God is Good!

It is hard to put into words just how good God is! I continually find myself noticing the blessings that God sends and wondering why God would show such goodness to me! God gave me the privilege of preaching this past Sunday at a church in Macon, Ga and seeing a good number of visitors! In the Sunday School, I preached on the resurrection, and Sunday morning, I preached the account of the Garden of Eden and was able to share the gospel. Although I don’t know for sure of anyone who got saved, the people seemed like they got a blessing from the day, and there is possibility of meetings in the future! God has just been sending these little blessings and opportunities along the way at the times when I am least expecting it.

I’d like to share something that happened recently since I have been off the road a good portion of the fall. One night, I went out to grab a bite to eat and ran into this guy who worked there. He asked me what I was doing, and just so happened that I was preaching the next morning filling in at a little area church. I had been studying 1 John. This by the way has been a phenomenal study for me in recent weeks. Well, as I began to share with him how much God longs to have fellowship and that God sent Jesus to die and be raised again so that we could have fellowship with Him! He said he had been reading in the book of Revelation, and it scared him! It gave me a wonderful opportunity to witness, and leave a gospel tract. I share this to encourage you that there are opportunities waiting out there! People are searching! Pray I would be able to follow up with this gentleman sometime soon!

In all, I have had a tremendous year. 27 children saved in VBS ministries this summer! A tremendous revival meeting back in April with Pastor David Foote, and about 30 or so that were saved in Haiti when i was there about two months ago!

Id just like to share a few Prayer requests.

Please pray for brother Leon Foote, a good friend of mine, and the father of the Pastor I was with in April. He has some serious health needs and has a heart for ministry, but he just needs some extra prayer as he battles his health concerns with cancer and other things.

Please pray for Haiti and the US with the damages from Hurricane Matthew and that God would use this to waken His people and draw the lost to himself.

Please pray for me that God would expand ministry opportunities and meetings and that there would be lasting fruit! I’d love to be more involved in ministry and less occupied with Chick Fil A or even not need to be there all together.

Please pray for a special unspoken I have as well.

In every area I want to be yielded to God and useful for His work! If there is ever any way whatsoever I can be of help to you or pray for you, please feel free to reach out!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

New Pastor

Rejoicing at an answer to prayer! About two or three years ago now, I was at Lighthouse Baptist Church in PEI, Canada! They were in desperate need of a Pastor, and I just recently learned through a friend that God has supplied a wonderful couple to this ministry! What a HUGE answer to prayer this is.

Haiti Trip Update

As I begin this update, I would just like to extend a special thanks to all those who prayed for the missions trip! I know that your prayers made all the difference, and I could truly sense the prayers. In my first week, it was a joy to work with Harry Peart doing a young people’s conference on a Wednesday through Friday. We had great group of young people out for the week. There were a couple of people who really seemed like they were under conviction regarding their need for salvation, but did not get the need taken care of. One young man stepped forward and some others began snickering at him, which discouraged him from coming. It was a very sad thing to see, and the conviction was obvious any time the need for salvation was addressed throughout the week. Just pray for him that God will continue to convict and draw this young man to Christ.

There are three other missionary familes who live in the same compound area as the Pearts, each of whom I had the privilege of meeting.  Dr. Ann Livingston is a medical doctor who has been serving there faithfully for many years meeting the physical needs of the Haitian People. Then, the Tim Bower family who has a church plant right next to the compound, and the Baker family who lives with the Bowers. I had the privilege of preaching in Brother Bower’s church on Wed night while I was there. On Sunday, I preached in Brother Pearts church. He has been faithfully working with this congregation for several years and just recently was able to get a building started. They were about ready to have the roof put on when I arrived. A construction team came the day I left to assist in that project. The national that Brother Peart has been working with to place as the Pastor is a very good man with a heart for God. It was a joy to meet him!  In the Sunday morning service, God began something there at that church in his life that I feel is very key to the continuing growth and forward movement of that ministry. Praise God for all He has done! The whole while the youth conference was going on, there was a voodo ceremony going on maybe a five to ten minute walk from the church. The national pastor to be pointed to a clump of trees and told that a voodo ceremony was taking place just on the other side of that clump of trees. It was heart breaking to think of that going on so close to the church and during the same time as the youth conference. It was a solemn  reminder that when God is at work, so is Satan. But, I am thankful God is greater! In fact, this Pastor had been saved out of voodo and had been born into the family of a witch doctor. At the time of his salvation, he was in the process of buying more power with Satan, but God miraculously saved him and now He is passionate about winning souls!

My second week was very full working with some good friends of mine from Dunbar Baptist. Kathy Gouker and Alice Wise as well as a national, Pastor Cebian during this week, I was helping a little boy named Audson ( pronounced udson)  do his schoolwork in ACE. He has been having a problem with his eyes that makes him unable to see at times. And no one can seem to figure out what it is. His parents have been trying all they can, So, I read  his work to him, and asked the questions and was able to help him in school! I enjoyed it tremendously, and it was a blessing to be able to encourage him. Please pray he can get the help he needs. The situation there is very complicated and hard because of government regulations and medical quality. During the week, I also preached in Chopin for a week and saw God work in lives there! It was also, a joy to preach in the Christian School Chapel three times. Later, Pastor Cebian invited me to a very remote place called Robinette. I went on a Saturday and returned on Monday. We showed a film on the life of Christ Saturday night then I got to preach on Sunday. The best part, a group that had barely any knowledge of God or the Bible! They didn’t even own a Bible. So, I started with creation and the fall of man, then explained salvation. Praise God, in all there were 24 or so who accepted Christ in the mountains of Robinette, Haiti. Pastor Cebian is about ready to plant another church there, and has already been responsible for over 200 church plants in Haiti! We had the privilege of celebrating his seventy-second birthday while I was there, and He is still going strong!

This is just a brief summery of the many things God allowed me to take part in while I was there, and my heart is truly full for what He allowed to take place. This is the 7th foreign country God has allowed me to visit, and although the language barrier and living conditions were much more difficult than some other places I have been, It was a tremendous trip, and from the very start, God gave me a love for the people, of this needy land! A piece of my heart is left behind in each of the countries I have been, and Haiti was no exception. watching the coastline disappear as the airplane takes off is always the hardest thing I do any time I leave a foreign country. Lord wiling, Some pictures will be posted on facebook soon!

Ministry Update

I am not  even sure I know where to begin with this update as I think about how incredibly good God has been! Not to mention, quite some time has passed since my last formal update as well. The summer has been very busy, yet very fruitful! My first meeting for the summer was a VBS with my good friend Pastor Jim Ogle at Emmanuel Baptist in Kings Mountain, NC , who was also one of my professors in college. It was a great joy to get to know him better as well as serve in his ministry. He was a blessing all throughout my college days, and currently is being greatly used of God in the ministry there.

From there, I went to be with my Dad, Pastor Bob Wrachford in Dunbar, Pa to conduct a Bible School. My siblings jumped right in and participated in helping to prepare things. This was a great opportunity to serve along side them this particular week for God’s glory. Several children made some solid decisions in their lives to get things right with God. If they will remain tender throughout their lives to the Word of God, it will be incredibly exciting to see what God will do in the years ahead with them!

 

After this week of meetings, I went to Meshoppen, Pa to serve with a Pastor I had never met before. But Pastor Myers is a wonderful man of God who has been there since beginning the church 40 years ago! He still has a fervor to reach out to his community there in the mountains of north central Pa. Several children accepted Christ and showed a wonderful understanding of the plan of Salvation! That right there was just so exciting!

 

Maineville, OH was my last VBS for the summer. and God clearly moved in a great way there as well. This was my second time to help out there under this good friend, and we are already beginning to toss some ideas around for next year! Following this time. I was able to preach a teen rally at my home church, in Taylors, SC , then go up to the annual Landmark Conference at Ambassador Baptist College.

 

Each week was marked by special answers to prayer! In fact, before I began the summer, I was praying for at least 20 souls to be saved. God went far above that! To my knowledge there were 27 that made profession of faith. And I have not even gone to Haiti yet! That trip will be from Aug 9 – 23. Please pray with me that more souls will be saved!

As I close this update, I just want to say, I covet your prayers above anything else! I want to be useful for the cause of Christ and to be yielded to Him in every way. Please pray for an unspoken prayer request I have. Second, please remember to keep the missions trip in prayer. The country of Haiti some years ago was officially dedicated to Satan, and there is a lot of witchcraft, and voodoo is their primary religion. This country, which is classified as fourth world is, indeed, in desperate need of the transforming power of the Gospel! It is a small nation, but God is a great God who cares even about the tiniest islands of people in the world! Third, please pray for God to guide in my car situation. It has been repaired several times recently and it is getting to the time to be considering what God would have for me to do with that. Just want to wait on Him, not running before or behind but exactly following His leadership in this area. I am absolutely thrilled at what God is doing! It is a joy to be a small part of God’s work and to let Him do the impossible as some exciting possibilities begin to present themselves. If I can ever pray for you in any way or be of help in any way whatsoever, I hope that you will feel free to contact me.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

 

Faith

God has been really showing me some neat things in His Word recently regarding faith. In Hebrews 11, we find that faith is based on a convincement that comes from God’s Word. We have so many examples in the Bible of men and women who did something because they had God’s word on it. 1Jn 5:14 -15 says. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

We learn what God’s will is by the Word of God. So if we ask according to God’s Word, then, we should be able to pray fully expecting that we will receive that request!  If we as Christians were to get ahold of this simple truth, how radically would it change our prayer lives?

April Ministry

Dear Praying Friends,

It has been a great month of serving the King! The highlight of the month was the opportunity to preach a revival meeting for a long time family friend in Franklin, Pa. There was a sweet spirit all week and God blessed in each service. There was great liberty and people were receptive to God’s Word. There was one man in particular that God really seemed to be stirring in his heart, and he made some decisions that were needed! It was a great blessing to see that! There were also a few visitors who came throughout the week.

Also, since my return home from the meeting, I have been doing a lot of pulpit supply for a needy little church in the area. Please continue to pray for Victory Baptist Church in Woodruff, SC that God would meet their needs! I have been trying to help them out as much as possible when I am not traveling.

The summer is fast approaching and VBS rallies will be in full swing. Please pray specifically that some souls will be saved this summer!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter

Easter is always my favorite time of the year! It provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what Christ has done for us! Yes, we can and should do this all the time, but Resurrection Sunday provides a little extra opportunity to pause and give God the thanks for what He has done! We serve a living Saviour! This is the touchstone of all Christianity!  No resurrection equals no hope! There was a wonderful attendance at my home church on Easter Sunday, and many visitors. My Pastor gave a clear testimony to the power of the Risen Christ! In my Dad’s Church, a young teenage girl accepted Christ on Sunday Evening! What a joy to see the power that the gospel has on sinners and saints alike!  I trust, you had a great time with family and friends, but most importantly with the friend closer than any brother, Jesus!

Upcoming Ministry

Things are getting ready to pick up a little as far as ministry opportunities abroad again this year! Looking forward to a Revival Meeting in just a couple of weeks at Baptist Temple of Franklin with Pastor David Foote! Please be in much prayer for this upcoming opportunity! We are a needy people, and this preacher needs God to show him exactly what messages to preach. Pray that God would give me a heart of compassion, and that souls will be stirred to revival and the lost will be pointed to Christ. We need to seek God daily for this meeting. I am anticipating what God can and will do! Please pray also for my home church which will be having a revival meeting this same week with Evangelist Morris Glieser. It is my prayer that God will do His work there as well, to stir up a genuine thirst for God!

In the last month, there have been some great opportunities that God has given. My summer continues to fill up with VBS events, and I am very much looking forward to this as well ! Please keep them in your prayers as you think of it. I still have several weeks available this summer, if there is a need that I can help you to meet in that capacity, it would be a great privilege to serve.

 

God is Good!

It is hard to put into words just how good God is! I continually find myself noticing the blessings that God sends and wondering why God would show such goodness to me! God gave me the privilege of preaching this past Sunday at a church in Macon, Ga and seeing a good number of visitors! In the Sunday School, I preached on the resurrection, and Sunday morning, I preached the account of the Garden of Eden and was able to share the gospel. Although I don’t know for sure of anyone who got saved, the people seemed like they got a blessing from the day, and there is possibility of meetings in the future! God has just been sending these little blessings and opportunities along the way at the times when I am least expecting it.

I’d like to share something that happened recently since I have been off the road a good portion of the fall. One night, I went out to grab a bite to eat and ran into this guy who worked there. He asked me what I was doing, and just so happened that I was preaching the next morning filling in at a little area church. I had been studying 1 John. This by the way has been a phenomenal study for me in recent weeks. Well, as I began to share with him how much God longs to have fellowship and that God sent Jesus to die and be raised again so that we could have fellowship with Him! He said he had been reading in the book of Revelation, and it scared him! It gave me a wonderful opportunity to witness, and leave a gospel tract. I share this to encourage you that there are opportunities waiting out there! People are searching! Pray I would be able to follow up with this gentleman sometime soon!

In all, I have had a tremendous year. 27 children saved in VBS ministries this summer! A tremendous revival meeting back in April with Pastor David Foote, and about 30 or so that were saved in Haiti when i was there about two months ago!

Id just like to share a few Prayer requests.

Please pray for brother Leon Foote, a good friend of mine, and the father of the Pastor I was with in April. He has some serious health needs and has a heart for ministry, but he just needs some extra prayer as he battles his health concerns with cancer and other things.

Please pray for Haiti and the US with the damages from Hurricane Matthew and that God would use this to waken His people and draw the lost to himself.

Please pray for me that God would expand ministry opportunities and meetings and that there would be lasting fruit! I’d love to be more involved in ministry and less occupied with Chick Fil A or even not need to be there all together.

Please pray for a special unspoken I have as well.

In every area I want to be yielded to God and useful for His work! If there is ever any way whatsoever I can be of help to you or pray for you, please feel free to reach out!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

New Pastor

Rejoicing at an answer to prayer! About two or three years ago now, I was at Lighthouse Baptist Church in PEI, Canada! They were in desperate need of a Pastor, and I just recently learned through a friend that God has supplied a wonderful couple to this ministry! What a HUGE answer to prayer this is.

Haiti Trip Update

As I begin this update, I would just like to extend a special thanks to all those who prayed for the missions trip! I know that your prayers made all the difference, and I could truly sense the prayers. In my first week, it was a joy to work with Harry Peart doing a young people’s conference on a Wednesday through Friday. We had great group of young people out for the week. There were a couple of people who really seemed like they were under conviction regarding their need for salvation, but did not get the need taken care of. One young man stepped forward and some others began snickering at him, which discouraged him from coming. It was a very sad thing to see, and the conviction was obvious any time the need for salvation was addressed throughout the week. Just pray for him that God will continue to convict and draw this young man to Christ.

There are three other missionary familes who live in the same compound area as the Pearts, each of whom I had the privilege of meeting.  Dr. Ann Livingston is a medical doctor who has been serving there faithfully for many years meeting the physical needs of the Haitian People. Then, the Tim Bower family who has a church plant right next to the compound, and the Baker family who lives with the Bowers. I had the privilege of preaching in Brother Bower’s church on Wed night while I was there. On Sunday, I preached in Brother Pearts church. He has been faithfully working with this congregation for several years and just recently was able to get a building started. They were about ready to have the roof put on when I arrived. A construction team came the day I left to assist in that project. The national that Brother Peart has been working with to place as the Pastor is a very good man with a heart for God. It was a joy to meet him!  In the Sunday morning service, God began something there at that church in his life that I feel is very key to the continuing growth and forward movement of that ministry. Praise God for all He has done! The whole while the youth conference was going on, there was a voodo ceremony going on maybe a five to ten minute walk from the church. The national pastor to be pointed to a clump of trees and told that a voodo ceremony was taking place just on the other side of that clump of trees. It was heart breaking to think of that going on so close to the church and during the same time as the youth conference. It was a solemn  reminder that when God is at work, so is Satan. But, I am thankful God is greater! In fact, this Pastor had been saved out of voodo and had been born into the family of a witch doctor. At the time of his salvation, he was in the process of buying more power with Satan, but God miraculously saved him and now He is passionate about winning souls!

My second week was very full working with some good friends of mine from Dunbar Baptist. Kathy Gouker and Alice Wise as well as a national, Pastor Cebian during this week, I was helping a little boy named Audson ( pronounced udson)  do his schoolwork in ACE. He has been having a problem with his eyes that makes him unable to see at times. And no one can seem to figure out what it is. His parents have been trying all they can, So, I read  his work to him, and asked the questions and was able to help him in school! I enjoyed it tremendously, and it was a blessing to be able to encourage him. Please pray he can get the help he needs. The situation there is very complicated and hard because of government regulations and medical quality. During the week, I also preached in Chopin for a week and saw God work in lives there! It was also, a joy to preach in the Christian School Chapel three times. Later, Pastor Cebian invited me to a very remote place called Robinette. I went on a Saturday and returned on Monday. We showed a film on the life of Christ Saturday night then I got to preach on Sunday. The best part, a group that had barely any knowledge of God or the Bible! They didn’t even own a Bible. So, I started with creation and the fall of man, then explained salvation. Praise God, in all there were 24 or so who accepted Christ in the mountains of Robinette, Haiti. Pastor Cebian is about ready to plant another church there, and has already been responsible for over 200 church plants in Haiti! We had the privilege of celebrating his seventy-second birthday while I was there, and He is still going strong!

This is just a brief summery of the many things God allowed me to take part in while I was there, and my heart is truly full for what He allowed to take place. This is the 7th foreign country God has allowed me to visit, and although the language barrier and living conditions were much more difficult than some other places I have been, It was a tremendous trip, and from the very start, God gave me a love for the people, of this needy land! A piece of my heart is left behind in each of the countries I have been, and Haiti was no exception. watching the coastline disappear as the airplane takes off is always the hardest thing I do any time I leave a foreign country. Lord wiling, Some pictures will be posted on facebook soon!

Ministry Update

I am not  even sure I know where to begin with this update as I think about how incredibly good God has been! Not to mention, quite some time has passed since my last formal update as well. The summer has been very busy, yet very fruitful! My first meeting for the summer was a VBS with my good friend Pastor Jim Ogle at Emmanuel Baptist in Kings Mountain, NC , who was also one of my professors in college. It was a great joy to get to know him better as well as serve in his ministry. He was a blessing all throughout my college days, and currently is being greatly used of God in the ministry there.

From there, I went to be with my Dad, Pastor Bob Wrachford in Dunbar, Pa to conduct a Bible School. My siblings jumped right in and participated in helping to prepare things. This was a great opportunity to serve along side them this particular week for God’s glory. Several children made some solid decisions in their lives to get things right with God. If they will remain tender throughout their lives to the Word of God, it will be incredibly exciting to see what God will do in the years ahead with them!

 

After this week of meetings, I went to Meshoppen, Pa to serve with a Pastor I had never met before. But Pastor Myers is a wonderful man of God who has been there since beginning the church 40 years ago! He still has a fervor to reach out to his community there in the mountains of north central Pa. Several children accepted Christ and showed a wonderful understanding of the plan of Salvation! That right there was just so exciting!

 

Maineville, OH was my last VBS for the summer. and God clearly moved in a great way there as well. This was my second time to help out there under this good friend, and we are already beginning to toss some ideas around for next year! Following this time. I was able to preach a teen rally at my home church, in Taylors, SC , then go up to the annual Landmark Conference at Ambassador Baptist College.

 

Each week was marked by special answers to prayer! In fact, before I began the summer, I was praying for at least 20 souls to be saved. God went far above that! To my knowledge there were 27 that made profession of faith. And I have not even gone to Haiti yet! That trip will be from Aug 9 – 23. Please pray with me that more souls will be saved!

As I close this update, I just want to say, I covet your prayers above anything else! I want to be useful for the cause of Christ and to be yielded to Him in every way. Please pray for an unspoken prayer request I have. Second, please remember to keep the missions trip in prayer. The country of Haiti some years ago was officially dedicated to Satan, and there is a lot of witchcraft, and voodoo is their primary religion. This country, which is classified as fourth world is, indeed, in desperate need of the transforming power of the Gospel! It is a small nation, but God is a great God who cares even about the tiniest islands of people in the world! Third, please pray for God to guide in my car situation. It has been repaired several times recently and it is getting to the time to be considering what God would have for me to do with that. Just want to wait on Him, not running before or behind but exactly following His leadership in this area. I am absolutely thrilled at what God is doing! It is a joy to be a small part of God’s work and to let Him do the impossible as some exciting possibilities begin to present themselves. If I can ever pray for you in any way or be of help in any way whatsoever, I hope that you will feel free to contact me.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

 

Faith

God has been really showing me some neat things in His Word recently regarding faith. In Hebrews 11, we find that faith is based on a convincement that comes from God’s Word. We have so many examples in the Bible of men and women who did something because they had God’s word on it. 1Jn 5:14 -15 says. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

We learn what God’s will is by the Word of God. So if we ask according to God’s Word, then, we should be able to pray fully expecting that we will receive that request!  If we as Christians were to get ahold of this simple truth, how radically would it change our prayer lives?

April Ministry

Dear Praying Friends,

It has been a great month of serving the King! The highlight of the month was the opportunity to preach a revival meeting for a long time family friend in Franklin, Pa. There was a sweet spirit all week and God blessed in each service. There was great liberty and people were receptive to God’s Word. There was one man in particular that God really seemed to be stirring in his heart, and he made some decisions that were needed! It was a great blessing to see that! There were also a few visitors who came throughout the week.

Also, since my return home from the meeting, I have been doing a lot of pulpit supply for a needy little church in the area. Please continue to pray for Victory Baptist Church in Woodruff, SC that God would meet their needs! I have been trying to help them out as much as possible when I am not traveling.

The summer is fast approaching and VBS rallies will be in full swing. Please pray specifically that some souls will be saved this summer!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter

Easter is always my favorite time of the year! It provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what Christ has done for us! Yes, we can and should do this all the time, but Resurrection Sunday provides a little extra opportunity to pause and give God the thanks for what He has done! We serve a living Saviour! This is the touchstone of all Christianity!  No resurrection equals no hope! There was a wonderful attendance at my home church on Easter Sunday, and many visitors. My Pastor gave a clear testimony to the power of the Risen Christ! In my Dad’s Church, a young teenage girl accepted Christ on Sunday Evening! What a joy to see the power that the gospel has on sinners and saints alike!  I trust, you had a great time with family and friends, but most importantly with the friend closer than any brother, Jesus!

Upcoming Ministry

Things are getting ready to pick up a little as far as ministry opportunities abroad again this year! Looking forward to a Revival Meeting in just a couple of weeks at Baptist Temple of Franklin with Pastor David Foote! Please be in much prayer for this upcoming opportunity! We are a needy people, and this preacher needs God to show him exactly what messages to preach. Pray that God would give me a heart of compassion, and that souls will be stirred to revival and the lost will be pointed to Christ. We need to seek God daily for this meeting. I am anticipating what God can and will do! Please pray also for my home church which will be having a revival meeting this same week with Evangelist Morris Glieser. It is my prayer that God will do His work there as well, to stir up a genuine thirst for God!

In the last month, there have been some great opportunities that God has given. My summer continues to fill up with VBS events, and I am very much looking forward to this as well ! Please keep them in your prayers as you think of it. I still have several weeks available this summer, if there is a need that I can help you to meet in that capacity, it would be a great privilege to serve.