Even though we missed the first Sunday of 2014 due to weather, we were able to “makeup” the time this Sunday. Here’s the start of a new series of messages, Time to Begin
What’s Happening At Central
The Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 PM.
Globally: Pray God will fertilize the seeds planted during Christmas services and programs and many people will come to know Christ as Savior as a result of these gospel presentations. Praise Him for all those who heard the gospel for the first time.
Stateside: Pray for God to give us a strong financial start to the year. Pray for churches and people who have never supported the Mission to be moved by God to both give and pray. Ask for regular, monthly support to increase steadily. Ask God to give safety to missionaries and office personnel as they travel and share their hearts with churches and groups in harsh winter conditions.
Panama: Field Operations Director Jeff Turnbough departed on Wednesday, January 8th, for Panama. Kenneth Eagleton, regional director for Latin America, departed Brazil on January 8th, as well. The two will attend the Panamanian National Association and meet with the directiva to continue planning for the transition to full national leadership. Ask God to use this time to encourage and strengthen the Panamanian church, continuing to give them unity and vision.
Bulgaria: Tim and Lydia Awtrey, and their children Alex and Yanna, left for Svishtov, Bulgaria on January 8th. Pray for their return trip. Ask God to help them readjust quickly. Thank Him they are able to return to support and encourage the Postlewaites who have labored alone for the past six months.
Creative Access: The wife of a Free Will Baptist leader in Pakistan has been quite ill. Though released from the hospital, he requests continued prayer for her. He also requests prayer for 40 recent converts from Middle Eastern countries. Ask God to help them grow in their understanding of biblical truth.
Brazil: Praise God for the 14 people baptized at the São José FWB Church in Campinas, Brazil, during their New Year’s Eve service. Pray for Pastor Nilvio Silva as he continues to disciple these young believers. Pray their faith will grow deep roots and they will share their faith with others.
Korea: Pray for David O. as he teaches in South Korea this week. He will speak in several churches on Sunday and return to the States early next week. Pray our strategic partnership with our Korean brothers will continue to yield much fruit both in Korea and in other parts of the world, especially Muslim countries.
Bible Reading Challenge: Ephesians 1:1-11
Bible Memorization Challenge: Matthew 6:10 (ESV)…10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
What a pleasure it was to be in the Lord’s house yesterday, with the Lord’s people, worshiping together. I don’t know about you, but when I miss a service the rest of my week seems out of sorts. It was really special to be able to spend some time together with my spiritual family yesterday.
One of the key things I hope you took from the message yesterday is that we need to make sure we take advantage of the opportunities that God provides for us to connect with other people; both those within the Body of Christ and those who haven’t yet entered into fellowship with Christ. These connections are vitally important. It is the only way we will truly “make the best use of our time” as Paul exhorted the Ephesian church to do (Ephesians 5:16). Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a more detailed look at how to properly set our priorities so that we ensure we are walking wisely (Ephesians 5:15).
With another year ahead of us, will you pray for the Lord’s leading upon myself, the deacons, and the Advisory Board members as we move forward. We want to do that which honors God and builds His kingdom. Pray that we will listen for His voice, His leading, as the year progresses.
I hope to see you in church soon!