Lincoln Hills Community Church

NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER

November 5th, 2016 in Mission Praises/Prayers

      Alan and Jan Scholes—Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) (Global)

  • Praise:
    • That Alan’s doctor believes the fungus in his lungs is gone, and so he no longer has to take the anti-fungal medication. (He will have another scan in six months to make sure.)
    • That Alan and the small curriculum-writing team are making good progress on the new elementary curriculum.
    • That Alan has been invited to teach three more graduate courses to Cru staff in 2017.
  • Prayer:
    • For wisdom and efficiency for Alan and the team as they finish writing the last remaining lessons of the new Elementary DreamMaker/DreamBreaker curriculum. (It’s an addiction-prevention series of lessons for ages 6-12.)
    • That Jan will sleep better consistently. She continues to have good nights and bad nights sleeping.
    • For Alan as he prepares for two Cru staff classes early in 2017. He’s been asked to make major-update changes for a Christian Worldview class in February. Please pray for wisdom as he prepares.

Community Christian School, Lincoln, CA (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That our students and staff are in good health and have adjusted well to their new schedules and classes.
    • That our BBQ cookoff and First Responder appreciation went well. God answered our prayers to hold off the rain!
  • Prayers:
    • For a few of our students, who are struggling with reading. Pray for wisdom for teachers and perseverance for the students.
    • For guidance for our Board as they plan for the future of CCS, specifically for a new location when the time comes.

Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
    • For the diverse group of candidates who are being deployed from ACTION as career missionaries to Zambia, Nepal, Cambodia, Honduras, and the Philippines.
    • For our new teammate Ryan, who just completed his ThM from The Master’s Seminary and is planning to arrive in country within the next few months.
  • Prayer:
    • For the growth and maturity of the 30+ Shalom Mission Cambodia Churches, which are spread out around Cambodia.
    • For one of our teammates here in Cambodia who is waiting for an adoption to be granted in the Cambodian courts. In addition to the joy this would bring and the family this would create, it would also allow for a much needed furlough. 

Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That the divisive election season is finally over, and we can now move forward with ministry to the government leaders whom God has allowed to hold office.
    • That God may be providing a volunteer administrative assistant to help me.
    • That both my children are enjoying college.
  • Prayers:
    • That God will guide as everyone serving with Capitol Commission meets in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 13-17 for our annual gathering.
    • That God will guide me as I begin to reach out to our new state legislators after they are sworn into office on December 5.
    • That God will direct me as I make many plans for a new year of outreach and discipleship in the Capitol.
    • That end of year giving makes up my budget shortfall and provides for all that God wants done.
    • For my shoulder to continue to heal well following the rotator cuff surgery I had in late September.
    • That God will bring our son Lucas many strong Christ-honoring friends and a good church while he is away at college.
    • For my sister Mary and my wife’s sister Krystal who are both fighting cancer, that they will look to the Lord and receive his salvation and healing.

Grace Moses—Sangita Charitable Trust (India)

  • Praise:
    • That we received a very crucial government license that we have been waiting and praying for the past six months which allows us to receive foreign funds. We have reached out to you to pray for this in the past, and we thank you for your prayers.
    • For God’s direction as we have made the decision to expand the Sangita ministry to four more villages. We are currently ministering to 10 villages, and with these additional villages, our target vision of ministering to 14 villages will be reached. We are very excited!
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s provision for safety and protection, as there have been recent factors that have begun to actively discourage our mission.
    • For wisdom, guidance, and provision as we continue the Sangita ministry. There are many critical needs in these new villages: widows who have little or no support, roofs that are caving in to village houses, and caring for people with special needs.
    • For health and strength as we serve Him through these ambitious ministries. 

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

  • Praise:
    • For God’s faithfulness to keep me healthy in my body and strong in Spirit.
    • To God for His sustenance, and meeting us in all our needs as a family.
    • To the Holy Spirit for His presence in my life, I know I can do nothing that effectively (supernaturally) renews my love for loving my God, and sustains my zeal for my righteousness.
  • Prayers:
    • For the elderly, widows, and orphans in my country.
    • For the homeless, the poor, and the unemployed.
    • For the success of our ministry and our programs, in the following areas:
      • Raising funds for attending the REACHgathering, a gospel-centered sports conference in Dallas in 2017.
      • Safety during travel, as I will be travelling to Tanzania to establish a YOLEDS office in that country.
      • The forthcoming weeklong sports ministry leadership seminar for the Anglican church. This is a program to train 150 Sports ministry leaders from the Central Region Diocese. They have provided accommodation at one of their theological training schools. As a Ministry, we are going to provide seminar manuals and take care of other seminar logistics.
    • That the gospel will spread rapidly, and be honored as we use the bridge of sports ministry to bring the lost into the kingdom of God.
    • For the successful launching of our sports ministry school.  During the trial program, four students graduated who underwent the 10 months of studies. It is my prayer that the school will be launched soon. We have established it in Zambia, and I will be travelling to Tanzania to open the office of YOLEDS and introduce the sports school.

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

  • Praise:
    • For the promise and success of Project Psalm 67. Jay and his team have been quite busy with preparations and trainings. Most of us here have really sensed the Lord is working on hearts here with a new freshness and openness to Him.
    • For Karen’s ability to minister again at Ruth House. Over the summer, Ruth House was spotlighted on national TV—and due to the publicity, more girls are coming. There have been 10 babies born since I returned, many who will be put up for adoption. It’s been a blessing to influence their lives. We’ve been reading through the stories of Rahab and Joseph, and a number of lives have been changed!
    • For new relationships with people around us in our mountain region as well as deepening relationships with ministry partners through good times as well as trials. We appreciate our new location (we’ve been here almost a year). It is well suited to host the short-term teams coming through. Though we are just a half an hour from a very large city, we are in the mountains. Life is much different from the nearby city. We thank God for this pleasant place.
  • Prayer:
    • For the quick healing of Karen’s right hand. Back in September, Karen slipped and sustained some soft tissue damage in her right hand. There are no broken bones, but this has impacted her work with Ruth House and the World Race team. Unfortunately, she pushed herself too hard too early in the healing process, which set her back. Pray for wisdom for her therapist, and pray for patience for Karen. Thanks for your continued prayers.
    • For the success of the two World Race teams in our city. Although we had to decline to lead one of the teams due to Karen’s injury, we routed that team to another ministry here in town—and they are doing fine. This is their last month before returning to the States, so please pray with us that they will all end very well and strong in Him. Please pray that the members will be open for what the Lord may have in store for them next. Perhaps it could be a return here! We thank God for their 11-month, 11-country World Race!
    • For the girls of Ruth House as they go back to normal life, that they would bring new principles with them and find hope for their future. For those still at Ruth House, please pray for open hearts, repentance—and hope, too.
    • For a potential two-month internship team coming here next year. Preparation has been done and we are praying for a good group to come. This will be organized through our organization, NMSI. Often it is through an exploratory trip like this one planned that people will feel led/called to follow the Lord into this harvest field.

Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

  • Praise:
    • For a very successful mission trip to Zanzibar, where I was able to have a one-on-one training with coaches to reach out to Muslim boys and girls.
    • For the sports ministry certification of Pastor Samuel Wambua, who is from our university. He has a deep commitment to start a sports-centered ministry in his church.
    • That my book, Evangelism: Touching Lives Through Sports, is now available as an e-book. (Editor’s note: Click on the link above to order the e-book for the Amazon Kindle.)
  • Prayers:
    • For the work started in sports ministry in Zanzibar. Pray that the sports ministry outreach we have started will save souls.
    • For our November and December evangelistic events.

Paul MosesIndia Sports Ministry (India)

  • Praise:
    • For a wonderful India Sports Ministry conference October 10-12, with 256 leaders from 15 states in India. Great time of vision, training, planning and strategy to work towards the goal of having a sports work presence in every one of the 683 districts in India for transformational mission through sports.
    • That 145 young players gathered for a three-day of sports camp in Chennai, from October 14-16. 122 of these players—from many different faith backgrounds—made life-changing decisions. It’s great to see many wanting to live well in life.
  • Prayer:
    • For protection, safety, health, and strength as we serve God through this ministry. 

Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • For Akiza, as he did have successful ear surgery before he was returned to detention. Also, his wife Neza just had successful surgery on her abdomen to correct a very serious obstruction. Give thanks!
    • For donations that made it possible for Dr. Kumtar’s wife and two children to join him.
    • That all of those from Church 1 who were deceived by confusing deceptions and “gifts” have all come back to following Jesus.
    • For salvation and hope. One of the widows in business with Neza was kidnapped and seriously abused by Boko Haram terrorists. She was rescued as soldiers forced the Boko Haram to flee and leave their captives behind, but she later died in the hospital. Thank God that she had become a Christian before she died. God gave Neza a vision of this widow healed and dancing in heaven. Thank God for the hope of the Gospel even in atrocities.
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s provision in Neza’s time of need. Along with losing her co-worker, Neza also lost a lot of capital and inventory from her business. Pray that the inventory of used clothes now in the hands of the police may be returned to her. Pray that Neza’s business may prosper so that she may be able to continue to provide for the 23 orphans and 12 widows she has “adopted” into her family.
    • For Akiza’s release and for visitation. Akiza is still in detention. Neza wants to visit him. Pray that such visits may become possible and that Akiza’s faith in his Lord Jesus may be strengthened. Akiza and Neza have a lot to forgive. Pray for more grace to overcome evil with good. Keep praying for Akiza’s release in God’s time.
    • For the IMANI churches to become stronger and stronger in their witness for our Lord Jesus. Pray for more of that international Muslim team to see Jesus in the IMANI Christians and even in dreams and visions.
    • For Dr. Kumtar to get employment so that he can provide for his family and also continue to witness concerning the hope he now has because of new and eternal life in Christ.
    • For Ruth for wisdom for the opportunities she has to write and teach about work among Muslims, the ministry of forgiveness and blessing, and spiritual warfare. Pray for preparations to return to West Africa in February to teach in courses and seminars.

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

  • Praise:
    • That Bianca and Sofia are showing signs of transitioning well during our year in America!
    • That we have been able to re-connect with people, family and church partners during this time in the US. It has been glorious to spend quality time with people we love so much!
    • That we have the awesome privilege to be salt and light in the lives of people and ambassadors for Jesus Christ wherever we are.
  • Prayers:
    • For Steve as he journeys to a closed country November 1-14, to join a Proclaim team to work among lost people who have very limited religious freedoms. Pray for a bountiful harvest of souls to come to saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • For Dawn, Bianca and Sofia in Steve’s absence. Pray for Dawn as she juggles family responsibilities that are normally shared. Give our family a sense of peace, safety and security during this time.
    • For plans for an advance ministry trip planned for late February as Steve travels to the Balkan countries to explore ministry opportunities and re-connect with church partners in Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Albania.
    • For Dawn’s mother Marilyn as she recovers from unexpected surgery a few weeks ago.

Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)

  • Praise:
    • For everyone who helped make our seven “Banquet of Miracles” events a success.
    • For the new SVTC family members.
    • For the wonderful growth that is happening in our students and their families.
    • For the new businesses that are donating their goods and services to help this ministry.
    • For the various vehicles that have been donated that will help us upgrade our fleet.
  • Prayer:
    • For our students and their families.
    • For the needed finances to end this year in the black.
    • For more SVTC family members.
    • For wisdom for the board in choosing the new Executive Director and for a smooth transition for everyone.
    • For the help we need to complete a number of work projects on our facilities.
    • That we will be able to get the New Life Reentry Center for women opened quickly.

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

  • Praise:
    • For allowing Ring and Thamsing to be guest speakers in a Spiritual Awakening Crusade in Manipur. God was so faithful to us for His anointing that more than 100 people renewed and recommitted their lives to Christ.
    • That a Buddhist family of 5 from Myanmar attended the crusade and accepted Christ as Lord of their life. Praise the Lord.
    • That three Hindu youths accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior during our sports camp in Assam. However, we found that they faced a lot of problems from not only their families but others in their neighborhood. They are willing to accept Jesus, but also fear persecution and being thrown out of their homes and their community.
    • For nine people in the last two months who have accepted Jesus, including another one from Manipur. Praise God.
    • For the success of the Youth Gospel Olympics in Manipur and Nagaland. Thousands of youths were impacted, challenged, and nurtured through God’s Word.
    • That we have been able to continue with the sports fellowship and sports Bible studies in few more locations. We have shared our vision with some Bible schools and churches, and they have invited us to share.
  • Prayer:
    • For those new converts for strength and encouragement from the Spirit.
    • For strength, wisdom, guidance, and success as our team travels to the Hindu-dominated Tripura state to launch a sports ministry. We need strong prayer for God’s will to happen.
    • For Thamsing as he tries to publish two more books on introductory sports ministry. The books will go where we cannot. Pray for God’s provision.

 

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