Sunday, April 27, 2008

Doug's April Prayer Letter

April, 2008
Dear Pastors and brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord.
"Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands" says Isaiah 42:12,
and by God’s grace we were able to do that for a day on the nearby island of La Gomera. This past Saturday, I took a missionary friend Rudy, Francisco, and Juliel, (the Brazilian who studies with me) for a missions trip to the neighboring island of La Gomera. We traveled by ferry to the capital city of San Sebastian, along with hundreds of tracts and gospels of John and Romans to distribute to the people there. We had a great time in the Lord, passing out around 1,500 tracts and portions of scripture in San Sebastian, a city of around 9,000 inhabitants. I also did some open air preaching and we were able to witness to a number of people. I was rejoicing to see Juliel (who is on fire for the Lord) as he was witnessing to everyone he could. I would not be surprised if God called him to be a pastor or missionary. We then traveled up the steep mountains of 1,500 meters in the midst of the clouds into a couple of remote villages where we went to the houses, leaving scripture and witnessing to all we could. Pray especially for a man named Manuel and his two young daughters, as well as a lady named Rosaria and her teen son who really listened intently to the gospel. We didn’t see anyone saved, but we believe we did God’s work in sowing the seed. Everyone enjoyed it so much we are already planning our next trip to the island of El Hierro, where there is probably little gospel witness.
We have also been ministering at the nursing home about every other week, with a chance to sing and to preach the word of God to these folks. Carolee, along with another missionary’s wife Sara organized a Children’s Bible club which meets every week at their apartment. So far several visitors have come, including Evelyn, our neighbor whom we have been witnessing to for awhile. Pray for her salvation along with the other children. Pray also for Juan and Tanya, her parents, that they would be saved as well. Juan recently suffered a brain aneurysm and seems to be doing fine, but during this ordeal I was able to visit him in the hospital and give him a book of John.
I am still trying to get into the prisons here, but so far have not been able to. I did meet a Gideon the other day, and he said it took them three years to be able to get in, but he said he may be able to help me in this matter, so pray for this also. Rebekah and Leanna are doing well in school, and seem to be adapting to living here quite well. We are looking forward to seeing Hannah and Jenny soon, as they will be spending their summer break with us, helping in the ministry here. In closing, thank you all for all your prayers, financial support and friendship!!!
The Schwaderer family

1 comment:

Christina J. Ford said...

glad to hear your all doing well! sounds like your all keeping busy!