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Prayer Letter December 2015

Dec 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

DECEMBER 2015

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”          (Isaiah 9: 2)

 

What happens when people, who are walking in darkness, see the Great Light? What happens when The Light dawns on those, who are living in the land of the shadow of death? You know. You’ve seen it happen—maybe in your life, or maybe in the life of someone else: Transformation, New Life, New Purpose, Joy, Peace. I’ve seen it happen in Daví’s life. Daví is from a village that is about 8-9 days away by canoe. He came to the river town to study in public school three years ago and began living at the Christian Training Center. At first, Daví struggled with the national language, he rarely came to the Bible Storying sessions and he spent a lot of time drinking with his relatives when they would come to town. Last year, I began to see a slight change in Daví’s behavior. He started participating more in the Bible Storying sessions, he sought out help with his homework and he seemed to enjoy making lunch when it was his turn. However, his problem with alcohol continued. God led me to tell Biblical Narratives about His “holiness” and to discuss what that means in our lives. We talked about the fact that God wants each of us to be “holy,” as He is holy. I gradually witnessed a dramatic transformation in Daví’s life. Now he says that Jesus is his Savior, he rarely misses a Bible Storying session and he was the first one to finish all of the drawings—in the culture of his people—from Adam to Abraham, for the 2nd edition of the book, “The Bible in Figures.” God’s Light has dawned on Daví.

 

PLEASE PRAY:

 

1.     Pray for Daví as he grows in his Christian walk. Pray that he will remain faithful to the Lord. Pray that he will become a great Christian leader among his people.

2.     Please pray for the students at the Christian Training Center as classes are ending for this semester. Several of the students will be participating in a Bible Conference during the month of January. Others will be visiting their families for several months. Pray that all of the students will be faithful witnesses for our Lord.

3.     Thank God that we have been able to hold the Bible Storying sessions on a regular basis with four different unreached people groups. Pray that God will guide us as we continue to hold Bible Storying sessions with one of these people groups in the month of January and then, with the other three people groups when classes start back at the end of February.

4.     Pray for us as we continue to develop the 2nd edition of the “Bible in Figures.” This edition will include more Biblical Narratives than the 1st edition and will have culturally sensitive illustrations drawn by the people themselves. We plan to have an illustrated version of this 2nd edition for each of the four people groups with whom we work.

5.     Please pray that the Lord will continue to sustain and care for my mother. I am thankful to be with her at this time of the year.

6.     Please pray that God would bring about a Great Awakening among all of the people groups in this vast region. Pray that God would put a passion to know Him in the hearts of all of the peoples here (contacted and non-contacted). Pray that the people would: seek Him, want to hear about Him, desire to learn from His Word, put His Word into practice in their lives and take His Word and His Truths to all of their relatives. Please pray that God would sweep through this whole region with His mighty power in such a way that “every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

 

Thank you for praying and have a Blessed Christmas.

Kathy

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Prayer Letter October 2015

Dec 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

OCTOBER 2015

 

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  (Rev. 7: 9-10)

 

     The first time I saw Xanü, I would have thought that he was just one of the elders of the T people. He looked like them complete with the facial markings, the armbands and the long strings of beads crisscrossed on his chest. He was a perfect reflection of the T people. But—I knew his story. Xanü is from one of the U people nomadic groups who still live in the jungle. He left his people years ago and married a woman from the T people group. He has lived with the T people since that time. He still worries about his own people though—so much that every year when the river goes down he leaves bananas and manioc on a sandbar for them. Xanü came to a birthday celebration that we held for his grandson last Saturday in the river town. He arrived in time to hear part of the Storying session that we had before the party. His knowledge of the national language is limited, so I don’t know how much he understood. However, he looked intently at the figures that accompanied the Biblical Narratives. My prayer for Xanü is that he will come to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and that he will reflect not only his adopted people group but also the “glory of our Lord.” “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.” (2 Cor. 3: 18)

 

PLEASE PRAY:

     Thank you, thank you for praying for the U people! Xanü’s presence in our Bible Storying session is a result of your prayers for this people group. Please continue to pray that Xanü will hear God’s full plan of salvation in a language that he can understand. Pray for his son, as he translates orally the condensed version of the “Bible in Figures” from the national language to the T language. Pray also that Xanü will allow God to use him to reach the U people with the Word.

     Thank the Lord for the travel safety that He provided for two of my colleagues, Peggy Wallace and Catherine Miranda, as they came to visit the field here. Pray that God will continue to use them, along with their families, to reach many for His kingdom.

     Thank God also that we have been able to hold the Bible Storying sessions on a regular basis with four different unreached people groups. In spite of car problems and the lack of gasoline in my town, God has provided ways for us to get to the river town to be with the people.

     Please continue to pray for the students at the Christian Training Center. Pray for those who will be visiting their families in the villages after classes are over this semester. Pray that the students will be faithful to tell their relatives what God has been teaching them through the Biblical Narratives.

     Please pray for D. Damaris and her family. We have continued to hold Bible Storying sessions in her home. Pray for her daughter, Mariela, as she gave birth to a baby boy two weeks ago. An aunt helped deliver the baby at home, because there was not time to get to a hospital. Pray that God will use D. Damaris to reach her people with His Word.

     Pray, also, for the work we are doing to develop the 2nd Edition of the “Bible in Figures.” This edition will include more Biblical Narratives than the 1st Edition and will have culturally sensitive illustrations drawn by the people themselves. We plan to have an illustrated version of this 2ndedition for each of the four people groups with whom we work.

     Thank the Lord that all of our team members have returned from traveling and are back on the field. Please continue to pray for health, strength, wisdom and courage for each one as we work together for God’s glory.

     Thank you for praying for Jacqueline. Jacqueline is a member of my local church and has been diagnosed with severe psychological problems. At the present time, she and her mother are in a distant city and Jacqueline is receiving treatment. Please pray that God will bring healing to Jacqueline’s mind. Pray that He will show the doctors which medications are best for her.

     Please continue to pray for my mother and my family in the states. Pray that God will continue to watch over and bless each one.

 

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Preaching Schedule

Sep 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

We value the preaching of God’s Word through expository sermons at FBC Henryville, and we place a high priority on the Bible being preached in multiple services throughout the week. So here’s what we are preaching through right now, and what we plan to preach through in the future:

Presently:

1. Sunday Mornings (January – August 2015):

“Divine Design: God’s Plan(s) for His Church in the Letter of 1 Timothy”

2. Sunday Evenings (January 2014 – May 2015):

“Follow: Following Jesus in ALL of Life”

3. Wednesday Midweek (January 2014 – January 2015)

“Overcome: The Hope of the Christian in the Revelation of the Lamb”

Future:

1. Sunday Mornings (Beginning September 2015):

“The Creation, the Curse, and the Christ: Glimpsing the Gospel in the Book of Genesis”

2. Wednesday Midweek (Beginning January 2016):

“The Scepter and the Savior: Seeing the Gospel in the Book of 2 Samuel”

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Prayer Letter August 2013

Sep 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)
AUGUST 2013
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
 
He was only 12 years old when a jaguar attacked him as he was cutting manioc in a field near his village. His relatives rescued him, put him in a canoe and his father took him down the river to a small town. He was transferred to another town and then flown to a city, where he received medical treatment for two years. I can remember seeing the television news report seven years ago about the 12 year-old boy who was almost killed by a jaguar. However, what I did not know until recently, was that my 19 year-old friend and student, Chico, is that same little boy. He has the scars to prove it. When Chico survived the jaguar attack, his father had plans for him to become a great witch doctor among his people. But—God had other plans for him. Chico was invited to live at the Christian Training Center so he could study in the river town. He started studying God’s Word with the Directors of the Center and began participating in our Storying Training sessions each week. He has now accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. As Chico reflects on his life, he says: “God gave me another chance to live because He has plans for my life. God saved me twice—He saved me from the jaguar and He saved me from my sins. He wants me to take this message to my people.”
 
PLEASE PRAY:
 
1.    Please pray for Chico. Pray for him as he studies in public school. Pray that he will continue to be a faithful witness to all who meet him. Pray, also, that he will grow in his walk with the Lord.
 
2.    Thank you for praying for Damaris and Mariela as they learn God’s Word. Many relatives came down the river to visit them during the last couple of months. It was very difficult to hold our Storying Training sessions, due to the demands of the relatives. However, we did not stop the sessions. Instead, we invited the relatives to listen and learn from God’s Word. We also decided to show the Jesus Film. We nailed a white sheet to the front of Damaris’ house and borrowed an electrical outlet from her, as well as two extension cords. We also borrowed a DVD player and a sound system from other friends. Over 70 people watched the Jesus Film and heard about God’s plan of salvation for the first time in their lives. Please pray that Damaris, Mariela and their relatives will all come to know God as the only true God and Jesus Christ, His Son, as the Savior of the world.
 
3.    We continue to hold the Storying Training sessions. God has used these sessions to help the participants learn about Him through the Biblical Narratives of His Word. Please pray for our next two Storying Training sessions that will be held on September 9-14 and September 23-28. Pray that God would remove any barriers to having this training that may be brought about by Satan.
 
4.    Please pray for the R people, the T people and the U people. Pray that God would cause these people to seek after Him. God has given us several opportunities recently to have more contact with the R people and the T people. Pray that He would work in the hearts of these people so they would want to learn about Him through our Storying sessions.
 
5.    Please pray for Cristiano, who has had malaria three times this year. Pray that the medication he has taken will rid him of the disease and that he will regain his strength. Pray for us as we try to help him make his house “mosquito proof.” Pray for him as he participates in the Storying Training sessions. Thank the Lord that he takes the Storying Training very seriously and plans to evangelize his people. 
 
6.    Please continue to pray for the Christian Training Center. This Center houses fellows from three unreached and unevangelized people groups, who are studying in the river town. The boys receive initial contact with God’s Word at the Center. Pray for us as we hold Storying sessions with them weekly.
 
7.    Thank you for praying for my mother. Please pray that God will bless her health, so she can continue to be a witness for Him.
 
8.    Thank the Lord for each member of our team. I thank God for watching over my health and I praise Him for the honor of serving Him among the Unreached and Unevangelized peoples where He has placed me. 
 
 
Thank you for praying,
 

Kathy

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Summertime!

May 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

For a while it seemed like winter would never end! Finally as we moved into April the temperatures began to creep up, the days began to lengthen noticeably, and you could really feel spring and summer in the air. That makes those of us at FBC Henryville very excited, so we want to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the things you can expect throughout the summer of 2013.

First, summers are for vacations. Vacations are short intentional breaks that are meant to refresh us and recharge us. In some ways the two summer sermon series are like little vacations. On Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings we’ll be spending time in two little vacation spots that will give you a chance to relax, catch your breath, and refocus before we begin two much longer sermon series in September. On Sunday evenings (6:15 pm) during the summer we will be going through a series entitled: Testify: The Sweetness of God in Our Stories of Grace. This series will look at biblical examples of testimonies, talk about how to write and share a testimony with others, and will include opportunities for believers in our church to share their own testimonies with their brothers and sisters in Christ. During our Midweek Worship Services (Wednesdays at 6:30 pm), we will spend time looking at nine key aspects of ministry in the local church in a series entitled Operating Instructions: God’s Work in the Local Church.

In addition to these sermon series, the summer will have a whole lot more to offer! Our Vacation Bible School (Kingdom Chronicles) will be held on June 17-21, and this year we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a Youth VBS along with our regular schedule for children. Picnics in the Park are also great fellowship events that everyone looks forward to, and this year we’re planning to have some of those events spread throughout the summer. We’re going to have a Spring Picnic in the Park on April 21, and then our regular summer Picnics will be held on June 9 and July 21, with an additional Picnic in August that is still to be scheduled. All of this is coming this summer, and this doesn’t even begin to highlight everything the next few months will bring. We’ll have our Honduras Mission Trip, youth events, children’s activities, small group Bible studies, fellowships, and so much more!

This summer will be awesome, and we want to invite you to get involved with FBC Henryville, not just for the summer but for every season of your life!

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Prayer Letter January 2012

Feb 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

JANUARY 2012 

 

“If the Lord had not been on our side . . . the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.  Praise be to the Lord . . . Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”               (Psalm 124: 1, 4-6, 8)

“Help me Daddy! Help me Daddy!” screamed M’s little boy as he went under the water for the second time. M thought he was losing his whole family. Their canoe had rammed into something—maybe a rock—but, with the water’s strong current pushing them from behind, the canoe had actually stood up on one end. They lost everything. Thankfully, M’s older son rescued the younger one—his wife grabbed their little girl. As his wife and children struggled to keep their heads above water, M wrestled with the canoe. He tried to turn it upright; however, the rushing water had quickly begun to fill it up. With strength that was not his own, M flipped the canoe—which dumped the water out and allowed the canoe to return to its normal position. Once back inside the canoe, they grieved their loss . . .  baskets of roasted manioc, bananas and fish—everything they had planned to sell to make money. Yet, they rejoiced in being alive. They arrived in the river town completely exhausted, wet and cold . . . with only the clothes they had on. Our team members helped to provide food, clothing and other items that they had lost. As I talked with M about the accident, he told me, “I accepted Jesus as my Savior two months ago and I know that if it weren’t for God—we would not be here now. God saved me and my family. God gave us another chance to live. Praise God, who gave our lives back to us.”

PLEASE PRAY:

 

1.    Please pray for my mother. She had to have surgery for some fractured vertebrae and remains in the hospital due to further complications. Pray that God would give wisdom to the doctors and His strength to my mother. Pray that He would be praised in this situation.

 

2.    Please pray for M and his family. Pray that they would grow in their walk with the Lord and be faithful witnesses of God’s saving power.

 

3.    Continue to pray for D’s health. Thank the Lord that she is learning God’s Word and is one of our main participants in the Bible Storying Training. Pray also for her daughter who participates in the training sessions with her.

 

4.    Pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held February 12-18. Pray for those who will be participating— that they will have a serious commitment to the training. Pray that God would give us participants from all four of the groups with whom we are working. Pray for the preparations of the training and for our team members who will be leading.

 

5.    Continue to pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of the young men who live there.

 

6.    Thank the Lord that the second Half-Way house is finished! We had a work day recently to paint the house and many participated. This house will be used by another group of our friends as a place to stay when they come down the river to get supplies. Pray that God will use both Half-Way houses to open doors for the Gospel.

 

7.    Please pray for me as I will be traveling in March. I will be going to visit my mother and having several doctors’ check-ups.

 

 

Thank you for praying,

 

Kathy

 

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Prayer Letter October/November

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God . . .” (2 Cor. 10: 3-5a)

I knew that things had not been going as I had hoped, but I didn’t perceive the extent to which Satan was behind the problems until the end of last week. We have held monthly Bible Storying Training Sessions since July of this year. Each time, we had some problems with the participants—either forgetting to come to the sessions or not coming to the sessions due to other commitments, etc. However, this past week of Storying Training was much more difficult. The week began with a new participant who seemed excited about the training. But, due to the fact that she is expecting a baby—she became very ill in the first session and couldn’t participate the rest of the week. I was disappointed, but considered this normal. Then, on two different days, I waited for several other participants to come to the training sessions—only to find out that they were participating in a march to get rid of the authorities in town. By this time, I was becoming discouraged. I marked a session with D (from our last story) for the final day of the training week. But, Satan was at work the evening before, turning the night’s events into what could be compared to “the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.” Around midnight, some of D’s relatives threw a party in which there was a lot of drinking and carousing. After several fellows had gotten drunk, they decided to have their way with D’s brother-in-law who was there. He ran from them, but they caught him and . . . killed him. Everyone in town was shocked at this act of perversion and brutality. The next day, we visited D’s family to offer support and pray with them. Please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that God would tear down the strongholds that Satan has among these people. Pray that God would strengthen us so that we can faithfully proclaim His Word.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Please continue to pray for D’s family. D and her daughter have been very involved in our Bible Storying Training classes, but have not made firm commitments to the Lord, yet. Pray for us as we minister to the family after this tragedy.

2. Thank you for praying for the last week of Bible Storying Training Classes that were held. Please pray that God would bind Satan and his activities from these training sessions. Pray that God will bring people to us who should participate in future training sessions. Pray, also, that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members strength, wisdom and patience to lead the training. Pray for us as we schedule several different sessions of the training per day in order to work around classes and other responsibilities of the participants. Pray for the next Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held December 11-17.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take in January. Pray that we will receive permission to make the trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people in the village and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word. Pray for us as we are already working with some of these fellows. Pray that they will have a desire to know God and obey His Word. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of these young men.

5. Pray for another Half-Way house that our team is helping to build. This house will be used by another group of our friends as a place to stay when they come down the river to get supplies. Thank the Lord for the first Half-Way house that was built and the way that God has used the house to open doors for the Gospel.

6. Please pray for our team members. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Prayer Letter September 2011

Nov 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

SEPTEMBER 2011

” . . . be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6: 10-12)

“I almost didn’t come back to the Bible Storying Training today,” said D as we talked. “Why?” I asked her. “Well, I had a dream last night,” she replied, “and in the dream a dark figure told me to not come back here because what you are teaching is not the truth.” I listened intently as she continued. “But, then I remembered what I learned in the Bible Training: that God is the only, true God and that His Word does not lie—His Word only tells the truth. I know that it was Satan in my dream telling me to not come back to the Bible Training. Satan doesn’t want me to learn about God. But, I came anyway. . . . . . I don’t want to listen to Satan.” Pray that God will strengthen D as she takes a stand against the devil’s schemes.

Please pray:

1. Thank you for praying for the Bible Storying Training Classes that were held September 4-10, as well as the Classes that were held October 2-8. Please pray that God will bring people to us who should participate in future training sessions. Pray, also, that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members wisdom and patience to lead the training. Pray for us as we schedule several different sessions of the training per day in order to work around classes and other responsibilities of the participants. Pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held October 30-November 5.

2. Please pray for the work in this region as we struggle with spiritual warfare. Satan is very astute as he tries to get us to focus on the problems that we encounter, instead of the One who can solve the problems.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take to a village. We have received authorization from one of the officials in charge. However, there are new officials who will also have to approve the trip. Pray that we will receive permission to make the trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word. Pray for us as we are already working with some of these fellows. Pray that they will have a desire to know God and obey His Word. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of these young men.

5. Please pray for our team members. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Prayer Letter: August 2011

Aug 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

AUGUST 2011

“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4: 29)

“What do you think you are doing?!” demanded a recently-elected official. He continued, “You know that you shouldn’t be teaching the Bible to these people!” I said nothing in reply. We had been visiting people in town and inviting them to come to the Bible Storying Training that would soon begin. Without knowing it, we happened to invite the mother of this new official. When she told her son about the training, he was outraged. After several minutes of silence, I spoke up, “But sir, we aren’t doing anything to harm the people—we are teaching the Bible.” “That is exactly what we don’t want you to do,” he argued, “because it will end up changing their culture and traditions.” Again, I remained quiet . . . while inside of me, my mind was racing: “Well, if it changes their culture, then that is God transforming them. But, I can’t help but tell them about Jesus.” After more silence, the official finally declared, “Well, since we are here in town, I can’t prohibit you from teaching the Bible. But, you can’t force the people to go to the Bible Training. Plus, anything that you are teaching here should never reach the villages!”

As I walked out the door, I thought to myself, “He is just a mere man—but, my God is the All-Powerful Creator of the Universe. We will hold the training anyway.” And we did—God blessed.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Pray for our Team as we continue to deal with the authorities concerning our work. God already has a strategy for reaching all the people in this region with His Word. Pray that He will open doors for the work and that we will keep our focus on Him.

2. Please pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held September 4-10. Pray that God will bring the people to us who should participate in this training. Pray that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members wisdom and strength to lead this training.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take to a village. We have received an invitation from the village leaders to go there, but we are awaiting authorization from the officials in charge. Pray that we will receive permission to make this trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word.

5. Thank you for praying for the Half-Way House that our team helped to build. It is almost finished and already has people living in it. The people will stay in the house when they come down the river to get supplies. Pray that God will use the Half-Way House to reach those leaders and people who have not wanted to hear His Word.

6. Please pray for the work in this region as we struggle with spiritual warfare. The forces of evil are very strong here, but God is stronger. Pray that our team members will remain faithful in prayer, steadfast in the Word and united in God’s strength. Pray that we will have the courage to speak out and stand our ground against Satan’s schemes.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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PRAYER LETTER: December 2010

Dec 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

” . . . then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”   (John 8:32)

“Hey! There are some people in a big, yellow boat down at the dock and they are trying to get us to do some strange things!” exclaimed our friends. “Like what?” we asked. “Well, they want to give us pills for intelligence and they are trying to give us a type of massage to take the bad-energy out of our bodies.” “Plus,” they continued, “they want to stamp our hands with the ‘sign of the beast’ and they said that if we didn’t get stamped — we couldn’t buy or sell anything here in town! So, we were afraid and came to you to find out the truth. What should we do?!” “Don’t let them do anything to you!” I said, “this is not of God. The Bible says that in the end time false prophets will appear to try to deceive us — these people are false prophets.” “But,” I continued, “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.’ Continue to study the Bible with us and you will come to know Jesus — you will come to know Truth.”  May we all celebrate Truth this blessed season — Truth that will set us free — Truth that was born in a manger.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Please continue to pray for my mother. She is still in the Rehabilitation Center and hopes to return home at the beginning of the new year. Pray for her as she continues to recuperate. Pray for my family as we prepare to care for her at home.

2. Continue to pray, also, for the half-way house that our team is helping to build. We are cooperating with some of our friends in this project so that they will have a decent place to stay when they come down the river. Pray for us as we do our part — and pray that our friends will be faithful to do their part. Please pray that God will use this house to bring many people to Him.

3. Please pray for the U people. Most of these semi-nomadic people live in isolation. There are two communities of U people that have become civilized in recent years. Pray that God will use other peoples who have come to know Him to reach this group. Pray that He will give us the opportunity to begin work with these people.

4. Pray for the members of our church planting team. Pray that different conflicts between team members will be resolved so that God can continue to use us. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

5. Pray also for the Y people. Historically, most families of Y people have practiced polygamy — with one man having several wives. Pray for our team as we continue to work with these people. Thank God that they have been learning the Biblical Narratives. Pray for them as they take God’s Word in oral form back to their villages in the heart language of their people.

6. Please pray for me as I am on furlough now in Indiana. Pray for the speaking engagements that I will be involved in . . . that God will use what is said for His glory. Pray for travel safety. Pray for me, also, as I help to care for my mother.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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