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Category: Brother Danny Roten: Hispanic Americas

Letter Apr. 18, 2012

2012-04-18 Mission Brief — Danny G Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you brethren for your faithful support and prayers. We praise the Lord that we can not only labor, but also co-labor together with you.

I have enjoyed meeting and sharing the Gospel with Spanish-speaking people on the streets of south-west Oklahoma City. I do not cease to be amazed at the change that has occurred to that part of the city. It is predominantly Hispanic. Truly the mission field has come to us. This has had an enormous effect on the Baptist churches that were once scattered all over that area of the city. Several English-speaking Baptist churches have moved out of the area, due to the inability to minister to the resident population of the surrounding neighborhoods. Sherwood is one of that number. There are many others that simply closed their doors and disbanded. There are several still in the area that have auditoriums that will seat 300 – 350 people, but only have 8 in attendance (no exaggeration)! The only prospect for Gospel light to shine in this area (for this generation) is for Spanish-speaking churches to be established. “Spanish-speaking” will not be a permanent situation. While most immigrant adults need to hear the Gospel in Spanish, their children are learning English. But it will be churches established today that minister to this neighborhood tomorrow.

Speaking to people on the street, I have not found any wanting to have Bible studies in the home. So I began praying and looking for a place to set up public services. After a lengthy search, the Lord blessed us to meet the Sunnyside Baptist Church, an English-speaking church in the right part of town, that is doctrinally like-minded, and desirous to open up some rooms to us to use for an initial meeting place. The arrangement even allows us to have an exclusive entrance. That gives me a place to invite people to meet with us, and will allow me to be more systematic in visiting the neighborhoods. We thank the Lord for this answer to prayer! Please pray with us that the Lord would not only enable us to speak the gospel to many, but that He would give them ears to hear, and an heart to know the LORD!

I leave in 2 minutes for my Wednesday night Bible study at the Federal Prison in El Reno. It is going very well, and the men who attend would appreciate your prayers.

Grace and Peace,
Danny G Roten

Letter Jun. 29, 2012

2012-06-29 — Mission Brief — Danny G. Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

I continue preaching regularly in the work in Oklahoma City which we are calling the Iglesia Bautista Todo Por Gracia (All of Grace Baptist Church). I am encouraged to have visitors come who desire to hear the word of God preached in Spanish. This past Sunday we had one who had immigrated from Peru, and another from Mexico. The one from Peru, Reina, was hearing the Gospel for the first time, and showed some understanding and appreciation for what she was hearing. Pray for the Lord’s work of grace in her heart please. And pray that the Lord will soon give us abiding fruit in the start-up of this new church.

Bible studies with Spanish-speaking men are going very well each Wednesday at the federal prison in El Reno. There is a group of at least 5 who seem to show fruit of conversion, and are diligent in studying with me. There are others who come inconsistently. The prison chaplain has asked me to begin coming on Thursday evenings also, to conduct the Spanish worship service. My first time in that will be tomorrow night. The Lord is at work there. Some will be released soon, and we pray not only that the Lord will bless these men, but also that He will make them a blessing to others, and good citizens in the community when they are out.

Remember to pray for the website ministry. Traffic there is still good, and through it we are ministering to every country of Latin America.

Since 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Adoniram Judson’s departure for Burma, I have been reading about him again. He felt the need to write to his supporters with an echo of the words of Carey to Fuller: “We desire, humbly, to repeat to the Board, what the first missionaries from the Baptist society in England said to their friends…. We are like men going down into a well; you stand at the top and hold the ropes. Do not let us fall.” We are very cognizant that we are wholly dependent on the grace of God, and your prayers and financial support for this work to move forward. We thank God for you all.

Grace and Peace,
Danny G. Roten
Grace Baptist Church Barlett, TN
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Letter Aug. 15, 2012

2012-08-15 Mission Brief – Dan Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

Warmest greetings to you all. We count it a privilege to co-labor with you in the Lord’s harvest fields. We thank the Lord upon every remembrance of you, and remember you often in prayer, as we know you do for us.

We have been much encouraged to see new visitors each of the last 4 or 5 Sundays. They would include one Christian sister in the Lord, and 4 other lost adults and 3 children. (This does not include my family or Sherwood people.) One of them, Reina, works for the bilingual weekly newspaper El Latino, and was able to publish a free classified ad for us–I have attached a copy of the ad for you to see. Please pray for these who are visiting, and that the Lord would continue to bring new ones to hear the Gospel. Pray for me, that the personal visits, invitations and witness would reach many, and most of all that there will be everlasting fruit to the glory of God!

Numbers at the prison can fluctuate from 3 to 10 every week. The faithful ones seem to be growing in understanding and spiritual maturity. At least 2 have been released from prison since I first began teaching there. Please pray that our teaching would be blessed to help prepare them for an honest and godly lifestyle as they return to a life of freedom. Since my group is Spanish-speaking, some of them are sent to foreign countries when they are released. I pray that this would be an unexpected means of sending the Gospel to Latin American countries.

I have also been updating the website with new audio sermons. There have been good responses to this, too.

I stay busy with the ministry. Janet and our youngest son Daniel are working hard at starting a business. Our daughter Rosalynn is busy mothering 4 children — the youngest turned 5 today. Joshua still lives in McAllen, is married to Marisol, and they are expecting a baby. Michael just got back from a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and is moving next week to Denton, TX. Janet and I both labor with daily health issues, but the Lord enables us to keep on.

Sherwood Baptist Church is now meeting in new facilities. The work is not yet finished, but is progressing steadfastly. The church now has changed the mailing address where I receive our mission support checks. Please send all mission checks to the following address:
Sherwood Baptist Church
3313 N.W. 32nd St.
Newcastle OK 73065

We love you much in the Lord, and thank the Lord for your prayers and financial support!

Grace and Peace,
Danny G. Roten

Letter Sep. 26, 2012

2012-09-26 Mission Brief — Dan Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

The Lord exhorts us to pray for laborers – Mt 9:38. The Lord sends us to go and teach all nations, baptizing and teaching the disciples – Mt. 28:19-20. His redeemed must hear, and most assuredly they shall believe: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:14-15). It is a joy and privilege to serve Him in His work of gathering in His lost sheep. But we must go find them, wherever they are — we must not just wait for them to come to us!

Recent weeks have been blessed with fruit. We are nearing three months that we have had visitors in every Sunday service. It is a special joy to report that Olga, a young mother of 4, recently confessed her faith in the Lord. Please pray for her and her family – especially that the Lord would also work in her husband’s heart.

In the federal prison, one man to whom I have been preaching weekly for nine months has requested baptism. Some that I have preached to there for months have already been released, some to foreign countries, and all of them leave affirming a determination to serve the Lord and to bless others with the Gospel truths that they have learned.

I have lately sent books, tracts and CDs to pastors in Peru and Mexico. Pray for Pastor Tomás from Nuevo Progreso, who will be preaching this weekend in Torreon, a city which is now dealing with extensive violence, and his trip will take him along one of the most dangerous routes in Mexico.

Please make a note that Sherwood Baptist Church has a new mailing address. Our financial supporters need to be sure that the one who mails out mission support checks has the new address:
Sherwood Baptist Church
3313 NW 32nd
Newcastle OK 73065

We thank the Lord for you all, and covet your prayers daily!

Grace and Peace,
Bro. Danny G Roten
www.riquezasdegracia.com
www.sherwoodbaptist.com
Grace Baptist Church Barlett, TN
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Letter Dec. 19, 2012

2012-12-19 Mission Brief — Danny Roten

Dear Praying Friends,

Wow, 2012 is almost over and the new year is fast arriving! My brethren, I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. By God’s grace, with your giving and prayers, we have been able to serve the Lord for another year. We thank you, and we thank Him!

Inevitably, the demographics of this country are changing. There are 50 million Hispanics in America today, and that number is projected to reach 130 million in 2050. Nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic by 2060, up from one in six now. Christ instructs us as his disciples to lift up our eyes and look on the fields that are around us. His Providence has brought this mission field to our neighborhoods. Surely many souls among them are “white already to harvest.” Surely they must be included in our praying, giving and going!

The Lord continues to work in hearts in our Sunday services. Attendance varies from 2 to 10, with a few steady attendees and several inconsistent visitors. Every week I get to preach the gospel to Spanish-speakers from the US, Mexico, and Peru, and have had visitors from Honduras and El Salvador. None of them speak enough English to understand the gospel, so I rejoice that the Lord has given me this contact with them, and the privilege to minister to them. I am blessed to see the excitement of the regulars who are understanding sound doctrine. I frequently remind them that there is a good reason that we are calling this new work the Iglesia Bautista Todo Por Gracia (All of Grace Baptist Church). As they comprehend their own insufficiency and hopelessness, and the sufficiency and efficiency of Christ’s atonement, they are rejoicing in the grace of God. I also usually get to preach the gospel on Wednesday nights to several who will come in with us after an English class that I am helping with.

I continue preaching in Spanish in the chapel of the federal prison in El Reno. Most of the men that started with me a year ago have been transferred or released, but new ones are starting to come. In the prison, I am not allowed to go out and encourage any to come meet with us. I just have to wait until they see the posted announcements, or until they respond to the encouragement of the inmates who already attend. It is a joy to see when their release comes, how they are looking foreward not only to regaining their freedom, but also to serving the Lord in a real church. And they have learned to enough to find a church preaching sound doctrine.

There are still good contacts coming through the website from around the world. Just last week I received an email from a brother on the Pacific coast of Mexico asking for counsel about how to begin a new church. Pastor Tomas Olvera, a faithful pastor in a Mexican border town, is now alternating Bible studies one Friday in Matamoros, and the next in Reynosa (cities whose names are mentioned often in the drug warfare news reports). These both came about as a result of website contacts.

Bro. Eduardo, down in Cardenas where I was last working in Mexico, spoke to me by phone with much excitement that the Lord seems to have done an amazing work of grace in his sister in law.

I must ask again that you make sure that the person who mails out our support checks sends them to the correct mailing address for Sherwood. Several checks are still being sent to the discontinued POBox that the church used during the move from OKC to Newcastle.
Sherwood Baptist Church
3313 NW 32nd
Newcastle OK 73065

Thanks you again. We are much in prayer for the Lord’s blessings upon you all as we enter a new year of service.

Grace and Peace to you all from our Lord incarnate and glorified,
Danny Roten
www.riquezasdegracia.com