Archive for October, 2009

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This Week’s Special Requests

prayer-requestsDear Praying Friends:

Thank you for bringing Village Missions before the Lord. Please keep these special needs in mind as you pray this week.
1. Praise the Lord for a good candidate school, which concluded Friday, October 23. Pray for those who were accepted as they raise support and prepare to be placed on fields. To see pictures of the candidates, click here.
2. Pray for Dr. Matt, who is sick with H1N1 flu. Dr. Matt is a dentist who uses his skills to minister to Village Missionaries. He is a great long-time friend of the Mission.
3. Praise for a good Missions conference at Lake Tapps Community Church. Brian and Carole Wechsler represented the Mission along with Dave and Sheila McIlroy, who serve in Starbuck, WA. To see pictures of the conference, click here.
4. Please pray for godly wisdom and guidance for our Board of Directors who will meet in Dallas, Oregon next Monday and Tuesday, November 2 & 3.
Thank you for praying!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

November 1: Bill & Rebecca Troxel, Nenana, AK

TroxelsWe are located in the interior region of Alaska. Nenana is unique in that there is both a town and village of Nenana. Each has its own government and court system. The area is evenly split between Athabaskan natives and non-natives. The area’s economy is depressed and drug & alcohol addiction is rampant. Please pray for opportunities to build relationships with the people who need us most. The drug addicts and alcoholics are especially on our hearts, as are the children that live in the broken homes such addictions create.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


1. Pray for our Candidate School, which started Monday, October 19, and finishes Friday evening, October 23. We have six couples attending and two single men, who will be placed as interns. One couple is from Canada and one couple is from the Navajo Nation. Pray for discernment as both staff and the candidates themselves consider their call to Village Missions.

2. Brian will be the main speaker at the Lake Tapps Community Church Missions Conference, Oct. 23-25. The theme of the conference is “Sharing the Work/Sharing the Joy.” Village Missionaries Dave and Sheila McIlroy, serving in Starbuck, WA, will also be speaking.

3. The various children and youth ministries that occur on Village Missions’ fields are in full swing. Please pray for boys and girls to come to Christ and grow in Him. Please pray for the necessary financial and personnel resources on our smaller fields to conduct these outreaches.

4. Through donors, many of our fields have been provided with a women’s outreach called Sweet Monday. Please pray that this outreach would result in many women coming to Christ.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

October 25: Wayne & Joy Deneault, Snug Harbour, ON

DenaultsKnown for its beautiful Georgian Bay shoreline, this is part of cottage country for the people of southern Ontario, being 3 hours north of Toronto. Our township of Carling is 25 minutes from Parry Sound, where people go when they’re “going to town.” Our neighbors are friendly but strive to be independent. Snug Harbour Community Church has been a small congregation, yet the Lord – with VM’s help – has kept it going as a lighthouse in a dark place. Please ask God to glorify His name here by giving our little flock maturity, by giving us open doors for the gospel, and by giving people repentance to life. We need open doors into their lives. We need God to awaken them to their need. We need God to help us expect to see His saving power at work. Thank you for praying for us.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Church Served by Miss Mary Clark Celebrates 50 Years with Village Missions

Mary-ClarkBrian and Carole Wechsler joined with Village Missionaries and the New Gloucester church family to celebrate the church’s 50th Anniversary of being served by Village Missions. The church was first incorporated in 1837.

After the church burned in 1929, the building was rebuilt but soon after closed due to lack of support. During this period Miss Mary E. Clark, was invited to come to the church to hold special services for a week. The week lengthened into two as men and women came to the Savior. Miss Clark continued holding afternoon services in what was then known as White’s Corner Church.

Miss Clark later joined Stonecroft and it was through her contact that the church learned of Village Missions. In 1959, Village Missions sent Homer and Lois Studenroth.

This church was the first church served by Village Missions east of the Mississippi. The Wechslers met a couple who had been married by Miss Clark 63 years ago. The church currently sponsors a Bible Institute attended by 31 students.

See pictures from the celebration here

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Village Missions Prayers

Praise for continued financial provision for Village Missions.

Pray for the candidate school that starts October 19. We have five couples from the U.S. attending, one couple from Canada, and two single men.

Pray for a speaking engagement Brian has this weekend in Salem, Oregon.

Pray for the Lake Tapps Community Church Missions Conference (Village Missions field) that begins Friday evening, Oct. 24. Brian will be the main speaker and Village Missionaries Dave and Sheila McIlroy of Starbuck, WA. The Lake Tapps church has provided much assistance to the Starbuck church.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

October 18: Albert & Katie Johnson, Twin Mesa, AZ

AJohnsonTwin Mesa Bible Church is quite a distance from the nearest community of Hard Rock (population about 1250) on the Navajo Reservation, 60 miles east of Tuba City and 15 miles west of Pinon, AZ. It is surrounded by rock bluffs, mesas, and juniper forest. The goal of the church is to train Christian leaders for future ministry and growth, and to serve the community by visitation, evangelism, and discipleship; however, it is difficult to get younger pastors because they have to work at secular jobs. Pray for health and wisdom for Albert & Katie, and for the church to be able to train young leaders for the future.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


1. Pray for Mike MacWhinnie as he continues his recovery after his stem-cell transplant. Also pray for the health needs for other missionaries.

2. Praise for a good STEER Conference. Brian & Carole Wechsler and John & Gloria James (District Representatives) represented Village Missions, and Brian spoke at the Saturday morning breakfast. Brian also spoke at our field in Manning, ND. View pictures of this trip at:

3. Pray for Brian and Carole as they travel to New Gloucester, Maine, Friday for the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of being served by Village Missions.

4. Continue to pray for our upcoming Candidate School.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

October 11: Bill & Eleanor Reid, Brinnon, WA

ReidsLocated on beautiful Hood Canal (an arm of Puget Sound) with the Olympic Mountains and the Olympic National Park just a few miles to the west, this is mostly a retirement/vacation area due to a lack of local jobs. There is a small school with grades pre-school through 8th, and a high school 10 miles to the north. Please pray for the After-School program to be used to reach families for the Lord. Also, please pray for wisdom as we evaluate the needs of the church, looking forward to our retirement at the end of December and the ministry of a new pastor.

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