Prayer Letter April 2015
A word from the President
In reflecting on the years of BTMI and seeking to cast a vision for the future of the ministry, the hand of God has been so clear. The sovereign God whom we serve has consistently provided people who have become the hearts and the hands, to see the sermons and teaching materials of Paris Reidhead the fruit of years of preaching and teaching be reproduced, distributed, and preserved.
Since my father’s passing in 1992 I have served as President of BTMI alongside of my mother whose missionary commitment has motivated her dedication to faithfully serve in the center of this ministry. Over the years we have been blessed and amazed by the people who have become not just a part of the Board of Directors but have become the laborers in the fields dedicated to furthering the kingdom of God.
This morning I read from a loose leaf notebook of sermons preached at the Gospel Tabernacle, New York City and transcribed onto onion skin paper. One message from
Jan. 1, 1961 (I was 7 at the time) was entitled “Christ the Mediator of a Better Covenant”. This sermon particularly touched
me as a Pastor having just walked through events of Holy Week and Easter with the congregation I serve in Central Ohio
I quote: “But you see, we have thought, and so much of our preaching has stopped here, that God’s great purpose in grace was simply to secure people against judgment and to save them from hell. Now it is that, but it is infinitely more than that. He said, “this people have I formed for myself. They shall show forth my praise.” God’s purpose in the His new covenant is the same as His old covenant, to get a people that will be utterly the Lord’s wholly the Lord’s, completely God’s so that through them He can He can reveal what he is.”
Several years ago, I was contacted by phone by a man from Colombiana, Ohio. He shared with me then that his life had been radically impacted by the sermons of Paris Reidhead. As I sat at my computer in the dark of the early morning I heard the bing of an incoming text message. This new message just came through: “How very grateful, I am to our Lord for using your dad in my life. Words will never be able to express my thankfulness to our Savior. Your dad’s small account of the Bema Judgement (vision), his messages Ten Shekels and a Shirt, and Redeemed from the Curse of the Law have been so mightily used in my life. How I love and adore God so. He is My Everything. Do we have any other reason for being but our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? … Ginny, How I love him so ….”
When I asked David Savon if I could include his words in the letter that I was writing at that very moment he responded. “A few years ago, the Lord showed me that my whole life had been all about me. I wept, and wept and wept. … I thought I was serving him with my whole heart – then his Holy Spirit ambushed my deceived heart and revealed to me that my whole life had been for my own glory. How it deeply grieved my heart but he gave me the gift of repentance and forgave me! My life has never been the same, praise His Holy Name forever. Now I would be honored with being a particle of dust under those Holy feet in total obscurity for all eternity. How he lovingly changed my heart. How I love and adore him so .…”
The sermon preached on January 1st, 1961 in NYC concluded with this prayer: “May we come to drink deeply, to have that new heart ...inscribed upon ours, and then drink even more deeply until we shall know what it is to be filled with the fullness of Thyself. Show us that in this New Covenant, He said, I will dwell in them and walk in them…” O God let it be so in each one of our lives.
Virginia Reidhead Teitt, President
Prayer Letter May 2013
The excitement continues to build here at Bible Teaching Ministries for the Lord as the ministry grows larger. With each passing day we are blessed by the Lord and His Word that reveals to us the love He has for us. Christian love—the highest and best gift—“If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3) JB Phillips
BTMI has been supporting pioneer mission efforts in Ethiopia. In May of 2012, a team of young adults accompanied by Virginia Reidhead Teitt, Pastor of Concord Presbyterian Church and Pastor Zegeye Hambissa, who serves an Ethiopian immigrant partner new church, went on a mission visioning trip to Ethiopia.
The people of Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia and the Concord Church of central Ohio understand that God is calling them to walk together to explore how church to church partnerships might be established. Currently plans are underway for a return to Ethiopia to lay the foundation for ongoing work together in developing opportunities for training and empowering churches to offer holistic outreach so that the abundant life described by Jesus might be realized in a country with such poverty and potential. Pastor Zegeye’s son Samuel is now completing a degree in business and economics from Ohio State University and will be joining the other young adults in this pioneer mission work.
Recently, Virginia Teitt, BTMI’s president, and Samuel Hambissa, Pastor Zegeye’s son, attended a summit on African Leadership sponsored by Breakthrough Partners (breakthroughpartners.org) a mission consulting organization. Representatives from 14 African nations gathered in Addis Ababa to pray and network and share how God is using community based outreach/evangelism to transform the world one village at a time. This gathering which was held the first week of March was hosted by the Mekane Yesus Church in Ethiopia who are partners with Concord Presbyterian Church. Samuel Hambissa is certain that the opportunity to participate in this powerful experience will determine his future in using his education to contribute to the overcoming the poverty in under developed areas of the world for God's glory.
Back at BTMI, on February 4, Rick was let go from his job at Sears. With that stress burden lifted, Rick began fulltime ministry joining Wanda at Bible Teaching Ministries. The Lord is providing abundantly for the Collins, so that these two people can attend to the needs of the Ministry.
Our Web Master also has had a change in employment. He has been hired to work in the state of Maryland. What a surprise for us! He has been living in Washington State with his family. In the past 6 weeks we have met, shared meals, and generally getting to know each other in person. This is answered prayers. Rick and Wanda have been talking about taking a road trip to go out to meet them and the Lord brought them here to meet us. We serve an awesome God!
The Lord continues to answer prayers. We have been seeking the Lord’s discernment for a new board member and we now have a God fearing individual. Pastor Stephen Woolverton has graciously accepted our invitation to join the Paris Reidhead Bible Teaching Ministries’ Board.
Last time, we talked about 83 or more sermons that we were sending to Jason. These sermons are being organized, art work is being created, and our database updated. We’ve enclosed a new list of those titles available now for distribution.
We continue to match written/transcribed sermons to their audio counterpart. Praise the Lord we have matched 81 sermons! The wonderful part of matching written sermons to audio sermons is we now know when and where the sermons were preached.
This prayer letter has been printed on our brand new HP Laser printer, which was purchased in November, thanks to your generous support of this ministry. The printer has proven an invaluable tool to the Ministry, the proof of which you hold in your hands.
Since our last prayer letter the Board met in January for BTMI’s annual meeting. We discussed the new book “A Paris Reidhead Reader: Three Classic Sermons” and it was felt that the title “Tongues – The Sign or a Gift” would not be included in the new book. We are making “Tongues – The Sign or a Gift” available as a written work of Paris Reidhead. The Ministry plans to publish The Reader combining three works into one publication.
Praises to the Lord for the following workers in Christ and letter received from them:
I received your package Monday and was so thrilled by your thoughtfulness… I know that my sisters will be so excited to receive these books. Thank you so much!!! I would like to request 3 sets of each of the books as I have two young girls that I am reaching out to and I know that these would be a great blessing to them. I would like to keep one 'on hand' as I have someone in my mind that I meet with who I know will greatly benefit from them, I just hope that she will be receptive. Again, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. My sisters and I have been greatly encouraged and blessed by your love and work for the Lord. May the Lord's grace and peace be upon you. Amy-New York
Thank you very much. We sometimes listen all day to these messages!! I started "afresh" today to translate TEN SHEKELS sermon into Afrikaans. I realize it will be going slow with all the interruptions! But I don't care may God help me. My mind wants to be occupied with these things of God. God bless, Sophia-South Africa
Greetings in the most precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
I’m glad to inform you that this afternoon; I received the two (2) packets of Christian literature that you have sent me. It contains four (4) copies of the Holy Bible (KJV/NIV), the booklets written by Pastor Paris Reidhead and some gospel tracts. Thank you so much for sending me this valuable Christian literature that I can also share/distribute with my fellow Christians here in our place of ministry. Thank you so much for your supporting us with Christian literature and interceding on our behalf for the success of the said activities. To God be the glory! Your brother and fellow-servant in Christ, Edgar-Philippines
In closing, we ask for your prayers about the future of Paris Reidhead Bible Teaching Ministries as it continues to grow. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Yours in His Service,