now is the time for the church to rise up like no other time before and lovingly confront people about sin, righteousness and judgment. People need Christ, and we are ever so much closer to the rapture. The harvest truly is plentiful, and God desires us to get involved and preach Christ right now.
My heart is to stay here in Peru and finish the work that I had hoped to do more of here. But with the hysteria of Coronavirus and government takeover, at this time, my Pastor, Stan Slabaugh, and I both believe it would be best for me to return home to America . However, I have a few problems that I beg you to spend time in pray for me.
First, I have been stuck here in Peru. The Embassy has slowly evacuated over 5,000 Americans, and for whatever reason, I still have yet to be evacuated. And today was supposed to be the last of evacuations. However, the Embassy said that a private airline company wants to try to fly more Americans to Miami , Florida this Wednesday for an outrageous price of $850. If I don't get chosen for this flight, the Embassy has explained that some time in the future they will try to make other evacuation arrangements. Whatever happens the Embassy has explained that I will need to reimburse the U.S. government for the evacuation costs. This could be as much as several thousands dollars.
My home church in Columbus , Ohio is going to try to raise $300 to $500 to help me. To which I am very grateful. I also have created a GoFundMePage which has thus raised $480.
Please if you would daily pray for me, I sincerely need your prayers. Secondly, if you or anyone you know would like to financially help me, there are several ways you can donate. You may donate at my GoFundMe page:
Or you may mail a check to my church:
Bible Baptist Church
2758 Home Road
Grove City , Ohio 43123
(earmark for Lawrence Bowman)
Or you may donate at my ministry's website www.OrphanFrontier.org/donate.
If you have any questions, you may call my pastor. Or you can contact me on Facebook. I try to regularly post updates and pictures also.
I sincerely thank you for your prayers, kindness, and generous help!
Greetings from Peru!
It has been a little more than three weeks since I arrived in this majestic country, though I feel as if I've been part of this work for nine weeks already. That's because beginning six weeks prior to the start of this visit to Peru, the Lord allowed me to experience various types of spiritual warfare, including being gravely ill for 19 days right before I departed from the United States.
As I write to you, sitting here on this hot day, I'm aware of ongoing spiritual warfare. But I am greatly encouraged by our Lord Jesus. Nothing good is ever accomplished in life without a tough fight. Evil may beset our plans, bewilder our thoughts or even cause us to be discouraged at times, but greater is Christ that is within us than the prince of the air who battles against God's elect. I am encouraged by God's Word that shows us that it is the Lord who permits battles to occur within the realm of His grace. I am encouraged that God permits battles to bring us closer to Him, to teach us important truths, and to help arrange the circumstances for us to be in the right place, at the right time, serving the right people. Oh, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is magnificent! His timing is perfect, and God's work in the details is tremendously better than our own. Praise the Lord so very much for His grace.
Since I've been here in Peru, the Lord has given me the privilege of taking part in helping one teenager and an older gentleman to call upon Christ for salvation. We understand that it is not a prayer that saves a person, but salvation comes through the conviction that people sense within their hearts concerning their sins, which in turn prompts repentance and the acceptance of Christ's atoning sacrifice for those sins as the only hope for redemption. It is a great joy to see people place all their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. For it is Christ who finished the work of redemption on that bloodstained cross of Calvary. Hallelujah!
I am scheduled to be here for three months. The purpose of this trip is to serve and help a Peruvian pastor and his church with their youth. They have a lot of teens, so the work is vast in many aspects. In addition, I am beginning to try to encourage members of the church to evangelize--talk about Jesus with folks in the community, pass out tracts, testify to others and be a good witness for Christ. The Lord also has already opened some doors for me to teach.
The culture is beautiful here in many aspects, yet, in some ways it is quite different than the culture in the U.S. Daily my heart is deeply troubled for souls here in Peru and around the world. In God's strength, I purposely try to talk to individuals about the gospel wherever I am. But the grave reality is that most of the people are oblivious to spiritual matters. Yes, they have heard of the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, but they have no understanding of redemption, Hell, or the eternal consequences of their sins. Oh, it is so sad that millions of people here in Lima, Peru, live in spiritual darkness.
To make matters worse, the devil has been successful in deceiving and confusing these precious people. Various cults have a large presence in Peru, and the leaders of these cults wrest (twist) the Scriptures to teach another Jesus; these teachings bring about people's own destruction. But thank God for the Holy Bible! God's Law is truth, and the preaching of truth shines forth the light of Christ in dark places.
For example, yesterday I was on a city bus talking to a proud religious young man who is so confused about God. He has been taught that God is love, and only love. This young man has no fear of God nor remorse for sin. Nonetheless, he kindly allowed me to share with him verse after verse about sin and the judgment of God. Indeed, God truly is love; and indeed, the Bible clearly states that God also is the Judge, the Captain of His host, and the Fierce, Terrible and Almighty God who is to be feared (Revelation 14:7). I showed the young man Colossians 1:28, a verse in which we are commanded to "warn every man," and I asked him, "If God is not to be feared, then why are we commanded to warn every man?" He had no response.
Please would you daily pray for me, the Peruvian people, and the great work that God is doing here? One specific prayer that I request is that you beg God to open their understanding to the scriptures. Prayer is truly such an important arsenal that God abundantly allows us to engage, and your prayers are needed more than I can elaborate with words. Thank you!
February is an important month for me. I came to know Jesus Christ at the age of 15 on February 18, 1995. This week will be my 25th year that I have been walking with Christ. I will be hosting a big Spiritual Birthday Party here at the church in Lima on February 18th at 6pm. Everyone is inviting friends who are unsaved to come to my "Spiritual Birthday Party" to eat a lot of food, play games, and most importantly, to hear a gospel message about Christ. Please pray that God will use this celebration through the preaching of His gospel to gather in souls for Christ. I'm going to spend around $100 on food and supplies for this event, but I want to see people saved.
God made it very clear to me that I was to come down here to Peru in various ways, including giving me 1 Chronicles 4:10-11. God got me an airplane ticket. He's provided for upfront expenses, and thus I trust that He will also take care of upcoming future expenses and needs that are soon approaching. If you would like to financial be part of this project you can contribute at www.OrphanFrontier.org/donate.
Thank you for your partnership in this ministry!
Let's Love One More Child!
Merry Christmas! Over the past few months people from various regions of America have sent us hand made Christmas cards for orphans around the world. We are so happy to show a few pictures of orphans from India with your Christmas cards. Thank you for remembering orphans and being part of putting a smile on their faces.
Orphan Frontier has been a supporter of a wonderful Christian school in India for a few years. Recently this school made a cute music video that I believe you will enjoy to watch. The children come from an area of India where unique and sometimes dangerous challenges can occur to Christians. In spite of these challenges God gives them favor. Many of the children come from very poor families. They are given a great education as well they are taught about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please pray for the staff and students at this school that God may continue to show them favor, and that many families might come to Christ through this ministry. If you would like to financially support this school, please visit our website at www.orphanfrontier.org/india. Thank you! Enjoy!
Dear friends of the ministry,
During the past few months, I have sensed on my heart a heavy emphasis for souls, and it has grown exceedingly. In the United States it seems that the hearts of many people are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Meanwhile, during my travels abroad to other nations, I have noticed that the same old deceptions used by the devil here in the U.S. are now being embraced by others around the world. We are living in perilous times, and the hearts of many people are increasingly growing cold toward one another and toward a desire to even know God.
Nevertheless, I am greatly encouraged that there still are souls to be sought! The harvest of the earth is ripe because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ soon is to come as a thief in the night and rapture His church. Meanwhile, today, while there is still light, we Christians ought to be about our Father's business: The harvest of souls! The harvest truly is plenteous, but the sad reality is that the labourers are so few.
I just returned to the States from two international trips. My first trip was to a Restricted Access Nation--meaning that human authorities create difficulties and challenges for their people to have access to the Gospel. It truly is a beautiful nation. The people are bountiful in relationships, hospitality, and a beautiful culture. However, their lives are suppressed by superior entities beyond their control. They yearn for hope yet do not know where to find it.
I have the HOPE and His name is the Lord Jesus Christ! I was greatly privileged to go and serve some wonderful people for a short time. Many restrictions were put upon me, yet God did open doors for me to peacefully serve the people in deed and in the Word. I do believe the church will continue to grow in quantity as well as maturity because the people have a great opportunity. When human authorities take away people's false hopes in riches and leadership, then the true HOPE can become easier to see! Jesus Christ is that only hope.
Christians in Restricted Access Nations seem to have a better awareness of this truth than most of us in "free" nations where everything is readily accessible. Hope needs to be announced to these people; however, the laborers are few. It is grievous to report that a great number of people who want Hope and are ripe to receive Hope do not know about the true Hope. And the blame is ours. Romans 10:14 poses these questions: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?"
How shall people believe on the Lord Jesus Christ if there is no one to tell them about Him?
My friend, have you ever considered becoming a missionary on a foreign field? Have you ever seriously fasted and asked the Lord if He would have you leave your comforts and go to serve a people group that does not know about our wonderful Savior? I am seriously begging you to prayerfully consider such an endeavor. Yes, there must be preparation, and it is true that the personal costs are high. However, the rewards are priceless and beyond your greatest imaginations!
For example, during my other trip, to the nation of the Dominican Republic, I encountered many divine appointments. And because of these divine meetings with people in common places, I had the privilege of spending time explaining the gospel to individuals who are searching for truth. One such time was when I was waiting for a friend in a boring hospital waiting room. I gave a gospel tract to a young man sitting next to me. He then began to read the whole tract. After he read it, I asked him if he understood what he read. We then discussed it, and about an hour later he asked me, "Can I receive Christ right here right now?"
I was so happy to hear him ask that. I joyously answered, "Absolutely!" And right there in a waiting room, he called upon the Savior for salvation.
This is just one of many joys that God gave me during my service in the Dominican Republic. God opened many doors for me to preach at many churches to exhort the people in matters soulwinning and discipleship.
God also provided some other opportunities for me to speak to needy kids at some schools. I was allowed to speak before a group of elementary school students as well as at the junior level school. During my talks, I shared my personal testimony and told how the Lord and the Bible have been helping me in life. In addition, I was asked to speak about an important topic that affects too many children: molestation and sexual abuse. Many times when children are being sexually abused they do not say or do anything because they are confused or frightened. So during my time before these students, I discussed important topics that will be a big help to them and their loved ones. For example, I explained to these youngsters what molestation and abuse are, and I emphasized the importance of going to a "good" person, such a teacher, and talking about what's on their minds.
Lastly, in the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with certain leaders of a local church and discuss their plans to open a rescue boys home. I was greatly encouraged to hear about all the preparations they have made. And it's just a matter of time until some needy boys will have a safe place to call home!
I sincerely want to thank those of you who pray for this ministry and who faithfully financially invest in our work. Various challenges have arisen during the past three months, yet God has sustained.
Orphan Frontier has the privilege of partaking in helping orphanages, children's homes, and ministries in India, Israel, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. You can learn more in detail about these ministries on our website at www.OrphanFrontier.org. Christmas will soon be here! If you might desire to give a financial Christmas gift to help an orphanage somewhere in the world, would you please earmark your special gift to note which children's home you desire to help?
And Merry Christmas!
Dear friends of the ministry,
I first want to begin by thanking our awesome God for deeply caring for children and having a BIG heart that's especially inclined toward those kids who are living in dire situations. Our society may lack the full abilities to appropriately help every child, but our God is faithful. He gives special grace to those who are deeply hurting and bewildered.
The Lord God has been so gracious to the United States, and it seems appropriate to thank Him for enabling this country to have a foster care system. Although I am aware of the many problems and challenges within the foster care system, I still am grateful that we have a functional system through which many boys and girls are being helped. That help is made possible to a great extent because of loving families and individuals who open their homes to take in and care for youngsters in need.
Indeed, our children in the United States are battling troubles on all fronts. If it were not for the grace of God, I would be overwhelmed as a soldier in this warfare, and you too could become engulfed with apprehension if you should choose to help kids without God's counsel in daily prayer. The Lord undeniably gives peace that passes all understanding, and He keeps our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus even when endeavors seemingly go against hope.
Any nation cannot continue to stand to be a nation without a framework of strong families. The family unit is God's masterpiece within a people. Since the 1920s/1930s there has been a subtle increase in attacks on the American family. Sadly, the fabric of America 's families gradually has become torn and tattered, ultimately weakening our society on a large scale.
One fundamental reason why our children all across the country are experiencing unrelenting challenges is because we scarcely have left intact God's design for the family unit. The evidence is before us. Millions of our children live with feelings of loneliness, depression and are disconnected from society. Increasingly each year thousands of our children are committing suicide, and ever more thousands of our children are being arrested for serious crimes.
My heart is greatly concerned for our children. I thank God immensely that He graciously gives me the privilege of laboring in the ministry of helps on behalf of children. I have seen with my own eyes, heard with my own ears, and experienced myself the effects of evil on our children. Therefore, one endeavor that I diligently have been working toward for the past two years is to establish a Home in Central Ohio for adolescent boys who are facing difficult challenges and who need safety, love, and stability. I have taken every class, gone through many training sessions, done my homework, and made extensive arrangements so that I could receive a license here in Ohio to open a small Home for boys.
My heart is deeply saddened and contrite, yet I still keep my focus on God and trust His sovereignty. I must report to you that it seems I shall not receive a license from the state of Ohio . I have jumped through every hoop, and yet I am left in wonderment.
In sharing with you the reason behind this rejection of my application for a license, I want to be transparent. I am sharing some very personal matters with you that God has seen me through. He has brought me to the point that I could more than just survive; He has enabled me to surthrive, for I am a surthriver.
Back in September 2018, I was told that I would soon be approved for the license necessary for me to open a Home for boys. However, this process was halted by an administrator after she reviewed my complete application. Her explanation was that she felt I was not ready to care for children because I had never undergone therapy or counseling for sexual abuse that I experienced as a small child. I explained to her that I had given all of my pangs to Jesus Christ, and that I had learned to forgive and move forward with my life, and not think about certain matters which are behind me, reaching forth unto those things which are before. In fact, God has helped me to focus my rationale for living on helping kids and preaching the gospel. A week after the approval process for my license was halted, I was instructed to go through six months of counseling before I could be approved. So I followed through on the administrator's instruction and met weekly with a counselor.
Then in the spring of this year, my counselor wrote a favorable report for the administrator. Several weeks later, my counselor was asked to answer impossible question(s). My counselor wrote me these words: "...the issue is that they want to know whether or not you will 'traumatize yourself or others.' This is not a question that I can answer, as it is outside the scope of my practice; answering such a question would be a violation of our code of ethics. In fact, I don't believe that any counselor can answer that question..."
So what am I to do? Various friends and godly counselors that I keep near me have shared their thoughts, for which I am appreciative. But after much prayer, meditation, and considerate counseling from my pastor, I choose to trust God's sovereignty. God is in control. The past two years have not been a waste in waiting. God has blessed, He has taught me much, and He has given me many opportunities to serve Him in ways that would not have been available to me in different circumstances.
God has given me so many opportunities to share the loving gospel of Jesus Christ with various professionals during these past two years whom I otherwise never would have met. God has given me opportunities to confidentially listen to and speak with individuals, families, and pastors who have experienced or are now experiencing some form of sexual infringement. I thank God that time spent waiting is not time wasted; it is well worth the wait.
I am not totally sure what is ahead for me. Nevertheless, by God's grace I hope to continue to walk beside Him to be a servant unto all, especially children, around the world. God has opened the doors for me to travel this coming fall to the Dominican Republic as well as to a Restricted Access Nation to be of service in helping to meet some very special needs for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ! I covet your prayers dearly.
If I may be of service as a friend to you in any way, please feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Thank you so much for your prayers, and thank you to those who generously give so that together we can love one more child!
Dear friends of the Ministry,
We regularly receive requests and invitations to visit, help and serve various orphanages around the world. With each invitation, the request is included in the priority of prayer before Almighty God. It is amazing to see how God arranges the bringing together of people for His service in the most exceptionally wonderful ways. Back in 2018 here in America, Brother Bowman received a letter from some servants of God in the small islands of Papua New Guinea concerning a unique children's home in Peru of South America. It took God working in three continents to bring about a glorious journey.
Through many months of prayer and communications, God orchestrated the opportunity for Brother Bowman to travel down to Peru and visit this children's home. It was a very unique experience because the majority of their work was to serve deaf children.
It is estimated that over 5% of the world's population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). The United States has approximately 1,000,000 people who are total deaf, and millions more who live with severe hearing impairment or other kinds of "troubles" with their hearing. Likewise, the nation of Peru has an exceptionally high number of deaf individuals, perhaps in the millions.
There is no official count of how many adults and children suffer living deaf in Peru because they are a forgotten group of people. The big majority of the Peruvian deaf people can be found living in the poorer sections of the capital city, Lima, where very limited resources for the deaf can be found. There are only two public schools in their entire country where the deaf can learn through sign language; but after that, they are on their own. It is a sad reality that most deaf Peruvians don't even finish school because they cannot afford to or they live too far away from established schools for the deaf.
Most deaf Peruvians' lives are a daily struggle of trying to understand and be understood. They are often looked down by the hearing society, and live an isolated life among the hearing. Many are very lonely and miserable, because most deaf people are unemployed or receive lower than minimum wage, living in deep poverty.
When asked, the deaf people in Peru say they adhered to the same religion as their parents, although they may not fully understand what that religion entails because they never had it explained to them through a language they clearly understood. Yes, there is Peruvian Sign Language, but because schooling is very limited for deaf people, many do not receive a good teaching of sign language to facilitate clear communication and understanding.
Romans 10:14 asks some good rhetorical questions: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" We would ask the same questions geared for the deaf: How then shall the deaf Peruvians call on Jesus in whom they have not believed? And how shall the deaf Peruvians believe in Jesus of whom they have not read in sign? And how shall they learn about Jesus without a sign language interpreter?
The deaf Peruvians need Christian people who can tell them about God and His great love for them through their established Peruvian Sign Language. Nevertheless, because so many deaf Peruvians do not have any good knowledge of basic sign language, they also need Christians who can teach them their Peruvian Sign Language, and thus be able to clearly teach them about the simple good news of Jesus Christ.
Although society has in most ways forgotten the Peruvian deaf people, the LORD GOD has not forgotten about them. He sees their loneliness. He understands their confused hearts. He seeks to give them light and clarity about the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has a remnant of great Christians who are seeking to educate, teach, love, and care for the Peruvian deaf people, specifically deaf children.
Brother Bowman reports that his time at this unique children's home in Peru was a glimpse of Heaven on Earth. Being deaf is indeed a disability that sadly isolates the individual from many things we hearing people take for granted. Even with these circumstances, it was amazing to see God using compassionate diligent servants of God to help deaf children be rooted, built up, and established in the faith, as well as to be taught and trained in good education so to give them a purpose and success in this life.
Orphan Frontier takes great pleasure in supporting precious deaf children who suffer from this deprivation. Praise the Lord, a few good churches exist that host Children's Homes for deaf children. The homes diligently labor to give these precious youngsters a solid education, food, clothing, care, and the love of Jesus Christ.
The great news is that opening the doors for communication for deaf individuals absolutely transforms and improves their lives. The feeling of loneliness is replaced by close friendship. Deaf people's minds awaken with the ability to finally read, write, communicate, and express themselves with others. They are given the opportunity to find out their life's purpose and to thrive in the same way that hearing people do.
Would you be willing to open up your purse or wallet and donate toward this wonderful work in Peru? Just imagine what your life would be like if you could not properly communicate with others around you. Today you have the opportunity to help remove the shackles of loneliness, ignorance, and prejudice from deaf children. Would you please help them today?
Brother Bowman has written and published over nine books. For every generous donation that comes into Orphan Frontier this month, Brother Bowman would like to send a free copy of one of his books. Along with your donation, he asks that you mention which book you would enjoy reading. You can find a listing of his books by clicking on "My Books" at www.OrphanFrontier.org/lawrence. We also encourage you to read more about this wonderful Children's Home by visiting www.OrphanFrontier.org/peru.
Our sincerest gratitude,
Dear friends of the ministry,
The need to serve and help children grows more urgent with each passing day. Soon Christ Jesus will rapture His church and there will be no more need to help abused and abandoned children, for all children of God will be safe in Heaven. But before that great day of our Lord, evil shall continually wax worse and worse.
Who would have ever imagined the assaults we publicly see on children with society accepting these abuses as natural? Some recent child abuse reports that have occurred with so few standing in the gap for righteousness are: Recent new laws allow babies to be murdered right up before birth; The Governor of Virginia and other Senators publicly support allowing doctors to kill newborn babies after birth; Homosexuality is being taught in many public schools; Many parents and doctors are denying the sex of babies and labeling them as born "gender free"; an 11-year-old boy was permitted to sensually dance before half-naked men at a gay bar; a 10-year-old boy was photographed with a naked man for a magazine, and the list goes on.
The devil knows his days are numbered; they are quickly counting down. Each new day is one day closer to his approaching doom, and evil is being unleashed publicly as never before. The worst thing is that so many Christians are sitting down doing nothing about these assaults. Although the Bible makes known that evil will reveal itself in worsening ways, this does not give us Christians an excuse to do and say nothing. On the contrary! We are to fight the good fight. The Bible calls Christians soldiers. We soldiers are to be engaged in the battles. God commands us in 2 Timothy 2:3-5 to be good soldiers. Sadly, many Christians are not good soldiers. They are not serving God in the lives of people. They are entangled with the affairs of this life. They are consumed with their own lusts instead of zealously getting involved in the ministry of Jesus Christ to help others and deter wickedness.
Nevertheless, we at Orphan Frontier take great comfort in the promises of God. Where evil abounds, grace does much more abound. And we certainly see the grace of God in our ministry. God calls people to get involved; and we are so deeply appreciative of those individuals who partner with us. We certainly cannot do our work without our supporters who have been so generous and faithful. The need is great, and the time is urgent. To our supporters, we truly thank you for your prayers, donations, and dedication to serving and helping needy children.
This previous autumn you may recall that Mr. Bowman had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to serve various orphanages. We wanted to give you a quick update about one small item. Before leaving the Philippines, Mr. Bowman was able to use your financial donations to purchase a large, sturdy washing machine for one of the orphanages. We are happy to say that the washing machine finally was delivered to the children's home before Christmas. We are sure that the house mother is very happy to now be using a large washing machine to wash so many clothes rather than having to do it the slow, painstaking way. Thank you!
God sometimes will impress upon you and me a need to get involved in things that we do not know how to do. It is our responsibility to follow Him in obedience and watch Him put together all the details. For example, at the beginning of this past December, God pressed upon Mr. Bowman's heart that we should help a local family in need for Christmas. So we began to pray for God's guidance. We put the word out in the community about our plans, and soon many names of families came before our desk. However, we prayerfully felt that none of the names set before us were the ones whom we were to suppose to help. So we continued to pray and asked God to reveal who He wanted us to help.
Then a week before Christmas, we learned of another family. As we prayed, God gave us His peace. Mr. Bowman and a friend scheduled a time to go and meet the family. God's leading was perfect. The family whom we got to minister to is a devout Muslim family. We learned that the man and his wife previously have taken part in various Bible studies, and the wife clearly wants to be assured that Jesus Christ really is God, as the Bible states. Not only did we get to provide this couple with a bunch of Christmas gifts, two car seats, and two booster seats for the many children, we also have had opportunities on a number of occasions to sit down and testify to the family members from the Scriptures that Jesus is the true and living God. They have heard and have seen with their own eyes through us that Jesus loves them very much. I'm afraid that most American Christians do not understand what that first step means for Muslims--to forsake religion and rest in the salvation of Jesus is a serious courageous step. So whether you understand or not, please keep this family in prayer that they will turn their eyes upon Jesus and place all their confidence in Him.
All of Orphan Frontier's endeavors to help needy children are inspired from God's heartbeat to see children and families come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not simply a humanitarian charity; we are first a spiritual ministry with a focus on giving relief to needy children so that they can know God, enjoy God, and be all that God wills for them to be in this life.
We have been praying for a long time about how we can serve more of our own local children and help reach families for Christ here in Columbus. There are several neighborhoods here where many abuses upon children are common daily occurrences. Although the media speaks little about these troubles, the reality is that many kids are growing up without a father and with a mother who is waywardly involved in illicit activities.
We want to be as 1 John 3:18: "...let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." We desire to verbally declare as well as demonstrate Jesus Christ. We seek to share Christ in ways that might establish in the hearts of needy families that Christ cares for them and offers safety.
One new opportunity that has arisen for us to get involved with local needy children is to give them and their families a wonderful birthday. Imagine how you would feel as a child if your birthday were soon approaching and there wasn't going to be any celebration: No presents, no cake, not even a cute card. Sadly, many children in our community do not get to celebrate their birthdays. Families all around us are going through unforeseen circumstances caused by violence, medical illness, unemployment, and other emergencies. We want to bring a little relief so that for one day children and their loved ones can enjoy celebrating and making wonderful birthday memories in a Christian environment.
Bible Baptist Church here in the Columbus area has agreed to allow us to use their fellowship hall for these "Birthdays For Kids" celebrations. This will give Orphan Frontier the opportunity to serve needy families and introduce them to a loving church. Please keep us in prayer as we seek to reach out in a new way locally while continuing to help needy kids all around the world. You can visit our website at OrphanFrontier.org/birthday to learn more about "Birthdays For Kids."
If you ever want to know more about what we do or have an interest to help, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. Thank you!
Because of the generosity of some of you, some very special kids for one family here in Columbus, Ohio got to have Christmas. Your generosity allowed us to give them 4 car seats and a bunch of gifts for the children. Please pray for this family for several reasons.