Dear Prayer Team,
Turning Another Corner
Busy at God's Work
The years go by faster and faster, but the same spiritual discipline is required as we approach each new year. We face foes that will counter us at whatever place they may. Our hope, our trust, is in the Lord our God. We are reminded by Paul's words in Ephesians,
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:10-13, NASB).
Last year the BFF website had over 125,000 pages read from it. I am amazed that even the poorest countries have web shops. Those people that I usually visit or send Libraries often do not have their own computers and internet service. They pay a little fee for the service at a shop. What a marvelous age to see God's truth brought into the distant villages and mountaintops. Pray with us as we advance with the truth into more areas of the world each day.
The Next Step Adventure has just begun!
The worth of each project that I work on must be carefully weighed. Is it distracting from what God wants or is it advancing what God wants.
God started a special work at the Chinese Mission Conference, December 26-30. We (with our trained team) interviewed 199 people. We must have trained 25 counselors on how to use the materials. 298 in total went forward to dedicate their lives to the Lord in some respect.
I have taken about 3 weeks of time, perhaps more, including conference time, in this project. Refining papers, traveling, administrating a busy interview office, training, and interviewing have been my life these last weeks. But it was well worth it. Many people have thanked us for following up the many people that God might be or is leading into full-time service. They are thankful for the material to read, the interview time and the T-shirt!
Do pray for a good Next Step follow-up team. Ambassadors for Christ is working hard at doing this but to get this many people followed up, as well as contacting their pastors, is a challenging task. The world will be different because this many people stepped forward to bringing the Gospel to the ends of the world. May God grace us with sufficient focus to assist them in gaining the preparation and clear thinking they need at this stage in their lives. Your prayers for these 199+ NextSteppers over the next months will greatly help them and the team working to follow them up.
Thanks to God
Praise God for the great response to His calling during the CMC'07 conference!
Good weather for traveling.
Bishop Makawa's wife and grandson are better but still need a checkup.
Wonderful opportunity to build and work with the NextStep Team from brothers and sisters all around the world.
Requests to God
Pray for Pastor Hugo and I as we finish up our Next Step work.
Ask the Lord to raise up a good Next Step Follow-up Team that will not only plan but actually do the contacting.
Wisdom to discern the big picture that God has for BFF.
Lots of forms to fill in (for the first time) on the federal, state and local level. So far I do this.
Serving Together for the Glory of God,
Paul and Linda Bucknell
Biblical Foundation for Freedom
3276 Bainton St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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