Archive for April, 2011

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

May 1: John & Sara Duerksen, Caron, SK

The hamlet of Caron is nestled into the south slope of an east/west valley along the Trans-Canada Highway. Industry is a mixture of grain farming, ranching, and dairy. Some of Caron’s 120+ residents are employed by those industries, or work in Moose Jaw (a 20-minute drive east) or in Regina (an hour’s drive east). Some residents are self-employed carpenters or mechanics.

We 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; there is ongoing evidence of His work 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, and we have had the awesome privilege of leading some to Christ for salvation. We desire to be ever alert and faithful in those opportunities; we invite you to pray with us that our testimony for Christ continues to make a difference.


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

I want to live so close to Jesus that I do not miss a single whisper.
–Millie Stamm

Dear Praying Friends,

Please pray for the five couples just accepted into Village Missions at Candidate School. Pray that they will raise their support quickly and be placed on the field very soon.

Please be in prayer for the U.S. Board of Village Missions as it meets April 27-28 in Dallas, OR. Please pray with the board for wisdom as it grapples with issues such as our Pension Plan and our Child Abuse Prevention Policy. Our long-time chairman, Ed Allan, who grew up on our field in Dalkena, WA, will be retiring at this meeting. Ed has served on the board since 1971 and became chairman in 1991 when Rev. Walter Duff, founder of Village Missions, retired as chair. We praise and thank the Lord for Ed’s long, fruitful, and faithful service to Village Missions.

Please be in prayer for Brian and Carole as they travel to Connecticut April 29-May 2, to take part in a retirement recognition for Ken and Joyce Weldon. Ken and Joyce will be moving to the Village Missions’ retirement homes in New Gloucester, Maine. Ken and Joyce have served with Village Missions since 1978.

Thank you so much for praying for the Village Missions Canada Board Meeting. If you would like to see pictures and read an account of this meeting as well as the other activities during this busy weekend please click here.

Thank you also for praying for the Cannon Beach Mini-Conference. To read an account of the conference and see pictures please click here.

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

April 24: Dennis & Leslie Burke, Amsterdam, NY

Family Bible Church is in a rural farming community outside of Amsterdam. We enjoy beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains to the north. Amsterdam was once a thriving community with many carpet mills, but they moved south long ago. Like many upstate NY communities, we are experiencing economic hardships.

The Lord has faithfully blessed our ministry as we’ve served here for 10 years. Please pray for continuing wisdom and direction for us as we meet the many challenges of ministry. Please pray for the many outreach events we have planned, as the weather gets warmer and folks are more willing to come out after the long winter. Thank you for praying for us!


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).
Dear Praying Friends,

Happy Easter! We pray that this Resurrection Sunday will be a blessed and joyful time for you.

Please pray that the promise of new life in Christ would be realized by many as the Word is faithfully preached this Sunday.

Please continue to pray for the five couples just accepted into Village Missions at Candidate School. Pray that they will raise their support quickly and be placed on the field very soon.

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Prayer Requests for this Week

I want to live so close to Jesus that I do not miss a single whisper.
–Millie Stamm

Dear Praying Friends,

Please pray for the five couples just accepted into Village Missions at Candidate School. Pray that they will raise their support quickly and be placed on the field very soon.

Praise the Lord for good meetings with the Canadian Board. We also had a good evening of fellowship with friends and supporters in the Huntsville, Ontario area. Please pray for continued progress in meeting the spiritual needs of Canadians.

Please pray for the spiritual refreshment of Village Missionaries attending this week’s mini-conference in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

April 17: Jon & Deb Hansen, District Representatives, Mountain/Central District

We are new to this role and are so thankful that all our adjustments to moving and changing direction in ministry have gone well.

We currently serve 28 missionary families and their churches in our six-state region. As we put many miles on the road, pray for safety on the road and for rest when we are home. Pray as we seek wisdom in how to best encourage and advise the missionaries and churches that the Lord has entrusted us to serve. We are in the midst of planning a mini-conference to be held this summer in KS; pray it will be a time of fun and encouragement to the missionaries that attend.


Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

April 10: Eric & Helen Roselund, Pendleton, NY

We’re in western NY, between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Pendleton’s population has increased quite a bit since 1968, when the church asked for help from VM, but the Buffalo wings have remained the same!

We may not be ‘typical’ of many rural VM fields because many churches are nearby. But where there are people, there are always ministry opportunities. We praise God for the church family that He has placed us in, and for the growth He has caused. We ask that God would give us wisdom as we seek to minister to and reach others. Please pray that God would guide and guard our youth as they plan to do mission work over the summer.


Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise the Lord for a great week of Candidate School! We had four couples from the U.S. and one from Canada. They have come from all over the country – South Carolina, Michigan, South Dakota, Washington, and Alberta, Canada. It has been fascinating to learn how they discovered Village Missions – one on the internet, one growing up in a VM field, one through a display at his school, one in part, when they were beginning as New Tribes missionaries and attended a VM church while at New Tribes’ boot camp. All have sensed God’s call upon their life to serve with us. We certainly need many more missionaries (Please pray!) but it is encouraging to be reminded that God is at work calling people to this ministry.

The former New Tribes missionary shared at our Thursday night chapel service that he really saw the potential of a small church when he attended our church in Unity, Oregon during boot camp. He shared that the Village Missionary in particular modeled a ministry of pouring his life into people’s lives. Well, that missionary’s mother, Doris Dalke, also a retired Village Missionary, was in attendance at the chapel service! The Village Missionary, Steve Dalke, passed away from cancer some years ago. It meant so much to Doris and all of us who knew Steve, to be reminded of his faithful ministry.

Please pray for the Canadian Board meeting that starts April 8 in Huntsville, Ontario. While in Huntsville we will be having an information dinner about Village Missions and Brian Wechsler will be speaking at two churches. Please pray for wisdom for the board members and good opportunities to share the ministry of Village Missions.

Thank you for praying!


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