December 2007

Dear Praying Friends,

The Christmas season is upon us again and we praise Him with awe and wonder for His bountiful blessings.  We have good news and bad news to share with you at this time.  Always good news is welcomed first!  We praise the Lord that 4,320 books of Becoming a Christian in Spanish were delivered today! For everyone who has made orders we can now say, tomorrow yours will be mailed to you.

Now for the bad news!  The passage in Psalms 14:2-4 has been impressed on my heart during these past months.  We want to share it with you. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.” As we read these verses it makes us realize that this portrays the terrible condition of our country, and it impresses me even more as I think of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who are in the State Prisons throughout the United States.  In our last letter we mentioned the urgent need of getting our book, Becoming a Christian, into the prison libraries throughout the United States.  It is wonderful that each of the 105 state prisons of Texas now have 2 books in English and one in Spanish in their libraries, but we are not able to offer these books to the other states due to a lack of funds.  So far only $120 has been contributed.  We pray that many of you and your churches will be led to send an offering for this evangelistic outreach.

Last week I spoke with Chaplin Alex Taylor, head Chaplin over the 62 Florida State Prisons.  He is a personal friend of the head Chaplain of the Texas State prisons and is very interested in the possibility of getting these books into all the Florida prisons.  This will cost approximately $1,500.  In view of the fact that Becoming a Christian is a fill-in-the-blank study book, his main concern is to be able to get one of these books into the hands of each inmate who desires to have his own copy.  I told him that I believed that God would supply the needed funds in order to provide one of these books as prisoners request their own personal copy.  As we mentioned in our last letter, we have set a goal of having Becoming a Christian placed free-of-charge in every state and federal prison in the United States. We are trusting God to meet this need.   If you desire to have a part in this new phase of our ministry, please contact us by phone, letter or e-mail.  All checks should be made out to Becoming a Christian Organization, Inc.  You will be receiving a tax-deductible receipt from us since we are now incorporated as a non-profit organization.

Prayer and Praise

  1. Praise for the Lord’s for the arrival of the new Spanish revision of Becoming a Christian.
  2. Pray for inmates as they study the book, Becoming a Christian, in all of the State Prisons of Texas.   Pray that many inmates will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  3. Pray for the decision of the Chaplains who are now reviewing the book for the prisons in Florida.
  4. Pray for the need of at least one thousand five hundred dollars to be donated for the purpose of placing the book, Becoming a Christian, in both English and Spanish in Florida state prisons.
  5. Pray for wisdom as our Board members decide whether California or Indiana should be next.

We have so many things for which to be thankful at this Christmas season.  We appreciate you so very much as we realize daily that if it were not for your faithful prayers and personal financial support the ministries that we are endeavoring to carry out would never take place.  Thank you so very much for your partnership in the Becoming a Christian ministry.  Have a blessed Christmas!

Sincerely in Christ,

Myron and Dotty Philippi