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Important Announcment

We're short about 2500$ per month in pledged giving for 2019 to meet our overall goal! We are so thankful for your generosity and your support, for your prayers and encouragement, so please continue praying with us that we'd meet the goal we set for 2019.

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Loftstofan Baptistakirkja
Gunnar & Svava

Ministry
Ministry has been going well, people are getting more involved, the members of the church are growing in desire to join the mission, in generosity and in faithfulness to God.
This month has been a rather normal month which I've loved, outside of the regular meetings and the preaching of the Word, i've been trying to put together classes adding members to the church, and doing lots of studying on various subjects to seek to give good answers to asking people.
Media
One of the abnormal things that happened was the Christianity Today released an article on their website and in their magazine about our translation work of the Jesus Storybook Bible, why we're doing it and so on.
There are a couple of things I would've changed before publication but nothing major, it seems like that usually happens with interviews, but so thankful to God for the opportunity to share the work and hopefully encourage others.
Apologia
We've continued to produce weekly episodes of Apologia, uploading them on a few different platforms like Loftstofan's Facebook, Youtube & Podcasts.
The reason is that some people just want to listen, facebook is great for the reach to people on social media and Youtube is great for having it up for future listeners to discover (and so we can have them on our church website).
This month we've dealt with a few topics like: That ended with an interest in prophecy, and since we were already working our way through prophecy in the book of Daniel through the sermons on Sunday I figured I'd dedicate a few weeks dealing with fulfilled prophecy, first with regards to the Messiah in and around Christmas then moving on to historical things, so we made two episodes in November: I was blown away by the response when we added the videos to Facebook, and taking into account all the platforms it looks like we have close to a 1000 views and listenings through podcast on our last episode, but way more encouraging than that has been response from people via e-mails, messages and such. 

A couple of Jehovas Witnesses had mentioned they were leaving the church after I posted one of those videos and had a lot of questions for me to answer for them, Christians who don't belong to any church sent messages too, asking about service times for our church gatherings and even agnoistics and atheists liked the content, and one asked for more of it, which was always my hope with this, so look forward to see how God can use one guy with a phone and mic as a tool in His hands for His glory and purposes.
Invaded by Canadians
Got to hang out with Donovan a pastor of a church in Winnipeg, Canada and Ármann who has been living there for a little over a year now.
Love to hear what they're doing over there and hanging out with Ármann finally in person as we've spent quite a lot of time talking via skype the last few months.
We also got visited by Americans! But I'll let Logan tell you about that.
Thanksgiving Dinner
We also did our first ever Thanksgiving dinner as a church and had a great mixed crowd of members, attenders and even some atheists and non-believers with us joining us and connecting to some members of the church.
God has blessed us with many people from different backgrounds and cultures so we figured Thanksgiving would be very important to some of our members.
Ex Deus
Our University Ministry (Ex Deus) continues to grow, and the people in it are dedicated to reach the University of Iceland. So far they have a weekly Bible Study going, a weekly movie night to interact with the students in the dorms and form relationships, and a huge hit lately and a way for our people to get closer to the students on campus has been to host American Football watch parties which is taking off.
Almost every Sunday since the University Ministry started we've been visited by students for Sunday services due to their work, and I am so thankful for them!

Outside of that things have been pretty normal, but as the end of the year draws to a close I've been working on our end of the year members meeting to propose a budget for the coming year, go over our spending and starting a weekly discipleship group with some of the men in the church.
Even though the winter darkness usually gets to me and makes me a bit more heavier than usual around this time of year I can say that I am refreshed, and excited for the coming year.
The kids are doing great, and Svava and I are doing great, we've just been a bit busy lately, so pray for wisdom as we find a good balance between working hard and downtime for enjoyment.

Redeemer City Church of Reykjavík
Logan & Carla

Visiting Iceland
We had such a wonderful time in Iceland at the beginning of November. Carla and I were able to begin the immigration process, so please join us in praying for our approval! We also were able to scout out locations where we will most likely live and potentially plant RCCR. I was also able to preach at Loftstofan’s English service which was such a blessing.
Visits
Carla met up with a dear friend, Victoria Vance, who has been to Iceland on a mission team with her husband Josh, and they attended the Lifeway Women’s Forum. This was an awesome women’s conference focused on women in ministry. Carla was excited to be able to spend a few days with Victoria and they both were greatly blessed by the teaching they received.
Preaching
The rest of the month was full with Monday’s spent teaching at the TBS Marine Bible Study, going to the SBCV annual meeting and preaching twice, once at Pillar Church at Quantico and then at North Stafford Baptist Church. Oh yeah, and THANKSGIVING!

The Partnership


Join Us As A Partner
Do you want to partner with us in the spread of the gospel in Iceland? You may not have been here yet, but you can partner with us by praying over the updates we just sent and by financially giving either with a one time gift or by setting up a monthly support to take part in gospel efforts in Iceland, your finances will go towards everything that the Iceland Project is doing on the ground.

How To Give
Pillar Church of Dumfries has made it easy for you to give to the work in Iceland and serves us in such incredible ways to get the funding from our donors to us every month, here's how you can give:

For processing payments:
PO BOX: Pillar Church, PO Box 622, Dumfries, VA 22026
Put “Loftstofan” in the memo.

We also have an online option for our supporters to use what's called STRIPE ACH and give online towards the gospel work in Iceland.
If you click on the button below you can give a one time gift or set up recurring payments through your bank account. This is the cheapest ONLINE option on our end as the fees for processing are $0.25 (compared to if you choose to use your debit cards or pay through PayPal which is 2.3% + $0.25 per transaction).

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