Monday, September 26, 2022

Hardecker Headlines September

 Our news and prayer letter was just sent out a few minutes ago. If you would like to be included in that email-list, please email me a request at hardecker @ gmail dot com, and I will be able to add you to that regular, monthly, update. P.S. I am trying to avoid spam so I had to style my email address like that. Be well!

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Friday, September 2, 2022

A Brief Update on my Second Visit with Ms. Elena (A Stroke Survivor)

 Dear Praying Friends,

Elena was in better spirits today. Just continue to pray for her and her precious, and wonderful family (her sons, her grandson, her lady helper). Pray for her to recover well. Pray that I may get another chance next week to visit with her again. God is so good, she allowed me to read to her a portion of Scripture and pray with her - - despite being on a sickbed with a feeding tube, she raised her hands and prayed and out loud said "thank you, Lord" over and over again. I read John 1:1-5, and we had ourselves a short Bible study. She listened really well. Her son was in the room, too, listening. They both said that I am welcomed to come back anytime - - You know God is the one who has opened the door and I want to praise and thank God for that great door of opportunity to read the Scriptures and explain a little bit about the Word, and how that He was there already existing prior to the beginning of all things, and in perfect fellowship with the Father. How He made all things, and without Him nothing would be in existence. How He was the light which is our true and only light here in a dark and sin cursed world. Well, I asked if we could continue next week - - they said "absolutely" - WOW, I am so thankful to God for His mercy and for allowing me to share a word with them despite her stroke. AND the wonderful thing about it is that they want me to come back and share some more and to pray some more for them. GOD is so good! Please pray that Elena continues to progress. Please pray that five members of this household would all get saved. 

P.S. Marcia made them a home-made loaf of bread and it surely smelled the room up with a "sweet smelling savor" - - They loved it (when I say, they, I mean Elena's sons and grandson, and helper).

I can't thank you enough Praying Friends - thank you! God has granted us an audience with her and her entire household. I will return to them next week.

FYI, her son already told me that when she gets to feeling better they will all pay us a visit at church. I told him, when they are ready, I will come pick them up so that they will have a ride to and from church - GLORY! My prayer is for the entire house to come to know the Lord as Saviour - - Elena was so thankful to God - - I really don't think she is too far from Kingdom. But let's just pray for God's word to be understood, and for the Holy Spirit of God to do the convicting, and for the Gospel to be heard and received. I am trusting God for great and wonderful things ahead.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

An Update with My Visit with Ms. Elena

Thank you, Praying Friends. 

I appreciate you taking the time to pray for my visit with Elena. She was heavily medicated when I got to her this afternoon - mainly didn't sleep well last night, and she pulled out her feeding tube which they had to restore. I was texted to re-schedule the meeting till tomorrow but since I was already on the way, I decided to go ahead and drop in for a short visit. They were very friendly towards me, and Elena herself called me "son" (in Tagalog, "anak") which is endearing lingo here - as if she acknowledge me as part of the family - she wasn't all there, 100%, but what little time I had with her, I felt like I was able to establish a good rapport with her and her children and helper. When I ask if I could pray with her, she said strongly: "Yes." It was a good first time meeting her. I look forward to visiting with her again, tomorrow. I am hoping she can get some better rest. Thankfully, her children are very open and welcoming towards me and told me I could visit with her tomorrow any time. - AMEN! 

Please continue to pray for Elena to get better physically, for recovery from her stroke, for a good night's rest, for her feeding tube to be properly removed this Sat. And most especially, that she would turn to the Lord and take Him as her personal Saviour. Thank you again for your prayers, and just pray that God would be glorified and that they (all four of them in the house) would come to know the Jesus Christ as Saviour!


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

An Opportunity to Talk to A Stroke Victim About the Gospel

Dear Praying Friends,

Elena is a lady who suffered a stroke-attack. She is recovering now in her home (which is about 4 miles from where we live). Her daughter, Emma, ask me to visit her mom (Elena) and witness to her - we are praying that she would get saved. Emma is a member of First State Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE (under the watch-care of Pastor Sam Knickerbocker). Her brother, Ed, confirmed with me that I may visit Elena anytime this Thur. (09/01/22) so, I set it up for 1 PM visit. I plan on befriending her, praying for her, and witnessing to her about the Lord. Please pray that she would come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus and that she would repent and turn to Christ alone for her salvation. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I would ask you to please pray for her.

Be well,

Bro. Bill

Thursday, August 25, 2022

My August News and Prayer Letter is Finally Out

Dear Praying Friends,

My "Hardecker Headlines" (news and prayer letter) has been sent to many of you who take great interest in our missionary ministry here in Metro Manila, Philippines. If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly letter, please email me your request and I can add you to our mailing list. My email address is my last name plus gmail dot com. I put it that way, because I don't want to get more spam and junk email than I am already getting. 😊

ALSO:
1. If you have a more preferred email for me to use, please let me know and I can change that easily. Some of my recipients have two or three email addresses - #smh.

2. If you no longer wish to receive my missionary letters, please let me know and I can delete your email easily. You won't hurt my feelings. I do not like a cluttered email - so, just let me know.

3. If you have an updated contact information, whether it's a cell phone number or a "new" (or "newer") email address or mailing address, please let me know and I can update your contact information on my contacts list.

Sincerely,
Bro. Bill

Friday, August 19, 2022

A Mini-Update and Prayer Requests

Dear Praying Friends,

This coming Sunday (08/21/22) will be a special Sunday for us since this will mark the return of our "regular" Sunday School ministry. That's right! We will be allowing the children to participate fully (as in full capacity) in both the boys and girls' respective classes at 9:00AM. The secular school year is starting on Monday (08/22/22) and resuming full and free face-to-face classes and so we feel good about "re-launching" our Outreach Children's Sunday School. Additionally, we will also continue the vital follow up class for interested children we call "The Salvation Class" - Bro. RJay heads up the boys and his wife, Sis. Amielle heads up the girls. These children (mostly pre or early teens) usually stay through both the AM and PM services - so we are praising God for the progress that we have seen in these young people.

We also have successfully re-launched our Adults/Teens Sunday School Bible Class. This takes place at 10AM. We are going through the book of Leviticus. What a joy to see a number of serious minded people and young people alike who are faithful in their attendance and desire to know more about the Bible. We are learning all about the sacrifices, priesthood, purity laws, the Day of Atonement, and how all these relate to Jesus Christ - who is our sacrifice, "sacrificer", and substitute for the believing sinner. Christ is all and in all to us as believers! And Leviticus demonstrates this vital truth.

Bro. RJay is usually preaching in our Sunday AM service and I preach for our Sunday PM service. What a blessing and a privilege it is to preach and teach God's Holy Word! 

We also have successfully re-launched our Wed. Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. We are continuing with the Book of Psalms. We are almost near the end of Book 2 (Pss. 42-72), in fact, this Wed. (08/24/22) we will be studying a very exuberant Psalm, Psalm no. 68.

New gospel tracts are in the press even as we speak. This week I got a sample hard copy in the mail for approval, and it looks really good. So, now, it is only a matter of time and we shall have some new gospel tracts to distribute. This new one is called "The Coming Antichrist and the 7-Year Lockdown." We are praying that many people would earnestly take heed to the message presented in the tract and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated,

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Post Script: PRAYER REQUESTS:

1. For Sis. Bambi to be able to find a suitable place to start her business and livelihood.

2. For the new visiting family to stick. We actually are praying for a couple more families.

3. For souls to be saved - in evangelism, in the services, in our Sunday School ministries.

4. For Christians to surrender to serving the Lord Jesus Christ through our ministry here in Tuktukan. There are some who need to get baptized and added to the church - but all that in due time as we are working with them in love and patience.

5. For none of us to suffer a viral outbreak, and for our health to be blessed by God.

Again, thank you for your prayers! We surely count on them - as we know that without God's Holy Spirit working in and through us, and through your prayers - we can do nothing! BUT thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers. Be well, and pray on!

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Our First Sunday Back

Dear Praying Friends,

We praise God for His goodness in returning us to our "normal" or "regular" Sunday ministry. I put that in quotation marks because we pretty much don't know what "normal" is any more - I say this with tongue-in-cheek. We are very glad and thankful to God for allowing us the joy of returning to our Sunday services. This Sunday (08/07/22) was our first Sunday back from our 11-month long furlough - our furlough was brought upon by the extreme-lockdowns we experienced in Metro-Manila for 535 days. As it stands, the Php. Government has decided to keep Metro-Manila (and many, if not all of the Philippines) in the lightest level of lockdown called "Level 1" despite the seemingly endless up-tick of COVID cases in the country. We welcome this as a sign of good things to come (Lord willing, the end of the lockdowns). Aug. 22 is slated to be a return to face-to-face classes for the school year 2022-2023, and the government has indicated that there will be no discriminatory behavior towards children regardless of their vaccination status or lack thereof. Again, that too is a good sign. We have decided that on Sunday, Aug. 21, we shall return to our "normal" Children's Sunday School Ministry form our "modified" Children Sunday School Ministry - we will be having split classes for the boys and the girls, and we will also be having their Sunday School ministry regularly now, that is, every Sunday morning. The kids and workers still need to wear face masks but we can do that for the sake of having a weekly impact for the children in our area and beyond. Bro. Rjay and Sis. Amielle (his wife) will also continue with the boys and girls' "Salvation class" which is a follow up to the Children's Sunday School ministry. They are such a blessing! And they have a number of children that stay afterwards as a result. AMEN!

We also re-launched our Adult/Teens Sunday School class - we call it the Sunday School Bible Class. We are working through the book of Leviticus. Having gone through Genesis and Exodus, I figured why not just go ahead with Leviticus - and after much prayer and reflection, I know the Lord would have us go through this precious book. I printed out 15 study notes to go along with the auditors, and I am happy to say that I will need to print out 5 extra copies since the class has grown. Praise God for His goodness!

The Sunday Morning and Afternoon services were a joy to lead. Bro. RJay preached for the AM service. I preached for the PM service. All of which you can listen to via our sermonaudio dot com webpage (https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/mzbmp/sermons/) or via our YouTube Channel here or even view our livestream via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mzbmp). We even have an app on the phone for those who desire to download it to their smart phone for their edification (click here for more information).

We had a wonderful and full day this past Sunday. Please pray that God would be glorified in our services, that souls would be saved, and that Christians would desire to grow in the Lord and become soldiers for the Lord through this work in Tuktukan, Taguig City.

P.S. We also got to re-launch our Wed. Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study - live and in person for which we rejoice and praise God for it! We will continue to explore the book of Psalms as we are nearing the end of Book 2 (Pss. 42-72).

I am also working on a new Gospel tract: "The Coming Antichrist and the 7-Year Lockdown." This will be another Tagalog/English (bi-lingual) tract for maximum usefulness.

Thank you again for your prayers - we sure do appreciate you!

Sincerely,
Bro. Bill