Letter from Cody: Review – Dec. 2009

As the days get progressively shorter, how glad I am that soon the trend will turn around. While our darkness in Washington does not even compare with the long nights of the northern hinterlands, I am always glad when the days start increasing again, even if it only incrementally. The longing for long sunny days makes me ponder. What would life be like with the sun in absentia? Life could not exist. Without the warm, life-giving rays of the sun, this earth would be an orbiting, lifeless ice cube. But what would the Christian life be like minus the Christian’s sun? “Christ’s death proves God’s great love for man. It is our pledge of salvation. To remove the cross from the Christian would be like blotting the sun from the sky. The cross brings us near to God, reconciling us to Him.” Acts of the Apostles, 209. Praise the Lord we have a sun in the sky! Let us never forget the great life-giving, warmth-spreading, illuminating center of the Christian life—the great sacrifice of our Savior upon the cruel cross of Calvary for us.

As I think about this past year and what the Lord has done and is doing, I praise the Lord for His goodness and leading and also want to thank you for your prayers and support to make each of these advances for the kingdom of God possible. The Lord has blessed as He has opened the doors to hold evangelistic programs at several locations here in our local mission field and assist in evangelistic work in Angola, Brazil, India, Vietnam and other locales. What is always the most exciting to me, though, is to see the work that the local workers in their own territory are doing to spread the message abroad. Around the world there are faithful workers who are endeavoring to stand for the truths from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and are doing all in their power to share the message of a crucified, risen and soon-coming Savior. In El Salvador, Brother Arsenio and his co-workers are faithfully distributing truth-filled publications and doing personal evangelism in the remote and forgotten villages. In Brazil, Brother Alexandre is preaching to tens of thousands every week over the radio and making personal contact with hundreds every month through CD’s, Bible studies and literature requests that come in from the listeners. In Argentina, faithful Bible workers are using every means within their reach to awaken the doomed masses to eternal realities. Over in the Pacific islands, faithful brethren are traversing the wildernesses to reach souls who are earnestly looking heavenward. Children are being reared up by God-fearing parents to preach the message to hundreds in market-place evangelism throughout Papua New Guinea. Further north in the Philippine islands, brethren are fearlessly preaching the truth and entire churches are receiving the message with joy! Faithful workers are translating, evangelizing and doing house-to-house labor in seeking to win souls to the Master. Brother Titing has started a missionary training school seeking to equip the many young people with the basics of self-supporting missionary work. Up in the remote mountains, growing much of their own food, they study the Bible and do missionary work, praying that the Lord will teach them how to win souls for the Master. In India, another missionary training school has just ended in which a couple dozen young men and ladies have been grounded in the basics of presenting and sharing our faith. In Vietnam, a brother leads out in a training program and then sends the students out into the field to work for the Master. In Togo, the faithful laymen have committed to spending part of their time giving Bible studies and raising up churches. Traveling further south through Africa to Congo and Angola, we find thousands of villages and entire territories that have never heard of Seventh-day Adventists and the Third Angel’s Message. Dozens of believers have become Bible workers and are raising up churches throughout the forgotten bush. Churches have been raised, many have given their lives to the Lord through baptism, thousands have received the message of truth and tens of thousands have heard the final warning through these faithful workers—and this is just the beginning! Praise the Lord that “By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given.” Great Controversy, 612. It is through your prayers and support that we are able to continue to equip these workers to do their work. From around the world, a resounding “thank you” goes out to you for your help. May we each do our part and continue to help these faithful workers give the warning message that soon we may all be gathered together a happy, rejoicing company!

Yours in hastening that day,
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Letter from Cody: Vietnam – Nov. 2009

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Pastor Bauler conducting one of the training classes.

Have you ever been locked out of your car or house? Perhaps we can look through the windows and see the keys lying right there, but getting to those lonely keys is a mission impossible! Yet when the door is unlocked, without a thought, we are in the car and ready to go. What a difference an open and closed door makes! But it is not only in the physical world that there are open and closed doors. Jesus says, “Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” Revelation 3:8. In fact, not just is there one open door, but there are many. “There is a large work to be done, and the vineyard of the Lord needs laborers. Missionaries should enter the field before they are compelled to cease labor. There are now open doors on every side… .” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 359. “If they will labor as the Spirit of God shall direct, He will open doors of opportunity before them for the work of building the old waste places.” God’s Amazing Grace, 326. It is not only when we think that doors are open, but even when they seem closed, the Lord bids us go forward. “A thousand doors of usefulness are open before us. Often we lament the scanty resources available, but were Christians thoroughly in earnest, they could multiply the resources a thousandfold. It is selfishness, self-indulgence, that bars the way to our usefulness.” Ministry of Healing, 206. May the Lord help us to see those thousand open doors before us and press through with triumphs for the kingdom of God.

One area that is now beckoning with an open door is the previously very closed country of Vietnam. About a year ago, Pastor Mike Bauler met a young Vietnamese pastor who was sharing about an opening door in Vietnam, and he invited him to come over and assist with the work. A few weeks ago Mike and a friend left for Vietnam and were very blessed to see the work that is going forward in this needy area. Like everywhere else, perhaps the greatest need is for trained workers, and the brethren there are seeking to answer this call. Pastor Tran and his fellow workers have instituted a program that trains workers for several months and then sends them out to put into practice what they have learned. After a year of training and practical work, those that have proven themselves effective workers return for more training and are sent out again. Although they are not allowed to openly proselytize (because of the lack of freedom of religion and speech), they seek contacts by friendship and then lead them to greater spiritual truths. Their work is bearing fruit, and through friendship evangelism, souls are being led from the darkness of Buddhism and Catholicism in this restricted access county. But while liberty is very much restricted by our standards, the door is presently opening more than it has in thirty years! No doubt the Lord is bidding us enter the open door. For many years, imprisonment and worse could be the result of faithfully following and sharing the Lord, but now new opportunities are available. Restriction of printing is beginning to be eased (not completely, but some). With these reduced restrictions, Pastor Tran is hoping to be able to translate and print truth-filled literature while there is still opportunity. In order to do this, translators are needed who can translate much-needed Spirit of Prophecy books into the local language and then print and distribute them. Presently, very few complete Spirit of Prophecy books are available, but it is hoped to be able to put translators to work in order to fulfill this vital void. Then these truth-filled books can do their work of bringing about a revival in the lives of the church members and touching the hearts of those who do not know this message of truth. Would you like to help our brethren in Vietnam walk through this open door? If so, please pray for the work there, and you can also mark your donation “Vietnam.”

Yours in the Master’s service,

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“Praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ.” Col. 4:3.

Some of the workers in the remote areas of Vietnam
Some of the workers in the remote areas of Vietnam





Letter from Cody: Papua New Guinea – Oct. 2009

Heaven’s greatest challenge for eons, now, has been a labor shortage. Ever since a third of the workforce rebelled and walked off the job (Rev. 12:3), God has been calling for recruits. Humanity’s creation was for the purpose of solving this predicament (1BC, 1082); but since the rebellion of this earth, the labor shortage dilemma has grown severely acute. Jesus is pleading for co-workers in His beautiful invitation, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.” (Matt. 11:29) For those who have accepted the enlistment, He has sent a memo directing all to put the labor shortage problem on high priority: “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matt. 9:37, 38.) Are we striving to meet heaven’s crying need? Have we ourselves enlisted in His service, and are we actively engaging in recruitment programs? God desires to finish this work, but He needs a qualified, capable, dedicated workforce. “Christ is calling for volunteers to enlist under His standard, and bear the banner of the cross before the world.” Messages to Young People, 24, 25.

One area of the work that is moving forward with volunteers for the Master is the island country of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Men, women and children are putting forth self-sacrificing labor to fill the vacant ranks of the Master’s vineyard. Henry Hevare and his family have an

Ben (13 years old) preaching in the market in PNG
Ben (13 years old) preaching in the market in PNG

evangelistic fervor that will not be dampened, no matter how many rivers they must cross. When the call comes, they are willing to go. On one recent evangelistic trip, they traveled for days on foot without much food, waded while carrying their equipment across a river eleven times, swam a raging current and crawled up steep, slippery jungle slopes-all to share the message of salvation with others. Although the trip was grueling, the endeavors paid off. Six week-long evangelistic meetings were held; sixteen-plus boxes of literature were distributed; multitudes of conversions took place, and new churches were organized and existing churches revived. In their travels, the family choir sings; then Brett, the thirteen-year-old son but already an accomplished preacher, delivers the first message to the amazed multitude; and after that, Henry, the father, delivers the final message. The Lord is abundantly blessing their labors as these volunteers for the Master brave hardship and difficulty to give the message they love so dearly. Seron, a young lady in another area of PNG, was serving as a youth leader, but then became a volunteer Bible worker. She began her work by carrying her Bible to a neighboring village (a three hour walk) and opening the Word of God to them. The villagers began to love this young Bible worker as she affectionately cared for all within the village. Within time a new church was springing up from her labors, but she was not content with her successes-other villages beckoned. Accompanied by her guardian angels, she began penetrating deeper and deeper into the jungle, each village taking her another three hours of walking into the remote snake, spider and ruffian infested jungles. Five new jungle churches have been born in her first twelve months of service. What one consecrated volunteer can do for the Master! While these are just a few of the volunteer workers in Papua New Guinea, scores more are working for the Master in circumstances that we cannot even fathom. Their love for their Lord and perishing souls drives them on, but there are great needs, too. Just forty or fifty dollars a month can enable one of these already dedicated missionaries to do the work they love full-time or help with their travel expenses. A few hundred dollars can equip some of these workers with speakers, literature and tarps so that they can labor more effectively. Would you like to help advance the work in Papua New Guinea? If you would like to assist our brethren in this needy field, please mark your donation “PNG.”


Yours in the Master’s employ,


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Henry Hevare family returning from the evangelistic trip
Henry Hevare family returning from the evangelistic trip

Letter from Cody: India – September 2009

A comfortable easy chair is probably something all appreciate. Aching and fatigued, plopping into a favorite easy chair brings great relief; but sometimes easy chairs are a dangerous enemy-beckoning loudly when work is calling. There is an even more dangerous easy chair-Satan’s easy chair. “Do not sit down in Satan’s easy chair of do-little, but arise, and aim at the elevated standard which it is your privilege to attain. It is a blessed privilege to give up all for Christ. Look not at the lives of others and imitate them and rise no higher. You have only one true, unerring Pattern. It is safe to follow Jesus only.” “Do not settle down in Satan’s easy-chair, and say that there is no use, you cannot cease to sin, that there is no power in you to overcome. There is no power in you apart from Christ, but it is your privilege to have Christ abiding in your heart by faith, and he can overcome sin in you, when you cooperate with his efforts, putting your will on the side of God’s will.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 241, Youth’s Instructor, June 29, 1893. We have a work to do: overcoming sin in our lives and helping others to overcome. May we vigilantly resisting the call of Satan’s easy chair.

Pastor Mike doing health outreach with the students
Pastor Mike doing health outreach with the students

One area where our brethren are resisting the beckoning of Satan’s easy chair is the Kalrayan Hills of southern India. Timothy and Anita Tharasingh are working to train youth for the Master’s Service at the Green Pastures School. A group of twenty to thirty young people from various parts of India and with varying levels of English comprehension have come together to become better equipped to be missionaries for the Master. They arrived at the mission training school near the beginning of the year and have been studying intently since. Various teachers come and present different subjects; and when there is a gap in the teachers, they are able to focus on mastering English better. So far the language has been the biggest barrier (since the classes are taught in English); but with translation and practice, it is our hope that this hurdle will be mounted. Classes have focused on understanding the Bible, Daniel and Revelation, church history, health and more. Pastor Mike Bauler has just returned from teaching several weeks on church history, showing the continuum of God’s people from apostolic times, through the Reformation, down to the Advent movement of today. While there, the door opened to do health outreach at one of the Pentecostal churches. Near the end of the church service, Mike was given the opportunity to share Biblically the importance of health, and then afterward everyone in the church wanted their blood pressures checked. Most were found to be in dangerous levels, and thus some brief education about the simple laws of health was given. The people appreciated it so much that the pastor asked Mike to come back the next Sunday and give the entire message. The Lord provided a translator, and once again a message of truth was borne from a Babylonian pulpit! Praise the Lord for His leading. Presently another brother is at the school teaching on conversion and the health message. Desiring to do outreach again, they are holding health meetings in one of the local villages. At first very few came because they feared a rush to baptism; but they have persevered, and the Lord has lead them to individuals to whom they can minister. Their attention was brought to a poor, sick man who was deserted by his family-huddled in the corner of his hut, shivering, covered with sores, and racked with pain. Immediately they began to minister to this forsaken man by washing and bandaging his sores. They brought some warmer garments and a meal and promised to continue ministering to him. This act of mercy has begun to soften the hearts of the villagers, and they have begun to help as well. The Lord is working to soften hearts in this heathen country and seeking to prepare bands of workers for Him. We request your prayers as this educational and missionary work advances.

Daniel & Silvia Pel with the students at the missionary training school
Daniel & Silvia Pel with the students at the missionary training school

Yours in the Master’s service,

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Letter from Cody: Brazil – August 2009

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Campmeeting

Greetings from the southern hemisphere, once again! Although, I left behind the Pacific Northwest summer, the wintery weather of Brazil is actually not much of a difference. I have hardly stayed put in one place for more than a week this whole summer, and the same is true here in Brazil. Having returned from Angola last month, then traveling to a couple different meetings, I had time to pack my bags and be off to the airport again. The Lord is blessing the labors here in Brazil and we praise our gracious Lord for that. The first week here was a campmeeting at the training institution in Taquara (near Rio de Janeiro). It is such a blessing to see brethren hunger and thirsting after truth. The theme of the campmeeting was “religious liberty.” Many wondered how we could spend an entire week studying the theme of religious liberty, but by the time we had finished, most wished there had been more time to dive into this essential subject more deeply. There were three visiting speakers who had sermons and seminars, roundtable discussions and private questions that were asked. We all knew that the Lord had been with us and that there was still much precious truths to learn on this pertinent subject for our time. What a blessing it was, though, to interact with the students there and see an army of dedicated workers being trained. The first graduation of the students took place last November and many of those who graduated are now working in Bible work or assisting in the various needs at the institution. There are around twenty to thirty young people still studying, some of which will graduate in this coming November while others will continue their studies further. Praise the Lord that there are faithful institutions holding high the principles of truth from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy that are sending out workers into the harvest field!

08-radiomeetingAfter the campmeeting was finished, it was off to the northern city of Fortaleza. It is the first time that I have been here, and the brethren have arranged a week of prayer to revive and strengthen the believers here. The theme is “Examples of Excellence” and the Lord is blessing as we are investigating the lives of seven young men and women from the Bible who nobly resisted the temptations to common today to give us a shining example of excellence of character. It is our prayer that all here, but especially the young people may rise to the occasion that they themselves can become an example of excellence to those around them, as well. Then soon it will be down south again to Saõ Paulo for a busy week of evangelistic messages and visitations from the “Voice of the Last Hour” Radio program. We have been helping to support the airing of the truth to the twenty million of Saõ Paulo for around a year and a half, and the investment is now reaping rich returns. Every week for two hours the truth is proclaimed over one of the most popular Pentecostal radio stations in the city. After people come home from church, if they turn on their radio there is the message of the Three Angels. Thousands of Bible study sets have been mailed out. Hundreds of full message books have been sold. Hundreds of thousands of truth filled tabloids have been distributed with even evangelical pastors helping in the distribution. Monthly seminars are held and dozens gather for weekly group Bible studies in various parts of the city. One of the graduated students is beating the streets, finding, visiting and studying with the contacts from the program. Men and women are now making decisions to unite with God’s remnant people and sealing their commitment to the Lord through baptism. Our God is definitely on the move! Please pray that the Lord will continue to use these simple means to save the honest in heart in His kingdom, and if you would like to be a part of this exciting work, please consider a special donation for “Brazil Evangelism.”

From the harvest fields,

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‘In matters of conscience the majority has no power.’ This principle we in our day are firmly to maintain. The banner of truth and religious liberty held aloft by the founders of the gospel church and by God’s witnesses during the centuries that have passed since then, has, in this last conflict, been committed to our hands…. A ‘Thus saith the Lord’ is not to be set aside for a ‘Thus saith the church’ or a ‘Thus saith the state.'” Acts of the Apostles, 68, 69.


Letter from Cody: Angola – July 2009

Dear Friend,

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Angolian church

We indeed are living in a grand and awesome time. While the media focuses upon international crises, economic woes and celebrity happenings, we know that these mundane episodes are nothing compared with the real issues. We are living in the measuring time! The judgment is going on! “The grand judgment is taking place, and has been going on for some time. Now the Lord says, Measure the temple and the worshipers thereof. Remember when you are walking the streets about your business, God is measuring you; when you are attending your household duties, when you engage in conversation, God is measuring you. Remember that your words and actions are being daguerreotyped [photographed] in the books of heaven, as the face is reproduced by the artist on the polished plate.” Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 972. Are we caught up in the affairs of this world or are we focusing on the real, eternal events? How do we measure in this measuring time?

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Campmeeting in Huambo

I have had opportunity to contemplate this great measuring time as I have just returned from a series of campmeetings in Angola in which the themes were “The Judgment Hour.” Angola is a country coming out of nearly thirty years of civil war, but a country with believers eager to share the good news of the Third Angel’s Message. A team of five of us from three different continents descended upon this south-central African country: I from the United States, three students doing part of their internship from Brazil and the brother from Portugal who has been communicating and working with the brethren in Angola for many years. (Angola is Portuguese-speaking and thus the close association with other Portuguese-speaking countries.) Being the first time for most of us in Angola, we were very interested to learn the experience of the brethren there. We found a group of faithful brothers and sisters who are earnestly sharing the message with others. Around fifteen years ago, an interest was awakened as some of the brethren began to study more deeply into the prophecies of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. As they studied, a revival began to take place as they realized that many counsels relating to health and Sabbath keeping were being ignored. As they studied and shared, they began to face opposition; but they were not deterred. As they continued sharing the truths they dearly held and were studying, the Lord blessed their efforts, resulting in baptisms and new churches. As we learned their story, we were eager to share the messages the Lord had put on our hearts.

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Campmeeting in Luanda

The first of the campmeetings was held in a central province about six hours from the capital city. After a lengthy but providential trip, I arrived in Angola on a Friday morning; and we immediately left for the campmeeting. The Lord blessed as we gathered under a temporary savannah-grass structure to study the Word of God and share His goodness. After the campmeeting, our team of visitors divided to travel to two different provinces for more campmeetings. After a grueling multi-day trip to the eastern side of Angola, we were very thankful to be at our next site of ministry. As always, the campmeeting was filled with the study of the Word, baptisms, ordinations, marriages, etc.; but best of all was seeing how the brethren are excited about living and sharing their faith. After the campmeeting, we were on our way to the final campmeeting in Luanda, the capital city. The other campmeetings had been attended by one to three hundred believers and visitors; but on our final Sabbath in Angola, the attendees swelled to over a thousand. What a blessing to know that the Lord has faithful workers around the world who are seeking to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord! A container load of truth-filled literature is on its way, and soon the brethren will be distributing hundreds of thousands of brochures to the masses of Angola. Please pray for the brethren, that the Lord will bless their church-planting and evangelistic efforts in this solemn judgment hour.

In the blessed hope,

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Letter from Cody: Philippines – June 2009

Dear Friend,

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Philippine School

Sometimes do things not go the way we wish or think they should? Is it sometimes hard to understand why events happen? Sometimes weeks or even years later we can look back and understand why certain things happened, but other times no matter how much time elapses, there never seems to be an answer. When we cannot understand, is the time for us to learn to trust. When we can understand everything, trust is not hard, but when nothing makes any sense, then it is that trust is developed. Fortunately, there are many promises in God’s Word for these times. Perhaps my favorite is 2 Corinthians 13:8: “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”Whatever happens, the Lord will use it to advance His truth! “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.” Proverbs 21:30. No matter how hard man may try to devise mischief against the Lord’s wise plans, nothing can prosper. Even when circumstances arrive that we do not even know what to pray for, the Lord has a promise for that time, too. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26. Joseph could say to his brothers many years afterward, “ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.” Genesis 50:20. May we learn to walk and trust our loving God in the dark and in the light. May we learn the lesson of complete confidence and trust in Him, that whatever happens or does not happen, we can still say, “I know my Redeemer liveth.” Job 19:25.

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Philippine School

The Lord’s truth is marching on throughout the world and we praise Him that he has given us, weak and erring humans, a part to play in cooperation with Him. One area that I am excited to see how the Lord is going to work is in the Philippines. Brothers Titing and Nanding along with their co-workers and others are seeking to spread the present truth message of the Three Angels’ Messages far and wide. Through there evangelistic efforts, many churches have been started, but this also presents a problem—how to nurture and care for all of these churches. Another burden that they have had is how to train and educate the youth for a life of service in this world and the next. These two problems have come together to present a solution—a self-supporting missionary training school.

They requested funds from us to purchase a piece of land and erect some simply buildings and then through growing rice and other produce, they determine to be self-sustaining. Thus while educating Bible workers and teacher, they are also teaching the youth from the churches to be industrious and earn a livelihood. They have been busy preparing and getting everything ready to open this month. Youth from many of the surrounding churches are very interested becoming more grounded in the Bible truths, learning how to do missionary work and the practical work experience. Presently there are over thirty young people who are coming together for the beginning school year. Brother Titing will be teaching and managing the school while Brother Nanding will taking the students out on evangelistic programs. Please pray that the Lord will bless the efforts of this new school that many will be trained in the service of our King. We also ask that you remember the ongoing evangelistic, church planting and church nurturing projects that continue to increase. If you would like to support the work of these faithful brethren laboring for the Master, you can mark your donation, “Philippines.”
I am currently on my way to Angola to meet and minister with the brethren there for several campmeeting and outreaches. Please pray that the Lord will open the doors for His message to go forward with power.

Yours in the Master’s service,
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Letter from Cody: Congo – May 2009

Dear Friend,

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“We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now. We must look our work fairly in the face and advance as fast as possible in aggressive warfare. From the light given me of God I know that the powers of darkness are working with intense energy from beneath, and with stealthy tread Satan is advancing to take those who are now asleep, as a wolf taking his prey. We have warnings now which we may give, a work now which we may do; but soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. God help us to keep in the channel of light, to work with our eyes fastened on Jesus our Leader, and patiently, perseveringly press on to gain the victory.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 22 (1901). This note of warning sounded one hundred plus years ago needs to be trumpeted with even greater urgency today-we have no time to lose! Soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. Let us work with all our might now, while we still can.

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Bible studies for people in the Congo

There are places in the world today that the work is already more difficult than we can imagine. There are countries where epidemics are not just a news story, but a sad fact of daily life; countries where travel, if it existed previously, is already greatly restricted; countries where money is virtually useless anyway. While there are many countries like this today, my thoughts are turning in particular to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The work is moving forward despite the fact that it is more difficult than we can imagine; they strive to work for the Master daily. As they were laboring for the Master, an epidemic of cholera and influenza struck bringing nearly everyone and everything to a screeching halt including tragically the lives of some of the brethren and families of Bible workers. Fortunately most have recovered and are about their work again with renewed desire to work while the day lasts. The calls continue to come in from the entire area, making the need of materials and workers even more urgent.

The brethren were greatly rejoicing when a long awaited shipment of 5000 Bible studies finally arrived. They had been out for many months and so enthusiastically starting sharing them again. As they have shared the Bible studies, the calls for more workers and churches becomes stronger and more insistent. Two additional churches have been constructed, and the church families are happily worshipping in their simple but more commodious houses of worship. A clinic in one of the outlying villages has been started, as the brethren were willing to worship in their simple mud church if they could only minister to the great health needs of the village,

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instead. Twenty-five Bible workers continue to gather the villages together to open the Word of God, under the trees, in a mud church or in one of the few cement churches. Fifteen schools are seeking to educate the children to be useful in this life and prepared for the life to come. Praise the Lord for the work that is moving forward amidst difficulties greater than we can imagine! Please uplift our brethren in Congo before the Lord, as they daily bring us to our Father in heaven, and see how the Lord would have you assist them with Bibles, churches, clinics, Bible studies, schools and, most importantly, souls saved in His kingdom!

Your brother,

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Letter from Cody: Lynnnwood Evangelism – April 2009

Dear Friend,

What a blessing that spring is here! As the living green begins to break forth from the brown underbrush, what a reminder it is of the resurrecting power of our God to bring new life from old, dead works. Every year we witness this powerful testimony of what our God desires to do in our lives, are we allowing Him? “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5, 6. The lessons we can learn from creation abound. As we have been preparing a garden space and beginning to plant berries, trees and other edibles, I have been thinking about how absolutely little we can actually do. When planting trees, we can dig a large hole, fill it with compost and other nutrient-rich preparations, water it and watch it; but what is that? Only the miracle of life from heaven can bring the toil to fruition. How similar in our outreach efforts. Despite the effort, time and prayers that we put into sharing the message with others, still it is only the miracle of God that can bring conviction and conversion. How powerless we are to bring about any good thing. While we work with all our might, just like gardening, all we can do is wait and see how the Lord will work miracles to bring forth fruit out of lifeless ground! “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” But what a privilege that we can be “labourers together with God.” 1 Corinthians 3:7, 9

We have just concluded an evangelistic series here in Lynnwood, Washington, and are praising the Lord for His goodness in bringing the increase. It is common during a lengthy evangelistic program that interest will wane dscn0537-letterand numbers will begin to decrease-but not so in this series! It is one of the first times that I can remember that this did not happen-not to say that no one dropped off along the way, but others came in and filled their places. On the last night of the seminar, we actually had more guests than on the second night of the seminar. As we presented the testing truths relating to the rapture, the Sabbath, the state of the dead, the mark of the beast, the call out of Babylon, the gifts of the Spirit in the last days, people kept coming. It was obvious that everyone was thinking very hard about what was being shared.

When the Sabbath was covered, after the closing prayer an impromptu after meeting began with questions as people wrestled with this new concept. Some were taking it as interesting information to be studied more later; others’ countenances changed as they struggled with the life changing decisions that were being called for; but still others’ faces lit up as they saw the clear Biblical truths and responded. Many are still thinking and praying about what they are going to do, and we ask that you join us in prayer for them that they may make a decision for time and eternity.

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The children’s meetings were a special blessing with a lively group of around fifteen young people studying, singing and making crafts, all corresponding with the nightly evangelistic topic. What a blessing that two-year-olds and up have been through a prophecy seminar geared specifically for them! The bustle of youthful activity caught the interest of one young boy who was staying in the hotel with his parents. He began regularly coming and enthusiastically participating. May he be an emissary of the Three Angels’ Messages to his parents and to his friends on the other side of the country! Two young men at the adult meetings were the last ones to leave each night as we discussed question after question and objections to the message which they had encountered. Although still in high school and college, they are eagerly grasping the message and sharing it. We praise the Lord for all of the many souls who have been touched and request your prayers as we seek to bring home by personal effort what has been presented in the public meetings.

­­Your co-laborer in the harvest field,

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Letter from Cody: Lynnwood & Ohio Evangelism – March 2009

Dear Friend,

As the lone angel was joined by an innumerable shining throng to swell the glad tidings “glory to God in the highest” across the Bethlehem pastures, so today we have been promised that the message of “fear God and give glory to Him” will swell to a loud, earth-encircling cry. How we look forward to that time! For the final message to echo from plain to mountain and city to village thrills our hearts with longing expectation—when thousands gladly grasp the testing truths for this time. But have we stopped to consider that this world-changing message must swell to a life-changing message in our hearts first? “If, on the other hand, we live up to all the light that shines upon us, that light will continue to increase, and we shall have a clean record in heaven. The third angel’s message is to lighten the earth with its glory; but only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming it when it shall have swelled into the loud cry.” Historical Sketches, 155. May we allow the light of truth to continually swell in our own hearts and lives that we may act a part in proclaiming present truth with a loud cry.

We praise the Lord for an opportunity to give this warning message now. Last month, the Lord opened the doors for the message to be shared in Ohio, and we praise the Lord for His blessing. In two short weekends, dscn0520-letterwe were able to share the truths from the Bible regarding the signs of the times, the second coming and the rapture, the law of God, Daniel 2 & 7, the Sabbath, the mark of the beast, the United States and Armageddon. Many shared how the studies had been a tremendous blessing to them. One sister said that her son had been preaching to her about the Sabbath for years, but it really came together in the seminar. Another lady was extremely convicted on the Sabbath and was troubled for her two grown daughters whom she had taught to worship on Sunday. An impact was definitely made as around fifty people came to the seminar and another fifty-plus people that were unable to attend requested the study materials. Even though it was an abbreviated seminar, nearly everyone requested the set of CDs of the full length meetings, so the message will continue to sound in their cars and homes! Please pray that the Lord will continue to lead them fully into His truth.

Even though we have barely finished the series in Ohio, we have already begun another set of meetings in Lynnwood, Washington. Once again, the Lord is blessing as He has brought out many very interested dscn0528-letterindividuals to study and learn the truths from His Word. We have concluded the first weekend of ground-laying studies and will advance into deeper prophetic studies in the upcoming weeks. Next week, our theme will be exposing the fallacy of futurism—uncovering the rapture deception, unmasking the antichrist and showing the true sanctuary in heaven, not a supposed Jerusalem temple. After that we will move into showing how nearly the entire world will be led to worship the beast and receive its mark, with many other prophecies along the way. The Lord has filled up the room, and many have shared how the studies have been such a great blessing to them and are desirous to know when we will hold another seminar so they can invite more of their friends and family. We pray that the interest will remain high and that the Lord will draw into His fold those who are desirous to follow Him all the way. Please keep these interests in your prayers, and may the message continually swell until it is that unavoidable loud cry arresting the attention and calling for a decision from all.

Your brother in proclaiming the message,
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