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7/23/2020 Previous Issues

PRAYER REQUESTS

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble". Psalm 46:1

"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land". 2 Chronicles 7:14

  • Janine Slocum passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 21 after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for her husband, Bill, and her family through this difficult time. 
  • Jim Barber passed away on July 20 from his battle with Covid-19. Please pray for his wife, Joyce, and his family during this difficult time.
  • Cathy Wolff has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Please keep her in prayer as she begins the journey of surgery and treatments.
  • Wayne Stewart who has Esophageal cancer has been sent home from the hospital with a hospital bed and on IVs. Please pray for him and his wife Sherry.
  • Please pray that Greg Cornwell's biopsy, on Friday, July 26, will show the Leukemia is gone.
  • Rhonda Fox's father is in ICU on a ventilator with Covid. You can also be praying that no one else in the family tests positive.
  • Pray for continued healing for Chan Wey Sam after her surgery and continued battle with breast cancer.
  • Sharon Wichert was admitted to McCall Hospice House. Please pray for her health and her spirit that she may shine Jesus during this difficult time.
  • Please be in continued prayer for Kristen Mixson. The doctor is planning to start radiation mid-August here in Greenville so she can be with her husband. 
  • Please continue to pray for Austin Somerville. He was able to go to the gym this week and work on some strengthening!
GLOBAL NEWS OPPORTUNITY TO PRAY: Malaysia

"Pastor Raymond Koh was kidnapped three years ago by masked men in a Malaysian government sting operation. He had been leading a mercy ministry to drug addicts for more than ten years, but over the years complaints had been lodged against him for trying to convert Muslims to Christ. Pastor Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, was honored with an "International Woman of Courage" award back in March, by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her tireless efforts on behalf of her husband and other religious minorities who have disappeared in Malaysia." Via: Frontline Missions

Way to Pray: Please continue to pray for strength and grace for her and for Pastor Koh, who has not been heard from in three years.

MISSIONARY HIGHLIGHT: Haas

Holly Beech (a graduate of Southside Christian School) began working with Trans World Radio (TWR) in 1997 during her studies at the Moody Bible Institute. That same year, Andrew Haas joined Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and began traveling as part of The JESUS Film Project. They met in 2006 during an Africa partnership project. Andrew soon moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, married Holly in 2008, and left Cru to join TWR. After serving together in Africa nine years, God called Andrew to a video position at TWR headquarters in North Carolina. He serves unreached oral people groups by helping deliver God's Word electronically through video. More and more bibleless people groups have access to smartphones allowing TWR to deliver series of short bible story films designed to facilitate discipleship and church planting through social media.

Way to Pray: Since 2019, Andrew has been producing Trans World Radio’s internal monthly videos. TWR missionaries and staff around the world say it’s never been better. He appreciates your prayers over the next five months as he trains up three newer staff and hands this series off to them. In January 2021, he’ll be able to manage TWR MOTION’s translation projects full-time.

July 2020, MOTION delivered a pilot for the new and improved PALM training curriculum (twrmotion.org/palm). They pray everything is finished in 2021. 

Meanwhile, Holly continues to oversee missions at our local church in Raleigh. In 2020 she also took up the post of operations director in a stressful season as the church moved to a new building during the coronavirus lockdown.

OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE!

Local ministry, Mill Village Farms (under the umbrella of Mill Community Ministries) is transforming vacant properties into bountiful gardens to grow locally-sourced produce for communities that often have limited access to fresh and local foods. While they grow fresh produce, they are also growing employment and training opportunities for community youth. Their goal is to empower youth with experiences in basic job skills, sustainable agriculture, and entrepreneurship.

In response to COVID-19, Mill Village Farms asked our community to come together to help feed families facing hardship as many found themselves suddenly and unavoidably out of work. In addition, many families had more mouths to feed at home due to schools shutting down. 

Since the first week of April, they have: 

  • Delivered 11,481 boxes of produce to families facing hardship
  • Distributed 172,215 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies
  • Employed 8 community teenagers on their farms (a smaller crew with extra precautions due to COVID)

We're thankful for ministries like Mill Village Farms for doing so much to care for our community!

MISSIONARY AND PARTNER UPDATES
  • Pray Sam Ingrassia's mother, Mary, who had an aortic heart valve replacement on July 6. Initially, the family was overjoyed the surgery itself went well, however, following the surgery, she had trouble waking from the anesthesia and suffered a stroke. Please pray for the family as they deal with the grief from this new development.
  • Joy Anglea praises God for her continued healing post-hernia surgery. Please pray for any residual pain to subside. Please also pray for her as she cares for her dad.
  • Pray for Lauren Fletcher (Southeast Asia) as she has had the opportunity arise to lead an introductory Study with the 3 ladies who work at the Guesthouse. Not all of them are believers and they are thankful for this opportunity to invest in their lives. Pray for cultural sensitivity, wisdom as she prepares, good communication across the blending of languages (i.e. English plus as much national language as Lauren can muster), and, most of all, for hungry and open hearts.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Ananias House

Kinship Network is a partnership of local churches focused on the expansion of God's Kingdom in the Middle East. The work they do is facilitated by a couple of different organizations. One of these organizations, Ananias House, works in Syria to educate and equip indigenous leaders, care for children, and more.

Every summer, Ananias House usually hosts kids camps as a way to provide a fun, safe space for kids and also minister to them in the midst of so much turmoil. Because Ananias House has been funneling funds needed for humanitarian aid, the summer camp funding for children has dropped. Will you pray that God will miraculously provide the money for many children to go to camp? There is a need for an additional $35,000. If you are interested in giving please contact them at contact@ananiashouse.org!

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.

GO JOURNEYS
Barranquilla, Colombia: Oct 10-Oct 17
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