June 2018 – Prayer Letter
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.
As we keep on pressing on this glorious journey, the month of June has been a blessing and productive as well. Glory to God, Praise the Lord, Praise His Holy Name! From the 3rd of June through the 27th, we were in Wilson, Charlotte, Salisbury and Rockwell, NC; Braselton, Covington and Lawrenceville, GA for meetings and visiting churches. On the third of June we were at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson, NC, Pastor Joe Shakour; I spoke briefly in the morning and in the evening we presented our ministry. Pastor Shakour invited us back in August from the 8th to the 13th for their Mission Conference. On Wednesday the 6th of June, we visited Bethel Baptist Church in the evening, Pastor Kenneth Fontenot was very gracious by allowing me to speak and share our vision and burden for Costa Rica; that same night, Pastor Fontenot called another pastor in Charlotte, NC to set up a meeting for us; I spoke to Pastor Willie Byrd of New Beginning Independent Baptist Church and he invited us to speak on Thursday the 14th of June; New Beginning Independent Baptist Church is going to have their first Mission Conference in July but we had a conflict with another conference in Jacksonville, Florida; Pastor Byrd will present our ministry for us since we won’t be there, what a blessing! On the 9th of June, we headed to Rockwell, NC for a meeting at Bethel Baptist Church, Pastor John Houghton which was on the 17th of June, we were blessed to stay in their prophet chamber until the 17th of June while we visited other churches in the area. While we were there, on the 10th of June, in the morning, we went to Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, Pastor Kenny Simmons, to give an update of our status as their Missionaries; as always we were received with open arms and hearts. In the evening we visited Tabernacle Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC, Pastor Dan Caldwell; he was very gracious allowing to share our calling, vision and burden for our mission field, he also invited us back for their Mission Conference in November of this year from the 8th to the 13th, what a blessing! On Wednesday the 13th of November, we visited West Park Baptist Church in Rockwell, NC, Pastor Billy Sechrist, he also invited us back, again, in November to present our work. Next day Thursday the 14th in the evening, as I mentioned earlier, we went to New Beginning Independent Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, Pastor Willie Byrd. On the 17th of June, Father’s Day, we were at Bethel Baptist Church in Rockwell, NC, Pastor John Houghton; I had the privilege to speak during Sunday School hour, present our ministry and preached in the evening; as I mentioned earlier, we stayed in their prophet chamber during the whole time we were in the area, it was truly a blessing! That same evening, we headed to Braselton, GA for a four day orientation meeting at Macedonia World Baptist Missions from the 18th to 21st of June; we were truly blessed, it was a time of refreshing and encouragement as we press on this deputation journey. On the 24th of June we went to Canaan Baptist Church in Covington, GA, Pastor Billy Ingram, he will let us know when in August to have a formal presentation to presnt our ministry; Dr. Scott Caudill, the Director of Macedonia World Baptist Missions, was the pastor at Canaan Baptist Church for many years. Wednesday the 27 of June we went to Crossroads Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA, Pastor Kenny Kuykendall; He is a Board Member/President of Macedonia World Baptist Missions; it was confirmed that we will participate in their Mission Conference in November 2018.
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 and circumstances. The Lord is so Good!
As we press on, please pray and continue to pray for the following prayer request:
- Urgently, we are in need of a car/van to finish our journey of deputation; we were having problem when we were in Wilson, NC with our car. We will need approximately between 4K and 5K thousand dollars for a decent car/van. We humbly ask for your help and support as we don’t have that kind of money. We have already checked with some people but they are asking about 365.00 dollars a month for a rental, it is a bit expensive and we cannot afford that. We need a miracle from God!
- My wife’s physical need with her blood circulation as we traveled.
- It is our goal, Lord willing, 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, as well the property for the ministry, 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, and reconsider in encouraging and partnering with us to proclaim the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by planting New Testament Baptist Churches and establishing Baptist Bible College.
Beloved Brethren, 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. One more church took us on for support, Bible Baptist Church in Ellijay, GA, Pastor James Long. Praise the Lord! We are now at 60% and we pray that it will be more by our next prayer letter. Praise the Lord, Glory to God! We keep pressing on that goal for our minds, our hearts and our spirit are in Costa Rica but our bodies are still here. Our Lord is a Sovereign God.
- Safety with Travels
Pray that our Lord, God would protect us on the road.
In July we will be in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida; August in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia; September in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida; October in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia; November in North Carolina and Georgia; in December, it’s still open and I don’t know what the Lord has in mind, perhaps He wants us to take a break before we leave next year??
- Schedule of Meetings
Pray that our schedule will be full with formal meetings and conferences for the rest of the year, some of them have been cancelled. 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.
- 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. We have not heard from the doctors and laboratories, perhaps it is good sign; perhaps the Lord has erased these bills, it will be another miracle. The Lord has answered our prayers regarding the hospital bill by not paying the whole amount, He is also able to make another miracle. 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. Brethren, 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