Dear Beloved Brethren,
Greetings and peace and love in the name of our eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As always, we thank our Lord Jesus Christ for taking us on this glorious journey, a journey of endless joy, speaking to our hearts, answering the call that he has given us and accepted the mission that is ahead of us to do His work according to His ways and will.
April 1st, 2018, Resurrection Day of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we were at our home church; it was good to be back after three months on the road. Also, slowly but surely I am getting back on track after being sick in the hospital in Greenville, SC in March. Praise the Lord! On Wednesday the 4th of April, we visited Diamond Springs Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA, Pastor Kelly Darnell; Pastor Darnell was voted as pastor last October 2017 when Pastor Skinner went to be with the Lord. Pastor Darnell was very gracious in allowing us to present our work, share our calling, vision and burden for Costa Rica that same evening; it was truly a blessing!
On the 6th of April, we left for a Mission Conference at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Evington, VA, Pastor Brian Warren until the 8th. We were truly blessed with the Word of God preached by Dr. Roger Baker, Field Director to Europe and the Middle East with Macedonia World Baptist Missions and the Brethren of Gospel Light Baptist Church. On Tuesday the 10th of April, we left for Laurens, South Carolina for a meeting at Temple Baptist Church, Pastor David Johnston on Wednesday; (Pastor Johnston is a graduate of Tabernacle Baptist Institute when Pastor Rod Bell was there) what a blessing, the Spirit of God was being manifested there and to God be the Glory! At the end of the service, the church voted to partner with us. Praise the Lord! We stayed in their prophet chamber until Saturday then we left for Lexington, SC for a Conference on Sunday the 15th of April at Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Cummins, what a blessing again, the Lord is good; the Church voted to partner with us as well. On the 16th of April, we headed for Walterboro, SC for a Camp Meeting at Welch Creek Baptist Church for three days until the 18th. What a blessing to be among God’s people and men of God preaching and standing firmly for the Word; it was a time a refreshing and renewal. As a result of this camp meeting, we made a lot of contacts and meetings in the Low Country area of South Carolina and other States. Praise the Lord! We headed back home to Virginia on the 19th for doctors and dental appointment. We will be in Virginia until the end of the month with our home church and visiting other churches as well in the area of Lynchburg, then heading to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia for two months for meetings.
As we keep on pressing on this glorious journey, the month of April has been a blessing and productive as well. Three churches have partnered with us. Glory to God, Praise the Lord, Praise His Holy Name!
We continue praising the Lord for His protection (physical and spiritual) and provision (He knows all our needs) as well as the wisdom that He gives us to do His work. We also praise the Lord that He continues to give us our health so we can serve Him with all the strength that He gives us, to adore Him in spirit and in truth with all our hearts, and to glorify Him in everything that we do, even in sickness. The Lord is so Good!
As we press on, please continue to pray for the following prayer request, my wife’s physical need with her blood circulation as we traveled and a constant cough that still lingers and attacks her every now and then. Also, it is our goal to be on the field between January and June 2019. We are planning to go next January or February to look for a place to live and Lord willing move sometime in the spring! We pray that the Lord will move the hearts of His people to make this happen. We humbly plead to all the churches we have presented, and not supporting us at the moment, to pray, consider and reconsider in encouraging us with support. Beloved, this is God’s work and His ministry not ours; we are servants doing the work of the Almighty God and obeying the Great Commission by Answering the Call and Accepting the Mission that is ahead of us.
- Support Levels
Continue to pray as we are on this glorious deputation journey that the Lord will guide us to the right church and have favor along the way in order to obtain our support as soon as possible according to the Lord’s will. We are now at 58% and we pray that it will be more by our next prayer letter. Gospel Light Baptist Church in Evington, VA, Pastor Brian Warren; Temple Baptist Church in Laurens, SC, Pastor David Johnston and Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, SC, Pastor Steve Cummins took us on for support. Praise the Lord, Glory to God! Our minds, our hearts and our spirit are in Costa Rica but our bodies are still here. Our Lord is a Sovereign God, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.
- Safety with Travels
Pray that our Lord, God would protect us on the road.
In May we will be in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; June in North Carolina and Georgia; July in Florida and Georgia; August in Georgia and Virginia; September in Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina; October in North Carolina and Georgia; November in Georgia and Virginia; in December, it’s still open for now.
- Schedule of Meetings
Pray that our schedule will be full with formal meetings and conferences for the rest of the year. The Lord has blessed with meetings and conferences in VA, NC, SC, GA and FL. Our schedule is not full, but praise the Lord for what He is doing in our lives. He is in control! For now, the Lord is still opening doors for more meetings and conferences in these states and perhaps for the first time in Cleveland, Tennessee.
- Softness of Attitudes
Pray that our hearts would stay soft, to have a humble attitude, to stay close to God, and focus on Him not on men neither our circumstances; also for the churches that we have been in contact with and presented. We are excited to see on how the Lord will be working during the rest of the year, we are also encouraged and at the same time comforted by His provision, protection and peace.
Praise the Lord for everything! To God be the Glory, great things He has done, that He is doing and what He will do as we focus our eyes and hearts upon Him.
Thank you for your faithful prayers, kindness and love, but most of all for your sensibility to the Holy Spirit of God whom dwells in you. A special thanks to all that were praying for me regarding the hospital bill; I received the invoice from them and it was exactly $19,905.42 dollars, but the hospital is charging me $885.00 dollars and the Insurance and the Hospital took care of the rest. We are still waiting for the doctors’ bill and expecting another miracle. The Lord has answered our prayers. Hallelujah, Praise His Holy Name, He is good, so good!
We are deeply grateful for your continued prayers, financial support and being behind our vision to further the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the love of the Almighty God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen!
Brother Jean-Claude and Sister Matilde Guilbaud
Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory.
In Christ alone