Lincoln Hills Community Church

MAY ~ JUNE 2017

January 3rd, 2017 in Mission Praises/Prayers

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests: May ~ June 2017

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Alan and Jan Scholes—Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) (Global)
Praise:
That Alan and Jan have both remained in general good health throughout the Spring.
That Alan has done some important research into critical issues for both his own Cru ministry, the International School Project, and the Cru Campus Ministry.
Prayer:
For wisdom and guidance. In June, for the 43nd year, Alan will teach the graduate course, Introduction to Christian Theology, to 200 new and senior Cru staff. He has been asked to make substantial changes.
For safety and health as Jan accompanies their daughter Rebecca and her three children, on a 3,000 mile road trip in May and June to attend a family wedding. (Alan can’t come due to ministry commitments.) They will also introduce the children to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde parks. Please pray for safety and health for all five travelers.

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Community Christian School, Lincoln, CA (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That our enrollment is growing—it’s an answer to our prayer!
    • That God has provided a permanent home for CCS—another answer to prayer!
  • Prayer:
    • For our move to go smoothly. There are many details to cover!
    • For unity among parents, staff, and board members.

 

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Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
    • For the new church planted among migrant workers here in Phnom Penh.
    • That our teammates, BJ and Andrea Lopez, received visas for their two adopted boys; they will be able to take a furlough together for the first time in nine years!
  • Prayer:
    • For the 12 Brazilian missionary units who have applied to Action Brazil for deployment around the world.  We are praying for workers and God is sending!

For our team in Action Gulu (Uganda). We have a critical need for an Accountant/Business Manager; also pray for wisdom as we consider how to best minister to the thousands streaming across the border from South Sudan

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Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)

  • Praise:
    • For the joy of continuing to teach God’s word!
    • For my wife and two college-age children who bring great joy to my heart.
  • Prayers:
    • For God to guide me as I continue to reach out to legislators and staff and lobbyists.
    • For continued spiritual breakthroughs as I reach out to legislators and staff and lobbyists to share Christ.
    • For more legislators and staff and lobbyists to attend our Capitol Bible Studies.
    • For continued healing of my shoulder following shoulder surgery that I had many months ago.

 

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Grace Moses—Sangita Charitable Trust (India)

  • Praise:
    • For the marvelous way God led us through the close of the academic year. It is wonderful to see the 90 children in our school promoted to the next grade level.
    • That eight children made a decision to follow Christ in one of our camps, and they love Jesus deeply. All eight of the children were non-Christians before.
    • That the expansion of our widows’ ministry has enabled many more widows to hear the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
    • That the women’s empowerment ministry has brought about a transformation and Christian influence in the communities we serve!
  • Prayer:
    • For strength and guidance as the government is trying all possible ways—especially in children’s homes and schools—to take away our ministries as well as any mention of Jesus.
    • That God will provide as he has been all these years. Unfortunately, we have incurred huge expenses as the school reopened. We are also putting up a dining area for the children to have their meals in dignity, using tables and chairs (they usually eat sitting on the floor).
    • For God’s providence for a new facility for the rapidly-growing women’s empowerment ministry. They are presently using the children’s home rooms.
    • For our health, as our staff and volunteers are overworked, and our bodies are physically drained. Pray that God will renew our strength, as we have made a commitment to Christ that we will serve Him till our last drop of energy is gone.

 

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Henry and Grace Banda—YOLEDS (Youth Leadership Development in Sport) (Malawi)

  • Praise:
    • That we were able to successfully attend this year’s Reach Gathering sports conference in Dallas in April.
    • For the funds received to purchase Evangelism and discipleship materials. The funds have come at just the right time, when we will be having sports programs, such as Sports Outreach, and other spiritual growth programs.
  • Prayers:
    • For the high school sports program. I have already started forming some sports Bible groups among the sports teams at the school. I have been given the mandate to design their sports structures and programs. Pray for God’s wisdom, and for the volunteers I work with to have hearts of servanthood as they serve the Lord.
    • For our church, as we are praying for God’s provision of funds to build our main church in our capital city. We have set the month of August as a fundraising month. We will be sharing updates as we get close to the fundraising event.
    • For the success of our two sports major events: a sports conference that focuses on breaking down barriers for women and girls in sports, and a five-day Anglican sports leader seminar.

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Jay and Karen—New Missions Systems International/The Crossing Missions (Asia)

  • Praise:
    • That Our Psalm 67 (P67) core team is training up workers that, Lord willing, will lead to a rapidly multiplying Disciple Making Movement (DMM). There are 12 groups meeting every week. A few of these are purely training gatherings involving Christian workers. The bulk of these meetings are the workers leading Muslims toward entering God’s Kingdom! A total of 74 people are currently involved.
    • For the wonderful weekend we had recently. 22 refugees from Afghanistan spent three days and two nights with us. Our house was full of conversation, laughter, eating, song, and dance. One man said this was the first time in two years he felt at home. I shared the Gospel with these dear souls. We talked of important things and fun things into the night. What an opportunity for the seed to be planted in the hearts of so many.
    •  That the head of International Operations from our home office, and his wife, here for a week. They were able to see the work God is doing through P67, help us strategize, talk with us about “life” with adult children and enjoy a few local places. We were so encouraged by this visit!  It helped us focus on the ministry as well as get some “rest” we mentioned we have needed.
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s providence. As we wrote in our recent newsletter, we are currently experiencing a financial shortfall of around $1,700/month. Wow, we didn’t see this coming! Our hope is in God. This is a serious challenge. We are unwavered. We do request prayer and faith on how this challenge will be met. We survive on the Lord and His Bride. May His will be done in our life and yours! (Please let us know if you haven’t received our newsletter and we will send it out.)
    • For continued strength and wisdom in the church planting effort. James tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5) We surely need more of this right now as we are at a crucial time of expansion and it takes wisdom from on high. Thank you for laboring with us.
      • That a woman who works in our home will have the great desire, courage, and boldness to gather her family together to read, pray, and learn from our holy books. She says she had a vision of Karen and needs to learn from her. Her shoulder was healed recently through the prayers of our teammates and Karen. She has been excited about the NT stories Karen has shared with her so we are encouraging her in her journey.

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Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

  • Praise:
    • For the more than 20 kids who committed their lives to Christ in our recent sports ministry tournament in Kariobangi.
    • For the success of the kids’ camp on the Kenya/Somalia border, where there were over 120 boys and girls from a Muslim background who attended.
    • For God’s provision that will enable us to complete the discipleship sports ministry building by the end of May.
  • Prayers:
    • For the May mission Trip to Zanzibar.
    • For our boys and girls as they go back to school this summer.
    • For the 2017 Sports Ministry first ever workers’ conference to held in Nairobi in the month of October.

 

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Paul MosesIndia Sports Ministry (India)

  • Praise:
    • For an excellent and very fruitful meeting with Gathering leaders in Chennai on implementing a long term sports program that will engage 12 gathering groups for a three-month period. The end goals for each Gathering Group will be to have a sports program, a sports coordinator, a sports team, a sports strategy, and to be part of the Chennai Gatherings Sports Coalition. It was an exciting meeting, with a lot of energy and passion for the coming program.
    • For the 80 school kids who were part of a Kids Games program in East India. Another Kids Games program in East India hosted 200 kids. East India also hosted a Coaching for Life program for 75 young people.
    • For the sports meet in northeast India that hosted 400 youth during which time the young people were impacted through sports and Life Coaching.
    • For Coimbatore in south India, which hosted a volleyball tournament for visually impaired people.
    • For Andhra Pradesh in South India, who hosted a big Kids Games for over 400 kids.
    • For the success of a teens camp in North India, where most of the learnings where through Sport and Play.
  • Prayer:
    • For wisdom and guidance for our leaders as we embark on implementing the goals that came out of our important planning and strategy meetings of Sports Coalition of India. We mapped out the whole year 2017 in the light of India 683/2020 vision. We need wisdom and a good plan to implement the goals that we have for the year.

 

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Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • That a top Muslim religious leader from Senegal did encounter the Way, the Truth, and the Life while in Nigeria.  Thank God for destroying many works of Satan and replacing them with the ongoing gracious and powerful work of the Holy Spirit in his life. An experienced Christian leader accompanied this new believer back to Senegal for follow-up. Thank God for the hope we have in Christ that the number of true disciples of Jesus will multiply even in what were once 100% Muslim communities.
    • That Akiza was finally released after sixteen months in prison. Near death when released, he is now responding well in answer to many prayers and treatment in a good hospital. Thank God for the daily opportunity for IMANI leadership to show him love, pray with him, and build him up in faith for future ministry.
    • For the strength given to Ruth to facilitate three successful seminars in Nigeria. Thank God especially for the opportunity to interact with the mission leaders of Pioneers, Nigeria branch. These Pioneers leaders have committed themselves to setting up training centers and mobilizing Christians in south-south Nigeria to share the Gospel with the many Muslims moving into their communities from northern Nigerian. Thank God for his promise to give them the wisdom and resources they will need to fulfill such a vision.
  • Prayer:
    • For wisdom for Ruth, back in the States, as she follows up her teaching in Nigeria with helping to edit a book written by a Nigerian missionary called Scattered to be Gathered. This book is intended to motivate and educate southern Nigerian Christians to engage “scattered” migrant Muslims from the north with the wisdom and love of Christ.  Some of these Muslims are refugees from Boko Haram.  Others are coming for business or higher education.  Still others are coming primarily to Islamize the “Christian South.”  Pray that God will use this book and other means to awaken the churches in southern Nigeria to “gather” these Muslim migrants into communities where they will experience love and transformation in Christ.
    • For God to open up for Akiza an effective platform for witness to Christ and peace-making as he recovers from his time in prison. Pray that the radical movement in Islam that he pioneered will become a movement of those radically committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and his Kingdom!  Continue to pray also for his wife Neza’s full recovery to health so that she may continue the ministry to widows and orphans that God has entrusted to her.
    • For God to protect Dr. Kumtar, as he has taken his family back to his home country for a two-week visit.  Pray for God to encapsulate this family in His Light for protection and witness. Pray for the Gospel to spread through the networks of Dr. Kumtar’s family and friends through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. May all curses be turned to blessings.

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Steve and Dawn Liberti—NAB Conference/Proclaim Ministries (Germany/Global)

  • Praise:
    • For a wonderful “Sending Event” on April 1st of this year. We really wanted to show our appreciation to these people who have been so faithful and committed to “holding the rope” for our family over these last years in the mission field. It was a great evening of saying thank you, and casting a vision for our next five-year term.
    • For a wonderful opportunity as Steve travels to Jacksonville, Florida for leadership meetings over the next two weeks. We praise God for orchestrating logistics to make the time with colleagues possible.
    • For our girls Bianca and Sofia as they are growing and maturing in their faith and in life. Dawn and I are continuously surprised and so pleased for the young women they are becoming. They are looking forward to the return to our base of ministry in Germany. They are handing the inevitable upheaval and huge life change with such grace and poise. The is God’s work in them.
  • Prayers:
    • For our family as we enter the final weeks of our Home Assignment Year here in California. These can be stressful and anxious times for us but please pray that we would lean hard into The Lord during this fast-paced time of life. Pray for us as we depart California and leave dear friends and family for another five-year term on mission for Jesus.
    • For Steve’s mom Mary and Dawn’s mom Marilyn as we prepare to say “see you soon.” Our parents are aging and it is particularly hard to leave them back here in America when we are half a world away.
    • For our daughter Sofia as she serves on mission with Royal Servants as a nanny for a couple who will lead a team of students to Spain, Portugal, and Israel. Pray for strength, stamina and lots of energy as she cares for three young children for over two months.
    • For our ministry partners in the Balkans who are eager to continue partnering together to reach their communities for Christ Jesus. Steve will likely make another advance planning trip to several Balkan countries in the fall of this year.

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Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)

  • Praise:
    • For our many faithful volunteers.
    • For the work the Lord is doing in our students’ lives and in their families.
  • Prayer:
    • For open positions to be filled with those that God has called to the ministry.
    • For the financial needs of the ministry.

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Thamsing and Ring Dilbung—Church Sports International/Sports Resource Center (East India)

  • Praise:

For my return to full health, so that I could resume my ministry fully, starting in April. I am so grateful to Lincoln Hills Community Church for prayer and the financial help for my treatment.

    • For the Loving God Bible College in Nagaland, where the Church Sports Ministry was introduced. Since 2015, the college has adopted Sports Ministry as a subject. The college invited me as Convocation Speaker for bringing sports ministry to their 9 B.Min students who graduated this year. Praise be to God.
    • That we successfully launched another sports ministry: Kingdom Sports Academy. Thank God that many young leaders are taking up sports ministry seriously.
    • That more Bible schools are inviting me and my other leaders to teach Sports ministry in the upcoming new season. Praise the Lord for opening more doors.
    • That Thamsing has completed writing two books during his treatment time: 40 Day Sports Devotional and Christian Sports Competitions. He hopes to print both books in the months of May and June.
  • Prayer:
    • That Thamsing and team will be able to visit both Tripura and Sikkim states soon, in order to establish and strengthen the sports ministry. We had to postpone this trip, originally planned for last November, due to health issues.
    • For the safety of Ring and her women’s group from Self Help Group for Mission, as 20 of them are travelling to Arunachal Pradesh state for a mission outreach program in late May and early June.
    • For continued guidance as we work to establish sports ministries in the more than 80 Districts in Northeast India. We, the sports ministry leaders, have committed to this as our “Vision 2020.” Please pray for us to fulfill this mission.
    • For the church planted in Assam.

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