As most of you know, all of our children are adults, and three of them are married. Three of the four live in different states, so we don’t often have the entire family together. This year, however, our children decided to come to Washington, Iowa, to celebrate our 40th anniversary with us. What a joy and blessing it was to have all of our children, along with our 11 grandchildren, here with us for two days in August. We both feel it was the best anniversary present we’ve ever received.
In the same month of August, our church had our Faith Promise Missions Conference. We had two great preachers, Dr. Edgar Feghaly and Pastor John Wilkerson, who challenged us in this vital area. We had eight missionaries going to the Middle East, Italy, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, Uganda, and the Caribbean. Adding all these missionaries has brought the total missionaries supported by our church to 150. We praise the Lord we have the privilege of helping to reach the world with the Gospel!
With the coming of September, I made my yearly trip to Argentina. This year marked the 16th time in the past 18 years I have been able to go to Argentina. I arrived on Saturday, September 7, in Tucuman and preached that night at the Jesus Christ Hope of Life Baptist Church, a church less than one year old. I saw 1 saved in the services. The pastor was a student at the Bible college where I teach each year. On Sunday morning, I preached at New Life Baptist Church in Monteros, where 3 got saved. This church was started by Missionary Larry Owens and is less than two years old. On Sunday night, I preached at Bethel Baptist Church, which is the church that has the Bible college where I teach. We had a great crowd, and 8 got saved in the services. Monday through Friday (except Thursday), I taught a total of 18 hours on the family in the Bible college. I preached again at Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday. On Friday morning, I preached at a pastors’ fellowship and then had a Q&A time. On Saturday night, I preached and had a Q&A with the couples of the church. Sunday morning saw me preaching at the Granaros Baptist Church, and on Sunday night, I was at the Maranatha Baptist Church. The pastors of both of these churches are college graduates.
I would appreciate your prayers for God’s protection, as I leave on October 11 for a trip to Nigeria. I will need God’s power as I teach and preach in two Soul-Winning and Leadership Conferences. I return on October 25. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
Missionary Evangelist James Belisle