JULY, 2007

 

Dear Lamplight Family,

 

As you will see by the following information, great things are happening in Lamplight Ministries.  We are very excited about what the Lord is doing.  We praise Him and thank Him.  We also thank you so much for your prayers and financial support.

 

COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE

BEEN HELPED BY OUR PUBLICATIONS

 

We are pleased to share these comments with you each month.  If you would like to see the effect of your contributions, please visit our website at www.lamplight.net to see 525 comments from people in 41 different countries who have been helped by our books and Scripture cards. 

 

A WOMAN FROM THAILAND WAS BLESSED ABUNDANTLY BY TRUST GOD FOR YOUR FINANCES.  SHE SHARED THIS BOOK WITH HER ELDERLY FATHER AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER.  Mrs. Chucharat Tan said, "I treasure Trust God for Your Finances as the most valuable book I have.  The attraction to this book is the simple easy-to-understand language used.  God has spoken to me through this book. I shared this book with my Dad.  He followed my advice, meditated on God's Word day and night and gave his tithe and offerings.  His trust in God was deeper and deeper up to his last day.  He is with our dear Father in heaven now.  My 19 year old daughter is so interested in this book that she carries it with her always.  I am praying to God that this book can be translated into Thai and that we would be able to share it with people here who are not fluent in reading English books.  Thank you Mr. Hartman for devoting your precious time to help people around the world to know God by your writing."

 

A SOLDIER FROM ZAMBIA LEARNED TO PERSEVERE AND ENDURE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AFTER READING NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.  Caleb Chikoko from Ndola, Zambia said, “I am a soldier aged 36.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book Never, Never Give Up.  Your experience made me understand more fully about the facts of persevering and enduring in the face of adversity.  As a soldier, this book also has assisted me greatly with the adversity that I face.  Thank you for the faith–strengthening message contained in the book.  This book is now being passed from one soldier to another.” 

 

A PASTOR FROM NIGERIA TEACHES RECEIVE HEALING FROM THE LORD TO THE STUDENTS IN HIS BIBLE COLLEGE.  Pastor John Nyantakl said, “Thank you very much for sending your book Receive Healing from the Lord.  This book makes a lot of sense.  It is so powerful.  The power in this book has empowered my faith in God.  The Lord has given me a healing power.  I always try to use the experience I have in healing to teach the 65 students in our Bible College.  This book can help our students.  It helps me to trust not only in healing sickness but in every other area of my life.  My family and I use it daily.  We appreciate this book.  We will be praying for you."

 

A MAN FROM GHANA IN WEST AFRICA HAS LEARNED TO DEPEND UPON GOD MORE BY MAKING PRACTICAL USE OF THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES EXPLAINED IN EXCHANGE YOUR WORRIES FOR GOD'S PERFECT PEACE.  Joseph Anoyke of Suhum, Ghana said, “Thank you for the two books you sent to me.  The books have equipped me and I am still being blessed.  Exchange Your Worries For God's Perfect Peace came at the right time because I needed the enlightenment contained in this book.  I was about to write my West Africa Senior Secondary certificate examination when I received this book.  I read through the book and learned to depend on God.  This book also has shown me how to make practical use of these biblical principles in my everyday life.  I constantly meditate on the Word of God.  I really appreciate your ministry.  I am now able to share the Word of God with my friends.  Thank you.  May the Almighty God richly bless you."

 

COMMENTS FROM JACK HARTMAN

 

Exciting changes in our ministry:  God has led us to do something in recent weeks that we have never done before.  We have stopped the process of publishing our next book that is titled The Supernatural Power of the Living Word of God and moved another book ahead of it.  I worked diligently every day for more than 5 months compiling a list of 2,000 passages of Scripture.  God told me to have this project completed by my birthday on July 7th.  I worked an average of 35 hours a week on this project during the final two weeks.  I was able to complete this assignment at 2:00 a.m. on the day of my 76th birthday.

 

God has revealed so much to me as a result of these 2,000 passages of Scripture that I felt strongly led to proceed with a book using a lot of this Scripture.  Judy has prayed and she agrees with this decision. 

 

This book will be titled What Does God Say?.  The book will contain approximately 1,300 passages of Scripture on almost 100 different topics.  Each passage of Scripture will be preceded by a simple and easy-to-understand paragraph written by Judy and myself explaining that passage of Scripture.

 

I am absolutely consumed by this book.  The book is very comprehensive, yet it is not difficult to understand.  A 12 year old child could understand this book because of the simple paragraph of explanation written before each passage of Scripture.

 

We are working diligently on this book.  It is moving forward at a rapid pace.  It is too early to give an estimation of the publishing date, but we are optimistic that the book will be completed and published some time in 2008.

 

We are praying daily about working with a Christian publisher to publish this book so that many more people will be helped. We have self-published 15 of the 17 previous Christian books we have written.  Nevertheless, we are moving ahead to find the right publisher.  We also are looking at a successful Christian book distributor.

 

We still will need to raise money for this book.  When we are successful in finding the publisher God has for us, this publisher (and/or book distributor) will distribute our books to people we are unable to reach now.  We will still order the same number of books that we normally print so that we will have books to give free of charge to people in Third World countries and inmates in prisons and jails.  We also will purchase enough books so that we can continue to give books to our ministry partners who provide the funds to purchase this separate shipment of books.

 

The word "enthusiasm" comes from two Greek words - "en” and "theos.”  These two words mean "in God."  We believe that the reason we are so enthusiastic about this book is that we are in the absolute center of God's will.  We eagerly await the opportunity to share the finished product with you.  Please pray for us as we keep moving forward with this book.  Thank you and God bless you.

 

COMMENTS FROM JUDY HARTMAN

 

We love you each one. I am so enjoying hearing from you.  I appreciate it so much.  Though many of us have never met in person, we have been friends for many years.  We have a bond that is in Christ Jesus that keeps us close.  When we pray for each other regularly, the bond greatly deepens.  Jack and I both appreciate hearing from you who live in foreign countries as well as you who live in the US.  We are blessed to live in this time of advanced technology.  We are family in Christ Jesus all over the world.  We thank our Father for every friend.

 

Please pray especially for our new friends in Pakistan where serving the Lord is at great risk.  Great joy is experienced by exchanging emails with leaders of ministries world-wide.  I have been corresponding with a pastor in Pakistan who writes, “Thanks for your encouraging email.  We received your books.  They are wonderful.  We are blessed to read them.  Please send more and more.  We can work on translating the books into Urdu.  We are busy in crusades all over Pakistan.  In our May crusade 4,000 received the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our goal for 2007 was 4,000 house churches.  We now have 3,000 house churches.” 

 

This pastor reaches into remote tribes with the gospel.  There is no money for a school, so this pastor opened a brickyard school.  Brick making is slave labor earning about US $2.00 for 1,000 bricks.  You can see how blessed I am that God connected us with this pastor.  

 

A pastor from Nigeria wrote, “I am glad to write you this email after reading through your website and to say that I love your statement of faith.  I am the international president of a body of over 70 different denominations and more than 300 pastors.  I would like to affiliate this ministry with yours to work in covenant relationship.”

 

The joy that comes through emails is evidence of the power of God in those who are counting the cost of discipleship.  Please pray for our friends in Barbados, England, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Swaziland, Thailand, and Zambia where we sent M Bags full of our books in May.  We have heard from some of the pastors that the M Bags have arrived.  We are eagerly awaiting reports of lives changed by the Word of God in the large number of books sent to the nations.  Hallelujah!

 

We have made a lot of changes to our website.  I encourage you to go for a visit.  Online ordering of books has been streamlined.  The discounts are in effect online.  Now there is a 40% discount for ANY five to nine items and a 50% discount for ANY ten items.  You can mix them any way that you like.  The Scripture cards are so inexpensive when you buy even five of them.  I keep an open set in my purse and I give a card to anyone who comes across my path each day.  What a simple gift to enlighten someone’s day.

 

Jack and I dedicated five years of our lives to completing the ten sets of Scripture cards on ten different topics.  They are:  Find God’s Will for Your Life; Financial Instructions from God; Freedom from Worry and Fear; A Closer Relationship with God; Our Father’s Wonderful Love; Receiving Healing from the Lord; Receive God’s Blessing in Adversity; Enjoy God’s Wonderful Peace; God Is Always with You; and Continually Increasing Faith in God.  We always like to hear how our books and cards and tapes are blessing you, so please let us know.  You in turn will bless others.  Take a look at some of the 525 testimonies on our website.

 

We have a home fellowship that has been meeting in our home on the second Saturday of each month for the past fourteen months.  We spend some time each month in our book, Exchange Your Worries for God’s Perfect Peace. Each person is given a free copy of the book.  Each month we spend time on studying the verses that Jack chooses for us to discuss.  Each person can read the book on his or her own.  We are only about half way through the book after fourteen months.  You can see that we have a lot of discussion. 

 

The format is that Jack gives a verse; someone reads it; then Jack asks for comments and life experiences relating to the verse.  The sharing is exceptional.  Then we pray.  We end by gathering around the table to enjoy food and fellowship as a family in Christ.  The goal is to be enriched by the Word of God and apply it to our lives.

 

I encourage you to select any of our books to begin a little Bible study in your home or at your workplace.  Just select some verses and ask for comments and life experiences.  You will be so blessed by the responses.  You can also use the questions in the back of each book as a study guide.  We have done all of the work for you.

 

If you have ever held a Bible study using one of our books or Scripture cards, please let me know.  We would like to add a section on our website reporting on these Bible studies.  Many pastors have used Trust God for Your Finances and had such positive results, especially with people finding their places of service in the congregation.  Please send us your pastor’s name and address so that we can send him a free copy of Trust God for Your Finances, and a set of the cards and tape titled Financial Instructions from God that accompany the book.

 

Our great joy is to hear from you.

 

“Grace (God’s undeserved favor) be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying and incorruptible [love]. Amen (so let it be)” (Ephesians 6:24) from me to you,

 

JACK & JUDY HARTMAN

 

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