27 Dec Lancasters Prayer Letter – December 2019
December 2019 Dear Friends and Family,
This season of the year never grows old. It is a time that we spend with loved ones, friends, and our church family looking back on the blessed virgin birth of our Savior. “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…” There is no greater encouragement for the world than to know His name would be “Emmanuel, God with us.” Certainly, He is the reason for the season.
Julie and I are grateful for each of you that have encouraged us in the work of the Lord throughout this year. Many of you have consistently lifted us up in prayer. We are humbled by faithful supporters that have financially partnered with us in the work of God. You have helped in sustaining us as we have done the work that God has called us to do.
This has been a busy year for us. We were on the road for thirty-six weeks. The Lord gave us wonderful meetings in churches, bible colleges, girls’ and boys’ homes, as well as Christian schools. It was a joy to see several people come to trust Christ as their personal Savior. The Lord blessed us with meeting new pastors and churches that we had not had former relationships with. We were also blessed with new churches that partnered with us for support. There was much that the Lord did through the work of PREACH. Through the sacrificial giving and labor of others, we were able to send more containers of literature to the mission field. Great progress has been made in the construction of the office building. God has graciously blessed this year.
As 2019 comes to an end, we have some important things you can pray with us about. We need laborers. We are looking for more couples, families, and individuals that will partner with us as missionaries. There is a pressing need for a family that would desire to help us oversee the work that goes on at our warehouse. There are some churches we are working with that need a pastor. We are asking God to impress on the heart of some businesses, churches, and individuals to pray about giving substantially here at the end of the year, to help us with shipping containers and finishing construction. You can use this as a great help with your taxes. Would some churches prayerfully consider sending some laborers that can take a few days and come and help us with the building?
As we face a new year, may we commit to give ourselves for whatever God has for us. Certainly, we would have more called, if we would have more surrender. The fields are white and the need is greater than ever as we see the soon return of the Lord. Through all we do, may we share with the world that His name is “Wonderful”, “Counselor”, “the Mighty God”, “the Everlasting Father”, and “the Prince of Peace”.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,
Mark & Julie Lancaster