Living Hope Church | Scotland
We are doing well, thanks. My wife and I are expecting our first child in 4 weeks time so that’s getting very close, which we’re excited about. Covid-19 has greatly reduced here but we’re unable to meet yet as the building we rent is not yet open and they don’t know if they will be able to take us back in. We are busy looking for alternatives so would appreciate prayer for that. We feel that getting our own space is the next big step for us as a church and would really allow us to serve our community in ways we can’t just now.
We are going through a series in Isaiah just now called a Big God for little people. It’s such a rich book, we are really enjoying it – well I am at least! You can hear the messages on our website if interested. I also did an interview on the Acts 29 rural collective facebook page last week, which you can listen to. It gives a bigger picture of what God is doing among us.
Things to pray for:
Praising the Lord for Emily and prayer for Pete and Anne as they bring her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Welcoming – Emily Norah Rose Rennie.
Born Sunday at 10:59 am, weighing 7lbs. 7ozs.
Remnant Church | Leesburg, FL
Please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance and provision.
Reconciliation Church | Knightdale, NC
An update from Pastor Russell:
Please pray for us in planting during this pandemic. We are scheduled to launch this Fall. God is meeting us as we gather outside to walk through the book of Jonah. I have a pastor who has decided to join me in planting Reconciliation Church. Please pray that I am able to continue to raise the financial resources we need. Also, pray that I will be able to raise 1/3 of the new person’s salary so that he could join our staff (16K).
Things to pray for:
Pray that the Lord continue to give them wisdom as they go forward!
Reconciliation Church – They are giving Glory to God for the gathering at Knightdale Station Park to worship as they welcome old and new friends.
Rescue Mission Church | Barranquilla, Colombia
Report from Pastor Juan; Santa Marta and Barranquilla have been in mandatory isolation, since the beginning of April. they started the measures again, we are having a curfew from 6:00 pm every day and the weekend begins on Friday at 6:00 pm and ends on Monday at 5:00 AM. We can also leave according to the number of the identity card indicates us. Cases have risen and clinics are collapsed.
But, our eyes on the King, who is the one who sustains us and helps us to walk firmly. He is our refuge and strength in tribulation, so we rest in the Lord.
Iglesia Reformada Calvary | Santa Marta, Colombia
He wanted to thank Pastor David, all the elders and partners for taking part in the question-and-answer period of his presentation.
He had a safe trip back home to Columbia; and all is well with his family. Sofia his daughter had a good report from the doctor. She is doing much better.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Lord will continue to work among the people and that many will come to know the Lord.
The Lord will give them favor with the person that owns the back part of the church and will decide to sell.
The Lord will provide the funds for the purchase of that property.
Iglesia Fuente de Gracia | Guayaquil, Ecuador
Today The Vine Church laid hands on and prayed for Justin and Laurel Eccles as they are sent out to Ecuador. They will be coming as missionaries to help with Compassion Connection’s vision and mission in training others for the gospel. Watch for more information on their role with us. We are so thankful for their desire to come and serve. Please pray for them as they transition into this new adventure.
The brothers come for the training that we give here in Ecuador through the Compassion Connection ministry that is given to many pastors here in Ecuador, there are three modules where we teach them many subjects and topics of relevance in terms of pastoral ministry and leaders within the Church. Pastor Steven Youngren is the director of this ministry!
Things to pray for:
Pray for Pastor Ivan and the church for the Lord to continue guiding them as they grow in the community
Pray the Cuba will release the documents required in Ecuador for residency to be obtained for pastor Ivan’s family.
Pastor’s sons Andy and Alaimy to be able to get steady work.
Gospel City Fellowship | Queens, NY
I wanted to take some time to give you an update on what ministry has been like up here in Sunnyside Queens!
God has opened up some incredible doors for us here in the neighborhood! I have said numerous times to many people that I feel like we’ve got a great skeleton of a church. God has given us favor with a local school, community organizations, political leaders, and individuals. We’ve also been able to sustain a weekly Bible study throughout the Summer where we saw quite a few members of the community attend. This favor is exactly what we need to continue sustainable ministry of sharing God’s love for all people here in Sunnyside!
In addition to our amazing interns, we have been grateful for the partnership of so many churches who have traveled to participate in ministry efforts here in Queens! In all, we’ve hosted five churches, two college ministries, and a group of Alabama high school students! By the end of the Summer, we will have had nearly 100 people serving with us here in Sunnyside Queens!Mission teams are vital because they provide us with the ability to be introduced to exponentially more individuals than what we’d be able to do on our own. Our goal this Summer has been to utilize these teams to meet new people in the neighborhood. Our teams have primarily done three tasks: (1) Small acts of kindness like trash pickup or handing out waters at the train station; (2) Pop-up family outreach events with free snow cones and games; (3) Building renovations that have helped three other local churches!
Philippians 2 describes how Jesus came to us as a servant and calls us to share that same attitude. We have found that when serve, even in small ways like picking up litter on sidewalks, we’re able to communicate God’s love in a simple and meaningful way. Our goal through these projects is not to beat people over the head with our belief. Instead, we hope to give people an accurate picture of who Jesus is and create space for a conversation.
The next several months are going to be crucial in the life of our church. We are calendaring regular opportunities that can serve as on-ramps for members of our neighborhood to join with our church. Each month, we’ll have one fellowship oriented event for families and one service oriented event to partner with our community. We’ll also have numerous pop-up events that are designed to meet neighbors. We’re also praying toward having at least one preview service to generate interest in the community for an English speaking church centered around worship and teaching from God’s Word.In addition to these efforts in Sunnyside, God is opening doors in the broader NYC Metro for the potential of launching multiple churches throughout the region! This would be done through establishing a community of churches that share resources, administration, and governance. We are currently praying through this with other leaders and would love for you to be praying alongside us!
Moultrie Church Plant | Moultrie, GA
I am writing to give you an update on some difficult hardships we’ve been walking through and to ask for your prayer. I’ve intended to write this update for several months but have been unable to do so because of various health and/or family hardships.
In brief, I have been diagnosed as a “covid longhauler” from a rough bout of covid last October. My “longhauler” symptoms started the first week of January. I have experienced various versions of horrible headaches, dizziness, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, and/or nausea on almost a daily basis since then. At first, I didn’t understand what was happening. I just thought I kept getting random sicknesses each week, and I tried to fight through it. As time progressed, we began to realize something was wrong, and through various medical tests, I was diagnosed a “covid longhauler” in April. By the end of April, my symptoms had become so debilitating that I had to pause ministry efforts. For the past several months, life has been so difficult that we have just been trying to make it on a weekly basis.
Additionally, in early June, Sydney developed severe insomnia and anxiety from some really hard circumstances involving my health & our kids being sick. Sydney had to stay up several nights in a row to care for our sick kids. When our kids got better, Sydney couldn’t fall asleep. Basically, Sydney’s body seemed to go into a “fight or flight” mode, and she was awake for over a week (we tried almost everything legal to get her to sleep). Since then, she’s wrestled with severe insomnia which has led to fairly severe night-time anxiety and a few panic-attacks (extremely unpleasant). Almost every night has been a question mark as to whether or how long she’ll be able to sleep. She’s had two stretches where she’s hardly slept for over a week and most recently didn’t sleep for a ~2.5 week-stretch in August. Adding Sydney’s insomnia to my covid longhaulers has made caring for ourselves & 3 small kids very difficult. Thankfully, we’ve recently found a medication that has allowed her to fall asleep more consistently for the past 2 weeks.
Anyways, I wanted to send a brief update and ask for your prayers as we continue to walk through this very challenging and long season. I’m listing some specific prayer requests below.In Christ,
Brian & Sydney
For Brian’s health: for reduced symptoms; for energy & ability to spend time with God & to help with the family; for good sleep; for the ability to have joy & contentment in the midst of hardship; & for full deliverance & healing.
For Sydney to be able to fall asleep and sleep throughout the night; to be able to sleep with less and less medication; for her night-time anxiety
For God to sustain our marriage, household, and family.
For strength & energy for us in parenting 3 small kids; & for Hudson, Josie, & Adah to know God’s grace & goodness.
For us to be able to display the fruit of the Spirit, even when we’re exhausted and in pain.
For God to use these hardships to form in us greater Christlike character that we may have more peace, hope, love, & joy.
Doxa Church | Clay County , FL
Things to pray for:
Please pray that God will give us a home to facilitate our vision and mission. Pray that God will make us disciples that are theologically robust, yet completely humble, honest, and practice hospitality in the ordinary things of life. Pray for upcoming Good Friday and Easter gatherings.
A sweet family at our church began attending about a year ago. The wife visited after moving here while her husband was still working in another state. Her children’s pediatrician invited her. Since then, she has professed faith and their family has been gathering with our community groups and faithfully serving. They are so joyful and happy to be a part of what God is doing. They are a very welcome addition.