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Mike and Melanie

Mike and Melanie Webster

 

We are Mike and Melanie Webster, serving the Lord in the Province of Québec Canada since 1986 with Independent Faith Mission.

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us.” (1Thess 5:24-25)

Update on Mike’s Mother

On February 1, we made a quick trip back to North Carolina from Québec City believing that Mike’s mother may be going to be with the Lord very soon.  The family has been up and down the emotional roller coaster with her condition going to and from critical over the past month.  There is much that she has been battling physically but the main issue right now is congestive heart failure.  God is answering prayer for her peace and comfort and we praise Him for that!  She has expressed on numerous occasions her readiness to meet the Lord!

As of this writing, mom is receiving palliative care at Hospice of Rockingham County.  Her condition seems to be steadily declining but she is still relatively lucid. The number of visitors that she has received has been astounding and there is no way to express the blessing that this has been to her and to the whole family.  Melanie stays with her during the day while I go in and out and help dad.

Last week, the Lord led us to delay our departure for the three-week multi-church conference in Idaho.  As time passes, it is beginning to look as though we may have to cancel altogether.  Would you pray with us about this?  Perhaps we will be able to reschedule with these churches for the fall.  Our next meetings are in North Carolina and begin March 1st.

Please Pray for Mike’s Mother

Ann Oakes Webster

Ann Oakes Webster

Melanie and I are so thankful to have been raised by parents who followed a Christian model of marriage and parenthood.  What an advantage this has given us in life and ministry! One blessing of extended deputation is that we have been able to spend more time with our aging parents in CA and NC.

On Jan 10, Mikes, mother had to be taken to the Emergency Room. She was given 2 to 3 days to live. The family was called in. We are so thankful to have been present.  Then she made an incredible comeback, at least for a while. She was very determined to get well enough to return to her earthly home but this now appears unlikely. Please pray for her peace and comfort, whatever God’s will may be.

Melanie and I are back in Québec, at least for now. We are scheduled to fly to Idaho for three weeks of meetings on Feb 6. We’ll see. God is in control!!!  We would appreciate your prayers for His guidance and provision.

Books for Sale!

First Batch Ready to Sell!

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In a plea for more donors for her book fund for preachers in need, Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon wrote “Books are as truly a minister’s needful tools as the plane and the hammer and the saw are the necessary adjuncts of a carpenter’s bench.”[1]  We need go no further than Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim 4:13 for a biblical example.  In our over 30 years of ministry, Mike has always had ample space to store his “tools” so has accumulated a substantial theological library.  However, with a move to Europe on the horizon, we must downsize.  As a start, we’ve managed to get 148 volumes into boxes and ready to sell.  Would you pray that the sale of these and others to come might be substantial enough to contribute to the purchase of their equivalents in electronic format?

This need is vital to our effectiveness in a ministry of preaching, teaching, translation, and the training of nationals.  “The person who wishes to master the content of Scripture so that its content may master him will be greatly helped by the right study tools. …A pastor or Bible teacher cannot afford to be uninformed—or ill-informed—for a task as important as unfolding the Word of God for his people.”[2]

For your information, here is a link for the volumes currently available:  Mike’s Books

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1876). The Sword and Trowel: 1876 (p. 110). London: Passmore & Alabaster.

[2] Custer, S. (1998). Tools for preaching & teaching the Bible (2nd ed., p. viii). Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press.

Pray for France!

IMG_1155.JPGThe perception by the general public in France of anyone who has any sort of religious belief is already quite negative.  Pray that these horrible acts committed by Islamic terrorists will not harden their attitudes towards true believers.  Pray that these heinous events might soften hearts instead, and make them more receptive to true salvation in Christ.

Our current deputation trip is going very well.  So far we have been in meetings in North Carolina but drive to Pennsylvania today.  Pray with us that we might have the means necessary to get to France as soon as possible!

Family Christmas in Québec

All the Websters 2014

All the Websters 2014

What a joy to have the whole family, spouses and grand children included, for a Québec Christmas!  It was wonderful to spend this time together in a place that has been so dear to us all for a very long time.