August 2019

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The above photo shows a recent graduate of our Bible college using our New Testament Bible History survey course in his church. Some USA churches are finding these Old and New Testament courses a real blessing to their churches.I encourage pastors to explore the exciting possibilities of the excitement and benefit they will provide for your people who are keen to learn. We have Australian churches running the courses with great benefit for both young people and old. 

Victory Number One – Big Development

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The ministry of the Good Shepherd Conference Center high in the Lebanese mountains is in full motion. Vonherees are watching a night presentation in the camp’s open tent pavilion. Pray for the salvation of souls and a lasting impact on the lives of the believers.

Thankfully, the Lebanese parliament just passed a law that will make possible a solution to a legal land title issue created by the lawlessness of the chaotic civil war. This has long been a burden on my heart, so this is a huge development for which we praise our God! In whose hans are king   s and rulers! Please pray for the Lord’s blessing in the facilitation of the required procedure. There are yet adversaries to face and obstacles to overcome.

Victory Number Two – Ordination

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It is always a great victory when God raises up to right man to pastor the church for which the missionary has laboured to establish, especially when that pastor comes from within the church ministry. I had the privilege to sign the ordination ceertificate of the first man from our church ministry who took over from me in the early nineties. And what a privilege to sign for the second pastor also from our ministry. At 87 years my hand was unsure and the new pastor had to guide the pen to where the signature should begin!

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Pastor Mansour Youssef and his wife Sharon have three dedicated children who have trained or are training for whatever ministry the Lord has for them. This joyful event was a testimony to God’s power and faithfulness after a difficult but successful transition.The Lord be praised.

Victory Number Four – Arabic Bible History Books

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Thanks for praying for this project which is so close to our hearts. One of the things I have asked the Lord to gtive before He takes me to glory is the translation, printing and distribution of the Old and New Testament Bible History books. Thanks be to God Who facilitated the signing of contracts with a Christian publishing house in Lebanon on July 4th which is Kathleen’s birthday. The agreement calls for the completion of the New Testament project in one year’s time and two years for the Old Testament project. We are thrilled beyond measure and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to God for this victory after long de

Victory Number Five Home At Last With Jesus!

Lod Lody was saved at the age of 15 in the sixties in our Lebanon ministry. She became a Sunday school teacher and a valuable secretary who typed much translated Arabic material for Sunday school, young people and summer camps. She emigrated to Australia before us and has been in our church these 42 years in Australia. Recently she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few weeks to live. We had a private time with Lody not long before the Lord took her. She expressed thanks and affection for all our part in her life over the past 55 years. Truly, as Paul said, “Ye are my crown and joy” to those for whom he had laboured. We felt a joy and reward beyond expression in the presence of this radiant sister who was rejoicing to soon be with Jesus!

March 2019

davChristmas cantata attracts crowd of new visitors in Aaba Baptist Church in North Lebanon, Pastor Eli Wardan. The choir from Lebanon Baptist Church on the outskirts of Beirut, Pastor Edgard Traboulsi presented the cantata.

Capitalism and Bias at Work

Some enterprising capitalist (not related to Alexandria Occasion-Cortez) placed an add in Amazon for copies of my New Testament Bible History Handbook. The bargain price was $199.95 and he has several copies in case you want more than one copy. I can personally highly recommend the book. But not all would agree with my bias. The add attracted several reviews. One review was glowing with praise for the many resources found for each book of the New Tes- tament. But another reviewer was quite a bit less than complimentary. I will share some of his in- sights that perhaps you need to know about this missionary.

“Mr. Hester can’t seem to make up his mind about whether he wants to preach a sermon or share some academic thoughts. Thus, the book becomes hard to read. There is some valuable information to be found for sure, but it is so dryly written that it is scarcely worth the trouble

The book is hard to read, bor- ing, preachy, insulting to educated people

“…made for…people who already are convinced of the Bible’s inspiration, authority, and in- errancy.”

“…Unscholarly…distasteful…because he be- lieves the Bible is the Word of God…calls everyone who disagrees with him a liberal Bible denier.”

My Confession

Yes, I am not a scholar and have never claimed or thought myself to be.

Yes, I do believe that what the Bible says is so.

Yes, my book was written for Bible believers and not for critical “scholars.”

Yes, I do suggest that many of the so- called critical theories in the name of “academic scholarship” are motivated by a disbelief of the inspired revelation of the Bible.

Yes, I confess to not playing “footsie” with their academic gymnastics. Shame, shame!

Prayer and Praise Points

  • Please continue to pray for the Arabic translation and publishing project of our New and Old Testament Bible History books. Hopefully, work will begin this month. The New Testament book only needs editing and publishing. The Old Testament book needs the full range of translation, editing and publishing.
  • Pray for the coming ordination of our new pastor. There was a good feeling of unity when the church voted to proceed with the ordination. Our new pastor was a nine-year-old boy in 1977 when he cried for dad to let him come to our new Sydney church.
  • During the difficult time of transition, God blessed the church financially for which we are very thankful. A strong missions program was sustained and we are in a good position now.
  • Our missionary to Mauritius, Bro. Franker Serret, is in a Sydney hospital in critical condition with stage 4 cancer. Only a miracle can spare him.
  • I have a heavy burden regarding a difficult reconciliation matter that needs to be resolved. Please pray.
  • Pray for the Lord’s leadership in doing some promotions for the English and Spanish Bible History books. We now have them available online at http://www.MissionaryOutpost.com and on Amazon Kindle as well.
  • Email: MissionaryOutpost@gmail.com

January 2019

The Count Down

Psalmist prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom (Ps. 90:12).” He had previously reminded us in verse 10 that our days are measured against a normal of 70 years and any bonus often comes with aches, pains and groanings.

Next week my bonus totals 17 years and I agree with the Psalmist!. It seems like the past several months have been more preparation before we “fly away (verse 10).” Sight and hearing have de- creased as well as Kathleen’s memory. But God is still faithful which gives us great comfort and strength.

More than ever, I’m “numbering my days.” There are earthly arrangements to make so that what we leave behind will hopefully continue. A big priority that weighs heavily on my heart is the translation and publication of our Bible History books and helps in Arabic. We have been in- volved in this divine call to Arabic ministry for nearly 60 years. I feel strongly that the books can, as it were, leave a piece of us here mong our beloved people after we are physically gone.

During the past several months we have been working with a dear friend at church to get the books and materials online in a electronics book- store with electronic copies available any place in the world. They can also buy the physical copies in the USA and Australia where we have stock. We are also preparing them for Amazon which gives exposure on a wide scale. I believe this is a wise choice to have it all set up and thankfully Temple Baptist Church in El Dorado, KS, and our Faith Baptist Church in Sydney can easily carry on things once we “fly away” with a one- way ticket! Of course, the Lord could come and that would be wonderful too.

American evangelistGlen Weeks retired from his 42 years of Australian ministry. He has been a friend and blessing to us, to Faith Baptist and many Australian churches.

Praise and Prayer Points

We thank God constantly for the measure of health He is giving us daily. In spite of the increasing loss of memory, Kathleen is able to ferret out the church visitors, welcome them and get me to go and meet them. It’s inexplainable beyond the special ministry God has given her for this special phase in her life.

Please continue to pray for the legal issue affecting he camp conference centre that arose because of the chaos of the civil war that occurred in the seventies and eighties.

Please pray for decisions regarding the Arabic translation and publishing of our Bible History books.

Please pray for some promotional letters to Spanish-speaking countries for the Spanish books. Hopefully this will open some doors for the electronic versions where there is no printed stock.

Sydney Bible Baptist College will begin the 2019 school year the first week of February. Pray for God to call out young people to prepare for service. Critical forces of division are at work in our country that great hamper the ministries that require working together. I’m thankful that our coming fellowship in heaven doesn’t depend on our ability to get along with others! The college has passed through many obstacles and human weaknesses during the 42 years I have been involved with it and the Lord will continue His work.

Pray for Missionary Marvin Robertson as he will soon complete the OT Workbook and teacher’s manual. This will complete the Spanish project for which he and his wife have worked so hard.

Please pray for our Faith Baptist Church and Pastor Mansour. God has given many victories, to God be the glory!

Email: MissionaryOutpost@gmail.com