When our family began missionary service almost 30 years ago, we were focused on winning souls and building churches with the medical tools that God had placed in our hands. Little did we know that even richer joy would be found in the Lord’s demanding work of building believers to maturity.
These months were mainly focused on teaching the Practical Medical class at Hyles-Anderson College and also Acts and Missions in the Spanish and English evening Bible institutes of First Baptist Church. The spirit was tremendous, and it was a joy to see God work in each student’s life.
And God has blessed soul winning as well. This past weekend the Lord providentially guided my steps to the right place at the right time to lead three young men to Christ in a rough neighborhood. One of them told me his story. Raised by his godly grandparents, he and his brother began to go with the wrong crowd. When his brother was seriously injured in a shooting, this young man returned to his grandparents, but their godly music still had no meaning for him. After he trusted Christ for salvation, I was encouraging him with regard to eternal security and the need to obey and walk with God and to grow in grace. When I sang a couple lines from the chorus of “In the Garden,” he lit up with the biggest smile, saying that was one of his grandparents’ songs. Now it had meaning!
Please pray for these upcoming missions trips: To Guatemala in late June to serve two missionary families, one being the Dan Wilder family. In 2005, the Lord granted the opportunity to survey several cities with them to see where the Lord would have them start their church. Now I’ll be blessed to return to serve for the missions conference in this church. The region recently suffered a volcanic eruption, with much loss and many deaths. Please pray for open doors. To Egypt in July to teach Eschatology for a week in a Bible institute and to serve two weekends in churches. Please pray that the students will understand not only the principles but also the applications in our daily lives. To Ghana in August to preach and teach for the national Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference. This is an answer to prayer, because I’ve been eager to return and see the work there as it stands in order to better serve the team and the people they are reaching. There are usually some delegates from Nigeria and other West African nations. To Namibia, hopefully in November. Please pray for God’s direction in all aspects of planning and for His provision for tickets for Tom to go with us to play his trumpet in the services. We plan to introduce the Teaching All Nations discipleship program and take video to help promote the building project.
Thank you once again for your prayers. Without prayer, nothing of eternal value will take place.
That all might hear, everywhere,
Dan and Lana Siemer