Lakeshore Week 6

Lakeshore Trip week 6

I am writing this from the comfort of my home back in Massachusetts. I flew home on Thanksgiving Day and arrived back in Hartford a little after 10pm.

The old deck between the Quonset huts is completely gone (thanks again to Robert for all his help) and a new low walkway is in place to keep folks out of the mud. It is not pretty but will suffice for a year or two and by God’s grace that is all we need.

The rest of the week was filled with trying to obtain bids and make a reasonable estimate for the cost of the foundation to the new church. We think we have a fairly accurate number now the church must approve it before we can go forward.

Niada and I will be leaving for Lakeshore on or about 28 December with all our stuff (lots and lots of stuffJ). We made offers on two homes in the lakeshore area but could not come to terms with the owners. So once again we will be putting all our trust in God that he has the correct house picked out for us and we will find it in His timing.

I have a new email for anything Lakeshore it is Mike@lakeshorebaptist.net , please use it for comments and questions regarding the ongoing projects for Rebuild Lakeshore.

Prayer Requests:

1) Pray we can find suitable housing before we leave for MS.

2) Continue to pray for the smooth sale of our home in MA

3) Pray that God will give us wisdom in our work in MS. I have work construction for many years but never in the Deep South and have much to learn.

4) Pray for the financial support we need to live in MS.

5) Pray that while I am gone LBC can get things done so we can break ground on the new church building in JAN.

In HIS Service

Mike

Bi-Weekly Prayer List

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer
Requests Weeks of
18 Nov- 01 Dec 2012

 

PRAISE

 We finally received the drawings for the new church in Lakeshore, MS from the engineer.

PRAYER

 Orenda, a prayer partner on LinkedIn sends I would like for those who can and desire to do so… Pray for me. Please pray for me that I may rise in my calling and reach more people with confidence and conviction.

Continue to pray for all the victims of Sandy.

Pray for traveling mercies for the upcoming Thanksgiving week. Many of our friends and family will be traveling.

Please continue to pray for Mike and Naida as they strive to do God’s will concerning their moving to Lakeshore, MS.

For Rebuilding Lakeshore ministry and Lakeshore Baptist Church. There are many needs, including a new large mower; money to wire, plumb and sheet rock the donated house.

Zack E. as he prepares to take the LSAT (Law School) exams.

Continued healing prayers for:

Kathy D. undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Galindi (sp?) cancer of the mouth
Violet P. inner ear infection
TJ undergoing Chemo
Janice M. recovering from a heart attack on Wednesday
McCoy who has a cold

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

 Fellow Ministries

Prisons Mission Society” Pakistan:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Faithful-Steward-Ministries-and-FSM-Womens-Outreach/178166535561150#!/maurice.shahbaz

 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 women in Prison Fellowship’s pre-release program at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Michigan. Pray for continued growth in their walk with the Lord, and for provision, assistance, and open doors following release.

that the Lord will provide more churches desiring to participate in Angel Tree this year.

for the success of the new faith dorm at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan opening this month. Pray for the 160 men who will be housed in the dorm and for the provision of committed volunteers and godly staff to yield spiritual fruit for years to come.

for God to use Prison Fellowship volunteers to effectively communicate the truth of Jesus Christ in all their ministry to prisoners and their families.

for our new and commissioned Centurions to greatly influence their communities and spheres of influence with biblical truth.

 Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 Please continue to pray for their financial needs.

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

 T F O N Z      Newsletter,  12th November, 2012

(Note for the full newsletter email Mike)

PRISON WORK IN EGYPT TFONZ GLOBAL

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.

Psalm 136:1    “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.  His love endures forever.”

The Situation in Egypt:

PRAY for the newly elected Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, who faces many issues, including cooperation with the Islamic leaders, church unity, and working with the new government to produce a law for building churches.

 PRAY for the government as it faces 2 massive challenges: poverty and security.  There has been a huge increase in crime; tourism has not picked up; there is a power crisis, and shops may not  be open after 10pm; and there is talk that the government will not be able to pay its workers after the end of 2012.

PRAISE GOD for the amazing 4-day evangelistic event (25-28 October) in the desert north of Cairo, attended by 50,000, where many people gave their lives to the Lord.

SENDING CARDS and LETTERS  to prisoners in KMP and KWP

Some of you have asked about where to send mail to prisoners.  Poncet says some are still writing directly to the prison, but he thinks it best if mail is sent to the Maadi address:

So, when writing to the prisoners, please address each letter as follows:

“Prison Ministry”

(Name of the Prisoner),

M.C.C.,       P.O. Box 21,     Maadi,   Cairo, Egypt

I do encourage you to send Christmas cards to our brothers and sisters  in prison if you can.

 COMING BIRTHDAYS in November – January:

Remember to use the new address given above when you send letters and birthday cards to a brother or sister in Kanater.

KMP Birthdays:

Antony Agbarakwe Columbus (Nigeria), Nov. 15;

Wamba Wamba Michael (Cameroon), Nov. 16;  Divine Oluchi Anyaoha (Nigeria), Dec. 7.

KWP Birthdays:

Michele Sophia Herelle (UK), on Nov. 8th;        Liliana  Rodriguez (Colombia) on Dec. 4th.

LETTERS and DONATIONS to TFONZ:

I want to thank everyone for their generous and faithful giving, for the ministry, as well as to individuals.  A SPECIAL REQUEST:  for Christmas gifts to reach Kanater in time, I really need to receive your Christmas gifts the week before the end of November.

Please do not send cheques to me by name, but if you wish to send a cheque for the prison ministry or an inmate (or inmates), please make it payable to TFONZ, and post it to Jeanette Grimmer at this address:

Miss Jeanette Grimmer, 154 State Highway 1,  RD 1, Warkworth 0981, New Zealand.

Jeanette’s e-mail is:    jgrimmerster@gmail.com

INPM New Members Sept – Oct 2012

Mon Nov 5, 2012 7:10 am (PST) Posted by:  International Network of Prison Ministries

Please, pray for these new members, encourage and welcome them.
Let them know of *YOUR* ministry!

Jenn Harris Music Ministry <http://prisonminist ry.net/jh>

Someone Cares Ministry <http://prisonministry.net/somcare>

Surrender40 Ministries,Inc. <http://prisonminist ry.net/Surrender 40>

NikaoMinistries <http://prisonminist ry.net/nm>

Penitentiary Pastoral Care of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church <http://prisonminist ry.net/ugccppc>

Shawna Lynne Alms Ministry <http://prisonminist ry.net/shawna>

Silo Church<http://prisonminist ry.net/kasapa>

HMP YOI Thorn Cross <http://prisonminist ry.net/thorncros s>

Mark Barmes Prison Ministry <http://prisonminist ry.net/mbpm>

Prison Fellowship UK<http://prisonminist ry.net/pfuk>

The Saints Prison Ministry Carolina <http://prisonminist ry.net/spmnc>

Freedom Fortified <http://prisonminist ry.net/freeforti fied>

The Saints Prison Ministry Southeast <http://prisonminist ry.net/spms>

Christformation In You Ministries International <http://prisonminist ry.net/ciymi>

Christ’s Center for Hope <http://prisonminist ry.net/cch>

Church of the Lord World Wide<http://prisonminist ry.net/CLWW>

Jail and Prison Ministry Calvary Chapel Garland<http://prisonminist ry.net/jpmccg>

Prison Ministry Texas <http://prisonminist ry.net/texas>

Action for Children in Crisis International Inc. <http://prisonminist ry.net/acciliber ia>

Evangelical Prison Chaplaincy in Paraguay <http://prisonminist ry.net/paraguay>

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

Missionaries
The Tabb’s

Dan, Amy and Jayden missionaries to Northern Ireland Last I heard they were still looking for continued funding for their work Sports Across Ireland http://www.sportsacrossireland.org/ Also pray for their desire to purchase a building to start a church.

 Rev Varon and his family in the Philippines

Continue to pray for Rev Varon and family.

They began their missionary journey today Nov 18th and will travel until the 23rd. They will be doing inter island preaching the gospel… we will be preaching while traveling from island to island from Bacolod City Bredco Port to Dumangas Port Iloilo… then Iloilo City to Passi city to Capiz and Aklan…. we will be traveling by sea from Caticlan Port to Roxas Port and traveling in Occidental Mindoro…. then going to Calapan port Oriental Mindoro to Batangas Port to Batangas area.

Your missionary in the Philippines,

Pastor E. G. Varon
REVELATION 3:8
revegvaron7av1611@yahoo.com

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From our Coordinator

The messengers at the ARBCA General Assembly approved two Special Projects for 2012 – 2013.   The goal of the Cuba project is $10,000 as requested by the Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in Kirkland, WA.  Pastor Don Lindblad is scheduled for another trip to Cuba late in November.  So far $922.38 has come in for this project.  The second request for $5,000 comes from the Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Media, PA for the publishing of gospel literature in Kenya.  So far $946.88 has come in for this project.  All gifts should be sent to ARBCA, P O Box 289, Carlisle, PA 17013.

 IRBS Summer Interns

Dear Brothers in the Ministry,

The time has come again to seek places for Summer 2013 internships for IRBS students. Several of our men are already in the process of arranging internships, but we have some other outstanding men who may be available for Summer 2013.

If you and your church would have an interest in hosting one of our men, please write to me. I will be glad to send a copy of our internship guidelines and to facilitate your contact with one of these men.

In Christ,

 Prof. Renihan
irbsprof@gmail.com

From Grace Covenant Church in Virginia Beach, VA

Dear Sister Churches,

I hope this letter finds you doing well. In the past year, our church has been in a season of blessing. In God’s providence, much of that has had to do with being in a new building. Our attendance and finances have greatly increased since we have been in the building. Because of our increase in giving, this will allow us to support more missionaries in the coming year. We are truly grateful with how God has blessed our ministry in the last year.

As some of you may know, we have a transitional house ministry named Bartimaeus House that our church oversees. We have two townhouses that houses 8 men coming out of jails, prisons and detox centers. Usually, it is a year program for the men. It is a ministry that has its ups and downs. Usually, we are always trying to keep its head above water financially. However, we had our annual fund raising banquet for the year and raised a little over $11K. This will more than likely give us the funds to keep it going throughout the year. Also, currently we have 8 men in the ministry. Greg Tucker has gone through the ministry and now is a house supervisor. We truly believe that he has been converted in the ministry and shows real growth. The ministry has had little spiritual success but he is a shining light. It seems as though he will move forward for church membership.

On Sunday morning, we have been preaching through the book of Proverbs. It seems to be of benefit to the church, especially the young people in the church. On Sunday night, each one of the elders is taking a turn teaching through the Institutes.

We appreciate your prayers and God Bless,

 Joe Gilliam, written for the elders of Grace Covenant Church 

 From Heritage Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts

The past year has been interesting for a number of reasons. November 10, 2011 was the day Heritage closed on a building. That was one year ago today. The building was originally a Baptist church mission to the Swedes in the neighborhood when it was full of them. It was preserved due to its architecture and beauty. The facility was refurbished in 2003 and moved ¼ mile to a new foundation in its present location. It was a welcome center for the Heritage Corridor of the Blackstone Valley National Area. It was then a coffee shop, a book store and finally a full-service restaurant. We have turned it back into a usable church building. We have been working on various additional projects and have now been able to return to a more normal slate of meetings on the Lord’s Days. What I thought would take a few weeks turned into many months.

I have observed two things through the years that tend to turn into controversies in churches. They are building projects and discussions about adding pastors or elders. Both of these categories have given us a number of challenges. Three families became impatient and have now left us in a divisive manner over issues including the appointment of a man as a second elder. When you are already a smallish congregation, three departures can be a big blow. A council is being convened in early December to help us sort through some of these and related issues. There is so much more that could be written.

Running concurrently with these issues has been some vexing problems with my health. On the day Heritage moved from one building to the other, I ended up at the Emergency Room with two kinds of blotches all over my body. It appeared to be an allergic reaction to Cipro—a powerful antibiotic I was on for three different infections. The blotches went away eventually. However, I felt more agitated than before. I realized my blood pressure readings were much higher, I had a few irregular heartbeats and my pulse would become rapid randomly without provocation. Off to the doctor. He could not find a cause, though since it seemed to be related to the allergic reaction to the antibiotic. He put me on more blood pressure medicine. A month later, the pressure was still high so he added a second medication. I was told to stay away from stressful situations. I smiled. I returned another month or so later. The pressure was still elevated. He put me on a third medication and doubled the first one. Eventually, the original dose of the beta-blocker was tripled and two more meds were added to give me what used to be a normal BP.

Along with the medications, a battery of tests were pursued to find the cause of the irregular and rapid beats. Each one needed to be approved by the insurance company, then scheduled, then done, then results given. It seemed as if there was a six week (or more) cycle within the tests. Nothing was conclusive. After ten months of this routine, a suggestion was made to look for a two substances in my urine. One of them, a particular acid was found as an indicator. I was questioned about a set of symptoms. I had experienced most if not all of them during the past 10-11 months or more. The doctor was careful to tell me they had only found an indicator and it was not a diagnosis. The indicator is an elevated level of 5-Hydroxylidoleactic acid. It may be that I have Carcinoid Syndrome. I have been sent to an Endocrinologist for further investigation. As I am writing this report, I am wearing a monitor for 14 days to record what is going on with my heart. When it feels contrary, I press the button, the monitor takes a reading and sends it to a lab for recording via a smart phone. At the lab are a number of techs under the watchful eyes of a cardiologist. I am thankful for the technology available to me at this time.

My strength is drained, I am a weaker man, my mind can be affected by all of the medicines ( I take ten pills each morning), yet my confession is that the Lord is still worthy to be blessed. I do not know what all of this means for the near or distant future. We face these things with faith in God and not ourselves. I am still a sole elder in a needy, but strategic, church (at least I and one other man think so). I thank the many of you who know something about these things, have encouraged me in many ways and have pledged your prayers for me and the church. I am glad to be a part of an association of like-minded churches at a time like this. I bless God that we don’t face these things alone.

Desirous of your continued prayers,

 Mike Renihan, Pastor
Heritage Baptist Church
Worcester, MA

Week 5 Lakeshore Trip

Week 5 Lakeshore Trip

Praise God, we finally have a set of drawings from the engineering firm. A quick review left many questions already but at least we can get underway with figuring costs.

Most of this week was taken up house hunting and getting estimates for the new church here. The engineer have (in my humble opinion) over engineered the foundation. We could probably park a 62 ton Abrams tank 12’ in the air. Of course that equates to costs going up too.

In men’s fellowship on Thursday evening (Thanks Mr. James for letting us meet at your house) we made it (read) through the book of 1st Thessalonians. As always it is a blessing to all. I nearly rekindled the War Between the States or as it is known in these parts the War of Northern Aggression. It’s a long story but needless to say it revolved around the currant secession petitions floating around.

Saturday I was treated to my first college football game in decades. We spent the morning tailgating with Don’s brother Keith, family and friends. It was a wonderful experience (nothing compared to the relatively small venues in Western MA.  Tiger Stadium on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, is incredible.

The announced attendance was 92,800 in the place known as Death Valley. It was an experience I will not soon forget.

Today the Lord’s Day service’s theme was “A Christians Thanksgiving”. Pastor Don preached from Col 1:1-8. Afterward the Elbourne’s made chili and shared Jamie, Jessica and I.

Prayer Requests:

1) Pray we can find suitable housing before I leave for MA on Nov 22nd. I have made an offer on a house and am awaiting a response.

2) Continue to pray for the smooth sale of our home in MA

2) Pray that God continues to show us His will for our lives here in MS.

3) Pray for the financial support we need to live in MS.

4) Pray that while I am gone LBC can get things done so we can break ground on the new church building in JAN.

Lakeshore Update week 4

Week Four Lakeshore Trip

Well this has been a very busy week. Praise God our home in Massachusetts has sold (or is under contract to sell) and we are finally free to move to Lakeshore. Do is so good, nothing for so long not even a showing then two offers in 48 hours. Thank you for all your prayers in this matter.

So with that happening, I went house shopping, a daunting enough task in its self but made more so because my lovely wife is not here and it’s up to me to pick out the perfect house.  There are a few options and hopefully this week we can explore them fully.

Robert and I continued to dismantle the deck around the Quonset huts. We have

about another 120 square feet of decking to take down then two sets of stairs and a walk way over the mud. This needs to be accomplished this week as the plan is for me to fly home early next week.

In men’s fellowship on Thursday evening (Thanks Mr. James for letting us meet at your house) we made it (read) through the book of Colossians. As always it is a blessing to all.

Today the Lord’s Day service’s theme was “The Persecuted Church”. Pastor Don preached from John 15:18-25. Followed by dinner on the grounds (thanks ladies for the great food) and a presentation by the Morales’s on Voice of the Martyr’s

In addition to today being the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church it is also Veterans Day in America. We pray that every time you see a veteran or serving member of our armed forces you will thank them for the freedoms you enjoy in the USA.

Prayer Requests:

1) Pray we can find suitable housing before I leave for MA

2) Pray that God continues to show us His will for our lives here in MS.

3) Pray for the financial support we need to live in MS.

4) Pray for our armed forces

5) Pray for the persecuted church

Now what America?

After the results of Tuesdays presidential race that saw President Obama reelected I thought I would share a few thoughts.First two articles passed to me by good friends

From a Brother in the Lord:

Our country just re-elected a President that supports killing unborn human beings, supports gay marriage, lies through his teeth (i.e., Benghazi), could make it illegal to preach against sin from the pulpit (Hate Crime Prevention Act, now law) – folks, our country does not have a political problemwe have a spiritual problem. May God have mercy on our nation! May each of us examine our own hearts so that we may be a light to a dark world.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

How I Absorbed Three Punches and Stood Up Anyway

Although I’ve been worried about this election for months, only in the aftermath did I realize that I never really thought our country would re-elect a President who has been such an abject failure by any and every measure. It just didn’t seem possible that we would do so, and so at some level I didn’t expect it at all. As the results rolled in, I found myself reeling, unable to take in the enormity of what has happened to our nation. I scarcely slept, unable to stop running through the implications of the disaster. I was, to put it mildly, knocked down and stunned.

But God is gracious, and eventually I slept, and this morning I find myself back up off the mat. Looking back, I can see what it was that took me so by surprise. I allowed myself to think too highly of my country – to imagine that the American optimists were right and that there is something exceptional and wonderful in the American spirit which pulls us through the worst crises. That smugness was knocked out of me by a series of blows as I realized anew that we are a culture of sin, a culture of stupidity, and a culture under judgment – none of which really surprises me in the light of day. Those blows absolutely leveled me last night, but today I’m standing. Here’s why:…. For the whole article click here: chantrynotes 

Now I for one was not stunned to see President Obama reelected. We (America) have become a nation of what’s in it for me, just do it and lack the motivation to change. Of course the guy promising more free handouts would be reelected. Come on I mean why work when the government will give it to you for free? That’s the America our forefathers envisioned is it not.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams-October 11, 1798.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Unlike the message many republican pundits are sharing today I believe, as I have reiterated for some 7 years” the “blame” rests squarely on the shoulders of the “Christians” in this country.

For the past 50 years we have as a whole, stood by while our Christian heritage and values were systematically stripped from the landscape of our nation. As my good friend Pastor Don Elbourne of Lakeshore Baptist Church in MS stated in the recent Apologist, The moral fabric of America has worn so thin, you can see through to the nation’s underwear.

But God has spoken, did you hear Him?

Luke 20:25

 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.

Romans 13:1

 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Titus 3:1

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

God is sovereign, nothing happens outside His control. The election went the way He ordained. Why; I cannot for certain answer.  I do know that no matter who won the election the government of this nation and every nation rests squarely upon the shoulder of one person, Christ Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Now what America? Do we play the blame game and get nothing accomplished for another 4 years? Do we rant on about what could have been or why it’s not? I for one agree with the writers of the two articles shared, that America does not have a political problem we have a spiritual problem.

How about we restart another Christian value from our past and begin with prayer. Lots and lots of prayers are needed.

A brass relief of George Washington kneeling in prayer
at Federal Hall in New York City.
WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE PRESENTED-BY-LAFAYETTE-POST-NO.-140-DEPARTMENT-OF-NEW-YORK-C.A.R. FEBRUARY 22nd, 1907.
We can pray for:

1) President Obama,

Pray he lives up to his claim of being “Christian” and begins his tenure anew asking God for guidance in all things

2) Pray for our elected leaders at the national, state and local level

Pray they can put aside political lines and turn again to the policies and values that once made America the envy of every country in the world.

3) Pray, that God has mercy upon this nation.

For we have forsaken Him and deserve nothing less than His righteous wrath.  As John MacArther preached back in May of 2007; We have become A Nation Abandoned by God. http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/GTY109/a-nation-abandoned-by-god

A few years back we published the following:

December 24, 2009 Gallup Poll

This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian

Over time, fewer Americans identify as Christian; more have no religious identity by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — This Christmas season, 78% of Americans identify with some form of Christian religion, a proportion that has been declining in recent decades. The major reason for this decline has been an increase in the percentage of Americans claiming no religious identity, now at 13% of all adults. (Compared to 2% in 1948)

We may be declining but 78% of 311,829,811 is still a large amount of folks. A real MAJORITY!!! So you tell me, if 243,227252 Americans claim to be Christian, which is they not only believe in but adhere to the precepts (teachings, rules, instructions, laws) of the bible how can we expect less than God’s wrath against us?

4) Become educated:

Ignorance and indifference got us here in the first place. It’s time we determine who is best to represent us not because of their smooth talking. Lest you become who prefers lies and tall tales.

2 Timothy 4:23-43 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5) Become involved.

This so called wall (fictitious) separating church and state has never ever existed. It is a figment of the imagination. For most of the first century of our fledgling nation the one had to declare and be recognized as a Christian to even hold office.

Titus 2: 7-8 (Amplified Version) 7 And show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness.

8 And let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about us.

6) When we are done praying, tired of praying, or at a loss for words we need to buckle down and pray some more.

Lakeshore Update week 3

This has been a long but productive week.

First on Monday night Pastor Don and I were treated to a delicious meal by Mrs. Juanita Shiyou. There was food a plenty and great company too.

As you can see by the photo below I started tearing down the old rotted decking between the Quonset huts.

Demo begins on deck around quonset huts

It is very labor intensive and tedious. In an effort to save money each board that is deemed at all usable is pulled, the nails and screws removed and them stacked for future use. The rotted wood is removed nails/screws bent over and hauled to near the fire pit.

Eventually there will be a small landing and stairs at each entry. Two completed and near 55 sq. feet to demo and 2 more to build.

New stairs

Yesterday Sunday Nov 4th I spent the Sabbath with good friends at First Baptist Church, Clinton LA. Thanks to Mitch, Sheri, Dr. Malone, Will, Roger and so many others for making me feel right at home. It was a privilege to share in the Lord’s Supper with ya’ll.

I have more pictures of the trip posted on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/directorfsm

We continue to covet your prayers.

In HIS Service

Mike

Bi Weekly Prayer List, 04-17 Nov 2012

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

04 – 17 Nov 2012

 PRAISE

Candy B of FBC Clinton, LA delivered a healthy 6+ lb. 19+” baby boy, Timothy yesterday morning.

Pastor Steve Graham arrived home safely from Russia on Saturday.

The Men’s Summit held here in Lakeshore MS the last weekend in Oct was a great success. Many new friends were made.

 PRAYER

For all the victims of Sandy, the folks down here in the Mississippi gulf coast understand your losses and their thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the devastation. Reading about the shortages and delays we pray that patience and kindness will prevail not tempers and hostility.

Pray for tomorrow’s election. We understand the sovereign grace of God will triumph, pray believers will do their duty and vote.

For all the prayer requests spoken and unspoken from First Baptist Church Clinton, LA yesterday.

Please continue to pray for Mike and Naida as they strive to do God’s will concerning their moving to Lakeshore, MS.

For Rebuilding Lakeshore ministry and Lakeshore Baptist Church. There are many needs, including a new large mower; money to wire the donated house, that the church build plans would get approved and completed quickly.

 Continued healing prayers for:

Kathy D. undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Galindi (sp?) cancer of the mouth
Violet P. inner ear infection
TJ undergoing Chemo

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

 Fellow Ministries

New England Prison Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 1785 Lowell, MA 01853
(978) 458-1721
NEPM@nepm.org

 Lost Sheep

Over 65,000 men and women are incarcerated in New England jails and prisons. They are lost, lonely, harassed and helpless. They are desperate for a way to change their lives.

Thousands will be released to our communities this year. We expect that somehow they will find jobs, raise families and become productive citizens. The sad fact is most of them will be back in jail within a year or two.

The mission of New England Prison Ministries is to rescue these lost sheep- to help released prisoners stay out of jail.

 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 more churches to come forward to sponsor the unassigned Angel Tree children.

for Prison Fellowship president Garland Hunt as he speaks to pastors in Michigan. May God provide new relationships and vision for future ministry opportunities.

for the six Operation Starting Line events that will take place November 6-8 in Florida.

for the leaders of the women’s ministry at Calvary Chapelin Kendall, Florida, who are in the process of forming a partnership withPrison Fellowship to do reentry and in-prison ministry.

for fruitful conference calls with our collaborating mentoring organizations.

 Doers of the Word
  The Bible warns us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). Recently I made a new friend in Hawaii who has taken that message to heart.

 Roy Yamamoto was a career criminal in Hawaii. When he decided to follow Jesus, he was illiterate. Wanting to grow in his knowledge and trust of the Lord, Roy asked God to teach him to read. Roy picked up the Bible and was able to slowly begin to read and understand. The more he read the Bible, the better he did. As his mind expanded, his heart changed, too.

Roy became a pastor at a local church and focused on ministry to inmates and their families. He established Camp Agape, a camp that serves Angel Tree children in Hawaii and has extended to the mainland. God is growing Roy’s ministry, and he is being used to reach into every prison in Hawaii. He is also serving the 1,700 Hawaiian inmates that are being held in a rented prison in Arizona. Roy has even been able to arrange for family members of inmates in Arizona to visit with the dads and sons who are incarcerated thousands of miles from home.

Even when there’s not an ocean between them, prisoners are often separated from their families by shame, grief, and the sometimes-insurmountable expense of personal visits. Through Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program, you, like my friend Roy, can help connect inmates and their loved ones through the delivery of a Christmas gift and the Gospel. Local churches are urgently needed in critical areas. Go to http://www.angeltree.org today to give or register your church.

 For His Kingdom,
Jim Liske
CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries

 P.S. To learn more about Angel Tree, and to find out how you or your church can get involved please visit the Angel Tree website, or call 1-800-55-ANGEL.

 Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 Please continue to pray for their financial needs.

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

LOTSHA Ministries

National Office: Randburg, South Africa Office Staff 0861-568-742 info@lotsha.org.za

We need to continually unite in Prayer, remembering that our Lord promised He would take heed.

Prayer for South Africa, its leaders and for our people

Prayer for the Men & Women, around the country, who take the Gospel into the prisons.

Prayer for the staff and management of Correctional Services

Prayer that inmates will be truly rehabilitated and reconciled to their families

Please pray for the Church that has been planted inside Barberton Corrections. 2 of our partners spend 4 days at the centre, and have left a group called SUP (Spiritual Upliftmant Program) and they really need our prayer support

Missionaries

Rev Varon and his family in the Philippines

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!!

How are you today? Praying for you all there…. Missed you all… How’s your mission there? Praying you are all well 3John2.

Please pray with us… on November 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, is our travel to inter island preaching the gospel… we will be preaching while traveling from island to island from Bacolod City Bredco Port to Dumangas Port Iloilo… then Iloilo City to Passi city to Capiz and Aklan…. we will be traveling by sea from Caticlan Port to Roxas Port and traveling in Occidental Mindoro…. then going to Calapan port Oriental Mindoro to Batangas Port to Batangas area.

Our purpose is not only for drop by preaching’s and soul winning but also to get the 50 boxes of gospel tracts there in Batangas… We will be going home and traveling port to port again. Please pray with us… we need around $400.00 traveling expenses. We are praying for the provision of this urgent need…. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family and ministry!!!!!!!

Your missionary in the Philippines,

Pastor E. G. Varon
REVELATION 3:8
revegvaron7av1611@yahoo.com
 NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From our Coordinator

 I have had one inquiry regarding our ARBCA churches on the East Coast and know that many of you will be interested.  I have attempted to contact all on or near the Coast but at this point have only been able to speak to four pastors and heard indirectly from another through one of the children.

Marc Grimaldi, pastor of Grace RBC in Merrick, Long Island, reports that they have lost power but do have water.  There is no damage to the building.  Some of the church families that live near the water probably have damage to their homes.

Ed Baci, pastor of First Church of Hixville, North Dartmouth, MA reports that they do have power.   There is minor shingle damage to the church and the weather vein blew off and landed in the street.   For them the storm was not as severe as predicted.

Matt Foreman, pastor of Faith RBC, Media, PA reports that they do have power and were spared the worst.  Some families have lost power.

Jim Dundas, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Lincoln, DE reports that they lost power for only 45 minutes but it came back on.  The church building did take in some water in the 10 inches of rain but that is minor.  He reports that they feel they were miraculously protected.

Sam Owen is pastor of Grace RBC, East Haven, CT.  A daughter attending  a college reports that her parents are without power but there has been no flooding yet.

 Prayer Requests and Plans for Argentina & Chile – October 30, 2012

A week from today we leave for Argentina & Chile.  Pastor Jerry Slate from Georgia will join Nancy & me in Dallas to make the 9½-hr. flight to Santiago, then over the Andes to Córdoba, Argentina. Please pray for the work and our safety.

 Jim Adams
Cornerstone Church, Mesa, AZ

 From Christ Reformation Church in Tillamook, OR

Dear ARBCA Family:

As many of you know, Christ Reformation Church here in Tillamook underwent a real trial a few years ago when a serious case of child abuse occurred.  But out of that trial, as He always seems to do, the Lord has brought much good.  I preached a 21 part sermon series on domestic abuse in the church and we put that series on Sermon Audio (sermonaudio.com/crc).  We began to receive thankful comments from victims of abuse who had found the series and were profusely thankful for it.

Over time, the Lord has brought other things about as a result.  We now have a blog at cryingoutforjustice.wordpress.com where we minister to victims of abuse (mostly Christians) from all around the world.  We write articles to educate the evangelical church about the mentality and tactics of abuse and we interact with victims as they tell their stories.  We believe that many of these cases are nothing less than the world’s hatred for Christ and His people, playing itself out in homes where one spouse is a Christian and the abuser is not.  Needless to say, we continue to be educated by interacting with these people.

Last year, I was contacted by Calvary Press, through their discovery of the sermon series, and it was suggested to me that I write a book about how domestic abuse hides within our churches, unseen.  I have never written a book before and the task seemed daunting, but I continued my reading and research and, to shorten the story, this last week our book went on sale.  It is entitled A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church.  It is available at the Calvary Press website (http://www.calvarypress.com/products/a-cry-for-justice) or for pre-order at Amazon.com (just search under Jeff Crippen).

This, then, has been a very surprising field of ministry that the Lord has brought to us.  We would never have dreamed that we would be serving Him in this area, but here we are.  I highly encourage every pastor, every elder, and every member of every one of our ARBCA churches to read and become educated on this subject.  You will learn, as we did, that over and over again, well-meaning pastors and Christians are being duped by abusers and won as their ally in the oppression of victims who so often suffer in silence.  When Scripture tells us that the enemy is quite able to appear as an angel of light, it means just that.  We have learned more about the psychology and tactics of sin from studying in this field of domestic and sexual abuse than we ever learned before.

Blessings on all of you in Christ,
Jeff Crippen, Pastor
Christ Reformation Church
Tillamook, Oregon

 

Week 2 Update Lakeshore, MS

Week 2 of my trip to Lakeshore has been notable for a variety of reasons.

First I finally finished mowing and weed whackingJJJ!!! Along the way I managed to hit a few red ant nests. I have the marks on my legs from them along with some chigger bites.

During the week the bunkhouse was cleaned including the dining area underneath in preparation for the weekends Men’s Summit. The summit was a great success even though do to last minute scheduling conflicts about half could not make it. Those that did had a great time and many new and lasting friends were made. The weather turn colder (fire pit got lots of use) on Saturday and the activities were somewhat curtailed but the evening hog roast, crab and shrimp boil was oh so good.

Pastor Don and I made one visit to a church member this past week and just today had the opportunity to help out a couple (Keith and Judy) in the community. One of the toilets in their home was no longer functioning but the water line would not reach a new style commode. With my extensive knowledge of plumbing (it’s OK I am laughing as I wrote that) we were able to get the proper fittings including a new shut off valve and replace their toilet in about an hour.  Along the way we got to share some of the Good News and Keith agreed to come to Men’s group this Thursday night.

The rest of the week was spent doing odd repairs and maintenance to areas around the camp. Much more is needed and this week I will concentrate on the decking between the Quonset huts.

I also found a potential home for Naida and I once ours sells. It needs some work but would be a good investment as it is nearby the church.

Next Sunday I will be at First Baptist Church Clinton, LA visiting with Bro Mitch, Dr. Malone and the brethren there.

Please keep the following in prayer;

1)     Keith and Judy for salvation

2)     Safety for all those being effected by Sandy

3)     For our home in MA to sell

4)     More opportunities to be a witness in the community here

5)     My time here will not be in vain and God will be glorified in all of it

In HIS Service

Mike

Men’s Summit

So what do you think? Finished preping for this weekend and that including getting and installing a new sign for the church. Since Isaac they have not had one. Its not real big 3’x2′ but it will serve the purpose.

A little over 1 hour before the Men’s summit starts. Praying it will a blessing to all.