Winter 2022

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

A happy new year to all of you.  We hope this prayer letter finds you all doing well.  We had a good set of meetings last fall.  God has been blessing our efforts with many good decisions.

Last fall we traveled to Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, and several churches in Wisconsin.  One of our favorites was the church in Watseka, Illinois. My father once pastored here. It was wonderful to see some of the people from that era. It brought back many memories.  One couple gave us a jar of raw honey, straight from their bee hives. Believe me, it sure is tasty!

In one of the churches in Wisconsin Dave did a mini piano concert by special request.  The people loved it! As most of you know, Dave only plays by ear. He does not read music.  

We were able to squeeze a two-week vacation to northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.  Even on our vacation Dave was asked to preach at a church we attended. The pastor was not felling well so Dave filled in.  This church also paid for three motel nights of our trip.  What a blessing!

While we were at home on Christmas break, Dave received a call early one Sunday morning from a pastor a few miles down the road.  Once again, we were pulpit supply for the day.  This unexpected love offering helped pay for a new battery for our van.  God is so good!

We are starting out the new year with our southern preaching tour to Florida and Alabama.  Please pray for safety as we travel and that God will use the messages to speak to hearts.

 We always count it a privilege to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!      

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

Fall 2021

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe we’re looking at fall already.  My dad used to tell me that the older you get, the more time flies. I believe that more and more.

In April we traveled to South Dakota to a church near Mount Rushmore.  This was a new church and they were very excited about learning Scripture. While we were there, we went to Custer State Park.  We had a lot of fun! Donkeys actually come right up to your vehicle to be hand fed!

We then traveled to Missouri to one of our supporting churches. They are very dedicated people and love the Word of God.

After a weekend of preaching in Illinois in May, we traveled to northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. I had the privilege of preaching their high school graduation.   I also preached a three-day revival meeting.  One of the families made me a beautiful quilt. It has Bible verses and Bible stories all over it.  We stopped in Superior, Wisconsin on the way back and I preached a mid- week service. My nephew, David, was with us on this trip and got see his first 1,000-foot freighter ship close up. That was exciting!

The next weekend we traveled to Michigan, where they had a King James Bible Day.  It was fun teaching the Biblical truth of the Word of God.

June thru August we traveled to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Chicago, and Indiana.  Everywhere we went we saw a great desire to learn the Word of God.

We also did two Vacation Bible Schools this summer. One in Indianapolis, Indiana, and another in Osseo, Wisconsin, with my model train layout.  There were many good decisions, and some were for salvation.

We also have a busy fall ahead of us. Please continue to pray for our health. I am doing fine, and Mary is having good days and bad days.  We’re getting older, but we believe that we have some years left to continue to serve the Lord in this ministry!

Please pray that the Lord will continue to supply our needs as we travel to churches, and for our safety on the roads.   What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!      

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

Spring 2021

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

Happy Spring time to all of you.  We finally had a little time to give you an update of how things are going.  God has been so good and faithful to us.  Our goal this year is to see the Word of God convict hearts more than ever.

Our Southern preaching tour went very well.  I preached in eight churches all together.  Our tour began in the panhandle of Florida. I even had the opportunity to be on the radio. What a blessing to share with thousands of people helpful ways to learn scripture!

We then traveled to southern Alabama to three more churches. One of those churches had us preach a four-day revival meeting. God really moved among the people and we had visitors for every service.

Our travels then took us to mid-Florida to the city of Ellenton, near St. Petersburg.  It was nice and warm there!  Once again, the Word of God convicted the hearts of the people.

Afterwards we traveled back to the panhandle and finished our tour in Crestview with a four-day mission revival conference. Everywhere we went, we saw a conviction and desire to learn the Bible and allow it to order the steps of life.

Three days after returning from our southern tour we traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for a four-day train revival meeting.  Afterwards we traveled to Wisconsin twice, and to a church not far from home.  As you can see, we have been very busy!

My blood test came back normal, thank the Lord.  The doctor said I need to donate some blood every two months.  The Red Cross will be happy about that.  Mary is doing well and wants to lose 50 more pounds this year. Pray with us that she meets her goal, and that God keeps us both healthy.

We are looking forward to the rest of this Spring with anticipation of what God will do. We will be traveling to South Dakota, Tennessee, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in the next few months.

Please pray that the Lord will continue to supply our needs as we travel to churches, and for our safety.   What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

Fall 2020

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

We hope this prayer letter finds you all doing well.  We are back on the road again traveling to churches. The Covid 19 restrictions vary, depending on where we are.  We have been to Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Indiana.  The meetings have gone well with many decisions, including salvation.

We were able to get two VBS programs in this summer.  One of them was at our home church.  Everyone loved the model trains I set up for the stories.  

God was very good to us when we had to stay at home.  Many of the churches that had to cancel still sent us a love offering.  That certainly helped with finances.  We were able to complete our new book, The Bible Way of Soul Winning.  It has been a big hit in all the churches we have traveled to.

Mary is still doing very well on her diet.  She has now lost 55 pounds!  She feels so much better and is able to do a lot more.  Her surgery that was scheduled for September 3rd was postponed.  A raccoon got into the main transformer at the hospital and the power was off about 14 hours.  The hospital was running on emergency power and had to cancel all operations.   Mary’s surgery has been rescheduled for October 1st

I also had surgery done on my left ear.  They found a small cancer spot and removed the cancer cells before it started spreading. When the doctor put the bandage on my ear he said I looked like Dr. Spock from Star Trek!  My ear is healing nicely.

The Lord also has answered a big prayer as we were able to purchase another minivan.  We got it used and with low miles.  The other one was beginning to give us problems and getting expensive to repair.  We hope this van will last another 6 years like the other one did.

Please pray that the Lord will continue to supply our needs as we travel to churches.   What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

Spring 2020

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

Greetings to everyone during these unusual times. We have had several meetings canceled, but we are enjoying our extended time at home.  We are doing fine in spite of the Corona Virus emergency. We are both well and are getting a lot of things done at home.  Mary has a list of all those things I said I didn’t have time for!  A lot of you are probably experiencing the same thing.

Last Sunday I was still able to keep our speaking engagement. I preached my messages over the phone from my living room easy chair.  Mary keeps on teasing me about becoming a “rocking chair preacher.”  Just before the stay-at-home went into full effect, a church in Michigan was able to streamline the messages I preached. That worked out well.

Our winter southern tour went very well. I traveled to Florida, Alabama, and Texas, 5,400 miles altogether. Praise the Lord for His safety. Mary stayed home for most of it because of the strict diet she is on. She joined me for two weeks in Alabama.

Speaking of Mary’s diet, she is doing very well.  She has lost 22 pounds working on number 23! She has to lose 40 pounds altogether before she can have her operation. She is now more than half-way there. Please keep praying for her. This has not been an easy task.

We will also be introducing a new book!  It will be titled “The Bible Way of Soul Winning.”  We have had plenty of time to work on it in the last few weeks.

Please pray that the stay-at-home order will be lifted soon so we can continue to travel to churches.   What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

Winter 2019

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe that this year is almost over!  My dad told me when I was a boy, “The older you get, the more time flies.”  He was right.

We had a wonderful fall.  Our meetings took us to Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, and New Mexico.

The preaching tour to Texas consisted of three churches.  Mary spoke to the ladies at one the churches. She was a big hit.  The night I preached at the church, Mary was so swamped with ladies around her that the pastor and I had to take down the back table, which is normally her job.  I’m not complaining, it was a wonderful sight!

Another church meeting in Texas was a mission’s conference. It went very well.  The pastor bought us a heavy-duty ice chest.  It really works well and is a big blessing to us with all the traveling we do.

Our missions trip to New Mexico was a blessing.  I preached in seven churches, two jail ministries, and two senior center meetings.  One of the churches was an evening service with three speakers.  A lot of the Navajo people traveled over 70 miles to get there. They stayed for all three preachers and a fellowship afterwards.  Now that’s dedication.  

Please continue to pray for Mary’s health. She might have to miss part of our southern winter tour because of it.

We are home for the holidays enjoying family and our home church.  We hope you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas, and a Happy new year!

We continually thank the Lord for His safety and protection as we travel so many miles each year.  What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

Fall 2019

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

We have had a wonderful summer this year with the trains and Vacation Bible School.  We traveled many miles and saw some great decisions.  One of our Vacation Bible Schools was all the way down in Florida.  I took a young man with me, named Jared, from a church in Indianapolis.  He was a big help running the trains.  This gave me liberty to mingle with the children and answer their questions.  A lot of the church adult members also came out every night to help and see the trains.

We also had Vacation Bible Schools in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Some of these churches went all out with their decorations.  A church in Chicago even had a train skit which kept you in suspense so you had to come back every night! The theme was “Under the sea” at a church in Wisconsin.  Mary was able to find some gummy sharks to pass out to children who answered questions.

God has given us a special assignment this year.  We are preaching in a lot of small churches.  These churches average any where from 5 to 15 in attendance. We want to be a blessing and an encouragement to these small ministries.  Please pray that these churches will grow.  Some of the pastors are a little discouraged. I have said many times from the pulpit, “We go anywhere.” Please pray that God will give me wisdom to work with these special people.

We have meetings yet this year in Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Mexico.  The trip to New Mexico is our missions trip this year.  We will be working with the Navajo people.  Last time we were there, they begged us to come back.  A lot of them are hungry to learn God’s Word.

Please continue to pray for Mary’s health. She has improved some but has a long way to go. She will be getting some more tests done soon.

We continually thank the Lord for His safety and protection as we travel so many miles each year.  What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

Spring 2019

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe that it’s already May!  This year is flying by and we have been very busy serving the Lord.  Everywhere we have traveled we have seen God’s blessing with good decisions. People are getting saved and making a serious commitment to get into their Bible and depend upon it for strength and guidance in their daily walk with God.

Our year started out with a preaching tour of ten churches in Florida and Alabama.  Some of those were new churches who fell in love with our ministry.  I also made my yearly appearance on the radio.  What an opportunity to reach thousands of people at once!

In March we traveled back home to preach in Chicago and Indianapolis.  I did a revival with my model trains in Indy.  We had visitors and good decisions every night.  The pastor said it was the best week of meetings they have ever had.

Also in March and April, we traveled to Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.  One of the greatest highlights was preaching at our home church.  The people were still talking about the message and what a help and blessing it was several weeks later!

Please pray for Mary as she is trying to improve her health. She has high blood pressure.  The doctor told her to take it easy before she has a stroke or heart attack.  She will be staying home a lot this summer to try and get this under control. 

We have many more churches to preach at this year. We will be heading to Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico, and back to Florida to name a few.  My father told me before he passed away seven years ago to “travel and serve the Lord while you can.”   We are praying that God will give us many more years before our health gives out. There is so much more to do for the Lord!

We continually thank the Lord for His safety and protection as we travel so many miles each year.  What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

 

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

December 2018

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

God has been so good to Scripture Memory Ministry this year.  We are very grateful and do not take all His blessings for granted.  What a blessing to see souls saved, lives changed, and people getting into God’s Word.

Our fall tour went very well. Our travels took us to Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Indiana. One of the greatest highlights of this fall was the missions conference we were part of in Adrian, Michigan.  This church takes a burden for missions to a new level. 

They sent each missionary ahead of time a questionnaire with a page to share some of the things you might need.  We put down new sheets for our bed, a push-broom for the garage, a new G.P.S., and a new tablet for Mary.  We were hoping to get one of these things.  They bought everything for us, plus so much more!  They also took the men missionaries to a Men’s Warehouse and bought us all new suits. The bought us not one but two suits!  The missionary wives were taken to a mall where they all were given money to buy new outfits.  Mary came back with a beautiful dress.  It seemed more like Christmas than a mission conference.

Another highlight was in Little Rock, Arkansas. A man in the church has a 1957 Chevy.  Mary and I got to ride in it to go out to eat and to the nursing home service in the afternoon!

We worked in a junior church in Berne, IN and had the privilege of seeing three children saved!  Very exciting!

We are now on our Christmas break.  We are extremely busy getting lots of things done, including putting a new roof on our house! The old one was leaking over our garage.  We are trusting in the Lord that He will provide the finances for this expensive project! 

After our Christmas break, we will head south to Florida and Alabama for our winter speaking tour. We will be speaking in nine churches this year, two of them new churches!  We thank the Lord for His safety and protection as we travel so many miles each year.  What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

 

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15

September 2018

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

Things have been very busy for Scripture Memory Ministry.  Last spring we traveled to southern Indiana to preach in some churches and a Bible college.  There were many good decisions on that tour.  We also traveled to Chicago, Missouri, and Alabama.  The meeting in Alabama was a missions conference.  What a blessing that was in many ways.  We were able to schedule three more speaking engagements because of that conference. Trips also were made to Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.  My nephew, David, went with me to the meeting in Minnesota.  He was a tremendous blessing and helped counsel with some of the young people.

As a lot of you know, my wife, Mary, had an operation this summer.  She had a swollen lymph node removed from the left side of her throat.  The surgery went well and there was no cancer, which we are very thankful for!  Mary is recovering quite nicely.  Thank you so much for all your prayers.  It meant a lot to both of us.  We are thankful also for all the e-mails and get-well cards.  This helped put a smile on Mary’s face.  We want to give a special “thank you” to our home church for the meals and special visits from the ladies.

This summer I taught a Prophecy Conference in Tennessee, and several Vacation Bible Schools in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Most of these involved setting up the ever so popular HO scale train layout.  Many good decisions were made, including some for salvation.  The train layout was a little different this year as it featured all classic cars (matchbox size) from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Both the children and the adults loved it!  You all know how much Preacherman loves cars!  Mary got out of helping set up the train layout and all the Vacation Bible Schools because of her surgery.  She says that was one of the biggest blessings of the summer! (You really can’t blame her.  She needed a break!)

Please pray for us this fall as we will be traveling to Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, and eastern Indiana.  We thank the Lord for His safety and protection as we travel so many miles a year.  What a privilege it is to serve Him presenting our ministry and getting people back into their Bibles!    

 

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

I Peter 3:15