Recently in Sunday School our class was discussing the following passage: Luke 7:36-50 (NKJV)

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

As I was sitting in class, a thought crossed my mind that this passage is not new to me and I was kind of bored of it.  Immediately afterward, something changed in me.  My thought process of the passage drifted away from the discussion on a path that had never occurred to me before and I would like to share that with you.  But first let me share with you who this woman is and why she had lost all hope (a little background).  It is thought by many that this woman is of "low report", which means she has a bad reputation. In verse 39 the Pharisee states “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”  This woman is beyond hopeless, she is trapped in a lifestyle that covers her living expenses and she can't escape this lifestyle because no one will help her because of the life she lives.  I would say that is pretty hopeless.  Then this woman hears stories about a man who gives hope to the hopeless.  She sees miracles performed and I'm sure she realizes that if she is ever going to have hope then she needs to get to this man.  So she goes to this man, Jesus.  What does she have to lose?  Some would say everything.  I say nothing because everyone who knew her saw her as nothing. I say she had nothing to lose and so much to gain by going.  I'm going to stop here for a minute and pause because there is a distinct difference in the emotions of women and men.  I believe it is hard for men to truly understand this women's position on an emotional level.  As a woman, I understand her emotions behind this event.  Verse 37-38 shows this woman's emotions in the physical form.  This woman knew in her heart that Jesus was different and that He would give her the hope that she so desperately needed.  She not only found hope in Jesus but she also discovered love in Him.  This woman who may never have been loved or may have never loved another, He was the first to show love to her.  The act of anointing ones feet with oil and washing them with your tears is not something that can be done halfheartedly.

If you find yourself hopeless today, know that you will only find hope in Jesus Christ, but you have to go to Him and seek Him with all your heart.  You have to believe that He is your only hope.  Verse 47: Jesus says, "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

23rd Sep – 07 Oct 2012


  Kathy D. who had her first round of Chemo, this past Friday, so far no bad side effects and many opportunities to share Christ.


 Eddie N. asks for prayer for all those still incarcerated who seem feel there is no hope. We know that Christ gives the hope they seek. (NOTEX! Eddie did not ask but we happen to know he spent 3 days in a VA hospital recently so keep him in prayer too)

 Caleb V. that he would return to church and fellowship.

 Shelia W. asks for prayer for her niece who suffers from mental health issues and is homeless. (Also pray for Shelia’s health issues)

 Becky S. asks for prayers for Shannon and her husband. She is a believer and he is not, but he did come to church recently.

 Dahlas F. requests prayers for a classmate named Krista.

 Mark S. asks for prayers for his brother’s rehab. That he will not relapse again.

 Naida and I; that our house will sell soon. I am leaving for Lakeshore MS on Oct 13th and not returning until just before Thanksgiving. This process will repeat until our house sells. Not the best arrangement but a step of Faith that this is what God would have us do.

 Employment for; Marie, Jessica, Mike, Tom and others in our church.

 Fellow Ministries

The Least of These Prison Ministries

Rick and Lynne Vincent
  c/o Lighthouse Baptist Church
 811 Market St.
 Gloucester City, NJ 08030

Weekly Prayer Report 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 volunteers and prisoners impacted by cell by cell visits at Pontiac Correctional Center- a maximum security segregation prison in Illinois.

for the in-prison team at Metropolitan Correctional Center - Chicago participating in three church services this Sunday

for God to increase the scale and scope of His ministry through hundreds of thousands of His servants across the nation. Pray hard for open hearts and surrendered lives to Christ.

that God would enable Justice Fellowship staff to be salt and light as they interact with leaders, those found both inside and outside government halls.

for God’s grace and reality to be demonstrated through the InnerChange Freedom Initiative staff to those inmates participating in the program.

What's Your Prison?

by Jim Liske|September 21, 2012

It's so easy to think of ourselves as superior to those who have been incarcerated. When I was a pastor, I would often remind my fellow believers that we are all recovering from something and re-entering from somewhere. The addict and the ex-offender are not at all different from us. We are all recovering from an addiction, whether it's food, work, gossip, sex, attention, television, caffeine, or (fill in the blank with your addiction). Everyone has a crutch. Everyone practices idolatry. We all have depended on something more than we have depended on God. Looking at the topic from another angle, we are all re-entering from a "prison" of some type. What has trapped you? Greed? Pride? An unhealthy relationship? Everyone has looked at the world through their own personal set of bars, and it's only by God's grace that we have been freed to live a whole and healthy life. In reality, Jesus frees us from a jail cell every day, and every morning His grace is renewed. When we meet a man or a woman at the gate of a literal prison on the day their sentence ends, we are meeting a brother or sister who has been redeemed – just like you and me. This truth fills me with excitement, and I hope it does the same for you. Because if the Gospel is really true for everyone, than anyone – including the prisoners taking seminary-level courses through Prison Fellowship's TUMI program – can become part of God's plan to redeem the world for His glory.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 Brian Muhindo 5 years was knocked down by a motorcycle (Boda Boda) as he was crossing the road l. His right leg broke in the femur (thigh bone) he was admitted in Kasese Hospital for some days, and has been discharged but has not healed, the leg is bandages, and pus and blood ouzes out, although the boy does not seem to be in pain. They say they could not afford medical fees so thay were discharged so soon.

They stay in a mud and wattle house, although it has iron sheets, but the surroundings are similar to those of a slum, with heavy congestion. They are under the care of their mother a peasant and casual labourer. This boy needs urgent medical attention or else the leg will rot. His father is serving a long term in prison. He has never seen his father.  

You can contribute or follow the building progress on facebook, at or Website:


CPT Patrick Joyner and family, Navy Chaplain to USMC -The Joyner family includes seven children, William – 17 yrs, Audrey – 15 yrs, Jordan – 15 yrs, Maggie – 12 yrs, Noah - 10 yrs, LaurelAnna – 6 yrs, and Mary M’Cheyne – 4 yrs.

 P.S. Joyner, CPT, CHC, USN
 2nd Recruit Training Battalion  "Through God we will do valiantly..." Psalm 108:13

From Chris Powell, ARBCA National Pastor in Toronto, Canada

 The Toronto district school board has raised fees for churches meeting in their buildings by between 500% and 800%.  Other non-profits can meet at regular rates but religious groups are being forced to pay more.  

 I would ask that we pray about this.  This directly affects the only PCA church in the city as well as a Sovereign Grace Baptist church plant (I know both pastors personally).  The government is making it extremely difficult for churches to worship in the city if they don't own their own buildings.  Recently, churches have been dropped from the zoning by-law.  This has a very negative impact on our ability to extend the Gospel to a city of 2.6 million people (and 5.5+ in the Greater Toronto area).  

Lord willing I am scheduled to speak (very briefly - I get about 2 minutes) on October 10th at a community council meeting in Toronto on the issue of worship space in the city as our old landlord church has asked for me to speak about their application for a re-zoning.   I get to speak about the lack of worship space in the city.

 Please also  pray that Covenant Baptist will be able to continue to lease their space in a private church building in 2013 when their contract comes up for renewal.

 Chris Powell, ARBCA National Pastor in Toronto, Canada

 From Trinity Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA regarding Rob Shelby who was injured in a swimming accident

 Dear Friends,

 It has been a while since I sent out an update on the progress of Pastor Rob. He is continuing to adjust to being home. An occupational therapist has been coming to their home. One of our members is currently remodeling their master bathroom and shower to make it handicap accessible. He hasn’t yet returned to the church so we are still unclear as to the changes we’ll need to make. The first Jambalaya fundraiser was a huge success and the second is still in the planning stage—it will take place in late October. Their bus is still being repaired. Below I’ve pasted an update from Amy Shelby and some particular prayer requests.


 Pastor Dale Crawford
Trinity Baptist Church, Baton Rouge

 From Amy

 Life has been full and busy. Lots of adjustments and changes since Rob’s accident. We are so thankful for all of the notes, prayers, financial blessings, meals, etc from people all over the world. It has been overwhelming to see the Lord work through His people for His people. Our Father continues to provide and amazes us. We are experiencing something that we would have never had the opportunity to experience had Rob not had this accident.

 We’ve been home together for about 3 weeks now. Still trying to get in a new routine with all that is required to care for Rob along with normal family requirements. Things are getting a little easier or at least more familiar. So many things that go along with a injury to his extent. Also, still waiting on transportation.

 Rob is getting stronger each and every day with the muscles that he was able to keep in his shoulders and biceps. Even though he doesn’t have the use of his hands or fingers, he has found ways to manage different task such as feeding himself and getting around on the computer with the help of some little devices. He continues to work to build his daily endurance being up and sitting in the wheel chair.

 The children are very helpful especially the bigger boys. They help get him dressed in the morning by putting on his socks and shoes and helping him to put on his shirt. They rotate being the ones getting up and in his wheelchair throughout the day. This has been a blessing and a great help so I can get into the kitchen to work on breakfast/our morning routine.

 Once again, I want to express our thankfulness to everyone who has and is praying for our family, have sent words of encouragement, have sent or given financially to our family, and those who have provided or who are providing meals for our families. All of these things have been a great blessing to our family. The Lord has brought some very special people into our lives that we may have never met otherwise.

For those of you who have provided financially for our family, I wanted to list some of the things that this has been or is being used to bless our family:

 1. Gas back and forth from Baton Rouge to New Orleans
2. Parking while in New Orleans
3. Food for all of us while living between two places when Rob was in the hospital
4. Medical bills
5. Transportation for Rob and our family
6. Medical equipment that is not being covered by insurance
7. Remodeling/home modifications of our master bath to make it handicap accessible for Rob
8. Co-pays for all of his therapies
9. Future expenses that will continue to come our way due to this injury

 I can’t express the gratitude that our hearts feel for all of you! Thank you so much for praying and loving on our family!!!!!

 Some prayer requests:

1. Continue to pray for Rob’s strength and healing
2. Pray that his pressure sore would continue to heal. It is looking much better.
3. Pray for our family as we continue get into our “new” normal. Also, that when we add school to our routine things would go smoothly.
4. Pray that the Lord would continue to show himself through our family and that He would continue to receive all of the praise and glory through this journey that He has purposed for us to walk.
5. Pray for baby girl Shelby and this pregnancy. Everything is going well.
6. Pray for our transportation situation.
7. Pray for some of the insurance issues we are dealing with and some kinks that we are facing.
8. Pray for me as I continue to care for Rob, the children, and all of the additional and regular daily tasks. Help me not to murmur or complain but to do it lovingly. May the Lord grant me strength to be a godly wife and mother each day! Thankful that even when I fail, He is there, grants me forgiveness, and a new day to try again.


I received a copy of the following (Thanks Holly) the other day and thought I'd share with ya'll.

A few years ago I wrote an article in The Apologist entitled, Burger King Theology. It was not a slur against the fast food chain. In it I pointed out the many today approach God and in turn attend church for selfish reasons, they attend for themselves, for what they can get out of it, not for what they give God.

In others words they want Him (God) and it (church) their way. How foolish a concept, how arrogant an attitude. Who are we to make demands of the Triune God, creator of all things, all-knowing and powerful? Our forefathers understood the meaning of worship as proof I offer a copy of Webster's 1828 dictionary:

Worship, v.t.
1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
Thou shalt worship no other God. Exodus 34.
2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
Nor worship with a waxen epitaph.
3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
With bended knees I daily worship her.

It requires action upon our part with no expectation of what will receive in turn. Anything we receive is a bonus not a requirement.

I hope you enjoy the following and please feel free to comment.

Extract from: An appeal for Word-Based Corporate Worship; by Robert G. Spinney

Many have redefined worshipping so that it is quite different from the worshiping that our spiritual forefathers did. Church historian Nick Needhan explains a growing number of "Christians" (emphasis mine) today regard worship as something to be experienced rather than something to be offered.

Historically, God's people made God the object of worship: they brought their worship to God and presented it to him. "Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our Marker. (Ps 95:6) With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; and in the midst of many I will praise him. (Ps 109:30) O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. (Ps 34:3)"

Worshipers did the worshiping and God received the worship. Hence the familiar phrase "worship service," which indicated their understanding that they served God by giving Him worship. They deemed worship successful if the faithfully extolled the Triune God, expressed gratitude, considered God's excellencies, and rendered Him the glory due His holy name.

Today we are more likely to regard ourselves as the object of worship: we think worship is something that happens to us. We hope to "enter into" a mystical and spiritual environment called worship. Thus we speak not of the worship service but the worship experience. The worshiper is more passive in this paradigm, as the worship leader has the job of creating this "worship environment". The quality of our own experience determines whether we deem the worship successful or not.

Worship sometimes becomes a commodity: church attenders act as consumers and shop for a church where (according to the oft heard phrases) "the praise and worship time allowed me to worship" and "the worship leader ushered me into God's presence." More than a commodity, worship many times becomes entertainment: church attenders act as spectators who silently grade the performance. (Worship that isn't fun gets and F.) Post worship questions like "Did you get anything out of that?" often reveal that we regard ourselves as the chief benefactors of worship.

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

Sep 9th- 23rd 2012


 They got the job; Ashley G. finally has her first teaching job after many months of prayer and Iva F. was able to take over Ashley’s old job. God gave us a twoferJ

Mike and Naida: our local church voted to support us financially in our endeavor to work in Lakeshore, MS, one hurdle down one other big one (sell house) to go. There was a realtor’s open house this past Thursday and our realtor seems encouraged by the outcome. Please keep this in prayer.

Today in church we had a guest speaker from Moldova. He shared about Camp Larga, a Christ centered youth (age 8-15) summer camp for children of the region. It was a true blessing to hear of the work there and to partner with them in prayer. Find out more at or on Facebook at


 Knijinski Mathonican asks for prayer for her husband Kelvin D'Andre Lewis an inmate in Beaumont Texas

Evangelist Bill Ecklesea asks for prayer for his ministry.

Please pray for:

Our President, and legislature, the courts that they would seek God’s divine guidance

Christians to not be ashamed and get busy doing God’s work

God’s continuing providence for America as we are in a period of moral and ethical decay that is unprecedented in modern times

Pray for our Armed Forces everywhere

Our youth especially those in public schools that they      walk in the light of the Lord and have his angels guarding them.

Salvation for lost family, friends and those who oppose us

Samaritan’s Purse and their Shoe Box Ministry that this would be a banner year.

Prison Fellowship and their Angel tree Ministry, last year some 143 families in Western MA alone were not able to be helped by Angel Tree. Pray for more churches and ministries to pick up the cause.

For Dave F., and his health and work issues, the two may be related.

Also pray for his and Fran’s food truck business to get started.

That Tim and his wife from Dave’s work would accept the invite to attend church.

For Marie F., that work situation would improve or God would lead her to another job.

For Kathy D. our church secretary and worship team member who starts Chemo Sep 21st. also pray for her friend’s relationship with an inmate. May God be glorified in it all.

For Julia, whose husband has been incarcerated for 18 years and with another 18 or so to go, that God would give her strength to endure. Also that God would show her husband what he wants of him while in this current facility.

From our friends at ACLJ: (lengthy intro but needed)

I’ve got a great idea for a screenplay. Hollywood should love it, and it’s even based on a true story.

A lone research professor discovers that powerful interests are manipulating science to foist upon the people of a state a series of unjust regulations. But that’s not all. As he digs down into the data, he discovers corruption and misconduct. The state’s lead “scientist” turns out to have a fake degree, purchased from a fictitious “Thornhill University.” Moreover, key members of the state’s “scientific review panel” have overstayed term limits by decades. The professor blows the whistle, the scientist with the fake degree is suspended, the scientific review panel dislodges its entrenched members (at least temporarily), and the state begins to rethink its long-held assumptions.

Such a brave dissenter, a man unafraid to “speak truth to power” has no doubt been showered with academic awards, right? This is why professors work to protect academic freedom, isn’t it? The Left loves science, so this man must be an academic hero.

Not so fast. If the science the professor challenges is junk science engineered to justify draconian emissions regulations in California, and if the wrongly entrenched scientists include radicals like a former member of the infamous “Chicago Seven,” then dissent is not quite so patriotic, and “power” is not quite so enamored with truth. Instead, this professor was terminated, his funding looted so that he was forced to work a year without pay as he appealed his termination, and he was denied even the ability to fully defend himself in his own appeals.

And at the end of the day, the “scientist” with the fake degree kept his job while the scientist who exposed fraud lost his.

FIRE, Reason, and many others have highlighted the professor’s plight, and late yesterday my colleagues and I at the ACLJ filed suit against officials from UCLA on behalf of Dr. James E. Enstrom, a research professor who blew the whistle on junk science, exposed very real scientific misconduct, and was fired for his trouble. Given the ideological monoculture of academia, I’ve long been amused by the Left’s claims of a Republican “war on science.” (Must everything be a “war”?) Does the academic Left really believe that groupthink breeds the kind of intellectual independence and fearlessness that the great scientists possessed?

We know the answer to that question, and so does Dr. Enstrom. Fortunately, however, the First Amendment still protects the right of academic dissent, and we will soon see if UCLA’s actions can withstand the scrutiny of federal court. Please keep this fight in prayer.

 Fellow Ministries
Jimmy Huff Ministries,
530 East 4th St
Colorado City, TX  79512

 Chaplain Huff continues his work serving God and inmates around the country. He does this subsiding only upon Social Security and your contributions. Your prays and donations are most welcome.

Weekly Prayer Report 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 the Colorado PFM Vision luncheon being hosted in Denver on September 6 for those interested in prison ministry. Pray that many will respond to God’s call for more committed volunteers and supporters.

for the in-prison team at the Stateville Minimum Security Unit in Illinois to effectively facilitate the Winning the Victory Life Plan seminars. Pray for an increase in the number of men attending, and for favor and cooperation with officers.

for God to draw men to Saturday’s kickoff presentation at the Pontiac Medium Security Unit in Illinois to learn about the Transformed Life pre-release program. May God speak hope to the men through the volunteers' presentations - ask for many to respond to this opportunity.

that pastors and ministry leaders make ministry to Angel Tree children and their families a high priority this Christmas and throughout 2013.

for God’s equipping of all TUMI participants in our seminary-level ministry training curriculum to become key spiritual leaders to the Church inside the walls.

  These juveniles still need hearts to serve and pray for them.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Our nation has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. My heart breaks when I receive letters from the youngest inmates who cry out for help from behind bars. These teenagers are desperate for a word of encouragement and a glimmer of hope.

For many, their future is bleak… these kids have fallen into the dangerous cycle of crime. They need a light in the darkness now more than ever.

Through your intercession, God can give hope to the most hopeless—and youngest—offenders.

Sign up for the Prison Fellowship Prayer Team today and pray for the girls and boys behind bars!

When you join the Prison Fellowship Prayer Team, you become a part of a community of believers who commit to lifting up prisoners, their families, and our nation's leaders in prayer once a week.

Prisons Mission Society” Pakistan:  cordially invites you to participate in the Training Conference with the theme “Restoration” going to be held at Murree, Pakistan, held in September 18th to 21st 2012.

Prisons Mission Society is a Humanitarian Welfare and Social Organization. It started its function in 1999 as a charitable organization and officially registered to create a better world for prisoners to promote the education skills of prisoner’s as well as moral turpitude and to equip them to face their future upon their release. Increasing numbers of peoples in Pakistan are living below the poverty line. These peoples are not given the rights of survival, protection, development and participation.

Ok you probably cannot attend but you can pray for these folks. For more information see!/maurice.shahbaz

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 Very often, children of prisoners suffer the impact of their parents' imprisonment; they pay daily for the price of their parents ‘prison term. Someone said that the children serve 6 times their parents ‘term in prison. Their parents only suffer denial of their liberty and other pains that go with it. A man in Uganda’s prison is assured of at least one meal a day, but his/her child is not sure whether he/she will get what to eat; many times the children have to work for the food. But the question will always be, what crime did they commit?

This week we have received 20 new children of the 45 that we traced recently, one of the new girls Juliet 10 years, was defiled when she was eight years by her uncle, and the family members decided to conceal the matter and she was told never to tell anyone.

Juliet’s mother and father are in prison serving a 15 year jail term, we were told that Juliet’s dad is a witch doctor hailing from Luwero, one day a child got lost on the village and was found after three days later in his shrine in a malnourished state, its alleged that he intended to sacrifice this child to appease his gods. As a result he was arrested together with his wife the mother of Juliet, by then Juliet was 4 years old.

Juliet has seven siblings, until yesterday, she was the only one left in school, however, as of now we have also taken on her brother Julius 6 years who has never been in school. One of their Sisters called Fiona 14 years was defiled and impregnated two years ago, as a result she dropped out of school, she was in primary five, and she gave birth to a baby boy Jesse 1 year old now. All these children to include Ronald 11 years who dropped out of school and Jesse the baby have been under the care of their grandmother a peasant. The where about of their other 3 siblings is still unknown.

This is just one of the many stories that show how children pay the price, Juliet asked my wife if they will be having porridge at Wells of Hope Academy, and Ellen assured her that they will have all meals. She narrated that last year and this year she would go without meals at school, because their grandmother could not afford to pay for porridge at school. She would go to school in the morning at 7.30 am and rush home at 5.00pm 2 miles away that is when she would have something to eat; her grandmother would have kept food for her which was cold in most cases.

When she was not at school, she would go digging with the grandmother, fetch firewood from the neighboring bush, and collect water from the well which is at a distance. She also had a role to wash her clothes and the ones of her brother Julius; she would also bathe Julius every day.

When I hear these stories from our children, I cannot believe they are happening here in Uganda, yet over the years we have seen that there very many children like Juliet. It’s sad that many times, these children, invisible in our community are looked on, and nothing is done as they get a punishment for no crime.

We request that you join hands with us and make a difference in the lives of these children. We need funds to complete their school and to run the school; any size of gift can make a huge difference.

Francis Ssuubi

You can contribute or follow the building progress on facebook, at or Website:

 T F O N Z       Newsletter,  1st September,  2012
True Freedom Outreach New Zealand bringing help and hope to inmates of Kanater Prison linked with Maadi Community Church and the international visiting team in Cairo, Egypt, led by Poncet Ouwo Mete.

Hebrews 13:6  “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering”.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have chosen the above verse because of very distressing news just received from Kanater.  As I read my emails this week I learned that both Yusuf Okechukwu and  Ganiyu Isola Sule have elected to go on a hunger strike – an indication of the despair they feel at their situation.  Moreover, although Tina Geraldine’s release papers were in order, it seems she is still held in the Maadi Police Station, while authorities refuse to allow her to leave Egypt because of her unpaid LE100,000 fine. Please pray for all of the prisoners and these three in particular.

For more information on this ministry or for a list of inmates to write to contact: Miss Jeanette Grimmer, 154 State Highway 1,  RD 1, Warkworth 0981, New Zealand. Jeanette’s e-mail is:

Lakeshore Baptist Church in Lakeshore, Mississippi;
 Mailing address:
Lakeshore Baptist Church
Po Box 293
Lakeshore MS 39558

 Street address:

Lakeshore Baptist Church
6028 Lakeshore Road
Bay St. Louis MS 39520
(Google map)  and

They have for over 7 years been on the forefront of the rebuilding of Hancock County MS after hurricane Katrina. Their needs are still great.


 Pray for the Youth Retreat at Albany Baptist Church

 Pray for the ongoing issues with local open and affirming churches that 1St Church of Hixville Reformed Baptist are dealing with.

 Greetings from your brethren at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Ontario, CAL

We thank the Lord for our Association.  We read your prayer letters and pray for the various churches each week.  Our two elders are marking a few personal milestones.  In May, Pastor Jeff graduated from Westminster Seminary California and IRBS!  In October Pastor Steve will celebrate his 30th year in the eldership, all at SGBC.  Also, some of you have been praying for Pastor Jeff’s a-fib heart condition.  We are glad to say a recent medical procedure has given him much relief, which we pray will continue.