Pray BFF#42                                             April 19, 2003

Dear Prayer Team,

Protection and Provision

A Crippled VanThe Lord has a strange way of upgrading our belongings, or at least a few of them.

We told you in our last letter how God provided us with a new computer. That is a praise item. We are now in the process of upgrading our van. Last night a reckless driver smashed into our parked van (some rightfully call it a bus) and wiped out the whole left side. The driver side front wheel was totally disabled. It was towed away today. We will see how the Lord will work it out. Several of our neighbors who aren't even Christians have comforted us by remarking "He will make it work out for the best."

Teaching and Training

We sense the Lord increasing our expectation for what He is doing to develop a training ministry. One of the problems with seminary training is that it does not address a person's character flaws nor deal with life problems. When we look at the scriptures, however, we find that godly character is one of the most important qualifications! People choose seminary to get well prepared for ministry but that is often not the case.

Modern educational methods have ignored important things. Is this part of the world system that we have swallowed whole without chewing? (My little children do this sometimes!)

We are in the process of developing Advanced Discipleship Training materials that integrate character, theology, Bible knowledge and skills. We are really excited about its potential.

For example, we can imagine a group of men gathering together for a week or two to work through several sessions of this material. Right now Paul is refining one session for a one week training course. Pray for wisdom for him but also for the Lord to use these materials in a mighty way. We are not urgent but only want to follow the Lord's leading.

(Please contact Paul if you would like more information.)

We need your prayers!

Thanks to God!

Requests to God

We are so thankful for the new computer's speed that can accelerate up the development BFF materials. It is like an extra helper in the office. (And these I need!)

We are grateful no one was in the van during the hit and run. Christy was delayed down the street until after it happened. We are also glad that the man was caught and his insurance company is already taking action.

The parenting class is progressing. Positive changes are taking place. Paul is using more and more Chinese.

Elizabeth returns home in three weeks after graduation.

God has been close. He is working in our lives and in those around us.

Someone else helped evaluate the grant introduction.

God has given the editor (Linda) much grace to do the job.

We are halfway through the Parenting Class. Producing a lesson a week is intensive.

Pray for the effective application of Biblical Parenting Principles to the students' lives.

Pray that God would touch each person reading the website. (350-450 each day).

Paul sent one grant introduction today. (If you want to get a bigger picture of our ministry, let us know. We can send you a copy.)

Pray for time to develop a Library of all BFF's material. We hope that people will be able to have the BFF library right on their computer.

Serving Together for the Glory of God,

Paul and Linda
Biblical Foundation for Freedom

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