Pray for the Bennetts in Australia as they with God's help and for His glory are seeking to establish:
Western Plains Baptist Fellowship, and Gilgandra Baptist Fellowship as New Testament Baptist churches.
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 1: 3- 5 "Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge."
For Christmas we received a digital camera and are slowly learning how to utilize it. This "slowly learning" may have something to do with our age. The photo below was taken 12 January with the new camera. Technology is wonderful once one learns how to employ it. Thinking of technology we just finished reading a biography of David Livingstone. It is amazing how he and other missionaries in the 1800ís communicated back to England and America. They didnít have the postal system, email, or telephone and fax we do today but they faithfully communicated with those back home. They also kept very good records of the events in their lives and that without the help of computers. How did they do it!? God knows what people He needs living at what time.
Back to the photo, as we said, this was taken 12 January at the CWA Hall, Gilgandra. On the right is Jim and Margaret Ogden and on the left Abel and Phyllis Morgan. That same day Abel also told us they were going to be shifting north to Coffs Harbour sometime this year. Phyllisís sister lives there which is probably the main reason for the move. It is always hard to have folk move away and especially when you do not have a large attendance anyway!
Dubbo is a very religious city but it would be safe to say most "know not God" and from their actions "obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Thessalonians 1:8. January 12 - 19 the Presbyterian Church had what they call Open Week. Open Week according to the article in the local paper is for the unchurched to hear about Jesus in a non-threatening atmosphere. Throughout Open Week they have activities such as a bush dance, a menís night in the shed where according to their advertisement the men are asked to (BYO) bring your own drink (which is usually an alcoholic drink). Then there is a wine and cheese tasting night, Sunday afternoon at the movies, and a Jazz festival at the Rotunda in downtown Dubbo.
When we read all this in the local paper we were reminded of a story
told some time ago. "Sir Alexander Fleming, upon introducing his newly
discovered drug, penicillin, warned against taking too little of it. An
under dose, he said would permit germs to remain in the system thereby
allowing one to build up an immunity to the drug. These immune germs could
be Ďpassed on to other individuals so that the thoughtless person playing
with penicillin treatments may be responsible for the death of anotherí if
not himself as well.
Something similar to this carelessness takes place in the spiritual
realm where masses of people seem to be playing with religion - taking in
just enough of it to become immune to the real thing. Many people attend
January also saw the temperatures in the mid -100ís around most of Australia with devastating fires in and around the nationís capital, Canberra. As of this writing four have died and almost four hundred homes destroyed. We have been fortunate with no majour fires in our area but the drought is having an impact. Perhaps all this will soften some hearts for the preaching of the gospel.
In closing some have asked about our support level. We are presently $1500 under supported per month. It is the same here as it is there where you live in that prices continue to rise. Mid January we received the soon to be due liability insurance bill for the fellowships. Liability insurance is a must for if anyone gets hurt while attending one of the meetings we are covered up to ten million dollars which is the minimum amount recommended. This insurance has doubled from what it was last year to $1339 this year! We would change insurers but not every insurance company will insure us using rented facilities. David also had some dental work done in January but it isnít completed yet so we donít yet know what that bill will be. If you know David, he just loves to go to the dentist! Then the Australian dollar continues to rise against the US greenback which means we receive less Australian dollars each month. Now, we are not complaining but only share this so you may pray, give or both.
2 Thessalonians 3:1 "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you." There is a lot of religion around but little true Bible Christianity! May we see souls saved here and where you are in 2003 for the glory of God!
Thank you for your special gifts for Christmas. We also thank you for your continued prayers and regular financial support. Our desire is for "fruit that may abound to your account."
To God be the Glory,
David and Pam
David and Pam Bennett, Titus 2:13
Missionaries David and Pamela Bennett
The Bennetts Serving the Lord in Australia Since 1979.
Address: Dr. and Mrs. Bennett, PO Box 1241 Dubbo NSW 2830, AUSTRALIA
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