Here is the letter Paul and Joyce mailed out this month. Please click this link to open the PDF document: Travis letter – June 2018
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
“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 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
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
UPDATE OF PAUL & JOYCE TRAVIS WORKING WITH FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Romans 8:22-23 says: “For we know that the whole creation GROANS and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves GROAN within ourselves. eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Thank you for praying and having a part in this ministry, seeing people set free from their bondages. All of us live in the midst of the turmoil of this world, but we do not have to be a part of it. we may be enjoying victory. This is why you & we have been helping these hurting people. We pray that this ministry is like the story of Lazarus [John 11] Jesus raised him from the dead and the first thing Jesus said to Mary and Martha was: “Loose him, and let him go.” In other words, “take off his grave clothes.” This is a description of the purpose of our ministry. Your prayers and gifts enable people to hear how they can be relieved of their grave clothes. Then they enjoy being both redeemed and relieved.
We continue to have about as much work as we can handle. Praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers and support.
People have been asking us: “how can we know God’s will?” This may help:
Believing God has a plan and a will for us. “Show me Your ways O Lord.” Psalm 25:4,5,14. Being right with God, and if we come to a complete submission to Him, He will let us know His will. Rom. 12:1-2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
We need to be submissive to the Lord and claim His promise of John 7:17 “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know… ” This is being willing to do whatever He says. Do not hurry, but wait before Him.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.
Delight yourself in the Lord … and Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psa. 37:3-7, 23 Ready and willing, separated from the world and valuating God’s Word trusting fully in the Lord, leaning not on our own understanding, but acknowledging Him and He shall direct our paths. Prov. 3:5-6, Eph. 5:I 7
Pray that God will guide us through the Holy Spirit and His Word, not just going by feeling. Start the day with prayer, bathe everything in prayer and step on no ground over which we have not prayed. Psalm 32:7-9
Trusted Friendly Counsel
Mature and godly counsel can benefit. Often things happen that we cannot explain. Usually it’s God speaking.
God grants peace. Remember just as it is difficult to steer a car without power steering, so it is with knowing God’s will, when standing still; stay on the move. Also stay close to the guide. Pray to hear the Lord say:” This is the way, walk in it.” Isa. 30: 21. Only as we are in agreement with God do we have peace. Remember that no diamond is ready for God’s jewel box until it is cut, ground and polished, so are we.
It’s a joy to see the change in their lives when they simply start believing more of God’s truth. So far we’ve never advertised, but God always knows who and when to send believing souls that need some help. We are learning that verse in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ WHO STRENGTHENS ME (US).”
Paul and Joyce
p.s. Paul has recorded two testimonies about our life and ministry that are featured on our resources page here.
GOD’S UNSURPASSING LOVE —- BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED
“But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities… and we are healed by His wounds (Isa: 53:5 HCS).”
Because of His wounds we are forgiven of all our sins. A study of His wounds is very revealing and enlightening. He suffered five types of wounds. We will never understand the suffering He went through when He cried to His Father, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” However, we can take a fresh look at the physical wounds He experienced while He was being mocked, scourged and crucified.
LACERATIONS-He was “scourged” (the tearing of His flesh) Matt. 27:2. PUNCTURE –They placed upon Him a crown of thorns (the piercing of His flesh) Matt. 27:29. CONTUSIONS –They took a reed and “kept hitting Him on the head” (bruising His flesh) Matt. 26:27; 27:30. PERFORATION –He was nailed to the cross ( piercing His flesh, all the way through) John 20:25. INCISION-(A clean and open wound)- “the soldiers pierced His side with a spear” John 19:34.
W speaks of His willingness. He came for the purpose of dying for our sins on the cross. Phil. 2:6-8
Ospeaks of omnipotence. He had power to lay down His life and to take it again. John I0:17-18
U speaks of understanding. He completely understood why He was going to the cross. John 12-24-33
N speaks of necessity. He had to drink “the cup” of suffering – no other way. Heb. 9:22
D speaks of deliverance. His death accomplished our great deliverance. Gal. 1:4; 6:14
S speaks of satisfaction. God the Father was completely satisfied. Isa. 53: 10-11
When Christ finished His work on earth and on the cross, He cried, “It is finished.” Redemption had been paid for. We praise the Lord for His complete provision, and invite everyone to be completely satisfied as well.
God’s love was so great that He wanted to give His Son on Calvary to pay for the sins of mankind. Yes, His love is unsurpassed. We don’t deserve anything, but He gave us His choicest love gift – His Son dying in our place. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Activities and Family Update:
Our granddaughter, Kara, was married to a fine Christian man in Louisville, Kentucky.
Another granddaughter, Heidi, spent eight weeks in Austria in Biblical study at Torch Bearers Evangelistic Organization, which was founded by W. Ian Thomas.
We believe more and more of the importance of prayer, so we are involved in the Freedom in Christ SE prayer conference calls.
Two trips to Hickory NC was providing training and resources to a lady who has been helping many hurting people (pictured with Joyce below in the PDF copy).
Seven Steps to Freedom is an intensive process done individually, and takes 3-5 hours each. A father and son were taken separately through the Steps to Freedom as well as a wife on a Saturday and husband on Sunday afternoon. Several individuals have driven for distances to come and experience freedom, including a pastor and several Christian leaders.
Two couples have come on Saturday mornings for discipleship training. Each of them are presently teaching Bible classes. The two men pictured were trained at the four-day Practicum in Knoxville TN,
We spent time in one church teaching on Discipleship and filled a pulpit in another church on Sunday morning. We have had the privilege of spending time with Christian leaders around food and mentoring.
While we praise the Lord for what He has done, we are also very thankful for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. We will never cease marveling at your faithfulness and how the Lord is changing lives. Thank you so much, and may the Lord really bless your ministry and activity for His glory.
Blessings and love,
Paul and Joyce
See this letter with photos in PDF here: Paul Travis_7 2017.