Archive for October, 2011

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

October 30: Matt & Tina Schnetz, McKenna, WA

McKenna is located in the country between beautiful Mt. Rainier and Olympia, the capital of Washington. Pray for a better commitment of prayer by the people of the church, and a better understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a believer. Also, pray for our evangelistic outreach to connect with non-believers who need the Gospel.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for Brian and Carole Wechsler’s trip to Colorado. The E.C.F.A. conference on board governance was extremely helpful for Brian and board chair, Glen Hanson.

Brian and Carole enjoyed good visits with donors, including one gentleman who had been led to Christ by a Village Missionary after he retired to that area. They also had a fantastic visit to Kendrick, CO. Kendrick Bible Church was struggling when we assigned Ed and Sarah Vesser to serve there in 2009, but is now a vibrant church body with a wide range of ages.

Please be in prayer for the U.S. Board of Village Missions as it meets November 9-10.

Please continue to pray for our accepted candidates as they begin raising their personal support (Village Missions and the churches we serve provide the base salary and the candidates raise some additional personal support.)

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

October 23: Jonathan & Doralyn Elgby, Ear Falls, ON

We live in some beautiful country here in northern Ontario. Ear Falls is a tight-knit community of 1200 people. We are surrounded by many lakes, and the fishing tourism makes up a lot of the industry in this area. We have had the privilege to see many wonderful animals in our time here, and have even had wolves and bears come through our yard.

We have been so blessed by three girls that we have in our youth group, all from non-Christian homes. I believe they have been a good light to their friends, and recently one of their friends came with them to Sunday School and church.

We would really appreciate prayer for these girls as two of them are going to high school in a community 50 minutes north of us. Pray that they would be strengthened to face the temptations in high school. And pray for the one girl that is finishing her last year of junior high, that she will not be too lonely with her two Christian friends gone. Also, thank the Lord for their involvement in our church and the work we believe He is doing in their lives.


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers for Steven and Kristina Wakeman, and Jimmy and Nevey Francisco as they grieve the loss of children, as mentioned in last week’s email.

Thanks also for praying for Brian and Carole Wechsler’s trip to Cedar Rapids, IA. They had several opportunities to share about Village Missions.

Please pray for Brian and Carole as they take off again to Colorado on Wednesday. Brian and Glen Hanson, chairman of the board of Village Missions, will be attending an E.C.F.A. conference on board governance in Colorado Springs on Thursday. Brian will be speaking at our field in Kendrick, CO, on Sunday. You can find directions to Kendrick here. The service is at 10:45 a.m.

Please continue to pray for our accepted candidates as they begin raising their personal support (Village Missions and the churches we serve provide the base salary and the candidates raise some additional personal support.)

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

October 16:. Ken & Kris Ainsworth, Coram, MT

Nestled in the Northern Rockies just 8 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park lies the tiny community of Coram, MT. We are certainly praising God that He saw fit to send us here!

Coram used to be a water stop for the Great Northern Railroad back in the days of steam. Today, it’s primarily a way-stop for folks traveling to & from the park. Since the timber industry continues to be depressed and the local aluminum mill closed in 2009, tourism is the primary employer; many of those jobs are seasonal. Unemployment is high, and many of our younger folks have been forced to move to find jobs. Despite difficult economic times, we are blessed with a congregation who loves the Lord and has a strong desire to reach our community.

Our church supports a number of outreach efforts, including our Fourth Friday Coffeehouse open mic events, a community picnic, holiday food basket distribution (with the local food bank) and in cooperation with two other Canyon churches, a new youth ministry hosted at the recently closed elementary school. Please pray for the “Beyond Borders for Christ” youth ministry, that God would use it to reach both children and parents. Please pray for wisdom in our efforts to reach the younger families in our community. Please pray that we would grow closer to Christ and faithfully fulfill His calling.


Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

We have two Village Missionary families that have experienced great trials and are in need of prayer. Interns Steve and Kristina Wakeman, serving in Kettle Falls, WA, lost their newborn child, Abigail. The Wakemans have one child. Navajo Village Missionaries Jimmy and Nevey Francisco’s son Jairus, twenty-seven, was shot and killed. The Franciscos have three remaining children.

Brian has added to the pictures of candidate school. You can see them by clicking on this link. Please continue to pray for the candidates as they begin raising their personal support (Village Missions and the churches we serve provide the base salary and the candidates raise some additional personal support). Pray also for many potential Village Missionaries for our spring school.

Praise for Brian and Carole’s ministry at Missions Fest Seattle. Many people expressed an interest in Village Missions. You can see some pictures of their visit here. Thank you for praying!

Pray for Brian and Carole as they travel to Cedar Rapids, ID on Thursday, October 13. Brian will be speaking at Calvary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids as well as having other meetings.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

October 9: Larry & Kathy Shetenhelm, Jennings, MI

This small village in the north-central portion of lower Michigan is a scenic area of forests, lakes, streams, rolling hills, and Christmas tree & dairy farms. With an abundance of water and state/federal land, hunting, fishing, and trail riding are popular activities. Jennings was once a prosperous lumbering town, boasting two sawmills, a shingle mill, a chemical plant, and a hardwood flooring mill. Population exceeded 2,000 in the early 1900s; today it’s about 125. Employment includes a few smaller factories, jobs in Cadillac, producing parts for the auto industry, tourism, and Christmas tree production. Over 2 million Christmas trees are shipped every year from the area, yet unemployment remains above the state & national averages.

Many individuals and families are in great need. Addictions are common in most families. God’s love, grace, and mercy are real and we are seeing some marvelous changes in the community and in the lives of people. Please pray for the Wednesday after-school lunch/Awana ministry. Pray for needed leaders to reach the youth in our area. Pray for the funds needed for the new building. Pray for men to step up in leadership roles in families and in the church. Pray for the people in Jennings, that the Spirit of God would use the Word of God and the people of God to reach the lost with the Good News. Pray for physical and emotional strength to keep on keeping on. People need the Lord!


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Prayers for this week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for our Fall 2011 Candidate School! All eight, wonderful couples were accepted into Village Missions. They will now begin raising personal support and some will have homes to sell or rent. Please pray that God will undertake for them in this process and that we will have wisdom when they are ready to be placed on a field. Also pray for the funds necessary funds to provide them with salary support if they are placed on a field that cannot pay their full salary. You can see pictures of our candidate school by clicking on this link: Candidate School Pictures These are the couples:

Jeff & Nydia Black, Arizona
Carl & Andrea DeyArmin, Washington
Brian & Erica Dedera, Washington
Mike & Kim Krutsch, Colorado
Tim & Deborah Easterling, Colorado
Isaac & Bethany Pederson, Minnesota
Dave & Cindy Fraher, New York
John & Kathy Mulvihill, Maryland

Please be in prayer for Brian and Carole Wechsler as well as District Representatives Vern and Cindy Wilkinson as they represent Village Missions at Missions Fest Seattle 2011 October 7-8. Brian will be teaching seminars on both days. Sunday he will be preaching at Machias Community Church, a field served by Village Missions in Machias, WA.
Thank you for your prayers on behalf of Brian as he traveled to Kansas City to attend Freddee Nicholson’s memorial service. It was a wonderful celebration of a life lived for the glory of God. You can read Freddee’s obituary here.

Thank you for praying!


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