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As is the custom at Spanish AmeNcan Evan-

geUsm, we reserve this space for news items of personal interest from the missionaries at

SAE. We hope that through this column )^u

might be able to get to know our missionaries

a

little better

Barton and Kathy Morse continue to be seen

around the office even though Bart has resigned

as printer. Kathyis continuing to rent time on the

typesetter as she continues in her own business,

Faye'sFancyFaces. Bart wants to continue a rela

tionship with SAE and has petitioned the board to become a trustee. Due to a badly slumping economy in Pampa, Texas, their son and

daughter-in-law. Lynn and Shannon moved to

Danbury, Connecticut In mid June. This makes

them well over 2,000 miles from El Paso. Lynn

is working as a project manager for a construc tion firm and loving it a lot. It is an exciting new

world for them.

Alma Zuelli represented the ministry of SAE

at

Guadalupe

Christian

Service

Camp

near

Carlsbad, New Mexico, during the week of June

21st. Of the 21 decisions made during the week,

6 were from Eastside Christian Church here in

El

Paso. She also was the director of

VBS as

Eastside this summer. Average nightly atten

dance for the 2 weeks was 130—more than the

Sunday School average. Alma's life will take a

big turn on October 17^- when she'll marry Bob

Blazek,

Minister

at

the

Christian

Church

in

Midland, Texas.

Ed and Donna Weckerly were in Minnesota during July, working with various camps and

VBS programs- Ed continues to do a lot of "leg

work"

for us

in

JuArez.

Marilyn Wood spent 5 weeks in Denver, Col orado, helping her sister, Nancy Roberts, and

family during her recent bout with cancer. We

are sad to report that Nancy died on Ju!y 2nd

and was buried on July 6th. Our sympathy is ex

tended

to

the

Roberts'

and

Wood'

families.

Marilyn is now looking forward to representing SAE at the National Missionary Convention in

September At the Missionary Convention she will be holding a workshop and serving as

organist during the evening sessions. {Rosa

Baker will be the pianist.) The Baker Famliy has managed to put over

25,000 miles on their Suburban without a major

breakdown. Please mark this on your calendar! They have just completed three Vacation Bible

Schools during a two week period in Nebraska. After attending the Hispanic National Conven tion in Los Angeles, Bill was placed into service rebuilding his brother-in-law's car engine. The crankshaft had actually broken in two. Work at Logan Heights Christian Church is progress ing. There have been six baptisms since the first

of the year After a study concerning baptism, two ladies from the church taught another group in town and within two weeks reported 14

baptisms.

SPANISH AMERICAN EVANGELIST

The Spanish American Evangelist is published by Spanish American Evangelism, Inc. Our

ministry is tofosterand promote the spreading ofthe Gospel ofChrist, in both Spanish and English.

Tothat end, the following missionaries are workingthrough witnessing, preaching, teaching, sharing,

counseling, printing and writing; Bill & Rosa Baker, Raul & Maria Elena Martinez, Ed & Donna

Weckerly, Marilyn Wood and Alma Zuelli.

Produced in the printing department of Spanish American Evangelism on equipment dedicated 10 the promotion of the Gospel of Christ among Spanish-reading people throughout the world.

Bill

Baker

Spanish American Evangelism

3135 Forney Lane

El Paso, TX 79935

(915) 592-9292

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED

Director

&

Editor

Non-Profit Org.

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VOLUME XXI

September, 1988

Number 2

THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF SPANISH AMERICAN EVANGELISM. INC.

After 11 years and 4 months—Farewell Barton Morse to pursue another career

Barton and

Kalby Mont

In

Christian

organizations,

much "hoopla" is given when a

new staff member joins the team, and sometimes just a small whisper is mentioned

Morse

upon

leaving.

Barton

deserves more.

He has been

a

part of this ministry since February, 1976. Several million

tracts

have

been

produced

under his supervision. It is not easy to say good-bye, and his

decision was not made lightly.

A few excerpts from his resigna

tion letter might express what is

hard for this editor:

"In the 11

years that I have been a printer

for SAE our support has never

been

what

was

necessary

in

order to provide a living and be able to put anything away for

retirement.

.It is necessary

for each of us to be responsible to God, to ourselves and to our families.

God gave us the ability to reason and I know that the best interest of

my family is to be served by this resignation. I believe that the best interest of Spanish American Evangelism—in the long run—will be served by this

resignation also

be done by any number of other capable people who can speak Spanish—

which would be an increased asset to the ministry."

Barton is expanding a career with A.L. Williams in marketing financial

services. However, his work has been curtailed for the next few months.

While getting things ready for family camp at Mimbres Christian Camp, Bart fell and shattered his left leg just below the knee cap. As of this writing,

he is still in the hospital and faces several months of therapy once he is

released. Please be in prayer for them as we are.

.lam sure that what I am doing in the printshop could

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SPANISH AMERICAN EVANGELIST

September 1987

.FROM THE DIRECTOR

WHOSE FAITH DO

YOU HAVE?

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even ifyou should sufferfor what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as

Lord.

Always

be prepared

to give

an

answer

to

everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope

that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak

maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." I Peter 3:13-16 NIV

Have you ever experienced a knock at the door only to realize that it came

from a member of the Watchtower TVact and Bible Society—the Jehovah's Witnesses? You know from just a few moments of listening with them that

their teaching is not consistent with what the entire Bible says, but you have

no answer for them. You stutter and stammer around and convey to them

that you are not interested in what they have to say and finally get the door closed to them. You lean up against the door and finally exclaim, ''Boy, I really suffered for Jesus that time"

Is that what Peter meant when he wrote, "But even if you should suffer

for what is right, you are blessed."? Many times as Christians we feel that

we are properly using the scripture in that instance along when misfortune might hit us whether it be car trouble or crop failure. Car trouble and crop failure happen to non-Christians as well as Christians—that cannot be con strued as suffering for Jesus. By taking the verse out of context, we fail to

"Always be prepared to give an answer

to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."

Suffering for Jesus does not mean that we just sit back while someone makes

a mockery of God's Word as he strives to twist the scripture in order to justify

his particular doctrinal position. It means being willing to stand up for what

you believe and defend it! As Christians, many times we rely on the faith of our parents or our minister

without really developing a faith for ourselves. We may become Christians

because of our parents or a particular friend without making that faith ours—

we live with another's faith. Under such a circumstance, it is impossible to defend our faith to those who would try to distort it. In this short column,

I do not want to try to give scriptures which would right every false doctrine presently being shoved down our throats by those who claim to have the only

answer; that would be equally impossible. I hope to be able to encourage you

see that it is tied to the following,

to find out what you believe and why. By knowing that, you will not be

vulnerable as different people knock on you door.

In the area of El Paso where I am working, we are experiencing considerable influence from the Jehovah's Witnesses. They are knocking on the doors of

the neighborhood where our church is located every week (several times a week in many instances). One of the tests for a cult is how it deals with the

Godness of Jesus. "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every

spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in theflesh isfrom God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God." (I John 4:2-3a NIV) Jesus made many claims that He was God during His ministry.

Jesus was God—the Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus was the son of God

but not God. This is a very serious doctrinal mistake. Would you like a few

scriptures which you could share with these callers at your door?

In order to deal with the divinity of Jesus easily, the first and last chapters

of Revelation have some profound verses. Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha

and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to

come, the Almighty." That verseclearly states that the Lord God is also referred to as the Alpha and the Omega. The following verse expands upon that,

Revelation 22:13, "I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." Logically speaking then, God can be called any one

of these three names. Let us now return to Revelation 1, at the last part of

verse 17. "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last." Before sharing the next verse you might ask your Jehovah's Witness friend who is speaking in verse 17. Logic demands that God is the answer to that question. Then you might read verse 18. "I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." Then

very lovingly ask the question, "When did God die?" I realize that these verses are very simplistic but they do clearly state that Jesus came to earth as God in human form. People around the world are

dying with their souls condemned to hell because of their false ideas concern ing God and His Son, Jesus Christ. They have not searched out for themselves what God's Word says. To be wrong in matters of salvation and God could

result in being wrong for eternity.

We cannot rest upon what our parents or preachers or Sunday school

teachers have taught us. We must search out and know for ourselves what we believe and why. Whose religion do you have? Is it yours or is it that of

someone else? Having someone else's religion is not necessarily wrong—

provided that we have studied the scriptures to know for ourselves that what

is being taught is correct. "Now the Bereans were of more noble character

than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness

and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

Acts 17:11. Paul had by this time in his ministry established quite a name as a leader in the church. His name or reputation was not enough for the Bereans. Name and reputation is not enough for us today. Let us develop

our own faith even if it is the "faith of our fathers!'

BB

Page Three

From the Mailbox:

Normally we translate a few of the letters which

we have received from Spanish to English for the

benefit of the readers of the Spanish American

Evangelist. These letters needed no translation

because they were written in English. We hope that you appreciate the message which they bring.

Spanish American Evangelism:

to buy Spanish New

I am enclosing $

Testaments and pray the Lord will bless it to your

ministry.

/

go

to

the First Christian

Church

here

in

Chelsea, Oklahoma and I have requested prayer

for you and your work. I belong to the Christian

Women's Fellowship in this church and I told them

about your work and the money needed to pur

chase New Testaments for those hungering for a

Bible that they decided

to send you $

and

I think you have already received it. I gave a report

(was asked to) so I read portions of your letters

to them and they felt we should help.

I counted up and / have eleven Bibles in my house and I treasure everyone of them. Several were given to me and it hurts me to think that there are

those beggingfor a Bible. I'll do what I can to help

you in the Lord's work.

Your Sister in Christ,

MLW

Ed. Note: The above letter shows one end of the Gospel

chain from supporter to mission field. The next letter

is from Bob Pate, a missionary in Comayaguela, D.C., Honduras, Central America.

Dear Bill

Thank you very much for the boxes of New Testaments just received at the bodega being tem

porarily

used

in Depto.

de Francisco for

the

distribution of Christian literature in the eastern and southeastern part of Honduras and for Nicaragua. This is great! The time of arrival could

SPANISH AMERICAN EVANGELIST

not have been betterfor this past week a new opera

tion was commencing in Liquidambor and along

the spine ofMontana de Escobales. In 1977 my son

and I surveyed this remote area along its fringe,

but

we

did not

then

have

the opportunity

to

penetrate into mountain valleys and dense rain forests. Ten years later a mountain road enables

mission teams an excellent jumping off place for

the Gospel invasion of the area.

I am very grateful to you and your Christian literature program for aiding us in getting New Testaments into the area along with our hut Bible studies. The first day into the area a school was located that is serving as a temporary base. The school built in 1983 with funds provided by

the United States government. Overfifty students are currently enrolled and two teachers share the teaching responsibilities. Our method though is not

to use the school or the students in the distribu

tion program but to go to each hut family person

ally. We certainly have nothing against placing a

copy of the New Testament or Bible with each boy

and girl, but have made it a practice first to go the the head of the family where possible.

Thank you again for your help!

To the Lord God be the praise and glory andfor

the purpose that His Son be presented to these

people.

In Christian esteem,

Robert L. Pate

Ed. Note: The New Testaments mentioned above were

provided by Spanish American Evangelism through a joint effort with Christian Gospel Distributors of

Monroe, Oregon. They were part of a shipment of 8,000

New

Testaments

which

were

delivered

to

Central

America in March of this year. Veteran missionaries

Gordon Clifford and Ron Cochran made the trip along

with two interested church members from the United

States. Bill Baker was scheduled to make the trip but

was prevented doing so by a bout with the flu.

More New Testaments are now available and another

delivery will be organized as soon as funds are in hand.

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September 1987

PESOS AND POSTAGE

How would you feel? Would you be happy if

your minimum wages increased by 1250% during

a five year period? I am sure you would if it were

not for the fact that during the same five year

period, the value of the Mexican peso decreased by 3800%. To put those figures in perspective

instead of a wage increase of 1250%, the average

Mexican worker has experienced a 10% decrease

in earning power during the last 5 years. The infla

tion rate in Mexico last year was more than 100%. The United States has never experienced this amount of economic unrest. It is impossible for

the average American citizen to imagine the present

economic situation in Mexico.

A recent article in an E! Paso newspaper reported

that 5 years ago the minimum wage in Mexico was $280 (pesos) daily. Since the peso at that time was

26 pesos to 1 dollar, the minimum wage was a little

more than $10.00 per day. The current minimum

daily wage is over $3,000 pesos, but the value of the peso is approximately $1,5000 to 1—the daily

minimum wage is less than $3.00!

During

this

period

of

time

prices

have

skyrocketed. Recently we found a note which stated

that five or six years ago, one 30# box of New Testaments was being shipped in Mexico for about

43<t (American money). TTiis year 38# boxesof New

Testaments have been costing from $13.64to $19.34!

Postage rates doubled in Mexico on February 1st. Postage expenses for us are going to greatly in

crease. For the last five years, one of the staff has

been using his tithe to send all the literature into Mexico. (SAE has covered the expense of mailing throughout the US and other parts of the world.)

However, with the postage increase he will not be

able to pay the entire costs. SAE will have to fill in part of the gap. In order to do this, we willeither

have to reduce the tract and literature production

or increase the general operating funds.

The general fund is currently experiencing a

decrease rather than an increase. In fact, giving to

tb<^ general fund dronoed from $3,500.00 a month

ONE SHIPMENT

Pictured at right are eighteen

boxes which were prepared for shipment in April. Five different

countries received literature as a

result:

Chile,

Colombia,

the

Dominican Republic, Spain and

the United States. Over 50,000

pieces of evangelistic materials

were included.

All of the materials were sent

by surface mail and the bill still

came to $326.98. Foreign postage

is costing us approximately $1.10 per pound. Spanish American Evangelism does not charge for the evangelistic materials which are provided to

missionaries, local preachers and church workers. We feel that if charges were made, some of the people who use our materials most effectively would not be able to afford such a purchase. It is the friends of SAE which make this ministry possible. Thank you for your help and prayers!

SPEND THE WINTER HERE

Summer is almost over and winter is just around

the corner—time to begin considering your winter

retreat for 1987-1988. Hundreds of thousands of

"snow-birds" leave the cold of winter behind and

"retire" to South Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and

California.

There is nothing wrong with becoming a "snow

bird".

However,

a

large

percentage

of church

members leave their obligation to Christ at home when they head south. If you would like to enjoy

the mild winters of El Paso and provide a service

for the Lord, you might consider parking your

motor home on our parking lot. (We can provide

hook-ups.)

Last winter we were privileged to have Gene and

Doris Hemphill from Mexico, Missouri, and Rilla Wiggins from Craig, Colorado. Much of their time was spent in collating and stapling tracts and

preparing New Testaments for distribution.

Why not consider spending some time this winter in El Paso? We can always use a few extra pairs

of

arrangements.

hands.

Please

contact

us

for

further

SPECIAL PURCHASE SPECIAL SAVINGS

One of the ongoing special funds of Spanish American Evangelism is the New Testament fund.

There are many supporters of this ministry who

regularly contribute designated

funds

for

New

Testaments. These funds are used to purchase New

Testaments. No administrative or shipping expenses are deducted from this account. Normally in

quantity

we

have

been

able

to

purchase

New

Testaments for 50 to 60c a copy. Sometimes when funds are available, special savings can be realized.

In August of 1986 we received a notice from

Christian Gospel Distributors (Ray and Hazel Ewing) that the American Bible Society was doing a special printing of Spanish New Testaments for

35<t each. After talking with Ray, we were able to purchase 30,000 New Testaments for $10,000.00.

Because of the faithful support of many friends of SAE, funds were available and a substantial

savings were made. All of these Testaments have now been shipped to many different areas of Latin America and are being used to share God's word

in a troubled world.

Since that shipment, an additional 19,000 Testaments have been received. We praise God for

providing needed funds through friends of SAE

and Christian Gospel Distributors.

Note: We were saddened to learn of the death

of Mrs. Hazel Ewing on February 8, 1987, We

extend our deepest sympathies to Ray and his

family.

average in 1985 to less than $2,000.00 a month in

1986. We need help. Many church organizations are

currently experiencing this same type of problem.

Some people say it is a direct result of "Pearly

Gate" Our God is greater than the men who have used Him for personal gain. Please pray and con

sider what you can do to help with the postage and

other general fund expenses of SpanishAmerican

Evangelism.

Despite lack of money and other problems,

through the first of September over 200 requests

for literature have been taken care of with over

600,000pieces of literature distributed.

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FINANCIAL REPORT—1986

RECEIPTS:

General

S

24,081.62

Return on

Investment

20,845.60

New Testaments and

Bibles

 

3,177.51

Literature

1,167.90

Literature Trust Fund

90.00

Other Special Designated

10,990.08

Printing

13.045.36

Typesetter Rental

 

2,026.65

Reimbursements

3,959.63

Designated—Missionaries

84,703.76

Miscellaneous

1,004.85

Total

S165,092.96

DISBURSEMENTS:

Designated—Missionaries Supplement Savings — New Testaments

$

84,642.19

9,150.50

11,836.15

 

Literature Trust Fund

290.00

Other

5,830.24

Postage

4,083.97

Utilities

3,294,13

Typesetter Payments

Insurance

Taxes

Payment on Property

Paid out

for

Bibles and New Testaments

3,350.25

1,727.93

1,913.57

15,197.60

10,798.00

Paper

8,410.85

Printing Expense

4,078.45

Typesetter Paper

1,017.83

Office Expense and Equipment

2,828.87

Building and Equipment Maintenance

4,334.97

Latin American Plaza

5,110.06

Travel

617.02

Loan to SAE personnel

1,800.00

Operating loan payment

400.00

Miscellaneous

1,976.50

Tolal

$182,689.08

Balance January 1, 1986

J

203.27

Plus Receipts

165,092.96

Transferred from Savings

17,095.81

Operating loan

400.00

Total Available

182,792.04

Less Disbursements

182.689.08

Sub Total

102.96

Less Check Printing Charge

28.03

Balance December 31, 1986

74.93

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