FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

24 Feb – 09 Mar 2013

 

PRAISE

 (See Wells of Hope Academy under Ministries below)

 

PRAYER

Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck

Mr. Green in ICU from heart attack

Darryl’s family upon the passing of their cousin

Mr. David T. who is ill

Ashley and Jeff West in Hattiesburg, MS who lost their house in the recent tornado

Mr. Sam who has been diagnosed with cancer

James and Ms. Bertha May who have various health issues

The residents of Oak Haven housing

Copii pentru Hristos Ministry, Children’s Ministry in Republic of Maldova

Please, pray with us:

•For the new year of serving the Lord in the work with children in the South part of Moldova. May God guide us in the achievement of association’s plans. May He prosper us!

•For adolescents, who are studying the course “Emmaus”: to be challenged to live a victorious life for Christ, full of meekness and dependence of Him.

• For the team of our friends in Newmilns, who will come in October 2013, for to serve the Lord at the camp.

•For the group of brothers and sisters from Scotland, who want to come at the camp on summertime.

•For Andrei’s health. May God heal him and to guide him in the work with children.

•For the repairing of the road of the camp. When it rains, none transport can enter or go out from the camp.

•For God find support for the repairing of the last children’s house of the camp. It needs finances of 12000 Euro.

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:

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
Raphael, Naida’s brother who was hospitalized again with heart trouble
 
 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.

Fellow Ministries

Prison Fellowship

Weekly Prayer Report 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 upcoming Operation Starting Line Black History events in Illinois prisons.

•for the Operation Starting Line event at the South Florida Reception Center.

•for God to continue to open doors for new opportunities for ministry. May He provide the resources needed to accomplish all He places before us.

•for those dedicated to serving the ministry as prayer warriors.

•for the PFM board meetings taking place this weekend in Virginia.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

Hello, I believe all is well with you; I want you to know that you are special to us, and that is why am sending you this Prayer and Praise report, please read and continue to pray for Wells of Hope.

Praise report:

·         God has provided money for the electricity connections at the school for children of prisoners.

·         We have had the majority of the children report to school. They were so eager to report, and we're excited to see the walls of their classes plastered. And water is flowing and many changes.

·         Even though the weather is bad, we thank God that the children's have not gotten ill, and normally on their first week many children get sick, but God has kept them healthy.

·         I have had safe travels in the US, God has provided for transport within the US, we thank God for the support of friends who have made this possible, I have been to Las Vegas, an Diego, Los Angeles, Houston now, and will go to Indiana on 23-25 Feb.26 children have been able to get sponsors up from 3 at the start of the trip, however, we need sponsors for 120 children.

·         God is good; we have managed to get money to pay for urgent needs like food for at least for 2 months.

·         We thank God that our permission to minister in the prisons in Uganda was renewed, so our volunteers have resumed going to the prisons to preach!

·         We thank God that He has been opening doors for Francis to share ministry in the USA and will be  Key speaker at Prisoners’ family Conference in Houston, He will minister in a prison in Houston and also will attend a workshop on Children with a parent on death row or executed in Geneva!

·         Thank God for Viola 15; a child of a prisoner, we rescued from sexual abuse and now is at Wells of Hope.

 ·         Thank God, I was featured on a US television see http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/story.aspx?id=858901#.USHW21es-ZE

Prayer requests:

·         Pray for the children that they would walk in the destinies God has for them.

·         Pray for Connie, who is hosting me in Houston, the doctors said her father was supposed to live up to yesterday, but he is still hanging on to life; pray that the family will be strengthened in this time. May God bless Connie who has sacrificed this time when she is supposed to be by her father, but decided to host Francis and to arrange for him meetings to meet people he can share about Wells of Hope Ministry in Uganda.

·         Pray for Francis, He will be speaking at the National Conference on Families of Prisoners in Houston on the 21st February 2013; He will also facilitate a workshop at this conference. That God will use him mightily!

·         It's a rainy season  at Wells of Hope  Academy school for Children of prisoners and it’s so cold that ,yet most of the children lack  any warm clothing, they need school sweaters and jackets to put on to be warm, May God release USD 1420 to get sweaters and  jackets shoes for all the children!.

·         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

·         The new children almost have nothing, they lack blankets, bed sheets and other basic needs, this is making them to share the beds, basins.

·         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!

·         We need a sports uniform as children go for sports; we are planning to have our sports day at 26th March, 2013 however the children lack sportswear.

·         Pray for The secondary school students like Promise who lack the scholastic materials needed at the new school.

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

·         Pray that God provides to complete the bathroom, this needs bathroom $ 2320 to fix, and the government also requires that we build separate bathroom or toilets for the teachers!

·         Pray that God provides money for the play field for the children to play.

·         Sometimes our needs threaten us and look big, may God continue to strengthen and increase our faith in him.

·         Pray for all the new friends God has raised in this February 2013, pray for the people who have contributed money towards Wells of Hope that the Lord will increase their income and bless them and their families.

 ·         Pray for all the people who have hosted Francis and those who will host him for the rest of the trip.

·         Pray for the Children of prisoners not only in Uganda, but all over the world.

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

Pastor Wilson, Pastor at Nibandhana Prayer Ministry

 The Pastor and people will need staff assistance in making this vision come true. And hiring part-time helpers brings into play the reality of our being a small size congregation. Our followers are diverse so many different needs and interests. But there are not enough of us, not yet any way, to fund the hired hands we need to lead the way and mentor members who will volunteer if they have a strong support system in the Church office. Pray for guidance in this area.

 Our pastor will give leadership and guidance to the confirmation pro- gram, having the options of teaching and mentoring lay teachers. He will encourage and support the children’s ministry and vacation programs. We have been fortunate in our choice, because he has worked in visible and many invisible ways to give wholesome out lets and informal instruction to our kids. He’s gathered the support of parents and church members at large who understand the importance of this Ministry.

  Pray we can obtain the tools necessary to spread ”the cup of the new covenant”, of Jesus Christ via internet, websites, conference hookups, distance / earning, and like. In this regard we need the computers fully equipment of scanners and printers too. Thanks be to God. Amen. (Pastor N.J. Wilson)

Lotsha Ministries was born out of a desire, based on the many years of experience to see that inmates of all ages, but especially the youth of our country are led to a “new life in Christ” during their incarceration. Then, at the most significant time - on release from prison - that a structure would be found in place for Christians to “adopt” and spiritually support and assist these fellow believers, encouraging their way forward towards successful re-integration. Pray for God’s Blessing in this work.

Sydon Kalua and our friends of LOTSHA Malawi Africa, sydonkalua@yahoo.co.uk

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From our Coordinator

 On Thursday Gordon Taylor is scheduled to meet with the elders at ARBCA member Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY to go over RBMS policy for sending out a missionary.  Ted Christman is one of the pastors of this church.  On the Lord’s Day, February 24, Gordon is scheduled to preach in the AM worship service at ARBCA member church Cornerstone Fellowship in Newburgh, IN where Bill Francis ministers.  Then on the Lord’s Day evening Gordon will be preaching at the Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY.  Please pray for the Lord’s strength and blessing in these various opportunities. 

From Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Media, PA

As always, we are thankful for your fellowship and partnership in the Gospel.  This January marked my tenth year as pastor of FRBC.  I love our church and am thankful for God’s patience and undeserved kindness and blessing.  We have enjoyed a number of years of peace, unity, sweet fellowship, and growth as a church. 

 Over the last few months, we have had a continual stream of visitors, a number becoming regular attenders.  Several have expressed interest in membership and we hope to hold an Inquirer’s class for them soon.  Our biggest concern and prayer is for the awakening and conversion of the many children in our church.  Our families are pursuing Christ in their homes, and many children show a spiritual interest, but we have not had a public profession for some time.  We are praying that the flood-gates would be opened and God would do a work in many young hearts and a momentum would be created for the Gospel in our young people. 

 I just completed a sermon series on Ecclesiastes that was well-received by our people and have just begun preaching through Philippians.  Pastor Bob Walton is teaching a Sunday School class on Eschatology (Individual and General) and Pastor Glenn Force is teaching on Sanctification (using the book, Christ Formed In You, by Brian Hedges, published by Shepherd’s Press).  We have our Lord’s Supper service every first Sunday evening, an extended prayer service every third Sunday evening, and a Fellowship meal and prayer service on fourth Sundays.  There are several small groups, men’s and women’s Bible studies, and children’s and youth ministries that are going on throughout the week. 

 Due to overcrowding (and growing children taking up more square-footage), we desperately need to finish out the basement of our new building and add more classrooms.  But God has been blessing us financially, and we hope to complete that work this year with cash on hand. 

 Thank you for your prayers and fellowship!

 In Christ,
Matt Foreman
For the elders at Faith Reformed Baptist Church, Media, PA

 

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

10 Feb – 23 Feb 2013

PRAISE

 PRISON INMATES GRADUATE FROM THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

In a Mississippi maximum security prison, some 145 prisoners are graduating with a bachelor's degree in Christian ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The accredited Southern Baptist School first began offering prison courses in 1996 to Louisiana inmates, and now, along with expanding to Mississippi, the seminary is working in Georgia and Florida prisons as well. According to the report, the inmates study the Bible and are taught how to preach, evangelize and counsel. Graduates hope to become "missionaries" who can transfer to other state prisons to serve inmates there. Source: Intercessors Network

(pray for more states to get involved in changing inmate’s lives instead of just housing them)

 Mike and Naida successfully closed on and moved into their new home. Thanks to all who helped us move.

 PRAYER

Anthony in Ghana as he is pending eviction

Raphael, Naida brother who is hospitalized

Tiff and Paul on getting their foster children

Mickey and Sarah who are ill

From Lisa Caton; Please keep my mother in your thoughts and prayers. I don't think she's going to be with us much longer. Pray for her comfort, peace of mind, fullness of heart, and freedom of spirit in her final days, hours, and moments that she might find the courage and strength she needs to let go and let God take her to a better life now, where she will be reunited with Dad, who passed such a short time ago. Pray that I might be God's tender voice and loving hands in this situation, and bless her on her journey. Pray that everything comes to pass in divine order. Thank you.

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:

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
Angela who has shoulder problems

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.

Fellow Ministries

Prison Fellowship

Weekly Prayer Report 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 parents of inmates. Pray their children will come to know Christ while incarcerated and come back alive in Him.

 •for Justice Fellowship and their efforts for juvenile justice reform. Ask for God’s favor before state leaders.

•for facilitators of the transformational ministry pre-release program at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois.

 •for expansion of the Prisoners to Pastors program, which provides seminary-level Christian leadership education to members of the inmate church. Ask God to provide resources and leaders to multiply this program into every state.

 •for God to raise up men and women who are willing to “remember the prisoner" and lead the movement to reach mean and women behind bars.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  (This story saddens the heart)

Praise/Pray reports:

I cannot explain how it is miracle for us to get this offer from government, normally the requirements for such a waiver are many, it would require many residents(30) on the village to apply for it, and the district officials to approve, and the bureaucracies are so tedious, but Wells of Hope was just considered just like that. But now, Pray we need USd 3089 to pay for the supply and $ 2352 for the wiring etc. See letter of offer. We need this money as long as the offer can be valid!

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Francis Ssuubi, Director

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

True Freedom Outreach New Zealand, (Egyptian Prison Ministry)

Dear Everyone,

I apologize for the small print of this month's newsletter.

I had fitted it into 4 pages, using smaller script for Eva's testimony, and also for the account of Christmas, and the rest was in larger print. However, the type-setter changed the whole letter to the small script. I do hope you can read it all right.

The photo shows Eva with the prison team back in 2010. She is in the front row, 3rd from right, and Poncet is 1st from right, front row also.

I was sent an updated KMP list in December, and attach that as well. (Of course, Yusuf's name does not belong there now!). Also enclosed is the women's list with more of their birthdays on it than previously.

Thank you for your prayers and gifts over so many years; for your faithfulness in serving God by supporting our brothers and sisters in Kanater.

With prayers that God will undertake for you and your families, and meet your needs.

Love in Christ,

Jeanette Grimmer jgrimmerster@gmail.com

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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 Robinson’s Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam (traveling ministry to bluegrass festivals)

Prayer Needs:

We have a number of prayer needs this week. Please pray for Russ from New York who is currently in the hospital here in Florida with heart related issues. Fred from Maine is struggling with the aftermath of a major stroke; Sarah is going through treatments for leukemia. Annie, a young mother of four, from our home church is having such horrendous side effects from her treatments for a rare form of lymphoma and leukemia, Our friends, the Lane’s currently stationed in Belgium with the Air Force need prayer for conflict concerning their right to home school their children.

Lastly, we heard that a dear man from our home church passed away on Sunday. Brother Ron had been instrumental in helping us with our ministry in the early years. He was a kind hearted, gentle soul with a servant heart and we will miss him greatly. Please pray for his widow, Becky and their whole family.

Finally, we want to remind you of the Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise for January 2014. We signed up another couple while we were at the Naples festival. It will be a blast and we’d love to have you come. (for those of you still digging out from the major northeast storm, wouldn’t four days in the warm sunshine be wonderful?) The $489 per person price will go up this week so now is your chance to get in at this low rate.

The link to the information is: http://bluegrassgospelsing.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BGSJ2014Cruise1.pdf

Friends of Jesus,

Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

General Assembly:

The ARBCA General Assembly is being held April 23 -25, 2013 at Grace Fellowship Church in Bremen, IN.  You may register on line at www.reformedbaptist.net/arbcaga To avoid a late fee please register by March 9th.

The Winter 2013 ARBCA Update is now available on our website at: www.arbca.com/updates/winter2013arbcaupdate.pdf

The cover article is written by Jerry Slate concerning the churches in Argentina and Chile.  Also read and see some photos of our missionaries, national pastors, and church planters including a letter from our newest missionary who will be serving the Lord in the Middle East.  His real name will not be used.  There is also an article by Professor Jim Renihan on continuing education for pastors.

From Free Grace Baptist Church of Chilliwack, Canada

Brethren,

Greetings from Chilliwack, B.C. We bless God for His continued goodness to us as a local church. We are experiencing some growth and for the most part are enjoying peace for which we give glory to Christ.

We recently celebrated our 15 year anniversary as a church. Dr. Richard Barcellos was with us and spoke on covenant theology on Saturday morning and then preached on the Lord's Day. We had a fellowship meal together on Saturday night and several people gave public thanks to God for His grace in sustaining us and blessing us as a church.

We are currently preaching through the gospel of Matthew in our morning worship and hope to start soon on the Pastoral Epistles in our evening services. Our Wednesday night study is in the book of Deuteronomy. Additionally, a few men meet every other Saturday morning for theological study.

We are certainly not without our trials and difficulties, but all in all, we can testify that Christ is building His church here for which we are very thankful.

Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.

In Christ,

Jim Butler
Chilliwack, B.C.
www.freegrace.ca

From Crosspoint Church in Asheville, North Carolina

Dear churches,

We are grateful to the Lord for his kindness and blessings, and are thankful to you for your prayers and support as an association. May our Savior bless you all and strengthen you as you live for him.

The Lord has been very good to us here at Crosspoint Church of Asheville, NC. The congregation has a very sweet spirit and a loving unity for which we are thankful. We continue to meet and grow together in God's word, and are seeking to reach out the surrounding community. We see a great need in this area for the simple witness of the gospel of Christ, and we are seeing that gospel truly help people in their need. 

We have had a steady stream of visitors over the past several months. Please pray that the Lord would bless them through his truth and even put it in their hearts to join with us. We do have some new people seeking church membership and we hope that will become official over the next couple months. One need that we have is to find a new facility that will better accommodate our needs. As we come to mind, please pray for us in this regard. 

We are thankful for the association and pray for God's rich blessings upon his churches.

In our Savior,

Mike McKelvey

 

Yesterday at church we celebrated the sacrament of baptism with the baptism of an elderly gentleman. It was a joyous occasion, as are all baptisms. The gentleman was over the age of 80 and he had difficulty walking and needed assistance getting in and out of the baptismal, but a midst these difficulties he was not deterred from the baptismal. I think that yesterday's baptism was the best I have ever seen, there were so many emotions I experienced through the whole process. It is amazing to see that you are never too old to be called by God! It was a reminder that everything happens according to God's timing.

My husband brought to my attention that yesterday's events reminded him of the Parable of the Vineyard Workers which can be found in Matthew 20:1-16(NKJV). “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle,[a] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’[b]
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

At first look you may not think that this parable applies to yesterday's events, but if you think about it, many Christians are saved when they are young and have their whole lifetime to labor for Christ, many Christians are saved in the middle of their life and have the rest of their life to labor for Christ, still many are saved in their old age and have what's left of their life to labor for Christ and yet some are saved on their deathbed and may only have a short time to labor for Christ. As believers our reward is not a denarius but eternal life, we all receive eternal life once we receive the gift of salvation. Some of the above workers were not pleased with getting the same wage as other workers, but I am more than happy to receive the same reward that fellow believers will receive no matter when in their life they are saved.
If you have loved ones who are still unsaved, remember their is still hope for them, if God calls them it will be according to His time, not ours.