Thank you very much for your prayers and financial support. These are challenging times for all of us. We are keenly aware that your sacrificial giving makes it possible for us to serve God where He has put us.
Our annual Fires of Evangelism Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference, February 15-18, was blessed by God. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, our attendance was limited to one-third of our seating capacity. We had to limit admittance to registered delegates. Other than space reserved for our church members, only pastors, missionaries, evangelists, other full-time workers, and their wives were invited. The spirit was great, the preaching was Spirit-filled, and God moved in the lives of those who attended. We are looking forward to the time when we can have a full-fledged conference that everyone who wishes to can attend. Please make plans to attend next year. The dates are February 21-24, 2022. Many of our graduates attend, so you will be able to see what your investment in this ministry has done for all these years.
Emily and I left home on February 18 and returned home 7 weeks later on April 10. We were in 12 churches. We spoke in 1 Stewardship Conference, 3 Missions Conferences, 1 Family Conference, and 1 Leadership Conference. We taught in 3 Bible colleges and 4 Christian schools. We were in 66 services, and I spoke 41 times. God blessed and used us.
Last Thursday night, 104 people were in the soul-winning program of our church. Emily and I had the privilege of witnessing to Dylan, a 12-year-old boy, who trusted Christ as Saviour. Amid all the COVID restrictions, we have never been hampered in our soul-winning ministries. The first week of April, we were able to restart our Sunday school classes and Bus Ministry, praise the Lord! I had the privilege of teaching two classes and preaching in chapel for our Bible institute last week, and Emily was able to teach in our Christian school. Thank you for making it possible for us to continue with these vital ministries.
Thank you for praying for our health and safety. Please continue to do so. So many of our dear friends have been taken from us by this virus. I have lost 10 preacher friends, including 5 of our graduates. Last week we said goodbye to Missionary Robert Murillo, a dear friend of over 40 years. Bob worked with me as our college dean for 5 years from 1982-1987. He pastored a great church in Guadalajara, Mexico. He and his wife Joy started the Anabelle de Vallejo Children’s Home in 1999 and currently have 61 children in their care. Please pray for Joy as she continues that great ministry.
We are making progress in the recovery of the ministry property that has been in litigation for years. Please pray for the additional funds needed to finalize the legal procedures. We are confident that God is going to give us a victorious outcome. I will be glad to answer any questions you might have regarding this issue.
If you would like for us to report in person to your church, let us know, and we will find the time to be with you. It would be our privilege. If you are not on our emailing list and would like to be, let us know by sending us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for your prayers and support. We actively continue to reach people with the Gospel and train men and women to reach souls for Christ. Your help is vital in continuing this work.
Yours for souls,
Tommy and Emily Ashcraft