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The Messiah was born in Bethlehem according to Old Testament prophecies.

  In Israel In 1969 I was riding in a big Mercedes taxi I think 8 or 9 people.  My Hebrew was limited.  We started from Bear Sheva going north to Jerusalem.  It is 44 miles direct route.  I found no grace to speak before we reached Bethlehem, which is 2 miles south of Jerusalem.  As we reached Bethlehem I could keep silent no longer.  I quoted Micah 5:2 in Hebrew.  “But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  The Messiah has always existed, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God brought forth his Son”.  Galatians 4:4.  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;  Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14. May the Holy Spirit of God lead us into meditations of Jesus Christ’s birth.

   Grace was given once again to make the 3-month summer tour from Paris to Romania-RO.  I again had contact with the Jews in Budapest, Hungary-HU.  I met an Israeli who has contact with an Israeli believer in Tel Aviv.    

  I renewed fellowship with 2 Independent Baptist churches in Romania-RO, in Beius & Hunadoara.  It is helpful to hear of their blessings and needs.  In Hunadoara a member of the church has prayed many years for his wife’s salvation.  Florin’s wife was saved!  Florin is a happy man.  As usual in Bucharest, RO I spoke in Episcu Radu Church with Pishti Benedek translating. I met Pishti in 1988 as he invited me to teach in a week camp.  That was before the change in government.  And I spoke in the Maranatha Baptist church with Pastor Ioan Tone.  He had in the last year a severe heart attack, but he is back preaching.  I hurried on to Bulgaria-BG where I preached in Russe, Plovdiv and Sofia the capital. I was thankful for clothes Pastor Viorel Dumitru gave me in Giurgiu, RO for BG.  Lit. was distributed.  In Plovdiv Elisabeth Nicovi-Popov had a stroke on her spine and after a year and a half has made it to a wheel chair.  Her father Dimitir Nicovi was pastor of the Baptist church and now her brother Stoico Nicovi is the pastor.  In Katerini, Greece I visited Linda Callahan-Sinopidis who was a student in the Christian college TTS in Chattanooga when I was.  Her husband has dementia and Linda is caring for him.  I was blessed as I handed out Greek literature.  Literature went out to truck drivers of many countries.  I especially like to give out Turkish literature. I always meet them at the border between Germany-D & Austria-A.

  Again we had our camp in Rucar, RO with the Mioveni church.  There were about 30 young people mostly teen agers.  We studied the Sermon on the Mount, Matt 5-7. I hurried back to France-FR by way of HU, Croatia-HR, Slovenia-SLO, Italy-IT, A, Switzerland-CH to leave for USA on Sept. 18.  Jews were met in Budapest on the way back.  I spoke in 2 Independent Baptist Churches in Biudapest at this time.   Literature was distributed in Zagreb, HR and SLO and Trieste, IT, A & CH.

 There was a meeting with 2 Pastors in CH: Bruno & Doris Scharer & Hans & Sylvie Rufenacht.  I visited Donald & Violet Gyger in Tavanes, CH.  Jesus helped me to arrange my affairs for my trip to USA.

  In the USA I spoke in 2 supporting churches in my home town of Jacksonville, FL then I went to the 59thhigh school reunion in Bethesda, MD.  I met 3 believing couples, a brother and 3 Jews and Toni Birch my roommate at University of Maryland in 1959.  I met Glenn Fogle in Charlotte, NC who was a fellow student in Tennessee Temple Schools-TTS.  He has a throat problem with difficulty speaking.  In Chattanooga, TN I was with Richard Cohen.  His Messiah has blessed him and he now is 70 and is receiving his social security check and has a part time job.  I visited Casper Koning of Gospel Signs.  He has turned the work over to 3 brothers.  I have been distributing the coroplast Bible signs and metal ones.  The Bible verse signs can be a silent witness in your front lawn.  Casper will have open heart surgery December 5, 2018.  I will be with my brother and sister for Christmas in Jax, FL.  I will visit in FL in January. Jan. 27 I will be in Faith Baptist in Silver Springs, FL. I then head west to AL, LA, AR, OK & TX.  I have 2 Baptist churches that support my ministry in Odessa, TX.  I will visit Plains and Lubbock, TX where I have supporters.   After TX then head toward Chicago.  I plan to be in Davenport, IA with Sam Bolet & his church March 30-April 1, not confirmed.  Then I will go to Chicago and from there I will fly to Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada then go to Thompson to be with Burntwood Baptist church, pastor Lee & Donna Picket. One of the members Joyce Trainor has been sick for a long time.  I have prayed 4 years for Chrsitain singer Johnny Miles who is a back slidden Cree Indian. He posted no new song since 2013, In Nov. 2018 he posted a new song!!! You tube: johnnymilescreehymns

  May15, 2019 I plan to return to France.  The summer tour will be early in June.  It is planned a 7-day meeting in the Mioveni church in RO in June.  We will be studying the book of Revelation.  I plan to go to UKRAINE-UA before the summer camp in Rucar, RO in early August.

Thanks for traveling with me with your prayers and interest,


Michael Bentley. Rev 1:3

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