Beautiful Feet Newsletter: December 2016

Chet & Phyllis Swearingen Missionaries and Revivalists

Chet & Phyllis Swearingen
Missionaries and Revivalists

 

..     . Tri-State Revival
…   …… Prayer Network
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Uniting Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio
for Revival
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 …….Working Among
>>>>>>>>Some of the World’s Most
………..Neglected People
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TRI-STATE REVIVAL

Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

Next Phase
Two months ago we sensed the Lord directing us to expand from conducting county-wide revival prayer gatherings and launch out into conducting county-wide evangelistic services.

This is a huge step of faith, as each county could take 6-8 months of planning as churches are united, trained, and prayer conducted in preparation for these united evangelistic services.

We are currently communicating with churches from three different counties about the possibility of them uniting their churches to see this happen. Please pray for the Lord to give clear guidance.

IGNITE Paulding County Ohio's Revival Prayer Gathering

IGNITE
Paulding County Ohio’s
Revival Prayer Gathering

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“IGNITE”–Paulding County Ohio’s Revival Prayer Gathering that took place on October 4, 2016. This county is also planning a January Revival Prayer Gathering. They are also seriously asking the Lord to give them guidance on their next steps, beyond prayer.

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IGNITE II
Paulding County Ohio’s
SECOND Revival Prayer Gathering

The believers of Paulding County Ohio conducted a united revival prayer gathering on Oct. 4, 2016, and due to the tremendous passion for unity that prayer gathering generated, a second one will take place on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 @ 7pm.

During IGNITE II, Paulding County believers will be presented with a challenged to take a step of faith and put feet to their prayers as they unite to conduct evangelistic efforts.

Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only missions can redeem your intercessions from insincerity.  -William Carey

21-DAY FAST
IGNITE II will be preceded by a 21-Day Fast beginning on January 3 and ending after the prayer gathering on January 23. This is a voluntary fast with every individual deciding what they will fast from.

Fasting guidelines can be found on our website with this link: http://romans1015.com/guidelines-for-fasting/

► Location of IGNITE II: Paulding High School Auditeria
► Date: Monday, January 23 @ 7pm

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Prayer Request2

The Lord has been using us to unite counties in prayer for revival, and we now sense Him leading us to focus on our evangelistic calling. This is why we  returned from overseas. Our prayer efforts were preliminary to evangelism.

Please pray for the Lord to open doors  for us to preach the Gospel.

Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ (Colossians 4:3).

 

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Email: romans1015@outlook.com

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Our Feet Overseas
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Report on November Visit

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Very Rewarding Visit Overseas

The island we lived on overseas has 52 million people, with the overwhelming majority not being Christian. In spite of the small number of believers, we were very encouraged during our recent visit, as there has been tremendous progress made during the past year.

Foot Powered Sewing Machine

Foot Powered Sewing Machine

Pictures at Right & Below: Foot powered sewing machine. This is used by the below pictured lady, who supplements their income with making clothes. Her husband is a church planter in an area where there is significant resistance to the Gospel.

A church-planter and his wife, who is a seamstress.

A church-planter and his wife,
who is a seamstress.

During our visit we traveled around to the sites where the church-planters are located, and after seeing the motivation and inspiration they have, we know the work will continue to expand long into the future.

A List of Some of the Developments

  • Tremendous results from a well that was drilled last year. Notable improvement in health has resulted.
  • The Training Center has had a new classroom added.
  • A new site is being developed in the jungle to provide homes, a church, school, and clean water for 300 people.
  • A separate site is building a church, which will also serve as a school. A new water well is also being proposed for this site.
  • Previous students from the Church-Planter Training School are serving in a number of different areas around the island, and the school keeps expanding.
  • Several of the main leaders from the home church have been sent to live in other major population centers, and they have been starting churches in those areas as well.

Infected Scorpion Bite

A List of Some of the Challenges

  • The dominant religion is a very powerful and controlling force that spreads its power through intimidation and terror. This is a daily threat believers face in this country.
  • Sickness from easily curable diseases often afflicts the people in these developing nations.
  • The ability to obtain clean water is a daily challenge.

Wife of a church-planter,
suffering with malaria.

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Very Rewarding Visit

During our travels around this region during the month of November, we were very pleased to see many of our former Bible School students serving the Lord in difficult and challenging locations.

The man to Chet's left is one of his former students.

The man to Chet’s left is
one of his former students.

Above Picture: The young man on Chet’s left is one of his former students. It is exciting seeing him, and many others, taking huge steps of faith in their obedience to the Lord.

Some of the current students and staff of the Bible school.

Some of the current students
and staff of the Bible school.

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18 Year Old Widow

We recently met a lady who is raising 4 children alone. Her husband passed away several years ago. That lady’s oldest daughter, who is now 18, is also raising two of her own children. That girl married at 14, which is common for people living in primitive conditions.

The whereabouts of that young lady’s husband is unknown. Did he die somewhere in the jungle? Did he run away? They can only make assumptions.

Some of the donations we receive goes to assist widows and orphans, specifically in these areas where there is no government assistance.

On Chet's left is a widow, dependent on support.

On Chet’s left is a widow,
dependent on support.

Many people are very dependent on support for their existence.

Many people are very
dependent on support
for their existence.

 

 

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Help a Community Obtain Clean Water

Current well that supplies water for 30 people.

Current well that supplies bathing &
laundry water for 30 people.

There has been a church and school started in the jungle, and we now desire to help this community obtain sanitary water.

There are 30 people that are all using the well pictured at the right. The plan is to drill a well that won’t go empty during the dry season.

Contact us if you would like to play a part in seeing this small community obtain sanitary water.

 

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Leadership Development Starts Early

These two young ladies are leaders over the children’s ministry in their village. For a church-planting movement to expand rapidly, and be sustained, there has to be a strong “bench” for the movement to continue long into the future.

This church-planting movement we’re part of doesn’t come behind a single church in the USA when it comes to leadership development.

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Flooring for the new homes. These homes only have a floor and roof. They will have no walls.

Flooring for the new homes. These
homes only have a floor and roof.
They will have no walls.

New Settlement for 300 Primitive People

One of the projects we are working on involves a lot more than just drilling a well. This is the formation of a settlement for a clan of tribal people who have traditionally been nomadic, wandering through the jungles, setting up temporary camps for a few weeks to a month (hunter-gatherers).

One hectare of land has been purchased and the first family groups are beginning to build their homes on it. We will eventually get a well dug there, with electricity, and even have a school for the children (the parents are all illiterate-never having attended school).

These people have amazing skills when it comes to climbing trees!

These people have amazing skills
when it comes to climbing trees!

It is expected that this clan will number close to 300 people as progress is made on home construction, water well is dug, and electricity is brought in (or a generator set up).

These families primarily exist off the income they get from selling wild pigs that they trap and hunt in the jungles.

Contact us to be part of what God is doing among these people: romans1015@outlook.com

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Video Below: The video shows the jungle area that is being developed. The pastor for this group has been effective in evangelism. He is also active in reaching out to neighboring clans of people who are dwelling in the jungles.

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Patients at the Narcotic and Mental Health Rehab Center.

Patients at the Narcotic and Mental
Health Rehab Center.

New Well Produced Tremendous Health Improvements

One year ago there was a well drilled at the Narcotic & Mental Health Rehab Center. Previous to that well the center was using a 15-20 foot deep well. That well was contaminated, causing skin rashes and severe itching on the patients and staff.

With this new deep drilled well, all the skin issues have gone away!

Other improvements that have taken place at this training center:

  • Concrete floor in the kitchen.
  • New dining space.
  • Increased sanitation in food prep.
  • New building built for expanding the training of church-planters

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Mother with child suffering from a severe ear infection.

Mother with child suffering from a severe ear infection.

Curable Sicknesses Often Lead to Death

 

Why is there still much suffering in the world? Why are there still millions afflicted and dying from curable infections and diseases? One reason is corruption. Another is the persecution from major religions that is suppressing the minority religions around them.

 

Severe ear infection.

Severe ear infection.

 

 

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Homes of primitive people. Raised platform with no walls.

Homes of primitive people.
Raised platform with no walls.

Huge Need for Teachers

 

Living in the jungles is difficult, even for most nationals, so to get  a commitment for teachers to go and live among primitive people, to teach their children, is a very hard role to fill. Please pray with us about this need. We would like to see a school started in this area.

 

The trails through the jungles are often very muddy (swampy).

The trails through the jungles
are often very muddy (swampy).

 

 

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Some of the 300 pigs that are processed daily at this site.

Some of the 300 pigs that are
processed daily at this site.

Wild Pigs Provides Income

 

Some of the church-planters we are in relationship with provide an income for themselves through hunting and trapping wild pigs.

The sacrifices these believers are making to conduct ministry is very inspiring. Their dependence for ministry and their existence isn’t on money, it’s in their “waiting on God.” That is, absolute dependence on Him.

Chet experienced a “Fresh Encounter” with God during this visit. His prayer is that pastors who want more than just another mission trip will consider traveling with him in the future. Chet guarantees that they will return home, not with their emotions ticked for a few weeks, they will have their foundation renovated.  Groups of teens are also welcome to travel with us.

21-gun

Hand Made Muzzle Loader

Picture at Right: People from this tribe make their own guns. They are muzzle-loaders with flint locks. They also make their own gunpowder. We have had the opportunity to hunt with them on one occasion. It was an interesting experience.

 

 

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Chicken Feet Soup

Chicken Feet Soup

Cultural Information

The below videos are general information about different aspects of the culture in this area.

Eating with fingers is normal.

Chet eating food with his fingers. This is normal in this area.



 

 

 

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Opportunities to Give

All of our support, for our personal needs, as well as ministry in this nation, and for ministry in the tristate area of IN, MI, and OH, comes from donations from individuals, churches, and businesses.

Village Girl

Village Girl

Here are a some of the areas your donations can be used:
►Evangelistic/ Revival Ministry in IN, MI, & OH
►Several locations need new water wells drilled
►Orphans
►Widows
►Feeding the Poor
►Church-Planters
►Evangelism Training
►Bible School
►Support of Evangelism Teams
►Support of Students in Jungle Elem. Schools
►Narcotic & Mental Health Rehab Center

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR
FAITHFUL SUPPORT!

 

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