Dear Soldiers of the Cross,
The Lord has been dealing with my heart concerning this thought, “NO STEPS, NO STORIES.” Jesus said in John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” I then thought about Israel when they were in Egypt, how that if they had not left Egypt, they would not have their story of God’s amazing deliverance. Then I thought about Job, if he had not stayed faithful, we would not have his story of God’s recovering power. Now if Jesus Christ had not stuck with his plan, we would not have the greatest story ever told. Praise the Lord! Beloved, what are your steps? What is your story? I don’t know about you, but I want to do all that God has called me to do. I do not want to stand before him in that great day and have no crown or fruits of labor to lay at his feet. 1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
The Lord gave us a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with a dear friend and missionary, Bro Glenn Hohmann, from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Bro Glenn is doing a great work on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State. Please pray for Bro Glenn as he labors at his post of duty. The Lord also gave us many opportunities to share the Gospel with the Blackfeet people during our time there. We also had a great time worshipping with the people at the Whitetail Baptist Church in the community of Heart Butte. Please pray for Pastor Larry Bunyan and his dear folks there at the church, that God will continue to use them to win souls for Christ.
I have a very special request from all of you. You have heard me mention this many times, and now we are moving forward. Pastor Mark Smith and Faith Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington, are helping us with the reprint of the John Eliot Native American Bible. This was the first Bible printed in America. This Bible was translated into the Algonquin language and printed on present day grounds of Harvard University in 1663, 43 years after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. My heart is overwhelmed with joy to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. This Bible was used to bring salvation and hope to the Wampanoag people and other Algonquin speaking people in that area. There are just over 5000 members of the Wampanoag Tribe, and we want to give a copy of this Bible to each one of them without charge. Would you please help us support this Bible project? Because of all the first-time setup expenses, the price of this Bible will be $30 each. We need $150,000. This is a small price to give for the salvation of souls. You can send your support for this Bible project to Native American Mission Fund Ministries, 3232 Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. Please mark the MEMO, John Eliot Bible Fund. The project is moving along very quickly, so please respond as soon as possible. Please pray for this Bible project and call me if you need to.
As We Labor for Christ,
Gerry & Sheril Locklear
Missionaries to the Native Americans