Merry Christmas and soon to be Happy New year to all!!!
Jacque and I want to thank you all for your prayers and support this past year! God has continued to bless our ministry. We are excited to see how God will work in 2019. We pray God will continue to use us to make disciples that make disciples.
In 2018 we visited Haiti, Brazil, and Cuba. Please pray for translations to be completed in French, Creole, and Burmese so that we can return to Haiti and Myanmar. Praise God that Portuguese is finished and is being printed in Belem, Brazil. Thanks to David Bayless who invited me and edited the work, and especially to Phil Casey and LATM for their help in printing.
I just got back from Cuba (November 27 to December 4th) and again God is blessing. One of the churches have had 68 baptized and I was blessed to help preacher Jesus baptize 8 of the 14 scheduled to be baptized. The sad thing in Cuba is that almost all the churches do not have baptistries in their homes, and most do not have bathtubs. The result is that churches wait to baptize because they must go to the beach and that cost money to get there.
Three Miguels pictured left. Far left yours truly, second left Miguel Paez. Brother Paez was trained about 3 years ago. I first met him in his home and began the training. He had about 10 members at the time now his church has tripled, and one wall was taken down to expand the church in his house. Then we come to Miguel Angel. He is the president of a seminary and preacher at Free Baptist church in Havana. I have trained his church and seminary students and faculty. He told me, “after hearing your teachings and Disciple Making System, I am sure this is for our church and I expect to see great growth.” You say, “Baptist”, yes plus 12 other denominational churches. They all say, “what you are teaching us is straight from the Bible and we want it.” It is a true restoration revolution taking place in Cuba.
ICOM was again a great time to visit old friends and meet new ones. Jacque and I was blessed to have a great team with us at the booth. Preachers Mark Clark, Buddy Reed, and Charles and Kathy Bennetch.
I had a workshop on “Your church too can grow like it is in Cuba” My heart’s desire is that US churches will catch the fire and want to make disciples and grow.
Do you want your church to grow? Do you want Churches around the world to grow? Then we need workers for the harvest. Are you available to make disciples and experience a great harvest? Come join our team and make a difference.
We always think, “I can just do this myself.” But, any successful work/ministry will be built on the shoulders of others. I took Mark Clark (dear friend) to experience the work in Cuba and he was inspired and made several suggestions. One introduced me to Lucas Hakes a now MBA Graduate of Johnson University. Lucas is helping develop a ministry plan that will help us go to the next level. Praise God.
What is next? Whatever God wants.
Our plans are to return to Cuba twice this next year. Once in March and again in October. In March the plans are to take a team to the “ORIENT” no not Asia, but the east of Cuba. We will follow up on churches in the “System” and new churches that want to be trained. One of the churches I have trained has had 97 Baptisms this year and the preacher has 40 other churches he wants to be trained.
We are praying for the October Camp. We are inviting 300 church leaders to a camp in the center of the country
to go deeper. Each one will be in a church that is implementing the Church Growth System.
INDIA is waiting. There are 100 preachers waiting for me to come and train them. They have the books and are ready to start making disciples. Please pray. I need someone to go with me on this trip. My hope is to make this trip in August. Brazil, Uganda, and Haiti are other goals for 2019 assuming the material is ready. I have heard some say, “all mike wants to do is sell books.” In 20 years, I have never taken any money from the sale of thousands of books in foreign lands. The only pay has been disciples made.
My books are printed and ready, and 100 preachers are waiting for me to come and train them. Can you help make it happen?
WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!
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