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TN, GA, OH – Pray for our pastors & other leaders

Dear fellow Laborers,

The Josh Ewing Family is doing well as we continue on deputation! Our schedule took us into Georgia and Tennessee this week. We are looking forward to being a part of a missions conference this week in Ohio. Elizabeth and I are also honored to speak with some young people that are a part of the Christian school of the church here. Please pray that the Lord will work in hearts and that hearts will be tender to his leading. There is nothing that we can do of ourselves to impact lives. Yet, we can share the Word of God and testify of God’s work. The Spirit of God is still at work through his Word!

We appreciate the hotel suite that the church is providing for us this week. As Elizabeth and the children are doing homeschool in the room, I came downstairs to do some calling. The hotel was kind to allow me to use their boardroom to work from. I am working to fill up our calendar with meetings. As I called this morning, I’ve been burdened about the weight on pastors and others in the leadership of churches. Please stop and pray for your pastor, missionaries, as well as others that are serving and leading. Many things have improved, but every ministry is unique with what they are facing each week. 

GOD HAS A PLACE FOR YOU IN WORLD EVANGELISM!

Do you ever feel that the best days in missions are in the past? We believe that God can use us to reach the world in our generation. He wants to use you. Whether going to the mission field as a missionary, raising up new missionaries or being used to send missionaries around, God has a place for you in world evangelism.

The World Evangelism Fellowship exists to encourage you to believe more and do more to reach the world with the gospel. As a guest, you will hear spirit-filled preaching and be a part of practical sessions on reaching the lost around you and the lost around the world.

Please join us for this one of a kind event, and see how God will be able to use you to reach the world in our generation. Please click below for additional information.

* World Evangelism Fellowship November 9-10, 2020 at Vision Baptist Church.

Do you think that electric cars are the future?

Indo Info

A dear family at our home church recently adopted a child. They celebrated by renting a Tesla, the young guy’s favorite kind of car. I did not actually drive the car, but I dreamed I did that night. 🙂 It was so realistic. I even had a police officer pull me over, even though I was going under the speed limit.

Indonesia is working to grow in this industry. Here is a video about The Biggest Indonesian Battery Manufacturer in Indonesia. Maybe electric cars are the future. We will see. I know the missionaries on deputation would have to stop and recharge often.

Pray and Praise 

This is where we ask that you take us to the Lord in prayer. When we all talk to God we can praise Him for His goodness and pray for His help. 

PRAY WITH US THAT:

  • Pastors and church leaders will be encouraged at the World Evangelism Fellowship
  • Our calendar would be filled up as I work to schedule meetings
  • Pastor Brian Swafford would recover well from Transverse Myelitis.

PRAISE WITH US THAT:

  • Very few churches have had to cancel/reschedule meetings lately
  • Safety as we drove all day yesterday to Ohio
  • Pastor Brian Swafford received a diagnosis.
  • We heard from two new supporters this week
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Prayer Letter | October 2020

Indo Info : Mount Bromo – truly beautiful (video with a view)

October  2020

Dear Fellow Laborers,                                       

We rejoice that we had another full month of meetings. We were excited to be in churches in Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Thank you to each church that allowed us to be a part of your service or mission conference. Our family is so blessed by the many acts of love toward us as we travel the road.

As we travel, we love meeting new people. The friendships that God is giving us through this time means so much to us. We pray that God will use us to encourage others in their walk with the Lord. Elizabeth and I speak to many about prayerfully considering if God would have them serve as foreign missionaries. Will you please pray about this part of our ministry? Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom in these conversations. We can’t call anyone into the ministry. If we could, there would be a lot more missionaries to Indonesia. Yet, we can talk to people who are already willing and praying about their service to the Lord. I received a text message from one church that we were with this month that a young man has surrendered to be a missionary. That fills my heart with joy and excitement! God is still sending laborers out.

The change in weather has been enjoyable. Of course, it was coolest in Maryland, but Georgia is also enjoying milder temperatures. Even though we enjoy autumn, please pray that this will be the last one we have before returning to Indonesia. We thank the Lord for the multiple new churches that have partnered with us this month. We also appreciate our supporters who help us be full time on deputation as we return to Indonesia. 

God has given us 40% of our needed support! We are working hard to save up for our setup fund. If you are interested in helping with this need and would like more details, please contact me.

Reaching Indonesia for Christ,

Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joseph and Olivia Ewing
 

PRAISE & PRAY WITH US:

  • Praise: 4 new supporters!
    Praise: One surrendered to be a missionary!
    Pray: Indonesian man I met here in the US
    Pray: 7 new supporters this month

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Prayer Letter | September 2020

September  2020                                                                                                  

Dear Fellow Laborers,                                                                       

We had a full month of traveling and presenting the need of Indonesia. We traveled over 7,000 miles to the following states: DE, PA, NC, TN, VA, TX. Please continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Laura. It was shocking to see the aftermath when we drove through that area.

Show God’s love by sharing God’s Word with others around you.

Do you see more Muslims in and around your community now than you did ten years ago? I know that we do here north of Atlanta, Georgia. We also saw many in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. What a great need all over the world to reach the lost. The people of Islam are often passed by for differing reasons. Let’s go to them when we see them. Let’s share the gospel with them in love and boldness. I was blessed to be a part of an online conference focusing on the need for Christians’ to reach Muslims. David Gates, missionary to the Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, taught this first conference. Please let me know if you would be interested in learning about any other meetings that we will have in the future.

Seven new churches partnered with our family’s ministry in August! Thank you to each one that supports us in the ongoing ministry that God has for us. Please pray as we strive to get to Indonesia by August of 2021. Currently, we are at 37% of our needed financial support. We serve a big God who we know is ready and able to provide the other 63% in the next year. I am praying that we can reach 50% in the next two months.

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

PRAISE & PRAY WITH US:
• Praise: 7 new supporters!
• Praise: Churches are opening up!
• Pray: People to be saved while we serve now
• Pray: 7 more supporters this month

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Prayer Letter | August 2020

30 young people surrendered their lives to be missionaries!

August  2020

Dear Fellow Laborers,                  

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

Check out our video!

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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