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David Divakar in India

February 2018


We want to thank God for His mercy and goodness to us. We had six young men graduate from the Bible Institute last Sunday. It was a glorious time with about 350 people in attendance. We had lunch for everyone, which is always a good thing to have. As the people were going home four people stayed back and wanted to talk to me. These four had attended services before but were not regular. They wanted to know what they needed to do to become Christians. I was happy to spend the next hour with them explaining that true Christianity is not just a religion, an identity, or a series of rituals, but rather, it is a relationship with Christ. I explained to them their need for salvation because we all are sinners, what Jesus did on the cross by shedding His blood to provide that salvation and that they needed to repent. All this was truly new to them, but I was happy to see that they understood everything I was telling them. In the end all four of them opened their hearts and accepted Christ. I was overjoyed. Just as they were leaving, two young men, one in college and one in high school, wanted to talk to me. They had been attending services regularly for the past few months and they too indicated that they wanted to be saved. I spent almost an hour with them as well, making sure they understood what it meant to be saved. In the end they too made professions of faith in Christ. So that day there were six people whom I believe made professions of faith and asked Jesus into their hearts. Praise the Lord!

On the 23rd of this month we will be taking a five-month furlough to the US. Please pray for us as we make preparations for the trip. I am happy that God has raised a group of leaders within the church in Mysore, India, who are able to take up the responsibility in our absence. Please pray for them. If any of you would like for us to visit you when we are in the States please let us know. We can be contacted by email at or you may leave a message for us at our mission board: Baptist International Missions Inc. at (423) 344 5050, or at our home church: Stanley Heights Baptist Church (423) 867 8060, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Joanne and I are praising the Lord that our older son Michael will be graduating high school this year. He is registered with Temple Baptist Academy in Powell, Tennessee, and will be receiving his diploma there. This is part of the reason for our furlough. Michael believes he has been called to full time ministry and plans on coming back to India with us and study in the Bible Institute here. Please pray for him.

Please pray with us as we have to get several official things taken care of with the government here in India. As you can imagine, it is not easy dealing with various officials. Please pray that God would give us peace and prosper what we venture to do for His glory. I can’t go into great detail in a prayer letter, but it has to do with the buildings on the property, with a couple of registrations that are needed to make things more official and thereby hopefully run more smoothly. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. It is much appreciated

In Christ,
David and Joanne Divakar

Young Ho Lee Family

March 2018

Greetings from South Korea

Praise God we were able to move to another location and had the first service in the new building last Sunday. We had two visitors; one of them is working at a local pharmacy store in the same area of our church. He is in his 50s and he and his family are unsaved and need our prayers. The other one is saved and I had a privilege to baptize him a long time ago. He responded during invitation for rededication. Pray that our Lord can use him in soul winning for His glory.

Two Sundays ago we had two new visitors. They are from Africa working at construction Company here in Korea. We had good fellowship around the lunch table after the service. According to their testimony, there are a large number of African employees working in our area. Most of them are unsaved and need our prayers. Pray that God would open the door for us to reach out to them with the gospel of our Lord. This Sunday we had one new first time visitor for the morning service and one new convert from Buddhist. Praise God for him being set free and becoming a child of the King!

Cathy and I are still active in our church work but we do need new strength in order to continue the ministry. I have been under a doctor’s care and medical treatments for some time but doctor suggests that my lower back surgery may be the best option to avoid the excruciating pain. I have to decide in two weeks but in the meantime I do appeal for your heartfelt prayers.

Thanks again and again for your help and support standing behind our ministry here in South Korea.

Because of Calvary,
Young Ho and Cathy Lee
Your Missionary in South Korea

The Mortenson Family

March 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

This past month has been full of so many blessings. Thank you for your faithful support and prayers. God has provided health and everyone is back to normal after each of the kids battled mild flu symptoms. God has also supplied safety on the roads through the winter weather.

God continues to supply our support and we are excited to let you all know that we are at 76%! One of the greatest blessings of being on deputation is seeing God work in amazing ways.

Back in December, we received an email from a missionary in Papua New Guinea who explained that he was teaching his church that they, too, needed to be a part of supporting missions. He asked me to email him some information about the ministry the Lord has called us to. Upon reviewing our BIMI account this month we discovered that the church had sent in support! Our God is so big that a task that seems impossible to us (raising our support) is nothing to Him!

Please be praying for us over this coming month as we will be traveling and presenting in churches starting in Florida, then Louisiana, on to Kansas, back to Florida, up to Georgia, then back to Alabama, and Louisiana. As we near the end of deputation we are excited to see the Lord not only supplying the strength to keep pressing on through a busy schedule, but also providing opportunities to share the Gospel. Our prayer is that the Lord would continue to use us to be an encouragement to Christians and churches and reach people even while we are on the road.

At the beginning of last month we started the process of gathering documents needed to establish our residency in Honduras. All of our US documents had to be sent to the agency of origin so they could be authenticated. We are still waiting on some of them to come back. The authentication process here is just a small glimpse into the future as we prepare to make Honduras our home.

Thank you again for your faithful support and prayers.

In Christ,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake, and Savanna