Dear Praying Friends,
2014 Report on PFOTBG Retreats:
Retreats this year have focused on asking 'Lord, teach us to pray" the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-14 and Jesus' prayers in John 17. Men and women studied and asked God to teach them how we could pray using various themes woven together as Jesus did. We want to continue studying and praying together.
Please, join us for the next retreat: Spring, 2015 with the focus upon the names of God in the Lord's Prayer and in John 17.
God's Wonderful Works Done on Trips in 2014
Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psalm 40:5
Brazil – PFOTBG partnering with Mid-State Baptist Association, Camp Canaan Training Center which provides 2 years of Biblical training to Indian youth for sharing the gospel with unreached tribes. In attendance were 52 youth from 13 tribes and the staff. God showed us how He is bringing unity among tribes which had been at war and now are working together to get the Word to those who do not know about Jesus as Savior and Lord. The team consisted of those doing physical construction on new buildings and those pursuing spiritual construction. The youth received material for praying effectively and Bible verses they could use which were laminated and put on a ring so they could have them wherever they were, i.e. working, studying, or on their canoes. We give God the glory!
1) Security system because thieves keep breaking into the Camp and stealing money, food, computer equipment and phones belonging to the Camp and the Indians,
2) Sponsors who will give funds for food for the Indians.
3) Married student quarters for those studying at the mission
Prayer Request: for Indians learning the Portuguese language and the Word of God. May God plant His Word in their hearts, protect them in life threatening circumstances as they go to new tribes, and empower them through His Spirit to share the gospel.
Peru -- PFOTBG partnered with the Runa Simi (Quechua Indian) at a conference for Quechua women in Chosica. We were so glad to be with these women leaders whose heart is that all of the Quechua know Jesus loves them. Sixty-six women came from the mountains to the jungles and from 16 tribes. They were challenged to take the material and teach on Jesus, the Rock, and about his children being living stones to other believers. As we worshiped and studied with our sisters, God's presence came in a mighty way and brought healing to all of our hearts and lives. In Lima we met with a sister from Chattanooga and joined her for fun, rest, sharing, and prayer. We also reconnected with two sisters with whom we had previously ministered. We give God the glory!
Need: For Bible promotion equipment, these are small TV screens that will play USB thumb drives with the Quechua Jesus' Film, the Quechua overview of the whole Bible, and the complete audio Quechua Bible.
Prayer Request: For the Quechua women who come to the women's conferences and who are teaching other women in the mountains, doing evangelism and literacy in Quechua.
Moldova—PFOTBG partnered with El Shadai camp and other believers in the country including Dr. Alexandra Grajdieru, Pastor Alex and Svetlana Sanduleac, and Pastor Vasile and Nadia. We were so glad to meet and learn from our brothers and sisters north to south. With Alexandra we met with doctors that are learning in medical school about what man knows about the body and illness and at the same time through a medical group they are learning the Great Physician has all of the answers. At the camp were around 70 adults and some additional young people. We were overpowered with the Presence of God pouring out His blessing as men and women wanted prayer or shared about great hardships and how God had seen them through. They know our only security is to hold onto God. The Spirit spoke to many hearts as we did a prayer walk around the facilities, as we studied the book of Nehemiah to understand building 'prayer walls' around our families, communities and countries, and at worship times. We met with Tanea and Alexandra's family and had a great meal and a good time. With Pastor Alex and his family and partners we were encouraged at how the Word is going out and the hunger of the young ones to serve God. In a village sharing house to house God taught the Roman Road* and in every home people said, "Yes, I believe that." With Pastor Vasile and his family, God moved in a couple who wanted a divorce for both to accept the Lord and be willing to try to reconcile and at another sharing time orphans said they wanted to hear more about Jesus. Give God the glory!
* Roman Road: Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, Romans 10:9-10 and John 1:12.
Need: El Shadai Camp – bathrooms within a building especially for the little children
Bunk beds, shelving and a wardrobe for campers to put their things, fence and gate
Prayer Request: For peace in the country and heat, water, and food during the winter months.
Looking at the past year PFOTBG was glad to participate in prayer walks in downtown Chattanooga as well as at churches that have invited us to do so, including in St. Elmo with Vessels for Change. September 11 we joined others praying for our country at the courthouse.
2015 - This coming year please let us know if you would like
- to volunteer with others to work on various projects to bless the people of the world
- to join us in visiting our workers in Nicaragua in January and serving the youth and families in their barrio and visiting Grace Children's Home in India in March.
Donations Needed for PFOTBG:
2 laptops or desktops (new or gently used)
Light weight substantial suitcases
Light weight wire and old or broken jewelry for making jewelry
Toiletries (for conferences)
Tote bags and costume jewelry for the women to wear
Small sewing kits and bandanas (see us for specifics) (for conferences)
We hope and pray for peace. How may we pray for you?
May God bless you,
Margaret J. Arant
President and CEO