Friday, March 20, 2009

Needs Update

It has been a while since we have updated you on our needs so that our praying readers can know specifically how to pray for us. We have been blessed to see God's provision over this year, and we are eagerly anticipating what He will do over the coming months. With that said, we greatly appreciate your prayers to God on our behalf, especially regarding these specific needs:

Financial Needs
It costs us about 75 cents, on average, for every mile we travel, and other vehicle costs amount to about 150 dollars a month. We and our five children (now one teenager) eat about 100 dollars a week worth of food. Our communications costs are around 160 dollars a month. Health insurance would cost around 1000 dollars a month, and other miscellaneous expenses bring the total we need per month to something around 3000 dollars per month.

Right now, we are entirely dependent upon one-time gifts and donations, but we are praying that God would allow us to raise monthly support to pay for our regular bills. To this point, I have been painting on the side to pay for these things, but that drastically limits my effectiveness with both Veritas School of Theology and Sermons in Song.

One-time Expenses
We just found out that we need a new rubber roof for the RV. This will cost between 2500 and 5000 dollars, and really needs to be done as soon as possible (pin holes and cracks). We may try a paint-on solution to get us by, but reviews of that approach indicate that it should be thought of as a temporary measure.

Some of you may remember that last year both my guitars broke. Though we have managed to get them to the point that they are working adequately, we are looking for a new guitar that will replace both of the broken ones. We had some money donated for it, and that has put us about 1/4 of the way there. So we are praying that God would supply a professional guitar or allow us to purchase one soon (For those of you who like guitars, you can email or call me to get specifics).

Personal Needs
Traveling has been good for our family, but there are also a unique set of challenges that come along with this sort of life. I appreciate your prayers for us as we continue to grow together as a family-team.

School materials for the kids is also a significant expense (about 1000 dollars per child, per year), and we would appreciate your prayers regarding God's supply in this matter.

As always, we are blessed to be able to serve the Lord with both Veritas and Sermons in Song, and we are grateful for those of you who continue to pray for these endeavors.

Your servant,
Tom Pryde

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Note from Excelsior Drive Baptist Church

Today, I received a message on my Facebook wall from the pastor of Excelsior Drive Baptist Church (that was where we were this past Sunday). I thought that you, who are praying for our ministry, would rejoice to hear what he wrote:

"Hi Tom, guess what?? The Lord mightily used your teaching and preaching yesterday to move the heart of Melissa who is one of our teenagers. SHE GOT SAVED and the first words after that was I want to be baptized and join the church. Give me your cell phone number when you can and Teresa will tell you the whole wonderful, beautiful story. Hope all is going well." (Pastor Riley)

We are delighted and rejoice with very life brought closer into fellowship with God through the work that God has given us to do. You, who have prayed and sacrificially given to keep us moving, have played an important part in every single changed life! I trust that God will credit this fruit to your account.

Your Servant,
Tom

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Year In Review

It was almost exactly a year ago that our family embarked upon this itinerate ministry, and we have been blessed to minister with so many of God's people around the country. Of course, it has been a real challenge at times, as God has been teaching us to live together in close quarters, but God has been faithful to us as we seek to please Him in our family.

His faithfulness is evident to us as we consider how often He has provided to give us exactly what we needed to get us to the next location. Many times we have been packing up without quite enough to get us to the next stop, and just as we have needed it, God has provided through the generosity of His people. Of course, we are thankful also to those whom He has used to provide for our ministry, and we are confident that God will likewise show his faithfulness to provide for those who are generous toward Him.

It is difficult to recount all the ministry opportunities that God has given us, but I would like to highlight a few of the high-points. We began last year with the ordination of Bro. Will Dudding, in Fremont. That was the end of a year long ministry to him and his church, which we have spoken of previously.

God allowed us to participate briefly with a brand new church plant in downtown Colorado (Providence Bible Church), and we were blessed to see God's people reaching into areas that have long been neglected. We look forward to seeing what God has done in them this past year, as well as renewing friendships made while we were there.

We spent quite a long time being ministered to and ministering in Rockford, Illinois (Morning Star Baptist Church), and then we traveled to Michigan, where we ministered in several churches. While in Michigan, we spent some time in Goodells (Mt. Pleasant Bible Church) for their "Spiritual Life Emphasis" week. We were kept busy ministering in as many ways as the Lord allowed us opportunity. This church was the first church to have us present an extended series, and we were blessed to see the Lord work through a presentation of the gospel through a few Psalms.

We spent some time in Washington DC, and even found time to do a Christmas concert that included a new Christmas hymn. In December, we found ourselves ministering to friends in the South and also visiting family in Greenville, South Carolina. While there, the Lord gave us opportunities to minister as well.

New Mexico was our next destination (with a stop over in Texas to take care of some Veritas School of Theology business). The First Baptist Church of La Luz has become dear to us, as they have had us minister with them several times now. This time, they asked us to teach my counseling course (available at Veritas) over the course of a month or so. It was a great time, and God blessed us with lots of opportunities to speak (and sing) His word.

That brings us back to California, for a very busy spring. The next three months will be taken up with meetings in some new churches and some of the same churches that we have gotten to know already. We look forward to ministering with fellow servants scattered wherever the Lord has placed them.

One aspect of our ministry that is difficult to quantify is the ministry that happens "in the gaps." We have had many opportunities to minister individually, in counseling and encouragement with pastors and others. This work is not extra, but rather it is an integral part to our mission, which is to demonstrate and teach how the gospel of Jesus Christ touches every area of life.

Thank you for your generosity, prayers, and encouragement over this past year. We anticipate even more opportunities to minister as God continues to direct our steps.

Your servant,
Tom Pryde