“Be careful what you ask God for, He might give it to you!” These words were spoken by my Grandmother many years ago. I found out this past month how true they are!
I had been working on websites and video tracts for a while, and enjoying it, but I was missing typesetting. I asked the Lord if He would give me more typesetting, since it was what I loved most in this work. I just forgot to ask him to give it to me after I finished some of the projects I was working on! Before I knew it, I had more projects coming in than I could keep up with — hence, this overdue prayer letter. I ended up buying a whiteboard to keep all of my projects straight and to keep me from forgetting anything. At one point, between edits and new projects, I had 9 projects on that board. I am still not caught up, but much progress is being made.
I was contacted by Missionary Jim Taylor to make a few edits to the Korean/English John Romans before they went to press with it. I thought it was going to take days to make the edits, but God showed me a much simpler way and it was done in a matter of hours. Like we sing in the kindergarten class I teach here, “My God is so BIG, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do!”
Bearing Precious Seed in Indiana was able to obtain a good copy of the French New Testament file in a PDF. To typeset it for their press size, I had to extract the text from the PDF and then clean it up. The clean-up included removing extra line breaks that it ‘read’ from the original file, removing hyphens that were left over from line breaks, and finding a few words that had special characters misread by the conversion and fixing them. I thank God for my Dad and my sister, Audrey, and friend, Judy, who helped me with checking the text against the original PDF file. With all of us checking it, we were able to get it cleaned up. The bulk of the typesetting is done and I am now going through it to check the layout before sending it back to BPS. At one point, it seemed impossible to finish this on time, but I prayed and I could feel others praying— and God gave victory.
Another small typesetting job has been sent to me. I say ‘small’ because the finished project is to be pocket-sized. It remains to be seen how small or large it is in work. It is called Looking at the Bible in Panoramic View — A Little Bible. It contains at least 3 verses from every book in the Bible, a pocket-sized reference.
The website I talked about in my last letter is uploaded and working. I will be adding a couple of pages as they get sermons and music ready for a download page and as they work on their missions information, but the bulk of the work is complete. You can see it at www.morningsidebaptistgraham.com. I took a weekend to drive to Graham to meet the folks at Morningside Baptist Church and take photos for their site. I met many lovely people and visited with old friends. It was a great, and productive, weekend.
One of my faithful supporting churches, Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai, Alaska, has asked me to help them with their website as well. As soon as some of the typesetting work is caught up, I will begin work on it. Please pray I will be able to create the site for them that God will use to help reach their community and beyond.
Tracts & Video
Some time ago I helped a tract ministry in Dallas update a tract they had in Flash format on their website. That was a time of learning for me and I enjoyed it in spite of (or because of) the way it stretched my talents and mind. They contacted me and asked about turning that same tract into a DVD that could be played on any DVD player. I spent some time rewriting the script for the Flash to get it ready to put on DVD. There are a few bugs yet to be worked out, but it is nearly finished.
This same ministry, The Reapers, have asked me to turn one of their other tracts into a video also. We have had some difficulty finding the type of illustration they want and they have yet to find the narrator they want for it. Please pray God would work out these details so we could get to work on it when I finish the French.
The work on the Missions seminars from VHS to DVD was delayed further when my printer stopped working, but I have a new, working printer now, so I have resumed work on it. Discs 1-3 are converted, copied, and printed. Disc 4 is being copied and printed now while disc 5 is being converted. So far, we have converted the following seminars from VHS to DVD: Spiritual Warfare, Intercession and Missions I & II, Indigenous Principles, Chalk Art in Ministry/Teaching Children, Discipleship, and Leadership. I am working on the Persecution series now. Just recently I had a missionary contact me, saying they had been wishing someone would convert these to DVD so it would be easier to take them to the Field. Then they heard I was working on doing that very thing. Some missionaries do not have VHS players overseas, so having them on DVD is a tremendous resource for them. I am thankful to be a part in getting this wonderful resource into a format that is usable for all missionaries.
Thank you all for your prayers. I know much of this work is done, not at the computer, but on your knees. Thank you!
Because all I am is His,