Year End Letter 2015

Midst a crooked and perverse nation
Shine as lights in the world
Holding forth the word of life.
–Phil. 2:15-16

Dear Fellow Worker in Christ,

Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” We are living in a world gripped by fear and turmoil, largely due to a sharp increase of violence and strife within and among the nations. Moral corruption and spiritual compromise is weakening the very foundation of our nation and religious freedom is under attack as we have never seen before in America. Our nation is saturated with idolatry, worshiping the created instead of the Creator.
This indeed is prime time for the Church to be on high alert, shining as lights in the world. Many today (perhaps even unaware) are blurring their Godly vision and starving their spiritual imaginations by indulging their minds with social media that promotes self and an ego centered mentality.
We need to continually remind ourselves of our earthly purpose, to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our duty midst the chaos and confusion is to manifest the very life of Jesus Christ to the glory of God as we live and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are in need of a brush fire revival as someone stated because brush burns from the bottom up; from individuals, to families, to the Church, to the community, to the nation to and the world.
Some feel hopeless and think this world is out of control but rest assured my friend, God is still in control and even the shifting political landscape is setting the stage for Biblical prophecy to be fulfilled! We need to do whatever we can, wherever we can, while we can… “For the night cometh when no man can work.” Edmund Burke stated, “No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” One thing all of us can do is pray. God not only moves us in the direction of our prayers, but His heart is moved in our direction when we fervently pray.
As a ministry, our faith was stretched moving into 2015. The 2014 year end giving was certainly beyond our expectations however the team (Bontrager Family) we depend on most to visit churches across the country was given a break from public ministry because of Lori’s physical challenges with Lymes disease. The Mullett family shifted their focus to Pain to Purpose seminar ministry while the Miller family continued their church and community evangelistic meetings.
Numerous ministry opportunities were before us, but how would God provide the resources? Our office manager, Lonnie Raber, said he was reminded of Isaac’s questions to Abraham going up to Mount Moriah, “We have the wood and the fire but where is the sacrifice?” All we can say is “To God be the Glory…He did exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think!” There were not only proceeds to maintain general expenses but funds were provided for an addition to our overcrowded office. We purchased 20,000 more New Testaments, the Conflict Resolution seminar was developed, several thousand Bibles were distributed to villagers and prisoners (many Muslims) in Uganda and Nigeria, medicine was provided to 3,000 refugees and villagers. Finances were wired to cover 38 surgeries and food for 4,500 refugees on the brink of starvation.
The greatest joy was seeing the power of God saving and restoring so many precious lives through the above avenues of ministry along with the Bondage to Freedom, Pain to Purpose and Conflict Resolution seminars, all stateside and international. Probably nearest to my heart were provisions to renovate teachers sleeping quarters into a small Compassion House for 8 physically challenged children near a refugee camp. The Lord prompted a number of individuals to increase their giving to make this possible. Others gave very generously through “estate giving” they planned their giving while they were living so they were knowing where it was going…impacting future generations for Jesus Christ. This enabled us to extend our reach “unto the least of these” beyond what we even imagined.
We are in dire need of a two-story multi-purpose building with staff housing and storage provisions adjacent to our office and a larger Compassion House for physically and emotionally challenged children in Uganda. God gives us vision for Kingdom building ministry and we need to faithfully trust Him for the provisions.
On behalf of our Gospel Express family and Board of Director’s, I extend to you a heartfelt thank you for your prayerful and financial support throughout 2015…every prayer and every donation maters! Let us continue to pray for one another.

Because of Jesus,
Nelson Coblentz
Executive Director/Founder
Gospel Express Ministries