Archive for November, 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Dec 2: Roy & Lennie Adrian, Canadian Regional Administrator

We live in the North Okanogan, 20 minutes north of Salmon Arm, and we think that we live in the most beautiful part of British Columbia. The climate is great and the scenery is spectacular. Sorrento is not a VM field, but we house the Canadian VM office in our home, and I carry on the responsibilities of Regional Administrator.

A significant part of my job is recruiting. Currently we have several couples in the application process, but they are not moving ahead. We want the couples whom God wants for us, so please pray that God would move on the hearts of couples who would be able to carry on this unique kind of ministry. Ask God to give them an enthusiasm and an excitement to get into the work of Village Missions of Canada. Another part of my job is to be involved in conflict situations. My desire is to make each Village Missionary as successful as possible in their ministry. Please pray for wisdom for me, as I attempt to deal with the issues that arise!


Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Next week, Dr. Bud Hopkins and a group of Village Missionaries from all over will be meeting in Dallas, Oregon, to begin planning RAVMI, the Rural America Village Missions Initiative.

This group will be discussing how to develop and train Village Missionaries on the fields we serve.  We already have four Bible colleges that have been started by our own Village Missionaries, and about ten Village Missionary couples have come from these schools.

RAVMI will involve discipleship, leadership training, and ultimately training in missionary pastor leadership. Please pray for safety in travel for members of the planning group and great wisdom as they meet.

Thank you for praying for the Canadian Board meeting.  We are thankful for the unity and interest in Village Missions on the part of the board members.  The Board welcomed Murray Graham, former Village Missionary, to its ranks.  It also regretfully accepted the retirement of board member Dave Brown.  Thank you also for praying for the fund raising banquet in Belleville, Ontario, which raised about $7,000.

 Thank you for praying!


Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Nov 25: Allen & Diane Sparks, N Montgomery, IN

North Montgomery has been served by Village Missions for 30 years! Located in a nameless community, out in the corn fields, our field takes its’ name from the wide ranging school district.

Though we are a nameless community, people are all around, and God knows where we are!

Pray for the outreach to a nearby community of New Richmond. Ask the Lord to give us a good discipling ministry to young couples. Pray for the pastor and elders to wisely focus the church ministry.


Wednesday, November 21st, 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,

 

Happy Thanksgiving!  We trust that this week’s email finds you giving thanks to the Lord for the great things He has done.  We thank God for you!

 

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19 

 

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

November 18: Mark and Rebecca Bueckert, Ryley, AB

Ryley, a small rural community with a split personality, is 45 minutes east of Edmonton on Hwy 14. We’re a traditional farming community, but several young families have moved into the area. Many of them commute to the city for work, or work camp jobs in the oil industry. In this line of work, they’re out of town (mainly in the far north) two weeks at a time and then home a week. They want to raise their children away from the city, with a slower pace and more affordable housing. Farming is still the main local industry, but we do have two large waste management facilities and a coal mine employing many people.

 

Good News Community Church has been part of Ryley and Village Missions for over 30 years. We have a very vibrant, dynamic youth & children’s ministry. Any given week, 75 children come through our doors; that’s double our Sunday morning attendance! Pray that as we reach out into our community through our children’s programs, we’ll reach whole families with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the church leadership as we seek to bridge the old with the new, with the timeless message of grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ. Please pray along with us that Jesus would continue to build His church here in Ryley.


Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for the U.S. Board meetings.  The Board spent Wednesday discussing the overall direction of the mission – mainly how to best achieve our purpose of developing spiritually vital churches.  Our regular semi-annual meeting on Thursday and Friday involved approving the Draft Audit, considering issues such as the impact of the medical insurance premium increase and the challenges of our pension plan, and meeting with someone who is being considered for the Director of Stewardship position.

We welcomed new board member Mike Kane, who is the son of retired Village Missionaries Jim (at home with the Lord) and Nancy Kane.  It was a particularly poignant time as the day after our meeting ended it marked the one-year anniversary of Jim’s passing.

Please pray for the Canadian Board meetings that begin this Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Please pray for travel mercies for Jim Cross, Brian Wechsler, and others who will be traveling to the meeting, which will be held in Belleville, Ontario.

Please also pray for the fund raising dinner that will be held in Belleville Wednesday night. Village Missionaries Ron and Joan Germain will be sharing about their ministry.  We have had two recent resignations from the Canadian board, so we need to be seeking the Lord about replacements.  We also need to pray about how we are going to replace the giving from Stonecroft of  Canada.

Mike Jones also asks, ” Pray for our time at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. I have the privilege of being in five classes on Friday. Pray also for our time orienting a young couple who will be interning with us after graduation. We hope to spend two days with them on campus.”

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

November 11: Mark & Donna Archer, Clinton, OH

We’re not the typical Village Missions Church. We’re on the outskirts of Akron on one side, with the largest Amish population in the world on the other side. Our church has been here since 1968 and with Village Missions since 1998.

We praise the Lord for the growth we’ve seen in the last couple of years. Many families have come in response to letters we’ve sent into the community, inviting people to visit our church and study the Word of God with us. Pray that God would help us to be effective in spreading the Gospel of grace with the people of our area, who are made up of many religious backgrounds. Most would say they are Christians, but believe in a works-based salvation. Pray for many in our congregation with declining health, and some who are shut-ins. Pray that our church will continue to enjoy a great deal of unity and continue to grow both spiritually and numerically.


Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

As You Pray This Week

Dear Praying Friends,

Please continue in prayer for the millions of people struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Village Missionaries located in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey all weathered the storm well.

Our U.S. Board of Directors arrives in Dallas today for semi-annual meetings.  They will spend tomorrow in a strategic planning session and continue meeting through Friday.  Please pray for the Lord’s wisdom as they seek His direction for the Mission.

Assistant Director Mike Jones will represent Village Missions at the Association of North American Missions meeting at Cedine Ministries in Tennessee this week.  Please pray as Mike presents workshops on leadership and communication.

 

Thank you for praying!


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