Thursday April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

Good evening,

I trust this letter finds you all doing good, and that the peace of the Lord is with you. These are definitely strange times, but we know that the Lord is in control of all things. All is well!

I am still in Arizona and dealing with the recommended behavior as best as I can during this crisis.  Of course, with today’s technology we are able to stay in constant communication with our local leadership, as well as staying active with our overseas work. As a missionary body, we have been taught that we never want to stop having outflow in our lives. The fact that we are stuck with stay-home orders does not mean that we can’t still find ways to touch others and we as a body have been doing this. I have been very proud of the Wounded Believers team as they have rallied from their respective homes to send in songs for us to put out. Also, our elders have been making phone calls and contacting people for encouragement and fellowship.  I am counting on each of you to continue to listen to the sermon series that we recommended, and to please let the leadership know if you are in need in any way. Do not let the isolation bring you down but let us come out of this storm with growth in our lives.

Col 3:12-17

12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

We have been ministering daily to our overseas missionary teams that we support. They are struggling to keep food on the tables as they face severe lockdowns. Many of the far-reaching places have been struck the hardest and we have brothers taking care packages to these remote areas when possible.  We have sent funds to these places to help, and had them use funds that we have previously left with them to be used at our direction.  Please keep these places in your prayers as the hardships they face are extreme.  May God help His bride around the world!

We want to thank you all for your continued prayers and support for the work that God has given us.  Even in this time of struggles, you have continued to send in your tithes and offerings and that is our reasonable service. Also, many of you have called and written to express an interest in helping with some of the overseas help that we have been sending out.  That is easy to do, just send it to the same place as you would your tithing and local offering, but please make a note that it is a missionary love offering and that way we will know to use it accordingly.

We know that many of you too are experiencing hardships with loss of work and money. Please let the leadership know if you have needs so that we can help you if possible. We are a family and we are together in good times and bad times. May we stay together and not allow the enemy to make us feel alone and isolated.  We love and miss you all.

May God bless you and keep you,

Your pastor Bro. Daniel Martin and the Leadership Team

 

“I know thy works; and the last to be more than the first.” This is certainly remarkable. As the darkness of the age increased; as the honor roll of the martyrs grew lengthier day by day, they worked all the harder, they served all the more, and their faith increased. How tragic it was that in the Ephesian Age love waned. And truly nothing is said of the increased labor of love in the other ages; but in this age, in the darkest of all ages, they served Him even more. What a lesson that is. There is no ceasing of this gracious service of love unto the Lord, but rather an increasing of it. That is the secret. Let the enemy attempt to thwart our service to the Lord — our reply is increased service. When the faint are crying in fear, that is the time to shout the victory.

 

The Thyatirean Church Age — Rev. William Marrion Branham