March 2018

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

We have just returned from our Florida/Alabama winter preaching tour.  We traveled almost 4,000 miles without any van problems.  We thank the Lord for His safety as we travel.

We started in the Florida panhandle preaching in several churches.  We were involved in many ministries.  Besides speaking in the main services, I preached in Masters Club, men’s prayer meetings, Taekwondo class, and the Second Chance ministry.  I even had a chance to be on the radio where I was interviewed about memorizing Scripture.  Mary had the chance to speak at a ladies meeting.  We saw many good decisions.  Several of those were for salvation.

We had an open Sunday so we went to a church in Alabama.  The pastor loved our ministry and has invited us to his missions conference in April.  We also had the chance to see a little of the Gulf of Mexico.

We then traveled to the middle of Florida to DeLand.  I preached in nursing homes, AWANA, and regular church services.  I also helped trim some trees on the church property. That was quite a work out!

We then traveled south to churches in Fort Myers, and in Margate (this church is near the location where the Florida school shooting occurred).  Many good decisions were made in the services.  We also had the chance to be an encouragement to some pastors along the way. How I thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunities He gave us!  It is an undeserved privilege to serve Him.

Since we have returned home from our southern tour, I preached at a mission’s conference in Wisconsin, two churches and a Bible college in Indianapolis, and Jolly Sixties at our home church.   We are certainly keeping busy.

I also went to the doctor for my yearly checkup. I am doing so well with my diabetes that I do not have to go back for a whole year!  Mary is going to the doctor at the end of this month.  We are hoping to get a good report on her also.

Please continue to pray for us as we travel. We have many miles to cover this year.  May the Lord find us faithful till He returns.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,
We have just returned from our Florida/Alabama winter preaching tour.  We traveled almost 4,000 miles without any van problems.  We thank the Lord for His safety as we travel.
We started in the Florida panhandle preaching in several churches.  We were involved in many ministries.  Besides speaking in the main services, I preached in Masters Club, men’s prayer meetings, Taekwondo class, and the Second Chance ministry.  I even had a chance to be on the radio where I was interviewed about memorizing Scripture.  Mary had the chance to speak at a ladies meeting.  We saw many good decisions.  Several of those were for salvation.
We had an open Sunday so we went to a church in Alabama.  The pastor loved our ministry and has invited us to his missions conference in April.  We also had the chance to see a little of the Gulf of Mexico.
We then traveled to the middle of Florida to DeLand.  I preached in nursing homes, AWANA, and regular church services.  I also helped trim some trees on the church property. That was quite a work out!
We then traveled south to churches in Fort Meyers, and in Margate (this church is near the location where the Florida school shooting occurred).  Many good decisions were made in the services.  We also had the chance to be an encouragement to some pastors along the way. How I thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunities He gave us!  It is an undeserved privilege to serve Him.
Since we have returned home from our southern tour, I preached at a mission’s conference in Wisconsin, two churches and a Bible college in Indianapolis, and Jolly Sixties at our home church.   We are certainly keeping busy.
I also went to the doctor for my yearly checkup. I am doing so well with my diabetes that I do not have to go back for a whole year!  Mary is going to the doctor at the end of this month.  We are hoping to get a good report on her also.
Please continue to pray for us as we travel. We have many miles to cover this year.  May the Lord find us faithful till He returns.
In His Service,
David and Mary Barker  

December 2017

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

It has been a wonderful fall for Scripture Memory Ministry.  We had some good meetings in Wisconsin, Indiana, and West Virginia.  While preaching in Wisconsin, I had the privilege of detailing a 1938 Model “T” Ford. It came out looking beautiful and it sure was fun.  One of the meetings in West Virginia was a four-day revival.  The Lord really worked among the people of that little country church.

The biggest highlight of this fall was our missions trip to New Mexico. We spent two weeks working with the Navajo people.  We stayed on the Navajo Reservation with a missionary pastor.  Brother Neil Foerester and his wife have been there forty-three years, faithfully serving the Lord.

While in New Mexico I preached in several churches in the area, including Bro. Foerester’s where we had a four-day revival.  We had a question and answer session every night after the preaching.  God really worked in those meetings.  The people were very faithful and brought visitors to the meetings every night.  The last night of the meetings, they had a special fellowship for Mary and I. They made Navajo tacos and gave us some very beautiful gifts they had hand-made. 

Brother Foerster and I also had three jail ministries a day most of the time we were there.  We had some wonderful Bible studies and many good question and answers sessions. In one service I taught for 45 minutes, and then answered Bible questions for another two hours!

While in New Mexico I also preached at the senior center twice and had a Bible study at the Navajo University with some of the staff.  Another 2-hour question and answer session followed that Bible study.  The Navajo people are really hungry to learn God’s Word.  They did not want us to leave and are begging us to come back.  God is so good!

We would like to wish you all a very Christ-centered Christmas, and very happy New Year. Please continue to pray for us as we travel, presenting God’s Word.  There are many more hungry people out there wanting to learn the Bible.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

September 2017

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

We have had a very special, exciting summer this year.  As always, we did several Vacation Bible Schools that included my train layout.  This summer we had the privilege of setting the trains up at our home church.  We were part of the Fairhaven Vacation Bible School camp for two straight weeks!  The Shepard’s Ministry, the church kids, the bus kids, and even the Jolly Sixties Ministry all got to hear our interesting train stories.  Many of the Fairhaven church members were also able to see and enjoy the trains after the mid-week services.

Another special blessing this summer was a teenage boy, Stephen Dickey, from our home church who was a huge help, both at the camp and on the road.  We worked together very well, and Mrs. Barker got a well-deserved break.  We are hoping that Stephen can travel with us to the close to home meetings, and help us with the Vacation Bible Schools next summer.

In Osseo, Wisconsin, a pastor took Stephen and I to a hobby shop.  We found some classic railroad cars from the 1970’s.  A Frosted Flakes car, a Jell-O car, and a Baby Ruth car sure looked great on the layout that night at V.B.S!

We also traveled to many churches this summer presenting our regular ministry.  God has continued to bless us with many good decisions, including salvation and getting right with God. We brought back our book “Dare to Defend the Bible” to our book table.  We believe it is much needed more than ever.  Many people are buying copies of the book.

I am doing very well with my diabetes. I have lost 25 pounds and my blood sugar is down to 100.  I received an excellent report from the doctor my last visit.  Mary is also doing good. She has lost 27 pounds!  We both feel much better and thank the Lord for our health.

We have many more miles to travel this year. Please pray for us for safety as we encourage people to get into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers!

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

January 2017

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe that 2017 is here!  We are looking forward to what God is going to do this year.  We certainly had an exciting year in 2016.

In October and part of November, we traveled to Utah and Nevada.  In Salt Lake City, we set up my train layout for the church and their Christian school.  Several children responded to the train stories I told in chapel.  I also preached in a small church in Heber City.

We then traveled to southern Utah for a round-robin mission conference.  I spoke in four churches in four days. It was a lot of fun and we made a lot of new friends.  We ended our tour in Nevada speaking in a church that overlooks the Ruby Mountains.  The view was breath- taking.  Many good decisions were made on this tour. We saw people dedicating their lives to Christ, getting back into the Bible, and of course, salvation.

Next, we traveled to California to an inner-city church.  These people love the Lord and their young people are sold out to God.  What a blessing it was to have teenagers shake your hand and tell you they enjoyed the messages!   

In late November, we were in Missouri, and in December we went to Texas and preached in two churches.  One of the churches invited us to go Christmas caroling on the River Walk in San Antonio. We rode a river boat and sang to the shoppers along the way.  Many stopped and listened to us singing about the birth of our Saviour.  The Christmas lights were beautiful!  We finished the year at a church near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We were able to get there in- between snow storms!

Please pray that God will continue to bless our ministry and supply our needs.  We also ask for prayer for safety on the roads as we travel to Florida in January and February for meetings.  We are excited to travel to churches getting people into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers! If you are looking for another missionary to support, please consider us.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

October 2016

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

As you well know, this has been one of the hottest summers on record.  We have also kept our van’s wheels hot on the road this summer!  We traveled over 8,000 miles holding VBS programs around the country.  These all included my model train layout.

Our first tour was to five churches in the Pacific Northwest.  We traveled to Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.  I took Seth Golden with me as my teen assistant and he did a great job.  He helped me set up the trains and take them down (no small job!)  He also ran the trains for me many times, taught Bible verses to the children, gave many testimonies about his life, and even played the piano for some of the church services!  Seth was a tremendous blessing to me and the churches.  We saw many good decisions at VBS and all the church services.

After taking Seth home to Jefferson City, MO and preaching in his home church, I picked up my wife Mary at home and traveled to Pennsylvania for another VBS.  God used the messages and train lessons to speak to the hearts of many children and adults.

We then traveled to Wisconsin for two more Vacation Bible Schools.  Once again we saw some good decisions.  Some of them were for salvation.  The theme of the last VBS was dinosaurs and trains!  A sweet lady, who has been behind our ministry for years, gave us some dinosaurs that were the perfect size for the train layout.  It sure was fun having the dinosaurs invade the town, and even ride the trains!

We finished the summer with revival meetings in Michigan and Missouri.  I even spoke for an old-fashion day Sunday at a church in Wisconsin.  Our summer was busy, yet blessed as we saw fruit for our labor.

Please pray that God will continue to bless our ministry and supply our needs.  We also ask that you pray for safety on the roads for us as we travel through the autumn season.  We are excited to travel to churches trying to get them into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

 


 

Scripture Memory Ministry
Every word of God is pure.  Proverbs 30:5
David and Mary Barker
110 S. Mineral Springs Rd.
Porter, IN 46304
Home: (219) 926-5161    cell: (219) 771-9916

June 2016

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

We apologize for the lateness of this prayer letter.  Shortly after we finished our second tour of the year, we started having computer and internet problems on both of our laptops.  We finally broke down and purchased a new laptop computer.   Scripture Memory Ministry now has its own e-mail address:  Scripturememoryministry@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to hearing from you.

This year is going very well.  We had some wonderful meetings in Florida with many good salvation and other decisions in January and February.  We had our model trains with us on this trip and we set it up in several churches.  It helped bring out many visitors.  I even had the privilege to speak at a boy’s ranch while in Florida! This was something new and exciting for me; and what a thrill to see the alter filled during the invitation!

My wife and I have also been to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee already this year.  Many of these meetings were 3 and 4 day revivals, and one of them was a soul winning seminar.  I also preached at 2 graduations.  That was certainly an honor and a privilege.

We will be traveling to Arkansas, and then to two meetings in the Chicago area before I travel out to the Pacific northwest for several Vacation Bible Schools.  The churches in Washington and Idaho will be enjoying the model train layout with their VBS programs.  I am excited about taking with me a teen boy to help with the trains, VBS, and to learn about the ministry.  I will also be going to a new church in Oregon.  Mrs. Barker will be staying home to enjoy a long needed break, and to spend time with her family. 

We are also happy to announce that another church has taken us on for support.  This gives us about 75% of the support we need.  God is so good!

Please pray that God will continue to bless our ministry and supply our needs.  We also ask that you pray for safety on the roads for us as we travel.  We are still looking for more churches to support us.  We are excited to travel to churches trying to get them into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker   

 

Scripture Memory Ministry
Every word of God is pure.  Proverbs 30:5
David and Mary Barker
110 S. Mineral Springs Rd.
Porter, IN 46304
Home: (219) 926-5161    cell: (219) 771-9916

Fall/Winter 2015

Fall/Winter    

Dear Praying Friends in Christ,

A lot has been going on here at Scripture Memory Ministry.  As many of you know, my brother in law, Patrick Reamer had a massive heart attack and stroke last September.  It is truly by God’s grace and a miracle that he is even alive.  He is doing much better and defying all the doctors as he is able to talk, stand, and is even starting to walk again!  Thank you for all your prayers, and please continue to pray that he will make a full recovery. 

My model trains were used in two revival meetings this fall.  Once again they brought out many visitors.  I don’t know who enjoyed the trains more, the Pastors or the kids!  Many good decisions have been made, including salvation, and we saw revival in the hearts of many people.

Many miles have been driven in the last couple of months with God’s safety.  We have traveled out west to Idaho and Utah, and out east to Maryland and West Virginia.  Everywhere we went we saw God working in the hearts of the people as the altars were filled with decisions to seriously start memorizing God’s Word.

I just returned from a two week preaching tour in Mexico City.  I had the privilege to speak in five churches and a Bible Institute while I was there.  What a joy it was to preach and teach to the Mexican people and to see them so hungry to learn the Bible!  These people looked up every verse on the outlines they were given as I preached.  The altars down there were also filled with many people making decisions to learn God’s Word.

While in Mexico I had the opportunity to stay with the Rardin family.  Many of you know this missionary family and support them.  They are doing a wonderful job and staying busy for the Lord.  What a joy it was to go visiting with Brother Clint and see all the people who have been lead to the Lord and are now growing as Christians. (I am also thankful that he did all the driving in the Mexico City traffic!)

In January we will drive to Florida for our winter snowbird preaching tour for a little over 2 months.  This year we are taking my model trains as many churches have requested them.  I hope the trains get lots of people to church!

We are heading to Texas for our last preaching tour of the year to speak in three churches.  We will be gone for two weeks, then home for a two-week holiday break.

We hope that you have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Never lose your desire to learn God’s Word and to serve Him with all your heart.

Please pray that God will continue to bless our ministry and supply our needs. We are still looking for more churches to support us. We are excited to continue to travel to churches trying to get them into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers.

In His Service,
David and Mary Barker

I Peter 3:15

www.scripturememoryministry.com

March 2015

Winter, 2015
 
Dear Praying Friends in Christ,
 
We have just returned from a two month tour in Florida.  We are excited because we saw many blessings and fruit for our labor. We went to several churches, many of them new to us, and saw many good decisions.  We give thanks to the Lord for what He has done through His Word.
 
We first traveled to Milton, Florida, where right away we saw God start working.  I preached in a church on Sunday and saw many people challenged to learn God’s Word.  One lady especially was all fired up and asked many questions.  She even called me later in the trip because she was so excited.  I also preached in their Second Chance Ministry almost every night we were there.  The men were enjoying the preaching and getting right with God.  I also made my yearly appearance on the radio where they interviewed me about memorizing verses.  Over 35,000 people were listening!  While in Milton, we were given a free oil change, a new Preacherman shirt, and Mary received a nice jacket with Scripture Memory Ministry and her name embroidered on it.  She sure looks nice in it.
 
I also preached in another church across town for a mid-week service.  The pastor loved it so well he rescheduled me for a whole Sunday next year.
 
Next, we traveled to Orlando to a black church where the pastor and his assistant are all fired up for the Lord.  They loved our ministry so well that the pastor ordered 20 copies of our book, “Order My Steps.”
 
We then traveled to DeLand to meet a pastor who was recommended to us.  We ended up helping in their church for about two weeks.  I preached a mid-week service, an evening service, and all three services one Sunday.  We also helped out in junior church, AWANA, and I preached in two nursing home services.  The people were very excited about memorizing topically, including the pastor!  We’re going back next year for 4 days of meetings.  Their mission house was such a blessing.  It saved us a lot of money in motels.
 
Our travels then took us to Fort Myers where I spoke in three churches.  Two of them were scheduled, and the other one was a “spur of the moment” offer.  God blessed in all three churches.  Many good decisions were made.  At one church, we found a man who is going to give our web site a brand new look.  We can’t wait to see it!
 
While in Fort Myers we were invited to attend a three-day Bible conference.  We heard some wonderful old-fashion preaching.  They had some pictures on the communion table of some famous preachers of the past.  Two of those men were Charles H. Spurgeon, and Robert Sheffy.  They even had a sheep-skin similar to the one Preacher Sheffy used to pray on!
 
While also staying in Fort Myers we traveled to Naples for a mid-week service.  The pastor was so excited about the message that he had me stay up at the pulpit for a question and answer session.  Once again God’s Word convicted the hearts of the pastor and His people of the need to learn Bible verses.
 
We then traveled across the state to Margate, Florida, where I preached for one of my favorite fundamental pastors.  I love the way he is not afraid to stand up against bad music and false teaching.  We also saw many good decisions in that church.
 
On our way home we stopped in Alabama and spoke in a church that was also recommended to us.  Many good decisions were also made here.  The love-offering we received helped cover our traveling expenses home.
 
Please pray that God will continue to bless our ministry and supply our needs.  We are still looking for more churches to support us.  We are excited to continue to travel to churches trying to get them into their Bibles, and to depend upon God’s Word for the answers.
 
In His Service,
David and Mary Barker
1 Peter 3:15

Scripture Memory Ministry
Every word of God is pure.  Proverbs 30:5
David and Mary Barker
110 S. Mineral Springs Rd.
Porter, IN 46304
Home:  (219) 926-5161  Cell:  (219) 771-9916