Nigeria: Builders have encountered erosion issues during the construction of the Bright Hope Enugu School. Pray these problems can be resolved and the school will be ready to open by this September as planned.
Cambodia: Ask God to help Asian missionary Rebecca Chung to be effective in her preaching at Svay Chur village through her advanced study of the Khmer language. Also pray for the Holy Spirit to help in the Bible study Rebecca leads.
Philippines: Pray for the ongoing showings of the JESUS Film in the Ayta Mag-Indi language to plant significant gospel seeds in the lives of many who view the film.
Portugal: Join Eduardo and Cindi Angelo in prayer for the Barnabas Project ministry operating out of the Santa Marta church. The 2014 goal is to offer classes or programs at this community center to reach children who live in poverty. The Angelos write, "We believe that greater things are yet to come; so we ask for prayer for our vision in the coming year."
Pray for healing for Jim Stillwell, Laurie Yost's father, who is recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke he suffered Mon., Jan. 6, in Owosso, MI. Jim is undergoing physical therapy at a local hospital. Also pray for Laurie's mother, Sharon, who was mildly injured in a fall in a parking lot over the weekend and who has her own health concerns. Laurie is planning to travel to Michigan this week for a short visit. The Yost family serves in Mexico.
A team of 11 from Crossroads Community Church (Ottawa Lake, MI), led by Eric Messer, is currently ministering in Dessalines, Haiti, through Sat., Jan. 18.
Robert and Sharon Sproull, Cornerstone Community Church (Webster, NY) will be teaching at Haiti Providence University Jan. 18 to Feb. 1.
Brittany Risch (Charlotte, NC) is in Nairobi, Kenya, until Wed., Jan. 29, observing and participating in the ministries of the FMC in Kenya and ICCM schools.
John Adams (First FMC, Indianapolis, IN) is in Haiti until Sat., Jan. 18, teaching a course on evangelism for the master's program at Haiti Providence University.
A team of four from Round Rock, TX, led by James Rowan, will be in Dessalines, Haiti, Jan. 17 to 26. They will repair the roof on a mission building and help at Dessalines Hospital.
Pastor Jeff Suits of Platteville FMC, WI, will travel with Africa Area Director Mike Reynen in Cameroon, Jan. 20 to 27, to visit pastors and churches and help lead a pastors' conference.
Burt and Sandy McDonnell, Newcastle, Ontario, are in Dessalines, Haiti, until April 10. They are assisting with construction work and administration at Dessalines Hospital.
A FOHO team of 17 from Wabash Conference, led by Dan Dennis, travels to Haiti today, Jan. 14, and will build a church at San Michel. They return to the U.S. on Tues., Jan. 28.
INTERNATIONAL CHILD CARE MINISTRIES
What a success 2013 was! Please pray for God's work to continue to be evident through ICCM in 2014. Also pray for a smooth transition following the rate increase and the additional blessing that sponsors will be able to provide for nearly 20,000 children in 30 countries.
ICCM has started the year off with newly printed resources. If you or your church have old ICCM "Frequently Asked Questions" brochures or "Her Future" brochures please recycle those and contact the ICCM office for new materials (Matt Sauder, Matt.Sauder@fmcusa.org, or 800-341-5531, ext. 228). New materials will include updated stories, pictures and sponsorship rate.
The SEED team is celebrating a terrific Christmas season of spreading joy, love and livelihood in the U.S. and around the world. Thanks to all who purchased and partnered with SEED and the livelihood groups with whom they partner. Keep an eye out for SEED's 2013 Annual Report: "The Story and the Statistics," due to arrive before the end of the month. Sign up for the SEED newsletter at seedlivelihood.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kenya: January 2014 marks the beginning of another school year for children at Empowering Lives International (ELI) Kipkaren Children's Home. Cathy Lessig (Affiliate/ELI) says 2014 is the first year a class will graduate from the high school. Pray this school year will be free of teacher strikes for those attending government schools (strikes have occurred twice in recent years), as well as characterized by excellence in studies and leadership development. Pray also for the new children who will be received at the home as the older ones graduate. Pray the new children will be transformed from lonely, scared orphans into confident, happy, Christ-filled children!
Nepal: Pray for new believers among tribal peoples in isolated mountain valleys. According to Operation World, approximately 55% of Nepal's population is unevangelized.
Hungary: Praise the Lord for the variety of activities taking place at the Budapest Ministry Center. Pray for God's blessing over each person who enters the center, whether it's to attend a preschool music class or a worship service.
Brazil: Join Dan and Hope Owsley in praising the Lord for sending Felipe to Brasilia. The Owsleys knew him when they lived in Petrolina 15 years ago. Now Felipe is living and working in Brasilia and is eager to help with the church plant in Aguas Claras. Pray for this community which has more than 500 apartment buildings. Ask God to provide church members with creative ways to reach people.
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Some traditions, including those in the Middle East/North Africa, will celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, 2014. Many services will be held Christmas Eve, Mon., Jan. 6. Pray for significant community outreach through these services.
Remember your missionary team as they serve around the world representing God's love this holiday season. Pray God's special blessing and care surrounds each one.
Pray for SEED's bold goals of working with at least five new livelihood groups and of firmly establishing the Champions network in the U.S. during 2014. Want more information? Write email@example.com to be included on SEED's newsletter list.
INTERNATIONAL CHILD CARE MINISTRIES
ICCM Ambassadors and Advocates: Please continue to pray for ICCM Ambassadors and Advocates as they share the good news about ICCM with others and finish the year strongly. If you are interested in promoting ICCM and becoming an ICCM Advocate please contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lillian and I were talking the other day, and I realized that this is our fourth Christmas with the church family of Breckenridge Chapel. We became a part of the fellowship in June 2010.
What a great fellowship we have! God has certainly blessed us with and through each other. I think back over these years we have been with you. Everyone seems to give of themselves. If we have a need, someone fills it. There is such a great spirit in our church family and it centers on our relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
2013 was an exciting year for me as your pastor, and a fruitful one for our church family. Our membership and attendance has increased steadily, and our finances are stable. We have added new elements to our worship – including the Praise Team. We have had two baptisms. Paul Jung was ordained.
When I was studying evangelism and church growth in seminary I learned that small churches are actually more efficient in introducing persons to Jesus Christ (evangelism) and helping persons grow in their relationship with Him (discipleship). Breckenridge Chapel certainly proves that notion!
I am looking at ways to expand the Free Methodist presence in our community and our local outreach and witness. Paul Jung is still providing leadership for a ministry to refugees. Lee Twombly is serving as chaplain for Shively Fire and Police and is involved in chaplaincy throughout Kentucky. I still serve as the chaplain for the St. Matthews Police. Right now I am considering offering weekly worship services to a local nursing home – Belmont Village.
Lillian and I enjoy so much being a part of this church family. We look forward to our future with you all.