Every month, It Is Written sends out a letter from John Bradshaw. Each newsletter includes ministry news and updates on future projects. Read each issue to stay up-to-date with your It Is Written ministry!
From the desk of
Dear Friend in Ministry,
I wonder, sometimes, what would happen if we did not go. If we hadn’t gone to Idaho, or Ethiopia, or the Dominican Republic, or California, or Argentina, or Chile? Or if we hadn’t made the decision to launch our full-time channel, It Is Written TV?
It Is Written has chosen to answer God’s call to go. And God is doing big things. Last year, It Is Written conducted Escrito Está evangelistic meetings in the city of Pasto, in southern Colombia, less than 40 miles from the border with Ecuador. At the time, there were only 300 church members in this city of 400,000 people. After much preparatory work, the meetings, led by Pastor Robert Costa, attracted a crowd of over 1,000 people. Eventually two evangelistic meetings were held, and, in total, 500 people were baptized.
Among them was a man I’ll call Carlos, the pastor of a Protestant church. Carlos recognized what he was learning was the message of the Bible. And although his employment would be jeopardized, although he would be making a huge change in his life, although he would be stepping away from everything familiar to him, Carlos felt he could not ignore the voice of God. Carlos was baptized, and today is a military chaplain serving in a combat zone.
As we look to the future, we know there are many more people like Carlos who will hear and respond to the three angels’ messages and will go on to be a huge influence for God in this world. Every conversion story is a miracle story. And it is your support of It Is Written—combined with the power of God—that makes miracle stories possible. If we don’t go, there are people who simply won’t be reached.
If we hadn’t taken a team of 50 or so short-term missionaries to the Dominican Republic earlier this year, we wouldn’t have met Camila, who came to one of our medical clinics with her five-year-old son. Our team conducted two free medical clinics in the city of Santa Domingo, the capital city. Camila was very thin and grimaced in pain as she entered the clinic. It turned out that not only was Camila coming off a years-long cocaine addiction, she was also suffering from tuberculosis. Camila hadn’t been able to find any help for her serious challenges, but our team was directed by God be in her neighborhood at precisely the right time. She was treated, assisted, given free medication, and then connected with the people who could bring Camila through her withdrawal and her illness. Camila now faces a bright future. And so does her five-year-old son.
Another man, who I will call José, was undergoing a routine examination at one of our clinics, when our physician found he was suffering from stage four cancer. José had only a short time to live. “I have no one,” he told our team. “I have no food, and I live alone. When I die, no one will even know that I am dead, and no one will care.” First, one of our mission team physicians asked José if he knew Jesus. “I have heard of him,” was his reply, “but, no. I don’t know him.” After they spoke, José said that he would like to give his heart to Jesus. The mission team pooled their money to buy José food that would last him some time and then connected him with a church family. Although we could not cure José’s cancer, Jesus has cleansed him of his sin. With a church family now caring for him, José is looking beyond his illness, to the time when Jesus comes back to take him home.
What if we had not gone? What if we were not able to go because our It Is Written Partners and supporters did not launch us out into the mission field? José will never be able to do so this side of the return of Jesus, so allow me to thank you on his behalf. He is extremely grateful that our free medical clinic came right to his backyard. He met Jesus and has found a support system that will help him through the greatest challenge of his life, and he looks forward to eternity with absolute hope. You did that. You made that possible.
With the end of the year approaching, many people begin to think about their end-of-year giving. Your year-end contribution to It Is Written will help us to reach more Josés, more Camilas, and more pastors who will influence large numbers of people to have faith in Jesus. Please pray about how God can use you to advance the life-saving life-changing ministry of It Is Written. 2024 will be a very busy year for It Is Written: public evangelism here at home and around the world; It Is Written mission trips that will reach thousands upon thousands of people with the gospel; It Is Written TV programs that will be broadcast to the entire world, and so much more. We pray regularly here at the office, for souls to be won, and for you. You are the backbone of It Is Written. Your prayers for It Is Written are appreciated more than you could imagine. And your financial support is going to make it possible for the gospel to go further and for more people to be won for Christ.
In Argentina recently, a young Pentecostal pastor attended the It Is Written/Escrito Está evangelistic meetings. His father is one of the best-known pastors in the country. One night he dreamed that an earthquake was threatening his city and would destroy his home. He gathered his family and ran from his home, searching for safety. Arriving at his church, he realized he wasn’t going to be safe, so he continued running. He came to another church and entered the basement. He noticed a lot of pillars in the church, and immediately felt the peace of God. “We will be safe here,” he told his family. Attending the evangelistic meetings, he shared his dream with Robert. “It was an Adventist church in which we found safety,” he said. Since then, he has been baptized, along with his wife and son. And his father, the famous pastor, is in constant contact with peopl ewho are helping him grow in his faith. In fact, his family are already calling him a member of the church!
What if we hadn’t gone? I say, thank God we did. And more than that, thank God you enabled us to go! Without your burden to see the kingdom of heaven expand, without your generosity, your investment in souls, our team simply couldn’t have been there.
God used you to help all of these individuals to find faith in Christ, to find hope for life beyond this faltering world. Thank you for your kindness. And as you look towards the end of the year, thank you for remembering the work God is doing through It Is Written. We have chosen to go. Your kind support, combined with the blessing of God, determines how far we are able to take the gospel.
Yours in blessed hope,
Pastor John Bradshaw
President, It Is Written
P.S. It Is Written evangelism impacts lives around the globe. Pastors are learning the three angels’ messages and are taking their stand for Christ. People are meeting the great physician. Thousands of people have been baptized so far this year through It Is Written evangelism. Thank you for growing the kingdom of God and for remembering It Is Written in your year-end giving.