Archive for December, 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

December 27: John & Candy Adams, Hauser, OR:

Hauser is seven miles north of Coos Bay. The economy of the area was once driven by fishing, shipping, and timber; as those industries diminish, tourism and recreation on the Oregon Dunes become more prominent. Many area families struggle financially, and hope is in short supply, so people are constantly moving in & out of the area.

Key ministries of the church are helping people find Jesus and discipling them toward spiritual maturity. One area of particular passion is helping parents pass on faith to their children. We’re helping and teaching parents to teach their children to follow Christ. Pray for more opportunities to build relationships with newcomers in our community and introduce them to Jesus.

Pray those leaving will find churches in their new communities where they can continue to grow and serve the Lord. Pray for wisdom as we seek to serve those who are struggling in the community around the church. Pray for parents who are going far beyond what their parents did to build faith in their own children.


Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

December 25: David & Pam Whitehead, Rockaway, OR

Rockaway Beach is located on the north coast of Oregon, 15 miles north of Tillamook. The population is about 1200; because we are a tourist town, ½ to ⅔ of the homes are vacation rentals. Consequently, this transient aspect does affect our church life.

Rockaway Community Church has been here since 1913 with a building and presence. Pray for the RCC family to be involved in people’s lives in the community. Pray for young adults and believers to grow spiritually. Pray for young men to choose to grow in being spiritual leaders for their families.


Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A Message From the Director

Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil 2:5-8 NASB

I started thinking about these verses when I heard some of the news reports involving “Black Friday.” I heard the story of one woman who “pepper-sprayed” several others, in her rush to get a good deal. In other locations, several were trampled, many were arrested, and people pushed and shoved to get the bargains they wanted for Christmas.

How could the celebration of Christmas descend to such a low level? How could the spirit of today’s celebration of Christmas be so opposite to the spirit of the first Christmas? Such questions are above me but I do know that the tendency to grasp lies deep within the fabric of my soul.

The One who had every right to supreme glory let go of that right to come to earth. Surrendering true riches, not the sham substitutes that break within a few months, He became poor for our sake (2 Cor. 8:9). I am so glad that He was willing to take “the form of a bond-servant” for us. I am to obey by having that same attitude.

I am so thankful that I have the privilege of serving Village Missionaries that have followed His example. They have followed Jesus to country places, often far away from family and with little in the way of recognition. They have gone to little Bethlehem-like places where they tell people of the One who emptied Himself to come to earth but now is exalted above every name. Through their efforts, many have willingly bowed the knee to Jesus.

I am also thankful for the readers of this e-mail who willingly pray and even give to advance the cause of Christ in rural communities. You demonstrate that you are ones who do not “grasp” but “empty” in obedience to our Lord.

Thank you for praying! I know that you are praying that God will call many who will surrender the things they enjoy and follow their Master on the downward yet upward path. I know that you are praying that many more will open their hands to give so that others will learn of the Christ of Christmas.

May you have a truly blessed Christmas and New Year!

Brian


Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

December 18: Sebeka, MN

Located in north central MN, an area of lakes, woodland, and farmland. Blowers Chapel is eight miles from the closest town, which has not much more than a gas station, post office, and a bar.

God is at work, as they recently celebrated the baptism of four individuals. The church family loves to gather around God’s Word, fellowship, and prayer.

Please pray for this church as they find themselves presently without a Village Missionary.


Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please pray for Village Missionaries who are often called upon to minister to hurting people in the midst of the holidays. Ask the Lord to provide an extra measure of grace to those who are separated from family by both long distances and the demands of ministry.

Please pray for applications to come in. December 15th is the deadline for those desiring to attend Candidate School in the Spring.

Please pray for several missionaries who are hurting and are away from their fields on crisis leave.

The financial resources of the Mission are under pressure because giving is down and the needs of the fields we serve are increasing. Please pray that the Lord will provide funds so that ministry may continue in rural communities where Village Missionaries faithfully proclaim the salvation found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

December 11: T.J. & Melodie Telfer, Broadview, SK

Broadview, a town of about 600 with a high percentage of retirees, is on the Trans-Canada Highway, about 100 km west of the Manitoba border and 150 km east of Regina. Broadview’s history is rooted in the railroad; our town serves as the East/West Division for the Canadian Pacific Railway. There are also many farmers, grain producers, and families who depend on the potash mines for their income. Also impacting our cultural backdrop is the large native population, both in town and on the three reserves in our immediate vicinity.

Pray that we would serve with commitment and passion. Pray for Melodie and our children as they face the very real challenges of being so far from family and of being involved in ministry as a family. Pray that our church family would be filled with God’s Spirit and live as children of light in a dark and broken world. Pray for our Kids’ Club as we try to heal broken hearts and share the hope of the Gospel, and as we struggle with extremely limited resources. Pray for those who’ve shown an interest in becoming more involved in our church; pray that God would convict them to be more fully committed to Him in their lives.


Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please continue to pray for Village Missionaries Mac and Julie McCallum in Helix, OR, who are presently ministering in the stabbing death of a friend and father of a family who live across from the church in Helix. Buddy Herron was honored in a memorial service conducted in Pendleton, Oregon, on Monday.

Please pray for Village Missionaries who are often called upon to minister to hurting people in the midst of the holidays. Ask the Lord to provide an extra measure of grace to those who are separated from family by both long distances and the demands of ministry.

The financial resources of the Mission are under pressure because giving is down and the needs of the fields we serve are increasing. Please pray that the Lord will provide funds so that ministry may continue in rural communities where Village Missionaries faithfully proclaim the salvation found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for praying!


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