A blessed time!

Dear Praying Friends,

There is nothing in all this world like serving the King of Kings! This last couple of weeks it was a real blessing for me to be able to spend some extra time serving the Lord!First, I was in Brownsville, PA preaching for a Sunday at Bible Baptist Church. This ministry is in search of a Pastor at this point, so it was just pulpit supply, but still it was a great privilege to be involved in this ministry and see what God is doing through them!They have been without a Pastor for around 6 or 7 months. Please pray that God would supply a shepherd for them! Another evangelist friend of mine will be filling in for them for a couple of months and will be able to hopefully help them get somewhat established again in between meetings.

After this, It was a joy to be part of the second and last winter retreat of the season for Servant’s Heart Camp. They met on a beautiful lot about an hr away from their camp. God brought about 30 teens or so out for the weekend, and I got to preach 6 times over the short time that we had together. God particularly moved in several of the teens hearts regarding surrender! I am incredibly thankful for those who had tender hearts and responded to what God was showing them. It was a humbling reminder to me of how God desires to use us as we follow His leading. Going into the weekend, some of the times I was a little unsure to begin with what God wanted me to preach, but each time it seemed God led me to the right message and there were several who responded to the Word of God and hopefully went home to make the choices they needed to make! It was also a blessing to see old friends and meet some new ones too!

Right after the retreat ended, I jumped in the car to head up to Faith Bible Baptist Church in Rome, NY. This is a a little ministry that God has given to Pastor Nino Camulgula. He is serving in the military as well as pastoring this ministry. I got to preach for him in Sunday School and the evening service. Also before leaving on Monday afternoon, I was able to distribute a few copies of John and Romans on that street! Praying that souls will be saved and come out the the church! This area is heavily saturated with Cathalocism, and in desparate need of the gospel. It was a blessing to just go encourage this brother in Christ!

Looking ahead to the summer, I do have a couple of VBS meetings lined up as well as I will be going to Haiti in the end of July beginning of August again! I am very much looking forward to this! It will be for a youth retreat there! I cannot wait to be back with these dear folks. I do have a few openings for VBS this coming summer if you are in search of help, as well as a my fall being open for churchwide revival meetings! Some of my summer events are not yet listed in my itenerary as details are being finalized. Please let me know if you feel the Lord would lead you to have me help you in any way whatsoever!

I am pretty excited about sometime in the near future giving more information on a project. Lord willing, I will be helping with distrubuting God’s Word in the schools in the Solomon Islands and preaching!

Most of all, I ask that you would pray for me to have a vibrant walk with Jesus and that souls will be saved!

Yours for Evangelism,
Stephen Wracford
Micah 6:8

Merry Christmas

Dear friends and family,

Merry Christmas! Hard to believe it is that time of year already! Seems like just yesterday that I was writing a thanksgiving update! I trust that you all are doing well and staying warm! I am thankful to be able to say that I am now in Pennsylvania spending some time visiting family for the holiday! It is a tremendous blessing to be able to celebrate the birth of our Saviour with family!

So much has happened since my last update. In that update I mentioned about the car situation. It is a great blessing to be able to say that God has provided a car! I had to retire my previous vehicle after using it for about three and a half years. It already had about 175,000 when it was given to me and I ran it till it had 235,000. All that time, it had been very dependable with few repairs. But the last time I took it to my mechanic, he informed me that it was not worth fixing this go around. Admittedly, that was a real trial and time of waiting on the Lord as I continued the search for a vehicle for nearly a month and a half after selling my old car to the mechanic. But Jehovah-Jirah led me to a car that had only 76,000 miles on it and allowed me to get it! So far, it has been great and I have taken it to PA, my longest trip with it so far and it did a wonderful job! Praise God for this blessing!

As I come into the new year, it looks like meetings will begin to pick up once again. I will be helping at a teen mentoring event at my home church in Taylors in January and later on at a teen winter retreat in February ( I am hoping for lots of snow for the retreat! )  My summer is beginning to fill up with VBS opportunities, some confirmed, others still being discussed, as well as preaching at a summer camp ( my first time doing that ) Please pray for this as it will be an opportunity to reach lost young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ! I do have a few openings still in my summer for VBS and other things should the Lord lead you to have me serve you in that capacity. If you are at all interested, please feel free to email or call me for more info on the timing. This year’s theme for VBS is, Lord willing, going to be ” Jesus, to the Rescue” with various applications between first responders and Jesus the greatest rescuer there is! I am very much looking forward to it! Some exciting things ahead and a missionary story each day!

God has given so many blessings, and I look forward with great anticipation to hitting the road again in 2017! Praying for souls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once again, Merry Christmas! I trust you will have a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Christ and spending time with family! God bless!

 

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Thanksgiving and Ministry Update

It has been a very busy last few weeks! But I wanted to get this out before Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone coming up! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating and giving thanks to God! We sure do have a lot to thank God for! For family and friends, for the ministry God allows us to have and just the everyday things we take for granted. I trust that this coming week we will be able to take some extra time to count our blessing so to speak.

I want to take this time to count some blessings God has given me! A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful meeting in Claysburg Pa at Emmanuel Baptist Church! The people there were such a blessing and the sweet spirit there was amazing! Several people showed up who either never been to the church or who hadn’t been in a very long time! The Pastor was encouraged as well as I was. Several unsaved visitors throughout the week too!  God just gave us a fantastic week! And many Christians made decisions throughout the week

I also want to thank God for the blessing that my car has been! I’ve had it several years now and finally had to retire it after taking it to the mechanic and him telling me that It was not worth fixing up. But, in this situation, I can see several blessings! First, It did not happen while I was on a trip or had a lot of meetings scheduled. Second, It has been a very good car, and it had 235,000 miles on it and had been extremely dependable. I miss it but am thankful that my mechanic has allowed me to borrow one of his vehicles until I can find one. Pray for me to have wisdom with this and that I will be able to find a vehicle soon that will meet the needs of the ministry!  I have hesitated to mention anything about this because I do not want to make people feel sorry for me, nor to give the wrong impression. But I feel it is important to let my prayer supporters to know how to pray specifically.

I am thankful for each of you who read these updates regularly and pray regularly! I know that God answers these prayers and uses you in a tremendous way through that avenue. Thanks again to each of you, and may God bless you all this thanksgiving and I trust you will have a wonderful time with family and friends!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

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!

A blessed time!

Dear Praying Friends,

There is nothing in all this world like serving the King of Kings! This last couple of weeks it was a real blessing for me to be able to spend some extra time serving the Lord!First, I was in Brownsville, PA preaching for a Sunday at Bible Baptist Church. This ministry is in search of a Pastor at this point, so it was just pulpit supply, but still it was a great privilege to be involved in this ministry and see what God is doing through them!They have been without a Pastor for around 6 or 7 months. Please pray that God would supply a shepherd for them! Another evangelist friend of mine will be filling in for them for a couple of months and will be able to hopefully help them get somewhat established again in between meetings.

After this, It was a joy to be part of the second and last winter retreat of the season for Servant’s Heart Camp. They met on a beautiful lot about an hr away from their camp. God brought about 30 teens or so out for the weekend, and I got to preach 6 times over the short time that we had together. God particularly moved in several of the teens hearts regarding surrender! I am incredibly thankful for those who had tender hearts and responded to what God was showing them. It was a humbling reminder to me of how God desires to use us as we follow His leading. Going into the weekend, some of the times I was a little unsure to begin with what God wanted me to preach, but each time it seemed God led me to the right message and there were several who responded to the Word of God and hopefully went home to make the choices they needed to make! It was also a blessing to see old friends and meet some new ones too!

Right after the retreat ended, I jumped in the car to head up to Faith Bible Baptist Church in Rome, NY. This is a a little ministry that God has given to Pastor Nino Camulgula. He is serving in the military as well as pastoring this ministry. I got to preach for him in Sunday School and the evening service. Also before leaving on Monday afternoon, I was able to distribute a few copies of John and Romans on that street! Praying that souls will be saved and come out the the church! This area is heavily saturated with Cathalocism, and in desparate need of the gospel. It was a blessing to just go encourage this brother in Christ!

Looking ahead to the summer, I do have a couple of VBS meetings lined up as well as I will be going to Haiti in the end of July beginning of August again! I am very much looking forward to this! It will be for a youth retreat there! I cannot wait to be back with these dear folks. I do have a few openings for VBS this coming summer if you are in search of help, as well as a my fall being open for churchwide revival meetings! Some of my summer events are not yet listed in my itenerary as details are being finalized. Please let me know if you feel the Lord would lead you to have me help you in any way whatsoever!

I am pretty excited about sometime in the near future giving more information on a project. Lord willing, I will be helping with distrubuting God’s Word in the schools in the Solomon Islands and preaching!

Most of all, I ask that you would pray for me to have a vibrant walk with Jesus and that souls will be saved!

Yours for Evangelism,
Stephen Wracford
Micah 6:8

Merry Christmas

Dear friends and family,

Merry Christmas! Hard to believe it is that time of year already! Seems like just yesterday that I was writing a thanksgiving update! I trust that you all are doing well and staying warm! I am thankful to be able to say that I am now in Pennsylvania spending some time visiting family for the holiday! It is a tremendous blessing to be able to celebrate the birth of our Saviour with family!

So much has happened since my last update. In that update I mentioned about the car situation. It is a great blessing to be able to say that God has provided a car! I had to retire my previous vehicle after using it for about three and a half years. It already had about 175,000 when it was given to me and I ran it till it had 235,000. All that time, it had been very dependable with few repairs. But the last time I took it to my mechanic, he informed me that it was not worth fixing this go around. Admittedly, that was a real trial and time of waiting on the Lord as I continued the search for a vehicle for nearly a month and a half after selling my old car to the mechanic. But Jehovah-Jirah led me to a car that had only 76,000 miles on it and allowed me to get it! So far, it has been great and I have taken it to PA, my longest trip with it so far and it did a wonderful job! Praise God for this blessing!

As I come into the new year, it looks like meetings will begin to pick up once again. I will be helping at a teen mentoring event at my home church in Taylors in January and later on at a teen winter retreat in February ( I am hoping for lots of snow for the retreat! )  My summer is beginning to fill up with VBS opportunities, some confirmed, others still being discussed, as well as preaching at a summer camp ( my first time doing that ) Please pray for this as it will be an opportunity to reach lost young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ! I do have a few openings still in my summer for VBS and other things should the Lord lead you to have me serve you in that capacity. If you are at all interested, please feel free to email or call me for more info on the timing. This year’s theme for VBS is, Lord willing, going to be ” Jesus, to the Rescue” with various applications between first responders and Jesus the greatest rescuer there is! I am very much looking forward to it! Some exciting things ahead and a missionary story each day!

God has given so many blessings, and I look forward with great anticipation to hitting the road again in 2017! Praying for souls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once again, Merry Christmas! I trust you will have a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Christ and spending time with family! God bless!

 

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Thanksgiving and Ministry Update

It has been a very busy last few weeks! But I wanted to get this out before Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone coming up! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating and giving thanks to God! We sure do have a lot to thank God for! For family and friends, for the ministry God allows us to have and just the everyday things we take for granted. I trust that this coming week we will be able to take some extra time to count our blessing so to speak.

I want to take this time to count some blessings God has given me! A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful meeting in Claysburg Pa at Emmanuel Baptist Church! The people there were such a blessing and the sweet spirit there was amazing! Several people showed up who either never been to the church or who hadn’t been in a very long time! The Pastor was encouraged as well as I was. Several unsaved visitors throughout the week too!  God just gave us a fantastic week! And many Christians made decisions throughout the week

I also want to thank God for the blessing that my car has been! I’ve had it several years now and finally had to retire it after taking it to the mechanic and him telling me that It was not worth fixing up. But, in this situation, I can see several blessings! First, It did not happen while I was on a trip or had a lot of meetings scheduled. Second, It has been a very good car, and it had 235,000 miles on it and had been extremely dependable. I miss it but am thankful that my mechanic has allowed me to borrow one of his vehicles until I can find one. Pray for me to have wisdom with this and that I will be able to find a vehicle soon that will meet the needs of the ministry!  I have hesitated to mention anything about this because I do not want to make people feel sorry for me, nor to give the wrong impression. But I feel it is important to let my prayer supporters to know how to pray specifically.

I am thankful for each of you who read these updates regularly and pray regularly! I know that God answers these prayers and uses you in a tremendous way through that avenue. Thanks again to each of you, and may God bless you all this thanksgiving and I trust you will have a wonderful time with family and friends!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

Stephen Wrachford

Micah 6:8

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!