Pause and Reflect January 2016

High expectations!

What do you hope for in 2016?

Jesus said you don’t have because you don’t ask. His brother and believer in the faith, James said that you don’t have because you ask for the wrong reasons. This is one very good reason to read scripture and pray daily. We learn the mind of Christ and we have a better idea how to pray

My greatest hope for 2016 is to see spiritual growth in Tom, Tim, Jonathan, Jeremie, Ronnie, Jim, and Steven. God has blessed all these men with opportunities to mature in their faith.

These men face struggles and challenges which most of us have never known. But they are men whom I invested varying amounts of time over the last several years. My hope is for these men to grow in their desire for God’s Word and looking to Him in daily decisions and choices.

IMG_1409Especially pray for Ronnie who will mostly likely need to move to a new location in the next month or two. Pray that he sees the need to obtain employment. Pray that he will adjust to his new living arrangements.

And pray for Tom who is facing health issues. Pray that his employer will work with Tom as he recovers from surgery. Pray that Tom will not get discouraged.

Unchained

We are exploring ways to serve a group of young women who are rebuilding their lives coming out of the sex trafficking industry. Yes, here in the heart of the USA.

According to Franklin Graham, Nashville has the largest adult bookstore in the world and has the most “mega churches” in America.

A safe house has been established here in Spring Hill for young women escaping from this cruel and abusive industry. We may be teaching a Faith and Finances curriculum February 4th Pray for this opportunity we are partnering with Unchained Movement.

Pray as we launch another Faith and Finance class. This will be just 2 weeks after serving the community with the Medical Dental Unit. We hope some of these folks will take advantage of this opportunity.

Everything we do is designed to give us the privilege to sharing the Gospel.

The Joy of Family

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Priscilla and I had a wonderful time with                                                    family and friends inIMG_1418 Michigan over the holidays. We took our grandkids to a live nativity and to bowling. We had a great time!

Final Thoughts

What expectations do you have for you and your family? What spiritual goals can you work on this year? Remember He (Jesus) is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think….to Him be the glory… (Eph. 3:20-21)

I will be praying for you and your family this year. Please keep us in your prayers. And thank you for your support.

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Pause and Reflect November 2015

Be prepared

I had nothing with me! I did not have my Bible or notes with me. Well, I had nothing but God. And, honestly that was all that was needed. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “…always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”.

Sharing Hope

mduWe had been sharing the gospel with those waiting to be served at the Mobile Dental Clinic. It was approaching the end of the scheduled time. Most of our evangelism team had already left. The last two registered. They were introduced to me, but neither of the ladies spoke English. We found an interpreter quickly. I skipped the normal introductory conversation starter and began sharing the gospel and my testimony.

Through the interpreter, I asked if they had ever asked Jesus to come into their life. Neither had done so. Both wanted to. The fruit just fell off the tree. I felt ill prepared, but God knew they were ready and we were willing. Isn’t this the way it should be.

Giving Thanks

November is the month we naturally focus on gratefulness, as we approach Thanksgiving.

(3 generations) Kelly, Priscilla, and Olivia enjoying an unusual swing

(3 generations) Kelly, Priscilla, and Olivia enjoying an unusual swing

(This year, Priscilla and I were blessed to have our son Aaron and his family here for the last few days of October celebrating an early Thanksgiving dinner including football (Michigan holding on to a win with Minnesota in the very last seconds of the game.)

I’d like to briefly describe some of the ministry organizations we’ve worked with. These folks are dedicated to serving the under served. We are blessed to participate.

Hope Clinic for Women is a faith based safe and confidential place…equipping women, men and families to make healthy choices with unplanned pregnancies.

Men of Valor is a ministry of hope, reconciling men to God, their families and society. Their story is best told by founder, Carl Carlson. You can learn his compelling story in a book he wrote, “Beyond the Walls” on Amazon. He passed away exactly one week after the book was finished.

Welcome Home Ministries is a faith based alcohol and drug recovery support ministry.

GraceWorks  helps local churches screen requests for food, monetary help, or clothing; maintains a thrift store and food pantry.

Christian Women Job Corps empowers individuals to break harmful cycles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources.

Remember to pray for these and others who serve on the front lines of ministry meeting needs of hurting individuals in the name of Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

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