"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
May - June, 2003
"There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is `PRESENT TRUTH' that the flock needs now." Early Writings, p 63.
Elder: robert sessler
E-mail address: email@example.com
VITAL COUNSEL FOR TODAY!
Over 100 years ago this important counsel was given to all of God’s people:
“‘Out of the cities; out of the cities!’– this is the message the Lord has been giving me.” Country Living, p 31.
But why does God direct His people to get out of the cities?
“...we are not to establish ourselves in the wicked cities, where the enemy is served in every way, and where God is so often forgotten. The Lord desires that we shall have clear spiritual eyesight....We must make wise plans to warn the cities, and at the same time live where we can shield our children and ourselves from the contaminating and demoralizing influences so prevalent in these places.” Country Living, p 31-32.
So it is because of the contaminating and demoralizing influences in these cities, where the enemy is being served in every way, that God is directing all of His people to move out of them and into the country. But this is not the only reason.
With the world as it is today, the increasing catastrophes caused by violent weather, earthquakes, or by other natural causes, the increase of terrorism carried out by religious fanatics, all show that it is in the cities where the greatest destruction can occur in just a brief moment of time! The recently inflicted terror on the inhabitants of New York City, with the Twin Towers falling to the ground, shows this to be true. Also the judgments of God will be heavier on the wicked cities compared to the country.
“The earthquakes will come; the floods will come; and we are not to establish ourselves in the wicked cities...” Country Living, p 31.
“In tender compassion God himself is speaking to an impenitent world through judgments; and he will continue to speak in this manner. For many years we have known that the great cities would be visited with divine judgments because of long-continued disobedience. In no uncertain words the Lord has warned us...‘Out of the cities; out of the cities,’ – this is the message that has often come to us.” Review and Herald, July 5, 1906.
Also, if and when the various Trade Unions which control transportation go on strike, it is estimated that it will only take about 3 days before all the food items are depleted from the various supermarkets. With this realization, being able to grow your own food can be a real life saver; but how many will be able to do this in the city? Some may be able to rip up the grass in their front and/or backyards and transform them into gardens, but will this supply enough ground to be able to grow enough food to keep them alive?
It is estimated that the minimum acreage that one family would need to be able to grow enough food to live on for a whole year is an area measuring 100' x 100', and of course, this must be of fertile soil! Also, for those who manage to covert their city yards into gardens, how would they be able to keep this garden secret from their hungry neighbors when the time comes to harvest their produce? We are told:
“The trades unions will be one of the agencies that will bring upon this earth a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began.” Maranatha, p 182.
“The crisis is coming soon...The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them....Educate our people to get out of the cities into the country, where they can obtain a small piece of land, and make a home for themselves and their children....It is time, brethren, that we heeded the testimonies sent us in mercy and love from the Lord of heaven.” Manuscript Releases, vol 4, p 82-83
Not only this, but persecution will be much worse in the city than in the country! And for those in the city who believe that they will be able to jump in their vehicles and travel down the freeway to escape persecution, are but deceiving themselves. It will be a very simple thing for the local powers to follow your car by video cameras located in the major freeways. Or they can just shut down the on-ramps, or even the freeway itself, with check points in order to do car searches for wanted individuals.
For those who may believe that they are safe from religious persecution because they live in the USA, there has been set up the United States Department of Homeland Security. If we were living in Germany, “Homeland” would be translated “Vaterland” (or “Fatherland”). This Agency is headed by Tom Ridge, who, by the way, is reported to be of the Catholic faith and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Any students of religious persecution in history will understand the potential significance of this.
Tom Ridge is also in favor of changing the laws in America so that the armed forces can be used “for domestic law enforcement”, and president Bush agrees with him! (See Associated Press, Sunday, July 21, 2002, 7:09 pm, “U.S. Mulls Military's Domestic Role”, by Scott Lindlaw, printed in the Washington Post, July 21, 2002.) Thus America is being faced with a possible military dictatorship, instead of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights being upheld for every one of its citizens.
Yet some will state: if we leave the cities, where will we worship for church? The answer is: right in your very homes, or in the homes of other brothers or sisters in the same faith -- just like the disciples and early Christian believers (see Romans 16:5, 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Phil 2; 1 John 1:7).
But with all this above inspired instruction to get out of the cities as soon as possible, some will be led to take this counsel to extreme and infer that all who choose to remain in the cities will be lost. But it is important to understand that if this counsel to leave the cities is not followed, it does NOT mean that your probation is immediately closed! Yet, there will be a much greater chance of losing your salvation by remaining in the cities, than there will be by moving out into the country. This is because of the wicked influences so prevalent in the city.
“In harmony with the light given me, I am urging people to come out from the great centers of population. Our cities are increasing in wickedness, and it is becoming more and more evident that those who remain in them unnecessarily, do so at the peril of their souls' salvation.” Sermons and Talks, vol 2, p 289 (See also Country Living, p 9).
I believe that there is a 100 fold increase chance of losing your salvation by choosing to remain in the wicked atmosphere of the cities, compared to living in the peaceful atmosphere of the country. In the cities, where can you be totally alone without any outside interference? Even inside your home you can be bombarded by various city noises -- such as from cars, airplanes, helicopters, ambulances, music, neighbors, gunfire, etc. So it becomes nearly impossible to locate a place in the city where can you be find peace, quiet, and be totally alone. Hence the atmosphere of the cities is like a curse or a woe upon all who chose to live there. And God tells us this very thing!
“Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!” Isaiah 5:8.
“He (God) wants us to live where we can have elbow room. His people are not to crowd into the cities. He wants them to take their families out of the cities, that they may better prepare for eternal life.” General Conference Bulletin, March 30, 1903.
Yet, the choice to remain in the city does not seal your destruction! Ultimately many who are lost will trace their beginning steps toward destruction to the fact of living in the wicked city! Yet their salvation was not lost because they chose to remain, but because they did not retain their spiritual life.
For any who are reading this, although you may today choose to remain in the city, it is done with the knowing prospect that you will have greater difficulty in preserving, not just your physical life, but especially your spiritual life from harm. Yet your destiny is not sealed for destruction because you chose to remain.
With this being true, then let us not condemn those of our brethren who, for one reason or another, have chosen to remain in the cities. Neither let us withdraw our sympathy or support from those who live there. But let us pray that they will not lose their spiritual life by their daily contact with the wicked influences and antagonistic forces detrimental to Christianity. Remember, it was only because of the fervent prayers of Abraham, a follower of God who had chosen to live in the country, that made it possible for Lot and some of his family to be saved from being destroyed in the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah! May we also have hearts of flesh like Abraham and not of stone when dealing with those of our brethren who have chosen to go against good counsel, that they too might be saved from the dangers of their choice and not be destroyed along with the wicked.
May God help us to realize the line of distinction between counsel and commandment. May God help us all to become more diligent in regards to our salvation, and also more earnest in regards to the salvation of others. May we also think seriously on the excellent counsel found in the following inspired statements:
“Many place themselves where it is difficult to maintain integrity and preserve purity. God gives to them the warning to flee out of Sodom. But they cling to their own ideas and think that they know best, and the work that they could do out of the cities, they do, for the sake of convenience, in the cities.” Upward Look, p 363.
“In the future, cities will certainly feel the terrible results of earthquakes and fires. Cities will be destroyed by flood and by lightnings. Out of the cities, is my message at this time.
“Be assured that the call is for our people to locate miles away from the large cities. One look at San Francisco as it is today (immediately after the destruction of the 1906 earthquake) would speak to your intelligent minds, showing you the necessity of getting out of the cities....
“The Lord calls for His people to locate away from the cities, for in such an hour as ye think not, fire and brimstone will be rained from heaven upon these cities. Proportionate to their sins will be their visitation....The Lord has spoken. Will men hear His voice?” Manuscript Releases, vol 21, p 90-91.
“Out of the cities, is my message. Those who have had the light, but have neglected to follow the instruction that the Lord has given...will one day see the folly of clinging to the cities. They will realize how kind the Lord was to point out the right way.” Special Testimonies, Series B#3b, p 15.
Due to our involvement in many different areas we were not able to get our May - June Newsletter completed on time. So we decided to combine our May - June and July - August Newsletters together. We apologize for any inconvience this may cause our readers. We appreciate your prayers for the continued success of the spreading of present truth throughout all the world as souls are at stake in this late hour.
There will be another Convocation held in Central California near Sacramento from August 1-3. We are hoping to see many of you again -- especially those who missed the last Convocation. For more information please contact brother Jim Snipes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We express our deep appreciation to those who were praying for brother Jim Snipes recovery from severe Malaria which he contracted from his trip to Africa. The Lord has graciously heard and answered all our prayers. Brother Jim is fully recovered, and we are praying that he will not have any further set-backs in his health! May God be praised!
We recently finished printing a new booklet. It is titled: "The Latter Rain and Loud Cry of the Angel of Revelation 18". We hope that this booklet will help our brothers and sisters to understand these important truths so that they will not be passed by and left behind, as God's true followers move forward in finishing the work of the 3 angels. We will be happy to send a free complimentary copy of this important booklet to any of our readers. Just let us know. We also have this sermon recorded on a two part Video and/or Cassette tape series.
The Lord is continuing to bless both our Web Sites as each month comes! On our www.TrueChurchofGod.info Web Site, which is specifically for non-SDA's, we have had 48,233 hits, which were generated by 8450 visitors, and this is since July of last year. In these Visitor Sessions, over 970,510,000 bits of Present Truth information have been downloaded. While most of these visitors have been from the USA, we have had visitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Croatia/Hrvatska, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia.
On our www.LightMinistries.com Web Site, which is primarily for SDA's, in the month of March we had 52,534 hits, which were generated by 10,339 visitors, who stayed an average of 17:08 minutes each. In these Visitor Sessions, 21,519 documents of Present Truth were viewed. While most of these visitors were from America, we also had visitors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All our visitors downloaded over 42,333 files, which totalled 1,681,401,000 bits of information!
In the month of April we had 50,637 hits, which were generated by 9,820 visitors, who stayed an average of 20:14 minutes each! In these Visitor Sessions, 24,109 documents of Present Truth were viewed. Again, while most of these were from America, there were also visitors from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom! Over 41,214 files were downloaded from our Web Site, which totaled 1,808,670,000 bits of information!
In the month of May we had 46,710 hits, which were generated by 9,689 visitors, who stayed an average of 15:02 minutes each! In these Visitor Sessions, 20,489 documents of Present Truth were viewed. Again, while most of these were from America, there were also visitors from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom! Over 37,624 files were downloaded from our Web Site, which totaled 1,596,755,000 bits of information! So the combined total for these past three months is that over 5 billion bits of information were downloaded from our Present Truth Web Site by over 29,800 visitors! MAY GOD'S HOLY NAME BE PRAISED FOR EVER!!
We continue to praise our God for allowing this Ministry to do this humble work. We also extend our deep appreciation and gratefulness to all those who have helped us to continue doing this work. We ask for your continued prayers and support in this most important work for these last days, so that Jesus Christ may be uplifted and glorified in this dark world. Please know that all our supporters share in all the souls won to the Lord through these efforts!
TO OUR READERS AND SUPPORTERS: Please know that "Let There Be Light" Ministries is not concerned with using your prayers and donations to build itself into a kingdom, but is concerned with getting the Present Truth into the hands of the common people quickly, effectively, and wisely. Instead of working towards acquiring expensive video and T.V. production equipment, satellite or shortwave facilities, we would rather use the Lord's money in publishing and distributing materials which give the full present truth gospel, as well as supporting many full-time foreign ministers and workers in various countries around the world who have proven themselves to be reliable and stable. With their monthly support and present truth materials supplied them, these ministers and workers then have the ability to more effectively spread the spoken and printed truth, establish the people in it, and carry the gospel into the very homes of those who sit in darkness. This is how the Loud Cry of the third angel will be spread, and is now being spread! If the Lord so impresses you to help in these endeavors, your donations will be greatly appreciated--not just by this Ministry, but by many others as well! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU!
"Let There Be Light" Ministries is devoted to the spreading of the full present truth gospel message worldwide, and has been doing so since 1986. This Ministry has operating expenses covering the areas of: printing, publishing, and writing of present truth books, booklets, tracts, and other literature; video and audio taping, production, and distribution; supporting several ministers/workers in foreign Countries; mail order--both domestic and foreign; traveling to hold meetings--both locally, nationally, and internationally; answering correspondence and questions regarding the message of truth; offering National and International Bible studies; sending free present truth literature to contacts in many poor Countries; etc.
The Lord's blessings and guidance, along with your gracious prayers and support, is greatly appreciated and needed. Without such, this Ministry could not continue to reach out worldwide with the precious message of Revelation 14:6-12 & 18:1-5.
May our God and Saviour continue to lead and guide all those who have helped this Ministry reach out to souls who sit in darkness with the precious light of gospel truth. May our supporters remember that they share in each and every soul who has been reached by this Ministry and converted to the Lord and His present truth!
GENERAL FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
We are currently supporting several workers in many different Countries on a monthly basis. We check into the economy of each area and supply a base support which is adequate depending on their situation, but not extravagant. This base support is to ensure that the monthly needs of each worker and family is adequately met for that month so that the worker may devote full time to the ministry work. In addition to this, we are sending extra materials for evangelism, and money for printing, publishing, holding meetings, traveling, and other necessary areas in spreading the Present Truth in their Country. And as the work extends, especially will the expenses for evangelism expand. Whatever you can send to help in this necessary and vital area is greatly appreciated.
The work of spreading God's present truth is not to be limited, but must extend world-wide, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before our Saviour can come (Matthew 24:14). What better way of spreading the present truth gospel than by having workers who speak the native language, who reside in that particular Country, who can live and preach the truth and visit the interests in their homes, and spread the printed truth translated into their common language!
"Our publications should be printed in other languages, that foreign nations may be reached. Much can be done through the medium of the press, but still more can be accomplished if the influence of the living preacher goes with our publications....The Lord has moved upon men of other tongues and has brought them under the influence of the truth, that they might be qualified to labor in His cause." Testimonies, vol 3, p 204-205.
Please financially help us to continue supporting our current ministers and workers on a consistent basis, so that the spreading of the truth will not be interrupted but can quickly lighten this dark world with the glory of God.
"Every opportunity should be improved to extend the truth to other nations. This will be attended with considerable expense, but expense should in no case hinder the performance of this work. Means are of value only as they are used to advance the interest of the kingdom of God. The Lord has lent men means for this very purpose, to use in sending the truth to their fellow men." Testimonies, vol 3, p 208.
SPECIFIC FOREIGN MISSION WORK NEEDS
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Fiji.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Fiji--about $100 monthly.
KENYA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Kenya.
M Printing our booklets in Kenya--$2000 for 10,000 copies ($0.20 per booklet).
M Projector, screen, and evangelistic film for non-SDA outreach.
M Several different herbs, plus shipping--for our medical missionary worker there--$250.
M 2 good PA Systems for evangelistic meetings--$300.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Malaysia.
M Purchasing of Chinese Bibles--$7. each.
NIGERIA: West Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Nigeria.
M Purchasing and mailing of Bibles and Bible Study Lessons.
M Video projector for evangelism outreach--$3000.
M Purchasing of several boxes of Ministry of Healing books--$150.
M Boxes of 1884 Great Controversy books for non-SDA outreach.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Philippines.
M Printing tracts in the Philippines--$100.
UGANDA, East Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Uganda.
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts in Uganda.
M A good PA System for meetings--$600.
M Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to purchase and mail.
ZAMBIA, Central Africa:
M Printing and mailing expenses for booklets and tracts to Zambia.
M Portable generator for evangelistic meetings--$650.
M Computer for translation work--$600.
M A printing press or Risograph Duplicator to spread the printed truth throughout all of Africa.
Please be sure to mark all donated monies for any of the above Ministry or Foreign Mission needs. 100% of all donated monies will go where specified. Unspecified donations will go where needed. Thank you very much for making this evangelistic work possible, and may God's richest blessings attend you and yours.
LETTERS to "LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
For the past seven months I have been studying the booklets you sent to me. I read all the booklets page by page, line by line and in fact, some of the information are so new to me. As an Adventist, I have never heard some of the things I came across in your truth-filled booklets.
Some of the things are happening here too in Ghana. Especially the New Theology. For instance, are pastor said to me that our sins on earth has nothing to do with Christ's ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. Another pastor of the SDA church once said that it is not possible for those who are not married to go to heaven. A lot of false teachings are going on here in Ghana.
I have passed the booklets on to other members, but I would like to request for quantity of them, so I can share among them. (Editor's Note: they have already been mailed). Also am I permitted to translate some of them in my local Ewe language so that those who cannot read the English language can also read in their own language? (Editor's Note: yes, please do so as long as there is no addition to, editing out of, or changing of the thought in the booklet. Also please send us a copy of the translation when you are finished)....
It is our obligation to sound the loud cry and alert the church members of the New Theology flooding the beloved SDA church, so please send us as many as you can.
Thankx for your supports and God bless you in all that you do to support His work. Amen!
Till we hear from each other again, Bye for now and our best regards to you all.
Yours in the blessed hope, G.K., Ghana, West Africa.
Dear brother Bob
Greetings in our dear Saviour's name and (praise Him for) the courage He is giving us daily to rise and live to give glory to His name. I am very thankful for the total of three boxes of leaflets I have received...I also received the Newsletter and the information is really a wakening thought and an eye opener to see how close probation is lingering among us as the truth is demanding more close examination of our hearts if we are right with God's requirements....
Greet all the family and other workers in the gospel in Christ's dear name.
Brother A.L., United Kingdom.
Dear brother & sister Sessler & family...
We are close to His coming. Looking back on 2002, I rejoice and thank the Lord for the separation message. Many do not see the message as I see it. I have friends still in the 7th-day Adventist church who cannot see that church has erred. I am praying for their soul. Some think that in some miraculous power God will transform the church in(to) a perfect state. Some think that the church (SDA) is the ark, therefore don't dare to abandon it. I am glad that Jesus is the ark who leads us in truth and safety (Editor's Note: AMEN!).
May the Lord bless you as you work for Him.
In Jesus, A.U., CA.
Dear Bro Sessler,
Greetings in Jesus' holy name. I received the Newsletter, books and cassettes.
We are studying the Godhead. So much to learn and unlearn, but by God's grace we are understanding many things.
I am sending for those books because we need it for our study, and there are those (other materials) for Sunday worshippers....
Thank you very much. May God bless you and everyone in the service of helping others with this glorious gospel.
Thank you, Sis V.B., Trinidad., West Indies.
Dear brothers and sisters at Let There Be Light.
Keep up the good work, we are almost home. I pray that we all will meet by and by on that peaceful shore. I pray for you all always.
Your sister in Christ. P.B., FL.
Greetings in the loving and living name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus. I am a student at the college mentioned above (Evelyn Hone College). I am a baptized Christian in Seventh-day Adventist. My heart today is full of great sorrow and sadness to see a big number of my dearly beloved sisters and brothers are still in bondage. They have not yet known the true path. Light is needed to shine upon this college....
Fornication, beer drinking, drug abuse are the talk of the day. My dear brethren, its due to this very reason I am requesting you to send me tracts so as to reach many people within a short period of time (Editor's Note: they are already mailed off to you). I do pray for you so that God may help us to finish the work of His gospel in this soon passing sinful world.
May the good Lord richly bless you and add more days to your lives as you are working in His vineyard and waiting for His second coming. Your co-operation will highly be appreciated.
Your brother in Christ, M.M., Zambia, Central Africa.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM FOREIGN WORKERS
FROM FIJI ISLANDS
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bro Bob,
1 John 3:1.
May I once again greet you my brother in the wonderful name of Jesus, and may His peace, love and joy be with you always....
Three couples with their families are now fellowshipping at their homes and are also keeping the Sabbath in the ____ housing estates, as a result of my visitation in areas last two months, and there will be more people follows in the ____ areas on where I am now visiting. Previously these people were Methodist. In the ____ area, another 2 Fijian couples with their families are also keeping the Sabbath and are fellowshipping at home. They were also Methodist. Thousands of tracts, booklets and pamphlets were distributed out wherever I go.
At my home on Sabbath, more people from the SDA are coming to listen to the Truth of Today (Present Truth). They came in the morning and stayed on uptill the end of the Sabbath, joining us in singing and praising and also in the study of the word, and when they go back home, requested for more books to take with them. There are more people rings (phones) me up to meet me in the city to share the good news and encourage, they came from different denominations. The truth for today is not only accepted by SDA but also from other denomination. May God be praised....
Translation on "Why are Protestants Bowing to the Pope?" is coming along fine and the translation of "God's True Church" was taken this morning for printing, and it should be out sometimes next week....
I have sent hundreds of copies of the Fijian "God's True Church" to the Islands, and they have told me by phone that it was well received and accepted by the people there, especially by the other denominations besides SDA. They now understand the true meaning of God's true church in this last day.
Thank you for another carton of tracts and also a third one which was damaged, however the content was all right. A lady preacher from the Methodist church came (to my) home and ask for that "God's True Church" booklet. I gave her some books before she went away after spending two hours with me sharing the good news.
House to house visitations is going on and we have visited a lot of houses sharing the good news and distributing booklets, tracts, etc., etc. A lot of them agree with us, and some have told us that they do realize that there is something wrong with their church. And some felt that they should now fellowship at their very homes, and not in any church. I am sure and fully convinced that the Holy Spirit is now talking to His people.
I visited ____ city and ____ town on the first week of this month (May). In the street I talked to the people and explained to them the truth for these last days and distributed to them tracts, booklets, pamphlets, etc. I visited ____ and ____ towns two weeks ago...I visited ____ and ____ towns last week...This week I concentrated on ____ city and surrounding area...sharing and answering questions from people....
Works on the translation of the booklet "Will You Answer Christ's Prayer?" has already begun, and the booklet "Why are Protestants Bowing to the Pope?" are being typed and corrected, and it is almost complete now, and we will advise you soon....
May God continue to bless you and keep you always.
Your servant in Christ, B.A., Fiji.
FROM KENYA, EAST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bob,
General Christian greetings in Jesus name....
I thank God greatly in giving His people a large heart of supporting His work where there is insufficient support. I pray for you and all your friend (co-laborers) for that work for it has helped speed up the spread of the last message of mercy to the whole world. I was very much happy for that Mind which made you see the necessity of adding other workers to easier our burden of running here and there (through) the whole of Kenya. God bless you and the donors.
This is the report of how I have already budgeted the support I received...this is the breakdown (of usage)....
We must work for the salvation of souls when it is day, for we know the night cometh when none can work. Though the work is hedged here and there, we are determined to work for the Lord with sincere and pure
conscience. We cannot be moved by those who are but troublers....
God bless you and your fellow workers.
Your brother in the faith, N., Kenya.
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bob,
Receive my greetings in the Lord from ____ Centre.
The Lord is helping the work here in ____ and the whole of Kenya at large. This years work in Kenya I have seen the hand of our God doing work. Because the unity which days back was seen being weak now it is gaining seriously. For many members have discovered those (who) are working against the unity and have deserted them.
This month April has been a busy month...Beside the camp meeting we attended two burial ceremonies where he (one of our visiting LTBL workers from Zambia) gave sermons. Those who were there, a great number including local (tribal) leaders, praised God for the straight sermons they received from a visitor. The chief of the area in his remarks declared to (the) people (that) the SDA denomination (of today) has no truth to present to people, so they should make decision....
On 25th March, I went back to ____ to arrange Centre programs...I travelled the whole night from ____.
Thanks goes to whoever is contributing towards my support. This is how I have spent it...
All the amount remaining I used my youths (young-adults) from ____ home church (and) we did the distribution of the tracts entitled "Sunday Holiness" and "God's True Church". Thank you for sending these tracts, the Lord has been glorified through these.
On 12th I, with one youth, we visited people at South ____ who are our members. We encountered one boy there as I came across. I was giving my sermons to the family, he was convicted and declared that he will join us (visit our home church).
On 17th the new member joined us who had been SDA from three different parts of Kenya. They have accepted the separation message and declared to take this message to their wives and the church they are from. (Editor's Note: Praise God!)
Pray for the work because in ____ centers there is revivals which has come to men. Beside that brother Bob is send more tract for they are playing a good role....
May God bless you and your work.
Thanks, yours fellow worker, S.O., Kenya.
(Combination of 2 letters)
I thank God that He has reared (up) and (is) now keeping up a little company, a flock over this side to represent Him and give the Last Warning Message of Mercy to the inhabitants of this large area and beyond. I doubly thank Him for the unification grace He has given us against great opposition within our number, that now a greater number has signed our pledge to live for God alone and be united with His called and led children wherever they are. That we are a United Brethren, with visible united front. Glory be to God through this.
____ is a four government district area with a big population of about a million people. In this whole area we have only five (5) live home church centers with few members in each as United Brethren....There are two more centers ____ and ____, but (they) have not accepted the unity message. We pray that they will....
____ town is the biggest town in the ____ Province and feeder of many parts of this country....People from parts of ____ and ____ Provinces of Kenya come for their sale (of) good from here. Simply it is a town of admixture of people and can enlighten a large part of Kenya and beyond -- Somalia and Ethiopia near us...
Already God has helped us to rent and open a small enterprise in this town to serve as: a) A health food store and literature store, b) A clinic and office for consultation. Together with this we have a steam bath (bath house) for cleansing purposes. This medical plant is proving to be a great blessing, a true opening wedge not only to common people but the high class of this town....
We are convinced that God has much to do with us. He has been qualifying His own ways of training....Many people need to be visited and studied with after they contact us. And many others are being invited to visit us and get the little material of truth we have. God is using and blessing this project though in its unestablished state as it is. For we do not have nearly all the most basic things, yet we stepped out in faith that God will honor His Son and provide for this project....I praise God that many people are being warned of the shortness of time and the judgments soon to be poured without restraint. Each new day is apparently short, as we have to visit that and counsel the other. This is my work since March-April except a more than a week trip for camp in April in ____ part of Kenya....
Till later, may God be with you in the Ministry by the abundance of His gracious supply.
In the service of faith, M.M., Kenya.
1 John 3:1.
We finished well the effort, which was on 9th March, 2003 to 16th March, 2003. It is area of the P.A.G. believers. Our host was the Assistant Chief of the area who is a drunkard, but God helped (him) to invite us to his area and preach the message there in the night and in the mornings. People there are responding very well and they even want us to repeat the same there very soon....
Medical report: Ulcers - 2; fevers - 4; cuts - 1; cramp - 3; diarrhea - 1; coughing - 3; pneumonia - 3.
Thanks for the Newsletter and support. May God bless the donors.
How are you? It is now along time since we communicated (with) each other...
It is now about one Month since I received my support...I am sincerely very much thankful about it, and I have come to have (greater) hope in life with Christ....I was working in the Lord's field work without any support from anybody...
Finally this month of March, the work of God has gone nice. And may God bless you all.
Your brother in the Lord's field work, S.M., Kenya.
(Combination of 2 letters) Dear Bro. Bob,
1 John 3:1; Eph. 6:23-24,
Grace from our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of our Father be with you. Take courage brother, and relent not; hold onto the Lord and He shall renew your strength to do Him service. (Editor's Note: Thank you for your kind admonition!)...
...May I remind you that the series of unity and harmony studies, starting September 15, 2002 to end of January 15, have helped us re-establish (unity) after the commotions that were almost everywhere prevalent. We are looking forward to close union and harmony of action in a bid to answering Christ prayer. We are now better organized, and expect closer knitting to answer: "Let the churches arise as one, and work as earnestly as those who are walking in the full light of truth for these last days." 6T 452....
Because of apparently expanding work, evangelistic effort meetings could not be programmed from here, but would rather be planned by the individual home churches, but can include speakers from across the movement. In this connection, we appreciate the tracts we have been receiving lately - Sunday Sacredness, the Mark of the Beast & Seal of God, and the Curse of the Law....
Lastly, our visitors (brothers Gary Cain & Jim Snipes) arrived safely on schedule - 4th Feb through 11th. We cannot be more thankful for the benefit reaped from this trip. I'm convinced the whole church was blessed, and more particularly the church leaders, and minister much more....
Now, our brothers Snipes and Gary, being used of the Lord, delivered the message; and for those of us who have been involved closely with this work, it was a heart-rending message given our past mistakes. We work forward to adjusting according to the will of God. We humbly acknowledge our wrong, and are now determined to rectify. Thanks for your much prayers on our behalf in all this time of ignorance.
We take this time also to thank the Lord for His goodness for answering our prayers. We received, with thanks, for your message on the matter of getting three workers from different places in Kenya to be supported...May God bless this brother (the donor making this possible). We placed this before the United Brethren Committee for prayers, and later met (on February 17) to consider the names; and the following names were endorsed considering that:-
(1) they have proved, through their soul-winning zeal, and establishing their groups on the truth:
(2) they have patiently been doing with the little support that their local churches have been able to give them;
(3) they have taken a firm stand for the cause of truth in cases of fanaticism and divisive elements, especially those that threatened to dismantle the work here last year; and these are the names...
Now my new place of work is one with no SDA church nearby. The people there are only Sunday keeping Christians, but whom I found out to be very welcoming and many are open to receive the truth. As we started out on house to house work, we realized the need to hold Bible studies - especially on the book of Daniel and Revelation. These studies are proving a great blessing. We solicit your prayers in this endeavor. Further more, I seriously require the prophesy charts with the symbols in Daniel and Revelation. (Editor's Note: If any of our readers have any of these they can spare, please send them.)...
May I also at this point bring to your attention the need for more Kiswahili materials. What we had printed is out of stock - Golden Calf, The Will, and Protestant History. This is one area that greatly requires Kiswahili as fewer people can read and understand English....
Together with Brother ____, we are handling a lady with a cancerous tumor on the thigh. We put her on fresh diet with much carrot and beetroot juice, chaparral, golden seal, red clovers and taheebo. She has shown remarkable improvement so far. Her name is ____; you may have her in your prayers.
I praise God for what He is doing for us here. On behalf of the three other workers may I extend our gratitude to all that have given this support for the Lord has looked upon and answered our need....
While the devil could want to thwart the work of God at any cost, the Lord is nevertheless accomplishing His purpose of bringing His people (in)to unity....
With Christian love, O.O., Kenya.
Dearest Elder Bob,
How are you? Sorry for my late report. Have you received the printed copy of "Tithe" sent a few weeks ago? (Editor's Note: Yes, and thank you!) Yesterday I had posted another booklet "Why Protestants Bow Down to Pope?" which I think you will receive next week....Now I'm busy start(ing) inputting tracts, already switch to translating tracts instead of booklets....
May our good Lord continue to bless your Ministry over there.
With Christian love, V., Malaysia.
FROM NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
(Combination of 2 letters) My beloved Elder Bob...
Glory and honor be to the Lord who has ordained us to be His co-laborers and witnesses for Him in these last days of earth's history. It is the highest honor that could be bestowed on mortal man and I deeply cherished it and often contemplate my unworthiness.
We are in the election period in the country and so it affords us to reach different people with our Present truth-filled literatures. In addition to this effort, we also considered reaching souls of SDA who know nothing about what the servant of the Lord said concerning politics and election as regards God's people....our hearts ache for brothers and sisters and even pastors that are participating in politics and even contesting for political positions as they ought to be fed with Present Truth instead of the husks of deception. Consequently, we cry and sigh for the abominations that is done in the churches (see 3T 267)....It has also been reported that few laities have commended our position on the subject, but complained of the non-availability of SOP materials to read for themselves.
Sequel to the series of studies on our beautiful Health Reform message with a Rhema Baptist pastor, by the name of ____, we have been invited to conduct a cooking school. It was not long ago that I forwarded his email to you expressing his heart conviction to become a full vegetarian....
Since I have taken part in the solemn rite of baptism, I have pledged myself to seek for those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God; pledged myself to labor earnestly for the salvation of sinners. Hence, to God's glory, I and others have gone for seed sowing in three states. Many booklets and tabloids were freely given out. Praise God that responses are coming in. In fact, I have 24 letters and requests to respond to. They all need more information, Bible studies and about four of them are interested in Health studies. Majority focused their questions of the Sabbath and how national Sunday law will affect the Muslims. Well, we really thanked the Lord that His Spirit is causing agitation in the minds of these souls....
I will not fail to express my appreciation to the dear brother whom God is using to supply our needs financially. Kindly tell him that I send him a million thanks and also that we're praying for him. May God replenish his pocket from where these funds are coming out to us. Let him know that I am forever grateful even though, I don't know him. It may be in eternity that we will all see the result of his unselfish love and sacrifice for Africans.
I have yet to receive some materials that you sent about couple months ago, but we're still praying for its safe arrival. We are running out of Bibles and Ministry of Healing books. Kindly help us appeal for them to be sent sooner. In addition to this, we are highly in need of video projector. It is very expensive here to buy. In fact the cheapest you can get here is $3000 US dollars. Kindly help us include this need in your next Newsletter. By God's grace, much more could be accomplished if we could secure this tool for the Lord's glory. Many of our people, both Christians and non-Christians love to attend public meetings where film is being showed. We shall continue to pray that hearts will be touched to assist us as you help us appeal....
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. God be with you in all that you are doing and may He richly multiply the "loaves and fishes" that you're able to send and also that we are blessed to receive.
Your brother in the faith, S.A., Nigeria, West Africa.
FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Dear bro Bob,
3 John 2.
Hi! How are you? Again we want to thank the Lord for His continued guidance and protection and for all His blessing both in spiritual and physical aspects.
We also want to thank you for helping us in raising funds for printing our tracts into tagalog dialect so we can now produce those tracts in our own language. We already reproduced three out of those tracts, entitled 100 Facts About Sabbath, What Must I do to be Saved?, and the Last Message of Mercy. We've been distributing it now here in our place and as part of our family missionary (work) we hand it out to our neighbors and sometimes we went house to house giving out those tracts.
Other than that, the Lord open the way for us to share to some member of the Church of Christ, whose doctrine and believe that Jesus Christ is not God but only a man, and Sunday as their rest day....We hope that those people will realize that error of their belief if not the minister but of those members.
Tomorrow early morning we will go back to ____ again and will visit those people we've been sharing (with). We will try also to hand it (tracts) out to some non-believers there. Please continue (to) pray for us especially for tomorrow's plan.
May God and His Holy Spirit ever be with us to guide us in all our plans and work. God bless.
In Christ, B.F., Philippines.
FROM UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Elder Sessler,
Christian greetings from Uganda,
The work is going on, though many dangers, toils and snares, but thanks be to God, Christ's banner is still lifted high above the banner of the adversary.
On the 11th March, 2003, brother ____ rested in the Lord. The next day was burial time - many people came for the funeral over 200 souls. Brother ____ was the master of ceremony. He gave a very strong testimony why he and the late (friend) separated from their churches. It was because they had heeded the message of the True Witness, for they read and understood (Daniel 12:10) what the Lord wants them to do and where they should stand at this time in human history. It was a hushed moment for the destiny of many was being decided.
I preached on the subject of "Death" and "Trust in Christ". It was the biggest number of people I have ever stood before for the sake of Christ Jesus. It was a time of mourning and a time to have hope in Christ. We buried the brother out of our sight in hope of the resurrection, in the day of our blessed Redeemer. Thereafter we gave out tracts and some expenses were met by me.
On Monday of 7th April, 2003 I started a Bible study with a family of ____...we first visited the wife who told us what she is going through in the home every night the (drunk) husband comes back (and) beats her up - a few months ago the man beat her and broke her hand. One brother braved (him) and took her to the hospital. Before we visited (with this man and wife) we have committed this man to God in prayer and fasting with our hearts bleeding and pleading for delivery from liquor (beer) and domestic violence. And (we) have chance to share with him the gospel of the Son of God. And I am happy that Christ is registering great gain and success (in this endeavor) that he has stepped in his life even when he has not taken him as his personal Saviour. The behavior has changed! He has accepted to study the Bible. Yesterday I offered one to him and the "Great Controversy". Oh, what a mighty Saviour and friend we have in Jesus....
Elder, I thank God for the work He has done in us and through us to different people, and the great work He is just to do even (through) the whole ministry (as) He did in Christ's day. "O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good, for His mercy endures forever." 1 Chron. 16:24.
Yours in the blessed Saviour, K.I., Uganda.
FROM ZAMBIA, CENTRAL AFRICA
(Combination of 3 letters) Dear Elder Robert Sessler,
Greetings in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In the first place I would want to praise our great God for providing the means to allow me (to) travel for the camp meeting in ____, Namibia. There (in) the camp the Lord gave us a lot of good lessons, and we shared with all the brethren the word of truth. Moreover there was some great experiences on how the devil is working to try and get God's people into his kingdom. Lessons on "Unity Among the Separated Brethren" and "Church Organization in the Gospel Order", were the many subjects which the devil (has) capitalized (worked against) amongst the brethren so that the great work of spreading the separation messages would not go. But (praise) the Almighty God of mercy for reviving the brethren to the great work. 1 Peter 4:10.
Therefore, Elder Robert, kindly have special prayers for the brethren (ministers) in Namibia so as the Lord give them that courage to work for Him in this little time we have before the night draws nigh....
After this one-week camp...I had to travel with the brethren to ____ city for another work of writing the translated tract on the computer at br. ____'s house who has these machines. This is a distance of more than 1200km from the campsite. Dear Elder Bob, this is why we need a computer in Zambia. God willing I will soon send a copy (of the translated tracts)...
I write to report to you that I am not back home from ____, Kenya where I was for the past two months (after the Namibia trip). While there the United Brethren of Kenya in our faith invited me to the camp meeting where a lot of work was done by the hand of God....
Moreover, our tracts were distributed there by Br. ____, ____ and many other brethren who accompanied us. Many were the souls who really enjoyed this truth, and hope the Lord will speak to them in a special way....
More in the next mail.
God bless you, W.M., Zambia.
Elder Bob, we would want to let you know that Br. ____, who has been studying majoring in publishing and working as part time Gospel worker, has now finished his course....In addition to this, Elder ____ has also finally been confirmed as a full-time minister under the Zambian United Brethren Home Churches.
Consequently, the work in Zambia and Central Africa at large has really widened, but the big problem is that the two supported Gospel workers, against more than 10 million people in Zambia, are not enough to spread the message (to so many).
Hencefore, this is our request to you;
(1) If printing equipment would be provided to us, will be also helping us to support more workers.
(2) Or if it impresses the hearts of our supporters there, please let us be helped by receiving support for elder ____...
...Elder Sessler we pray by the grace of God that our request be met as we labour in these last closing days.
God bless you.
Your brethren in Faith, Elders J.E., W.M., & Deacon E.K., Zambia.