Archive for April, 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

MAY 4: John & Sara Duerksen, Caron, SK

duerksens.jpgThe hamlet of Caron is nestled into the south slope of a valley that runs east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway. Industry in the surrounding area is a mixture of grain farming, ranching, and dairies. Some of Caron’s 120+ residents are employed by those industries, or work in the city of Moose Jaw, about a 20-minute drive to the east. Some residents are self-employed carpenters or mechanics. We also enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of young families along with the experience and wisdom of those who have retired, as together we contribute to the strength of our community. The Caron Church began as a result of an outreach program for kids in January, 1995. Even though we have experienced difficult times as many churches do, God has blessed us and there is ongoing evidence of His working in people’s lives – developing them into what He wants them to be for Him. Opportunities to minister to those who do not yet know Christ continue to present themselves to us, and we have had the awesome privilege of leading some of those people to Christ for salvation. Our desire is to be ever alert and faithful in those opportunities, and we would invite you to pray with us that our testimony for Christ will continue to make a difference.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

April 27: Butch & Jennifer Hallenbeck, Round Mountain, NV

hallenbecks.JPGRound Mountain is 13 miles from the center of the state, equally 4 hours from Reno and Las Vegas. We drive 2½ hours to Fallon to do most of our grocery shopping. Our community sits between 2 mountain ranges at an elevation of 5800 ft., with a population of about 1500. Round Mountain Gold employs the vast majority, while ranching is the other main industry here. It is a transient community with many moving on to mines in bigger areas after just a couple of years of employment. Pray that we would be able to reach these people while they are here – investing in their lives, instilling a solid foundation, and preparing them for when they move on. Pray for our congregation to have a desire to grow in their faith and a hunger for God’s Word. Pray for our Mom’s Ministry to grow and be effective in reaching moms with the Gospel.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

April 20: Richard & Ellen Hayes, Edgewood, WA

hayes-r.JPGLocated in Pierce County near Puyallup, Milton, and Federal Way, this was once a rural area, but in recent years (like many cities in the Puget Sound) it has undergone much growth and transformation. This is a challenging mission field that desperately needs reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for our continued effective outreach into our community as we seek to develop relationships and share Christ. Pray for Edgewood Community Church as it continues the processes of becoming an Emergency Shelter for the Pierce County Office of Emergency Management. Praise the Lord for continuing growth in our children’s ministries. Pray for the church as it undertakes a major renovation project this summer on our multipurpose building. Pray for continued unity as the church continues to face and adapt to the reality of change in our community and in our church, as we become the church the Lord wants us to be.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

April 13: Mark & Bonnie Canady, Pacific City, OR

canady-m.JPGSituated on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Pacific City originally developed as a fishing village. Fishing is still a vital part of PC; the sign coming into town still reads, “Home of the Dory Fleet” – a Dory is a flat-bottom boat that can be launched and landed right on the beach. Many of the old fishermen slowly retired in PC and the town has developed into quite a tourist attraction. The winter population stands at about 2000 people, but the summer population explodes to well over 4000. Pacific City is surrounded by farming and logging. As we strive to reach this area for Christ, please pray for greater outreach into our community. Pray for the various Bible studies that meet weekly and for growth in the lives of the believers. Pray also for our various youth outreaches, including plans already being worked on for this summer’s Vacation Bible School.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

April 6: Remembering Janice McAloon

mcaloons.JPGAfter a long battle with cancer, Janice McAloon entered the presence of Christ at just about midnight Friday, March 28th. Janice faithfully served the Lord alongside her husband, Pat, on fields in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for the past nine years. The funeral service will be held on April 1st at 2 p.m. at the Devon Park Baptist Church in Fredericton, NB. Pat and the family would like to thank each one of you for your faithful prayers and support during these difficult days. Pat would ask you to pray for each part of the service, that it would bring glory to God and salvation to those who need Christ.

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