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

On occasion while discussing biblical things I hear folks say things like I do not understand, how can they not understand. I try hard to remind them they are speaking of the unregenerate and until such time as God chooses to open their eyes  2 Corinthians 4:1-4:

 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 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.

Then there are times like this when someone (thanks Stephen) I know, shares a story that leaves me dumbfounded. For this story deals not with an ordinary man but one who claims to proclaim the Glory of God. The problem is what book has he been reading? I quote:

God doesn't have a plan. Instead, God is like a jazz musician, as it were, improvising creation into being, making it up as God goes, open to imaginative possibility, playing artfully the music of creation anew. Yet it’s kept to a theme, a theme grounded in beauty and mystery, but a theme, a melodious score nonetheless present ever since the dawn of time, even before. It’s the one song of goodness and love and right order -- a theme whose imaginatively improvised notes are, as Flaubert put it, Just. Fitting. Right.

If you dare the full story can be found here:  From the Pulpit: Does God have a plan?

My response is dynamically opposed to your conclusion. OF COURSE GOD HAS A PLAN! The basis of my faith is and must be that God is in full control. He is sovereign in all things in other words He is in charge. Rev. Flowers would have him wandering about without purpose or cause (a Jazz musician). Is that the God you want? One who is little more (if at all) greater than man? Man who loves darkness (John 3:19) because his deeds are evil? The bible declares God's plan for Himself and man.

During my 20 years of service in the Army one learns a critical lesson we called it the 5 P's, prior planning prevents poor performance, failure to apply this acronym never failed to cause many a chaotic moment. Yet Rev Flowers conclusions would have us believe that God has no plan, no concept of planning, is incapable of preventing (sovereign) events from taking place. In direct opposition to the bible, that says it is only through God's Grace and Mercy that He holds back the true chaos this world is capable of.

My friend responded to Rev Flowers in this manner {mine}:

Rev. Jim Flowers: "God doesn't have a plan."

God:
Ephesians 1:11. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined {pre-planned} according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Romans 8:28. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Acts 2:23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men

Acts 4:26-28. 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'-- 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Job 37:5-13 God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. 6 For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. 7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it. 8 Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. 9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10 By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. 11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. 12 They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. 13 Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.

The entire Bible is a revelation of God's plan.

Rev. Jim Flowers: "salvation is about your neighbor"

God:
Luke 13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:36. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Rev. Flowers has created his own god. One that does not and cannot save.

No my friends I want no part of a god that is not in control. Whose improvising may or may not be successful. No the God I bow down before, the God I and all others (including Rev Flowers) will stand before in judgement, is a God worthy of Glory, Honor and Praise. For He had a plan a glorious plan to redeem an unworthy sinners such as I from before the beginning of time. In that we can loudly proclaim:

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

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

 

On the heals of our last post "The Chalice of Knowledge" this peaked my interest.

Reprinted from http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/the-tragedy-of-the-dumb-church-10567/

The Tragedy of the Dumb Church

by Robin Schumacher

I have a friend who’s an experienced pastor, teacher, and Christian apologist. He’s very well educated, articulate, teaches in a way that hits the mark, and has a passion particularly for grounding young people in the faith during their high school and early college years.

Currently, he’s employed with Youth for Christ and a while back he felt a burden to try and help churches in our area do what he does best, which is equip youth to defend the Christian faith in the world and know what/why they believe. Because he’s developed a number of curriculums to use for such situations, he sent a letter to all the churches in our metropolitan area (which is quite a lot) explaining what he does, and offered to come to their church free of charge and conduct Christian apologetic training for their youth.

How many churches took him up on his offer?

Zero. None. Zilch.

Now, any Christian leader who doesn’t have their head in the sand knows how depressing the statistics are for young people who walk away from the faith in the late high school/early college years.[1] At times, I’ve had atheists toss such data in my face in an attempt to argue that people ‘smarten up’ when they get older, but that isn’t it at all.

The fact is some in this particular demographic leave the Church because they get talked out of a faith that they were never sure of in the first place. The storyline is sadly familiar.

Maybe a young person was brought up in a church. Or, maybe they weren’t and began to investigate Christianity on their own. Either way, sooner or later they begin to ask hard questions, good questions, questions that deserve solid answers. But they don’t get them. So, because they rightly need what they believe in their heart to connect with their mind, they disconnect from Christianity.

Why does this keep happening?

In short, it happens because much of the Church today is dumb. Don’t misunderstand me, I mean no disrespect when I use the term ‘dumb’. What I mean is that the Church is dumb in that they aren’t well educated in what they believe, fail miserably in fulfilling 1 Peter 3:15 that says all Christians should be prepared to give a reason for why they believe, and are woefully unable to handle any challenge to Christianity that comes from unbelievers or the cults.

The Age of the Dumb Church

Dr. R. C. Sproul has said many times that he believes we are living in the most un-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization. Over 30 years ago, former Lebanese ambassador to the United States, Charles Malik, said the following in his speech at the dedication of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois: “I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind in its greatest and deepest reaches is not cared for enough.”[2] 

Such statements made by Sproul, Malik, and others were not always heard in the Church. The fact is, the Church dominated intellectual thought and discourse for hundreds of years, producing such thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Edwards, and others. Such men had their opponents (the Church always will), but their detractors never ridiculed their brainpower because the Churchman’s intellectual prowess left no room for it.

But shortly after the era of Edwards, something changed. Gospel preachers like Charles Finney arose and replaced the intelligent presentation of the Gospel, which was backed by meaty Biblical exposition and solid philosophical rationale, with emotional appeals, questionable theology, personal anecdotes with humor, a celebrity-style leader, and engineered publicity.

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, in many seeker friendly or liberal churches today, the characteristics of Finney and his followers are played out each Lord’s Day with the end result being a church body unable to intellectually defend the faith they espouse.

Characteristics of the Dumb Church

How can you tell if your church exhibits traits that characterize a dumb church? Although not exhaustive, I offer these criteria that I believe help contribute to a church becoming ‘dumb’:

Where the church leadership is concerned:

  • Preaching is always topical and never expository. Selective topical series allow tough and deep theological subjects, as well as ‘controversial’ passages of Scripture, to be avoided with ease.
  • Although the church leaders offer strong external facing statements as to how they are a “Bible believing church”, the Bible is actually used and referenced very little in the sermons. Few quotations from Scripture are heard in a message, with the vast majority of all sermons consisting of personal rhetoric, humor, videos, and personal stories.
  • When the Bible is quoted, most often paraphrase versions are used, or at best a dynamic equivalence is utilized vs. a literal-formal translation such as the ESV or NASB.
  • Biblical terms such as justification, reconciliation, sanctification, propitiation, etc., are avoided like the plague.
  • There is little to no instruction for new (or existing) believers on the core doctrines of the Christian faith, and no requirement for new believers to attend such instruction.
  • There is no continuous offering of apologetic training classes that are designed to train Christians in the evidences and defense of the faith, and little to no interest of the pastors in the subject area.
  • There is no easy way for the congregation to have tough questions answered by the lead pastors; such a thing is quietly ignored, discouraged or not practiced regularly.
  • Deep Bible study programs are either absent or deliberately pushed out in favor of more ‘relevant’ classes that deal with softer subject matters (e.g. money management).
  • Adult and children’s Bible studies before/after the main church service are either omitted or are second class citizens to “Community Groups” that seek to have members meet in each other’s homes during the week, where no oversight is given as to what is done or taught. These groups, where teaching is concerned, are run “hands off” by the church leadership.
  • There is a huge emphasis on relationship building and serving in areas of the church, but no similar importance placed on growing more Biblically and theologically literate.
  • The youth department has an unmistakable concentration on entertainment, games, social interaction, etc., vs. actual teaching of Christian doctrines.
  • The church either has no library or one that is not kept up to date.
  • There is either no staff member assigned specifically to church education, or it is assigned to an already overburdened associate pastor.
  • Doctrinal statements of the church are missing or are not prominently made available. If they exist, they do not address any controversial theological topics or make very vague statements concerning them.

Where the congregation is concerned:

  • The term “Christian apologetics” is completely unfamiliar to the vast majority of the members.
  • Most of the congregation has no knowledge of church history with the names of Polycarp, Martyr, Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Wesley, Whitefield, Tyndale, and others being completely foreign to them.
  • Attendance of offered classes are very low compared to overall church attendance.

A Warning to the Dumb Church

God warns us in His Word about cultivating a dumb church. For example, chastising his readers, the writer of Hebrews offers this admonition against fostering a dumb church environment: "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

When you have a dumb church, the writer of Hebrews says the outcome is a body of believers that is incapable of properly discerning good and evil. Slowly but surely, error and heresy creep in with no one being the wiser. The end result are churches championing teachings such as universalism, applauding homosexual marriage, and calling evil good and good evil.

My friend Greg continues to train young believers in apologetics, but he does so at the co-op school used by Christian homeschool families and at his home. To date, no church has yet taken him up on his generous offer to ground their youth in the Christian faith, which is very sad.

My hope and prayer is that such situations stop happening, that dumb churches become the exception rather than the rule, and that smart people who are asking good questions about the Christian faith get the answers they’re looking for from learned believers and pastors like the ones Jeremiah describes: “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jer. 3:15).

Describing today’s current climate and the type of Christianity that’s needed to meet the challenge, apologist and author Ravi Zacharias said: “World leaders don’t have answers anymore. And I think America’s youth will rise up to the occasion . . . but it will have to be a passionate and thoughtful Christianity and not a mindless, emotive one that has no staying power.”[3] 

Some say such a thing is not need, but I disagree. One of the most haunting questions I’ve ever seen was on the back of my first church history textbook I got in seminary, which asked: “How can you live out your faith if you don’t understand it?” Anyone have a good answer?


[1] http://www.google.com.mx/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CFgQFjAB&url=http://www.amazon.com/Already-Gone-your-kids-church/dp/0890515298&ei=rqPiT-39DMfi2gWzy_DDCw&usg=AFQjCNEvoASiwktBJUzfmMd7r9Ifb7m2uQ

[2] Charles Malik, “The Other Side of Evangelism,” Christianity Today, November 7, 1980, 40.

[3] Ravi Zacharias. Just Thinking podcast. Columbia University Q&A Part 3.

 

  As you may know this ministry attempts to avoid "political" overtones and focus on biblical truths. Sometimes however those two collide and it is our duty to speak out.

The comments said recently by Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, on national TV are such a case. She stated  “We haven’t had a very collective notion of, these are our children. We have to break through our private idea that children belong to their parents, or children belong to their families, and recognize that children belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, we start making better investments.”

This statement, the very notion that the family is not responsible for their own children should have the "danger Will Robinson" alarms ringing in every "Christian" home. It clearly says that the biblical model for a family has no place in our society. That the family, the duties of parents and role of children God so clearly lays out is nonsense, really?

The bible from the beginning is clear on the importance of the family. God create man and then wife and gave them children (the only biblical family unit) Genesis 2:18-24; 4:1-2. God then saved not a bunch of men but a Noah and his family Gen 6:17-19. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 we clearly see God setting for the command for parents not the state to teach their children. Proverbs 22:6 echo's this saying we (Husband and wife) are to train up our children. It does not mention the nation of Israel having any responsibility here. In fact the bible is clear on the importance of the family as a whole and each persons role. The husband is the head and it is his responsibility for all that happens in the family. [Oh that we could find men of that stature today] Wives are to love and support their husbands, both parents are responsible for raising their children and seeing to their well being. Children are to love and obey their parents. God places so much importance on family interaction, family instruction and caring for each other that 1 Timothy 5:8 says (Amplified Bible) If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters].

You who know me know I could go on for some time, do not worry  I won't. Instead I will close and leave you with Rick Santorum's response to Melissa Harris-Perry's comments.

PATRIOT VOICES Monday, April 15, 2013

Children belong to parents, not government

Exclusive: Rick Santorum sets left straight on who can best raise kids

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Rick Santorum, a Republican, is a former congressman and senator from Pennsylvania. In 2012 he ran as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. He is co-founder of Patriot Voices and author of "American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom."

Karen and I are blessed with seven children, including one very special needs little girl, Bella. There are many days when we are overwhelmed or dead tired or frustrated or all of the above. I’m sure all parents can relate. It’s just part of being a parent. But like millions of Americans, we also know it’s the most important job we’ll ever have.

In 2005, I wrote a book called “It Takes a Family” about the importance of a strong family in raising children and imparting virtue. The title was in contrast to a well-known book Hillary Clinton wrote, “It Takes a Village,” which offered a very different approach to raising children. She believes, as many on the left do, that the family is secondary to institutions and governments when it comes to looking after the interests of children. Karen and I disagree. We believe in the primacy of families and have worked throughout our careers on creating and promoting policies and ideas that make stronger families. The fact is, without stable families as the bedrock; our country will fracture and collapse.

Since those books were published, we have seen an expansion of at times well-meaning, government early childhood programs and laws that subtly replace parental responsibility and discretion for government indoctrination and edict. Well, if MSNBC’s latest offering is any indication; it appears that the left feels the need for subtlety has passed. Last week, Melissa Harris-Perry, an MSNBC host and Tulane University professor, said in an MSNBC network promotion spot that, “We haven’t had a very collective notion of, these are our children. We have to break through our private idea that children belong to their parents, or children belong to their families, and recognize that children belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, we start making better investments.”

So we go from telling the small businessman that “you didn’t build that” to telling parents that “they don’t belong to you!” It harkens back to Marxism’s trumping of the family in favor of the state. It’s only a matter of time before we hear another MSNBC promotion message advocating for constructing collectives for the children to be properly indoctrinated.

And while Ms. Harris-Perry’s comments made some news and upset many, another case has not gotten the attention it deserves and is equally as troubling. The Romeike family from Germany came to the United States a few years ago seeking political asylum. You see, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children are Christians, and they believe strongly that the textbooks used in German public schools teach against their values. However, in Germany, families must send their children to government schools. They refused and taught them at home instead. After suffering fines, threats of prison and police coming and forcibly taking their kids to school, the Romeikes left everything behind and came the U.S., where they were granted asylum.

Subsequently, the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned the asylum and ordered them to be deported back to Germany. Later this month, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case. You may be surprised to learn that the Obama administration decided to weigh in on this case by filing a brief in the case advocating the Romeikes’ deportation. The president argued that there is no fundamental human right to educate your own children.

So it’s not just MSNBC that thinks that your child’s rearing belongs to the state. The president, like so many on the left, believes that the state should form the hearts and minds of our youth so they think the way the government wants them to think.

More than 100,000 signatures have been collected on a petition on the White House website from citizens who support the Romeikes’ case. I have no illusions that Attorney General Holder will alter his brief or President Obama will change his mind on who can best raise children. However, I ask you to sign this petition to at least let the Romeikes, and millions of others who look to America as the one place where dictators and bureaucrats don’t control everything, know that our president does not speak for you or America.

Rick Santorum

This article about the Biblical view of marriage by our friend, Pastor David Campbell, recently appeared in The Sentinel Newspaper. May the Lord use it as a reminder of His intent for the institution of marriage.

What would we find if we could go back to the beginnings of marriage? It’s increasingly believed that marriage is nothing more than a human idea. We ourselves invented it. We are totally free, therefore, to make our own rules for it. Should a marriage be for life? That’s up to us. Should it be just between a man and a woman?  Our right to choose.

The very first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, has been called the book of origins. It does what no other book in the world does. It takes us back to earth’s earliest days and shows us the beginning of things – including the beginning of marriage. What do we find? Marriage is actually God’s idea, not ours. He was the one who established it and he has laid down certain rules for it.

We learn, for example, that it is intended to be between a man and a woman. Throughout the Bible, homosexual relations are forbidden and condemned. For that reason the question of same-sex marriage, so hotly debated today, ought not to be even raised. Nothing could be more contrary to the will of our Maker.

Marriage is also intended to be permanent. Christians do differ over the question of when a divorce is permissible (though there is substantial agreement that it is permissible in the case of marital unfaithfulness). But there is no disagreement as to what our Creator’s wish is. Marriage is to be “till death us do part”. And when instead a marriage fails, it is always through sin on the part of the husband, the wife, or both.

Marriage is the one setting in which there is to be sexual union. How out of date does that sound? Sex before marriage, sex with someone other than your spouse after marriage, sex with someone of the same gender – aren’t we free to decide for ourselves? Not according to our Creator. He is certainly no prude. Sex is for pleasure and by his design. But strictly within the context of a husband and wife relationship.

And of course, as an inevitable follow on from that, it is exclusively within the setting of a marriage that children are to be born. Our Maker has established an order: first the creation of a secure and loving environment through a man and a woman entering into a life-long commitment to each other. Then the parenting of children.

A great deal of today’s discussion about marriage focuses on human rights. If our thinking and practice are to be correct, however, we need to begin with God’s rights. After all marriage is his institution. He has a right, therefore, to set the rules. And he has done so. Our duty is accordingly straightforward: follow the Maker’s instructions.

That is also our wisdom. Violating the will of God for marriage always has negative consequences – for the individuals concerned, for children, for society as a whole. We cannot disregard the Maker’s instructions with impunity. But the reverse is also true. God gave us marriage for our good and for our happiness. When it is honored in society, protected by law, and our whole approach to it shaped by his will, we may confidently expect his blessing.

David Campbell, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church 777 W North Street Carlisle, PA

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

10-23 Mar 2013

PRAISE

 Lakeshore Baptist Church Thank God for the good weather, we now have the first level of the concrete columns poured.

 PRAYER

From our online friends:

 Imogene Johnson  I pray sin, sickness, disease, oppression, poverty and the wickedness of the devil shall not prevail against your people but will be reversed now and forever in the name of Jesus. Let no weapon formed against them be condemned. You are the God of 2nd chances and you have forgiven all their transgressions also have blocked them out of your mind. Give your people the grace to repent and receive you in their heart. Glory be to our father.

 Doreen Lovell Adonai I come before you in the name of Yeshua our soon coming king of glory. I pray You open the flood gates of heaven and pour out your blessings upon Your people. Stretch forth you right hand dear God and heal your people who are suffering, we claim spiritual healing, financial healing and physical healing. In the name of Yeshua, (Jesus) we take authority over the air, east, west, north and south; we break down the strong hold of Satan and say depart Satan no weapon form against us shall prosper. Father we place before you BINOY and his family, we pray for your direct intervention, we pray that their needs will be met, give them a testimony Abba one to show the world that you reigneth forever and ever. Amen

For Reformation Today magazine that God will continue to use it for HIS glory.

For Brother Erroll Hulse and the group training black ministers on Africa

Cowboy Church Mon Mar 4, 2013 5:59 am (PST) . Posted by: "Cowboy Pastor Dan"

To all my friends; You may be wondering why you have not heard from me in several months. Some of you know I am "The Last Circuit Riding Preacher" On September 30 of 2012 we (My son Gary, my wife Grace and I) left the Butler County Cowboy Church on horseback to begin our journey. I will be riding through all the lower 48 states sharing the Love of Jesus, helping those that cannot help themselves, and collecting stories of faith, values, perseverance, and hard ships for a book. Now I will be riding horseback through the Northern states during the summer the Southern states during the winter and the middle states spring and fall. I suspect that this journey could take 3 years or more depending where the Lord leads us and how long I need to stay to help someone. If I come across an elderly person that needs 3 weeks of help there we will stay. This means we have no idea how long the journey will take and only God knows, he knows where we are going and where we will be staying. This journey is not about me or my son or my wife but about sharing the Love of Jesus and doing his work. I would like for you to follow our webpage and Facebook then share it with your friends. Stay safe in the saddle (Founded in Christ) and Out of the wire (Resist Satan's traps) http://www.facebook .com/pages/ THE-LAST- CIRCUIT-RIDING- PREACHER/ 321054852185 http://www.the- last-circuit- riding-preacher. com/

Check out the updates on Facebook and our website. God Bless Cowboy Pastor Dan Boyd 316-722-1609

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for those in the community to join us in fellowship

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

Continued healing prayers for:

Brittany G. who has health issues
Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck
Mr. Sam who begins chemo soon
Kathy D. undergoing Radiation treatment for Breast Cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Violet P. who was recently diagnosed with cancer
Miss Jackson who is ill
Ms. Redford 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

Employment for;

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

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

Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam

Please be in prayer for our friend Lynda and the family situation she is heartbroken over. We also ask for prayer for the passing of Verna Southard. Verna and her sister Mary would attend the Maine festivals together. We called them “the ladies” – both sweet and dear folks. Verna lost her short battle with cancer. Please pray for Mary and for the rest of their family including Verna’s two sons. A Pastor friend of ours’ wife has some scary looking spots which will need to be further tested. Please uplift Susan in prayer. Please continue to lift up Ginny and Val for lung cancer, Sarah for her battle with leukemia. Annie for her battle with lymphoma and today a man named Dick Burdo from the northeast is having open heart surgery. God is able to answer these heart petitions and we thank you in advance for partnering with us in prayer.

We want to congratulate Jeff & Becky Haley (Becky Buller) on the birth of their baby girl, Romy Elizabeth. We love Becky and know she and Jeff will be wonderful parents.

May the Lord bless you in all that you encounter this week.

In His Name,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com
 

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

We pray that we can have funds to protect our children from Lightening, yesterday there were deaths in a another school here http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/640442-lightning-kills-2-teachers-at-school.html

Francis Ssuubi, Director

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

The Tabb’s in Ireland

Greetings one and all, things are getting interesting over here to say the least - all good as far as I can see!

UPDATE: I'M BACK TWO WEEKS FROM USA AFTER SOME TRAINING IN ATLANTA AROUND COACHING & LEADING PEOPLE, AS WELL AS HOW TO COLLABORATE TO SERVE THE CITY WE LIVE IN. SINCE BACK I'VE HAD MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE IN COMMUNITY AROUND OUR VISION FOR PEOPLE OF BALLYMUN, AS WELL AS HOW WE MIGHT BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS: REVAMPED SCHEDULE TO BE MORE INTENTIONAL ABOUT BEING WITH PEOPLE, SHARING LIFE TOGETHER - INCLUDING MY FAMILY!!!

WE HAVE MET WITH SCHOOL IN BALLYMUN AND BRANCH OF CITY GOVERNMENT TO TAKEOVER SCHOOL SPORTS FACILITIES WHICH WE HELPED IMPROVE OVER PAST 8 YEARS. WE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGEMENT OF SPORTS AREA DURING NON SCHOOL HOURS. WE JUST NEED TO SECURE $200,000 OF FUNDING TO RENOVATE THE ARENA ERECTED IN 2009. WE HAVE A VERY GENEROUS OFFER PENDING FROM A PHILANTHROPIST IN USA THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO GO FORWARD WITH THIS PROJECT. LOOKING AT JULY TIME FRAME FOR SUCH.

WE HAVE ENTERED INTO NEGOTIATIONS FOR BIGGER OFFICE SPACE NEXT TO OUR CURRENT LOCATION. THE NEW OFFICES WOULD BE BIGGER, PRIVATE AND ALLOW US TO BE OPEN LATE AT NIGHT, AS WELL AS WEEKENDS. WE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO MUCH MORE WITH THE SPACE IF WE WERE AWARDED IT. RIGHT NOW ITS BETWEEN US AND 1 OTHER ORGANIZATION AS TO WHO WILL OCCUPY THE SITE ONCE RENOVATIONS ARE COMPLETE IN 8 WEEKS TIME.

MET WITH CITY GOVERNMENT AND ASKED FOR PIECE OF PRIME REAL ESTATE IN BALLYMUN TO BUILD A 2,500 SEAT BASKETBALL VENUE. WE WOULD PARTNER WITH A TOP DUBLIN BASKETBALL CLUB ON THIS PROJECT, WITH THEM RAISING THE FUNDS TO BUILD THE FACILITY AND BE THE MAIN TENANT. THE GOVERNMENT WAS HAPPY WITH THE OUR PARTNERSHIP AND IDEA, ASKING FOR A FORMAL PROPOSAL. WE HAVE SUBMITTED THE PROPOSAL AND NOW AWAIT THE GOVERNMENTS RESPONSE.

HAD MEETING WITH PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE WHO WERE OPEN TO SUPPLYING A MINISTRY CENTER IN NEXT COUPLE YEARS THAT WOULD SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE VISION WOULD BE FOR THE CENTER TO HAVE A FOOD BANK, CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION AREA, MEDICAL & DENTAL CHECKUPS, FITNESS & DIETARY SUGGESTIONS, AS WELL AS PROVIDE SUPPORT AROUND EDUCATION, COUNSELING, ALCOHOL, DRUGS, GAMBLING, CHILDCARE, SUICIDE FAMILY & HOUSING ISSUES (HOMELESS, REPAIRS ETC).

SAI'S INTERN FROM SWEDEN (MADDIE) WAS BAPTIZED SUNDAY. MADDIE BEGAN WITH SAI IN SEPTEMBER AS A VOLUNTEER FOR 11 MONTHS. WHEN SHE ARRIVED, MADDIE HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING YEARS OF ANXIETY AND DISTURBED SLEEP PATTERNS. SHE HAD LOST HER DAD ROUGHLY 6 YEARS AGO TO A CAR ACCIDENT AND ALSO HAD OTHER ISSUES FROM HER UPBRINGING. WE'VE WALKED ALONGSIDE HER FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS AND HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO WITNESS HER LIFE TRANSFORM INTO A LIFE OF PEACE, ABLE TO RECIVE A FULL NIGHTLY SLEEP.

ONE MAN I'VE BEEN MEETING AND COACHING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS LAUNCHED A MENS BREAKFAST MORNING IN HIS HOUSE EVERY OTHER WEEK FOR MEN FROM BALLYMUN COMMUNITY. WE ARE ALL EXCITED ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THIS NEW SERVICE TO MEN HERE, AS ITS MUCH NEEDED - AND YOU CAN'T BEAT AN IRISH FRY

ANOTHER MAN I MEET WEEKLY WITH RECENTLY RECEIVED SOME BAD NEWS CONCERNING HIS WIFE'S HEALTH (BLACK MASS FOUND ON HER KIDNEY). THE NEWS WASN'T GOOD AND THEY WERE LED TO FEAR FOR THE WORST. HE DECIDED TO PUT HIS TRUST IN GOD VERSUS THE DOCTORS REPORT. WE PRAYED FOR HER 2 DAYS AGO, AND AT YESTERDAYS MEETING THE DR. TOLD THEM THERE WAS NO REASON TO WORRY ABOUT THE BLACK MASS! YEARS AGO THIS SAME FAMILY WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS SHE COULDN'T CONCEIVE BECAUSE OF OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS SHE HAS. WE HAD PRAYED AND TODAY, THEY ARE THE PROUD PARENTS OF BOTH A BOY AND A GIRL!!!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

1) PRAY FOR AMY & I REGARDING THE DELIVERY OF OUR 2ND SON - DUE APRIL 5TH. PRAY FOR A PAIN FREE AND QUICK DELIVERY. JAIDAN TURNED 6 THIS WEEK AND IS EXCITED ABOUT HIS BROTHERS ARRIVAL!

2) PRAY FOR THE VISION FOR BALLYMUN - THE COMMUNITY TO DESIRE, RECEIVE AND APPLY THE GOOD NEWS WE ARE BRINGING TO THEM. PRAY FOR MY COACHING AND EQUIPPING OF PEOPLE HERE, THAT THEY WOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT THE VISION AND LIVE THE MISSION, WHILE THEY GROW INTO THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW FOR OUR COMMUNITY. PRAY FOR A WOMAN TO LEAD OTHER WOMEN IN BALLYMUN.

3) PRAY FOR FAVOR...WITH PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS, DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL, NGO'S, SCHOOLS, CLUBS & SUPPORTERS AS WE LOOK TO MANAGE VENUES, BUILD NEW FACILITIES & COLLABORATE WITH AGENCIES FOR THE GOOD OF THE BALLYMUN PEOPLE.

4) PRAY FOR ENOUGH FINANCING TO FUND ALL THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS - FACILITIES, PROGRAMS & RESOURCES.

5) PRAY FOR YOUTH IN CLUB WHO ARE HUNGRY AND EAGER TO FOLLOW GOD. THAT THEY MIGHT LEAD OTHERS AWAY FROM DESTRUCTIVE PATHS AND INTO A HAPPY, AS WELL AS MORE FULFILLING LIFE.

6) PRAY THAT I WOULD GO SLOW AS I BEGIN TO MEET UP WITH BALLYMUN AND DUBLIN LEADERS OF INFLUENCE, DESIRING TO BUILD HEALTHY, OPEN AND DEEP RELATIONSHIPS.

7) PRAY OUR UPCOMING COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, NIGHT OF HOPE, SPORTS CAMP & UPWARD BASKETBALL LEAGUE WOULD BE WELL ATTENDED, RECEIVED AND IMPACTED BY PEOPLE WHO ATTEND.

I AM IN AWE WHEN I THINK ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED AND IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN WITH SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES. GOD AMAZES ME DAILY!!!

ALL THE BEST,

DANIEL, AMY, JAIDAN AND TABLET

Remnant Fellowship Ministry- Kottayam ,Kerala ,India

 Dear brothers and sister in Christ. We need your earnest prayer for one of our Ministry member who he is suffering from Cancer. He has 3 children and his wife does no appreciated job. His wife goes for dish wash in rich houses around and earning for daily bread. He is under the treatment from RCC Kerala, India. I head this news just today and it made me much worried thinking the future of his children. Please pray for him. We really wish to support the children in their education. Just 100 USD is needed for 3 children for their education in a month. Requesting everyone to pray for him and for getting a support for the children. If any well-wisher needs clarification on ...please do contact me on e-mail or talk to me on Skype so that you can meet the family online when they come for the prayer meeting next. Everyone can help him through your prayer too....please do so .his name is BINOY Pastor Jeraldin  President, The Remnant prayer fellowship ministry

 

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

From Grace Reformed Baptist Church , Placerville CA

The Lord's Day Ministry of the Word has continued in the Morning Service in 1 & 2 Thessalonians, focusing recently on the important theme of being found ready on the great day of our Lord's return in glory. In the Evening Service, we have recently concluded the sermon series in the nook of psalms and have begun the gospel of John, glorying in the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us."  Since the beginning of 2007, we have been studying the 2nd London Baptist Confession in our adult Sunday School hour. This continues to be very beneficial in teaching our people the content of the Faith we confess and what it means to be a confessional reformed baptist church.   

We have seen some changes in our congregation over the past year.  Some of our members have transferred to other congregations but we continue to see visitors from time to time, some of whom have stayed and been added to our membership.  We are thankful and rejoice that a number of our young people professed faith, were baptized and added to our membership in the past year. We are also encouraged with very positive signs of the work of grace in others and their expressed interest in seeking baptism and church membership.   We continue to visit our neighborhood around the church facility during the Christmas and Easter seasons, distributing CDs with an evangelistic message together with tracts and invitations to our services.  We visit some two hundred homes in our community.  Generally we are politely received, though there are a few who remain resistant, and many who are indifferent.  To-date we have had very few take up the invitation to our services but we press on by the Lord's grace and continue to pray that the Lord will open hearts to receive His Word.  The door to continue visiting a senior living home has recently closed due to a change of management.  Please pray for wisdom as we engage with the authorities.   We are also considering a brother in our congregation as a candidate for the eldership and another young man, who desires to study for the gospel ministry.  We are thankful for these men and their desires to serve Christ, His Kingdom and His church.

A man, who has attended our church for a number of years died suddenly whilst on vacation overseas.  Whilst we were saddened by this unexpected news, we rejoice that he is now with the Lord in glory.  His family are flying in this week, and, DV, the memorial service is planned for early next week.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

As we look forward to the rest of the year, we continue to pray that the Lord may be pleased to use our testimony to the gospel to call many in our community from darkness to light and that the saints, whom He has gathered here, may grow in grace and knowledge of the truth, looking forward and upward to the realization of the sure and certain hope which is ours in our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We are glad to be part of the Association and seek, by God's grace, to remember to pray for the Lord's blessing upon all of our sister churches. May it please Him to use each of our churches, in the locations He has placed us by His providence, to bring sinners to the knowledge of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to build up His saints in their most holy faith.

We look forward to seeing you all, DV, in Bremen, In.

On behalf of the elders and members of Grace Reformed Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Oliver

From The Bible Baptist Church of Galway, Galway, New York

Greeting from Galway, New York! We are greatly encouraged. It seems like, a long night is coming to a close and we are awakening to a new day. There was a time when there were so few in attendance and offerings were so low that I wondered if I were to leave, would the church doors be closed. However, in the past year we have doubled in attendance, a harmonious and loving spirit prevails, and we are finally having much needed funds for repairs on our two historic buildings, the parsonage (over 200 years old) and the meeting house (over 150 years old).

Last year we repaired the bathrooms in the church and parsonage, ripping up rotten flooring and replacing it, building a shed for the oil tank at the church, and major rewiring of the parsonage, as well as replacing rotten siding at the parsonage. We have a list of repairs slated for this coming year as well. When repairs like this are done in a small village, the community takes notice. One winter many years ago (this is my 36th year here in Galway), we were so impoverished that we met in the parsonage instead of the church. Someone in the community came up and asked me if the church was closed. In a small village nothing gets overlooked.

The overall trajectory of attendance during my time here is that it grew to fifty on Sunday mornings, declined to an average weekly attendance of twelve, and now we are in the twenties, with a committed and giving people. I truly marvel at the offerings. A lot of our current growth is the recovery of those who attended years ago. There is no joy quite like the joy of one who has regained his footing and once again is standing on the Rock. No more being carried away with the currents of this world, it is like being saved all over again. Perhaps for some, it is in reality the beginning of their Christian life, as it is easy to have a form of religion, but know nothing of its genuine life and power.

I am assisted in ministry here each week, with my brother in Christ and long-time friend, Michael Churchill, a Presbyterian elder who, although his views on baptism prevent him from being a member of our church, has poured his heart into the ministry here. He is an excellent teacher, has a true shepherd’s heart, and loves and is loved by the flock. Currently, Michael is using a Sproul video course on doctrine called “Foundations” as the springboard for teaching Sunday School. Michael also preaches on occasion as well. Last year, I preached from Proverbs, a survey of Genesis through I Samuel, and now I’m slowing the pace by teaching the life of David event by event.

The quarterly that I write is opening doors here in Galway. It is called Life in Galway. I am currently writing issue thirteen, the spring issue and it will be out on March 21st.  Through this writing project, I want to convey to my neighbors that I am interested in them. The articles are about the people (past and present), events, organizations, and everyday life here in Galway.  The Galway Preservation Society and the Town Historian files every copy as it chronicles what living in Galway is like today for future generations. I always put something in to bring the Bible and our Lord into the conversation. One special unnumbered Christmas issue was devoted to the gospel, and an ARBCA church in the mid-west even reprinted it to use as a tract. You can see all the issues at lifeingalway.wordpress.com. Click “PDF Files of Past Issues” on the menu bar.

Last year, the Lord gave us a good opportunity to sow gospel seed in two funerals of individuals greatly loved by the Galway community. I already wrote about Martha Apicella-Shoutis and Jack Sleight in Life in Galway (see past issues). In her funeral, I spoke about how Martha came to Christ and the hope that she had. There were many unsaved relatives and friends present. Jack’s funeral was at airplane hangar at the airport on his property and it was packed-out. After sharing about Jack’s life, I told those gathered how Christ has taken the sting out of death. As most were not church-goers (such is the darkness of the Northeast), I am sure it was the first time some have ever heard the gospel.

In closing, let me relate one more incident. Last weekend Martha and I attended the funeral of John Humme. John was a pastor here in our church from 1957-60. It was his first pastorate. He was a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary. Though not a Baptist school, John’s time at Westminster did not alter his strong Baptist convictions.  His first year here he got married to a lovely Presbyterian girl and the wedding at the church was the talk of the community. Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, John loved Galway with its rural setting. His first child, a son, was born here. This was to be the happiest days of his life. Unfortunately, there was an annual reaffirmation vote in the church and a staunch Baptist deacon, thinking that he was too Presbyterian, spearheaded a drive to vote him out and the church did. Dismissed on the basis of a false premise and very hurt, John took a rural church among poor folks in Maine. Greater heartache befell him when his wife died of cancer and he was left alone to raise three small children ages 8, 4, and 3. He ended up leaving the ministry and became a truant officer for the public schools in Newark, NJ. After retirement he settled in upstate New York about 45 minutes away. Every once in awhile, he would stop in at the parsonage and we’d talk over a cup of coffee, or he’d visit the church on a Sunday morning. I even had him preach one Sunday. As Martha and I took in the heartfelt love to Christ and firm confidence of Heaven that John Humme himself expressed through the funeral he prepared before his death, we were reminded of the words of Thomas Gray in his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,

And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

Please note that this is but a seeming waste, for we know that our life is never a waste if it is in the center of God’s will.

John Humme, and those like him, are the unsung and unseen laborers in the neglected and out of the way places of Christ’s vineyard. When you think of me, and the work here at the Bible Baptist Church of Galway, pray not only for us, but for the countless thousands who serve small churches villages and rural settings that will, in all likelihood, never be big. In talking with these pastors over the years, I have found that many are discouraged. They wonder if what they are doing relay matters. They need our prayers.

Being bi-vocational, almost a prerequisite for such a calling, I will not be able to attend the ARBCA General Assembly this year. When I put in for the week at the Post Office, my leave slip came back as denied – Quota Full.

So in closing: Things are looking up in Galway. We are greatly encouraged. Thank you for your prayers. The LORD is good. Surely His goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.

Be assured that you are loved and prayed for by us here in Galway,

Wayne R. Brandow and Michael Churchill, on behalf of the Saints here in Galway (March 5, 2013)

 

As I am sure most of you are aware, Naida and I made the move to Lakeshore Mississippi, to join Pastor Don and the great folks of Lakeshore Baptist Church in the work here. we had planned on quarterly updates but folks have been asking so here ya go.

Our main focus since arriving a month ago has been two-fold, first find a permanent place to live and second to begin work on the new church building.

Both items got off to a great start. We were able to find a home reasonably within our budget and are due to close on it Thursday January 31st. It is a little bigger that we envisioned but we believe it is the home God set aside for us. Besides it has plenty of room for visitors (HINT).  For a picture of our new Casa click here http://goo.gl/maps/9c6fn.

As for the building of the church, we had the 40 telephone poles (officially 40 ea. Class 5 wooden pilings 10” diameter) driven in the ground on the 4th of January. On the 5th a group of 110 volunteers representing ARBCA, Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America, from 29 churches across the US descended upon Lakeshore. The hope was to get much of the foundation done while they were here but the weather had other ideas. It rained in various amounts for much of the week and our building site turned into a giant mud pit. We did get the 10 spread footings with rebar formed, set and concrete poured. We also managed to get most of the 48 additional holes for the 12”x12”x 20’ or 24’ pilings dug. Headway was also made in other areas. In all a great time of fellowship and work for God’s glory was accomplished.

Since then a few local folks have come out and helped clean up the site, build forms for the concrete columns and other needed tasks. It has been very encouraging to see folks from the community take and interest in the rebuilding of God's house.

In other news, Naida has been working steadily with Ms. B at the Mercy House distribution center. She loves her work there especially having the opportunity to share her faith and to invite folks to church.

Pastor Don and I were able to attend the Deep South Founders Conference on the 17-19th of Jan. What a blessing it was to meet and here from like minded men expunding the word of God. Dr. Sam Waldron the academic dean of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies and professor of Systematic Theology was the key speaker, this years topic from the London 1689 Baptist Confession was "God's Covenant". Check out the web link on the right of our site for the sermons.

Speaking of Church (the body this time not the building) LBC has in recent weeks seen an increase in visitors. There is the potential for around a dozen or so new members could be added to the rolls soon. God is working along the Gulf Coast and in Lakeshore for sure.

Prayer Requests:

Lakeshore Baptist Church/rebuild Lakeshore:

                        1) that we may reach many in the community
                        2) that the recent visitors will find a home here
                        3) that volunteers needed to complete the build will sign up
                        4) that God withholds the rain so we can finish the foundation
                        5) that God will be glorified throughout this process

Naida and I

                        1) that we can be a help to Pastor Don, the church and community here
                        2) that the enormity of the work will be an encouragement to us
                        2) that we can get the help we need to move into our home
                        3) that we can get the financial support we need to stay in the field.
 
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Naida Helping Do the Site Layout for the new Church Building
 
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Our Site before construction started
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The beast drove 40 telephone poles 30' in the ground in a little over 4 hours
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The ARBCA crew worked some 42 hours straight trying to get the holes dug.
(You can not tell but thats me operating the excavator at 2:30am)
 
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Pouring the concrete spread footings (me in the hole, I told ya'll I really do work, at least once in a while :))
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Volunteers screeding the concrete, the women worked as hard as the men
 
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One of our church members Angelo Morales and a spread footing
 
 
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Brian Owens from, First Baptist Clinton, LA and Angelo in our mud pit
 
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After nearly 10 days of clear warm weather things had begun to dry out then the heavens parted and the rain poured out today.