July 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 July has been a blessing and productive as well, even though we did not have many formal meetings but Praise the Lord anyway. On Sunday the 1st of July, we were at our home church Tabernacle, as well as Wednesday the 4th. Thursday the 5th, we left for GA and while we were in GA, we visited Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Johnnie Crawford in Loganville, GA on the 8th of July, he ask me to call him back in October to confirm a meeting for December, 2018; Pastor Crawford is the new pastor since last October 2017. On the 10th of July, we headed to Jacksonville, FL at Immanuel Baptist Church, Pastor Greg Neal, for a Mission Conference from the 11th through the 15th of July, 2018. We were immensely blessed in every way and especially by the Word preached by Dr. Caudill, President and Director of Macedonia World Baptist Missions. On Monday the 16th of July, we headed back to GA to spend time with our families and for a meeting at Macedonia Headquarters on the 17th. While we were in Ga, we visited Berean Baptist Church in Ellenwood, Pastor Alan Sinclair; as a result of this visit, Pastor Sinclair was very gracious and compassionate by inviting us for their Mission Conference in September from the 16th to the 19th, 2018; this conference was an answer to prayers because we had another conference cancelled. Praise the Lord for that, He is Sovereign and Omniscient!
On the 22nd of July in the morning, we visited Faith Baptist Church, in Stockbridge, GA, Pastor Don Philips, he will present our ministry to the Mission Board for support; and in the evening we went to Pine Grove Baptist Church, Pastor Greg Howell, in Stockbridge, Ga to give an update of where we are and what we are doing; I had the privilege to preach that night, it was a truly a blessing. On Wednesday the 25th, we went to Greater Heights Baptist Church, Pastor Chris Grinstead, in Cumming, GA; Pastor was kind to introduce us to the mission staff with a possibility to go back in September 23rd, 2018 or after the 14th of November to formally present our ministry. On Tuesday the 31st of July, we headed for South Carolina then North Carolina for meetings and conferences.
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:
- As we mentioned in our last prayer letter, we urgently are in need of a minivan to finish our journey of deputation; we had to rent a minivan to go to Florida so my wife could stretched her legs because of her blood circulation and varicose veins. As we mentioned previously regarding the cost, we cannot find a decent, reliable minivan for that cost and especially with a low mileage, perhaps between 100k and 150k miles; all the ones we have seen were over (6) six thousand dollars. After speaking to many people, the suggestion was to get a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna, not new unless the Lord blesses! My beloved Brethren, we don’t have that kind of money and we need a miracle from God! We are humbly pleading for your help!
- My wife’s physical need with her blood circulation as we traveled. It is very serious! This is the very reason why we need to be on the field by the end of Spring 2019.
- 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. We are leaving everything behind and renouncing everything for the Gospel’s sake and focusing on what is ahead so we can give glory to our eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; for Him only!
- 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, Immanuel Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, Pastor Greg Neal. Praise the Lord! We are now at 63% 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 August we will be in North Carolina for a Conference and meetings, also in Virginia for Meetings; September in Virginia and South Carolina for meetings, Georgia and Florida for Conferences; October in North Carolina and Georgia for Meetings and Conferences; November in North Carolina and Georgia for Meetings and Conferences; in December, it’s still open but a possibility to have a meeting in Georgia.
- 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 but the Lord Has blessed with others. 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 more meetings and conferences for next March 2019 in Florida.
- 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. Again, 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 and we pray that He will. 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