Where is God in the Coronavirus crisis?

Greetings in the name of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

By now everyone is fully aware of the situation facing our nation (and the world) as we respond to the serious threat of the Coronavirus. It has impacted our nation in ways we could never have foreseen. This is troubling to many people who are at risk of contacting the virus and to those who are suffering loss because of the measures taken to reduce those risks. This purpose of this message is to offer hope at this time of crisis.

At times like these, believers can find great hope in the God of the Bible. Our God is great and in sovereign control of the whole earth. We can take comfort that God is always in control. While we may not understand why God has allowed this to happen, we can be assured that God has a plan. And we know it is a good plan, because, as Scripture reminds us “He does all things well” (Mark 7:37). While you endure these trying times, do not lose focus on the fact that God is at work, and He is working His plan for our good.

Anna and I are using this time to pray for you, our loyal support team, your churches, and our faithful students overseas. We love you and pray that God is being glorified in your lives and ministries. We must never lose faith that God is doing something good. Remember the testimony of Joseph who endured much trouble, yet he explained to his conniving brothers that God is sovereign in all of it.

Genesis 50:19-20 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

God is always good and always working His plan for our good. Nothing can stop God from providentially doing His will. Our confidence comes from the fact that we KNOW this!

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Even in times of trouble we must affirm this biblical truth. And we must live like we believe it! If you truly believe this, then even in times of trouble you can sing hymns, praise God, and rejoice in Him. God is so merciful to inform us of this truth. Apart from this divine revelation, we would be hopeless in times of trouble. We would be doomed to a pagan view of life: “que sera sera.” We would be totally unable to handle trouble. Only a gracious God would inform His children how He works.

We look forward to the day when the crisis is past, and we can once again perform this ministry God has given us to do. The mission of On Target Ministry will continue, and your partnership in training national pastors overseas will continue to bring truth to many. So, take heart and do not be weary in well-doing. Use these days wisely to point people to the Savior and praise His name. Draw closer to God through His Word. And in everything give thanks, for this is also the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

We are praying for you and your families, and we are confident you are praying for us. To God alone be all the glory.

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

Haiti Coronavirus Update

Dear friends and prayer warriors,

Here is an urgent update from Pastor Predestin in Haiti. He is the national representative for On Target Ministry and the Haiti Bible Institute. He wrote the following yesterday:

What we did not wish to happen has happened in Haiti. Haitian authorities have just confirmed with the press that two cases of Coronavirus have been discovered in Haiti. This contamination comes from a Frenchman and a Belgium man. We do not know currently how many people these two people have already infected. One of them is a Pastor who has a lot of activities in Haiti especially in the north of the country. Faced with this pandemic, the Haitian authorities have taken the decision from this evening that: Ports, Airports, Schools, Churches, Industries, Factories, etc. are closed until further notice. Only humanitarian planes will be able to come in Haiti. The number of people who can gather will be 10. The situation is truly catastrophic. Knowing Haiti with all its problems, a spread of this virus will do great damage. Anyway, we fix our eyes on the Lord because we know that he is in control of everything. He is the Master of the whole universe and the creator of everything. Do not forget the children of the orphanage: My father’s House in your prayers.

This message calls us to prayer. As believers, we trust in the sovereignty of our gracious and loving God and pray that He will glorify Himself even in the midst of this international crisis. Please pray that God will protect our pastors and their churches in Haiti. Even though this virus has infected many in the world, God is still in sovereign control of all of the world!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

International Update March / April 2020

Dear Friends,

Haiti was a great success! Read all about it in the attached newsletter. You will be surprised and delighted at the new accomplishments of our graduates. The Haiti Bible Institute is being used greatly by God to accomplish His work in Haiti.

We are so grateful for your prayers and support. Let us hear from you. It is always a great encouragement to hear from our support team.

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update January / February 2020

Dear Friends of On Target Ministry,

Attached is the first news of 2020. Please read the letter and learn what is happening:

  1. New Address for On Target Ministry
  2. Haiti February 2020 Module
  3. Colombia and Latin America
  4. Four ways you can help OTM succeed

The need for Haiti is coming along very well. We currently need only $12,000 to fully pay for the February Module. God is providing. Will you help? Every gift makes a difference. You can give on our secure website. Use the DONATE button.

Thank you for your faithful support in 2019. We are looking forward to a great year in 2020. We are completing our 14th year of ministry in teaching national pastors overseas. Some of you have been with us from the very beginning! Thank you for your generous giving and faithfulness.

And, as always, it is great to hear a response to the newsletter. It encouraging to see active support!

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update November / December 2019

Dear Supporters,

Here is the latest edition of INTERNATIONAL UPDATE. This issue reports on the very successful OTM Cruise, Colombia, Haiti, and How to Use Amazon Smile. Let me know what you think of the letter.

We also have shared the current needs for OTM. Please pray about how God can use you to help us accomplish our mission in Haiti and Latin America. The needs are great, but God is greater, and He always provides. I trust God will lead you to be part of the blessing.

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update September / October 2019

Dear Friends of On Target Ministry,

Please download our latest edition of INTERNATIONAL UPDATE and enjoy! God is doing amazing things in our work of training national pastors in Haiti and Latin America. We are getting ready to go to Haiti and begin our 11th year of ministry in this needy land. The Haiti Bible Institute is prospering by the grace of God and many men are being trained in the truth of God’s Holy Word.

In this edition you will see pictures of our work in Medellin, Colombia with SRL Seminary. We also have a very encouraging update on Haiti. To God be the glory!

Let us hear from you. It is always a great encouragement to us to hear from our supporters. Thank you for your interest in On Target Ministry.

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update July / August 2019

Dear Friends of On Target Ministry,

Here is the July/August Edition of International Update. Lots is happening, so please read the letter and then let us know what you think! God is doing amazing things for His Glory through the training of national pastors overseas.

The OTM CRUISE still has a few cabins left a the best rates yet! Sign up on our website, or call our Cruise Coordinator for the best deals. Reduced pricing lasts until August 1st. (877) 768-2784 extension 114.

Anna and I are flying to Colombia again this week. Pray for us and the students we will be teaching. We expect a class of 80 in Fusagasuga, Colombia. Watch our Facebook page for pictures!

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update May / June 2019

Dear Friends,

So much is happening! Read all about it in our newest edition of International Update.

Our dear friend, supporter, and board member, Phil Kane, was called home to be with the Lord May 13. There is a link in the letter to send the family an encouraging note.

The ministry in Colombia is going great. So many of our graduates are now in full time Christian ministry.

In the letter is a very encouraging note from our National Representative for the Haiti Bible Institute. You will definitely want to read it. You will rejoice with us!

The Early Bird sign up for the OTM Cruise has been extended to May 31. Sign up now for the best rates on this fantastic 3-day Cruise. You will not want to miss out on the great Bible Studies we have planned for you. I hope to see you there!

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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International Update March / April 2019

Dear Friends of OTM,

This letter will explain what is happening in Haiti. I know that many of you have been in prayer for us and for the Haiti Bible Institute. the students, and the pastors. Our experience was very unusual, and we are rejoicing at God’s providential care for us and the school.

It’s time to sign up for the OTM Cruise! Go to our website and click on the ship. It will take you to the sign up website. This will be a great opportunity to fellowship with other believers, study the Bible together, and enjoy a relaxing vacation aboard a beautiful ship. Take advantage of the “Early Bird” prices and save.

Thank you for your prayers and giving. We are so grateful for your love and participation in this unique ministry.

Grace and peace,
Doc

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International Update January / February 2019

Dear Friends of OTM,

We haven’t heard from some of you in a while, and so I wanted to make contact and tell you how important your feedback and involvement is in our ministry. We would love to hear from you!

The work of On Target Ministry is “front line” missions work training hundreds of national pastors overseas to be well-equipped to preach and teach the Word of God in their own countries. The letters we send recount the successes our students as they carry the Gospel to their people. Our letter is designed to encourage you in the work of the Lord in missions.

But the only way for us to know how-or even if-God is using our ministry in your life is through your contact with us. When you jot a note of encouragement, send an email, or give a donation, you’re telling us you appreciate our ministry and want to continue receiving our newsletter.

What am I asking you to do today? Just send a quick email note letting us know you are reading the newsletter and praying for us! Or, send a donation to help us continue our work overseas. The next Haiti Module is coming soon and we need $20,000 to pay for it. We know we’ve enjoyed keeping you informed of God’s great work overseas, and we desire to continue doing that as the Lord allows. So let us hear from you today!

2019 is shaping up to be a great year of ministry. We have several trips planned for Latin America and Haiti, and we are planning our first On Target Ministry Cruise November 1-4, 2019. One way to show your involvement is to come sail with us for three days of great Bible Study and rejoicing in the work of the Lord. (Details on the cruise and how to sign up are coming soon on our website and in the next letter.)

Thank you for being a part of our On Target Ministry family. And thank you for rejoicing with us over all God is doing to bring Bible truth to the peoples of the world.

Grace and peace,
Doc and Anna

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