Balls' Prayer Letter
BALLS’ PRAYER LETTER
Our ministry this summer has flown by quickly, but by God’s grace has been very fruitful. Larry began the summer in Asia by visiting Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. Our goal in the Philippines was to provide training for our college ministry workers and church planters. Larry was able to teach several hours each day to our leadership team as they prepared for the summer evangelistic outreach. This outreach will continue for one more week as of this writing, but has already been able to present the Gospel to over 300,000 students many of whom have made professions of faith.
In Indonesia the goal was to encourage our team of English teachers who are working in a predominate Islamic society seeking for opportunities to present the Gospel as the Lord opens the doors. It was a blessing to hear the testimonies of those who have been saved through this outreach into the colleges. It was also exciting to see the doors of opportunity opening as we were there. During our visit contracts were accepted with two colleges, one which reaches students from undeveloped areas of Indonesia which represent many unreached people groups, and another which is a major Islamic University. The Lord is at work getting the Gospel to many hard to reach places.
Larry also had the privilege of preaching for three Sundays in Singapore at three different churches. Singapore is prosperous nation with many churches. Our hope was to promote missions in these churches and to encourage their further investment in the cause of Christ. We have been asked to return to help organize a more coordinated missionary outreach among the churches there in Singapore and we look forward to returning within the next year.
After returning from Asia, our whole family had the opportunity to lead a team of high school and college young people to Kenya. The first week our team ministered in several high schools and colleges. One exciting element in Kenya is the opportunity to go into schools and present the Gospel. We were allowed to have assemblies where we showed a Christian film and then preached a short Gospel message. The response was overwhelming as over two hundred made decisions for Christ. Our team along with those from the churches in Kenya did the personal work and each of those who made decisions was followed up with a Bible study the following week.
The remainder of our time in Kenya was split between the existing churches in Nairobi and two church plants in the western region of Kenya. The church plants are in remote villages. The newest church plant is next to where we are building a children’s home. We held Gospel meetings in each village and saw many attend to hear the Gospel preached. In Nairobi our team along with members from the churches visited door to door and saw a number of adults saved and attend church the following Sunday. We were truly blessed and excited to see what the Lord is doing in that part of the world.
As the Fall approaches we are preparing for our annual missions conference here at Tri-City and Larry is preparing to teach in the college and seminary. Work is continuing on a new missions major here at IBCS. Two of our students spent the summer interning on the mission field and we look forward to helping them along the way as they prepare for a lifetime of ministry on the mission field.
On a personal note, our family was blessed by the arrival of our sixth granddaughter who was born to Christopher and his wife Tessa. Cadence is only a few weeks old but has already been a great blessing. We will be traveling on some weekends promoting missions here in the States as well as visiting Puerto Rico in October to preach at a missions conference there and visit two of our missionaries. Thank you for your continued support as we seek to reach our world for Christ.
In His Service,
Larry, Leslie and Taylor Ball
International Baptist Missions