Prayer Letters from FMI Labourers

Pastor and Mrs. Jun Catbagan                                                                                           Fundamental Missions, Inc.

Lighthouse Baptist Church                                                                                                 P.O. Box 6247

P.O. Box 86                                                                                                                            Norfolk, VA 23508

San Fernando LaUnion 2500                                                                                            U.S.A.

PHILIPPINES

September 23, 2014

 

Dear Pastor Jerry and praying friends,

First and foremost, I thank the Lord God Almighty for restoring my health though still on the road to full recovery. I beg you an apology for not informing you the exact diagnosis. My blood platelets and white blood cells were below the normal level and at first might be of typhoid fever and dengue fever, but thank God it’s not. I had infection of bronchitis with fever and stayed at the hospital for three (3) days. Secondly, thank you for your prayers. The Lord will recompense you with blessings more than you can think of.

I had an opportunity yesterday to witness the Lord Jesus Christ to the younger sister of Bro. Domingo Bumatay. Her name is Cecilia Bumatay Casugay. May the seed sown to her grow and be of use for God’s glory.

My wife and I will be going to Macau and our flight will be on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8:40 P.M. Please include in your prayers our safety and health and so with our children. We will be staying there for one (1) month and be back here on October 24. Our Missions Conference was moved to October 29 to November 2. Please pray also for the success of the conference, souls to be saved and men to surrender to the ministry full time, preparations and the needs to be met.

Bible studies for the parents of the pupils continue every Wednesday at 7-8 in the morning for the first group and 1-2 in the afternoon for the second group. May the seed sown to them grow. Discipleship seminar is also conducted for the young people every Thursday at 6 PM for the first group and Friday same time for the second group. Other scheduled Bible studies continue.

OUR MISSIONS:

LIGHTHOUSE ABRA:

They go on sowing precious seed every Thursday and Friday and visitation every Saturday.

LIGHTHOUSE BAGUIO:

They continue their scheduled activities and also the preparation for their 4th Mission Anniversary on Sept 28. Pastor Mario Renolla will be their Speaker and their theme is “WHO IS YOUR GOD? Serve the Living and True GOD.” (Exodus 20:3)

LIGHTHOUSE BANGAR:

All scheduled Bible studies continue. They have new attendee named Dolor Noto and Georgina Bactad. May they continue to attend to know more about the Lord and serve Him.

LIGHTHOUSE BARORO:

Pastor Domingo Bumatay is now handling the work at Baroro. Please pray for Bro. Franklin Lapizar for enlightenment and continue to serve the Lord.

LIGHTHOUSE BENGUET:

Despite the difficulties and hardships, our mission in Benguet is growing. They have three (3) newly baptized members namely Cynthia Tiwaken, and a couple by the name of Richard and Balbina Labotan. They go on sowing precious seed and visitation every first and last Saturday of the month. The extension of the mission house is still ongoing. Please pray that God will provide their needs.

LIGHTHOUSE LA TRINIDAD:

Two groups of Bible study every Thursday and Friday at 8 PM were opened to this new place. Started with Bible studies and it is our prayer that God will make a way to become a new site of mission work. La Trinidad is the capital town of Benguet. Its neighbour is the city of BAGUIO. The work is handled by Bro. Erlson Bel Guilanda, a graduate of LFBBI. Please include him in your prayers that he may have a compassionate heart for lost souls and boldness to preach the WORD.

LIGHTHOUSE RIZAL, NUEVA ECIJA

Aside from the scheduled Bible studies at the barangay hall, Pastor Vastah leads also the morning devotion at the municipal hall every Friday at the police station. He was offered to teach moral recovery program to the Municipal officials every Thursday. Please pray for Pastor Vastah for wisdom and spiritual growth so that he may continue.

LIGHTHOUSE SAN GABRIEL;

Pastor Andie is conducting discipleship for young people every Saturday at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. They had conducted water baptism on the life of Sis. Darlly Bacasen. Please include her in your prayers that she will grow spiritually and be of service faithfully to the Lord. This Saturday they will start to teach the children at Barangay Amontoc, located at a mountainous area. Please include in your prayers their safety in travelling to this place because it is quite dangerous to reach the place.

Prayer Requests:

1.       Our safe flight to Macau on Sept 24 and return on Oct. 24.

2.       New Mission work at La Trinidad, Benguet

3.       Missions Conference on Oct. 29-Nov. 2

4.       Strength, boldness and wisdom of all Lighthouse Missionaries

5.       My health and full recovery

Once again, I thank the Lord for having you as prayer partners and supporters of the work given by the Lord to us. May He continue to bless us with the strength (physically, emotionally and most of all spiritually) to be able to finish the task faithfully.

In Christ’s harvestfield,

 

Bro. Jun and Sis. Lulu

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Jerry and Janet Matson                                                                                                                                 Fundamental Missions, Inc.

P.O. Box 6247                                                                                                                                                  P.O. Box 6247

Norfolk, VA  23508                                                                                                                                        Norfolk, VA  23508

September 29, 2014

(2 Kings 8:9-13) “So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die. And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept. And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.”  Jeremiah tells us that our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and that we cannot know them. Hazael, the servant of Benhadad is a good example. He seemed to have no idea his heart was so wicked that he would kill his king and then wreak such terrible carnage on the people of Israel. Hazael is a clear warning, even to believers, to be on our guard and trust our Lord to keep us from evil. I thank our Lord for His provision which we find in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

It is our desire that our Lord will grant you Grace and Peace as you walk in His ways. Recently, friends of ours were blessed with their third daughter, and they named her Grace Shalom. How appropriate, for the Bible teaches us that Grace must come before Peace (Shalom). I trust this little girl’s life will be a constant reminder to others of God’s order in His dealings with His people.

 

We have experienced a dramatic slowdown in the number of vessels coming to the coal piers. This could be a momentary bump in the road or it could be a harbinger of an overall slowdown in commerce. But today, I had two ships at the coal piers. The first one was the “Elvena VE.” The visit was very good as many contacts were made. A couple of the top officers were Greeks and then there were a few Russians along with two Ethiopians and sixteen Filipinos. I found out the two Ethiopian cadets “jumped ship.” They went shopping yesterday afternoon and have not returned, and the Captain believes they have jumped ship. I found Joseph, the Chief Cook, to be friendly and interested in the Gospel. I also was able to take two Filipinos out to a shopping center and found them to be likewise interested in the Truth.  The second vessel is the “Red Lotus.”  The first ship kept me busy. I am praying I will be able to board the Red Lotus tomorrow.

 

This past Saturday, the 27th, I visited the “Lake Despina” and made a number of good contacts. All the men were from the Philippines. There were only three persons with shore passes which means most of the crew were confined to the vessel. I had an excellent opportunity with the Bosun from Leyte. He was quite open. Also, the 2nd Mate was open and wanted to talk about the Bible. Several men asked for Bibles. I was happy to help them out.

 

On Monday, the 22nd, I boarded the “Wangaratta,” crewed totally by men from the Philippines. I had boarded this ship two years ago, on August 20th, 2012. This time I had a good conversation about salvation with the Bosun, a man named “Caesar.”  When I gave the Book of Romans to a man, he said he already had one.  How could that be?  I printed these myself. But he showed it to me, and said it had been given to him in Portland, Oregon!  I was amazed, and realized anew the power of the printed page to go all over the world! The Chief Cook “Jesus” wanted to talk about doctrine, and this seemed to open his heart. I am praying for him to be saved. Also I met “Roderick” who is from LaUnion. I urged him to see brother Jun.

 

I will just list the ships I had earlier this month, due to time constraints. September 1st and 2nd I had the “Petalon” at pier side. Then on the 3rd there was the “Aura” and the “Baldock.” This vessel remained through the 5th. Meanwhile the “Navios Sagittarius” tied up on the 4th.

 

On the 10th I had the “Lowlands Opal” and the “Anna Maria,” with the Anna Maria staying through the 11th. Also on the 11th I boarded the “Amarantha.” On the 19th the “Plavia” was boarded along with the “Magic Striker.”

 

I need to bring you up to date with Janet’s health situation. It appears the arthroscopic surgery on her right knee did little, if anything, to relieve her of the pain of “bone on bone” rubbing of the joint. It seems to us the only solution is knee replacement. Meanwhile the left knee is still causing trouble and may also need to be replaced. We ask you to please pray for all this. Today, she is ill with what we hope is not a stomach virus.

 

Janet and I are scheduled to be at the Annual Meeting of the GraceWay Bible Society in Toronto on the 18th of October. Please pray that Janet will be able to make this trip.

 

I do thank you for reading this little epistle. Keep close to the Saviour.

 

We are yours in living union

with the Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 

Jerry and Janet Matson

Ephesians 1:6