Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47
I have much to share with you as it has been a while since our last letter. I want to begin by thanking all of you who support us faithfully with your prayers, as well as financially! We always ask for your prayers regarding our church's spiritual and numerical growth. We are happy to report that we are seeing both happen.
In the middle of July, our family went on vacation to California to visit family. I never realize how much I need a vacation until I am leaving for vacation! We had a wonderful time of rest, relaxation, and renewal. It was the first time for some of our family to meet our little Rayanna. You can believe that the grandparents and grandkids thoroughly enjoyed one another; but their parents enjoyed having time alone together even more!
Once we returned home to Newport, we were greatly encouraged by how things went in the church while we were away. Our people handled every aspect of the services themselves. We even received reports from people in town who visited that the service was a blessing to them. We continue to see the hand of God in our services in a unique way since our return. The first Thursday evening service we held in August we had about 15 visitors! Most of whom have since returned. Several of them have made professions of faith after our Sunday morning services. We are scheduled to have a baptismal service next Sunday. What a blessing! PLEASE, keep these new believers lifted up in prayer! We can really see a hunger and thirst for righteousness in some of them.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
We have had an exciting year; but these past few months have been packed with events - vacation, three birthdays, our wedding anniversary, stomach viruses, and the news that we are to expect baby #5 sometime around March 24th! God truly has been good to us.
1. Our church to continue to experience spiritual and numerical growth.
2. Favor in our community.
3. Wisdom and finances to pay off the churches Mortgage supernaturally.
4. Continued health and safety for our family.
Thanks again for your faithful prayers and support!
In His Service,
Pastor Raymond Beckles
Lighthouse Baptist church