Greetings in the name of our Lord,
On April 4th, Leanna and I joined Carolee in the states–until August 29th when we return to Tenerife. We have been able to visit most of our 15 grandchildren with both Jenny (her fifth) and Hannah (her fourth) expecting again—both within one day of each other around November 22n
I would like to share some fruit that God has given since the last prayer letter. One week before we left Tenerife I met three new men in the prison who were extremely interested in the gospel and received Bibles, but since my time was limited that day, I was not able to talk to them about salvation. A few days later I only found one, Jonaton; but God had been preparing his heart, and he was ready to hear the good news. He couldn’t believe that I returned to see him and that I’d remembered his name. I assured him that I had much better news than that – which I did – and he was gloriously saved, as he had never heard about the truths of salvation and God’s grace! Please pray for him and the other two whom I did not get to speak to about salvation, Miguel and Burgos. I believe that they would be open to the gospel message as well.
We caught the tail end of our home church’s mission conference and I preached Sunday morning. After a few days back in Rochester N.Y. (and the culture shock of returning to overcast, rainy weather) Carolee and I were returning to our car in the Wal-Mart parking lot when I began witnessing to a young man attending to the grocery carts. It turned out that he listened attentively, and he called upon the Lord Jesus Christ right there to forgive his sins and to be saved! Please pray for Anthony.
When visiting Jenny and my son-in-law Michael in May, we went preaching door to door in Lebanon PA, and were able to witness to several Hispanic speaking people there. One of those was another young man named Anthony, who only spoke Spanish. God allowed me to witness to him for a good 40 minutes at his doorstep; and he gave his life to the Lord for salvation as well! Michael is the pastor of the Heritage Baptist Church in Manheim, PA, and asked me to teach two Sunday school classes for children. The first week two youngsters, Blake and Maddix, were saved after the class had ended. The next week, Brooklyn, a young girl who had come for over a year surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation as well!
While out on visitation with Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Lansing Michigan, God enabled me to lead a husband and wife to the Lord! They lived at the first door we knocked on, and we were there for almost an hour and a half explaining the true way of salvation. They had attended a Methodist Church but had never heard that salvation was by God’s grace, but rather were trusting in their goodness and church membership. It was wonderful to see them both accept the LORD into their hearts and to be born again! Their names are Jerome and Kknodou. Please pray that they would grow in the Lord and attend church.
We have been able to report to a number of our supporting churches and minister the word of God as well. What a blessing to see many of the churches again and to see them serving the Lord; and to meet again all the saints who are praying for us. We have heard some great preaching also on a number of occasions and have been refreshed and encouraged in the Lord. We were blessed to attend a Bible conference at our home church, Old Paths Bible Baptist in Holley, NY, and honor our three pastors as we celebrated our 25th year as a church. Thank God for his goodness!
Thanks again, Doug, Carolee, Rebekah, and Leanna Schwaderer
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven….
A time to be born, and a time to die;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2).
This past February, Carolee’s mother, Lynne Munson, passed on to be with the Lord after suffering with cancer for the last couple of years. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is now with Him never to suffer those pains again! Carolee had felt a very strong pressing from the Lord to fly to the United States in January to help Lynne, who was living alone, and now we are so thankful that Carolee got to be with her mom in the last few weeks of her life and at the time of her passing. What a glorious and sure hope we have, all that believe and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. I’m afraid that most people don’t take death or their relationship with God seriously, so it is all of our jobs to get the gospel to as many as we can before it’s too late.
I like to play tennis for exercise, and last week I was able to witness to a new partner the other day after he beat me! Please pray for Israel, a very nice man who listened to me tell him a bit about the book of Revelation, and what was going to happen in the great tribulation. He actually said it scared him and wanted to know why God would do those things to us. I asked him to read the book of Revelation in order get him in the Bible, and I plan on talking to him again soon.
In eleven years on the field, I have never taken a full year furlough, just twice I have been to the US for a few months for our daughters’ weddings and Rebekah’s graduation, but at the direction of the Lord, we will be taking a five month furlough from April to last week of August. We will be in New York in April, in Pennsylvania in May, and Ohio in June–after that, I´m not sure of our schedule. If you would like me to come and give an update or preach I would be glad to do so. Obviously, I cannot get to all of our supporters as they are spread all over the U.S., as much as I would love to see all of you. If you would like to have me come, please contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to be able to come.
Sincerely the Schwaderer family