Ministry Update – November, 2018

Here is the ministry letter from Paul and Joyce for October (PDF file): Paul_Travis_11_2018

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Ministry Update – October 2018

Here is the ministry letter from Paul and Joyce for October (PDF file): Paul Travis 10 2018

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Ministry Update – August 2018

Here is the letter Paul and Joyce mailed out this month. Please click this link to open the PDF document: Paul and Joyce Travis – August 2018

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Ministry Update – June, 2018

Here is the letter Paul and Joyce mailed out this month. Please click this link to open the PDF document: Travis letter – June 2018

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February, 2018 Ministry Update

Paul and Joyce give thanks for God’s faithfulness in their lives and ministry. You can download their letter with photos in this PDF document:  Travis_2-2018

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December 2017

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7: 14. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Lk. 2:11 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” II Cor. 9:15

We want to wish you all a joyful Christmas. We can never express appreciation enough for how you all have stood with us with your prayers and gifts. Thank you so much.

We were thankful for the first Christmas, when the Lord Jesus was born, but we long for His coming again­ that Christmas still to come! Are we as eager for the second coming of Christ as we are for the coming of the Christmas season? When Christ came the first time, it was after heaven had been silent for 400 years – no prophet, no prophesies, and no writing of Scripture; but all of a sudden Christ was born in Bethlehem. No wonder the angels sang and the shepherds rejoiced, for a Savior had been born.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Christ had never come? We are now waiting for His return.

Though it will be very difficult to finish this year with all the expenses paid, but we have the joy of Christ which makes it worth it all. Just a few minutes ago, Joyce and I saw a lady return to Raleigh with freedom and with the joy of the Lord after two days. The Lord did it, that is what makes the joy; and if Christ had never come from heaven none of this would happen. It’s always amazing how far people drive looking for freedom. Praise the Lord for the love He shares and for the freedom He gives.

Christmas stands as a monument to a tremendous fact; God came to earth in human flesh, but the greatest Christmas is still in the future. Actually the first and second comings of Christ arc connected together in Scripture. There is a “Christmas Day” that is yet to come. ”The prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you. Searching what, or what manner or time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when he testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” I Peter 1: 10-11. The sufferings of Christ and the glories are the first and second comings.

When Christ came the first time, it was to settle one question – the question of sin. He did not come to solve the problems of government nor to set before the world a philosophy of living. He came the first time to settle the sin question – to die for the sins of the world. He came as Savior. He will come back as King in the future.

O gift so wonderful, so very wonderful, the gift of God’s beloved Son;
Born in deep poverty, dying upon the tree,
That He might ransom me, 0 gift divine!

Thank you for partnering with us in this ministry,

Paul & Joyce

See the PDF copy with page 2 – photos: Paul_Travis_12_2017

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Thanksgiving Season 2017 – Update

Thanksgiving is the response of a grateful soul to a gracious Savior.

We want to take this opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for what He has done through each of you in supplying the needed support to provide this ministry of setting people free in Christ.

Thanksgiving is a major part of the Christian’s life. If we keep praising the Lord, we cannot have bad feelings toward people.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which passes all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) .
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psa. 34:1).
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord” (Psa. 92:1).

Thanksgiving is known to be very beneficial, not only to the one being thanked, but for the one giving thanks.

It is connected to a compassionate heart. It represents a very positive outlook in life, enabling one to view things properly, and more ready to receive benefits, especially from the Lord.

Billy Graham said, “When we sit around our tables laden with sumptuous delicacies, let us not forget that half the world will go to bed hungry. As we enjoy the comforts of our cozy home, let us not forget that great numbers in the world have no home to go to” (This is especially true for thousands recently). We need to pray for those whose lives have been extremely affected.

Someone said, “We will eventually lose everything for which we are not thankful.” None of us need more blessings as much as we need to appreciate the sweetness of the blessings we already have.” Contentment is wanting what we have, rather than coveting what we think we want.

A thanksgiving prayer from President George Washington is as follows: “Dear Lord: thank you for the wonderful gift You have poured out on our nation. In the name of Jesus, who died for our sins, forgive us and forgive our nation for enjoying Your gifts while trying to live without You. Amen.”

Please pray for us, for we are really desirous to help hurting people, many who are driving distances, coming to us for help. I think of the bride whose groom was drowned just before the wedding would take place. This is a verse of a song she wrote, “Give me a calm, a thankful heart, from every murmur free; the blessings of Thy grace impart, and make me live for Thee.” This takes dedication, love and grace.

We wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving season. We are very thankful for how you have supported us, enabling us to continue leading people to freedom in Christ. We thank the Lord because it is He who really does it all. Thanks be to the Lord! We want to continue to depend upon the Lord to express our love to each of you and those being helped.

Together for His glory,

Paul and Joyce

To give a support contribution, please visit Freedom in Christ Ministries and designate to Travis’ support: http://ficm.org/
This two page letter is available in PDF: Travis_11_17

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