Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone. As I reflect upon the blessings of 2016, I am thankful for another new year and the privilege it is to serve God. It is exciting to think about the churches we had a part in helping to start, as well as the souls that were saved. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support.
Before Thanksgiving I was able to fly to Hawaii to help my friend, Rafael Soto, at his new church plant in the city of Hawaii Kai. We were able to distribute several thousand Gospel invitations with a church group for Kai Point Baptist Church’s Open-House Sunday. There were over 60 in attendance that day, with some trusting Christ as Saviour. It is exciting to see what God is doing in this city with this young church and pastor.
Another part of this trip was purposed for surveying the central region of Oahu in preparation for the possibility of starting another church in the near future. God worked it out that Dr. Bob Larson, the Director of BIMI Reseeding America, happened to be on the island at the same time. Raf and I were able to spend a day with Bro. Larson surveying this large, needy area of over 300,000 people. Within the central region of Oahu are also a couple of large military housing areas.
Over two years ago, Pastor Wilkerson expressed his desire to start a church in the city of Hobart, Indiana. We have been asking God for His wisdom regarding this and recently have come upon a former Nazarene church building that may be available. Please pray for wisdom regarding this opportunity. I would likely lead this new church plant with the intention of turning it over to another man as quickly as possible.
Recently I was able to meet with the city planner and zoning administrator of Hobart about our intentions. The meeting was most favorable, as this man told me he had gone to church at First Baptist Church of Hammond back when Pastor Hyles and Pastor Miller were the pastors. As a church planter, I have learned the value of having and maintaining good relations with city officials and authorities. I am thankful for those who have gone before me with a good reputation.
A few days ago, I was able to lead a man named Michael to Christ. After asking him if he was certain if he knew he would go to Heaven when he died, I was able to show him how he could be certain from the Word of God. Krista was also able lead a young lady named Lamira to Christ, and she is planning on coming to church soon.
Please pray for obedience and growth in the Lord in the lives of Michael and Lamira. Please also pray for us regarding upcoming church plants and meetings that we have scheduled teaching and preaching on church planting, as well as for our personal soul-winning efforts.
The Marasco Family