Archive for May, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

JUNE 3: Aaron & Suzanne McNally, Montville Center, CT

We just moved here in September. Montville has a population of 19,000 and is a very diverse culture. The Coast Guard Academy and Navy Base are just a few miles away, and there is also a large submarine manufacturing facility nearby. We are located 35 miles south of Hartford, CT, the capital. Pray that we will connect with the church and community as we preach the Word and love the people. Our desire is to find our place of service in the community, as a church, and reach out to them with the gospel that transforms lives. As a family, pray we will be able to build relationships. I (Aaron) have joined the Fire Co. and was appointed Chaplain. Suzanne is volunteering at school and at a Care Net Pregnancy Center, and the boys played baseball this spring. We look forward to meeting new people through these open doors.


Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please be in prayer for the donor dinner that will be held in Red Deer, Alberta, this Friday evening, June 1. Please pray for good attendance – reservations are coming in slowly.

The Canadian board took a step of faith and raised the minimum base salary in Canada from $1400 to $1500 per month beginning in July. Please pray that the dinner in Red Deer will raise up the supporters needed to help provide this much needed additional help to our missionaries. We will be featuring our field in Gwynne, Alberta, which is not yet self-supporting.

Please continue to pray for the health of our Village Missionaries. Also pray for wisdom for the Village Missions Employee Benefit Board as it seeks the Lord’s will in making changes in the plan to cope with the increasing deficits.

Please also continue to pray as the candidates from our spring school raise their personal support, which they receive in addition to the base salary provided by the church and/or Village Missions. We have placed one missionary family from the spring school.

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

May 27: Doug & Sally Johnson, Buttermilk, KS

The area we serve is a combination of wide open prairie and farming ground in south-central Kansas. We are not in a town but an area in Comanche County that is known as “Buttermilk.” The main livelihoods are ranching and farming. The people are loyal to their family and neighbors and there is high value placed on hard work.

God has raised up a good ministry to youth here. It has been a good outreach to families as well. Adult Bible studies are building into the lives of people. We are steadily growing, two steps forward and one back in numbers, but more important to us is that as a church we are growing spiritually in Christ. We are thankful for the loyal and godly workers we have who are dedicated and committed to working with our youth. We pray that the Lord would help us teach the truth of God’s Word accurately and thoroughly, and that He Himself would be speaking the truth into hearts and lives. “For freedom we have been set free.” Gal 5:1

We pray that our church would develop focus in ministry and offer help and support to struggling marriages and families. We pray for those who faithfully serve the Lord at Antioch to be built up in their walk with Christ and grow in their ability to minister to others with whom they have contact. II Cor. 5: 9, “so whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.”


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for faithfully praying for Village Missions!

We are seeing many people respond to the financial needs that exist as we send and support missionaries in struggling places. An increase in churches asking us for help, an increase in new missionaries, difficulties in the economy, and pressure from our self-funded health plan have presented us with challenges but we are also seeing people respond to the need. To give you an idea, serving one new struggling church with limited financial resources requires an additional $20,400 in the U.S. and $18,000 in Canada. Yet, when we start serving such a church, people in the community start to come to Christ and a great transformation takes place. Our donor dinner in Dallas this past Friday raised over $21,000 – enough to provide one church with a Village Missionary for over a year!

Thank you for praying for our Board meeting and District Representatives’ meeting. The Board handled several challenging matters including passing a balanced budget for 2012-2013, an initiative to promote leadership training including developing new Village Missionaries (RAVMI), an in-depth look at the problems in our self-funded health plan, a five-year review by the Association of North American Missions, and the beginning of a strategic plan. The District Representatives discussed many important issues, especially the leadership training intitiative.

Please be in prayer as the candidates from our spring school raise their personal support, which they receive in addition to the base salary provided by the church and/or Village Missions. We have placed one missionary family from the spring school.

Upcoming: Please be in prayer for a donor dinner taking place in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on Friday evening, June 1.

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

May 20: John & Virginia Brady, Lone Rock, WA

Lone Rock is located in Seabeck, along the Hood Canal on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Seabeck was originally a mill town – the mill closed years ago and the town has become a bedroom community for Silverdale/Bremerton/Seattle areas. We have beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and Hood Canal.

We appreciate prayers for wisdom in reaching our community with the love of Christ. We praise the Lord for new members joining the church, and for young people getting involved in serving. We are thankful for a wonderful sense of unity in our church and pray for the working of God to continue to grow.


Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for the prayers, encouragement, and financial gifts that have come our way in the midst of the Mission’s recent challenges.

Praise the Lord for a wonderful spirit of unity among the Board. Their meeting last week was a time of prayerful and sober deliberation of issues the Mission is facing. Please continue to pray as we seek the Lord in these matters.

Please pray for our Benefit Dinner this Friday evening in Dallas, Oregon. Mac and Julie McCallum from Helix, Oregon, will be featured as we celebrate “Building Together the Kingdom of God.”

Thank you for praying!


Thursday, May 10th, 2012

May 13: Jeremy & Christy McLellan, Lind, WA

Lind is in the heart of Washington State’s dry wheatland fields. The area is considered desert because of how little rainfall it gets annually. This town was built and sustained by the farming and agricultural industry. Over the years however the population has declined to about 530 people and just a few remaining businesses. There is an elementary and middle school here. The precious people of Lind are made up of young and old alike, with quite a few retired people along with younger families with children. The people are friendly and have been very welcoming to us since our arrival last year. They truly love their town, schools, and townspeople.

Pray for us as we continue to build trust and establish relationships here in Lind. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and that we would open our mouths to speak lovingly and boldly. We are thankful for new families and people that have begun to attend services and contribute to the life of the church. Pray that the Word of God would run swiftly and that Jesus would be lifted up in all we do. Pray for our involvement in the school as we are able to volunteer quite a bit. Pray that our lights would shine there and bring glory to our Father in heaven. Pray that God will strengthen His church here spiritually and that we will be ready for every good work. Pray that our love would abound still more and more towards each other in the church and towards those outside the church.


Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Prayer Requests for this Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please be in prayer as the U.S. Board begins meeting this morning. Several challenging topics are scheduled to be addressed.

The financial difficulties of our self-funded health plan and its effect on operations. The Board will be meeting with the Benefit Board and a consultant via conference call to discuss what to do with our plan, which is currently $643,773 in deficit for the fiscal year due to several serious health problems that our missionaries have experienced. We self-insure our missionaries-thus we must cover any losses in the plan.

As part of our commitment to accountability, Village Missions is being reviewed in its practices and policies by the Association of North American Missions. Recently, three of our Village Missionary couples received recognition at the ANAM Leadership Forum. Pictures can be found here and here.

Budget approval for 2012-2013 fiscal year (July-June).

Leadership training: Board member Dr. B. Wayne Hopkins and his committee will be presenting a proposal for encouraging leadership training and developing Bible schools at churches served by Village Missions.
Strategic Planning-friend of Village Missions Art Lorenzini has been studying Village Missions for about a year since he and I met at the East Bay Barnabas Group meeting. He will be presenting his findings at this meeting.

As you can see, it is a full agenda. Please pray for great wisdom and for board chair Glen Hanson as he directs the meeting.

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

May 6: Wayne & Joy Deneault, Snug Harbour, ON

Located about 3 hours north of Toronto and 20 minutes north of Parry Sound, this is known as “cottage country.” Carling Township has 1200 residents year-round, yet Snug Harbour Community Church is a long way from being self-supporting. Ask the Lord to bring people to Himself, and add to our number. Ask Him to mature the believers here, and give us more grace and love as we serve them.

If you would like to see pictures of Snug Harbour, ON, click on this link. Brian and Carole and several Canada board members recently visited this field April 15 after the semi-annual board meeting for Village Missions Canada.


Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please be in prayer for the upcoming U.S. board meeting. Several important areas will be covered during this meeting:

1. The Budget. The Village Missions’ fiscal year runs from July-June. Our operating fund, as well as our self-funded health plan, has been in a significant deficit, so the board will have to make several difficult decisions regarding the budget. Please pray for wisdom! Because the vast majority of our spending is directed toward the benefit of Village Missionaries, almost any change we make will directly effect Village Missionaries.
2. The Association of North American Missions is conducting its first five-year review of Village Missions as part of its accountability function. Missionaries and office staff have been surveyed and we had to answer a comprehensive questionnaire about our policies and practices. Findings will be reviewed during our meeting.
3. A proposal on promoting leadership development and training of future Village Missionaries in our churches will be brought before the board.
4. A consultant who has been working with Village Missions regarding strategic planning will be presenting his findings.
As you can see, it is a full agenda. Again, please pray for great wisdom.

Thank you for praying!


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