Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Prayer Letter

July 25, 2006
Dear Partners in Prayer,

We are now in New Brunswick Canada serving as a summer intern with Pastor Jason Cochran at Grace Baptist Church. We are praising God for this ministry opportunity and are excited about learning more about the ministry. God has continually demonstrated His faithfulness throughout our trip to Canada.

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1). After completing our master degrees in May, the Lord led Tracy and me to work with a friend, Pastor Cochran, in Canada. On our way to Canada, the transmission on our ‘93 Dodge Caravan went out. “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17). God is faithful, and had already provided for us a newer Chevrolet Venture, with which we completed our journey.

My family arrived in here on June 26th. A couple of days after our arrival, Pastor Cochran took nineteen church members to Quebec to help missionary Jacques Brind’Amour. During this week, my family remained here. I preached in all the services as well as in the combined adult and teen Sunday School.

After Pastor Cochran’s return, I began preaching in the teen Sunday School on a regular basis. The teens are finding that they can know God, first through salvation, then through immersion in His Word through devotions, memorization, and Godly friends. Pastor Cochran allows me to accompany him on visits, and he also includes me in the some of the internal functions of the church. Pastor Cochran not only instructs in ministry, but often provides instruction through example. July 10 - 12 we assisted Pastor Crossman in Minto, NB with their Vacation Bible School. We enjoyed the time of doing puppets, running games, and assisting with setup and take down. What a joy to be able to fellowship and minister to the different pastors here in New Brunswick.

God has provided housing for my family through the church on July 14th. Pastor Cochran and the members of Grace Baptist have generously supplied furniture for us to use this summer. Moving into this house provided some stability for Kara and Lydia, who have been uncomfortable with living on the road since leaving Wisconsin at the beginning of June.

Pastor Cochran and his family will be visiting family and friends in the States from July 23rd to August 12th. Please pray for them as they travel and minister. Please also pray for my family as we continue to minister during their absence. I will be preaching most of these services. Tracy has the opportunity to teach Children’s Church for the month of August. Please pray that we will be Spirit-controlled as we minister, depending upon God to work in the lives of people.

We praise God for your prayer-support as we continue to serve Him in New Brunswick Canada! Please pray for us as we seek God’s will for ministry after this summer.

Serving Him,

J.A. and Tracy Hall


Alicia said...

Wow, so that's the story of why you're in Canada! I had been wondering what led you guys there. Sounds like you've jumped feet first into the ministry!

Tata said...

I am so glad for your ministry. Jason and family should be visiting family and friends now, so you guys are working hard. Hope today was a good Sunday, the second one I guess since they left. God has been so faithful; we know He will show you what He wants you to do after this summer.
Love Mom