April 21, 2013 by directorfsm
FSM / FSMWO Special Prayer
Requests Weeks of
21-28 April 2013
We set and concreted in the final wood piling last Thursday on the new church.
For the new couple who joined our church today.
Dr. Russ Moore upon his appointment to head the SBC Ethics and Liberty Commission
Ken Jordon’s family upon his passing
John’s son Jeremiah who is back serving in the Middle East
Ms. Doris in ICU
Pastor Stan at Grace Temple on his new community outreach work
The mission to Cuba and the visiting Pastor’s from there.
The Gulf Coast Baptist Association’s Church Growth and Revitalization program
Lakeshore Baptist Church
Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church foundation; specifically for more volunteers to continue the work.
JoEll our church secretary who injured her back
Continued healing prayers for:Brittany G. who has health issues Angela who is recovering from disk surgery to her neck Mr. Sam as he continues to battle cancer Kathy D. as she continues to battle breast cancer Shelia W. diabetes related issues Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery Miss Violet P. who was diagnosed with cancer and is not doing well Miss Jackson who is ill Don B. who has cancer Miss B’s sister who has cancer Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery Ray K. who has cancer Mr. Morris who is also ill Angela’s dad who is sick Ms. Ruth who was diagnosed with a growth on her brain Mickey who has health issues Brian P from MI who has brain cancer Susie S. who has health issues Lynn who will undergo triple bypass Randy B. who has cancer in his right eye Charmaine who has breast cancer Fred M. who has rickets Nola a little girl with pneumonia Pastor Don’s mother in law Ms. Helen’s sister in law Jimmy P. heart surgery Miss Vivian recovering in the hospital
Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.
Continued Prayers for Naida and I in our work in Lakeshore.
Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.
Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.
Pray for our financial needs to be met so we can continue the work here.
Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:
Wells of Hope would like to thank God for;
1. Gilbert one of our children who had been admitted in intensive care about two weeks ago, he is now healed and he is fine.
2. We thank God for providing funds for Electricity supply and connections at Wells of Hope School for children of prisoner’s .We expect that the supply company will connect the power in two weeks’ time.
3. With God’s help and your support on 4th April 2013, children of prisoners here at Wells of Hope, visited their parents in prison, 12 children were meeting their parents for the first time.
4. On 6th April 2013, we were able to make full/final payment for the 10 acres on which we have the Wells of Hope Academy, the only school for children of prisoners in the whole world.
5. The gardening of sweet potatoes at the school and vegetable farming at the academy.
6. God has managed to sustain the ministry work up to this date and time and His glory is being portrayed every day, changing lives, many soul being reached out.
7. The children are in good health and also the continued availability of food at the school.
8. Continued counseling support, the Scripture Union visits as they help the children grow spiritually and also build on their self-esteem.
9. Continued Prison ministry, our volunteers have been able to go preach and conduct bible studies.
10. The Staff who are dedicated at helping and also expanding the ministry of God.
11. for the partners who continue to support wells of hope through thick and thin.
At Wells of Hope we would like you to pray for the following;
1. For the prisoners in Uganda especially those who are sick in prison for the Lord to heal them.
2. Pray that the Lord provides us items for the Garage sale this June, 2013
3. The Rapid assessment of children of prisoners in Uganda research project and the role of grandmothers in the lives of children of prisoner.
4. Increment of the staff salaries (school and office)
5. We need items to sell for the Garage sale this June, 2013.
6. Pray for Our Executive Director to get travel funds to attend the World Congress against the Death Penalty, taking place in Madrid on 12 June, we want to raise our concerns in regard to the effect of Death penalty on Children.
7. From Madrid, Francis will go to United Kingdom Between 16th June 2013 and 26th June 2013, pray for God to provide travel funds and also pray that God opens doors for him to share about Wells of Hope.
8. Pray for Wells of Hope to buy a car because hiring one is costly and inconvenient. Same amount used to hire a car in a year car buy a new one.
9. Most of the children lack warm clothing, they need school sweaters and jackets, May God release USD 1420 to get sweaters and jackets shoes for all the children!
10. Most of the children lack school shoes and sandals to use after the classes which make them to look shabby and they can easily hurt their feet, we need $ 1400
11. The beds are not enough are most of them and broken, some children sleep on the floor. We need USD 7200 urgently to get 60 metallic double beds!
12. Pray for more children to be sponsored, our target is 80!
13. Pray for Wells of Hope Children’s Choir to make a tour of the US next year!
14. Pray that we can put verandah and aprons on the buildings or else the foundation of the buildings is under great threat, may God provide $ 5370.
15. Pray that God provides money for the play field and games equipment for the children to play at Wells of Hope.
16. Pray for the Wells of Hope volunteers who go to preach and conduct bible studies in prison, pray that the Lord provides them means of transport to go there.
17. Pray that we can help prisoners with supplies like soap, food for the sick prisoners and sugar.
18. God to provide a salary or a wage for the Executive Director, given our new budget, we have no source of funds for him.
Francis Ssuubi, Director
Prison Fellowship invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:
•that more prisoners would seize the opportunity to show love to their children through Angel Tree in 2013.
•for Patty Colson and the Colson family. April 21 will be the first anniversary of Chuck’s going home to be with the Lord.
•for Justice Fellowship’s “Overcriminalization 101” education event on Capitol Hill on April 19.
•for worship teams serving at Stateville Minimum Security Unit in Illinois who will share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the inmates in the work camp on Saturday, April 20.
•for excitement and encouragement to go the extra mile for those attending the upcoming Angel Tree celebration in East St. Louis area. Pray for Curt Swisher, the new area coordinator.
International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)
Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.
Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm
Congrats to Dan and Amy Tabb, missionaries to Ireland upon the birth of their second child. Senan Christopher Tabb, all 10lbs of him was born on April 10th.
It is with regret that we must announce that the Messer’s long time missionaries to Cote de Ivory (Ivory Coast) have left the mission field for personal reasons. Please keep the family in prayer.Senan Christopher TabbSenan Christopher Tabb
REQUESTS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES
From our Coordinator
The ARBCA General Assembly convenes on April 23, 2013 at the Grace Fellowship Church in Bremen, IN where Pastor Jon Hueni services. Gordon and Rayna Taylor will be attending. Gordon will also be involved in many committee meetings during the week as well as the all-day Administrative Council meeting on Monday April 22. Please pray for the blessing of the Lord to rest upon the General Assembly and that the Lord will give safety to all who travel.
From Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona
Please pray for Pastor John Forbes from Cornerstone Church in Mesa, AZ as he was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He has started chemo treatments.
From Berean Baptist Church Ceres, CA
Greetings too all of you in the name of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is with great joy I write to you and anticipate seeing you soon in Indiana.
It was with great regret that I was not able to be with you last year but God’s wisdom is perfect and good.
We have experienced God’s grace abundantly at Berean Baptist. The last time I was with you I was considering the possibility that God could be ending our church plant effort. Immediately upon leaving the GA, I was contacted by our brother Bob Curly who informed me of a building opportunity near us.
We have been meeting in that place for almost a year and a half now. When we moved there, we could barely support a small supplemental salary for me. The cost of the building, while it is a great deal, was more than we could afford. Through the gracious support of a few churches and individuals, we were able to secure the building for a year. After a year, through the addition of several families, we are now able to independently cover the expenses of the building and the supplemental salary. Our budget is down to the penny for those things but the Lord is providing.
Our church body has grown together through a few trials. We have seen God’s hand as the church body has served as His hands and feet in serving one another.
Most recently we have started three home fellowship groups. This developed as an application from preaching through Ephesians and seeing the role of the body of Christ and the importance of Christian Community.
In June we will ordain two men to the office of deacon. This is a huge blessing for us as the one deacon we had moved down to Escondido to attend seminary.
The two men are Jim Holland and his son, Sean Holland. Both men have demonstrated the role of deacon without the official title which will make for a very smooth transition. They both have a sincere love for the Lord, His Word and His Church. They have been a huge blessing to me as they have stepped up and taken away from me many of the weekly responsibilities I have held for our first 6 years. Words cannot express the blessing this has been.
Sean Holland has been teaching our adults in Sunday school with a curriculum he has written on the life of Christ and the birth of the New Testament Church.
This weekend (April 19) our ladies will have their first ladies retreat at a cabin belonging to some friends of ours. Our men have also been meeting twice monthly and going through Jonathan Edwards Advice to Young Converts. This has been an exceptional time of growth as we see our need for growth in some very good basic Christian religion regardless of how long we have been saved. It has proved very fruitful.
Please continue to pray the Lord bless our church to be a light in our community. We are also still praying for the ability to support a pastor full time. We also would like to see the Lord raise up or send us another elder so we can have a plurality.
These things we ask of the Lord with great thankfulness for His faithfulness to us. He is good
We continue to pray regularly for our churches in ARBCA as well as the Missionary Updates we receive.
Thank you, brethren for your participation in the gospel ministry. It is my pleasure to serve alongside you in the kingdom of our risen Lord and Savior.God Bless His church, Robert Cole, Pastor
From Covenant Baptist Church, the Church Plant in Clarksville, TN
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are always thankful to the Lord for your partnership with us in the work of the gospel here in Clarksville, and for your prayers in our behalf before the throne of grace.
For those of you who will be at the General Assembly next week, there is a fuller report of what the Lord has been doing here in Clarksville over the past year in the GA notebook. But here are several matters for thanksgiving and prayer.
Join with us in thanking the Lord for His great mercy and blessings towards us here in Clarksville. One recent blessing to our growing body has been the presence of Mark and Cheryl Hatfield. Mark is an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors, SC. They have come to Clarksville for the months of March and April to assist in the work here. As a church family we have been blessed by their warm hospitality. We also have been blessed as Mark has preached to us from Colossians in our evening service. We are also thankful to the Lord for bringing to us three families who are in the process of formally joining with us. It is a great joy to see the Lord adding to our number those who are committed to Christ and His Church. We also thank the Lord for the increased attendance at our weekly prayer meeting. The times of prayer and fellowship have been a rich blessing.
Please continue to pray for the Lord to grow our forming church body in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for the Lord to raise up elders and deacons in our midst as He sees fit. Pray for us to be faithful witnesses of the Lord here in Clarksville. Thank you again, brethren, for your prayers.In Christ, John Miller Church Planter in Clarksville, TN