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.

Week 1 update Lakeshore, MS

Well as week 1 of my 7 week trip to Lakeshore MS comes to a close, I thought I’d share what has been happening.

First thank God I arrived safe and sound. I drove long and hard to get here Monday in time for the tele-conference with the ARBCA  planing committee. The meeting went well and hopefully we can start on the foundation for the new Church building when they arrive 05-12 Jan 2013.

Tuesday I finished getting settled in to one of the conex-container rooms and securing the tools I brought. Then Pastor Don and I went and looked at the house that is being donated to the ministry here. The place is for the most part structurally sound, but has been vandalized and will need all new wiring and plumbing as well as exterior doors. Of course all this costs money. Later Tuesday I started the daunting task of mowing and weed whacking the property. For those who have been here you can imagine the time and effort it takes with a push mower. Anyway after near 8.5 hours I am about half done around the office, church and sleeping areas.

Wed in the AM Don and I went to a breakfast for the Gulf Coast Baptist Association. Attendance was light but the time was fruitful. Later Robert, from the church and I spent much of the day together fixing and securing the front door to the donated home, food shopping and just fellowshipping. Wednesday evening service was great as I got to meet old friends and catch up on things.

Thursday more mowing, weed whacking and general maintenance. I do not think that anyone envisioned the camp being used as it is for so long. Things are definitely starting to wear out and break down. That evening Mr James had us over for Men’s fellowship and bible study. I enjoyed it very much. Friday I managed to diagnose and replace the light on the outside of the shower trailer without getting zapped (Pastor Steve and Skip would be proud of me). Of course there was more mowing and weed whacking.

Sat I rested and just poked around Bay St Louis, Kiln and Waveland. Today of course we had Sunday service and Don finished up a series on Chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians.

Next week it is more lawn mowing, maintenance and cleaning as we prepare to host a Men’s Summit Friday through Sunday. Guest speaker is Pastor Jeff Kisiah of NC, who is bringing some 30 men from all over to the event. Why not join us?

Please pray for the following:

1) The Men’s summit, that many from the community will come out for the event.

2) A new LARGE mower, the push mower just does not cut it

3) Monies to start on the donated house

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

In HIS Service

Mike

Bi-Weekly Prayer requests

FSM / FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

21 Oct – 04 Nov 2012

PRAISE

Despite a very long first day (near 18 hours) on the road Mike arrived safe and sound in Lakeshore MS.

Our good friend Laszlo P. of Grace Baptist Church Carlisle PA has finished his last Chemo treatment.

PRAYER

Pray for Pastor Steve Graham as he’s in Russia (Vladivostok) for a 2 more weeks . May God use him mightily there.

TJ, a 26 years old young man who will start Chemo treatments for the 3rd time. He has been battling cancer for some time.

Lucas’s wife, who is in an advanced stage of pregnancy and had to undergo an emergency appendix removal.

Jacob and Donnie; serving in Afghanistan, and all our service men and women everywhere.

Mike’s daughter Danielle; who after 10 years is being medically discharged from the Army. She will be undergoing surgery on her ankle and foot that will leave her disabled for up to 18 months. Pray for success of the surgery and finances for her and her children.

For the upcoming 26-28 Oct Men’s Summit being hosted by Lakeshore Baptist Church here in Lakeshore MS. Pray the men will be built up and God glorified.

For Rebuilding Lakeshore ministry and Lakeshore Baptist Church. There are many needs, including a new large lawn mower; money to wire the donated house, a sign for the church and 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

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

Fellow Ministries
 
New Beginnings Inc.
Bob Marquis (one of this ministries advisors)
195 Pleasant Street #413
Malden MA 02148

Pray for financial support and Bob’s health issues

The Robinsons

Prayer needs this week:

Please pray for a young woman named Annie who started her treatments this week for lymphoma. She has a wonderful attitude and we would covet your prayers for her healing. We received an email from our friend Ginny that Roger Bass was in hospital with Hospice called in. We are so glad we were able to see him last winter; he is such a dear man. Betty Williams asked for prayer for her Uncle Frank as well as an elderly friend of hers. Finally, I want to give a praise report that our son John was able to go into a burning building for training and did not suffer any issues with post-traumatic stress disorder. He has been appointed to a full time position with the Warren Fire Department and we are so very proud of him. We plan to spend a lot of time with our grandchildren this time off the bluegrass circuit. They are growing up so fast.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all who have crossed our path these last nine years. Mike and I just celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary and we’ve spent nine years of our marriage on the road with the Gospel Sing Ministry. We praise the Lord for all His provision and for all the wonderful people He has brought into our life through the ministry.

Friends of Jesus,

Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

Prison Fellowship

Weekly Prayer Reportinvites 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 spiritual growth and encouragement from this weekend’s in-prison seminar at the Arizona State Prison Complex Winslow-Coronado Unit.

for the in-prison team at the Illinois Youth Center in St Charles; may God use them to powerfully reach the young men for Jesus.

for prisons and jails across the county. Pray that each child on the prisoners’ Angel Tree applications will be served by a local church with a gift and the Gospel.

for Angel Tree church coordinators throughout the country as they receive their children’s names and begin their Christmas ministry to families. May the Lord bless their efforts, especially as they attempt to make contact with the caregivers?

for the students, facilitators, and site coordinators of the Urban Ministry Institute programs in Southern California prisons to experience God’s grace. Pray that these programs produce Christian leaders within the prison and inner cities.

Calling All Churches

No Prison Fellowship program touches more lives than Angel Tree. Every gift presented with love to a prisoner’s child blesses not just that child, but also the caregiver, the incarcerated parent, and every volunteer who steps forward to make a phone call, take an Angel Tree tag, wrap a present, host a party, or make a delivery.

I praise God that as of today, we have received prisoner applications from 1,306 correctional facilities. Those applications represent 373,268 children – roughly the population of Minneapolis – whose mother or father will spend Christmas behind bars.

We still need many more churches to come forward and serve these children. If you’ve never served with Angel Tree before, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally urge you to get off the sidelines and help us make sure that every child is served by a local church or other organization this Christmas. If your own church, workplace, or civic group is not already participating in Angel Tree, I ask that you send an email or make a phone call today to invite them to get on board. Invite friends and family in other parts of the country to get involved as well.

You can direct people to our website to view the video that explains how Angel Tree works and why it is so desperately needed. You can also view the Prison Fellowship blog to learn which counties have the most children left unserved.

With your help, we can make a world of difference, assuring children that they are valued by their parents and introducing them to the incredible love of their heavenly Father.

Let’s make it happen.

For His Kingdom,

Garland Hunt
President, Prison Fellowship

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:

We thank God; our children have been allowed to visit their parents in prison. Three times a year The children of prisoners under our care are able to visit their parents prison. During the visits their parents can cuddle, kiss them and lift them on their laps and talk face to face , for at least 45 -90 minutes. During that time the parents are able to do their parenting which they do not do every day.

The children are already counting hours and days to Thursday the 25th October 2012, when they will be visiting their parents in prison. This will be the third visit and the last one in this year. This time, the children will cut a Christmas cake inside the prison to celebrate an early Christmas with their parents (This does not replace their Christmas party in December, we will have a party for the children in Dec)

We are so grateful to all the friends who have made these visits possible in the past ,I am writing again to ask anyone who may be in position to help us, by donating any money towards this visit, I am certain God will bless you.

Today I was in the prison and the parents asked me to plead with the authorities so that they are accorded more time with the children, so that they do not rush talking with then children, they say children do not need to be rushed to express themselves .Pray that the children will be allowed to spend a longer time in prison.

We are still in need of funds, please pray for God’s provision, we need USD317 or 761,000 UGHS .Here below is the breakdown of the money needed. So far we have 60,000/= for the cakes.

SN ITEM/S QTY RATE AMOUNT in SHS USD
1 Transport from school to office, luzira Prisons , Jinja prisons and back to school 1 450,000 450,000 187.5
2 Christmas cakes for three different prisons 3 30,000 90,000 37.5
3 Sodas for the children and the parents 6 20,000 120,000 50
4 Communication 10,000 10,000 4.1666667
5 Refreshments for children 70 1,000 70,000 29.166667
6 Refreshments for Volunteers 7 3,000 21,000 8.75
0
Totals 761,000 317.08333

In this visit, we also have a total of 17 children who will be seeing their parents for the first time in their lives. They were either born when their parents were in prison or by the time their parents were imprisoned they were too young.

This is a great opportunity for these children unlike the other children countrywide who never get this chance. And if they did, it cannot happen in a child friendly environment, such children will spend a shorter time, and will not have direct contact, in some cases the children will see their parents through a semi barrier like iron bars or wire mesh, which causes the eyes to pain, in some prison, the height of the window through which communication with the prisoner takes place is high and the child cannot easily reach. They would need someone to lift them to level. Many children have no one to take them to see their parents in prison.

Let us all pray that this visit can take place.

Blessings

Francis Ssuubi
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 http//:prisonministry.net

Please, pray for these new members, encourage and welcome them.

Silo Church HMP YOI Thorn Cross
Mark Barmes Prison Ministry Prison Fellowship UK
The Saints Prison Ministry Carolina Freedom Fortified
The Saints Prison Ministry Southeast Christformation In You Ministries International
Christ’s Center for Hope Church of the Lord Wolrd Wide
Jail and Prison Ministry Calvary Chapel Garland Prison Ministry Texas
Action for Children in Crisis International Inc. Evangelical Prison Chaplaincy in Paraguay
Upper City Covenant Church Beacon Correctional Facility Kairos Prison Ministry
Elizabeth Francina Fernandez Ltd Twin Lakes Lifeline Connection
ThugExposed Ministries-Gang & Drug Prevention The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.
Missionaries
The Galyons Chaplain, USAF Nevada
James, Sharon, Jameson,
Jenna and Jonathan
319 Redondo St.
Hendersen, NV 89014
dr.james_galyon@yahoo.com
NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

From Sycamore Baptist Church in East Moline, IL

Greetings,

We rejoice to be a part of an Association of likeminded confessional churches and pray often for all of you. It was not long ago that we wrote in the ARBCA update with both encouragement and sadness. With regard to sadness, you may recall that a young family in our church lost their child five weeks before their due date. This was terribly difficult for all involved, and especially so since they had recently moved from Illinois to Minneapolis and had not yet found a church. We, and they, thank you for your prayers. The Lord provided for them in every way, even with a church in the Minneapolis area to support them through this difficulty. It is a comfort to know that most everywhere we go, the Lord may “have many people in this city” (Acts 18:10).

We also rejoice to have had the privilege of getting to know Gatlin Bredeson (and his wife Kim) over the summer months. He is a student at IRBS on track to graduate this year. The church benefited very much from his ministry among us. We pray that we will see men trained, equipped, and raised up for the ministry. Having Gatlin with us over the summer has allowed us to put a face upon our prayers.

We are also greatly encouraged by several people seeking membership. In our previous letter we asked for prayer and wisdom concerning a woman who suffers from severe depression, which greatly affects her assurance. We are confident that the Lord is doing a work in her and have encouraged her to pursue membership. We hope to bring her into membership in a couple weeks. We also asked for prayer regarding three young ladies pursuing membership. We have continued to work with them and have seen growth in their ability to articulate what they believe. We are very hopeful that the Lord will add them to Sycamore in the near future.

Lastly, we are beginning a prison ministry in October and ask that you would pray for the Lord’s blessing. There are several men, the elders included, who are committed to visiting the county prison. We have been granted permission to teach a class, much like a Sunday School class, one evening a week. Again, we are very encouraged by our Lord’s ministry among us and thank you for all of your prayers with and for us.

In the best of bonds,

From Grace Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi

We rejoice knowing that our sister churches are praying for us. During the past year we have experienced both joy and sadness. We faced a trying and difficult situation, which resulted in three families leaving our church. It is always sad to lose families but especially when you are unable to resolve issues. Each time we have gone through such times in our brief history, God has been faithful to bring us new families. We have eight adults that just completed our new members’ class and others visiting faithfully. We look forward to these new members using their spiritual gifts to help build up the “body” here at Grace.

Three weeks ago, one of our oldest members (in her early 80’s) had surgery; she is now recuperating at home and was at worship this past Sunday. She has been such a blessing to our church from the beginning. Pray that God would give her complete healing from the cancer. Also our family who has a four-year-old son with SMA, Reese, recently returned from Disney World, a trip that was granted by the “Make a Wish” foundation. Please continue to pray for him as well as his cousin, Evie, as they and their families continue to deal with this crippling muscular disease. They both will be in a wheelchair the rest of their lives. He has such a happy personality and is a joy to be around. His grandmother prays that God would save him and call him to be a pastor one day.

We continue to seek God’s will about our move to our new property for morning worship. We continue to meet there on Sunday and Wednesday evenings but remain at our location on the property of Reformed Theological Seminary for our Sunday morning worship. We have run into some issues the City of Jackson and the requirements they placed on plans we submitted to improve the existing building on the property. With these unexpected and costly requirements, we are rethinking our plans for a building. Pray that God would give us clear directions in what we need to do.

Pastor Thomas and one of our members went back to Africa for three weeks in May. They were able to help Erroll Hulse with the African Pastor’s Conferences for two weeks. Pray that God would continue to add more of these conferences in Africa for the many pastors who come and need good books with solid teaching. After these conferences they went to Zambia for the dedication of Emmasdale Baptist Church’s new building. Pray for this church and their pastor Isaac Makashinyi as they seek to do God’s work there. God is using this church to do much for His Kingdom there in Lusaka.

In December Pastor Bill’s wife, Linda, will be returning to India for her third trip. This time she will be staying longer than the team she is going with so she can do some personal ministry with those she met on her first two trips. Pray for her as she works alongside others in sharing the gospel and her extended time with others.

In January (17-19), we will again host the Sixth Annual Deep South Founders Conference; Dr. Sam Waldron will speak on God’s Covenant, the theme of this year’s conference. Pray for him as he preaches and is involved in a friendly debate on the first night with Dr. Elliot Johnson from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Pastor Thomas continues to preach through 2 Samuel in the morning worship and is about to begin a study in the Psalms on Wednesday evening. Pastor Bill is teaching a series on ‘How to Practice Biblical Love’ in Sunday School and preaching through 1 Peter in the Sunday evening service.

Again we thank you for your prayers and look forward to seeing some of you at Lakeshore in January and many others at our next GA in Bremen.

Pastor Bill Lash
Pastor Thomas Winn

 

Bi weekly Prayer List

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer
Requests Weeks of
07-20 Oct 2012

 PRAISE

 None reported this past two weeks but I doubt god was on vacation. More likely we did not recognize His grace and mercy in our lives.

 PRAYER

 Dan asks for prayers for Peter that he will endure life’s challenges and draw closer to God. Also pray for healing of Dan’s wrist.

 Pray for the three upcoming weddings in our local churches. May each union be Christ centered.

 Pray for our Pastor Steve Graham as he arrives in Russia (Vladivostok) today for a 4 week stay. May God use him mightily there.

 Pray for good friends Dave and Fran as they start a new business venture together.

 Please pray for Renee and family upon the passing of her son.

 Continued healing prayers for:

Kathy D. undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer

Lazslo P. for 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

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

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

 Fellow Ministries
Mbeya Prison Ministry
Box 3083, Mbeya Tanzania
Samuel Mwakasungula
www.prisonministry.net/mbeya
 

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

 for the Operation Starting Line event at the Estes Pre-Release Center in Venus, Texas, this Saturday.

 for Don and Annie Fuller and Patricia Lucas leading a new Prison Fellowship Bible study at Arizona State Prison – Kingman.

for worship team leaders at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois to bring hope and clearly share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to thirsty men who are the work force for the maximum-security prison.

for God to help our Justice Fellowship staff to expand our network to all 50 states.

for the first ever Spanish-language program of the Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) in California, which launched this past month.

 

 

Wells of Hope Village School

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 Please stand with us in prayer, ask Believers to seek God on our behalf; We have an urgent prayer request: we have a security problem at the school for the Children of Prisoners at Hope Village, there is a spate of insecurity in the area, there are people who move around the village attacking and hacking locals. They come in big groups, attack a a homestead and dig up the walls and hack people with machetes, they suck blood for human sacrifice/evil worship and may take property to pretend that they are thieves, before all this they sedate victims with chloroform to make them sleep. To enhance security we need to build a fence urgently and put a gate, fire alarm system, the cost for this is USD 2040 we also need to hire a local guard, this costs USD 85 per month and also in the very long run Electricity supply for night lighting the cost for this is USD 4615 to include the wiring. At the moment we are depending on prayers entirely, all residents are threatened and people sleep outside guarding themselves. We live in fear, and we fear for the children. We have contacted government for help, but they seem not to have adequate man power and there is a lot of bureaucracy .On Monday, we hope to meet a top police chief.

See this news clip http://www.facebook.com/l/9AQGWIt3RAQGE4BtWF1vETY_VMajd6j9PE93fcyU9PqStUQ/www.ntvuganda.co.ug/general_page.php?id=6440Pray%252Cits&fb_source=message Thank you for standing with us in prayer all the time, Francis Ssuubi

 You can contribute or follow the building progress on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org

 

T.F.O.N.Z  (True Freedom Outreach New Zealand) NEWS  FLASH,  5th October, 2012:

GOOD  NEWS,  EVERYONE!!

ITEM  1:     Tina   Geraldine is back in Uganda.  Let us all thank God for this good news.  At last, after the long ordeal she had waiting in the police station in Maadi, her papers were completed by the Neyaba (the Court), and she flew to Uganda on Sunday, 30th September.  Poncet’s email of September 29th gave me the news that she was expected to travel last Sunday, but I only heard today, from Eva Schmitz, that she had done so.  Hence this News Flash.

Eva wrote on Oct. 5th:  “I talked to Tina Geraldine for quite a while yesterday on the phone; we were both so excited to hear each other’s voice.  She says the time for coming home was perfectly planned by God, everything went so well.  Egypt  Air did not charge for any extra luggage, and she had 68 kilos!!  Her sister picked her up in Kampala Airport.  Geraldine has had calls from all over the world – her sisters and brothers in USA and England, her son and daughter in England, everyone  wanted to welcome her home.  She called priest Achilles on the first morning after her arrival, and he emailed me and Poncet to say she had arrived safely.”

 ITEM  2:     Yvette and Berry Makassa –  imprisoned so long in Kanater as refugees – have been released and have travelled to Norway.  They left on Wednesday, 26th September.  Do pray for them as they learn yet another language and begin a new life there.  I was so impressed to know that Berry had been learning English, and had a ministry sharing the Scriptures in his limited English among the other immigrants in KMP.  Pray for those who were touched by Berry’s ministry to the illegal migrants, that they may carry it on themselves.

 ITEM 3:     The hunger strike in KMP, of which I wrote in the last newsletter, has been called off for a time.  In 2 emails from Poncet, on 13 and 22 Sept, I learned the following: 

  • The hunger strike started on Saturday, 15th Sept, by 18 people, most from Arab countries, all of whom had completed 20 years of their sentence.
  • Yusuf had not begun his hunger strike, as he needed to complete some important papers.  He did say that when he began, he would carry on until a solution was found.
  • Ganiyu said there is now a new Director for KMP.  The former one asked for all the names of the prisoners who had completed 20 years in prison, and he will submit that list to the high authorities.  A delegation visited the prison on 13th September, especially for their case.  Ganiyu said that maybe the President would grant their freedom on 6th October (a day of celebration in Egypt).  The Director asked the prisoners to halt their hunger strike until they see what eventuates from his contacting the high authorities, and they are doing this. Please pray for them all.

 ITEM 4:     Eva Schmitz  will be back in Egypt in December with her husband for 2 weeks, and she will be trying to meet with people who can help her in a new project she is responsible for: World Prayer Day, 2014, which is to be prepared and carried out by Egypt.  Please pray for the right contacts.

 ITEM  5:     Just to update all of you on Lloyd Freeth’s address, slightly changed, and his new phone number:

 Mr. L. Freeth,  Bethanie Fields ACF, 111 Eaton Drive,  Eaton  WA 6232, Australia.

Telephone:   ( AUSTRALIA)   8  9724  4685

 I am so thankful to be able to pass on such good news.  I am also sending the updated list of the women in KWP, (EMAIL ME (OR FSM/FSMWO) IF YOU WANT COPY) with all the details that were not included in the previous one.  Please note the birthdays that come in October – December.

God bless you all, and fill you with his joy. Let us pray on for our brothers and sisters in KMP and KWP.

 Love in Christ Jesus,

Jeanette Grimmer

(Address:  154 State Highway1, R.D. 1, Warkworth 0981,  NEW ZEALAND) e-mail:   jgrimmerster@gmail.com

Missionaries

Wells of Salvation

– African Mission, founded by Jamie and Tracey Wackerberth to bring fresh water and the Gospel to Africa

PO Box 4011 East Otis, MA 01029-4011 By Phone: 413-875-2210

http://acaciaspringwater.com/

By Email: quenched@AcaciaSpringWater.com orWellofSalvation@live.com

 

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 Special Projects:

 Please Pray for the 2012 – 2013 ARBCA Special Projects.   The goal is to raise a total of $15,000.00 for two projects.  A request from the Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in Kirkland, WA for the ministry in Cuba is for $10,000 and a request from the Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Media, PA for $5,000 is to help the publishing efforts of Injili Bible Church and the Reformed Baptist Movement in Kenya.  You may contact the ARBCA office for further details.

 Note from Leonardo Dechirico in Italy regarding one of the Special Projects from 2011:

 I just wanted to inform you that the publishing project of the 1689 Confession of Faith, plus Dr Malone’s study guide, plus Spurgeon’s Catechism is in its final stage of preparation. The Introduction was written and it will be finalized at the next Company of Elders that will take place on Oct 19-20. We hope to have the book in print by the end of 2012.

 As things will move forward I will inform you. Thank you for your support to this important project for us!

 In Christ Jesus

Leonardo

 From Berean Baptist Church in Austell, GA

 Rejoice with us!  After more than three years without a plurality of elders the Lord has mercifully added a second overseer to our local church.  David Harris, Sr. was installed as a tent-making elder during our Lord’s Day morning worship service on September 30th.  Pastor David brings more than 8 years of vocational pastoral experience to the table.  He was examined by an ordination council composed of five pastors from four ARBCA churches here in Georgia who unanimously approved his fitness for office.  The saints of Berean Church also gave their unanimous approval about five weeks later.  We have prayed for many years that the Lord would give us a plurality of qualified elders. Please join us now in giving thanks to the Lord that He has heard and answered our prayers!

 Your co-laborers in the gospel,

Pastor Jerry Slate: pastorslate@gmail.com Pastor David Harris: pastordavid6585@yahoo.com

 From Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott, Arizona

 To our Sister Churches,

 May God bless and keep you. May your hearts be ever renewed with the joy of your salvation. May you never cease to rejoice that our savior lives.

 I echo the sentiment of so many others who write these letters when I say we are rejoicing in God’s providence while our hearts yet ache for a fallen world. “Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.” We have had many ups and downs over the year, but our God is sovereign and faithful to those who love and serve him.

 We seem to be slowly growing in numbers, but sometimes it is hard to maintain perspective when those who have been with us so long sever ties. Please pray for us in this, as it has been our status quo for so long, losing a few and gaining a few. God’s pruning shears have been often upon this plant, but we trust that we are the better for it.

 On a brighter note, God has opened some unexpected doors and answered prayers. As we have been praying for opportunities to reach out into our community, a sister church (SBC) contacted us about an outreach they were involved in. Two churches had purchased land, planted a garden, and were giving away vegetables as an opportunity to minister in lean financial times. We served as a giveaway point every other Saturday for two months. While this did not prompt any to attend as of yet, we did have a few opportunities to share the gospel and pray with people.

 Please continue to pray for us, that we would be useful, sharp, clean instruments in the hands of the redeemer. We are eager to serve, and we are anxious to see sinners saved. Let us labor, brothers, while it is yet day, for night is coming when no man can work.

 From, through, and for Him,

Pastor Chris J. Marley on the behalf of Miller Valley Baptist

 From Grace Baptist Church in Commerce, Georgia

 We persevere in prayer and the ministry of God’s word and it is not chained. Our progress seems slow, but we seek to live in conscious communion with God and lead our people in the same experience of the reality of God in their lives, families, and our church family.

 Please pray for me that I keep my soul close to God and bring a sense of God to our people in preaching and in pastoral care. Please pray for Danny Chandler, Scott Phillips, and Flave Davis who show signs of pastoral gifts as we seek to train them to be faithful and able shepherds of people’s souls. And pray for our church family that together we might become more well established and make God’s name great among the nations.

 Seeking to be faithful together with you,

 Murray Brett, pastor
Grace Baptist Church, Commerce, GA

Have you lost all hope?

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

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

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

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bi Weekly Prayer List

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

23rd Sep – 07 Oct 2012

 PRAISE

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

 PRAYER

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

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

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

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

 Dahlas F. requests prayers for a classmate named Krista.

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

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

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

 Fellow Ministries

The Least of These Prison Ministries

Rick and Lynne Vincent
  c/o Lighthouse Baptist Church
 811 Market St.
 Gloucester City, NJ 08030
 chaplain@leastofthesenj.com
http://www.leastofthesenj.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Your Prison?

by Jim Liske|September 21, 2012

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

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

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

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

You can contribute or follow the building progress on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org

 Missionaries

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

 P.S. Joyner, CPT, CHC, USN
 2nd Recruit Training Battalion  “Through God we will do valiantly…” Psalm 108:13
NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

From Chris Powell, ARBCA National Pastor in Toronto, Canada

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

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

http://www.challies.com/articles/driving-the-churches-away  

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

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

 Chris Powell, ARBCA National Pastor in Toronto, Canada

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

 Dear Friends,

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

 Blessings,

 Pastor Dale Crawford
Trinity Baptist Church, Baton Rouge
www.trinitybaptistreformed.org

 From Amy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Some prayer requests:

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