Archive for April, 2009

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

May 3: Gary & Patsy Semenyna, Wasa Lake, BC

semenynasWasa Lake is a resort area nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges, 40 kms north of Cranbrook, BC and about 100 kms south of Radium Hot Springs. There is no shortage of skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing, and whatever else people like to do in the summer and winter months. We are experiencing the economic downturn like everyone else, as the forestry industry is one of the main employers for the area. There is some ranching in the area, and the rumblings of mining starting again.  The church serves Wasa Lake, Tata Creek, and Skookumchuck. We also have families coming from Cranbrook and Canal Flats. Pray that we as a Church Fellowship will continue to mature in our faith, and that we will be able to make a difference in our communities.  Pray as well for an outreach Bible study and Kids’ Club we are doing in Canal Flats, a community of about 1000 people with no church.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

April 26: Gary & Elizabeth Shults, Sumner, OR

shults-apr-26We are located about 10 miles from Coos Bay. This used to be a logging community with a school, church, and volunteer fire department. Now, the school building is used for a local metal fabrication business. The church is still vibrant, but quite small. Many have moved to the city in hopes of adequate work, so the families that are here are mostly retired. We have a few children in the church. We have a great facility with a new sanctuary, but we need a new parsonage for future pastors and family. We need a few new families or individuals to spread the ministry to some new people.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

April 19: Joe & Jenny Murrell, Pine Valley, CA

murrell-april-19thPine Valley, 45 miles east of San Diego in the mountains, is at about 4000 feet elevation. The town of 1500 people is next to the Cleveland National Forest, with many other small communities surrounding it.  The landscape is something like you might see in a movie, with chaparral, rocks, and trees next to a dry stream bed; water runs a few months of the year. Many of the people work in the city, but want to live in the country.  They are thankful to be able to live here and enjoy being away from the lights and people who come from twenty to thirty miles away. Although our church has been here 30 years, there has never been a permanent church building in our community.  God is doing many wonderful things in our church. We’re in the process of turning a restaurant that we will be leasing in the center of town, into our church building.  Please pray for God to provide favor with the county, skilled workers in the process, and the finances to pay the new costs we will have to lease and operate this building.  Also, that one day our church will be able to own this building.  In addition, pray for continued unity in our church and that God will raise up many more leaders and faithful people to His name.  Finally, pray that God will lead us into greater effectiveness in reaching people and discipling them in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

April 12: Steve & Darleen Fournier, Milford Center, NY

fournier-apr-07We’re located in the rolling hills of central New York about 20 minutes south of Cooperstown, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We are also about 15 minutes from the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. Our church has been preaching the gospel of Christ in this community for over 200 years. We praise God for all He continues to do here. The leadership here is very committed to praying together every Thursday night. We pray that God would use our public access program on TV to reach the lost. We ask for prayer for our Good News Club kids and their parents. In all may God be glorified!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

April 5: Denis & Paula Pelland, Amaranth, MB

pellandsWe are one hour north of Portage La Prairie. The town is settled near Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation, which is the largest people group in the area. This is not a prosperous community, but there are a few mixed farms and commercial fishing on Lake Manitoba. Pray for opportunities in the community and for the Holy Spirit’s moving in the relationships that have been formed.

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