We are excited about and looking forward to yet another great year ahead of us to serve the Lord and make Him known.
Since the New Year, we have been to churches in Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We attended a missions conference in Maryland that was especially a blessing to both Laura and me. Salisbury Baptist Temple has a huge heart for missions. What a true pleasure getting to know the dear brethren there. They have an academy, as well, and one of the days we were able to go present and answer questions in each class. Who knows, maybe another missionary will be called from there. The students sure seem to have a heart for God.
The last month and a half, the Lord has reminded me of the Scripture verse found in Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” For several months we have been on part-time deputation, as we seek to raise both prayer and financial support for the work the Lord has led us to do. However, in February my secular job came in conflict with what I believe the Lord wants us to do. I was hoping to keep this good-paying job until I had a full schedule of meetings and much more support coming in; but the Lord must have other plans, and I trust His way is best. God has been so good to us. I have no reason to doubt He will provide for us now; but still our flesh can be weak, so I ask you to pray for us as we schedule meetings and seek support.
For the past several years, the Lord has allowed me, along with other likeminded believers with a heart for missions, to take many mission trips where we used mission aviation to evangelize, encourage believers, and help train others to do likewise. These trips would last anywhere from a week to nearly a month and were funded without monthly support. In that time we were able to see hundreds come to the Lord, as well as help countless others through teaching, preaching, and discipleship. With the opportunity to do Mission Aviation full-time through monthly support, partnered with a great team on the mission field, I feel the potential to reach thousands more souls is truly possible. Perhaps the Lord may touch your heart to consider what you personally could do to partner with us as we seek to share the love of Jesus and make Christ known. There is no better time than now to start contributing to worldwide evangelism. If you would consider supporting us with your prayer time and mission dollars, we surely will work hard to make your investment in us one that is pleasing in the Lord’s eyes.
There is just one more thing I would ask of you in closing. Would you consider praying for a fellow aviator friend whom I have flight instructed on several occasions? His name is Mike. He is married to an atheist, and as a young believer, he is struggling to deal with having the proper home life. Please pray that God will work in this family’s heart. Since I have been in and out of town, it has been difficult to help him as much as I’d like, but I’m really hoping he will become faithful to church soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (906) 235-6439, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your servants in Christ,
Mark and Laura