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    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
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    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what is was to trifle with Him." - Richard Baxter
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Update From Barry Secrest

Dear Supporting Faithful,

I am writing in response to questions asked about our financial needs after our van accident last week. I have to admit that our expenses are challenging, to say the least.

By now, I think most everyone has heard of the tragic accident that took place on November 9 at about 9 p.m. Our family is recovering. We go back and forth to the hospital for new bandages and medicines and to check on Julia, who is still in critical condition after eight days. We do not know if she will live. PRAY! Paul is finally starting to recover after two surgeries over the weekend. Jonathan was in church, but still struggles to be able to walk on his burned heal. Anthony does not understand why he cannot take his bandages off. Keep him in prayer. His mental retardation makes this situation especially difficult for him.

crash_007Baptist World Mission has set up a special fund to help with the expenses of this situation. If you can assist us, please send to BWM designated for “Secrest Van Fund.” We have already felt the financial crunch under the weight of having to help Paul and Julia´s families get back and forth to the hospital. Both families have lost a week of work due to the accident. The list of expenses we have had because of this tragedy is extremely long, as you might well imagine. Anything your church can do to help us replace our vehicle, help these families, replace our laptop, and keep us moving forward here in Uruguay will be deeply appreciated.

We have included a picture of the wreckage from which the Lord saved our lives. Thank you for your continued prayer and regular support. Praise Him for His protection as you look at this photo.

 Barry Secrest for Barb, Thomas, David, and Anthony

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