Ministry Update – Ghana Go?

April was a tough month for our family. My Granddaddy, Ben Bryant Elliott, graduated to heaven after 88 years on this world. He was a family man, Korean War vet, deputy sheriff, electrician, amateur inventor, and inspiration to many. We’ll miss him and I can’t wait to see him on the other side. Life for our large, close-knit extended family will be notably different without its patriarch. We are most deeply grieved for Nana, who is dealing with the loss of her husband of 67 years in the midst of developing dementia.

On a bittersweet note, Granddaddy’s homegoing meant we got to spend Passover and Resurrection Sunday in Tennessee with friends, family, and ministry partners. We treasured seeing many of you as we celebrated the reason that death has lost its sting. Jesus is so sweet to us.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
– 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Rev. Joe Fields shared how his life, family, and church have been changed by his partnership with International Commission at our Granbury Celebration.

 


What’s New?
Here are some other highlights from what I’ve been working on.

  • Granbury: Our second celebration of the season was filled with moving worship, powerful testimonies, gospel preaching, and fantastic food. The Lord blessed IC with about $86,000 in gifts to mobilize national-to-national projects among indigenous churches.
  • Nerdy stuff: I’ve been working on boosting our social media engagement and tweaking the website for SEO optimization to reach more people with stories and missions opportunities.
  • Fundraising: Our ministry partner team is growing! One new team member will cover airfare for some of my projects, which is a huge blessing to me and to IC. We’re still looking for two or three key sustaining partners with $500 or $1,000 monthly gifts to get us back to budget and allow us to do more local ministry. If you know someone who might be interested in joining our Great Commission work, we’d appreciate an introduction.

What’s Next?

  • Celebrations: Our North Carolina celebration dinner will be held in Clemmons on May 12.
  • Trip: My next international project will be in Tema, Ghana in July. Come join me! I know it’s short notice, but there’s still time to raise funds to go if you follow the Lord in faith — and I’ll do what I can to help. Let me know if you’re interested brave enough!

 

STORYTIME! (Here’s another one from Cuba)

Your life cannot be good enough to earn grace nor too bad for you to receive it. The gospel of Jesus is better than we think.
The lady on the right thought she had a great relationship with the Lord because she was religious; she has prayed and read the Bible for many years. But she still wasn’t sure of her salvation, and she hoped she had done enough to go to heaven. After she heard and believed the clear, simple gospel of Jesus and his grace, she prayed to accept His forgiveness and put her trust in Christ alone.
The man on the right expressed that he believed the gospel message, but wasn’t ready to become a Christian because he was not raised religious and had a tobacco and alcohol habit he knew that he needed to give up. He felt unworthy. With the Holy Spirit working on his heart, he heard how Christ died for us while we were still sinners and how He comes to us as we are to transform us into new creations through His love. He said he still wasn’t ready. But just before the visit concluded, his posture visibly changed and he surrendered to Jesus.
Praise the Lord for this new brother and sister in Christ in Cuba!
Jesus is relentless in His pursuit of His people, and He uses ordinary believers to do it. Come join the harvest!

 

 

Thanks again for all of your support and prayers. We depend on your prayers as we serve the Lord here and abroad. Please let us know how we can bless and pray for you.

 

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