Yap – yes, it is a real country – a part of a chain of islands in Micronesia in the Western Pacific. Yap has been home to Christian missionaries for many years. Last week, we shipped 50 Gospel sets of The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible® to pastors serving Christ throughout this island chain. We invite you to pray for the pastors who will be receiving these volumes, and for the congregations and communities they serve. We are thankful to be able to equip these pastors for ministry.
Missionary Paul Zimmer, his wife Sherry, and their six children, have been serving God in Yap for almost 20 years. They have planted churches, trained pastors, and served God in all they do. Paul’s vision for outreach led him to start a Christian radio station, Joy Family Radio, erecting a 200 foot tower without the assistance of cranes or other large machinery. This station now broadcasts 24/7, reaching the furthest ends of the islands.
The Zimmers started a small sawmill on Yap to help residents find lumber to build homes and businesses. Soaring electric power costs led Paul to use his engineering background to install solar panels and windmills on his house and broadcast tower and for the sawmill. He now holds seminars on alternative energy throughout the islands, explaining the importance of alternative energy and sharing gospel truths whenever he can.
Paul and other missionaries on the islands have evangelized, nurtured and trained pastors, and planted churches, all while working to build relationships in their communities. They are excited to be able to give The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible® to the local pastors they work with in Yap and across the islands.
Please keep this country, these pastors, and the believers in Yap in your prayers as God’s Word continues to spread around the world.