Fall 2015 Newsletter
Dear Partners in Ministry,
With all of the many opportunities that the Lord brings our way. I feel the need to send out a monthly newsletter to keep our friends current. There have been so many things that have occurred since our last letter that I can only give to you these highlights.
Church plant in Youngstown. This summer, with the help of the girls, we were able to go and spend a total of three weeks helping in the planting of this needed church in Youngstown, OH. With the help of at least ten other pastors and friends, we were able to place 10,000 John and Romans into the community, along with an invitation to the new church. We then followed up a couple of weeks later knocking on at least 1000 of these doors, soul winning and inviting folks to come to the first revival meetings. Praise the Lord we had 10 souls saved that we know of, and nearly 25 from the community came to the meetings! Please pray for The Youngstown Baptist Church and Pastor Mike Williams; that this church will continue to grow.
Preaching for a Soul Winning Conference. We were invited to come to Michigan to preach and sing at the first Soul Winning Conference for Pastor Mario Chadinha at the Highland Hills Baptist Church. This church is located just outside of the Detroit Metro area and was a great opportunity for us. We were able to encourage pastors and others that, “The Main Thing Is To Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.”
Helping with some church maintenance. As we travel and present our missions work with our plea for support to the local churches, we often try to stop and help in any way that we can. This may include anything from tuning a piano or installing a sound system or weeding a flower bed! This week we are helping a pastor in Jacksonville, NC with some much needing plumbing and small carpentry work. In whatever way we can be a blessing to preachers and churches is our joy.
Blessings of a great gift of new tires for the truck. Things wear out in time, especially tires. We have been traveling on used tires for some time and were in great need of new ones. While at a church in the mountains, one church family looked at our truck tires and said, “That horse could use some new shoes for the man of God.” Praise the Lord, this family was a great blessing to us and bought us four new tires. Thank you Lord!
Special prayer request. We have a special prayer request for the South Baptist Church in Staten Island. This is the only other Independent Baptist Church in Staten Island. The pastor of this church passed on to Glory last week and the church is in danger of closing if they don't get a new pastor. Please pray for this church as they both grieve and transition in the days ahead. We also ask for prayers that the Lord will send the right man to keep this church going straight. If you know of anyone that is looking to pastor, please let me know. I also know of several churches in Western PA that are in need of pastors.
As for the Holtsclaw Family.
Both of the girls are in college now at Westcoast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA. They are such a blessing to us and it has been a bit of a transition to travel without the girls. It is our goal to be out in California for Elizabeth's graduation the first week of May. So, we are in the process of scheduling meetings out to California and back again. While out in California, we may even be able to help with a new church plant. If you know of any church plants that are starting up in the summer of 2016, please let me know.
Dr. Timothy Holtsclaw
Dir. Church Planting
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