You will be encouraged and blessed by reading the words of just some who were praying for you last Friday and Sabbath. I pray that God will continue to bless you with the outpouring of his Holy Spirit – as you reach out to lost people with the love of Jesus.
CHURCH PLANTING NEWS – 24 Nov 03
In this Issue –
# DAY OF PRAYER …
# PREPARING FOR BAPTISM AT KOBANYA
# FaceOUT – FRIDAY CLUB FOR KIDS
# ‘TIME OUT’ – MAJOR CHILD-CARE PROVIDER IN YEOVIL # GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYER # BUC PLANTING NEWSLETTERS – Issue 3 # WELSH CHURCH PLANTERS MEET TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER!
DAY OF PRAYER …
# “It is Friday evening and a number of our cell-groups are gathered for prayer right now. We want you to know that we are praying for you!
Tomorrow, we will be all together for a one-day retreat. We have set aside a lot of time for prayer and are planning to bring up the suggested prayer requests. We will also have a day of encouragement, vision-casting and team-building.” – Martin Vukmanic (Stockholm Cell Church) # “We are looking forward to a day of prayer. We shall be completing our spiritual gifts seminar ‘Networks’ with our group on Friday & Sabbath so we can all join with the worldwide day of prayer for the church planting movement.” – Leslie & Dana King (Yeovil Family Church) # “This is just to let you know how deeply I appreciate your church planting news and the stoutly ardent spiritual fervour and tireless commitment to reaching the lost that it reflects. I am truly touched by the prayer emphasis that undergirds the program.” – Peter Prime (GC Ministerial Association, Washington DC) # “We all had in mind the special day of prayer. God said: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” – Pia Elkjær (FaceOut) # “This emphasis on collective prayer is the best thing we have done for some time.” – Aris Vontzalidis (SEC) # “We are up late this evening – preparing for Sabbath. Once everything was in place we started to light candles – and on reflecting on our plans for the weekend we decided to light a candle for every chuch plant that we know and that you listed. As we lit candles a beautiful song came onto the CD …
‘You are My King
And I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
And I’m accepted for You were condemned
And I’m alive and well for Your spirit is within me-
Because you died and rose again …
Amazing love how can it be
That you my Lord would die for me
Amazing love I know its true
Its my joy to honour you
You are my King You are my King
Jesus you are my King
Jesus you are my King.’
This is why we church plant – it is our joy to honour our King… Have a spirit filled Sabbath and expect miracles.” – Dana and Leslie King (Yeovil Family Church)
PREPARING FOR BAPTISM AT KOBANYA
“We have revised our strategic plan,” says planter Laszlo Szabo.
“We have adjusted it to our present situation. The plan must be reviewed constantly. In order to make it more powerful, we read one goal and one value every Sabbath morning – and meditate upon it. Our guests learn them as well. Six people are preparing for baptism.”
FaceOUT – FRIDAY CLUB FOR KIDS
The Friday Club for Kids conducted by FaceOut (Denmark) is attracting 30 kids – with 20 from unchurched homes. The main theme last week was our ‘personal value.’ FaceOut adults are moving towards more small groups.
‘TIME OUT’ – MAJOR CHILD-CARE PROVIDER IN YEOVIL
When church planter Dana King signed a contract for GB£13,000 last week – the goodness of God’s grace overwhelmed her. “All of our funding applications this year have been successful,” says Dana. “From February next year we shall be one of the major childcare providers in the town every school holiday. Advertising for staff goes out next week.”
GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYER
“We have been replacing a prayer for more territory with a prayer for more helpers in the Jabes Prayer,” say planters Dana and Leslie King.
“We are finding ourselves spending almost 2 hours each morning in prayer and intercession for all the projects. As much as we pray we are being attacked – but the blessings, joys and answers to prayer are coming above and beyond our expectation.” Consider the following – # One mum has taken on the entire Christmas nativity programme from planning to weekly practices and delivery.
# Another parent offered help last week and when giving her another job this evening – we found she had completed her full assignment & was asking for more.
# Another mum brought her son in late. When I found out what she had gone through to get there in the rain I offered to take her home if she stayed and helped. She did. # On the way home she volunteered to help at the scheme starting in February – offering her artistic and fund-raising skills.
# Another mum – when dropping off her son – offered to speak to our teenagers as she is the drug adviser for Yeovil.
BUC PLANTING NEWSLETTERS – Issue 3
If you would like to receive the UK church planting newsletter ‘CHURCH PLANT X-CHANGE UK’ write to Gordon Lethbridge <[email protected]>.
WELSH CHURCH PLANTERS MEET TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER!
Those from Wales who attended the Church Planters X-Change in Finland in August have met for worship, a meal and for renewal. They discussed each planting project and encouraged each other. Most importantly they prayed for each other and for the specific work being done in Ystrad Mynach, Shrewsbury/Telford, Swansea/Port Talbot and Llandrindod Wells/Corris/Hereford. Planter Juha Mikkonen (Shrewsbury/Telford) reported that within a couple of days of “two new people came out of nowhere to join their cell group.” Such is the power of prayer!