Monthly Update from John & Bonnie

October 2022 Partner Update

Dear Fellow Citizens of Heaven--

Thank you for helping us to serve here in Europe this month. This comment from one of our students captures what we love to do so much. The student said--

 Teacher John that class message was deep, it went straight to the heart, it was confirmation and the answer to my spiritual warfare. Now I feel comfortable, talking to the saints of God and the Lost. Thank you so much for helping me with this spiritual warfare, God Bless 

Bonnie & I live in student housing, walk almost a mile each way to the grocery store, carry our food and water back to the apartment, and then climb four flights of stairs to our place. When we open the door and walk into this totally different world than we ever dreamed of when we started on the mission field in 2017--we both smile, and one or the other says, "These are the BEST days of our lives!"

We love every challenging and tiring minute we are here because God is using us to touch so many students' lives.

Here are our three BIGGEST delights of October--

    1. TRANSFORMED LIVES--We taught several classes on "Denying Ungodliness by Grace" where we taught the students the daily disciplines of reading the Word devotionally, applying it to specific areas of our lives by prayer, and finding a small group to cultivate personal accountability.
    2. LIFE-LONG HABITS: One of our precious moments was when we explained, demonstrated, and testified about how "Scripture Memorization & Meditation" has changed our lives. I showed the students my verses cards I'm using here in Europe each day (they are picture files in Apple Notes of the dozens of worn-out, dog-eared cards I carried in the USA over the years). Then we showed them how to choose a verse, memorize a verse, and start to prayerfully meditate on that verse. The results are astounding when they see life-long struggles with specific sins start to fade as they apply the Sword of the Spirit to their specific struggle.
    3. EUROPEANS REACHING EUROPEANS--We were able to lead a "How to Share the Gospel" training session complete with marking the Romans Road in their Bibles, a demo on how to witness, and a long-term prayer strategy for reaching people around us with the Gospel. Then we launch them each week to go out and try to share what God has done in their life with someone this week. We also participate and have some wonderful witnessing appointments the Lord always gives us.

We all have been through an amazing month of global and local events. I just love reading the news over here in Europe that is so completely different than the news we hear in America. Praying for each of you who so faithfully stand with us over here as we serve. We hope to make it back to the States by Thanksgiving unless the Lord Returns--and then we will look for you in Glory!

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie Barnett

Hebrews 13:20-21

September 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Friends and Partners in the Gospel,

I’m sitting above the streets of Athens as I type this, in a study area provided by the mission we are serving with this week. We are here in Greece teaching through Paul’s Epistles. Our classes here in Europe range in size from 5 (that was our smallest ever) to 80 (that was our biggest ever over here).

But all of the classes are the same–the students want to study, they want to learn, they want to use the lessons in their lives, and they let us know how the Lord is at work in their hearts. When we started teaching over here more than five years ago, we just continued what we had done in the Word of Life Bible Institutes.

The homework for each class included a “Devotional Study” of the Book of the Bible we were teaching, with 3 sections.

  1.     They title the chapter in their own words.
  2.     They note all the lessons, truths, principles, and doctrines they can find.
  3.     They right an application prayer, asking the Lord to work in their life in some of the truths they just found.

The result is a long-term relationship that often starts with Bonnie (who is the one who collects, reads their projects, and gives them credit for the course to the various schools). When they continue this process, long after the class–they often write to us and explain the great things God is doing in their lives. What a thrill to see long-term life change from new believers and NextGeneration missionary students we have taught in now over 40 different countries.

Again we say THANK YOU. We thank God for burdening your hearts to pray for us and support us. We are enjoying the best years of our lives (and maybe the most tired years as we drop into bed and fall asleep so fast because the days are SO LONG, and SO FULL and SO RICH. What a blessing.

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

August 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Friends and Partners in the Gospel,

Bonnie the evangelist is at work again. When we taught here last time in 2019 we got to meet a father and his multigenerational Greek family. As we got to know them better we asked if we could share our testimony of how Jesus Christ saved us. It was the most amazing moment.

The father asked his entire family to listen. He sat in front and intently listened and asked questions. He didn’t call on the Lord that day but we left a Gospel tract, and have stayed in touch. Today we visited again. Had a warm welcome. Got to meet more of the family. And we gave them a Greek and English Gospel by John.

Praying & Planting. Praying & Watering. Praying & Waiting for God to give the harvest in His time. So far we have seen one Greek man come to Christ that we are discipling on this journey. The student have been amazing. We’ve even shown them how to mark the “Romans Road” in their Bibles. 

Thanks for sending us with your prayers and support. Thanks for standing with us by your partnership. We couldn’t serve here without each of you. 

What a BLESSING it is to live each day for ETERNITY!

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

July 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Partners in Ministry–

This letter is coming late because we just got to a spot where we found WiFi to mail it to our home office in Oklahoma–thanks for patiently praying.

We are sitting in far northern Canada at a Biblical Ministry training center where the electricity goes on and off, there is no WiFi (unless we drive 36 minutes to the nearest town), and we have to flush the toilet with a bucket of water (or there is also an outhouse), and boil the water that comes from the lake we are situated near. Again we thank the Lord that even hear we see such hunger for the Word, and thirst after Christ. Every challenge of travel (laundromats, staying in other people’s homes, and living out of one suitcase for six weeks) reminds us of how Jesus trained the disciples, and how Paul lived most of his ministry life. The joys are real, the challenges are constant, but the rewards are endless. Thanks to each of you who kept us going this month. Your gifts sustained us to get to each site, and your prayers energized us to teach each class, session, and group.

Some of you have been with us all five years since we were commissioned in June of 2017. Others of you have been only with us this month. All of you are such an encouragement to us each day. Our staff and Board Members in Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Colorado have always updated us on the notes, calls, and messages that you send to us along the road as we serve. Each touch we get from then for you is a thrill.

As we work this month on the road a special team is right now assembling the DTBMAcademy. This is such an exciting step for us. All of the classes I have taught will be available for free, in order from class #1 to the end with study guides and matching videos. The number one comment we get is that people can’t find the classes in order, so we are so close to having them ready and open for you to use. Also, we are starting to finalize the plan for next year with classes to teach in East Asia, South aia, North America, South America, and across Europe. We have come to the sad place that we now can’t keep us with the places inviting us to serve and have started to say we can’t come to more and more places. God is raising up so many NextGenertion students who want to know the Word. We are thrilled for all those we can train for the Glory of God.

Please pray as we are only home for 4 days before launching to serve in refugee centers in Nothern Europe as well as Bibe Institutes in southern Europe until Thanksgiving.

Until next month’s update, may the Lord bless your lives and hearts for your strategic partnership with us. Unless the Lord returns we hope to update you on what great things He will do here in Canada, then Nothern Michigan, and then across Europe & Asia over the next few months.

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

June 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy that I share with you what God has done. Each of you who have invested with us by your prayers and finances– ARE TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU TO HEAVEN!

Since the start of Covid, we have seen the Lord open so many hearts to His Gospel. We really noticed this two years ago by hearing from a woman on the London Tube, watching a clip on Hope who bowed her head right there on that subway and cried out to Jesus. She wrote me six months later and described how completely her life was transformed by God.

By June this year, we have heard from OVER ONE HUNDRED different individuals who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. WHAT A BLESSING. They have sent us links to their baptisms, and their testimonies, and wrote out so many amazing stories of going from darkness to light. From hopelessness and despair to transformed lives of joy. From Christless to Christ-filled lives and walks.

They are from more countries than we could have dreamed of, across most of the States of the US, and from all ages of the spectrum.

Only God could have done that–one new saint each week for two years, and they continue to pour in. Please pray for us. We are in the midst of building the DTBM  Academy, an online portal where we will offer free courses that anyone can watch with all the class notes and instructions. We are also spending from August to November investing in classrooms and churches across Canada & Europe as I teach a summary of each of the 87 chapters in Paul’s 13 Epistles.

These are exciting and fruitful days for the Kingdom of God.

Thanks for being our partners, supporters, encouragers, and friends.  Looking forward to all that God has planned for these next months of ministry as you pray and give.

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

 May 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Partners in Ministry.

How can I summarize the first half of 2022? Maybe the word amazing? How about astounding? That is how we feel. We get to pour God’s Word into the lives of hundreds and hundreds of young people. We hear from them every day. We have so many discipleship moments with precious immortal servants of God in the classrooms, in the dorms, at church services, on FB, through texts & emails, and over YouTube comment replies–that it amazes and astounds us.

Just as one example. I just watched a baptismal service in San Francisco, at a Chinese Church where a young lady was baptized. Her testimony was that her boyfriend came to the Lord during Covid, and told her she needed to watch my message on John 10 the Good Shepherd. She did, God convicted and saved her, and now they both are part of a growing congregation of Biblically grounded saints in San Francisco. God is at work EVERYWHERE, even in places that have a lot of bad press in the news.

So, those are just some word pictures of these five months of ministry. Those many faces remind us of the open hearts, overflowing joy, and deep transformation we are seeing each place we get to go and teach the Word. Thanks for praying, we really feel God answering. Thanks for giving, you are keeping us going and supporting each of these mission campaigns of evangelism and discipleship.

We are home 3 SOLID weeks at our DTBM HQ in Colorado recording classes and preparing for our summer and fall conferences, then off to teach in New York, Michigan, Canada, the UK, Italy, Greece, Israel, and East Asia. Home Lord willing by Thanksgiving! May the Lord bless you richly for pouring your lives into us as we serve.

Can’t wait for Heaven when we all get to see EVERYTHING the Lord was doing through each of us.

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

March 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Fellow Workers with us in Christ–  

As the war in Ukraine fills the news we are having the greatest time teaching this week. Our topic is How It All Ends, and I am doing an expositional Bible study with almost a thousand students, showing them how to use the 52 Greatest Chapters of the Bible “Devotional Method”, to study Bible Prophecy for themselves. They are actually on the edge of their seats. 

The Lord sure is using these unusual times around the world to HEIGHTEN people’s interest in God’s Word. We flew in about midnight Friday and Bonnie told me I really needed a haircut, my last one was while I was teaching paul’s Life & Letters in Italy at Thanksgiving. So she made an appointment at a barbershop on the way to our next classroom here in Florida. The barber just moved here from Peru. Asked me what I do, and I said I’m here to teach HOW IT ALL ENDS. They said that they were afraid, asked God to help them find Him, and here was this person in their chair explaining God. Salvation. The Bible. How it all ends, and the only hope in Christ.

The Lord is at work. We are thrilled to serve Him because of your prayers and support. Keep praying, this is week ONE OF TEN SOLID WEEKS teaching in two countries and six states! What a blessing to serve, with our love–

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie

February 2022 Donor Letter

Dear Prayer Supporters & Ministry Investors,

This past month shook the world in a way not seen for decades. The specter of nuclear war triggered by one misstep in the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent a collective shiver across Europe and America. 

The impact here at DTBM was immediate. In the first week of the invasion we had a million different people     come to our site and watch 3 million Bible classes, Bible Q&A sessions, and Gospel messages. That was the biggest outreach we’ve ever seen. 

I’m still reading note after note: “God got my attention “; “I’ve asked the Lord to save and forgive me”; “my wife has started watching your messages with me each day and has gotten saved”. We are overwhelmed that God is using such horrible things as we see in this war to JAR people’s hearts, convict, and save some. 

All this happened as we are on an 11 week mission trip. In and out of the country navigating Covid rules. Bad weather events. Power outages. Teaching very enthused groups of also stirred students. What great times to serve the Lord. Even today we just finished teaching 4-5 classes a day in Florida, packed our bags and are heading to New York to teach a few hundred NextGeneration students there for two weeks. Life is sure full and rich. 

Right in the midst of these huge days of ministry we were suddenly made aware of how fragile our online ministry can be. We have started a process of splitting up our online ministries so that it will be harder for any attack to shut everything down at once. One dear saint just handed me a check to have four of our newest courses added to our new DTBM Academy site (DTBMonline.org) as a free standing separately hosted teaching site. The courses are in ORDER there with all the class lecture notes. Really amazing. 

Thanks again for helping us serve and making it possible for us to train the NextGeneration. Pray as we travel until mid-May. Get home to reload and then launch for an August thru November, three continents, six country teaching mission, Lord willing. 

Yours Because His,
John & Bonnie