Haleys Prayer Letter October-December 2017

Ministry

 

2017 has ended, and I can now look back and truly say “my what a Savior”. We saw God continue to bless here in Belgium and to grow His church. Since our last letter we have had two more to ask Christ to save them and have had much success in our discipleship courses. It has been amazing to watch Christ work in the hearts of people and see them grow in Him. We had several big days throughout the holiday season, including our own Thanksgiving; where we took the emphasis off the holiday and put our focus on thankfulness to God. This was a great success; having seven first time visitors, many of which it was their first time in church. For Christmas we had several visitors as well; but more encouragingly I saw our people come together in genuine fellowship. On New Year’s Eve in the morning service we had a baby dedication service for Josiah, be sure to see pictures of this on the attached page. In the evening we had a sweet spirited candle light prayer service. It has been an exciting close to the year, it is dizzying to look back on all God has done here this past year. We have averaged in the mid to upper twenties for attendance so far and are steadily seeing new people come in. We have first time visitors most every week. God has brought us new believers, mature Christians, and even some with Bible college education to help build a solid foundation upon which to grow His church. Our Street Ministry has also continued to see God’s blessing; with several already coming as a result of having received some form of literature and another man contacting me this week about coming after having heard me preach in the streets. We also had a gospel blitz where we took several of our men to the City of Charleroi and gave out about 4,000 gospel tracts in one day.

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Haleys Prayer Letter July-September 2017

Ministry

 

These last month’s God has moved in an incredible way, so much so that I almost need to write two letters just to touch it all. Gent Baptist Church has been open now for about three months and in that time God has already been growing His church. We are averaging over twenty people now and if everyone comes we would have thirty or more; meaning we have tripled in size. We also are seeing first time visitors every week. We have seen two saved already and have started discipleship classes with them. The Church has started a children’s church, where we are running about ten, on Sundays. We are also holding classes with the few teens we have every other Thursday night in hopes to eventually use this to build a teen class. Our Property can only hold about fifty people so we are well on our way to our goal of outgrowing this building. In August, we had a group of college students here who helped us to do a gospel blitz in our city, with street preaching, and giving out around

5,000 tracts in just a few days. I do ask you to pray though as after this we have faced some attacks against our church. The city questioned our legal right to have a church on our property, the volume of our music, and even fined us for putting gospel tracts in the wrong mail box; but the worst of their attacks is that they have temporarily stopped our street preaching while we look at getting a permit. God has answered our other needs and next month we pray to begin street preaching again, so please pray we could resolve the situation properly by then.

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Haleys Prayer Letter May-June 2017

Ministry

 

All I can say as I sit to write this letter is what a mighty God we serve, since our last letter we have seen the Lord meet many needs and bless richly. Perhaps the most exciting prayer answered is that God has given us a property for the church and it is better than we could have asked for. We held our first services in this property on June the 4th where we had 11 people in each service, 3 of which were visitors. The exciting thing about that is that our grand opening is not until the 25th, we haven’t even started advertising and God is giving us visitors; that is an awesome answer to prayer. Concerning our grand opening please keep us in prayer as we prepare the property and begin really pushing to advertise this special service. I am having 25,000 flyers printed and will go door to door distributing these with gospel tracts as well as giving them during our Saturday street ministry. We are also holding midweek services already in the church where I have chosen to try my hand at preaching in Romanian. This decision was made because currently everyone attending our services speaks Romanian and on Sundays we are translating the messages for those who require it, but in order to move away from the need of a translator I felt the Lord would have me to take the very very little Romanian I know and put it to use beginning on Wednesday nights. There is a high population of Romanian speaking people in Gent and so if we can minister in English and Romanian we will be able to reach most everyone in the city, until I can start Dutch language school in September. In addition to the normal preparation for a church building we were able to partner with a church here in Belgium to help them get pew chairs they were trying to raise money for, allowing them to get theirs cheaper and for us to starts off with nice chairs, which should arrive in August.

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Haley Prayer Letter March – April 2017

Ministry

 

Praise the Lord we have arrived in Belgium safely and after two weeks we have already seen enough to write multiple letters. We have had some great opportunities in street ministry, including opportunities to witness one on one with a number of people. One of the more unique occasions we have had was the Saturday before Easter, when the Sikh religious group here in Gent were having a festival and parade in the streets. While we were out giving tracts and preaching the parade actually came right by us and I had the opportunity to preach to the Sikhs as well as a number of others who were just there for the parade, many stopping to listen to the message and several coming afterwards in order to ask questions and let us witness to them. We also had our dear friend Stan Kamps to come from the Nehterlands, where he pastors in Almere, and help us give tracts and preach on the streets. So far we have not located a building yet, but have been holding a Sunday service in our apartment. It has been a blessing to be here with the people we had been preaching to through Skype and hold services face to face with them; but that group alone is enough to fill up the apartment, so we are in need of something larger and more suitable for a church. We have spent almost every day since we arrived looking at properties and speaking with different individuals about our options. Please be in prayer for us to find the building God wants for the ministry, this is our most pressing need.

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Haley Prayer Letter January – February 2017

Ministry

 

It is truly exciting to say we are at the end of our deputation and praise the Lord for that. We have had a wonderful experience meeting so many of God’s people across this country but it is time for us to go home to Belgium and get to work. We were held back a little while because we had to wait on Lory’s green card to be approved by the United States or else she would have forfeited any right to come back to the U.S. without having to go through this headache again. Lory doesn’t have her greencard but we have gotten permission to travel and we have deiced by faith to purchase tickets to leave for Belgium April 4th. The only issue we might have, according to the lawyer, would be if the U.S. government decided to call us in for an interview on a date after that, so please pray that if they want an interview they schedule it before we leave or even better that they don’t require an interview at all and just issue the green card without it. We have had our departure interview and my ordination service, Macedonia had previously asked us to increase our support goal a little and even with that increase we are back over 90% of our needed support and have been approved to go to the field. We request your prayers for the rest of our support to come in, for the legal documents needed, and wisdom needed for such a move. God has a foundation for our work already laid in Gent, Belgium and we thank all of you who have been a part of this journey to get there.

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Haleys Prayer Letter August-November 2016

Ministry

Praise the Lord it seems that the ministry only gets busier and busier. It seems like yesterday I wrote the last letter and now here I am much to my embarrassment a month behind on the current one. I promised not to be long winded anymore so let me keep that promise but, my how can I condense all of God’s multitude of blessings into one letter. Since Loredana has arrived we have had opportunity to be with many of the churches that will be receiving this letter and she has shared her testimony on various occasions. God has greatly used her in encouraging churches for the cause of missions. I have also had the opportunity to preach several missions conferences and even a revival. In the 3.5 months Lory has been here we have been to 15 different states and I even had to go to Canada without her. We have been in different churches every service presenting the ministry and God has brought our support level to about 85%. Most excitingly is the opportunities we have had to witness and have part in leading others to Christ, specifically a young lady who was adopted from Romania as a child.

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Haleys Prayer Letter April-July 2016

Ministry

How  can I even begin to say all God has done this past quarter? This has been one of the most eventful periods of ministry in the entirety of my 13 years of preaching. Here in the States God blessed us to reach almost to 75% of our needed support just in time for the one year mark since we began full time deputation. We had the privilege of helping lead a few lost souls to Christ and counsel some young men praying about serving God. Of course we travelled and preached a lot too; as far west as Kansas, as far north as South Dakota, and now as far south as Florida. While in Belgium we had some awesome opportunities in street ministry and a tremendous response to the preaching of God’s word. We had the chance to work one on one with several people who want me to call them and meet to discuss the gospel more when I return. Thousands of gospel tracts were distributed and are still being given even in my absence. Most excitingly a young lady from Romania joined our group there and has began to attend our skype services and help in the distribution of the gospel. In Romania we had one of our greatest blessings, not only were we allowed to preach and visit some churches there, but we also had the privilege of baptizing two of the young believers my wife had lead to the Lord years ago, her two youngest siblings, they have been my most faithful in coming to the skype services we have done each week for the past two years. It was our privilege to partner with Bro. Patrick Boyle who was their pastor and my wife’s for several years while he served in Romania and with Bro. Jim Morgan the local missionary who had led my wife and most of her family to the Lord. Bro. Boyle now pastors here in the states and was there to perform the wedding for my wife and I, due to his past relationship with them and my ordination service being soon but not yet happened at that point he performed the baptism as well, under the authority of Bro. Morgan’s church. I believe in doing all things decent and in order so I just share this so you can see how God brings all things together, the three men who have served like pastors to them all had a hand in the baptism and my wife who led them to the Lord was present as well. It is exciting to me to see young people asking to follow the Lord and make their faith public. Look for pictures of the baptism attached to this letter. Due to all of the exciting things God has done this letter will be two pages long with the personal section on the next page. We have a full schedule with only a few services open between now and the end of the year, mostly near Thanksgiving and Christmas. I mention this incase any pastor around home wants to do a special service in that time before we head off to Belgium at the end of January. If interested the dates are November 23rd, December  21st, 25th, and 28th.

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Haleys Prayer Letter January-March 2016

Ministry

 

Praise the Lord 2016 has got off to a great but incredibly busy start. I am currently traveling out west to present the ministry after just getting back from Ohio and prior to that Belgium. The trip to Belgium was incredible with many opportunities to witness and preach on the streets. Thousands heard the gospel preached and even more received gospel tracts, I can now say I have been on the streets to preach in a record setting heat wave and in the cold and snow, one thing is certain, God is faithful. Every time we have been out to minister, whether in snow or heat, we have had a tremendous response from the people and God has blessed. Our last day ministering in the streets we had Lighthouse Baptist Church of Almere, Netherlands to come help us and we had no less than 12 people to come and let us talk with them personally and witness to them. One lady spent probably 30 minutes with pastor Kamps, while I was preaching, telling him how that she was thankful we were there to preach because in all her life she had never heard that Jesus was the only way to Heaven or that salvation was by grace and not works. please pray for her and others that we had a chance to be a witness to in Ghent, Belgium and while street preaching in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Haleys Prayer Letter November and December 2015

Ministry

 

Praise the Lord for finishing the year strong with His blessings. As of January, 09th the ministry is about one church short of being at 50% support in less than six months of full time deputation. It never ceases to amaze me just how much He blesses, The only way I can reconcile how a thrice holy God can use me, is that in using someone as untalented and unimportant as me He is certain to receive all of the glory for it. It is also exciting to look at the calendar for next year and see that it is nearly full. If there are roughly 104 Sunday services in a year then I am only lacking about fifteen or less to be completely scheduled. My Wednesday nights are also quickly filling up, praise the Lord. The biggest news in the ministry that needs to be announced right now and also my largest prayer request is that on Monday, January 11th, I will be travelling to Belgium for a few weeks. While I will call this a survey trip I have chosen to pay for it using my personal funds, the last of my saving from when I was working and money received from selling my possessions. l have chosen to do this because I have taken one survey trip already and just felt that this was appropriate for this trip. I do very much covet your prayers as I go to preach and work in Ghent, Belgium and have meetings scheduled elsewhere in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Haleys Prayer Letter August-October 2015

Ministry

 

Praise the Lord, this last quarter has been an incredible time in the minis as the Lord has kept a full schedule. There were opportunities to present in missions conferences and throughout the week all over Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio. It is amazing to see how God has worked in bringing in support. When I first started praying I asked for 10% by the end of the year and God gave it almost immediately, so I began praying for 20% and God quickly gave that as well. Now just three and a half months into full time deputation and God has already blessed the ministry to have reached 30% of our required support as of November 1st. With a Full schedule and as many as seven churches looking to vote at any time now there is no doubt God is still looking to do something amazing. Just to show you how amazing God is I don’t know what the average is for this but as I was looking and praying over the churches God has allowed the ministry to be presented in; I realized that two thirds of them are supporting already, about half of that other third have expressed a plan to take the ministry on for support, and nearly all have expressed a desire to take the ministry on for support. I say all of that just to show you God’s hand in the ministry to Belgium, . my prayer is that He work in such a way that it is clear only God could have done it.

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