Archive for December, 2013

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

December 29: Isaac & Bethany Pederson, Cedar Creek, MO

pedersonWe are in the Ozark Mountains of MO, about 15 miles as the crow flies from Branson. It is mostly a retirement or recreational community of around 600 people, most of whom are settled around Bull Shoals Lake about 5 miles from the church. There is a fire department, but very few other connections to the community. We have been here since July, and have been very blessed and welcomed by the friendly people at the church. There seem to be many spiritually mature people here. There are, however, almost no youth or young adults and we would love to see the church grow in that way. We would also like to find more opportunities to meet people in the community.


Thursday, December 26th, 2013

AS YOU PRAY THIS WEEK

birth of christJesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mat. 20:28).  I am so thankful for our many missionaries across the United States and Canada who serve the Lord so that people might know the One who came to serve and to give His life.  Please pray that the purpose and meaning of Christmas would be clearly and powerfully proclaimed on each of our fields.  Please pray that our missionaries would be able to have their own times of celebration and remembering in the midst of very busy schedules.  I thank the Lord for our partners who have enabled us to send missionaries to country communities where, if the church had closed, little or nothing would be known about the purpose of our Lord’s birth.  In the coming year please ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth more workers for the ripe mission field of rural North America, for the funds to support those workers, and for our Contenders Discipleship Initiative to train new missionaries and church leaders.


Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

December 22: Richard & Ellen Hayes, Raymond, CA

hayesLocated in the Sierra foothills of central CA on what was once the major railroad and stagecoach route to Yosemite, Raymond is known for the quality of its Sierra White Granite, shipped around the world from the Raymond Granite Quarry. Employment includes federal, state, and county government employees, school teachers, professionals, Raymond Granite Quarry workers, cattle ranching, and retirees. Raymond is a beautiful area with a diversity of people.

 

Pray for our recovery ministry called Set Free, which has gained approval to receive referrals from the Madera County Probation Department and Madera County Behavioral Health Department. Pray for our influence and impact at the Raymond-Knowles Elementary School as we minister to students and staff. Pray for our Awana and teen ministries; we have several youth who come from difficult family situations. Pray for our men’s and women’s ministries as lives are transformed. Pray for our Missions Team as we seek to reach out to our area and the world.


Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As You Pray This Week

birth of christJesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mat. 20:28).  I am so thankful for our many missionaries across the United States and Canada who serve the Lord so that people might know the One who came to serve and to give His life.  Please pray that the purpose and meaning of Christmas would be clearly and powerfully proclaimed on each of our fields.  Please pray that our missionaries would be able to have their own times of celebration and remembering in the midst of very busy schedules.  I thank the Lord for our partners who have enabled us to send missionaries to country communities where, if the church had closed, little or nothing would be known about the purpose of our Lord’s birth.  In the coming year please ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth more workers for the ripe mission field of rural North America, for the funds to support those workers, and for our Contenders Discipleship Initiative to train new missionaries and church leaders.

 

Roy Adrian writes, “We will be traveling to Saskatchewan to spend a week with our daughter Cindy and her family over Christmas. While we are there we will be visiting with friends on our first field – Middle Lake SK. where Ryan and Jenneke Schnee now serve. We will minister in that church by participating in a child dedication service. Pray for safety in our travels, and that we might be an encouragement and a blessing to those we fellowship with.”


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK

 birth of christWe are approaching the application deadline for attending the spring Candidate school. We have several who need send applications in. Please pray they will do so and we will be able to appoint many missionaries in the early summer.

 Pray for our many Associate Missionaries (10 at this time) who are currently serving churches waiting for leadership. These dear couples are taking time away from friends and family to help provide spiritual leadership, especially during these important holiday times in a church.

Pray for our churches as they conduct various ministry and outreach activities over the next few weeks.

Please pray for Canadian Village Missionaries who are suffering with various health issues. We have missionaries who suffer from diabetes, Lupus, depression and other debilitating conditions. These men and women carry on courageously day after day, fulfilling God’s call on their lives, not allowing the obstacles in their pathway to deter them from their mission. Pray for strength and courage to go on, and joy and blessing from the LORD for their faithful service.


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Dec 15: Butch & Jennifer Hallenbeck, Glenwood, WA

Hallenbeck, Butch Jen 2010At the base of Mt. Adams in south-central WA, 30 miles north of Hood River, OR, and the Columbia River, Glenwood itself is just 9 square blocks, yet encompasses about 26 square miles. There’s a K-12 school with about 70 students, a small restaurant, hotel, gas station, and General Store. The main industries are ranching, logging, and the school. The valley has a population of about 500 people; some would say that we have more cows than people. This area is popular in the summer and fall with recreationists who bike, raft the Klickitat River, hunt, fish, and hike the surrounding area. In the winter, Glenwood is popular with the snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.

Pioneer Memorial Community Church averages about 40 people each week. Most of the congregation is older, with few children on Sunday morning. We have great attendance for VBS, but struggle to pull those kids in for activities during the school year. Pray for the families whose kids attend VBS, and pray for the youth in town, that we as a church would be able to reach them. Pray that the church would be a light to the community, sharing the gospel through our lives and conversations. Pray for protection for Jennifer and me as we represent Jesus Christ in our community.


Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Dec 8: Arnold & Eleanor Tracey, Whonnock, BC

traceyOver the years, Whonnock has basically become a bedroom community 15 minutes east of the city of Maple Ridge and 15 minutes west of the city of Mission. It is a picturesque place, with lush forest vegetation, lakes, mountains, the Fraser River, and the ocean all within an hour’s drive. The community remains “rural” in that people live on acreages and many have a few horses, chickens, sheep, goats, etc, just enough to get “farm status” tax breaks. Other than the elementary school and a small post office/feed store, there are few places to casually meet new people.

We would appreciate your prayers as we try to reach our community by getting to know the families of children who attend Kids’ Club and Eleanor’s piano students, and by having outreach events such as a monthly Mother-Daughter outreach aimed at addressing pertinent issues (for moms with daughters between ages 10-14) from a godly perspective. Pray that our congregation as a whole would step out of our comfort zones a little more and make friendships with our neighbors and those in our community that need to see God’s grace and love in action. Please pray that my effort to disciple young guys to become godly men would be fruitful and that we would keep first things first, able to “discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” Ephesians 1:10


Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Prayers for this week

cross prayingWhen I (Roy Adrian) read or hear the stories of the great things God is doing through the ministry of His Word by our Village Missionaries, I am blessed. Thank you for praying, and please do continue to bring these faithful servants before the throne of grace as they minister through the various Christmas activities. Pray for souls to be won to Christ this Christmas.

As we start to look towards the end of the year, please pray for the following specifically:

1) God would raise up missionaries to go and preach the Word.   We currently have a great need for missionaries in both the United States and Canada.

2)  That we would finish the year strong financially in both the United States and Canada.


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