New Evangelism Website

  I received a call from a Pastor in West Virginia a couple of weeks ago that we provided several websites for in the past. He wanted to put up a new website to support ongoing evangelistic efforts.

     I registered the domain extrememissionevangelism.com for him and set up WordPress.

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From a student in Arkansas

From a student in AR…

I have learned to put my faith in God's facts instead of my feelings.
I have learned that wise thinking produces right actions.
I have learned so much more about being thankful. I am thankful now for things I never thought about before doing this course.
As long as we walk in obedience to God, we can have a clear conscience.
Chastening is proof that God loves us. He really loves me a lot!
God forgives us of our sins, but we must still face the consequences of our sins. I am still facing consequences of sins long forgiven.
God and what God provides for me is all I need.
Resentment and bitterness can make prisoners of us. Only forgiveness can set us free. I found this out the hard way.
I can love others because God has put His wonderful love in me.
I am learning to see God in all my circumstances: good & bad.
These lessons have been a real blessing to me.
Some were more fun than others. Some hit me pretty hard because of my imperfections.
I think this course has made me love my dear Saviour even more.
 

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Bob and Maureen Hoffman 4Q 2016 Newsletter

"When you go on the internet, please pray for the Hoffman Family – your missionaries to Cyberspace."
 
Volume 29 Issue 04 (November/2016)
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The Latest News: 

  • We took a two week road trip during August. Maureen and I visited many of our supporting churches (and several other churches). We had an opportunity to present the ministry at 6 churches in 5 states in two weeks. A couple of additional churches picked us up for support over the summer. The most common comment I get after I present our ministry is "I never realized how much your ministry does!"
  • In September Bob attended a camp meeting at New Beginning Baptist Church in Edgewood Texas, but had to cut the meeting short for emergency surgery due to a detached retina. Surgery was successful, retina is 100% reattached, gas bubble in eye is expected to be gone shortly after Thanksgiving.
Church Website Ministry:

  • We received a request to update information in the Baptist ministries database (Baptist-ministries.org) for Canaan Baptist Church in Monroe North Carolina.  The church had no web page, so I asked if they would like a website. I offered some potential domain names for the church they decided that canaanmonroe.com would be a good domain name.I registered the domain and installed a basic WordPress Website for them.
  • I received an email from the De Hart Family (Missionaries to Mexico). Scottie De Hart ran across one of our web pages and decided to contact us.Scottie had been playing with WIX trying to set up a website, but apparently felt a little overwhelmed. I asked Brother Scottie if the De Hart Family Missionaries website needed to be complicated and flashy. He said he wanted to keep it simple, a place for pastors to go to find the information they would normally find in his information packet. I asked brother De Hart if he had looked at WordPress and he had not. We went to my WordPress Demo website (churchdemo.us) and I gave him a tutorial on WordPress for about an hour. After the tutorial brother Scottie decided that WordPress would probably be very easy to use, and would fill his needs nicely. I registered dehartmissions.com for them, and set up WordPress for him. It is a blessing for us to help missionaries to be able to focus on their mission and raising support while we worry about the maintenance and security of their websites for them.
  • I registered the domain guyanabaptistministries.com for Missionary Ray Boltz (missionary to Guyana), We met in person to discuss the direction he wanted to take his website. We had a brainstorming session at a local Burger King in Dallas Texas. It was a fruitful time together. I was able to provide some valuable hands on training to brother Ray and we were able to set up a Facebook interface (API) with his website so he could publish to his website and the website would update his Facebook page for him. I was also able to get a better understanding of how Brother Ray wanted to use the website, and we were able to configure the website to help accomplish his goals. We were able to install a WordPress app on his smartphone that would allow Brother Boltz to take pictures, and then publish a picture with a post to his web page. The web page would then automatically update his social media pages for him.
  • A comment from a Pastor we host several website for: I was going to just fire off an email to you to ask for your help, but thought I would check out your cyber-missions website again, just to catch up with your ministry. All I can say is, “Wow!” You have a ton of value available there. I think your ministry is one of the best kept secrets in the independent Baptist world. Personally, I just want to say thank you, especially as we draw closer to my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. (Christmas is a little too commercialized for it to be my favorite.)  Please allow me to say:  Thank You for All You Do!  I really appreciate what you do for the sake of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bible Correspondence Courses: We want to thank Katherine Feguer, Lydia Henrici, J.L. & Florence Smith for helping on the Bible Correspondence courses over the last quarter.

3rd Quarter StatsPraise the Lord, we had 4 salvation decisions, 2 in the USA and 2 in Nigeria. We sent out 1,221 lessons to 231 students (9 prisoners and 75 international). We issued 26 certificates. Lessons were sent to 8 countries: Canada, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and USA.

Here are some comments we received from people that are taking the correspondence courses:

  • From a 70 year old Bible student in AR – Oh how I wish I could have taken these lessons years ago! My life could have been so different!
  • From Nigeria: The grace and peace of Christ be with your precious Ministries. One of your biblical leaflets that were shared in our school has touched and changed the lives of 90 Brothers and Sisters. Some Evangelist came to our school last year and distributed different types of tract, leaflet and booklets to student. After memorizing the content in the leaflet been gave to us. We realized that we all are lost sinners and only Jesus can save. So today only 90 of us decided to give our live to Christ Jesus is now our Lord and Saviour. We have now started going to church departing from sins.
  • Prayer Request from Nigeria: We were attacked by some group of Muslims on our way for evangelism we were distributing  a gospel tract from chick publication called allah hard no son and this group of Muslims attacked us with cutlass and rod we all have to run we thanked GOD THAT NO BODY DIED only 3 people were wounded they will not stop us from spreading the gospel we need your prayers
  • From a student in Nigeria… I am so glad for the courses you enrolled me. The teachings are so comprehensive and that is what I needed. The lectures has seen me to more greater height, everything about typology are quite clear, open, thrilling and so profounding to me. Thank you for the exposition of facts and truths of the scriptures to me in this booklet. Please, five of our Pastors need your help for them. Please add the next course. These courses are so relevant in my training programmes. The training programmes for church leaders in various locations/local government areas, which I am planning to be doing it monthly. I am very grateful. God bless you.
  • From a Student in India: I have completed and filled in the blanks spaces in the booklet (lesson) text material and searched for the answers from the Gospel of John. To know about Jesus and His Life we must study the Gospels. John was the Beloved Disciple of Jesus and the study of this gospel is indeed very important. To grow in Christ we need to memorize, understand and apply the verses from this Gospel. These are available in this Booklet. Thanks to the author of this study.
  • From Kenya – Praise God dear mom Maureen and Bob, we hope you are both doing well in the lord, Im very sorry for late reply of this email.  Im  normally so busy and I do take long before reading emails at the cyber since my desktop is not working. otherwise we are very grateful for the lessons you sent to the children most of the them are through with them both the lessons 1 and 2! I would be grateful if we can get the answer key to help grade the children. they are eagerly waiting to know how they have performed in the lessons. we have 15 children who has given their lives to Christ after going through the study. they are very excited to be born again. kindly we would be grateful to get the next two lessons for all the children. we have now more children interested in the lessons. We need about 30 books of  the gospel of  John lesson 1 for the new older children. And for the next lesson in the series this is the new list,  we are praying for bob and you for this powerful ministry…
Tract Ministry: We have "given out" 80,000 Bible Tracts online.
Social Networking Outreach: I get new requests on my evangelistic Facebook account regularly. I now have 2672 "friends" in my evangelistic Facebook account. This is a valuable tool to reach the unsaved masses.
Support:  We are currently at 70% of support for our ministry expenses.
Prayer Needs: 

  • Our vehicles are old – we have spent almost $3,000 keeping both vehicles running over the last two months, Bob's truck has to go in to have it's transmission checked out. Please pray for the vehicles to keep running and that the problem is minor.
  • Ongoing minor health issues. (Bob is scheduled for some minor surgery the Wednesday before Thanksgiving).
  • Would you consider praying for us when special needs arise? If so, please subscribe to our prayer warrior's mailing list. : http://eepurl.com/SYbI9. 
Specific Financial Needs:
As the year draws to an end – we are at about 70% of our support for ministry (not personal) expenses). At least two churches that said they were going to pick us up for support this year have yet to provide any support. If you would like to help with a specific missions project for next year for your church the following are projected expenses based on current spend rates this year:

  • Server Costs $565 Dollars
  • Security Costs $250
  • Bible Lessons $1000
  • Postage to Nigeria $925 (90 salvation decisions)
  • Postage to Kenya (increasing) $250 (15 Salvation)
  • Postage to India $40
  • Misc Office Expense $2000
Please consider a donation. FamilyNet is a 501 (C)(3) charity. Donations are tax deductible in the US – You can donate via PayPal (Donate button is on http://www.cyber-missions.com) or mail a check:
FamilyNet International Inc
P.O. Box 451951
Garland, TX 75045
(214) 257-0229

In Jesus' Service,
  

Bob and Maureen
 
Phil 2:4
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More News from Kenya – 15 Saved!

Praise God dear mom Maureen and Bob, we hope you are both doing well in the lord,
 
Im very sorry for late reply of this email.  Im  normally so busy and I do take long before reading emails at the cyber since my desktop is not working. otherwise we are very grateful for the lessons you sent to the children most of the them are through with them both the lessons 1 and 2! I would be grateful if we can get the answer key to help grade the children. they are eagerly waiting to know how they have performed in the lessons. we have 15 children who has given their lives to Christ after going through the study. they are very excited to be born again. kindly we would be grateful to get the next two lessons for all the children. we have now more children interested in the lessons. We need about 30 books of  the gospel of  John lesson 1 for the new older children. And for the next lesson in the series this is the new list,  we are praying for bob and you for this powerful ministry
 
 
The number of children and their ages: 3-5 = 16, 6-8 = 15; 9-11 = 25; 12-14= 30 and above 15 =50.
kindly receive lots of love and greetings from all the children at OASIS OF HOPE, they love you all and pray for you everyday.

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From a Pastor We Host Several Domains For…

Bob, 

I was going to just fire off an email to you to ask for your help, but thought I would check out your cyber-missions website again, just to catch up with your ministry.
 
All I can say is, “Wow!” You have a ton of value available there. I think your ministry is one of the best kept secrets in the independent Baptist world.
 
Personally, I just want to say thank you, especially in as we draw closer to my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. (Christmas is a little too commercialized for it to be my favorite.)
 
———- 
Please allow me to say: 
Thank You for All You Do!
I really appreciate what you do for the sake of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
———-
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Christian Business – Romans 1:16

     Without a doubt we are living in perilous times. It is getting to be a tough time to be a Pastor, a Christian Business, a Christian Teacher, a Christian Union member, even a Christian in general.

     As a Christian I would like to do business with other Christians, it is hard enough to make a living in this economy, and we should take care of each other.  Unfortunately, it is getting more difficult to find Christians in the business world. Open Christians that is – not “closet” Christians.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

     I am talking about Christian Business people that profess Jesus Christ openly, that maintain Christian principles, Christians whose handshake and whose word is as good as a signed contract. I have to be honest with you. Some of the WORST people I have done business with and some of the WORST people that have worked for me were professing Christians.

Collossians 3:23-25 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

     Last week I started working on a project to convert over what I thought were some old “legacy” public domains files that were threatened with vanishing into obscurity if the websites that housed them went down. I have a number of domains that I have no specific use for – and had set one up (bob-hoffman.org) to house these files.

     I had used a utility that was supposed to have downloaded all this content onto my computer and was ready to see what I actually had, and figure out how to start building the website.

     As I started looking at what I had, I found that what I had was links to other websites that housed the content, not the content itself.  Since the content already had a home, and much of the content was copyrighted, my project did not really seem to necessary to pursue. So I started praying about what the Lord might have me to do – since I had started out doing this maybe there was something else the Lord may want me to do – usually when the Lord has me start something He continues to steer me in the direction He would have me to go. It is easier to steer a moving vehicle than one that is parked!

     After praying and contemplating for a couple of days, the Lord laid it on my heart to simply put up a website for Christian Businesses to place links to their businesses. A Christian business could list their business there, and Christians could go there to find a Christian business. Sounds simple – doesn’t it?

     I put a couple of (what I thought were) simple criteria down.

  1. I put a statement of faith up to define the term Christian.
  2. The Christian Business had to have, somewhere on their website a public acknowledgement that the owner was a professing Christian (Romans 1:16)

     That should have been simple enough, right? Evidently not.

     I figured I would add some Christian businesses to “kick start” the website, and at the same time start doing some research. There are a lot of other so-called Christian Business directories out there, and checking them out was an interesting exercise!

     I went to the old standard, the Shepherd’s Guide. This directory is almost empty, not sure how they stay in business. There were many others like it. While most of the businesses in these directories had icons indicating that the business owner was a born again Christian, 99.5% of the websites gave NO indication that Christ had any bearing on the way the company, or the owner of the company did business.

     In fact, many of the so-called Christian business directories appeared to be selling advertising to secular companies to just stay in business!

     I moved on to some of the Christian Business Associations. I won’t mention which one, but there was one in particular (dealing with a medical specialty) that I checked out. I went to the websites of many of their members, most of the members did not even acknowledge membership in the Christian Medical Association. None of the websites acknowledged a relationship with their Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

     I am not saying that a Christian NEEDS to publically acknowledge Jesus Christ on their business website. These are perilous times, and this is definitely between you and your Lord. It can mean losing business. As we are finding out it can paint a target on your back for lawsuits.

But clearly, I made a good decision to put up a Romans 1:16 directory for Christian Businesses. I have not found another one out there. 

     If you have a Christian Business, and you are publically showing that you are a Christian on your website (testimony, Christian symbol etc.), I would be honored to share your business with other Christians.

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Guyana Missionary Website

     Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Missionary Ray Boltz (missionary to Guyana), to discuss the direction he wanted to take his website (guyanabaptistministries.com).

     He has returned from Guyana, his daughter got married today in Oklahoma, and he had to come into Dallas yesterday to pick up the pastor from his sending church at Love Field, so he came down a little early and we had a brainstorming session at the local Burger King.

Missionary Ray Boltz to Guyana

     It was a fruitful time together. I was able to provide some valuable hands on training to brother Ray and we were able to set up a Facebook interface (API) with his website so he could publish to his website and the website would update his Facebook page for him.

     I was also able to get a better understanding of how Brother Ray wanted to use the website, and we were able to configure the website to help accomplish his goals.

    Almost everything went pretty well, but we were never able to get the WordPress app on his smartphone working correctly. The app on the smart phone would allow Brother Boltz to take pictures, and then publish a picture with a post to his web page. The web page would then automatically update his social media pages for him. Lord willing it will be easy for us to figure out what is causing the problem (I think I may have figured it out while I was typing this).

     He is thinking we will be able to spend some more time together in the next week or two and lock things down, but it was a blessing spending time with brother Ray and working to help him try and get his website to accomplish what he wants it to do!

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Bible Student Comments

Comment from a student in MS…

Thanks for the lessons, they truly have helped in my walk with the Lord.

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Mailing List Options

     I was recently discussing his mailing list with missionary Scottie DeHart (Missionary to Mexico).  I set up a website for them (dehartmissions.com) last month, and we had talked about some of their other ministry needs.

mailing list

     They were currently manually sending out their email (they have about 188 on their mailing list). I suggested he take a look at MailChimp.

     MailChimp is free if your mailing list has less than 1000 names on it. It allows you to track how many people actually open the emails, how many click on links in the email, automatically tracks bounced emails and cleans your list of bad email addresses.

     It allows people that no longer wish to get your Newsletter to unsubscribe themselves. In short, it makes your life easier if you are maintaining a mailing list manually on your own today, and MailChimp gives you loads of free extras (statistics, graphs etc).

     Scottie uses a Juno email account, and unfortunately MailChimp does not like mail accounts like Juno, Gmail etc.

     I set up an email forwarding account using his domain (dehartmissions.com) which forwards to his Juno account. MailChimp was happy with that. So was Scottie’s mom! Scottie sent me the following message:

“Thank you so much for setting up the forwarding email.  It is certainly working.  My mom is thrilled she has been sending out the news letters via juno.com for years and has to send it 12 times to send it to all of the 188 people that get the MacGyver Monthly each month.  Chimp is sooooo cool.”

     If you are handling a manual mailing list, MailChimp is definitely worth taking a look at!

 

 

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Car Problems

We just spent almost $2000 getting our two vehicles (1994 and 2002) back into safe driving condition. After we had then checked out, both had serious issues that could have caused problems. Praise God we caught them and got them fixed before anything happened. Please continue to pray for us as the Lord leads.

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