The past four months have been an adventure, to say the least. So far, Gretchen, Nora, and I have traveled over 20,000 miles to eighteen different states and have been in dozens of churches presenting the work in North Africa. We are pretty much booked up until the end of June when I take a group of college students to Morocco. The Lord has blessed the ministry in tremendous ways recently, and we are excited about the way He will continue to raise up an army of believers to take the gospel to millions who have never heard about Godâ€™s grace.
Our Volkswagen has been pushed to its limit with all of the traveling that we have been doing. A few weeks ago as we were heading up to New England, we got to the Pennsylvania/New York border and the check engine light came on. It didnâ€™t seem like a big problem until we happened to come across an off-duty mechanic who checked looked under the hood and told us that we needed to find a dealership that could take care of the problem immediately. We found the only dealership that was open on Saturdays about half an hour North in the city of Middletown, New York. I explained my situation to the VW dealership, and they agreed to look at the car and ended up telling us that there was no way that we could make it to the meeting that we had the next morning in New Hampshire. The timing belt and about twenty other major parts needed to be replaced and it was a miracle that we made it as far as we did. By Godâ€™s grace, my friend, Wayne Cooke, pastor of Hope Baptist Church, lives right there in the same city, and he graciously let us borrow his minivan to make it the rest of the way. What a blessing!
In spite of being snowed in several days in a row and having extensive repairs done to our vehicle, we hit the road again. Last week, I had the privilege of attending a mission conference in Laurel, Montana. The church and the missionaries present were a tremendous blessing to me. I had the privilege that Sunday morning of translating the service from English to Spanish for a Mexican woman who was attending the church for the first time. It was exciting to be able to use what I have learned to communicate the gospel to someone who doesnâ€™t speak a word of English. Praise the Lord for the privilege of being used by Him.
Our schedule for March is filled with meetings and conferences, this time in Georgia and Alabama. Thank you so much for the part that you continue to have in our life and ministry. It is refreshing to know that no matter what opposition we may face we have a team of friends and family praying for us as we seek to glorify the name of Jesus Christ around the world.
As our international team of missionaries grows so does the need for prayer and support. Last month, two Moroccan believers took a step of faith and were baptized by PNAâ€™s AB and CC. It was such exciting news to hear that these young Christians were willing to run the risk of ridicule and persecution to publicly announce that they have decided to follow Jesus Christ. They are now being discipled and growing in their faith in unfriendly territory.
Last week, a Peruvian friend of mine, Gustavo, made it to North Africa to begin learning Arabic and work in the media ministry. He will be there until he finishes language school and will then focus on editing television programs and movies that we will use all over Morocco and the Arab world. It is powerful tool and important ministry that he is pouring his life into, and we look forward to seeing the results soon.
Felipe and his family are still raising support in South America and will hopefully be in Morocco this summer. They will be working along side our other teammates in planting churches in seven strategic cities over the next seven years. They are getting close to their goal and working hard at raising awareness of the need to take the gospel to the Muslim world in all of the churches they are visiting.
Souls are being saved and lives changed to the glory of God. Please continue to pray for more laborers to accept the challenge and go where the fields remain untouched. The gates of hell cannot prevail and the gospel will not return void.
Tyler, Gretchen, and Norah