Pastor Tim and Renee’s 2016-17 Ministry Update


Update: March 2017, It’s been a while since our last update so here it is.  In January, through Fresh Manna and Twitter, our numbers peaked at our highest levels ever for reaching people. Literally millions of people each day.  Fresh Manna Daily Devotions has reached 213 countries so far! I’ve always understood how my devotions would touch people’s hearts, but would have never believed that writing a tweet of 140 characters (letters, punctuation, spaces combined equaling about a sentence and a half in length) could impact people so powerfully. It has catapulted my writing efforts beyond my wildest imagination. When I started writing, 17 years ago, I would have never imagined God would use us in this way. But by being obedient to write 4 times a week, and tweeting daily, this is our current result. I have been able to lead people to the Lord, watch them get delivered from pornography, drugs, and other forms of bondage. And I’ve watched people learn God’s Word and grow in the Lord. They write me to tell me!  I hope you are one of those people! So I am continuing to write my devotions and tweets to reach the world – and it is happening to the glory of God!  If you’ve ever benefited from all this, I pray you’ll consider helping us! 

Renee is soon taking a group of women to Peru to do missions work in the church, orphanage, and amongst the Peruvian people.  This will be her second trip there in the past eight months. They always have a powerful impact and feel their lives are changed as much as the ones they are helping!  

My daughter, her husband and their two daughters are missionaries in Peru and have a powerful influence in Peru. You can learn more about them here: The G’s Overseas.  It’s been a very difficult time for them recently. Lima, Peru is one of the largest cities (in population) in the world and a developing third world country.  It is a very dry, dusty, desert city with over 8 million people. The average rainfall  is 0.3 inches of rain per year – almost none!  They have had huge rainfalls in the past week and it’s caused mudslides around the country. People and their homes have been swept away. Water has been shut off. Electricity has been shut off for periods of time, and the flooding has caused unimaginable problems. Getting  clean drinking water is a current challenge. This is a very short video to give you an idea.  We are sending down money and some supplies shortly to help.  This is our first area of outreach for Tim and Renee Burt Ministries beyond reaching people with the gospel through Fresh Manna.

I would like to remind you that Renee and I take zero income from the funds that come in. It all goes to the work of the ministry so you can feel great about your donations doing a good work. Because of what is going on in Peru, in the orphanage, and in our efforts to spread the gospel through Fresh Manna and Twitter, we hope you will consider our efforts good soil for your donations to reap a harvest. I assure you they will.  For those that have contributed, thank you for believing in us, and for uniting with us to make a difference in reaching the world for Jesus. I know it blesses the heart of God and those whose lives are blessed and changed!  If you would like to donate, you can donate here.  Above all things, please pray for our efforts in reaching the lost with the gospel, the saved with words to encourage them in pressing into God, and for the Peruvian people as we reach them with the love of Jesus.  Proverbs 11:25 ” A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Mark 16:15 (NKJV) “And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

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Update: December 2016,  This month we met with the board of our ministry to give them the report of what we accomplished this past year.  One of the board members expressed “I’m blown away he was at how much two people could accomplish with so little.”  The following two notes are from the report of pages of comments from our Website, our subscribed readers and my Twitter follower that we’ve received this past year.

Pastor Tim – Fresh Manna is filled with love. I feel it from your writings. I know this love comes from your love of Our Father and Our Savior Jesus Christ. Only a heart full of the knowledge of the greatness of His Love has such a desire to share with everyone the joy of knowing what God can do. And you sir have the gift of putting into words how your heart feels. God Bless you. I look forward to reading everyday. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Teresa

In December, I was able to reach over 4 million people’s Twitter timelines directly. The viral effect from retweets reaches multiple millions more and is mind-boggling. The Lord has helped my effectiveness and I praise Him for it. We are excited about what we do and it drives us. This coming May, we retiring from 32 years of ministry at the church we’ve pastored at all these years. In doing so, we are fired up and entering our next session of life focused even more on what God has given us through our efforts online, through Twitter, through ministering events, mission trips and supporting the mission field. Although the words seem to begin to say, it is our desire to “Reach the World” with God’s good news and promises! We promise to serve faithfully and with great stewardship so that your investment in the gospel through us bears great fruit. And just so you know, we do not personally take a penny for ourselves!  We pray Gods blessing upon you and pray that you and your loved ones have a most wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” 

I (Renee) took a group of seven women, who attend my weekly bible study, on mission to Peru. It was a beautiful way for us to not just talk about our faith, but to put it into action. I could write a book about all of the experiences that so touched our hearts. I want to share about one of them with you.

 On one of the days, we assembled wheelchairs to give to three people who were in desperate need of one. We then set out to deliver them. It took a very long time to deliver830 the first two, and by then it was late in the day. But we still had one more wheelchair to deliver, to a woman whose home was up a mountain!

The roads were very rough, and the higher up we drove, the worse it got. In fact, on one especially narrow, steep road, the tires starting slipping. I saw our driver make the sign of the cross. Needless to say, that didn’t build our confidence that we’d get there in one piece, but we kept going. It was like being in a huge maze, while we kept going higher up the mountain and feeling more lost all the time. 

836Miraculously (and I mean miraculously), we finally got to the house where Nelda lived.  I’ll never forget the smile on her face when we walked in.  She was so happy we’d come with her wheelchair. But first, she wanted to tell us how thankful she was for her home. 

It had only three rooms, with a few pieces of old, broken down furniture. It was “decorated” with pictures from magazines attached to the plywood walls. But she told us how much God had blessed her. She was especially thankful to have electricity for lights. She pointed to the single lightbulb hanging from the ceiling above us.  She was as thankful for it as if it was a chandelier hanging there. 832

She went on to tell us her story. She was 72, and five years ago, she’d had a stroke. It had left her unable to walk or talk. The doctor said she would never talk again. So she said that she did the only thing she could do. She hummed praises to Jesus all day long.

The verse she lived by was Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  The only strength she had was to hum.  So she just kept humming to Jesus, until one day, miraculously she was able to talk again.  None of her neighbors could believe it. They all wanted her to tell them how she could suddenly speak again. 

So she began to preach to everyone who would listen to her about the goodness of God.  She also would pray for them if they were sick, so God would heal them like He had healed her. Because God had not only healed her voice but her body too! 

834-4The paralysis was now on just one side of her body, but she was only able to take a few steps at a time. So she was so happy to get a wheelchair, so she could go to a nearby park to talk to more people about Jesus. We all agreed we’d never met someone more with such an endearing, pure heart like Nelda! 

Well, finally we got her into her wheelchair, and I wish you could’ve seen her face! It was shining with pure joy. We thought that surely heaven had sent us to bless HER. But then she shared about a dream she’d had, and we realized heaven had sent us to her, so WE would be blessed by her! 

In her dream, God had given her a jar of honey and told her, “Eat. This honey is for you.”  The next thing she knew, she was surrounded by honey bees who were so happy she was enjoying the honey.  She could feel their love in her dream, but she didn’t really understand what it all meant. renees-2016-peru-outreach-picture-1

She went on to tell us that now she knew that the honey in the dream was her wheelchair… and we were her honey bees. She said she could feel our love, just like she had in the dream. Needless to say, we were all in tears by now. Not one of us was in a hurry to leave. We were savoring the beauty of that moment.  We had thought we were bringing something to Nelda that would change her life, but meeting her had changed our lives too. 

This is just one example of how your giving is impacting lives with the love of God. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for both your prayer support and financial support this past year.  We’re praying you have the most wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with the goodness of God!

Renee and I use this page to bring you periodic updates on what we are doing to reach the world. How do we accomplish that? We do so through Twitter, literally reaching millions each month, through this website, and through hands-on mission work. For the first 15 years, we paid for all expenses on our own, with little exception. Because of the growth we’ve experienced, we now invite our readers to donate or partner with us in our efforts to reach the world with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your consideration. Whether you partner with us or not, please know that we pray for all of our readers each and every day. We pray you have a wonderfully blessed New Year! 

Our sincere love and thanks,
Pastors Tim & Renee Burt

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