Pray BFF Letter #195
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dear Prayer Partners,
Trip Starts Soon!
Each trip overseas seems to hold some unknown variables. We greatly appreciate your prayers. We need them!
$2,200 has come in for the STM to Myanmar. We are still seeking God for $4,000. Less than a month, and I will be off again into the wild blue yonder on Singapore Airlines (surprisingly best price). I haven't traveled on this airlines for ever so long – 30 years?
Each STM trip not only has obstacles during the trip but distractions before and after. We have had several big pre-trip difficulties: printer, Google search and IRS's tax exempt issue. Each of these have gobbled up much valuable time. In fact, I need to make an announcement at this time
If you plan to give directly to BFF for the trip or other purposes at this time, we cannot guarantee a tax exemption at the end of the year. We hope to be reinstated so that the exemption will be retroactive from when it was revoked, but this cannot be assured. Attendees of PCCO, OIF and PCCP can give through their church and mark BFF (BFF STM if for STM). Sorry for this inconvenience. Do pray for us and our supporters who are affected!
A Testimony on resolving a struggle
Let me share how God answered prayer for one of these difficulties. An order for 20 Cross Trainer Discipleship training manuals came in. My printer stopped working properly. Should I buy a new one? Finances were very tight, but the order must go out.
The printer price had come down quite a bit so I ordered one. But I hated to throw out the old one, which worked on most kinds of pages. In desperation I asked our Lord one last time to help me know if I can fix it. During prayer, He brought to my mind the word 'glossy.' So I went back and found that the paper setting was on glossy. I changed it to regular. Would that make a big difference? It did. It works fine now. I could even cancel the order for the new printer.
Praise God and thank you for your prayers. We just never know what "obstacles" we will face each day!
A Suggestion for prayer
Perhaps you are not sure how to pray for these tax and google problems. Let me share how the Lord has taught me to pray. Perhaps it can help you, too. I realize that our web pages being read are down by 50%, but God is not bound by Google search engines (though sometimes I tend to believe it).
God is a mighty God and can work in greater ways even without Google! First, I had to work through whether or not I believed God was greater than Google. After working that through, and encouraging my faith by its truth, I now pray about this Google issue like this, "Lord, I ask You to work in greater ways during this struggle without Google than with them."
My dependence must not be in the web search engine but in God. Who knows maybe these things are preparing our faith for days ahead when greater animosity arises against the proclamation of God's Word.
The E-pubs for The Godly Man: When God Touches a Man and Discipling Our Sons (Father - Sons) are completed! More and more people are using iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices which use this format. (No Kindle format yet!)
Three nights in a row, I have taken my two older boys out to practice driving. I have come back safely each time! (Actually, they are doing rather well.)
$2,200 has come in for the Myanmar trip.
General preparations for the trip seem to be going well.
Pray for peace as I work on the issues above. I also need to discern how much time to spend on resolving problems or material development.
#1: More than 100,000 of a certain tribe on both sides of border of Myanmar and China now have a translation of the Bible but lack funding to print it.
#2: An orphanage in Myanmar is seeking rice cookers ($400) - Click here to see video at http://vimeo.com/27534603.
#3: Several Ministries are requesting used laptops or $300 to purchase them. They are used at the top level of a ministry (coordinator of group of churches).
Rev. Paul J. Bucknell, President and Instructor
Biblical Foundations for Freedom
Phone: (+01) 412-398-4559
3276 Bainton St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 USA