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Thanksl

The place of prayer and fasting in

the Christian walk of

victoiy is becoming more important to us.

George and Felix

(Associate Ministers in the prison)

are spending all morn

ing in prayer before attempting any ministry the

day.

rest of the

Report on "Check-it-out Joe" Acre, whose testimony was

featured in our last letter: As well as helping me in the

prison ministry, he has now started some Christian clubs in

the High Schools here. Teams of tumed-on-for-Christ kids

are evangelizing on their campuses. How about doing that

on yours.

I*m getting

in the present#

say "I have faith that it HELL HAPPEN"

of faith being

real

To

excited about the concept

is not faith, but hope, even if you have no doubts •

Faith

knows it has ALREADY happened.

Claim it now (as Abraham did

6od*s promise for an heir), thank HIM for it, and experience

its fulfillment in the flesh in God*s perfect time.

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EVERY Christian has a fulfilling

(to himself) ministry,

if

heill Just trust God and step into it.

before Jesus comes for His Church,

ing His people in new exciting opportunities.

In these last days

the Holy Spirit is direct

Are you en

joying yours yet? Talk to Director of Opportunities Un

limited (God) about it.

Jesus'

love to

you,

*

Bruce & Judy Fowler, & the

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MISSION

MESSAGES

from

the

Paseo

Alfa

2081

Fowlers

Levittown, PUERTO RICO 00632

March 1975

MEET

YOUR NEW BROTHER

.Richard

This month we^re featuring the testimony of another of

the prisoners at the penitentiary; Richard Houser. A few weeks ago, Richard wanted only to get out of prison and hide from society in the hills of South America to get into

Eastern meditation and occult and to trip out on drugs.

But since Jesus filled

Richard's life and plans with the

Holy Spirit he plans to go to South America (or wherever

God sends him)

as a missionary-evangelist,

and is making

plans now for Bible College training.

recently transfered Richard from the mairi penitentiary to

The prison has

a minimum-security "halfway house"

ing classes in preparation for the ministry.

so he can start

attend

He

writes:

"All DQT life I've been swaying back and forth between

God and.no

God,

I

think the main reason that

I

had such

a

hard time accepting God was I

couldn't understand how I

could become reconciled to God who is perfect#

I

went to

.

Sunday School as a

child, ibut I was taught about the God of

the Hebrews and Jesus without ever really; un(ter;S,tanding

the Good News.

I thought that if I

accepted Qhrist • .

 

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CATHERINE SUE FOWLER

8 Iba, lU oz, joined the fainily February 8th, kfter'

a harrowing.ride to

the hospital e.mergency w^d

The

hour-long rdde took ten minutes (through heavy Sail Ju^

traffic yetl) because she was determined to be bom in"

the car. She wasn't, and now everyone is our family feels

fine, happy, complete, and grateful to Jesus.

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TWO

INMATES

BEGIN

FULL-TIi\iIE

MINISTRY

INSIDE

PEN

George Bell Po\md,

whose testimony you read in

October,

and another new convert, Felix Perez,

have officiklly

begun full-time ministry as inmate-missionaries, enangeliz- ing within the prison walls, and taking over more of the

ministry in my office. I feel that one ministry to which

-

God has

called me here

is to train leaders who

can

teach

their own people without, an "outsider" having to bridge

 

the culture gap. Currently, there are FIVE of the new

converts who have decided to go into full-time evangelism

ministries: Richard Houser, Felix Perez, Wilfredo Avellez

 

("Africa"),

George Bell Pound,

and Paul Dolce.

Several

.

<

•others are

thinking and-praying about it.

Will ^u suppoi^

 

.

them and their decisions

in prayer?

,

AND MURDERS IN PRISON

As the Holy Spirit moves in this place

(called "SatanVs

I Synagogue" by the inmates) the Enemy responds with terror

and fear.

Nearly every weeic or so

a prisoner is

stabbed

and killed by another,

usually over homosexual jealousies or ,

disputes over drugs which are dangeroiisly abundant here.

This week there were three murders ^d

.

several other attempts,

j

ajicluding attacks on guards.

The, Christians claim protection

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miracles, He honored my requests and so caused'me: to be

lieve truely. When doubts assailed me and I took them to

Him in prayer He reassured me,

as He did with His apostles,

by showing me yet more miracles.

He soon made me see

that belief is

of

man,

and that I.

needed faith

in order to fight

spiritual battles5 .so I went

to Him in prayer and asked Him to 'take my belief and to

give me His faith,

which He did.

He .showed, me that I

needed to

continue to

grow in my new-faith laecause it was

much bigger than

I.

I

asked the

Lord to

use

me

in

His work ^d

He

showed me

that in order to be suitable if would be .necessary for

ffiim/to break my soul and make it

supple and usable.

For

this He said that I

needed the

Helper, the Holy Spirit,

to

do. this work from within,

I

asked for the Baptism of the

Holy Spirit,

in order to be changed as qmckly as,possible

to do the Lord's work.

Not only did He ^ive me the gift of!

the Holy-Spirit as He promised, but He blessed me and

honored me by using me for His work even as He* s making me

f

usable.

HallelujhU

Once I.had the Holy Spirit He really began to

teach me.

He showed me that to

have faith isn't enough in God*s work

in the name of Jesus

and put

on the

"whole armor of God

i

but that I

had to

leam

how to

use it

He tau^t

me- that"

(Eph. 6), and so far not one of them has been touched in

 

^

if .1 but step out in faith and claim victory that He will

spite of open threats on their lives.

'We have

received a

teaching from Genesis ^0:20-21. "As for (Satan), (he)

meant evil against me; but

God meant it

for

good, to

bring

it about that many people should be kept alive as they are

today. So do not fear5 I will provide for you

"

In

spite of Satan »s intention, much good has come from these

attacks: ;(l) The body of Christ has been forced to put on

the whole, armor as a matter of life or death j (2) We have

had several testimonies of God's mighty protection; (3)

As a protective measure the prison officials have decided

to transfer all prisoners except the dangerous hard-core criminals to other prisons, minimum-security camps and half-

never let-me fall.

He

showed me that my prayers

are

necessary'in His work and that knowledge of God's Word is

my sword with which to fi^t His battles.

The

Lord has made me feel as

though I

of God because

He listens

to

all that is

am a

in

special child

heart and

takes me by the hand and teaches me with patience and loving kindness. He has made me strong in my weaknesses,

wise in His ways,

and pure in God's eyes.

He is

ray

salvation, my strength, and my hope for life everlasting.

Richard

Houser

address.

B.F.)

(You may write to

Richard through my

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TESTIMONY OF RICHARD HOUSER (Coat, from Page 1)

as DQT Savior and had my sins washed away then sinned after

that I would again fall into disfavor with God.

So by the

time

I

reached my teens I

decided I

had better wait

to ask

for salvation until I learned how to live without sinning. Little did I know that the Good News and the Holy Spirit

were the very things that

to live without sinning.

I

needed in order to leam how

As

I

grew older I

forgot about trying to live without

sining but I

more or less

decided to try and live

right

eously according to my own standards.

I

gave God little

thought until I

of the world behind me. Many of my generation seemed to be

searching for Truth and that search eventually led to God.

But

was in ngr twenties

and had some experience

long time because

this

search for me was in vain for a

I

wouldn't consider the

God of

the

Hebrews due to

His violence

and wrath.

I

was

concerned about finding

a God of love

and

I

coxildQ't understand how one

God could be

both.

vras with me through all

of this and He knew that

Praise the Lord.

^sincere in seeking the Truth.

But

God

iny heart was

Slowly but surely the Lord brought me to Him, but not due to

any of my efforts.

knew that before

I

First he showed me -who I was because He

could understand Him I

must first under

stand myself.

I

learned that I

couldn't stand alone and find

happiness and He showed me that I

couldn't expect to find

another person who would live up to my expectations either.

So after going aroimd and around in the world searching for

Truth and happiness

and coming up empty-handed, the Lord

bought me naked to Him; and when I was ready to accept Him on

His terms, he accepted me just as I was and began to teach me

about Himself in the only way that it is possible to know Him:

through a personal relationship with Jesus as my personal

Savior, Teacher,

and Priend.

first went to

know Him, I had ho real belief,

"When I

the Lord in prayer in order to get to

(although I

sincerely

wanted to believe) and I didn*t dare to hope lest my hopes be

in vain.

But the Lord tvas patient and loving and kind with me;.

When I

asked the Lo3?d to

show me He was real with signs and

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way houses

around the

island.

We expect all the Christians

here to be

moved out in a few weeks. They will be going as

missionaries to

as in Acts 8:l,Ii

man Nee reminds us

spread

the

Gospel all

we fight

over the island,

just

Praise to Almi^ty Jehovahl

(in his book,

As Watch

"We

Jesus

"Sit-Walk-Stand")

FROM victory."

do

not

fight

FOR victoryj

has already defeated Satan at the cross.

Overcomers are

those who

rest in the victory already given to them by God.

CLAIM

m

MINISTRY

OUTSIDE

THE

PRISON

Friday evenings we gather in a friend's home for worship,

praise,

Bible teaching,

and ministry.

So many have

come,

(People are hungry for the Gospel) that we had to divide the

group;

like we'll have to divide again.

we

didn't

all fit

into one house.

looks

In the last few weeks

And it

many people have been saved in these fellowships

them have been Jews\)j

(thi'ee of

bealed of many diseases and op

pressions,

and have been delivered of demonic influences

through Jesus' word.

Mark l6;l5-17 is right;

Usually

several evenings a week (when I'm not at the prison) there

are special ministry sessions in homes of those who visited

our fellowship, believe that God is just as powerful today as He was in the book of Acts, and open their hearts to His

love

especially (1) that we can continue lifting up Jesus and

and deliverance.

Please pray for this ministiy;

not ourselves,

Gospel and not

(2)

that we would center on the Basic

get distracted by secondary issues5 what He

would have

come out

of

this ministry.

Many are

praying

.

that a regular congregation would g3?ow from the fellowship.

Judy and I

are starting a Bible study in our home for the

new Christians who found Jesus in the prayer group. If

you'll pray for God's direction of iiiat venture, we'll

claim it

and praise Him for it I

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The

Curtis

Judy

Cathy.

Fowler Family:

Chrjsty

Bruce

Craig

'

Gregory Baptiste

(from

Trinidad)

in

front

of

scripture-poster made

by prisoners

Paul Dolce

(from Haiti)

being baptized

in

pond

behind the

prison.On

left

is

associate

Joe

Arce

These

three

new

Christians

(Below) are prisoners

whose

testimonies

will be

printed

in irQr next letters.

Willie

Ortiz who

has

a

life

sentence was

once bound by

demonic

spiritism# Now he

is

free

in

Jesus

Christa

it

Anthony Lewis

(from

Jamaica)

relaxing

in

office

after

a

Bible

study session

MISSION MESSAGES

from

the Fowlers

JUi

Paseo Alfa 20819 Levlttown,

PUERTO RICO 00632

June -

July 1975

7

MEET YOUR NEW BROTHER.

.

.

(Gregory Baptiste is one of

Gregory

the prisoners

with whom I have worked regularly for nearly three years» He is sentenced to

8-12 years on a drug charge.

He writes;)

I

am writing

this

testimony so that all

of my brothers and sisters who read it could share with me the joy and peace

that my Heavenly Father has be'eh giving

to me,

is

if you will ask Him.

each one of you

and will

give

to

God our

Father

alive and full with love,

caresses,

joy,

and peace,

all

to

give to us,

His childr^

He also

takes away sin,

sickness,

guilty

fears. My name is Gregory Baptiste ann

shai

I am from Trinidad.

with all of you what the Devil had done

I

am going

to

to

for

me

and

me.

what

Praise

God

the

God^^

Father has

When

I

was

done

about

nine years old,

Trinidad,

the home of a woman we called

my mother

back in my homeland of

used

to

send me

to

"Mother Gust"

who performed witchcraft.

Because of

the

Devilwork through this woman I have

lived seventeen years in fear

(I

am 26

years of age presently).

when I came to her home, I went into her

private room where she performed her

One morning

wittihdraft.

Lying oh the-'table was'l^ome-

thing wrapped in a white sheet.

opening it,

Upon

to my shock and surprise I

saw

came

a

human

skeleton.

into

the

room and

Just

put

a

then

the

woman

curse on me,

telling me that if

I

ever should say a word

to

I

anybody about what

I

would go crazy,

truth,

I

V7as

blind,

scared.

that

fear

has

saw

in

that room

so

To tell

scared

haunted

or die.

I

was

and

the

that

dominated

ne for

seventeen years.

Finally,

two months

ago I began to trust God's power over the

curse and I openly took my fear to God the

Father,

me.

am

It

free

and

was

from

asked Him

to

take it

away

taken away immediately!

from

Now I

that

demon!

What

is

still

surprising to me is,

like,

waiting

"help".

all

those years

to

And He was

there

still helping.

God was only

hear me say

to help

and is

All it

have faith

takes

to get God's grace is

to

in Him, knowing He can do all

things.

He did for me, and anything

He did

for

me.

He will

also

do for

you.

Praise the Lord!

I

am so eager to

share

with all of you what I call God's truth

and Satan's lies. Now that I am writing

what God wants me to say,

I

I

can see why

have had such a hard time writing it;

because Satan was

trying

to prevent me

from sharing this main fact with you

all-s—Because it is Satan's stronghold

C^esn't want to be exposed and

tow

h

thing.

This thing and fact is

GUILT,

works^-

others and sisters,

and

Satan

this area to prevent us from

_

C^ng the forgiveness that God has

offered

through His Grace,

When I

was about fourteen years of age,

I

made a commitment to God; and after a

period of time, I broke l:he commitment.

After a while I began to feel guilty

about it,

with me for years.

o and

this guilt stayed

.

That was just the

opportunity Satan was waiting for. He

used that opportunity to make me sink

deeper and deeper into my guilt, making

me think that

I had blown it with God

forever.

First, what Satan did was make

me feel guilty of all my sin from which

God had

once forgiven me.

Second, he

made me feel

commitment

to

that since I blew my

God,

God did

not want to

see me or hear from me again,

He would never forgive

and

that

any

of my sins

again.

maybe Satan has

Oh, my brothers and sisters,

fooled you and put

these same things in your heart that he

put in mine.

It's

all a lie,

one of

Satan's biggest lies because GOD FORGIVES

ALL SINS. My brothers and sisters, if any of you are suffering from GUILT

because of sins you have committed, please

don't let Satan fool you by tel.iing you

that God will not forgive your sins.

All

you have to

do is

to confess your sins and

He will

take them all away.

(I John 1;9)

I'm so glad that God forgives and

away-all sins.

takes

Gregory Baptiste

SOME

FEELINGS

WE'D

LIKE

TO SHARE;

During

missionaries

been trying

these last

three years as

in Puerto Rico^

we have

(not always successfully)

to

fully share with you back home our work.,

our goals,

our progress,

our frustrations,

our excitement,

and our

sense of

God's

calling and leading. But somehow our itch to really get it across never quite gets

scratched because it is

so hard to convey

intimate depth-feelings in cold "reports-

of-what*s-going-on".

To answer "how"

many

converts have you had?" gives SOME

indication of progress,

true,

but measures

little of the work of sustaining the

converts,

teaching

them how

to walk in

the

Spirit, or of preparing ground and planting "Seed" of the Gospel. How we long to be able to adequately convey to

you some of

the

following

had

in

our work here;

feelings we*ve

FRUSTRATION

in our lack of means

to

share the little indications of real pro

gress,

that to

us,

mean more

than

the

'' ya^sticks of success:

tears of

{gratitude on the face of a prisoner's

wife.

truly changed life of a man formerly

hardened by crime,

Official parole board reports of a

drugs,

and sin.

A

request from a prisoner in maximum

security for me to come and pray with him after six requests for me to come to

listen to him gripe.

A letter

of commen

dation from the warden asking all guards

to

cooperate with my work because he sees

the difference

in the men's

lives., ^clii^

love

from

several hundred men because

Jesus has loved them through me. Some will accept Him as Savior, some won't; but

all will hear about Him and experience

His

love.

ANGUISH

prison,

return

at

sin.

seeing new Christians

in with old friends,

leave

and

in

ten

fall

to

So

far

about

one

have been backsliding.

arrest

rate

is

about

one

However,

in

three

the re-

for

non-

Christians.

GRATITUDE

from you when there

places

times.

God

at

receiving financial

support

and

are so many other

these hard

(Phil.

4:19)

to put your money in

is

faithful

we praise

He

asked

Him

you

each

time we

to

send.

receive

a

check

AT^

at

witnessing again the miracle of

new spiritual

birth.

Our greatest

moments

come at

seeing

the Gospel take

root

in

a

life plowed soft by tragedy and

failure.

EXHAUSTION

partly

from

the

tropical

climate whose constant humidity drains

the body's energy reserve

the early morning until late at night

partly

from

schedule both in

the prison and in the

community.

(We've found

it's literally

true:

"The joy of

the Lord is

strength!"

Neh.

8:10)

our

EXCITEMENT

and again.

at

seeing God do

it

again

Excitement at seeing new doors

for ministry open like the new church we

are helping to begin in the riearfcy

community of Dorado.

(15

-

40 adults

meeing weekly for worship in a hotel

.aiaditpxiian)

PRAISE

a

whole new dimension

in

our

ministry that's opened up the door to

spiritual power we had lacked before.

ANGER

at

some aspects

of

this

culture

that directly opposes the Gospel:

Spiritism,

Coinmunism,

demon strongholds,

idol worship,

an

alcoholism rate,

unbelievably high

intense problems from

•overpopulation.

FULFILMENT

ministry to accomplish that is

at

having a

significant

too

great

to

do

on human power.

APPREHENSION

be made to

concerning

plans

that must

cope with problems

coming up

this next year:

adequate place to

year;

to reach a crisis point;

76,000 miles)

the children will have no

school after next

go

to

our financial situation threatens

our car

(has

has major problems and lack

of transportation is becoming a significant

threat to

the success of

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the ministry here.

SOME FEELINGS

SATISFACTION

, where God wants

WE'D LIKE TO SHARE

(cont,)

of feeling

us

that we are

right now,

and

Spiritism to meet

the hunger

spiritual reality.

The

time to

for

reach

 

this

island with Jesus'

Gospel

is

now.

LONELINESS

for

our

friends

and

families

in

the

States.

5.

The

overcrowding on

this

island has

LONGING.,,to

be

places

we

feel

at once.

God is

several people in

We just

can't

do

several

all

that

calling His people to

do

here.

to come

Yes,

take

to P.R.

this

as

a

to help us.

call for someone

There's much

to

be

done.

DID

WE

COME

TO

PUERTO

RICO???

wellj

because:

1.

God

called

us here;

we may

still have

yet

are staying open.to

and opportrunities

to

find

out

the whole reason,

His

here.

further

and we

direction

2.

P.R.

has

the densest population of any

country on earth.

per square mile here

There are

(more

875 people

than India®

China,

etc.).

It makes good sense (good

mission stewardship) to go where you can

the Gospel in

least amount

reach the most people with

the shortest

of travel.

strategy was to

time,

with

the

The Apostle Paul's mission

go

to

the population

centers

of

his

known

world.

Ours

is

too.

3.

This

is

a

crossroads

of

cultures.

It

is possible to reach into many countries

(mostly island nations

and South America)

by ministering

in the right place,

in Puerto Rico.

God sends

If you are

the nations

to you!

tacts

the most

here have been with

Some

of

exciting con

people

from

Communist

Cuba.

4.

The

changing cultural and social

patterns of P.R.

and the

high mobility

rate make Puerto Rico statistically one of

the most

fertile

potentials

for

the

i^lanting of

the

Gospel.

People here are

restless and looking for "a new way of

,•

«'

if?- • /

Satan is

here offering

Communism

caused a vast panorama of social

P.R.

has one of the highest rates

tragedies,

(if

not THE highest)

of hard liquor consum

ption per capita in the world.

being far more dominant here than in

Alcoholism

the States is

another symptom of

the

restlessness and spiritual hunger here.

The world's

current financial

crisis

has hit

even harder here

than it has

hit the United States because of Puerto

Rico's

financial

dependency.

6. The opportunities here call for a

unique combination of ministries which

I

believe God has been preparing us for

for several years,. and which meet our

needs

ways.

to minister in really satisfying

I especially appreciate the chance

for direct evangelism,

counseling.

teaching,

and

AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORK HERE

The Fowler family of four

(now six)

^am^

to Puerto Rico_in^:^ugust^;^^

Vthe calling and authority' ofjesus Christ

Himself.

During the 4i^

ymr,

Bruce

taught Bible and Pastoral Counseling in

the International Christian University

(a missionary-training college here in

Levittown,

Puerto Rico).

Using the

Commonwealth Penitentiary and the local

prisons as aJlabiJ.ratory for the students'

fieldwork and training

in preaching and

that

counseling ?„.itj?ooa-became^

the p^s^n^ not the collie^/a^s.^he

tiiat God was opening

for.

.fiur^jninlatry

Through many months of prayer and con

ferences with government officials,

the

Government

Rico

of

the

Commonwealth of

Puerto

called Bruce to work in

the prison

(no salary).

system on a voluntary basis

He

worked

in

religious

counseling,

pa-Bible

study,

and.

teactiing.

Wbile

there

has

been

some .opposition

among

Satan's

men

in

the

prison

and

in

some

sectors

of

the

government,

the

support

and.

encouragement

for

this ministry

door to

door in

Dorado.

The

preach-

have

been gratifying,

as

the gospel ing

on Sundays

has

been shared by

has

been

successfully

planted

and

several laymen and mis'sidnaries,

in

much fruit

lives

lies.

have

of God's

has

developed

amd

in

the

fami

yre

of

prisoners

all

their

From

over .the

of

a

world,

been

move

spirit within prisons in

hearing

great

many

Rico

countries

and

the

(and

as

well

We

as

have

Puerto

fonnd

U.S

freedom

encouragement)

to

be

a

cluding

Bruce.

At

least

tv/ice

a* vfe'ek

there

.kQmg^.-Sibl-6

studleS)--.-one" 0f

are

whi ch

has

been

v^omen's

especiallji productive- a

Bible

study in^Do^sado in

vfhich _^JiTd-y-. has-been instrumental.

The^children too,

have

had opportun-

straightforward in

taking

the mess-

age

need

they

and

no

are

love

of

argument

sinners

Jesus

to

these

who

to

and

convince

stand

in

them

need

of

Imow is

course,

repentence.

Alllthey want to

do

it?",

"Jesus

and

has

"How can I

the

answer is

of

al-

ready

Him."

The order of priorities

done

it

on

the

cross.

Accept

generally

has

been:

(I)

ministry to

prisoners

ities

and

the

tally

to

evangelize

dedicated

in their school,

themselves

with

to

being

the

to

nev;s

have

rest

of

the

family

to

used

by God

spread

of

His

love

and

salvation.

Will

you

continue

to

lift us up in prayer to

that

end?

The

We

appreciate

you-.

Fowler Family:

Bruce,

Judy,.

Curtis,

Cathy (and our-dog,

Christy,

Craig,

"Hallelujah")

-—

and their families,

(2)

to business-Grace to you and peace from God our

tjjen,

neighbors,

and

others

in

the

Father and the

Lord

Jesus

Christ.

I

outside

communities,

(3)

to

govern- thank my God in all

my remembrance

ment officials and prison authori-

of you,

always

in

ties.

This

is

done

mostly.through

mine

for you all

every pragrer of making mylprayer

small

group teaching

and

Bible

stud-with

joy,

thankful

for your partner-

ies

vid6d_izL-Jihe-_peni-tentiary-y—thraugh^ d^y-unti-X- now ^Jlnd-I - am- sure, that - specialized mimistries (such as de- he who began a good work in you will-

evergi day

in

the

office

pro-

ship in

the Gospel

from

the first

liverance

from

demons;

a

real prob- bring it

to

completion at

the day of

lem

ing

groups

on

this island),

through preach- Jesus

and

civic

Rico,

and

(in our

feel

Christ.

thus

It is

right for me

because

in various

churches

Puerto

to

I

all partakers with me of grace both

about

you all,

throughout

hold you in my heart,

for you ar©

the

de

through home Bible

home

and

others).

studies

in my priopn ministry and in

fense

and

confirmation

of

the

Gospel,

Currently,

we

are

helping

to

estab- For God is

my witness

how .1

yearn

lish a^in

a nearby for

you all with the

affection of

coramuriity f€^5Sm^>about 50% of

whose popula^ion^Ts American busi-

Christ Jesus.

And it is my prayer

that your love may abound mare and

nessmen who

came

as

executives

of

big American corporations

based in

more

ment,

with

so

knowledge

and all

discern-

that

you may prove what

is

Forty or fifty

families who

excellent and may be pure and blame-,

have attended our services at least less, for the day of Christ, filled

once

have

indicated

that

they are

with fruits

of

righteousness.

in need

of

a

church

(the

community

Philippians 1:2-II

^

of

several

thousand

has

no

English-

speaking

bo

visit

church)

and

have

in

their homes- to

allov;ed

us

introduce

them

to

Jesus.

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At—jreaal.: one

dav

a

given to.teyangeiism

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Boi'Mfildaho

MISSION MESSAGES

from

the

Fowlers

Paseo Alfa 2081,

Levittown,

PUERTO RICO 00632

MEET YOUR NEW BROTHER

August -

GERALD

September,

1975

PERSONAL K-EWS NOTES;'

-

been

It was Monday,

and I

had

in

jail for one week. That

was

the

day

I

v/as to

go to

court

to

get my bail reduced,

and then

be bailed out by my boss.

But when

I

learned

that

the

bail was not

lowered enough for him to

the bottom dropped out of my fra

pay it,

gile world.

I

felt trapped and

caged.

What

a

day

to

get

the mes-*

age

that my father had

rushed

to

the

heart' attack^

hospital

Although

just been

with

a

I

am very

—Bruce

week as

waa

a

invited

to

speak last

the

Lun^-

70 v/omen

to

in

their

op

prison

ten

the

be

several

counselor at

Women's

of

the

Club

local

.clieon.

responded *to

Christian

Jesus

and

to

invitation

Lord

of

vite

lives,

counseling

portunities and speaking invita«f

tioris

Y/ere

presented.

The

Holy Spirit

specially blessed

the

Ladles

Bible

study

.yesterday as Judy led

in

them

Dorado

in

a

^

close

v/ith my parents

(who

live

study

on

prayer.

A good

way

to

.

in

the. U.S.)

T

hadn't

notified

teach people

to

pray

is

like

Jesus

them

of my arrest,

to protect

them

did:

lead

them

in

actually

doing

 

from

worry

and

adding

to

their

it,

not

just talk about

doing it,

physical,

emotional,

and

financial

burdens.

To

toi) it

off,

the mar-

—Bruce

has

befen

spending

two

days

shall

told me

 

I

could

get

15 years

a

v.eek

counseling

through

the

Sal

for

smuggling

each

of

the

three

for

which

I

counts

was

of

accused.

vation

Army

alcoholics,

program

with

drug addicts,

parolees,

and

lone

There

I

v/as,

accused

of be

ly men v/ho need Jesus.

There

is

ing invplved in

organized

drug

a

need and

opportunity

to

get

much

smuggling

(of

1edge),

unable

which

I

had no linow-

to

raise

bail money

all

to

forty-five

alone

in

Puerto

Rico

unable

speak the

language,

facing

years in

jail,

and my

father

dying

from

a

heart attack.

Because

I

had.never

been

arrested

before, I was unfamiliar both

with- tho legal alteirnat-ives—and-

the

tactics

used

to

scare

accused

more

areal

involved

in

this

particular

Pray with us about

prior

ities and the

problem

of many needs

and

fev/

ansv/er

hours.

all

the

V/e

can't

begin

to

opportunities

that

are

knoc.king.

--The

new

Dorado

progressing

vjell.

congregation

is

At

least

two

-nev—f-ami1 ies -a t teiid

e a ch- v/eek.

. t-

Ofte baptism

so

far:

Mr.

Jack

people

into

pleading

guilty

or in-,

rSLchuler,

v/ho

is

asking

your

prayers

forming

on

others.

^^Tliat

little

about the

possibility

of his

going

hope

I

had had

drained away

until

into

fulltime

missionary

evange

I

just gave up.

 

lism

through

Campus

Crusade

or

Monday night,

discouraged and

some

other missionary

organization.

helpless,

I

decided

to

take my

Pray

for

him

now

while

you

are

life.

I

cut my wrist

twice

in

or

thinking

of

it.

der to

locate

an

artery.

Then

 

I

saw

it

protrude

from

my

vrrist.

One

—^^Craig

will

be

tv;o

years

old in

 

last

cut

was

all

I

needed,

I

November

and

is

talking

up

a

storm,

remember starting

on

it,

but

*

Mixing Spanish

and English

into

a

I

never

finished.

Nov;

I

Imow

"Fov/lereze-Spanglish".

V/e

built

a

Power

greater

than

myself

stopped

a

'five-foot

fence

to

keep

him

out

me

from

committing

suicide.

of

the

street and

the

ocean,

but

 

The

next

thing

I

remember

is

he's learned

to

climb

it

alreadyi

being

taken

by

a

guard

to

the

room

Seven

month-old

Cathy

is

crawling

used 'here as a

hospital,

then Iselng

and hardly looks like a sophisti

put

in

solitary

confinement.

As

cated young lady when she tries to

a

child

and

even

as

an

adult,I

feed herself. They send their greet

alv/ays

slept

with

ray

door

open;

so

ings—I thijk.

when

the

door

of

the

solitary

cell

clanged

shut,

I

wondered

if

I

could endure yet another punish®^

WHAT

DO

YOU THINK

OF

THIS;

ment.

I

slept all

day Tuesday,

v.

.The t)ossibility of our ^©243^

\yhen

V/ednesday

came,

I

pleaded

coming back

to

the

States

for a

with

of

the

guard

to

solitary

back

take

to

the

me

out

dormi

tory

of sixty men.

It was dirty,

noisy,

crowded,

and

smelly,

but

I

felt

I

easier

could

than

put

being

up

with

alone

that

with

my

fear

and

depression.

VAien

they

did

return

me,

I

was

given

the

name

of

the

person

v/ho,

I

was

told

might

be

able

to

help

me

recover

from

my

unsuccessful

flight

for

freedom.

 
 

Bruce

Fowler

was

tho

naiae

I

was

given.

Although

I

had heard

(continued

on

next

page)

 

furlough

feel

begin

wanted

fically

the

and

Lord

speaking tour.

is

directing

us

for

with us

this,

WHEN,

MERE,

We

to

preparations

pray

to

but

speci

and HOW

you

about

(fage ^

)

' • MEFT

YOUR BROTHER! Gerald

(Continued from

front•page)

his name mentioned by the other prisoners,

I

was

still

reluctant Iigl'

seeking his, help.-

I

didn't have to approach him,

because before

very

long," he" approached me.

as he did everyone else.

Thankful il was.

He

offered .me help

I

needed

Just talking to him made ^ii^e feel better.