Saturday, July 30, 2011

Baptist History 2

Good Morning to all!  I hope and pray that you are having a good weekend.  Below is the story of another brother who was willing to give his life for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We have been given another day from the Lord, let us be thankful and use if for his glory and honor!

Michael Wideman or Beck, A.D. 1538

About this time also Brother Michael Wideman or Beck was apprehended at Ricten in Allgau, together with some other persons, which other persons, however, were sent home, while this brother was put in prison for the faith.  Many things were resorted to with him, and he was admonished to renounce, but he had a good assurance of his faith in Christ, and said: "When I was living with the world in all unrighteousness, in sins and wickedness, no one admonished me to renounce, but I was considered a good Christian before the world.  But now that I have become converted, and amended my life, I am told to renounce; but I have become converted once, and have renounced all unrighteousness, and in the conversion I will persevere unto the end, and will not be turned from it, for that in which I stand is the true foundation."  After being imprisoned almost half a year, he was beheaded and burned.

This was from the book:  The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians
(Who Baptized Only Upon Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, Their Savior, From the Time of Christ to the Year A.D. 1660)
Complied from Various Authentic Chronicles, Memorials, and Testimonies, by
Theileman J. van Braght
Translated from the Original Dutch or Holland Language from the Edition of 1660 by
Joseph F. Sohm

Friday, July 29, 2011

Up The Mountain

I just wanted to put up a quick post of a visit to Los Chirquettos (don't know the spelling of that one) last week.  We were able to take up some food, clothing and some toys to some families in need.  The were very appreciative of all that they received.  I just want to thank all who sent some items for these families.

Some baseball gloves along with some clothing.

Levi was ready to go and hand out some food!

We had to drive up another 4 to 5 miles.  Thank the Lord I had 4 wheel drive or else we never would have made it.  We have received a lot of rain over the last 2 months and the road had been washed out.

Those houses in the back ground is the little village we live in.

One of the familes that received some food and clothes.

We were able to give this little girl a doll.  She was so excited by the gift.
My wife and I going through the box of clothes.

This is their home along with their kitchen.

These men were excited to get some hats.

This woman was extremely happy to get a dress that some one had donated.

That little building in the back ground is the bathroom!

This is the little girl who got the doll.

The woman of this home wanted to give Melanie and I a gift.  She brought out a bag of coffee that she had just grounded.

The little girl with Eliana.

Psalms 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening and may we be always thankful for what the Lord has done for us!

Brother Chris and Family

Monday, July 25, 2011

Baptist History

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:36-40

I hope and pray everyone is doing well.  It has been on my heart lately, to try and post some of our Baptist History on this blog.  There seems to be so much that can be forgotten about our brothers and sisters in the faith, who have gone on before us.  I will try to put up little stories when I have the opportunity, of those who have suffered and ultimatley gave their lives for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Below you will find one such story.  Please take some time and read about those who fought the good fight to the end.

           A.D. 1229 Persecutions in the south of France drove the Waldenses into various countries early in the thirteenth century, and in 1229, they had spread themselves in great numbers throughout Italy.  Mr. Orchard tells us that in the year 1233, an innumerable multitude of Waldenses were burned alive in Germany.* 
            Persecutions, like a hot blasting wind, now swept over the entire Christian world, and all the Waldenses suffered a common fate, without regard to age, sex, or station.  I quote from Jones’ Church History as follows: “About the year 1400, a violent outrage was committed upon the Waldenses inhabiting the valley of Pragella, in Piedmont, by a Catholic party residing in the neighborhood.  The attack, which seems to have been of the most furious kind, was made towards the end of December, when the mountains were covered with snow, and thereby rendered so difficult of access, that the peaceable inhabitants of these valleys were wholly unapprised that any such attempt was meditated, and the persecutors were in actual possession of their caves ere the owners seem to have been apprized of any hostile design against them. In this pitable strait, they had resource to the only alternative which remained for saving their lives—they fled, though at that inauspicious season of the year, to one of the highest mountains of the Alps, with their wives and children; the unhappy mothers carrying the cradle in one hand, and in the other, leading such of the offspring as were able to walk. Their inhuman invaders pursued them in their flight, until darkness obscured the objects of their fury. Many were slain before they could reach the mountains. Overtaken by the shades of night, these afflicted outcasts wandered up and down the mountains covered with snow; destitute of the means of shelter from the inclemency of the weather, or of supporting themselves under it, by any of the comforts which Providence has destined for that purpose; benumbed with cold, some fell asleep, and became an easy prey to the severity of the climate; and when the night had passed away there were found in their cradles, or lying upon the snow, fourscore of their infants, deprived of life, many of the mothers also lying dead by their sides, and others just at the point of expiring.  During the night their enemies were busily employed plundering their houses of everything that was valuable, which they conveyed away to Susa. A poor woman belonging to the Waldenses, named Margaret Athode, was next morning found hanging to a tree.” *

*Orchards Baptist History
*Jones Church History

This was taken from the book: A Compendium of Baptist History by J. A. Shackelford

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Prayer Request For Kristina

Good Afternoon Brethren,

I hope and pray you all are doing well.  I received an email this morning from Brother Jon Zwingle, a missionary in Russia, for his daughter who is going through a lot physically.  I have pasted his prayer request below and hopefully you will be able to pray for her and them as they serve the Lord in Russia. 

Dear friends,

We would like you to please pray for our girl Kristina. She is two years old, and today the doctors informed us that she has 13% curvature of the spine. Scoliosis!!!
Pray for Larysa and I as well, as we need to make decisions on what to do for treatment. In a day or so, we plan to visit another doctor who deals with this type of problems.
We are trusting the good Lord to continue to help and lead us, in all we do. We are very thankful for Him and look forward to seeing His hand in this. Thank you for your prayers and support. It is not taken for granted!!

In Christ,
Jon Zwingel
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  Philippians 4:23
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Philippians 2:14-16

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Visit From Some Friends in the States

Hello all, I hope and pray you are having a good day. The Lord has been good and faithful.  I just wanted to post some pictures of the visit we had from some friends in the States (June 3rd thru the 13th).  We had a wonderful time and are grateful for the brethren we have at our home church.  While the Bassano family was here we were able to do a feeding and also hand out some tracts at a local Coffee Festival.  It was nice to spend some time with the brethren from the states.  Below are some pictures of their visit, I hope you enjoy them!

All of the kids getting ready to head to the local market!

Unloading the truck.
Melanie and I picking out vegetables.
Your local shoe store.

The kids waiting for us to finish up shopping.

This is one of my favorite photographs!  I want to personally thank Sister Heather, for being willing to make us a Lasanga!  I also want to thank the Bassano family for being willing to take it throught the TSA checkpoint at the airport! Sir, Maam, what do you have in that bag?  Ahhh...just a pan of Lasagna!

Thumbs up for Sister Heather!

Getting ready to enjoy our Lasagna!

A happy man!

I'm trying to figure out how many Empanadas to order.

This is the inside of Carlitos, a small store where we go to buy empanadas.

Brother Jeremy with his daughter Ashley.

Brother Jeremy and his wife Meghan

Here are the empanadas!

Getting ready for the feeding.

Adding the rice to the big bowl!

This was our first stop before heading to El Higuero.

Melanie and I handing out the food.

Some children who received some food.

 Hope you all have a great evening!

Brother Chris and Family

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Stay Steadfast!

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."  
1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Good Morning Brethren,

I hope and pray all is well.  We are doing fine down here.  Alot has been going on the past two weeks.  I have had to travel into the Capital twice this past week.  One of the times, I had to drive all night, and we didn't get back till 10:30 the following morning.  Thank the Lord, everything went well and he allowed us to have a safe journey.

We also have been receiving a lot of rain lately.  I would have to say that it has rained pretty steady for the last month and a half.  The last two weeks we have gotten some pretty bad down pours.  Please pray, as the mosquitoes have been bad.  Also, there have been a lot more cases of Chlorea.  Our trust is in the Lord that he will lead and protect.

Lord willing, I will try to post some more pictures this up coming week.

We love, miss, and are praying for you all!

In Christ our Lord,
Brother Chris and Family