A faithful man finds an excellent wife…by God’s great grace!

An excellent wife who can find?  She is far more precious than jewels. 
(Proverbs 31:10)

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
(Proverbs 20:6)

Two of the above have found one another by God’s grace.  Congratulations on your engagement, Charlie and Denise!  Let us be faithful in praying for them as they prepare to be united to one another in marriage.  Pray that during this time their love for God will grow as well as their love for one another. 

We love you!  :o) 

Am I a Soldier of the Cross? (or am I just a sojourner on the earth?)

I sat down a few minutes ago to play through a few songs on the piano.  I enjoy just sitting down and playing through old hymnals.  The last song I played was one that John Piper quoted in his T4G message this year.  The second verse will still not get out of my head…it is a very haunting thought. 
Well, I came to check my e-mail and my GoogleReader, only to find a blogpost that fits very well with those words I’ve been pondering. 

Ray Ortlund just posted this today:

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3

Timothy was Paul’s son in the Lord. Paul called him “my child” (2 Timothy 2:1). How did this spiritual father raise his fine young son? Not for ease, but for hardship. And Timothy was ready to face the future, come what may.

Paul looked his beloved child right in the eyes and said, “This world is mobilized in total war against the Lord Jesus. Look around you. You see the brutality everywhere. This is why. But our Savior is committed to an all-out campaign of liberation, and we are in his army now. He will deploy you in battle. You will suffer. Don’t run from it. Accept it. When this war is finally over and we all go home, we will live on with no regrets. We will live forever with the satisfaction of having fought in the greatest conflict in the universe, and we didn’t turn tail and run. We followed orders and pleased our Commander (2 Timothy 2:4). He will be so pleased to pin those medals on your chest. He will be so pleased to toast you at his victory banquet. Think about it, son.”

On this Father’s Day, may all Christian fathers say to their sons and daughters the things that must be said, to raise up the next generation of steady, rugged, joyful soldiers for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is the song I played.  

 

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

(You can hear the song here). 

Prayer Requests (June 11)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, June 11

  • Kevin, Saprina, & Alexis- flood damage; insurance will cover
  • Dorcie- cancer
  • Tommy and Jed G. (Cheryl’s friends)- visiting and sick in Philippines
  • Nannie (Cheryl)- not doing well
  • Kristin C. (Cheryl)- on bedrest
  • Jason- preaching Sunday night
  • Jennie- poison ivy
  • Sarah C.- eye infection…pray antibiotics will work
  • Tom- work situation
  • Daniel- MRI Friday…possible herniated disc; job
  • Harry- skin cancer removed July 25
  • Sherry’s mom- trailer damaged from storm; no electricity; pray insurance will cover and that her eyes would be opened to the Lord
  • Randy’s brothers, especially Rodley in North Carolina
  • Pam’s dad- memory worse
  • Amanda M. (Lydia’s niece)- cochlear implant Friday
  • The Stantons
  • The Andersons- gas=$7/gallon; food 2x or 3x ^
  • Pray for the seeds that have been planted and watered this week in people’s lives.  Pray more seeds would be planted and watered this week. 

Weekly Announcements [June 8-15]

Weekly Announcements 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Men’s Morning Meditations
– All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at the pastor’s home this Tuesday starting at 6:30 a.m. (to around 8:30 a.m.).  Come at your convenience! 


Wednesday, June 11, 2008
7:00 p.m.- We will continue our series on evangelism. 
7:00 p.m.- The kids class will be held in the back and they will be learn that God’s ways are best through the story of Jonah.   

 Sunday, June 15, 2008
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 3:1-6:30; 2 Kings 24:11-16)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 2)
2:00 p.m.- Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore [see Wayne]
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Jason E. will be speaking.)
*Sunday School Devo: Tom (next week: nobody…please sign up…) 
*Ushers: Paul and Roger (alternates: Daniel and Steve G.)
Monday, June 16, 2008
6:00 p.m.- Christian Counseling/Psychology Class with Sis. Helen continues. 

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Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher
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Memory Check!!!!
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Happy Birthday this Week to:
Thursday- Cheryl
 

Cupcake


Happy Anniversary this Week to:
Wednesday- Kevin and Saprina
Wednesday- Nick and Brooke [3 years]
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If you have an announcement you would like to add to the above list, please leave a comment below and I’ll stick it up there!  Thanks!  :o)
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Coming Soon!  Monthly Manna from your pastor’s family table!  Stay tuned! 
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I sure do love all you leaky cisterns! 

Mission Update: The Andersons

June 3, 2008
 
Dear Praying Friends,
 
Greetings from Kitale, Kenya! We arrived in Kitale on May 5th , and it is so good to be back home. We miss our family very much, and our friends in the U.S., but this is where God has called us, and where our hearts are.
 
We arrived here in Kitale to find that we had no working phone line, as the line has been stolen for its metal. Our washing machine was broken, our internet connection didn’t work, even when we did finally get the phone lines working, our water heater was broken, and our car was having problems. After about two weeks, we finally were able to get things working so that we could function. This is life in a third world country. 
 
Our son-in-law, Graig, arrived here before we did with his team of five from the University of Michigan. We came a couple of days later, and were able to help Graig to get into ministry with his team. They were able to visit with the members of our newest church out in the country. They also did a de-worming clinic in a neighborhood not too far from our Imani Baptist Church, and worked with our pastors. They even had the opportunity of ministering in a camp for displaced people who had lost everything in the tribal clashes earlier this year. There were two camps in Kitale for displaced persons. One camp had 2,000 people living in it, and the other one outside of town had 20,000. Now, the government is trying to return these people to their homelands, so the numbers in the camps have greatly reduced.
 
The power sharing of the new government that formed after the disputed elections seems to be working so far. We have a president and prime minister running the country together and sharing power. However, prices have really increased, and our people are having a hard time even feeding their families. Gasoline is over $7.00 per gallon, and the food prices have doubled, and some have tripled. Wages have not gone up, so it is harder and harder for families to survive. Unemployment is increasing at an alarming rate, as tourism and other industries that function because of people coming from overseas, have dwindled. Times are harder than we have ever seen since we have been in Kenya. However, the hard times help our people to focus on our Lord and His faithfulness to care for His people in times of testing, instead of trusting in temporary things.
 
 I have had several meetings with our pastors.  One of the pastors had a good idea for ministry. He was interested in seeing if our churches could make a difference in people who are suffering from the later stages of Aids. Pam had training in dealing with people who have AIDS in late 2006, so he asked her if she would teach about AIDS to our church members. She began teaching last week in each of our three churches.  She is teaching our members, and others who may be interested, all about the symptoms of AIDS, and how that they can go into homes, and be a witness by helping to care for these unfortunate people. The response has been very good, and we are excited to see our people want to know more, and want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those suffering from this terrible disease.
 
I am excited about restarting our Bible Institute with our church leaders, later this month. More are interested in being trained to do the work of our Lord, so I am preparing to start after Roger gets settled, and can help.
 
We are excited about Roger and Julie Tate and their family arriving to work with us here on June 9th. Lord willing, Pam and I will go into Nairobi to pick them up, and then spend a few days there showing them around. Our plans are to return to Kitale on June 13th, and to help them to get settled into their new lives here. WE are planning a big party for them, and plan to bring the churches together to meet them, and see an evangelistic video in Swahili. We would covet your prayers for us and them, that together, we can accomplish great things for our Lord.
 
May our Lord richly bless each of you for your prayers for us on this side of God’s world. We are a team together, and whatever is accomplished is because of your prayers and financial support. You are a vital part of the ministry here, and we would love to hear from you. Thanks again so much for bringing our names before God’s throne. We appreciate you and your labors for our Lord there.
 
Your servants in Kenya,
 
Mike and Pam
mpanderson [at] africaonline.co.ke

P.S. Please note our E-mail address from Africa Online. We are having problems accessing our Yahoo account.

Mission Update: Nathan and Carrie Radford

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dear praying friends,

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and there are many important items to update each of you
on.  My wife and I praise the Lord for good health, ministry opportunities here in the States, and the
arrival of a new addition to our family. This update will focus on these areas.

So many have asked about my wife’s pregnancy and the health of our daughter. McKenna Eileen Radford was born at Cabell Huntington Hospital (WV) on April 26th at 6:42 am. She was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. We are thrilled that she was born healthy and that there are no problems with her
development. She is now almost six weeks old, which does not seem possible. Although becoming a parent is a lot of new responsibility for us, it is also a joy and blessing to be able to invest in the life of our
child and teach her in the ways of the Lord.  Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our goal as parents is to train our daughter in the way of
the Lord and for her life to bring honor and glory to God.

In regards to prayer requests, please pray for our health, as furlough has many challenges. Please pray
that the Lord would provide the strength and grace necessary to finish well in reporting to individuals
and churches. In regards to our support needs, we still need around 175 dollars a month to reach full
support, and we are praying and trusting the Lord for this need.

A statement from a prominent believer I recently read really spoke to me. It said “I have been driven many
times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” May each of us stay in prayer before the Lord, to strengthen our walk with Him, and build our relationship with Him.
Matthew 21:22 states “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Hebrews 4:16 also says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.” By faith, we believe that the Lord will provide the rest of this
need, and we continue to wait and trust Him. If you would be interested in supporting the ministry in
Kenya, please contact us at the information below. 

To date, we have received no reports of problems in the ministries in Kitale, so we praise the Lord for
this. Both the prison and hospital ministries seem to be progressing smoothly in our absence. Please pray
for the nationals that are presently leading the ministries. We have also received positive reports
from others who have visited the country recently that peace has come to Kenya. Many of you know of the
unrest that was in the country following the elections, but we have heard that this has calmed, so
we praise the Lord for this also. Psalm 91:2 says “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in Him will I trust.” We praise the Lord for protecting the missionaries that were in Kenya during
this difficult time, and that peace has returned to the country.

We will be sure to keep you updated regularly. Thanks so much to each one who calls, writes a note of
encouragement, prays for us, or supports the ministry financially. Each of you are so important to the
ministry in Kenya, and we thank God for you.

Until next month,
Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com

For the Glory of God

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