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With the recent passing of the Religious Liberties Bill here in Mississippi and all that has been written and talked about by the liberal main stream media since I figured I would chime in with my two cents.

First it needs to be stated I am very conservative, I belong to the Constitutional Party, (yes you can look it up) I am also a Reformed Baptist who believes in the infallibility of scripture. The end of the Bible in the book of Revelation Chapter (KJV) 22  18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. That means what God wrote I accept as truth and cannot and will not change.   

          That being said the liberal media paints a picture of hate and discrimination about believers like me surrounding issues like this. Nothing could be further from the truth. We, that is true born again believers are commanded, not asked, to love our neighbors; Matthew 22:36-40 ESV “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” and this of course includes those of the LGBT community.  No one let me repeat no one claiming to be a Christian can truly be a Christian and HATE someone from the LGBT community.

The word of God not the word of man says that the LGBT lifestyle is wrong. That those apart of the community are caught up in the bondage of sin and in need of being set free. As a Christian I (we) have two duties. First is to share the Good News Psalms 96:3 NKJV “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” that Christ is the way to true freedom.  Note as the Apostle Paul stated we are to always do this with gentleness 2 Timothy 2:25 ESV Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, that God may be at work and not us.

Secondly we are called to never compromise the Word of God. Psalm 119: 1-4 (AMP) How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless], who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the Lord. 2 Blessed and favored by God are those who keep His testimonies, and who [consistently] seek Him and long for Him with all their heart. 3 They do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. 4 You have ordained your precepts, that we should follow them with [careful] diligence. Yet this is exactly what we are being called to do. The liberal minority has deemed this truth, Freedom of Speech (which this falls under) is this; you are free to agree with their liberal viewpoint or our speech is free to be censored and or outlawed or we are free to be imprisoned. It begs the question; who is being discriminated against here?

My Pastor last night made an interesting observation. If this was about anything more than wanting full acceptance for the LGBT community, they would look at this as a great opportunity. Start a business that caters to just that clientele, if as they claim their number are so strong they should do great and leave those with strongly held religious convictions alone.

         By His Grace Alone

Hi folks,

I pray this finds everyone in good health and spirits. It has been quite a while since I have sent out a formal update so please excuse the length of this one.

First Naida and I are both healthy and doing quite well. She is still volunteering a few days a week at the Mercy House and loving it more and more. Since my youngest daughter move here last fall with three of the grandkids Naida has even been happier if that is possible. The blessings keep pouring in as my daughter recently got a very good job locally so it looks like she’s here for the long haul (hoorah)

Lakeshore Baptist Church is also doing well. We have unofficially been using the new church building since January even though it remains incomplete. PLEASE keep that a matter of prayer. We need volunteers (used to be our summer calendar was full by now this year one team) especially to help finish the outside. I still serve as project manager for that and the house on Pike Street.

We have been getting many visitors lately and are praying God will put it on their hearts to make LBC their home. I am not sure but I think our membership stands at around 50 with weekly average attendance at about 65. On Easter we had 100+. Again pray the Lord will grow His body of believers here. Bro. Don continues to preach the unfeigned Gospel and I truly believe it is that (not fancy gimmicks) that will draw men unto the Lord.

As for me, much has transpired. Last fall I thought I was in line to become a Chaplain in Training with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. Then do to a series of circumstances that seemed to fall through. I persisted in my duties as Volunteer Chaplain (I have been for over 1 year the de-facto Chaplain) and three weeks ago received a call from the GNJ&P regional director asking if I still wished to interview for the position. God’s plans are not always on our timing hey. Needless to say I said yes and the interview was conducted two weeks ago Friday. It is a long process with no guarantee of being taken on board but with many supporters (my Pastor, the Warden, Sheriff, fellow volunteers and correctional staff) I have begun the process to fulfill the added requirements.

Today I begin online classes at Belhaven University as a Junior with the goal of BA in Biblical Studies. As some of you know I was working on my master’s thesis. It was from a non-regionally accredited college and not acceptable by GNJ&P. Going back to the classroom after all these years has me both excited and intimidated. Please keep me in prayer on this matter.

Finally I need to mention Faithful Steward Ministries. As you may realize we are no longer publishing the Apologist. This still bothers me but realistically there is just not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on my plate as it is.

I am still posting sermons (rewrites) from the jail and other items on the website www.fsmandfsmwo.org I encourage you to look at it and follow us there or on Facebook at tp://www.facebook.com/pages/Faithful-Steward-Ministries-and-FSM-Womens-Outreach/178166535561150

 The goal is to transition FSM&FSMWO to a Hancock County Jail Ministry web site and FB page and eventually put out some form of quarterly or semi-annual newsletter/publication.

            Well I have rambled on long enough. If you have any questions please email me or feel free to call or text me.

 

In HIS Service

 

Mike P.

 

Very Interesting article from our friends at Prison Fellowship.

It is a struggle for so many who have never been incarcerated. For ex-mates the challenges can seem insurmountable. But with God and His people it too can be overcome

Why Ex-Prisoners Can't Find Work.

Recently I began holding regular Sunday evening services at the local county jail. A true blessing of God and one that hold great responsibility. The following is a copy of the sermon I preached over the first two Sunday evenings.

The most recognized verse in the New Testament is probably John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For many years I understood that Sin was a bad thing and if I just believed Christ died for my sins all would be ok. Much like some of today’s water downed versions God’s Holy Word This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life (The Message) my understanding of man’s sin was greatly lacking.

It was not until I read the follow on verses to John 3:16 (17-21) that I understood how low, how wicked how disgusting my sin and yours truly was.

 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Let us take some time now and look at these verses individually.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So why did God’s Son come? Let’s look at the two key words in this verse.

 Condemn or Krino (kree-no)

*to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure

*pass judgment on the deeds and words of others

*to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment

Saved or Sozo (Sode-zo)

*to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue

*to save in the technical biblical sense

*to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction

So why did Jesus come; well we just read that it was not to convict or doom folks He came to save them and more.

I have listed six reasons I believe are most important to Christ’s coming. Let us explore them together:

1. He came because God promised He would. We read of that promised ‘seed’ who would destroy the effects of sin (Gen 3:15 )

There we find two “seeds”, or descendants, the seed of The Serpent and the seed of The Woman. There is to be enmity between these two classes, enmity meaning strife, contention, hostility and war. It is clear then that they represent opposites in conflict. And like all warring parties they hate each other.

Let me ask you a question, would you believe in a god who breaks his word? Would you believe and trust in a God who could not fulfill His promises? If one of the first promises we read about in the Bible is a lie or broken what good is the rest of the book? But though many, many have tried no one came prove a single blatant lie of the Bible.

 2. He came to fulfill the Law Matthew 5:17 - “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill.”

Anyone ever heard someone say I’m a New Testament Christian. Warning bells should go off at that statement. It maybe some innocent comment; a naïve way of saying I am washed in the Blood or it maybe someone professing this neo orthodox idea that the Old Testament is no longer applicable in any way and should either be discounted or left to one’s own interpretation.

Those people are WRONG! They need to really the book, read 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Now do not leave here saying Brother Mike said all the OT laws are still valid. If you go and ask the CO’s for a calf to slaughter you are likely to get a checkup from the neck up instead.

 3. He came to call Sinners to repentance Matt 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

John MacArthur said about this: Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. Think about that. Just like we have no part in saving faith neither do we in repentance. It is the work of God alone.

It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, "God, be merciful to me, the sinner!" (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.

A side note: I am often asked can we tell if someone is truly saved. My answer in most cases is Yes; God’s word is full of examples of the outward expression of the inward man we can look for, but that is a different sermon.

 4. He came to Fight; Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

God is love of that there can be no question. But that same God is no whamsy pansy wuss; that many would have you believe. Read the accounts of God judgments upon Israel and her enemies in the OT, or of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 and I am sure there are more than a few vendors from the temple of Israel that wish He was not so tough. He is a mighty God. He is more than capable of taking on all comers.

 5. He came as a Saviour; Matthew 18:11 - “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

We will study this in depth in the following weeks, needless to say as the verse says He came to save.

 6. He came to serve Matthew 20:27-28 - “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The first characteristic needed to being a good servant is humility; and the first characteristic of a good Christian is being willing to serve (1 Samuel 3:4)

Phil 2:7-9 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Think about that for a moment the Son of God, the second person of the trinity, all knowing, powerful and everywhere humbled himself so much that He took on the flesh of man. He left the throne on high to come to this cursed planet to become a servant for you and me. That folks should make you stand in reverence and wonder. Stand in wonder trying to figure out why He would come to serve a wretch like you and me. Stand in reverence when we realize there is no good reason apart from His love. What would you do for a loved one? How low would you humble yourself?

 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let’s look at this word condemned again for a moment. It is a judicial term, a legal term that we still use today. Inmates on death row are condemned to die. So true is the fate of sinners Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

But upon their believing, the process is comes to a standstill, judgment is stopped, and he is not condemned. This means more than a stay; he is not condemned, that is, he is acquitted and his record wiped clean.

Unlike someone who through modern DNA evidence is found innocent and his record cleared we the accused sinner, are not innocent, we cannot plead not guilty to the indictment. We are guilty and our sins are our own fault. We have no one to blame but ourselves, we have what I call SOS Disease, that is Stuck on Stupid Disease.

But we can plead a noli prosequi or do not prosecute, upon the indictment, as Paul states, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Like the world all born again believers will be Judged (2 Cor 5:10) but unlike the world we will not be condemned; 1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Ok, here is where it gets scary. How many times have I heard from unbelievers that they think Christianity is no good because how can a “loving God” punish all mankind for Adam and Eve’s screw up?

Let look at what Christ says next:

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Do you see it? Do you see what the mighty Savior says? Who condemns mankind, God? No man himself does, men loved darkness rather than light.

There is no one in this room, no one anywhere in the world that would not have done the exact same thing as Adam and Eve. Some of us type A personalities would have led a charge to that tree without the serpent’s help.

Condemnation = Krisis - Kree-sis This is the sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment That light (Christ/Salvation/Regeneration) has come

BUT!!! Men love darkness: Darkness = Skot-os of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality

Deeds = Ergon – Er-gone business, employment, that which any one is occupied that which one undertakes to do, an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasized in opp. to that which is less than work the very nature of and desire of man (his work habits) are evil.

AMPLIFIED 19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

I would like to make 4 points about this verse.

 1. Our Rebellion against God is unwavering:

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

Rom 10 -12 As it is written , There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one

 2. In this state of rebellion all man’s acts are sin

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Romans 14:23 says, "Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." This is a radical indictment of all natural "virtue" that does not flow from a heart humbly relying on God's grace.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is , in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 3. Because of Sin man cannot see the light (God)

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Rom 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be . 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

2 Cor 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 4. Sin deserves Eternal Punishment

Sin all sin not matter how “big” or “small is evil and deserves eternal punishment. I love the comment Geoffrey Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Wales for over forty years; he called the depravity of our sin “maggot dung”. That my friends is pretty low.

Then many of us have heard someone say “but how can your God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Ask them who standard of “good people” they are referring to the worlds or God’s?

Job 4: 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death

Rom 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Have you ever known someone like this? Maybe if more of us looked more closely in the mirror we would see the truth. Nah!

We love the dark side; we crave the excitement the adrenalin rush of living on the edge. We hate the thought of being caught convicted or exposed.

Reprove here means:

to convict, generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted

by conviction to bring to the light, to expose to find fault with,

to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove

to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation

Why does man not go toward the light on his own accord? Because his lies, tricks, his evil intent would be exposed to God and the world. Little does he understand God already knows and sees all his faults. And truth be told most of the world does too!

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Here Doeth – Poieo= poy-eh-o; means to act rightly, do well; to carry out, to execute and is this case “truth”.

What truth? Why the truth that is found and taught in the Holy Bible. The truth of God with His purpose and plan of redemption through Christ. The truth that specifies the duties of man, opposes the superstitions of the Gentiles, the inventions (made up laws) of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among supposed Christians.

An example of the later was an article in written by a “priest” in Mobile, AL recently. In it he compared God to a Jazz impressionist just kinda going with the flow. He claims God has no plan instead He (God) has a Nike attitude. You know He God Just Does It, whatever strikes His fancy at that moment. How corrupt a thought, how false a claim how lost a man is he. God has a plan, He has had said plan since before the foundations of the world. It is clearly defined and stated in the Bible yet so many today make up their own God and call it Christianity.

The last key word here is Manifest = Paneroo – fan-er-o-o meaning expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood who and what one is.

In stark opposition to the man in Verse 20 the man here in Verse 21 knows he will be exposed he wants to be exposed. Why, but for the Glory of God. The transformed life he leads is on display for all so that they may understand but for the grace of God go I.

Let Us Pray.

FSM/FSMWO

Special Prayer Requests

26 Jan 2014

PRAISE

The gentleman in CA who was involved in the motorcycle accident has been released from hospital to a rehab center. He is paralyzed but is praising God for being alive.

  PRAYER

Please pray for the victims and especially for the families of those killed due to the recent ice storms in South MS.

Pray for our dear friend Mike Gaydosh’s business Solid Ground Books.

Pray for Mr. Erroll House of S. Africa as he recovers from a stroke

Pray for Lola Thomas (Geoffrey Thomas’s wife) as she recovers from a stroke

Pastor Bill Lash as he undergoes hip replacement surgery

Our friend from Portugal, Tiago and his family as he prepares for the ministry at RTS

 Inmate Requests

James and family on the passing of his dad

The McNair family especially Louise who has diabetes

Ronnie’s mom Mary

Clayton’s sister Tanya who is incarcerated

Carlton asked we pray for Shannon who had a stroke

David’s brother a new believer struggling with alcohol and his marriage

Dan’s mom who is undergoing chemo

Ed’s mom who broke her leg

Matt’s mom who is recovering from bypass surgery

Shannon that upon his release he can reestablish contact with his children

Erin who is incarcerated

Jessie for health issues

 Our Internet Friends

Gwen asks prayers for Terry, that the doctors will know how to best treat the tumor, and also for God's complete healing. Praying for Michael, that the septicemia and pneumonia will soon leave his body, in Jesus' name, and that he will be totally healed and restored.

Mary V asks Please pray for healing for my brother Michael Brutosky who has septicemia and pneumonia.

Please pray for Terry Neuman who just had a large brain tumor removed in a seven hour operation. May it be benign. Prayers are working for both. MIchael was better today. Terry can now move his paralyzed right leg. Thank you for more prayers

John asks Yes , am very happy about this, please pray for Love of God in Kenya. Since I have the burden for the orphans and it over lapped with so many, we need your prayer to get , volunteers missionaries, partners and donors to give the hand of support for them

Rev. Shalom Asks  -Pray for the anointing of God to be upon our ministry SEPRIMI

-Pray for the divine provision of God to be able to buy the P/A system for Crusades and outreaches to Prison squares.

-Pray for supernatural provision for the tuition of our students at post graduate level, to do courses in computer science, Information Technology, Social Development, Agriculture, Governance and Accountability, Human Rights Advocacy, Child protection and Public health.

- We shall be grateful for your persistent prayers, as we also pray for you. Colosians 4:12

Yolanda asks Pray for BumPop Ministry going into to small churches to show how to grow in Christ through Small Groups. How to connect with their Community by using Small Groups , Small Groups are a way to bring the Un-Church & Small Groups is away to connect those in your church. Pray for BumPop

Kimberley asks prayers for OnInmate.com and Justice Served NC.

 Our Friends from ARBCA

Please pray for continued strength for the ministry and safety in travel as well as the blessing of the Lord in this ministry.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Praise God that we at Lakeshore passed all our rough in inspections on the new church building last week.

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Pray for Ms B. who runs our Mercy House distribution center, she had a heart attack and 2 stints put in

Mr Gary who is back in the hospital

Mr James who has taken a down turn

Ms Sheryl who is recovering from hip replacement

Gabriel who is having problems after knee surgery

Trina’s uncle who has many health issues

Robert’s friend who has cancer

Emily as she preps for master’s exam

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Dan M. recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

For prayer needs, please pray for Rita who is having a spot of cancer taken off her lip on Tuesday. Pray for Holly's job situation and for a friend of her brother's family health situation. Please pray for Greg & Sandy in Maine. Greg suffered a heart attack and his step-mother was hospitalized the same week. We praise the Lord that Greg is already back to work after a heart stent was put in. There are also some unspoken prayer requests from our mission field that we would covet your prayers for. God knows what they are.

We so appreciate the prayer and financial support for the Gospel Sing Ministry. May our Heavenly Father bless you faithful stewards in a great and mighty way.

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

Please pray for the following prayer requests:

Eddie: *Please keep in your prayers the TUMI class, moreover the Body of Christ in this facility as things are getting a little crazy in here (again)...That we would be strengthened in our time of need against the forces of evil in this place. That the administration would be wise and root out the tyranny before it gets any worse. ** Please join me as I pray for the homeless and hungry. My heart has been drawn to these needy individuals of late. That a solution can be reached which will ease their suffering. *** Please pray for me as I continue to listen and wait for God's personal calling for me. I seem to be in-between jobs and am not sure where He is guiding me. **** Please pray that my son, daughter, grand-daughters and father will put their issues aside and that my Dad will accept my kids and grandkids and agree to get to know them.

Troy: Thank you for all the blessings you make available for all of us whether we accept them or not. For peace to be encouraged by all at Brooks facility. Thank you for God's salvation plan through faith in Jesus. Thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Patrick: Please pray for me, my family, the Chaplain and all the volunteers. I ask God to meet all our needs and that we all will be kept near to Him. I pray that my relationship to God's Word will keep growing. Remember the sick , homeless and those who are no longer with us in TUMI. Pray for the warden and her staff.

Potts: Please pray for the Spirit of God to keep us, order our steps, and watch over us as we do the will of the Father.

Willie: Happy New Year, Saints and Prayer Warriors! Thank you for your many prayers for the Body of Christ, TUMI, and for me. Hallelujah! Rom 4:17, Isaiah 65:23,24 I love you all with 'Agape' love!

Ken: Please pray for my upcoming commutation hearing. Pray for the Bible Studies in the units; pray for my family and pray that God will continue His growth in me.

Thomas: First of all, I thank you for all the prayers you have given and for the prayers you will give. I ask that you continue to pray for my family and for the juveniles freedom in Michigan. I also ask for your prayers concerning the truth in regards to me having a child. I have been trying to find out since 1991, so I need your strong prayer in this matter. Thank you very, very much!

Steven: Thank you for the love of God that your demonstrate. Please keep in prayer the unity of the body of believers. There is much going on by way of trials and tribulations here and it seems that all attacks have been launched at particular individuals so please keep their families and loved one's before God's throne. I thank you and I know everyone here appreciates your love and commitment to the church and body of Christ. Please also remember in prayer the poor and the destitute.

Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Prison Ministry Report for 2013

Our Praise Report:

According to Correctional Populations in the United States Report of Bureau of Justice Statistics (December 19, 2013), about 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at year's end 2012. In 2012, about 1 in every 35 adults in the United States, or 2.9% of adult residents, was on probation, parole or incarcerated in prison or jail. It's estimated 1 in every 50 adult residents was supervised in the community on probation or parole.

International Network of Prison Ministries (aka “INPM” or "Prison Ministry Directory”) is a directory of prisons, prison chaplains, prison ministries and publishers of prison ministry materials, serving ministries and friends and family of inmates since 1994.

INPM provides free pages in our Directory, started by INPM and maintained by each ministry. INPM connects more than 200 ministries daily with friends and relatives of inmates by mail with requests for help, prison ministry literature and family situations. Most of prison ministry events are listed in Prison Ministry Calendar of Events

INPM is on the first line of the first page for search of “prison ministry” or “prison ministries”. Internet traffic world-wide related to “prison ministry” starts at INPM and goes to you, our members. As of today INPM is a network is 4584 prison ministers, chaplains and concerned Christians. Most of our members are Volunteer chaplains (1322), Church prison ministries (464), Aftercare organizations (363).

For your information, most neglected prison ministry outreach fields are: Deaf ministry (2) and Books, Bibles, literature, tracts in other than English languages (13).

The most active continents in the world are: North America (3912), Africa (171), Asia (137). Most of the USA prison ministries are in Texas (650), Florida (235), California (199). The least active in the USA is in Utah (8), North Dakota(6), Wyoming (6). Prison ministry capital of the world is Dallas, TX, a home to 87 prison ministries.

 Our Urgent Needs:

In late December 2013 INPM visitors experienced “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” message. We used-up 78.78 (!) Gig of data (we do not have any streaming videos, bulk downloads, etc – plain pages displayed). As a result we are faced with purchasing a dedicated server with sufficient disc space and more traffic allowance. Also we desperately need your support in wring server software for cell phones and tablets applications so we can accommodate mobile friendly devices. We send Bibles, Bible-study materials, Life-Changing materials to those in need, and we need support for mailing and for storage/processing facility.

Next year INPM will celebrate its 20th anniversary. For two decades I have personally supported this ministry with development and maintenance funds for upkeep of the server and outreach. I cannot do it alone. I need your help. As INPM member, you are prayerfully requested to contribute to our common effort to make our society better and to serve each other in the field of Prison Ministry. If our good Lord speaks to your heart to be a part of INPM financially, please obey.

If your ministry or outreach benefits from our service, kindly consider sharing a small gift with INPM regularly, so we can accomplish more ministry together. On the page below you can find the option that best suits your gifts. You can donate with a check, PayPal or bank transfer. All contributions are tax-deductible. http://prisonministry.net/support.htm

Together we help bring home inmates changed! They are the ones that never return to prison!

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

(INPM Prison Ministry 2013 Year-end Report, www.PrisonMinistry.net)

Missionaries

Dear Fellow workers in Christ:
The Lord has called me to serve here in Tanzania through preaching and teaching the gospel to inmates here in season and out of season. We have seven people whom have volunteered to teach and preach the gospel in Prisons in Mbeya. Our challenge with this ministry is  the lack of any means of transportation to serve to inmates as some prisons located in rural areas so it cost much transportation to reach in these Prisons. We have many pastors whom they have interested to preach and teach  the gospel to inmates  in lake zone Mwanza, Bukoba, Tabora, Kigoma, and Singida. I went to visit them in December 2013, and talked with them about starting the prison Ministires and they were very happy to be affiliation with INPM. I request you to have the plan to visit there and we would like to prepare the conference for the prison for encourage the pastors there and those Christians who want to do this work for causes of Christ.

I request you Brother to assist us  with the work we do here in Mbeya. We have the need of financial to help us to run the the ministries here. It is our goal to sign many prisons as best as we can so that  the inmates may hear the Lord's word and live according to the word of God. And we have the need of some of Bible materials for inmates and some Bibles for inmates, this will help us to serve them more better.

I am looking forward to hearing  from you and working with you
Samuel Mwakasungula
Prisons Ministries in Tanzania
Diretor
BOx 3083, Mbeya Tanzania East Africa
www.prisonministry.net/mbeya

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

12-25 Jan 2014

 

PRAISE

Naida and I can do nothing but thank God for the abundant blessing poured upon us this past year.  It has been one year since we moved to Mississippi and we continue to be amazed at how He is working in our and the community’s lives. We have been privileged to work hand in hand with volunteers from all across the country as we endeavor to rebuild Lakeshore. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Also I would like to thank a dear friend Pastor George McDearmon of Ballston Lake Baptist Church NY, who last Wednesday night preached on Perseverance. He encouraged me to get back to work on FSM and FSMWO and this prayer list is the first fruits of that labor.

I received the call yesterday that I have been approved to be the Sunday evening Volunteer Chaplain in our local jail. Please pray I honor God in this endeavor.

Some of you may remember we have been praying from a man from our sending church, Rich Brown who has been recovering from major complications from heart surgery. I just found out and do not have any details but praise God he was baptized today.

Greg Lane of LBC who’s heart seems to be stable since the latest medication change

PRAYER

A young family in CA who had been battling cancer in their young son and now are dealing with a life threatening motorcycle accident of the husband.

Jay, a local man with many burdens, his daughter Amanda who is in remission from cancer

Dan Marra of PVBC recovery from Quad Bi-pass

Rebecca Messer and her children

Casie from Baton rouge who is in ICU after a car accident

Mike’s mom (local family) who is battling cancer

JoEll’s family who is dealing with sickness

Our Friends from ARBCA

Greetings from the Reformed Baptist Church in Payerne, Switzerland

Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s will for the future projects of the church. During this past year Olivier has been regularly traveling to preach at a small church in Alsace, France. This struggling church is seeking an experienced pastor. Olivier will continue to preach there several times in 2014, as the church decides whether or not to call him as their pastor. If the Lord opens this door, Olivier and Denise would plan to move there to take up the work in the beginning of 2015. The church in Payerne considers calling Stefan to succeed Olivier as the full-time preaching pastor.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

Front Columns In Plce
Front Columns In Place  .

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Continued healing prayers for:

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Miss B who has been having heart issues

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Tim Phillips who is recovering from heart attack

Mr. Sam as he continues to fight cancer

Mr. Dan continued recovery from a stroke (Praise God he was able to attend church with us today

Mr. David Travis who has serious health issues

Employment for;

Robert O., Zack B.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

OUR CURRENT TOP NEEDS

1. We need to build aprons and Verandah on the classroom block.
2. Lightening Protection installation on the buildings.
3. We need to construct a bathroom/toilet for the teachers and another bathroom/toilet for the children on the class room side.
4. Fire Alarm System installation.
5. Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah .
6. 60 Metallic Double Decker Beds.
7. We need sponsors for the children .
8. We need a school van /Vehicle.
9. We need a kitchen house and dining hall for the school.
10. We need a church building for the school.
11. We want to construct teachers houses/ quarters.
12. We need dormitory uniforms for the children ( casual wear)
13. We need new uniforms for the children.
14. We need school sweaters for the children
15. We need School shoes and sandals for the children.

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

rev VaronRev Varon and his family in the Philippines who are in need of finances for:

PRESENT NEEDS:

1. CREEK SIDE DIKE REPAIRS AND DORM REPAIRS = $350.00 three hundred fifty dollars.

2. CHANGE OF CHURCH WALL... I have not presented this last time but we presently included it since our wallings were made of bamboos but it will last an average of one year. We calculated that the cost of bamboo replacements in 6 will be equivalent cost to a concrete wall which will last for 30 years more or less.  The cost to cover the church wall is  =  $500.00 five hundred dollars.

The total needs cost $850.00 eight hundred fifty dollars more or less. So far these are the present needs we need to build-up for the glory of God. Once again, thank you very much my dear Bro. Mike for your labour of love - Hebrews 6:10. GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!!!!

 THE GREAT SHEPHERD ANA-BAPTIST CHURCH

PUROK RIVERSIDE, BANAGO, BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, PHILIPPINES 6100

SINCE MAY 4, 1999 MINISTERING IN THE POOREST OF THE POOR AREA.

 

 

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

26 May – 08 Jun 2013

 NO EXCUSE

I have no good excuse except to say we have been so busy, that I have neglected my duties to this ministry. Pray God grants me the wisdom to accomplish all He has tasked me with.

PRAISE

The slab is poured on the new church building, the pilings cut and this week starts the summer blitz of teams every week thorough July.

PRAYER

 For all our service men and women; past, present and future. We especially remember those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom this Memorial Day weekend.

 Pastor Ed Murphy of Shoreline Baptist Church as he is battling complications from Gall Bladder surgery.

 Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the folks in Oklahoma.

 As June 1st approaches (the official start of hurricane season) please pray this year will be a peaceful one.

 Please pray for a young man Giovanni, who stopped me in Lowes today. He noted my Christ makes you Free T-shirt and asked if I would pray for him. He said he was having one of the worst days of his life and just needed prayer. I invited him to church and I gave him my card and told him to call or text me if he wanted to talk. Pray we can connect again.

 A Daughter's Prayer Request (from the inside) I pray that I get to go home very soon. That my parents may be happy and healthy. All those calling out to God may receive the hope they are looking for.  I pray for the soldiers, those incarcerated, and their families to be together soon and stay safe. God bless all those at LCPM and their families. ~Amber Riley

 Dear Friends, I am having a biopsy of the thyroid gland because an ultrasound of the thyroid showed a nodule.  I am also wearing a heart monitor because I have experienced a lot of changes in my heart rhythm which is very annoying and causing anxiety.

 So, I ask for your prayer covering that there will be no noticeable side effects from the biopsy that the tissue will be benign and the root cause of this nodule will be identified and removed. 

 I have worn the heart monitor for 3 weeks and have another week to go.  This is also very annoying.  I am asking the Lord to shed light on the erratic heart rhythm, the extra beats - sometimes speeding up and then slowing down and long pauses that makes me think my heart is going to stop.  When I walk fast or try to exercise it goes haywire.  Extremely annoying because I like to walk when I pray.

 In my spirit I do not feel that either of these issues is major but more like the "little foxes that try to spoil the vine" - I am asking God to uncover the mystery, give me the remedy and then release me to "get back upon the wall" where I am comfortable and where I belong.  But also I do not want to be foolish and ignore something that should be addressed. 

 I ask for your prayers for answers to these two issues.  For wisdom in how to walk this out and for understanding in changes that I have to make in order to be strong and healthy again.  The enemy would like to knock out the intercessors but I remain on The Rock Which Is Christ Jesus and I Shall Not Be Moved!!!!

 Thank you my dearest friends.  There is so much power in your prayers!!!   Lovingly, Dorothy Ross

  I am asking for prayer for strength and guidance in caring for my husband’s early onset of dementia, it is an unexpected challenge. – Julie Vigeant

 Lakeshore Baptist Church

 Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church. As noted in the praise section God has seen fit to fill our calendar with volunteer teams this summer.  Please keep all them in prayer for safety and efficiency. Pray for finances to complete the project.

 Please pray for me as I continue to manage this building project.

 Please pray for the Patterson family upon the passing of Ms. Violet Patterson. This dear saint will be missed by many.

 Please pray for Ms. Gayle who has been transferred to a care facility as the doctors now think she may have bleeding on the brain.

 Continued healing prayers for:

Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to deal with breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer

Employment for;

Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

THE ROBINSON’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

 Some updates on recent prayer requests; Dave McDonald passed away as did Maria's Mom, Josephine. Please pray for the families involved during this sad time.

 Rebecca Rose is having cancer treatments and we humbly ask for continued prayer for her complete recovery.

 Annie, the young mother we've had up for prayer several times for a rare form of lymphoma just started the transplant process, so please continue to pray for her.

 A praise report concerning my great niece Kathryn. Just as I was leaving for the Ladies Retreat, I received a call from my sister Barbara that her granddaughter had been stabbed in the eye. It was very scary for a couple of days, but thankfully, she is on the mend and should make a full recovery.

 Lastly, please visit our website often to see updated schedules for festivals. We are very much looking forward to seeing our northeast bluegrass friends and we appreciate so much your prayer and financial support as we seek to serve Jesus in the Gospel Sing Ministry.

 Blessings,
 Mike and Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 God is good, in a period of one year, we have been able to build Wells of Hope Academy, Even though we have not completed, we are far better than most government schools which have existed for years. Yet we do not have enough funds, we thank God who has used our friends to donate.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/643188-upe-schools-in-financial-crisis.html

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

 Prison Fellowship

 Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray for Joe and his family:

 "I come before you and humbly ask that you lift myself and my daughter up as we go through some challenging times," writes Joe. "I ask that you help enlighten me as to ways of dealing with issues that I cannot overcome. I ask that you help me with wisdom as to when and why God allows these things to happen... I just ask for your prayers in all areas of my life. Thank you so much!!"

 Prison Fellowship's Prayer Team offers volunteers the opportunity to take the needs of prisoners before God during regularly scheduled intervals. To learn more about the prayer team, and how you can participate, click here.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

No Reports this period

 

 REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From Grace Bible Church in Catawissa, PA

 Greetings to our ARBCA brethren:

 I do have one exciting newbie to report. Several years ago, our elder Howard Long, suggested that we step out in faith and bring in a youth worker. We did not have a sizable youth age group, and for the most part, I was handling their teaching and activities along with our deacon Roy Bunger. This led to a progression of prayer, a regional search and various meetings with candidates. Now, we have brought in a young man, Jonathan Madera (with his devoted wife, Jess) as a youth minister. Jon will work alongside me as an assistant, and, when ready, to take the reins of this precious ministry.

 Through an active youth ministry, we want to position our church as a hub for other smaller evangelical churches in the area. This will not only allow our youth to extend their friendships to other Christian youth in the larger community, but will also encourage our younger families to know that we are investing in the next generation of the Lord’s church. We believe that a solid Reformed youth ministry will bring forth much fruit, not only in our body, but throughout our community. Our congregation has accepted the challenge, and we realize that this faith ministry will come at a substantial cost. Although the Gospel is freely given, and freely received, it never comes without a cost.

 I would ask for prayer for Grace Bible Church. Please pray that, as a congregation, our hearts will enlarge for our Savior and each other. Please pray that our passion for the Kingdom will envision and empower our actions, and that we would become a singular body—a called, chosen, and sanctified community in Christ. 

 In Christ,
Charles Busada, Pastor

 Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Kirkland, WA

 Early Thursday morning I leave for another trip to Cuba. The purpose this time is to teach Doctrine of the Church to students enrolled in the Los Pinos Nuevos Seminary at the main campus in the center of the island. Classes begin Tuesday, May 28, and conclude Friday afternoon, which means there is much material to cover in a short period of time. Arriving early allows me to accept at least two preaching invitations in local churches on Saturday and Sunday. 

 Following this opportunity, I will rent a car and drive east to preach in a Los Pinos Nuevos church in Las Tunas and then to preach for a combined worship service of the Reformed Baptist Association. The next morning, Monday, I am scheduled to speak to the pastors of the association. I will return to Miami on Tuesday, June 4.

 This trip is a little shorter than many but filled with opportunity for ministry. In addition to serving the churches of the Los Pinos Nuevos Convention, I am able once again to preach and teach in the context of our dear Reformed Baptist brethren. Daniel and Jatniel Perez have done much to plan this visit. As always, your prayers for this effort are much appreciated. I truly sense your prayerful support on each of these trips. Thank you for this gospel fellowship.

 Cordially in Christ,
Don Lindblad

 

FSM / FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

21-28 April 2013

PRAISE

We set and concreted in the final wood piling last Thursday on the new church.

For the new couple who joined our church today.

PRAYER

Dr. Russ Moore upon his appointment to head the SBC Ethics and Liberty Commission

Ken Jordon’s family upon his passing

John’s son Jeremiah who is back serving in the Middle East

Ms. Doris in ICU

Pastor Stan at Grace Temple on his new community outreach work

The mission to Cuba and the visiting Pastor's from there.

The Gulf Coast Baptist Association’s Church Growth and Revitalization program

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church foundation; specifically for more volunteers to continue the work.

JoEll our church secretary who injured her back

Continued healing prayers for:
Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to battle breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Violet P. who was diagnosed with cancer and is not doing well
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer
Fred M. who has rickets
Nola a little girl with pneumonia
Pastor Don’s mother in law
Ms. Helen’s sister in law
Jimmy P. heart surgery
Miss Vivian recovering in the hospital

Employment for;

Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

Wells of Hope would like to thank God for;

1.      Gilbert  one of our children who had been admitted in intensive care about two weeks ago, he is now healed and he is fine.

2.      We thank God for providing funds for Electricity supply and connections at Wells of Hope School for children of prisoner’s .We expect that the supply company will connect the power in two weeks’ time.

3.      With God’s help and your support on 4th April 2013, children of prisoners here at Wells of Hope, visited their parents in prison, 12 children were meeting their parents for the first time.

4.      On 6th April 2013, we were able to make full/final payment for the 10 acres on which we have the Wells of Hope Academy, the only school for children of prisoners in the whole world.

5.      The gardening of sweet potatoes at the school and vegetable farming at the academy.

6.      God has managed to sustain the ministry work up to this date and time and His glory is being portrayed every day, changing lives, many soul being reached out.

7.      The children are in good health and also the continued availability of food at the school.

8.      Continued counseling support, the Scripture Union visits as they help the children grow spiritually and also build on their self-esteem.

9.      Continued Prison ministry, our volunteers have been able to go preach and conduct bible studies.

10.  The Staff who are dedicated at helping and also expanding the ministry of God.

11.  for the partners who continue to support wells of hope through thick and thin.

At Wells of Hope we would like you to pray for the following;

 1.      For the prisoners in Uganda especially those who are sick in prison for the Lord to heal them.

2.      Pray that the Lord provides us items for the Garage sale this June, 2013

3.      The Rapid assessment of children of prisoners in Uganda research project and the role of grandmothers in the lives of children of prisoner.

4.      Increment of the staff salaries (school and office)

5.      We need items to sell for the Garage sale this June, 2013.

6.      Pray for Our Executive Director to get travel funds to attend the World Congress against the Death Penalty, taking place in Madrid on 12 June, we want to raise our concerns in regard to the effect of Death penalty on Children.

7.      From Madrid, Francis will go to United Kingdom Between 16th June 2013 and 26th June 2013, pray for God to provide travel funds and also pray that God opens doors for him to share about Wells of Hope.

8.      Pray for Wells of Hope to buy a car because hiring one is costly and inconvenient. Same amount used to hire a car in a year car buy a new one.

9.       Most of the children lack warm clothing, they need school sweaters and jackets, May God release USD 1420 to get sweaters and jackets shoes for all the children! 

10.  Most of the children lack school shoes and sandals to use after the classes which make them to look shabby and they can easily hurt their feet, we need $ 1400

11.  The beds are not enough are most of them and broken, some children sleep on the floor. We need USD 7200 urgently to get 60 metallic double beds!

12.  Pray for more children to be sponsored, our target is 80!

13.  Pray for Wells of Hope Children’s Choir to make a tour of the US next year!

14.  Pray that we can put verandah and aprons on the buildings or else the foundation of the buildings is under great threat, may God provide $ 5370.

15.  Pray that God provides money for the play field and games equipment for the children to play at Wells of Hope.

16.  Pray for the Wells of Hope volunteers who go to preach and conduct bible studies in prison, pray that the Lord provides them means of transport to go there.

17.  Pray that we can help prisoners with supplies like soap, food for the sick prisoners and sugar.

18. God to provide a salary or a wage for the Executive Director, given our new budget, we have no source of funds for him.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

•that more prisoners would seize the opportunity to show love to their children through Angel Tree in 2013.

•for Patty Colson and the Colson family. April 21 will be the first anniversary of Chuck’s going home to be with the Lord.

•for Justice Fellowship’s "Overcriminalization 101" education event on Capitol Hill on April 19.

•for worship teams serving at Stateville Minimum Security Unit in Illinois who will share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the inmates in the work camp on Saturday, April 20.

•for excitement and encouragement to go the extra mile for those attending the upcoming Angel Tree celebration in East St. Louis area. Pray for Curt Swisher, the new area coordinator.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

Congrats to Dan and Amy Tabb, missionaries to Ireland upon the birth of their second child. Senan Christopher Tabb, all 10lbs of him was born on April 10th.

It is with regret that we must announce that the Messer’s long time missionaries to Cote de Ivory (Ivory Coast) have left the mission field for personal reasons. Please keep the family in prayer.Senan Christopher TabbSenan Christopher Tabb

REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

From our Coordinator

The ARBCA General Assembly convenes on April 23, 2013 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Bremen, IN where Pastor Jon Hueni services.  Gordon and Rayna Taylor will be attending.  Gordon will also be involved in many committee meetings during the week as well as the all-day Administrative Council meeting on Monday April 22.  Please pray for the blessing of the Lord to rest upon the General Assembly and that the Lord will give safety to all who travel.

From Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona

Please pray for Pastor John Forbes from Cornerstone Church in Mesa, AZ as he was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He has started chemo treatments.

From Berean Baptist Church Ceres, CA

Dear Brethren,

Greetings too all of you in the name of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is with great joy I write to you and anticipate seeing you soon in Indiana.

It was with great regret that I was not able to be with you last year but God's wisdom is perfect and good.

We have experienced God’s grace abundantly at Berean Baptist. The last time I was with you I was considering the possibility that God could be ending our church plant effort. Immediately upon leaving the GA, I was contacted by our brother Bob Curly who informed me of a building opportunity near us.

We have been meeting in that place for almost a year and a half now. When we moved there, we could barely support a small supplemental salary for me. The cost of the building, while it is a great deal, was more than we could afford. Through the gracious support of a few churches and individuals, we were able to secure the building for a year. After a year, through the addition of several families, we are now able to independently cover the expenses of the building and the supplemental salary. Our budget is down to the penny for those things but the Lord is providing.

Our church body has grown together through a few trials. We have seen God's hand as the church body has served as His hands and feet in serving one another. 

Most recently we have started three home fellowship groups. This developed as an application from preaching through Ephesians and seeing the role of the body of Christ and the importance of Christian Community.

In June we will ordain two men to the office of deacon. This is a huge blessing for us as the one deacon we had moved down to Escondido to attend seminary.

The two men are Jim Holland and his son, Sean Holland. Both men have demonstrated the role of deacon without the official title which will make for a very smooth transition. They both have a sincere love for the Lord, His Word and His Church. They have been a huge blessing to me as they have stepped up and taken away from me many of the weekly responsibilities I have held for our first 6 years. Words cannot express the blessing this has been.

Sean Holland has been teaching our adults in Sunday school with a curriculum he has written on the life of Christ and the birth of the New Testament Church.

This weekend (April 19) our ladies will have their first ladies retreat at a cabin belonging to some friends of ours. Our men have also been meeting twice monthly and going through Jonathan Edwards Advice to Young Converts. This has been an exceptional time of growth as we see our need for growth in some very good basic Christian religion regardless of how long we have been saved. It has proved very fruitful.

Please continue to pray the Lord bless our church to be a light in our community. We are also still praying for the ability to support a pastor full time. We also would like to see the Lord raise up or send us another elder so we can have a plurality.

These things we ask of the Lord with great thankfulness for His faithfulness to us. He is good

We continue to pray regularly for our churches in ARBCA as well as the Missionary Updates we receive.

Thank you, brethren for your participation in the gospel ministry. It is my pleasure to serve alongside you in the kingdom of our risen Lord and Savior.

God Bless His church,
Robert Cole, Pastor

From Covenant Baptist Church, the Church Plant in Clarksville, TN

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are always thankful to the Lord for your partnership with us in the work of the gospel here in Clarksville, and for your prayers in our behalf before the throne of grace. 

For those of you who will be at the General Assembly next week, there is a fuller report of what the Lord has been doing here in Clarksville over the past year in the GA notebook.  But here are several matters for thanksgiving and prayer.

Join with us in thanking the Lord for His great mercy and blessings towards us here in Clarksville.  One recent blessing to our growing body has been the presence of Mark and Cheryl Hatfield.  Mark is an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors, SC.  They have come to Clarksville for the months of March and April to assist in the work here.  As a church family we have been blessed by their warm hospitality.  We also have been blessed as Mark has preached to us from Colossians in our evening service.  We are also thankful to the Lord for bringing to us three families who are in the process of formally joining with us.  It is a great joy to see the Lord adding to our number those who are committed to Christ and His Church.  We also thank the Lord for the increased attendance at our weekly prayer meeting.  The times of prayer and fellowship have been a rich blessing. 

Please continue to pray for the Lord to grow our forming church body in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Pray for the Lord to raise up elders and deacons in our midst as He sees fit.  Pray for us to be faithful witnesses of the Lord here in Clarksville.  Thank you again, brethren, for your prayers.

In Christ,
John Miller
Church Planter in Clarksville, TN

 

Excellent read. I love the part "We also need to realize the role that faith plays in our attaining real knowledge. People have incorrectly believed that faith is for superstitious people, and not for the person who seeks intelligence."

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

07 - 20 April 2013

PRAISE

It looks like I am going to be very busy this summer (especially June) as the number of volunteers calling to help build the new church in increasing daily.

 PRAYER

The family of Professor Rick B., who died last week from cancer.

Mr. James recovery from surgery last Friday

Miss Redford’s sister who will have surgery this week

Miss Moran who has cancer

Tito who has pneumonia

Ester S. asks: please say a prayer for me... I need a breakthrough asap

URGENT PRAYER One of our church (Chattisgadh - India) around 400 members seating capacity building, the bejarang dal people destroyed. Please pray for this matter and we need a new church building

From The Cowboy Church Network

 Hey ya'll,

I attend Western Star Cowboy Church in Paradise, Texas, and our Preacher is Bobby Bowden. He is a wonderful preacher, and he loves the Lord and he shows that love through his ministry.

I'm requestin' prayer for him because many years ago he was diagnosed with cancer in his kidney. He had the kidney removed, and he was cancer free until recently, when they found a tumor on his remaining kidney, one on his liver and two on his lung.

I just ask that ya'll pray for him, his wife, and our church as we show our support for our brother in Christ.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for us as we continue to work towards completion of our new building.

Continued healing prayers for:
Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer
Kathy D. as she continues to battle breast cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Miss Violet P. who was diagnosed with cancer and is not doing well
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer
Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery
Ray K. who has cancer
Mr. Morris who is also ill
Angela’s dad who is sick
Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain
Mickey who has health issues
Brian P from MI who has brain cancer
Susie S. who has health issues
Lynn who will undergo triple bypass
Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye
Charmaine who has breast cancer
Fred M. who has rickets
Nola a little girl with pneumonia
Pastor Don’s mother in law
Ms. Helen’s sister in law
Jimmy P. heart surgery
Miss Vivian recovering in the hospital

Employment for;

Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.

Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.

Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.

Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.

Fellow Ministries

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

 We have a deadline of 8th April 2013 to benefit from the Electricity supply waiver ,pray that they can give us more grace as we look for the money.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

•for inmates and the in-prison team at Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois finishing up the 10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity study on Saturday, April 6.

•for the women’s Bible study at the McHenry Correctional Facility. Pray for transformation, and that the women participating will be washed in the blood of Christ, made clean and whole.

•for the Operation Starting Line collaborators meeting in Lansdowne, Virginia, on April 8 for their spring meeting.

•for prisoners in facilities across the country, that they might know salvation, safety, and improved relationships with their children and families. May God provide more open doors to share the Gospel and more laborers to spread the Good News.

•for more churches to hear the Spirit's call to serve as Angel Tree churches.

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

BLUE GRASS SING AND JAM

For prayer needs this week, please be in prayer for Harold who volunteers parking campers at many of the Florida festivals we do. He is having cataract surgery next week. Also, Jim is scheduled for total knee replacement on May 7th. We are praising the Lord that Annie’s cancer numbers are down and we ask that you continue to pray for this young mother. We are believing the Lord will bring her to complete and total healing.

Lastly, please be in prayer for our kids who are in the process of selling their house. Pray that the Lord works out all the details in His perfect timing.

As always, if you wish to be removed from the list, just email us and we’ll take your name off.

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
REQUESTS  FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

Special Project for 2012 – 2013

Pray for The Cuba project. It is the only project not yet fully funded.  To complete the project $2,717 of the $10,000 pledged is still needed.  Funds for this year’s project will be collected only through the end of April. 

From Grace Baptist Church in Van, TX

Greetings in the name of our most high and holy God, Christ Jesus our Lord,

Our church family is excited to welcome two new couples  who have joined in the past two months, Brother Paul Takach, his wife Dana (two young children, Leah and John), and Brother Micheal and Jennifer Farrell, (three young children, Micheal, John and Elayna; and two foster  care young ladies, Jara and Kaitlyn).  These have been a great blessing to our body this past quarter.  Another family has been regularly visiting for a couple of months, with a view to joining in the near future.  We pray God may truly bring this forward also. 

We are also thankful that a man has been nominated for the office of elder.  We are awaiting the Lord's answer as he and his wife consider God's will in this area.   May God bring this along in His own timing and will.

We are actively looking for property of our own, but are very grateful for the Community Center which has been a wonderful blessing for the past 8 or so years.  This can be a prayer request for all, along with praying for a continued spirit of unity in the things of Christ.

In Christ Jesus our only mediator,
Pastor Cliff Cooper