April 2012 – Special Update – Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson

Dear Family and Friends,

Greetings in the name of our wonderful  Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   I am sending this letter to all of our mailing list since many knew my mother’s sister, Leeta Danielson, who Dotty and I have been caring for during the past 8 years.

Three days after her 102nd birthday, Aunt Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.

Leeta Mae Oaks Danielson was born on April 16, 1910 in Harris, Anderson County, Kansas, the fifth child of Lizzie and Christopher Oaks.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Widmer Danielson on August 7, 1991, and also three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by several nephews and nieces:  Myron and Dorothy Philippi of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Paul and Ruth Philippi of Antigua Guatemala, Carol and Jim Forest of Hastings, Minnesota, Donna and Burl Penny of Troy, Kansas, Dr. Edward and Stephanie Funk of Garfield, Massachusetts, Charlotte Holmgren of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rex Oaks of California, DeWayne Oaks of Oklahoma and James Stock of Divine, Texas and two step-daughters, Vera and John Ferrazzano of Bradenton, Florida, and Rae Liljestrand of Thomasville, Georgia.

Leeta was educated in Coleridge, Nebraska, and attended McPherson College in Kansas.  She taught in the elementary school systems of Kansas and Missouri for thirty years before retiring in June 1976.  While in Kansas City, Missouri she attended the Blue Ridge Bible Church where she came to know the Lord under the ministry of Dr. Walter Wilson.

Leeta and Widmer Danielson were married in Kansas City, March 7, 1976 and moved to Clearwater, Florida. For eight summers she and her husband, managed the bookroom at the Cedar Lake Bible Conference Grounds in Indiana and for another eight summers they also managed the Bible Book Store at Gull Lake Bible and Missionary Conference Grounds in Michigan.

They became members of Starkey Road Baptist Church, and in 1984 Aunt Leeta started the Missionary Work Day at the Church and faithfully served as director for 23 years.  She was affectionately called “Sarg.” Several years later the Wordless Book ministry joined with Missionary Work Day to serve the Lord and missionaries together, meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from September through May.  It grew to have 80 to 100 in attendance.  It was an answer to Aunt Leeta’s prayers to turn over the leadership to Dorothy Bowers in 2008.

Beginning in 2001 Aunt Leeta had “Get-Acquainted-Parties” inviting new-comers or lonely people to her home.  She entertained between 200 and 300 people each year until 2007.  Pastor Jerry Lancaster and the members of Starkey Road Baptist Church honored Aunt Leeta with a plaque to recognize her dedicated service to the Lord and to the church.  What a blessing she was to so many people!

Viewing will be at Starkey Road Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  The funeral service will follow with Pastor Jerry Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow at Royal Palm North Cemetery at 2600 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, Fl. 33702.

APPRECIATION:  On behalf of the family, we wish to express our gratitude for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed.

Sincerely in Christ,

Myron and Dotty

P.S. Enclosed is the bulletin that will be used at her funeral service tomorrow.

Pastor Myron L. Philippi

Becoming a Christian Org. Inc.
6465 99th Way N. #17B
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

March 2012

March 23, 2012  Dear Praying Friends,

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now.”  Philippians 1:3-5

Thank you so very much for your faithful prayers, encouragement and financial support that you have given this past year.  We thank God daily for the part that you have had in the ministry of Becoming a Christian Organization, Inc.  We want you to know how very much we appreciate your contributions to this on-going work.

As you will recall, our Board of Directors decided last year to offer the fundamental missionaries serving in foreign counties the opportunity to print the book,Becoming a Christian, in the country where they are serving and to take the responsibility of its distribution.  Because of this great need Becoming a Christian Organization is offering them a grant of 50% for the first 2,000 books to be printed in their language.  Because of your love offerings, you are making this possible.  We thank God for the requests that we have received to the present date from the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Brazil to print the book in their countries.

It is exciting to see how the Lord is opening many opportunities to share the Gospel through SKYPE, e-mail, internet, phone contacts and home Bible studies as we serve Him here and around the world. This keeps us extremely busy! Again, we thank you for standing with us and having a part in this ministry.  We are so very grateful for all that you have done for us.  May God richly bless you!

With sincere appreciation,

Pastor Myron and Dotty Philippi

Becoming a Christian Org. Inc.
6465 99th Way N. #17B
St. Petersburg, FL 33708


December 2011

Dear Praying Friends,

During this Thanksgiving season we were meditating upon the Lord’s bountiful blessings toward us this past year, and we praise Him for all He has done. We thank you for your faithful prayers for us and for the sacrificial way that you have supported us. Our God-given desire is clearly expressed in Philippians
4:17: Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. We daily thank the Lord for you!

Several have asked about the progress regarding the offer that Becoming a Christian Organization has made to the many missionaries on different fields throughout the world. Several missionaries have had time to review the book and have responded expressing their desire to have the book, Becoming a True Christian, printed in their country of ministry. We realize that this will take time. Many will have to translate the book into the language where they are serving and also raise 50% of the cost for the first printing of 2,000 books. We trust that through the donations that you give toward this project, Becoming a
Christian Organization will be able to provide the other 50% of the printing cost. Thank you so very much for your love-offerings, which make it possible to reach many more lost souls around the world.

I continue to hold three Bible classes with unsaved families each week using the book, Becoming a True Christian. We trust that they will soon make that important decision to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. Pray that God will do a heart-searching work in their lives as I teach them and others in the Newcomers Sunday School class. Dotty really enjoys teaching her Sunday School class of Junior age children.

On November 3rd I flew to Ketchikan, Alaska and then took the ferry to the island of Metlakatla where I preached 3 times on Sunday at the Bible Baptist Church.

On Monday, I returned to Ketchikan for a great five-day missionary conference at Gateway Baptist Church, along with two other missionaries. Afterwards, we all flew to Craig, Alaska for another wonderful three-day missionary conference at New Hope Baptist Church. After arriving back home in Florida on Saturday I was able to share with Dotty how the Lord had blessed in all of these meetings. Since our pastor was on vacation, the next day I preached in all three services in our home church. Then, on Wednesday Dotty and I flew to San Antonio, Texas where I preached on Thanksgiving night in a
Spanish speaking Baptist church for a united service with other churches. From Friday through Sunday we held a special Bible conference and Seminar at La Iglesia Bautista Corintios. The Lord richly blessed each service with many decisions to faithfully serve Him and hold one-on-one Bible classes with the unsaved. Thank you for your prayers for us during these special opportunities of ministry both in Alaska, San Antonio and here in St. Petersburg. We are grateful for your faithful support and continued prayers
on our behalf. May God richly bless you!

May you have a wonderful Christmas season and a blessed New Year!

Sincerely yours in His Service,

Myron & Dotty

Pastor Myron & Dotty Philippi

Baptist World Mission P.O. Box 2149 Decatur, AL 35602

Becoming a Christian Org., Inc.


December 2, 2011

Metlakatla, Alaska is a community of Tsimshian people who followed a missionary, Mr. William Duncan, of the Anglican Church of England to a new home in the United States from their previous home in British Columbia, Canada. The United States Congress granted recognition to the new community in 1891 by creating the Annette Islands Reserve, a federal Indian reservation. Today it is the only reservation in the State of Alaska. The community has prospered due to an abundance of natural and human resources. Its people exhibit a great variety and diversity of skills in numerous fields, from native art in the ancient style to advanced computer skills necessary for today’s communications and business requirements.

P.S. Family news and prayer requests are on the next page.


We are enjoying good of health that the Lord has given to us as we continue to serve Him. Dotty continues to receive special injections each month in her right eye for the wet macular degeneration, and it has gradually improved her vision. We thank the Lord daily for the excellent specialist that we have.

In the early days of October we received a letter from the South Carolina State Fair, along with two tickets inviting us to a special awards ceremony that was to be held on October 16 for the announcement of the first-place winners of an essay contest relating to the “Greatest Grandfather of the Year.” The next day we receive a call from our daughter, Beverly, telling us that we needed to attend, for our grandson, Nathan, had won first place among 6,000 entries in the South Carolina high school essay contest. We want to share with you his essay, which he read to the many people present in the fairground stadium.


By: Nathan Beasley

My grandfather, Myron Philippi, is an evangelical missionary who has served his adult life in North and South America for the Lord. He has planted many churches in Venezuela, Mexico, and in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a pilot, having logged over 5,000 hours flying in and out of isolated villages deep in the Amazon jungles and the plains of Venezuela to reach them with the Gospel.

While serving as pastor in Guadalajara, Mexico he authored the evangelism guide titled Becoming a Christian, in Spanish, English, and Russian. Besides the wide use of this book throughout North and South America, copies also sit today in every State prison library throughout Texas and Florida; personal free copies are sent to any prisoner who requests one to study. To the present date the total publication of this book has been over 50,000 copies, representing a global impact we cannot hope to measure.

Even apart from the countless services he has provided to the disadvantaged people of the world, he has been a spiritual and moral guide in my own life, always a call away whenever I need his advice, even if we are separated by continents or oceans. For his public service and undying passion for the lost, it would be difficult to dispute that Myron Philippi should be named the Greatest Grandparent of the Year.

You can imagine our thrill as Nathan stood and read his essay to honor his grandpa. Nathan received a television and I received a plaque that states the following:

After being with our family in South Carolina we traveled to Buckhead, Georgia to visit Chuck and Janice and to enjoy our newborn great-grandson, Grayson, and his proud parents, Rebekah and Jason Kilpatrick.

Prayer Requests:

1. Pray for those missionaries, who are translating the book, Becoming a True Christian, into many different languages and prepare it for printing.

2. Pray for 50 home Bible classes that are being taught by members of our church in Guadalajara. We praise the Lord for the way the church continues to grow. Please pray for Pastor Miguel Camacho.

3. Pray that the Lord will give me wisdom as I accept meetings for this next year, mainly when to say, “No.”

4. Please pray for Dotty’s eyes as the doctor will be administering a new medication that may bring even better results.

5. Pray that I will have special wisdom as I answer correspondence from individuals, who have moral and spiritual problems, throughout the Americas.


Greatest Grandfather Of The Year

Presented By The National Bank of South Carolina, WIS-TV and S.C. State Fair October 16, 2011

August 2011

Aug 20, 2011

Dear Praying Friends,                     

This has been a short summer!  There is much for which to praise the Lord. Thank you so much for your prayers at this special time in our ministry. Our God-given desire is clearly expressed in Psalm 26:7: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

During these past 8 months we have been carefully revising my book, Becoming a True Christian, in both the English and Spanish languages.  We have worked hard to correlate the English and Spanish books.  We praise the Lord that the book in English is finished, and the Lord willing, within the next two weeks we will be completing the Spanish edition.  It is very tedious work to be at the computer so many hours each day.  I asked the Lord to enable me to be thorough and clear in my teaching.  If it were not for the Lord’s help, and also getting out to walk for two miles each morning, I would have never been able to carry out such a task at this time in my life. How thankful I am for Dotty’s help!

In the past years we have always shipped the book, Becoming a True Christian, to different countries as we received orders; however, the cost of shipping and customs has risen so high that it has become prohibitive.   Because of this problem we have come up with the idea of challenging missionaries to have it printed locally. After much prayer and consideration the Board members of “Becoming a Christian Organization, Inc.” concurred with the idea of offering the book, Becoming a True Christian, to as many missionaries as possible to be translated and printed in their country of ministry.  Our organization is offering a matching grant to them for the printing of the first 2,000 books. Of course, in order to have such a project carried out, the funds need to be supplied.  Therefore, we are presenting this need, asking that you prayerfully consider what part you might have in this important project.  This resource has great potential for evangelistic outreach using it in home Bible studies with the unsaved, for basic discipleship, and for the edification of saints. We have presently sent books and PDF files of Becoming a True Christian to 50 missionaries in many different countries. We are already receiving good responses from missionaries, expressing their desire to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please contact us as the Lord leads you to be a vital part of this new outreach ministry.  All gifts should be sent directly to the above address.

Since April, I have been holding 5 home Bible studies each week with 19 unsaved individuals and families.  God is using this material in an unusual way in their lives. Since most of them are faithfully attending church with us, our pastor gave me a Sunday School class with all of the newcomers, which has been well received. Please pray for their salvation. Dotty enjoys teaching her Sunday School class with Junior-age children.

We have been staying in this area during the past months for we are still caring for my elderly aunt.  She has been in a nursing home since April, shortly before her 101st birthday.  She is in a wheelchair, but has unusually good health for her age.  She so definitely desires to go to be with the Lord, but we keep reminding her that this will happen when the Lord so wills.  We continually thank the Lord for her many friends from Starkey Road Baptist Church, who faithfully visit and spend time with her.

Please continue to pray especially for Pastor Miguel, whose dear wife went to be with the Lord six months ago.  Pray that God brings another helpmate into his life, if it is His will.

We are grateful for your faithful support and continued prayers on our behalf.  May God richly bless you!

Sincerely yours in His Service, 

Pastor Myron & Dotty Philippi

March 2011


Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for your prayers at this special time in our ministry.  On January 18, experiencing sub-zero weather, I arrived in Alaska for two weeks of meetings in three different churches.  I first preached in North Pole, Alaska and then on to Fairbanks, where I preached a series on evangelism at the Hamilton Acres Baptist Church.  Even though the temperature outside was at times -45º and –50º, I found the hearts of these wonderful people as warm as can be.  After church that first Sunday, I discovered children filling Styrofoam glasses with hot water, which they then took outside and threw into the air.  To my amazement the hot water would turn into steam and not a drop would fall to the ground. Yes, you can imagine what I did!  I joined in for my own amusement!  The next weekend I preached at Maranatha Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska.  God blessed during my Alaskan trip with many important decisions and promises made to the Lord to have Bible studies in the homes of unsaved people using the book, Becoming a Christian.

Two days before leaving for Alaska, my 100-year-old aunt fell, fracturing the femur head of her left hip, making it necessary to operate.  Naturally, each day Dotty was caring for her in the hospital and then in a rehabilitation center.  After I arrived home from Alaska in February we were faced with many challenges that the Lord helped us through.  Aunt Leeta’s health has declined and it is now necessary for her to be transferred from assisted living to a long-term care center.

On the evening of February 22, we received a phone call from Pastor Miguel Camacho telling us that his wife’s condition was grave.  We purchased tickets immediately and left the next day for Guadalajara. We arrived there just before midnight on February 23, and went straight to visit Clement.  She was expecting us and in spite of being in excruciating pain she expressed her love, joy and appreciation for our being there.  Within 24 hours she went to be with the Lord.  This was a wonderful “graduation day” for Clement, but a very difficult time for all of us.  I preached on two different occasions during the Wake.  On Saturday I preached for the funeral service with approximately 550 in attendance.  At least 120 of those attending were relatives and friends who had never seen a Christian funeral nor had heard a clear Gospel message. On Sunday, God gave me His grace and strength to preach three times.  Also, it was my joy to teach the regular Monday night men’s class with 45 men present for two hours.  The ladies expressed their desire to have a Monday evening meeting with Dotty.  She taught a vital seminar on the “Love of God” to 56 women.  I preached again on Wednesday night with many making important meaningful decisions. God richly blessed our time in Guadalajara. Pray for Pastor Miguel and his 8-year-old son, Adrian.  It is difficult for both of them at this time, but Pastor Miguel is strong in the Lord!

We arrived back in St. Petersburg, Florida on Thursday evening with just enough time to do a laundry and get three hours of sleep before I flew to Puerto Rico.  I was invited to hold a special missionary conference at the Puerto Rico Baptist College founded by Dr. Mike Casillas.  Besides preaching 7 times at the Bible College they had arranged for me to preach in 6 different local churches and twice in a Christian high school.  On Saturday morning I had the opportunity to preach to a group of pastors.  In each of those meetings God used the messages to motivate the students and the church members to serve the Lord with greater dedication and sincerity.  There were many decisions to dedicate their lives to the Lord and also to serve Him more faithfully. During this trip I was able to introduce the book, Becoming a Christian, to many there in Puerto Rico.  More than 560 books were ordered and have now been sent to the churches and schools requesting them.

Recently, I received a letter from someone asking me if I had opportunities to continue my missionary work since returning to the United States.  The answer is obvious, for the Lord has given me many open doors to preach.  Between January 18 and March 15 of this year I have preached a total of 35 times.  Besides this Dotty and I are teaching home Bible studies in this area.  I share this because we are very aware of our need for your continued prayers on our behalf.  At times I feel weary, but always refreshed by God’s Word.  In April I look forward to preaching in a missionary conference at Missouri Avenue Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida.

We are grateful for your faithful support and continued prayers on our behalf.  May God richly bless you!

Sincerely yours in His Service,

Pastor Myron & Dotty Philippi