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

Souls For Jesus

Dear praying friends,

We are so excited to update you all on how God has been working over the last month!

In April, we had a young lady named Trista come on our van route to church. She fell under great conviction and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior after the service. That evening she was baptized! Please continue to pray for her growth.

I (Karyn) have been blessed to continue mentoring my brother-in-law Micah in sign language. We take turns teaching the class on Sundays with the deaf family. Please pray specifically for the hearts of each one of these children: Caleb, Dalton, Dale Jr. and Kalilah. Pray that God would open their eyes to the Gospel.

We are always amazed at how God continues to bring people into our paths that need Jesus. Over the last month, God has allowed us to witness to many people including: Bess, Heather, Bobbie, Kelly, Nikki and so many more. Pray for the salvation of these precious souls.

Nikki is a lady I met while attending a sign language class at a local library. She is a Jehovah’s Witness. Praise God we have been able to meet once so far and discuss the Bible and salvation. Please pray as we continue to meet that God would open her eyes to the truth.

My husband has had the opportunity to continue teaching the teen class at our church. Please pray for our faithful teens JT, Jordan, and Micah to continue to grow in their walk with the Lord. Also pray for the salvation and faithfulness of our van teens, Jerry and Adessa. We know God has a wonderful plan for these young people and the devil is working overtime to pull them away.

We are also excited to be a part of a special Gospel outreach program at our church called The John Project. We are going out in our community challenging people to read the Gospel of John in one month and then we will follow up with them answering questions and presenting the gospel. This past Thursday, we started the project and we have already had 7 people commit to read John! Praise the Lord for how He leads and guides us to those hungry souls. Please pray that they will be open to the Gospel. We are praying about the possibility of helping other churches who may be interested in starting a similar program at their church after we see how things go at our home church. If you would be interested in doing something like this, please let us know and we would be happy to help you launch a similar outreach.

My husband also has been filling in at various churches with pulpit supply. We had great opportunities at one church in Fairmont, WV who is in search of a pastor currently. This Sunday, he filled in for Pastor Shawn Madrid in Mt Joy, Pa. who is on vacation. We are very thankful for each opportunity God gives and would love to serve you if you are in need of pulpit supply for any reason.

We are having the time of our lives raising our little Israel. He turned 3 months old a week ago and is already almost 14 pounds! He is smiling, laughing, cooing, and moving a whole lot. So far he seems to enjoy traveling. Please continue to pray that he would adjust well and God would give us wisdom as we raise him for His glory.

In addition to the prayer needs mentioned, please pray for:

-Ladies Banquet, wisdom as I teach on May 25th at my church

-More church meetings

-2 mission trip opportunities

-More witnessing opportunities

Once again, we would like to express how thankful we are to you all for your continued prayers and financial support!

Joyfully serving our risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

 

Blessings Abound

Dear Praying Friends,

Hard to believe it is already April! My mind is on a particular verse right now in the book of Lamentations. ” It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not, they are new every morning great is thy faithfulness”  Lam 3:22 Truly, when I think of all the shortcomings I have, I am totally amazed that God continues to use me and bless.

We were able to have a teen activity at Dunbar Baptist with our youth and two other churches within an hr of Dunbar. There were about 15 or 16 young people in attendance and several sponsors. We ate hot dogs, had a lazer tag game that the teens and sponsors enjoyed and then a good friend of mine, Pastor Haasz, preached a message on desiring the will of God. God seemed to move in the hearts of some of the teens. One of the teens that comes to our church from time to time raised his hand in regard to assurance of salvation, and I had the privilege of talking to him for a few minutes. Please pray that this young man, Jerry Yailey will take the needed steps in his life and be more faithful. I am very burdened for our young people in America and around the world that they will be sold out to God completely, and the message was a much needed one in our day.

The last few weeks have found me, traveling to Wisconsin for a conference to attend that and God brought a Pastor into my path who had gone to Ambassador, and we had a great time of fellowship not only learning from the Word of God, but also learning from each other and enjoying a meal together. Then, in Mid March, our family was off to preach a revival Meeting at a church in Central Pa with Pastor Harvin. We had a tremendous meeting and although it seemed that the week flew by, we had several visitors, and the people seemed as if God was really doing a stirring work. Pastor also ended up feeling very encouraged by the end of the week, which is always a great blessing.

When we got home, we had missions conference at our home church the following week and two of my former classmates who are on deputation had tremendous messages to share over the weekend challenging us in our walks with God and heart for the harvest. After the missions conference, we headed out to Florida for my wife to be in a wedding of her friend, it went well. So as you can see, we are starting our baby Israel out early with all the travels. Ha! Seriously though, He has done very well!

Looking ahead, I still have much open time in the summer for revival meetings/ children’s revivals and all the fall is open as well. It has never ceased to amaze me how God provides the meetings. Over the last two years, God has filled my schedule so that I have been preaching about 1/2 to 3/4 of the year in various churches and revival meetings. The rest has been spent helping at my Dad’s church with the youth. I am content to be used as God sees fit, but I am asking you to pray with me that God would continue to fill my schedule for this year as He has done in years past.

God has also been providing for the expenses of the birth of our baby, so I am very thankful for this.

If God is willing, we do hope to have a new prayer card made up soon once the baby gets a little older. Please keep our family in your prayers as you think of us in regards to several areas

  • spirit filling
  • God’s continued provision
  • Meetings
  • our adjustment to parenting
  • souls

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords,

Micah 6:8

Baby Born on Feb 16!

Dear Praying Friends and family,

Unfortunately, by the time this email goes out it will be Sunday AM and the baby will be a day old. But, nonetheless, we do have exciting news that Israel David Wrachford made his appearance at 9:03 am on Saturday Feb 16! He weighed in at a whopping 10 lb 3 oz at birth and 21 inches. He seems to be a very happy little fellow and we are loving him to death.

As you all probably know, my wife and I had decided to go the midwife route. However, near the end of her labor, it became necessary to transport to a hospital as my wife was unable to finish the final stages of labor due to the baby’s size. Once we transported there, they were able to give her the help she needed without doing a c section. And she completed the labor in two more hrs, which was a great relief to her from the nearly two days worth of labor she had already been through. We are thankful all went well. However, as you can imagine that this will be quite a bit of an expense we were not anticipating. Please pray that God would meet the need. God has been so good to us. We wanted to include a picture so you can put a face with the update 🙂

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

Souls For Jesus

Dear praying friends,

We are so excited to update you all on how God has been working over the last month!

In April, we had a young lady named Trista come on our van route to church. She fell under great conviction and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior after the service. That evening she was baptized! Please continue to pray for her growth.

I (Karyn) have been blessed to continue mentoring my brother-in-law Micah in sign language. We take turns teaching the class on Sundays with the deaf family. Please pray specifically for the hearts of each one of these children: Caleb, Dalton, Dale Jr. and Kalilah. Pray that God would open their eyes to the Gospel.

We are always amazed at how God continues to bring people into our paths that need Jesus. Over the last month, God has allowed us to witness to many people including: Bess, Heather, Bobbie, Kelly, Nikki and so many more. Pray for the salvation of these precious souls.

Nikki is a lady I met while attending a sign language class at a local library. She is a Jehovah’s Witness. Praise God we have been able to meet once so far and discuss the Bible and salvation. Please pray as we continue to meet that God would open her eyes to the truth.

My husband has had the opportunity to continue teaching the teen class at our church. Please pray for our faithful teens JT, Jordan, and Micah to continue to grow in their walk with the Lord. Also pray for the salvation and faithfulness of our van teens, Jerry and Adessa. We know God has a wonderful plan for these young people and the devil is working overtime to pull them away.

We are also excited to be a part of a special Gospel outreach program at our church called The John Project. We are going out in our community challenging people to read the Gospel of John in one month and then we will follow up with them answering questions and presenting the gospel. This past Thursday, we started the project and we have already had 7 people commit to read John! Praise the Lord for how He leads and guides us to those hungry souls. Please pray that they will be open to the Gospel. We are praying about the possibility of helping other churches who may be interested in starting a similar program at their church after we see how things go at our home church. If you would be interested in doing something like this, please let us know and we would be happy to help you launch a similar outreach.

My husband also has been filling in at various churches with pulpit supply. We had great opportunities at one church in Fairmont, WV who is in search of a pastor currently. This Sunday, he filled in for Pastor Shawn Madrid in Mt Joy, Pa. who is on vacation. We are very thankful for each opportunity God gives and would love to serve you if you are in need of pulpit supply for any reason.

We are having the time of our lives raising our little Israel. He turned 3 months old a week ago and is already almost 14 pounds! He is smiling, laughing, cooing, and moving a whole lot. So far he seems to enjoy traveling. Please continue to pray that he would adjust well and God would give us wisdom as we raise him for His glory.

In addition to the prayer needs mentioned, please pray for:

-Ladies Banquet, wisdom as I teach on May 25th at my church

-More church meetings

-2 mission trip opportunities

-More witnessing opportunities

Once again, we would like to express how thankful we are to you all for your continued prayers and financial support!

Joyfully serving our risen Savior,

The Wrachfords

Mark 16:15

 

Blessings Abound

Dear Praying Friends,

Hard to believe it is already April! My mind is on a particular verse right now in the book of Lamentations. ” It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not, they are new every morning great is thy faithfulness”  Lam 3:22 Truly, when I think of all the shortcomings I have, I am totally amazed that God continues to use me and bless.

We were able to have a teen activity at Dunbar Baptist with our youth and two other churches within an hr of Dunbar. There were about 15 or 16 young people in attendance and several sponsors. We ate hot dogs, had a lazer tag game that the teens and sponsors enjoyed and then a good friend of mine, Pastor Haasz, preached a message on desiring the will of God. God seemed to move in the hearts of some of the teens. One of the teens that comes to our church from time to time raised his hand in regard to assurance of salvation, and I had the privilege of talking to him for a few minutes. Please pray that this young man, Jerry Yailey will take the needed steps in his life and be more faithful. I am very burdened for our young people in America and around the world that they will be sold out to God completely, and the message was a much needed one in our day.

The last few weeks have found me, traveling to Wisconsin for a conference to attend that and God brought a Pastor into my path who had gone to Ambassador, and we had a great time of fellowship not only learning from the Word of God, but also learning from each other and enjoying a meal together. Then, in Mid March, our family was off to preach a revival Meeting at a church in Central Pa with Pastor Harvin. We had a tremendous meeting and although it seemed that the week flew by, we had several visitors, and the people seemed as if God was really doing a stirring work. Pastor also ended up feeling very encouraged by the end of the week, which is always a great blessing.

When we got home, we had missions conference at our home church the following week and two of my former classmates who are on deputation had tremendous messages to share over the weekend challenging us in our walks with God and heart for the harvest. After the missions conference, we headed out to Florida for my wife to be in a wedding of her friend, it went well. So as you can see, we are starting our baby Israel out early with all the travels. Ha! Seriously though, He has done very well!

Looking ahead, I still have much open time in the summer for revival meetings/ children’s revivals and all the fall is open as well. It has never ceased to amaze me how God provides the meetings. Over the last two years, God has filled my schedule so that I have been preaching about 1/2 to 3/4 of the year in various churches and revival meetings. The rest has been spent helping at my Dad’s church with the youth. I am content to be used as God sees fit, but I am asking you to pray with me that God would continue to fill my schedule for this year as He has done in years past.

God has also been providing for the expenses of the birth of our baby, so I am very thankful for this.

If God is willing, we do hope to have a new prayer card made up soon once the baby gets a little older. Please keep our family in your prayers as you think of us in regards to several areas

  • spirit filling
  • God’s continued provision
  • Meetings
  • our adjustment to parenting
  • souls

Joyfully Serving our Risen Saviour,

The Wrachfords,

Micah 6:8

Baby Born on Feb 16!

Dear Praying Friends and family,

Unfortunately, by the time this email goes out it will be Sunday AM and the baby will be a day old. But, nonetheless, we do have exciting news that Israel David Wrachford made his appearance at 9:03 am on Saturday Feb 16! He weighed in at a whopping 10 lb 3 oz at birth and 21 inches. He seems to be a very happy little fellow and we are loving him to death.

As you all probably know, my wife and I had decided to go the midwife route. However, near the end of her labor, it became necessary to transport to a hospital as my wife was unable to finish the final stages of labor due to the baby’s size. Once we transported there, they were able to give her the help she needed without doing a c section. And she completed the labor in two more hrs, which was a great relief to her from the nearly two days worth of labor she had already been through. We are thankful all went well. However, as you can imagine that this will be quite a bit of an expense we were not anticipating. Please pray that God would meet the need. God has been so good to us. We wanted to include a picture so you can put a face with the update 🙂