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