January 3, 2019
Blessings on you forever, from our Father in Heaven and from His Eternal and Beloved Son at His Right Hand! Ruth and I spent the first month of this past quarter mostly in Miami, FL, looking in on Ruth’s dear parents, as well as taking care of a few small things, before flying back to Singapore at the end of October. Thanks so much for your love and support and prayers to God for us for so many years. The Lord allowed Ruth and me to move our family overseas to start missionary service for the first time precisely thirty years ago today, January 3, 1989. And late next month would mark 33 years since we actually joined IGM. So much has happened in all that time—so many Gospel opportunities have opened up to us—for which kindness of our Lord I am increasingly grateful.
Back in Singapore by November 1st, Ruth and I were able to resume the work we are trying to do to assist and encourage Emmanuel Baptist. I was happy to be able to finish off the series of 25 messages to them during 2018 on the theme “We Are His People”. Those last titles in the series were “We Are His Holy Nation”, “We Are His Husbandry”, “We Are His Chosen Ones”, “We Are His Image-Bearers”, “We Are His True Worshipers”, and “We Are His Beloved”.
Early in November the congregation shared a happy morning together comparing the results of our individual studies in the Book of Deuteronomy. This was a nice follow-up to our full-day conference on Deuteronomy back in August.
Ruth and I were able to visit India, briefly, in November, and it was very pleasing to have one more (perhaps final) time to have face-to-face fellowship with some of those friends and comrades in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Though we possibly may not return to India again during this lifetime, I do hope we’ll be in touch, as some here in Asia are asking us to continue to give them some helps via the internet even after we’ve concluded our formal overseas missionary service. During that short time in India, Ruth and I were able to give encouragements in the ministry to several who are doing a weekly children’s outreach, and to bless our other friends and be blessed with them in Christly fellowship.
Through your prayers, Ruth and I were able, two weeks ago, to fulfil the church camp ministry we’d been looking forward to for over a year. She and I spoke to our respective segments of the congregation on Jesus our Redeemer, “Anointed” Prophet, Priest and King, and I was able to expand on that among the older ones to explain that we “little christs” must serve in the power of the same Holy Spirit, striving to do the works of prophets, priests and kings in the Lord Jesus’ Name and in union with Him.
· To our Father in Heaven that Ruth and I would be able to conclude a very fruitful first quarter. Most all our efforts would be focused on helping in Emmanuel Baptist, here in Singapore.
· For us to be healthy and safe. By God’s grace, we’d complete our sixtieth years this year. Nothing major seems to be of concern at the moment, thank the Lord. But the word “deterioration” often comes to mind. God is love. Please especially pray for Ruth’s dear parents’ health and strength.
· That our Lord and Father would give us the wisdom we need as we plan for the future.
Stephen and Ruth Schaefer
International Gospel Missions
990 Calkins Road, Rochester NY 14623