Dear Praying Friends,
May our Lord Jesus bless you all richly—and may He fill your minds continuously forever. Ruth and I stayed on in Singapore through most of this quarter, to continue our attempts to do Gospel good there.
I felt blessed and privileged to speak in Emmanuel Baptist a number of times, continuing the sermon series “We Are His People”. With other teachers in the congregation, we conducted an introductory to the Book of Deuteronomy one day, with the hope of exciting more serious study of God’s Word among all those who participated. It was received very well, it seems, and we’re hoping that such edifying times will continue as part of a healthy spiritual diet in the life of the assembly, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Scripture is always good!
Ruth continued her ministries among the ladies and the children, with good Gospel comrades in the congregation, throughout the quarter. She and I are eager to get back to Singapore shortly.
· For Ruth and me as we are in the USA just for this month of October, in order to attend to a couple of items. Our return flight to Singapore is booked for the 30th of this month.
· As we are hoping for at least a week’s ministry in India in the middle of November, to teach in a couple of places including one Bible training program, and to otherwise encourage our friends in their Gospel work.
· That Ruth and I would by used by the Holy Spirit to impress the hearts, minds and consciences of the campers we’ve been invited to address in late December. The theme for both the adults and the children is The Works of our Lord Jesus, and the Works of Us Christians as Prophet, Priest and King.
Chit-chat: Though Ruth and I have normally been overseas during hurricane season, we are always thinking of any of you in the possible paths of the storms. We have to give thanks to our Father in heaven that He’s kept our loved ones safe, as quite a few of them live between Washington, DC, and Miami, FL. Our friends in India have been in our hearts. Some of them we first met in 2000 and 2001. We’d thought of visiting them in late July but we postponed til November. This time might be our final trip to India. For these few weeks we’re to be in the USA, Ruth and I are mostly checking in on Ruth’s parents, trying to give them a few little helps. Ruth had a follow-up MRI last week, and three days ago the surgeon who had done the tumor-removal in early ’17 “cleared” her. Ruth still has some residual pains, though, whenever she’s eating. The Lord has allowed Ruth and me to enter our 60th years, for which we are very grateful. We are also thankful that He put it into the minds of the airline executives to offer “premium economy” seats. Crossing 12 times zones isn’t the breeze it used to seem to be. God is love.
Blessings to you all,
Stephen and Ruth Schaefer
International Gospel Missions
990 Calkins Road, Rochester NY 14623