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2/27/2020 Previous Issues

PRAYER REQUESTS

Reu William Rex, 94, Mary Ellen DeGarmo's father, went to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The memorial service will be held at Morningside Baptist Church, 1115 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC on February 29, 2020, at 10:30, with burial in Live Oak, Florida. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:15 at Morningside prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Frontline Missions International, P.O. Box 829, Taylors, SC 29687. Please pray for the family during this time.

Chan Wey Dik was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please lift her and her precious family up in prayer during this difficult time. 

GLOBAL NEWS OPPORTUNITY TO PRAY: Tunisia
"In Tunisia, evangelical Christians number approximately one-tenth of one percent. Though the constitution guarantees freedom of religion, it also states that Islam is the 'religion of the state.' Tunisian Muslims who leave Islam to follow Jesus face persecution from family, friends, and the community, and the opposition sometimes turns violent. These new believers often experience loneliness and have few opportunities for fellowship and worship with other Christians. (via Frontline Missions)" Source: Frontline Missions.

Way to Pray:  Please pray for grace for our sisters and brothers in Tunisia to stand for Christ in these difficult circumstances.
MISSIONARY HIGHLIGHT: Martens

In the summer of 2017, Franz and Kristie moved to Germany to establish a hosted Oasis for Global Workers. Working together with Life Impact Ministries, the Oasis is a private home with room for families to stay for up to 7 days to experience rest and restoration. The Martens offer Pastoral Counseling and Life Coaching with the goal of preventing ministry burnout.

The Martens began their missionary service in 1996, serving with an organization specializing in church planting in the most remote and unreached parts of the world. They have served in Papua New Guinea as a family and have served in a short-term capacity in other countries.

Upon resigning in 2012 with burnout, Franz started a home repair company and Kristie worked for an accounting firm in Panama City Beach, FL. After several years of healing and recovery, they recognized the need to provide care ministries to missionaries and pastors close to their areas of ministry. They joined Life Impact Ministries in 2016 and went back into full-time ministry.

The Martens have 3 grown children and one grandchild living in the United States. 

Way to Pray: When people enter our Oasis with many concerns and cares that are weighing them down, sometimes it’s easy to take on their burden as our own. Pray for our effectiveness which stems from our own personal relationships with Jesus. Pray for our grown children’s relationships with Christ. 

OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND

Held in lieu of Piedmont Women's Center Banquet, Night for Life with guest speaker Abby Johnson is a new opportunity for former and new supporters to gather and celebrate life as a community. The event begins at 7pm on Thursday, March 5th. The doors will open at 6:30pm. Check out their website for more information.

MISSIONARY AND PARTNER UPDATES
  • Pray for the Cru student leaders' retreat this Saturday as the Foths and others equip them for orientation week to engage new students on the campus of McQuarrie University in Sydney, Australia.  
  • The Collins have faced sickness this winter, causing them to have to slow down a bit from their usual work! Please pray for continued healing and for them to stay healthy! Please also pray for their colleagues in Asia who are dealing with the Coronavirus. 
  • Pray for the Cliftons who are in limbo right now! They are back in the states for now due to the Coronavirus spreading to Hong Kong and so are unable to do the different trainings they had planned. However, they praise God that they are healthy and on solid ground here! Check out their latest newsletter for more info.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Julie Valentine Center

The Julie Valentine Center is an organization that provides free, confidential services to sexual assault and child abuse survivors and their families. As a community organization, they depend on the community to enable them to provide these services to our neighbors.

The Julie Valentine Center depends on great volunteers. From advocating for victims to helping with simple service projects there are always opportunities to lend a helping hand. Without volunteers, their services could not exist. Last year, their volunteers spent more than 9,000 hours volunteering their time to work with clients.

If you would like to serve with JVC, check out their website!

MILITARY SERVICE

Lt. Matthew Clark
Caleb Ford
2nd Lieutenant Parker Lewis
SFC Josh McSpadden
Cpt. Laura Rodgers
Major Tiffany Scheivert
...and the many others who are in active military service.

SUFFERING WITH CANCER
Layla Barker
Mercedes Benitez
Robert Black
Casey Clifton
Caleb Chewning
Greg Cornwell
Ron Critser
Renae Davies
Bill DeVaney
ChanWey Dik
Karen Florenza
Lynn Gleason
Marty Gonzalez
Debbie Gonzalez
Scott Hannon
Judy Harmon
Joe Heaton
Susan Huggins
Linda James

Tom Koepke
Sandra Lipscomb
Laura Lewis
Vernon Long
Charlotte Mathers
Sue McElwee
Robyn Miller
Theresa Poole
Janine Slocum

Annick Pays's father
Tita Salloum
Tom Spake
Karen Starring's father
Brittany Thomas
Tim Zeiss

GO JOURNEYS
Senegal, West Africa: Jan 17-Jan 26
Athens, Greece: May 02-May 16
Monterrey, Mexico: Jun 12-Jun 18
Cali, Colombia: Jun 13-Jun 20
Lexington, SC: Jul 12-Jul 18
Nicaragua: Jul 18-Jul 24
Bogota, Colombia: Aug 01-Aug 08
Port au Prince, Haiti: Sep 18-Sep 24
Barranquilla, Colombia: Oct 10-Oct 17
MISSIONARY NEWSLETTERS
Anglea (3/20 Update)
Arellano (10/18 Update)
Christy (2/20 Update)
Clifton (9/19 Update)
Collins (2/20 Update)
Coppins (6/18 Update)
Davis (12/17 Update)
Emery (3/20 Update)
Fletcher (3/20 Update)
Foth (3/20 Update)
Gfeller (7/19 Update)
Gonzalez (8/17 Update)
Haas (1/20 Update)
Ingrassia (12/19 Update)
Martens (12/19 Update)
Martin (1/20 Update)
McCracken (7/19 Update)
Melton (1/19 Update)
Mung (3/20 Update)
Rhea (2/20 Update)
Rice (2/19 Update)
Sheppard (8/19 Update)
Shepperson (2/20 Update)
Wells (1/20 Update)
Wheeler (3/20 Update)