"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth". (III John 4)
Dear churches and praying friends,
First of all, let me say how much we appreciate each and every one of you who have prayed for us these many years. Next month we will begin our twentieth year on the mission field. The time has certainly flown. In 1995 my wife and I packed up six bags, and took our baby girl, Katy, to live and work in Romania. It was an exciting time for us as a family, and an exciting time to be in the work of God among the Turks here. Today we can say that God has been faithful to us these many years. He's never failed us one time. He's provided our every need. He's everything he claims to be and more. He's done so much for us. We're far behind in praising him. We may never catch up, but we have eternity to try.
That baby girl that we brought to the mission field is now almost twenty years old. She is studying at Pensacola Christian College. Her younger sister, Polly, just left home this week. Lord willing, she will be graduating high school in May and then joining her sister at PCC in the fall. Both of these girls have been wonderful and we truly miss having them in the house. They love the Lord and honour their parents. Before you feel sorry for them having to grow up outside of the United States, let me tell you that they speak two foreign languages, know how to cook, clean, sew, and they both play classical violin. God has been good to us! I ask that you pray for them as they seek their way in life. Isaac, Maggie and Levi are still with us here. Verity teaches them at home. Pray for us as we endeavor to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
It's still an exciting time to be in the work of God among the Turks here. The day after I dropped Polly off at the airport, I got to preach three times. Today our little meeting house was full. Several came for the first time. Two people actually told us their sins, and asked if they were allowed to come to church. I preached from the book of 1st Timothy that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Every week I drive over a hundred miles to that meeting. I pass through many villages along the way, and they're all full of sinners. Pray that the Lord would open doors of opportunity to reach these people.
I thank God for Jesus our Saviour. I thank God for my family. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. To work in the Lord's vineyard we have forsaken father, mother, brothers, sisters, and children. I thank God for the hundreds of spiritual brothers, sisters, mothers, and children that he has given us in return. I thank God for each of the dear brethren in America that love us, pray for us and support us in this work. May God richly bless you all.
In Christ, Zachary LeFevre