Archive for October, 2012

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

 

Please be in prayer for the millions of people in the path of Hurricane Sandy.  Village Missionaries located in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and New England are weathering the storm and ready to help their neighbors.  Tom and Karen Douglass serve in New Jersey, just inland from Atlantic City, an especially hard hit area.  You can read their story here.

 

Please continue in prayer for Brian and Carole as they are in Florida this week to visit donors to Village Missions as well as visit some family. We are grateful for those who come alongside Village Missions!

 

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Tom & Karen Douglass

Dear Praying Friends,

 

It was so good to hear from several of you today. Thank you for writing and especially for praying.  Here is an update.

 

The storm was wicked – lots of rain at times with major gusts of wind.  It was a challenge keeping the water away from the house and church, but so far at 10:24 PM we are dry. Praise the Lord!  This afternoon a very large tree fell beside the church pulling down the power and telephone lines going to the church.  So, I have a pretty good idea of what I will be doing the rest of the week.  The good news is that it fell right between the church building and the church sign. No damage to either. God is so good!

 

Tonight we had a wonderful time of peace and quiet as the eye of the hurricane passed by. – Yes, of course I went outside to enjoy it. I had been outside much of the afternoon protecting the house, now I wanted to enjoy the peaceful time. Now the winds have picked up again, so it could be an exciting night. I plan on resting in the Lord and getting a good night’s sleep.  Joy comes in the morning.

 

With the mandatory evacuation of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission – and most everything else in Atlantic City – 7 guys are sleeping at the church and one girl is sleeping here at the house. We had a great time in the Word today for a couple of hours, and played Bible Trivia tonight. They have been a blessing to have around, and will help will help with the clean up tomorrow.

 

I’ll write again tomorrow if we have electricity.  Good night & God bless.

 

Tom & Karen Douglass


Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

November 4: Dan & Chris Kennedy, Brinnon, WA

Brinnon Community Church is located in the small, unincorporated town of Brinnon, WA, off Hwy 101 on the mid-interior of the Olympic Peninsula. There are two churches in town, the other being a very small SDA congregation. By God’s Grace, we have two morning services and various community Bible studies throughout the week. We serve two monthly church potlucks at the Brinnon Community Center. A team of dedicated individuals from the church host a local Children’s Club called “Champions,” at the local school gym. During the summer we offer great community children’s VBS program. As a church, in August, we hosted the first “Brinnon Summer Blast,” also at the Community Center, with some 40 bazaar and medical informational tables, NW Medical Helicopter, car show, a good variety of live, local music, as well as the Patriot Brass from Camp Murray, with clowns & face painting, etc. for the kids. The net proceeds benefited local elementary school (35 students) playground equipment. Gospels of John were available and passed out as gifts from the church. In December we host the traditional Community Christmas Cantata and manger scene highway display/tree lighting. Pray that we would be a blessing to our community and people here will be brought into precious and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

October 28: Raul & Teresa Corona, Avenal, CA

Avenal, 180 miles N. of  Los Angeles and 200 miles S. of San Francisco, boasts of being “Halfway from the Bay to LA.” The name is from Spanish for “oat field.” Avenal owes its origin to the 1928 discovery of oil in Kettleman Hills. The site of a “tent city” as the boom started, foresight made the boom orderly; by 1940, Avenal was the second largest town in Kings County, with a population of 4,600. The collapse of oil and gas production left 65-70% of Kettleman Hills North Dome undisturbed. The 2010 census showed 15,505 population, including Avenal State Prison inmates, the first prison actively solicited by a community in the state of CA. Many residents either work at the prison or in agriculture. The church primarily has young Hispanic families with many children and youth, for whom we implemented AWANA. Since this town is affected by gang activities, our prayer is to continue reaching out to the youth for Christ. Pray that our young people would desire to impact their generation and be good witnesses of their faith at school. We’ve ministered here for almost 20 years, and the church has never had its own building. We continue praying and tithing in order to have our own church building. This project has taken several years, but we finally obtained a permit to construct the building in phases. We believe this is our opportunity to demonstrate that the Lord will be our provider so we can accomplish it. Please pray for this project and for the needed financial provisions. Finally, pray for our children: Josue (17), Daisy (15), and Moises (13), that they may be always victorious as they fight the good battle against juvenile temptations. Amen!


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

As You Pray This Week

You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.

–A. J. Gordon

Dear Praying Friends,

 

Thank you for praying for our candidate school!  The answer to your prayers is best shown in pictures. Please click on this link to see the pictures of our Fall 2012 school.

 

Please be in prayer for Brian and Carole as they go to Florida this week to visit donors to Village Missions as well as visit some family. We are grateful for those who come alongside Village Missions!

 

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

October 21: Heath & Hannah Lynn, Elk Plain, WA

Elk Plain Community Church is between Graham and Spanaway, ½-hour south of Tacoma and directly east of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The area is popular for Army and Air Force families to live and retire. Once rural, it’s becoming more urban as the population continues to expand. The church property is close to a large high school and along a road with five other churches. It’s also near a highway leading to Mount Rainier National Park.

The church has a long history of being dedicated to ministering to young people, so it has thriving youth and children programs. Please pray for us as we continue to learn what it means to be a pastor and pastor’s wife. Pray for our efforts to strengthen the believers at EPCC and encourage them to live out the church mission, which in simple terms is evangelism and discipleship. Pray for us as we minister to lost and hurting people. We’ve seen a number come to Christ and have witnessed many victories. At the same time, the enemy is clearly trying to pull people away from walking with God. Pray that God will protect these new believers and help them to remain in Him. Also, pray for us as we take care of the facilities God has blessed us with. We’ve recently had some electrical problems and likely need a new roof.


Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Our new batch of prospective missionaries have arrived for Candidate School, which is going on this week.  If you are in the Dallas OR area, you are welcome to attend our Thursday evening chapel service.  Candidates will share their testimonies and how God led them to Village Missions.  It is always a thrilling night.  The chapel service is at 7:00 pm at the Dallas Alliance Church.

Please pray for the candidates as they consider their call to Village Missions.  Many people work to make the school a success.  Please uphold Judie Jones as she coordinates the Ladies’ sessions and supervises meals; for Lisa West as she handles arrivals and departures; and for Greg and Susan Petrie, Village Missionaries who are helping out and teaching this week.

Brian thanks you for the prayers as he traveled to Bismarck to attend the Steer Missions Conference, then to Newell, SD to speak at our field, and then to Chicago to attend the Moody Bible Institute 2012 Missions Conference. If you would like to see pictures of the Moody Missions Conference please click on this link.  We had many good contacts with students-please pray that this will eventually result in new Village Missionaries!

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

October 14: Chris & Naomi White, Rich Valley, AB

Rich Valley is literally the ‘bump in the road.’ The highway has a straight stretch of about 10 miles, except for where the town is; there, the highway ‘curves’ around us. The actual town of Rich Valley has 17 houses, but the surrounding area is fairly populated. Summer was ‘jam-packed’ with VBS and other activities. Usually things slow down in the summer (especially August), but not this year. July 5th I had the honour of officiating the wedding of a young woman in our church; a week later another couple asked me to do their wedding. Three days later, a couple stopped by our house at 10 p.m. to ask me to do their wedding, the next day a friend asked me to perform his wedding, and finally, two days later in the local gas station, another friend asked me to perform her wedding. Most of these weddings were scheduled for only a month or two away. I found myself scrambling half of July and all of August, trying to organize these couples and do premarital counseling. All in all, a pretty chaotic but ‘normal’ summer here in Rich Valley. Pray for our fall activities!


Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Brian thanks everyone for praying for the STEER Conference. “It seemed to go very well and the Lord gave me travel mercies back and forth from Newell to Bismarck Sunday.  It was a blessing to meet the congregation at Newell and see firsthand what God is doing in their midst.”

 

Please pray for the Moody Missions Conference 2012 and for many opportunities to acquaint students with the ministry of Village Missions.  Pray for Phil Rownd, Jeremy Sarver, and Brian as they present a total of three seminars as well as doing an agency presentation on Village Missions.  Pray that God will call students into our ministry.

Next week we welcome our candidates to Dallas, Oregon, for a week-long candidate school. This intensive time is when candidates learn more about our ministry and consider their call to Village Missions.  Please pray for the school staff and candidates as they consider together whether the Lord is leading the candidates to serve with Village Missions.

 

Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

November 4: Rodney & Rosalee Stent, Dallas OR

After nearly 14 years with VM, I retired the end of September, prior to reaching age 70 in October. Rosalee and I will continue to live in Dallas, OR, and be involved in the Evangelical Bible Church. At this point the only other plans I have are to visit our former mission field, Pakistan, where Rosalee and I served with TEAM for 25 years prior to Village Missions.  I hope to be there in October and half of November, though my visa has not yet arrived. While there I expect to not only see former colleagues and friends, but also serve them.  After that we look to the Lord to show us what I should become involved in.

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