“I have come to agree with the saying that I hear from most pastors that if you go into ministry for the wrong reasons you will surely fail. Since I came to Faith Baptist Church Twatasha, I have faced great and frustrating acts of sins from the church members and the community. It pains me to see or hear these things, but still I get encouragement from Paul with the Corinthian Church or even Moses with the children of Israel, who were so hard-hearted.
Please thank God with us for answered prayer concerning a young lady that I mentioned in earlier reports, who went missing for the past five months. The young lady was found by our neighbor who does business in town center. He found the girl walking along the road, ran and caught her, and brought her home. She is healthy and safe, but sadly, came home pregnant from the young man she ran to and stayed with all this time. What is worse, I had just taught the young people about sexual purity before she ran away.
At first she avoided talking with me, but in the last month we have made great progress. We have been counseling her and the entire family, helping them in making the right decisions. By God’s grace, the young lady has agreed to go back to school and try to finish grade twelve, and she will stay with her parents rather than get married. She has apologized to her entire family for her sinful behavior, and she is working on making things right with the church.
Children’s Jungle Club
Our greatest encouragement for the moment is coming from the children’s ministry called ‘Jungle Club.’ Every Saturday morning, anywhere from 60 to 120 kids come to our church for Bible teaching, games, memory verses, and play-acting. On Sundays we get about 20 to 50 of those kids coming back for Sunday school.
We have seen the fruit of this ministry already. Ruth is the mother of the young lady who went missing for 5 months. She is an active church member and Jungle Club teacher. When you see her in action with the kids, you will not believe it. Her younger daughter just came out from Jungle Club last year, and this year she was selected by the church leaders to be a Jungle Club helper. She helps with keeping score during the games, dividing team groups, and keeping the kids in order. Ruth is seen in the photo below with her daughter (taking a picture).
Richard is the chairman of our children’s ministry. He plans the Bible teaching, picks the memory verses, and prepares the games. He is a good and faithful Christian who also helps with song leading on Sunday morning in the church service. Please pray for him, Ruth, and the salvation of the children reached by this ministry.
Our sending church, Faith Baptist Church Garnaton, joined forces with us this past month for an Easter evangelistic outreach. In total, about 35 of us went throughout the community of Twatasha on Easter weekend, evangelizing door to door. By God’s grace, some that we met have since started coming to church. We are still talking with and having Bible studies with those that were evangelized on that day.”
Before his current role at HeartCry, S.R. served several years in pastoral ministry, and a few years in Zambia, Africa as a missionary. He is also a veteran of the Marine Corps. S.R. and his wife have been blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They live near Christiansburg, VA in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, where he enjoys deer hunting and fly-fishing for trout.More By S.R.