Dear Praying Friends,
I wanted to start by apologizing that it has been a while since our last update. However, I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for everyone’s faithful prayers and for all that God has done. I look back on this past year as it draws near its close and I am in complete awe of all God has done. This has by far been our BUSIEST and HAPPIEST year ever in evangelism as God provided many opportunities to minister in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida throughout this year and many many miles. We have done much pulpit supply, 4 Bible Schools, and two revival meetings this year. We have been greatly blessed to reconnect with old friends as well as make many new friends.
There are two major answers to prayer that I would like to mention that some may not know of.
As mentioned in our last prayer letter in the middle of May, we were still praying God would supply our family with a larger vehicle to accommodate our growing family. Well, just a week or so prior to our departure for our first VBS, God allowed us to purchase a van DEBT FREE through a series of miraculous events with tax refunds as well as some funds we had managed to set aside for that need already. The blessing is that it had only 23,000 miles roughly on it when we received it so it should have a good long life should the Lord tarry. Already, we have had some good use with about 31,000 miles on it and it has helped with much-needed luggage space.
A second big answer to prayer is that the church we were helping in Ohio voted on one of their men who had been the pastor at another church previously to become their pastor. He is a very good man that I believe God will richly use to see great things for this church in the days ahead.
As for the meetings themselves, it was truly a blessing to see people from each of the places give verbal testimony of the fact that God gave them something that they needed in their own personal walk with God. Many folks enjoyed that my wife taught a children’s class and that their kids were begging to come back each night and eager to learn more from the Bible. This was also a great asset to younger families who had kids to be able to come to the meetings each night. During our 4 Bible Schools, we saw roughly 15 or so children who made a decision for salvation, and others got their assurance. We saw great attendance and several folks return to church who had been out for quite some time. I also hear that good things are continuing to develop with some of those contacts that were made throughout the week. Truly all glory goes to God!!!
We want to praise the Lord for the safe arrival of our third son, Isaac Robert Wrachford on September 21, 2022. He is already adding so much joy to our family!
Personally, God has been working in my heart and teaching me many things as I strive to prepare new messages as frequently as time allows and God gives them to me. I have recently been greatly enjoying my study of Jesus’ statement that He is “THE WAY, THE TRUTH. THE LIFE.” Those words are so life-changing as Jesus confronts our faith in looking to Him alone.
I would like to ask for prayers for a few things that are on our hearts. This past summer and fall/ we were able to get a promotional video together that helps folks to get a better feel for the ministry God has blessed us to be a part of. The plans were to upload it to our website for folks to see. It is available currently on Youtube as well as shared on my personal Facebook. However, I have learned that my website is very outdated now and will need to be “rebuilt”. I do not understand it very well, however, what I do know is that I am told it may crash in the near future if not addressed. The friend who helped me get it going in the first place is willing to help with it and we are currently trying to figure out how to get it done. Pray with us that if the Lord is willing it will not crash and that we can get it fixed before that happens. The website is one of the biggest things God has used to allow us to build contacts with various churches. I know God is bigger than all this and will work everything out. It is also our means of sending out the updates that we send.
There are at least two churches that are near to my heart that I am burdened for. One has gone through a very sensitive situation. I will not go into detail about it. Another church, Mountaintop Baptist Church, is going through a very difficult time without a pastor. Pray God would supply just the right man for that church.
Please pray for my health. In the last couple of months, I have experienced a lot of fatigue more than normal, and some concerning pains as well.
Also, pray that God would continue to allow the fruit to grow from the previous meetings and for future opportunities in this coming year. The majority of our year is open and available in 2023, but we do have one revival we are waiting to confirm for this February and a couple of other prospects for VBS this coming summer already! We are encouraged and excited to see what God has in store.
Also, please pray for my wife as she is currently learning to play the piano to further aid in our work for the Lord. There is also a deaf lady that she is currently trying to locate in our town. Pray that she can find her and share the Gospel with her.
In closing, I would like to say a very happy Thanksgiving to each and a Merry Christmas. I do hope to maybe send another update at some point. But if not it is out there haha We appreciate each and every one of you for your prayers and friendship. You all are a big part of what God is doing!!
Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,