We begin most of our prayer letters by thanking you for your prayers and for your financial support. Obviously, not everyone who receives our letters contributes financially to this ministry. This does not mean that we do not appreciate you. Whatever your part, we thank you.
We had the privilege of hosting our annual Fires of Evangelism Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference February 21-24. This may have been our best conference ever. Last year we had to limit the attendance and the activities due to COVID-19 restrictions. Only pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and other full-time workers could attend. We provided no lodging, meals, or children’s services. This year, praise the Lord, those restrictions were lifted, and we were back to a full schedule. Over 1,200 people attended the evening services. Many of the 109 pastors, missionaries, and evangelists, plus their wives, were our own graduates. This made the conference feel like a family reunion. On Thursday night, 45 people responded to the invitation to commit to different phases of ministry. Praise the Lord! Pastor Jonathan, our deacons, and our church members did a marvelous job in organizing and overseeing the conference.
Bro. Elmer Fernandez pastors Iglesia Bautista Betel in Bartlett, Illinois. This church sacrifices to finance conferences like ours all over the Spanish world. We appreciate the dear people of this church for the generous offering they gave to help finance this conference.
Please make plans to attend our conference next year, February 20-23, 2023. We can provide English translation for any session you attend. You would be blessed by seeing a great part of what your investment in this ministry has produced. We will be glad to help with whatever arrangements you need.
Emily and I left on Friday after the conference and were in three other conferences in Indiana, California, and Texas: one Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference, one Leadership Conference, and one Missions Conference. We were in seven churches, four conferences, two countries, and four states in three weeks! At least 95 people gave their lives for full-time service in those meetings. Praise the Lord!
God has blessed our soul-winning efforts. Last Saturday, March 12, Emily and I went soul winning with the group from Iglesia Bautista Monte de Sion in Edinburg, Texas, Pastor Abraham Cardenas. One lady, a 16-year-old boy, and the boy’s mother all accepted Christ. Last Thursday night, Manuel, a man we met on the street here in Monterrey, had just come from the home of his uncle who had just died. He sweetly prayed and asked Christ to save him. What a blessing it is to see God still use old-fashioned personal soul winning!
Thank you for praying for us. As we look at our schedule, I’m reminded of what Judges 8:4 says about Gideon and his 300 men, “. . . faint, yet pursuing . . . .” Seeing what God does with undeserving instruments makes it worth it.
Yours for souls,
Bro. Tommy and Emily Ashcraft
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