Where have you been?
Because it’s been such a long time since our last update, you might have asked this very question, Where have Pete and Sandy been? We’re still in Florida, handing out walking sticks and sharing the Gospel at every opportunity the Lord provides.
Sandy has also been working tirelessly on her latest book, In the Sandals of the Shattered, the story of ten Biblical women whose lives were dramatically changed when they met Jesus face-to-face. The book proposal has been written and will go out this week.
We count it a huge blessing if you join us in prayer that Sandy’s book will be picked up by a Christian publisher.
We are grateful that over the last few weeks, Pete has been asked to share the ministry of The Fellowship of Christian Farmers with area men’s Bible studies.
And then there’s the festivals…
Manatee Festival in Crystal River
Not everything happens on the festival grounds. Days before we hand out our first walking stick, we start loading the sticks, Bibles, tents, chairs, and all supplies needed for an event.
Set up happens the night before or very early the first day of the festival. Then just before we open the Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ tent, all the workers gather together to pray, asking that God will prepare the hearts of those we talk with, give us the right words, and that folks will be saved.
Even though the Manatee Festival was less crowded this year, during the two day event, almost 800 walking sticks were given away! We praise God that close to 100 people prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior!
Many who prayed were adult family members led to our tent by a child!
Early the first day of the festival Pete prayed with a young girl. Over the course of the day, she brought her mom, dad, brother, and sister back to the Christian Farmer tent. By the end of the day, the entire family had prayed to invite Jesus into their hearts. She wasted no time bringing others to Jesus!
Several folks came to the tent already carrying one of our walking sticks. They all said the same thing, “Someone gave me this stick and said I have to come to you to hear the story.”
The parents of a toddler were waiting in line at a near-by food booth when the toddler escaped their grip. He ran straight for the Christian Farmer tent. By the time the parents returned to the food line, they had both prayed to invite Jesus into their heart. The Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ tent is where the Bread of Life and Living Water is found. God’s ways are amazing!
On several occasions during the Manatee Festival, parents brought their children to the Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ tent because they wanted us to explain the Gospel to their children.
One family of six had spent the day looking for our tent. When they finally found us the festival was over and we were already in the process of packing up and taking the tent down. Pete took the time to share the Gospel with the children, ages 6-14, and all four of them prayed to receive Jesus! The parents, who were already Christians, stood together weeping with their arms around each other as their children made the most important decision of their lives.
That’s the wonder of the walking stick story, it’s so simple, so sweet, anyone can share it and everyone, even young children, can understand.
Of course, there are those whose hearts are hardened. As soon as they realize we are talking about Jesus, they turn away, refusing to accept the free walking stick and the free gift of salvation.
This is heartbreaking because we know what is at stake–eternity in heaven…or eternity in hell.
When a festival is over, Pete and I pray just as hard for the ones who reject the Gospel as we do for the ones who prayed for salvation.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, as thrilling as leading someone to the Lord. We would love for you you to join us at one of the festivals in Florida next season or this summer in Minnesota.
And, oh yes…one more event to mention…
We celebrated our 51st Anniversary, an event that would not have taken place were it not for the One born in Bethlehem so many years ago–Jesus Christ. The photo, which was was taken about a year and a half ago, is proof of the difference Jesus and the prayers of so many others have made in our married life. The day we spoke our marriage vows, serving Jesus was the last thing on our minds. Pete had not yet prayed to receive Christ and I had turned my back on Him and the salvation decision I made at twelve years of age. But the faithful prayers of our family and the prayers of the pastor who married us changed all that. At almost the same moment but under different circumstances, Pete prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior and I rededicated my life to Him. Nothing has been the same since. We owe every day, all 51 years of our marriage, to Jesus.
Where are you now?
We are in Florida, making sure the car and RV are safe to travel and we are preparing our bodies for the trip with necessary doctor appointments. Our calendars are full. Isn’t getting old fun? We are also touching base with the Minnesota contacts we made last summer.
Where are you going?
We are going to Minnesota for the summer where we will spend precious time with family–our son Peter and his wife Chris, grandchildren, great grandson, Sandy’s mom, sisters, and brother, Pete’s brother and sisters, and dear friends.
Like last year, we will be handing out walking sticks and sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible during our entire road trip. God already knows who we will meet and speak with. He is already preparing their hearts. And He is preparing us to speak the right words. We are confident that He sends His Holy Spirit ahead of us. What a blessing to be part of His wonderful plan!
We have made contacts with event leaders throughout the state of Minnesota and have been invited to attend several events. It is our prayer to be able to set up at as many events as possible as the Lord provides the finances. Setting up at an event can be quite expensive. But our God will provide every penny we need to go where He wants us to go. Of that we are certain!
Since the owner of the campground now knows us and seems happy to have us return, we pray he will allow us to hold Sunday services at the campground. Because Minnesota summers are incredibly short, the people there treasure the summer months and spend as much time outdoors as they can. That means they are away from their home churches on the weekends. We pray to be given permission to hold short and “campground casual” services on weekends.
Please join us in prayer that God will open doors so we can hold “Campground Casual” church services at our Minnesota campground.
Where are you going?At the beginning of June we will begin heading north to Minnesota. We have been praying for months for the people we will meet along our way. As we did last year, we will share the walking sticks and Gospel message with those we meet at restaurants, gas stations, and wherever the Lord takes us. Once in Minnesota, we have been invited to three events. Will you join us in prayer that the Lord will provide the funds to be part of these events (there is a fee for every festival and market we are part of).
We are excited to be joining with other Fellowship of Christian Farmer workers at the end of July in New York state for the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International Conference. Please keep us in prayer as both Pete and I will be sharing.
We can not ignore what is going on in Israel today as I write this blog.
Pete and I join Christians around the world in prayer for Jerusalem and all of Israel. We pray for all living there and in Gaza too, for the Jews, the Christians, the Palestinians, and those without faith. As we are instructed to do, we pray for peace. We pray for folks there to come to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We pray for missionaries. And we long to be back there in the midst of it all, to share the walking sticks and message of Jesus Christ.
This is not what Jerusalem looks like today. As I write, rockets explode over Jerusalem and other areas in Israel.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Those words from Scripture sound familiar, don’t they? Times of difficulty, lovers of self and money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, slanderous, no self-control, haters of good, reckless, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power.
Sadly, this Scripture holds a mirror up to our culture today.
We share the Gospel with urgency because Jesus is coming soon.
THE ONE ANSWER:
Several years ago I taught pre-school Sunday School. I remember I could ask almost any question…who built the ark…who asked Pharaoh to let the people go. In unison the class would answer, “Jesus.” Jesus was the answer to every question. Maybe we should be more like the little children.
Where have we been? In the presence of Jesus.
Who will provide our needs? Jesus.
Who opens folks’ ears to the Gospel we share? Jesus.
Who leads people to the Christian Farmers’ tent…who gives us and all the workers strength…who gets our old RV to its destination…who melts icy hearts…who protects and strengthens marriages…who will open doors for a campground church service…who will bring peace to Jerusalem, and one day to the new earth?
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, He is the only answer for the world.
Pete and Sandy standing in the spot on the Mount of Olives where many say Jesus ascended into heaven.
We long for His return. Until then, it is our job as believers to share the salvation story. Please pray about supporting the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. We Thank you.
Please support the ministry with your prayers.
- That those who have been saved this year will continue to grow in Christ and find Bible preaching churches to become a part of.
- That the Lord will open the eyes of those who reject the Gospel.
- Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and many salvations among the Jews and Palestinians in Israel. Pray for peace in that region.
- Pray for our health and strength and that of our co-workers in the fellowship. Many are battling health issues.
- Lift up the July Conference in your prayers.
- Pray for workers who will join us in sharing the Gospel.
- Pray that we will have the finances needed over the summer to take advantage of all opportunities given us. With rising gas and diesel prices the budget we put together for this year is no longer sufficient. We trust God to meet our every need.
- Pray for many opportunities to share the Gospel as we travel to Minnesota. We often find opportunities at gas stations, restaurants, parking lots, and when walking Bella our dog. Join us in asking Jesus to prepare hearts and open our eyes to those we are to share with.
- Pray for the health of our vehicles along the road.
We thank you from the deepest spot in our hearts for all your prayers and the financial support you have provided along our road.
If God has spoken to you about supporting this ministry, please refer to the giving page on this blog or you may contact us at: Pete and Sandy Singer, 14880 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, Florida 33955. We treasure your feedback and look for your comments on this page.
Keeping you in our Prayers and Hearts,
Pete and Sandy Singer