I want to open this Prayer-letter by asking you to pray with us about our need for more missionaries to join us. This is a picture of a young man from our home church. He did a speech for Masters Club competition. As you can see, he made us his missionary to speak about. He took great care to interview us, and ask us many questions about our work with the Deaf. I would venture to say that I think he knows more about us than anyone else in our church! We asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. He said he wanted to be a farmer. I told him we needed young men like him to help us reach the Deaf. After he gave his presentation, he told his mother: “Hey mom, I have a great idea…..if it doesn’t work out being a farmer I can be a missionary to the Deaf…(slight pause)…or I could do both!” We need help, and we need quality young people like Mason to help us reach the Deaf world for Christ! Will you join us in praying for more laborers? We need the help!
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM DR. TED CAMP
It seems that we humans are experts at placing the blame for our shortcomings on others. For years, I have heard from many pulpits that “they” and “them” are to blame for all the church problems. I have wondered: who are “they” and “them?” Have you noticed that no one in prison is actually guilty? Some blame their parents for their troubles. Others blame their past lifestyles and environment. It seems that no one is at fault. Excuses are plentiful! The Lord called some to follow Him. “And they all with one consent began to make excuse” (Luke 14:18). What is your excuse? Who do you blame for your problems? I have noticed that some even blame God. I have learned that God is too good to do bad, and too wise to do wrong. When things are good, God is great, but when things are bad, God is still great. I was recently reminded that problems and trials reveal a person’s true character. How a person acts or reacts to troubles determine their level of Christian character. I feel that the greatest testimony is a changed and consistent Christian life. In the midst of all his troubles, Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, but not your Christians.” Some of the best messages I have heard have not been from the pulpit, but from wheelchairs and hospital beds. Dr. Henry Brandt said, “Other people and problems don’t create your spirit; they only reveal it.” It is time for you to accept your responsibility and stop blaming others. You cannot change others, but you can change yourself. You cannot change the past, but you can change the future. You should take the responsibility for your life. Don’t live a life of regrets! You are responsible for you. If you don’t like your life, then change it. The only thing that limits God is your free will. You have the power of choice. Decisions determine directions and directions determine destinations. You cannot help someone who does not want help. Not even God will force you against your will. It is not what happens to you, but in you, that makes the difference. Decide to take responsibility for your life and make the days ahead the best you have ever known. These are words of wisdom
What God has done …
- Mar 1 – I had the privilege of presenting the Gospel at the PA Badminton Tournament hosted at our home church. Muslims, Hindu’s, Buddhists, and others were in attendance, with people from all over the world there to compete. Praise God! 6 people responded for salvation! The Lord brought the world to our gym!
- Mar 7-8 – I presented the Gospel at two 3-on-3 basketball tournaments hosted at our home church the next weekend. Praise God again! 7 more were saved this weekend! Who would have thought that a birdie and a ball would draw people to the Gospel!
- Mar 12-16 – We took part in the Missions Conference for the Regular Baptist Church in Smethport, PA. We had a great time of fellowship and were challenged by the other missionaries!
- Mar 23 – We had a meeting with leadership at Harvest Baptist Church near Pittsburgh that is covered in “From My Desk” section.
- Mar 23 – We stopped at a supporting church on the way home (Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Prospect, PA) and I had the opportunity to preach. We saw one person saved!
- Mar 29-30 – We held a DEAF Day at Central Hunterdon Baptist Church in Flemington, NJ. Allen Snare helped on Saturday, and I preached on Sunday morning. We had a great weekend!
- Apr 1-14 – We flew to Canada and held Fantastic Saturday meetings at Charity Bible Baptist Church in Moncton, New Brunswick, and then at Blessed Hope Baptist in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We tried to help their Deaf and Deaf workers in the week before each meeting. Allen Snare came with us to these meetings. We praise the Lord for allowing us to see 4 saved and many good decisions made during this trip.
- Apr 26 – I spoke at a retreat for American Ministries for the Deaf here in PA. It was a good time of fellowship around the Word of God.
- May 3-4 – We flew to Bradenton, FL to hold a Deaf Rally at Bible Baptist Church. I spoke on Sunday morning, and we saw 3 saved over the two days!
Where we are going …
- May 18-21 – I will be preaching Revival Meetings for Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Denver, PA.
- May 31 – June 1 – We will be holding a Fantastic Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Southington, CT. Allen Snare will be helping with this meeting.
- June 6-8 – We will be speaking at a Deaf Retreat in Central NY state. It is at Odosagih Bible Conference.
- June 9-15 – We will be at Faith Baptist in Carver, MA. We will teach Sign Language for the week. We will then have a Fantastic Saturday on that Saturday. I will preach in the morning in their service.
- June 16-19 – We are taking a break with our Valley Forge Baptist church family to celebrate our 30th anniversary!
Thanks for your faithfulness in praying for us and these needs specifically. We have seen God’s hand in the past, and we need it to be in these days ahead as well.
Recently a friend of mine called me. She was very discouraged and crying. She was feeling overwhelmed by all she felt she had to do as a woman, mom, and wife. Sometimes we do need to be wearing many different hats. We need to be a creative cook; the maid to clean up our home and keep it presentable; a taxi-driver to get everyone to their appointments; a juggler of finances to pay bills and to use what you have wisely; to make good buys when shopping for food, clothing, and things from the clearance racks; clothing washed and ready for use; and the list could go on and on. You may know how my friend felt, because you have felt that same way sometimes.
The help and comfort I receive is when I run to the Rock that is higher than I am. Recently when I was reading my Bible, I read these verses and I shared them with my friend. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. For Who is God, save the LORD? And Who is a Rock, save our God” God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect” (II Samuel 22:31-33).
Run to Him and stand strong for Him today! He is your only hope and help for the things that you will face just ahead.
I had a very challenging meeting in Pittsburgh in March. It was a great meeting, but it is moving me far out of my comfort zone. Two pastors from one of our supporting churches (Harvest Baptist) approached me with a very innovative idea. They brought a challenge that they are facing in their church that many churches face.
They have interpreters, but do not have a man that can teach their Deaf the Bible. They asked me to consider teaching/preaching to their Deaf each week via the internet. Here is the plan they proposed to me and Terry that day.
They asked me if I would be willing to teach/preach each week for their Deaf and others like them who are in the same situation. I agreed and we began getting set up to be able to do this kind of ministry.
God has blessed us with young men in our church that have the expertise and ability where I am lacking. One of the young men, Israel, helped us purchase the right equipment and has had to help walk me through the processes involved in making this possible.
We have purchased a camera and the necessary audio/visual equipment needed to film and transmit the messages over the internet. We will use a “Google Hangout” to connect live with churches that have internet access in their buildings. This gives these churches the ability to join the “live” class in cyber-space.
We are starting with Harvest Baptist, and will open the door to other churches that are interested as we get the procedures down. For now, we have been filming a Bible study and posting them to YouTube.
Please pray for us as we enter this uncharted area (for us). We are trying to carry out the Great Commission in every way that is available to us. We appreciate your suggestions and prayer.
I will also be starting a website very soon. It will be designed to post my daily devotions as well as make these preaching video’s available as well. Again, this is out of my area of experience, but God has provided a good group of young men to help me. Please pray for all of us to have the heart of God in this project. As always, we need His involvement!
TRUE AND FUNNY MINISTRY STORY
Let me introduce you to two very smart Deaf men in Nova Scotia, Canada. They are both Deaf and they are brothers. They wanted to come to hear Allen Snare preach so bad, but the starter in their van was not working properly. They went to the local automotive store and got some parts and tried to fix it. Even with the new parts, the van would not start. Some of the Deaf workers from the church stopped to help them, but when they arrived, the brothers told them the van was fixed! One of the brothers was lying in bed thinking about the starter problem. He thought about a doorbell they had in the garage. He went out and hooked the doorbell to some wires. When they pushed the doorbell, the car started! I had to take a picture of the only people I know that start their car with a doorbell! By the way, they did not miss one meeting, and both were saved on Saturday! Praise God for their desire to see the Gospel in their own language! Here is a picture of their doorbell starter!
BRACELIN FAMILY NEWS
We have had a very exciting and busy year! We just celebrated our youngest grandsons first birthday. If you remember, Aiden was born with a condition called heterodoxy. His stomach and liver are switched inside his little body; and his spleen does not function properly. We praise the Lord for his general good health and for the blessing he is to us all.
Our two oldest granddaughters will graduate from kindergarten this Spring! Their school will never be the same! They have learned a great deal, including Spanish! It’s amazing to me how their young minds can keep so much information.
Our children are becoming old people. It still amazes me that all four of our children are married! Our son, Patrick and his wife Mary will celebrate their seventh anniversary this month! Wow! Time flies!
Terry is growing younger every day! I am growing … everyday! We thank the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed on our family. Terry and I continue to thank God for giving us a ministry where we both can be involved, and where we both are needed to make it happen. God has honored us and we are fully aware that it is only by His grace! Thank God for your family today too!
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