Bi Weekly Pray List

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

30 Dec 2012- 12 Jan 2013

 First, my apologies for such a long delay since last posting the prayer list. Between packing and selling our house, Christmas and moving I am way behind on paperwork.

 That said we at FSM/FSMWO pray for everyone to have a blessed and prosperous New Year

 PRAISE

Naida and I made it safe, sound and tired to Lakeshore. Thanks to the folks at First Baptist Church Clinton, LA for helping to unload the moving truck. We may have found a house here. We have made an offer it was accepted and now we must wait for all the inspections and paperwork.

 PRAYER

 For Lakeshore Baptist Church as they hope to break ground next week on our new church. Pray that God holds back the rain so we can get the foundation in.

 Pray for the ARBCA volunteers who will descend upon Lakeshore 05-12 Jan 2013. Pray for their traveling mercies and safety as they work on the church and in the community.

 Condolences and prayers for the Martin family upon the death of their aunt

 From members of the US Army War College Wednesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Group:

 For Ebony and the birth of her fist baby For Glenna as she recovers from blood clots in her leg

For Connie as she undergoes eye surgery For Dave as he battles a brain tumor

For Classmates from the Class of 2013 who are battling or recovering from cancer

For Tom as he approaches his last days For Hunt and his family during this time of transition

For Molly as she copes with the suicide death of her father For the Lakeshore Baptist Church as they continue to minister to their community and begin to rebuild their church

For John and his unit serving at FOB Apache For all of our servicemen and women serving in harm’s way and for their families as they encounter separation during this Christmas season

For our nation, and the families and friends of the victims of the Newton tragedy

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

Violet P. who has recently been diagnosed with cancer

TJ undergoing Chemo

Ms. Redman who is ill

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

Prayers for Naida and I as we begin our work in Lakeshore. We have a daunting task(s) at hand but nothing is too big for God. Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here. Pray for Naida’s sons she left in MA. Pray for our financial needs to be met.

Fellow Ministries

Prison Fellowship

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

 Praise God for ministry expansion into new prisons and for new staff and volunteers.

 for the Gospel of grace to be delivered to thousands of prisoners in the coming year.

 for the Christmas program at the Boonville Correction Center in Missouri that will be held on Friday, December 21.

 for our Inside Journal newspaper to inspire and communicate hope to thousands of prisoners.

 for God to illuminate the minds of prisoners to understand the Gospel and His Word within the many Bible studies and TUMI classes. Pray for the Church inside to grow strong and be equipped to serve.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

 As we celebrate Christmas and welcome 2013, here at Wells of Hope, we cannot cease to thank God and to thank all our friends including you for standing with us and supporting us in acquiring our own premises and buildings. It’s a year now, when we started under the direction of God, to build a school and home for children of prisoners in Uganda, with childlike faith we embarked on a very difficult and expensive task, with no sure source of funding, but the Lord through His faithful people have poured into this work with their hearts and purses.

Now we have two huge building a dormitory and a classroom block. We need to say that they are not complete, currently we are plastering the walls of the two huge buildings and funding for that has been provided for.

Our immediate needs are as follows : Flooring Dormitory Verandah and Splash Aprons = USD 2,582, Two water tanks =USD 3,040.00 ,Flooring remaining classrooms and Verandah USD 2,788.00 ,Electricity Supply(30% contribution) USD 3,063.24 ,Fire Extinguishers USD 512.00 , Fire Alarm System USD USD 560.00 , School Gate USD 360.00 , Fencing (With chain links) 2,000.00 ,Electrical Installations/internal wiring USD 2,352.00 , Lightening Protection USD 2,320.00 ,Clearing and leveling the play field, buying swings, play equipment USD 3,200.00 ,Trenches to avert flooding USD 2,240.00 . Other needs include beds which will cost USD 7200, Mattresses USD 2380. Future Needs include; Dining hall Construction USD 17,200.00 ,Construction of a sick bay , USD 3,520.00 ,Building the School Church hall USD 18,000.00 , Building the Administration block USD 14,000.00 ,Building the School Library USD 17,700.00 .

Kindly consider to give a gift to help us strengthen and sustain this work in the New Year. Thank you, may God bless you! We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Francis Ssuubi, Director

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

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

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

Mbeya Prison Ministries Request                                           

Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:21 am (PST) . Posted by:

“Iyunga Church of Christ” iyungachurchofchrist

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Greetings from the Mbeya Prison Ministries. Through our response of the gospel of Jesus Christ to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in inmates in prisons here, the inmates hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and some obey every day. Some they become a good people in the communities after the raise from prison. This year, there are 15 people who they were imprison, and they became the good Christians and good people in the communities. We are still contact with them through phone and to do follow -up to talk with them. Mbeya Prison Ministries in Tanzania, would request you brothers and sisters to assist us with the needs with this ministries here so that we may serve the Lord in Prison around here better. We request your contribution with some funds for purchasing the motorbike to help us with the means of transportation to go to serve in prisons. There are three prisons which they are located in remotes areas. We have the difficult how to reach them and serve them in proper time. God will bless you for any assistance which you may provide to us for the purpose to serve the Lord well here in Prisons. We are looking forward to hearing from you, and working with you in Tanzania.

Yours in Christ who serves you Iyunga Church of Christ Mission Mbeya Prison Ministry Box 3083, Mbeya Tanzania East Africa. 

Missionaries

The Messer’s Missionaries to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Dear praying friends and family,

We offer greetings to you with hearts full of gratitude. Thank you so much for your support, prayers and love for our family. We feel overwhelmed at times by the commitment and faithfulness that you have shown to our family during our return from the field. We have been touched by so many of God’s people. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your kindness and graciousness.

Just recently we enjoyed a time of fellowship with my brother, Adam, and his family over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was a time of blessing and rest as we praised and thanked the Lord together for his abundant grace and mercy in the lives of our families.

We would like to openly express our thanks to our Heavenly Father for the work he has been doing in our lives over the past few months. We have received godly counsel which has helped us to have a clearer view of God and ourselves. God has been healing and strengthening our home. Becky and I have been working on focusing and growing in the Lord. We want our ultimate desire to be for God. He alone is worthy of our focus and worship.

We would like to thank God for the recent good news from the main church in which we were working, Eglise Baptiste Biblique, in San-Pedro, Cote d’Ivoire. The church just called a Bible School graduate, Rodrigue, as its national pastor. It is a joy to see this fruit after many years of planting and watering. Please pray for Rodrigue and his wife, Marie Paul, as they seek wisdom in leading the church.

The other church plants in San-Pedro (Seweke, Jules-Ferry, and Dafci) are still progressing. The national church leaders have taken up the responsibility of these works and are doing a great job. Please pray for these leaders as they seek the Lord’s strength and wisdom as the cause of Christ is advanced in these difficult parts of the city of San-Pedro.

We would like to thank the Lord for allowing us to serve Him with our lives. Becky and I have been helping with our home church’s Wednesday evening children’s Bible Clubs; and on Tuesday afternoons, we have had the privilege of assisting with a children’s Bible Club at a local public elementary school. The Lord has granted us the opportunity to share the gospel with many of these children. We are really praying for a harvest of souls to the glory of God.

As we go into the Christmas season, we are full of thanksgiving to God for His mercy and unfailing love. We do not deserve it. None of us do. That’s what makes it all the more special. I am just amazed at how a holy God could even love a sinner like me. We can only repeat what Paul stated in Romans 5:20 “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” If it weren’t for the grace of God, we would all be consumed.

Prayer requests:

1. For our spiritual walk with the Lord

2. For our church leaders in Cote d’Ivoire to have wisdom and discernment

3. For Becky to have strength in home schooling the kids

4. For the salvation of the kids in the Bible Clubs

5. For our car to sell in Cote d’Ivoire (we will be buying a different car when we return)

Thank you for praying for our family.

Serving a good and gracious Savior,

Andy and Becky Messer
Missionaries to Cote d’Ivoire
World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions
 
 Rev Varon and his family in the Philippines

 Thanks for your prayer… God preserved us all here from that very strong typhoon. We are very busy preaching God’s word from school to school and faithfully distributing the gospel tracts. We are praying for you and your family and your ministry there.

Please pray with us on our present need… Our sons: Elenito Joseph, Allen Daniel and Isaiah Paul are now schooling… we desire to train them in homeschooling here with us…. but we need to accredit our homeschool as per requirement of Department of Education… a private institution will help us establish our homeschool ministry to give us clearance and to run it legally. We need to link to school of tomorrow accreditation… all we need is to contribute around $625.00 (six hundred twenty five dollars). We are praying for God’s provision on this present need… your poster sons… Elenito Joseph, Allen Daniel, Isaiah Paul are praying together on this vision. Please pray with us my dear Brethren… we desire a home based education for our children to maximize their training in the ministry. This is an eternal investment…. We are praying for you and your family and ministry. Regards and have a blessed Christ birth remembering not only in this season but all the days of our lives… for the LORD JESUS is with us and in us….AMEN.

Your missionary in the Philippines,
Pastor E. G. Varon
REVELATION 3:8
revegvaron7av1611@yahoo.com

 

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 From Tucson Reformed Baptist Church Plant in Arizona.  We are still looking for additional support for the Tucson Church Plant.  If you are interested in helping with this church plant please mail a check made payable to RBMS and be sure to include a note telling us this is for the Church Plant in Tucson, AZ.  One time gifts are welcomed.

 At the time of writing this update we are three weeks away from finishing our first year of services in Tucson. The past year has been full of ups and downs, but overall the Lord has blessed us beyond what we deserve. The Lord has blessed us with a small but committed core group that is committed to seeing this work established and have been faithful for the past 12 months. Ministering in Tucson has its trials. It is a dark city almost completely devoid of the gospel, but I cannot think of a place I would rather be ministering at this time. The hardness to the gospel makes it hard to grow, but also means there are a lot of needs. And we serve a sovereign Lord who is in the business of calling out those in need. Please pray that we would be faithful messengers in proclaiming the gospel.

 At this time we are only having Sunday school and a morning worship service. Throughout the course of the year I’ve been preaching through the gospel of John. It has been an encouraging study as we looked at the life and ministry of Christ. In Sunday school we have been studying through the confession and growing in our understanding of Reformed Baptist theology.

 This fall with the help of a young man in our congregation, who is the son of one of the elders of our parent church Grace Covenant of Gilbert, we have started a college Bible study near the University of Arizona campus. Due to various conflicts it was a little slow getting off the ground this fall, but we are hopeful that it will grow and become more established in the spring. Our current meeting place is only a mile from the campus and so in time we would like to in time establish a strong college ministry outreach. Our hope is to both provide a good church for reform Baptist students, but also reach the lost upon the campus.

 Please pray for us in the coming year that we will become more established, that we will be able to find a more permanent meeting place, and that we will be able to reach out to more of the lost of Tucson. Pray that the Lord will bless our efforts, and that he will bring the increase.

 Rob Cosby on behalf of Tucson Reformed Baptist Church and the elders of Grace Covenant Church.

 From Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas

 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5.

 With these amazing words from the Apostle Peter, assuring us that by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and submission to Apostolic doctrine our worship is acceptable to the Father, we sinners united together at HBC, press on with encouragement and “living” hope. We are thankful to be part of our Association and to support various endeavors launched and pursued by sister churches. Our elders labor to weekly minister the means of grace faithfully. Our labors have increased due to sending out one elder, Steve Garrick, to work with Bob Curley in Georgetown, TX (about 2.5 hours south of us), working to plant a confessional Reformed Baptist church. This effort seems to be blessed of the Lord and we anticipate even more progress next year. We also sent one of our rising teachers to study for the RB Ministry at IRBS. These two endeavors are somewhat bittersweet to us: adding some difficulty but giving opportunity to be of greater service; we are very thankful for these privileges.

 In our Lord’s providence, our congregation is experiencing some interesting changes. While our congregation is more loyal than ever, we have lost several families for various reasons this year. Others have reported similar struggles in their congregations, which encourages us to remain faithful; that is always our prayerful intention. We also have more members dealing with physical difficulties, due to an older average physical age. Some have maladies for which there is no cure and so they juggle efforts at maintenance that allow them to function with usefulness to family and church. Along with this, we have quite a number of young people who are in post-secondary studies, starting careers, and looking for spouses. It’s a lively time in the life of our church.

 We pray for you, IRBS, our missionaries and national pastors, office personnel, the AC, and Committee members who all have important roles in our mutual endeavor. May our glorious Triune God grant us great grace to be valiant for the truth, faithful in our ministries, and persevering in the face of all obstacles.

 In behalf of the whole congregation at Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, TX,

 Pastor Larry Vincent.

 NEWS OUTSIDE OF ARBCA

 From Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Topeka, KS

 Greetings from drought-stricken Kansas!  As I share these words, the winter is mild and the ground is dry from a year-long absence of well-needed rain.  However, the “Water of Life” from above continues to shower us with His grace and mercy, thus sustaining His people.

 As we close out 2012, the Lord has caused us to see our tiny, but important role in local, national, and worldwide missions work.  This summer, through our hands and those outside our state we were able to send $2,725 to Pastor Ombasa in Kenya, Africa to purchase copies of God’s Word to place in the hands of the saints in his country.  Please pray for him.  In Africa where he labors, terrorist activity is very open and violent.  I’ve heard of recent reports of Red Cross workers being killed in the line of duty by roadside bomb attacks.

 One local mission’s project is our own Caring Pregnancy Options.  Since I (the pastor) work full time at the Topeka Rescue Mission (www.trmonline.org), I was able to connect the Director of the CPO with one of the directors of the Rescue Mission’s warehouse; resulting in the CPO receiving much needed baby formula.

Pastor Sergey of Siberia, Russia, continues to warm our hearts with emails and stunning photographs of Siberia caught up in a normal Russian winter.  He travels hundreds of miles, visiting village after village while feeding God’s people, and seeking the lost sheep, in an environment still under siege by a corrupt government and by a dead formal religion in that part of East Asia.

 Our attendance, love and unity remain strong only because our God is both strong and good on our behalf.  We continue our public, responsive readings through the Psalms on each Lord’s Day.  The Adult Sunday School class continues to plow through our current series on “The Doctrines of Grace”.  Currently, with the Christmas season upon us, I’ve chose to preach a five week series on “John the Baptist—the Forerunner of Christ” for our 2012 Nativity Gleanings.  All of our sermon archive is available on our church website at:   www.TrinityReformedBaptist.org

 This past summer, our congregation took a 13-week journey through “The Truth Project” a DVD presentation on cultivating a real, biblical worldview.  This excellent resource is available from Focus on the Family.

 Another addition we implemented was in our children’s Sunday School.  We are using the brand-new, hot off the press Answers Bible Curriculum published by Answers in Genesis (www.AnswersinGenesis.org), an excellent Christian apologetics group.  We have been favorably impressed by this meat of the Word curriculum which teaches the children how to dig into the scriptures using the inductive study method.  The first seven lessons laid a strong foundation for why we should trust the scriptures as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

 Please pray for us in these areas:

  • Sustained grace for our mutual love, peace and unity.
  • Sustained grace to support all our missionary commitments.
  • Perseverance in witnessing for the Lord’s sake and for the truth’s sake.
  • Numerical and spiritual growth.
  • That we would guard our approach to worshiping our Great King in spirit and in truth.
  • Salvation of our family members, coworkers and friends.
  • RAIN for our farmers.  Both crops and livestock are being affected.

 Yours for the sake of the Kingdom and the love of Christ,

Pastor Bob Spagnuolo,

 

Mr. President, please think deeply about the Sandy Hook massacre | Tom Ascol Blog |

An excellant article. Please read.

 

Mr. President, please think deeply about the Sandy Hook massacre | Tom Ascol Blog |

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Bi Weekly Prayer List

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

16 – 30 Dec 2012

   In light of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT this posting will be different.

   Many have asked; how can this occur especially around Christmas. Our Pastor’s sermon yesterday reminded us that this is not the first such incident in recorded history. Have we forgotten what Herod did to the children of Israel around Christmas 2 AD? He had them all murdered.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines chaos as: That confusion, or confused mass, in which matter is supposed to have existed, before it was separated into its different kinds and reduced to order, by the creating power of God. Let’s see confused state check, without order check, without God, check. So where is the misunderstanding? We should be wondering why it has not happened more often. We have removed God from our schools, our laws and our lives. How can this happen you ask, I unfortunately know how can it not?

Maybe it is time we as a nation revisit the failed socialist policies of the past. Maybe it is time we reinstated God in our schools and our laws. Maybe it is time we educate our children with the 10 commandments starting with THOU SHALT NOT KILL. Maybe it is time we read our bibles and learned from other nations who defied and defiled God. Maybe it is time we read the 34th Chapter of Isaiah:

1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

   We of course pray for the families of all the victims.

   We pray for the survivors, especially the children may they find peace in the bosom of God.

   We pray for our nation, a nation that has turned its back on God. We cry out to God and ask He favors the remnant of believers and returns His hand of divine protection upon us.

   We pray for our government leaders and ask God for divine intervention in their decisions, that they be biblically based.

We pray for all those with medical, financial, employment, nad housing needs. As well as our ministry and missionary partners around the world.

  May God keep us in these disturbing times.

Humbled

I just returned from visiting Richard Brown. Some of you ay remember prayer requests and posts on our previous web site about Richard. He had been coming to our church for a few years and two years ago this coming March underwent heart surgery to correct a life long issue. There were serious complications (including reduced motor and vocal skills) and Richard has been basically bed ridden in a hospital ever since.

Richie loves to sing especially Christmas carols. So our church decided to rent a couple of vans and about 30 folks from age 2 to us gray-haired folks all visited Richie in his care facility.

What a joy to see the smile on his face as we sang. He sang and then applauded every tune. I can not begin to tell you how blessed I have been the past 6+ years to be part of the Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel family. Tonight the blessing was manifold. It reminded me just how God’s grace has watched over me. How easily I could be where Richie is and humbled me to think if I to would show the courage and faith he does.

Please keep Richie in your prayers.

 

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.