Hello Friends,

 Praise the Lord! I am excited to share with you all what God has been doing these last few months.

Last semester, I was teaching the Gospel of John at the Bible College. It was a great joy for me to teach the young people. At the same time, teaching also helped me understand Jesus more closely in my own life.

Since I last updated you all, in addition to continuing my responsibilities at the Bible College campus, I also started traveling to different states in the North. It was a great joy for me to meet some of my friends in different states. It was also a great opportunity for me to share about Calvary Chapel ministries, introduce our Bible College, and challenge many young people to join the ministry. I shared about my life and experiences I had while serving the Lord in the North and I also spent time teaching the Word of God chapter by chapter. People are very eager to listen to God’s Word and experience Jesus more closely in their life!

CHURCH AFTER CHURCH

L.B. Preaching
Preaching at another church on a rooftop
Preaching at another church on a rooftop

One Sunday, while I was visiting one state, I had the privilege to teach in five different Sunday church services! You may wonder how it is possible! These five pastors arranged their church timing in such a way that I could attend their churches one after another. I rode a motorcycle from morning until evening reaching church after church and teaching the Word of God. The believers are so eager to hear the Word of God that it makes these difficulties worth it!

THE LAND OF RICE

Tears of Worship
Tears of Worship

In January 2019 I was in another state for two weeks. I was so excited to visit some of these tribes and tribal believers and live with them. It was so cold there in the jungle/forest and mountain areas. It is fascinating to see how these people get everything from the forest for their daily needs. Most people don’t own their own land. Instead, they cultivate in the surrounding forest. They make cooking oil from the jungle seeds, and hunt the animals that roam. They are not very educated but when they worship the Living God you see many with tears.

Motorbike Travel
Motorbike Travel

There are not good roads in these areas and no form of public transportation. You have to either travel by motorbike, bicycle, or foot. These are the only three modes of transportation in these areas. A motorbike was arranged for my travel. In six days I traveled around 300 miles through the forest and village roads. Sometimes we had to travel a long distance, and even into the night, to reach the village where I was staying.

WHERE DID HE GO?

While visiting different churches, we got the help of a local believer to show us the correct way to reach each destination. We found a brother who knows the area and he accompanied us.

One day, I was driving my motorbike with another brother sitting behind me. The road was very narrow. A big truck came from the opposite direction and I had to stop my bike to make room for the truck. When I stopped to let the truck pass, the brother who was riding behind me got off the motorcycle. I did not realize this! After the truck passed I started driving on, not realizing that the brother was not on the bike with me! Thinking that he was still behind me, I continued talking to him. After a long time, I noticed that he was not responding to me. Then, I looked back and I realized that the brother was not with me! By this time, I had already gone about 2 miles. I turned around to look for him in the forest. Finally, I found him walking toward me. He had tried to call my cell phone, but that area did not have cell service!

SHORT SUFFERINGS BUT ETERNAL REWARDS

Greetings from Believers
Greetings from Believers

While I was in this area, I had no connection with the outside world. For a whole week I had no contact with my wife and children. However, I want to praise God that as a result of my visit to this state, several students joined the Bible College this semester! I had many traveling struggles. Yet, when I see these young men who have come to study the Word of God and prepare themselves for the ministry–I rejoice in the Lord!

Pray that many more young people may come from this tribal belt to join the ministry. Then, they can go back to win their people for the Lord.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Teaching at a Village

Please pray that I can return to these areas to train up the local pastors. They loved the teaching style of Calvary Chapel and are interested in learning more about how to teach the Bible. There are many needs in these areas for the local pastors. The areas are very remote and the people are very poor. Oftentimes, the pastors are walking 12 miles to different areas to encourage the believers. They don’t have proper homes or bicycles.

I met with one pastor who came to our campus last summer for a Conference. His wife has breast cancer. He spent a lot of money and sold many of his possessions to pay for her treatment. Finally he had to sell his motorcycle. This pastor travels 10-12 miles to reach his mission field in the forest areas. He let me know his request that, if it is possible, he needs a bicycle to make these long journeys rather than walking. Please pray for him and also for complete healing of his wife’s cancer.

Many pastors in this region are facing physical persecution, threats on their life and disruption of their church services by the anti-Christian groups. Please pray these pastors will stand strong in their faith and that the Lord would keep His hand of protection over them and their congregation.

Please pray for my health. I am suffering from frequent back pain. Please also pray for my need of a new cell phone. Please pray for my daughter as she finishes her last year of high school.

Thank you for your prayers for myself, my family and the ministry!

God bless you,

L. B.

Feeding God’s Sheep

Hello Friends,

I want to start by saying that I thank God from the bottom of my heart for being with me all the way, for never leaving me; for loving me.

Overseeing Construction Throughout the Campus

God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

   I can see, every day, the growing of Calvary Chapel Bible College in South Asia. I know that God has put me here with a purpose.
   These days, the Lord is using me to teach in our church Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. I am encouraged to see some of the local people starting to attend as well as our students and staff. Please pray that I teach God’s word faithfully and teach deeply.

   I continue to oversee construction throughout the campus. We will be starting a new phase of work in the coming months which is very exciting. Please pray that God would give me wisdom as I oversee the workers and for opportunities to share the love of God with the workers as I spend time with them.

This photo is of my friend who attended the conference. He sent me this picture of his church and is praying he can be trained to teach in Calvary Chapel’s style.

Back in June, the Lord helped me to bring many of my friends across the nation for a Pastor’s conference. They were really encouraged by the Word and I have received many phone calls, even months later, saying they love the way we teach Gods word (verse by verse, chapter by chapter).
   Please pray for these Pastors, who desire to work with us and teach in the style of Calvary Chapel. I am praying about how I can go and train these pastors so that they learn this style of teaching.
 I want to share with you one quote I love, but the author is unknown to me:
“It is better to have God approve than the world applaud”
Prayer Requests:
1) Please pray for me and my wonderful wife to have good health and strength for our daily tasks.
2) Please pray for the Lord’s healing of my back. I have been having ongoing back pain for many months now.
3) Please pray for my travels as I am planning to visit some churches across the country. I will be sharing about Calvary Chapel, our style of teaching and about our Bible School. Pray that the Lord would help me teach the Word verse by verse so that everyone can understand how we teach in the school. Pray also for the Lord to put students in my path who desire to study His word. The main focus will be to help recruit students.
Thanks to everyone for your prayer support and financial support.
The Lord Bless You!
   Pastor L.B.

 

May 2018 Newsletter

Praise the Lord! It’s a great joy and honor to work for the Lord and be a part of establishing a Calvary Chapel Bible College here in South Asia.

I moved my family to this new location in September of last year. My main focus since arriving has been overseeing the construction projects on campus. All the existing buildings have been refurbished as well as new buildings constructed. I have been on the ground with the workers from morning until evening to make sure the work is done to code and according to our standards.

In April we were able to start classes with 6 students. It is amazing how God is bringing these students from all over South Asia to learn from the Word of God. I am still overseeing small construction projects on campus, but teaching has also been added to one of my roles. I am currently taking our students through the Gospel of John. I enjoy interacting with our students and answering their questions.

In the month of June we will be hosting a Pastor’s Conference for those currently working around the country. These Pastors will travel for days from remote villages to be encouraged and equipped in the Word of God and to learn more about our ministry and possible partnership opportunities. I thank God for using the gifts and talents He has given me over the years to continue starting and growing new works for the Lord in the places He has called me to.

My family and I covet your prayers and support in this ministry being established.

The Lord Bless You,

Pastor L.B. and Family

 

Pastor L.B.

Pastor L.B. has been in minister for over 40 years as a missionary, pastor, teacher and servant of Jesus throughout his home country in South Asia. He has been apart of establishing bible training centers, raising up leaders, and caring for the affairs of several ministries throughout the years. This past year, he stepped away from ministering in the Northern area of his home country to join SGWM in establishing a new ministry campus and Calvary Chapel Bible College in the South. His heart remains focused on reaching the unreached with the Gospel and training others to do the same. L.B. is married and has three children and two grandchildren.