April, 2008

 

Dear Lamplight Family,

 

We are pleased to share with you the exciting things that God is doing through Lamplight Ministries in many different countries.  Praise the Lord.  We are grateful to you for your prayers and for your financial support that enables us to help many people around the world. 

 

COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN HELPED BY OUR PUBLICATIONS

 

If you would like to see the effect of your prayers and your contributions, please visit our website at www.lamplight.net to see 566 comments from people in 41 different countries who have been helped by our books and Scripture cards.  You can order our publications from our website, from our post office box or the 800 telephone number at the bottom of this page.

 

A MAN FROM CHINA WHO WAS A BUDDHIST FOUND NEW LIFE FROM WHAT WILL HEAVEN BE LIKE?.    Sor Burnrith said, “I came to China from Cambodia where I was a captain in the army.  I was a Buddhist.  Four weeks before I came to China I had a dream where Jesus appeared to me.  When I woke up the following morning I looked for Christians to explain more about Jesus Christ to me.  After I came to China I met a Christian man who gave me the book What Will Heaven be Like?.  This book answered many questions for me.  My English is not very good, but this book is written in very simple English.  I have found new life through this book.  Please pray for me so that I can share Jesus with my parents and my Buddhist friends when I go back to Cambodia.”

 

A 95 YEAR OLD HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR WHO WAS A CHRONIC WORRIER HAS BEEN HELPED BY OUR SCRIPTURE CARDS.  Karen Piccard-Baumann wrote to us saying, “My mom is 95 years old.  She was in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany from 1943 to 1945.  She has always had a lot of worry and fear.  My mother was helped greatly in overcoming this problem by your Scripture cards titled Freedom from Worry and Fear.  She was helped so much that she asked me to order another set to give to a friend.”  (We are so pleased that the Lord has used these Scripture cards to help this elderly woman who lived through the horror of the Holocaust.  Praise the Lord.)

 

A PASTOR IN THAILAND OFTEN PREACHES TO THE MEMBERS OF HIS CHURCH FROM TRUST GOD FOR YOUR FINANCES.  Rev. Homhuan Cherkaorob sent us an email saying, “I would like to thank the author of the book Trust God for Your Finances.  As a preacher I have found many answers, support and an increase in my own faith after reading this book.  I now see what people can receive in life if they follow our Lord’s teaching faithfully.  I have used many chapters to preach to members of my church.  I also have realized that many times God’s plan is the opposite of ours.  I am a servant of God who has had financial problems for a long time.  However, with faith in God as described in this book, help always came in time.  I will continue to use your book in my sermons from now on.”

 

A WOMAN FROM THE PHILIPPINES SAYS THAT EXCHANGE YOUR WORRIES FOR GOD'S PERFECT PEACE HELPS HER SHARE HER FAITH WITH OTHERS. Ida Mert said, “We have never had much, but what we do have we share.  I want to say that for the first time in my life I am excited about my exploding faith.  I am delighted with Exchange Your Worries for God's Perfect Peace.  Anyone can talk about negative things, but I do not have the time.  I have nine children who trust me for food, strength and a healthy home environment.  That is why I love this book that the Hartmans have written.  It feels good to share my faith with other people instead of adding to the gloom.  Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Hartman.  Continue to share such inspiring information.”

 

COMMENTS FROM JACK HARTMAN

 

A tribute to one of my best friends and an amazing story of God's faithfulness.  In December of 1995 Judy and I prayed for a new dog.  The Lord gave us Holly.   She was a close and intimate friend for twelve years and three months.  I have gone for more than 2,000 walks with Holly.  She often sat beside me when I watched television (sports and weather only) or Christian videos (Gaither gospel music).  Holly and I were the best of friends. 

 

Holly appeared to be in tremendous physical condition.  She ran with Judy when she jogged.  She took many long, brisk walks with me.  However, in just a few days in late March her health deteriorated rapidly.  Holly was dead within one week after appearing to be relatively normal.  Judy and I are very grateful for this wonderful dog.  Thank you, dear Jesus, for Holly.

 

We decided to prayerfully seek another dog as soon as possible after Holly’s death.  Judy and I logged onto the Internet and looked at several dogs.  Judy decided to go UnderDog Rescue Florida in Brandon to look at a dog named Posh.  I liked what I saw of that dog on the internet, but I did not like the name Posh. 

 

When I thought of the name that I would most like to have for a dog, that name was Jesus.  As I thought about this, I realized that Jesus would not be a proper name for a dog.   As I thought some more I decided that one name I was interested in was J.C. with these initials standing for Jesus Christ. 

 

Judy knew nothing about this.  I made this decision while she was in Brandon.  Shortly after this, Judy called me on her cell phone.  After looking at Posh she concluded that this dog was too hyper.  She told me that she was bringing home Posh's brother for me to look at.  She said that this three month old puppy was much quieter.  She thought that I would like the puppy.  After giving me some more information, I asked Judy the name of the puppy.  Are you ready for this answer?  Judy said that the name of the puppy was J.C.

 

I was overwhelmed.  When this puppy was born he was named for a musical group that goes by the name of J.C.  I am in absolute awe of what happened.  The odds of me choosing the name J.C. for our new dog as a tribute to Jesus Christ and Judy calling shortly after that to tell me that she had a puppy with the same name are incalculable.

 

J.C. now has been with us for almost one month.  He is a combination of a Springer Spaniel and a Lab.  J.C. is a beautiful puppy.  Judy and I are so excited that Jesus cares so much about us that He definitely showed us that He had chosen this wonderful new dog to replace our beloved Holly.  Thank you, Jesus.

 

An update on our next book:  We continue to work diligently on our next book which is titled What Does God Say?  I believe that this book is far and away the most important book we have ever written.  I have worked on this book every day since January of 2007.

 

We currently are completing Draft #5.  This book will require at least eight or nine drafts.  What Does God Say? is so intricate and detailed that I find it difficult to summarize in a few words.  When you read this book we believe you will find that it is extremely comprehensive and also very easy to understand.

 

We cannot accurately predict the date when the book will be completed.  We will not go to the printer until we have peace from the Lord that everything in the book is exactly as He wants it.  We believe that this book could be completed in June or July, but we cannot say for certain.  We will keep you posted.

 

Please pray about supporting our ministry financially.  As you can see from all of the comments in our newsletters, the Lord is using us to reach around the world to help many people. The average cost for postage, the shipping container and Elizabeth’s time is approximately $15 a book.  We have spent a large amount of money airmailing our publications to these people.  Airmail now is the only option to these foreign countries.

 

Please pray about sending us a generous contribution to help us continue the work the Lord has called us to do.  Please pray about becoming a monthly partner of Lamplight Ministries.  Our cash flow challenges are caused by the fact that we do not have enough monthly partners to provide consistent income each and every month.  Thank you in advance for any financial help the Lord leads you to give to us.  Thank you also for your prayers.

 

COMMENTS FROM JUDY HARTMAN

 

Thank you for your notes letting me know what is happening in your life.  I enjoy writing to you and learning what God is doing in your life.  I especially enjoy hearing how you are using our publications in a Bible study.

 

I just returned from New Hampshire where I attended the Fiftieth Year Celebration of the founding of Northeast Planning Associates.  Jack was the original founder of this firm.  He still serves as a consultant to NPA.  One hundred seventy four people attended the gala event that was held at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire.

 

Jack is almost seventy-seven years old.  He is in good health, but he does not travel because of a digestive disorder.  I attended this meeting representing him.  What an honor it was.  Several advisors and members of their staff came to tell me what a great influence Jack has had upon their lives.  One after another of these people told me that they would not be where they are today if Jack had not coached them along the way through difficult times.

 

I will prepare a story of Jack’s business life one day because the story must be told.  For now I will just summarize how Northeast Planning Associates developed into what it is today.  When Ed Hiers was twenty-three and Jack was forty-three, Jack recognized in Ed the leadership qualities to become what now has become so evident.  Neither of them were Christians at the time.  First Jack and then Ed came to know the Lord and apply biblical principles to the operation of the financial planning firm.  In addition to heading up NPA, Ed now is an ordained minister.  He serves as the pastor of Shiloh Christian Fellowship in Manchester, NH. 

 

For fifty years Jack has been coaching advisors in the financial planning field.  At the same time Jack was teaching a Tuesday night Bible study that grew out of Jack’s finding hundreds of passages of Scripture to help him out of his problems.  In one year this Bible study grew from 8 people to more than 300 people coming every Tuesday night. 

 

I want to take this time to continue the tribute to Jack who has invested his life in so many people for so many years.  Jack coaches advisors in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts by telephone from our home in Florida.  I was so blessed to be able to hear from them in person what Jack has meant and still means in their lives.

 

Please pray for Victor and Tatyana Petrenko in Ukraine who saw three thousand people saved through their ministry in two months.  The Mayor of Kiev, a Christian brother, sent a letter to Victor stating that the government gives land to churches that have a bank statement of $100,000, which shows that they can build buildings in the future.  Victor needs someone to place $100,000 in Holy Spirit Ministries International in order to give the statement to the Mayor.  The money will then be returned.  The money would go into The Holy Spirit Ministries bank account in Pennsylvania.  Victor knows that if the land is given that God will provide the money for building the church.  You can see Victor on his website. www.hsmi.net.

 

I met Victor when I attended Bible school at the River in Tampa, FL.  He is the most sold out to Jesus man I have ever met.  He is bold and unstoppable.  Please study his website to see the heart of a man who is reaching thousands in the Ukraine with the gospel.  Jack and I recommend Victor as good soil with tested and proven integrity.

 

Our prayer is that our books will be translated into every known language.  God is so good to have provided us with so many contacts with people who take our books to their nations and then translate one or more into their language.  We thank God for the privilege of writing from His Word in an easy-to-understand manner that translates well into any language. 

 

 

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