Yesterday my wife and I had the please of spending worship and fellowship time with our friends at First Baptist Church Clinton, LA.

Mitch Axsum, one of the elders brought the adult study on God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility . I found it most helpful and have with his permission attached it here for you to use.

God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

24 March – 06 April 2013

PRAISE

Lakeshore Baptist Church Thank God for the good weather, we now have 24 of the 48 wooden piling in. You can see more at www.rebuildlakeshore.com

PRAYER

Duncan requests: My wife, Anna, is pregnant with twin boys due in August. I ask prayers for her health, the health of the twins, and for Anna's conversion to Christ. I am grateful for your prayers. In Him.

Many of you have been praying for Nicholas. Here is an update. The Lord has answered your prayers. He is a God of miracles. Peace, Laszlo Pasztor, Grace Baptist Church Carlisle PA

I spoke with Nicholas' father last evening. Nicholas is surprising the medical community every day. He has been transferred from the intensive cardiac care unit into a regular room, all of the tubing has been removed, he is eating, making sense when he talks, and if you didn't know his condition when he arrived at the hospital you would not believe his story. "White lung" which is just one of the complications, is deadly - you don't recover from this condition. There is some residual fluid in the lungs (pneumonia) but that is improving day by day. Every time I speak with his father some more facts come to the surface.

To go back to the morning his mother found him in his bed dead - Michelle is a nurse so she knew what to do; although his body was blue and there was no pulse, she got him onto the floor and started chest compressions which she continued until the ambulance arrived at the house. She was able to get a weak pulse.

Arriving at the hospital in a comatose state, Nick's family was not given any hope. It was decided to life flight Nicholas to the Baltimore University Hospital. When the transport arrived and Nicholas' condition was assessed by the transport team they refused to transport him saying it was useless because he would die for certain during the transport....they told His mother they were 100% certain that he would not make it to the Hospital. The family insisted but was told to say there last goodbyes because it would be the only chance they would have to see Nicholas alive. The family stood praying and watching in disbelief as their lifeless son was airlifted away.

By now dozens of people were praying. More phone calls were made and frantic emails were sent out and hundreds of people were praying. Another bad report from the hospital prompted more emails and phone calls and eventually there were thousands of people crying out to God on behalf of Nicholas. Isn't there something in the Bible about the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous? Of course there is!!

Just to let you know what effectual means so you will get a clearer picture of what happens when you pray: productive, successful, compelling, forceful, powerful, and persuasive.

And then there is fervent: passionate, intense, heated, ardent, burning, flaming, fierce.

And so, putting it all together - while productive, compelling, forceful, persuasive, powerful, passionate, intense, burning, ardent and fierce prayers were being made, the answer was on the way!!!!!

Nicholas still needs our prayers as there are other complications that need to be assessed i.e., brain damage (We believe there will be none!) etc. His family still needs prayer, especially his siblings who cannot go into the house and are staying with relatives. His mother and father are exhausted and not sleeping well. And pray for anything else the Lord puts on your heart. His father, who is a pastor, also has a full time job, and he had to start back to work today.

My grateful job now is letting you know how important all of you have been on this journey. We could not have made it through this test without your strength, encouragement, and words of comfort. When the Body of Christ comes together as one there is power to move mountains and bring life where there is death. Never ever think that your prayers do not count. God says they do! Keep Praying! Keep moving mountains! Remember what ardent and fervent mean.

A thousand Thanks from the Donnelly family. And thank you from me, Nicholas' great aunt, Dorothy Ross

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 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
Violet P. who was recently diagnosed with cancer
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
Rick B. battling cancer
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

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

Freedom Ministries, Elizabethtown, KY

God is blessing our ministry. At this time we're not doing pen-paling with NEW prisoners. Still write to those with serious struggles. We continue to write our regulars. We're involved with the reentry council trying to stir up some interest there. Having a family engagement setting next week. The KY DOC will be there to facilitate it. Street ministry is going well. God is sending people to help out as we feed from our van those living out of motels once a month. Rick also prays with people at the hospital once a week. That is going well too, praise the Lord!

Please pray for God’s guidance blessing and financial support for this ministry.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  

We request you to pray as follows:

1. Children will be visiting their parents in Prison on 4th April, pray for God to provide funds for travel and lunches on that day!

2. We need USD 1100 urgently to make a Easter Monday day out for the children and for a special meal for them on Easter day. We have planned to take them to the Zoo/ and Beach to have fun.

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

4. 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.

5. Pray for Gilbert one of the children ,is admitted in intensive care unit!

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

7. 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!.

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

9. 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!

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

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

12. For the partners who continue to support wells of hope sacrificially, that God will bless their families .

13. 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.

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

Francis Ssuubi, Director

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

 Prison Fellowship

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

•for the new Gospel choir beginning at Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan, under Prison Fellowship's direction.

•for Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske as he speaks at the Transform World 2020 Prayer Summit, in Kansas City, Missouri, March 25-27.

•for the Prisoners to Pastors program beginning this week at the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

•for Jim Liske as he attends Easter services at the Central Florida Reception Center and the Desoto Annex. Pray for Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers participating in the celebration, and for the staffs of the two prisons.

•for Garland Hunt, who will be attending Easter services in two Texas prisons: Sanders Estes Unit in Venus on Saturday morning and the Federal Correctional Institute-Seagoville in Seagoville on Sunday morning.

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 requests this period

 REQUESTS  FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Lenox, Georgia

 We covet your ongoing prayers for the continued steady spiritual growth of our church family as a whole.

 With gratitude and gladness to be in the service of our Lord with you all,

Pastor Kurt M. Smith
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
Lenox, Georgia

From Reformed Baptist Church of Kansas City

Beloved Brethren in Christ,

Know that our Wednesday evening prayer meetings regularly include prayer from the ARBCA missions prayer list and the weekly email updates from the churches.  We find it helpful to pray for our sister churches and then similarly for our own flock, as we share many of the same concerns and needs. 

Feel free to pray for us and yourselves with the following list. J

· …this season of pruning would quickly be followed by a long season of fruit: attenders becoming members; increase of visitors and families; addition of like-minded workers able to assist in the work at RBCKC; rather than discouragement, an encouragement of increased Christ-centered unity, love, and godliness among our existing members and attenders.

 · ..the Spirit will produce much fruit in our flock and families through our studies in 1 Timothy, Baptist History, and the Baptist Confession.

 · ..our weekly prayer meetings would be marked by an increased fervor and effectiveness.

 · ..an increased love both for Christ and the lost, so that we would share Christ with the lost and rejoice in the lost turning to Christ.

 · ..our youth—especially the teenage boys—would feel the seriousness of their sin and their need for Christ, turn to Christ, and grow in godliness and maturity.

 · ..wisdom and strength and holiness for me as a bi-vocational pastor who is now the only officer in the church, that I might not just “get by” but excel to God’s glory in leading and loving my own family and my church family while adorning Christ in a secular job, as well.

Because He first loved us,
Pastor Martin Nish
Reformed Baptist Church of Kansas City

 

Often times in the world today we see "churches" engaged in "worship services". They are looking to provide attendees with a "God experience" wanting them to feel good about their time there. This modernism in our churches is often times far from Biblical Worship. It focuses on the attendee not God.

The link below will take you to a sermon by a dear Brother in Christ Pastor Conrad Mbewe. of Kabwata Baptist Church, Zambia. This sermon was preached at the Barberton May 2009 African Pastors’ Conference. of Kabwata Baptist Church, Zambia.

For more information on the APC, see our favorite links on the right.

Also you can see some of Pastor Mbewe's recent sermons at http://www.kabwatabaptistchurch.org/

BIBLICAL WORSHIP:  http://vimeo.com/6881300

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)