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VBS!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

We just wanted to send out this quick update regarding our summer. We are very excited about all the Lord has been doing and are praying for Him to continue. Our family has been in Bible School mode finalizing details for an exciting summer. This year our theme is Extreme Heights and we will be studying five different mountains in the Bible including Mt. Calvary, Mt Sini, and others. Our prayer is that souls would be saved.

We are also introducing a new to us reward system of a Daily store with the chance for kids to earn “Bible Bucks” which they can return in exchange for treats and toys of many different kinds. We are praying the children will have much fun but more importantly walk away with eternal principles engrained in their heads. We also have a missionary story prepared to be taught to them based on real-life events of a young boy in Russia. We did not choose this story because of current events, however, we do pray that perhaps some of those who hear it will be positively impacted more as a result of current news events.

We are thankful for three Vacation Bible Schools this summer and are praying that perhaps God would open opportunities to do more. We will be in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania currently. Our last week of June is open as well as all of July and the first week of August. If we can be of assistance to your church in any way we would absolutely love to even if you just need help with a program you have already selected although we are prepared to run an entire program as well.

Please also continue to pray for our fall schedule which is very open as well and we are available for Revival meetings and even children’s meetings. My wife is also learning the piano so we are thrilled and pray for her that she would be able to continue the development of this talent for the Lord. We would also appreciate prayers as we look for a minivan to take care of the family’s transportation needs. It has been very difficult finding a vehicle within our family budget that has low enough mileage on it that I would feel comfortable that it would keep us going for a good amount of time. God has something in a store and we would love to find it before we hit the road this summer and would prefer to stay out of debt in doing so. But God knows, and we are trusting Him!

Please also pray for us as my wife is due in September with our third little blessing! So we will most definitely be taking some time down towards the middle of September and into October I do have a couple of meetings scheduled at the end of October and beginning of November currently.

We are very blessed that God has given us many chances to do pulpit supply recently and all but one Sunday is filled so far in May. We have also seen some good fruit of folks making decisions for Christ and rededicating their lives. We have been very blessed to help Lighthouse Baptist Church of New Concord Ohio which is without a pastor currently and only two hours away from our home. We have come to love the people there very much and are praying that God will supply their needs as well May God keep us faithful till He comes or calls us home!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Ministry Life

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

We trust that this note finds each of you well and enjoying God’s richest blessings upon your lives and ministry! Boy, are we ever excited for all that God is doing with us recently and yet humbled to serve our amazing King! It has been quite a testing couple of years for us in our ministry due to the many changes brought to our lives by Covid. We were set for a fairly busy year when one by one those opportunities were no longer in front of us. However, God did bring about many opportunities to witness to neighbors and occasional opportunities to preach.

Beginning in December and January of this year much of that began to reverse. We are now looking at two VBS opportunities this summer and are certainly available to do more as the Lord may open doors. We are excited. Every time, we have seen souls saved to God’s glory and we are praying that this year will be no different. Currently, we are scheduled at my home church and in St Augustine, Florida! Recently, God has allowed us to assist a few churches by filling in for pastors who are needing a brief reprieve from their preaching duties. Also, we have recently served to fill the pulpits of a couple of churches that are without pastors. Last week our family was at Lighthouse Baptist in New Concord, OH which was a great joy! We will be helping them at least two more Sundays in May as they evaluate a potential candidate for pastor. Pray that God would give them wisdom. Also, do pray for a lady in particular who has been going there for about a month and has some concerns with colon problems which may potentially be life-threatening. She greatly enjoys coming with her sister who is a faithful member. She is in need of salvation and knows it. When there last Sunday, I preached a clear gospel message and she raised her hand indicating her need. I spoke with her briefly after the service encouraging her to be saved, However, she point-blank told me she was not ready. I am SO burdened that she will be saved. Please pray for me if I should speak with her again about her soul when I go back. I certainly don’t want to see her pushed away, yet I do long to see her born again and know that peace only God can give!

Today was a busy day confirming some meetings, getting word of more potential opportunities, and doing some general cleaning on our property which seems to be a never-ending task. Do pray for a sensitive situation with a neighbor who is giving us problems and has in the past. We are doing what we can to take care of things, Just pray for an understanding spirit with this neighbor.

Recently, we were privileged to be a part of a Bible assembly project at a local area church to send the book of John to the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasions. The neat thing about this is that it is the first time for them to have a Bible from a good text in their native tongue. Previously, they only had access to the Russian language in a reliable text. That is not what they want right now. Many are being saved. Pray God will use these scriptures to further that glorious work!

Another exciting occasion at our home church recently was to see 4 deaf siblings follow the Lord in baptism. For about three years my wife has been teaching a basic Bible class to them when we have been in town and God has grown them! Please pray specifically for these kids’ dad, Dale, to be saved. He came to the baptism but claims to be Catholic.

Also, please pray for our financial situation with the need for a minivan for our growing family. For those who do not know or may not remember my wife is due with our third child in late September. We will need to upgrade from our current car. God has blessed us with quite an unexpected return from our taxes which will help with the bills we are trying to pay with hopefully some left to go towards that need. In addition, my wife and I are both working part-time jobs between preaching engagements. Maybe someday God will fill our schedule to where that is no longer necessary. We never want to be presumptuous, but if God would lead anyone to donate to this particular need, then you can feel to reach out to find out how you can be a part. We are convinced more than ever that God is moving and at work and He indeed will provide, so we are not worried!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Life Recently

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

It is our prayer that this letter finds you all doing well. Life has been a huge whirlwind ever since our last update. We completed the shed on our property and were able to have the Christmas Meet and Greet for our neighborhood. Although that particular day was not good weather we still had three neighbors come and we were able to talk for around an hr to each of them and we pray that we will have yet future opportunities to be a witness when we are around.

Following that outreach Christmas rapidly came and went and we thoroughly enjoyed getting together with family and friends to just rejoice in the birth of our Saviour!

The latter part of December and the majority of the month of January became quite busy for us in our preaching ministry with pulpit supply. My Dad who is also my Pastor became quite ill for a couple of weeks, as was the Assistant Pastor. So I filled in there, then the Sunday after they were better another area pastor became ill and asked me to fill in for him. Two others were out of town and it worked into the schedule to fill in for them. If I am recalling correctly we had one Sunday in January with no preaching engagements. While I hate for folks to get sick I am very grateful for the opportunities we had to assist the various ministries by filling in and giving Pastors a break as well for the ones who were away.

One other major highlight of January was that I, along with a few other preachers, was privileged to preach for one of the two weeks of a camp meeting in Pa that was originally started by a good evangelist friend of mine, Leon Foote, who is now with the Lord. It was a great blessing to preach in four different churches during that time one of which was with a friend from my college days Pastor Titus Palmer who is doing great work for the Lord in Three Springs, Pa. We were also privileged to see many friends from churches we have ministered in previously as well as to meet a few new pastors. The folks were so kind and generous and we thank them all sincerely for the part they had in the meetings! We were thrilled to see what God did. There were people genuinely hungry for God’s Word and presence. One particular night I did not even preach because the Spirit of God was so moving that folks were wanting to testify and pray for lost souls and wayward family and those in ministry! The alters were full almost every service! It was a wonderful touch of the Spirit of God!! I am excited to see what God continues to do. It was a wonderful reminder that it’s not about the particular people who are preaching or leading, but God getting big and real in individual lives!! Oh how our nation needs revival!!! May the fires burn bigger and stronger!

The rest of the year is a little uncertain for us although we do have a couple of meetings in the works. Please pray for God to give us more opportunities. We are very grateful for every chance God gives us to minister. That is truly where our hearts are and we greatly appreciate the prayer and giving of God’s people that have made many of these ministry opportunities possible. We also ask that you would continue to pray for us in the area of our business ventures. We have made small progress in that area and are currently working on developing an online approach that will help us to be able to hopefully be more hands-off and free to do more ministry without the need to give as much consideration to the daily needs that arise for us. There is a great need in God’s harvest field!!! I hesitated to mention this, but we need prayers Right now I am finding odd jobs and such but it is making it very difficult to give the ministry the attention that I so desire to and the needed time to my family…

As you may have gathered, we are incredibly busy, yet excited about the opportunities God has in store for us! Right now we are faced with many challenges in our personal lives and ministry and need prayers for the wisdom and strength to do God’s perfect will. We recently found out that we are expecting again so this is weighing heavily into our decisions, as we will be needing to acquire a family vehicle large enough for us all. We will have officially outgrown our car for a family vehicle once the little one arrives. We are in no way prepared for that, but we know that when the time is right God will make a way and provide the right vehicle. We also look forward to the new little life that God has created. Please pray for my wife and for the pregnancy that everything will go well within God’s will. This letter is largely a request for wisdom, strength for all of us, and God’s provision. Also just to praise God for what He is doing in lives and churches specifically across PA!! As always we do leave you with an open invitation to reach out if we can pray for you personally in any specific ways or if we can be of service to you in your ministry.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords,

Micah 6:8

Miraculous Provisions of God

I know many have prayed so I felt compelled to share our latest exciting news on the needed shed-build!!! The base is done enough to begin the next important phase, the walls and roof skeleton. Today, I am going to go get the necessary rough-cut lumber to complete this phase. A friend will drop off this lumber on my property today.

Miraculous in itself is the fact that I was able to obtain it for $1.50 per board which is far below the current fair market value. I also plan to make today to be a supply run to Lowes or Home Depot for OSB board for the roof and T1-11 smart-siding, which comes in large sheets to place on the outside. This will complete my entire unit except for shingles or metal for the roof which I have to decide on soon. Then, only one more major consideration is to anchor it to the ground securely in the very near future.


Thanks all for allowing me to bore you with details! Praise God, the end is in sight because of your prayers.

I genuinely believe we can at least have the enclosure by November 7th, which is only one week behind my original goal.

Praise be to Jehovah Jirah! Please also pray for continued provision for the necessary funds to bring the project to its close. God has been good and I know He will conclude what He has begun. The money has been there so far exactly on time but the remainder of the project is also quite expensive so we need wisdom. God who owns the wealth in every mine and cattle on 1,000 hills will see to His project.

In closing, God has reopened the door unmistakably to begin selling many accumulated things around the home to help pay for this project. Please pray as we have many items or are currently making many items that we can sell to generate the necessary cash flow.

Christmas is a time many folks look for gifts for friends and family so the timing could not be much better. We are also praying for enough momentum to be able to carry on from home with enough income to meet family and ministry expenses and grow it to be more financially free and stable for a more effective Gospel, ministry abroad.

We covet your prayers that God would give us meetings, wisdom, and necessary financial blessings to meet our needs and help other needy folks in this holiday season. It is with a full and grateful heart that I close.

P.S. I apologize for the previous email. I was very tired and did not think to edit before posting. My wife edited my email. Thank you!

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Saviour,

Stephen, Karyn, Israel, and Joshua Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Exciting Opportunities and Future Goals

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and financial support of our ministry! It is a JOY to serve the LORD! We are thankful for every opportunity that God gives us.

Once again, we have been able to minister at different churches by filling in for pastors. We were blessed to be at Cromwell United Bible Church this past Sunday. Please pray for Pastor Titus Palmer and the work that God is doing at that church.

God also allowed us to attend the Beacon of Truth Bible conference at Dry Run Independent Baptist Church. They are currently printing Bibles for the Samoa Bible Project which will put a Bible in every home on the island of Samoa. It is our desire to go and help with this project in the near future. Please pray that God would allow this to happen.

Recently, God has opened up an opportunity for my wife to teach a sign language class for 5 homeschooled students. Please be praying that God would use this to encourage these young people to reach the deaf with the Gospel. We never know how God will work!

The Lord has also given us a vision for further reaching our neighbors. For some time now, we have been witnessing to several of our neighbors. We carry a heavy burden for their souls. Please continue to pray for: Gladys, Debbie, Marlene, Ross, Dan, Kiema, Ur, Andrew, Savannah, Sheena, Gary, Maddie, Levi, and Lily. My wife has been writing personal cards for these people sharing about who Jesus is and what He has done for her. We also were able to pass out Bibles to the children across the street from us.

It is our desire to hold a neighborhood outreach in the very near future. Currently, we are needing to build a shed on our property in order to get our yard ready to hold this event. It is our desire to be a good testimony to our neighbors.

We plan to make flyers, pass them out and have a “Meet Your Neighbors” day. We will prepare snacks and invite several neighbors over to get to know better.

After that, the goal is to continue to invite them over one at a time/by family for dinner at our house. We want to also show a gospel-themed film and share the Gospel with them. Pray that God will give clear direction and wisdom about how to best do this.

Also, we would ask you to pray specifically that God would provide the funds we need to build our shed so that we are able to begin our neighborhood outreach. We are estimating this project to cost around $2,500.  We would like to complete this very needed project by the end of October.

Long-term, we are also praying about purchasing a van. Pray that God would lead us to the right vehicle in His perfect timing and provide the finances necessary to do so debt free.

If God would burden you to have a part in the financial needs for either of these two items you may make a tax deductible gift to Dunbar Baptist Church and designate for the Wrachford Evangelistic ministries in the memo.

Dunbar Baptist Church

22 Ist Street

Dunbar, Pa 15431

Once again, we are so very grateful for your prayers. We are continually amazed to see how God is providing for us and giving us opportunities to serve Him.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Provision for shed and a van
  • That God would begin filling our summer schedule for 2022
  • Salvation of our neighbors and wisdom in the outreach

PRAISES

  • God is moving in our neighbors softening them to the gospel
  • Continued opportunities to minister to churches

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Ministry Updates/Family Life

Dear Friends And Family,

It has been quite a long time, over a year since our last update. We felt we should send out a quick update to let everyone know of what has been happening in our lives and ministry and that we have not fallen off the face of the earth. Since it is impossible to go into great detail regarding a years worth of time we would like to just hit a few of the major highlights.

We have continued to experience multiple cancellations due to Covid’s rapidly changing situation around our nation. However, God has given a great number of opportunities to preach for Pastors with pulpit supply and a couple of extended meetings. We are hoping and praying we can once again begin filling our schedule. We would appreciate prayers to that end.

We have experienced a lot of growing interest in our neighbor Gladyis for whom we asked prayer in our last update. She has in fact begin asking us to pray for her about various things. She is quite elderly so please pray she would be saved very soon. The Lord has allowed us to see a few folks saved recently as well as several Christians gettting right with God in various aspects, so we are greatly encouraged in that regard.

My wife gave birth to our second son back in February, and we named him Joshua. He is growing healthy and strong. We would appreciate continued prayers for both our children to accept Christ at an early age. Karyn also experienced appendicitis shortly after our recent trip to Virginia to fill in for a church without a Pastor. Then, right after that, she came down with Covid and we had to quarantine for a couple of weeks. However, through all the last month or so of difficulty it has brought about several great opportunities to witness to neighbors about our readiness to see the Saviour or the doctors who cared for my wife. Thankfully the rest of us seemed to have escaped the sickness but we greatly missed being in our church for the time we had to stay home.

It is a great burden of ours for our home church who is struggling to get back up to attendance and a dearth of young people. Please pray that God would do something great and mighty for His glory.

If there is any way whatsoever we can pray for you, your church or be a blessing and minister to your church we have lots of openings to do so, and would love nothing more than to be an Aaron to hold up the hands of the local church and encourage you all in God’s Word. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of help in any way whatsoever.

Please also pray for us as we consider taking a trip out west to visit various churches this fall to get acquainted with different ministries, encourage and help in any way possible and introduce ourselves.

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Blessings in Spite of Craziness

Dear Praying Friends,

                Greetings from Pennsylvania!  We do apologize that it has been quite some time since our last update. Much like the rest of the world, we too have been experiencing a lot of daily changes in our lives and ministry.

                Since March, we have experienced several cancellations with meetings. Despite this, we know that God is GOOD! This has allowed us to focus more time on renovating our home while still reaching out as a witness to our neighbors: Gladys, Debbie, Marlene, Kiema, Ur, and Dan. Please keep praying for their salvation.

                In the last month, God has allowed us to minister at several churches including: Ambassador Baptist Church, Mount Zion Community Church, Fairview Baptist Church, Troy Baptist Temple, and Baptist Temple. We praise God for these opportunities that Stephen has had to preach God’s Word! What a blessing it is to serve the Lord!

                At the end of July, we were blessed to be able to be at Fairview Baptist Church here in Pennsylvania for their Sunday through Wednesday revival services. Stephen was able to preach and we praise God for how He worked there!

                Recently, we were able to help Troy Baptist Temple in Troy, Ohio with their vacation Bible school. It was a blessing to have almost 40 children attend every day! We both led the singing and helped the children with their Bible memory verses while Stephen taught the children’s Bible lesson every day.

                Stephen was also able to preach for the teen’s Sunday school and Wednesday night service.

Praise the Lord that 3 children put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior!

                Please be in prayer for 2 children named Corban and Harmonee. They both said that they wanted to be saved but that they would do it later. Please pray that the Devil would not snatch the seed of God’s Word from their hearts and that they will indeed place their faith in Christ.

                Please be praying as we look forward to being at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Claysburg, Pa this coming weekend. Stephen will be preaching the Sunday services while the Pastor is out of town.

                We praise God for all of these recent opportunities. Each of these weeks, we saw folks make good decisions, and there was a great Spirit and liberty to preach. We continue to ask your prayers for God to open up even more opportunities to minister at churches. Please feel free to contact us if your church could be blessed by our ministry.

                As far as family news, we are excited to welcome our second baby this coming February! Please be in prayer for us as we desire God’s wisdom for many decisions that need to be made.

                We do thank you all so much for your continued prayers for our family. It means so much to know that we have so many brothers and sisters in Christ praying for us!

Please let us know if we can be praying for you too!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Divine Appointments

Dear praying friends,

We are so blessed to serve our Lord wherever He leads us. He truly is a good God!

My wife has been able to continue teaching her deaf class at church. It is exciting to see these children growing in Christ. It was encouraging to hear that they have been telling their friends about church and how we do not say God’s name in vain because that is disrespectful and God’s name is holy. Please continue to pray for their growth.

We were blessed to be able to partner with the assistant pastor for a recent teen activity at our home church. We had 3 churches come together for a time of laser tag, food, and a devotional time. Please pray for a teen girl named Adessa that my wife was able to talk with about her salvation. She claims to be saved but we have not seen any fruit in her life. Pray that God would work in her heart as well as her entire family. We have continued to work on the John challenge in our community and her mom has accepted the gospel of John so please pray that God would use this in her entire family’s life.

We always are thankful for every opportunity God provides to be a witness for Him. Please pray for several people that God has allowed us to witness to recently. Pray for young man named “Red” who is involved in satanic practices. Also pray for a gentleman that we purchased a mower from. Sadly, he was also involved with satanic practices. My wife and I were also able to witness to a young man this past week. He was a truck driver who God allowed us to talk with for several minutes.  Also, please pray for a lady named Miranda that God brought into our path about a month ago.

It’s amazing how God continues to lead us to those people that so desperately need Him. Please pray that we would continue to be obedient to His leading.

We are currently serving at Dublin Mills Community Church in Pennsylvania for a couple weeks. Please pray for God’s continued working in this church.

We are excited as we look ahead to several meetings this summer and fall.

The one church we were at for missions conference back in October voted to take us on for support which has been a great blessing to us and our new prayer card is now out, so we are very thankful God allowed us to get that done!

We thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Please let us know if we can be a blessing to you or your church.

Joyfully Serving Jesus,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Joyfully Serving Jesus

Dear faithful praying and supporting friends,

We wanted to start out by apologizing for the long time in between updates. It seems that time slips by us before we know it so often. However, we are VERY excited to report on all that God has been doing and that we look forward to in the future. We only ended up with the one Vacation Bible School for the summer. However, it was a great blessing and joy to serve at Temple Baptist Temple alongside another evangelist couple. Throughout the week, there were a number of teens and young people who made profession of faith. We mostly helped with games and logistics, however, I was also able to preach on Wednesday to the adults in their regular Bible study and on Thursday night to the teens. We also saturated the area with fliers and invitations to the week of meetings. I was able to preach several Sundays doing pulpit supply as well as special events. All but one Sunday in September was booked. We praise God for providing meetings and for the lives that have been impacted for eternity!

While we were in Deleware, Karyn was also able to teach a children’s class on Sunday morning. I preached a men’s prayer breakfast on Saturday, and all day on Sunday was preaching as well.

Looking ahead, God seems to be opening more and more doors. There is one church who is prayerfully considering supporting our ministry on a monthly basis as one of their missionaries, so we will be attending their missions conference and sharing our ministry and the burdens that God has put on our heart for this ministry of serving various churches and reaching the lost abroad. Please pray for wisdom in presenting the ministry and for God’s clear direction. We are excited about our future in evangelism.

Last week, we were blessed to be at Riggles Gap Bible Church alongside Evangelist Dan Brubaker for their revival services. My wife and I were able to conduct the children’s services for the week. We had a good number of kids each night and praise the Lord for what He did! They seemed to be receptive and also worked hard to invite friends throughout the week. Dan also had tremendous services with a special salvation emphasis on Friday. Please pray for lasting fruit from this week of meetings.

Please continue to pray for the housing needs that we have and that God would clearly guide us as to what step He would have us to take. If there is ever any way we can serve your church, please as always feel free to contact us.

Joyfully serving our risen Saviour,

Stephen, Karyn and Israel Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Ministry Transitions

Dear faithful supporters,

We wanted to start off by saying how thankful we are for God’s grace that is truly sufficient for any circumstance that may come our way!

These last few months have been a time of big transitioning in our ministry.

Our home church has found a full-time assistant who will be coming this month to take over assisting our pastor. Because of that, we will no longer be working on staff. Please pray that God would truly bless and this transition would go smoothly for our family as well as our new assistant.

Due to this ministry change, we will also no longer be living in the church parsonage.  For the time being, we will be staying with Stephen’s parents as we continue to pray for God’s clear direction for housing and ministry opportunities.

In the meantime, we are excited to continue serving at our church!

Things are going well with our Sunday deaf class. The children have professed to be saved and we are now praying for their growth in Christ. I have been challenging them to be a witness and they each took tracts and have committed to pass them out. Please pray for the salvation of their father Dale. Also pray that God would allow me to train another assistant as my brother-in-law Micah will be heading to Bible college in the fall.

We are also continuing to help in the gospel outreach program, The John Project. There have been several people who have been spoken to about their souls and many others who are still reading the book of John. Please pray that God would continue to convict and draw these precious souls to Himself.  We are especially burdened for many of our neighbors including: Randy, Tony, Laurie, Mrs. Giobbi, Carmela, Regina, TJ, Sara, Mary, Heather, Megan and many more. Please pray for their salvation and growth.

We are thankful that Stephen has had the opportunity to preach in several churches over the past few months. He had the special privilege of preaching for the high-school graduate’s service we had here on June 9th. That was a blessing as his youngest brother Micah graduated. Pray for him as he attends Indiana Baptist College this fall.

We look forward to being able to help at 1 vacation Bible school this summer. Also please pray for our home church’s vbs that will be July 22-26th. Unfortunately, we will not be able to help due to a conflict in our schedule.  We covet your prayers that many souls will be saved.

We are happy to report that Israel is 4 ½ months old and doing great! He rolled over yesterday for the first time. Please pray for his salvation and the wisdom we need to raise him for the Lord.

Words cannot express how thankful we are to you all for your prayers and financial support. You all have been a huge blessing and encouragement to us!  We still have open time in our schedule to serve your church with Bible Schools in the Pa, Ohio area this summer. We are also open for revival meetings or pulpit supply for this fall. Let us know if we could be a blessing in any capacity at your church.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Author Archives: Stephen Wrachford

VBS!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

We just wanted to send out this quick update regarding our summer. We are very excited about all the Lord has been doing and are praying for Him to continue. Our family has been in Bible School mode finalizing details for an exciting summer. This year our theme is Extreme Heights and we will be studying five different mountains in the Bible including Mt. Calvary, Mt Sini, and others. Our prayer is that souls would be saved.

We are also introducing a new to us reward system of a Daily store with the chance for kids to earn “Bible Bucks” which they can return in exchange for treats and toys of many different kinds. We are praying the children will have much fun but more importantly walk away with eternal principles engrained in their heads. We also have a missionary story prepared to be taught to them based on real-life events of a young boy in Russia. We did not choose this story because of current events, however, we do pray that perhaps some of those who hear it will be positively impacted more as a result of current news events.

We are thankful for three Vacation Bible Schools this summer and are praying that perhaps God would open opportunities to do more. We will be in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania currently. Our last week of June is open as well as all of July and the first week of August. If we can be of assistance to your church in any way we would absolutely love to even if you just need help with a program you have already selected although we are prepared to run an entire program as well.

Please also continue to pray for our fall schedule which is very open as well and we are available for Revival meetings and even children’s meetings. My wife is also learning the piano so we are thrilled and pray for her that she would be able to continue the development of this talent for the Lord. We would also appreciate prayers as we look for a minivan to take care of the family’s transportation needs. It has been very difficult finding a vehicle within our family budget that has low enough mileage on it that I would feel comfortable that it would keep us going for a good amount of time. God has something in a store and we would love to find it before we hit the road this summer and would prefer to stay out of debt in doing so. But God knows, and we are trusting Him!

Please also pray for us as my wife is due in September with our third little blessing! So we will most definitely be taking some time down towards the middle of September and into October I do have a couple of meetings scheduled at the end of October and beginning of November currently.

We are very blessed that God has given us many chances to do pulpit supply recently and all but one Sunday is filled so far in May. We have also seen some good fruit of folks making decisions for Christ and rededicating their lives. We have been very blessed to help Lighthouse Baptist Church of New Concord Ohio which is without a pastor currently and only two hours away from our home. We have come to love the people there very much and are praying that God will supply their needs as well May God keep us faithful till He comes or calls us home!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Ministry Life

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

We trust that this note finds each of you well and enjoying God’s richest blessings upon your lives and ministry! Boy, are we ever excited for all that God is doing with us recently and yet humbled to serve our amazing King! It has been quite a testing couple of years for us in our ministry due to the many changes brought to our lives by Covid. We were set for a fairly busy year when one by one those opportunities were no longer in front of us. However, God did bring about many opportunities to witness to neighbors and occasional opportunities to preach.

Beginning in December and January of this year much of that began to reverse. We are now looking at two VBS opportunities this summer and are certainly available to do more as the Lord may open doors. We are excited. Every time, we have seen souls saved to God’s glory and we are praying that this year will be no different. Currently, we are scheduled at my home church and in St Augustine, Florida! Recently, God has allowed us to assist a few churches by filling in for pastors who are needing a brief reprieve from their preaching duties. Also, we have recently served to fill the pulpits of a couple of churches that are without pastors. Last week our family was at Lighthouse Baptist in New Concord, OH which was a great joy! We will be helping them at least two more Sundays in May as they evaluate a potential candidate for pastor. Pray that God would give them wisdom. Also, do pray for a lady in particular who has been going there for about a month and has some concerns with colon problems which may potentially be life-threatening. She greatly enjoys coming with her sister who is a faithful member. She is in need of salvation and knows it. When there last Sunday, I preached a clear gospel message and she raised her hand indicating her need. I spoke with her briefly after the service encouraging her to be saved, However, she point-blank told me she was not ready. I am SO burdened that she will be saved. Please pray for me if I should speak with her again about her soul when I go back. I certainly don’t want to see her pushed away, yet I do long to see her born again and know that peace only God can give!

Today was a busy day confirming some meetings, getting word of more potential opportunities, and doing some general cleaning on our property which seems to be a never-ending task. Do pray for a sensitive situation with a neighbor who is giving us problems and has in the past. We are doing what we can to take care of things, Just pray for an understanding spirit with this neighbor.

Recently, we were privileged to be a part of a Bible assembly project at a local area church to send the book of John to the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasions. The neat thing about this is that it is the first time for them to have a Bible from a good text in their native tongue. Previously, they only had access to the Russian language in a reliable text. That is not what they want right now. Many are being saved. Pray God will use these scriptures to further that glorious work!

Another exciting occasion at our home church recently was to see 4 deaf siblings follow the Lord in baptism. For about three years my wife has been teaching a basic Bible class to them when we have been in town and God has grown them! Please pray specifically for these kids’ dad, Dale, to be saved. He came to the baptism but claims to be Catholic.

Also, please pray for our financial situation with the need for a minivan for our growing family. For those who do not know or may not remember my wife is due with our third child in late September. We will need to upgrade from our current car. God has blessed us with quite an unexpected return from our taxes which will help with the bills we are trying to pay with hopefully some left to go towards that need. In addition, my wife and I are both working part-time jobs between preaching engagements. Maybe someday God will fill our schedule to where that is no longer necessary. We never want to be presumptuous, but if God would lead anyone to donate to this particular need, then you can feel to reach out to find out how you can be a part. We are convinced more than ever that God is moving and at work and He indeed will provide, so we are not worried!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Life Recently

Dear Praying Friends and Family,

It is our prayer that this letter finds you all doing well. Life has been a huge whirlwind ever since our last update. We completed the shed on our property and were able to have the Christmas Meet and Greet for our neighborhood. Although that particular day was not good weather we still had three neighbors come and we were able to talk for around an hr to each of them and we pray that we will have yet future opportunities to be a witness when we are around.

Following that outreach Christmas rapidly came and went and we thoroughly enjoyed getting together with family and friends to just rejoice in the birth of our Saviour!

The latter part of December and the majority of the month of January became quite busy for us in our preaching ministry with pulpit supply. My Dad who is also my Pastor became quite ill for a couple of weeks, as was the Assistant Pastor. So I filled in there, then the Sunday after they were better another area pastor became ill and asked me to fill in for him. Two others were out of town and it worked into the schedule to fill in for them. If I am recalling correctly we had one Sunday in January with no preaching engagements. While I hate for folks to get sick I am very grateful for the opportunities we had to assist the various ministries by filling in and giving Pastors a break as well for the ones who were away.

One other major highlight of January was that I, along with a few other preachers, was privileged to preach for one of the two weeks of a camp meeting in Pa that was originally started by a good evangelist friend of mine, Leon Foote, who is now with the Lord. It was a great blessing to preach in four different churches during that time one of which was with a friend from my college days Pastor Titus Palmer who is doing great work for the Lord in Three Springs, Pa. We were also privileged to see many friends from churches we have ministered in previously as well as to meet a few new pastors. The folks were so kind and generous and we thank them all sincerely for the part they had in the meetings! We were thrilled to see what God did. There were people genuinely hungry for God’s Word and presence. One particular night I did not even preach because the Spirit of God was so moving that folks were wanting to testify and pray for lost souls and wayward family and those in ministry! The alters were full almost every service! It was a wonderful touch of the Spirit of God!! I am excited to see what God continues to do. It was a wonderful reminder that it’s not about the particular people who are preaching or leading, but God getting big and real in individual lives!! Oh how our nation needs revival!!! May the fires burn bigger and stronger!

The rest of the year is a little uncertain for us although we do have a couple of meetings in the works. Please pray for God to give us more opportunities. We are very grateful for every chance God gives us to minister. That is truly where our hearts are and we greatly appreciate the prayer and giving of God’s people that have made many of these ministry opportunities possible. We also ask that you would continue to pray for us in the area of our business ventures. We have made small progress in that area and are currently working on developing an online approach that will help us to be able to hopefully be more hands-off and free to do more ministry without the need to give as much consideration to the daily needs that arise for us. There is a great need in God’s harvest field!!! I hesitated to mention this, but we need prayers Right now I am finding odd jobs and such but it is making it very difficult to give the ministry the attention that I so desire to and the needed time to my family…

As you may have gathered, we are incredibly busy, yet excited about the opportunities God has in store for us! Right now we are faced with many challenges in our personal lives and ministry and need prayers for the wisdom and strength to do God’s perfect will. We recently found out that we are expecting again so this is weighing heavily into our decisions, as we will be needing to acquire a family vehicle large enough for us all. We will have officially outgrown our car for a family vehicle once the little one arrives. We are in no way prepared for that, but we know that when the time is right God will make a way and provide the right vehicle. We also look forward to the new little life that God has created. Please pray for my wife and for the pregnancy that everything will go well within God’s will. This letter is largely a request for wisdom, strength for all of us, and God’s provision. Also just to praise God for what He is doing in lives and churches specifically across PA!! As always we do leave you with an open invitation to reach out if we can pray for you personally in any specific ways or if we can be of service to you in your ministry.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords,

Micah 6:8

Miraculous Provisions of God

I know many have prayed so I felt compelled to share our latest exciting news on the needed shed-build!!! The base is done enough to begin the next important phase, the walls and roof skeleton. Today, I am going to go get the necessary rough-cut lumber to complete this phase. A friend will drop off this lumber on my property today.

Miraculous in itself is the fact that I was able to obtain it for $1.50 per board which is far below the current fair market value. I also plan to make today to be a supply run to Lowes or Home Depot for OSB board for the roof and T1-11 smart-siding, which comes in large sheets to place on the outside. This will complete my entire unit except for shingles or metal for the roof which I have to decide on soon. Then, only one more major consideration is to anchor it to the ground securely in the very near future.


Thanks all for allowing me to bore you with details! Praise God, the end is in sight because of your prayers.

I genuinely believe we can at least have the enclosure by November 7th, which is only one week behind my original goal.

Praise be to Jehovah Jirah! Please also pray for continued provision for the necessary funds to bring the project to its close. God has been good and I know He will conclude what He has begun. The money has been there so far exactly on time but the remainder of the project is also quite expensive so we need wisdom. God who owns the wealth in every mine and cattle on 1,000 hills will see to His project.

In closing, God has reopened the door unmistakably to begin selling many accumulated things around the home to help pay for this project. Please pray as we have many items or are currently making many items that we can sell to generate the necessary cash flow.

Christmas is a time many folks look for gifts for friends and family so the timing could not be much better. We are also praying for enough momentum to be able to carry on from home with enough income to meet family and ministry expenses and grow it to be more financially free and stable for a more effective Gospel, ministry abroad.

We covet your prayers that God would give us meetings, wisdom, and necessary financial blessings to meet our needs and help other needy folks in this holiday season. It is with a full and grateful heart that I close.

P.S. I apologize for the previous email. I was very tired and did not think to edit before posting. My wife edited my email. Thank you!

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Saviour,

Stephen, Karyn, Israel, and Joshua Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Exciting Opportunities and Future Goals

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and financial support of our ministry! It is a JOY to serve the LORD! We are thankful for every opportunity that God gives us.

Once again, we have been able to minister at different churches by filling in for pastors. We were blessed to be at Cromwell United Bible Church this past Sunday. Please pray for Pastor Titus Palmer and the work that God is doing at that church.

God also allowed us to attend the Beacon of Truth Bible conference at Dry Run Independent Baptist Church. They are currently printing Bibles for the Samoa Bible Project which will put a Bible in every home on the island of Samoa. It is our desire to go and help with this project in the near future. Please pray that God would allow this to happen.

Recently, God has opened up an opportunity for my wife to teach a sign language class for 5 homeschooled students. Please be praying that God would use this to encourage these young people to reach the deaf with the Gospel. We never know how God will work!

The Lord has also given us a vision for further reaching our neighbors. For some time now, we have been witnessing to several of our neighbors. We carry a heavy burden for their souls. Please continue to pray for: Gladys, Debbie, Marlene, Ross, Dan, Kiema, Ur, Andrew, Savannah, Sheena, Gary, Maddie, Levi, and Lily. My wife has been writing personal cards for these people sharing about who Jesus is and what He has done for her. We also were able to pass out Bibles to the children across the street from us.

It is our desire to hold a neighborhood outreach in the very near future. Currently, we are needing to build a shed on our property in order to get our yard ready to hold this event. It is our desire to be a good testimony to our neighbors.

We plan to make flyers, pass them out and have a “Meet Your Neighbors” day. We will prepare snacks and invite several neighbors over to get to know better.

After that, the goal is to continue to invite them over one at a time/by family for dinner at our house. We want to also show a gospel-themed film and share the Gospel with them. Pray that God will give clear direction and wisdom about how to best do this.

Also, we would ask you to pray specifically that God would provide the funds we need to build our shed so that we are able to begin our neighborhood outreach. We are estimating this project to cost around $2,500.  We would like to complete this very needed project by the end of October.

Long-term, we are also praying about purchasing a van. Pray that God would lead us to the right vehicle in His perfect timing and provide the finances necessary to do so debt free.

If God would burden you to have a part in the financial needs for either of these two items you may make a tax deductible gift to Dunbar Baptist Church and designate for the Wrachford Evangelistic ministries in the memo.

Dunbar Baptist Church

22 Ist Street

Dunbar, Pa 15431

Once again, we are so very grateful for your prayers. We are continually amazed to see how God is providing for us and giving us opportunities to serve Him.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Provision for shed and a van
  • That God would begin filling our summer schedule for 2022
  • Salvation of our neighbors and wisdom in the outreach

PRAISES

  • God is moving in our neighbors softening them to the gospel
  • Continued opportunities to minister to churches

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Ministry Updates/Family Life

Dear Friends And Family,

It has been quite a long time, over a year since our last update. We felt we should send out a quick update to let everyone know of what has been happening in our lives and ministry and that we have not fallen off the face of the earth. Since it is impossible to go into great detail regarding a years worth of time we would like to just hit a few of the major highlights.

We have continued to experience multiple cancellations due to Covid’s rapidly changing situation around our nation. However, God has given a great number of opportunities to preach for Pastors with pulpit supply and a couple of extended meetings. We are hoping and praying we can once again begin filling our schedule. We would appreciate prayers to that end.

We have experienced a lot of growing interest in our neighbor Gladyis for whom we asked prayer in our last update. She has in fact begin asking us to pray for her about various things. She is quite elderly so please pray she would be saved very soon. The Lord has allowed us to see a few folks saved recently as well as several Christians gettting right with God in various aspects, so we are greatly encouraged in that regard.

My wife gave birth to our second son back in February, and we named him Joshua. He is growing healthy and strong. We would appreciate continued prayers for both our children to accept Christ at an early age. Karyn also experienced appendicitis shortly after our recent trip to Virginia to fill in for a church without a Pastor. Then, right after that, she came down with Covid and we had to quarantine for a couple of weeks. However, through all the last month or so of difficulty it has brought about several great opportunities to witness to neighbors about our readiness to see the Saviour or the doctors who cared for my wife. Thankfully the rest of us seemed to have escaped the sickness but we greatly missed being in our church for the time we had to stay home.

It is a great burden of ours for our home church who is struggling to get back up to attendance and a dearth of young people. Please pray that God would do something great and mighty for His glory.

If there is any way whatsoever we can pray for you, your church or be a blessing and minister to your church we have lots of openings to do so, and would love nothing more than to be an Aaron to hold up the hands of the local church and encourage you all in God’s Word. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of help in any way whatsoever.

Please also pray for us as we consider taking a trip out west to visit various churches this fall to get acquainted with different ministries, encourage and help in any way possible and introduce ourselves.

Joyfully Serving Our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords

Micah 6:8

Blessings in Spite of Craziness

Dear Praying Friends,

                Greetings from Pennsylvania!  We do apologize that it has been quite some time since our last update. Much like the rest of the world, we too have been experiencing a lot of daily changes in our lives and ministry.

                Since March, we have experienced several cancellations with meetings. Despite this, we know that God is GOOD! This has allowed us to focus more time on renovating our home while still reaching out as a witness to our neighbors: Gladys, Debbie, Marlene, Kiema, Ur, and Dan. Please keep praying for their salvation.

                In the last month, God has allowed us to minister at several churches including: Ambassador Baptist Church, Mount Zion Community Church, Fairview Baptist Church, Troy Baptist Temple, and Baptist Temple. We praise God for these opportunities that Stephen has had to preach God’s Word! What a blessing it is to serve the Lord!

                At the end of July, we were blessed to be able to be at Fairview Baptist Church here in Pennsylvania for their Sunday through Wednesday revival services. Stephen was able to preach and we praise God for how He worked there!

                Recently, we were able to help Troy Baptist Temple in Troy, Ohio with their vacation Bible school. It was a blessing to have almost 40 children attend every day! We both led the singing and helped the children with their Bible memory verses while Stephen taught the children’s Bible lesson every day.

                Stephen was also able to preach for the teen’s Sunday school and Wednesday night service.

Praise the Lord that 3 children put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior!

                Please be in prayer for 2 children named Corban and Harmonee. They both said that they wanted to be saved but that they would do it later. Please pray that the Devil would not snatch the seed of God’s Word from their hearts and that they will indeed place their faith in Christ.

                Please be praying as we look forward to being at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Claysburg, Pa this coming weekend. Stephen will be preaching the Sunday services while the Pastor is out of town.

                We praise God for all of these recent opportunities. Each of these weeks, we saw folks make good decisions, and there was a great Spirit and liberty to preach. We continue to ask your prayers for God to open up even more opportunities to minister at churches. Please feel free to contact us if your church could be blessed by our ministry.

                As far as family news, we are excited to welcome our second baby this coming February! Please be in prayer for us as we desire God’s wisdom for many decisions that need to be made.

                We do thank you all so much for your continued prayers for our family. It means so much to know that we have so many brothers and sisters in Christ praying for us!

Please let us know if we can be praying for you too!

Joyfully Serving our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Divine Appointments

Dear praying friends,

We are so blessed to serve our Lord wherever He leads us. He truly is a good God!

My wife has been able to continue teaching her deaf class at church. It is exciting to see these children growing in Christ. It was encouraging to hear that they have been telling their friends about church and how we do not say God’s name in vain because that is disrespectful and God’s name is holy. Please continue to pray for their growth.

We were blessed to be able to partner with the assistant pastor for a recent teen activity at our home church. We had 3 churches come together for a time of laser tag, food, and a devotional time. Please pray for a teen girl named Adessa that my wife was able to talk with about her salvation. She claims to be saved but we have not seen any fruit in her life. Pray that God would work in her heart as well as her entire family. We have continued to work on the John challenge in our community and her mom has accepted the gospel of John so please pray that God would use this in her entire family’s life.

We always are thankful for every opportunity God provides to be a witness for Him. Please pray for several people that God has allowed us to witness to recently. Pray for young man named “Red” who is involved in satanic practices. Also pray for a gentleman that we purchased a mower from. Sadly, he was also involved with satanic practices. My wife and I were also able to witness to a young man this past week. He was a truck driver who God allowed us to talk with for several minutes.  Also, please pray for a lady named Miranda that God brought into our path about a month ago.

It’s amazing how God continues to lead us to those people that so desperately need Him. Please pray that we would continue to be obedient to His leading.

We are currently serving at Dublin Mills Community Church in Pennsylvania for a couple weeks. Please pray for God’s continued working in this church.

We are excited as we look ahead to several meetings this summer and fall.

The one church we were at for missions conference back in October voted to take us on for support which has been a great blessing to us and our new prayer card is now out, so we are very thankful God allowed us to get that done!

We thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Please let us know if we can be a blessing to you or your church.

Joyfully Serving Jesus,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

Joyfully Serving Jesus

Dear faithful praying and supporting friends,

We wanted to start out by apologizing for the long time in between updates. It seems that time slips by us before we know it so often. However, we are VERY excited to report on all that God has been doing and that we look forward to in the future. We only ended up with the one Vacation Bible School for the summer. However, it was a great blessing and joy to serve at Temple Baptist Temple alongside another evangelist couple. Throughout the week, there were a number of teens and young people who made profession of faith. We mostly helped with games and logistics, however, I was also able to preach on Wednesday to the adults in their regular Bible study and on Thursday night to the teens. We also saturated the area with fliers and invitations to the week of meetings. I was able to preach several Sundays doing pulpit supply as well as special events. All but one Sunday in September was booked. We praise God for providing meetings and for the lives that have been impacted for eternity!

While we were in Deleware, Karyn was also able to teach a children’s class on Sunday morning. I preached a men’s prayer breakfast on Saturday, and all day on Sunday was preaching as well.

Looking ahead, God seems to be opening more and more doors. There is one church who is prayerfully considering supporting our ministry on a monthly basis as one of their missionaries, so we will be attending their missions conference and sharing our ministry and the burdens that God has put on our heart for this ministry of serving various churches and reaching the lost abroad. Please pray for wisdom in presenting the ministry and for God’s clear direction. We are excited about our future in evangelism.

Last week, we were blessed to be at Riggles Gap Bible Church alongside Evangelist Dan Brubaker for their revival services. My wife and I were able to conduct the children’s services for the week. We had a good number of kids each night and praise the Lord for what He did! They seemed to be receptive and also worked hard to invite friends throughout the week. Dan also had tremendous services with a special salvation emphasis on Friday. Please pray for lasting fruit from this week of meetings.

Please continue to pray for the housing needs that we have and that God would clearly guide us as to what step He would have us to take. If there is ever any way we can serve your church, please as always feel free to contact us.

Joyfully serving our risen Saviour,

Stephen, Karyn and Israel Wrachford

Micah 6:8

Ministry Transitions

Dear faithful supporters,

We wanted to start off by saying how thankful we are for God’s grace that is truly sufficient for any circumstance that may come our way!

These last few months have been a time of big transitioning in our ministry.

Our home church has found a full-time assistant who will be coming this month to take over assisting our pastor. Because of that, we will no longer be working on staff. Please pray that God would truly bless and this transition would go smoothly for our family as well as our new assistant.

Due to this ministry change, we will also no longer be living in the church parsonage.  For the time being, we will be staying with Stephen’s parents as we continue to pray for God’s clear direction for housing and ministry opportunities.

In the meantime, we are excited to continue serving at our church!

Things are going well with our Sunday deaf class. The children have professed to be saved and we are now praying for their growth in Christ. I have been challenging them to be a witness and they each took tracts and have committed to pass them out. Please pray for the salvation of their father Dale. Also pray that God would allow me to train another assistant as my brother-in-law Micah will be heading to Bible college in the fall.

We are also continuing to help in the gospel outreach program, The John Project. There have been several people who have been spoken to about their souls and many others who are still reading the book of John. Please pray that God would continue to convict and draw these precious souls to Himself.  We are especially burdened for many of our neighbors including: Randy, Tony, Laurie, Mrs. Giobbi, Carmela, Regina, TJ, Sara, Mary, Heather, Megan and many more. Please pray for their salvation and growth.

We are thankful that Stephen has had the opportunity to preach in several churches over the past few months. He had the special privilege of preaching for the high-school graduate’s service we had here on June 9th. That was a blessing as his youngest brother Micah graduated. Pray for him as he attends Indiana Baptist College this fall.

We look forward to being able to help at 1 vacation Bible school this summer. Also please pray for our home church’s vbs that will be July 22-26th. Unfortunately, we will not be able to help due to a conflict in our schedule.  We covet your prayers that many souls will be saved.

We are happy to report that Israel is 4 ½ months old and doing great! He rolled over yesterday for the first time. Please pray for his salvation and the wisdom we need to raise him for the Lord.

Words cannot express how thankful we are to you all for your prayers and financial support. You all have been a huge blessing and encouragement to us!  We still have open time in our schedule to serve your church with Bible Schools in the Pa, Ohio area this summer. We are also open for revival meetings or pulpit supply for this fall. Let us know if we could be a blessing in any capacity at your church.

Joyfully Serving our Risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15