Happy fall, y’all. We are about to head down South for a couple meetings and thought I’d work on my Southern English skills. Over the last two months, we have been in Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, and the Midwest. We also went to Oahu to look for housing leads and to present our ministry in three churches there. We are currently at 95% of our needed-support goal, have 5 more meetings scheduled, and are praying for 10 more supporting churches to bring us to our total needed-support goal.
The Lord has helped us along in our journey with Him. We have had some answers to prayer that I thought you would rejoice with us about. One of those answers to prayer was the sale of our rental home, and an additional blessing was the salvation of a young man named Alex, whom I was able to lead to Christ. Alex was doing some work at the neighbors, while I was doing some work on the rental house. Alex came over to give me a hand with some painting and carpet laying. After chatting with Alex and learning of his Catholic background, I asked him if his priest had ever shown him from the Bible how he could know he would go to Heaven and spend eternity with Jesus. A few minutes later after sharing the Gospel, Alex called on the Lord to save him.
I was also able to lead a young lady to Christ in Terre Haute, Indiana. Krista was able to lead a couple of ladies to Christ during the invitation of a service I preached at Windward Baptist Church in Kahaluu, Hawaii. Another blessing came during Saturday soul winning in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, where Krista and Sammy knocked on the door of a 98-year-old lady, who had been Buddhist her whole life. She said she had been having dreams about Jesus on the Cross and thought it was odd that she was dreaming about Jesus and not her religion. She said that she often laid awake at night, wondering if it was possible to know for sure that she could go to Heaven. Krista was able to show her how she could know for sure from the Bible, and she was saved. Praise the Lord!
We have listed our current home and are praying that the Lord once again would help us sell it. After the sale of our home, we plan on loading a 40-foot container with church goods, a vehicle, and some personal items and moving to Oahu to prepare to plant the next church.
At a recent Missions Conference, the pastor asked us, in front of the entire church, what was something that was difficult about being a missionary. I shared that the most difficult thing for me was leaving the mainland and fearing that my family on the mainland might not understand. While we love our family with all of our heart, we believe that we have to be obedient to go where we believe the Lord is directing us. Please pray for grace for us through this next transition and in the upcoming weeks.
The Marasco Family
Praise Report and Prayer Requests
• We sold our rental house and saw Alex saved; we also saw 5 others saved, as well as a 98-year-old Buddhist lady.
• We received generous gifts of $2,000.00 toward our shipping container and $500 toward our Passage Fund.
• Pray for our home to sell quickly and for a good price.
• Pray for us to be soul-conscious, and pray that God’s power will be evident in our lives.
• Pray for God to supply the items needed for the upcoming church plant: tracts, start-up Gospel invites, church chairs (approximately $1,800 for 100 chairs). Pray for our Passage Fund (approximately $2,500 for 5 tickets). We will be shipping a 40-foot container to transport these items, a few personal items, and a vehicle.