Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prayer Letter - June 2016

I was up this morning at 4:30, and took out coffee and sweet bread to the church across my driveway, for the group of faithful men who come to pray at 5:00 every Wednesday morning. Their special time of prayer is for a pastor…the pastor whom God would choose for our Church. But the three men who are the leaders are doing a wonderful job. I’ve heard many comments from neighboring pastors, and visiting missionaries, about the incredible way this work has grown under the leadership of these three Godly laymen.

I had a fun two weeks in Chaparral, NM, with my son, Joel and daughter in law, Margaret and my two granddaughters, during the month of April. It was an honor to get to speak to their ladies’ Sunday school classes…first to the English speaking service, and then to the Hispanic Sunday school. These two congregations keep my children busy.

Back home, I resumed my weekly ladies’ radio program, which I teach live over the phone.  On the 23rd, I was invited to speak to a ladies’ dinner at a church in a neighboring town. Two days later, I flew to Mérida, Yucatán, where I joined two of my daughters and their families, to participate in the Mission Conference where Bro. Danny Ward, his son in law, Jared Miskovic and Bro. Jason Thomas have a thriving work. During that Conference, it was a joy to see three church members surrender to be missionaries. On the 28th, my daughters and I were honored to speak at their Mother-Daughter Banquet.

On April 30 in México, we celebrate Children’s Day. The following day, Sunday, we had 180 children present. The men spread a tent on the other side of my house, and thankfully, it didn’t rain until after the services! I had 12 new ladies…mothers of some of those children…in my Sunday school class. This is a result of our bus route started a few months ago.

When I gave the invitation at our Mother-Daughter Banquet here in our church, one mother lifted her hand for Salvation.

At our April and May Prayer Breakfasts, three ladies were saved: a member of a former mayor’s family; and two military wives. Last Sunday morning, a former mayor’s wife attended.

There is an Indian lady in our church who has prayed for many years for God to save her family from her village. Last week, her brother called her at 1:00 in the morning, and said, “I’m ready to get saved now.”  She won him, and an elderly couple, close to 100 years old, to the Lord. The lady said in her native dialect, “I can’t go to Heaven. I can’t read, and I don’t even know Spanish.”  My friend explained to her that she surely could. And she did. How precious! But how sad that she didn’t hear the Gospel before she is nearing the end of her life!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support, helping to reach people just like these precious Indians who now have a home in Heaven.

Your friend,
Billie Sloan

Nahum 1:7

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Prayer Letter - April 2016

Greetings from Chaparral, NM, where I am enjoying family time with my son, Joel and his wife, Margaret and my two beautiful granddaughters. Once a year I try to travel to the USA to spend time with my children. Since they’re in ministry, there is always lots of the Lord’s work to do, mixed in with family fun. 

But I have been receiving wonderful reports from “my” ladies. I never cease to be amazed at how well they carry on our ladies’ ministries without me. 

The month of February was filled with blessings in the Church in San Cristobal. My son in law, Andrés, and another young man started a “bus” (van) route. The first Sunday morning, there were 30 who rode the van, and 4 ladies were saved. The young father of a family who rode that morning, walked up to me, and said, “I used to attend your Vacation Bible School when I was a little boy.” Don’t give up, Sunday school teacher, although your students are little children.

Our prayer breakfasts remain to be the highlight of the month for our ladies. In the month of February, the mayor’s wife, who is a believer, gave a sweet testimony of how God answers prayers. Also that same morning, 2 military wives (one is the wife of an Air Force officer); and a policeman’s wife attended. These are the special ladies who are guests of honor, not only at our prayer breakfasts, but will be also at our annual Ladies’ Christmas Banquet on November 18. Every breakfast is attended by lost ladies. I teach a lesson, and give an invitation. Thank you for your prayers for this delightful ministry.

Since my last letter to you, the ladies and I have started a wonderful, exciting new ministry: the last Saturday of each month, we visit the nursing home. At our February breakfast, a former First Lady attended. She was saved at our Banquet last year, and is also the Supervisor of the Nursing Home. As she left, the Lord spoke to my heart, and impressed me to start a regular ministry there, since my friend has given us perfect liberty to minister to these elderly, forgotten people. So the following Saturday, several of us ladies went there to visit. I gave a very brief devotional, and asked each of our ladies to go personally to each one, and witness to them, and visit with them. There were four precious souls saved that morning. Now, we will never see fruits, as far as their becoming pastors or pastors’ wives. Some can’t even leave the home. But they are precious souls who now have a beautiful, eternal home in Heaven. Will you remember this ministry in your prayers? Thank you.

On March 15, I flew to Reno, NV to attend a Mission Conference in Fallon, where my son in law, Steve Miller is pastor. Since three of my sons were the speakers, and since two of my daughters also attended, I invited myself to accompany them. Besides getting to spend precious time with six of my eight children, and 13 of my grandchildren, I enjoyed seeing how God is blessing Steve and Ruthie, and the Victory Baptist Church since they went there just over a year ago. I got to speak for a few minutes in the Spanish ladies’ Sunday school class, and gave my testimony Saturday night during their International Dinner.  The next morning, on Easter Sunday, Steve baptized two precious ladies. And everyone was thrilled when they learned that they had almost doubled their Faith Promise goal.

I pray the Lord will give you your best day ever!

Your friend,
Mrs. Billie Sloan

Nahum 1:7

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Prayer Letter - February 2016

December, 2015, was a busy flurry of activities. Besides the joy and fun of celebrating Christmas with some of my children and friends, I was privileged to participate in a Family Conference in the city of Tapachula, and to teach in three ladies’ sessions. My daughter, Anna, and her family were also invited to attend, and help with the special music. She and Andrés, and their two older children, Andrew and Debbie, spend many evening hours practicing with their guitar, violin, flute and piano, and their voices blend so beautifully.

While the work in Tapachula  isn’t part of the ministry here in San Cristobal, I must share with you my delight in seeing how those simple country people are true servants of the Lord, beginning with Pastor Bertin de la Torre, and his wife, Rosana. They have a thriving ministry which includes a Bible Institute, jail ministries, and radio ministry…the services were broadcast live every night. On Sunday mornings, they have three services simultaneously…Pastor Bertin preaches, while two of the preachers he has trained preach in the other two services. I thank the Lord for ministries like this and for the honor to have had a part in their Conference.

Returning to Tuxtla, my daughter picked me up at the airport, and we drove straight to Ixtapa, where I enjoyed attending the Israel Conference in the church my son in law, Ulises pastors. It was a special treat getting to fellowship with Bro. Samuel Esquivel and his wife, Alicia. The last day of the Conference, Sunday, the church took up their first Faith Promise offering. There were three saved that morning. And like icing on the cake, my 9 year old grandson, Paul, surrendered to be a missionary to the Jewish people. What a joy to be a part of these growing ministries!

The young people in the church here hosted a Christmas Banquet, especially to reach lost youth. Three of them were saved that evening. I’m thankful for young people who love the Lord and lost souls.

Earlier in December, there was another teen girl who was saved in a Wednesday evening service, and a young man was saved the first of January. In our Sunday evening service on January 17, three people surrendered their lives to full time service. What is such a blessing to this missionary lady is that our church is going forward…even without a pastor. The men in the church are coming together several times a week to pray for the Lord to send us the pastor that He would have us to have. And I ask you to do the same, please.

I rejoice with my son, Tommy, as they celebrated their first service in their new church building on January 31. He and Mona have been holding services in their home since beginning this work over a year ago. His ministry, Compassion Radio, also continues to thrive.

Three new ladies attended our Prayer Breakfast last Wednesday: one is the wife of a doctor that Andrés works with. And another was a policeman’s wife and her friend. She said someone from the church gave her a “breakfast pass.” Instead of invitations to ladies on the police force (or wives of men on the police force) and military women or wives, we have started this year to give out “passes.” You girls know how we love anything that is free…especially a free breakfast at a fancy hotel. Please pray for the Salvation of these 3 ladies.

Your friend,
Billie Sloan
Nahum 1:7

Friday, December 25, 2015

Prayer Letter - December 2014

 I know I say this every year, but truly our 17th Ladies' Christmas Banquet this year was the best ever. Missionary Nathan Patterson did a wonderful job presenting the simple plan of Salvation. Using the story of the woman at the well, he preached on "Things that don't Satisfy." When he gave the invitation, 4 precious ladies were saved. Each one of these ladies is special to the Lord, and we rejoice in their Salvation. But one especially brought an extra measure of joy to many of us who have been praying for one of the First Ladies, who hasn’t missed attending our Banquets for 11 years, and often attends our monthly Prayer Breakfasts.  "Thank You, Lord, for answered prayers.” And thank you for your prayers.  

This year's Banquet was also the most financially stress-free one for me. Besides the special offerings from some of my family members, and friends in the USA, the church here contributed in love offerings, and I put less of my money into this Banquet than any other year. Now the unusual thing about this is that we don't have a pastor. The men in the church got under the burden of this banquet like never before. These are hard-working laymen who sacrificed above and beyond their means. The ladies have done banquets, some for ten years now, and did an incredible job with every detail. Because of this, the Lord put in my heart to turn this ministry over to the church. But when I offered it to them, they said they wanted me to continue to be in charge.  I’m already making mental plans for next year’s banquet. One of the results of this ministry is our new outreach to ladies on the police force. One of those ladies recently attended our Wednesday evening service.

I am happy to report to you that my niece, Tammie González, and her husband, Henry, missionaries in El Salvador, held their first Christmas Banquet on November 18. There was one precious lady saved. I’m also praying for the first ladies Christmas Banquet which will be celebrated in Ukraine on December 26. “Thank you, Lord, for giving this burden to missionaries around the world.”

In a few minutes I will dial the phone number of a radio station in a city about two hours away, and broadcast my live radio program to ladies. What an honor that God has added this new ministry to my life!

We are continuing to see souls saved, and recently 6 were baptized. A young woman accepted the Lord in our Wednesday evening service, and was present for a ladies’ meeting yesterday afternoon where I spoke.

A very personal note: my precious grandson, Levi William Miller, called me recently with the news that always brings joy to my heart: “Mimi, I got saved last night.” Twenty of my 40 grandchildren are saved. Four are waiting for me in Heaven.

May the Lord give you a Blessed Christmas, and a New Year full of dreams come true.

Billie Sloan
Nahum 1:7

Monday, October 26, 2015

Prayer Letter - October 2015

I know that Titus 2:4 teaches me that I, as an aged woman, should be a teacher of young women. That’s what I try to do, whether I’m with my daughters and daughters in law; teaching my Sunday school class; or whether I’m speaking in Ladies’ Conferences. But honestly, they are the ones who teach me so much!

I returned home four days ago from one of the most unforgettable trips I’ve ever made since my husband went to Heaven almost eleven years ago. In fact, the date of my departure was on what would have been our 46th Wedding Anniversary. Just as I started a 35-year adventure with the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, I began another exciting adventure on September 19 of this year. I wish you had the time to hear all the blessings I enjoyed, and all the things I learned during my nine-day visit to the beautiful country of Panama. Needless to say, I got to visit the historical Panama Canal. But you can look that up on the internet and see what I saw. The joy of that trip was getting to see first-hand the different ministries of Bro. Franklin Booth, and fellowshipping with him and his lovely wife, Brenda, and their precious children, Jonathan, 17; David, 14; and Elizabeth, 10. I stayed in their home, and what a godly family they are!

I was privileged to speak 8 times during my visit: the ladies’ Sunday school class the two Sunday’s I was there; at a special meeting of twenty wives of pastors and missionaries; and 5 times at their Ladies’ Retreat. Some of my children attended Oklahoma Baptist College with Bro. Franklin and Brenda in the ‘90’s. So they were excited that I got to make that trip.

Since my last prayer letter, there have been seven ladies saved in my different ministries. Two young people gave their lives to serve the Lord during a Youth outing in the church in Ixtapa, where my son in law, Ulises, pastors. One of those young men is my 11 year-old grandson, Andrew.  A man who has been attending our church for several months was saved and baptized.

There is great hope of a new work being started in a little town about an hour from San Cristóbal, through a lady in the church who invited me to speak to ladies there. This is her hometown, and I got to teach several ladies from her family. Three ladies were saved after my lesson.

I wish this letter could be all positive. But in reality, I’m sure every work has its valleys. Our church here has been without a pastor for several weeks now. Please pray for the men in the church, as they seek God’s will for another pastor. Thank you for sharing my burden.

Are you praying for our annual Ladies’ Christmas Banquet? November 20 is zooming toward us, and the ladies are working hard getting ready for this annual event, where we are expecting ladies to be saved, just like they have for the past sixteen years.

I am your friend.
Billie Sloan

Nahum 1:7

Prayer Request List for Ladies' Banquet

November 20, 2015

  1. Wisdom and discernment in all the plans and decisions to be made.

  1. Extra strength for the ladies and me as we plan and make preparations.

  1. For the wife of our City Mayor to be able to attend, as well as First Ladies of neighboring towns. We refer to ladies who are in positions of prominence as “First Ladies.”

  1. For the wives of the former mayors, military wives, wives of men on the police force, and pastors’ wives to be able to attend.  

  1. For extra finances for the cost of the Banquet.

  1. Preparation of the special music, and choice of each song.

  1. For our guest speaker, as he prepares his message for the evening, and for liberty as he preaches.                                

  1. For the Hotel staff to be reached with the Gospel.

  1. That the Lord would prepare the hearts of the ladies who will be attending, and for many to be saved, who will be an influence to others.  We have had ladies saved in every banquet for the past fourteen years, including four former First Ladies, three military wives, two ladies who have prominent positions in our city, and a policewoman.

Note:  This Banquet is an annual affair, and will be attended by ladies, who for the most part are unsaved, and who either because of religious preferences, or pressures from home, do not attend our Church.  The Lord laid these dear ladies on my heart several years ago, and I am as burdened for them as I am for the ladies in my Sunday School Class.

Billie Sloan
Nahum 1:7

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Prayer Letter - August 2015

Where has more than half of this year gone? Well, mine has gone very well, so far, thanks to the Lord’s mercies, which are new every morning.

I am going to share a “Mimi Moment” with you now: my son, Tommy called me several months ago to inform me that my 16 year-old granddaughter, Lydia Jean, had surrendered her life to the Lord to use her as He would see fit.  On June 2, my ten year-old granddaughter, Sophie, also surrendered to the Lord to serve Him with her life. She has started teaching a children’s class in one of their missions, and won two little girls to the Lord last Thursday. “Thank you, Lord, for Tommy and Mona, and Ulises and Elizabeth, who encourage their children to serve You.”

The Lord opened the door for several ladies from our Church to visit the nursing home here. I was touched by these dear, and sometimes forgotten older people, as I taught them the story of Simeon and Anna, and how they, too, could know the Lord Jesus as they did. About thirty-six years ago, I tried to get permission to simply go and read the Bible for thirty minutes a week in this same Nursing Home, and was refused by the mother superior. The head of the home now is one of our First Ladies (former mayor’s wife), and we have perfect liberty to share the Gospel.

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God is Good!

It has become a tradition now with me: for eight years, I have had the honor of being a part of the Fires of Evangelism Family Conference in Bartlett, Indiana, with Pastor Elmer Fernández. He and his wife, Martha, have become some of my dearest friends. In the month of June, I once again got to speak to six different ladies sessions. I always ask the Lord to prepare my heart to be a blessing to ladies wherever I go. But as always, I am the one who receives the biggest blessings.

I got to spend a week last month in Ixtapa, with Ulises and Elizabeth, and taught their ladies’ Sunday school class. I love seeing how the Lord is blessing their work.

Vacation Bible School is always a special week, and this year was no exception. Our building was filled with children, and thirty of them came to Christ for Salvation.

At our monthly Ladies’ Prayer Breakfast last Wednesday, we had three special ladies in attendance: a councilwoman; a former nun that one of my daughters won to the Lord when they were teenagers; and her mother, who attended our very first Ladies’ Christmas Banquet in 1999. She has promised to attend again this year.

Please pray for our 17th annual Christmas Banquet, November 20. I am sending the prayer request list with this letter, and ask that you take it very seriously during your prayer time.

Your friend,
Billie Sloan  
Nahum 1:7