Archive for April, 2012

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

April 29: Tim and Vicky Sander, Westport, WA

Westport is a lovely, quaint fishing harbor on the Pacific Ocean, about 2½ hours south of Seattle and a little over an hour west of Olympia, the state’s capitol. For such a small area, there is a diversity of industries. The harbor supports the area’s commercial fishing fleet, charter boats, a fish cannery, and a small shipyard with a reputation for building fine yachts. A few miles down the coast takes you to the cranberry bogs, with an Ocean Spray plant about 10 miles away. Tourism supports the small shops through Pirate Days, surfing events, beachcombing, camping, various arts & crafts fairs, and the 1898 Grays Harbor Lighthouse. The mild weather makes the area pleasant most of the year.

Coming here just over 8 months ago, we are grateful for the faithful leadership and very supportive congregation. They are all gracious, giving people who are eager to have sound Bible teaching continue. Please pray for: wisdom for the leadership as members start a new ministry at the Union Gospel Mission, our Women’s Bible Study continues its second study; as decisions are made to enhance our music ministry, and as we look at the re-start of our youth ministry.


Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please pray for several Village Missionaries who are battling cancer. They are undergoing surgery and facing rounds of chemo and radiation. Please pray for strength to undergo treatments, a good witness to doctors and nurses, and complete healing.

Please pray for Brian Wechsler as he is sharing at the RHMA 2012 Small-Town Pastors’ Conference in Morton, Illinois. Brian will be teaching two seminars at this conference: “Preaching the Word and loving the People” and “The Expectation Trap: Dealing with Legitimate and Not-So-Legitimate Expectations.”

Thank you for praying for the Leadership Forum of ANAM (Association of North American Missions) which met last week in Branson, MO. ANAM honored three of our couples. J.Q. and Carolyn Hunter received the Lifetime Commitment Award, Larry and Kathy Shetenhelm received the Missionary of the Year Award, and Phil and Valorie Rownd received the New Horizons Award. The awards were a testimony to the wonderful ways that the Lord Jesus Christ can work in and through His available servants. The testimonies were a blessing to all in attendance. More pictures coming soon!

Larry and Kathy Shetenhelm receive the Missionary of The Year award from Doug Clark, Executive Director of ANAM, as Brian Wechsler looks on.


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

April 22: Gordon & Val Rowland, Clive, AB

We are located in central Alberta, approximately halfway between Edmonton and Calgary. Clive is a small but growing community of close to 700 people, with many more in the surrounding area. The area is largely based on agriculture, but a significant number of people also work in the oil and gas industry, and there are several large petrochemical plants just a few miles from Clive as well. So we have a fairly diverse economy.

Our church is small and mostly older people, but they are people who love each other and love the Lord. We praise the Lord for the faithful older people in our congregation and for the example they set in following the Lord. Pray that God will lead us to the people He would have us speak to about the Lord, and that we will be faithful in following His leading. Pray that our little church will grow and be a beacon of hope in our community.


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

We are rejoicing over the great start to the new Servants Bible School, mentioned in Rob and Linda Dore’s story. This is a joint venture between our field in Yale, WA and our field in Sauvie Island, OR. They are beginning to follow the model of leadership development and pastoral training initiated by Village Missionary Ron Sallee in Machias, WA. Ron and his congregation started Contenders Bible School several years ago and now several graduates are serving with Village Missions. Another school, also called Contenders Bible School, following the same model, has started at our field in McKenna, WA. Our Hispanic field in Avenal, CA, Iglesia Evangelical de Avenal, has also started a Bible College. Pray that these schools will result in many workers for the harvest in rural North America.

Please be in prayer for the Leadership Forum of ANAM (Association of North American Missions) which is meeting this week in Branson, MO. Assistant Director Mike Jones will be speaking Thursday evening. In addition, ANAM will be recognizing three of our couples. J.Q. and Carolyn Hunter will be receiving the Lifetime Commitment Award, Larry and Kathy Shetenhelm will receive the Missionary of the Year Award, and Phil and Valerie Rownd will receive the New Horizons Award.

Also please be in prayer for the RHMA 2012 Small-Town Pastors’ Conference April 23-25 in Morton, Illinois. Brian will be teaching two seminars at this conference: “Preaching the Word and loving the People” and “The Expectation Trap: Dealing with Legitimate and Not-So-Legitimate Expectations.”

Thank you for praying!


Thursday, April 12th, 2012

April 15: Greg & Susan Petrie, Lake California, CA

Lake California is a gated community of over 1200 homes just south of Redding. There is a variety of families in the community, with many retired, but also many that will commute to Redding or Red Bluff to work. The church does not have its own church building, so we meet in the Lake Club, a community center building, for worship services and our Wednesday evening kids’ program. We’ve been doing this for about 19 years. Pray for our Vacation Bible School in June, that we would be effective in reaching the kids of our community. Pray that God would provide a church building in His time and place. Pray that we would be faithful in building up one another and in reaching the people of this community.


Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

We trust that you had a glorious Resurrection celebration this past Easter Sunday! He is risen!

Please pray for the young man mentioned in Steve and Sharon Waite’s story below – that he would grow in his new found faith and become an active part of the church. Pray that the Holy Spirit move across the many fields served by Village Missions in the United States and Canada, drawing many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

One such field is Oakley, Kansas. Brian and Carole Wechsler had the privilege of visiting there in early March. If you would like to see pictures of this visit, please click on this link.

Please pray for several upcoming events involving Village Missions Canada. The Board of Village Missions Canada will be meeting on April 13-14 at the Muskoka Bible Centre near Huntsville, Canada. We will be working on the budget as well as implementing various aspects of a legal review. Then Saturday evening we will be having a donor dinner at 6:00 pm in the dining room at Muskoka. Sunday morning Brian will be speaking at Snug Harbour Community Church in Snug Harbour, ON.

Please continue to be in prayer for the six couples recently accepted into Village Missions. Some have homes to sell and they will have to raise some personal support before we can assign them to a field. Pray that God will supply the funds to Village Missions to provide their base salary, and possibly, cover all or part of our self-funded health insurance. In some cases, Village Missions has to make an investment of about $37,000 to cover salary and health insurance-an investment that results in eternal rewards!

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

April 8: Tommie & Karen Owen, Tensed, ID

We are 50 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, along HWY 95. Our community of 123 people is part of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. The main employment here is ranching and farming of fall and spring wheat, blue grass, Timothy hay, lentils, barley, and oats. Pray for our church community as they witness to those around them. Also pray for them to have a new sense and vision of God, and be able to trust God no matter what they go through.


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for our candidate school! We accepted six of the seven couples into ministry with Village Missions. They will now be raising support and, if need be, selling their homes. Please pray for them as they go about the process and pray that Village Missions will have the funds to cover their base salary, if need be. Pray also for wisdom in their placement. If you would like to see pictures of the candidate school please click on this link.

Pray that our Village Missionaries in the coming days will clearly and boldly proclaim the great reality that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve” (1 Cor. 15:3b-5 NKJV). Pray that the Holy Spirit will make these Gospel truths clear and unite them with faith in the hearts of those who hear.

Thank you for praying!


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