Missionary to Romania
Sponsored by the Grace
Bible Baptist Church
26080 Wax Road
Denham Springs, LA,
Elder Jerry Dodson
Sr. - Pastor
(225) 664 – 3223
Field address: Curtis
str. Izvor nr. 3
Bocsa, C-S, 325300
Telephone: 011 40
255 555 136
PRAYER LETTER FOR
Friday, January 11, 2008
Dear Pastors and Churches:
are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be
with you all. Amen” (Titus 3:15).
new year we wish for you the blessings of God – and may He give each one
a multitude of reasons to rejoice! “… weeping may endure for a
night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5).
Meeting: January 3rd was the date of our first fellowship
in Bocsa. Five of the 7 students in the Theological School rode the
train from the eastern end of the country - riding part of one day and
all night in order to get here at 7:00 AM. From the southern part
of the country 6 people came (5 men and Estera, the wife of Aurel from
Filiasi). They boarded the train sometime before midnight, having
walked about a mile in knee-deep snow to get to the depot. (One Brother
walked in this snow about 9 miles to Filiasi and then after resting, walked
the mile to the depot also. None of those who came to Bocsa own cars.)
Six came from Bocsa, and one Brother who missed his train from Timisoara
hitchhiked in order to arrive on time. There were a total of 18 people
present – 4 other men not being able to attend. We could have invited
more, but due to limited space could have only 22. When these folk
arrived at the mission property, Janet prepared breakfast for all – sausages,
scrambled eggs, toast, jam and bubbly water. The family of Aurel
(of Bocsa) owns a coffee maker and so Aurel brought it and the Brothers
enjoyed hot strong coffee as well. I preached in the morning on “The
Absolute Necessity of Regeneration by the Holy Spirit.” Aurel (of
Filiasi) preached on “Finding Our God-given Purpose in Life,” and in the
afternoon I preached on “Are We Protestants Or Baptists.” After each
message time was allowed for questions and discussion. Brother Aurel
(of Bocsa) led the singing and Brother Raul “emceed” the meeting.
The singing was great, the fellowship enjoyable, and we are hearing that
the meeting and the messages were a great blessing and help to all.
The hematologist insists that I have myelodysplasia, but I have a host
of other symptoms that do not quite “fit.” At this time my bone marrow
does not manufacture hemoglobin, so it is necessary that I go every 4 or
5 weeks and get 2 units of blood. Without this blood, my hemoglobin
level would fall to the point I would have a heart attack and die, according
to the doctor. At the present time, Janet is having an attack of
“shingles” and is on medication for the virus and for the pain. But
we are both able to function and so our work goes on with much help from
Raul and Aurel who labor with us in all aspects of the work.
Expenses: It has always been our purpose to live by faith, trusting
Christ to supply needs. We would rather not write about our needs,
but leave it to the Lord to burden His people for the work here.
However, we have been asked to be more specific about needs and so we shall,
at least now. Janet and I had some personal savings, but we have
had to dip into that for medical and other expenses – a new metal roof
on part of the mission property, for instance. We have made arrangements
with the clinic as to the time of testing and can in the future get everything
done so that we only have to spend one night in a hotel in Budapest when
we go there for me to get blood. This will save quite a bit.
Fuel, tolls, meals, hotel, tests and 2 units of blood (at today’s exchange
rate) should cost about $672.00. This amount will be needed monthly.
I know that some Churches cannot do more than they are doing, but we ask
all of you to pray!
In the year 2007 we distributed more than 36,000 pieces of literature that
we produced as well as Bibles, New Testaments, and books that we purchased.
This total is down considerably from the previous year – not because of
a lack of requests for literature, but because of increased costs of paper,
supplies and postage as well as the terribly low value of the U.S. dollar.
We have done what we could. I cannot tell you how many miles were
driven (broken odometer), how many sermons were preached, how many hours
were spent in prayer, how many classes taught, or how many question-and-answer
visits were made, but we have stayed busy. Here in Bocsa, if we were
not away on mission-related business, work was going on in the office and
the print shop during regular hours - 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM weekdays.
Site: Brother James Reynolds of Philadelphia Baptist Church,
Decatur, AL. continues working on our web site. Thanks Brother Reynolds!
Although it is not finished yet, we have had several compliments as to
the material available on the site as well as on the site itself.
Go to www.abaptistvoice.com
then scroll down choose either the English or Romanian language pages as
you may prefer.
Opportunity: Due to the increased size of some of our newer publications,
such as our study, “The Doctrine of the Grace of God,” we are in need of
a plastic comb binding machine or a spiral binding machine. There
are some really heavy duty ones that cost between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00
and even more. We do not think that we need such an expensive one,
but we do not want to waste the Lord’s money on a piece of junk either.
We have located a new one that we think will be of sufficient strength
and durability for a price of $1,052.60 at today’s exchange rate (all taxes
and transportation included). We ask you to pray with us about this
needed binding machine and do what God leads you to do. That is all
As always I am out of space before I am out of things to say. Thank
you for your cards and letters, your very generous special gifts as well
as your regular support! Above all, thank you for your prayers!
Please keep praying for the work here. God is using you in many ways
to “hold the rope” for us as we proclaim the Gospel of the free and sovereign
grace of God – the finished work of Christ on behalf of His elect people
– and the truths of acceptable worship and service in one of Christ’s Churches.
In the cause of God and truth with you,
Curtis and Janet Pugh
Baptist Baptism, the Blood, the Book, and the Blessed Hope
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