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The Olson Family's prayer letter for May/June 2021. ...
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Remembering that our current trials have a purpose helps me to patiently wait for God’s plans to come to fruition in His timing.We’re currently in another lockdown (#5) here in Melbourne, meaning we have limited reasons we can leave home, and are generally required to stay within a 5km radius from our residence. However, I am looking forward to being able to present our ministry, either in person or with a video presentation, with other churches in the next few months.I have kept up Bible College studies and I am thankful that I have been able to redeem the time here in Melbourne in this way. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow, and for the technology that has allowed us to continue despite restrictions and limitations due to the lockdowns.Image text: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬‬~ Marie ...
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4 days ago

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The kids and I are playing a game we found in the house where we are staying. It has generated a lot more laughter than we expected! ~ Anna ...
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1 week ago

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Please pray for our car, we have had seven mechanics look at it and several work on it. We have already spent more than we wanted and still have the same problem. Amongst other issues, it sputters on the highway and the AC fan speed adjusts itself. Apparently, it is misfiring, but we have already replaced bad coils and all spark plugs. We believe this is an electrical ground issue because there are several electrical issues. In two weeks, we are headed to Texas and really need this problem solved before we go. ~Tricia ...
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2 weeks ago

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Getting ready for another school year. I'm thankful for the Christian school teacher who donated so many books, flashcards, and posters to us. ~ Anna ...
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3 weeks ago

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I had the wonderful opportunity to share my burden for the Deaf worldwide at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Vancouver, WA last Sunday. I'm thankful that the Lord has been so good to me.~ Paul ...
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3 weeks ago

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John and I are amazed and humbled over and over again by the number of people who tell us they pray for us daily. Those prayers are so vital to us and our ministry. On difficult days, I find it encouraging to recall faces of praying friends and supporters. Sometimes, when I am unsure what to pray, I pray God will answer the prayers others are praying for us. We have several ongoing situations we frequently present to the Lord.We are very eager to deliver items to missionary friends in Peru, but the country still has strong quarantine restrictions. We desire greatly to complete deputation and get to the field.We continue to pray for the Lord to stabilize David's eyes. We regularly ask God to have his will and way in the lives of each of our children.We are praying the Lord will fill our calendar with meetings in churches that will be ready, willing and able to support us.We are asking the Lord for additional team members. Some are requests for specific people, and some are requests for people with specific skills. Something we probably have never mentioned is we are praying that God in his providence, would send missionaries to share the Gospel with David and Amanda's biological parents so they can meet them in heaven one day. Of course, we are also praying God would give us the opportunity to reach deaf souls for Christ around the world. Thank you all for so much prayer support! It makes a difference!~ Tricia ...
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4 weeks ago

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Last Sunday, we were in a church where the pastor was so thoughtful of the interpreter's needs:. a podium, a songbook, an order of service, a microphone and the position on the platform. The pastor was eager to make the deaf and the interpreter part of the church service. What a blessing! ~John ...
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4 weeks ago

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Flying out to Washington state today for a friend's wedding and church meeting. ~Paul ...
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1 month ago

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I’m thankful that God uses us despite our imperfections as we strive to be obedient to Him and His calling in our lives. Please pray for all of us as we work towards being a team together in person. Knowing many obstacles are in the way, like Covid and related travel restrictions, we also know that God is able!Image text: “God doesn’t work through us because we’re flawless: rather, He works through us in spite of our imperfections.” A.W. Tozer~ Marie ...
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We are in the Lakeland/Kissimmee area and would like to stay through the end of July. We were hoping to be able to stay in one of several missions apartments we knew of but none of them has worked out. We need at least two bedrooms and space to sleep five. Does anyone know of anything available now or in the near future in the surrounding area? ~Tricia ...
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1 month ago

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Sometimes, the Lord's work is long and tiring. This verse encourages us to keep on going.~ John ...
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1 month ago

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The Olson's Prayer Letter for March - April 2021Thank you for your prayers.~ John ...
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1 month ago

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We just pulled into the hotel parking space before the thunder clapped and the rain came down. Do you see the size of those drops? ...
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1 month ago

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This week I've been at Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America. What an encouragement it is! Sometimes you just need to know that you are not alone in your work. I'm glad to see others reaching the Deaf with the Gospel, here, and around the world. ~ Anna ...
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1 month ago

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Last Sunday, two churches voted to support me as one of their missionaries to the Deaf. Getting closer and closer to my goal!~ Paul ...
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2 months ago

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Last week another church voted to support me! ~ Anna ...
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2 months ago

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Today, Joseph and Zulema stopped by our home unexpectedly. What a blessing! They are dear friends, missionaries to the Deaf in Peru. ~John ...
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2 months ago

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I made the plunge yesterday. Well, actually the doctor made the plunge and I now have a big dose of cortisone deep in my wrist. He said the pain in the wrist by my thumb should go away in a couple days. He didn't mention it was going to get worse before it gets better, but I figured it out all by myself when the numbness wore off. He thinks the tendons are inflamed for the ring and middle finger as well. He said to restrict motion in the wrist for six weeks and it should calm down. Six weeks! This is not what I wanted to hear as we are trying to pack and renovate a house, not to mention travel, suitcases, and interpreting for my family. There is a ton of work to do! I know God knows all about this and he will take care of all this his way. Please pray for a full and speedy recovery. He said if this does not work, I will need surgery, not a proposition I want to consider. I am a doer but I have to rest in the Lord on this and let the tendons in my hand quiet down.Before I go, let me offer one piece of advice: Never extend your hand over the side of your bed and fall asleep with your phone in it. Just don't. ~ Tricia ...
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2 months ago

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Please pray for the presidential elections to be held in Peru tomorrow. The wrong outcome could adversely affect missionaries ability to continue their work. ...
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Here in Australia we use a two-handed alphabet. I’ve been blessed to have ongoing opportunities to keep improving my Auslan (Australian sign language) skills, both professionally and socially. I’m thankful for God’s leading in each step of the way.~ Marie ...
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Saw this at church last Sunday. What a blessed portrait!~John ...
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I'm very thankful to have had an opportunity to visit my family this past weekend. We were able to celebrate my mom's birthday and Memorial Day together.~ Paul ...
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Great Sunday in Jamestown, TN yesterday! Now in Owenton, KY for a four days camp meeting!~John ...
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I’m attending a preachers' fellowship in Lake Panasoffkee, FL today.~ Paul ...
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Last night after church, I had the opportunity to meet and pray for a girl and a lady my age, who both are carrying heavy burdens. I was so glad that they were at church and on a Wednesday. I am glad they know where to get help and hope. ~ Anna ...
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3 months ago

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One of the perks to being missionary kids, is that every once in awhile someone sends a care package in the mail. This one came yesterday. David and Amanda each had a little message in Scrabble letters to decipher. What a thoughtful little package. It really warmed our hearts! I wish I thought to do this with every package we have ever had delivered. Every single one has been a blessing. ~Tricia ...
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3 months ago

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Last Saturday marked the beginning of another year as I celebrated my birthday. Throughout that day, I thought about how good God has been to me. I surely don't deserve any of the blessings I have received. One of the first things I mused over was the family in which God placed me. I'm thankful for my dad and mom who loved me, provided for me, encouraged me, and disciplined me, and taught me. I'm thankful for a sister who puts up with me, loves me and encourages me. I'm thankful for my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Each one of them played an important part in my life. I also mused over the friends God has placed in my life. Some of you taught me as a child and played with me on the playground. Your presence showed me that I was not alone. Some of you worked alongside me as I ministered to the deaf and hearing. Your presence showed me that I had someone carrying the load with me. Some of you invested your time, your energy, your wisdom especially when I wanted to quit and do my own thing. Your presence taught me that I have value and am worth it.And most of all, I thought about the God I have. Without Him, I would be lost and headed straight for Hell. Without Him, I wouldn't have anyone because He is the One who planned and directed my life. I'm so thankful to have the LORD in my life. He has been so good to me and I love Him for who He is.~ Paul ...
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3 months ago

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Last weekend, I had a blessed time at Calvary Baptist Church in Hampton, GA. I was planning to attend their mission conference last year, but had to cancel due to the coronavirus.~Paul ...
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One of the benefits of the way we travel is seasons can be prolonged or shortened. A couple of years ago we managed to skip winter for nearly two years. This year we have enjoyed the start of Spring all over the Southeast. Unfortunately, along with all the blossom and beauty came an extended exposure to all that pollen. David and Amanda are both quite congested. As a precaution and to keep from concerning others, we kept them both home on Sunday. John went to church alone and I watched services online. It is so rare for us to miss a church service. It reminds me how much God protects us from illness; we are seldom sick. ...
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Psalms 16:8-9I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. ...
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Tonight, we were at a Baptist church in Gainesville, Florida for the last night of their missions conference. We thank the Lord for allowing us to be part of their conference.~John ...
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Last Sunday evening, I visited Victory Independent Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. The pastor gave me an opportunity to share my burden for the deaf around the world in the service. He also told me of a revival happening in town at Grace Baptist Church this Monday and Tuesday. I told him I'm going to do my best to attend and drove four hours back to Rock Spring, GA, where I'm living now. Yesterday afternoon, I drove four hours to attend the revival. Every minute of the service was worth it. I got to hear Dr. Joe Arthur preach from Matthew 3 on the voice of one crying in the wilderness. One dear lady out of Victory Independent Baptist Church approached me after the service and told me that the Lord led her to give me this $20 bill. I thanked her. I also thanked the Lord for providing for my needs. ~ Paul ...
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This weekend we returned to Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City, MO, to take David and Amanda to their youth conference. It was so neat to walk in the door and see kids come running to greet them in sign language; such a rare treat. David came away thoroughly impressed with the conference theme " Bold" and has already implemented it into his decision making process. Amanda also came away impressed that David needs to learn to be bold. At least she got something! They both made an attempt at learning to roller skate and came home with a number of bumps and bruises. They were quite proud of themselves. David turned thirteen on Saturday setting us up with a second teenager. Seems like we already crossed this threshhold seven years ago. We are proud of the young man he is becoming and thankful for his tender heart for the Lord. John and I got away for a "date night" and enjoyed a nice German dinner for two. We had a lot to talk over about multiple challenges our family is facing and the best way for us to move forward for the Lord. I think we are learning more than ever before how to pray and wait on the Lord. We are expecting him to continue to do great things. As always, we are so blessed and thankful for the prayers of so many all around the world. We love you all! ...
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3 months ago

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Lets just say it has been a busy month! We are thankful for all the Lord is doing for us. ~ Tricia ...
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I’ve been catching up on Bible College studies over the last couple of days. I’m thankful for God’s help with enabling me to study while I work full time. It is a blessing to be able to learn more about Him every day. He is good all the time!~ MarieImage Text: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬ ...
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The Olsons went to a youth conference in Missouri this week and let me stay in Georgia. I'm grateful for the extra time to get some things done for school and the ministry. ~ Anna ...
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Deaf Rally last weekend at Palmetto Deaf Baptist Church in SC where deaf Pastor Rusty and his wife Cassie serve. 96 attended. I preached twice, and my wife taught the ladies. It was a good day, and I am thankful for the friendship with Rusty and Cassie. ~John ...
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3 months ago

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One of my supporting churches increased their support this month. Thanking the Lord for His provision!~ Paul ...
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After a new timing belt, new serpentine belt, new tensioner pulley, new water pump, six new spark plugs, a new coil, and $1,500, we fixed the car with a little metal sheath pounded on the positive battery terminal for $2.99. Some days, it's just hard to figure. ...
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4 months ago

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Yesterday I caught up with a friend and I was reflecting with her about how I met the Go Deaf team, as we travelled together in the Solomon Islands for a project, working with their deaf community. It is so amazing to look back and see how God was knitting many different, seemingly unrelated parts of my life together. Even though they initially didn’t seem to have anything in common - He was establishing my steps, preparing me for this purpose. When I set out to become an Auslan Interpreter, it made little sense to me, as I am Hard of Hearing myself, but God has blessed that decision hundreds of times over. I am thankful for His leading and his faithful promises to sustain us.Image text: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:58‬ ‭KJV‬‬~ Marie ...
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On Sunday, I spoke at a Bible club hosted by a pastor in his church. Last year, they held the club in the elementary school directly across the street from the church . When coronavirus restrictions stopped all the after-school programs, the pastor moved the club to his church Sunday nights. He picks up the kids in the church bus every week. This week they were having a party to celebrate Easter and the pastor asked me to talk about deaf missions to the kids. After the missions talk and activities, we had hotdogs on the grill for dinner. When everyone was cleaning up the food, one of the little boys ran up to me with a smile and handed me something. As I reached out to take it, I saw it was a folded dollar bill. Earlier the kids had gone on an egg hunt. Among the pastel eggs filled with candy, there were golden eggs that had differing amounts of money in them. Each child was allowed to have one golden egg, and as many colored eggs as they could find. It was obvious by how it was folded that this bill was from his golden egg. I took it and said "Wow, is this for me?" He said "Yep!" and scampered off to play. I couldn't help but think of the widow that Jesus praised in Luke for giving her last two mites. That dollar just might be one of the biggest love offerings I have received yet. ~ Anna ...
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4 months ago

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Another church in Clearwater, FL has voted to support me. I have 47% of my support now.~Paul ...
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I am thankful for a little time at home this week to do some yard work, a little painting, hang wall paper and get ready for new countertops. ~Tricia ...
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I have been encouraged as I have watched on as some of our church family that have been participating in our Auslan classes have approached our Deaf church members and initiated conversations with them. A growing relationship between the hearing and the deaf, as a church family, is something I been praying for and it warms my heart to see God working in this way.~ Marie ...
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Yesterday, I saw this picture of when we received these African shirts for Christmas a couple years ago. I long to finish deputation quickly and GO to tell the Deaf in Africa as well as other continents about Jesus Christ. Please pray that we will raise the rest of our support this year. ~Thank you, John ...
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The Go Deaf Missions team has been going over Ephesians 3:20-21 each week this year. I'm thankful for the daily reminder that God is able. ~ Paul ...
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Another church voted to take us on for support!!~John ...
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Praying for a great day at the House of the Lord.~John ...
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“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬One of our memory verses we have taught our Auslan class at church is this reminder that God enables us to do all that is in His will for us. I am somewhat daunted by the prospect of preparing to stand before churches to share my burden for reaching deaf people around the world with the gospel, with our team at Go Deaf Missions. But I am also excited, knowing that I can trust God to lead me and teach me along the way. I am thankful to have received my first invitation to present to a church, in person, since churches have resumed their services on site, after having been restricted to meeting online for so long during our extensive lock-down here in Melbourne.May I please ask you to pray that more pastors here in Australia may recognise the need to reach the Deaf with the gospel in their own language, and that I may receive further invitations to share this ministry with their churches?~ Marie ...
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This is a revision of a letter I just sent to a doctor who is looking into David's case. So many people have inquired about him, and I thought it would be good to share this process so you know better how to pray. Retinitis pigmentosa is very serious and there are currently no effective treatments in existence, but it was God who made David's eyes and he can remake them in a word if he were to choose it. He can also stop the progression of this disease dead in its tracks and we are praying for him to do so. Here is the letter:Dear Doctor: We have been travelling quite a lot the last two weeks. We had trouble getting the forms signed but now we have it resolved.This is quite lengthy, but I have tried to chronicle the developments with David's eyes. It has been a frustrating journey and we no longer know what to trust. David was adopted from China in 2015, when he was seven ( or possibly really eight or nine) and we have no family history for him. David is either Chinese or Korean if not a mix of both. At the US Embassy physical exam, the doctor observed David had some red-green color blindness and thought maybe a little night-blindness. He mentioned Usher's syndrome and working with deaf people for many years we were already very familiar with it. Within a few weeks of bringing David home, we put him under the care of N Opthalmology department in Florida. They had no findings except that David needed prescription glasses. We did find we often had to give him some guidance in dim or no light settings which seemed to gradually increase over time. Until this fall, I believe all of David's eye exams have been performed at the same office.In 2017, walking into church one night David suddenly panicked, signing frantically that everything was blurry and he couldn't see. It lasted about ten minutes. Once we had him settled down we decided to get him checked out in the emergency room at in Jacksonville. They thought it was unrelated to David's eyes. They did a CT scan and it was normal and sent him home with something for a migraine. We took him to a chiropractor and he never has had another similar episode.Two years ago, David started blinking rapidly and we returned to the opthalmologist's with more concerns about Usher's syndrome. We were also growing concerned with the increase of support David needed in dim light and darkness. The doctor did an exam and suggested we schedule some tests after we returned fron an upcoming missions trip to Peru.On the trip, we misjudged time on a mountain hike and found ourselves suddenly in the dark as the sun went behind the peaks. We were gravely concernerned to notice David could not see the path in front of him even with a flashlight. We scheduled an opthalmology appointment right away. They did an exam and ran some tests. At the time they had a brand new test ( I don't know what it was called) and it was supposed to be the most accurate test in the world for eyes and they were one of two places in the US to have it. It was a little hand held computer device with a screen on it. We waited a long time for results and when we got them they said the data was flawed and they thought their tech had run the test wrong. They were going to retest, but then asked about genetic test results. They had never ordered genetic testing so they opted for that instead. The genetic test was ordered and after five months the lab called and said the sample was skewed and we needed to submit a new sample. We did and they gave us an exact date for results. When that date came, the lab could not track the sample. After another month we got a paper in the mail saying David did not have any genetic diseases of the eyes. The doctor concluded David had unexplainable night-blindness. We told David God had answered prayer and his eyes were fine.Last October, we came to Ringgold, Georgia and a ministry here offered to arrange for our kids to get new glasses through the Lion's Club with Dr . W. He took pictures of David's retina and when he opened them to show me, it was obvious something was wrong. There was a big yellow oval in the left retina. I knew before he told me what we were looking at. Dr. W referred us to Dr. G at a location in Chattanooga, the leading specialist in this area. His pictures are the sliced view of the retina I sent you. Dr. G. diagnosed David with advanced aggressive retinitis pigmentosa but said he could be anywhere between 20 to 60 before he would reach the point of legal blindness. He said he had 25 degrees of peripheral loss and that the left eye was certainly worse than the right. He suggested getting an ERG at Emory. Emory put us on a one year waiting list. He also referred us to Dr. M to learn about equipment. Dr. M is the area's low-vision specialist and she has a blind son. It took 4 months to get in for the appointment.At Dr. M. we were very surprised when she called David in for a field vision test. He was not prepared and the interpreter was obviously not familiar with what the deaf need to understand to do the test right. Between the field vision and a contrast chart exam, Dr. M. announced in front of David that he would be completely blind in 18 months to two years. We were all in a bit of shock. This was not consistent with what we know about Usher's. She said he must have a rare and advanced form of retinitis pigmentosa and he would be an interesting specimen to study.During the appointment, we discovered David was not aware he was supposed to look at the dot in the center of the field and not blink during the test, but Dr. M said the test knew how to account for that and rerunning it would not make any difference. She said the test gets the same results every time. The test showed less than 10 degrees of vision field remaining in the left eye and about 25 degrees remaining in the right. Dr. M. showed us some magnifier lights. David said he didn't need any of that, he could see fine. We do know, however, that he stumbles over items on the ground and we purposefully get in front of him for clear communication. At this point, I began to struggle with all the conflicting information and called back to Dr. W. He told us that from his original pictures he was highly suspicious of Dr. M's findings based on a field vision exam. He found it unusual that the optometrist had contradicted the opthalmologist's diagnosis without a consultation. He told me a field vision was the most subjective test in optometry and would get a different result on the same patient every time. He offered to do another field vision screening to see whether the result would be similar but he did not have as detailed of a test. To his surprise, his own test showed a similar result to Dr. M's , but he said he noticed David pressing the button and it not registering results. He said we needed an ERG. He volunteered to call around and find a appointment.From Dr. G, we understood that the ERG was a test performed with a contact lens containing electrodes that would measure to reaction of the light receptors in the eye, but when we arrived at office, the test was just a flashing light held by David in front of each eye. We questioned it and the tech said it was the same test, only a newer version. She ran the test despite the flashing red dot on the screen indicating there was no signal. The test produced a straight line and a graph with a very low arch. The second eye didn't register and she ran it again with no result. She determined we needed to move to a room with a better internet signal. We moved two rooms down in the same hallway, where she had 2 of 5 bars of internet signal. The light on the screen kept alternating red and green. She ran it again. When she got to the left eye the computer said the test was unreliable and prompted her to run it again. She did. The computer said the second test was more unreliable than the first, did she want to keep the results. She clicked yes and told us the test was done. So much for the most reliable test in opthalmology. I challenged the test and told her that there was no sense in keeping the results if the computer already knew it was unreliable. She said her job was just to run the test and print the results. I asked her what the graph points and the trajectories represented, and she didn't know. She said the guy who came to the office to train them said there should always be an arch but she didn't know what it meant if there wasn't one. She also did not know what retinitis pigmentosa is. When I asked about paying for a test that had unreliable results, she asked what our concern was. She then admitted she did not know if the contact lens ERG and her test were the same, but she would call the manufacturer and ask. She was unable to reach anyone. She reluctantly agreed to run the test again. On both eyes she was prompted to rerun the test. In the end, she printed results from two of five tests, the ones I showed you with no similarities. David is deaf, and had a seven year delay in learning language. We are making great strides in catching him up and this year we miraculously have him on grade level for most of his education. He is highly intelligent and we think he is on target for college. If he is going blind soon, we need to revamp his education to include Braille and mobility training right away, but it will detract from the time we have for his education. If we have five or ten years to prepare, then David should be able to complete his education and deal with blindness down the road. If there is anything you can do to help us get a fair assessment of where David is and what we should anticipate, we would be most grateful. We would even bring him to your state.Thank you for taking the time to consider us. Our friends speak very highly of you. Thank you,Tricia Olson ...
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This week in Tennessee for the camp meeting at Triumphant Baptist Church, the kids and I stayed in the hotel for school in the morning, which allowed me to meet the cleaning woman. She was impressed when she saw that Amanda and David are deaf and I was teaching them. She asked if we are from the church. I said yes and told her where it is. I left a tract with a note for her in our room when we left this morning. I hope she will visit the church and find salvation in Jesus that every person needs. ...
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I'm attending a preachers' fellowship in Athens, TN for the first half of this week. For some who may not know, pastors in different areas of the country will meet together on a monthly basis for fellowship and encouragement from the Word of God, which is the best part of all. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to attend these services, where I can worship my Savior and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Last night was the first service of this fellowship. God's people sang so beautifully and as a result, several folks testified how God has blessed them. We received two messages from the Word of God in that service. It surely is a blessing to see how our God, who has written a complete, inspired, and preserved book, takes one message from the Old Testament and takes another message from the New Testament and teaches and encourages His people in their walk with Him.Last night was not the last night of the fellowship. There is more happening every day until this Thursday. Pray our God would bless these services and strengthen His undershepherds of His flock. These men need and desire a fresh anointing from the Lord.~ Paul ...
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Last week, our family and I were in a missions conference at Mt Carmel Baptist Church in Flat Rock, NC. Pastor Kuykendall and his wife were wonderful hosts, and on Thursday afternoon, the church took the missionaries to bowling. Amanda and David loved it. ~John ...
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Update:. The optometrist called. He said David's test is consistent with advanced retinitis pigmentosa and the prognosis of blindness in about two years is accurate. He said we should start gathering and training on all the equipment we can. He is still going to speak with the opthomologist. We are so thankful for everyone's prayers.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Well....we took David for what we understood was the most reliable test in opthomalogy, the ERG. The technician started the test. When she got almost no reading, she announced she needed a different room because the wifi signal was too weak to get the complete test. She went to look for another available room. It seemed a little odd that the most reliable test depends on the strength of the wifi signal for the amount of accuracy.The lady was very kind and in a few minutes had us in another room where she had two whole bars of the wifi signal. She started the test again, right eye first.The test is really quick. A flashing light shines in one eye while you look at a screen with the other. It takes about 30 seconds per eye. When the left eye was finished, a little message popped up and said the test was unreliable with a prompt to retest. She clicked retest. Thirty seconds later she got another message saying the second test was more unreliable than the first. She clicked okay and said the test was done. Once again we were confused. The technician said she didn't know why it did that but she did think the graph looked odd. I told her we understood this was supposed to be the most reliable test in opthalmology and she shrugged. She said the guy who came into the office from the test company said there should be an arch in the graph and she didn't know what the sag we were seeing meant. I told her we were looking at retinitis pigmentosa and she said they don't treat that there. We explained how many inclusive tests we have had and convinced her to redo the test. She did each eye and got a different result. Now, we have two sets of conflicting results and there goes another $150.We called the original optometrist who diagnosed David. He is calling a friend to help him interpret the results because he doesn't know how to interpret the data. It seems no one really knows how to get the information we need and no one agrees on the information we have. Please keep praying. ~Tricia ...
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4 months ago

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Please pray for David's eye exam today. This is an ERG to determine exactly which parts of his retinas still function and which do not. Pray they will stabilize where they are. ...
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4 months ago

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Meeting pastors, missionaries, and new friends everywhere we go is one of the best things about deputation. I enjoy it very much. ~ Anna ...
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4 months ago

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Wherever we go Amanda always gathers a crowd of kids and challenges them to learn sign language.~Tricia ...
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4 months ago

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Sometimes, I travel to meetings, not being able to teach my class at Harvest Deaf Bible College on Tuesdays or Thursdays. However, Zoom allowed me to remotely teach my class yesterday.~John ...
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4 months ago

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Seven! That's the number of new chuches who took us on for support in February! We are rejoicing! ...
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4 months ago

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Praying for God to impact us in great ways on the Lord's Day... He is able. ~John ...
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4 months ago

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Here's a look back on a few of the places Go Deaf Missions has been over the past few years. We surely look forward to travelling again.~ Anna ...
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5 months ago

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Last week, our family and I were at a missions jubilee at Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri, where Randy Dignan is the pastor. I met Randy 21 years ago when we preached together at Harvest Baptist Church for the Deaf in Ringgold, Georgia. I thank the Lord for his friendship, and his church treated the missionaries as heroes. Also, I thank the Lord for his faithfulness to preach the Word of God. May God continue to bless Pastor, his family and his church!~John ...
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5 months ago

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I've had the opportunity to visit a church in Birmingham, AL, this week. Right before Sunday school started, the pastor informed me that they have a deaf ministry. I'm thankful the Lord has churches scattered throughout the United States where the Deaf can go and hear the Word of God. I'm looking forward to the day when the Deaf in some foreign country can enter a church and see (hear) the Gospel being preached and taught in their language.~ Paul ...
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5 months ago

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We are on our way home from the missions conference of Bible Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Missouri, where Randy Dignan is the pastor. We had such a great time and we were cared for so well.They did Christmas in March for our kids and we are amazed at all they gave to our children. Among other gifts, Amanda was given a DSLR camera to learn photography and David was given a Sunu Band, a device that uses echo location to help the blind know when they are getting close to an object or someone is approaching. In addition, we were taken shopping. I have a brand new set of luggage and John has a brand new pair of tennis shoes. Someone knit us a georgeous afghan having no idea it is in a pattern my grandma used to knit, making it all the more special. Our car is loaded full once again. We were very excited to see two deaf children baptized and a ten-year-old boy announce he believes God has called him to work with the Deaf. They fed and housed us like kings. We feel so blessed. We are looking forward to being their missionaries in the near future. In April, we plan to return to take David and Amanda to their youth conference. They have deaf teenagers and already plan to interpret all the services and activities. What a great opportunity for Amanda and David! David will turn 13 the week of the conference, just in time. We see God working in so many ways right now. God has been good to us. We are blessed. ...
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5 months ago

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Have a blessed day at church today. ~John ...
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5 months ago

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Thank you so much for praying! The optometrist found an ERG test for David at a local Chattanooga office. We were on a one-year waiting list for the test at Emory. That test was going to require a $750.00 deposit just to make the appointment. Now, we have a test scheduled for March 19 and the whole test will cost $195.00. This test should precisely read which parts of David's eyes still have light receptors and which parts are already collapsed; essentially which parts of the eye are already blind. We are so thankful the Lord has done this for us. If we know what is happening we know what steps we should be taking with David training and education wise.We are praying God will do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think! ...
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5 months ago

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Today's events:. driving nine hours to Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri, Tricia working on the website with Timothy, Anna teaching homeschool in the back, Janelle interpreting the music in the evening service, Pastor Dignan interpreting the message. We are glad the day went well, and that we are with Pastor Dignan and church family. Praying for a great week!~John ...
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5 months ago

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It has been a pretty rough couple of weeks. David has been undergoing further tests on his eyes. We have a much more somber diagnosis than we were previously given but three doctors differ in their opinions. One doctor thinks David will be completely blind in one to two years. Another thinks he has more time and could still not lose his sight completely. What we really need now is an ERG test and we are on a one year waiting list for an available appointment. We are trying to find an available test sooner. David only has about ten degrees of vision in his left eye out of the normal 160 degrees. In the meantime, we also have a very difficult private family situation and we have never felt like we needed prayer more than we do right now. We are praying for God to intervene in David's eyes, stop the progress of this disease and even reverse its path and restore health to his retina. Outside of God, there is no treatment or cure. Regarding family please pray for repentant hearts and reconciliation to the Word of God for all that are saved and for the salvation of those that are not. We know that God works all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. We are trusting him to do great things. ~Tricia ...
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5 months ago

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On deputation, I'm often led to a specific place to serve the Lord in a special way. Last Sunday is an example. I visited a church in Murfreesboro, TN, that morning. I met in the singles ministry a young man whose parents served as interpreters for the Deaf for many years in the Northwestern part of the United States. We discovered we were childhood friends in Jacksonville, FL, as we talked about our backgrounds and ministries.After church, we ate lunch and encouraged each other in our service to the Lord. I'm so thankful the Lord led me to Murfreesboro and for the friendships renewed while I was there.Next, I headed to another church in Huntsville, AL. I arrived at the church and discovered that they are not holding any evening services temporarily. I decided to head back to Ringgold, GA, and hopefully find a church along the way. As I passed through Scottsboro, AL, I stopped and visited a church. I didn't know anyone in the church and it looked like the service was finished. The men of the church saw my car and made their way toward me. I immediately got out of my car and introduced myself as a young man passing through the area looking for a church and as a missionary to the Deaf. The pastor, upon hearing I was a missionary, invited me inside and gave me the opportunity to share my burden for the Deaf. The church learned that evening of a people group who they have not thought about before and who still need to hear the Gospel. I thank the Lord for using me to help His people reach more people for Christ.~ Paul ...
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5 months ago

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For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12~ Anna ...
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5 months ago

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Last Monday, Tricia and I went for three days to a staff/student retreat for Harvest Deaf Bible College at Pigeon Forge. I thank the Lord for the opportunity to preach a challenging message to the students. The retreat was a blessed time of music, teaching, and fellowship. Pray for the students as they prepare for the ministry.~John ...
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5 months ago

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Our team's verse for the year is Ephesians 3:20-21. "Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages world without end. Amen."I'm so glad and thankful we have a God who is able. I can't wait to see what He is going to do for and through the Go Deaf Missions Team this year.~ Paul ...
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5 months ago

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One of the neat things about visiting so many churches is to see what is happening in churches all across the country. Every church as its own uniqueness. We find something that stands out every time we visit a church. Last night we visited a church where a couple of things we had not seen elsewhere happened and they made an impression on us. Prior to the service the pastor conducted a prayer meeting. For the last three years I have been commenting to John that I find it disturbing how much of the prayer requests are about health issues. Don't get me wrong, we should certainly take our health concerns to the Lord, and it is no secret we are praying for God to intervene for David's eyes. I keep wondering about, "For this cause many are weak, and sickly among you, and many sleep." This church was different though. There were lots of requests but they were almost all for spiritual issues. "Pray for my brother and his wife to get saved." "Pray for my sister to get her heart right with the Lord." "Pray for me to get an opportunity to witness to a guy at work." "Pray the Spirit of God will work in our camp meeting." "Pray we can be a blessing to the people who come." Out of all the requests, there were only two that concerned health and one was ours for David's eyes. It was a blessing to then hear all the men praying aloud for God to open the doors for these spiritual victories.When the prayer service was finished, the pastor, like many pastors do, encouraged the people to greet us. Only in this church, they all got up at once and headed our way! It was so warm and welcoming! I think literally everyone in the church shook hands with every one of us. When the service closed he sent them back again. Most people think because I interpret that I love being up in front of people, but the truth is, I love interpreting so I am willing to get up in front of people. When I first started I used to get dizzy from the stage fright. Walking into a different church service every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night is a constant challenge to me, too, but I love missions so I do it. It helps me so much when people go out of their way to make us feel welcome. The church we visited Sunday went above and beyond to be friendly. I can't wait to be in their camp meeting!~Tricia ...
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5 months ago

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Yesterday I was involved with teaching Auslan at our church, Calvary Baptist Church. We had a wonderful time with lots of learning and laughs along the way. I am so encouraged to see a large number of our church family involved and to see them keen to learn how to communicate with our Deaf church members. Please pray for the remaining 5 weeks of classes, that our students will retain what they have learnt and find lots of opportunities to apply their new skills in conversations.~ Marie ...
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5 months ago

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This morning I rearranged a few posters and put up new ones in our classroom. It's so good to have all these walls, something I miss when we are on the road. ~ Anna ...
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5 months ago

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Yesterday, Caleb Lindsey suggested a visit to Philadelphia Baptist Church in Calhoun where they are having a Jubilee. We did last night, and I was able to get three new contacts for future meetings, including Jason McNeese. Jason is the brother of Dean McNeese, whom Tricia and I knew in Bible college in the eighties. It was a blessing to meet Jason and for Caleb's encouragement. More than that, I love watching the Lord using people to accomplish His work.~John ...
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5 months ago

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I'm thankful the Lord answers the prayers of His people. Several months ago, I began praying about a personal issue. The Lord didn't answer right away so I kept waiting and praying. A few days ago, the Lord sent His answer. It's not the answer I wanted and wished for, but it's His answer. I've accepted it and am learning to trust and follow the Lord.~ Paul ...
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5 months ago

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We've been singing this great hymn all week at the camp meeting.My name is in the book of life,Oh, bless the name of Jesus!I rise above all doubt and strife,And read my title clear!I know, I know,My name is there!I know, I know,My name is written there!~ Anna ...
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5 months ago

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The first note was put on our car window last Tuesday night. The second one was on our car window last night. What an encouragement!~John ...
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5 months ago

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Last Monday, our family and I ate dinner with Pastor Norman. We shared news about David's eye condition. David asked the Pastor to pray for him and Pastor said he would. Then, last night, after a wonderful service of singing and preaching, Pastor asked David and Tricia to come on the platform, and Tricia explained David's eye condition (retinitis pigmentosa). Pastor Norman and the entire church prayed for David, first that God will help his eyes and secondly that David would accept whatever God has planned for him. Tricia and I thank the Lord for a wonderful, praying group of believers.~John ...
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6 months ago

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Yesterday was a good day at the campmeeting. We were blessed by the music from Caleb, Rachel and their daughter. Caleb is a good friend, encouraging me in the Lord. I thank the Lord for their friendship.Pastor Norman has a praying attitude, desiring the Lord's leadership on this meeting. It has been uplifting after a challenging year. God is good!~John ...
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6 months ago

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This week I'm attending campmeeting in Lake City, Fl. The fellowship here is sweet. The harmony of God's people singing is encouraging and uplifting. The preaching, which is the best part of this campmeeting, is convicting. God is using every part of this meeting to encourage and challenge me in my walk with the Lord. ...
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6 months ago

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At a camp meeting for the week at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lake City, FL. Pray for God's blessings on these services.~John ...
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6 months ago

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Ephesians 3:20-2120¶Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. ...
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6 months ago

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Last year, at this time, we were just recovered from the most awful sickness to ever sweep through our family. We headed to a camp meeting in Lake City, Florida. It was a great meeting and such a blessing to our family. We didn't really keep up with the news much that week. We missed all the announcements about a virus from China looking like a threat to the United States. The next week a two week quarrantine became a new topic. In the following days, we cancelled a long-planned missions trip to Peru. It was not much longer before our entire calendar was wiped clean and a trip to Portugal was also scrubbed. With no trips planned and no scheduled meetings, I didn't know how financially, we were going to get through the year. It is one year later. We are on our way to the camp meeting in Lake City. We didn't do everything we had hoped to do this year but we are clothed and well-fed. God has met all of our needs. Our support has continued to increase even in a pandemic. I am expecting great things from God this week and I just want to praise Him for all the wonderful ways He has cared for us this year. He has done exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think. ...
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6 months ago

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I just want to praise God for His goodness. Wednesday I was discouraged, until I went to church. It was such a blessing! I had prayed that God would lead me to the right place, and He answered that prayer. He gave me exactly what I needed.~ Anna ...
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6 months ago

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Last Saturday, I helped build shelters for goats and ponies. I had never done anything like that but I said I would be happy to assist. I made plenty of mistakes and found it required a good deal of patience. We got it done, though. I learned a few things and had a great time doing it!~ John ...
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6 months ago

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Living in a new place is exciting and comes with new opportunities. I moved to Ringgold, Georgia and have been living there for a month. In that month, I had the chance to help a fellow missionary move to Texas, make new friendships, learn how to renovate an apartment room, and encourage Bible college students in their walk with the Lord. Looking back over this past month, I'm grateful for the Lord leading me to Ringgold, Georgia. Looking ahead, I can't wait to do these same opportunities and more on a larger scale as a missionary to the Deaf around the world.~ Paul ...
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6 months ago

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The Olson's prayer letter for November & December 2020 ...
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6 months ago

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Sometimes it feels like things are not moving fast enough but each day is one step closer to getting to the field. ~Tricia ...
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6 months ago

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Image description: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬I’m looking forward to starting a new semester of study with VBBC, Victoria Baptist Bible College. I am thankful for the ongoing opportunity to learn more each day. I am praying that I will not only receive and hear the teaching, but as in this verse, to continue to apply what I learn, as God continues to work in me and through me. I am thankful for His provision of mature Christians around me to learn from and for their faithful teaching.~ Marie ...
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6 months ago

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This past year has been challenging with church meetings. Churches, due to coronavirus, often had to cancel services, and it led to many changes in our meetings. Still, God is faithful. Last night, we popped in a new church. The pastor on the spot let us speak for few minutes about our ministry, and he invited us back for a date in March, to be part of their Missions Emphasis month. ~ John ...
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