Greetings and peace 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 press on this glorious journey, the months of September and October also have been a blessing and productive. Praise the Lord!
We were in South Carolina, again, from the 9th through 18th of September. On September 9, we were at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, SC, Pastor Steve Cummins where we presented our work; then we headed on to Greenville, SC to Zion Hill Baptist Church ,Pastor Danny Moore for a Mission Conference on Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th, that Monday night service we had a candle light service due to the lost of power, what a blessing!! On Wednesday the 13th, we went back to Lexington for a meeting at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Pastor Stephen Williamson. The following day, Thursday, we headed to Braselton, GA to Macedonia World Baptist Missions where we had a two day Orientation meeting until Friday; after the meeting, we went back to West Columbia, SC for a meeting at New Hope Baptist Church, Pastor Brook Harper on Sunday the 17th. On Sunday the 24th, we visited Central Baptist Church in Onley, VA, Pastor Ken Helms, he was gracious to allow us to present our ministry and he invited us back in the latter of November, the date is to be determined.
On Wednesday the 27, we visited Wayside Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA , Pastor Paul Mitchell.
On October 1st in the morning we visited Victory Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, Pastor Bob Wilson, he allowed us to share our burden and vision, it was a blessing; and in the evening, we visited Virginia Beach Beacon Baptist Church, Pastor Gordon Ellsworth.
On October 4th we visited Harbor Baptist Church in Hampton, VA , Pastor C. J. Prather. He was very gracious by allowing to come back in November 19, 2017 to formally present our ministry.
On October 8th, we had the privilege in meeting the new pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA, Pastor Allen Garbutts, a church we visited earlier in April of this year
October 11 through the 15 we were blessed with another Mission Conference at Shalom Baptist Church in Tonawanda, NY, Pastor Roland Mills, near the area of Buffalo, NY; this conference was an answer to prayer.
October 18, we visited Charity Baptist Church in Newport News, VA, Pastor Bruce Hoose. He allowed us to speak briefly about our ministry, he wants us to come back to formally present before the end of the year, he will let us know when;
We visited Faith Baptist Church in Waverly, VA , Pastor Lewis Lawson on October 22nd; he was very gracious in allowing us t present our ministry that same day. We shared our testimonies in Sunday School, I preached in the morning and evening service, the church also voted that same day to take us for support, what a blessing!
In the afternoon at 2:00PM, we visited Grace Baptist Church in Petersburg, Pastor Raleigh Nunnally, He allowed us to briefly share our ministry and want us to come back before the end of the year.
We had the privilege of presenting our ministry and I preached at New Berean Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA, Pastor Leon Ricks on October 29; there is good possibility that they will take us on for support.
What blessings we have received during these two months. 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 gives us our health so we can serve Him with all our strength, to adore Him in spirit and in truth with all our hearts, and to glorify Him in everything that we do. The Lord is Good!
As we press on, please continue to pray for the following prayer request, my wife’s physical need with her varicose veins and blood circulation as we traveled. Also a special request, we need to be on the field by January 2019, Lord willing. 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.
- Support Levels
Continue to pray as we are on this 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. As of now, our support dropped from 41% to 37%, Lord willing in our next prayer it will go up again, in the meantime we are waiting for new churches that are going to support us, it may be more than 41%; but praise the Lord we received word that Shalom Baptist Church, Pastor Roland Mills, will take us on for support., as well as Faith Baptist Church, Pastor Lewis Lawson, in Waverly, VA. Our Lord is a sovereign, omniscient and omnipotent God. Our minds, our hearts and our spirits are in Costa Rica but our bodies are still here.
- Safety with Travels
Pray that our Lord, God would protect us on the road. The first week of November from the 1st to 13th we will be in Northern Virginia and Georgia for meetings. Crossroads Baptist Church on the 1st, Pastor Kenny Baldwin; on the 5th, Pine Grove Baptist Church in Stockbridge, GA, Pastor Greg Howell; on the 8th, Way of the Cross Baptist Church in McDonough, GA, Pastor Steven Bell and on the 12th, we will be going to Westside Baptist Church in McDonough, GA, Pastor Nathan Dorsey. On November 19, we will be at Harbor Baptist Church, Pastor C. J. Prather in Hampton, VA presenting our ministry.
- Schedule of Meetings
Pray that our schedule will be full for the rest of this year. The Lord has blessed with meetings in VA, SC and GA. Our schedule is not full, but praise the Lord for what He is doing, He is in control! For now, the Lord is opening doors for more meetings and conferences next year in GA, SC, NC, and VA. Our agenda is not full but we have quite a few meetings and conferences from January through July, and some conferences in September, October and November.
- Softness of Attitudes
Pray that our hearts would stay soft, to have a humble attitude, to stay close to God, and focus on Him. Also for the churches that we have been in contact with and presented. 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 sensitivity to the Holy Spirit of God whom dwells in you.
Brother Jean-Claude and Sister Matilde Guilbaud
Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory.
In Christ alone
September-October 2017 Prayer Letter – pdf