Dear Praying Friends,
May our Lord Jesus fill your mind continually, and may the Holy Spirit cause you to love and admire and become just like God’s Dear Son.
We split our time between Singapore and India since our last quarterly report. In Singapore, I continued preaching in Emmanuel, advancing the series “We Are His People”, with such titles as “We Are His Holy Temple”, “We Are His Holy Priests”, and “We Are His Witnesses”. Ruth continued to contribute to the Children’s Gospel ministries, too, as well as in other ways.
For most of February, Ruth and I were in India, where she taught Bible lessons in a School she’s been helping in for some years. I conducted thirteen of my usual seminars for rural pastors. To some Bible Institute students, I also taught the Book of Hebrews (6 hours), and Bibliology (4 hours). I was able to preach about ten times in a couple of different assemblies including on Sundays, and, as always, it was a thrill and a privilege to uplift the Lord Jesus and His Gospel.
Back in Singapore again by the end of February, it was a blessing to be able to begin doing some teaching amounting to theological seminary subjects, for a few special brothers.
Ruth and I came back here to the USA for the second half of March, and our return to Singapore is set for the second half of May. As always, thank you for your prayers to our Father in Heaven. He is hearing you, so keep up that good work at His throne of grace.
· For the Lord to graciously maintain our physical condition so that Ruth and I are in good shape for our return overseas next month.
· That the Gospel ministry opportunities would multiply and flood us like an ocean for the rest of 2018, most of which we plan to be in Singapore.
· For a possible trip to Manila, Philippines, later this year.
· That Ruth and I would be free from the need to see any more doctors this year!
Chit-chat: It’s always amazing to encounter the love and the hospitality of all our friends in India and in Singapore each time around. The yearning to be of help to all of them, Gospel-wise, and to join hands in the ministry with them, always keeps us eager to know how things are with them whenever we are away. As we’ve gotten to spend time with family members in the past few weeks, the true Christian fellowship has been very precious. We love to see our offspring seeking our Lord Jesus and having His obedient mindset. May He graciously grant this to us all. I’m grateful for this time in the States, for several reasons, not least of which is that Ruth and I needed some refreshment in body and mind. God is love.
Blessings to you all,
Stephen and Ruth Schaefer