Prayer Letter | August 2020

30 young people surrendered their lives to be missionaries!

Dear Fellow Laborers,                  August  2020 

We rejoice about all that the Lord has been doing since our last prayer letter in July. God is providing for the purchase of the land for the Center for World Evangelism! In the previous nine months, the Lord has provided over half a million dollars for this purchase! Combined with the funds we already had, we now have $604,784, and several more large donations promised. Thank you so much for praying and giving. Please continue to pray as we need to raise another $1.4 million to pay for the work on the land and construction of dorms, offices, and classrooms. Find out more about what God has done at https://www.worldevangelismcenter.org

One of the many events that will be held at the CFWE will be Impact Weekend. We just finished one of these which we held at our church. I had the privilege of speaking to the young people. We challenged them to pray for the world and go with the gospel into all the world. We had around 50 young people there. Over 30 of them surrendered to be missionaries. Praise the Lord!

Allow me(Josh) to say how much I love and appreciate my family. Each person in our family of five helps in differing ways.Elizabeth and I celebrated 19 years of marriage in July. In August, we celebrate Olivia’s(9) and Joseph’s(14) birthdays. Since passports are taking more time than usual, we will get these younger two their passports soon for the move to Indonesia. Hannah already has hers. 

Please thank the Lord with us about four new supporters in July! Please pray with us for seven new supporters in August. We are excited to get to Indonesia soon. Please pray for the Christians there in Indonesia. There are still many regulations regarding Covid-19. Anyone over 60 years of age and under 12 years old cannot go to church. These rules mean that my parents are doing ministry all through digital avenues.

Indonesia has seen 88% fewer foreign visitors than this time last year. This has hurt the economy of the country. What we really want to see is a great increase in the number of missionaries going there. This will help the eternity of many. Please let us know if we can help you or someone you know who is interested in being a missionary. We would be honored to help in any way possible. 

Reaching Indonesia for Christ,

Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph & Olivia Ewing

PRAISE & PRAY WITH US:

  • Praise: 4 new supporters!
  • Praise: Pastor is recovering well!
  • Pray: Funding for our move to Indonesia
  • Pray: 7 new supporters this month
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June 27, 2020

Why did they take the risk?

One of the far northern islands of Indonesia had some refugees show up on boats. The people were from Myanmar and are called the Rohingya people. The Indonesian government strictly refused to offer aid and forbid anyone from receiving them. They cited the concerns of Covid-19 being spread into that part of Indonesia. 

Many of the citizens refused to obey the government and went to help. They risked catching the virus to help these people. They risked getting in trouble with the government.

My thought goes to the spiritual need of these people. Some people will spend their entire lives trying to help the physical well being of others. We need more Christians to spend their lives to help the spiritual well being of others. Please pray for more laborers to serve in the field of Indonesia! 

Here is the original news article.

Thank you for praying for our pastor!

Our pastor, Austin Gardner, is recovering well at home now. God has really worked a great miracle in bringing him through a long stay in the hospital. Please continue to pray for his complete recovery. Elizabeth and I really enjoyed being able to go and see him for a short visit this week.

Pray and Praise 

Our family was blessed to be a part of our home church’s Mission Conference as well. We miss them as we are on the road, but it was wonderful to spend some extra time with them all. God is doing a great work in and through our church. There are two meetings that I wanted to let you all know about. More info can be found at the links below. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions.

We were in two churches this past week. It is great to be back to meetings in person.

Praises:

  • Pastor’s continued recovery
  • 3 new supporters this month 
  • Safety on the road

Prayer Requests: 

  • Pray for pastors as they lead their churches during this time. 
  • Pray that our calendar will finish filling up as we reschedule meetings from the recent months.
  • Pray for 2 more supporters this month
  • Pray for the Golf Tournament below

I am excited about this benefit golf event coming up soon! Please register and come! Here is a link for more information.

Golf Tournament July 21

Thank you for partnering with us to Reach Indonesia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Olivia Ewing

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June 21 2020

A picture from a few years ago when Pastor gave us a tour of the construction of our current, church building. We need more pictures with him and his wife. Go take a picture with your pastor and his wife today!

Pastor Gardner is recovering at home!

This is one thing that I will always remember about 2020. God has brought our pastor off of the ventilator and now he is at home to continue recovering. Please continue to pray for his complete and quick recovery. It will not be an easy task for him to rest when he is used to being so active in the work of God. He is a diligent student of God’s Word, a wonderful preacher, and a passionate laborer for world evangelism.

One of Pastor’s daughters shared this on Facebook. I share it here as a testimony to God:

“HE IS HOME !!!
What an amazing God we serve !!
We are so thankful to have him back and for being the godly man he is. One of the first things he did was get us all together and prayed to thank God for all He has done and for allowing him to be used again. Please continue to pray for his recovery!!”

Happy Father’s Day!

Elizabeth and I often talk about how thankful we are for the parents that God gave us. Elizabeth lost her father a few years ago. He is greatly missed by so many. He and Elizabeth’s mom are pictured on the right. On the left, is my parents. We are so blessed by the many years that our parents invested in us. God has been so good to us! We hope you all have a great Father’s Day.

We had a wonderful meeting last Sunday here in Georgia. We will be at our home church this morning. Then tonight we will have our second meeting back on the road. Please continue to pray with us as we move toward Indonesia. We are working hard, to get back there quickly, while knowing that God has to work for that to happen.

Thank you for partnering with us to Reach Indonesia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Hannah Ewing

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June 13, 2020

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Pastor Gardner is off of the ventilator!

Please thank the Lord for answering our prayers. Now that Bro. Austin Gardner, our pastor, is off of the ventilator, please pray for his complete recovery. Pray for things to go smoothly as he regains his strength. 

We are also praying for others that have caught this virus. I have heard of other churches around America with members and family of their church that have it. However bad this virus is, our God is greater! God is good no matter the happenings of this life. We must walk by faith and not by sight. Pray for every pastor during this time as they lead their church through this difficult time.


Yes, I loved my camera like this one!
It was back in the ’80s or early ’90s when I received my camera like this one. I loved it. I was pretty sure this boosted me to a much higher level of “cool”. Yes, for you younger people, it actually used film in it.

There is another type of camera that no one has. A camera that could allow us to see the spiritual warfare around us. What we can see with our physical eyes is bad enough! The wickedness in this world is already oppressive to every believer and the lost. If we could visually see the Devil and his demons walking about this world, attacking God’s people, would we pray more fervently?

We don’t have to see the fight to know what is going on. We have the Bible. God’s Word has already told us.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:11–12

There is fighting going on all over the world. The Devil wants you afraid. Don’t live in fear. Pray and serve as God has enabled you. He has a plan for you. Pray for your family in Christ. They are being attacked just like you. Please pray for our family. We know the Devil does not like us going back to Indonesia.

Thank you for partnering with us to Reach Indonesia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Hannah Ewing

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Can’t get to heaven… with Covid-19?!

The Corona Virus is affecting the whole world.

Can the coronavirus keep people out of heaven?

Can you go to heaven with this virus in this world? Could it have any effect on eternity for you or others?

I will come back to this in just a moment, but let me remind you of how things are in Indonesia right now. It is a country that struggles with poverty already, and now they are dealing with this quarantine. Many in the United States have had to face the effects of this quarantine as well. This virus is causing so many problems all across the world. Indonesia is not exempt from the virus. No matter the person’s age or economic status, anyone can catch this sickness. Please pray for the people of Indonesia. 

I’m also praying for the United States right now. There is so much turmoil everywhere we look. Brokenness is not something new, though. Yet, with all of the problems, each believer has hope in God. What about those without Christ?

This is where they are trying to go on their pilgrimage.

What’s happening in Indonesia

Something is happening in Indonesia that is not commonly happening here in the United States. Because Indonesia is 87% Muslim, many people were trying to make what they consider to be a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. It is located in the Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia. Considered to be Islam’s holiest city, it is the place where their Prophet Muhammad was born. The origin of Islam is also in this city. Not only is it a special place for Muslims, but they are also the only ones that are even allowed to enter the city.

Every Muslim that is financially able is supposed to take this trip. This is the second-largest gathering of Muslims in the world, with millions coming each year. It is often a once in a lifetime opportunity for an Indonesian. There can be a waiting period of up to 20 years to be allowed to go. This is due to there being only a limited amount of spots for Indonesians to fill. This trip is not only about their religious duties, it is one of the five pillars of Islam, but it is also believed to help better their chances of getting into heaven. However, this pilgrimage has been halted by the Indonesian government. Steps are being taken there to stop the spread of the virus, and this cancelation is one of them.

A way out of Indonesia is not the answer. They, just like us, need Christ as their Savior.

Way Out – Is there hope?

So now lets recap. As an Indonesian who is a Muslim, they have been working for so long to make this trip a reality. Yet, now, their chance has come, and the Indonesian government has canceled all Indonesians from making this trip. One of the biggest add-ons to help their chances of going to heaven is taken away from them. Even if they don’t make it there, if one makes the trip and dies on the way, it is considered huge “points” added for them. Death during the journey is actually considered that the pilgrim was martyred and cleansed from their sins.

Are you going to heaven? Do Muslims in Indonesia and around the world have a steadfast assurance that they are going to heaven? They must hear the gospel. We must tell them. Are we telling them? Pray that we can get back to Indonesia quickly, even though this pandemic has happened.

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Prayer Letter | June 2020

Pray for our Pastor who has Covid-19

Dear Fellow Laborers,               

Our hope is only in the Lord. Our hearts are heavy as I write this email. Please pray for our Pastor, who has Covid-19 and has been put on a ventilator. He was also diagnosed with double pneumonia. His oxygen levels were very low when he went to the emergency room. He is stable at this time, but pray that he will be able to get off of the ventilator and make a complete recovery. Sis. Betty, our Pastor’s wife, also has the virus. She is being treated at home and is doing much better now. 

As we continue to pray for our Pastor, we look forward to seeing God work through this time. I had not imagined that the effects of this virus would be felt by so many churches all over the world. The work must still go on through this. God has not left us. We are still safe in Him. We do not know all the turns that will come our way in this life, but we do know the end of the story. We are victors through all of this. 

One of the ways to continue through the difficult times is to continue with all that we can do for the cause of Christ. We must stay close to the Lord through the trials. We do not need to stop everything, because we can’t do all that we normally do. More people need to be reached with the Gospel. Those new believers must be discipled. Then those believers need to be trained to do ministry. I am thankful for the training that I have received. The Center for World Evangelism is a wonderful place to train people to be missionaries. We have been asking God to raise up the funds needed to purchase land for the training center. 

There will be a golf tournament on July 21, 2020. The entry fee is $150, and all proceeds will go towards buying the land for The Center for World Evangelism. God has provided $506,000. We need another $134,000 before July 31 to make the land’s payment. You can contact me or go to this web address for more information: http://www.worldevangelismcenter.org/golf/ . Please come out and join the fun either as an individual, form a team, or multiple teams. There will be a putting contest, closest to the pin, long drive, and hole-in-one prizes, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. I hope to see you there.

Reaching Indonesia for Christ,

Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph & Olivia

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Prayer Letter | April/May 2020

Dear Fellow Laborers,

We are praying for you as you and your church family are going through this difficult time of quarantine. I know this is affecting each of you in different ways. Please call or write to us about how your church is doing as well as how you are ministering through this time. I think this is a wonderful time to share ideas of how we can serve others.

I now know what “Zoom” is! Have you been using YouTube, Facebook, or something else? So many of us are learning new ways to communicate with each other. I believe there has really been some culture shock for
each of us regarding the many changes that have been made. We have had a few churches that have asked us to be a part of their virtual services via video. Please pray that God uses each video that has been made for His glory.

Also, we need your prayer as we work on some projects with our mission board. It is our desire to produce more materials to help others as they continue in the work of missions. We have also used this time to begin sorting through our belongings for our move to Indonesia. We look forward to the move when the Lord allows us to return!

We give a special thank you to our home church for a love offering that they gave us to help with expenses while we are not traveling. We are so humbled by this blessing.

Here is a link to a website that I believe will be a blessing to you and your church. Please go to https://www.worldevangelismcenter.org/. More content will be added frequently. Please let us know how Vision Baptist Missions can better serve alongside your church to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Reaching Indonesia for Christ, Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph & Olivia

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2 New Supporters!

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2 new supporters!

We are praying for you all.  We are confident that God is at work in each of our lives through this time of quarantine. God is blessing even in these difficult times! Thank you for praying for us. I appreciate the emails, texts, and calls. We rejoice about another church that voted to become our newest financial partner. Praise God for his provision in our ministry. That is our 2nd new supporter this month!

There have been three more online church services this past week in which I preached and presented. I am about to record one more message for a church that we were scheduled to be with on Sunday. Please continue to pray for these video messages to be used by the Lord. 

Do you speak some of the Indonesian language?

The words “orang hutan” mean “person jungle” or “jungle person”. I know we are all ready to move forward without this virus affecting so much of our lives. I am including two interesting news articles about Indonesia. You get to choose if you want a story that includes COVID 19 or one that does not.
 

News without COVID 19:
“Ray of Light (Sinar)” was born in Indonesia.

News with COVID 19:
We are going to scare you if you disobey us! 

Have you ever fasted for a month?

Did you know that Ramadan is beginning? Do you know what it is?
https://www.expat.or.id/info/lebaran.html

Pray and Praise 

So many have asked about how we are doing during this time. We are doing well. We are ready to get to Indonesia! We do know that God’s timing is perfect. We are working while we are waiting. Thank you for counting to partner with us through your financial and prayer support. Please pray about an exciting announcement for young people that you know! I’m a part of a group that is wanting to help young people be better prepared for what God wants for them. Check this out and sign them up if they would like to be a part of this exciting ministry. This is for young people ages 8-18. 

The Our Generation Army 

Thank you for partnering with us to Reach Indonesia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Olivia Ewing

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Quarantine 2020

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Please pray for Indonesia.

Indonesia is starting to have severe issues like many other countries across the world. The sickness is spreading quickly. They still do not know the exact total of those who have been affected, but there have been 514 confirmed cases and 48 deaths. One report said the death rate is currently at 13% for those who are getting the virus.

Because of how quickly things are escalating there in the country, the Indonesian government will be paying bonuses to doctors and other medical staff during this time. Indonesia’s main island, Java, is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Only time will tell how this impacts lives over the next few weeks.

I have never heard of a signing bonus for missionaries, but the need for missionaries is far greater concerning Indonesia than medical staff. This virus is dangerous, but there is hope

Without Christ, there is no hope after this life. I love Indonesia. I hurt for them concerning the repercussions from this that they will be hit by for months to come. However, their greatest need is to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray for more missionaries. Please pray for every Christian that is currently in the country. Ask God to work powerfully through this tragedy. Pray for grace for each believer.

We are praying for you.

Please let us know how we can pray for you. We know that this virus has affected people in different ways. How are you doing through this? How has it affected you and your church? Our family is doing well. God has been so good to us. We are thankful for good health and safety as we traveled home from meetings this past week.

Thank you for partnering with us to Reach Indonesia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Hannah Ewing

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March 2020 Prayer Letter

February  2020                                                                                                  

Dear Fellow Laborers,                                                                       

We’ve traveled 5,000 miles this month! We are so thankful for a full calendar with mission hearted churches. God has given us 5 new supporters! Thank you so much for praying and partnering with us in the work that God has for us right now as we prepare to move back to Indonesia. We are incredibly humbled at the sweetness and generosity towards our family from you all.

It was great to hear that a young man, who is deaf, surrendered to be a missionary. We met him at a missions conference a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t it great to see what God is doing in the hearts and lives of people today? I also want to say a special thank you to pastors, mission directors, and the people of the churches for all the work that goes into hosting missionaries. So much work goes in behind the scenes. It does not go unappreciated by our family.

Thank you to all who have given! We now have $3,528 that has been given for our Setup Fund! We will need to purchase everything from furniture to a car once we arrive in Indonesia. If you would like to help with this need, you can do so by either donating through our mission board or by clicking the link below. We serve a great God, and we know that He will provide all of our needs. 

We are looking forward to the Our Generation Missions Camp coming up this summer! For more information and to register, you can click the photo below.  

Reaching Indonesia for Christ,

Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Olivia
 

PRAISE & PRAY WITH US:

  • Praise: $3,528 in our Setup Fund!
  • Praise: 5 new supporters this month
  • Praise: More missionaries surrendering 
  • Pray: Health and Safety as we travel
  • Pray: 7 new supporters next month
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