By June 3 I was in Switzerland-CH where I visited Pastor Hans & Sylvia Rufenacht. Their church is interested in my summer tours. I was in Germany-D June 4 to get literature for the tour. I had not seen Dieter Reinbold for perhaps 3 years so I was glad to renew fellowship. I saw Michael Gabi in Ludwigsburg who as a Muslim received Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, IL. Near WOL-D Irmgard gave me as usual clothes and other things to give away. I am presently in Ukraine-UA where I am giving out clothes she gave me. In Austria-A I visited pastor Stefan & Claudia Kueniger in Salzburg and distributed in the area of his church. In Budapest, HU I met Jewish people, especially from Israel. While in Romania I spoke in Beius, Hunadorara, Cisnedia then we had our 7-day meeting in Mioveni where we studied 10 chapters in Revelation. I then spoke in 3 churches near Brasov. Then I went north to Piatra Namets and spoke then returned to Brasov area and I spoke in Ghimbav. I plan to return there to get potatoes early in August. I got 20 liters of honey and today in UA I gave the last away. In UA I stayed at the Souce of Life camp near Chernivsy and there were 124 8-12 year olds who had a 10 day camp. I will speak Sunday July 14 in Dunaivsi, UA. My first visit in Dunaivsi was in 1997. I am with Sasha Nagayevskii. I met his twin brother and his siter today and they remember me from that first visit. Sasha’s father passed away 2 months ago. I am due back in RO Aug. 1 for camp in Rucar Aug. 3-10. I will then visit Bucharest before heading back to France. Your prayers appreciated, Michael Bentley
Category: Michael Bentley
Dear supporters of my ministry,
The summer tour of 2019 has started. I consider it a day of miracles that I left on the day planned-1.6. God’s hand was evident. First let’s go back to summer tour of 2018. Florin of Hunedoara, RO was blessed of Christ when his wife was saved. I visited Linda Callahan Sinopidis in 2018 in Katerini, Greece-GR. Her husband Yiotis died in 2019. Linda has 2 children, Virginia in NY with 2 children and Nomi in Athens, GR engaged to be married. In heat of summer 2018 I was distributing in Zagrev, Crotia-HR. I was pressed to finish before leaving for SLOVENIA-SLO. A woman asked me if I wanted a glass of cold water! I saw in her hand God’s hand.
My furlough in USA was mid-Sept. 2018 to mid-May 2019. Casper Koning of Gospel Text Mission turned over the mission he founded to 3 other men in 2018. Then Casper’s health worsened and he now is slowly recovering from a heart attack. I gave out about 60 of their gospel signs while in USA. In Jan. 2019 I visited Florida supporters. Faith Baptist Church in Silver Springs has a new pastor Joshua Sweet, a grad of Crown College of The Bible in Powell, TN. Pastor Roger Walton the last pastor is fighting cancer and is in NC. Pastor Sweet gave me some truckers’ NTs which were a joy to distribute, he also gave me Arabic lit. which I gave to Gary Johnson of Huricane, WV. I knew Gary when he was a missionary in Israel among the Arabs. Diana Spence is from FL. She saw my contact on Facebook with Maranatha Village Retirement Center. She checked it out and has moved there in Sebring, FL. I am thankful for the fellowship I had with Lance & Debbie Rossier in Jacksonville, FL. I met with his brother Rand in Lakeland, FL. Tim Judge is 79 and is a retired Independent Baptist missionary in Milton, FL. He is blind but somehow does read the Bible with a tablet. He still sends out English lit. to the Philippines. A fellow student of Tenn. Temple Schools died in Milton, John Perkins in April 2018. I visited his daughter Janice and her brother Rony. A Baptist pastor Jim Renfro a friend of the Perkins was very helpful to them and to me. He arranged for me a meeting in a Baptist church I had never visited. This furlough I spoke in 4 churches I had never visited. In Arkansas Pastor Dwight Scott arranged a meeting in his church Lone Grove Missionary B. C. I had good fellowship with his pastor Billy. Richard Brogdan in Ohio who was a missionary in Jerusalem, IL got me a meeting near his home. I visited Br. Sam & Damaris Bolet in Davenport, Iowa and spoke in his church, Berean Baptist. Sam was a missionary in Madrid, Spain.
In Alabama I met with Herman & Beverly Pinion. Herman went with me on the 1990 summer tour to Ukraine, UA. I was able to speak in Bluff Park Bible Church in Birmingham, AL. Renewing fellowship with supporting churches helps the missionary to be aware of up to date information about the church. Acts 15:36. In Athens, AL I visited the Wahl family farm. A lot of activity there in the home. You can see part of their work at website: wisementrading.com They purchased additional land which is helpful for their butterfly business. They use the Gospel Text Mission posters. In Oklahoma I visited David & Martha Langley. David helps me with my computer and with correspondence with my financial supporters. He & Martha will stay in my apartment in France in August for their 47THanniversary.
It was helpful to visit the CMC Headquarters in Houston, TX. Linda Bridges is in charge of the office. CMC cares for about 700 missionary families. They have run out of office space and are seeking a solution. Pastor Larry Maddox is pastor of Central Baptist church & is head of CMC. I was blessed with the time spent with him. In Lubbock, TX Skyline Baptist with pastor Glenn & Judy Harlin stand behind my ministry. Glenn has been dealing with an infection in his knee where his knee replacement is. I was not able to stay with the Harlins so I stayed with Royce & Cynthia Blair in Plains, TX. I was able to speak in Royce’s Sunday school class in First Baptist in Plains. I headed north after TX and I went to Davenport, Iowa to be with Sam Bolet and I spoke in his church. I am thankful to have renewed fellowship with Norm & Kathy Oswald. They were friends in Israel. Kathy is now in a retirement home. I stayed also with Dan Flasman in Chicago area. I was a student at TTS with his brother John. John has been seeking many years for assurance that he is saved. Then on my way to Burntwood Baptist in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada I stopped in Winnipeg. MB. There Elvin Ensign and I visited a Jewish man from Israel and his son. His son showed some interest. Elvin worked in Winnipeg among the Jews for many years. He wrote a book on Jewish testimonies he knew of in his ministry. It is on Amazon & Kindle Books. Eternity with YeshuaHamashiac. Several of the churches I visited this furlough have been supporting my work since 1972. So is the case with Burntwood Baptist. The present pastor is Br. Lee & Donna Picket. He often goes to Israel. I was thankful to teach 2 Sundays in the church and I showed slides of Israel. I enjoy showing the Valley of Jezreel & The Shefelah & Jerusalem. Shefelah is the lowlands between the mountains of Judah and the Philistine plain. In Deut 1:7 Shefelah is translated “vale”.
In Ellerslie, MD I visited Calvary Bible Church with pastor Greg & Autum Miller. Br Greg is dealing with Lymes disease. It is a challenge for his stamina. The retired pastor Ken & Carol Korns is still able to drive and minister but he is limited by his macular degeneration and other problems with his body. I said good bye to my brother & sister in Jacksonville, FL, and 2 supporting churches: Trinity Baptist & Cornerstone Baptist.
I was 2 weeks in Athis-Mons, FR and by many miracles I left June 1 for Switzerland-CH. Pastor Hans & Sylvie Rufenacht from Port, CH support my ministry. I was glad also to visit Dieter Reinbold in Teningen, Germany-D. I had missed him for 3 years. GBV gave me literature as since 1990. I saw again Michael Gabi and family in Ludwigsburg, D. He was saved in Jerusalem from a Muslim background. I stayed the weekend in Word of Life D and I visited the church in Wolfratshausen which is interested in my ministry. The Rainer & Valerie Nothaf family as usual was very hospitable. Irmgard as every year gave me many things to distribute in Eastern Europe, especially new children’s clothes. As last year Pastor Stefan & Claudia Kuoniger in Salzburg, Austria-A received me. I again distributed in the area of the church. I stayed at WOLHU near Budapest Hungary. Shabbat offered me wonderful contacts with Jews, especially from Israel. I only had 9 pieces of Hebrew lit. as the rest was hidden in my packed utility van. I had good conversations in Hebrew handing them out. At the end of my 9 pieces I had a New Testament. I believe it went to the right person. She was open and appreciative of the NT. I had two short talks with her. In RO I spoke in 2 Independent Baptist churches of Beius & Hunedorara. I spoke in Cisnedia then had the 7-day conference on Revelation in Mioveni assembly. I only covered 10 chapters so we will continue in 2020, God willing.
I trust to enter Ukraine-UA by July 11 to visit Chernivsy-, Costopol-Stefan Yanchuck, 16-18.7, Rovno-Independent Baptist Pavlichenka-20.7, Kiev-Michael Mistecsy & Pixova IBPC-26.7, Uman, Vinitsa-Pastor Vladimir & Nadia Yuhymets-30.7. Our Rucar, RO camp is 3-10.8. We will study Matt 8-10 or 11. After camp I will visit Bucharest, RO then head back to FR by HU, Croatia-HR, Slovenia-SLO, Italy-IT, A, Slovak-SK, Czech-CZ, D. I pray to be back in FR by 10.9, God enabling. In October I will visit Crete, Greece-GR for a week & Israel-IL for 3 months. Asking your prayers.
Praising Jesus Christ for eagle’s wings, Isaiah 40:29-31
Dear Mission Partners,
I have been in USA since Sept. 18, 2018. I went from Jacksonville, FL to Bethesda, MD for my 59th high school reunion. I am thankful to have met old & new friends there. I met believers in Jesus. I visited with Toni Birch with whom I roomed in 1959 at the University of Maryland. I met some Jews. I returned to Jax, to trade my van in for a mini-van. Then headed to Chattanooga, TN. Richard Cohen turned 70 in Nov. and started receiving his social Security check and got a permanent part time job. All along the way I met financial supporters and prayer partners. Then to Tulsa , OK where Pastor David Langley helped me with my computer needs. I then went to OH, NY, NJ, VA and back to Jax to be with my brother and sister for Christmas. In Jan. I covered FL then headed to AL and AR. In Morrilton, AR area I spoke in 2 Baptist churches I have never visited before. I returned to Owasso, OKwhere again David helped me with my computer needs and correspondence to supporters. David sent out this first letter of recognition of financial support in May. I am thankful for the body of Christ. I went to TX, to be with CMC headquarters (March 2-3) then to Odessa (Mar 9-14), Plains (16-23) & Lubbock TX (Mar -24) where I have supporting churches. Then to Davenport, Iowa Mar 29-31) and then Chicago, then to northern Manitoba, Canada to Thompson to a supporting church. I witnessed to an Israeli father & son in Winnipeg, MB with Elvin Ensign. Then returned to USA to Chicago to visit Dan Flasman & Norman & Kathy Oswald. I visited Calvary Bible Church in Ellerslie, MD (May 3-5), Dick Tredinnick in Gainesville, VA (May 6), NC Bill Barnard (May 7) and to Jax, FL to return to France May 15 to continue my summer ministry to East Europe beginning June 1. I must first go to Switzerland-CH.
I am thankful to all who have received me on this trip and for those who have prayed. I am thankful for each financial gift given so far in Jan to April, 2019. As Abraham’s servant said after finding Rebekah for Isaac: “I being in the way, the LORD led me..”. Genesis 24:27
Michael David Bentley
Rom 1:8-13 verse 12 “That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”
I have been in USA since Sept. 18, 2018. I went from Jacksonville, FL to Bethesda, MD for my 59th high school reunion. I am thankful to have met old & new friends there. I returned to Jax, then headed to Chattanooga, TN. All along the way I met financial supporters and prayer partners. Then to Tulsa , OK area, then to OH, NY NJ, VA and back to Jax to be with my brother and sister for Christmas. In Jan. I covered FL then headed to AL and I am now in AR and I am due to go to OK tomorrow. I am thankful for the body of Christ . Here around Morrilton, AR I spoke in 2 Baptist churches I have never visited before. I am headed to TX, then to Iowa and then Chicago, then to northern Manitoba, Canada to Thompson to a supporting church. Then back to USA to MD, VA, NC and Jax, FL to return to France May 15 to continue my summer ministry to East Europe.
I am thankful to all who have received me on this trip and for those who have prayed. As Abraham’s servant said after finding Rebekah for Isaac: “I being in the way, the LORD led me..”. Genesis 24:27
“I being in the way the LORD led me”. Gen 24:27
18-21 Mark Rosenthal Bradenton, FL (8 of his children were there.)
22-23 Orlando area
24-25 Elias Monsour, Diane Spence, Lakeland, FL, Vincent Lucido, Rand Rossier
25-27. Silver Springs, FL Faith Baptist Church, pastor Joshua Sweet
28-30 Jacksonville, FL
31- Madison, FL Buba Greene.
Feb 1-6 Milton, FL Tim Judge 79 blind still sends literature to the Philippines, Janice Pierce
9-10 Birmingham, AL. Bluff Park Bible Church, Edward Avery
10-11 Northport, AL Herman & Beverly Pinion and Dafny their daughter.
12-13 Athens, AL Wahls, www.wisementrading.com
15-19 Morrilton, AR Dwight Scott
20 Danard, AR Rick Montgomery, Drug rehab, Zoo Church.
21-26 Owasso, OK. David & Martha Langley, Bethany Missionary Baptist
27 Texarkana, TX Joan Davenport and her relatives.
28-March 4 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX or Houston, TX?
7-12 Odessa, TX. Tabernacle Baptist Church, Northside Baptist Church.
15-20 Plains, TX Royce & Cynthia Blair, First Baptist Church
21-24. Lubbock, TX Glenn Harlin, Skyline Baptist Church, knee pain
25-31 Go to Davenport, Iowa, Samuel & Damaris Bolet
April 1 Cousin Corki in Sycamore, IL
2- Visit my parnets’ graves, Norm & Kathy Oswald in Richmond, IL
To Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
To Thompson, MB, CN Burntwood Baptist Church, Pastor Lee Picket.
25-28 Chicago, IL
29-May 5 Ellerslie, MD. Pastor Greg Miller, Calvary Bible Church, Ken Korns
6- Dick Tredinnick, Gainesville, VA
7 Glenn Fogle, Charlotte, NC
8-14 Jacksonville, FL
15 To France.
Around June 4 start summer tour.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
As Christ makes it possible, Michael Bentley Rom 1:16
Dear PRAYER PARTNERS,
The Messiah was born in Bethlehem according to Old Testament prophecies.
In Israel In 1969 I was riding in a big Mercedes taxi I think 8 or 9 people. My Hebrew was limited. We started from Bear Sheva going north to Jerusalem. It is 44 miles direct route. I found no grace to speak before we reached Bethlehem, which is 2 miles south of Jerusalem. As we reached Bethlehem I could keep silent no longer. I quoted Micah 5:2 in Hebrew. “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” The Messiah has always existed, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God brought forth his Son”. Galatians 4:4. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14. May the Holy Spirit of God lead us into meditations of Jesus Christ’s birth.
Grace was given once again to make the 3-month summer tour from Paris to Romania-RO. I again had contact with the Jews in Budapest, Hungary-HU. I met an Israeli who has contact with an Israeli believer in Tel Aviv.
I renewed fellowship with 2 Independent Baptist churches in Romania-RO, in Beius & Hunadoara. It is helpful to hear of their blessings and needs. In Hunadoara a member of the church has prayed many years for his wife’s salvation. Florin’s wife was saved! Florin is a happy man. As usual in Bucharest, RO I spoke in Episcu Radu Church with Pishti Benedek translating. I met Pishti in 1988 as he invited me to teach in a week camp. That was before the change in government. And I spoke in the Maranatha Baptist church with Pastor Ioan Tone. He had in the last year a severe heart attack, but he is back preaching. I hurried on to Bulgaria-BG where I preached in Russe, Plovdiv and Sofia the capital. I was thankful for clothes Pastor Viorel Dumitru gave me in Giurgiu, RO for BG. Lit. was distributed. In Plovdiv Elisabeth Nicovi-Popov had a stroke on her spine and after a year and a half has made it to a wheel chair. Her father Dimitir Nicovi was pastor of the Baptist church and now her brother Stoico Nicovi is the pastor. In Katerini, Greece I visited Linda Callahan-Sinopidis who was a student in the Christian college TTS in Chattanooga when I was. Her husband has dementia and Linda is caring for him. I was blessed as I handed out Greek literature. Literature went out to truck drivers of many countries. I especially like to give out Turkish literature. I always meet them at the border between Germany-D & Austria-A.
Again we had our camp in Rucar, RO with the Mioveni church. There were about 30 young people mostly teen agers. We studied the Sermon on the Mount, Matt 5-7. I hurried back to France-FR by way of HU, Croatia-HR, Slovenia-SLO, Italy-IT, A, Switzerland-CH to leave for USA on Sept. 18. Jews were met in Budapest on the way back. I spoke in 2 Independent Baptist Churches in Biudapest at this time. Literature was distributed in Zagreb, HR and SLO and Trieste, IT, A & CH.
There was a meeting with 2 Pastors in CH: Bruno & Doris Scharer & Hans & Sylvie Rufenacht. I visited Donald & Violet Gyger in Tavanes, CH. Jesus helped me to arrange my affairs for my trip to USA.
In the USA I spoke in 2 supporting churches in my home town of Jacksonville, FL then I went to the 59thhigh school reunion in Bethesda, MD. I met 3 believing couples, a brother and 3 Jews and Toni Birch my roommate at University of Maryland in 1959. I met Glenn Fogle in Charlotte, NC who was a fellow student in Tennessee Temple Schools-TTS. He has a throat problem with difficulty speaking. In Chattanooga, TN I was with Richard Cohen. His Messiah has blessed him and he now is 70 and is receiving his social security check and has a part time job. I visited Casper Koning of Gospel Signs. He has turned the work over to 3 brothers. I have been distributing the coroplast Bible signs and metal ones. The Bible verse signs can be a silent witness in your front lawn. Casper will have open heart surgery December 5, 2018. I will be with my brother and sister for Christmas in Jax, FL. I will visit in FL in January. Jan. 27 I will be in Faith Baptist in Silver Springs, FL. I then head west to AL, LA, AR, OK & TX. I have 2 Baptist churches that support my ministry in Odessa, TX. I will visit Plains and Lubbock, TX where I have supporters. After TX then head toward Chicago. I plan to be in Davenport, IA with Sam Bolet & his church March 30-April 1, not confirmed. Then I will go to Chicago and from there I will fly to Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada then go to Thompson to be with Burntwood Baptist church, pastor Lee & Donna Picket. One of the members Joyce Trainor has been sick for a long time. I have prayed 4 years for Chrsitain singer Johnny Miles who is a back slidden Cree Indian. He posted no new song since 2013, In Nov. 2018 he posted a new song!!! You tube: johnnymilescreehymns
May15, 2019 I plan to return to France. The summer tour will be early in June. It is planned a 7-day meeting in the Mioveni church in RO in June. We will be studying the book of Revelation. I plan to go to UKRAINE-UA before the summer camp in Rucar, RO in early August.
Thanks for traveling with me with your prayers and interest,
MERRY CHRSITMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Michael Bentley. Rev 1:3
PRAYER UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2018
SALAMANCA, NY NEAR BUFFALO
I came to USA Sept. 18 for an 8-month furlough. I spoke in 2 churches in Jacksonville, FL my home town. I went to my 59th high school reunion in Bethesda, MD. I was blessed to meet born again Christians there, 3 couples and a brother. I visited Glenn Fogle in Charlotte, NC, who was a student at TTS. Throat surgery of 5 years ago left his voice impaired. In GA I met Sally Lauderdale who is now 90 and living alone in Wrens, GA. Her husband George died and Intercession for Israel was closed. She is teaching Sunday school. I returned to Jacksonville to trade my car in on another and the new one is working all right.
I visited Richard Cohen in Chattanooga, TN who is now 70 years old. He was a student in Tenn. Temple schools in the 70’s. His father a Jew was saved and baptized in Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga. I saw also Jeanne Allen & Curtis Stiltner who were students at TT Schools. I got gospel signs in Cross Plains, TN from Casper Koning of Gospel Text Mission. He has retired from the Mission and 3 other men are carrying on the ministry.
I visited Pastor Dwight Scott a supporter in Morrilton, AR. Br Floyd Stell was from this area. He died about a year ago, he was a student at TT Bible School. He would go with me to the Jews when we were Bible School students. I visited Pastor David Langley in Tulsa OK area for help on my computer. I spoke in his church Bethany Baptist in Tulsa.
I went to NY planning to meet supporters there. I am presently with David Kaus in Buffalo area in Salamanca where the Seneca Indians live. I will speak in East Pharsalia Baptist church Nov 11 a supporting church in NY. I will visit NJ, PA, VA, GA. In VA I will visit in Chincoteague at a supporting church in Horntown Baptist church. In GA I want to see May Suddeth and David & Barbara Beatty in Roswell, and Mary Evelyn Hernandes & her daughter’s family Leonel & Laura Valdez in LaGrange. There should be time to visit in AL in December. I plan to spend Christmas in Jacksonville, FL then visit in FL in January.
I am scheduled to teach the book of Revelations in a 7 or 8 day meeting in Mioveni, RO in June then in beginning of August we have an annual 1 week camp where I will continue The Life of Christ.
Michael Bentley Rev 3:20
Shalom Prayer Partners,
Thanks to your prayers God’s grace has kept me going. The summer tour has started. I was in Frauenkirchen, A this morning. The town’s name means The church of the Women. Jews were expelled from this small town. In 1876 there were 864 Jews here, in 1938 there were 400. The Nazis came to expel the 400 Jews, and all were expelled. Later that year Nov. 9-10 was Crystal Nacht in Germany when Jews were harassed, their shops broken, & their synagogues & homes or apartments burned. Some of the Jews of Frauenkirchen went to Hungary where the Nazis took them to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The synagogue in Frauenkirhen was destroyed in 1938. I visited the old Jewish cemetery and area where the synagogue was. In the old Jewish cemetery there are 1200 graves. This is the 3rdconsecutive year I have stayed in Paula camping run by Helmut Hochedlinger in Frauenkirchen. He has helped me each year, especially this year. Today I came to Budapest, HU to be at the synagogue Shabbat morning.
May 1 I went to England with the De Rozier Drakotoarisoa family with their 4 children for 6 days. They are originally from Madagascar. We went by car and ferry. Some literature was given getting on the ferry going to GB. I visited Anthony & Jeanne Atwood whom I knew from my years in Israel. Anthony worked among the Arabs. I had 3 blessed days of distribution in Northampton. Many took. One woman stopped to share her experience. She was in the church in her teens and distributing as I was doing. She got pregnant and was rejected by church & parents and then fell into sin. She did not appear ready to return to Christ. If I would have had the 4thday I could have finished my literature. I got hit hard with lower stomach-bowel pain. It came and went for the next month. I met Patrick in distribution in Northampton and he has been visiting Anthony and his meeting since. He apparently is after abusive drug use with brain damage. June 20 I saw a specialist for internal medicine and his ultra sound test showed nothing alarming, but more tests may need to be done. The doctor received the tract and commented a little.
In mid-May I traveled in France on my annual France-Tour with a 1 night visit in Switzerland-CH. While putting up a Bible poster a man was right up next to my shoulder. He said he wanted to help me put the poster up. All was ready so I gave it to him. He did a good job but when he read “Do you believe on the Son of God” he realized he was into something he did not want to be a part of! He shouted to his buddies what he had just done! On another occasion a man came from the bar opposite where I was putting up the same poster about the Son of God. He came close and asked who is that for? I said “for you!”. He did not agree, but he said it was all right to poster it. I again visited retired pastor Kurt & Mireille Rugger. Kurt helped me find posters in Montelimare. Mireille called city hall and they told her where 12 posters where. That was a great help. Their church in Dieu le Fit must move but for perhaps 2 years they can not find another place to rent. During WW11 the Mayor of Dieu le Fit got false ID papers for Jews to get them out of FR into CH which is not far from their city. I was thankful to see François & Veronique Blum in Lyon. He is a Messianic Jew and works with Jews for Jesus. Their son Olivier is in full time ministry among students in Lyon area. I went to Bienne, CH to see Pastor Hans & Sylvie Rufenacht. His church supports my ministry. I stayed with Donald & Violet Gyger once again. It had been several years since I saw them. Donald is retired and is quite busy. They have always helped immigrants. I was able to get a good supply of French tracts in Bienne. Pastor Louis Marie Lemofac in Olivet near Orleans, FR was happy to get a good portion of these tracts as his church is very active and regular in distribution.
As the summer tour begins I meet truck drivers from various countries and literature is received in their languages. Each year I stop at the D-A border especially to give Turkish tracts. This time there was a good distribution to the Turkish drivers. In the camp sites often Dutch-NL is needed. It is a challenge to get out and distribute in the rest stops but once distributing Christ gives grace and blessing. I was in Germany ready to enter A. I had to stop to make a call. After the call I offered a man a tract. He said I had spoken to him before! I remember that meeting. He is Romanian born living in D. His work brings him to rest stops often. After getting my literature at GBV in Eschenberg, D, I went to visit Michael Gabi. Michael was born a Muslim in Jerusalem. He came to Christ while I was living in Jerusalem in 1982. I moved into his apartment to help disciple him, but his family did not allow it. The First Baptist Bible Church of East Jerusalem ministered and prayed for Michael. A sister in Christ witnessed to him earlier on a train in Europe. Michael settled in Germany and has 8 children. The youngest now is about 13. I went to Berg to Word of Life for the week end. As always they were helpful and gave me food and a place to park my van in which I slept. Sunday morning I attended the meeting in Wolfratshousen in which I shared about the Jew. Jn 4:22 I stayed in the evening with the Rainer & Valerie Nothoft family, 5 children. The oldest Benjamin who is 18 was a great help to me. Irmgard Krauter filled my van again on Sunday evening. Benjamin arranged so I did not have to sleep on the front seat as the back was full. Benjamin helped find a place to sleep in Salzburg, in an Evangelical Church. I was glad to meet Pastor Stefan & Claudia Huoniger, they have 5 children. They have an international church as there are members from several different countries. I did a distribution near the church. I met one man who had a friend who went to the Baptist church in Salzburg. He had had a serious heart operation, he showed me his scars. I pushed on to Paula Camp where Helmut gave me a cabin for free for 3 nights.
I will be in RO from June 26 to July 17: 26-27.6-Beius,Pastor Beltechi-Baptist; 28-29.6 Hunadoara-Mihai Czentye-Baptist; 30.6- 1-3.7 Cisnedia-Ovidiu Domnariu, 4-5.7 Medias, 6.7 Talmachiu; Hunadoara-Mihai C., 7-10.7; 11-14.7 Camp Birheni Don Forrester of Fredericksburg, VA teaching; 14-15.7 Bucahrest- Episcoradu church & Maranatha Baptist; 16.7 Giurgiu, Pastor Viorel Dumitru; Bulgaria-BG 17-30: 17-19.7 Russe, Baptist pastor Ivaylo Syarov, Darin Ivanov, Bishop Peter; 20-22.7, Plovdiv Baptist church Stoico Nicovi; 23-24.7 Baptist Pastor Mitco Podgorsky; 25-26.7 Katerini, Greece, 27.7 Sandansky, BG; 28-29.7 Sofia-Pastor Rassovsky; 30.7 Russe,BG; RO-July 31-Aug.16: 31.7-9.8 Mioveni, 1-3.8 Mioveni meeting The Jew, 4-10.8 Camp Rucar -Sermon on Mount; 11.8 Piatra Nametz wedding of Tibi & Emanuela; 12-16.8 RO; HU 17-20.8 Budapest; 21-22.8 Zagreb, Croatia-HR; 23-24.8 Slovenia-SLO; 25-27.8 Trieste, Italy-IT; 28-29.8 A; 30-31.8 D, Ludwigsburg, challenge Afghan converts, 1-3.9 back to FR.
I plan to come to the USA MID SEPTEMBER, 2018 to MID MAY 2019. I will need your prayers to meet these appointments. May our good works glorify our Father in heaven. Matt 5:16
April 13, 2018. ATHIS-MONS, FRANCE
Dear Prayer Partners,
I have enjoyed being home since I returned from Crete March 17. I had one day of postering. After a year of trouble with my laptop I finally ordered a new one. I enjoyed handing out tracts and Bible meditation calendars since I returned to FR. I supplied others with tracts and calendars. Two are waiting for me to send them Bible posters. One is in Cameroon, East Africa. There needs to be Bible posters printed in Africa.
April 14 to 20 I will be in Northampton, England. I will visit Antony & Jean Atwood who worked among Arabs in Jerusalem. I plan to give out tracts and join the Atwoods in their church and ministries. I recall giving out tracts-in NORTHAMPTON when a Christian stopped to talk. He had just come from the doctor who told him he had cancer. Jesus Christ has His purposes in His leading in our lives.
Mid-May I will have my annual trip in France putting up posters, visiting believers and visiting churches. I will speak in Saone, FR May 27 in Saone Assembly. I will be with Jean Paul Burgat, who has over 60 years of service for Christ in FR. May 29-30 I will visit Switzerland. I will visit Hans & Sylvia Rufenacht. Hans had an operation to help with pain in the neck he has had many years. When I return to my studio, I will go to Normandy, FR to Cabourg and I will visit the Independent Baptist church in Bayeux, pastored by Eric Hossack. I saw his father in the South Paris conference recently. He is 84 and still active. He is an American Independent Baptist Missionary.
Today I was able to witness to a Jew I have known many years. I used the current feats of Israël. Passover: Jesus was the Passover Lamb sacrificed for sin. 1 Cor 5:7, John 1:29; Bread without leaven: The sinless Jesus Christ, 11 Cor 5:21; Firstftuits: Jesus was the first fruits from the dead 1 Cor 15:23; feast of Weeks, Pentecost: Jesus from His Father’s throne sent the Holy Spirit on the first believers who were all Jews, Acts 2.
Holocaust Remembrance Day was April 12. Israel’s Armed Service’s Day is April 18, followed by the next day Independence Day.
The 3 month summer tour will begin in 2nd week of June , I pray. By mid-September I trust to be in USA for 8 months.
Thank you for the encouragement I receive from your prayers.
Traveling as Christ permits,
Michael Isaiah 53:1-6
HAIFA TO TIBERIAS, ISRAEL
Jan. 2, 2018 I traveled by bus from HAIFA to TIBERIAS. This was my birthday and this trip was my birthday present from Jésus Christ. Many events from the Bible come to mind in the area of this trip. Tiberias is about 40 miles East of HAIFA.
HAIFA is on Mt Carmel. 1 Kings 18. Elijah’s contest with the worshippers of Baal. Elisha took Elijah’s place and he also lived on Mt Carmel as Elijah. 2Kgs 4:25 The Shunammite woman came to Elisha to his house on Mt Carmel. Naaman came here as well. 2 Kgs 5:8-9. NT Carmel is on the south west end of the Valley of Jezreel.
In the western end of the Valley of JEZREEL is Haroshet of the Gentiles. Here dwelt Sisera captain of Jabin’s Canaanite Army. He fought Deborah & Barak of ISRAEL. The brook Kishon flows west out of the Valley of Jezreel into the Mediterranean Sea. Sisera lined up his 900 chariots of iron along the Kishon in preparation for his attack on Israel’s army which had no weapons. Jdgs 4:13; 5:8 for no weapon. Elijah killed the prophets of Baal by the Kishon. 1Kgs 18:40. On Carmel Elijah prayed for rain. 1 Kgs 18:42-46. JEZREEL mentioned in verses 45-46 is the city of JEZREEL. It was in the Valley of JEZREEL. In the western part of the Valley of JEZREEL is the tribe of Asher. When you are near to Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea Of Galilee you are in Zebulon. Matt 4:13-16 in Capernaum Jesus lived after leaving NAZARETH. Zebulon goes south to the Jezreel Valley.
As you come to Tiberias you are in Galilee. Just before Tiberias the mound of the Horns Of Hitim is easily seen. Here was the last big battle of the Crusaders against the Muslims. The Muslim leader was Salacn Il Din. Din is judgement in Arabic and Hebrew. After this the Crusaders left ISRAEL. The Sea Of Galilee is also called the Sea Of Tiberias. Jn 6:1 Luke called it the Lake Of Gennesaret. Lk 5:1. It is also called Sea of Chinneroth which is plural for Chinnereth. Joshua 12:3. Modern ISRAEL calls it the Sea of Chinnereth. Which means violin as it is shaped like a violin. The Sea water level is the lowest my friend Benjamin Brenner has seen in 60 years. It rained on the day I came Jan. 2 and today the 4th it has rained, for which many are pleased, but much more rain is needed.
Jan. 2-5, 2018 Rain around the Sea of Galilee ! On Jan. 5 an amazing downpour! Yeshoua Hamashiac has abundantly answered our prayers. Elijah before praying for rain after 3 ½ years of no rain, told King Ahab “Get thee up, eat & drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” 1 Kgs 18:41. Elijah said to his servant after praying for rain on Mt Carmel “Go up, say unto Ahab, prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.” 1Kgs 18:44 Missionary George Wald who knew the Jezreel Valley as a soldier in British Army in 1930s said When it rained the Jezreel Valley became a sea of mud. And that is what happened to the 900 chariots of Sisera when the banks of the Kishon overflowed. In Judges 4 is recorded the battle of Sisera against Barak. In v 15 Sisera leaves his chariot and flees on foot. I assume what happened is the chariots of Canaan were in the mud. The Kishon overflowed. Jdgs5:20-21. The stars fought against Sisera. It rained and the Kishon overflowed. “The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon.”
Yeshoua Hamashiac has an abundance of spiritual blessings to pour out unto His believers.
Michael David Bentley