Latin America

Good evening dear friends. I just spoke minutes ago by phone with the mother of Antonio Ramos, the young Ecuadorean boy who has been receiving medical treatments in Miami for several weeks now. You have been praying for him and in response he has done amazingly well in all the treatments thus far. However, after his treatment last week he developed a cold that got steadily worse. As a result he is at this writing in the Emergency Room at the Baptist Hospital in Miami.

 

Kim and I and others who are close to this situation would appreciate your fervent prayers again for this young man and his dear mother. They are far from home, among strangers and in need. Would lift them up to the Throne of Grace right now and ask God for His special comfort, healing and Grace? I’ll keep you updated.

Thank you and God bless!

James & Kim Adams

The WITNESS Project

Dear Partners in Prayer:

Thank you for your intercessory prayers for Cuba. The brethren there especially in Baracoa have suffered and continue to suffer great hardship but God is manifesting Himself amid the present situation here as well as there. What a FAITHFUL God we serve! How I praise Him for the wonderful response we have had from you dear co-laborers! First, just the knowledge of your prayers and concern has encouraged those with whom I have been in contact. And then the GENEROSITY of your gifts! Kim and I feel so blessed to have such faithful friends standing with us, especially in times like these. One of our supporting churches, Temple Baptist in Cullman, Alabama responded with a gift of $5,000. A special thanks to Pastor Malcolm Carter and Missions Pastor Jeff Robertson for their leadership in this. Then there have been many others who have responded as well.

What is the situation there in the epicenter of this disaster? Well let me share two emails just received in the last 2 days that will help to understand the seriousness of what the people are facing. The first from a non-believer but whom God is touching through all this. The second is from the pastor of a church there in the center of what used to be the town. He and his dear people are reaching out to the people of their city, saved and unsaved alike, with food and the Gospel of Christ.

E.M. writes:

“[The] situation goes worst from minute to minute. Everything is missing and people are like crazy in the street, just imagine that people go to the lines of buying food with big knifes and they fight like animals, this is worse than the hurricane itself. Thanks that there is a new group of police in town and they take care of citizens but anyway it’s scary to make one of those lines, and with the mobile money we can change it for food and things for cleaning like soap, shampoo and toothpaste without going out which is dangerous and risky in this moment. I will keep you informed and we are ok.

Pastor A.L.M. writes:

“Brother I will gladly tell you what God is doing, the experience of giving food to the Christian and non-Christian people is phenomenal, to see the hope and gratitude of all and see tears of joy running down their cheeks has impacted my own heart and that of every young person who is involved in this task. But we not only give the material food but also spiritual food because we give Gospel tracts and literature with every box of food. This makes a great impact on their lives. They first pay attention to the message of the tracts and then to food. Another personal experience was when I approached a policeman without knowing him and gave resources for him and his family and tears welled up in his eyes as he declared his gratitude. He was concerned because there was no food for his wife and two children. Afterward I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with him invite him to church. Thus far, 125 families have been reached and average of 500 people have been helped in one way or another. God bless you. Thank you for your prayers and help.”

By faith I have already begun to send funds there through the contacts I have. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

One final word. Word just came last evening that Sonia Gomez, the precious wife of our Central American Director and an invaluable member of our Witness Project Ministry Team, is scheduled for serious eye surgery on October 20th in Miami, FL at the Baptist Hospital there. She has suffered from glaucoma for several years now and it has left her now with only 10% of vision in one eye and 40% in the other. However, through the providential and faithful working of God she will be able to have the surgery with all costs covered! Again I say…HOW FAITHFUL AND GREAT IS OUR GOD!!!

God bless you all dear friends!!!

James & Kim Adams
The WITNESS Project
Latin America

I just received the following email and photos from Pastor Aurelio Laborí Matos. He pastors the First Baptist Church in Baracoa, Cuba an area devastated by Hurricane Matthew. I preached in this great church less than 2 weeks ago. Pastor Matos is a godly young man with a real zeal for the Lord and an exciting vision for his church. I am scheduled to be in Baracoa in October of next year, God willing, to train 500 pastors, leaders and missionaries. His email and the pictures he sent speak for themselves. Below is his email which I have translated into English:

Received Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm

“Brother, Baracoa is devastated and we need all kinds of resources.

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Almost all the houses are roofless and many completely destroyed. Please pray much for us. I have more than 150 people in the church who have nowhere to go.”

The need for assistance is genuine and immediate. Please pray for these dear people during this difficult period. Should God lay on your heart to do more, please send your gifts to our ministry office in Columbia, SC. Make your checks payable to:

David Wood Ministries
3514 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

Please make sure you designate your gifts with “James Adams/CUBA.” 100% of your gifts will get to Cuba. This will be a great opportunity to be a blessing to some many and to demonstrate the love of Christ in a tangible way.

Thank you for praying and for whatever else the Lord impresses you to do. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 254-715-0206.

God bless!
James & Kim Adams
The WITNESS Project
Latin America

Thanks you for your prayers for the brethren in Cuba. I have been in contact with several of them within the last hour or so. They are comforted and greatly encouraged to learn of your prayers for them.  A pastor in Baracoa in the same province as our military base in Guantanamo is trying to shelter 500 in their church in the coastal city where I was for several days just last week. Another pastor in another city in the hurricane target zone is providing shelter for some 40 families in their church and parsonage. They are simply waiting for the storm to hit and trusting God for His faithful protection and care. These next few hours will be critical for them and so many others in this region of the Caribbean.

God bless!

JAMES & KIM ADAMS

I just returned from almost a month visiting and ministering among our brethren in Cuba. A Praise & Prayer Letter Report will follow in a few days. However, my purpose in this brief email is to ask for urgent and prevailing prayer for the island of Cuba and the other areas of that region as they face the threat of Hurricane Matthew. I have been in contact with one pastor in San German. He says they are as of now without electricity due to toppled trees. They are receiving others whose houses are in too poor of a condition to withstand the storm. I was privileged to stay in the home of this dear brother and enjoy their hospitality for almost a week. Your prayers for them and other brethren throughout the islands of the Caribbean will make a difference.

Thanks so much!!

God bless!
James & Kim Adams
The WITNESS Project
Latin America

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Dear Partners in Prayer & Ministry:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

The 8th chapter of Romans is one of the great chapters of the New Testament that has served to encourage believers in their most trying circumstances of life. It is a reservoir of HOPE for the struggling saint, when we feel overwhelmed by our circumstances, when we don’t understand and are so confused that when don’t even know how to pray.  When the word “why” becomes a part of our thoughts and speech. Verse 31 is the beginning of a wonderful closing summery (vss. 31-39) of all that Paul has written in this great chapter. It reminds us that regardless of our situation and the changing circumstances that come our way, GOD IS FOR US! That little 3-letter word “FOR” is so important. It expressed the idea of “acting on our behalf, taking our part.” It can do so much to reassure us that God is always our PRESENT HELP when trouble lifts its head in our life. Sickness, death, disappointment and personal struggles of various kinds may be our portion in this pilgrim journey, but IN it ALL and THROUGH it ALL, GOD is still GOD and doeth ALL things WELL even when our own hearts accuse Him of having ERRED!

What is privilege to serve such a Master, such a Lord, to have such a FATHER committed to us in every situation of life. To KNOW that ALL things DO work for our GOOD because, as Job assures us, “He knoweth the way that I take…” (Job 23:10) This is the ONE of Whom we speak when we have the opportunity to share the Gospel message again and again. God’s great love for us and the world is shrouded in mystery to even the redeemed. But it is a REALITY we can personally EXPERIENCE and SHARE with others!

Thank you for your prayers!

  • The Ecuadorian lad, ANTONIO RAMOS, has completed his treatments in Miami. He and his family are back home as I write this.  We are grateful to all who have had a part in this labor of love. Please keep him on your Prayer List.
  • Thank you for your intercession for our dear friend and pastor of Town East Baptist Church here in San Antonio, LARRY WEST. He is beginning his treatments to combat stage 4 cancer. Please continue to pray for this faithful servant, his precious wife, DONNA and his other family as well as for our church family.
  • Pastor JOEL VILLARROEL is a fine young pastor in Bolivia. He and his wife, NENA, have just had their first child, born while I was there recently. There have been complications since birth which has threaten the life of the child. He remains hospitalized at this writing, but improving slowly. His time in the hospital will be a long period which will present a tremendous financial challenge to this young couple. Please hold them and their newborn up before the Lord.

Great needs...BUT…NONE greater than the GOD WHO IS FOR US!!!

Blessings to all!
James & Kim Adams
The WITNESS Project
Latin America

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